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Real Men Do Not Let Women Emasculate Them

Image result for images chivalryDo not read this post if you cannot handle the truth! Extreme feminism is a scourge on the USA. It is one of our top-five enemies and is still wreaking havoc far and wide. You can expect the secular world to wallow in the mire, but the Christian World should know better. Extreme feminism has become such a problem in the USA, that it has even infected the Christian Church. Preachers fearing a backlash from feminists, tickle women’s ears with half the truth, while being too frightened to share the rest of the truth.

Where did the notion of men being the leaders come from? Almighty God! In essence, extreme feminists accuse Almighty God of male-chauvinism, because He made men to be the head of the marriage and the family. Dare we open the pages of the Holy Bible to shed light on this subject? If we are REAL Christians, then we are obligated to search out the truth on all matters. In the very first three chapters of the Holy Bible, we begin to see the answer.

Genesis 2:18, “YaHVeH God said: it is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a help mate for him.”

Read all of chapter two. Almighty God made the man first. Because it was not good for Adam to be alone, the Creator opened Adam’s side, took out one of his ribs, and from Adam’s own body made Adam a mate to help Adam. Read it again and again. Eve was made from Adam for Adam. Woman’s earthly purpose is to be with man and to help man. Of course, a woman should love Almighty God above all; and yet, she was created for the purpose of being with man and to help man.

This does not mean, that women should not be able to make any choices for themselves. This does not mean, that women have no rights. This does not mean, that women are inferior. I am just stating for the record, what Almighty God requires of women.

Women are awesome creatures. They are equal in value to men. The role that Almighty God gave to women is absolutely necessary. The Creator gave women this role, because He wanted them to have it, and He does not want any man acting like a woman or becoming like a woman. Also, the woman is the weaker vessel, because the Almighty made them weaker. (First Peter 3:7) The reason you do not see women competing in weight-lifting competitions with men; is because, they would never ever win. The reason you don’t see women competing with men in the Olympic 100 yard dash; is because, they would never win. The reason you don’t see women playing in the NFL; is because, women would be easily injured or even killed in the normal gridiron war that takes place for 60 minutes. Women are physically incapable of competing with men in strength and speed.

Genesis 2:18 reveals, that the woman is the man’s helper mate. Titus 2:5 calls women “keepers at home”. First Timothy 2:12 says women are not to usurp the authority of the man. First Corinthians 11:10 says women ought to have authority on their heads. First Corinthians 11:9 tells us, that man was not made for the woman, but the woman was made for the man. Ephesians 5:24 teaches that wives are to be suject to their husbands in the way that the Church is subject to Christ. First Timothy 5:8  shows that husbands are supposed to provide for their wives and not the other way around. First Corinthians 11:3 shows that God is head of the man and that man is the head of the woman. First Corinthians 11:5 teaches, that if a woman prays or prophesies without her head covered (long hair or a covering First Corinthians 11:15), then she dishonors her husband (head v. 3). Ephesians 5:33 tells us, that a wife is to reverence her husband. First Peter 3:7 calls woman the weaker vessel. Genesis 3:16 teaches, that the man will rule over the woman.

The Holy Bible teaches much of what the man is supposed to do for the wife as well, but I am speaking of the liabilities of extreme feminism. Wives, usurping the role of their husband, causes sons to be wimpy. Continual arguments of equal-pay-for-women, the-pay-gap, the-gender-gap, equal-rights-for-women, women’s-rights-in-the-military, etc. TEND to keep American society in an upheaval; when in fact, these are basically feminist arguments that resist the natural order that Almighty God created for society (those who do not read carefully will miss the point). Career women TEND to take on the male role as provider and this TENDS to frustrate the natural order of things. Women working in a man’s world do not like men’s conversation and want to force men to accomodate feminism; when in fact, women have unnaturally invaded what was primarily made for men. The American military is being emasculated by women and homosexuals. The USA is full of female-chauvinists.

Traditional America to a large degree did not have all these problems, because it respected the natural order that Almighty God created. I am sure that I have readers that are reading this and are steaming mad at me. If you are a secular woman, then I expect that of you, but if you are a Christian woman, then you should not have a secular mindset. You should be conforming your mind to the things of Almighty God and the Holy Bible. If you want to work and do in a man’s world, then you should tread carefully there, for the Almighty has created His natural order of things. Of course you can do whatever you choose; however, we all answer to Him and we will be judged by His word. I have given you many verses in the Holy Bible to prove the point; read them for yourself objectively and not through feminist eyes.

