Sunday, February 18, 2024

True vs. false Christian testimony

 

True vs. False Christians Testimony

We'll praise Jesus today, brothers and sisters in the Lord. I wanted to speak a little bit this morning about the difference of true and genuine Christian testimonies versus the false version of a Christian testimony that happens as a pattern in the false church. I recently got an email from a brother in the Lord who was discussing this with me a little bit. It was very true what this brother was saying. In church they have a pattern that everyone falls into when they are asked to share their testimony. So if you are in church and someone says, Hey brother, tell me your testimony. What they expect is for you to share the exact moment in time in your life, maybe when you were 10 years old, which happened back in 1989, of when you gave your life to the Lord at the Christian camp. Your testimony would go something like this. Back in 1989 I went to a Baptist camp. I was really touched by the preacher's message. I really felt the Lord moving in my heart. I was led to just lift my hands in praise. I was led to walk down to the front of the church and give my life to the Lord. My pastor encouraged me to do it. I went down to the front and I gave my life to the Lord that night. I gave up my addictions. He prayed over me and I became a changed creation that night. I remember that day was 1989 of March 3rd. My life hasn't been the same since because I used to be an addict and now I'm free.

 They have basically made your entire Christian testimony into this one small isolated incident that happened at one particular point in history in your past. Everything that happened before that time, you were not a Christian and you were not saved. Everything that happens after that moment, they believe that you're now eternally saved. Everyone who listens to these testimonies in church starts to build their own testimony after this pattern. A lot of these Christians, they hear really epic sounding testimonies of drug dealers who were doing drugs themselves and they were all mixed up in the world. They do 10 years in prison. They get beaten by their fellow inmates. They have this really crazy testimony of their past life and then they meet Jesus and now they are in church living as a good Christian. It basically contrasts this old life of who you were in the world and how crazy and how cool your life was in the world and now you're just a Christian in church and you're a good boy.

 So, everyone gets this idea that my testimony has to be this one snapshot in my life's history and that's all it is. I remember I also went to a Christian Baptist camp that was about a week long and at that point of my time, it was kind of the very beginning of me starting to hear from Jesus. My wife and I, I believe we were barely just married and I was just starting to hear from Jesus and I was starting to realize things in the church were false. There was a Baptist preacher there that was preaching to all these high school and junior high students and I was at this particular camp a mentor. So this camp was a family camp where kids from anywhere from junior high up to high school were there with their parents. But after the preacher would preach, you would get together with a few other different congregations from potentially different states. This was an out of state event. I believe it was in Glorieta, New Mexico. So we were from California and there were people from different areas there. One of the high school kids, he was probably only a freshman or a sophomore, he happened to be in the same group as my junior high and high school kids. We were asked to go around and share our testimony. This kid, who was obviously a son of a Baptist preacher and he'd been around church his whole life, he gets up to share his testimony. And I'm telling you, his testimony, the whole thing sounded like an absolute joke to me. No passion when he told his testimony. I was convinced that he himself didn't even believe what he was saying. He basically said, you know, “my name is Billy Smith and I've been a Christian now for five and a half years. I used to be a big sinner. Now I'm a saint, you know, I'm a Baptist preacher's son, grew up in church, but I used to be a big sinner, used to be doing all the big sins, thinking all the bad things. But one day in church while the preacher was preaching, I got convicted. I thought, Lord, I need to repent of my sins. So I said, hallelujah, I need to repent. And I walked myself as a sinner up to the front and I said, sinner, you need to repent. You need to have mercy on my soul. And I pleaded before the Lord that he wouldn't let me, that he would let me into heaven and not into hell and praise the Lord. I'm saved from my sins now. I'm on my way to glory, brothers and sisters.” And his testimony was so trite and so ridiculous that I just could not believe that it was genuine even to one percent of a degree. But when he got done sharing his testimony, to my surprise, nobody else thought his testimony was disingenuine. And I kept that to myself. I didn't question this high school student because obviously I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or point out the obvious at that time. But everyone else just was saying things like, “amen, brother”, you know, “that was, thank you for sharing that testimony. Let's go on to the next testimony”.

But it was ridiculous. My point is, it was not a genuine testimony and it's obvious by your actions and your words if you really have a testimony for Jesus or you don't. Now I know where Christians get the idea of being a testimony or being a witness. The main verse that they get for this is in 1 Peter chapter 3. I want to read it for you. It says, “And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. Do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled, but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense or to give an account or a testimony to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear, having a good conscience that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

 So you have these verses in 1 Peter that were told to always be ready to have a testimony of our faith in Jesus. Always be ready to stand up for the truth if someone approaches us and asks us why we are a Christian. So it makes sense. Also we have the words of Jesus, of course about being a testimony. At the very end of Matthew chapter 28 we are told to be a testimony to the world. Also in Matthew chapter 24 Jesus says, he who endures to the end shall be saved and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness or as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come.

 So we as Christians are to be a light and a witness and a testimony to the nations of the world and beckon people to repent. We are to be fishers of them. You have this story of Jesus casting out a demon, a demoniac, a demon possessed person in I think how you pronounce the town name is Guderianese. You can read it for yourself in Mark chapter 5. And at the very end of this story of Jesus casting out this demon, the demon possessed man that has now been set free, he wants to follow Jesus but Jesus tells him that he shouldn't physically follow him. In other words he is not going to be the 13th disciple following Jesus around like Peter and the other disciples. And Jesus rather says to this man that has been set free, go home to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you and how he has had compassion on you. And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him and all marveled.

 So we know that Jesus wants us to be a testimony, a witness for him, and being a testimony doesn't just mean that Jesus did one thing for us in the past. Imagine if that demon possessed man who was set free by Jesus continued to think of the one time Jesus had set him free, even though he had allowed demons back into his life. Imagine he goes back to drinking, he goes back to beating his wife and beating his children, but he continues to go back and say, but Jesus set me free 36 years ago so I'm going to heaven. That is basically the attitude that many Christians have today in church and their testimonies are not true, they are disingenuine. A lot of it has to do with their false doctrine of OSAS, once saved always saved. These Christians in false religion are convinced that following Jesus just means saying one prayer, going to the altar in church, confessing your sins that one time and after you have that one experience, that one emotional high or that one spiritual high, then you're once saved and always saved and anything that you do after that moment doesn't really matter or count. Don't worry about it being a testimony after that because you've already had your experience. So it's absolutely ridiculous guys if you break this false Christian testimony down. It's actually not a real and genuine testimony at all. I'm not saying that all Christians in church have never met Jesus because there are a lot of really wonderful testimonies, a lot of Christians have shared their testimony on YouTube and a lot of them did genuinely have an experience with the Lord, but sadly from that point they have got wrapped up in religion, they have forgot to continue to walk with the Lord and now they're trying to build on that foundation of Jesus with wood, hay and stubble and all of the sinking sand. And because of that they don't have a genuine testimony. Their testimony is false.

Because Jesus is alive, He's constantly speaking to His children and because we are alive in Jesus, our testimony is fluid, our testimony is moving because Jesus is moving.  He's constantly doing new things in our life. So it's not an isolated event of a testimony that we had 32 years ago, but our testimony continues to evolve as the Holy Spirit continues to speak the Word of God into our life. He tells us new things and our testimony continues to emerge. I've been on YouTube now over 10 years, I think around 13 years and I have many different testimonies of what the Lord has been doing over these years in my life. He's given me dreams and revelations, interpretations of things, words of wisdom, all sorts of things the Lord has shown me since the time I have put my faith in Jesus years ago.  Now I first put my faith in Jesus when I was about 8 years old, but what if I continue to go back and I never had any of these videos of what the Lord is doing in my life, what if I never shared anything that the Lord was doing in my life after I was 8 years old? There would be no edification of the church, I wouldn't have allowed the Holy Spirit to be a light in me, I'd be hiding my bushel, hiding the light under a basket. There wouldn't be any testimony in me to share. All I would be saying on YouTube right now is, guys, back when I was 8 years old I felt convicted when I was lying in my bed one night and I knew I was going to hell, I had the fear of God in me, so I told my dad, Dad I want to be baptized. So my dad talked to the pastor and the pastor said, well the next baptism we're doing is next month, so take a few baptism classes and get ready for baptism on baptism Sunday. And then sure enough, baptism Sunday came around and I was baptized by Pastor Matt Calucci and that was back in 1994. And so there you go, there's my testimony guys. That would not be leading anyone to Jesus, but that is the kind of testimonies that you hear in church. It's not that my testimony or my faith in Jesus when I was 8 was disingenuine per se, but what happened in my testimony after that, because that is what is critical.

 If you get married and your vows are genuine, but then 5 years later or 10 years later you break your vows and you get divorced, then what relationship do you have with your wife? If you get divorced you don't have any relationship with your spouse anymore and your vows are broken. So it doesn't matter how genuine your vow was back in 1989. If you don't have faith today and if you don't have a testimony today, then your soul is going to be lost and people are not going to be seeing your light as a testimony for Jesus. You'll just be looking like the most disingenuine person. So I want to encourage you today not to buy into the false testimonies of church or the false OSAS, once saved always saved doctrine. The teachings in church that basically make the Christian into this do it once and done idea. If we are alive in Jesus because Jesus is alive, our testimony is alive, and we need to daily be walking in the Lord. Not just walking in the world, not just following preachers, but we need to have a testimony that is alive because Jesus is alive and He wants to walk with us. 

