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Sermon 145 – FRIENDS?

I was counselling a young man who was struggling with the unfair behaviour of his friend. I confirmed that he was right that his so-called friend was behaving badly, but I then suggested he was having a mood because his ‘friend’ box was humanly defined to suit his selfishness. Seeing he was able to hear the truth, I went on to say, that if you’re a friend of God, friends might hurt your feelings, but they won’t drive you into a mood. There’s something wrong with your friendship with God.

What’s a friend?

I’ve asked this question on many occasions, and the general response is … ‘someone who is kind to me’, ‘someone who listens to me’, and ‘someone who makes me feel good’.

All humans are designed to want and need friends. It’s normal and it’s natural. But, there’s a problem. Our definitions and expectations are all about what someone should do for ME.

Jesus said … you are my friends if you do what I command you, John 15:14. This is the opposite to the human definition above. God expects you to keep Him happy and do what He wants; not the other way around. It’s pretty clear that the other way around is just a Satanic plot to trap humans in the fairness argument and divert them from doing it the way God says.

Jesus didn’t accumulate friends. He didn’t do good deeds to give Himself self-value and followers. More often than not, He lost friends (John 6). That’s because He was only interested in doing the will of his Father. If God is your friend, you won’t need friends to prop up your self-value, so if a friend does wrong by you, it might hurt your feelings but it won’t hurt your spirit.

Why do we have to do it God’s way?

The issue is spirit. God’s way usually doesn’t make sense, but If you don’t do it the way God says, and you do it the way of fairness, Satan will take power over your thinking. Satan will control your will and manoeuvre you away from God. This is confirmed in 2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV.

Friendly vs friend

There’s a vast difference between being friendly with God, and being a friend of God. Friendly infers an expectation that God will look after me and care for me. That’s the human expectation of friendship and it’s contaminated by selfishness. On the other hand, if you want to be a friend of God, you have to give up your human right of fairness and trust His judgment and do what He wants; that is, not expect Him to serve your needs and wants, or be obligated to keep you happy.

You can’t be friend of God and a friend of the world at the same time, James 4:4. They are opposites. And you can only be a friend of God if you aren’t a friend of the world. The world is friendly with God, and therefore, the world expects to go to heaven if they’ve been good. But, they are not friends of God, and they won’t go to heaven. It’s the direct opposite for a true Christian; if you’re a friend of God you can be friendly with the world, but you can’t befriend the world. As soon as you try to collect worldly friends you threaten your friendship with God.

Irony

Under human friendship rules, no one has real friends. The reality is, everyone is just using and collecting other people for their own self-value status. However, if you’re a friend of God, you can have friends, because it doesn’t matter if they’re using you. All that matters is what God wants. However, if that friend opposes or challenges your friendship with God, you are required to separate. They should no longer be counted as a friend.

Example

Because God is my friend, and because my wife supports that friendship, then my wife is my friend, too. In fact, she’s my best-friend. It’s my friendship with God that sustains and uniquely blesses my relationship with my wife. If she opposed my friendship with God, how could we be friends?

How do you keep the laws of God?

This question may not sound related to’ friends’, but it is. Most people, even non-Christians, recognise that it’s good to try and keep the Ten Commandments. Everyone tries to do what’s right by the commandments, but it’s humanly impossible. God, Himself, has given us a simple instruction that doesn’t require you to be ruled by rules.

It’s found in Matthew 7:12 and it’s simply … treat others as you would like to be treated, because this fulfils all the law and the prophets, and it’s re-confirmed in Matthew 22:37-40. This means you don’t keep the laws of God by trying to be good and obey the rules, but rather, you can only keep the laws of God by first, being a friend of God and, second, by obeying his two directions towards other people. Those two instructions are … treat others as you would yourself, and hold no grievance against your friend or enemy, but instead trust His plan and purpose. Impossible to do unless you’re a friend of God.

If you walk in His love, you automatically keep the rules. If it’s not His love, the rules will give you a boundary of safety from the suction of worldly evil, but they won’t save you.

From God’s perspective, everything is measured by your relationship with your fellowman. Love is measured by relationship, not by rules. If you practice love to your neighbour with the secret expectation that ‘you get back more than what you give up’, it’s breaking the commandments of God. Be as nice as you like to your fellowman and then have a mood and hold a grievance when he hurts your feelings or attacks you without justification, and it simply means you are running by the friend rule, not the God rule.

God doesn’t say … hold a grievance when your friend hurts your feelings and turns against you. On the contrary, He actually commands us to pray for our enemies, Matthew 5:44. That takes faith and trust.

You can’t practice this strategy unless you’re a friend of God. You can try but it won’t work.

What’s LOVE?

Love = giving up something for someone else. The opposite to love is pride. Therefore, PRIDE = expecting someone to give up something for ME. This definition is confirmed in Matthew 7:12, John 6:38 & 8:29. Good friendship may look like love, but If love is motivated by pride, then it’s not love, it’s pride, no matter how it looks.

Contamination

You wouldn’t serve an omelette with 5 good eggs and one rotten egg. The omelette would be rotten. When you do a good deed for someone, that’s love, but as soon as you expect a good deed back, that’s pride. Counting up your good deeds and ignoring your pride deeds and ignoring your secret selfish motivation, does not equal love, but selfish usury. You can argue with God about your good deeds, but He’s measuring your love by the contamination.

Example

Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friend (John 15:13). That’s love, but it’s not love if it’s contaminated by self-value. This is confirmed in 1 Corinthians 13, where the Word of God also states that you can give your body to be burned but it will profit you nothing if it isn’t love. These statements seem contradictory but they’re really saying the same thing. That is, nothing’s genuine uncontaminated love unless you’re a friend of God, because if you’re a friend of God, then it’s His love that flows, and His love is not contaminated by pride.

