Changes

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 28 2016

changesI wanted to send out a short blog post today. Due to an enormous amount of spam, I’ve disabled my primary email account, the one I usually get all my subscriptions sent to. So I might not be getting notified of any new blog posts. I think I’ve moved it over to a secondary email address, but not completely sure.

Also, I’ve upgraded to the new Windows 10, which is a completely new headache as I’ve always been a sticker for the wonderful operating system that Windows Vista was.
Unfortunately, apparently you cannot browse the web or do anything anymore in Vista.

Unfortunately progress is something we have to live. We have to adapt to the changing face of technology. I’m an old shoe who doesn’t want to fit.

It seems that it was just like yesterday that I was poking around in DOS and Windows 3.1. The internet was something that was just getting started. You didn’t have the kind of information you do today.

Flying cars are still things you see in movies.

Thank God His Word never changes! 🙂

It’s Time to Start Talking About Hell Again

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 23 2016

Hell. It’s been largely lost from the church

“Therefore My people go into captivity because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth without measure; so their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he who rejoices shall descend into it” (Is. 5:13-14).

My apologies to the few Pastors who preach a harsh word!

If ultimate, eternal judgment would visit God’s very people, Judah and Jerusalem, due to their drinking and partying ways, what is to become of those who openly rebel and reject God and His mandates? Many churches have gone the way of perhaps the computer, or better yet the smartphone. They have become too user friendly. The talk about, or against sinful living has gone to the doghouse. Everything about the church has been reduced to family entertainment. Most churches, and even Christians, won’t talk about the issues that the Bible points out. I don’t know if it’s because they are trying to reel people into the church to simply expand their numbers (and/or even possibly their pocket books.) Most will talk about the social issues of the modern age, but have found a way to appeal to all. A lot of the churches I have been to have been reduced to a weekly sermon on how marriage is supposed to work out.

The church has done itself a grave injustice by refusing to connect sinful living with the clear expected outcome of eternal torment. Our arguments against the homosexual movement and the horrifying evil on display at Planned Parenthood clinics in our nation have been reduced to a debate about morals and human rights. And that’s happening within the church walls itself! As a Christian, I have never found a reason to “debate” immorality, nor for that matter human rights. Immorality causes heartache. Period! Human rights? As I have struggled with past events, I’ve found that the only human rights we are entitled to are the right to breathe, and the right to interact, or not to interact with others. That’s it!

Now let me say that I am on the side of life. Always. I think that Planned Parenthood is something that was started as nothing more than selfish population control AND the need for sexual gratification. In other words, it’s a quick fix to a mistake. The mistake is obviously needing to get your rocks off. It’s no wonder we are accused of hatred when we are standing in the way of behavior that so many argue has no real impact on society. We have been forced into a position of analyzing metrics that reveal debatable negative trends in our culture that are a result of the behavior that we abhor.

However, the pro-abortion crowd is convinced that legal abortion is healthy and appropriate. Sex is also healthy…although at times it is not appropriate at all! When you know, fully well, that you do not have the mental, or even financial capacity to care for a baby, but still find yourself pregnant, then that’s a clear sign of stupidity. Another sign of stupidity, and selfishness is aborting a fetus/baby when there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of people out there who would be blessed by adopting that unwanted child.

Homosexuality, or which is hopefully well known that I am against,  has an even stronger position that their behavior is personal and private and what happens behind their closed doors has no impact on you or me. Of course, this has turned out to be a lie. For one: I care about the homosexual’s soul, and where they are headed if they do not repent. But this isn’t being as fiercely preached in the church anymore. We have pastors who have fallen into the ditch and performed the nuptials at gay weddings. All of a sudden their churches are gay friendly and instead of taking the opportunity to deliver a scorching sermon, they preach about the love of Jesus!

And I am sorry, but the homosexual behavior does have an impact on my life. Such business that years ago was limited to being behind closed doors, has now come out of the closet and into the streets of the city, country, and nations. And we see that it’s now more acceptable to be gay than Christian. Sadly, where Christianity once had an aggressiveness to it, it’s bowed down to the aggressiveness of Homosexuality. Because let’s face it: we certainly don’t want to offend a Homosexual!

