Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Does Jesus Require Us To Keep The Law Of Moses (Matt 5:19)?

  Well, praise Jesus today everyone. There is a question that I've got asked a lot, and that is in regards to the law that is the Old Testament, or the Old Covenant, sometimes known as the law of Moses as it is referred to scriptures. I want to read to you what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5. I'm starting in verse 17, Jesus said, “do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” It seems a lot of people don't understand what Jesus meant when He said that He came to fulfill. They talk about Him not destroying. And so they say all the Old Testament laws still apply, that you need to be keeping all of the laws of Moses, that is all 613 laws of the Old Testament, the Levitical law. And if you don't keep these laws, then you are disobeying Jesus, and you are disobeying God. So look at what Jesus says Here. I'm in Verse 18, Jesus says, “18For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 Now, as all the parables Jesus taught and all of the difficult sayings to understand, they can be taken in multiple ways, and they are multi-layered. Jesus was speaking to a Jewish audience, and often there were people in the crowds who were Pharisees, Sadducees, religious leaders, lawyers, people that believed themselves to be justified, because they knew the law of Moses, they knew the scriptures very well, and they believed that they were going to get to heaven because they were close to God by keeping the Ten Commandments, keeping Torah, keeping 613, and that they were in line with the law.

So if you wanted to be as good as they were, as a teacher of the law and a keeper of the law, you would have to first study the law and know what it says and then apply that to your life. If you read some of these Old Testament laws, they're so incredibly difficult to keep, that it is not only virtually impossible, it is impossible. We know that there are dietary laws on what you can eat and can't eat. And it's not just pig. It's other things as well. Certain things in the ocean, also, things that have, the law describes what kind of hoof on an animal that is not edible. It also talks about things like rabbits not being edible and many other things that in the West people eat all the time.

So the question arises for people that were not originally Jewish, or if they were Jewish that backslid, is in order to get to heaven, do I have to keep the Old Testament law? Do I have to keep the law of Moses? Because it appears that in these verses in Matthew chapter 5, that Jesus is saying that whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least. So it appears that He is saying, you need to keep all of the Old Testament laws. So you can take what Jesus is saying in one or two ways. You could interpret this and say Jesus is saying that you need to keep all of the Old Testament, not just the big laws, such as, thou shalt not murder, you know, don't have any other gods before me. But you should also keep all the other dietary laws, the laws about not mixing fabric. In other words, you're sinning if your jacket has a couple specific mixed fabrics in them. And many, many other laws about purity, you know, how you wash your hands before you eat, how you prepare your food, and all of those things.

So if you think that you need to be keeping all of these laws, Jesus is saying that you need to keep it better than the Pharisees. Your righteousness has to exceed them. And we also know, if you look throughout the scriptures, that if you are going to keep some of them, you better keep all of them, because you're going to be judged according to the law. Now, I believe a lot of modern day Pharisees, even Christians, that buy into the Jewish Gospel, they put themselves under the law of Moses, or the Old Testament law, because they really think that they are going to be justified by their works. We know that, the covenant that came to Moses and the children of Israel was the first covenant that was, as Hebrew speaks of, as shadow pictures of what was to come, that Jesus fulfilled.

But see, they don't see it that way. They don't see Jesus as the fulfillment. They don't understand Him as the fulfillment. So when they read this Matthew chapter 5 the only thing that they can understand Jesus saying is that they need to keep all of the Levitical law that is the law of Moses, and unless they are keeping it more accurately than the lawyers, they will not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is going to damn many Christians, because they listened to the words of Jesus, but they heard this parable in the light of keeping the law of Moses that is the first covenant. It will damn them because there is no possible way that you're going to find true forgiveness and true justification through keeping the law, that would be the true salvation by work’s gospel, thinking that you can achieve everlasting life or an entry into God's Kingdom by keeping the law perfectly.

The Jewish people that are Judaizers and also still continue to uphold the law. Their argument to this is, do you think Jesus nailed to the cross murder so you don't have to murder anymore? Do you think He nailed to the cross adultery so you can commit adultery? And so the argument is, if you think that you can go out and commit adultery, then you would be wrong. Therefore you need to keep all the other parts of the law, like the dietary laws and all those others, otherwise you're disobeying God in all of it, and will be damned. So of course, this has brought a lot of Christians a lot of condemnation and confusion, wondering if they are bound to the Old Testament law, or are they not? Are they under the New Covenant?

