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Who Can Scream The Loudest?

March 28, 2011

There are many ‘ites’, ‘isms’, ‘ists’, etc. in the world. Their job is to side-track you from the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.

The voice that is loudest is not the voice of God; His is the still, small voice that speaks the truth in your ear.

Even those claiming Christ, and ‘new revelation’ must submit to the test of spirits and be in concert and agreement with the Word of God.

There are contortionists in the so-called Christian world. They can twist, juggle and mangle scriptures to make them say things that God certainly does not mean. They pretend to be something they are not, but they are actually doing violence to the Word of God.

God’s Word interprets itself. It is not to be taken out of context to prove a theory of man – instead, it is used to test the heart of a man to see if he is following after the truth of God. It is used to guide us in the way, and to teach us the very nature and character of God.

Some say you must be rich and healthy and powerful if you are truly a follower of Christ.

If that is so, then why do they collect your money in the name of God? Does God need your money?

If that is so, why do they have health problems for which they ask prayers? Does God not heal at their command?

If that is so, then why do they beg for your support? Can God not support them for the work if He has called them to it?

Don’t listen to the voices that scream at you; it is by the insistence of their very demands that you can discern what they are.

Listen to the still, small voice of the Spirit of God. Store up His Word in your heart. Put your faith in the Lord Jesus, and do not shrink from pain, poverty and smallness… for those who trust in Him in spite of difficulties will receive their reward from the hand of Jesus.

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My Troubled Heart

January 20, 2011

If I ramble, please forgive me. This is more a stream-of-consciousness writing than a “paper” – it’s not polished, but it’s from my heart.

I hardly slept last night as I meditated on the church’s weakness in the area of interpersonal relationships. Recent events forced my mind to kick into over-drive, and even the little sleep I got was met with troubled dreams. I woke up with some clarity, and also received some insight from a sister that sparked off some understanding for me. So, today I am speaking from the viewpoint of a minister who is simply a member of the Body of Christ.

One of the major conflicts within the American Christian Church (I cannot speak for other churches) is that looking good and being right too often takes precedence over watching out for the little ones who come to us for instruction and care.

I’m pretty sure that the moment pride enters a human heart, the Holy Spirit begins convicting and convincing of sin, righteousness and judgment. But it is amazing how far we will go, “kicking the goads” so to speak, before we capitulate. How much damage has to be done to interpersonal relationships, our personal walk with Christ, and our testimony to the work of God in our lives, before that happens? How hard must we struggle before we can no longer hear the Holy Spirit, before our consciences become seared?

There are some Christians who are “lone ranger” types, and feel that they do not need the Body of Christ (meaning, in this case, other members of the Church). They are unconcerned with relationships, and so there is no guarantee that they will seek to preserve Unity in the Body of Christ in order to explore touchy subjects. They want no emotional investment, but prefer to bludgeon strangers with their truth and then “wipe the dust from their feet” as they move on to a new target. We are told that we will know the wolves by their fruit; blights on the love feast, foam cast up from the ocean, wandering stars that lost their first estate due to rebellion, clouds without water, etc. We are to keep away from such as these, because they threaten the very work that Christ left for his followers to do.

I came up in a great number of churches after the Lord found me at age 14. I not only attended, but over the years I joined, most of the major denominations and the “nondenominational” denominations as well: ancient and modern, hippy and conservative, reformed and renewed, including the Catholic Church and the Messianic Jewish Movement.

I was on a quest to find the Lord in each expression, or denomination, and there were rare exceptions where I could not. But what grieved my heart the most, was that you couldn’t tell many of them that you had found Adonai God in the church down the street, TOO! Rather than rejoicing with me in a good report, the thing that immediately jumped up in most of them was their need to be ‘right’, above all others, in some little way. This is one of the saddest things I have ever experienced in my years within the Body of Christ.

Years ago I gave up what I call “my membership in the Christian Religious System” because I couldn’t bear to hear the Catholics bashing the Seventh Day Adventists (who erroneously believe the heretical doctrine that Jesus is a created being, and not God the Son), and the Baptists bashing the Catholics: the Seventh Day Adventists questioning the salvation of every other denomination, and the Catholic Church saying, “Leave the Jews alone,” but to everyone else it was: “all other Christians are in rebellion and they may get to heaven but it won’t be until after a long spell in Purgatory, so come to Mass every 10 days or else you are a lapsed Catholic and you can join them!”, etc.

