THOUGHT YOU’D WANT TO KNOW
Written August 30, 2017
HOW OLD IS MANKIND?
Luke 3:23-38 lists the lineage of CHRIST from Adam to CHRIST. Many of these people are listed in the Old Testament as well. JESUS was born less than 4000 years after Adam was created. Since then, a little over 2000 years has passed. The Hebrew calender presents this year as 5777.
HOW MUCH SHOULD A MINISTER GET PAID?
“The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:17-18 NASB.
Therefore, the most a Minister should be paid is twice the norm of the society that they live in.
When the Apostle Paul sent mission’s money from the churches, he was very careful to avoid thievery and dishonesty. Today many ministries pay themselves mass sums of money before sending it.
Others may take 15% out for administrative handling of the money. This money is very sacred to GOD, as those receiving it are usually extremely poor and in danger. At Remnant we count part of our missions giving the free transfer of all monies at our expense.
To steal from the poor, like Judas did, is abhorrent to JESUS.
The Biblical Calendar is a lunar calender. This was changed to a solar calendar about 1700 years ago. The new calendar includes ancient gods like Julius Caesar (July), Augustus Caesar (August) and other ungodly titles.
The titles in the Biblical calendar have special meaning. The Jewish feast days fall on certain days that bring meaning to the year in prophesy, and to what’s going on in the world. Perhaps you would want a Biblical Calendar each year.
The first word of JESUS in ministry that is listed in the Bible is the word “repent.” (Matthew 4:17). Also, John the Baptist preached repentance as he made way for the MESSIAH.
Sermons that never speak of sin and the need to repent are false Ministers of the Gospel. Ministers that proclaim Pentecostal Power with no need of repentance are walking in a false power.
Flee from them! They may seem loving. They may sound good and make you feel good, but they’re sugar laced with poison.
As a new Christian I learned about the rapture. What a marvelous event it will be! However some seemed more delighted about escaping Tribulation, than about warning souls of those who would be left behind.
Today there are many proclaiming coming disaster and judgement to America. I agree. Over the years I have seen people prepare for survival for those horrific times. Yet, very little is done by them to reach the lost.
HELPING THE POOR
It’s dear to my heart to reach the poor; first with the Gospel and then with practical needs.
JESUS gave to the poor. The Epistles speak of the importance of helping the poor. The Church in the Book of Acts shared amongst themselves.
We are to be generous and creative on how to help the needy. We are also to be wise and not enable them to live a life of sin. Some ministers today provide help to those who curse GOD.
Let’s look for legitimate ways to help without inhibiting their need for JESUS first.
I’m so thankful for the many Christians in the various denominations. I try to learn from the strength of each individual organization.
Yet, GOD grieves regarding walls, pride, and tradition of man. When hate and pride divides us, it’s wrong.
Yes, the doctrines of some are better than others. Always observe if their source of Truth is The Bible and not from the leadership.
Each denomination seems to have a cult within, but don’t judge the entire organization by the error of some. Some examples - you don’t have to speak in tongues to be saved, as some proclaim; to attack the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT and GOD’s Power is dangerous; I have almost been killed twice and some of my friends have been beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and killed in areas where mariology is strong.
So let’s love our brothers and sisters in CHRIST, while examining our own hearts.
“For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.”
2 Corinthians 11:4 NASB.
These groups deny the TRINITY, distorts CHRIST and the Resurrection, change Judgement Day, and redefine Eternity.
The more popular are mormonism and jehovah witness. GOD loves the people, but they’re eternally lost. Your phileo love doesn’t change it.
DISCERNMENT & JUDGING
These two principles are paramount to our walk as a Christian.
The need for discernment is becoming more and more important as false teaching, false power, false prophets, and false movements are more and more common. If we can’t discern properly now, how can we discern the antichrist.
Yet, we are not to judge or touch GOD’s Anointed. Only JESUS, the only one who never sinned, has the right to condemn and to bring GOD’s Wrath. We need to hate the sin, but have empathy toward the sinner. Otherwise, we bring judgement upon ourselves.
“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”
Matthew 6:15 NASB
Bitterness can be a battle for all of GOD’s people. Each of us have been forgiven so much by a Holy GOD. We deserve hell and eternal separation from GOD. We have broken GOD’s Heart and hurt many in our life’s journey. If it wasn’t for His Compassion, His Mercy, His SON, His Grace, and His forgiveness we’d all be doomed.
Love always . . . forgive quickly . . . trust slowly.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 NASB.
The Fear of the LORD brings us to salvation, keeps us safe, and gives us a heart for anyone that we’re unsure is “born again.”
King Saul feared what the people would think of him, when he was confronted by the Prophet Samuel.
King David feared that the HOLY SPIRIT would be taken from him because of sin. (Psalm 51:11). Ultra Grace Preachers are false preachers.
JESUS didn’t fear man, but GOD.
GOD doesn’t want to make you into someone different. He wants to remove all the labels, both good and bad, that are false. He wants to remove all the bruises and distortions from your soul. He wants to align your thinking with His.
So let’s let Him do it. Surrender and let Him restore.
“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:5 NASB.
No matter your ministry, you are called to evangelism . . . to reach the lost. You are called to be diligent, as a light for CHRIST. To be a bright light we must burn with love for CHRIST and others intensely from deep within.
Everyone has one chance at eternity. Our chief purpose must be souls, regardless of who we are or what else we do.
I have observed four obstacles over the years that inhibit someone from maturing in CHRIST and sometimes falling away.
JESUS said our love for our family must be much less than our love for Him. Those who compromise for the family, keep them from truly knowing CHRIST.
Friends are a gift from GOD. The FATHER chose JESUS’ friends. A friend is someone who makes you a better Christian. The rest are the harvest.
Each culture has pros and cons. Never deny what’s right, so that you can enjoy your culture. However, acknowledge the wrong as well.
Many fall back into religion and lose their zeal and focus on JESUS. This is detrimental toward you, your family, your friends, and your purpose.
“ So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Lukewarm is enjoying this world more than the Kingdom of GOD.
Lukewarm is allowing the distractions of the world to steal your time in prayer, fasting, scripture, fellowship, and ministry.
Lukewarm is wanting GOD to minister to you more than you ministering to Him.
Lukewarm is not being consumed for souls.
RIGHTS, ENTITLEMENT, SIN & THE TAXPAYER
A person proclaims the right for an abortion, but we pay for it . . . drugs, alcohol, and sexual diseases, but we pay for the rehab and medical . . . the right for a sex change at our expense . . . a child out of wedlock and a family from divorce at the taxpayer's expense . . . the right not to prepare for a career through education or hard work, but are entitled to great pay and benefits in a job they love . . . the right not to work and you support them . . . the right to vandalize and destroy property, while the police watch at the cost of society . . . the list continues, but you get the idea.
They say that others are not to judge they are to tolerate. As they judge and are intolerant.
Soon the government will run out of money, then GOD's Principles and Consequences will come into play.