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Defenders of the Faith – Come Forth!

Christian, have you noticed the crisis in today’s church? Have you thought about the mournful discrepancy between the Bible’s definition of the church and what many have redefined it to be? Have you considered the continual threat that is upon the body of Christ? Are you concerned by the watered-down approach to the gospel? Can you see the results of the lack of Biblical preaching? Are you like many who have trained themselves towards apathy regarding the mysteries of Christ? Are you perhaps a byproduct of the undiscerning church movement which produces humanistic Christianity? Have you lost your zeal for the excellencies of the Lord, Jesus?

My friends, many churches have decided that the gospel is not enough to keep people in church. Many church leaders have tried un-Biblical schemes that have resulted in diluting the gospel into a tepid pool of easy-believism, producing weak convictions, enabling worship of man-centered philosophies, causing blind followers of another gospel, misidentifying the true Jesus, and trampling under foot the magnificent truths contained in the inspired words of Scripture! I ask you, where are the defenders of the Faith?

This is what the compromised church has foolishly accomplished:
they have exchanged theological fidelity for an integration of secular world views
they have exchanged reverent worship for psychological appeasement
they have exchanged the truth of God for lies
they have exchanged the great commission for seeker sensitivity
they have exchanged bible exposition for self-help tips
they have exchanged multi-generational inclusion for millennial obsession
they have exchanged six-day creation for a quasi-evolutionary capitulation
they have exchanged a reverence for God for immature, institutionalized church attenders
they have exchanged Biblical soteriology with work-based religion
they have exchanged moral courage for false humility
they have exchanged God’s plan for the family with the metamorphic, secular definition of love
they have exchanged holiness for a numb conscience
they have exchanged a steadfastness with God’s word for a defense of individual rights
they have exchanged teaching the whole counsel of God for non-offensive Bible snippets
they have exchanged the doctrine of sin for an acquiescence towards worldliness
they have exchanged the doctrine of grace and it’s implications for the hypocrisy of being Christian in name only
they have exchanged religious sobriety for a misplaced fascination of spiritual “signs, wonders and gifts”
they have exchanged an alertness for eschatology for a contentment with worldly appetites
they have exchanged the preeminence of Scriptural study for workaholic, relational “ministries”
they have exchanged a Godly separation from the world’s systems for non-offensive integration
they have exchanged the doctrines of God for the championing of humanistic philosophy
they have exchanged a discernment in identifying and removing the wolves in church leadership for a refusal to enforce the Biblical mandate for pastor/elder qualifications
they have exchanged Bible truths for an affirmation of liberal ideologies
they have exchanged confidence in the Word of God for the support of atheistic science
they have exchanged the defense of the One, True Faith for the defense of ecumenical peace

1 Corinthians 1:22-23 defines the issue clearly, “Jews ask for signs, Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified.” Jesus preached repentance, the gospel and the kingdom of God. (Matthew 4:17, 4:23, Luke 4:43) The apostles preached the gospel, Jesus as Lord and the Word. (Acts 5:42, 14:15, 2 Corinthians 4:5) This is the call of the church. Why then do we see church sponsored road side bill-boards announcing the upcoming topical lectures like “How to have a great marriage”? My friends, this is an affront to the Lord! The Bible is inexhaustible in the revelation of the gospel. Why not stick to this glorious proclamation? Why take the easy road to tickle the ears of those whose only hope is in Christ; not in a myriad of self-help musings?! I say STOP! Return to the full council of the Word of God. Return to the gospel and all of it’s implications. Return to the call of the church as described in the Bible. Teach the Bible through exposition, verse by verse. Rightly divide the Truth. Preach Christ crucified and the hope of salvation. Warn the sinner. Encourage the faint. Correct the wayward. Point to Christ, the author and perfecter of faith. Church, His return is upon us, even if far off. Will you be found faithful to the true gospel, once delivered? This is the power of God unto salvation. Those who desire to know Christ will be found in Him and His Word. Repent of your wanderings. Return to the Scriptures. Stay the course.

Remember, the church is to be the pillar and support of the truth of the gospel. This mission is akin to that of John the Baptist who was prophesied in Isaiah as to be “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord.” So, too, the church is in the wilderness of this sinful world, calling to all who will hear, repent and turn to the Lord. (See image.)

