Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jesus Only Movement - aka Jesuism / Jesusism / Jesuanism

Please forgive me.

Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out WHAT exactly is going on.
And by "what", I also mean WHY is it happening.  Allow me to explain....

For the past few years I've been hearing (OFTEN) "Jesus never said.....".  And what He "never said" is a long laundry list of things including:
  • "Jesus never said that gay marriage was wrong"
  • "Jesus never said that doing drugs was bad"
  • "Jesus never said anything about giving to the church" (this one is rare)
  • "Jesus never said anything about women pastors teaching men"
Every time I hear those types of things (believe me, there are many more), I always wonder to myself, "Why is that a problem?"  I would think to myself, "There's a lot of things that aren't mentioned in the bible, should we therefore avoid or ignore all of them?"  The answer is of course not.  Just because something isn't in the bible doesn't make it good or bad.  Doesn't make it right or wrong either.

But see, this is where I've been trapped for the past few years.  I didn't understand WHY these things were important to make sure we're aware of...  UNTIL NOW!  😄

There is a segment out there that has been around longer than any of us have been alive, that have tried to prove that if Jesus didn't say it, then it's not important.  Fact is, the progressive liberal socialists are using this very old movement to pursue some very nefarious ends.  So let's think about that reasonably for a moment.  If Jesus is God and He didn't say something, then sure, I guess it's not important, right?

Well.......
It WOULD be right except for one teensy, weensy thing....

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

See that?  It says ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY GOD - SO THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE!  It doesn't say "only those verses that Jesus spoke with His own human mouth".

OOPS...  Wait a minute.  I just goofed!  Paul wrote that!  I can't quote Paul and have the "Jesus Only" group listen to me.  I'd have to quote Jesus Himself!  And by the way, if the IRONY of this next quote doesn't hit you immediately, please let me know!

Mark 12:24 - Jesus answered and said to them, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?"

Exactly what Scriptures was Jesus talking about?  Was He talking about the book of Mark?  Impossible, it hadn't been written yet.  Was He talking about the rest of the New Testament?  Nope, none of the New Testament had been written yet.  Jesus was talking about SCRIPTURES, meaning every single thing contained in the bible.  What we have today, regardless of what the "scholars" would argue, are the 66 books of the bible that we reply upon, depend upon and indeed TRUST WITH OUR LIVES.

Anyone who would try to convince you that Jesus had to have said/done something in order for it to be true or important, is fooling you big time!  Who spoke the 10 commandments?  Was it Jesus?  Who created Jesus?  Was it Jesus?  See where I'm going here?  All of Scripture is what we call "God breathed".  Just as God BREATHED the universe into existence, we also know that God also breathed every single word contained in Scripture.  If you don't believe this extremely simple, basic & fundamental teaching, then you can rest assured, you're not a Christian.

Why would they try to deceive you with this false teaching?  SIMPLE!  They want you to doubt, question and lose trust in the thing that they hate most.  GOD!  They want to discredit and muddy THE BIBLE.  They want a way for their sick and disgusting ways of life to be acceptable in your eyes.  They want to try to make it impossible for you to believe anything you read, anything you hear and anything that you learn.  WHY?  That's been Satan's job since the garden!  Here's something else Jesus said:

John 10:10 - The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

If you read that entire passage, you will know with 100% certainty that the "thief" Jesus is talking about is IN FACT Lucifer.  He will do whatever is necessary in order to deceive you, manipulate you and fool you into thinking something other than what is true.  The sad part, since most "Christians" are very weak in their Bible knowledge, fooling them is extremely easy.  And believe me when I say that it doesn't matter how smart you are, what your IQ is, or what you do for a living.  If you don't know WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY ON A MATTER, then what you "think in your own mind" is probably not the same.

Isaiah 55:8 - "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD."

This is why I warn you each and every day that I am alive, to be VERY CAREFUL of where you get your information from.  Chances are you're getting a full dose of ear-tickling nonsense daily!

Questions?
Comments?
You know what to do! (just make sure it's kept family friendly)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Men & Women - Equality Conversation Ends Now

The liberals across the land (all lands, liberalism seems to know no borders), have hijacked Jesus and the Bible and they keep trying to make God say things that He never said, that He never meant & that He never intended for you to believe.  But false teachers continue to pop up everywhere, trying to make sure that they say things that make you happy, so you'll keep giving them your hard earned cash.  It reminds me of an organ grinder and his monkey.  The more tricks the monkey does, the happier you feel, the more you're entertained, the more you'll tip him.

So let's go over some things that we can easily find in the bible first:

Throughout scripture God is referred to as a HE - a FATHER, never a she.
The bible explains that the woman was deceived NOT the man.
The bible explains that women should NOT teach men regarding matters of the Spirit.
Throughout Paul's writings, he calls upon "Fathers" regarding teaching roles.

Now that we've mentioned a few short items regarding this, let's talk about the problem.

Liberals have decided that men and women are 100% interchangeable.
Interchangeable in what way?
They'll tell you in EVERY WAY!
And people are loving these teachings!

They teach that both men and women can be FATHERS.
They teach that the word father can and should be substituted for mother!
As a matter of fact, they teach that women make BETTER fathers than men.

As I say all throughout my yet to be released book But is it Biblical?, "you're free to believe whatever you want, But is it Biblical?".

Feminism has become the cancer that I always anticipated that it would become.

Now let's talk about what God has to say about it.

In the beginning God created man first (Adam), then He created woman (Eve) as a helper.  Is a helper the same as a manager?  Is a helper the same as an owner?  What is a helper?  A helper is one who helps.  What is a helper NOT?  A helper is not the leader.  A helper is not the manager.  A helper is not anything more than that - a helper.

So was that to be the woman's only role for the rest of time?

Aha!  That depends upon the context of the question!

Can a woman own a business?
Can a woman be a manager?
Can a woman be a boss?
Can a woman be a leader?

OF COURSE THEY CAN!

However, God isn't particularly concerned (in the Bible) about the daily comings and goings of men and women.  What He IS concerned about is whether or not a woman should be leading a man, managing a man and indeed PASTORING a man in MATTERS OF THE SPIRIT!

As a matter of fact, God is SO CONCERNED about this, that He gets downright HARSH and says in no uncertain terms:

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 - Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

Keep Silent
Not Permitted
Be Submissive
SHAMEFUL TO SPEAK IN CHURCH

The only way liberals can make their false teachings work, is because they know that 99% of the people in churches DO NOT READ THEIR BIBLES.  People read snippets. devotionals or just listen to other people say things.  They never bother to do ANY homework to see if what they're being told is true.

But wait a minute Pastor Keith, you even say in your own book that God sees both men and women as equals! BUT IN WHAT CONTEXT DO I SAY IT?

SALVATION!

God sees no male, no female, no white, no black, no asian, no mexican, no kiwi!
Salvation is available to anyone who accepts the atoning sacrifice of the blood of Jesus.

That is the only TRUE equality anyone should be trying to understand from scripture.

So quit tipping the monkey.
Church isn't supposed to be purely for entertainment value.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 - Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA)

NOTICE:  While this is a family friendly website, there are occasions that it's necessary to delve into some adult-related themes from time to time.  This is one of those times.  If you're a child or someone with an inability to deal with important topics, either get permission from a parent or leave this Blog entry now.  This is your only warning.


Over the past few years, my Blog has started to include some articles that crossover into what some people call "Politics".  And I can appreciate that, as most of the people searching for and coming here are looking to answer very specific questions about God, the Bible & Christianity as a whole.

In all of my years teaching about God, discipleship & the Bible in general, I've come to discover something that's rather insidious in nature.  For the most part I've bitten my tongue (or in this case, tied my hands behind my back), because I've been trying to be as non-political as possible.  The problem, is that no matter how well I plan, no matter how thoughtful I am of the words I choose to use, there will always be a group of people out there who will go out of their way to find something to be offended at.  For the most part I don't care.  If you look carefully at some of the things that Jesus has said, you'll find that He has said way more insulting and way more offensive things than I have (and rightly so!).

But today I come to you to talk about a bill (2 actually) that were recently passed by BOTH the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.  I'm going to comment on it for 2 reasons.  The first, is you've probably never heard about it.  The second, is that I am confident that the thing I'm most concerned about - the thing I'm going to tell you about today - will actually come to pass.

