Saturday, February 25, 2023

My Review Of The Film "The Jesus Revolution"

Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein.”

I recently watched “The Jesus Revolution.” I don't recommend this religious film to anyone. The movie is about the beginning of the “
Jesus Freaks hippie movement in California. Sadly, this is where apostate Christendom is at today in America. The saying is very truth, that as the churches become more worldly, so also does the world become more churchy. I read that in the United States there are an estimated 350,000 churches. Of those churches, I dare say that 1% of them worth attending. That means we have 3,500 churches left in the United States that are worth attending (and I'm not sure about them either). 

'The Jesus Revolution' film promotes a counterfeit plan of salvation, requiring lost sinners to do the following unbiblical things in addition to faith:
  1. Repent and turn away from your sins.
  2. Invite Christ into your life.
  3. Receiving Jesus as your Lord.
Not once in the movie are the words “born again” heard. This type of shallow, ambiguous, ecumenical pleasing junk theology has invaded 95% of today's churches. That sadly included independent and fundamental Baptist churches! Satan has corrupted the Gospel on multiple counts of fraud. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

'The Jesus Revolution' portrays the beginning of the apostate ministry of Pastor Greg Laurie. Sadly, the film promotes Calvary Chapel, which is a Satanic Charismatic cult, where people speak in demonic tongues and partake of fraudulent healing crusades. Greg Laurie has a sickening net worth of $25,000,000. The inspired Word of God warns preachers about THE LOVE OF MONEY (1st Timothy 6:8-11).

On Laurie's Harvest Church Website, they teach the following about how to get to Heaven...
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone. At salvation, each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever. Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end (Romans 8:37–39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13). [emphasis added]
As with all LIARS, Greg Laurie combines truth with lies to hide his deceptive false gospel. Nowhere in the Bible did Jesus tell anyone to turn away from their sin to be saved. You won't find that anywhere in the inspired King James Bible. Only in the fraudulent modern perversions of the Bible, which have been intentionally tampered with, will you find such garbage taught.

Also, Jesus never told anyone in the Bible to live a lifestyle of continued obedience to get to Heaven. That is demonic Calvinist trash, and not a free grace Gospel. Jesus never told anyone to persevere unto the end to get to Heaven. Nowhere does the Bible require a lost sinner to live a life eager to glorify God to be saved. Greg Laurie is a religious con artist!

'The Jesus Revolution' was awful. The film sinfully promotes the ungodly idea that churches who practice, teach and enforce biblical separation from the sinful world are doing more damage than good (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17).

In the film, it begins with such a pastor, who is strict and separated, whose church congregation is small. His church is about half full. The 'The Jesus Revolution' film blames the pastor, by indoctrinating movie viewers to think that it is his fault for not lowering his standards to allow hippies, druggies, homeless people and undesirables to interrupt and take over the church service. Throughout the movie, hippies on drugs are being brought to the pastor's home, by a hippie man that his teenage daughter invited into their home. The basic idea seems noble. I mean, if we are going to reach people, then we need to reach them on their level right? Well, yes and no.

Yes, everyone should be invited and welcomed at church; but no, churches ought NEVER bring worldly music, disorder, open sin or anything else that doesn't belong in the house of God. The sad truth is that the hippies wanted to recreate God in their own image, so they started the “Jesus Freaks” hippie movement in the 1960's. This is not honoring to God. The true free grace Gospel is not preached. What Greg Laurie is peddling is of the Devil.

The film was intentionally released in connection and timing with the Asbury University so-called “Awakening Event” in Wilmore, Kentucky. Apostates claim that this is evidence of the hand of God working. In the movie they mention the Asbury event, foolishly claiming that it is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. What is actually happening is that the heathen world is being drawn into worldly churches today, who preach a counterfeit plan of salvation, bring rock music and ecumenical entertainment for worship into the churches, and have no interest in truly winning souls to Jesus Christ.

The followers of Pastor Greg Laurie's Pentecostal Calvary Chapel cult have “a form of godliness” as the Bible warns in 2nd Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.That power is the true Gospel, which is missing in Greg Laurie's ministry. 'The Jesus Revolution' movie is of the Devil. People have always been welcome in the churches. What the wicked film is suggesting is that ungodly people who are worldly and living in sin, won't ever step foot into a church unless those churches accept unrepentant sinners in good standing. The movie is teaching that churches should just accept wicked people, no questions asked, and let them live in open sin in the church. The Apostle Paul forbade this type of shameful thing (1st Corinthians 5:1-5).

The film promotes the wicked idea that churches should just let it all hang out, to attract worldly people into the church to help them find God. What saith the Scripture? 1st Timothy 5:20, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 'The Jesus Revolution' film shows paid actors kissing each other, which is just plain wrong. If you're not legally married to someone, you have no business kissing them, let alone on the lips. It is sinful. Our reckless, Godless and immoral American culture today laughs at this type of Bible preaching. We are living in a generation that does not look up! That is, they have no fear of God. It is difficult for any God-fearing believer to grasp the 63,000,000 murdered human beings, assassinated cruelly by abortion in the United States. Yet, people will get intensely angry over the killing of just one puppy. We are well beyond the point of provoking God's wrathful judgment in America. Oh, how merciful and patient is our great God!!!

I am all for loving everyone. Jesus promised in John 6:37 not to turn away any sinner who comes to Him to be saved. We should never reject the sinner with the sin, nor accept the sin with the sinner. 'The Jesus Revolution,' in my humble opinion, is trying to promote the latter, accepting sin into the churches, so we can reach them for Christ. Unfortunately, although that sounds good in theory, it is flawed because sin begets more sin.

