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Are WE What We Preach?

Many people accuse us Christians (or pastors/evangelists, specifically) of either ONE or two things:

A). Watering DOWN the gospel

B). Being overbearing with the gospel

And neither of these two scenarios are very good. Because in BOTH cases, the Lord’s people (after reading/listening to one of a pastor’s “watered-down” or “overbearing” gospel sermons/messages) are DEPRIVED of the Lord’s TRUE message that they need to hear and thus, there’s NO change of heart and NO true repentance in their lives! 

But again, what’s worse? Feeling as though you’re “MORE THAN good enough” for the Lord, only to come find out on Judgement Day that you’re NOT? Or to feel as though you’re “NOT good ENOUGH” for the Lord, and thus, give up TRYING and then ALSO end up on the bad side of Jesus on Judgement Day, cause you just gave up trying a LONG time ago?

Well, in either case, the BEST approach to preaching is somewhere in the middle. Firm, yet gentle. Firm enough where the “congregation” or “assembly” gets the message, yet, gentle enough where they confidently feel as though they CAN overcome any “sin” or “shortcomings” in their lives in the name of Jesus and that they CAN fully repent of all their sins in the name of Jesus! 

Also as well: There’s a common misconception that ONLY a pastor is qualified to teach the Written Word of God. But that’s NOT the case!

2 Peter 1: 20-21 states: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretationFor the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”

2 Corinthians 3:6 says: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”

2 Corinthians 6:4 proclaims: “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses”

ANY Christian who’s moved by the Holy Ghost is more than qualified to “teach” the Written Word of God (the bible) whenever the Holy Spirit drives them to. However, that being said, many Christians feel ill-equipped to “teach” the bible and would much rather leave it up to the hands of a “pastor/evangelist”. However……AS their biblical knowledge INCREASES over time, the Holy Spirit will no doubt start using EVERY Christian to preach his Word, NOT JUST pastors & evangelists!

However, that being said, there’s SEVERAL things that we Christians (and/or pastors/evangelists) have to look out for! And that’s THIS: IF and WHEN you start preaching the Written Word of God to others, you best make sure that: A) What you’re preaching is actually biblical and not just based on thoughts/feelings/conjecture and also that B) You actually PRACTICE what you preach!

So, for example, if you preach about the importance of having “patience” in one’s life (as per biblical standards), do YOU constantly lose your OWN patience with people or in general? And if you preach about how others should be more than willing to help the needy, do you YOURSELF help the needy? What about drinking? Do YOU preach that others shouldn’t drink at all, then kick back and relax and drink several beers during the football game with your friends (if a man) or go out for a pitcher of half-priced margaritas with the ladies (if a woman)?

You might not know or realize this but your “thoughts” & “behavior” are ALWAYS on display if you’re a Christian — ESPECIALLY if you’re a pastor/evangelist! People are watching you…….both Christian AND non-Christian people, ALIKE! That’s WHY you want to make 100% sure that what you’re preaching is NOT ONLY 100% biblical, through and through and NOT watered-down in any way but ALSO is what you’re practicing at home behind closed doors as well. 

Because truth be told, people can usually pick up on insincerity – someone living a “double life”. In fact, of all the “disgraced mega pastors/evangelists” lately, some of their “flock” said they weren’t surprised at all of the allegations. Because deep, deep down inside, those very few KNEW, somehow. Their gut REFUSED to let them rest! Plus some of them, after finding out about the unprofessional conduct of their pastor/church leaders, have likely fallen away from the faith & stopped attending church. Why? Because they weren’t truly being fed the Word of God, just like they weren’t being truly lead by example!

But again, this does NOT just apply to pastors/evangelists, this applies to ALL of us as Christians!

Please remember what JESUS said in Matthew 5: 13-16:Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidNeither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven

Translation? What does being the “salt of the Earth” MEAN? It means that we are to PRESERVE God’s Written Word, The Bible/The Gospel the way that salt preserves meat! And what does it mean to be the “light of the world?” It means that in a global world where people are CONSTANTLY chasing after “darkness”/”secularism”/”popular culture”, that we OURSELVES are INSTEAD supposed to be chasing after RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

So let me put this in perspective a bit. Today’s global culture is all about Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Hollywood, Music, Movies, Etc. However, a person can use those things for GOOD or for EVIL. Sadly, most people use those things for EVIL or VANITY or BOTH! However, it’s possible for a CHRISTIAN to use those platforms for GOOD; for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom!

Though there is much “Jesus-mocking” all over the place, Christians can use that as an opportunity to preach the gospel in its unadulterated form! For example, someone mocks Christ on Twitter, a Christian can come along and preach the gospel to the mocker on Twitter and lovingly show them how they are wrong. Same thing with Youtube, etc.

[[However, that being said, there is now some Christian music that’s gone over to mainstream (I thought we were supposed to be “set apart”?) and not sure if Jesus is too pleased with people that try to put a “Christian spin” on modern “trends”. As for Hollywood, I know some Christians are now trying to “mix” with Hollywood and make Christian movies out there but for me, the jury’s still out on that one! I don’t know, to me, that’s kind’ve like trying to set up a Southern Baptist convention in the middle of the “gay San Francisco Castro district” or something]].

I will no doubt have to admit that even I myself (a preacher/teacher of God’s Written Word, the Bible) have sometimes fallen short of the mark, here. Upon closer examining of my own spiritual walk with Christ, I had noticed some minor “hypocrisy” that I hadn’t picked up on before (before others — both Christian and non-Christian alike) had pointed them out to me. And Jesus had no doubt utilized those people to get His point(s) across to me. And not sure if this’ll help anyone out there or not but HERE are the 7 type(s) of hypocrisy that were pointed out to me:

1). There’s been some cases where I came across as “holier than thou” or “too judgmental”

2). There’s been cases where I came across as “too soft” or “not being firm enough in my biblical declarations of Jesus/the gospel”

3). There’s been occasional times in my life where I unintentionally (for short periods of time) held “grudges” against certain individuals in my life, in spite of preaching the importance of FORGIVENESS!

4). There’s been some cases where I preached against “gossip”, yet, found myself being “extremely persuaded” to participate in it at work, etc. Especially when a coworker would grab my arm and ask: “Don’t you think so and so is this way or that way? Don’t you think so?” and wouldn’t leave me alone until they got some sort of half-hearted response outta me. 

5). I watched (and liked) the TV Show called “Dark Matter”, even in spite of having had “spiritually denounced” the concepts of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence!)

6). Though I “denounce” Christmas as an “unbiblical holiday” brought about by “Pagan traditions”, I find myself unwittingly “caving in” to it every year just to “keep the peace” within my family (who DON’T yet fully realize or CARE that Christmas is “not biblical!”)

7). There were times where I found myself “arguing” with fellow Christians over what is biblical doctrine and what is not, not fully realizing that we ALL mature IN Christ at DIFFERENT RATES and at DIFFERENT TIMES! For NO two people are fully matured in Christ at the same exact time! 

8). I had previously stated in a previous post/sermon about how Jesus had FULLY spiritually delivered me from soda pop/soft drink addiction awhile back, only to most recently in the last 12 months or so get “partially re-addicted to them”.

[March 27, 2018 UPDATE: I am now proud to say that I have ONCE AGAIN knocked myself away from partial soda pop re-addiction to NO ADDICTION! PRAISE JESUS! And THIS time, I pray I stick WITH it!] 

However, ever since ALL these “revelations” about some of my preaching not fully matching up with my true-life “actions”, I’m now more determined than EVER to UNDO the 8 “Hypocrisies” that were found in me/this Yeshua777 ministry! So PLEASE PRAY FOR ME at this time that I will be able to CONTINUE to UNDO the 8 “Hyprocrisies” that were most recently found in me/this ministry! Because I want and need to be a STRONG leader of righteousness at this time! 

Also as well: NOW is the time to CRITICALLY examine our spiritual walk with Christ! We’re living in the Times of the End so believe me folks, this is NO TIME to be playing around with your eternal salvation! (Especially when there’s a very good chance the U.S. may soon go to war with North Korea/foreign nations! Cause WHO KNOWS what could happen in the U.S. or the world tomorrow!)

That’s why we MUST critically examine our spiritual walk with Christ and we MUST be spiritually prepared, NO MATTER WHAT!!!! So I ask you THIS: How is YOUR spiritual walk in Christ? IF you were to die today and suddenly find yourself in the Lord’s heavenly courtroom, would the Devil have ANY sort of “hypocrisy charges” he could bring against you? If so, what are they and what do YOU plan to do now to UNDO them, in the name of Jesus? Go about undoing them NOW in the name of Jesus, for tomorrow’s not guaranteed, folks! Time is of the essence!

The problem with many of today’s Christians is that they’re starting to get worn out, exhausted, and LAZY in their faith/spiritual walk with Jesus. As a matter of fact, Francis Cahn examines this very “hypocrital” attitude in the video down below:

 

Did the results surprise any of you at all? They shouldn’t! The last 2/3 of the video is what really got me, though. How AWFUL that “teacher of the gospel” must’ve felt when he realized that his total “hypocrisy” had cost him a SOUL! A soul that was likely not fully saved in the name of Jesus at the time of death! (Though I pray & hope that Jesus had a little mercy upon that soul as that soul was DESPERATELY searching for the answer of Jesus, just prior to death!) 

So I end with and ask EVERY Christian out there THIS one last question: Are YOU what YOU preach? If not, it’s not too late to turn things around, in the name of Jesus! For HE is the over-comer of ALL! Pretty encouraging, isn’t it? 🙂 For there is NO power in the UNIVERSE that’s greater than HIS heavenly, divine power!

Jesus is most certainly NOT gonna scratch his head in confusion over how to help each and every one of us overcome our sins/spiritual hypocrisies! And any Christian out there who claims they’ve never even ONCE had/experienced a spiritual hypocrisy? Come on, now! We ALL have from time to time! Romans 3:23 says that we are ALL sinners, and that we ALL fall short of the glory of God! But the good news is that Jesus was crucified for our sins SO THAT if we SEEK him and call out to him in prayer and REPENT of our sins (that means, to give up and stop doing them), he is just to forgive us of all our sins!

I hope this message has blessed you & encouraged you, in the name of the Lord! Have a Happy Passover & Feast of Unleavened Bread 2018! I love you all! 😉  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To “Get Saved” In the Name of Jesus Christ

With today’s world going down the gutter, now is a good of time as any to get “saved”.

What takes less than 15 minutes can seal your fate for eternity – for the good. All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ, pray for forgiveness of your sins, get IMMEDIATELY baptized in the name of  Jesus Christ upon very first believing in him (1st Century Christians were ALWAYS baptized IMMEDIATELY upon believing in Jesus Christ or shortly thereafter), repent of your sins (that means give them up and STOP doing them), and CONTINUE to follow all of Jesus Christ’s commands in the bible [10 commandments + Sermon on the Mount teachings in Matthew chapter 5 to 7 + ALL new testament teachings in New Testament, (including 7th Day BIBLICAL Sabbath and 7 BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS) and you’re saved! That’s it!

“All those who believe and are baptized will be saved but those who do not believe will be condemned” – Mark 16:16

 

How? Simple.

1. Pray something along the lines of the following prayer down below at the bottom of this list. But make sure to pray the prayer in your OWN personal way. Don’t just repeat the words. Pray to Jesus in your OWN heart and with your OWN words/wording!  

2. Truly mean that prayer with all your heart, soul and MIND!

3. Get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (full water immersion baptism in a lake, river, bathtub full of water or swimming pool: “sprinkling baptisms” are NOT biblical)

4. Pray for forgiveness of ALL sins in your life

5. REPENT/give up your sins/sinful lifestyle(s) and OBEY Jesus’s teachings in the bible [10 commandments + ALL New Testament teachings) 

6. FORSAKE all things Pagan, such as the “non-biblical Sunday sabbath”, the modern day UNBIBLICAL “church building and services” (as biblically, the TRUE “church” is the BODY/ASSEMBLY OF BELIEVERS THEMSELVES, NOT A BUILDING!!!!) and PAGAN HOLIDAYS such as Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etc.

7. PARTAKE of the BIBLICAL, HOLY SANCTIFIED BY GOD/JESUS CHRIST 7th DAY SABBATH (Saturday) and the Lord’s 7 ANNUAL FEASTS outlined in Leviticus 23 (such as Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, etc.) Because remember that Jesus Christ and his disciples STILL celebrated them during the time(s) of the New Testament and (as far as my spiritual knowledge goes), possibly even IN the Millennial Kingdom (ie. Feast of Tabernacles) since the 7 BIBLICAL FEASTS celebrate HIM (Jesus Christ Almighty). Now tell me: what do Easter bunnies, painted eggs, Santa Claus, cooked hams and Halloween costumes have to do with Jesus? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! 

8. CONTINUE to have faith in Jesus Christ and to serve him to the best of your ability until the day you die and you’re saved for eternity and assured a one-way ticket to eternal paradise with Jesus Christ someday! It’s THAT simple!

“Jesus, please show me what’s true and what’s not true, when it comes to all biblical teaching, today. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my mind, heart, body and spirit today. Thank-you for becoming a sacrifice for the forgiveness of my, as well as all of mankind’s sins. Please show me and lead me to ALL your divine truth(s) in the bible, help me to follow after you and to give up my old sinful lifestyle and help me to preach to others about the “good news” of Salvation as often as I’m able to. Amen”.

And then after you say that prayer and BELIEVE it in your heart to be true, get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ IMMEDIATELY or shortly thereafter (full water immersion baptism), repent of your sins/give up your old sinful lifestyle and obey Jesus’s teachings in the bible and take steps to do so, sit back and take note of God working in your life, for the better. Coming to Jesus Christ can release you from the sinful bondage you’ve been held under, up to this point in life.

It’s not something you’ll have to think about or question. It’s something you’ll know. You will KNOW with 100% conviction that you are “saved” and will go into eternity WITH Jesus & that all your sins are forgiven (provided that you REMAIN 100% right with Jesus Christ, ofcourse – as, you can’t get “saved” in the name of Jesus Christ today and decide tomorrow you want to forsake the bible altogether and still expect to get saved) and that you’re sealed in the name of God. And a great feeling of peace & joy will come over you and your spirit shall be satisfied.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16

 

But beware: As soon as you become a “new Christian”, Satan will FIGHT LIKE *HECK* for your soul, and will try to spiritually attack you, right and left. And he will oftentimes do this through people that are close to you (friends, family members, peers, coworkers). He’ll try to sow the seed of “doubt” in your mind.

He’ll try to get you to lust, kill, steal, be envious, prideful, angry, bitter, resentful, & full of doubt, fear and hate. So be prepared for that. Read the bible and pray in Jesus’s name, daily. And then the Devil won’t be able to touch you, spiritually or otherwise. He might be able to TEMPT YOU but he won’t be able to win over you, so long as you CONTINUE to obey Jesus Christ all the days of your life and to TRUST Jesus Christ (that means, to have FAITH in him and faith IN the fact that he’s the ONLY one IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE who can save you & the ONLY one you can go to for Salvation!)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” – Acts 4:12

God of “Many Rules”?

To many Christians (and even non-Christians alike), God can seem like a God of “many rules”. And at times, those rules can feel overwhelming to live by, to say the least. It can even seem at times that God doesn’t want anyone to have fun in life.

But think of a parent who’s trying to properly raise their child. Should they just let their child run amok and do whatever the heck they want? Ofcourse not.

So it is with God.

God is like a “loving parent” and we are like his “children”. He has to give us rules to live by, in order to sustain us and guide us in the proper way of living & for spiritual growth. Otherwise, with no rules to live by, we wouldn’t be here long, as a human race.

Remember that all of our laws are pretty much based on God’s laws. So without God’s laws to inspire our own human laws, where would we be, law-wise? That’s right. We’d have no laws. And everybody would’ve killed each other off by now. But because we have laws based off God’s laws, we are able to have some sort of “order” in the world.

Imagine if you were God and created a human race. And lets say that you valued/loved your creation very, very much but the humans decided that they’d rather disobey you, attack you and talk smack on you instead, with a constant chorus of “You suck!”, “We hate you!”, “You’re no good!” and “Screw YOU!”, etc.

You’d probably feel pretty slighted and ticked off and fed up with those darned things after awhile, huh?

But what if you decided to put YOURSELF into the form of a human and took it upon yourself, to show them firsthand how “pained” you felt every time they disobeyed you and talked smack on you, by allowing them to torture and kill you (for the forgiveness of their sins), but then, having the power to be resurrected just 3 days later. 

Some of the humans would say “wow” and would start to behave immediately but others would STILL continue to behave badly. And sure, you as their loving, patient, kind creator would give them LOTS of chances to repent of their disobedience. But if they didn’t? You’d have no choice but to discard them, upon their deaths and to discard them for eternity…..

For what good are they to you if they give you no reverence, whatsoeever? They had their chance, they didn’t take it, so it’s not your fault, right? You tried. And you can’t take them back OUT of the fire of condemnation because all they’re going to do is curse you and hate you even more. Plus, that also wouldn’t be fair to the humans who were “righteous” humans the whole time and/or that “became” righteous humans.

Jesus Christ not only hates sin but he hates the “effects” of sin. Jesus Christ hates severe alcoholism, drug use, gambling, materialism, lust, greed, hate, pornography, etc. because of what it does to people (physically, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, financially….) He’s not just saying “don’t do this because I don’t like it”…He’s saying “don’t do this, because it’s not good for you, in several different ways”. As our divine creator who made all things in the universe, God the Heavenly Father wants what’s best for us. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be God.

And once more, Jesus Christ is not a God who wants to take fun out of life (contrary to popular belief in today’s secular world). He went with his parents to celebrate the Passover (a huge, 3-day long Jewish festival) with his cousin John when he was 12, he likely had a jovial time at the wedding in Canaan (before/after turning the water into wine), plus also likely joked around sometimes with his friends/apostles. 

Not to mention that Jesus Christ has given each and every one of us a talent, gift, hobby or “calling” in life. Not only to make our lives somewhat enjoyable but also for us to use OUR gifts/talents in life to glorify HIM! For example, a person who’s a great writer…..Jesus Christ gave them that gift for a purpose so that they’d use their writing to glorify HIM! Or perhaps a person is a good painter, photographer, etc. We are to use OUR gifts/talents for Jesus Christ’s glory!

Unfortunately, some people out there decide to take it upon themselves to give THEMSELVES the glory for their “talents” instead of giving Jesus Christ the glory and that’s where they come into some major spiritual trouble and are in MOST danger of a “spiritual fall”! Because remember Proverbs 16:18 which states: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”

So please. I beg of you. Use your gifts for Jesus Christ’s glory and see in return how God the heavenly Father in turn uses your “servitude” towards him to also bless YOU as well! 😉