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Satan in “Christian Music”

For years, pastors in churches have encouraged many young church goers not to listen to “secular music” (which, in their minds, was of the devil) but instead, to listen to “Christian” or “gospel music”. And today, there are many young Christian music groups, to be sure. But just how truly “Christian” are they? Lets examine the evidence.

The following article in the Toronto Sun is about As I Lay Dying frontman, Tim Lambesis.

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/23/imprisoned-as-i-lay-dying-frontman-tim-lambesis-admits-to-lying-about-faith-to-sell-records

Sadly, Mr. Lambesis is not an outlier for there are MANY groups in the “Christian music bizz” that aren’t actually Christian but only PRETEND to be to sell records/etc.

Check out the following music video from one of the world’s most-renowned “Christian bands” P.O.D. — Watch real closely and you will see group members and audience members doing the devil sign. Seriously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWl9tjO7KtA

1). boy doing devil sign at 1:09
2). demon screeches at 3:14 and beyond
3). 2:08-2:09 yet ANOTHER devil sign

And last but not least is a link to one of Carrie Underwood’s most recent music videos. (For those of you who don’t know Carrie Underwood, she’s the one renowned for singing “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus Take The Wheel). Carrie Underwood, by many, is considered to be the “Christian darling of country music”. However, there’s many dark & Satanic themes in her music videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVEBZLrjpw4

Right off the bat, if you listen without the sound on, you will notice SEVERAL Satanic themes in the video. You will see the color black (which represents death/decaying/dying), bright red painted fingernails (which represent Satan), a cemetery (which also represents death/decay/dying), black veils (which represent Satan and darkness) and a song that’s apparently about advocating MURDER!

In her “Jesus Take The Wheel” music video, you can ALSO notice several Satanic themes (if you view the video without the sound on). You will notice that she’s in a rich mansion, is looking into MIRRORS (a well-known Occultic symbol), does a very subtle devil sign at 1:16, a bright red chair and golden lamp (representing Satan and Satan’s throne), that she’s possessed at 1:25, that she’s actually SITTING in the red chair at 1:36 (meaning, her subservience to Satan), that she’s “smirking” at the viewer as IF to say “ha ha ha ha, you don’t know the difference!” at 1:40, that she gives a “smirk” at 1:41, etc. etc.

And in the following video, you can ALSO clearly see many Satanic themes all throughout. There’s FIRE onstage (signifying the FLAMES OF HELL), her & Miranda Lambert are all dolled up and dressed like hookers, not to mention the gyrating of their bodies and hips is ANYTHING **BUT** CHRISTIAN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK__-NEequM

And the actual music video rendition of the song fares no better, especially at 2:08 where Carrie Underwood’s not only dressed like a hooker but is gyrating her hips and body around like one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Yzj-m_SBk

Sadly, these two musical groups are just one of SEVERAL “Christian bands” who aren’t actually Christian but that only pretend to be in order to sell records.

But that goes back to a previous point I was trying to make. When we start to think another fellow human being, music group, movie, videogame etc. is SO GREAT, we begin to lose our focus on Jesus Christ & his true gospel of Salvation and that’s when we unwittingly open ourselves up to be lied to and deceived by demon spirits (demon spirits that are EVER so apparent in today’s “Christian music”).

But in fact, I’ve got an assignment for all you readers here on WordPress (yes, an actual assignment! lol). When you have some time set aside, flip through all the radio stations on your tuner dial. ALL OF THEM. And then go back and stop at the “Christian radio station” (if you have one). Notice anything?

If you didn’t know it was the “Christian radio station”, would you have thought it was a “popular hits” or “secular station”? Be honest with yourself. Because more than likely, you will notice NO DIFFERENCE between the Christian station and the “secular stations”. And the reason being is that “Christian music” is no longer “Christian music” but is rather a DIVERSION in order to deceive people into thinking that they’re listening to actual Christian music rather than just REPACKAGED SECULAR MUSIC with the name “Christian” stamped on it. God help us all!

U.2. is one of the most popular 80’s bands. Their hit song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” was a song that they PURPOSELY used to DECEIVE CHRISTIANS! Sadly, many Christians are unbeknown of this fact! In fact, most recently, Bono was even featured on a CHRISTIAN RADIO PROGRAM……..yes, CHRISTIAN RADIO PROGRAM……..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU1zDgGkdj8

Pastor JD Farag gives an EXCELLENT sermon on the topic:

Start the video at 5:02 and go from there

At 10:48, he talks about the important point about how we can NOT serve two masters!

Christian Berdahl ALSO gives an EXCELLENT presentation on the subject, entitled “The Distraction Dilemna”

But if you really want to get down to the “nitty gritty” of things, most of ALL pre-recorded music is of the Devil, quite technically. Why? Because none of it has the “true heart” of God in it. When King David during the times of the Old Testament wrote the Psalms (which were also MUSICAL, by the way, and alot of people tend to forget that), he wrote them with his whole mind, heart, body and SOUL and it SHOWED!

However, when one hears a “pre-recorded” song on a Christian radio station today, the songs are just way too “convoluted” for one to truly pay attention to. It has too much backbeat, breakbeat, syncopation, etc. In fact, nearly all of them got what I call the “clap beat” or “Babylonian drumming pattern” in the background and I find that very annoying and distracting. Personally, I’ve ALWAYS hated the “clap beat” background in music, even as a small child.

In fact, I’ve always hated the concept of “clapping”, in and of itself even, but never really knew why…….I could never quite put my finger on it…….until I discovered most recently that the ancient Romans used to “clap” during ancient performances……in other words, “clapping” is actually of Pagan origin……so to me, that actually makes sense to me, now……who ever called that “music”, anyway? With a constant “clappy” background beat? It should instead be verbal words that say “headache, headache, headache”, haha! Does anyone ELSE out there hate the “clap beat” too, or is it just me?

Another interesting thing that alot of people don’t know (and wouldn’t know if they haven’t watched Christian Berdahl’s music seminar program entitled The Distraction Dilemma) is that a good majority of today’s music is actually based on REPETITIVE African tribal voodoo beats.

Now, before you get up in arms and call me crazy, consider the following 2 songs which demonstrate this: “What’s My Name?” by the Rolling Stones and “If you want it, come get it” by Selena Gomez.

The voodoo beats are meant to put the listener into a TRANCE. Have you ever wondered why all songs have a “long introduction” before the lyrics come about and also about WHY it is that certain songs get stuck in your head and start playing in your head OVER AND OVER AGAIN? And also why, when you try to think of ANOTHER song to try to get that song to get out of your head, THAT SONG then becomes stuck in your head and so on and so forth?

Also: WHY would music need to put you, the listener, into a TRANCE if it was all spiritually good? Think about that one for awhile……….Music (especially the kind of music in today’s world) is SPIRITUALLY DEMONIC, FOLKS! And music’s attack on the soul by Satan is ONLY THE BEGINNING! Because remember: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Witness for Christ: A Shy Person’s Guide

School of-Biblical-Evangelism First of all, this is a MOST EXCELLENT book on the subject! It has some VERY pertinent and TIMELY information in it! A MUST-READ! 😉 [Though ONE thing in the book I DO NOT agree with is when it “claims” that Christians are no longer required to participate in the Lord’s 7th day BIBLICAL Sabbath and BIBLICAL holidays! For we must STILL celebrate those things, people! For the Lord is the same today, yesterday, and evermore! He hails from EVERLASTING!] 

Because lets face it………Matthew 28: 19-20 is probably one of THE MOST difficult bible passages to follow and apply to one’s life, ESPECIALLY when one is “shy” or somehow “socially inept”.

You may reason within yourself : “but people don’t really listen to what I say anyways, so why would they listen to me about the things of God?”

But one thing is for sure……Jesus Christ has commanded us in Matthew 28: 19-20 to “make a disciple of all nations” as the following bible passages illustrate:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” [Matthew 28:18-19]


So what’s a shy person to do, you may ask?