Concerning the sin of fornication in the church, the Apostle Paul warned in 1st Corinthians 5:6-7, “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Allowing open sin in any church is infectious, causing others to go into sin too. Hard Bible preaching drives unrepentant sinners away from church. Neo-evangelicals don't preach hard against sin, which is why they draw such large crowds. It is not because God is working, nor because the church is doing something right. Quite the contrast, the church is dropping the ball for God, drawing in worldly people to a worldly church, and that is not Bible Christianity.

Without Bible preaching that instills conviction over sin, and warns sinners of God's fiery judgment to come in the eternal Lake of Fire, we cannot reasonably expect lost sinners to want to be saved. All I keep hearing about the Asbury event is for people to “join the movement.” Dear reader, Jesus warned in John 3:3b, “Ye must be born again.”

Friday, February 24, 2023

Precious Bible Verse Songs

James 5:13, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms."

One of the best ways to teach children (and adults) the Bible is by singing favorite Scripture passages. Brother Lester Roloff loved singing for the Lord Jesus Christ and continually taught youth Bible verse songs. What a blessing! Here are some awesome Bible verses sang by the girls at the Roloff Homes. There are many more songs scattered throughout Brother Roloff's sermons, which I for one am so thankful to have. I hope many of my web visitors will learn these songs and teach them to your children and the youth in your ministry (right click to download any of the files)...

Roloff Girls Singing, 1st Timothy 1:17
1st Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Roloff Girls Singing, Psalms 48:1-2
Psalms:48:1-2, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

Roloff Girls Singing, Psalms 25:1-4
Psalms 25:1-4, “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.”

Roloff Girl's Singing, 'I'm Ready To Do Thy Will O Lord/ Through It All'

Roloff Boys Singing, "I Walk With The Savior"

Roloff Singers Singing, "I'll Stand For Jesus And Let The World Go By"

Brother Lester Roloff And Friends Singing On 'The Family Alter Program' (1:30 hours)

Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” (click links to hear song melody). . .

Consent thou not. Consent thou not. My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Consent thou not. Consent thou not. My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live...”
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.”
Rejoice In The Lord, Always, And Again I Say Rejoice!
Rejoice In The Lord, Always, And Again I Say Rejoice!
Rejoice In The Lord, Always; Rejoice In The Lord, Always
Rejoice In The Lord, Always, And Again I Say Rejoice!
Rejoice! Rejoice! And Again I Say Rejoice!
Rejoice! Rejoice! And Again I Say Rejoice!
Rejoice In The Lord, Always, And Again I Say Rejoice!
Search on YouTube to view videos and hear more singing and sermons by this dear man of God.
Singing by Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

What About The Asbury Revival Event In Kentucky?

Matthew 15:7-9, Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

2nd Timothy 4:2-4, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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.

It was reported in this news this week that a religious event took place in Wilmore, Kentucky at Asbury University, a non-denominational religious college founded in 1890 which was originally called the, “Kentucky Holiness Movement.” The group is closely aligned theologically with the Wesleyan-Holiness Movement, a Lordship Salvation cult which errantly teaches that Christians can attain sinless perfection in this earthly lifetime.

According to John Wesley's perverse theology, you are not saved unless you are walking in holiness. That is totally unbiblical. What saith the Scripture? Romans 7:14, “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. The Apostle Paul said those sobering words, calling himself “carnal.” Even the best saint is still a sinner who struggles with the fleshly nature (Romans 7:14-25). Here is some news from INSIDER about the Asbury event...
A Christian college in Kentucky is dispersing crowds of thousands after going viral on TikTok with a spontaneous 13-day worship event
Charissa Cheong | February 20, 2023
The hashtag #asburyrevival has 77.9 million views on TikTok. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images and Asbury College website.
A Christian college in Kentucky went viral on TikTok as students worshipped for days on end. 
The spontaneous event drew in huge crowds who heard about it through social media. 
The university is now dispersing crowds to other venues due to the overwhelming attendance. 
A spontaneous Christian worship event at a small college in Kentucky is being dispersed after it went viral on TikTok and crowds in their thousands got too large for townspeople to handle, according to its principle. 
On February 8, students at Asbury University, a private Christian college in Wilmore, Kentucky, gathered for a regular, scheduled chapel service but ended up staying in the auditorium for days on end, in what staff say has been a completely unplanned act of 24/7 group prayer. 
Videos taken by those in attendance were posted on TikTok, where they went viral, with many labeling the event a revival — a religious service that can stretch for a prolonged period and intends to revitalize the spiritual life of its members and attract new ones.

The hashtag #asburyrevival has 77.9 million views, and videos show huge crowds gathered outside the university's Hughes Auditorium building, as well as vast numbers of people singing Christian songs inside. 
A large number of captions on the videos, some of which appear to have been posted by attendees and others which have been reposted and reshared by other users, point to the fact that many people in the crowds look young, despite reports which suggest that those belonging to Generation Z are less likely to participate in religious institutions in comparison to older people. 
One creator addressed the idea that Gen Z is "leaving the church" in a caption under a video of the service, writing, "We are leaving spaces where God is not free to move. We have an urgency to pursue what is real and true. We don't want a performance. We want the authentic presence of God." “Generation Z is leaving the church” No. We are leaving religion. We are leaving spaces where God is not free to move. We have an urgency to pursue what is real and true. We don’t want a performance. We want the authentic presence of God. These are the moments I could dwell in forever. This is just the beginning of what is to come. #asburyuniversity #asbury #asburyrevival #revival #genz #genzchristians ♬ original sound - Ally 
Local CBS affiliate WKYT-TV reported that tens of thousands of visitors have been drawn into Wilmore, which has a population of just over 6,000 people, at various points across the event, which has now been going on for 13 days. 
"It has absolutely been social media that is the mechanism that people found out about this," Mark Whitworth, Asbury University's vice president of communications, told NBC. 
In a video statement shared on February 19 to the Asbury University website, Dr. Kevin J. Brown, the university's principal, said that crowds at the event had gotten so big that school staff and town officials no longer had the resources to accommodate everyone, adding that local authorities had been called upon to redirect traffic away from the town. 
My humbly thoughts about this social event is that it is more typical neo-evangelical, shallow, wishy-washy, garbage. The town of Wilmore only has 6,000 residents, but 15,000 people attended the Asbury worship event. Dear reader, where was the Gospel? No Gospel was preached to those 15,000 attendees.

I noticed the following disturbing TikTok comment (by a participant of the Asbury event) mentioned on INSIDER'S webpage... “Generation Z is leaving the church” No. We are leaving religion. We are leaving spaces where God is not free to move. We have an urgency to pursue what is real and true. We don’t want a performance. We want the authentic presence of God. These are the moments I could dwell in forever. This is just the beginning of what is to come.


Several years ago I did much research into the beliefs of occultists' Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) and her ungodly protégé Alice Bailey (1880-1949). I was shocked by what I learned. Alice Bailey authored a book detailing the Luciferian plot to achieve a New World Order. She called her plot the “Externalisation Of The Hierarchy.” The following shocking quote from Alice Bailey ought to alarm every born-again Christian in the world. I'll explain the Satanic meaning and dark agendas set forth by Miss Bailey after you read this disturbing quote...
"The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished. I indicate the hope. I do not assert a fact. Its work is intended to be the holding of a broad platform. The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas. The church as a teaching factor should take the great basic doctrines and (shattering the old forms in which they are expressed and held) show their true and inner spiritual significance. The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages. Teachers must be trained; Bible knowledge must be spread; the sacraments must be mystically interpreted, and the power of the church to heal must be demonstrated.

...There is no question therefore that the work to be done in familiarising the general public with the nature of the Mysteries is of paramount importance at this time. These Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity, if those groups leave off being organisations with material purpose, and become organisms with living objectives." [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Alice Bailey, 'The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy,' pp. 510, 514
Whoa! Did you understand that? Alice Bailey taught her Luciferian followers (Theosophists), that a New World Order could be advanced by infiltrating and corrupting local churches. She taught her followers to infiltrate and corrupt churches, by maintaining the superficial outer shell (core beliefs) of the church (just to keep up appearances), but then actually teach new age philosophies from the pulpit to convert the congregation to support New World Order ideologies. We see this happening today with the invasion of Devil's Bible revisions, which brutally attack the deity of Jesus, obliterate the Godhead (Trinity), and pervert the true meaning of Bible repentance to be saved. We see this Satanic corruption of the churches by their unbiblical support of manmade Israel (Zionism).

Miss Bailey further stated in her writings that, “the church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas.” We see this happening everywhere today. Basically, Alice Bailey was teaching that we must not have pastors like Steven L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona (who is about as radical in his preaching as a preacher can get, for which I love the man dearly). Miss Bailey taught that churches should become Caspar Milquetoast, mundane, wishy-washy, lukewarm if you will; but not dynamic, Holy Spirit-filled and aggressive to preach THE TRUTH of God's Word.

Alice Bailey's demonic goal is to influence the churches to abandon irrefutable Bible theology, and replace it with ambiguous spirituality. She wanted tomorrow's youth to abandon organized religion, and instead pursue personal spiritual experiences. You see, when the Man of Sin (the Antichrist) comes, he will be a spiritual leader, worshipping the god of forces (Daniel 11:38b). In the previous quote which I shared with you from a TikTok youth, he or she even mentions forsaking religion to pursue something true and pure. Seeking God without theology (i.e., without the inspired Holy Bible), is like trying to drive a car blindfolded.

