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.”

Friday, March 11, 2022

The Intriguing Old Testament Book Of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

I just wanted to share some thoughts on a few passages I heard today. I was listening to Alexander Scourby read the book of Ecclesiastes. ...

Few pastors seem to take THE TRUTH seriously anymore. When I see a church and pastor with multiple Bible versions being used in their group, I am amazed how they can go along with such confusion and utter nonsense. I mean, 1st Corinthians 14:33 plainly teaches that God is NOT the author of confusion. Does anybody actually think that God wants us to have more than one version of the Bible to use? No way! It is confusing to have many Bibles.

It is sickening to visit the average church today, especially Baptist churches! The world's music has come into so many churches today. More than ever, women are preaching from the pulpit, which is a sin. All women pastors are false prophets! Most of them are false PROFITesses like Joyce Meyer! She makes me sick! The churches have become apostate, pathetic, mere businesses today!

For the past 8 years I have been under Satanic attack—not from the world, the Devil or the flesh—but from bad pastors of Baptist churches! I have been under demonic attack from alumni pastors of Pensacola Christian College! I have been under demonic attack from alumni pastors of Bob Jones University! What was my great crime? I TOLD THE TRUTH! I told the truth that the Westcott and Hort Bible revisions are all corrupted by Satan. I told the truth that Lordship Salvation is a lie of the Devil, another gospel which cannot produce the new birth. The truth that Martin Luther (1483-1546) is burning in Hell today, because he trusted in and preached the heresy of Baptismal Regeneration his entire life. Truth is stranger than fiction. 

The Bible says it is better to hear the rebuke of a wise man (like me, humbly said), than to listen to the song of fools like Pastor Jeff Redlin at PCC...

Ecclesiastes 7:1-5, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.  It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Pastor Jeff Redlin can preach a sugar-coated sermon very well; but he won't preach THE TRUTH as I am doing, against the rotten, Satanic, Calvinist-preaching, infidel, Bob Jones University (BJU) camp today! Somebody's got to preach THE TRUTH with authority, or the world will go to Hell! Somebody's got to care! Somebody's got to expose the Devil's counterfeit Bible revisions., Somebody's got to expose the Devil's heresy of Lordship Salvation. Somebody's got to expose the Devil's lie of misunderstood repentance (i.e., the “turn away from your sin to be saved heresy). Bless God, I am preaching THE TRUTH!!!

I love the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, it is so full of wisdom from a secular perspective. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, as far as worldly wisdom goes, but the old boy sure was a dumb fella as far as obeying God throughout most of his life. Solomon's heart departed from the Lord for much of his reign. Thankfully, in this tremendous book of the Bible, in his old age, King Solomon tells us what he has learned as the man who had it all, yet hated his own life (Ecclesiastes 2:17). In the following passage, the wisest man who ever lived admits that at times he couldn't find any wisdom. In other words, there were problems that even Solomon in all his God-given wisdom couldn't solve, because some things wisdom cannot fix, like evil and madness in the world. Essentially, Solomon realized that he was not God:

Ecclesiastes 7:21-26, “Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.”

I think it is obvious from the preceding words of Solomon, that among his 700 wives and 300 concubines (substitute wives), he had family I can't even imagine the fights that erupted like volcanoes between all his 700 wives! Can you imagine the jealousy, anger, fluctuating hormones during their time of month, and malice toward each other? Hey, Solomon himself said that he found more bitter than death, the woman! In chapter 7 of Ecclesiastes Solomon said that among 1,000 men, he only found one that feared God; but among 1,000 women, he found NONE. My humble opinion is that Solomon married the wrong types of women. They were pretty, smart, charming and worldly, but I doubt if any of them truly loved the Lord. I think it is safe to say that King Solomon was a perverse man addicted to flesh. It is also my strong opinion that Solomon suffered from STD's in his old age (Proverbs 5:11), as did his father David (Psalms 38:5). Penicillin wasn't discovered until 1939.

What godly woman would want to marry a man with hundreds of wives? We see this truth bared out in the book of the Song of Solomon. In this classic poetic Old Testament book, Solomon is trying to seduce the young Shulamite girl, but she is already betrothed (engaged) to her shepherd boy. This is a picture of the Devil trying to seduce the child of God, but we are already taken. We belong to Christ, our Great Shepherd. Solomon may have had 1,000 lovers, but it is also very likely that Solomon never had one great true love! How sad?

I have never heard this taught, but it makes sense to me that Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs to his thousands of children. Solomon had 700 wives. He had 300 concubines. How many children do you think he had? Likely THOUSANDS!!! Then again, Solomon permitted his heathen wives that he foolishly married, to worship false gods in high places, where children were sacrificed to Baal and Moloch. So we really don't know how many children Solomon had. The Bible only mentions three. I have a horrible feeling that those children were all murdered by some form of abortion. We simply do not know, so where the Bible is silent it is best to be silent. It is okay to have an opinion, just so long as we are not dogmatic about what we simply don't know.

I love this Bible verse:

Ecclesiastes 8:1, “Who is as the wise man?  and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing?  a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.”

I love this photo of Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935), which reminds me of what we just read in the Bible...

Jesus Makes The Difference!!!

I encourage you to listen to Alexander Scourby read the King James Bible, as it will help you to grow...

Read you Bible, pray every day, pray every day;
Read you Bible, pray every day;
And you'll grow, grow, grow;
And you'll grow, grow, grow;
Read you Bible, pray every day;
And you'll grow, grow, grow:

Neglect you Bible, forget to pray, forget to pray;
Neglect you Bible, forget to pray;
And you'll shrink, shrink, shrink;
And you'll shrink, shrink, shrink;
Neglect you Bible, forget to pray;
And you'll shrink, shrink, shrink;

The saying is true that: Everything I need to know in life I learned in kindergarten.

Ecclesiastes 7:9-10, “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?  for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

We live in an angry society today in America. Many people are upset, sensitive and short fused to get angry. That is why I avoid the daily news. I have no idea what is going on over in Ukraine and I don't care. I live in the United States! It's not our job as Americans to police the world. We cannot even help our homeless to get off the streets across America. Blaming drugs, mental illness and laziness are just lame excuses to do nothing! The biggest problem is a woeful lack of affordable housing in America's cities. The more funny money (fake fiat money) that the criminal Federal Reserve Banks print and lend to stupid Americans, the less our money is worth! That is why housing costs have skyrocketed!!! Our U.S. dollar has lost over 80% of its value since 1970! Americans are slaves and don't even realize it! But don't take my word for it, listen to what our wise founder father, Thomas Jefferson warned:

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” —Thomas Jefferson, a quote from 1816.

Now you know why homelessness is such a big problem all across the United States today, and also in U.S. Territories like Guam. Unless you are rich, you cannot buy a home or even afford to pay rent without government housing assistance. Since 1913 the American people have been ROBBED by the private banks who took control over our money, with the rotten permission of our own elected leaders who were sworn to protect us! It is TREASON!!!

In case you don't know, our money in America is not worth what it's actually worth, it's worth what the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank families decide it should be worth. Starting to get the picture? They control the value of our currency by tampering with interest rates and the rate at which they print more money. So by regulating the flow of money in and out of society, they effectively are playing God with our lives. As with rotten gambling casinos, the house always wins! The American people are the losers. It's kind of like a children's game of Musical Chairs, someone always ends up without a chair. Say hello to America's millions of homeless citizens!!!

Again, we read in Ecclesiastes 7:10, “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?  for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. Life is what happens to you while making big plans! Proverbs 27:1 warns not to boast of anything, because we don't know what each day may bring. You and I could be in a wheelchair crippled tomorrow! We could be dead, or worse. I don't fear dying, I fear being at the mercy of cruel people. So did David in the Old Testament. That is why when God gave him three options for punishment for numbering the people in his kingdom, David chose Dealer's Choice at the mercy of God. The other choices were 3 years of famine or 3 months of war. David chose 3 days of the Sword Of The Lord. It was a Pot Luck choice, because David had no idea of what God would do, he just trusted his good God more than cruel men. Consequently, 70,000 Israelites were killed, which broke David's heart. The people paid for David's sin. I believe God was trying to teach David that everything rises and falls on leadership.

Likewise, these incompetent pastors today, who sinfully take the things of God lightly, are guilty. It mad me sad that Pastor Jeff Redlin of Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC), took the sides of Bob Jones University's (BJU) wicked pastor today who preach Calvinism. Redlin horribly rebuked me for exposing false Bibles, false prophets, false churches and for REBUKING THEM SHAPLY as the Bible commands us to do (Titus 1:10-14). Sadly, PCC is mostly about making money today, and contending for the Christian faith is not even on their list of priorities. Pastor Redlin should have either commended me for my faithful work to contend for the faith, or he should have kept his ignorant mouth shut!

Unfortunately, in the summer of 2021 Pastor Redlin horribly berated and falsely accused me of “finding weaknesses in preachers. No, THE TRUTH is that I am exposing WICKEDNESS as he should also be doing, instead of bidding Godspeed to the corrupt Bob Jones camp today as Jeff Redlin sinfully does (2nd John 1:11). The word I-chabod is written over the entrance of Campus Church and Pensacola Christian College. That is, the glory of the Lord has departed!!! To God alone be the glory for this blog, I am contending for the Christian faith.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Spirit of Promise

Ephesians 1:12-13, “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.”

Do you remember when God gave mankind the rainbow as a token of His promise never to destroy the earth again with water? God thought it was important to backup His promise with a token of His honesty.

Did you know one reason why God gives us the Holy Spirit is so that the Holy Spirit will be a “pledge” to us that we belong to Him? (Ephesians 1:13). The moment you receive Christ as your personal Savior (John 1:12), you belong to God. Jesus loves you so much that He wants you to know you belong to Him. God has placed a “down-payment” on each and every one of His children, and that “down-payment” is the Holy Spirit. Amen!

My friend, “YOU” are the purchased possession if you are a born-again child of God. The word “earnest” in Strong’s Concordance means: “money which in purchases is given as a pledge or down-payment that the full amount will subsequently be paid.” Hence, the Holy Spirit is God’s constant reminder within our soul that we have a great inheritance in Heaven awaiting us. The poorest believer in Heaven will be richer than the richest man who has ever lived upon this earth.

Notice from Ephesians 1:12-14 that we are “sealed” with the Holy Spirit of PROMISE!!! God is a promise-making God, and a promise-keeping God by the way. The Holy Spirit is God’s PROMISE to us that He will finish what He has started, that we are His property indeed, that we have an inheritance awaiting for us in Heaven, and that the Devil cannot touch us with a ten-foot pole unless God Almighty permits it. We are God’s property! Jesus has placed the down-payment of His Spirit within you (Romans 8:9). He is coming back to claim you as His rightful property when the time comes.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1st Corinthians 6:19).
We belong to God! God has given us His Holy Spirit to prove it. This is God’s token of promise to us. God calls His Spirit, the “Spirit of Promise.” What a wonderful truth!!! God is a God of His Word—He says what He means and means what He says. This is why we should make a fuss over the Bible—Because God didn’t write hundreds of Books, He wrote just ONE! I believe the King James Bible to be that Book in English.
John 1:12, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

Monday, February 21, 2022

At Salvation We Enter Into An Everlasting Covenant With God

Ezekiel 16:8, Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness:​​ yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

I heard a wonderful sermon today by Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) titled: “FALLING FROM GRACE.” This eternal truth is so precious! Dear friend, if you are still struggling to settle the assurance of God's salvation, this sermon is for YOU!!! I am writing this article from the truths I learned in the beautiful sermon. When a person enters into a covenant with God, to make it effective the Lord does several things according to Ezekiel 16:8...

  1. God says it out loud (Ezekiel 37:23)
  2. He wrote it down in the inspired Scriptures (John 20:31)
  3. God swore it (Titus 1:2)
  4. God engraves our name upon the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16)
  5. Offer up a Lamb as a token of the covenant (John 1:29)
  6. Apply the slain lamb's blood to the Mercy Seat in the Tabernacle (Hebrews 9:12, 24)
  7. Write the name of the person who entered into the covenant (Luke 10:20)

Boy this is great stuff!!! These things were all done to make the covenant more effective, so that both the covenanter and covenantee will be reminded of the promise. Do you see all the securities that God gives here to the sinner who BELIEVES ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

Dear reader, our gracious God has given to us many proofs of His great love. Nobody wants lost sinners to get saved and go to Heaven, more than God Himself. 2nd Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The unsaved world thinks the preaching of the truth of the Gospel is science-fiction, tommyrot, balderdash and nonsense. 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Amen and amen!

Dear friend, if it is not in writing, it means nothing! I learned this a very long time ago. Anything not written down can be denied, and we all know how (when things go wrong) people love to deny things, evade responsibility and claim ignorance. If you are wise, then you ALWAYS get it in writing. If a quote for repairs to your automobile, home or motorcycle is not written down, it means nothing because at any time it can be denied, changed or cancelled.

Once saved, always saved!!! 

You cannot lose what you didn't earn. You cannot forfeit what you didn't work to get!

If you didn't get saved by good works, then how could you ever be lost by bad works?

Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do!

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty!

Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.

Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.

If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?

The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

When a person gets saved, he or she is entering into an eternal COVENANT with God...

Ezekiel 16:8, “Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness:​​ yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.”

Literally, we become God's physical property...

1st Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

That “price” is the precious blood of Jesus. ...

Ephesians 1:13-14, “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.”
According tot what we just read, upon entering into an everlasting covenant with God, He seals us with His blessed Holy Spirit, as PROOF to the believer (and the Devil) that we now belong to God. Ezekiel 16:8b, “...and thou becamest mine.” The Holy Spirit confirms that we are now and forever God's property. 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” Thank God for His blessed presence in the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Friday, January 14, 2022

God's Promises And Blessings Always Followed A Line Of Faith

Hosea 2:23, “And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” Daniel 11:15, So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.

I love Pastor Steven Anderson, but I disagree with him on various doctrinal matters. One such disagreement is regarding God's “Chosen People.” In his popular "Marching To Zion" documentary (which I agree 99% with), he errantly teaches that the Jews were once God's CHOSEN PEOPLE, but are no longer God's CHOSEN PEOPLE today. I humbly disagree, because unsaved Jews were never God's "chosen people." God's promises have always followed a line of faith. As we just read in Hosea 2:23, God will call future saved Gentiles my people.” ...

Galatians 3:6-9, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Amen, all men are justified by faith. Abraham was a heathen, just like you and me. We're all heathens! In Exodus 19:5-6 we read, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.  These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”

Carefully notice the very important word "If". This is a conditional promise from God. God's promise to bless the nation of Israel depends upon their conditional obedience. If they disobey, then God is not bound to bless them. The Jews didn't obey, committing spiritual adultery with pagan idols, so God divorced Israel (Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8). Although God divorced the nation of Israel, He never cast away His people. God made a way back, but ONLY through faith in Jesus Christ:

Romans 11:20-23, “Well; because of unbelief they [the Jews] were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee [the Gentiles], goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they [the Jews] also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

Respectfully said, Pastor Steven Anderson is correct that we (all Christian believers) are the chosen today! But I think he is wrong that unsaved biological Jews were ever at any time, God's "chosen people." In the following lengthy passage of Scripture, we read the frightening curses which God brought upon Israel because of their wicked disobedience:

Leviticus 26:12-25, “And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:  And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.  And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

Wow! Good night in the morning, that is frightening stuff! God warned the Jews (His people) that if they refused to obey Him, all manner of evil would befall them and their families.

The following Bible passage teaches that obedience is required to be one of God's people:

Jeremiah 7:23, “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

The following Bible passage speaks concerning saved Gentiles in Hosea 2:23, “And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy [the Gentiles]; and I will say to them which were not my people [the Gentiles], Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. How does this happen? We just read the answer in Romans 11:23. Unbelieving Jews may be graffed back into their own olive tree BY FAITH ALONE:

Galatians 3:6-9, Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

So it is a fallacy that unsaved Christ-rejecting Jews were ever God's "CHOSEN PEOPLE." The only thing that I disagree with Pastor Steven Anderson on is his support of Replacement Theology. I don't believe that Christians (the Church) replaced the Jews, I don't believe unsaved Jews were ever God's chosen people! Every Scripture that I have found teaches that God's promises were always conditional upon one's faith in the Messiah. As I just showed you in Jeremiah 7:23, God only promised to adopt the Jews as "My people" if they obeyed Him.

God's promises and blessings were always applicable to a line of faith. The promises were not made to the Jews, but to Christ. Romans 4:13, “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. The Bible couldn't be more clearer that God didn't make a promise to Abraham, nor to his biological descendants (the Jews), but ONLY to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Isaiah 26:3, God's Promise Of Perfect Peace All The Time

Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Since 2002, I have counseled many people through my popular website ministry. It is always my soul's joy and privilege to help others find their way in the Lord. From time to time we all get off course. All I do is take the Scripture and help hurting people find what they need in the Word of God. The Holy Bible has ALL the answers to all your problems, in one way or another! 

I learned a wonderful truth years ago in 2018 from one of my favorite people, Pastor Steven Barnes. First lets examine the Scripture passage:

2nd Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

This is what Pastor Barnes taught me about this passage of Bible:

  1. DOCTRINE shows us what the right path is.
  2. REPROOF shows us when we're getting off the right path.
  3. CORRECTION shows us how to get back on the right path.
  4. INSTRUCTION shows us how to stay on the right path.

Good stuff Menard! Oh, how we need the inspired Word of God each day of our life. Pastor Jeff Owens once said something in a sermon that I never forgot. Brother Owens said: “When you don't read your Bible and pray you are saying to God, 'I don't need your help God, I can make it on my own!'” That is so very true! We all need the guidance, comfort and hope which the Scriptures give to us. ...

Psalms 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

I looked up the Hebrew words in this beautiful passage. The word “peace” here is the Hebrew word Shalom, which means “well, happy, prosperity.” The word “offend” is the Hebrew word mikshol and means, “a stumblingblock, to cause to fall, offence.” Hence, the Bible is teaching us in this wonderful passage, that if we love (have affection for) God's Word, applying it to our daily life, then we will not stumble along life's way, and we will be happy and find true lasting eternal prosperity.

This doesn't mean that we won't suffer heartaches, losses and problems in life, it just means that through it all we can have the unquenchable joy that comes from knowing our name is written in Heaven (Luke 10:20). We can rejoice in knowing that we have a home beyond the stars, where no storm clouds rise. Psalms 119:165 means that if you heed the Word of God, you won't stumble along life's way. You will not be led astray by the False Shepherd (the Devil)! No one can deceive you doctrinally if you heed the inspired Holy Bible! Great peace have they that love Thy law, and nothing shall destroy them! Nothing shall cause them to fall.

What saith the Scripture? ...

Philippians 4:6-9, “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. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

I love this simple but profound passage. Everyone likes to quote verses 6 and 7 about prayer, but they leave off verse 8 about controlling our thought life. Folks, I don't care how much time you spend in prayer, you are going to be down, depressed and miserable if you listen to negative news, slander and gossip all the time. I follow Pastor Bob Gray Sr.'s Twitter page each day. Yesterday I saw some slander from another Twitter member about Dr. Bob Gray Sr., so I blocked that account out! I refuse to hear gossip and negative comments about my friend Dr. Bob Gray Sr.! I won't listen to it!!! No way!!! Dr. Bob Gray Sr. is my good friend in soulwinning!!! Remember, the Devil is the accuser of the BRETHREN (Revelation 12:10). The Devil doesn't accuse the heathen world, he accuses THE BRETHREN!!!

God PROMISES to keep us in perfect peace as believers, if we'll simply STAY OUR MIND on the Blessed Savior JESUS CHRIST. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.What an awesome God!!!

What saith the inspired Scripture? Hebrews 12:2-3, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Please don't miss the great truth taught in verse 3. The Bible teaches us to CONSIDER the persecution that Jesus faced from enemies on a continual basis, to encourage us, so that we won't be wearied and faint (quit) in OUR MINDS.

That is interesting. The Bible doesn't say QUIT, it says, FAINT IN YOUR MINDS. I believe this is speaking about depression, discouragement, negativity and feeling down because of persecution. We've all been there! I sure have. Many times I have felt like just quitting in my mind, which if we don't properly counsel yourself we will quit in real life. No one has ever quit anything, but that they didn't first quit IN THEIR MIND.

The Bible exhorts us as saints to focus on the sufferings of Christ, so that we won't be discouraged and quit. Isaiah 53:3-4, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Jesus was a man of sorrows! He was rejected of men, and no stranger to grief. Think about that. 

Many people despised Jesus everywhere He went. Luke 8:37, “Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.Isn't that horrible? The townspeople of Gadarene besought Jesus to leave and don't come back! Mark 5:17, “And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.” They were upset about their 2,000 dead pigs. But Jesus didn't kill those pigs, the demons did! It is so typical of wicked people to only think about money. That is what is wrong with today's apostate Bible colleges and churches, everything has become about salaries and making more money!

