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.

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

Purging From Fleas in my Gluteal Folds


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Purging my Facebook page from people who, calling themselves Christians, continue to minimize the authority of God’s Word and give themselves up to the spreading of private interpretations of Scripture[1] that are contradictions to God’s truth. I am not perfect, but God’s Word is. If you do not remain in God’s Word as your ultimate guide in life, you are not a disciple of Christ.[2]

         Purging from those hyper-grace preachers that approach God as if God is only a God of favor and blessings, but not a judge and a God of wrath. Purging from those hyper-mercy preachers who justify lifestyles of sin, under the umbrella of God’s love. Preachers who use God’s love, not to pursue holiness, but to freely sin.

         Purging my Facebook page from those who hold on to insults and mockery as a way of debate, both, on the Republican and Democratic side. When you love ignorance more than truth and, gossip more than facts, you become a monumental waste of my time! When your compass of truth is destroyed, and you no longer have a clue of where the north, the south, the east or the west of reason are; you become a waste of everybody’s time, like a mosquito who whispers ignorance in your ear all night long.

         I am purging my Facebook page from crybabies who grew up thinking that there are no losers in sports. That seemingly insignificant way of thinking created a culture that feels that they don’t have to work for anything, that they don’t have to earn or work for anything and that they are entitle for the rest of the world to feed, cloth and pay for their medical bills, their cell phone and their rent.

         Purging from anybody who justifies and promotes the destruction of businesses, communities and the burning of our flag; that is not a protest; those are acts of violence and in-house acts of terrorism! If you are accusing the other side of hate while you, yourself promote hate, you are a hypocrite. Hate will never be overcome with hate, it is an impossibility; hate can only be overcome with love. Not the love as the world sees it, not this love that rejects absolutes and any form of orthodoxy, but the love that delights in the truth.[3]

         I am not ashamed of my God and my convictions; I don’t have to apologize for what I believe and for whom I believe; I don’t have to compromise my values to make you happy and I don’t have to walk in unity with you. The only unity needed is the unity under the banner of the Gospel of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not the only way, there are many ways out there, but He is the only way that leads to the truth and the only way that gives us life.[4] Not just life, but abundant life.[5]

         I don’t hate you and I will not cause you any harm. I am eager to bless you, but to bless you with the truth. I am eager to give you the message of the gospel, but I have no problem shaking the dusk out of my feet on my way out your front door. In this country we all have the right to follow our own ways as long as we don’t interfere with others; I believe in freedom, for not even God force himself on us. I honor the men and women who fought and continue to fight for that American freedom. In this country we have the right to go to hell if we want to; but I am not your friend; I am not a friend of the world! Oh yes, I am purging, purging from fleas in my gluteal folds.

Recommended Bible verses:

[1] 2 Peter 1:20

[2] John 8:31-32

[3] First Corinthians 13:6

[4] John 14:6

[5] John 10:10

The War Against Knowledge in the Body of Christ


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There is a war against knowledge in the Body of Christ. If you dare to throw a little Greek or Hebrew definition; if you dare to talk about context, exegesis, sound doctrine, good theology and, if you dare to request a chapter and a verse to backup some of the outrageous post you see in social media today, you are immediately accused of having a religious spirit or being legalistic.

         Let me start by addressing this teaching of knowing Jesus beyond knowledge. That one blew my mind! When I requested a Scripture I was given Ephesians 3:19, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (NKJV) The word knowledge here is the word, gnṓsis; basically meaning to know.[1] This is basically what we know as head knowledge. This is not hard to understand.

         Many people do have head knowledge about God, but they do not know God personally. Some people that are not saved know Scripture, but without the Spirit behind it. That is why the letter kills, but he Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6). This is not a divorce between the Spirit of God and the Word of God, this is simply pointing out the dangers of head knowledge without the relationship with God. So Paul is encouraging the people to know God beyond knowledge (head knowledge) and to know God personally. Knowing everything about God to the point of knowing Him beyond knowledge is an impossibility. I will prove this point later, if the Scripture is your final authority. If the Scripture is not, I am sure you will find another reason to argue.

         The idea that there is an exclusive people in the body of Christ that know Jesus beyond knowledge is pretty arrogant; it is actually very secret-society-like; the idea that I know something you don’t know. If you are a Born Again Christian, you know God beyond head knowledge… period!

