Trump Signs Resolution! How This One Could Impact You, Saints.

Trump signs resolution. That piece is an article that you need to read and think about, you protectors of your families and homes. As I have said on numerous occasions before, we (USA Christians) are on a slow(?) train to irrelevance. We are being cattle-prodded back into our little enclaves (churches and homes), and being relegated to obscurity by the “thought police” of our own government. The old-time “silent majority” of the 1980’s  has truly become a diminished and “hated” entity in today’s Amerika!

I will tell you how that affects you and me, friends. In the mornings, when I do the majority of my writing, and my mind is rested and fresh, I go to news sites that will give me a “read” on what is happening in this country. I do this so that I can stay informed (somewhat), and know how to make decisions that affect me and my family. That is my job as a husband and father. Maybe that is an old-fashioned idea to some of you, but I believe it is my God-given duty (as was serving in the Army, to protect my country).

It is my responsibility as the “patriarch” of my family to know what potentially could affect our lives, and to stand strong “in the Lord” and the power of “His might”; to be prepared and alert for trouble in the “world”. Putting my “head in the sand” is not an option for me, and it SHOULD NOT be for you, leader friend.

Also, I must know the nature of the apostasy that has overwhelmed most churches, and lead my family to true “living water” and Spiritual food, and not take us (the family) to “broken cisterns” and  “junk food”, the much more available “vittles” of most modern-day church assemblies. As I have said many times before, sitting around the campfire and singing “kumbaya” sounds noble, but in true Spiritual reality, it is compromise, at best, and personal apostasy, more likely!

So, where do I (we) draw the line about “going along to get along” and where do we say and determine “enough is enough, already”. The Lord tells us through the apostle Paul in Hebrews this admonition, “”22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” [Heb 10:22-25 KJV]. The overriding and current trend in today’s church meetings is to follow the teachings of spiritual “gurus”, and sing the worship songs (so called) of artists and groups like Hillsong, Bethel Church music entity, Chris Tomlin, and a name from yesteryear, Michael W. Smith,etc, etc., ad finitum. The “theology” of these musicians is flawed, and if you are taking a “steady diet” of such “poor poor pitiful me” songs it will “infect” your soul with “apostate” thinking and behavior, I do believe.. “GIGO”, garbage in garbage out, old “computer programmer” lingo for this axiom of logical truth; “what goes in flawed, must come out JUNK”! It is “sad, but true” in the spiritual realm, my reader friends.

Let me suggest a remedy, and then put a stop to this old “rant”. What you (and I) should do is “flee” from this meatless, and mostly milkless,  aberration of God’s Word and precepts, which is presented “front and center” in today’s CCM worship music. FLEE, and quickly so! Do not let this apostasy infect your soul with a vision of a god (of this world, not Jehovah God) that sits there just waiting to empower and excuse your weakness, and your rebellious attitudes and behavior. If you have swept the house, and failed to put the Word of God, rightly divided, back in, then you are on a slow boat to China (apostasy). “21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth [it] swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh [to him] seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first.” [Luk 11:21-26 KJV]. Those verses speak about the state of an “ineffective” Christian(?), who has not learned his “soul” lessons from the Word of God. This lazy behavior “fuels” the flames of Laodiceanism and personal apostasy. Hear my warning and take heed, reader friend!

This is going to be a shorter post than usual. We live in a world of “sound bite” attention spans, and if ever I am going to reach the “masses”, I must make my pieces a lot shorter. Therefore, I will try that concept, and pray for more “exposure”.

Let’s go back to the societal issues facing Christians in this country today. Straddling the fence (in our public conversation) in hope of not making “waves” is probably good and prudent behavior for a Godly person in today’s society and culture (not so in the Church assembly, the Spiritual realm). Think about it this way. We do not want to “lose our witness” to the lost and dying world by being hyper-religious and dogmatic in our daily interactions with our non-Christian friends and acquaintances, thereby causing them to scatter when we enter a room (mentally, at least). Beating people with a Bible (metaphorically) is a bad tactic. Paul says he becomes “all things to all men” so that he can “win” some of them to Jesus Christ. “”19 For though I am free from all [men], I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those [who are] under the law, as under the law, that I might win those [who are] under the law; 21 to those [who are] without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those [who are] without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with [you].” [1Co 9:19-23 NKJV].

So, as a minister and representative of Jesus Christ, I need to get out of my “cloistered” religious environment, and engage the “world”!  If “they” see me as a “religious” fanatic, I am afraid they will not listen when “crunch time” comes and their worlds start crumbling around them, and they start looking for “real” answers to their problems. I hope and pray that I will still “have their ears” when that awful time comes for them and their families.

That is what the Luke 14 project is about, in part. The other half of it (or more) is calling Christians out of immensely increasing personal apostasy, back to the life of vibrant, vital faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. “6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto, (or stays with, emphasis mine) the Father, but by me.” [Jhn 14:6 KJV]

Keep on keeping on until physical death or the rapture (of the saints) “beloved”!

I love ya’ll with a holy love,

Ken

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump Signs Resolution! How This One Could Impact You, Saints.

“Now Unto Him” – thoughts on the eternal security of a true believer in Jesus

I have wrote time and again about subjects that possibly affect a believer’s security in Jesus Christ. And it likely I have been misunderstood about what I teach and believe concerning the assurance of salvation and eternal security. I want to try to clear it up with this article.

I took my title from the book of Jude verse 24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy”. Christian friends, what a thought and promise that verse is! Jesus is able to “keep us (Christians) from falling and to present us “faultless” before God the Father!! Wow! What a Savior He is! Even though we (at least, I do) sin every day more than once, usually, He has conquered sin (past, present, and future) on our behalf, and is sitting on the right hand of God continually advocating for His betrothed bride (the CHURCH folks, like you and me). No sin but the unpardonable one can separate us from the love and protection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Is not that a great and lasting fact and promise, saints of God?

But, friends, is there a flip side to this supposedly easy-to-believe truth. Not really in actuality, but in the practice of living out the faith. Most Christians(?) nowadays fall woefully short of understanding the “conditions” for a realized and true “freedom” in Jesus Christ. Let me explain Biblically, what the “eternal security of the believer” really is by showing you the Scripture associated with this dogma.

First, I will explain why I believe the tenet of eternal security is a dogma instead of orthodox Christian doctrine. Some will probably stop reading now and say I am splitting hairs about this difference, but such is life and Laodicianism these days. Most people (Christians?) would rather keep their heads firmly @* %>+ &*# than listen to reason and sound Bible teaching. After all, I do not have Doctor of Religion from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, so what do I know! I am being intentionally sardonic here folks, and trying to make some of you mad in hope that you will keep reading and learn something important concerning a fallacy that truly affects “YOU”. Maybe, “INFECTS YOU” would be a more accurate way of thinking about this faulty doctrine, so called. I hope irony and biting commentary are OK with the Lord, or else I am in trouble. I see Jesus using irony in His scathing remarks to the Pharisees, Sadducees , and other proponents of false ideology concerning true Spirituality, friends.

Let’s move on and  try to get a handle on the subject matter at hand. Let me explain how I believe the “eternal security error” came about. As far as I can tell, this dogma, as taught and believed in vast amounts of churches in our current times, is an offshoot extension from the 5th point, “the perseverance of the saints”, of  John Calvin’s teaching concerning salvation of the believer and who will end up in heaven forever. And therein lies the problem, the inherent flaw of this faulty, un-Biblical teaching. Calvin wrote his “Institutes” in the 1530’s and the rest is “reformed theology” history, as the old saying goes. And reformed religion and it’s early offshoots like many of the Baptist traditions, is the “driver” behind the lackadaisical, free-form spirituality of today’s religious environment.

My point in writing this is to show maybe one or more Christians how, and why, they could be behind “enemy lines” and be deceived in their view of God and what He expects of His Church. AND, the potential consequences of a low view of personal holiness to Almighty Jehovah God and His true precepts!! I am “compelled/constrained” to show you what the Bible says about this most prevalent and seductive error in today’s churches. The Laodicean period has been in ascendance for a long while now, and it main feature is lukewarmness (apathety, halfheartedness, lethargy, slothfulness, etc., etc.) and the attitude from most is this; they need nothing from God (except “grace”) because of the fact that they are eternally saved and kept by God “no matter what” they do. Well, Jesus tells them that they are “naked, blind, poor, miserable, and wretched”. Yet in most of today’s assemblies “it’s all good”. Jesus hates this attitude from His Church. He really does! He says He will “puke them out of His mouth”! Do you want to be “spit up” by Jesus, my Christian (?) friend? If you entertain these unholy attitudes and “straddle the fence” of Biblical truth, that is your precarious position in these last days. Period. Well, you say, what about God’s grace. That is the most misunderstood and “abused” term in the spiritual world today. It surely “IS”!!!