How I see this in dead religion is, it would be like if you said your wedding vows and then after that day you decided not to talk with your wife, but to go off and live life for yourself. Imagine you as the husband go off and you're kind of doing your own thing, your wife is doing her own thing. And then one day you as the husband speak to your wife and you say, hey I would like to actually conversate with you and grow with you and love you. And imagine your wife says, well we got married years ago, we got married 20 years ago honey, we don't need to talk anymore, we're already safe and secure and our marriage is going to be good forever. You as the husband, if your wife said that, you would know that you're already headed to disaster with your marriage, if you didn't already know that. We know as relational beings that we have to daily be communicating with people in order to have good relationships. With our wife we have to be communicating, with our children, with our parents, whoever we want a good relationship with we have to be daily in connection with.

And why would it be any different with God? So what we need to do as Christians is constantly be in prayer, constantly asking Jesus to help us to have a testimony, that he would speak his words to life into us. That way when we're around other people, whether they are brothers or sisters in the Lord or people in the world, we have something to bring, we're not coming empty. A lot of Christians are always spiritually empty, they're always looking for some spiritual nugget for them to eat, but they don't have anything to bring to the congregation of God, they don't have any truth or any enlightenment from the Holy Spirit for others. They're always empty. And because of that they can't encourage fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, they can't be edified themselves because they're just drained and empty all the time.

The churches gather these sorts of people, everyone talks about they're going to church to get fed. That should not be. If the true church is meeting together, brothers and sisters in the Lord, each of you should have a spiritual song, each of you should have a revelation from God that you're going to share a dream or a vision. You should have something, because after all, God sent his son Jesus to be with you through his Holy Spirit. And if Jesus is with you, you do have life, you should have something. So why are Christians running around totally empty without any knowledge of the truth, no love, no joy, they don't have any revelation from God, they have nothing. That is because they don't really have a testimony, they have rejected Jesus and they've rejected it for their ridiculous religion that is damning them.

I want to encourage you to have a true testimony today. Have a testimony like that guy that Jesus set free, that demon possessed man. Have a testimony like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all of the apostles, all of those disciples that walked with Jesus. Nothing was too special about them except they decided to walk with the Lord and as they walked with him they grew in their faith and in this understanding of God. They listened to the parables, they listened to the teachings about the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven. And they were convicted and as they walked with the Lord and received his Holy Spirit, they gained a testimony and power to be able to share with even educated men that knew more about the Bible than them. And they were given a mouth that no one could shut up, no one could speak against their wisdom because they walked with God.

I want to pray for the family of God, the children of God, my fellow brothers and sisters who want to have insight from the Holy Spirit. I want to pray for those of you that want a true testimony and for people that want to put their faith in God for their salvation. So “Lord Jesus I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray that someone listening today may truly come to you and that you would come into their heart and dine with them, that they may be saved from their sins, that they would come out from false religion and not be deceived by the lying pastors that come to people in sheep's clothing but are wolves, who pretend that we don't have to really repent, who pretend that we don't really have to walk with you. These are those that say that we can just have one heightened experience in the past and then we don't have to walk with you after that and we know that that's a lie. We want to hold your hand Lord Jesus and walk with you every step of the way and endure with you to the very end of our life. So I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord that they would pray and seek you with all of their heart and that they would find you and that they would walk with you in faith and that you would teach them as their only teacher and lead them as their only leader and that they would not be misled and misguided by false brethren or wolves on the internet or anywhere else Lord. Keep us in your hedge of protection and lead us and guide us by your truth and your light. And we also want to be lights for you. Let us shine for you that other people may see the truth and give our Father in heaven glory. In your name we pray Lord Jesus, Amen.

 We'll continue to praise Jesus guys. Continue to have a testimony for the Lord and be a light shining for Him. That's what Jesus has us on this earth to do. Those that continue to sin, they get cut off. But those that want to follow the Lord and cut evil out of their life, the Lord prunes them and He disciplines them in righteousness and in the way of the gospel, that we can bear more good fruit and encourage more people in the kingdom of God and do what is right before our Father in heaven.

 Well thank you for being here this morning everyone.

 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Works of Yesterday Don't Guarantee Tomorrow

 

Works of Yesterday Don't Guarantee Tomorrow

We'll praise Jesus today everyone. I have just a short message that I wanted to talk about today. And that is the fact that our works or what we did in the past, do not guarantee our well being for the future. Now in the world, we understand this concept. But many Christians do not receive or understand this concept spiritually. In other words, they believe that if they have said a prayer in the past and done a good work in the past, such as put their faith in Jesus and believed in Him, then that good work or that act of faith in the past will guarantee their future entry into heaven. So they bank on the fact that they did good in the past, and then they think that everything else from that moment of time into eternity doesn't matter. Praise Jesus today everyone.

So I want to give an analogy of this from just the world, from something that happened in my life, just to kind of bring this down to earth to help us understand. So some years ago, about half a decade ago, I was working a maintenance job at hotels. I did this job for about six or seven years on and off. And during that time, praise Jesus everyone. During that time, I was working as maintenance and construction. They put me in a position where I was to demolish and help renovate a hotel. So there was a hotel that had, I don't know, say 45, about 45 to 50 rooms. And they wanted these rooms to be demoed, specifically the bathrooms. So they wanted the whole entire bathroom ripped out, the shower, the toilet, the walls, even the studs and everything taken out, all the way down to the floor, even the concrete taken out. And they wanted the whole thing redone to reshape the rooms and make the hotel better.

 And I was actually put in charge of this job. So for about two years, guys, my main job was to demolish and rebuild these bathrooms. So about 40 to 50 rooms at this hotel. It took me two years. When all of this was said and done, after the whole, you know, after everything was done, after I had demoed everything with a team, and then, you know, taking everything to the dump, and after new people were hired, and after we put everything back in all the way down to the tile, it was finished. And I think it looked pretty good. I learned a lot from that experience. And it was truly just an amazing experience that God allowed me to have to develop as a man in learning how to do something in the world.

 Now imagine that I, still being hired at that particular company, said to them, you know, half a decade ago, I renovated your bathrooms. And I was able to bring a hotel from making, you know, grossing 1 million a year to 1.3 million dollars a year, or whatever the case was. And so I, what if I had a bit of pride in that? But the bad kind of pride, the pride where I thought that I was entitled to not just make more money, but to do a whole lot less. So what if I said to them, well, because half a decade ago, I renovated this building, and I did all this stuff, I don't really have to do anything anymore for you guys. In fact, I don't think I need to lift a finger. I don't need to build fences. I don't need to take out the garbage. I don't need to pressure wash the sidewalks. I don't have to help guests. I don't have to do anything with my job related to maintenance or construction, because five years ago, I renovated this hotel, and now you're making more money because of me. What if I had that attitude? Do you think that the employer or the owner of that hotel would continue to pay me as his employee? What do you think? Just honestly.

So in reality, we know how things work in the world. If you get arrogant in the world, and you stop performing, you'll be fired. You'll be canned immediately. It's not about what you just did in the past. Maybe that helps you in an interview get a job, but if you can't perform in the workplace, the things that you wrote down on paper of what you did in the past, you'll be fired. And so we understand this as men in the world. You have to perform, and it's not just about a performance that you did a half a decade ago or a decade ago, but it's about how you can perform this minute, this hour. So whatever your job is, whether you're an accountant or whether you're a construction, you need any build houses, whatever you do, you have to currently be able to make money and do a good job and prove yourself worthy of whatever job that is, whatever career you have. If you can't do it, you should not be paid. And in fact, your employer should fire you because you're worthless to the company. It's just plain and simple how the world works.

So why do we as men understand this concept so well, but then when we transition to faith, we say that we can achieve things in the past, like we can just have a faith experience in the past. And now we're accomplished because we have believed in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. We're accomplished and we know we're entitled to heaven and the boss can never fire us because we're tenured. So we think we could get really prideful thinking that God has to keep us as his employees, even though we don't want to work and we don't want to work out our salvation every day for him. So if this concept of not working today doesn't work in the world, it certainly will not work with God. Men are imperfect, but men also think like God, even if they are ungodly people. All of us want to be treated fairly. All of us want respect. And when it comes down to it, we prove by our own feeling of wanting to be deserving of something that there is morality. God is perfectly moral and it is perfectly just of him to fire us if we are not his workers, if we're not doing work, if we're not enduring with Jesus and bearing good fruit, we know that he will cut us off.

Now, this gospel that I'm displaying for you today is not openly preached in church because this gospel will not make money. The gospel that makes money says, come to my church. You don't have to do anything. You don't have to really repent. You don't have to have an ongoing progressive testimony where you're hearing from God daily. You can be homosexual. You can be trans. You can be whatever you want. Just be you and just know that you will be accepted in our church.” That sort of false gospel makes money because it's very inclusive to all religions and all beliefs and it gets a lot of people involved in that church and wanting to pay money to have their ears itched.

The other day I was thinking about the concept of AD and BC. Now, BC used to stand for Before Christ and AD anno Domini. I don't know if I'm pronouncing it correctly, but basically it means in the year of our Lord. This stood for a long time. But at some point fairly recently, and this may go all the way back to the 16th century, but fairly recently within the last 10 or 20 years, a lot of people wanted to be, they say, more inclusive. So all our textbooks in California and actually probably in the whole United States, they went from saying BC when talking about something before Jesus to calling it BCE, which means Before Common Era. Instead of saying AD, which means in the year of our Lord, now they say CE, which means Common Era. And the main reason, if you look up why they did this, is because they're trying to be inclusive to all religions, which totally denies the fact that Jesus did the work of dying on the cross and resurrecting. It wasn't the Muslim god. It wasn't the Buddhist god. It wasn't any other god that died on the cross and separated history from history. No other god separated the Common Era from Before Common Era. That was Jesus. So to try to be inclusive and deny the facts that Jesus is the one that did this, it shows hypocrisy and it shows that people are trying to be inclusive to demons and to lies.

