Jesus Christ Is Lord

That every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!

Posts Tagged ‘Apologetics’

Theodicy Dialogue With Pastor Matt Wrickman

Posted by Job on January 26, 2012

Matthew Wrickman, a pastor and blogger with whom I have corresponded in the past, wished to discuss How The Penn State University Child Molestation Case Demonstrates The Existence Of God and did so in a comment, which he reproduced as a post on his site (which I encourage you to patronize). The objections – er dialogue points – that he raised are good ones as always, and my interaction with them is as follows. Pastor Wrickman’s words are in blocked quote format, and mine follow. Thank you.

“ Interesting response. Most commentators for the last 200 years at least have used evil in the reverse sense as the greatest problem for the existence of God. The line of logic would be that Sandusky is evil. If God was really good, really powerful, and really existed then He would have intervened and stopped the action. He didn’t so either He is not really good, really powerful, or does not really exist. As a line of logic it seems rather convincing. I, of course, would argue (as you hinted at) that God has intervened through the person of Son. That the cross of Christ represents Christ’s solidarity with the victims of Sandusky, as well as, his offer of healing to both victim and victimizer. Mix that with classical free will theory and I feel that the question has been answered; perhaps not superbly but answered nonetheless.”

Alas, you are of the Remonstrants, I am of the Synod of Dort! (Actually I am Particular Baptist after the manner of Charles Spurgeon, William Carey and Paul Bunyan and you are not classical Arminian or Wesleyan as you to not believe that one can lose his salvation, but otherwise you get the picture.)

“You once stated that you enjoyed boiling down arguments to the logical extreme”

Well, my love of reductio ad absurdum was in my angry, immature phase. (In what many might consider to be an irony, it was becoming a “5 point Calvinist” – or again more accurately a Particular Baptist – that helped me get past my anger, which I ultimately discovered was truthfully coming from within and was directed inwardly also.) I now rarely employ this debate tactic, though I hear that it is a very good tool for computer scientists and mathematicians.

“and that is where pointing from evil to God fails. At it’s extreme it allows for no differentiation between evil and God.””

I agree with you to a point, as a multitude of false religions (as I understand them) have deities that are dualistic, amoral or even malevolent. But that extreme is precluded by the holy scriptures. Though I do dabble in classical and evidential apologetics from time to time – to the extent that I am able – for the most part I adhere to the presuppositional apologetics school of Cornelius Van Til and similar, which takes the truth and authority of the Bible to be a non-negotiable starting point and proceeds from there. (I further build on that school by presuming a basic “rule of faith”, or a normative interpretation of the Bible, belief in its inerrancy/inspiration/authority, and application of its doctrines to the church).

So, inasmuch as the Bible differentiates between evil and God, I presume this to be true also. My purpose for authoring the above piece was intended not to much to be an exercise in philosophy, ethics or similar, but for evangelism and encouragement. Thus, it presumes some degree of faith – and please recall that faith is not produced by man but is given by God – and is not intended for the purposes of debating the likes of Sam Harris, Charles Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens.

“One might state that if evil has a positive outcome such as pointing to God; then committing evil cannot be entirely wrong (as it creates some good outcome). Therefore committing an evil act cannot be considered wrong and cannot then be evil.”

What you speak of is outcome-based religion. The problem with such religions is that man, lacking perfect knowledge and morality, is incapable of properly evaluating outcomes. Only God can do so. What we perceive to be a “good” outcome according to our perspective might actually be evil according to God, and the converse is also true. Consider an example: a small leak in a dam. A person might make an improper repair to the leak that for a time stops the water from running, but makes the dam weaker, or at minimum ignores the root cause of the leak. Now though the fix is flawed, it might last a long time – during the duration of that person’s life. And for that time, that person will be considered to have done a great good in fixing the leak, and will go to his grave with such estimation.

But suppose that the dam ultimately breaks and catastrophically floods the town! Was this a good deed? No, because in the most extreme case, where the leak would have been at most a minor annoyance but remained, the fix made the dam weaker and caused it to suddenly burst where it would not have had the fix not been applied. In even the most favorable possible case, the fix caused everyone to BELIEVE that the problem was solved, and hindered them from seeking a real solution, or from evacuating the town if no solution was possible or practical.

Such is the result of false religion: it creates self-righteousness and blinds the sinner from his need for God. And false doctrines in Christianity can similar impede the spiritual growth of a Christian. So, the measure of “good acts” are not by their outcomes (“the ends justify the means”) or their intentions (“he meant well/his heart was in the right place”) but rather the fidelity of these acts to the commandments of Jesus Christ as revealed by the Holy Scriptures regardless of their apparent outcomes. God and His Word are the standard, not the outcome or our perception of it, and by the definition of God as determined by His special revelation to us in the Bible, fidelity to God and His Word cannot be evil.

That is why the people who obeyed the commandments of God to commit genocide and fratricide in the Old Testament were not evil, and those who committed what might have been considered good in sparing, say, a Canaanite baby out of what seemed to be mercy upon the innocent who posed no threat when when God commanded to utterly destroy all the Canaanites would have been evil. Where of course we would say that killing a Canaanite baby is evil, and sparing the baby and raising it up according to the Jewish religion would have been good according to our own understanding, we have to accept by faith God’s statements when He says that His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and obey God according to that same faith.

If we do otherwise, and obey God when it conforms to our own sense of good and evil and abandon God’s commandments when they contradict them, we are following our own religion and morality and not God’s, and we have made ourselves into gods in the place of God.

“On another level it also implicates God in evil; because it seems to make God a participant in the evil action. Therefore one might question the goodness of God.”

Well, the psalmists and prophets seemed to regularly question the goodness of God, no? Yet they remained faithful. It is not blind faith, but faith in God’s self-revelation to us through His Son. The role of the Holy Spirit is not to answer all of our questions, but to reassure us, comfort us and keep us in the faith despite them. Or to save us from our faithless condition despite them. The Bible declares oft that we cannot understand God and His ways, and that we are not to even try to. We are to merely – as the old hymn says – trust and obey Him.

But let it be said that God does certainly use evil to accomplish His ends. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, and this includes evil things. And God most certainly does use evil events. When a sinner commits evil, the Holy Spirit convicts him of this evil in order to drive him to repentance unto salvation. When a Christian commits evil, the Holy Spirit convicts him of this evil in order to drive him to repentance unto restoration. The Holy Spirit does not cause this evil, but He certainly uses it.

