Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Miracle

The blind beggar said: 

“Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. 
One thing I do know. I was blind ... but now I see!” 
John: 9:1-34

This story appears pretty simple to understand … don’t you agree? 

A man blind from birth is sitting on the side of the pathway begging from the people passing by. Another man and his friends approach. The leader spits in the dirt at his feet and then bends over and picks up the wet dirt and rubs the mud on the man’s eyes. Anyone watching would think this man was horrible to abuse this poor blind beggar in this way.  But the man then tells the blind man to go wash in the nearby Pool of Siloam. A few minutes later the beggar returns healed from his blindness. How can anyone who saw this or knew the man doubt that it was a most amazing miracle? John 9:1-34

When Jesus healed the blind man in this story, it was only one of His many, many miracles. One of the amazing things about the story is the way in which different people saw the miracle. The blind beggar who was healed certainly understood the reality of the miracle as he very boldly stated: “I was blind and now I see.” And those who knew him recognized the miracle for what it was as well. The undeniable evidence demanded it.

But the Pharisees wanted to disregard this amazing miracle and discredit Jesus, and so instead they diverted the focus of the discussion onto their foolish manmade laws. If you look at the circumstances around you today, it is easy to see many examples of our political leaders doing the same thing over and over with us … majoring on the minors, and neglecting the most important issues.

The Pharisees simply did not want to acknowledge that which was right in front of their eyes, so they changed the subject from the facts about the miracle, to false statements about Jesus. Sound familiar?

But let us not get diverted here … I want to talk about miracles. No rational person can intelligently argue that if the story of the blind beggar is true, that Jesus did not perform an amazing miracle. And therefore this miracle and Jesus Christ’s hundreds of other miracles are compelling evidence that Jesus was much more than just a good teacher. And that the deeper story that he is actually God the Creator and Messiah might be true. This makes it easier to understand why those today, who do not believe in Jesus do not want to talk about it.

So that leads me to my question for you:  

Do you believe that God still performs miracles today?

No I am not talking about those phony healers you might see on television. I am not talking about any kind of people healing other people. I am confident that God could easily give a healing gift to any person he chooses; but I am not talking about that here. My question is about Jesus the Creator God answering prayers that bring about results that are clearly miraculous. I am talking about the Creator intervening in the affairs of men here and now. Yes or no?

If you answered; “yes” … can you give me some examples? If you believe in God’s miracles but can’t point to ongoing specifics, then possible you need to consider things differently.
And if you say; “no” … then is Christianity real in your life?

This leads to the real question about miracles we all must consider.

Do you have a prayer problem?

Do you understand what I am saying here? If you say I am a Christian, and yet you do not see the miracles that God provides around you every day; then your thinking is possibly confused. And your faith may be weak. And you most likely have a prayer problem.

James speaks clearly to this problem here: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1: 5-8

What does it mean to be double-minded and unstable in all your ways? 

This is the person who continually claims to be a Christian but follows his feelings and logic instead. This is the person who unconsciously follows his or her pride and lust, and the teachings and ways of the world and his human nature, instead of Christ and the promises for us in His eternal Truth.

The apostle Paul has the solution to this problem and gives us three habits that will help us see God’s miracles: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

1.  Be devoted to prayer
2.  Be thankful in prayer 
3.  Be watchful in prayer

So what does offering up a prayer to God, and how we pray have to do with miracles? The verse above tells us: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” So how valuable is this promise from God? How would you like a generous portion of wisdom from the Creator of all things about whatever it is that you choose to ask about ... without reproach, criticism, or rebuke? What would the value of this wisdom be to you? It would clearly be a most invaluable miracle. And it is yours or mine, for the asking … all we have to do is be devoted to prayer, be thankful, and be watchful.

We are promised the wisdom of the universe on virtually any subject. If you really believed that, how much stronger and how much more powerful would your faith become? Why do we need to be thankful? And why do we need to be watchful? Well that is obvious. It is clear that God has no need for us to be watchful or thankful, and He gains no benefit from our thankfulness to Him. God has given us this wisdom of being watchful and thankful for our spiritual benefit. The more watchful and thankful we are … the more we will see the Lord working in our lives.  And of course the more our faith will grow. It is to our benefit that we are faithful; because when our faith is strong; we will be looking for the hand of God, and we will be able to see His miracles all around us, more easily.

So what about miracles? Have you witnessed any miracles lately?

What if I told you that for the past year, I have been walking around in the middle of a miracle? And that I had reached the end of myself, and Jesus rescued me. He gives me new wisdom every day that results in His never-ending provisions? Well it is true, but I will not go into the details quite yet. I will explain though that for the past year, each day, I talk to strangers who call me about my product ... and at the end of the day, God provides manna from heaven, into my account.

I know you might say: Miracle? How is that a miracle? … that is the same thing many other people experience on their jobs, every day. That might be true; but there is much more. At this point, I will only just repeat … we need to be more watchful and thankful. 

Am I to pretending that my good fortune is a result of my great faith, and that my prayers are somehow more spiritual than others? Not hardly. But I do want to thank my family and friends for their prayers.

And I am totally confident that these daily provisions are miracles … absolutely YES; but I must admit that the understanding of it all is beyond my comprehension. Then how do I know that this is a daily miracle of God, and not just coincidence or luck?

That’s easy! Just like the blind man … I was reduced to nothingness, but now I see.

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6: 32-35

God Bless you my friends, Bob

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Forever Paradox

Judge not, that you be not judged.

For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, 
it shall be measured to you again. 

And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, 

but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? 

Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? 

You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; 

and then shall you see clearly to cast out 
the mote out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5

Every day, every hour, every minute ... we all make judgments. 

It is in our DNA ... It is how we are wired. 

There is no getting away from judging. 
You made a judgment when you decided to read this post … or Not. 
And I made a judgment when I decided how to title the post. I considered using a title that was more about judgment, but I decided that many would be more apt to be drawn to a post about Paradox than with a title about judgment.

So why the picture of Barney Fife above?  
Well ... he is a caricature of all of the foolish people that think that they are qualified to judge you and I, which quite often includes you and I ... being Barney Fife. 

Besides ... I also judged that Barney is much more likely to bring smiles than Ruth Bader Ginsberg; at least for most of us.

You see most of us have already settled or judged this issue in our minds and have concluded we are not to judge, but then within minutes we make one judgment after another. In fact some of you might begin to feel put off by where you feel this post might be headed, and make a judgment to move on, and to read something else. 

Don’t do that ... I promise not to judge you and call you a hypocrite.

Are you understanding, what I am saying here? 

None of us can totally follow this instruction from Christ. 
We make decisions or judgments all day long. 
Somehow our brain shifts onto autopilot and then we are just off to the races ... making one judgment after another. 

So, what’s the point? 

Well, my contention is that we must all judge what Jesus meant and did not mean when He said ... 

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” 

Did Jesus really mean that we are to stop making judgments; 
or was He speaking to specific types of judging?

Jesus has given us an Every Day Paradox that we will try to better understand here ... and what it means for each of us.

I’ll give you two specific examples. 
Not long ago, I ran into an old friend who used to serve in an ongoing ministry at a church where I also attended in the past. We sat down over a cup of coffee, and in the course of our conversation, I asked; “why did you change churches?” 

His response caught me off guard. 

“Well ... I had a meeting with a pastor, who had been reviewing my giving record, and he told me that I am a hypocrite, and that I'm not qualified to serve there." 

Now I don’t want to judge my friend or the pastor, since my understanding is totally out of context. But what if I told you that my friend had one of the most faithful and thankless ongoing ministries in the church kitchen, and that my friend is an epileptic with minimum wage income? 

Your mind can hardly keep from jumping to a quick judgment ... can it? 

Later the same day, I went to a church meeting where a large local Presbyterian church was discussing the dilemma that their church body is faced with as a result of a decision made by the Presbyterian Church USA to change church bylaws instructing them to ordain homosexuals and others who are active sexually outside of a man/woman marriage. This church body and their leadership will eventually be forced to judge their organizational leadership’s decisions. Will they follow the clear doctrine of the Bible; or will they follow the shifting whims of a society at large that chooses to disregard God’s Word? The consequences of not being tolerant, politically correct, and just going along with the crowd could include the loss of pastoral pensions, and a large church facility that has been built over the past 50 years.

