This Book has the Power to Change Your Life!

One of the very well-known and largest online bookstores has more than 3 million book titles for sale.   But, despite many claims some of those books might make, only the Bible makes this claim about itself: it is alive!

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12 – NLT)

This simply means, the Bible is not merely “words”.

In Jeremiah 23:29  “Does not my word burn like fire?” says the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?”  God’s Word is Powerful!   It is purifying!

When the Lord joined two of His followers on their way back to Emmaus following His death and resurrection, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.  When they realized it had been the Lord who had spoken with them, they said: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32- NLT)

“All Scripture is inspired by God (God-breathed) and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16 – NLT). As a result, these words can find their way into the heart and lives of all those who read them – right down into the inner and deep parts of our life.   His Word can also enable us to see what the true intentions of our thoughts and desires are.   Because it is ALIVE, it is able to produce life, as we read in 1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God” (NLT)

So I encourage you to read His Word, life-changing Word, every day.  It is not like any other book, it has the power to change lives!

(The inspiration for this devotional came from part of my quiet time with the Lord earlier today, including the reading of Dr David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Devotional (available online or by snail mail)
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Calvary’s Love

CALVARY’S CROSS

Calvary is such a beautiful word and it signifies such love, the love of God for a lost and sin-sick world.   That love which knows no limits!   This short article, written in the style of a mnemonic, will help you understand more about the  love that drew salvation’s plan, the grace that brought it down to man and the mighty gulf that God did span, at Calvary!

The “C” in Calvary stands for the Cross on which the Lord Jesus Christ died to save us Cross with soft cloud backgroundfrom our sins. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23) “…… You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts & actions, yet now He has brought you back as His friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body. As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault (Col 1:21&22)

“A” is for Atonement. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us (Rom. 3:25)

Calvary’s “L” stands for the incredible Love with which Jesus loves us. And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends (John 15:13). For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16) The greatest expression of the love of Christ is seen in His self-sacrifice on Calvary’s cross and in His blood that flowed from His wounded hands and feet.

V” is for the Victory won at the cross of Calvary when Jesus shed His precious blood for us. He paid (a ransom) for you with the precious life- blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God(1 Peter 1:19) For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us the victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor.15:56 & 57)

The second “A” stands for the Assurance we have that if we have confessed our sin and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we can know our sins are forgiven and know that we have eternal life.If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong (1 John 1:9)

”R” reminds us that Jesus is Risen from the dead. We serve a risen Saviour!And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:4) This gives us hope indeed.If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless …. but the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again (1 Cor.15:17& 20)

When faced with such love, such sacrificial love … the “Y” stands for Your decision (and mine). What will you do with Jesus? Neutral we cannot be.Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, …. (Rev. 3:20)

And now a prayer…

Dearest Lord Jesus, help us to understand how much you love us. Help us to to respond The Crossand seek to know you as our Risen Saviour. In these difficult days when Christ’s blood and atoning sacrifice is hardly mentioned, help us to realize anew what it cost You to purchase our salvation and deepen our understanding of the meaning and power of your precious blood. Amen.

[This is an extract from my book “Moments of Encouragement”, published 2011]
(* New Living Translation used throughout)

I close with the very meaningful words of a song written by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty:

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!

 

A very Different kind of King!

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KING!

Although the LORD made many references to His Messiah-ship, His Lordship, His Deity, during His years of ministry … He didn’t want that fact trumpeted around.

But now … what is referred to as the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, 6 days before the Jewish Passover, and His crucifixion, there is a change…

Jesus now enters Jerusalem, riding a donkey, and He allows the people to praise Him.  In Luke 19 we read that “As He rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of Him. When He reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of His followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. ‘Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!’” (v.36-38).   Or as the NIV puts it: “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!”   And when the Pharisees in the crowd saw and heard what was happening and what was being said, they told the Lord to “rebuke Your followers for saying things like that!” (v.39), Jesus replied and said, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

But why was Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey?   Why would a king, leave alone our precious King Jesus, use a donkey?

