Monday, August 14, 2017

WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?


Countless of times I have heard people, especially Christians, telling me when addressing sinful actions of believers, “Who are you to judge?”

Jesus’ command, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1 NLT) could be the most quoted of His sayings and yet so often taken out of context. Many people use this verse in an attempt to silence their critics, interpreting Jesus’ words to mean, “You don’t have the right to tell me I’m wrong.” Christians are often accused of “judging” when they speak out against sin.

The Bible’s command that we “not judge others” doesn’t mean we cannot show discernment. Immediately after Jesus said, “Do not judge others,” He said, “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!” Matthew 7:6 NLT

Later in the same sermon Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.  You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” Matthew 7:15-16 NLT

So, how are we supposed to discern those who are “unholy,” “pigs,” and “false prophets” unless we have the ability to make a judgment call on doctrines and actions? Jesus is giving us permission to tell right from wrong.

That’s why He said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24 NKJV

In other words, there IS a correct usage of judgment which is based on Biblical doctrines and actions of a person.

Now we also understand why the apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church that it is their responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning!

“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” 1. Corinthians 5:12 NLT

Therefore, when Jesus said not to judge others, He did not mean that no one is allowed to identify sin for what it is based on God’s definition of sin found in His Word, the Bible!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WHY MOST CHRISTIANS ARE NOT TRUE CHRISTIANS AT ALL


FROM THE “BIBLE NERD”

Jesus Christ said:

“The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:14 NLT

This means that,

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1. John 2:6 NLT

So just like Jesus, you need to be willing to give up your own selfish ways, and just like Jesus, take up your cross and be willing to give up your life for Him, loving Him above anybody or anything else! 

Jesus made this very clear when He said:

“If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24-25 NLT

And,

“If you love your father or mother more than you love Me, you are not worthy of being Mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than Me, you are not worthy of being Mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of being Mine!” Matthew 10:37-38 NLT

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!” Matthew 10:34-36 NLT

This is the reason why the Christian walk is very narrow and difficult, and many of those so-called Christians are just phony fakes, who are not willing to sacrifice their selfish ways and live in obedience to God’s will!

These so-called Christians are only living to please themselves, and yet the Bible says:

“For even Christ didn’t live to please Himself.” Romans 15:3 NLT

Saturday, July 29, 2017

GOD SAYS NO TO THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE!



IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE BOOK, GOD SAID:

“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” Leviticus 18:22 NLT

“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act.” Leviticus 20:13 NLT

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, GOD SAYS:

“Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” Romans 1:26-27 NLT

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves! Those who practice homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God!” (See 1. Corinthians 6:9-10)

“The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality and who do contradict the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News!”
(See 1. Timothy 1:10-11)

It is for this reason the Scriptures say that:

“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—  not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and His ways.” 1. Thessalonians 4:3-5 NLT

Saturday, July 8, 2017

IT IS GOD WHO KNOWS, DECIDES, ALLOWS, DISALLOWS, CONTROLS AND LEADS!


Did Job end up suffering because he brought it upon himself by doing wrong or sinning? Or was it God who allowed Job to suffer for His purpose?

The Bible gives the following answer:

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

“All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence. Job 1:8-12 NLT

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

“All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”  So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot. Job 2:3-7 NLT

So, it is God who allows what will happen to people, whether good or bad!

That is why the Scripture says;

“So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.” So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.” Romans 9:16-18 NLT

Therefore, it says that, “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him!” Philippians 2:13 NLT

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WILD PARTIES, ALCOHOL, DRUGS, SEX, ORGIES, AND THE SORROW THAT FOLLOWS!


“What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk! You force your cup on them so you can gloat over their shameful nakedness.” Habakkuk 2:15 NLT

“What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.” Isaiah 5:11 NLT

“What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.” Isaiah 5:22 NLT

“Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party. Let’s all get drunk. Then tomorrow we’ll do it again and have an even bigger party!” Isaiah 56:12 NLT

I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin or is a drunkard. Don’t even eat with such people! (See 1. Corinthians 5:11)

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone who is living the lifestyle of a sexually immoral person or who is a drunkard, or who engages in orgies, abuses drugs, or any other sins like these will not inherit the Kingdom of God! (See Galatians 5:19-21)

So, don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living! (See Romans 13:13)

“Be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit!” Ephesians 5:15-18 NLT

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ARE WE OBLIGATED TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM?


There are many well-meaning Christians who say that we as believers are obligated to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They use the Old Testament book of Psalms to justify this, where it says: “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” Psalm 122:6 NLT

But, is this really so?

For decades, Christians have been praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and yet, there is still no peace today in Jerusalem. Far from it! Instead, great civil unrest exists in Jerusalem among Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians.

The Bible though speaks about a day that is coming when there will be peace in Jerusalem. This will be orchestrated by the Antichrist, the false Messiah. He will bring a false peace treaty to Israel and the Middle East. You can read this in the book of Daniel and 1. Thessalonians where it speaks about the Antichrist bringing peace.

And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. Daniel 11:21 NKJV

Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you.  For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.  When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 NLT

Jesus Christ will return! He is not coming to establish Israel’s earthly kingdom. Jesus is forming the Church, His Body, to influence the heavenly places:

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was His eternal plan, which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Ephesians 3:10-11 NLT

Never once did Jesus, nor the apostle Paul or the other disciples in the New Testament, instruct us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Why? Because that is not what God, through the Holy Spirit is doing today!

As a matter of fact, the apostle Paul urge us to pray for all people and ask God to help them, to intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them! He also says to pray this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity, because this is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth! (See 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

To make it clear what the Bible says what will happen in last days, is that the Antichrist, the false messiah, will come first, followed by the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, who will reign over the holy city, the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, the city of peace where righteousness lives for eternity with those who belong to Him! (See Revelation 21+22)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

IT IS TIME TO COME OUT

“They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money!” Titus 1:11 NLT

For many years, I wandered in the prophetic circles of false prophets and teachers who are being worshiped and glorified - people like Bill Johnson, Chuck Pierce, Peter Wagner, Heidi Baker, Benny Hinn, Kim Clement, Mike Bickle, and all those associate with them. My life was inundated with false prophetic words coming from these people, that obviously never happened. The Holy Spirit warned me on many occasions to distance myself from these false prophetic gatherings, with all their unbiblical demonic manifestations, and never to minister to or with them ever again!

After coming out of these false prophetic churches, my wife and I kept running into people who have been deceived and hurt by believing and following these lying prophets and their false teachings. Some of them are literally infested with demons, and their lives are completely ruined spiritually, physically and financially!

Over the years, we have exposed and given Biblical answers to what these false prophets and their deceptive teachings and doctrines are all about on our website www.instituteoflove.net.

This morning, the Lord told me to tell His people:

As you come out from among these false prophets, I will put an end to your excruciating torture of false expectations! Yes, time passed and prophecies came to nothing! But now, as you remove yourself from these prophetic lies and delusion, you will experience the truth of My Word and promises! The time has come for every one of My prophecies to be fulfilled! For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen! There will be no more false visions and flattering predictions! And there will be no more delay! I will always do everything I have promised, says the Lord!