Now, the second way you can understand what Jesus was teaching is in the light of the New Covenant. And I want to read to you from Hebrews, which, if you haven't read the whole book of Hebrews, I encourage you to read all the way through this, because it speaks very specifically in regards to the difference of the Old Testament, that is, the old covenant, and the first Covenant that was given to Moses, and how it was shadow pictures of what was going to be fulfilled. And comparing that to the New Covenant that Jesus made. But what I want to read to you is the crux of the matter, found in Hebrews. This is chapter 10. I'm going to start in verse 11, “11And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But this Man (which we know is Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” 

Are they being sanctified through the 613 laws of Torah? No, but through the blood of Jesus Christ.

“14For by one sacrifice He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts.” 

So what laws are we talking about when Jesus says these from Matthew Chapter 5, if you interpret it in light of the New Covenant, these commandments that men teach will be the laws of the New Covenant that are put on our hearts. So listen to what this scripture says.

“I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”

In other words, we’re not bound by the Old Testament, rituals of purification, all the laws of, all the dietary laws and the laws of what we can wear. But we know the difference because the truth of God is on our conscience. And this is what Jesus taught. Jesus did not go around teaching the old Covenant, the law of Moses. He wasn't condemning people for wearing mixed fabrics, or for eating pork. But what He was condemning was hypocrisy. And what Jesus was teaching was the New Covenant. He wants us to enter into the New Covenant, and that is how we surpass the righteousness of the Pharisees.

So it's interesting, because this parable, if you will, or this hard saying of Jesus in regards to Matthew Chapter 5 verse 17 through 20, you can take in one or two ways. You can take it to mean that you need to keep the whole old covenant, and in so doing, you're going to try to be surpassing the righteousness of the Pharisees, and you will condemn yourself, because there's no way you can keep it. Or the second way you could interpret it is in the light of the New Covenant which Jesus made for you and for all of those who would accept the New Covenant. Does the New Covenant mean that we can just forget about righteousness and that we don't need to really repent? Of course not. Does it mean that we think we can murder people or commit adultery? Of course not. The laws of God still exist, but they are on our conscience. And Jesus taught more specifically what it means to keep His laws.

At the end of the day, Jesus is not glad that people can just keep the law of Moses without knowing Him. It's like how Jesus said to those religious Jews, that you search the scriptures, for in them you think that you have eternal life, but you refuse to come to me. Many Christians are trying to work out their salvation by keeping the Torah. They have taken on Jewish attributes. And I've watched this for years, and this has been a phenomenon especially on the Internet, where Christians have tried to obey the law of Moses by keeping the feast days and the different scriptures from the Old Testament. But they fail to understand what the New Covenant is all about. They failed to understand what receiving the Holy Spirit is about. These people that tried to justify themselves by their works of the Old Testament or the Old Covenant, think they will be saved by their many works. And they also think that the Bible itself, that is the Torah, is the greatest law on Earth or in Heaven, which we know that's not true.

One time, when I was talking to one of these Christians that was trying to become a Jew and find justification through the Torah, I asked him, “what do you think the greatest law is or the greatest authority in heaven or on Earth?” And he answered me quickly, “it is the Torah.” And I knew at that moment that he was lying and deceived. Because we know from Matthew chapter 28 that all power and all authority is given to Jesus Christ. And then He says, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And lo or behold, I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” The things that Jesus taught were the parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. He taught the New Covenant. We are sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean we go on sinning and forget to repent. It doesn't mean that we just believe that Jesus did things and believe that He died on the cross, but true belief means actions. That is why James says that faith without deeds, or faith without works that is works of righteousness is dead. As the body without a soul or a spirit in it is dead, so faith without works is dead also. The works that James was speaking of are the works of righteousness, that is love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, the things that God writes on our conscience to do after we have received His Holy Spirit. But as far as trying to be justified by the law and getting circumcised, making sure that you don't eat pork and all those kinds of things, that will not sanctify any men. There are plenty of Muslims who live by those sorts of dietary laws. And they hate the true God. They hate Christians. They hate the New Covenant. They don't believe in anything about Jesus Christ. They only believe in their tradition and their religion.

