Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

Biblical warring… / The natural family

July 10, 2013

Nothing wrong with a Bible warrior mentality, unless you’re thinking in the flesh and don’t understand metaphors. Biblical Christians fight against evil, lies, and the deceit of the devil, including the lies of those who call themselves Christians but violate the commandment to love their neighbors:

Ephesians 6:
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Ever since the apostles and disciples spread the Good News, they have been “ministering” to the needs of the world by fighting disease, fighting starvation, fighting infanticide, fighting slavery, fighting genocide, with whatever material means they have on hand to do it, but also with the one gift that changes hearts and makes the other changes possible: salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.

Now, if “military Christianity” means the warmongers among Evangelical Christians in the United States, they deserve the moniker, especially the “leaders”. The worst among them doing disservice to the Gospel are the ones demanding that Christians should do something to stop Muslims, saying they’re out to convert or kill us all. Whether they are or not is irrelevant to what Christians should do.

Brother Andrew of “Open Doors Ministries” warned Christians against going to war in the MIddle East, because, he predicted at the time, it would be disastrous for the Christians who actually live there,

and it would badly hurt the testimony of love of those Christians who are in the best position to actually win them to the religion that preaches “God is love”. Even Mosab Hassan Yousef, “Son of Hamas“, was won after the repulsion of the treatment of Muslims with Muslims in prison and was won over by the love of Christ in the Word itself: “Love thine enemies“. Islam has nothing like this.

(2) The picture of the girl is fine. There is too much not-privacy on the Internet. Once your visage is out there, it’s no take-backs. Another pic is okay, but apparently the objection shows that she’s not doing it to hide herself. The prayerful position of the girl in the picture represents her. We can all learn a lesson about caution. We don’t have to make it easy for the NSA for when they start rounding up the “dangerous” Christians.

P.S. My Mom raised us four kids, God bless her, as a single Mom. Faults and all, I loved her and appreciate it. Some do this better than others, but good can come of it. The natural, nuclear family is the ideal and the standard by which all of them are best measured, and should emulate, as much as possible providing the upbringing a father and a mother would provide.

I gratefully remember my visits with my Dad, a very fine example of a Dad. But I also remember fondly one Marvin, a “father figure” who I guess was part of the “Big Brothers” program. He took me out to ball games, bowling, gospel concerts, did “Daddy stuff” with me, an adult male figure. Rest in peace.

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Man’s free will and salvation and God’s sovereignty

June 22, 2013
English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

—A Calvinist said: “Are you saying that a man can come to faith in Jesus of his own free will apart from grace? Where do you find this in the Scripture?”

 

I don’t say that, because coming to faith in Jesus Christ, whether of his own free will or not, is accepting the grace of God by definition.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

If I give you a free gift, you can take it or leave it. If you reject it, your loss. If you take it, and benefit from it, you cannot say you earned anything, you cannot say that you had anything to do with having that gift at all, because it was my doing and it was not your doing. And so with salvation.

 

God says, here’s salvation. Take it or leave it. Most people leave it. I do not claim to know how it works, but God does. “God is not a man, that he should lie”. We are created in God’s image, as sovereign deciders so to speak. The gift is for everyone, “whosoever will”.

 

If you concede that man has a free will that chooses salvation, but God is the one that chooses to put that will into his heart, this is a squishy deal. It is no better logic than to say that God chooses you for salvation because of the fact that you chose to receive the free gift.

 

It’s a mutually exclusive argument.

 

You can “accept” man’s free will in accepting salvation all you want to say you do, but then you contradict yourself by saying he made it impossible for them to accept salvation. Besides, you have to say that God decided to create the human race so he could throw the vast majority of them into hell, since he picks out some to save.

 

But then alas, that contradicts this verse that tells us the original purpose of hell:

 

Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

 

“They that understand among the people shall instruct many”

April 20, 2013
Entrance to Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensaco...

Entrance to Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If the 144,000 were not saved before the Tribulation, then there are pitifully and poorly prepared to be these: “They that understand among the people shall instruct many”.

God is not a “respector of persons”, so says his word, and the kingdom of God was taken from the “Jew according to the flesh” when Jesus said the kingdom was “taken from you and given to a nation bringing for the fruit thereof”.