But as touching God and evil actions: consider when God sent a lying spirit to the false prophets in order to provoke wicked king Ahab into going into battle so that Ahab could be slain as a punishment for his (Ahab’s) wickedness. Consider also when God made pharaoh ruler of Egypt and hardened his heart so that pharaoh would oppress the children of Israel mightily, as God wanted an occasion to judge the Egyptians for their wickedness, to save Israel and make them a nation, and to display evidence of His existence and power to the world. Consider when God used the wicked pagan Assyrian and Babylonian empires to judge Israel and Judah for their infidelity to the Sinai covenant (and this required allowing Assyria and Babylon to conquer other nations and otherwise rise to power). And consider when Jesus Christ chose the non-elect Judas Iscariot as one of His apostles so that Judas Iscariot could betray Him and otherwise fulfill the prophecies.

It is very fair to say that God participated in these evil actions, if you rely on the common human definition of participation. In the Bible, God does asserts His right to do evil, at least according to man’s perspective of evil (when God did so, He was condescending to the limited understanding capacity of man in that He allowed them to regard His actions as evil).

Just because we see something as evil does not make it evil. God is the standard, the Self-existing Self-defined one who is goodness and righteousness within Himself. Evil, then, is by definition that which is contrary to God, and God by definition cannot be contrary to Himself. Any other definition of evil makes man a judge of not only himself, but of God. This is something than an unbeliever – especially an atheist or rationalist – will never accept but that Christians are called to accept, believe and submit ourselves to through faith.

The unwillingness to accept the fact that God Himself is the definition of good and that evil is defined by its being in opposition to God is the source of so many of these logical games, tricks and constructions on the behalf of many apologists. This fact also solves the apparent problem of God telling one person to do one thing at one time and another person to do something else (i.e. when God commanded Ezekiel and Hosea to break the Mosaic law by eating bread defiled with excrement and marrying a cult prostitute): we are simply to believe that God can do so without Himself being contradictory.

“I prefer the Biblical account which simply claims that God is the good God who overcomes evil. He is the one that thwarts evil, and instead works good in the life of the believer where the evil one had sought to sow destruction. Evil, then, remains evil; and God remains good. It is not the evil action that points to God; but rather His action in turning away the evil and establishing his redemption in its wake. The redemption points to God.”

The problem with that is that it relies on an incomplete portion of the Holy Scriptures, excluding bad facts. Consider, well, the book of Job (which has been as much a source of fascination and meditation for me as I certainly hope the Gospel of Matthew has been for you)! Let’s face it: God delivered Job into the hands of Satan for Satan to do whatever he wished with Job and all that he had save taking Job’s life. And please recall: the Bible is clear that the calamities that came upon Job were not due to any sin that Job had committed. Job’s CHILDREN died, not because of any sin of Job or the children, and despite Job’s daily sacrificing for his children in case they sinned. (Of course, their deaths would have occurred due to their original sin, as did Job’s death, but let us focus on their untimely deaths, which was considered to be an evil occurrence in OT times and still is to this day.)

We have to come up with a theodicy that is faithful to the entirety of the Bible. Not only must we do this in order to be faithful to God through His Word, but this is also the only way to construct a theodicy that encompasses the range of the facts of life that we have to confront, such things as wars, plagues, horrific crimes, miscarriages, birth defects etc. God does overcome evil by eliminating all that which is contrary to Himself. Keep in mind: this process will not be completely finished until the eschaton, when this creation is destroyed by fire, the wicked are cast into eternal flame, and a new heaven and a new earth is created.

As to why God did not make the original creation after the same manner of the new heaven and new earth, we just have to accept that God did all things according to a manner that pleased Him. The idea that God was obligated to prevent the existence of evil in order to not Himself be evil is man’s thinking, not our own. And it is thinking that is centered on man and his own interests, as we accuse God for not acting to avoid our own misery and suffering. We want to be able to say that God is not good if the result of His original creation was humans – most of whom never encountered with the gospel of Jesus Christ to either accept or reject – being punished in the lake of fire for an eternity. As mentioned earlier, our duty is to accept these facts because they are how God revealed Himself and His actions in the Bible, and not to generate contrivances to avoid the fulness of God’s self-revelation and its implications. Make no mistake: unbelievers are fully aware of these things! Have you ever perused skepticsannotatedbible.org and similar counter-apologetics efforts? It is far better to directly confront these things in scripture, meditate on them, accept them through faith, and work them into our systematic theologies than to simply pretend that they do not exist, or to come up with human-centered (if not necessarily humanistic) evasions.

One last point if evil has some positive function in our world then the ultimate destruction of it would in essence be destroying it, and with it destroying an important way of knowing God. Yet our God promises to end evil once and for all. That is our hope that on a day in the hopefully not-too-distant future He will return to bring into completion or fullness the reality of His Kingdom that he established in His previous visit. The cross is the seal of payment, and the spirit is his down payment asserting His intentions to return. Evil will be no more and His people will be entirely free to serve Him in eternity. We will then celebrate His victory, not His battle.

There is a difference between saying that evil has an absolute positive function in the world, and merely stating that God uses evil to accomplish His purposes. However, even if God did so as you speak, it would be well within His right to terminate it. Does God still feed His people with manna? Of course, God did a great thing by feeding His people with manna. Does the fact that you no longer eat manna destroy an important way of knowing God? Does the fact that you are not a Jew living in Jerusalem under the Mosaic law destroy an important way of knowing God? God forbid! So, if God can discontinue good things, then how much more so can He discontinue evil that He uses for good purposes? We know God only by God’s revelation.

Whether God’s revelation consists of His use of evil to accomplish His goals or not, the knowledge of God is the same. Why? Because God – the one providing the revelation – is the same. Even if you were to say that it is not “the same”, inasmuch as those in Old Testament times did not have the same knowledge as do we in light of the cross and the current ministrations of the Holy Spirit, their knowledge of God based on the revelation that they had was nonetheless sufficient to suit God’s purposes and that is what counts. God is only bound by Himself to reveal to us what He chooses for us to know of Him. He is not bound by us to reveal to us what we desire to know of him.

Further, God reveals Himself to us through the way that He chooses, not the way that we desire. Part of the error of some in the Pentecostal movement that I was once in is their demand that God reveal Himself to us in these ways in the same way that He revealed Himself to the early church, and also to Old Testament Israel. God’s actions and revelations are according to His will, not our desires. And the nature and character of God’s revelation are suitable to fulfill our needs. Not our wants, but our needs. Keep in mind in Romans 1 when Paul states that even the order and nature of creation should have been enough of God’s self-disclosure to live righteously and thereby be saved, and therefore those who do not – including those who never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ – are without excuse and therefore subject to condemnation on judgment day.