Gratitude or attitude

Jesus proved Himself as love by dying for the human race. He did lay down His life for His friends and it worked because He didn’t do it for Himself but for His Heavenly Father. He did it the Father’s way, and rejected the ‘self’ way. Have you responded with a gratitude of commitment of being His friend, or like the selfish majority, are you friendly with God so that He’ll be friendly with you? One is death to self, the other is get for self.

If you have a mood or hold a grievance because someone hasn’t done right by you, you’ve got a friendship with God issue.

There’s a price to pay to be a friend of God. A Christian cannot accumulate worldly friends for their own status and self-value. A genuine Christian is someone who is a friend of God and not a friend of the world, James 4:4.

 

May God open our eyes to our selfish fairness that believes we’re Godly when it’s really just living for our own image, instead of for God’s.

 

Pastor Samuel Abbel

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2020 in friends

 

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Sermon 144 – It all depends what you call it

I’m only helping

I was addressing a young woman who couldn’t believe that she was doing anything wrong. Her defense was … I’m only trying to help. But what if the help is contaminated with selfishness? Her defense challenged the authority of my query about her underlying motive, and actually confirmed my suspicions. Holy Spirit would not have retaliated against my inquiry.

You see, selfishness always calls it something else other than what it really is. Everything we do is either the love of God or it’s selfish. 1 Corinthians 13 states that you can give all your money to the poor, and even your body to be burned, but it will profit nothing if it isn’t for God.

You call it helping. I call it showing-off.

You say “I’m just helping”, but more often than not, it’s a lie. What you’re really doing is showing-off how capable you are, or how clever you are. Your inner spirit is saying … “don’t tell me what to do. Look at me, I already know without you telling me”. This is really having a spirit of self-authority, which means your spirit disrespects authority. When someone questions, either verbally or silently, the correction of an authority, they reveal what spirit they are of. Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. The façade image has to be broken if you want to be truly honest about your heart.

You call it helping, but it’s really trying to gain points of favor

I once asked a young man … why are you so willing to help? His reply was more honest than I was expecting. He said … so that when I’m having trouble, you’ll be obligated to help me. This is selfish help. God calls it holding a debt over the person you’ve helped. That’s sin, not love. It gains no heavenly credits.

You call it helping, but it’s really so the person will be obligated to like you or help you back.

You call it charity. I call it control and obligation to get others to do what you want.

You call it helping, but it’s really trying to gain position due to hatred-envy of your more favoured sibling.

You call it helping, but it’s really to make yourself feel worthwhile and look good in the eyes of others.

It’s hard to pin contaminated help. Helping is a tricky way of promoting your pride because no one can say you’re doing something wrong. But, you can smell contaminated help … eventually, it smells ‘off’.

You call it used and then dumped

I call it … asked to leave because you wouldn’t do what you were told

You call it independent thinking

I call it … challenging the thinking of the authority, so you can live in your own self-authority. I call it … no one’s going to tell you what to do.

You call it friendship. I call it servitude.

When you expect a friend to act a certain way towards you so you feel good and valued, that’s not friendship, it’s servitude. On many occasions I’ve asked people … what’s a friend? The common reply is … someone who will listen to me, support me, and be kind to me. Sounds right, but it’s all a lie.  God says ‘friendship’ is serving God, not keeping people happy (John 15:14). I’ve discovered that selfishness gathers friends for its own self-value and wants, because that same person that demands friendship will invariably TELL that friend how they’re supposed to behave towards them, expect them to be loyal to them first, and TELL their friend off if they are not being nice to them. That’s usury. There’s no freedom to have a differing opinion, share another friend, or say any truth that might offend their feelings.

You call it sorry. I call it selfish

I queried a young man as to why he felt so sorry for a woman who was having a mood because she was told she was wrong? His response was … so that when I have a mood, others will have to be sorry for me. This is contaminated sorry. It’s not love; it’s fake and selfish.

You call it protecting. I call it possessive, manipulation and control

I once queried a young Christian man as to why he was so protective of his family. He informed me that his domineering father had demanded of him to protect his mother. He complied because it gave him value in his father’s eyes and made him feel good. It fed his self-value. The value of protection became inherent is his spiritual DNA. His own family loved his protection, but they also feared his control. His protection looked good on the outside, but it was contaminated and used to manipulate the family to do exactly what suited his agenda. There was no freedom of opinion or choice. It was all a sham to protect and promote his own personal image. Protection made him feel ‘the man’ and it won his family’s support and value.

I’m good

You can’t correct ‘good’, or ‘help’, or ‘protection’; they look good. But, if they’re contaminated, they’re evil. If I find myself challenging a person’s ‘good’, I’m actually challenging the demonic spirit. It’s easy to forget that Satan comes in sheep’s clothing.

Many times I’ve challenged the evil in people’s spirit, but they invariably discredit my correction by justifying their goodness. All they’re really doing is preserving their image by trying to manipulate me to focus on their goodness, and hide the spirit that dwells within them. From God’s perspective, it’s what’s behind the image that’s important. If I’m correcting, I’m addressing the evil spirit behind the human façade. If you protect your image all you’re doing is reinforcing your pride, hiding the evil in you, and running away from God.

Good and help is not of God until your image has been smashed.

Keys to the Kingdom (Matthew 16:19)

The one key that unlocks the door to the kingdom of heaven, is “the DEATH of IMAGE”. That is, how I look in the eyes of other people. Until you give up the preservation and promotion of your image, you can’t be saved. King Saul talked himself into thinking he was great (1 Samuel 15:17). The fruit of that decision was envy and hatred of David because people sang his praises more than Saul’s. The consequence was hell.