It doesn’t make sense for a preacher of the Word to appeal to those not in Christ! Not anymore! And truthfully, it never did. We see this with Lot’s plea to the men of Sodom. We see it in Noah’s plea for the people to enter into the ark!

I struggle sometimes with the fact that perhaps we are left preaching to those with deaf ears in this generation. It’s a wicked, wicked generation. And yes, this is the last generation we will ever see. After we are gone, either to heaven or to hell, there will be no generations left!

But the church’s playfulness has me wondering, has me hungering for more righteousness. You see, the church is preaching to those who are not in Christ. And what it’s preaching is not the fire and brimstone that it should. You really go in and out of today’s church and you remain the same person when you go out than when you do when you went in! In short, the message of the cross is lost in translation there is often no transformation.

Planned Parenthood. It shouldn’t even exist! But we need it because we need someone to take care of our problems for us. We need a Christian baker to bake us a gay wedding cake because there are no gay owned bakeries to serve us. Hello!!!!! If there are no gay owned wedding cake bakeries then perhaps that should be sign to you! Don’t go punishing someone because they refuse to bake you a cake for your iniquities!!!! I’m not for any political themes, but it’s important that we vote for political candidates who will help restore our nation to its Christian roots by confronting the advances of various special interest groups. Additionally, as many Christians propose, we should function in great love when dealing with others who don’t support our biblical worldview.

However, as I said, stopping there compromises our efforts.

We will always look like haters if we demand people adhere to our code of values.

We will always look passive and with little concern if we simply grin and tell people that Jesus loves them. That’s only half the story!

The reason we so passionately sound alarms and alert homosexuals, abortionists, pornographers, liars, thieves, murderers and others who are living outside of God’s brilliant plan for their lives is simple—we are broken over the fact that they will be tormented non-stop, forever with no relief in hell.

We need to let them know that heaven won’t be the same without them! Hell must not win on the day of their physical death!

“His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean His floor and gather His wheat into the granary, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12).

As a  Christian, I was forced to encounter that my sins, each and every one of them, would, and could land me in a lake of eternal fire. Separated by the love of God. It wasn’t a very nice encounter. I’ve learned that being born again isn’t an overnight sensation. It takes years, perhaps even a lifetime, of going through extreme circumstances and even saying “NO!” over a multitude of times, to sin. Have I struggled? Have I fallen? Yes! time and time again. But I still get back up, and I still have hope. But the more I look across the country, and the lives of many, many people that hope is gone! Many have given up! The Word of God is nowhere to be found because of the pressure to adapt to an evil society. We have become much like Aaron who allowed the people to rise up a golden calf. But when Moses came down off that mountain, Aaron sure did a quick turnaround. The people ended up drinking the remains of their idol. That’s a harsh reality that is gone from today’s church preaching. The reality that God’s word is just as fierce as it is loving.

The preachers of God’s word, themselves being Christian, know that there is no chance of ever coming out of hell. There’s no exit door. Many Christians, who claim to be saved, and following Jesus are yet not saved. They are filled with bitterness, pride, and a whole multitudes of demons who constantly feed off them, and then regurgitate over and over again. I absolutely have a fear for those self-proclaimed Christians when God tells them “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!” What a horrifying thing to hear! Sadly, the great falling away is a reality. We have Christians today who will only endure for a very short time, because they will proceed to go chasing after things and doctrines that truly don’t matter. But if this is true for Christians, what then is to be expected for those who openly defy God?

We must see a return to Holy Spirit-anointed preaching on hell. We must warn people, with tears in our eyes, that they are headed there!

“Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it, because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14).

God doesn’t need a publicist.

I’m dismayed by the radical shift away from full-counsel preaching of the Word of God.

I don’t know how often I’ve heard people say that preaching on hell results in fear—and there is no fear in love—and so we must avoid it at all costs.

This demonically twisted wisdom has resulted in a massive resistance to large segments of the Bible in the hopes that highlighting the benefits would be enough to woo people to Christ.

Yes, the benefits are awesome! But you gotta believe that they only apply to those who seek the counsel of God, rather than man!

“But I will warn you whom you shall fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell. Yes, I say to you, fear Him”(Luke 12:5).

