The Lord is my Shepherd – Narrow Is the Way

26 Dec

God in His Word shows us over and over the glories of His plans for eternity for all. God sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. Our sins are paid for, and if we reject His life boat of salvation, we will not spend eternity in heaven. Our shepherd like all good shepherds does not want His followers to stray into eternal death.

In the year 33 AD, my sins, your sins and the sins of the whole world were nailed to the cross in Jesus Christ, and not one single thing can be done by you or me to change that. We do have the opportunity to refuse that gift, but there is not one iota of that fulfillment dependent upon me or you or anything we do. The very act of repentance comes after the opening of the heart by God and the fulfillment of salvation is God’s working, as Jesus Christ died in 33 AD almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus died “once for all”[1], not each time someone repents.

God also in His Mercy lays out His message of His truth that sets us free. God shows us what the fall brought upon mankind, the strayed thinking, the distractions of this world that take our focus away from His redeeming of us through the willingness to die for those He loves. Jesus is the Word, and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Every aspect of life, and God’s revelation of who and what we are, empowers our journey to life eternal.

That narrow way in which we live, currently must be understood, and is the meat by which we survive the journey. God through Paul says this specifically, that it is the meat of the Word that gives understanding as needed to survive the trip through this world. Again, the Truth that sets us Free.

Drawing our focus away from the journey to eternity is the narrow way, and how the devil works to restrict that way every day. Misquoting God’s Word is one of the tools of satan. We so often hear it said  that “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth” the Lord Jesus, is all that is needed, but satan leaves out the rest of the Word, “and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation[2].” Clearly there must be an opening of the heart.

God warns us, Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Clearly a warning that must be heeded! That belief in the heart is faith as a little child who surrenders their entire being to Jesus, God’s Word!

Right from the Garden of Eden satan has used the promotion of self and the placing self as the authority in one’s life to cast doubt about God and His goals or plan. We see Eve saying to herself, “yeah that seems reasonable, just look at that fruit, why would God forbid the eating of it?” and this is from the mind of a person before sin!

God shows us that faith and the journey comes right down to the circumcision of the heart, where man does not resist the opening up of the heart, to actually place God at the center of one’s life, ahead of what is reasonable according to our brain.

Read God’s Word where all the examples are given to identify for us in these last times what an open or closed heart is all about.

Solomon the most blessed on earth with wealth and wisdom closed his heart to God’s plan by being honoring of the idols and false religions of his many wives, thereby shutting out God’s warning to protect himself and avoid strange women. And unless there was a turning around on his death bed he is frying in hell, he rejected God’s plan.

Another example of stumbling is when the Israelites were facing the plague of snakes and God told Moses to hold up a brass snake, that all who looked upon it would be saved, an example of the result of taking one’s eyes off of the journey and focusing on the distractions of this world.

In our world today we have more distractions in media and film and pleasure seeking that takes our attention away from focusing on God’s plan. And our governments have been multiplying the expenses and inflation rates to take our focus on spending more time working to survive, making this world the focus of our lives.

On top of that satan has promoted thoughts in the hearts of men to proclaim their rendition of God’s Word. For instance even the KJV (which is the most reliable translation today, as it consistently translates each word as found the same way) has fallacies in the translation of God’s Word by establishing a hierarchy giving authority to pastors as leaders instead of servants. But the biggest error is the translating of Greek word “ἑντολα” as commandment(s) when the correct translation is “orders”. The word commandment(s) appears 456 times in the KJV this way when it should read as orders. And the words “ten Commandments” appears three times in the KJV and the Greek words are ten “sayings” or ten “words” and has no reference to commandment. God says in His Word that the law, “ten sayings written on stone” (or commandments) are done away, and put in its place[3] law.

Romans 3:27- 4:10 “Where is boasting then? It is eliminated. By what law? of works? Nay: but by law of faith. 28] Therefore we conclude that a man is declared righteous by faith without deeds of law. 29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30] Seeing one is God, which will declare righteous circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through the faith. 31] Do we then abolish law through the faith? Not so, but we put in its place law. 4:1) What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2] For if Abraham is declared righteous forth from works, he hath a boast; but not before God. 3] For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him unto righteousness. 4] Now to him that worketh is the wage not credited according to unmerited favor, but according to debt. 5] But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that declares righteous the ungodly, his faith is credited unto righteousness. 6] Even as David also describeth the happiness of the man, unto whom God credits righteousness without works, 7] Happy are they whose lawlessness’s are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8] Happy is man to whom the Lord will no-way charge sin.
9] Is this happiness then upon the circumcision, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was credited to Abraham unto righteousness. 10] How was it then credited? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11] And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be credited unto them also: 12] And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, being uncircumcised.

2000 years ago during the life of our Lord on earth, God clearly shows how then and in the previous past, many people surrendered their being to the hierarchy of the Sanhedrin (church), and God also shows us how this thinking is from the devil. Over and over displayed right in His Word, the deceit is shown.

Today when we look in God’s Word, He shows us a litany of truth and through this gives us the tools to identify truth and lies around us. The biggest lie of our day is the false prophets telling the world it doesn’t matter where you go to church, just go. The opposite is true; where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them. You don’t find truth (fruit) on a thorn bush.

“Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10) And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11) In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12) Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”

Our prayer for all is that God “the shepherd” opens the hearts of all, that none would refuse salvation, and that the heart of a child like faith that takes all God’s truth in, is part of each of our lives.