The bills that were passed are referred to as the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act" (SESTA) or "Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" (FOSTA).  They're acts that were passed in order to hold website operators DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE to anyone who has been hurt as a result of being a victim of sex trafficking.  Briefly, the reason that these acts came before Congress, is because a lawsuit from someone trying to sue a website operator for allowing people to use the site in a way that caused them harm was put before the United States Supreme Court.  As I understand it, the case was rejected and handed over to Congress to deal with.  They did.

So what's the problem with this Act?  You would think I'd be thrilled!  And don't get me wrong, I am thrilled.  Sex trafficking is awful!  I can barely imagine what it must be like for a woman, or even worse than that, a young girl, to be sold into sex-slavery or be forcibly used by someone in order for them to make money.  So the act itself I am for, but the consequences of that act.... I believe it's just a matter of time before those consequences are made manifest.

Allow me to explain:

There were 2 widely known websites who weren't INVOLVED in the sex trafficking in a direct manner, meaning, the owners of the site weren't actively taking small girls, handcuffing them to steel pipes and forcing them to have sex with adult men.  The sites were being abused and used for purposes other than what they were designed for.

The 2 sites were backpage.com and craigslist.org.

Within DAYS of passing this act, backpage was shut down by the Federal Government for a whole host of non-compliance issues.  As a matter of fact, here is the image currently being displayed there at this time of this writing:


Craigslist on the other hand, being much larger and the recipient of far more web traffic, took a much more aggressive and hands on approach to the act.  Craigslist completely shut down the areas of their site that were being abused THE MOST.  I say "the most", because even now there are people using other parts of that site to keep themselves "in business".

Here is the message that Craigslist put online, in place of their "personals" section:

You would think that Congress and the public at large would be thrilled about the very direct and very finite results of this.  And you'd be right.

As I said in one of my opening statements, I believe there is in fact something insidious in nature that will come to pass as a result to this act COMBINED WITH the actions of shutting down Backpage and from Craigslist shutting down their personals section.

I am convinced in every way possible that this is going to result in:
  1. As the sick people who use these sites won't be able to easily access the people who provide such things, I believe that Rape is going to increase.  How much?  Who can say?  I believe it will be measurable, but I fear that law enforcement won't be able to put 2 and 2 together and realize it's because of the shut-downs.
     
  2. Continuing with the rape theme, I believe that young family members & neighbors with small children will also be at a much higher risk of abuse than ever.  Years ago you could trust women to watch your young girls, but now women are molesting young girls too!
     
  3. Again, continuing with the rape theme, I believe that the elderly or otherwise disabled people will increasingly become victims of rape, by people that were supposedly "trustworthy".  You have to understand, these sick lusts are uncontrollable for these people.
And I believe that it's also ALREADY begun.  No, the news hasn't picked up on it yet, no, it's not being reported anywhere, but I can't imagine that these sick and twisted people have allowed their lusts to go unabated for more than a month!

If you have small children, KEEP THEM CLOSE!
If you go out to social functions in bad neighborhoods, GO IN LARGE NUMBERS!
If you have an elderly, injured, disabled or comatose relative - KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!

Believe me when I tell you that I realize this post seems odd or even confusing to some of you.  I'm just sharing what I feel has been put on my heart to share.  So please try to understand that I'm not trying to create a panic, I'm merely issuing what I believe to be a serious warning.  Do as you likewise feel lead to do.

Can anyone among you say it's a bad thing to keep a closer eye on your loved ones?

In closing, I'm not saying that Craigslist and Backpage should go back to what they were doing, NOT AT ALL.  What I AM SAYING, is that these sick perverts have had their "status quo" disrupted and are going to need to keep doing whatever it takes to satisfy their lusts.  The saddest part, is that the Progressives believe the only problem with these acts is a loss of freedom of speech!  Who are they kidding?  Eliminating both the 1st and 2nd amendments to the U.S. Constitution has become a full time job for them over the past 9 years or so.

The Bible teaches us that "with God, all things are possible", but these people aren't "with" God, they're getting their instructions from somewhere else.  Keep preaching the truth, keep reading your Bible, keep the faith & continue to evangelize until you have no more breath to give.  That's the best any of us can do.  And don't forget to look up when you pray!  Please come soon Lord!

I welcome any comments or additions!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hey Pastor Keith - Where are you?

LOL....

I got a message today from a young man who has been reading and listening to both this Blog and the Radio Show and he wanted to know why he hasn't seen anything from me yet this year.

Fact is, if God isn't leading me to write something here, I really, Really, REALLY try to keep my fingers in my pockets!  It's hard I tell you!

I've had a couple of really interesting ideas rattling around inside of my head lately, maybe I'll get the go-ahead on one of them soon!

In other news:
  • I'm still searching for an Apologist
  • I'm still wanting to start up the NEXT season of the show
  • I'm still desiring to release the book
  • I'm still desiring to find a church that needs me
  • I'm still keeping it real, as it's all I know!
Hopefully that should fill in all of the blanks until my next post!

Until then, please keep reading your Bible, please keep the questions coming and PLEASE keep active in your prayer life.  Failing to keep God at the forefront of your mind, only pushes Him into the back of it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bible Nuggets 4 - Works without Faith

Today's question is so preposterous that my head almost popped off!  Let's see if you can see what's wrong with this question before you read my response...

Question:  Pastor Keith, I believe that works are SO ESSENTIAL to our walk with Christ that I can't think about anything else.  All I want to do is feed the hungry, give a cool drink of water to anyone who is thirsty, clothe the poor, visit those in prison, tend to widows, fight for social justice, and pretty much just get involved and do anything I can to help those who are so marginalized that I need to do something or I tend to lose sleep over it!  What more can I do?

Answer: Whew.....

I want to ask anyone reading this a question....
Do you see the problem with this question yet?

"I believe"
"I can't"
"I want"
"I can"
"I need"
"I tend"
"I do"

Like so many other "christians" I meet from day to day, the person asking this question has a case of what I like to call "the me-me's".  The me-me's is a disease that many false, lost or confused christians suffer from that is so debilitating, that indeed, as you can see from their question, that this person is "losing sleep"!

So what's wrong with their question?  If you really don't know yet, I'm going to tell you now, but please keep something in mind.  When Jesus discusses this EXACT problem in Scripture, you can FEEL His consternation.  The people He was speaking to just couldn't wrap their minds around something that was so simple.  I'll give you the Scripture and then I'll explain it.

John 5:39-47 - You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you --- Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

Jesus says, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me".  What that means, is you read the Bible, looking for WHAT YOU CAN DO, but Jesus is saying "STOP: YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT!  THAT IS NOT WHAT THE BIBLE IS FOR!  THE BIBLE IS THE LIVING WORD THAT TESTIFIES THAT I AM GOD!"

Jesus goes on to say, "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life."  What a profound statement!  Jesus is saying, "YOU ARE SO BUSY WORRYING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MISS OUT ON HEAVEN!"

Jesus continues, "I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?"  What Jesus is saying here is, "YOU CAN'T GIVE ME HONOR, HONOR COMES FROM GOD.  I KNOW YOU INSIDE AND OUT, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD IN YOU.  I CAME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND INSTEAD OF READING MY WORDS AND REALIZING WHAT THEY ARE FOR, YOU INTERNALIZE THEM, MAKE THEM ABOUT YOURSELF AND WOULD SOONER GIVE HONOR AMONGST YOURSELVES IN WHAT THINGS YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WITHOUT ME."

Jesus ends with a very specific slap in the face to the Jews who are listening to them by saying, "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you --- Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"  What Jesus is saying here is, "DON'T WORRY, I'M NOT GOING TO GET YOU INTO TROUBLE IN HEAVEN.  YOU FOREVER SAY HOW MUCH YOU TRUST WHAT MOSES HAD TO SAY, BUT MOSES LOVED ME, KNEW ME & WROTE ABOUT ME.  IF YOU WON'T BELIEVE HIS WORDS, HOW WILL YOU EVER BELIEVE MINE?

I'm writing in caps, because let's face it, Jesus was NOT being polite, He wasn't being diplomatic and He wasn't trying to be politically correct.  Jesus was knee deep in the muck, trying His level best to get His point across to people who just didn't get it.  They CLAIMED TO get it, but they didn't.

Another piece of Scripture we can turn to, in order to see that works are NOT the single most important part of your existence on Earth can be found in Paul's writings...

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

God is letting us know in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that we are saved BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!  That we play NO PART in our salvation, IT IS A GIFT OF GOD!

Wait a minute Pastor Keith.... Are you saying I shouldn't be feeding the hungry, giving a cool drink of water to anyone who is thirsty, clothing the poor, visit those who are in prison, tend to the widows, fight for social justice, and pretty much just get involved and do anything I can to help those who are so marginalized?  NO.  That is NOT what I'm saying.

Listen, except for the whole social justice thing (which is NOT Biblical), all of those things are fine to do..... AS LONG AS YOU ARE BEING LEAD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO THEM.  Believe me when I tell you that THE BIBLE IS NOT A BOOK FOR YOU TO USE AS A CHECKLIST OF HOW TO BE IN GODS GOOD GRACES.  Again, Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me."  Some people say that the Bible is confusing, but I will tell you that that small sentence is so clear and so easy to understand, that you can not misunderstand it once you read it.  99% of the things that you believe are CALLS TO GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING, are in fact FIGURES OF SPEECH, just things that God used to try to get points across to us.  The Bible is full of ANALOGIES, SIMILES, METAPHORS, METONOMYS, SYNECDOCHES, PERSONIFICATIONS, IRONIES, ANTHROPOMORPHISMS, APOSTROPHES, HYPERBOLES, EUPHEMISMS, LITOTES, PLEONASMS, REPETITIONS, CLIMAXES, ELLIPSISES, ZEUGMAS, APOSIOPESIS, PARABLES, ALLEGORIES, RIDDLES, FABLES, SYMBOLS, TYPES, NARRATIVES, PARALLELISM, POETRY, ORATORY - And many more types of figures of speech!  No, I don't expect you to go out and become a PhD in English Literature in order to learn all of the different types of figures of speech, but please try to understand that sometimes things are more than they seem.  Just like you thinking that Jesus is calling all of Christianity to feed the hungry, when what He's really doing, is trying to teach you something more about HIM.

Matthew 4:4 - But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

Instead of being so concerned about "what you can do", you should be more concerned about developing intimacy with God, Discipleship or even your prayer life.  Believe me when I tell you that a broken or non-existent prayer life or a lack of intimacy is a much, much bigger problem than clothing the poor.

James the brother of Jesus wrote:

James 2:26 - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

It's much easier for many to call out that verse than to ALSO understand that their works without GOD is also dead.

Comments?
Questions?
Discussion?

Please let me know in the comments section below!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Presbyterians - Leave NOW before it's too late!

Some people have erected walls so high, that they might even attempt to keep God Himself out.  Sometimes simply trying to speak with people, who without doing any research, any study or any reading of the Bible themselves, they decide upon some things that they won't be moved on.

50% of my ministry work is dedicated to correcting false teachings and the other 50% is to help people to better understand WHO God is and HOW to develop intimacy with Him.  As such, I am constantly teaching people WHY religion is no way to get closer to God.

Let's take a brief look at WHY:
  • Catholicism - When the people don't agree with the Bible, they turn to the Pope to change their understanding of it, Jesus tells us to call no one "father" except for our Father in Heaven, yet Catholics call their own priests "father", they worship statues, yet the 10 commandments contain pretty clear warnings AGAINST doing so, they partake of bread and wine during a communion service, which would be fine, except they believe that the bread LITERALLY turns into the FLESH of Jesus and that the wine LITERALLY becomes the BLOOD of Jesus.  If all these are not enough, there are 1,000's of articles written about this subject on the internet.

  • Pentecostalism - The Pentecostal church (and all of its derivatives) have created one of the best business models in "religion" and have come up with the perfect "system" in order to "prove" WHO is actually saved or not.  If chicken feathers up a Pastors sleeves or glitter on their skin isn't enough to make you cringe, how about fleecing the flock for all its worth, in order to get as much money out of your pockets as possible?  The "abundant life theology" is one of their inventions and is PURE NONSENSE (John 10 & John 3 completely debunk this false teaching).  If that's not enough, how about speaking in "FALSE TONGUES", which they call a "dialect of angels" in order to prove that you've been "baptized by the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 14 completely debunks these false tongues).  These folks really get my blood boiling!

  • Mormonism (LDS) - First of all, this isn't even a "Christian" religion.  Sure, Jesus is somehow, in a secondary role, involved in their teachings, but seriously, any time spent researching this cult will immediately turn up things such as "Jesus and Satan are really spirit brothers and God is really an Alien from another planet!".  If that isn't enough to make you squint your eyes and cringe, then spend a few minutes searching online and you'll find 100's of things about the Mormons (LDS) to help you understand why this religion is dangerous.

  • Episcopalian - There used to be a time in this country, where the Episcopal church was right up there with the Catcholics, Baptists, Methodists & Lutherans.  These days, the Episcopals have lost their minds and done some VERY peculiar and UNCHRISTIAN things.  With church membership falling and monthly gift giving drying up, the Episcopals had little choice but to reach out to the single most marginalized "people" in the country.  Almost overnight they became the "Gay church".  This of course forced out 80% of their existing members.  Not only did they encourage and teach why God was OK with Homosexuality, but they began to recruit gay priests.  And then to add insult to injury, they started to recruit and select lesbian bishops!  I seem to remember something in scripture about women not teaching men, but oh well, what can I do?
Of course, I could go on and on and on and on and on and on, but with 38,000 christian-based denominations in the world (each one, its own religion), I'd get tired and run out of skin on my fingertips way before I made it half-way through.

Today, I would like to alert you all to the next in the great line, in the succession and march towards THE GREAT APOSTASY.  For those of you who don't know what this is, this is one of the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT MUST HAPPEN, in order that Christ returns!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 - Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

Poor Paul...  I know too well how he must have felt when he writes that last sentence.  We love the Lord so much and want to share all that we know with whomever will listen.  Sometimes we share so much that our listeners can't grasp it all!

In any event, The Catholics, Pentecostals, Episcopals, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Shakers, Quakers, Jehovas Witnesses & all the rest can now welcome the Presbyterian church into their ranks.

According to the Christian Post, "Leader of the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven.  Kershner, 45, who leads the 5,500-member Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, expressed her belief in a podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times after she was asked the question "Is Christianity the only way to heaven?"  "No," Kershner replied bluntly."  And to add insult to injury, Kershner goes on to say, "...I'm not about to say what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences," she explained."

Ok, so she won't commit.  She's not willing to say "what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences", BUT JESUS DID!  LET'S SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY...

John 14:1-6  - "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".

NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Got it Shannon?

How can the leader of the "second largest congregation" be so bankrupt as to not have a CLUE, as to something that is absolutely FOUNDATIONAL to CHRISTIANITY????  If you take that away, what's left?  CONFUSION!  Hey, wait a minute... Who's the author of confusion?

1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Satan is not only the source of all conflicts and rebellions, but he is indeed the author of confusion.

If you or someone you love is a Presbyterian, please let them know about this website.  We're here to help anyone overcome ALL OF IT.  We're ready to help anyone who sincerely wants it.  Remember, God says that it's His wish that NONE should perish!  I will spend my dying breath trying to help anyone who will listen.

Romans 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

God tells us to LOOK UP when these things happen!
You keep looking up, I'll keep you on the straight and narrow!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Tithing - The Lies Stop Here!

You may think that the title of this particular teaching is too much, but what's really gone overboard are the Pastors out there who teach such nonsense about tithing (giving to God)!

Today's question comes from a woman who has found herself  GROWING in the Lord! (and quite by surprise)

Question: Pastor Keith, my whole life I've heard about tithing and why it's so important, but recently some things have occurred to me that never did before.  I know that I'm supposed to give 10%, but 10% of WHAT?  Is it 10% of my net income?  Is it 10% of my gross income?  Is it just 10% of my main income or am I supposed to include 10% of my bank account and 10% of my secondary income and 10% of my gifts too???  I find myself feeling guilty all the time, because lately when I listen to the Pastor of my church, it feels like I'm expected to be giving away everything!  Can you help?

Answer: Sister.... YES I CAN!  :)

In the Old Testament, we learn about tithing (giving to God) in the very first book of Genesis.  As you reach chapter 4, you discover the very first offerings made to God.  Cain and Abel (Adam and Eve's first 2 sons), we're told that Abel gave of his flock of sheep and Cain gave of his crops.  And as most of us learned in Sunday School, God accepted Abel's offering, rejected Cain's offering and the next thing you know, Cain kills Abel and tries to cover it up.  While it's a little off subject, I'm often asked WHY Cain killed Abel.  As Jesus says, John 5:39 - You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  Since Genesis, we learn (in many ways) that Jesus has been here since the very foundation of the universe.  As such, it's important to note that God never contradicts Himself, never corrects Himself & doesn't need to switch things up, just so they continue to make sense.  What that story in Genesis 4 teaches us, is that since the beginning, A SACRIFICE OF BLOOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN REQUIRED BY GOD, in order for God to forgive us of our sin.  Simply offering fruits or vegetables won't cut it.

As for the biblical principles of giving to God, as you read through scripture, you'll come across the book of Leviticus.  That entire book is devoted to explaining Levitical Law, which is basically a code of legal and moral practices - FOR THE JEWS.  In it, we can read about the expectations that were put on the Jewish people, as far as tithing is concerned.  (pay VERY close attention to the last sentence!)

Leviticus 27:32-34 - And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD. He shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; and if he exchanges it at all, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.' " These are the commandments which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai.

As I always like to remind everyone, the 3 C's of reading the Bible are ESSENTIAL if you ever want to fully understand what you're reading.  What are the 3 C's?  Context, context, context!  You take the verse you're reading and put it into context with the chapter you're reading.  Then you take the chapter you're reading and put it into context with the book that you're reading.  And finally, you take the book you're reading and put it into context with the entirety of the Bible - Then and ONLY THEN can you have confidence that you've read and understood things correctly.

As you read the above passage, verse 34 makes it crystal clear that this was what the Lord commanded for Moses and the children of Israel to do - NOT THE CHRISTIANS.  But of course, that hasn't stopped wayward Pastors, Ministers, Priests & Reverends from using that scripture out of context for CENTURIES!  Simply reading those 3 verses without interpreting or twisting them around gives us 100% certainty that we've understood it AS GOD INTENDED US TO.

So where's the answer to the original question???

Paul has a way with words, so much so, that I couldn't explain this any better:

2 Corinthians 9:7 - So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Do you see what is going on here?  Paul is telling us to give whatever amount that you can CHEERFULLY give.  How much is that?  I can't say.  Paul tells us to "give as you purpose in your heart", meaning, if you're unhappy, feel obligated, forced or expected to give something, then you shouldn't give it.  In all that you give, you should remember that WHATEVER you give, should be SEEN AS and indeed TREATED AS giving to God Himself.  Remember, if God is our provider and if all that we have is received FROM HIM to begin with, then we are really just giving God back something that he shared with us to begin with!

For those of you who need a more specific answer to help you decide how much you should give, allow me to offer you this advice.  Instead of figuring out percentages and hard figures, sit down and look at how much you actually get to keep every month (from all sources) and how much you spend every month (including rent, phone, electric, water, etc) and see how much you have left over.  Take some of that and put it aside for a rainy day and give the rest as you see fit.  Which by the way, fits nicely into the passage above from Leviticus.  God never, ever implied that you should give all that you have, all the time, without ceasing.  God never intended for you to go hungry, just so that your Pastor could go out and buy a mansion and a new Mercedes and new suits, watches and other nonsense.  All the way back in Leviticus, God told the Jews that they should give the LAST TENTH, not the first 10th.  God has always wanted to make sure that HIS are taken care of!

Matthew 6:26 - 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?

Of course that naturally leads us to one last facet of this issue.  People want to know WHO they should give this money to.  Should it go to their church ONLY?  Should it go MANY different places?  The only advice I can give you here, is you should only give WHAT GOD PUTS ON YOUR HEART TO GIVE.  You should divide it as you feel LEAD TO GIVE IT.  There are countless homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, prison ministries & a multitude of other Christian charities that would be truly grateful to receive what you would give to God.  But please, whatever you do, never let ANYONE manipulate you or otherwise convince you to give that offering ANYWHERE that you don't feel lead (by the Holy Spirit) to give it.

So that's it, that's my basic teaching on tithing / giving to God.  If you spend the time and read your bible like you should, you will uncover much, Much, MUCH more about this subject.

If you have any questions or comments about this, please feel free to leave your comments below!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mohammed - Prophet or Pervert?

To those of you who have been following me, you know that it's my "mission" to correct false, untrue, made-up, make-believe and otherwise insane or ridiculous teachings that have infected Christianity.

False teachings which include, but are not limited to:
  • Strictly following the 10 Commandments makes God happy
  • Speaking in false-tongues shows that you are truly saved
  • The more you give to your church, the more you'll be rewarded with cool stuff
  • There is no Hell (lol, sinners could only wish!)
  • The KJV is the only perfect Bible (lol, it's full of translation errors)
  • Pastors are always supposed to be happy and make you smile (because they're robots)
  • If you dream it, you can achieve it (dear Lord, that's Amway!)
  • The Bible says something different to each one of us (whew)
  • Homosexual "love" is love perfected by God (???)
  • God says we all go to Heaven (yeah, I know...)
  • Jesus and Satan are brothers and God is from another planet (seriously Mormons?)
But sometimes people send me things and it makes me want to shine a light on some of the insanity that Religion brings to people.  Now be warned, some people out there will consider telling you the truth in such an obvious way, without coloring it or making it seem different than it is, would be considered blatant hate-speech.  This is nothing of the sort!  If truth is hateful, then what is lying?  Love?  Anyway, in today's example, not just a few people believe this insanity, but more than 1.6 Billion people!


Every Muslim man has the dream, that their sons should be as "holy" and "pious" and "perfect" as Mohammed, but at the center of the "religion of peace", you will find a whole host of insane concepts that all true Muslims have been taught to respect and indeed attempt to carry out in their own lives.

Anyway, according to the books that Muslims use to learn from and enhance and increase their faith, we come to learn that Mohammed took a "wife" of a young girl named Aisha.  The general public will tell you that Aisha was a ripe and mature 9 YEARS OLD when Mohammed married her, but if you do just a tiny amount of reading, you'll find out that she was really only 6 YEARS OLD! (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234 and 236) Apparently, it's a Muslim tradition that a girl can not get "officially married" unless and until she has had her first period.  Because as everyone knows, the love of a 53 year old man and a 6 YEAR OLD GIRL would be beautiful in the eyes of God, RIGHT?  No... Not right.  In our society we call it RAPE, as a 6 year old (or even a 9 year old) is not capable of CONSENTING to anything.

If you'd like to fool yourself into thinking that this no longer happens in predominantly Muslim countries, you're only fooling yourself.  When radical Islamist groups that promote terror tell us that they hate Western values, is it any wonder, especially when they would have to stop their unconscionable acts towards each other?

Remember one thing about what I've just shared with you, this example of insanity isn't something that "crept into" Islam, it's part and parcel a foundational piece of it!

So when you hear the liberals and new agers begging everyone to "agree to disagree" or to "just get along" or "why can't we just respect one another?", how can you agree with, get along with or even RESPECT someone who thinks it's okay to RAPE 9 year old girls?  There is NO WAY to make this behavior or thinking into something that is POLITICALLY CORRECT.  If Mohammed was around today, if he wasn't already dead, he'd be on death row awaiting either the electric chair or a lethal injection.  How anyone (much less 1.6 Billion Muslims) could love and revere this rapist, is one of the best representations that I can think of, about how RELIGION is nobody's friend.

To anyone who thinks that Satan isn't real or that he never walks among us, take a good hard look at Mohammed.  As a matter of fact, Satan was so proud of his "great works" that he wrote a book all about it!  It doesn't sell as many copies as the Bible does, but Satan does alright.  The name of the book?  "The Qur'an" of course.

1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Job 1:7 - And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Nashville Statement - A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Silverworks Ministries would like to announce that it finds the newly released "Nashville Statement - A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality" in line with its own teachings and Pastor Keith would like it known that he'd be humbled and honored to offer his signature as well.

From Pastor Keith, "The Nashville Statement is a well timed, well written and Biblically accurate document, intended to draw the support of those who accept God and the Bible exactly the way that they are, and further intended to draw sharp rebuke, disdain and loathing from those who are so outside of God's good and perfect will, that once they speak out against it, it will become clear as to whom is following the God of the Bible and who is bringing the 'strange fire'."

PLEASE feel free to read the Nashville Statement for yourself.  Link HERE.

For reference, I have been proclaiming most of the things found in the Nashville Statement for at least 7 years and possibly as long as 10 years.

Believe me when I tell you, the liberals will tell you that I am heartless or that I am homophobic or any other of a laundry list of slurs, in order to discredit me or make me seem like I'm crazy, evil or somehow not a Christian.  Please be aware of one simple fact, as it will help you to put things into perspective and will DRAMATICALLY help you to understand things in CONTEXT...

GOD SAYS THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG.
I'M JUST REPEATING IT.

GOD MAKES IT CLEAR THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN 1 MAN AND 1 WOMAN.
I'M JUST REPEATING IT.

GOD SAYS THAT HE CREATED YOU THE WAY YOU ARE.
I'M JUST REPEATING IT.

I HAVE PLACED 100% OF MY FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD ALONE.

Don't you dare let anyone accuse you of hate speech.  If they want to level that accusation against anyone, have them level it against JESUS HIMSELF.

Matthew 10:19-20 - But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

John 15:18 - "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you."

Luke 6:22 - Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.

John 7:7 - The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

Revelation 2:25-29 - But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations --- ' He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels' --- as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '

It's almost like Jesus knew what was going to happen... (of course He did!)

Seriously, if what I'm writing about in my Blog and what I teach in real life is somehow unbiblical, then why is Jesus going out of His way to exhort those who would follow Him?  If every word I spoke or wrote down was accepted by the world at large, then who would deliver me up?  Who would hate me?  Who would revile me?  Who would exclude me?

When I tell you the things I tell you, I don't do it to win any prizes and I certainly don't do it to be loved by the world.  I tell them to you because I love you enough to never lie to you.  I love you enough to remind you of the things that GOD SAID, not the things that will make me lots of new friends and lots of money.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

How can I know that we're *REALLY* in the last days?

Question: Pastor Keith, I've heard it my entire life that "We are in the last days, repent now, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!".  To be honest, I'm quite tired of hearing it and I just don't believe it.  Too many years of "Chicken Little" have soured me on the whole idea.  Can you offer me any proof or any persuasion at all, that the "last days" are really here?

Answer: Oh yes I can!

You know, it's interesting.... There are literally 100's of references in both the New and Old Testaments that can help us, guide us and indeed show us what we want to know about the "last days" or as some call them, "the end times".

I could do a whole study on this, it could take hours and hours and at the end, maybe you would get it and maybe I would have just talked a lot.  Instead, how about I skip ahead to the "here and now" and show you how Biblical Prophesy is literally happening all around us, AT THIS VERY MOMENT!

Paul's letters to both Titus and Timothy are referred to as the "Pastoral Epistles", meaning that they were letters Paul sent to them, to teach them how to better Sheppard the flock.  Paul offers us something that is so REAL and so SHOCKINGLY simple and obvious, that we really can't compare this Prophesy to any other time in human history.

I'll give you the scripture and then I'll break it down for you:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 - But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
  1. Perilous Times - Google defines "peril" as: serious and immediate danger.  If you turn on the news, not only is the world at peril of the leader of North Korea with his ICBM's tipped with Nuclear warheads, not only is the world at peril of the Islamic leadership of Iran with their Nuclear warheads, not only is the world at peril from the Islamic State with their constant and barbaric Terrorist Attacks all over the world, but even our school children in many places in the world are being taught ungodly things, such as the "good' and "decent" and "loving" behavior and "rich and wonderful history" of Homosexuals.  Have you ever seen what happens when a parent tries to correct something that a child learns in school?  The parent is discredited by the teachers and made to feel and seem like a "crazy conspiracy theorist, fascist christian fundamentalist who hates everyone".  @_@???  You might think that's rare, but not at the rate that I hear about it from those who've been effected.

  2. Men will be lovers of themselves - Many Christians have been taught that this is a direct teaching against Homosexuality, but I'm not convinced of that.  I believe this is a direct commentary about the LEVEL OF selfishness and conceit that people will have for themselves in the "last days".  Let's look at some evidence: Selfies, Selfie-Sticks, VLOGS, BLOGS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, QQ, WeChat, Google+, Instagram, Viber, Tumbler, Snapchat, Reddit, Line, Telegram, StumbleUpon, FourSquare, MeetMe, MeetUp, CafeMom, NextDoor, Vine, Classmates, Habbo, LiveJournal, YouTube, Fitbit, and about 100 more online services that ENCOURAGE YOU to become more ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!  Some of those services even give you a percentage bar, helping you to know when you've given them every last conceivable piece of information about yourselves.  To what end?  Social networking or Attention Seeking Behavior?  People love to love themselves, instead of loving He who created them!  God tells us that we should HATE our life, in comparison to how much we love Him! (Luke 14:26)

  3. Lovers of Money - Everyone needs money to live and eat, but that's not the issue with this piece of scripture.  Paul is talking about the LOVE OF MONEY.  The non-stop, never-ending quest to have more, More, MOre, MORe & ever MORE of it.  What's the problem with having a lot of money?  There is no problem at all.  If the Lord blesses you with the money, that's great.  However, when you place the VALUE of your money as GREATER THAN the value of your relationship with God, then you have a serious problem.  In Matthew 6:24, Jesus Himself tells us that "You cannot serve God and mammon".  What's my proof that this is a problem?  Whew, where do I begin?  Churches fleecing the flock, using YouTube to try to become "viral" so they send you lots of money for doing "nothing", endless pyramid schemes, endless reseller schemes, BitCoin mining, and the list goes on and on.  People continue to create more and more of these false, meaningless and hopeless"opportunities" to try and convince the weak-minded to give them their money.

  4. Boasters - Connected VERY closely with #2 above, people love nothing more than to brag or boast about their possessions and accomplishments.  LOOK AT ME, LOOK WHAT I DID, LOOK AT HOW GREAT I AM.  Seems too many people have a case of what I call the "ME-ME's".  Definitely a variant of #2.

  5. Proud - It's one thing to be proud of your son for doing well in school, it's another thing to be so prideful that you can't even find it inside of you to apologize for the things you've done wrong to others.  There's a teaching that's been going around for the last 10 years or so that goes like this: "NO REGRETS & DON'T APOLOGIZE".  @_@???  Whew, Another variant of #2?

  6. Blasphemers - Some of you might not know this word.  Google defines "blaspheme" as: Speak irreverently about God or sacred things.  For those of you who don't know what "irreverent" means, Google defines that as: showing a lack of respect.  Summed up, it means "Speaking badly about and showing a lack of respect for God".  Hmmmm.... I wonder what proof I can find for this one?  Oh wait, I know!  90% of the people who identify as "Christians" don't pray, don't read their Bible, don't seek repentance, don't care one little bit that their life is indeed "in peril" of receiving the judgement.  Need some more?  Alright!  There have always been Pagans around, but now we have Atheists.  It's one thing to not believe in God, it's quite another to become a "Militant Atheist" and travel the world seeking to discredit the Bible and convince people to follow you instead of the One Living God.  Richard Dawkins anyone?  It takes an awful lot of #2 to achieve this.

  7. Disobedient to Parents - Throughout all of recorded history children have been disobedient to parents.  Why was this added to the list?  Because it's not about the bad behavior, it's about the LEVEL OF BAD BEHAVIOR.  Children the world over, but more specifically in the United States are learning to question their parents, judge their parents, berate their parents, discredit their parents and indeed severely rebel against their parents.  Who is teaching them this?  The parents?  Of course not!  They're being taught this by their teachers in public schools.  How can this be?  It's easy!  All you have to do as a parent, is continue electing liberals to public offices and we will continue to give children "rights and privileges" that they don't need and certainly don't deserve.  Another dose of #2 for sure.

  8. Unthankful - Never in my life have I seen more people who don't even bother to say THANK YOU when you hold the door for another person.  I went to a restaurant the other day and I gladly held the door for the family that was right behind me.  Wouldn't you know it, within seconds about 8 more families just dropped out of the sky and all continued to allow ME to continue to hold the door, as family member after family member walked by me, not one of them offered to take the door holding duty, not one of them offered me a thank you either.  Don't get me wrong, at the end of the day I don't care if those people thanked me or not, I know my thanks come from somewhere more important.  The fact that these people put their unthankful behavior on display is quite honestly appalling to me.  If they can't even be bothered to thank another person, how on Earth will they ever figure out how to thank God?  More #2 anybody?

  9. Unholy - Look, nobody walking around on the planet is "holy".  Not me, not you, not your sainted grandma, nobody.  HOWEVER, with that said, God tells us that "We are to be holy as He is holy".  What God meant (I am not making this up), is that we are to be SANCTIFIED, which really means "set apart from the world".  I cover the process of sanctification at length in my yet to be released book "But is it Biblical?".  With all of that said, depriving yourself of pleasures and acting like you're perfect are NOT what God had in mind.  It's another one of those times when having the original languages that the bible was written in can be a big help.  Fact is, never in the history of Christianity has there ever been a greater "falling away" as there is right now.  And yes, the "Great Apostasy" is what I'm referring to.

  10. Unloving - Who could possibly be unloving?  Mothers are drowning their own children!  Fathers are abandoning their children!  Not 1 or 2 or even 10 or 20, but this has become almost commonplace.  Just yesterday, it was discovered that a few young black teenagers in Florida had videotaped a man drowning in a pond while they were busy smoking marijuana.  They can be heard in the video teasing the victim, taunting him, humiliating him, all while the man screamed and pleaded for help.  Not one of them called a parent, the police, 911, nobody.  After the man stopped screaming for help and struggling to live, one of them can be heard on the video saying, "He dead", and STILL didn't call anyone for help.  They watched, they ridiculed, they laughed, they joked and they didn't care one bit that they were responsible for the man ultimately dying.  These children didn't just show that they were UNLOVING, they also showed that #2 is alive and well.  After being questioned by the police, the police revealed that not a single one of them showed ANY REMORSE OF ANY KIND.  Think I made this up?  Feel free to READ the article and watch part of the video from CNN HERE.  Talk about peril!

  11. Unforgiving - I've heard people say "Only Jesus forgives, I want them dead".  Not only is that a shocking idea, but it's far from what the Bible teaches us.  While it is true that forgiveness of our sins can ONLY come through the redemptive power of the blood of Christ, forgiving others was something Jesus Himself told us to do.  When Jesus was teaching His Apostles HOW to pray, one of the examples He gave, was "please forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" (See Matthew 6, Mark 11 & Luke 11).  For those of you who don't know, simply put, trespass means "sin".  We are called to forgive others and to love our enemies as ourselves!  How can you call yourself a Christian if you can't forgive others of even SIMPLE things?

  12. Slanderers - If you don't know what "slander" is, Google defines it as: the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.  Anyone who has turned on the news in the last year has heard the media doing its best to slander President Trump.  He is continually accused of things that never happened.  Have you ever been asked to prove something that didn't happen????  Yeah, it's happened to me too.  It's nearly impossible.  Slander is something that is happening more and more and more these days, so much so that it's obvious it's not just your "ordinary occurrence", it's happening almost daily.

  13. Without self-control - Self control was one of the few things that atheist evolutionists say, is what separates us from the animals.  While I don't agree with their comparison of people and animals, I do find it interesting that even the Atheists would agree that being without self control is harmful to a society.  More than ever, too many people exhibit the character flaw that i'll call "addictive personality".  The idea is "how can i get more, have more, do more, live more, all at the sacrifice of everything and everyone else that care about and love them".  Man, I feel sorry for these people.  Let's pray for them.

  14. Brutal - Google defines this word as: savagely violent.  As of the date of this Blog entry, over the past 5 years, there have been close to 2,500 people murdered in Chicago, most of which were conducted with an illegally obtained firearm.  In most predominantly Muslim countries in the world, it's commonplace to murder your wife, your sister or your own daughter if you feel they have been unfaithful.  In some parts of the world if you're caught stealing, you can lose a finger, a hand, an arm or even your life if you continue to do so.  Recently a young man by the name of Otto Warmbier was visiting North Korea and took a sign that didn't belong to him.  His punishment wasn't a fine, wasn't the loss of a finger or a hand.  He was sentenced to 15 years of HARD LABOR!  The cost of the sign was estimated to not exceed $26 US Dollars.  It was his first offense EVER and it was 100% non-violent!  But that isn't the worst of it, because his jailers weren't good and just, it cost him the loss of his life - OVER A SIGN!  Believe me when I tell you, this world has become more brutal than most of you are aware of.

  15. Despisers of good - Clearly we know that there are many despisers of GOD, but how about despisers of GOOD?  In Romans 7 we find Paul at his wits end.  He's realized that no matter how hard he tries to be good, he's bad - and no matter how hard he tries not to be bad he fails!  He goes on to tell us "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find".  Today, most of us still have this problem, the difference, instead of taking the whole of the lesson that is in Romans 7 (primarily because they haven't read their Bible), instead people today would rather OWN being bad and reject any attempt at living the "holy" life we spoke about earlier in #9.  This is so much more common than you would think.

  16. Traitors - Over the past 5 years or so, the subject of traitors has never before in history been so regular.  For almost 200 years the only traitor that American school children ever learned about was "Benedict Arnold".  Today, the names Jane Fonda, Nidal Hasan, Edward Snowden, Reality Winner, etc are in the news almost daily.  In today's society, people really don't understand what LOYALTY means anymore.  Judas Iscariot anyone?

  17. Headstrong - For the most part throughout history, it's been the men who have been called things like cocky or headstrong, but with the recent advent of "feminism" (40 years ago) and things like "gay pride" (20 years ago), the sheer volume of headstrong, prideful and otherwise arrogant people is really off the charts today.  It's amazing when you look at where we were, to where we are now, you can truly see how all of a sudden, after centuries (indeed millennia!), only now is this particular "train" falling off the rails.

  18. Haughty - Here's a word that we don't see used too much anymore.  Google defines this as: arrogantly superior and disdainful.  Google defines disdainful as: showing contempt or lack of respect.  Directly related to headstrong, it's one thing to know something or be an expert at something, but it's an entirely different thing to be arrogant and showing contempt and a lack of respect simply because you disagree with someone.  Watch any amount of television reality shows and you'll see this happening in spades.  Listen to your average Atheist and you'll hear plenty of it.

  19. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - Throughout history, Pagans were known to be experts at loving pleasure.  Even during the time of the Apostles, they too had to deal with the Pagans and their false teachings.  Today, in addition to the Pagans (which are still around, albeit in much smaller numbers), we have even greater problems.  With Homosexuality being greeted with great fanfare and praise and Transsexuals in the military being given free gender reassignment surgeries (thanks to former president Obama), we now have other groups who were hoping to join in the fanfare and praise!  Ever heard of polyamory?  Back in the time of Christ, it was somewhat commonplace for people to have more than 1 wife.  Back in the 1800's the Mormons tried to resurrect that and now in the 21st century, there are groups of people popping up who want to do away with the notion of 1 man and 1 woman and make marriage open to an infinite number of people simultaneously.  So maybe 1 husband and 14 wives?  Maybe 12 husbands and 15 wives?  When heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual all begin to blur and the idea of "as long as it feels good and brings you pleasure" is the norm, is it any wonder that they would want broad acceptance of this lifestyle as being "normal"?  Of course if that's the case and there are no more "rules" about sexuality, then of course you have to throw God and the Bible away.  There's no room for God when you have that kind of mentality.

  20. Having a form of godliness but denying its power - And that brings us to our final one!  Continuing from above, if you want that type of lifestyle then the God of the Bible has to go NOW!  There's no room for Him!  He has rules!  He has laws!  He has moral absolutes!  He has social norms!  He isn't subject to the will of the people!  He won't change!  CORRECT!  He will not and indeed does not change!  So what's left?  You guessed it..... BOOM!  They make their own god.  That god they created has some things in common with God, but if you look at that pathetic, imaginary god and his weak and pathetic attributes, you can easily tell the real one from the counterfeit one.  The kicker, is they don't even realize that they created their own "god".  The thing they will never understand (until it's too late), is that their god is absolutely powerless.  He doesn't answer prayers, he doesn't give his blessings, he doesn't perform miracles or send Prophets or heal the sick, because that god is not real.  That god doesn't exist and therefore can't do anything.
...And from such people turn away!


Isn't it interesting, I bet you never thought that so much could have been said in only 1 sentence?  I had no idea that there were 20 specific ideas jam packed in there! @_@

Prophesies are not a joke, they're not a myth and they're not to be taken lightly.  God gave you the free will to CHOOSE whether or not to accept Him.  He's given you sovereignty, meaning he won't force you to make any decisions, the choice is 100% yours.

Believe me when I tell you that the Kingdom of Heaven is SURELY AT HAND (meaning that it's so close to happening, you should be able to taste it!).  If you haven't yet given your life to Christ, don't wait another year, another month, another day, another hour or another minute, because none of those are a guarantee for any of us!  If the Rapture were to happen in the next 10 seconds, would you be able to stand before a Holy God and be found blameless?  If you don't know, I beg you, please reach out to a Pastor, a local church or even me!  For the Love of God, please don't be found wanting when your time comes.

Matthew 24:36-44 - "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

Any comments?
Any discussion?
Remember - please keep it family friendly!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Why I use the methods that I use

There are some Pastors who are so concerned that they'll offend someone, that they water down the truth, withhold information and sometimes just plain LIE about a subject.  I sincerely feel bad for anyone who wastes their time with a person like that.

I'm going to spend a couple of minutes and explain to you WHY I do what I do....

I want to keep track of how many people read this, so please click HERE to read more:


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Replenish the earth?

I haven't done this in a while, so it should be fun!

Every now and then I have people ask me questions that make me go "Ah-ha!".
I love those kinds of questions and I have one today.

Question: Why did God tell Adam and Eve to replenish the Earth?  If God had just created the Earth, isn't it safe to say that it was never "plenished" to begin with?  Obviously this proves that there were people before Adam and Eve, right?

Answer: Man oh man... Is Satan ever alive and well and filling the minds of the lost and unsaved with nonsense!  The good news, is the devil isn't learning any new tricks.  True, he may gain a soul here or there, but we all know he can never win!  :)

So here's the answer...  As we should all know (and as I detail in my forthcoming book "But is it Biblical?"), the Bible was not, Not, NOT written in the English language.  Genesis happens to have been written in the Hebrew language (specifically Ancient Hebrew).

As I cover in the chapter of my book on "Choosing a Bible", one of the greatest single problems with the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), is that it's TOO TRUSTED for your own good.  What does that mean?  It means that ALL translations of the Bible are exactly that - TRANSLATIONS.  They're not exact, word for word copies of the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, they have been translated using the most available words in the English language.  Speaking of which, if you ever take a look at the Spanish translations of the Bible, you may wonder how the Gospel message EVER gets across, but somehow it does!  :)

In any event, as I teach in the book, any time you come across a word or an IDEA that makes you scratch your head, the best thing you can do is find an INTERLINEAR BIBLE.  An Interlinear Bible does the exact thing that most people think the Bible is already.  It's an actual word for word translation of the original language - EVEN IF IT DOESN'T MAKE GRAMMATICAL SENSE.  Why would you want to read something that doesn't make sense?  Ah-ha!  Allow me to show you an example.

Here is the "offending" INCORRECT translation from Genesis 1:28:

KJV - And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...

Interlinear - And He is blessing them Elohim and He is saying to them Elohim be fruitful you and increase you and fill you the earth...

Do you see what I see?  If you do, you can clearly see that the good men who put together the KJV didn't choose the BEST possible word (replenish) in this particular case.  "And fill you the earth" may not make much sense in a grammatical sense, but anyone who understands the English language well enough can clearly understand that God didn't tell them to RE-FILL the earth, He told them to FILL IT UP!

This is one of the many reasons that I prefer to use the New King James Version of the Bible for 99% of my teaching needs.  Sadly much of the poetic nature of the Bible is lost in the NKJV, however MANY of the errors like this one are fixed.

NKJV - Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth"...

Had this particular person had an NKJV around instead of the KJV, they never, Ever, EVER would have had the opportunity to share this most false teaching!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bible Nuggets 3 - Be of Good Cheer!

Did you ever notice that Jesus only ever said "Be of good cheer" when he was saving someones life?

Up to and including mentioning our redemption in John 16:33?
I literally just noticed it myself.

The only reference to "Be of good cheer" that doesn't fit is Acts 23:11 when Jesus was witnessed speaking to Paul.  Hmm... You know what?  I bet that was Jesus way of telling Paul that He wouldn't let the Jews who banded together kill him?  LOL....

I joke all the time that "the Bible is an inexhaustible supply of revelation and information".
Who knew?!  ;)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SILVERWORKS DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY IS A GO!


PUBLIC NOTICE:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - SILVERWORKS DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY IS A GO!

Beginning today, July 8, 2017, I am super fired-up and in the process of putting together all of the pieces to make this engine GO!

Watch this space for updates!  ^_^


UPDATES

JULY 9: Sent out individual emails to about 100 Apologists all over the USA, looking for a local referral!

JULY 10: Sent out an additional 100 individual emails to another 100 Apologists across the USA (and one to Australia), looking for a local referral.

JULY 12: Several replies received, very few know anyone in Florida.

JULY 14: Received a few more replies.  Very encouraging replies!  Still nothing.

JULY 17: Sent about 50 emails out to various members of Christian related Academia.

JULY 27: Still receiving a small number of replies, received a very nice email today encouraging me.

AUGUST 1: Things have gone quiet, but fear not.  I'm on God's time table!  ^_^

AUGUST 9: One month in, still sending out feelers, no new responses yet.

AUGUST 19: Had a wonderful chat tonight with someone ready to hear what I have to teach.

AUGUST 27: Things picking up.  Lots of people reaching out to me for more information.

SEPTEMBER 27: Still no movement on an Apologist, but still moving forward!  :)

OCTOBER 27: Lots of oddballs coming out of the woodwork, but still moving!

NOVEMBER 27: Still scratching my head, but I know it's coming!

DECEMBER 27: Interesting things afoot!  Happy New Year!  ^_^


SURELY SOMEONE KNOWS SOMEBODY?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Starting a new church?

Anyone who has been following me, either here on this blog or in the flesh can tell you in no uncertain terms, that I am (justifiably) sick, tired and disgusted by almost every single church/denomination in existence.

Why could I possibly be sick, tired and disgusted?  Let's start with false teachings, fleecing, poor teachings, poor understandings, altar calls & false tongue speaking, just as an example.

For years I've been told over and over again to start my own church, but as with all things, if I don't feel lead to do something by God, I'm not doing it.  For proof of that, I still have not released my book yet.

So with that said, I'm putting together this blog post in an attempt to help you decide whether or not a church that I would set up, would be more in line with what YOU believe to be TRUE and not what some wayward soul, who only wants your money would set up.

Please take a moment and ponder these statements:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Prophesy or Predictability?

Back in June I discussed those lovely friends of ours, you know, the people from the religion of peace?  How there was surely more to come in their endeavor to destroy all those who don't subscribe to their brand of "god"?

At the end of that blog post I wrote that what I believed would come next, was mass Christian casualties.

Charisma News released the following article on August 8th:

ISIS Kill List Names 15,000 Christian Americans Targeted for Death

50 Homosexuals wasn't quite enough for them.
Murdering a Catholic Priest wasn't enough for them either...
Murdering 15,000 Christians would surely satisfy their hunger for peace right?

What is the point of this blog post?
DO NOT BE FOOLED BY WHAT THE MEDIA AND YOUR FRIENDS TELL YOU.

There are real and reliable news articles all over the world for you to read, in order to make sure that you know what's REALLY going on in the world.

Don't get me wrong though...  Continue to look up, the Kingdom of Heaven is surely at hand!

I just don't want you being fooled into believing what the Democratic Party in the United States is trying to convince you of.  Making the government responsible for feeding, clothing and housing the poor and the needy is NOT what Jesus called for us to do.

WE ARE CALLED TO BE CHARITABLE PERSONALLY!

Making sure that every man, woman and child in the United States is fed, clothed and has a nice comfy pillow to lie their head on is one step closer to HEAVEN ON EARTH!  That's something that's NOT going to happen - EVER.  Heaven is Heaven, Earth is Earth and Hell is indeed Hell.

Matthew 8:20 - And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Let's not be confused, let us reason together what is and what is not.

So, will they murder countless Christians in order to satisfy their thirst for blood?
Or will they only be killing those who profess to be something that they are not?

Is this the end?
Surely not...

Monday, June 13, 2016

50 Homosexuals Murdered - More to come?

Last month I started to put together a blog post discussing the deterioration of the moral fiber of the people of the United States of America.  "The people" INCLUDE certain segments of "christians" as well.

In that blog post I was working on (but never posted), I wrote that I fully expected that the Radical Islamic Terrorists (you know, those nice people from the "religion of peace") would begin to kill homosexuals (or the other variants that they love to give as long lists of letters and numbers).

Why would I write about or expect that to happen?  LOL....

Let's start with this...  Do you not realize that Islam ACTIVELY teaches that homosexuals should be killed?  Why would I expect someone who takes Islam seriously to ignore this fact?  Mohammed is a self-described murderer and rapist.  Muslims are taught to revere Mohammed and to follow in his footsteps to the best of their ability.  Muslims name their sons AFTER Mohammed in the HOPES that their sons will be JUST LIKE HIM!

Some of you will then turn to Christianity in order to bring the same charges against the Church.  That would be unwise and a LIE.  God never tells us to kill homosexuals.  He teaches us to love everyone, but hate the SIN in their lives.  God says that HE will sort it all out later.  He clearly states that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, I'll show you this shortly...

The next reason, has to do with the political atmosphere in this country.  The narrative that this country is being fed (largely by the Democrat Party), is a lie.  Think about this for a moment....

3.0% of the population apparently identifies as homosexual
0.3% of the population fits into the transvestite category

The liberals in this country have been pushing an agenda that teaches those 3% (or .3%) are equal in every conceivable way to those who hold traditional values AND they also are pushing the agenda that people can choose their gender, as if it's a shirt or a pair of pants, as if it's a choice between coffee or tea.  They're trying to convince the masses (and the lost sheep are in there too), that you can determine your own GENDER, that gender is no longer MALE AND FEMALE (the way God says they are), but that there are instead a laundry list of options that any sane person reading them would be absolutely dumbfounded at. (Please see Genesis 1:27, and at least 28 other places for ABSOLUTE CLARITY on this subject)

So if you call yourself "christian" and you support what these people are calling their "right" to CHOOSE their gender, then I feel really sad for you.

Romans 1:28-32 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Believe me when I say that if your entire understanding of WHO God is and WHAT it is that He wants, WHAT it is that He expects and WHAT GODS TRUE NATURE IS, has been taught to you by friends, family, the media, life experiences or what some church has told you in order to tickle your ears, then it's time to pick up your Bible and see for yourself what GOD has to say on the matter.

And for those of you reading, who would begin to point fingers at me for various (incorrect) reasons, I would only tell you that there is NO hate in this post, there is NO bigotry in this post, there is NO judgment in this post and there is NO malice intended whatsoever in this post.  I'm just repeating what God told us to be TRUE.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

See what I mean?  People say that the Bible is too difficult to understand or too long or too old fashioned to be relevant.  Bottom line, is that God says that He does not change.  So you can change and society can change and certainly values can change, but God never, ever, ever does (Malachi 3:6).  At the end of the day, you have to decide who you belong to.  Because either you belong to the world (Satan) or you belong to Christ.

It's all really that simple...
God Bless

NOTE: Since I asked the question "More to come?" in my headline, I will tell you what I am expecting.  First it's a large group of homosexuals, next will be an even LARGER group of Christians.  Not 50, maybe not even 100, I think MORE!  How can I say this?  Wait and see...  Is this Prophesy?  I don't think so, I think this is obvious common sense.  What else?  I have my own thoughts on this.  I hesitate to share them as I don't want to give these sick and twisted people any ideas.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Christianity needs to change?

Did you read the subject without the question mark?
If you did, you're not alone, but you're in a lot of trouble.
Good thing you're here, let me help you out!  :)

There are 3 types of people in the world:

1. Christians who believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God
2. christians who believe the parts of the Bible they want to believe
3. Everyone else

What?
You don't like that?
I'm being unfair?
Hmm...
Let's see if that's true...

Let's start with #1 - If you already believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, then you know that GOD DOES NOT CHANGE. How do I know God does not change? He said so...

Malachi 3:6 - "For I am the LORD, I do not change..."

Now let's skip to #3 - You don't know God, you don't care about God, maybe you don't even think there is a God. And maybe if you do, you don't believe in GOD, but a 'god' that makes you feel good about yourself.  Of course, that's not God.  How do I know?  God told me!

Exodus 20:1-6 - And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself a carved image --- any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."

So that leaves us with #2 right?  Hmmm.... Seems to me that #2 has a lot in common with #3.  How can I say that? Well, #1 are the people who believe God when He says that He does not change, right? And #3 are people who either don't believe in God or have made up one that's permissive of their iniquities. So how does #2 differentiate from #3?  The people who fit into #3 have 1 thing going for them that the #2's don't.

A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus is God, right?  A Christian is someone who believes God when He says that He does not Change, right?  So if you believe that some parts of the Bible are old, outdated, wrong, misunderstood or otherwise don't fit into your own personal reality, what does that make you? At best, it makes you someone who doesn't completely agree with God, right?

What do you call someone who doesn't completely agree with God?

Ahh!  I know... You call yourself 'An imperfect Christian who seeks out Gods wisdom every day'.

WRONG.... How can you seek out the wisdom of someone who you don't agree with?  Why would you???  I know I wouldn't seek out the wisdom of someone who I didn't have any faith in.  If it's possible for God to be wrong, then why would anyone waste their time listening to Him to begin with?

Listen, If you're a #2, I'm not trying to beat you up.  What I'm trying to do is appeal to that part of your brain that has made God so small, that you have no room for Him to be right. I get no personal satisfaction from telling you you're wrong, I won't win any prizes and I'm pretty sure that I won't make a whole bunch of new friends.  Every time I come to you, whether it's here or in person, all I'm trying to do is to help you correct a false teaching or a false understanding.  WHY?  Well, God has tasked me with that job...  It's my cross to bear and I feel blessed every day that He's given it to me to bear.

God said that He would send 'sound teachers', meaning teachers who will give you proper teachings. He also warned us that there would be a time coming when many would stop listening to sound teachings and begin to listen EAGERLY to false teachers that would teach things that sound good in your own mind and make you feel good inside.  A time when you would begin to discredit the good teachers and elevate the bad ones.  I can't make this stuff up, here it is for you to read:

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (ESV) - I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

What's the moral of this teaching?
Hmmmm.....

If you're a #1, then you're #1?
If you're a #2, then you're #2?
If you're a #3, today is a great day to find out who God really is. Not who I say He is. Not who I want you to believe He is, but who HE says that HE IS.

And if you're a #2, take a lesson from the #3's... Because if they're willing to admit they're wrong, don't you think there might be something for you to admit too?


PS: For the 3 of you who noticed that #2 was spelled with a lowercase 'c', that was done on purpose.  I've always felt it best to address false or deluded christians, with a lowercase c. Remember, Paul told us that we would know them by their fruits. So when we see a 'christian' supporting things we shouldn't, like gay marriage or abortion, those fruits are put on display for all of us to see. And the best part, is it doesn't require any judgment to look at fruits. It just requires a bare minimum of common sense.  :)

God Bless!  :)