What ever happened to chivalry and its courtesy to women? Why do so many women hate for men to open the door for them? Why do women burn their bras? Why do women resist being led by a man? Why do women want to seize control of the marriage, family, Church and government? Why do American women in general look condescendingly at housewives. I will tell you precisely the reason: it happened in the Garden of Eden, when Eve listened to the serpent and ate of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”.

First Timothy 2:14, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

I am not saying, that men do not have faults too, but I am saying, that extreme feminism is playing a key role in the demise of America and someone needs to have the guts to say it.

For the real women out there, who are truly living according to the Almighty’s standards: I salute you. You are resisting an almost overwhelming tide of extreme feminism that teaches women to be like men. I encourage parents to teach your sons to be real Godly men and teach your daughters to be real Biblical women. I encourage you to stand resolutely against the tide of feminism and instead walk in the ways of Almighty God. I encourage you to resist the juggernaut of liberal secular ideas, that are raging on every hand. It takes a real man and a real woman to stand for what is right, without compromising the truth. My mother is just such a lady. Happy mother’s day mom. I love you.

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Misuse Of Tithe

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Christians need to hold their churches and pastors accountable for the proper use of tithes. Not all churches have this problem in the United States; however, many churches carelessly spend the Almighty’s tithe money.

It is a good thing to pay pastors reasonably well, so they can support their families properly; however, many churches pay lavish salaries to men who are not doing an excellent job in building the Kingdom of God. Taking this one step further, many churches have massive building projects that far exceed the need and benefit to the Kingdom of God. Both of these things are a serious liability to the Kingdom of God.

One church I attended was constantly asking for money, when the pastor was already receiving $100,000 dollars a year and maybe more including perks. This same Church had nice large buildings, but wanted to build bigger and nicer; even though, they were not yet to capacity. Most Sundays this same church had a sermonette before they took up the offering. They were constantly hammering and guilting the congregation to give even more. This same Church was loathe to show people the books on how monies were being spent. I boldly call this carelessness and unaccountability with the Almighty’s tithes and offerings and would say it to the face if given the opportunity. The Almighty does not give Church leaders a blank check with which to indulge themselves.

It is okay to preach once or twice a year about the importance and responsibility of giving. The Holy Bible does teach about tithing and supporting the work of the Kingdom of God; however, I am talking about the misuse of these monies.

Worldly people who are invited to be a part of our church services are oftentimes turned off to the church, because of begging for money and then trying to guilt everyone for not giving enough. Even many many Godly people tire of this way of operating and rightly so. Christ Himself talks about the disproportionate emphasis on tithing as compared to doing judgment, mercy and faith.

Matthew 23:23, “Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you pay tithes of mint, anise and cummin and have ommited the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy and faith. These ought you to have done and not to leave the other undone.”

Nothing has changed from then until now it seems. Many church leaders are more worried about their congregation paying tithes, than they are in teaching the weighter matters of the Word of God. They may teach some on the weightier matters, but they go to great lengths to insure that the money keeps flowing into the church coffers. They are determined that the huge salaries continue to be paid and increased, and bigger and greater buildings are being built.

Let me tell you something: I am not going to support these types of ministries no matter how much they rant and rave against me. Supporting hard working ministries, that are working hard to properly spread the gospel and to properly build the Kingdom of God, is more important than their guilting sermons. I have been to third world countries, where the need is great and the work of the Church sure enough could use a helping hand from the wealthy Church in America.

I can almost hear some Church leaders saying: hey, we support missions. For those churches who are truly giving much to missions; I say, good for you! But know this, the Church as a whole in the United States is giving a very small percentage of what it takes in, to help our brothers and sisters in countries where there is severe lack.

Do not let your pastor guilt you about giving to very needy churches in poverty stricken areas. The Holy Bible teaches us to be good stewards. Don’t let your pastor tell you, that his Church is where all your tithes must go. I would insist on him CLEARLY showing Holy Bible truth for that assertion. I do not believe the Holy Bible teaches that and I invite them to be bold enough to reason this out with me personally face to face. I am well prepared to show them why they are wrong in this argument. Yes, we should give to the local work of the Church; however, the local Church is also obligated to rightly disperse of the tithe monies and not spend it wastefully. As far as I am concerned, if they are doing a horrible job in spending this money, then the people of that Church should give less there, and instead support the work of the Kingdom of God where it is being used wisely. If your pastor then tells you, that you should go down the road and find a different church, you let it go in one ear and out the other. Pastors too will give an account of how they disperse the tithes, that are meant for the work of the Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 23:2, “Therefore, thus saith YaHVeH God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people: you have scattered My flock and driven them away and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings says the LORD.”

If your pastor and Church do a good job in dispersing the tithes, then be sure and help them out with your tithes and offerings. I am not teaching to be troublemakers; however, I am fearlessly teaching you to be wise to honor the Almighty with your tithes and offerings, even when your Church and pastor are being careless with the people’s tithes and offerings. Do not be afraid. Almighty God knows your heart.

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Careless Church

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Many pastors are in it for the money and are collecting massive lucrative salaries from the Church. Numerous pastors seem to be clueless as to the proper role of a shepherd. The spreading of the gospel often takes a back seat to buildings and salaries. A large percentage of churches prioritize the collection of tithes over more important matters of the Kingdom of God. The Church has gone soft on sin to the extent, that sometimes you can scarcely tell the difference between the Church and the world. To a large extent, the Church has become a worldly organization, with a righteous facade to hide its shame. Too often there is an absence of the anointing and power from on high.

The Church is not a building, a collections agency, a club, or an organization. It is the Body and Bride of Christ. The Body of Christ is made up of believers, that have separated themselves from worldliness, and are in the process of building a closer and closer relationship with the Father and the Son.

While we are commanded to assemble ourselves together with other believers, most of the biblical work of a Christian is done outside the walls of the Church building. We are to love our wives and husbands and children in our homes. We are to visit the fatherless and widows. We are to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. We are to take a genuine interest in strangers. We are to clothe the naked. We are to visit the sick and in prison. We are to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly. We are to train our children in the ways of Almighty God. We are to love our fellow man.

Concerning our Church meetings, the Church building is a place to worship the Creator corporately with other believers. It is to encourage and be encouraged to continue to maintain our faith in Christ and to continue the work of the Kingdom of God. It is a place to give testimony to the goodness of the Creator. It is a place to hear preaching and teaching and a word from the Almighty.

Mark 11:17, “And He taught saying unto them: Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.”

The word prayer here comes from a Greek word that implies “oratory chapel”. The Church building is a place for speaking words of prayer, worship, encouragement, admonition, Godly rebuke, teaching, preaching, testimony, etc. It is to  be filled with words that bring honor to Almighty God. When you leave Church; you should have a sense of having met with Almighty God and His people. You should have a sense of the eternal, and a determination to move forward in the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of Almighty God. You should sense an increase in zeal to live the life of Christ out in the world during the week.

While the Church is doing a little bit of these things; it needs to get back to being the Church. Churches are not supposed to spend their time trying to entertain people so that they will come back. The Church must be, and do, what the Almighty intended; or else, it is little more than a worldly organization that on the outside appears to be pious, but on the inside leaves much to be desired.

Wake up Church and be what you are supposed to be.

Ephesians 5:27, “That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

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America At Crossroads Of Disaster

 

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America rocked the world  July 4, 1776 by declaring itself free and independent from Great Britain. After defeating the British Empire in two separate wars and then soundly defeating the Spanish Empire in 1898, America was on its way to creating its own empire. Having played the key role to victory in World War I and World War II, America stood alone at the top of the heap of nations.

BUT WHEN AMERICA ACHIEVED GREATNESS SOMETHING HAPPENED: IT FORGOT THE ORIGIN OF ITS GREAT SUCCESS!!!

The uncommonly great foundation upon which America was built was not its military prowess.The wellspring of knowledge from whence America drew its astonishingly great inventions and innovations was not from itself. The mind-boggling robust economy of the USA, that has been the envy of the whole world, does not come from American genius. The incredible opportunity in the United States to become prosperous and even wealthy is not a result of superiority. ALL THESE ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF BLESSING FROM ALMIGHTY GOD, WHO HONORED US BECAUSE WE HONORED HIM IN THE PAST.