From my church pew, it seemed that much of what they did in the way of relating to other denominations was in the form of further delineating our differences, rather than focusing on Christ, first and foremost. This was so far from what I read in my Bible that it was hard to recognize true Christianity in what they were doing.

When worship, and when obedience of Adonai is the focus, where the name and sacrificial work of Christ is central, and when the Holy Spirit is allowed to counsel and whisper wisdom in the ear, there is Unity in the Body.

But like I said in an earlier paper, Unity is NOT Uniformity. Just because we try to get back to the simple ways of the early church, it does not mean we can immediately cleanse the chametz (leaven in the bread, but also indicative of the infiltration of sin) of bad teaching and false doctrine out of our heads for the asking. And it does not mean that we will automatically know how to love one another as we were commanded to do. Relationships take work.

I am guilty of pride sometimes, though not very often because I never forget what I have done to deserve punishment, what the Lord has done for me, or to be sober and grateful for all that He has forgiven me. My main struggle is in the area of becoming over-protective of people who come to me for counsel and advice, and the thing that sets me off is usually a perceived danger from anti-biblical doctrine or a legal laundry list that someone outside the group is pushing on someone in my care. If it is from someone who, in my opinion, should know better, I sometimes “shoot first and ask questions later”.

I’m better about it now, but I was especially zealous about this when I was ministering to a counseling group of former drug/alcohol addicts, former gang members and people who had repented for various sexual sins; these people were struggling just to put one foot in front of the other each day, trying to stay clean and sober, and to learn the foundational principles of the Kingdom of God, and they needed it in small doses. It was amazing to watch how their minds healed and their bodies followed as they soaked in the Word of God and the love of the community.

Sure, they had setbacks, and sometimes they had to be brought to task for their actions. They needed to learn that what one did affected all of us. But it did these people no good to harp on them, or speak for God, when usually all we needed to do was to see what the Bible said, and to pray. Still, some “normal” folks in our fellowship had phobias about these people, and they just couldn’t seem to be able to love them with the love of Christ.

I remember a sad and aggravating case in point: some years back, a “normal” lady pulled her “normal” adolescent daughter out of our fellowship and left because she “didn’t want her daughter exposed to druggies and gang members!” Well, I tried to reason with her that these were EX-druggies and EX-gang members, and that all of us who are in Christ are EX-SOMETHINGS. In my view, that is a great source of HOPE! I asked her, “Which would you want to have your child meet as a first experience: the active addict, or the FORMER addict who has come to Christ?” No-brainer, right? Or so it seemed to me. But she allowed fear to overcome her, and to influence her decision-making process.

We have always had an open door policy in our fellowship, and all are welcome to come and go, come and stay, or whatever, as long as it fits with their spiritual needs. So it wasn’t that I was sad to lose a member – there is no membership, per se, We don’t pass the collection plate, so it wasn’t about losing money in the “tithe and offerings” , either… I was upset because I knew it would cause offense and hurt to others who knew why she left, too. Fortunately, in this instance, though it hurt their feelings, I was able to help them see her side, and nobody else left because of her.

Of all the lessons I have learned in my walk with the Lord these 40 years, the one that sticks out most in my mind is that we will be tested on everything we judge others for. Jesus wasn’t exaggerating or lying when He said that we would be judged with the same judgment wherewith we judge others!

Our mission is to LOVE one another as Christ loves the Church. Paul gave such a wonderful example about what it meant to be part of the Body of Christ when he illustrated the comparison of one human body part with another – the mouth saying to the eye, “I don’t need you.” Could you imagine the ear trying to do the work of a foot?

When you stub your little toe, your whole body stops what it is doing and immediately attends to the need of the sore toe! And if you get a serious injury, your brain sets in motions certain systems that shut down nerve centers, put you into shock, or provide endorphins to ease pain. Paul didn’t go into that much detail, but I’m attempting to show that the Body of Christ is complex and you and I who choose to be a part of it must realize that if we are functioning correctly, we will recognize our need for every other part, and we will do our part to help the Body survive.

Why are there many sick and some sleep among us? It is because we do not discern the Body of Christ. We cannot seem to realize that we need each other, and not for stepping-stones, either. We need each other to practice our loving compassion and understanding. We need to practice hospitality. We need to practice not being boorish and inconsiderate, but we need to learn gentleness, meekness, self-control and kindness. We need to give and receive love, and we need to share our journey in Christ with each other for our mutual edification.

