Sunday, June 30, 2013

Complainers | Institute of Love

The Lord warns us that we should not put Christ to the test, as some of the Israelites did in the desert  and then died from snakebites. And we should not grumble and complain as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who lives at the end of the age. (See 1. Corinthians 10:9-11) “People who are grumblers and complainers are living only to satisfy their desires.” Jude 1:16 NLT That is why God admonishes us to “do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” Philippians 2:14-15 NLT And also, you should not grumble about your brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! (See James 5:9)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pastors Who Pry | Institute of Love

A pastor's responsibility is to care for the flock that God has entrusted him, by teaching and equipping God's people to do His work. (See 1. Peter 5:2, 1. Timothy 3:2 and Ephesians 4:12) What a pastor should not be doing is prying into other people's affairs and personal lives, or try to control the church members by wanting to know how much money they make and obligating them to pay a 10% tithe to the church. And unless a church member voluntarily wants to disclose his or her private information, a pastor should never be busy wanting to know intimate details of someone's sex life. It is no wonder that many pastors who love to meddle into other people's affairs ends up falling into (sexual) sin and suffering for all the wrong reasons, as the Bible says; “If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs.” 1. Peter 4:15 NLT

Friday, June 28, 2013

Free From The Law | Institute of Love

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2. Corinthians 3:17 NLT It is Christ who truly set you free and gave you this freedom. Now you need to make sure that you stay free, and not let yourself get tied up again in slavery to the law. (See Galatians 5:1 NLT) Take the religious obligation of paying tithes for instance. Because of Christ setting you free from being a slave to the law, you can now decide in your own heart how much money you should give. (See 2. Corinthians 9:7) Yes, you have been called to live in freedom! But this is not a freedom to be used to satisfy your sinful nature or as an excuse to do evil, no your freedom should be used to love your Christian brothers and sisters, serve one another in love, and respect everyone. (See Galatians 5:13 and 1. Peter 2:16-17) How awesome it is to live in the freedom of the Spirit of God!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

You Can Never Stop God’s Will | Institute of Love

A Pharisee from all people named Gamaliel, at one point gave a smart advice to the high council who wanted to kill the apostles they arrested for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He said; “leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!” Acts 5:38-39 NLT That is exactly right! You will never be able to stop what comes from God, no matter what you try! That is why we should never give attention to the attempts of the devil to stop us doing the will of God, because “when the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 NKJV And “when the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken—
who can change His plans?
 When His hand is raised, who can stop Him?” Isaiah 14:27 NLT 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Demon-Possessed? | Institute of Love

Instead of you being controlled by the Spirit of God living in you (See Romans 8:9), you can be a slave or possessed to whatever is controlling you. (See 2. Peter 2:19) In other words, demons have the upper hand in your life and are oppressing you, and you are not able to control them! Even when you repent from certain sins or wrong behavior and have the best wishes not to do them anymore, you find yourself still doing them over and over again. You promise not to be busy with cyber-sex ever again, and yet you can't stop yourself visiting porn sites on the computer. You beg your wife to forgive you for hitting her, and yet you keep beating her every time you get angry. You know that telling lies is wrong, but you keep on lying and exaggerating. You are well aware that you are in financial debt, but you obsessively keep on shopping and spending. And so the list goes on and on. Whether you call yourself a Christian or not, you are basically demon-possessed and in dire need of deliverance. The apostle Paul struggled with this same issue of being a slave of sin when he said; “I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. There is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord,” - Romans 7:18-19 and 23-25 NLT - “who went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 NLT

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Caring For Animals | Institute of Love

“The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.” Proverbs 12:10 NLT This means that a righteous person will take good care of his or her animals or pets, treating them with kindness and have concern for their needs and welfare. The wicked, at other hand, neglect and mistreat animals, causing them needless suffering by kicking and abusing them, or even killing them for fun. The Bible also calls it a perverse act if a man defiles himself by having sex with an animal, or if a woman offers herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. (See Leviticus 18:23) A godly person will never make an idol of his or her animals by loving them more than God, but instead, a godly person will always put Jesus Christ first, worshiping Him as the glorious, ever-living God who is the Creator of all animals! (See Romans 1:23)

