Posted by Gary on September 23, 2015
Pope Francis has arrived and the country is swooning. You can watch his speech here:
The Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ and Successor of Peter spoke at the White House today and in so doing, addressed our President and the entire nation. What would Christ’s Apostle say to us? What would God’s spokesman preach to a nation that has evicted God and Christ from its public life, slaughtered 50 million babies made in God’s image and embraced sodomy? Would he preach? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »
Posted by Gary on September 16, 2015
The fairest child, who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little “angel” or a little “innocent” — but a little “sinner.” Alas! As that boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle — that little infant carries the seeds of every kind of wickedness in its heart! Only watch it carefully, as it grows in stature and its mind develops — and you will soon detect in it an incessant tendency to that which is bad, and a backwardness to do that which is good. You will see in it the buds and germs of deceit, evil temper, selfishness, self-will, obstinacy, greediness, envy, jealousy, passion — which, if indulged and let alone, will shoot up with painful rapidity!
Who taught the child these things? Where did he learn them? The Bible alone can answer these questions! Of all the foolish things that parents say about their children, there is none worse than the common saying: “My son has a good heart at the bottom. He is not what he ought to be — but he has fallen into bad hands. Public schools are bad places — the teachers neglect the boys. Yet he has a good heart at the bottom.” The truth, unhappily, is diametrically the other way. The first cause of all sin, lies in the natural corruption of the boy’s own heart — and not in public schools! (J.C. Ryle: Holiness)
Posted by Gary on July 6, 2015
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…”
In the debate over homosexual marriage we hear again and again that sexuality is a personal matter. According to LGBT advocates, it is hateful, bigoted and homophobic to insist that there is one truth and standard for human relationships and sexuality. “What business is it of yours who I love and have sex with?” Is a common refrain. “We love each other and you have no right to tell me who I can love or not love” is another. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »
Posted by Gary on June 30, 2015
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 18)
“And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”(Jeremiah 14:14)
Five Supreme Court justices have spoken for the nation and have declared that homosexual marriage is the law of the land. The celebrations continue and we are told that we now have “equality” of marriage. We may now have legal equality but the outcome of a union of a man with a man or a woman with a woman is not equal to the male with female union as I have contrasted here.
The legal/political world has spoken. The world of music, art, film and sports have bomarded us for years with the message that homsexuality is moral behavior. But what does God think about homosexuality?
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Posted by Gary on September 19, 2013
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 “…when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed– for our testimony to you was believed.”
Tell the truth or be nice? It is tempting sometimes to just be nice for this is the way the world is going and those who insist on the truth of Scripture are marked men for certain. But by God’s grace we speak…
I cannot say strongly enough to those I love and to those I don’t even know, (yet love) who are under the influence of Roman Catholicism, that you are in danger and that the most recent pope, Francis, is a glaring image and voice of the evil of Catholic doctrine.
In a recent letter to the founder of “La Repubblica” (an Italian newspaper) Francis negates the necessity of the cross of Christ, denies the Christian faith and holds forth a false hope to those who refuse God’s command to believe on His Son. Here is the key excerpt from the pope’s letter:
“So I come to the three questions you put to me in the article of August 7. It seems to me that, in the first two, what is in your heart is to understand the attitude of the Church to those who don’t share faith in Jesus. First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn’t believe and doesn’t seek the faith. Premise that – and it’s the fundamental thing – the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn’t believe in God lies in obeying one’s conscience. Sin, also for those who don’t have faith, exists when one goes against one’s conscience. To listen to and to obey it means, in fact, to decide in face of what is perceived as good or evil. And on this decision pivots the goodness or malice of our action.”
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Posted by Gary on May 28, 2012
Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
I received a good question from my brother Bill regarding my post “Like Christ or Like the World?” which is in total, a quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones about how the Church and the Christian must be different from the world. Here is Bill’s question:
“While I agree 100%…what is your view as to why the churches using these methods attract large numbers and true Biblical churches are seeing a reduction in numbers?”
First, the passage above from Luke tells us that Jesus had a “little flock” and if He did, I should not be surprised that I do also. There are a number of passages in Scripture that tell us that few, not many are saved:
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Luke 18:8 “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
John 6:66 “As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.”
It is not a surprise that churches that are willing to be worldly are often larger for there is something in fallen man that wants to be religious for he wants to believe that he is good though the Bible tells him he is not (Romans 3:10). Many are willing to go to church and claim belief in God if in the end they can ultimately still have the world and their sins.
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Posted by Gary on January 5, 2012
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)
Like it or not, atheists must acknowledge that the founding fathers of our country declared in our great Declaration of Independence that our self-evident right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness comes from the Creator.
How can government speak of these rights, uphold them and promote them without reference to the Creator? How can this be done without violating the so called separation of Church and State?
Further, seeing that this founding document declares that these rights come from the Creator do atheists forfeit a claim to these rights? If our fathers said they come from the Creator and atheists deny the existence of the Creator can they claim the rights attributed to His existence? Does their personal choice to deny God’s existence carry more weight than the corporate declaration of the founders that there is a Creator and our rights come from Him?
