Friday, September 30, 2022

I Am Happy In The Lord Because Of His Promises

1st Peter 1:3-9, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

I continually rejoice as a redeemed child of God, with unspeakable joy in knowing that my name is written in Heaven. Where is my name written in Heaven? Why of course, it is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Jesus is the Lamb of God. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Not only is my name written in the Lamb's (Jesus') Book of Life, but my name
Revelation 17:8, “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
As redeemed adopted children of God, we continually rejoice with UNSPEAKBEL JOY. That is inexplicable joy that we cannot express in words.

If I seek happiness from circumstances without, then I cannot be happy unless the circumstances of my life are right. My former wife divorced me in 2006. I have painfully lived alone since. I am very lonely all the time, but God's Holy Spirit comforts me and helps me keep going from day to day. I had a root canal done in my upper left molar in February 2022. The procedure didn't go well. The tooth was saved, and an x-ray and 3D scan shows that everything is okay. The tooth is not cracked. It has healed well. Unfortunately, the tooth still hurts mildly and feels really weird all the time, especially at night. The endodontist said it is my ligament that connects the tooth to the jaw bone. He said my only options are to have to tooth extracted (pulled out), or just live with it. I have chosen to live with it, but I am not happy about it. I lost my home in the divorce and have bene renting since. I may never own a home on earth again, which makes me feel sad.

But dear reader, my happiness comes from within, because of my joy that I am a child of God. I am not happy very often from without. I read online that only 12% of men who are aged 50 said they are happy. That means 88% are unhappy. That is because they seek happiness from outward stimuli. I'm not happy being in horrible bodily pain. I suffer in chronic neck pain all the time. I suffer from neuropathic burning in my body's nerves, because of my spinal cord injury. Happiness is what “happens” to you. I have been hurt, cheated, betrayed and defrauded by countless people throughout my life. I am not happy about that. My former wife divorced me in 2006 almost 17 years ago. I am not happy about that. I live alone and am lonely. My faith in God sustains me, but I admit that I am rarely a happy person.

Having said that, I feel happy when I seek contentment from within, knowing that I am on the winning side in Christ Jesus. My website ministry makes me happy. I have joy contending for the faith, because I know it pleases God (Jude 1:3; Titus 1:9-14). I am not a miserable person. I feel happy in my soul, even though my life is not happy without being alone. Joy comes from within. I have peace and joy like a river flowing in my soul, because of God's indwelling Holy Spirit. The very presence of God's blessed Holy Spirit in me is my happiness and joy!!!

JESUS IS MY JOY!!! The precious Lord Jesus Christ is my light, my peace, my joy, my strength and my salvation:
Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

The man whose Bible is falling apart is not!

If you know that you've been born-again by the Holy Spirit of God into the Kingdom of God, then you ought to be exceedingly joyful. My happiness comes from within, from my joy.

1st Peter 1:8-9, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
I receive many emails from web visitors who are utterly miserable. I always keep emails confidential. I tell people to start listening to Bible preaching every day. Get into the Word of God. I like to listen to Alexander Scourby on YouTube read the King James Bible. It is all free. You can hear the entire King James Bible in just 75 hours. You can hear the whole book of Proverbs in 1:28 hours. We are need truth every day! God's Word is truth (John 17:17).

The many promises of God in His inspired Word make me happy in my bones. This old world of sin will soon pass away. Today's fashions will fade as the next generation comes onto the scene, just as yesterday's fashions have all faded away. In 1950 Hollywood actor Jackie Gleason was known as 'The Great One' around the world, but his name is now all but forgotten by the world (1st John 2:15-17). As believers we are pilgrims passing through here on earth, not settlers. Our permanent home is waiting for us in Heaven (John 14:1-3).

I am listening to this great sermon right now by Pastor Yankee Arnold, which makes me happy to hear. THE TRUTH makes me happy!!! ...

(Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold)

Friday, September 16, 2022

God's Promise Of The Seal Of The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:12-14, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Before an animal could be declare fit for sacrifice or for food, he had to be examined. This was required to receive the seal of approval. If, for example, the animal was to be offered for a sacrifice, he was examined and approved by the priest. If he was without blemish and qualified for sacrifice, a seal or branding was placed on him to signify his acceptance.

Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice. This is why He is called the LAMB OF GOD. John 1:29, "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the LAMB OF GOD, Which taketh away the sins of the world." These were the words of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, who introduced Him first as God's sacrifice. There are many passages which point to Jesus as the LAMB OF GOD. Revelation 7:14, "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the LAMB." Revelation 13:8, "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB slain form the foundation of the world." Revelation 19:7, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him; for the marriage of the LAMB is come, and His wife hath made herself ready." Revelation 21:9, 14, 27, "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the LAMB's wife. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of he LAMB. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the LAMB's book of life."

Since Jesus was the Lamb of God, meaning that He was the complete, perfect sacrifice, He too must be examined and approved by God the Father. When man sinned, he was separated from God. God wanted that fellowship restored, but He could not do so unless His justice was satisfied. God's mercy said that He wanted to forgive man, but God's justice said that man could not be forgiven unless a suitable sacrifice was found. Christ offered Himself as that sacrifice, which means that the sacrifice of Christ as the as the Lamb of God was the only way that God could be merciful and just. It was the only way that God, within His righteousness, holiness and justice could receive man back to Himself. Since God wanted man's fellowship more than man wants God's fellowship, then Christ first died FOR GOD. It is often said that Christ died for us, but the main thing was that Christ died FOR GOD in order that God could accept us back, for Christ and Christ alone satisfied the righteous and holy demands of God!

God approved His Son for sacrifice. That approval must be followed by a seal. That seal was the Holy Spirit. John 6:27, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed."

God announced His approval in Matthew 3:17, "And lo a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." It is interesting that at the same time that God announced His approval, the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus. Matthew 3:16, "And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him." This simply fulfills the type that the sacrifice must be examined, approved and sealed. God accepted Christ as the perfect sacrifice. He declared His approval when He said, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." At the same time the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus in the form of a dove sealing Him as the only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of man.

It must be remembered that the lamb was approved by the priest for sacrifice AND for food. Ah, what a beautiful picture! Not only is Jesus the sacrifice that God accepts and upon Whom God has placed His approval and His seal, that is the Holy Spirit; but Jesus is acceptable by God as a feast! We feast on Him. Notice John 6:27, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed." Notice especially the stress on "meat that perisheth." This meat that perished had to be approved and sealed by the priest. This meat that does not perish, even our Saviour, was approved by God and sealed by the Holy Spirit.

When the Passover lamb was slain, he was approved. He was examined for four days, from the tenth day of the first month to the fourteenth day of the first month, after which he was offered. Then for seven days after he was killed, the families feasted upon the sacrificed lambs. Hence, the lamb was approved for sacrifice and for food. Praise the Lord, our Saviour is the only acceptable sacrifice approved by God and sealed by the Holy Spirit. He also is the only approved One on Which we can feed in order that wed might grow in grace.

We shall see that there is another sacrifice that has been approved by God and sealed by the Holy Spirit. When a person comes to Christ, he is accepted by the Father in Christ. His faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justified the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." God then sees the believer clothed in the righteousness of Christ, declares him blameless, without blemish. This is the doctrine of justification. God declared the believer as righteous as Jesus Christ, for He sees him clothed in Christ's righteousness, and his standing before God is just as if he had never sinned. This does not mean that the believer lives a life above sin; it means that he stands before God blameless because he has had the righteousness of Christ imputed to him in response to his faith in the finished work of Calvary.

This makes the believer fit for sacrifice, for he has been accepted. The believer's sacrifice, however, is not that of offering himself to die as did his Saviour, but rather offering himself to live for his Saviour! This is called a LIVING SACRIFICE. Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." No one is fit to become this sacrifice until he has first become inspected and examined. This examination is done after the believer has put on Christ and is wearing His imputed righteousness. He immediately receives the seal, which is the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13, "In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise." II Corinthians 1:21, "Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God." Now that the believer has been examined and declared righteous, he is fit for sacrifice, and God will accept his living sacrifice as holy and acceptable by God. The Holy Spirit is this seal, and as such, is called the earnest of our salvation. Ephesians 1:14, "Which is the earnest of our inheritance unto the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory." This word "earnest" means that the Holy Spirit seals us and becomes the downpayment for our salvation. When a downpayment is made, it is forfeited if the payment is not made in full, so when God allowed the Holy Spirit to seal us and become the earnest (downpayment) for our salvation, He was risking the unity of the Godhead on the security that the believer has in Christ. If one justified person could lose his salvation, then the Godhead would lose His unity.

This seal of the Holy Spirit is for eternity. It remaineth even in the end time. Revelation 9:4, "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." The only ones that will be preserved will be those who have the seal.

In some amusement parks when a person pays for his ticket, he receives a mark on his hand that is not visible unless it is placed under the right light. He wears this mark. When he presents himself for a ride or other entertainment, this mark, invisible unless it is under the light, is presented, which means the price has been paid for his admission. Thanks be to God, even when Jesus comes again, we will be sealed by Him. Though that seal is unseen by man, the seal (the Holy Spirit) is seen in the light of eternity, and we are declared as His! The seal of eternal divine ownership shall be worn by the believer for eternity! Hallelujah!

Sunday, July 17, 2022

We Groan In This Earthly Body With Our Burdens

2nd Corinthians 5:4-10, “For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

I am often reminded of the simple yet profound small phrase in 2nd Corinthians 5:7, (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) What a beautiful truth! I don't know about you, but there have been umpteen times in my life when I just didn't feel like praying anymore. In my utter frustration I said: God, I'm done praying! Why should I keep praying when you never answer my prayers?” What I was doing is walking BY SIGHT, when I should have been walking BY FAITH. One of my favorite Gospel preachers is Evangelist Lester Roloff (1914-1982), who said: “You're going to have to learn to "faith" Him when you can't feel Him.” Amen!

The Apostle Paul said in our text passage that we all GROAN IN THIS TABERNACLE. Paul is speaking about our human body, which he likens to a tabernacle (a temporary tent). The apostle says that as believers we look forward to the future with confidence, KNOWING that once our earthly body is no longer able to house our soul and spirit, we will BE WITH THE DEAR LORD. Halleluiah! 

Therefore, Paul says that we labor to PLEASE THE LORD, knowing that we we someday stand at the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (2nd Corinthians 5:10-11). Oh how we have such a great responsibility as God's children to serve Him. It is not required to get to Heaven, but serving God is our reasonable service. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.What saith the Scripture? 1st Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

Do you groan dear reader? Sure you do, and so do I. As a pastor I receive countless emails from hurting people. One dear lady recently told me that her adult daughter is talking about suicide. Another dear man just found out that a MRI brain scan came back positive (i.e., negative results). He asked me to pray for him, and I am doing just that! All we have is each other. If we don't pray for each other, then who will? We need each other's prayers.

Americans are confused like never before. They are tired. People are weary with all the insane gender-bending garbage, feminism, homosexuality, gender reassignment surgery for children, et cetera. These demonic agendas are being forced on young people by ungodly liberals lurking in social media, the entertainment industry and in the Devil's public schools. This country needs a revival toward the holy God of the inspired King James Bible. We need Bible-preaching like never before!!! The weak-kneed, shallow, neo-evangelical, wimpy, watered-down, theologically deficient and lame sermons being given in mega-churches today are impotent, woefully lacking the power of God's Holy Spirit to change lives. There is no Holy Spirit conviction anymore in churches, because there is no preaching against sin.

(chapter 16 from the classic book by Pastor Harry A. Ironside, "Except Ye Repent")

We all have burdens that make us GROAN! I sure do. I was severely rear-ended by a church bus (of all in 1992, which messed up my neck for life. I suffered severe whiplash that over time caused my neck to develop Cervical Degenerative Disk Disease by 2004. I then fell at work, which worsened my injury, causing sharp radiating pain down my arms and legs (mostly my right side). I reluctantly underwent two neck surgeries in 2009 and again in 2010, the second of which made me 100% worse. Unfortunately, my agonizing chronic neck pain is HEAR TO STAY. You better believe that I GROAN!!!

To make matters much worse, the cruel U.S. government is so incompetent, that they cannot figure out a way to get the much needed prescription pain medications, to those who genuinely need it (like me). So I needlessly suffer 24/7 from horribly neck pain, in the bony area of the back of my neck, which feels just like a horrible, bone-gnawing, toothache all the time. It prevents me from carrying on normal conversations with people. I often have to apologize for not being able to listen without putting my head down, squinting my eyes in response to the acute stuff tension and pain in my neck. It feels like a gold ball in my neck, pressing on my spinal cord. The doctors whom I have consulted about this diagnosed me with a pinched spinal cord (stenosis and radiculitis). Consequently, I have neuropathic nerve burning, especially in my arms and upper body, which makes me GROAN!!!

But praise the Lord, God is always good. I thank God that I can walk, drive and take care of myself, because a lot of disabled people can't. Whenever I get discouraged, I am reminded of this poor girl, Katie Stubblefield, who attempted suicide at age 17, but blew her face off instead. She was a very gorgeous young woman, but another female student in high school hurt her feelings deeply. Like me and a lot of people, Katie is intensely passionate about her feelings, so she over-reacted (I've done that more times than I can remember). That is why I will NEVER own a gun. No way Jose!

That is also why I have never started drinking booze. It will NEVER happen. You cannot become a drunk if you don't take the first drink. Amen and amen! I wish Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D) would stop teaching young people not to drink and drive. That is a very wrong message! If you drink booze, at some point you WILL drive! A much better message is that: You cannot become an alcoholic, if you don't take the first sip of beer! There is no need or reason to drink alcohol, except that people like to get buzzed and drunk. Alcohol has been a menace to every society since the begging of human civilization.

I often claim the PROMISE of God in the following Scripture passage:
Philippians 3:17-21, “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
I love that PROMISE! Jesus, who raised the dead back to life, will someday give IMMORTALITY to every believer. I can't wait! KNOWING this truth comforts me greatly as I GROAN in my bodily pain, discomfort and suffering. God will someday rectify all wrongs! So when you GROAN dear child of God, as we all do, hurting emotionally and physically in your body and soul, KNOW that this suffering is only temporal. What saith the Scripture? Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Now, dear friend, if you have never been born-again by placing your childlike trust in the Good News of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen from the dead the third day, then you desperately need to get saved right now. You need to settle the matter of your eternal destiny right now, while you still can. Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Today might be your last day on earth.

To be saved, you must know some facts. First, you must know that you are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20). There is a penalty for our sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). This includes a second death, burning in the fires of Hell for all eternal without hope, rest or end (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). But the GOOD NEWS (or, GOSPEL) is that God sent His only begotten (biological) Son, Jesus, into the world to die on a cross to pay for our sins (John 3:16). Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, in whom anyone who places their trust (total confidence) is saved (John 20:31). What saith the Scripture? ...
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
There we have it, THE GOSPEL:
  1. Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins.
  2. He was BURIED.
  3. Christ resurrected physically from the dead three days later.
If you'll simply BELIEVE this Good news, making it your own by faith in it, you will be immediately, irrevocably and forever born-again by God's Holy Spirit. Acts 16:30-31, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Paul and Silas extended the invitation to the Roman jailer's entire family. God desires to save all men (2nd Peter 3:9), but will only SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21b).

Simply BELIEVE the Gospel friend and God will save you. Just receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He died in your place and raised up three days later from the dead, by faith taking God at His Word as recorded in the Holy Bible, and He will save you now. Thank you for reading my blog.

Friday, July 15, 2022

God's Promise Of Eternal Life By Faith Alone

1st John 3:8-9, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

Dear reader, the reason WHY we cannot sin as God's redeemed children is simply because there is no law to sin against anymore!
Romans 3:19-26, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
We are not saved by fulfilling the righteous of the law (which no one has has achieved); but rather, we are saved by the imputed righteousness of God, which is by faith alone in Jesus Christ. God's righteousness is given to ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE!!! Romans 3:22, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Amen and amen. Whether Jew or Gentile, God saves (by His own righteousness) ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE!!!

So when we choose to sin as believers, no sin is counted (imputed) against us by God. Romans 4:6-7, “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. When a child of God sins, even the most heinous and offensive crimes against another human being, God's grace abounds, so that no sin is ever imputed to that person.

I am aware of a handful of Christians who are either serving life sentences in prison for committing unthinking crimes, or they are serving decades behind bars in a correction center for their crimes, or have already served much time incarcerated for their crimes. They all have a felony criminal record here on earth. But I tell you upon the authority of the inspired Word of God, that if they are truly saved they have NO RECORD in Heaven!!! Despite being despised by humans upon the earth for the rest of their natural lives, in God's sight they are as sinless, perfect and pure as wool, having no sins counted (imputed) to them in Heaven. Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

No convicted criminal here on earth has a rap sheet up in Heaven. Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Do you know why the Bible says “east is from the west” and not “north is from the south”? It is wonderfully because east and west never meet! You can travel the direction east for eternity, but you will never find west. Likewise, you can walk, bike, swim and fly west forever, but you will never find east. But you can only travel as far as the north pole until you will be going south. And you can only make it down to the continent of Antarctica before at some point you'll be heading up north again. I LOVE THAT TRUTH!!! What our great forgiving God is saying is that once He pardons our sins by faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, they are gone, gone, gone forever!!! Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?  he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.”
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
Now ransomed from sin and a new work begun
Sing praise to the Father and praise to the Son
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!
My sins are all pardoned, my guilt is all gone!
Glory, I’m saved! . . .
So let's look at our text passage of Scripture again:
1st John 3:8-9, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
No child of God can sin, because there is no law to sin against anymore. The moment that we accepted Jesus Christ as our own personal Savior (which I did at age 13 in 1980, in Chicago at an old-fashioned Baptist church, on a beautiful sunny summer morning), God forever removed us from under the power and curse of the Old Testament law. We were then, now and forever under GOD'S SAVING GRACE!!! So it is true that when we sin as saints (and we do each day), we FALL IN GRACE, but never FALL FROM GRACE.

The only way to fall “from grace is to trust in the Devil's heresies of Lordship Salvation (which is Calvinism), or think that you must forsake sinful behavior to be saved (which is trying to be justified by keeping the Old Testament law), or trusting in some other forms of partial faith in Christ plus works. Galatians 5:4, Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

I read some helpful words recently, in one of my favorite books authored by Evangelist Michael P. Bowen, “I NEVER KNEW YOU,” on pages 51-52:
A surefire way to success in the Christian business is to present a false plan of salvation that sounds like the real thing. Satan will then bless the ministry financially so that masses of people will buy into the lie that he, the father of lies himself, has been propagating ever since he brainwashed Cain with murderous jealousy toward Abel over God’s denial of his harvested offering and His acceptance of his brother’s animal offering. It does not matter how successful a false ministry may become over time because that success is not a measure of God’s blessings upon that ministry. For instance, let us examine Jesus’ temptation while fasting at the beginning of His ministry. Satan tempted Christ to show off His power by throwing Himself from a high place knowing all along that He would not sustain injuries from that fall. Satan also tried to make Christ turn stones into bread. And Satan also offered to give Christ ruling power over earthly kingdoms. You see, Satan had the power to give Christ all the kingdoms and wealth of the world if He would just bow down and worship him. In a similar manner, Satan has the power to bless financially all the ministries that promote false plans of salvation for the sole purpose of making people think they are saved by living the Christian Lifestyle without ever actually being born again in the first place. It is a most cruel form of deception from which few are ever rescued, no matter how many times they hear the true plan of salvation after they have been indoctrinated by this satanic deception; likewise, those who trust in CBN’s plan of salvation, rather than in Christ’s plan of salvation, are at a tremendous disadvantage and are apt never to pay attention to what the Lord Himself says about being born again because they have been convinced by satanic deception, i.e., the “genuine warmth and compassion of the voices and the faces to which they are drawn” that, in reality, only draws them away from Christ’s simple, solitary requirement of “belief in Him alone,” and toward the false path of instructing them to commit their lives to Christ in discipleship “in addition to” partial faith in what Jesus did for them at the cross, despite the fact that Robertson contradicts himself with his own words initially when he says outright that our own efforts do not count toward this gift of salvation; yet, because he employs a bait-and-switch technique that first says “no works” and then subtly “adds works” later in his fourstep process, thereby canceling Christ’s grace with the corruption of human works, Robertson’s gospel is not the true gospel of the bible. It is a counterfeit gospel; it will never save those who place their trust in it. 
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15).
That is the sad reality of adding human works to God’s grace, yet, of course, you are free to choose this day whom you will believe.

SOURCE: Evangelist Michael P. Bowen, “I NEVER KNEW YOU,” pp. 51-52 

I couldn't have said it any better myself. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. There is a fine line between faith and foolishness. The woeful danger of embellishing THE GOSPEL with extra add-ons (e.g., turn from your sin, invite Christ into your life, make Jesus the supreme “Lord of your life, surrender control of your life to Christ, follow Jesus, invite Jesus into your heart, repent of your sins, count the cost and pay the price, live a lifestyle of repentance, forsake the old sinful ways, persevere in holiness, run the Christian race faithfully to the end of life, publicly confess Christ, get water baptized, et cetera) is that the Devil knows you CANNOT GET BORN-AGAIN by doing any or all of those things!!!

What is THE GOSPEL taught in the Holy Bible? I'm glad that you asked by dear friend...
1st Corinthians 15:1-6, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”
There you have it, right from the inspired King James Bible:
  1. Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins.
  2. He was BURIED.
  3. Christ physically RESURRECTED three days later.
Anyone who comes to God as a confessed guilty sinner (i.e., seeing his need for redemption), and places childlike faith (trust, confidence) in Jesus (the only begotten Son of God, the Christ) is saved. It is that simple. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” If you are born-again, then you CAN sin with impunity (i.e., live like the Devil without jeopardizing your position in Christ as God's adopted child) as far as eternal life is concerned, because you've been born of God. Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Friday, July 1, 2022

Abiding In The Promises Of God

2nd Peter 1:2-4, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

The Word of God is a book filled with PROMISES from God. As Christian believers, life doesn't become any easier for us, but it is better because we can go to the blessed holy Scriptures and claim the PROMISES of God day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Literally, the Bible contains THOUSANDS of PROMISES from God.

In his classic 1962 book titled “All The Promises Of God,” Dr. Herbert Lockyer (1886-1984) says that Professor Everett R. Storm concluded that the Holy Bible contains 7,487 PROMISES made by God to man:
The word “promise” appears more than 100 times in sacred scripture. One thousand promises are listed in “What the Bible Says about Praise and Promise.” Thousands more are listed in Samuel Clarke's two-hundred-year-old classic, “Precious Bible Promises.” Some have suggested that there may be as many as 30,000 promises contained in Scripture. Herbert Lockyer, in his volume “All the Promises of the Bible,” tells the story of Everett R. Storms, a schoolteacher in Canada, who made a detailed study of promises.

According to “Time,” Storms, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, reckoned the figure of 30,000 to be too high (since it is roughly the number of verses making up the Bible: 31,173). During his twenty-seventh reading of the Bible, a task which took him a year and a half, Storms came up with a grand total of 8,810 promises (7,487 of them being promises made by God to humankind).

SOURCE: Knowles, Victor (1998); "Promise and Fulfillment: Believing the Promises of God"; “Leaven: A Journal Of Christian Ministry” (Volume 6, Issue 3, Article 4)
My friend, when life gets difficult, and bad things happen, and you feel like you cannot face another day, and you cannot see your hand in front of your face, and it seems that all hope is gone—CLAIM THE PROMISES OF GOD!!!

For example: When I am in physical pain and suffering, wishing that this earthly life would hurry up, or the Lord would return today, I am reminded of God's PROMISE of a new body in Philippians 3:21, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” What a beautiful PROMISE!!!

When someone hurts my feelings and ruins my day, I am reminded of the Lord's PROMISE that the day will come when no one will ever rob my joy away again in John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

And then I am reminded of the Lord's encouraging words and PROMISE in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Because Jesus has overcome sin and death through the cross of Calvary, and His glorious bodily resurrection, we as believers can rejoice in knowing that God has already made all things right. I have eternal life NOW. I am already a citizen of Heaven and a member of God's family, presently. I don't hope, I HAVE A HOPE!!!

When someone cheats me, or does evil against me, I remember God's PROMISE to avenge me in Romans 12:18-21, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19 reminds us of a PROMISE God made back in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 32:35, “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” As the rainbow signifies each time we see one: GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES!!!

I am commanded not to seek revenge nor harm those who wrong me, because God will deal with them accordingly. This doesn't mean that we ought not have criminals prosecuted, God forbid, lest they go hurt someone else. In matters of civil court, the Bible commands us not to sue our Christian brethren (1st Corinthians 6:6-7). Some believers think that the Bible is teaching for us as Christians to resolve felony criminal matters outside of the law, but this often brings reproach upon the name of the Christ and the church, making it look like church leaders tried to cover-up and protect the guilty. I believe that 1st Corinthians 6:6-7 is speaking of civil matters involving money, agreements and property, et cetera; which if either party were a good Christian, the matter could reasonably be resolved outside of court. Although our court system in America is one of the most unfair, unjust, hypocritical, bribable and merciless in history, we as Christians are still subject unto the higher powers which ultimately are ordained by God (Romans 13:1-3).

As quoted earlier, I believe God's PROMISE in Romans 12:19 refers to when the law fails, and there are situations outside of the law where we can do nothing, or being cheated by a Christian brother, or even something as seemingly trifle as people deliberately wounding our feelings (people can be very cruel), when we ought to trust God's PROMISE that He will hold all men and women accountable for their deeds (Ecclesiastes 12:14), their words (Matthew 12:36), and their very thoughts and intentions (Proverbs 24:12). No one is going to get away with anything wrong, evil or hurtful (Romans 14:10-12). 1st Thessalonians 4:6 PROMISES that God will avenge a defrauded brother or sister. Hebrews 4:13 teaches that all things are naked and open before the eyes of God, our Judge. When we all die, we will fall into God's hands (Hebrews 10:31).

Another wonderful PROMISE from God to every believer is found in John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Everybody needs to have their own space, a place to call “home,” where they can be alone and enjoy their life. The Lord Jesus PROMISED that He would go and prepare a place for each and every Christian believer, so that where He is, we may be also. I love that PROMISE from God. I want to live where Jesus lives. I want a home in gloryland where the saints abide. Amen!

We often hear preachers saying that the Holy Bible has all the answers, but many people don't understand how that works. They don't see the connection between their daily problems and the Word of God. Well, I am telling you now what that connection is... IT IS THE PROMISES OF GOD!!! Whatever your need may be, there is a PROMISE from God that you can claim to give you the COMFORT and HOPE promised in Romans 15:4. All of the Old Testament biographies of the saints were given to us, according to Romans 15:4, to give us COMFORT and HOPE. Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

We have the benefit of examining the lives of Old Testament saints—seeing their problems, struggles and life's woes—but we have the privilege of seeing their future, where it all ended, and how it all worked out for eternal good at the end. God was faithful to everyone of them! No Christian who feared the Lord lost out when it was over. Even wicked Solomon, who built high places for his several hundred heathen wives to abort their children to Moloch, still went to Heaven. Wicked Samson chased unholy skirts, having sex with harlots (Judges 16:1).  
Samson ended up literally blinded, as a slave in the house of the Philistines, being mocked for sport. Samson commit suicide and took a couple thousand Philistines with him into death. Yet, Samson was a just man, washed in the sin-cleansing blood of Jesus, who is now enjoying the splendors of Heaven. Surely, the tears will flow at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and rewards will be lost (1st Corinthians 3:15; 2nd Corinthians 5:9-11), but no Christian is in danger of hell-fire.

I was thinking today how foolish the unbelieving world is. George Carlin (1937-2008) is the atheist's hero. I heard former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura (real name: James Janos) say, “My religion is the religion of George Carlin.” That is so sad and tragic. Mr. Carlin was a fool, who rejected the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and is doomed to eternal damnation in the fires of Hell beneath. Atheists are lazy, they like to piggy-back on the blasphemy and rants of famous atheists who make their best attempt to destroy God in their own minds. Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” In eternity, professed atheists are going to feel like jackasses, when they realize that they followed a fool like George Carlin to his everlasting fiery damnation. We are all born into this world as INDIVIDUALS, and we will die as INDIVIDUALS, and we will stand before God in judgment as an INDIVIDUAL (Romans 14:10-12).

Oh my friend, here is a PROMISE for you. Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Before God ever spoke the universe into existence, and before God ever formed the first man, He knew mankind would fall into sin, and He lovingly and mercifully made plans to redeem mankind, securing the PROMISE of eternal life. Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Whereas man lives within the creation of time, God dwells in eternity, which transcends time and space. Thankfully, God doesn't expect us to understand how things work, He just asks us to trust Him, BELIEVING on the name of Jesus Christ to be saved. John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

A fairly recent religious film (2006) titled “Facing The Giants,” propagates a health, wealth and prosperity message. Although the film is well made, I didn't like it because of the false notion it sends to people that if you become a disciple of Jesus Christ, everything in your life will begin to flourish. At the beginning of the movie, the main character (Grant Taylor, a husband and coach) is in financial struggles. His wife (Brooke Taylor) cannot get pregnant, and a doctor's visit reveals that he is physically unable to conceive. The film shows the couple struggling with everyday problems; such as the kitchen sink won't drain, and they are broke. The coach's team consistently loses every game they play. The film portrays Grant Taylor (played by Alex Kendrick) as a loser.

But then, Grant surrenders his life to Jesus in the film, and all of a sudden his wife is pregnant, and someone gives him a brand new Ford F-130 pickup truck, his team becomes the state champions and Grant receives a $6,000 a year raise and promotion. Hooray, Jesus made me rich, prosperous and healthy!!! Oh yeah, I want to become a Christian too, money, money, money!!! yeah, isn't it great to be a Christian and everything will be great for ever again. Yeah!!! What crap!!! This is nothing but the health, wealth and prosperity BULL CRAP of The 700 Club with evil charlatans Pat Robertson, Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen. The 700 Club has been promoting the Charismatic Movement since 1966. Pat Robertson has an estimated net worth of approximately $200,000,000 and some say much higher!!! Man of God? Jesus warned that NO MAN can serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13).

Beware of the demonic Charismatic Movement—who falsely claim the power to heal the sick, deceitfully promise to bring wealth to those who give them “seed” money, falsely guarantee to bring prosperity to those who support them, and wickedly bilk elderly widows out of all their money. Benny Hinn's $100,000,000 income a year is blood money!!! Hinn's personal net worth is an estimated $42,000,000!!! The Bible teaches that as believers we live BY FAITH, not BY SIGHT. 2nd Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” The give-to-get philosophy is living by sight, and it is carnal. Living-by-faith means giving to the work of the Lord, without expecting anything in return.

