Spiritual Abuse

Our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has much to say about spiritual abuse and has left for His children the record of His words regarding this vital matter in His Word the Holy Bible.  Most of the passages that deal with spiritual abuse are taken from Matthew chapter 23, but there will be other passages from the New Testament that buttress what He taught since in reality all of the Holy Bible is the Word of Jesus Christ to His children.

The first warning sign that you are involved with those who are abusing you spiritually is that they are overly zealous and their zeal has very little to do with God’s purposes, with God’s glory.

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves”.  Matthew 23:15

There is a lot to discover from this short passage.  First, Jesus Christ is addressing the religious leaders of His day, the religious elites who had spiritual insight and wisdom, although it didn’t come from God.  These were religious men who were respected within their communities, you can imagine their chagrin and the shock of their followers when Jesus Christ so powerfully rebuked them for their hypocrisy.  Their zealousness wasn’t a God given love for the souls of lost men, no they wanted to make followers of their religion not God’s truth.  They were sons of hell and their followers were even worse.  So beware of zealots advocating for their particular teaching or false religion but not the truth of the Word of God.

17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.  Galatians 4:17

Next heavy-handed false teachers command their followers to observe customs, religious dogmas & dictates that overburden the souls of any who follow them.

1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  3 Therefore whatever the tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works, for they say and do not do.  4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their little fingers”.  Matthew 23:1-4

The religious leaders of Christ’s day did teach the Old Testament, and when they taught it accurately, the people were to obey them.  But when they taught them to do things contrary to God’s Word, the people were to ignore them.  Their false teachings were designed to instill feelings of guilt within their followers.  The scribes and Pharisees set up lofty standards they themselves could not fulfill, they didn’t even try, their goal was to keep the people burdened with a sense of guilt so they would come to them to learn how they could overcome that guilt.  They laid a trap of guilt upon those who followed them.  The religious elites had them right where they wanted them.  The same is true today, I have seen this played out in a church we used to attend.  Fortunately for me, Christ kept me from this crippling guilt trip because He has assured me that His grace is sufficient for me.  Jesus Christ has set us free from any man centered observances for absolution.  His death & resurrection are sufficient to cleanse us from all sin, establish us in His truth, and strengthen us to obey His Word.  Manmade religion binds the hearts and minds of men.

12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.  13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.  14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  Galatians 6:12-16

Spiritual abuse by false teachers leads to eternal damnation.  False teachers blind their followers with their manmade dogma and doctrine that destroys God given thirst for salvation by substituting a spurious way that appeals to the flesh ensuring eternal destruction in fiery hell.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in”.  Matthew 23:13

Do you ever wonder why so-called Bible teachers will give chapter and verse but never quote the passage?  They have their own agenda which doesn’t include your salvation.  If they don’t quote Scripture, then flee away.  Even if they do quote the Scripture be very wary if they are trying to convince you of certain doctrines by quoting some passages but ignoring others.  To avoid these treacherous deceivers, we must be well-versed in the Holy Bible.  In other words, read and study God’s Word for self-protection and to help others!

19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning sun rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  1 But there were false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teaches among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.  2 Peter 1:19-2:1

False teachers, spiritual abusers, put on a good show to take advantage of you, but know their only motive ever is their own acclaim, glory and material enrichment.  They love the praise of men, but aren’t willing to be humble servants of Christ Jesus, to receive blessing from Him rather than ill-gotten gain in the here and now.  They especially prey upon the old and infirm.  Beware of their conceit and greed!

5 “But all their works they do to be seen by men.  They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.  6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.  9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.  11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted…14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.  Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”  Matthew 23:5-12 & 14

Today’s scribes and Pharisees have huge entourages, body guards, humongous bank accounts, enormous numbers of fans.  They rob widows and take advantage of hurting believers.  They pray lofty pratting prayers offending God in heaven and deceiving man on earth.  Their spiritual abuse knows no bounds because they are driven by over-preening pride and rapacious greed.  Beloved brethren do not make yourself a victim of their devilish malicious evil intent.  God’s servants will always be humble, loving, well versed in Scripture, filled with the Holy Spirit, doing the will of God.

