Friday, 20 July 2018

Pacifism is Not True Peace, but Worldly Peace

There is much misconception about what true peace is by many in the professing Church. Many think that it is to not stir up trouble, fight or contend boldly and publicly with people who disagree with oneself. They think that Jesus was peaceful in that He would strongly rebuke, scold, or chastise. This is a serious misconception.

Jesus pronounced seven woes to the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:13-39). He told the paralysed man he healed, and the woman caught in adultery to sin no more without qualification in his command to stop sinning (John 5:14-15; 8:11). He did not only strongly rebuke the hypocritical Pharisees, but anyone who sinned. He cared not who it was. As long as someone sinned, he would rebuke them boldly, directly, openly without compromise.

Jesus is kind, merciful and gentle, but by no means does this mean He is pacifist. If Jesus were a pacifist, He would not have overturned the tables of the usurers and merchants, and chased them out of the Temple of His Father: 

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21:12-13).

Do not think for a second that Jesus held back in overturning the tables of the usurers and merchants, and chasing them out. 

Pacifism is a kind of peace, a worldly peace. It purports that people should not contend or fight at all, but rather, leave people to live in accordance to their own ways. While there is much true in pacifism in contention is a sin (Galatians 5:20), the deception lies in its definition what it means to contend. 

The Word of God says that keeping the Law of God is to contend with the wicked, while forsaking it is to praise the wicked (Proverbs 28:4). It also says that a follower of Christ is to contend earnestly for the faith: 

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).

The underlying so-called 'wisdom' of pacifism is that there is no right or wrong, such that people should not contend or fight with each other. It is the wisdom of the world (James 3:14-16). It is an evil wisdom which is extremely deceptive, and manifests in perversion of righteousness in all kinds of ways. 

True peace, the peace of God, comes from knowing righteousness from evil, holiness from that which is profane.  True peace loves righteousness, a fruit righteousness itself. True peace finds its assurance in knowing that it is right in the sight of Sovereign God who alone reigns in the whole universe. 

Pacifism derives it peace from stopping people from fighting or contending, and as such, can have no assurance of peace. For its does not derive its assurance of all being well from righteousness before a holy and righteous God. 

Pacifism often manifests in people being worried or anxious about certain ideologies, political views or religion, including Christianity, owing to the mindset that such worldviews are aggressive, oppressive or militant. Pacifism manifests in discomfort or unease towards any worldview or movement that it merely perceives to be aggressive, oppressive or militant, simply because it stands for its own values. 

Pacifism leads to cowardice, as it seeks to please all to not offend or gain approval, as opposed to stand up for what it perceives, whether rightly or wrongly, to be righteousness. This desires to not offend anyone or gain approval from all, is the fear of people which is a snare, leading one to weakness, owing to fear in standing against evil: The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25).

Jesus, in Matthew 10:34-36, said:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth, but a sword. It is only by dividing the earth with the sword of truth that true peace shall come. For true peace only comes by upholding the righteousness of God. 


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Christianity is Not a Pacifist Religion

Modern Christianity is very different from the Christianity of the early Church and the Middle Ages. Modern Christianity has become a weak, pacified religion that is full of the fear of people, and scared of confronting people. 

Instead of challenging and defying the world on its wicked evil ways, it seeks to conceal its righteous ways out of fear of what the unsaved think, and fails to speak what God says on their wicked ways in a plain and simple ways. Rather, they seek to pander to their sympathies, trying to convince them of righteousness by appealing to moral arguments from the world itself. For example, it seeks to convince people that abortion is wrong because it "hurts" women, rather than because it is murder and a sin in the eyes of God. It seeks to convince people that homosexual marriage is wrong because it leaves children and women vulnerable, rather than because homosexuality itself is sin in the eyes of God. 

The modern Church in the west calls sin anything but sin, minimising sin for what it is. To minimise or compromise with sin is itself to forsake the law. Proverbs 28:4 says: "They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them." You may say that the Church does not support sins like homosexuality, pornography or abortion. Keeping the Law of God is not simply about rejecting and not practicing sin. To keep the Law of God also requires one to disapprove of all sins, which means to hate sin practiced by anyone, rather than simply refrain from committing sin oneself. 

Apostle Paul says that not only are those who commit the sins he mentioned in Romans 1:29-31 are guilty before God of such sins. He says those who approve of them are also equally guilty: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:32).

Many in the modern Church are too focused on how to understand the Law of God in ways that do not come as so harsh or hard for them. For example, they are always trying to soften or twist what Jesus said money, what the Word says about not loving pleasure, or living for oneself. Yet, many of these very same people create their own rules which are not ordained by God, and push them onto people, as if their rules are the Laws of God itself. 

Examples include the rules made up by many evangelicals in America that people must marry and have children, that people who are not married must work in ministry full-time, and not have other non-sinful pursuits (while married people can have other pursuits), that people must home-school their children, and that a pastor must never meet up with a woman alone, even in a public place. Such rules are not found in the Bible, and following such rules as rules do not make people holy. 

As a result of such false legalistic teaching impose by many evangelicals on people, they have produced sons and daughters that are twice the sons and daughters of Hell as they are, who think they are holy because they follow certain man-made rules, but are not.  The problem with the modern Church in the west is not that people do not have rules or are scared to follow rules. Rather, it is that they lack of fear of God, when they should fear God, and are full of the fear of people, when they should not fear people at all.

The Word of God never tells us to fear any other human being, including those in authority over us. Never! While God vests authority in certain people over certain other people, such as a father over his children, a husband over his wife, employer over employee, or governing authorities over the governed, and they must be respected as such, such authority figures only derive their authority from God. They do not derive it from themselves, such that they ultimately have the final say over everything one does. 

Some God-ordained authorities can be wicked, and so, must you listen to such an authority when he imposes something wicked? No, my friend. As Apostle Peter said to authorities to questioned why they were preaching Jesus Christ, "we ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:27-29):

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

This example clearly shows that it is God's commands that are always ultimate above all other human authorities. For who are mere human beings to overthrow the authority of God, or to dictate the Laws of God? Human authorities are themselves subject to the Law of God, for the purpose of giving them authority is to ensure that those they exercise authority over act righteously in the eyes of the Lord.

If even human authorities are subject to the Law of God, and that God must be obeyed rather than such authorities, how much more should we not fear mere human beings, particularly those who are evil? For they have no right to dictate the Law of God, and despised by God in all their ways, "But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?" (Psalm 50:16).

The irony of many professing Christians is that as they do not fear God and submit to Jesus in all things, they submit to the world, and its ways, fearing to offend or be scored by it. "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe" (Proverbs 29:15) because fearing people will lead one to forsake the Law of God, including by approving the sins of others, which is itself sin. Sin lead to destruction. When one fears God, however, one will always be safe, as God is the only One that any person should fear. 

The Word of God never tells us to fear anyone other than God. It never tells us to fear the government, a pastor, employer, parent or husband. It only ever explicitly commands people to fear God with reverent fear, for reverence is due only to God and God alone. So, why should we followers of Christ fear anyone else who is not a God-ordained authority, and what they think? 

The first reason why so many in the modern Church have a fear of people is that they do not fear God. They seek the approval of others owing to this fear. The second reason is that they think that loving people is to give them what they want, or speak what they want to hear to assure them that they are right, good or justified. Confronting people, even gently, is beyond question. 

Causing others to feel uncomfortable because of one contending for that which is right is deemed to be even more wrong, because right or wrong in how one treats people is determined by whether one makes them feel comfortable or uncomfortable. As long as one makes someone uncomfortable, one has committed some kind of sin, in the minds of many in the modern Church.

It is this very erroneous mindset itself that has pacified the Church. It is a mindset based on misconceptions of what love, and holiness are and are not. 

The modern Church needs to be free from the false mindset that love is to speak nice words to people, or be concerned about making people uncomfortable when dealing with sin, or confronting evil.

Love is not weak, submissive, quiet, nor holds back on righteous anger. No, love is strong, bold, loud when it has to be, and unleashes righteous anger in righteous ways. Love is militant in fighting for righteousness, and fighting all manner of evil. Love tolerates no evil, nor anything that hinders it from defying, and fighting evil. Love ruthlessly condemns and contends with all manner of wickedness.  Love does not fear fighting against evil and wickedness because it loves only good and righteousness. 

Christianity is not a pacificist religion. It is a religion that uncompromisingly defies the wicked ways of the world, as well as boldly, actively, aggressively and ruthlessly contends with the wicked. For that is the heart of love, and what it means to truly love God and be united with God.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

How to Know if the Earthly Temporal Things You Have are NOT From God

Much of the time, the earthly temporal things people have are not truly from God. Satan himself gives people such things, including things that are not inherently sinful, such as food and temporal authority. Satan tempting Jesus in the desert shows that satan himself is capable of giving people things they want or need (Matthew 4:3-9).

Many people, especially the most rich people, work very hard for the things of the world, and are rewarded by the world. They devote themselves to pleasing people to gain their favour, and use all kinds of ways to get what they want, for themselves, even if it requires one to be unethical, immoral, unjust or unrighteous. They can never rest when things do not go their way, and seek to 'resolve' difficulties by all manner of evil and wickedness. 

The things which they have are not from God, and are not God's "blessings", but from the devil, which the world rewards them with.  They earned what they have as a result of seeking things for themselves, as opposed to allowing God to give them what they have as He chooses.  

Likewise, many professing followers of Christ are busy seeking earthly temporal goods for themselves. Instead of faithfully and humbly allowing God to give them what He wants to give them as He chooses, they seek what they want for themselves. This is pride and selfish ambition, in demanding what one wants, and seeks to get what one wants for oneself. 

Jesus Himself said:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:19-21)

These professing followers of Christ are seeking earthly treasure, as opposed to heavenly treasure, which is completely contrary to Jesus' command. Do not be deceived, you cannot seek both earthly and heavenly treasure. You devote yourself to seeking one, and despite the other

Temporal things which are not given to one by God will puff up one's pride, leading one to use what one has to gain status. Whenever you see a person being constantly proud of his professional career, business, marriage, or house, and elevating himself above others for such things, that is a sign that it is not from God. It is something he sought for himself, and worked hard for his own glory, and not for God's glory.

Nothing that God gives to a person will cause him or her to deviate from walking with Jesus or worshiping God. If it does, it is not from God, but the devil. For example, if a person's spouse causes him or her to drift from God, or even fails to sanctify him or her, that spouse is not his or her God-ordained spouse. He or she is not given to the person by God. 

Anything that God gives to a person as a gift will not cause anxiety, worry, pain or unease. If something, such as a house on a mortgage causes anxiety owing to enslavement to debt, which it will most definitely will, it is not from God, no matter how much you may try to convince yourself otherwise. If one is uneasy or not at peace with a person of the opposite sex for whatever reason, that person is not his or her God-ordained spouse. 

God intends that those who love Him be excellent, not just good, but excellent stewards of what He gives them. He will only give His children what is good:  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11).

Therefore, if anything one has is that which he or she cannot be an excellent steward of, whatever it may be, it is not from God, as it is not good for him or her in accordance to God's purpose. It does not fit his or her gifts, talents and abilities, such that he can be an excellent steward of what is given. 

One of the key reasons as to why followers of Christ do not get what they ask for is because it does not fit him or her. He or she will not be an excellent steward of what he or she asked for, and so God did not give it to him or her.

Do not be dismayed or discouraged if God does not give you what you want. Believe in your heart what Jesus said when He said " how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?".  

Do not think that the earthly temporal things people are favours from God, or that being given more things is a sign of God's love. It is not.
Repent of your sins. Place your faith in Jesus while you still have time. 


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Not All Good Earthly Things are Given to People by God

God gives people earthly temporal things, like jobs, marriages, families, food and money. However, not all earthly things are from God. Some are from the devil. In fact, for much of the time, most earthly things that people have are from the devil.

So, how can one discern whether what one has is truly from God, or from the devil?

If God has given something to a person, it is either for him or her to sustain himself or herself to do the Will of God, or to use for God's glory in serving God and others. Anything that God gives to a person is ultimately for His glory, and not for that person to indulge in, enjoy in and of itself, show others, or to use to gain power and control over others. 

For Philippians 2:3-4 says:" Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

Many professing followers of Christ constantly judge others for what they do or not do, or what they have or do not have. They make all kinds of judgments against other people for being in ministry, not being in ministry, working in a job, not working in a job, being married, or not being married, having no children or not having children, or having few children or having many children. 

God can give anyone anything or assign any person any assignment as He chooses, at His timing, for His purposes. Not only is it that it is only for God to determine what He gives or assigns to people. He is the only One who can even know what is His will for a person, and it is between Him and the person. A prophet may also know what is God's will for the person, but it is not for him or her to question God about His will, assess the merits of His Will, or compel the person serve God. All a prophet can do is to confront, rebuke and correct the person.

Anyone who is not a true prophet and confront, rebukes or corrects people for not doing God's will or being lead by the Spirit is in error to do so, as he or she has no such authority to know about God's will for another, or to confront, rebuke or correct people for not doing the Will of God.

Earthly temporal things, including that which God created as good, like work, marriage and family, can be given to people by satan. Where something which one has is not for God's glory, but for one's glory, it is from satan. Where what one has earned is the result of working diligently out of selfish ambition for one's pride, be it for recognition, security, fame, or wealth, it is from satan. One is being rewarded by the system of the world, the prince of which is satan (John 12:31; 16:11). 

Anything which God has given to one will not hinder the person from running the race of faith, but rather, will help him or her run the race faster, enable the person to fix his eyes on Jesus, and not cause him or her to be weary.

For Hebrews 12:1-3 says: 
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Therefore, anything that hinders one from running the race, causes one to lose focus on Jesus, or to be weary is not from God. 

Those of you who have are seeking to have everything,  including a career, marriage, family, wealth, luxury goods, holidays, and education, and are weary, anxiety, depressed, frustrated or bitter because of it are not following God's will. Not everything that you have is given to you by God, but you sought to gain some or much of what you have for yourself, and the satan has given those things to you. You have been ensnared by selfish ambition, which has led you to earn things for yourself which God has not given to you, or not given to you yet. Repent of selfish ambition!

Anything that one has which will not be able to be used to advance the Kingdom of God in any way, shape or form, is not from God, but satan. For God does not give people things just for their own enjoyment, pleasure or treasure. 

Anything given to a person from satan is a curse, even if it is something which is not inherently sinful, like a job, marriage, family or house. Many who claim to follow Christ have been deceived into thinking that the more earthly things they have, the more blessed. 

As long as something is not from God, even if it is not inherently sinful, but sought out for oneself, or earned as a result of being rewarded by the world's system, and hence satan himself, it is a curse the person.

Repent of your sins. Put your faith in Jesus Christ  while you still have time.


No Material or Earthly Thing is a Blessing or even a Manifestation of a Blessing. Only True Joy, Peace and an Abudant Life are True Blessings.

Many in the modern Church are woefully deceived as to what is means to be blessed. They think that to be blessed means to have all manner of material things, be it a house, spouse, successful career, abundant money and luxurious holidays. 

However, not one verse in the entire New Testament refers to material things as blessings. The same could be said of the Old Testament. All the things which God gave to Abraham was for him to be responsible for, not giving to him as a blessing. Abraham never claimed what he was given by God as a blessing. 

Instead, Jesus taught in the Beatitudes that:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

(Matthew 5:3-11)

Jesus Himself said that to be to truly blessed is to gain the Kingdom of Heaven, be comforted by God, inherit the earth, filed with righteousness, obtain mercy, see God, called children of God and be persecuted. 

A truly godly person will never say that he or she is blessed because of the material things he or she has. Rather, he or she will regard any material things  truly given to him or her by God, and not obtained for oneself, as not given as a reward for one's obedience. God does not give material things as rewards for obedience. Rather, they are only given by God for one to steward and to use for His glory, by serving Him and others.  

The true rewards that God gives for one's obedience are joy, peace and an abundant life. Such things are the only true blessings as they are eternal, and cannot be taken away from the recipient. 

That is why Jesus said:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:19-21)

It is because treasures on earth are not even blessings in the first place, but either needs  to consumer or things entrusted to a person to steward for God's glory and purposes. They are not rewards for one's righteousness and holiness. Only heavenly rewards are rewards for one's righteousness and holiness, and therefore are blessings.

To be filled with true joy and peace, and live an abundant life in knowing of one's heavenly riches, which can come only by serving Jesus Christ, is the only and true blessing.

Do not be deceived by the many professing Christians who tell us otherwise. For they will cause you to be bitter, and ensnare your soul to mammon, by convincing you that material things are blessings, and that one is more blessed than other because one has more material things. It will cause your heart to desire to find joy, peace and abundance in mammon.  Do not be deceived!

Repent of your sins. Put your faith in Jesus Christ today while you still have time. For today is the  day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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