Saturday, 1 June 2019

WHY IS THERE EVIL IN THE WORLD?



God is not the author of evil. After the final day of creation, God declared, “ it was very good.”

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31 (KJV)       

Adam and Eve were put into a sinless paradise, but they disobeyed and rebelled against God and because of this, they sinned against God and were expelled from paradise. Adam’s sin brought condemnation to all men.

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:
Romans 5:12 (KJV)

While there is sin which is a transgression or violation against God’s holy law an act of rebellion against Him evil is present.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4 (KJV)       

If God is good and powerful, why is there evil in the world? Skeptics like to use the existence of evil as an argument against God. If God was good, wouldn’t He want to deal with evil? If He is powerful, couldn’t He end the evil? But evil still exists, so therefore your God doesn’t.

God is powerful enough to remove all the evil in the world, but He would need to wipe out all of humanity. We look at things like murder and rape as being evil and they are, but what about lying, stealing, adultery and covetousness? All sin is evil in the eyes of the holy God. The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. The heart is deceitful and wicked.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

Are you concerned about the problem of evil? Well, guess what? We are all part of the problem. Evil deeds can never be isolated from the evil doer. God has not yet cleansed the world of evil simply because He is giving people a chance to repent.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

If God were to show up at 12:00 to get rid of all the evil in the world, where would you be at 12:01?

However, the holy Bible says God is rich in mercy, He provided  a  Saviour, Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the world. He died on the cross, so that we could be forgiven, then He rose from the dead and defeated death.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)

To receive everlasting life as a free gift, we need to ask forgiveness, repent from all sin, believe, trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you and you will pass from death unto life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5 : 24 (KJV)





 
With Blessing in Christ,

David & Gay




 



Thursday, 2 May 2019

END TIME SIGNS


                                                      



False Bible teachers would be money hungry. They would be smooth talkers, have many followers, and slur the Christian faith (2 Peter 2:1-3)


Homosexuality would be increasingly evident at the end of the age (2 Timothy 3:3)


Earthquakes would be in diverse places (Matthew 24:7)


Stress would be part of living (2 Timothy 3:1)


Many wars would erupt (Matthew 24:6)


People would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code, committing adultery, stealing, lying, and killing (Matthew 24:12)


There would be a cold religious system, in denying God’s power (2 Timothy 3:5)


Men would substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth (2 Timothy 4:4). This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Saviour is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus.


Deadly diseases would be prevalent (Matthew 24:7). The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable.


The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) would be      denied (2 Peter 3:5-6). There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by the scientific world because of its uncanny implication.


The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3)


     There would be an increase in famines (Matthew 24:7)


Vegetarianism would increase (1 Timothy 4:3-4)


There would be a cry for peace (1 Thessalonians 5:3)


The possession of Jerusalem would be at the centre of international turmoil ( Zechariah 12:3)


Knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4)


There would be hypocrites within the Church (Matthew 13:25-30)


There would be an increase of religious cults/false teachers (Matthew 24:11 & 24)


The future would seem fearful to many (Luke 21:26)


Humanity would become materialistic (2 Timothy 3:4)


There would be many involved in travel (Daniel 12:4)


The Christian Gospel would be preached as a warning to all nations (Matthew 24:14)


Jesus said Christians would be hated “for His name’s sake” (Matthew24:9)


And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s heart failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)


Youth would become rebellious. For men shall be lover of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2 Timothy 3:2)


Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, “for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:4). The Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust (verse 3). They fail to understand that a day to the Lord is as thousand years to us. God is not subject to the time that He created. He can flick through time as we flick through pages of a history book. The reason He seems to be silent, is because He is patiently waiting, not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance.



 
With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay

                                                     












Monday, 15 April 2019

HE IS NOT HERE - HE IS RISEN


Above: On back of door in Tomb of Jesus




The reason why God commands all men everywhere to repent is…. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.(Acts 17:31)


We can have assurance that the day of judgement will take place and that Jesus will judge the earth - because of the resurrection.


And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation 20:12(KJV)

The Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus.


So should we then try and convince an unbelieving world of the resurrection?
God’s Word is very clear about Jesus Christ resurrection appearances below:


              CHRIST’S RESURRECTION APPEARANCES


              APPEARED TO:                      
            1. Mary
                John 20:10-18                                  
            2. Mary and women
                Matthew 28:1-10                  
            3. Peter
                1 Corinthians 15:5                                   
            4. Two disciples
                 Luke 24:13-35                        
            5. Ten apostles
                 Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-23                        
            6. Eleven apostles
                 John 20:24-31                  
            7. Seven apostles
                 John 21                     
            8. All apostles
                 Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18                        
            9. 500 brethren  
                1 Corinthians 15:6                    
          10. James
                1 Corinthians 15:7                                       
          11. All apostles
                Acts 1:4-8                         
          12. Paul
                Acts 9:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:8                                    




Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God - who was beaten and bruised for our transgressions, willingly giving up His life to conquer the grave for us!He then rose from the dead, because it was not possible that death could hold him.


Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.Acts 2:24(KJV)

Above:Tomb of Jesus

           
When sinners repent and believe the gospel, the eyes of their understanding are enlightened. They pass from darkness into light, from death to life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:24(KJV)

We then become a new creation in Christ with a brand new heart and new desires.


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17(KJV)

Above: Outside Tomb of Jesus


It is through the power of the gospel that the world will appreciate the miracle of the risen Christ who is the resurrection, also have assurance that God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness.


So celebrate the resurrection by sharing the good news of the gospel with someone today.




With blessing in Christ.
David & Gay

Friday, 1 March 2019

MODERN CHRISTIANITY


Perhaps one of the largest group of unsaved “religious” people in the world are those who sit in the pews of our churches. Those referred to as false converts are not what are often called “traditional Christians” (Christmas and Easter Christians”) or “nominal Christians.” Rather, these are people who profess to be born again, but have never found a place of biblical repentance. They don’t have “the things that accompany salvation.” There’s no fruit in there lives to say that they have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. They sit among the Church but they are not part of the Church.

Background
Something certainly is tragically wrong, the contemporary Church has forsaken biblical evangelism. Modern Christianity has failed to use God’s Law (Ten Commandments) to bring the knowledge of sin, and has therefore filled the Church with false converts.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20 (KJV)
These false converts have named the name of Christ, but have never departed from iniquity (“lawlessness”-transgression of the Ten Commandments).
It is a neglect of the Law that has resulted in our churches being filled with tares among the wheat, foolish virgins among the wise, bad fish among the good, and goats among the sheep. This is why so many profess Christ and have no assurance of salvation. They have no assurance because they are not saved. This is why so many profess to have the love of God in their hearts, and at the same time couldn’t care less that the world is going to Hell. Every Christian should be horrified beyond words that any human being could be cast into Hell.

Who Is God
Idolatry is the fertile soil from which a false profession grows. The Scripture tell us that,
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:6 (KJV)

So few fear God because so few pulpits preach the fear of God. Rarely do sinners hear That God is angry with the wicked every day, that if they are friends with this world they are enemies of God, and that His wrath abides on them. Every time they sin, they are storing up His wrath that will come upon them on the Day of Wrath.
Rather, they hear the unbiblical gospel of “God has a wonderful plan for your life” or simply that God wants them to prosper. Instead of being told to repent because they have offended a holy God, they are told that God will solve their problems.
Who Is Jesus
To the false convert, the Saviour is the One who died for his sins. He paid his fine. However, you will find that there is a shallow understanding of the sacrifice of the Father. This is because he has no knowledge of God’s Law.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:24 (KJV)


It’s only when he sees his terrible sin (that he is a terrible Law-breaker) and that he deserves consequent damnation that he will understand the unspeakable sacrifice that the Father made in Jesus of Nazareth. The Law makes grace abound. It makes Jesus precious to him.
Scriptures
A false convert may believe that the Scriptures are God’s Word, but he usually doesn’t see them as his life’s sustenance. He doesn’t desire the sincere milk of the Word that he may grow, because he hasn’t tasted of the goodness of the Lord. “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” Because he doesn’t soak himself in the Word, he is ignorant about subjects such as holiness of God, the Law of God and its functions and the reality of true and false conversion.
Heaven and Hell
A false convert usually lacks any depth of sound doctrine. He couldn’t explain the basics of how we are justified or sanctified. This is because, without the Law, God seems unjust to condemn sinners (most of whom he sees as reasonably good people) to eternity in Hell. More than likely he will believe that everyone goes to Heaven, except people like Adolf Hitler. Hell is a place for those he thinks are worthy of punishment.
Sin and Salvation
A false convert thinks lightly of sin. This is why he believes he can be a Christian and still have sin in his life. He is truly a “worker of iniquity”
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:23(KJV)

who sees nothing wrong  with fibs, not keeping his word, taking things that belong to other people, and giving himself to sexual lust. His reasoning is, “Who doesn’t do that?” and God understands. You may even hear blasphemy slip from his lips.
The false convert has often been through the motions of modern “conversion” (responded to an altar call, prayed a sinner’s prayer etc.) and has consequently been given assurance by the preacher that he is saved.

Conclusion:
Use the moral Law (like a mirror) to show him his true state before a holy God. However, once you have shown the seriousness of sin, explain that seeing sin in its true light has been what has been lacking in his life. This will help him understand why he has never truly repented. Why should he repent if his sin isn’t too bad? Ignorance of the Law has left him seeing himself as a basically good person. Without the light of the Law, he has never seen the character of a holy God, known the fear of God, or understand the sacrifice of the cross.

With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay

Friday, 1 February 2019

THE DECEPTION OF ATHEISM



1. Christian belief of "Who is God"?

God is a Spirit. We can see the attributes of God through His creation. Since God is the Creator, we can see His work clearly. Creation shows us His power and order. It is impossible for anyone to look at creation and not see God's creative power. No one can plead ignorance of God. We can trace God from the world around us.  We can see His power and majesty in creation.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20 (KJV)

Atheism belief of "Who is God"?