Well, the truth is, the Lord Jesus Christ gave each and every one of us specific gifts in life and we are to use those gifts for HIS glory! For example, certain people may be shy and social situations are difficult for them. However, God made them good in OTHER areas in life, in order to make up for it. For example, lets say a person’s REALLY shy. And though they may be extremely shy and socially awkward towards others, perhaps the Lord Jesus Christ gave them the gift of photography, painting, video making, musical instrument making, writing, card-making, drawing, etc.

In other words, you don’t HAVE to stand on a street corner or in front of a Walmart/etc. and preach to people IN PERSON to effectively witness for Christ as there are MANY ways for shy people to witness for Christ. One can buy a webcam and make Youtube videos. Or one can create a WordPress blog (like me) and/or write “Notes” on Facebook, or write “anonymous letters” in the mail to people that need to be saved (just make sure to do so with Christ-like love and NO judgement on your part), or make Windows Movie Maker movies and/or use 3D Magix Creation Software (to create animated Christian movies/short films).

Or you could even custom design your own bible verse business cards/postcards/greeting cards/signs/posters with Zazzle.com to either randomly hand out to people (if you feel strong and brave enough to do so) OR to anonymously place on people’s car windshields or in other random places where people are most likely to see them/etc. And what’s great about Zazzle is that you can place pictures and text on the front AND back of the card/postcard/business card! (Another good site to try if you’re creating custom-made bible verse business cards is Vistaprint.com!)

An additional site that has some really good witnessing materials for sale is Ray Comfort’s ministry called LIVING WATERS! 

HERE, you can view & purchase “gospel tracks”: http://store.livingwaters.com/gospel-tracts.html

OR view & purchase various books on the subject of “Christian witnessing”: http://store.livingwaters.com/books.html

But note: BEFORE you place your “gospel-tract materials”, please make sure to say a prayer OVER the materials: say a prayer that each individual card or postcard will go to the person it’s meant to go to, AND that the said person who receives the card/postcard will become saved in the name of Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ. 

And true, some people who aren’t believers in Christ or followers of a different religion just MIGHT get offended at the “material(s)” that you use to witness to them. But so what. Not only does the Lord promise eternal blessings to those who suffer “persecution for righteousness’ sake, but IF you do a sort’ve “place cards and run” witnessing style: A) You won’t have to be there to personally see their “rejection” of your materials in person and B) the Lord Jesus Christ promises eternal rewards to those who suffer for the case of righteousness if they DO see you and bicker about the materials they see you placing there!

In fact, Jesus said in John 5:10-12:

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” [John 5:10-12]


Jesus also said in John 15: 18-25:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also” [John 15: 18-25]


So yes, we WILL likely come up against some clamour and opposition during our “witnessing” (even if it’s done in a sort’ve hit and run witnessing style — such as placing custom made business cards with bible verses on car windshields in a parking lot somewhere). Because either someone will actually SEE you place the cards on the windshields/etc. and start to harass you or complain OR the people around you that know you (friends, family, coworker) will start haranguing you for being Christian. But the truth is, if you’re NOT being persecuted in SOME way, shape or form, that means you’re doing it wrong.

(That doesn’t mean however, that non-believers will never suffer from “temptation”, they most certainly WILL…..”hey man, come party with us tonight, bro!”, etc. etc……..SATAN TEMPTS ALL HUMAN BEINGS…….It’s just that the ones who attempt to live by God’s truth/the bible will be EVEN MORE tempted/persecuted than the average person or than the average Christian….

And the reason being is because that person/those people are more of a “threat” to Satan than the average human is. However, essentially ALL humans are a “threat” to Satan. Because humans are God’s most treasured creation and until a human is dead & gone, there is ALWAYS that potential chance that a human might be “Saved” in the name of Jesus Christ, thus, why Satan has to continually tempt ALL humans!)  

I most recently had an experience where someone close to me more or less implied: “Look at you! Look at your life! What good has it done you to serve the Lord when you’re still single/have no kids/have never been married/are still working a part-time job, even though you have a college degree?”

Well, quite frankly, that kind’ve reminded me of the story of Job (pronounced Yobe) in the Old Testament. When the angels came before the great & mighty Lord God to give their “reports” of the humans on Earth, Satan slipped in with them and God bragged to Satan about what a good & faithful servant Job (“Yobe”) was, to which Satan more or less quipped “oh yeah? it actually PAYS him to serve you, look how RICH he is, if you take away all that he owns, he will surely curse thee!”

So God took him up on the challenge and told Satan he could do whatever he wanted with Job’s possessions but that he had to spare Job himself. Well, Job was faithful to God. Satan got pissed. He once again quipped to God “if you take away Job’s HEALTH, THEN he’ll curse thee, for sure!” So, once again, the Lord God took Satan up on his challenge and allowed Job’s health to fail him, giving him painful boils all over his body.

That’s around the time when Job’s WIFE took one look at him and said “WHY DON’T YOU JUST CURSE GOD AND DIE?” I mean, it’s the same principle, here. The message from my relative was “what good has it done you to serve the Lord? LOOK AT YOU!” And I have to be honest, here….I was exceedingly glad when that happened, because it reminded me that to BE persecuted to such a degree signifies that the bible-believing Christian person is living RIGHT for God/Jesus Christ.

But it’s not just witnessing materials that let us witness for Christ and the wonderful gospel of Salvation and Eternal Life. We also witness for Christ by HOW we live our lives. Calling ourselves “Christian” on our Facebook page or on WordPress or at work/etc. only goes so far. What kind of movies or TV shows are we watching? Do we drink or cuss alot? What kind of music do we listen to? Do we have multiple tattoos running up and down our bodies? Are we angry and short-tempered people? Or are we loving, kind, generous, patient, nonjudgmental, genuine/unconditional, etc?

For example, if a person calls themselves Christian but then turns around and holds a MAJOR grudge against someone/etc. and lets it be known to several others, that’s not a very great witnessing tool. For it says to all non-believers “well, I guess it’s okay for Christians to hold grudges against people/etc, apparently since SAID CHRISTIAN is doing so”. But if a person is patient, loving, kind, generous, long-suffering, etc., that paints a whole other picture about just what a TRUE biblical-based “Christian” is supposed to be.

And the truth is, we ALL have our conversion story of how we came to faith in Jesus Christ. What’s YOURS? Tell it! Tell it to the world and don’t wait! Time is running short, people! We don’t have alot of time left before Jesus Christ returns to the Earth and once he does, that’s it, there will be NO second chances!

Someday, the heaven and the Earth are gonna pass away and a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH will be created and there will also be what’s called “the Day of Judgement” where ALL souls (meaning, ALL souls that have EVER lived upon the Earth) will be judged according to their works. Where will YOU be on that day? What will YOU say before a holy, righteous, pure God?

“Oh, I’m sorry Lord, my sin was just FAR too important to me while living on the Earth, please forgive me and spare me from the lake of fire?” Do you think the Lord Jesus is gonna listen? Despite his hundreds if not THOUSANDS of attempts he tried to make while you were living, to try to draw you close to him?

OF such souls, Jesus Christ will say:Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [Matthew 7:21-23]

However, the souls that WERE wise, willing, brave and humble enough to follow the commands of Jesus Christ in the bible (10 commandments, Sermon on the Mount teachings which EXPANDED upon the 10 commandments, as well as all New Testament commands, etc.) and that had 100% FAITH and TRUST in him, he will say: (“His lord said unto him) “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” [Matthew 25:21]

But lets face it. As humans beings living on this Earth, we CARE about what people think of us, what our friends think of us and most specifically what our family, strangers, and coworkers think of us. It’s human nature to want to feel loved & accepted by everyone (or atleast, most people). But this idea of “I need to be accepted before mankind” is a FALSE DOCTRINE from the pits of hell! Because men are fallible but the Lord God himself is NOT fallible!

And think about it folks, who would you rather have mad at you? Fellow men/mankind or God himself? Think about that one for awhile. What’s better? Being temporarily shunned on the Earth by fellow men by being a true biblical-based Christian and then enjoying eternity with Jesus Christ someday OR fitting in with family/friends/people at work NOW by NOT being a “Christian” but then experiencing an ETERNITY in the LAKE OF FIRE, later?

But basically, Christian witnessing comes down to THIS: FEAR or FAITH. Which of THESE do you have? How you answer this question will play into rather or not you can or will be an effective witness for Christ.

2 Timothy 7 says:For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind“.

Hebrews 11:6 says:But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

Usually, our lack of effective Christian witnessing comes from our FEAR of witnessing and our FEAR of witnessing comes from a LACK of faith and our LACK of faith comes from NOT FREQUENTLY READING THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE (Old AND New Testaments!!!!)

 Romans 10:17 states: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

This guy says it best when he explains about how we must pick up our cross DAILY and read the Word of God DAILY in order to spiritually mature & grow.

When you very first start going out on a limb to start “witnessing” for Christ, it can kind’ve be a scary experience (especially if you’re shy and not gifted with the talent of *social gab*). But with some baby steps and some bible reading and some praying and diligently humbling thyself before the Lord, you can learn to become a more effective witness for Christ.

Trusting the “spiritual promptings” of the Holy Spirit is KEY! For example, maybe one day you see an old lady slowly walking down the street in the heat of day and a small, still voice will say to you in your mind: “hey, you should drive by, roll down your window and see if the old lady needs a ride anywhere”. And ya know what? It could later turn out to be one of the best witnessing opportunities of your LIFE! Because the truth is, there are Atheists, Hindus, Muslims, Satanists, Buddhists, Catholics, Mormons all around us.

And when the Lord tells us to act and we DON’T, well, THAT is considered “willful disobedience” and will come at a PRICE! ;( (Perhaps the person you were “supposed” to witness to about Christ that day later died in a car accident later that evening, or your refusing to give the old lady a ride in the hot summer sun caused her to later die of heat exhaustion that very same day!)

However, even though Jesus Christ is “highly disappointed” in us whenever we fail to act on his behalf, he IS always willing and waiting to forgive us if we cry out to him in prayer and vow to never disobey him again! But DO be warned: the Lord’s patience CAN wear thin if we make “willful disobedience” a habit!

Remember the ancient Israelites after they fled the land of Egypt on Moses & Aaron’s promptings and God’s command to Moses? And how much they bickered & complained, in spite of what all God did for them? He got to the point where he wanted to destroy them ALL, save for Moses and his family, but Moses pleaded with the Lord on their behalf and the Lord decided NOT to destroy them all. However, imagine what it was like for the Israelites when MOSES’S patience wore thin……..

And the Lord Jesus Christ will oftentimes gives us an “opening” to witness to such people. Maybe you hear a couple of Atheists debating amongst themselves at work rather God might possibly be theoretically “REAL” or not. That’s when you can interject and tell both of them at the same time “yes, he IS real, and here’s why!” Or perhaps your non-believing coworker comes straight up to you one day and asks: “do practicing homosexuals REALLY go to eternal condemnation in the fire after they die?”

We must try to take advantage of ANY and ALL witnessing opportunities that the Lord gives us, no matter how hard & difficult they may seem! You can EVEN do what’s called a “pre-witnessing prayer”, that is a prayer like the following: “Lord, please give me an opening today to talk about you with others. And please give me the courage, faith and strength to follow through, once so. Thank-you Lord, amen”.

And just remember: whenever you feel afraid, just think of John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.

I pray that ALL souls that read this will become a more effective witness for Christ and will start witnessing like CRAZY before the Great & Mighty Day of the Lord comes. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

When God/Jesus Christ Seems Distant…….

We go through times and periods in our lives where we feel nothing but joyous, content and very, very close to the Lord, where our faith is rock-solid & unshakeable. But at other times in our lives, God/Jesus Christ can seem VERY distant.

And several questions start running through one’s mind: “is the Lord angry with me?”, “does the Lord hate me?”, “is the Lord unhappy with me?”, “am I being punished for something?”, etc.

We have a human tendency to think that Jesus Christ is distancing himself from US. But what’s REALLY going on is that WE are distancing ourselves from HIM.

It all starts out SO slowly & subtlety.  “I don’t feel like reading any of the bible today”, “I don’t feel like going to work today”, “I don’t feel like cleaning the house today”, “I don’t feel like taking the kids to the zoo today”, etc. And then, it all branches out from there.

And then, before we know it, we don’t feel like doing most of ANYTHING, we start to forget what’s even in the bible in the first place, our faith becomes LACKING, and we’re not even sure what we truly follow anymore. And that’s a very scary place to be in, INDEED.

This is usually the start of the “justification of sin” phase that we Christians can easily fall into.

We try telling ourselves things like: “oh, it’s okay I took a small fountain drink from work without paying for it, the customer before me said I could have THEIR drink since they weren’t going to get the fountain drink that came with their meal” or “it’s okay if I take a penny from the communal change bucket to help pay for something, that’s not stealing, it’s ONLY a penny”, etc. But the truth of the matter is, Jesus Christ is ALWAYS WATCHING US (every move we make, every word we say, even every thought we do so much as “think”). And he uses such experiences to “test us” and to “test our character”.

I’ve seen customers at work that will try to pay for a fountain cup full of ice water because they don’t realize the ice water is free. I’ve also had other customers who came up to actually PAY for a fountain drink refill. And that’s pretty amazing since our fountain drink station is pretty much out in the lobby area, UNMONITORED by any employees at my work. Customers could very easily steal fountain drinks without any employee at my work being none the wiser. (And many do, probably). But the fact that THOSE few customers who were honest enough to actually try to PAY for fountain cups of ice water or for fountain drink refills taught me a VERY valuable lesson about the bible and the importance of APPLYING the bible to our lives directly by HONESTY!

Because lets face it, stealing is stealing in God’s eyes, it doesn’t matter if it’s a pen from the bank, etc. (even though many steal pens mistakenly/subconsciously — though it STILL doesn’t make it okay) or something as small as 1 PENNY!

And trust me, if it was the day of your final hour on this Earth (and nobody knows for sure the very “precise” moment when they will die) and the ONLY thing standing between you, the true, biblical Christian and eternal condemnation was just ONE unrepentant “stolen penny” from the common change bucket (for example), you’d repent and immediately place the penny back in the common change bucket, wouldn’t you?

But in general, we humans are prideful, arrogant creatures. We (for the most part) do NOT like hearing that we are sinners. We LIKE hearing about or thinking about how great we are or how talented we are. But the truth is, we are NOTHING without God, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

God/Jesus Christ is the author of ALL LIFE, and is also the creator of ETERNAL LIFE & ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. Without HIM, we’d have no life/existence, PERIOD, nor would we have any chance of eternal life & Eternal Salvation.

Romans 3:23 states: “For all have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation? We’re ALL sinners. Not one of us is perfect. Not one. We are ALL going to sin at some point in our lives and we are ALL going to make mistakes from time to time. It’s how we LEARN from those mistakes that count.

And our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ is NOT always gonna be a smooth one either, so we need to remember that and keep that in mind.

In fact, Jesus says in John 15: 18-23 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also”.

In other words, Jesus Christ told us in the bible that we (as true, biblical Christians) would have to go up against much clamour and opposition from “the world” (who’s pursuits are greed, money, materialism, lust, envy, pride, sloth, hatred, godlessness, etc.) He also informed us in the bible that he would be persecuted by the Romans AND the Jews who were loyal to Rome. And because HE was persecuted by the “secular” world of his day, that we true, biblical Christians would ALSO be persecuted by the secular world of OUR modern day.

And because of this, some Christians will give up at the first sign of spiritual struggle. They will say things like: “I knew it was pretty hard to try to gain entry into God’s Eternal Kingdom someday but I never realized it was gonna be THIS HARD, sheesh!” And then, for them, that’s it. They don’t feel like being a “Christian” anymore. And quite frankly, Satan is DELIGHTED when that happens, for these poor people are “easy pickins” for him.

But for those Christians out there who STRIVE their very hardest to try to gain entry in God’s Eternal Kingdom someday? That’s who Satan wants to overcome THE MOST. And he will stop at NOTHING to try to make that happen! He will try to throw just a little tiny bit of DOUBT into a Christian’s mind OR make one OVERCOME with feelings of shame, guilt & fear.

And once Satan manages to harvest some of those negative emotions into a Christian person’s mind, they become “easy prey” for him! He can THEN try to make them feel lazy or depressed or doubtful and from there, getting them to not read their bible every week, and neglecting their house/kids/marriage/self is a walk in the park for him!

And then, once Satan has someone neglecting their house/kids/work/marriage/self/LIFE, getting them to doubt their faith & slowly turn away from God is “no problem t’all”.

But there’s one thing that Satan is VERY, VERY good at and that’s THIS: getting people to get mad at God/Jesus Christ for the actual spiritual havoc, that he, Satan himself, is causing in their lives in the first place!

People will say things to themselves or to close friends like “why does God/Jesus Christ seem to have it out for me right, now?”, “why does God hate me?”, “what does God have against me? I didn’t do anything!”etc. And the sad part is, it’s actually SATAN who hates them, it’s SATAN who “has it out for them” and quite frankly, it’s SATAN who’s punishing them for having previously tried to live a Christ-centered life.

But AS SOON as people start blaming God/Jesus Christ for the spiritual havoc in their lives, Satan is having a ball, while reeling them in on his fishing line in one quick, swift motion! And before a person realized what’s hit them, they haven’t read the bible in 6 months to a year, they couldn’t tell you who Joshua or Caleb was, they haven’t fellowshipped with other believers for quite some time, they’ve quit preaching to others about Christ & Eternal Salvation, they don’t even remember the last time they prayed for forgiveness of their sins or the last time they had an actual date with their spouse or took the kids to the park or the zoo, etc.

And then, some Christians will oftentimes think: “well, I’m already this far gone from God, might as well stay here”. They come to a place of lukewarmness where they are TOTALLY forgetting the fact that Jesus Christ is the author of all life and that he has the power to change any negative thing in their lives for the better! They forget about the miracles of the Lions’ Den, of the parting of the Red Sea, of the turning the water into wine, of bringing back Lazarus from the dead, etc.

In their minds, Jesus Christ is not a God of miracles and of all life. In their minds, Jesus Christ becomes this sort’ve “burdensome taskmaster”. They tell themselves: “it’s too hard being Christian these days………besides, Jesus Christ’s not gonna send EVERYONE to eternal condemnation after they die, right? Only the MAJOR evil people like Hitler & Stalin, correct?” while totally forgetting the fact that EVEN Hitler & Stalin could’ve been saved had they TRULY repented of their deeds right before they died.

And yes, it’s true. The “path” to eternal life & eternal Salvation is a very narrow path, INDEED!

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7: 13-14Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because STRAIGHT is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW there be that find it“.

In other words, it’s a hard and narrow path to find AND be/stay on but with the HELP of Jesus Christ himself, is NOT an “impossible” path to find or be/stay on.

This guy says it best when he mentions we need to read the Holy Bible, King James Version, DAILY. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Not just SOME days of the week but ALL days of the week. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.


If you’re struggling right now in your spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and are not sure where to turn, turn to a verse in the King James Bible, ANY verse, and start reading. Even if you don’t FEEL like it. And then sooner or later, you will have a desire to keep reading and that’s exactly how Jesus Christ feverishly works to restore us to HIM!

Then again, sometimes the important thing is just letting Yeshua/Jesus Christ know how you feel. TELL him you’re feeling doubt, TELL him that you feel like he’s distant from you, TELL him whatever it is you’re struggling with in life right now, faith-wise or otherwise and he’ll be glad to answer you. You can even PRAY to have more faith and more trust in him!

What do you think the Lord’s gonna say if you pray to him to have more faith? Do you think he’s gonna say NO? If you pray to have more faith, he will GIVE you more faith. He’ll give you situations in which your faith starts to build up bit by bit and little by little. We just got to learn to trust him.

And think of it THIS way: he created the universe and the heavens! So don’t you think he knows what he’s doing in YOUR life? Cause afterall, it’s not like he’s gonna be a type of creator God that creates the Earth and the heavens, and then scratch his head in confusion over how to deal with a mere human’s lifetime! Nothing in our lives will have him “stumped”! He is the author of all life! 

I pray that all souls that read this blog and/or this very post will either come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or come BACK to the saving knowledge/restored spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ before it’s too late and before their souls become on the path to be lost for eternity. In Jesus’s name. Amen.