Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Stethoscope Video




"to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27

1:27 Gentiles … Christ in you. The OT predicted the coming of the Messiah and that the Gentiles would partake of salvation (cf. Isaiah 42:6; 45:21, 22; 49:6; 52:10; 60:1–3; Psalms 22:27; 65:5; 98:2, 3), but it did not reveal that the Messiah would actually live in each member of His redeemed church, made up mostly of Gentiles.

That believers, both Jew and Gentile, now possess the surpassing riches of the indwelling Christ is the glorious revealed mystery (John 14:23; Romans 8:9, 10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians. 1:7, 17, 18; 3:8–10, 16–19). the hope of glory. The indwelling Spirit of Christ is the guarantee to each believer of future glory (Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 1 Peter 1:3, 4).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Col 1:27). Nashville: Word Pub. www.gty.org

Sunday, November 20, 2011

JONAH’S THANKSGIVING



I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. Jonah 2:9

Amazingly, the prophet Jonah gave thanks to God while he was in the great fish’s belly (Jon. 2:1). How would you respond if you were Jonah? Maybe you would cry out, “What are You doing, God? Where are You? Why is this happening?” But Jonah reacted differently: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard My voice” (v. 2). He then described his sinking into the sea and the severity of his dilemma (vv. 3–5)

Nevertheless, in the midst of such great trauma, Jonah prayed, “You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple” (vv. 6–7). Although he had his weaknesses, Jonah reflected great spiritual stability in his prayer. He was confident of God’s ability to deliver him if He so chose. In the same way, the peace of God will help you if you react to circumstances with thankful prayer.


MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : A daily touch of God's grace (349). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Your foundation is solid

 Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw. (1 Corinthians 3:12)

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Ancient buildings were often built with precious metals and jewels. No Christian need worry about the foundation of his faith. That is the marble and granite of the person and work of Christ, secure and stable and perfect. Our concern should be that, whatever we build on this foundation, we build with the best of materials. There is only one foundation, but there are many types of materials for erecting the spiritual edifice. As long as believers are alive, they are building. They are building some sort of life, some sort of church, some sort of Christian fellowship and service. It may be a beautiful structure or a hovel, it may be by intention or by neglect, but it cannot help being something.


MacArthur, J. (1996). 1 Corinthians (82). Chicago: Moody Press.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hallowed be Your name

"...Father, hallowed be Your name..." Luke 11:2
 
 
 
The adjective form hallowed, as used in The Lord's Prayer, means holy, consecrated, sacred, or revered.

Celebrities use God's name as a curse word to express disgust in movies and everybody in the theater laughs. Nobody gets up and walks out. Nobody demands a refund. Who is it that refuses to watch another movie unless they are sure it will not blaspheme the name of God who gave us ears to hear? Nobody in the theater cares that it is depraved and indifferent to allow the name of God who gave them life to be treated like garbage. For those Christians that are not bothered by this should examine themselves and know that it is written, "to the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)

People wouldn't hesitate to defend their own mother's name if it were dragged through the dung of societies murderous thoughts and then expressed to the paying public as a form of entertainment. God has said that He will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)

The Apostle Paul tells us to examine ourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5) Repent toward God and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone or you will suffer in hell for all eternity. It is by the fear of the Lord that men depart from evil. (Proverbs 16:6)

_"...for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 1 Chronicles 28:9

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

"How to Meet the Enemy" (Excerpt) By John MacArthur

 
C.S. Lewis wrote:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight (The Screwtape Letters [New York: Macmillan, 1961], p. 3).

Lewis was right. Unfortunately, strands of both errors exist in today’s church. On the one hand, some Christians are materialists who fail to understand that the Christian life is a fierce spiritual battle.