God Did Not Forget You | Institute of Love

This is an encouraging word for all you Christians who have been giving so much of yourselves by doing a lot of good for other believers as you have been caring for them and helping them, and yet you yourself don’t seem to experience no blessing in your own personal life. You are doing all the right things, not living in sin, but it almost feels like God has forgotten you and that He is not there to help you. You are struggling and getting tired of waiting for God’s promises to come through for you. But hold on! Your time is at hand! The Bible says; “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 NLT “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10 NLT

Monday, June 24, 2013

Chosen By God | Institute of Love

“So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened.” Romans 11:7 NLT This boils down to what Jesus said; “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 NLT I am extremely honored and privileged to have been chosen by God to become His beloved child, destined to live in eternity with Him. “For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him.” Romans 8:29-30 NLT I have also been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. (See Titus 1:1) Therefore, “I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.” 2. Timothy 2:10 NLT In closing I would like to say this dear brothers and sisters, I know that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people! (See 1. Thessalonians 1:4) Therefore work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. (See 2. Peter 1:10)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Deceived Women | Institute of Love

When the apostle Paul said that God made Adam first and afterwards He made Eve, and that it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan but the woman who was deceived, and that sin was the result, he said it in context of women learning quietly and submissively and not teaching men or have authority over them. (See 1. Timothy 2:11-14) Here is why; the woman is not supposed to take charge over and lead her husband like Eve did when she ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and gave it to Adam. God held Adam responsible and not Eve, who was supposed to lead and protect his wife Eve by warning her not to disobey God's command not to eat from the forbidden tree. Instead, Adam cowardly blamed it on the woman God gave him. (See Genesis 3:1-12) As you can see, the issue of women, who have it in them to want to control and take charge over men, is as old as Adam and Eve!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Accumulated Debt | Institute of Love

Much of the enormous credit card debt that many Christians have accumulated is the direct result of sowing hundreds and thousands of dollars to prosperity preachers who gave them empty and false promises of becoming extremely rich. These Christians, who are longing to be rich, are the ones the Bible speaks about that fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. It is no wonder that is says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (See 1. Timothy 6:9-10 ) We have been warned that this would happen especially in the last days, that, “people will love only themselves and their money.” 2. Timothy 3:2 NLT But, “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” Revelation 1:3 NLT

Narcissists In The Last Days | Institute of Love

A friend of mine gave me some great feedback the other day on the subject of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder when he said that narcissism, which is the same as people who only love themselves (2. Timothy 3:2), is one of the signs of these last difficult days we are living in. We see it especially among this young generation who thinks they are entitled to anything that pleases or pleasures them, and so brazenly, without any sense of shame. They are constantly complaining about being treated unfairly and not having what they so-called righteously deserve. These people are like the Bible says, grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. (See Jude 1:16) It interesting to see how a narcissistic person always uses defense mechanisms to idealize self so that he doesn't have to face his own mistakes. Narcissists are very prideful people and even though they might call themselves Christians, they don't really think they need a savior or forgiveness for anything. They are blinded by pride that tells them they are “good” people and have a “good” heart. That is why they will never take responsibility or be accountable for any sin they commit! Lord have mercy! “Pride goes before destruction,
 And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 NKJV 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Institute of Love

Scores of Christians are in one way or another connected to someone who has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder either through marriage, church fellowship, withing the circle of friends, or at their workplace, causing them much sorrow, turmoil, and headache in life. Narcissists are characterized by their feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement, and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy for others. These qualities are usually defenses against a deep feeling of inferiority and of being unloved. It is especially their inability to empathize with others that is so striking. You will never hear a narcissist say things like; “How are you feeling?”, “Is there anything that I might have done that hurt you?”, “How can I help you or be a blessing to you?”, “I am very sorry for causing you pain, please forgive me”, “You are wonderful and special to me”, “I would love to have your input in my life.” On the contrary, a narcissistic person is always busy pushing blame away from themselves and onto others, and will not take responsibility for his or her wrong actions, no matter what; it's always somebody else's fault! Narcissism is nothing but plain selfishness and demonic. Here is what the Bible says about it: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 NLT
Narcissists are also the type that will act religious, but will reject the power that could change and make them godly. But as I said before, they absolutely see no need for change or repentance, because it is impossible for them to admit that they do anything wrong! The Bible says to “Stay away from people like that!” (See 2. Timothy 3:5)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pearls For Pigs | Institute of Love

Jesus said; “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Matthew 7:6 NLT In other words, you should not offer God's valuable Biblical doctrine to those who do not want it or appreciate it. We must learn to discern who we sacrifice our pearls of energy, time, and wisdom to. We need to find out whether the ones we want to help are truly humble, teachable, and willing to learn and change. Otherwise that person - (pig or also called swine) will end up draining and ruining us spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. That is how many Christians get burned by their own desire to be "loving," "caring," and "nice." They keep giving themselves over and over again, and yet the person never changes. They don't understand that Satan often sets people in our path in order to destroy us, because he knows that we will sacrifice the things we should be doing, since we will be eager and willing to show our Christian love and minister to just about anyone who is weak and needy without discerning. We are called to serve and be sacrificial, but we are not to give pearls to the pigs. We need to let that person be, and let God deal with him or her alone. In fact, Jesus also said; “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16 NLT

Let’s Pray Together | Institute of Love

Let's pray together: Father in Heaven “give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins,
 as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:11-12 NLT Give us neither poverty nor riches!
 Give us just enough to satisfy our needs. For if we grow rich, we may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” 
And if we are too poor, we may steal and thus insult God’s Holy name. (See Proverbs 30:8-9) We want to learn how to be content with whatever we have and how to live on almost nothing or with everything. We want to learn the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For we can do everything through Christ, who gives us strength. (See Philippians 4:10-13) We know that true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, we want to be content. (See 1. Timothy 6:6-8) Thank you Father for loving us and always providing all we need! We praise and worship You and ask You all this in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

America, More “Loving”? | Institute of Love

President Barack Obama declared that the nation has reached a “turning point” regarding homosexual marriage:
“We’ve become not just more accepting; we've become more loving, as a country, and as a people. Hearts and minds change with time. Laws do, too. Change like that isn’t something that starts here in Washington, but it’s something that has the power that Washington has a great deal of difficulty resisting over time.”
Really, Mr. Obama? But you still have to deal with God, whom you are insulting, and who specifically told you;  
“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
“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 indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1. Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT
“The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” 1. Timothy 1:10-11 NLT
Haven’t you read the Scriptures, Mr. Obama? They record that from the beginning God made them male and female. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. (See Matthew 19:4-5) Mr. Obama, you are warned; “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV

Grace Deception | Institute of Love

A travesty that we hear about more and more, is that ungodly people are worming their way into churches, twisting the Word, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. (See Jude 1:4) In doing so, these false teachers keep the people from becoming effective and productive Christians that will enter the Kingdom of God. What a deception! The plain truth is that if you are a born-again Christian, you are commanded to “work hard to show the results of your salvation by obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Philippians 2:12 NLT In fact, “you have to make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” And here it is, YES! You have to “make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (See 2. Peter 1:3-11)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gospel of Positivity | Institute of Love

By Sophia Christiaan

As I wrote in the previous post, many Christians seem to have embraced a Gospel of Positivity, which I explained is a deviation of the sound doctrine of the Word of God. It has its roots in New Age philosophies, teaching that the Law of Cause of Effect will make sure you receive back any blessing you put out into the universe. It has become normal for Christian ministers to teach this karma-like teaching, dressing it in a coat of Faith teaching. But just because you are confessing "I am rich" like a mantra all day, doesn't mean you are getting rich! Anyone who knows their Bible and have been taught a sound Biblical foundation, knows that positivity is not something the Bible really speaks about or elaborates on. As a matter of fact, the Bible admonishes us to live in the truth, receive the truth, accept the truth, search for truth, worship in truth, as so on. Bottom line is, many will have to choose between being positive and being truthful. Many don’t want to hear or even entertain truth because it doesn’t sound “nice” and the truth usually hurts a little! These are the people who will eventually turn their backs on Christ, because following Christ will include persecution, being mocked, being a fool for Christ, suffering, trials, tribulation, persistent prayers, faith, commitment, devotion, steadfastness, production of godly character fruits, and a sincere love for the truth. No one who truly loves Jesus will let offense hinder receiving God’s truth from Him. Let us not be offended at the Bible or God, but let us rather accept what God’s Word says, and allow ourselves to change to its standard, not try to dictate what we think is acceptable to us.

The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Matthew 13:20-21 NIV

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pastors Who Fall In Sin | Institute of Love

Pastors who fall in (sexual) sin and repent for what they have done, often have a very hard time with the unloving, unforgiving, and sometimes even vindictive attitude of their parishioners. Many of these pastors end up becoming overwhelmed with discouragement. The apostle Paul had to address a similar issue in the Corinthian Church where he said; “I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2. Corinthians 2:5-11 NLT 

It is unfortunate that many in the body of Christ lack the Biblical knowledge that says that “if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6:1-3 NLT

Being Comforted | Institute of Love

You can never give what don't have! It is impossible to give someone godly comfort in their troubles and sufferings, if you personally never experienced God's comfort in your own troubles. It is precisely for this reason the Bible says that God is the source of all comfort. and that He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. It even goes further to say that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ. In this way, you are going to be able to give great comfort to others! (See 2. Corinthians 1:3-7) If you, as a believer, have never experienced God's comforting love, I pray that “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2. Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nasty Husbands | Institute of Love

Some God-fearing women are married to flat out nasty husbands. So it was with Abigail, a beautiful woman who was married to a wealthy man named Nabal, who was known to be so ill-tempered and grumpy that no one could even talk to him. He also liked to throw big parties, celebrating like a king, and get very drunk. At one point he even insulted David, a man of God, when David asked Nabal if he would be willing to share some of his food with his army. Nabal arrogantly and derogatorily sneered at David's men; “Who is this fellow David? Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters. Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come from who knows where?” Abigail was embarrassed and said about her own husband that he was a wicked man and a fool. (See 1. Samuel 25:1-38) Husbands are like elders or pastors of their homes - they must live a blameless life. They must be faithful to their wives, and their children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. Husbands must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; they must not be heavy drinkers, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, husbands must enjoy having guests in their homes, and must love what is good. They must live wisely and be just. They must live a devout and disciplined life. (See Titus 1:6-8)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Once Saved Always Saved? | Institute of Love

Is “once saved always saved” a true biblical statement? NO! The Bible says that “when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” 2. Peter 2:20-22 NLT  That is why when you get saved you need to “work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Philippians 2:12 NLT  If “once saved always saved” would be the truth you would have no need for the following scripture either; “My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.” James 5:19-20 NLT

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Speaking In Tongues | Institute of Love

It is God's desire for every born-again Christian to speak in tongues or even in an unknown language. The Bible says that if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God and it will strengthen you personally. People won’t be able to understand you; you will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. For when you pray in tongues, it is your spirit who is praying and you don't understand what you are saying. The scriptures also encourages that anyone who speaks in tongues should pray for the ability to interpret what has been said. It is often so that people who do not understand this, think you are crazy and have no clue what you are doing when you are speaking in tongues and interpreting. It even goes so far that in many churches they literally forbid believers from speaking in tongues, and yet the apostle Paul clearly said; “DON’T FORBID SPEAKING IN TONGUES”!!! (See 1. Corinthians 14:1-40)

America, Wake Up! | Institute of Love

America is hopelessly confused. The people's minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity, like homosexuality. (See Ephesians 4:17-19) The Church is partially to blame for this. Instead of equipping God's people to do His work, the Church is busy teaching “make me feel good” -messages and telling the people that being a Christian and living the gay lifestyle at the same time is OK. The Church is immature like children. It is being tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching and is easily influenced when people try to trick it with lies so clever they sound like the truth. It is time for the true Christians to speak the truth in love so that the Church can grow as it is supposed to and meant to in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. (See Ephesians 4:12-15) America, wake up!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hypocritical Questions | Institute of Love

Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was so insincere and hypocritical when he said about Mary, the woman who anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume; “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. (See John 12:1-6) It has happened several times that we have had to deal with similar types of false accusations from so-called Christians, who has hypocritically criticized and rejected our Biblically sound teachings and blogs, by asking for instance; “where is the love?”, while they themselves don't show us any love whatsoever! These so-called Christians are just like Judas, and the Bible warns us about people like that: “The Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.” 1. Timothy 4:1-2 NLT

Sugar Sweet Teachings | Institute of Love

By Sophia Christiaan

It's funny how people who have been feeding on the sugar sweet, motivational, “you have a winner inside” kind of messages, can be so conditioned by these preachers that they truly believe that Christianity and the Bible is all about being POSITIVE. So much so that they take a deliberate stand against any Christians who dare bring a word of truth from Gods Word about some of the sick areas in the Body of Christ. They have been fed New Age principles such as the Law of Attraction – that what you say comes back to you, like karma - and putting self in the center of everything, believing that all you need to succeed in life can be found within yourself. The Law of Attraction, a way of confessing yourself rich or successful, which so many preachers are in to, is actually a deeply satanic infiltration of the teachings of New Age and Theosophy in the church, that started in the early 1900, and of course have been around for centuries, also known as Luciferianism. These teachings have laid the foundation for the so-called Prosperity Gospel we know today, that cleverly teaches a “name it and claim it”-philosophy disguised as Faith Teaching, when it's really rooted in unbiblical and satanic philosophies, designed to derail the church from the true way and sound doctrine. 
I fear for these people, for they will become easy prey to the coming deception. The deception doesn't start first when the Anti-Christ comes; the wheat and the tares are already being divided through false teachings right now as we speak. 

"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons." 1. Timothy 4:1 NLT

Jesus Didn’t Sell The Gospel | Institute of Love

The Bible says to “imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT Yes, as born-again Christians, we should follow the example of Jesus Christ (including His disciples), who did not go around dressed in designer suits and ties, looking like businessmen, selling God's Word and the Gospel through books, CD's, and DVD's, begging for money, charging non-refundable fees for conferences, teachings, and worship seminars, imposing the Old Testament law of Tithing on people, promising all sorts of financial and healing breakthroughs in exchange for the sowing of money seeds, and living lavishly. No, Jesus and His disciples were examples of those who practice what they preached; they trusted the Father to provide the means through miracles, in order for them give it away free of charge! They fully understood what their Master and Savior Jesus Christ taught them: “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8 NKJV That is why the apostle Paul could rightfully say: “And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” 1. Corinthians 11:1 NLT

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How Men Can Save Their Marriage | Institute of Love

It is amazing to see how many Christian husbands have a hard time putting the following Bible scripture into practice; “You husbands must give honor to your wives.” 1. Peter 3:7 NLT They never tell their wives how much they love them, how beautiful they are, what a great wife and mother they are, how wonderful they cook, being interested in the wellbeing of their wives by asking them how they aredoing, or how their day went and so on. They absolutely do no effort to want to understand their wives. But when it comes to sports or work, these husbands are all talkative to others. These men are basically bankrupting their wives, and it is no wonder that many of these marriages end up in divorce. Husbands, in order to save your marriage, you have to “treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1. Peter 3:7 NLT