Today we have evangelism that is based upon smooth words. Everyone knows that Jesus loves them, but not everyone needs to hear that. John The Baptist didn’t come on the scene with the love gospel, and in fact, no one really leads a lifestyle of repentance when they hear how much Jesus loves them. This results in a new breed of deceived religious people who believe they are safe but are most likely not. Repentance is non-negotiable.

This isn’t a time for smooth words! God’s judgment is at hand. This is a time in our lives to preach brimstone and hell’s fire!

When people see how convicted we are that they are on a path to a place as horrific as hell, some of them will at least see our love for them. They may see us as lunatics, but they will see that there is a clear separation between what the church organization preaches, and what true ministers of God preach. The church is broken. It simply doesn’t work anymore. We love a good worship band, music, and laughter. But we need a stronger leadership that requires abandoning everything we know, and getting uncomfortable with things that we should know. I can’t imagine getting comfortable with Jesus when I have so much undelete sin in me. Holding back half the Word of God, the meat of the word, is not doing ourselves any favors! Blessings? We got them for sure, but it’s a long hard road ahead of us, and it’s not so easy as it seems. Many want to imagine a paved highway of gold, but we know it’s a rocky, sharp road with pitfalls.

If we attempt to lead those that would follow us down that paved highway of gold, what do you suppose they will start doing when they find that it’s not that easy? They will stop following us. Our identity will be transformed from one who watches out for our own interests to true watchman—those who are invested in the eternities of others.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel. Whenever you hear the word from My mouth, then warn them from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you do not warn him, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ezek. 3:17-18).

Our cry must be: “No! Please! Understand that your lifestyle will result in a horror that you can’t even imagine. You will never have even a moment of relief. Please, repent, turn, let God’s love overwhelm you!”

Some might suggest that I’m suggesting that behavior modification is the key to salvation. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The keys to death, hell and the grave were retrieved by Jesus Christ, the only one who could do what was necessary to save mankind from destruction.

“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though I were dead. Then He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, though I was dead. Look! I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death'” (Rev. 1:17-18).

However, it does remain true that unrepentant participation in sin absolutely does disqualify us from a relationship with Jesus. The fact that homosexuals unapologetically confess to participating in behavior that is forbidden by God is a clear indicator that they are not saved. The fact that those who are pro-abortion are set in their ways and determined to keep murder legal in America is evidence that they are clearly not in a legitimate relationship with Jesus.

It is fully appropriate to preach without apology that continuing in those (and other) sins without repentance and without making Jesus the Lord and Master of their lives will end terribly for them.

People need to hear the prophets shouting the alarms of eternal destruction that comes to those in rebellion to God!

“So he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things. But now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf, so that those who would pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ He said, ‘Then I pray you, father, to send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, to testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. Let them hear them” (Luke 16:24-29).

Those who live in sexual sin outside of the camp will be judged, as will those who live in sexual sin in the camp will. Unforgiveness, hatred, lust, gossip and many other sins will have the exact same result as those in the world whom we would call wild and deviant.

“You have heard that it was said by the ancients, ‘You shall not murder,’ and ‘Whoever murders shall be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be in danger of the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be in danger of hell fire'” (Matt. 5:12-22).

“You have heard that it was said by the ancients, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. For it is profitable that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body be thrown into hell” (Matt. 5:27-30). However, the truth that we must deal with sin in the camp doesn’t erase our responsibility to preach the full counsel of Scripture to all. It highlights it.

Hell is awaiting millions of people, both in and out of the church, and we must make that known! So few actually even know or believe that hell is their future. They presume all is well. So few are letting them know that they are but a breath away from horror!

“He told them another parable, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. But when the shoots had sprung up and produced fruit, the weeds also appeared. So the servants of the landowner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?” He said to them, “An enemy did this.” The servants said to him, “Will you then have us go and gather them up?” But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the weeds, you pull up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn'” (Matt. 13:24-30).

It’s time for us to preach truth and to see the planet shaken by the firepower of God’s Word again.

It’s true love that will give people an opportunity to decide where they will spend their eternity.

