"He says: to him who has, even if it's something small, if it's real then: to him who has more shall be given and he shall end up with an abundance. It would be better to be the weakest, weakest true Christian than to be the strongest, best looking false professor that claims to be a Christian but doesn't have reality" ~Charles Leiter
Esau sold his soul for a pot of stew. So many sell their soul just as cheap. They WILL NOT surrender their life to Jesus Christ and come to Him on His terms for forgiveness, but they will go to Hell in order to hold on to some worthless sin or idol. There are many who profess to know Christ and be forgiven by Him but the reality is that they are still selling their soul for some secret hidden known sin or idol that they are holding on to. Are you selling your soul? And if so: At What Price Are You Selling Your Soul For? The rich young ruler, who asked Jesus what MUST I do to inherit eternal life? lacked ONE THING. He was ready to give up everything Except that ONE THING, and so he walked away from eternal life in order to keep his idol. Is there still one thing in your life that is keeping you from full surrender? Let me make the purpose of this sermon clear from the outset: That you would to come to a place of the full surrender of your life to Jesus Christ.
"Does the false prophecy of May 21st damage true Christianity? Of course, the liberal media took great delight in ridiculing the whole of evangelical Christianity over this, even though very few took part in it. Harold Camping's false prophecy about the end of the world gave great cause for unbelievers to mock. But will there be any long-term effects? My mom said her whole office was laughing about it. I would be interested in your comments on this."
Dear brother, I do not agree that much harm comes to true Christianity from such false prophecies as Harold Camping has made. Such has always been the case and it has always occurred since the beginning of the Christian faith. False, counterfeit Christianity may be harmed, but never the true gospel and the true kingdom of Christ. How can needless harm come to His cause, when Jesus already told us it would happen? He said that many would come in His name with such claims, and that false prophets would arise and deceive many.
The Apostle Paul also said, in the clearest of terms, that "because men will not receive the love of the truth in order that they might be saved, that therefore God sends them strong delusion, that they might believe a lie." (2 Thess. 2:11)
True Christians always discern and see through the scam and extremes of the religious idiot or deluded ones. Nothing has changed. Jesus said it was going to come and so it simply means the kingdom is right on schedule.
Let's keep preaching the gospel, living holy lives, and looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And let us ignore the Harold Campings of this world. There have always been religious kooks who speak in the name of the Lord and speak from the Bible. Leave them alone, for they are a part of the false religious world, and not a part of the true cause of God and truth.
"Clearly thanksgiving is a fundamental component of the mental framework that largely controls Paul's intercession. But for what does Paul offer thanks? For what do we commonly give thanks? We say grace at meals, thanking God for our food; we give thanks when we receive material blessings-when the mortgage we've applied for comes through, or when we first turn on the ignition in a car we've just purchased. We may sigh such a prayer of sweaty thanks after a near miss on the highway; we may utter a prayer of sincere and fervent thanks when we recover from serious illness. We may actually offer brief thanksgiving when we hear that someone we know has been recently converted. But by and large, our thanksgiving seems to be tied rather tightly to our material well-being and comfort. The unvarnished truth is that what we most frequently give thanks for betrays what we most highly value. If a large percentage of our thanksgiving is for material prosperity, it is because we value material prosperity proportionately.
Paul gives thanks (2 Thess 2) that his readers' faith is growing. v.3 Paul gives thanks that their love is increasing. v.3 Paul gives thanks that they are persevering under trial.v.4" ~D.A. Carson
To Flee youthful lusts is an imperative command. This is not an option, this is not a suggestion... it is a command for everyone of us. Now the second thing is that it is in the present, which means Timothy must always flee youthful lusts. Not just in certain times and in certain situations, but every moment of everyday he must be on the run. In fact this word flee comes into the English language as the word fugitive in the noun form and the idea is that Timothy must be a fugitive. He must be always on the run. He must always be running away from something. He must be running away from youthful lusts. ...This is not confined just to young men in their twenties and early thirties, for it carries forward into midlife, it carries forward into older age. John MacArthur rights on this point "the faithful Christian" that's what we want to be isn't it? "The faithful Christian is continually on the run from the faithful passions that started when we were young." Fleeing is not an option, it is an absolute necessity if we are to be a vessel of honour. Jesus spoke of the same... Jesus spoke of moral purity
..."but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you"
Now Jesus is not calling for self mutualization... Jesus is speaking metaphorically here, this is a figure of speech. To tear out ones right eye and throw it from you, our Lord is speaking graphically and dramatically that we must take whatever dramatic steps are necessary to keep away from youthful lusts. Whatever steps are necessary, take radical steps, go to the Nth degree, do whatever is necessary in repentance and to remove yourself.
