Coronavirus, the wrath of God

Sadly, many Christians fail to realize that Coronavirus is indeed the wrath of God during these end times. God’s wrath is poured out both on the wicked who don’t know God as judgment and also on the saved to try their faith for judgment must begin at the house of God.

1 Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT GOD’S HOUSE

This is a time of God’s judgment, and Peter says that judgment first begins with God’s own people. Notice these verses in Lamentations 2, which were written to God’s chosen people at that time, the nation of Israel.

Lamentations 2:5, “The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. [6] And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. [7] The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.”

Notice how many times the word “his” appears in the verses above, “his” denotes “God’s own” here. Just because Israel was God’s chosen people, they were not exempt from his wrath and judgment when they went astray. Likewise, the church today faces the same judgment. We are not exempt from his wrath when we go astray. God has removed his altar, all his churches today are laid waste. And yet, Christian leaders and preachers haven’t sought the Lord, they continue to push their own agenda without realizing what God is doing.

SINS OF THE CHURCH - PRIDE

When David numbered the people of Israel before going to war, what did the Lord do? 1 Chronicles 5:14, “So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.”

The church today is guilty of focussing on self with aggrandized buildings constructed with thousands of dollars going into building funds, and yet we have not understood our mistake. Church buildings are desolate today. David’s immediate reaction was to repent of his sin. It is a time for us as Christian leaders to check our motives and repent before it is too late and we are struck down!

SINS OF THE CHURCH - IGNORING HOLINESS

When David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel, we see that the Ark was shaken and was about to fall. Uzzah, however, tries to stop it by putting forth his hand to hold it and what happens next?

2 Samuel 6:6-7, “And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. [7] And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.”

Just like Uzzah, we may be sincere and have our own good thoughts in doing things, but if we deny the Lord’s word and His priorities, we will face his wrath.

Did you not know that Jesus cares more about our holiness and walk with Him than our work and service for him? Would you chastise your child for not serving you or for doing something wrong? Today’s churches have it the wrong way, rather than focusing on the holiness of the church through discipline and sound doctrine, we have moved focus to do what is needed for missions, soul-winning and serving the community. Didn’t Jesus says this in John 15:5, “ He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” ?

Churches are infiltrated with both the saved and the unsaved and preaching is watered down to suit both. Didn’t Jesus clearly tell us to go out and reach the lost and bring only the saved into the church? How can the church be the body of Christ, when you have unsaved members? Hey God does not chastise you if you fail to win souls or give to the ministry, or fail to serve him, these things are voluntary. He chastises us if we deny his holiness by lying to the Holy Spirit and grieve it with our lusts. Our body is the temple of God and we are to keep it pure.

SINS OF THE CHURCH - DENYING SOUND DOCTRINE

2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Calvinist churches continue to deceive many with heresies, and false doctrines of Lordship salvation and turning away from all your sins to be saved. Mainstream false preachers like John McArthur and John Piper continue to teach that one is not saved unless his life is changed! These people rely on their righteousness rather than taking the gift of eternal life freely. They use the newer satanic bible versions that teach salvation is a process rather than a rebirth that happens in a moment by the spirit. John Piper and RZIM today even have homosexual converts on “Desiring God” and their websites preaching Chrisitan articles. They are wolves in disguise, predators preaching that such kind of affections was natural and a struggle when the bible outrightly calls such things as unnatural and uncommon. Moreover, such people are already reprobate and cannot be saved according to God’s word, they are just deceivers.

Romans 1:27-28, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.[28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Here is another denial of sound doctrine; Pentecostal preachers in the US have been arrested since they falsely believe that Coronavirus is a curse from Satan and that we need to continue gathering in churches. On the other hand, the bible teaches us that the Lord is the author of all pestilence. Lookup the word pestilence in the bible and see how the Lord is the one that ordained it.

Another denial of sound doctrine is the fact that God is only painted as Love. Biblical teachings and warnings of chastisement are not taught to christians. The bible is clear on the sins that bring forth death. The bible clearly teaches us from 1 Corinthians chapter 10, that covetousness, drunkenness, fornication, and idolatry are worthy of death. Yet, we allow these to infiltrate the church today. Preachers do not preach that wine is a mocker but rather that Jesus made wine and it is ok to drink it as long as we don’t get drunk! Instead of disciplining covetousness in the church, we focus on musical talents, better clothing, and partiality among members based on stature. For many Christians, the church and the pastor have become the idol in the place of God.

Another denial of sound doctrine is the fallacy of an imminent rapture. Anyone reading the bible on their own without using commentaries or other books but by prayer and by the spirit of God understands that the rapture would happen on the same day as the judgment of God. Jesus himself spoke of it as it would be just as it was during Noah’s day or during Lot’s day. The same day that Noah entered the ark, the floods came. The same day that Lot escaped out of Sodom, God poured out his wrath. However, many continue to deceive others to believe in a rapture that is before the tribulation.

Another denial of sound doctrine is the zionist agenda. People ignoring sound doctrine also believe and teach that the current nation of Israel is still God’s chosen nation despite the fact that they are in idolatry today. Instead of upholding the entire gospel and the fact that Israel is being punished for crucifying all the prophets, we go soft on what is called the “Synagogue of Satan” in Revelation 2:9.