“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever.”
Romans 16:25-27

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Moral Relativism and a Religious Facade

All people agree with the moral standard that condemns thievery. Although from an evolutionist world view, this cannot be explained. Creation, see image, proves a Creator. Morality disproves evolution. The definition and source of righteousness is Divinely described in the Bible. Thus far, the moral relativism movement has not changed the definition of theft. Those who steal are universally denounced as morally depraved. Interestingly, in John 10, thieves and robbers are the terms given to false Christians who do not enter the church through Christ. Missing the door to salvation, they have gone headlong over the sheep pen wall thinking their pursuit of social justice and Christian revisionist theories secures their standing before a generic god. They wrongly assume that the effort of the climb has insured a legal entry. In witnessing this breach, the world, who assumes all things supposedly Christian are the same essence of foolishness, are oblivious to the charade. And many already embedded in the church, who have only made an informal inquiry into the majesty of Christ, blindly follow this facade of religiosity. To miss the only access into saving faith, is to miss Christ! Everything else is false religion.

But how does one delineate between the true sheep and the imposters? John 10 has the answer. Those who know the Lord, follow Him. They know His voice and obey. They do not reinvent another gospel and call it the same, but different. They do not rewrite the scriptures to fit the metamorphosis of liberal culture. They do not deny the veracity and truth of the Bible. They do not pick through theology and doctrines and throw out what doesn’t fit their spiritual sensitivities. They do not place the wisdom of man over the wisdom of God. No! The true sheep of Christianity follow the true shepherd. He is life! No one comes to God apart from Him! John 14:6

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” Colossians 2:6-9

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Confessions of a Burdened Man

Confession 1: I am grieved by the moral and doctrinal decline of the universal Christian church.

Confession 2: I am grieved by the self-righteousness of “liberal religiosity.”

Confession 3: I am grieved by the grip that the secular worldview has upon those who call themselves Christian.

Confession 4: I am grieved that many apostate forms of “christianity” are passed off as legitimate.

Confession 5: I am grieved that those in the church who oppose Biblical moral truth subjugate the minds of their people and teach the universal goodness of mankind.

Confession 6: I am grieved that some Christians neglect the implications of the greatest commandment and exchange that priority for their idolatrous quest to support the evolving mandate of social justice.

Confession 7: I am grieved that people who claim to be Christians do not believe the Bible is God’s loving revelation of His truth.

Confession 8: I am grieved that these same people assume that they have the right to reinterpret the Bible’s clear teaching.

Confession 9: I am grieved that many “churches” play the role of acting “missional” rather than promoting their God-given role as the defenders of His truth, doctrine and gospel.

Confession 10: I am grieved that the “mainstream” televangelists are able to sell their deceit to millions of people.

Confession 11: I am grieved that these same charlatans are viewed by those outside the church as examples of what the Christian faith produces.

Confession 12: I am grieved that para-church organizations spend so much time trying to change the culture instead of sharing the pure gospel and praying for the salvation of the lost.

Confession 13: I am grieved for the current state of our Union and that both sides of secular politics are once again being contrasted with supposed Christian principles.

Confession 14: I am grieved that false accusations are constantly being made towards the conservative minded citizenry as if support for the Republican party translates into a full sanctioning of all of the views of the current administration.

Confession 15: I am grieved that “christians” freely align themselves with a political party who support the murder of the un-born.

Confession 16: I am grieved that “christians” confidently support a worldview and legislation that promotes “lifestyles” that the creator God has clearly said are against His law.

Confession 17: I am grieved that theology, as defined by consistent contextual exegesis of the Bible, is losing it’s appeal.

Confession 18: I am grieved that truth, as defined by the Bible, is compromised and under attack by many in the health and wealth, emergent, Pentecostal, missional and mystically styled churches.

Confession 19: I am grieved that many churches waste time on “market research” rather than caring for the poor, the alien and the suffering among us.

Confession 20: I am grieved for the social club churches who teach happy-go-lucky topical musings on fulfillment and acquisition rather than on sin, redemption and God’s glory.

Confession 21: I am grieved for the seeker-sensitive, easy-believism churches who fear offending mortals rather that offending the Holy God.

Confession 22: I am grieved that these same churches employ crafty delivery techniques for their quest to appeal to itchy ears that desire to have their felt needs, psychological sufferings and supernaturally craved desires met.

Confession 23: I am grieved that even churches who pursue inspired doctrine, as is clearly taught by the Triune God, have succumbed to certain unorthodoxy that threatens to degrade the gospel message.

Confession 24: I am grieved that “scientific theory” has replaced and superseded Biblical truth in creation, historical time and social constructs.

Confession 25: I am grieved that the truth of God has been maligned and replaced with all forms of self-centered hedonism.

Confession 26: I am grieved that the true church of God, as described in the Bible, is under assault by the self-righteousness of the liberal worldview.

Confession 27: I am grieved that many who are lost want nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus because their experience with fake “christians” has proved their presupposition that religion is pathetic nonsense.

Confession 28: I am grieved that the certain return of the Lord is not weighing on the hearts of worldly-minded believers so that they would want to be found ready in a state of holy living.

Confession 29: I am grieved that those who march in support of the humanistic definition of “love” attack those who hold to Biblical definitions of sin as if such convictions are results of hatred, bigotry and racism.

Confession 30: I am grieved that the name and reputation of the only true God is being further diminished by the compounding atheistic sins that are now seen as enlightened civil rights.

Confession 31: I am grieved that some who claim Christianity hide behind the protection of social media to blindly accuse total strangers who are lost in their own hypocrisy.

Confession 32: I am grieved that so many so-called churches malign the name of Christ by their fanatically sinful adaptations of church.

Confession 33: I am grieved that because so-called Christians are pleased to promote their worldly exhibitions they are seen by the lost as Christian in name only.

Confession 34: I am grieved that our society has been given over to corrupt minds as defined in Romans 1 because it has collectively exchanged the truth of God for lies.

Confession 35: I am grieved that the Biblical definition for the fear of God is a lost spiritual reality.

Confession 36: I am grieved that it escapes the notice of the liberal elite that their worldview is cult-like in that they are militantly intolerant to opposing views while they worship the god of licentious tolerance.

Confession 37: I am grieved that “ministry success” in apostate churches has been interpreted as a result of increased numbers rather than on the quality of Biblical fruit produced.

Confession 38: I am grieved that certain “churches” foolishly teach a misguided understanding of the character and role of the Holy Spirit and attribute false “signs and wonders” to God.

Confession 39: I am grieved that the power that is in the living and active word of God has been found lacking and in need of various forms of embellishment by those who are desperate to appeal to the world’s system while strategically avoiding the inherent offense and conviction of the true gospel.

Confession: 40: I am grieved that human wisdom in the church has been elevated beyond it’s limits while the sufficiency and fidelity of the Bible is constantly under attack.

Confession 41: I am grieved that there is widespread misconception that because the US Constitution was influenced in part by Judeo-Christian ethics, that America is automatically blessed by God.

Confession 42: I am grieved that those who rightly oppose certain evils perpetrated on various people groups by the US government condemn the entire history of the country and every person that happens to have white skin.

Confession 43: I am grieved that the pride of our society is leading many further away from repentance and faith in the Lord.

Confession 44: I am grieved that many churches appear more concerned about gaining weekend, latte drinking, constantly texting, superficially obsessed attendees rather than encouraging their current members to reach the lost in their midst.

Confession 45: I am grieved by the lack of discernment in the church, especially by gullible men who reinstate disqualified pastors back into leadership.

Confession 46: I am grieved by those churches who add works to grace and blindly disregard the clear teaching in the Bible that such belief is a counterfeit gospel message.

Confession 47: I am grieved by the religious fundamentalists who have perhaps began with right doctrine but have since bowed to the idol of legalism.

Confession 48: I am grieved that religious cults like Mormonism, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist and the Roman Catholic Church are giving false hope to millions of people world-wide.

Confession 49: I am grieved for those who are trapped in their sin and refuse to acknowledge the One Creator, Savior God.

Response:
“Revive me according to Your word. Revive me according to Your ordinances. Revive me according to Your loving-kindness.” Psalm 119: 154b, 156b, 159b

I use nature photography to showcase the God who created the Universe by the power of His speech. See image. This is the same God who freely gives salvation from sin to all who will come to Him in repentance and faith. Creation proves God. But, beyond that, we have a more powerful proof contained in the Word of God.

“The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” Psalm 119:160

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Christ Sat Down

In photography, while looking through the viewfinder, most photographers prefer one eye over the other. This is the result of eye dominance. Depending on the design of the camera, this may affect the ergonomic experience. However, the photographer’s skill in production is not predicated on this aspect.

In Biblical times, the supreme court of Israel, the Sanhedrin, had two scribes sitting on each side of the court. One on the left and one on the right. If the judgment was condemnation, the scribe on the left rendered the verdict. If the judgement was acquittal, the scribe on the right rendered that verdict.

Hebrews 1:3, speaking of the Lord, states, “when He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High.” The reference to Jesus sitting on the right has direct correlation to the historical significance given to the judgement of pardon that was reserved for the scribe sitting on the right side of the Sanhedrin court. (See also Mark 16:19, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 8:1, 10:12 12:2 and 1 Peter 3:22) The repetition of this truth speaks of it’s critical implications for every believer. To the early readers of Scripture, this detail was a reinforcement to the truth that what Christ accomplished on the cross possessed the authority that was needed for the propitiation of sins. Not only in the reference to sitting on the right but also in the fact of sitting. This teaches that the work of redemption was complete. This of course supports the doctrine of grace through faith apart from works. (Ephesians 2:8)

Consider the following scene. You are in the courtroom of God. The time is the moment of your regeneration. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father. He has been there, a place of honor, equality and intercession, since His ascension into heaven some two thousand years ago. He declares the verdict of acquittal as His justice of grace against your sin. This is based on His finished work rendered by His death and resurrection. You are declared righteous before God. There is no more payment required for your sin. You are given a new heart. You are given new life. You are given the wisdom of knowledge to know the Lord. You are made to desire the things of God. You are in-dwelt by the Spirit of God. You have entered into an eternal covenant with the Creator God! However, before you had searched the Scriptures to know the meaning of grace, you cried out, “but I can’t forgive myself!” What?! Can you modify the verdict which supersedes God? In your confusion, you may think this statement has merit. You may enter into years of blindness that stifles your understanding and growth in the Lord. You may attend a “church” that preaches a different “gospel” of works salvation. You may even join a “Christian” cult that teaches the false doctrine of self-centered health, wealth and signs religion. Many have lost years of their lives to these empty indoctrinations! But, in this scene, by the mercy and sovereignty of God, the Lord stands up and imparts His Word richly into your soul. As you depart from the courtroom of God you know you are free from the condemnation of your sin. You know you are simply a blessed recipient of the Lord’s mercy. You believe His Word and trust His doctrine on all maters of faith. You are enabled to walk in the Spirit and are released from the conflict in your own mind. You are free!

Christ sat down. Go and live in the light of His grace.


The Names of God

We hear the name ‘God’ referenced often by many differing moral philosophies. Every religion claims a victory of enlightenment. Human history is replete with intellectual factions between those who have preferred to accept the sinful results of their arguments rather than to humbly submit to the One, True Creator. In a world that is increasingly hostile to definitive claims of truth, how can anyone know who the real, living God is? Have you considered that much can be learned about this God simply by paying attention to His many names found and described in the Bible? Put away your presuppositions. Put away your moral assumptions. Put away your religious striving. Put away your unbelief. The Word of God contains the answers. Only a right understanding of the Bible can lead to a mind that is ready to accept the claims of God. Search the scriptures and find out who God is. His many names are critical in this pursuit.

He is called the Ancient of Days, Creator, Yahweh, Elohim, Adonai, Jehovah, the Alpha and Omega, El Shaddai, the God of glory, the Holy One, the Lord, the Great Shepherd, Father, the Most High God, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

This means that He created. He is sovereign. He executes His will. He defines righteousness. He prepares a way. He unveils truth. He judges. He pardons. He redeems. He saves. He releases the captive. He gives sight to the blind. He gives ears to hear. He awakens the dead. He justifies. He sanctifies. He sustains. He leads. He teaches. He comforts. He loves. He lives. He is ever-present. He will return!

