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Sometimes the solution is quite simple!

Sometimes the solution is quite simple.

by Glenn Christopherson

When the Pharaohs of this world tell us not to worship the one true Living God, Moses shows us what to do  Worship anyway (Exod 5-14).

When powerful political forces tell us there are areas off limits to prayer, Daniel shows us how to respond  Pray anyway (Dan 6).

When compromised ecclesiastical powers demand silence on the exclusivity of Christ and His word, the Apostles clearly demonstrate the godly response Preach Christ anyway (Acts 3:18-21)

The Almighty may well bring down empires, part oceans, close the mouths of lions and burst open prison gates to defend the faithful obedience of His redeemed children. But even if He doesn’t Obey anyway.

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Are you a Christian? This should be your motto!

“EVERY SERVANT OF GOD AND CHRISTIAN SHOULD MAKE THIS THEIR MOTTO”.

Paul, a true man of God said in (Acts 20:33) ‘I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold or apparel.’ Paul worked and ministered and was generous but he was not greedy. His confession should be branded into the heart of every minister of the gospel. Many today do covet and are greedy and live in luxury ! Paul knew the Divine Finger of God wrote the commandment ‘Thou shalt not covet.’ (Exodus 20:17)
Paul read the Old Testament and read where Moses needed godly men to assist him and these men were free from greed.

 Exodus 18:21: ‘Thou shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of Truth, hating covetousness.’

O how my heart breaks to see people follow ministries that are void of the holy fear of God and distort the scriptures in order to gain financially. We need men who truly fear God and hate all forms of greed ! Men of truth. Holy, godly men whose lives are above reproach.

Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to say a minister must not be greedy for money. (1st Timothy 3:3) calls it ‘filthy lucre.’ Many are disqualified because of greed ! It is possible to use the ministry as an easy way to make money if a man does not fear God and has no integrity.Today we hear sermons on how to get rich instead of ‘beware of covetousness’. (Luke 12:15) ‘Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for an man’s life consists not in the abundance of things which he possesses.’ We tend to define life by what we own. Jesus said,’Take heed’. Jesus said ‘beware.’ This is His warning to us.Meditate on this holy scripture.

We hear so much about the ‘good life’ instead of the ‘godly life’. Covetousness is preached as though it was a virtue instead of a vice. And those who have much want more instead of heeding the Word in (Hebrews 12:5)

‘Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as ye have.’

That word conversation actually means your ‘lifestyle.’ The lest contented people I know are those who have the most material possessions. There is a lust for more and more. A covetous heart is never satisfied.

Peter had this to say in (Acts 3:6) ‘Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee:In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.’The crippled man was instantly healed ! Peter was a humble godly man not a greedy man. He gave the man what he needed ! It was the real power of Jesus the Risen Lamb.

So Paul and Peter were not covetous or greedy for gain, they were just servants of Jesus. But things are so different today. Many ministers are ‘loaded down’ with silver and gold and they boast about it ! Silver and gold simply represents money and you cannot serve God and Money at the same time ,meaning a greedy person is not serving the Lord but his lusts for material things.(Matthew 6:24)

Now Peter was inspired to write that a minister must ‘Feed the flock of God which is among you,taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly ,not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.’

Many do not feed the flock a diet of sound doctrine but teach new revelations that twist the truth and they do it for financial reward !
Peter then says in (1st Peter 5:3) that a real minister will not be a dictator but a godly example to the flock.Many arrogant ,selfish, greedy ministers abuse the sheep because they fear not God and they are covetous !

A true minister will be an example of humility, holiness and contentment. We will be a man with a passion for God and a servant of people. Read 1st Timothy 6:3-10. Study that passage carefully.

 Ecclesiastes 5:10 ‘ He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loves abundance with increase :this is also vanity.’

GREED IS LIKE LUST IT IS NEVER SATISFIED.GREED IS A BURNING DESIRE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL GRATIFICATION.GREED ALWAYS WANTS MORE AND IT WILL CONSUME YOU ! GREED CAN SO CONSUME YOU THAT YOU BECOME BLIND TO OTHERS NEEDS.

Beware of ministers who are preaching a message of materialism and greed !

(Isaiah 56:11) ‘Yea ,they are greedy dogs which can never have enough,and they are shepherds that cannot understand:they all look to their own way,everyone for his own gain.’

May we be content and be generous as the servants of God.

Brother David Cooke

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Too many “Christians”?

Don’t panic. I haven’t abandoned the faith. I love the brethren. Most times I even like them. The problem I have is what goes by the name Christian.

We have Christian radio and Christian TV.

Christian celebrities and celebrity “Christians”.
There are Christian businesses and Christian sporting comps.

Christian books and Christian movies…some are even suggesting we should promote Mormon Christians, Buddhist Christians and Muslim Christians and gay Christians…but so much which is heralded as Christian is …well, simply not Christian.

Many in the spirit of the post-modern age in which we live, have decided that Christian can just mean whatever they want it to mean, Thank you very much; but words have meaning or at least they are meant to have meaning. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet…but it’s awfully confusing to horticulturists.

When the early disciples of Christ adopted the self-descriptive term of Christian, they did it with a great deal of reverence and gratitude. It wasn’t a synonym for a nice person or born in the west or a cultural tradition. It wasn’t that they were agreed on family values, or political views or the benefit of a little bit of religion. They were united by the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, Who had birthed in them a faith in Christ and His redemptive work and Who then had unilaterally initiated a change of their inner being.

They didn’t simply nod assent to a set of religious propositions. Their faith wasn’t the result of a half-hearted lift of a lazy hand in a meeting or the muttered echo of a preachers prayer.

In the midst of a culture violently opposed to the faith of the divine Carpenter, they were compelled to follow by an inward change that could not be denied and could not be silenced. These Christians didn’t attend church on Sunday and forget their faith till the following Sunday. They knew they were the church and as a result they met daily in the temple courts and from house to house.

They were a despised minority but they rejoiced in their tribulations. They often had nothing but felt they possessed all things. Their lives were frequently cut short yet they rested in the promise of eternity. They were united not by good will or a common vision; they were knit together by a common Saviour.

And they weren’t perfect. They were as frail and fault afflicted as you and I but they were changed.

It wasn’t that they were simply morally virtuous. In fact they understood the gospel of morality as a vain attempt to dress up a corpse. No they didn’t preach morality they preached Christ, Who was raised from the dead and Who raises the dead.

These early Christians and those who have followed in their footsteps since, responded to the preaching of the biblical gospel, NOT to inspirational talks or helpful life-skill messages. They weren’t drawn by good music and quality decor, OR by new age slogans, they were drawn by their need and the God given revelation of the only One who could meet that need. They understood that they were justly doomed sinners in need of forgiveness.

Morally sick in desperate need of the great Physician.

Rebels crying out for the Divine pardon.

Spiritually destitute looking for and receiving mercy from the Provider who owns all things.

Famished in need of the Bread of Life.

Needing the Living Water to slake an unquenchable thirst.

Alone in the universe needing a Friend.

Naked on the slave block calling for a Redeemer.

They were granted what they sought…and more, much ,much more.

Today “Christian” leaders deny Christ on National Television… and continue to be invited to speak at conferences and rallies.

Christian authors reject the Bible… and make a prosperous living doing so.

Christian denominations promote idolatry and paganism and speak loudly and with passion for a blasphemous unity.

Some of the biggest congregations in the land party under the banner of Ichabod.

I’m sorry but there are just too many “Christians”.

Read the book of Acts again.

For instance Acts 5:13-14

“Yet none of the rest dared join them, (the believers) but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.” vs 11 follows on from the judgement levelled on Ananias and Sapphira, “So great fear came upon the church and upon all who heard these things.

No seeker friendly service here.

No dumbing down of the gospel.

No seeking of a carnal purpose in life.

No collecting of goats in the name of church growth.

Just a deep and trembling realization that the God of Israel is not to be trifled with; but also a sincere and joyous understanding that He can be approached through faith in the blood of His Divine Son.

The prosperity gospel is bankrupt.

Liberal theology is powerless.

Ecumenicalism and interfaith endeavours sit under the wrath of Yahweh.

Unbiblical religious traditions are lifeless. Even “Christian” ones.

Those involved in these rebellious demonstrations of religious activity will unfortunately hear the terrible words of Christ, “I never knew you”….unless of course of course they relinquish their hold on their idols and cling to Christ and Christ alone before that great and awe-full day.

Father,

I pray for those, who according to the court of heaven, have illegally claimed the term Christian for themselves. Those who have not experienced the second birth, who have not been justified and who are still unreconciled to You. They are unaware of the danger in which they dwell, but I ask that as You had mercy on me and so many others, You would extend your mercy to them. For Christ’s sake

Posted by Glenn Christopherson