A great nation like the United States cannot be  conquered from without. The foundations must first be compromised from within or else any conqueror will fail. Well that is exactly what happened. Satan set his sights on the Supreme Court of the United States. To unravel righteousness, one must strike at the heart of morality. The things that honor Almighty God must be compromised as subtly as possible and the Supreme Court has done just that. It has cloaked its very unGodly decisions in shrewd pretty secular half-logical rhetoric to deceive the masses.

Two generations hence, the damage is manifested in the American people themselves. We have forgotten the God of our forefathers; and thus, we have stripped away the things that made us great to begin with. The great grandparents of Americans would be dismayed, if they new their great grandchildren. Of course I am speaking generally, but great grandchildren do not love the God of their great grandparents. They are rebellious and callous. They are not God-fearing. Their disrespect of heavenly things is horrifying and they do not know the God of their fathers. Again, there are exceptions, but few and far between.

Now we are less than three weeks away from electing the next American president. The Republican Party candidate leaves much to be desired. Trump does not have control of his tongue, his moral past is disreputable, and several things about him are questionable, but he does not hold Christ, the Church, & Christianity in disdain. I neither advocate voting for or against this man.

The Democrat Party candidate does seem to have somewhat control of her tongue and she comes across as your typical well informed politician; however, Hillary Clinton hates the Church, Christianity, traditional America and Holy Bible morality. She advocates for unholy things. She is a huge promoter of homosexuality, lesbianism, bi-sexuality, transgender, Islam, killing innocent unborn human babies, socialism, liberalism, progressivism, anti-capitalism, extreme feminism and more. I advocate strongly against electing this woman for president. Whatever you do, please do not vote for this very unGodly unAmerican woman, if you truly claim to be a Christian. The secular world will vote for whomever they choose with no consideration of Almighty God; however, the Christian is duty-bound to guard over family, country, church, and leadership. We are NOT exempted from acting responsibly politically as a Christian and we will give an account to Almighty God about it in eternity.

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God Is Not Mocked

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If you are a genuine Christian, you need to inform yourself as to just how delicate your position has become in the United States. At one time, there was no safer place in the world, than here for the followers of Christ. Early America was a bastion for Christian thought and governance, because it was God-fearing people that sacrificed so much to make it that way.

Neo-modern left-wingers have become aggressively bold in their open assualt against the Kingdom of God and everything Christian. New Wikileaks revelations have exposed a hatred in the Hillary Clinton camp for Catholics and Protestants alike. “The amazing bastardization of the faith” and “systematic thought on severely backward gender relations”? are the type of phrases emanating from these people, and it means that the Christian faith is evilly against LGBT?

These are people in the Democrat Party that want to run and ruin our country. They have the audacity to call Christianity and Godliness BASTARDIZED, because it holds to traditional beliefs that they reject?

OPEN YOUR EYES CHRISTIANS! One American political party could not be a greater enemy to us, and we are standing around twiddling our fingers, while they are burning Rome to the ground as it were. WAKE UP! Do not think that you are safe and that these are isolated little incidents? They are not isolated! they have become the norm!

Our country is being sold right out from under us. The door has been thrown open wide for extreme Muslim Islamists/Koranists to enter and they are already wreaking havoc across our land from New York City to Los Angeles and from Seattle to Miami. Once again, Hillary Clinton wants open borders. Tell me why? not because I don’t already know, but so that you can think for at least one moment about how precarious is the position of our great Republic.

Do not be deceived. Almighty God is not mocked. Whatsoever is sown will also be reaped. They are sowing to the wind and will reap the whirlwind. WE ARE ALREADY REAPING THE WHIRLWIND! How bad must it get before we pull our heads up out of the sand? The once quiet safe United States has already become a war zone. The forces of evil are PRESENTLY ripping and tearing. AWAKEN AND ARISE while yet you may.

Within the Christian Church itself, there are women who profess Christ, while boldly proclaiming women’s so-called right-to-abortion. APOSTASY in the Church is taking place right now in the United States. These things are as un-Christian as it gets; and yet, these women are calling it Christian.