“… and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 They shall be punished with eternal destruction, isolated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

Isaiah clearly revealed truth and people had a choice. They scoffed at the idea that they would go to hell, but at least blood would not be found on Isaiah’s hands.

“Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, O scoffers, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell we are in agreement. The overflowing scourge shall not come to us when it passes through, for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood we have hid ourselves” (Is. 28:14-15).

 

People Must Hear the Truth About Hell Today

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea and gathered all kinds of fish. When it was full, they drew it to shore, sat down, and gathered the good into baskets, but threw the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:47-50).

 

For if God did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness to be kept for judgment; and if He did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, making them an example to those afterward who would live ungodly lives; and if He delivered righteous Lot, who was distressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man lived among them, and what he saw and heard of their lawless deeds tormented his righteous soul day after day); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the Day of Judgment, especially those who walk after the flesh in pursuit of unclean desires, and despise authority. They are presumptuous and arrogant, and are not afraid to slander the angelic beings. Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring slanderous accusations against them before the Lord. But these people are like irrational animals, born to be captured and destroyed. They speak evil of the things that they do not understand, and in their corruption they will be destroyed. They shall receive the wages of unrighteousness. They count it a pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes who revel in their own deception while they carouse together with you. They have eyes full of adultery that cannot cease from sin. They entice unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in greed. They are cursed children!” (2 Pet. 2:4-14).

Contrary to popular belief, a revelation of hell, when it truly hits people absolutely does result in them running into the arms of a loving God. But not when the revelation of hell is not preached! Then it’s truly an abomination!

“Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).

God’s love is made more evident when contrasted with the truth of hell.

The bottom line is simple: We cannot erase the Word of God. It must be preached in fullness. The result will be many current homosexuals, liars, adulterers, murderers and others falling desperately in love with Jesus.

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City and out of the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18-19).

He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Look! I am making all things new.’ Then He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the spring of the water of life to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This is the second death” (Rev. 21:5-8).

That’s the contrast we must have in today’s preaching. Reveal the spring of the water of life and the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. It’s how Jesus preached, after all.

Isn’t Sin More Fun?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 16 2016

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The question caught my attention. I know all too well what sin can do, and does do to a person. But is sin itself more fun? More fun than what? It seems that we struggle as much as when we don’t sin than when we actually do.

I’ve done many stupid things in my life, as we all have. But the stupid things have their consequences…falling asleep behind the wheel wasn’t that great of a feeling when I rear ended someone, especially when it came down to court dates, and all the suffering I caused my mother. I’ve gone horribly wrong with my finances (greed, and not being a good steward), so the consequences, as one can imagine, is that I struggle every day. Getting involved with a woman was fun, until she broke my heart when she annouced her marriage to someone else (Thank God in the end…but really??!!!)

No, sin definitely is not more fun. It can break a Christian man’s heart when he realizes that although he has chased after God, he has failed! And the realization is that even when the Christian has found God, there still remains sin in his life. And that sin is definitely horrible to deal with!

But thank God there is still grace! I fall on a daily basis. Sometimes I face periods where I don’t feel God at all. I know He is still there, but at the same time I keep reaching up and out for Him. And the act of reaching up and out consumes me.

But sin still holds me down. It beckons to me “Come and dance with me”. And like a mindless zombie…I dance the dance well.

To become a spotless bride is difficult. But it’s even more difficult when you play with God, knowing all the time that you shouldn’t.

 

Our Babylon!

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 13 2016

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A question that crossed my mind recently. As many close to me would know, I am not in favor of government, nor political practices. In high school, I got a passable grade in government class, and to my admittance, that whole semester bored me to sleep. Nothing has really changed. I don’t know all the current issues the country is facing, except perhaps the immigration/deportation issue. I don’t follow, and never have followed, anything that the current President, nor any former President has ever said.

The language used in the polls and questionnaires has always been a source of confusion for me. The only thing that got to me the last presidential election was whether or not to allow gay marriage. Of course, I voted no.

Everything that is going on in the White House…from lawmakers to scandals…from who’s in, to who’s out has always disinterested me.

I did vote for our current President. I did so because it seemed the lesser of two evils. So don’t blame me if I never vote again. 🙂

I am reminded of the Bible story where the Isrealite people wanted a king to rule over them. The prophet Samuel sternly warned them of the consequences of their choice. Today the same choice is absolutely astonishing similar.