1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.  2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  2 Corinthians 4:1-2

Flee from them if you see any of these signs of spiritual abuse: inordinate fleshly zeal, unbiblical demands, damnable heresies, self-promoting money grubbing lectures!  These false teachers will only abuse you; stay away and do all that you can to rescue others from their grasp!  True servants of Jesus Christ are driven by God’s truth by the power of the Holy Spirit for His glory and His love of His children.  Never forget that!

20 For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.  21 To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold—I speak foolishly—I am bold also.  22 Are they Hebrews?  So am I.  Are the Israelites?  So am I.  Are they the seed of Abraham?  So am I.  23 Are they ministers for Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 2 Corinthians 11:20-23 

Lord Jesus Christ the deceivers far outnumber the genuine within the church today.  May Your beloved redeemed ones be wary, testing EVERYTHING, by the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit!  Bless us for Your glory and our edification in Your glorious name Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen!

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Today’s Sadducees

This post has been receiving a lot of interest lately so I thought I would reblog it. God bless you all through His Son Jesus Christ

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In order to know who the Sadducees are today, we must go to the Scriptures and see what they were like when Jesus Christ walked this earth.   First, according to the Bible, God’s Word, the Sadducees rejected biblical belief in the miraculous and the spiritual realm.

But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”  And when he has said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.  For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection-and no angel or spirit; but Pharisees confess both.  Acts 23:6-7

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Fight

The following encouragement is taken from 2 Chronicles 13-14 in the New King James Bible.  My beloved brethren & fellow Americans, there has always been a battle between good & evil, light & darkness, Jesus Christ & the forces of evil in the world under the control of Satan.  Today is no different, we find ourselves in a battle against the forces of oppression arrayed against US through the liberals, the left, the MSM, corrupt purveyors of debauchery, and treacherous interlopers in our government.  At times the battle may seem to be more than we can handle, and indeed it is!  It is wisdom to correctly assess the forces set against US so we can then more astutely attack and abolish the foe!

Tonight, while reading God’s glorious holy Word the Bible, I was encouraged by the scenes set before me during the reign of the kings in ancient Judah. Two kings came against overwhelming forces of evil bent on their destruction; these kings trusted the God they obeyed and experienced a mighty deliverance by their great God and King the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah!  May we likewise obediently call upon the name of our Lord God for His deliverance while we array ourselves in battle for the future of the United States of America and fight the good fight against the despicable foes who rage against US within our beloved country.  Please read the following passages from God’s Holy Word and be encouraged to look to Him!

1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.  And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.  2 Chronicles 13:1-2

God had divided the kingdom of Israel because king Solomon of Israel became disobedient and followed other gods; God preserved for Himself a remnant through the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in Southern Israel named Judah. The apostate northern kingdom, Israel, had been established by God but the king, Jeroboam, refused to follow God and instituted false worship throughout the land.  So, the two kings came together in battle in the northern kingdom in Ephraim.

3 Abijah set the battle in order with an army of valiant warriors, four hundred thousand choice men.  Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand choice men, mighty men of valor.  4 Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemarain, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, and said, “Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel: 5 Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?  6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord.  7 Then worthless rogues gathered to him, and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and inexperienced and could not withstand them.  8 And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam made for you as gods.  9 Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands, so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that are not gods?” 2 Chronicles 13:3-9

Notice king Abijah acknowledges and states Israel’s divine history, the history of the deceit of Jeroboam and his apostasy, and the mighty forces that Jeroboam had amassed against him under the control of his false gods.  Beloved, we must always remember the great history of our nation, and how God has often shed His beneficent grace upon this land, we must also understand the history of the evil forces trying to destroy America and who they are led by.  We must also realize the strength of the forces aligned against US.

