John 6:35 (ink)

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John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John The Apostle, brother of James the “Greater” heard the announcement of John the Baptist saying: “Behold the Lamb of God,” and forthwith, on the invitation of Jesus, became a disciple and ranked among his followers (John 1:36,37). He became one of the innermost circle (Mark 5:37; Matthew 17:1; 26:37; Mark 13:3). He was the disciple whom Jesus loved.

Humility Like Jesus

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How do we walk in selfless love and sacrifice for others?

It comes from a foundation of loving God and being loved by Him. Knowing God and being known by Him. Made whole and complete in God and understanding your true worth in Him.

When we understand our worth in Him, we’re able to let go of trying to achieve what this world measures as worthy. We’re able to freely offer ourselves up and make ourselves less important than others and walk in humility because we are saved by Jesus, and have been given so much more than this world has to offer.

Jesus knew His worth and did not find it a loss to walk as a servant and get down to wash the feet of man or be abused at the hand of sinners and evil men. He was looking toward the reward of future glory and saving His people for all eternity. (John 13:3-5).

{Philippians 2:3-9}
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”

We’re to walk in the steps of Jesus.

We recognize that this world is extremely temporal and there is nothing in it for us as His saints. We understand that our purpose is to love with the love of Christ and be lights with the true light of Christ.

When we’re full of His love, His forgiveness and have experienced His mercy and kindness, we’re able to walk in a way that is completely abandoned to Him. We become free slaves to God and our eyes are on Him so much so that gain for ourselves no longer carries the weight in our hearts and lives that it once did.

We don’t have to be on top in this world because we have everything in Him. We don’t have to constantly look out for our own needs because we have a God who cares for us. So we can then care for others. We’ve been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. {Galatians 2:20}

Because we’re secure in Him, we don’t need to act in ways that will make us feel secure in this world which leads to selfish ambition and elevating ourselves above others. This kind of love humility and selfless poured from us can only be given to others if we experience the endless love of God Himself.

When we’ve been saved, we see with spiritual eyes and act in spiritual ways – ways that are foreign to this world but are the epitome of who God is.

And of course, there’s sanctification. We’re constantly being molded, shaped, and refined to act in selfless love. He teaches us, He trains us, He grows us, He prepares us, and He is with us all along the way during our time on earth.

In short, abide in Him. Only then can a person give themselves as servants in this world because we’ve received all riches, love, and honour in Christ.

{Ephesians 4:2-3}
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”

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Christ’s Blood – The Highest Price

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The most worthy God paid the highest price for our sin-stained soul.

I walk in complete wide-eyed wonder of this God who loves this much. Of this God who is intimately acquainted with me and is so involved in every little thing I do and think and feel. Who cares for me tenderly and protects me passionately. This God who I can’t even begin to comprehend His majesty, that He loves so much that He would experience the most painful execution in human history to save us, have us, keep us, make us His.

I’m in utter awe that I get to know Him. Not just know Him, but  k n o w  Him. That He loves us humans with a great love. The greatest love. It’s beyond our mind’s ability to fully grasp. It’s just too great.

He’s so majestic, He’s so wonderful.

All I can do is humbly bow low in complete submission, and love Him until I die.

It’s what I want. He’s what I desire.

I can’t believe He’s mine.

There’s not a thing in this world I would choose over Him. I’m His possession.

Surrender to Jesus, and experience the most incredible love, fulfillment, joy, purpose, pleasure, and satisfaction that you can’t even begin to imagine. He is  e v e r y t h i n g.

INTRO (FALSE DOCTRINE OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES CULT)

Christians are commanded in God’s word to speak out against false teachers, those who bring in damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1), these are erroneous false teachers who make shipwreck of the faith (1 Timothy 1:19). Walking around in different cities it’s highly probable that you’ve come across Jehovah Witnesses either on the sidewalk standing next to a book cart of Watchtower/Awake magazines, or perhaps they’ve knocked on your door.

Christians sometimes avoid engaging with JW’s because it’ll end up in an endless debate, but the truth is if we love them and don’t want any to perish then we should be willing to share the gospel with them. Now I’ll just say that before speaking to JW’s you’ll need to know your scriptures to avoid false doctrine they will use. Any Christian should be more concerned with reading the scriptures first and having a firm foundation, becoming comfortable with witnessing with people one on one before engaging cults such as JW’s.

WHAT IS A CULT?
First, we need to understand what’s a cult. Cults run on 3 things fear, families and financials, they also tend to start with 2 founders, in this case, Charles Taze Russell and Joseph Franklin Rutherford. But the most obvious mark of a cult is a deviation from God’s word. This will be a series of false doctrine the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teaches it’s members.

THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST
The Watchtower organization has a group of about 8-12 men called the “governing body”, these men control the entire organization and force Jehovah Witnesses to believe whatever these men say. They rule with an iron fist and if any member dares to question their authority that person is “disfellowshipped” kicked out of the organization and shunned by the organization, family and friends who are also Jehovah Witnesses. One of the false teachings of the Watchtower is they don’t believe the Lord Jesus Christ is God.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door, distributing Watchtower and Awake magazines, deny the Trinity/Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Ghost), the deity of Christ, deny his death on the cross and his physical resurrection.

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JW’s believe that the Lord Jesus is Michael the archangel, they say that He’s a created being and that He (the Lord Jesus) didn’t die on a cross but a torture stake. Nowhere in the Bible does it say such things! Just to clarify Jehovah Witnesses have a twisted version of the “bible” if you can call it that. The Watchtower organization created their own bible (NWT) to conform to the doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses by adding words or removing verses. I would ask any Jehovah Witness to show 1 scripture proving the Lord Jesus Christ as being Michael the archangel.

The Watchtower Society must have been utterly embarrassed when the names of the translators of the New World translation were made known to the public. The reason for concern was the translation committee was completely unqualified for the task. Four of the five men in the committee had no Hebrew or Greek training whatsoever (they had only a high school education). The Fifth, Fred W. Franz, claimed to know Hebrew and Greek, but upon examination under oath in a court of law in Edinburg Scotland, he failed a simple Hebrew test. — biblicalworldviewacademy.org

Since we are concerned with the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as we search the scriptures what does the Bible really teach?

JW’s: “Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel.”

Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

Notice Michael the archangel is one of the chief princes, therefore there are others like him, therefore, Michael is not unique.

Jude 1:9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

Note Michael didn’t dare bring a railing accusation against Satan because Michael knows it’s not his place to do so, but the Lord Jesus did rebuke Satan during the temptation in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Luke 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

He (The Lord Jesus) rebuked satan again when Peter tried stopping Him from going to the cross to be a ransom sacrifice.

Matthew 16:23 “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

Now let’s prove out of the Bible that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. Please pay close attention as always when reading scripture we must read it in context making sure we get the correct meaning and not trying to interpret it differently than the Spirit of God shows forth.

JESUS IS GOD
Revelation Chapter 1:1–8 

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Note verse 1 reads “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” the Lord Jesus is revealing a great truth (which will come to pass) unto His servants through His angel.

Verse 2 states “and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”. How wonderful not only is He revealing to us a great truth but it’s a testimony of the Lord Jesus of all things He saw.

Verse 3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy”. Those who read and hear these words are blessed.

Verse 4 “from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;”. Notice who is it that is, was and which is to come? Who’s coming back? The Lord Jesus Christ is!

Verse 5 these words are very important “and the first begotten of the dead” who is begotten from the dead, or to be more clear who came back from the dead first? The Lord Jesus Christ came back from the dead, or more accurately He was resurrected from the dead 3 days after His crucifixion.

Verse 6 “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”. The Lord Jesus Christ is our high priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 5:10).

Verse 7 is obviously speaking of the Lord Jesus there’s no mistaking that, He that’s coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory!

Verse 8 here it is the Lord Jesus calls Himself Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the ALMIGHTY. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Note: a name for God is Almighty no one can deny this fact.

Let’s look further into the scriptures to see more evidence for the Lord Jesus being called God.

Revelation Chapter 22:12–16 

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Reading this portion of scripture we see that the person it’s speaking of is coming back “I come quickly”, calls Himself “Alpha and Omega” and identifies Himself in verse 16 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you”.

And lastly let us go back to the first chapter for more clarification. We know that God calls Himself the first and the last, reading chapter 1 again we’ll find more evidence.

Revelation Chapter 1:17–18 

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

PROOF FROM THE BOOKS OF 1 TIMOTHY & HEBREWS
1 Timothy Chapter 1:15–17 

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Hebrews Chapter 1:5–8 

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

This is only one of many scriptures which proves the Lord Jesus Christ is God, the eternal Son of God and has always existed. This is in no way to attack Jehovah Witnesses no. This is written in love because as Christians we want them to have eternal life also, these people have been victims of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, JW’s pray on people who have no knowledge of the scriptures and indoctrinates unsuspecting people.

Unfortunately, I see it every day, we’ve spoken to JW’s and people who might have been given one of their Awake or Watchtower magazines and share the gospel with them. Of course, there are mixed reactions JW’s will shun you if they cannot contend/answer your questions will ignore you or even call the authorities (the very people they teach you should avoid). Most people they trick typically are appreciative when letting them know that you sincerely care and are just helping them not fall into a cult. The point is all Christians should be willing to share the gospel with all people.

TO JEHOVAH WITNESSES 

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This is not an attack on you, this is to share the truth out of love. Toss away the New World Translation and read a real Bible, eternity is a long time to be wrong! If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness and want to learn more about what the Watchtower doesn’t want you to know you can visit jwfacts.com that is if you really want to know the truth.

Ye Must Be Born Again

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When speaking about salvation with others I’ve noticed there’s a lot of confusion, most don’t understand what the following these words salvation, saved, converted or conversion, born again truly mean. Sure they’re words but when brought up in the context of an individual professing to be a Christian these words couldn’t be more important! My hopes are to shed a little light on the confusion while helping you to see which side of the road you’re on in regards to salvation (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14).

John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

A man named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews and Pharisee visited the Lord Jesus at night came to ask a question, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him”. Nicodemus acknowledged that Christ was not only a teacher but the word Rabbi means Master or great one. In doing this he missed that while the Lord Jesus is all of this He’s also the Son of God. In answering Nicodemus’s question He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.

Being a religious man he didn’t understand what the Lord Jesus was meant, asking the question “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”. At this time the Lord Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”.

The question remains how is one born again? First, we need to go over some of the misconceptions about what being born again is not.

Misconception #1 Church attendance
“I’ve attended church and Sunday school as a child.” This is a common belief among many people today, they’re under the impression that church attendance automatically places a person in right standing with God. This couldn’t be further from the truth as church attendance doesn’t save anyone. Sure going to church is wonderful but it’s not what saves a soul from total separation from God for all eternity. In addition, the word church is not the name for a building as many come to know it.

In fact, the word church means ekklēsia and is used in the following manner: church, assembly; the word refers to a people, not a building.

In a Christian sense:
1.) An assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting.
2.) A company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order’s sake.
3.) Those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body.
4.) The whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth.
5.) The assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven.

Misconception #2 Baptism
“When I was a child my parents had me baptised.” Nowhere in the God’s word will you find any babies being baptised, the only individuals who are baptised must first be converted believers (saved) and in obedience to the Lord Jesus command mentioned in (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, John 3:5).

Water baptism doesn’t save you friend the apostle Peter wrote in his epistle

1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

Baptism signifies a person being identified with Christ in His death burial and resurrection. The following verses make this clear that it’s not baptism which saves a soul.

Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”

Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”

Acts 10:47 “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”

Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.”

Misconception #3 My father is a pastor
“My dad is the pastor of the church we attend.” Just because you may have a father who’s a pastor will not save you also. Your dad is just as responsible for his own sins as you are of yours. Pastors need forgiveness of sin jas as much as you do. A possible illustration would be if you had a sibling and they did something wrong would you expect for your parents to blame you for it of course not.

Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

Misconception #4 Christian family
“I was born a Christian” Being born into a Christian family won’t save anyone just because you’re parent’s or other family members are saved doesn’t automatically mean you’re saved. Just like the pastor above no one can make the decision for you to have salvation, no one but you! It’s a very personal thing salvation is and you have to be converted. The Lord Jesus did not say your dad or mom needs to be born again, He said you must be born again the emphasis is on you.

You may be asking so how is one saved, if it’s not by church attendance, baptism, pastors or families? Every individual who has been born again has had a moment in their life when they’ve trusted Christ as their Saviour. They’ve come to the understanding that they’re a lost sinner and is not right with God. Only by trusting in the finish work of Christ on the cross is when a person is saved, they have peace with God and are converted being made a new creature in Christ.

Titus 3:5 – Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Ephesians 2:8 – 2:9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 6:44 – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 15:1 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Psalms 3:8 – Salvation [belongeth] unto the LORD: thy blessing [is] upon thy people. Selah.

Psalms 37:39 – But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I trust this will be a help to you if you’re seeking salvation, may the grace of God be with you all.

Written by Jason

Christian in a postmodern world

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John 18:38 “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?…”

POSTMODERNISM’S BEGINNINGS
Ever hear someone say “there’s no right or wrong answers” or “all truth is valid”? Yes. Welcome to the postmodern world where there is no truth. Where did first postmodernism originate?

Postmodernism philosophy first originated primarily in France during the mid-20th century, it was largely influenced by French philosophers such as Jean Baudrillard, Jean-François Lyotard and Jacques Derrida. In the forefront of these men where also Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche from Germany. These philosophers denied the existence of an objective reality, and objective moral values. An individuals idea of what’s good is another’s idea of evil are to be equally valid from the viewpoint of a postmodernist.

Christian in a postmodern world

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THERE ARE NO ABSOLUTES!
Is that statement true?! The problem with a postmodernist worldview is they don’t believe in absolutes. Every statement the postmodernist makes is self-refuting because they are declaring an absolute statement.
The idea of what’s “true” is left to the individual, they determine what’s truth, good or evil, right or wrong. If a postmodernist had their wallet stolen they would agree it would be wrong for another individual to take their wallet. But by what authority can they claim this?
Another individual can argue and say that stealing a person’s wallet is justified, who would be right? In a world of postmodernism, everyone is reduced to preferences because no absolutes exist. Even Hitler would be justified by the atrocities he committed.

Christians believe in a higher authority which is God Almighty. God is the source of our morals and truth, He determines what’s good or evil. Therefore we have a point of reference in which all right’s or wrong’s can be justified.

Let’s look at other branches which shoot forth from a postmodern worldview.

HUMANISM
Is defined as the view in which an individual focuses on human value thoughts and actions, a belief in human effort. The humanist slogan is “good without a God”. Humans are considered “good” devoid of God. The word of God says otherwise about man being “good”.

The book of Romans says that none are righteous (Romans 3:10), additionally, in the gospels, the Lord Jesus says only God is good (Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19). The American Humanist Association do greatly err in thinking themselves to be a god in their own eyes.

They elevate man as being the measure of all things. It’s agnostic or atheistic in origin with roots in naturalism. Here are 3 beliefs from the Humanist Manifesto directly quoted from their website.

1st: Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.

2nd: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.

3rd: Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected.

I had to stop, I couldn’t continue reading such rubbish it’s grieving seeing people placing trust in themselves instead of the God who created, loves them and wants them to be reconciled to Himself. They worship the creation instead of the creator, creation is a testimony of the existence of God (Romans 1:20).

One humanist motto is “I think therefore I am”, basically because I think therefore I exist. If this is true then what happens when you don’t think do you cease to exist? For instance, someone involved in an accident who’s become a vegetable and is bedridden do they exist? Or if an individual is more of a thinker than another, does the thinker have more of an existence than the other? We can see how humanism quickly starts to fall apart.

Proverbs 1:29 “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

NATURALISM
Is the worldview that “nature is all” it man’s attempt in placing nature in the position of being god while at the same time denying the true living God who created all things (Colossians 1:16). And because they worship nature they’ve created a false god for themselves, the same way the humanist looks at man as a false god. God calls this idolatry, the nation of Israel has also committed this sin when they were being led through the wilderness by Moses, they made a golden calf to worship (Exodus 32:4).

Psalms 135:15 “The idols of the heathen [are] silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.”

Naturalism also shares beliefs in paganism, native American Indians also worshipped nature and even giving themselves names such as Black Hawk, Crazy Horse or Cornplanter, and worshipping multiple gods like Ababinili (Chickasaw Tribe), Maheo (Cheyenne Tribe) and White Buffalo Woman (Sioux goddess) amongst many other gods. Native American Indians are most known for performing “rain dances” in order that crops might grow in times of droughts.

God is the one in control for He’s sovereign, He who holds the universe by the span of His hand (Isaiah 40:12). When man tries to remove God they are essentially looking to remove life itself, God is the source of all life He is the beginning and the end.

Matthew 5:45 “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.”

Many people in the world believe in a false “mother nature”, the Bible never speaks of any such thing as if God has a “wife” the very idea is blasphemous. The Catholic’s have exalted or in their terminology “venerated” Mary as the “queen of heaven”, complete rubbish coming about from false doctrine of the Vatican.

Another lie that’s been spouted is the concept of a Greek goddess called Gaia. In these times we see how Satan has been trying to reverse the roles of headship which God established. Man (male) in the leadership role and woman (female) in the help role, it all goes back to the beginning in the garden when Eve took the role of making a crucial decision without consulting her husband Adam. All of this makes me think of how Paul the apostle came across these worldviews in Athens amidst false gods/idols calling the people superstitious (Acts 17:15 – 17:34).

Genesis 3:9–13 “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

Atheism, Agnosticism and Scepticism

An atheist rejects the belief in God, they believe there is no God. Atheist are quick to say we don’t believe in anything but that’s just not so. It would be impossible to reject without belief because in order to reject you must believe in the opposite. There’s really no such thing as atheism what atheism really is is someone who doesn’t know there’s a God. The reason why I say that is for anyone to make an absolute statement is to say that you have complete knowledge.

“Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes. It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods. Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system. To be clear: Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.” - atheists.org

Therefore if a person says “there is no God” they are saying I know for absolute certainty no God exists. It’s like walking into a 200-acre field and saying there’s not one ant in this field. That would be an absolute statement, in saying this all atheist are in reality are agnostics with a strong will to reject God, as agnostics are those who simply say I just don’t know if there’s a God.

Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Scepticism also known as Pyrrhonism or Pyrrhonic Skepticism after the early proponent Pyrrho of Elis is the philosophical position that one should refrain from making truth claims, and avoid the postulation of final truths. This is not necessarily quite the same as claiming that truth is impossible (which would itself be a truth claim), but is often also used to cover the position that there is no such thing as certainty in human knowledge (sometimes referred to as Academic Skepticism).

Would a sceptic agree that we can know if a person jumps out of a plane without a parachute they will plummet to their death? Is it true that if you place your hand in a fire it would get burned? Is it true that if we don’t eat/drink water we would die? The very idea that one cannot know anything for certain is absolutely false.

Many of these people who are lost in these worldviews need to know God’s grace. The word of God says that they’re blinded by satan (2 Corinthians 4:4) they are caught up in the things of this world not realising they’re on the broad way and desperately need to find the narrow way (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14). Let’s continue sharing the gospel in hopes they will come to know God’s love and willingness to save guilty sinners.

Written by Jason

Christians in Today’s Culture: Introduction

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Ephesians 5:8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. The scripture above is speaking to believers, we all at one point walked in darkness, we all were in the kingdom of darkness. And God in His loving kindness pulled us out of death and into newness of life and made us children of light that we may follow the Lord Jesus. I used to be a child of darkness and was shown amazing love from God and I want others to experience His love which knows no bounds.

Christians don’t think of themselves better than anyone else, because we too were once on the broad path to destruction and by God’s grace have found the narrow way to life. Our hope is that many more will also find the narrow way which leads to life but there are few that find it the Bible says.

Matthew 7:13–14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The world hasn’t changed much since the days of Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. General society believes they’re better off than people 2000+ years ago, but it’s not so. Society’s notion of “better off” is an advancement of science, technology or financial wealth, the reality is nothing changed, “there is no thing new under the sun” as the writer of Ecclesiastes notes. What people really need is to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour!

Ecclesiastes 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

God’s word is faithful and true since the beginning of the fall of man in the garden man has lived in rebellion against the Almighty God, in the Bible, we read how the nation of Israel continuously went against God’s purpose. Being freed from 400 yrs of hard bondage to the Egyptians with a mighty hand. He helped them cross the red sea by parting it down the middle, rained down manna from heaven to feed them, gave them water to drink from a rock, helped them across the wilderness to a land flowing with milk and honey and yet they still murmured against God.

We as God’s creation still haven’t learned, many still live in disobedience against the creator today. In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth, the seas and beast and creeping things of the earth He created everything with order and purpose, God then created man (Adam) to have dominion over the earth.

Genesis 1:26–28 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Christians Confronted with False Doctrine 

Christians in Today's Culture 2Adam was then given the responsibility of keeping the garden and naming all the animals in Eden, therefore fulfilling his role (headship). He was given the position and authority by God, one of leadership, in the creatorial law of God man (male) is given authority over the woman (female), of course, culture says otherwise, just as the serpent beguiled Eve (Genesis 3:13, 2 Corinthians 11:3).

Signs on public transportation spreading false doctrine (right pic) claiming Eve named the animals in the garden? Nowhere in the Bible does it say this happened. Clearly, this is a deviation from God’s word, organizations such as MTA (Mass Transit Authority) and the Poetry Society of America (poetry in motion) should be ashamed for beguiling individuals who aren’t familiar with God’s word, Eve did not name the animals in the garden.

Genesis 2:15–25 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

Biblical Christian Life in Today’s Culture
Living in today’s society that’s far removed from God and how He instructs us to live is challenging for Christians who fully believe and follow how we’re to live as believers. In this world of Postmodernism, there’s no doubt your Christian views will be resisted because people feel they don’t need or want God. They have preconceived notions that they are good people and that’s all that matters.

When I hear a person say they’re a “good person” and therefore are ok, or God will recognize them for their good deeds it makes me shutter. They haven’t been reading their Bibles, God says there’s none good no not one, that includes myself also. Therefore we place our faith alone in Jesus the Son of God, not on ourselves.

Romans 3:18–20 “There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Christianity in a Feminist Culture
As mentioned previously God created man and woman in a specific order. Adam was created first then, Eve. Man was not created for woman but woman was created for man to be a help meet, the rise of feminism wants to destroy that order, feminist claim there cause is one of equality; but they misunderstand that God already made them equal. The only difference is men and women are different genetically, but in terms of the world, itself man is to blame not God. I realize many won’t believe in this order, many have said “this line of thinking is barbaric”, really who makes that decision society or God? The reason why the world is going the way it is is because men again choose to deviate from God’s word.

Genesis 2:21-22 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

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I can only speak to true Christian men, we don’t consider women to be any less than man, women were made to complement men, we men need woman just as much as they need us. Unfortunately, society grants women a platform to usurp authority over man, and supports it and therein lies the problem. Lucifer the anointed cherub who was God’s most perfect creation and given a high position in the kingdom of heaven became proud and wanted to overthrow God. He wanted to disturb the order God created in heaven and on earth.

Ezekiel 28:13–15 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

Isaiah 14:12-11 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

That’s exactly what happened in the garden of Eden, Eve took it upon herself not to consult her husband when the serpent tricked her into taking the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Satan went to the woman first and attacked the order God put in place when He distinguished the roles between male and female. Adam was not off the hook in any way, in fact, he was more to blame because it was his responsibility to take the lead and hearken unto the warning God gave him.

Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Christianity in an Immodest Culture
We live in a sexually immodest world, we’re constantly bombarded with images of sexually explicit movies/tv shows, and music which glorifies treating others as sex objects. It’s no wonder people are exposing themselves more and more.

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Now it’s “cool” for young girls to wear shorts which look like underwear, they are exposing so much of themselves there’s not much distinction between them and a streetwalker or harlot.

People are screaming for attention, wanting to be the life of the party but modesty will always be the best policy. It’s what’s inside an individuals heart that matters and what’s in your heart is what will manifest on the outside in how you dress, walk, talk and conduct yourself. When we dress raunchy or speak cursings that’s a reflection of what’s in our heart. Showing way too much flesh is a sure way of placing themselves in immediate danger walking the streets as such. But they’re also in danger of God’s wrath to perish for all eternity.

Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Conducting oneself in an immoral way will only attract ungodliness and the wrong kinds of people in our lives. It’s not difficult to understand that displaying yourself in public in an immodest way will only bring hardship. It may sound old fashion, but if you ever plan on getting married you’ll want to remain pure. Young people typically care only about looks but Christians know “looks” only last for so long, eventually by God’s grace you’ll grow old and won’t look how you did in your 20’s.

Christianity in a Relative Culture
Another problem which has infiltrated and permeated society as a whole is relativism “perception”. Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems, all art forms, all political movements, etc., are truths that are relative to the individual.

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Relativism is a self-refuting belief system. The absolute statement of all moral positions, all religious systems, all art forms, all political movements are correct is false. If I say the opposite am I wrong, if all is true isn’t mine belief true as well? The truth in relativism lies in the individuals “perception”. So if my “perception” is that it’s ok to commit robbery and because all beliefs are true according to the individual, then no one can say I’m wrong. But we know that it is wrong to do such things why? Because there’s right and wrong, there cannot be two truths, 2+2 doesn’t equal 150 right?

Moral absolute truths must come from a higher absolute source and that source is God, not man. A murderer can then claim he’s justified in committing horrible acts when relativism is involved, but if we have absolute truths we know murder is wrong. And the reason why we know it’s wrong is because God wrote His law upon our hearts.

Romans 2:14-15 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”

Christianity in a Gender Fluid Culture
We know society has lost it when people are confused as to what gender they are. You’re what God determined you to be that’s either male or female there are no other options and you don’t get to choose, the decision was made for you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5).

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Schools are now asking little children to “choose” their gender? How wrong this is?! These poor children are growing up confused and horrified parents are now dealing with laws which grant children the legal rights over their parents to have irreversible sex change operations? Christians cannot just sit back and be alright with this? The people responsible for passing these sinful laws will stand before God one day for offending these children, I pray that they will repent before then.

Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Christianity in an Abortion Supportive Culture
There have been countless debates on the issue of abortion. The founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger:

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” - Margaret Sanger (founder of pp)

Who determines the value of human life, society? The general consensus among abortionist is the unborn aren’t “human”, how do they come to this conclusion? What determines the value of the unborn, is its size, level of development, environment or degree of dependency?

Size cannot determine the value of life because if that were true then would killing a 2-year-old due to being smaller than an adult be justifiable, can we just go around knocking people off who are smaller than us? No of course not!

What about the level of development does it determine human value? Then what do we do with the mentally challenged? Do we exterminate them as well are they of any “less value” because of their mental capacity, are they less human? Of course not!

How about the environment? Does the location (in this case a mother’s womb) determine human value, is the unborn baby more valued because of its location? Do we now say when a baby is in the womb it’s of less value but the moment the baby is out of the womb it’s of more value? How about the poor, are poor people of less value because of where they live? If location determines value then are you any less or more important when you left your home? Of course not that’s silly to even say!

Is dependency the deciding factor? Are unborn babies of any less value because they are dependent on the mother? What about someone who was in a car crash or had a condition which required them to depend on a family member for medicine or special care, are they too of less value and should be killed? All of these arguments fail because they focus on the individual’s ability to provide. Christians know why killing anyone, unborn or born is wrong, that’s because we all bear the image of God (Genesis 1:26), we are created in God’s image and therefore we are all of value.

Final Thoughts
These are some of the many issues we face as Christians living in day and age we live. Nothing has changed all of the prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself faced similar challenges in their time also. They dealt with paganism, immoral practices, mysticism, false religions, divisions within the assemblies and many other things. We cannot think we won’t face these also if we are truly living for Jesus we shall suffer persecution, we shall be hated among the nations, all of this is spoken of in God’s word and to think otherwise would be calling God a liar. God forbid!

2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Let’s not be afraid but, encourage one another in the faith, love and live according to the will of God that He may get all the glory. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Written by Jason