People in Danger of False Teachings

Lately, I have been troubled by the false teachings of so-called Bible preachers or Christians. What is funny about this is that everybody can take the Bible and go out to preach. It seems that, unlike other books of the world, the Bible has no law protecting it from being used by untrained teachers.  Isn’t this true that for you to teach anything you need training and guidance? So why is it that any emotional person, whether it be an atheist, feeling like using the Bible can do so without any restriction? Don’t get me wrong. I do not mean that the Bible should be hidden from the people. Nor do I mean only those in a higher position in the church should use it. It just bugs me that any person any day can say anything about the Scriptures, whether it is to dishearten the believers from their steadfast faith or to brainwash them. When people who have not grounded their faith upon the scriptures are confronted by false teachers at marketplaces, they are easily fooled. In other words, amid these troubling false teachings, if you do not know what the Bible really teaches, you will be easily misled. Strangely, when you come across somebody with a different message from the one you have previously received out of sheer innocence, you will be prone to denying it and thus label it a false teaching when it could be one of the true teachings of the Bible. Do you perceive the confusion here?

Another thing I have seen is that Christians from different denominations are throwing stones at one another, calling themselves names. This has reminded me of what happened to Christ both in the wilderness and in the midst of the Jews:

In the wilderness, there were Christ and the Devil. Though you and I know who was telling the truth and who was trying to deceive the other, let us imagine that we had no idea who was right or that one of us were in the place of Jesus in the desert. How would you have reacted to the teaching of the Devil? Would you have accepted his false teachings? Do you remember that the Devil himself used the scriptures to defend his teachings, so that Jesus would think he was right? Oh, the devil used the Bible too! How do you take this? Doesn’t this tell you something? Well, it does teach me a lesson. And it is this: not everyone who comes to you in the name of God or using the Bible tells the truth or even knows the truth of the Bible. When you see this danger, how do you feel? Well, I myself am terrified. If the Devil could use the Bible then—and everybody can use the Bible now—to preach anything he felt like in order to defeat Christ, how should I take the Bible preachers today? Remember, it was the Devil, through the snake, that deceived our first mother Eve with his false teachings by contradicting the only word of God that Eve knew. So, yes, some teachers go out only to preach false teachings in place of the Bible truth; it does not really matter if they are using the Bible—that cannot be a proof of telling the truth. Even the Devil used it too—and Christ knew better to expose his lies using the same Bible. Would you have been wise enough to say ‘no’ to the Devil were you in the place of Jesus in the wilderness? Or would you have acted like our mother Eve who just nodded her head in agreement to the Devil’s false teachings. Even more interesting is the manner the Devil presented the Scriptures: he quoted a good verse from the Bible to suit his preconceived ideas. As he knew the wonderful promise of the caring God in Psalm 91:11-12, the Devil cited the verse and then mixed it with his tempting words. That is exactly how preachers of false teachings behave nowadays. They go to simpleminded people and use the Bible to tell their lies. They know that if they go in the name of God, sincere people will receive them and respect their words. Little do these people realize that their words are not completely from the Bible. Instead, they have been mixed with lies, so that they would taste like a sweet poison that gradually kills the person.

