|What does the Bible say about killing in self-defense?|
The Bible does allow for killing in self-defense. In a sense, there are different kinds of self-defense. There is personal self-defense, self-defense of the society (“social self-defense”) and there is national self-defense, which we call “war.” In all of these cases, the taking of another human life is allowed for by God. This booklet has been dedicated to “social self-defense,” the execution of criminals who are dangerous to society. War is a national self-defense, when people are called upon to protect their nation from outside aggression, and any student of the Bible will attest to the large number of wars recorded therein. Of course, there are unjust wars of aggression for property, wealth, or slaves, and the heads of state who start those wars will be held responsible by God at the Judgment. Furthermore, not all killing in a war is justified, and almost every war has cases of what are now called “war crimes.”
As with war and the execution of criminals, personal self-defense is also allowed for in Scripture. For example, Exodus 22:2 says, “If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.” This verse should be the law of our land today, and unfortunately in many places it is not. In many cities, a homeowner is not allowed to be readily able to defend himself against someone breaking in. Some areas do not allow homeowners to have loaded guns available, while in some other areas the homeowner must first “be sure” that the intruder has a weapon or is capable of being deadly. Biblical Law says that if someone is breaking into your home, he does so at the risk of his life, and the homeowner would never be considered a criminal for defending himself. Also, remember that on the very day of his arrest Christ said to his disciples, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). Christ expected things to become very unsafe for his disciples after his death, and told them to prepare to defend themselves from unjust aggression.
It may help to think of killing in terms of “just or unjust” and “accidental or on purpose.”
Murder: unjust and on purpose.
In the above list, we see that murder and manslaughter are unjust causes of death. In personal self-defense, the execution of criminals and in war, the cause of death is just, whether there is initial intent to kill the person or not. We can rightly conclude from Scripture that personal self-defense is something that God sanctions, even if it means the death of an unjust aggressor. The Founding Fathers of the United States were correct in asserting that God gave every person the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” An aggressor who tries to take from others forfeits those rights, and it should be the law of the land that each and every person have the right to defend himself from unjust aggression of all types.
Even a casual look at God’s Creation reveals that self-defense plays an important role in the self-preservation of nearly all forms of life. Perhaps human society could be profitably likened to a biological organism, every one of which has some way of warding off internal and external enemies. The more complex animal bodies dispatch white blood cells to attack germs and other toxic intruders. These white blood cells are very simple forms of life, but they are “wise” enough to act as if the wholeness and health of the organism is at stake, and without sentiment or ceremony destroy the intruder. These enemies of the body are not kept alive and cordoned off in prisons to be preserved. They are destroyed and eliminated as any future threat.
Similarly, evil persons are intruders into the “body” of decent human society, which has a right to protect and defend itself against such intrusion. A body without an immune system cannot defend itself and soon dies. Any godly society that refuses to establish and enforce God’s laws will also eventually “die,” i.e., be overcome by wickedness. People in the medical field work very hard to control “evil” in a body so that a person will not die of disease, and it is understood that harmful bacteria must be killed so the body will be healthy. So too, if we are to have a healthy society, wicked and harmful people need to be executed. This clearly teaches the value of life, because it shows that the only thing as valuable as a life is a life. No wonder God commanded, “Life for life” in Scripture, and even repeated it twice (Ex. 21:23; Deut. 19:21).
Question: “What does it mean to be missional? Should Christians be missional?”
Answer: “Missional” or “missional living” is a Christian term that in essence describes a missionary lifestyle. Being missional includes embracing the posture, the thinking, behaviors, and practices of a missionary in order to reach others with the message of the gospel. The term “missional” gained its popularity towards the end of the 20th century with the influence of Tim Keller, Alan Hirsch, and others, as well as the Gospel and Our Culture Network. Their basic premise is that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
Essentially, the idea of being missional teaches that the church has a mission because Jesus had a mission. There is one mission which says that the “missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being an agent of God’s mission to the world. In other words, the church’s true and authentic organizing principle is mission. When the church is in mission, it is the true church.” Yet there has been some confusion regarding the term “missional.”
Alan Hirsch, one its proponents, says that “missional” is not synonymous with “emerging.” The emerging church is primarily a renewal movement attempting to contextualize Christianity for a postmodern generation. “Missional” is also not the same as “evangelistic” or “seeker-sensitive.” These terms generally apply to what he calls the “attractional” model of church that has dominated our understanding for many years. Missional is not a new way to talk about church growth. Although God clearly desires the church to grow numerically, it is only one part of the larger missional agenda. Finally, missional is more than social justice. Engaging the poor and correcting inequalities is part of being God’s agent in the world, but should not be confused with the whole.
Hirsch also says that a proper understanding of missional living begins with recovering a missionary understanding of God. By His very nature God is a “sending God” who takes the initiative to redeem His creation. This doctrine, known as missio Dei is causing many to redefine their understanding of the church. Because the church is comprised of the “sent” people of God, the church is the instrument of God’s mission in the world. However, most people believe that missions is an instrument of the church, a means by which the church is grown. Although Christians frequently say, “The church has a mission,” according to missional theology a more correct statement would be “the mission has a church.”
Though many churches have mission statements or talk about the importance of having a mission, where missional churches differ is in their attitude toward the world. A missional church sees the mission as both its originating impulse and its organizing principle. It is patterned after what God has done in Jesus Christ, that is, to be missional means to be sent into the world; not to expect people to come to us. This idea differentiates a missional church from an “attractional” church.
The attractional church seeks to reach out to the culture and draw people into the church. But this practice only works where no significant cultural shift is required when moving from outside to inside the church. And as Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, the attractional church has lost its effectiveness. The West looks more like a cross-cultural missionary context in which attractional churches are self-defeating. The process of extracting people from the culture and assimilating them into the church diminishes their ability to speak to those outside. As a result, people cease to be missional and instead leave that work to the clergy.
Missional represents a significant shift in the way one thinks about the church. Being missional means we should engage the world the same way Jesus did—by going out rather than just reaching out. Missional means that when a church is in mission, it is then the true church.
According to Dave DeVries, author of “Missional Transformation: Fueling Missionary Movements that Transform America,” there are five biblical distinctives that form the foundation of a missional perspective:
So, the question is asked, “Should Christians be missional?” Fundamentally, missional theology is not content with missions being a church-based work. Rather, it applies to the whole life of every believer. In truth, every disciple of Christ should strive to be an agent, a representative of the kingdom of God; and every follower should try to carry the mission of God into every sphere of his life. We are all missionaries sent into the world.
There are many ways we can do this as we’re each individually blessed with certain talents and skills to utilize to the glory of God. Jesus has told us in Matthew 5:13-16 that we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world . . . to let our light shine before men.
And, finally, in light of this idea of being “missional,” we can best sum it up with the words of the apostle Paul: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God . . . and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (1 Corinthians 10:31;Colossians 3:17).
What Can I Do To Help?”
Proverb 18:1,2, “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding…”
People often ask me what they can do to help save America, i.e., fight evil, win souls, help the poor, and make a difference for God. I will be quite frank, I am daily frustrated that there is not more I can do myself. I have many burdens. The important thing is that we all look at what talents and resources that God has provided to us, and then do what WE CAN individually for God. Everybody’s area of ministry is different.
Certainly, there is much we can all do; but, the key word is “DESIRE.” All the talent in the world means nothing without desire. Carefully notice that the word “triumph” begins with “try” and ends with “umph.” Hence, nothing will ever happen until someone tries to make something happen, and that often requires a lot of dedication, time, money and hard work. This is true of anything worthwhile in life. Many people want the glory and glamour; but few are willing to pay the price.
