The JUST shall live by FAITH, or Happy Reformation Day!

What the heck does that title mean, you say…let me explain. I have never said I was not an Evangelical Born-Again Spirit-Filled Bible-believing Christian even though I share the prolife circle with Catholics and Protestants. But there is one thing I cannot let go or deviate from: The Word of God.

Yesterday was ‘Reformation Day’, the day when Martin Luther saw that the ‘just shall live by Faith’. And while that may not mean much to most, it 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 my Catholic, Protestant or even some wayward Evangelical friends and family, but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.

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.

Let me get back to why I write this. In my prolife ministry circle, I hold my doctrinal truths to be Holy Spirit inspired and keep to my Nondenominationalism, regardless of anything. However, there are times when in the course of prolife meetings and rallies, my patience is stretched with organized religion’s (which is dominate in the prolife circle) doctrinal differences from the Cross of Christ. Yesterday was such a day. Yes, someone poked the bear and I’d bet the farm it was on purpose. Actually, I should take that as a compliment. Besides stretching my patience, it also stretches my ability to understand and appreciate God’s Word.

While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the Catholic Church of the day 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]

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].

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 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]

As I went down to the River to pray

As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good old way. And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord, show me the way.

We decided to go swimming today at a public ‘beach’ at a local lake early this morning. We like to get there early so that we can leave by the time the ‘bar crowd’ shows up, around 1pm-ish. We don’t like watching people drink alcohol and doing questionable things. But it’s nice to have it all to yourself for a while. About an hour and a half later, an Islamic family came. Interestingly, as the matron wore her head-to-toe burka in 90 degree heat, another woman wore a full head garment and a costume of long pants and long sleeves in all black to swim in – while her little 2-3 year old daughter wore a bikini. Her husband wore just swim trunks, of course.

O sisters let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, O sisters let’s go down, Down in the river to pray. 

About 15 minutes later, 40-50 people were making their way single file from the parking lot to the beach, walking within a couple of feet of the Islamic family. Most of them appeared to be Hispanic and were wearing clothes not meant for the beach. Their little children were with them and everyone seemed very focused; they didn’t seem the least bit deterred, as if no one else was there. It was like they were on a mission of some kind. It was hard to tell what was going on from where I was, which was at least 100 feet away. My husband walked over to see what was going on. In my mind I thought this just might be of God.

As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good old way. And who shall wear the robe and crown? Good Lord, show me the way.

It was remarkable what we saw. I knew in my heart what it might be – from that distance away I waited for my husband to gesture what was going on before I went over there. He turned to look at me and his arms were in the air praising God. I was right…it was a baptism service.

O brothers let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, Come on brothers let’s go down, Down in the river to pray.

 While others looked on in awe, the Islamic family seemed a bit confused at first. It didn’t take long at all for them to be disgusted and revolted by this wonderful spectacle that was going on. You could feel the hatred from them. From what I could see, two men and a woman were baptized in the warm lake water for everyone to witness. What a sweet savor in the nostrils of God.

When we first got there this morning, we wondered what it would be like if we had church there…and church showed up.

God is in control.

Utterance.

I considered what some might think to be ‘out loud’ Christianity – or boldness of spirit. Interestingly, we typically hear from loose cannons instead of those that are of sound doctrine. Or we hear from armchair preachers that only have opinions, not knowledge.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them UTTERANCE.” Acts 2:4-6

Ah – there it is. Our boldness is from the Holy Spirit that gives us UTTERANCE not just in spirit but to be heard. Maybe it’s my fault for reading and believing the entire Bible as it is written?

“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all UTTERANCE, and in all knowledge.” 1Corinthians 1:4-5

Now that makes perfect sense of what is wrong today; we are not saying out loud our knowledge of Him who died for us. We aren’t confessing Him daily and with strength to not just the unsaved, but those that don’t show fruit of being saved by the Blood.

“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and UTTERANCE, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.” 2Corinthians 8:7-8

Our utterance of His Word makes the devil and his demons flee. Our words of Faith through UTTERANCE and prayer are what we are expected to do but it blesses each and every one of us beyond measure!