When Jesus defeated the Enemy in the wilderness by correctly interpreting the Scriptures to defend himself, it was time for him to go back to the world where he would get in contact with the people. As he began to preach, the Jews—like the Devil—opposed him. Religious leaders and teachers of that time did not receive Jesus’ teachings; they regarded them as lies preached to the innocent people. They wished Jesus’ teachings could be terminated. Yet, Jesus knew that he was telling the truth. How have you been treated in your evangelistic life? Has the world received you well? The danger is that the Jews thought that they were preaching the truth and that Jesus was teaching evil doctrines. Do you see the confusion here? The one with the true message is rejected and misjudged, while those with false teachings are well received by multitudes of people. Just like today’s many denominations throw stones at one other, the Jews threw stones at Jesus as they thought themselves right. While Jesus said, “I tell you the truth”, they said, “No, we are the ones telling the truth”. That way, they could never receive the message of Jesus; if any one of them ever wanted to conform to Jesus’ teaching, he would have to show such faith in private. Can you think of one religious leader who believed in Jesus then?  Nicodemus went to Jesus when it was getting dark (see John 3:1-2). He could not do otherwise. Two thousand years later, we are facing the same problem: religious leaders cannot accept biblical teachings from a simple Christian other than what they have long believed. Why? They do not want to lose their positions. They also find themselves to possess the truth just like the Jews thought and rejected Jesus Christ, the only one who would save them from sin. This is why you have to be careful as you approach the Bible, for false teachings are rampant everywhere. You might wonder and say, “What should I do, Lionel?” Well, though you can’t change that, there is something you can do about it: while you should go ahead and accept to have a Bible study from people knocking on your door, you need to develop a habit of confirming everything they say in the Bible; make sure that whatever they say does not conflict with any verse in the Bible. Remember Jesus in the wilderness. He could not accept the words of the devil—even though he picked a Bible verse—because they were conflicting with another verse in the Bible: “…The Scriptures also say ‘You must not test the Lord your God’” Luke 4:12. So, learn to be like the people of Berea who not only accepted to have a Bible study with the Apostle Paul but also confirmed everything he said in the Bible.

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men” Acts 17: 11-12.

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Together we can reach the sky

I have wandered away from my precious garden. Little did I know somebody was going to weed my flowers. Look how far my garden has been uprooted! Even though it seems everything is destroyed, I will do my best to help you grow again. Never will I wander away from you!

I love you, bee’s knees.

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Lucifer-like Christians Have Now Become Satan

Lucifer, before landing into trouble, was supremely accepted by God. According to the Bible, he was in a higher position than other angels in heaven; he was the admired chief of the angels; he was trusted with the plans of the sovereign God; he communicated them to the other angels.  Sadly, he later held conceit upon himself and tried to usurp God’s authority, hoping to become the god of the universe. Though he was offered a chance to repent and to return to God, he adamantly denied his submission to the Almighty. Given his repudiating, God could but cast him out of heaven with his attending angels. You might wonder why God did not destroy Lucifer right away. Well, just imagine the impact it would have had on the other angels, had God destroyed him! Of course, the angels would see God as a tyrant who, once opposed, would offer no mercy but destruction upon the law breaker. They would, then, serve Him for fear of being utterly destroyed. So, God let the rebel with his angels live but away from heaven.

Yet, once God created the Planet Earth, Satan—who once was Lucifer—saw his opportunity of carrying on with his plans to frustrate the Creator. For this reason, though Adam and Eve were warned of the enemy as in the forbidden fruit, Satan, incarnated in the snake, saw to it that they joined him in his rebellion. As a result, we are now more of Satan than of God, inclined to doing evil but good.

As a human being living in this sinful world, it is a great honor for me to be accepted back by God. You once were lost away from God; through Christ you’ve found your way to God. You and I are very happy that we are now made right with God through Christ. But there is a looming danger ahead of us: the more we discover Bible truths, the more likely we will cling to conceit. How many Christians do you know that are boastful to know God’s word but don’t obey it? Because of conceit, we are turning into Satan, the adversary of God—who was once a good angel, but is now doomed to eternal death—awaiting the eternal damnation.

Humility Is the Key

Given the looming danger, what is it you should do to climb out of the hole? We all need to be thankful to God for His mercy today, because none of us deserves life at all. He, however, extends His mercy to us all. So, now that you found His mercy, why should you boast about your righteousness? Why say, “I am holier than you” when you are as filthy as anyone else? (See Isaiah 65:5). It is conceivably true that we have different calls: some are called to be pastors; others are mere members of the church. This, however, does not separate you, in rank, from others. You are equally important to God. You all have been called to proclaim God’s word and to bring many to the Savior Christ. Both pastors and church members are called to call people from the hands of the perishing enemy, before he perishes with the innocent. So, instead of calling them out, why do you yourself join the enemy in perishing with the humanity? Regardless of being a pastor, you are God’s creature like anyone else. So why are you conceited due to your position? And why do you, church member, boast of knowing a particular verse? Why can’t you stop fooling around,  and proclaim God’s word to those in the dark into the light, Jesus Christ?