I had a thought: What if the only part of history that does not repeat itself is the history of God sacrificing His Begotten Son for us?

Looking at the news, it seems very clear that as a nation we are not headed for a positive outcome. I hate to refer to the great Babylon, because I believe that where once that great city was in fact, a city or possible a nation, I now believe that it’s the entire population of the planet earth. We have seen countries such as Cuba and Argentina succumb to economic ruin…but the fact is clear that our country is headed, and is, in the middle of one of the greatest down turns our generation has ever seen.

The prosperous leadership that once lead us a few years ago…Reagan, Carter, Bush Sr. have all faded into the midst. There’s been an uprising of internal violence in the past few years since our present leadership has taken over. We’ve seen plenty of police hate crimes…from police brutality to brutality against the police. I am sure that if Beyounce were to step into a police uniform she wouldn’t be dissing the countries Law Enforcement. Myself, as a Christian, still have a deep respect for our uniformed public servant. It takes a LOT of courage to put on a uniform with a badge knowing that possibly you aren’t going to live another day. It takes further courage to understand the hatred people have of you just because you uphold the law. Perhaps if Beyounce (and her husband) knew the facts, they would be slow to speak.

But the fact is that if you comply with the law enforcement officials of this country, it will go well with you. Perhaps I watch too much of the TV show Cops. But I believe if you do wrong, you suffer the consequences. Really, that’s a know fact that is first found biblically.

That’s the thing that this generation doesn’t understand, it’s somehow been lost to them. The whole era of Martin Luther King Jr, and what he worked so hard to established has been lost. Dr. King was always the peacemaker, looking to establish equal rights for all. Perhaps if his “I Have A Dream” speech were publicly aired at least once a month, perhaps it would once again turn the tide. Right now all we seems to have that’s turning the tide in a wrong direction is the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Have we as a nation gone after strange gods? Worshipped with strange fire? Our nation is far cry from what it once was. Prosperity and decency are seemingly nowhere to be found Perhaps, if we lift our voices to God, much as the captive Israelites did, God would once again hearken His precious ears to our voices.

This is our Babylon…..

 

Paint your leaf

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 13 2016

Fall-Leaves

Be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless (v.58).

In his short story “Leaf by Niggle,” J. R. R. Tolkien describes a kindhearted, perfectionistic painter who failed to complete the landscape that became his life’s work. Because he was kind, Niggle often helped his neighbors rather than work on his painting. And because he fretted over details, he only managed to paint the first leaf on the first tree. He died with apparently little to show for his life. His “one beautiful leaf” was placed in the town museum “and was noticed by a few eyes.”

But when Niggle entered the presence of God, he found a surprise waiting for him. Tolkien writes, “Before him stood the Tree, his Tree, finished . . . its leaves opening, its branches growing and bending in the wind that Niggle had so often felt or guessed, and had so often failed to catch. He gazed at the Tree, and slowly he lifted his arms and opened them wide. ‘It is a gift!’ he said.”

Do you wonder if the things you weren’t able to finish because you were doing good to others possess any value? Paul concludes his long chapter on the resurrection by promising that your works will follow after you. They will result in God’s reward, so “always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

As with Niggle, you may feel that you’ve barely “gotten a leaf out.” But God will incorporate that leaf into His “transformed” creation (vv.51-53). He will fill you with the joy of His presence, surrounded by the most beautiful landscape you could ever imagine. Like a master artist adding depth and color to the squiggles of a child, so God graciously includes our efforts in the world He’s building. So go ahead, paint your leaf! —Mike Wittmer

Read 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 to learn what will happen to our works that aren’t eternally significant and valuable.

What’s your “leaf”? What will motivate you to work diligently on it, regardless of success or failure?

Steve Harvey – Jump!

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 01 2016

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Prosperity Doctrine?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Jan 25 2016

I don’t know what set this thought off last night. But I was thinking about how wrong the Prosperity Doctrine was.