We were warned that in the last days lawlessness would increase and the love of many would grow cold. Is there a message in this for us?

When Jesus returns, will he find faith in the earth?  Will he find us tearing each other down, or building each other up in our most holy faith?

As we ponder these questions, may the Lord deal with each of us and shine the Light of the Truth on our hearts this day.

Humbly and sincerely,

Pastor C. Covert

95 Theses To The Modern Evangelical Church by Greg Gordon

November 30, 2010

Thanks to Greg Gordon for permission to share this important paper freely. Pastor C Covert

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1. The “church” at large has forgotten that the chief end of man is to glorify God. (Rom 16:27; 1Cor 6:20; Mt 6:9; 1Cor 10:31)

2. Christians ignore most of the methods, practices and principles found in the book of Acts. (Acts 2:42,44; Acts 2:46; Acts 2:38)

3. Many treat “church” like any other social club or sports event that they might attend. (Acts 2:46; Heb 10:25; Acts 1:14)

4. We’ve made Christianity about the individual rather than the community of believers. (Rom 12:5; 1Cor 12:12; 2Tim 4:16)

5. In most “churches” the priesthood of all believers isn’t acknowledged and the role of pastor is abused. (1Pt 2:9; 1Cor 12:12; Eph 4:11-13)

6. The “church” as a whole has lost the concept of their being grafted into the promises given to Israel. (Rom 11:15, 17-18, 20, 25)

7. There needs to be a recovery of teaching the whole counsel of God, especially in expository form. (Acts 20:27; 1Tim 4:6, 2Tim 2:15)

8. We take it too lightly that we have the blessing and honor of having God’s Scriptures in our possession. (Ps 119:16; Acts 13:44; Neh 8:9)

9. There has never been more access to the Word of God, yet so little reading of it. (1Tim 4:13; Neh 8:1-3; Ps 119:59)

10. Some read the Scriptures to attain knowledge, but do not practice what they read. (Jam 1:22; Mt 7:21; 3Jn 4)

11. Worship has become an idol in many “churches”. The music often resembles that of the world. (Amos 5:23; Phil 4:8; 1Jn 5:21)

12. The world is shaping the views of the “church” more than the “church” shaping the world. (Rom 12:2; Mt 5:13; 1Cor 1:22-23)

13. The “church” spends more money on dog food than on missions. (2Cor 9:6; Lk 21:2; Acts 4:34-35)

14. We take lightly the cost of discipleship laid out by Jesus Christ and do not deny our lives. (Lk 14:33; Lk 14:26-27; Mt 8:19-20)

15. There is a lack of true discipleship and making others to be obedient disciples. (Mt 28:20; 2Tim 2:2; 2Tim 2:14)

16. Many subscribe to the error that parts of life are to be spiritual while others are to be secular. (1Pt 4:2; Col 3:3; 1Jn 2:6)

17. Modern Christians often find Jesus’ command to sacrifice and serve abhorrent. (Phil 2:21; Jam 3:16; Rom 12:1-2)

18. Self disciplines in the Christian life such as fasting and praying are considered legalistic. (2Tim 2:21; 2Tim 1:8; Mt 6:17)

19. Little thought and contemplation is put towards the lostness of men, the seriousness of the Gospel. (Phil 3:8; Gal 2:20; Heb 10:34)

20. We are living with an epidemic of cheap grace with flippant confession and shallow consecration. (Lk 14:28-30; Lk 14:26; Jam 4:8)

21. Since the inception of the Church, the Gospel had the requirements of repentance and discipleship. (Acts 2:38; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31)

22. Now forgiveness is offered without repentance, discipleship without obedience, salvation without sanctity. (Heb 10:29; 4:11; Lk 13:24)

23. Introspection, counting the cost, godly sorrow over sin, are all foreign to many in the “church”. (Acts 2:37; Ps 119:9; Heb 6:1-2)

24. The modern church loves itself more than its neighbor. (1Cor 3:3; Gal 5:13; Phil 2:3)

25. The church must repent of its idolization of personality, and of business principles. (2Cor 2:17; 1Cor 3:5; 1Cor 12:23)

26. Many elders and pastors of the “church” sadly are fleecing the flock to supply their own wants. (Jn 10:12-13; 1Pt 5:2-3; Rev 2:15)

27. The qualities most in demand in today’s pastorate are frequently foreign to the Scriptures. (1Tim 3:2-3; 1Tim 3:5; 1Tim 1:5-7)