It’s always good to prune the tree. Am I holding the whip? No. But for God’s mercy should you weep!

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The Taste of Fake Love

fake_love_product_1024x1024Just like the winter is cold, the love of many has grown ice-cold. Where is Love? Oh heavens, I cannot even see the dove? Indifference, mercilessness and torture are rampant everywhere. People are thirsty for love; it’s nowhere. You cannot give it unless you know who love is, and attach yourself to Him. Blind to Him, you’ll only sing a love song; your life is full of piercing thorn. While you could pitch in with food, hunger kills your kind. Oh Remorseless kind! Fish in hand, you’re so selfish.

While on earth, I suffered and longed for folks to reach out; I never saw any handout. You tried to survive. But how could you Mr. Job? I once was blessed with love, but later cursed with death; wife loved me, but later wished me dead. I had friends at a feast; clothed with suffering, there was just me at least.

Oh Mr. Writer! However great you are, no one is pitching in with comments on here. Your piece cannot garner any attention, unless you draw your presence on there. The devil’s trying to pin your piece down; you’re climbing out of the hole. How long will that be? Oh! Maybe, you just write like a wannabe.

You were born to the sinful world, where your father is heartless. Despite having contributed to your birth, he’s been meaning to make you breathe less and less till you breathe your last. You need my hug back; if I could I would, alas! Pardon the ice on my heart. Oh torturer, impossible to act like I’ve never been hurt. May heavens melt the ice on my heart and help me reach new heights!

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The Bible as a Movie

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Typically, the main characters in movies are, at first, weakened by the opponent; they are beaten up, tied up, stabbed, chastised; they go through all sorts of suffering. In spite of the troubles, they are at last overcomers. For the watcher, it is disheartening to see their suffering, particularly if it is a new movie. So, they are all excited about the end result: whether the weak character is killed or he plucks up his courage to fight until he overcomes the foe. Despite our different likes, everybody is familiar with this inherent scenario of the movies as we all go to the movies.

Looking at the Bible, it is built up as an authentic storybook about the origin and destiny of our lives. If you read the Bible up till the book of Matthew, you clearly saw the Savior Jesus Christ condemned on the cross to die for us sinners (see John 3:16). On the surface, seeing Him crucified is the end of the story: His disciples are disheartened and devastated; they started great, but, later, cursed with a terrible end. As a matter of fact, some of His disciples, when filled with sorrow, broke down. They had put all their trust in Jesus and given up their lives to join Him.  Then, His death reduced them to hopelessness.

But was Jesus really defeated? What happened next then? Despite the apparent defeat, He rose on the third day, that Sunday morning. Death is not the end! It could not keep Him in the grave; He did come back to life. Most ironically, He defeated Satan on the Cross, making certain his eternal death as He stepped out of the grave.

Looking back again, it seemed as though Jesus had lost the battle. On the contrary, He defeated the enemy with His resurrection. This brought hope to the hearts of the lost, the disciples. They knew, through his example, that death has no last word: the devil can kill you today; Jesus willingly can raise you from the dead tomorrow. So, their lives were secured in the hands of Jesus. And so is your life if you choose to put it in His hands. Are you willing today? Jesus is willing. Surrender your life to Him today!

Yes, death is not the end: those who died in Christ—though they are not in heaven yet—will someday be raised back to life as Jesus rose; those still alive in Christ will either be taken to heaven alive or be resurrected too, at Christ’s return, in case they die.

No matter what, Jesus wins and Satan loses!

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The Bible, the Milestone to Heaven

One of the most amazing gifts bestowed upon us by God is the Bible. It is a revelation from God for the entire humankind; it guides us in God’s ways, prepares us for God’s work, convicts us of wrong, and corrects us, so that we can be guided in perfection.

We all travel from one place to another, and get overly excited particularly when driven to an unknown place; we get overwhelmed at the miles ahead wondering when we’ll finally get to our destination. So, we may find ourselves asking about the destination before we even arrive there. surprisingly, as we get some positive information, we no longer worry about the mileage. So, we can go in peace.

