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Which will it be a citizen of heaven or of this world

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  (Php 3:20) “

 

Although I live in this world and am subject to its laws, I am not a citizen of this global world, but I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The word conversation in fact can be translated citizenship. This idea of a global community is not a new one, but has always been dangerous. When Jesus returns which could be soon He will set up His Kingdom and it will be wise, just and true. Trusting mankind to make the right and good decisions is a very poor idea. This is not for the benefit of the people of this world, but for those who have their eyes on a bigger picture, that of being world president. This whole thing has been predicted in scripture and is now coming to pass.

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Written by tfheringer

February 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Spiritual War

We are in the midst of a most profound spiritual war, one that is in the defense of biblical truth. Mankind has finally decided that he knows better then God, even though mankind professes to not have faith in God.  This warfare is a tug of war over our spiritual values as a nation. It is really about the eternal destiny of millions of souls and the hearts and lives of people the world over.  Why is it then becoming so hard to get believers to make a stand of committment to biblical truth.  Many no longer believe the biblical account of the life of Christ, in fact many just right out front deny the existence of Christ. We have come to the place as a people that we have sacrificed ourselves on the altar of humanism what is left of our loyalty to God’s word. It is so easy for our people to deny the biblical account of creation in favor of darwinian evolution, in fact even major world religious leaders have now sided with the darwinists.

One of the reasons that this is happening is that man is caught up in a struggle over reason. Reason has been found to be a deadly partner in living. What I mean is that once you have sucombed to the primacy of reason, then faith becomes just faith for faiths sake. God becomes just a word and when it is discovered that God is just a word it is but one step to saying God is dead. The other side of this is that since the Scriptures are authoritative and inerrant, that their authority must extend to the particulars. This includes all maters of faith and practice. One of those areas is history and the scriptures are authority in history, including creation. The world was made by God we are told in Scripture and this was done in 6 twenty four hour days, imagine the impact of this.

War between the fources of humanism and God’s army of believers is being fought on all fronts. The good news is that the war has already been won, because nothing can resist the Lord Jesus Christ without being broken into pieces.

Written by tfheringer

December 20, 2008 at 4:14 am

The Son of Perdition

It is becoming more and more evident that we are living in the end times. Regardless on what your doctrinal beliefs are the days ahead are going to be filled with trouble. Personally, I believe in the eminent return of Jesus Christ, first for His invisible church and then preceding the millennial reign of Christ. However, regardless of how you feel about these issues the truth is that God is about to bring judgment on a world in rebellion against Him.

The recent election of Obama and the religious fervor that is surrounding him is ominous for those of us who only worship Christ, have faith only in Christ, have salvation by grace alone, bring glory alone to God and believe that the Scriptures alone are sufficient for faith and practice. There is an almost eerie attitude on the part of his supporters attributing unto him, that which only belongs to God. In this respect and for this reason there are many of us who suspect him of being the man of sin. There are several scriptures that come to mind when thinking about the end times, the passage here quoted is one of them, plus Daniel 9, Matt 24 and several extended verses from the book of revelation. This seems to be an era of destruction not only of the things of God, but also of civil institutions and moral values. A time in which we call that which is good evil and that which is evil we call good.

The time in which Paul wrote the book of Thessalonians was also a time of dread, fear and trouble. However, although he had in mind some events in his day, these were but a near fulfillment of these words. The far reaching effect is to be found in our day.

(2Th 2:1)  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

There are two things that are linked in this verse and need to be kept together and interpreted as a single unit. First is the coming of the Lord or in the Greek the “parousia”, this is used both of His first coming and of His second coming, this word is sometimes translated advent. Second is the word gathering, this word “episunagōgē” means an assembly or collection. When Christ comes to take His believing body of believers unto Himself, it will be a collecting unto Himself of all those who truly believe in HIM.

(2Th 2:2)  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Not easily shaken mentally or troubled about the day of Christ. Even a letter purported to be from an apostle whether it really is or not should not shake the faith of a believer. Through out the history of the Christian faith there have been periods when there was a claim that the Lord has returned. No mater what happens are faith must be in Christ alone, by His grace, to His glory, faith in Him alone and based solely on God’s word.

