Posts tagged ‘peer pressure’

The Wide Gate Vs. The Narrow Gate: [Matthew 7:13-14]

Turn to just about ANY social media today (specifically Youtube, for example) and it seems that everybody wants to do what everyone ELSE is doing! [Just look at how many Shae Nae Nae videos there are on Youtube for instance, my goodness!]

And WHY is that, do you think?

What would drive a person to SO want to be like someone else, that they’re driven to make an entire VIDEO/etc. about it?

The answer lies within our own human need for “acceptance”. In retrospect, human beings tend to care more about fellow mankind/other people think of them, rather than what God Almighty/Jesus Christ thinks of them!

Someone once said that “where your money is, your heart is also”. And those words ring SO true, today! Just look at how many people spend most of their “take-away money” at shopping malls, movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, bars/liquor stores, on online videogames or “gossip magazines”, etc.? The number is quite staggering. (Especially among “Christians”!)

Mall interior in Prague, Czech Republic. MOVIE THEATRE 1 bruce jenner, laverne cox, mag cover

Now, am I personally condemning people spending their money at shopping malls and movie theaters,etc.? No. The point I’m trying to make is that when that’s ALL people want to do these days, instead of spending time in the Written Word of God (The Bible), then it becomes painfully obvious that they’re placing “entertainment”, “food” and “shopping” over God Almighty!

And what’s really sad in today’s world is that even many “Christians” themselves have now become PART of the “Mass Deception” that’s taking place in these last days! Many people who CALL themselves “Christian” now support things such as abortion, gay marriage, etc., without even blinking or thinking twice about it! And they will honestly look at you funny (the biblical-roots Christian, that is) for even do so much as BELIEVING the bible (King James Version) AND adhering to what it says! They will call you “old school”, “outdated”, a “hater”, a “bigot”, etc.!

Just take for example how many people would look at someone strange if they hadn’t stepped foot inside a shopping mall or movie theater in over a decade? Just like how many people today would look at someone as if they were the Devil if they didn’t agree with “same-sex marriage”, the celebration of “Pagan Christmas”, etc?

And among the college crowd, how many people would look at someone as if they were a “loser” of sorts if they didn’t participate in the following?

BROAD PATH49, COLLEGE PARTY1 premarital sex88college party  POT SMOKING WARCRAFT1

What’s even more sad is that America (as a whole) has now become an “anything goes” type of society (especially after the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling!) But like I said, the “gay rights movement”, at its very core, is actually nothing more than demanding the right to “sin freely”, without being told by anyone that what they’re doing is “sinful”.

And now, as a result of the gay marriage ruling, “other” groups of people are “demanding their rights to sin” as well (polygamists, incestors, pedos, you name it!) In fact, the media is very slowly desensitizing people to pedophilia (the TV show Toddlers & Tiaras was just the beginning!)

Look at the movie called “Bad Grandpa” for example, where a movie trailer on Youtube shows a little boy dressed up like a young female stripper, doing a sort’ve lap dance on stage, while the “grandpa” throws money at him! DIGUSTING! Plus I won’t even mention the U.S. govt’s endorsement of “Bacha Bazi” in Afghanistan or of all the current “dance competitions” in the U.S. that has young girls dressed – and dancing like – hookers! What has our nation come to, folks? ;( God’s wrath is DEFINITELY upon this nation!

Not to mention the NEW AGE/ENLIGHTENMENT MOVEMENT. The “all paths lead to one” thing……People think they can “find God” by chakra, meditation, incense, etc. In other words, people believe they can worship Buddha AND Jesus and “still be fine” on the Day of Judgement. OR they think they can worship other gods BESIDES Jesus (Buddha, Krishna, Joseph Smith, Allah, etc.) and still be considered “righteous” in God’s eyes on the Day of Judgement.

And on top of the New Age movement already in place, there’s also something called the ECUMENICAL and EMERGENT MOVEMENTS……The ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT is where they’re trying to merge all “Christian churches” with the Roman Catholic Church. The EMERGENT MOVEMENT is where they’re trying to incorporate “New Age philosophies and practices” INTO the “Christian Church” (as a whole).   

