Christianity · Sign Gifts · Tongues

John MacArthur’s Notes From His Study Bible I Would Recommend Reading: Speaking In Tongues And Sign Gifts Have Ceased

wp-image-2094332492Today I’ve read from John MacArthur’s study bible where he has notes on speaking in tongues and also sign gifts from 1 Corinthians, and how these sign gifts have ceased.  It is what makes one a cessationist, knowing that the signs used back in the books of Acts have ceased, not to be confused by thinking that cessationists believe that the Lord Jesus or any facet of the Trinity can no longer perform miracles.

That is wrong thinking and the wrong teaching about cessationists, and an unfair portrayal of what they (including myself) believes.

Hear me read John MacArthur’s notes from his study bible on these issues.  They are a good handful of his notes, but they are not all of the notes he writes on these issues by any means.  They should give you a good understanding of where he comes from in saying that the sign gifts including tongues have ceased in this modern day.

Please listen and have yourself a field day proving to your friends that they are wrong and blaspheming the Holy Spirit in saying he is speaking in gibberish.

Christianity · Jesus Christ

Jesus, A Friend In Times Of Need

Jesus-names-ofTonight I’m just updating folks about my hopefully impending move out of my van into a house that I will share with another lady.  She is showing me her house this weekend.

It’s been a long road being homeless with few happy times, although I have gotten closer to the Lord Jesus Christ because of it.

I rely on him for everything.

I hope to make it up to heaven, dirty rags and all because he has been the best provider of all my needs.  

A friend sent me a check for almost all of a full month’s rent so that will help me with move-in costs; the full first, last and a deposit.  That makes it steep but now I have money for most of the first month’s rent.

I am very grateful to friends who have stood by my side and encouraged me to keep going in my walk with the Lord.

He has been a friend to me as I get to know him more.  

Praise the Lord Jesus!

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Lord Of My Life

Another thought about the business I have put on the back-burner; I wanted to start that school, now I’m wondering if I should pursue a job as a therapist and hang my own shingle, as they say.  The whole process might take me the next few years or more since it is a long process to get licensed in a new state when you’ve been out of the business for awhile.  Then, once you’re licensed, you have to jump through hoops to work independently.

It takes a long time; meeting your goals, setting goals and even figuring out what your long-term goals are.  My goal to end my homelessness may be ending in the next few weeks, and this has been a long time in coming.  I’ve been homeless living in a vehicle for about ten months.  That’s almost a year.  I have been counting the months that I have been hanging on, being short-tempered in this environment, and thanking God at the same time.  I’ve become closer to God than I ever have been and that’s been the biggest blessing I can think of ever having.

Being vulnerable and depending on God so much has enhanced my life.  I cannot describe how good it feels to know that Jesus Christ is real; that he watches over my life and takes care of me, my food and shelter, and has kept me safe.  I am very blessed to know that Jesus is a real God and he has blessed me with everlasting life.  I can only be grateful to his gracious kindness in helping me through the hard times.  I can never repay him; I only have my wishes of blessings I say to him mostly every day and I do not forget he is in charge.

Soon I may be moving in with a person who is my age, female, and she sounds very nice, a friend, hopefully, that I have not yet met.  A few correspondences tells me that she sounds on-the-ball, a kind person, and hopefully this will work out.

After managing to stay with friends during my transition, I have found work and have been asked if I would work as a permanent employee – to my delight – at this point.  Even though it’s not my line of work, it is a stable job.  It gives me the time to plan my life, where I go from here, as far as a promising career.  I may have to give up some cherished possessions but I’ve found that giving them up made room for a new life.  Where I go from here is up to God; he is the Lord of my life.

 

Anger at God · Christianity

Anger At God

scream-1819736__340As I’m reading about the Lord Jesus, wondering what I’ll write about, it came to mind that some people may have grown up with an angry view of God, that he’s some mean man in the sky with a warped view of humanity.  I find it hard to believe that in my early days of life there were people then who were given the wrong messages about the Lord, our Father, and who he really is.

I studied this through some friends I have, and remembered in my childhood how a friend of mine had decided she would turn her back on her Christian faith, and she became a lesbian for many years.  I found this hard to believe knowing that her family belonged to a church, were Presbyterians as I recall, and in high school at least she began her lesbian lifestyle.  There were lesbians then but they were hidden and kept this part of their lives very secret.  That’s how it was then.  Look at today’s LBGTQ “communities” and how “out” they are and how much they’ve changed society and on so many levels.

My friend then changed back into being “straight”, got married, to my uncle as a matter of fact, but they broke up being that he drank as a problem, one of many would be my guess.

Other friends I’ve had over the years including people I went to Unity Church with years ago talked about an angry God who was unpredictable and un-understandable.  He didn’t make sense.  As I recalled my Unity Church experience, I was troubled by what they said.  First they called themselves a “church” but there were no bibles in the place.  I’m glad and relieved to have gotten out of that organization years ago.

I feel the tragic loss of my friends having had a very skewed picture of God, of the Trinity, and having had very bad experiences growing up in a Christian home.  Their parents did not teach them right, and they got the wrong teaching that made them mad at God and never want anything to do with him.  Jesus beckons, I do pray, and I pray they will return to him, learn about him, and receive his love for them.  

It is harmful for people to believe “another god”, one who is not Jesus, but who is someone else’s ignorant portrayal of Jesus given them when they were a child.  I pray for their change of heart, that they would study the bible and begin a relationship with the  Lord and Savior, our life-giving redeemer.  They have relied upon other people teaching them about the Lord and have seemingly turned their backs on him, having no interest in wading into the waters of knowing God because of the bad experiences they’ve had.  How tragic.

Lord, please call to these people who were taught the wrong things about you, who have anger from their early childhood experiences and the religious homes they were brought up in.  I know you can change hearts and minds, and I pray that they might have a change of heart to bring them back to you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Christianity · Falling away

Not A True Church: A Great Falling Away

hymnal-468126_1280It’s hard for some of us to find a church home where we feel like we belong there.  The church services may feel too commercialized, and meant for entertaining the audience, rather than have a focus on Christ Jesus and in hearing his word preached by studied pastors.

It’s been hard for me as well.  I have “church shopped” and never found anything that I wanted to become a part of.  In today’s world it’s about church growth instead of church worship.

By church I mean true believers, not people who go to church because they feel it’s a safe, clean place to meet people, make friends and socialize.

Many of the so-called parishioners are young and want the stimulating bands up front playing upbeat music, often from Hillsong songs.  But some of us miss the good old style hymns even with an up-tempo but has the same verses easily recognized by older parishioners.  I feel very put-off by music that seems to be songs that combine romance with Jesus somehow; this feels very uncomfortable, and bizarre.  I don’t think it’s right.  

False teaching is common, and it’s very hard to find truth in the pastor’s sermons.  It’s about the numbers; how many members are in the church, have the numbers grown from month to month, year to year, and this compromises the true message of Jesus.

I’ve written several times about how the charismatics have changed the meaning of the bible in many verses and have fallen into self-worship of themselves in an arrogant showing that looks like they are trying to play god.  Only God performs true miracles.  People seem to think they are blessed with miraculous “powers” that reminds me of the occult which is a self-aggrandizement of oneself, making believe they have special powers.  It’s because of a need to be special, more special than others and so playing a game of who’s better than who in God’s eyes.  It’s made for man to be better than other men and is a childish, prideful attempt to order God around, to heal this person or that person, to speak incantations that are like coded “prayers” that order God around.

I’ve had people throw me fireballs of healing, they said formulaic statements they use such as “give me more power Jesus” to heal a person, commanding Jesus to give them “more and more of your Holy Spirit” which is just ridiculous and an insult to God.  Commanding the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus to heal a person, who doesn’t heal, then blaming the person for not having enough faith, is a word-of-faith conjuration that lies to a person, building hopes of healing, then blaming them as if it’s their fault they did not have the faith to heal themselves, really.  How victimizing can one be?  To victimize people and call themselves Christians speaks of the great falling away that we read about in Matthew:

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.   And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. ~ Matthew 24:10-12

It’s sad to know that so many will fall away from the true teaching of Christ, from the truth of the bible, and will mislead so many to hell.

This is seriously disturbing and very sad to know.  I’m sure Jesus feels the same way but as we know, this has been biblical, known by God and he has expected this to happen.  I am still sad about this but it is thankfully not my job to worry about.  I do the best I can teaching people the truth of the gospel.

Cessationism · Christianity · False teaching

Cessationists Hold The Correct View: Don’t Play With God’s Words

bible-1149924__340I think people are very aware of how troubling times are upon us which seem to get worse by the day.  Although I am a Trump supporter I believe as in biblical prophecy, through Trump, we may get a peace agreement in the Middle East sometime soon.  Possibly.  Only we know from biblical scholars that a peace treaty will be broken, and Israel will come under attack.  I’m hearing reports of how countries are lining up to fulfill the war of Ezekiel 38.

Prophetic words being proclaimed by people seeking dreams and other “words from God” can lead one’s biblical perspective to go everywhere beyond what the bible proclaims.  Prophetic words or dreams from God are what we should believe.  Continuationists are trying to link modern fallible prophetic words of today to biblical infallible prophecy. 

This is a mistake, much like miracles they claim are taking place today – trying to link them somehow to the miracles of Jesus and his Apostles of the book of Acts.

Why aren’t there miraculous healings all over the place?  Do we see how people are healed in an instant where people can witness very obvious healings taking place, such as being suddenly able to walk and the blind suddenly being able to see?  Where are these miracles taking place?  In someone’s secret tent someplace while only the continuationists visibly see this?

Why aren’t there more people who aren’t believing in the miracles able to see these miraculous healings taking place?  Why is it so hidden?  Why are there few reports of these and none are taking place in a doctor’s office?  Can someone explain these healings?

Myself and many others are exposing these mistruths because people are being misled by claims of such miraculous healings.  Prophetic words that stretch the bible are not to be taken lightly, also, since adding to the bible gets the judgement from God.  I would not want to be in their shoes.  Any mistakes that a prophet makes would get you dead in an instant in the Old Testament; they had to be right 100% of the time.

Let’s not play games with God’s word.  Come out, do not believe in false information.  Give God the Glory, hallelujah!

 

Christianity

New Business: A Christian Company Will Be Launched Soon

As you may recall, I wrote that I am starting a Christian business which is in progress but has not launched yet.  

After months of prayer I founded a Christian school; specifically to train Christians to be layperson counselors.  They might be used in their churches to provide counseling support in an unpaid position and serve God by helping to shoulder some of the pain people have and help them get through their challenging times.

Everyone needs support now and then, and I feel it is my calling especially since I’ve been a mental health clinician and provided therapy to many people, as well as was a University Faculty member while living in California.

God has put together a school where I may use my skills and serve Him at the same time.

If you want to take a peek at one page at new the website I am creating, go to Christcounseling.services and click on the “New” page here.    

The launch date is uncertain, as I am still creating the site.