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The Holy Task!

The high and holy task before the twice born children of God, is not to make the Most High popular, but to make Him known.
As the redeemed of the Lord we are not His PR department but His ambassadors, not delivering politically motivated, poll driven pronouncements; but rather we herald the King… declaring His commands…and presenting His gracious pardon available to otherwise doomed rebels.
We don’t pander to men’s egos with the falseness of flattery, manipulating the message in a cowardly, man pleasing effort to make our God “attractive” to godless men, or even less to make ourselves popular with the Kings enemies. In fact the gospel is not, as some propose, a message that makes God acceptable to men, but rather the Divine ultimatum that, when received, makes men acceptable to God. In obedience we call on men to lay down their arms of treason against God, and lift up their arms in surrender and worship to the Holy One of Israel.
Our job is not to try to draw the crowds with our carnally pragmatic bells and whistles, nor is it to preach out of ever changing surveys, but to clearly and boldly speak out of His inerrant, eternal, infallible, unshakeable and immutable word…

~ Glenn Christopherson

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Popular “evangelical preachers”!

People can get saved under a false preacher or ministry. People can also be healed even though the preacher is a fraud. People can even receive a genuine prophetic word from a genuine false prophet, but why? Because God’s word will never return void. Isaiah 55:11 states, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
However, just because someone comes to Christ under a false teacher, or healed by a false servant, or hear from God by a false prophet, that does NOT place a stamp of approval upon that individual, they are what they are – false. Too many times I’ve heard sound preachers condone, defend and approve ministries which are false, and they do so with a condemning tone toward anyone who dares touch their “anointed” vessel. This doesn’t show their intelligence, it simply shows their spiritual ignorance.
Jesus proved this in the word itself of many who would stand before him, declaring their righteousness by gifts, works and knowledge, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:23)
It doesn’t matter if someone has an altar call at the end of their sermon, or they mention the cross, or even tell sinners to repent, if their doctrine is wrong, if their ENTIRE message is wrong, then what you have is a perfect example of what we have been warned about to flee from – deceivers, deceiving and being deceived. We live in a day like no other right now within the modern church world, much less the real world around us, and it’s important now more than ever to KNOW who labors among you! This is why I don’t jump at the latest preacher who pops up on Christian television. Nor am I overtaken by someone who has a massive following, whose charismatic, who can say a fast word and it seems to be true, or someone who can sway a crowd. Listen, Christians are some of the most gullible people on earth, especially Western Christians. They’ve bought into the Hollywood version of American Christianity which is about entertainment, style and glamor. Never about Christ.
Did you know that there is a set criteria to get on the two biggest Christian television networks such as TBN and Daystar? When a preacher submits his or her demo tape to either of these networks, they are judged NOT by content or the message as much as they are judged by how the person looks physically, or how they would look on camera. This means that if a preacher is overweight, or is not very good looking, or does not dress in a more fashionable and appealing way, they are less likely to be selected for a test run. Again, it’s about style and less about substance.
We must test ALL things, because if the message is not the cross, if it’s not about crucifying the flesh DAILY, or turning away from sin, then something is wrong, and I don’t care how many millions of fans and followers that man or ministry has, they are false – period. But again, that’s American culture impacting the modern church, because today we judge how successful a ministry is by numbers, not by anointing. If a ministry has world appeal, then it must be successful. But once again, Jesus himself tells us that it’s not about numbers, style or fleshly appeal, but it’s about him.
There is a counterfeit Christianity growing across America and the rest of the world, and Jesus himself warned us it was coming, and it’s all part of the spirit of antichrist. The word tells us that this deception would appeal to many – even the very elect. And if the elect can be swayed, then what does that say of the heart of the modern believer? Again, we must always test the message and ministry to see if it’s truly of God. The problem however is that many have fallen into the trap of political (religious) correction where it’s now wrong, or somehow unchristian to ask questions about any preacher or ministry, or be labeled a troublemaker. Nothing will get a questioning believer shown the door, or a fast rebuke by many who follow a particular ministry than to question the message these people preach. But that’s what we are called to do! It’s not judging, it’s simply calling into question doctrine. And for the record, doctrine does matter!
So the next time you know someone who goes to hear the latest popular preacher, or travels to the latest conference and they say the cross is being preached, or repentance is told the sinner, remind them this, that a broken clock is right twice a day, and Mormons preach Jesus too, but that doesn’t make them right, it just means they know how to use the name of Jesus, and use it well – to deceive.
My thoughts from China.

Christopher Gregory

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Strange Ideas In The Church!

In these days when all kinds of strange ideas are being heralded as helping the Church accomplish her task, it may be necessary to remind ourselves that:

The purpose of Christ’s Church is not to promote the Church (or worse A Church), but rather the LORD of the Church.

The goal of Christians is certainly not to exalt “Christianity” but to extol Christ.
Gospel preaching is not meant to magnify the skill of the preacher, but to proclaim the glory, wisdom and mercy of the Saviour.

And the ONLY seed available that grows into eternal life is the word of God, as found within the pages of the Bible.

Much error results with confusion on these issues; for if we misinterpret our role or our goal; pragmatism, proselytism and professionalism and will dull the sword of our evangelism.

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Why do you think Christianity is the right religion?

I was challenged by brother Thabani Mnyama Jr. to answer the question “Why do you think Christianity is the right religion?”

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This is among those questions you can write a zillion books about and still feel like a whole lot is left out, unless Christ hasn’t touch you.

I’ll go about it in two different approaches. One, with comparison to other religions. Second, my own experience after coming to Christ who is the center/heart of Christianity.

First, almost all religions recognize some form of divinity, i.e. praising a supreme being or praising themselves. Generally, people of different religions have attributes they assign to their gods, have some dos and don’ts that guide their lives as a way of setting a line between what is good and evil which may or may not dictate their lifestyles, they define LOVE in a certain way, and have some sort of concept concerning what happens “afterlife”.

That said, judging all the above, namely the attributes of their gods, their perception of morality, their definition and application of LOVE and afterlife concepts proves Christianity to be the only genuine, right and true religion.

The attributes and qualities of the gods of many religions are centered on the adherents’ needs rather than on the gods themselves which conveys enough evidence that they create, shape, mold, and ordain them as their “gods” to suit their needs and their way of life. The attributes of the God of the Bible are unique, unchanged, unmanipulatable and independent. People of other religions believe in “subjective” morality and I am pretty sure their application of LOVE is some form of hate when compared to Mat 22:37-40.

Second, Christianity is best described as a relationship with our Maker through His Son  Jesus Christ. I personally experienced changes I would not otherwise have experienced without Christ entering my life, through His love, mercy and grace. Whereas many religions focus on doing and living life a certain way by respecting a set of rules, Christians are changed from the inside out to lead godly lives and to honor their Maker.

(I tried so hard not to use scriptures since using them would mean all religions regard the Bible as the sole written authority for religion and divinity.)

M Charles

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Every prayer!

God hears our each and every prayer
and answers one by one,
Sometimes yes, sometimes no
and some answers yet to come.

God speaks in the quiet times
when we cry out in despair,
It’s in these times He’s closest
and shows how much He cares.

In that moment of surrender
when we give it all to Him,
It’s in that helpless time
that the battle we finally win.

He bears our every burden
every woe and care,
Through all life’s trials and storms
God is always there;

To comfort and console us
to catch us when we fall,
Through every situation
Jesus is our all in all.

He’s all we’ll ever need
where ever we may go,
Through life’s ups and downs
with its ebb and flow.

Speak to God often
go to Him in prayer,
For all your joys and sorrows
God does surely share.

In prayer we find comfort
in prayer we find peace,
In prayer we find joy
in prayer we find release;

From life’s worries and troubles
it’s heartaches and strife,
In prayer we find the key
to a rich, abundant life;

Not only in this world
but also in the next,
These words are true and sure
for they’re written in God’s text.

So pray and read God’s word
each and every day,
His love will lead you to
The Life, the Truth, and the Way.

~ kk

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Humility vs Cowardice

Amazing how often some professing follower of Christ will take his place before the cameras of an unbelieving world and cravenly declare Christ is wrong on some subject or other, and that the new poll driven, sin pandering, populist view is right.
They say with a straight face, and twisted thinking, that Jesus may have taught that He created the world in 6 days but “experts” in white lab coats say otherwise and so we must bow to unbelieving scientists rather than the King of Glory; or that while Jesus clearly calls pre marital, extra marital or gay “marital” sex, hell deserving sin; we know better today and Jesus just doesn’t understand the new “modern”, “tolerant” view.
Or, they will say, Christ may have had an exclusive view of Himself and His gospel, but “everyone” agrees this is wrong and all faith traditions lead to God.
Incredibly, these religious charlatans will present their views as the height of open minded mercy and humility… But it is NOT humility for a supposed believer to trample upon the word of God in order to exalt the faulty, everchanging opinions of frail humanity; it is, in fact, the epitome of pride, man pleasing cowardice and perverted pragmatism.
True humility is standing on, and unapologetically proclaiming, God’s holy, inerrant, inspired and sufficient word, while, when required, exposing the sinking, stinking, thinking of unregenerate men… especially if these men falsely present themselves as pillars in the Church.
Mark 8:38 Jesus said; “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father, with the holy angels.

– Glenn C.

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Confession

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:10, KJV

Confession is a good thing because when we tell the truth we let go of burdens and not have to think about hiding our secrets. Lying is a burden because you’re trying to cover one thing after another and then forgets the first lie. Imagine being in the interrogation room. You lie and then change stories over and over. No one will believe you until the truth comes out. Right? You may think you will get away with it but you will be held accountable for the private and public things you do on earth ( 1 Corinthians 4:5). It is why confessions are better. We confess to God with open heart and willing to be changed. It’s a stepping stone to being set free.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16, KJV

Prayer is a great way to talk to God and let it out to Him. Even though He knew already, still it pleases Him to hear you.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9, KJV

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32, KJV

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Apostasy!

If anyone advocates…

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which rise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Jan 2016

 

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America or Sodom!

I recently made a post similar to this but It was before the decision of the supreme court on “same-sex marriage”.

But let it be heard clearly and known truthfully. The Supreme Court does NOT have the authority to define morality of any kind. Only THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY does – And He doesn’t change! BE SURE OF THAT!

Hebrews 13:8 KJV

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

To born again Christians – Not “professing Christians” :

Jude 1

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most HOLY FAITH, praying in the Holy Ghost.

It’s NOT time to be “Politically correct”. It’s time to be TRUTHFUL!

Keeping in mind the words of John:

1 John 5:2-5

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

I hope you have blessed week in the Lord!