Abandon Ship!

Abandon Ship!

1 Corinthians 1:21

“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believed.”

Ask yourself this question, “What do I REALLY believe about God and eternity?” because the answer to that will be seen in the way that you live your life. Do you really believe God’s word (2 Tim. 3:16,17)? Do you believe what He warns about sin (Luke 13:3,5)? Do you believe that God created all things including yourself and that He knows your thought life (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 4:12)? Do you believe that He will one Day judge the world in righteousness as He has said (2 Cor. 5:9-11)? Do you believe in His repeated claim that there is an eternal place of judgment for the wicked and an eternal future in the heavens for those who love Him (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28,29; Daniel 12;2)? Or do you merely say you believe, and live for this world as though Jesus were not coming back? Such a person is a hypocrite and is the very reason people accuse the Church of hypocrisy (Matt. 25:51).

My discipler used to always say, “in an insane world, a sane person seems insane.” I have found that statement to be very true. The world will think you’re normal if you get drunk, smoke drugs, look at porn, curse God daily, and live for yourself; but as soon as you turn away from those very destructive habits (that hurt everyone around you) and start pursuing  righteousness, you are labeled insane. You are insane the moment you stop living for yourself and start to live for Christ and others. They also called Jesus insane, but look at what He has done for you. He alone has made a way to escape the fierce wrath of God, by shedding His own blood on the cross.

Because we live in a fallen, sin ridden world, infected by darkness in every way, the wisdom of God seems foolish to people. But little does the world know that this pleasure cruiser called life is headed towards an iceberg, and when it strikes it is going down, along with all who are on it. God is calling all on board to jump ship into the rescue boat that He has provided, who is Jesus Christ His Son. As the world parties, it laughs and scoffs at those who they deem stupid for jumping over board, leaving the pleasures of this world. But it is those same “foolish” people who are calling out to them in love, to warn them of the danger ahead. When the ship strikes the rock of judgment, who truly will be the fool?

I plead with all today: this world is shifting, unstable and wasting away. Do not build your life upon it or you will regret it for all eternity. Rather, build your life upon the very words of Jesus, for His words will never pass away. Repent, and believe the gospel today!

With love for all,

Jonathan Ball

1 John 2:15- 17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are not of the Father but are of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust of it. But he who does the will of God abides forever.”

 

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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

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

World Religions

World Religions

Romans 10:3

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”

If you have ever wondered why there are so many world religions, there is your answer.  The world will not submit to God’s way and therefore goes about trying to establish their own righteousness, which is called “self- righteousness.” That is why there are so many religions, each with some form of “goodness” about them, but each denying the truth that is in Jesus Christ.

The movement today says that we should coexist, and many “Christians” are falling into the philosophy that people from every religion are following Jesus because they are doing good works, believing that although they do not know His name, they are hearing “the voice” that tells them to do good, and in obeying the voice are actually following the Lord. While it is true that God is drawing people out from every religion to Himself, it is not possible to remain in another religion (which teaches false doctrine about Jesus) and say you are following Jesus.

As Romans 10:3 plainly shows us about Israel, we can see that it is exactly what the religions of the world do, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and therefore not submitting to it, go about trying to be good on their own merit. It has a sense of goodness about it but is really rebellion to God, putting Him aside and saying, “I can do this myself.” But as the prophet Isaiah said, “All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), for if we do not allow God to cleans our hearts from sin then our good deeds are an attempt to bribe the Judge of the universe.

In studying what world religions believe, you will find that each one changes the nature and Deity of Jesus Christ, who Himself declared that He is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Unless a person submits to Him, no matter how religious they are, they are seeking their own righteousness. For, “whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9).

It comes down to this: either we trust in the merit of Jesus, accepting that it was His work on the cross that saves us, or in pride we reject His sacrifice and trust in our own good works to save us, which is futile. As the prince of preachers (Charles H. Spurgeon) once said, “Nothing can damn a man but his own righteousness; nothing can save him but the righteousness of Christ.” Please, trust in Jesus today while you live!

Love Jonathan Ball

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground   Home Church: www.goodfight.org

The Lips of the Righteous

The Lips of the Righteous

Proverbs 10:11

“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”

Repeatedly in Proverbs we see the use of antonyms; the foolish and the wise, the righteous and the wicked, the lazy and the diligent, and a mouth that speaks life or death. Just as a spring of water does not bring forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening, so our mouth should not speak blessing and cursing towards others. It is not becoming of a righteous person to speak wickedly, for it defiles his nature and stains his character.

You can learn a lot about a person by what comes out of their mouth, for Jesus Himself said to the Pharisees, “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)” Now no man can tame the tongue completely (James 3:8), for we all stumble in word sometimes, but what a person talks about most is what is stored up in their heart. If a person loves the world and the lusts of it, they will talk most about that, and will do it with enthusiasm. But if a person is converted and now loves Jesus Christ, filling themselves with His word, then out of their mouth will come life. It will be a joy to speak of the things of God.

