Sunday, August 10, 2014
In Defense of Jesus!!
Who ever thought there would be a need to write a Blog "In Defense of Jesus" But, I must!!
As is the usual, I chose to start my day with prayer, a cup tea, exercise and reading Scripture. This morning between 8-8:30 a.m. I listened to a T.V. "preacher" in the Atlanta area while on my elliptical. For thirty minutes she said a lot. She indicated that she was NOT going to speak about religion, but about spirituality. She also said that her center was a center NOT a church because people don't like going to church any more. She then said--"It doesn't matter what you call God--God, Muhammad or anything else--just know what your name is". She indicated that she was reading from a book "A Happy Pocket Full of Money" by Johny Coleman. She referenced several Scriptures on occasion but was careful to state that her purpose was to speak about Quantum Physics--the teaching that there are "vibrations" in the words that we say that give power to matter. Jesus' name was mentioned once--at the end of her "speech" when she said if Jesus were here he would say--long pause---"listen to me".
Friends, hear me when I say that this was one of the worse things that I have ever SEEN AND HEARD. I thought the Pastor who made a new Bible entitled the GOSPEL of Inclusion was bad, but this was far worse!! That Pastor speaks about Jesus a lot, but in his "world" Muslims, Gays, etc. are all welcome into the family of God just as they are. It is truly sad when ANY individual takes to a Pulpit as a leader and states---"it doesn't matter what YOU call God", because it does MATTER to GOD!!! So it should matter to us. I could quote Scripture after Scripture that support this, but I won't. What is important is that this type of statement is of the Devil himself---the Father of LIES!!! Then again, In defense of JESUS, there is NO other NAME under Heaven by which man might be saved!! (Acts 4:12) So HIS name is VERY important and being sure that your belief is in HIM is IMPORTANT!!!
When did it become acceptable for a Preacher to "preach" from another source other than the BIBLE!! Shocking as it was, she did thank the writer of the book several times. She thanked him for explaining quantum physics. Did she thank Jesus once for dying on the cross--nope. Did she thank GOD for her life-nope! Did she talk about Salvation, Grace, Mercy, Love and HOPE---nope. That would mean that she would have to talk about JESUS. No instead she chose to ask those in the congregation who needed money to declare the following: "I am abundance, I am wealth, I am life." Once again, In defense of Jesus, He did say: "And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray" (Matt 24:11)
In Defense of Jesus, I Declare that THE WORD OF GOD SAYS -
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16&17)
"He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:15-18)
"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:8-11)
What is truly sad is that MANY go to "assemblies" each week with the purpose of assembling with other SAINTS and then sit under "speeches" that do not talk anything about Jesus. --The church or "ekklesia" defined means "called out ones". Those who assemble together should be those who believe in Jesus!! We identify ourselves as Christians, because of we believe in HIM. If anyone visits a congregation assembled as the church of GOD, they should be able to hear the GOSPEL---which means we should hear something about Jesus. We should hear about what He DIED FOR---SIN!! We should at some point during a Sermon be encouraged in our faith--IN HIM. What a travesty to sit in a church and NOT here about Jesus!!!
I stand "IN DEFENSE OF JESUS".