Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grace Through Forbearance Or Forbearance Through Grace?

Grace Through Forbearance Or Forbearance Through Grace?
Rom 2:1-4
¶ Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
I am not God. However, The Holy Spirit did teach me something a few years ago as I was holding my little kitten. I was petting the kitten and it began to purr. It's "Motor" was really going. It was loudly purring so contently. Suddenly, the kitten began to bite at my fingers and began to paw and scratch at my hand. I tapped it on its nose and said "NO. It is love time not play time". Again I resumed petting the kitten. Again the kitten began to purr. However, after about 2 minutes of it, the kitten resumed biting, pawing and scratching. Again I tapped its nose and said "NO. It is love time not play time". Same thing...same result.
I picked up the kitten and held it to my face looking it in the eyes and said "what are you doing? why doesn’t the kitten want love?". As soon as I did that the Holy Spirit griped my heart and said "what are you doing? Don't the human want love?" Doesn't the man want Grace? Doesn't the man want freedom? Doesn't the man want security? Doesn't the man want peace? Doesn't the man want forgiveness? WHY DOES MAN REJECT MY LOVE? The same reason why my kitten wanted to play...nature.
here are some things that hinders man from God's grace.
1) Timing. Our timing is NOT on the same "page" with God. We want everything NOW NOW NOW. However, the ONLY thing God is honestly offering us NOW is Salvation through Repentance from dead works (Ro 2:4 =Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?)
Our timing is not God's timing.
Jas 4:13
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
2) Self Pleasure. That kitten wanted to do what IT wanted to do. If it wanted to play...it was going to play. If it wanted to eat...IT would eat. If it wanted to use the "box" it would use the box. If I call it to come, sometimes it does not come to me. I usually have to go to it. Isn't that what Christ said in John 10? "I AM COME....That THEY might have life....and life more abundantly". Man does not go to God on his own. At Babel, man TRIED to get to God....via his own hands....and where did it lead them? Confusion. No man draws to God unless God draws him first. WHY? Self-pleasure. Self-Satisfaction. It does not please self to ASK God for something. It is humiliating. It is rather humbling to depend on a savior. James 5 says that God resisteth the proud but gives grace to the humble.
3) Nature. By nature, the feline is independent. It hunts on its own. It honestly does not need a human. Felines are still a WILD animal. They are not tamed. They are not docile by nature. Honestly, this is the biggest reason why man does not come to God. Their nature is that of rebellion. They don't need God...or so they think. They are just as good as God (Genesis 3). They can make it by the sweat of their brow (Genesis 4). They can save themselves (Gen 6). They can get to heaven by their own labor (Genesis 11- Babel). They don't need Godly advice (Lot choosing Sodom Genesis 13). They get carried away in their choices (Genesis 14). They do not understand the promises of God (Genesis 15). They work OPPOSITE of God's provision (Genesis 16). They Mock and Scorn and Doubt God (Genesis 17). They call God a liar (Genesis 18). They are comfortable with the sins around them. They Become the sins around them. Even when delivered from their wicked surroundings, they return to the same wickedness, as a dog to its vomit and a sow to its mud and as a fool to his folly, so does a leopard his spots. (Genesis 19, 2Pet 2:22, Jer 13:23)
WHY WON'T MAN JUST TAKE LOVE? Because his nature is hatred. Why won’t man choose God? Because he does not like to retain God in his knowledge. Because he does not worship God as God. Why won't man choose Grace? Because they are proud, evil, boasters, heady, high-minded, inventors of evil things, evil surmisings, desperately wicked, reprobate, implacable, without natural affection, jealous, disobedient to parents. We stand in absolute rebellion against God even to the point where we will not submit to his righteousness. (II TIM 3, Romans 1, Jer 17:9, Romans 10:1-4)
My kitten will learn over time that when I want to extend love to accept it. However, unless man recieves the new nature, he will NEVER choose God over time, self-pleasure and nature.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seven Out Of Ten Ain’t That Bad?!

James Melton recently published a Facebook post redefining his position on “repentance of sins for salvation” to say that one doesn’t have to repent of all their sins for salvation but that they must be willing to repent of all their sins for salvation. Too much emphasis is being put on the unsaved to stop sinning (the essence of this doctrine) rather than on the Biblically correct definition of repentance.

This man, James Melton, also goes on to discuss the necessity of a changed life in order to prove one has been “truly” saved. He goes on to give a statistic saying that if one has supposedly led 100  people to Christ but only 70 have a changed life that 100 didn’t receive Christ. The change they are insisting on is a result of repentance of sins after salvation. While I do agree that there will be a change in one’s life as they grow in the Lord I denounce this man’s assertions that a new convert will suddenly or even gradually cease from sins (or be willing to cease from all sins) after salvation.
The Bible does say in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “that all things are become new” but it doesn’t say how instantaneous that change is made evident in a person’s life.

This also opens the door to the following line of thought: if the repentance of sins is the focus of salvation then wouldn’t it also stand to reason that a person who, twenty years after salvation, goes back into one of the sins (not all the sins) that he repented of to be saved would also be under the same scrutiny as the new convert who fell back into the old lifestyle that he “repented of?”

Let’s go a step further. If one did lead 100 people to Christ and 70 people had a change of life but thirty did not - could we declare that only 70 got saved?
We want the new convert to stop drinking alcohol, smoking, dressing immodestly, fornicating, and to start faithfully attending church 4 times a week and carry a KJV, get baptized and become a chalk artist Ruckman yuppie but don’t expect the same of those who have been saved for decades who are still gossiping busibodies!

Repentance is nothing more than a change of mind. When I Believe on Jesus for salvation and call on His name as the Bible demands it goes without saying that I have had a change of mind about my eternal destination, my sinful state and God’s righteous demands.

I have been saved since 1984. I am not sinless. I have besetting sins. I repent of those sins and strive to keep from doing those sins. There has been a change in my life. I was passed from death unto life. I love the brethren. I have had answered prayer. I long for the coming of Christ. I am indwelled by the Holy Ghost. I have fellowship with the Father.

New converts need to be followed up on. “Cults are the unpaid bills of the Church.” Van Baalen. (Chaos of the Cults)

When we don’t follow up on them we cannot expect them to grow in the Lord.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

‘‘Twas The Day After Christmas

‘‘Twas the day after Christmas
And all through the village
People’s holiday refuse lined the roadside
Just waiting to be pillaged.

There’s a tv box here
 and a new recliner to boot
There’s a turkey’s cooked carcass
And plenty of fruitcake to suit

In all of the rubbish
 and trees in the trash
You’ll also find The Christmas Spirit
That was discarded so fast

If Christmas is so important
And you say that it’s true
Why isn’t this Christmas spirit carried over
Practiced all the way through

There is a reason
 and this is no lie
The real reason for Christmas
 is that Christ came to die

When you believe that reason
It also must be said
He was also buried for three days
Then rose from the dead

Believe on him with out delay
And you too will find
It’s not a Christmas Holiday
It’s actually God’s plan to mind.
- Original poem by Tim Delello
Published by Happy Day Publishing Company 12/26/17 8:22am

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lessons From The Zombie Salmon

Sometime ago I was able to go salmon fishing in Upstate NY. I was so excited when my lure had been taken by a fish. As I struggled to bring the fish to the riverbank I noticed the fight was not nearly as hard as I had envisioned. When the fish broke the water’s surface I found that I had been busy “landing” a zombie fish. I was frustrated. What I had caught was a near dead stinky white spotted fish that was of no use. It couldn’t swim upstream. It floated with the current. It couldn’t spawn. All it could do was destroy the life of the eggs that other salmon had spawned and fertilized to propagate the species for one more year. 

I’ve had my fair share of zombie Christians too. They also have no fight. They refuse to spawn spiritually. They sit around not picking the progress others are making and destroy the lives of the future of the church by devouring their zeal and enthusiasm. They aren’t involved in the church’s outreach. They don’t give faithfully. They just stick around wasting their life interfering with the hopes of fishermen lining the shore. They too stink. Everyone can tell they stink. They are very offensive. They are bitter, condescending, and full of scorning. 

The only recourse is to drag them out of the water and let them die so they do not destroy any other “eggs” or waste anyone else’s time and energy. Zombie Salmon refused to swim upstream. They took their time enjoying the river and weren’t focused on the time they had left. They got distracted by the world around them and didn’t pay attention to the changing of seasons and times. When they came to adversity they stopped swimming. Sure they are in the river but they are NO good to anyone. Not even to themselves. Nobody wants a zombie fish. Not even the bears (Satan) will eat them. They line the riverside rotting to death. Their meat is rough and nasty. They are a detriment to everyone and everything around them. 

Don’t be a zombie salmon. Keep swimming. Leave new lives alone. Stop offending. Pay attention to the seasons and times. Overcome adversity. Don’t be a distraction to those doing the work. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Repent Of Your Sins

The only thing a person has to repent of for salvation is from anything they are trusting in for salvation other than Jesus Christ. Romans 11:6. Hebrews 6:1-2. Repentance towards God means “God is right my way is wrong” and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ means “I am trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and him alone” for salvation. Anything else is a work of our own self righteousness and is not of faith. It is heresy. It is putrid. Nobody has ever come to God by their conscious, by works, by the law, by religion, by the blood of animals, by sacraments, by turning over a new leaf etc. 

If you peddle any such trash you are a heretic. You are a false teacher. Your god is your belly. You are a messenger of antichrist. 

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ya saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast

Titus 3:5a
not by works of righteousness that we have done 

Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death...(not repentance...not membership...not religion...not reform...not remorse...DEATH. )
But the gift (freely given- not earned- not bartered- not a contract based on your self righteousness or sincerity to give up the things you are convicted of or over) of God (not of me or of you or of some preacher or some religious thought or action) is eternal life (all that man contributes to is death) through Jesus Christ our Lord. (He’s the only way in. His death burial and resurrection. Anything else is a false gospel.)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Glimpse Of God's Holiness

Gazing into hell for 5 seconds would alter your thinking for mankind; gazing into heaven would revolutionize your thinking for the glory of God.

Man is worthy of hell. Man deserves to burn forever having his skin burning in an eternal unquenchable flame. We deserve to be tortured beyond measure for our iniquity and trespasses against a thrice Holy God.

And yet we whimper and whine when something on this earth seems tragic  and bring such an impugn on God's sovereignty and Justice. We claim God responsible for problems in our life when it is our sin nature and the repercussions of Adam's choice.

Peer into heaven and see as Isaiah saw- Holy God high and lifted up! We are an unclean people with unclean hearts and hands. Woe is me gets changed to Woe am I!
 When we confess our sinfulness then will he allow us to repent. When we repent then will he forgive and purify us. Then we will be able to go to the world and tell them as God has said.

I beg of you- get a glimpse of God's chief attribute- he is Holy!

He commands us to be Holy EVEN as he is Holy. Purify your hands and hearts ye double minded!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Testimony Of The Tomb

I recently preached a sermon about the Testimony of the Resurrection. Do you realize that the gospel was first preached by the world? The enemies of Christ first preached the gospel?
1. At the cross the Roman centurion declared Jesus dead "truly this man was the Son of God". The soldier who pierced his side instead of breaking his legs also verified his death.
2. Pilate verified his death by giving Christ's body to Joseph and nicodemus to be buried. Also, the scribes bore witness of his death and burial by asking for guards to be posted at the tomb lest Christ's body be stolen.
3. When Christ arose - the soldiers were not killed. They were knocked down and out by the angel's presence and earthquake. Certain of the guards went and reported that Jesus had risen. They were given hush money and a bribe to claim that his body was stolen after the soldiers were "overpowered by fishermen" 🙄
Lastly there is the overwhelming proof of the Apostle Paul who had met the risen Lord enroute to persecute Christians- believers of the resurrection. He killed and incarcerated believers for his hobby. Something drastically changed and that was that he met the resurrected Lord.


The most important fact of the gospel is that he rose again and the World/ lost were the first to believe it- even before the followers of Jesus.