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Here are seven marks of a deeply deadly sin.
1. Your sin is deep-rooted and habitual. There may be some sins that have been in your life so long and with such prevalence that you no longer find them shocking or particularly bothersome. Your mind and conscience have grown hard to the sin and it is now deeply ingrained in your thoughts and habits. You, my friend, are in a dangerous place when you have grown ambivalent to that sin. “Unless some extraordinary course be taken, such a person has no ground in the world to expect that his latter end shall be peace.”
The gospel offers no comfort to those who slow-dance with their favorite sin.
2. You proclaim God’s approval, but without battling sin. You know that a certain sin is prevalent in your life, and yet you continue to proclaim that you are accepted in Christ. Even though God has revealed that sin to you, and even though you have made no real attempt to put it to death, still you recount God’s grace to you in the gospel and still you take comfort in the peace of the gospel. Owen wants you to know that you cannot preach God’s peace to yourself while you embrace that one great sin. The gospel offers no comfort to those who slow-dance with their favorite sin.
3. You apply grace and mercy to a sin you do not intend to put to death. You cannot proclaim that the gospel has covered your sin if you do not intend to battle that sin. “To apply mercy to a sin not vigorously mortified is to fulfill the end of the flesh upon the gospel.” Sometimes your heart longs for peace with God, but at the same time it longs for the satisfaction of that sin. In these cases you may rashly look to the gospel to assuage your conscience even though you have no intention of stopping your sin. But the gospel does not allow you to apply God’s mercy and grace to a sin you love and intend to cling to.
4. Sin is frequently successful in seducing your desires. There are times when your heart takes delight in a sin, even though you do not actually commit that sin outwardly. If a sin becomes your delight and has a great hold upon your soul, it is a dangerous sign of a particularly deadly sin. This is true even if you do not commit that sin. If your delight is in sin, not God, your soul is being drawn away from your Savior.
5. You argue against sin only out of fear of impending punishment. It is a sign that sin has taken significant possession of your will when you argue against sin or fail to commit sin only because you fear punishment. In this case you do not delight to do God’s will, but only fear the consequences of disobedience. A true Christian battles sin out of a desire to please God and to find his delight in God.
6. You realize that God is allowing one sin in your life to make you aware of another sin. There are times when God allows you to battle one sin in order to expose a deeper sin. “A new sin may be permitted, as well as a new affliction sent, to bring an old sin to remembrance.” In such a case God is exercising fatherly discipline. If God is disciplining you by allowing another sin or by bringing some kind of affliction, he is sending a message about the hardness or your heart and the depth of your sin. Heed the warning!
7. You have hardened your heart against God as he has exposed your sin before you. God graciously reveals your sin through his Word, through conscience, through other Christians, and through many other means. When he reveals your sin, he also prompts you to take action against it. If you continually reject his help and harden your heart against that sin, you are in a dangerous, dangerous state. “Unspeakable are the evils which attend such a frame of heart. Every particular warning to a man in such an estate is an inestimable mercy; how then does he despise God in them who holds out against them! And what infinite patience is this in God, that he does not cast off such a one, and swear in his wrath that he shall never enter his rest!”
“Christian”, evaluate your sin, and battle hard against it. It is God’s grace that he reveals your sin, and it is God’s grace that he gives you everything you need to put it to death.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.…” I Corinthians 6:9
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7
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Reblogged from Paul the Slave….
Everybody in America is born again, and the reason why they’re born again is because of most of the preachers and pastors who do not understand the Gospel nor the power of the Gospel and that we’ve reduced the Gospel down to four spiritual laws and five things God wants you to know. We have done the very same thing that Catholicism has done since its beginning—turned salvation into nothing more than a few little steps and a superstitious prayer at the end, turned salvation into nothing more than a mere human decision whereby a man decides for himself simply to jump out of the line going into Hell in order to jump into the line going to Heaven.
But when you grasp the power of regeneration, everything else begins to fall in place and until you grasp the power of regeneration, you cannot understand the doctrine and the calling to self denial.
Let me just give you an example …another little definition I’ve written about man.
Man is a fallen, radically depraved, spiritually dead, morally corrupt, sin-loving, God-hating creature. In the very core of his being, he is as opposed to God as the devil himself. He cannot change and has no desire to do so. He loves a lie and will do everything in his power to restrain and suppress any and every truth about God and the more he knows about God, the more he hates Him, because God is righteous and man is evil.
Now, how do you take something like that, how do you expect a creature like that to all of a sudden hear a Gospel message of self-denial and turn his back on absolutely everything he is and at all cost follow the Christ? How can you expect a man to take a journey of a thousand miles if he’s neither willing nor able to take the first step? And this idea of, well, as the brother put it, “Well, let’s get them saved and then gradually introduce them to salvation and to discipleship and to the call to self-denial.” But I want to tell you something. It is not any easier to coax a dead man to take one step than it is to coax him to take a million. If he’s dead, he’s dead. And within that is found the power of regeneration.
Because I, as a preacher, an itinerant, nothing, little preacher, because of my belief in the power of the Gospel and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, I can look at the most defiled man on the face of the earth and tell him to forsake his mother, his father, his lands, his home, his own life, and I can expect that, out of the group of them, somebody’s coming out. I do not have to lay down the bar on the Gospel. I can bid men to come and die from the very moment I speak with them because I believe in the power of resurrection.
Someone says, “How can you expect a man to do that?” I say, “Well, let me answer that with another question. How can Ezekiel command bones to live? And how can Jesus cry out to a dead man and tell him to come forth?” Because salvation is not just some mere, tiny, puny, human decision.