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? He is the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 40:28


Truth to Live By

Like dying leaves in Fall, see image, so are the secular worldview claims that are being thrust into the minds and hearts of many who are lost in their own pride which masquerades as love. These beliefs may appear beautiful for a time, but in the end they will rot and become eternally condemned.

Contrary to pragmatic social engineering presuppositions, love does not win; God does. Now of course, God is love; 1 John 4:8. He is also Light, 1 John 1:5. And God is holy, Isaiah 6:3. God is the sovereign law giver, the judge, the definer of morality. He is the giver of grace, the Savior and keeper of salvation. He is the Creator and sustainer. He is the truth and the life. If you say you are a Christian, you do not have the right to develop your own version of “faith,” “beliefs,” and “moral judgements” no matter how many supposedly valid “Christian” leaders you can site. The truth about God and His judgements are clearly made known by the teaching in the words of scripture. There is a life and death difference between those who possess true saving faith and those who are religious “Christians.”

Those who are saved by God follow Him. They believe His word. They trust His judgements. They submit to His authority. They search the scriptures to know the precepts of God. They put their confidence in Him. They align their beliefs and actions with biblical teaching. Their confidence grows in Christ likeness. They rightly divide God’s word. They battle to mortify their own flesh. They patiently share the gospel to a dying world and trust the results to the One who saves. They are most concerned with the reputation of God.

Those who are religious follow their own desires. They critique and modify the Bible to fit their beliefs. They trust in their own moral conscience. They listen to the authority that best fits their version of social justice. They align their beliefs and actions on the evolving winds of humanism. Their confidence is based on their embrace of intra-faith ecumenism. They become increasingly dogmatic against any biblical claim of universal truth. They call good, evil and evil, good. They impatiently criticize anyone who disagrees with their liberal agenda. They are most concerned with their own justifications of sin.

In a world that largely denies the one true God, the call of the Spirit and His truth still rings out loudly throughout the whole earth! “Come to Me in repentance and faith, deny yourself and follow Me. For I am the Holy Lord, the sovereign God, the author and perfecter of faith! Come into My light and live!”

“The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.” Psalm 19:8b-9

“If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 1 John 1:6

“But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” 1 John 2:5

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The Soul of the Subject

In portrait photography, there are two key elements expressed in the composition. These are the soul of the subject and their relationship to the context of the image. The expression of the soul is the key aspect in an effectively communicated portrait image. However, you cannot separate the subject from it’s context. Interpretation of a portrait image requires both. Can you imagine a portrait image with an invisible subject? This sounds ridiculous and it would be impossible to convince the viewer that a subject did in fact exist within the frame.

However, this is exactly what I am asking the viewer to do when they consider my images of creation. As I have stated before, the Bible teaches that the created world is not only proof of a Creator, it also speaks of the soul, the character and the power of the God who created it.
I am certainly not saying that God is in His creation or that they are one and the same. God is not the tree, the stream or the sky. That is pantheism. Nor am not saying that divine power inhabits creation, it does not. It is not that when you see creation you see the essence of God. Yes, the universe is His handiwork. Yes, it is God’s power that holds the universe together. Creation, then, is the context for images of nature. But God is the invisible subject in the view of His creation! Not only this, but “His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen, being understood through creation.” (Romans 1:20)

If you enjoy a beautiful image of creation, consider that the God who made it by His own words is the One who is worthy of worship, honor and belief in Him. It is this same divine power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead! It was the Lord Himself who took the punishment required for all of the sins of every person who would trust and believe in Him. This is not religion, this is life!

Wake up, sinner, you need a Savior! Put your trust in this powerful and Holy God. (Proverbs 3)

Wake up, Christian, if you have succumbed to an apathetic lifestyle! The Lord lives! (Daniel 6) He will bring you to repentance again! (Isaiah 57) Do not neglect the Living God! His creative power is of the same nature as that which is in the power of His Word. (Hebrews 4) Pay close attention to His precepts and doctrine. (1 Timothy 4) They are life to you and refreshment to your soul! (Psalm 119) Do not take lightly the reading, study and rightly divided preaching of God’s word. (Psalm 19)

Wake up, Church and follow the Lord’s commands. Teach Christ and make disciples. (Colossians 1:28) Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow the author and perfecter of your faith. (Hebrews 12)

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I Heard About a Stone

I heard about a stone; two in this case. (Exodus 24:12) They were carried down a mountainside by a faithful man of God. On these stones were written the law of God. These were given to men to prove their need for the One who Was and would come to save His people from their sins.

I heard about a Stone, a person. (Psalm 118:22) The future reality of this Stone was made known by a prophesy, hundreds of years before His earthy arrival. God’s sovereign plan for His rejection by the world and His subsequent position of renown was specifically foretold.

I heard about this Stone. (Isaiah 28:16) His character and purpose were also prophesied, well in advance. Here too, was a veiled promise of salvation to all who would believe in the Stone. He will rule His kingdom for an eternity. By His power, all evil will be crushed. (Daniel 2:44-45)

I heard about this Stone. This time He is speaking about Himself. (Matthew 21:42) He quotes Psalm 118:22. He is teaching people that salvation from sin, has come to all men, through Him!

I heard about a large stone. This stone, which had been placed at the entrance to a tomb, was supernaturally moved away. (Matthew 28:2) This was another proof of the Stone’s resurrection from the dead. He had been “pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquity and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53)

Once again, I heard about The Stone. Many who professed an intimate knowledge of God, rejected this Stone because they were self-righteous. (Romans 9:32-33) By doing this, they forfeited the right to become children of God. Grace from sin comes through faith; not works.

This Stone became known as the Chief Corner Stone. He was made known by the Prophets and then by the Apostles. His own creation bears witness to Him. All who come to Him, in faith, become part of His building; His spiritual family. (Ephesians 2:20-22)

Then, I heard about many stones. These are the people who put their faith in “The Living Stone.” (1 Peter 2:4-10) These people have been saved in order to offer to God a spiritual sacrifice of holiness. They are God’s own possession so that they will testify to the power of the Stone who brought them out of the darkness! They are the ones who have received mercy! They are the ones who have new life! They are the ones who suffer no condemnation!

Do you hear? Listen to The Living God! He created the image that you see here. Believe in Him.

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False Prophets Condemned

For the true Christian, as defined by an accurate Biblical description, there are responsibilities that must be soberly considered. Followers of Christ have certain obligations regarding their response to the law and grace of the Lord. Fidelity towards integrity, morality, truth and love have Biblical roots that Christians are accountable to. Knowing the True God and practicing accurately interpreted doctrine are critically interwoven. Those who say they “know” God, yet base their lives on un-biblical philosophies cannot be considered evangelical. Those who appear to follow the law of God, yet do not love cannot be considered evangelical. One result that follows the evidence of true biblical conversion is a certain burden that all believers in Christ must bear. This is an imputed reputation from unbelievers of guilt by association. From the world’s perspective, everything that claims Christian sympathies falls under two assumptions. First, whoever claims the Christian religion is lumped into a very broad, albeit unbiblical, definition of faith. Second, all religious expressions, identified as supposedly Christian, are considered one and the same. The Bible is filled with warnings against a variety of false gospels that piously follow their own humanistic form of religion. The burden that I mentioned is put on those who faithfully follow Christ while concurrently suffer judgment from a false narrative of secular condemnation. Fanatical religious zealots who peddle false forms of Christianity bring condemnation on themselves! They pollute the identity of the true church and the reputation of the Holy, Living God! But, the world does not know these distinctions. They condemn everything that associates itself with the term “Christian.” They define everything that has falsely claimed to be Christian as emanating from the same putrid pool of archaic, nonsensical religious indoctrination. However, the truly regenerate in Christ know the definition of the gospel and it’s implications on the past, present and future.