10 “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who minister to the Lord are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites attend to their duties.  11 And they burn to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense they also set the showbread in order on the pure gold table, and the lampstand of gold with its lamps to burn every evening; for we keep the command of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken Him.  12 Now look, God Himself is with us as our head, and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you.  O children of Israel, do not fight against the Lord God of your fathers, for you shall not prosper!”

The southern kingdom of Judah remained faithful to God, obeyed Him and came out against the northern kingdom of Israel in the name of their God.  God has many times delivered America from disaster, while also punishing our disobedience.  Beloved we need to be faithful to our God by abiding in His truth, which is His Word the Bible, trusting our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, and warn the fallen and the apostate to turn to and return to the Lord God Almighty, our Savior Jesus Christ!  Now we are in a battle for God’s blessing to be upon our nation, while we undo the works of darkness that have troubled the land.

13 But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them.  14 And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the Lord, and the priests sounded the trumpets.  15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.  17 Then Abijah and his people struck them with a great slaughter; so five hundred thousand choice men of Israel fell slain.  18 Thus the children of Israel were subdued at that time; and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord God of their fathers.  19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him: Bethel with its villages, Jeshanah with its villages, and Ephrain with its villages.  20 So Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah; and the Lord struck him, and he died.  21 But Abijah grew mighty, married fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.  22 Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings are written in the annals of the prophet Iddo.  2 Chronicles 13:13-22

Beloved brethren and fellow Americans we must fight against the assault upon our Constitutional Republic relying upon the Lord Jesus Christ to fight with US as we fight the wicked left!  Abijah was surprised by the vehement attack, but he cried out to the Lord & His priests sounded the trumpets. Believers need to be upon their knees crying out to Jesus Christ as we FIGHT against this onslaught of fearmongers trying to suppress a fair and honest election.  Jill Stein who praises communist Castro should be sued for her frivolous recount efforts!  America must defeat these foes who fight against our great nation, our electoral process and our duly elected President!  As we defeat them by God’s power and enabling we will see peace and prosperity return to our land.

1 So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David.  Then Asa his son reigned in his place.  In his days the land was quiet for ten years.  2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, 3 for he removed the alters of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images.  4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.  5 He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cites of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet under him.  6 And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the Lord had given him rest.  7 Therefore he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.  8 And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor.  2 Chronicles 14:1-8

Because Asa’s father Abijah had faithfully fought against the infidels within the land and prevailed by God’s great power, Asa reigned during peaceful and prosperous years building and fortifying Judah.  His work was led of God and protected the nation against an attack from outside forces.  Our military, infrastructure and nation have suffered greatly under the presidency of Barak Obama.  America rejected his last eight years by electing Donald J Trump, under his leadership we can experience a great turn around for our nation.  America and Americans must overcome the evil leftist forces in our nation trying to destroy our country and who have made US vulnerable to attacks both foreign and domestic.  This is serious business; we must pray and work diligently to see it all turned around!  Like king Asa and Judah America must live lives of integrity, honesty and goodness with one another.

9 Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah.  10 So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude, O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”  12 So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.  13 And Asa and the people who were with them pursued them to Gerar.  So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and the could not recover, for they were broken before the Lord and His army.  And they carried away very much spoil.  14 Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the Lord came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.  15 They also attacked the livestock enclosures, and carried off sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.  2 Chronicles 14:9-15    

Judah was attacked by overwhelming forces, but God brought about a great deliverance and victory for Judah. Beloved all the harm the left has done the last eight years under Barak Obama may seem overwhelming but as we look to the Lord Jesus Christ relying on His deliverance while we fight we can overturn all the evil we see extant in the land and then gather in the resources set aside for evil purposes and instead use them for good.  There is so much encouragement for US in this passage out of the Old Testament.  Of a truth, God’s Word is a great encouragement to our hearts as we fight against evil in the land relying upon Him to deliver US from evil.  Faithful believers in Jesus Christ let us work for the prosperity, peace and healing of the United States of America through obedient faith and reliant prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ we ask that You not allow our enemies to prevail against Your beloved children and this mighty nation.  We ask that You would give US the victory over its foes and keep your children safe who live here.  We praise You and trust You to save US.  Amen!   

