Stand For Truth

Stand For Truth

1 Peter 4:11

“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

When Moses walked the earth, he spoke for God and was hated by many; centuries later however, the Pharisees spoke well of him as if they would of liked him. But just as their forefathers did, they too would want to stone Moses if he lived during their age, and they proved it because of their hatred for their present prophets, namely John the Baptist and Jesus Himself, who were both killed for their words.

And you also, man or woman of God, must resolve within yourself that you will live to please God and no one else, for you cannot please both. If you speak for God, as we are commanded, you will be hated by the world (John 15:18); you will also be misunderstood by your brothers and sisters at times. Do not be disheartened, for before you there was a great cloud of witnesses who also lived for the will of the Father (Hebrews 11; Hebrews 12:1); They were stoned, sawn in two, beaten, they hid in caves and wandered about in sheep skins, of whom the world was not worthy. For with God, the last will be first and the first last. He is the One you are to aim to please (2 Corinthians 5:9).

So press on, dear soldiers, and set your eyes on the One who went before you, the Author and Finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). He brought light into a sinful world, and laid hold of the cross, despising the shame, because He looked passed that to the joy of knowing that millions upon millions who sat in darkness would see a great light, be loosed from the chains of judgment and receive everlasting life! Yes, let that be the apple of your eye my friends. For when you speak God’s word faithfully to the world, they will be convicted, they will get angry, they will despise you as they hated your Master, but be of good cheer, look past the shame; look unto the many souls that might be saved from everlasting destruction because of the power of your message. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe..” Romans 1:16

With much love, Jonathan Ball

“Only one life, will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Leonard Ravenhill

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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The Occult in the Church

The Occult in the Church

1Timothy 4:1

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

Scripture warns us that in our times people would be led away from the truth by deceitful spirits, and that is happening today all over the world. The New Age movement and false teachings are flooding the “Churches” of America, and around the world. These spirits with their teachings are leading multitudes away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ and right into the pit of hell.

Satan knows that for many in “Churches”, he cannot simply present Satanism to them for they will reject such blunt offers; therefore he sneaks his doctrines in stealthily, providing something more tasteful for the masses. He provides sugar coated lies, occult practices with “Jesus” stamped on them so that the people will bite the bate; and they do, millions of them. It breaks my heart.

Here is an example: Yoga is seen by many as just a way to exercise your body and mind, and that it is totally harmless; yet yoga is rooted in the eastern religion Hinduism. The very name itself means: to yoke (which means to be joined to another). Yoga is to join you with the spirits of Hinduism, which are really demons. The yoga moves are actually individual offerings of praise to the 330 million gods that are worshiped. At the end of yoga class, people say “Namaste” which means “the god within me greets the god within you.” But we have people like Pastor Rick Warren who have holy yoga classes at church, and there are many who think lightly of such matters.

 Not only does Rick Warren mingle with such things, but he has also created what’s called the Daniel Plan. This plan has invaded the Church and the thousands upon thousands whom Rick has influence over. A careful look at those who Warren chose to help compile the Daniel Plan will reveal the deceitful work of satan involved. Dr Mehmet Oz, Dr Daniel Amen, and Dr Mark Hyman where those whom Pastor Rick Warren chose to help form a health plan for God’s people, all of whom are not Christian doctors, and together their beliefs range from un Biblical meditation, to hypnosis; even involving occult practices and the use of energies to heal.  Copy and paste or click the link for more info:   https://www.thebereancall.org/content/question-why-are-you-and-other-discernment-writers-so-critical-rick-warren-and-his-new-danie

These are just a few of the many ways that New Age philosophies and occult practices have entered Church buildings, leading people away from truth in Christ and toward demonic doctrines.

With a love for God’s people, Jonathan Ball

 

Do Not Mistake the True Meaning of the Cross

Do Not Mistake the True Meaning of the Cross

Please take a while to meditate on this powerful devotional by Tozer. It strikes the heart of our problem today in Churches. If I had the power, I would force every Church-goer and pastor in America to sit down and listen to this over and over, until it sunk in.

A.W. Tozer

Galatians 6:14

“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.”

“All unannounced and mostly undetected there has come in modern times a new cross unto popular evangelical circles.

It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial, the differences fundamental!

From this new cross has sprung up a new philosophy of the Christian life with encouragement for a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist tries to show that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. The modern view is that the new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him!

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere, but it is as false as it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. In Roman times, the man who took up his cross and started down the road was not coming back. He was not going out to have his life redirected: he was going out to have it ended! The cross did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more!

The race of Adam is under death sentence. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. Thus God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life!”

 

What did Jesus Teach?

What Did Jesus Teach?

John 7:7

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.”

This is such a powerful statement from Jesus and is worthy of much meditation. Jesus was talking to His brothers, who at that time were unbelievers. To them He says the world cannot hate, because they are of the world, but the world hated Christ because what He taught pricked peoples consciences, pulled the covers on their hidden sins and demanded that each person make a choice; to pursue death or life, sin or holiness, heaven or hell. To a world that loves sin and hates the light, Jesus is the last Person they wanted to see.

Many today have a skewed view of who Jesus is and what He really taught. People believe that He is just some fluffy, lovey- dovey guy who will allow them to live in sin with no consequences. This may be caused partially by the false teachings of some who don’t proclaim the whole counsel of God, and I believe is also due to the fact that people love their sin so much that they chose to believe in an idolatrous view of Jesus because it suits their lust, even though in their spirit they know the truth; for “the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed…” (John 3:19, 20)

Jesus told us that He did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). Saved from what I ask you? Saved from the wrath of God (John 3:36, Romans 5:9)! Saved from sin! Saved from perishing because of sin! You see, Jesus did not come and condemn us, He came and told us that we are already condemned! Unless we know we are sick we will not see a need for a doctor, and unless you and I know we are in eternal danger, we won’t care much about the fact that Jesus died to save us.

If that fact does not carry weight in your soul, if the thought of the cross does not flood gratitude into your heart and produce a life of obedience to God, then I would examine yourself to see if you really have been saved! For once you have been convicted of the evil in your own life, then the grace and forgiveness offered by God becomes sweet to your soul! “Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” (Romans 5:20)

That is why Jesus was hated, because in His great love for us He first had to show us the deep darkness of our own hearts, the lust, the pride, the arrogance, the love for money, the covetousness for others possessions, the unfaithfulness of our carnal man, the hate, the self -centeredness, and the failure in every way to keep the Fathers moral standards, so that, once we are broken of the confidence we once had in our flesh, and know that we are utterly hopeless of saving ourselves, we may look to Him, the Prince of Peace, the Author of Life, who is rich in mercy, and receive from Him that which we don’t deserve; grace upon grace. For He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we, through Him might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

So what did Jesus teach? He taught the whole truth, in love, without compromise. You see that it is the truth in its rawest form that sets us free (John 8:21, 22). That is why Jesus told us the truth about ourselves, our fallen state, and what He was going to do to redeem us. He said He only spoke what the Father told Him to, because He always sought to please the Father, not man (John 7:16; John 12:49, 50). Paul said, “For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men I would not be a bondservant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). You see, when we are seeking honor from other humans we tend to water down the truth because it is offensive; we seek to sugar coat it and leave harsh things out, yet sometimes it is the harsh things that turn us to God. When you water down medicine because it is bitter, it loses some of its curing properties, and therefore you are cheating your patient of the very thing that would save their life.

Jesus spoke hard truths in John 5 and 6, and many of his disciples turned and walked with Him no more. In His own home town, His words so offended the people that they tried to throw Him off of a cliff. Along with teaching us to love one another and love God with all that we are, He also showed it by flipping tables of the crooks that were abusing His Father’s house; He rebuked Pharisees and religious leaders because they were hypocrites, mere pretenders. Jesus declared that He came to bring a sword that would divide households and loved ones. Is there a contradiction? By no means! The sword Jesus brought was the “truth” that He spoke, for the truth will either turn us to God or cut us off from Him, it forces us to take a side, it does not allow us to stay in the middle. One man might chose truth, and his wife might reject it; thus they are divided.

Therefore, let us be like Jesus, and speak only what we hear the Father say. We are not wiser than God and should never think that we must help Him by doing it our own way. Let us seek honor from God alone, which I know is very difficult, but eternally rewarding. When you stand before the throne of God on that great and terrifying Day, you will see the wonderful blessing of speaking as Jesus spoke, and doing what Jesus did.

May each of you be presented spotless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.

With love, Jonathan Ball