EP25: A lazy sanctimonious Christian helps no one, ever, contrary to what Jesus called all of us to do.
Context: Matthew 15:1-14 [Amp]
A changed mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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There has been increasing proof that the Abortion Wars are cloaked in religion, and Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NAF, and others have exploited this fact for decades. Over 85% of post abortive women identify with a ‘religion’. How much more evidence do we need to see that our Risen Savior is used to PROMOTE abortion by deceptive religions and denominations?
This post isn’t just about the sanctity of LIFE, this is about those that clothe themselves in religious garments advocating killing unborn life, outwardly deceiving women. Read more about the proabort pulpit here.
Jeremiah 17:9-10: v9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? v10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
The ‘Religious’ Coalition for Reproductive Choice is leading this deception to further the abortion agenda within religious circles. These zealots that repeat the abortion mantra have no interest in who Jesus really is; they see him as a man who lived and died, did some good things, never spoke above a whisper. Nothing can be further from the truth. The RCRC [and others] have made Jesus Christ a political figure, not a Savior. People want to know which religion or denomination that advocates for LIFE – but the short answer is don’t follow man, follow Jesus.
Jeremiah 18:7-10: v7 “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, v8 if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. v9 And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, v10 if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”
God forgives, religion condemns. But will the religious abortion wars repent? We pray that those who believe in aborting God’s creation will relent, repent, and serve God. That is always the hope. Christians with a true relationship with Jesus wants to see souls saved, not condemned to hell; judgement lies with God. I am a sinner saved by Grace, all have fallen short of the Glory of God. Then, even they who have advocated for millions of abortions, can be saved from a hell they deserved, the very same one I deserved before coming to Christ.
God does not forget, nor does He pass by sin without judgement. I assure you, God is quite secure in who He is, not who the sanctimonious believes He is. They have made God a puppet and Jesus a byproduct of Him just to satisfy their agenda to kill unborn children ‘without apology’.
Jeremiah 22:15-17: v15 “Shall you reign because you enclose yourself in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. v16He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this knowing Me?” says the Lord. v17 “Yet your eyes and your heart are for nothing but your covetousness, for shedding innocent blood, and practicing oppression and violence.”
“v1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, v2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, v3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1Timothy 4:1-3
“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2Timothy 4:5
Jesus praying in the garden after the Last Supper, while the disciples sleep, by Andrea Mantegna c. 1460 (en.wikipedia.org)
And He came to his disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ” So you men could not keep watch with me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40 -41
(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us have often read these scriptures. At the time when the Lord Jesus needed his three closest friends to pray for him, these disciples exhausted from sorrow and found sleeping. One can only imagine that Jesus was grieved much in his heart. At the time when Jesus was about to go to the cross and lay down his life for us—at the time when Jesus was about to carry His cross to Calvary, so that we might have…
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I do not believe for one minute that Christians understand anything about proper stewardship. Of course no one is perfect, but it’s as if no one is trying to stay out of debt and give as God wants us to. God wants to bless us but instead we want to BE God and bless ourselves with the newest smartphones, cars, clothes, jewelry, etc. Christians need to think in terms of what God has provided. His provision is perfect while our expectations are hugely inflated: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.
Want to live debt free? God wants you to! Jesus didn’t have a place to lay His own head, but we clamor for the latest and greatest…in His name:
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon,” Luke 16.
Hmmm there it is….are we a servant in Christ or just shrugging along from church service to church service?
Conversely, we’ve held onto things for fear of not having enough. Again, it’s a symptom of not trusting God. But when God gives you to overflowing, it’s because He has plans for it! As Christians we are to ‘love our neighbor‘; God gives an abundance for us to use to help His children, not keep back from them: ‘But God said “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God’, Luke 12.
I have to admit, I love our minimalist lifestyle. I feel free of the world and it’s traps. I can’t stand the frivolity of the way some Christians live; we are at war with the devil himself and we clamor for more clutter. And more clutter dims the view of our Savior.
We can’t have it both ways.
