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! 

DO NOT WORRY

CONSIDER THE RAVENS

Luke 12:22-31 NKJV

Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 

[23] Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 

[24] Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 

[25] And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 
[26] If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? [27] Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 

[28] If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 
[29] “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 

[30] For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 

[31] But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

Is Hell Real? Is Hell Eternal?

It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked/unbelieving/lost are sent after death. 

We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23). The just punishment for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). Since all of our sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), and since God is an infinite and eternal Being, the punishment for sin, death, must also be infinite and eternal. 

Hell is this infinite and eternal death which we have earned because of our sin.

The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as “eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44-49), a place of “torment” and “fire” (Luke 16:23-24), “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), a place where “the smoke of torment rises forever and ever” (Revelation 14:10-11), and a “lake of burning sulfur” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. 

Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). 

The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10). Those who are in hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3-5). Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end. 

Praise God that, through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:161836).

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Dry Bones (Song by Lauren Daigle & Video by Dan DiFelice)


Ezekiel 37:1-14 NKJV

The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. [2] Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. [3] And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” [4] Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! [5] Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. [6] I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”‘” [7] So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. [8] Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. [9] Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”‘” [10] So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. [11] Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ [12] Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. [13] Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. [14] I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.'”

SEVEN DECISIONS

‚ÄčSeven Decisions

1) The Responsible Decision


The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my failures, success and future. 


I will not let my history control my destiny.

The Responsible Decision shows us how to stop blaming other people and outside circumstances for where we are in life.


2) The Guided Decision


I will seek wisdom. God moves mountains to create the opportunity of His choosing. It is up to me to be ready to move.


The Guided Decision helps discover invaluable counsel through books, people, and service. We learn to evaluate the network of influential people in our lives, to seek wisdom from the knowledge of others and, perhaps most important, to commit to a life of service.


3) The Active Decision


I am a person of action. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are caught up in his wake. I will be that person on the run.


The Active Decision is a wake-up call. Taking consistent action is crucial to the realization of a successful life. We’re often amazed, even baffled, by the accomplishments of highly successful people, yet many of their accomplishments occur because of relentless action.



4) The Certain Decision


I have a decided heart. Criticism, condemnation, and complaining are creatures of the wind. They come and go on the wasted breath of lesser beings and have no power over me.


With the Certain Decision, we learn to break through fear and judgement to pursue our dreams with determination and focus. With a decided heart, we set our course and assure our destiny.


5) The Joyful Decision


Today I will choose to be happy. My very life is fashioned by choice. First I make choices. Then my choices make me.


The Joyful Decision is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the decisions. The Joyful Decision demonstrates that happiness is a choice, and if you are not happy right now, it’s a consequence of your own choosing, not the circumstances of life.


6) The Compassionate Decision


I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I know that God rarely uses a person whose main concern is what others are thinking.

The Compassionate Decision can heal your heart, mind, and soul.


Harboring anger and resentment poisons our minds and hinders our ability to live the other six Decisions with any measure of effectiveness. Forgiveness is the key that frees our spirits.



Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [15] But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


7) The Persistent Decision


I will persist without exception. Reason can only be stretched so far, but faith has no limits. The only limit to my realization of tomorrow is the doubt to which I hold fast today.


The Persistent Decision reveals a critical “twist” to the notion of persistence: “without exception” is key to achieving extraordinary levels of success in any area of life. When we consistently make the Persistent Decision, our success is boundless and guaranteed.


Philippians 4:13 NKJV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

[15] from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 

[16] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 

[17] that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 

[18] may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- 

[19] to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

[20] Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 

[21] to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. [8] For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. [9] And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.