And of course we celebrate His battle. Are not the Psalms filled with the Jews’ praise of God’s battles on their behalf, physical and spiritual? Concerning Jesus Christ, do we not celebrate His trial in the desert, Gethsemane and the cross, and not merely the resurrection? Jesus Christ specifically instituted the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper so that we would remember His passion. This knowledge of God that you speak of includes God’s battles for our behalf, because through these we know that God has both the power to save us and the love to forgive us. God’s destruction of Egypt and Israel’s other enemies is evidence of the former, and His restoration of the remnant after they broke His covenant is evidence of the latter. This is evidence of the very hope of which you speak!

Well, I am done! I thank this opportunity to dialogue with my old friend and brother in the faith. As always, I hope that I did not offend or mistreat you, and if I did, it was not my intent. Thank you, and I look forward to your response.

The Three Step Salvation Plan

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

Advertisements

Posted in Bible, Christianity, devotional, evangelism, faith, grace, Jesus Christ, Theodicy | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Does Genesis 2:1 Refer To The Creation Of The Angels?

Posted by Job on September 29, 2010

That was my question to the most excellent Got Questions apologetics ministry. Their answer:

Trying to determine when God created the angels is somewhat tricky because anything God did “before the foundation of the world” puts the event outside of time itself. Time and space are characteristics of our world, not God’s. He is not limited by hours, days and years as we are. In fact, the Bible tells us that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).
We do know that God created the angels before he created the physical universe. The book of Job describes the angels worshipping God as He was creating the world: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone – while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7).

If we consider the function of angels, we might conclude that God created the angels just prior to the creation of mankind because one of their duties is to be “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). We also know they existed prior to the Garden of Eden, because Satan, who was formerly the angel Lucifer, was already present in the Garden in his fallen state. However, because another function of angels is to worship God around His throne (Revelation 5:11-14), they may have been in existence millions of years—as we reckon time—befo re God created the world, worshipping Him and serving Him.

So, although the Bible does not specifically say when God created the angels, it was sometime before the world was created. Whether this was a day before, or billions of years before—again, as we reckon time—we cannot be sure.

Follow The Three Step Salvation Plan

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Who Is The Real Jesus Christ?

Posted by Job on January 26, 2010

The thesis: Jesus Christ did not come to change the world, but to save those who were lost from it.

If Jesus Christ came to save the world by addressing political, cultural, social, economic or military ills, then He was an utter failure, a misguided political and social leader who was betrayed by His own friends, rejected by His own people, and given an humiliating death on the cross by His political and social enemies, even to the point of dying faster than the two thieves that He was crucified with while a mocking “The King of the Jews” sign above His head and a “crown” of thorns on it. Honestly, who in their right minds would follow such a person, a complete and total abject failure in every way, who was betrayed by His own followers and killed before He changed a single thing about either His own Jewish society or the larger Roman Empire? So clearly, such a Jesus Christ is a false one, the invention of human imagination.
 
Evidence of this: the false messiah of liberation theology. Why follow him, be inspired by him, practice what he lived and preached, or pay attention to anything that all that he said, did or even existed when this liberation theology messiah did not liberate anyone? Again, in a political or economic context, Jesus Christ did not liberate a single person. For that matter, nor did He even try. Jesus Christ told His followers to generally submit to and respect the Roman rulers, to pay taxes into an unjust economic and political system that left so many poor and deprived the vast majority of Roman subjects so much as the benefits of citizenship. Jesus Christ denounced and criticized the Jewish rebels and subversives against Rome, calling them robbers and murderers, and instead socialized with tax collectors, who were Roman collaborators. Jesus Christ even worked miracles at the request of Roman officials, including at least one Roman centurion.
But those were the Romans. What about among his own Jewish people? Jesus Christ never challenged the authority of the priests, He only exposed their lack of righteousness. Jesus Christ instructed the people to generally obey the rulings of the Pharisees because of their position of authority “in the seat of Moses”, only warned them not to follow their hypocritical ways. Jesus Christ never led a rebellion or even told people to defy or resist King Herod. He did not try get his own cousin, John the Baptist, out of jail to save him from getting executed by that same King Herod. Jesus Christ did not attempt to do away with the temple tax, only drove the moneychangers from the temple to fulfill the prophecy (and also because they weren’t supposed to be there in the first place). And when Jesus Christ was arrested by the Jewish leaders to be delivered to the Romans to be crucified, He made no defense. He did not defend Himself or even allow others to fight on His behalf in the Garden of Gethsemane, instead telling Peter to put away his sword and healing one of those who came to arrest Him. He did not say a word to defend Himself during His trial, completely respecting the authority of the Sanhedrin and the high priest, not even mentioning that the trial was  a sham and that Caiaphas was corrupt. And when Jesus Christ was given to Pontius Pilate to be crucified, He never denied, opposed or resisted Pilate’s power over Him (after an earthly, civil fashion) but rather affirmed its legitimacy! And while Jesus Christ was dying on the cross an innocent victim of a corrupt, repressive religious and political regime, rather than curse His enemies and yell out some exhortation for His followers to continue the revolution, He prayed for the forgiveness of the Romans and Jews! So tell me, what manner of liberation theology or any other liberal, radical or “fight the power, fight the system” can be given from Jesus Christ? At every turn, Jesus Christ submitted to the proper human authorities, religious and civil, Roman and Jewish, even though those authorities generally gave Him and His followers nothing but cruel oppressive unfair treatment. So rather than being the creator of some liberationist movement, Jesus Christ Himself modeled Paul’s controversial Romans 13:1-7, the main passage that the political (false) messiah followers claim was the prime example of Paul’s abandoning the “true message of the true Jesus” in order to gain favor with the power elite.
The problem is that there is nothing in Romans 13:1-7 that contradicts a thing that the actual Jesus Christ ever said or did. That’s why people who insist that Jesus Christ was a radical executed by Rome (or even the Jews) for His political beliefs ignore the fact that both the Roman AND the Jewish leaders declared Jesus Christ to be innocent. Caiaphas the high priest did so by stating that Jesus Christ should die in order to appease the anger of the Roman empire against the FALSE MESSIAHS that were leading insurrections, and sought false witnesses against Him. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him, proclaimed Jesus Christ innocent when he tried to return the blood money to the priests, and the priests by their words and behavior (“what is that to us, that is your problem!”) confirmed that they knew that Judas Iscariot was correct rather than objecting to any untruth in his statement. And the Roman official in charge, Pontius Pilate, declared Jesus Christ to be innocent. What was Jesus Christ innocent of according to Pilate? Quite simply, being a radical, subversive or any sort of the political leader that worldly “Christianity”, whether of the liberal or conservative sort, wanted to make Him out to be. After all, what did Pilate care if Jesus Christ called Himself equal to God and would be seated on the right hand of God in heaven? What concern was that to the Roman Empire, which did not even respect, let alone practice, the Jewish religion? That was why Pilate attempted to get the Jews to deal with Jesus Christ according to Jewish law … whatever Jesus Christ was accused of was of no interest to Rome because Jesus Christ WAS NOT a rebel, either in the violent armed revolutionary or nonviolent subversive resistance sense. Had the Jews any evidence that Jesus Christ was either, they would have given it to Pilate, who would have declared Jesus Christ guilty and deserving of death on the spot. That Pilate declared Christ’s innocence is proof that all ideas of a political messiah are false, flying in the face of both the Biblical evidence and the common sense logic that a worldwide religious movement would never have been started by someone who was so utterly and spectacularly a failure.
 
