Monday, December 4, 2023

You Got It Wrong

Acts 28:4, “And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.”

After Paul’s shipwreck, where he and his fellow prisoners were saved on the island of Melita, he stood by the fire warming himself from the frigid waters. As he stood by the fire, a venomous beast came out of the fire and bit him. The barbarian people made a classic bad judgment that many make: they judged him based on the snake biting him instead of knowing the whole story.

Many times we make judgments about people and situations they are in without knowing the whole story, only to find out that our judgment was wrong. Sadly, more believers act like barbarians in the judgment of people than they do in acting like God. I find four ways people commonly make bad judgments that can destroy friendships and cause people to make bad decisions.

First, making decisions or opinions about people based on perception will always cause you to be wrong. Perception is only one small microcosm of a situation. Many have judged a situation or a person and not known the whole story only to realize they got it wrong. What is even worse is when people dig in on their decision after knowing they are wrong because they don't want to admit that they are wrong. The worst thing you can do is to let your pride get in the way of saying you are wrong after you make a bad decision based on perception. You must always determine that you will not let perception be the basis of your decisions or judgments of others if you don't want to be wrong and have to clean up the mess your perception made.

Second, making decisions or opinions about people based on feelings is more often wrong than right. Just because you feel someone is wrong does not make them wrong. Just because you feel something is right does not make something right. We are not to make decisions based on what we feel is right but on what God’s Word and His principles say are right and wrong. Feelings are based on our emotions and perception and not on facts. NEVER let feelings be the basis by which you make decisions and opinions about others.

Third, making decisions or opinions about people based on hearsay almost always leads to bad decisions. Hearsay is not fact. Just because someone says they heard something is true does not make it true. Many people have been slandered because of people making decisions about them based on hearsay. Would you want people to make a decision about you based on hearsay? Many good people have had to deal with the evil of hearsay, which is nothing more than gossip. To destroy another person based on hearsay makes you no better than Satan’s mouthpiece that mentioned the hearsay. Never venture into hearsay. Shut it down immediately, and people will learn not to go to you with their gossip.

Fourth, making decisions or opinions about people based on one side of the story always leads to wrong decisions. Whether it be a decision or a judgment about a person, never make a decision until you hear both sides of the story. Be a person who never makes a judgment until you hear both sides of every situation.

*This helpful article was authored by my ministry friend, Pastor Bob Gray Sr.

Will Saints Have A Physical Body In Heaven?

2nd Corinthians 5:1-4, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.”

Someone recently asked me if the saints have a physical body in Heaven. That is a very good question. We read in Luke 16:19-31 that Abraham had a physical body in the afterlife in Paradise. Interestingly, so also did the former rich man (now utterly poor) in Hell, in the place of Torment. He begged Abraham for a single drop of water to cool his tongue, tormented in the unbearable intense flames. This is a literal true story in Luke 16:19-31, not a parable! Jesus used proper names of actual people (Abraham and Lazarus), which He never did when telling parables. If this were a parable, then Jesus would be guilty of misleading people about what happens in the afterlife.

Let's examine the Scriptures to see what we can find. We see in Genesis that two angels met with Brother Lot and enjoyed eating a feast together:
Genesis 19:1-3, “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.  And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.”
I love that! Lot saw the angels. Lot invited them into his house. Lot baked some delicious bread they ate a feast together. I look forward one day in Heaven to eating a feast with the angels. I love angels! Angels have physical bodies, capable of enjoying a fine meal. So if the angels have bodies, I humbly think the saints in Heaven will likely also have bodies (but I cannot say for certain). What if we won't have bodies in Heaven? That would be odd, since God the Father and Jesus have bodies, and the angels have bodies.

1st Corinthians 15:6, “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”
 The Apostle Paul penned the Epistle of 1st Corinthians at about 53-54 AD (roughly 20 years after Jesus resurrected from the dead). Paul says that some of the 500 saints who saw Jesus had died, but “the greater part” were still alive and kicking. What a tremendous priviledge and blessing to have actually seen Jesus in His glorified, immortal, resurrected body.

Also, we see in 1st Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus raised up in a physical body and was seen by over 500 saints at one time; and we learn in Acts 1:11 that Jesus ascended into the sky in a physical body (seen by His disciples as He departed). So, Jesus has a physical body in Heaven today. He sits on a physical throne on the right-hand of God the Father, who also has a physical body (Colossians 3:1). The angels in Acts 1:11 told the disciples that Jesus will return in the same physical and visible manner that He left (Revelation 1:7).

Also, please read Revelation 22:8-9, "And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." John thought he was talking with an angel, but the angel corrected him, letting John know that he was "of thy brethren the prophets." I humbly think this was one of the saints, not an angel.

It is also clear from this passage that angels and humans look the same. The Bible says that some saints have met angels "unawares." Hebrews 13:2, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." That is what just happened with the Apostle John's interaction with a fellow saint, John mistaking him for an angel. Obviously, this fellow saint had a physical body. If you met an angel, you wouldn't know it just by looking. Angels look the same as humans.

In Matthew 17:3, Moses and Elijah appeared to Peter, James and John. Moses and Elijah had physical bodies. Matthew 17:1-3, “
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.”

So, we have learned that Jesus has a physical body in Heaven. The Father has a physical body in Heaven. The angels have physical bodies in Heaven. The fellow brother that John met in Revelation 22:8-9 had a physical body. Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, Peter, James and John on a high mountain in physical bodies. Considering all that evidence, I think there is a good chance that we will all have a physical body in Heaven.

I cannot explain how this relates to our future resurrected immortal body received at the time of the Rapture, which will be fashioned like unto the Lord's resurrected body (1st Corinthians 15:51-58; Philippians 3:21). We know biblically that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. 2nd Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” That is a beautiful truth!

2nd Corinthians 5:1 teaches that when our earthly tabernacle (body) is dissolved (dead), we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. 2nd Corinthians 5:1, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." I am not sure if this verse is referring to a heavenly body, or an actual house house. Jesus promised in John 14:1-3 to go prepare "a place" for us in Heaven, where there are many mansions. We won't all have mansions. Only those saints who are soulwinners will shine as the brightness of the stars forever (Daniel 12:3). I think this means that all the people we led to Jesus Christ will love and adore us for eternity, without which they would have been burning in the fires of Hell without hope or rest, tormented day and night forever!

I hope that helps a bit to answer our $64,000 question. I am not saying dogmatically that we will receive some form of body in Heaven before the Rapture, but I think there's a good chance we will based upon the Scriptural evidence which I have shared with you in this blog. Thank you for reading.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Keep Thy Heart With All Diligence

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

This has been my favorite Bible verse for many years now. Volumes of books could be written about this single Scripture passage, of what it means and the implications. The Holy Bible has much to say about the wicked human heart. ...
Jeremiah 17:9-11, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Never trust the man who trusts himself! Jesus said concerning the heart...
Matthew 15:16-20, “And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
Matthew 12:34, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
As you can see dear friend, the heart is a very important matter. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” When the Bible speaks of the human “heart,” God is not referring to the beating muscle protected under your ribcage; but rather, to the subconscious part of our mind in our physical brain.

Man Was Created In God's Threefold Image

We are created in the threefold image of God our Creator. The Godhead is comprised of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:2; 1st John 5:7 - note: all Scripture citations are only from the inspired King James Bible).

Likewise, man is threefold, being comprised of spirit, soul and body. 1st Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that the Bible mentions the spirit first, and then the soul and body. A human being is not a body with a spirit; but rather, a spirit living inside a body. The lead singer “Sting” of the band, “The Police,” has it right in their popular 1981 blockbuster song titled, “Spirits In The Material World.” The main lyrics read, “We are spirits in the material world.”

Sting has it right, we are all human spirits. What saith the Scripture? 2nd Corinthians 5:1, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. I love this Bible passage. The “earthly house of this tabernacle” refers to our physical human body. The Bible teaches that when our human body is no longer functional and able to provide housing for our soul and spirit, we have an eternal house in Heaven, not made with hands.

I admit that I cannot fully explain what this verse means. We will not receive our immortal body until the Rapture (1st Corinthians 15:51-58). So what happens now when we die? Will we as saints have some type of a temporary surrogate body in Heaven? I simply do not know. As we just read in 2nd Corinthians 5:1, when we die and go to Heaven, we have an “eternal” house not made with hands. A house that we live in on earth is made of wood, concreate, glass, et cetera. But this verse is about our fleshly human body, our temporary earthly “tabernacle.

2nd Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” This verse disproves the heresy of Soul Sleep (the false teaching of such cults as Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists, that says when we die our body sleeps in the grave until a future resurrection). As we just read from the Bible, to be absent from the human body is “to be present with the Lord.

I do not know if the saints in Heaven have physical bodies. But consider that Abraham did have a physical body in Luke 16:19-31. Jesus ascended into Heaven with His physical immortal glorified body (Acts 1:11). Jesus resurrected as the firstfruits of them that slept. That is, of them that died (1st Corinthians 15:20). By “firstfruits” the Bible simply means that Jesus was the first person to resurrect in His glorified, immortal, perfect, eternal body. Many saints were resurrected before Jesus (e.g., Lazarus, saints raised up when Jesus died on the cross, et cetera), but they weren't raised up in their immortal body; but rather, their earthly mortal flesh. That is why they all eventually died again. Jesus raised up Lazarus from the dead, but Lazarus died eventually. Jesus was the first, and so far the only one, who has been raised up in His immortal body (Philippians 3:21).

Mankind is also created in God's threefold image in that we have a mind to think, a heart to feel and a will to decide. Ecclesiastes 12:7, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Keep Thy Heart With All Diligence

I listen to Bible preaching in fair weather. I do that intentionally because I know when the storms of life come I won't feel like listening to sermons. When the carpet of life is pulled out from under our feet, and grief fills our soul, our minds become broken for a time. Any wise person knows that you should prepare before the hurricane comes, not wait until the last minutes when the storm winds are blowing, the rain is gushing down, and it is dangerous to go outside because of flying debris. The time to prepare is long before the storm arrives. 

Likewise, most Christian believers wait until the storms of life come, and then they are ill prepared to cope with the storm. I study the Bible and listen to Bible preaching during fair weather, laying up spiritual supplies for when the storm comes. I believe that is part of what the Bible means in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” We maintain our automobiles. We maintain our physical health. We maintain our fireplaces, barbecues, air-conditioning units, septic tanks and finances; but yet we fail to maintain our heart.

A Christian friend recently came up to me at church. She reminded me of something that someone did last year to hurt me. I kindly told her that I didn't want to think about that, because if I choose to focus on it I will become bitter, and I don't want to be a bitter Christian. I forgave the person who hurt me. It is over. God will deal with that person if it needs to be dealt with (Romans 12:19). But I am not going to hold grudges, thinking about the things people have done to hurt me in the past, sulking in bitterness all the time. That is a miserable way to live! I choose to live above the clouds, where the Son is always shining. So many people live below the clouds where it rains, and is gloomy and stormy.

What we choose to think about throughout the day determines our mood, attitude and soul's condition. That is why the Apostle Paul exhorts every believer to do this...
Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
This is not brainwashing, it is keeping thy heart with all diligence. What we think about shapes our attitude, habits and overall mindset. If you are a miserable person, it is only because you have developed a habit of focusing on the wrong things, which has consequently led to thinking negative, bad and depressing thoughts all the time. If this is you, then you probably feel like you are beyond hope, worthless and a loser.

So, what do you do? The way out of depression is a slow process, but you start by picking something in your life to praise God for. It could be anything! Just find something good in your life, for which you are thankful to God, and praise Him for it. Then pick something else that you are thankful for. In time, if you keep doing this throughout each day, you will cultivate a good habit of praising God for the good instead of complaining all the time about the bad.

Numbers 11:1, “And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” God doesn't like complainers! The Hebrews whom God through Moses led out of Egypt, wandering in the Wilderness for 40 years. They complained continually and it displeased and angered the Lord. After complaining for the tenth time, the Lord decided that no one 21 years of age or older would enter into the Promised Land. Their complaining doomed them!

I have known umpteen Christians who became their own worst enemy. Instead of praising God for the blessings in their life, they chose to focus upon the problems in their life. They chose to focus on their bills piling up, health issues and marital problems. By doing so they created an inescapable pit of misery for themselves. That is not a life of faith in God. It is in our carnal sinful nature to be miserable, to think negative and complain. But that is not the way God desires for us to live each day.

I decided a long time ago that I am going to thank and praise God continually for the blessings in my life. I'm not going to complain about the constant neck pain, emotional suffering and major losses in my life. There's not a bite of food that goes into my mouth that I don't thank God for. I also thank God for my remaining health, being able to enjoy the food that I eat. Nothing irritates me more than to see a spoiled rich person stuff delicious food into their mouth, while denying that God exists. What wickedness!!! You don't deserve God's goodness, and neither do I. Psalms 145:9, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

Have you been diligently keeping your heart dear reader? Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Do you spend time in God's Word? Do you listen to Bible preaching? Do you walk with God? One of the great joys in my life is continually knowing that my name is written in Heaven. Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. No matter how bad and difficult life gets, you can always rejoice that when all is said and done, you are going to Heaven as a child of God. That is why it is absolutely imperative that you KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are saved.

I know 100% that I am saved and going to Heaven. If you don't have that sweet assurance dear friend, then you will never be able to fall back on that peace and joy when the storms of life come. If you have any doubts and concerns dear reader, I ask you to read Michael P. Bowen's wonderful book in defense of a free grace Gospel, 'I NEVER KNEW YOU.' This book will settle your doubts, I am confident. It is 100% biblical in its message.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

How Much More Scriptural Evidence Do You Need To Conclude A Pretribulation Rapture?

Mark 13:34-37, “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

The blessed Savior told us all to WATCH! We are commanded to watch for His return. This 100% disproves the false theory of a prewrath Rapture (i.e., the false teaching that the Rapture will happen after the prophetic event of the Abomination of Desolation, but before God pours out His wrath upon the earth in the Great Tribulation). I humbly believe the Bible teaches that the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation period begins. If not, we would know the time of Christ's return, which Mark 13:32-37 says no man knows. The biblical fact that we are exhorted to look for the appearing of Jesus Christ proves a pretribulation Rapture.

The Rapture must occur before the Antichrist is revealed, otherwise why would the Bible tell us in Titus 2:13 to look for the appearing of Jesus Christ? Again, the biblical fact that we are exhorted to look for the appearing of that blessed hope, the appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, proves a pretribulation Rapture. We are not supposed to be looking for the appearing of the Antichrist (but Pastor Steven Anderson and the New IFB foolishly preach that we are).

Respectfully, Pastor Steven Anderson errantly teaches in this chart from chapter 2 (of Pastor Anderson's YouTube movie titled: 'THE BOOK OF REVELATION') that the Rapture will happen 75 DAYS after the Abomination of Desolation (see Comments 35 and 36 in this chart at the bottom right).

See for yourself in Part 10 of his Revelation series, at 31:00 minutes into the video, where he unbiblical states:
“๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ? ๐Ÿญ,๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น'๐˜€ ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ.” —๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป, 'Revelation - Part 10' (Time: 31:00 minutes into video)
That is DATE SETTING! Pastor Anderson vehemently denies setting a date for the Rapture, on the basis that he claims no one know when Daniel's 70th week of prophecy begins.
But then he says this blatant heresy...
“๐—ฆ๐—ผ, ๐—œ'๐—บ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ, ๐—œ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น—๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—น ๐—œ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—œ'๐—บ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—œ'๐—บ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ.” —๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป, 'Revelation - Part 10' (Time: 35:25 minutes into video)
What a contradictory statement! He just finished saying that he would NEVER set a date, but then says he will set a date if he sees the Abomination of Desolation (AOD) happen. As I have already shown you, Pastor Anderson believes that there will be 75 DAYS from the AOD until the Rapture. This is DATE SETTING! When he says that the Rapture will happen 1,335 days into the Tribulation, that is DATE SETTING! He is indeed setting dates!!!

That is 100% heresy on the Scripture! When Jesus said that no one knows the timing of His return, He meant NO ONE! Pastor Anderson foolishly teaches that those alive at the time of the Abomination of Desolation (the prophetic event when the Man of Sin claims to be God, the Messiah), they will know WHEN the Rapture is coming—in 75 DAYS! That is DATE SETTING, no matter how he may attempt to dismiss it, and it is a violation of the Scripture. The sad truth is that the New IFB are effectively parrots of Steven Anderson's beliefs, and he is preaching some STRANGE DOCTRINES!
Titus 2:12-15, "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."
Kindly said, if the New IFB are correct about their prewrath rapture theory, then we should be looking for the Man of Sin, not for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. You can follow the New IFB if you want, but I am going side with the inspired Word of God. I'm looking for the appearing of Jesus Christ, not Antichrist!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Gene Simmons' Jewish Faith Won't Get Him Into Heaven

Jeremiah 17:9-11, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”

One of the most infamous Rock music bands is KISS, formed in 1973 in New York city. Unbelievably, the band is still performing live concerts in December of 2023, but have announced that this is their final tour. The average Baptist church doesn't last 50 years! That is so sad. Gene Simmons (age 74) and Paul Stanley (age 71) are the only two original remaining band members. As a hobby, I like to follow the lives and religious beliefs of famous people. Gene Simmons has lived a very wicked life of chasing women and blasphemy against God (Hebrews 13:4). Gene's real Jewish name is Chaim Witz (born August 25, 1949). He changed his own name early in his music career because he didn't feel comfortable with his unamerican sounded Jewish name.

Gene Simmons of KISS

I did some research online to glean some quotes from Simmons about his religious beliefs:
“I think Christians are wrong. They're wrong because you're not judged by your actions, you're judged by your beliefs, which is to say that if you're Hitler and right before you die, you say, 'Jesus, I'm sorry,' you get a better chance of going to heaven than the millions of people you killed.” —Gene Simmons of the band KISS; Esquire, “Gene Simmons: What I've Learned
Kindly said, Gene Simmons is ignorant of the Scripture. Telling Jesus that you are sorry is NOT the way to get to Heaven. Judas was sorry for betraying Jesus (Matthew 27:3). Judas even returned the 30 pieces of silver. But Judas still went to Hell to burn forever. The reason why is because He never put his trust in Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. Being sorry doesn't produce the new birth, placing your faith in the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen the third day does (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

As far as we know, Adolf Hitler never received Jesus Christ and went to Hell when he purportedly commit suicide in 1945. But if Hitler had come to God by faith as a guilty sinner, trusting Christ alone and what He did through Calvary's cross to pay his massive debt of sin, God would have saved Adolf Hitler. Gene Simmons says he has a problem with that, because the evildoer gets away with his crimes. But dear reader, everyone is a dirty guilty sinner!

In fact, in God's holy sight you are just as guilty as Adolf Hitler. James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” Gene Simmons has publicly boasted of having sexual relations with several thousands of women throughout his 50 years of being a Rock star idol. In God's sight that is just as heinous and wicked as Adolf Hitler murdering millions of people. You just read the Holy Bible for yourself! The same God who forbids committing murder, also forbids committing fornication and adultery (Hebrews 13:4; 1st Corinthians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5-6; Matthew 5:28). I am not condemning Gene Simmons, for I am just as much a guilty sinner as he is, and so are you dear friend.

Gene Simmons is making the same fatal error as the Pharisees who went up to the temple to pray. He looked down his long Pharisaical nose upon the publican sinner next to him, and esteemed himself as being self-righteous in comparison. ...
Luke 18:9-14, “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Gene Simmons esteems himself as a good man in comparison to Adolf Hitler, but in God's sight he is just as wicked and guilty. Don't judge someone because they sin differently than you do! Like it or not, when a sinner comes to God by faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus, all of that person's sins are forever washed away (1st Corinthians 6:11; Revelation 1:5). The eternal slate is wiped clean. This is God's imputed righteousness (Romans 4:4-7; Romans 10:3-4; Philippians 3:9).

Being Jewish Cannot Produce The New Birth Required To Get To Heaven

John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Being born-again is NOT optional if you want to spend eternity with Jesus and have eternal life. It is mandatory!

Read what Gene Simmons said:
“I’m Jewish, and Jews believe that in order to get to heaven, one must do the right thing. It’s not what you believe, it’s what you do. In other words, love thy neighbour as thyself.” —Gene Simmons of the band KISS; LouderSound, “The Gospel According To Gene Simmons
What saith the Scripture? ...
Mark 7:7-13, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. 
Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
Galatians 5:4, ”Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
The inspired Word of God says that you can only be saved be trusting upon what Jesus Christ has already DONE to pay for your sins through Calvary's cross. You cannot be saved by DOING anything! When some people asked Jesus what “works” to do to get saved, He told them to BELIEVE ON HIM! John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” 'Tis DONE not DO, the great transaction is DONE! It is DO TRUSTERS who get to Heaven, and not DO GOODERS!!!

I don't care if you are 100% biologically Jewish (which no one is), that won't get you to Heaven friend. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!!

Gene Simmons Is Effectively An Atheist Jew

Read what Simmons said after being asked the following question...
“What’s your belief system in what happens when you die? 

I’m okay if there’s a heaven and a God. I’m okay with it. I’m also okay if there’s nothing. What do you lean towards? I lean towards nothing. My question is: if we get an afterlife, do mosquitoes? Maybe my mother’s sort of wise statement about every day above ground is a good day, and that’s it.” —Gene Simmons of the band KISS; LouderSound, “Gene Simmons Interview
Simmons said he leans toward NOTHING! He thinks when we die, that's it, there's NOTHING! That is atheism! I'd expect to hear such blasphemy coming from the mouth of a wicked man who has spent his life as a whoremonger, railer and blasphemer of God (2nd Timothy 3:1-7). In concert, Simmons (painted up as the self-proclaimed “demon”) spits broken packets of fake blood from his mouth all over the stage, sticking out and wagging his infamous extra long tongue at God as he gazes upward toward Heaven. Woe be unto that ungodly man for rejecting Jesus Christ as his Savior (John 3:36; Psalms 7:11; Isaiah 13:11).

The inspired Holy Bible teaches that both Christians and unbelievers will be judged according to our works. The difference is whether you will be judged by your works as a redeemed child of God (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11), or as a condemned child of the Devil (Revelation 20:11-15). As believers we will be rewarded according to our works (1st Corinthians 3:8-15; Revelation 14:13); but unbelievers will be punished according to their works (2nd Corinthians 11:15; Revelation 20:12-13).

I heard Paul Stanley of KISS say that they've been preaching Rock n' Roll for 50 years! He said it himself. What an indictment against himself! Paul Stanley said it exactly right. I heard lead guitarist Dave Mustaine of the band MEGADETH call his latest album “an offering.” Yes, it is an offering to Satan, and the audience are the sacrifice to be laid upon the Satanic altar. Rock stars so often PREACH a wicked message of immoral sex, rebellion, substance abuse, lust, committing crime, false religion and worldliness!

My heart goes out to anyone who has been so deceived by the Devil, that they think being Jewish and doing good works will get them to Heaven. Moreover, Simmons has publicly said that he leans toward thinking there's nothing after we die. For his own sake, I sure hope he is right. Good luck Gene! But I am not going to take such an eternal risk. I put my trust in the precious name of Jesus when I was 13 years old in 1980. I knew I was a guilty sinner, and by faith I received Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for my sins, believing that He was buried, but then ressurected from the dead three days later for my justification. That is the Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4). BELIEVE IT, Oh sinner, and you will be saved too (Romans 1:16; 1st Corinthians 1:21).

Please understand that I never write blogs to be mean, unkind or tear down people, God forbid. I love everyone, God knows my heart. As a Bible-believing Christian and a fundamentalist Baptist preacher, my heart's intent is only to help people by preaching THE TRUTH. I don't want you to end up suffering in the abyss of Hell forever, as will Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz) if he doesn't repent of his unbelief and instead believe the Gospel.

May I say, I like Gene Simmons as a person. I look beyond his sins and I see a human being. Gene's mother was a good woman from all that I have read and heard about her. She was 14 years old in a German camp during the holocaust, where her family were murdered. When Gene and his mother immigrated to America from Israel, neither could speak a word of English. Gene had to learn to speak English. His father abandoned them when Gene was only age 6. Life is not fair. Gene's mother had to work to pay all the bills.

A year later Gene worked two paper delivery routes to help pay the bills. Out of necessity he developed a strong work ethic at a very young age, which has been his driving force throughout his musical and business career. Gene Simmons is as much a business man as he is a rock star. I heard Gene say once that being a rock star is 10% performance and 90% public image. So true! When Gene became a millionaire, he bought his father a house and sent him money every month to take care of him, which is a good son; yet, he never had a relationship with his father after being abandoned by him as a boy. I admire Gene for taking care of his father, honoring him as the Bible commands. I think Gene is a good guy, despite his sinful life and having served the Devil for 50 years in the rock music industry. Sadly, his time is running out before he faces His Creator (Hebrews 9:27). My hope is that God will convict Gene's heart that he might be saved while he still can.

Mark 1:14-15, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” That is, think differently from trusting in your own DEAD WORKS (Hebrews 6:1) and instead BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Acts 16:30-31). There is no other way to get to Heaven, than through faith alone in the precious name of Jesus (Acts 4:10-12). Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Phony Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Industry

Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Have you ever felt like something is wrong with today's Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), but couldn't figure out what it was? Well, you have plenty to be concerned about friend! 

The top 7 of Billboard's top Christian artists for 2023 are as follows (note: you won't find the Gospel on any of their websites, which proves how money-loving and Christless they all are):
  1. (Lauren Daigle)
  3. (Brandon Lake)
  5. (Phil Wickham)
  6. (Kanye West)
  7. (Katy Nicole)
You won't find the Gospel or any plan of salvation presented on any of the preceding so-called “Christian artists websites. That is the first major thing wrong with CCM today, it is devoid of the Gospel. Sadly, all of the preceding performers are a bunch of apostate, sodomite-looking clowns, dishonoring to Jesus Christ whom they claim to worship. Dear reader, it is no coincidence that nearly all of the males in today's CCM scene are effeminate looking. These CCM performers are mere corporate pimps for the music industry to make billions of dollars in filthy lucre. They are as worldly as can be.

K-love began in 1982 and is heard today by 20,000,000 listeners on 520 FM radio stations across America. They only play CCM. K-love take in billions of dollars. To my amazement, they actually get the Gospel correct! Now, I do have a problem with K-love calling Mary "the blessed virgin," because any Catholic would immediately identify with that term. You won't find those words in the Holy Bible. Yes, Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus, but we ought not use the phrase "the blessed virgin" because it is Catholic in origin and will confuse some people. Mary was a dirty sinner, just like you and me. We are all sinners! Mary was not born without original sin (aka., Immaculate Conception). Mary had the same inherited sinful nature from Adam that we all do (Romans 5:12). Mary sinned and needed to trust Jesus just like anyone else who wants to go to Heaven. Mary did not remain a perpetual virgin, she had at least 6 more children (Matthew 13:55-57), Mary was not assumed into Heaven (aka., the Assumption of Mary). These are demonic false doctrines taught by the cult of Roman Catholicism.

Klove are extremely ecumenical and wishy-washy, far more interested in making money than winning souls to Christ. I had to dig deep into their website to find what they believe about the Gospel, which is tragic. That should be the very first thing that appears at the top of their main webpage, not buried layers deep in the background. It just shows where their hearts are at—in making money.

Not one of the seven CCM artists, that Billboard lists as the top Christian singers of 2023, bother to share the Gospel on their personal websites. It is abundantly clear where their allegiance rests—in making money, not winning souls to Jesus Christ. The lost world is going to Hell, while the CCM industry is preoccupied singing and making billions of dollars. I would rather listen to secular music than to listen to phony professed "Christians" who let the world go to Hell unwarned. CCM is phony! The singers are frauds! Many of them are hellbound unsaved Catholics. Some of them exploit religion to make money, having no genuine faith in Jesus Christ at all. Some of them are homosexuals and proud of it. God vomits out CCM!

Above Photo: CCM Magazine cover from July 2007 featuring the worldly Christian Rock group, 'Barlow Girl.' They should be renamed the 'Bratty girls.' God deliver our nation from the feminist rebellion sweeping our churches and infecting our homes. No wonder the divorce rate is so high! The members of the group 'Barlow Girl' appear worldly, arrogant and sassy (which the Bible condemns as sin in 1st Timothy 2:9).
CCM is straight from Hell—a complacent form of apostate Christianity that takes no stand against crimes in government, doesn't expose public wickedness, doesn't call sin by name, doesn't call false religions by name, doesn't preach the gospel, doesn't step on anyone's toes... I'M VOMITING!!! CCM appeals to the flesh and is often derived from worldly secular songs. Many CCM artists mention The Beatles and other ungodly music groups as being their musical influences. If you like The Beatles, fine, I do to, but I won't sing worldly music and claim that it is pleasing to the Lord. The music of the world is the music of the world.
Psalms 96:1, “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” 

Ecclesiastes 7:5, “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.”
DANGER Will Robinson... DANGER!!! Apostate so-called “ministries” (what a joke) such as CCM magazine (which stands for Christ, Community, Church—differs from the most common meaning of the CCM acronym: Contemporary Christian Music). NOTE: When I refer to “CCM,” I always mean Contemporary Christian Music. From henceforth I'll refer to “CCM magazine” as “CCM magazine.”

The Truth Is Not Very Popular Nowadays

The Lord has successfully exposed the evils of CCM music through my ministry and others, but most people simply don't care about the things of Jesus Christ as Philippian 2:21 states. Woe unto this wicked and adulterous generation! CCM is of the Devil. What a bunch of religious fakes and phonies! All they sing about is “worship, worship, worship” while the world goes to Hell without hearing the biblical Gospel of salvation by faith alone in Christ WITHOUT WORKS (Romans 4:5-7, 10:3-4).

I actually heard an audio advertisement on CCM magazine's website, to buy TobyMac's “MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOUR” album to make a difference. What a sad testimony! Really? I have to buy their album to make a difference? The only difference is in their bank account. God hates the apostate CCM industry and so do I. Christianity does not elevate love over convictions. Christianity does not permit wicked compromise in the name of going along to get along under the pretense of love, love, love. Psalm 97:10 commands for God-fearing Christians to HATE EVIL. Instead of hating evil, Christian phony Kirk Cameron appeared on Pat Robertson's demonic 700 CLUB. Sadly, Pat Robertson split Hell wide open when he recently died in 2023 in his sins and falsehood of Lordship Salvation.

In CCM magazine they feature such musical apostates as TobyMac, Third Day and Michael W. Smith (who is a hellbound Roman Catholic). I clicked on: “A Righteous Revolution” featuring mega-apostate CCM singer, Natalie Grant. The site features music by apostate Rita Springer, singing the repeated lyrics: “All I need to do is worship.” You had better get born-again Rita!!! She repeats the same words over and over and over, like a broken record, which is a characteristic of modern pseudo (false) worship music used in many bad churches. It is referred to as "7/11 music" (7 words repeated 11 times).
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” —Matthew 6:7
It's no coincidence that the VAIN REPETITIONS that Jesus warned about in Matthew 6:7 have subtly crept into our churches in the form of worship music. Whether it be prayer chants or repetitious singing, vain repetitions are vain repetitions. God rejects meaningless chants, repetitious words and the bogus worship & praise meetings.

It makes sense to the carnal nature to go along to get along, thinking that cooperation is the way to lead people to Jesus Christ. However, that is NOT God's way. The Bible teaches that the truth offends people, as it should. This is why Jesus said that He came to turn family members against each other (Matthew 10:35). That is, because it's better to be divided over truth than to be sinfully united by error. Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” I have led people to Christ, whose families shunned them afterwards. This is especially true in Catholic families.

They killed Jesus for telling the truth. In John 18:37 Jesus told Pilate that He came into the world to bare witness to the truth. Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:24 that God can only be worshipped in spirit and truth. The truth is important! Today's CCM scene is devoid of soulwinning and biblical separation from the heathen world. I thank God for the old hymns of the Christian faith. I'm not interested in today's shallow neo-evangelical Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Any music that doesn't inspire our heart to share the Gospel with the lost is worthless.

Today's CCM catapults the listener's emotions into the stratosphere, but then like a firework's rocket that soars high and never explodes, there is a feeling afterwards of total emptiness and even sometimes depression.

CCM Is A Trojan Horse

On The Scribe's Portion website, they share this helpful information about the dangers of CCM...
CCM Has Bad Theology

This is what I have the most problem with; Christian songs that have bad theology, who paint an easy and wide path to Christ. And then there are the more problematic songs who mention New Age philosophy. These you have to be very careful with. Sometimes these songs have it very well hidden, it takes great discernment and knowledge of Scripture to detect. Music is an effective way to infiltrate the church with a false Gospel and doctrines of demons.

One huge problem I have is the fact that most CCM songs today don’t even mention God by name. “He” and “you” can be anyone. They could be singing to Satan for all we know. Many songs go through a long chorus and verses and bridge without a single mention of God. Makes you wonder to whom they are singing.

Also, be careful that you don’t end up singing along with songs with ecumenical theology. Ecumenism has infiltrated every facet of Christianity I’m afraid, and music didn’t escape. There are many Christian artists (search Phil Wickham, Matt Maher, One Thing conference, Jesus Adrian Romero, Alex Campos, Marcos Witt, to name a few) who have now sided with the Catholic Church and produce music to “bridge the gap” between Protestants and Catholics. [emphasis added]

Please don't miss what Isaac just said:
Music is an effective way to infiltrate the church with a false Gospel and doctrines of demons.
CCM is Pro-Catholic And Evil To The Core

The entire CCM industry is pro-Catholic. Many of the artists are devout Catholics. Yet, apostate churches invite these evildoers into their presence to encourage spiritual whoredom with the sinful world. They are religious drug dealers. The world is the whore and today's abundance of CCM masqueraders bring the Godless world into the churches, turning them into a den of thieves. God calls them adulterers and adulteresses. James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” If you assist the sinful world then you are God's enemy. CCM singers are God's enemy. The entire CCM industry is worldly. They dress worldly, sing worldly, act worldly and are greedy for money like the world. All their music is for sale (just look at their websites).

CCM singer Michael W. Smith is as pro-Catholic as you can get. Smith has numerous songs listed in the TOP CATHOLIC SONGS website; including his hits, "I Give You My Heart," "Healing Rain" and "Let It Rain." This is solid evidence of the apostasy and ecumenicalism of today's so-called Christian singers. They're all a bunch of phonies!

Rock 'n' Roll music is a powerful influence upon the flesh, which is demonic in nature. Before there was ever so-called “Christian Rock,” there was Godless Rock. Those religious phonies today who attempt to justify devilish Rock music with Christian words are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. There is NO such thing as Christian Rock. There ain't no such animal. All Rock music is of the Devil. All Hip Hop is of the Devil. All Funk, Rap and House music is of the Devil. Those who disagree are worldly, rub shoulders with the heathen world, never go soul-winning and make lots of money selling their noise (and that's what a lot of it is... annoying noise!). TobyMac comes to mind, who praises the Pope by the way.
“It was quite an honor. The Pope doesn't come around that often. And for him to call a Hip Hop Funk band. I thought that was pretty cool... It was cool to see these priests rockin' out.” —Toby McKeehan (TobyMac)
Anything that portrays the Catholic Church, priests and the Pope as of God is Satanic to the core! Those who despise me, attack me and try to destroy my ministry, are those who reject the Bible and fight against the Lord Jesus. Life is short and God will be vindicated on Judgment Day. Woe unto every Catholic! I know people who attend the Catholic Church, even though I have warned them repeatedly that the Devil controls the organization, but they still go there. I have even heard people tell me that they know the Catholic Church is evil, but they still go there. They are in trouble with God. In their heart, they don't believe anything I have told them from the Bible, because they love their tradition more than God's Word (Mark 7:9-13). They want religion, but they don't want God and truth (John 4:24; 2nd Timothy 3:5-7).

Concluding Remarks

I am not against contemporary music, as some misunderstand. I am against the organized CCM industry and all the artists who hide the Gospel. The main reason is because nearly all of them are unsaved themselves. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10). The CCM industry rakes in billions upon billions of dollars a year from America's apostate churches. The music is worldly. Granted, some of the music is uplifting and excellent as far as music itself is concerned. Of course, the Rap and Heavy Metal is terrible and hardly resemblant of any meaningful music. I am against sensual Rock music, heavy metal, and musical rhythms that promote rebellion and sexual immorality.

CCM embraces a broad spectrum of different types of music. Certainly, there is some acceptable music; however, the CCM artists who do sing the acceptable music are as fruitless as the others concerning soulwinning. The so-called CCM band 'Jars of Clay' actually open concerts for Ozzy Osbourne (the self proclaimed 'Prince of Darkness'). Sensual music is sinful which is commonplace in CCM 
(Jude 1:19). The singers look like punks on their album covers, others appear as homosexuals, and some are. Is this pleasing to the Lord? No, of course not.

As churches become more worldly, so also is the world becoming more churchy. Heathen singer, Katy Perry, had the name above every other name, “Jesus,” tattooed on her wrist and back in the year 2000. Katy entered the music industry singing Gospel music, but today she is infamous for singing the lesbian-loving songs, 'I Kissed a Girl' and 'Ur So Gay.' Madonna and Katy Perry are personal friends. Perry also sings the blasphemous song, 'ROCK GOD.' Katy Perry is a whore who sings the song 'TEENAGE DREAM' from the album of the same title, which invites a male to stick his hands down into her skin-tight pants. Is this wholesome music for children and teenagers to listen to? This is America today. Woe unto our nation!

This is what kids are listening to in the privacy of their room, with a headset on their ears for hours each day. These are America's children's idols, whom they want to emulate. Katy Perry is immoral. She uploaded YouTube music videos of herself jumping around in her panties, acting goofy, which is as wicked as the Devil. Katy Perry (real name: Katheryn Hudson, born 1984) is a she-devil and no friend of God. The Word of God warns that all humanity has an appointment with death... "BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT" (Hebrews 9:27, King James Bible).

CCM as a whole is apostate. It's all about making money. The biblical Gospel is not preached. Instead, a wishy-washy message of ecumenical compromise and religious devotion are taught. Much of what is taught today is a Social Gospel of unity, brotherly love and tolerance toward all groups, even embracing homosexuals and abortionists. There is no call for repentance or preaching against sin. CCM tolerates all forms of wickedness under the guise of Christian unity. It is in actuality, sinful compromise. God commands believers to separate (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17), and to expose all forms of wickedness (Ephesians 5:11). Instead, CCM embraces such wickedness and dares not step on anyone's toes for God.

In sharp contrast, the Bible is the most offensive Book in the world. If God doesn't apologize for His Word, then why should we? They are traitors against God, who are greedy for money, and so they corrupt the Bible to make it less offensive to today's thin-skinned Americans. Most Americans are big cry-babies, none worse than America's religious leaders. They are anything but Christian. Shame on any pastor who invites a CCM band into the church. You are encouraging their evil works. God said He would vomit up lukewarm believers (Revelation 3:15-16). 100% of them fail to win souls because they refuse to preach the biblical Gospel. The only message they promote is so vague that it is also embraced by Catholics, with few exceptions.

This is not to say that all contemporary sounding music is wrong, not at all, but the INDUSTRY is evil. Anything that involves the sale of albums, concerts and all the money-grabbing avenues of the greedy CCM industry is CORRUPT!!! Not one mainstream artist preachers the Gospel, and many of them (such as Katy Perry) move forward from singing Gospel music, to whoredom in the secular music world—stripping naked, embracing homosexuality, using foul language and blaspheming God. They have sold their soul to the Devil for fame and fortune (1st Kings 21:20). I say that all kindly. I love people, all people. My purpose in writing blogs like this is not to anger anyone, be mean or tear people down, God forbid; but rather, I write to expose the shallow, phony and unchristian CCM industry as a whole.

Since making money is their goal, CCM artists do not want to drive away Catholics. So everything they produce is intentionally obscure, general and applicable to Catholics and all faiths. Instead of warning Roman Catholics of the judgment to come in Hell, CCM artists would rather let everyone go to Hell forever in exchange for money. As much as they may try to deny this claim, the facts are self evident. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that offends Catholics. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that preaches salvation without works of self-righteousness. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that teaches their fans how to be saved. Good luck!

In view of the reality of Hell, where Christ-rejecting sinners will be tormented for all eternity, you'd think every CCM singer in the world would be warning people. But they don't care about anyone except themselves, making money and becoming famous. Oh sure, they'll give money to charity, because that makes them look good in the public's eye. Woe unto the apostate CCM crowd and their carnal followers.

The Gospel needs to be preached. Jesus never commissioned anyone to start a singing ministry. No one! The Bible speaks of singing melody in one's heart, not selling records and pimping across a stage in tight leather, with screeching guitars and flashing Satanic hand signs, receiving idolatrous praise from the audience. The fans never yell, “Yea Jesus!” No, instead they worship their favorite singer. Jesus hates all rock music, because it is all rooted in idolatrous praise of the performers and always has been.

Here is a photo of the worldly CCM band, Avalon...

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. —2nd Thessalonians 2:12

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil... —Psalm 97:10

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Most “Gospel Tracts” Don't Even Contain The Gospel

Galatians 1:6-8, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Something that has really bothered me for decades now, are the thousands of poorly written religious tracts that believers rely upon to share the Gospel with people. Sadly, 99% of those tracts DO NOT contain the actual Gospel.

I was reading The Strand Study Bible which I bought recently. I love it! However, I am disappointed with some of the things that Pastor Strand says and promotes. For example: On page 1967 (the year I was, Strand shares some contents of a religious tract published by the EvanTell tract company titled, "What Are You Depending On?" Here it is, which you can read...

As you can see for yourself, there is NO GOSPEL. Trusting in Jesus alone is not enough to be saved, unless you understand the facts that Christ died on a cross for YOUR sins, was buried and three days later He miraculously resurrected from the dead. This is "the gospel" as defined by 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. You must first have the FACTS, before you can put your FAITH in those facts to be saved. Dr. Hyles explains this important Bible truth.

Pastor Max Younce wrote a helpful article to refute Dr. Bob Wilkin's heresy that you can be saved by trusting Jesus without the Gospel.

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Really? How accurate is the tract in question? It does not contain Jesus' death, burial or resurrection!!! So, in fact, it is not clear or biblically accurate. Our churches are in trouble folks! We've got a bunch of unlearned and ignorant pastors, missionaries, evangelists and Bible professors today, who are arrogant dummies!
“There is power in this Gospel message. Most people just don't know how to present it... The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy for them to believe.” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, “WHY GRACE CAN SAVE THE WORST MAN!
Jesus' Work Of Redemption Was Not Finished On The Cross

On page 1967 Pastor Strand says: "On the cross He said, 'It is finished' (John 19:30). He did not make a downpayment for your sins; He made full payment." This is not true! Sadly, 90% of preachers misinterpret the Bible when Jesus said, 'It is finished.' To accurately interpret the Scripture, we should always make a habit of including the verses before and after any particular text, lest we lift that ๐“‰๐‘’๐“๐“‰ out of ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“‰๐‘’๐“๐“‰ and create a new ๐“…๐“‡๐‘’๐“‰๐‘’๐“๐“‰.
John 19:28-30, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
The Bible says when Jesus saw that all the Messianic prophesies concerning Him had been fulfilled, He said “I thirst” which was the last prophesy to be fulfilled (this one from Psalms 69:21). Upon making that last statement, only then did Jesus say, “It is finished.” So you see, redemption couldn't have been finished, for Jesus hadn't even died yet, let alone being buried and resurrected three days later. This is “the gospel” after all according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

Jesus Made Full Payment At The Mercy Seat In Heaven, Not On The Cross

Also, full payment wasn't made upon the cross for our sins, it was made at the Mercy Seat in Heaven, when Jesus sprinkled His literal liquid blood upon the Mercy Seat in the Holy Place in the presence of God the Father (Hebrews 9:12, 22-24; 12:24). Christ did this once to pay for the sins of all mankind (Hebrews 9:28). Christ made full-payment at the Mercy Seat in Heaven. That was the place (Hebrews 9:12). The price was Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19).

I love and appreciate Brother Strand and his work. I must admit that I am surprised he missed this truth in his study Bible. Redemption was not finished on the cross, which is what infidel Dr. John MacArthur teaches—that we are saved by the pouring out of Jesus' blood on the cross, by His death, and not by Jesus sprinkling His actual liquid blood upon the heavenly Mercy Seat. Pastor MacArthur is very WRONG!!! Just as the Old Testament high priest was required by God to sprinkle the blood of the slain lamb upon the mercy seat (Exodus 29:16), so also did Jesus need to sprinkled His shed blood upon the heavenly Mercy Seat.

The Passover in Egypt was when the death angel passed upon the land of Egypt, killing all the firstborn (which was God's tenth and final plague upon the land through the rod of Moses). There was only one way of deliverance for the Hebrews, which was to take the blood of a slain lamb and paint it upon the door posts and lintel (the board above the door that kept bricks from falling on your head). Exodus 12:13, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” The death angel was not looking for the dead lamb in the backyard. The death angel was looking for the blood applied! If Jesus' blood had soaked into the ground at Calvary as John MacArthur foolishly claims, then no one could ever be saved. Jesus' blood had to be applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven, in the Holy of Holies in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle.

We know everything that happened during the Old Testament tabernacle, holy of holies and work of the high priest was a SHADOW of good things to come in Heaven. That is, they were a prototype of the real ones in Heaven (Hebrews 10:1). Jesus is our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16; Romans 8:34). Jesus died as our sacrificial lamb, but He raised up as our heavenly High Priest. If Christ Be Not Risen, Then We Have A Sacrifice But No High Priest Or Salvation (by Pastor Jack Hyles).

Dear reader, I challenge you to start paying closer attention to the religious tracts that you find, receive, distribute and read, to make sure that they are doctrinally sound. Tragically, nearly all Gospel tracts are completely missing of the Gospel. I read many tracts that don't mention Jesus resurrection from the dead. Other tracts don't mention that you must admit being a guilty sinner before you can be saved and go to Heaven. You need to know what you are being saved from, the wages of sin, which is death. That includes the second death in hell, fire and brimstone for all eternity, without hope or rest, tormented day and night (Revelation 21:8).

Romans 1:16 is very clear that the gospel, nothing else, is the POWER of God unto salvation, to them who BELIEVE IT. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” The unfortunate popular embellishment of the Gospel nowadays to “turn from your sinful ways is not only NOT a part of the Gospel, it is a perversion of God's grace. Nowhere in the inspired Holy Scriptures are we taught to give up our desire to sin, forsake the world, leave the old sinful life, or to commit to reform our behavior to be saved.

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