America is in grave danger of going past the point of no return. The Holy Bible speaks about a point in the life of a nation beyond which there is no remedy. DO NOT BE DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED.

Only in Christ is the answer, is hope, is eternal life, is forgiveness of sins.

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Fornication

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Humans crave sensual pleasure. One indulgence quenches longing but for a moment. Minutes pass; hours pass; intrigue grows and abounds once again, demanding another outlet, raging for another fix.

Almighty God arranged human sexuality mysteriously; delightfully; wonderfully. He set boundaries and safety regulations for such a powerful expression. He wove it together with feelings, emotions, gender, biology, pleasure, psyche, companionship, self-esteem, morality, eternity, intimacy, mentality, love, pro-creation, relationship, marriage, family, spirituality, and your very soul. Human sexuality reflects across a wide spectrum of human experience refusing to be ignored.

The Creator reserved human sexuality EXCLUSIVELY for marriage. He reserved it for the intimate interaction of one man with one woman in marriage. He made it to provide great unity and pleasure between he and she, and of course a safe place to have children and grow a family.

Enter fallen Lucifer. He realizes the importance and power of human sexuality and he perverted that wonderful phenomenon created by Almighty God.  He introduced forbidden sexual relations into the human race to break and destroy what was breathtakingly beautiful and it is generally called “fornication”. Sex between boys and girls, sex between unmarried men and women, sex between a married person and an unmarried person, sex between two people who are married but not to each other, sex between adults and children, sex between two men, sex between two women, sex between a human and an animal, orgy sex in a group, sex between couples trading off their partners all night long.

The result of this fornication is chaos mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, etc. It damages or destroys marriages, families, relationships, churches, communities, children, men, women, boys, girls. It is one of Satan’s signature sins to wreak havoc on humans, and fornication = sexual immorality. It includes adultery, incest, homosexuality, bestiality and of course sex between a single male and a single female.

Sexual immorality can enslave a person to the point of making it very difficult to ever return. Hollywood and a large percentage of its actors and actresses have enriched themselves with the profits from glorifying fornication, and infecting the United States and the world with its consequences. Hollywood even infects its own people with fornication, through placing two people who are not married to each other, into sexual roles that are acted out together and exposing each other to their nakedness.

First Corinthians 6:18, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body, but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.”

First Corinthians 7:1-2, “. . . . it is good for a man not to touch a woman; nevertheless, to avoid fornication let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

The Church itself has been greatly hurt by so much fornication among its own people, including some of its leaders. Some churches have even started to condone some fornication. The world watches this activity and decides, that they are better than the people in the Church, so why become Christians?

There is still a remedy. Proverbs 28:13, “He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.”

Christ received our punishment upon Himself, and whoever puts their trust in Him shall be delivered.

Judgment begins at the house of God. First Peter 4:17

 

 

 

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Christ Went To Hades

The Old Testament speaks of a place called Sheol in Hebrew. This place is known as Hades in the New Testament and it is in the heart of the earth. Everyone who died before the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, went to this place. Hades/Sheol had two parts to it.

The Holy Bible contains an interesting story about two men in the Book of Luke chapter 16: one named Lazarus and another man simply known as “the rich man”. These two men knew each other and in the process of time, they both died and went to Hades. When Lazarus died, the angels carried him into Sheol/Hades/the place of the dead, to the side called Abraham’s bosom: a place of blessing and comfort. When the rich man died, he too went to Sheol/Hades/the place of the dead, but he went to the side called hell: a place of fiery torment. Interestingly, the rich man could see Lazarus in the distance (Luke 16:23). They were both in the same general area, yet there was a great chasm separating them from each other. The chasm was so great, that no one could cross to the other side.

Luke chapter 23 also shares a story about two men: Yahshua Jesus the Son of God and a thief who died next to Him on another cross. The thief asked Christ to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Christ promised him: today you will be with Me in Paradise. They both died together that day and went to “the place of the dead” known as Sheol/Hades. The reason “the thief on the cross” went to the side of blessing/comfort, is because he placed his trust in Christ for deliverance before he died. The place Christ called Paradise and the place called Abraham’s bosom must surely be the same place, for both Lazarus and the thief on the cross were men of faith in Almighty YaHVeH at the time of their death.