Now, if you think like I do; the judgments on both of these examples are quite clear. There is not much need for discussion. Why is it clear? Well, I just know, you say? That answer my friend is not good enough. This is what any good legalist would also say, and the legalist Pharisees were the ones Jesus was talking to in text above. Jesus does not want us to judge like they judged.

Well, you ask; “what are we to do?”

Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10

Christians must have a Biblical foundation of beliefs that goes beyond ourselves in order to be "perfectly joined together." When men in a ministry context establish their own rules, contrary the Biblical foundation our Lord has given us ... the next thing you know, large numbers of pastors and ministries become open to evolution, abortion, amorality, and false religions.

In a free society, we must be tolerant to others beliefs, non-beliefs and religions; but there is a difference between being tolerant and not drawing the line between what is true and false, and between what is good and evil. to be tolerant of a false religion or someone else's right to believe and live an amoral lifestyle does not make those false religions of value. 

Our personal opinion or the laws of our society has no effect whatsoever on those issues that are eternally true or false. Evolution, amorality, and murdering unborn babies will always be wrong ... regardless of what a majority believes or has ruled.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds ;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

These two verses clearly explain Paul’s understanding and instruction. Speak the same thing; no divisions; perfectly joined together; in the same mind; in the same judgment. Oops … there’s that word again, Paul is leading us to make judgment. And then he says: casting down imaginations; bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

How can we do this you ask? Through prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit and with the Truth of God’s Word (our primary weapon: the sword of the spirit, the Word of God) we can know God’s will in all things. Only when we are perfectly joined together in the same mind, following the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word will there be no divisions and we can then make judgments that will be pleasing to Him. This comes when believers humble themselves to God's Word. 

Does anyone really think that if Jesus was here advising any church that He would choose an adulterer or a homosexual to be the pastor?

Some would say, god gave me a mind to think, and I intend to use it; but His Word says: "to cast down imaginations and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." That's not hardly an instruction to follow your logic, feelings, experiences, and the teachings of the world ... is it?

That is heavy; many will say: I didn’t buy in for mind control. And some actually did grumble when Christ presented them with things that were difficult for them to accept and what did He tell them?

"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said; this is a hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said to them, does this offend you? What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, therefore said I to you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." John 6:60-66

The bottom line is that His teachings were not optional, they either followed or they walked no more with Him. 

But there was one Pharisee whose judgment Jesus honored.

"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said to him, truly, truly, I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:1-3

Nicodemus made a judgment that was contrary to all of the other Pharisees. He judged that Jesus was a teacher from God and that God was with Him. This was the exact opposite of the judgments directed at Jesus by the other Pharisees. And how did Jesus reply to Him? He simply gave Nicodemus more Holy Truth from above. Nicodemus; “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

You see, the problem that the Pharisees had was that they were basing their judgments on their own understanding and worldly wisdom. Like the church leaders noted above the wisdom of the world, and not God's Word was guiding them. They were following the leading of their flesh and their pride. Their false beliefs, pride, and lust were the gods of their judgments. And these worldly forces ultimately lead to wrong judgments and decisions. Sometimes they might stumble across an obvious truth and piously stand there; but most often worldly wisdom leads down wrong paths to destruction.

Jesus then went on to explain more about God’s plan for reconciliation and eternal life. He then gave Nicodemus God’s ... "either/or" choice: “He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18

These are hard words that would never be considered loving by many who call themselves Christians today. But I ask; how is it being loving to NOT share these words with those we love? The truth here is that we should never be accused of judging others where those whom Jesus the Creator has clearly explained are ... already judged and condemned.

Jesus was giving Nicodemus instructions in how to take the log out of his eye. 
Nicodemus followed the instructions, and the rest is history.

There is much more to be said about judging others in future posts. 
I suggest you read and meditate on all of Matthew 7:1-28

But the first thing we must all do is get right with Jesus Christ and His Truth. We must all test or judge ourselves to determine where we stand with Christ. Are you a born again believer; or are you a religious person like Nicodemus trying to live the life of a good person? 

Are you Born Again or are you a reprobate living a pretend type of Christianity? 

"Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates? … For we can do nothing against the truth; but for the truth." 2 Corinthians 13:5-8

Are you committed to stand up for the Jesus Christ and the Truth of God? 

This is the Truth: 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1-14

The Presbyterian Church USA would not be struggling over this idiotic idea of ordaining reprobate clergy if they had not made a decision in the past century to follow the teachings of men over the teachings of God. This is all about the inerrancy of Scripture. There are many people who love Christ, but who have compromised His Word. Now is the time for all to stand on the inerrant Truth of God’s Word.

To disregard God’s Word is to disregard Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all.

God bless you my friends, Bob 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Church of Tares 2

Continued from: 

“The enemy that sowed them is the devil” 

We must beware of those who do not accept or understand the Truth of Christ, and instead follow and promote teachings of men and the wisdom of the world. They have been deceived and enslaved by the devil, the wicked one and his message has been sown in their hearts.  I know many of you might get angry here … but for Christians to stand, clinging to a message that is the opposite of what our Lord and Savior has given us is gross hypocrisy, and to teach this plan is contrary to the mission that Christ gave us.

Remember Jesus said: “Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you” What is this message that the wicked one has sown in their hearts? I could write a whole post on this question. But beware of the terms: "political correctness and tolerance." These words have been twisted by the enemy of Christ to entice the Disciples of Christ to be silent, accept, stand with, and agree with those who are promoting evil. The end result is believers who now reject God’s Truth and accept the teachings, philosophies, and false religions of men which include evolution, abortion, amorality, homosexuality and the idea that there are no absolutes except evolution, abortion, and now of course … man-made global warming.

We can easily conclude that Jesus is not politically correct, or tolerant to false religions, false teachings, amoral beliefs, and the wisdom of men.  Jesus says: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”  John 15:18-19

So the answer to the pastor’s question is: 
No, most surely not, we cannot … “all just get along.”

We now are in the midst of a movement that includes hundreds of Christian mega-churches that are convinced that they are ushering in a new reformation. They are promoting a different gospel which says we must focus on doing good works; rather than sharing the gospel of salvation by grace through Jesus Christ, and Him alone.

The temporal has replaced the eternal as the primary focus of these leaders that have guided their followers in this new direction.

Though sincere, they are sincerely wrong and would have us join together with big business, governments, and the false religions of the world to solve the five greatest problems that confront mankind … in order to heal the world. This is a worthy goal for government, big business, and loving people; but it is not the mission that Christ has given each and every one of us for eternity.

The only thing that can heal any of us is the saving grace of Jesus Christ … Period.

We cannot find common ground with Islam, atheism, and other world religions and philosophies; or with any unbiblical teachings. We are called to evangelize the false religions … and should never pretend that we have common ground with them spiritually. Their beliefs have no Truth or validity according to Jesus and His Truth. Biblical Christianity is monotheistic.

We are commanded: “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” 
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

“the harvest is the end of the world” The tares will be separated and burned. I will be standing with Christ, on His Truth, and with His followers. Where will you be standing?  The Christian’s salvation is secure eternally by the blood of Christ alone … so I am not questioning anyone’s eternal salvation. But I am convinced that all believers should be convicted by the Holy Spirit in their hearts and God’s eternal truth to reject teachings that are contrary to the Truth that Jesus Christ has given all of us.

There is so much more here and I suggest you carefully read the parable and the explanation given by Jesus carefully. Meditate upon these words, praying that Christ will reveal to you any teaching, false leading, false religious doctrine, or worldly wisdom; that you, your pastor, your church, or denomination may have been deceived into accepting or believing. Some major denominations have embraced teachings that are the opposite of God’s Word and promoting these doctrines as compatible with Christianity. There are currently thousands of churches that are leading their followers in the wrong direction.

 2 Timothy 4:1-5 tells us “to preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine” and“ watch you in all things” and “to not turn our ears away from the Truth” and  “to do the work of an evangelist, and make full proof of your ministry.” Since the claim is that this is the new direction and (New Reformation) of the collective evangelical church for the next century ... don't you think it would be wise to see where the mega churches plan to take all of us and our children's children? But more importantly, we are compelled "to not turn our ears away from the Truth ... we need to make full proof of our ministry."