I once asked a man how he became so good at playing the banjo, to which he replied, “Well, let’s just say I missed a lot of TV.” Proverb 18:1 tells us that DESIRE is the key to accomplishment. The Apostle Paul was without a doubt the greatest missionary who ever lived; but he suffered greatly for his ministry, even to the point of despairing life itself (2nd Corinthians 1:8,9).
The Lord has graciously blessed my laborers for Him. This website now receives 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each day. Praise God! I never dreamed this would happen. Lest I should be exalted above measure, the Lord showed me a Harry Potter website that receives 1,300,000 visitors per day! Don’t be deceived, Satan is using the Harry Potter series to prepare young people for the New World Order, i.e., to receive the coming Antichrist.
And lest I should be exalted above measure, I have permanent neuropathy (nerve damage to my spinal cord in my neck). Only God knows my bodily afflictions and the misery I endure every day of my existence. My life ended in March of 2004, and I’ve been surviving ever since. I was diagnosed in 2005 with Cervical Degenerative Disk Disease (basically it means that your neck starts falling apart as you get older). I have slipped disks, bone spurs, stenosis (narrowing of the spinal cord passage) and radiculopathy (tingling, weakness, burning, a puffy sensation, and pain extending down into both arms and legs). From the outside I look fine, but on the inside I am afflicted day and night. To say that it is a heavy burden is a giant understatement. It has completely destroyed my life. I ask for your prayers.
The Devil has attacked me relentlessly, painfully so, trying to destroy my labors for the Lord Jesus Christ. By God’s grace this ministry will continue and hopefully perpetuate through changed lives. We need many John the Baptists today, crying in the wilderness of cyberspace for men to repent toward God, to be forgiven of their sins. The great need of this hour is preaching preachers! 2nd Timothy 4:2a, “Preach the word.” This we must do! If you want to help save America, PREACH THE WORD! Everyone can share the truth of the Gospel with others, even if you simply pass out Gospel tracts. Everyone can have a ministry. A ministry is anything that you do for God.
It will be a cold day in Hell before I ever sell anything on my website. I’m so sick of covetous believers. I wish I could visit a Baptist church nowadays that doesn’t make an issue of money. I’ve had several people ask me how much money I make from my website—NEVER A PENNY! I want everyone to know that this is a labor of love and sincerity. When you sell something, it is a conflict of interest. To the same degree that a minister is covetous, to that same degree he will censor the truth. Guaranteed! My ministry is the Lords, I do it for Him, and I trust Him to keep it going. It only costs me a couple hundreds dollars per year for my 10 GB sized website. I get unlimited bandwidth. I get upset at these so-called Christian 1 MB sized websites that beg for money to keep up with their “high expenses.” Oh please! Who’s kidding who?
I’m just a humble sinner (or a loose nut behind the wheel of life… lol) that’s trying to make it day-by-day, and without the Lord Jesus I’d be absolutely nothing. The only good in me is Jesus Christ.
What Is That In Thine Hand?
God came to Moses and asked him to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. Moses didn’t think he was the right man for the job, so he began to make excuses (Exodus 4:1). Moses said, “You’ve got the wrong man Lord, I’m just a shepherd living out here in the desert.” Moses didn’t think he could do what God had asked of him. Moses was focusing upon his weaknesses (as most people do), “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue” (Exodus 4:10). God asked Moses … “What is that in thine hand? And he (Moses) said, A rod.”
This is a miraculous Bible truth! God didn’t need a man with a trained voice, or a mighty man, or a man with a suave personality; rather, God just needed a yielded man! All Moses had was the stick in his hand; but that’s all God needed. It was through that rod that God performed all the miracles in Egypt before Pharaoh and in the Wilderness. It was through that rod of Moses that God parted the Red Sea. It was through that rod that God brought forth water from the rock to quench the thirst of the Jews. It was through that rod that God performed the 10 Plagues upon Egypt. So, I begin this article by asking you… what is in thine hand? What talents has God given you? What resources do you have? What are your abilities? Only YOU can answer these questions. There is something you can do for God that no one else can do.
I simply want to get the truth out and wake people up. I’m still waking up myself. I’ve just scratched the tip of the iceberg of truth.
Earnestly Pray for Me Personally, and for My Labors in the Lord
Many people have asked how they can help me with my ministry, or personally. More than anything else in the world, I need for your prayers. I believe the Bible is God’s Word, and the Bible teaches power through prayer. Many people today seek God’s power through televangelism, charismatic experiences, multi-point programs, idols, good luck charms, meditation, charitable donations, self-improvement, chants, and other schemes. As Simon the former sorcerer found out in Acts 8:18-20, you can’t buy God’s power! It is not merchandise. God is not a genie at our disposal. God is a Person, Who loves us and sent His dear Son to pay for our sins. God’s power comes through prayer, which is asking.
In James 5:17-18 we read that Elijah was “a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly” and God answered his prayers. God is encouraging us to pray, reminding us that Elijah was no different from us. Elijah prayed sincerely, and God answered. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old And New Testament Words says concerning the word “earnestly” in James 5:17…
In Jas. 5:17 the dative case of the noun proseuche is translated “earnestly” (KJV), in connection with the corresponding verb, lit., “he prayed with prayer” (RV, “fervently”), implying persevering continuance in prayer with fervor… (ISBN: 0-7852-1160-8, pg. 191).
Thus, I desperately ask for your sincere prayers on a continual basis, i.e., persevering continuance in prayer with fervor. I cannot save anybody. I cannot make people see the light. But God can, and will, speak to people’s hearts and do great things of God’s people will prayer, not just for my ministry, but for others as well. America is dying for praying Christians. Jesus’ disciples never asked, “Lord, teach us to preach,” nor did they ever say to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to teach”; but they did request, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Could it be that prayer is more important than preaching and teaching? Yes, most definitely, “for without me ye can do nothing” our Lord said in John 15:5. Please pray for me and my labors in the Lord, as I pray for you, my web visitors.
Please don’t misunderstand James 5:17. You don’t have to believe that God is going to answer your prayer to get the answer, you just need to have enough faith to SINCERELY KEEP ASKING as Elijah did. In Acts Chapter 12, a group of believers gathered to pray for Peter’s release from prison, and the Lord worked a miracle; thus, answering their prayer. When Peter came to the place where they were gathered together praying, Rhoda answered the door. She ran to tell everyone that Peter was at the door and they said… “Thou art mad” (Acts 12:15). They literally called her crazy! Why was it so crazy that God answered their prayers? They had so little faith that they didn’t even think God was listening to them; but, they had just enough faith TO PRAY. Prayer is faith. This is a fascinating portion of Scripture. Even the smallest amount of sincere faith can cause great things to happen in the Lord.
Again, I desperately ask for your sincere prayers on a continual basis, i.e., persevering continuance in prayer with fervor. Please make time to pray daily. If you truly want to help me with this ministry, or personally, then this is what I ask from you with all my heart. I know God answers prayer, and that the prayers of His saints will effectuate God’s blessing and power. There are dead churches and ministries all over the world, that speak the lingo, and put on a good show; but they are powerless, serving the Lord in their own strength. The Apostle Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 12:10, “for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Thus, I want to be weak, and unable, and unqualified, and an underachiever—because then Jesus Christ gets all the glory. I’m just a hell-deserving sinner, nothing more, who is so blessed to have Jesus Christ as my Savior, Who wonderfully lives within my soul. Without Jesus Christ I am nothing, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Galatians 6:3). If there is anything great to be done for God in this life, it will be the Spirit of God that does it, and not us. Zechariah 4:6 declares, “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
PLEASE PRAY for God’s Holy Spirit to work in people’s hearts through this ministry of love—for lost souls to come to Jesus Christ for salvation, for believers to be inspired to serve God, for lives to be changed for the Lord, for more labourers to be sent forth into the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38), for God to bring swift judgment upon those leaders within our government who are hardened evil criminals, for God to help those government leaders (such as congressman Ron Paul) who are true Americans and loyal to the American people, for believers to awake to righteousness and join the spiritual battle, for preachers to start preaching against sin again, for believers to aggressively contend for the faith, for false religions to be exposed, for THE TRUTH to get out! We are living in a prayerless generation! Remember, God answers KNEE-MAIL.
