TRUTH VS POWER

What is truth? Well there is only one source. What is power? Again the same answer, that is, if you want to believe truth. There are many definitions of power. Many I’m sure believe it has to do with money and position. Well that is half the truth. Position is the right answer if it’s placed with the real source of truth.

There is only one place where truth begins and the only source that keeps real truth alive. “He who knows God, hears God. He who is not of God does not hear. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6.

People over the centuries have lied but this has grown worse over time until today where lying is just a very common way of life, especially those with what we look at as power. There has been many an empire and political system built on lies. Yet they will eventually crumble and truth will still be standing. The only way to address deceptions, misquotes, half- truths or whatever word you want to use which means lying, you can.

But it is only truth that is going to stand in the end. Today there are some, but few it seems, that will speak truth against the powers of the day that lie when and wherever they feel like it. Truth in a person is becoming more rare but it possesses great power against all others. And those that choose to make telling lies a habit will have no place in heaven and that is not my opinion. That is the truth from God’s Word. And the Christian has the greatest of all power when they live their life in the truths of God’s Word.

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OUR WORTH

Our worth in life is found generally in what we treasure the most.  So many spend their time and many of their resources to find their worth.  So they are just satisfied with having what the world has to offer them and not considering what happens when this all ends.

What will you have when your life comes to the end?  What do you think you will take out of this life that will help you in the next?  Some say they don’t care nor want to think about it at all.  The day will arrive when you are going to die, leave this life here on earth and then you’ll stand before Jesus Christ and what you have done here on earth will be examined.

It won’t matter what you did for yourself or anyone else.  It is only what you did for Christ and why did you do it.  Only the things, the ambitions, the investments, the time, the concerns for Jesus Christ you had is what is going to be looked at.

What is that going to look like for you?  Death is a part of life that no one can avoid.  It is much wiser to deal with the facts now.  It will be impossible to do after life is over here.  Few get the chance to fix things or make their life right with God at the end.  Many factions play in that one cannot prepare for.

Proverbs 14:12 tells you that, “There is a way that seems right to a person but its end is the way of death.”

Just because you don’t want to deal with it now or you don’t know if there is an after-life or that maybe all good people go to Heaven does not separate the truth. Why jeopardize your soul and wait until the end to find out?

 

 

DISCERNMENT AND DECEPTION

My writing of this article, I know, will bring some who will disagree with my words.  Yet from the platform that I believe God has granted me, with a little more in-depth knowledge of the author of a popular book than some, and since we’ve interviewed him, as well as those who have been personal friends with him, I feel it is my place to speak up, in response to Paul Young, author of The Shack, which became a best seller and recently a movie that I’m sure will become very popular as well, and has caused the book to again soar in sales.

With any book or project one must not just look always at the product but also the maker of it.  I know people who have had personal friendships with the author.  The last I knew, Young didn’t believe in the organization of the church.  In fact, he does his own thing and doesn’t even attend a church.

In 2004, Paul Young wrote a document in which he rejected the evangelical faith and embraced universalism because of its teachings on judgement.  He believes you can repent and get out of hell.  One man, an evangelical seminary professor, is calling The Shack the greatest deception in the church in the last 200 years.  Many of Young’s friends and authors he recommends are members of the Emerging Church which believes we all will be saved, that God’s love will rescue us all, that hell is only for the devil and his demons and they eventually will get out as well.  This type of thinking fits perfectly into the New Age philosophy of no real need of repentance, that everyone is eventually saved.

In Young’s book, “Eve”, he continues to undermine Christian theology by stating that Jesus created Adam as an infant from the dust of the ground and sees how God personally nursed Adam from his breast and not only that but that Adam in some way gave birth to Eve in some form.  Do you see the likeness to transgenderism?   God is a woman in The Shack.  Now He’s supposed to nurse Adam.  This fits in with the LGBT, plus anyone who may choose to have a broader view with their faith, or a more open type of relationship with Jesus for it removes the holiness of a Holy God.

This book, and now the movie, is causing separation among friends, especially some of those who like a more “feel good” gospel.  I’ve watched pastors and Christians get in arguments over this.  All people have the right to their opinion, but the Christian must be willing to point their opinion as it aligns with scripture and then be mature enough to let God adjust their thinking about any matter to bring out truth. Without this process then their human reasoning, emotions and thoughts will keep them from making good Godly decisions on the subject.

It would be refreshing in the kingdom of God to see more leaders in the pulpit and more Christians in society to be willing to defend the Bible and its author, which is God, about the issues of people’s sexual behavior, the disregard of the Bible or what is truth and what is evil today.  Are these same people being vocal and standing up before others and speaking out when ungodly political laws are being thrown in the face of the church?  Are they willing to defend the gospel with as much effort?  Yet they are willing to defend and promote an author of a book that is subject to human error.

Paul Young’s newest work is about lies we believe about God, and in this he says that he embraces universalism.  It is no wonder that today’s Christian research reveals that only 10 percent of the American public holds a Christian worldview and in the millennial generation that number is 4 percent.  This book and movie removes the holiness of who God is by making Him whatever the reader or viewer needs Him to be and demeans the place of the Holy Spirit and Jesus the same way.

Young and others in the emerging church believe this kind of thinking will open up a new reformation for the church and bring it out of its former suppressed state.  Here Young believes that evangelical faith and its teachings about judgement make God grossly unjust.  This is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous, deceptive moves the enemy has tried through mankind in many years.  And though I know I will be criticized by some, God has given me a platform through Christian media, and therefore my duty is to speak.

I keep thinking of the scriptures in the Book of Mark 13 , where it says that false prophets would deceive, if possible even the elect.

For other resources on this subject please look at Michael Youssef’s sermon from The Church of the Apostles, or www.nowtheendbegins; James B. DeYoung; with http://www.Burning down the Shack.com; or Berean Research; or http://www.challies.com/bookreviewseve.  Also, YouTube has a lot of information from both sides.

 

The decision is as always yours to make, but we all need to remember the consequences will not be our decision. What we support, we put our stamp of approval and our reputation as Christians.

 

EVERYONE HAS BEEN PLACED

God has created every human being ever born, to even be born. And God has made us to be male or female. He didn’t make a mistake. We are created to be exactly who He Himself chose us to be.

Now people can do all they want to try to make changes and claim that they don’t believe that they were created to be who they are but God doesn’t make mistakes.

God put each one of us here. He Himself has positioned every human being with specific plans and purposes in mind for this time in history at the places and with the people we meet.

God alone directs a man or woman’s path. If they will only look toward His direction, God will allow them to see His guiding hand to take them through life.

When Jesus paid the ransom on a hill in Jerusalem and was nailed to a cross, God made His covenant with all who will bow their knee and surrender their life to Christ. It was finished once and for all.

Stand and pray because prayer is your greatest ally. Stand on God’s word, put it to the test. This battle we are in is spiritual all the way but God is not afraid. He is going to deal with it.

GOD CAN BACK UP HIS WORD

What God’s word says is truth. God means what He says and He does back up His word and He expects His followers to know His word and live by His word.

We rarely know what God is going to do in the future and right now the future is very unstable, but God expects those who claim Christ as Lord to trust Him, regardless of what they see happening. To stick with Him, not to compromise when times get tough, and could possibly get tougher, He expects those who claim His name to live by faith in who He is and trust Him and not the government or some other group.

God is bigger than this world and nothing is just happening by chance. God’s children are being tested by faith right now for the position He can trust them with in the future. Think about that.

What does Job 23:10 say about those who call themselves children of God? Listen to it: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” God grows His followers through trials. God will pour His love into those who desire to serve Him. God, through His only Spirit, will guide us no matter what obstacles get in your path. God will move mountains for His people when need be.

What is required to get God so involved in our lives? Serve Him. Put your whole life, your entire being, your future, into His hands. They are more than capable to help you every day, not just now and then. Just because you don’t see God or even hear from Him as much as you would like to, doesn’t mean that He isn’t there or doesn’t care. He does.

What God’s word says is truth. God means what He says and He does back up His word and He expects His followers to know His word and live by His word.

We rarely know what God is going to do in the future and right now the future is very unstable, but God expects those who claim Christ as Lord to trust Him, regardless of what they see happening. To stick with Him, not to compromise when times get tough, and could possibly get tougher, He expects those who claim His name to live by faith in who He is and trust Him and not the government or some other group.

God is bigger than this world and nothing is just happening by chance. God’s children are being tested by faith right now for the position He can trust them with in the future. Think about that.

What does Job 23:10 say about those who call themselves children of God? Listen to it: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” God grows His followers through trials. God will pour His love into those who desire to serve Him. God, through His only Spirit, will guide us no matter what obstacles get in your path. God will move mountains for His people when need be.

What is required to get God so involved in our lives? Serve Him. Put your whole life, your entire being, your future, into His hands. They are more than capable to help you every day, not just now and then. Just because you don’t see God or even hear from Him as much as you would like to, doesn’t mean that He isn’t there or doesn’t care. He does.

WHO ARE YOU

Your true Father is God Himself.  The Bible says He knew you before you were ever born.  The scripture says that God your Father fashioned you in your mother’s womb.  And then you were born, sent to the earth for a period of time to fulfill your purpose.  These plans God made for you and scripture says you have talents that are irrevocable to be fulfilled in God’s plan for you being here.

You’re to be a fruit bearer, a seed sower, a harvester in the field or a financier of the gospel to get the Word out.

Who are you in the kingdom of God today and who do you want to be for the kingdom of God from now on?  This is very serious business to God.  He sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world and to save the lost.  The cross made it all possible.  The blood shed by Christ released the power and set the captives free.  Are you doing what God created you to be doing or are you doing something else?  Would God be satisfied with how you are conducting your life?

There is record kept on every one of our lives and many people never consider this.  They think little about this but when they take their last breath, there will be a book opened that will reveal all the deeds that they have done.

Keep in mind what Jesus told us all in Luke 8:17, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

KILLING CHRISTIANS

Now here is a title that should get your attention and for good reasons.  No other religion, as it is called, has ever been so persecuted than that of Christianity.  Nowhere else in history or today are so many senselessly killed and many times brutally as when a Christian has been murdered somewhere in the world.

The statistics prove it.  Until the year 1900 of all that were martyred because of their Christian faith was almost the same amount that died as well from the year 1901 to 2000.  In 100 years the same amount of Christians were killed as the amount up to 1900.  What’s even more alarming is the beginning of 2000 and beyond until today the amount has again almost reached the same amount of Christians killed for their faith in just 17 plus years.

Many would ask, “Why”?  The reason is simple if you want to look at this with a spiritual way of thinking.  Because most wars and attacks on humanity have the markings of a spiritual nature, one of darkness and evil.

Christianity is the only religion that exposes truth and evil because all other forms are rooted in lies and deception.  So they attack Christianity because it has the real power to change lives and is the only way to eternal life in heaven while all others descend into hell.

Satan’s biggest enemy is the Christ of Christianity.  So you can expect the continual growing hostilities toward Christianity to continue.  But it is soon to come to an end and Jesus is returning to finish Satan off once and for all.

EVIL CANNOT WIN

Even though it may seem to be, or look like it is going to be, the current upsurge of evil that is descending on the world will not be victorious in the end. Satan is behind every one of these divisive attacks on today’s culture and is getting a lot of help from ungodly people in high places from all walks of life.

But he will not prevail. Satan has always tried to stop God and he even knows it can’t be done. But in the meantime he is going to unleash on society as much of his filth, confusion, deception as he possibly can. Yet it will not work for much longer.

We’ve got God’s word on it. Look at Isaiah 59:19 in the Bible and see these words, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

The devil is our enemy and he is coming at humanity today like a flood of all kinds of evil. So this we know that the Lord will now raise up a standard to stop him. And this standard will come through God’s true church. This filthy enemy destroying mankind is going to be put down and come to his end.