(2Th 2:3)  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Not easily deceived by current events during the end times. Paul tells us that the day of Christ or the rapture of the church will only be preceeded by an apostasy that uncovers the man of sin, who is the son of destruction. In these days we need to be not easily deceived by what is transpiring around us.

(2Th 2:4)  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The man of sin is going to oppose God, by replacing God with himself. The man of sin opposes God and exalts himself above all of what we would call godly. This goes a step further in his receiving worship that is only to be given to God.

(2Th 2:5)  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

These are things that have been taught for many years starting with the Lord and the apostles. Paul went to great effort to tell the church these things, because of the intense persecution that was being unleashed on the believers.

(2Th 2:6)  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

The man is going to be revealed when that which is holding him back is removed. At the time we know that the man of sin will be revealed following the removal of that which is stopping him. The Holy Spirit at this point in time is the only one stopping the revealing (uncovering) of the man of sin.

(2Th 2:7)  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

There is something that has not been revealed, but shall be soon. A mystery is something that up to this point has not been uncovered or revealed and that someone has been holding things back from being uncovered.

(2Th 2:8)  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

There is a wicked one who is going to be revealed in the near future to us. This wicked one is the anti-Christ, he both stands in as a replacement for Christ, but also as being in opposition to Christ. The Lord is going to consume them through the Holy Spirit and destroy them at His second coming through the glory of God.

(2Th 2:9)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

This man of sin is filled with the power of Satan. This anti-Christ is indwelt by Satan and is working through the power of Satan. This is accompanied by signs of it being the real thing, even though it is not the real thing, but it is a lie. Lying wonders are only going to prove that it is not of God, but of the wicked one.

(2Th 2:10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

There are those who do not love the truth and the truth is that which is necessary for salvation. Those that are perishing are unrighteous and ungodly, because they have not received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. These deceived ones show evidence of not having the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and thus not being saved.

(2Th 2:11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

The Lord has many times in the past let unbelievers have their delusion and believe the lie many of these, but what about evolution. Many in our day are believing a lie and are under the delusion that they are believers when they are not believers.

(2Th 2:12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

There is a curse that goes with those who have not believed the truth, but enjoyed pleasure. We live for pleasure and recreation. Since they have not believed the truth and have set themselves in enjoying the pleasures that accompany unrighteousness.

(2Th 2:13)  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Our standing before God is based on progressive sanctification or development in sainthood, plus believing the truth. The believers in the early church are such, because they have been chosen to salvation and set apart by the sanctifying ministry of the Holy Spirit. Belief in the truths of God’s word leads to the five great solas of the the Christian faith.

(2Th 2:14)  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The gospel is a very personal and important part, since he has chosen us to be in Christ for the purpose of gloryfying of Jesus Christ. If you have not believed the gospel, then it is impossible to understand what the Christian faith is all about. This means it is impossible to understand how come that Christ only needs to be preached and faith in HIM is the only answer to a world gone astray.

Written by tfheringer

November 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

The Doctrines That Must Be Emphasized In Successful Evangelism

This article was written at the begging of the last century and was one of the 90 articles that comprise what is known as The Fundamentals A Testimony to the Truth”. These articles are what gave rise to a return to the truths of God’s Word from the errors of German Liberalism.