If you want everlasting life, it is about obeying the words of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to come into the New Covenant. Jesus is our high priest. He has made the way for you to enter into the Holy of Holies by His blood. And if you ask Him to cleanse you from your unrighteousness, to give you a new heart and a new mind, He will wash you clean, and He will give you those new clothes of righteousness. And He will purge you and purify you and make you holy before your God. There is no other way into everlasting life, into heaven, other than getting to know Jesus personally, accepting Him into your heart, and then living for Him every single day to the very end of your life.

 I hope this helps someone to come out of deception. I hope this helps someone not to fall into the false works-based Gospel. And I also want to encourage people not to fall into the hyper grace Gospel that confuses the works of the law Gospel with the works of righteousness. So put your faith in Jesus Christ. Honor Him and please Him. Live according to your conscience, and you will do good. Of course, our conscience isn't the Holy Spirit, but God gave us each a conscience, and our conscience is like our spiritual ear. And with our conscience, we can hear the Holy Spirit speak to us. And when He puts something on our conscience that we know is right, we need to do it quickly. And when we know something is against God and evil or wrong, we reject it and cast it out immediately. If we learn to listen with the ears of our conscience, then we can learn to hear God, and we can learn to trust Him and obey Him and walk into everlasting life with Him. May the grace of Jesus be with you.

Friday, January 20, 2023

The abundance of your heart

 The Abundance Of Your Heart

Well, praise Jesus. It is a blessing to be part of the Lord's little flock. All of us at some point were in the world, we were sinners, we were hypocrites, we were losers to the Kingdom of God, people who could not stop sinning, people who continued to relapse into sin. But when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, He called us out of sin, and He calls us into the newness of life. It is a blessing to be with the Lord and just to be walking with Him for our mind to be renewed.

What I was thinking about last night in the day before is just how, whatever we are thinking about, whatever we're filling our heart with, that is what we're going to be speaking about and and acting out. That is why when you even see little children who have watched a violent film or even cartoon, they then are acting out those violent moves. It's very important that we watch what goes in through our eyes, what we listen to, because we know that out of the abundance of a man his mouth speaks, Jesus said that a good tree bears good fruit, a bad tree bears bad fruit and out of the evil of someone's heart, an evil person speaks, and out of the goodness or out of the good of a good person's heart, the good speak(Luke 6:43-45). So if what is coming out of us is evil and perverted, there's no way we have a good heart. But if what you're speaking is pure and holy, and you're continually speaking about the truth of God, it's because you are in prayer. It's because you are spending time with the Spirit of God, the one who offers us life and fills us up. We're like that cup being filled with the joy of the Lord, being filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And that is what is spilling out of our life. And when others see it, they know that we have been with the Lord. I want to make sure that I'm always spending time with Jesus, that I am walking with Him that way. Every day is a new day to encourage others to live by faith. No matter what trials come my way, I'm still able to overcome and that when I speak, that it is out of the overflowing of my heart.

A lot of people wonder, how do you always focus on the Lord? How are you always speaking for Jesus? And they can't muster up enough joy or enough faith to speak to anyone about the Lord. They just don't have it in them. But at the same time, they haven't been filling themselves with the joy of the Lord. They’ve been filling themselves with just the news, with movies, with worldly music, with the ideas of friends, the amount of time that they have put Jesus into their hearts compared to Satan, that is, the world and everything around them, it's like probably 99.99% the world and 0.001% something from the Lord Jesus. So no wonder when they speak, they have no desire to speak about the things of the Kingdom of God, they have no revelation, they have nothing to offer to the church.

And this is one thing that the church has gotten wrong, not just in America, but across the world. For many church goers, church is all about going to church to get filled. You go to church empty, and you listen to a guy, a pastor, who supposedly has had a word from God, and he's going to fill you up. He's going to nourish you. He's going to give you spiritual meat. And when you're going to church, you're coming, you're waiting for this sermon, and you think that that is spiritual meat for you, but you still leave empty. This is not how God designed His church to be. In fact, when we get together, it is written, each of us should have a word from the Lord, a spiritual song, some kind of a joyous thing in our life to share. Not things that are just gossipy or not things that just cause others to be feeling down. But when the body of Christ truly gets together, it's to encourage one another in the Lord to do what’s right. And you don't come empty like the members of the False Church do. When we come together, it is to encourage others in righteousness and in truth, to lift them up, to bring other people into the hands of Jesus, that we may be mutually edified.