28. The professionalization of the pastorate is a sin and needs to be repented of. (2Cor 11:13; Gal 3:1; Gal 2:6)

29. There must be repentance for the ambitious desire and idolization of the celebrity pastorate. (3Jn 9; Jer 17:5; 1Cor 12:22)

30. Pastors must trust the Spirit, not statistics. (2Sam 24:1; 1Cor 1:25; Rom 8:14)

31. Modern day prophets are being stoned by criticism and neglect. (2Tim 4:3-4; Gal 1:10; Jer 1:7-8)

32. God’s prophets are ill-treated and shunned by most “christians” considered too harsh or extreme. (Jer 6:10; Isa 6:9-10; Gal 4:16)

33. The prophets prophesy falsely, priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so. (Mt 24:4, 11-12; 1Cor 1:19, Jude 8 )

34. There are many false gospels being preached from pulpits in our day. (2Cor 11:4; Gal 1:8-9; Jude 16)

35. There is an epidemic of a “mock” salvation message. It is correct in doctrine, but false in reality. (2Cor 3:6; 1Jn 5:11-12; Rom 8:9)

36. A salvation that does not make men holy is trusted in by a deceived multitude. (Jude 4; Rom 8:1; Rom 6:17-18)

37. There is a needed perseverance in the truths of the Gospel without unbelief. (Eph 1:1; Heb 6:11-12; Heb 10:26-27)

38. A great need is to see “christians” become saints in actual experience. (1Jn 2:29; Col 3:5-8; Tit 3:8)

39. Many professors of religion are forbidding people to be a part of the holy body of Christ. (Mt 23:13; Ps 119:1-2; 2Pt 1:3-4)

40. Preaching has become all about the happiness of man and not the glory of God. (Jn 6:26; Rom 4:20; 1Pt 4:11)

41. Preachers give smooth words to entice men, yet very few give any words of correction or rebuke. (Jer 6:14; Pro 1:23; 1Tim 5:20)

42. Run from gospels that focus on our success and prosperity in the name of Jesus Christ. (Jn 2:16; Acts 20:33; Jer 6:13)

43. Run from gospels that focus on self-improvement. (1Tim 6:5; Heb 12:14; Jam 4:14)

44. Run from churches where men, and not Christ, are glorified. (Col 1:18; Jude 25; Jn 16:14)

45. Run from churches where there is no Bible, no cross, no mention of the blood of Christ. (1Pt 1:18-19; Eph 3:13; Rev 1:5)

46. Run from churches where the worship leaves you cold, where there’s no sense of God’s presence. (1Cor 5:4; Ps 80:14-15; Jer 12:11)

47. Run from churches where you’re comfortable in your sin. (1Cor 14:25; Heb 10:30-31; Heb 4:13)

48. Run from churches that use the pulpit of God for a personal agenda. (Jude 10-11,19; 3Jn 9)

49. Run from those who preach division between races and cultures. (Jam 2:4, Gal 3:28, Rev 5:9)

50. Run from ungodly, spasmodic movements and endless empty prophesying. (Jer 5:13; 1Cor 14:33, 1Jn 2:16)

51. Run from preachers who tell mostly stories and jokes. (Eph 5:4; Tit 1:8; 2:12)

52. Run from those that are only after money, who use one gimmick after another to get your money. (2Pt 2:3; 2Cor 12:14; 1Cor 9:18)

53. The phrase “accept Jesus as your personal Saviour” is not found in the Scriptures. (Rom 10:9-10; Col 1:13; Acts 26:20)

54. Evidence of true conversion does not seem important to modern day Christians. (1Jn 2:6; 1Jn 4:17; Mt 7:20)

55. Thousands of sinners think of God as having only one attribute: Love! But they continue in sin. (Rom 1:18; Acts 5:11; Ps 2:12)

56. “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” has hindered true evangelism. (Rom 3:19; Acts 26:18; Phil 3:18-21)

57. A Gospel of love and grace only, without the law of God being preached. This is a doctrine of Satan. (2Tim 4:3-4; Rom 2:4-5; 3:19)

58. There has clearly arisen a careless mixture of 20th century reasoning with God’s revelation. (Col 2:8; Rom 1:25; Gal 1:6)

59. Decisionism and the “sinner’s prayer” has been a major cause of false conversions in the “church”. (2Pt 2:1-2; Eph 2:4-5; 2Cor 5:17-18)