[1] Hebrews 10:10

[2] Romans 10:9-10

[3] 1Corinthians 13:10, 15:56,  2Corinthians 3:6-14, Galatians 2:16, 3:10-14,  4:10,


The Truth is Not Subject to Your Interpretation!

30 Jun

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

God so very thoroughly explains the hearts of man and the mindsets of unbelief and faith. God also shows the teachings of satan. Right from the beginning of time we are shown the pride of satan that thought himself to be equal with God. The history of satan’s work can be seen clearly. Satan fell because he yielded to himself, just as he promotes that man should surrender to man’s own brain under the guise of “that’s why God gave you a brain”.

In the Garden of Eden satan worked at Eve to get her to think on her own and establish herself as an authority. Eve being a woman with no sin was talked into trusting her desires and overlook what she knew in her heart was truth that God spoke. God said, you will surely die and satan says “yeah hath god said”. So in her action Eve made herself the authority, making herself equal to or greater than God.

We see the same in our world today churches and pastors are taught in seminaries how to rule rather than lead, while focusing on the promotion of self thought, rather than deliberate focus on finding what God says. Most every church teaches dependence upon the church rather than God’s Word. Just as in the days of our Lord Jesus on earth, the Jews did not search God’s Word to verify the 350 plus prophecies given about their savior, instead their gods were self-righteousness and the errant straying of their leadership. They made themselves gods and killed the Son of God, who called them, “Ye are of your father the devil”[1]

God says in, 1 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” This is a statement directing focus of hearts to searching the scriptures.

Over and over the direction is clear. In Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. 9) Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”

“Jesus Christ the Same yesterday, and today, and forever” is often ignored in that satan has convinced seminaries to teach that God is ever changing to fit our world. Every single Christian school of any size teaches this false doctrine, that their scholarly prowess is tantamount and actually supersedes Child like faith, and God’s Word.

Vs 9 very pointedly warns about diverse and strange doctrines. As we see in Eve the desire to insert selves (as gods) having a final authority, so we see today. God points out the quality of having “itching ears”[2]

Most every devotional and study guide that I have seen promotes a reliance on the interpretation by the writer. And they may present passages to read from the bible, but routinely they do not include the surrounding text that clarifies what God says, or as in the instance of the 1Peter quote from above, the meaning is limited to the day that it was said even though God indicates He is forever.

A personal relationship with Jesus is laying out His Word in front of us and praying for understanding. This process is one of leaving our own preconceived thoughts aside and focusing on what God is saying. The end of Hebrews 13:9, “For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”

God speaks to the establishment of the heart in Grace (unmerited favor), even to the exclusion of meat on the table, indicating the highest priority.

Also through history we see denominations that have been formed by false prophets who come up with so-called reasonable hypotheses that when the true faithful child of faith holds it up to God’s Word they see the lie. But when satan convinces man that he has a brain for the purpose of making all information subject to his own reason, then satan wins another companion for eternity.

Is God your God or are you your own God?

This reasoning is what closes the door and makes “the path narrow”[3] and God will say to those that claim to know Him, “Away from me I never knew you.”[4]   

Our Prayer for all is that God opens the hearts of all who read God’s Word and that no one shuts out God by establishing themselves as the final authority. Our Journey in this life is just a stop on the way to Eternity. God Bless all with the humility to seek Him on His Terms!

[1] John 8:44

[2] 2Timothy 4:3

[3] Matthew 7:14

[4] Matthew 7:23

There is only One that is Holy, God!

5 Jun

Our world today is focused on having a good time and joys on our short journey through life to eternal life. Satan has succeeded in convincing many that a good time here is better than eternity in heaven with God before us, that somehow a life of no pain in heaven with nothing but joy can’t somehow hold a candle to the struggles here.

And satan wants us to forget what God shows us about how life changes to the worse times when we lose sight of God and His plan.

The greatest example is Jerusalem and Israel, the promise was given to Abraham of an eternal inheritance and the promise of the fulfilling of God’s promise of a savior in Eden. Secondarily God Promised Abraham his sons would inherit a land flowing with milk and honey, we are told of how plenteous the land was, with bunches of grapes so big it took two men with a pole to carry them. And years later we see the destitute and desolate ground Israel became as they abandoned God. God even calls the Jews sons of their father the devil, thereby showing His disowning of them.

God shows us how that because of God’s presence, Moses was standing on Holy ground at the burning bush.

In 2Chronicles 6:5-6, God is quoted by Solomon, “Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: [6] But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

God declares His name to reside in Jerusalem, by putting His name there He made the temple and Jerusalem Holy.     Not only did God abandon Jerusalem at the death of His Son but He destroyed the temple and removed Israel in about 70 AD, and he called the Sanadrin son’s of their father the devil. So For 2,000 years God has condemned Jerusalem.

All references to the Holy City in the Old Testament till the Death of Jesus were due to the declaration of God making His presence known there. His departure takes away any holiness.

At the death of our Lord the temple vail was torn in two signifying the departure of God from there. The end of God’s presence and the now focus on the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven.[1]

In Revelations 11:8, God calls Jerusalem on earth Sodom and Egypt, “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Clearly this is not a Holy City.

Also every reference to Holy City in Revelation is not of this world.

Then we look at satan’s working in the hearts of men, his worshipers, who plan a restoration of Jewish Religion. Rothschild’s built a temple to satan in the supreme court building of Israel.

Most all denominations today call every religion as going to heaven they just all have a different name for god. This lie has filtered down through most every denomination. Now this lie has developed into the development of a tabernacle to be constructed in Dubai as we speak to be open to all religions.

We have to be very close to the last days of this world and we will get to see the real Holy City New Jerusalem and this entire world destroyed.

We humbly pray that all receiving this turn to their bibles and read His Word, the truth will set you free!

[1] Revelation 3:12

True Joy is in the Whole Package

17 Apr

There is joy in the air, and truly a time for celebration of our most gracious God who sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. Jesus is risen and stands before God’s throne making intercession for us.

In truth there is sadness in the air as well and understanding this “truth truly sets one free”. The devil has scored a victory through false prophets who have turned worship services into a rock concert atmosphere and called it doing God’s work by bringing folks into a building, without filling up with truth.

It is amazing how much truth God reveals in his Word. James 2:15, 16, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, [16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” this holds true for spiritual food as well. The beauty of God’s Fulfillment of the promise given in Eden and His revelation of who we are and the depths of His Love for us, does not come through in the antics of most of today’s churches.

Being a Christian means following God’s Lead in “taking up your cross and following Him”. Read here in 1Peter and all through scripture this trail of thought that to be a christian as God defines it means that there will be suffering on our parts, for standing up for His Truth and more so as the end is nearing. The churches today don’t teach the truth of this extent nor the depth of commitment required or achieved by true faith.

Slowly read and digest, 1Peter 2:19-25, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. [20] For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. [21] For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: [22] Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but yeilded to him that judgeth righteously: [24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. [25] For ye were as sheep led astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

Jesus suffered wrongfully and teaches here that for us the same is honorable. When I read through this passage at our nightly Bible reading the meaning jumped out at me and has been in a forefront place of thought for several weeks and reading it many times has given insight to the being of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Clarity of who we are and what we are is not being taught. There are so many parts of God’s truth, “it is sharper than a two edged sword.” “There is nothing new under the sun.” and we repeat so often, “Except you have faith as a little child you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” In each one of these affirming statements is true Joy!

Displaying the Truth is Love

14 Apr

God very concisely throughout His Word, the Bible, shows us what mankind is made of and points out the path in faith to Eternity, to His Home for us in Heaven. The distractions of this world, proposed by false prophets, takes the minds off of the goal of life. Eternity! Making gain in this world the primary focus.

That path to eternity is presented by the Gospel, and John 15:13 states, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Speaks not only of the sacrifice on the cross by Jesus, but addresses the attitude of His followers. Luke 9:23, “ If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” God tells us this over and over!

God is very clear all through His Word and in, 1Timothy 6:3, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 1TI6.4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 1TI6.5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

Herein we are told if anyone consents not to the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we must separate ourselves, not silently but out of love of the truth.

Sadly satan using sleight of hand, with supposed just men, has taken over our churches. All one needs to do is read the Word of God and open the hearts to what is said by Him. But just as in the days of our Lord’s Appearing two thousand years ago, where the Jews surrendered their lives to the Sanhedrin (Priests) and spent no time in their bibles (Moses), we have thousands today that go to a building and surrendering their lives to a pastor or denomination not really knowing what God says.

Look at Acts 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The early Christians spent time in Moses and the prophets where God over 380 times foretells of His Savior’s fulfilling journey. But because they lacked familiarity with the word and faith and sought a different path to “holiness” they killed the very Son of God foretold of in Moses and the Prophets.

We see the same in 1Peter 1:10, “Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:” God says the prophets were very diligent in their searching of Moses, Looking for the promised savior.

Sadly today we see the similar paths taken, that lead to destruction, most every church has guidelines and pamphlets that lead astray and twist God’s word into a fake love that seeks to get along and not stay on a narrow focused path to eternity. God in love says in 1Timothy 6:5, when you look into the Greek shows us that “getting along well” comes from destitute and corrupt minds that have no truth, and He adds from such withdraw yourself.

This is love that you walk with a straight line on the narrow path to eternity, separating yourself from those who have fallen into satan’s trap.

Displaying the truth is love, taking up your cross, and focusing on God regardless of what others choose is Love. The truth, God’s Truth, will set you free.

Spend time in the Truth of God’s Word!

Search The Scriptures Daily!

14 Mar
God’s Truth Will Set You Free!

One of the greatest lessons for me in my life was learning about real faith. We had friends over just after Christmas and one of them asked our son what santa gave him for Christmas and he looked up to her with a very stern face and deep conviction in his heart and voice and said, “My daddy says there is no such thing as santa.” I was taking their coats at the time and I saw that face and said Oh my God that is faith. The faith that says rock solid and sure, “my Heavenly Father Says!”

What is stunning as well is Eve stumbled, being a woman of no sin nature at all and yet Satan convinced Eve to go against God. She used her brain and bought into the lies of Satan and left the protection of God’s Word and bit into the forbidden fruit.

All through History so many of the same type incidents are recorded for us in our Bible (God’s Word), The educated in this world feel the self-righteous push to promote their own thoughts above the God’s Truth and thereby create a place of authority established on that same Principle.

God did not choose the Sanhedrin as source for His apostles; He chose the simple fishermen and other humble men. And Satan has worked the system to promote supposed learned men to put forth lies and promote themselves as authorities above all because of their education.

Satan has promoted the “educated” into positions of authority to make the prophecy of scripture to mean that satan’s appearance would be some evil fearful being that would devour flesh and blood. But the reality is that satan always works the same way in a conniving secret hidden manner promoting himself as an angel of light.  Instead of placing God and His Word as their authority, satan promotes man into surrendering his faith to a hierarchy of the pastors and their training above all else.