So the question is, where have we been spending our time in what has been filling our hearts? Because if we've been putting evil into our hearts, then evil is going to come out. We know that lust starts in the heart, hatred, murderous thoughts, all of these start in the heart. So how is it that Christians think that they can go rent a movie or go out to the movies and they can watch Hollywood actors perform these wicked acts. They can murder people. They can be committing adultery, fornication. You go out and you watch some horror film, or, even just some comedy, and it has the most perverted things in it. And how can you think to yourself that you're not engaging with those idolaters and murders in your heart? So if you watch one of those sorts of movies, you become a murderer at heart. You become an adulterer or a fornicator at heart. And we know that no one committing sin is going to enter into God's Kingdom. So what you've done is you've just put evil into your heart. And then you think when you go to church, or when you go around other Christians, you're going to have something good to say and encouraging. It's just not going to happen. That is why the American Church and the churches around the world that are patterned after the American Church and after the Catholic Church, do not have victory over sin. They can't really overcome all of the snares of Satan. They're constantly depressed, or they are just filled with worldliness, self gratification, it's all about them. But they can't offer anything to the true body of Christ. They can't their fruit themselves, and they can't encourage others to bear good fruit. 

As I walk with the Lord, I want to myself be upright and pure, and I also want to encourage others to do the same. Ever since I was young, I've always wanted to help people in some way. And I remember one time when I was really young, just we were on a road trip, and on this road trip, we were going from, I think it was California to Texas, or something like that. And along the way, we would meet different people, and some people were like homeless, they were beggars, people that were down and out. And occasionally these people would come up to our motor home. And I remember one day, I must have been about 13 years old, it was like a homeless lady, she came over to  our mobile home and was asking for money. And so I gave her what I had which was like three bucks. And then, I got scolded for giving the homeless person money, because I was told they're probably gonna go spend it on drugs and whatever. I didn't care. I just thought, I want to be able to be a light for Jesus, as I've progressed in my faith, I still want to be an encouragement to others. The same heart the Lord has given me to help others, to bring the things that are the goodness out of my heart.

But the Lord has also called me to a very specific mission, and He hasn't given me money to just share with the whole world. He's called me to a specific area and to specific people to be able to financially support. And this for me can be an area of condemnation, as it is to many people, because a lot of people ask for money. A lot of people now are down and out. A lot of people will want something from you. And we know what Jesus said when someone is without a shirt or without a jacket, give them, walk with them the extra mile, give to those to ask. And we want to give to anyone who asks. But a lot of times we don't have what people ask for. Some people need things that are so extravagant, there's no way we could give that to them. It's kind of like when, I believe Peter was asked from the beggar, to give that beggar money. And he said to him, “I don't have money to offer you, but what I do have, I will give for you. Get up to your feet and walk.” (Acts3:6)I think he said. And he lifted up that beggar's hand, and by the grace of Jesus, he gave him the power to walk and to be made new in Jesus Christ.

So what we do have, we need to offer to people, which is the truth that we have been putting into us, and the love and the good treasure out of our heart. And I want the treasure in my heart to be righteousness and truth, so that whoever asks me whatever it is, I can offer them something better than just something with a monetary value, not just American dollars, but that I can offer them the value to their heart, which is everlasting life through Jesus Christ who I have found, because Jesus is in my heart, and I continue to ask Him to renew my spirit By His Holy Spirit. He overflows my heart with His truth and with the treasure that comes from heaven. As Jesus said, where your treasure is, there your heart will also be(Matthew6:21). So whoever we come into contact with, we want to be able to encourage them in the Lord and to ask Jesus to give them His blessing, so that, if they want to repent of their sins, if they want a repent of dead religion and just the Lukewarm Church culture, if people want to repent of all of that stuff in America, that we have something better to offer them, which is the love of Jesus Christ.

And so whatever you've been putting into your heart, that is what you're going to have to offer to others. It's not that you just muster up a little bit more goodness, that you muster up a little bit more love for people, even though you're not feeling loving. But if you spend time with Jesus, if you walk with Him, if you trust Him, and if you obey Him, He's going to fill you up with His treasures, and then, when people ask, you are ready to share that treasure from the Kingdom of God with others.

 So I hope this encourages someone to really go after the Lord and pray to Him. And just that you might ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, and that you would become an indwelling place for the Holy Spirit, not for demons or evil Spirits, not for anything in this world, but that you would have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you, and that the out-spilling of your life would be the love that God is offering to others through you, because He is in you. So, “Lord Jesus, I pray for those who want to know the truth. I pray for those who have needs, who need to overcome, who have addictions, who have problems with their family, with divorce, with broken marriages. I pray for people that they may come into the newness of life with you, and that you may offer them everything that they need, that they would truly repent of their sins and come into the newness of life and be blessed by you and not fall under the curse of God. We know that you came to save people from their sins, not to condemn people and send people to hell. So I just pray for your church, for the brothers and sisters in the Lord, that they would overcome in your name and be filled with your Holy Spirit. I pray this in your name Lord Jesus, amen.” 


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The theatrical preacher


The Theatrical Preacher 

You've probably come across some of those preachers and pastors that are very theatrical. They hang on every word and they love the way they sound when they preach the scriptures or when they pray. But following Jesus isn't about how good we look outwardly to men. It's about our heart condition and how genuine our relationship is with our Father in heaven. Following Jesus is about holiness. It is about walking the righteous path. It is about hearing from the Holy Spirit and then diligently acting out the things He calls us to do every day in our life. Following Jesus is not about listening to sermons. It's not about church attendance. It's not about paying tithe or helping missionaries go overseas. A lot of churches have made a relationship with God just into the religion of their little cultures but instead of being obedient to Jesus in coming out of sin and calling others to come out of sin. They've made it about all of these ceremonies. Do we really know Jesus Christ? Do we have a relationship with Him and are we calling others into the true body of Christ? Or are we making disciples of hell? Are we calling people into dead religion? Are we leading people astray by organizations that look good on the outside but on the inside they are full of death? Make sure that you're not deceived by dead religion. Come into a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ who loves you and who cares for your soul. May the grace of Jesus be with you. 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Two extremes to each elements of our faith


Two Extremes to Each Element of Our Faith

There are two sides or two extremes to each element of our faith; For example, you can be overconfident in your faith, believing that you are saved long ago, that you are entitled to everlasting life, and you are not worried about your salvation with the Lord Jesus at all.  You believe that there is nothing that you can do to lose your salvation, there is noting that you can do to make God love you more or less, and you are convinced that you can live life however YOU want because God has to let you into His Kingdom.  But on the opposite end of the spectrum are those of us who are very insecure about our faith, every day we are wondering if we are saved, every day we are wondering if God loves us and if He approves of us.  There are errors to BOTH sides!  The side to being over confident of your faith leads to PRIDE, arrogance, not working your salvation out with God, not worrying that you are actually sinning.  And if this is you, you need to go and REPENT before the LORD, because being prideful or arrogant or so secure about your faith that you don’t work out your relationship with God can be VERY damning.  MANY Christians fall into this category and they will find themselves in HELL in the end because they NEVER TRULY REPENTED.  But again on the opposite side of the spectrum, if you find yourself falling into depression, if you find yourself always worrying that God doesn’t love you, then also that is something you need to address with Jesus, because He DOES offer forgiveness for us quickly, when we have a right heart, and He DOES give us the security we need through the HOLY SPIRIT.  That is why the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, because He comforts us when we are right with Him.  Make sure you just work out your relationship with Jesus and don’t fall to either of the extremes.  Rather walk the straight and narrow path with Jesus and know that He is your guide, He is your protector, and he is your ever-present help in the times of trouble.  He is worthy to lead you and guide you.  He is our salvation.  May the grace of Jesus be with you. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Heaven and hell each will receive their reward