SINS OF THE CHURCH - HYPOCRISY

The bible is also clear that hypocrisy caused death in the New Testament church when Annanias and Saphira wanted to show off their giving. This is true of most churches today with big mission projects, showing off giving and good works on social media. Instead of the focus on holiness, the focus has been on works.

SINS OF THE CHURCH - SELLING IN CHURCH

The bible clearly shows how Jesus whipped up those who sold in the temple. He did this twice in the New Testament. Yet today, our churches and great preachers boast of selling audios, books, commentaries and have made true merchandise of God’s work.

Beloved, why do I pen down these words during these days? I have enough on my plate right now. However, I want to use these as warnings so that as the sheep of God we do not go astray but rather experience his blessing and protection during this time. If only we as the body of Christ would stand up and get our act right, God would repent and stop the plague.

The Righteousness of Job

Most of us would flippantly use the name of Job as someone who was righteous and yet went through trials. We regard ourselves as Job when bad things happen without properly understanding the state of our heart or the perfect righteousness of Job. Even after being saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, Can we claim to possess the righteousness of Job? Far be it.

God gives us a second account of Job’s righteousness in Chapter 2. Job 2:3, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

A prefect and upright man

Firstly, we need to understand that at that time, there was no other person whose righteousness could even be compared to Job. God says that “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man”. Even as saved Christians, we should understand and come clean before God every day. Being saved does not innoculate us against sin. We are still in our flesh and this is the very reason Jesus asks us to confess our sins to him every day. The Lord taught us to pray for daily bread and daily confession. Matthew 6:11-12, “Give us this day our daily bread. [12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” We need to come to God daily asking for forgiveness for our daily sins. Just as we need daily food, this fact reminds us that we sin daily and we need forgiveness daily. Can we truly claim to be as perfect as Job was?

Job never claimed to be perfect

Job 9:20, “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.”

Although Job’s friends and Elihu, the false prophet, accused Job of calling himself righteous, we see from Job’s own words that he did not claim to be perfect. In fact, it was God who called him perfect. This is exactly what John reveals about someone that has a false profession of faith in 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” John says that if a man claims to have no sin after he is saved, he is a liar and there is no truth in him. This means that person is not saved but is being a hypocrite. Many false doctrines fall into this deception and heresy. Today, both the reformed groups and Calvinists believe in a doctrine of completely turning away from your sins and repentance as the need for salvation. This kind of teaching is hypocrisy and not in line with what Jesus has done for us. If we can turn over a new leaf, we don’t need Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.

Job feared God

1 Cor 11:31-32, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. [32] But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

When we see the wrath of God (Coronavirus, earthquakes, and famines) prevalent in this world today, it makes perfect sense to come with fear and trembling to God and correct our life. We ought not to have a haughty attitude of claiming Job’s righteousness and think that we are being tried in our righteousness. Can we claim to be a perfect and upright man in all the earth today like Job was in his day? If we humble and judge ourselves, God would not judge us or repay us according to our consequences on this earth. Paul asks us to do this especially when we come together for the Lord’s supper, so that we are not condemned with the world. This condemnation does not refer to death in hell but it refers to physical condemnation on this earth. Once we are saved, our eternal punishment has been taken away in Christ, however, Jesus can still chastise us on this earth because of our sinfulness. It is good for us to fear the Lord.

Job hated evil

The righteousness of Job shows how Job hated that which was evil and wicked in God’s sight. Today, we base our hatred for evil on our own ideas of accepting the homosexual into the church, or not calling out evil in people when we see it in wrong lifestyles, covetousness, fornication, or even wrong doctrine. Phrases like “Hate the sin but love the sinner” are often swirled around.

If we truly have the love of God and his righteousness, all such righteousness starts by hating both the evil that people do and also hating the evil and wicked person who hates and rejects Christ. John talks about people who reject Christ and says they are condemned already. David says in Psalms 139:21, “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” If we claim to love all people politically by just preaching a loving God without hating the wicked person, we are just lying. We are being a hypocrite. Paul calls out this kind of behavior when he warns us in Romans 12:9, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” What this verse means is that our love should not be fake or simulated. We first need to hate that which is evil and then cleave to that which is good. That is what true love is, it starts by hating evil and the wickedness of mankind.

Job kept his eyes and thoughts pure

Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”

Job kept his eyes pure and did not allow lust to take root and flourish. He nipped it right in the bud. When we kill sin by guarding our eyes, we protect ourselves by not allowing lustful thoughts to take root. James describes this in James 1,14, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Job satisfied this righteousness as spoken by James. He knew that by keeping his eyes pure, he would not allow lust to conceive and bring forth sin.

Job satisfied the poor, the fatherless and the widows

James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
James defines pure religion before God as being of help to the widows and fatherless. This brings joy to our God and we as Christians need to please God by doing this. Job did all he could to help the fatherless and the widows.

Job 31:16-17, “If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; [17] Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;” Can we as born-again children of God claim to have done this part?”

Job’s faith helped others.

James talks about a faith that has works and a faith that does not have works amongst Christians. James is not referring to salvation here, but what he means is that a Christian’s faith can be a working faith that is not dead and produces fruit for the benefit of someone. Remember we are not justified by works but by faith alone. However, our faith can be of benefit to others instead of being dead, when we step out and provide food and clothing instead of only praying!

James 2:16-17, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? [15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, [16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? [17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Job had a faith that had works to benefit those around him. He made sure he helped those around him. Job31:19-20, “If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; [20] If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;”

Job did not trust in his riches.

James 5:1-3, “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. [2] Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. [3] Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”

James warns the rich of this world to not trust in their riches. Job never trusted in his wealth. He was the greatest of all the men in the East and had many possessions. However, he never trusted in his wealth. He thought of all material wealth as a good gift from God and his confidence was on God.

Job 31:24, “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;[25] I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;”

Are we completely putting our confidence in God today just as Job did?

CONCLUSION

We see Job satisfying every aspect of righteousness as laid out in the book of James. In fact, James give us the highest standard of God’s righteousness in defining sin. James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Job’s righteousness was a picture of the righteousness of Christ. He typifies Christ who would be accused and die for us. We should be careful to take his righteousness lightly. Let us check our heart and come to God in fear and trembling rather than claiming the righteousness of Job.

Further Reading:

The beginning of sorrows

The Corona Virus pandemic that is prevalent today reminds us of the beginning of sorrows that Jesus spoke about at the Olivet discourse in Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:7, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

We need to watch

Matthew 23:42, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”
Jesus laid out the events that would lead to his return and also asked us to watch for them. Sadly, many Christians are misled and don’t know what to watch for. Of course, watching means that we need to be prepared and ready by living soberly. However, we also need to know what to watch for.

The first and foremost warning is to not be deceived regarding the events that lead to Jesus’ return. Jesus says in Luke 21:8, “And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”

We are to know and understand the events leading to Christ’s return. We are warned not to believe misled teachings about the rapture and Christ’s return. If Jesus warned us surely, he would let his flock know what those events are.

The beginning of sorrows

Jesus mentions that after many shall come and claim to be Christ, there shall be wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. Such events have already happened in the past and are happening now too. The last pandemic that was as wide-spread as the Coronavirus was the Spanish flu from 1918-1920. We can also note that at the same time the 1918 Shantou earthquake killed around 2000 people in China. This is the second time now that the Coronavirus has had a wide-spread effect around the world together with an earthquake that happened in Croatia. This indicates these could well be the beginning of sorrows as mentioned in Matthew 24:7.

The abomination of desolation

After the beginning of sorrows come the prime events described in a more elaborate passage in Luke 21:20, where Jerusalem will be compassed with armies, and this would lead to “the abomination of desolation” that was mentioned in Daniel. This is the event when the AntiChrist would exalt himself as God and setup the image of the beast in the temple at Jerusalem. This is also mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, “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;[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 final events

The final event is the sun being darkened and the moon not giving her light before Jesus comes to rapture the saints and immediately pour out his wrath on the world. This is clear in Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Joel the prophet also talks about the day of the Lord in Joel 2:31, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”

If these days of the virus should mark the beginning of sorrows, we are not too far for the test of the events to happen. If God would allow me to tarry for some time on this earth, we would well see the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read more at http://iamthetruth.life/Stand-firm-Jesus-is-not-coming-yet/

Coronavirus - A judgment from God


As the whole world grapples with the fear of a virus, God makes it clear once again that he is the one in charge. If he wishes, he could send the whole world into a standstill right now! This is a time when all those who trust in Christ and read their Bible should not hide the truth or get carried away by the media. We need to speak the plain truth so that people can come to know who God is and be saved.

BAD NEWS - A JUDGMENT FROM GOD

God is a holy and loving God and he has not made his creation to be temporary. Instead, He made both the Earth, and man eternal. However, because of man’s sin, he cannot continue to exist with us unless we ask him to save us and clean us. He loved us enough to send his own Son the Lord Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins and to give us a way of escape. Soon approaching is the day of the Lord Jesus Christ; this is the day when Jesus is going to miraculously save all those who believe in Him while he pours out his wrath on those who reject him on the Earth. Before that happens, he continues to wake up man with many smaller judgments, so that he is just and there is no excuse for man.

Coronavirus is just one of those judgments of God today. The bible shows us that when such an evil happens, it is the Lord that does it. Amos 3:6, “…shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” Man can only try and understand what goes on. Science continues to try and define the limits of the virus and the precautions to take. However, it is God who decides who lives and who dies. We see a similar lesson in 1 Kings 8,37-40, “If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; [38] What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: [39] Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) [40] That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.” God knows the heart of every person. Every person is responsible for his own actions and sin and needs to answer for himself. God does not favor a particular race, nation or our good deeds. Everyone is sinful when we stand in his presence. But those who have believed in his way out of wrath, i.e., in the sacrifice of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ are saved.

GOOD NEWS - THE LOVE OF GOD

Through this virus, God is giving those who do not know him a chance to know that there is a God and that there is a day of death, but the gift of eternal life is given through accepting the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for our sin. The bible says, He was punished for our iniquities and that the chastisement of God’s wrath was upon Jesus Christ his own Son. Jesus also says, John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If you don’t know Jesus Christ today, al you need to do is to believe that He is God and that he died for your sins and you can ask him to save you. If you have done that, You can be assured that a day is coming when you will live forever, your body will rise again just as Jesus rose. You will escape his final judgment and spend eternity in heaven forver.

Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

CAUTION - FOR THE SAVED

These times are also given as a caution for Christians who are saved. We need to check our hearts and motives and to come clean. Christians are not prone just because they are saved. God can use this as the chastisement of his own sons if we continue in sins that are deserving of death. There are sins that deserve physical death and there are sins that do not deserve physical death. The bible is clear that the sins that deserve death are idolatry, fornication, murmuring against God and hypocrisy. If God punished Annanias and Saphira, Achan and others in the bible, he would punish us too by physical death although we are saved from his eternal wrath and judgment.

