Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler; and whoever is lead astray by it is not wise.”

Alcohol is a poison. When someone is in-toxic-ated, he is “poisoned.” The body protests with confused thinking, slurred speech, and impaired vision, memory, and judgment. The victim vomits. The next day his head throbs with pain, yet he still drinks the poison. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been maimed on the roads by drunk drivers, yet the world cannot bring itself to say, “Don’t drink.” It can only say, “Don’t drink and drive.” This is because alcohol is the only enemy man has succeeded in loving. It destroys his liver, heart, and kidneys. It gives him high blood pressure and causes blood vessels to burst in his skin. It leads him to beat his wife and abuse his kids. It will eventually destroy his ability to enjoy the intimacies of the marriage bed. Yet he still drinks.

He thinks alcohol is a “stimulant.” In truth, it is a suppressant that reduces his inhibitions. It dulls the nagging of his conscience so that he can commit sexual and other sins that he couldn’t indulge in while sober. A man who gives himself to the demon of alcohol becomes a slave to its addictive properties. It mocks him. It steals his dignity. It takes control of his will. Whoever is deceived by it (and there are millions) is not wise.

Ray Comfort




2 Timothy 4:2- 4

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was straight forward: Preach the word! Why? Because the days were coming, and today are here when people will not listen to sound doctrine. Today you can present plain Scripture to professing Christians and they will turn away their ear, instead listening to more pleasing views of God, contrary to the word. They form a god to suit themselves, a god who is ok with witchcraft and sexual immorality (Revelations 21:8), who will not judge in righteousness (Acts 17:31), who does not command us to repent (Acts 17:30), who is indifferent to wickedness (Isaiah 5:20), and who created heaven without hell (Matthew 18:8, 9). This is what the Israelites did in the wilderness, and is called idolatry. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Paul might of told Timothy to “convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine”, but if you practice this today people will say, “don’t judge me!”, and, “Jesus said to love”, completely ignoring portions of God’s word for the sake of their agenda. They claim their actions are based on love, but part of the definition of love is, “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6); yet they rejoice in iniquity and hate the truth, defending evil and shunning any Scripture that opposes their carnal view.

Paul told Timothy, “but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers”, and so they do, gravitating to teachers who tell them love would never correct or make us uncomfortable, who do not teach of repentance, sin, hell or judgment, but only grace, mercy and love. Yet, the Great Master Himself, because of His love, mercy and grace taught us about sin, righteousness and judgment, which things the Holy Spirit also came to convict the world of (John 16:8).

If we love God we must follow the footsteps of Jesus in His teaching, actions and words; but many feel wiser than God and chose to do it a “better” way than He. Turning their ears away from the truth, they turn aside to fables, choosing to believe the idolatrous view of Jesus, which path leads to destruction. Please, for any who will listen today: seek the Living God! Read the word and believe it, not twisting it for your own advantage. Fear God and depart from evil, and Christ will give you life! Do not let anything keep you from the truth, but submit your heart entirely to the LORD and His ways, and He will be with you (John 14:21).

With love for your soul, Jonathan Balls


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The Lukewarm Church

The Lukewarm Church

Revelations 3:16, 17

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable poor, blind, and naked-“

Above Laodicea were hot springs which people traveled to for therapeutic purposes, and below the city were refreshing springs of cold water, but in the city they ran water down from the hot springs, and by the time it got there is was lukewarm and disgusting. This was symbolic of the spiritual condition of the Church; good for nothing and undesirable to Christ.

The biggest problem with this lukewarm Church is that they really did not see they had a problem. They seriously thought, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”, not realizing that Jesus saw them as wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked! That is a huge contrast!

Look at the Church today: we have fancy buildings, padded pews, air conditioning, big screens, nice sound systems, programs for finances and every other thing; we have every material thing under the sun, we say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”. Yet Jesus looks at our hearts and sees a people who are consumed with comfort, pleasure, entertainment, careers, 401Ks, 5 year plans, the latest fashion; He sees our deep love for worldly entertainment which is full of violence, sex, murder and filth, all while the world around us is sinking into hell, never to escape the fierce wrath of God. Our hearts do not want to be burdened with the work of God to save the lost, for it would take too much of our time and would cause our flesh to suffer. Yet God is calling out, “who will go for Me, whom shall I send?” Do you hear His cry? Or is it drowned out by “your” life? Do you not remember that you have been bought with a price and your life is not your own? Are the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choking out the words of Christ?

This is the most dangerous place to be, when we cannot see our true state. There are over 150,000 people who die daily, most of which do not know Christ and will go to hell for eternity. What are you doing about it? About 60% of the world does not have Bibles, evangelists or Churches to go to; they live in darkness, poverty, and hopelessness, so how can any person who claims to love their neighbor as themself just live as though the world were fine? If that is you, how does the love of God dwell in you?

The Lord is speaking to you today, but will you listen? If God is calling you, do not hesitate; give up your life and follow Him; reach the lost, help the weak, be a light to a dying world! Pour out your life as an offering to Christ and do His bidding. Otherwise, how can you call Him Lord?

As many as Jesus loves, He rebukes and chastens, therefore be zealous and repent. You will stand before Him soon, and if you live as though He has not given you a command, He will vomit you out of His mouth, and out of His kingdom forever. Please, open your eyes America!


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