 Heaven And Hell Each Will Receive Their Reward

   Praise Jesus. Everyone, even the best of Christians, can be deceived by the devil, or they can start to believe that maybe hell doesn't exist. some Christians ... (Live streaming interrupted for a few seconds) how hot hell is, or how long people are in hell, if hell is eternal. But the fact is, hell is real, demons are real, heaven is real, Satan Israel, Jesus Christ is real. And we will spend eternity in one of two places, either heaven or hell. There is no purgatory. If you're looking for some sort of middle ground in between heaven and hell, that would be Earth. Earth is the place to choose good or evil. And each of us are then rewarded according to our works. As Jesus said, when He comes, He will give each according to their works. The Christian Church has done a very poor job about teaching this. They say God sees everyone the same. He sees everyone as sinners. And as long as you've prayed the prayer of faith, those who are faithful, meaning they prayed a prayer will be accepted into heaven for all eternity, as sinners. And the other sinners who haven't said that the sinners' prayer will automatically go to hell. So they have a bit of crazy theology, because they believe themselves to be saved in going to heaven, because they have prayed the prayer, and they're sorry, even though they continue to sin. Yet everyone else is the damn to go to hell.

But Jesus never spoke about a magic prayer that would get us into His kingdom. In fact, He spoke quite the contrary. Jesus gave parables, like the one about the guy who got into the kingdom, but he still had his old garments on. And they asked the guy, why do you still have on your dirty garments? And the guy was speechless. So the master said, bind him hand and foot and cast him into outer darkness. What does that represent? That parable represents a Christian who never repented, who thought he was in the Kingdom of heaven, who thought he was on his way to everlasting life, but who never cleaned up his act, never got sin out of his life, never held Jesus' hand, and obeyed Jesus Christ.

So what will we expect that Jesus will say to us when we die and we're still in our sins and haven't truly repented? Do we expect Him to say, good and well done, my faithful servant? Do we expect Him to say, come into my kingdom and pollute my children? I know you have a little porn in your life, I know that you have a little addictions, but bring that in and spread that around with my children. What do we expect a holy God to say to us? He's not gonna allow any of His children or any of His kingdom to be polluted. And we would bring pollution into His kingdom if we're not wearing our white robes, if we're not made clean. The way to be made clean is by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony. That's the way we are made clean and overcome. We call on the name of Jesus. Obviously, no one can do it on their own, but Jesus has made the way. And if you call on Him and say, Lord, “purify me from my unrighteousness. I know that I am a sinner. I know I need your salvation.” Then He will come to you and He will purge you, and He will pull all that sin out of your life and remove it from you as far as the East is from the west.

But if you do not do that work, to repent, then Jesus will certainly not do the work for you. There are a whole lot of Christians that preach the doctrine that you can't do any work for the Lord, He's done it all for you. Well, why do many Christians go to Hell then? Who is that guy that's in the kingdom with his dirty robes on? That's not an atheist. An atheist doesn't want to go to heaven. People of different religions, they don't want to go to the Christian heaven. They don't care about Jesus. Those who are ending up in hell, or in the lake of fire, that are people that are saying things like, Lord, didn't we cast out demons? Didn't we heal the sick? Didn't we preach sermons? Didn't we hear your gospel? These are Christians, and they are the ones being rejected because they have sin in their life. So we have to take this seriously. We have to take Jesus and His words seriously.

 He loves us. He cares for us. But if we don't do the work to overcome He's not going to do our job for us. Jesus respects our wishes. If we wish to do evil and we wish not to go into His kingdom, then He will not force us to go into His kingdom. If we choose to do wrong, He’s not going to force us to do right. He respects your free will, your choice. So knowing that you have to choose to do good, He's not going to force your hand to do it. He's not going to force you to have a dream or a vision. He's not going to force you to speak in new tongues. It's not like His spirit forcefully comes upon you and manipulates you like a demon. People wonder, why am I not speaking in a new tongue? Why am I not having visions and dreams? Of course, you can't make yourself have spiritual gifts, but you do need to seek after them. You need to seek after Holiness, seek after the gifts that the spirit of God has for you. Because if you're not seeking after Him, and it's not your will, why would God force something on you that is not your will? If your will is to chase the world and to do everything like the world, then God will leave you to the work of your own flesh, because that's your choice.