Satan has promoted self and self reliance dragging mankind down to the depths of hell.

All through the Old Testament we see Jews making God’s law a ritual for righteousness, and Bible translators have applied their authority and thoughts to the over 150 translations, instead of promoting the delving into the word and translating things literally.

“1Corinthians 2.14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Spiritual discernment comes from God and is not found in man.

“1Corinthians 1.21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

Man’s wisdom, the wisdom of this world, excludes and is unable to know God as the heart is closed.

Acts 17:11 “They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” God herein shows the mindset of true believers!


17 Jan


God lays out His plan for all mankind, eternity in heaven forever and ever, or as the Greek words mean, “into the eternities of the eternities”, a never ending time. God tells us in His Word (the Bible) that not only will there be only joy there, but our amazing bodies will be able to transport through walls and objects, just look at what Jesus was able to do with His new body, entering rooms without opening doors. In eternity there won’t be any pain or sorrow. There won’t be marriage there, no evil hearts promoting self, no conflicts or battles, just an amazing joyous paradise!

God holds out this promise through His Son Jesus Christ who paid our ways at no charge. He sent His only begotten Son!!

Right along with this good news of eternity, God shows us the narrow pathway and what befalls us when we take our eyes off that promise. God guides us with example after example of the straying of hearts, what the mindset of those that strayed was and helps us to identify those same tendencies in our world and ourselves.

Be you believing, not unbelieving. Except you have faith as a little child you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. A little child in faith grows up to be a man-child in the faith, able to ferret out the truth by going to the Word to verify, “what does God say”. But satan says’ God gave you a brain use it and rely on it, the same message satan told Eve.

Go right to the Garden of Eden, the devil most assuredly built up a relationship with Eve and got her to question God’s Word, remember, “Yeah has God said?” The subtly of this evil works constantly. This subtly got Eve to question God. Satan broke down that faith as a little child and has had 2 thousand years since Jesus Christ came into the world to refine that subtly.

That subtly comes in so many forms, When we were about to have children my wife convinced me that we agree not to ever tell a lie to our children. Included in those things was the so-called “little white lie called santa Claus.” In teaching the truth from the scripture we as believers are certain that “ALL things come from God” and that ALL things work for the good of those who believe on Him”. So what do we see allowed, some made-up white bearded thug is promoted as the giver of gifts. And satan says don’t be such a prude! Can’t you hear it, “yeah does god give”? But look at what this simple lie does to tear down, who knows how big a framework, of faith in the minds of our little ones.

Another idol is the false god of luck. This teaching that there is such a thing as chance or accident goes against child like faith and weakens the faith that God does indeed supply all. Thankfully God in His mercy does not spare His love from us and uses all things even tribulations to bring us around to His knowledge of the Truth. Over and over God shows this with Israel, and in our lives.

God blessed me with a bride that was very good at standing up for the Word and defending God’s Word no matter the cost. Even her family and friends chose to distance themselves from her. So after we were married without my knowing it she was in tears many days seeing my Bible gathering dust.

Thankfully God was able to answer her prayers and break through this thick head of mine and bring me back to His unmerited favor. I was a stubborn person and my life was not in order. Things happened that were unexplainable at the time that took us from millionaires, down to a spot where we were close to homeless, but God in his mercy showed us that He had it all in control and a whole series of amazing things happened. And now I am reading and studying in His Word multiple times a day.

Faith of a little child knows that God never ever tells a lie, nor does God contradict Himself, nor does His message ever change.  Yet, we see satan in the churches saying don’t be so rigid, give in a little, yes that is what it says there, but, this is what God really means. As a student in history we see how amazing things have taken place to preserve God’s Word. It is just stunning to follow that journey through the last 2000 years!!

The last 100+ years we have seen many translations come out under the guise of making the Word more clear, when you see the license these translators give themselves, we come to understand that most are doing satan’s work. In actuality they are putting spins on God’s Word and though it seem to the average hearer to be more clear, in actuality the meaning is compromised! All one needs to do is compare the variant readings. Take the Geneva Bible of 1560, and compare it to the KJV of 1611, some clarity is lost in places. (In future blogs I will go over some of the differences)

Then along comes the revised version of 1885, where evil men brought forth a whole newly invented chronology of the Bible. I have a book that itemizes thousands of changes from the KJV that blows any reader away. But again this is satan’s working. And since then with the further invention of printing technology we have half dozen plus versions of the Bible, thus giving the tools to satan to paint a very blurry picture of what the truth is, what the real meat of the truth is.

A true child of faith reads in the Word of God, that The Law is done away in Christ, but satan teaches we need to beat down the hearts of men with the law and salve in the gospel. This gives uncertainty, where God says and shows it is His working that opens the heart.

A little child sees that creation was 6000 years ago, yet satans minions say millions of years ago. And a little child of faith sees that God created man and woman, yet satan says there are more catagories of life, and satan teaches that life developed over time.  But you don’t have to look to close to see that we are created, just by the complexity of our bodies, we did not just happen.  A little Child of Faith sees God recognizing people before they’re even conceived, yet satan has convinced many that murdering the unborn is a choice.

Jesus Christ came into the world and along with His gift of salvation He brought the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through that Spirit we have in front of us the Holy Bible, given by inspiration.

Now we see that even in our churches that Faith of a little child is subtly is attacked, Pastors taking the false doctrine they are taught in “higher Learning” and they present touchy feely renditions that contradict God’s Word, preventing growth in true faith and Truth. Seeking to please more people they teach a compromise doctrine, from such turn away.

God in His Word is very diligent in giving us warnings to guide us home for all eternity. 2Timothy 3: 1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Our prayer is that each of us surrenders our Hearts to allow God’s working, so that we are kept on the path to paradise. His Truth will set us Free!

[1] John 3:16, Romans 5:8

[2] John 8:31-36, Romans 6:14, 8:2, James 1:25, 2:12

Religion of Self: Spells Destruction

2 Nov

The promotion of self is contrary to faith for the simple fact that it is God’s working in the heart that converts to faith, which in turn causes repentance. The Jews at the time of Jesus Christ’s visit to earth rejected and killed Jesus because they promoted self as their gods and stumbled[1] at the law, the stumbling stone and as a result Jesus calls the Jews prodigies of their father the devil. The first step is not repentance but the opening of the heart by God to the gospel and faith.

A true Pastor’s job is to support the growing of a keen unbending faith as we see exampled in little children. (“except you have faith as a little child you shall not enter into heaven”) A faith so strong that their hearts are convinced to the point of resisting evil even to the death, “Except you take up your cross and follow me you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”.

We see that commitment in Noah where he spent 100 years building an ark, an ark that has been discovered today in the mountains of Ararat. God tells us that the last days of this earth will be just like the days before the flood, and looking at our world today we see so much of our world today is just like those days. Mathew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

A true pastor also is required to focus on negotiating the narrow path through all the temptation of this world, instead we hear from so many, doctrines of focusing on the gifts and pleasures of this world. (Sounds like Noah’s day) God’s Word is full of the knowledge to discern that narrow way to eternity in real bliss in heaven.

Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”[2] And Jesus also says, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”[3]That dividing principle comes down to one issue, do you worship self and put yourself in a position as the final authority, or do you surrender to the authority of God and His Word.

God tells us explicitly what is in the heart of man if it goes unchecked. In 2Timothy 3: we see God through Paul laying out the future from his day as revealed to him and we see this is exactly what has happened and is happening today in our world. Verse: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Notice God does not lay out sins of the flesh but unchecked evils of the uncircumcised heart.

One of the unique things in studying the Greek language upon which the Bible was written, Greek grammar places the most important thought in the sentence in the first position. Whereas in English translations that order often is interrupted based upon other grammatical truths that don’t always hold true in translating especially the most recent translations of the last 100 plus years.

But looking at this quote in 2nd Timothy God places “For men shall be lovers of their own selves,” in that first position, which is very revealing. And this one phrase ties all of scripture together. First the true faith comes from humility of the heart, whereas the resistance to the gospel message ties to the pride of the heart.

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God is very clear about the impact of pride and self interest. He shows us the pride of the scribes and Pharisees that is easily related to today’s world. Churches today appeal to the flesh and promote pride instead giving tools to maintain humility. All the attributes of God fearing people are found in a humble heart, pride in the heart removes the heart from a true walk with God.

We see satan in the Garden of Eden was promoting pride and self to Eve. And satan (lucifer) was removed from heaven for his prideful proclamations of self worth[4], claiming that he was going to be greater than God.

Here are some of the points God makes about pride:

Proverbs 8.13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

1John 2.15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

Psalms 10:4 “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”

Psalms 31:19 “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the LORD: for He hath shewed me His marvelous kindness in a strong city.”

Proverbs 14.2 “He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. 3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”

Proverbs 16.17 “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”

Mark 7.21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

A pastor shall be: 1Timothy 3.6 “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”

Pride is so prevalent in our world today, just as in Corinth in the first century AD. God through Paul teaches us how pride has enveloped the thinking to point of exclusion of Christ, to the point that there is no growth in the spirit. 1Corintians 3:1 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. [2] I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. [3] For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? [4] For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? [5] Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?”

We see the same today, denominations are plenteous and most exclude growth in spirit by their boasting in who they are. When you drill down to the beginnings of each of the existing denominations to their origin you see doctrines developed by men who in pride seek to promote their own prowess, thus just as in Corinth, to the exclusion of God.

That Narrow way that leads to eternity is fraught with distractions that stifle the spirit.

Watch and Pray!

Coming: What part of anything in life is not part of life?

[1] Romans 9:32; 1Peter 2:7,8

[2] Matthew 10:34

[3] Luke 5:32

[4] Isaiah 14:12-15

Let’s look at faith, at what it is and how it lives.

5 Aug

2 Corinthians 13:5, 6 “Examine yourselves,  whether you be of faith; prove (test) your own selves. Know you not  your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be  reprobates. But I trust that you shall know that we are not reprobates.”  Also read all of Hebrews 11.

Faith (true faith) is [2] “The gift  of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” “Faith[3] is a shield  against the fiery “Darts of the devil.” We[4] are saved through Christ,  by faith. We are made righteous by faith. Faith is not ashamed. Not  [5]all men have faith. By faith many were healed in our Lord’s days on  earth. By [6]faith we know that God created heaven and earth. By faith  we know there is a heaven and a hell. By faith heaven is our home.

Throughout  the Bible we see examples of faith in those who have lived before us.  How by faith [7]Abel obtained a witness that he was righteous. How by  faith Enoch did not die. And by Faith [8]Noah believed the word of God  and, out of the millions, he and his house were the only “faithful” on  earth, at the time of the flood. In Noah’s day, the millions were given  over to the joys of this life and a fake faith. You can hear the people  ridiculing Noah for being so foolish as to build an ark, and for  preaching during the 120 years of building to the people, his relatives  and neighbors, saying, “Repent…follow God’s word…listen to the truth,  for the truth will make you free … ” What would their reply be? “Look  at that fool, building such a large boat …and on dry land too… how does  he think that thing will float?… flood? ..and as for free, look at our  free life styles, look at the pleasures we have here…why do you talk of  greater pleasures than these?…eternal pleasures haw!…we believe in  God and heaven…but relax…give in a little … lets eat drink and be  merry…” Oh the tears Noah Shed, seeing his blood brothers laugh at him!  Read your [9]Scriptures and see that this not only happened, but is  happening still. Look at all the lives of the apostles and prophets  shown to us and see how men of today count what is written as so many  fairy tales. Faith believes what is said, without question. Don’t you  see that faith is against reason; reason looks at and trusts in what it  can touch and see and handle. “But faith[10] is the substance of (OR  firm confidence in) things hoped for, the evidence of (OR conviction  regarding) things not seen.” “And [11]without faith it is impossible to  please God.” “For man[12] cannot come to God except first he believe  that he is God.” “And God is a rewarder[13] of those who diligently seek  God.” So walk by faith and not by sight.

Look in another place  where Christ says of faith, “[14]Except you be converted and become as  little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of God.” Paul, the  apostle, calls Timothy, “A [15]true child in faith” (γνησιω τεκνω εν  πιστει). The possessive personal pronoun “my” is not in the Greek, and  it is τρκνω = child, not υιοσ = son. The same holds true in Paul’s  address to Titus. This reveals even more of what faith is. Be as men in  God’s knowledge, but you can’t be a man if you haven’t been a child  first. You always remain a  child in faith. The apostle Paul says, “We  know in part and we speak in part”. The same is true for us. No [16]one  will know all of God’s wisdom until that day of perfection, until  heaven. But the spirit of faith says, “Lord,[17] I believe your word,  your word is truth”. Use the example of a little child, who will believe  all things told it, by it’s father, never doubting. The same is our  relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Faith[18] demands truth  from those who speak of things religious. And faith can look at God’s  word and clearly tell if a man, claiming to be a preacher of God, is  showing all of God’s word. Each [19]one of us has the responsibility to  look in our scriptures and find out if our pastors are faithful or not.  There will be no one let into heaven on a plea of ignorance and no  pastor or any other person is going to suffer hell’s damnation for you,  if they knowingly or not lead you astray. Do you think the devil would  have half a chance to seduce anyone, if he were to walk around with a  sign on his neck saying, “I am the devil”? So it is just a tragedy to  hear people trust their eternal life on a man who is so nice and well  liked, and not turn completely to God’s word.

Here  is where we stop and show that all those words that are harsh sounding  to our flesh, and that are the fire and brimstone of our God, are by  faith turned into words of love. These words are the sign around the  neck of Satan and all those who preach just enough of God’s word to fool  those that are too lazy to look in their Bibles. For our heavenly  Father clearly shows in his word, that narrow path that leads to heaven.  And he clearly shows the workings[20] of the devil; that one who, “as a  roaring Lion, walks about, seeking whom he may eat”. And shows us this  devil who seduces people through the use of false preachers, and  establishes himself as an angel of light. “By their fruits you will know  them.”

True faith is indeed the most complete confidence. Look  at the examples of the martyrs who were so confident that they could  suffer even death, to be able to spend forever and ever in heaven. Faith  has not changed, even as God’s word will never change. And look again  at the confidence of faith, how [21]Abraham moved to a place he didn’t  even know, and accepted God’s words; “Take[22] no thought for the  morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” How  he was sure of God’s promises and was willing to offer up his son, whom  God said would be his heir. Read the words of Hebrews 11 and see how  faith is so much like the eager faith of a child who believes, without  question, what is told it by its father. These believers (as all  believers must) gave up all that they had for the one treasure no one  could take away from them, namely salvation and heaven. By their faith  their treasure was in heaven. “Lay not up treasure where moth and rust  do corrupt and thieves steal. But lay up treasure in heaven where  neither rust corrupts nor thieves steal.” “Where your treasure is, there  will your heart be also.”

Look at Mark 10:23-27. “How hardly  shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the  disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and  said unto them, children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches  to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through  the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of  God. And they were astonished out of measure saying among themselves,  who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them says, with men it is  impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”

We  see here that the disciples were “astonished out of (or beyond)  measure”, why? because God used the word in Greek for riches χρημα  (which means; whatever is for use, whatever one uses, a thing, matter,  affair, event, business, money). And does not use the other Greek word  for riches πλουτος (which means; wealth. or abundance of external  possessions). Looking at the Greek background in these verses we see  that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for  those who trust in the very things of everyday contact to enter heaven.

God  says in Luke 14:33; “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes  not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.” (disciple means nothing  more than a follower of Christ here, it never refers to an office, but a  pupil or student, as all believers are) The Greek word for forsake,  also means; to separate one’s self, to bid farewell to. “Meaning that  you say goodbye to everything, family, wealth, honor, advantage, and  hold onto salvation and Jesus Christ above all else. That if it comes to  be that you are forced to choose between family or any possession, and  Christ, faith chooses Christ. If not, he will not receive the crown of  heaven. “With God all things are possible”, through the faith that God  gives.

“He [23]that loves father or mother more than me is not  worthy of me.” And in Luke 14:26, Christ uses the word “hate” to express  our form of love toward our relatives, when it is compared to the love  toward God by faith, of true believers. Don’t you see how impossible  this is to our reason, but by faith in the ALL powerful, Almighty God,  it is possible, simple childlike faith.

Know for sure that the  Bible is God’s word. Believe all of it and you will know that you have  faith, that one and only true faith. “I am[24] the way the truth and the  life”, says our savior. “If you continue in my word, then are you my  disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make  you free.” “If the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”  Yes you will be free, free from sin, free from eternal death in hell,  and you will have confidence in your heart, and to say as the apostle  Paul, “I am [25]determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ  and him crucified.” And, “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,  nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor  things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be  able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our  Lord.” And through faith your eyes will be opened that you will be able  to see the fruits of the false prophets, as pointed out by our Lord. For  God says regarding his word, “And if any man shall take away from the  words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of  the book of life, and out of the holy city and from the things which are  written in this book.” Does God mince words here? Is there any gray  area? Read Galatians 1:6-12, and [26]other passages, God says, “Even if  it be an angel from heaven who preaches any other Gospel, let him be  damned (accursed).” Read John 1:1 and following. Christ and the word of  God are one and the same, if you throw out part of God’s word you are  throwing out Christ. Without Christ there is no salvation. Faith accepts  ALL of God’s word without questionings.

Know this also that  God’s love is far greater than we can imagine. How can we as men equate  our love with God’s? For Jesus Christ came into the world and died on  the cross, as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. And  to those that believe on him, he says, you still[27] have the flesh,  but the sins of the flesh and your guilt by birth and of your flesh,  have been put away from you as far as east is from west; and by my mercy  I give you freely, eternal life, and take care of all of your basic  needs. And by Christ’s righteousness we are made sons of God and all  things that are written in the word of God become for us, the words of  our shepherd. “My sheep[28] hear my voice and I know them and they  follow me.”

Know also that the last days of earth[29] are here.  For we hear of wars and rumors of wars; and we see men in their  wickedness, murdering millions children for the sake of pleasure  (legally by man, not God), when we see God talking of children even  before conception. We hear also of more and more “natural” upheavals  (earthquakes, floods, etc.); all these are signs of the end. “Watch, for  that day comes as the twinkling of an eye, and of that day knows no  man.”  

Remember, “that all [30]men have sinned and come short of  the glory of God ••• ” “There is none that does good no not one.” “No  man comes unto the Father but by me.” “Where[31] is boasting then? It is  excluded. By what law? of work? No: but by the law of faith. Therefore  we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the  law.” “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the  faith of God without effect? God forbid: Yes, let God be true, but every  man a liar •••”

My prayer for you is that God give you the  strength to open your heart and let the light of salvation fill it with  joy. This is the peace that God gives men, that they may be reconciled  to God by the death of our savior, only Believe. And those that believe  will all receive the same gift of [32]eternal life; it does not matter  if the believer is black or white, male or female, slave or free, the  gift is the same. Open your eyes and see that the word of God is indeed  truth, and pray with an ernest heart that God shows you His wisdom.

Know  that [33]faith and doubt can not live in the same heart, and be honest  with yourself, for God knows all hearts. Pray and seek God’s kingdom;  for God says, “Seek [34]and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened  unto you, ask and it shall be given…”

“And I trust you will know that we are not reprobate.”


People  have made unbending, staunch faith seem old-fashioned and something of  the past. Call it what you want. God says it is tne only way to  heaven!!!  The footnotes are from: The Greek used is the Textus  Receptus. The bible used is the King James Version. *

*  The Textus Receptus (Received Text) is by all evidence, closest to the  original letters of the apostles. This has been handed down from  generation to generation and has been used by all Christians until the  1800’s. At which period, several groups of unbelieving men have brought  forth a corrupt and small amount of manuscripts (the ratio of  Transcripts agreeing with the Textus Receptus to the corrupt manuscripts  is: 999 with the Textus Receptus to 5 with the corrupt). These five  corrupt ones, through many manmade theories, have been Established, and  are tile basis of all printed English Versions today except the King  James Version.

There are many  books written on the subject. One of the best is titled; True or False  edited by; David 0. Fuller J. D. Published by; Grand Rapids  International Publications, a Division of Kregel, Inc.

[1] Ephesians 4:5; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-21

[2] Ephesians 2:3, 9; Romans 4:16; Acts 17:31(the Greek reads,” … has given assurance to all faithful men.”)

[3] Eph. 6:16; Psalms 33:20, 59:11, 84:9-12

[4] Acts 10:43, 26:18; Romans 1 :16, 3:28+, 4:1-5:21, 8:24, 10:8-11; Galatians 2:16

[5] Romans 10:16, 11:8; 1 Corinthians 8:7, 15:34; 2 Thessalonians 3:2; Matthew19:11-13

[6] Genesis 1:1 and following; John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3

[7] Genesis 4:1; Hebrews 11:4  

[8] Genesis 6:1-7:5; Hebrews 11:7 

[9] Matt. 24:37+; Luke 21 :12-19; John 15:18-21,16:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 3:19,20; 2 Peter 2:5

[10] Hebrews 11:1

[11] Hebrews 11:6; Psalms 101 :3, 109:7, 139:21,22; Romans 8:4-11

[12] Hebrews 11 :6; John 6:65

[13]  Matt. 7:7-11, 21:22; Mark 11 :24; Luke 11 :9, 18:1; John 14:13,  15:7-17, 16:23; Hebrews 11 :6; James 1:5-7, 4:3; 1 John 3:22-24, 5:14

[14] Matt.l8:3; Mark 10:14; John 1:12,13, 3:3+; 2 Corinthians 5:1-1; 1 Peter 1:23

[15] 1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1 :4; 1 Corinthians 14:20; 1 Peter 2:2

[16] 1 Corinthians 8:2, 13:9,10

[17] Romans 1:16+; Romans 10:11

[18] Romans 1:18, 8:5; 1 Corinthians 2:14

[19] 1 John 4:1; Jeremiah 28:8,9; Micah 7:6; Matt. 10:21; Romans 12:2; Eph. 5:8-11; Philippians 1:9-11; 1 Timothy3:10

[20]  Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:12-19; James 4:4-8; John 8:42-47; 2  Corinthians 4:3-5; Ephesians 6:11-16; Philippians 3:18,19; 1 John  3:6-10, 4:4-21

[21] Romans 4:1-5,16; Galatians 3:6; Hebrews 11:8+; James 2:21

[22] Psalms 37:5, 55:22; Matt. 6:25,34,6:19-21, 19:21; Luke 12:11,33,34,18:22; Philippians 4:6,7; 1 Peter 1 :3,4

[23] Matt. 10:37, 19:29; Rev. 12:11;

[24] John 14:6; John 8:31,36; Romans 6:14,8:2; 2 Corinthians 3:16,17

[25] Romans 1 :16, 8:18,32; 1 Corinthians 2:2

[26] John 12:25,48; Luke 10:15,16; Revelation 2:1-3:22, 22:19

[27] John 12:25,48; Luke 10:15,16; Revelation 2:1-3:22, 22:19

[28] John 10:1-5,25-30

[29] Matt. 24:6-34+; Mark 13:5-37; Luke 17:22-36; 1 Thess. 4:15-18; 2 Tim. 3:1-9,13, 4:1-5; 2 Peter 3:3+; 1 John 2:18+

[30] Gen 6:5, 8:21; Job 14:4, 15:14; Psalms 51:5; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:21,3:23,7:15-25; Galatians 5:19-26; 1 Peter 3:21

[31] Romans 3:3, 3:27,28

[32] John 10:28, 11 :25; Romans l0:12-15; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1 :12; 1 Peter 5:4; Rev. 2:10

[33] Romans 10:17, 14:23; Titus 1 : 15

[34] Matt. 7:7-11, 21:22; Mark 11 :24; Luke 11 :9, 18:1; John 14:13, 15:7-17, 16:23; Hebrews 11 :6; James 1:5-7, 4:3; 1 John 3:22-24, 5:14 

It Comes From the Heart

21 Apr

Right from the beginning of time there has been a battle between good and evil. The promise of heaven and paradise, versus the trickery of evil always calling to question God’s sincerity. Satan used the lie, “Yeah hath God said?”  to call to question God’s integrity and to implant evil and sin into the hearts of Adam and Eve and all mankind. The bible shows the trail of man’s heart being drawn deeper into a denial of God at moments of time.

All through the Bible God shows us the heart of man, how that repeatedly Israel abandoned the true God and were drawn to the rituals of ceremonies in the worship of idols. The Jews transformed Moses into a ritual by which they supposed they could be holy, instead of the reminder it was that they had need of a savior. And their stubbornness was addressed by Jesus in that He states [1]“I came not to call the righteous (those proud ones who thought they were and excluded God’s Promise) but sinners to repentance.” God shows us very clearly in the New Testament the revealing qualities of the heart, not only of the evil closed heart that thought very highly of itself, and the humble heart necessary in the faithful, but gives warning that this evil will get worse and worse.

This humility that rules in the hearts of believers is a working by God. It is shown in the words God says [2]except you take up your cross and follow me you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”. And in many other places, [3]“except you have Faith as a little child you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”. Both statements speak to the condition of the heart of the believer on the right path to heaven.

In Ephesians 4: 11-20, God lays out the Service relegated to pastors and teachers very clearly. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
[14] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
[15] But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
[16] From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
[17] This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
[18] Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
[19] Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. [20] But ye have not so learned Christ;”

What stands out Very Clearly God is showing us that His true servants (pastors) have a directive to (verse 14) strengthen the believers so that we are not tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Understanding these words give strength to see and make choices as little children who have taken up our crosses willing to suffer for Him and follow Christ in everything.

Churches and Pastors today promote lies (cunningly devised fables) saying, I do not care where you go just go somewhere. Most churches have a totally one way communication that requires all participants to bow down and believe that not stirring the pot is more important than the truth. And just as with the Jews these rituals are established that override the focus on God’s Truth. So just as all the years of Israel pandering to Idols we have millions who pander to the modern day idols of tradition and a hierarchy, that is every bit the same as in the old testament just applied with more cunning.

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”.[4]

It is very clear picture of the heart, [5]“what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

So instead of surrendering to a pastor or teacher who will never stand for you before the throne of God, turn to the Bible and listen to Jesus speak to you in His Word. For herein lies eternal paradise in Heaven with God!

[1] Mark 2:17

[2] Mark 8:34, 10:21, Matthew 16:24,  Luke 9:23

[3] Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17

[4] Luke 9:23

[5] Mark 8:37-38