60. Many will be surprised to hear Jesus say, “I never knew you, depart from me.” (Mt 7:22-23; 1Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:19-21)

61. Men have taken the place of the Holy Spirit in confirming men in their supposed salvation. (1Jn 2:3-5; 2Ths 1:8; Gal 6:12-15)

62. The doctrine of hell and eternal suffering is something little grasped by most professing “christians”. (Mt 13:42; Jam 5:1; Ps 9:17)

63. The judgment seat of Christ is perhaps one of the most neglected topics in the modern pulpit. (2Cor 5:10; Rom 14:10; 1Cor 3:13)

64. The second coming of Christ needs to be re-instated as the church’s general thrust and burden. (1Jn 3:2-3; Col 3:4-6; 1Ths 4:14-17)

65. The church has lost the fear of God and has over emphasized the love of God. (Heb 12:28-29; Lk 12:5; Heb 10:31)

66. The church has left evangelism to a few trained professionals. (Acts 8:1,4; Acts 4:29; Rom 10:14)

67. Repentance is considered a one-time act in modern evangelism rather than a way of life. (Rev 3:19; Heb 12:17; 2Pt 3:9)

68. The Lordship of Jesus Christ is something that is not taught in many pulpits. (Acts 2:36; 1Cor 12:3; Rom 6:18)

69. Many in “churches” are not open to correction, church discipline or rebuke. (1Cor 5:5; 1Cor 11:31-32; Heb 12:7-9)

70. Some preach salvation as a theory instead of persuading men to come to Christ. (Jn 5:40; Col 1:28; 2Cor 4:5)

71. There has been a loss of the fullness and majesty of the gospel. (1Tim 1:11; Jude 25; Rom 15:29)

72. There is little mention of sin or the depravity of man from “church” pulpits. (Jn 3:20; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5)

73. Covetousness, consumerism, and coddling of the world’s goods does not appear wrong. (Jer 22:17; 1Jn 2:15-16; 1Tim 3:3)

74. Little is made of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in churches or in evangelism. (1Cor 15:14-15; Acts 4:10, 33)

75. The “church” has relied more on technology than God. (Zech 4:6; 1Cor 1:21; 2:4)

76. The prayer meeting is considered one of the least important meetings in the “church”. (1Tim 2:1; Acts 4:31; Phil 4:6)

77. Pastors have never prayed less than they do in the “church” today. (Jer 10:21; Phil 2:21; Eph 6:18-19)

78. Very few are waiting on God for His direction and purpose for His Church. (Eph 1:11; Ps 37:7; Isa 40:31)

79. The “church” has many organizers, but few agonizers. (Phil 3:18-19; Rom 9:1-3; Jer 9:1)

80. We need to have the gifts of the Spirit restored again to the “church”. (2Tim 4:2; 1Cor 14:39; 1Cor 12:31)

81. A serious, sober, self-controlled Christianity is very seldom found or preached. (2Pt 3:11; 1Pt 4:7; Jude 3)

82. The “church” at large has forgotten how to pray. (1Jn 3:22; Acts 6:4; 1Ths 5:17)

83. Many “churches” are more dependent on tradition than the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Mk 7:13; Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2)

84. Multitudes of professors preach and teach: that you cannot be freed from sin. (Rom 16:18; Rom 6:1-2; 2Pt 2:1)

85. The Apostles and Christ always preached the possibility to walk free from sin. (Tit 2:11-12; 1Pt 1:14-16; Rom 6:19)

86. Sinners are not saved to sin, but rather, saved to holiness and good works. (Rom 6:13; Eph 2:10; 2Pt 3:14)

87. Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. (2Tim 2:19; 1Pt 4:17-18; 2Tim 3:12)

88. A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day. (1Tim 6:3; 2Ths 3:6; 2Ths 2:13)

89. Many are confused about obedience, and good works that are readily mentioned in the Scriptures. (Tit 3:8; Jn 10:32; Rev 3:15)

90. Little emphasis is put on the plan of God to make us like Jesus Christ in “churches”. (1Pt 1:14-16; 1Jn 2:6; 1Pt 4:1)

91. Christ did not die on the cross to obtain a worldly “church” but for a “glorious Church.” (Eph 5:27; Tit 2:14; Col 4:12)

92. Christ does not come into an unregenerate and impure heart as many contemporary theologians say. (2Cor 5:17; Mt 5:8; Eze 18:31)