Why is this so? The reason is because saved Christians are the holy body of Christ. God does not reside in temples or man-made structures. 1 Cor 6:15, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.” We need to understand that God cannot stand it when his own body is being polluted. He is a consuming fire and a holy God.

This is a time to reflect upon our state and confess our sins before God. This brings greater joy, healing, a Godly purpose and blessing to our life on Earth. King David said this when he understood his sin and the punishment that followed. Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes”

Let us humbly draw near to Him at this time and then He will draw near to us.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10, “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? [9] And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. [10] Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

The parable of the lost coin in Luke chapter 15 is one of the three similar parables that was given in response to the pharisees’ and scribes indignation as they saw sinners coming to Christ and being saved. Luke portrays how the Pharisees and scribes were not happy when they saw the sinners coming into the kingdom of God. Luke 15:1-2, “Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.[2] And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”

Jesus’ answer was given through three parables, the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the parable of the prodigal son.

Who is the lost sheep or the lost coin?

There are three kinds of people in this world. The wicked who are already reserved for the day of wrath. The saved who have trusted Christ and come into his fold. The unsaved sheep who are lost and need to be found and brought into the fold, that is into salvation and God’s kingdom. As humans, we do not know who would belong to which category, since we cannot see the heart of man but Jesus and the Father both know these according to their foreknowledge. However, it is our duty to search them out using the word of God?

The Wicked

The wicked are those who are forever reserved to the day of wrath and hell-fire. Job 21:30, “That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.” The bible teaches us that every human is born and has his name in the Lamb’s book of life. Every human has an opportunity to be saved until he takes his last breath and then his name is blotted out from the lamb’s book of life. God has not fore-ordained anyone to Hell, for his purpose is that none should perish but all should come to eternal life.

However, some have denied and rejected the gospel that they are already blotted out and do not belong to God’s fold at all. They are never willing to come to the knowledge of truth. Christ made it clear in John chapter 10, that the Pharisees and scribes who did not believe in Him had already crossed the line and were damned eternally. John 10:26, “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.” This is similar to the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The bible also refers to these people as the sons of the devil. Judas Iscariot was one such example and was called the Son of Perdition. We also know them as those who have continuously denied Jesus and deny the existence of God as our creator and have also turned to gross sexual sins. They have already been given up by God as reprobates. Paul makes this clear in Romans 1:21-32. These are the same people who have also gone to the extent of rewriting the bible and removing from the word of truth (Dr Marten Woudstra and Harper Collins). They are those who create and make a lie. These are those who have revised the word of God, creating the newer bible versions. These are also false prophets who are transformed to become ministers of light. These people may have already been blotted out from the Lamb’s book of life. We see a stern warning in Revelation 13:8, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Again, we don’t know who the wicked are unless we search them out using the scriptures.

The Lost

In God’s eyes and foreknowledge, those who are not currently saved but will one day put their faith in Jesus are considered to be the lost sheep. Jesus makes this clear in John 10:16, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” He is referring to the sheep that are currently not saved but need to be brought in. These are the very same sheep that he had asked Peter to feed in John 21:17, “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” We also see Jesus praying for these sheep in John 17:20-12, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; [21] That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

Again, we don’t know who the lost sheep are unless we diligently search them out using the light of the word, which is the Gospel.

The saved

The saved Christian can also be a lost sheep. They cannot lose their salvation for their sins are covered by the blood of Christ and already redeemed by the shepherd. However saved Christians can go astray by falling back into sin, into drunkenness, fornication, idolatry or can even be deceived to an extent by false doctrines. This kind of falling back could open them up to the wrath of God in their life on earth and physical death.

We should restore such brothers and sisters in Christ and bring them back into the fold, which is the church. We see from the parable of the lost coin, that all coins were of equal worth to the lady. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are all equally worth to our Lord Jesus Christ for he paid the same price to redeem each one of us. If our brother lives in sin and we convert him from his way, there is joy and rejoicing in heaven. James makes this very clear in James 5:19-20, “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;[20] Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James is not talking about a cleaning up one’s life for salvation. Salvation is by grace alone and happens when one is born again. Do you know that if you can turn a brother from his drunkenness or addiction, he can be saved from physical death? Do you know if you turn your Christian brother from rebellion, idolatry, and murming, you can remove him from the wrath of God’s punishment on this earth?

Instead today, we have some who are wolves in sheep’s clothing and some who are deceived by new doctrines that teach otherwise in churches. They state that a Christian who has fallen in sin has not repented and has no saving faith. They teach a false doctrine of a renewed fruit bearing life that is supposedly the evidence of salvation. They do not help to save the lost sinner but accuse them further.

It is our duty to light the candle, and diligently search out the lost. We can bring the unsaved into the fold and we can encourage the lost Christian to clean up his life.

Elihu, the false prophet


The book of Job in the old testament was given to Christians with a purpose to show us how the prophet Job was set as an example of a righteous one who suffered affliction and endured patience.

James 5:10-11, “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. [11] Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy”.