I ask for your prayers, for me personally, and for this international ministry. I never dreamed this website would reach so many people for the Lord. I don’t want to go it alone without the prayers of other believers, lest my work be in vain. I am only a man with a website, but God is able and willing to do great things THROUGH PRAYER.
I believe prayer is the most neglected command in the Bible today, which is why believers are not soul-conscious. In 2nd Chronicles 7:14-15 God gives us the formula for revival and saving America. God begins by telling His people to humble themselves enough to pray. We are conscious about everything except prayer. This is why believers are carnally-minded and don’t care about the THINGS OF JESUS CHRIST (Philippians 2:21).
I do not agree with everything which Alex Jones promotes, does or says; BUT, he is a blessing from God to the American people. His website is at www.infowars.com. Also see, www.prisonplanet.com. Alex Jones is more than just another guy making comments on the radio and internet, he’s a fighter for freedom! Alex gets out there in the evildoer’s faces and stands against them. There’s not a pastor in America with the influence of secular radio host, Alex Jones. That is a shame.
America’s largest pastors are Bush and Obama worshippers, apostate, and sell-outs; they are mostly concerned about securing a steady flow of donations and profits. The entire reason why 501C3 State-licensed organizations were created in the 1950’s was to lure America’s churches into a government-controlled system that would legally silence them as the New World Order progressed.. Today, the need has never been greater for America’s pastors to cry aloud against the blatant crimes, robbery, mass-murdering, tyranny, and wickedness being committed by our elected government leaders; but pastors are crippled, prohibited by law from preaching against such government, because of their 501C3 status. It is evil.
No true man of God would accept a license from the State that forbids him from preaching against evils and crimes in government. If you are pastoring a church that is a 501C3 organization, preach THE TRUTH anyhow. Expose the evils in government. Yes, we ought to obey government, more than anyone as Christians; but we also ought to be the first to rise up and stand against evil. Christians ought to roast the Supreme Court for legalizing abortion. We ought to continually preach against the wickedness prevalent in our government. OUR government does what they do with OUR money in OUR name and with OUR children in the military; thus, it is OUR business! Obeying government does not mean that Christians are supposed to ignore crimes and tyranny in government. How insane for anyone to teach that God wants Christians to blindly submit to criminal government. Romans 13 does NOT teach that at all.
The love of money is the sworn number one enemy of preaching THE TRUTH (1st Timothy 6:10). Alex Jones is without a doubt doing more to save America than 99% of the preachers and pastors in this country. Why? Because he is doing something to wake people up and make a difference! HE IS MAKING SOME NOISE! Alex Jones is being heard by millions of weary Americans, who are tired of being abused by an out-of-control government. America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is a whorehouse under the control of a foreign elite criminals. Please read, The 13 Bloodlines of the Illuminati for shocking information.
Everything goes to the Private Bankers. First they get you dependent on government. Then they take control over every facet of your life. Finally, you are enslaved to them. Parents become incubators for the State. Private property ownership is abolished. The government controls your lifestyle. By controlling interest rates, the private bankers decide your comfort level. By relocating American jobs to foreign soil, Americans are forced to apply to government welfare and financial aid. There are few jobs left. As evidence of just how much the United States has deteriorated, U.S. citizens are now being forced to COMPETE with llegal immigrants for the remaining jobs. Illegals should all be arrested, prosecuted and deported.
Instead, the federal government is allowing U.S. companies to hire illegals and cater to them. Illegals get free welfare, free medical, free education, free housing; while U.S. born citizens can’t make ends meets, are losing their homes, can’t get surgery because they have no insurance, et cetera. Our prisons are saturated with illegals who are criminally violent. Several dozens California hospitals have been forced into bankruptcy because of the illegal immigrant scandal. The government has done nothing, nor will they do anything effective, because their goal is a North American Union. It’s all a part of the restructuring of the nations, to divide the world into just a handful of sections.
Just as the European Union, so will we see the creation of the North American Union, and a unified currency. Why the consolidation of power, currency and nations? It’s all part of the global takeover of the world, aka, the New World Order. To truly understand what is happening, you must understand the Bible. The Antichrist is coming. In order for the Antichrist to be effective in his evil plot to lead the world to worship him, and to have control over everyone, the stage must be set. The New World Order is a key phrase for a Godless Global Totalitarian Communist Police State! We are witnessing a consolidation of the world’s religion’s into a New Age belief system that says it doesn’t matter what you believe, just so long as you believe in a divine force. Adherents to this Luciferian religion teach their followers to set aside all doctrinal differences, sharing their common belief in a divine force (not necessarily a Supreme Being).
Sadly, Christians are just as woefully ignorant and sinfully complacent as the rest of the foolish public. Wickedness always causes people not to care, to lack concern, and become selfishly complacent. To have concern is Christlike, for God Himself does Care (1st Peter 5:7; 2nd Peter 3:9). It is humanity that doesn’t care (Philippians 2:21).
Personal ambition and hard-work are stifled by Communist confiscation of wealth and give-away programs. There is no light at the end of the tunnel unless we stop the evil Banksters. We either stand together, or we will hang separately. They are working relentlessly and criminally to transfer all wealth to themselves. They know what they are doing. Taxes are going up, while local police and public services are being reduced and slashed. The population is being squeezed, tax-exemptions are being eliminated, veteran’s benefits are being cut, taxpayers are being robbed. It is happening. They get you to invest in pensions for decades and then that money is not there when you need it and are entitled to it. They’ve bankrupt Social Security of $7,000,000,000,000!
They bankrupt the steel worker’s pension trust fund that was intended to protect their pensions. The government and elite criminals even squandered the steel worker’s trust fund. Men who had worked hard in the steel mills for 30, 40 even 50-years were robbed and betrayed. America has been going downhill ever since. Obama just froze pay to federal workers, while the newsmedia reports how great they have it. This is treason. They are taking over every major society with the same formula.
Veterans are required to pay for their own insurance in case they get their legs blown off. The government wants to completely rob veterans of their healthcare. Unions and dropping healthcare coverage for the children of workers. U.S. citizens are getting ripped-off in so many ways. In just the past 20-years, Americans have lost so much and this is just the beginning. Water prices will triple. They are going to completely sell-out the nation economically. What has happened in third world nations is coming. Austerity is total enslavement. it is all a big fraud. They get tens-of-trillions- of dollars of taxpayer money, and we get the bill. it is pure robbery. The bankers are crooks and criminals. The banks have openly fostered this system of getting us into debt over the past couple decades.
The fractional-reserve banking system is demonic, intended from its inception to rob and bankrupt our nation’s economy. We are in deep doo doo. The average American only cares about sports, having fun and stuffing their face. The media is spinning all of this, lying to us. The government is slashing pensions, retirements and all sorts of programs. It is economic warfare. Europe is about a year ahead of us. Greece is in shambles. Germany and France are going down in flames economically. The Banksters are our enemies. You’ve probably never heard that before, but the facts are irrefutable. They’ve ripped off $23,700,000,000,000 (yes, trillion) alone over the past 2-years from U.S. taxpayers. It is mathematically IMPOSSIBLE to pay back what we owed the Central Bankers.