Let's break the preceding quote from Alice Bailey down into a few points, and examine it in light of the inspired Word of God:
  1. Apostate Churches Will Be The Nucleus Through Which The New World Order Is Implemented. Bailey says that modern apostate churches can be just as influential as John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the first appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. Shockingly, Bailey is teaching that the churches can be infiltrated and corrupted so that they actually help prepare for the coming of the Antichrist. Wow! Apostate Rick Warren (who has a personal net worth of $25,000,000) has been dubbed as “America's Pastor,” yet he has relentlessly promoted “Chrislam” (Christianity sinfully yoked together with Islam), and has called for all Christians to submit to the Catholic Pope. In essence, and I say this kindly, Pastor Warren is “America's Bastard” (meaning illegitimate). Illuminati Puppet, Pastor Rick Warren, Calls Jesuit Pedophile Devil Pope Francis, “OUR POPE”! What a fraud! Please watch the video titled: Rick Warren Exposed: Roman Catholic End Time Deception! If you understand what Alice Bailey is saying in the previous quote, you can clearly see how the Devil is using Pastor Warren to reform and corrupt the churches with New World Order philosophies. Warren claims that his book on “The Purpose Driven Life” is second in sales only to the King James Bible itself. I don't know if that's true, but that's what he claims. Warren said his book has been translated into 159 different languages. That is sad and tragic, because his book is a blueprint for Alice Bailey's New World Order.
  2. These Churches Will Be Ecumenical, Soft-On-Sin, Non-Controversial And Doctrinally Deficient. Bailey states: “The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas.” This defines Rick Warren's ecumenical compromise and shameful teachings. Warren's wishy-washy! Alice Bailey said the churches must refrain from being controversial, by becoming widely “tolerant.” Now you know why in March of 2015, 20,562 Presbyterian ministers sinfully embraced same-sex marriages in 10,083 churches!!! WOE UNTO THOSE CHURCHES!!! The dictionary defines the word “reactionary” as “extremely conservative.” No wonder Rick Warren flip-flops on the issue of homosexuality, apologetically expressing his lame beliefs, telling everyone that he has many gay friends. The word “revolutionary” means “radical.” Bailey said the churches must not teach radical doctrines, such as the truth that salvation is by faith alone!!! The churches are infected today with the false doctrine that a person must forsake a sinful life to be saved, which is 100% works salvation. Reformation is not a requirement for regeneration!!! Amen! Warren is an unsaved spiritual destitute man, who teaches the Lordship Salvation heresy (.pdf book), pulling on the same rope as the Devil. God deliver us from this evil generation!!! Bailey's plan for the New World Order is being successfully implemented, and the average church leader is woefully ignorant of these things. By God's grace, I am trying to wake you up!!! Here's a video clip of reprobate Rick Warren saying concerning Roman Catholics, “If you love Jesus, we're on the same team.” No, Catholics are on their way to a burning Hell in their sacramental salvation!!! Salvation is by faith, not human effort.
  3. These Churches Will Transform Biblical Theology Into Religious Spirituality. Bailey says, “The church as a teaching factor should take the great basic doctrines and (shattering the old forms in which they are expressed and held) show their true and inner spiritual significance.” Whoa! Alice Bailey said that to usher in the New World Order, the churches should change the fundamental doctrines of Christianity into religious forms that put forth New World Order philosophies instead. This is why many churches today are teaching spirituality without Biblical doctrinal soundness and truth. This is why the senior pastor (Miss Gretta Vosper) of the West Hill United Church in Toronto, Canada is a devout atheist!!! She says it's more important how we treat each other than what we believe. In April of 2014, Melanie Johnson-Debaufre of United Methodist Drew University Theological School and Robert J. Miller of Juniata College appeared as part of the Jesus Seminar on the Road program. These two liberal theologians spoke at the United Methodist Church in Washington DC, presenting their argument why Jesus DIDN'T bodily raise up from the dead. Literally, the Methodist church advertised and held a Resurrection-Denying Seminar!!! This is The Emerging Church today, the fulfillment of Alice Bailey's sinister plot to infiltrate the churches and exploit them to achieve a New World Order. I wish I could shake every fool-headed pastor, and wake him up to the horrifying reality that Luciferian-worshipping occultists are behind all modern counterfeit Bible versions!!! Satan is using the new corrupt Bible versions to corrupt and change the churches, transforming them from Biblical churches into Satanic false churches. Please watch the 1:46 hour documentary on the attack against the Word of God, Illuminati Plans 2016: The End Of The World.
  4. These Churches Will Have A Superficial Outer Shell, But Lack True Biblical Christianity. Alice Bailey said, “The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages.” Do you see how evil this reprobate woman was? Bailey is teaching that the church is to be exploited, as a whore, to deceive the masses of society. As you just read in her shocking sinister quote, Bailey says that in order to maintain the illusion of a real church (i.e., preserving the outer appearance), there should be a continuous flow of information. Now you know why these Satanic ministers always have another New York Times Best-Seller being sold in your nearest bookstore. The purpose of the New Testament Church is not to incessantly teach as Bailey claims; but rather, the Church is the Christian's spiritual family. Church is where we hear preaching to mature in the Lord, get comfort, receive encouragement, tithe and go soul-winning. Church is where we exalt the Savior, evangelize the sinner and edify the saints!!! Please read from the awesome, doctrinally sound book, The Purpose Of Going To Church (by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001). If your church doesn't have strong-preaching against sin, you're in a sick church! If your church doesn't go soul-winning, your in a sick church! If your church uses modern corrupt Bible versions, and teaches the heresy of Lordship Salvation, your in a religious cult!!! Alice Bailey said that apostate churches should PRESERVE “the outer appearance IN ORDER TO REACH [DECEIVE] THE MANY who are accustomed to church usages.” In other words, make it look like a church, but it's not a real church!!!
My friend, what you just read by Alice Bailey is a manual on how to infiltrate, corrupt and destroy the churches! It is happening now!!! Our churches are in ruins. Evangelist Billy Sunday saw this horrifying trend a century ago in 1914...

“It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn't suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back.” ~Billy Sunday, 'The Need for Revivals,' from "Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message,” by biographer William T. Ellis; Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1914
My humble opinion of the Asbury event is that it was not initiated by God. No Gospel was preached. There was no contending for the faith. There was no Bible preaching against sin. There was no one saved. There was only religious hysteria. Communist Karl Marx said that religion is the opiate of the people. Marx calls religion “das Opium des Volkes” [the people’s opium] (Marx: 1976, p. 378) because he sees religion as a means to escape the misery of the world. The people need this opium, that it gives itself, because the individual human lacks awareness and coping mechanisms for the world’s lack.

I humbly don't see that any edifying spiritual significance resulted from the recent Asbury event. Purportedly, 15,000 people descended upon Wilmore, Kentucky to partake of a spiritual experience, a so-called “spiritual awakening. Isn't this why 50,000 people attend a music concert? The Guinness World Book Of Records confirms that singer Rod Stewart (on December 31, 1994) drew the biggest crowd in history, an astounding 4,200,000 people to a rock concert at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rod is my older brother! Just kidding, or am I? I don't know if Rod is related to me, but we both have the same last name. I love my last name, Stewart.

Anyway, my point is that people are drawn to sensationalism, to advertised events. What happened at Asbury University was not a revival wrought by God, it was an event hosted by religious proselytes. Since the Gospel wasn't preached, sin wasn't exposed, and nobody got born-again, I see no reason to honor this event as something initiated by the Holy Spirit. As far as I'm concerned, it was a publicity stunt by Asbury University to boost attendance next year.

I am surprised how many religious people lend credence to this religious hoax! So what that a bunch of religious people from nearby towns and cities flocked to Wilmore, Kentucky to worship God. Big deal! James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Even the fallen angels believe in God. Sure evidence that an event is NOT of God is anything that is vague, wishy-washy, ambiguous, not clearly defined what they believe, neo-evangelical and ecumenical (multi denominational gatherings).

