Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on August 31, 2020 at 8:15 PM|
I think that I said it before. America is a sinking ship. Go ahead and try to save the ship. You won't. But you can rescue a few people from off of it.
I know. They want to kill us. There will be no churches left because they'll close the doors. They'll shoot stuff inside your arm that will trace you (a kind lady sent me a great video off-line earlier, because American Patriots are “waking up.” [Notice those are quotes in the end of my last sentence.])
They can take your liberties away. They will make this a Marxist nation. You won't be able to get/print/give out Gospel tracts anymore.
One thing someone can't do, though, is—if you are saved... take you out of the body of Christ. And, let's add this... force you to miss the Rapture.
One of two things...
Either you will fight to save the ship or you will fight for the souls of men. Time is short. Which for you...?
|Posted on August 15, 2020 at 11:45 PM|
A Brother who I greatly respect, recently asked me about James 2:26 concerning my belief when man becomes a living soul. Here is the verse...
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
He reasons, how can there be a LIVING body in a womb if there is no spirit in it. And, if there is a spirit in that LIVE body, there must also be a LIVING soul.
I believe at BIRTH, the combination of a body and spirit PRODUCE a soul. (If you are interested in this technical issue, click the following link... (https://www.boazbaptist.com/whendoeslifebegin.htm)
I have a few simple answers to this question...
First, this brother told me that when he feels the baby jump in an expectant loved one's belly, he KNOWS that the baby inside is alive and has a spirit in it. He says that it's "a living soul."
If you read my article on it (https://www.boazbaptist.com/apps/blog/show/6637114-my-babies-), I've experienced some prenatal kicks of my own. Except for the fact that there was a conception and the baby in the womb was waiting to be born, what this brother said to me didn't prove anything, either way.
I refer to this pregnancy (conception to birth) as “living FLESH.” This pre-born child is growing towards birth. So, in a sense, this flesh is living, and in a sense it is not. Remember, it is TOTALLY dependent on the mother. (She feeds it, removes it's waste, carries it, etc...) It is definitely getting everything it needs to grow so that one day it might be born and become independent of her.
This to me is similar to a lost man that FEELS like he is alive spiritually, when the TRUTH is he is a dead man walking around in a living flesh and blood body with a dead spirit.
This baby-in-the-womb is alive because of it's mother and can only survive outside the womb by artificial stimuli that will help it grow 'til it's OLD ENOUGH to breath on it's own for the first time ever where it receives a spirit and becomes a living soul.
Now, I can answer the question...
If “the body without the spirit is dead” why is this body moving so much in the womb...? Isn't it alive...? It seems that way, doesn't it? Now to my second answer. This should be much shorter.
James 2:26 is referring to someone who was conceived, grew in the womb and was already born. It is taken for granted that the body that James is referring to has already been born. There is not one word here about being in the womb.
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
This brother wrote back and said...
"James 2:26 is referring to someone who was conceived, grew in the womb and was already born. It is taken for granted that the body that James is referring to has already been born. There is not one word here about being in the womb." "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." But the verse did NOT SAY AFTER BIRTH.. you have assumed that. There is a living body in the womb it is NOT dead. The baby is actually alive. The idea that all babies are like ADAM is ridiculous. The breath of life is IN that baby because the life of the flesh is in the blood; that is Oxygen. The oxygen is the carrier of all nutrients to every cell in the body and it also carries out all the wast from every cell. Adam's body was NOT doing that until he breathed the breath of life because Adam was NOT procreated; but expressly created. His body was NOT alive before that. Sorry you have a very weak idea about life. The body, soul and spirit of everyone accept Adam and Eve (two exceptions) were procreated. James gives that express clue about that fact.
It is that passage that you have NOT answered but have jumped around making it say something that it does not say to retain your ideology.
Now if there is only a body in the womb, then the Lord Jesus Christ while in Mary was NOT God manifest in the flesh, and was NOT the Word made flesh... There would have been no incarnation of the Word if there is no SOUL in that body at conception... This leads me to think that this would mean there is no actual divinity in Christ at conception according to your ideology...
