In the Name of Jesus

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Did you ever wonder why the Bible tells us that we have authority in the name of Jesus and yet scriptures plainly tell us that one can believe in another Jesus? That is, a person can believe in a Jesus which is one of their own imagination, understanding, or organized religion and he is not the Jesus of the Bible.

“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 [again note that Christ said “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.

First of all let us examine the premise; one can believe in another Jesus who is not the Jesus of the Bible.

  • Paul says, “For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” 2 Corinthians 11:4
  • Paul warns “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

So as you can see from scriptures, it is very possible to be converted to a false gospel and believe in a false Jesus too.  Now, check out these scriptures.

    • For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”  Will come in my name (on behalf of)And shall deceive many- to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true; in order to gain a personal advantage.
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    • Saying, “I am the Christ.” Or in other words I am anointed of God.
    • Many (an innumerable amount)
    • Matthew 24:5-8
  • On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ Matthew 7:22Many will say to be– (an innumerable amount)We prophesied in your name-spoke in his behalf, saying God told them thus
  • Works in your name– miracles, virtuous deeds, moral power, force
  • Lord, Lord– these claim to know him. As they address him as master.
  • On that dayjudgment day

Now to my point; In order to use someone’s name legitimately, or perform legal action in the name of another, act on their behalf, proxy: one must be authorized to use that name.  If you will notice, Jesus said to those using his name and doing works in his name and being rejected for it at judgment day, Jesus said, I NEVER KNEW YOU.  He did not say, “I once knew you, but I do not know you now, he said NEVER, and never means never.   ( at no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever)

However, these people going about doing works in Jesus name thought that they knew him! They called him Lord! They even thought that they were doing miracles in his name. But were they really? I have noticed that many doing so called miracles hardly ever get doctor verification or witnesses for their so called miracles. Seriously! Why not?

Now I am not saying that God does not perform miracles, but what I am saying is that many deceivers also claim they are doing miracles in Jesus name. So, miracles are not a sign of a true Christian with authority to use the name of Jesus by proxy (agent, deputy, emissary, representative)

This is why the Bible says to test the spirits. And prove ALL things. There are false anointed one out their claiming to know Jesus, when in fact, they believe in another Jesus and preach another gospel. (One made up in the minds of men and not based on scriptures.  )

Always check out what the person is preaching, even if they make you think someone is getting a miracle or even if there is a bonafide miracle because yes, Satan can perform miracles, scriptures attest to this. For example, New age healing and many other kinds of mumbo jumbo have actually healed people, such as hypnosis, mind control, new age spirit healing ect.

Even preachers could be doing healings and miracles by demons and have a false anointing (another spirit)

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,” 2Thess. 2:9

for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.” Revelation 16:14

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’”  Deut. 3:1-12

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24

In order to use the name of Jesus legitimately we must be born again, called by him, and be in obedience to scriptures. Many of these false anointed ones preach things contrary to scriptures. They also are very good at making up a lot of subjective stuff too. Make sure all preaching you receive can be backed up with scriptures comparing scriptures. Sometimes these sneaky false deceivers will speak great big swelling words as scriptures tell us. In other words they are silver tongued.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2Corinthians 11:13 -15

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:1-15

Scriptures give us safe guards against false prophets, teacher, apostles, pastors, evangelists.

Here are some things to watch for.

  •   Bad fruit- sexual sins, lying, cheating, faking, stealing
  • False teachings- (non scriptural, adding to or taking away from the Bible or misconstruing in order to pervert or change)
  • Greedy for gain- always asking for money, fleece the sheep in order to live high on the hog
  • Braggarts-always boasting about themselves as some great one, vain, self exaggerated.
  • Prophesying for money- you have to pay exorberent amount of money to hear them speak.
  • They give false words that do not come to pass.
  • They will tell you that there is another way to come to salvation, that Jesus is not enough or that he is not really God.
  • They do not like the grace of Christ and prefer the works of the law.
  • They scatter the sheep by abuse of power
  • They are sensual, of this world, love the world, and preach the exploits of this world.
  • They preach flattering words that the people want to hear but never subjects that deal with sin.
  • They pervert the grace of God into sensuality. In other words they say that you can live a lifestyle of sin and be saved. This is not true! If you are really saved then you will live separated from the world and its evil.

Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. Jude 11

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve. Romans 6:18

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:20-22

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:16

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes? Jer. 5: 30,31

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Gal. 1:6-9

“I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.” Jer.23:21

And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. Exk.22:28

Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Micah 3:11

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; Jude 8: 8-16

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. Jer. 23:1-40

And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:3

They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the Lord,’ when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Ezek.13:6

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; .2 Peter 2:1-22

And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them. Jeremiah 14: 14-16

For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2: 18,19

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:4

In conclusion, God gives authority in his name (JESUS) to his sheep that are known by him.

What this means is, that when a Christian represents Jesus Christ in proxy, then the authority they are given is onoma (GREEK) which means to come in his character and likeness.

The Bible does not give license to use Jesus name as a magic formula for whatever we want, but rather as a representative of Jesus, you have authority to be like him in character so that you represent him to the world. Christian means Christ like.

In Hebrew culture, a name represents the person, so to put the name of Jesus to something we must make sure that we take his name as sacred, according to his character described in the Bible and not in vain. Taking Jesus name in vain means to use the name of Jesus without producing the results of his character and word. Christians have authority in the name of Jesus to represent him to the world, so if one is misrepresenting him in this world they will be judged for that.

On Judgment day we will give account for how we lived as a representative of Jesus Christ in this world and not based on how many miracles were performed in our ministry. Satan is a very crafty liar and deceiver. Many calling themselves anointed of God are nothing more than deceivers who represent their father the devil. Do not follow after them or their judgment will be our judgment. Be wise and check out everything you hear and see in these last days, for many will come in Jesus name claiming to know him and be his representative but they are not. You will know them by their fruit.

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American Gospel?

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American Gospel?
By Russ McQueen, 11/2/11

Alan asked me to comment on how preachers of the “American gospel” handle Hebrews 11, and the “Hall of Faith.” I confess this question sparks my passion for the Gospel, but I am afraid the best I can do is a general response.

To start with, I am no preacher, and I don’t speak for preachers. I’m no expert on the American gospel, and I’m certainly no valid critic of how individuals should preach. Most of all, I am not the one who determines whether a person is a Christian or not. Neither do I sit in judgment of anyone else, nor dictate how anyone should pray or read scripture. I am only learning and growing myself, thank God.

However, none of that separates me (or anyone else) from responsibility to observe, study, understand and formulate knowledge and beliefs from which faith emerges. None of these limitations excuse me (or anyone else) from an obligation to learn the scriptures and study doctrines of the faith. So, I do have opinions, and while I am always subject to correction and teaching, I am not afraid to share what I have learned or am in the process of learning and observing. To me, it is a vital part of the learning process.

So, here goes…..What is “The American Gospel”?

In my view, the “American gospel” is “another gospel” which is no gospel at all. It is centered on “me, myself and I”, as opposed to the Biblical Christ, and it holds that the main reason for believing in Christ is that if we do our part, He solves our personal and social problems. The highest benefit of the American gospel is how good it makes me feel. The American gospel emphasizes what I/we supposedly do (and should do) for God, to the relative exclusion of what He has done (and does) for us – except, that is, for the minor things we say He does for us all the time.

The American gospel evangelistic idea is to share “what Christ has done for ME” (such as got me out of a financial jam, repaired my broken relationship, healed my illness, got my kid off drugs, etc.), and insinuate that if you join in, He will very likely pull you out of those same jams as well. Miracles which Jesus performed in the gospel accounts are assumed to be normative – that is, it is assumed that Jesus fed 5,000 and healed the sick to show that is why He came, and to hold those kinds of things out as the promised rewards He will bestow on American gospel believers for “accepting” Him.