One reason for a materialistic attitude is indifference. When your world is an easy place to live in, it’s easy to forget that a spiritual war is going on. It’s easy to forget that millions of souls in the world are in the grasp of Satan. And it’s easy to forget that Satan always takes advantage of Christians who are lethargic, indolent, or spiritually stagnant. He loves it when Christians try to hole up in a sanctified environment instead of fighting the battle. Yet that is precisely the agenda of many churches today. People are trying desperately to enjoy fellowship while remaining indifferent to the battle.

Another reason for being materialistic is worldliness. Too many Christians crave earthly, temporal pleasures instead of the rigors of warfare. They seek a life of ease—a life of entertainment and activities, never realizing their role in the battle of the ages. A believer who invests his or her time and resources in mundane things won’t understand spiritual warfare.

A Christian who had a deficient view of God’s grace said to me, “The wonderful thing about the Christian life is that basically you can do whatever you want.” Believers are not handed a free pass to do what they want. They are called to obey Christ, the Commander-in-Chief. In Matthew 16:24–25, Jesus raised this call: “If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”

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MacArthur, J. (1996). How to meet the enemy (7–8). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Narrow Way


"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Jesus

7:14 difficult is the way. Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him (Matthew 10:38; 16:24, 25; John 15:18, 19; 16:1–3; cf. Acts 14:22). Salvation is by grace alone, but is not easy. It calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word. See notes on 19:16–28.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Mt 7:14). Nashville: Word Pub.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Missionary







  Love for foreigners, Deuteronomy 10:19.
  Journey with divine approval, Judges 18:6.
  Solomon’s attitude toward foreigners, 1 Kings 8:41–43.
  Missionary assignment, 2 Kings 17:27–28.
  Outreach to heathen, 1 Chronicles 16:23–24; Psalm 96:3–10.
  “Foreigners will hear,” 2 Chronicles 6:32 (CEV).
  Heathen as inheritance, Psalm 2:8.
  “Tell the world,” Psalm 9:11 (LB).
  Ends of the earth, Psalm 22:27.
  Worldwide outreach, Psalm 65:5.
  “Tell every nation on earth,” Psalm 96:3 (CEV).
  Sent to other nations, Isaiah 66:19.
  Benediction for missions, Psalm 67:1–2 (See LB).
  Those who proclaim God’s word, Psalms 68:11.
  Declare God’s glory among nations, Psalms 96:3, 10; 105:1.
  Sow in tears, reap with joy, Psalm 126:5–6.
  Alert during harvest, Proverbs 10:5.
  Eternity in the heart, Ecclesiastes 3:11.
  God reaches out to heathen, Isaiah 5:25–26.
  Isaiah’s missionary call, Isaiah 6:8–10; 12:4–5; 45:22.
  Evangelize during night, with morning coming, Isaiah 21:11–12.
  Light for Gentiles, Isaiah 49:6; 60:3.
  Beautiful feet of those who bring good news, Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15.
  Those who did not ask for God’s message, Isaiah 65:1–5.
  “Earth’s farthest bounds,” Psalm 65:8 (NRSV).
  Harvest past, summer ended, no salvation, Jeremiah 8:20.
  Responsibility for failure to witness, Ezekiel 3:18–19.
  Someone to stand in gap, Ezekiel 22:30.
  Responsibility of watchman to warn wicked, Ezekiel 33:7–9.
  Those who witness shine like stars, Daniel 12:3.
  Ripe harvest, Joel 3:13–14.
  Famine for words of the Lord, Amos 8:11–12.
  Jonah’s second call, Jonah 3:1–9.
  God’s name great among nations, Malachi 1:11.
  Teaching, preaching, healing, Matthew 4:23.
  Plentiful harvest, few workers, Matthew 9:37–38.
  Gospel preached across world, Matthew 24:14.
  Village evangelism, Mark 1:38; Luke 8:1; 9:6.
  Great commission, Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 13:10; 16:15.
  Biblical models, Luke 19:10; Acts 8:4–5; 15:7; 2 Peter 2:5.
  Greatest model for mission, John 3:16.
  Harvest time, John 4:35–38.
  Missionary Jesus, John 7:35 (LB).
  Lifting up Jesus draws lost to salvation, John 12:32.
  Spiritual conquest, not earthly possession, Acts 1:6–8.
  Message to entire world, Acts 10:9–20.
  Missionary commissioning, Acts 13:2–4.
  Macedonian vision, Acts 16:9–10.
  “Chosen to be a missionary,” Romans 1:1 (LB).
  Faith reported world-wide, Romans 1:8.
  Outreach to unevangelized, Romans 10:14–15; 15:21 (See LB).
  Benediction upon world missions, Romans 16:25–27.
  Payment for spiritual service, 1 Corinthians 9:9–14; 1 Timothy 5:17–18.
  Adapting to another culture, 1 Corinthians 9:19–23.
  Faithful outreach facing difficulties, 1 Corinthians 15:57–58.
  Open door opportunity, 1 Corinthians 16:9.
  Ambassadors in the world, 2 Corinthians 5:18–21.
  Marks of serving disciple, 2 Corinthians 6:3–13.
  Supported by others, 2 Corinthians 11:8.
  Mission agency, Galatians 1:2 (LB).
  Anticipated salvation of Jew and Gentile, Galatians 3:6–9.
  Less than least, Ephesians 3:8–9.
  Medical furlough, Philippians 2:25–30.
  Rapid spread of Gospel message, Colossians 1:6.
  Church and its outreach, Colossians 1:24–27.
  Praying for a missionary, Ephesians 6:19–20; Colossians 4:3–4.
  Thankful Lord for privilege of ministry, 1 Timothy 1:12–14.
  Missionary message, 1 Timothy 2:5–7.
  Called to be a full-fledged missionary, 2 Timothy 1:11.
  Divine plan for perpetuation of Gospel, 2 Timothy 2:1–4.
  Paul’s ministry mandate to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:1–5.
  Missionary credentials, Titus 1:1–3.
  Called to ministry of holiness, 1 Peter 1:15–16.
  Willing to lay down one’s life for others, 1 John 3:16.
  Proclaiming angel, Revelation 14:6, 7.