John 14:6 says, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life: no man comes unto the Father but by Me.” You see, before Christ died on the cross, no one could go to the place called heaven, because CHRIST IS THE WAY to the Father in heaven. Sheol, known as Hades, and also known as “the place of the dead” was the place all dead people went to before Christ died on the cross. People of faith in YaHVeH went to the side of Sheol/Hades called Paradise or Abraham’s bosom and people of unbelief went to the side of Sheol/Hades known as hell. Now this is where it gets really interesting. When Christ died on the cross as a human being, He too went to Sheol/Hades/the place of the dead.

In Revelation 1:18 Christ said, “I am He that lives and was dead and behold I am alive forevermore amen, and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Apparently while Christ was in Hades, He snatched the keys of death and hell away from Satan. Christ had only moments before paid for the sins of mankind in full on the cross. By giving His sinless life for mankind, He thereby satisfied the sin-debt of man along with the penalty of death. When Christ rose from the dead, He broke the power of death, hell and the grave over mankind. But let me digress for a moment.

It seems that Christ also preached deliverance to the righteous captives in Hades. You see, all people who had died with faith in Almighty God went to the part of Hades known as Paradise or Abraham’s bosom; and even though it was a place of blessing and comfort, they were confined to that place. In a manner of speaking, they were held captive to that place by death and the grave. Apparently Christ preached deliverance to them.

Luke 4:18-, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to preach deliverance to the captives; to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

To preach deliverance would seem to be the same thing as preaching Himself to them. The Gospel is all about Christ dying and rising again to deliver us from our sins and from eternal damnation. Because Christ is the only way to the Father, these people who had died in faith could not go to heaven until the plan of salvation was finished. Christ finished the plan of salvation by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.

Ephesians 4:8-10, “Wherefore He said when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens that He might fill all things.”

Of course everyone that had died in faith listened and received the message of deliverance that Christ preached to them in the lower parts of the earth. After they embraced His message of deliverance, Christ Himself took control of their captivity and lead them to the Father in heaven. No man goes to the Father but by Yahshua Jesus. Now that Christ has died and risen from the dead, whoever puts their faith in Christ goes straight to the Father up in heaven when they die.

When Christ arose from the grave, He so utterly defeated death, that some of the graves burst open in the “Year of our Lord” 33. (33 A.D.) Matthew 27:51-53 says, “And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom and the earth did quake and the rocks split and the graves were opened. And many bodies of the saints that slept arose and came out of the graves after His resurrection and went into the Holy City and appeared unto many.”

What an astonishing passage. Christ indeed IS the resurrection. Apparently as Christ was leading captivity captive, many of the ones who had just escaped the place of the dead busted open their graves and were seen in Jerusalem. How can that be? you may ask. I want you to know, that Christ is not finished yet. He is coming back for His blood-washed Church and the graves will open again. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for our God YaHVeH is faithful to perform all He has promised for them that love him.

 

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I Hate Denominations!

Spain's stunning Caminito del Rey (King's Little Path) features a boardwalk that's built into the side of a cliff face and hangs 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River near the village of El Chorro, near Malaga. Denominations divide the “Body of Christ”.

Ephesians 4:3-6, “Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all….”

Denominations do not keep the unity of the Spirit: they divide. There are several things that all Christians should and must be in agreement about:  #1. Humans are born with a sinful nature and we have all sinned. We are all worthy of eternal damnation and are unfit to go to heaven. #2. Yahshua Jesus is the Messiah, the spotless Lamb of God. #3. Christ the Messiah was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and sinless. #4. Christ the Messiah died on the cross for your sins and mine. #5. Almighty YaHVeH raised Christ from the dead on the third day. #6. Christ will return for His bride the Church at the appointed time of the heavenly Father. #7. The Holy Bible is completely trustworthy, for it is inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself. #8. True Christians should be actively building the “Kingdom of Almighty God. #9. Blatant sin is intolerable and the Church must never tolerate it among their own.

Some of these blatant sins are as follows: worshiping and serving false gods, idol worship, murder, rape, homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, theft, covetousness, misusing the Almighty’s name, abortion in general, bearing false witness,  dishonoring parents.

