Jesus, The Last Boat Leaving…

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12)

Yet another wicked shooter, this time in Roseburg, Oregon, has further corroborated the TRUTH of Jesus’ prophecy. How much more can we take?

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)

And Jesus continued …

“For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:38-39)

In those words, spoken just about 2000 years ago, Jesus was detailing what things would be like when He returns. It will be ‘business as usual,’ and his sudden appearance will come as a shock to most people. In several passage in Scripture, our Lord points out the fact that, in the last days of this planet, most everything will be OUT OF CONTROL – where we now find ourselves.

Because God made no robots but created only freethinking people equipped with hearts and wills entirely their own, He will never violate our liberty to decide things for ourselves. We will therefore be doing whatever we please, right up until His return. He will allow that because that’s His nature – the nature of real love. Love never forces anyone into anything their heart doesn’t desire.

Now, for a moment, let’s imagine what it was like for Noah in those days, thousands of years ago. He and his family were living in a place probably much like a hot and dry Arizona desert. And yet they were building a wooden ship the size of several gymnasiums. It’s easy to envision the locals daily making fun of them as they worked on that huge boat. After all, the nearest lake, of any size, was probably several days travel from them. They didn’t have a trailer large enough for it – and they certainly didn’t own a truck powerful enough to pull it there. All the same, God had told Noah to build an ark. He’d told him he was about to flood the entire earth. And why? It was because people then had become as determinedly sick as they are fast becoming today.

But according to a richly subsidized, modern science, that whole story is phony.

Proponents of evolution have been hard at work for years in attempting to discredit the Bible’s account of the flood. They claim that Moses’ narrative (Genesis, chapters 6-9) is just mythology made up by stupid men fumbling to explain away that immense cataclysm (which the geological record perfectly documents). And evolutionists, in their own desperation, attempt to explain it away as – ‘maybe,’ ‘perhaps,’ ‘possibly’ – a comet strike (or other non-sequitur suppositions).

Since science, in the late nineteenth century, was diabolically infected with Darwinian fantasy, it has allowed itself to be prostituted as a handy tool in the effort to discredit God’s word. Even though the Bible had fully informed us of the flood – long before we were displaying bits of its evidences in museums – Satan couldn’t afford to allow man’s knowledge of God to gain any additional momentum from all the natural proof which is still lying around. And so, the facts had to be rearranged and obscured.

All sorts of dizzying, impressive-sounding ‘scientific’ fables have been invented in accommodating fallen mankind’s battle to essentially silence his conscience. If the Bible can be made to appear as merely a politically incorrect collection of superstitious fairy tales, then man will throw it (and God) out the window. And that strategy is working like a clock. Now, people are content to dismiss the truths of creation, the flood, the miracles and warnings of God and His Son’s resurrection, confidently leaning upon the presumptuous guesses of a viciously biased and unscientific ‘scientific’ community.

Nevertheless, just as Paul said, “… since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20) So, for an introductory lesson in creationism, the next time you’re on a daytime flight to Vegas or the west coast, look out your window to the desert below, and see for yourself what God’s receding flood did to the dirt down there. Seeing is believing. And corroborating the Bible’s flood is just that simple. The whole world, as Paul just said, testifies to the truth of God – because it is the Truth.]

But aside from keeping Noah and his livestock dry for more than a half year on that water, the ark was also intended as a living allegory of the covenant God would one day give the world through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. Both achievements have much in common – but, principally, like Noah’s watertight ark, Jesus Christ is the only safe conveyance God has prepared for anyone who wants to stay alive – this time, forever. All those who will come aboard by repentance and faith into Jesus WILL BE SAVED. Once truly inside that ‘ark,’ you are guaranteed safe passage to the eternal life for which we were all originally created.

Beyond that, just like unique Noah and his family, outspoken Christians today are commonly despised and regarded as laughingstock due to their persistence in heralding and actually living out the express desires of their Heavenly Father (which is just what Jesus did). Like their ark-building predecessors, twenty-first century believers are dismissed as nuts because they are living in readiness for something that hasn’t yet appeared. It’s no more mysterious or difficult than heeding a weather forecast. All the foretold conditions are in place, and recognizing them is a no-brainer.

One day, probably sooner than we expect, that ‘storm’ will arrive. Just like the mocking crowd whose laughter turned into tears as they were treading water around that formerly motionless ark, modern-day people will be horrified when the reality of the return of the glorified King Jesus hits home in that final hour. Thousands of years ago, as the sky began to darken, the Bible says, GOD closed the door of the ark, and sealed Noah and his charge securely inside. As that ridiculous-looking monstrosity began to float and move, doubtless, those left outside were horrified – desperate and clawing for passage. But it was too late.

When the One who made us all comes back to claim His own, every excuse will fall on deaf ears. The scoffers will be just as desperate then as were the hopeless swimmers in Noah’s day.

I often wonder about all the ‘scientists’ who’ve helped the unsaved feel so justified in their unbelief and autonomy. Will those same experts be available to reassure, and field questions from, their disillusioned following when the fires of hell are lit? I wonder how the abortionist will console himself when he finally admits that the babies he killed were not just wriggling lumps of protoplasm but precious little ones for whom Christ died? I wonder what jurist the reprobate, cocky liberal activists will then hire to reverse the decisions of God’s final and supreme court? They may as well appeal to a brick.

Soon, this world – for each individual, at least – will expire. Tomorrow (as we have heard before) is guaranteed to no one. TODAY is the opportunity to take the time to prayerfully listen to your heart. Give God the opportunity to prepare you for the coming storm. The GOOD NEWS is that, while there is still time, there is still hope!

“Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Hebrews 3:15) And, again, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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‘The View’ Targeted Justin Bieber’s Christianity – Then One Host Dropped A Truth Bomb

As is common on the ABC daytime series, ideologies clashed during a recent taping of The View.

In a discussion of pop star Justin Beiber’s recent interview, in which he proclaimed a renewed commitment to his Christian faith, co-host Michelle Collins lambasted the young man heretofore known for often outlandish public behavior.

Collins’ criticism, however, was countered by co-host Candace Cameron-Bure.

“I think it’s important to remember,” she cautioned, “that when someone says they’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean they’re perfect. They’re just a recognized sinner in need of God’s grace; and so that’s all Justin is saying.”

Her defense evoked a rousing applause from the studio audience and kind words from a number of the show’s critics.

Collins shot back with supposed evidence that Beiber is “a little cocky” in describing his faith. She cited one comment specifically, in which “he says ‘If God is for me, who can be against me?’” Cameron-Bure easily deflated that argument with a simple fact. “That’s in the Bible,” she asserted.

The news obviously surprised Collins, who believed the remark was simply the musing of a cocky star.

“He did not source the Bible, America,” Collins responded. “I just want you to know, I didn’t know that. I thought he said it, and I thought, ‘That’s a little strange.’”

Do you support Beiber’s renewed reliance on Christ? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Does God Love Everyone?

“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.” ~ John 3:16

For the sake of rightly dividing the word, another way to pose the question could be: Does God Love the reprobate?

In the scriptures, the triune God is often furious with the unrepentant and rebellious – those who act freely and sin willfully without the least bit of coercion. So the blame falls directly on the shoulders of the rebellious. We are the issue. We have the problem. We are the ones in a quandary.

(All quotes from The Confessions of Saint Augustine)

“Without you, what am I to myself but a guide to my own self-destruction?”

Obviously, the scriptures also mention many times how ‘they’ were never of ‘us.’ So we know there is an elect of God. I’ve ran in circles where we never got past election. We waited around for some type of evidence of being ‘chosen.’ There is much danger in that. The door is wide open for those willing to take the narrow way.

“I sighed and you heard me. I wavered and you steadied me. I travelled along the broad way of the world, but you did not desert me.”

For God so loved the world…that WHOSOEVER…

He loves the disciple for Jesus’ sake alone and will not ultimately love those who are not in Jesus because they refuse to be reconciled. It’s not that hard a concept to grasp; but ultimately, we are wholly responsible.

“What am I to you that you command me to love you, and that, if I fail to love you, you are angry with me and threaten me with vast miseries?”

On the last day, when we stand in judgement, we will be without excuse. The greater the grace, the greater the gratitude and accountability. God will hold all non-reconciled sinners accountable for their hardened rebellion and animosity toward the righteousness of Christ.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

When we were yet sinners, we were loved and known by Him. But it’s curious to consider how no matter how potent the apologetic, or obvious the truth, some will remain perpetually hostile to the mere consideration of a sovereign deity.

“In their perverted way all humanity imitates you. Yet they put themselves at a distance from you and exalt themselves against you.”

If God didn’t love us, then what was Jesus for? Now, what will we do with this truth? He came down for us, and we have an obligation to respond. That’s the bottom line. I no longer argue strong meat with babes. I’ve broken out of that cage.

“Uneducated people are rising up and capturing heaven, and we with our high culture without any heart–see where we roll in the mud of flesh and blood. Is it because they are ahead of us that we are ashamed to follow?”

At the end of the day, we have a duty not only to decide what we are willing to believe, but more importantly, what is actually true. Our preference and desire to reject a vital truth does not release us from the consequence. Don’t turn from these loving truths.

“O God, our Father, listen to me groping amid these shadows, and stretch out to me Thy right hand.”

Don’t turn away the free offer of grace. Only through faith will we ultimately find rest. Redemption is at hand. Know where ye stand!

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”

If we believe, we can know we are safe. Blessed are those whom are secure in Christ!

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You Can Know For Sure That You Are Going To Heaven!

Tom Apusen, Assistant Pastor of North Valley Baptist Church, explains how anyone, be they black or white, Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, young or old, can get to Heaven. It does not involve being a ‘good person,’ being a member of the church, or even going to a church period. It is a lot simpler than that.

In short: trust Jesus. Love Him with all your heart, and appreciate with every fiber of your being the Sacrifice He made for you on the cross. Accept Him as your Savior, and surrender your life to Him.

Here are some verses you can share with loved ones, friends, or even complete strangers (all verses from the King James Bible):

1 John 5:13–“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Romans 3:23–“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23–“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Revelation 20:14 (defining ‘death’)–“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Romans 5:8–“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9–“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

A New Gospel From A Modern Pope… Preaching A ‘Counterfeit’ Approach To True Salvation

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I watched with great interest the extensive coverage of the first-time visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to America. I am not one of the 70 million Catholics in the U.S. I am a Christian; I follow Christ, not the Pope. The thrill and excitement of this historic visit has fallen flat for me because of a lost opportunity. Pope Frances is a humble, soft-spoken and systematic speaker. I see him as mega-Santa mixed with a twist of Oprah, and so the result is: the Pope is more popular than Jesus!

As I listen to Pope Francis’ messages, I wonder, “What’s the point?” I say this respectfully, but his speaking points on advancing the discussion on climate change, closing the economic gaps, protecting religious minorities and giving aid to the tens of thousands of new immigrants in Europe is much the same as any politician running for office, or an NGO seeking donations. The Pope gave no solutions to any problems when addressing Congress or when speaking at the U.N. General Assembly. The Head Shepherd, of the largest Christian denomination in the world, did not open his Bible. Are we settling for a counterfeit gospel? 

When my boys ask me about this older man dressed in a white cape, I tell them: “Remember what a counterfeit bill is? It looks the same, maybe even feels the same as real money until you hold it up to the light (the truth) or try to use it to pay for something (eternal life). That’s when you learn it is a fake and you have been fooled.” The Pope’s message is a counterfeit gospel. It is a compassionate and refined message that bypasses Jesus.

The Roman Catholic Church comes close to Christianity but never crosses over the cross. It never accepts the only substitute that counts. Any religion that adds to or takes from the true Gospel leads its followers through the broad gate, and many are coaxed in by abiding by moral laws and keeping traditions. We must remember, both gates say “Heaven”–but only one leads to eternal life. Morality and traditions, even at their best, lead to a self-righteousness that doesn’t save.

Jesus was in fact a judgment preacher, very different from the Pope and his message. He taught about eternal consequences of sin more than the loveliness of Heaven. Why? Jesus was warning us! That is real love. “Watch out; you will die if you don’t believe in Me!”

During news coverage of the Pope’s visit, I heard Father James Martin say: “The Pope will help people meet God in a new way.” That statement stopped me mid-sip of my morning coffee: “Meet God in a new way?” Is the Pope updating The Gospel? There is no need to knead the Gospel to make it acceptable for today’s political correctness. God’s message is living and active, relevant to everyone everywhere, crossing all socio-economic boundaries. It penetrates to the heart, transforming lives. If people are truly changed, from the inside, then they will make the right social decisions: taking care for the poor, feeding the hungry and seeking after peace. These are natural effects from having a changed heart and mind. You can’t expect a change in action before the heart has been renovated by the power of the living truth. 

Others see what we want them to see, but God can see what is hidden: our thoughts, desires, ambitions, motives, attitudes and intentions. A mirror reflects our physical image, but the Word of God reveals our inner heart. The Bible gives us a true reality check: we are sinners in desperate need for God’s grace! As the brave protesters of the Catholic Church proclaimed: Sola scriputra, Sola fide, Sola gratia, Solo Christo and Soli Deo gloria!

One such reformer was John Hus (1370-1415). He was one of many bold reformers who objected to the dissipations of the Roman Catholic Church. He was stripped, humiliated and burnt at the stake for his beliefs. Hus encouraged us to “Seek the truth, hear the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to the truth, defend the truth to death; for truth will make you free from sin, the devil, the death of the soul, and finally from eternal death.” His last words were: “God is my witness that…the principal intention of my preaching and all of my other acts or writings was solely that I might turn men from sin…I am willing, gladly, to die today.” He was murdered by religious men, just like his Savior was! His hope was anchored in Jesus, and his destiny was heaven.

We all have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it has nothing to do with being in D.C., N.Y.C., or Philadelphia to see the Pope. Life’s ultimate question is: What do you do with Jesus Christ? It saddens me when I see a prominent man of faith, such as Pope Francis, receiving the crowd’s praise for talking about safe and easy social issues, instead of pointing to the Savior and His message of peace and reconciliation to God. Who is this man of “faith”? You can be religious and devout and miss out on eternal life.

If the Pope truly believed the Bible, he would warn about the imminent climate change that awaits us if we don’t repent from our sin and believe in Jesus. God’s punishment for sin is a very hot hell. The Pope has an unprecedented opportunity with world-wide news coverage to preach the Good News to his 1.2 billion followers: Repent, believe, and be saved!  This is the Gospel of Jesus, John The Baptist, and every true follower of Christ.

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