Now as men of God, we are not inclusive to lies. We exclude lies from our life. We exclude liars and everything that is not true from our life that we can walk in purity and in righteousness and accept Jesus as our Lord and the God of our life. So I hope this message makes sense to somebody that, you know, someone that's out there that wants to truly put their faith in Jesus and not just be cowardly because a lot of Christians are just deceived in religion. They're trying to be inclusive. They don't think they have to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. They're just wanting their ears tickled. They want a kind of a church experience where they're just told they're okay, they're going to heaven, they don't really have to repent or get sin out of their life. They don't really have to have a relationship with Jesus. And this kind of religion, guys, we have to reject because it is bringing people to hell. It's bringing children to hell. It's bringing families to hell.

And unless we reject false church, then God will also reject us. We have to have genuine faith and we have to have a testimony that is current today. So again, all of us understand this concept in the world. We can't prove that we're worthy of keeping our job in this world by just what we've done in the past, but we have to be daily proving that we're worthy to get the money that we're making every day. And if we can't do our jobs, we'll be fired. And it's the same in the kingdom of God. If we are working for Jesus with pure attitudes and right hearts, then the Lord's covenant stands in our life. His blood covers over us. But if we're a coward, if we're rejecting Jesus, if we're not standing for His truth, then it also stands that He will also deny us and be ashamed of us in front of His holy angels.

So are we standing with Jesus or are we standing with men? Are we trying to please Jesus and live for Him? Do we have a genuine relationship with Him? And are we working for Him every day, working out our salvation with fear and trembling? Or are we just trying to appease men and live for men? Anyways, I hope this message encourages you in the Lord, and I hope that we can go in faith today. “So Lord Jesus, I pray for Your true church. I pray for people to come out of false religion. I pray for people to come out of the lies of our culture that says that they can continue to sin and just pay tithe to the church and they'll be good in the end. I pray people will come out of this satanic church system that binds them to sin and ungodliness. I pray that people throw off their witchcraft, they throw off their lies, and they sever themselves from the ungodly, and that they touch nothing unclean. We pray to just be holy and pure before You, Lord, and walk the straight and narrow path and endure with You, Lord, to the very end. I pray this in Your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

What separates the rich from poor in heaven

 

What Separates the Rich from POOR in Heaven

Well praise Jesus today, brothers and sisters in the Lord. I want to speak about a very profound topic shortly here this morning, and that is what separates rich people from poor people in heaven. We know what separates rich people from poor people on this earth. It's money, it's the ability to have ideas that make you physical money in this world. Obviously if you serve mammon, if you serve wealth, you will get wealthy in this world. And there are certain things that allow you to get more wealthy quicker than other people. Obviously if you live in a third world country, you're not going to get as wealthy as someone that lives in China or in America or somewhere that allows for wealth. So we consider people to be wealthy on earth if they have a lot of money, if they have possessions, maybe if they have an amount of fame or power. So those things on earth are obvious, but what creates wealth in heaven? Because in heaven, guys, we are spiritual beings. God is spirit, and his creation is spiritual beings.

So in heaven, someone that is wealthy, it's not that they have a big house, it's not that you achieved all these good works on earth and now you have a bigger car, a bigger garage, you have more horses in heaven, you have more property, real estate. In the spiritual realm, you don't have this need for physical space the way you do in this physical realm. In the physical realm, you equate wealth with more space because you are an object that is in space. And so that's why you perceive it as houses and cars and things that are physical is because you are physical. But in the spiritual realm, what is wealth? So I want to speak about that for a moment because Jesus says, “do not store up for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

So we want to speak about what those treasures are. Now clearly, the true treasures are the things of the spirit that are valuable forever. The things that come from the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, these attributes that come from God, the knowledge that comes from God. I want to read to you from 1 Corinthians chapter 3, which is speaking about people who are building their spiritual house and then something gets stripped away from these people that don't build with the true value. So I want us to think about what those things are as we read through this. So this is 1 Corinthians 3. I want to start, say, in verse 9, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

So we know from what the Apostle Paul is speaking about here, that the foundation is Jesus. And then you can build on the foundation of Jesus with the truth, with the true word of God that comes from the Holy Spirit. You know those words that come from God. Or you can build on that foundation of Jesus your own principles, your own ideas and lies and all kinds of garbage.

“12Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire;”

So we know that Paul is talking about the refiner's fire that will burn up each of our works that aren't good. But what is good will be left.

And the fire will test each one's work of what sort it is.

“And the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

So we understand that we are the true church, that we are God's temple, that we are a holy people. And if we disobey, reject him, then he's also going to eventually cut us off if we go on sinning. But what does it mean if you consider verse 15, “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”  I want to explain this mystery because in church a lot of Christians take this to mean that if you put your faith in Jesus and started to build on Jesus, in other words, if you said the prayer of repentance when you were 10 years old, then basically you could go on sinning the rest of your life and not really repent, and then when you die at age 50 or age 80, you will still go to heaven because when you were 10 years old, you put your faith in Jesus and then the rest of your life you built with hay and stubble, so all that will get burnt up when you go into heaven, but then you will still make it into heaven, but it will just be by, you know, all your hair will be burnt off, your clothes will be burnt off, you will go in naked, but at least you will make it in. That is what they preach in the churches because they don't want anyone to think that they will actually lose their salvation.

Obviously the apostle Paul didn't even think that because he said in verse 17 “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him”. So clearly Paul didn't even believe in this “one saved, always saved” hyper grace deal that the church teaches. So I want to explain to you what is going on with this, everything being burnt up. See if we do make it into God's kingdom, that means that we not only had faith in Jesus, that we put our faith in Him when we were 10 years old or maybe 50 years old or whatever age we came to faith, but it means we also demonstrated to the Lord that we did love Him and we endured with the Lord.

Now there are some people who backslide for a while, there is still hope for the backslider to repent, but there are other people who fall away from the Lord and never come back and those people, a lot of them sadly will be rejected at the gates of heaven because their names were blotted out of the book of life and you can read about that, Jesus speaks about that in Revelation. There are others who make it in fully clothed because they built on the foundation of Jesus in righteousness, but there are others who didn't really build on that foundation but they did truly believe and they are saved in the end. So what is the difference? This is the point I'm getting to guys.

What is the point? What is the difference between riches in heaven where we should be setting our treasure and a man who gets in very poor, who gets in naked, who gets in without anything? I'm going to tell you the difference here because once you realize what it is, you will realize that you don't have any room to boast, any room to think that by all your good deeds here on this earth you're going to just achieve a bigger house in heaven. Because I think in a lot of religions of the world there can become a lot of pride on the earth in their religions. Because they think the more religious things they do, you know the more women they'll have in the afterlife or the more physical possessions they'll have in the afterlife which is ridiculous to think about because in the spiritual realm it's not like the physical realm where you're fighting over land territory, where you're fighting over physicality.

So what is this treasure that we need to set our heart on in heaven that it's not the same on earth? And what that is are human souls. The demons are all fighting over human souls. God is fighting over human souls and you are also fighting for your own soul. At the end of the day, your soul is either going up or down and also the soul of your family is going up and down. The soul of your brother is going up or down. The soul of your sister, your mother, your grandmother, your friends in school, all the people at your workplace, all the people you have ever known in your life, all of them are either going to one of two places ultimately which is eternity with Jesus where you will spend eternity worshipping God or eternity in the lake of fire that is made for Satan and his demons and also becomes the place of all the human souls who reject God.

So the man who puts his faith in Jesus Christ and he puts his faith in Jesus at the very end of his life, he hasn't built anything on that foundation of Jesus. He's never told his friends about God. His family is atheist. His friends have all lived to serve wealth of this earth and when this man dies, he dies a very poor spiritual man. But he is rich enough to realize that he needs God and God blesses him with salvation and when he walks into eternity, he walks in naked, having nothing. He doesn't have a physical brother in heaven or physical father. He has no flesh and blood in heaven. He has nothing to boast of for anything that he has done and when he gets into heaven, there is no one to greet him who is his fellow blood because he hasn't ever let anyone in his family to the Lord. All his works are burnt up. Everything he did on this earth is burnt up. He has nothing to show but in heaven, he is welcomed by the angels of God. He is welcomed by Jesus because Jesus' blood covers over this man and this man makes it into God's kingdom. And he is able to now share and partake in the things of God because he has received forgiveness by the blood of Jesus. That is a wonderful thing but everything else this man has done has been burnt up. That is why this man is poor.

Some Christians, their entire life, they live life for themselves and they live a lukewarm life and at some point, they truly come to the Lord and they establish that true rock, that foundation on Jesus yet because they have never built on that foundation with gold and precious stones, what they built with wood, hay and stubble, all that they built is burnt up. And many parents who have raised their families, they realize this. They realize after 10, 20, 30, 40 years of raising their families that they did not raise their children truly for the Lord. They raised them in dead religion. They raised them around the TV and around people that were evil and corrupt. And they realize that they have lost their children and these parents, their children have already grown up to be adults, these parents realize that their works have been burnt up. They realize that their money that they spent helping their children and helping their friends and helping others and doing ministry in church, all these works are being burnt up. But they themselves will be saved because they have not lost their foundation of Jesus. And it is very sad that in heaven when they make it in, they will be very poor. Their own children will not make it in. They will not have their own flesh and blood who they gave birth to on this earth and labored for on this earth in the kingdom of God with them because their children will be rejected by their Messiah.