It is the supernatural work of God.
“No man is really saved unless he is in his heart obedient to Christ.”~CH Spurgeon
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Excellent post from a dear brother much respected. From Shade of the Moriah Tree. Link provided at the end of the post. Please check out his blog.:-) ~AGM†
WOMEN IN MINISTRY, particularly the role of shepherding the flock, remains to be one of the most unrelenting and heated controversies in the Church. The difficulty in our present day arises out of the fact that it has almost become the accepted norm; the ever increasing subtle influence of feminism goes beyond justification to the ‘Christianisation’ of it. But is it not the trend of how the Church compromises – adopting the world’s methods after undergoing a ‘ceremony of purification’ for its use and assets?
In considering such a sensitive issue in the light of Scripture, it is imperative to suspend all our insubordinately-biased and preconceived notions – a mentality that reflects nothing of the Spirit of Christ but that of the world (with all its prideful, bitter and divisive contentions) – in order to arrive at a clear understanding that is biblically governed, balanced and Spirit led. An unwillingness to do so is to reject God’s standards revealed through Scripture in preference of embracing culture as our guide and authority.
‘Women being silent’ in the church is a very weak and imbalancedangle of the argument used to put forth in prohibiting women asserting spiritual authority over a man, and is therefore ridiculous to insinuate that what Paul meant was for women to refrain from communicating in the body of Christ; women, as well as men, were at liberty to speak in tongues, interpret and prophecy (1 Corinthians 11:5). So where exactly was Paul coming from? The bedrock and pillar of Paul’s reasoning is grounded in the knowledge of Adam having been formed prior to Eve, referring back to the beginning of God’s creational order: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (1Timothy 2:12-14). The ‘culture issue’ is superseded and transcended where Scripture affirmatively stands throughout the duration of creation up until Christ’s Second Advent Who will renew all things. Secondly, “Eve was deceived” as Paul states. Thirdly – Romans 5 is where Paul refers to Adam – not Eve – as being head of the human race; Christ (the Second Adam) now being the Federal Head of all who are created (regenerate) in Him. Fourthly – Husbands are the head of wives as Ephesians 5:23 states, and fifthly – as Paul was referring to male headship in the home, it is without dispute that 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9 confirms the establishment of the husband of one wife – not thewife of one husband – and the continual reference to he in context of church leadership.
Paul was not a male chauvinist or bound by culture, as many are inclined to believe; he went beyond that (culture) by highlighting the role and order of creation as God intended. It’s undeniably clear that the function of men and women today – in the secular and spiritual – have been reversed; men are no longer men and women no longer women – that is the epitome of a pluralistic-secular society riddled with a plethora of immoral bias and orientation, and many churches are no different the way in which they compromise by conforming to the world’s mold. The wrong emphasis within many denominations today (or over the last 50 years) leans heavily on adapting to culture, struggling to become relevant to society while neglecting her primary calling – over and above the Great Commission – conforming to the image of Jesus Christ; that is what really makes the church dynamically relevant to society’s desperate need – not succumbing and conforming to the world’s pressure.
Pentecostal churches being notorious for recognising both gender ministers, were one of the first denominations (at the least a movement that has excelled in ordaining female ministers more than any other) to initiate the role of women pastors. John MacArthur commented on the assumption that because there is ‘success’ within such movements therefore it must be right – “But, from the standpoint of historic Pentecostalism, most of those groups go back to sort of a common source, where women were very high profile, and it’s been sort of a historic thing. Once you get in the flow of that and you see that women have ministry and it seems that people get saved under their preaching and good things happen and so forth…and experience is your compelling issue; then, experience will dictate continuity to that.” You notice the last part of what he said there: “experience will dictate continuity to that.” And he’s right (in pointing out the error) – many make the experience the rule rather than what God has revealed and made plain through Scripture which is the solid ground of authority. The amount of folks I have conversed with who hold very persuasive arguments, and the testimonies I have heard of and read ‘seem’ to qualify and authenticate that such women have been called of God. No matter how eloquent and articulate women pastors communicate, that is of no true essence and reason to validate and confirm as divine ordination; and I use the word ‘divine’ intentionally as many women are ordained by the will of man alone. MacArthur is right: “…from a biblical standpoint, there is no tolerance in Scripture for women leaders in the church, apart from women leading other women – older women teaching younger women and leading their children and so forth…Therefore, although women are spiritual equals with men and the ministry of women is essential to the body of Christ, women are excluded from leadership over men in the church”
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man…for Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12-13).
Of course, Paul was not denying women the call to teach, or in fact that they could teach effectively but so long as it remained in the realm from woman to woman and children. Some may contend through the following scriptures in disputing to the contrary: Acts 1:12–14; 9:36–42; 16:13–15; 17:1–4, 10–12; 18:1–2, 18, 24–28; Romans 16; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 1:5; 4:19. The fact that Paul greatly valued the work of women who worked alongside him for the furtherance of the Gospel, does not entail he appointed female elders or pastors. He saw and valued the order of God’s creation.
Another aspect to consider is the fact that only certain males of theocratic Israel were designated for the office of priests and kings in the Old Testament. This was not man’s choosing or prerogative but God’s sovereign will and order. Deborah as a leader (Judges 4 and 5) was clearly an exception to the rule. There was no woman with an ongoing prophetic ministry. Isaiah 3:12 indicates that God allowed women to rule as a manifestation of His judgment on a sinning nation. Moreover, in the new era and inauguration of the New Testament Church, why did Jesus only appoint male apostles – especially when considering Mary, whom Jesus first appeared to after His resurrection? Above all women, she would have been the perfect candidate. In addition, no woman wrote any of the books in the Old Testament or the gospels and epistles in the New Testament.
Are we then to say that God was lenient with culture back then, and that eventually such gender ‘classifications’ and ‘divisions’ would phase out as the body of Christ matured? Of course not!
Joel’s prophecy commenced its fulfilment – as Peter himself referred to – on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:16), which speaks of a new era of the Holy Spirit being poured out in depths unknown to any previous age. This was the age when Paul stated, “…the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:22-29). That section, ‘no male and female’ is a favourable reference of contention used in defence of both genders called to the office of elder and pastor. But why were there no women (in the era of the early Church) appointed to lead and pastor churches since men and women were deemed equal in Christ? History reveals that all the way through the New Testament epoch there was no such thing as women shepherding any church whatsoever. The feminist movement (originating around the middle part of the 19th century) played a significant part in triggering off women usurping the office of elders and pastors.
I have observed over the years, while personally knowing women who claim to have been ordained of God for the role of pastor, a prominent domineering trait held in common by all, which is not a balanced authoritativeness but rather a close resemblance to that of Jezebel; question their calling from a exegetical biblical standpoint and watch their demeanour change from being very gentle to becoming very defensive and aggressive. I have yet to meet one who is of a quiet (gentle) disposition – that’s not to say that there aren’t any out there, but I seriously doubt it.
This is not to downplay and degrade women who are equally able and complimentary in their ways to men; men and women are wired differently, but each operating in their given supporting role that brings balance to the body of Christ, so much so that man is never meant to function without her, and vice-versa. Needless to say, as many are fully aware, numerous women have been subject to inhumane treatment of all kinds that find no absolute warrant in Scripture. Numerous men have grossly misunderstood the Scriptures, wresting them for their own abusive gain to overpower and shamefully domineer women. Nowhere does Scripture condone harsh and derogatory treatment of women, which is prevalent in many world religions and cults, contemptuously relating to women as an ‘object’ to be used at their (male) convenience; viewed as 2nd class citizens (below men), having their own rights stripped of them. Christians of varied denominations are not excused from the sin of treating woman as the ‘underdog’, who are expected to submissively obey or ‘face the consequences’. Many husbands who profess faith in Christ are quick to forget Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 5:25-29:“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the Church to Himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it and cherishes it, just as Christ does the Church, because we are members of His body.”MacArthur eloquently stated how Jesus Himself treated women that countered a male chauvinistic mentality, while still distinguishing God’s original order of creation from a culture bias:“In Jesus’ treatment of women, He raised their station of life and He showed them compassion and respect in a way they had never known. This demonstrated their equality. At the same time, however, Jesus still did not exalt women to a place of leadership over men.”
Without question, countless of women throughout history to the present day are known to have held exceptional intellectual aptitude and high profile communication skills (among many other notable attributes) – written and spoken – that surpass not just a few males. Their leadership proficiency has reached extraordinary levels, having made their mark as exemplary school teachers, lecturers, employers, political leaders and queens. However, Scripture is emphatically clear that God has designated spiritual shepherding, under the Headship of Christ, to man.
The old famous truth still bears weight: “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Exemplars such as Sarah Edwards, Susannah Spurgeon, Bethan Lloyd-Jones, and Martha Ravenhill were such the kind of women that having been without their companionship, none of the leaders would have encountered the degree of eternal impact through their ministry in the church. That is not to detract from the anointing and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Who enables the efficacy of preaching the Word, but through marriage God has ordained woman to be man’s helper (1 Corinthians 11:8-9) – not to be taken for granted or to be used as a ‘means to an end’, but that rather without her, man is incomplete to fulfil the role God has created him to be and do (Genesis 2:18); both male and female are indissolubly linked that neither are complete without each other – both are equals that compliment one another in unity.
As the church has compromised in advocating and endorsing the vocation of women pastors, my shared concern is that such approvals will only widen the gulf of liberalism. Should we be surprised that homosexuality is condoned, encouraged and even embarked upon as equal to God’s original way of creation between man and woman as the church (in general) continues to divert from fundamentalism – not to mention that lesbian and gay pastors are now welcomed to lead the flock, who in turn marry people of the same gender? My point is, where will all this go, because the essence of liberalism is the greater form of tyranny when measured against conservative fundamentalism (if we are to include the notion that many look upon the latter as ‘opposing’ freedom, not realising that it’s function is a deterrent against lawlessness). Because so few these days earnestly contend for the faith in God’s way, the stage gives way to liberalism that inevitably embraces antinomianism. It is a gradual wearing down that opens the way to lawlessness. Subsequent to extensive research, Mark Slick rightly affirmed, “We see that denominations that hold to women pastors later overwhelmingly come to support abortion, homosexuality, and deny the inerrancy of scripture.” This may sound ridiculous and a little off track in context to the main subject, but we shouldn’t be at all surprised (only because it can be expected with the way things are heading) if in a few years we find the church – not the secular realm that already approves of it – integrating a permissive law for human sexual rights with animals. After all, who would have believed that the Church of England (C of E) would amalgamate with Islam, forming Chrislam? Ecumenically, the C of E openly compromised with the Roman Catholic Church from the early 1960’s onwards, so is it any wonder why currently the shift is so deplorably enormous? Sadly but true, this also applies to popular mainstream evangelicalism that continues to weaken and waver in its doctrine as unity is prioritised at the expense of truth.