#1. Whoever does not believe we have a sinful nature and that we have all sinned, does not believe we need a Savior. By their disbelief they minimize the importance of Christ’s death on the cross. #2. Whoever does not believe that Yahshua Jesus is the Messiah and that He was born into the world as a man, is not of God (First John 4:2-3). It is impossible for a Christian to be in unity with such a person, for as it says in the same passage, a person who does not believe this is of the spirit of anti-Christ. #3. Whoever does not believe that Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, evidently does not believe that Christ was sinless. To speak such a thing is blasphemy. If Christ was not sinless, then He cannot possibly save me from my sins, and this is at the very heart of the gospel. Christ, who knew no sin, became sin in our place, that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. #4. Whoever does not believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins, evidently does not believe that the plan of salvation has been accomplished by the Messiah. If this is not true, then the preaching of the gospel is foolishness and we will not escape eternal damnation. #5. Whoever does not believe that Christ rose from the dead, does not have faith in Almighty God, for Romans 10:9 says this is a requirement for salvation. #6. Whoever does not believe that Christ will return for His bride the Church, apparently does not believe that God offers us eternal life through Christ the Messiah. #7. Whoever does not believe in what the Holy Bible says, apparently does not believe that Almighty God delivered His word to us and that it can be trusted. #8. Whoever does not believe that we are required to do our part in building the Kingdom of God, apparently does not believe that we are useless if we do not do our duty to be salt/light (Matthew 5:13). #9. Whoever approves of blatant sin or takes an attitude of “it is okay for people to do whatever they want to do as long as it does not harm me”, does not accept the fact, that Almighty God is a holy righteous God and that He hates sin.

It is possible that I may have missed a basic truth in my list; however, please do not miss the point. Christians should all agree on these basic truths. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a true sincere Christian to have unity with anyone who does not accept these 9 foundational truths. If believers focused on these 9 essential truths, we would not need denominations. The Church would be tenfold more powerful if they were in unity instead of denominationally divided. I hate denominations and I refuse to be forced into taking sides in this fashion. We are supposed to be one in Christ. We are to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  In heaven there are no denominations.

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BAD PASTOR?

Free stock photo of man, agriculture, farm, farmerPastor = Shepherd. If you want to know what a good pastor would do, then ask yourself what a good shepherd would do for his sheep, because a pastor IS a shepherd. A pastor might preach and he might not preach, because a shepherd is not necessarily a preacher. Preacher and pastor are two distinctly different ministries, despite the fact that some people are both a pastor and a preacher. Have you ever marveled at how very well some leaders handle the sheep but are poor speakers, or how well some leaders speak but are not very good at taking care of the flock? Think about it. In modern America we generally think of the pastor and the preacher as the same thing, but this is not really how the Almighty views it.

John chapter 10 shows us that a shepherd leads his flock in verses 3, 4, 5. In these same three verses plus verse 14, we notice that the pastor has an intimate relationship with the sheep. He calls them by their name and they know his voice. In verses 11, 12, 13 we can see that the shepherd is the protector of the sheep. He is always on the lookout for wolves and the like, who devour sheep. Psalms 23:1 shows us, that a shepherd makes sure that the needs of the sheep are met. Psalms 23:2 sees the shepherd resting, feeding, and calming the sheep. Psalms 23:5 shows the shepherd anointing the sheep. Psalms 23 in general indicates, that the sheep feel safe and secure with the shepherd. I Timothy 3:2 requires that a shepherd/bishop be capable of teaching. I Peter 5:2 teaches, that the pastor/shepherd is not to be in it for the money; and also, I Corinthians 9:7 informs us that a pastor/shepherd has a right to receive support from the flock for his work. A shepherd is constantly with his sheep. A sharp business suit has nothing to do with being a good pastor/shepherd. Quite frankly, a good pastor/shepherd should be more known by rolling up his sleeves and getting down on the grass where his sheep are. A shepherd is much more a blue collar worker than a white collar worker. Think about it!

Question: does your pastor/shepherd do these things for you? Does your pastor call you by your name and do you know his voice? Does your pastor/shepherd do a good job of leading and feeding you and your fellow sheep? Does your pastor/shepherd protect you and your brother/sister sheep? Is your pastor/shepherd good at calming you and the sheep? Does your pastor/shepherd anoint the sheep? Does your pastor/shepherd make you feel safe and secure? Does your pastor/shepherd do a decent job in teaching? Is your pastor/shepherd in it for the money? Does your pastor/shepherd take only a reasonable amount for himself and his family?