If we want to build on that rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ, and have true riches in heaven, then we need to start not only preaching the gospel with our mouth but living the gospel with our life. And if we are truly building on the rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ, with the precious stones, we know that those precious stones are human souls. They represented originally the twelve tribes of Israel. They also represented the twelve apostles. Symbolically, they represent God's church. They represent you. They represent me. Spiritually, they represent all of the Jews who truly put their faith in Jesus and all of the Gentiles who are grafted in who put their faith into Jesus. And if we raise our children and if we teach our family and our friends and those around us to put their faith in Jesus Christ, and they do, then we will have great riches in heaven, not because we're such wonderful people, but because God will bless our family and our friends with the ability to repent and to be washed clean of their sins. And when they enter into the regeneration, the newness of life, they will have life eternal. That is what will separate the rich man from the poor man in heaven.

If you want great riches in heaven, you have to start building from the very beginning with those precious stones. You have to start building with righteousness and truth and everything that really matters. But if you want to be poor in heaven, forget to teach your children about righteousness and holiness, raise them in dead religion. If you want to be poor in heaven, forget that it's really about Jesus, forget that it's really about living for the Lord, and you will become so poor, you might even lose your own temple. We don't want to be poor in heaven. We want to be rich. We want people. We want to win souls. We want to be fishers of men, how Jesus made us to be. Remember that when Jesus called his disciples, they were fishermen. And Jesus said, I will make you fishers of men. We are to be lights of the world. We're to shine our light that other people can see our good deeds, that then they will glorify our Father in heaven. And our hope is that they see the light of the glory of God in us, that they also repent and put on righteousness and have on their white robes, that they accept Jesus into their life and that they're washed clean. We want our fellow brothers and sisters, our moms, our dads, our grandmas, our grandpas. We want those people in our workplace, our classmates, whoever is in our church, our people, whoever is in our life, we want them to be one into the kingdom of heaven, that when we enter into the presence of God, that we may have more brothers and sisters in heaven with us that can rejoice and give glory to our creator.

So guys, I hope this enlightened someone to what the difference is between a rich man and a poor man. A true rich man has their faith in Jesus and they're able to lead their friends and their family to the Lord. This is true riches in heaven. And I hope that you can see the difference between the false riches of this world compared to the true riches in the kingdom of God. So I want to pray for my fellow brothers and sisters who are wanting to live upright, who want to put their faith in the Lord. I want to pray for you that you would enter into the kingdom of God and that you would also encourage your family, your friends, your brothers and sisters on this earth that they might also make it into the kingdom of God as well.

“So Lord Jesus, I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters. I pray for the body of Christ. I pray that people may truly put their faith in you and that they would not be ashamed to be a light for you. You say to us that we are the light of the world and that we need to let our light so shine before men that they see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. So we want to have the deeds of righteousness and we want to encourage those that are younger in the faith than us. We want to encourage those around us to be filled with your Holy Spirit and to put on the love of God and the peace that passes all understanding and that they would have the ability to walk with you in the newness of life and just partake in your new covenant, that they would be washed clean by your blood and that we would just walk in the newness of life with you. So I pray that those who are listening today could be set free from sin, that they could be set free from just the temptations of this world, that they would encourage those that are in their life also to repent and to follow you, Lord Jesus, with all of their heart. So we pray this in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Don't Sacrifice in Vain

 

Don't Sacrifice in Vain

Well, praise Jesus today brothers and sisters. I want to talk about this message of not sacrificing in vain. All of us want to know at the end of our life that what we did in our life benefited society, benefited people, but more than that, that we are approved by God and that whatever we sacrificed was not in vain. Because what does it matter if we give ourselves to the fire to be burned, or if we offer our life as an offering for God to reject us at the final hour? It would all be meaningless. And we know throughout generations that different civilizations have made huge sacrifices to their gods, such as the Incas, the Mayas, the Aztecs. There's all these sorts of tribal people that even did human sacrifices. They sacrificed their firstborn babies. And they made these huge sacrifices 100% in vain. Some of them thought it would help the sun go around. They thought it would help their corn grow. They thought it would give them fertility. And they believed that if they sacrificed children in their family, that then they would be blessed by God. But God is not satisfied with this sort of human sacrifice. He is also not satisfied with many of the sacrifices that Christians offer these days. If you haven't checked out yet the testimony of Howard Pittman, I would encourage you to check out his testimony. One of his testimonies is called Placebo. But the interesting thing about this brother in the Lord that passed away a year ago or so was that he was a minister of God's Word. He spoke the gospel. He was a good person. He wasn't a person that was just someone out there sinning. He was also a politician. He was trying to do good for his community. If anyone believed they were on their way to heaven, it would have been Howard Pittman. And others would have truly believed if he died the day that he did, that he had that near-death experience. At his funeral, everyone would have said that he was in glory with God. Yet watch Howard Pittman's testimony, because even though Howard Pittman was not sinning, even though he was sacrificing, he was giving to God, he was giving to his church, he was giving to his community, when he stood before God, God rejected him. And you can hear exactly what God says to Howard Pittman with Howard Pittman's direct quote from God. But long story short with it, God rejects Howard Pittman. And what Howard Pittman realizes is, even though he was making all these sacrifices and doing all these good things, at the end of the day, he was serving the God of S-E-L-F. Satan is very tricky to get us to believe that we are sacrificing for God, when actually we are serving the God of self. Howard Pittman was serving God his way, not Jesus' way. And most Christians are also serving God and sacrificing for God their way, they're not sacrificing for God Jesus' way.

At one point before a member of my family passed away, I talked to this member of my family greatly about Jesus and the evil that was in church. I told them about how there was a two-faced congregation, how people would be up at the pulpit and talking about righteousness, but behind closed doors they were doing really evil things, even things that were obvious, like smoking pot, having sex outside of marriage, they were getting drunk, they were going to raves. But in church on Sunday, they were joyfully playing the drums as under the Lord. You know, they were behind the piano and behind the pulpit. And after I was done giving my testimony to this member of my family, this person said, “Well, Andy, my church doesn't do that. We are all really dedicated Christians and we're not living a double life. None of us are out smoking pot or getting drunk. We're not having sex outside of marriage and I believe that we're keeping the principles of the Bible, of God's Word”. And what I realized was, this person was correct. They were not committing any of the outward sins that the world sees as a big sin. In the eyes of the world, this person and their church was pure. They were not sinning in the traditional sense. They were not supporting blood or gangs or violence or hatred of the innocent. But also, they were not serving God in the way that God commands us to serve Him. This person and this group of people in my family were fully serving God in their own way. They were serving the God of S-E-L-F, exactly how Howard Pittman was. Howard Pittman was a man who was a pastor. He was a minister of God's Word. Yet he was rejected by God, even though he was not sinning and he was a good person. And so what everyone would ask here is, why is that? And that is because we're not just sent to hell because we're doing evil and we're sinning. But we're also sent to hell for serving God our own way and not really serving God His way and having a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

That is why this message is so important for Christians. It's so important to figure out if we are sacrificing in a way that is truly for Jesus or if our sacrifice is false. What a shame and what a pity it will be for us if we were sacrificing in this life blood, sweat, and tears, if we were giving up our children, if we were giving ourselves over to be burned, like how the Apostle Paul says. And for us to suffer all these things yet still go to hell because basically we get the worst life, we're tormented in this life, and then in the next life we're still rejected by God and still going to hell. It would be better that you served Satan in this life and that you got money, pleasure, fame, all the women that you wanted and then were sent to hell, than for you to think that you were serving God in this life and sacrificing and living next to death on this earth. For then God to reject your sacrifice and to go to hell. Don't you think it would be better for you to have a little bit of fun on this earth before you went to hell than to be living a life of hell on this earth and then for God also to reject you? After all that's what all the movie actors think, that's what all the politicians think, that's what all the kings of this world think.

 What a sad state of affairs it is for a Christian to be sacrificing falsely. How are Christians sacrificing falsely? Christians will sacrifice for their church service. They will be giving a lot of money, a lot of time. They will be giving to above and beyond their 10% to a church. They'll be giving their dedication much more than just once a week. I want to give an example of false sacrifice that happened in my family. There are many examples, but this is one small example that I knew growing up because my mom told it to me. See my grandfather was a missionary to Africa, to Nigeria. My grandfather's children, one of which was my mother, grew up in Africa and they had to sacrifice many things. They had to sacrifice their education as far as their upbringing in America. They had to sacrifice normal things like just having toys, eating things that we would eat. They had to sacrifice friendships with people that they would have had with people next door. They had to sacrifice all those normal things that we as American citizens have. But because my grandfather wanted to bring the truth of Jesus to people in Africa, he brought his family there knowing that it would be a sacrifice that was worth it if it really was for God. But my grandfather got into these missions and within the missions they said, “You cannot bring your children along”. By my mom's being able to go along with my grandpa, my grandfather, my mom out of this sacrifice was sacrificed to boarding school. She was separated from her parents and not just for a few days but for months. During this time, the children in my family were separated from their parents and raised by people that were not their parents, people that they did not know. And this was all in the name of missionary work. My mom does not speak about it fondly because she didn't get to see her mom or her dad for months on end. When my family, being my mom and her siblings, finally came back to America, they didn't see these sacrifices as a good thing. They saw it as separation from their earthly father, separation from the riches that America has to offer. And the family, most of them, did not take on true faith in Jesus. They decided to go the way of the world.