Our founding father sternly warned us about the vile evils of the hideous Central Bank. in 1913 America’s worst nightmare became a reality. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was spoiled rotten with wine, women and song until the day he died by the Banksters, Satan’s reward for betraying his nation, being a rotten traitor, and hurting hundreds-of-millions of people. Wilson sold his soul to the Devil. The Central Bank has had control over our nation ever since, causing World Wars I and II, and soon III. They causedThe Great Depression and are now afflicting America’s economy, housing and job market. They are pawns for Satan, doing the Devil’s will. Their Hell will be hot enough.
Honorable politicians such as Congressman Ron Paul and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney keep in close contact with Alex Jones are are working together in a desperate last attempt to save America from imminent destruction. But without the churches, America is doomed. Our nation cannot be saved by waking people up to the evils of the Banking Cartel and other evils unless there is a spiritual revival in our nation. Cleaning up The White House is not enough. Waking people up concerning the evils afflicting them is not enough. Buying silver and gold is not the answer. Stocking food in an underground shelter is not the answer. People need Jesus Christ, they need salvation! The answer is not legislation, education, reformation, nor rehabilitation; but rather, regeneration!
Even if all the criminal Banksters, dishonest lawyers, crooked politicians, bought off judges, corrupt legislatures, guilty Senators and Congressman, greedy CEO’s, thug law-enforcement officials, and others were tried and imprisoned, it would not restore our Republic to a state of peace, happiness and freedom. God will not bless a wicked people. Americans need to stop thinking and talking filthy, having sexually-degenerate hearts and minds. Abortion must stop! Adultery must stop! Homosexuality must stop! Pornography must stop! Gambling casinos must stop! Drunkenness must stop! Witchcraft must stop! Hollywood smut, violence and cursing in God’s name must stop! You know as well as I do that Americans are too far gone, too evil-minded, too rebellious to repent toward God. Our only hope in America is either massive Hell, fire and damnation preaching; or severe and merciless judgment upon our nation.
Tragically, the average American has their head stuck where the sun don’t shine. The average pastor doesn’t know what time of day it is concerning the evils which are destroying America. I would highly recommend that you read Dr. Ron Paul’s articles if you want to know what’s going on in our government, and they way things should be, and were meant to be by our founding fathers. We need Gospel preaching; but we also need to stand up as Christians against the evil. I know pastors who think their only duty is to preach the Gospel, refusing to lift a finger to expose the evils of government crimes and the robbery of taxpayers. Yet, God told Ezekiel that He was upset over the ROBBERY and OPPRESSION being committed in Israel (Ezekiel 22:29). Our problem as Christians is that we DON’T CARE like God cares. Most pastors care about the church budget more than anything else. Most pastors don’t care about the affliction of other people, just so long as their own fat butt has it good. Most pastors are a disgrace to the name of Christ.
With due respect to the Office of the President, George W. Bush is a mass-murderer, a thief, and a scoundrel concerning the illegal Iraqi war; yet, ignorant and compromised pastors all across America have a blind loyalty for a President which is a member of the Satanic Skull and Bones group, and of the sinister Bohemian Groveorganization. Bush’s administration has funded over $1,500,000,000 to Planned Parenthood (the largest provider of abortion services in America) during his presidential term (and you’re naive enough to believe that he’s against abortion). Wake up! The average Christian can’t handle the reality that our government has been hijacked by criminalswho are committed to the destruction of America.
Stop voting Republican or Democrat! Regardless, those two parties will ALWAYS control The White House, because BOTH parties are evil to the core, and there’s NOT a dime’s difference between them at the highest levels (i.e., the New World Order thugs control them both). Anybody with any knowledge at all knows that the 2000 presidential election was stolen. The system is corrupted with evil through and through. Supreme Court?… you’ve got to be kidding me!… you means Supreme Puppets! Those imposters are told what to judge, when to judge and how to judge. It’s no coincidence that every time the abortion issue is voted on that the results are 5-to-4 in favor of keeping abortion legal. Oh Please!, who do you think you’re kidding? Oh that’s right, the tens-of-millions of dumb citizens in America. Listen friend, HELL WILL BE HOT ENOUGH for those rotten jerks who vote pro-choice (i.e., pro-murder).
GET INFORMED! Learn the truth about 911. Learn the truth about Iraq. Learn the truth about the nonexistent War On Drugs. Learn the truth about our abandoned POWS inVietnam. Learn the truth about the godless Federal Reserve Bank. Learn the truth about the Pharmaceutical industry. But you say, “Doesn’t Romans 16:19 tell us to be, ‘wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil‘.” Yes, of course; but it doesn’t mean what you think it means. We shouldn’t be familiar with sin, i.e., from practicing sin. That’s what the Apostle Paul is saying. You’re crazy if you think God wants us to be isolated, ignorant, and complacent about the evils in OUR society or corruption in OUR government.
Some believers have the insane idea that it’s not our place to fight against government evil. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that most professed Christians are yellow-bellied, spineless, cowards, who dare not make a spectacle of themselves by going against the common consensus of mainstream APOSTATE Christianity. John the Baptist stood alone in the wilderness for God, because no one wanted to stand with him. Daniel ended up in the lion’s den alone, because he was the only one who cared enough about God to pray. Look, it is your responsibility and mine to expose the evils in society and in government. But you say, “Oh, there are things in government which we don’t understand, so we must be careful about criticizing such things.” Do me a favor …shut up! Anyone with a brain and an ounce of care knows that abortion is murder. Anyone who pay taxes knows that our tax-dollars are being stolen and squandered.
Here’s a video of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney asking Donald Rumsfeld what they did with a missing $2,300,000,000,000 from 1999!!! Then they stole another $1,100,000,000,000 in 2000!!! That is OUR money! We are idiots if we don’t get upset and DEMAND answers. And yes Mr. President, what about DynCorp’s sex-slaves? There needs to be a big trial in Washington, and many politicians executed for their treasonous crimes against the American people, their murderous crimes against the Iraqi people, and their sexual crimes against children. We have been lied to, our children have been exploited as paid mercenaries to kill the innocent in Iraq, our children are being taught how to have homosexual sex in the public school system, etc, etc, etc.
My website is hear to help you get informed; but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. You must DESIRE the truth for yourself. Every generation must rediscover the truth for itself. We read in 2nd Thessalonians 2:9,10 that many people will be deceived by the Antichrist BECAUSE they don’t love the truth… “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Do you love the truth? Is there something in you that must know the truth, to get to the bottom and find out the truth of a matter? Every born-again believer should have such a DESIRE. People who care want the truth, and caring is the hallmark of a genuine Christian.
Only Support Genuine Local New Testament Churches!
The first thing I’d recommend to anyone is to support your local New Testament church, if there is one. What do I mean by “local New Testament church”? I mean a SOULWINNING church. I mean a church that ONLY uses the King James Bible. I mean a church that actively stands against and exposes evils and false religions. Good luck, there are only few such churches remaining, because they are so few genuine men of God these days. The pastor sets the spiritual barometer of the church. Most so-called “churches” in the United States have gone apostate!
If you CAN’T find a godly pastor in your area who is on-fire for God, soulwinning, preaching against sin, and contending for the faith in the local community—then perhaps you should START your own church! Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Many churches have been started in people’s homes, garages, backyards, etc. Remember, a church is NOT a building, it’s Christians coming together for the purpose of doing something for God to reach the community for Christ. Philemon 1:2, “And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house.”Notice the words, “church in THY HOUSE.” We need many new churches today, a different kind of church, because the traditional dead church is not doing anything to save America.
We need Billy Sunday type churches—alive, on fire for God, soulwinning, haters of sin, lovers of sinners, contending for the faith, separated from the sinful world, etc. The average church is a deadbeat social club of religious do-nothings and critics. A small group of soulwinning Christians going door-to-door to win lost souls to Christ is a church! This is what is often called an “Acts 20:20 vision,” where Paul went door-to-door soulwinning daily. Most people have no idea of what a church is supposed to be like. A church should be a hotbed of soulwinning, having a strong influence in the local community, reaching out to the needy, standing against sin, contending for the faith, and doing their best to reach lost sinners for Christ with the Gospel.
Sadly, the average church is dead—sin is not preached against, the pastor gives watered-down sermonettes, the women in the church wear pants, the teens listen to Devilish Christian rock, the men don’t go soulwinning, false religions such as Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism are never exposed, they use the hell-spawned and blasphemous New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, and they criticize soulwinners and separated Christians. Whatever you do, DON’T support such a church! If people would stop supporting bad churches with lazy ministers, then they would be forced to do their JOBS. A church will never rise above the spirituality of the pastor, and that’s the big problem in the world today—a lack of true men of God. Preachers are dime-a-dozen nowadays; but where are the men of God who hate sin, love people, and refuse to compromise concerning sin? God deliver us from money-hungry ministers who are afraid to step-on-toes by preaching against sin, and who never take the truth outside of the church walls.
One of the biggest problems in the world today is naive people who support dead churches. It’s because most people want religion; but they don’t really want a closer walk with God. Unlike religion, God expects you to do something about the truth. Religion is a form of entertainment; but genuine Biblical Christianity will change you, and people don’t like to be changed. Since the truth makes most people uncomfortable, they don’t want anything to do with the truth. The Word of God is full of Scriptural references attesting to this fact. Jesus stated in John 8:40, “But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth.” Again again in John 8:45, “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” People refuse to come to Christ for salvation because they don’t want to face the truth about their sins, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?“
It is rare to find a church with a pastor who is zealous about the truth. This is evidence to the tragic apostate condition of the United States. I’d recommend an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church. “Independent” simply means they stand alone, not being part of a large denomination (such as the apostate Southern Baptist Convention). “Fundamental” means that they take the Bible literally, and don’t teach doctrines that can’t be backed up with Scriptures. And finally, “Baptist” because Baptists come closest to the Bible, in my opinion, than any other group. However, Being Baptist won’t get anyone to Heaven, just as no religion will. Only through the blood of Jesus Christ can sins be taken away, not through any mortal minister or priest (1st Peter 1:18-19).
Be Careful With Your Money
There’s a reason why charlatans, crooks, and con-artists make so much money pretending to be MINISTERS of righteousness. It’s because people are ignorant and, well, stupid, to be honest. So if you want to help save America and do something for God, ideally it would be through a local New Testament church; BUT, please don’t be a fool whogives money to a do-nothing, cowardly, compromised pastor or minister. I have a pet peeve about Christians who support neoevangelical ministries that do next to nothing for God. I am a firm believer in holding ministers 100% accountable for the money entrusted to them. This is true of ANY ministry or non-profit organization. A responsible pastor provides a monthly financial statement to his congregation to account for every penny donated to the church. If your church doesn’t account for where the money goes, kindly ask the pastor or financial secretary to provide that information. If you don’t get it… find another church!
If more believers would stop tithing to BAD churches, then more pastors would become honest and more con-artists would be forced to go to work for a living. There are many churches today, whose pastor regularly talks about reaching the lost for Christ, but there is no scheduled time in the church for its members to go soulwinning. They are playing church.
Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Alone!
Sometimes we have to stand alone as believers. In fact, it’s usually that way. Daniel was cast in the lion’s den alone. Jeremiah was cast into the miry pit, and left to die, alone. John the Baptist was cast into prison alone. If you can’t find a church in your area, then serve God alone, until you can find some likeminded believers to work with.
There is much we can do for God. I believe we ought to do as much as we can for the Lord. We must redeem the time. Every believer should look for ways to serve God. Sometimes people write me and thank my ministry team, folks… it’s just me. It is true that 1% of all Christians do 99% of the work for the Lord (i.e., the soulwinning and contending for the faith).
There are some faithful ministries today, that are doing great works for God; but they’re probably not the one’s you’re thinking about. The most popular “ministries” are usually scams, paying their executives 6-digit salaries (or more) and never preaching the Gospel of Christ. Watch Pat Roberson on the 700 Club sometime and you’ll be disgusted. When he tells his viewers how to be saved, he vaguely mentions the word “sin.” He avoids a lot of important things, like being “born-again” and the “blood of Jesus.” He’s leading people into religion without Christianity. I am leery of televangelists and you should be too! The Bible calls them “greedy dogs” in Isaiah 56:11. DON’T support any televangelists! They’reall con-artists, at least the ones who can afford to be on TV. It costs them millions to make tens-of-millions. It’s a sham.
Perhaps Start Your Own Website
If you want to make money, please don’t exploit Christianity to do so. One man wrote me who said he was a long-time member of an Independent Baptist Church, had worked in law-enforcement for many years, and wanted to make a website to reach others in law-enforcement. I kindly wrote him back and told him I’d help him any way possible; but, NOT if he planned to make money from his website. To no surprise he never wrote back again, not even to thank me. This is where Christianity is at today, so many believers are covetous.
I’m saddened that more Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches DON’T have large websites (i.e., packed full of truth). A website is a ministry that operates 24/7. While you’re sleeping, your website for the Lord is helping others. That’s a great feeling. There’s no way humanly possible that I could speak with thousands of people in one day, nor could I share with them the amount of information available to them on my website.
As mentioned earlier, I never accept donations, although many people have kindly offered. My work is for the Lord. I get upset when I see so-called “Christian” websites begging for donations due to the high cost of maintaining a website. Gimme a break! Don’t be fooled, having a website shouldn’t cost a lot. You may want to start your own website. It’s not too difficult, it just requires a lot of patience. The most difficult part is getting started. The Devil’s crowd has saturated the internet, why shouldn’t God’s children do the same? What takes time is the thousands-upon-thousands of hours of work which go into maintaining a large website (i.e., writing articles, doing research, answering e-mails, fixing dead hyperlinks, etc).
However, your website doesn’t have to be any bigger than what you want it to be. If you want lots of visitors, bigger is better. More articles means more chances that your website will contain what people are looking for in the search engines. Although I’ve invested well over 10,000 hours in this website, I’ve never regretted a moment of the time spent. You are welcome to copy/paste whatever you want from my website to yours … the truth should always be free.
Also, you are welcome to promote and distribute my ministry freely (and THANK YOU!). Here’s a page of free banners that you are welcome to copy/paste to your own website or webpage. I believe the truth should always be free.
Every Believer Should Have A Ministry!
If not a website, then how about starting a local soulwinning club? A husband and wife could organize a local soulwinning meeting, where the ladies and the men divide and go soulwinning in different areas. A church doesn’t need a building, pews, an organ, etc. The idea of a church requiring a building is an illusion. The Christians in the book of Acts DIDN’T have a church building. If America is going to be salvaged, then INDIVIDUAL Christians are going to have to take the initiative to make something happen for the Lord, because most of our churches are ignorant, sidetracked, and dead. Increasingly, I can’t find a good church to recommend to people when they write me asking for a referral. They’re just not out there! One man who’s on fire for God can do more than 10,000 churchgoers who are spiritually sleeping.
Men should consider STREET PREACHING!
Please visit my other website at www.soulwinning.info for more ideas!
6.3 billion people
70% have yet to hear
Do you have a world vision for souls? Are you interested in helping get the Gospel out to the world? Most missionaries are supported through missionary boards, who make sure they’re getting the job done. It’s a far better cause for your charitable contributions, than the ridiculous things which many people support.
Expose the Cults!
I am saddened and wearied that hardly any Christians expose false religions, false prophets, false gods, and false Christs. Why are so many believers silent concerning thehellish monster of Catholicism? Over 1,000,000,000 people in this world are following the dreaded beast of Roman and Orthodox Catholicism. Oh, how we need Christians today who will contend for the faith (Jude 3). I am not advocating being unkind or rude to people. I am saying that we need to stand for the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Yes, people will be offended, because the truth is usually offensive. Over 1,000,000,000 lost souls are following the damnable Islamic Muslim religion, headed straight for an eternity in the Lake of Fire.
Ephesians 5:11 commands, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” We’re supposed to “reprove” (Greek: elencho, which means “to expose”) all works of darkness. False religions are works of darkness, which lead people into Hell. Abortion is a work of darkness. Pornography is a work of darkness. Hollywood is a work of darkness. Rock-n-roll is a work of darkness. Walt Disney is a work of darkness.
Every Catholic Church should know that there is a fighting group of Christians in their local area exposing them. People need to be warned! Hell is real folks and 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 are frightening Scriptures… “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…” I marvel how some people say that Hell has no fire, or that Hell is just the grave. If that be true, then the Scriptures I just quoted you make no sense at all. As believers, we need to teach people the truth, WARNING them that there is a Hell burning with fire and brimstone, where lost sinners WILL spend eternity in torment!!! Is it nothing to you all ye that pass by (Lamentations 1:12).
Be Aggressive About Soulwinning!
Nothing else matters if we lose site of our precious Savior, “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…” (1st peter 2:7). There are many ministries and non-profit organizations in the world today that have a form of godliness; but they deny the power thereof as the Bible states… “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” That “power” is the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvationto every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Please read, The Simple Gospel. It is NOT our efforts, or eloquent words, or education, that wins the lost to Christ… It is the Gospel. Our primary job as believers is NOT to help and feed the poor, it is to preach the Gospel to them. What good does it do to help the poor, lift up the fallen, cloth the naked, and comfort the feebleminded—if they die in their sins and go to Hell for all eternity?
Yet, tragically, MOST so-called ministries today place soulwinning as a last priority, if the Gospel is preached at all. There is a generic, mainstream false gospel being propagated today that simply requires people to “ask Jesus into their heart” or “commit one’s life to Christ.” That is a road to Hell. The Biblical Gospel EXCLUDES all forms of self-righteousness, including water baptism and the Mass. You’ll never hear Pat Robertson or Benny Hinn criticize the Roman Catholic religion publicly on TV. Every unsaved Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness believes that Jesus died, was buried and rose again. But they’ve ADDED doing good works to the Gospel, which then becomes a false gospel. Think about this, 95% of the unsaved religious people in America believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose again. The problem is that it is just religious information in their head, and they have never been born-again by trusting Jesus as the Christ in their heart. They have never acknowledged their woeful guilt of sin, for violating God’s holy Law. They have added self-righteous works, such as water baptism and living an upright life, as part of their requirements to get to Heaven. They are lost.
The once famed army of soulwinners led by William Booth, known as the Salvation Army, has deteriorated into an organization that is far more Army than Salvation. It’s all about money nowadays. How many Gospel tracts do you think the Salvation Army Santa Clause passes out each year? You know the answer … NONE? How many firemen does the Salvation Army‘s hot-chocolate wagon witness to throughout the year? … NONE? I’ve been in dozens of Salvation Army thrift stores and I’ve yet to find anything even remotely indicative of a Christian organization… NOTHING! Oh, but the Salvation Army owns some great property in the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a shame! I recently read that there are 7,000 homeless people on Oahu. How many of those people have been witnessed to by the Salvation Army?
As with most PROFITABLE non-profit organizations, the Salvation Army has a lot to be desired of it. PROOF of what I am saying is that the Salvation Army is rarely mentioned in the news for contending for the faith or upsetting the wicked. Their statement of faith is buried within their organization. The New Testament church caused a ruckus by preaching the truth. It’s not enough for the Salvation Army to post their doctrinal/positional stand on the back pages of some website, they need to start taking a visible stand against evil or America will face certain destruction. The Salvation Army will be held much more accountable by God for their lack of faith, because they are one of the most influential groups in the world. Nearly everyone loves the Salvation Army these days, because they have hidden their spiritual candle under a bushel. They ought to be ashamed.
If John the Baptist were to behave like members of the Salvation Army, he’d walk around Jerusalem in a nice uniform, playing a trumpet, doing nice things for people and never say a word of warning about God’s wrath, of coming judgment or of the Lake of Fire. John was a sight to behold, clothed in camel’s hair, eating wild locusts and preaching REPENTANCE FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS! Much of professed Christianity has become a business nowadays, a den-of-thieves who exploit Christianity to make merchandise of people.
The Truth Must Be Told!
America needs VOICES! The truth is lonely these days, having few friends. Love the Truth! The truth is that the New International Version and the English Standard Versionof the Bible are of the Devil, ruthlessly attacking the deity of Jesus Christ (compare Philippians 2:6). The truth is that President George W. Bush is a pro-choice, pro-homosexual, occult member who is NOT a Christian. The truth is that Barack Obama is a Communist. The truth is that the 911 attacks in New York were orchestrated by the Bush Administration, and the concrete evidence is irrefutable. Mr. Bush, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Cheney are mass murderers. Would you just sit there doing nothing if you were the President, and were just told your nation was under severe attack? Why did WT7 mysteriously collapse?
Whatever you can think and find to do to wake people up, do it! Satan is the god of this rotten wicked world and has blinded the minds of the masses (2nd Corinthians 4:4). The truth of the Gospel is the most important truth, for without Christ we would all go to Hell forever. Ironically, most people who reject the truth of the Gospel also reject the truth about the New World Order. People are wearing blinders and it’s hard to wake them up. I have learned that people who want the truth about one subject are likely to want the truth about others subjects too. And those wicked people who reject the Gospel are very likely to also reject the truth about everything. Jesus said inJohn 18:37, “…To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Most people don’t look at Jesus from the perspective of TRUTH, but He is the truth (John 14:6). Jesus said in John 4:24 that God the father can only be worshipped in spirit and in truth. The truth is critically important.
I suggest that you go to infowars.com and buy some of Alex Jones’ videos to be educated concerning the truth of the New World Order. I have all of them in my video library for reference. If nothing else, please watch for free the masterpiece 2:19 hour documentary, END GAME!
Why were there mock war games going on at the exact SAME time as the actual attacks on the morning of 9-11-01? Why did BBC News report that WTC 7 fell 23 MINUTES BEFORE IT FELL! They knew! The American people have been lied to repeatedly and blatantly about so many things concerning 911 and the Godless war against the Iraqi people. I will preach against the evils of 911 until the criminals behind 911 are brought to justice, or the Lord says it’s time for me to go home. Psalm 94:16 challenges every believer to stand against evil and injustice!… “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”
Each of us has different talents and opportunities in life. Look at what God has given to you, and see what you can do for God. The main goal is to win lost sinners to Jesus Christ, by sharing the Biblical Gospel with them. Without the good news of Jesus Christ, nothing else matters anyway. Praise God for the gift of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
What are you doing to unlock minds?
|Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)
If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, “I repent,” forgive him.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.(Matthew 6:12)
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.(Matthew 6:14-15)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)
**Copyright, 2002, Brian Campbell (Permission is granted to copy for personal use only.
Excerpts from Dr. Brian Campbell’s Book: “Godly Counsel.”
“Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
Forgive : to pardon; to waive any negative
feeling or desire for punishment
All of us have been hurt or offended by others at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes these hurts run so deep that it’s hard to “let go” of them, even when the person who hurt us has apologized, repented, and asked for forgiveness . When we begin to recognize the depth of our own sin, and the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our sin, we can begin to forgive others, and even ourselves.
We are all sinners.1 No one is perfect or good except God alone.2 When God first created the world, it was “good,”3 but sin soon entered in. It was the mission of Christ to come to this earth to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled with God and have eternal life .4
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time
my mother conceived me.
No one is good—except God alone.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for
the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put
to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
(1 Peter 3:18)4
When Christ died for us on the cross, He took away all of our sins.5 Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, and acknowledges that He died for our sins, receives complete forgiveness of sins.6 From God’s perspective , forgiveness is a “one hundred percent,” all-or-none type of thing. That is, when we accept Jesus Christ and repent of our sins, God forgives each and every one of our sins, no matter “how many,” “how big,” or “how small.”
Scriptures give us vivid illustrations of how deep and complete God’s forgiveness is for our sins. For example, the Bible states that God: hides our sins behind His back;7 covers over them;8 doesn’t remember them anymore;9 removes them “as far as the east is from the west”;10 and, when God forgives us completely we are “whiter than the snow.”11
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men’s sins against them.
(2 Corinthians 5:19)5
Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness
of sins through his name.
In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins behind your back.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me,
and I will be whiter than snow.
Jesus Christ made it very clear that in order to receive the incredible gift of forgiveness from God, we must first forgive others.12 There is no “wiggle room.” He stated that: “if you do not forgive men of their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”13
As human beings, we often find it difficult to forgive the sins of others. Deep down, we would sometimes like to “pick and choose” the sins of others that we will forgive, or decide on “how many” sins the other person has committed against us before they have “exceeded their limit” and we can no longer forgive them. However, Scriptures indicate that God does not allow for this type of “selective” forgiveness when someone repents and asks us for forgiveness .
For example, God’s Word makes it clear that when we come to the Lord in prayer, if we hold “anything against anyone,” we are to forgive him.14 Along similar lines, we are to forgive “whatevergrievances you may have against one another.”15
The Bible speaks about every person needing forgiveness and every person needing to forgive. Why? Because we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. None of us is perfect. We need God’s grace and we need to extend that same mercy to others. This subject is the very essence of true Christianity. Until we understand it, we will not really understand God Himself.
We All Need Forgiveness
Walking in the Joy of a Clean Conscience
Steps to Receive God’s Forgiveness
- 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Hosea 14:2-3: “Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips…We will never again say ‘our gods’ to what our own hands have made’” (NIV). From the above verses, the first thing we see is that we must confess our sins. We must recognize where we have erred, and hurt God by our actions. When confessing your sins to God, be as specific as you can. General confessions do very little to convict of sin, or to convince God of your seriousness, or to bring healing in those areas.
- Isaiah 55:7: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Ezekiel 18:21: “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” Our next step in receiving forgiveness, is to turn from our wicked ways and change them. We may struggle with a certain sin, but if our intent is truly to change our ways and overcome that sin, God will give us the grace to do it. Many want to receive forgiveness from God without changing their ways. God knows the difference between those who are sincere and those who are using Him to temporarily ease their conscience. He is not mocked or deceived. If one comes to him in sorrow, humility and sincerity, His grace is abundant. However, He has little patience for those who would abuse His mercy. Search your heart and ask God to give you the grace for true repentance, and the power of the Holy Spirit to make the changes you need to do. His greatest joy is to help those who repent in sincerity. This should include asking forgiveness of those you have wronged and making restitution to them. True repentance will always be accompanied by corresponding actions.
- Along these lines, the Bible also makes it clear that we are to “make right” any situations where we have failed in our responsibilities to others. Matthew 5:23-25 says ”Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.” Romans 13:7: “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (NIV). If we are sincere in our repentance we must be willing to pay the penalty for our crimes against others. This could include restoration of any goods, monies, or services that were taken wrongfully, (or never given at all, if we owed them). The Lord says to “agree with our adversary.” If we are in dispute with someone, that means we must admit to what we have done and quit trying to defend ourselves. If we are in the wrong (even partially) it is better to take responsibility for it, than to argue for our rights. Many of us have failed to give honor and respect to those who are due it. That includes elders of any kind. They may be our parents, those in ministry, government leaders, our employers, those who are merely older than us in general, etc. Even if we don’t agree with all their decisions, we are to honor and respect them for the office and position they hold. We are to refer to them with respect, both to their face and behind their back. Furthermore, God also commands us to treat everyone with common courtesy and respect regardless of who they are, because they are created in His image. Again, we do not have to concur with everything they do, but we owe them basic respect, out of respect for God. In fact, how much we really respect God will be evident in how we treat others. If you have failed to show proper respect and/or honor for someone, it is your responsibility to apologize (if applicable), and to change your ways. No one can do this for you. If you do not change your ways, you will face the inevitable slide into prideful self-deception and self-righteousness, both of which are an abomination to God.
- Matthew 6:14-15: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26: “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop – leave it, let it go – in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your (own) failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.”(Amplified) These verses are perhaps some of the least applied Scriptures in the Kingdom of God. Somehow, many of us are deceived into thinking that we do not have to take them literally. However, Jesus emphasized this principal over and over again in His parables and teachings. If we receive God’s forgiveness, it is our duty to forgive those who have wronged us. The two are inseparable. Jesus said plainly that God will not forgive us, if we do not forgive others. Many Christians are full of condemnation and guilt because they still feel the weight of their sins, even though they’ve asked God to forgive them. Could it be that they have not been able to receive God’s forgiveness because they still have bitterness in their own hearts toward others? Sometimes, we may carry bitterness and hurt so long, that we no longer even recognize it as a problem. It becomes a part of our very nature. We may not scheme for revenge, but our souls are clouded with a quiet, persistent bitterness.
Forgiveness in Practice
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:44-48
“Standing on the Promises of God”
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised.) Hebrews 10:18-23
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him. In this way love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16-18 (NIV)
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psalm 103:8-13
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22 (NIV)
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Psalm 103:2-3
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:11
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
It Is Utterly Impossible For Love To Be Defeated
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; it is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited–arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude (unmannerly), and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking ; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it–pays no attention to a suffered wrong. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness , but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best about every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything (without weakening). Love never fails–never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- God does have great plans for your life!
We were created by God, in His image, for a purpose. Just as God set apart from birth Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) and Paul (Galatians 1:15) for a specific purpose, he also has a specific plan for your life.“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).The Bible says that God’s will is “good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
God’s will, first and foremost, is that we have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
- God wants us to be Christ’s disciples.
This means Christians must be committed to following God’s will daily, whatever the cost.“If anyone would come to me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
- The Bible will help us to know God’s will.
- God promises to give us wisdom if we just ask Him in prayer, believing that He will give it.
Sometimes we need to just ask God to give us wisdom to discern His will.“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).In Philippians 4:6, God tells us that we can pray about everything.
- God has given us the Holy Spirit for guidance.
“…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13a).
- We should listen to the advice of godly men and women that God has placed in our lives.
Many times the advice of a parent, pastor, youth minister, Sunday School teacher or other mature person is just what we need to hear to help us decide what God wants us to do.“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).
- The Bible says that there is a peace that comes when we are pleasing God with our lives.
When deciding between two alternatives that you have been praying about, sometimes one of the options will give you a greater peace. That option is probably God’s will.“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17).
- We should trust God in faith that He will accomplish His will in our lives.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
- God has given each of us gifts and abilities to use in His service.
God always equips us to do what he calls us to do. If you aren’t gifted in a certain area, God is probably not calling you to minister in that area. (see Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 andEphesians 4:11-13 for lists of spiritual gifts and a discussion of them.)
If God has spoken, then that is the end of it.
Please hear my caution. If God speaks, then you must hold onto what He says, and don’t let your sight interfere.
If you won’t listen to my words, then listen to the countless stories of the bible, where God makes a promise and then it seems all of the world tries to prevent that thing from happening. Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit and sold him to the Egyptians. If Joseph had looked at his circumstances in jail in Egypt then he may have chosen to believe God’s words won’t come to pass.
Let’s take another example… one day you might be married, and if things go badly for your marriage, will you stick to your promise and covenant and the blessings and promises of God over your marriage? Or will you pay attention to the circumstances and leave your marriage?
What if God gives you and your wife a promise? If things go badly – as they surely will – and the promise looks impossible, will you abandon your calling? Jesus Christ said it plainly, anyone who puts their hand to the plough and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God. It takes strength and courage and tenacity
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62.
We have a high calling and it requires us to be faithful to what God said. The bible says His words never return to Him void. The bible says that He is unchanging, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I suppose the key question is… DID He speak? And what did He say? And if He did speak, you can be sure the enemy is mobilising his resources to ensure God’s words do not come to pass.
If one day He says something to you, hold onto it. And always remember… the bible is chock full of promises that apply to all believers. So if you think God has not spoken, you need to read your bible, because He has spoken through His Son Jesus Christ.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 – As For Me And My House We Will Serve the Lord
4 STEP TO GOD LOVES
God Loves You!
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”
The problem is that . . .
All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is calledsin, and our sins have separated us from God.
The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”
The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,
God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.
Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life — of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.”
God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name.” You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.
If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”
Did you pray this prayer?
“Love yourself”. Did you get a negative reaction inside yourself? Did the word “egotistical” come to mind?
I didn’t mean be self-centered, I meant: respect yourself, protect yourself, care for yourself. And do you know what? It’s OK!
The bible says to love yourself:
- Leviticus 19:18 (OLD Testament)
“Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself.
- Matthew 19:19
Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
- Matthew 22:39
A second is equally important: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Mark 12:31
The second is equally important: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
- Luke 10:27
The man answered, ” `You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
- Romans 13:9
For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting–and any other commandment–are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Galatians 5:14
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- James 2:8
Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal command found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Hurt people, who have had little or no love in their lives sometimes read the bible and see only the anger of God, or they see the self-depreciating language and then decide that it was God’s will that they were not loved and that somehow a God of love thinks it’s ok that they were disrespected in their lives.
I remember clearly when the truth fell “into” me and I suddenly understood that my parents were meant to love me – that was their role in my life. Because they didn’t fulfill their role properly DID NOT mean that God thinks it’s ok for me to go through life without love.
I cried, because I understood that so much of my self-awareness and awareness of God was flawed – I had discovered that He loves me and He wants the best for me… and that my past experiences were not what He had in mind for me. Nor for you!
Some people might think that we should love others and we should quietly disrespect ourselves. If we do this, what message would we send to the people around ourselves… that they should disrespect themselves? But I thought we were loving them and building them up?
How can we have love for them if we do not respect ourselves?
Do you know these sayings?
- If a child grows up in an environment of criticism, the child will learn to criticize.
- If a child grows up in an environment of hate, the child will learn to fight.
- If a child grows up in an environment of shame, the child will learn to feel guilty
If you are critical, if you’re ready to fight, if you always feel guilty… then those saying can give you an insight into what your home life might have been like.
But it’s not all lost. There is still time to grow and heal… these sayings might give you an insight into how to go forward in your life:
- If a child grows up in a praising environment, the child will learn to appreciate.
- If a child grows up in an encouraging environment, the child will learn to be confident.
- If a child grows up in an environment of understanding, the child will learn to be patient.
- If a child grows up in a just environment, the child will learn to be fair.
- If a child grows up in a secure environment, the child will learn to trust.
- If a child grows up in an approving environment, the child will develop self-esteem.
- If a child grows up in an environment of acceptance and friendship, the child will learn to find love in people.
If you already have those characteristics in your day to day life, then that’s wonderful. But for the rest of us, we can think about how to change our environment and then see ourselves change.
Is it too late? Are we too old? No. Inside of us we might actually be feeling and behaving like lost children – so it’s not too old to grow up into strong men and women of God who have kindness and trust and love to give to the people around us!
If we will love ourselves, if we create in our world a feeling of praising, encouraging, understanding, security, approval, acceptance and friendship – then it makes sense that as we grow up into our manhood or womanhood… then we will in turn become appreciative, confident, confident, fair, trust, we will have good self-esteem and we will be able to find love in the people around us and TO GIVE LOVE to the people around us.
So then, in order to love those around us, we must first love ourselves. In order to recover and heal, we must love ourselves.
This is the very first place you can begin to find love: yourself.
When you have begun to respect yourself, have good boundaries for yourself, when you get to know what you like and enjoy and DO those things – that’s when life get’s a whole lot easier… and that’s when you can turn to another hurting person and lead that person to heal and life.
If you want to read more, I recommend these posts as well
- Seeing the truth, accepting, forgiving and recovering
- God has a plan to prosper you… what to do while you wait
- What to do when you’re feeling empty inside
God bless you! I hope you leave a comment and share yourself, learn from others and grow.
Extra! (2 June 2010)
There is a wonderful debate in the comments section below. I love hearing from people when they share. Together we can develop a rich understanding of the bible by hearing each other’s point of view. So let me share another scripture with you which shows how you are meant to be treating yourself…
For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it… – Eph 5:29
ARE you nourishing and carefully protecting and cherishing your own flesh – your body? Paul absolutely expects you to be taking care of yourself. He says “no man” would hate himself.
And the reason we are to nourish our own bodies, is so that we (men) can love our wives.
Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church – Eph 28-29
The expectation that Paul has is that you ALREADY nourish yourself, and he wants you to nourish your wife. And the expectation in those 8 verses I quoted at the beginning of this article, is that you already love yourself (nourish, cherish, protect) and now God wants you to do the same for others.
But some people were not taught by their parents to nourish themselves. Perhaps they suffered abuse and no longer value themseves, perhaps some people hate themselves after that kind of experience.
No. God expects you to be “above only and not beneath” and the head and not the tail, and to love yourself and Paul expects you to nourish, cherish and protect yourself… and ALSO to do the same for others.
Remember the parable of the talents? If we use what we have received, He gives more. So AS you love yourself, go ahead and love others. A recent study shows a 40% decline in emphathy… what that means is that modern people have harder hearts than people living 20 years ago. So we have less to give.
But that is not God’s plan. Don’t use drugs, don’t go to churches where you feel controlled, don’t let people speak badly of you. Instead. Nourish yourself, cherish yourself, protect yourself… and then do the same for others.
God bless you on your journey to being the head and not the tail, to nourishing and protecting yourself! Hallelujah!
Keep on reading
Some Christians want God to snap His fingers and heal them and they refuse to get help. Is this the right approach? Maybe take a moment to read my post: Should Christians get counselling for healing?
For further reading maybe try this post Emotional healing… what’s it like? or read some of my other posts on healing. I have written a companion post that you might benefit from reading: How to fill up the lonely hurt inside. Get into the discussion. Share your experiences. Help someone. Receive help from someone too perhaps.