The Lord has PROMISED to return whatever we invest in the Kingdom of God an hundredfold, both in this life and the next; He never promised health, wealth and prosperity, but the family of God (Mark 10:30). An hundredfold is 100 times what we invest, so if you give $100 God PROMISES to return $10,000. But I find nothing in the Scriptures which promises financial prosperity in this earthly life. I know that God will reward every good deed that we do as born-again believers (2nd Corinthians 5:10). Jesus PROMISED to reward even a cup of water given to a disciple in Jesus' name. Matthew 10:42, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”

By God's grace and Holy Spirit power, there are literally hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people around the world who've been saved through the influence of my online labors since 2002. Christians cannot save anybody, but the Lord works through believers (in a ministry of reconciliation) as His children to reach others with the Gospel message. My greatest reward are those souls who've been saved and challenged to serve the Lord through my influence for Christ. Whatever good this ministry has accomplished, I attribute to God's Holy Spirit working through me as His child and humble servant. I am here to spend and be spent for you. 2nd Corinthians 12:15, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”

The Foolishness Of Investing In This Temporary Life

I'm tired of hearing people on the radio talk about the importance of laying up earthly treasures for retirement, without ever addressing the reality that death could come at any moment. People ought to be concerned about the fate of their soul, and not obsessed with buying gold and silver for the future. Aren't people so foolish? There's nothing in this world that you can take with you into eternity, except the lives who were impacted by your labors, prayers, witnessing and influence for Jesus Christ. ...
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”
—Charles T. Studd (1860-1931)
The average person in America is boggled down with materialism. The heathen world lives for personal success, prosperity and trying to get ahead of their neighbour. Nearly everyone desires financial security and the freedom to live their life free of obligation to a job or schedule. This is why youth go to college, so they can secure a stable career, and retire with amassed wealth, to enjoy their retirement and have the freedom to travel and do all the things they've always wanted to do. I hear advertisement on the radio, luring people to invest every penny possible for retirement, not even considering that our very breath is in God's hands. Daniel 5:23b, “...the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.” At some point in life, every reasonable person eventually realizes the foolishness and vanity of living for this world's good, pleasures and wealth.

In reality, there are hundreds of bad things that can happen (and usually do) which devour your wealth, health and retirement. When the dwindling steel industry collapsed (due to the evils of deindustrialization in America), even the institutions which were created to protect the retirements of the workers went belly-up, and they lost everything!!! The steel workers lost their medical insurance and the money which they had laboured day and night to earn for 40-50 years. No one went to prison, but many crooks should have. God will make them pay dearly!!! The point here is simple, Jesus told us in Matthew 6:19-20 not to laying up treasures in this world where thieves break through and steal (the biggest thieves wear white collars and sit behind desks).

Jesus said in Matthew 6 that we ought to lay up treasures in Heaven through laboring in prayer in their closet, fasting in secret, and giving alms (help) to the poor. Christians can earn heavenly rewards by helping the Church, contending for the faith, giving alms to the poor, supporting missionaries, doing good works in Jesus' name, helping the afflicted, encouraging your pastor, visiting the imprisoned, and soul-winning by proclaiming the Gospel. Anything good that you do as a born-again Christian for Jesus Christ, and to further the fulfillment of The Great Commission, will be rewarded. God's heart's desire is to see souls saved, that His house may be filled. Any work for God that leaves off proclaiming the Gospel is a waste of time, all done in vain.

God Does Not Reward Lukewarm Complacency

I know that God is disgusted with the thousands of popular Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) entertainers who never preach the Gospel, and cater to unsaved Roman Catholics, going along to get along, just making money in Jesus' name. God hates that kind of exploitation of Christianity. In the United States, Christianity has been reduced to a mere business. It's all about money today in America. No wonder the Holy Bible warned that the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10). The love of money is behind the plethora of counterfeit modern Bible versions, which are straight out of the pits of Hell.

Revelation 3:15-16 says that God vomits out LUKEWARM believers, and most pastors are as lukewarm as can be. If your church uses multiple Bible versions, your group is LUKEWARM. I mean, does not your pastor(s) have enough spiritual discernment to identify which Bible is really God's Word? It couldn't be more plain that only the King James Bible faithfully upholds and promotes the deity of Christ, the Godhead and the preeminence of Christ.

God will reward those faithful believers who fight against the intentional corrupting of the Word of God. And those shameful pastors, the dirty rascals that they are, who refuse to take a Biblical stand against the new counterfeit Bible versions, will suffer great loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ, if they are even saved. All of the new satanic Bible versions redefine what it means to “repent,” turning “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4) into a manmade religion that requires persevering in holy living to be saved. This heresy is known as “Lordship Salvation,” and it is a deadly false plan of salvation rooted in human effort (works).

Most of the religious work done today is done in the flesh, not by the influence and power of the Holy Spirit of God. Psalms 127:1, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” I've attended independent Baptist churches where not one mention was made of the Holy Spirit, nor His power, nor the need for His power. I remember sitting there in the pew and thinking to myself, when are they going to get God involved with this? My friend, Jesus aid without Him we can do NOTHING (John 15:5). That is, nothing for God of eternal value.

You Cannot Develop A Heart For God Without Developing A Heart For The Truth

In 2013-2014, I attended an independent Baptist church affiliated with Bob Jones University (BJU) for a whole year, and not one mention was ever made of the Holy Spirit or the need for the power of the Holy Spirit. To no surprise, the apostate church uses multiple Bible versions and teaches the heresy of Lordship Salvation. With each passing month at the church, I was dismayed, disturbed and broken-hearted. Finally, when I started sharing the truth on CD sermons and passing out books at my expense to other church members, it led to an unpleasant confrontation with the church's pastors and I was told to cease and desist or leave. As a faithful Christian and preacher who upholds THE TRUTH, I had no choice but to leave in tears because of their wickedness and apostasy.

Hypocritically, the Baptist church boasts that the purpose of their ministry is to “help people develop a heart for God,” but they do not have a heart for THE TRUTH. The Bible says that Jesus came into the world to bear witness unto “THE TRUTH,” not to help people develop a heart for God. John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” The King James Bible is THE TRUTH. The simplicity that is in Christ for salvation is THE TRUTH. Lordship Salvation is a DAMNED LIE! The hundreds of modern Bible versions are a DAMNED LIE!

Jesus said in John 4:24 to the Samaritan woman that God can only be worshipped in spirit and IN TRUTH. It is tragic that many pastors today don't care about THE TRUTH, although they are in denial and think that they do. If they cared about THE TRUTH, then they'd stop the nonsense of searching through umpteen different Bible versions, and use only the trustworthy King James Bible (KJB). Only the KJB uplifts the deity of Christ, the Godhead and the preeminence of Jesus Christ. All of the modern Bible versions are diluted!

Great Peace Comes From Resting In The Promises Of God

You can find solace in the PROMISES of God. 2nd Peter 1:2-4, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Man's word means NOTHING. This world is full of wicked sinners. We are all sinners. Many sinners enjoying condemning other sinners, but God will judge us all as SINNERS, and God's harshest judgment is reserved for those sinners who condemns other sinners (Matthew 7:1-5)!!! Judge (condemn) not, that ye be not judged (condemn)!

Here is a wonderful passage of Scripture, which PROMISES that our eternal weight of glory will far exceed our present light afflictions:
2nd Corinthians 4:16-18, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Life is a gift from God, which most people squander:
The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power,
to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour;
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, to lose one's health is more,
to lose your soul is such a loss, that no one can restore.
Another of my favorite PROMISES from God is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The Bible teaches us to pray about everything, and worry about nothing, claiming God's PROMISE that once we've prayed, that He will attend to our request(s) and we may rest in peace from that point on. That's exactly what Philippians 4:6-7 teach us. Once we've prayed, making our request(s) known unto God, we are commanded to rest in THE PEACE THAT PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING, knowing that God is the keeper of our soul in Christ Jesus our Savior. If we choose to worry, that is our decision:
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
oh what needless pain we bear;
all because we do not carry,
everything to God in prayer.
Trusting, claiming and abiding (living) in the PROMISES of God is solely a matter of faith for the believer. Do you believe that the Bible is God's holy and inspired Words? Do you believe that God authored the Bible? Do you believe that there is a real, all powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), all-present (omnipresent), and all-loving (omnibenevolent) God in Heaven, Who created you, and loves you, and cares about you? If you don't believe that God authored the Holy Bible, then you're not going to place any credibility nor credence upon its veracity and reliability.