Preaching With Ulterior Motives | Institute of Love

There are people who are bitterly jealous and have selfish ambition in their hearts, and they cover up the truth about their real motives with boasting and lying. (See James 3:14) You see this sort of thing happening a lot among pastors and ministers who preach out of jealousy and rivalry. They do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. The apostle Paul also found that out when he said; they preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. (See Philippians 1:15-17) 
The Bible says that “jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:15-17 NLT  I like Paul's humble attitude towards those who preach Christ out of jealousy, competition, and selfish ambition; “But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.” Philippians 1:18 NLT 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sex Outside Marriage | Institute of Love

“But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancĂ©e improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.” 1. Corinthians 7:36 NLT  This is because having sex outside marriage is considered to be immoral. That is why the Bible says that “because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.” 1. Corinthians 7:2 NLT  It is “God’s will 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 And in Ephesians 5:3 NLT God also tells us; “Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.”

Sunday, June 9, 2013

No Tithing Under New Covenant | Institute of Love

When Jesus said; “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law — justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel!” Matthew 23:23-24 NLT, he was clearly speaking in accordance to the “Old Covenant” laws, since the Law of Moses was still in force during the lifetime of Jesus here on earth. It would have been ‘sin’ for Him at this time to teach against it. Jesus was just reinforcing that tithing was a requirement under the Old Covenant. Under the “New Covenant” we are now being taught that “if you are really eager to give, it isn’t important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean you should give so much that you suffer from having too little. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help them. Then at some other time they can share with you when you need it. In this way, everyone’s needs will be met. Do you remember what the Scriptures say about this? “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” 2. Corinthians 8:12-15 NLT

10% Mentality | Institute of Love

As we have indicated on numerous occasions in our studies and blogs; God does not require at all from New Testament believers in Jesus Christ to tithe 10% of their income! Christians, who do tithe, are legalistically chained with an Old Testament law given to Israel at a specific time for a specific purpose. Tithing was instituted for the tribe of Levi, that the priests came from, so they would have a source of income. (See Malachi 3:8-12) I heard this from someone the other day and this is so on the money; when you faithfully give 10%, you also faithfully keep 90%! This produces a 10% mentality. God doesn't want your measly 10%! He lovingly desires 100% of you! 100% of your heart surrendered to Him! That is why New Testament believers are being taught the following; “you must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2. Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT

Saturday, June 8, 2013

You Are Not The Only One | Institute of Love

You would be making a big mistake to think that you are the only Christian that goes through unique or special kinds of sufferings, testings, and temptations, and you complain that no one in the world understands what you are really going through. Elijah the prophet made that same mistake when “he complained to God about the people of Israel and said, “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” And do you remember God’s reply? He said, “No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!” Romans 11:4 NLT 
Therefore, you always have to “remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.” 1. Peter 5:9 NLT Even Jesus Christ, “this High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15 NLT And what is absolutely encouraging, is what the Bible says in 1. Corinthians 10:13 NLT; “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1. Corinthians 10:13 NLT

Friday, June 7, 2013

Disorder In The Church | Institute of Love

To continue in the line of what I have been talking about regarding what is taking place in churches, something you often see is church members, who have absolutely no calling or anointing from God whatsoever to pastor, counsel, or lead anybody spiritually, being appointed as leaders in the church by the senior pastor. The only reason these church members have been put in the position of leadership is because they have money and are heavy tithers. By giving these wealthy church members leadership positions, the senior pastors keeps them in their churches and keeps the money flowing. These, by God not appointed leaders, are the ones who ultimately will end up wrecking the lives of many, bringing instead of peace, nothing but disorder and all kinds of evil actions through jealousy, ulterior motives, control, manipulation, and selfish ambition in the church. The Bible says that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.” 1. Corinthians 14:33 NLT And that “wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” James 3:16 NLT For the people of God to be truly blessed and taken care of, the church's responsibility is to “be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” 1. Corinthians 14:40 NLT

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Twisted Leadership | Institute of Love

There is so much of that going on in the churches, where the pastors and leaders are too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary (poor) people and serve them (see Romans 12:16), but instead these church leaders give only special attention, kindness, favor, and the good front seats to those who have money, are dressed in fancy clothing, and wear expensive jewelry. (See James 4:1-4) These pastors and leaders of these churches are clearly not in the ministry to serve, but they do it only for the money. Their sermons are always about the same old clever lies (see 2. Peter 2:3) which are that you must pay tithes, give offerings, and sow all sorts of breakthrough seeds to them in order to get your mighty financial, healing, and restoration blessing. Essentially, you have to buy your so-called miracle! These pastors and leaders are turning whole families away from the truth with these false teachings. (See Titus 1:11) This selfish behavior totally contradicts what Jesus said about what true godly leadership is supposed to look like; “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28 NLT

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seeking God’s Will | Institute of Love

Your main and only concern as a true Christian is supposed to be that you try to find out what pleases God and try to understand what He wants you to do. (See Ephesians 5:10,17) It is by being in God's will that you will find His favor, provision, and protection! (See Exodus 33:12-17) That's why you should never be like people who are making their own plans and boasting about it, saying; “Today ortomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” Because how do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:13-16 
King David was one of the many examples of godly people in the Bible who sought to find out God's will about where he was supposed to go; “After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?” “Yes,” the Lord replied. Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.” 2. Samuel 2:1 NLT

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sex In Marriage | Institute of Love

How often you should have sexual intimacy with your spouse is at your discretion, but you should know that the Bible says that both husband and wife should fulfill each others sexual needs, and not hold back or deprive each other from having sex. The only reason would be if both husband and wife agree to take some short time to seek God in prayer, but afterward they should continue to have sexual relations. In doing so, they build and strengthen their relationship, and at the same time they protect themselves against the temptations of the Devil. Sex should never be used as a tool for reward, intimidation, control, or abuse!
“The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1. Corinthians 7:3-6 NLT

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Task Of The Husband | Institute of Love

In a Christian marriage, the responsibility and task of the husband is to give up his life for his wife to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. (See Ephesians 5:25-26) That means that the husband is the one who needs to teach his wife from the Word of God, the Bible, so she will be blessed and prosper. It is for this reason, that apostle Paul taught that women should learn quietly and submissively, and that women in the church should not be allowed to teach men or have authority over them. (See 1. Timothy 2:11-12) Here is an example of how Titus, a leader in the church, was instructed by Paul to teach the older women in his church to live honorable lives, so they in turn could teach the younger women to live the godly way of life: “Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5 NLT

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Are You An Idol Worshiper? | Institute of Love

Are you an idol worshiper? Meaning, other things are more important or have become more important than God in your life, such as money, career, social networking, sports, music, entertainment, people, friends, relationships, family, or even ministry. Worshiping idols, or the things of this world, is the same as being a greedy person, and this a serious offense against God who is a jealous God (see James 4:5) who warns us that “you can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.” Ephesians 5:5-6 NLT
God richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment (see 1. Timothy 6:17), but we must never become a slave to anything, loving other things more than God, causing Him to become jealous and resisting you! (See 1. Corinthians 6:12) Or, as the apostle Paul testified; “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:7-8 NLT

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Your God and Your Bible | Institute of Love

While driving and listening to talk radio today, it struck me that something that I have gotten accustomed to hearing more and more is that so-called homosexual Christians are saying to Bible believing Christians; “I don't want your unloving God and your Bible. God would never reject me for being gay.” They put the emphasis on the word “your,” because they know that the Bible we all read rejects the homosexual lifestyle as sin, as it is written; “The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” 1. Timothy 1:10-11 NLT
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.” Romans 1:21-22 NLT
There you have it! The homosexual lifestyle contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from God! And those who practice homosexuality knows it, and that's why they say “your God and your Bible!