What is going on…? October 17, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, One True Gospel, Seeking Truth?.
Tags: Bible, Christianity, disciples, error, God's Faithfulness, Gospel, life, Living in the Real World, Obedience, pastors and church leaders, Salvation, Serving God, Truth
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Where do we draw the line between “right and wrong”;
How do we distinguish between “good and evil”?
How do we know we are following “the Truth–according to God” or “distorted man-made traditions”?
When will today’s pastors, teachers, authors stop resorting to “techniques of modern culture to share the Gospel” message and start “preaching the Gospel from God’s Word“?
What are Christians required to conform to? The “morality of our society” or the “standards of God’s Word”?
How do we know when hot IS “hot”? Or cold IS “cold”? Is it our perception?
When I studied in the Word for the doctrinal series I began (but after much prayer ‘knew’ I was not to continue), I started reading from Jeremiah the prophet. I must say, I see a spiritual parallel between the “overt disobedience” of God’s chosen people during Jeremiah’s time and the “overt lies” being taught (and much to my dismay–believed!) by many Christian churches today.
When the LORD God spoke to His people through Jeremiah, the LORD’S love was expressed in His continued patience (v12); but He did require repentance–turning away from their sin and towards Him. (vs 13-15)
Jeremiah 3: 12-15 “ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘ I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord. 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
We hear so much today about perspective and moral relativism in the world. It’s quite obvious there are many of our Christian teachers, pastors, leaders, authors, etc that are grasping and using these ideas. WHY? Because as many say “How do we get people into the church today?” when they should be saying “How do we reach lost souls with the Gospel of Christ and disciple them as commanded in the Word?” You might wonder what the difference in these two questions is.
It’s the difference between the BLACK AND WHITE truths of the Word and the many shades of grey found in the perceptions of men.
BLACK AND WHITE: God’s Word
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard , which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full . This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned , we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1
Post-modern Christianity (here’s just ONE shade of gray!)
(Taken from “Roots of Church Growth Movement” at standupforthetruth.com)
In the early days of the church, Christians gathered to equip one another to do that, and the purpose of the church became about praying with one another, worshiping God, breaking bread and learning from the apostles teachings about Jesus. Our Lord instructed us through the ages to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
But these days, the leaders of the modern church in the West seem to be focused elsewhere. Countless conferences equip us not to share the Gospel but to be good leaders. For example, this year’s largest conference, Catalyst, had as its theme: Go and Make. But nowhere was the word Disciples ever attached to that message, and leaders once again gathered by the hundreds of thousands to learn about how to grow membership, meet their felt needs and get them connected in church programs. (Catalyst, by the way, is the largest in the seeker/growth movement.)
Today’s popular model is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, and in fact might be opposite of how churches are to grow.
Remember as forgiven, blood bought children of Almighty God we must know the deceitful ways in which the enemy is working in today’s world–especially in the Church! Getting people into churches is NOT what will change their eternal destiny. We are to go into all the world, wherever that may be, and preach/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples (those who will live according the Word) in truth and love. If there is no making of disciples— there is error. Jesus teaching at the feast said this to the unbelieving “Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him” John 7:16-18
May the get into the Word of God daily and dig deep into the bounty of His truth! ♥ Streim
It’s God’s Way or No Way **revisited September 12, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Sharing The Gospel, One True Gospel, Security in Jesus, Bible Study.
Tags: Finding The Savior, Salvation, Jesus Christ, Gospel, Bible, Heavenly Father, Obedience, Body of Christ, Billy Graham, wolves, Jesus, Lord Jesus Christ, false gospel, staight path, eternal life
(the original message was posted on May 5, 2012)
Jesus made a very strong statement to His disciples when He said “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat :Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits . Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs ofthistles” Matthew 7:13-16
In these days when there are many diverse “denominations” and ‘Christian’ religions ((over 1500)); it is vital to KNOW the true message of salvation according to God’s Word is only through Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ is the Foundation and the Rock of our salvation.
” The Bible is concerned only incidentally with the history of Israel or a system of ethics. It’s concerned primarily with the story of redemption as it is in Jesus Christ.” Billy Graham
If you read the Scriptures and miss the story of salvation, you have missed its message and meaning. Going through the Bible we can trace the person of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
In Genesis He is the seed of the woman.
In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus He is the Atoning Sacrifice.
In Numbers He is Smitten Rock.
In Deuteronomy He is the Greatest Prophet.
In Joshua He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.
In Judges He is the Deliverer.
In Kings He is the Promised King.
In Nehemiah He is the Restorer of the Nation.
In Esther He is the Advocate.
In Job He is the Redeemer.
In Psalms He is the Good Shepherd.
In Proverbs He is how we are Pattern our life.
In Ecclesiastes He is our Goal.
In the Song of Solomon He is the One who satisfies.
In the Books of all the Prophets(the lesser and greater) He is the coming Prince of Peace and the Messiah.
In the Gospels He is the Savior and Messiah written of in the Old Testament.
In Acts He is our Risen and Ascended Lord.
In the Epistles He is our Mediator sitting at the Father’s right hand.
In Revelation He is The Returning King and the Bridegroom of the Church.
Salvation of the soul is only possible because of the atonement made by Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead. But it’s not enough to believe that Jesus Christ did this, it MUST be personally received as “the gift of God” (John 3:16). When that is done, Jesus Christ is then our Savior and mediator between Almighty God and us. But is that all there is…NO! We must then become as a servant to Him and He then is our Lord Jesus Christ. As someone once told me ” salvation is not like Burger King…you can’t have it your way”. It must be God’s way or no way. Jesus must be BOTH our Savior and our Lord.
Know WHO you believe in, WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it. We are told “…to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us” ( 1 Peter 3:15) As His faithful, forgiven ones, we are given the Great Commission to “sow the seeds of truth”. Sharing the Gospel message as the Lord leads.
Just a few little reminders and verses to help you if you need them.
1) His virgin birth 2) His sinless life 3) His death of atonement 4) His victory over death through His resurrection 5) His work seated at the Father’s right hand mediating for us 6) His return again, which will be visible to everyone.
Other references used: Matthew 11:28; Revelation 3:20; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:7; Galatians 2:16 and Romans 10:13
September 12, 2013: I find it astounding that in a little over a year, the Christian church has branched into multiple “gospels” within these already numerous denominations and their beliefs. Teachings that add to or take away from the Word. Please, please… if you have asked Christ to be your personal Savior– it is your responsibility to KNOW you believe and understand what you’re being taught and whether it lines up with the Word or the World. When you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, repented and turn from your sinful life– you became an “adopted child” of the LORD God Almighty. Remember our Savior’s words from Matthew 7! Study the Word for yourself! It is imperative you KNOW the true doctrine from the false worldly doctrine!
I covet your prayers as I continue to work on my current series. May you be blessed this day~~ everyday new day is another day to share the message that saves lives… ♥ Streim
the TRUTH be known: introduction August 31, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Everyday News, Living in the Real World, One True Gospel.
Tags: Bible, Christian living, Christianity, deceivers, Encouragement, Exhortation, false gospels, false teachers, family, Finding The Savior, forgiveness, friends, Gospel, Joy, Living in the Real World, pastors and church leaders, post-modern, Salvation, Study
4 comments A reader of my most recent blog post “What Do Cheerios and 21st Century Christianity Have In Common?” left this comment: Phillip Brande wrote “This post had a great start, could you unpack some of the things you mentioned in the first paragraph? What are the different flavors of the gospel? In your words… based on the scriptures you have given.”
First I want to thank Phillip for this comment/question. I must answer his question for the clarity of my readers. But more importantly, I know millions of Christians in today’s world are following leaders/pastors/teachers/authors who believe post-modern Christianity needs new flavors/varieties of the Gospel to bring the world (people) to God! Nothing could be farther from the Truth. The Christian who follows the ‘newly flavored gospel’ may think, feel and even believe they’re walking towards the straight and narrow gate with the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Scripture–the Word of God to man, they are trudging along the broad path which leads to destruction. ( Matthew 7:13-14)
I rarely study the words of men, but I have done some (minimal) reading of early church reformers ( Spurgeon, etc). I with all boldness proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of the new life He’s so mercifully given to me. The joy of growing in the truth and sharing His love is vital to me. If you read my “about” pages, you’ll see I was a horribly, sinful, self-willed and arrogant woman. What a wondrous day it was when I, like the prodigal son, sorrowfully repented of my sins and ran into my Father’s loving arms. It was only by repentance of my disgrace and acceptance of His GRACE that I am ‘alwayzHIS’
God’s Word precisely directs man to Himself through sound doctrines. These doctrines are being compromised in many ministries today throughout the world. One small compromise= complete deadly doctrine. That’s why Jude wrote
For clarification, each of the doctrinal points listed will be a post in itself. First, the sound doctrine according to God’s Word. Then, I will prove (and you can see for yourself) false doctrines today that come from negating or minimizing the pure truth. We must always remember our LORD God, Creator of all, is perfectly holy. His Word (the Holy Bible) is infallible in its original writings. BEING PERFECT AS HE IS…if a person/group/authority figure should change one word to manipulate the Gospel message into anything other than what it is… they are deceivers and liars. My heart aches; weeps for people in this world who are unwittingly deceived by false teachers.
Jude 1:3-4 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
As the LORD God’s adopted, blood bought reborn children we need to stand up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and speak the Truth in love.
Outline of Doctrines in This Study
1. Sinfulness of man (total depravity of man)
2. What does sin to our relationship with God? (separation)
3. What are the results of sin? (wages of sin–eternal death)
4. What and why did God Himself do to make a way for us to commune with Him? We are never good enough! Grace-Gift of His Only Son
4a. Gift of God– Jesus Christ– Deity (God incarnate)
4b. Perfect blood sacrifice needed for atonement ( pay the debt for sin)
4c. Jesus death, burial and resurrection: He was the atoning sacrifice and defeated death!
5. The Need for Repentance!!!
6. A New Creation— a new heart after being filled with the Holy Spirit (born-again)
7. Living according to the Word; following the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing fruit.
8. Watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to return
If we need to look at other doctrines we will. Please be patient with me as I prayerfully seek the will of God in preparing these posts and also the physical ability to do so. Thank you!
It’s not about me~it’s about HIM and making the Truth known. ♥Streim