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Posted by Job on February 1, 2012
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Posted by Job on February 1, 2012
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Posted by Job on February 1, 2012
Posted by Job on February 1, 2012
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Posted by Job on March 21, 2009
Hello Fellow Laborers In Jesus Christ:
A lot of you may have noticed that I have gotten extremely slack in making new posts, approving comments, and responding to emails these past months. I am extremely sorry, and wish you to know that there are two reasons for this. The first is that for the past several months, I have been dealing with a number of personal, family, and financial challenges and changes that, while not posing real problems for myself and my family (quite the contrary, God has been very good to my family and I in ways that you cannot imagine!) have placed great demands on my time, so much so that I have actually considered ending this site, or at the very least placing it on long term hiatus, as it does look like these issues are going to persist for the time being.
Now that is the main reason, but there are others. Even though I have not been actively working on Jesus Christology for some time, it has been often on my mind and in my prayers, as have been the many people that have participated in its discussions. Ironically, the time that I have been forced to spend away from Jesus Christology has given me the opportunity to pray and reflect on precisely what I have been doing since I went online in February 2007 (initially by importing content created for my prior Heal The Land website – which, incidentally, has been unfairly taken offline by the Bravehost people) and have wondered about my actions and their effectiveness. I must be honest, I have always intended to honor and promote Jesus Christ with my work, but good intentions are not enough. God commands to be served the way God desires to be served, not the way that man chooses to serve Him. So when I consider the doctrines that I have promoted that I no longer subscribe to; the pastors and ministries that I promoted that I can no longer in good conscience support, and in particular the angry, confrontational, at times self – flagellating posture that I maintained for the first year or so, my conclusion is that while it probably made for entertaining reading and discussions, but what good did it do, really? How did it uplift Jesus Christ?
I am going to deal specifically with the fact that a great deal of my content came directly from various online discernment ministries, and that I actually made Jesus Christology (and its predecessor, Heal The Land With Spiritual Warfare) a “part time” online discernment ministry. Now online discernment ministries do great work and have their place. As a matter of fact, I am deeply indebted to a particular online discernment ministry for planting the seed that caused me to abandon the false prosperity doctrine/Word of Faith movements, and Christians do need to be at work warning people and defending the faith against wolves in sheep’s clothing moving about the church.
However, I was very disturbed to find out that the very online discernment ministry that led me to the tip of the iceberg of spiritual corruption with one of their posts had taken up the practice of denouncing Christian pastors that choose to affiliate themselves with Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Now of course, no Christian pastor should have anything to do with this Obama person, this online discernment ministry made an excellent Biblical case why, so that wasn’t the problem. The problem is that in the years that I have frequented this ministry, before I even went up with Jesus Christology/Heal The Land With Spiritual Warfare, I have never ONCE seen them criticize a single of the many pastors for affiliating themselves with and supporting the wickedness of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, John McCain and similar. If these people cannot “discern” (or more likely refuse to be honest enough to acknowledge) the wickedness of the bunch on the “conservative” side of the ideological and political aisle merely by viewing their deeds and who they associate with and hold the religious right to the same standards as everybody else, what gives them the right, the spiritual standing and authority, to stand in judgment of anybody else? Is it not far better to serve the Lord ins simple submission and silence?
I am not merely tilting at windmills here, but I am going by the example that was set by who can be considered (my me at least!) the forerunner of the modern discernment minister, one Charles Spurgeon. While Spurgeon was pastoring in England, the Protestant church there was on its rapid and determined path into liberal apostasy, and Spurgeon saw it happening. Yet Spurgeon held his tongue and pen for years, waiting to address the issue at the right time and in the appropriate manner. But when Spurgeon finally did act, it was in a wise, reasoned, measured, prudent, truthful, and Biblical manner by addressing what he called “the Down – Grade controversy” in a series of sermons, and also in his publication The Sword and the Trowel. Now of course, Spurgeon’s actions were very controversial, and he was hit with many of the same accusations that dog the various discernment ministries today. Yet Spurgeon was much less impeachable, much more defensible, than the modern efforts because his manner of dealing with the apostates and heretics of his time was much more reasoned, mature, responsible, and ultimately Biblical. How ironic, then, that Spurgeon is a favorite of the very online discernment ministry that I am speaking of.
What we can perhaps learn from Spurgeon’s example is how the fight for faith, how the contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, how giving a defense/apology for the faith will be done. In short, it should be done facing the simple reality that most people aren’t going to listen. The words are going to fall on hard hearts and deaf ears because those who possess these hearts and ears are not born again Christians, but sinners. We know from the clear witness of the Bible and of history that from the time of Old Testament Israel in the past until the time that Jesus Christ returns in the future, most of the people that have referred to themselves as the children of YHWH are only so in name only, which means that they are not in truth.
As a result, they have no true interest in spiritual things, in sound doctrine and in obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ as expressed in the Bible. Instead, their only interest is being considered righteous according to the standards of the Christian mainstream, which is determined by viewing Christianity in the context of what has been deemed acceptable for Christians by the larger culture. Whether you are a predestinarian who believes that the reason for this is that these people have not been elected (which is my current position) or a free will Christian who believe that these people have rejected Jesus Christ (which was my previous position) the end result is the same.
So no matter how often we talk about Rick Warren, Pat Robertson, Todd Bentley, T.D. Jakes, Paula White, Paul Crouch, Billy Graham, Robert Schuller, Tim LaHaye, James Dobson, ecumenism with Roman Catholics, the emergent church etc. it isn’t going to change hearts. The only thing that will change hearts is the gospel, the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and raised from the dead. Of course, heresies and heretics should be discussed, for they certainly are discussed in the Bible, and of course we should use these examples and others to guide people away from the many false gospels to the one true gospel of the hard road that leads to the strait gate. But it should be done as part of the full gospel message, taking its appropriate place in bringing sinners to faith in Jesus Christ and equipping those who already believe to walk in the faith of Jesus Christ. If it is done for any other reason and in any other context, then it is just a tinkling cymbal of 1 Corinthians 13, at best the work of someone sincere but unbalanced and misguided and at worst something that is just as capable of being a source of error.
Above all, we honestly do need to know our place. We need to act in faith; to trust God. We must stop trying to help God out, to do His job for Him. Instead, we must out of faith and submission stand back and allow God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to do the job of building the church and defending it. In the course of doing so, we will not be hindered or distracted from doing our own jobs by trying to do the job that only God can do.
In closing, allow me to mention that one movie that I love is the Jesus Christ movie that I acquired for my kids, “The Miracle Maker.” (I don’t love the fact that this movie’s rights are owned by Mel Gibson’s production company, but as I have not discovered anything ascriptural in it, it remains in my possession, unlike the completely anti-scriptural “The Passion of the Christ”, which I do not own and never will.) In it, the movie contains a simple explanation of Christ’s commandment to “build your house on the rock” by telling us “take the hard way, not the easy way.” Presenting the full, true, gospel through the Christ – centered exegesis, exposition, and application of scripture is extremely hard. Talking about the lies that Kenneth Copeland said last week, is saying this week, and unless he repents will say next week is comparatively easy. I propose that in order to be a true online discernment ministry, it has to be built upon the rock and do the hard work as described in 2 Timothy 4:5 -
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Posted by Job on October 18, 2008
Posted by Job on July 7, 2008
Posted by Job on June 16, 2008
Posted by Job on June 10, 2008