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47

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Working

Beloved brethren I think I should explain to you why I haven’t posted anything on my blog for quite a while, I have been working and my husband has retired, so I have been very distracted!  While my job does make demands of my time when I’m not in the classroom, it’s not the only work that I have been doing.  I have been tweeting and working the phone bank for Trump!  This probably needs explanation so I want to share a couple of passages from the Scriptures that have been an encouragement to me as I have been engaged in this work.

First, God’s Word, the Bible exhorts us to expose the evil works of others.  I tweet about Hillary’s corruption warning others who might not be aware.  Beloved, if she wins the presidency our Constitutional Republic is doomed and we can kiss our freedoms good-bye!  She will stack the Supreme Court with jurists who support the despotic left’s agenda, and they will work to continue to erode our rights guaranteed to US by the Bill of Rights. This will lead to a dictatorial leftist regime.  We have already experienced a foretaste of this nightmarish governmental oppression through political correctness, redistribution of wealth and chaotic disturbances throughout our nation!  So here are a few passages to support working for these concerns.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light.  14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”  15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Ephesians 5:11-15

Exposing the corruption of Hillary Clinton allows others to see it and so avoid being partakers with her in her evil schemes.  She has manifested her corruption in so many ways during the last 30 years, but her appointment as Secretary of State really revealed the depths of her malignancy!  She not only mishandled government documents, she used her position as a means to enrich herself through the Clinton Foundation and the popularity of her husband.  She also destroyed entire nations through her wanton pursuit of death and destruction.  She has clearly proven to be unfit to be our leader.  People who understand how dangerous she really is will not vote for her!  We must be wise redeeming our time in these evil days exposing the evil works of others and calling out to those around us to come into the light of Jesus Christ.

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  1 Timothy 2:1-4

Under Obama we have witnessed the disruption and chaos engendered in our country through Black Lives Matter, which is nothing more than a group of thugs working for the left!  If they really cared about Black lives, then they would be peacefully protesting in Chicago the murder capital of the nation where black on black violence far exceeds any other category of violence against blacks.  Under Hillary we can well imagine this type of violent disruption could greatly increase and spread.  God’s Word makes it clear that peace and quiet gives opportunity for believers to share the gospel, the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, that He died upon the cross for our sins, and rose again from the dead giving remission of sins, and eternal life to all who repent of their sin and believe in Him.  Exposing her support of Black Lives Matter warns others that she would be a grave danger to our nation if she should win the White House.

She’s not only a threat because of her support of domestic terrorists, she is explicitly a threat because of her support for Islamic terrorists. Through her work as Secretary of State ISIS came into creation!  Now she wants to bring them over to the US through the Syrian Refugee program.  Hillary has herself admitted the refugees cannot be thoroughly vetted, yet she isn’t hampered in her zeal to bring them over by concern for her fellow citizens.  How many more Americans have to be murdered and maimed by these radical Islamic terrorists before America wakes up and says “Don’t bring them here, we don’t want them?”  God’s Word describes these beasts in this way:

12 He shall be a wild man: His hand shall be against everyman, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”  Genesis 16:12

Whenever government officials overthrow the Divine appointment given to them of upholding the law and furthering national tranquility, the governed must hold them accountable, especially in our nation because that is our right and our heritage!  We get to elect our leaders; we must be sober about such a tremendous responsibility and use it wisely.  We see the horrible spread of corruption throughout our nation because of the unseemly influence of the Clinton Cartel.  US has the right to reject her and elect Trump!

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  4 For he is God’s minister to you for good.  But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.  Romans 13:1-4

The entire Obama administration has abandoned their duty to uphold the law and call an egregious criminal to account!  The Justice Department, the FBI, and the Presidency have conspired against justice and the American people in covering up for Hillary Clinton!  They are upending God’s directive!  In this nation, we have the right to address such evil through the electoral process.  Trump has promised to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her crimes and has pledged to root out the corruption in our nation’s capital.  She must be brought to account or corruption will continue to spread throughout our nation like gangrene!

We have to remember that God is love!  He doesn’t support nor promote this evil!  He wants believers to promote what is good and beneficial for all.  This passage from Galatians is the reason why I am working hard and praying diligently to see Donald J. Trump elected as President of the United States of America.

9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:9-10

Beloved brethren I don’t want to see my fellow Americans defrauded, oppressed, and murdered as a result of Hillary Clinton being elected President!  I don’t want to see our Christian faith, our Christian brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith, especially by wicked Muslims.  That’s why I have been working diligently, doing my small part, to see that Donald J. Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States of America.  He has pledged to restore our country to its founding principles, undo the corruption that has mired it in decline and work for American citizens, not special interests or foreign nations.  So please forgive me for neglecting my blog.  I am looking forward to writing once more about God’s Word and His glorious gospel of grace.

9 “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made will, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.  11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:9-12

Lord Jesus Christ please do a mighty work in exposing the corruption and bankruptcy of Hillary Clinton to warn the nation against voting for her.  Please bring her to repent of her sin and put her faith in You, Jesus Christ!  Please bless and protect Donald Trump, prosper his way, and encourage the nation to vote for him to be our next president.  Thank you that he has repented of his sin and put his faith in You.  Please give him hunger to know You, love You and serve You.  Make him a student of Your Word the Holy Bible.  Thank you Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen!

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Offense

Why should the love of God given to mankind through His Son Jesus Christ offend any human being?  Isn’t that what we all want, to be loved?  Don’t we yearn to be cherished, protected, well taken care of?  The Lord God Almighty has compassion and love for mankind; He has put it on display through His Son Jesus Christ.  Many, however, will never respond to His love because they are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ.  Why?

Scripture gives us two ways that people are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ.  The first is because Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross nullifies our self-righteousness.  The second is because His death doesn’t align with our sensibilities. Following are the two passages from God’s Holy Word, the Bible, that reveal these mindsets.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (2)  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.  (3)  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  (4)  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  (5)  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  (6)  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  (7)  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?  (8)  This persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you.  (9)  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.  (10)  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.  (11)  And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.  Galatians 5:1-11 

Certain Judaizers had come to the region of Galatia telling believers they must be circumcised to be justified before God, or saved.  This was completely contrary to the gospel which Paul had preached to them.  Paul preached belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ as sufficient for salvation.  The Galatian believers were leaving the sure foundation of truth of the gospel laid down for them by Paul and were reverting to a works righteousness salvation procured through circumcision.  The Holy Spirit, through Paul reminded them and us that works righteousness is incompatible with the grace of God given to us through faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us through His death upon the cross for our sins and resurrection from the dead for our justification.  Self-righteous people can never believe they are too evil and their works completely tainted to ever deserve God’s grace.  They refuse to see their utter depravity and inability to do anything to affect their salvation.  So they refuse the grace of God proffered to them in the cross of Jesus Christ. Self-righteous people are offended by the cross of Jesus Christ and refuse to humbly accept His genuine offer of gracious salvation based upon His merit, His work, His standing before Almighty God.  Through the cross of Jesus Christ, we either die to sin and self and live to God for all eternity in heaven, or we die to life and true righteousness and enter eternal damnation in fiery hell.  The cross of Jesus Christ not only slays our self-righteousness it also smashes our sensibilities.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  (19)  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  (20)  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  (21)  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  (22)  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  (23)  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  (24)  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1Corinthians 1:18-24 

Paul, by the Holy Spirit, clearly lays out the conflict between mankind and the message of the cross of Jesus Christ. The Jews, or religious, want signs to prove the veracity of the cross, while the rest of the world wants intellectual feats of wonderment to win them to the cross. The gospel of Jesus Christ renders the wisdom of man of no effect and at the same time is the greatest display of God’s power throughout all time.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (17)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:16-17 

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2)  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  (3)  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;  (4)  And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: 1Corinthians 15:1-4 

In the final verse of 1 Corinthians chapter one we see that Paul acknowledges the only way that anyone overcomes the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ, they must be called.  Jesus Christ Himself made this abundantly clear when confronting Jewish unbelief recorded for us in the Gospel of John.

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.  (44)  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  (45)  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me.  (46)  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father.  (47)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life… But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.  (65)  And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father.  John 6:43-65 

The cross of Jesus Christ renders human pride of no effect.  We either humble ourselves before God, repent of our sins, and receive His gospel grace given to us through Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross taking the punishment we deserve and His life given to us for all eternity through His resurrection from the dead, or we continue on in our lost estate, die in our sins, and spend eternity suffering in fiery hell.  God’s commands all to repent, His power is sufficient for us to heed His call, is efficacious to all who are called by Him.  May Christ Jesus grant you repent faith and salvation through belief in His gospel of grace.

Lord Jesus Christ You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through You. May you bring many to repentant faith in You for their salvation and Your glory.  Amen!

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Open Letter To Congress

Beloved brethren my education about the corruption within the government of this country has increased while I have been reading information on twitter and other sites. It is important that you know the truth. Please read this and contact your elected officials and demand they do their job and protect our country!

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I realize that you are all corrupt, and are indebted to special interest groups and donors, however, this does not allow for your inaction in addressing treasonous activity, regardless of the position that the perpetrator holds.

In this particular instance, I am referring to your lack of attention and inaction referencing President Barack Obama.  Are you going to  allow our country to fall into the hands of the United Nations?  Have you no regard for the sovereignty of the United States?  Are you going to ignore the fact that Barack Obama is using executive action to surrender our nation to the UN?

Our forefathers drew up a constitution to protect us from, exactly, this type of behavior.  Since when has the United States sponsored terrorism?  This is exactly what Barack Obama did, when he gave $400,000,000.00 to Iran for release of hostages, thereby painting a target on any American traveling…

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Prayer: Part Four

Beloved we live in a nation that has been hijacked by wicked and depraved forces.  The candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton is mired in scandal due to her wanton corruption, collusion with wicked regimes, obstruction of justice and lying to the American people.  We have been subjugated to her intrigue against our nation, and to eight years of Obama’s blatant attack upon the American people and the values of our nation.  Obama and Clinton are both members of the global elites bent on disenfranchising American citizens from our Constitutional form of government and the Bill of Rights.  At times like this it is good that we can pray for our nation, against the forces of evil and for the establishment of righteousness.  Following are examples of saints from the Old Testament praying against the wicked.

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?  (2)  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  (3)  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  (4)  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.  (5)  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  (6)  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.  (7)  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.  (8)  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  (9)  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  (10)  He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  (11)  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.  (12)  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.  (13)  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.  (14)  Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.  (15)  Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.  (16)  The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.  (17)  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:  (18)  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. Psalm 10:1-18 

Beloved we can and should pray against the work of the wicked usurpers in this country who are caught up in scandalous graft.  Note these wicked workers reject God and His truth; they are set upon doing evil in the land against the innocent and helpless.  We must pray for continued exposure of Clinton’s corruption and the collusion of the mainstream media in working to keep her unaccountable from her criminal acts.  Another portion of the Psalms gives us a clear understanding of the abhorrence of them to our Holy God!

A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.  (2)  Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.  (3)  Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.  (4)  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.  (5)  Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.  (6)  I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.  (7)  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.  (8)  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,  (9)  From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.  (10)  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.  (11)  They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;  (12)  Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.  (13)  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:  (14)  From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.  (15)  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  Psalm 17:1-15 

Wicked men and women have always been on the face of this earth.  As the righteous of the Lord we must oppose them because of the havoc and destruction the wreak throughout the earth.  Let us commit to pray against these evildoers and intercede for Donald Trump that he will prevail in his bid to be President of the United States of America!

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.  (11)  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.  Proverbs 11:10-11 

Lord Jesus Christ You are God Who rules overall and You know the hearts and see the actions of all of the depraved.  Please protect US from the schemes of these wicked people and establish righteousness in the land.  Amen!

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