Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Christians, Get Out of Debt!

Exhortation to get out of debt (a message for who has ears to hear it).

If you can afford to make minimum payments to your creditors, take no pride in that. While you may think you are "taking care of business" because you have a job and can make your payments, your creditors whom you may call "business partners" are not your friends. Most don't think that they have given you "help" by letting you borrow from them. Debt is not "good" and they don't want you out of debt. So, some don't hesitate to send you "pre-qualified" offers to tempt you are the "right" time. They do bet on your failure as a borrower, even if they do not see it happen often enough. It hurts their business to see you come out of debt. How can they be your friends? 

They say you know who are your friends in tough times. Well, that is also true for lenders who are happy to "have your business" in your good times. You may even think they've "got your back" in this life, but you would be thinking wrong. It's what it is. And trouble comes to those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 55:20). Creditors are not pets to feed for the rest of your life.

Therefore, have it in your mind to get out of debt. That's a matter you need to go before God with. And proceed God's way. If you've surrendered your life to God, your finances also immediately become his business. Let Him be involved. If you have gotten yourself into debt for foolish reasons (because many traps are laid out in the world to that end precisely), or because you were in a situation where you didn't see any other option, know that it's not God's will that you remain in debt as his servant. It's not God's will, being in a relationship with Him, that you are spending much time crunching numbers when you could be spending time meditating on his word, being in fellowship with Him and getting to know Him always more intimately. Maybe your "it's complicated" relationships with creditors is not the life God has for you at all. Even if He may have you stay in such a place for a time and for his purposes, learn your lesson and grow. It's not your destination because his word does not say so.

Psalm 91:3
Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.

By all means, seek freedom from debt. But don't google your options. Walk with God in the way of his servants. Be praying and dare to not run to what everybody does or rely on your "plan" without having heard from God. Seek God and wait for his clear direction, wherever it may take you. Trust in Him for all.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Know that God knows everything about your finances, down to every cent that comes your way or that you spend. Let go of any pride you may have in this area and let God be in control. All that you have, you have it because God has allowed you to, and you are accountable to Him for what you do with it. That includes your money and also your job (what allows you to work and have an income). Even your physical strength, intellectual abilities and talents belong to God. How is He more pleased to have you use those things? This is the time to ask Him, if you never had. It's time to trust Him for who He is, Yahweh Jireh, your provider. What do you or can you trust Him to provide for you? It's time to exercise your faith and see results that will glorify God. See what comes out of your prayer life!

It's worthless to get comfortable in being the minimum payment man or woman of God for the rest of your life. You can surely get an excellent credit score in this world that way, all the while you're lacking in storing up treasures in heaven because maybe you are spending all your life as a slave to lenders and ignorant of what God can do in your life, including your finances. You can maintain good credit by making your minimum payments, but that credit score you are working for has more to do with your credit spending and payment behavior than to being an indicator of your character when it comes to money (e.g. whether lenders can actually trust you to pay them back). Whether you are honest to pay back what you borrow cannot be set in stone in a credit report, and no creditor will care once you miss or are late for one payment. Your good credit bubble will burst in no time and God alone will remain who knows your heart on whether you do care to pay back what you have borrowed or not. People will quickly assume the worst of you, so God'd better be the one you have your trust in at all times. Likewise, whether the love of money is in your heart won't be the concern of who wants to get money into your hands quickly as a loan (for whatever purpose), but even a good credit score will not get you right with God. So, seek what God's will is and work with Him to bring it to pass in every area of your life.

Proverbs 22:7
 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

While you think you are "financially stable" or able to "get by" somehow while carrying debt, make it a priority to seek your way out of debt. What is financial stability, anyways? Can God teach you something that is not from the books written by people who do not know God? How much do you want to be on the same page with God about your finances or everything else for that matter?

For sure God is not in the money lending business Himself. If anything, God will be the borrower from those who give in obedience to his will. Consider this word:

Proverbs 19:17
He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again. 
So, God is eager to get his people out of debt when they seek his ways.

And while God owns the silver and the gold, He wants to be Himself the treasure of his children and does not promise material wealth to his servants. He does bless whom He wills with earthly riches according to his plans and purposes but his promise is to attend to the needs of his children, whatever they may be in his plan for their lives. He does not promise to make them rich with what is perishing. False teachings about that abound, so know God's word and do not be led astray. Storing up treasures in heaven is what God wants to see his children have in their minds to do. He does not want their minds to be on the passing things of this earth.