Anderson, K. (1996). Where to Find It in the Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wrong Worship

Watch-maker - A.W. Pink



"Analogy has been drawn between a savage finding a watch upon the sands, and from a close examination of it he infers a watch-maker. So far so good. But attempt to go further: suppose that savage sits down on the sand and endeavors to form to himself a conception of this watch-maker, his personal affections and manners; his disposition, acquirement's, and moral character—all that goes to make up a personality; could he ever think or reason out a real man—the man who made the watch, so that he could say, "I am acquainted with him?" It seems trifling to ask such questions, but is the eternal and infinite God so much more within the grasp of human reason? No, indeed! The God of Scripture can only be known by those to whom He makes Himself known."

"Nor is God known by the intellect. "God is Spirit" (John 4:24), and therefore can only be known spiritually. But fallen man is not spiritual, he is carnal. He is dead to all that is spiritual. Unless he is born again supernaturally brought from death unto life, miraculously translated out of darkness into light, he cannot even see the things of God (John 3:3), still less apprehend them (1 Cor. 2:14). The Holy Spirit has to shine in our hearts (not intellects) in order to give us "the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6). And even that spiritual knowledge is but fragmentary. The regenerated soul has to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3.18).The principal prayer and aim of Christians should be that we "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10).

A.W. Pink

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Lie: Evolution

The Bible claims that God knows everything. He has all knowledge. If this is true, then the Bible is the word of someone who knows everything there is to know. If we want to come to the right conclusions about anything, the only sure way would be to start with the word of the One who has absolute knowledge. We Christians must build all of our thinking in every area on the Bible. We must start with God's Word, not the word of finite, fallible man. We must judge what people say on the basis of what God's Word says -- not the other way around. The principles that govern our thinking in every area must come from the Scriptures. These principles are immutable. No informed evolutionist would question the fact that modern science arose from a biblical foundation. In other words, what we believe and how we think depends upon the basis with which we start. The Bible contains the very foundational principles and details necessary to develop correct thinking in every area.

Unfortunately, too many people have started with the word of men and then judged what the Bible states. What an arrogant position this is! We cannot tell God what He should say. We must be prepared to come totally under His authority and listen to what He says to us. Yes, creation is religion, but it is based on revelation from the all-knowing Creator. Evolution is religion, but it is not based on revelation from God. Instead it is based on the words of men who were not there -- men who (by their own admission) do not know everything. And these men, the Bible informs us, are biased against God and His Word.
If the Bible is not the infallible word of the One who knows everything, then we have exactly nothing. We can never be sure about anything. What then is truth: my word, your word, or someone else's word? In fact, how do you determine what truth is or how to search for it.



Christians have the Bible, which claims to be the Word of God. We can also take what the Bible says and see if the evidence of the present does fit.








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The Kind of Worship God Desires - John MacArthur



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bob Jones & Flocko

Bob Jones by Chris Yarzab
Bob Jones, a photo by Chris Yarzab on Flickr.
Bakersfield Evangelism with 22nd Ministries.

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Bob Jones. He's 70 years old, going through hard times and he is looking for relatives. He doesn't believe he will live much longer. Steve Pivovaroff's wife was able to provide Bob with a Sandwich and drinks. I asked him if he believed in God and he said yes. I then asked him whom was he putting his trust into saving him from his sins and he said his trust was in Christ alone. He knew verses of scriptures and we encouraged one another and then I prayed for him and we hugged and he was soon on the bus headed for another part of town.

















Nickname "Flocko" He lives on the streets. He heard us preach the Word of God. He said he wants to get right with God. I gave him a bible and he was showing me his mural that he was painting. He wanted to get off the streets and so another Christian brother was able to find a place for him to stay for the night.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tagger EYGK

Tagger EYGK by Chris Yarzab
Tagger EYGK, a photo by Chris Yarzab on Flickr.

My neighbor Arnaldo paints over graffiti along the outside of his property. Taggers have no respect for God or creation. When I was young and stupid and I didn't know better I was just as bad or worse. A tagger needs to know that God is angry with the wicked every day. And that God has appointed a day when each of us will die and then comes judgement. Each of us will spend eternity in one of two places. Heaven or Hell. Jesus said the way is narrow that leads to life and there are few that find it and He also said to strive to enter through the narrow gate for many I tell you will seek to enter but will not be able.

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Golden Torch

Golden Torch by Chris Yarzab
Golden Torch, a photo by Chris Yarzab on Flickr.

"As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them." Psalm 103:15-18

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Fitting End to Mark’s Gospel - John MacArthur

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Mark 16:9-20

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Pope and the Papacy (5/1/2005) by John MacArthur


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The Pope and the Papacy (51/2005) by John MacArthur

"In the long war on the truth, the most formidable, relentless and deceptive enemy has been Roman Catholicism. It is an apostate, corrupt, heretical, false Christianity, it is affront for the kingdom of Satan. The true church of the Lord Jesus Christ has always understood this. And even through the Dark Ages from 400 to 1500, prior to the Reformation, genuine Christian believers set themselves apart from that system, and were brutally punished and executed for their rejection of that system. It's not my purpose tonight to go into all that is Roman Catholicism and we will do that in the fall, we will do that. We'll take a look at it from many angles. But those believers throughout those centuries along with genuine and discerning believers today understand this is a false system."

1) It has a false priesthood.

2) It has a false source of revelation, tradition and the magisterium.

3) It has illegitimate power granted to it by this magisterium, this papal curia.

4) It engages in idolatry by the worship of saints and the veneration of angels.

5) It conducts a horrific exaltation of Mary above Christ and even God.

6) It conducts a twisted sacrament of the Mass by which Jesus is sacrificed again and again.

7) It offers false forgiveness through the confessional.

8) It calls for the uselessness of infant baptism and other sacraments.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Viewer comment revisited

I posted a message entitled, "Am I a good person?" which contained both the law and the gospel message and unfortunately I temporarily re-saved the post as a draft for editing purposes and as a result the comment by Anders Branderud had been removed and along with my friend StreetEvangelist Jeff reply to Anders comment and so I wanted to repost both the comment and all replies. This post will remain on my blog and any one can comment below. The original message "Am I a good person? will be reposted at a later date and a link will be added to this post at that time.


By Anders Branderud on Am I a good person? on 5/9/11
Hello! You wrote: "Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? The Word of God says that if you break one of His commandments, you are guilty of all of them.(James 2:10)" [To differentiate,] It is important to note this: According to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 in Hebrew according to the Hebrew numbering (which differs from the Christian), the Messiah would teach his followers to observe the directives of the Torah – the books of Moses. The word ‘mishpat’ is used, which implies non-selective observance of the directives of the Torah to a person’s utmost. So this is what the Mashiakh – Messiah – must have taught about ‘salvation’: As stipulated in Devarim ["Deuteronomy"] 6:4-9,11:13-21 one is required to keep all of the directives of Torâh′ to one’s utmost—viz., “with all one’s heart, psyche and might [lit. "very"]“—”for the purpose of extending your days and the days of your children… like the days of the heavens above the earth” (i.e., eternal life). According to the Tan’’kh - Yekhezeqeil ["Ezekiel"] chapter 18 et.al – the Creator confer His atonement in His loving kindness to those and only those turning away from their Torah-transgressions and (re)turning to non-selectively Torah-observance including mishpat. Everyone has transgressed the Torah and its possible to obtain forgiveness from the Creator in His loving kindness when living in the above way. The Creator has promised this in His Bible - which is in Hebrew - and He doesn't lie. According to Torah if you breach one directive you are only guilty of breaching that particular directive of Torah. You should then repent, ask the Creator of forgiveness and return to doing your utmost to observe the directives of Torah non-selectively. Thus, the way of ‘salvation’ in NT contradicts Torah and what the Mashiakh taught. Thus, it will not lead to eternal life. It is only an emotional filled experience that doesn’t describe a real encounter with the Creator. I am a former Christian and understand that after having studied Torah in Hebrew according to etymology. Doing your utmost to follow the directives of Torah will lead you into an immensly meaningful relationsship with the Creator. Anders Branderud


Hi Anders, At no time in the world’s history has anyone ever earned salvation by his own works. In both The Tanak and the Brit Chadesha, people were saved by the grace of HaShem and the merits of Yeshua. The following texts make it clear that people who lived before the cross were saved on the same terms as were people in Brit Chadesha times. "I am not ashamed of the Besuras HaGeulah of Yeshua: for it is the power of HaShem unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16. "For unto us was Besuras HaGeulah preached, as well as unto them." Hebrews 4:2. "For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16. "Neither is there Yeshu'at Eloheinu in any other: for there is none other name under Shomayim given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. "But though we, or a malach from Shomayim, preach any other Besuras HaGeulah unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1 :8. The Tanak itself teaches salvation through Yeshua. The "scriptures" spoken of in the following texts are Tanak. These texts make it clear that Tanak teaches the same Besuras HaGeulah of salvation through Yeshua that we find in the Brit Chadesha. "Yeshua died for our sins according to Kitvei HaKodesh." 1 Corinthians 15:3. "From a child thou hast known the holy Kitvei HaKodesh, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in HaMoshiac Yeshua." 2 Timothy 3:15. "And Moshiac said to them, `O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the Neviim have spoken: Ought not Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiac to have suffered these things, and to enter into his Kavod?’ And beginning at Moshe and all the Neviim, he expounded unto them in all the Kitvei HaKodesh the things concerning himself." Luke 24:25-27. "All Kitvei HaKodesh is HaShem breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in Tzedek." 2 Timothy 3:16. Scripture presents one Brit from Breshit to Hisgalus, one plan of salvation for humanity. The Scriptures call it "the eternal Besuras HaGeulah" (Hisgalus 14:6), the "Brit Olam" (Tehillim 105:10; Hebrews 13:20). Anders, please read Yermeyah 31:30-32 
Thanks, Jeff

By Anonymous on Am I a good person? on 5/19/11
ל הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְכָרַתִּי, אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת-בֵּית יְהוּדָה--בְּרִית חֲדָשָׁה. 30 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; לא לֹא כַבְּרִית, אֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי אֶת-אֲבוֹתָם, בְּיוֹם הֶחֱזִיקִי בְיָדָם, לְהוֹצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם: אֲשֶׁר-הֵמָּה הֵפֵרוּ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי, וְאָנֹכִי בָּעַלְתִּי בָם--נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 31 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, saith the LORD. לב כִּי זֹאת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֶכְרֹת אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֲרֵי הַיָּמִים הָהֵם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, נָתַתִּי אֶת-תּוֹרָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם, וְעַל-לִבָּם אֶכְתְּבֶנָּה; וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים, וְהֵמָּה יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם. 32 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people; לג וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד, אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו לֵאמֹר, דְּעוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה: כִּי-כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְּטַנָּם וְעַד-גְּדוֹלָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה--כִּי אֶסְלַח לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר-עוֹד. {ס} 33 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: 'Know the LORD'; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more. {S} לג וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד, אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו לֵאמֹר, דְּעוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה: כִּי-כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְּטַנָּם וְעַד-גְּדוֹלָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה--כִּי אֶסְלַח לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר-עוֹד. {ס}


Leaf in the Lake

Leaf in the Lake by Chris Yarzab
Leaf in the Lake, a photo by Chris Yarzab on Flickr.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coming in the Clouds (Mark 13:24-27) John MacArthur

Harold Camping: The consequence of believing in his rapture




















Harold Camping: The consequence of believing in his rapture

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - No 2 Religion Yes 2 Faith by Frank Raj

Click the link above to read the article. This was my response to Frank Raj article,


In your article you said, "Since God does not judge a man before he dies I have no business in doing so either."    


I disagree with your view that God does not judge a man before he dies since Jesus said, "Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."  (John 3:18) and of course we have no business passing judgement on unbelievers but those who call themselves believers but act as unbelievers we as Christians can pass judgement as it is written, "I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES." 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 


So it appears clear from Scripture that God has condemned unbelievers already (John 3:18) and those who are clearly false prophets we can pass judgement on and then treat them as unbelievers as Christians are instructed in (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). 


Because Harold Camping has sinned and has ignored reproof which is mandated and instructed in Matthew 18:15-18 then God tells us to let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Which means as an unbeliever. Harold Camping needs to repent toward God and put his faith in Jesus Christ alone for His salvation. To trust Jesus Christ is to believe and obey the words of our Lord who said to the Apostles that no man knows the day or hour.  Scripture is the final authority on every thing we are taught. Let God be true but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4)


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Quote from Harold Camping:



“God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.”

Albert Mohler wrote, 

If you know the Bible and this statement confuses you, you are in good company. Harold Camping believes that God has revealed to him the exact dates of biblical events and the timeline of the judgment. He says that God revealed some “exquisite proof” that enabled him to determine a “finished product” timeline that ends on May 21, this coming Saturday.


Harold Camping said, "I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.” And this also goes hand in hand with the fact that Harold Camping was instructed by his Church to stop prophesying but instead of listening to the Church he left it and started his own. So Harold Camping should be treated as an unbeliever.

An advertisement by Harold Camping and his FamilyRadio.com includes this message;

"Using the Bible's definition of "Prophet" as one who brings the truth of God's word then Harold Camping and those who have validated his work are the real deal."


‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."  Deuteronomy 18:20-22


"As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions." 1 Timothy 1:3-7


"For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed." Titus 1:10-16