But this is clearly the understanding of that which is temporal, and that which is eternal.  In other words … all the difference in eternity. 

We are called to be ambassadors for Christ with a ministry of reconciliation. The reconciliation is between the creator of all things and fallen man ... not Christians and false religions. Jesus has given us a mission and it is not about delivering the world from the five greatest problems that face mankind. That is a great secular plan, but it has nothing to do with preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus would not give us His plan for the reformation of His church through a non-Christian business guru. That idea is just another clever idea of a fallen man.

This is not about our shape. For Christians "old things (our shape) have passed away, new things have come" "All men are like grass and all of their accomplishments are like the flowers of the grass, the grass withers and the flowers fall off, only the Word of the Lord abides forever." 

Business guru Peter Drucker clearly decided to use Christianity as one of the legs on his three-legged stool in order to achieve what he believed to be his purpose ... solve the five greatest problems facing mankind. An admirable goal for a man with worldly objectives, but without a Savior. But unfortunately, for Drucker ... this man-made goal is not God's Plan for him or for all of mankind. Drucker disregarded God's plan for all of us: Matthew 28:18-20.

There is an all important difference between applying the Truths of Christ to solve the major issues of the world; and receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, having your sins forgiven, and living for the Creator of all things throughout eternity; ... versus living to accomplish the plan of a business guru who has rejected Christ's free gift of eternal life by His Grace.

And how can this mass national conversion be reconciled with Christ and not violate the plan’s commitment to NOT use this “good deed doing” working relationship with Islam, atheists and others … and NOT evangelize them? Does anyone really think that Islam will calmly accept what will be viewed as a betrayal in Rwanda? The response of the Islamists is very predictable.

I guess it might be time for us to meet with these Christian pastors, and have them explain to us how Islam, atheism, and these other philosophies and religions that reject Christ are compatible with Biblical Christianity and the teachings of our Lord and Savior, and His Word. One watchman ... Paul Smith tried to challenge this false teaching and was fired for his efforts. Read: Paul Smith

We are called to be Bereans ... 
and we are called to be Watchmen. 
The Gospel is our best and only ... "good deed doing" plan.
Everything else without the Gospel is temporal.

I suggest you watch and pray for guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit and the Word of Truth. God is calling you to challenge that which is false, and not be silent or just get along. The church appears about to enter the apostate period prior to the return of Christ. 

In the end, the tares will be separated and burned. 
Jesus teaches that there will be tares among us.

I will be standing with Christ, on His Truth, and with His followers.

Where will you be standing? 

The Church of the Tares

"Hear you therefore the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it; Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundred times, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:18-23

"Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying, Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said to them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear? Let him hear." Matthew 13:36-43

In closing … 

for Biblical Christians this Truth is not up for debate.

God Bless you, my friends, Bob

Church of Tares

I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 

preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables. 

But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:1-5

The End of the World

You may have heard some often say: “I have tried to read the Bible but it doesn’t make any sense to me.” 

Well most often, what they mean is that they did not like what they were reading because the Bible challenged them to change. 

Today we will look at Matthew 13:18-43.  This is a most important message to all of us. Jesus clearly explains His meaning of a most important parable for us. So we are without excuse … if we do not understand. This Truth is not something that might or might not happen. The all-knowing; all powerful; ever present Creator of all things; is never wrong, and He never lies, or even slightly twists the Truth. 

We can plan on this reality coming to pass.  The question is: not if, but when will this established Truth come to pass?

Before you read this post please note: The purpose of this post is NOT to judge anyone; but rather to expose false teachings wherever they might be. All teachings by Christians must be held accountable to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God’s eternal Truth.

Mathew 13:36-43 A key phrase pointed to here by Jesus is: “the end of the world” He is giving us the context of when this teaching will come to pass. He repeats Himself for further emphasis.

So since we who have received His gospel are his disciples … let us consider what we can easily learn from the teaching of Jesus about what will happen in the end times.

