The purpose of this publication is to educate, edify, and encourage you – to call you to a higher standard, and to facilitate a complete resurrection, and restoration within the church as the Lord prescribes via scripture.
If you have a heart for God… if you believe that the Bible provides us with the perfect recipe for Christian life… if you believe that the Holy Scriptures draw a clear picture of what the church should look like… This is for you!
Herein you will find a list of 10 Checkpoints. Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. This list can be applied to you, personally, to those you fellowship with, but most importantly, it is to be applied to the church leaders.
Carefully consider each checkpoint. Carefully consider each of these points in the light of scripture.
- You do not believe the scriptures, or
- You do not want to attend a Bible-believing church, Bible-practicing church, or
- You do not believe the scriptures are relevant for today, or
- You don’t care about attending a church that reflects the book of Acts, or
- You put more value on the social aspect of a church as opposed to being scripturally correct
… then this is not for you.
A Call to Personal Knowledge
We need to be like the men of Berea in Acts 17. Today, most evangelicals consider every word of Paul to be the word of the Lord.
But the men of Berea didn’t believe Paul just because of his social stature.
They didn’t take Paul at his word just because he had many degrees from many religious schools.
They put Paul to the test. They carefully weighed everything that Paul said in the light of the scriptures. They tested everything he said to make sure it lined up with scripture.
The men of Berea was never rebuked for questioning Paul, and testing his doctrine – in fact they were commended! They were held in honor.
God never said we should say, “yes and amen” to everything that is preached from the pulpit.
Consider this: Paul didn’t accept and stick up for the Apostle Peter in all things. In fact, Paul stood up against Peter’s hypocrisy, not privately, but publicly.
We read in Matthew, chapter 25 about ten virgins, 5 wise, 5 foolish. The foolish virgins didn’t have enough oil to last all night. And when they tried to get oil from the others, they were refused.
Everyone needs to get their own oil. You need to get in the Word for yourself. Don’t rely on anyone else to do it for you.
You can’t depend upon your Pastor to supply you with oil. In the end, you will have a rude awakening!
Jesus said that we only have one Father – God.
I say, you only have one Pastor – the Great Shepherd.
You need to get into the Word of God for yourself. You need to study to show yourself approved. (2 Tim 2:15)
God never called you to be a puppet.
God never called you to be a “yes-man”.
God calls you to study to show yourself approved.
God calls you to think for yourself.
God calls you to freedom!
Who does this list apply to?
The checkpoints listed are to applied to ANY and ALL believers, and church leaders from any denomination, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, or any other interdenominational, or non-denominational churches.
(Prelude to the 10 Checkpoints)
The 10 Checkpoints listed here are in no particular order. They are not listed in order of importance. They are equally important. Ignoring any of these points could be detrimental.
Much of the 10 Checkpoints are based upon first-hand, personal experience – and based upon the Holy Scriptures.
The 10 Checkpoints can also be accurately called the “10 Thesis” – the basis of the transformation of the reformation.
Consider each point carefully.
Checkpoint #1: What is Your Testimony?
Anybody who has been truly born again, made a new creature, and set free from sin, can sense if this vital ingredient is missing in someone’s life.
You can talk all about God. You can preach all about Jesus. You can even operate in spiritual gifts. But none of that is evidence of the most crucial ingredient… a good testimony – a testimony of transformation, regeneration, of being truly born-again.
The scriptures say that we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony.
Years ago I watched an episode of the “Shirley Show” from Canada. On that show, she had Pastor Peter Youngren, and two atheists as her guests.
Pastor Peter portrayed himself as a spiritual giant. He was pastor of one of Canada’s largest churches. He had a global following. He operated in the gifts of the spirit.
The phenomena known as being “slain in the Spirit” was evident in nearly every service. And this was something that many people looked up to Peter for. In almost every service he would call people forward for various reasons, line them up, and run down the line, laying hands on everyone. Most of them would fall to the floor.
A lot of people viewed this phenomena as a sign that the Holy Spirit was with Peter, and that he was a mighty man of God, “anointed” of the Spirit.
The atheists on the Shirley show showed a video of them also going down a prayer line, laying hands on people, and likewise almost everybody fell to the floor!
Their point was that Pastor Peter didn’t have anything more than they did – and they were hardcore unbelievers!
I have also witnessed other such things, where people who don’t even know the Lord can operate in the gifts of the Spirit. After all, they are gifts, and not proof of faith, spirituality, or salvation. This is a BIG lesson that I learned. Anyone, anywhere can receive a gift. But just because you have a gift of the Spirit doesn’t mean you are saved! Our Lord Jesus made this clear in Matthew 7:21-23.
As members of the body of Christ we must be exceedingly wise. No matter how many degrees a leader may have… No matter how “anointed” a leader is… Neither earthly education, nor “anointing” is proof of God’s acceptance or approval.
In matters of education, both Jesus, and His disciples were tagged as “uneducated” in their day. Neither Jesus, nor His apostles attended the religious schools of their day.
Jeremiah 31:34 says, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD”
Some churches place seminary graduates at a higher stature as the typical “lay” person who has a wonderful relationship with the Lord. This is a great deception. Earthly degrees are no comparison to heavenly knowledge, and first-hand experience with God.
Other churches are what I would call “unionized” churches. Their leaders have an “elite” clique which consists of a group of high-profile ministers which are somewhat famous within their clique.
These kind of fellowships are similar to a unionized company, where there is a large, almost impenetrable wall between the union and the company. Where the company are the “elites”, and the unionized are the common folk. And there is a chasm in between them that can be almost impossible to cross. Unionized employees don’t usually get promoted to company positions.
The unspoken truth is that the company often has a biased view against unionized employees often ignorantly dubbing them as “unqualified”.
Likewise, these kind of churches or fellowships have an “elite” clique of high-profile ministers that grace the pulpit. And the common church member is usually viewed as second class.