‘Self’ rises up daily, so ‘death-to-self’ needs to be a daily exercise (Luke 9:23-26). You can’t do this in your own strength and you can’t do it without being treated unfairly, and like Christ, you learn to take it for His will.

The Ten Commandments are simply designed to expose my image

Image is another word for idol. Promoting or protecting IMAGE is a contravention of God’s second commandment … ‘do not make a graven image’. It may not be graven in stone or wood, but it’s engraved in your spirit. Protecting or promoting my image is the same as worshiping myself. The reason people lie and pretend to be good is simply to protect their image. It’s either image or it’s God. You can’t have both. Image is seeking the world’s favor. You can’t serve God and the world. Most Christians live in the middle, but that’s really just keeping the world happy so you don’t look bad in the eyes of the world, or get persecuted by the world.

James 4:4 … friend of the world, enemy of God.

Devaluing the Ten Commandments is a satanic plot to con humans to lower their resistance to sin and thus promote their image so they miss out on heaven with God

Satan tricked Eve with the temptation to be her own god (Genesis 3), and the same scam is still working today. It’s a clever GRACE scam, but it’s idol worship without even knowing it. It separates you from God because it’s wilful sin (1 John 3:4). Be as good as you like, it won’t save you. In fact, it conversely promotes evil (Proverbs 28:4 … they that forsake the law, praise the wicked), and that’s why the world is rising up and Christianity is decaying under the world’s intimidation.

The fruit of devaluing God and His commandments is a chaotic world, climate disasters, wars, disease, and a fake church that silently condones the world’s behaviour and undisturbingly watches sin being legalised. The world calls homosexuality, ‘love’. I call it ‘hate’ God. The world’s argument is … if God is irrelevant, then His laws are irrelevant, and thus I can do what pleases my flesh without any conscience. Plus, if a man is allowed to have sexual relations with a woman, who says it’s wrong for a man to have sexual relations with another man as long as they’re both consenting. The world defiantly says … I will do what I like and no God is going to tell me what I can and can’t do!

You can’t REPENT until you let God smash your IMAGE

Gideon smashed the image, then God could use him. Phineas speared the mocking evil that was destroying the Israelites (Numbers 25:8). You can’t escape destruction until you repent of your sin, and you can’t see your sin without letting God smash your image.

There’s a big difference between … I’m sorry for hurting your feelings, or … If I’ve done something wrong, I’m sorry, or … I’m sorry, but you make mistakes too, or … I’ll say sorry if you say sorry, too!

and, … I’m wrong, and I apologise unreservedly, and Lord God, I’m sorry for protecting my image and feelings instead of trusting you. Please forgive me.

The Truth

Why are people trying to be good? The answer is … Fear of looking bad and the pride of looking good. Until you sacrifice the fear and pride of what the world thinks of you, and the need to promote yourself in the eyes of others, and instead, give up your image to the will of God, Jesus will not open the door of heaven to you (Luke 14:33).

 

May God open the eyes of His remnant.

 

Pastor Samuel Abbel

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2020 in image

 

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Sermon 143 – Which Jesus do you really serve?

Wild Grapes

2 Corinthians 11:4 talks about ‘another Jesus’. Most Christians ignorantly serve the wrong Jesus. They appear to worship the same Jesus, but like King Saul, they’re deceived by their own goodness, they worship the work of their own hands, skills and ability and inwardly think they are great (1 Samuel 15:17), and in the deception of their mind they become their own authority. God calls these people ‘wild grapes’ (Isaiah 5:2).

Wild grapes look like grapes and act like grapes but they’re deceptive, shrunken in size, thick skinned and taste less sweet or sour, and the vines can be invasive weeds.  Wild grapes are the saltless church. Wild grapes are the picture of the church that worships the wrong Jesus and takes advantage of what God offers. The Seed is sown but the lust of the flesh, the cares of the world, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life, chokes it (Mark 4:19).

The problem with the modern church is that the pastors practice the same deception (Jeremiah 12:10 & 50:6), so the people can’t trust the religious authorities and end up only trusting themselves and thus never know the truth about themselves, or God. The fake pastors are destroying the church.

Wise in own eyes

The instruction from the Word of God is … you shall not do whatever is right in your own eyes, Deuteronomy 12:8, Romans 12:16. Once you do that, you’ll interpret the Word of God according to how you see it, and you’ll be deceived. You’ll devalue the laws of God, and use the Word of God to justify your own ends. Contrary to the Word of God, you’ll follow the thinking of the majority and end up believing that homosexuality is normal, that women in leadership is right, that all religions lead to the same heaven, and that the earth is suffering because of climate change, instead of seeing that it’s man’s sin.

Most Christians I have counselled over the last 3 decades, believe they are good people serving a good God who will look after me and protect me and give me good things and meet my needs, and this is why they choose to serve Him. It’s really all for me and not for Him, but the fake Christian must deceive himself with the pretence that it’s not for one’s self. Their IMAGE is everything. They serve Him for reward.

Woe

The Word of God declares … Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight, Isaiah 5:21.

“Woe” is a bad consequence. ‘Woe’ means that if you choose to praise your own goodness and chase your own value and favour, devalue the laws of God, and disregard the warnings from true prophets of God, you will ultimately earn grief, misery and calamity, even though you worship God. Anyone who thinks they’re good and ultimately expects good, will end up in ‘woe’.

Woe means …

‘Woe’ means that eventually, women and children will rule over the men, Isaiah 3:4, 12, 1 Timothy 2:11,12.

‘Woe’ means that children will disrespect their parents and authority, Isaiah 3:5.

“Woe’ means that eventually God will punish a Christian nation that tolerates and begins to worship foreign gods.

‘Woe’ means that God will punish with calamity any nation that calls homosexuality, divorce, abortion or sex-change, or foreign religions, good. It’s blasphemy & defamatory to call evil, ‘good’, when God labels it ‘evil’.

‘Woe’ means that eventually a foreign evil nation will rule over you.

‘Woe’ means that God will remove His hedge of protection and expose you to Satan’s evil, Isaiah 4:5.

‘Woe’ means there are repercussions for calling sin (e.g. adultery, sexual affairs, pornography, abortions, clairvoyants, divorce, homosexuality, hyper-violence, 1 Corinthians 6:9) good by making it legal or TV acceptable, or justify the wicked for reward especially in direct opposition to the righteous, Isaiah 5:23.

‘Woe’ means that God will shake terribly the earth, Isaiah 2:19.

‘Woe’ means there are consequences when you merchandise the Word of God.

‘Woe’ means fires, droughts, storms, earthquakes, climate change, pollution, foreign ownership, foreign dependence, sickness, disease, unemployment, domestic violence, excessive loneliness, homelessness, dysfunctional families, murders, authority disrespect, educational dysfunction, hospital over-crowding, civil war, political dysfunction, piles of excessive waste, excessive alcohol and drug abuse, wars and destruction.

Serving a False Jesus

One or more signs of serving a false Jesus …

  • Doesn’t like being corrected, but rather defends their reputation.
  • Worry about my image. Worry about what people think of me.
  • Measures success by ability or wealth, education or talent, and position.
  • Judges people from their own higher position.
  • Envies those who are higher up the totem pole.
  • Does what authority says as long as it’s what I think is right.
  • Likes to tell you what’s right because it knows.
  • Do good deeds to feel worthwhile and elevate my image, but believe I’m doing it because I care.
  • Think they’re good, and thinks that good works will get them to heaven.
  • Friends are those who listen and are empathetic to my hurts, agree with my opinion, and make me feel good and valued.
  • Expect God to bless me because I’m good.
  • Expects you to say sorry, too.
  • Believes that grace supersedes God’s Ten commandments.
  • Believes the blood of Christ saves us from the curse, and therefore, no bad should happen to us, and if it does happen to you, then you are in sin [John 9 contradicts this lie], but conveniently ignores the fact that the sweat of ‘work’ is part of the curse.
  • Believes that faith is evidenced by good things happening for me.
  • Believes that if something bad happens to you, then it’s evidence that God is punishing you for offending or challenging me.
  • Gets threatened, or offended, if you question their thinking.
  • Gets threatened, or offended, or mocks if you have sabbath on the seventh day (Saturday), even though God Himself did, and Jesus Himself did. [Genesis 2:2, Matthew 5:17-19)
  • Lives in fear, expressed by either cooperative submission, or on the other hand, intimidation.

Serving the True Jesus

Signs of serving the True Jesus …

  • Making myself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7). Defending God’s reputation.
  • Leaves God to be the judge by confidence in His judgment.
  • Knows that grace is the fruit of Faith, and the backbone to faith is God’s Ten commandments, Matthew 5:17-19 &.
  • Expect only God’s perfect plan and perfect will for my life, whether that be good or evil (like Job), blessing or suffering (like Jeremiah), for the glory of God (Habakkuk 3: 17,18).
  • Lives under the constant persecution of misjudgement and mocking by the world and fake Christians. The fake church brands those who value, respect and seek to live by the Ten Commandments as legalistic. A true Christian is a threat to the kingdom of Satan and is thus constantly under attack physically or emotionally for the Name of Christ, Revelation 12:17.
  • Has given up family and friends for the will of God first (Luke 14:26-33).
  • Correctable through respect of authority without a ‘but’, because it trusts God’s ultimate justice.

Marriage

When you marry, you make an oath to God … better or worse, rich or poor, in sickness or health, till death. How come when you marry Christ, you expect Him to only give you good? Only pride expects good because it thinks it’s good. Humility serves the will of God by faith in His “I AM”.

Examples of the True Jesus

  • Love is doing the will of the Father; not being nice to people, John 5:30
  • Saved Jacob and hated Esau, Romans 9:18
  • Gave a demonic spirit to King Saul
  • Destroyed the whole Egyptian army at the Red Sea
  • Enabled Judas to have the powers of the Holy Spirit
  • Called the Syrophoenician woman, a ‘dog’
  • Criticised Peter for not walking on water
  • Didn’t go to Lazarus’ funeral
  • Couldn’t do any mighty works in Nazareth
  • Destroyed the whole of humanity with a flood
  • Killed Ananias and Sapphira simply for lying
  • Made Rahab, the harlot, one of Joseph’s ancestors
  • Criticised and mocked the pharisees
  • Offended His followers by saying eat My body and drink My blood
  • Expects His disciples to be persecuted for his Name, 2 Timothy 3:12
  • Challenged a fake religious system

Who says God should do it the way I think is right?

Only those who are wise in their own eyes expect God to do it the way they see it. God doesn’t do things the way we think. He’s above our thinking and understanding. Diminishing the living eternal Creator to conform to my friendship rules and doing it the way I think is right, is arrogance and sheer pompousness.

Only pride expects good because it thinks it’s good. Humility serves the will of God by faith in Him, for better or worse.

The Truth, even though it’s not nice

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach, Proverbs 14:34, and brings woe.

They that forsake the law, praise the wicked: but those that keep the law contend with the wicked, Proverbs 28:4

The true church is called to separate from the false, 2 Timothy 3:5

 

May God open the eyes of his remnant to suffer for His Name and to conform only to His will for His kingdom.

 

Pastor Daniel Smithson

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Fake Christian

 

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Sermon 142 – BLOOD for BLOOD

It’s not nice news, but it’s true

The Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood. Therefore, shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwells therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea shall also be taken away …. Hosea 4:1-3

Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget your children v.6

As they were increased, so they sinned against Me: therefore, will I change their glory into shame v.7

They shall eat and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord v.10

Climate Change

The land is defiled, for blood defiles the land; and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed, but by the blood of him that shed it (Numbers 35:33). Therefore, it will spew you out … Leviticus 20:22

Adultery, incest, divorce, remarriage to your ex-spouse, prostitution, abortions, murder, homosexuality, beastiality, the worship of foreign gods, tattoos, sabbath abuse, disrespect of authority, domestic violence, deliberate shaving of the head, body pins, sex-change operations, and clairvoyances … these are all blood crimes … Leviticus 18,19,20

When you legalise these evils, you call evil good and defy and mock the living God and defile His blood. The consequences are the shedding of more blood to counteract the spillage.

For the sake of planet earth, the principle of the kingdom of God is that blood has to be shed to counteract the spilling of blood. It’s man sin that causes wars, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and murders, and it’s also man’s way of forcing God to save the planet in payment for its sin.

Climate change is due to sin. If you want to stop the decay of the planet, stop your sin. If you want to save the animals, stop your sin.

The salt has lost its saltiness

The church is supposed to be the salt against the bacterial infection of the world’s sin. But, the church is full of sexual perversion, adultery, divorce, lies and pretence, disrespect and deception, and merchandising its wares for the purpose of wealth and lustful gain, all covered in goodness. The world rules the church, not the Spirit of God.

If my people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed

You can argue that it’s all Old Testament, but that’s a convenient lie. Have a look at the decay around you. My God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is immutable, and so is His law (Matthew 5:18). The church is responsible to address its sin and change its ways, first, before it can expect the world to do it.

The life of the body is in the blood

The blood is the pathway for nutrients, the mechanism for fighting disease, the mechanism for clotting and repair, the mechanism for our heart to pump, the mechanism for our breathing. No blood, no life.

It’s the same in the spirit kingdom. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin. No blood, no life. It’s only through repentance and being washed by the blood of Christ shall we ever be able to enter heaven. Both Peter, Paul and John the Baptist preached the gospel of repentance for the remission of one’s sin. Salvation is not by my goodness, but His mercy.

The purpose of calvary was the blood of Christ to cover our sin. Circumcision, communion (Matthew 26:28) and menstruation are blood symbols. By society’s mocking and devaluing the sacrifice of Christ and by silently allowing our parliaments and society to legalise evil, we are promoting the decay of the planet, and casting dispersion on the blood of Christ. There’s a price to pay.

As in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:38)

The purpose of the flood was to save the planet by the removal of its sin. The purpose of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Pompeii, was to remove sin to save the planet with blood. Sadly, God predicts that we are returning to the days of Noah, and few if any will listen. Eventually, this planet will disintegrate under the weight of its sin. Only faith in the living God will save you.

Bad Coagulation

If you mix the wrong blood types, they’ll react against each other and kill you. If you mix the blood of Christ with the world you’ll die, spiritually. Sadly, the church has contaminated itself with the world’s blood. It’s lost its power and strength and is decaying with compromise before our eyes. Congregationalists, Methodists and some Presbyterians have disappeared into a humanistic religion of the Uniting Church which condones the evils of divorce, homosexuality and female priests (1 Timothy 2:11-14).

I’m think I’m good, or at least, not that bad

Everybody wants good news for themselves; they don’t want to feel bad. They expect that if you’re good you get good. Our motive for good is really so we don’t get into trouble, and so we get good back. Most people, including Christians, believe they’re good, so God will be favourable to me. Most believe that God is a good God and only punishes the bad. They blame mother nature for the planet’s disasters, and consider their own personal safety is the consequences of their own goodness. Everything’s fine until things go wrong, and then they blame God for not giving them good for their goodness. This is the religion of Santa Clause.

The truth is, only God is good, so if you think you are good, then you can’t be saved. The truth is, God rules by law, and breakage of his laws requires judgment. His mercy is initiated by your repentance, not by your goodness.

No one thinks envy, judgment or covetousness is bad. Besides, everyone practices it. Jesus is coming back for those who know they’re bad and are willing to repent of their sin. Esau was good, Jacob was bad. Daniel was good, but Samson was bad; they both were saved. The thief on the cross was bad. Rahab was bad. The Pharisees were good, but the blood of the prophets was their curse (Matthew 23:35). Peter wasn’t good, Nebuchadnezzar was bad. It’s not good or bad, it’s the blood of Christ; that’s the issue.

Authority Respect

Most Christians and the world argue that they’re good, but that’s not the argument.  You can cover your coveting, lying, judgmental and adulterous secret thoughts with good, but if you pretend you’re good, instead of owning your sin, you are calling sin good, and that’s evil.

The real argument is … are you resistant to authority? Are you correctable? Everything comes down to authority. You can be as good as you like but if your heart believes … “you won’t tell me what to do”, “you won’t tell me I’m wrong”, then you’re resistant, incorrectable, and thus under the influence of Satan, and thus bad.

The real measurement of good, is … do you resist authority to defend your selfishness?

Bad = the spirit of Satan influences you

Good = the Spirit of God influences you

The problem is, you can be bad and be influenced to do good e.g. King Saul. Ultimately, like King Saul, the good will fade when its measured against resistance to righteous authority. Be as good as you like, but that doesn’t mean you’re covered by the blood of Christ.

Consequences for resisting the will of God

Eventually, any nation that willing turns its back on the living God and pollutes its land with blood, will be given into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them will rule over them (Psalm 106:38,41). China is coming.

Like Israel in Egypt, if a nation won’t bow the knee to God’s authority, then it forces God to put it under ungodly authority until it will bow to the true God. If you’re spirit resists Godly authority, then don’t lie to yourself that you’re under authority and good.

Don’t wait for the world to change its way; you change your ways to the will of God.

 

May we live our lives in gratitude for the shed blood of Jesus Christ, letting Him be the potter, and not in our goodness expecting God’s blessings and telling Him how He should mould us.

 

Pastor Frank Staener

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2019 in blood

 

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Sermon 141 – Don’t Tell me I’m the problem

So many people I’ve come across appear to be genuine, willing to help, and agreeable, but everything changes when you suggest they have an issue with their soul.

The average person doesn’t really do anything wrong; they just won’t do exactly what they’re told, and in so doing, they refuse to see that not doing it exactly as told, is wrong.

Modern man hates being told what to do

In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul did what he thought he was told to do, but not exactly as he was told. He did what was right in his own eyes because he couldn’t see that it was wrong, and he couldn’t see it was wrong because he was no longer little in his own eyes (v.17). His pride deduced what was right in his own eyes and he ended up with a stubborn and idolatrous soul (v.23).

This self-rightness spirit can’t be told that it’s wrong. Its pride is offended. Its feelings are hurt and it feels devalued in the eyes of others.

Conceit = fanciful thought about my own self-value

Conceit is the fruit of living in the wounds of, and responding to, my hurt pride.  Your hurt pride becomes your reality and your perspective towards others and the life around you.

The Hebrew interpretation of conceit indicates that it’s … how you see yourself in your own eyes (see Proverbs 28:11). The modern world mollycoddles this hurt pride and promotes its justification; whereas the Word of God confronts it and challenges it as evil.

One definition of Pride = I think I’m a good person. I don’t do anything deliberately wrong.

Whereas, Humility can be defined as = I’m wrong, whether I did it deliberately or not.

If you can’t be told that you’re the problem, then you can’t be told that you’re wrong, and if you can’t be told that you’re wrong, then you can’t be corrected, and if you can’t be corrected then in God’s eyes you’re a bastard and not a son (Hebrews 12:8). That is, despite how good you think you are, you’re not saved, because it’s you who is diagnosing and defining your own goodness; you’re not really open to God’s correction.

Most Christians believe they can be told that they’re wrong, they just hate being told they’re always the problem (pride objects to the ‘always’), but that’s the point; ‘always’ exposes the pride, and the real hidden situation is, that they believe they hold the right to make their own deductions according to how they see it.

The corrector should be the one who diagnoses the true condition of your spirit, not you. If you won’t allow someone else to tell you you’re out of balance, then you simply live in the rightness of your own eyes, and thus lost to heaven.

Pruning for fruit

Every gardener knows that if you want the best results from the tree, the tree must be pruned (John 15:2). If you let a tree grow whatever way it wants, it will not produce the best fruit or flowers, and even produce improperly. Most Christians refuse to be pruned. They want to grow their own way.

The real issue of sin = I don’t want to be told

I don’t want to be told … I’m always the problem

I don’t want to be told … I’m always wrong

I don’t want to be told … what to do all the time. I have the right to prove I can do it myself.

Pride believes it has the right to make its own decisions, and justifies its position with … “all I’m doing is helping”. Humility doesn’t defend that right or justify its position; it trusts God’s rightness and justice.

Any time you allow yourself to believe you’re good, you expose your vanity. Any time you allow yourself to not be told, you expose your conceit. Any time you defend your right, you expose your resistance to authority.

Another Jesus

Most Christians obviously think they know Jesus, but it’s not the true Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4); it’s another Jesus of their own making.  You can’t find the true Jesus Christ if you won’t be told you haven’t found Him.

The modern Christian thinking is “grace”.  To the modern thinker, that means, God’s favour towards ME because I’m good, and because I’m good I believe I can decide what’s right and wrong for me. But they conveniently ignore the Word of God that clearly states that grace is only given to the humble (1 Peter 5:5), and humility is only available to those who respectfully practice His laws (1 John 2:3,4).

And, that’s the point … laws restrict my freedom to do it the way I think is right, therefore, selfishness prefers to believe in grace, not law.

Sadly, the 10 Commandments have been devalued. Every Christian believes they keep them, but refuse to see they don’t exactly. They’re not really in their heart and loved as Christ’s laws, rather they’re observed as a restriction to our freedoms; so, we keep them, but not exactly. Rather we love to ultimately do what we think is right. We love what’s right in our own eyes, and when it comes to the crunch, we won’t be told otherwise, proof that we are really our own judge and therefore our own little god.

Voices

Pride listens to voices that tell you you’re right and good, and that everyone else is misjudging you and wrong. Those voices are the temptation of evil, and when you’re right in your own eyes, you fail to have self-control over them; you fail to rightly interpret the voices as satanic.

Exercise

Write down what someone is silently saying to you, then write down what you are silently saying back.

The laws of God need to be put back in their rightful place

You can never do what’s right in your own eyes and obey the law of God. You have to obey the law of God first and then you will do what’s right in the eyes of God, not you.

How can you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, if you won’t do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord, but rather prefer to rely on your own judgment?

They feared the Lord and served their own gods 2 Kings 17:33

David, and those who followed his philosophy, did what was right in the eyes of God (1 Kings 15:5). King Saul, and those who followed his philosophy, served God and did what was right in their own eyes. The latter were deceived. The latter still appeared to worship the same god as David, but it was another god of their own thinking, not David’s God.

The Curse

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:21).

The counsel of the Word of God is clear … be NOT wise in your own eyes, but fear the Lord and depart from your own evil conceit (Proverbs 3:7); to do otherwise, is stupid (Proverbs 12:15, 26:12).

 

May God open our eyes to see how we’ve been sucked into fake grace, and then be willing to do whatever the Lord wants, whether we like it or not.

 

Pastor Rick McIntyre

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2019 in Conceit

 

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Sermon 140 – My Feelings are My Law

Modern society and church believe that God is a god of unconditional love and not judgement, except against those who are bad. As long as you’re good, God will be good to you. As long as you’re good, no one has the right to say anything that hurts your feelings.

I’ve asked Christians … do you believe that climate change is a sign of God’s warning for condoning and legalising sin. Routinely, the reply is NO. Most citizens believe that climate change is just a natural phenomenon due to greenhouse gases and planet mismanagement.

But, what if the mis-management is the consequence of our sinful choices?

In our society we run by laws. If you break the law there are consequences. The fear of these consequences restricts us from disobeying these laws.

So, how come God is not allowed to punish for breaking his laws?

If there is a God, then He runs His kingdom by laws, too. If you respect His laws, everything’s fine (and that doesn’t mean that evil won’t rise up against you). However, if you deliberately disobey His laws, of course there should be consequences.

Isaiah 24:5,6 … the earth is defiled by the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the LAWS, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore, the curse has devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate.

The homosexuals are dictating the laws. Fairness is only seen from their point of view.

How come homosexuals are allowed to offend my feelings with their public mardi-gra parades, but Christians aren’t allowed to view their thoughts and opinions in public or even in private? In Australia, Israel Falou was publicly derided for speaking his views in the privacy of his own church. If you stand up for your beliefs without even deliberate offence and it hurts the feelings of the majority, you get fired from your job.

It’s all about money + control + sexual perversions

Sexual perversion is called ‘love’ by the perverted. God calls it ‘hate of his laws so you can do what you like’.

The reality is, the people with the money and hatred of God, are ruling the laws, and, although we don’t like China’s human-rights’ abuses we still trade with them for the benefit of our own selfish lifestyles. It’s all about money and control.

Hurt feelings is the new old law

Everyone suffers hurt feelings, and everyone outside the kingdom of God runs on their hurt feelings. Once you listen to your feelings instead of denying your ‘self’ and choosing instead to obey the laws of God, your feelings will become your truth, you become your own physician and self-diagnose your own spiritual condition, tell people what’s right and wrong, judge and blame people for hurting your feelings, and live for not being told what to do. Effectively, there is no sin as far as you’re concerned (see Judges 17:6, 18:7), but in reality, it’s just one big selfish mood and rebellion against the inhibition of God’s inconvenient laws, and in defiance you give yourself the right for your sexual perversions, like everyone else is doing.

Citizens of the British Commonwealth were given the special privilege of learning and knowing about the true God, and their lifestyles have been blessed accordingly. They were taught to respect God, but they’ve turned their backs and chosen their feelings, and blamed God for the mess and injustices. The fault lies with the people’s indifference, and not with God.

Excuses

Just because the Catholic Church has hidden its paedophiles doesn’t mean that God is evil. Don’t blame God for men using God to abuse children. Blame Satan. Oh, so often, people use others’ sin as an excuse to turn against God. Others’ sin should drive you to search for the true God, not the church’s fake god. You have the Bible. You’re responsible to search out the truth for yourself.

What about God’s feelings?

I was discussing the behaviour and attitude of a young Christian woman who had decided to apologise for hurting someone’s feelings. After a period of intense discussion, I suggested that she was just lying to herself to make herself feel better and that it wasn’t true repentance.

In the light of God’s laws, and not her hurt feelings, the real truth was …

… she put her feelings before God’s feelings (Law 1)

… she coveted others’ popularity and ability and favour, especially with one’s father (Law 10)

… she disrespected and dishonoured her parents’ instructions. She went behind her parents’ back and wouldn’t be told what to do (Law 5)

… she committed fornication (Law 7)

… she hated her brother without just cause (Law 6)

… she lied to protect her deceptive situation (Law 9)

Choosing to deliberately break these laws = the character of Satan, not Christ.

The laws of God restrict our lusts and lead us in the right paths. Once you follow your own lusts, the real issue is you won’t conform to His laws, which means you won’t be told what’s right or wrong by God. Thus, you set yourself up as your own god and make your own laws based on your feelings, so you can do what you want.

It’s not our feelings that is the issue, it’s God’s feelings that you’ve offended.

Demons always play the game of FEAR

If God is love and there is no fear in love (1 John 4:18), then fear does not come from God. The Chinese Communists intimidate you with the fear of what you might lose if you don’t comply with their demands. The homosexual movement intimidates you with the same spirit of fear. The origin of their fear is Satan.

Homosexuals were given the legal right to marry, but they also want the right to mock and intimidate anyone who voices an opposing opinion. How come you can’t say anything against them but they can say things against you? The silent majority are being dictated to by Satanic fear, and the excuse of evil, is … if you hurt us, then we have the right to hurt you. It’s all about retribution and rights; there’s nothing about sin.

Conclusion

Life isn’t fair and hurt feelings are real, and of course, it’s not appropriate to deliberately hurt someone’s feelings without just cause, but, it certainly is appropriate to hurt the feelings of those who are sinning against God’s laws, no matter how good they think they are (see John 6:61). The real issue is, not feelings, but LAW. Once you devalue the ten commandments of God and turn your back and choose your hurt feelings as your base of evaluation, the society becomes degraded, and then the land becomes degraded. The droughts and fires across our land are not the farmers’ fault, it’s the city’s fault. It’s the fault of any society that trusted God and then turned their back on Him, devalued His laws, and let sin rise up.

If man is as clever as he thinks he is, then create life from nothing. Until he can do that, don’t dare tell God that He doesn’t exist, or that He’s the problem. The consequences could be devastating.

 

Pastor Rick McIntyre

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2019 in feelings

 

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Sermon 139 – The DICHOTOMY of LOVE & HATE

Is it possible for hate to be built on love, or love to be built on hate?

I asked some Christian folk how they would define HATE. Their responses were along the lines of … detesting someone, or super angry with someone.

I then asked … where does this hate originate from?

They each brought up certain incidences of injustice in their childhood, but it could all be summarised as “they hurt my feelings”.

I then asked … what was your reaction to these hurt feelings?

Their answers included … withdraw, blame, feel bad, switch-off, block-it, and justify why they were wrong, and determine not to be told what to do.

I then asked … how do you cover these hurt feelings?

Assuming that you didn’t retaliate with perverted rebellious behaviour, their common answers were basically … be good, be nice, and be busy.

I then asked … why do you cover these hurt feelings?

I received a range of responses, but they effectively boiled down to … “so my IMAGE isn’t tainted”.

I then asked … how do you propagate this IMAGE and why?

The responses included … increase my knowledge, increase my skills, be nice, popularity, and work harder. We do these things to protect and build our image, and to position myself above my neighbour, so ultimately, I’m the boss and no one can tell me what to do.

I then asked … how would you define LOVE?

The general responses were … caring, warming to someone, no anger, respectful, and wanting to be around someone. That is, practicing these things and expecting them in return.

I then asked … can you live in middle ground between hate and love?

They generally agreed that you could, but, this is the typically wrong perspective of the modern Christian.

God’s perspective

Now, let’s look at it from God’s perspective. God says, middle ground is neither hot nor cold (revelation 3:16), and therefore, cold. So, from God’s perspective, there’s no middle ground, it’s either love or hate. If you don’t operate in love, then you operate in hate, and if you operate in hate then you are not operating in love. It’s either, love or hate.

Middle ground

If you live in middle ground, then you call your hate, ‘good’, and God says that’s evil (Isaiah 5:20,21). And, if you live in middle ground, then you worship your own IMAGE, and God says that’s defying and disrespecting His 2nd commandment. It may not be graven into wood or stone, but you’re still ignorantly bowing down to it and worshiping it.

Middle ground means … I worship ME and pretend to worship God.

Hate is the opposite of love

God defines hate as … the fruit of “I love ME as No.1, so don’t TELL ME what to do”; and God defines love as … God, the Father is No.1, so He TELLS me what to do, and I do what I’m told.

Love is … “ok, God, I don’t like it, but Your will, not mine, be done”. Love is seeing from God’s perspective. God’s insight flows from doing what’s right in His eyes, rather than what’s right in your own eyes.

Hate is just the secret worship of ME, and love is the worship of God, for God.

Hate judges, love evaluates. Hate bosses, love trusts God’s plan.

You can’t make a judgement against someone, unless you live in hate, and you can’t love IMAGE unless you live in hate.

So, in reality, reacting to hurt offences is just loving myself, first, and hate flows from this self-love.

Self- love is focused on the other person’s offence against me. Agape love is focused on God’s will and how I serve it, for God.

You have to be dead first before you can be resurrected

The truth is, if you’re not dead to yourself you can’t properly see God, you will automatically operate in hidden hatred and make your judgments from that foundation, and more importantly, you can never be resurrected into His life. Without death there’s no heaven, no matter how good you think you are.

Good doesn’t cut it

You can’t solve your pride by trying to be more respectful, more good, more committed, or keeping silent with no apparent offensive opinion, or practicing pretense. That’s salvation by works, not by faith. Good will never cancel out hate. The only solution is turning to God to address your hate, and this can’t happen until you agree that you have it. You can’t change your sinful heart. You have to call out to God to change it, and He’ll use hate to do it.

The test

The test will be your reaction to being bossed, corrected, or someone who challenges or mocks your opinion, especially with intimidation. You should take your moody reaction to Christ and ask Him to address your pride.

Ok, we fail, but there’s a big difference between ignorantly and blindly living in hate (like King Saul) and falling into it (like David).

I then asked … how can you reverse self-love into God’s love?

Just as the foundation of hate is self-love (known as ‘pride’), so, the foundation of God’s love is the hate of hate, that is, the hate of sin (Zechariah 8:17, & Revelations 2:6). Consequently, you can hate on the foundation of love, if you hate sin, but you can never love on the foundation of hate.

That’s why, God hated Esau (Romans 9:13), because as much as Esau tried, his heart was focused on himself. That’s why God loved David and hated King Saul. They both sinned, but David repented because his heart was toward God. Saul’s’ heart was towards Saul.

What’s hate got to do with it?

Because, firstly, hate defines your relationship with God (1 John 2:11). If your love is built on the foundation of hate, whether you want to know it or not, then you are not related to God even though you vehemently demand you are.

And, secondly, because, you need hate to find God’s love. Just as hate controls everybody’s moods, so hate is the pill that you must swallow in order to stop hating. This means you have to suffer hate (Matthew 24:9) and the devaluing of your opinion to cure your hatred and high opinion of yourself … that’s the ‘cross’, that’s the place of ‘baptism into His death’ (Romans 6:4), that’s where you deny yourself, daily (Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23). Without hate, you can’t find the cross, you can’t die, and you can’t be resurrected to eternal life (John 12:25).

Why won’t so-called Christians listen to this truth?

Pride believes it has.

Pride blames and doesn’t accept responsibility for its sinful reactions.

Pride believes it’s good already.

Pride feeds on the FEAR of looking bad, of losing its IMAGE, and of persecution (Galatians 6:12).

The solution

Nothing of self, all of God.

 

May God open the eyes of His remnant to see their sin and instead be willing to suffer reproach for His Name!

 

Pastor Clive Douglas

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2019 in hate

 

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