“And for me, that UTTERANCE may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20

I take my Christianity seriously knowing that good people are going to hell because no one told them the truth. I speak up because no one else will. Our unborn die silently every day and the Church says nothing. Men and women in nursing homes wait patiently for death, but does anyone ask if they know the Lord?

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of UTTERANCE, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4

Ask God for the right words to say – I ask God to give me what I need from Him to impart to another. But truly we are expected to give an account and to bold in our speech and countenance.

The ‘kind’ Christian rebuke.

More than once I’ve been accused of being a bit tough on Christians for not standing up to do what Christians are supposed to do. I am told that I don’t show the love of Jesus by being so one-sided. I say…you are wrong. Any Christian that does not call out other Christians and Pastors that are in grave error is not a Christian at all…they are only church goers with a Bible not yet read.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.” Isaiah 62:6

Now, my first thought was (and not to be cliché), ‘What would Jesus do’? After all, being rebuked by other Christians is sometimes a high honor; I must be doing something to bring that kind of response in a somewhat public forum.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

My second thought was how interesting it is to hear from those that do nearly nothing for the Kingdom to have such unkind things to say to someone that actually IS doing something.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:37-40

Then my third thought was how Christians AND secular people think that Jesus Christ is this weak, slight of a man. Let me be the first to tell you that nothing is further than the truth.

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” Matthew 21:12

We are called to boldness, not weakness of nature, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

How dare I NOT tell you the truth? I have to give an account if I do not, why would you think you do not? Christian, we are supposed to be on the same team. It is because of the love of God that I profess Jesus Christ first and then an advocate for the unborn.

Christian, read the word of God and listen to His voice through His mighty word, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Vinegar brings self-righteousness and bitterness; Honey brings seeker-sensitive weak Christians…but the TRUTH is what makes us true Disciples of Jesus Christ. Because what I do, I do in HIS name, a name without blemish and spot, “And you shall know thet TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.”

As a Christian…

The poser is this: You are walking down a street and come across a person that has not eaten in days and seems to be in dire need of food, water and shelter. What would you do?

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”

This isn’t a hard question to answer. Anyone with a heart would help that person get food and water right away and find a place for them to rest and get well. Surprisingly, some would not.

As a Christian, what would you do? The answers I’ve heard would surprise you.

There is nothing wrong with being a conservative Christian – I am one.  But I am aware of the same said Christians that would step over that person on their way to church. Or, even worse, that they would tell a starving person they need the LORD while holding their own lunch in their other hand.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these MY BRETHREN, you did it to Me.’”

One preacher said that if he had a sandwich in one hand and a bible in the other, he’d put the bible (a specific one that I won’t mention) in the hands of the starving person. Now, I agree that all need to know the LORD, but can’t that sandwich be given to the starving person with the love of GOD and let him/her know that the LORD loves them?

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’”

This scenario did not go unnoticed in Scripture; Jesus spoke of the ‘least of these’ being those that the rest of us have forgotten that need the basics of survival and that we should help them in His name:

“Then they also will answer Him,[ saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

As a Christian, after that person has gotten what they need to survive, you would share the love of Christ and witness to that person that they may know LORD in Eternity. As a Christian, you want all to know the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that when that day comes, we will see each other in Heaven.

And as a Christian, you would do it in LOVE.

An immediate need, an impending end.

This world goes so fast we tend to forget what our true immediate need is – nourishment from the Word of God and His reassurance that with Him, not only are all things possible but that our impending end will be with Him.

Our sense of worldly sensibilities overshadow what our basics needs are, and thus they stay overshadowed. No one is exempt, we are all at fault. Incredibly, as our world became more ‘user friendly’ and has freed up our time, we put other worldly things in the place where the LORD should be. Think of it – 100 years ago people made more time for prayer and church than they do now and they didn’t have permanent press clothes or a Kroger to buy their food.

How did we get so far from GOD?

Psalm 30:12 says, ‘There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.’ Our current church society has raised itself up so high to be equal enough to GOD to not need him anymore. Didn’t the lesson from the Tower of Babel make enough of an impression to quell these things?

