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I really enjoy the word spiritual especially as it relates to scripture. The Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. What a wonderful text of scripture. What does it mean comparing spiritual things with spiritual? What are spiritual things? I have often thought it meant that the Holy Spirit connects the Old Testament to the New Testament in a way that mortal man has difficulty accepting. It connects to spiritual dots to prophesy. Often times you hear the Apostle Paul admonish believers that he could not speak to them as unto spiritual. Instead he had to refer to carnal terms appealing to their infancy in Christ or as to babes in Christ. Are you a pablum Christian? My older sister often tells me that she doesn’t want to understand scripture the way her younger brother does because she does not want to be responsible to scripture. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

All believers in the body of Christ should be on the road to faith by way of obedience. The Bible says that he who is spiritual judges all things yet he himself is rightly judged by no one for he has the mind of Christ. From whom much is given much is required. I would think all believers in the body of Christ would like their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to say when they up here before him on that last day to hear Jesus say, well done my good and faithful servant. In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey him. These will be punished with Everlasting destruction. To know him is to obey him. I can tell you one thing for sure and that is no one wants to hear the words of the adversary who says simply, well done. A sad thing is that his well done will be in Hell Fire. As in all things you have two options, which will you choose?

Spiritual Pruning- Part One


On my family property in Michigan we used to have an orchard of apples, pears, and cherries. Occasionally we had to prune back the branches to get more fruit. I’m sure the tree, if it could talk, would be groaning because pruning can be painful, not so much for the actual tree, but for you and me. Pruning is different then discipline. Spiritual discipline is to correct error while pruning is to bear fruit of a spiritual nature such as the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. I should add that without the Fruit of the Spirit the gifts of the Spirit are meaningless. Where in these statistics do you find yourself? More importantly, are you willing for God to prune you? And what areas of your life need pruning the bear more fruit? We shall pick up there in part 2.

I Did Not Come to Bring Peace but a Sword


It would seem that Pope Francis does not believe this as he is trying to unite the world but not necessarily under Christ. The Islamic Allah is far different than the god of the Bible. I have a video for you today about this issue and how the Pope it’s not standing firm on the word of God which is the sword of the spirit.

The pope is being heralded as some kind of Rockstar when he is not. He has far more serious business to attend to within his own church. The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is in sharp decline. Since 1955 the church has lost 36% in membership as of this day. Some may because of the scandals that he has refused to deal with until public officials made it impossible for him to ignore no longer. If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?

FOR PREACHERS PREACHINGLY WRONGLY


How would Y O U like to be on the receiving end of that rebuke of your ministry. Many Pentecostals say that Jesus lived high on the hog yet the Bible says he had nowhere to lay his head. What started at the inn continued throughout His life. Jesus lived spiritually wealthy but not by how the world viewed Him. He knew the riches of prayer, communication with God. You cannot serve God and money Matthew 6:24.

Do you remember the 70 He endued with power on high? They came back rejoicing that even the demons were powerless before the . He rebuked them saying, Do not rejoice that the demons are powerless before you but REJOICE BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.

Jesus and the apostles lived right side up in an upside down world. Of that world Jesus asked two questions. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or, what will a man give in exchange for his soul? HOW dABOUT A CRUCIFIED LIFE FOR CHRIST?

The Cognitive Dissonance of Christadelphians


Christadelphians are a classic case of cognitive dissonance and ignorance. There is so much evidence regarding the Triune God in both Testaments yet they deny it. They regard God only. To them Jesus is a created being and the Holy Spirit is the force of God. In Acts 13:1-2 that Force speaks verbal words assigning Paul his destination. If you go to the category Belgian I have ample information about the Triune godhead that should convince anyone with an open mind and an Open Bible why the Christadelphian problem stems from ignorance. They believe they are going through the tribulation hour which means they are Kingdom people. They do not believe in the Rapture of the body of Christ. Their biggest problem is they do not know how to rightly divide the word of God. I didn’t either for a Time but I do now. What holds for them also goes for the Restored Church of God and they are very similar in their inner core beliefs. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Unfortunately the same holds true for the opposite. Train up a child in the way he should not go and when he is old he will not depart from it. It takes more than a crowbar to pry someone away from a cult. It takes spiritual intercession and prayer. Pray for those Bound by cognitive dissonance and ignorance to come to the Glorious light of the truth of the Gospel that they might be saved.