I believe 100% that the King James Bible is God's preserved and inspired words for this generation. I find no error, nor fault in the King James Bible. I don't think it needs any improvement, nor do I think its 54 translators could have done a better job. I do not believe in double inspiration, that is, I do not believe that God gave any new revelations to the King James Bible translators. I do believe that God oversaw the work, and that the Holy Spirit made sure that when completed, the King James Bible was exactly what God intended for us to have in 2015. I do not believe that there will ever be another translation of the Holy Bible into the English language, simply because today's inferior language could not facilitate a proper translation.

As a born-again Christian, I find great peace in the comforting Words of God, particularly in the PROMISES OF GOD. What a wonderful truth that the Bible contains 7,487 PROMISES from God to man. Our text verses from 1st Peter 1:2-4 teaches that the power of God resides in the PROMISES of God, because the Lord always keeps His promises, and you can take that to the bank. Only a fool bases his life and eternal destiny upon speculation, human reasoning, fables, manmade tradition and religion. What you had better do is “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES” as Jesus commanded in John 5:39, discovering and claiming the PROMISES OF GOD in the King James Bible, and then you'll KNOW that you're not living your life in vain, having a foundation that is sure in Jesus Christ, and a hope of eternal life and heavenly rewards that man cannot take away, nor can time destroy as the world fades away.

This temporal earthly life will come to an end, guaranteed. Everything that you see around you will eventually return to the dust from which it came. Ah, but the PROMISES of God transcend this earthly life, lasting forever. When you're dead and gone, the PROMISES of God will still stand true; and if you die in the Lord (Revelation 14:13), you will spend eternity enjoying all the blessings of God (Romans 8:32).

God Promised To Save Them That Believe The Gospel

1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” I fear for those who die in their sins (John 8:24), who die without God's imputed righteousness, which comes only through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:3-4; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:5-6). I hear fools teaching the heresy of Lordship Salvation, which says that a person cannot merely trust Christ as one's Savior and write their name in the back of their Bible, assuming that they are eternally secure without first proving their sincerity through living a life of holiness and surrender to Christ's lordship. That is a false plan of salvation, which sadly Pacific Garden Mission's Unshackled radio program series has been propagating.

My friend, salvation is a supernatural miracle of God in response to a person's faith in the Gospel (Romans 1:16; John 1:12-13). Yes, you can simply acknowledge your guilt of sin in the eyes of a holy God (Romans 3:19), and BELIEVE the Gospel to be saved (1st Corinthians 15:1-4), without any obligation to change your behavior, surrender to Christ, confess Christ publicly, forsake the world, commit to follow Jesus, or cease from sinful bad habits. These are all human effort (works), which are not allowed nor tolerated by God in His simple plan of salvation. Jesus paid it all with His precious blood. Man has no part in God's salvation, except to completely rest in Christ Jesus (Hebrews 4:10-11). Yes, you can write in your Bible's insert your name, date, time and place that you were born-again, spiritually reborn into God's Kingdom. Salvation is a new birth, which happens in an instant in time, just as one's first physical birth into this world.

Heretical Evangelist Paul Washer condemns the practice of writing one's name, date, time and place in one's Bible. Mr. Washer says that a life of works must legitimize one's faith to be valid. This is part of the demonic doctrines of Calvinism. False prophets speak with a forked-tongue. They say that salvation is the gift of God, and cannot be earned by works; yet at the same time they say that if a person does not desire to depart from sinful ways and follow Christ, they are not saved. Romans 11:6 says that salvation is either by works or grace, but it cannot be both. It is heresy to mandate a changed life to be saved. Proponents of Lordship Salvation have it all backwards. God saves those who simply BELIEVE the Gospel, who trust upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that He died on the cross for their sins, was buried, and resurrected the third day. That's the Gospel.

As far as a changed life goes, that's an entirely different matter of Discipleship. New believers need to be properly mentored, which is part of The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). If preachers would preach against sin as they ought, Christians would live holier lives. Instead, the Devil has duped many preachers into perverting the Gospel, forcing people to forsake sinful behavior as part of being saved. This is a false plan of salvation, which converts men to religion, but does not produce the new birth by the Holy Spirit of God. Many moral churchgoers are going to be cast into the Lake of Fire. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

I KNOW, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that I am saved and on my way to Heaven, eternally secure, because of the PROMISE of God to save them that believe. Salvation is not a matter of my goodness, nor my faithfulness to God; but rather, it is based upon God's goodness, and God's faithfulness to keep His PROMISES!!! Amen, hallelujah, glory to God!!! Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for my sins on the cross, and paying my insurmountable debt of sin that you did not owe. I challenge you, whoever you are, to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES for the PROMISES of God, for in them rest the power of God, because God keeps His PROMISES!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

God's Promise To Punish The Bob Jones University Cult

James 3:1-2 and 7-8, “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. ...For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Galatians 1:8, But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

The inspired Holy Bible warns in James 3:1 that church leaders will receive the greater condemnation when they are judged by God. I spent eight years at Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993) learning the Bible. I have been a born-again believer for 42 years, since age 13 when I accepted Christ in 1980 in Chicago. Yet, I am still learning the Bible every day. The older I grow, the more that I realize how little I know.

And yet, there are millions of of wannabe theologians on YouTube, fools in the Bible colleges, corrupt pastors in the churches, fools on the mission field and Bible ignoramuses in every walk of life, foolishly wresting the inspired Word of God to their own destruction. 2nd Peter 3:16-17, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

True knowledge is always coupled with sincere humility. False knowledge is more deadly than ignorance! One of the most dangerous cults today is Bob Jones University (BJU) and their graduates who have changed with them over the past 50 years. From all that I have read about the history of BJU, their founder Dr. Bob Jones Sr. (1883-1968) believed and preached a free grace Gospel. Tragically, Dr. Bob Jones Sr.'s children have run Bob Jones College into the ground!!! It is difficult to believe that BJU today preaches hardcore Lordship Salvation.

Neo-evangelicals are destroying America! From the rotten Southern Baptist Convention and their damnable Lordship Salvation heresy, to the demonic Bob Jones University cult and their damnable heresy of Calvinism, Neo-evangelical infidels are leading tens of millions of souls to Hell with them! SHAME on hellholes like Pensacola Christian College who bid ungodly Neo-evangelicals Godspeed (having become Neo-evangelicals themselves in recent decades)—who stand idle, fight against nothing, make lame excuses and are A.W.O.L. from the battle of the ages today over Bible inspiration (PCC absolutely won't expose the modern Bible perversions). If they did, they would rebuke and refuse to fellowship with the cult at Bob Jones University who promote Satan's corruptible seed! PCC would rather make money and criticize faithful truth-tellers like me for contending for the faith.

Pastor Jeff Redlin, senior snake cult leader of Campus Church at PCC, falsely accusing me in July of 2021 (after viewing my website ministry) of "finding weaknesses in preachers." No, in fact, I am exposing WICKEDNESS in preachers, obeying God's commandment in Titus 1:9-14 to REBUKE THEM SHARPLY who corrupt whole households with a counterfeit gospel of Calvinism, Lordship Salvation and the demonic repent "OF YOUR SINS" junk theology being wickedly preached in APOSTATE churches, missions and Bible colleges today. Satan wants us as believers to SHUT UP, but God wants us to SPEAK UP!!!

Evangelist Steve Pettit (shameful president of the Bob Jones University cult since 2014) is a damnable heretic! Him and his pastoral butt-buddies' Marty Herron, Chuck Phelps, Sam Horn, Gary Walton, John MacArthur and other hellbound infidels are theological liars! They all preach the Devil's lie of Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation). They all preach the Devil's lie that you cannot go to Heaven by merely admitting that you are a sinner and believing the Gospel; but rather, they say you must also turn away from a lifestyle of sinning to get to Heaven. The inspired King James Bible calls them LIARS!!!

Wimps like Pastors' Sean Quinlan and Jeff Redlin will NEVER speak a negative word against these ungodly liars, because they are all in bed together in spiritual harlotry, angering God. Campus Church at PCC is lukewarm, which makes God VOMIT (Revelation 3:16-17). I am HOT for the Lord, and I know as a redeemed sinner, God is proud of me as His child for taking a stand against these hardened EVILDOERS!!! The Bob Jones cult are not even saved, and I am seriously wondering about the PCC camp. I have personally handed THE TRUTH to most of them (Marty Herron, Sean Quinlan, Joe Hansen, Jared Baldwin, Jeff Redlin, Gary Walton), which they adamantly rejected! I will NEVER stop preaching against them, until they repent of their false repentance!

Kindly said, Jeff Redlin, Sean Quinlan and Timothy Zacharias from PCC have blood on their hands, and are JUST AS GUILTY as the BJU cult, because they sinfully bid them Godspeed (2nd John 1:11). It is a very big deal. RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!! Sadly, PCC has succumbed to the BJU camp's deadly influence, now teaching PCC students that, and I quote from their Foundation's Class: "Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of behavior." That is false doctrine! It falsely implies that you are not saved unless your behavior changes to prove it! I agree with Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold:
“If you have to look at your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG!"
I humbly think I have the Holy Spirit of Christ in my preaching. I realize that there is a difference between being in Christ versus being Christlike, and I humbly KNOW that I have both in my preaching! Somebody has got to care and preach with authority, or people will go to Hell. Pastor Jack Hyles said that and he was right:
“The world will go to Hell unless somebody is authoritative!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “I Shall Not Be Moved
God promises in His inspired Word to PUNISH all evildoers, which includes false prophets. Proverbs 30:4-5, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Proponents of Lordship Salvation are LIARS! Anybody who says you must turn away from a lifestyle of sinning to get to Heaven is a LIAR!!! That is keeping the law, which cannot justify anyone (Romans 3:19-20). The ONLY way to be saved is to acknowledge that YOU are a guilty sinner in God's holy sight, and receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for YOUR SINS, believing that He didn't stay dead, but physically resurrected three days later and is alive to save you today (John 19-20; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

Thursday, March 17, 2022

God's Promise That No Man Will Ever Take Away Our Joy

John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

Our text Scripture from John 16:22 is one of my favorite passages. I had a difficult time working on every secular job that I ever had. As a born-again Christian who was living for Christ, I endured horrible persecution in the workplace. I worked as a truck mechanic between 1987 to 1993. During that rough time, I had a 3-pound hammer thrown at me. Thankfully I ducked! One co-worker spit on me. Another threw my toolbox onto the shop floor, flipping it over. I was called every foul and dirty word you can think of. I was sexually harassed, physically assaulted and slandered for all the years I worked with heathen men. They knew I was going to school to be a preacher, so it was open-season on me!

To help me cop with the bad situation, working in an ungodly environment, I took a big permanent black marker and wrote Bible verses on my toolbox. One day I read the following precious verse from John 16:22 and it's truth burned in my heart, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” I still always find great comfort in this PROMISE from God. The dear Savior Himself promised every believer, that one day we will all see Him again, and IN THAT DAY, we will never have to hide from wicked men, and dread going to another day in the heathen workplace, because Christ promised YOUR JOY NO MAN TAKETH FROM YOU!!! I love that so much! I am glad that God gave us these precious promises!!!

Dear reader, I used to hide in the restrooms at work from my abusive co-workers. That was when I worked for the U.S. Postal Service between 1993 to 2009. I filed an EEO complaint for a Hostile Workplace Environment, but they ignored it in Chicago. In hindsight, the blacks protect the blacks, and Chicago's post office is 80% black. All my abusive supervisors and manager were black (African American). Although I thank God for my career, without which I wouldn't have medical disability retirement today, it was a hellhole to work at the U.S. Postal Service. All manner of wickedness (bullies, haters, punks, military babies, homosexuals, transgenders, thieves, adulterers and blasphemers) thrive in the U.S. Postal Service! 

I was severely rear-ended by a church bus in 1992, and then fell down a mailslide at work in 2004, which aggravated and worsened my neck injury. I have a working brain from God, and I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but I have made a lot of bad decisions throughout my life, simply because I didn't know how to handle different situations. The only reason I am still single 16 years later, after my first and only wife abandoned and divorced me in 2006, is simply because I am not too good with people, and I don't know how to find a wife.

Anyway, when I moved to Guam from Chicago in 2004, a group of wicked unbelievers from the Philippines ganged up on me. It caused me tension at home. So I filed another EEO (Equal Opportunity Employment) complaint for a Hostile Workplace Environment. This time I knew what I was doing and I WON! The judge ruled in my favor and made the U.S. Postal Service pay me $42,000 in damages for the cost of my divorce. The judge (who flew in from California for a 3-day hearing in 2009) blamed the U.S. Postal Service for my divorce. I am glad that the judge was honest, and saw the truth about what was going on at out facility on Guam.

One of my Catholic co-workers had found my website ministry and harassed me for it. Other co-workers joined him, harassing me relentlessly. They ripped up Chick Tracts and put them on my toolbox. They stopped up toilets and overflowed them while I was in the restroom. They stole my cars and house keys. They stole my work. They sabotaged my workplace machines for which I was responsible to maintain. They tore up my work orders. They lied about me to management. They followed me around, stalking me, trying to find any fault in me possible. I felt like Daniel in the lion's den.

One enraged Filipino co-worker threatened to come to my home and kill me, right in front of a workroom supervisor. Since she was also from the Philippines, she did nothing. But she honestly told the judge during the hearing what had happened, and to my surprise admitted that she did nothing. Her lame excuse was: “Men in the Philippines don't mean what they say.” I knew right there and then that I had won my EEO case, and sure enough, by God's grace I did. That same angry co-worker pulled a switchblade on me on the workroom floor in front of a different Chamorro supervisor. She also did nothing. However, she was honest and admitted to the judge that the incident did happen. So I appreciate the honestly of these ladies in supervision, even though they were incompetent as supervisors for dismissing the threats against me at work. I could mention hundreds more unpleasant memories of horrible things that ungodly co-workers did to make my life miserable in the workplace.

Dear reader, perhaps you can relate to some of the things I am sharing with you. I also met some good men over the decades, whom I befriended in the secular workplace. I had a friend at work years ago, a gentleman named John from Minnesota. He had originally gone to school to be an airplane mechanic, but after 911 the industry dried up and many people were laid off. So John came all the way to Chicago to test and apply for a Technician's job at the Post Office. John and me attended a non-denominational church together in Norman, Oklahoma.

It was at that church that their pastor got up at the end of his sermon, crying, and said: “Always remember folks, that 'GOD LOVES PEOPLE.'” I don't remember the title of his sermon, or what he preached about. But that pastor will never know until he gets to Heaven, how much that one statement (GOD LOVES PEOPLE) made upon me that Sunday morning. His sincere tears and quivering voice as he spoke the truth moved my soul. It was because of that godly pastor that morning, that I started my:” website ministry.