This is one small sacrifice that I have seen go wrong time and time again. As a pastor, pastors will sacrifice their family to go on a mission trip. They will sacrifice time with their family to do church-related events. They will sacrifice and go above and beyond spending money for their church, which should be spent on their family because they believe it's for God. It's like how Jesus says that the Pharisees give all their money to their organization. And any extra money that they get that should be going to help out their parents, they say,” we can't give this money to our parents or to support our family because it's money that's Corbin or it's money that should be going to God”. And Jesus calls them hypocrites because they think in their mind that they're making this wonderful sacrifice to God. But what they're sacrificing are things that in the end are going to be unbeneficial to the kingdom of heaven. They're sacrificing things on this this earth that pull them away from the things God has naturally given them. And then in the afterlife, it will reap no reward.

There are many religions of this world that are also sacrificing. Muslims are sacrificing. They become radical terrorists, and they kill people in the name of Allah. They believe it is a holy war. They will even turn on their families and kill their families, kill their mother, they will kill their father, they will kill their children if they are against Allah. They are willing to sacrifice the ultimate sacrifice of their own blood. Even their own lives. They are not scared to blow themselves up. They don't fear death. These sorts of Muslims are even, they're even much more aggressive about their faith than any Christian you've ever seen. They will sacrifice more than any dedicated Christian you've ever seen. But I'm here today to tell you that these sacrifices are in vain and they will lead these Muslim brothers to hell.

Many Christian brothers that should be worshipping Jesus are going to hell the same way Muslims are, the same way Buddhists are that give themselves to the fire. Their sacrifices are in vain because they are not pleasing to God.

I warn you that if you are sacrificing in vain, you will have the worst life on this earth and then the worst life in the life to come. You will be part of the living dead. You will not be annihilated. You will have your memory in hell of the people that you have wronged. You will remember your children that you rejected. You will remember the people that you didn't truly love. you will be held accountable to these things in hell cognitively and knowingly the rest of your life with no escape from your tormentors who you're given over to in hell.

So what sort of sacrifice does Merit in the end, something that God approves of? We know what Jesus said, but in case you forgot, I want to read to you the words of Jesus found in Matthew. We know what Jesus said to the rich young ruler, how the rich young ruler was so sad because he had many possessions. 20The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven. 24And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

 It is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. It's not just difficult, guys.

25When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” 28So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Jesus' Kingdom is the Kingdom that you need to seek after. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Now there are people who think that just giving up worldly possessions will get them into heaven. The Indian religion believes that. They believe that if they just never physically look at a woman, if they don't own any gold or any things that are precious of this world, that they will be able to achieve everlasting life. But Jesus was not saying that the way into everlasting life is just giving up our gold and our riches. After all, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob made it into God's Kingdom and they had great riches. It talks about how Abraham and Jacob had many camels, many donkeys. One camel is similar to a car and these guys had maybe fifty of them, maybe a hundred, a hundred and fifty. They were very wealthy, but they were not relying on their wealth. They were not serving money, power and fame and going after the lusts of the flesh.

So what does Jesus mean? How do we sacrifice in a way that pleases God? I see people occasionally on YouTube that have, you know, left their wife, they've left their family, they've sold their house and they've become homeless. And they think that if they become homeless and just walk the streets of New York, then God will accept them into heaven because they rejected worldly riches. This is ultimately not what God is looking for. When Jesus called me to follow him, he didn't ask me to give my money to the poor. After all, I was in debt, about $150,000 in debt. What Jesus asked me to do to follow him was to sell what I had and to take the money that I got from selling the things that I had and to pay off my debt so that then I could preach the gospel free of charge.

See, what Jesus ultimately wants is our heart dedication. He doesn't just want your money. Jesus doesn't care that you have, you know, a million dollars in the bank and that you sell that money to, you know, build some church. But he wants your heart dedication. He wants you to have a real relationship with him. Jesus isn't about just religion or looking good. See, that is what is wrong with all these religions of the world. They don't have a connection with Jesus. They don't believe in Jesus. But they do think that they're going to get to heaven by all their works, all their sacrifice. And sadly, even though the Christian church says that they are saved by grace, not by works, they are trying to work their way into heaven by their sacrifices. They say, “it's not by works, brother, but you do have to pay tithe. It's not by works, brother, but you do have to keep your church attendance. It's not by works, brother, but you do have to go on the mission trip. It's not by works, brother, but you do have to listen to my pastor's sermons.” So what they're preaching is absolute hypocrisy. And the Christians that attend these services that are making this false sacrifice, are making Christians feel very guilty for not having their self-righteous works. They make you feel guilty if you get a little extra money to use it on your family, because you should be using it to give to the church.

Jesus talks exactly about that, guys. In Matthew chapter 23, he talks about how parents or children will reject their parents by saying, well, anything extra we get has to be Corbin, has to be given to the temple. And then you reject helping out your parents. Jesus wants a personal relationship with each of us. Christians will deny that. They think it's all about a relationship with their Bible, a relationship with church. They will say, “oh, you think it's just about you and Jesus and no one else. They will make fun of you if you stand up for your relationship with Jesus”.

 But the sacrifice we need to make is the sacrifice to put Jesus as King and Lord of our life. It's as simple as that. And if you make Jesus King and Lord of your life, then you will have everything in order. And the sacrifices that Jesus has you to make will be true sacrifices that will be worth it in the end. Jesus does talk about how his disciples might sacrifice family, but that will happen as Jesus requires it. It's not going to be someone else saying, “oh, brother, I think you need to marry this woman. Or, oh, I think you need to get divorced”. You know, there were people in my church that when I first got married, were thinking that it would be the right sacrifice for me to make if I were to annul my marriage and divorce my wife. They thought that it would be the best thing for me to do to start divorce recovery. They wanted to divide the marriage with my new wife that God had put me into, because they wanted me to make a sacrifice for church and for religion. Jesus does not want us to sacrifice our children and offer them up to Baal. He doesn't want us to sacrifice our wife and to be divorced. He doesn't want us to be separate from our children going on what we call mission trips.

The first priority is to be sacrificing truly for Jesus to make him King and Lord of our life. And if we make Jesus the King and Lord of our life, if he is on the throne, then he will lead us and guide us in what to do. There are people that he will cut off from us. He will say, “if you're going to follow me, you need to cut this relationship out of your life because they're leading you to hell”. And don't go to hell for someone else's sin. You will start to realize that there are certain people in your social circle that you don't need in your circle. They're only in your circle because the devil has put them there and they are a distraction to you and they're taking you to hell. There are also parasites in your life. Parasites are things that are causing you to be spiritually weakened. They're things that you do not need in your life. Places you go that cause you to stumble, to fall into the lust of the flesh. They're things that cause you to fall to pornography and lusting after your neighbor's wife and other things that your neighbor has. These social things you need to sacrifice for Jesus in order to have Jesus as the King of your own heart.

And if you don't sacrifice those things and cut those things out of your life and choose to touch nothing that is unclean, then you will not be worthy to walk with Jesus and to have him Lord of your life. You will be cut off from God. We know that Jesus says that a good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit. And that every tree that is producing, the Father prunes. So these things that are connected to you that you don't need, the branches that are connected to you that are dying, you need to allow Jesus to cut those out of your life. And that will be a sacrifice for Jesus, a true sacrifice. But you don't need those things in your life. And likely, if you are actually trusting Jesus, you will know in the bottom of your heart that you need to get those things out of your life. And as soon as you do, even though it is hard, you will be full of peace and joy because you will know that is what it takes to keep Jesus on the throne of your life.

So this is the message that I had to give today guys. False vs. True Sacrifice. Are we really sacrificing for Jesus? Are we dedicating our life to Jesus to have him on the throne? Or is our sacrifice false? If you listen to people, if you listen to the pastor, if you listen to people on the internet, you will start to get the idea that you have to sacrifice all of these things in order to be right with God. You will start to be convinced that you have to dress a certain way. You will be bound to legalism. And a lot of Christians are really depressed because they are getting bound to legalism. They get really confused because they hear what all these other Christians are saying. They don't know what they should give up. They wonder, should I sell my house? Should I live homeless? They don't know what Jesus requires.

What Jesus requires is your heart. So before you move, before you give something up, just go before the Lord Jesus in prayer and say, “Lord, let me be a living sacrifice for you. Let me be holy and pure unto my King. Whatever I do, whatever I offer, Lord, may it not be in vain. May it not be a worthless sacrifice. I don't want to sacrifice in vain. I don't want to lose my family or anything like that in vain. I want to do what well pleases you, Lord. Show me how to be a living sacrifice for you. That I can please you with all of my life.”

 So I want to pray for those of you that want to really be a sacrifice for Jesus, that want to lay down your life for Him, but also who want to take back the things that Satan has stolen, calling it a sacrifice for God. Maybe you have started to be divided from your wife over a sacrifice that wasn't really of God. Satan said you need to sacrifice this, and it caused a division in your marriage. Maybe the devil said “you need to sacrifice this”, and it caused a division between you and your children. We need to figure out what is the false sacrifices, the things that Satan has stolen from us, and take those things back. And then we need to figure out how to truly be a sacrifice for the Lord.