And then Jesus said "for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell". That's very straight talk from our Lord. And then the next verse "If your right hand makes you stumble", and the idea is, first the eye and the stirring up of fleshly appetites for that which is unlawful, and then the hand becomes involved, and He goes yet further from the eye to the hand. "If your right hand makes you stumble cut it off" chop it off! "and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell" that's pretty strong language. What Jesus is saying is: run from youthful lusts, flee from it, escape it, get rid of it, cut it off, blow it up, bury it, tie a rock around it, throw it into the depths of the ocean, submerge it, lose it, get rid of it. Take whatever steps are necessary that you would flee from youthful lusts. Now along this line I want to be pointed: I do not understand men who are struggling with pornography who keep carrying their laptops around with them, who keep paying their cable television bills, who keep paying their magazine subscription bills. That does not sound like fleeing from lusts. That sounds like courting lusts not fleeing from it. It is like the man who pledges to give up smoking, but all he does is hide his cigarettes in the closet. He's not giving up smoking he's kidding himself. He hasn't given up smoking until he throws them away. As long as they are in the draw, as long as they are in the closet, he hasn't given them up. In fact all this is is a temporary time out. All this is is a momentary truce. He has not fled from this. And the point of this is not smoking, that's only an illustration for what is far more defiling and far more damaging to ones spiritual life. I wanna say again, I do not understand men who are courting pornography and wanna have a little small group fellowship and talk about our struggles, when you have not yet cut off the computer and cut off the television and cut off the magazines. You have not yet fled youthful lusts. Your blood is on your own hands" ~Steven Lawson
"But to the wicked God says, 'What right do you have to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?'" - Psalm 50:16
There are some things that God especially dislikes. He dislikes them so much that He directly speaks to them in certain places in Scripture. One of those things is when people who do not know him quote the Bible and claim to be Christians when they are not.
In Psalm 50:16, God says directly to any unbeliever, "What right do you have to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?"
According to this Psalm, no unbeliever has the right--
1. To quote the Bible at all - "What right have you to recite my statutes?"
The Lord here says that a wicked person (an unbeliever) does not have the right even to quote the Bible; they don't believe it or obey it, so according to God Himself, they have no right to even let Scripture come out of their mouth.
How wicked a thing it is, from God's perspective, for wicked men, women, and children to in any way use the Bible, when all the time they despise in their hearts the very truths it teaches; to use and quote the Bible, for them, is grievous sin; they stand rebuked by God Himself, directly calling them out for this in vs. 16 of Psalm 50; the unbeliever, if they have any reverence for the things of God and true Christianity, ought to be very fearful to talk about the Bible or quote it, as if doing so somehow helps them or gains them something. The only thing it gains them is judgment and divine rebuke. It is as if God is saying, "You wicked person, how dare you take my words and put them in your dirty mouth? Don't quote Me every again, for you have no right to take my precepts and statutes into your mouth and use them!"
What else does an unbeliever not have the right to do?
2. To profess to be a Christian when they are not a true Christian at all; vs. 16 continues: "To the wicked God says 'What right have you . . . . . to take my covenant on your lips?'"
To say the same thing today would be, "What right do you have to claim to be a Christian when you are not?" God Himself here is speaking to the unbeliever, who professes the name of Jesus, but does not truly know, love, and obey Christ. It is easy believism that God rebukes here. How dare you name the name of Christ when you are yet wicked and dead in your sins! It is wicked and evil to say, "I know God, I know Jesus", when your life's evidence doesn't match up to your profession.
Every unbeliever who knows they love their sin and knows they do not love Christ ought to renounce any Christian profession at all; just admit what you are-- a wicked and unbelieving person; stop taking God's covenant (true salvation) on your lips; quit claiming to be a Christian when you give no evidence of it at all.