Jesus and the Apostle Peter


Jesus had just made Peter the leader of the church and when he asked Peter what the gospel was Peter said, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus shook his head. The good news? Jesus replied, For the tenth time, that I died for your sins according to the scriptures, that I was buried, and that I rose again the third day according to the scriptures. No, not that. GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!

Whew! I just can’t seem to get that down. What does he want of me. Besides I’ve got some goofy stuff that I made for doctrine called universal. He should cut me a little rope. Golly, He knows it took me almost a year how to put my sandals on the right way. Peter, I want you to tell this Jew the gospel. I wanted to talk to you about that Jesus. Sine you list me first, I thought about checking out a few Gentiles this afternoon with your good news. Jesus said, For the 30th time, you have been sent to the Jews only. JEWS! And to not about the good news. In the future Paul will rebuke you for eating with some Gentiles but as soon as some of your Jewish pals stopped by you acted as if those Gentiles didn’t even exist. Well, you know how I am Lord.

Besides I will even be writing about how difficult it is to understand Paul’s gospel in my epistles. You guys just speak a different language from me. O YE OF LITTLE FAITH. THOSE THAT DESIRE TO BE FIRST WILL BE LAST. I swear three times that I’ll get the gospel right somewhere over the next ten years or so. Peter, sometimes I think only a damp cloth would be necessary to brainwash you. Hey, you buddy. You almost bumped into us, said Peter as he whacked off the guys ear with his sword. Jesus rolled his eyes saying, I wonder if there’s still time to train Judas.

Jimmy Swaggart Should NEVER Preach Again- 1


I’m sure that you’re aware that all pastors are actors as well. The I Have Sinned confession wrought with tears was not very convincing. Swaggart was only willing to take a short disciplinary break from the pulpit. He actually defined that period. How does Swaggart line up with Scripture in this regard? Does he have a good testimony to those outside the body of Christ?

No, he has a terrible example. How does he rule his family and especially his wife? Not good forcing her to have to keep up. This is an eighty two year old woman? All because of Swaggarts many liaisons with prostitutes. He should never have been permitted to preach again.  Teach and sing? Absolutely but after a lengthy period of discipline set forth by his denomination. More of that in Part Two.

FORGIVENESS


I Know a Man who claims to be a Christian yet carries a massive Grudge against psychiatry. In his mind he would like to destroy them or kill them or blow up their Professional Buildings. I have often given him these two verses. If he can’t forgive the psychiatrists then God won’t forgive him his trespasses. He tries to justify his behavior by saying that he is like Jesus with the Pharisees. But I don’t recall Jesus killing any Pharisee or blowing up their synagogues. To get even with his enemy he will justify nearly everything. He wears his Grudge like a badge. He says psychiatrists have ruined his life. Even when told that God will not forgive his trespasses unless he forgives others, he even tries to justify that. He has an unrepentant heart that is as cold as ice. If he doesn’t change that unrepentant heart will follow him into hell. If Jesus could forgive his toormentors from the cross then this man can forgive the psychiatrists that supposedly ruined his life. Jesus said, father Forgive them for they know not what they do. My friend would counter that by saying, but they knew what they were doing to me. Justify, justify, and justify. I ask for prayer for this man that the Lord Jesus will heal his heart and restore unto him peace. Forgetting is forgiveness. He needs to move on with his life anew. Pray to that end please.

 

Christian Persecution


The Bible says that when you suffer as a Christian you are blessed. For the spirit of God rests upon you. It may not seem that way at the moment because persecution is almost like going into the lions den but afterwards it yields the Peaceable fruit of righteousness. Persecution goes with the territory. Christians in the United States are just beginning to get persecuted but those in the world much more so. Some have even died for their faith. When those college girls were caught by ISIS and asked if they were Jewish or Christian, if they answered yes, they were shot on the spot. That is persecution like we have never known. Just remember in your persecution if we deny Jesus he will deny us. Today the homosexual agenda has flipped. They are still persecuted somewhat but those that stand against them are persecuted more. When people come against your faith those tormentors are blasphemed but on your part, you are glorified. When we suffer for Christ we are not to be ashamed. Instead we are to glorify God for this. We are in the last days and Christians will begin to suffer more and more for our faith in this evil world we find ourselves. Some states are now trying to ban the Bible and it is harder to get a Bible on the internet. The prince of the power of the air is doing his best to weaken your faith. But stand strong in the strength of your faith in these ever-increasing times of turmoil. In the world you will suffer tribulation which include troubles and pressures, but of good cheer for Christ has overcome the world.

What Does “Past Feeling” Mean to You?


Do you know of anyone that is past feeling? It seems like whatever they do they show very little conscience as to what they are doing. What amazes me is on how many Born Again Christians are seen on public television in various denominations. Some mega churches have enormous numbers of people attending. With all these people attending church why do the problems of society continue to grow? It seems that we keep our Christianity within the four walls of the church. Outside that safe atmosphere we are either too afraid to witness to others or we just don’t care to. In the area of witnessing our faith, are many of us past feeling in that regard? The only other response is that we ourselves are not growing spiritually. Are you growing spiritually?

The Infancy of the Roman Catholic Church


For the longest time the laity of the RCC let their priests do their thinking for them. That all changed in Vatican II. Largely the RCC laity are still in milk mode. Thus they are unskilled in the word of righteousness. Let me provide you with an illustration. Take a glass of milk and then squeeze some Hershey’s chocolate into the glass. It sinks to the bottom and stays dormant. Until you stir it into the milk it does nothing. And unless you stir up the Holy Spirit within you, He stays dormant as well.

A surprising thing is that only one Catholic has objected to our material. He enjoys boasting that he’s in the oldest church and he justifies nearly everything. Paul tells us to boast only in the cross according to Galatians 6:14. This guy talks like a child that boasts and justifies everything. He thinks like a child at the Eucharist. The elements of wafer and wine are mysteriously transferred into the body and blood of Christ even though the wafer and wine still are physically present. ABRACADABRA! Let’s play tea party next? I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put the ways of childhood behind me. Catholics haven’t done that yet.

Pray That Catholics will mature in Christ and put away boasting and justifying everything and by their own resources!Satan does exactly the same thing- John 8:44.

Spiritual Growth


I grow spiritually daily by feasting on the word of God. But just as we consume Food daily, sthe growth aspect is on how we daily put what we eat into practice. The food we ingest goes into the various parts of our body to accomplish different things. In like manner, scripture goes throughout our body to accomplish spiritual things. The more I feast on scripture the closer I draw to Christ. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. If we eat the wrong food, physically or spiritually, we can die. It is essential to be able to discern between Good and Evil and the only way you can do that is by a daily intake of nourishment both physically and spiritually. Is there a difference in your life from those you meet on the street? Here is one test to find out. Which one do you align with? That will tell you if you are growing spiritually or not.

Catholic Sex Abuse Lawsuits


Make no mistake about it. I believe that priests that are found guilty of sexually abusing children should go to prison. The Catholic hierarchy should be cooperating with authorities instead of covering up a serious problem.

As to the matters of lawsuits, I believe it depends how long after the offense they are filed. Anything after ten years should be dismissed. Parents should file on behalf of their children. And no priest that has died should have anything filed at all. At that point, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.

One thing even I have never mentioned before. Once an offending priest gets out of prison, the Catholic Church should become financially responsible for his spiritual restoration.

Remember That Christ left the 99 Sheep to find the lost sheep of the flock. After punishment by man, spiritual restoration and even retraining for another vocation should be paid by the church. Mercy triumphs over judgment!