Now Scofield rapture dispensationalists claim that the sacrificial system will be re – instituted during the millennium. Why, pray tell? What purpose would those sacrifices serve? I will granted that some offerings were for worship. But the sin offerings and consecration offerings … what of Jesus Christ’s work on the cross? Now dispensationalists believe in a literal reign of Jesus Christ physically on the earth for 1000 years. (So, for the record, do I.) So because Jesus Christ is on the earth we are going to return to Judaism? When the purpose of Judaism was to create a straight path for the coming of Jesus Christ in the first place? Consider the ACTUAL CONTEXT AND MEANING of the “new wineskins” passage of Luke 5:33-39, which (almost always dispensational!) Pentecostals and charismatics claim means the prior Christianity being replaced with Christianity based on the lesser gifts (the sign gifts) of the Holy Spirit: tongues, healing, prophecy. But looking at the text itself, the Pharisees were questioning Jesus Christ as to why they were not keeping things pertaining to the law, specifically fasting. Jesus Christ told the Pharisees – in the parabolic fashion – that the reason why the Jewish religion and its attendant rituals existed in the first place was to point to and prepare the way for Him. Now that He was present, they did not need those things, because having the genuine article was BETTER than having the things that pointed to the article. Now when Jesus Christ left, we again needed religious doctrines, beliefs, and practices: CHRISTIAN ones that are BETTER than the Jewish ones that Christianity REPLACED. But during the millennium, Jesus Christ will again be physically present. So, if the disciples did not need to fast while in the presence of Jesus Christ, why will CHRISTIANS need to kill doves, sheep, and cows during the millennium? Yes, that is right. I said CHRISTIANS. Please realize that GENTILE CHRISTIANS NEVER PARTICIPATED IN THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM. (For that matter, the overwhelming majority of ancient Jewish Christians never did either.) Why? BECAUSE THERE WAS NEVER A NEED TO! So if we do not need to do sacrifices NOW, who will be doing the sacrifices during the millennium? The only answer: THE JEWS! So … Christians and Jews are still going to be separate during the millennium? There will still be two religions? Why just Jews? Why not Muslims? Hindus? Buddhists? Atheists? Witches? Now I made it clear in A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews that Jesus Christ and the apostles never started a new religion, but a new Jewish sect which Gentiles could join as God – fearers (an opportunity already available to Gentiles in the prior Jewish sects) and that Christianity did not become a separate religion until it the Jewish Christians were expelled from the church and the Gentile Christians began to combine Christianity with various pagan and mystery religions and practice, which incidentally happened long before Constantine. So as for Judaism … Christianity, properly practiced, is Judaism proper. The return of Jesus Christ will confirm that fact to Jews, and during the millennium Christians and Jews – or more accurately Gentile God fearers and Messianic Jews – will be one body worshiping Jesus Christ together in the presence of that same Jesus Christ physically present and ruling the earth. Now this is where the “new wineskins” applies to this context. Claiming that the sacrifices will be restored in the millennium explicitly means that what the Jews had under the old covenant was better than what we Christians have today! It is claiming that the old covenant/testament of Jesus Christ concealed is better than the new covenant/testament of Jesus Christ revealed, one based on better promises by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the Holy Spirit. Borrowing (again) from Hebrews, it is claiming that what was given to man to Moses on Sinai by the mediation of angels is better than what was given to man directly by God the Son Jesus Christ! So I urge you to click on the link below to see a more Biblical explanation of what will happen, specifically regarding to the status of Israel and the Jews.
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Posted by Job on January 23, 2008
From SharperIron.org by Doug Kutilek at 1:00 am January 23, 2008. Filed under: Christian Living, Church History Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at email@example.com.
“The Wines of the Bible: an Examination and Refutation of the Unfermented Wine Theory. By the Rev. A. M. Wilson. Hamilton, Adams & Co.