Normally it doesn’t affect me as a Christian, because I have only been to one church were it had been preached in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas? Thank God! LOL

And the way it had been presented was in an actual “front-of-church” book display. (The invited speaker claimed to be a prophet, but all he had to say was not prophetic in the least).

And then it seemed that the Lord just opened my eyes. He made me realize that it was not the fault of the Prosperity teachers. We often look at people like Benny Hinn, Joel Olsteen, T.D Jakes, etc…and instantly we know something is up. Even the non-religious
will often look at the TV Evangelists and call their bluff.

While it’s true that they are doing wrong, it’s also not their fault at all that they are leading the lost sheep to the wide open pit.

It’s the fault of the “Christian” who doesn’t read their Bible. It’s the fault of the Christian who doesn’t know the suffering of Jesus, or even the suffering of the children of Egypt under Pharoah’s hand. A hand that is part of the body of every prosperity teacher.

We are all in need at times, some of us have known it our entire lives. And we naturally know that the “name it and claim it” game is just that…a game, a fantasy. Yes, it’s a gross misrepresentation of the gospel.

But EVERYBODY has heard of Jesus, and they know His true gospel. They know it’s not a “name it and claim it gospel”.

Even Jesus said “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Even Jesus told the lame “Get up up, take your bed and walk.” He made the blind to see, and the deaf to hear, and the mute to talk!

Many of us live in a world where we see that life isn’t about $200,000 cars. It’s not about $100,000,000. The reality is that most of us are living the life of a struggling artist. No fame, no fortune…living day to day, relying on God to pull us through.

And we know that God always delivers! Definitely not through some Prosperity doctrine preacher, wearing $1,000 dollar suits and driving Mercedez Benz. I mean, they preach only for their own storehouses (Remember the manna? How it went to rot overnight?)

But God delivers His mercies through the able-to-do Christians just like you and me!
We don’t need the hope for riches! We are able to do anything with what God provides. And that includes helping the poor as we can…

Instead of $100, which would no doubt, be nice, we hope we have at least $10 to be able to feed ourselves, or our families for one day.

The one thing to understand, which is probably already understood, is that we have more important needs than to give our little money to a man or woman who already has money enough to give to us!

To sum it all up, if you see a fellow preacher, preaching how God will bless you, and he looks like this fellow:

Scrooge McDuck
Then please run away from him, he’s just baaaad news!

Church without walls….Empty Store Houses

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Jan 22 2016

Christians need to be aware that four walls don’t necessarily define a church…unless those four walls are built out of fleshy hearts, and can open up a hole where others may fit in. It’s not about programs, and available resources. It’s about people. It’s not about leadership issues. Jesus is the one that’s in charge after all…or rather He should be.

I know there are well meaning Pastors out there…Sheppards  who watch their sheep closely. You are few in number. But I also know there are hundreds…millions…thousands…who are without a (true) Sheppard. They cling to their backpacks, their shopping carts…they have no place to go.

It’s not the Pastors job to reel them in…it’s not your job to provide for them.

It’s the job of your church..your community, your congregation.

The ideal church would be a body of believers that is set on fire by the Holy Spirit. We all say we are Holy Spirit filled Christians. But the sad fact is that there are few Holy Spirit filled Christians  that are beacons to the ships out in that vast ocean of lost ships.

We wonder about the Bermuda Triangle. About the many lost ships and planes out there.  We never stop to consider that either we are in the Bermuda Triangle, or that we see, on a daily basis, people on the edge of that Triangle…heading into it.

The poor in spirit, the hungry, the destitute, the hopeless. They are all heading into it. Yet the Christians who have everything, are stuck, with their butts glued to the pews. Not aware of anything going on outside.

Are we listening, intently, to the false prophets who have nothing to say? Are we comfortable where we are at? Our brothers out in the highways and byways are standing there with a cardboard…are we passing them by on a daily basis without a thought?

What’s going on in God’s storehouses?

candless

 

Addicted!

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Jan 21 2016

As a Christian I am not proud of my past sins. Though I have been forgiven and washed clean, I still tend to carry the shame of all of it like a knapsack strapped to my back. I realize that it’s not necessary to do so. I continue to strive to leave my heavy burden at the foot of the cross.