So you have to choose good over evil, which is a hard thing to do. You have to choose to push off the flesh. You daily have to deny yourself. It is easy, guys, to live for Satan, because you don't have to do anything when you wake up, serving yourself, you are by default serving the devil. So all you have to do to serve the devil is just wake up and forget to pray. Wake up and just think about yourself. Wake up and have a lack of self control, you'll already naturally be serving the devil. It doesn't take any discipline, but to overcome, takes discipline. To succeed and have success, takes discipline. And to enter through the narrow gate, by the way of Jesus Christ, takes 100% dedication. It's impossible in the flesh, but through Jesus Christ, all things are possible. But He expects that you work for Him with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and all of your strength. So don't buy into that gospel that says God rewards all equally. You know that just everyone's either just going to heaven or hell if they've said a prayer. None of that's true. Jesus will reward every single person exactly according to what their faith was, what they actually did with His words, if they served Him, or if they didn't. And apparently there's even levels of this.

 I want to read to you, E.G. what Jesus says in Luke Chapter twelve. I'm going to read first Verse 47 and 48.  47And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. So though the person or the Christian that knows the will of God and rejects it willfully, the wilful sinners, they will be punished in hell with many stripes, Jesus says. But Verse 48, 48But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. This is a pretty scary verse here, because it's saying that in hell, people are going to be punished who are Christians worse than the atheist, worse than worse than the unbelieving, worse than the ignorant. You would be better to be an ignorant atheist or agnostic, or someone who just doesn't know what they believe and just has a good heart before God, and go your life like that, claiming you're not a Christian, you don't believe anything, because your punishment in hell will be less stripes. I'm not exactly sure what stripes are. Maybe, I mean, for a servant, that would be like being beaten. But how is A devil? How is a serpent going to beat you? How is God going to beat someone? I don't know how that happens, but it's pretty severe, guys. For those who are pastors, teachers, elders in the church, Jesus said things like, it would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. That's pretty severe. It would be better not to be a Christian at all. You would still deserve death by doing things against God, but at least your punishment in hell wouldn't be as severe as Christians. They're going to take the worst of it. So there are levels, there are levels of punishment.

The pastors in church say, oh no, everyone's a sinner. Everyone's a sinner, and every sin deserves hell. Well, true, even breaking one of God’s laws will send you to hell. But there are sins that you can repent of quickly. And there are sins that are so damnable for a Christian to fall into, such as this sort of hypocrisy, knowing what you ought to do and doing the opposite that it will put you in a place in hell that is so horrible, that you will wish that you are never born. You will wish that you never existed at all. So I encourage you to repent of Christian hypocrisy. A lot of us have been hypocrites. I was a hypocrite. I was a sinner. I lived my life as a sinning hypocrite in church. But when Jesus exposed these things to me and revealed to me that I was unproductive, that I was like the unproductive servant ready to be cut off and thrown into the fire. I knew what I had to do. I had to repent. I had to get right with my master. Because I like...(Live streaming interrupted for a few seconds). 

The truth is Jesus Christ, and we need to make sure that we are really following Him and obey Him. The reward is great for those that know Jesus and who loved Him. I want to read to you from Luke chapter twelve, starting in verse 35. 35“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Jesus wants to take care of His children. He wants us to come into the wedding feast. He wants to serve us and bless us. He doesn't wish that anyone perish or go to hell. But if we don't keep watch, if we don't serve the Lord now, then certainly He will reject us. And many Christians will find their end in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, because they don't repent themselves, they don't come out of hypocrisy, and they teach others to live a hypocritical Christian life. Jesus said in Verse 39, 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Don't believe people that think they have the Rapture all figured out, the return of the Lord, when Jesus is going to come.

Because the true Church knows that they have to keep watch all the time. We need to make sure that we are staying upright and pure, keeping ourselves undefiled, unstained from the world. Are you right with Jesus Christ? Are you living for Him? Or are you allowing bitterness and evil and depression and all the doctrines of demons to come into your life? I encourage you to repent. Repent of dead religion, repent of addiction, repent of pornography, drugs, and alcohol, everything that is promiscuous in the world. Repent of living for yourself. Reconcile yourself to your creator, Jesus Christ. If you call on Him, He will save you from your sins. He loves you, and He wants to give you everlasting life. There is great hope in the name of Jesus. May the grace of Jesus be with you.

Monday, January 9, 2023

KJV Only Deception

 If you are convinced that the 1611 KJV is the infalible, flawless "Word of God" in English; I challenge you to type in to Google, "translation errors in the KJV".  A brief look will prove to you that the KJV is VERY flawed. The real Word of God is perfect and not flawed, therefore the KJV cannot be the flawless Word. If you want to know the truth, get to know Jesus for real and stop playing games.