To show the extent of the folly we live under, how can public schools rightly teach our children about our unalienable rights? Would they not have to make reference to the Creator? Wouldn’t this require a discussion in our schools that includes God? What if a student asks who the Creator is?
Lastly, isn’t it interesting that amongst the signers of the Declaration of Independence was a pastor, John Witherspoon? Have you ever been to the Capitol? Can you walk through that building and leave believing that our forefathers intended that God not be recognized in public and political life?
Today’s atheists and advocates of separation of Church and State are revisionists of history, they have had to lie about and distort history to accomplish what they have in our day. But try as they may, there is the Creator in the Declaration and our three-fold American rights are inexorably linked to Him.
Atheists love to be logical so let’s be logical. Our fathers have declared that our rights are from the Creator, no Creator, no rights. Let the teeth gnashing begin.
Posted by Gary on September 1, 2011
(I write the following out of concern for Christians that I fear are trading the true faith for a false faith wrapped in concern for Israel. This false faith relegates Jesus Christ, the Son of God to second class status while it claims to be from God. My writing flows from a real conviction that God has a chosen remnant from national Israel that He will bring to faith in His Son and save them (Romans 9:27). It flows from a significant sympathy with the nation of Israel in political affairs. All this being said, blind Christians are being led by blind guides into the ditch of false faith and need to be warned away from the likes of Glenn Beck and John Hagee)
Romans 9:6-7 “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham…”
Romans 2:28-29 “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”
Galatians 3:26-29 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
I have written previously about Glenn Beck and my concern that he is promoting a false faith both through his Mormonism and his teaching that all the world’s faiths can turn to God together. You can read the pieces here, here, and here.
Most recently, Beck held his “Restoring Courage” event in Israel as an opportunity for people of faith to declare their support for and solidarity with Israel. One of the guest speakers at the event was John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX and head of John Hagee Ministries.
Hagee is one of the many dispensational teachers who take love for and support of the people of Israel to heretical levels. Caring about Jews and praying for their salvation is one thing, showing solidarity with Jews at the expense of acknowledging Christ is another. Hagee’s past includes cooperative efforts with Jewish rabbi’s who reject Jesus as Messiah while claiming that they are doing God’s will together. If you listen carefully you will see that Beck and Hagee both regard support for national Israel as a goal that supersedes God’s person and way of salvation.
As you continue to read, keep in mind that as Glenn Beck introduced John Hagee he told us that Hagee would speak to us about faith…
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Posted by Gary on October 20, 2009
Here is the second mark of the Holy Spirit in the life of a child of God as mentioned by J.C. Ryle in his sermon, “Having the Spirit”.
All who have the Spirit are taught by Him. He is called in Scripture, “The Spirit of wisdom and revelation.” (Eph. 1:17.) It was the promise of the Lord Jesus, “He shall teach you all things.” “He shall guide you into all truth.” (John 14:26; 16:13.) We are all by nature ignorant of spiritual truth. “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God—they are foolishness to him.” (1 Cor. 2:14.)
Our eyes are blinded. We neither know God, nor Christ, nor ourselves, nor the world, nor sin, nor heaven, nor hell, as we ought. We see everything under false colors. The Spirit alters entirely this state of things. He opens the eyes of our understandings. He illumines us; He calls us out of darkness into marvelous light. He takes away the veil. He shines into our hearts, and makes us see things as they really are!
No wonder that all true Christians are so remarkably agreed upon the essentials of true religion! The reason is that they have all learned in one school—the school of the Holy Spirit. No wonder that true Christians can understand each other at once, and find common ground of fellowship! They have been taught the same language, by One whose lessons are never forgotten.
I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who is ignorant of the leading doctrines of the Gospel, and blind to his own state—can he be said to “have the Spirit “? Judge for yourself
Posted by Gary on October 9, 2007
Acts 10:43 “Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”
I came across this from Charles Spurgeon last week and found it so very encouraging. May God grant us to understand the gospel and to believe it. If you are seeking forgiveness you cannot earn it yourself, your deeds cannot wipe away your sins. No religious ceremony or duty can remove your sins. Would God have put His Son to death if a mere ceremony would have done the job? Because Jesus is perfect and died in our place there is no more sin to be remembered against us, we are forgiven, forgiven completely.
All our transgressions are swept away at once, carried off as by a flood, and so completely removed from us that no guilty trace of them remains. They are all gone! Oh, believers, think of this, for it is no little thing. Sins against a holy God, sins against His loving Son, sins against the gospel as well as against the law, sins against man as well as against God, sins of the body as well as sins of the mind, sins as numerous as the sands on the seashore and as great as the sea itself: All, all are removed from us as far as the east is from the west. All this evil was rolled into one great mass and laid upon Jesus, and having borne it all, He has made an end of it forever. When the Lord forgave us, he forgave us the whole debt. He did not take the bill and say, “I strike out this item and that,” but the pen went through it all: PAID. It was a receipt in full of all demands; Jesus took the handwriting that was against us and nailed it to His cross, to show before the entire universe that its power to condemn us had ceased forever. We have in Him a full forgiveness.