‘UNFERMENTED wine’ is a non-existent liquid. Mr. Wilson has so fully proved this that it will require considerable hardihood to attempt a reply. The best of it is that he is a teetotalert of more than thirty years’ standing, and has reluctantly been driven ‘to conclude that, so far as the wines of the ancients are concerned, unfermented wine is a myth.’ While total abstainers are content to make no assault upon the cup used at the Lord’s table, they work harmoniously with all who seek the welfare of their fellow men; but when they commence warfare upon that point they usually become more factious than useful: everything is then made subordinate to their one idea, and the peace of the church is disregarded. It is well, therefore, that one of themselves should protest against carrying a principle to extremes, and best of all that he should do so by showing that the theories which have been advanced are utterly untenable. We wish the utmost success to the abstinence cause, and, therefore, trust that there will be no pressing of the question of unfermented wine at the Communion, for it will not promote the cause, and will create much heartburning, and, worst of all, it will be contrary to the Divine precedent. The question is not necessary to the temperance movement, and we wish it had never been raised. Mr. Wilson has written the thick volume now before us to settle the matter, and we believe that he establishes beyond reasonable debate that the wines of the Bible were intoxicating, and that our Lord did not ordain jelly or syrup, or cherry juice to be the emblem of his sacrifice.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon The Sword and the Trowel, 1877, p. 437
Unfermented Communion Wine
A question having been raised, in The Christian Commonwealth, as to the wine used at the communion services at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Mr. Spurgeon wrote to the Editor as follows:—
We use Frank Wright’s unfermented wine at the Tabernacle, and have never used any other unfermented wine. I am given to understand that some of the so-called unfermented wine has in it a considerable amount of alcohol; but Mr. Wright’s is the pure juice of the grape. One person advertised his wine as used at the Tabernacle though we had never used it even on one occasion. So far as we are concerned, we use no wine but that produced by Messrs. Frank Wright, Mundy, and Co.
C. H. Spurgeon”
C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, IV, p. 135 London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1900
(also reprinted in facsimile by Pilgrim Publications)
“Certain neighbours of mine laugh at me for being a teetotaler, and I might well laugh at them for being drunk, only I feel more inclined to cry that they should be such fools.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon Writing in the guise of his character “John Ploughman”
John Ploughman’s Pictures, pp. 41-2 Pilgrim Publications (Pasadena, Tex.) reprint, 1974
[For the best account known to me of Spurgeon’s reported ale- and wine-drinking in his younger days and his adoption of total abstinence, see C. H. Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore (Moody Press, 1984), pp. 181-183. For the best recent article on wine and alcoholic beverages in the Bible, see Norman Geisler, “A Christian Perspective on Wine-Drinking,” Bibliotheca Sacra, vol. 139, no.
Posted by Job on December 25, 2007
Posted by Job on December 5, 2007
According to msnbc.msn.com/id/22116784/ this Robert Hawkins was 20 years old, and had a history of depression and other problems, including being kicked out of his parents’ home, being fired from his McDonald’s job over allegedly stealing $17, and breaking up with his girlfriend. So this fellow according to all available evidence (including two suicide notes and a will) premediates the notion that he is going to find meaningfulness and worth in death that he was unable to find in life by “going out in style”; killing himself and taking several others with him to the tune of 9 dead including himself in an Omaha mall, firing from 35 to 40 shots in the process.
A lot of times we look at people at that age and do not see children looking back at us. Indeed, by the time a person reaches 20 he can have completed his education, possess a job or trade that involves a good deal of money or responsibility, be married, and have fathered children. But especially in our modern culture, which robs children of their innocence on one hand and stunts their emotional, mental, and intellectual growth on the other, we are producing an increasing number of people at that age that are angry, frightened, insecure, irresponsible, and in so many ways unable to manage their own affairs. Available studies, including those that are detailing the stunning academic and career failure rates of young men, show that for whatever reason boys are faring worse than girls, though girls are showing severe problems too, such as the skyrocketing increase in girls and young women that are committing violent crimes and being incarcerated.