But as any addict will tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do. There are time when my previous sins come back and haunt me. Sometimes they actually do beckon me to return to them. I don’t know if any other Christians will agree with me. But if you sin a sin long enough, it will definitely and permanently leave its mark on you.

Because of my past willing sins my mind has been seared by the images of those sins. I find that if I don’t keep my mind focused on doing the Lord’s work, meditating on His Word, and occupying my mind and my hands with different things . I tend to go back over those images in my mind. I find my armor actually losing its strength.

It used to be a tough walk. I’d run into so many boulders and obstacles. And there were times I’d slip and fall. At one very brief moment that only lasted for a couple of days, I’d be lying there in a fallen state. Not actually willingly sinning, but walking a tightrope nonetheless.

The thing that helped me overcome was the fact that I wanted to love Jesus more than I wanted my willing sin. I thought about Jesus’ words to Peter: “Satan has asked my permission to shift you…” I also thought about how much like Judas I could end up to be.

The thought of being cast into hell frightens me. The words that Jesus spoke to those who did everything right is still ringing in my ears “Depart from me you worker of iniquity.” I don’t ever want to hear those words coming from Him towards me. Yet I live with the realization that I just might.

Even though I love God, and try my best to please Him in every way…I know I still fall short.

Every single day.

I think every Christian does.

Will my short falls land me in a ever-lasting hell?

Maybe that’s being fearful. Maybe that’s being ridiculous. Especially because I know that God does love me. God loves everyone and He died to show His love for all.

But to those in willing sins, He still calls out to them (in a rather loving, but stern voice):

REPENT! For the kingdom of God is at hand!

No matter how harsh the word of God is at times…I thank God every day for it. It’s true that sometimes we don’t like what it says. We try to block it out, we try and do it our way.  But God is full of the strength of Samson, the wisdom of Solomon, and the heart of Moses, and the courage of the Baptist. And those are the same qualities that God looks for in all of us.

Yes, even through our weaknesses and struggles. Even in our time of great need. God still looks for the roaring lion in us all. Our sins weaken us. That’s very true. But our sins are not our end. We sin, we repent, we get back on that long narrow path.

Because that wide road to destruction is wide, but short.

God wants us to shine our best for Him in our darkest hour. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Sunday Postings: When Will Our Lord Jesus Return, And When Will The Church Be Raptured?

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Jan 18 2016

Since I appear to be running empty on blog posts these days I’ve decided to start a new series, or feature on my blog. On Sundays I will post an article that I’ve read elsewhere: either from an email, book I’ve been reading, or elsewhere on the internet.

The following is a very interesting one. Perhaps even worthy of comment.

(Charles P. Schmitt/D. Min., D. TH.) The apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians of the great reunion of all believers when together they meet Christ as He descends from heaven: “The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17). This is our blessed hope—the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the rapture of the church to meet Him!

This is our blessed hope—the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the rapture of the church to meet Him!

Many evangelicals, for reasons that we will examine, believe that seven years before the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ, faithful Christians will be raptured, caught up to heaven. This understanding is known as the “pretribulation rapture.” A major concern about the pre-tribulation rapture is that, historically, it found its way into the evangelical mainstream only in the mid-1800s.

Millions of godly believers for almost 1,800 years did not believe in a pretribulation rapture. Among these were the reformers of the 1500s and the revivalists of the 1600s-1700s. George Mueller, who lived in the mid-1800s, is reported to have stated, “If you can show me a trumpet after the last (1 Cor. 15:52) and a resurrection before the first (Rev. 20:4-5), then I can believe this new doctrine.”

As far as the post-apostolic church fathers go, they apparently did not believe in a pretribulation rapture either. They write: “Then shall the race of men come into the fire of proving trial and many be made to stumble and fall. But those who remain established in their faith shall be saved under the very curse” (Didache; 16:5). “Happy ye who endure the great tribulation that is coming on …” (Hermas; chapter II, Vision II).

Irenaeus, disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John the Beloved, comments in his Against Heresies (5.25.3) concerning the reign of the Antichrist, that “this tyranny shall last, during which the saints shall be put to flight. … .” And Augustine, commenting on Daniel 7:21, states, “He who reads this passage even half asleep cannot fail to see that the kingdom of Antichrist shall fiercely, though for a short time, assail the church.”