As Christians, you and I are cognizant about our destination, Heaven. And the Bible plays a very important role in getting us there. As you read Matthew 24 and similar chapters, you clearly see where we are on the “mileage” to heaven. Some signs of the End times have already played out—some in the past, others are currently happening; still others are bound to happen in the near future. And our goal is not be shaken by the terrifying events; it is to always get ready for Christ’s return (our going to heaven is parallel to the second coming of Jesus—He is our driver there, see John 14:1-3).

This is one of the most important aspects of the Bible that I wanted to point out today: as you read your Bible about the future of the Planet Earth, you get it unfolded concerning the coming of Jesus. Thus, you can knowingly prepare for your departure.

Because the Bible is the light on our journey to heaven, we need to study it diligently.

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Atheists and Christians—who lose?

They fool themselves trusting in God; where is He?

There is no supreme being in my life, but me.

No Creator here; from nowhere I came into being

I’ll remain skeptical of God unless He’s seen.

An imperfect being, filled with problems worth solving

What hopelessness when filled with sickness without ending!

At times death knocks my door

Then I regret being born into the world of oh

I know, here, I will either cry till I am no more

Or be lost to the world of suicide

Who will counsel and come to my side?

Atheists and Christians—who lose?

Unlike you, I am blessed to have been made by a loving Creator

God—yes—created me and put me the Earth’s administrator

Oh I was deceived and lost to the futile plans of the tempter

But the prevailing grace found me and put me on the right path

Thanks to Jesus, I am saved from the future judgment wrath

Oh yes, now I walk in the newness of life

Saved from meaninglessness, he put hope in my life

For those who believe, there is the gift of eternal life

Come what may, I am not alone; He is right by my side

Every problem has solution; there is no room for suicide

There is a better world for those who believe

Blessed are the children of the pardoned Eve!

 

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Test God and fall

This is probably going to be a controversial post, given that, at times, we all test God. The truth is that since the Lord is so attentive to our prayers, and tells us to pray without ceasing, if we pray for what lines up with His will, we should be sure to receive as we ask. But, if we do otherwise, we are more likely to have Him silent for our own good. For example, do you think God would respond with yes to ‘a kill-me prayer’? Is that His will? Does he kill people? Isn’t it the Devil? Of course, only the enemy is happy with that request; if it’s ever granted, it’s the Devil’s answer. In a nutshell, since the Lord loves you, He’d rather keep you from suicide than  expose you to it. Every evil prayer will not be granted by God. What do you think Jesus was saying in Matthew 7:9-11 when wondering the possibility of asking for a loaf of bread but be given a stone instead?

How often do you feel tempted to put God to the test?  Ever since the world was created, the devil, upon defeating the humankind, has always enticed people to put God to the test. This could also be linked to temptation. The loving God always warns His creatures of the danger of falling short of his glory. To Adam and Eve, He warned of losing the gift of eternal life. Notwithstanding the warning, they put God to the test and, as a result, did fall. Adam might have said, “God, I am falling; hold me up!” And the answer, in the light of the Scriptures, was this: “No help from me; down to the pit!” Despite the forgiveness, their sin has had far-reaching repercussion.

Lot’s wife received the warning with regards to the future destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Initially, all seemed everything was going to go well; she might have thought to herself, “I am saved from the destruction thanks to the warning.” During the exile to other safe areas, she, however, looked back to her devastated riches and thus turned into a pillar of salt. What was she thinking about? Wasn’t this–“Oh Lord, save my estate”–that burned her to ashes? Let’s suppose you love and have a large sum of money, but, while flying, it suddenly all flies away. Would you venture into the sky in an attempt to grasp it? Amid the loss, you would certainly cry out to God as you feel your death looming in the sky. “Oh God, hold me up onto the plane again!” you’d cry. But the answer would be precisely the same as that of Lot’s wife: “No, you die with it!” Why would you go insane for the sake of money?

The enemy will use every possible device to deceive you into putting God to the test until your eternal loss. This is what he attempted to do to Jesus in the wilderness. There were many stages of temptation, but let me focus on the overt test: “…If you are the Son of God, Jump off! For the Scriptures say, He will order his angels to protect you and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone” Luke 4:9-11 NLT. Here, the devil distorted the Scriptures so as to deceive our Lord into testing the Father. Thankfully, Jesus, knowing the trick, told him off and explained the right meaning of the verse:

“Scriptures say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” v12

Will you understand this and thus not give way to the temptation? Or will you test God and fall?

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Sabbath Joy

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While there’s been some awakening as to Sabbath keeping, there are still arguments as to what day is the biblical Sabbath—whether it is Saturday, the Seventh-day of the week or Sunday, the first day of week—to which the church is still seeking solutions (get the truth here). On the other hand, even after knowing the true Sabbath day, people are still on the fence as to whether or not to keep it holy. Could this be the case with you? If so, perhaps you find it difficult to decide because you are not aware of the benefits of Sabbath keeping. Hence the need to share them with you today.

Have you seen that this world goes busy all week long? People go to and fro trying to earn a living; it is as though we are born only to make a living. If you could argue that you do spend time with your kids, you’d likely find a paucity of it in your life. If so, what could you do with that when you need more time with your kids to educate them? Unless you commit yourself to disciplining your children, the world will see to it that they are led astray. Have you thought where that could lead? Hopefully, you don’t want to be reduced to tears when they are astray.

Given the busyness of life, stress also haunts you; looking at your to-do list, you get overwhelmed as you see no way to get it done unless you keep yourself from rest. What terrible sleepless nights trying to work things out! Despite your health, next day you feel extremely fatigued. Unless reversed, a healthy man will turn into a sick man.

With the rise of computers and smartphones, the world has taken a different turn: folks keep busy indoors; they prefer virtual world to the real world for the outdoor; they would rather be your friend on Facebook than socialize with you out here. What is the use of that? If we don’t talk out here, why should we do only on the internet? Why miss me only on Facebook? Why bemoan my troubles only when shared on social networks? Why can’t you lend a hand in the time of trouble?

Only through keeping the Sabbath day can busyness, stress, indifference be solved, as we gather together to worship the Creator of Life, who—despite His untiring power—deemed it relevant to cease His work so as to establish this Rest Day for the entire humankind.

What else can I say to get you to keep the Sabbath day? Well, it’s your choice now; be a follower of Christ:

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“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16 AKJV

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Interpretation of John 14:1-3

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Last Saturday, I was at a funeral for the burial of my neighbor’s grandmother, who died at the age of 88. As the time for burial drew near, a Bible preacher from Presbyterian Church stood up and invited all of us to read John 14:1-3, where she then encouraged the mourners to have hope even amid death. Interpreting the verses, she said, “here Jesus was encouraging his disciples not to lose hope when faced with the death of their loved ones, because He was going to prepare them a place to which He would take one by one at death”. Look, I’m just quoting her. That’s what she said about the verses. But, let’s be honest! Was Jesus talking about death? If yes, whose death was it? Did Jesus say that He would come to take one by one at death? And what do you say about this? I invite you to look at the verses again:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. There’s more than enough room in my Father’s house. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am”. John 14:1-3 NLT

What is Jesus saying here? The truth is that time had come for Jesus to depart from the Earth. Here, we get the idea of death, but notice that it’s His death on the Cross, not that of our beloved ones. At best, the preacher missed the point of the message of Christ; at worst, she deceived the mourners. To begin with, Jesus was talking about His departure (not His disciples’); he was both promising to come back for us who believe and to take us all to heaven (not to take one by one); His return and taking us to heaven is not happening at death.

Until now, Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven by interceding for us before the Father (see Hebrews 4:14), and, as promised, when everything is ready, He will come back to take us all home. Please, don’t be deceived into believing death as both synonymous with the Second Coming of Jesus and the ascension to Heaven, because that’s not true. Jesus has not yet returned to the Earth, but He definitely will.

Want to know what happens at death? Click here.

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