“So Lord Jesus, I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, that do want to lay down their lives for you, that want to be a living sacrifice to you, Lord. We know, Lord Jesus, that you paid the ultimate price on the cross, that you were the perfect sacrifice for our sins. We thank you for dying on the cross and resurrecting, that we could live in the newness of life. It's one thing, Lord, to say that we will die for you, but it's another thing completely to say that we will live for you and be a living sacrifice every day of our life. So we pray that we can choose to live for you every day, that we would die to our old life, die to sins, that we would lay down our old life to live in the regeneration, that we may live in the newness of life, that we would take up our cross daily and follow you. We pray to be part of the New Testament, the new covenant. We pray that your blood cleanses over our sins, purifies us and makes us holy and clean. And we pray to walk with you in complete purity and righteousness to the very end of our life. So I pray for my brothers and sisters who have been robbed of their joy. They have listened to the devil, they've listened to the serpent and they've been deceived into false sacrifices. I pray that they could take back what is rightfully yours, that they'd take back the blessings from God that you have given them. But I also pray that they would reject… that they would sacrifice their old life of sin completely so that they could truly have you as King and Lord of their life. I pray that you would lead your church, that you would lead us and guide us into everlasting life and that we would listen only to you, Lord, that our sacrifice would be well-pleasing to God and come up to you as a holy and pleasing aroma. In your name I pray, Lord Jesus. Amen.”

 Well, I hope this encourages someone in the Lord to get their lives right. If you get mixed up with false Christians and false church, you're bound to be mixed up with this false sacrifice. You'll start thinking that you're not really pleasing God unless you're going to church. You'll think you're not pleasing to God unless you're donating to an organization of men. But don't believe the lying pastors. Don't believe the Christians who try to manipulate and try to control people to feel guilty to give false sacrifices. Make Jesus the King and Lord of your life, and he will show you where to sacrifice, and he will show you what to do in order to be pleasing to him.

Friday, February 9, 2024

The True vs. False Church

 

The True vs. False Church

Well praise Jesus today everyone. I wanted to speak a little bit about the true body of Christ. That is, the true church versus this church of man, this idea that man sets up the church and that the church is ordained by man. And they have these, you know, a hierarchy of power that is set up by people. Ever since the Catholic church set up this sort of hierarchy saying that Peter was the first pope and that Peter had all authority, churches have been following this sort of principle or this kind of set order that the church has that there is, you know, a pastor and then the leaders of the church and then after the leaders of the church there are the laity or the people that attend that congregation. And the laity has to follow what their church leaders say, that's why they pay them, that's why they put them up on the pulpit and make them deacons and leaders over their money and all of those sorts of things. You know, we know how the church works basically. But from the beginning this was not true.

The way that the Lord Jesus set up His true church is not how the churches are set up today. The true church consists of Jesus Christ as the head and then after Jesus Christ as the head of His church you have the husband of a household, and after the husband comes the wife of the household, and after the wife comes her children. And this is the natural authority that God has given in the church. Now of course there are different groups of people in different areas and the early Christians had a way that they did it, that they organized their churches. But these specific areas that were organized like in the first century hardly are a rubric or a pattern that we have to follow today. But a lot of these patterns that we see, the Apostle Paul speaking of or from the first century, a lot of those patterns are only something that the modern day church has taken to be able to lord power and authority over their congregation. It's basically to gain power over them in a sense that allows them to have ultimate power and diminishes the God given natural authority that was established from the very beginning like by God to Adam and Eve, Adam being over his wife and Adam and Eve being over their children. So these very natural authorities that have been established by God Himself are overruled or overpowered so to speak by this new supposed power that the church has.

This is a very sad thing that happens guys because instead of families raising their children the way that they believe that they should, instead of Jesus being the authority over an individual's household, now you have a pastor who is not the natural authority, he's not actually your father. The pastor actually doesn't know what's going on in your house. But as soon as you bow down to the false authority or the false hierarchy of church, there comes a new set of rules that you allow your family to be under. And as soon as your family is under this false hierarchy of church, the pastor is able to determine what happens in your household. And there is a lot of talk in church about church authority and what it means for the church to have authority. And every church organization has their set of rules and regulations, their principles, their bylaws, their purpose statements, all of those things that you have to align with in order to be part of their congregation. And if you're not aligning with those things, you are an outsider, you're not truly part of the body of Christ. So it's not just about tithing to these churches, it's not just about paying a pastor, but it is about truly getting in a line with the hierarchy or the ruling leadership of these churches. And that's why they so desperately want you inside their churches under one building, going above and beyond paying tithe. They want you connected to their organization because the more connected to their organization you are, the more they can control and manipulate and make you feel guilty for not paying money to their organization, the more control they have over your family unit.

And many of these organizations, even though they say they cherish the family and they promote the family, they're actually against the family. They want to divide husband and wife and they want to divide mother and father from their children. That is why so many of these churches don't even allow children in big church. They will separate them and put them in the nursery. They won't allow children even with their own mother and father. Why is that? That is because they are a distraction, they say. That is because they don't really want you as the parents raising your children. They want your children somewhere else during the teaching time. Some of these churches even will separate men from women. And the reason isn't because of sexual temptation, but the reason that they will separate men from women in some of the legalistic churches is because they want to lord their authority over your natural authority as the husband of the household. So if you were able to sit with your whole family in church, that would demonstrate that you as a husband have the natural authority over your wife and that you and your wife have the natural authority over your children. But the fact that they will separate you from your wife and that your wife now has to go to a Bible study just with women and that you have to go to a Bible study just with men and that your children have to go to children's church, it divides the family right there. And even though they say they're for the family, they're just like Satan that is against the family.

 And now what the church has done is they've set up a false authority or a false hierarchy and they try to overthrow the natural given authorities that God has established from the very beginning. God has established marriage even from the very beginning. He sanctified it and he set it apart to be holy. But what the church has done is they've said, oh no, this isn't the way it truly works. Maybe in your own home a man has authority over his wife and the family has authority over the children, but that is not so in church. And then they go on to preach how the apostle Paul says that there's first apostles, then prophets, then teachers, then pastors, and then there's deacons and leaders in the church and then the laity and all you are is a donating member to the church. So get in order and realize that you are not a real man in church. All you are is someone who is part of the laity submitting to your real authority the pastor of this governing body. And they pretend that God has given them as the church, the false church, the authority to divide your family and say that your family is not a real church.

Guys, this is demonic, this is wicked, this is part of the satanic system. This is why this organization is called the Babylon church system. They want to divide your family and separate you and make you cleave and hold on to a false system that God has not created from the beginning. They divide the family.

The true church doesn't have to do with church membership or clubs or organizations of men or get togethers of unnatural things. The church that is established today is very unnatural. You have to, when you join those clubs, you have to submit yourself to some guy you don't even know. And some of their rules and regulations they have in their church are very strange and bizarre. Yet in order to be part of them you have to submit yourself to some stranger and to some strange laws that you are not even aware of. This is not the God given authority from the beginning. The true church is Jesus as the head, then the husband, then the wife, then the children. And even if you never are giving your tithe to some big organization, even if your family is never attending a church in town or in the city, you still are the body of Christ because where two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus, there His true church is. You could be on the ocean in a boat and you are part of the true church. You don't need to be connected to the cities. You don't have to be connected to the lying pulpit. You don't have to be connected to the people that say you have to be part of their organizations in order to be part of the body of Christ.

These are all hierarchies and organizations of men that are trying to strip away the true power that God has given His true church. Don't be deceived by these guys. Every church does this, whether it is Mormon, whether it is Jehovah's Witness, whether it is Catholic. They all have their governing bodies that try to empower more and more the government of their church, so to speak, and they want to disempower the people. It is just like the liberal government that tries to give more and more power to the government and less and less power to the people. As we know, the more power that goes to the government and the less power that goes to the people, the more totalitarian the government becomes, the more manipulative they become. They want to control every single aspect of your life. People want to control your life.

At the end of the day, either you are allowing Jesus Christ to be your head, or you are allowing a man to be your head. At the end of the day, you are either trying to please Jesus as your ruler, the King and Lord of you and your family, or you are allowing men to be the ruler of your family, and you are trying to please men with all of your heart. Who do we want to be as people, and who do we want to be as a nation? Do we want to be a nation of people that has bowed down to Satan, that has given full authority to a totalitarian government that manipulates us like North Korea? Do we want to be like a group of people who is always trying to please men, and all their little ideas, all the kingdoms of church, all the kingdoms of religion, are we trying to appease men, or do we want to be following the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that didn't have this sort of establishment of a church, but they did have their family. They were the leaders of their family, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had faith, and they grew in their faith as the Lord led them along by faith. They went through hard situations in their life, they overcame, and their faith grew. And as they diligently pursued righteousness, the angel of the Lord appeared to them, and guided them, and led them into everlasting life. As for me and my family, I want to serve the Lord with all of my heart. I don't want to be bowing down to the devil, I don't want to be bowing down to this false church. I want to be worshipping the Lord in complete purity, in complete righteousness, and in complete freedom, not being manipulated by some guy called a pastor that I don't even know or approve of.

And you should be the same way, because if you are submitting yourself to the false powers and false authorities of church, then you will 100% allow Satan to control and take away your family. Many families are lost to the devil, simply because they give them over to church, the false church, instead of giving them over to Jesus. The husbands are not under the authority of Jesus, therefore the wives don't submit to the husband, and because the wives are not submitted to the husband, and the husband not submitted to Jesus, of course the children see the hypocrisy, and then the whole family falls apart. It ends in divorce, it ends in all sorts of addiction and hatred of the truth, and then suddenly you have a huge false, fake religion following a hierarchy.

So who do we want to be? Do we want to be people who are part of the true body of Christ, and follow those natural given powers that God has established from the beginning? Or do we want this false set up church that the Catholic church has made that says that Peter was the first pope, and now Peter has passed the hat on, so to speak, to the next pope, and so on and so forth, until we have pastors today, and we have to submit ourselves to these guys, even though we know that they are not really following God. Who are we going to follow, and who are we going to obey? Are we going to follow Jesus? Are we going to be part of the true body of Christ? Or are we going to be following false religion?