But the point I’m trying to make is that Jesus Christ called the path to Everlasting Life a NARROW WALK! He also said that FEW would find it! F E W….He also said that MANY who call themselves “Christians” will be ETERNALLY TURNED AWAY/PUNISHED by him on the Day of Judgement since they worshiped him “in vain” while living on Earth.

Meaning, they called themselves “Christian” but didn’t truly LIVE as one……They still worshiped on the false, PAGAN Sabbath (Sun-day), they mindlessly worshiped in the PAGAN HOLIDAYS (Easter, Christmas, etc.), they IGNORED his true, BIBLICAL holidays (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.) and true, BIBLICAL Sabbath (Saturday – Friday sundown to Saturday twilight – please remember that a Jewish “day” begins at sundown the night before!)…………

They went to “church” every week but they blatantly ignored the homeless guy on the street, as they drove to/from the grocery store. They “went through the motions of prayer and bible study”, but only first after watching “the big football game” or their favorite movie/tv show, or after playing their favorite videogame or going to see a movie at the theater…..[And believe me, this goes JUST AS MUCH for ME, as it does for others!]

They bought “generous gifts” for others but then EXPECTED elaborate gifts in return. They called out in the name of Yeshua/Jesus but then turned around and held a grudge against someone (a friend, a family member, a coworker). They called themselves “Christian” but supported UNGODLY THINGS such as premarital sex, abortion, same-sex marriage/relationships, pornography, “gay rights”, etc. They talked about HOW Jesus/Yeshua would do things (especially at the End of Days) but they didn’t really have the TRUE FAITH that he would. Etc. etc……..you get the picture………..

Enter 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 thereatBecause strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it – [Matthew 7: 13-14]

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]

Truth is, many “Christians” will find themselves in the lake of fire someday. And right before they’re thrown in, they’ll be asking Jesus 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?”, but the Lord Jesus will NOT hear them! Instead, he will say to them,I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity“. OUCH!

Remember that James 4:4 states: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”.

Translation? Being “in the world” (that means, being up to speed on fashion, trends, latest movies/music/videogames/celeb news) is “enmity with God”. Why? Because it technically means a person cares more about the latest fashion trends/music/movies/technological gadgets/etc. than they do Almighty God/Yeshua/Jesus Christ. So that, in effect, makes them a technical “enemy” of God/his written word in the bible.

On the contrary, to be “friends” with God/Yeshua IS to effectively be considered an “enemy” of the world. Think about how a person’s naturally considered a “loser” if they DON’T CARE about the latest fashion trends/music/movies/videogames/technological gadgets/etc. Believe me, there’s a whole spiritual reasoning behind it! Because Jesus said, “the world loves its own”:

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” [John 15:18-20] 

So you have two choices and two choices, ONLY: LIVE for Jesus Christ by DENYING the world and the things OF this world (as a whole)……OR……live AS the world and with the things OF this world, place Jesus Christ and his written word in the bible on the back burner, live as though you don’t have a care in the world and suffer for an eternity in the flames later! The choice is up to you! But don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

“I’ve Become A Christian: Now What?” Part Two

I’ve noticed some modern-day persecution of Christians on Youtube, for example. Whenever a video receives almost nothing but “glowing messages” in the comments section, that usually means that there’s some minor error that’s wrong in the video that most people haven’t picked up on. However, when there’s nothing BUT truth in a video, oftentimes there will TONS of messages of hate and severe persecution underneath the video that can NOT be backed up by the bible. If the comments underneath a video can be backed up with the bible, then it’s likely to be humble correction on the part of the commenter.

However, if what a commenter says can NOT be backed up with the bible, that’s usually the mark of a true demonic attack on the video poster themselves. But persecution doesn’t just happen on Youtube. It happens in news articles, in public and even in the home or workplace as well. For example, I work in a place where, the most part, people don’t love God. Anyone that goes to church or believes in Jesus is seen as “uncool” and there’s ALOT of pressure for people to go out and drink, party, have casual sex relationships and smoke hash.

And if you DON’T do any of those things, the coworkers act nice to you in person and then talk about what a “spiritual hypocrite/religious bigot/goody-two-shoes” you are behind your back. And any attempts to tell them about Jesus (on your part) is somehow seen as “HATE”. Not to mention that upper management hints at you with this look of “better keep your religion out of it or you’ll likely lose your job, here!” In fact, our latest employee handbook says that no necklace jewelry is to be worn other than a medical one. So it would seem they don’t want people wearing cross necklaces for fear of offending all the atheists/etc. out there.

James 4:4 says: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. And I’m gonna be brutally honest with you, here. It is NOT easy to live a life set apart from the world. People will laugh at you, make fun of you, argue with you, make you feel guilty and like you’re some sort of “religious bigot”, exclude you from group outings, PRESSURE YOU TO BECOME MORE LIKE THEM — FULL OF DARKNESS — etc. all because you believe in Jesus Christ and following his commands in the bible.

People that are “friends” with the world are “worldly”, meaning they chase after ungodly pursuits such as lust, pride, greed, arrogance, envy, money/materialism, humanism, intellectualism without God, fame, etc. And in so doing, they become “enemies” of God, since God outlaws these practices and pursuits in the bible. However, those who pursue RIGHTEOUS pursuits such as chasity before/outside marriage, humbleness, giving to others less fortunate than them/putting other’s needs before their own, intellectualism WITH God, the disinterest in money/materialism, etc. are considered “friends” of God but “enemies” of the world and its “wordly pursuits”.

But one of the most IRONIC times that Satan uses to attack Christians is when they are at a HIGH point in their lives. Because lets face it, when everything’s going well in our lives, we tend to think our success is of our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus Christ’s accord. For example, maybe a missionary has successfully converted 70 people in one week in like, Guatemala or somewhere. And at the end of week, that Christian missionary starts to become full of themselves, saying to themselves from within: “wow, my missionary skills are TOTALLY AWESOME, I’m INDESTRUCTIBLE!”, totally forgetting the facts that it was the Lord who put him/her there in that country to begin with, the Lord who brought those spiritually hungry souls before him/her and the Lord himself who worked in the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of those saved/converted people.

Or perhaps a Christian on WordPress or Youtube suddenly gains many subscribers and starts letting it go to their heads, instead of gracefully, fearfully and humbly thanking the Lord Jesus for opening up those peoples’ minds, hearts, bodies and spirits to his wonderful Eternal Truth (the truth of Salvation in him and him, ALONE!). When we have everything we need, we tend to forget God and his hand in things and that’s when Satan swoops in on us and thinks to himself “haha! NOW is my moment, during their most vulnerable time of weakness!” But when we DON”T have everything we need and are STRUGGLING, that’s when we REALLY start to get down on our knees to cry out to Jesus Christ, am I right?

Satan knows he doesn’t have a very good chance of trying to get us while we’re struggling (he KNOWS many of us will cry out to Jesus Christ in prayer during those times) but he knows just how truly VULNERABLE we are during times of “great accomplishment” in our lives. Hebrews 11:6 states: “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”. In other words, we must believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is (the Son of God), and also that he rewards those who diligently seek him; not just halfway or partially seek him but DILIGENTLY seek him. Simply put, we must have FAITH.

Revelation 21:8 says : “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. In other words, those who FEAR they’re not truly saved by Jesus Christ and those who do NOT believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is or that he even exists, shall be eternally condemned in the lake of fire. And so once you become a fully-submerged baptized person in the name of Jesus Christ and become a bible-believing and bible-APPLYING Christian, you must CONTINUE being a bible-believing, bible-APPLYING Christian. You can’t just give up at the first sight of spiritual onslaught.

The degree to what Satan tempts you is ALSO a good sign of where you currently are, with the Lord. If Satan tries to tempt you ALOT, then you KNOW you’re in good with the Lord. But if he only tempts you from to time, then you need to re-examine your spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and find out if there’s something holding you back from a true spiritual relationship with him. Because lets face it, Satan doesn’t really have to tempt someone that much who’s already is or who’s become a “wayward Christian” of sorts. Think about it, folks!

I pray that all who read this will be saved in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and will stay saved for all eternity. Amen.

“I’ve Become a Christian: Now What?” Part One

When one decides to become a Christian and gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (FULLY submerged baptism, not sprinkling), one will receive the free gifts of Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Everlasting Life. And along with this comes the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth that will tell you “this is of God” or “this is NOT of God”, in other words, the gift of Spiritual Discernment.

However, the MOMENT you become fully-submerged baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons will IMMEDIATELY set you apart and put you on their “SPIRITUAL HITLIST” of people to spiritually attack. Because quite technically, becoming a fully-submerged baptized Christian in the name of Jesus Christ makes YOU, the Christian believer, one of Satan’s BIGGEST threats in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE (next to the Lord Jesus Christ & the Lord’s angels, themselves!) Basically, the more people turn to Jesus Christ and AWAY from the throes of Satan, the less souls that Satan will be able to steal away from Jesus Christ Almighty!

“But how exactly does Satan try to steal away a soul from Jesus Christ?”, one might ask. Well, the answer is simple: subtlety. He’s not gonna come out with the full-blazing spiritual guns, sort’ve speak, and loudly proclaim to you: “hi, I’m Satan and I’m here to try to steal your soul away! mmuhhahahhaha” No, he’s gonna be far more subtle than that. He starts out small, then works up big. For example, maybe the first thing he’ll do is use non-believing friends, family and coworkers to try to make you feel “ashamed” or “guilty” of your faith in Jesus Christ and/or to make you feel like a “religious bigot” of sorts. And then, he slowly branches out from there in his attacks.

He will then use non-believers around you to “tempt you” in doing things that go against the bible. Things like “go ahead and keep the extra change, it’s ONLY 2 quarters, nobody’s gonna care or notice”, “go ahead, get a soda refill without paying for it, nobody’s gonna care or notice” or “the bible never condemns drinking, ya know? So what’s the harm in it?” or “the bible doesn’t really prohibit pre-marital sex, sex is a gift from God, so it’s REALLY not gonna hurt ya to partake of it before marriage” or perhaps “it said that God gave us every single plant so there’s really no harm in smoking hash/marijuana/grass/mary jane”.

Well, we know first-hand that people have actually died from the synthetic “hash/marijuana” being marketed to people today as the following articles demonstrate:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/06/health/synthetic-marijuana-denver/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/02/marijuana-pot-edible-death-colorado-denver/7220685/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/man-bites-dog-eats-dog-high-spice/story?id=16660512

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/05/tainted-spice-linked-to-kidney-failure-outbreak/

So yes, there is REAL HARM in it, not only physical and mental harm, but spiritual harm as well, MARK MY WORDS!

But going back to the topic at hand, spiritual warfare. If you attempt to save yourself for marriage, Satan will no doubt try to tempt you with lust, pornography, and the like. And he will MOST SPECIFICALLY use a non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to do that. And if THAT doesn’t work, Satan will try a slightly different approach. He will get the non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to put pressure on you. “Oh what, you don’t love me? Is that it? Are you cheating on me or what? Yeah well, EVERYBODY’S doing it and you’re gonna have trouble finding someone who isn’t!” to try to SHAME you into pre-marital sex.

And if and when you DO ever cave to the temptation of pre-marital sex, Satan will use the “guilt” and “shame” you feel over it to EVEN FURTHER drag you down (spiritually speaking). Satan will try like heck to get you to believe the LIE of “well, I’ve already done it once, I might as well keep doing it since Jesus Christ is too ashamed of me, now!” And then, once Satan has you hating yourself, he gots you right where he wants you and you are “fair game” to him, spiritually speaking.

Some people think “once marked in the name of God, always marked in the name of God” but that’s just not true! For when Christians become luke-warm or REPEATEDLY cave to Satan’s temptations (such as “go ahead and have pre-marital sex on a continual basis, God’s not gonna care”, “Jesus doesn’t care if you continually party, he partied himself at the wedding at Canaan”, “go ahead and continually smoke hash with the coworkers, it’s alright”), the mark of God on them/the burning fire in their hearts FOR the Lord (brought on by full immersion baptism) will start to “fade/die out” over time until one day, it’s hardly ignited in their hearts at all and then, if the person STAYS on the path of darkness, the flame in their hearts FOR God might just disappear altogether. And the only way for them to RE-IGNITE that flame in their hearts FOR the Lord Jesus Christ is to once again, read God’s Word/the bible, REPENT of all sins and RE-APPLY the bible to their lives!

“But why is baptism even NEEDED in the first place?”, one might ask and the simple answer is this: baptism (the “ceremonial washing away of sins” is not only done TO Jesus Christ himself in the river Jordan in the New Testament by John the Baptist) but the bible has about 12+ passages that command baptism and they are as follows:

1. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

2. Mark 1:5 “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins”

3. Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,”

4. Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

5. Matthew 3:6 “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”

 6. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized is saved but he who does not believe is condemned”

 7. Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and every one of you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”

 8. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born of water and spirit [baptized], one cannot enter the Kingdom of God [heaven]“

 9. Acts 10:48 “With that, he commanded them to baptized in the name of Christ

10. Acts 22:16 “And now, why are you delaying? Rise and get baptized and wash your sins away by calling upon his name”

11. Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead

12. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”

13. Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism

14. 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

[[**And for those who think or worry that babies go to hell if they’re not baptized, John 15:22 says: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin“. In other words, babies are pardoned. Except in the cases of the Old Testament where a whole entire city was wiped out, the decree of Herod, and the decree of the Lord against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, all babies are pardoned. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven“. ]]

Even though Satan STILL tempts those who are “already his” (spiritually speaking) — (this is evidenced for example when famous people spiral further & further out of control due to Satan FURTHER tempting them to go even FURTHER and FURTHER down the path of darkness such as “go ahead, join the million dollar club”, “open up a new nightclub”, “go ahead and do some Hollywood drug using/dealing on the side, it’s not gonna kill you” and the like) — he’s actually far more interested in the “saints of God” (that is to say, TRUE biblical-roots Christians who not only have the testimony of the Word of God/the Holy Bible written on their hearts, but actually go out and APPLY it to their lives). Why? Because THOSE people are the true “threats” to him. But basically, his goal is to tempt ALL. He wants to keep those already under his spell IN his spiritual grip and he wants to try to get those who are OUT of his control (true Christians) INTO his control, if that makes any sense.

Jesus said 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

Matthew 16: 24-26 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

John 16:23 says “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

So in other words, Jesus Christ NEVER promised that being a true Christian would be “easy”. In fact, he suggested it would be anything BUT easy in today’s evil, evil world. However, in John 16:23, he reminds us not to worry about the trials and tribulation we will have in this world because he’s ALREADY overcome the world.

Matthew 5:10 states: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven“. Verses 11-12 go on to say: “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 exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

So in other words, when you TRULY live for Jesus Christ, people are gonna take notice and some are gonna severely persecute you for it. However, when this happens, Jesus Christ says to be glad since your rewards in heaven will be great whenever this happens. And the REASON why we are persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ is because he (Jesus) wants to TEST our faith and teach us how to have STRONG FAITH, even in the face of Adversity! Think back to Abraham in the Old Testament. The Lord wanted to test Abraham and his faith to see if he (Abraham) valued the Lord above, first and foremost before everything else in his life. And thankfully, Abraham passed the test. We also read about a guy named Job (pronounced Yob) in the Old Testament who also had HIS faith put to the test. And once again, he ALSO thankfully passed the testing of his faith. But there are some out there who when their faith is tested, fall.

Matthew 7: 24-27 states: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”. In other words, how strong is our faith and trust in the Lord? Will we bow out and give up at the FIRST sign of persecution or will we hold strong, even IN SPITE of major adversity, like Abraham and Job did in the Old Testament?