The Asbury event drew followers from umpteen different religious faiths (including unsaved people), to come and worship God. This is NOT a revival, nor is it a spiritual awakening. It was a mere event of religious people, not born-again Christians, nor lost sinners coming to Christ while hearing the Gospel of free grace preached. 2nd Timothy 4:2-4, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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.

If an independent fundamental Baptist college like Commonwealth Baptist College in Lexington, Kentucky were to hold revival services, hardly anybody except their own people would attend, because the masses hate THE TRUTH. The Asbury event was attended by hellbound Roman Catholics, Churches of Christ, Lordship Salvation cultists (e.g., Bob Jones University) and other infidels of the faith. They are all children of the devil. The lost and dying world are not going to be reached with the Gospel by hosting worshipping events. Lost sinners need to hear Bible preaching against sin, being warned of the judgment to come in Hell. They need to hear the Gospel, to know how they can escape God's wrath upon lost sinners. Religion is NOT the answer; the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer!

As we draw nearer to the now forming Devil's New World Order, we will see a continued trend for society to forsake organized religion and instead pursue personal spirituality devoid of the inspired Word of God. We will continue to see a departure from the inspired King James Bible, and people instead pursuing the Devil's corrupted Bible perversions. Local churches will continue the trend of moving away from preaching a free grace Gospel, and instead promote the Devil's lies of Lordship Salvation, Calvinism and misunderstood repentance (aka, you must “turn away from your sins” to get to Heaven junk theology).

Satan has already crept into 95% of the churches. Bible preaching nowadays has been replaced with Christian psychology. The power of the Holy Spirit has been replaced with entertainment venues in the churches. A genuine passion for preaching and upholding THE TRUTH has sadly been replaced with THE LOVE OF MONEY in nearly all churches, Bible colleges (like the shameful Pensacola Christian College) and missions. It is very difficult to find a church with a pastor who genuinely love people anymore. Sadly, at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) the cult system always comes first, individual people do not matter. There is a woeful lack of compassion and love at PCC and their Campus Church for people. I speak this to their utter shame at PCC. At PCC there is a rigid set of rules that everyone must follow, executed mercilessly with no sense of love, forgiveness, second chances or compassion. PCC is definitely A CULT!

So don't be surprised dear reader over the apostasy that we see everywhere today in the churches and Bible colleges. The inspired Holy Bible foretold that in the last days people would no longer follow sound doctrine, but instead would heap to themselves false teachers, having itching ears (only hearing what they want to hear). Beware of big religious events like what went down at Asbury University. It was a manmade phenomena, nothing more. When God is truly involved, you'll see 3,000 souls saved, like on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).

Monday, February 20, 2023

Pastor Jack Hyles' “repent of my sins” Error In His 1962 Book: "Let's Go Soulwinning"

Acts 16:28-32, “But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.”

1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) wrote his popular book: "Let's Go Soulwinning" back in 1962. Brother Hyles changed some of his doctrinal positions decades later when he grew in knowledge. Here is page 28 from his book, in which he errantly teaches lost sinners to 'repent of my sins' to get to Heaven...

Dr. Hyles' Heresy On Repentance in 1962

Biblically, the Bible does not contain the phrases: “repent of my sins” or “turn from your sinful ways.” Corrupt preachers added these words. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” No doubt, Pastor Hyles was sincere in his words.

Likewise, I was shocked when I discovered some damnable heresy preached by Pastor Danny Castle nearly 40 years ago. Thankfully, today Pastor Castle has changed, and today only preaches a free grace Gospel. Brother Castle no longer preaches damnable heresy. As I said, preachers learn and change, for which I commend them. The same is true of myself. The biggest threat to young preachers today are the apostate Bible colleges, where they are indoctrinated to deny the inspiration of the Holy Bible, wickedly taught a counterfeit gospel of Lordship Salvation, and wickedly brainwashed with a wrong meaning of repentance. Ironically, the greatest threat to a man's faith is Bible college.

Pastor Hyles stopped teaching that heresy years later. In the following chapter titled: "Misunderstood Repentance," from Pastor Hyles' 1993 excellent book, "Enemies Of Soul Winning," he boldly exposes the false idea that a person must turn away from sinful behavior to get to Heaven. Here we clearly see that Brother Hyles no longer preached the heresy that he did back in 1962. It is wrong for critics to go around misinterpreting Dr. Hyles, accusing him of preaching heresy, when for the past 30 years of his ministry he preached a true meaning of repentance. People change. Preachers hone their doctrinal knowledge and change. Brother Hyles taught me to always be willing to move to the right, but never to the left. That is, always be willing to admire that you were wrong, and move to a better position; but don't ever compromise your moral standards or convictions if you know you're in the right.

Dr. Hyles had three mentors (heroes) of the faith: Lester Roloff (1914-1982), Lee Robertson (1909-2007) and John R. Rice (1895-1980). All of these men were respectively: 14, 17 and 31 years older than Brother Hyles. Dr. John R. Rice rice taught (in his religious tract titled: "What Must I Do To Be Saved?") that a person must turn away from sin with all their heart to be saved. This has confused millions of people. Dr. Rice unwisely chose to use those words "turn away from sin." Albeit, I do know that Dr. Rice was saved, from reading his other writings.

Dr. Rice plainly teaches that the man who BELIEVES has repented...
There are those hyper-dispensationalists who think that John the Baptist preached a different Gospel from Christ when he commanded repentance (Matt. 3:2). But it is the same repentance Jesus commanded in Matthew 4:17, in Luke 13:3 and 5, and the same repentance that Paul preached in Athens that God “now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30 31). Repentance is not a different plan of salvation from having faith: it is part of the same plan of salvation. Or rather repentance is simply another way of describing or looking at the plan of salvation. One who turns from sin to God has done so by trusting in Jesus Christ. A change of mind toward sin is necessarily involved in saving faith.

Everyone who genuinely repented under the preaching of John the Baptist put his trust in the Saviour John the Baptist preached, and was regenerated. There is no such thing as being “a disciple of John the Baptist” in any honest sense without being a disciple of Jesus, that is, without trusting Christ for salvation. [emphasis added] 
SOURCE: Evangelist John R. Rice, “Acts: Filled With The Spirit,” pp. 251-252; Sword Of The Lord, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; ©1963
Amen, that is correct! The man who BELIEVES on Jesus Christ has turned from his sins. And that is the ONLY extent to which a man must turn from his sins to be saved, by BELIEVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Acts 16:30-31). Nothing else is required nor permitted in God's simple plan of salvation.

There is a change of mind toward sin in repentance, but ONLY to the degree that a man acknowledges that he is a guilty needy sinner in the sight of a holy God. Romans 3:19-20 teaches that the LAW of God was given that every mouth would be stopped of self-righteous boasting, and that all the world would become GUILTY BEFORE GOD. Verse 20 says the law as given to humanity to give them THE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN. That is, the law was given to show mankind that we are all desperately wicked and need the Savior, Jesus Christ.

So repentance does in fact involve a change of mind toward sin, but only that we admit we are guilty sinners in need of redemption, lest we receive our just wages in the Lake of Fire for our sins. John 3:20 says that whosoever doeth evil (deliberate sin), refuses to come to the light of the truth of the Gospel to be saved. John 3:21, the next verse, says: "But he that DOETH TRUTH cometh to the light). The Bible didn't say, "But he that turns away from his sins." Repentance is acknowledging THE TRUTH that we are a guilty sinner in God's sight, thus seeing our need, the law then brings us to CHRIST to be saved by grace through faith in Him (Galatians 3:24-26). ...
Romans 3:19-22, “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. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
Boy, I just love those Bible verses! Did you understand Romans 3:19-22 dear reader? All of the Old Testament prophets (including the Jews' greatest prophet, Moses) peached the Bible truth that we are saved by faith alone in the Messiah, the Christ. The imputed righteousness of God is WITHOUT the law! By “law,” the Bible is referring to all the laws which Jews were required to keep to please God (there were approximately 720 laws—including moral, ceremonial and civil laws). The Apostle Peter called trying to keep all those Old Testament laws—
a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:10b). Thank God that His wonderful plan of salvation is WITHOUT the law.

And for that matter, God's plan of salvation has always been WITHOUT the law, even for those Old Testament Jews living in Palestine who were commanded by God to keep the law. What saith the Scripture? Acts 10:43, To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Having said that, it is clear to me that John R. Rice was saved. He at times was careless in his words. We read in Acts 15:5 that a certain sect of Pharisees BELIEVED. They were believers. But they told the Gentiles who just got saved that they were required to observe Jewish traditions of circumcision and keeping the law of Moses. The Apostle Peter sets them straight, as well as James later in the chapter (verse 24). Peter tells these confused saved Pharisees that the law was a burden, bondage (slavery) for those who tried to obey it, and couldn't.

Peter teaches that in fact, the Gentiles DON'T have to be circumcised or keep the law of Moses. It is clear to me that the false teachers in Acts 15:1 were not saved at all, because they required words to be saved. But the saved group of Pharisees in Acts 15:5 were just confused, and needed to be corrected in their doctrine. So, likewise, Dr. Rice needed to be corrected in his doctrine, which unfortunately doesn't seem to have happened. Dr. Rice is still one of the most widely recognized scholars of his generation, but he was still just a flawed man, fully capable of doctrinal error, and he would have bene the first to admit so.

The phrase "repent of your sins" in itself doesn't make a man unsaved. I don't think that a preacher should use those words, since they are nowhere found in the inspired Holy Bible. Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) addresses this very phrase, "repent of your sins," explaining that it all depends on what the speaker means by using the phrase. If the preacher means to forsake your sinning, then he is a damnable liar and false prophet; but if he means that you must realize you are a guilty sinner condemned under God's law, then I agree.

Dr. Rice meant the latter, which is evident from the earlier quote I shared with you. And because Dr. Rice was one of Pastor Jack Hyles' mentors, and Dr. Hyles preached 2,200 revival meetings together with Dr. Rice over a 20 year period, Dr. Hyles picked up on things that John R. Rice said from the pulpit (and vise versa). So this, in my humble opinion, is what happened. But, as I have shown you, Dr. Hyles was one of the biggest opponents of the heresy that a person must “
turn away from their sinful ways to be saved.

Dr. Hyles considered it an enemy of soulwinning, because you cannot get saved that way. That is, by trying to give up your sinning. That is a false gospel. Turning from your evil ways is WORKS! Jonah 3:10, And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” The people of Nineveh didn't get saved, but because they turned away from their evil ways God changed His mind about destroying Nineveh (the capital city of Assyria).

Dr. Rice's use of the phrase "turn from your sin" in itself doesn't mean that he wasn't saved. As I mentioned, it depends on what he meant by the phrase. As we learned from the preceding quotes, Brother Rice didn't believe that repentance means to forsake a lifestyle of sinning, which would be WORKS. In my humble opinion, Dr. Rice foolishly chose his words, as ALL preachers do from time to time, including myself.

What bothers me is that the internet is full of critics, who have never preached a single sermon, never shared the Gospel with one lost person, never built a hotdog stand; yet they will scrutinize and teardown every preacher they possibly can, cherry picking single statements without doing their homework to see what the man really believes.

I know for a fact that John R. Rice and Jack Hyles believed that the man who believes has also repented. These faithful men of God didn't view repentance as something separate from faith that you must do. Check out this religious infidel, Ray Comfort, who teaches that repentance is something entirely different from faith that a person must do, which is blasphemy against the Word of God.