The American gospel evangelistic idea is to share “what Christ has done for ME” (such as got me out of a financial jam, repaired my broken relationship, healed my illness, got my kid off drugs, etc.), and insinuate that if you join in, He will very likely pull you out of those same jams as well. Miracles which Jesus performed in the gospel accounts are assumed to be normative – that is, it is assumed that Jesus fed 5,000 and healed the sick to show that is why He came, and to hold those kinds of things out as the promised rewards He will bestow on American gospel believers for “accepting” Him.

In other words, the American gospel focuses on the miracles themselves, rather than on the Savior the miracles were intended to identify and authenticate. American gospel adherents often claim that all kinds of things that happen to them are “miracles,” and you can have YOUR miracle too, if you join up. After all, once one has “accepted” Christ into their hearts, they are entitled to miracles.

This American gospel is often ratcheted up to another level, with “name it and claim it,” “word of faith”, and similar ideas. Instead of Jesus promising to pull us out of jams, we step it up a notch, imagining He will enrich us, multiply our investments, etc. If He fed 5,000, surely that shows he wants to give us stuff. Some preachers use this line of thinking to argue (and manipulate others into believing) that if we invest our money in their “ministry,” then Jesus promises to pay us back many-fold on our “investment.”
When the American gospel has been proclaimed long and relentlessly enough, the real gospel of Christ gets lost in an ocean of self-indulgent, temporal entitlements. Prayer becomes a matter of wish lists, and begins to seem like sitting on the knee of Santa Claus. Worship begins to sound like self-inflation: “Lord I give you all of this”, and “Lord I am all of that…”, but when we stop and really consider many of these kinds of lyrics, they are untrue. We are not ‘all that,” and often our words of adoration and commitment are not what we crack them up to be. The so-called “gospel” begins to seem like a business deal, where we give certain things to God (or at least state our good intentions to do so), and He then, in return, is obligated to give certain things back to us. And we “wait for our miracle.”

If this is what you are referring to, Alan, by the “American gospel,” then I am tracking with you, and I can see why you would ask about Hebrews 13, which highlights Old Testament saints who lived and died without ever seeing the promises of God come to pass in their lifetimes. In fact, these giants of faith were commended by the writer of Hebrews for the fact that they persevered in faith (which, in retrospect turns out to have been faith in Christ) despite receiving NONE of the promises they were holding to. Many of those the writer referred to directly and indirectly libed only long enough to face torture and hideous death at the hands of persecutors.

American Gospel Environment

When we consider how widespread the American gospel has become and how engrained in American evangelicalism it seems to be, we can surmise how it is preached. Some serious razzle dazzle is necessary – one cannot very well preach the American gospel without entertaining the troops and setting the right tone for God to come through with cool blessings. It has to be universal in its appeal – that is, one can’t preach anything that might offend someone and make them feel as though they are not welcome. Above all, there can be no serious preaching of (gulp) doctrines.

We must not challenge anyone’s thinking very much – after all, if people think too much they might begin to ask some basic questions about this American Gospel and start unwinding it. Best not to get TOO serious about the Bible – better to pick out isolated proof texts that seem to support the American gospel without causing very much real study coming into it. Doctrines of the historical, reformed Church? Creeds? Catechisms? Biblical, historical, cultural context? Forget all that – American gospel adherents don’t need that sort of stuff. Besides, deeds before creeds! …that is one of the main battle cries of American gospel proponents.

In fact, it’s best to discourage study and “academics” and that which seems “intellectual” altogether. And it’s important to define study of scripture and church history and doctrines and creeds all as “academic” and “intellectual.” The American gospel works best at a very elementary level. Don’t ask questions like, “Why is the Bible so hard for us to understand if it was easily understood by its original readers?” Or, “Why are printed copies of sermons given in the 19th and early 20th centuries, both heard and understood in their original congregations, almost impossible for today’s Christians to understand?” Instead of these dangerous questions, it’s better to keep Jesus tucked away in “hearts” – in those perfectly “God-shaped holes” where He is safe and won’t cause trouble.

Furthermore, if the American gospel is to be preached, it is extremely important to latch parasitically onto as much of the surrounding culture as possible. Take music, for instance – no way people are going to hang in there for the American gospel if we play organs, or sing from hymnals with a piano, or sing (gasp!) without any instruments, or anything like that. Go easy on the choir thing too – it’s way too old fashioned.

