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Lukewarm Christians

‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:16

Is there a such thing as a “Lukwarm Christian”? If so what is a “Lukewarm Christian”? Often I heard theologians try to downplay this scripture, saying it was a cultural reference to a drink, however this is a warning Jesus is giving to the Church, if he is truly your Master, then stop compromising to worship people

For example, we look at the United Methodist Church. They currently have an open Lesbian as a Bishop who is calling Jesus a bigot, however we have millions of “Christians” who continue to loyally serve the Methodist Church. Where is the outrage? Why are all the Methodist compromising their doctrine to appease the Church? They are “Lukewarm Christians”, either they don’t have the Biblical knowledge to identify the heresies or they just simply don’t care

Some might say, but wouldn’t Jesus rather have everyone saved even if they were “Lukewarm”? Well are you truly saved if you are “Lukewarm”? How can you truly be a bondservant for Christ and allow heresy in your Church?

But Jesus accepts everyone, regardless right? Well didn’t Jesus say “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14)? , didn’t he say , “Narrow is the path and few will find it” (Matthew 7:14)?  Jesus said he would “Spit out” the “Lukewarm Christians” isn’t that enough to take this more serious?

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:23

The current heresy going on in the UMC, as well as many other big corporate denominations, is lawlessness (sin). If you continue to stand with that Church, you are guilty of it also, as Jesus said “ Come out of her” (Revelation 18:4) meaning get out of the corrupted Church and worship God in spirit and truth

Heavenly Father, we pray for the Church, we pray that the Holy Spirit convicts all those guilty of being Lukewarm and lead that back to Spirit and Truth in Jesus Name Amen!

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God The Father?

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9

The United Methodist Church continues to shock everyone, at least true Christians should be shocked. At the  Minnesota Conference they  removed God The Father from their Apostles Creed. Their official statement was that the term “Father” wasn’t inclusive enough for the 21st century UMC. Even though Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of the Church, always addressed God as The Father and even taught us to pray to God as The Father.

Here is their official statements regarding this issue

 

Leaders need to establish the ground rules: Everybody’s God language is appropriate. People’s God language signifies a relationship that you can’t interfere with. You can raise questions and offer additional perspectives, but you can’t dictate. You can’t prohibit anybody from using any language about God. Whether they want to call God “Jehovah” or “Big Dog,” you can’t judge the validity of how that name connects them with God. People just need to get used to that.

So according to the UMC we now have the authority to override Jesus Christ and edit the Apostles Creed which has been in existence for over 2,000 years. Seriously they are ok with people calling God “Big Dog”? What happened to the integrity and respectability of the Methodist Church?

 

Pastors and other leaders should give attention to teaching people what the church’s traditional images mean and what they don’t mean. For instance, the “fatherhood” of God is about relationship, not biology. Our people won’t know how to reflect theologically about these things — instead of just reacting emotionally — unless we give them the tools.

There is nothing emotional about the Father/Son hierchy of the Bible. For example we were given examples through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob about the significance of roles a Father/Son play in society and in theology. Without this understanding , you wouldn’t understand the title of Son of God

 

Pastors and other worship leaders should expose people to a variety of images of God, both familiar and new, both comforting and provocative. People should regularly hear God referred to in public worship with images that are male, female, and gender neutral. In a worship service the choir may sing an anthem with thickly sexist, male-dominated language, while the prayers are full of feminine imagery. People can sing their own words, with their personal substitutions, if they wish. People should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own faith.

As the Bible tells us we are not to conform to the ways of this world but become transformed. This statement is telling us the opposite, lets conform to society today to make “Church” more acceptable. This is total heresy!

https://www.christianpost.com/news/umc-minnesota-conference-removes-father-from-apostles-creed-for-worship-service-224721/

 

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/11/united-methodists-remove-father-from-apostles-creed-to-be-more-gender-inclusive-to-god/

Another Jesus? #UMC

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Is the Methodist Church preaching another Jesus? Methodist Bishop,  Dr. Karen Oliveto, who is an open lesbian married to a woman , who also a deacon in her church, has said this about Jesus

“If Jesus can change, if he can give up his bigotries and prejudices, if he can realize that he had made his life too small, and if, in this realization, he grew closer to others and closer to God, than so can we.”