In either case, the wool can be pulled over the eyes of the multitudes, portraying the seminary graduates, or the “elite” clique of high-profile minsters to be more spiritual, more holy, or more qualified than the common church member who, in many cases, knows the Lord just as much, if not more than the famous, influential, high-profile ministers.
The elite clique can be quite deceptive, as they usually have a considerable following, or they are buddies with those who do. They can produce a strong delusion that they are right with God, even when they are not. As history has shown, many of these high-profile ministers fall, and when they do, they fall hard.
In the presence of the highly educated, or high profile, it can often be easy to forget the basics.
Highly educated, or not. High-profile or not. Leader of a mega-church, or not. This checkpoint still applies.
Do your church leaders have:
- a testimony of going from darkness to light?
- a testimony of going from death to life?
- a testimony of being set free from sin?
- a testimony of the power of the cross?
If the answer to ANY of these questions are “no”, a red flag should immediately go up.
Checkpoint #2: Stand against Sin
Anything that comes from God is true. And anything that comes from God is opposed to sin.
Fact: Jesus never made anyone feel comfortable in their sins.
Does your church leaders speak against sin?
The Holy Scriptures, which is our final authority, vehemently:
a) defines sin
b) identifies sin, and
c) speaks against sin
…from Genesis to Revelation.
Should we preach against sin?
Listen to how Paul preached against sin in the CHURCH:
“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?
And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Do you not know that we shall judge angels?
How much more, things that pertain to this life?
If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another.
Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather [let yourselves] be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and [you do] these things [to your] brethren!
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1Cr 6:1-10 NKJV
This is a letter to the church, NOT the world. Paul warns the church that if anyone is sinning like this, they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Once again, Paul says this to the church in Galatians, chapter 5:
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Gal 5:19-21 NKJV
And again, Paul warns the church of the wrath of God, saying:
“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,” – Col 3:5-6 NKJV
And again to the church in Ephesus, Paul, the apostle of grace, writes:
“For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” – Eph 5:5 NKJV
Paul preaches against sin, identifies sin, and warns people to repent”
Is it any wonder why Paul said in Acts 26:19 that all should “repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.”?
Paul, the “apostle of grace” publicly proclaimed that “God now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:3)
Peter’s first message on the day of Pentecost concluded with a call to repentance (Acts 2:38).
He condemned the sinful generation he lived in by saying, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” – Acts 2:40 KJV
And again in the very next chapter, Peter said:
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; – Act 3:19 KJV
The writer of the book of Hebrews said without holiness NOBODY will see the Lord.
Honest question: If you will not see the Lord, then who will you see?
Being cut off from the presence of God means only one thing – hell.
John, the “apostle of love”, preached that the church should repent. In the book of Revelation the sins of the churches are defined, identified, and proclaimed with a warning to repent “or else”!
The last thing the Lord told the church was to repent. He said it not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, but five times to the churches in the book of Revelation!
To those churches who refused to repent, serious consequences were promised, up to and including being cut off from the light of God altogether!
John, the “apostle of love”, went on to say by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone…” – Rev 21:8a NKJV
Should we preach against sin?
Every prophet and every apostle did.
I once shared this with a certain church leader. He raised the objection that I am trying to make everyone experience exactly what I experienced.
I came from darkness to light.
I came from death to life.
I was set free from sin by the power of the blood of Jesus.
So yes, I want people to experience what I experienced.
The scriptures trumpet this:
“Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” 2 Tim 2:19
So many people think they are good because they believe in God, believe in Jesus, believe that He rose from the dead, have knowledge of the Bible, go to church, and pray.
The scriptures say, “You believe there is one God? Good! Even the devils believe, and tremble!”
Satan believes in God.
Satan believes in Jesus.
Satan knows that Jesus rose from the dead.
Satan knows the Bible.
Satan goes to church.
Satan prays. It says he’s before the throne of God day and night accusing the brethren. There are several times in the Bible Satan had a direct dialog with God.
So what makes you better than Satan?
Why should God let you into heaven?
It takes more than head knowledge.
It takes more than believing in God.
it takes more than believing that Jesus existed.
It takes more than believing that God raised him from the dead.
It takes more than praying day and night.
It takes more than going to church..
Satan does all of these things.
As Jesus said, unless your righteousness exceeds the scribes and the Pharisees you will not see the kingdom of heaven. The scribes were the people who actually wrote and copied the scriptures. The Pharisees were considered to be the most religious people in the country.
So what does it take?
It takes regeneration.
It takes being truly born again.
It takes going from darkness to light.
It takes going from death to life.
It takes being truly set free from sin by the power of the blood of Christ.
It takes being truly dead to sin, and reborn, alive to God in holiness.
It takes becoming a new creation in Christ.
Those are things that Satan can never attain.
If your church leaders do not preach against sin, another red flag should up.
Checkpoint #3: Conviction of Sin
A certain church leader once told me very explicitly that it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin, implying that we shouldn’t ever do the Holy Spirit’s job, but we should just leave it up to the Holy Spirit.
This sounds all fine and dandy on the surface, but when you look into the truth of scripture you will find something quite different.
When this particular church leader said that it was the Holy Spirit’s job to convict people of sin he was referring to the passage in John 16:8
But he was willingly ignoring all the surrounding verses. The conviction of sin is certainly not the only “job” of the Holy Spirit.
In fact, there are eight “jobs” of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, the Holy Spirit will:
- remind you of the teachings of Jesus (John 14:25-26)
- testify of Jesus (John 15:26)
- convict of sin (John 16:7-8)
- lead you into righteousness (John 16:7-8)
- reveal judgment (John 16:7-8)
- guide you into all truth (John 16:13)
- glorify Jesus (John 16:14)
- reveal heavenly things – “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:15)
If we are not supposed to say anything to convict anyone of their sin, because that’s the Holy Spirit’s job, then we shouldn’t remind people of the teachings of Jesus, because that’s the Holy Spirit’s job.
And we shouldn’t guide people into truth, because that is the Holy Spirit’s job.
And we shouldn’t glorify Jesus because that’s the Holy Spirit’s job.
If any church leader tells you that they will not “convict” people of sin because that is the Holy Spirit’s job, then when that particular pastor gets to church on Sunday morning, he or she should just sit down, and let the Holy Spirit do His job.
And by no means should we sing to the Lord, because it is the Holy Spirit’s job to glorify Jesus, not ours.
Obviously, this is all absurd! This is twisted theology founded on a double standard.
How does the Holy Spirit do these 8 things?
How does the Holy Spirit remind people of the teachings of Jesus?
How does the Holy Spirit testify of Jesus?
How does the Holy Spirit guide people into all truth?
How does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus?
How does the Holy Spirit convict of sin?
Let me tell you the truth. This is the truth.
The true answer to all of these questions are: by using your mouth
Remember: you cannot have genuine conversion without genuine conviction!
As ministers of God, it is our God-given duty to lift up our voice against sin, just as much as it is our God-given duty to lift up our voice to glorify God!
Checkpoint #4: Repentance
Some preachers object to preaching the “repentance” message. One pastor said that there was a street preacher, who was holding up a sign conveying the message of repentance.
When this man was asked if anyone came to the Lord, he said, “not that I know of”.
This pastor used this argument to somehow “prove” that preaching repentance is not fruitful.
That is a very poor argument.
We should never draw conclusions based upon such a shallow judgment.
Don’t forget that not one, but myriads of pastors stand in their pulpits every Sunday and do not preach repentance at all, and they too have never “won anybody to the Lord” for years. In fact, church attendance is dwindling. And countless churches are closing.
Does that mean that pastors who never preach repentance are ineffective?
I live in the country. I live next to a farmer.
He hires one man to sow the seed.
But at harvest time, he hires a different man to reap the harvest.
And yes, this is biblical. One man sows, and another man reaps.
What do you think the sower would say if I stopped him, and asked, “Are you reaping any crops?”
“Are you seeing any fruit?”
If he said, “not that I know of…” should I write him off as being ineffective, and false?
It would be absurd for someone to condemn the sower being “ineffective” because he is not reaping anything. His job is to sow, not to reap.
A Word about Repentance
“And [Jesus] said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.” – Luk 24:46-48 KJV
Every prophet, and every apostle on record preached the message of repentance.
The message is clear: Repent and believe!
How did they preach the message of repentance?
First, they clearly defined sin.
Secondly, they identified sin in the lives of nations, cities, communities and people.
Thirdly, they gave a clear call for true repentance.
I heard one preacher say that you should preach the message of repentance only if Holy Spirit tells you too.
“If” the Holy Spirit tells you to?
The Holy Spirit has already told you to in the Bible.
Someone said that the message of repentance is not for everyone.
Is the Bible for everyone?
If your church leaders do not preach repentance, another red flag should go up.
Checkpoint #5: Support for the Needy
Most Bible-believing Christians agree – the Book of Acts provides us a picture of the model church. The Book of Acts paints a picture of a church white-hot with the Spirit of God.
The Book of Acts church had two primary branches of ministry:
- The ministry of the Word
- The serving of tables (humanitarian work)
One cannot read the scriptures without hearing God’s heart concerning the poor and needy.
A lot of emphasis is given to helping the poor. The Lord even identified himself with the poor saying that if you give to the poor, you lend to the Lord.
Also in Matthew, chapter 25, the Lord identifies Himself with the poor. If you do not take care of the poor properly, Jesus will cast you out!
It is very important to get involved with a fellowship of believers who actively practice this.
Do you, or your leaders actively help the poor and needy in your congregation, community or city?
Checkpoint #6: Heaven and Hell
I have spent over 20 years studying the testimonies of people who have clinically died, and have came back to talk about it.
I have studied documentaries such as “Death and Beyond” by John Osteen, The Lazarus Phenomenon DVD, To Hell and Back by Dr. Maurice Rawlings, and countless personal testimonies in person, in video, and in writing.
Watching the DVDs, videos, reading the books, articles, and hearing testimonies on this subject only served to strengthen my faith. With rare exception, all of these testimonies confirm the truth of the Word of God concerning the afterlife.
For the most part, people who have come back from the dead only serve as witnesses to the truth of the scriptures.
As preachers of the gospel we ought to be specialists in Heaven and Hell. After all – that is what the true gospel is all about.
We need to know:
- Who exactly goes to Heaven, according to the Word of God – confirmed by numerous first-hand accounts. And,
- Who exactly goes to Hell, according to the Word of God – confirmed by numerous first-hand accounts.
A true minister of the gospel MUST know this inside and out.
We cannot twist the meaning of the scriptures to make it sound nicer.
We cannot misinterpret, or misapply the Word of God and make it say what we want it to say to make us feel more comfortable in our politically-correct sin-friendly society.
And we must never ignore the innumerable testimonies of those who have come back from the dead. If you ignore all those who testify of their first-hand experiences of hell, you are indirectly calling them liars. Don’t turn a deaf ear to these people.
Is it possible that all of these people are experiencing hallucinations? There are many testimonies of people who find themselves outside of their body, and walk to other parts of the hospital and witness private conversations and/or describe things in parts of the hospital that they would have no access to.
Is it possible that people from all over the world, who do not know each other, can all lie about these things, and have their stories match?
Many of these people describe heaven identically.
Likewise, many of these people describe hell identically.
God said, let every matter be settled on the account of two or three witnesses.
These witnesses testify to the truth that hell is real, and that many people go there. In fact, according to Dr. Maurice Rawlings, there are plenty of people who die, experience hell, and are resuscitated. But we never hear about it. Why? Its like getting an F on your report card. A lot of people would rather not talk about it.
We need to know who goes to heaven, and who doesn’t.
If we don’t know, how can we preach the gospel?
If you don’t know where to CLEARLY draw the line between those who are going to heaven, and those who are going to hell, you cannot preach the true gospel.
In order to tell a group of people to get off the sinking ship into a lifeboat you must know who is on the sinking ship, and who is in the lifeboats with clarity and conviction in order to be accurate and effective in your work to rescue them.
If you don’t know, then in all likelihood people will perish. You might tell the people in the lifeboats that they need to get on the ship. And you might tell the people on the doomed vessel that they don’t need to get into lifeboats.
If you don’t know who is safe, and who is not, with clarity and conviction, then you cannot effectively rescue those who are perishing.
If you are not sure, step back, let someone else help people!
Don’t get in the way!
Don’t oppose it!
There are too many people who misunderstand the scriptures about judging. They say, “Judge not, lest you be judged”. As if all judging is wrong
Do you like some people? That is judging
Do you dislike other people. That is judging.
Do you call some people Caucasian? That is judging.
Do you call some people African? That is judging.
Do you disagree with anyone? That is judging.
Do you agree with anyone? That is judging.
Is the sky blue? That is judging.
Is the grass green? That is judging.
Jesus never said we should not judge. If you read “judge not, lest ye be judged” in the context of the scripture, Jesus said we should not condemn people for doing the same things that we do. That is hypocrisy. Jesus was merely speaking against hypocrisy.
He wasn’t telling everyone everywhere not to judge in a blanket statement.
In fact Jesus told us TO judge people with righteous judgment. (John 7:24)
And Paul tells us to judge the brethren in matter causing others to fall. (Rom 14:13)
Jesus told us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. How can we do that if we never judge anyone as being a wolf?
Jesus told us to beware of false prophets. How can we do that if we never judge anyone as being a false prophet?
Judging people is a part of everyone’s life, everyday. You cannot live a day without executing judgments.
Likewise, you need to know who is sinking in their sins in order to save them. If you never judge anyone as being doomed in their sins, then why would you preach the gospel to them?
How can we seek and save the lost, if we are too afraid to judge anyone as being lost?
Gospel basics: You need to know who is approaching doom, and who is saved. You must know both the love and the wrath of God. If you don’t preach the wrath of God, then how will people know about the wrath of God? And if people don’t know about the wrath of God, how are they supposed to know about their need for salvation?
If you don’t know who and how many are in the burning house, and who and how many are out safe, then how can you be effective in saving those who are in danger?
If you don’t know where the line is between those who are sinking into hell, as opposed to those going to heaven, then you need to step down – let someone else preach.
This is the ABC’s of scripture. This is the basics.
According to the scriptures, the true message of God is all about the afterlife… And sadly, many church leaders avoid the subject.
Does yours? If so, another red flag should go up that should not be ignored.
Checkpoint #7: True prophecy and what True Prophets Sound Like
Not long ago I attended a church conference, featuring a so called “prophet”. I find it noteworthy to add that this so called “prophet” clearly said that he wasn’t a prophet. But the pastor hosting the conference called him a prophet nonetheless.
At the time I was fully supportive of the conference. I even led worship at the first of a series of meetings.
There was a lady whom I worked with at a day-job, by the name of “Melissa”.
I invited her to the conference in which the so-called “prophet” was speaking.
I attended a few meetings beforehand and I knew what to expect.
I believed in the conference, and the ability of this “prophet” so much that I challenged Melissa with a “money-back” guarantee – saying that I would cover her traveling expenses if she didn’t like it.
…I eventually convinced Melissa to come out.
Melissa was an agnostic. She was not a believer. Neither was she an avid unbeliever. She was simply not sure.
She seemed to be a very open and honest person. That is why I invited her.
Unfortunately, approximately a year before the conference, Melissa’s mother died.
When Melissa went forward to receive personal prophecy, the so called “prophet” told her a number of things. He concluded his prophecy by saying, “… something about your mother…”
As to be expected, when the so called “prophet” said that, Melissa broke into tears.
The following day at work, I asked Melissa what she thought of the meeting. She said that she thought the prophet was very generic, vague, and ambiguous.
She wasn’t sure whether or not he was a real prophet.
She went on to say that she believed this prophet to have some degree of “psychic power”.
She explained to me that her father also died a number of years ago.
Since then she went to a professional psychic, and medium to “hear from her father.”
The psychic told Melissa that her father said, “Its all good news where I am. No bad news”.
Melissa was shocked, because when her father was alive, he would always complain about the media being bearers of bad news, and no good news.
Therefore, when the psychic told her this, she believed that the psychic actually heard from her father.
Melissa made it clear to me that the so called “prophet” was no more accurate than the psychic.
I told Melissa the difference between psychics, and true prophets. As we know, the scriptures clearly say that psychics, and fortune tellers operate by evil spirits, whereas a true prophets operate by the Spirit of the Most High God.
In spite of my explanations, Melissa continued to believe that the so called “prophet” was no different than a psychic… and that her experience at the conference was no different that a psychic consultation.
The only real evidence that I could find in comparing a psychic to this so called “prophet” was that a psychic charges money for the consultation, whereas a prophet doesn’t.
I met with the pastor who hosted the conference, and I asked him if there was a better argument that I could have used. He could not give me a straight, clear answer.
After attending nearly every meeting of that conference, I started to seriously question the accuracy and fallibility of this prophet.
This prophet told my wife that she would be operating a home-based business by the end of 2011.
The prophecy did not come to pass.
Upon sharing my concerns about the accuracy of the prophet, the pastor said that we need to do “our part” in a prophecy in order to fulfill a prophecy.
Pointing the finger at the one who receives the prophecy, as opposed to holding the prophet accountable, is not acceptable. This is the simple act of blame-shifting. Unfortunately, a lot of people believe this false teaching. It is not scriptural whatsoever.
When Conditions Apply
Conditions apply ONLY when a condition is clearly stated OR when prophecy is regarding God’s judgment for sin, or blessings for righteousness.
For example, if you receive a prophecy stating, “Because of your purity, honesty, and righteousness, God will elevate you to Mayor of the city within 5 years.”, then, God’s blessings for righteousness is clearly involved. In saying “because of…” a condition is clearly implied, and it may be possible to change that prophecy by turning from righteousness, and honesty, and begin living an evil, wicked life within those 5 years.
On the other hand, if you receive a prophecy stating, “You will die tomorrow. The Lord is angry with you because of your stubbornness and sin”. Then, God’s wrath is involved, and it may be possible to change that prophecy by your repentance.
When Conditions Do Not Apply
Conditions do not apply when a prophecy is given without condition, and it clearly does not have anything to do with God’s wrath on the sinner, or blessings on the righteous.
For example, if you receive a prophecy stating “Tomorrow a man dressed in a suit, with a lady in a red dress will arrive at your place in a limo, and come knock at your door” then that prophecy is without condition, and does not have anything to do with God’s wrath on the sinner, or God’s blessing to the righteous – it WILL come to pass, IF it is truly the Word of the Lord.
When a prophet delivers a word without condition, it should be taken without condition.
When a true prophecy is given, especially without an explicitly stated condition, that prophecy will come to pass no matter how much you try to stop it.
There are a few times in scripture where God said He would judge a certain person, or people because of their sin. The person, or people repented, and God changed His mind and relented. This is in line with the scripture as repentance is a good way to divert the wrath of God. Scripture teaches this.
There are a FEW examples in scripture where the Lord changed His mind. Case in point: Hezekiah’s extension of life. But never forget that every time the Lord chooses a certain prophet to deliver a word to a person or to a people, and if the Lord somehow changes His mind He always sends that same prophet back to the person to deliver the “updated” word before the appointed time of fulfillment.
The Lord sends the same prophet back with an “updated” prophecy BEFORE the appointed time of the first prophecies fulfillment for the purpose of protecting His true prophet from being judged as a false prophet.
He does this because no one can judge a true prophet as being a false prophet if they come with an updated word before the aforementioned time of fulfillment.
Prophets never do “hit and run” prophecies that never come to pass. It’s unscriptural, and irresponsible.
That said, you cannot find one personal prophecy in scripture that does not come to pass. In fact, the Lord said that we should judge prophets by whether or not the prophecy came to pass as prophesied.
But keep in mind that the amount of times God changes His mind, and thus changes His word to a certain person or people is VERY RARE.
It is the exception to the rule. NOT the rule.
If the prophecy does not come to pass, (the Lord is clear about this) that prophet is a false prophet, and is not to be regarded.
Getting Back to the Prophecy Over My Wife…
It was virtually impossible for my wife to “try” to make this prophecy come to pass without turning her back on her family. We struggle just to find enough time for one another. My wife is an extremely busy woman.
There is no doubt that if she worked hard to try to make this prophecy come to pass, it could ultimately result in the destruction of our family – as we were pushed to our limits as it was. And even then, there is no guarantee that the prophecy would be fulfilled by the date specified.
If she did turn her back on family responsibilities and devoted a considerable amount of time to try to “make” the prophecy come to pass – and if it didn’t, I’m sure some accuser would stand up and say that she didn’t try hard enough.
We just don’t believe that the Lord would put that kind of burden on us. It is just unreasonable. If He was going to give my wife a home-based business it would have to be a miracle of God, and not our doing.
Furthermore, the act of blame-shifting when a prophecy does not come to pass is nowhere taught in the scriptures, and is for the lack of a better word – criminal!
When a person opens his or her mouth and prophecies, that person should take full responsibility for what they say. It can, has, and does bring reproach upon the Name of the Lord.
When a prophet delivers a prophecy in the Bible, it comes to pass! No exceptions.
We could look at personal prophecies that Samuel gave to Saul. Every prophecy came to pass without exception – whether Saul wanted it to, or not! Whether he did his part, or not!
In fact, there was not a personal prophecy given in the Bible that did not come to pass.
I told this certain pastor that if he teaches that people are supposed to do their part in fulfilling personal prophecy, then he needs to draw a very CLEAR line between that, and what Abraham did.
Remember, the Word of God came to Abraham that he would be a father.
Years passed, and nothing happened. So he tried to fulfill the prophecy in his own strength. The result was disastrous. It produced a wild, violent man… Ishmael.
God told him that Ishmael was not the fulfillment of the prophecy. Rather, Isaac was – who was produced when least expected.
Isaac was not a product of human effort. Rather, Isaac was a result of a sovereign miracle done by a sovereign God when Abraham least expected it.
The story of Abraham speaks loud and clear: when you try to fulfill a prophecy in your own strength it doesn’t work. It doesn’t produce the “promised child”.
If God says it will happen – it WILL happen. And nothing can stop it.
The Word of God is not so weak that we have to help it.
We can go through the scriptures and speak of prophecy after prophecy after prophecy that was given to people who resisted the prophecy, yet it still came to pass.
In fact, the Lord spoke to me very clearly years ago, and told me that a certain thing would happen. I fought against that word. I resisted that word. But no matter how much I resisted it – it still came to pass. That is the true word of God.
God’s word is not weak that it needs our help.
Going back to the conference, where this so called “prophet” was ministering.
Dozens of people came to him during the service for personal prophecy. Actually, the number of personal prophecies this man gave could have easily exceeded one hundred.
In every case the prophecy that was given was all blessing, no mention of sin, no mention of salvation, no mention of anyone needing to come to God, no rebukes, or conviction whatsoever.
It is my understanding that personal prophecy supposed to be the Word of the Lord.
Prophecy is simply the inspired Word of the Lord, in either written, or spoken form. Prophecy does not only consist of future predictions, rather is can be about the past, or present. Prophecy is simply the Word of God.
It is also my understanding that the Bible supposed to be the Word of the Lord.
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, not only has words of blessing, but also words of warning, words of conviction, and specific words against sin.
The Bible is not flesh-friendly.
The Bible is not friendly to those who hold sin in their heart.
The Bible is not compatible with the sinful nature.
The Bible does not go silent with people who are given to sin.
Yet the words that this so called prophet was giving was words that could easily be flesh-friendly, no rebuke of sin in anyones heart, and can easily be compatible to a life a sin.
Therefore, the style of the prophet, and content of the prophecies was not consistent with the Word of God.
For example, the prophet would say to one person, “God will bless your business.”
… to another, “The Lord will promote you in your job”
… to another, “You will be exalted in your community”
… to another, “You will become famous!”
… etc …etc…
This is a stark contrast to the prophecy we see in scripture. Figuratively speaking, the song that is sung in the scripture is not the same song that is sung in the the pulpit.
The song that is sung in the pulpit is “nice” according to the flesh. It avoids offending anybody. It makes people feel comfortable in their sin. It entertains people. It makes people feel good. It is the feel-good gospel.
Whereas, the song that is sung the Bible is very offensive. Jesus made multitudes of people white hot with anger. In fact, they were so angry they tried to kill him time and time again.
A well known, and highly respected Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.”
Nice people don’t get crucified!
When Jesus gave a personal prophecy to the woman at the well, the woman simply asked Jesus for some living water, the Holy Spirit. The first thing Jesus did was give her a personal prophecy about the sin in her life.
He didn’t say, “I bless you. Thank you for asking. I will never turn you away. Here is the living water I spoke about. I love you. Receive the gift. Your sin is covered.”
He never said that.
The first thing he did was to point out sin in her life, clearly implying that she needs to repent first, before she receives the Holy Gift.
Bottom line: There is no record of her repenting, or of her receiving what she asked for from Jesus.
At the beginning of the year 2013, I attended a church where the pastor spent several weeks teaching about how to hear from God.
He based his entire sermons series on the story of Eli, and Samuel.
He preached that Eli trained Samuel to hear from God. Therefore, you must be trained to hear from God. And he spent the next several weeks attempting to train people to hear from God.
But there is a major problem.
Eli never trained Samuel to hear from God. That’s right!
Eli couldn’t train Samuel to hear from God.
Samuel was a young boy, who slept in the temple, before the Ark of the Covenant. Now all Israel knew that the presence and the glory of God was on the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark of the Covenant was God’s dwelling place – as the scriptures say, “He who dwells between the Cherubim”.
And Samuel slept before the Ark. Samuel slept before the very God of Heaven.
Samuel heard a voice calling him, “Samuel! Samuel!”
He woke up and went to Eli.
I can understand why Eli initially ignored it. He probably thought that Samuel was just dreaming.
“Go back to bed”, Eli said.
Samuel went back to bed.
Before long Samuel heard the voice a second time, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel woke up and went back to Eli.
At this point in time Eli was probably on the verge of taking it seriously, but nonetheless Eli sent Samuel back to bed.
Finally, Samuel heard the voice a third time.
He ran to Eli. At this point Eli realized that it must be more than a dream.
In spite of the fact that this happened during the night, and Eli was inevitably trying to sleep, Eli was forced to assess the situation.
There was only three people in the temple at that time: Samuel, Eli, and God.
Besides, Samuel slept right there, before the God of Heaven – before the presence of Almighty God… before the Ark of the Covenant!
One plus one equals two. If its not Eli, and its not just a dream, it has to be the Lord. It doesn’t take much discernment to figure that out. In fact, many people who don’t even know the Lord could have easily drawn that conclusion.
The pastor who “taught” people how to hear from God asked in his sermon, “How is it that Eli didn’t recognize the voice of the Lord the first two times?”
He didn’t answer this question. But the answer is simple. Eli DID NOT hear the voice of the Lord. The Lord wasn’t talking to Eli, He was talking to Samuel. Why would Eli hear it? The Lord didn’t speak to him. There is no reason why Eli would hear it.
In fact, Eli never heard the voice of God in his life. That’s right! Eli never heard the voice of God. Eli was a priest, not a prophet.
According to the scriptures, the Lord never spoke directly to Eli. But when the Lord wanted to talk to Eli, he sent a prophet to relay the message. Why? Because Eli needed a prophet. He did not, and could not hear the voice of the Lord directly. The Lord never spoke to Eli directly.
Many charismatic leaders claim to hear from God. And they try to teach everyone else to hear from God.
The scriptures are very clear, that only few people actually hear from God.
There are many, many people who are personally named in the scriptures. But not all the people you find mentioned in the scriptures actually heard from the Lord directly.
Trying to “teach” someone to hear the voice of God is unscriptural. When you try to teach someone to prophesy, the gift of prophecy ceases to be a gift, and becomes an acquired knowledge. This is what produces so many false prophets today.
The truth is that you can teach someone to prophesy from their own spirit, but you can’t teach someone to hear the voice of God. What if God never speaks directly to that person?
God speaks to many people, but not always directly. The most reliable, and most common way God speaks to us is by the scriptures.
But nowhere in the Bible does it teach that God speaks to everyone directly. If God spoke to everyone directly, then His voice would be a common thing, and would cease to be Holy.
Study it! Write down every name you find in the scriptures. Highlight the names of those who God spoke to directly. Only a few will be highlighted.
Teaching that God speaks directly to everyone puts pressure on believers to hear the voice of God. They try hard. And more often than not, they try so hard they fall into error, thinking that they hear the voice of God when in fact it is their own spirit.
Many false prophets are out there prophesying “peace peace”, when there is no peace.
They are prophets who prophesy from their own imagination. They prophesy from their own heart and their own spirit – not the Spirit of God.
Paul made it very clear that those who are truly born-again, those who are truly His saints, are those who make up what we call the “body of Christ”. Paul said the body of Christ is just like our own physical bodies. Many parts, each do its own job. Each part does its own job and is profitable just as it is.
We don’t want a hand to try to be an ear.
We don’t want a foot to try to be a tongue!
You would be monster if every part did the same job.
As Paul says, is our body one big eye? Are we all seers?
Is our body one big ear? Do we all hear the voice of God?
Is our body one big mouth? Do we all minister the word of God?
Is our body nothing but a hand? Do we all serve tables like Stephen did?
Obviously the answer is “No!”. Each part does a different job. And God is pleased to have it this way. Herein is freedom!
Not everyone hears from God. And that’s OK. Everyone is different. Not everybody is an ear.
What does true prophecy look like?
“But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or [one] unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:” – 1Cr 14:24 KJV
The word “convinced” here is exactly the same Greek word used in John 16 when Jesus said when the Holy Spirit comes He will convict (convince) you of sin.
The New Living Translation conveys the Greek meaning quite accurately.
“But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.” – 1Cr 14:24-25 NLT
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that all prophecy should be pointing out other people’s sins, and exposing their sinful hearts. But, if out of 10 prophecies, and not one of them deals with sin, then something is terribly wrong.
The Scriptures say that if a sinner walks into a meeting where true prophets are operating, they will be convicted of sin, and judged by what they say.”
This is the Word of God.
Let God be true, and every man a liar!
Checkpoint #8: Alcohol Consumption
This issue was brought to my attention in a church I used to attend.
From time to time the pastor would call his congregation to a fast. This is commendable. His church is the only church that I have ever attended that calls such fasts. That is a great practice.
In the past, the pastor called people to fast anything that you would deem as a pleasure, and not as a need. Perhaps it would be a certain kind of food. Or perhaps it was a media fast, such as “fasting the Internet”, etc..
More recently it was fasting what the pastor called the “4 Cs” which was complaining, criticizing, condemning, and comparing. This pastor, like a quasi-humanist-Christian laid a blanket judgment on all criticizing, complaining, condemning, and comparing – condemning it all as evil.
But Jesus Himself did all of these things. He sharply criticized certain people for their hypocrisy, and condemned them to hell, saying that they make people twice as much a son of Hell as they are.
He vehemently condemned people for their hypocrisy, blasphemy, and unbelief.
More than that – in fact, He condemned entire cities.
He also compared people to the worst – saying that the people are so wicked that even Sodom and Gomorrah will condemn them in the last day.
He complained how people disbelieved, in spite of the miracles.
He complained how evil, and unbelieving some people are.
This pastor would have been more accurate to draw a line between holy-criticism, and fleshly criticism. But that’s besides the point.
In one of the more recent fasts, he sent everyone an email saying that he is “fasting alcohol”.
In the past I have abused alcohol. And the Lord set me completely free from the bondage of alcohol. I know myself well enough to know that if I ever “slip” and have one drink, it would easily lead to another, and another, and another… and I will quickly find myself back on the road to destruction again.
Alcohol is the fuel of many horrors in our culture. Broken families, physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, murder, and all manner of evil more often than not, has its roots in alcohol.
God says a lot of things against alcohol. Alcohol was behind the sins and destruction of several people in the scriptures.
God commands us not to look upon (desire) wine “when it moves in the cup”, speaking of fermentation (Proverbs 23:31).
God warns us of the destructive nature of alcohol. We can point to several people in the Bible who fell because of alcohol.
Wine in the Scriptures
You need to understand that there is no distinction in the scriptures between grape juice and wine. There is no Greek word for “grape juice”, therefore, when you see the word “wine” it could be easily translated “grape juice”. Either way, the word “wine” should not be translated as fermented drink in every reference.
Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to the Truth
Fact: Multitudes of people in our society are struggling with alcoholism. Many people are weak in this matter.
Alcoholics Anonymous, the experts in this field, say the same thing in their official documents:
“People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it.”
Many people need mentors, and leaders who will morally support them, and be an example to them. Many people need spiritual leaders who do not consume alcohol – leaders they can lean on – leaders that can support them by way of example.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
But I say an example is worth a million words.
God strictly warns us not to do anything that may cause another person to fall.
Yes, it says in Romans, chapter 14, verses 1 through 12 it says that we should not judge a brother on trivial matters. And it gives an example: say your brother is a vegetarian. If you are not you should not judge a brother who is. These are trivial matters.
But verse 13 says specifically that we ARE to judge those who do anything that would cause another brother to fall.
Let’s read it:
“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way.” – Rom 14:13 KJV
Some translations say, “decide… resolve… make up your mind…” in place of the word “judge”, but the Greek word used here is the same word that is translated “judge” earlier in this chapter, and in many other passages of scriptures.
The scriptures say that if we cause another to fall we are not walking in love. It also says that if we, by example, cause another brother to fall we are sinning against Christ.
Here is what can easily happen… Here is an example:
- suppose John is weak regarding alcohol
- John has been “dry” for past 10 years
- then starts to attend a church where the pastor says its OK to drink alcohol moderately
- finds out the pastor himself consumes alcohol
- thinks, “if my pastor can do it, then it must be OK”
- says to himself, “if my pastor says its OK to do it moderately then it must be OK with God”
- has a drink
- one drink become two
- the damnable spirit of alcoholism comes back and begins to take root once again because of his weakness
- two becomes four
- soon that person falls back into destruction
- that pastor will be held accountable for the destruction of that soul
It is written: “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.” – 1Cr 8:9-13 KJV
Note: the word “offend” in the KJV means “to sin”.
“I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. … It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.” – Rom 14:14-15, 21 NIV
Does your church leaders drink alcohol?
If the answer is yes, a red flag should go up that should not be ignored.
Checkpoint #9: Where is the Cross?
The cross is at the center of history.
The cross is at the center of the Christian faith.
The cross is at the center of the Bible.
The cross is beautiful!
The cross is glorious!
In speaking of the cross the scriptures say that it pleased Yahweh to bruise Him (speaking of the sufferings of Christ).
For the JOY set before Him, its says, He endured the cross!
The cross resonates with the pleasure of God.
The cross resonates with the power of God.
The message of the cross is essential to salvation.
But the message of the cross is virtually non-existent in most of today’s churches.
We need the old fashioned message of the cross!
Some churches only preach the message of the cross on Good Friday.
And the message that is preached on Good Friday is so bleak and sorrowful – this is totally unscriptural.
When Peter got sorrowful over the idea of Jesus being crucified, Jesus sharply rebuked him saying “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Satan, appealing to the mind of man, portrays the cross as sorrowful and undesirable.
But it pleased Yahweh to bruise the Messiah! God’s view of the cross is glorious!
It is a serious offense to look at the cross from the viewpoint of man. Jesus sharply rebuked Peter for doing so.
As Christians we must look at the cross from the Spirit: a place of glory, a place of joy, a place of the pleasure of God. The place where the sinful nature was crucified!
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” – Gal 5:24 KJV
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Gal 2:20 KJV
Do your church leaders regularly preach the cross?
If not, another red flag should go up that should not be ignored.
Checkpoint #10: Romans 10:9
There is one thing that has been resonating in my spirit for months… the warning Jesus gave his disciples in Matthew, chapter 7…
Jesus said that MANY… (when Jesus says many, He means many…)
Many people will come to Him declaring that He is Lord, reminding Him that they prophesied in His name, they even cast out demons in His name, and done many mighty works in His name!
And He will turn to them and day, “Depart from me, you worker of iniquity!” and they will be cast out into the outer darkness – the darkness of Hell.
Jesus said that many will come to Him saying “Lord, Lord…”
In Jesus’ culture, a repetitive statement was an emphatic statement.
Jesus said that many will come to Him, emphatically declaring Him to be Lord. But He will turn them away because of their iniquities.
The word, “iniquity” in the original Greek means “having no law”, or “living like there is no law”.
In other words, Jesus said many people will come to Him, not only declaring Him to be Lord, but also prophets, and workers of miracles will come to Him, and He will say, “Depart from me! You are a sinner! You are a worker of iniquity!”
In casual conversation I told a certain pastor about my conviction on this scripture. Instead of applauding the work of the Word of God on my life, he opposed it.
Instead of saying, “Amen!” this pastor responded to me saying, “You have to deal with Romans 10:9”
If you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in Your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved!
Its easy, Romans 10:9 should not be cut out of the Bible, ignoring all the rest of the scriptures regarding repentance and true salvation.
I submit to you a beautiful picture of a sunset. You cut out a cute little cloud, then you turn and say, “this is a sunset”. When in fact, its not. Its only a small part of the big picture.
Therefore you cannot quote Romans 10:9 and say, “this is how you are saved”. The rest of the scripture should never be excluded from the big picture.
Romans 10:9 is only a link in the chain. It is not the be-all-end-all!
It like saying “if anyone wants to go to Hawaii, you must board a plane, or ship.”
Obviously it takes much more than that. That statement is just a brief summary.
There is a lot involved in planning your trip… not to mention you must pay the fare!
Saying that you must board a plane or a ship is just a brief summary.
Likewise, Romans 10:9 is just a brief summary.
You must do more than confess the Lord Jesus, and believe that God raised Him from the dead. Cutting this verse out of the Bible and ignoring all the rest is the damnable practice of scripture isolation. It is heresy!
The same person who wrote that scripture (Paul) also preached repentance from sin in MANY other places in his letters. This is not to mention the account of the book of Acts, where repentance is clearly taught as a precursor to salvation.
The meaning of a verse can be lost or misunderstood when scripture isolation is practiced. The immediate surrounding context and the rest of Paul’s epistles give us much clarity into the truth of salvation.
Cutting Romans 10:9 out of the Bible, and using that as a recipe for salvation is not rightly dividing the word of truth. It is taking it out of context. It is scripture isolation. More than that – it is heresy.
In fact the very next verse, Romans 10:10 says, “for he who believes, believes unto righteousness!”
You cannot be righteous if you are unrepentant. You cannot manifest righteousness by your sin.
Romans 10:10 obviously tells you of the outcome of true faith – righteousness. And this is not some kind of magical, invisible, imputed spiritual imagination – it is a true, real-world, provable and practical righteousness that only comes as fruit of repentance…
– just the way that John the Baptist preached it!
– just the way that Jesus preached it!
– just the way that all the apostles preached it!
We should never cut one verse out of the Bible and leave the rest behind.
Paul doesn’t say, “you must repent and believe in order to receive salvation” to one person, and then turn to the next person and say, “You don’t have to turn from your sins. You don’t have to repent! All you have to do is confess Jesus and believe God raised Him from the dead.”
God doesn’t forgive you in your sins. God forgives you of your sins.
The word “forgive” in the Greek means to “release from bondage”.
God doesn’t overlook your sins. God sets you free from sin.
John, the Baptist introduced the Son of God to the world by saying, “Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”
He DID NOT say, “Behold the Lamb of God, who overlooks the sins of the world”
He DID NOT say, “Behold the Lamb of God, who excuses the sins of the world”
He said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who TAKES AWAY the sins of the world”
Some church leaders preach that the blood of Jesus covers your sin.
As much as this sounds all religious are Christian-like, some of you may be shocked to realize that this is NOT true. This is NOT scripture. This is NOT the gospel.
The blood of Jesus is not powerless!
The blood of Jesus doesn’t cover your sins.
The blood of Jesus is powerful!
The blood of Jesus cleanses your sins.
It is by the power of the blood of Jesus that we are set free from sin!
Jesus didn’t die so that He could violate his own attributes of holiness, righteousness, and justice and “overlook” your sin. God forbid!
Jesus died so that you can say, “I AM crucified with Christ… nevertheless I live, Yet not I, But Christ lives in me”.
Jesus died so that His people can, by faith in the cross, identify with that cross and say I AM dead to sin. I am alive to righteousness (romans 6)
The scriptures say that those who are Christ’s have crucified their sinful nature, with its passions and lusts.
Jesus died to put an end to sin… not cover it.
Jesus is not just my substitute.
Jesus is my identity!
I have been crucified with Christ!
I have been raised with Him to a new life of righteousness.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim 4:3-4
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