93. A holy Church is God’s blessing to the world; an unholy “church” is God’s judgment upon the world. (Mt 5:14,16; Eph 4:1; 1Ths 2:12)

94. If Christianity is to make any headway in the present time, it must be proved to be more than a theory. (2Ths 3:6-7; 1Ths 4:1,11-12)

95. Unbelief has gagged and bound us as risen Lazarus! We need release in this final hour! (Heb 3:12-14; 1Cor 3:21-23; Heb 11:6)

Christianity “Lite” = Asleep In The Light

November 30, 2010

Picture yourself at a buffet in a restaurant. There you find meat, potatoes, veggies, bread and dessert. There’s even coffee or soda for those so inclined.

Then you notice an exotic food court, where you can have toasted scorpions, chocolate covered killer bees, and breaded deep-fried tarantulas. You can drink snake venom that has been dosed with antivenin so that it’s only scary to think of it, but it won’t really hurt you – or so they say.

Most people would pass by the exotic food court: some would exclaim at the oddities, while others would fear to even come into contact with the nasty so-called “food and drink”.

Yet, there are some who get bored eating regular food, and think their lives would be enhanced, if only by gaining bragging rights, by partaking in the very things that most people would shun.

And so it is with today’s sleeping Christians.

It is one thing to examine what the world is offering with the motive of comparing it to the truth of God’s word for the purpose of exposing the darkness to the light, and warning our brothers and sisters about it.

It is quite another thing to sample and pick and gnosh on worldly spiritual fare just so you can say you “tried” it. That is like cheating on your spouse, or committing idolatry (spiritual adultery).

Those who drag the world’s methods into their Christian walk are no longer entirely Christian, just as a mouse with human brain cells is no longer entirely a mouse.

There’s a song by Daniel Amos that contains the lyrics: “They smile like an angel but behind their eyes lies the door of the death house and the big surprise!”

Satan appears as an angel of light. He loves to appeal to our sense of sophistication! He wants us to question everything. And boy, do some of us love that game.

Jesus said that if your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is darkness, how great is that darkness.

How much darkness is enough to make your worldly associates think you’re cool? What if you have so much darkness that you already have sunk to playing “Devil’s Advocate” with your Christian friends about the goodness of God?

We need to develop a Theodicy – our explanation of God’s goodness and justice in the face of evil! We need to be able, as Paul exhorted us, to give an account for the faith that is in us.

If we are not even sure that God is good, and that His justice will prevail in the face of evil, then how can we even say we have faith?

Remember the ten virgins? Five were foolish, and five were wise. The wise ones were ready when the Bridegroom came, having brought extra oil for their lamps which was necessary because the wait became longer than they expected. The foolish ones were not ready, and had to go and buy more oil because their lamps had gone out. While they were away purchasing oil, the Bridegroom came and welcomed the wise virgins to the wedding. But the foolish were turned away as the strangers they were.

The strangers they had become…

Wake up, sleepers. You are asleep in the light. You are allowing the Devil to puff you up in your pride, and you are exchanging the truth of God for a lie. Will you become estranged from the Bridegroom so that you fool yourself into thinking you will be welcome to the wedding feast, when you aren’t even prepared for the wait?

 

The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Do

November 18, 2010

Do you, my dear friends and readers, realize that tonight you could experience a heart attack, or the robbing of the breath from your airways, or be hit by a truck and enter eternity? Do you know that one day you will be called upon to stand before God (Adonai God, YHWH, Yeshua, the Maker of Heaven and Earth) to make an account for your life?

Would it be worth five or ten minutes for you to take time out of your busy brain/schedule/what-you-call-a-life to consider what your answer would be?

All is not Maya = not all is illusion. We don’t really live in a physical matrix, yet we act as if life is our cherry to pick at will. We act like there really are no consequences to our actions if we “an it harm none, do as ye will”.

Just a suggestion… humble yourself in a truly private place and put the question to God: “Hey Lord Yeshua (Jesus), are you really there?”  Then wait for him to answer.

This is the most important thing you will ever do.

Yeshua promised that if you call out to Him, He will answer. He is not just a “consciousness” – He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Repent of your wrong-doing and wrong-thinking now, and ask Yeshua/Jesus to help you find your way to Him. God promises if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. And no matter what His answer, if you obey Him, you will be blessed.

WARNING: THIS IS A RAPTURE-FREE ZONE!!