The Bishop Karen, who oversees over 400 Methodist churches,  directly called Jesus a bigot and prejudice. This would imply that Jesus was sinful and not God in the flesh. How could Jesus be the Messiah or Lamb of God if he was a bigot? Basically, the UMC is introducing a new heresy that is stating Jesus is just another prophet like many cults and false religions

“Too many folks want to box Jesus in, carve him in stone, create an idol out of him. But this story cracks the pedestal we’ve put him on. The wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting one, prince of peace, was as human as you and me. Like you and me, he didn’t have his life figured out. He was still growing, maturing, putting the pieces together about who he was and what he was supposed to do. We might think of him as the Rock of Ages, but he was more like a hunk of clay, forming and reforming himself in relation to God.

In another interview Bishop Karen went on to say we should not create an idol out of Jesus. Basically saying we shouldn’t worship Christ, are you serious? Does she understand the Methodist Church is supposed to be Christian? This is a direct denial of Jesus deity by a Bishop of the Methodist Church.

 

I emailed a superintendent of the UMC to see if her doctrine was accepted by the church. I wont give his name but he fully supported her new doctrine and even went on to give me a sermon to support her. Its clear the UMC is introducing a new heretical doctrine to remove the deity of Christ and support their homosexual agenda.

 

https://www.afa.net/the-stand/culture/2017/10/methodist-bishop-thinks-jesus-was-a-bigot/

 

https://juicyecumenism.com/2017/09/15/lesbian-bishop-oliveto-warns-not-create-idol-jesus-says-bigotries-prejudices-updated/

Final Victory

Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13

The Holy Spirit warned Paul that he would be in great danger going to Jerusalem, The Church , knowing this through The Holy Spirit, also warned and pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem. But Paul was ready to face any consequences, including death, for the Lord Jesus Christ

Why were the Jews so unhappy with Paul? Because they didn’t understand the fulfillment of The Law through Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:17) What Jesus accomplished at the cross changed everything. Those who don’t know Christ or accepted him cant understand this fulfillment because The Holy Spirit is not in them. Moses himself taught about the coming of Christ (Deuteronomy 18:15) but most of the Jews didn’t understand this prophecy

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:25

Jesus taught about the sacrifice Christians may have to make for him, Paul understood this and was willing to lose his life to the sake of Jesus Christ. Don’t follow the pleasures of this world, focus on Gods kingdom and the return on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Paul knew his outcome would probably be death, but he was willing to do this to expand the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring many to salvation

Heavenly Father, help us to be strong and courageous, even when we know the outcome might look grim for us, we know the final victory has already been won in Jesus Name Amen

God Demonstrated Love

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

How do you know someone loves you? Can love be shown without action? Many people who don’t know God would like to paint him as an angry and wrathful God. But when we understand what God, our Heavenly Father, has done for us already. We then understand that God does so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16) to free us from our bondages of sin and death

See even though we were rebellious, unholy, wicked, and disobedient. God granted you grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. Did we deserve grace and mercy? No but God’s love was demonstrated for us on the cross, Jesus tasted death for the punishment of our sins, not his.

There is no greater story of love and mercy than through Jesus Christ. Now don’t be misled, because of sin we still live in a broken world. There will still be pain and suffering. However, we can have peace and hope knowing that through Christ we will overcome death. Because our Lord has risen we will rise also and have eternal life in our Fathers Kingdom.

There is no love without action. Just as a man who loves a woman, demonstrates that love with the covenant of marriage. God has demonstrated his love to us through the covenant of his son Jesus Christ Amen!

Conquerors

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Are you a conqueror? Or do you feel like you have been conquered?

The original Greek word used in this scripture “hypernicōmen” means “we are more than conquerors”

First thing we need to understand is there is no greater victory than Jesus Christ. People see Christ dying on the Cross as weakness, but they don’t understand he laid down his life willingly (John 10:18) to save the world. As Jesus said in Matthew 26:53 “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

Jesus is saying “I AM The Son of God, if I wanted to wipe out the world I would, but because of Gods great love and mercy for us, he gave his only Son”

On that Cross Jesus defeated all strongholds against us, he defeated sickness, disease, addiction, depression, anxiety, and most importantly he defeated death.  As we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13)

If Christ is living in you, you are a conqueror. Nothing in this world can defeat or overcome you. Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33) But we must remember that we can’t do anything without faith, if Jesus is truly your Lord and Savior, that have the faith that you are truly a Conqueror

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Notice Paul’s faith here, he is truly convinced that he is a conqueror through Jesus Christ. Notice there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. Its time to renew your strength and declare that you are a Conqueror in Jesus Name Amen

Hedge of God

“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. Job 1:10

When we read the book of Job we learn many things about the battle between Satan and God. We also learn that God had put a “hedge” of protection around Job and his family because he was blessed by God. When we stay loyal and obedient to God he will bless you and your family also and put a “hedge” around them.

Hedge- also translated as “Wall”- is a surround or border put around something

God was bragging to Satan how proud he was of Job, because he was a righteous man. But Satan complained to God that he couldn’t get to Job because of the “hedge” of protection around him and his family. God then allowed the “hedge” to be lifted for Satan to test Job.

So if you really want to bless your family and yourself, get in agreement with God. Have your family covered by the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20) There is no power greater than “The Great I AM” If you truly cared about your family, you would put the “Hedge” of God around them in Jesus Name Amen

Road to Heaven

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Are there many roads to Heaven? Many false teachers and religions teach there are multiple paths to Heaven and God. They teach that God is manifested in different forms and all religions lead to the same God. These teachings contradict The Bible and go against everything Jesus has taught us. Jesus made it very clear he is the only way to God and Heaven.

So why is Jesus the only way? The reason is we have a sin problem; in the beginning we were created perfect. Then Satan entered sin into the world through Adam and Eve, and corrupted the entire human race. Since the wages of sin are death, we are now slaves to sin and death. For are all sinners and have fallen short to the Glory of God.

But God had a redemption plan, since he loves us and his mercy endures forever, he sent his only Son to be the atonement for our sins. Jesus took on our sins and the sins of the world, so that we may have eternal life. Jesus is the only one who can do this for us, since he is perfect and the only Son of God. No one else can forgive you of your sins.

After 3 days Jesus rose from the dead and lives forevermore. He holds the keys to death and hell. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God with all power and authority. He defeated death, sin, and hell on the cross for you and I.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior say this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Forgive me of my sins, I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, fill me with your Holy Spirit in Jesus Name Amen

Poured Out

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  Acts 2:17-18

Are you filled with The Holy Spirit? The prophet Joel foretold about the coming of The Holy Spirit 800 years before the day of Pentecost. The day of Pentecost was the great day promised by Jesus, that God would send his Holy Spirit and pour it out upon everyone (Acts 1:4)

But make no mistake about it, the Holy Spirit is still with us today and God wants to pour him upon you. As the prophecy is foretold, the Holy Spirit is not limited to anyone, men and women, young and old. If you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11)

Jesus taught us about the Holy Spirit as the comforter, the advocate, and helper. (John 14:16) Paul teaches us about the gifts (wisdom, knowledge,faith,healing,miracles, distinguish Spirits, prophecy,tounges)   of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians) and the fruits (love, joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) God wants to fill you up with the Holy Spirit, are you willing to receive him?

Don’t fight the good fight unequipped. We are fighting a Spiritual Warfare and Satan is looking to devour us like a Lion. But we have the same power that rose Christ from the dead living inside of us (Romans 8:11) let God fill you up with his power in Jesus Name Amen

Cornerstone

Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Luke 20:17-18

Is Jesus the “Cornerstone” of your life? Or did you reject him? When we talk about Jesus being our Cornerstone, we mean he is the foundation on everything we do in life. As Jesus taught he is “The Rock” (Matthew 16:1*) and when the storms of life come, you will not waver. But will you build on the sand and the storms of life come, your life comes crashing down.

We need to make Jesus the Cornerstone or center of our life, to be planted like a tree with deep roots of faith. So when adversity or storms arrive, when will not be “uprooted” from our faith. Faith is the confidence of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1)

Notice when we fall on the “Cornerstone” we will be broken, many times before we can be fixed we have to be broken. Often people don’t know they need a Savior until they have to be saved.  God will take what is old and make it new again. The breaking is part of our rebirth or transformation into becoming who God created you to be.

Make Jesus your Chief Cornerstone and have the faith and confidence to stand on The Rock in Jesus Name Amen