You'll never read any place where I tell people to "repent of your sins" or to "turn away from your sinful ways" to be saved, because those statements utterly confuse people. Dr. Hyles is right—the only sin that we literally need to turn away from to get to Heaven is UNBELIEF, because unbelief is the only sin which can keep a person from entering into Heaven. Every preacher must choose his words very carefully, lest they be misconstrued and misinterpreted by the audience. This has never been more apparent than in our generation today, where the masses hinge upon every word from preacher's mouths. The inspired Word of God should be our only authority, and we should be diligent to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

The bottom line is that nowhere in the inspired Holy Bible do we find the phrases “repent of your sins” or “turn away from your sins.” Preachers who choose to use these unbiblical phrases, do their victims an injustice by confusing them, leaving them wondering what it means to repent of your sins. Obviously that phrase means different things to different people. I encourage you to read our text passages again, so you can see God's simple plan of salvation...
Acts 16:28-32, “But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.”

1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
God's simple plan of salvation, is that you acknowledge before a holy God that you are a guilty needy sinner, and by childlike faith receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He was buried, but then raised up from the dead three days later. If that is your only hope for Heaven, you are saved dear friend. You don't have to give up your sinning to be saved; God sent His only begotten Son into the world to die on a cross to pay for your sins. Who can give up their sinning? That's right, no one! Eternal life is a free gift from God, which Jesus has already paid for with His precious blood.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

God Was Not Directly Judging The People Of Syria And Turkey With Earthquakes

Luke 13:1-5, "There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

A pastor said this week that the deadly earthquakes in Syria and Turkey were God's judgment upon them, because of the wickedness in those countries. Is that true? Is that biblical? No, I think not. My humble opinion regarding the deadly earthquake in Syria and Turkey (45,000 dead so far) is that, yes, it was God's judgment in the broad sense that we live in a fallen world because of sin in general, but not judgment upon those people in particular. Jesus made this clear in our text Scripture passage from Luke 13:1-5.

As of February 19, 2023 there are 45,000 dead in Syria and Turkey

If God were to judge a city, "SIN CITY" Las Vegas would be smoldering in a heap of fire, rubble and ashes. God destroyed Sodom and other nearby cities in the plains of Sodom, as an example of what will happen to all the wicked. Jude 1:7, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

I humbly don't think what just happened to Syria and Turkey is God's direct punishment against them; but rather, is part of living in a fallen world. Why does a drunk driver swerve into oncoming traffic and murder a Christian? Yet, an unsaved atheist has a safe commute to and from work for 30 years? Ecclesiastes 9:11 teaches that "time and chance" happens to all. Ecclesiastes 9:11, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Biblically, there is such a thing as "luck."

If a person chooses to build a home near the ocean, as they foolishly did in Galveston, Texas and in New Orleans, Louisiana, it is not God's judgment when they were submerged a few years later under 20 feet of water. Jesus told the parable of the foolish man who built his house upon the sand.

This week I watched a news interview, with a local architect in Turkey. The reporter asked the man why the 50 buildings that he designed in Turkey are ALL still standing. The architect said that it is as simple as positioning the building's four main rectangular support beams perpendicular to each other, so that the rocking motion cannot topple the pillars. That was brilliant. The fact of the matter is that all of the buildings that he designed in Turkey are still standing. So the reason why MOST of the buildings crumbled wasn't God's judgment, it was incompetent architects, greedy contractors and lackadaisical city building inspectors. God is not to blame for those 7,500 destroyed buildings that collapsed, humans are to blame.

Albeit, we know that everything bad which happens in this world is because of Adam's sin, and ours also. Romans 5:12, “
Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” This was the point that Jesus was making in Luke 13:1-5. Since we are all sinners, and we live in a fallen world, DEATH is inescapable. Jesus was warning those people that their turn to die is soon coming, so they had better repent (think differently) to get saved by believing the Gospel.

When dozens of tornadoes set down many years ago in 2008, killing dozens of people across several midwestern states, cartoon evangelist Jack Chick made the absurd claim that God was judging the United States for not helping support Israel more. I wrote this article to refute his Zionist superstition. This is the bizarre Zionist heresy being taught in many Baptist churches today. I am glad that Pastor Anderson exposes the Zionist movement.

I remember when hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans coast in 2005. Preachers everywhere were calling it God's judgment on New Orleans because of their annual Mardi Gras. The same with 9/11. Pastors called it God's judgment upon America. We have since learned that evil men conspired to pull off 9/11, including the Satanic Skull & Bones Bush family. Again, 9/11 was evil men who orchestrated this catastrophe, not God. Christians blame God far too much! It was then President George W. Bush and company who beared false witness against Iraq, and then brutally murdered 1,455,590 innocent people in Iraq. It sickens me.

Just to show you how evil and clever Satan and the Luciferian elite are, I saw a military movie recently about the Iraq war. In the movie, they showed U.S. soldiers finding weapons of mass destruction. As we know, in reality no weapons were ever found in Iraq. So to deceive the American people 20 years later, CIA influenced Hollywood is writing lying fraudulent movie scripts that teach people through movies to believe the big lie. Unreal. The wicked New World Order powers behind the scenes are relentlessly trying to INDOCTRINATE the American people that Iraq had WMDs, to justify the incalculable evil that we did to a sovereign nation. In reality, no WMDs were ever found in Iraq. Those elusive WMDs only exist in Satanic lying Hollywood films. The Devil is the father of all liars (John 8:44).

Years ago an F5 tornado set down in Georgia and killed 7 members of a Baptist church. Was this God's judgment? YES! Not specifically toward those people, but upon mankind in general. That is why we must ALL die, because the wages of sin in death (Romans 6:23). Last month I smashed my finger in the carpet-cleaner that I rented from Lowe's. Ouch! ...