Let me show you what Paul says about grace in Hebrews, “”26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was “sanctified” (saved) (emphasis mine), an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” [Heb 10:26-31 KJV]. Also this terrible reminder,” Hebrews 5:9 through 6:12 state,  “9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey (do you have a problem understanding the term “obey”, it means to listen to and do what someone, namely Jesus and His apostles, says)) him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. “1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, (by God’s grace) 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, (because of God’s grace) 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. … 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (bold emphasis mine)  Many preachers explain away” the gravity of Paul’s admonitions to the Church here in Hebrews by saying that the book of Hebrews is not a doctrinal letter to all the churches (Christians). They say it is specifically aimed at believing Jews of the dispersion, not the mainly Gentile church, in general. In my opinion that religious “logic” and un-Biblical exegesis is a big part of what we are facing in the final days before Jesus’s return. Jesus says he hates this stuff, folks. Twice in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ where He spoke of the things that “were, and are, and that are to come” (the Revelation), Jesus says He “hates” Nicolaitainism! ” “1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”. Also to Pergamos this , . 12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan’s seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” [Rev 2:1-7, 2:12-16 KJV]. So do we need a “cleric” or priest to tell us what Scripture means. I say an emphatic “NO”!! Never are we told that a “preacher” will stand with us in the judgment. Over and over again we are admonished to NOT BE DECEIVED! Do not trust your true Spiritual life and destiny to anyone, including me. You must read and study the Bible for yourself, my friend. Teachers, prophets, pastors, and evangelists are called by God to lead you into salvation and Christian growth and maturity, We do this by showing you the Scriptures to study for yourselves about what the Bible teaches and what It warns you to study and obey. There are “no shortcuts or cliff notes in God’s economy, folks. You have to get into “your Spiritual britches” for yourselves. There are good, God-called, teachers who love the Word of God and expose it with fire and anointing, but there are many, many false teachers and apostles (so called) who will take you into the fire with them unless you know and obey the Word of Righteousness with a prayerful and fervent obsessiveness to “know the Truth”, ”  “31 Then said Jesus to those Jews (applies to Gentiles, too) which believed on him, If ye continue (keep, stay) in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” [Jhn 8:31-32 KJV]. What did Jesus tell them would make them disciples, indeed? He said that continuing to believe in Him and His Word (the Bible) would “set them free”. How can you continue in His Word if you do not know what it says and means!. I say that you cannot obey it if you do not study it prayerfully and believe it. If you do not study the Bible, you are “ripe” for deception. And that will be “no excuse” on judgment day for you or me. I have an additional responsibility, to rightly divide the Word of Truth, and teach others about the importance of studying the Scriptures for their own good, and to help facilitate a joyful, free walk with the God of the Bible. I try to fulfill my calling from God by writing this blog and showing you the truth that you can further study on you own. Jesus talked of a helper who would come after He left His disciples on earth. That would be the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:17, ” Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”. Jesus told His disciples that He was with them at that time, and that He would be “in them” later (after the day of Pentecost). What a statement by Jesus. He is “in us”, believer friends! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God, my Savior, my indweller, my Lord. He lives in me. He walks with me , and talks to me (by His Word and Spirit) along life’s “narrow” (and straight) way! He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives (in me, a stubborn sinner, still) TODAY. Can you say Amen, brothers and sisters in Christ?

I need to get back to showing you the reasons why the dogma of eternal security of a believer is deceptive, in practice, if not in fact. Biblical reasoning and true exegesis of Scripture entails many “hard” looks at all Scriptures pertaining to a particular subject (dogma). There should be no “shortcuts” to finding out what “God has decreed” and put in His Word to direct the practical and Spiritual lives of His children. I know I harp on this particular point, but I truly believe that this point of contention must not be downplayed and explained away with statements like such as the following. “Let go and let God!”, “Absolutely Free”, “Not Perfect, Just Forgiven”, etc., etc.. God’s grace and forgiveness is unconditional in it’s scope to “lost” sinners who come to Jesus Christ believing, and it is available to repentant “saved” sinners (which all Christians are). That last statement is 100% truth. But the grace of God is never decreed in the Word as an antinomanian  “license to sin”. God’s grace should always be contrasted against our duty to know and obey His Word and it’s precepts (true statement of Biblical facts). If you do not know the doctrines and dogmas of the Bible, you cannot obey them. You will always fall back on religious hyperbole and “graceful disobedience”, and application of errant theology to your personal life. That kind of thinking leads you to the bad state of “soul existence” in reality. “22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” [Mat 16:22-27 KJV]. Peter was a bold person who loved Jesus, he denied Jesus 3 times because he was afraid of what others would think and do to him (the cost of obedience to Jesus). Jesus restored a repentant Peter to secure faith and service with three statements of love, and gave him a command to “feed the sheep”. (John 21). “Peter, you are forgiven and restored, now forget about yourself and DO MY WILL” (my understanding of this transaction between the Lord and Peter). That is the cost of “real discipleship”, then and now!! Even after this restoration, Peter was still his prideful, sinful self,   “20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what [shall] this man [do]? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what [is that] to thee? follow thou me.” [Jhn 21:20-22 KJV]. Peter had not fundamentally been changed from his prideful, “selfish”, self. It would take the day of Pentecost and the infilling of Jesus Himself into Peter to accomplish “true change”. And such are we Christians!. To be of true service to Jesus, we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow  Jesus (and His written Word). Human feelings are unreliable, and usually, we will end up protecting “self” and denying Jesus when “crunch time” comes. Please understand my heart about this and get “doubly determined” to learn and obey God’s Word. It is the only text we should truly understand, and thereby order our lives to. To order your life to the speech and traditions of men is inviting “soul disaster” and personal apostasy from the faith that was ONCE delivered unto the saints (us, the saved ones). Christians must cherish the “old time religion”, and flee liberal and false teaching! “1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (legalism) availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision (antinomianism), but a new creature (a born-again, right thinking and believing child of God), emphasis mine. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel (church) of God. 17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen.” [Gal 6:1-18 KJV] . Galatians chapter 6 is just one of the fine chapters in the Bible to “order your life to”, Christian friends. Fine, indeed!!!

Know the Truth and It(God’s Word) will set you free, indeed!!

Ken Hall

ps…..Friend, you could be just “one more more politically correct, social gospel-oriented, liberal sermon” away from personal apostasy (denying Jesus and falling away). Time is of the essence, people!! “1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:” [Luk 18:1-9 KJV]. Those verses are a prophetical parable of warning from Jesus to His followers. He is talking about our need to be persistent in prayer, AND about the very real scenario of apostasy that will be prevalent on this earth before His return!!

Do not fall away and apostasy, I beg you! Stay faithful to the truth of Scripture about Jesus! Doubting Thomas questioned Jesus, “5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” [Jhn 14:5-6 KJV]. Believing and staying “in Jesus” as the ONLY way back to the Father is required and expected of a true Christian, That is the bottom line! When you give credence and obeisance to other gods (allah, krishna, buddha, the earth, etc.) you are on the broad path!

Repent and come back to your first (and really, only) true love, Jesus Christ! Before the day (day of Christ) is over and no one can work (the great tribulation). Come back and do the “first works” of faith and repentance toward God (and away from the gods of this world who desire your soul. Come back, I say!!!

pss….I heard this on the radio the other day. “A thinking man(person) should believe, and a believing man should think. I say that makes a lot of “horse sense”. Amen? Christians, do not put your minds in “neutral” and coast through life on someone’s (other than Jesus’s) word. …….kh

psss….Christians, be encouraged that if you are born again from above and have Jesus’s Spirit in you, you will not fall away to perdition through sin. Keep believing in Jesus as the ” ONLY WAY,  the ONLY TRUTH, the ONLY LIFE (no other gods of this world can be allowed). No one comes or stays IN HIM, without believing in His exclusiveness to their lives. Apostasy is just around the corner of political correctness! NOW UNTO HIM…………., My friends, be exhorted and encouraged!

Blessings to the blessable,

Ken, (again and again, and again)

“Now Unto Him” – thoughts on the eternal security of a true believer in Jesus

Have Christians Been Duped?

With what has transpired and been brought to light in the past several months concerning Trump and his White House, I am sincerely asking my title question and  I am going to speculate on how this might be playing into Bible prophecy. I do not even like to use the word “politician” (spit, spit), so this story is going to be scarce on politics and long on Bible projection concerning the state of the USA in prophecy.

You know folks, I would just wash my hands, shake the dust off my “national pride and duty” patriotism (I am a veteran) concerning this nation, and never go to another news site if I just could, without feeling like I was neglecting my family and my fellow Christians. I really, really would. It is hard to know how to pray for this absurd mess that the USA has become. I mean that. I have tried to give Trump time, and the benefit of the doubt. I think I really wanted to see him build a wall, put young and old Americans back to work again, rescind some of the un-Godly executive orders and court decisions of past Presidents that have truly hurt most people, including Christians. You can check my archives for some comments I put out before last November’s election. I will tell you again now. I could not in good conscience vote for Trump or Hillary or anyone else!! But, this article is not to tell you, “I told you so last year” because I did not “tell you so”! I do not feel that I am called to be a political hack. I am a Bible prophecy teacher and so-called “watchman”. I will say that I heard and saw a lot of posturing and promoting of Trump on supposedly conservative Christian websites and blogs. Many of these blogmasters tried to put “under condemnation” many of my ilk (non-voters); some went as far as to say that those who did note vote were “bad” Christians or possibly not at all Christian! And I must say honestly, such talk really upset me. Not for my sake, but for theirs! I truly thought that their “politics” overcame Christian “good sense” and behavior. Let us take a short look at what the Bible says about this country. Well, I am back after looking , and guess what. She is not there that I can see!!

So, if the USA is not mentioned in the Bible, friends, can we be in “the last of the last days”? Do you think that Jesus can return at any time now with nothing else needing to transpire on the prophetical time chart? What say you, folks out there in blog land? The pre-tribbers say, “Amen; the return of Jesus for His church is “imminent”, needing nothing else to occur before the rapture, the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ in the clouds”. The post-tribbers say, ” no we must go through the period of tribulation and a great many will be martyred for their faith in Christ, so buy your supplies (from them) and be ready to run and hide from that mean Anti-Christ. Get your “bug out” plan ready and practiced! What are we to believe about the “end times”? Do we Christians even “need” to know anything about “any thing” Bible-wise? After all, our pastors, churches , and denominations have charge over the protection of our souls. Don’t they?

As far as I can tell friends, ” NO” is the right answer to that last question! Let me explain my reasoning for saying that the answer is a definite “NO”!!, and then I will summarize my position about the USA in Biblical prophecy. The Bible states this, “19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.” [2Pe 1:19-21 KJV] That passage of verses simply tells us (Christians) that we are not allowed to “re-invent” prophetical Scripture. Folks, Scripture is God’s breath to us, His creation and Church! Period! If you want to believe that you “get a pass” for slothfulness and ignorance, well, go ahead and end up at one of the judgments in the afterlife without your wedding garment on. I, personally (or no one else) can not stop that sort of inane, illogical thinking and behavior. I can’t fix “stupid”, to borrow a phrase.

I can’t fix those kind of things! But God can and He will, if you will listen and let Him. Jesus is the driver or pilot of my life, your bumper sticker says. Right? Is He really? Do you know His Word, study it and obey it?  I sure hope so! Jesus could steer your life without you having any control over your destiny (and destination), as the Calvinists teach. Jesus has to the power to do anything He chooses; that is a fact! But He chooses not to micro-manage our lives! Otherwise, there would be no need for the judgments. Say it ain’t so? Friend, you need to read, and then believe, the Bible on this matter. There is an overwhelming amount of Scripture that tells that humans are responsible for believing what Scripture tells us. After believing, we are thoroughly warned. time and again, to keep believing ,and not let go of our faith, our belief in Jesus Christ as the Only Door, the Only Way back to the Father, heaven,and true peace (with God, with ourselves, with all others). “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way (not universalism), the truth (the Holy Bible, not the Koran), and the life ( yes, eternal): no man (person) cometh (or stays with) unto the Father, but by ME (emphasis mine). I hope you know that only Jesus has an “exclusive” claim to your life if you are truly a Christian. Do you know that you know that you know that God is a “jealous” God? He requires “unwavering” belief in His obedient son, Jesus. There are consequences for unbelief  (lost sinners) or “disbelief” (saved sinners). Disbelieving is the denying of Jesus Christ (and His Word) by either omission or commission. Jesus is a mighty and all-powerful Savior, indeed, but Scripture tells us this, ” And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that [is] in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that [is] in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. 43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For [men] do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 “But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”” [Luke 6:39-49 NKJV] From that passage of Jesus’s own words, you should “get” that it is of the utmost importance that you obey the Lord and his instructions and precepts. Can we perfectly obey, Christian friends? Not this side of heaven, I say. He is not finished with us yet, if we are on this side of eternity. BUT, Jesus truly expects Christians to know and boldly proclaim Him (and His exclusivity) to the world. Please do this, and do not deny Him, in thought, word, or deed, brother and sisters in Christ. Your future depends on “keeping the faith that was ONCE delivered to the saints (saved ones). No preacher (or modern day apostle?) can answer for you in the judgment(s). You will not be able to call your spiritual guru as your witness at judgment seat of Jesus. Jesus’s blood has bought you pardon from sin (past, present, and future). That is the truth! But, it is also the truth that belief in Jesus, as stated in John 14:6 is critical to you “staying” in the faith and not apostasying (falling away) from the faith. OSAS preachers will not tell you this, they have mortgages and staff salaries to pay, and besides, they are themselves being deceived, and are deceiving others (2 Tim. 3:13). Is that you, friend?

You know, if I thought I could possibly harm your faith by telling you these “hard precepts” of Scripture concerning belief (and the continuance thereof) and obedience to the Word of God, I would stop right now, and get on my knees before God and ask his forgiveness. I would. God left us HIS WORD to logically read, and  common- sensically  understand (and the Holy Spirit to help us ). God is not a capricious, whimsical God. Never and not at all!! He says what He means, and means what He says. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). For, I am the Lord. I change not (Malachi 3:6 a) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance ( Romans 11:29).

So I am trusting God on a day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute basis to stay true to His Word. He wants us to test the Word and “prove” it (Romans 12:2) in our Christian lives. I truly and most assuredly guarantee to you this one fact of the Holy Bible; Jesus will NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US once we have believed in Him to the saving of our souls. But denying Him (disbelief) will cancel our faith, and put us in the hands of the living God, which it is fearful thing to ponder. Get ‘in the ark of Jesus and stay there” by obeying Him and holding on to your faith in Him. Please don’t deny Him today or ever, I beg you!!

Well, I sort of got side-tracked off my subject on that last rant for sure, but I seem to never want to stop “preaching'” repentance because I truly believe the time is nearly on us when this verse will be verified prophetically, ” For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (Luke 21:22). I will mention right now that I have an audio teaching about Luke’s version of the Olivet discourse on YouTube. Hers’s the link: Luke 21 YouTube

So I write and warn for people to come to Jesus, and stay with Jesus until the end. It is as simple as that, folks.

Back to the topic of the USA in Scripture. As I said above, I cannot see this country mentioned in Scripture. Some think she is Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots, in Revelation 17 and 18. I can “allow” that stretch, I guess maybe (what did I mean by that?).  The way I see it, I have a difficult time being dogmatic about the figurative language text of Revelation chapters 4 through18. Yet, I have noticed something about the 5th vial in Rev. 16:10. This “seat of the Beast” is severely judged by God, and His wrath is poured out on that place. Either way or both, as stated in the previous sentences,  the picture is not pretty. At all!!

So, I am going to tie up this post with a nice little bow for you, reader friends. Here is the way Ken sees it concerning the importance of the USA in prophetical Scripture of these end times. Most everyone that I worship with and talk to these days are feeling that the world is vile and ripe for great tribulation. Yet, none of us dwell unduly on that scenario. We have ministry to do, and we are all family leaders who are charged foremost to be Godly leaders to the loved ones we are responsible for, and to be salt and light to a dark, tasteless world. I write these articles mostly before my wife gets out of bed. In the very early morning hours. Then I try to spend the rest of my day being a good husband, and a representative for Christ to “whoever” I meet and have a chance to talk to. I work out to keep my old body as good as it can be, practice my pool game several times a week, watch movies, grocery shop and cook (mostly?)nutritious meals. Barb works from home and we have coordinated on a website to sell my pool cues/ accessories on eBay and locally. Church on Sundays and Wednesday night with choir practice following. We stay pretty active for “mainly” retired people. I said all that to let you know that I am just a “regular Joe” type of guy, who happens to be a Bible-believing fundamentalist, not an antinomanian, liberal, grace-abusing theologian, OR a religious, snobbish, Pharisee-like legalist, who is looking to wet on everybody’s cornflakes. I am not at all either of those persons I say, and I’m a pretty good judge of character. Hahaha, LOL etc.

The Bible that I read and study is not telling me to be overly concerned or worried that the world is going to end tomorrow. I am trying to stay prepared Spiritually to meet the Lord at any time by death. Death has lost it’s sting with Jesus’s victory over death when He became our “firstfruits” from the grave on resurrection Sunday (1 Cor. 15). I have stared down death several times with my heart escapades; 2 cardiac arrests and 2 open heart surgeries. I have been in the cardiac catheterization lab 14 or 15 times for stents and diagnostic procedures. I can honestly say this. I have never, ever had the first worry or concern about death! To be absent from the body is to be present from the Lord, and I look forward to being with Jesus. But, as Paul said in Phillipians, ” right now it is better for me stay here”, and support my family (human/biological) than to be with Him. He has healed this old body numerous times to keep me going, and I praise Him and thank Him for His provision and faithfulness to me and mine. He is a wonderful Savior and teacher to me, and the least I can do is be loyal to Him and His Word. I hope and pray that I will be faithful to the end, whether by death or the rapture (of the saints)!!

Pray for me and stay tuned to  my blog  https://heyjude15.wordpress.com/ for more teachings and updates about things currently happening that affect our existence, now and forevermore, Christian friends.

Working by His strength until He comes for me (and hopefully, you too!),

Ken

 

 

Have Christians Been Duped?

The Day Of The Lord

I have avoided writing on the topic of the “day of the Lord” for  about a year now. It is truly a most confusing subject, even to my astute mind (lol, greatly!). Kidding aside, it really is a subject that is fully understood by no human mind, no matter what the theologians tell you. It can be understood as far as it’s meaning to the nation of Israel, BUT to put it in perspective as concerning the real Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is TOTALLY another matter.

I am going to try to show you some of the problems that occur when we (Christians) try to pigeonhole this term! The foremost problem is what I believe is a “Bible translation” glitch. Most Bibles have translated 2 Thess. 2:3 to say “day of the Lord”. This rendering of “day of the Lord” throws the eschatological time clock into “time warp”, I believe. If you try to be accurate with your empirical, contextual, and logical expository teaching of this subject and use “day of the Lord” in that verse, it throws askew everything “time wise” and I can never “harmonize” the Scriptures, with this rendering as so translated. So, I really believe that I must thoroughly, maybe ad nauseum, explain what I see happening concerning “the day of Christ” versus the “day of the Lord” terminology in the Scriptures.

Let me say this as a qualifier about 2 Thess. 2:2; if that was the only verse in the Bible that used “day of Christ”, I myself would be skeptical myself about the translation. I am not a King James only person. However, I do sincerely believe that the Textus Receptus, the received text, are the best manuscripts and the TR are the ones I prefer. And in the Textus Receptus Greek is where you find “Christos”, (Christ/Messiah/ anointed one). In all the modern Bibles (post 1885) we invariably find “kyrios”, (Lord,master, lord,sir, Sir, misc.). Why does it matter, Ken, Christ or Lord? Here is why, my friends. If this was an isolated incidence in Scripture, we could “probably” say, it does not matter much. That is not the case, at all. When we use terms that possibly affect our judgment on prophetical matters in our lifetime, we can possibly make wrong conclusions about very important issues that will effect ourselves and our families. Is it important for you to be informed and be ready when the time comes for Jesus to return for his obedient and expectant true Church. That is why we (leaders of our family, teachers, Bible-studying Christians) should know what we believe, and be watching for the signs that our Lord Jesus’s return is near. If you believe that our Christian behavior in life is irrelevant ( Calvinism, universalism, OSAS) you should stop reading now, maybe. If you think you cannot be deceived and fall away from the faith that was once delivered to the saints (saved ones), you definitely need to read your Bible more, and pray for greater understanding of God’s Word.

Folks, that scenario is the MAIN REASON I write this blog. God has given me the gifts needed to show you (rebuke/reprove/exhort) the fallacy of Laodicean error that is inherent in these un-Biblical, man-made doctrines, so called. That is my constraint. I am compelled to write and warn you; to shake you up, make you mad. Possibly, thereby my teaching, you may open your Bible (and your mind, like the Bereans-Acts 17:11) and see for yourself what God’s Holy Word REALLY says (not what some false teacher has told your lazy self). These false prophets will not be there with you when you give account on judgment day! Be forewarned!!

Back to the “day of the Lord” teaching. There are “so many” ways I could go about this teaching-long and short- but I feel that I must do the topic “justice”; so I will go the long route. I hope you will bear with me, and study (pray for discernment) along, as I teach you what I believe the Scriptures expose about this important matter. Let me encourage you to open a window on your PC, tablet, or cell, and take a hard, meditative look to the Scriptures about the “day of the Lord” and the “day of Christ” ( Jesus Christ/Jesus). I maintain and teach that these two terms are not synonymous . They do not describe the same event/time period. And here is why. As always, we MUST look to the Scriptures to “prove” (Romans 12:2) or test what we are teaching concerning God’s Word relative to doctrine!! Do not ever just take “man’s word” (institutional religiosity) and leave it there. Never!! If you are too lazy to use your own brain, and put God’s Word to the “test”, then you will almost assuredly be “deceived”, and “asleep at the wheel of your spiritual lives”, in the long run. Let me give you an analogy; would you give an acquaintance from your neighborhood the power of attorney to make your decisions, pay your bills, save for your retirement, and just “run YOUR life”? Well, you wouldn’t do that would you? When you give a pastor charge of your spiritual “destiny” you are committing an even more grave error! Pastors and teachers will surely give an account for themselves as concerning their words and actions; about how they led and taught the “sheep”. That is a Biblical fact! BUT, BUT, BUT, we will still give an account, personally, to God concerning what we have believed or “took for granted” in our spiritual existence!! Go ahead and let someone else make your bed, but at the “end of THE DAY” (Day of Christ) you will have to “sleep” in it. Period! One other statement before I show you these verses. Some would say that the teaching of the “day of the Lord” is not a doctrinal topic. I strongly disagree. The “day of the Lord” is a doctrine of eschatology-the events/order of the “last” things of the age of human government – and we are cautioned over and over again in the Scriptures, “BE NOT DECEIVED” about what is going to transpire in the last days before Jesus Christ’s second coming to the physical “terra firma” of this sphere!

On to the subject matter. I believe that the key to understanding New testament Scripture about the “day of the Lord” is locked up in 4 chapters–I Thess. 4 and 5 and 2 Thess. 1 and 2. Although the words “day of the Lord” are found only in 1 Thess. 5:2, much confusion and many heresies and erroneous teachings come from misunderstanding and misapplying these Scriptures. Within these verses/chapters are found the foundation for the pre 7 year tribulation rapture error that has been popular since the 1830’s and was first popularized by John Nelson Darby, Clarence Larkin, and the early dispensationalists, with charts and all such helps.

At this time I am going to state my hypothesis about this subject. Here goes about what I believe is taught in the New Testament about the day of Christ and the day of the Lord. The rapture (of the saints) is the “day of Christ”. This happens in  ONE DAY (or part of 1 day). When the day of Christ comes and goes, THEN the “church age” will be finished. Caput! There will be “no more time” (Rev. 10:6,7) to be saved by believing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and being “born again” into the “family of God”. When it’s over, it’s OVER, folks!. When the day of Christ comes (the rapture), and his obedient Church gets taken to heaven for the “marriage and celebratory feast of the Lamb”, then what will be left to occur on this planet will be the the “reign of Anti-Christ” (I will call this time period the “day (time) of the Lord’s allowance-my term). This will include the 7 “bowl” judgments from God (day of Lord’s vengeance) on an unbelieving world. When the world has been devastated physically by “man’s weapons of war” and God’s “natural” wrath, and the population of the earth drastically reduced (not totally; Jesus said, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (national Israel, God’s chosen people, emphasis mine) those days shall be shortened.” Do you see, friends what is going on here in God’s Word? Jesus is going to come to the “terra firma” one last time and “settle the score with Anti-Christ (the little horn, the final human “king” of the world). This is the literal (one) Day of the Lord). Jesus will settle the score in one day! Jesus will come with mighty power;  “since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with “tribulation” those who trouble you .  and to give you who are troubled “REST” with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9,emphasis mine). In those verses you can see that Paul is telling believers (us) to rest with him (Paul). Where is Paul right now. I say he is in heaven; so where will we be when we “rest with him? I think Paul is assuring these Thessalonian Christians to “rest their minds” and also saying to the church of the “end times” to look forward to a “rest” while “great tribulation” is occurring on Earth. Remember again, that this is “prophetical” Scripture of the “last days”!  So, what I am saying is this. The Day of the Lord can be seen as a “time period” that starts at the Day of Christ (the rapture), and contains the time of Anti-Christ (day of the Lord’s allowance), the wrath of God (day of the Lord’s vengeance), Armegeddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ (the literal (one) day of the Lord), and His 1000 year literal reign (the Lord’s reign with “a rod of iron”) on a revitalized planet earth! I truly believe this is what the Bible is teaching about the Day of the Lord in the New Testament.

Let’s go a little deeper about the “Day of Christ”. Some people will argue as I stated a few paragraphs ago, “What does it matter, Ken? or say dogmatically that “the Greek” says “day of the Lord” in 2 Thessalonians 2:2. Well, that is just wrong, friends, and I am going to now “prove” to you why I make that statement. Let me show you some Scripture, friends.

“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”. (Phillipians 1:10)                                                                                 “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Phil. 2:16)                                                                                   “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 1:8)                                                                                                               “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Phil. 1:6)   Those who would be disingenuous and say that the Day of Christ is wrong in 2 Thess. 2:2 are hereby notified that this term (DoC) is a well-developed topic in the New Testament. That is what Paul is calling the Thessalonian church to remember in 2 Thessalonians; something important that he had told them in his 1st letter! He is telling them that the Day of Christ HAS NOT HAPPENED as some false teacher(s) had so told them! That is his objective here in this second letter. He is dispelling false doctrine, and thereby assuring the church that the Day of Christ’s appearing (the parousia) had NOT occurred “yet”!

I need to stop there and talk about the “day of the Lord” some. The day of the Lord is a well-documented topic, with many verifiable passages of Scripture in the Old Testament. It cannot be disconnected (and thereby replaced by the church) from national Israel to which it is always referring to in the O.T.. If you do that you must ascribe to what is named “replacement theology” which is a term that means this; the Jews, God’s chosen people have been “replaced by the church” according to the new covenant. If you want to believe that LIE, I guess you deserve what you get! I know that is “harsh”, but I must be forceful here, and tell you the “truth”, in this case. “Tough love”, as that term implies. The truth is sometimes painful but it remains the TRUTH no matter what may be said otherwise. The “love of Christ” never fails. He is the same yesterday, today , and forever. (Heb. 13:8). Are you glad we serve an unchanging, non-whimsical,  mighty, infallible, glorious Savior who for the ” who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2b). I am! And my heart is soaring with gratitude right now!  He is there at God’s right hand to be our advocate with His Father. He says to the Father, “that sinner is mine, Father, it is “under my Blood”! What a mighty AND loving God we worship and serve!!

Sorry, folks, I seem to have had a “Jesus moment” back there!. Kind of fun though. Back to the subject. When talking and teaching on the “Day of the Lord”, I maintain that you cannot divorce (DOTL) that term from the Jews and the Old Testament. It is a “final judgment” of the Jewish nation, followed by salvation of one third of the Jews. (Zech. chapters 12-14). That “replacement” thing will “never fly” in God’s economy! Here’s why. There will be a “build up” to the final (one) Day of the Lord, and it will directly involve the Jewish people, not the Church! This “run up/build up” will involve the inhabitants of this planet. Every one on Earth will be affected because of war and devastation, but it will be “centered” in  the Middle East around the nation of Israel. I live in the USA, and I believe we are very, very close to the “time of Jacob’s Trouble. the great tribulation (Daniel 12), so where is “my country” mentioned in prophetical Scripture? I personally do not see the USA there. Maybe, she (USA) is mystery Babylon of Revelation chapters 17-18. If she is, she falls quickly and decidedly, possibly in 1 day! I “DO NOT” know about that scenario, but many have concluded just that outcome. Rev. 18:8, states, ” Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her”. That is a depressing end for a country that was once foremost in evangelizing the world. The Bible says that a “great falling away, a departure from the faith will occur BEFORE that happens (2 Thess. 2). I see that (apostasy) as being in “full bloom”, right now. The “table is set” for the man of sin, the son of perdition, the little horn (Anti-Christ), and I believe this evil character will be “revealed” fairly soon. Luke 21 tells us to “look up” for our redemption is near.  That is the event I am personally watching for in the Middle East (Israel). That is not a “happy” time for the world, but it is a “glorious” time for Jesus Christ’s obedient and “betrothed” true Church. What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the promised land. What a day, “O Glorious Day”, that will be. That old song blesses my old, pea-picking heart.  

Kinda got side-tracked again, but such is the lot of a preacher (LOL)! With this subject, I do not think I could ever  ‘ splain it enough. It is truly “heavy” stuff.

So, I believe I must try to “wrap it up, with a nice little bow on it”. Here goes my summation, friends. The end times ” the last days” before Jesus’s second coming to the physical Earth are here. Right now!! So, I see my job for  the Lord as one of being a “watchman” ( a”tired” term, today?) for the Church. A New Testament prophet (Eph. 4:11), so to speak. I watch and warn about the signs and world events relevant to our (Christians) eternal welfare. That is quite a task, and I sometimes get weary of “expounding” to a largely “unconcerned Laodicean church”. But, I can’t retire to the farm just yet. Jesus has not “rescued” me yet, or given me release from my duty. So, on I march and talk/teach these sort of topics.

I will recap what I have taught here, and be “done” with the Day of the Lord expose’. The Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord are 2 entirely different occurrences in “prophetical” (eschatological) Scripture. The terms describe separate/differing events that are yet to happen on this planet. To find out about the Day of the Lord you must thoroughly study the Old Testament prophetical Scripture in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Day of Christ is strictly a New Testament teaching/event concerning the Church. It is not prophesied in the Old Testament , at all. The N.T. Church started at Pentecost, and is still being built, one converted believer at a time as I speak today. Praise God for that.

Sinner, there is still time to be saved by believing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting Him alone for forgiveness, the new birth, and salvation of your soul. Also, straying, lackadaisical Christians, hear me NOW, and come back to your first love- Jesus, and repent (renounce/turn from) of your “lukewarm” ways!! There is still time before the door closes, and all that is left is tribulation and then judgment. I say “REPENT”, sinners and Laodicean Christians! Before it is TOO LATE, and the door closes for eternity on your lostness and rebellion. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:19-22 KJV)

[Heb 10:12-39 KJV] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. [Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And [having] an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” [Heb 10:12-39 KJV]

 

[Heb 12:1-29 KJV] “1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. 18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God [is] a consuming fire.”

Get my drift, friends? The  Holy Bible is a fascinating, authoritative book. It contains the blessings and smitings of Almighty God, and everything in between. It is ALL there for our training and help to successfully live an obedient, Christ-honoring life. It is still YOUR CHOICE, my friends; whether to study it and obey or NOT. There are grave consequences to disobedience and slothfulness in the Christian life. OUR God is a CONSUMING FIRE. It IS a “fearful thing”to fall into the hands of the living God! The book of Hebrews has been avoided or “spun” for centuries by preachers (so called) of institutional religiosity, who adhere to the “traditions of men”. When preaching the Word of God became “big business”, and high salaries and benefits became the norm, it followed that coddling the flock ensued, and became entrenched in most Protestant churches. So, Paul’s letter of Hebrews has been downgraded, and spin has been applied to where the meaning is unrecognizable nowadays. Most Bibles (and preachers) do not give credit to Paul for it’s content. If they did, they would have to give it equal authority with Romans as I think Paul (and thereby God) intended. All you have to do is read Wikipedia {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Hebrews} about the book of Hebrews to hear some of the convoluted reasoning about the authorship of this masterpiece of Christian doctrine! If you intensely study the Bible for yourself , you should know in your heart that this was Paul’s (and the Holy Spirit’s) astute work! Enough said.

I really believe that most Christians nowadays have lost contact with the God of the Bible and His Word. If the whole counsel of God was preached with power and anointing in most churches, the majority of attendees would probably leave for safer ground, and park their carcasses on Sunday at another ear-ticking assembly, calling the preacher from the church they scurried from, who told them the truth, a “legalist” or worse. Sad, but true. Preachers will never be able to preach boldly, proclaiming that people (their congregants) need to quit “straddling the fence” or else. These modern day churches would have to close their country club-style buildings for lack of funds to pay the mortgages. Besides, most preachers have either bought into the lie or never new the right way themselves! Folks, we have been in this Laodicean period for quite a while now. The Bible does not forecast a return from apostasy, but conversely It says the opposite. (Luke 18:8 and many others)

My friends and readers, be forewarned, one more time, by my words in this post. Repent and get your accounts with the Lord Jesus in order. Today could be the day that you die, or soon the rapture will come, and you could be “left behind” to face tribulation from an Anti-Christ that you were told by the false teachers this false message, ” Christians will not see the Anti-Christ or suffer under that man.” That last statement, which pre-7 tribulation teachers espouse,  is a faulty interpreting of Scripture, and YOU may be in “enemy territory” if you have been taught and believe that error. Repent! Flee false teaching and doctrine! ETERNITY IS TOO LONG TO BE WRONG!! If you have to, get some other true believers together and start a “house church”.

Be encouraged and admonished, friends.

Ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

The Day Of The Lord

Breaking News! Not Fake, I promise!

I have a question for my Christian reader friends. Do you feel safe in this Amerika we now reside in? Do you worry that a comment that you make will be misconstrued and get you “barred” from your respective places of worship? Do you feel that “speaking your opinion” could possibly have repercussions on your family’s present and future welfare? If you have some of those type of feelings, you are most likely in the majority of the surveyed sample (I really did not take a survey, I am just guessing and surmising), my conservative Christian friends!

At this present time in history, you are being relegated and herded(psychologically) into Orwell’s “1984”. I think we (true Christians) are on an accelerating “train” of  wrong-headed, anti-God of the Bible, societal transformation aimed at taking us way past irrelevance, into forced obscurity. A place where we must hide our true feelings and Godly discernment about the current events happening in this nation,now!

Let us look at what has happened, through our “prophetical” looking glass, the empirical, Holy Word of God (Romans 12:2). In that verse, we have a promise that we can “prove” the Bible, to find out the good, acceptable, perfect will of God. What a statement that is for “times such as these”. Paul is saying to stay non-conformed  to the world. What does that mean to us in this nation today, August 22, 2017? I hope and pray that I am being somewhat “reactionary”, due to the stress and upheaval of the societal and political climate I must now endure. Folks, can you see why we need to be non-conformed to this world? I think what is happening now will suck up the juices of your soul, if you let it. It is a time when we Christians need to be double-determined not to deny Jesus in thought, word, or deed! The political/cultural/social apparatus that is Amerika today will eat up your will to resist, if you let it! It will conform you to it’s way of thinking and behaving, if you give it half a chance, I truly believe. Remember the frog in the slowly heating pot, friends.

What does not kill you will make you stronger; have you heard that saying? Well, I do not believe that statement is necessarily so, and here is why. Most times, humanly speaking, stress does not make people stronger,all all. It eats away at your resolve over time, and weakens you in many ways. I really believe that the steady diet of “fake news” and the ginned-up drama of the far-leftist, anti-Christ demonstrations featuring hateful, spiteful, agendized, “antifa” demonized, charlatans (George Soros funded) is setting the stage for the final rebellion. That Biblical forecast is right there in the Holy Scripture, if you care to look,study, and believe.

So let’s look at this current Amerikan (world) turmoil, and see how it could fit the Biblical parameters of the very final years (days, weeks, months?) of the Christian age. I have my ground rules for Bible study and understanding prophecy that I will relate to you now. The Bible is the unchanging, literal Word of Jehovah God. It is meant to be taken literally and logically, as It is written on the page, whenever we possibly can (some language is figurative,which requires even more intense personal study). You do not need anyone but the Holy Spirit to interpret it for you. That makes us accountable to God, individually! God left us (true Christians) His Word for many reasons; to study it, and thereby know it (hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against Him), to tell us when we are wrong in behavior/thought/deed, to have and use the precepts in the Bible to strengthen us in our inner selves so we will not deny Him when the going gets tough (as now), to show sinners the way to eternal life (believe in Jesus Christ!, He does not wish for any to perish), and to tell us when it is about time for Jesus’s return for those who love and obey Him.

Those are just some of many important reasons why God left us His infallible, unchanging Word. Jesus says that He will never leave us or forsake us. That is 100%, unadulterated truth. He will not let go of us if we are faithful to Him (He will sustain us and protect us from society’s evils overcoming us), once we are His betrothed. Yet, even as we chose to believe in Him, also we can choose to deny Him and His Word, and thereby walk into rebellion and tribulation alone (like the 5 foolish virgins who were unprepared for Him when He returned-asleep with no oil in their lamps). That is why I write and plead with you, Christian sinners and lost sinners, alike. It ain’t  over ’til it’s over, folks.

With my propensity for wordishness (is that a word?) and my wish to “set the record straight”, I could keep going on and on and teach you about how I think all this mess COULD eventually (possibly sooner than later) turn out. BUT, my projections and Bible teaching are ALREADY in the archives here on Hey Jude 15 for all to see and read.

I know my teaching is “depressing” to many, but I also believe that true Christians may be starting to pull their heads “out of the sand” and look for answers about what is transpiring on planet Earth. Are you one of those? If so, read my archived material on topics such as, “The Rapture (of the saints)— “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble- Great Tribulation”— “The Sixth Trumpet War”— “Who is the Little Horn- A Re-translation of Daniel Chapter 8”, etc., etc..

One more exhortation, please! These are truly the “last of the last days”, in my opinion, so NOW is definitely the time (way past!) for you to wake up, sleeper! Romans 13:11-14, state,  “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day (day of Christ, emphasis mine) is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof”. The first part of Romans 13 tells us to that civil authority is put in place by God to protect us from criminals, and that is why we should pay taxes to government; so they can operate the police forces, National Guards, Armies, etc.. I ask you this my friends, “Where was the police and Guard when they were needed to keep these “skinheads/coneheads” and Antifa anarchists apart in Charlottesville, so they could demonstrate to their hearts content, as is supposedly guaranteed in the 1st amendment to the constitution of the United States of America? Where were the police, I say?

So, folks, have we become Amerika? I am thinking that is so, friends!!

Stay tuned, and please CLAIM and LIVE Romans 12:1-2.

Blessings to all who read. Pray for me daily, please! I will lift you up, as well!

Ken Hall

 

Breaking News! Not Fake, I promise!

The Disgraceful, Unhealthy State of the Church in the USA-circa 2017

Here is my “State of the Church” post. As I have stated many times before, we live in a post-Christian era; the times that Jesus declared in Luke 18:8, ” Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” I truly hope I am way off-base in my assessment of the state of the “church” in the USA. I hope and pray that God is much more liberal in His perception of Christian living and obedience than I am. A lot of people will miss hell, if that is the case;  I DO NOT want people to land in hell when they were deceived by the devil of that domain and his false prophets and teachers.  They themselves are deceived and go about deceiving those in their congregations. ( 2 Timothy 3:13) Where does the “buck” stop?  Are we personally accountable to God for what we listen to, week after week ( and thereby give “silent affirmation” to). Does God give most Christians a “pass” and hang the judgment solely on the heads of those who are ordained to lead their sheep to green pastures? I say that true Christians are told over and over again, “BE NOT DECEIVED”!! Romans 12:2 states, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. There is only one way for a Christian to be “non-conformed” to this world.  That is achieved by reading and studying the Scriptures, which renew (think- gives you God’s perspective) a transformed (Christian) mind.”Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates”. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

I believe the Lord’s Supper (communion) should be celebrated each Lord’s day (Sunday) and the message brought home, with “passion”,  by the minister overseeing it. The message I am speaking of is this; EXAMINE YOURSELVES, DO NOT TAKE THE SACRAMENT WITH KNOWN SIN IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE. We need to keep a “short account” with the Lord Jesus, I do believe. I know that the church pews are filled today by “professors” who have been taught a weak, watered-down view of personal holiness and accountability to our creator, Jehovah God!! These “professors” sin is “minimized”, from the pulpit, by false teachers who tell them they are OK with God because it was all taken care of by God’s “grace”; past, current, and future sins were washed away by the work of Christ at Calvary (there is another article there- the use of the word “Christ” instead of Jesus Christ or just Jesus)!!! We Christians have the ability, by the Holy Spirit that is within us, to overcome and become somewhat victorious over our “sin nature”. It is a daily “battle” against that old, fallen nature.  It is one that must be fought, if Christians are to  experience real, spiritually-healthy, Christian living, and a personal accountability to God. 1 John 1:8-10,  “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”. Hebrews 4:12-16, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”.

Verses 8-10 of 1 John 1 are taken out of context by many of the “easy believism” false teachers. It is said to be a “salvation” verse and prerequisite for salvation, when nothing could be farther from the truth of Scripture. This verse, taken in context (as we ALWAYS should do), is to Christians; about the “reality” that we are still sinners. We need to repent and be restored DAILY to keep a close walk with God, to stay humble, and to grow in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sinning, by omission and commission, is a fact of our earthly life. Perfect holiness or sanctification is a great, worthy goal to strive for at all times.  But let us get honest with ourselves and admit that we need that “daily” cleansing from the filth of sin to finish the race of faith as a victor. Hebrews 12:1-4, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,  striving against sin.

We have not achieved martyrdom yet for our faith in Jesus, so He must do the cleansing, when we confess and repent. THEN, we get graciously restored and made white again by Jesus’s advocacy with the Father. I don’t know about you, but my “whiteness” is usually getting dingy in a few hours, so confession and repentance is definitely an almost continuous process with me. Can I get an “amen” here? I believe that all Christians are left with a “thorn in the flesh”, to keep us humble. Otherwise, we get “religiously” proud, kind of like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’s earthly time. And therein lies the biggest trap and danger of vocational Christianity (religion for a salary).  Religious pride and legalism are insidious, egregious sins of the church universal. A lot of times, our “good works” are just balm for our egos; we serve meals and give clothes to the homeless without giving them the truth of the gospel, the “good news” of Jesus Christ; the transforming power of the “new birth”. Matthew 25:32-46 is a judgment, by Jesus Christ, at the start of the millennium, at which He will judge the nations of the earth on their treatment of the Jews, God’s chosen people. Many pastors choose to use these verses as “legal ammunition” to shoot the flock and put them under condemnation that God never intended for His children. That kind of scenario is “real legalism”. It is used by false teachers to put Christians “back into bondage”, and is part of what I call a “social gospel”; a method to reform the world by the “good works” of “social” programs and ministries. In my opinion, what happens with a social gospel is the opposite of what Jesus declares in the Great Commission. We end up giving them bodily provisions instead of “living water”, which is the spiritual solution, and what everyone “really” needs.  Good works is substituted for real evangelism and discipleship. We pat ourselves on the back and our egos are satisfied and inflated.

I am going to give you some examples, from my personal experience, to show you what it looks like in a church congregation when a liberal (political) social gospel is featured and the real gospel “backburnered” or completely disregarded. The first thing you would notice and encounter is a lack of any focus on evangelism and disciple-making. Jesus gave us three “major” orders; (1) to love God and obey Him and His Word (2) to love others as we love ourselves (3) to evangelize or possibly better said,  “make disciples”. If disciple-making (what I call “real evangelism”) is not the main focus of a church congregation, then they are taking a ” broad” road, and the church is “dead” (think Sardis). It does not matter that they have large numbers and a big budget, they are spiritually dead. Period!! What causes such a “sorry” state in a church assembly. Unbiblical leadership is my answer to that question. At the assembly I attended with the grandkids and their parents, the pastor adheres to what I consider a liberal, unbiblical, social “gospel” which I can only describe this way; it is a “politically correct” message that puts a very wrong “spin” on how God intends for His people to be “fed and led”. PC church on steroids!! I do not know (or want to know) the church structure there, but this pastor has been there 29 years so I believe he does basically what he desires to do. It is his “baby”! It is a “reformed” model that they use and push (foist) on the congregants. “Reformed religion”, the Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) is the “modus operandi” at this assembly. The church is mixture of Sardis and Laodicea. It is “wealthy and dead”. There is no disciple-making going on there because this formula (reformed religion-Calvinism) is what is believed, taught, and focused on. The “elect” will come!!  So, they go about doing “church” without the Holy Spirit’s power and blessing.  “Traitors they are, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:4, 5). This church must be filled with “tares” or else it could not have the support and numbers that it has. Large numbers of people and the size of the offering are not a “gauge” of the spiritual health of an assembly. This pastor never closes a prayer in Jesus’s name!  He usually just says “amen”, but sometimes says ” in Christ’s name” (that itself is another article).  What is wrong with that “picture”, folks? He does not preach  “Easter” sermons, about the greatest occurrence for Christians, the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. There is an old testament word that I believe is warranted here. “Ichabod”!!! Possibly, the “glory of the Lord” was never there.

Well, that was my rant on the “state of the church”,  2017.

My wife and I have started attending a Wesleyan church in our town, and we have “high hopes” for this church experience.”Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”. (Hebrews 10:25). The day of our Lords return is near. I pray that you have a place where you can truly worship Him, in Spirit and in Truth.

Blessings,

Ken Hall

 

The Disgraceful, Unhealthy State of the Church in the USA-circa 2017

Perfect Disobedience-a Critique of “New Calvinism and the Young, Restless, and Reformed.

In introducing this post, I want to summarize the scope of my musings first. I am a person that totally and unashamedly believes that Jehovah God granted free will to his human creation and is not a micro-manager of history and events. Yes, I do believe in the omniscience of God and that He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between, but He does not control history, thereby being the cause of evil even though Calvinists will disingenuously plead “antinomy” about such things and go on their merry way of ” heady religion” and argue until the “cows come home” about such lofty “ideas”. You can most likely tell by now that I am definitely NOT a “reformed” man ! Let us go on. As I said, “summarize”, not “rabbit trails”, Ken ! Okay, I will stop that (SLAP,SLAP). This post is an attempt to put God’s amazing plan for His created humans in a logical and understandable form so that anyone who reads, and has average intelligence and reasoning powers, can understand the redemption plan that God put in place starting in the garden of Eden.

From the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve the ability to choose right or wrong. Obviously, Eve had the ability to disobey God and listen to the serpent; Adam had the ability to make a choice, listen to Eve or not and disobey God. As the old song goes, ” it started long ago in the Garden of Eden.” Disobeying God was an “option” from beginning of the human race. Say it ain’t so? How could it be otherwise?  That is what I am fixin’ to ‘splain to ya !! Hold on tight ’cause ” the Gospel Express” is leaving the station !!

Barb and I started a ministry back in 2011 and the Lord gave me the name of Everlasting Covenant Gospel Missions. The initial concept was for the project to be an evangelistic ministry of tract writing, and if the Lord allowed, a public preaching effort geared toward reaching the lost with the loving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, with a healthy dose of warnings for those “saved” people who had left their first love and strayed into “enemy territory”. Those two endeavors are what I consider normal evangelistic preaching  and teaching. Well, the public preaching (live and in person, anyways) never “took off”. That was a zealous preacher’s “pipe dream”..  The real world of church reality does not work that way and rightly so. I know that if I was a pastor of a church, I could not turn over my pulpit to an unproven and un-vetted, wanna-be evangelist. So, phase two started forming in my spirit; I would start a YouTube ministry with just audio Bible teaching and allow God to send whoever He wanted there to listen. That effort is still up and “running” and available to listen to on your device. Go to YouTube.com and type “Kenneth Hall testimony” and you will find 4 audio messages. The next phase of the ECGM ministry was and is the “Luke 14 Project”. It is an effort to witness to people whenever they live and play. If you listen to the short version of my testimony on YouTube you will find out that I like to play pocket billiards (pool), so being the inventive person I am (lol), I invented me a way to minister and have fun at the same time. Anyhow, the genesis for the Luke 14 Project was the scripture passage in Luke 14:16-24. These verses talk about professing Christians making excuses to the Lord and what the Lord does in that case. Probably, a bunch of you will not agree with how I interpret these verses, but that is OK with me. Let every one be convinced in their “own minds” about Scripture and do not be tossed “to and fro” by various ” winds of doctrine”. I personally believe that the Luke 14 passage is referring to a future event in heaven while the “great tribulation” is occurring on earth. It is described in Revelation 19:7-10, “The Marriage and Wedding Supper of the Lamb”. What a day that will be ! Amen ?

As I said in the first paragraph, this is an attempt to show the logic and reasonableness of God’s redemptive plan for his beloved human race. Right now, I want to make this “bold” statement. Calvinism (reformed theology) may be the most diabolical lie that Satan, the deceiver, has ever foisted on Christendom (professing Christianity). To Biblically prove that God has created humans who are equipped and allowed to exercise free will, I must debunk the fallacy and error of Calvinistic reformed religion. My purpose in writing this article is to show my reader friends the many ways that “reformed religion” has been the driving influence behind the “great apostasy of the last days”. I am going to try to be succinct and to the point because to totally refute Calvinism would require a substantial  sized book. So, I am going to try to be general, and let the Holy Spirit in you who read this , enlarge my argument. I truly hope this writing sparks an interest in the reader to take a “hard look” at how this subject could be impacting their personal lives and, hopefully, repent and become more active in proclaiming the “great commission” in their personal sphere of influence in this “dying apostate world” in which we reside. Jesus said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.(Matt. 28:18b,19,20). Jesus also said in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” And friends, that last statement is the crux of my argument and “compulsion” to get out the truth of the Scriptures about our apostate “church world”. I will list a few of the “movers and shakers”, the ones whose influence has been the most profound in this “apostate non-move of God” called reformed thinking (religion). John Piper, Albert Mohler, Tim Keller, Randy Pope, John MacArthur, and a list of others a mile long. The movement called New Calvinism or the “Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) has been the bane or “death knell” of what I call “real evangelism” in the USA. When I say the death note or coup de grace, I am speaking of this phenomenon (YRR) as coming at the end of the deadly “swan song” of postmodernism (PM). Here is the definition of PM.

Postmodernism A general and wide-ranging term which is applied to literature, art, philosophy, architecture, fiction, and cultural and literary criticism, among others. Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality. In essence, it stems from a recognition that reality is not simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but rather, is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality. For this reason, postmodernism is highly skeptical of explanations which claim to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, and instead focuses on the relative truths of each person. In the postmodern understanding, interpretation is everything; reality only comes into being through our interpretations of what the world means to us individually. Postmodernism relies on concrete experience over abstract principles, knowing always that the outcome of one’s own experience will necessarily be fallible and relative, rather than certain and universal.

Postmodernism is “post” because it is denies the existence of any ultimate principles, and it lacks the optimism of there existing a scientific, philosophical, or religious truth which will explain everything for everybody – a characteristic of the so-called “modern” mind. The paradox of the postmodern position is that, in placing all principles under the scrutiny of its skepticism, it must realize that even its own principles are not beyond questioning. As the philosopher Richard Tarnas states, postmodernism “cannot on its own principles ultimately justify itself any more than can the various metaphysical overviews against which the postmodern mind has defined itself.”

Religious postmodernism denies the absolute truth of the scriptures of the Holy Bible and makes truth relative to individual circumstances and interpretations of “learned” modern men. I have a good Biblical name for PM. “HOGWASH!!!” (2 Peter 2:22) “But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” PM and the YRR are the end results of what Jesus calls ” Nicolaitanism, “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” (Revelation 2:6) Nicolaitanism is a heresy that started in the early days of the church whereby the “laity became subservient to the clergy instead of the leaders being servants of the common church people. Jesus modeled servanthood to his disciples and Paul went on in his epistles of 1,2 Timothy and Titus to elaborate much on what Jesus wanted. Satan was successful to a great degree when in 381 AD the bishop of Rome became the “head” of the church. The true church was “hijacked” by the clergy and popery soon became the way of the church; industrialized religion was the prevalent visage of the church. So, apostasy is not a new thing.  Can you see that I am trying to “connect the dots” and trace the history of what we in the “watchman world” call the apostasy or the falling away from the faith? I hear a lot of comments from Christians who believe that the apostasy is just going to happen in the very last of the last days; some kind of flagrant, deceptive movement (New Age, emergent church, etc.) that will lure professing Christians away from God. Those things are a part of the great falling away, for sure, but they are symptoms and not the disease. The true origin of apostasy is even more insidious and deceptive; like a very slow-growing cancer that has spread over hundreds of years and now has metastasized into the “death spiral” of the professing church.

Roman Catholicism  became the only visible “church” for over 11 centuries. Then came  Martin Luther and the Reformation, a good thing at it’s start, with the five solas; taking some power back for the laity to use just the Bible and it’s precepts for the basis of the Christian faith. That was the end of the “dark age” of Christianity. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen? BUT  it was not very long before John Calvin came on the scene and the church was “hijacked” once again by man-made religion. Calvinism has had a tremendous effect on today’s “professing Christianity”. I believe with all my heart that Calvinism is the major cause of today’s apostasy, which is the final phase of the “great falling away”!!! Calvinism (new or old) is a very flawed system of religion that seems to espouse a very high view of God and His sovereignty. But no matter how majestically Calvinists say they revere God , they deny Him and the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:1-5) and re-invent the God of the Scriptures to “prove”  their version of the sovereignty of God. I call it a self-perpetuating system of heresy. Although I will not take the time to deal with every facet of the deception of Calvinism, I will make this bold statement and you can quote me on it. “New Calvinism has been a major contributor to the ranks of the emergent church heresy, it (YRR) has tremendously harmed Contemporary Christian Music with a “wink” at homosexuality in it’s ranks, and music that does not honor God and instead honors weak, sinful human behavior (the creature) more than the Creator (Romans 1:25 -Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.- The Calvinist publishing arm of the YRR, the Gospel Coalition, has flooded it’s literature into the mainstream of supposed “orthodoxy”, into church discipleship and training programs. Practically all the “Bible (so called) and community churches” have New Calvinism at the helm.” I will go as far as this statement in my discernment; ” I truly believe that a majority of church members in the New Calvinist (YRR) churches probably do not realize what their church truly believes about salvation and the salvation process.” I could be off-base somewhat in that statement, but I do not think I am, really.

So, Ken, let’s get to the crux of the article and finish your “rant”. Okay, I will, reader friends. My true heartfelt and sincere concern in writing this critique is to wake up some sleeping Christians who may be participating in perpetuating the heresy of the “New Calvinism- YRR” and to have them come out from this system of error and return to the God of the Scriptures or possibly see their “lost” condition, and be truly “born again from above”; to walk in newness of life and be ready when the Lord Jesus returns very soon.

Listen friend, please! Take my warning seriously!. Get yourself a book about Calvinism. I suggest the late Dave Hunt’s ” What Love Is This “. Read and study that book with an open Bible at your side. Pray for discernment. It could change your life and eternal destination!!

I know this has been quite lengthy, but God put you on my blog for a reason. I appreciate all of you who take the time to read and think about what I say on Hey, Jude 15. I really, really do. Please comment with honest questions and I will prayerfully answer all inquiries in a timely manner.

May God bless the “blessable”.  Please draw the nominal Christian to repentance, and save lost sinners is my prayer and plea, Lord Jesus!!

Ken Hall

 

 

 

 

Perfect Disobedience-a Critique of “New Calvinism and the Young, Restless, and Reformed.