All atheists disbelieve in all gods. Atheists believe no one has yet provided enough evidence to warrant a belief in god(s) or in Christian context, God. There is no reason to believe that a
supernatural intelligent Creator exists.

[There are billions of reasons to believe a supernatural intelligent Creator. From the order of
DNA, to every atom, to the amazingly designed tiny fleas, to the massive elephants, to the sun and its circuits, to the millions of stars and the entire universe, there is incredible order.
If you were walking along a beach and saw words written in the sand that said, "Johnny, make sure you come home at 5:00 pm for dinner. See you then. I love you. Mum xxxx," Could you ever believe that the order of the words happened by a random process---an accident? Could you con-clude that perhaps the incoming waves left the words in the sand? Only a fool would think so. Their very order, information content, and constructed logic tell you that the message was written by an intelligent mind.]


2. Christian belief of "Who is Jesus"?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is God, eternally preexistent before the "incarnation. He is
“the image of invisible God". He created a body for Himself and became a man to suffer and die for the sin of the world.

Who is the image of the invisible God;
Colossians 1:15(KJV)

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2 (KJV)



Atheism belief of "Who is Jesus"?

"A relatively enlightened man for his times. Preached simple things such as brotherly love. Likely a real man. Some, like I, think his simple lessons were wrapped to control the gullible masses.(which still works)."

"The carpenter from Bethlehem existed, in all likelihood. He went around giving sermons,
but he was not the son of God and he did not speak for God. My father, also an atheist, has
speculated that Jesus himself was an atheist and preached his doctrine  to give comfort to the minds of people on Earth. I am not sure about this."

[ In such sermon, Jesus gave the ultimate challenge to skeptics:"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him."(John 14:21). To find out with 100 percent absolute certainty that Jesus is God in the flesh, atheist can simply obey His command to repent and believe the gospel, and He will reveal Himself to them. Then they will know God exist, because they know Him.]

3.Christian belief of Heaven and Hell

We will be free from all trouble and sorrow. All tears shall be wiped away and no remembrance of former sorrows shall remain. God Himself, as our Father, shall wipe away the tears of His children.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

This will be the day, when all shall be judged. The appearance of the Judge and that is the Lord Jesus Christ who puts on such majesty and judge righteously. Woe to the wicked, whosoever was not written in the book of life, for they shall perish in hell forever and ever.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:15 (KJV)

Atheism belief of Heaven and Hell

"I don't believe God exists. I do not believe in the Bible as the literal inerrant word of God. Thus, Heaven and Hell are, in my opinion, much like God: a feel-good idea that swims in the minds of people, but has little bearing in reality. It's also a nifty way to control people through fear, but I digress. Personally, I think the idea of Hell points to exceptional cruelty. An eternity of pain? That's pure evil. Heaven also sounds pretty boring. I'd rather reincarnate (but alas, I don't believe in that either)."

[The question is often asked, "How could a loving God create Hell?" Think of how a civil judge, who turned a blind eye to murder, would be corrupt and should be brought to justice himself. If a Judge of the Universe is not going to bring murderers to ultimate justice, then He is corrupt. He would be wicked. In the 1990s in the US there were 200,000 murders. Statistics show that during those ten years half of those homicide crimes were unsolved. That means that 100,000 people got away with murder. When we use the Law to show that God is not only loving, but that He is perfect, holy, just and good, we end up saying, "How can there not be a Hell?"]

4. Christian belief of Sin and Salvation

We believe that sin is a transgression / violation against God's Holy Law (  The Ten Commandments). An act of rebellion against Him.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1John 3:4 (KJV)

God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be born on earth and die on the cross. There is nothing we can do to make us good enough for heaven. All we have to do is repent, believe, and trust  in Jesus Christ alone as our Lord and Saviour.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John3:16 (KJV)

Atheism belief of Sin and Salvation

“I do not believe there is such a thing as sin, mainly because I do not believe that the
Bible is anything other than a load of stories. If there is sin, then there must be moral
absolutes, which do not exist because our stance on morality has changed over time.”

"Seeing as I do not believe in an afterlife, the concept of salvation seems ridiculous and unnecessary to me.”

[There’s a big problem when an atheist denies that sin (evil) exists. All you have to do is ask if murder is wrong, and if he says that it’s not, keep on asking if what Hitler did was wrong, or if pedophilia  is wrong. You will soon find that he has a moral boundary  regarding what is right and what is wrong. God’s moral standard is infinitely higher.]

Conclusion:

How can we know that God exists? We cannot see Him, hear Him, touch, taste, or smell
Him. Common sense tells us that creation is absolute 100 percent scientific proof  that
there was a Creator. We cannot have creation without the Creator. We don’t need faith to
believe in a Creator. All we need is eyes that can see and a brain that works.

So, just as I don’t need faith to believe in a builder because I have a building in front of
me, so I don’t need faith to believe in a Creator, because I have creation in front of me.
However, if I want the builder to do something for me, then I need to have faith in him.
The same is true with God:



But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6(KJV)


With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay