Tag: gospel

One and But One- Part 6

If, as we are declaring, Christ has but one Bride, why does God allow the others to continue to exist??  God never stopped man from killing His only begotten Son!!  Just because God does not reach down from the Heavens and snatch denominational preachers out of their pulpits does not mean He is not aware of their mis-deeds!!  Many “feel” that since God has not stopped them, their religion must be alright if for not other reason than there are so many people that are members of their denomination.  I had my dentist tell me the other day; “why, there are 19,000 members of our church,” as if to prove that that makes error alright and disdain for God’s authority acceptable!!  “What if some do not believe, will that make the faith of God of without effect?” Romans 3:3  What if the WHOLE world does not believe, will that stop God from condemning man who has not obeyed His precepts??  When you deny the Law of God, you deny His right to rule over you and diminish His importance as the Law Maker!!  MOCKING GOD is not going to win you any points when you face Him at death!!  Telling Christ that your wife did not agree with His words the apostles wrote down for your learning will not lessen the punishment that on you will be imposed!!

     Earth’s existence became a reality to test and try man, find out which among us is worthy of eternity with God.  We cannot expect to spend eternity with a Being whose Word we cannot respect enough to obey that Word!!  We cannot expect God to reach down from Heaven and pluck denominational preachers out of the pulpit and then God claim impartiality and fairness to those who made the hard choice and “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered you” which cost them their lives, or maybe their jobs, wife, child, mother or father.  They who loved God enough to “give that last measure of devotion” will stand in the Judgment and demand your destruction, and they will have every right to do so!!  If it made no difference what is taught or believed you will have to get around the complaints of EVERY apostle of Jesus Christ—for it cost everyone of them their lives!!      When God demanded the Israelites to march through the Red Sea, He did not mean it was alright for them to go out and rent a barge to take them across nor cross the Sea 15 miles to the north of the Red Sea at a place known as the Reed Sea!!  If you do not plan on obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ just exactly as He had it written, don’t worry about the curtains in your new home in Heaven!! 

     It is what we have all been use to knowing, a kind and benevolent God, think what “without God” will mean!!  We have all fellowshipped and lived in the sunshine of His love all our lives—what will be worth losing all He has promised??  You think groping in spiritual darkness is hard and unfair—wait till you begin groping in the darkness of eternal Hell!!  He who promised to turn brother against brother, a daughter against her mother, and a child against his or her father will not think twice about condemning they who hold His word in contempt. 

     The hatred God has for sin is seen in the price He was willing to pay to remove it.  Pain and a broken heart for 4,000 years will not allow Him to brush aside His Word in any capricious fashion.  In Genesis 22 we read of the sacrifice of Isaac.  ABRAHAM WAS SPARED, GOD WAS NOT, HE PAID DOWN TO THE LAST MEASURE OF DEVOTION.  Man has never fully been able to appreciate the price God paid, nor will he ever be able to deny the planning and preparation that was demanded of God to bring the Church of Christ into existence.  Denying this did not happen will not Hell comforting!!

One and But One- Part 5

Man tries to rationalize that religion is for him and his appetite.  He wants a religion he likes and makes him feel good about him.  In a sense this is the same as “situation ethics” which teaches as long as it hurts no one and it please me, it is alright!  I hear people all the time tell me they are “looking for a church.”  What they mean is they are looking one they feel comfortable in, preaches a message they approve, has a class of people in it they associate with themselves, and require from its adherents just what they are willing to “put in” to the success of the church as to monies, time, and effort.  Rarely do you find people who are looking for a church God Almighty will approve!!  These  people are looking for a church that teaches ONLY the doctrine taught in the New Testament, taught in the first century, that was taught FIRST, in Jerusalem, that was taught by an inspired apostle of Jesus Christ, and that was the church ALL the apostles of Jesus Christ belonged!!  There is a world of difference between this type of church and the type that will suit man.

     Men are looking for a church where the needs of their children are satisfied and they let the children determine those needs!!  They look for the biggest congregation with children the ages of their children, a playground or gymnasium, fun games and coloring, cookies and ice cream, and one where the most important people in town attend.  They are not spiritually astute enough to look for a congregation that preaches ONLY the New Jerusalem gospel, where its teachers are studied and prepared to teach Bible Classes suitable for their ages and intellect, and where the preaching is Christ-centered, Biblically supported, and in love with Jesus Christ FIRST and the mores and values of men, last!! It is true the children may not have a plethora of friends “at church” and may be the only one their age that attends there their age while learning of Christ, and may not “try out” for the choir or receive their “first communion” like the world, BUT, at the death’s door and the Judgment Bar– their  child will stand all alone and be judged “by the words that shall judge them in the last day” John 12:48, there, they will be glad for that Bible School teacher that insisted on teaching Bible Lessons and the preacher that made sin look like sin and not like  a joke at which to laugh!!  In death and at the Judgment these type parents will be on their knees thanking God their little boy or girl hears: “well done, My good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, enter into the joys of thy Lord.”   But the one who will be the most thankful at death and in the Judgment Day will be the child whose parent was spiritually alert enough to make SURE they attended the right congregation!!   What about the child that got to set the standard for which the church they attended and hears: “depart from Me, you wicked and sinful sinner, I never knew you.” 

     My friend, Jesus is coming back some day for His Church!!  I flew into the airport the other day and there were well over 100 women in the terminal, I only was looking for ONE!!  Was I narrow-minded, an elitist, or a cultist??  You see, I am married to as many women as the Lord!!  I have one and but one, she wears my name, has born my children, and satisfies my needs as a man, AND, she is the only woman I left the airport with!!  Does that offend you??

     I sent my children to school. I sent them to the best schools.  I did not care if they wanted to go where it would be easy to “slide by,” where their “friends” attended, where the most students attended, where the biggest gymnasium was or where the best football team played; I wanted them, educationally, prepared to succeed- AND YOU??

One and But One- Part 3

???? Many times things happen that seem insignificant, unimportant, and go without being noticed.? Some seem to think these incidences might even go un-noticed when compared to what they think in their lives is important.? Life can be changed by one event, homes can be broken, friendships ended and wrecked over what to the offender would seem irrelevant to really what they think truly is important!!? There is no way to determine the effects, good or bad, of taking the wrong turn, of making the wrong decision on ourselves and more particularly the cost it has on others!! ?Whoever thought the death of an unknown Jew in remote Galilee would affect every human being that had or would ever live??? In the ?important? events, the day the Roman soldiers put Christ on the tree, the events in Rome were FAR MORE noticed, yet no one knows just exactly what happened in Rome that Friday before Passover, but the world knows what happened in Jerusalem!!? One would never have considered that eating of a single piece of fruit would have brought the possibility of spiritual death to all humanity, either, but that day in the Garden of Eden mankind was forever deprived of the innocence that had before described his nature and allowed his unbroken fellowship with his Creator!!

???? Eating the forbidden fruit was no bid deal!? Who would ever get bent out of shape over just one bite (which probably did not taste good, anyway!!)?? Rationally, situation ethics would deny the importance of this the most famous bite in all the history of mankind.? It was, after all, just another fruit of one of many trees.? One tree was just as good as any other tree and to let on like the choice could be right or wrong just because some Being who visited only once a day could make such a demand, seems impossible, doesn?t it??? Do you mean to tell me God could be so demanding so as to choose JUST ONE tree for me not to eat from and after I had decided I liked the one He did not allow He would break fellowship with me?? ??That sounds awful narrow-minded for a God who is supposed to be LOVE!!

???? What would it hurt for Eve to take the fruit God had not allowed her to eat and take a bite? ?God did not say I couldn?t take ONE BITE, He said for me not to eat of this fruit that looks so good to me!!? Sometimes when you change a plan, you ?improve? it, right??? Denominationalism has changed the plan of God by which man is saved from his or her sins improving on what God had commanded and actually ?improved? on God?s idea!!? They think being saved at an altar, or in praying the ?sinner?s prayer? is a much better and easier way for man to be saved?and by the way what is the big deal?getting wet in water is never convenient AND it is just too much trouble??? Who will it hurt if I just change Jesus command in Mark 16:16 a little, God won?t care, He LOVES ME!!? After all, He is not here to stop me and sprinkling water on someone is much nicer and God never said: ?thou shalt not sprinkle water for baptism?!!? You see, we believe sprinkling water or baptizing you after you have been saved is just fine.? Remember, it is just fruit, God knows I love Him, and He?ll get over it!!? I don?t think Jesus will notice, I will sing and testify, put my monies in His work, and ?witness? for Him, everywhere.

???? ?The fruit looks good, it will satisfy Eve!?? Sin compliments our desires, it looks like fun. ?How can it hurt so much, I?ll only do it ONCE!? We have no experience with the results of sin?it might hurt you but it will not hurt me!!? It looks too good to pass up; the end results cannot be all that bad!!? Sin looks like what I REALLY want, how can it be that harmful??? It provokes in me a curiosity I cannot extinguish from my mind, I have to have it!!? I?ll give anything for it!! ?God want care, I will make it up to Him!! ???