So let us be filled richly with God’s word so we can be a well of life to others. Let your mouth be used to bring people to Jesus, to disperse truth on the earth and to declare the praises of the living God. Let your life be like a well, causing people to come to you, drawing truth and life from your lips. May they find strength as you speak of His promises, proclaiming hope in a lost and dying world. Just as water gives life to the body, let your words bring light and counsel to others, filling them with wisdom from heaven.

A Crown of Thorns

A Crown of Thorns

1 Peter 4:1, 2

“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

We live in a world with a fallen nature, one that hates the will of God. Our natural desires are to be our own god, to make our own rules, to hate righteousness and love wickedness. Scripture says that we have all gone astray, that none has sought after God, and if we are seeking Him it is because He is drawing us to Himself (Isaiah 53:6; John 6:44). This is our natural state before we are born again, we are dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1).

Therefore, when the Spirit of God makes us alive in Christ, He changes our desires. Now our spirit wants to do the will of God yet our flesh still wants to do its own will, thus we have a war in our members for the rest of this life. Any person who is truly following Christ Jesus will live for the will of God, and that means that our flesh will suffer.

If a person still does all they please in life, they don’t belong to Jesus. For Scripture tells us that whoever lives according to the flesh will die, but if, by His Spirit, we put to death the deeds of the body we will live; for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:13, 14). This is essential to understand. We have multitudes of professing Christians who still live for their own will and are not led by the Spirit of God.  

Please dear reader, if you say you follow Christ then arm yourself with the same mind; prepare to go to the cross. Let nothing stop you, die to yourself and pursue His will. Then you will find true life! Let your spirit thrive; obey your Master! Don’t look to the right or the left, nor follow the average professers; follow Christ!

Intolerance

In-tolerance

Matthew 10:34

“Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

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There is a wave of influence in the world today which is not a new spirit but is as old as the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11, all men spoke the same language, and they as one unit planned on making a name for themselves. The problem is that they didn’t want their Creator in the picture, but in pride, they wanted to be the god of the universe. This will always happen until sin is done away with and God makes all things new.

The word “tolerance” means to accept the differing views of other people in religious or political matters. While Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, He in no way told us to live in peace with their wrong views. On the contrary, Jesus tells us He did not come to bring peace but a sword. The truth will inevitably produce controversy, even as light conflicts with darkness.

God will in no way tolerate sin. He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). There is not even a shadow of turning in Him. Jesus said He is the Truth (John 14:6), and that truth will stand forever. Scripture says that the LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, that He does forgive iniquity and transgression, but He “by no means” clears the guilty (Numbers 14:18). God is merciful enough to send His only Son to be crucified in our place, but outside of Christ there is NO place of forgiveness. For those who reject Jesus and continue in sin, God will not tolerate it, nor should He.

Many in the “Church” world today have given into this spirit of tolerance; preachers and denominations are surrendering the truth so they may please sinful man, instead of pleasing God. It grieves my heart so much, even though Scripture warned that these times would come. The Presbyterian denomination just removed the song “In Christ alone” out of their hymnal simply because it says, “on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” They even asked the song writers to change the verse to “on that cross as Jesus died, the love of God was magnified”, and the writers refused, saying they wrote the song to present the whole gospel. That’s alarming to me, that these people want to replace the word wrath with love. I’m sorry, but it’s God’s word, and He says He that we are saved from wrath through Jesus (Romans 5:9, John 3:36). (If God didn’t have righteous anger towards wickedness, then He would be unjust and unholy). I have also seen multiple Churches in Hollywood (united Methodist being one of them) that have signs declaring that they support equality for all (supporting homosexuals).

Now we are commanded to love all people, but not to align ourselves with them. Scripture says to come out from among them and be separate, and do not touch what is unclean, and the LORD would receive us and make us His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:14- 18). For what communion does light have with darkness and what fellowship does righteousness with lawlessness? We must stay faithful to preach the whole truth of God, and teach others of God’s perfect character: His love, His holiness, His righteousness, His justice, His judgment, His mercy, His grace, His goodness and His severity.

In failing to do so we are not only “not loving” enough to warn people of the truth, but also there awaits a heavier judgment, for Jesus said it would be better to tie a millstone around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble (Matthew 18:6). Teachers who mislead the flock will have to face the wrath of God for all the people they led to destruction. That is why we are told that teachers will receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Therefore the conclusion of the matter is to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And because we love God we will be faithful to declare all that He has said to others. And because we love others, we will tell them the truth in humility, with a gentle spirit, so that God might perhaps grant them repentance and that they might come to know the truth, turn from their sin and be delivered from death (2 Timothy 2:24- 26).

Please study the word of God daily to see whether these things are so.

Someone who loves each of you,

 Jonathan Ball