What is true often of such people? The real proof is in their life style. The Psalm tells us:
1. They hate the discipline and correction of God (vs. 17) "For you hate discipline and cast my words behind you."
Such people do not want God's words or his correction at all; they profess to know God, but in works they deny him; if asked if they are a Christian, they will say, "Oh, yea, I did that when I was eight years old at a church camp." But if ask if why they won't put off their sin now and follow Christ, they will cry, "Oh, that's just legalistic; I don't need to obey all your religious rules; I love God in my own way; He and I have a good thing going, and I don't need all that Bible stuff." Such a person is exactly who is in view in vss. 16-17.
2. They like sin and approve of it (vs. 18) "If you see a thief, you are pleased with him and you keep company with adulterers."
This is proof that one doesn't know God at all; they love what God hates and they affirm what He rejects. You cannot love or like sin and love the Saviour at the same time. Whoever is a friend of this world is an enemy of God.
3. They use their mouth and their words continually, not for the glory of God, but as an instrument of evil. (vs. 19) "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit; you sit and speak against your brother and slander your own mother's son."
How one talks, and how they use their tongue is proof of their true spiritual condition. Anyone who continually uses their words to criticize, slander, deceive and destroy others, is not a person who knows God at all. The fruit of the lips is proof of the root condition of the heart.
4. The final thing God says about such people-- "You thought I was one like yourself."
People claim to be Christians and yet live a wicked life because they think God is no different than them. They believe in their heart He is not much better than them; perhaps a little better, but not much different really; so they use the Bible at times and claim to know God, yet all the while continue in all the detestable things that are an offense to the God they profess to believe in, when in reality, He is not like them at all.
God says, "What right do you have to quote my Bible or claim to be a Christian?" No right at all, unless it is clearly true about you. Only those who know, love, reverence, and obey Jesus have the right to use the Bible or claim the name of Christian.
Fri Bible Study, 1st part of a series on Christian conduct. There is so much confusion on this matter ranging from immorality, vanity to legalism. Here we look in context at what God's Word says. -Can a Christian wear make-up, gold jewellery etc?
Sermon #5 from the recent Fellowship Conference in Denton T.X Why is it that Abraham and Sarah laughed at God's promise of giving them a child at such an old age? Do you also laugh the laugh of unbelief at times? Is not God able to save anyone to the uttermost? He is!
"Imagine a juicy burger on your dinner plate. Now imagine you know the meat is saturated with E. coli bacteria. Would you eat it anyway just because it looks good and would satisfy your hunger? Of course you wouldn't. Every rational person knows that having a full stomach isn't worth eighteen hours of vomiting and perhaps a trip to the emergancy room. Instead you'll throw the whole thing in the trash and scour the plate with hot water and strong soap." -Daryl Wingerd. Delivered By Desire, The Encouraging Truth About Christians And Sexual Purity
Self-Pity (a state of pitying oneself, especially in an exaggerated or self-indulgent manner) is an addiction, just like addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, self-harm and lust which needs to be broken. It is the character of Cain the first apostate in the Bible (that should alarm you if you are harbouring it), and leads to many more sins. Here in our Friday Bible Study we look at some wonderful insights in Genesis 4 on how to beat this what Oswald Chambers called the worse of all sins.
Sermon #3 of the recent Denton Fellowship. Brethren do you value the lost sinners who are out there perishing without Christ? Are you able to invite them into your house and love them and preach the gospel to them?
"If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God's riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges--always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives. " ~Oswald Chambers
You Can Have Victory. 1) You can have victory - 1 Cor 4:4; Acts 24:16; 1Cor 9:27 2) You MUST have victory - 1 Cor 6:9-10; Rev 3:21; 1 John 1:6-7 3) Fight from a position of victory - John 19:30; Rom 6:11-14 4) Fight with God's help - Heb 4:15-16; John 15:15 5) Anytime you fall return to Christ as quickly as possible - 1 John 1:9; 2:1; Prov 18:10 6) Be wise to the deceitful tactics of the devil - Gen 3:1-7; Josh 9:1-9; 7) Lean upon the Lord at ALL times -Judges 1:1-7, 17-20; Prov 3:1-7,24
Fri Bible Study: In John 2 many had faith in Jesus that was NOT saving faith, Jesus explains the difference. Do you have man's reasoning that does NOT save? OR true saving faith given by God? Do not marvel about it. You MUST be born again. Listen to what this means.