In 2 Peter 3, the Apostle Peter warned the church against the inevitability of false Christian sympathizers who would “distort” the wise teachings of the Apostle Paul, “as they do the rest of the scriptures, to their own destruction.” 1 John 4 states, “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” And again in Jude, speaking of false Christian infiltrators, it states that “certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

The Prophet Ezekiel condemned the false prophets of his day, 592 B.C to 570 B.C. Ezekiel 13 states that “the word of the Lord” came to him saying to “those who prophesy from their own inspiration,” thus says the Lord, “woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.” The phrase “have seen nothing” is an interesting statement when you consider modern-day false prophets who distort the gospel. The one constant that accompanies their heresies is their muted hysteria of claiming to be eye-witnesses to supposed “signs and wonders.” The search for evidence of supernatural activity becomes their god. They are not content in knowing and following the Creator God of the Universe. They do not fearfully respect the proofs of creation, see image, nor to the evidence of “God’s law written on their hearts” as described in Romans 1 and 2 respectively. They distort doctrine to suit their own appetites! They misrepresent the character of God to ease their consciences! They distort the gospel message to hear what suits their own pride! They falsely predict the future! They claim to be Christians and worship a god of their own making!

What are the redeemed to do?

“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:17-18a)

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Prophesy Proves Christ

The Bible states in Romans 1:20 that the evidence of creation is proof that God exists. See image. The Bible also states in Romans 2:15 that the truth about the law of God has been written on the hearts of all people. This same God, through Jesus, who is God in the flesh, calls everyone to repent and believe in Him. All people are without excuse regarding the truth about God. Those who deny this often choose to believe in the claims of “science” and believe that evolution is the logical reasoning for our existence. I have heard it said that because the claims of evolution are “proven scientific fact,” God does not exist and the biblical claims to Christ and the morality of the Bible cannot possibly be true. Darwin developed a theory that does not include a higher intelligence as the beginner of all things. Because his presupposition excluded God, Darwin was bound to interpret his observations to fit his atheistic analysis. It is interesting to note that when Darwin explained his “discoveries,” he did not use provable scientific models. In fact, according to some studies, the chances of, for example, a 200X mutation model in which every stage successfully evolves is 10 to the 60th power. That is a less than one chance out of five trillion! Darwin also did not reference ancient texts to validate his findings. However, the New Testament of the Bible does exactly that to prove the sovereignty of God. There are hundreds of ancient Old Testament Biblical texts, known as prophesy, that were proven to be historically accurate by the New Testament writers. The chances that all of these prophesies could come true is 10 to the 17th power. And yet, they all did come true and were validated by eye-witnesses!

In the book of Acts, Apostles Peter and Paul argue that Jesus is the Christ, the redeemer, God in the flesh. They were eye-witnesses to the historical Jesus and yet they reference proofs from Biblical Old Testament prophesies in order to teach about the calling of the Gospel message to repentance and faith in Jesus. In Acts 13:29, when speaking to the Jews and “God-fearing” Gentiles, after the resurrection of Jesus, Paul states, “when they had carried out all that was written concerning Jesus, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.” The phrase, “all that was written about Him” refers to the many prophesies from the Old Testament that came true during the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus Christ. From the promise of a coming Messiah to His place of birth to the details of His life and ministry to His death and resurrection from the dead; all of this can be found in the Old Testament! See Genesis 3:15, Genesis 12:7, Deuteronomy 18:15, 2 Samuel 7:16, Psalm 16:10, Psalm 89, Isaiah 7:10-9:7, Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 53, Daniel 7:13-14, Amos 9 and many others. These are ancient texts that came true! What can the argument be to refute such provable claims?

Even Jesus used the Old Testament writings to teach truth about Himself. Luke 24:27 states, “then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He (Jesus) explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the scriptures.” And again in Luke 24:44, Jesus said, “these are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you (before His death and resurrection) that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

What is the point? If the claims of the Bible have been validated, why do so many reject the One true God? It is because sin has blinded them! Worldly intelligence is proud. Without submission to God, it is impossible to possess the wisdom to know the truth. Many think they are justified by their morality. “I am a good person, that is what matters.” However, “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” (Romans 3:23) And, “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) The point is: Jesus has defeated death by His resurrection from the dead. The Lord requires all people to repent and believe in Him and in God, the Father, Who sent Him. To all who come to God, He gives the right to be children of God. (John 1:12)

The Lord, the Creator of all things is worthy of all praise and allegiance. Follow Him!

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