Matthew 6:19-21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

How is your eye concerning these matters? Are you seeing as God sees?

Matthew 6:22-24
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be sound, your whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Mark 8:36-37
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own life? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.

Luke 12:15
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.

Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. 24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

The more entangled a child of God is in the things of this world, the less freedom his or her heart has to serve God and speak his truth and shine his light! So, it's important to not be weighed down with the cares of this life, including the financial debts one may carry.

This message does not make the assertion that borrowing is a sin, however, whether it's money or containers (cf. 2 Kings 4:3, comp. Matthew 5:42, Romans 13:8). But it may quite well be sin if that borrowing is not done in faith (Romans 14:23). A child of God must be led by the Spirit of God concerning all things (Romans 8:14). Therefore, this message is not addressing the question as to whether one should borrow or not borrow, but assumes borrowing has occurred already and makes the case to be so minded as to clear all debts. Whether a debt was contracted before or after one had become a child of God, he or she must be led according to God's will and wisdom concerning money and debt and everything else. Finally, this message is also not in itself a program to get out of debt but a call to get with God's program about one's finances.


Ephesians 5:11-17
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever does make manifest is light. 14 Therefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 15 See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Psalms 40
1 [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. 3 And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done, and your thoughts which are toward us: they cannot be recounted in order unto you: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: burnt offering and sin offering have you not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yea, your law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not restrained my lips, O LORD, you know. 10 I have not hid your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation: I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not your tender mercies from me, O LORD: let your lovingkindness and your truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me: my iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head: therefore my heart fails me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. 14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. 15 Let them be desolate as a reward for their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. 16 Let all those that seek you rejoice and be glad in you: let such as love your salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. 17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me: you are my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.


See also:
Walking by faith and under precise direction

Have victory over your unseen enemies

Trust Check
(Check your trust in God by his word vs. your attitudes and actions)

Jesus set me free from greed / covetousness / love of money – Testimony

Comparison between bondage to pornography and bondage to the love of money


Are You Soul-Tied To Bloodsucking Bankers??

The Love of Money and Dangers of Debt - Scriptural Warnings

Walking with God and the testing of our faith


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Outlook in Difficult Situations

If you are facing a difficult situation, do not be discouraged by your outlook if you cannot see a clear path or solution ahead. Jesus said to his followers that they should not worry. So, if your seeing the way things "look" is taking you away from joy, thanksgiving and praise, you need to do something about your eyes. Choosing to shut them off is an option. Do whatever you need to remain in line with God's will for you as you go through the difficulties you are facing. Know when to let God have his place in your situation. Be a blind man or woman who cries out for mercy and you will see God's glory! That is simply humility to recognize your needs and limitations and that is the key to receiving God's grace that will strengthen you.

John 11:40
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?"

 Matthew 9:27-31
27 And as Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, "Have mercy on us, son of David." 28 And when he had come into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They told him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, "See that no one knows about this." 31 But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land.

2 Corinthians 12:9
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Trust Check

Can God trust you to trust Him to provide for all your needs and bring to pass his purposes in your life? How is your trust history with your Father in heaven?

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Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7 casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.

Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in him, and he will act.

Psalm 62:5-12
5 My soul, wait only upon God, for my expectation is from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defence. I will not be moved. 7 With God is my salvation and my honor. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. 10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God. 12 Also unto you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.

Matthew 6:24-34
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. 25 Therefore* I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value than they? 27 ”And which of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to his height? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they spin, 29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

*Be careful to note the "Therefore" that connects verses 24 and 25. It's a fine line between trusting in the world's Mammon and trusting in God. Further meditation is encouraged.

Luke 12:16-21
16 He spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man produced abundantly. 17 He reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I don’t have room to store my crops?’ 18 He said, ‘This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 I will tell my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared—whose will they be?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Matthew 10:29-31
29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 31 So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Romans 10:17
So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Jeremiah 17:5-8
5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose confidence is in the LORD. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Psalm 118:8-9
8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in princes.

