Friday, May 11, 2007
For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast himself.
- Paul the Apostle
Lord willing, I am going to write this blog post and direct it to non-Christians who believe themselves to be in the book of life, but first, this is what a non-Christian is:
If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
- Paul the Apostle
The truth is, if you do not have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you are not a Christian, you are not saved, and you are going to hell unless you believe in Jesus Christ, repent, and are born again of the Spirit and water. Before you say that you believe in Jesus Christ, let me ask you something: Right now, as I'm writing this, I have $5.00. You say, "No. You don't have $5.00. I do not believe what you say to be truth." Well, does the fact that you do not believe that I have $5.00 negate the truth that I have $5.00? Of course not. Just because you don't believe that the truth is true, it does not affect the validity of the truth. Jesus Christ is the truth. (John 14:6 ) What he says is to be taken as truth regardless of our disposition. With that said, Jesus Christ said this:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean (or hold) to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.
Jesus of Nazareth is quite clear. There are two masters to serve: God or riches(worldly gain). You cannot serve both of them. The realization and belief of this truth is vital to understanding the rest of what I am going to say, Lord willing.
Do you attend "church" regularly? Oh, are you glad that you do? Answer this question, then: Does your preacher boast about what God has done or, rather, what his "church" is doing. Now when I say, "does he boast about what God has done?", I am not implying what the pastor may consider to be "the Lord's work": "Oh, Praise the Lord! We got this new building! We got this new rock band! Our church saved this many people last weekend! (which if you believe the truth, unless God draws someone, no man comes to the Son. (John 6:44) )" Instead, I am referring to, "Are you growing in holiness because without holiness you will not see God? (Heb. 12:14) Are you not allowing men to bear rule over you at their own pleasure by making you succumb to a false humiltiy to appease their fleshly mind? (Colossians 2:18) Have you been led to repent of flattering people for selfish gain? (Romans 16:18) You know... growing in the basics of Christianity.
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. He is the Son of God. If you believe Jesus, you believe the truth. If you don't believe Jesus, you are not a believer and do not believe the truth. Another term for this is: you are an unbeliever. If you are an unbeliever, you are not faithful. How could you be to someone you don't believe? A person who is not faithful is commonly reffered to in the Bible as an infidel. If you are an infidel, you boast yourself. There is no getting around it.
Most men will boast everyone their own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find?
Let me use this as a crude example: There is a man who is in a house burning to death. You have the water to put out the fire and save him from certain destruction. You know you have the water, but instead of giving him what he needs, you do as what many professing evangelical preachers do these days to be "seeker friendly"... talk trivia to him: "Hey, dude! Man, let me tell you... this kid when I was in the gym the other day... and man he dunked a basketball... WITH TWO HANDS! Wow... I wish I could do that... Hey, man! Great to have you with me today! How are you doing? (without listening to the reply) That's great! Let's sing a song!" Would you not be a complete heretic? Would you not be deeming yourself to be completely useless in helping the man out of his condemning situation at all? You certainly would not be loving him as yourself. You may use the excuse, "Hey, this guy needs me to be on his level, so I need to talk about superficial things THEN I can bring in the gospel." It's almost like saying, I need to burn up in the house with the man in order to show him how to get out. The man is dying NOW. He is needing you to help him NOW. Not tomorrow. Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil that's here now. (Matthew 6:34) The only excuse you could possibly have is that either you didn't know how to give him what would save him (which I find hard to believe is true if you are directed by the Spirit that leads you to all truth) or ...you have an ulterior, selfish motive. Now let's put this in biblical terms. You have a "church" so of course you have read some of the bible (let's hope). You see sinners, dead men, dead women, people who are dead to loving each other as themselves, and you get up there and talk some trivia to them. Either one of two things: you are ignorant of the truth (and how can you be if you are a Christian who has the holy Spirit which leads you into all truth living inside of you) or ...you have an ulterior motive. What could that motive be? Could it be that you want to glorify God? If that is your motive, you would preach truth to the people at once. Could it be that you love the people as yourself? If you did, you would preach truth to the people. Could it be that you serve God? If you do, you would give the people the living water to put out the fiery passions of their lusts that will damn them to hell. No, the fact is: No man can serve two masters. Do some try? Of course. Do any succeed? No. Did Paul the Apostle serve money? No. Did Jim Bakker? Yes. The reason that you do not give the truth to the people is not because you are not serving your Master, it is because you ARE serving YOUR master. The fact is that any place that would brag about what their church has "done" and not give the glory to God is probably the same that would make sure they had a bunch of well-known football players from the local university seen when services are held so they can muster the praise of men, and possibly increase the "church's" numbers in attendance so, in turn, they can boast about it on thier next blog post. Do you really think that Judas's who would say, give the money to the poor and keep some for themselves do not exist today? Please.
"Be very weary of any man, it doesn't matter who he is, what is "pretentions" are, his degrees, or his so called abilities may be, be very weary of any man who would seek to affect your mental condition or your mental attitude apart from the person and the work of Jesus Christ."
- Alan Cairns
If any man is more interested in you knowing that you "got saved" at "his church" so you can bring friends the next Sunday rather than preaching truth to you so you will believe the truth and bear much fruit, he is not serving God, but rather, his own worldly gain. Do you really think the church at Antioch were sending letters to the church at Corinth saying, "Guys! We got 100 people saved through the methods we obtained from the Pagans up the road this weekend! Beat that!" No, quite the contrary for there is only one faith, one Lord, AND one baptism. (Ephesians 4:5) Since this is true, what are these big services where "500 people get saved" really doing? Serving God or serving money? Taking thought for the numbers to brag about the numbers on the morrow? (Matthew 6:34) Well... yes. Why are there so many preachers afraid to speak the truth in pulpits? The answer is quite simple: They will offend their master. Is God offended by anything Jesus Christ has said? No. Are riches offended?
...Discerment by the Holy Spirit that leads you into all truth is vital.
I read a lot and one of the posts I read tonight was from Phil Johnson's blog called Pyromaniac. He talks about what has been deemed the "emerging church" and how certain things about it are unbibical which from what I've read and experienced, agree. The truth of the matter is plain. Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. If a person, church, committee, etc. is wanting to be led away from biblical truth, the reason is because they are serving their master: money. Not many people can pick up this fact and believe it to be true, mainly because of the simple fact that narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few find it. If you were to study every heresy that has every come about, every evil way that is here today, every evil thing that you do on a daily basis, the root of it all is a desire for money or worldly gain or from serving money. It is the root of all evil. (1 Tim. 6:10) If a "pastor" is more concerned with the numbers so he can boast about what his church "has done" rather than one person repenting of their sins and believing in Christ, then he does not share in the same joy that the angels in heaven have when even one sinner repents and believes. (Luke 15:10)
When are we going to have a genuine revival? When "pastors" stop serving money, and start serving God. When are we going to have genuine converts? When a sinner is convicted of breaking God's law of love rather than missing "church" one Sunday. When are we going to have genuine faith? When we have the confidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, (Heb. 11:1) and not share the same faith as demons. (James 2:19)
Genuine Christianity is not going to happen until we preach and serve the genuine Christ. It's as simple as that. When a person repents from serving the master of money, and begins serving the Master which is God, something special comes with it: reality.