  • Firstly, it fulfills prophecy“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey,
    A colt, the foal of a donkey”. (Zechariah 9:9)
  • Also, believe it or not, it was common practice for Kings to ride donkeys when they came “in peace”.  King David and King Solomon are just two examples.   However, when coming in “war”, kings used horses(You can read more about this in the book of Judges and Samuel).   Jesus came as King to Jerusalem, in peace, as the Prince of Peace(“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6). 

If we read further, we will see there is something else different that Jesus did which would appear to be unlike a King.   Jesus lamented over Jerusalem. He wept. “But as He came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep. How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes’.” (Luke 19:41-42)   And in Matthew 23:37, it says: “”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me”.

He came as a loving Saviour! Jesus came in peace, bringing salvation to His people, but they rejected it.

When Jesus comes back a second time, He will not come as the Prince of Peace and Saviour, He will come as Judge, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!   And this time He will be riding a white horse!  Revelation 19:11-16 says: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose Rider is called Faithful and TrueWith justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty On his robe and on His thigh, He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.   The King who came as a lowly servant. He died for you on Calvary’s tree. He rose again on the third day and is alive forevermore. He would love to be your Saviour too.   There is only ONE WAY to be saved and that is to come to God through what Jesus has done for you on the Cross.   Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

He made the triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace.   Have you let Him make the Triumphal Entry into YOUR heart yet?

Don’t delay.  The Lord is coming to take those who know Him as Saviour to be with Him soon.  We just do not know the day or the hour.   Only those who have come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour now will be taken to meet the Lord in the air.   (More about this topic in a few days’ time!!)

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.

 

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The Reason Why …

Have you ever stopped to think about this?… Why is the Easter period so important and so precious to true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ?

To me, remembering the death of our Saviour (on Good Friday) and His resurrection from the dead IS the Gospel Message.   The Good News.   It has changed my life and the lives of countless others.  Let’s look a bit closer

I could go back even further, but for now, let us go back to the Garden of Eden.  God created ALL things perfect, including man, and He was pleased with all He had made.   Then the enemy came and deceived man and sin separated us from God, because God cannot look on sin.

But God, in His foreknowledge, knew what would happen and He planned a way to unite us with Himself again.   Initially, in terms of the Old Covenant, God instituted animal sacrifices.  As His Word says: “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” of sin. (Hebrews 9:22).   But, it wasn’t possible to continue these sacrifices as this could never provide permanent forgiveness.

BUT THEN … when the time was right, God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb, to die on the Cross of Calvary.   Jesus, God in the flesh, was sinless. “This High Priest of ours (Jesus) understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  He was the perfect sacrifice.  His blood, shed on Calvary, made atonement for our sin – once and for all!

There is NO OTHER WAY to be saved from eternal separation from God, except through Jesus!

There are so many enemies of the Cross and the Truth out there.  Some blatantly deny it all together.  Others come with the story that all roads lead to God.   That is a lie!   Others are teaching the lie that Mary can save you or that she is the co-redemptrix.   Do NOT follow that teaching folk … it is part of the great deception that the Lord says will occur in the days just before His return for those who have put their trust in Him for salvation!

Let’s make this for the here and now …

Have you ever wondered WHY one needs to get to know Jesus… or HOW to get to know Him?

First of all, let me tell you what the Gospel or Good News is:
“It is this Good News that saves you … Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (1 Corinthians 15:2-4)

The bad news is that we’re all born sinners which is why we need to be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We were all born with the death penalty over our heads because we were all born sinners.

The Good News is that your debt has been paid in full by the Lord Jesus Christ!  Jesus went to His death in our place!     “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

I close with some of the words from this beautiful and meaningful hymn written by Isaac Watts:

Not all the blood of beasts
on Jewish altars slain
could give the guilty conscience peace
or wash away the stain.

