ENTRUSTED WITH TELLING THE TRUTH

Let’s continue in 1st Timothy chapter 1:

8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and biblerebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
The law, God’s law, is a good thing.

The first thing we must understand is if people were born basically good (the founding pillar of humanism), we would not need laws to tell us what is bad. But, since we know man is born in sin and born evil, laws are necessary.
The sins Paul lists in this passage are extremely politically incorrect today. And it appears he had to combat the liberal forces of his day to keep the preaching of the Word of God pure.

After the list, he makes sure that he throws in, “and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching”. He assumed we would know what those things were.
In our modern society, the lines have been blurred between the right and the wrong. No such indecision exists in God’s mind. Preachers today are afraid to tell the truth from theGod's law Bible and that is why society has a watered-down view of morality. This is a problem that we must fix if we are to see a last day’s revival.
Verse 11 says Paul was entrusted with the glorious gospel of the blessed God. So are we. The world will not be able to believe unless we preach what is right and wrong.
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Why do we see evil advancing? Because we refuse to stand in the way with the sword of the Spirit. We refuse to be looked at as “uncaring, unfeeling, and even unchristian.”
Well, as servants of our God, he did not give us the option to keep quiet.

We are entrusted with the same gospel as the Apostle Paul. Let’s make sure what we say sounds exactly like what Paul says in these verses.

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IS THE EARTH WARMING?

The theory of global warming has come into some question of late. Al Gore promised us that, if we did not change our ways, all the icebergs would melt by 2016. Well, our icebergs seem to be alive and well; and New York is still above water.

I am going to give a biblical perspective on this subject. It will take several blog entries. These will be, undoubtedly, VERY controversial; even in Christian circles. I welcome input on the subject if you can quote the Reference from the Bible where you get your point. I am not interested in quotes from scientists, textbooks, or liberal theories. Science has not had a good record of accomplishment when it comes to refuting God or His Word.

For example:

 Isaiah 40:22 –  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Here, we have the Bible correctly stating the science that the earth is round a full 800 years before “the experts” could “prove” this fact. The scientists of the day could “prove” the earth was flat. “just look at it,” they would say, “do you not trust what you see with your own eyes?”

Here is the premise with which we will start this discussion: TRUE science and the Bible will ALWAYS agree. When it appears that science contradicts what the Bible says, we must conclude that, like the example above, Man has not acquired enough knowledge to prove the facts of the Bible. In other words, our “brightest minds” are too stupid to figure it out yet. We must give them at least 800 years to catch up to the truth as written by God. This should not be surprising to us. God himself said:

Isaiah 55:9 –  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

You will always have those who do not believe. That is OK. We have a verse for that as well:

 

Romans 3: 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged

 

Unconverted men throughout history have persecuted those of the Christian faith and belittled our beliefs. The same thing continues to this day. Do not be intimidated when someone tries to “prove” you are wrong. Just remember to continue to quote the Bible and you will be justified in your sayings, and you will overcome when you are judged. Give man another 800 years, and he will become smart enough to prove the Bible right every time. This is true if we are talking about any subject: creation, homosexuality and gay marriage, whether people are born as transgender, or any other subject that Godless man thinks he can prove. You can stand on the solid rock of the Word of God. It is the ONLY sure footing for truth and morality in this world.

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DESTROYING THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT

 

In Bill Vincent’s more than 20 years of ministry, there have been countless spirits and demons that he has personally been allowed by God’s grace to overcome in many people’s lives. There have been various kinds but none as dangerous as the spirit of Jezebel.

This audiobook is as no other Bill has written because of the history of dealing with this spirit so many times over the years. The Church doesn’t need to take this lightly. Bill brings this timely message several ways to bring clarity.

Over the years, Bill has learned a great deal more about this principality, this strongman, and how it operates. After writing Defeating the Demonic Realm Bill never thought he would be releasing an audiobook this powerful again concerning spiritual warfare. We need to understand failure to address the weaknesses and sinful responses have wreaked havoc in the lives of men and women everywhere.

The Jezebel Spirit must be overcome before it destroys you!

CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE FOR A SAMPLE OF THIS AUDIOBOOK

 

ARE YOU STRIVING TO DEFEND THE TRUTH?

Jude 1:3-4 NLT

Jude 1:3 – Dearly loved friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News. God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to his holy people.

Jude 1:4 – I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

We are seeing this in our churches today. So many people are preaching that God’s forgiveness covers everything: on the surface, this is a correct statement. But, as with all doctrine, we must compare scripture with scripture in order to obtain a true doctrine. All scripture must line up or it is a false doctrine. This does not include the opinions of man or those who have a private interpretation.

 

2nd Peter 1: 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Even the Apostle Peter did not place a personal message from God above the Word of God. The Word is a more sure word of Prophecy.

Now back to Jude. He said that he wanted to talk about the salvation we all share: in other words, he wanted to write to them about the grace of God. But, since there were people saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives, he had to write about that. He tells us that we should defend the truth. The King James puts it this way:

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Greek word for contend means that we should take a position against as in a contest. This is a forceful word saying to strive, which gives us the obligation to speak against such heresy. He then goes on to describe the faith that was NOT delivered unto the saints and what we should strive against.

Jude 1:4 – I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

After this he brings several examples of how God judged those who were not faithful: he says that anyone preaching this false doctrine has forgotten about these examples. Yes, these examples are in the Old Testament, and Jude does a masterful job of bringing these facts into the New Testament and reminding us how God judges those who are unfaithful.

Let’s not be deceived by those who say that it does not matter what our lives look like to the world. We are to ACTIVELY “put on Christ” How do we do this? By not using the grace of God to fulfil our lust:

Romans 13:14 – But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

These are the words of God – not the Apostle Paul. But, the apostle Paul, who wrote these words, was no dummy. If it were not possible to make provision for the flesh within the grace of God, these words would have not been written. God never wastes words in the Bible. So, we conclude, that it is possible for us to use the grace of God to make allowances for our sins, just as Jude said. Do not be deceived by this false doctrine that says you can live any way you want. And, do not be afraid to challenge it – we are commanded to do so.

These next verses let us know which ACTIONS cause us to be unrighteous and be among those who will not inherit God’s kingdom. If we are practicing these actions, we are not born of God. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.

1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,etc.

1st John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

Remember, make the tree good and the fruit good, or make the tree evil and the fruit evil: We cannot have it both ways.

WHAT ARE YOU REPRODUCING?

Ephesians 6:14 –  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

In Genesis, God created creatures and told them to multiply and replenish the earth. He also created them to reproduce after their own kind. In like manner, we will reproduce after our own kind: good or bad. That is why having our loins girt about with truth is so important. The armor of God provides us protection with truth so that we will reproduce children who follow the truth. When we forget the law of God, it brings not only consequences to us, but also to those we reproduce.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

I have seen several ministries in my area where the people are projecting the very attitude of the leaders. Two ministries in particular have reproduced such anger in their people that I would feel angry when I left the service to go home. I began to see that it was not profitable for me to be there when I would go home angry and project that to my family.

Another ministry is reproducing lust from the top down and it is evident in their converts. I am not sure why they think they can preach one thing and live another and it not bring judgment on the ministry and on their personal lives.

Galatians 6: 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 

Be careful to reproduce those that follow the truth. It begins with the leaders having knowledge and delivering that to their people. If you are an angry person, believe it that your people are being angry to visitors that come to your church. If you are lustful, be sure that your descendants will be preying on unsuspecting people who come to your church for help. Accountability from God will follow anything that deviates from the truth of His word. Let’s clean up our act!

Proverbs 16:6 –  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

 

Galatians 6: 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.