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Don’t Be Deceived

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

There is a new trend in “Liberal Christianity” where denominations are accepting homosexuals as members, some like the Methodist Church are even ordaining them to be pastors and bishops. Do any of these people even read the Bible? Apostle Paul clearly teaches homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If homosexuals are not even saved, what makes you think they can be ordained as pastors or bishops?

This is what happens when denominations and “Churches” disregard the Word of God. They make  up there own doctrine and send people straight to hell. As Paul says “Don’t Be Deceived”

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Now the good news (Gospel) is that we can be saved through Jesus Christ. If you Repent (Turn Away) from your sins, you can become Born Again (John 3:3) However when you become Born Again and baptized by the Holy Spirit, you don’t still remain in your sins, you change your lifestyle.

Someone who continues to live in their sin and believes they are saved is deceived!

But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:6-9

Here is Jesus teachings, he quotes directly from the Word of God (Genesis) First notice God makes males and females, there is no such thing as a transgender, God does not make mistakes

Second the covenant of Marriage is between a Man and a Woman that should be eternal. God made the Law of Marriage not man, therefor nobody has the authority to change it except God, which he never changes

Don’t be deceived , God will not be mocked, Repent and come to Christ, the only way to the Kingdom of God

Creed of Christianity

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The very first Christian “Creed” was written by the Apostle Paul. Many scholars believe this Creed could be written as early as 5 years after the resurrection. This is an amazing piece of historical evidence of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its important to understand how valuable and reliable this documentation is to the Resurrection of Christ

A Creed is a written set of beliefs, Christianity actually has several creeds including the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, ect. These are foundational beliefs that all Christians should agree with regardless of your denomination. The foundation of Christianity is the death and resurrection of Christ. The fact Paul documented this so early, confirms that Jesus death and resurrection was not a fable made up over time, but actual eye witnessed events

and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14

As Paul states without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is worthless. There is no hope without the Resurrection of Christ, however because we know Jesus rose from the dead, we have the eternal hope of overcoming sin and death by the blood of Christ

Regardless of your denomination or differences with other Christians, 1 Corinthians 15 should be a foundation for your faith as all our hope rests in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Lord Of ALL

But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:3

When we look at the world today we see total chaos, why? Well one of the issues is gender confusion. A lot of young people now claim they don’t know if they are a boy or a girl. The breakdown of the traditional home, we see the same genders trying to take on multiple roles. It’s all completely failing, why? Because there is no law or order

Lets take for example your job or school. Is there someone in charge at each of these places, of course there is a boss, manager, supervisor or superintendent. Why are these positions put in place? To keep structure and order. Does it mean these individuals are greater than people who worked underneath them? No, it just means different people have different roles

We are rebellious people by nature and don’t want to be subjected to authority. But in order to be obedient you have to be submissive at some point. Jesus Christ rules over all of us, even those who deny him. Jesus is Lord over us ALL. The irony of it is when you submit to his authority you are actually set free!

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Many people want Gods love but they don’t want Gods authority. It doesn’t work that way, either Jesus is your Master or you are his enemy. Which is it going to be? Put away your rebellion and submit to Christ which is everything is placed under his feet! Amen!

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4

One of the great controversies of Christianity is the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are some “Christians” who will claim you need to be able to speak in tongues as proof you are saved, while others will claim “if you just have enough faith you will be healed”. These claims are all misunderstandings of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

While I believe that speaking in tongues and healing are legitimate gifts of the Spirit, they are not essential to be saved and they are not gifts every Christian will receive. I have never spoken in tongues before  and I am saved. There’s a lot of “Christians” who will fake having gifts to prove their salvation, You Don’t Need to Do This! In fact your committing blasphemy lying about possessing gifts from God which you don’t have

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Paul explains everyone has different gifts based on what Gods wills you to have. To say all Christians have the same gift is not Biblical. Just as God has given all of us some sort of talent, God has also ordained us believers a specific gift of the Holy Spirit. What is your gift? You’ll have to figure that out with God, however I will tell you this you do have a gift!

One of the most abused areas in Christianity is false prophets and teachers pretending to have gifts they don’t possess. Don’t be like them, you are not impressing anyone. Anyone who is truly Born Again can tell you’re a fraud and eventually you’ll be ignored

Rely on the Holy Spirit in everything you do! Don’t just rely on your human talents, God can take your ministry further than you can imagine if you submit to his authority Amen!

Bought With A Price

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23

What does it cost to be a Christian? Some might say you just repeat a few word and boom your in the Kingdom of God. But those who believe this don’t understand the transformation that takes place when you become Born Again. They don’t understand the conviction of your sin that pierces the soul and melts the old heart of stone

See becoming a Christian will cost you everything! You were bought with a price, the price is the blood of Jesus Christ. You will have to give up your old life, your old way, your old sins, you wont put in a new cell phone in an old case cover. You wont bake a new cake and put it in a used cake box, you wont You wont build a new house and put in old drywall…point is you don’t put your New Self into an old corrupted body

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

Jesus told us the price to follow him, give up everything! Sin is self-gratification, if you deny yourself your probably going to sin a lot less. If you deny yourself, maybe you will have time to think about God and your Neighbor instead of yourself.

Take up your cross daily, meaning suffering and persecution. Follow Christ on the narrow path not the broad way to hell like the rest of the world. You were bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ, the only way to eternal life Amen!

Don’t Judge? Part 2

Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 1 Corinthians 6:2

Heres a thought, do you know during judgement day you will be also judging the world? For all those “Christians” who will say “We don’t Judge” well then your not fulfilling your role as a Saint. Now the Catholic will say, “This is only for Saints” if you are a Christian you are a Saint.

The original Greek word for Saint is “Hagioi” which just means “Set Apart” When you’re a Born Again believer in Christ, you have been Set Apart by the blood of Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Now does this mean we should go around and judge everyone? No, Paul is making reference to after the resurrection. When the final judgement is here, the Great White Throne, we will be part of the judgement of the wicked.

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 1 Corinthians 6:3

Here is another mind blowing revelation, we will also judge Angels. I know we often think of Angels as Holy Creatures but there is also a lot of fallen angels. Apostle Peter and Judge talk about fallen angels that are currently being held in the abyss waiting for judgement (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6)

Now if you plan on being one of those judges you need to be worthy of judging. Meaning nobody wants or respects a corrupted judge. Keep yourself free from immorality and sin, wash yourself in the blood of Christ, allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify you Amen!

Arrogance in Grace?

You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. 1 Corinthians 5:2

Has the Grace of God made you arrogant rather than remorseful? We know those Christians, who like to flaunt around their sin and play the grace card. We see more and more “Liberal Churches” who actually embrace a sinful lifestyle rather than mourning their sin. This is a heresy, anyone who doesn’t mourn and repent of their sin is not saved

Paul visited the Church of Corinth and found a lot of immortality going on in the church. And instead of the people repenting of this sin, they were embracing it, sound familiar?

 

For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 1 Corinthians 5:3

Paul , being the Church leader, rebuked and judged the person responsible for this heresy. How many pastors or church leaders today are calling out their members who live in sin? Probably nobody, because we rather please people than keep than on the narrow path of eternal life

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 1 Corinthians 5:6

Again Paul is calling out the heretic, and tells him your sin will corrupt the Church. A little leaven (which is symbolic for sin) leavens (corrupts) the whole lump (Church)

 

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7

Clean out the Sin for Jesus is our Passover, Jesus took the atonement for our sins! This is not a license to continually sin, mourn of your old sins and become Born Again! Don’t allow sin to corrupt you or the Church, clean them out!

Servants of Christ

Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1

What do you want to be when you grow up? Often when were young we have ambitious answers, however some people may have filled those ambitions, while others went off into a different direction. Regardless nobody says when they grow up they want to be a servant. This seems absurd, we want to life ourselves as high as we can possibly go

However as a Christian, you are a servant of Jesus Christ. Or atleast your supposed to be, this is what true Christianity is about, self denial. Skeptics will say, “Its easy to be a Christian”, “Just say a few lines and your in” this is false, true Christianity is a transformation not a slogan

In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 1 Corinthians 4:2

Jesus is looking for people faithful and trustworthy, but how does this fit into my life and my dreams? Sometimes it might not, sometimes you might have to walk away and leave behind careers, friends, and comfort for Christ. Are you willing to deny yourself, carry your cross, and follow Jesus?

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

Jesus said “anyone” who wants to be a Christian must become his servant. Not just some people, not just the prophets or the apostles, everyone! Are you willing to do this? Are you doing this ? Are you truly a disciple of Christ by the standards of Jesus?

The New Temple

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

To understand how we are the “New Temple” you must first understand the Old Temple. Before Christ, the Temple was the only place where Gods presence was on Earth. If you wanted to be in the presence of God you needed to come to The Temple.

The Temple was were the High Priests lived and were anointed to make intercession for you. The Temple was the only place where you could make atonement for your sins, which the sacrifice had to be performed by the High Priest

So now fast forward to the New Covenant. When Christ became your High Priest and became the final atonement for your sins. The veil was torn in the Temple and now the presence of God lives inside every Born Again believer in Christ.

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

When Jesus made this statement, the religious leaders thought he was talking about the physical Temple. However Jesus was talking about his physical body, the New Temple of God. Jesus was talking about his crucifixion and resurrection, being raised up in 3 days!

Now when you accept Christ into your heart, repent of your sins, you become Born Again. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you and your body becomes the New Temple of God.

If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Corinthians 3:17

The New Temple of God is a Holy Temple! Meaning keep your body free from sin, sexual immorality, drugs, and alcohol. Keep your Temple Holy because God is Holy, don’t allow your Temple to become desecrated by evil.

God the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, to empower you to flee from sin in Jesus name Amen!

 

Baptized by The Holy Spirit

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14

Why does the Bible seem like nonsense to some people? Why do some people misinterpret scripture? Its because without the Holy Spirit we cant understand the Bible. Without the Holy Spirit we cant understand God.

Before the New Covenant, Israel would rely on Prophets of God who were filled with the Holy Spirit to mediate between them and God. However in the New Covenant , God has poured out his Spirit upon us (Acts 2:17)

But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 1 Corinthians 2:15

The Holy Spirit allows us to see things through the eyes of Christ. This is why Jesus said we will be known by our Fruits (Matthew 7:20) If someone is living and speaking carnally minded, they probably are not Born Again.  So how do we receive the Holy Spirit? Become Born Again!

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:3-5

Jesus said nobody is saved unless they become Born Again. How to become Born Again, believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins. When you truly receive Christ into your heart you become baptized by the Holy Spirit

Once that baptism of the Holy Spirit happens you will start to see and understand things from a whole new perspective. If you want to know and understand God, come to Jesus Christ and receive him into your heart! Amen!