But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb,
takes all our sins away;
a Sacrifice of nobler name
and richer blood than they.

My faith would lay her hand
on that dear head of Thine,
while like a penitent I stand,
and there confess my sin.

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If that isn’t love …

“”Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” … And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew21:5 & 9)

As we enter this special time of year, and more specifically, this wonderful and amazing week when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are aware that this period all started with what is commonly known as “Palm Sunday”.   It was that day when Jesus entered the City of Jerusalem and the crowds hailed Him as king, waving palm branches and spreading “their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matt 21:8).

But He was another type of King.   A King that laid down His life for us.   But it didn’t end there, He rose triumphant from the grave, a Victor o’er the dark domain and death, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.

Over the next few days we’ll be looking at …

  • the reason Jesus came,
  • a different kind of King,
  • why they nailed Him to Calvary’s tree (to the cross),
  • the resurrection and
  • the Blessed Hope.

The Lord’s death and resurrection makes me think of a song we used to sing quite a lot a number of years ago ….

He left the splendour of heaven
Knowing his destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me

 And if that isn’t love
Then the ocean is dry
There’re no stars in the sky
And the sparrows can’t fly
If that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love!

(Words by Bill & Gloria Gaither)

Are you ready and watching?

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die … Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you (3:2-3)

Although the letter was sent to this specific church in Asia Minor, it is relevant and applicable to the church today.  These letters apply to all the original churches, as well as churches throughout the church age (which is the time since the first coming of Christ through to His second coming).

The church in Sardis was a small church… and very few of them remained faithful to the Lord, true believers.

They had killed the message and compromised the distinctiveness of ChristThey incorporated pagan cultures into the “church” and were happy to “get along” with other faiths and blend in.  Much like the interfaith, ecumenical movement that is being promoted today.   The distinctiveness of Christ no longer mattered or matters to the church of Sardis, then, and up today!

This church was dead!

The LORD counselled the church of Sardis to do 5 things which, if they’d obeyed, would have made them acceptable to Him:

  • Be watchful
  • Strengthen the things that remain
  • Remember what you heard and believed at first
  • Hold Fast
  • Repent

Today I want to concentrate on the first counsel the Lord gave this church … Wake up! Be Watchful!

Be watchful (Wake Up!)

The opposite of being watchful is being complacent.

The first thing Sardis needed to do was to stop being complacent and be on a state of alert.

The fact that the LORD had to tell them to wake up, be watchful, points to a serious deficiency in the teaching of the Reformation leaders.   This deficiency was because they lacked instruction in Bible prophecy and separation.

The word “WATCH” is used by the Lord in several other passages of Scripture and indicate the attitude that should characterize His children in view of His promised return!   Prophetically instructed Christians are very much more likely to be separated, consecrated Christians than those who are not aware of the promises of our Lord’s second coming and the imminency of the catching away (rapture) of the church, etc.

The church of Sardis represents some of the denominations today that are being swept along by compromise, sin and erroneous teaching. These 3 things kill a church.

We are living in days where people are deciding to pick and choose what they want to believe from the Bible.  This is extremely dangerous!

Christ’s Warning to Sardis
So then, if you do not wake up, I will come like a thiefor as the New King James Versions puts it: “Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you” (Rev 3:3)

As is the case for Sardis, so it will be for those who have not heeded our Lord’s warning. It is very clear that they will be taken unawares when our Lord comes.

The Lord Jesus Christ warns Sardis of the consequences of “Not watching”. If Sardis does not watch they will be taken unaware by Christ’s appearing. Throughout the Gospels the Lord stresses the need for the believer to be careful and keep a watchful eye for His “Imminent return

There are many evidences around that reveal the prophetic ignorance on the part of Reformation churches (AND, sadly, many of the evangelical churches today too!).  An example of this includes the fact that they have people from within their midst who are leaders in the World Council of Churches ecumenical program – a program that aims to unite all Protestants, all Catholics and all religions.  If they had any understanding of the prophetic Word of God, they would realize they are playing right into the schemes of the Antichrist.  That One World Religion is his church during the Tribulation.

We all know the parable of the 10 virgins, five were prepared for the bridegroom and five were not.  When the bridegroom came, the five foolish virgins rushed around trying to buy oil for their lamps.  The five wise virgins were ready and went to the wedding. Sadly, the five foolish virgins tried to get to the wedding later, but were kept out, because the bridegroom did not know them.  As it states in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 25 …“Afterward the other (foolish) virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’  But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’”

Christ warns His church to be ready.

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13)

Through this prophetic foreshadowing, the dead churches are warned, that unless they WATCH they, like the foolish virgins, will be ushered into the Tribulation period.  They will NOT be ready for the Lord’s return for His Church.

One can recognize a “dead” church in that …

  • It doesn’t proclaim the Gospel
  • It doesn’t uphold the Scripture (Bible)
  • It doesn’t pursue holiness

So, I want to urge you to make sure you belong to a Bible-believing church.  One that teaches that you are saved by faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross.   A church that believes “sola Scriptura” (that Scripture – the Bible – is the sole authority for faith).   That the only way to get to heaven and be in a right standing with God is through the Lord Jesus Christ who clearly stated that: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. (John 14:6)

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Day Ashton

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Last of the Last Days?

Today I want to share this video by Hal Lindsay.    It is incredibly important to realize that time is running out and the return of the Lord for His Church (the true believers in the Lord Jesus and His finished work on the Cross of Calvary), is drawing closer every moment.

Remember – Living a good life…   Being religious…  Doing good works in and of themselves… Praying to the “saints” and “Mary” (which by the way, is NOT the Mary of the Bible) … these things will not save you.  We need to put our trust in Jesus only.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

This video will help you understand how imminent the return of the Lord for His Bride is (the Rapture), and the Tribulation period which will follow the Rapture of the Church.  This video will help you understand how to be sure you are not left behind and get to know the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and precious Friend before it is ever too late!

Please contact us if you need further help in coming to know the Lord and getting right with God.   Remember God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to take our punishment for sin so that we might be made right in the sight of God.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

THEREFORE … You need to know what it is there for!

Regarding the Word of God, the Bible, I’ve heard it said a few times over the years, that “whenever you see a ‘therefore’ in the Bible, you have to see what it is ‘there for”!!  I agree so totally with that. The word “therefore” indicates the transition from what is being said or what has been said and the results or consequences thereof.

Recently, a friend of ours in South Africa, Don Liebenberg, shared an outline of his study in the book of Romans, and more specifically, the use of the word “therefore”.   I have his permission to use his outline and notes with some personal editing along the way.      Be blessed!

Don writes:  The apostle Paul often uses the word “Therefore” in his letter to the Romans.

The significance thereof is that the word is strongly used to convince the reader of the importance of a particular spiritual truth and thence to urge the reader to apply in practice what he has so taught.    The recognition of the importance of this word and an unhurried meditation on that Scripture portion, brings a fresh appreciation of the greatness of the glory of the Gospel in all its aspects.

Romans 1:24 – Therefore … God gave them up
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Romans 2:1 – Therefore … you have no excuse
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, …”
(It is important to have read chapter one of Romans and to read through to Romans 2:11 to get the verse in context and to really be blessed by the reading of God’s precious Word).

Romans 4:22 – Therefore … it was credited to him as righteousness
“He (Abraham) did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.””
(Read the full account of Abraham and Faith in Romans 4)

Romans 5:1 – Therefore … being justified by faith, we have peace
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Therefore … we have now been justified by his blood
Romans 5:12 – Therefore … Just as through one man

Romans 5:18 – Therefore … as one trespass led to condemnation for all men
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned….    Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men
, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5 6-19)

There are many more verses to share, but I will not write them all out as above…

THEREFORE …

Here are the other verses that Don provided.  Work through in your quiet time with the LORD.   Spend time reading, meditating and praying through these verses.   It will be such a blessing.

Romans …
6:4          We have been buried with Him through baptism into death …
6:12        Do not let sin reign in your mortal body …
6:21        What benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?

7:4          You also were made to die to the law through the body of Christ
7:13        Did that which is good become a cause of death in me? …

8:1          There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …

12:1        I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God

13:2        Whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God
13:12     Let us lay aside the deeds of darkness
13:5        It is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath …

14:13     Let us not judge one another
14:16     Do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil

15:7        Accept one another just as Christ has accepted us …

Stay true to the LORD against all odds

Watching end-time prophecy being fulfilled before one’s eyes is absolutely amazing and thrilling.   At the same time there is the tragic side to this.   Why do I say this?

 

There is an ever and rapidly increasing number of people throughout the world, including the UK and Europe in general, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand who have become so anti-Christian, anti-God and anti-the Word of God, the Bible!   They prefer to think of Bible-believing Christians as religious fanatics or nutcases or bigots.

 

Someone put it this way very recently:the darkness has become so dark that a normal light seems blinding. Deception and false religion have spread so widely that the simple truth seems threatening.

It is appropriate to share this comparison as we remember Billy Graham, that great Evangelist, who passed away into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ yesterday, 21 February 2018.

Just as recently as last year, Billy Graham was voted one of the most popular men in America for an amazing 61st time!  He came fourth behind former US President Obama, President Trump and the current Pope.

But, when Billy Graham’s son, Rev Franklin Graham, spoke in honour of his father, there were people who viewed what he said as abhorrent.   This is what Franklin Graham said: My father has been faithful to God’s Word. He believes the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. He believes in Heaven and Hell, and preached repentance from sin and that people must put their faith in Jesus Christ who took our sins to the cross, died in our place, and then God raised to life.”

Mentioning Hell and Repentance from sin?   That makes him a religious fanatic, according to some “leading” opponents to the Christian message, and many others these days!   My prayer for Franklin Graham is that he will continue to proclaim the pure and powerful Gospel message and be used to bring thousands to Jesus as Saviour.

The Compromised Church

We are living in times where the Church is so compromised.   It matches the description of the churches in the Book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3).   Yes, there are still some who have not bowed the knee to the modern, (so-called) progressive, compromised emerging church and who believe and obey God’s infallible Word and do not deny the LORD (the Philadelphian Church). But the sad spiritual state countries find themselves in today, globally, is because the Church has lost its first love.  As a result, they wandered from the Truth.   They’ve watered down the Gospel message which has power to save and change lives, and have adopted beliefs and practices that have nothing to do with God’s Word whatsoever.  In fact, some practices are positively pagan within the modern church.

As a Church Age, it is clear that we are in the Laodicean Age:  Jesus said: I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! (Rev 3:15)

As someone wrote recently, Rather than us changing the world, the world has changed us. Rather than us impacting the society, the society has impacted us. Rather than us raising the standards of the nation, we have embraced the standards of the nation.  So, what we find is that thousands and thousands of people profess to be Christians, but are not living out the faith once delivered to the saints. As Jude verse 3 states: defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people.  (the Believers)

The words of Chinese Christian leader, Watchman Nee (1903-1972) still apply today: By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a fever.”

Or, as Leonard Ravenhill stated (1907-1994), The Church has been subnormal for so long, that when it finally becomes normal, everyone thinks it’s abnormal.”

We are living in the last of the last days.   Of that there can be no doubt!   Now is the time to be about the Master’s business.   Read and study God’s Word daily.   Don’t follow man-made ideas.  Stick to the Truth of God’s Word.  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.…”  (Hebrews 4:12-13)

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RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING & STUDY

  • A special blessing for those who read, hear and obey this prophecy: Rev 1:3 (Read Rev 1)
  • The letters to the Churches: Revelation 2 & 3
  • The Danger of False Teachers & a Call to remain Faithful: The Book of Jude