I hope this opens somebody's eyes to the truth, that they can be unshackled from the lies of church. Churches are lying across our nation. They make you feel guilty for not attending. They call you an apostate. They call you false. You're a third class Christian if you're not attending their church. They think that you're cut off from God. And all of that is false. God has not established these organizations. There may be some people there that are just deceived, and maybe they have a heart for the Lord. That doesn't mean everyone that's in church is going to hell. But the Lord has not established this as His church.

 The true church are the people that are families, that love and obey Jesus, and will follow the Lamb wherever He leads. They have made Jesus their teacher, their leader, their father, and they are not setting up this false hierarchy to follow men. We know that Jesus said, Call no one on earth your father, your teacher, for one is your teacher, one is your father, and that is the Christ, He who is in heaven. The pastors and these organizations don't take the words of Jesus seriously. They don't put His words into action. They cherry pick. They pick the verses from the Bible that they want. A few verses from the Apostle Paul here, and we like these verses because it promotes the government. We like these verses because it promotes giving to the church. God loves a cheerful giver. But then they don't like the sayings of Jesus where He says that you have to truly repent, that He who sins is a slave, that Jesus is the one true teacher, call no one on earth your father. The church doesn't cherry pick those out because they don't like those verses. Those deteriorate their leadership and their power and their authority. But if we want life, we have to be part of Jesus. We have to allow Him to be our head and our leadership.

I hope this encourages someone to really put their faith in the Lord and not to be part of this false, as they call it in America, this false 501c3 tax exempt status where they think they're going to be approved by God as a true church because the government says so. The government has told them that they are a 501c3 real church. They believe they're a real church because they're a real church in the eyes of the government. As if God has told us to go out and make sure that we're legitimate my Rome. If you want to be legitimate, you have to bow yourself before Jesus and say, Lord, purify me from my unrighteousness. Sanctify me for your purpose. Let me be part of your true body. Let me be washed clean in your blood and let me raise my family for the Lord that we will not be divided or separated, but all of us part of your true body.” So what is true fellowship? True fellowship is connection with Jesus Christ. And when you as a husband are truly connected with Jesus and having fellowship with Him, you will also have true fellowship with your wife. You'll become one. That is the first part and the most holy part of the church. From a husband to a wife. You know, when you get married, you can become very quickly one in flesh, but that doesn't mean you're one in spirit and have fellowship with God together. And a lot of husbands and wives, they get married and they never become one in spirit, but they become one in flesh. If we want to really be in fellowship with God and in right standing with Jesus Christ, our marriage has to become one in flesh and one in spirit. And when we are one in flesh and one in spirit with our wife, then our children also have true fellowship with us and they come to understand the things of God. They start walking with the Lord and have a true relationship with Him. And then as we focus on the head, which is Jesus, and fellowshipping with Him, sometimes He brings around other families, sometimes He brings around other people who we also fellowship with. But we don't go out looking for these false fellowships of organizations of men. The church has done that for years and I know a lot of Christians get very discouraged, they get lonely, so then they go out looking for what they call good Christian fellowship and good Bible study. And I'm telling you guys, the pursuit of Christian fellowship has derailed thousands, if not millions of Christians. Instead of having and looking for fellowship with Jesus, suddenly all they're looking for is good old fashioned Christian fellowship and they're not looking for Jesus at all. They're just trying to look for a brother to make them not feel lonely and then they totally derail from their faith in Jesus. No longer do they have their faith in Jesus as their head, but now they're chasing after other brothers and sisters and their opinions and trying to please people and they allow this sort of fellowship into their home and it starts derailing their children and then they're off to divorce and all sorts of other bad things.

You can't be focused on this sort of fellowship that the Christians in dead religion have. You have to be focused on the natural authority that God has established, which is Jesus is your head. He has to be your head. Jesus has to be the one that you fellowship with first and if you get that wrong, you're going to destroy your own life and the life of your family.

True, you don't need to be, you don't need to even be married to be a Christian, to be a disciple of Jesus, but if you believe in Jesus and you truly come to him, you will become part of the body of Christ. The Lord hasn't called everyone to be married. He calls some people to be married and other people to be single, but those who are single also are part of the body of Christ because they still have Jesus as their head. And if you're single and the Lord has called you to be single, then stay single and keep yourself unstained from the world. Keep yourself from ungodly fellowship because what fellowship does righteousness have with ungodliness or the temple of God with idols? And whoever the Lord allows in your life, speak to them about the truth of Jesus, but don't get involved with the false church.

People are very deceived by the 501c3. I suppose that's only in America though, but the false church is all across the world, guys. This false church divides people all across the world. Instead of them being connected to the Lord as their head and then connected to their family, they're divided because these churches want to preach that they are the superpower and that God has given them the power and that the power isn't in the hands of the family. They totally deny these very natural authorities that God has given. Jesus has to be your head.

Another big problem with the churches is the sin problem. The churches don't want to truly repent of sin and most of the churches are just preaching that you can go on sinning. And they follow men. They follow their leadership. As soon as you make an establishment of men and say that this guy is the pope, this guy is our leader, then you start to take your eyes off of Jesus a little bit. And then as you start following this man, if that man starts to deviate from Jesus a little bit, which men do, of course, then your whole congregation will be led astray. And many congregations are all led astray because they put all their faith in a pastor or in a group of their leaders instead of individually following Jesus as they should.

Yeah, well, praise Jesus. If you came out of the Catholic Church or whatever walk of life the Lord called you out of, that's truly a blessing if the Lord opens our eyes and opens our ears. Not everyone's ears are open. Many people are totally deaf. All they can understand is the things that are physical. They can only understand the things that are carnal. But they don't understand the things of the Holy Spirit. If we want to be connected to Jesus and to His true church, we have to worship God in spirit and in truth. We have to understand spiritually. And that will not happen unless we ask Jesus to open our eyes and to open our ears. There are people that have been Christians for years. They've read the Bible for years. They've gone to church for years. But they don't understand the first thing about spirituality. They don't understand the first thing about the Holy Spirit or about Jesus or about prayer or about faith. All these things are totally foreign to them. They have never experienced spiritual warfare. They don't know how to cast out a demon. They don't know how to take their thoughts captive. All they know how to do is read a psalm in the morning and then go to work. They're just focused on their religion and all the carnal things of their day. But if Jesus opens our eyes, it truly is a blessing because then we can walk in spirit and in truth. And we can please God by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. You can't please God with the fleshly mindset. You have to be s. And of course we're born physically. We're born of water. And then we have to be born of spirit. We have to be born again just like Jesus talked to Nicodemus about. Without being born again, you certainly will not please God or enter His kingdom. You have to ask Jesus to be reborn.

Well praise Jesus from Palestine. I've seen your comments come in from all over guys. Praise Jesus today. Praise Jesus from Norway. Yeah, Howard Pittman. So Howard Pittman does have a really wonderful testimony. If you want to see more about spiritual warfare, I would highly recommend his testimony. Guys, for years this wonderful saint and brother in the Lord preached repentance to the false Christian church. And Jesus told this Howard Pittman that He would go around and share His testimony but only to the people that would invite Him. So Howard didn't go to churches uninvited. He wasn't going around just blabbing or preaching like the false prophets in church. Howard Pittman went around with a true message of repentance from Jesus after having an NDE, which is a near-death experience. And he preached to these guys to repent for years up until the point that he died. Howard had a sermon even right before he died of repentance calling churches to repent. His testimony is true and His testimony is powerful because Jesus is in it. And if you haven't seen His testimony yet as a Christian, I would highly recommend watching it. Because in it, He describes very articulately angels and demons and spiritual warfare and how to overcome in Jesus' name. It's well worth the watch. It's probably about an hour, I don't know, some of them are like an hour and 50 minutes long. One of them is called placebo, guys. It's worth seeing. Howard Pittman, placebo.

Yeah, some of these pastors, guys, they start out really good. When I was coming out of church, there was a few pastors that really sounded good and I got their book. And a lot of times these pastors do have a word from God. They start hearing from the Lord and then they get sucked into dead religion. I really listened to a lot of Mark Driscoll at first. I don't recommend that you listen to him. I also listened to a lot of Francis Chan. I read his book. And then as things proceeded on, it came out clearly from the Holy Spirit that these guys are not following Jesus at all. They're totally giving over to the devil. Within the last few years since COVID and stuff, so much stuff shifted and a lot of these pastors just jumped on board with creating a one world religion, getting people back into the Catholic Church, which we know is false, unifying Catholics with Protestants. All of this stuff is of the satanic empire. And a lot of these pastors that once appeared to us to be godly, really had their true colors shown. At the end of the day you have to decide, am I going to follow Jesus or am I going to follow after these pastors?

And for me, and I might be like you, I didn't really follow these pastors in a way to try to glean spirituality. I kind of just wanted to encourage them on and be encouraged by them. But once I started noticing that they weren't following Jesus at all, it became a discouragement to me. And then I had to choose to either continue to support them by getting their book or listening to them or cut them out of my life. And Jesus hasn't called us to get pastors books and support these pastors. He's called us to the holy life and he's called us to pray for people that have an ear to hear. When Jesus prayed for people, he specifically did not pray for the world at large. But he prayed for those people that his father were giving to him, that would have ears that hear and eyes that see. So we need to pray as led by the Holy Spirit.

A lot of churches will give you a list of things to pray for, even if you have no passion to pray for it. They will want you to pray for Obama. They will want you to pray for the Obamacare, pray for whatever it is that they have set up in their church that they're trying to uplift. And it just becomes as manipulation to push their agenda. It has nothing to do with where the Holy Spirit is actually leading you as an individual to pray. It just is, pray to support our troops. Pray for the war wherever the war is currently. Pray for the individuals in the government. And they have all these lists of things that they have people to pray for in the world. But they're not praying as directed by the Holy Spirit. And if we want to be led by the Holy Spirit, we have to worship the Spirit in truth. And we have to pray as he leads us. As Jesus leads you and guides you as his flock to pray. Yeah, there are some Christians, I suppose, that...

You know, there are some Christians that say that hell doesn't exist, or that you can't see the afterlife. Or that when everyone dies, they have to wait until the final judgment seat, which they think happens thousands of years in the future. So they reject any near-death experience. Obviously, near-death experiences are true. Obviously, Jesus is alive. And you can have a near-death experience and have an out-of-the-body experience. So many people have had this experience. You can't really argue against it. So people can have their own little false opinion. But obviously, people are experiencing things outside of their own physical mind that are true. A lot of these people are coming back and telling people in the physical world things that they saw in the world that actually happened, even though they were technically dead. It's impossible. It's a miracle. The only way this could happen is if there is consciousness outside of your physicality. So outside of your physical body and outside of your physical mind.

And we, as humans, are not just physicality. We're not just body and physical mind. But we are spiritual. We have a spirit and soul that is eternal. And when we physically die, that spirit and soul can come out of our physical body and still be cognitive. We can still be aware. So the people that deny this, a lot of them are people that don't believe in the afterlife. You know, in Jesus' time, these were the Sadducees. They didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead. Nowadays, some of the people that are like this are the Seventh-day Adventists. You know, Seventh-day Adventists, some of them believe, well, pretty much their church doesn't believe in the traditional afterlife. They believe that once you die, you're dead. And then at the very last day, God will resurrect those that were faithful. So they don't really believe that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the prophets like Elijah are really alive with Jesus. And they don't really believe Jesus' words either when Jesus says that God is the God of the living, not the God of the dead. They totally deny that. So these guys have their, you know, they have their heads stuck in the sand. They're not listening to what Jesus says. And they're just following their own doctrines. But if you do want to be encouraged by what is true, pay attention to what Jesus says in the Gospels. That's Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And also, don't be quick to discredit a brother or sister's testimony that has a testimony of Jesus, that has had a near-death experience, that has, you know, met Jesus personally.

 Okay, i've talked a lot about this before, guys. Why are my comments turned off on youtube? You know, I had comments on for about ten years on youtube. And I answered probably thousands, if not millions of questions on youtube. And eventually, it got to the point where I had so many videos, and so many people were trying to cause confusion and confusion. And so many people were trying to cause confusion and distraction that I turned off the comments. Because I don't want my page to be a place for people to argue and debate and spread their evil. So I want my page to be a place where people hear the words of Jesus and nothing else. You know, if you want to go and leave comments on someone else's page, there's millions of other channels you can do it on. But you're not going to do it on mine. My channel is going to be a channel to preach Jesus and for sinners to repent and come to the Lord. I hope that answers your question.

Yeah, praise Jesus. If you haven't yet read the Gospels, start with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Pay attention to what Jesus said. That will give you the best overview of what is going on in the Bible. Because that is the pinnacle of the Bible. Jesus is the head of his church. You don't need to be spending hours and hours in, I don't know, Ecclesiastes, for example. Or Proverbs. Some churches spend countless amounts of time reading Song of Solomon. Or these random books that have very little to nothing to do about God. There are some books that don't even mention the name of God. So don't spend your time just looking at, you know, like Esther, for example. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because that speaks about the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. That speaks about Jesus. And then pay very specific attention to what Jesus actually said and then obey what he says to do. And if you do that, you'll have life. But if you're just trying to, you know, read some of the Old Testament books or the Song of Solomon and paying attention to his little pithy sayings, you're not going to get very far.

Yeah, the issue, guys, with an open dialogue is most people are wanting to correct to their idea of the correction. So they want to correct Jesus. A lot of people just want to debate and correct Jesus. So I don't want to allow people to speak on my channel and to be deceiving others. I know what I know about Jesus. I know him personally. And if people want to be encouraged to follow the Lord, they can come to my channel and hear me speak. But Jesus once told me something that is quite offensive to people. And that is that I am to give but not to take. I am to give the truth of Jesus out, but I am not to take the ideas of others. I'm to listen to Jesus and to be led by him. As soon as we're giving and taking, then we allow ourselves to be hearing from Jesus, but then also listening to other people. And that's very dangerous. Most Christians want to be a little bit, picking an idea here, an idea there. They say, as iron sharpens iron. But suddenly they're led astray by 50 other mentors, and Jesus is like number 83 on the list. So it's very important that we make Jesus our one and only leader. And that if we are going to preach Jesus, that we preach him without letting others speak lies into our life. And a lot of people are trying to give their perspective, their ideas. And all it's going to do is muddy the truth and pull people away from the truth.

So again, my channel is only to promote Jesus. It's to share the things the Lord has given to me. But my channel is not for debate. It's not for people to be speaking correction into my life. I don't allow strangers to correct me. I don't allow people that are strangers to try to speak truth into my life. I just simply don't allow that. That is of the devil, guys. The people that are in my life were put into my life by God, that is my wife, that is my children. You know, the people that are physically in my family. And those people I allow into my life and to speak correction to me. But never, ever let a stranger or someone that you don't know on the internet, even if they're a so-called brother or sister, correct you because they don't know who you are. And there are a lot of wolves in sheep's clothing, or they're just plain, simple wolves, that will try to discourage you and try to speak what they think is truth into your life. But they will be deceiving you and leading you to hell. You need to set up Jesus as your one and only teacher. Not a church, not a mentor, not a brother or sister online. I'm telling you guys, as soon as you do that, you're going to be giving yourself over to the devil. You're going to be so distracted once you get on the internet with, you know, millions of other people, that you're not going to know which way to go when people are talking about head coverings and talking about purity rights and all of these things that you have to do as a Christian. You're not going to know truth from error. You're going to be so confused you won't be able to speak one thing about Jesus. Jesus never said, go out and make all these people your leaders and your teachers. He said, there is one who is your teacher, one who is your father. Call no one on earth your father or your leader or your teacher, for one. For one is your leader and your teacher, and that is the Christ. You know, nobody moves Satan except God. You can't control Satan, you can't tell Satan something to do. Satan is only going to move by his own mind, his own spirit, except for one person, and that is God. God will move Satan. So how is it that Satan can do whatever he wants to do, and the only person that's going to move him or control him is God, yet Christians will allow Satan to move them around, and people who are controlled by demons to move them around, and another brother or sister to move them around, but they don't allow God to move them around or to be the only one with the right to move them around. So Satan, technically, is much more stable than most Christians, because Satan is not moving around anyone, but Christians are moved around by the devil. We want to be steadfast and not be shaking when this world shakes, then we have to make Jesus our head. He has to be our head and our leader and our teacher. And as soon as Jesus is our head, then we know when people say something about us, if it is true or false.

 I hear what people say, I hear people's corrections, and if someone is trying to correct you and they are truly in Jesus, then you will know it immediately because Jesus is your head and you'll realize, yeah, I was wrong there, I need to change. But if you're not really with Jesus and people are trying to correct you, you immediately, out of humility, or you think it's humility, will go, yeah, I kind of see from their perspective, I understand what they're saying, and I really need to change, it was really wrong of me to believe, you know, I should just have Jesus as my Lord, I also need to accept these other people. And suddenly, out of your humility, Satan will destroy you. He will start to get into your heart through this false humility. And a lot of Christians, they're trying to act humble because they don't want to feel condemned by the devil. So instead of standing up and saying, no, I'm not going to be moved around by these false Christians, I'm not going to be moved around by these people, I'm not going to change my opinions on these things. Out of this false humility, they will change, and as soon as they're changing, they get so confused because now they have a dissonance between what they believe that Jesus has said and what Brother So-and-so has said. They have just pushed Jesus out of the throne of their life.

If you don't want all this confusion in your life, you have to set up Jesus as the head. You have to receive these natural authorities that God has put in place, that Jesus is the head, and then we are following Him. So get that right, guys. Put Jesus as the head of your life. Be moved by Him and you'll be in the right place. But if you start letting people push you around and listening to their comments and all that kind of stuff, you'll be like everyone else in the world who doesn't know up from down and left from right. Well, it's time for me to get going, guys, but I want to pray for those in the body of Christ that do want to be led by the Lord, that do want to lead their families in righteousness. I want to pray for you if you're discouraged or if you want clarity, you want your ears to be open to the truth, I want to pray for you to have a word from the Lord that you can be led and guided by Jesus and not distracted by people and false religion.

“So Lord Jesus, I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray that they would really set you up as king and lord of their life, that they would have you in the bottom of their heart, and that they would put off the false fellowship, that they would put off the liars, the false brotherhood, that they would stand up for what is true and that they would stop being pushed around by the devil. So many Christians are allowing false comments into their life, they're allowing people to move them around that are not you, Lord Jesus. So I pray that people truly learn to have you, Lord Jesus, as their head and that they would follow you with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength, that you would be their one father, their one teacher, and that they would stop bending their knee to false teachers and to the devil. I pray that you raise up a people who are dedicated to you, Lord, unto death, that they would daily deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow you and be filled with righteousness and with truth. I pray that those listening today that want to be unshackled from worldliness and dead religion would be unchained, that they would be set free and that they would walk into the newness of life by your name, Lord Jesus. I pray this in your name. I pray that you set many people free today, that they could worship you and please you and follow you alone, Lord. In your name I pray, Lord Jesus, amen.