BY
EVANGELIST L. W. MUNHALL, M. A., D. D.,

Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
First of all, What constitutes Successful Evangelism? Some will answer, “Great audiences, eloquent preaching and soul-stirring music.” But I reply, “We may have all these and not have real evangelism; as we may have successful evangelism without them.” Others will answer, “Any movement that will add large numbers to the membership of the churches.” I reply, “We may have successful evangelism and not many be added to the churches; and, we may have large numbers added to the churches’ membership without successful evangelism.” Yet others will answer, “A work or effort that will bring into the church people who will be steadfast.” I reply, “We may have members added to the church who will hold out, and the work, evangelistically, be unsuccessful; and we may have a highly successful evangelistic work and the accessions to the churches from it not hold out for any great length of time.”
Let us briefly consider three points:
First, No matter how great the multitude, eloquent the preaching and soulstirring the singing, if the God-ordained conditions are not fully met, failure is inevitable. While these things are of value they are dispensable. Great successes have been achieved without them.
Second, I have known not a few evangelistic campaigns to be successful, as such, in a marked degree, and one or more churches identified with it, professedly, received but a few members, or none, from the movement. They united in the movement from wrong motives. They were not prepared for the work; were formal, worldly and unspiritual; were without faith. Putting nothing of value into the work, they got nothing out of it. Or the work was not properly followed up.
Also, I have known not a few widely advertised and thoroughly organized evangelistic campaigns, in which mere sentiment was far more conspicuous than the Holy Spirit, and the lachrymals more frequently appealed to than the intellect and conscience; and large numbers were added to the membership of the cooperating churches, who knew nothing whatever of the regenerating work of the Holy Ghost.
Third, I have known not a few persons who have been faithful members of the church for many years and never been born again – “had a name to live and were dead.” There are many churches full of life, and apparently great successes, because of humanitarian, educational and socialistic matters in which they are engaged, and entertainments that they give from time to time; and some of the members who give most time and money to these things, and take most pride in them, are spiritually dead.
Also, I have known persons, who were, without doubt, saved and sincere, to unite with the church as a result of an evangelistic campaign, to run well for a season and then fall away; and the falling away was unjustly charged to the campaign. The real cause of it may have been one or more of the following reasons: First, The atmosphere of the church was not congenial, being unspiritual and cold. This is of vital importance to “babes in Christ.”
Second, In not a few instances the pastors, instead of “feeding the church of God,” with “the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby,” were like those mentioned in the twenty-third chapter of Jeremiah; or have turned their pulpits into lecture platforms, and the members going for bread received a stone; and in many cases were off after false teachers who promised them what they needed, and what they should have received at home. Third, The positively bad example set by a large majority of the members of most churches, in that they conspicuously fail to meet their solemn obligations to God and the church. And there are yet other reasons for the falling away of the weak and inexperienced.
But again it is asked, “What constitutes successful evangelism?” I answer, “Preaching the Gospel according to Divine conditions and directions.” In the great commission, as given by Matthew, Jesus said, “Teach all nations.” Make disciples, is what the word “teach” here means. Mark puts it in these words, “Preach the Gospel to every creature.” Luke states it thus, “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations.” And in Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
THE CONDITIONS
What are the conditions?
First, Discipleship. Jesus commissioned only such. One must know, experimentally, the power and joy of the Gospel before he is competent to tell it out.
Second, Power. The disciples were told to “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” Since the apostles and disciples of our Lord, who waited personally upon His wonderful ministry and witnessed His marvelous doings, were not qualified for testimony and service without power from on high, we, most surely, must have Divine help. “Without Me ye can do nothing.”
Third, Faith, – since the Almighty One has said, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” the proclaimer need have no misgiving as to the result, knowing full well that “He is faithful that promised.”
THE DIRECTIONS
What are the directions?
First, “Go into all the world” and tell it “to every creature.” The field is the wide world; and the good news is for every soul of man.
Second, It is to be “preached.” The God-sent preacher is a kerux – a herald. He has no message of his own. It is the King’s message he is to proclaim. According to the heraldic law, if the herald substituted so much as a word of his own for the king’s, he was beheaded. If this law was enforced in these days a lot of preachers would lose their heads, indeed many have lost their heads, judging by the kind of messages they are delivering.
Third, The preacher is to be brave, a witness – martus – martyr. All the apostles, like our Lord, went to martyrdom for faithfully proclaiming the Word of God. The Master said, “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” And, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Paul said, “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” The mind of the natural man is enmity against God; therefore the unsaved demand of the preacher, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits;” and a premium is placed upon finesse by many in authority in the church. Because of this, it requires as sublime courage in these days to speak faithfully the Word of God as was shown by Micaiah, when he stood before Ahab, Jehosaphat and the four hundred lying prophets; or Simon Peter when he said to the threatening, wrathful rulers of Israel, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
There never was so much need of fearlessness on the part of the servant of God as in these days; brave true men, who will not receive honors of men, or seek their own, are absolutely necessary to successful evangelism.
THE MESSAGE
Now then, as to the message itself: Timothy was commanded to “Do the work of an evangelist;” and, in doing it, to “Preach the Word * * * with all long-suffering and doctrine.” Doctrinal preaching is therefore necessary to evangelistic success. But what doctrines? I answer, First, Sin – its universality, nature and consequences.
(a) Universality. “As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned, * * * by one man’s offence death reigned by one, * * * by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, * * * by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,” etc. (Romans 5:12-21. See also Psalm 51:5; 58:3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10; 1 John 1:8,10, etc.)
(b) Nature. There are numerous words in the Bible rendered sin; and these words mean iniquity, offence, trespass, failure, error, go astray, to cause to sin, and miss the mark. In 1 John 3:4 we are told that “Sin is the transgression of the law.” The word rendered transgression is anomia, and means lawlessness. Failure to conform to the law is as certainly sin as to violate the commandments of God. Unbelief is sin. (John 16:9; 3:18).
In Genesis 6:5 we are told, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” and in Genesis 8:21, “The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” The word rendered imagination in these passages signifies also the desires and purposes of the individual. Therefore guilt lies in the desires and purposes as certainly as in the act. The common law requires that one shall have committed an overt act of violation before he can be adjudged guilty. But according to the Divine law one is guilty even though he never committed an overt act, since guilt lies in the desires and purposes of the heart. “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Because of the “lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” every mouth is stopped and the whole world is guilty before God. (Romans 3:19). The Almighty and Sovereign Creator is infinite in holiness. Therefore His “law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Sin is ruinous, heinous and damning: the most awful thing in the universe.
(c) Consequences. Sin separates and estranges the sinner from God; and he becomes an enemy of God by wicked works (Romans 8:7), has no peace (Isaiah 57:21), no rest (Isaiah 57:20), is polluted (Ephesians 4:17-19), condemned (John 3:18), and without hope (Ephesians 2:12). Oh, the curse and ruin of sin!
If unrepenting and unbelieving, the future has for him,
First, inexorable and awful judgment. (See Matthew 25:30-46; Hebrews 9:27; Jude 14,15; Revelation 20:11-13; 22:11-15).
Second, the wrath of God. (See Ezra 8:22; Psalm 21:9; John 3:36; Romans 1:18; 2:5; 4:15; 5:9; 12:19; 13:4; Ephesians 2:3; 5:6; Colossians 3:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 6:16,17; 14:10; 16:19; 19:15, etc.)
Third, eternal torments. (See Psalm 11:6; Isaiah 33:14; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 3:12; 22:11-13; 23:33; 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43,48; Luke 12:5; 16:22-31; John 5:28,29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Hebrews 10:28,29; 2 Peter 3:5-12; Revelation 19:20; 20:14,15; 21:8, etc.)
The preacher who ignores these three awful and inexorable truths preaches an emasculated gospel, be he never so faithful in proclaiming other truth. He who preaches the love of God to the exclusion of God’s justice and wrath proclaims but idle sentiment. No one will ever truly desire salvation unless he first realizes that there is something to be saved from.
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house” (Hebrews 11:7); all of which symbolizes the sinner’s condition, need, motive and hope. In no way can the love of God be so clearly, beautifully and convincingly set forth as in the fact that God makes plain to the sinner his condition and peril, and then shows him the way of escape, having, in His great mercy, Himself provided it at infinite cost. Now, at this point the Gospel comes in as indeed good news, showing God’s love for the sinner.
The supreme motive for the atoning work of our Lord was His infinite love for us. The supreme object had in view was to save us from eternal ruin. “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).
Our Lord, while among men, had far more to say about the doom of the finally impenitent than about love and heaven. Is it not wise and safe to follow His example who said, “The word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” How can any minister reasonably expect to have evangelistic success if he fails to imitate the Master in this particular?
“When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand” (Ezekiel 33:8).
Second, Redemption through Jesus’ blood. “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). “The Son of Man came * * * to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4). “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). “And ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20. See also Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22; Matthew 20:28; 26:28; John 3:14,16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:9; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 10:16; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13- 17; Colossians 1:14,19-22; 1 Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 9:12-14,24- 26; 10:19; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2,18,19; 2:24; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; 5:9; 12:11).
On no other ground than the cross can the sinner be justified and reconciled to God. If the atoning work of our Lord was not vicarious, then the sacrifices, ordinances, types and symbols of the old economy are meaningless and of no value. The moral influence theory of Bushnell is all right for the saint; but the atonement is of no value to the sinner if it is not substitutional.
More than thirty years ago, in Denver, Colorado, I met an aged Congregational minister, who was a pastor in Hartford, Connecticut, during Dr. Horace Bushnell’s pastorate in the same city. He told me this:
“I spent an hour with Dr. Bushnell the day before he died. He then said to me, ‘Doctor, I greatly fear some things I have said and written about the atonement may prove to be misleading and do irreparable harm.’ He was lying upon his back with his hands clasped over his breast. He lay there with closed eyes, in silence, for some moments, his face indicating great anxiety. Directly, opening his eyes and raising his hands he said, ‘O Lord Jesus, Thou knowest that I hope for mercy alone through Thy shed blood.'”
Third, Resurrection.
“If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain. * * * Ye are yet in your sins;” and “they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that are sleeping” (1 Corinthians 15:14-20).
Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God with power * * * by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Therefore the apostles and disciples went everywhere preaching “Jesus and the resurrection.” (See Acts 2:24-32; 3:15; 4:2,10,33; 5:30; 17:18, 32; 23:6; 24:15,21; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 1Peter 1:3-5). “He was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). “By the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities, and powers being made subject unto Him” (1 Peter 3:22). “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
Fourth, Justification.
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might he just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:24,25,26). “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight” (Colossians 1:21,22). “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” (Romans 8:33), for “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus; for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1,2). Believers are “not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14) and can rejoicingly say, judicially, of course, “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
Fifth, Regeneration.
The unchristian man is spiritually dead (Romans 5:12), and must be “born again,” or “he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Richard Watson defined regeneration as “That mighty change in man wrought by the Holy Spirit, by which the dominion which sin has over him in his natural state, and which he deplores and struggles against in his present state, is broken and abolished; so that with full choice of will and the energy of right affections, he serves God freely, and runs in the way of His commandments.”
He who receives Jesus as Saviour and Lord, is made a “partaker of the Divine nature” (John 1:12,13; 2 Peter 1:4): “He is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
THE METHOD
The following is the method: The words of the Gospel “are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). If the repenting sinner receives them into his heart and life to believe and obey them (James 1:21); the Holy Spirit operating through them accomplishes the new birth (James 1:18), and he will be “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter 1:23). Saved, “By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7. See also John 1:12,13; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 2:13, etc.)
Sixth, Repentance.
Repentance means a change of mind; and this change of mind is brought about by the Holy Spirit, through the knowledge of the sinner’s condition, needs and peril, by which the sinner is convicted “of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8), and is induced to yield himself wholly, immediately and irrevocably to God. (See Matthew 9:13; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:2-5; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 26:20; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:9,10; 2 Timothy 2:25; 2 Peter 3:9).
Seventh, Conversion.
Conversion means to turn about or upon. When the unsaved sinner is convinced of sin and resolves to turn from his transgressions and commit his ways unto the Lord, he has repented; and when he acts upon that resolve, and yields himself to God in absolute selfsurrender, he is converted. (See Psalm 19:7; 51:13; Matthew 18:3; Acts 3:19; James 5:19,20).
Eighth, Faith.
Until the sinner changes his mind with regard to his relation to God, and resolves with all his heart to do it, his faith is a vain thing, he is yet in his sins; but, when he sincerely repents and turns to God, and believes the record God has given of His Son, his faith is of the heart and unto righteousness. (Romans 10:9,10. See also Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 3:6-12; 2:16-20; Romans 4:13-16; 3:21-28; Acts 16:30,31; John 6:47).
Ninth, Obedience.
Faith is a vital principle. “If it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17,18). Two things are required of the believer, immediately upon his profession of faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord, namely, verbal confession and water baptism. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10. See also Psalm 107:2; Matthew 10:32,33; Romans 10:9; 1 John 4:15, etc.) “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). The believer is not saved because he is baptized; but, baptized because he is saved. We are saved through faith alone, but not the faith that is alone, because “Faith without works is dead, being alone.” Water baptism is a divinely ordained ordinance whereby the believer witnesses to the world that he died with Christ, and is risen together with Him,” an habitation of God through the Spirit. (See Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:38,41; 8:12,13,16,36,38; 9:18; 10:47,48; 16:15,33; 19:5; 22:15,16; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 John 2:3; 3:22).
Tenth, Assurance.
Salvation from spiritual death by the new birth, and from the guilt of sin in justification, immediately follows “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” “For by grace have ye been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). “These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
It is here stated that certain things are in God’s Word by which the believer is to know he has eternal life. Here are some of them: “He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life” (John 5:24). “He that hath the Son hath the life.” “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God” (1 John 5:12,13. For confirmation see 1 John 2:3; 3:14,24; 4:20,21; etc.).
“And by Him every one that believeth is justified” (Acts 13:39) – an accomplished work. So the Bible uniformly teaches. Believing these words of assurance, one finds peace and joy. It is the business of the preacher to make this matter plain to converts, that they may be surely and safely anchored; and “that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, even Christ, in whom are all the treasures of knowledge hidden” (Colossians 2:2,3).
There are some other doctrines, of a persuading character, such as Love, Heaven, Hope, Rewards, that may be emphasized to advantage in an evangelistic campaign; but, those I have enumerated will most surely be owned of God in the salvation of souls, if proclaimed as they should be. In going about among the churches as I do, I find three things increasingly true.
First, Ministers and people in large numbers are awakening to the fact that the so-called “new theology” and up-to-date methods are utterly barren of spiritual results. Prof. A. H. Sayce once said, “Higher criticism saves no souls.”
Second, Because of this indisputable fact, very many are turning again to the doctrines of the historic faith, for it is seen that they are still workable and produce results as in former times.
Third, Great numbers of ministers are seeing that their ministry is a failure unless it results in the salvation of souls. They really feel as did the late Henry Ward Beecher. While conducting an evangelistic campaign in Brooklyn Tabernacle I one day met Mr. Beecher. As he held my right hand in both of his, he said:
“I hear you are having a great blessing in your meetings with Dr. Talmage. I very much wish we could have you for a campaign in Plymouth Church.” He trembled as he held my hand. He then said, “But I fear my people would not stand for it.” Then, after hesitating for a few minutes he added, “I would like to see an old-time Holy Ghost revival in Plymouth Church before I go hence.” He then broke down and cried as if his heart would break …. Three weeks later, to a day, his body was laid in the grave.
Life and opportunity are ours. Men are dying, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one, lost in the ruin of sin. Redemption is an accomplished fact, and salvation is possible for all. We have been chosen to tell out the message of life and hope; and are assured of glorious success if faithful; if unfaithful we had better never been born.

Written by tfheringer

May 26, 2008 at 1:53 am

Jesus is the Messiah of Israel

John Hagee’s claims that Jesus never offered Himself to Israel as Messiah and that Jesus rejected being the Messiah to Israel is pure foolishness. John Hagee is either a very cunning manipulator or very ignorant of the Bible and maybe both.

Hagee’s claims about the Jesus not offering Himself as Messiah to Israel has got me so riled that I have started through the gospels looking for everything that points to Jesus coming to be just that The Messiah to Israel. So far I have got to Matt 11 long way to go, but wow! Is there ever a strong message in this, if Jesus did not come to be the Messiah, then neither did He come to be the savior either. He was called both Jesus and Christ, the one being savior the other being Greek for Messiah. The offer he made on the day we refer to as the triumphal entry was just that a legitimate offer to Israel of David’s Son as King of Israel and Messiah. Jesus never ever rejected His people, but they most certainly rejected HIM, I await the return of King Jesus! He will rule as the prophets say with a sword of iron! Nothing less then Jesus Blood and Righteousness, the gospel is the one thing not being preached today that will make a difference in the hearts of men and woman. The death, burial and resurrection is the only answer, Christ came to give Himself as our Redeemer. God does not want numbers He wants mankind to turn to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness for their sins and eternal life. This age we live in is the very end of the age. I believe again that Jesus is coming very soon.

I am preparing a message on this very subject visiting every portion of scripture possible dealing with the subject, is Jesus Israels Messiah? Check back and watch.