         We also must remember that during the times of the original apostles there was an assault from within the church manifesting through Gnosticism. This is the basic idea that God the Father is evil and that salvation is not achieved through Jesus, but through knowledge. The Apostle Paul was very accurate in challenging this view and teaching the need to go beyond simply head knowledge.

         Were the apostles anti-knowledge? No! The Apostle Peter encourages us in 2 Peter 3:18 to “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (KJV) The word knowledge here is the same Greek word Gnosis. The bottom line is that in loving God above all things we are also encourage to love him with all of our minds. (Mark 12:30) God is clearly not promoting ignorance and stupidity.

                  No doubts that love is at the center of our Christian walk, but God also wants us to know what we are talking about. That is why he tells us to study and to rightly divide the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) The word study in 2 Timothy 2:15 is the word, spoudázō; meaning “Earnestness, diligence. To be diligent, earnest, or eager.[2] This is how we should approach God’s Word. Taking God’s Word lightly is not biblical. Now, there is a verse that brings love and knowledge together nicely.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11New King James Version (NKJV)

         The word knowledge is the Greek word epígnōsis. This is a very interesting and profound word.

“To recognize. It is more intens. than gnṓsis (1108), knowledge,   because it expresses a   more thorough participation in the acquiring of knowledge on the part of the learner. In the NT, it often refers to knowledge which very powerfully influences the form of religious life, a knowledge laying claim to personal involvement. When used as an obj. (Eph. 1:17; 4:13; Col. 1:9,      10; 2:2; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 2:25; 3:7; Titus 1:1; Heb. 10:26; 2 Pet. 1:2, 3), it shows the relationship of the learner to the object of his knowledge (2 Pet. 1:8). It increases spiritual  blessings upon the believer (Eph. 1:17; 2 Pet. 1:2, 3) and determines the manifestations of the religious life (2 Pet. 2:20). When used without an obj. in a formal sense (Rom. 1:28; Col.   3:10), it gives a more precise definition as a knowledge which is self–determined or self–regulated, so that the difference mentioned in Col. 3:10 disappears. In Col. 2:2, meaning the discernment which comes in connection with possessing salvation which helps in determining the moral conduct (see    Phil. 1:9 which refers to the knowledge which enables one to avoid error [cf. Rom. 10:2; 11:33; 2 Pet. 1:5]).”[3]

         This is an amazing definition and is loaded with many Bible verses to expand and explain. I recommend that you look at these verses so you truly grab the awesome meaning of this word. I want to point out a few verses here starting with Romans 10:2-3,

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (KJV)

         The word knowledge here is the word epígnōsis. These verses are clearly describing many of my brothers and sisters in social media today; they do have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge; furthermore, they have declare war on knowledge. They are divorcing the Spirit of God from the Word of God; the are divorcing the anointing of God from the Study of God’s Word and Jesus from the Word.

         Regarding this false teaching that people can know Jesus beyond knowledge in the sense of actually knowing Him, I give you Romans 11:33-36,

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (KJV) 

         Please folks, do not make God so small, do not water down the Gospel, do not take away from the magnitude of the sacrifice of Jesus, stop declaring war on knowledge and study before you COME UP with more ridiculous and shameful doctrines. Respect Jesus, honor HIM and stay in HIS LOGOS; in fact that is the evidence of your discipleship.

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” John 8:31 (KJV)

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[3] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

LEAVE!


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I believe that:

1) There is something out there that can be properly called the Institutionalized Church. This is a church that is set and unchanging. The problem is that is set on manmade traditions and not God’s. I believe this church suffers no persecution from the world because, at its heart, is a man centered church. The focus here is pleasing man rather than God and receiving the validation of the world. The modus operandi of this church is secularism.

2) Because of the abandonment of the apostolic teachings, the Lord will release many out of local churches. Many of these local churches are like boats that are leading God’s people away from the shore of truth. Many of you are going to have to jump out of those boats. 2 John 1:9-11 brings this point home nicely, Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” (NKJV) For those who have the tendency to minimize the importance of teaching God’s Word over emotionalism, I have news for you; you are not even worth saying hi to. If you are in a local church that is not teaching the doctrine of Christ… LEAVE!

3) The Bible gives us a clear roadmap of how the church should look like (Stop with the NEW THING). We find our purpose in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The Modus operandi is clearly found on Acts 2:42 and Ephesians 4:12-16

4) In every Christian denomination you will find authentic Christians. As we read the 7 churches in Revelation, even those churches that were under severe judgment had true believers in it. For those true believers in those churches: You are there to insist in truth, to speak up and not to be a cheese ball and a coward. Don’t be afraid of getting in trouble (You will) and don’t be afraid of getting kick out (You will if they don’t listen). Remember that loves delights in truth! (1 Corinthians 13). Speak the truth in the mix of all those lies you are listening to Sunday after Sunday.

5) Moving away from God’s Word as the maximum authority in the search and recognition of truth, is a clear sign of not belonging to Christ. Christ demands that we remain in his Word (Teaching). John 8:31-32 tells us, Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word (Logos: written word), you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV) Our freedom is not found in laughing uncontrollably or barking like a dog or screaming like a siren or running up and down the sanctuary… Our freedom is found in truth. Any group that minimizes the authority of Scripture as a confirmation and compass of truth is either not of God or highly deceived. Wherever you find folks watering down the Gospel… LEAVE!

6) It is not about the building, I agree, we are the church. Meeting under a tree, in a parking lot, in a dinning or living room, etc. does not make you any holier or any more or less part of the church.

7) God did not call us to place our focus on criticizing the church, but to expose false prophets and teachers amongst us. For a list of Bible verses addressing this issue click here: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Exposing-False-Teachers/

8) Our focus is to make disciples, to teach them to abide in all that Jesus commands. How is it that the Great Commission has become the great omission? Because we continue to increasingly preach a gospel without responsibility, accountability, process and/or efforts. We have become enemies of good works. We are creating an environment where spiritual laziness is celebrated as truth. Never mind that we are call to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18), never mind that we are called to STUDY God’s Word (2 Peter 2:15)… never mind that we are called to EQUIP the saints for the WORK of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:12-16) If these things are not happening in your local church… LEAVE!

9) We, as the church, are not called to change the world, we are called to evangelize. Why do we continue to insist in mixing with the world? Are we not call to be holy? Are we not call to get out of this Babylonian system? (1 Peter 1:16 / Revelation 18:4) Do you realize that God will destroy this secular demonic system in one hour? (Revelation 18:10). So our job is to bring them out of darkness into light by the preaching of the Good News. (Luke 4:18-19) And, lastly,

10) You MUST bring this church experience HOME. Notice that I am not saying HOUSE (Building), I am saying HOME! (Family). If you are not worshiping, if you are not studying God’s Word, if you are not praying, if you are not engaging in Godly conversations, if you are not loving Jesus and if you are not changing AT HOME, then YOU are FULL of MANMADE RELIGION! I implore you… Leave and rescue your faith! Leave and rescue your family… Leave and let set the captives free before it is too late!

 

Whether You Agree or Not


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krEveryKneeShallBow.tif ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’ J. Kirk Richards

The purpose for this article is not to defend God, He can do that all by Himself; but I am here to defend the hope that is in me.[1] I serve a God who is love;[2] who gave us a free will and freedom to even reject and hate Him. Because of this freedom, evil exist; but only in this freedom can true love flow! How can it be love if it is forced?[3]

         Make no mistake about it; God is also a redeemer who will indeed redeem all of His people from the devastations of sin, the secular world and demonic forces. Evil itself will have a final hour; it will be a total and eternal extermination. Because of His indescribable love for us, Jesus gave His life as the ultimate atonement for sin, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.[4]

         I know that there are injustices, much pain and many tears in this world; but I am here to tell you that my God is also a judge; how can He be so loving, but also be a judge? Only He can, for His judgments are true and righteous![5]

         Whether you agree or not, I am here to tell you that you are a sinner; somebody has to tell you! There is none good[6], not even you! All of us are guilty of sin and fallen short of the glory of God[7]. Whether you agree or not, I am here to tell you that you must repent of your sins and believe in Jesus as the only one with the authority to be Lord and Savior. This is an ancient message as true today as it was 2,000 years ago.

         Whether you agree or not, God has a plan for you, the perfect plan, so much better than the very best you can wish for yourself. God is a good God,[8] who is not in the business of harming you, but is in the business of blessing you.[9] We are now in the times of grace; times where He can be found, but that door will one day be close forever.[10] There is love now; a reaching out, a heartfelt evangelism and commission; but the wraths of God will come later to purge the earth from all evil.

         Beloved, whether you agree or not, your knees and every knee in the world that ever existed will bow before HIM and, every tongue that ever existed will simultaneously confess His Lordship.[11] Soften your heart, for my God has made His existence obvious[12], and let Him into your soul. Whether you agree or not… this is the TRUE!

[1] I Peter 3:15

[2] First John 4:8

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2DEOxvaWk

[4] John 3:16

[5] Revelation 19:2

[6] Mark 10:18

[7] Romans 3:23

[8] Psalm 136:1

[9] Jeremiah 29:11

[10] Isaiah 55:6

[11] Romans 14:11

[12] Romans 1:18-20

Misleading Definitions of Grace


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Grace is the maximum expression of God’s love, His ultimate gift, the greatest manifestation of power and the most effective instrument of success. Grace is not the enemy of the law, but the fulfillment of it. Did grace not come through Jesus?[1] Is not Jesus the fulfillment of the law? In Matthew 5:17 Jesus tells us, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (KJV)

         For those who speak against the law as if the law is some kind of disease, you are dangerously mistaken. The law is God’s standard and his standard has not change.[2]

         The law proved the point that none of us is able to follow it. The law pointed straight at Jesus as our only Savior.[3] I have been reading and watching videos in social media with absolutely incorrect interpretations and definitions of grace. Boy, they sound good! But there is one major problem; the message is dangerously incomplete.

         If you listen to these folks, they make it sound as if folks under grace are exempts from any works. Let me make this clear, grace is not a reason or an excuse for us to be lazy, it is indeed the reason why we do good works.

         We do not do these works to gain or retain salvation; we do these works because it is what the Word tells us to do. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (KJV)

         This theme of good works and of being a blessing in this world, is not a new one; it is clearly established from the very beginning with Abraham. God raised the nation of Israel to be a blessing to the world.[4] So, if the Old Testament establishes God’s people as the instrument of blessing in the world, how much more, we, New Testament folks, ought to be a blessing, as we are partakers of a greater promise?[5]

         To these new evangelicals of grace I say, do not read beyond the Word of God in trying to find new definitions of biblical concepts. What you are doing is not new, Paul told the Corinthians Church, “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.” First Corinthians 4:6 (KJV)

         I heard a man saying, “Grace is more than an unmerited favor.” Does this man realize that grace is a word that already has an established Greek definition? John 1:17 tells us, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (KJV) The word grace here is the Greek Word cháris, meaning: “To rejoice. Grace, particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor.”[6]

         Notice that, in listening to these Neoevangelicals, they say a lot of things with very little or no Scripture and when they do use Scripture, for the most part, is used out of context. Some, not all, are borderline inclusionist; that is the belief that everybody is going to make it to heaven.

         When you see folks going beyond the original meaning of the words, ignoring and minimizing Scripture and teaching private interpretations of Scripture, run from them.[7] In order for us to be Jesus’ disciples we must remain in His Word.[8] In other words, the Bible is the place where we find and confirm truth, not in Dr. Joe Blow’s fancy and private interpretations.

         The truth is that we as Christians are not called by God to be lazy; we are actually called to do many things; make disciples, teach Jesus commands, care for the poor, the widows, minister to those in prison and in hospitals and the list goes on and on. This idea that we are just floating around in this world doing nothing, is not biblical. We as Christians have so much to do that indeed, without God’s grace we won’t be able to accomplish anything.

         As Christians we should be equipping the saints to the work of the ministry according to Ephesians 4:12-16. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). As the direct result of all these lazy, hippie gospel promoters and these misleading definitions of grace, we have many saints walking with dead faith.

         We will be judge by Jesus for the things we did and did not do while on this earth.[9] Doing something is not a recommendation, is a biblical mandate. So I conclude with these words: Get up your BUTT and DO Something for GOD!

Biblical Reference:

[1] John 1:17

[2] Matthew 5:18

[3] Galatians 3:15-22

[4] Genesis 22:18

[5] Hebrews 8:6

[6] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[7] 2 Peter 1:20

[8] John 8:31

[9] 2 Corinthians 5:10