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Why is the church full of people who know that Jesus ate with sinners, but they have no knowledge of verses like John 7:7 (below)? It’s not being taught.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. NKJV
Make no mistake Jesus ate with sinners, but He also called those sinners to repentance.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” NKJV
Yes, Jesus came to save sinners, but He also came to redeem us from “every” lawless deed (Titus 2:13-14 below), and destroy the devil’s work in us (1 John 3:8 below).
Titus 2:13-14 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. NKJV
1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. NKJV
If all you ever hear is that Jesus loves you so much, and He ate with sinners, and He came to save sinners, then you have missed the two verses above which also describe “why Jesus came.” Therefore, you cannot possibly see the big picture, and your testimony about Jesus will be one-sided.
You’ve attended church services, watched it on TV, and heard it on the radio for the past five, ten, twenty, and in some cases fifty years, so answer this question. Is there anyone left who preaches all of the reasons why Jesus came?
We are quick to say Jesus loves us so much, but even among those who hold to some of the unpopular doctrines clearly written in anyone’s Bible, there are none left who preach every Word of God. Therefore, what used to be called church 100 years ago is clearly on its way out and will be none existent in the next few decades.
What’s the biggest problem; no salt. Our conversation should always be with grace, mixed or seasoned with salt; never without it.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. NKJV
What happens when our conversation is not seasoned with salt? It is good for nothing.
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. NKJV
Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” NKJV (more…)
She said, “It was such a spirit filled service today.” Is that because it felt good, or maybe it was different? Can the service be Spirit filled without truth?
Can Christians tell the difference between being led by the Holy Spirit, and being led by deceiving spirits? They could if they knew the truth.
The Holy Spirit leads us into “all truth” (John 16:13). He is even known as the Spirit of truth (John 16:13, 15:26, 14:17), and the Word of God itself is Spirit (John 6.63), and truth (John 17:17). Check the verses.
Deceiving spirits only use part truths, mixed with lies. Such was the case when the devil quoted scripture in an attempt to get Jesus to violate other scriptures (Matthew 4:5). That same trick is being used today in most churches. Let me show you.
Think about this. God promised Joshua that He would be with him, as He was with Moses.
Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. NKJV
Everything went well concerning the taking of Jericho, and then the Israelites proceeded to take the city of Ai (Joshua chapter 7). The men of Ai chased the Israelites, and killed about thirty of them (Joshua 7:5). What happened?
Joshua did not realize that there was a problem until after their defeat at Ai. He did not understand why the things that God had promised, did not come to pass (Joshua 7:6-9). The same is true today.
How can a covenant that God has made be broken? It can’t, if the instructions are followed. The problem was that the Israelites did not follow God’s instructions, and it is the same today (Joshua 7:11).
Joshua 7:11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. NKJV
The Israelites became doomed to destruction because they sinned and did not keep God’s covenant (Joshua 7:11). In the same way, we have rejected God’s instructions found in the Gospel. (more…)
God’s Word contains all the power Christians need in order to turn from evil (Jeremiah 23:22), but worldly wisdom takes the power out of what Christ has done for us (1 Corinthians 1:17). Check the verses.
Most Christians believe that this world’s wisdom is a good thing, and so we welcome the wisdom of the wise in most churches today, but what does God think?
This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:18-20), and the things that are highly valued among the people of this world today are detestable in God’s sight (Luke 16:15). Check the verses!
So, your only problem may be that you are full of worldly Christian sayings, and not full of God’s Word, which is all you need to stop sinning. Think about that.
Worldly wisdom is exactly what is choking the life out of millions of Christians today, but they are unaware of it. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and the little Word that we do know is being choked out by the tons of worldly wisdom our flesh enjoys.
It’s just like having a clogged fuel filter in a car; the power is diminished. Worldly traditions make the Word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:6, 13:22).
Why was Ephraim oppressed (burdened, troubled, overloaded) according to Hosea 5:11 below?
Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, Because he willingly walked by human precept. NKJV