Saturday, July 24, 2021

A Beautiful Poem By Pastor R.B. Ouellette (2007)

I heard the old-time preacher speak
Without one reference to the Greek,
“This precious Book within my hand
Is God’s own word on which I stand.”
And then the scholars came along
And said the preacher had it wrong:
“Conflations here, rescissions there,
And scribal errors everywhere.”
A book “essentially correct,”
But not in every last respect.
“A ‘fairly certain’ word,” they say,
“To light our path and guide our way.”
Then in despair I bowed my head.
“We have no word of God,” I said.
“If some of this old Book is wrong,
Pray tell, what else does not belong?”
Will still more manuscripts be found
To make us go another round?
Correcting, changing, taking out;
Creating questions, fear and doubt?
Must more discoveries come to light
Before we finally get it right?
Will precious doctrines fade away
Because of what the scholars say?
How many “errors” must we purge
Because of what the scholars urge?
How many versions must we make?
How many changes can we take?
How will we ever know we’re through —
That we possess a scripture true?
If man must find God’s word, my friend,
When will the changes ever end?
Then to the Book again I fled
To find out what my Father said.
“Forever settled… never fade” —
This promise God the Spirit made.
A thousand generations hence —
That seems a pretty strong defense.
A “perfect Book?” Then it must be
Man can’t improve what God gave me.
We have a Book completely true,
Instructing us in all we do.
Preserved by God, not found by men,
Inscribed by God the Spirit’s pen.
If God or scholars you must choose,
Be sure the “experts” always lose.
Don’t give to them a second look;
Just keep believing this old Book
Psalm 12:6-7, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Psalm 19:7, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

Jeremiah 23:29-30, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.”

Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

Committing Sin Versus Evil

Luke 11:4, “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” 1st John 3:4, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

There are two categories of sin:

  1. Sins of COMMISSION (doing what we ought not do) - 1st John 3:4, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
  2. Sins of OMMISSION (not doing what we ought do) - James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Sin is transgressing God's Law (1st John 3:4). Evil is premeditated sinning. Therefore, all evil is sin, but not all sin is evil. For example: Getting angry in the heat of an argument might lead someone to commit a crime of passion, assaulting or even God forbid, killing the other person involved. That is a horrible sin. 

However, if a person gets mad, takes a bus home to get their gun, comes back on a different bus an hour later with the gun, and ultimately shoots the person they were arguing with—that is evil (premeditated murder). An abortion is evil because it was scheduled. It was premeditated murder. A sinister plan was contrived to murder a human being in the safety of the child's mother's own womb. Please say it isn't so!!!

When Moses got angry and smote the rock twice, that was a sin. The Lord had instructed Moses to strike the rock once, for the water to flow to quench the thirst of the Israelites. Yet they still complained again, moaning about this and that, and everything else too. Moses snapped in anger and smote the rock twice. Well, that was very unfortunate. God had originally intended to use that rock as an Old Testament type (illustration) of Christ, Who was smitten only once for our sins (Hebrews 10:10). Christ was not smitten twice, only once. The Epistle of Hebrews makes this truth very clear. 

Roman Catholics pervert this fundamental truth with their Sacrament of the Eucharist. Catholics believe that every time a Catholic partakes of The Eucharist (i.e., communion), Jesus is being crucified again. Catholics are taught something weird called Transubstantiation (how that for a big word?). My oh my, what does that intimidating theological word mean? It simply refers to the false idea that the communion juice once consumed, literally turns into the blood of Jesus in the human body, giving the recipient spiritual life. Likewise, the unleavened bread is said to literally convert into Christ's physical flesh. None of this is true in the Bible, it is a vain ritual. The Lord's Supper is simply done in REMEMBRANCE of Christ's blood and body sacrifice on the cross.