Dear reader, God PROMISES you and I perfect peace and joy, if we'll simply STAY FOCUSED on Him. It is so easy to stop trusting God. Mark 11:22, And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Do you have faith in God friend? While you are riding the public transit to or from work, do you feel perfect peace in your soul? You can. You should. You won't get that peace listening to the daily negativity in the news. You'll find that peace by placing your soul's trust in Christ, the keeper of our soul. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Expect Big Answers From God For Our Little Prayers

James 5:14-19, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

I once heard a beautiful illustration about prayer that forever changed my prayer life. Two preachers were once sharing a conversation about prayer. The one preacher was still young and na├»ve, and the other preacher an older and wiser man of God. As the young minister rambled about the virtues of prayer long prayers, the elderly wise preacher interjected the $64,000 question—“Young man, you don't expect to receive big answers from God in response to your little prayers do you?” The young preacher replied: “No, of course not!” The elderly preacher wisely replied: “THAT is why you don't receive BIG answers to prayer!”

Dear reader, without faith we cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Faith is trusting God! Faith is the cause of why we do the things we do for Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:1). By God's grace, I have labored diligently night and day for the past 19 years since 2002, spending literally tens of thousands of hours working on my website ministry for Christ. I often am reminded, and tell all my web visitors, that this is not my own ministry, IT IS GOD'S WEBSITE. I have seven websites total, which are listed here. And then there's my music website, which is also a ministry that I use to preach the Gospel to musicians. Praise the Lord, for without Jesus I can do NOTHING (John 15:5).

THE TRUTH is that you CAN pray LITTLE prayers, and receive BIG answers from God. What saith the Scripture? ...

Matthew 6:5-8, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Our blessed Creator, God and Savior already KNOWS what our needs are. Nothing ever occurs to God. There is no “oops!” with God. The Lord doesn't need a calendar like I do. He doesn't need to set reminder alarms on His mobile phone like I do. God does not need email reminders sent to Him, to remind Him to pay His bills on time each month, and go to His doctor's appointment on schedule. God doesn't get sick, doesn't grow tired and never needs a vacation from a stressful environment like we humans often do.

Our blessed Savior PROMISED that we need not pray long repetitive prayers, or spend extended time (hour upon hour) in prayer, because He already knows what we need from day to day. That is a remarkable teaching in the Scriptures. I think it is very common for saints, especially those who have been saved for decades and are very familiar with the Word of God, to not really pay attention to the details and rely upon the Scriptures as we ought. I had known all my adult life that God already knows my needs, because I was familiar with this passage of Scripture in Matthew 6:5-8. Yet so often I still feel like God won't answer my prayers unless I get down to business, by spending quality time in prayer.

Now, please don't misunderstand me. We should spend quality time in prayer. I dare say that less than 2% of Christians spend quality time in prayer. I would consider “quality time” in prayer to be at least 30 minutes to an hour a day, where we give God our undivided attention. If you are like me, then you have a bad habit of what I call, “Drive-By Praying.” When I lived in Chicago most of my adult life, we had the unfortunate and unpleasant reality of “Drive-By Shootings,” which were nearly always related to street gangs and the money they made from selling illegal drugs. In fact, at the time in 2004 when I finally moved away from Chicago, the city's dozens of different gangs were operating an astonishing $500,000,000 a year drug empire! So I picked up the term “Drive-By” from having grown up in the big city.

Sadly, I think many of us are guilty as God's children of “Drive-By Praying,” that is, praying on the go as we pass by hurriedly rushing about our busy day. Granted, we are commanded to pray throughout the day, all the time as things come to our mind. 1st Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” Pastor Jack Hyles' (1926-2001) dear mother, Mattie Coystal Hyles was born in Illinois on December 13, 1887. She graduated from this earthly life at age 96 in 1984 in Indiana. Dr. Hyles' mother's favorite Bible verse is Psalms 103:14, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.I love that verse too!!! God knows our weak human frame, He remembers continually that we are made from the mere dust of the earth. It is important that we always keep this wonderful truth in mind, knowing that God is very patient and understanding toward our short comings, weaknesses, faults, failures and sin.

David Brainerd (1718-1747) was a Gospel missionary's in New York to the native Indians. Brainerd loved the Indians so much, that he was purported to pray at length until his knees left imprints in the wooden floor beneath. Wow! That is love my friend. The Bible does teach IMPORTUNITY in prayer for others! Pastor Jack Hyles has authored a helpful book on prayer, called: 'Exploring Prayer With Jack Hyles.' in which he address this issue of importune prayer in chapter 49 called: “THIS KIND.

When Jesus' apostles could not heal the little boy possessed of a devil, Jesus told them that they lacked faith. But the Lord also made it clear that “THIS KIND” requires PRAYER AND FASTING. Matthew 17:21, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.So there will be times in our life, for the sake of OTHERS, when God will require sacrifice in prayer if we are to help them. It is important that we differentiate between our personal needs, which the Lord doesn't want us spending a lot of time praying about (Matthew 6:5-8); as versus spending quality time in prayer, out of a heart of LOVE for others. God wants every believer to GET OUT OF THE SELF LIFE!!!

“Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge.” —Missionary David Brainerd (1718-1747)
David Brainerd died of Tuberculosis in 1747 at the age of only 29. Brainerd was known as a man of prayer. What saith the Scripture? The prayer of FAITH changes things...

James 5:14-19, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

Dear reader, yes, you most certainly CAN receive BIG answers from God in response to LITTLE prayers. There are no “little” prayers!!! The Bible exhorts us in Philippians 4:6 not to be careful (anxious) about anything; but rather, to take EVERY THING to God in prayer...

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer 
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

1st Peter 5:7 is one of the most amazing Scripture passages in the Bible, which is so often overlooked, and few believers think it is true—“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.I admit that there have been multiple times in my life, when I earnestly prayed to God for His help, but didn't visibly see any results in the months and years to follow. So I became discouraged and quit praying. That is the worst thing we can do!!! There is a wonderful little nugget of gold tucked away between verses 6 and 8 of the following beautiful passage:

2nd Corinthians 5:6-8, “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.

I love that! Verse 6 says while we are at home in our physical body, we are ABSENT from being in Heaven bodily with our blessed Savior. And then in verse 8 the Apostle Paul reminds us as believers, that the blessed day is coming when we WILL BE ABSENT from the body, and we'll be present with the dear Savior. Tucked right in between those TRUTHS, we find the lovely phrase—FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. Dear reader, we ought not look for visible answers to our prayers. God doesn't do things our way, nor in our time frame, nor according to our desires. What saith the Scripture? ...

Isaiah 55:6-9, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Many proponents of the Devil's lie of Calvinism, misunderstood repentance and “Lordship Salvation” misinterpret this passage of Scripture. Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) wisely says that as a general rule, we should never use an obscure passage of Scripture to contradict a clear one. I fully agree! This passage is obscure, which is often used in a foolish attempt to require people to turn away from sinful ways to be saved. That is not the free grace Gospel.

We are taught in Genesis 15:6 that Abram (Abraham) believed the Lord and it was counted unto him for righteousness (Romans 4:4-7). Habakkuk the prophet said in Habakkuk 2:4 that THE JUST MAN SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH. Salvation has ALWAYS been by faith alone in Christ. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.ALL the prophets, Old Testament and New, gave witness that remission of sins comes only through faith in Christ.

The prophet Isaiah exclaims in Isaiah 55:7-8 that God's ways are not our ways, and God's thoughts are not our thoughts. One of my favorite sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles is titled: 'Either Let Me Do God, Or Do It My Way.' We are ALL somewhat guilty of this sin! We are all guilty of sometimes wanted God to let us do things OUR WAY, and if God refuses, then we want God to do it OUR WAY. Dear friend, God not only knows what provisions we need from day to day, He also knows what we need spiritually in our life. No believer wants to suffer, but the Bible teaches that God has called every saint to suffer!!! Philippians 1:29-30, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sakeHaving the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

2nd Corinthians 5:7 says, FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. We must keep this TRUTH continually in mind, lest we become discouraged when we don't SEE God's hand at work in response to our prayers. I have learned and found sweet peace in my soul, to just settle it once and for all that God loves me (Ephesians 2:4; 2nd Thessalonians 2:16), cares about me (1st Peter 5:7), knows what is best for me (Romans 8:29)), and He hears my every prayer as His child (Hebrews 4:14-16). If it is God's will to answer, He will. I am 100% convinced that God always answers my prayers, but usually NOT in the way I want Him to, or when I want Him to, or where I want Him to. Prayer is a matter of FAITH. Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to TRUST and OBEY.

Yes, you can receive BIG answers to prayer from God, for just LITTLE prayers. That is because the basis upon which our prayers are answered is not a matter of how much we sacrificed to earn God's response; but rather, it is a matter of FAITH alone. We are saved by faith. We walk by faith. We pray in faith. We do all that we do for God by faith. The works we do as saints are by faith. Works don't prove our faith to be genuine, but they show that we love God (John 14:14).

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