What I believe:
I believe that our Lord does heal His people. He does so according to His sovereign will. He does so according to His Word. I do not believe He heals through alleged healingevangelists (no such references in the NT). Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, Mahesh Chavda, David Hogan, and others cannot provide any verifiable proof of their healing claims. Nor do I believe that we can command healing into existence. I do not endorse the concept that healing gifts can be imparted from one person to another, nor do I believe that people can be taught how to heal the sick, any more than they can be taught how to prophesy or speak in tongues. God‘s promise: Jeremiah 7:23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25 From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. 26 But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their forefathers.’
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I am not shouting, “I am clean living”
I am whispering, I was lost,
now I am found and forgiven
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I do not speak of this with pride
I am confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I am not trying to be strong.
I am professing that I am weak
and need His strength to carry on.
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I am not bragging of success.
I am admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I am not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are far too visible
but, God believes I am worth it.
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
so I call upon His name.
When I say….”I am a Christian”
I am not holier than thou,
I am just a simple sinner
who received God’s goog grace, somehow!
What is a Christian?
The New Testament
and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
The diciples of the New Testament were followers of the Teaching of Jesus.
So, to truly be a “Christian” you must live and practice Jesus’s Teachings.
church membership does not make you a christian
any more than owning a piano makes you a musician.
spending a few hours in a mechanic shop does not make you a mechanic,
nor does spending a few hours a week in a church building make you a Christian.
then said Jesus…”If you continue in my word, then are you my diciples indeed;
and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.
Jesus said: “By this all men will know that you are my diciples, if you love
one another”. John 13:25
What is the Armor of God?
God’s armor brings victory because it is far more than a protective covering. It is the very life of Jesus Christ Himself. “[P]ut on the armor of light,” wrote Paul in his letter to the Romans, “…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:12-14) When you do, He becomes your hiding place, and shelter in the storm–just as He was to David. Hidden in Him, you can count on His victory, for He not only covers you as a shield, He also fills you with His life.
“I am the vine; you are the branches,” said Jesus. “If a man abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Since living in the safety of the armor means oneness with Jesus, we can expect to share His struggles as well as His peace. Remember, God has promised us victory in the midst of trials, not immunity from pain. So “do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ…” (1 Peter 4:12-13) Christian heroes who have been tortured for their faith continue to testify to the supernatural strength–even joy–that enables them to endure unthinkable pain.
They affirm with Paul –
“that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us…. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers…. will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
This wonderful truth has become reality to all who believe and follow Jesus. When you put on His armor, His life surrounds you, keeping you safe, close to Himself, and free to be His precious friend and trusted companion. So “put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27) He is your victory!
Basic Truths of the Christian Faith
Taken from: Living by the Word (thank you for publishing this)
WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?
Jesus is God and Man. He is God the Son, the second of the Trinity, (1) who came to earth as a human being. (2) He was descended from David, who was born of the Virgin Mary, (3) and came in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. (4)
(1) John 1:1, 18 (2) John 1:14, (3) Romanss 1:2-4, (4) Galatians 4:4
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
He is God, the Holy Sprit, the eternal third person of the Trinity.
Matthew 28:19, John 14:16-19, John 15:26, Romans 8:9
WHAT HAS JESUS DONE TO RECONCILE YOU TO GOD?
Jesus lived, died, and was raised for me.
Romans 4:25; 6:5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT JESUS LIVED FOR YOU?
Unlike Adam, who disobeyed God, Jesus perfectly did what God requires (1) and imputes His perfect righteousness to me, (2)
(1) Matthew 3:15, John 4:34 (2) Romans 5:19
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT JESUS DIED FOR YOU?
Jesus took all my sins upon Himself when He died on the cross, taking the punishment I deserve so that I can be forgiven.
2 Corinthians 5:19-21, Romans 5:8-9, 1 John 4:10
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT JESUS WAS RAISED FOR YOU?
Jesus was raised bodily from the dead so that I can have a new life. (1) Now Jesus lives for me and protecting me from all my enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. (2)
(1) Luke 24:38-43, Romans 4:25 (2) Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 1:3
IS JESUS THE ONLY SAVIOR?
Yes. No one can find reconciliation with God and salvation from sin except through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
John 3:18; 14:6; 6:57; 10:9 Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, Galatians 1:6-8
WHY DO WE NEED GOD?
In myself, I am dead in sin (1) and resist God, seeking only to serve myself. (2) God has loved me not for anything in me, but only because of His good pleasure to show me His glory. This humbles me and fills me with praise for His glorious grace. (3)
(1) Romans 5:12, Titus 3:3, Ephesians 2:5 (2) Romans 3:11 (3) Ephesians 1:3-6, Romans 5:6-8, 9:23-24
WHAT IS TRUE FAITH?
True faith is both a knowledge of the will of God as revealed in His Word (1) and a firm trust in the promises of Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him.(2)
(1) John 17:3, Hebrews 11:1-3 (2) Galatians 2:20
AS A SINNER HOW AM I SAVED?
Are you a sinner? Have you ever lied, stolen, lusted, coveted, or been angry with someone unjustly? Have you ever offended God in any way? If so, then you have sinned. Your sin is against God because you have broken His law. Also, because He is infinite, your offense to Him is infinite. You are not capable of appeasing an infinite God because you are a sinner. Nothing you can do can undo the damage caused by your sins.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). That means that your sins have caused a separation between you and God (Isaiah 59:2) and the result is death (Rom. 6:23) and wrath (Eph. 2:3). The only way out, is to be saved by faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:1). You must trust in what Jesus did on the cross to forgive you of your sins and not trust anything else, not even your own sincerity or works.
Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). He is the only way to the God the Father (John 14;6). He alone reveals God (Matt. 11:27). He has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18). It is only through Him that you can be saved from God’s wrath (Eph. 2:3). He can forgive you of your sin (Luke 5:20; Matt. 9:2). He can remove the guilt that is upon your soul. Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin that blinds your eyes, weakens your soul, and brings you to despair. He can do this because He bore sin in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) that those who trust in Him would be saved.
Come to the One who died for sinners (Matt. 11:28). Turn from your sins. Believe in Jesus. Receive Jesus, who is God in flesh, who died and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4) as your Lord and Savior (John 1:12). Ask Jesus to forgive you, to come into your heart, and to wash you clean from your sins. Pray to Jesus. Seek Him. Ask Him to save you.
A Mark of False Teachers: Twisting the Scriptures
By Craig Branch
The apostle Peter wrote describing Paul’s epistles, “…in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).
There are many individual powerful practices which characterize the methods of deception employed by false teachers, but the twisting of Scripture is universal among them.
In 1992 I wrote a book about my experiences in the metaphysical “new age” movement. The book was entitled The Light That Was Dark. I wrote the book because I wanted to warn people about the incredibly deceptive teachings of the “new age.” From my own experience I knew just how powerfully seductive the spirit world is and how appealing its false teachings can be. At the end of my book I warned that Christian believers were becoming involved in some of these same teachings and deceptions. Spiritual deception is not just something that happens to unbelievers…
Deliver us from Evil / Is the Christian Faith still relevant? – recommended reading
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NASB)
Can You Hear The Voice of The Spirit?
Apprising Ministries is pleased to bring you the following godly and prophetic insight from James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken. Herein we see the full on embrace by evangelicalism of the rotten root of the new reformation of man-centered (semi-pelagian) theology once prophesied by Robert Schuller.
You need to understand that this emerging rebellion against the Word of God is really not far from apostate Roman Catholicism. And so this reversal of the Reformation has now flowered as typified in the new postevangelical religion of Rick Warren and blossomed for the postmodern set in the warped and toxic teachings of Rob Bell, a leading spokesman for the cult of the new (post) liberal theology the Emergent Church.
All of which makes these words from Boice and Ryken so dead on target for the time of growing spiritual blindness we live in right now:
Sadly, this is not the church’s finest hour. We live in an age of weak theology and casual Christian conduct. Our knowledge is insufficient, our worship is irreverent, and our lives are immoral. Even the evangelical church has succumbed to the spirit of this age…
Perhaps the simplest way to say this is that evangelicalism has become worldly. This can be demonstrated by comparing it with yesterday’s liberalism. What was once said of liberal churches must now be said of evangelical churches: they seek the world’s wisdom, believe the world’s theology; follow the world’s agenda, and adopt the world’s methods. According to the standard’s of worldly wisdom, the Bible is unable to meet the demands of life in these postmodern times.
By itself, God’s Word is insufficient to win people to Christ, promote spiritual growth, provide practical guidance, or transform society. So churches supplement the plain teaching of Scripture with entertainment with entertainment, group therapy, political activism, signs and wonders—anything that promises to appeal to religious consumers. According to the theology, sin is merely a dysfunction and salvation means having better self-esteem. When this theology comes to church, it replaces difficult but essential doctrines like the propitiation of God’s wrath with practical techniques for self-improvement.
The world’s agenda is personal happiness, so the gospel is presented as a plan for individual fulfillment rather than a pathway of costly discipleship. The world’s methods for accomplishing this self-centered agenda are necessarily pragmatic, so evangelical leaders are willing to try whatever seems like it might work. This worldliness has produced the “new pragmatism” of evangelicalism.
(The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering The Evangelical Gospel, 20,21)
Taken from: Today’s false Gospel
Who is Righteous?
No One is Righteous
9What shall we conclude then? Are we any better[b]? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[c]
13“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[d]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[e]
14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[f]
15“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16ruin and misery mark their ways,
17and the way of peace they do not know.”[g]
18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[h]
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Righteousness Through Faith
21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
1 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”-
2 before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when men rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
5 when men are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags himself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then man goes to his eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
or the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
or the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. [a]
“Everything is meaningless!”
The Conclusion of the Matter
9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
Foundational truths of the Christian faith
- Salvation comes by God’s Grace through faith (belief in God promises) in Jesus Christ. Your own good works cannot earn you salvation.
- There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. Other religions are not alternate paths to God.
- Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the only visible image of God, and is the Creator of everything seen and unseen.
- Jesus lived a sinless life and was the innocent Lamb sacrifice of God whose blood was shed to take away sin.
- Jesus was both fully God and fully human.
- All Humankind is sinful and therefore all must come to Jesus Christ to be cleansed of their sin or they will be eternally separated from a Holy God.
- Those that deny the Son of God also deny the Father because they are one God (they are unified).
- Jesus died and death could not hold Him. God rose the Body of Jesus from the dead and Jesus ascended to the throne of God in heaven.
- All in Christ have the Holy Spirit as a witnesses and a helper, all members of the Body of Christ are new spiritual creations.
- Those that trust in Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation can never be lost.
- Satan also known as the Devil is real and is a powerful spiritual adversary. (A Christian’s defense from Satan is putting on the whole armor of God – Eph 6:7)
- Jesus authenticated the Old Testament scriptures as coming from God. The New Testament scriptures are authenticated by the eye witnesses of Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit within the Body of Christ. The Christian Bible is the very word of God when transcribed and translated accurately. Therefore. all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Ti 3:16).
- There is a Lake of Fire reserved for those who oppose or reject Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is coming again in Glory and every eye will see Him when He comes. He will judge the living and the dead and God will then create a new heaven and a new earth where there is no more sin, sickness, death or sorrow.