We Need Restoration of the Gospel, not Unity of Religion.

We have MANY Facebook friends resulting from ministry, but mostly from our anti-abortion activism and prolife ministry. It has interested me how these two facets of our ministry has so many other facets, meaning that people come from all ‘religions’, but few are straight-from-the-Bible Christians or Churches. 

The confusion is DEAFENING. We have a home study because of the spirit of religion inCbus Outreach the local church body. When religion or denominationalism is involved, it takes away or adds to the Bible. Every single time. There are no maybes here. 

Religion: The spirit of religion covers so much. I come from a religion that I was born in to. I see the falsehoods quite clearly while many of my friends and peers see it as a ‘salvation’. Mary was NEVER without original sin. That is not in the Bible anywhere, I’ll just leave that there. I have happily traded this religion for the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. There is no ‘to do’ list in order to have Salvation: “v8 But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): v9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. v10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:8-10. Actually, that also totally dispels Calvinism as well.

Law Keepers: I see professed Christians that are law keepers, not cross bearers. Saying Shalom and lighting menorahs and keeping the ‘sabbath’ has nothing to do with a Risen Christ. Since the Cross, Jesus is our Sabbath rest, we rest in what He did at the Cross, there is nothing else or it is simply not of God. If you keep the Law, then you have made the Cross without effect: “v22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; v23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, v24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. v25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men,” 1Cor 1:17-25.

  1. The Sabbath was a command given specifically to Israel
  2. The New Testament nowhere commands Christians to observe the Sabbath
  3. The Sabbath was a sign that pointed to something greater, a greater Covenant, a greater Rest.

Predestination: Others are plainly steeped in the cult of Calvinism. We are ALL predestined to know Christ, but most aren’t smart enough to call Him Savior. But that does not negate every person’s ability to CHOOSE Salvation: “v8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, v9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. v10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.,” Eph 2:8-10, [Rom 10:8-10].

DenominationalismTwo common denominators are at play here; 1) People would rather belong to a building and/or follow an entity rather than the roll called up yonder, and 2) People are steeped in the sin of utter pridefullness of believing they have the answer – a ‘new’ revelation’ – and the rest of us Bible believing nitwits do not and will fall straight into hell for being so ignorant. 

I am not speaking of Protestantism. They are clearly in error. Evangelical denominations are quick to try and stand out above the other, puffed up and prideful. Still, they are not the answer. The Book of Acts clearly addresses Church ‘government’ and other abuses of denominationalism. There should be order, not hierarchy. No superintendents here: “v2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. v3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; v4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word,” Acts 6:2-4. 

Look, there are no flashing lights or skinny jeans here. Nor is there debates on Christmas trees and nativity scenes. It’s about Jesus and His Finished Work on the Cross. Period. Anything else is error: “v18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; v19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book,” Rev 22:18-19.

God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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Prayer vs. Denial

Talk about the two complete opposites of the other! If you don’t pray, then are you denying Him? With God, there isn’t any gray area. You’re either all in or not.

How often do we deny Christ? If you don’t submit or pray or feel conviction over sin, then EVERY SINGLE DAY.

So what about prayer? Why do we lament it one way or the other? Isn’t prayer our main priority as Christians? Jesus made a way for every believer to go to the Throne of Grace, And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom…” – so then, why don’t we use this blood-bought gift?

Anyway, while on the sidewalk today, I opened my Bible to Matthew 26: 36-46, “The Prayer in the Garden.” Imagine if you can, the Son of God praying as His disciples fight off SLEEP? That’s hard to wrap your mind around! They were wooed by spirits that sought their very souls, much less an hour they should have been praying. We give the enemy a whole lot of credit when we think the small things don’t matter.

I know you’re asking, “What would Peter do?” Peter talked big talk, not that he lied, but he still needed to learn and grow as a Christ follower. He wanted it all so badly that he spoke sooner than he should have, Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” [Matthew 26:31-35]. 

As Jesus prayed in vs. 36-45, you can see how the closest to Him began to stumble, to allow the enemy his foothold. This is JESUS! Who in their right mind would fall asleep??? Well, by allowing someone other than the Holy Spirit to guide us, even the very elect will stumble and fail:

  • Our flesh is corruptible and appeals to familiar spirits, loves laziness and complacency
  • The Spirit wills us, woos us,  guides us, but never interferes with our ‘free will’.
  • We are spiritually asleep even in the final hours of the most crucial time of our lives.

Peter was literally and spiritually in denial; we say and do the dumbest stuff. And sometimes if seems like it just falls out of our mouths with the teeniest bit of effort:

  • After ‘sleeping’, Peter denied knowing Jesus
  • It took THREE denials for Peter to ‘weep bitterly’
  • Ultimately, it was Peter’s pride that was his undoing.

I’ll summarize this quickly: Peter claimed victory when he was not tested, Peter failed to ‘watch with Me’ and slept, Peter denied Him.

We are precariously close to denying Christ ALL THE TIME by denying Him in any situation.

Peter finally got the victory, he preached Christ crucified, and was a testimony to other believers. That’s pretty much the same thing every believer should do.