The real Jesus Christ, meanwhile, is the one that the Bible speaks of, the one who was already Lord and came as Servant and Savior, and who actually SUCCEEDED in His mission. It is THIS Jesus Christ who rose from the dead. After all, had Jesus Christ come as a social reformer or political leader, to what effect was the resurrection? What did it mean? What did it change? And do not be deceived. When the apostles, still misunderstanding because the Holy Spirit had not yet come, asked Jesus Christ when He was to take the physical throne of David over the human political entity of Israel, defeat the Romans in a battle for Israel’s sovereignty, and then subdue the entire world to bring about the Messianic age, thereby bringing the political and social reforms that the apostles wanted, how did Jesus Christ reply?

With the classic “now and not yet” futurist and realized eschatology. The spiritual kingdom of Jesus Christ is now in our hearts. The church, which is present on earth, is Jesus Christ’s body. Jesus Christ Himself as the Head of the church. Jesus Christ indwells the church through the Holy Spirit, and every member of the church is “in Christ”, not only merely through identification with Him via baptism, but as a part of His Body. Thus, as Jesus Christ is seated on His throne on the right hand of God the Father, we are seated with Him. So, we are with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of heaven, not in His place, not right beside Him as the mother of James and John asked, but as a part of Him.

But do not ignore the “not yet” part. That refers to the physical manifestation of Jesus Christ’s reign, the evidence of Jesus Christ’s Lordship being realized on the natural plane. It was the expectation of the apostles for this to happen in the form of a Messianic age that Jesus Christ was going to physically bring to pass in the form of a worldwide earthly kingdom that He would rule from Jerusalem. That expecation, in the immediate sense, was dashed when Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. Jesus Christ told the disciples to wait on the Holy Spirit’s coming to reveal more truths to them, and they did.

And when the Holy Spirit came, more truths about Jesus Christ and His kingdom were in fact revealed to them. And what did the apostles do based on this truth? Well, it is more interesting what they DID NOT do. What the apostles and the early church DID NOT do, did not even TRY to do, was embark on a mission of social, economic, military, cultural or political reform. To do so would have been to carry on the mission of some false failed messiah defeated just as many other pretenders who led doomed Jewish uprisings against Rome were. It would have been to carry on the mission of those who came in their own names, who were not God in the flesh, and who did not rise again from the dead.

Instead, the Holy Spirit pressed the early church onward to perform the work of the true Jesus Christ. The One who actually was born of a virgin, who did reveal Himself to the world through His works and teachings, and by this revelation of Himself who also revealed the God the Father, whose will alone He did. The One who died on the cross in our place for our sins, and the One who conquered death and the grave and rose again on the third day. The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost bearing witness of the true Jesus Christ who succeeded, not of some false messiah who failed. And the message of those who received that witness in that time was to repent of their sins, believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized, to live lives of faith and obedience, to pass from death to life, to leave the kingdom of Satan – which is death and destruction – for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, which is life everlasting. After the person has joined the spiritual kingdom of heaven NOW by believing the gospel, they were to await the coming of the physical kingdom that is NOT YET here with the return of the King, Jesus Christ.

And we are not to spend the time waiting for the return of the actual, living true King by pursuing the work of the many dead imposters and pretenders, which is pursuing social and political reform, trying to make society better, trying to redeem a fallen and soon to be judged earth with our good works. Be not mistaken, we are to perform good works, for the Bible does tell us that faith without works is dead. But the point of our works is the gospel which leads people to the spiritual kingdom of heaven of the true Messiah, not the earthly aims of the dead frauds. Whether the reform agenda is a liberal one (ending poverty, improving the environment) or a conservative one (opposing abortion and gay marriage) it is the earthly agenda of the false messiahs who died and are still cold and dead in their graves. It is not the agenda of the true Messiah who was raised from the dead and is alive forevermore.

So, which Messiah are you following? Whose agenda are you seeking? If you are following a dead, false messiah, why? What profit is there in this world? Riches of wealth and of good feeling? Those are things that the moths and rust corrupt and thieves can steal. Those things are going to come to an end when time is no more and will not be carried over into eternity. They are corruptible, and therefore there is no profit in them. It is only if you are following a living true Messiah, doing the things that this Messiah and His apostles told you to do as is recorded in the Bible, His New Testament, that you are reaping the true riches.

They may leave you indigent, marginalized and despised in this life, even among a great many of those who are after a fashion pious and religious. After all, the pious and religious people rejected Jesus Christ, so why shouldn’t they reject you, who serve Jesus Christ also? Is the servant better than His master? But you will have riches in eternity, New Jerusalem, and they will endure forever.

What should be remembered is that those who are trading the true living Jesus Christ for a false messiah are as Esau, trading something truly valuable, their birthright, for something of no value, a bowl of soup. Had Esau simply waited, he would have gotten something to eat. If nothing else, his mother would have fed him! And the same is true with Christians. Read the book of Revelation and the other eschatological passages, and also what Jesus Christ said to His apostles in the prologue of Acts. In the prologue of Acts, Jesus Christ didn’t say that their Messianic age expectations were wrong. He did not say “Never.” He simply said “Not yet.”

Because let it be known: if your desire is reform, if it is defeat of the wicked worldly systems that cause poverty, oppression, bigotry and whatever other ill that you imagine, that is most certainly going to happen. Jesus Christ has promised to return, defeat all evil, and rule the nations with the rod of iron. Satan, death, the grave … all will be defeated. It is there in the Bible, particularly Revelation, so please read it! We just have to be patient enough to wait until it happens!

The true Jesus Christ, the one actually spoken of in the Bible, holds promises of both a spiritual kingdom and a physical one, the former now and the latter at the time of the new heaven and the new earth after the resurrection. By contrast, the false messiahs, the liberation theology, liberal theology, black theology, feminist theology, antiwar theology, social justice theology, religious right theology models, can’t deliver salvation, real hope and change, in this world OR the next. Why? BECAUSE HE IS A FAKE! HE IS A FRAUD! AN IMPOSTER! Only the real Jesus Christ of the Bible can do these things, and it is this Jesus Christ that we should serve.

Follow The Three Step Salvation Plan

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Nothing But The Blood

Posted by Job on September 7, 2009

Nothing but the blood.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. Leviticus 17:11

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood. Revelation 1:5

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

The Goodness Of God: Is It Relative Or Absolute?

Posted by Job on January 4, 2009

I am going to reuse one of my favorite cliches from philosophy: “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear or see it, has it really fallen?”

Now I do not know much about philosophy but I will attempt to answer it from a philosophical angle. The modernist would reply “yes, because the tree’s falling is fact, a historical event that took place in the natural realm of space and time, a propositional, rational truth. The fact that it was not observed does not negate the fact that it was a real, observable, measurable event that left evidence behind of its occurrence.”

The postmodernist for his part would reply “no, because truth is relative, and is solely determined by the person who interprets and determines truth based on his experiences and biases. So, if there was no one there to hear or see the tree fall, then there was no one there to determine that this event happened or interpret its meaning. Even if you were to claim that the tree did fall, I have the right to declare that it did not, and my opinion would be every bit as valid as yours.”

The premodernist for his part would state “whether the tree fell or not or if there ever was a tree in the first place is up to my religious leader and my political leader to decide – especially if my religious leader and my political leader are the same person -and anyone who disagrees with them will be burned as a heretic so either way the truth really doesn’t matter does it!”

So for some issues, modernism, postmodernism, and premodernism are inadequate. Modernism can only deal with truths that can be observed or measured according to some rational system so that mind makes right. Postmodernism makes truth a moving target so that it can be the instrument of whoever is best able to use – or misuse – it so that feelings make right. And premodernism allows truth to be defined by human institutions and authority so that might makes right. So when it comes to the Bible, all of them come short.

Faith, that which is unseen, hoped for, and will ultimately be realized only in the world to come, cannot be observed or measured. No one has ever seen God at any time. Yet faith is based on direct and core truths that cannot be cast off with feelings, interpretations, or cultural constructs. God does definitely exist. However, true faith cannot be dictated or imposed by human might or effort. God alone provides humans with the ability to truly believe in and obey Him. 

So it is with the attributes of God, including His goodness. Is God’s goodness relative or absolute? The reason why I ask is related to my earlier post on the direction of modern Christian and popular music, and also of much contemporary Christian preaching. Many Christian songs and sermons declare the goodness of God based not only on what God has done, but specifically based on the good things that God has done for them. Now I do acknowledge and commend some among these people that exist in this environment and yet manage to deal with the many bad, cruel, horrible things that are the facts of life: sickness, death, family breakups, persecution etc. But even there, the response is usually “God is still good because He allowed these bad things to happen to me in order to teach me a lesson … to make me stronger.”

So what, then, is the message? The conclusion? The point? That God is good because He is good to us? That would mean that God’s goodness is not absolute but rather relational. It means that God’s goodness is defined according to how He behaves towards His creation, or even a subset thereof. So, God is allowed to be good towards sinful man because sinful man has been redeemed by Jesus Christ. God is allowed to punish those not redeemed by Jesus Christ because a truly good God cannot allow evil to go unpunished. Why the latter? Because a good God HAS to punish the bad people for the things that they have done to other people, especially the good people! (And who are the good people? Why me and people like me, including those that I know and care about!)

This line of thinking creates a problem. If God’s goodness is only relational with respect to His creation, then what about before creation? What about before Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1? As prior to creation God had no creation to be good in relationship to, then was God good before He created? Well, to get around that problem, many claim that God performed creation because of His goodness! That it was because of His goodness God created something to express His goodness with, or to create some expression or outlet for His goodness!

That is fine until you deal with the fact that creation was ultimately tainted by sin, which necessitates destroying practically all of it. So if God’s goodness is a function of how He behaves toward creation, how could He have given creation the possibility of being corrupted by sin? Would it not have been a better working of God’s goodness not to have allowed sin to corrupt creation, or never to have created at all? 

This actually gets to be a real problem when it comes to the eternal fates of human spirits. If God’s goodness is based on how He treats His creation, then how can a good God allow human spirits to burn in the lake of fire for eternity? It is precisely that question that leads people to embrace universalism (everyone will be saved), pluralism (all good people will be saved regardless of their accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior), and annihilationism (those who are not saved will be consumed by Gehenna flames and cease to exist rather than burn eternally). And it does not stop there. Why should a truly good God require holy living, actual faith, and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ from Christians? A profession of faith, and certainly recitation of a prayer, participation in baptism, and regular church attendance and giving should be enough. 

It leads to “God is good because of how He treats mankind.” And that leads to “God is good because of how He treats ME.” As humans are by nature self – centered (and our postmodern culture makes us even more so!) this is inevitable. And that leads to a distorted view of God from which comes distorted doctrines, practice, and Christian living. If God is good because of how He treats me, then that allows me to judge God by determining what is good and what isn’t. If God does not treat me how I believe that I deserve to be treated, then God is not good. So, I will go follow a doctrine, a movement, a religion whose “god” treats me, accommodates me, in the manner that I feel is appropriate and that I deserve. If I love myself, I will choose a “god” who indulges me, if I hate myself, I will choose a “god” that punishes me. Also, if God is good because of how He treats me, why should I fear such a God? Why should I approach Him with trembling? (I know that Hebrews says to go boldly before the throne of grace in prayer, but the point is not the boldness but the grace. It is only God’s grace that makes such a bold approach possible.)

So Christians have to accept, teach, preach, and live the fact that God’s attributes – His goodness, greatness, love, righteousness, holiness, power, omnipotence etc. – are not relational, or defined in any sense by God’s position with man or man’s position with God. Instead, they are absolute. As God pre – exists, His attributes pre – exists. They define God, and God defines them. They are facts and are the same with or without creation. They are what creation has the responsibility of responding to. And they are what God’s ultimate creation, the church, has the responsibility of interpreting God’s Word, the Bible, in light of. 

So God is not good because of what He does for you. God is good regardless of what happens to you in this life or the next. God bestows goodness on His creation because of grace. But without that factor, or even without creation, God would still be good. So we should praise, worship, and glorify God because He is good, and not because His goodness means any particular positive outcome for His creation or any portion of it. 