In the Lord's Prayer, we are taught to pray in Luke 11:4, “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.Carefully notice that Jesus didn't say to ask God to deliver us from sin, but from evil. You cannot be delivered from sin. We all sin. But we don't have to do evil (planned sin, willful sin). I cannot avoid sinning, but I can avoid plotting to sin. I cannot prevent sinning, but I can stop going to a sinful place to deliberately commit sin. I cannot avoid lusting, but I can avoid looking at something unholy that will cause me to lust. Do you see the big difference? The Lord teaches us when we pray, to ask God to deliver us from EVIL. I don't want to do wrong. I want to think right, do right and live right. That is my constant mindset.

This little Bible study will help you. May we all purpose in our heart as believers not to do evil. Psalm 11:7, “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” I love that Scripture. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness, and so do I as His redeemed child. It feels good to do good! It feels great to be right with God. I praise the Lord for His righteousness, which is by faith alone. The only righteousness that I have is the righteousness of God which He has imputed to me by faith.

 And then as His redeemed child the Lord is pleased when I try to do right. But when and where I utterly fall and fail, GOD'S FREE GRACE DOTH MUCH MORE ABOUND. It is free to me and you, but grace came at a high price to God and His only begotten Son. Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen! The only way to obtain God's grace is He must give it to you freely, and He does so only through faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Loving People Unconditionally Means Looking At The Big Picture

Ephesians 4:30-32, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The more time that we spend around other people, the more they will rub us the wrong way, as we them. The more time that we spend with humans, there will be conflicts because of our differences. We all think differently. We all have different personalities. 

Here's an example: I have an answering machine. I never answer my phone, I let the machine filter all my calls. So if you call me at 3 am in the morning, you won't wake me, because my answering machine gets the phone call. So years ago, when I lived on Guam, I called a man who built steel guitars in Tennessee. I was so excited about inquiring, that I called to leave him a message. I never expected for him to answer his phone at 3 am, BUT HE DID. Oh no! He wasn't too happy about it I would never want to wake somebody up at 3 am, God forbid. But in my thinking, since I always use an answering machine, I sincerely expected to get his answering machine. This is one example of how our differences in thinking can cause conflict.

As believers we are taught in the Bible to unconditionally love everyone, because God is love, and every believer has God living inside of them as the blessed Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24). When people offend us, and hurt our feelings, and pick on us, and say hurtful things (both intentionally and unintentionally), we have to make a choice. We can either focus on their human inferiorities and retaliate against them with more mistreatment, or we can LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE and love them unconditionally, faults and all. That is how Jesus was able to say, “Father, forgive them” on the cross, concerning the wicked men who had just crucified Him (Luke 23:34). People will also crucify us, usually day by day, slowly, making our life miserable. We CAN love them, if we think LOVE toward them. By focusing on God's love for the world (John 3:16), and Christ's sacrifice for ungodly sinners (Romans 5:6-9), we can always take the higher road and love even the worst of people unconditionally (Jude 1:22).

I have had my feelings hurt more times than I can remember throughout my life. I have many painful memories engrained into my brain. I could become very bitter, and some Christians do, which is unfortunate. So what so I do? I take all those painful memories and I place them at Jesus' precious feet at the foot of the cross! I give them to the Lord, and hide in Him. Colossians 3:1-3, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

That is why Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. When someone hurts us, whether they be saved or unsaved, they have also done it to Jesus, and He feels and shares our pain (Hebrews 4:15-16). When people hurt me, and they always do in various ways, I choose not to focus on the offense with Horse Blinders and a magnifying glass. Instead, I chose to LOOK TO JESUS, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:3). 

Dear friend, if you will adopt this simple practical Bible truth, it will transform your life. I'm talking about living above the clouds of life, where the SON is always shining. Bring everything to the Lord in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). Don't look at people with their quirks, faults and sins; but rather, LOOK TO JESUS at all times!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Beware Of Joseph Prince's Demonic Speaking In Tongues

1st Corinthians 14:23, “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?”

Joseph Prince (born 1963) is the theologically corrupt evangelist and senior pastor of New Creation Church based in Singapore. He is one of the church's founders in 1983. Pastor Prince has become very popular in the Charismatic Word of Faith Movement, which is full of false teachings. One of their most damaging heresies is the witchcraft of speaking in tongues.