It will be the power of God at work destroying the plans and ultimately Satan himself and putting an end to this once and for all. The battle is on. The mighty God will finish the fight. Make sure, you are sure, what side you are on. Know this by knowing Jesus Christ, God’s Son personally. He is your only hope and His side wins it all in the end.

A DIVIDED KINGDOM

This is becoming a more apparent problem today in American society. There is a growing division of liberals, conservatives, leftists, Christians, more religious orders, immigration issues, socialism and the list is growing.

America is continuing to splinter into many groups that literally despise and hate others. This is no longer a problem on some other foreign soil. It is right here in America. And every bit of it is the result of sin. The devil himself is behind the disruptions, the name calling, marching for diversity, attacking our leaders on a daily basis. Satan is the culprit because far too many have allowed his sin-laden ways into their homes, their business, government and even some churches.

The Bible clearly states what is going to happen to any nation that continues to go this way. The results are found in Luke, chapter 11 of the Bible; “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided falls.”

Only the powerful move of God can fix the continual growing problems of the culture. Each day the gap widens a little more. There is much said about this if you will read the Bible of how America doesn’t show up as a major player at the end of time to help Israel when its severely attacked.

It could be because American divisions have finally brought it so low it is ineffective. Maybe it is because the rapture of the true Christians has taken place and there is so much chaos. Maybe there will be another civil war. Maybe America will have succumbed to its enemies. Only God really knows. But one thing is for sure. The signs are everywhere of what is coming upon this land and only the wise are those who put their faith in God’s word and make Jesus Lord of their life.

HELL IS ON A ROLL (or so it thinks)

Much of today’s society is being inundated with more and more lust, fornication, lying, cheating, demonic influence through television and the internet, with America being the number one producer and buyer of pornography. Nations are more and more stealing by cyber theft from other nations’ governments and private business.

Radical tensions, disrespect of law enforcement, constant distrust of our political leaders. Satan has done a job on the lives of people all over the world in a much more influential system than ever before.

Nobody’s word between countries, leaders, businesses and the list goes on of those who cannot be trusted by the giving of their word any longer. The markets of sex slavery, terrorism, constant murdering and the taking of life is not the fault of guns or just bad people but it is all linked to sin and directly linked to Satan himself and then here comes a television show to make him look like just an ordinary guy, pretty much harmless. Has hell not pulled off some of the most unbelievable deception of all time?

The demonic influence of hell is on the rise but there is still one who stands between this, Jesus, who hell cannot stop nor defeat. Jesus already has the goods and established the victory over Satan and his soon to be destroyed group of terrorists. All of this is being set up so that God will soon play His final hand and hell will get its death ending blow.

Jesus is the safest place. For now you must be on His side 100% or not at all and very soon now He is coming quickly for the people who are fully on His side.

SEPARATION OF POWERS

We have heard this term many times where one authority is not to be interfering with another’s authority or that there needs to be more checks and balances over authority.  This is fine for people and what they need. Yet today we have seen a continual dumbing down of ultimate authority.

There is One Supreme Power that is too often ignored in all areas of life.  There is but one God and He is the creator of the universe.  All others are substitutes from different religions.  There is only one way to know God and that is through the only Son of God, Jesus.  Jesus is God in the flesh, who came to show the people of this world how God was personal.  They are the same, one is the other and it’s by the Holy Spirit of God that helps those who truly want to follow God.  They are called Christians.

Only the Christians will ever see eternal life in heaven.  All other forms of religion will be separated from God forever in hell.  This is God’s word and way.  You either accept it or reject it and choose the consequences of your chosen decision.

God has given the people of the world Jesus and the Holy Spirit but all three are the same for there is only One True God.

So many people of this world constantly believe they can separate the True God for other gods of their own, like diversity, tolerance, the environment, their right to choose this or that way of life, but separate from the True God believing good works or acts of personal justice for people, for animals, for the earth without its creator have separated themselves from the truth that can really help them.

There is only one real love in this world, the love God has for all people and to separate or replace God’s love and truth for anything else will lead only a spiral downward.