Oh, how I wish today that I could get pastors to heed and understand that the things they say, their attitude toward error, their attitude toward false prophets, their attitude toward truth-tellers, and the manner in which they treat all people, REALLY DOES MATTER!!! The inspired Word of God teaches that men love praise. Proverbs 27:21, “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” A wise pastor does not insincerely flatter people, but he understands that just a few kind words spoken at the tight time can make all the difference in the world. I heard Pastor Jack Hyles says in his sermon titled: “The Blessing Of Sin,” that all it takes is just one person to make all the difference in a backslidden person's life. One person can get that backslidden person back into church! I agree with Pastor Hyles: 
I am a little tired of the Pharisees running around this country. I mean the honest truth is ladies and gentlemen, where is the mercy of God shown in God's people? Where's the compassion?” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the sermon: “The Blessings Of Sin
I love the preceding sermon so much that I made this 7 minute excerpt from it, which I titled: “We Never Give Up On A Man”(Dr. Hyles mentions in this excerpt a Rescue Mission in New York, which uses this beautiful saying as their mission slogan. I love it!). Brother Hyles also emphasizes that we ought never mark people off. DON'T MARK PEOPLE OFF!!!

Pastor Jeff Redlin of Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College gave up on me, and I never heard from him again. He treated me like garbage as a divorced man. I am not preaching this over and over because my feelings are hurt; but rather, because something needs to CHANGE at Pensacola Christian College!!! Jeff Redlin needs to go! Why in the world would they select a childless man to be their pastor, who has no biological children of his own? I am not being unkind, but Mr. Redlin lacks fatherly love for the flock which God has entrusted to him at Campus Church. I came to their church with my life in shambles, hoping to make a fresh start! But Pastor Redlin might as well have pulled down his trousers and crapped on me, because that's how he made me feel. Who wouldn't feel that way when Pastor Redlin scolded me as a 54 year old man, for confiding in him that I hoped to find a wife at Campus Church? What a horrible, immature and rotten pastor! Jeff Redlin would be wise to heed Pastor Jack Hyles 55 years of pulpit wisdom:
“Do you know what? Do you know all most backsliders need? All they need, is one person who really cares? That's all they need. One person. Somebody said: 'What happened to all these converts here? [They] walk down the aisle and get baptized, and they don't stick.' You! You happened to em. I watch you. A fella will get baptized, walk down here, and stand right there like he was in an exile on Patmos. While you yackety, yackety, yackety, yackety with all the members of this church; your little circle. And that poor fella gets no attention at all. And one friend could make the difference in that fella right there! You haven't got time for him, you're too busy yacking with your little circle of friends here at the church. You don't believe in fellowship; I believe in it! Let me tell you something—there's not a sinner that ever got saved, not a backslider ever in sin, but what couldn't be kept and cleaned and sustained, if he had somebody who really cared.” ~Pastor Jack Hyles, a beautiful quote from the sermon titled: “The Blessings Of Sin.”
Five minutes of praise will do more for a man then a lifetime of criticism. I love this true story of the great soulwinning preacher, Gipsy Smith, as a young boy when he got saved:
Gipsy Smith (1860-1947) tells a wonderful story of when he was a young lad, and had just got saved. As a gipsy boy, he was used to being despised and shunned away by society, but an elderly Christian man befriended him with a few kind words of PRAISE which transformed his life:

“The dear old man passed on, and I watched him turning the corner out of sight forever. I never saw him again. But when I reach the gloryland, I will find out that dear old man, and while angels shout and applaud, and the multitudes who have been brought to Christ through the gipsy boy sing for joy, I will thank that grand old saint for his shake of the hand and for his 'God bless you!' For he made me feel that somebody outside the tent really cared for a gipsy boy's soul. His kindness did me more good than a thousand sermons would have done just then. It was an inspiration that has never left me, and has done more for me than I can describe. Many a young convert has been lost to the Church of God, who would have been preserved and kept for it, and made useful in it, all for the want of some such kindness as that which fell to my lot that day.” —SOURCE
Jesus knew that it is people who so often take away our happiness. That is what Christ meant, for no man can truly take away our soul's joy. The word “joy” here comes from the Greek word “chara” from which we get our English word “charisma.” The Greek meaning of chara is “cheerfulness, that is, calm delight.” People may take away our cheerfulness and calm delight, but they cannot take away the inner joy of knowing that our names are written in Heaven. Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Praise God! But when people do deprive us of our happiness (i.e., what HAPPENS to us), Jesus PROMISES us that the day will soon come in eternity, when NO MAN TAKETH YOUR JOY FROM YOU!!! And what a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. ...
What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What A Day That Will Be

Dear friend, by the way, it really does matter how people treat one another. When I first attended Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College during the summer of 2021, Pastor Jeff Redlin treated me like garbage. Someone (one of my enemies) slandered me to him because of my ministry website. As a fool, Jeff Redlin believed every word, condemning me. SHAME on Campus Church's senior pastor!

I befriended Pastor Redlin, sincerely hoping to become his good friend, but he pushed me away in his immaturity, hatred and self-righteousness as a Pharisee. I trusted him with the fact that I am divorced. I explained that my former wife divorced me 15 years earlier, but he condemned me for saying that I hoped to find a wife at Campus Church. A genuine man of God would have prayed with me, reassured me of God's love, and made me feel welcomed as a stranger at Pensacola Christian College. But instead Redlin condemned, berated, abused, ostracized and hurt my feelings, humiliating me when I had shared my heart with him from preacher to preacher. That horrible little man is a monster! I never would have told Jeff Redlin anything about my personal life, had I known that he would throw me under the bus, showing zero compassion, disregarding my wounds and pain of soul. SHAME on him!

I am thankful that God has given us a precious book of several thousand promises! God PROMISES that one day He will judge Jeff Redlin for his cruel words (Matthew 12:36). God will judge him for defrauding his brother in a time of suffering, loss and need (1st Thessalonians 4:6). God will hold Pastor Redlin accountable for preaching another gospel, which requires people to repent to change their life. The following heretical screenshot is from a Wednesday evening Bible study at Campus Church on July 14, 2021 (I added the red cancellation circle, lest someone be deceived by this false teaching)...

False Doctrine Being Preached At Campus Church (Pensacola Christian College)

That is not Bible repentance! You don't repent to change your behavior. If one's behavior must change as evidence that they've really been saved, then you are looking at your works, and not Christ alone to save me. What they are actually teaching at PCC is that you must KEEP THE LAW to prove that you're really saved, which is untrue. That is why the Apostle Paul warned in Galatians 3:3, “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? A change of behavior (aka, behavior modification) has absolutely NOTHING to do with receiving the free gift of God.

Tragically, the PCC camp have been adversely affected by Bob Jones University (BJU), who've been allowed to creep into their midst in recent decades. Galatians 4:16-17, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. The Bob Jones crowd zealously affect PCC, but NOT WELL. BJU today preaches hardcore Calvinism! I don't like being the bad guy all the time, for TELLING THE TRUTH. But if that be the case, so be it! Serving God is worth more than the approval of man.

If Jeff Redlin had simply been a gentleman, and had been kind to me as a divorced man, who was hurting and lonely without a wife for 15 years, then I wouldn't be writing these hundreds of website articles, Google blogs and posts on Facebook to refute and expose Campus Church and PCC. I am not doing this to seek vengeance, God forbid; but rather, the Lord knows that I am simply preaching with the prayers and hope that perhaps they will repent in the manner in which they treat people at Campus Church.

And if they ever do repent, Jeff Redlin will contact me to apologize for being a jerk. I doubt if I'll ever hear from him, from all the carnality that I saw in Redlin over the three months of 2021 that I attended their church. I am so disappointed in Pastor Redlin. I truly am! I figured that the pastor of the famous Campus Church at PCC must also have a big heart, and be a great man. But in truth, sadly, Jeff Redlin has a very small heart. The church is failing today and they don't even realize it. In Revelation 3:15-17 the Laodicean church thought they were hot stuff, doing great and growing; but God called them naked, wretched and blind to their rotten condition. 

Dear reader, Campus Church and Pensacola Christian College is rotten to the core today, which I saw firsthand by the horrible abusive way that Pastor Redlin mistreated me as a divorced person seeking help and love in a church. All I wanted was to BE LOVED!!! Thankfully, Jesus PROMISES in John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

I Am Happy In The Lord Because Of His Promises

1st Peter 1:3-9, “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto...