True Love

True Love

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

What is love? Today’s miss conception of love is a vise by which sinners and professing Christians may live as they please, while believing that God is ok with their sin because He is love; So let us look closely at God, who is love, to see how He lived when among us.

Jesus was moved with compassion continually, and fed the hungry, clothed the naked, cast out demons and healed the sick; all of which a Christian should practice. He spent much of His time teaching people the word, loudly no doubt because thousands of people had to hear His messages. Therefore preaching loudly in public is not hateful, unless the content and spirit of the message are hateful. Unfortunately there will always be those people who do preach with hatred, telling people that God hates them and calling them whores etc. That is a grievous evil and makes it harder for preachers of the gospel because we get judged with the same label for simply following in Jesus’ footsteps.

Does being gentle and loving mean we must always speak softly? Was Jesus loving when He called the Pharisees “sons of hell” (Matthew 23:15)? Was John the Baptist loving when he called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” (Matthew 3:7)? Yes they were, because sometimes “open rebuke is better than hidden love” (Proverbs 27:5), and sometimes love means “pulling people from the fire” (Jude 23) as Jude puts it. Some people need a strong loving rebuke to shake them to their senses, so they may escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. This in no way gives us the license to be reckless with our words, but we must always operate in humility, being guided by the Holy Spirit.

God is patient by allowing a sinful world to continue so that some might be saved, and He is kind by warning us of judgment so we may flee from the wrath to come (Luke 3:7). Personally I have never used the severest threatenings of God’s word in the quantity that Jesus and the apostles did, maybe to my detriment (Peter 2:4- 6; Peter 3: 5-7; Rev. 21:8; Rev. 14:10, 11; Rev. 6:16; Daniel 12:2; Matt. 24:51; Matt. 25:46; Luke 3:17; Rom. 2:8, 9; 2 Thess. 1:9; Jude vs 7, 13). Perhaps I have not warned enough.

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It is imperative that we not remove the harder things of Scripture from our messages, for in doing so we are telling God we are wiser than Him. God is holy and must punish sin, and it will be severe; just look at the cross. We must preach heaven and we must preach hell, we must tell of grace and we must warn of wrath, we must preach of righteousness and we must preach of sin, we must preach repentance toward God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ. In failing to do so we are being unfaithful to preach the whole counsel of God, and will have the blood of many on our hands. Fear God! If you really believe the Scriptures, you will warn people; if you don’t believe them, you will argue with those who are warning people.

In the end, the only loving thing to do, once the reality of eternity has gripped your heart and the urgency of God has been laid upon you, is to cast off your own pursuit, set aside your personal agenda and live to seek and save the lost. For if you still live in complacency, comfort and pleasure, how does the love of God abide in you?

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Billy Graham “Unless we believe in a future judgment, the cutting edge of evangelism is blunted.”

Arrogance

Arrogance

Isaiah 2:11

“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”

One of the greatest enemies of God is pride; for the wicked man in his pride will not seek God, and He is in none of his thoughts (Psalms 10:4). Man enters this life through no authority of his own, and becoming aware of himself he lives out his life as if he were god, arrogantly rejecting submission to the LORD of all creation. The little being says, “I don’t need God!” and yet on the day he dies he will have no power at all!

Oh foolish little man! Seek God! For you could not even breath unless God granted you air, and the body you now use to defy Him is not your own. If the God that you reject did not instruct your heart, it would not beat! Unless He had written the 3.1 billion letter code book called your DNA you would not have eyes at this moment to read my words, nor ears to hear the sound of your friends, nor the ten thousand taste buds to enjoy your next meal! On the Day of Judgment, the LORD alone will be exalted, but the prideful man will be brought low.

Let us humble ourselves today and take our rightful place as the creature, not the Creator. Let us submit to the Almighty God of the universe, and He will give us grace through His Son Jesus Christ. Blessed be His name.

With love, Jonathan Ball

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Idolatry

Idolatry

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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Sex, Porn, and the Darkness of Sin

Sex, Porn, and the Darkness of Sin

Genesis 6:5

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Truly sin knows no bounds. It is so evil that it will take a person down paths they never thought capable. Sin lies deep in the heart of human nature and is so dark that most of the world cannot accept it, choosing rather to believe the lie that we are good. Of the many hundreds of people that I have asked, “do you consider yourself a good person?” almost everyone has answered, “yes”; so let us look at some facts.

In the United States alone there is an estimated 100,000 children being trafficked for sex a year (FBI estimates 300,000), at the average age of 12- 14 years old; that is not including adult slavery. The average amount these children are forced to have sex each day is 34 times, meaning that there are 3,400,000 customers per day in the US who pay to sleep with children. The US population is 323,700,700 and counting, which means that an estimated 1 out of every 95 people (or 1 out of 31 if FBI is right) around you are paying to sleep with a child each day. In the US alone, sex trafficking produces 9.5 billion dollars a year in revenues. That’s a lot of money.

Let’s move on to pornography. In the US, pornography grosses 13 billion per year and is viewed by 87% percent of all young males (9 out of 10), and 31% of young woman (1 out of 3). That means that almost every young man you see looks at pornography. Porn sights get more visitors per month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined. That is a huge amount! According to a Google trends analysis, 1/3rd of all daily searches for pornographic websites are for “teen porn”; about 500,000 searches a day. Out of 304 videos analyzed, 88.2% contained physical aggression; this means that much of the world is interested in aggressive underage sex. Stats show that those who watch violent X rated videos are 6 times more likely to force others into sexual acts. Experts also say that pornography leads to a rise in STD’s and abortion.

Child porn is rapidly increasing in popularity and becoming more gruesome, bringing in 3 billion per year in the US, while even searches for bestiality produce 2.7 million in revenues. Bestiality is sex with animals.

Last we will examine the topic of abortion. In short, abortion is the murder of an unborn child who would have otherwise lived, just as you are now living. If you were aborted, you would not be reading this, but thank God your mother gave birth to you. Studies have shown that babies (“fetuses”) have feelings and sensation, and are sensitive to touch. They dream, they suck their thumb, and during an abortion their heart beat increases as they silently scream and attempt to escape the tools used to abort them. It has been discovered that babies from 20- 40 weeks have “heightened” sensitivity to pain, so yes, abortion hurts them, you just don’t hear it (so it must be ok right??)

During an abortion from 1- 12 weeks, a vacuum is placed into the woman and is violently moved around until it tears the baby’s limbs apart and sucks it down the tube. During a partial birth abortion, the baby is pulled out by his feet, but the head is left in the womb; then scissors are jammed in the back of his skull, opening a hole for the vacuum that is used to literally suck out his brain. The limp body is then pulled out and discarded. As of now there have been over 56 million children murdered on American soil. That is far more than were murdered in the Holocaust, yet the world says, “It’s our right!” No one has the right to murder.

Therefore, these are just a few of many facts to make you think and decide for yourself. Hopefully you will be honest and realize that hidden in the heart of man is murder, rape, pedophilia, and a craving for sin of some sort or another. Men are full of dark secrets on the inside, while putting on a front for the world. Understand that God knows every secret sin of your heart: every lie, every deceit, every gossip, all greed, malice, selfishness, hatred, sinful imagination, and evil desire for things too wicked to mention, and He will judge every one of them on the Day of judgment (Romans 2:16). And yes, He should. God is angry with the wicked every day, and will punish forever those who persist in ungodliness (Psalms 7:11; Revelations 21:8).

But there is hope! God is also rich in mercy, and has provided one way of escape for you, to save you from His wrath. Jesus came from heaven and became a Man, lived a perfect life and then was crucified for your sins. Then Jesus rose from the dead, never to die again. God punished His own Son instead of you, so that you could be forgiven, completely washed clean of all sin, even hidden sin. But God also offers to clothe you in the righteousness of His Son, and by His power change your very nature, making you a child of God (John 1:12, 13). He can give you eternal life today if you will put your trust in Him. I plead with all who read this, if you have not, please repent of the sin in your own life and believe the gospel message. You can pass from death to life in a moment if you will surrender all to Jesus; for He loved you and gave His life for you.

With love for your soul, Jonathan Ball

p.s. were you interested in this message because it was about sex?

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References:

Sex trafficking: http://thecoveringhouse.org/act/resources-2/sex-trafficking-statistics-source-documentation/

Pornographic statistics: http://www.internetsafety101.org/Pornographystatistics.htm

Abortion: http://youtu.be/y9Vvfckoq8w

God is Always First- And Will Surely be the Last

God is Always First- and Will Surely be the Last

Revelations 1:8

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord.”

“God is always first, and God will surely be last! In the plan of God, man is never permitted to utter the first word nor the last. That is the prerogative* of the Deity, and one which He will never surrender to His creatures. (*the exclusive right because of His position)

Man has no say about the time or the place of his birth; God determines that without consulting the man himself. One day the little man finds himself in consciousness and accepts the fact that he is. There his volitional* life begins. (*the ability to make conscious choices or decisions)

Before that he had nothing to say about anything. After that he struts and boasts, and encouraged by the sound of his own voice he may declare his independence of God.

Have your fun, little man; you are only chattering in the interim* between first and last. You had no voice at the first and you will have none at the last! (* a period of time between two occurrences or periods.)

God reserves the right to take up at the last where He began at the first, and you are in the hands of God whether you will or not.

Adam became a living soul but that becoming was not of his own volition. It was God who willed it and who executed His will in making Adam a living soul. God was there first!

And when Adam sinned and wrecked his whole life, God was there still. Adam’s whole future peace lay in this- that God was still there after he had sinned. It would be great wisdom for us to begin to live in the light of this wonderful and terrible truth: God is the first and the last!”

A.W. Tozer