Those who operate in witchcraft speak in tongues to cast spells or release evil spirits upon a person, church or wherever they seek to gain dominion. I watched someone in church service one time and heard her speaking some unknown language but her spirit was under the guise and control of witchcraft.

SOURCE: Mocking Spirits That Mimic The Holy Ghost and Unknown Tongues

Speaking in Tongues as taught and done by Charismatics is demonic. No one at any time in the Bible ever spoke jibber-jabber in an unknown language. The learned Bible student must differentiate between the miracle of tongues in Acts chapter 2 on the Day of Pentecost, and the gift of tongues in 1st Corinthians chapters 14. Neither the miracle nor the gift of tongues involved speaking in some unknown dialect.

Here are a few important observations about the miracle of tongues:
  1. Men did not initiate this gift, God did! You can't show me one place in the Bible where a Christian decided to speak in tongues. Rather, it was always initiated by God at spontaneous times of God's choosing. This is very different than what Joseph Prince is teaching, that any believer can speak in tongues on a whim while praying.
  2. The miracle of tongues was for the purpose of soulwinning, the gift of tongues (speaking in a foreign language) was for edifying the saints. Thousands of people were saved at Pentecost (Acts 2:41). The ridiculous practice of speaking in the Charismatic's mumbo-jumbo "tongues" is of the Devil. They've created a form of entertainment that attracts carnally-minded people. Proof of this is in the Bible itself. Do you realize that the ONLY church in the New Testament which Paul ever addressed concerning tongues is the carnal church at Corinth? ...THE CARNAL CHURCH!

    Paul plainly stated in 1st Corinthians 3:1-3, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal..." Pentecostals meet in their religious buildings and behave as fools—falling on the floor, barking, howling, babbling, shaking, et cetera. This is carnality and not in any way related to the miracle or gift of tongues in God's Word, which were always used to relay the Gospel or edify the saints.

    When Abraham was old, he sent his eldest servant, Eleazar, back to his native land to find a Christian wife for Isaac. Eleazar took with him, as gifts, many expensive items and ten camels, and set out for Mesopotamia. Notice that the PURPOSE of the the "gifts" was to bring back a BRIDE for Isaac. If Eleazar would have come back without the bride, he would have failed. This is a good illustration of how foolish Charismatics are today. Pentecostals make the gifts an END in themselves. Do you think Abraham would have been pleased if Eleazar gave all the gifts away, but came back WITHOUT the bride? Abraham would have been very angry. This is what the Charismatics are doing today. Instead of focusing on the main issue, which is SOULWINNING, they have focused on the gifts.
  3. Peter knew what he was trying to say. Pentecostals openly admit that they don't know what they're saying when they speak in tongues. Thus, Charismatic "tongues" is demonic. There is absolutely NOTHING in the Word of God about speaking in some "unknown" language. Acts 2:6 plainly states... "every man heard them speak in his own language." The Biblical evidence against the Charismatic Movement is solid and damning.

It is also important to understand that when the Apostle Peter preached at Pentecost, he only spoke in one language, likely Greek. Peter didn't “speak” in tongues, the people “heard” in tongues. Acts 2:6, "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language." God worked a miracle by His Holy Spirit, so that the Jews present from 16 different nations all HEARD the Gospel preached in their own language, so they could be saved by gladly receiving that Good News of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen from the dead three days later.

The problem with Pastor Prince is not his teaching on grace. He teaches correctly that it is only the work of Christ on our behalf that saves, not our works. He also makes it clear that the Law has no power to make us holy. However, there are huge theological problems with his teachings. One of the biggest problems is that he preaches a heretical Prosperity Gospel, mixing the satanic Word of Faith Theology with free grace. 

The Prosperity Gospel is a false gospel. So even though Pastor Prince is right when it comes to the work of Christ for sinners, he errantly preaches that because of Christ’s work the sinner is not only forgiven and accepted and loved by God, but is also entitled and should pursue obtaining health, wealth and prosperity. This is blatant false teaching! This is mixing the Word of Faith prosperity heresy with the Gospel. 1st Timothy 6:5, “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” Please RUN away from any corrupt preacher who associates financial gain with godliness!!! This eliminates over 95% of televangelists!

I do not find anywhere in the Scripture where we as believers are taught to seek the gift of tongues. You cannot show it to me. What saith the Scripture? ...

1st Corinthians 12:27-31, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

The Apostle Paul makes it very clear that not all believers speak with tongues (known earthly languages). The apostle continues in chapter 13 teaching that love is most important (1st Corinthians 13:1-2), and that love rejoices in truth (vs. 6). Nowhere are we taught that every Christian should speak with tongues. Therefore, we know that Joseph Prince and the Word of Faith Movement are teaching utter heresy! 

Here is a satanic video clip of Joseph Prince speaking in jibber-jabber at 7:07 time in the video, and in the moments to follow (see 7:47 time). He sounds like a weirdo. This is of the Devil, not the Holy Spirit of God. Something is very wrong with this man's alleged walk with God. No one knows the babbling things he is uttering, not even himself...

Examples of Satanic Speaking in Tongues (see 7:07 time)

The Apostle John wrote the Epistle of 1st John to help individual believers know that we are saved (1st John 5:13), that our joy may be full (1st John 1:4). The key verse of the epistle is in 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. So, here we plainly learn that the evidence we are God's child (saved) is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Pastor Jack Hyles has authored a helpful book which you may freely read online called: "Meet The Holy Spirit." 

Carefully notice in the epistle John wrote that he never mentions anything about speaking in tongues. John said he wrote his epistle that our JOY MAY BE FULL as God's redeemed children, yet he doesn't even mention tongues. This goes 100% contrary to false prophet Joseph Prince, who teaches that every believer must speak in tongues to be spiritual and right with God. Beware of the Charismatic Movement. Pastor Max D. Younce has authored a helpful book on the subject titled: "Face To Face With Tongues."

The Bible does NOT emphasize speaking in tongues. The Bible emphasizes soulwinning. Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” 1Corinthians 9:16, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” The biggest mistake that people make is to listen to men instead of SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES to verify the things they are being taught! (John 5:39; Acts 17:11). 

Did you know that Joseph Prince gets paid $600,000 a year as a pastor? It is true. That is sickening!!! 2nd Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” I am wearied with unlearned believers following the heretical teaching of false teachers, attempting to legitimize them because they get grace right. Renee Roland is one such example, who gets the Gospel right but denies the Bible truth of an eternal Hell. 

Likewise, Joseph Prince is a false teacher! Just because Prince gets grace right doesn't mean that he is trustworthy as a Bible teacher! I also do NOT recommend Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, nor Robert Breaker, who both errantly teach that people were saved by works in the Old Testament. They are theologically corrupt!!! There has always been only one Gospel, which is salvation through faith in Christ (Acts 10:43). Men complicate everything that God has made simple. Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do!

Dear friend, this matter of speaking in demonic tongues is no trifle issue. I want to now share with you some YouTube quotes that people left in response to Joseph Prince's heretical video titled: "The Powerful Benefit Of Praying In Tongues." These comments are truly sad and show just how dangerous Prince really is in his theology (the following typos are theirs, not mine):

Nella Omar | 6 months ago
This happened to me my son was on life support Dr's told me he will not wake up I went home and for the first time in my life I started praying in a different language and my son woke up the next day the Dr's could not believe it but I knew once I started praying he would be heald hallelujah.

What you just read is totally unbiblical. This person is sadly deceived by Satan. Joseph Prince is just another demonic Benny Hinn. How in the world does praying in a different language bring healing to one's child? It doesn't. It is hard to grasp that any thinking human being could embrace the insane idea that God is pleased by this kind of junk. Folks, please don't clap your hands for Satan's ministers like Joseph Prince, Benny Hinn, the 700 Club and TBN. Here's another shameful YouTube quote about Prince's video on tongues...

Tracy Oduwa3 months ago
I had this experience when I caught the fire of speaking in tongues about a month ago, my whole body was empty I began to see things differently and pray tirelessly, my dream life change immediately. Speaking in tongues guide one to all truth. Thank you sir for this wonderful teaching.

Her dream life changed immediately? What in the world is a "dream life"? Tracy foolishly thinks that speaking in gibberish tongues guides her into all truth. John 17:17 teaches that God's Word is the truth that sanctifies the believer. Folks, RUN from Joseph Prince!!!

Lionel pereira10 months ago
Amen! Theres power when we pray in tongues! very true pastor its beyond all human understanding. Awesome teaching.

I triple-dog dare you to show me in the Holy Bible where it says that speaking in any form of tongues gives us power. You cannot! What Prince is teaching is not awesome, it is AWFUL!  Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Monaliza Graciadaz4 months ago
Really speaking in tongue gives me many benefits in my physical and spiritual life !To God be the highest GLORY !amen

How does speaking in some bizarre jibber-jabber benefit a person in any way? It doesn't. What it does do is confuse ignorant people, leading them away from God and truth. This is so sad that millions of religious people are being deceived. Of the 308 comments for this particular video, I found only ONE that spoke the truth, refuting Joseph Prince's demonic false teaching on praying in tongues...

liv4JESUS Godsluv1 month ago (edited)
All do respect. There is benefit in praying while walking in righteousness. There is no benefit in making up gibberish sounds that doesn't come from God. God understands your native language just fine. Scripture (KJV) explains it very simply. Amen ?

Yes, amen! There is no benefit in making up some ridiculous gibberish that doesn't come from God. Folks, Joseph Prince is teaching witchcraft. In fact, speaking in tongues has its origin in pagan witchcraft. If you speak in the bizarre unknown tongues of Charismatic nuts, you are practicing an evil form of witchcraft, which is a familiar spirit and not the Holy Spirit!

Hell In The Old Testament

Hell is a major topic in the Word of God. And it should be. The Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament spends much time warning about hell. Jesus preached about hell more than any other subject. The Old Testament does not overlook the place of hell. The Old Testament contains over 67 direct references to hell. In the King James Bible, the word "hell" occurs 23 times in the New Testament – but 31 times in the Old Testament. The Old Testament includes some of the clearest and most horrifying pictures of hell.

The following scriptures are examples of "hell" in the Old Testament.
Psalm 16:10, "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

Psalm 55:15, "Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them."

Proverbs 9:18, "But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell."

Ezekiel 31:16-17, "I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen."
Hell is just as real as heaven or the sea. In Psalms 139, David compares hell with heaven and the sea.

Psalm 139:7-9, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;"
39 times the Old Testament calls hell "the pit." It never uses the plural "pits" or the indefinite "a pit," but always the singular, specific place, "the pit." The wording, "the pit" refers to one particular place.

Isaiah 14 describes the fall of Lucifer. Isaiah 14:15 reveals "the pit" is hell, ". . . thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
Isaiah 14:12-15, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

Ezekiel 31:16 also confirms "the pit" is hell. 
Ezekiel 31:16, "I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit:"
As we can see, the scriptures teach a real place called hell. But the Bible does not stop there. The Lord gives careful details about the place called hell. The precise information the Lord provides dumbfounds many. They refuse to believe the simple Word of God. Many recklessly dig through Greek and Hebrew words searching for a morsel of bread. And like Esau, they sell their birthright, the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23), for one morsel of meat.
Evangelist and radio-preacher, Oliver Greene understands the Bible’s teaching about the place of hell. 
"Hell is a place—not a state of mind; and the terms used in the Bible to describe hell prove this statement beyond any shadow of doubt." (Greene, Oliver B. Hell, 1973, The Gospel Hour: Greenville p. 25)

Amen, Brother Greene. . . Amen

Sunday, July 18, 2021

There Are No Toll Booths To Get To Heaven

1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

God promised to SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE!!! If you drive a vehicle, then you know the unpleasant feeling of being required to pay a toll to travel a road. I couldn't believe that in some places, like New Jersey and New York, that drivers are required to pay upwards of $50 just to pass through a toll gate. In fact, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will cost you a staggering $112 toll to drive on it. Wowza! The turnpike is owned by over 100 investors, mostly from China. Go figure! I don't think anyone should ever have to pay a toll. The government already takes too much in taxes. Thankfully, there won't be any taxes in Heaven.