Isaiah 31:1-3
1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt* for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, and they do not seek the LORD. 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, both he who helps shall stumble, and he who is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together.

*For those who have been called out of the world (John 15:18-19), Egypt represents the world and its resources and facilitations and enticing quick fixes that come with a catch. Love not the world (1 John 2:15-17). So obey God and turn to Him for all sure things, and submit to his timing.and wait upon Him?

Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?

Isaiah 50:7-11
7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be disappointed. 8 He is near who justifies me; who will bring charges against me? Let us stand up together: who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. 10 Who is among you who fears the LORD, who listens to the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, and has no light, let him trust in the name of the LORD, and rely on his God. 11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who adorn yourselves with torches around yourselves; walk in the light of your fire, and among the torches that you have kindled. You shall have this of my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.

2 Corinthians 1:8-11
8 For we do not desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope* that he will also deliver us again; 11 you also helping together on our behalf by your petition; that, for the gift bestowed on us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf.

*Tribulation leads to endurance, which leads to experience, which leads to hope:

Romans 5:3-5
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works endurance; 4 And endurance, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.

Habakkuk 3:17-19
17 For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer's feet, and enables me to go in high places...

Even when circumstances may lead into a direction opposite to an expected end for a time, God is in control and his word remains true. It does not return to Him void. He is not bound by any obligation to only allow things that will satisfy anyone’s understanding or approval. Only stand in faith and choose to obey Him and so honor your Father who undoubtedly loves you and seeks your greatest good.

Isaiah 55:10-11
10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do.

1 Kings 20:28
And there came a man of God, and spoke unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus says the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and all of you shall know that I am the LORD.

God will prove wrong the unbelievers and those who doubt the measure of his power. How much more will He not show his strength on behalf of those who put their trust in Him and walk in his ways?

2 Chronicles 14:9-12
9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with you to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on you, and in your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let no man prevail against you. 12 So the LORD stroke the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

2 Chronicles 16:7-9
7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore is the army of the king of Syria escaped out of your hand. 8 Weren’t the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge army, with chariots and horsemen exceeding many? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the LORD run back and forth throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein you have done foolishly; for from henceforth you shall have wars.”

John 11:40
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see God’s glory?”

John 14:1
Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Isaiah 40:29-31
29 He gives power to the faint; and to those who have no might, he increases their strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will fulfill that which concerns me; your loving kindness, LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of your own hands.

John 15:7-11
7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 1:24-25
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Be blessed!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Overcoming Pornography Addiction

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Let's say you wanted to get on your favorite porn website and right then someone held a gun to your head and told you to not get on any porn website, would you struggle to obey that order? That's not likely. You'd probably just find something else to do with your time. That means your mind is working well to make that calculation and the decision to change what you wanted to do. You would not have a certain "sinful nature" that would force that enforcer to kill you because you left him no choice as you **had to** go watch that porn. No, that would not happen. You would not come up with any excuse that he would have to shoot you because you can't help it due to your "sinful nature". It's only the evil desires in your heart and your willingness to satisfy those evil desires that you would need to deny and overcome in order to not get shot. You would make the conscious choice to not die that day for the foolishness of watching a few minutes of porn.

Then why do you struggle to obey God who also tells you the same thing with no gun pointed to your head?

That tells you whom you fear. Especially, that tells you that you do not fear God. His word is not in you. You may have the words of men presenting a package of bible verses to you that you know well, but God's word is still not in your heart to direct you. It has found no place in you if you have had itching ears and have preferred fables over the truth of God's word (John 8:37; 2 Timothy 4:3-4).

John 8:37
I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.

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

You have been "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7). You have never heeded this word to prove that you are truly a disciple of Jesus:

John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; 32  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (from sin).

Just like these people Jesus was speaking to, if his words offend you, maybe you'd have rather gotten Him killed also for telling you the truth that shed light on your sin so you could come out of the darkness to follow Him, the light of the world (John 8:12) and be saved.

John 8:40
But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: Abraham did not do this.

So you could fear a man and make the right choice and the right behavior would follow, but you do not fear God so much as to have that same result. And neither would the behavior itself save you if your heart is still not right before God... An armed man who is commanding you would only be concerned with your behavior. But God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). That's why it is written:

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8)

Your evil desire in your heart that draws you to porn watching or any other sin is a bad fruit that comes from a bad tree. Jesus taught that clearly (Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45; Mark 7:20-23). And He also said: “Either make the tree good and its fruit will be good, or make the tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit." (Matthew 12:33) You are not desperately bad. You are called to repentance. That is the good news. You are called to pass from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18) when you heed that gospel that was preached on this earth for the salvation of souls. Lies will probably never offend you or bother you in the way you are living but they will also keep you in bondage to your sins and on the broad way to destruction if you don't make a determined effort to enter through the narrow gate and keep yourself walking on the difficult way to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24). That means you won't be saved. It's the truth that sets you free (John 8:31-36). You cannot pursue God and evil desires at the same time, that's being double-minded as James puts it and such a person will not receive anything from the Lord (James 1:7-8), including salvation. A person who wants to serve God must hear the call to repentance and turn away from unrighteousness (2 Timothy 2:19). Whatever man is teaching or keeping quiet about because it is supposed that everyone is a poor bad tree (sinner) that must only admit that and keep on being the same while supposing to be covered by the blood of Jesus, that does not change the truth.

It's clear that your mind that approves of your sin (because you see nothing wrong with it) and your heart that is evil (loving the pleasures of sin more than Jesus) is where your sin problem is, not in a nature that you cannot change. You were NOT born this way (addicted to evil things). But you have indulged your evil desires and your sin has captured and bound you!

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

John 8:34-36
34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. 35  And the servant does not abide in the house forever: but the Son abides ever. 36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

Maybe you never heard this:

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

The wages of sin is still death (Romans 6:23 - bad news), but because of God's mercy to save souls (good news), He doesn't strike you dead with lightning the moment you think to touch that keyboard or mouse to feed your pornography addiction. God is being merciful to mankind in this hour.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

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

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy ones is understanding.

But if you don't believe the bad news that the wages of sin is death, you cannot either appreciate God's mercy and turn to Him to obey Him because you love Him. So then you cannot understand Jesus' sacrifice as a demonstration of God's love indeed (Romans 5:6-8) and purpose to return that John 3:16 love with everything in you! You do that when you are done doing your own will and living for yourself and give your life to God. That's the meaning of losing your life for Jesus' sake and the sake of the gospel (Mark 8:34-35). That's where you repent and stop being a rebel but become obedient to God out of love! Jesus said "IF you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). 'If' implies you have a choice that you can make. But if you will not submit yourself to God in humility, you will not receive his grace that brings salvation either (Titus 2:11-14), giving you victory over sin, for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-7).

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12  Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, who fear before him: 13  But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he fears not before God.

And what happened to these words of Jesus? Are they instructions to anyone or cancelled by other things believers believe?

Matthew 5:29-30
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna.

If you belong to Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you (Romans 8:9), you are made a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), and are called to offer your body as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). Your body includes your hands for what you handle and do, your feet for where you take yourself and your eyes likewise. If your eyes belong to God and are full of light (Matthew 6:22) rather than being full of darkness (Matthew 6:23), you don't put anything before your eyes to pollute your soul.

May Jesus bless you!

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Sin begins first in the heart:

James 1:12-16
12  Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him (John 14:15). 13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: 14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15  Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. 16  Do not go astray, my beloved brethren.

2 Corinthians 5:8-11
8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9  Therefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him (well pleasing to him). 10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad. 11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

2 Timothy 2:24-26
24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, able to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God possibly will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

See also:
These words of Jesus are not made null and void

See also:
Learning The Fear Of God First by Zac Poonen

Born Again Through Repentance And Faith by Zac Poonen

They Should Repent! by Mike Desario

The Goal of Repentance

Sinful Addictions (the cure)

How To Stop Sinning Through Grace by Andrew Grant

Sinning, Struggling and Stumbling is a Choice by Andrew Grant

If your right hand...

Jesus set me free from pornography watching, masturbation, fornication, adultery - Testimony

Pornography & Masturbation Addiction - Mass Exodus

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Study on Uncleanness


Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, [**uncleanness**], lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 1:24-25
24 Therefore Elohim gave them up to [**uncleanness**] in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves, 25 who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amĕn.
Dishonor/disrespect of the body ←→ Uncleanness
When you understand sin that leads to death, you will understand mercy and righteousness that leads to holiness.
When you have a sense of your own uncleanness, you will understand:
– sanctification/being set apart by faith/obedience to the Messiah (Acts 16:18)
– the holiness of God:
"Be holy for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16)
"without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrew 12:14).
– the fear of Yahuah, which is wisdom:
"the fear of Yahuah, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." (Job 28:28)
"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of Yahuah" (Psalm 34:11)
"And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear" (1 Peter 1:17, right after 1 Peter 1:16... did Peter "get it" or what?)
Note that righteousness leads to holiness (Romans 6:19). So no sinner can walk that path. You must be set free from your sins. You must depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19). Your mind must be renewed so that you know that you are not a sinner (not merely tagging the word "saint" upon you). You know what you have been delivered from, and that is your testimony of salvation bringing you to where you are today, to endure in the faith until the end (Matthew 10:22; John 15:4-6; Romans 11:22). If your mind is not renewed (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-24) to the point where you know that you are called righteous, a saint of the Most High and not a sinner, you need to swallow your pride and obey the truth: REPENT and BE CONVERTED (Acts 3:19).
(( Romans 6:16-19
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. ))
Other passages on uncleanness:
Romans 6:19
I speak as a man, because of the weakness of your flesh. For even as you did present your members as servants of [**uncleanness**], and of lawlessness resulting in lawlessness, so now present your members as servants of righteousness resulting in set-apartness (holiness).
weak flesh ←→ uncleanness
(the weakest link ☞ thou doest well to eliminate it: crucify your flesh as those that are Christ's do - Galatians 5:24-25, through the Spirit - Romans 8:12-13)
Colossians 3:5-7
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: 6 whoring, [**uncleanness**], passion, evil desire and greed of gain, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these the wrath of Elohim is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you also once walked when you lived in them.
members ←→ uncleanness
This is not a listing of members but of the fruit of the members, which are body parts in which no good thing dwells (Romans 7:18). So then remember Romans 12:1: "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
Ephesians 4:17-19
17 So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, 19 who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all [**uncleanness**] with greediness.
Indecency ←→ uncleanness
Ephesians 5:1-4
1 Become, then, imitators of Elohim as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Messiah also has loved us, and gave Himself for us, a gift and an offering to Elohim (→→→Romans 12:1←←←) for a sweet-smelling fragrance. 3 But whoring and all [**uncleanness**], or greed of gain, let it not even be named among you, as is proper among set-apart ones (saints) – 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather thanksgiving.
Whoring ←→ uncleanness
e.g. being a whore/whoremonger, fornicator, adulterer (incl. one who defiles oneself with another's spouse); involvement in prostitution, pornography, the sins of masturbation that start in the heart (impure heart/impure thoughts, shameful imaginations - Romans 6:21); the uncleanness of bodily emissions (cf. Leviticus 15).
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
1 For the rest then, brothers, we beg you and call upon you in the Master Yahusha, that as you received from us how you should walk and to please Elohim, you should excel still more, 2 for you know what commands we gave you through the Master Yahusha. 3 For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness (holiness)! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4 that ***each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness (holiness) and respect,*** 5 not in passion of lust, like the gentiles who do not know Elohim, 6 not to overstep and take advantage of his brother in this matter, because the Master is the revenger of all such, as we indeed said to you before and earnestly warned. 7 For Elohim did not call us to [**uncleanness**], but in set-apartness (holiness). 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but Elohim, who also gives us His Set-apart (Holy) Spirit.
Uncleanness <> (contrasted with) set-apartness (holiness)
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as you would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the [**uncleanness**] and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Lasciviousness ←→ Uncleanness ←→ fornication (whoring)
(found together)
Galatians 5:19-21
19 And the works of the flesh are well-known, which are these: adultery, whoring, [**uncleanness**], indecency, 20 idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and the like – of which I forewarn you, even as I also said before, that those who practice such as these shall not inherit the reign of Elohim.
Romans 12:1-2
1 I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart (holy), well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.
1 Corinthians 3:17-18
Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place (temple) of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you? If anyone destroys* (KJV: defile) the Dwelling Place of Elohim, Elohim shall destroy him. For the Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart (holy), which you are.
*The weaker word 'defile' found in the KJV is translated from the same word that means to 'destroy'.
What is a vessel? (a quick look)
"each one of you should know how to possess his own **vessel in set-apartness (holiness) and respect" (1 Thessalonians 4:4)
"In the same way, husbands, live understandingly together, giving respect to the wife, as to the weaker **vessel, and as being heirs together of the favour of life, so that your prayers are not hindered." (1 Peter 3:17)
Vessels were found notably in the holy place (tabernacle/temple). The priest/high priest dealt with various kinds of vessels in their service. They seem to be mere "utensils" that serve a purpose at the hands of the one who uses them. It's the same word being applied to a person in the new testament. If you have/are a vessel yourself, being a member of the body of Messiah, which is the temple of Elohim, that's a good reason to remain humble and in fear. What are you? Be what you are called to be in order to be useful to the Master.
2 Timothy 2:19-22
19 However, the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, “Yahuah knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteousness.” 20 But in a large house there are not only VESSELS of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some unto value and some unto no value. 21 If, then, anyone CLEANSES* HIMSELF from these matters, he shall be a VESSEL UNTO VALUE, HAVING BEEN SET APART (SANCTIFIED/MADE HOLY), OF GOOD USE TO THE MASTER, HAVING BEEN PREPARED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK. 22 And FLEE FROM THE LUSTS OF YOUTH, but PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, BELIEF, LOVE, PEACE with those calling on the Master out of a CLEAN HEART.
What is defilement?
I argue that defilement can only be understood from a perspective of un-defilement, that is, cleanness.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says Yahuah, and do not touch what is [**unclean**] (…), and I shall receive you.
1 Corinthians 7:13-14
13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he thinks well to live with her, let her not send him away. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been set-apart in the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set-apart in the husband. Otherwise your children would be [**unclean**], but now they are set-apart (holy).
That is a great mystery...
Ephesians 5:25-27
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly (the church) and gave Himself for it, 26 in order to SET IT APART (sanctify it/make it holy) and CLEANSE IT (…) with the WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, 27 in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, NOT HAVING SPOT OR WRINKLE or any of this sort, but that it might be SET-APART (holy) and BLAMELESS.
John 15:3
You are already CLEAN (…) because of the Word which I have spoken to you.
Our heart/thoughts must be guarded clean/pure, or we open the door to uncleanness in them...
Philippians 4:8
For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is CLEAN (…), whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.
Guarding our heart/thoughts implies controlling also what we let in through our senses (e.g. our eyes, ears...). And that, my friends, is very tricky. What I am seeing here is another level of tricky, along with a better appreciation of the call to holiness. It is prudent then to confess sins that we may not know of, like David thought to do in his wisdom (Psalm 19:12-13). The aim is to be cleared of all pollution that we may have allowed in ignorance (lack of knowledge destroys God's people - Hosea 4:6), or that we have inadvertently entertained, or that we have suffered by merely being exposed to uncleanness in our environment. That is the takeaway for me. My mind has been renewed on this matter and transformation is effective immediately. May God help us all.
Psalm 19:12-13
12 Who discerns (his) mistakes? Declare me innocent from those that are secret, 13 Also keep Your servant back from presumptuous ones, Do not let them rule over me. Then shall I be perfect, and innocent of great transgression.
James 1:27
Clean and undefiled religion before the Elohim and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained (unspotted:…) from the world.
☞ Therefore pursue holiness (Hebrews 12:14). Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), and strive to be holier than thou old self.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Letter to Steven Anderson: Repentance blacklist inclusion (request)

Response Status: Unanswered


August 12, 2017

From: Giscard Nazon 
To: Steven L. Anderson - Faithful Word Baptist Church   
Subject: Repentance blacklist inclusion
Dear Steven L. Anderson,

I ask that you kindly do due diligence to add me to your repentance blacklist. God is my witness.

I am seeing this:
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Sir, you are very dangerous to the body of Christ and to anyone who is not saved, even to yourself. You are clearly identified in Matthew 23:13.

When you take Romans 4:5 out of its context where works means works of the law. you become a deceiver deceiving others.

Romans 4:5
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

What is that righteousness of faith? A righteousness that comes through doing nothing but believing? No. Understand what James means by "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith (belief) without works is dead also." (James 2:26)

1 John 3:7
My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous

doeth implies an activity.

Have you ever read John 3:19-21?

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

doeth truth : cease to hate the light and do evil (you call that works that someone should not do)
cometh to the light : cease to love the darkness (you call that works that someone should not do)

I have the following response to this video:
It's unfortunate that you cannot look at the scriptures. You have missed what the bible is saying.

Acts 20:20-21
You know... 20 ... how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 things.)

Acts 26:19-20
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,  20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works consistent with repentance.

Let's go to John the Baptist to understand what it means to do works consistent with repentance (not the works of the law (Galatians 2:16)):

Luke 3:7-14
7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.  9 And  even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” 11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” 12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.” 14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do violence to no one nor accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Does that sound like people needed to learn what to do to love God and love their neighbor as themselves? (Mark 12:30-31)? Their repentance had to deal with that precisely. So belief in Jesus has all to do with obeying his commandments if you loved Him.

John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commandments.

One of those commandments is to repent:

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 13:3
... "unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

No one can love Jesus or suppose to "believe" in Him and not turn away from unrighteousness, all the wickedness that is in that SELF that needs to die.

Luke 9:23
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himSELF, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Do all that you think "believe" do that? Do you call denying oneself, taking up one's cross daily and following Jesus (obeying his instructions) "works"?

No one can be called Jesus' disciple without remaining in his word:

John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you remain in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The context is clear that this freedom He is speaking of is freedom from sin (read John 8:31-36; Romans 6:16-19).

And what does this remaining in his word mean if not to obey Him (follow his instructions to be called his disciple, by virtue of which He also can be rightly called Lord)?

Luke 6:46-49
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on  the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

If one reads the scriptures with a heart that is ready to obey God, he will see that the sinner's rebellion must cease and that happens in repentance.

Romans 5:8-9
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

One can read Romans 5 and jump to the being justified part and if he does not want to see that to be justified there must be contrition and humility and the fear of God along with the faith that will allow forgiveness to be granted, then he will just not see it, sadly. Romans was written to people who understood repentance. But sinners, people who need to hear the gospel and be saved, need to hear about repentance.

Let's see that tax collector who was justified ("imputed righteous" or made right with God):

Luke 18:13-14
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

That may be what you call the sinners' prayer but most people who say that sinners' prayer will just repeat words while their hearts are not ready to obey God, because the message they have heard is given to them with human wisdom, not by the power of the Holy Spirit. So you bet, nothing happens. No forgiveness of sins, no salvation, no Holy Spirit comes, and there is no newness of life to speak of (Romans 6:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17) – but maybe a new lifestyle that revolves around church attendance begins. And people who don't want the truth of God's word will be happy to surround themselves with teachers that will tell them what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Then when there is sin in the house, people raise apostle Paul as a model and remain stuck indefinitely identifying with his pre-conversion struggles recounted in Romans 7, the page is never turned, and they never make it to the "therefore" that is in Romans 8:1. You are part of that system. I beseech you to come out of it!

But that tax collector understood that He could not "call upon the Lord to be saved" while holding on to his life of sin as he had abused his power as a tax collector. He had to CONFESS and FORSAKE his sins, no longer wanting to go on living that life he had been living, if He really wanted to be called a servant of God from that point on. And only that attitude would correspond to today's "giving of one's life to Jesus" (truly) (cf. Mark 8:35). He would have chosen to live for God, no longer for himself and to satisfy his greed at the expense of other people! That man repented.

Proverbs 28:13
He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever CONFESSES AND FORSAKES them will have mercy.

Coming to God is passing from darkness to light. That requires identifying evil in one's own life when the light of God's word is made to shine on it (James 1:21-25), and choosing to turn away from it. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). He came to allow all who live in darkness to see Him and come to Him and pass from darkness to light, from death to life, from the power of Satan to God (1 John 2:8; 1 Peter 2:9; John 5:24; 1 John 3:14; Acts 26:18). The power of Satan is exercised on people through sin/unrighteousness (John 8:44; 2 Timothy 2:26).

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knowsthose who are His,” and, “LET EVERYONE WHO NAMES THE NAME OF THE LORD DEPART FROM UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD* shall be saved.


Let's see repentance that way:
Isaiah 55:6-7
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
CALL UPON HIM while He is near.
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,**
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

**That is the "repenting / turning to God" in Acts 26:20. It works alongside faith in Jesus' blood for the forgiveness of past sins, because He is the only sacrifice for sins. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.

If there is truth you don't want to see, God will send you a strong delusion (He may have already but if you acknowledge the truth that can save you, you can repent and that is the Good News to you):

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  10 and with all unrighteous deception among THOSE WHO PERISH, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.***

***When what it means to repent is twisted or suppressed (Romans 1:18), the taking pleasure in unrighteousness that is then inevitable kindles the wrath of God. You do have to throw away or twist a lot of scriptures to hold your position.

John 3:16, 36
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not OBEY (please see that word in a concordance) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

If your theology has nothing to say about departing from unrighteousness, you may have an invented (distorted) "imputed righteousness" concept that prevents you from seeing what the Lord commands, do it and receive his grace. Then the best you will do until you forsake the unrighteousness of believing and teaching that myth is to have double-talk around the true message of the Gospel.

I believe James ran into some people who believe and teach what you do so he had to write this:
James 2:19-20
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

This is talking about being "justified" or "accounted righteous" so what Abraham did was that he obeyed God because that is what a man who has faith does. And that is what many don't want to hear. Such lead people to be "disobedient believers" (an oxymoron) and remain so all the way to hell. They come to Jesus as sinners, they continue to sin and plan on dying in their sins as "children of disobedience" (John 8:24; Ephesians 2:2).

The coming from disobedience (sin/unrighteousness) to obedience (righteousness), from rebellion to submission to God, from being an enemy of God (Romans 5:8) to becoming his friend (John 15:14) happens in the humility of repentance!

Repentance brings reconciliation with God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:20). But people want to put their "trust" in having been reconciled to God 2000 years ago and do nothing for fear of it being called "works" even if Jesus said to do it? We don't even deal with our fellow humans that way when it comes to relationships. Suppose a husband had been unfaithful to his wife. Then he just tries to put his trust in her forgiveness and keeps on going in the same direction: he never has that "talk" with her where he pour outs his heart to her, showing his remorse over his foolishness, and asks for her forgiveness and commits to do well from that point forward... Can we speak of a restored marriage? Maybe that husband if he is still foolish, but maybe not that wife. The gospel is about reconciling man to God and He has made the way for it (his way - obedience to Jesus). And for sure Satan has come against it with the lies about the requirement of repentance.

No one gets convicted of sin with the just believe in Jesus gospel (twisting what it means to believe). What the people who heard Peter felt in Acts 2:37 is not replicated in churches promoting the message you promote because it is not the Holy Spirit speaking, so conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8) is not happening in those places. But that is what leads people to repentance.

John 15:14
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

Do you suppose that among all those you have aimed to lead to believe in Jesus and be saved none had ever needed to be humbled and to give up their pride for instance?

(James 4:6
... God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.)

If repentance was not hidden from them, that issue of pride would not be there to prevent the grace of God from reaching them. But here their blood is on the hands of people like these that Jesus spoke to:

Matthew 23:13
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

They are the great theologians/bible scholars of today.

But the true gospel spoken by the power of the Holy Spirit leads people to repentance:

Acts 2:37-38, 41
 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said
unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers, what shall
 we do?  38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ...
 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

If you know all these things but you don't want to preach the message of Jesus as it is, you cannot be called a servant of God (Galatians 1:10).

Here a minister of UNrighteousness will have nothing to do with biblical repentance:

2 Corinthians 11:13-14
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

And you can see why we cannot have fellowship with each other:

1 John 1:5-7
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.


2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing. 25 He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to acknowledging the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.

Luke 13:23-24
23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them,  24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 

1 Peter 4:17-19
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?  18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.


Giscard Nazon
A disciple and servant of Jesus Christ


See also:
Easy Believism Refuted
Refuting the false gospels of Jack Hyles, Carl Hatch, Steven Anderson, and all others who promote a counterfeit salvation without true repentance, this message provides proof from the scriptures that repentance from SIN (as opposed to repentance from mere unbelief) is an essential element of saving faith - and is thus a precondition to salvation.

By the word of their testimony... (Revelation 12:11)