Monday, January 24, 2011

Missing in most pulpits!

Hello Everyone!
If you don't always read the daily emails, I am pleading with you to read, meditate on and do not let yourself rest until you really consider these things.
As some of you know, I am passionate about speaking against false teaching; especially what has come to be known as “Easy Believe-ism”. I fell prey to this doctrine; and it scares me to think I was one of those that was deceived in to thinking I belonged to Jesus (thinking that I was saved) and I was not. I could have left this world thinking I had a place in Heaven, only to wind up, justly, in hell.
To make sure there is no confusion; “Easy Believe-ism” is a doctrine that is running rampant in America; it is a doctrine that basically says, “say this prayer and you will go to Heaven”...it is a doctrine of alter calls with no call to repentance....it is a doctrine that does not speak of holiness.....it is a doctrine of silly cliques, like, “some Christians are so Heavenly minded they're no earthly good”. The reality is, “Christians in name only” are so earthly minded they are no Heavenly good because they don't preach the whole Gospel. Why do think that is? Because the whole Gospel offends.
I am going to say it straight right now and some of you may get upset. Some of you may get so upset that this will be the last email of mine you will ever read. Please know that what I am about to say is not from a lofty perch of righteousness, it is from a lowly position of a slave to the Most High. It is from a position of one who weeps for those that have been deceived. That being said....
Some of you reading this (whether on email or blog) are reading this as condemned people. If you fell dead tonight you would wake up in hell. Before you write me off as a madman or an over the top religious quack, please consider this:
2 Corinthians 7 starts out saying:
Therefore, having these promises....(let's stop there)
What promises? The promises God made in Isaiah and Paul reiterates in 2 Corinthians 6. The promise where God commands us to come out of false teaching and not to touch what is unclean....then what?...
THEN!
THEN I WILL WELCOME YOU, THEN I WILL RECEIEVE YOU.
2Corinthians 6:17
(ESV) Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
Continuing on in our first verse today, in light of the promise that He will be our Father; and we shall be His sons and daughters.....in light of this Truth:
2Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
This is repentance! Change of mind, change of direction.....agreeing with God that our sin is an abomination and turning away from it....turning away from it and turning to God. Seeking first The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness!
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Paul wrote some hard Truths in his first letter to the Corinthians, although it brought him distress he knew he had to say the things he did. Although the Corinthians didn't receive it well at first, the report came from Titus that it produced Godly sorrow. Godly sorrow produces repentance. Real Godly sorrow over our sin leaves us broken, fleeing to The Savior in repentance. Worldly repentance leads to death. Worldly repentance feels bad that we screwed up again, yet knows we will be right back in the slop again soon.
You might say, well that is not the way I was taught The Gospel. THEN YOU WERE TAUGHT WRONG! If it was just a matter of believing Jesus was The Son of God the demons would be saved:
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
Paul makes it clear right here...it is SO CLEAR!!! Read it carefully:
2Corinthians 7:9-10 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
DID YOU SEE THAT!!!
1st: Godly Sorrow
2nd: Repentance
3rd: Salvation
NO works, NO ritual, NO alter call, NO parroted prayer.....JUST BROKENNESS!!
BROKENNESS!...NOTHING TO OFFER SPIRITUALLY!....This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:
Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Poor in spirit.....nothing to offer but utter dependence on Him)
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
(mourning....mourning over our sin....broken over our sin)
Nothing to bring to the table except a broken heart and a feeble prayer that says;
“Lord, be merciful to me a sinner”
 
If you hate me for speaking the Truth, I am in good company.  If you disagree, please show me in the Word, not oppinion.
 
I love you all!
Galatians 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

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