November 11, 2010

Dear American Christians;

You have been lulled into a false sense of security. You think that it doesn’t matter what happens in the world because you have scheduled your Flight out of here before the Tribulation begins. You think you will be resting in your mansion in heaven while all Hell breaks loose on earth – literally. You don’t think you owe anything to anyone – no need to be here to lead people to Christ during the Tribulation, because the poor suckers who got “left behind” will make up for not being good enough to go in the Rapture by evangelizing the people who are getting hit left and right by plagues!

Christians WAKE UP! There Is NO RAPTURE – Secret or Otherwise! We were promised that Jesus would return to the earth for His Church (this has always been known as the Second Coming of Christ), but certain things had to happen first.

STOP READING TRASHY “Christian” FICTION AND OPEN YOUR BIBLES! You are in serious peril if you don’t wake up and read the scriptures for yourself!

You have been lied to for many years from the pulpits of degenerate American Churches – the 501(c)(3),  IRS-friendly business corporations who have a vested interest in keeping you in the dark! The Rapture doctrine is a lie that sells books, CDs and DVDs, steals the hope of true believers in Christ, and will help Satan gain the souls of many weak and carnal Christians.

Think about it! In whose best interest is it to propagate the lie of the Rapture? Wouldn’t it be to benefit SATAN’S plans to destroy as many Christians as possible while he can? What a cold-blooded shock it will be for all who discover that WE’VE ALL BEEN LEFT BEHIND because THERE IS NO RAPTURE! What a great falling away there will be when people who have been fooled for so long suddenly realize they’ve been had!

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do if it turned out that you were witness to the rise of the Anti-Christ/Beast System, and that you hadn’t been rescued out of the world? Would you think that Jesus had abandoned you? Would you open your Bible to see what in the world is really happening? Or would you just fall into despair and kill yourself? Maybe you would simply stick out your right hand or offer your forehead and say: “Somebody MARK me!”

But if it is NOT in God’s plan for there to be a Secret Rapture, and yet He has promised to make a place in the wilderness for His own, doesn’t this give us hope? Or is the “Blessed Hope” really the escapist doctrine of a Secret Rapture that doesn’t really exist?

The return of Yeshua/Jesus Christ to the earth will not happen until AFTER the Anti-Christ has been revealed, and AFTER he has set himself up against God and all true believers in Christ. Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth!

“But Pastor, God said Christians were not going to experience His WRATH!” That’s true, and the real believers will not have God’s wrath directed at them! But that does not mean WE won’t see it!

The United States of America is NOT and NEVER WAS a CHRISTIAN NATION! Anyone who has studied the writings of the Founding Fathers would know this. Yes, there have been Christians in America all along, but for over 200 years, the American Church has been gradually tainted by the World, by sin and by corruption.

One way this has been done is with the successful planting of the King James “Authorized” edition of the Bible in the Protestant church in America. As one brother recently pointed out, the King James Bible is the only translation of the Bible to have a cult grow up around it (not to be confused with cults that have changed the text and meaning of important scripture and doctrine, like the New World Translation of the Bible, published by the Watchtower Society and used by the [i]Jehovah’s Witnesses).

What many do not realize is that the King James Bible was re-translated under the “Authority of King James” by Sir Francis Bacon, a.k.a. William Shakespeare, a Bavarian Illuminatus, Freemason and Rosicrucian who edited the Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books of the Holy Bible out until it was whittled down to the ESOTERIC NUMBER of 66 books, and did VIOLENCE to the real meaning of the Holy Scriptures. Certainly Bacon could revel in the beauty of the lyrics and boast the most brilliant piece of literature the world has ever seen, while simultaneously pulling the wool over the eyes of Christians who would be forced to read his own slanted translation.

God can and does use that Bible, and many have come to the Lord because of it. But there is much truth that has been kept from the largest body of Protestant believers (Orthodox, Catholic and other Christian denominations all over the world read Bibles that are complete, and not the shortened King James version).

The American Church has been easily led and lied to about so many things that she has mostly lost her saltiness and will soon be overcome because she FAILED to discern WHO WAS TEACHING HER, WHAT THEY WERE TEACHING HER, AND WHAT HER END WOULD BE AS PUNISHMENT FOR HER GRADUAL APOSTASY!

The Rapture doctrine is a RECIPE FOR APOSTASY! It is really a blasphemous slap in the face to people who do not have the faith that Adonai God will care for His own in the time of the Great Tribulation. Especially American Christians believe that our nation is somehow special, and that since we do such great missionary works, we should get a pass from God and just sit out all the drama (yes, I’ve heard it put in just such a way).

Ask yourself this question:

Why should we American Christians be exempt when true believers are DYING ALL AROUND THE GLOBE FOR THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST?

If you aren’t angry, maybe you just aren’t alive. If you are angry, get on your knees and pray! Ask God to anoint your eyes to see while there is still time.

Want to know more? Here is some further reading for those who are willing to put in the footwork and perform their due diligence to find the truth.

Read 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, AFTER you ask the HOLY SPIRIT to OPEN YOUR EYES!

Also check out the following web pages for more understanding of what the Bible really teaches on the Great Tribulation and who will be there.

http://cathian.org/?p=80

http://tribwatch.com/oiljar.htm

Pastor C. Covert

https://pastorccovert.wordpress.com


[i] Jehovah’s Witnesses – Watchtower Society is an organization that was founded by a 33rd Degree Freemason and makes its poor followers try to earn their salvation by selling books

Take The Precious Out Of The Vile – Sis Cathian

November 11, 2010

[Used by permission of http://cathian.org.%5D

 

Take The Precious Out Of The Vile – Sis Cathian

This is a reprinting of a word, which I have added today in preparation for more information that is to come.

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Here is the word from God’s Word, a word from Adonai God to Jeremiah, that has captivated me. It is the redefined vision for those who are coming out of the midst of a defiled church. TAKE OUT THE PRECIOUS FROM THE VILE.

19 Therefore thus says the LORD:

“ If you return,
Then I will bring you back;
You shall stand before Me;
If you take out the precious from the vile,
You shall be as My mouth.
Let them return to you,
But you must not return to them.
20 And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall;
And they will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you;
For I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” says the LORD.
21 “ I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”

Jeremiah 15:19-21

This is so poignantly real to me just now. If we return to Him, then He will bring us back. If we take the precious out of the vile, we will be as His mouth. Let them return to us, but we must not return to them.

We must come out of the false teachings. We must not return to them, but we may allow those who come out return to us (remember, we will have already returned to the Lord). We must let nothing seduce us into going back, but we may allow others to come out, and if they do, we have gained our brothers and sisters.

If we do this, if we return to the Lord, and take the precious out of the vile, then He will make us like a fortified bronze wall to the false ones. They will fight us, but they will not prevail against us, because the Lord is with us to save us and deliver us. He will deliver us from the hand of the wicked and will redeem us from the grip of the terrible.

So what does it mean to take the precious out of the vile?

In discussing deliverance from demons, a la “deliverance ministries” versus the way our Lord and Master, Jesus, did it while He was on earth, I didn’t realize it, but I was taking the precious (the truth of Jesus’ example on the subject) out of the vile (the doctrines of devils that have built deliverance into a money-making venture in the false church).

There are a multitude of ways in which Satan has infiltrated the Christian religious system, and I don’t even know what they all are. But there are some things I know, and in the days to come, I want to share some of the precious things I have found in the vile, and hopefully I can be a witness to the beauty of God’s holiness in the midst of the defiled works.

God is so great, His Word is so great, that He will not suffer loss when the modern American church implodes and falls.

I read a very interesting scripture this morning, and it is apropos to this piece:

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24

Truly, the time is coming when true worshipers will be hiding underground, and not in ornate and lavish buildings full of the trappings of wealth and lasciviousness. The true worshipers will worship in hiding, on the run, and at great risk. But worship, they will.

A great shift is coming, but it isn’t what the popular “prophets” are predicting! God’s Kingdom Rule will not be taken by human hands! The King of Kings will subdue all His enemies, and HE shall prevail! Until then, we will see a great apostasy in the church, the true Church will go underground, and many unsaved people will be saved!

Let us awaken, and let us begin to seek God with all our hearts. Let us take the precious out of the vile. Let us cleanse our hearts and our hands, and prepare for a great cleansing. Jesus is returning for a Church without spot or wrinkle, and we shall have our baptism of fire! As God shows us the precious truths and gifts that are encapsulated in the vile teachings of wolves who have hijacked them for gain, let us begin to peel off the layers of lies that have darkened our eyes. Let us ask the Lord for ointment for our eyes, and let us cast out the unclean things.

Take the precious out of the vile, and return to the Lord.