Is it mere presumption to assert that as Eve was deceived, Satan has once again succeeded in masquerading the same manoeuvres to ensure that the route having been taken to ordain women into pastoral ministry is really ‘okay’ (“Did God insinuate that women cannot lead men spiritually”- carrying the same connotation as, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not…’?”) – that no harm is done – so long as they are preaching the ‘truth’ and ‘success’ follows? For what will that ‘truth’ be but another gospel that dethrones God (in one’s understanding) and exalts man (or woman!), and what kind of ‘success’ will that be that so many wrongly equate with God’s approval and blessing?
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There’s a certain phrase I’ve come to really dislike.
All my life, I’ve heard this phrase whenever I go through a rough patch. *And by rough patch, I mean a prickly, gnarly patch that leaves me bleeding to near death*. You’re probably familiar with those kinds of “patches”.
“God will never give you more than you can handle” is the phrase I’m referring to.
And it’s a sweet sentiment, really. The people who say it are speaking from caring and concerned hearts.
BUT–it isn’t true.
I know that sounds harsh, but I promise I haven’t suddenly lost my mind or have become an angry-with-God bitter woman who hates the world. Actually, when I realized the simple fact that God can–and will–give us more than we can possibly bear, it got easier.
And it all started to make more sense.
I’ve often trudged through trials that overwhelm me. Ever since my childhood there have been trials that have made me “grow up” pretty fast. But granted, I know for a fact you’ve had your own fair share too, because that’s the reality of life. But this last trial is the one that shook me to my core and had me searching like a mad woman for answers as to why it was happening–and how I could possibly even survive it.
I lost my Dad to cancer last month–if you’re a follower of mine, this is old news. But–it was absolutely horrific.
Every day leading up to his death was like walking through every level of hell–slowly– for lack of a better term. There’s no other way to describe it. The images…the sounds…the sleepless nights…the cries for God while we look on, helpless…the torment of rubbing morphine in his cheeks, praying it’ll absorb–but to no avail. The horrible, wrenching pain that came with lifting him up, laying him back down, lifting him up, laying him back down…because he became so restless and cried out for “home” every few minutes. And all along, in the back of my mind, I reminded myself that millions of people go through this, and have already gone through this, very thing. And it is simply unbearable. If you disagree–it’s because you haven’t been there.
This trial was so consuming that I hate to even put it in the past tense–sometimes it still consumes me. Yesterday, at my Dad’s memorial service, it consumed me all over again.
I’ve suffered from nightmares where I relived the memory over and over mercilessly–I sometimes see his face on strangers that pass and worry that I’m going crazy. I cry over sad songs in the car and torture myself with stacks of pictures and yellowed photo albums. It’s beyond just missing him. And even with a firm testimony of the gospel and with peace that he is exactly where the Lord prepared him for, it is still too much for me to handle at times. It steals my breath–and it can steal my joy.
So, the other day, I turned to the scriptures. I needed help.
I wanted to know where that phrase was that people kept repeating to me in church and at work and over the phone. Why did the Lord “trust me so much”?! Why did He think I could handle these kinds of trials?
And then I realized: I couldn’t find that quote because it isn’t there.
It never mentions anywhere in the scriptures that the Lord won’t give you more than you can handle. Yes, in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it speaks of Him giving us an escape from temptations so that it’s not too much to bear. But when it comes to pain, trials, heartache, and burdens– not once does it say it won’t be more than we can bear. Instead, it beautifully says this instead:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28-30)
The words struck my heart, as you can imagine. Christ is speaking to those of us who are carrying burdens much too heavy for our own shoulders. And in that one verse he simply states the reason why we are given more than we can handle: It’s so we can come to him. It’s so we can trust him enough to hand over our heavy, crippling burdens and let him carry the load.
You might be heavy laden right now like I was before reading and re-reading and re-reading once again this scripture that has never stuck out to me as much as it has lately.
You might be shrunken with sadness or drowning in debt. You might be overwhelmingly angry at someone at church or aching under the pressures of raising children or maybe the inability to have them. You might be dealing with a terminal disease and you still have young children. And chances are–you might need your Redeemer to find you on the path and take up that heavy cross you’re dragging. Besides, even he tells us that he’s more equipped to carry it, so why not hand it over?
I’ve come to learn–slowly but surely–why I need Him.
I suppose it’s because of pride that I always thought I could just do things on my own. I’m strong, I’d say. I’m a tough cookie. I can help others through their tribulations while carrying mine all by myself. Well…wasn’t I wrong.
I didn’t really know what needing him meant until I had no other choice. I didn’t know what it meant until I wrapped my arms around my middle so I wouldn’t fall apart–or the time I choked on tears and yelled toward Heaven. Or the times when I was utterly alone, and the silence was too much to bear. Those are the times that taught me he’s not just a want or a convenient symbol of love or a reason to do good deeds.
No, he’s the very air we breathe.
And he’s the only one who can make it bearable when life is simply anything but.
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reblogged from The Angry Pastor Blog
With the recent release of the Babies Are Murdered Here documentary and in light of some personal discussions that I have been having with some activists lately, I thought it would be good to address, again, the topic of ‘ministries’ and activists who are not under the covering and authority of a local church.
In recent years there has been a great rise in independent “pro-life” speakers and political activists, who speak out against abortion. These people typically work through politics, gradualist legislation, and quiet prayer, in hopes of ending abortion. They go to the clinics, at times, but almost never engage the mothers.