I can look at this and understand and sympathize with certain people who feel that the answer is more teachers, more counselors, more social workers, and fewer guns. I can also understand the views of people who say that the solution is returning to the laws, mass culture, and family structure that we had before the 1960s. The former are correct in noting that America has more problems of this type than many other industrialized nations, and that we are needlessly harming people and threatening the future of our nation by refusing to emulate other countries. Yet the latter is also correct when they state that we didn’t have these problems in our own country a just a few decades ago, and that any reforms should consist of returning to the way that things used to be. Either way, we have to realize that these things happen so often that we have become desensitized to them: a similar shooting that claimed 5 lives in Utah before the killer Sulejmen Talovic was killed by police has been all but forgotten. So has the murder of four college students in Newark, New Jersey. A lot of people made much of the fact that Sulejmen Talovic, the murderer in the first incident was a Bosnian Muslim refugee allowed into this country by the Bill Clinton administration, while others focus on the fact that the main murder suspect of the four college students, Jose Carranza (alias Jose La Chira), is an illegal immigrant from Peru that is also suspected of raping a five year old (although some claim that it was an anti – gay hate crime). Well this case is yet another example of how the vast majority of our terrorists, whether they victimize a single person or a great many, are home grown, so while the immigration issue – both legal and illegal – is a worthy topic of consideration, let us not allow it us to view it out of context and distract from the main issue that our culture overall has become exceptionally violent. If anything, the violence of illegal immigrants reflects the recent wave of violence in the overall culture, for it is a logical conclusion that were illegal immigrants committing these acts in, say, the 1950s when the culture was much less violent and more willing to be moved to act out of shock and anger and a desire for justice and order because of incidents like this (although events such as the Rosewood massacre in Florida shows that such reactions were not always just or honorable), we would have built the border fence between the United States and Mexico long ago.
Well, I am not here to take sides on whether we should pursue a liberal social welfare agenda or a conservative family values agenda. Regarding those, let each person pursue what he thinks is best for our nation and himself, and we must agree that we generally convince ourselves that what is most favorable or acceptable for the latter for whatever reason is also in the best interests of the former. Instead, I am here today to promote a Jesus Christ agenda, to urge every parent to teach their kids about Jesus Christ and urge them to accept Him. I did not say take your child to church and trust some religious establishment to teach your child what he or she needs to know. Instead, you, as a parent, a mother or father, should take personal responsibility with what God has given you.
Do not believe the lies of those that oppose Jesus Christ who say that you are committing child abuse or imposing your will on a child by teaching your child about Jesus Christ and urging the child to accept Him as personal Lord and savior. These lies are the very reason why so many people delegate this task to the churches, thinking that it is somehow more moral to let their children “come to their own decision when they are ready” by virtue of participation in a corporate religious culture. Well, salvation through Jesus Christ is personal, so group while group religious participation may provide the benefits of socialization, it may not result in individual salvation. But realize that the lie that children should be off limits from being told about the imperative that Jesus Christ should rule their lives comes from people who themselves have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and savior over their lives and desperately want your child to follow after their ways. Many of these people have actually convinced themselves that opposing the gospel message actually makes this world a better place, seeing Satan as a much more benevolent, virtuous, and worthy ruler than God. Whether they realize it or not, this is the true stance that these people are taking, and their lies should be rejected by every parent.
Child Evangelism Fellowship http://cefonline.com has materials that will help you communicate the gospel message to a child as young as five, the age which Charles Spurgeon suggested in a sermon a person so young could receive it (though the context of his sermon did not preclude a person even younger from hearing and believing the message). Now I am not here to promise you that your child accepting Jesus Christ will prevent that child from becoming the next Robert Hawkins or for that matter one of his victims. There are a lot of Christians who sincerely believe so, but that is not the point of the gospel message. Instead, the purpose of the gospel message is that no matter your fate or situation in this life, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior secures your eternity with that same Jesus Christ in the next. It will be an eternity absent violence, grief, sickness, sadness, war, poverty, racism, injustice, hatred, death, and evil of all sorts but will consist of only joy.
If you have not accepted that message yourself, here is your opportunity: follow the Three Step Salvation Plan. After you have done so, please share that message with your family members – especially if they are your children – and anyone else that you have the opportunity to, and no children should not be exempt from those that you share this message with. After all, there were many kids at that Omaha mall where Robert Hawkins unleashed his fury, desperation, and hopelessness, and those 35 – 40 bullets that he shot had no respect of anyone’s age. I urge you to do so immediately, for as everything from wars to incidents like this to seemingly more “everyday” incidents like car accidents and health problems, it is plainly evident in this day and age that tomorrow is promised to no one! I am not trying to scare or manipulate you, for my own Bible makes it clear that the gospel message is not to be spread by pressure or deception. Instead, I am telling you why the plain facts of life are evidence in and of themselves why we need a savior, and that said savior can only be Jesus Christ.…..
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Posted by Job on November 20, 2007
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