Man said: “Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis  11:3-4, NKJV

And GOD said: “But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:5-7, NKJV

Even so, while we continue as people of this current society, the web of deceit continues to enrapture us to hold us from GOD, not point us toward Him. Even after the days of Noah when the Tower of Babel was built, we see quite clear that society has always tried to be equal with GOD, just as it is today.

The impending end, when Jesus comes for His Church, is coming quicker than anyone gives GOD credit for. He has His plan written plainly for us to read, study and prepare for. The LORD knocks and knocks, but everyone is waiting for someone else to get up off the couch to answer.

Our immediate need is the knowledge of Him, our impending end is knowing Him for an Eternity, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

The Bruised Christian.

As we journey through this Life, we encounter many people, places and things. However, as Christians we will meet and befriend other Christians and other Churches besides having to deal with the secular world. Sadly, people of the Church are much like the unsaved – rude, indignant, haughty, vain and arrogant; precious few Christians, it seems, are loving and giving like the Scriptures purport what we are to be…‘Christ-like’.

When you read the Gospels, look at how Jesus walked with everyone. He never wavered on His belief or faith; He became our example of how Believers are supposed to walk, talk and work on this earth until He comes back. While Jesus was here, there were no ‘churches’ – Believers instead met and congregated to pray, serve and worship. It didn’t take long for fakes to arise to pull Christians from Jesus and focus on another gospel, another Spirit, another ‘Jesus’:

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5

And the Apostle Paul said:

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

How many churches and/or ministries does the average Christian belong to and give to in their lifetime? How many churches does a person ‘visit’ before selecting one that satisfies what they want in a church? The true Church is harder to find than you think. Real born-again Christ-centered Christians want to go to a church that loves and shows love, is bible-believing and charitable. You would think that should be easy.

Look at this survey by ChurchAbuse.com:

  1. Does your church tightly control the flow of information within its ranks?
  2. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader use public shaming as a method to gain the compliance of followers?
  3. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader intolerant of questions or critical inquiry?
  4. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation?
  5. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader have unreasonable fears about the outside world such as evil conspiracies or persecutions?
  6. Are you discouraged to associate with former members, being warned that they are “evil” or “defiling”?
  7. Is leaving your group to join another church equal to leaving God?
  8. Does the surrounding community view your church as a cult?
  9. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader consider it evil persecution when criticized or questioned?
  10. Do the goals of your [church/staff] spiritual leader seem to supersede any personal goals or individual interests?
  11. Do you fear being rebuked, shunned, or ignored for expressing a different opinion?
  12. Do former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances?

Worse yet is a congregation that mimics what it sees and calls it normal. Church members get ostracized and spoken of in tight-knit groups as if we’re still in middle school. Making another Christian to stumble is outlined in the Book of Mark:

“…But whoever causes one of these little ones [new Christians] who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”Mark 9:42

Any church or ministry that has spiritually abused a member of their congregation or organization is preaching another gospel, another Spirit, another Jesus. Spiritual abuse causes those that suffer from it to be paranoid, immobile, untrusting, angry, physically sick, indifferent and worst of all, without a church and perhaps eventual apostasy.

What about LIFE?

I am a deep thinker or maybe even a ponderer of things not usually thought of. I don’t require much, just the palette that the Lord gave me – His Holy Word.

How big is God?

God made everything…EVERYTHING. Scientists, philosophers and figure-heads have tried since the beginning of time to build a case against God being the Creator of Life and the universe. What a daunting task trying to unseat God!

Can a person assume to understand God’s completeness? Would a mere human understand that the Greatest Story ever told needed a beginning and end, not just the juicy middle that everyone only conveniently remembers? If you cannot grasp the beginning and end, then you cannot assume to understand the vastness of God and LIFE.

In the ‘known’ universe, there are thus far 70 sextillion stars…that’s 21 zeros after 70. The most current estimates guess that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the Universe; it’s been estimated that about 10% of stars have planets which would mean about 20 billion solar systems in our galaxy alone.

This is where men like Stephen Hawking comes along; trying to unseat God by giving us the ‘Big Bang’ THEORY….everything is here by some kind of extraordinary accident. What God has created with His immeasurable love has been deemed an accident.

We are by no means AN ACCIDENT. God cannot make accidents otherwise He would not be perfect. While we ponder Life and its beginning, middle and end, there is Jesus who God gave us to show us our imperfections, that were are teachable, and that we are eternal with Him if we choose to be.

Truly, Life is quite simple. We have the vastness of the universe to show us how important we are to God to have something so incredible. And, we have Jesus, who God gave us to prove His compassion, not His dispassion:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The Travesty of the Seeking Convert

I find that in the ProLife world that I advocate, there is a lot of conversions to Catholicism from people that have ‘converted’ – from abortion advocate to prolife. More often than not, these converts were either atheist or agnostic, not a denominational convert. Ironic is what I think of the whole thing because I WAS Catholic. I also think it’s a travesty.

Catholicism is a man-made religion to strike fear in a person of a Hell they may not get prayed out of, not Grace as the Bible teaches. What’s obvious is that those who convert are seeing something that they are not getting in their life or church. What the seeker sees is structure – structure in that there are rules and regulations to follow and heed, a hierarchy. People that seek this super-structure, an organization of billions, are looking for something to lean on, not glean from. People want something beautiful to idolize like cathedrals with pomp and circumstance, not our risen Savior because:

“There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

Again, the irony of it is that the New Testament teaches that religion killed our Savior, not save Him – which you will not see in teachings of the Catechism. When I was Catholic, I often wondered where they got their ‘information’ because it didn’t jive with the Bible because if it had, then more Catholics would have brought their bibles to church?…I thought in my young mind. No one ever referred to a Bible.

Remember, I pick on Catholics because of my own personal experience with it. Another denomination that courts the seeker in the same way is the Mormons. They show a loving, joyful, ever-placid lifestyle that quite frankly, everyone wants! But does Mormonism jive with the Bible? NO. Catholicism and Mormonism leans on teachings from sources other than the Bible. That I cannot condone.

I cannot stop the seeker from being weak in their search. It grieves me because time is so short and coming to a close real soon – Jesus Christ is coming back: not a dead pope or Joseph Smith or Mary…Jesus Christ as THE risen King.

In my own opinion (just mine!), a person needs to stay away from denominations and just read their Bible and see what the Holy Spirit will reveal to them. Let the Lord lead you to where He wants you to be.

This day, 3-15-2011, a Word from the Lord.

It is not often that God speaks so loudly that you have to pull your car off the road. That is what happened to my husband this morning.

In the light of a changing world around us, a world that humans only tend to see with idolatrous eyes, we are in grave trouble! What has happened to Japan is not the beginning of sorrows; that has already begun. Have we already forgotten the tsunami that wiped out a lot of Thailand? Or the earthquake that held Chilean miners ransom?

The Bible says to look for signs and wonders of the coming day. This is a call to be ready, not be a tourist.

WE ARE IN THE LAST OF THE LAST DAYS.

Pray up, and grab as many as you can…the Lord is coming soon and He wants many more for His harvest.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Thus Says the Lord God Jehovah

The earth has begun to Groan, mourn and long for its healer and redeemer.  It is sick from the seed planted by a Liberal Idol worshiping world and a steady diet fed to it from a CHURCH wrapped in a Laodicean Spirit and has begun to regurgitate from its sickness and disease.

This is just the beginning of My wrath for the lack of fear of Man that I have created and given breath and life and opportunity to serve me and reap of my grace and mercy.

I say to the World, turn from the worship of idols, self and things before it is too late. Come to the Jesus and to His Cross.  To the Church which has gone a-whoring, I SAY come back to Calvary and to the perfection of My SON and His CROSS of complete perfection and provision and completely forsake all others and be a Faithful Bride.

 He who has ears to hear let him hear, I am coming quickly. Turn to Me or be cut off and that without REMEDY.