Monday, 14 May 2018

The Many Who Try to Enter the Narrow Gate But Cannot Enter

Jesus made it very clear that many of those who try to enter the Narrow Gate to the Kingdom, will be rejected by Him. He said: 

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
(Luke 13:23-30).

Many of those who seek to enter but are rejected in the end by Christ are those who genuinely thought they knew the Lord, as indicated by how they called Him "Lord, Lord", signifying familiarity, and expecting Him to open unto them (Luke 13:25). This is a truly sobering and frightening thought. If it does not frighten you that you can be genuine for most of your life in thinking you know Christ, but still not truly know Christ, you should. This is a warning that I sound to you. 

Ask yourself, 

Do I truly know the Lord Jesus Christ? 

Do I live to serve and surrender to Him, and do all things for His glory, or am I just seeking to use Him and still be lord over my own life? 

Are all my desires ultimately for His glory and in line with His desires for my life, or do I still own my desires? 

Is obeying Christ my ultimate priority, or do I compromise my obedience to Christ where it is to satisfy my own desires?

There are many professing Christians who think they are saved, but are not truly saved, as Jesus warns in Luke 13:25-27 and Matthew 7:21-23. They did all kinds of works which were good and works which a person familiar with Jesus would do. But they were not truly saved, as they were workers of iniquity (Luke 13:27; Matthew 7:23). 

They were workers on iniquity as they did not fully repent from all of their sins. They may have given up, at least outwardly, the obvious gross sins that we all love to hate, like murder, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, masturbation, drunkeness, and drug taking. 

Rather, they lived ultimately for themselves, and not for Jesus Christ, still seeking their own self-glory, pursuing earthly security and blessings from God, as opposed to seeking to humble themselves before God, and serve others.  They had a false guise of righteousness, and form a godliness that denied its power, as it was not true godliness at all. They were full of earthly thinking, and had a worldly mindset, though all under a false guise of righteousness. 

They treated following Christ as a religion, and selected only the values of the true Christian faith that were convenient to them, while discarding the others that were not. They stunk of a hypocrisy so great that even the unsaved could discern it, and disdain them all the more, and have all the more an opportunity to blaspheme the name of Christ.

Such people would be regarded by the majority of the professing Church as 'righteous' and 'good' because of their many religious works, but inwardly were full of evil, wicked hypocrisy and false righteousness. 

They were the double-minded people who on one hand, wanted the benefits of following Christ, yet wanted what they world could offer them.

Repent of your sins. Turn to Jesus Christ. Obey Him and His teachings.














Saturday, 12 May 2018

Why Many Who Try to Enter The Narrow Gate CANNOT Enter

Jesus told people to "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24).

This teaching of Jesus is truly a frightening one. He said that many of those who professing to follow Him will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. When they knock on the door, asking Him to open the door to them, and expecting Him to welcome them, only to find out that He tells them to depart for they are workers of iniquity:

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
(Luke 13:25-27).

This is truly frightening.  

Many of those who claim to follow Christ, the vast majority of them, are not true followers of Christ. For many of the sought Him, not because they truly loved Christ, but because of ulterior, or wrong motives. Many who are seeking Jesus are seeking what they can get from Him, not to obey Him and His teachings, as their Lord and Saviour.

Seeking Jesus is not the same as following Jesus. Seeking Jesus is simply to look for Jesus, whereas following Jesus requires one to obey Him and His teachings. 

The person who merely seeks Jesus but does not follow Jesus will often know much about who Jesus is, and His teachings. However, he or she will not truly understand the teachings of Jesus. He or she will obey the teachings of Jesus to some extent, but resist the teachings of Jesus that he or she find hard to accept. 

These hard teachings include the teachings that one cannot serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24), one must totally deny oneself follow Christ (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23; Mark 8:34), and that one must love Christ far more than one's family members to truly follow Christ (Luke 14:26).

The resistance towards Christ's teachings that many professing followers of Christ manifest not necessarily in heated arguments or profane cursing in response to such teachings. Such resistance often manifests in an inability to truly understand what Jesus was teaching. When hearing such teaching, they will attempt to soften His teaching to justify themselves and to make themselves feel comfortable with His teachings. They will genuinely try qualify, exceptionalise, or twist the meaning of His teaching, when being confronted, rebuked or reminded of His hard teachings, all without realising it it because they cannot accept His teachings.

Many professing Christians, when confronted about a hard teaching of Jesus will accuse you of being "harsh" or "legalistic", the real reason being that they cannot accept it. They cannot understand His teachings, simply because they are not His. As Jesus said:
He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God (John 8:47).


Only the true followers of Christ hear His voice. Those who are not His followers cannot hear His voice:
 
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
(John 10:25-28)

Many professing followers of Christ are like the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-23, and in the parallel accounts of Mark 10:17-27 and Matthew 19:16-22. They are seeking Jesus, but they are not following Him. They obey Him only when it is benefits them or when it is convenient. Such obedience is disobedience. It is rebellion.

There are many in the Church who have a false guise of righteousness by regularly going to church, attending prayer groups, and adhering to 'conservative' moral values, but are inwardly full of rebellion against Christ. They are full of pride, arrogance and hypocrisy, manifest in their smug attitude towards those they perceive to be inferior to them, and their despicable neglect of the needy. 

Jesus, in speaking about separating the sheep and the goats, said that the sheep are His sheep, not simply because they did not commit sins, especially gross sins like murder, adultery, fornication, homosexuality,  blasphemy and damnable heresy. Rather, He said they are His sheep because they were full of love, manifested in their care for the needy:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 (Mathew 25:35-40)

What makes one a follower of Christ is determine more by good works done for Christ, rather than simply refraining from sin. Rejecting and hating sin is what a true follower of Christ would do, and it is not simply refraining from doing evil that makes one a true follower of Christ. 

It is only by loving Christ,  and producing the good fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that demonstrates one is a true follower of Christ (Galatians 5:22-23). 

Remember what Jesus said:




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.

(Matthew 7:16-23)

Repent from your sins. Turn to Jesus Christ today. Live a life that follows and obeys Jesus Christ.






 








Friday, 4 May 2018

The Life of Simply Trusting in God is the Blessed Life

Many people in the modern Church have the mindset that a blessed life is one which receives whatever one wants or desires. That is an extremely dangerous false teaching which has ensnared many in seeking to get what they want, leading them to do move ahead of God, or resort to illicit ways of getting what they want. It has caused many to loose faith in God in waiting on God, resulting in much frustration, leading to bitterness, which leads to unbelief.

To be blessed by God is to be favoured by God. What makes a person favoured by God is whether he or she walks righteously in the sight of God. He or she does not trust in himself or herself, but acknowledges God in all his or her ways.

Proverbs 3:5-6 gives great wisdom:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The Bible specifically exhorts us to trust in the Lord with all one's heart and not lean on one's own understanding, because it is the human tendency to do precisely the opposite. People tend to trust in their own hearts, lean on their own understanding, not acknowledge God, but think of themselves as owing nothing to God, and think they are capable of directing their own paths.

The Bible tells us to seek wisdom, not riches, money, houses, relationships, success or power, for wisdom is the principal thing. Proverbs 4:5-9 says:

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

 
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

It is by wisdom that one can live right in the eyes of God, by which honour and glory come. True wisdom does not seek honour and glory for oneself. Anyone who seeks honour and glory for oneself is not wise, but a fool. Rather, it is that true honour and glory are the rewards of true wisdom. The wisest people are those who forsake honour and glory, and strive to do all things, only to honour God and give only God the glory. They seek to give no one else the glory, no pastor, teacher, prophet or deacon, or anyone else the glory but God. They seek to honour God and God alone. All their honour towards other people is ultimately to honour God, and not them. 

Only where one seeks to live to life only to ultimately honour God and give all glory to Him, and not anyone else, one's desires will be God's desires for oneself. 

It is only when one's desires are perfectly aligned with God's will for oneself that one can be truly joyful, fruitful and successful. Whenever one's desires are not perfectly aligned with God's will for oneself, even to the slight, one will not be joyful, fruitful or successful.

Many in the professing Church have no joy, fruit or success. They are laden with heavy burdens, frustration, bitterness towards God and discontent. They are full of misery, loneliness and depression. This is ultimately because their desires are not perfectly aligned with God's will for them. One key reason is because of the false teaching that one needs to pursue one's own desires that has lead them into  the deep spiritual error of not trusting in God and leaning on His ways, but striving to satisfy their own desires instead.

The result is that their desires are not good desires, which lead them to much spiritual bondage. Any good desires they have had become perverted into evil desires, which control them, and lead them into seeking to satisfy such desires in their own ways. Such is lust, be it for money, power, sex, success, or anything else the desire for which controls the person. 

While all sin is from the heart, false teaching serves to keep people in bondage to such sin, by deception. It prevents them from the cure to such sin. The false teaching that one is blessed because one has whatever one wants or desires is one such teaching. It implies that if a person does not have whatever what one wants or desires, that person is less blessed, or worthy. This drives people to desperation, which leads to ungodly sorrow, which leads to death: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death ( 2 Corinthians 7:10).


Those of you who teach that one is blessed because one has received whatever one wants or desires for oneself have blood on your hands. You drive people to desperation to satisfy their desires because you teach them not to trust in God, lean on His understanding, acknowledge their ways, to let Him direct their paths. Yet, when people fall into all kinds of sin, sorrow and pain because of that desperation you have caused in them, you do nothing to help them out of sin, or show compassion. Instead, you simply bully, ostracise, browbeat, mock, ridicule and laugh at them, thinking you are superior to them when you are just a sick individual. 

The simple life which is a life which simply trusts in God, and seeks only to honour and give all glory to God, is the blessed life. Do not let anyone deceive you into thinking otherwise.
















Saturday, 28 April 2018

The Abominable Hypocrisy and False Obedience of Many Professing Christians

Many in the modern Church in the west talk about how to deal with disappointment, and pain, as if dealing with their disappointments and pain are the key things of their Christianity. 

Articles on Christian websites constantly speak about how one simply needs to "wait on God", "be patient" and "keep praying" to God to get what one wants, so as to simply comfort people that God will given the what they want. The subtle lie is that God will simply give what one wants if one wants it enough, and that God is obliged to give what one wants. 

The issue is not about whether Jesus gives you want you want. The issue, and only issue, is whether you truly love Jesus and obey Him. 

The focus on whether one gets what one wants reveals the tragic state of modern Christianity in the west. The truth is that many professing followers of Christ come running to Jesus asking Him to give them whatever earthly temporal want they have, be it a house, spouse, car, money, holidays or a dream job. They strive to be "obedient" to Jesus ultimately to get what they want, not to serve Jesus for who He is, being God Himself. 

Their "obedience" to Jesus is not only a false one, but one full of bribery and hypocrisy. It is absolutely abominable. They only serve Jesus to get something from Him which is itself a despicable sin, and yet claim that they love Him! They are not only liars and hypocrites, but blasphemers, by claiming the name of Christ, but not doing as He commands. Such people are worse than the Pharisees in claiming to serve Jesus, but yet not doing as He says. To such people He says, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

Such people are those who will hear the words on that terrifying Day of Judgment, "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?" (Matthew 7:22), to which Jesus will say "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23).  

Such people are not few, but many which is a frightening thought. Most professing Christians will go to Hell. When asked whether few will be saved (Luke 13:23), Jesus said:

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God
(Luke 13:24-29).

The narrow gate is the hard way which many are seeking to enter in, but will fail. They will fail to enter the narrow gate because they fail to truly remain faithful to Jesus right to the even end. They will look back at the plow, being unfit for the Kingdom of God: And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).


Friday, 27 April 2018

The Modern Church's Foolish Idolatry of Marriage and Family

The modern Church has made marriage and family an idol. People of conservative Christian circles keep trying to scare young people, especially young women into getting married young, in their early 20s, most of whom are hardly mature enough to look after themselves, let alone look after another person. They love to spread the narrative that a woman who is unmarried and pursued a vocation will be in a nursing home, all lonely and sad in her sixties. 

Do not fall for their lies and scare tactics of these marriage-idolators. If you are serving God and seeking His Kingdom, be it by serving Him in ministry or in a secular profession, He will provide all you need all the days of your life. 

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

(Matthew 6:25-34)


The key thing for single Christians to know is that the push for young people to get married young as soon as possible is based the assumption that marriage will stop sexual immorality, as if marriage will prevent people from committing adultery, pornography and masturbation. This subtly implies implies that all singles are just a bunch of horndogs who need marriage as a restraint, as if marriage will stop a person from committing adultery. No where in the Bible does it say that marriage stops sexual immoral. Rather, it specifies that adultery, which refers to a married person engaging in sexual relations outside of marriage, is a sin (Matthew 5:27-28) The seventh commandment is a commandment against adultery specifically in Exodus 20:14.

What all people need to do, whether married or single is to focus on God, refusing to idolise sex or be obsessed with it. It applies EQUALLY to married and single people, not just single people who married people love to single out for rebuke about sexual immorality. 

It is also to stop young women from pursuing vocations, owing to a fear and discomfort many men feel about women around them who they perceive to be "competing" with them, just because they have a vocations. Note I said vocations, not careers. A career is an earthly pursuit of achievement in work, but a vocation is a calling that is not achievement-orientated, but service-orientated. 

Making marriage and family a priority goes against what Jesus and Apostle Paul said.

Jesus warned that anyone who wants to follow Him must obey Him first, and love Him far more than any other family member: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26). This may require one to go against the wishes, desires or demands of one's closest family members. He also said that it is good not to marry if one cannot accept that one cannot divorce one's spouse, except where there was fornication, for whatever reason, by which there would be an annulment of marriage in modern legal terms, not a divorce:

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

 
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

(Matthew 19:9-12). 

Apostle Paul said that it is better not to marry if one can remain unmarried, so that one can focus on advancing the Kingdom of God:

But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

(1 Corinthians 7:32-35).

The modern Church need to repent of its despicable idolatry of marriage and family, and stop treating singleness as a disease or spiritual deficiency. It is not. If anything, it is a privilege to be able to have undivided attention in serving Christ.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Why So Many Professing Followers of Christ are Angry and Bitter at God


Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).

God created you for a unique purpose that only you can fulfil successfully.  No one else can fulfil it. He will give you all that you need to fulfil your calling that He has called you to. 

You may be at a season in your life where everything seems dry, or that nothing which excites you is happening in your life. If that is what you are experiencing in your life, God is preparing you for something greater. He wants you to wait on Him expectantly, patiently, but not desperately. 

If you are waiting on God for something desperately, it means that your desire for what you are waiting on God for is your own desire, and not a desire God has placed in your heart. The desires in your heart, and the only desires that God will give you, are those which He has placed in your heart. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart”, and not simply “He shall give thee the desires of thine heart” which many people mistakenly think.

Any desire of your heart which does not align with God’s Will, be it His Commandments, or His specific will for you, will not be given to you. This has caused much anger and bitterness of many towards God. Such anger and bitterness is extremely dangerous because it leads to doubt and unbelief in God’s goodness and promises. 

God loved you even while you were still His enemy demonstrates His great love for you by sending His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, so that you may be saved from His just wrath. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Romans 5:10).  

This all testifies of His goodness. As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

Many of you despise the love and goodness of God. You know that the Bible says that God is love, but yet you refuse to believe it. You refuse to believe in the goodness of God. How? You doubt His promises, despite knowing His promises for you, simply because you can’t see it. You are relying on your sight, not faith. Followers of Christ walk by faith, not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

If you are angry and bitter at God for not giving you the desires of your heart, repent. Ask God to make the desires of your heart His desires for you. Cease to walk by sight, but rather, walk by faith. Trust in God and God alone. Do not trust in people.

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5).

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Wise Life is the Blessed Life

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding (Proverbs 3:13).

The conventional view of a blessed life is one that is full of earthly temporal gifts, such as a well-respected profession, marriage and family. While such things may be gifts, they are merely temporal. What good are they if they do not make one to be rich in Christ, by making one serve Christ more faithfully, adding to one's heavenly riches?

True riches, the only true riches, are heavenly riches which come only by serving Christ and loving Christ.

The Bible says that the blessed life is one that is wise. Only by wisdom does one knows what direction one should live to please God to live a righteous life. To be blessed to be favoured by God because of living righteously before Him. Righteousness gives true joy and peace. The wise life is the blessed life. It is one characterised by constant learning, and understanding, leading to greater understanding and wisdom day by day.

Having all the things in the world, even if they are good gifts, is not a sign of favour with God, or that one is wise. The kindness that God shows to people is often to draw them to repentance, and not a sign that they are right with God, and therefore favoured by God: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4).

Do not be ensnared by the devil into thinking that having more earthly temporal gifts is a sign of greater blessing. Possessing any earthly gift is not a sign of blessing.