The spirit quickeneth, the flesh profiteth NOTHING, “Say not ye we have Abraham to our father”, “Who is a Jew” asked Paul and then explained VERY CLEARLY who would inherit the promises made to Abraham. And that the promises to Abraham that “in thy seed” shall all the Earth was blessed came to fruition with the birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The genealogies list the lineage from Adam to Jesus Christ, so as to show that Jesus was fully human and descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and David, and of the tribe of Judah, literally. The records that they kept during those days provided another proof that Jesus was and is the Messiah. Now, with the records and the record-keeping dissolved into the ether together with the now diluted biological line, the “Jews according to the flesh” are not much more homogenous as such biologically than many nations on the planet, and they are surely no more Jewish than Ruth or Rahab or Uriah the Hittite.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

In today’s world, there’s no way you can sort out which Jew-according-to-the-flesh (supposedly) is which tribe, and in fact, they have mixed Arab blood, Ethiopian, Persian, Turkish, and especially European. Even Biblically, Rahab and Ruth share in the Abrahamic line to Messiah, and there are plenty of tribes from the region that intermarried with the Jews in those days. Maybe half of David’s Mighty Men! Jesus made this point too!

So there is another purpose in the numbering of “them which were sealed” as 144,000. I do believe they are probably leaders especially anointed for leading the sheep during the Tribulation. But it would not be “God’s nature” to let babes lead babes with no spiritual guidance. The Word says so:

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Lots of people who had before believed the Rapture was before the Tribulation will eventually come to reconsider, because they don’t always just blindly follow Establishment Christianity.

Kent Hovind and many others have studied the issue and changed in position . So did the ones that made this video to explain themselves:

Hal Lindsey‘s first book, The Late Great Planet Earth, was one of the first on Bible prophecy I read as I was led to faith in Christ and God prepared me to serve him in for street witnessing and missionary work. He introduced the book explaining that he approached the subject from scratch, meaning threw out everything he’d heard and started studying straight from scripture.

He had scriptures that drew an obvious straightforward parallel to events and times, as I remember it. Verses for all of it. I don’t remember enough detail to compare to what I know now after doing the same thing as a Berean. But he candidly admitted in his chapter about the Rapture that he had NOT found ANY clear scripture to support the event as coming before the Tribulation, but he believed it anyway. As many theology doctorates at the time, he used the prop that it was not in “God’s nature” to make us go through the Tribulation. The “evidence” is some of the incidents where God’s leading or prophecy saved his saints.

It’s a stretch to make that leap of logic. But even then he did not realize the disconnect between (1) the plagues of the trumpets and (2) the plagues of the vials of the Wrath of God that come with (after) the last trump that shall sound. The last vial of the wrath of God is when we return back down with Jesus (“saints with him”) and he descends “with a shout”.

Modern version writers do err, not knowing the scriptures or power of God

November 8, 2012
English: Apostles receive the gift of tongues ...

English: Apostles receive the gift of tongues (Acts 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It matters not that the learned scribes and Pharisees do err, not knowing the Scriptures they so self-righteously claim to understand so well, just like the Saducees:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

They just don’t believe them, they can’t believe the power of God to give us ONE modern-language standard Bible by which to measure all others.

For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not. – Job 33:14

The entire chapter of I Corinthians 14 is all about speaking tongues in part (Paul says “I speak with tongues more than ye all”, in fact – 1 Cor 14:18), but emphasizes the importance of bearing witness to the lost, NOT in tongues they cannot understand, but in tongues they DO understand.

And note this important fact: the gifts he was talking about, with prophecy and interpretation, are meant for the lost sheep, because the lost sheep does not understand an unknown tongue.

I believe in the gift of tongues, but the word says covet rather to prophesy, even as it also says –note this now all you tongue-mockers—“Forbid NOT to speak with tongues”

BUT imagine now.. If God thought it important that listeners hear the word interpreted in the spirit and by the spirit with the aid of gifts of the spirit, even then, when they even had the Hebrew and some of the Greek scriptures, HOW MUCH MORE today, in this wicked generation, would he want us to have a reliable, inspired canon in languages understood better by this generation?

After all, if you rely on THE Greek and THE Hebrew, what kind of foundation BUILT UPON THE SAND is THAT today? Consider about even today’s Sanhedrin, full of scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees, Essenes and Zealots, and even a few “certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists” who “adjure” by the Jesus “whom Paul preacheth” (lots of New Agers call him “lord” and “master”). Even these over-educated graduates who are bloated with degrees of man’s wisdom and man’s praise, even they cannot agree on which Greek and Hebrew to use, let alone what it says.

What kind of Word of God is THAT?

HOW can you say the Word of God is infallible. You can SAY “the original tongues” but you don’t HAVE any “in the original tongues”.

So God just left us in the dark to figure out how to light the candle to put the pieces together?

Somebody scoffed at the idea of following the leading of the Holy Spirit, but then they claim the leading of the Holy Spirit for Bible translators that give us a cafeteria choice of a hundred different contradicting voices. They should learn something from the simple fishermen and publicans and even a Pharisee who said that he counted all that “as DUNG” that he might win Christ.

We even have these Sanhedrin elites (the Bible calls them “rulers”) preaching to masses of listeners that they “like” this version or that one or the way this one says it better.

How about the way GOD says it?

Let’s ask God about this, whether he wants his word in DEAD languages or living languages?

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err–Mark 12:27

Think about that. These were guys that had the entire Torah memorized and yet Christ told them they did “GREATLY err, not knowing the scriptures” and “neither the power of God”.

There’s a whole lot more where that came from, but let’s remember 1 Corinthians 14 again:

1 Cor 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Back when I still thought it might be okay to use other modern translations for the benefit of ESL speakers, and it wasn’t so bad, what clinched it for me was the fact that GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION.

KJBO-critics readily agree to this, by mouth, but then the next step is to wonder why God would let the most important element of our lives by which we have to judge EVERYTHING else, why would he leave that to the deceit of our own cacophony of confusing voices and minds?

Over the years, as I have seen the examples of the fruits of this confusion multiply in its direct effect, it gets more and more obvious that God would leave us with one voice for his Word.

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

It’s natural to differ in doctrine, but at least we should realize that God would not leave us with 100 different interpretation in the same language, like the scriptures say, spiritual leaders are supposed to have discernment to sort one from another, not just cower before the alphabet soup credentials of some scribe.

Morality and order and Christianity

October 20, 2012
Location map of North Korea Equirectangular pr...

Location map of North Korea Equirectangular projection, N/S stretching 120 %. Geographic limits of the map: N: 43.2° N S: 37.5° N W: 124.1° E E: 130.9° E (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before and outside that, in the pre-Christian cultures, all of what you consider vices were common: human and infant sacrifice, imperial conquest of neighbors, looting of neighboring peoples, and even the ancient “civilized” cultures like Greece and Rome were soaked in brutality like slavery, enjoyment of gladiator spectacles, the subjugation of women, the burying of wives alive in the king’s grave and the rest of it.

In post-Christian cultures we get the return of brutalities and evil. Sometimes evil reared its ugly head even in cultures that are known as Christians today when men got ascendancy that did not act like they believed in Christ. It took real Christian who walked the talk to put an end to many of the evil practices of pagans and atheists, right up to the 20th century.

Even now, the worst evil regimes of the 21st century are the officially atheist ones in North Korea, while China is lessening it reign of terror to the extent it tolerates the believing Christians in its midst.

Wow. Just wow

July 10, 2012

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me”, Job said. (Job 9:20)

This line was found in a prayer uttered by a “prayer” purportedly to a “rainbow Christ” by an “ordained minister” of a “gay Christian denomination“.

With the red stripe in the rainbow, we give thanks that God created us just the way we are.


There were some things that are true in the prayer itself and go against the current traditions of men in churches, but it’s mixed in with poison too. Jesus is non-conformist, and he is all human as well as all divine, and God made sex to be the most pleasurable thing you can get, so you get a bit of “erotic” there too. Women were the crowning creation, last but best! And God invented sexuality! The first commandment was to be “fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth”, meaning have lots and lots of sex until the Earth was replenished, overflowing with people!

So Jesus is certainly non-conformist, God is love, and he that loveth not knoweth not God. He was always an enemy of the “holier-than-thou” stuffed shirts, both of the godly kind and the ungodly kind.

But for the Metropolitan Church, that claims to be Christian, they claim to but they do not thank God for creating them just they way they are. Male and female created he them, and no wonder they mutilated the Bible to have one of their own. They do not thank Him for making them the way they are, they do something else.

What you “are” and what you “do” are two different things. They relate of course but they’re not the same. I “am” a software developer but that’s changeable. My X chromosome is in every cell in my body. Even if they developed science to replace all your X-chromosomes with a Y, you still cannot claim that you’re thankful for the way God created you.

(Too bad Roberts and SCOTUS couldn’t just come up with a new “version” of the Constitution and had to use the semantics two-step instead. Oh wait, I guess you could say they amended it. There’s nothing like “case law” to amend the Constitution the easy way, with stealth RINO Court nominees. That will last until people are fed up with the idiocy of pretending court decisions are like Papal missives that preempt the Bible)

Sodom and Gomorrah had “filled their cup of iniquity” when their judgment hit. Very few truly righteous men, meaning people who think before they just go for the feel-good.

Self-righteousness is the worst sin. The publican begged God for mercy, knowing he was a sinner. He goes to heaven before the Pharisee does. The Pharisee brags about following God’s law, like chastity, regular church attendance, and taking the sermons to heart that make him feel good, and reads Joel Osteen to find out how to “Become a Better You“. These are bigger sinners than the thieves who are genuinely contrite.

She prayed for “healthy pride”, a contradiction in terms. ” Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

Then points to the “light…within us”. The heart is wicked and deceitful and if you follow the emotions of the moment without checking against facts and logic, you’re done for. Therein lies addiction, avarice, envy, coveting and the rest.

Do atheists “need” a God to tell them it’s wrong to kill, tell lies, or steal?

June 2, 2012

 

Atheists can live more virtuous lives than many “Christians“.

Before the love of Christ changed the world, it was common around the world for people to kill, tell lies, steal, and adulterate with anybody they wanted to and could get away with. It was common enough under a presumed penalty of stoning to death even, never mind the diseases.

Then along came the Christians shaming everybody with the Golden Rule, and the real Christians had real trouble with people who called themselves Christians who acted like those pagans in their evil, until the Reformation unleashed the Bible to the common man and respecting your neighbor became a more common morality.

But then along came the Marxist regimes that had no fear of God at all and began not only killing people but slaughtering as many as 60 million in Russia, 200 million by some estimates in China, and half the population in Cambodia, ad infinitum, without even getting into the pagans and atheists of the Nazi regime who rejected the idea of a Christian God so they could have the old Teutonic morality shared by the eugenicists around the world who soothed their “conscience” and showed that they did not fear any “sky king” or God who would make them answer for their crimes.

When you don’t realize that we have a Creator, you can carry on the heritage of the Golden Rule to some extent to one or two generations forward, but it starts to get lost on the edges, like with prenatal infanticide and with euthanasia. Both are pushed by social engineers of 1984 and Brave New World style but people who don’t have the love inspired by the Golden Rule, or fear judgment, can pretend that the baby inside the belly is not a baby, is not a person, or that dissidents are dangerous and need to be killed, or that religious freedom means muzzling Christians.

Some people call themselves Christians but do not treat others as they would have others do unto them. Such people can say anything but show with their actions they do not believe in a God to answer to any more than any atheist.

But in the end, the Bible believing Christian knows that all of us are just as bad and sinners as anybody else, and if we do good we are still imperfect and sinful, and only God’s grace covers us.

In other words, nobody is perfect and nobody has any right to say they are better than anybody else. Anybody else. The difference is we are forgiven and we know that Jesus Christ has given us victory over death and sin, the proof is in the Resurrection.

 

If you are “guided by Christ” you know he will not contradict the scripture.

April 12, 2012

ALL studies are guided by the metaphysical foundations of whatever the student or scholar believes, they are 100% inseparable. BUT it is still the duty to know why you believe something, or else “get out”, so you can be one of those Christ talks about that needs healing.

The thing is, every one without exception who actually is guided by Christ will not put a question mark on the word, but like Christ said “My word is truth”, and like it says in Isaiah 8, “To the word and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”.

Otherwise, every man will “do what is right in his own eyes”, and look where that got us, I mean “Christians“.

Bible Believing Ministries John Hinton

February 19, 2012
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Bible Believing Ministries John Hinton:
http://www.kjv-asia.com/bible_believing_ministries_john_hinton.htm

This is a deserving ministry.

The Devil has spread a flood of lies in all the world against the truth, and he’s using the most respected book of Christians to do it to Christians too.

But the truth will prevail, and the Gates of Hell will not stand against the truth.

Religion, churches, Jesus, and faith

January 15, 2012

Great poem and presentation by this guy Jefferson. It has enough views it can count as “viral”:
[youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=1IAhDGYlpqY&sns=em]

I like that verse at the end:

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. – Romans 4:5

That’s they way it has always been, too, because:

[It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.–Lamentations 3:22

..and nobody ever earned any spiritual points from God through his righteousness or obedience (What, did you think they were better than us, Mr. Scofield?):

Psalm 14:3.The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
4.They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

Jesus called the leaders of the most respected religion of the day, “whited sepulchres” and “children of hell”, and they called him a prophet of Baal. The “Bereans” were “more noble” than the other guys, though.

Nicodemus blew the whistle on his fellow leaders of the Sanhedrin, the other “rulers of the Jews”:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Nicodemus said “we”, he did not say “I”. This exposes the lying hypocrites of the Pharisees, do not pull your punches, speak it plainly. The rulers of the Jews knew who Jesus was. They didn’t want a Messiah and here’s the proof. After Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, some of the witnesses went and told the chief priests and the Pharisees:

John 11: 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48.If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
53.Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

So maybe Jesus on the cross was talking about the ones who “[knew] not what they [did]”, so maybe he meant the Roman soldiers who had no clue..

One way to tell today that a Christian or a leader among Christians is of God is a clue Jesus gave us:

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. – Luke 6:26

Jesus held back on openly and strongly blasting the Pharisees until toward the end of his earthbound ministry, but Matthew 23 is one of the strongest blasts in the entire Bible against making temple worship your religion, and you’ll note that you don’t get too many sermons on that. You hear a lot more on the beatitudes.

No one ever earned righteousness or salvation, not even Job, God’s ” servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” You have heard sermons quoting him, “Though he slay me yet I will trust him”, even as he refused to curse God and die.

And even as he protested to his friends that he didn’t know why he was hit with calamity, he said:

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” Job 9:20

Some people use the book of Romans to say that salvation by grace was some new thing and did not exist before Paul’s “revelation” (looking at you, Cyrus Scofield). But we see from Romans 3:12 that Paul’s new perspective was one he realized was always there in Psalm 14 before, which was emphasized by repetition in Psalm 53:

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
14:3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 3:11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
3:12 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Thank God for the mercy he shows us, the grace, and the fact that he does not lay our sins to our charge when we accept his grace.

Psalm 103:14He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
15 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
16 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Jesus also said the actions of the religious rulers of the day testified to the fact that they were of their fathers that persecuted the prophets. He told us in Matthew 24 that there would be false prophets in the last day that would say Jesus is Christ but would deceive many (verse 5). And that was one of the first signs of the end that Christ gave to his disciples in that chapter. We are living in those last days.

Let us remember that Christ came to condemn no one, but through him we all might be saved.

Right after the famous John 3:16, the Bible summarized in one verse, Jesus said:

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We have a good concrete example of this in John 8, one that we would do well to pay attention to:

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The woman had broken sacred law, the ten commandments. Pastors preach on this passage and do get the point about forgiveness, and how Jesus Christ forgives sins, and does not require us to pay for them spiritually.

But sometimes we fail to apply the lesson very broadly. There is a better way to conquer sin that throwing stones or passing laws against sins that one commits against one’s own self. Rather than condemn them let us love them into the kingdom and learn how to say “Go and sin no more”. The one that loves more is the one that has been forgiven the most, not the one that the Pharisees are stoning to death.

It’s not the ones that yell insults at funerals who win souls, it’s the ones that take a man dying of AIDS into his arms and reassures him that even now, Jesus will forgive all and receive him into heaven if he will just accept him.

I John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

There is a time for everything, the scripture says in Ecclesiastes. Now is the time to tell the people that have been deceived in the pagan culture that surrounds us, that we love them, we as Christians do not mean them harm, but that we love our enemies.

We want to love the pagans and the Muslims into the kingdom, and like St. Francis, we would rather show the love of Christ than the sword of judgment. It is reported that he won the heart of the Sultan of Egypt. Francis of Assisi continues to be a testimony among Muslims today. On one missionary trip a Muslim began to get very angry upon learning that my missionary partner and I were Christians, and went on in crescendo until I mentioned that we had the Christianity of Francis.

“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.” This is how Son of Hamas was won, the son of one of the founders of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef:

http://sonofhamas.com/

He now is one of the strongest witnesses for Christ, and one of the strongest testimonies against those who would wage a jihad against the entire world. Some Christian voice unfortunately are beating the war drums over the danger a “nuclear Iran” presents, but Mosab is an example of how hearts change. The love of Christ stopped gladiator sports in ancient Rome, stopped slavery in the earliest centuries after Christ, and made Christianity into one of the major faiths in the world today, and shamed the world into ending many other outrageous practices.

Mosab says that it was the Biblical passage where Christ says to “Love your enemies” that touched him, because he was repulsed by the brutal treatment in prison by Muslims of their fellow Muslims.

Let us live the love of Christ as he loved us even while we were yet sinners.

On 1/12/12 12:06 PM, Alan_Cassidy wrote: