Jesus

Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created.  He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth.  He came to show us what God the Father is like.  He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins.  God raised Him from the dead.

Jesus is the source of eternal life.  Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you.  In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29).  In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people.  Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  (John 14:6).  He is waiting for you now.

  • Admit to God that you are a sinner.  Repent, turning away from your sin.

  • By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.

  • Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

    You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you:  “Dear God, I know that You love me.  I confess my sin and need of salvation.  I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

    After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision.  Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.

From Open Windows

A Guide For Personal Devotions

Winter 2016-2017      LifeWay

 

 

Have A Blessed Christmas

 

Pray For Revival In America!

The Pastor’s Conference And Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 1

I will start out with the last part of this conference/convention, since it turned out to be the most important, and I received a great blessing from it.  God works in strange ways, and as we walk with the Holy Spirit, we learn that we must sometimes strike when the iron is hot.  I was spiritually uplifted and filled on my way home, and ready for opportunities for soul winning…

Our eldest daughter Jill gave me a couple of early Father’s Day gifts prior to my departure on June 17th.  One of them was a T – Shirt that shared the Christian Gospel on it.  It said:  “America Strong,” and had the scripture on it:  Philippians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I wore this shirt as a public witness on my two flights home that night.   I entered my second and final Delta flight, and was seated next to a young Marine named Gary.  Gary noticed “America Strong,” and complimented me about the shirt.  Gary had great integrity, and I could tell “God and Country” were priorities to him, and he would give his life for his nation.  Gary was going to visit his grandfather, who was terminally ill with kidney failure.  God set the stage for Gary to receive spiritual truth.  I used the opportunity to explain the scripture on the shirt, and this led to my sharing the plan of salvation with this Marine.  He listened carefully.  I told him that the Lord placed me next to him, and that in the Hebrew language, there is no word for coincidence.  It was indeed a Divine appointment.  As we departed from our flight, a lady two rows in front of us asked if I was the preacher on our flight.  I said yes I was, and she was elated about the sharing of the plan of salvation.  (Since she was seated two rows ahead of us, this means that at least eight to ten people heard the Gospel).  Her encouragement, which I have rarely experienced during such ventures, was for Gary’s benefit, in order to affirm my (His) words.

This was a time of joy, but be prepared for Satan’s counter punch whenever you share Christ.  I got back to my wife’s new car in the airport parking lot and the battery was dead at 3 AM!  New cars do not ordinarily have dead batteries.  I later arrived home and had to cut our grass quickly, since I would be busy in church all day Sunday.  I prepared our lawn tractor and had it all set to mow our long grass (I was gone for ten days) before we left for the conference/convention.  While gone, a rat nested on the crank shaft and chewed on the wires connected to the battery.  The mower still does not start to this day.  I had a small push mower that I used, and it naturally took much longer.  Satan does not like it when we share our faith.  [These things I mentioned are only minor inconveniences in the scope of eternity.  I share them so people can become aware of the spiritual battle going on].  Satan will do everything he can to keep us from sharing the ONLY way of salvation.  John 14:6, Acts 4:12

Incredibly, I have found that the largest opposition to soul winning has come from WITHIN the body of Christ!  That is, from professing Christians who do not share their faith.  Lost souls and pagans are usually intrigued by the Gospel, and I have had great conversations with them during my thirty six years of soul winning.  It is the Christians who place a lampshade over their faith that criticize the public sharing of the Gospel.  Unfortunately, this accounts for a great many believers, since it is a well known fact that a great majority of Christians have never won a soul to Christ, and have never shared the plan of salvation with anyone.  Strange but true.  I know from experience.  You think about that.

Blessings, Pastor Steve       <><

Prince

When celebrities pass on, big headlines are the outcome.  When war veterans waste away because our government fails to provide them medical care, no one knows.  I am glad that the Lord’s justice will not sleep forever.  As a baby boomer, I can relate to 1960’s and 1970’s heavy metal music.  I remember Jimi Hendrix, and I interpreted Prince as a more refined version of Hendrix.  Since 1980, I have no desire to listen to that kind of music because of my salvation and God giving me a new heart.  (II Corinthians 5:17)  I read a couple things about Prince since his death that shocked my socks off.  Prince was seen as a bigoted homophobe by the liberal entertainment industry.  He went so far (read article below) as to suggest the Lord destroyed the entire world by the flood of Noah because of fallen man’s wickedness and sin!  My, even many professing Christians do not believe the story of the flood in Genesis 6-8.    I know Christians who have not nor will not warn their friends or family about God’s wrath and judgment of sin.  The sin of sodomy is what the Lord calls an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, KJV).  This sin received special treatment in ancient times, as fire and brimstone devoured and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  Please, please, please do not tell me that you love your gay friends when you fail to warn them of God’s judgment.  Fellow believers often become angry at me because of what I teach, preach and write.  That is fine.  I do not want to be silent when the Lord tells me to warn the ungodly about His wrath to come.  Prince may have struggled with this issue himself, but I respect him for his honesty and his trust in the Word of God.

What truly saddens me about Prince was not his worldly lifestyle, nor his abusive use of pain killers that may have led to his death.  What hurts is that he was a Jehovah’s Witness for about the last fifteen years of his life unto the day he died.  That cult does not believe in Christ’s deity and His equality with the Father.  They deny the Trinity, the reality of hell, and they are false prophets, having failed to predict Armageddon on more than one occasion.  Their ideas and bizarre beliefs are based on the teachings of Charles Taze Russell and Judge Rutherford.  They use to be called the Russellites.  They rewrote the Bible into what they call the New World Translation (NWT), carefully stripping out every mention and reference to Christ’s godhead.  They would deny a loved one a blood transfusion and let them die.  If Prince was convicted of sin, maybe the reality of how God gave His life for him would have been readily received.  It saddens me greatly that he belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Pastor Steve

 

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 THE STAR TREATMENT

LOOK WHO’S TURNING ON PRINCE’S LEGACY

Reaction erupts over stunning social views expressed in 2008 interview

Published: 14 hours ago

 

 

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Prince, the rock icon whose sudden death at age 57 last week left the music industry reeling, followed his own drumbeat in his lyrics, music and lifestyle.

He also, apparently, took a narrow path in the entertainment industry on the issue of homosexuality.

Because while Bruce Springsteen and others have decided to deprive North Carolina fans of concerts because of the state’s law protecting women and girls from men in public restrooms, Prince insisted the Bible condemned homosexual behavior, and he concurred.

Music News, Paul Resnikoff concluded Prince “was a gay-bashing homophobe.”

“Prince was a fearless innovator, and known for challenging societal boundaries and gender definitions,” Resnikoff wrote. “But maybe he wasn’t so comfortable with his sexuality, after all.”

Look at the truth of the homosexual issue, in “Outlasting the Gay Revolution” or “A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” both at the WND Superstore.

He cited a 2008 interview by Claire Hoffman in the New Yorker that reported Prince’s social views.

“When asked about his perspective on social issues – gay marriage, abortion – Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough,’” the reporter quoted him saying.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/look-whos-turning-on-princes-legacy/#AjzZlW7bTQH1PVSx.99

Spiritual Insight Received After Going To My Doctor

Like many of you, I am a Baby Boomer and a South Floridian.  There was no such thing as sun screen when we were children or young adults.  I received way too much sun when I was in my late teens through my early twenties.  Now I pay for that overabundance of sunshine and am reminded of it every time I visit my dermatologist.  I have had minor operations, skin grafts and the most common remedy is the freezing technique.  These are a few of the many solutions for skin cancer.  I praise the Lord for them.  Think about the alternative!  Then I realized…  My problem as a young man was that I worshipped the wrong sun!  We were even called sun worshippers in those days.  There are scores of ancient cultures who likewise worshipped the sun.  The Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas and Aztecs to name a few.  They too, worshipped the wrong sun.  We need to worship the Creator rather than the creation.  (Romans 1:25)  I was gloriously saved at the ripe old age of twenty seven, and the Lord has drastically modified my worship habits from that time in my life.  Now I worship the Son rather than the sun and it makes a world of difference.  Of course after salvation we soon realize that the Son actually made the sun and everything else in the universe.  Thank you Jesus for all that You are:  Creator, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince Of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The Sun Of Righteousness, The Truth, The Life, The Way, Our Advocate, Great High Priest, The Branch, Shiloh, The Door, The Light Of The World, The Alpha And The Omega, The First And The Last, The Good Shepherd (Psalm 22), The Great Shepherd (Psalm 23), The Chief Shepherd (Psalm 24), The Bread Of Life, The Messiah, The Resurrection, Captain Of Our Salvation, Mediator, Deliverer, Savior, Redeemer, Our Intercessor, Blood Atonement, Our Mercy Seat, Propitiation Of Our Sins, Covering, The Scapegoat, Seed Of A Woman, Son Of God, Son Of Man, King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords, The Lily Of The Valley, The Bright And Morning Star, The Rose Of Sharon, The Christ, Yeshua, Joshua, Jehovah, Immanuel, Star Of Jacob, Lamb Of God, Lion From The Tribe Of Judah, Son Of David, The Prophet, I AM, Our Lawyer, Our Defense Attorney, Anointed One, Angel Of The Lord, The Potentate, Lord And God and the list goes on and on…  Do you know Him?  Peter says in Acts 4:12 that “There is no other name written in heaven whereby we can be saved.”  Jesus Himself said (John 14:6) that “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by Me.”  He is also the Author of salvation, and if you know Jesus then you also know the Father.  Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain and He washed it white as snow.”  My  mother gave me a card when I left home in 1977 for a job in Washington, D.C.  I was twenty three years old.  The card said:  “If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing.  But if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.”  That card is worn out and one can barely read it.  But guess what?  It is still in my wallet.  The Lord used that card and many other things to lead me to Him.  Thank you Jesus.  Because Of Him And Only Because Of Him,  Pastor Steve

Killing Jesus ~ Part 3

The Crucifixion

As mentioned, the raising of Lazarus was glossed over in the film, and this is the act that gave more people a desire to crucify Jesus Christ than any other event.  One week before Christ’s death, the Lord asked His disciples to retrieve a donkey.  You Bible scholars already know that He fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 by riding the donkey into Jerusalem.  The disciples who retrieved the donkey, suggested that He manipulated the event in order to appear that He was fulfilling prophecy.  Yes, a skeptical theme is evident throughout this movie.  Fast forwarding ahead to Jesus and the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane: when the officials came to arrest Him, as you may recall, zealous Peter cut off the ear of a soldier.  The Bible says that Jesus healed the ear.  Again, in consistent fashion, the movie omitted this miracle, one of His last performed on earth.  Prior to His crucifixion in the movie, one uttered that “He walked on water and fed the multitudes.”  In the background one could be heard asking:  “Did you see it happen?”  Again implying a lie was being told.

The following episode is classic of so called “Hollywood” poetic license.  We know how Judas Iscariot was given thirty pieces of silver for turning Jesus over to the authorities.  The Bible tells us that he brought it back to the priests and religious elders in the temple because he betrayed innocent blood.  Since it was “blood money,” the priests decided it could not be used for temple service, and reserved it for the Potter’s Field, which was a parcel of land used to bury strangers.  It became known as the field of blood.  The movie has Judas giving a boy thirty pieces of silver, to purchase a rope that the lad had around his goat!  This is the rope Judas hung himself with.  Furthermore, the movie has him hanging himself in a level area which could not have happened according to the scriptures.  One Gospel account says Judas hung himself.  Another says his bowels gushed out down a cliff.  Merging the true accounts together we find that Judas hung himself over a cliff, the rope/branch broke, and he fell down the cliff.

In the movie, the authorities gave Jesus a crimson colored robe for His mock trials, yet the Bible says it was purple.  The movie quoted it as purple even though it was not.  Have colors changed in the last two thousand years?  Inri was the only sign placed on the cross.  There were no miracles displayed at the cross.  The earth did not quake and the sky did not turn dark.  The veil in the temple between the holy place and the holy of holies was not shown to be split top to bottom.  Lepers were not cleansed, and people did not rise from the dead as the Bible tells us.  This could have been the crucifixion of Spartacus rather than Jesus.  The thief on the cross who became saved, was far from Christ and never heard from.  In the movie, Jesus was never heard saying:  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Bill O’Reilly claimed “that would never have been said.”  Then O’Reilly quipped  “No one being crucified would have made such a statement or have the strength to do so.”  O’Reilly’s audacity and foolish presumption is downright scary!  A very human Jesus was presented at the crucifixion.

Three days later, the movie displays an empty tomb, asserting no real evidence for the resurrection or suggestion of why His body was missing.  The women who came to the tomb, however, smiled as they noticed it was empty.  That was probably the largest inference to the resurrection in the entire movie.  No angels appeared, the ground did not quake, fearful Roman soldiers were not to be seen, and the resurrection of Jesus was glossed over.

Later, Peter is shown fishing once again, and he caught another huge, miraculous amount after he appeared to be in prayer.  The implication was that the Lord enabled the great catch, but Jesus is no where to be seen.  In fact, the movie shows no appearances of Jesus whatsoever after the crucifixion, nor is His ascension to heaven displayed either.

Here are a few mind boggling closing statements in the movie: 1)Peter took the “Christian tradition” to Rome, where he formalized the Mason Christian Church.”   [This is classic Catholicism.  There was no pope for three hundred years after Peter.  Christians do not call our faith “tradition,” we call it the Gospel.]  2)The movie claims once again that “according to tradition John was exiled to the island of Patmos.”  This is mentioned in the book of Revelation.  The authors again refuse to believe in the inspiration of the holy scriptures.  3) Furthermore, they said the Gospel account of John is open to debate in regards to its’ authenticity and authorship.  What more is there to say?

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Conclusion:  There are so many excellent Biblical movies on Jesus Christ that hold to the integrity of the scriptures.  For instance, watch the excellent sequel to “The Bible,” on Easter night- it is called “A.D., The Bible Continues…”  (9pm/8c, NBC).  There is also Jesus of Nazareth, King Of Kings, Ben Hur, The Passion Of The Christ and The Greatest Story Ever Told.   To me, watching the movie Killing Jesus was a consummate waste, except to expose it.  O’Reilly claims to believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, but does he believe He is the only way?  (John 14:6)  Furthermore, what good is accomplished in this film?  Lost souls and inquirers to the faith will only become confused by watching it.  O’Reilly has a “buffet style” approach to the Bible, and believes in only part of the Bible and rejects the rest.  This is in direct conflict with the caption at the beginning of the movie that says it is based on the Bible.  O’Reilly arbitrarily decides what is to be taken literally, what is to be accepted as an allegory or hyperbole, and what is to be rejected.  He probably vacillates himself from day to day about what he accepts and rejects.  [I like Bill O’Reilly and a lot of what he does, such as standing up for the Christians’ right to celebrate Christmas.  As a reputable news anchor, he also helped secure the release of an American prisoner in Mexico, who was there on trumped up false charges.  Writing books on the King Of Kings however, is not his forte.  He needs to stick with writing about Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and George S. Patton].   Let me close with a simple question to you who know you are saved.  Would you write such a book, or direct this movie?  The scriptures are added to, taken away from, distorted, and tampered with.  It is indeed confusing, at least from my perspective.  The Gospel is 100% true and there are many movies on the life of Jesus Christ that better represent the true, infallible, inerrant, immutable Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”   Isaiah 40:8  (NASB)

Have A Blessed Easter/Resurrection Day

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

How To Become Saved

The most important question that we all face this side of eternity, is how can I know for sure that I am going to heaven?  Can I be absolutely certain that I am bound for the streets that are paved with gold?  Yes you can know.  There is only one road to salvation and it is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  All roads lead to Rome but only one road goes to heaven.  Man tries to perform good works in order to make himself pleasing in the sight of God.  All of man made religions are like this.  This mindset goes back to Cain in the book of Genesis chapter four.  Cain did not obey God and bring a sacrifice that was pleasing to Him.  Cain worked hard from the fruits of the ground (Cain was a tiller of the ground), but this is not what God asked for.  We are justified through God’s mercy and grace, solely through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Titus 3:4-7  “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Ephesians 2:8-9  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Jesus said many would come in my name.  How true that is.  Many claim a Jesus who is not eternal God.  False Christs and Messiahs abound in our day.  The real Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Godhead and the only begotten Son of the Father.  He is the only way to the Father:

John 3:36  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 14:6  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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

(There is no one else who can save.  Mohammad, Buddha, Allah and Confucius cannot save.  They represent a few of the many false religious systems invented by man.  Allah is NOT another name for the Father.  Allah has no Son!  Allah is not true God.  Only Jesus Christ can save.  Jesus is Lord and the only path to the Father.)

When we truly trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we repent from sin and turn away from it.  The first words of Jesus’ earthly ministry were to encourage repentance in order to prepare people’s hearts for His kingdom:

Matthew 4:17  King James Version (KJV)   “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

John the Baptist preached solely on repentance in order to prepare people’s hearts for Jesus.  All of the prophets in the old testament and apostles in the new testament preached repentance.  We repent (turn) from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.  We must repent in order to be saved.  Jesus said:  “Repent or parish” in Luke 13:3,5.  A true born again experience (John 3:3) will give us a new heart and we will no longer like our former sinful life.  This is evidence of our salvation. 

II Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

When Christ truly enters our hearts, we have entirely new priorities and have the mind of God when we submit to Him.  Yes, Jesus’ righteousness is engrafted into us and His blood atonement on the cross makes us perfect in God’s sight.  Let me close with my favorite scripture about salvation: 

2 Corinthians 5:21  King James Version (KJV)  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

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Perhaps you are on this blog site for other reasons.  Maybe you “accidently” stumbled unto this article.  This is God’s Providence, as He died for your sins and wants for you to hear how to become saved.  If you know this message is true, respond in conviction to the prodding of the Holy Spirit.  Pray in repentance to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  Trust for Him to do for you what you can never do for yourself.  Once Jesus truly resides in your heart, then you are saved, redeemed, born again, and a blood washed believer.  Read your Bible and pray daily.  Find true born again Christians to grow with.  You need to find a Christ exalting and Bible believing church and join it.  The first thing a born again Christian needs to do is to be water baptized in obedience to the divine commandments.  When you become saved, you will want to share your faith with others so that they can have what you have!  Learn a few key scriptures and learn how to share your testimony.

Questions?  I would be glad to try to answer them.  Just leave a comment at the end of this article.  If you desire privacy, I would leave my e-mail address as well.  Because Of Him, Pastor Steve 

 

 

…..The Year Of Thy Visitation

“…even the year of their visitation, saith Jehovah.”    Jer 23:12 (ASV) What does this often repeated phrase mean?  In the context of the scripture in Jeremiah, the Lord is telling the false prophets that they will pay sorely for their deception to the Judean people.  One day God will bring the consequences of their sins to their doorstep. Did you ever play the board game of Life?  After encountering scores of opportunities and events in life, one finally comes to the end of the road and the “Day Of Reckoning.”  This day in the game of Life is similar to the Lord’s day of visitation that will come upon all men.  Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: …”   from the King James Bible Online (KJV Bible).  R.G. Lee is most noted for his famous sermon “Payday Someday,” whereby he examines the wicked lives of Ahab and Jezebel, and how Elijah the prophet prophesied their ultimate destiny as they were judged by God Almighty.  Through a revelation from above, Elijah predicted that when Jezebel would die, nothing would be left of her body except her hands and the soles of her feet.  This is indeed what happened as the dogs ate her carcass and licked her blood.  Ahab was told the exact place where he would die, so he tried to avoid the place and disguised himself in battle.  Fighting God’s Providence is always of no avail.  It is like attempting to knock down a cinder block wall with a pea shooter.  A “random” arrow pierced his armor, and his horse drawn chariot took him to the very place that God said would be his “day of visitation.”  All people and nations have/will encounter this day.  This is the day that God rewards or condemns us, based upon the life we have lived.  R.G. Lee’s sermon “Payday Someday” is true for all of us.  We cast our bread upon the waters and it all comes back to us.  It all comes out in the wash.  What goes around comes around.  We reap what we sow.  The books will be balanced.  The twice born Christians therefore value every moment of their lives as opportunities to glorify God.  Our very lives are a gift from God, and every day is a chance to either submit to the King of Kings, or to live for self.  Will we hear “Well done good and faithful servant” from Jesus Christ, or will we hear “You have been weighed and found wanting,” the words written on the wall by a mysterious hand to King Belshazzar?  What we do with Jesus Christ determines 1)where we spend eternity, and 2)our reward for what we do with our lives.  Faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way that anyone can be saved.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6 (KJV) 

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

     How about you?  Have you been born again?  (John 3:3)  Does Jesus reign in your heart?  Have you been washed in His blood?  Do you know that you are going to heaven?  I hope you can honestly say “yes” to all of these questions.

Born Once, Die Twice

Born Twice, Die Once

Christians never say goodbye forever.  You think about that…

Pastor Steve    

Litmus Test

My wife and I have had the privilege to raise four youngsters in our day, and we are jealous that they would commit themselves to the Lord, regardless of what direction their respective lives take. As the spiritual head of our family, and privy to the nefarious actions of Satan to sow false doctrine in the church, I warned them years ago of what I perceived to be false teachings that were boldly coming into the Protestant Church. The leader of this movement led in Obama’s inaugural prayer. He has been called America’s pastor because of his acclaim and popularity. Ironically, he serves in Orange County, California, in the same area that John MacArthur has been for an entire generation. MacArthur is the finest living theologian that I have ever heard/read during my entire life. This pastor I am referring to is devoid of an in depth solid Bible doctrine and a sound understanding of theology and soteriology, yet he is full of methodology on how to change the world in ways that are often diametrically opposed to the Bible (if that matters anymore). You are probably aware now that I am referring to Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in southern California. His latest bold proclamation and plan is called “King’s Way,” and this could succinctly be summed up as an idea of rejecting truth for the sake of unity. As of this writing you can simply Google “onenewsnow Rick Warren,” and read all about it. One of his precepts expressed in this attempt to break the 1400 year divide between Islam and Christianity is that “we all worship the same God.” Whoa! Say what? Rick has no understanding of the Great Commission and winning these people to Christ, who is THE Author of salvation, the ONLY WAY TO SALVATION and the ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER. He is obviously a universalist and believes that all roads lead to Rome. True Christians desire to share the Good News of the Gospel with lost hell bound Muslims but Pastor Rick wants us to forget our differences. You should know that Muslims do not believe in the deity of Christ but claim that the scriptures lie and He is a mere prophet. I am going to let the Bible do the talking now because that is all we need and says it better than I ever could:
1)John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
2)Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name written under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
3)I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”
4)I John 2:22-23 “Who is the liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son, Whosoever DENIETH THE SON, THE SAME HATH NOT THE FATHER: [but] HE THAT ACKNOWLEDGETH THE SON HATH THE FATHER ALSO.”
We could go on and on and on with scriptures like this which are replete throughout the entire Word of God! Jesus also said: “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” He said furthermore: “I and the Father are one.” You should realize that Allah is not God at all since Muslims do not believe in the only way to the Father which is through the Son! What Rick believes and what he is doing is scary. Rick Warren appeared to receive classic and fundamentally sound training for the ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After settling in California, however, he claimed Robert Schuller, the well known universalist of the Crystal Cathedral as his mentor. You can read all about this relationship on the internet as well. Yes indeed, I have warned our youngsters long ago and many other young adults that I believe Rick Warren is a litmus test. This latest plan of his called “King’s Way,” tells me that he does not think Christians believe in the Bible any more and/or he thinks we are very naive. Jack Van Impe, in his recent teachings, has featured a DVD called Chrislam, that likewise exposes the attempts of many to blend these two faiths together. Rick Warren is referred to often in this expose as well. A related entry on this blog site is dated 12/8/2011 and is entitled “Is it all right for a Christian to point out and specify trouble makers and false prophets in the church?” Blessings, Pastor Steve