Another group has risen as well. A more radical group, known now as “abolitionists”(Abolish Human Abortion): independent evangelists who have headed out to the abortion clinics to preach repentance and faith in Christ. These folks have abandoned the moderate approach of the pro-life crowd, and have instead taken the fight to the mills, pleading with mothers to turn from their wickedness, to trust in Christ, and to spare the life of their unborn child. They, rightly, use the gospel of Christ to change hearts and minds.
And so you have these two group. You have pro-life activists lobbying government groups, and silently praying for the abortion mills on one side (the ’40 days for Life’ campaign), while on the “other side” more radical individuals lift up their voice to speak to the mothers who would seek the services of white coated assassins. One group is reserved, while the other is outspoken. Very different approaches, to be sure, but they have one thing in common; neither group is under the authority of, accountable to, or sent out from the local church. Not good, but at least they are doing something, right?
Wrong. They are a part of the problem.
See, as much as you might be cheering at the rise in pro-life activism and/or applauding rogue ‘evangelists’ who have gotten sick of the apathy in the local church and abandoned it for personal ministry at the mill (or in some cases, turned their ire upon that same church), these individuals are contributing to the murder of infants. Both of these groups help to cause a disunity, disjointedness, and general ill will among forces that should be united in the protection of the unborn. By rejecting the Church, the Bride of Christ, they reject the one thing, the ONLY thing, that can once and for all put a stop to abortion. The Gospel of Christ being sent FROM the local church.
Think about this; the people who stand at the abortion clinics, and witness to, plead with, or pray for those who enter, are leveling an attack against the gates of hell. Who has the power to assault the gates of hell? Rogue evangelists? Politicians? Catholic nuns? No, the CHURCH was given that power; in Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Consider: The people who stand at the abortion clinics, and witness to, plead with, or pray for those who enter, are claiming to have the authority to do so. But they do not. Only the BRIDE of CHRIST has the authority. Rogue evangelists who reject the authority of the local church, and insist on having things their own way, are like Diotrephes (3 John 1:9), selfish, puffed up, and rejecting authority.
Worst of all: Many of these groups have actually turned their attacks against the local church. In so doing, they are not only aiding the enemy they are attacking Christ’s Bride. Husbands, how would you react if someone, another man, confronted your bride? Assaulted her? Would you high five him for his excellent right cross, and say, “Yeah, she probably deserved it?” I think not. Make no mistake; the wrath of Christ, the husband, BURNS against those who would attack His Bride.
Conclusion: This is a matter of power and of authority. The pro-life movement, and these rogue evangelists, (such as AHA), have no POWER, and no AUTHORITY to attack the ungodly culture. They certainly do not have the authority to attack Christ’s bride. They are like gorilla fighters who, in their incompetence and rejection of authority, keep bombing friendly troops. They divide, they damage, and they set back the anti-abortion movement as a whole. Parachurch ministries, unequally yoked political movements, and Roman Catholic prayer vigils pull regenerate, Bible believing Christians awayfrom the Church, and in so doing they aid the enemy.
Do we need people preaching the gospel at the mill? YES! Do we need people praying for a change of heart for the murderous mothers who would enter a mill? YES! Do we need to encourage apathetic churches to get involved? YES! But all of these things, ALL of these, MUST come from the authority that Christ has established. Such ministries MUST be sent OUT from the Bride of Christ.
The Local Church.
P.S. Even the Great Apostle Paul was sent out from a local church!
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Babies Are Murdered Here, is the new controversial pro-life documentary that examines the truth about abortion and the single biggest failure of the pro-life movement, not calling abortion what it really is…Murder. I had originally posted the documentary here, but I pulled it in lieu of the truth of those who made it and who are promoting it. I pray you will take heed. There is ONE way to evangelize…GOD’S way as found in His word. You MUST be under the authority of your church and your elders, and if not, stay home for you are out of scriptural bounds, and only serving yourself and your own pride. That said…These are the people who are using your emotions against you in a very emotional issue…dead babies. I am not saying to not evangelize abortion clinics…I am saying that they are NOT the only place where people are perishing, and as in any evangelism, you MUST do it scripturally. Under the authority of your church and elders, one on one (and if you cannot do those two things to start, do not do it at all), and leave the signs at home…they do not evangelize nor give the gospel nor point ANYONE to Christ, they only draw attention to you. ~AGM†
Today, we will tackle the Domionist/Reconstructionist theology that is behind so much of the abortion ministries around. As with any lie, it is subtle, and contains enough truth that it is difficult to spot. If you will note…these proponents spend no time outside of gay bars, etc. to proclaim the gospel. I think that is very telling. Since I see so many of you quoting some of these people, and they have gotten you so stirred up about babies to the exclusion of other types of lost sinners (babies are a VERY emotional issue and well used), I beg you to heed the warnings and information I am going to post. while it is true that abortion is a horror, SIN is a horror and there is much of it in this world….most will not stir your passions nor cause such a feeling of urgency as abortion, but sin and sinners are still out there in ALL facets of life, all venues….and you, my friends are being led about by your emotions instead of the word of God and the calling of true evangelism.
That said…let’s start here:
*I have no problem calling abortion murder, nor do I have a problem pointing to sin, the law, and the Gospel. What concerns me is the Reconstructionist/Dominionist idea that they have to take this world back for Christ….which includes populating the world and raising up children with these SAME beliefs. You see, they don’t really care about the sinful woman on her way to kill her baby, nor do they really care about the baby. They only want to push their own ‘agenda’. This is why they attack the women who kill their babies, yelling at them that they are murdering their children. Yes, they are; but they also need to know of Christ and His atoning work. They don’t need to be yelled at, through bullhorns. They don’t need to see pictures of aborted babies, that is too much like Fred Phelps. Gary DeMar once worked alongside the NAR Dominionists in their formative years as they together built the Coalition on Revival organization for Dominionist action on earth, starting with the American political scene. Also, that DeMar was on the Editorial Committee, and this group issued seventeen “sphere” documents that parallel the NAR’s 7 mountains. Not Biblical to say the least.
Demar is also a partial preterist:
This states who these people are very clearly:
It’s also relying on shock value to have an affect, rather than relying on the Gospel to change the heart. RC Jr. is a reconstructionist/domionionist himself, believing women are here to churn out babies non-stop. These women need to be spoken to just as Christ did, with love and humility. They are in sin, yes; but screaming at them is not the way to handle it. I don’t find any examples of Christ or the Apostles screaming at sinners in the Bible, nor do I find them singling out any certain sins, using bullhorns or holding up hysterically emotional signs and signs with slaughtered fetal parts for shock value. We are not going to stop abortion until it is addressed in the power of the Spirit relying on Him, and the Gospel rightly given. Just because somebody preaches the Gospel, does NOT mean God is behind it.
I am asking you to be very careful in having any involvement with this reconstructionist movement. It is a very subtle movement, and it uses abortion as a disguise to further its agenda.
Why don’t the main players here (and others) stand in front of gay bars and proclaim the Gospel? Why don’t they go to the inner cities of America, to the drug houses, and preach Christ? It’s always the abortion clinics…The others do not pull so violently at your emotions. Bob DeWaay wrote a good article on this movement at
I know you understand that false religions mix just enough truth with their error to be perceived as ‘legit’. I only pray you will be careful, and that God protects us from all that calls itself ‘Christian’.
For more info on this movement and some of the names involved, also see…
This is from Crown Rights Media’s website, under the tab ‘about’ –
The Mission of CrownRights.org is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and edify the believer by creating high quality productions centered on building, RESTORING AND ESTABLISHING A CHRIST CENTERED WORLD IN VIEW OF ALL AREAS OF LIFE. (caps highlight, mine)
The Vision of CrownRights.org is to create films that so thoroughly and exhaustively MAGNIFY THE GLORY OF GOD IN SUCH A WAY THE NATIONS REPENT AND COME UNDER HIS AUTHORITY. (cap highlights, mine)
Here’s a brief writing on this movement – http://www.gotquestions.org/dominion-theology.html
I want you to be aware of this recon/dom movement. It time, all the ‘links in the chain’ will connect.
I’m sure this may create a firestorm of protests about how it cannot be so…but it is so. And as a watchman, I have done my best to warn you. I pray that you will take heed and truly glorify God by seeking to avoid heretical doctrine that goes against His word….so well used in the “Abortion Ministry” industry. Instead of being led by your emotions regarding the issue (soon followed by your pride in what you believe you are “doing”)…be led by the whole counsel of God as found in His word, and do not join to what is antithetical to that.
And as far as all these abortion “ministries”, they would do well to 1)Remember that! and 2) know who is jerking their emotional chains and manipulating them into doing Dominionist/Reconstructionist’s agenda FOR them….they are drinking water with that one deadly drop of arsenic in it, and happily because it makes them “feel” like they are risking themselves and being noble and oh my goodness…saving lives! When people all about them are perishing and they stand with stupid signs, promoted by men who make a pretty penny off them and play their heartstrings like puppets…yelling (something Jesus never demonstrated, nor do we see that elsewhere in the New testament as our example) and drawing attention to themselves in it, instead of attention to CHRIST, who they pretend it is all about.
Now, yes, get out there and evangelize gay bars, bars, massage parlors, stores, neighborhoods (you get the drift)….if your burden for the lost is so great…but you must do it biblically. Yes, preach the gospel! But do it in accordance with the word of God, in context and application. And watch out…the subtle lies and agenda of the enemy always lays within the truth of the need, misusing the word of God, and playing to feelings instead of faith, as Crown Rights and BAMH are doing for their own hidden agenda.
And so…the documentary has been removed and I will no longer post anything from anyone associated with it. *Special thanks to Laurie….without you sis, this may have never been brought to light here. SDG! ❤
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I heard a great question regarding that game…the real question is: If you were dead what would that bible verse mean? You see, scripture is not open to interpretation, personal or otherwise. Scripture interprets itself by ITSELF. And since God is clear and means what He says, and does not change His word to suit personal whims, understanding or anything else…God’s word means what IT SAYS. Period. But I digress….oh how I detest hearing people play the biblical interpretation game…nothing gets me more wound up than messing with the word of God. It is the WORD OF GOD! Okay…soapbox time over…*ahem*….check out this video from Mark Kielar…
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Our God is a strong tower; a very present help in times of trouble. The righteous run to Him and are saved. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation. Psalm 91:14-16.
God helps His children and bestows His favor upon those who are called by His name. As those who love the Lord we can trust Him in the day of adversity and He will hear us and deliver us. Not only will He deliver us, He will honor us. He promises to satisfy us with long life and bless us with His salvation. We can see this promise realized in the life of Paul as he served our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the city of Corinth. After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.” And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.” And he drove them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things. So Paul still remained a good while. Acts 18:1-18
Paul met the Jews on their terms in that he reasoned with them about the Christ in their synagogue every Sabbath, the day that they worshiped God. However, after Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, the Holy Spirit compelled him to witness to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. Once Paul named Jesus as the Christ the Jews persecuted him and blasphemed God. Paul reproved the Jews by shaking off his clothes and saying that he would go to the Gentiles. Justus opened his home to Paul, Crispus the ruler of the synagogue along with his whole household believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and many Corinthians believed and were baptized. However, the Jews were not done with persecuting Paul and hatched another plot to stop him from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. God, omniscient, reassured Paul that He would not allow anyone to hurt him and that he should keep preaching about Jesus Christ and His gospel. He then followed through on that promise by sovereignly directing Gallio to reject the Jews’ false charges against Paul. Poor Sosthenes was beaten for all of his effort. Paul was vindicated, protected and honored by God His Father and the result was that Paul continued to preach and teach about Jesus Christ in Corinth. Paul saw the salvation of God wrought in the lives of those to whom he preached and even Sosthenes, his enemy, was saved as reported in 1 Corinthians 1 where Paul calls Sosthenes our brother. Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother. God whom we serve is amazing and awesome, protecting His servants and bringing the lost to salvation. God works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11) and if He has called you to a specific task He will provide support and deliverance just as He provided His aid to Paul. He will also honor you as He blesses His work through you for the glory of His praise and kingdom.
God commands us to call upon Him in the day of trouble so that He will deliver us. But He will not answer the prayers of the wicked who with cynical hypocrisy call upon Him for help. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” But to the wicked God says: ”What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes. Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver. Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God. Psalm 50:15-23 Clearly righteous behavior comes from the redeemed and God answers His own with His glorious deliverance. The wicked though, He rebukes and offers them no such consolation. The wicked habitually turn from the truth of His word and dishonor God with their rebellious living and defamation of Him. There is an eternal chasm that separates the wicked from the redeemed.
In the following passages from Psalms we see the godly attitude of believers who call upon God in the day of trouble. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplication. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. Psalm 86:6-13 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation. Psalm 91:14-16 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. Psalm 145:8-9; 17-21 Believers know the name of the Lord and love the Lord because He has saved them from eternal damnation in hell through the gospel of Jesus Christ; the good news that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification and eternal life. Believers extol the Lord, praising Him and exalting Him, glorying in His works and attributes, rejoicing in His sovereignty over all the earth and nations. Believers recognize that God will destroy the wicked who will never share in the blessings of the redeemed. Believers trust the Lord to teach them His truth, and therefore walk in His truth, knowing that God commands us to call upon Him in truth; directs us to align our understanding and knowledge of God from the Bible, His Holy inspired word, His word of truth.
As the dearly beloved of God our Father we can be encouraged to call upon Him in time of trouble. As He has cared for His saints throughout the ages, so He promises to take care of us. What is more, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior intercedes for us at the right hand of the Almighty, we can meet with Him at the throne of grace during trial and difficulty. Another wonderful doctrine from the Scriptures teaches us that the Holy Spirit is our resident teacher, guide and comforter. He resides in our hearts and also intercedes for us as we face multiple trials, temptations, and tragedies. God our Father, Jesus our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit our Comforter succor us throughout our travail in this life and brings about victory, vindication and honor so that He is glorified and grace is spread abroad within our circles of influence. Aren’t His ways marvelous and glorious? He is our strong tower, what shall we fear? Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved…My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:1-2,5-8.
13 Καὶ μὴ θαυμάζετε, ἀδελφοί, εἰ μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος. (1 John 3:13 NA28)
13 Do not marvel brothers if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13 translated from the NA28 Greek text)
There are many ministries in our time that are run by people who have either forgotten that friendship with the world is a sin or they are deliberately overlooking it. If a ministry operates in such a way that the world loves it then there is at least one missing component within it. That of course is obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Scripture is clear that Christians cannot be friends of the world. Why? Satan is the one who dominates the evil world system, which is in rebellion against God (John 14:30). Therefore, the world not only hates Jesus, but also those who follow Him. This hatred is also focused toward the Father because He sent Jesus to testify against it. Now, since this is true and clearly taught in Sacred Scripture, what does this say about those ministries who work overtime to accommodate the secular and to appeal to temporal ways and means?
18 Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν. 19 εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε, ὁ κόσμος ἂν τὸ ἴδιον ἐφίλει· ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ, ἀλλ’ ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου, διὰ τοῦτο μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος. (John 15:18-19 NA28)
18 If the world hates you, know that before you that it has hated me. 19 If you were of the world, the world would have loved its own, but because you are not from the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore, the world hates you. (John 15:18-19 translated from the NA28 Greek text)
The word hate in this passage is a form of the Greek verb “μισέω” or “miseō.” Jesus is telling us that those who hate Christians actually “detest” them. This hatred is prone to lead to persecution. He then tells us that those who “μισέω” Christians hated Him first. Who hates Christians and our Lord? It is the world. This is the Greek word “κόσμος” or “kosmos.” This word refers to space not time. The “κόσμος” is the sum total of the material universe, the beauty in it; the sum total of persons living in the world. In other words, this is the temporal or secular. It is the world system. Jesus is saying here that those who belong to Him are no longer part of “κόσμος.” No, they are now new creations and have been saved out of it. This is why it is so tragic for Christians to be in love with the “κόσμος” to the point they take on its ways and mind set.
Jesus tell us that the “κόσμος” loves those who are part of it, but since Christians are not they are hated because Jesus chose (ἐξελεξάμην) them out of it. The Greek word “chosen” is “ἐκλέγομαι” or “eklegomai,” is the root of ἐξελεξάμην. This is an interesting word. It means to speak intelligently; to choose, select, choose for oneself, not necessarily implying the rejection of what is not chosen but giving favor to the chosen subject, keeping in view a relation to be established between him and the object. Jesus says the He has “ἐκλέγομαι” believers “out of” the “κόσμος.” The Greek word translated as “out of” is “ἐκ,” or “ex.” This speaks of the primary object formerly being in one object, but is now separated from it either in respect to place, time, source, or origin. What is this saying that salvation causes for the believer? We must never overlook the fact that our salvation came as a result of Christ choosing us out of the world. Salvation has actually separated us from being part of the world. We are no longer “of the world.”
20 μνημονεύετε τοῦ λόγου οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν· οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ. εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν, καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν· εἰ τὸν λόγον μου ἐτήρησαν, καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν. (John 15:20 NA28)
20 Remember the saying, which I told you: ‘A slave is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:20 translated from the NA28 Greek text)
The Greek word for slave here is “δοῦλος” or “doulos.” A “δοῦλος” is one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another. His or her will is altogether consumed in the will of the master. Master or Lord is the Greek word “κύριος” or “Kurios.” This is the word most translated as “Lord” in the New Testament and in the Septuagint. It means Lord, master, or owner. Jesus is the “κύριος” of His “δοῦλος,” and they should not expect that they would escape persecution if He is persecuted by the “κόσμος.” Conversely, those who listen to Christ will listen to His disciples as well.
21 ἀλλὰ ταῦτα πάντα ποιήσουσιν εἰς ὑμᾶς διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου, ὅτι οὐκ οἴδασιν τὸν πέμψαντά με. 22 Εἰ μὴ ἦλθον καὶ ἐλάλησα αὐτοῖς, ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν· νῦν δὲ πρόφασιν οὐκ ἔχουσιν περὶ τῆς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν. 23 ὁ ἐμὲ μισῶν καὶ τὸν πατέρα μου μισεῖ. 24 εἰ τὰ ἔργα μὴ ἐποίησα ἐν αὐτοῖς ἃ οὐδεὶς ἄλλος ἐποίησεν, ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ εἴχοσαν· νῦν δὲ καὶ ἑωράκασιν καὶ μεμισήκασιν καὶ ἐμὲ καὶ τὸν πατέρα μου. 25 ἀλλ’ ἵνα πληρωθῇ ὁ λόγος ὁ ἐν τῷ νόμῳ αὐτῶν γεγραμμένος ὅτι ἐμίσησάν με δωρεάν. (John 15:21-25 NA28)
21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name because they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I did not come and speak to them they would not have sin, but now they do not have a cloak around their sin. 23 The one hating me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done the works among them that no one else did, they would not have sin, but now they have both seen and have hated both me and my Father. 25 But that the word written in their law may be fulfilled, ‘They hated me without cause.’ (John 15:21-25 translated from the NA28 Greek text)
No one is sinless my brethren. If Jesus had not come those who rejected Him would not be sinless. Our Lord is telling us that His coming incited the most severe and deadly sin, which is the rejecting and rebelling against God and His truth. Their rejecting of Him as the Messiah was deadly for them. They hated our Lord without a cause. The“κόσμος” hates His people without a cause as well.
26 Ὅταν ἔλθῃ ὁ παράκλητος ὃν ἐγὼ πέμψω ὑμῖν παρὰ τοῦ πατρός, τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας ὃ παρὰ τοῦ πατρὸς ἐκπορεύεται, ἐκεῖνος μαρτυρήσει περὶ ἐμοῦ· 27 καὶ ὑμεῖς δὲ μαρτυρεῖτε, ὅτι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς μετ’ ἐμοῦ ἐστε. 1 Ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα μὴ σκανδαλισθῆτε. 2 ἀποσυναγώγους ποιήσουσιν ὑμᾶς· ἀλλ’ ἔρχεται ὥρα ἵνα πᾶς ὁ ἀποκτείνας ὑμᾶς δόξῃ λατρείαν προσφέρειν τῷ θεῷ. 3 καὶ ταῦτα ποιήσουσιν ὅτι οὐκ ἔγνωσαν τὸν πατέρα οὐδὲ ἐμέ. 4 ἀλλὰ ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἡ ὥρα αὐτῶν μνημονεύητε αὐτῶν ὅτι ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν. Ταῦτα δὲ ὑμῖν ἐξ ἀρχῆς οὐκ εἶπον, ὅτι μεθ’ ὑμῶν ἤμην. (John 15:26-16:1-4 NA28)26 ”When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning. 1 ”These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. 2 ”They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. 3 ”These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. 4 ”But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. (John 15:26-16:1-4 NASB)
My brethren, the “κόσμος” hates all who belong to Christ. However, genuine Christians have the Holy Spirit. What does He do? He proceeds from the Father. He bears witness about Christ. He causes believers to bear witness as well. The Greek word for “bear witness” is “μαρτυρέω” or “martureō.” It essentially means to testify. In this context our Lord is saying that the Holy Spirit testifies about Him and genuine believers testify about Christ in the “κόσμος.” They tell of the excellent greatness of Christ and why He came and had to die on the cross. They testify about the dire need of people to be saved from the consequences of their sins. This incites the ire of the “κόσμος” because it is seen as a direct attack on it. Jesus does not sugar coat this. He tells us that persecution will come on all who testify about Him. This is not talking about those who have created a world friendly Jesus who accuses no one and simply wants everyone to have their best life now. No, the “κόσμος” loves that Jesus. However, they hate the one found in the Bible. It is Him we must preach and then not be surprised when the “κόσμος” “μισέω” us.
Soli Deo Gloria!