Love your neighbor as yourself, give to give, and God will Bless you more and in more ways than you ever could imagine. Minimalism will show you what you need rather than what you think you deserve; Christian minimalism shows you who you can help with the abundance you actually have.
Don’t be religious…be a Christian. And love.
The Bible is ALIVE, the beating heart of God. It is showing through literal signs and wonders that we are in the end of end times. The world will never get better but it may seem quiet at times. And like a quiet toddler in another room, be VERY afraid. This is what the Lord told me:
Abortion will continue to drop and a resurgence will erupt in certain states to literally draw ‘customers’, I feel they may be NY, CA, WA & IL. Roe makes sure that every state will offer abortion services even it it’s just one facility left in that state. The murderous Left chants ‘undue burden’ which is an outright lie. But we know that! But does the general population? Not yet. That is the job of prolife advocates and conservative elected officials.
The Church will continue to get bigger and bigger, although not necessarily in the right direction. Jesus is not the focus of the Church at large, this was hard to see in person, but see it I did – out loud on the public steps of the local Statehouse. There is a surging ‘morality’ that mimics a so-called ‘churchy’ quality to make the agnostics and atheists feel good about child murder [abortion], assisted suicide [euthanasia, eugenics, genocide] legalizing pot [gateway drug use & abuse], praying to ‘mother’ [mother earth and/or mother god], etc. Cults will be on the rise, as well. The Cross will still be shunned by the ‘elite’ but more people are listening than we give them credit for. Keep preaching!
Addictions & Afflictions of all kinds will continue to spike because of the economy, medical system & imposed socialism. More and more people are cohabitating and living communal just to survive & live; daily living gets harder and nearly unachievable. Too many people are on the government dole because of Obamanomics which created and/or exacerbated more drug use and poor eating habits, all of which creates more dependency. Kids begin getting medicated by the public school system for the malady du jour [ADHD, etc] which leads them to accept pill taking, medications of all kinds as normal. Since drugs were normal as a child, this continues into adulthood.
Electronics will become the parent, homeschooling will be attacked again. Too much technology has taken the form of a parent, babysitter, even a physical school. And while homeschooling is climbing, and it should, it will continue to be attacked and the government will quietly try to make it illegal. Be vigilant, stay awake, read everything you can get your hands on. Mainstream media of any kind can’t truly be trusted, I suggest finding online radio/media outlets to balance out what you hear on television/radio. Balance is key.
Christians will be called on to step out in faith to take in the weak and rejected; a safe ship in the storm. Trust God. Simply that, trust God. Most of us are just one major indecent [cancer, accident, spouse’s death] from monetary ruin. Just one thing can send us out into the street, homeless. Jesus never had a place to lay His head, how then do we expect there to be a place for us? While we cannot control everything in our financial lives, we can live as Christ did to do for the ‘least of these‘…because there is a great chance you will find yourself needing the love AND benevolence of another Christian:
“And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20
Random acts of crime will climb more than ever; ‘protesting’ will climb as well. Ferguson has taught us to keep an eye out for protesters even in our daily grind. People going to work will be kept from going, people going to the hospital may die in an ambulance just trying to get through a protest, kids may not get to school, government will be shut down from time to time, and it will get more and more violent.
DO NOT FEAR BUT BE EVER VIGILANT! This world will never get better but we will have those calm moments, like with gas being under $2 [crummy example :D] but these momentary glimpses of calmness will be exactly that: MOMENTARY. These ‘lulls’ will keep people from rejecting the government norm of medicating the masses to keep them apathetic and lethargic. Take advantage of cheap gas, tax holidays, etc; but do not accept the message behind it. Bad times are here, the worst of times is coming.
And read THE BOOK! Your Bible will tell you all that will happen. Christians skirt around the Prophets of the Old Testament but I assure you, it is imperative that Christians read and learn about them to see what we have coming; remember BALANCE – the New Testament confirms what the OT foresaw. Click here to read the back of the Book….WE WIN!