Gerhard Pfandi, Ph.D., associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, in an excellent article titled “The Rapture—Why It Cannot Occur Before the Second Coming,” traces the roots of the pretribulation rapture teaching:

John Nelson (J.N.) Darby (1800-1882) is regarded as the father of dispensationalism. … Darby asserted that Christ’s coming would occur in two stages. The first was an invisible “secret rapture” of believers, which would end the great “parenthesis,” or church age, which began when the Jews rejected Christ. Following the rapture, the Old Testament prophecies concerning Israel would be literally fulfilled, leading to the great tribulation, which would end with the Second Coming of Christ in glory. The doctrine of the pretribulation rapture was disseminated around the world, primarily through J.N. Darby and men of God such as Arno Gabelein, Harry Ironside, James Gray and C. I. Scofield …” (Adapted from Ministry, September 2001).

What Did Our Lord Jesus Teach?

Jesus’ final teaching on His Second Coming, given on the Mount of Olives, and recorded in Matthew 24 and 25, is extremely clear. In Matthew 24, there is no Second Coming and no rapture until “after the tribulation of those days … [for] then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29-31).

Mark 13 and Luke 21 teach the same, but Luke, in 21:36, gives one additional charge: “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape [translated as “pass safely through,” in the Living Bible margin and in the N.E.B., and translated by J.B. Phillips as “come safely through”] all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Our Lord sought to prepare His disciples for His coming, “after the tribulation of those days,” and how not to be caught unawares, that they might “come safely through” all these things to stand before Him.

What Were the Apostles’ Understandings?

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, places the rapture of the church “at the last trumpet,” as does John in Revelation 11:15-18: “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet [the last one], and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He will reign forever and ever … The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding Your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence Your Name, both small and great … .”

Obviously, all of this takes place at the rapture at the end of the tribulation period, after the blowing of the seven trumpets of judgment. A study of Revelation reveals that the seven seals and the seven trumpets and the seven bowls run concurrently and end in the Second Coming of Jesus. Concurrent visions are not new to the prophetic Scriptures. The visions of Daniel run concurrently, each ending in the Second Coming, as well.

In Revelation 3:10, Jesus had already promised: “I will keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” (The Greek preposition used here, according to the NIV and Living Bible footnotes, can also mean “keep you through the hour of trial.”

In Revelation 20:4-6, the first resurrection is clearly described. And we need to remember, as George Mueller pointed out, that there cannot be a resurrection seven years before the first resurrection, or the first resurrection would not be the first. In this first resurrection are found “those who had been beheaded because of their testimony … for they had not worshipped the beast [the Antichrist] or his image … .” So the rapture and the first resurrection apparently are at the end of the great tribulation, after the reign of the Antichrist and not seven years before!

From the book of Revelation, an argument for a pretribulation rapture has been advanced by some, because the word “church” per se is not used by John between chapters 4 and 21; their reasoning being that the church is not present in the Earth during these chapters. The facts are that chapters 4 through 21 are highly symbolic chapters, abounding in figures of speech for both Jesus and His church, and that the church does appear in the symbolism of these chapters as the “saints,” the “kingdom of priests,” the “great multitude,” the “candlesticks,” the “firstfruits,” God’s “people,” the “bride,” the “armies of heaven,” the “new Jerusalem” and so on, even as Jesus Himself appears with numerous symbolic names also—the Lamb, the Lion, the Man-child, the Word of God and so on. The suggestion that the “saints” of Revelation 4-21 are the Jews, rather than the many-membered, Jewish-Gentile Body of Christ violates the revelation of God’s “one new man” (Eph. 2:15) and undercuts Paul’s understanding of Israel’s re-inclusion into that “one new man” in these last days.

Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, also clearly taught that the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the rapture (the gathering, or “mustering,” literally) of the saints to Jesus cannot take place until the great apostasy has first happened and the man of sin (the Antichrist) is first revealed (verse 3). Paul also taught that the church will get “relief” from persecution and tribulation only “when [and not seven years before] the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels to punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel …” (2 Thess. 1:6-8).

For part two of this series, tune in Wednesday.