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Trump needs God to win re-election. He shouldn’t be cursing Him.

July 20, 2019

As much as it pains me and causes me very much stress, I believe President Trump is jeopardizing his re-election campaign. It’s obvious that he’s forgotten just who put him in the White House. He’s forgotten just how miraculous his victory was and how only through the prayers of many Christians he was elected President.

We all know President Trump is full of pride and arrogance, though sometimes he can demonstrate humility, but it’s rare. There are a couple of things I’ve noticed recently that are giving me pause in any assurance that he will be re-elected. First, a couple of weeks ago during some interview he said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I’ll tell you how I got elected, I got me elected!” He said it a couple of times. Now I normally wouldn’t have thought anything of it, but for some reason I got a weird feeling about it at that time. I believe the scriptures say something like, “Pride goeth before a fall …”

Anyway, moving on to the next and most disturbing reason why I believe he could easily lose re-election; Last week in North Carolina at his massive rally, he cursed using God’s name, twice. I was listening to him and was stunned he actually did that on national television in front of millions of Christians. I called him out for it on Twitter the next morning (like he’ll listen to me!!) as it made my skin crawl. It seems like the media and the Democrats didn’t catch it or are too stupid (because they do it all the time also) to realize, that is the one thing that really CAN separate Trump from a lot of his base … his Christian base. Instead they’ve been focused on the 13 second “send her back chant.”

The only place I noticed that carried a link in mentioning it was on Drudge. HERE is that story.

I’ll just say that I’m very disappointed that Trump did that. I know if my little wife had been listening she would have blown a gasket! I have to go back to how I felt in 2016 … we’re not electing a saint … we’re electing someone who will stand up for Christian values, even though he’s not one. Having said all that, I’ll leave this as a reminder for President Trump: “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.” Ecc. 10:1

No President Trump, YOU didn’t get yourself elected … God did, and He has ways to abase those who walk in pride …

Eternal Security … a false teaching #2

July 7, 2019

In my previous post I claimed that the teaching of “once saved, always saved” is false, and a very dangerous doctrine. My hope is to explain why the teaching of once a person makes a public confession of accepting Jesus as their personal savior, acknowledge that He died on a cross for the forgiveness of sins and that He rose from the dead three days later … that isn’t the end of it. That doesn’t give anyone a free pass into heaven. Repentance is a change of the mind and heart, a complete change in the course of one’s life. You can’t just ‘repent and believe the gospel’ and continue in the same life-style. Charles Stanley said this ridiculous statement, “To be in the ‘outer darkness’ is to be in the kingdom of God but outside the circle of men and women whose faithfulness on this earth earned them a special rank or position of authority.” 

“Outer darkness” is constantly referred to as a place of ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt: 8:12, Matt.22:13, Matt. 25:30 and on and on. So I kinda wonder where Mr. Stanley gets his take on “outer darkness.” That alone is enough for me to determine the guy’s teaching is false.

One of the most outrageous claims is that a Christian can do whatever he/she wants and still make heaven their home … they just won’t have a ‘position of authority’ or ‘inherit any dominion in the Kingdom.’ How many people reading this, when you turned your life to Christ, gave any thought at all of having a position of dominion or authority in Heaven? Wasn’t your heart heavy with the weight of sin and simply being forgiven was good enough?

I kind of wonder what Paul meant when he wrote, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

When I think about ‘positions of authority’ or ‘special ranks’ being assigned in heaven, I think that’s pretty cool. Yet, for those who don’t get that stuff, what do they do? Are they under the authority of those ‘special ranked’ folks? Yeah, I get the fact that some will get more rewards than others … in my limited knowledge, I just don’t get the ‘punishment’ thing about being in heaven but just kind of an outsider there. I guess we’ll see.

When a person decides to give their life to Christ, why instantly is the warring within started? You know, why the instant battle to do good or evil takes place where it wasn’t before? What difference does it make if one does evil or good seeing his ticket for heaven is already secured? What does the Devil care if you get appointed to a position of authority in heaven or are just a regular resident? He isn’t going … at least as far as I know, even though there are some Christian leaders who actually preach the Devil will make it too.

I’m wondering what this means:

“For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”

Ah, Paul probably meant that for some other folks … not the Christians to whom he wrote the epistle to the Romans. I read the reasoning of some … “well that doesn’t really pertain to …” uh … “that doesn’t mean ‘cut off’ as in ‘cut off.'” “if thou continue in his goodness” doesn’t mean to actually ‘continue in his goodness,’ it means continue in his goodness or you won’t be a “special rank” of authority in heaven, you’ll just be a peon there.

Utter nonsense. Anyway, the purpose in writing this isn’t to discourage anyone. The purpose is to encourage all saints to run the race to the end. Guard your heart and soul, and be not weary in well doing, “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

The end of your faith is the salvation of your soul.

I will interject this thought; I hope the people who embrace and teach that once a person is ‘saved,’ or born-again that there’s no fear of losing that realize that if they are wrong then there’s a lot of people who will be lost, thinking they’re A-Okay; that the powers of darkness and sin can never hinder a person from getting to heaven. If there’s anything I really hope I’m wrong about, I hope I’m wrong in saying a person’s salvation is a ‘work in progress’ and it begins upon conversion, and the reward is at the end of one’s life. I think it behooves us to err on the side of caution.

Once saved, always saved is a false teaching

June 23, 2019

Good Sunday morning folks! I’m going to ‘take a swipe’ at what’s commonly referred to as “eternal security.” I think this is a belief that is taught within the Baptist Church. Pick one; First Baptist, Baptist Church of whatever, and so on. In general, this is one of the main ideas taught. “Once saved, always saved!” If a person has been saved (born again) it is not possible to lose his/her salvation regardless of sins they may commit and live in after the born-again experience. This isn’t a bash on the Baptists at all. I actually attend a Baptist church and there are few churches that have more of a love for lost souls than the Baptists.

Of course the folks who support that idea have scriptures and little sayings backing up the claim. In reality, there aren’t any scriptures, taken in the right context that support it.

I won’t get off into ‘debunking’ that stuff individually, but I do want to present evidence which backs up the truth that after a person is born-again, they must continue in the faith.

The lie of eternal security is actually the first recorded lie in the Bible; “Ye shall not surely die:” (Gen. 3:4), the serpent said to Eve. Adam and Eve had the gift of eternal life if they chose to have it. The Tree of Life was right there, but they chose otherwise. From that point on, throughout the entirety of the Bible God’s warning to keep His commandments went unheeded and people reaped the consequences. After God made His promise to Abraham and the nation of Israel was finally established, God blessed them, set them apart as His chosen people. “All Israel shall be saved” (Rom. 11:26) So, if all Israel shall be saved, does that mean all Jews are saved? (there are preachers who teach that Jews don’t have to repent or be born-again … they are automatically saved) We see throughout the Bible a whole bunch of Jews being destroyed … even though the nation of Israel is blessed.

We have the same situation with the Church; ‘the Church’ being the body of Christ. As a whole, the Church will be raptured and meet the Lord in the air. Those individuals who aren’t continuing in the faith, keeping God’s commandments won’t be included in that event.

Ezekiel ch. 18:24-26 says:

…when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Okay, let’s cut to the chase here as I don’t want to make this too long. In Revelation ch. 3:1-5 it is written:
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

“Thou has a few names even in Sardis …” goes back to what I wrote about the Church being saved, but individuals can be lost. Jesus says He can blot out a name from the book of life. It seems a name would have to be in the book of life for it to get blotted out. Doesn’t a person have to be saved to get listed in the book of life?

If a person repents (asks for forgiveness for his/her sins, and changes the course of his/her life), have they given up their free-will to do what they want? If they are guaranteed a ticket to heaven no matter what, it seems that undermines the free will that God created in us differing from animals.

What would it advantage the powers of darkness to convince anyone they must continually pray, read the Bible, go to church, keep themselves from doing unsavory things if they want to secure their salvation? Doesn’t it make more sense for Satan to convince people that everything is cool, you can do exactly the same things you were doing before confessing Christ as savior and make it to heaven? “Ye shall not surely die:”

Here’s a little of what I feel is utter non-sense and very deceptive:

Charles Stanley quotes

“…Our works have nothing to do with where we spend eternity. But they have a lot to do with what we can expect once we get there.”

“Even if a believer for all practical purposes becomes an unbeliever, his salvation is not in jeopardy”

“And last, believers who lose or abandon their faith will retain their salvation, for God remains faithful.”

“You and I are not saved because we have enduring faith. We are saved because at a moment in time we expressed faith in our Lord.”

“Discipleship has nothing to do with whether you will go to heaven or not.”

“It is possible to be a child of God and never a disciple of Christ. We can live the Christian life with the assurance of heaven as our ultimate destiny but miss the process of maturing as a disciple.”

“Where is this place represented by the ‘outer darkness’ (Matthew 25:30) in Jesus’ parable? To be in the ‘outer darkness’ is to be in the kingdom of God but outside the circle of men and women whose faithfulness on this earth earned them a special rank or position of authority.”

“…a Christian who at no point in his entire life bore any eternal fruit. And yet his salvation is never jeopardized.”

“…there are Christians who show no evidence of their Christianity as well.”

“Faith is simply the way we say yes to God’s free gift of eternal life. Faith and salvation are not one and the same any more than a gift and the hand that receives it are the same. Salvation stands independently of faith.”

“But if a man or woman who has been rescued once from a state of unforgiveness need not worry. For once 100 percent of a man’s or woman’s sins have been forgiven, the potential for being unforgiven has been done away with. The risk factor is zero. There are no more fires from which the believer needs to be saved.”

I’ve barely begun to make the case against eternal security. From start to finish the Bible is filled with example after example of keeping the faith that is delivered to us. We are warned time and again about those who were corrupting the Word of God from the beginning.

Finally, God loves us; that is a true statement. I do have to be clear on one thing though; God loves us, but He loves His Son more. If we think for a second that God sacrificed His Son, bearing the sins of the world … that He will just wink and allow sinful people, Christian or otherwise into heaven, remember this: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Gal. 6:7)

Media Darling Avenatti … not such a darling anymore.

May 23, 2019

Does anyone remember this?

We’ve failed the younger generation

May 20, 2019

This morning a minister briefly (very briefly) mentioned that the church in general has failed the younger generation. It was a very broad statement with no real details, but as I thought about it a lot of things came to mind in how that is very true. As apostasy gains momentum throughout every denominational and most non-denominational churches world-wide, while claims that a “great revival” is on the way, the rotting fruit of decay is clearly evident to anyone paying even cursory attention. For decades now churches have devised various gimmicks in order to attract young people to church services. I remember a few years ago I went to a church service just outside the town in which I live. The people there were very polite, exceeding kind and welcoming … and all very young; like early twenties or so. I took a seat and folks I have to tell you I felt like I had a flash back to 1970 and a Led Zeppelin concert! The band stuck up, and a light show complete with fog engulfed the whole place. Actually, it was kind of funny in a way. The problem was, the Lord was no where to be found. Please don’t take me wrong, I think it’s great those young people were in ‘church’ and not out taking drugs or getting drunk and drag-racing on the streets. Sad to say though, most likely every person there left the building and went right back into whatever sin they were looking to get deliverance from.

The life-changing, life giving blood of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sin and repentance has to be the focus of any church service. “Repentance” … to get forgiveness, change one’s behavior and the complete course of one’s life has to be presented. Unless that stuff happens all the light shows and feel good experiences in the world mean nothing.

The above is just one small example of a church failing. Sadly that isn’t the worst part of it on a global scale. Major denominations are now accepting and embracing homosexuals into leadership and even pastoral positions. The idea that loving homosexuals by accepting and tolerating their ‘lifestyle’ is utter foolishness and isn’t “loving” at all. The duty of the church, of Christians, is to present to people who are caught up in any sinful behavior that they are alienated from God by the sin that has them captive. Lets cut to the chase; Ezek. 33:8-9 …

When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Very few Christians and fewer churches talk about warning anyone to turn from wickedness. It isn’t popular and no one likes being called a “bigot” or “self-righteous” or “hypocrite” or whatever. The problem is, Christians and the church miss the part, “but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

Now, I can’t put the blame entirely on the church for the chaotic state a lot of young people are in. Suicides, teen pregnancies, drug use, etc. could all be minimized if the structure of the home hasn’t been under attack for decades now. If morality, respect for others, and taking responsibility for failure was taught in the home perhaps we would see a change in our kids and even save some.

72% of black children are raised by single parents (fatherless). 35% of all children under 18 live in a single parent home.

We hear all the time politicians plugging for votes from the black community. 60 years of voting Democrat has only worsened the situation for black folks. Abortion: 36% of all abortions are performed on black women … only 13% of the entire U.S. population is black. In New York City  42+% of abortions are performed on black women and more babies are aborted that born alive! Rest assured it’s worse today. Not picking on black people, but why is the black community always the target of politicians who don’t do anything for them? Accepting responsibility for one’s actions and respecting others in authority would go a long way in improving the situation.

The education system in America has been infiltrated by socialists, Marxists, and other “ists.” Spending per student is out of control right along with disciplinary requirements. Right now even in Texas, drag queens are reading children’s books to elementary kids. Who could think this is a good idea? Who could think this is an acceptable educational     tool and why? This crap D7BbuynXkAAQmuCbeing pushed on our kids is acceptable to whom? Yet Christians are “self-righteous” hypocrites who sit on perches judging others??  This black guy hits it out of the park explaining what’s happening in the black community.

Liberal and socialist college professors outnumber conservative professors 12 to 1 in our colleges. Colleges are nothing more than indoctrination centers for future socialists.

The bottom line is our kids are taught that abortion, perversion, and “nothing is your fault” is all okay … everything and anything is normal behavior and if anyone says different they are bigots, homophobes, and intolerant hypocrites.

There’s way too much stuff that I could include here, but I just wanted to highlight a few reasons how we as a Christian nation have failed our younger generation miserably.

May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

The left is so predictable. Rashida Tlaib made a remark the other day which stunned quite a few people. She said something like, “Thinking of the Holocaust gives me a calming feeling.” Let me see if I can find her actual statement … Okay: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.”

I mentioned the other day that without fail she will claim her words were taken out of context and then she and the other Muslim Congresswoman, what’s her name … Omar? yeah Ilhan Omar would play the minority, immigrant, women of ‘color’ victim. Sad to say I was right. HERE. 

I don’t feel like linking to Ms. Omar’s comments defending Tlaib but it’s available … just not one any major media source I can find.

Heck, in the comments section of my last post I’m accused of having a lot of “hate” built up in me. man-scratching-head

Again, predictable.

Changing gears here, moving on to a different subject altogether, I was reading Genesis yesterday and the book really fascinates me. I think that if one can grasp what’s written there then you’d have no problem getting the rest of the bible. I’m just going to put some stuff out there for thought.

Genesis 1:1 reads: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Verse 1:2 reads: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Okay. For many years I’ve felt that there has to be a great deal of time that passed between verses one and two.

I find that interesting in that if the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters … why were they even there if the earth was formed to be inhabited? Why were those waters covering the entire earth “in the beginning?” In Isaiah it’s written, “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited:”

In Genesis 9:1 it’s written, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”  Okay, Noah and company were commanded to replenish the earth because everyone else drowned in the flood. Got it, no problem.

What’s curious is when God created the male and female (Gen. 1) he commanded them to, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:” Gen. 1:28

Why “replenish?” What happened that the earth would need to be replenished via Adam and Eve before Noah’s flood? It’s interesting that God gave Noah the same commandment that he gave Adam and Eve.

I know, I know … it’s called the “gap theory.” But there’s a whole bunch of stuff in the Bible which is not included in the usual commentaries, supporting or debunking the claim, such as fallen angels, giants, Satan’s fall, etc.

Anyway, gotta go for now.

President Trump is an enemy … of something.

May 9, 2019

It’s a very sad time in America. Here we have a president who is working for the good of the nation in every way imaginable. Okay, let’s concede that he’s rude, arrogant, crass and juvenile. I got that … so what? All those things combined does not explain the genuine hatred the left has for him and his family. During the presidential campaign, I went round and round with Christians who couldn’t get past how ‘un-Christian’ he was. Heck, the pastor of the church I went to at the time didn’t vote for Trump, actually he didn’t vote for Hillary either. I guess he wrote in a name. I was stunned when the guy said that, and I couldn’t help but thinking, “That has to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” from a guy who I thought was pretty smart. I digress.

So, what the hell is going on? Just what is it about President Trump that has the Democrats, the media, Never Trumpers, and other enemies of America so bent out of shape? I mean, this guy is under the most relentless assault by the aforementioned entities that we’ve ever seen. Two years of the Mueller fiasco. ‘Traitor,’ ‘dictator,’ ‘Russian agent,’ ‘tax-cheat,’ ‘con-artist,’ ‘disgusting,’ … continual negative media coverage. Attacks on him, his kids, his wife, his business associates, people in his administration. Probes into every facet of his life … all meant to destroy him, delegitimize his presidency and most importantly, keep him from being re-elected. Even today we get certified b.s. like this. And also this.

Folks, there has to be something much deeper than we’re realizing for all these continued attacks against President Trump. It’s almost surreal. I could go back through all the phony dossier, FISA warrants, James Comey, Lisa Page, Peter Strozk, Andrew McCabe and spying crap … Obama and Hillary’s roles in all this as well, but we already know a lot of it. Again, “why?”

I believe I know the answer. Think of this; right now evil is good, good is evil. Think of the open borders throughout Europe (save Communist countries) with invitations to invaders across the Middle East and African nations to come in and destroy the sovereignty and cultures of those European countries. Think of our own open southern border where tens of thousands of poor illiterate people are pouring in unabated and what that’s doing to our own country. Think of the utter moral decay in the U.S. especially the idea that a child exiting the womb, yes, even born alive can be murdered … allowed by law. Think of the relentless persecution of Christians world-wide … along with every nation on earth opposing the very existence of Israel, except America, and that dear friends is only because Donald J. Trump is president.

Climate Change, same-sex marriage, church apostasy, “green new deal,” gun control, normalizing perversion, use of the education system to indoctrinate children, defense of Islam, racial tensions (caused by Democrats), media manipulating public opinion, importing poverty and crime, infiltration of colleges by Marxist and Communist professors and on and on … countless other points which all are working together in unison towards a global society, government, religion, and eventually (sooner than later) a cashless society … no buying or selling without ‘authorization.’

Bottom Line:

The United States, because Donald Trump is president, is in the way …

 

 

 

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