God sent a Savior to help us and guide us…to protect us and save us! In the natural, it is UGLY…but in the supernatural, everything’s gonna be okay:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The story of Jezebel is much more than just another account in the Bible. Her spirit is in the Church today and seeks to divide and conquer. A woman that believes she has authority in her church or marriage can have this spirit. Generally the Jezebel Spirit falls upon a woman that is ‘closet’ insecure but domineering; believes she deserves more attention to themselves and their piety. Today’s Jezebel looks like the most faithful of the faithful and is usually a part of the hierarchy in her church.
“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that Ahab took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.” [1Kings 16:31]
Contrary to what most people think, today’s Jezebel Spirit is not always sexual in nature, although pride and lust is: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” [1John 2:16]
The Jezebel Spirit is seductive, an emasculator of men, jealous, egomaniacal, evil, gratuitous, pious; she is very religious in nature so that the snare looks beautiful, righteous and virtuous. She feeds on others that are much more insecure and immature than she is. More often than not, she is hiding an outward sin that is kept in secret that her ‘followers’ cannot see; i.e.: drinking alcohol, smoking, adultery, spousal abuse, gambling, etc. She is very selective of the people she associates with and has grandiosity issues; no one is more right about anything or better at anything than she is especially when it comes to the things of God. A woman with the Jezebel Spirit will always be a usurper of authority particularly in their own home. She typically runs the household and wears the pants in the family with finances, children and her husband. She buys the houses and cars. The Jezebel Spirit starts at home and gradually goes to Church.
“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)” [1Kings 18:4]
The Jezebel Spirit is part of what is very wrong in the church today. Women were never meant to take authority over her husband, according to Scripture. Instead of going to church to worship she comes to dominate and make a show of it. The rest of us come to church to hear the message and glean from it. Jezebels are part of what Satan does to keep our concentration off the pulpit and on the caste system of the congregation.
“25But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” [1Kings 21:25-26]
What are the idols in the church today? Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the PRIDE of life [1John 2:16].
There is only one solution to this evil spirit – pray. And pray hard. The Jezebel Spirit will always be a part of every church; learning to recognize her is the first step before she can get the better of you.
And finally, Jesus found this spirit of Jezebel so important and grave that He mentioned her in the fourth of seven letters to the seven churches, the Church at Thyarira, considered the corrupt Church. These letters were to warn these churches that time was about up and there was a lot to clean up. The churches were woefully out of order and had forgotten the first love, Jesus Christ.
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” [Rev 2:20]
What ought did Jesus have against Jezebel? The same problem we have today, false prophets and false prophetesses purposely steering people away from Christ. Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil AND offered it to her husband Adam because of free will. Jezebel used her free will to seek other gods that complimented her evil nature and took an entire nation and husband along with her; they NEVER go alone. Eve was deceived, was Jezebel deceived as well? To answer that, you would have to prove that Jezebel once knew God.
Jesus loved and held women in such high regard that he remembered the Woman at the Well, the Woman that touched the hem of His garment AND Mary Magdalene, a known woman, who proclaimed Him LORD at the Resurrection. But Jezebel He remembered differently, as an example of false idol worship and non-repentance.
[reposted from 10/31/13] Today is ‘Reformation Day’, NOT HALLOWEEN; the day when Martin Luther saw through scripture that the ‘just shall live by Faith’, NOT an evolution of faith via religion, otherwise God lied to Abraham: “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness”, Genesis 15:6.
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
[Which interpreted correctly from the original text should read ‘The just shall live by HIS faith’]
There is always a counterfeit for everything holy.
The 95 Theses, his revelation of the truth of the doctrine of God, were written by Martin Luther in October 31, 1517. Ignoring the fact that Luther unlocked what was purposely omitted shows where the true heretic lies:
JESUS SAID: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” Luke 12:51
AND: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
‘They just shall live by faith’ is the basis for Evangelical Christianity [the Doctrine of the Bible] because it points to what Christ did at the Cross instead of trusting in organized religion and its man-appointed leaders. I know this does not bode well with organized religion but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.
Martin Luther was given revelation by God to undo what ‘man’ had done for centuries to His Word, His opinion, His ultimate goal. The Reformation was now the line in the sand to mark those that cause the actual division – those that teach religion to salvation.
This is why there is such a thing as ‘Nondenominational Christian’. While organized religion thinks we run with scissors, I assure you that if one reads and understands the Canon of Scripture in the intent it was written [from the original texts of Hebrew & Greek] and understands that it is THE inspired Word of God without the opinion of man, you would see that Nondenoms are actually ON the Roman Road by way of His leading. The Bible taught order, not liturgy.
While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the ‘Church’ and showed that Christians needed to put their Faith in Jesus Christ alone and not organized religion or man. We needed a Saviour, not a figurehead, general superintendent, presiding bishop, general overseer, general conference, self-appointed prophet & apostles or even the Pope: ‘The just shall live by Faith’. [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]
We forget that organized religion killed Jesus on that day, and most certainly do not read the entire Bible to see what Christ himself said and did. If organized religion says they will decipher scripture for you, run FAST. Asking an opinion is one thing, but someone dictating from opinion of an organization rather than straight from the Word of God is frightening. However, I do like sharing ideas about Scripture; it makes for great conversation BUT getting away from the Finished Work of Christ can change your Eternal destination. Always back up what you say with Scripture because if you don’t, then the point is moot.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” [John 5:24]
In the 9th chapter of the book of John, Jesus heals the blind man on the Sabbath. This is a perfect example of Organized Religion, both then and today.
Key Scripture: ‘They [Pharisees] answered and said to him [blind man], “you were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.’ John 9:34
A Type of Salvation:
Opposition – Pharisees (Organized Religion & most Mega Churches):
Summary: Basis of Christianity on the Word of God alone nullifies most organized religions and sects.
The story of the Blind Man is a type of Salvation, one that illustrates how one must be born again. It is also a story of how organized religion tries to redefine God, Jesus Christ, Salvation and Sanctification.
While reading John chapter 9, I was particularly struck by the 34th verse, or I should say that God pointed it out. Organized religion has been the dirge of what Christ did at the Cross. In fact, if you take the time to read an organization’s position papers or ‘what we believe’ or ‘purpose and vision’ you will see what they SAY they believe; read between the lines. More often than not, you will see a fog of nicely written somewhat biblical looking stuff that has nothing to do with what they actually do.
We are in a fog…a fog of self-righteous appointed men that try to take Christ and the Cross out of the Salvation equation. You can’t get any closer to apostasy than that, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
The Blind Man was used to show the Glory of God through Christ; he was meant to show the organized religion of the day (Pharisees) that the Son of God was in fact within them, the Messiah. The Pharisees should have known he was the Christ because Old Testament Scripture had prophetically pointed to Christ’s arrival (such as Isaiah 53:1-12). The Pharisees chose not to believe Christ and called Him a sinner. It took quite a bit of time ‘between the testaments’ for man to build its self-imposed religion; little by little the need for the Messiah was replaced with the Law much like what organized religion is doing today. Man takes away, God shows off, man says NO.
In John 9:18-23, the Blind Man’s parents was questioned by the Pharisees about their son’s recent miracle. They acknowledge he is their son and that he was born blind but won’t give Glory to Christ for it, in fact the parents passed the buck back to their son because of their fear of being ‘put out of the synagogue’. Incredibly, the parents chose their ‘church’ (religion) and not their own son and his miracle. The Pharisees called Christ a sinner! And the Blind Man’s perfect response is one that every truly saved Child of God knows: “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
What did the Blind Man see? He saw that the Pharisees (organized religion) were wrong. He saw Who opened his eyes and then saw division immediately after his salvation, even with his own parents and church. This is so paramount to today: We will gain what we lose if we just believe.
The Blind Man was so happy and thankful for his miracle and salvation that he tried in vain to make the Pharisees understand what happened: “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!” (v.30) The Blind Man questioned the Pharisees’ capability and hierarchy which caused immediate revile; the Pharisees let him know he was a sinner and could not be heard, but the Blind Man reminded them that ‘if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.’ (v.31) The Blind Man had the Truth; the Pharisees had and kept the Law.
After the Blind Man was cast out (excommunicated), Jesus went to him. Jesus provided His strength and love even when the no one else would:
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)