I admit that I dislike paying tolls. Very few things in this earthly life are free. That is the wonderful thing about salvation, it is a completely free gift from God. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Eternal life is a gift. A gift is free! Why then did Evangelist Billy Graham (1918-2018) make the following horrible unbiblical statements, 6 times saying that salvation will COST us something?...

How To Be Sure You're Saved

First, you must recognize your need.

Second, you must understand the cross.

Third, you must count the cost.

He also said, “Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost? … So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:28, 33).

Many people come to Christ without first counting the cost. The cost includes repentance, the forsaking of sin, and a continual, daily, open acknowledgment of Christ in your life.

Fourth, you must take a definite step.

One day at Stanford University, a student of a non-Christian faith came to me and said he was convinced that Jesus is the Son of God but said he couldn’t confess Him publicly. He said that back in his own country the cost socially would be too great.

I had to tell him that the Bible says: “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).

Like the rich young ruler of old, the student went away sad. He had counted the cost and was not able to pay the price of open acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as his Savior.

We ask people to make a public confession of Christ in our meetings because Christ demanded a definite commitment. Christ had reasons for demanding that people openly follow Him. He knew that an unwitnessed vow is no vow at all. Until you have surrendered to Christ by a definite act of your will, you are not a Christian.

Dear reader, kindly said, Billy Graham was a false teacher, who perverted God's grace by adding to God's Words. Nowhere in the inspired King James Bible are we taught that eternal life will COST US anything. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins (Romans 5:6-9). JESUS PAID IT ALL (1st John 2:2; John 3:16; 2nd Corinthians 5:21). Getting saved will cost you NOTHING friend. Anybody who says differently is complicating the Gospel.

In hundreds of places throughout the inspired King James Bible we are taught to simply BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” In the precious Gospel of John, we find the word “believe” mentioned 85 times, but no mention is ever made of anything else. God intentionally made His plan of salvation for mankind very simple, because He knew that many people are not very smart, and God wanted to make sure that salvation is easy, free and simple so that everyone who wants it can have it. Our all-wise (omnisapient) God knows what He is doing.

Sadly, men come along and always complicate everything, making God's simple plan of salvation hard. As a matter of fact, Pastor John MacArthur even wrote a shameful book titled: “Hard To Believe.” Dear friend, it is not HARD to believe, it is very easy, free and simple.

“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing.” [emphasis added] —Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.

I triple-dog dare you to show me in the Bible where it says that eternal life will COST YOU anything. You cannot! These wicked men are theological liars. Sadly, Billy Graham went to Hell in his false religion. There is no way that a man is saved who is wrong on the Gospel. If Billy Graham went to Heaven, then so also do Seventh-Day Adventists who trust in the heresy of Lordship Salvation. Then so also do Church of Christ with their damnable Baptismal Regeneration (i.e., the false teaching that you must be water baptized to get to Heaven). I mean, 'com on, would God deny someone entrance into Heaven just because they got dunked in water, thinking it was necessary to have eternal life? Friend, you had better believe that God won't let you into Heaven!!!

There is only ONE WAY into Heaven, and Jesus told us what it is, HIM. John 14:6, “ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” I am now attending the Campus Church in Pensacola, at Pensacola Christian College, and am so thankful that they preach a simple free grace Gospel. I am so thankful that they only use the King James Bible. I am so thankful to be a part of a great soulwinning church. I am humble and grateful for my new Christian family.

I got the idea for this article while checking today to see if there is a toll to drive to Pensacola Beach. I want to go check it out. Yes, there is a $1 toll. I need to soak up some sun. This hotel room is gloomy. Because I am a fundamentalist Baptist preacher I am always looking for new ideas to convey Bible truths to people. I think the example of having to pay a toll is a perfect illustration of Lordship Salvation, showing us what the Gospel is not! God does NOT require that we pay a toll to get to Heaven. The Pearly City cannot be purchased, deserved, earned, merited or obtained by any means other than wholly RESTING (trusting, relying) in Jesus Christ. I care about you, whoever you may be, and I want you to go to Heaven someday.

The Bible is abundantly clear that the ONLY WAY to eternal life is by faith in Jesus. 1st John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” I love that! Jesus is the true God and eternal life. If you have Jesus you have eternal life!!! There are no toll gates to get to Heaven. There is no cost to count, nor price to pay. There are no works that you must do. In fact, Jesus forever laid to rest the question of what “WORKS” are required to get to Heaven. 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.” The only WORKS which God requires or allows to get to Heaven is to BELIEVE ON JESUS!!!

I hope that I have made it clear from the Word of God that there is no toll booth to enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus has already paid the price for our sins, all of them (1st Peter 1:18-19). Please don't allow some satanic false teacher to rob your faith. If you admit that you are a sinner (Romans 3:19-23), leaning wholly on Jesus' name (Acts 16:30-31), by believing the Good News (Gospel) that Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and resurrected three days later, then you are saved (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

Please don't let heretics' Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur, Billy Graham or any other false teachers deceive you into believing that you must repent “OF YOUR SIN” to be saved, because no such requirement is taught in the Bible. If you press them to explain what they mean by “repent, they will all tell you that you must prove the reality of your faith by forsaking a sinful life and being faithful to serve God. That is NOT the Gospel, it is a toll booth!!! All they can do is wrest Scripture passages and quote heretical men as secondary authorities to bolster their counterfeit plan of salvation. Look at this garbage that Ray Comfort preaches. Ladies and gentlemen, that is NOT what the Bible teaches, as I have kindly shown you.

What Billy Graham preached is NOT the Gospel of free grace. What John MacArthur is preaching is NOT the Gospel of free grace. What the shameful Bob Jones University crowd are preaching today is NOT the free grace Gospel. God does not require that you turn away from your sinning to be saved, for to do so is equivalent to a toll booth. God does require that you repent, but repentance is simply a change of mind; that is, laying aside your wrong thinking about what you think you must do to be saved, to trusting in what God says in the Bible you must do to be saved—which is “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:30-31). Thank you for reading my blog. God bless you!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

God Desires To Be Close To You

James 4:8-10, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” 

God is broken hearted over the wickedness in society today. God has a burden to see people get saved (2nd Peter 3:9). If we take the Lord's yoke upon us, and help Him win souls by sharing the Gospel with the lost, nothing pleases God more. Psalm 11:7, For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” God is a righteous God Who loves righteousness!

The only true righteousness we have as Christians is the imputed righteousness of God through faith alone in Christ (Philippians 3:9). But once born-again by God's righteousness, He wants us to walk by faith, allowing Jesus to live through us (Galatians 2:20). I am not living the Christian life in my own strength, but Christ liveth in me. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

The world is the enemy of God. What is the world? It is that mass of humanity which through unbelief have alienated themselves from God, choosing rather to live in the pleasures of sin for a season, and are therefore hostile toward the cause of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:20). 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.” 

A popular thing for heathens to do, who want to superficially appear to be religious, join the apostate Anglican church (of whom Ringo from The Beatles and Ozzy Osbourne are members). This is the Devil's church, requiring water baptism for salvation. Of course, as we know from the Scriptures, water baptism is merely one's public profession of faith, and is not required nor allowed in salvation. A man is saved by faith alone (Galatians 3:26).

Here is a helpful MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles titled: "HOW TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD," if you'd like to listen to it. God wants to be close to you dear reader. Micah 6:8, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?God wants you dear friend to walk humbly with Him. Volumes of books could be written just on what it means to be humble. These Devil's ministers today, like Steve Pettit, Marty Herron, Gary Walton, Sam Horn, John MacArthur, Charles Phelps, Ray Comfort and Paul Washer, have not humbled themselves to THE TRUTH. For if they did they wouldn't teach people to try to stop sinning to be saved.

Romans Chapter 2 Proves Lordship Salvation Is A Devil's Lie

I try to listen to Alexander Scourby read a portion of the Bible each day. I feel like a battery absorbing energy when I listen to the Bible. I am listening to the book of Romans right now. I just heard Romans 1:1, “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.Many Bible students don't understand this Bible verse, but it is very simple. You have to read the whole chapter, Romans chapter 2, to rightly divide this passage. The Jews were trying to earn their way to Heaven by keeping the Old Testament law. Paul is frustrated with them, trying to teach them here that they are hypocrites for even trying to turn from sin, because they cannot...
Romans 2:21-24, “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.”
Are you listening Marty Herron? You haven't turned from your sins. What you've done to abuse me since 2014 is proof enough of that fact! I still don't attend church, because Pastor Herron threw me under a bus and left me for dead. So now Harvest Baptist Church of Guam is sinfully holding a grudge against me, because I loved them enough to tell THE TRUTH to help them. Run you Bob Jones heathens with your umpteen Devil's Bible revisions! I'll side with Pastor Jack Hyles and the inspired and infallible King James Bible...
“The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the sermon: The Battle Of The Ages
So if you want to be close to God, then you must humble yourself to THE TRUTH. Use only the King James Bible. Be pure of heart! You cannot draw close to God through corruptible seed. The English Standard Version (ESV) is corruptible seed, which BJU uses, sells and promotes. Shame on Bob Jones University!!! God desires to be close to you friend, but you must first embrace the truth of the Gospel of free grace. We are saved by faith alone, without works of any sort. Your best human effort and goodness is filth to God (Isaiah 64:6). 

The Lordship Salvation crowd go around telling everyone to “repent and turn away from your sin to be saved,” but the Bible says in Romans chapter 2 that they are hypocrites. NO ONE has eve turned away from their sin. No one tries to live as upright as Muslims, yet they are all hellbound without Jesus Christ. If forsaking a lifestyle of sin brings salvation, then Judas should have been saved (Matthew 27:3). Judas even returned the 30 pieces of silver, knowing that he had betrayed innocent blood. The Pharisees couldn't have cared less. 

Judas was a reformed man, he turned from his sins, but he went to Hell forever. Judas was one of Christ's very apostles, as close in a relationship as two people can become, yet they were light years apart. My point is that you can go to church every Sunday like Marty Herron, and go through all the motions, even thinking you are close to God; and yet be so far away from God that Christ Himself will one day say the horrifying words to you: I NEVER KNEW YOU (Matthew 7:21-23). These people in Matthew 7:21-23 did many wonderful works and preached in Jesus' name. Yet Jesus denied knowing them. They failed to wholly rest in Christ, Who died as a sacrifice for their sins on the cross (John 6:40). Only those who completely REST in the name of Jesus will go to Heaven, and no one else!!!

The very idea that a person must forsake sinful living to be saved is rooted in self-righteousness. Pastor Herron, Gary Walton, Steve Pettit and Charles Phelps are looking inside themselves for righteousness, instead of wholly leaning on Jesus' name. You DON'T have to turn from anything to be saved except whatever has been hindering you from believing, which is UNBELIEF. To require a man to forsake his immoral behavior as a requirement to receive God's free gift of eternal life is to damn his soul to Hell forever.

Please understand that I do not write these articles to attack anyone, but to contend (fight) for the Christian faith (Titus 1:10-11;Ephesians 5:11; Jude 1:3). When men hurt me, deny me the opportunity to attend church, hinder me from finding a wife, and drive me away from my church family as an unwanted pest, simply because I told THE TRUTH to help them, then I am most definitely going to preach against their wickedness! Something is wrong with Pastor Gary Walton. Something is wrong with the people at Harvest Baptist Church of Guam, when they permit Seventh-Day Adventist beliefs into their church. The truth matters folks, it really does! God desires to be close to you, but it must be on the basis of THE TRUTH. John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

A Beautiful Poem By Pastor R.B. Ouellette (2007)

A POEM BY PASTOR R.B. OUELLETTE (2007) I heard the old-time preacher speak Without one reference to the Greek, “This precious Book within my...