That was the whole idea of the incarnation. God became man. God came into a woman's body as a seed. (Luke one and two) That "thing" (Luke 1:35) grew in her womb until it was born one day as a man—the God/man having God's blood (Acts 20:28) flowing though it's veins.
God was manifested in the flesh. Romans 8:3 declares “...God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh....” Jesus' flesh was LIKE our flesh, but somehow it was different. Obviously, one of the differences was the fact that—given the hyperstatic union—He was God and therefore without sin.
He (like John the Baptist who was filled with the Holy Ghost from—not in, FROM—his mother's womb) was an exception.
|Posted on July 17, 2020 at 2:55 AM|
Recently, I muted someone on Facebook for two weeks for saying something to me that was disrespectful. It reminded me of two weeks punishment that I endured forty-six years ago, when serving at a small lifeboat station in Ponce de Leon inlet, Florida, in nineteen seventy-three.
Well, I had gotten saved at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville while stationed at the Navel Air Station, on October 8th, 1972. You couldn't tell me any differently... I thought that the church was almost Heaven. I was saved and all these people, like me, loved God. Going to church was like going to Heaven, each week. Sunday School, the morning worship service, evening study and church, Wednesday service and Thursday visitation. And, there was more, much much more.
To begin my story, "the Guard" thought to send me to Ponce de Leon Inlet after I was saved only a short time. Anyway, even though Trinity was a hundred and twenty miles away (one way), I would trade weekend duty to get there as often as I could. One time, I remember trading two duties for one Sunday, just to go to church. I remember sleeping on the Navy base in the barracks with Chuck Hamilton and Lonnie Dickinson, just so I could go with them to church the next morning. I switched duties with someone that week, and I did two weekdays. All he had to do was my Sunday. Well, this man was a no show. I never learned why, but he didn't do my duty.
I came back to Ponce station in the wee hours of Monday morning just in time to get up for the work day. This time, after breakfast was over, I was summoned into the "CO's office." Warrant Officer Burnett interrogated me and wanted to know why I wasn't on duty that Sunday, like I was supposed to be. Let's face it, the duty sheet had my name on it, but I wasn't there. Well, I told the CO what happened, and that I had traded two duties for my Sunday. But, he didn't believe me. He gave me two weeks of restricted duty. (I wasn't allowed to leave the base for two weeks.) He also had a first class Master at arms (I forget his name) teach me how to clean a toilet—the CO's toilet. After many hours and tries, I finally got it right. Sandpaper does a good job.
Well, that's my story. I was reminded of all this, because I muted someone for two weeks. I wonder if, while he is muted, he is learning how to clean a toilet, like I did so very long ago...? I'll never forget. Time and sandpaper.
|Posted on April 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM|
People THINK that just because you preach against or are hard against sin that somehow you think that you personally don't sin.
That is not true. We all sin. And, we all, at our BEST STATE, are vain and wicked.
To be CLEAN before a holy God, a Christian is supposed to repent daily. Here is a good definition of the word repent: To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it. A believer is to get cleansed from their sins daily.
...If a Brother or Sister says that they have repented from their sins...
1. You are to believe them.
2. That is between them and the Lord.
3. Repentance means that they have changed their mind about THAT sin, and plan never to return.
Like a dog returning to it's vomit, though, if someone does repent and returns, it's better, in my opinion, to leave that Brother or Sister alone and let them work it out with God. It has nothing to do with you. It has to do with them and God. But, if you observe these sinful things going on in someone's life, you become a witness. [Leviticus 5:1; Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:15-17 and like scriptures] And because you are (a witness), in my opinion, it's better to stay far away from that person. Just because someone SAYS that they have "repented" doesn't ALWAYS MAKE IT SO. Maybe they just said what they did (repent) to get you or other Christians who are frowning on their continued PUBLIC sins and conduct off their backs. Don't forget, by exposing their sins, you are now their accusers and enemies.
God wants, yea beseeches, the believer to live clean and holy lives. (Romans 12:1) That can only be done when we are yielded to God and His word. Now ye are CLEAN THROUGH THE WORD that I have spoken unto you. John fifteen. Christ is our Advocate to the father not only for salvation but for sanctification, also. Salvation is not given to us as a license to sin. But IF YOU DO SIN confess it to God. Repent. Get it right and move on. Move on and move FORWARD. Move forward spiritually. Someone said to me recently, don't abuse eternal security by using it to live for the Devil. Don't forget, he is a "liar" and the FATHER of it. (John 8:44) His lie to the believer is, “Since I am saved, I can do what I want.” Read that last sentence again. I said that that type of thinking is a “LIE OF THE DEVIL.” Don't forget that Jesus made it clear that some folks honor him with their LIPS but their heart is far from him. (Mark 7:6)
By the way, there is a difference between a Christian and a Christian that is God called to preacher or pastor. The truth is, some folks are just not good public examples. (That is not the nature of this short article, but read First Timothy three to get an idea what a Christian leader should look like.)
God wants those he has saved...
CLEAN. He wants them HOLY. He wants them YIELDED. He wants them WEANED. And, he wants them LISTENING with a listening ear.
If you are a believer, please, reread this article again. When you do and the Lord Jesus convicts your heart of sin, confess it, repent and ask him to help you live a life of love and service for him. Don't forget, the Judgment Seat of Christ is right around the corner. Be ready.
|Posted on April 29, 2020 at 12:55 AM|
A lot of you are not going to like me for what I am about to say...
You know, when I was still a Pastor in New York City of a small church in Astoria, we would have co-operated with the edicts of the politicians.
THEY believe it is a real pandemic. (Obviously I have MY opinion.) Wouldn't I attempt to co-operate with their fears...? This is my call to action—all the while, with people dying all around this situation, giving them the GOSPEL. (Remember that? For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. This is what they need TODAY, not some conspiracy theory.)
All I want to say, in simple terms...
1. Take this time to ask the Lord to give you ways and different ways to dispense the gospel to the lost. Many of you are very cleaver people. Take this time for the Gospel's sake. Men and women are STILL going to Hell. YOU should try to reach them.
2. If and when the "stimulus money" comes in, ask your congregants to give FROM that money.
3. Do what someone is ASKING you to do.
4. If someone says...
Take this vaccine. And if it winds up to have elements in it that will track you in the future, in my best shot, after listening to the brethren and futuristic prognosticators about the "Mark," (I did say that you won't like me, didn't I...?) take it. In fact if you won't take yours, bring it to me. I'll take it in my OTHER arm. [They'll probably cancel each other out. ☺️]
YOU CANNNNNNOT GO TO HELL.
...If you are a born again believer IN THE CHURCH age, you have NOTHING to fear, right? You are sealed (—did I just say "sealed...?") with the Holy Spirit of promise, heirs and joint heirs with Christ, seated TODAY in Heavenly places.
If you don't like being this close to the rapture and Tribulation, take it up with the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but that's where He put you the day you were born.
See you on the Other Side.
Pastor Bob Leib
|Posted on April 28, 2020 at 5:55 PM|
Having "a FRONT ROW SEAT of prophecy" is different than what I see at my end.... I see a LOT of believers who are looking to dodge the inevitable: FUTURE PROPHECY,
They are somehow looking to dodge the Antichrist by NOT taking the mark or anything that resembles it (and, we will not talk about vaccines here) ...like they can somehow AVOID the future ...LIKE THEY ARE IN THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE. These are Church age believers who will reject all the precursor movements of the Devil, like their salvation DEPENDS on it.
We are in the end of the church age. SURE. But, may I remind you, we are STILL in the church age.
|Posted on October 13, 2019 at 1:40 PM|
I'm coming out to tell everyone that I am transgender...
...Well actually, my gender has STAYED the same. I was born a male and will continue to do so. What changed, though, is my body—thus the word "transgender."
My gender is changing from within. I went from a boy's gender and changed into a man's. Now, I'm changing from a younger man into an OLD man. I like being a male (as if I could change it). But, oh... how I wish I could go back into my closet and change BACK to a younger version.
If you think about it for long, it WILL go back, one day...
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. First Corinthians Fifteen
|Posted on September 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM|
...Keep on preaching against Facebook...
....There are STILL people that come on here that don't live near your church.
...There are STILL people that come on here that can't get to your church.
...And, by the way, YOU SPOILED THEM WITH GREAT TRUTHS THAT THEY CAN'T GET ELSEWHERE, unless they compromise doctrine. So, where are they going to go, if they don't live by you?
...There are STILL people that basically have YOUR convictions, but have come to realize that, at least for TODAY, this is where God wants them and has called them to serve.
...Yes, we have heard all that you have to say on the matter. If someone goes on Facebook to gain a modicum of spirituality, they should be shunned. We get it.
...You clearly point out that the internet will help bring in the Antichrist. So, what of it...? ...Won't all your electronics do the same thing...? You love God, Fool... SO DO WE!
If you are so against the internet, why are you selling books (doing commerce) on it...? With your convictions, I would immediately stop using it. Oh, I guess it will hurt your sales—your book sales........
Pastor Bob Leib
|Posted on June 12, 2019 at 9:15 PM|
Yea, those are my blue shorts and my bloody knees...
The way I see it, I gave up a little skin to witness to a young man--a young black man. (I wish I had a picture of us.)
Here is what happened...
A few weeks back, I saw this man who I said "Hi" to before and thought I could witness to him today, especially since he was all alone in his hallway. We started talking and wouldn't you know it, his friend came over, which changed the whole scenario. I thought to myself, "I'm sure I'll get ANOTHER chance," and that chance happened today.
Well... I was on my exercise walk home, and, wouldn't you know it, the Lord sent an angel by to trip me. Besides my two scrapped knees in the picture, I had another one under the side of my elbow and I strained a stomach muscle under my breast. (That hurt the most, and, hours later, seems to be slowly subsiding).
Well, who passes by...? THIS young man on his bicycle. He said, after he began to help me home, that he saw me "on the other side" (of the road), when he was going to the store, and thought he might see me on his return trip, after the angel tripped me. (The last five words were just in jest. )
Anyway, he told me that he is twenty-three, his mom has been in the hospital for the last few days, and THAT HE IS MOVING FRIDAY. (Today is Wednesday!! — SEE... The Lord knows what He is doing.)
The last thing I will say, as this young man helped me home for about three-quarters of a mile (me on one side and his bicycle on the other)... he listened to every tenant (my term) of the Gospel he was presented with.
At the end, I thanked him, hugged him, exchanged phone numbers and I gave him TWO of my online tracts.
After viewing my chicken tract (www.uchicken2.com), he wrote me back these words...
"I'm definitely chicken." ❤️
|Posted on March 1, 2019 at 7:40 PM|
What do you long to see: Revival or the Rapture...?
Or, should I have said, "WHO do you long to see...?" ...That would have sealed your answer correctly.
More important than me (or anyone, for that matter) getting right with God is the fulfillment of God's prophecies, in God's timing, in God's way. We Bible-believers should be thinking that way.
You say, "Can't God wait 'til my momma gets saved." No, He "can't" and He won't. God's purposes are immutable. Therefore, God's timetable will be right on time. Moreover, NOTHING can or will stop it.
Why not settle this matter in your mind....? If you will, learn this lesson from "the word of truth" (2 Corinthians 6:7)...
Prophecy trumps preference, EVERY TIME!!!
"For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." (Hebrews 10:37 -- Second Coming verse)
|Posted on December 24, 2018 at 2:00 AM|
To ALL Bible-believing PASTORS...
STOP IT! ...Stop doing it...
We are all, already, determined to be "wicked;" no one needs their OWN pastor to make a false allegation against them—especially someone in their OWN congregation.
According to Scripture ("KJV" - for those who need that designation), PRESUMPTION [PRE-ASSUMPTION] IS A BLANTANT SIN!
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, [ie: the person really didn't sin] that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:22
IF THAT PERSON DIDN'T REALLY DO THAT SIN, YOU LIED AND BORE FALSE WITNESS. AND, YOUR PRESUMPTION BECAME A SIN.
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” II Peter 2:10
If you say to someone [by way of example], “You don't read the King James Bible, you listen to Christian Rock; ‘you're not saved.’” Isn’t that presumption? If you tell someone, “You're going to hell.” IF YOU ARE NOT 100% SURE THAT THAT PERSON IS UNSAVED, YOUR STATEMENT IS THE SIN OF PRESUMPTION (pre-assumption). IT IS A LIE. IT IS BEARING FALSE WITNESS, AND CLEARLY UNBIBLICAL, IN THAT IT BEARS FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR. That’s what they did to Christ. (I’m not comparing the sinner to Christ, but the practical application still fits perfectly.)...
“For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.” Mark 14:56
WHY? BECAUSE THEIR WITNESSES WERE FALSE. THEY PRE-ASSUMED, OR PRESUMED.
As believers, we should be careful not to bear false witness against thy neighbor. Remember...
“A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” Proverbs 25:18
“Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” II Timothy 3:3
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things….” Titus 2:3
NOT EVEN THE ANGELS BRING RAILING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST WICKED SINNERS, WHEN THEY KNOW THE ACCUSATIONS ARE TRUE!
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.” II Peter 2:10 and 11
NOT EVEN SINLESS ANGELS BRING RAILING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE WICKED DEVIL FOR WHAT THEY KNOW IS TRUE!
“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.” Jude 9
ZACCHAEUS REPENTED OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS…
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Luke 19:8
JOHN THE BAPTIST COMMANDED THE SOLDIERS NOT TO FALSELY ACCUSE…
“And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14
The best policy is…
UNLESS WE ARE 1000% CERTAIN THAT A SINNER HAS COMMITTED A SIN, OR THAT A MAN IS LOST, OR THAT A WOMAN IS A WHORE, ETC..., YOU ARE IN SIN TO ACCUSE THEM FALSELY. IF THEY ADMIT TO THEIR SIN, THEN, LET HER FLY!
|Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:55 AM|
There is another category that I always forget to mention, whenever this subject comes up...
What's the subject...? Praying with someone to ask Jesus to save them, when you're pretty sure they AREN'T getting saved.
The Lord let me speak to someone, tonight, who is not exactly a simpleton, but someone who seemed to be somewhat slow. This young man (twenty-one) was very willing to talk to me about spiritual things ...well, listen anyway—and respond to my questions.
The REASON that I pray with someone like this is to GIVE THEM THE WORDS of a SIMPLE prayer to remember, so that if anything I said to them during the course of my witness “clicks in” later on, in the near or distant future, when God brings my words up to them again, they'd be equipped with a few of those words and ideas that might make the difference between belief or unbelief.
Yes... In the short time I was afforded, I stressed sin.
Yes... In the short time that I was afforded, I stressed his/our sinning against the Creator.
Yes... In the short time that I was afforded, I stressed the Gospel—which isn't being a “good person” or “religious” but salvation (Jesus living a sinless life and dying in our place).
THIS IS ANOTHER REASON that I have added a prayer on the back of some of my tracts. Here is an example (volume up)...
Here is a better one, with a prayer at the end...
By the way...
Since, IN MY MIND, they don't understand what I've presented to them, I DON'T give them false hope; like telling them that they ARE saved. In fact, when I pray with/for someone, I tend to go the other way. I usually tell them, "MAKE sure, when you get home, before you put your head on your pillow, that you have asked Jesus, IN YOUR OWN WORDS, to forgive you, to save you, and take you to Heaven when you die...."
|Posted on December 8, 2018 at 1:50 PM|
"To call a preacher 'Doctor' because of his degree seems out of place to me."
Here is my experience with it...
My reasoning for wanting to be called “Doctor” Bob is different from anything else written on this thread, so far, so here goes...
My reason was, initially, for the gospel.
I lived in my home state of New York, where I felt like I had to prove myself to everybody.
The reason that I wanted some kind of title was the same reason (of sorts) that I wanted to be married with children.
I lived in Queens, with the Italians, Greeks, Jews and many other varieties of ethnicity and religions. My main desire was to see these people get SAVED. I thought to myself, “How would any of them get saved if I wasn't established as an authority in their eyes.”
I sure studied. I believed “that I knew what a Christian ought to know” (or, so I thought I did). I sure knew enough Bible to lead someone to Christ.... But, these people wouldn't talk to me because I didn't have the sanction that they were looking for, like a Roman Catholic priest would. It was very frustrating to say the least.
Fast forward: Well, I got married, had some babies and asked the pastor of the church (now in) Cincinnati, Ohio if he would “ordain” me. I was his assistant. This was my third time asking, since the time I lived in New York. Pastor Bill Burress answered by saying, “I can't ordain you, but I can make a doctor out of you.” I thought that he was joking, but (again, to make a long story short) he did. He used my bible knowledge and experience as a basis for doing so.
Well, there I was... with a piece of paper and a title.
If you look at anything that I have ever produced and attached that title to, I have always proceeded the word “Dr.” with the word “Hon” (short for) “Honorary,” except for ONE tract that I had written, for the reasons I stated above.
My goal has NEVER been to impress the BRETHREN!!! It has ALWAYS been to legitimatize the ministry to some UNSAVED person, enough so, that maybe, JUST MAYBE, they will take a second look at what I wrote or had to say, in order to get their soul saved for eternity.
Hon. Dr. Bob Leib
By the way, being called “Pastor” by the brethren, in my church, was so much more important to me than ever being called “Doctor.”
|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM|
The next time someone asks you what you do? Tell them that you're “...in a cleaning service.”
When they ask you, “What you clean...?" Tell them that you “don't clean anything.” Your “Boss does all the cleaning.”
At that point, they might ask... “Your boss does all the work, and you still get a paycheck...?”
Then you reply, “Well, yeah. I'm a representative of the company, but I don't take a salary.”
Finally, out of frustration they will ask you, “What in the world are you talking about...?
Then you can answer, “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.”
“...You see... Two thousand years ago God sent his son into the world to do this world a SERVICE. He sent Jesus down to clean up the mess that Adam and Eve got us in since the beginning of time. "Christ died for our sins." That's where the service for us was done. On the cross. His blood was shed and taken up to Heaven where it was put on the mercy seat, never to be repeated.
They might say, “Well then, are you telling me that you don't sin anymore, since you are (as you say) 'cleaned up'...?”
Then you answer... “No, no. That's the second part of the service. When I got cleaned inside, my soul got saved, and my spirit became ALIVE! ...But, my flesh is another story. Unfortunately, I still sin.
When Jesus arose from the grave, the Bible says that He went to Heaven and became our High Priest, “who everliveth to make intercession for us....” When I sin, I confess them to Jesus, and I'll never see them again. I was clean the day I got saved, and he cleans me daily, when I confess and turn from my sins.
“Now that I answered all your questions, wouldn't YOU like to be clean, like me...?”
|Posted on August 29, 2018 at 6:40 PM|
Now that I got your attention, allow me to freely speak to you about an experience that I had about two or three years ago.
This message is for preachers and pastors of the word of God.
A few years ago, together with a few of our immediate family members, we had invited some friends over, who happened to be visiting in our area, for a quaint get-together.
Well, as time went on in that gathering—everyone enjoying each others company; while sporadically taking bites of food—somehow I had managed to sneak off to our bedroom and continue a project I was working on, quietly closing the door, glad to get away from the fray. All of a sudden, I heard a commotion coming from the kitchen.
“I knew it,” I said to myself. “Someone's rehashing some bad blood that had been shed aforetime. And it was all happening—happening in 'MY' kitchen.”
As my ears leaned toward the sounds I could pick up that were coming through the closed door, I soon discovered that the sounds I first thought were hostile, were actually screams of desperation.
I ran out to see what was going on.
I followed those screams into the kitchen where the father of our guests was trying to revive his baby daughter.
She wasn't breathing.
His wife, who was either just holding the young baby in her arms or was breastfeeding her at the time [under a “blankie,”] made the discovery. We were all in a “panic.”
I thought to myself, “Let 'the father' take control of the situation ...after-all, it's his baby.”
All of a sudden, much to my surprise, the mother took the baby, opened her blouse, pulled out her breast, and, IN HER EFFORTS TO RESUSCITATE HER BABY, nervously tried to breastfeed it.
You say, “That's silly. Surely, no one in their right mind would try to FEED a baby, when, in reality, all it needed was AIR.”
Preachers, we do it all the time.
You preachers and pastors try to shove food down a baby Christian's mouth, when all it really NEEDED was just to breathe.
Clearly, this mother was disoriented and, as a result, got her signals confused. That much is clear. But, in her effort to see her baby live, she really was helping to impede the baby's survival with the WRONG cure.
In our effort to help someone in our care, how many of us do the same thing. We shove the holy breast of God's “sincere milk of the word” (I Peter 2:2) in front of someone's lips, while all they really needed was, simply, some air. (Could air in this scenario stand for the “air” of the Holy Spirit's communion/life...?)
We are not only supposed to "feed the flock of God" (I Peter 5:2), but help them keep breathing. The airway needs to stay unencumbered from anything that would block it from dying. And then, WHEN IT IS TIME TO FEED, we are do to that job, too.
Anything else, is sure SUDDEN death.
By the way, the baby lived.
|Posted on July 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM|
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: (II Thessalonians 1:8)
Paul is clear to say that if someone does not "obey the Gospel" they have a bleak future in Hell, so it's very important to understand what that phrase means.
Here are two more verses, found in the New Testament, that refer to obedience in regards to someone's faith...
"By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH among all nations, for his name:" (Romans 1:5)
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH: (Romans 16:26)
Although these two verses refer to the word "obedience," they don't quite get to the heart of the matter, since they are referring to the past. The first verse says that someone received "grace and APOSTLESHIP" for obeying an existing "faith." And, the second verse, mentioned just above this paragraph, needs to be read in context to understand what's going on...
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
That verse is given to BELIEVERS who are being "established" and OBEYING the command to give the gospel to all nations. THEY (the believers) are the one's who are obeying this charge.
Now that we understand that, what does the phrase "obey the gospel" mean...? Does it mean to show that you are obeying the gospel, by doing good works...? No; NOT AT ALL. It means that you BELIEVE it!
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)
Paul said in I Corinthians fifteen...
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
The key word to APPLY THIS VERSE to someone's soul is found in verse two. It is the word "BELIEVED."
You mean that you have to do good things like, KEEP THE LAW, OBEY THE LAW, GO BY THE LAW, GO BY THE COMMANDMENTS, in order to be saved...?
...That was the REASON for the Gospel, to begin with. WE CAN'T KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, BUT SOMEONE WHO COULD KEEP THEM, DIED IN OUR P-L-A-C-E. That's the the GOOD NEWS; that's the gospel. It's the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for our sins.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (II Corinthians 5:21)
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (I Peter 3:18)
When we receive him (John 1:12) as our Saviour, He bears our sins, and we receive His righteousness.
The BAD news is, we deserve to die for our sins and, according to a holy God, we deserve to pay for those sins OURSELVES, in Hell, for eternity.
The GOOD news is, if we believe on Christ as our Saviour, NO MATTER WHAT WE DO AFTERWARDS, we are saved from that moment on. In fact, we get His righteousness FOREVER. Why? Because He SEALS us with His Holy Spirit of promise.
Salvation is free for the asking, Friend. You can be SAVED today...
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)
Romans 10:16 But they have not all OBEYED THE GOSPEL. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
The quote was not, For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath been baptized... or who hath turned his life around... or who has kept the commandments.... but "WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?"
|Posted on June 26, 2018 at 3:35 PM|
You can't bash someone, for a long time, for having false/bad doctrine and you continue in yours. It just doesn't work that way. Sooner or later the Lord will call you on the SAME carpet that you've called others on to answer for the exact SAME allegations that you've accused them of having. "—BAD doctrine."
Your turn is coming...
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)
|Posted on June 18, 2018 at 9:10 PM|
I've heard it said, on more than one occasion, that “in type” (in this case, “the type” precedes the actual person) David is a type of Christ in that he has three distinct offices: prophet, priest and king.
It's clear that David is a prophet (Psalm 110 for example) and, obviously, he was the second King in Israel, but, what throws me off is his priesthood. How is he a ''priest?'' Does this have something to do with the Melchizedek priesthood ("The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." Psalms 110:4 and Hebrews 7:17)? It is also "...evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood..." (Hebrews 7:14) and so did DAVID!!! (I Chronicles 2:1-15)
Well, it seems like, I must have answered my own question from the beginning.
With your permission I will elaborate more on my answer, as I figure it out...
Being that (GOD!!! SAID) David was “a man after” His “own heart” (I Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), He (GOD!!!) gave him (David) not ONLY the “sure mercies of David” (Acts 13:34), but he also PREFIGURED, IN TYPE, the priest/king that would be born from his (own) loins...
“...Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh...” Romans 1:3
“It is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning” [the Aaronic] “priesthood.” (Hebrews 7:14) But, in the same breath David came out of the same TRIBE as our Lord, since our Lord was in his loins! ...JUDAH.... (I Chronicles 2:1-15)
...when someone points out that David had ALL three offices (respectively: Prophet, PRIEST [the subject at hand] and King), David fits the bill perfectly as long as we consider that his life PREFIGURES the coming Messiah (who would have fulfilled all THREE offices HIMSELF, when He returns as "King of kings").
The Priesthood [the subject at hand] is PREFIGURED IN TYPE. David (unlike Saul who intrudes into the LEVITICAL priesthood by offering up a sacrifice and is punished by his dethronement), is ALLOWED to wear an ephod—reserved only for the high priest (Exodus 28), and eats holy bread (I Samuel 21:6, Matthew 12:4), also reserved ONLY for the priesthood. (Leviticus 24:5-9. Especially, verse 9)
REMEMBER: Melchizedek and Christ BOTH had “bread and wine” as the representations of their express [Hebrews 1:3—used here as an expression, meaning “denoted”] ministries. Christ's (bread and wine) was seen at the last supper (Mark 14:22-25), sure. But let's NOT forget His statement in John six...
“31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 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.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread [like David ate] which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (Note: This BREAD and wine... will be like THE EVERLASTING PRIEST'S bread—HE, who was after the order of Melchizedek, who will offer it FOREVER to those who join him in that priesthood. [THE subject at hand.])
By the way, DAVID (who prefigured the Messiah's coming ministry during his lifetime: namely, Prophet, PRIEST and King) will sit on the throne in EARTHLY Jerusalem just as Jesus (who was a prophet, is a PRIEST today and tomorrow, a King) will sit on His throne in NEW Jerusalem.
|Posted on June 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM|
"They were saved in the same way in the Old Testament as they are, today, in the New...." "The Jews were looking 'forward' to the cross, we are looking back..."
The disciples didn't understand and wasn't "looking forward to" Jesus coming to die for their sins. They were ALL Old Testament Jews, and NOT ONE OF THEM were looking for Jesus to die for their sins. Want PROOF...? Scripture...?
Matthew 16:21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 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.
Mark 9:30 ¶ And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. 31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Luke 18:31 ¶ Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
John 2:18 ¶ Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 6:45 PM|
"The hair of his head began to grow again..." (Judges 16:22)
Something that many of the brethren who proclaim, after someone sins, that "God has put that person on a shelf—NEVER to be used of Him again," have never considered that the "hairs of" someone's "head" will BEGIN to grow A-G-A-I-N, AFTER they were initially "shaven" off as a result of the ravages of sin.
"...So the dead which he slew at his death were MORE than they which he slew in his life." (Judges 16:30)