GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU BECAUSE HE IS YOUR CREATOR

​Psalm 44:20-21 KJV

If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; 

[21] Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

GOD KNOWS MAN’S IMAGINATION

Deuteronomy 31:21 KJV
And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

1 Chronicles 28:9 KJV

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, [19] A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

GOD KNOWS THE HEART OF ALL

1 Samuel 16:7 KJV

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

1 Kings 8:39 KJV

Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

Luke 16:15 KJV

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Acts 1:23-26 KJV

And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. [24] And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men , shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, [25] That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. [26] And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Acts 15:7-9 KJV

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. [8] And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; [9] And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

GOD KNOWS ALL THE WAYS OF MAN

Job 31:4 KJV

Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

Psalm 1:6 KJV

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Proverbs 5:21 KJV

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord , and he pondereth all his goings.

Mark 7:18-23 KJV

And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; [19] Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? [20] And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. [21] For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, [22] Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: [23] All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Hebrews 4:12-13 KJV

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [13] Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

GOD KNOWS YOUR THOUGHTS

Psalm 94:7-11 KJV
Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it . [8] Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? [9] He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? [10] He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know ? [11] The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

GOD KNOWS THE SECRETS OF YOUR HEART

Psalm 44:21 KJV
Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

GOD KNOWS YOUR THOUGHTS FROM AFAR OFF AND EVERY WORD FROM YOUR TONGUE

Psalm 139:1-4 KJV
O Lord , thou hast searched me, and known me . [2] Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. [3] Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. [4] For there is not a word in my tongue, but , lo, O Lord , thou knowest it altogether.

GOD KNOWS THE DECIETFULNESS AND WICKEDNESS OF YOUR HEART

Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it? [10] I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

THEREFORE GIVE YOUR HEART TO CHRIST

Proverbs 23:26 KJV

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.



EVIDENCE FOR CREATION

STUDY SHOWS THAT FETUSES FEEL PAIN

Article posted on April 13, 2017.

Advanced Visualization Study Shows Fetuses Feel Pain by Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D. *

Evidence for Creation

A new study using advanced cellular visualization tools demonstrates that adult-like nervous system patterns exist throughout the early stages (first trimester) of human development, even in the baby’s hands and feet.1 These results add to the increasing evidence that aborted babies experience severe traumatic pain during all stages of pregnancy.

For much of the modern scientific era, the details of human development in the womb have largely remained a mystery. Much of this has been due to the moral restraints imposed on experimentation on living humans. But these restraints have lifted as society’s morals decline. Scientific discovery has advanced in the understanding of human development in the womb, but at the cost of the sacrifice of human life at the hands of abortionists.

Recent developments in cellular visualization, perfected in animals like mice, are now being applied to developing human embryos and babies. These techniques can target certain proteins found only in certain types of tissues for exceptionally sharp microscopic images. In a recent study, researchers specifically targeted proteins in nerve vascular tissues and achieved incredibly detailed visualizations of the smallest individual nerve branches throughout the human body at a variety of developmental stages.

The most shocking results came from images produced during the first trimester of human development—a developmental stage in which abortion proponents routinely claim the fetus cannot feel any pain.2 The authors of the study state, “We found that the adult-like pattern of skin innervation is established before the end of the first trimester, showing important intra- and inter-individual variations in nerve branches.”

Prior to this study it was well documented that infants do indeed feel pain during first trimester abortions. Video documentary of abortions clearly show developing babies recoiling in pain during abortion procedures.3 Abortion proponents claimed this recoiling is merely a reflexive reaction and that no pain is actually being experienced because the nervous system is not well developed at that early stage. This recent study in the journal Cell clearly shows that this decades-old claim is empirically false. The nervous system during the first trimester has adult-like sensory structure in place throughout the entire body, even at the very ends of its developing appendages.

Human life is special and sacred above the rest of creation because mankind was created in the image of God. We are the crowning work of the creation week described in Genesis. The Bible elaborates upon the amazing creation of mankind in, 

Psalm 139:13-14,“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

As described in a previous post at ICR.org, the corrupted roots of abortion dig deep into, not only the fallen sinful nature of mankind, but also the scientifically and philosophically flawed ideology of evolution.4

References

Belle, M., et al. 2017. Tridimensional Visualization and Analysis of Early Human Development. Cell. 169 (1): 161-173.

This argument claims that taking a life in a painless manner is somehow more morally right than taking a life in a painful manner—as if the determining factor in choosing to abort a human life is the amount of pain inflicted on the individual in question rather than the inherent value of the human life itself.

The Silent Scream. 1984. Directed by J. D. Dabner. Narrated by B. N. Nathanson, M. D. American Portrait Films.

Hebert, J. and M. Stamp. 2013. Abortion: The Evolution Connection. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org May 3, 2013, accessed March 27, 2017.

*Dr. Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Article posted on April 13, 2017.

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Judgement Is Coming

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Judgment Is Coming
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) 

There is only one thing that is absolutely sure to happen to every person—everyone will have to face God some day. Not even “death and taxes” are certain for every one, but meeting God for an accounting of one’s life is certain!

 Therefore, as the prophet Amos warned some 2,500 years ago: “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). 

New Defender’s Study Bible Notes

Amos 4:12

4:12 meet thy God. God had sent judgment after judgment on Israel, warning them to repent, but they would not heed. Now, nothing but destruction and dispersion awaited them.

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). 

To the Christian believer, of course, there is no need to fear hell, for there is “now no condemnation [that is, ‘judgment’] to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The Lord Jesus has paid for our sins and purchased our redemption with His shed blood. He “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). 

Nevertheless, we as Christians still “must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10), where “the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide . . . he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). 

Those who die in unbelief, however, not having trusted Christ as their Savior, will face a different meeting with God. John describes the awesome scene as he saw it in his prophecy. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Revelation 20:12). 

New Defender’s Study Bible Notes

Revelation 20:12

20:12 the dead. The “dead” here are the unsaved dead, their bodies having been raised in the second resurrection in order to stand before God in judgment. Whether those believers who are still living in the millennial earth at this time will also be raised—along with any believers who may have died during the thousand years—is not stated, but this would be a reasonable assumption, since they also would have perished in the final holocaust if not before. In any case, their names would indeed have been “written in the book of life,” so they would not be judged with the others “according to their works.”

Revelation 20:12

20:12 according to their works. When the dead are judged according to their works, they must all be sent to hell, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” and “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight” (Romans 3:10,20). Since they have rejected or ignored God’s infinite grace and Christ’s infinite love in dying for their sins, “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27). Even though “God is not willing that any should perish,” His justice demands it when they intractably have refused throughout their lives to “come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9) and to personal faith in Christ.

But no one can ever be saved by his works (Ephesians 2:9). Therefore, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). HMM

New Defender’s Study Bible Notes

Revelation 20:15

20:15 book of life. Assuming that the names of all who begin physical life are initially inscribed in the book of life, their retention there depends on whether they accept Christ as personal Savior after they become conscious and accountable sinners and before they die. Otherwise their names will be blotted out of the book of life (see on Revelation 3:5; 22:19).

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That Old Dragon

DRAGON YOU LOOSE…YOU DO NOT PREVAIL…YOU WERE CAST OUT OF HEAVEN…YOUR HOME IS THE LAKE OF FIRE IN THE BOTTOMLESS PIT…YOU LOST THE WAR…THANKS TO THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD…GOD HAS HIGHLY EXALTED JESUS CHRIST…AND GIVEN JESUS A NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME…THANK YOU LORD…HALLELUJAH  !!

Revelation 12:7-12KJV

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. [11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. [12] Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 

Revelation 20:1-15 KJV

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. [2] And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 

[3] And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. [4] And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. [5] But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. [6] Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. [7] And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

[8] And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. [9] And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

[10] And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are , and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. [11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

2 TIMOTHY 2:24-26 “AND THE SERVANT OF THE LORD MUST NOT STRIVE; BUT BE GENTLE UNTO ALL MEN, APT TO TEACH, PATIENT, IN MEEKNESS INSTRUCTING THOSE THAT OPPOSE THEMSELVES; IF GOD PREADVENTURE WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE TO THE ACKNOWLEDGING OF THE TRUTH; AND THAT THEY MAY RECOVER THEMSELVES OUT OF THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL, WHO ARE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY HIM AT HIS WILL.”

SCARE TACTICS ?

Many have noticed, commented, and acknowledged, that I have written much about judgement, hell, and the wrath of Almighty God on this blog. The reason God has led me to write on this subject so much, is that so many of us, have neglected to warn lost sinners of what the Bible says on these subjects.

 
Many confront me and say, “You are just using scare tactics by talking about hell and judgement day. You are just trying to scare people into heaven.” They say, “I don’t believe there is a hell, and if there was a hell, a loving God would not send us there to burn for eternity.” 

Well, let me tell you what Jesus said, He is the Senior Pastor…Jesus speaking in Matthew and Luke. Those who have ears let him hear…

Matthew 10:28 KJV

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke 12:4-5 KJV

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. [5] But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

This is Jesus speaking, warning lost folks about Himself…He is The King of ALL Kings and Lord of ALL lords, Jesus is The Righteousness Judge. HE who knew no sin… Hear Him.

John Wesley said, ” Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, law, and judgement.

Jude says,
Jude 1:12-23 NKJV

These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 

[13] raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. 

[14] Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 

[15] to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 

[16] These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 

[17] But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

[18] how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 

[19] These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. 

[20] But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 

[21] keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 

[22] And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 

[23] but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Notice verse 22-23 ? On some have compassion, but others save with fear. 

The Bible states that the lost must be warned.

We were all born with a sin nature.

The natural man.

1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Ephesians 2:1-3 NKJV

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 

[2] in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 

[3] among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Until a lost sinner is born again from The Spirit of God, they are born into sin just the way all of us were. 

Therefore, it is natural for all of us to be tempted to do the things that God says are wrong and break His Holy Law. 

Sin is sin no matter what tempts you…being a pedophile, liar, adulterer, alcoholic, drug addict, homosexual, fornicator… etc. Sin is sin…unbelief, missing the mark, falling short. Disobedience. 

Lost people don’t make a conscious decision to choose their sin or self destuctive lifestyle, they just simply give in to their sinful desire or nature. They give in to the natural man and his sinful desires.

However, even though sin is natural for lost folks, that doesn’t mean God wants them to remain that way, lost in their trespasses and sin, rebelling against God. 

God can set free, those whom the devil has captured in his chains of sin. 

Jesus Christ came to destroy sin and to destroy the works of the devil, and set the captives free. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost.

Romans 7:23-25 NKJV
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 

[24] O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 

[25] I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

God can and wants to give you new desires.

Ephesians 4:22-27 KJV

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. [25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. [26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: [27] Neither give place to the devil.

God can and desires to help people withstand temptations, the wiles and schemes of the devil, and deliver them from the power of sin, evil, and darkness. 

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 KJV
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. [14] Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

BUT GOD…

Ephesians 2:4-10 KJV

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

John 3:3,14-21 KJV

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: [15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

If you reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you are under the death sentence. Yes there is a death sentence in the Bible…

Revelation 20:10-15 KJV
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are , and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 

[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 

[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 

[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

( HERE IS THE DEATH SENTENCE )

[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Yes I do write a lot about hell and judgement, because I like the Lord Jesus Christ don’t want you to go there either. You don’t have to go to hell…but unless you are born again…you cannot see the kingdom of God.

Galatians 4:16 KJV

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

LISTEN HARKEN BEHOLD

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. (Proverbs 2:8)

Listen…Harken…Behold. 

The justice of God is inescapable. No fiery terror escapes His sight. No murdering tyrant hides from His eye. No perverse malcontent person can flee His presence. Those who persecute and make martyrs of God’s people will receive the end they deserve. In fact, they will receive the end that even we deserved-if they do not repent of their sins. Pray for even the most wicked of your neighbours and family that they, like you, might find their justice in the blood of Christ alone.

Romans 6:10-13 NKJV

For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. [11] Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [12] Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. [13] And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

IT SIMPLY MUST BE

It Simply Must Be

There are many, many churches in the world. But unless one thing characterizes a church it is in vain. 

The church must be composed of people who allow Jesus Christ to be the supreme authority and people who follow His teaching.

A church that pleases God does not follow any human creed, discipline, manual, confession of faith, catechism, prayer book, council, conference, clergy, ancestors, human tradition, the majority, feelings, etc… as it’s authority. 

All authority belongs to Christ (Matt. 28: 18); He is the head (Col. 1:13-20); and all things must be by His authority (Col. 3:17). 

The revelation of His authority is in the Scriptures.

Matthew 28:18 NKJV

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Colossians 1:13-20 NKJV

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, [14] in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. [16] For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. [17] And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. [18] And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. [19] For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, [20] and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Colossians 3:17 NKJV

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Contrary to what some have stated, the church is not a democracy but a monarchy. 

Christ is The Only King. God speaks by and through Him (Heb. 1: 1-4) and He is the One we must hear (Matt. 17: 5-8). 

Hebrews 1:1-4 NKJV

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, [2] has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; [3] who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, [4] having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Matthew 17:5-8 NKJV

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” [6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. [7] But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” [8] When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

In all its ways a church must respect this necessity and authority of Jesus Christ. If not, it cannot and will not please God, and will only be rooted up (Matt. 15:7-20). 

Matthew 15:7-20 NKJV

Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: [8] ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. [9] And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” [10] When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: [11] Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” [12] Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” [13] But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. [14] Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” [15] Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” [16] So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? [17] Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? [18] But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. [19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. [20] These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Nothing will ever change this truth. Absolutely nothing!