Written by tfheringer

May 16, 2008 at 12:34 am

The Catholic Church is an imposter.

The Catholic church attempts to date themselves way back to 33 A.D. This despite the complete lack of evidence that they were even around in 33 A.D. The early church was decidedly not Catholic. The new testament churches of the first century had more in common with present day Baptists, (sometimes called ana-Baptist), then with the so called Catholic Church. There is an undefinable, but unbroken line from new testament times till the present. The early churches were by no way perfect and when I say they were undefinable I mean that we have very little in the way of records that can define them for us. They were to busy dying at the hands of the Catholic Church. The Popes hands are dripping with the blood of the martyr’s, there is no repentance for them, if you are a Catholic I strongly urge you to leave the whore church now, because the wrath of God is going to be unleashed, the Catholic church will find itself at the outpouring of that bowl of wrath. Baptized believers have been present in every generation back to the New Testament. They had to hide in the mountains of Switzerland and wherever else they could to perserve their faith.

I am going to come back to this discussion later on, but first let’s define what we mean by the word “Church”? One definition of the church says, “The visible Curch of Christ is a congregation of faithful men in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the sacraments duly adminstered according to Christ ordance in all things that are of necessity requisite to the same”, if you substitute ordinances here for sacrament, this is not a bad definition (Jarrel, 4). The visible local church is the true church any churches based on anything else is not a church. The Roman church is not the local church, but the general body, hence Catholic. Granted there are local bodies, but they just exist to distribute their poison.

“A Christian church is a congregation of baptised believers in Christ, worshipping together, associated in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; praqcticing its precepts; observing its ordinances; recognizing and receiving Christ as their Supreme law giver and ruler; and taking His Word as their sufficient and exclusive rule of faith and practice in all matters of religion. (Jarrel, 4)” The New Hampshire Confession: “We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptised believers, aassociated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel observing the ordances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word,…(Jarrel, 5)”

“The greek word for church is Ecclesia and is used some 114 times in the New Testament (Jarrel, 5).” Of those 99 times it refers to a local church, not a spiritual church, not a universal church, but a local church. It always refers to a local body and never anything else. So according to New Testament church, the Roman Catholic Church does not have a scriptural practice, but extra scriptural. There is no pope whatwoever mentioned in the New Testament, there are no offices such as Cardnials, Arch Bishops, etc. There are elders and pastors mentioned in scripture, but these are all in conjunction with you guessed it a local church. The actual church mentioned in scripture is a local body. If the Roman Catholics are correct then the church they support is where they should go. What I am saying is if Catholics are right they need to start attending the church they are members of, go to Rome, Italy and attend church there. In fact why not have every Catholic move to Rome, I will even help them pack.

When Jesus said these words, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt 16:18, says Dr. Jarrel, “This is a church, but one kind of church–a kingdom–not “branches.” The disciples are branches of HIM. However there are no branches of Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is head of the church and its king, not the Pope in Rome. My spiritual ancestors died for sentiment such as this and I am proud to stand next to them in this day of spiritual darkness.

So we have defined the church as being a local body, it is never spoken in Scripture other wise. There is no truth to a Universal church, be it Catholic or Protestant. The local church then has as its head Christ, He alone is our King and Savior, there is none other and there is none like HIM. The only way to preserve the local church is through a local church. A monster like the Catholic church is powerless to do anything about its mounting moral morass. A local church on the other hand has power to excommunicate and it has real meaning. Christ is also the High Priest, we need no other priest, every believer is given the right to represent himself to God, we call this the priest hood of the believer and it is based on Christ as the High Priest. The church needs no prophets because we have the one who penned His eternal word, Christ Jesus and He holds the reigns of the future.

Unlike others who have brought this up, I will not stand for any name calling or shenanigans. That means if you are a Catholic, the only thing I would really like to here is that you have personally repented and are leaving the Catholic church. Then you must acknowledge your need of Christ who died for your sins was buried and was raised from the dead the third day. You say that you already believe in Christ, but the Christ you believe in is not the Christ of the Bible. You have been duped again by the whore.

Written by tfheringer

April 30, 2008 at 1:06 am