Speaking styles should emulate stand-up comedians or talk show commentators; keep things short, sweet and light. Hit ‘em with sound bites, nothing more. The people want nice lighting, good hand-slapping, up-beat messages, a couple good jokes, a quick exit, music that is not only “good” but better than they can get down the street, and a feeling of well being for just being who they are – so give it to them for goodness sake! If you don’t, they are going to simply go somewhere else, where the American gospel is more fun. The highest value of the American gospel is, after all, fun.
The Real Gospel

The real Gospel of Christ is radically different, and it calls for a radically different approach. Instead of razzle and dazzle, personal stroking and “social transformation,” the Christ of the Biblical Gospel grants pardon for sins and righteousness by imputation, whereby the hopeless sinner stands upright before a mighty and holy God, despite his or her personal depravity and solely on the basis of the undeserved and unearned mercy and election of God. The real Gospel promises ultimate, future completion of the final redemption and restoration of all things, and the return of a triumphant Christ in glory and honor, to save the world and all who belong to Him, changing them from perishable to imperishable and granting them eternal life in His glorious Kingdom. These are the realities and promises that take a distinct back seat where the American gospel is preferred.

Prayer under the real Gospel is quite a bit different than under the American gospel, as a bit of logical thought will easily reveal. So is worship. Preaching, it would seem, has to be different also. For one thing, nothing in the preceding paragraph needs to be repeated when the American gospel is on the menu – in fact, such heavy statements would be a real downer, and would very likely chase visitors away, down the street somewhere, where the American gospel is served up with a perpetual smile. But when the real Gospel is preached, there will very likely be persecution and rejection. The rejection which the real Gospel has always brought about, and the personal charisma and competition that is the earmark of the American gospel, are incompatible.

One major challenge of the real Gospel, of course, is that it is very hard to sell. The American gospel is easy to sell – who wouldn’t want their problems solved? Who wouldn’t want society transformed? Who wouldn’t want a social boost? And the American gospel deal is a bargain! All one has to do is raise a hand when no one is looking, and then attend church once in awhile. Two hours on Sunday morning, once or twice a month, learn a little lingo, make a couple new friends, and bang! It is then possible to say one is “born again” or “saved” or a “Christian.” And perhaps best of all, the American gospel can be dropped with ease, whenever it becomes boring or the crisis of life it seemed to address is past.

But that “real” Gospel – man, it’s hard to sell, and it’s even harder to drop. If someone really wants eternal life, pardon from sins, a new way of life by faith in the Son of God, the Deity who came to save the world, lived a perfectly righteous life as the God-man, died an atoning death for our sins, then rose literally from the dead, ascended bodily to Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father – these are things that cost more than a couple hours a month and a few bucks once in awhile. They cost everything. To be more precise, they cost JESUS everything! For us, the cost is negligible, even were we to be crucified – for after all, that is what we deserve in the first place.

No, the real Gospel cannot be passed off as easily as the American gospel. No one wants to hear the real one, although the baby in a manger story works ok once a year. The Easter story can work if it is dumbed down enough and the focus placed on, say “new beginnings” (for us, that is) and off of things like a bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If you tell most people the whole story, the real one, you will 99% for sure be branded a religious nut. They may even say you are a danger to the world. Someday, and in some places today, they will torture and/or kill you, like they did to innumerable Christians in the first several centuries of the Church, if you proclaim the real Gospel and the whole story.

American Language vs. Real Gospel Language

So, many hold to the American gospel, because it feels a lot safer and more acceptable than the real Gospel, and because its promises are more immediate. They learn a language that identifies them as American gospel believers, but won’t get them in a lot of trouble. It’s relatively safe for them to say things like, “I go to such-and-such church, where the music is sooo wonderful, and Pastor So-and-so is sooo cool…” or “I used to go to the such-and-such church, but we moved because the pastor had some problems (or we lost our lead guitar player) and well, we couldn’t stay THERE any more…”

At least, that’s a lot easier than saying something like, “I am a disciple and believer in Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the second member of the Holy Trinity, and my eternal Savior.” American gospel adherents probably shouldn’t even teach that kind of testimony, because it could be dangerous if anyone actually started talking like that in public.

Besides, it is impossible to major in radical stuff like that and expect to grow the churches. They would probably be drained instead. It’s far better to stick to “personal testimonies” about what American gospel adherents did to “find” God and what happened to them as a result, not what God did and how He saved them from hell when in their depravity they had no chance whatever of rescuing themselves. Rather than how God intervened in fallen, sinful lives and elected His own for salvation, it is far safer to speak of finding Him by exercising that wonderful “free will” we all supposedly have, by which each depraved and sinful individual supposedly has absolute freedom of goodness to “choose” (“make a decision for”) Christ. In the end, the American gospel is all about us and what we did, far more so than God and what He did.

When it comes to language, the American gospel crowd will – if nobody’s looking – use certain words on themselves that sound just like real Gospel words. For example, if George Barna or someone else does a poll survey, millions of American gospel adherents will quite readily say they are “born again.” Of course, this is a phrase that comes from teachings of Jesus in the Bible, which doesn’t have much to say about, or to do with, an American gospel.
American Pelagianism

The American gospel normally assumes that “salvation” is a combination of a little help from God and a whole lot of work and commitment on our parts. In days in which the real Gospel was prevalent and Biblical doctrine mattered, this was known as the “Pelagian heresy,” and it was soundly condemned. “Lip service legalism” is a common result of this heresy. Under “lip service legalism,” laws and rules are taught as though they must be obeyed; and if they are not obeyed, then the good stuff will stop coming from Jesus. How can we expect Him, after all, to relieve our financial pressures or pay off our credit card debts, or heal a relationship, or protect our kids from drugs, if we don’t obey?

However, none of us actually does obey the law, and in fact, all of us sin daily if not minute by minute. Here is the magic of lip service legalism: If American gospel adherents complain enough about OTHER people’s sins, especially those who are gay, or politically liberal, or who (gasp) don’t believe in God, they give the illusion of being righteous themselves by their own efforts, goodness and piety.

The real Gospel is not like this. It causes those who struggle with their sin to thank God every minute for the gift of His grace, whereby in Christ, their sins are not counted against them. They know their sins stink, and they hate that they keep on sinning, but they have come to understand that the greatest gift of God is His mercy and His grace towards them. Moreover, the eternal and enduring grace of God is the great motivator to better living, and is all the encouragement needed for believers in the real gospel to persevere in God’s amazing grace, always trusting Him completely to do for them what they cannot do for themselves. Real believers in the real Gospel tend to grow in Christ and also to experience progressive victory over sin.

Preachers Can Be Trapped

As for preachers, I fear that many of them – having been caught up in the great frenzy to build “successful” churches – awaken one day to find they are leading the First Church of the American Gospel. Some of them know, excruciatingly, that what is needed is the real Gospel. Talk about a rock and a hard place! If they suddenly begin preaching the real Gospel and giving it top priority and coverage, what is going to happen? Very probably, a mass exodus from their churches will happen. How will they stay afloat? How will they grow enough to “plant” another church? How will they explain their shift in focus to denominational leadership? How will they face their church boards, who really like the American gospel?

Sorely Needed Message

If anyone thinks this has been an unfair or cynical description, I say with confidence that it is neither. My opinion is that this is the most crucial and threatening challenge facing the Church today – far more threatening than sin in the culture, or even sin in the camp. The message we need to carry is the message of the real Gospel, and that message should in no way be restricted to people outside of the Church. Our churches are sorely, severely in need of the real Gospel.

The American gospel is a false idol, whereas the real Gospel is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16).

Facts are Facts. (Even If They are Ignored)

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Centers for Disease Control. The CDC, with no religious overlay, attributes 95% of HIV/AIDS cases in adolescent boys and young adult males exclusively to male homosexual sex. Adolescents are defined as “persons in the process of developing from a child into an adult.”