And then a few days later I scratched my right knee while assembling a 7-shelf bookcase that I bought from Walmart...

Ouch! God wasn't judging me, but I suffered such injuries because I am a sinner living in a fallen world. In both instances I got injured because it was my own fault. They were accidents. 

Sadly, if the truth be known, I'd dare say that 95% of man's tragedies are caused by human error, stupidity, pride and the love of money. I like watching Mayday on YouTube, about plane crashes and the NTSB investigations that follow. The one for Guam (Korean flight 801) is heartbreaking, in which 229 people died. There were only 25 survivors. It took rescuers over an hour to reach the victims, as many of them burned to death in jet fuel while waiting for help. So sad.

God wasn't judging them. The pilots messed up. The airport had inoperative equipment because of maintenance that dragged on for 2 months. There was a bunch of problems that contributed to the crash. This is part of living in a fallen world. I have watched a few dozen episodes of Mayday. One big thing that I learned is that 80% of all plane crashes are due to pilot error. That is scary.

When I was younger I thought everything was God's judgment, but now that I am older I don't think that way anymore. The people in Syria and Turkey KNOW that they live in an earthquake zone. They had a big earthquake in 1999, and vowed that they'd be ready for the next one. Someone dropped the ball.

I remember back in 1980 when a big earthquake hit California. I was shocked that the city's officials were stupid enough to have built double-decker highways. This is what happened, killing many people...

I remember watching the news back then. Doctors were amputating victim's arms and legs to get people freed from the highway that landed on them. It was horrific. Humans cause many of our own disasters and deaths. I'm surprised that I'm still Accidents follow me I've broken both arms, got a top fence twist up my chin, busted my head open multiple times (to knock some sense into, got metal in my eye at work, et cetera. I busted my head open on an ICC bumper on back of a truck at work. Ouch! I got stitches at the hospital.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my humble opinion about the tragic earthquake deaths in Syria and Turkey. My heart goes out to all those families who have lost loved one. Many entire families were killed, buried under rubble. In the book of Acts in the Bible, we read that the believers were first called "Christians" at Antioch, Syria. Acts 11:26, "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." The ancient city of Antioch (today called Antakya) was devastated by the recent earthquakes.

Suffering, pain, disease, sickness, death and tragedy will always be a natural part of living in a fallen world. This doesn't mean that people who suffer are worse sinners than others, it just means that we are all vulnerable to time and chance.

I always hear people errantly saying that someone was, “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” If you think about that statement, it is IMPOSSIBLE. If you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you wouldn't be there!
  • You can be in the wrong place at the right time.
  • You can be in the right place at the wrong time.
  • You can be in the right place at the right time.
  • But you cannot be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Unfortunately, those people in Syria and Turkey were in the right place at the wrong time. They lived there. That area was there home. The first earthquake came at about 4 am, while everyone was sleeping. They didn't know what hit them, as the buildings fell upon them.

We live in a fallen world. I think it is cruel and mean to accuse a person, family, group, city or nation of being judged by God when disasters strike, as if we are more righteous than they are. Jesus plainly teaches in Luke 13:1-5 that YOU and I are just as wicked as the next guy. Don't judge others because they sin differently than you do!

Faithful Christians Still Deserve To Go To Hell

Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

I recently heard someone comment on social media, that Christian believers who aren't faithful to serve God deserve to go to Hell, but they won't because they have eternal security. I kindly replied to her post that even faithful believers still deserve to go to Hell. All humans are bad. There is none that doeth good, no not one. Ecclesiastes 7:20, “
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

One of my favorite sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles is called: "He Died For Your Righteousness Too." Dear reader, I don't care how long you have been saved, or how good of a saint you may think you are, you still deserve to burn in Hell, fire and brimstone for all eternity (and so do I). We are ALL dirty, filthy, guilty sinners.

I have often said truthfully that the ONLY difference between the most noble saint and the vilest wretched criminal upon the face of the earth, is the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Without the blood of Jesus that washes all of our sins away, we are just as ungodly and deserving of Hell in God's sight as Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy! You see dear friend, neither you or I have any righteousness to offer God. Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Yes, even our best efforts to please God in our own human righteousness is utter FILTH to God. The “filthy rags” in Isaiah 64:6 actually refers to a woman's rags as pertaining to her unpleasant time of the month. Your self-righteousness does not impress God dear reader.

That is why Jesus said in Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” What righteousness did the Scribes and Pharisees have? They had their own self-righteousness. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

The Scribes and Pharisees had THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is according to THE LAW. That is, they superficially lived a morally upright life to be seen of men. They lived above reproach, but they couldn't live above sin. NO ONE can live above sin! You may be able to hide your sins from others, but God sees everything. Hebrews 4:13, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” One's SELF righteousness is insufficient to please God. The problem is that no matter how much good we may do, it cannot undo or atone for our past sins. If you have been born-again, then God has erased your criminal record in Heaven. Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. But if you have not yet accepted Christ as your personal Savior, then your sins are all recorded against you in God's books (Revelation 20:11-15).

Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. I love Romans 10:3-4. Some people errantly claim that Romans chapter 1o has nothing to do with the salvation of the soul; but rather, they ignorantly claim that Romans 10 is about the future salvation of the physical nation of Israel. We know that they are wrong, because as we just read in verses 3 and 4, this passage is plainly speaking about getting born-again by faith in Jesus Christ.

The Jews were going about to establish THEIR OWN RIGHEOUSNESS” [emphasis added]. They hadn't yet submitted themselves unto the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD” [emphasis added]. I absolutely love this precious passage of Scripture. Dear friend, no one is worthy of Heaven. I don't care how good and righteous you may think you are as a child of God, the ONLY righteousness which you will ever have is GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!

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