Christians need to urgently recognize this fact, and to change their songs and sermons accordingly.

Posted in Christianity, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Examples of Scientific Accuracy In The Bible

Posted by Job on November 23, 2008

Examples of Scientific Accuracy in the Bible

Posted in Bible, Christianity | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

My Favorite Rap Song Ever

Posted by Job on October 14, 2008

No question. From this post!

Apparently the Way of the Master likes them too!

Posted in Christianity, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Why Jews Reject Jesus Christ As The Messiah

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

From Fancied Freedom.

Why Jews don’t believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah

What stood out the most to me was one of the responses from the Conservative Jewish rabbi. He explained his reason, and I suppose other Jews’ reasons, for not believing that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. I was able to record the conversation, for professional purposes, so here is his exact quote:

I think it had not to do with the issue of resurrection because the issue of resurrection was a very solemnly-held Jewish belief. If there hadn’t been the doctrine of resurrection then the claims made or the faith that he was resurrected would not have been accepted by anyone, it would have been just discarded as silliness. So, it wasn’t on the issue of resurrection – it was really on the issue of whether or not he was coming to fulfill the beliefs the Jews had in terms of what the Messiah was supposed to accomplish – that was a radical change in the existence of the world. The world was supposed to be at peace, there was supposed to be a cessation of violence, blood shed and pain and hunger and so forth. And there was supposed to be a messianic era, not internally but physically, in the real world. And clearly that hasn’t happened and so the Jews were very skeptical of that and did not follow in that way.

He goes on to explain the other reason Jews do not believe that Jesus Christ is their Messiah:

There was a very difficult part of this in comprehending the claims of Jesus having some divinity. And I think the reason is if you look through biblical text you’ll see that there’s prohibitions against all sorts of things that represent hybrids. So you can’t muzzle an ox and a donkey together, you can’t throw different kinds of seeds in the same field, you can’t with your garment put two different kinds of threads in here, intermarriage was prohibited. So anything that was hybrid…all this was prohibited. If you think about it as a theological extension then Jesus would be the ultimate hybrid between human and God. And so, for Jews, we’re strict monotheists, there could not be that kind of crossing of that line of envisioning anything of the flesh having that kind of divinity associated with it. That’s where we are.

As soon as the rabbi finished speaking, my mind (more specifically the Holy Spirit) immediately brought me to Isaiah 9:6-7 which says:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

As for Jesus’ purpose on earth and the claim that the Messiah was expected to bring peace to existence, here is what He, the Anointed One, said in Matthew 10:32-39:

Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

Is it possible for Jesus to be the Prince of Peace but say that He did not come to bring peace on earth? Yes, for He also clearly said that this world is not His. The ruler of this world is the devil. There will come a time when there will be no end to Jesus’ peace and that will the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Until then, we can expect to not have peace on earth but we do have the promise of peace in OUR lives despite our circumstances (Philippians 4:4-7) when Christ is our Lord and we take up our cross and FOLLOW HIM.

Posted in Bible, Christianity, evangelism, Jesus Christ | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Apologetics For Dummies

Posted by Job on September 12, 2008

How did I get here? There must be a Creator.

How did the universe get here? There must be a Creator.

Where did the Creator come from? It is unknowable. Therefore the Creator must be greater than the creation.

What does the Creator being greater than the creation means? That the creation answers to the Creator, not the other way around.

If creation answers to the Creator, what does that mean? That the Creator is completely sovereign over creation.

Can creation challenge the rule and sovereignty of the Creator? Such challenges are due to fail.

Can creation set limits, boundaries, rules, or conditions for the Creator? The Creator is under no obligation to respect them, and creation has no ability to compel the Creator to do so.

Can creation judge the Creator as being unfair? If so, that will not change the nature or behavior of the Creator in any way. Any judgment against the Creator that creation levies, creation has no enforcement power.

Why is creation orderly? It reflects the nature of the Creator that the Creator chose to reveal to creation.

How is the creation aware of the existence of the Creator? Because the Creator chose to reveal this existence.

Could the Creator have chosen to conceal existence from creation? Yes.

What does the Creator’s self – revelation mean? That the Creator’s revelation of existence was for a purpose.

What then is the duty of creation? To respond to the Creator’s revelation and to the Creator’s purpose for revelation.

Can creation set the terms for response and interaction with the Creator? No.

Can creation interpret the meaning of the Creator’s revelation and interaction? No. The Creator must supply the meaning.

Does the Creator have the right to treat creation however the Creator wants, including to destroy it? Yes.

Is the Creator unfair or unjust in exercising this right? No.

Is the Creator the sole arbiter of what constitutes fairness, justice, and righteousness? Yes.

Can creation have any true concepts of these notions apart from the Creator’s revelation? No.

Why is creation basically rational? Because of the Creator’s revelation of rationality to creation.

Why is creation basically moral? Because of the Creator’s revelation of morality to creation.

Could rationality and morality have formed by random chance? No. Randomness is inherently irrational and destructive, not rational and constructive.

If given enough time, could random events form a moral rational orderly system? In order for time to exist in the first place, something outside of, apart from, and completely transcending time would have had to have created it.

Were different parts and attributes of the Creator revealed to different cultures? This would have resulted in diverse responses to the Creator, a diversity that would have not only been an internal contradiction with and and therefore nullified creation’s orderly nature, but also would have been in contradiction with the Creator’s revealed nature. 

What are the implications of this? That the Creator made a complete and final revelation of the Creator’s existence and nature to creation.

What was the purpose of this revelation? Again, the purpose of the revelation came with or was part of the revelation of the Creator.

What was the complete and final revelation of the Creator’s existence and nature to creation? The Creator’s unique offspring, which contained all of the attributes of the Creator and existed within creation.

Does the Creator have a Name? Yes.

What does this imply? That the creator’s final revelation in the form of the offspring has a Name as well.

What is the Name of this revelation? Jesus Christ.

What message did Jesus Christ bring as the Creator’s message to creation? The gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the duty of creation with regards to the gospel? Respond to it.

How can you, as part of creation, fulfill this duty? Click on the link below to see how.

The Three Step Salvation Plan

Posted in Bible, Christianity | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Liberal Jesus Seminar Scholars: Telescopes Prove That God Does Not Exist

Posted by Job on September 11, 2008

This is how foolish a heart determined to reject God is. Excerpting the From the introduction to The Five Gospels:

The contemporary religious controversy, epitomized in the Scopes trial and the continuing clamor for creationism as a viable alternative to the theory of evolution, turns on whether the worldview reflected in the Bible can be carried forward into this scientific age and retained as an article of faith. Jesus figures prominently in this debate. The Christ of creed and dogma, who had been firmly in place in the Middle Ages, can no longer command the assent of those who have seen the heavens through Galileo’s telescope. The old deities and demons were swept from the skies by that remarkable glass. Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo have dismantled the mythological abodes of the gods and Satan, and bequeathed us secular heavens. 

So … since demons, which are SPIRITS, cannot be seen with a telescope, that proves that they don’t exist? By the way, the Bible clearly makes numerous references to evil spirits being present on earth. When they are, does the Bible make references to being able to discern these evil spirits with the human eye? You had Satan appearing as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, some visions of evil spirits that John recorded in Revelation that probably were never meant to describe natural realities but spiritual ones, and that is it. This is actually more foolish than liberal Episcopal priest and scholar John Shelby Spong claiming that scientific and astronomical discoveries proved that the Bible narratives were false because Jesus Christ could have never ascended to heaven, because once Christ went past the clouds, He would not have been in heaven but in outer space.

It really does make me wonder whether liberal scholars interact with actual Christians when they do their “studies” and “debates”, or if they only sit amongst themselves and interact with Christian caricatures and beliefs that they assign to Christians. One would only need to read Augustine’s “City of God”, which preceded Galileo by 1100 years, to see that Christians believe in a spiritual plane and a natural one. Here, the Jesus Seminar pretends that Christians are no different from pagans and animists whose “gods” are mere personifications of natural forces and objects and actually “live” in them. The tree spirits of Celtic and other pre – Christian European lore, for instance, actually lived in trees, and the same with gnomes, elves, fairies, leprechauns, etc. Similarly, sea gods actually live in the sea (Neptune of Greek mythology) or are the sea itself (Yam of Canaanite mythology). In Greek mythology, their gods lived atop Mount Olympus. And of course there is Mormonism, whose god was a man on another planet. In those systems, the gods do not transcend nature, but are part of it. There is no true concept of natural plane versus spiritual plane, and there certainly is no concept where a spiritual God created the universe, everything in the natural plane that exists including not only space but also time, from a spiritual reality whose state of being is in no way a function of the natural reality. Meaning that were the natural reality to be wiped out tomorrow, the spiritual reality would still exist … moreover the spiritual reality of God would have still and always existed even had God never created the universe in the first place. This cosmic and metaphysical view only exists in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, which is why those are the only ones that believe in the resurrection of the dead. In the naturalist religious systems of paganism and animism that the liberal atheists are deceiving people into thinking that Christianity is just another (and by the way, evolution is nothing more than naturalist religion whose doctrines and theologies are described scientifically, and for that matter so is modern environmentalism) not only does resurrection of the dead break all the rules and is therefore inconceivable, but it serves no purpose. It cannot play a part of a redeemed or renewed creation, because there exists nothing outside of or apart from time and space to redeem or renew. Even the religions that include an underworld in their belief system, the underworld was part of the natural order. The ones that believe in reincarnation or advancing in planes or levels: more of the same. Their entire cosmic or metaphysical worldview is a closed system or locked box where nothing, whether matter or energy or anything else, can be created or destroyed because the natural order is all their is because their god or gods are INSIDE of it. And incidentally, this naturalistic – materalistic worldview includes MORMONISM as well. They teach that Jesus Christ is the product of sexual relations between God and Mary because in the system that the Jesus Seminar liberals claim as representing Christian thought, there is no other way to produce offspring. Please note that Greek and other pagan mythology also depicts gods as procreating sexually … with no spiritual reality that transcends the natural one, there is no other way. 

Really, all that is needed to show how these people are not even debating Christianity but rather a caricature, a straw man, to suit their propaganda purposes is Genesis 1:1. It has a self – existing eternal God creating the entire natural order: time, space, matter, energy, etc. For those of you who believe in the big bang theory, there you go. (The originator of the big bang theory actually withdrew it because he feared that it would be used to justify Genesis 1:1 and everything else in the Bible that followed, including his own need for a personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.) You can go a little bit further and see where the Bible speaks of God creating the heavens. One of the “heavens”, according to ancient Jewish cosmic thought that became early Christian thought, is in fact the outer space that Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus, saw, and the creation narrative speaks of God populating those heavens with stars and other objects. 

So armed with even this limited set of knowledge that Christians present to our 2 year old children, Christians should not worry themselves over straw man caricatures of our faith. The challenge is not on Christians to explain why we cannot see the dwellling place of God with our telescopes. The challenge is on these false scholars to explain why they claim that Christians believe such a thing. 1 Kings 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!” Whether this highest heaven is outer space or some level that is above even that, the Bible itself tells us not to look for God there, for God is not a part of creation and does not live in it. God is and represents a spiritual reality that exists independently and separately from creation. This same creation, rebellious as it may be – and these Jesus Seminar “scholars” certainly do represent this rebelliousness – does not and cannot exist independently and separately from the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit that not only created it, but continuously sustains and governs its existence. 

As you can see, the lies of the atheists do not even meet their own standards of scholarship. God is real, and He revealed Himself through us by the orderly workings of creation (without which there would be no fields of science and mathematics, let alone the systems of reason and logic that we use in them), His inspired word to us the Bible, and ultimately His Son Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. Jesus Christ is your only path to salvation and to avoid the eternal punishment of those who reject God. In order to follow that path, click on the link below to read and listen to

The Three Step Salvation Plan

Posted in Apologetics, Christianity | Tagged: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Was Jesus Christ A Muslim?

Posted by Job on August 22, 2008

Below is an outstanding evangelism treatise to Muslims that also contains some rather good apologetics information. Please click on the link “Searching for … the Muslim Christ” immediately below, and also pay attention to the letter and the links therein below. 

Searching for
… the Muslim Christ

Supporting Data and Analysis 

Provided to me by the following:

Shalom,
Rev 22:17 says”And the Spirit and the Bride say.Come,And let him that heareth say Come.And let him that is thirst come.And whosoever will,let him take the water of life freely”.
Below is an invitation that I would wish to extend to you if you are willing. Let invite together the household of Ismael to drink from the well of Jacob.

Subject: Reaching Muslims in Kenya through tracts

Pastor Stephen,
 
When I received your email months ago, the Holy Spirit moved on me.  Since that time, there have been political problems in your nation.  I hope this email finds you doing well and that God continues to bless you.
 
Have you been affected by the violence in Kenya?
 
Is the problem related to ethnic violence or is it more spiritual in nature such as Muslims persecuting Christians?
 
I would truly be interested in understanding what is happening in Kenya.
 
I have written a tract that is being used by Christians to bring non-Christian to Christ.  In the past 12 months, wherever the tract has been used, there were reported 27,500 new believers.  Of these, 1,250 were from the Muslim faith.  These numbers are conservative since we do not hear a lot of reports of other people coming to Christ.  But the reports keep coming in from places such as Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and other nations in subsahara Africa.
 
The tract is titled, “Was Jesus Christ a Muslim?”
 
You can read it by clicking on the following link for a download:
 
 
This will give you a pdf file that can be read on any computer.  Or you can gain better insight by clicking on the following link, which gives more in-depth information. 
 
 
Moreover, I am working on a more advanced version that will be printed as a booklet.  But it is months away.
 
If you are interested in printing and using the tracts in Kenya, please let me know.  We have them in English, French, or Swahili. However, if you are unable to use the materials, then please give me contacts of others who would be willing to use the tracts to mass educate people about the shortcomings of Islam. Pray and believe that many will gain insight and place their faith in Christ alone.  I believe Kenya is a place where Muslims will come to Christ since they do not control that nation.  But if we do not move, Muslims will continue to grow in numbers, which is not good or acceptable.
 
I look forward to hearing back from you.
 
God bless you in Yeshua’s name,
 
john
 
PS: I used to attend a Messianic congregation in Denver, Colorado. It was a wonderful place where believers in Yeshua met and many of the Jewish faith came to place their faith in Yeshua alone.  Awesome!
 
I have sent this email to other believers who will be praying for you.
Subject: Re: 6th month Newsletter “Yah House in waste?”
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 01:11:25 -0700 (PDT)
IS IT TIME FOR YAHWEH�S HOUSE TO LIE  WASTE?
 
Theme: Haggai 1:7-8
Scripture Readings Haggai 1:1-7
 
The book of prophet Haggai was a pointer to a house that the children of Israel were to build. A building which Abba Yahweh would take pleasure in it and be glorified as well.
 
The thought of this house was brought to place by the Holy Spirit (Ruach Kodesh) through prophet Haggai on new moon of the month of Elul, which is the six month of the Biblical Calendar.
 
Both Zerrubbabel and Yoshua the governor and High priest of the day respectively, took action and obeyed the voice of the Adonai. Less than the two moths they had completed the house by the help of children of Israel .
 
However, the restored building was not as glorious as that King Solomon had built. Many old men cried while the new generation rejoiced. Yet in this dilemma the prophecy came that another one would be build in the future that would be glorified in it.
 
In this lesson we want to answer the following questions. Has the house been build? Is the glory of this house greater than that of King Solomon�s Temple?
 
Finally we need to understand too, that once the National of Israel obeyed this instruction their lost blessing was restored in abundance. Let us take part in building the kingdom of Yahweh and all else shall be added unto us � is the promise.
 
Questions and answer
  1. It is possible for men to build a house that the Heavenly Father can fit in? Isaiah 66:1
  2. Then, to what purpose and importance are physical structure, (synagogues/ Temples / covenant hall). And how are they connected to Yahweh as His house? 2Chronicles 6:7-8; 17-21; Act 7; 44-50.
 
N.B �All the physical structure are viable when only the presence of Yahweh is present � His glory! All this is in condition that the people walk in Holiness through obedience. However many such building have been reduced to empty shells as people make mistake of adoring the building rather than the person that make the build bearer his name. (1King 9:3-4; 6-8; Mathew 12:6; 23:21, Luke 21:5)
 
  1. Can we justify our selves that building is not important and it doesn�t matter how they look like? Haggai 1:4-6; Proverbs 3:9
 
  1. The physical dwellings were a pattern of the reality in the spiritual realm. What was it pointing to?
What is the true temple that the Holy Spirit was leading to?
John 2:19-21, Jeremiah 7:4-7.
 
  1. What relation did apostle Shaul got concerning this truth? 1 Corinthian 3:16 � 19; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18.
 
     

  1. Did Messiah Prophecy that he would build an Assembly or congregation and did it come to pass? Mathew 16:18 -21, Eph 2:18- 22
 
Note- the word church comes from Greek word meaning a Circus hall. This is inappropriate word as Yahshua was not speak of building but his people that we be called after him through the Gospel of his death and resurrection (Act 7:38, 1 Timothy 3:15 )
 
Yahshua the Messiah was the begotten son whom Abba Yahweh made him with his own hands as a Holy temple that He dwelt in full measure and was His express image. He was pleased with him as indicated in Four Gospel and who glorified Yahweh among human race. All who believe Him are made as one Temple in Him to dwell in unity of Yahweh�s Spirit. We ought to be Holy in order His spirit to forever dwell in us.
Ephesians 1:4-8, 2 Peter 1:12-19
 
  1. For Yahweh to a bid in us the body of Messiah and His Temple, what is expected of us? Isaiah 66:2, 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20
 
  1. What is promised of the later House which is spiritual compared physical? Haggai 2:9; 18 -19, John 14:26 -27; 16:7 -13, 23,24
 
  1. If we really consider our ways to build a house that Yahweh Father will take pleasure and be glorified in it, should we consider to build with the best materials and why? 1 Corinthians 3:9 � 14.
Yours in Messiah
Pastor Stephen Kamau Ng’ang’a
 
 
Yahweh  bless!
messianic assembly of Yahweh.

Posted in Christianity | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Bible Verses On Predestination, Election, Perseverance Of The Saints, Limited Atonement, And Total Depravity

Posted by Job on July 9, 2008

Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance Of The Saints
Answering Common Objections

Posted in Bible, Christianity | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

MIKE HUCKABEE TO WORK FOR WORLD’S BIGGEST PORNOGRAPHER RICK WARREN CRONY RUPERT MURDOCH!

Posted by Job on June 12, 2008

Per the link below, the fellow – who actually defended Jeremiah Wright on MSNBC – has been hired to be a contributor for Fox News. Now Rupert Murdoch is a Council on Foreign Relations guy. So is Rick Warren. When Huckabee was being hammered by the anti – Christians in the right wing media for not knowing anything about foreign policy, HE HIRED A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS TO GET HIM UP TO SPEED ON THAT TOPIC! But hey, it is just me being a conspiracy – monger I guess. All of these things are just coincidences. 

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25131506

To learn why I call Rupert Murdoch the world’s biggest pornographer and Rick Warren his pastor, see here: 

Rick Warren Is “Pastor” To Porn King Rupert Murdoch!

Posted in Christianity, Council on Foreign Relations | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: