By David J. Stewart
2nd Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
There are so many multitudes of people today in society who are searching for what it truly means to be saved. They are ignorant and simply need someone to teach them from the Bible. Most people are totally confused because of Benny Hinn, Max Lucado, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Pat Robertson, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Bill Hamon, Kenneth Copeland, TBN, Paul and Jan Crouch, Mike Murdock, Don Stewart, Melissa Scott, et cetera. With all the aforementioned names, money is the big issue; they all have something to sell.
All of the preceding speakers and writers are extremely talented and brilliant minded people, and their books do contain much food for thought (which is why they sell so many; however, they ALL side-step and completely ignore the most important truth of all; namely, the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST). Their focus is on love, trust, and unity; but they won't dare call false prophets and false religions by name lest they be criticized and ostracized, losing much financial support. God always raises up a man, an individual; not groups, clubs, nor organizations.
We are living in an apostate time of wishy-washy ministers. They all scratch each other's backs, and dare not speak a single word of criticism against the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican is leading over one billion people into eternal damnation. Their false notion that a priest can absolve a person's sins is satanic doctrine. Only God can forgive one's sins (Mark 2:7). Catholicism is a prisonhouse of religion! Religion tries to fit us with glasses; but the Lord wants to open our eyes. Have your eyes been opened? Or have you believed a lie?
Not one of the religious celebrities I've mentioned will come right out and expose the Roman Catholic Church for the fraudulent religion it is. And for that matter, not one CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) singer will either. They all speak of loving Christ; but not one of them will expose any lies and falsehoods of Satan that blind men and send people to Hell. They are wine and dine on the best of foods, vacations, and sporty cars; but none of them is willing to offend the world with THE TRUTH. I am woefully hated by many people because I speak the plain truth about so many things.
Jesus said in John 15:19 that the world would hate us. No one likes being hated. It is a lonely feeling standing for God, when so many people hate us because of Christ in us. This heathen world hates Jesus Christ and every born-again Christian who lives godly in Christ Jesus (2nd Timothy 3:12). Living godly means taking a stand for God. All of today's ecumenical apostates go along to get along. They despise soul-winning Christians. The only people I know who criticize soul-winners are lazy people who don't go soul-winning. Selfish ingrates don't go soul-winning. Jesus said in Luke 8:15 that those believers with “an honest and good heart” are soul-winners. The Christian life is all about caring, and the greatest concern one can have is for someone's eternal destination.
The Catholic Church is straight out of the pits of Hell. I say this, not to be unkind; but rather, because I care for your soul and don't want you to go to Hell when you die. Jesus said in Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus was speaking about the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders of the day. Jesus said they weren't going to Heaven. And I tell you friend, except your righteousness exceeds the self-righteousness of the Pope and your Catholic priest, you will go straight to the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night forever without hope. You need the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, i.e., HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, which comes only by faith in the Lamb of God. You see friend, you and I have no righteousness of our own. We are destitute, hopelessly lost in our wickedness and sin. Apart from Christ crucified and risen, there can be no salvation.
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The list of false prophets I just mentioned all promote the New World Order's agendized Ecumenical Movement (which aims to set aside ALL doctrinal differences and yoke together on some very basic, extremely vague, and non-offensive New Age principles). The end result is apostasy, all drawing the world's religions into a unified Luciferian type of religion where there are NO absolutes (such as the Bible), and they errantly teach that all sincere paths lead to Heaven. Even Roman Catholics believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose. The Biblical Gospel EXCLUDES all forms of self-righteousness.
In sharp contrast from the New Age concept that all paths lead to the light, the Bible proclaims that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME. (John 14:6). This is why the King James Bible is so offensive to modern apostates, because it tells THE TRUTH (John 17:17). It's Jesus or Hell. Acts 4:10-12 teaches that the name of Jesus is the ONLY name by which people can be saved from their sins. You need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS my friend, i.e., the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3-4).
We are living on borrowed time my friend. Life is a gift from God, an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and have eternal life and happiness. God loves us with an unconditional love. Oh that men would set aside their love of sin, anger, and unbelief, and trust upon the precious name of Jesus. Hanging onto particular sins won't prevent you from being saved; but it will hinder you from coming to Jesus Christ to be saved (John 3:20). Put another way, those who hang onto their sins won't come to Christ for salvation, lest their deeds should be reproved; but if they did, Christ would save them (John 5:40). No one can forsake and cease from all sins to be saved. That's impossible. Even the best Christians who try to live right still fall and mess up every day. The faithful Apostle Paul struggled with sin (Romans 7:14-25).
Time is running out my friend, are you a born-again Christian yourself? And if so, are you trying to fetch others and bring them to the Lord for salvation? That's what soul-winning is—fetching lost sinners and bringing them to Jesus Christ via the Gospel to be saved.
In youth I'm too happy to think, I've got plenty of time left.
In manhood I'm too busy to think, I'm trying to make a lot of money.
In the prime of life I'm too anxious to think, worry has taken over.
When I start getting old, I'm too old to think—life's wasted, heart's got harder.
Dying in bed—I'm too sick to think, I'm weak and suffering.
Death is too late to think—time's over and opportunity is lost.
In eternity—forever to think, I'm in Hell now with no mercy, and lost forever.
This temporal world places emphasis on all the wrong things.
'Tis one life, will soon be past;
only what's done for Christ will last.
Do you know why it's often said that cleanliness is next to godliness? It's because they both require CARING. If a person doesn't care about how they smell, doesn't care if their apartment is clean, doesn't care if they look presentable; then they likely won't care about spiritual matters either. Caring is the hallmark quality of being a Christian.
“Too long I've laid me down to sleep, and prayed the Lord my soul to keep.
I should awake before I die, and realize time is passing by;
And rise and go and tell the lost, despite my plans despite the cost.
Too long I've laid me down to sleep, while multitudes about me weep;
And other cries of dark despair, for no one ever seems to care.
My life is short, and soon I'll stand, with sinner's bloods upon my hand;
Unless I wake before I die, and realize time is passing me by.”
Life is short and Proverb 27:1 says “BOAST NOT THYSELF OF TO MORROW, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Death could strike at any moment. Most people live as though they'll never die, but that's the big lie of the sinful world. Superstar singer, Amy Winehouse, drank herself to death. The booze cartel won't show you that!!! The Devil is a beautiful liar—always paying with counterfeit money, making people think that he doesn't exist, always showing people the neon lights of Las Vegas instead of the hospitals, prisons and morgues.
“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power,
to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour;
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, to lose one's health is more,
to lose your soul is such a loss, that no one can restore.”
I don't know too many people who sincerely want to go to Hell. Most people who brag about going to Hell only do so because they really don't think Hell is real. They'll find out the moment their dust returns to the earth from whence it came, and their spirit returns into God's hands (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Have you believed a lie? Have you been blinded by Satan?
Jesus said that the entire reason why He was sent into this world, next to paying for our sins to redeem us, was to bear witness to THE TRUTH. John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). The Word of God is the truth (John 17:17). Oh that men would seek and proclaim THE TRUTH!!!
Satan blinds men from the truth. Our job as Christians is to unlock people's minds with the truth, and pray that God's Holy Spirit will work in their hearts. All we can do is pray to God and give people the truth, whether they obey God or not is up to them entirely. It is an individual choice. Groups and organizations don't serve God, individual people do! The Bible is written to the individual. Jesus left the 99 sheep safe in the fold to go after that one INDIVIDUAL who strayed off into danger. God cares about the individual.
May God's Holy Spirit open your eyes to the truth of God's Word, and put a desire in your heart to become a truth-seeker. Satan can only blind those who reject the truth. 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 says that when the man of sin (the Antichrist) comes, the masses of this world who have rejected the truth of God's Word will blindly follow him like idiots. 2nd Thessalonians 2:10, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” What a statement... THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH!!! Do you love the truth?
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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