These are important questions. Many many pastors in the USA view themselves as CEO’s (chief-executive-officers) A biblical pastor/shepherd IS NOT a CEO. The Church IS NOT a business. A Church is a flock of believers that need shepherded and not treated as employees of a corporation. I am very serious my friends. It is not the duty of the sheep to enrich the pastor/shepherd and build great buildings and names for their CEO/pastor. Almighty YaHVeH does not appreciate this mentality and pastor/shepherds will give an account to Almighty God for how they shepherd His flock. A flock should reasonably support their pastor as he does a good job of shepherding.

There are quite a few fine pastor/shepherds in the USA, and there are many BAD PASTORS in the USA. Too many are out to make a name for themselves and to build great monuments to themselves and to get the highest salary they can. This is shameful and a great waste. I Timothy 3:1-7 gives a good description of what is expected from a pastor/shepherd. If you are a pastor/shepherd, be a good one. The Church needs fine Godly men, that care deeply for the well-being of the sheep. Almighty God will bless you as you look after the well-being of His sheep, for He is the Chief Shepherd.

 

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The First Seal

antiChristAnd I saw and behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:2

Some time ago I sought the answer to this question: What event signals the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period? I searched high and low for the answer; but alas, it seemed to be quite elusive. Apparently the Holy Spirit desires that we diligently search for answers and not half-heartedly. After a good bit of consideration I believe I know the answer. If you read Revelation chapter five, there is a story about a little book that is sealed with seven seals. No man was found in heaven, earth or under the earth, that was worthy to open the book. The writer of Revelation, the apostle John, wept much because there was no man found worthy to open the book. One of the 24 elders tells John not to weep, because there is one who had prevailed to open the book, even the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, and to loose the seven seals. The little book was written by Almighty God concerning the end of the world as we know it, and the seven seals are the progressions of this end. Apparently the opening of the first seal signals the beginning of these two 3 1/2 year periods equaling seven years. When the first seal is opened, a rider rides forth on a white horse. It seems very sure that this man is non other than the anti-Christ. He is also referred to as the son of perdition or the man of sin. He goes forth to take control of the earth. Revelation chapter 13 seems to say quite a lot about this man and the one-world government he sets up. He is given much power to rule the earth and have his way for 42 months. He will conquer the world, he will force people to accept his mark/stamp either in their right hand or forehead, he will slaughter multitudes who refuse to go along with him, he will go into the temple of Almighty God and claim to be God and he will be extremely persuasive in convincing the world of his greatness and divinity. The majority of people on the earth will be mesmerized by him and deceived by his exceedingly great deceitfulness. They will buy into his lies to the extent of killing the people who do not agree to take the mark/stamp of this deceiver. Many professing Christians will defect from the truth to follow this deceiver. He is the epitome of the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing. He will appear to be the real Messiah, but he is not the Messiah at all. Those deceived by him will accept him as the Messiah and will put their trust in him. In the second book of Thessalonians chapter two, Almighty God warns us that this evil man will be revealed before Yahshua Jesus Christ (the real Messiah) comes for His bride the Church. The warning in this passage is so strong, that you need to be aware of the danger to men’s souls, even the danger that is posed to the souls of  Christians. Are you a  Christian? Then you have been warned. I beg you not to fall prey to this evil spirit of anti-Christ, for many will fall away from the truth and believe the lies. Not one jot or tittle will pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Whoever has an ear to hear, let them hear. Not long before the son of perdition is revealed, Almighty God will remove the mighty restraint that has been placed in the way of this evil. Once the Almighty removes this restraint from before the son of perdition, all hell will break loose on the earth literally. One last thing: the people who put their undying trust in Yahshua Jesus need not fear this evil man, for eternal life awaits them. When all is said and done, and when all the smoke clears, Almighty God will send His angel from heaven to  take hold of Satan and toss him into the bottomless pit, bound by a chain. Almighty God YaHVeH reigns forever and forever and all of His judgments are 100% right and good, blessed be His name.

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