It just seems logical that any person who want children to be healthy and emotionally whole would NOT endorse and encourage any behavior which has been irrevocably proven to cause a great deal of harm to children. But then again we may not be dealing with people who think logically, rationally or have the best interests of children at heart.

For more info check out the link below.

http://www.gcmwatch.com/10502/nalt-christians

Gospel for Sale!!

What did Paul charge for preaching the gospel? NOTHING!

“What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:18

“Have I committed an offense in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?” 2 Corinthians

http://pimppreacher.com/post/86455806645/want-bishop-t-d-jakes-for-your-next-revival-got

FALSE DOCTRINE ALERT!

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“Conform ourselves” ? The Bible says we are conformed to the image of Christ by the Holy Spirit and the word of God (Bible). Catholic doctrine is work based and a false gospel.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says that “we are being transformed into [Christ’s] likeness” and Romans 8:29 states that God “predestined [all believers] to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

Romans 8:29 – For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

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

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 3:18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

John 8:31
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

APOSTACEY

CHRISTIAN WATCHMAN

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Today many calling themselves Christians are really apostates who have fallen away from the true faith as stated in scriptures and instead are believing lying spirits and are consorting with demons.

These false apostates sneak in the fold and bring in their damanable heresies. The many itching ears of end time apostates today want to hear something new and so they listen to false prophecies, run from meeting to meeting to get their spiritual fix, give money hoping for gain, rely on spiritual mysticism instead of the bible, and follow prophets and so called apostles
instead of developing their own relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

These false sheep are always looking for a thrill to satisfy their carnal nature. The scriptures are not important to them and so they have convinced themselves that God is speaking through these false prophets and teachers. Why are there false prophets? Scriptures tell us that people want them! They want to be lied to! They like hearing false peace, false love, and false doctrine messages.

God’s sheep hear his voice and they follow him. The Bible is our sure word of prophecy and what is said through leaders must always line up with the bible. Apostasy will have a very sorrowful end. It would have been better to have never been born than to mess with God’s word and change it into a freak show, be a prophet for profit or lead others astray.

Ezek 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

Ezek 22:27,28 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

Jer 23:21,22 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Jer 14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

Jer 14:16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.

Mat 7:15-23 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
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 [lawlessness].

2 Tim 4:3,4 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/40017-are-we-living-in-the-days-of-the-great-apostasy

Isreal Will Recieve Antichrist as Messiah.

Many Jews today are followers of Judaism which denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah). In response to the unbelief of the Jews in His own time, Jesus said that Abraham rejoiced to see His coming… John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and He saw it, and was glad.”

Yet the Jews rejected Jesus and had Him crucified by the Romans.

Judaizers today, just as 2,000 years ago, deny that Jesus is the Messiah, and they claim they are still looking for a Messiah… but the Bible says that they will follow the Antichrist. Judaism teaches that the Messiah has not yet come. From reading their own writings, everything that the Jews are anticipating in their coming Messiah fits the Biblical description of the Antichrist. The Jews who reject Jesus Christ today, who are still looking for their Messiah, are beguiled and will blindly follow the Antichrist.

“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43, KJV).

The Jew must receive Jesus Christ as Messiah in order to be saved. Ultra Jewishness among Christians is a cult. Gentiles trying to act like Jews and going back under the law instead of clinging to the cross and the blood of Jesus for salvation.

Consider that the Antichrist will declare himself to be God from THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM! 2nd Thessalonians 2:4, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Matthew 24:15 calls this event THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION. Daniel prophesied of this event in Daniel 11:36-39.

The Antichrist will be the Devil’s Messiah, sought by Judaizers today. The Jews are preparing to set up their temple sacrifices again and are rebuilding the temple. We must preach to the Jew salvation in Jesus Christ for as any other man the Jew will be eternally lost without Jesus as Savior. Jesus Himself said in John 14:6: “’I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

Link blog by a born again Jew that the Jew needs salvation and the false doctrine of Dual theology.

http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/world-religions/2106-jews-need-jesus