JOB TYPIFIES CHRIST

Job typifies Christ as someone who was although a man, he was completely perfect and righteous before God in all his ways and yet suffered affliction. This is God’s testimony of Job: Job 1:8, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

Finally, God ends the chapter showing how Job’s patience and obedience was accepted by God. However, his three friends had to offer burnt offerings to God with Job being the intercessor. Job prayed for them as the high priest to save them from their folly. Job 42:8, “Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.”

Isn’t this typical of what Christ did for us? According to Hebrews, we see how Christ obeyed the will of the Father by going to the cross and is now our High Priest. Hebrews 5:8-10, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; [9]And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; [10]Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”

ELIHU TAKES GOD’S PLACE

Throughout the book of Job, we see how both God and Job establish Job’s righteousness. However, the three friends of Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar falsely accuse Job of being unrighteous, and walking in iniquity. Job answers his three friends with his own integrity and reasoning and his three friends finally give up accusing him. What follows from Job chapter 32, is the entrance of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite who claims to have the right answers but ends up putting forth the same accusations as Job’s friends did.

At first, Elihu would appear as the only right person, as his wrath was kindled against Job and his three friends. Elihu claims to be on God’s side and claims to support the notion that God is just, and eventually ends up accusing Job with the same repeat accusations that his friends had put forth.

Elihu bursts out in his own wrath and spirit! Job 32:17-20, “I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. [18] For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. [19] Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. [20] I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.”

What was the spirit of Elihu? Elihu did not accept or believe in Job’s righteousness. This is similar to the self-righteous Pharisees who did not believe in Jesus. Jesus puts it this way: John 8:44-45, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.[45] And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”

Elihu claims to be even more righteous than Job! Job 33:3, “My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.” True, when it comes to righteousness, no one can beat the false prophet!

Elihu claims to know God but does not accept Him! Job 33:22-24, Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. [23] If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: [24] Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. Here, Elihu talks about how God can use a messenger as a ransom and save a sinner by grace. He understands and knows this as a fact but he does not accept the righteousness of Job. This is similar to the high priest Caiaphas, who knew that one man had to die for the nation of Israel. John 18:14, “Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.” However, this same Caiaphas was the one who rejected Christ and accused him of blasphemy, as did not accept him as the son of God.

ELIHU FALSELY ACCUSES JOB

Elihu claims to have spoken with the intent of justifying Job, but inwardly, he is a ravening wolf as he condemns Job with the same false accusations as his friends did. Job 33:31-33, “Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.[32] If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. [33] If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.”

Accusation #1

Job 34:7-8, “What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? [8] Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.”
The fact as we see from Job’s reasoning in other chapters is that he never walked with wicked men or had company with the scornful.

Accusation #2

Job 35:2, “Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?”
Job never claimed to be more righteous than God. Elihu uses this as an unnecessary argument where he cooks up this accusation and then proves that God was more righteous than Job. Does one need to prove that? This is how a false prophet would argue and try to reveal something that is already evident and plain to a simple child. He rants about the facts of creation and judgment that are simple and plain as though he was present with God from eternity.

Accusation #3

Job 36:21, “Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.”
Elihu accuses Job of choosing iniquity over affliction, which is all the more contrary to what is happening in Job’s life. God confirms in his word and James supports the fact that Job chose affliction. Again, this is the devil himself accusing our brother Job.

GOD DOES NOT KNOW ELIHU

We see Elihu constantly speaking through 6 chapters from chapter 32 to 37 and then we see God’s response in chapter 38. Notice how God condemns him directly when he starts to speak in Chapter 38.

Job 38:1-3, Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, [2] Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

We need to clearly understand how God’s answer to Job in verse 2 begs a question. “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” God knows his prophets and he definitely knows Job but this answer was directed towards Elihu. God does not know him at all. Jesus made it even more clear in John 10-27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” But to the wicked false prophets who do wondrous works, he says in Matt 7:23, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

When Job repents in dust and ashes in verse 6 of chapter 38, God’s wrath is kindled against Eliphaz, and his two friends for falsely accusing Job. God answers them and talks to them and gives them an opportunity to come clean through burnt offerings. This is how God deals with the saved. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, he gives no chance to Elihu, nor talks to him since he is unsaved and a false prophet. Elihu has been reserved for the eternal wrath of God.

Christmas is not over!

Christmas is widely celebrated to be the birth of Jesus Christ. Why do we celebrate it? and what does this celebration mean? We need to turn back to the Bible for answers. God tells us clearly from the Bible that the birth of Jesus Christ was promised before the world began. This birth was for a specific purpose and it was meant for all mankind! We also see how the purpose of Jesus Christ’s birth is not complete yet!

THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD IS BORN

Jesus came as the savior of the world and this has been fulfilled. We see the angel announcing Jesus’ birth to Joseph who had no physical relations yet with his virgin wife Mary that Jesus was born miraculously of the Holy Ghost and his purpose was to save us from our sins. “Matt 1:21, And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Another announcement was made by the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Jesus himself told us why he came into this world in Luke 19:10, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Why do we need a savior? We need to understand that God is a holy God and, in his sight, all of us are sinners and we will be condemned to an eternal death in hell. It may be hard to believe this but this is the truth. If it were not so then why do people die? If Mother Teresa, or the Pope or Gandhi were righteous, then why would they die a death just like any other normal person. Death is no respecter of persons. Similarly, all of us are destined to hell. Jesus came to save mankind from the eternal judgment of hell. He was born as a savior to die on the cross for our sins so that by believing anyone can enter into an eternal life in heaven.

Jesus did not come for a specific group of people. God never favors a particular race or generation. It is satan that does that. It is the devil that exalts a particular ideology or superior race or a particular place of worship or a particular place of pilgrimage or even a particular nation. God made it clear that although Jesus was born in Israel, his own received him not. But he gave power to everyone who believed on his name to become the sons of God. Christ came and died for all mankind!

This aspect of Jesus’ birth as a savior of mankind has been fulfilled when he died on the cross and rose again. It was there that he conquered death and gave victory over hell to everyone who believes!

THE KING OF THIS WORLD IS BORN

The second aspect of Jesus’ birth was that he was born to be the King of this world. We see this when the wise men came from the East seeking him. “Matt 2: 1-2, Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” The political power of Rome and the religious superiority of the nation of Israel did not see the King nor did they want him to rule over them. We see how the wise men from the east, represents gentile nations who would believe and be saved. People who trust Christ from any nation, race, or class are the ones who are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood in God’s coming kingdom. This is the spiritual Jerusalem.

Remember how when Jesus was tried, Pilate’s question was “Art thou the King of the Jews?” Jesus’ answer was straightforward and simple, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” This was the second reason Jesus was born, that is to be a King and rule over the entire world.

This is exactly what we resonante when we sing the Christmas carols, “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King”; and also when we see sing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King.” We sing of the the second reason of his birth to be a King which we await for.

God has not yet established his heavenly kingdom but we look forward to the kingdom that Jesus described. We can read of it in Chapter 11 of Isaiah in Chapter 20 of Revelation, we see this aspect as yet to come. We don’t look to the leaders of this world, nor the political system of this day, but we look for our King the Lord Jesus Christ. One day everyone who has trusted him will reign and judge with him. Keep celebrating, Christmas is not over yet!

Talents Explained

HIDDEN AND DARK SAYINGS

The parable of the talents was narrated by Jesus Christ to show us what would happen on the day of judgment, i.e., after Jesus comes back. Jesus purposely spoke in parables to keep the secrets of the kingdom of God unclear to the religious and proud people that did not believe. Any person who diligently seeks the Truth, i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ can be saved. However, the religious people of those days were not so, they did not want the truth! When the disciples asked him why he spoke in parables, Jesus clearly stated the reason as:

Matthew 13:10-13, “ And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11]He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12]For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [13]Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”

Although the story of the talent is very easy to understand, the truth remains hidden. Many false teachers who do not understand the scriptures teach this parable as that of obedience, teaching men that those who have believed can still go to Hell if they fail to obey and bring fruit. This is a direct attack on the blood of Christ. Let us use clear statements from the Bible to help us understand the truth being conveyed in this parable.

THE STORY

The parable of the talents is narrated in Chapter 25 of Matthew and also in Chapter 19 of Luke.

Matthew 25:14-15, “ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.[15] And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.”

God goes to a far country and has entrusted talents to his servants on the Earth.

Matthew 25:19-20, “ After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. [20] And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. [21] His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Two of the servants were wise and invested the talents and gave back an increase to the master when he came back. God rewards them by allowing them to enter heaven and makes them a ruler in his kingdom.

Matthew 25:24-30, “ Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: [25] And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine…… [28] Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. [29] For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. [30] And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

We see that the wicked servant hid the talent and gave no increase and hence he was doomed to Hell forever. Whatever he had was taken away and given to the ones who had more!

WHAT ARE THE TALENTS?

The talent here does not refer to materials or wealth of physical talents at all. The talent here refers clearly to the spiritual knowledge of God. When Jesus explained to his disciples on why he spoke in parables, he said Matthew 13:12, “ For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” Jesus is refering to the spiritual knowledge of Himself as God eternal. These are the same words Jesus used in the parable of the talents as well. Now wouldn’t Jesus be considerate to give to those who don’t have and take away from those who have. But when it comes to understanding God and spiritual things, it is not so.

Jesus takes away the gospel or the understanding of his word from those who do not seek him or those who reject him openly. This means Jesus takes away the knowledge of knowing him as savior if some people continue to blaspheme Jesus and reject him because of their own pride. We see Jesus stating this again in Luke 8:18, “ Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” What a man seemeth to have, some people think they have salvation for they trust in a false Jesus. They do not understand and accept him as God eternal, they do not understand that his sacrifice on the cross is good enough for all men who believe to be saved. They add works and obedience to salvation and distort the word of God in the newer bible versions. Jesus says, what these people seem to have will be taken away from them. Jesus also mentioned this when the devil takes away the seed from the heart of the hearer in the parable of the sower. This is because the hearer did not want to believe. Luke 8:12, “ Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Paul resonates this same fact in Romans 1:21, “ Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

THE WICKED SERVANT

We see that the wicked servant did not want to please God in the first place. This has nothing to do with ability or being pre-occupied on this earth to waste what one has heard. Some Christians who have believed in Jesus Christ can be wordly and fail to bring fruit. However, this wicked servant was different, he did not accept Jesus as the son of God. He had the knowledge that Jesus would be the eternal king and is coming back to rule. However, he did not want Jesus coming back to rule!

His excuse was this, “Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:” He is blaming God for being a hard and selfish man, a man who wants returns where he has not sowed! What a blunder and what wickedness. Jesus gave his entire life and all his glory in heaven to save us sinners and when one condemns God with this excuse, it is beyond wickedness indeed.

To understand better, we need to study the parallel verse in Luke where Jesus condemns him not because he failed to give back something to God but because he did not want Jesus to reign in the eternal kingdom. Luke 19:27, “ But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” Jesus also tells of another story where the wicked servants killed all the prophets and finally killed the son so that they could rule Israel.

A SIMILAR STORY OF KING SAUL

The stories in the Old Testament are all written to point us to Jesus Christ and we see one more story that foreshadows Jesus coming as King. After Samuel appointed Saul as the king of Israel, some of the Israelites were unhappy. They did not want God’s chosen King. Although some followed Saul, there were some Israelites which were actually the sons of Belial who did not want Saul!

1 Samuel 10:26-27, “ And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.[27] But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.”

See how they did not bring any presents to Saul. This is a foretaste of the story of Jesus being born in the manger and none of the religious people of Israel brought gifts. However the gentile wise men from the East brought wondrous gifts.

The conclusion is that the wicked servant who fails to use the talent is the one who fails to accept Christ as his savior. People who continually do that will fall into complete blindness and will finally be cast into Hell forever. This parable does not teach obedience or using our talents to be saved. For we are saved by faith alone and not of ourselves lest anyone should boast!

Little children belong to God

BABIES AND TODDLERS ARE SAVED

The bible teaches us of a righteous and loving God. A God who does not condemn babies and toddlers, who by his word are innocent. Jesus Christ himself told his disciples to let the little children come to him. He specifically says in Matthew 18:10, “…in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” This means God is continually beholding their spiritual being.

Parents need to understand that Adam’s sin brought physical and spiritual death to all mankind. Similary, Jesus Christ brought spiritual life that can be received by all mankind. However, sin is not imputed if there is no law, for “sin is the transgression of the law” When one disobeys the law, sin is imputed unto him. This is what Paul means in Romans 7:9, “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” He attributes this verse to the fact that when he was a child he was alive spiritually but when he came to an age of understanding, i.e. when he understood the law, he died spiritually. Later when he trusted Christ as his savior, he was quickened and was re-born spiritually. Eph 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

Another proof is the “Book of Life” mentioned in scripture, where names are blotted out from the book but never added in. I believe, everyone who enters this world has his name in the book of life. If they die as a child, they go to heaven. Once they move beyond the age of innocence, they have the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as God and savior. However, their name gets removed from the book of life at physical death if they failed to trust in Christ.Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Not only does the names of people be removed from the book of life during death but it could also happen when one goes beyond a certain point of rejecting Jesus Christ. When one commits blasphemy of Christ, and outrightly contiues to deny him rejecting him to the extant of changing the word of God itself. Rev 22:19, “and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

WHAT IS THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY ?

How blessed it is to be a babe and toddler, but what is that age at when they are held accountable. Although no specific age is mentioned in the Bible, we do know this can be at a very early age when they understand good and evil. We see in the story of Israel, that God only allowed Caleb and Joshua all the little children to enter into the promised land but the rest were left in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 1:39, “Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.” God made it clear here that the little children did not have the knowledge between good and evil. Isn’t this phrase similar to what happened first in the garden of Eden? Adam died spiritually the day he knew between good and evil! Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Hence, every child automatically dies spiritually on the same day that they understand what is good and what is evil. When Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he and Eve knew they were naked. Similarly, when a child stops running around naked, he knows good and evil. This can be as early as age four or five.

After a child grows to the age of accountability, he is able to understand the gospel in order to be saved. Jesus also taught that children can easily understand the gospel when compared to adults. This is because children are still innocent, humble and can be taught. Jesus shows how humble they are in Matthew 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

FALSE TEACHINGS CAN DAMN YOUR CHILD

Beware of false teachers like John Piper and Ted Tripp that teach that babies and toddlers are capable of sin and can understand the horrors of sin. They teach falsely that babies and toddlers are born in sin and hence will be damned in Hell because of sin according to Romans 5. Let me ask you, are you going to go to Hell because of Adam’s sin? This is a heinous teaching that portrays God as unrighteous. God punishes each one for their own sin. The story of Adam shows us that we would have done the very same thing that Adam did. Although we are born with a sinful nature that comes from Adam, sin is not imputed to us because of Adam. It is imputed to us because we ourselves have disoveyed God’s law. Babies and toddlers are not capable of understanding good and evil and hence there is no sin imputed to them.

These false teachers also do not understand salvation as a gift that happens once when a person accepts Christ and is born-again. They believe in a false salvation which is only guaranteed if ones life changes and endures till the end. Hence, the following teaching from Ted Tripp’s book “Shepherding a Child’s heart” which teaches that you can never know if your child is saved!

“I have met many parents whose preoccupation is getting their children saved. They focus on getting their child to pray “the sinner’s prayer.” They want him to ask Jesus to come into his heart. They take Johnny to Child Evangelism Fellowship functions, Good News Clubs, summer camps, or anywhere else where someone will bring him to a decision to trust Christ.

This is a sensitive issue that must be tempered by two facts: 1) You can never know with absolute certainty whether your child is saved. 2) A child’s profession of faith in Christ does not change the basic issues of childrearing. (Shepherding a Child’s Heart, pg. 42)

Repentance and faith are not acts performed one time to become a Christian. They are attitudes of the heart toward ourselves and our sin. Faith is not just the way to get saved; it is the lifeline of Christian living. (Shepherding a Child’s Heart, pg. 53)”

Another false teaching is to strike babies and toddlers with the rod on their bottoms. The teaching of the rod in Proverbs is clearly to the backs of a young child or a fool. A child that is old enough to do the foolish acts described in Proverbs such as drunkeness, adultery, rebellion and gluttony. The back here does not talk about the bottom but the upper back where stripes are rendered. These false teachings are subtle and not evident at first to the reader. Beating a baby or toddler for things he does not even understand is wicked. It provokes them and leaves a scar that creates hatred for life. Moreover, the lies that babies resisting a diaper change means they would rebel against the parent in the future is like slow poison going into the parent’s mind. The parent starts to think that every small act of disobedience would some day lead to a bigger rebellion when that has not even happened. These false teachings pervert the word of God and thereby slowly destroy your children with hardness and unforgiveness. They make it more harder for a child to be saved. Jesus wished that such people should be thrown into the depths of the sea with a millstone around their neck. Matthew 18:5-6, “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.[6]But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Beloved, let us not be deceived. Let us deal with children with love and grace and balanced discipline where needed, understanding that they are a gift from God. More importantly saving them as soon as they reach the age of accountability by pulling them out of the fire. It’s easy for a child to be saved! They need to know they cannot overcome sin and that they are destined to Hell but Jesus paid for their sin by shedding his blood on the Cross and rose again. By beleiving this they can be saved.

The story of creation


Most of us would think that the story of Creation is found in Genesis where God created the first man Adam. However, this creation only pertains to the natural state of man and death that follows afterward. There is no life in such a creation! The second story of creation is found in Jesus Christ the creator of Life Eternal. If you want to find true life that exists forever, you need to believe in Jesus Christ.

THE FIRST ADAM, A NATURAL BEING

Adam was the first man created by God. We read how this creation occurred in Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” We see how the body consists of flesh and blod and was formed from the dust of the earth. The soul of a man is the life of a man that is eternal and breathed into being by God.

God had a specific instruction for Adam, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” When Adam disobeyed God’s commandment, he died on that same day spiritually and many years later he died physically.

We all know what physical death looks like for we can see it. It is the process of separation of a man’s spirit and soul from his own body. The body gets buried in the earth. The soul, however, is eternal and consists of a person’s emotions, thoughts, senses, and ideas. The soul either goes to be with God in heaven or is eternally condemned to Hell immediately based on a man’s spiritual condition. We see this clearly in the story of the rich man and Lazarus that Jesus told of in Luke 16:22-23, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” We see here that immediately the rich man opened his eyes in Hell. How did he have eyes and a tongue in Hell when his body was on earth? This is the eternal soul which has all the senses and thoughts just as the body.

So what is man’s spiritual condition? The spirit is that part of the person that completely belongs to God and interacts with God. When a man is born into this world, we see that his spirit is completely dead and has no fellowship with God. Paul describes this dead state in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, 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:” where he attributes spiritual death to every man due to the sin that entered from the first Adam. Now we also know that God does not condemn us due to Adam’s sin but every one of us are condemned due to our own sin. We would have done just as Adam did.

A man’s final destination is dependant on whether he is spiritually alive or dead. When a spiritually dead man dies physically, his soul is cast into hell. However, when a spiritually living man dies physically, his soul goes to heaven.

THE LAST ADAM, A SPIRITUAL MAN.

We see the second account of creation by the Lord Jesus Christ in John 20:22, “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” This is the second time God is breathing onto man and this time He is giving the Holy Spirit as a gift to forever dwell in man. The Holy Spirit makes a man spiritually alive. This spiritual birth happens when any man understands that Jesus Christ is God eternal and that he is the giver of eternal life to all those who understand that they are going to hell but can be saved by the blood of Chirst that paid for their sins on the Cross. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again. Nicodemus was a natural man born of the flesh just as Adam but he was not born of the Spirit.

Jesus also told his disciples on how it was his word that gave life in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Paul also explains how the first creation was only natural but a man who trusts Christ is born as a spiritual being in 1 Cor 15:45, “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. [46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”

When a person believes in Christ and his death as a payment for his sin, his spiritual being is made alive by the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell with him forever. This spiritual body is a new creature in Christ. It is this spiritual body that along with our soul goes to be with God in heaven for it says, “.. flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”. It is this spiritual body that cannot sin according to 1 John.

THE PROMISE OF RESURRECTION

As long as we are on this earth, a saved person has two beings. The spritually regenerated body which is a complete new creature and the old natural body residing together. There is a continuous war between the two. This is where Paul says we need to live according to the Spirit and die to our flesh daily. The gospel does not promise a life change or a victory over sin in our lives while we are on this earth. It promises victory and a new spiritual body after death. A spiritual body that Paul explains in 1 Cor 15:44, “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” and related verses. It shows how our earthly physical body is resurrected into a spiritual body. Remember when Jesus rose from the dead and met his disciples, they thought that he was only a spirit. However, he had a body that was a spiritual body. _Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” Jesus had come back with “flesh and bones”!

Notice how Paul says “flesh and blood” cannot inherit the kingdom of God but Jesus came back with “flesh and bones”. No longer will our spiritual body have any blood! Our life is no longer in our blood but in Jesus Christ our Lord!