   “Then Jesus sent the multitude away” We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving” The god spoken of in this verse is the enemy of Christ. The teaching Jesus was about to explain was not up for discussion or debate. Jesus sent the multitudes away. He was about to explain Truth that those who had not received Him would not understand; and would most surely be offended and reject the Truth because of the influence of the evil one. This explanation of the parable was for His disciples … not doubters and those who twist the Truth. Please note that those who claim to be Christians, but instead choose to follow the wisdom of the world, rather than the Truth of Christ will most likely not accept this teaching of Christ either. It is clearly not what they will want to hear.

   “and went into the house” To expand on the previous point, Jesus had been speaking to the multitudes. Jesus and His disciples went into the house in order for Him to give explanation and instructions to His disciples in private … and not to the rest of the crowd. Everyone else would have the ability to understand and receive this truth as well, but only after they chose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. and they could then believe and understand His Truth as established Truth; and not just various topics that are open for worldly debate.

   “and his disciples came to him, saying, Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field.” Now, these first disciples were not much different than you or I. They were only human and at this point, not unlike the multitudes, they often unconsciously processed much of what they heard including what Jesus taught through their human logic and reason. Their natural tendency was most likely to be confused by these parables when viewed from a human perspective. But they had learned that Jesus spoke only Truth, and they wanted to understand the difference between His Truth, and their human understanding and worldly wisdom. This is one way that we can know if someone is truly a disciple. Is this person seeking to understand and follow the Truth of Jesus only … or is he or she following their own wisdom, or the wisdom of the world and teachings of mere men?

   “He that sows the good seed is the Son of man” The Son of man is Jesus. God sent His Son to be born of a virgin who was somehow impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Son of God came to us in the form of a man for the specific purpose of dying on the cross for our sins, and reconciling those who believe in Him to God for eternity by His grace or free gift. Jesus was the fully divine Creator who came in the form of a human. He has always existed as the eternally begotten One. Jesus is not just a good person and teacher who was martyred as the enemies of Christ would have us believe. Jesus is God.

   “The field is the world” The Truth of Jesus is for all the world and everyone and everything in the world. The people of the world are the mission field that the Savior has given all of us who have received His free gift of eternal life.  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go you 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 whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20. Notice that in this verse Jesus continually uses the word “all” He has “all power”  and we are to “teach “all nations” to observe “all that He has commanded” and He is with us “always” … from the beginning, to the end of time, and every moment in between. Men in their humanness and the teachers of the world will never and can never accept this Truth, apart from Him.  According to Jesus … ALL wisdom and knowledge … everything must be humbled to Him.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-21

   “the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares the children are of the wicked one”   Jesus teaches us that there are two groups of people: “children of His kingdom” and “children of the wicked one.” Now from a human perspective, you or I might think some who do not know Him are good people but Jesus says they are “the tares the children are of the wicked one” 

    It is no matter or consequence how much you or I love them or what we think about them ... God will judge us all eternally. This is for God alone to decide. Now do you understand why Jesus sent the multitudes away and went inside the house to explain what His parable meant? He did not want to start a riot. It was not time for Him to make the ultimate sacrifice yet.

Only Jesus will determine who are the tares. So do not be confused … I am not judging anyone. But false teaching and all pastors or teachers leading millions of Christians away from the true gospel; and to any plan of men that is contrary to the teachings of Christ must be exposed. Regardless of how sincere, loving, or committed it appears; or how much sense it might make to all of us.

Promoting reconciliation sounds spiritually minded; but spiritual reconciliation is not building bridges between Christianity and Islam, other false religions, and atheistic philosophies. Changing the first goal of the Peace Plan from:  P = Planting Churches to: P = promoting reconciliation ... is very telling about the un-biblical motives, and the playing on of words. 

Attempts to reconcile truth with falsehood is in no way related to the call we have been given by God to be ministers of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.

I ask you a question: how is it possible for Christians to join together with atheists, Muslims, and other worldly philosophies and false religions to solve the five greatest problems facing mankind? This plan has been promoted and declared as a “New Reformation” … so some would have us believe? This new reformation is explained as: “not about what we believe; but rather it is about what we do.” 

Is this plan leading followers away from Christ and the Word of Truth?

Continued: Go to ... Church of Tares 2

God Bless you my friends, Bob