“Christians” and Game of Thrones

Watching Game of Thrones

I was recently at a family gathering and “the guys” were sitting at our own table. As we were discussing games that we play on xbox one they started talking about Game of Thrones. My cousin has watched the entire series – twice! That number staggered me. I have never turned on Game of Thrones and I never intend to. To go into a deeper dive into the state of Christian men, or Christian sissy boys, click on those links.

There is a certain standard we need to hold ourselves as Christians. When we say that we are “not of the world”, that saying goes for more than just believing in Christ. We are not supposed to be OF THE WORLD.

False Teachers

Pastors such as Carl Lentz and Steven Furtick will tell you otherwise. They say that we need to, “invade the culture, become one with the culture” to bring people to Jesus. That – of course – is gibberish.

‘”If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. ‘ – John 15:18-19

furtick2These verses are a good gauge of our spirituality. If you are hated by the world, chances are that you are one with God. If the world accepts you as its own, then you are playing in muddy water.

Furtick and Lentz lead churches that are of the world. The world loves them because that brand of Christianity is “of the world”. It is watered down to the point to where coming to Christ is nothing more than a chance for Instagram likes.

Of the World

game of thronesIf you spend your free time watching Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Westworld, The Wire, etc., you are committing a great sin. We are not supposed to be of the world, but a representative of Jesus Christ. If we spend our time in the world we are representing a false Jesus and will lead people astray.

‘You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. ‘ Matthew 10:22

The world hating you is a great responsibility. To endure this hatred to the end will save us.

God is great and His Promises are great. To stand against the world will take great sacrifice, but it is worth the eternal salvation we can look forward to.

God bless

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Podcast

Can We Find Comfort With Decree of Election?

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On the podcast today I am discussing the recent revelation regarding my grandfather and his lifestyle. He was a “functional” alcoholic. This statement hit me like a sack of potatoes as I was sitting with my mother. This man that I had looked up to for so long was battling a personal demon that no one knew about. The destructive lifestyle permeated all aspects of our family and we had not a clue. Can I find comfort in the Decree of Election?

‘When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves. He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.’ – Proverbs 28:12-13

My grandfather hid this sin for the entire time that I was alive. What do I do with this newfound information? How do I find comfort in being one of the elect, even if my grandfather might not be among us?

‘Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, ‘ – Colossians 3:5-6

I take comfort in the fact that he regularly attended church. Although this does not guarantee your salvation, it does give me hope that he knew the Truth. I pray that he repented of his sin before his death and that he trusted Jesus in helping him break free.

‘Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; ‘ – Acts 3:19

In today’s podcast we are continuing our discussion on the decree of election. We are reading out of Dr. John MacArthur’s Biblical Doctrine book. Today we are reading from pg 494-496. If you want to listen to our previous decree of election podcast, click here.

God bless

Podcast

God Has Chosen you from the Beginning – Election Podcast

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Hello and welcome to our podcast on the Election!

Week 3 of the Election Podcast (Chosen You!)

Today we are in week three of our special podcast on the decree of election and Calvinism.

The key takeaway of the reading today in John MacArthur’s “Biblical Doctrine” book is the reference to 2 Thess. 2:13:

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

An amazing statement that God has chosen us from the beginning. This sentiment was also discussed in last week’s Podcast.

The thought that God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit is both amazing and reassuring. We were chosen to be apart of God’s elect from the beginning of time. We have been saved by no working of our own. The saving grace that has saved us is solely from the work of God.

A Beautiful Bride to Christ

electionI also discuss today the importance of being a beautiful Bride of Christ. The Church today is the Bride. We need to strive to be a beautiful and Holy Bride to Christ as He has saved us.

We cannot simply begin to understand or grasp why Jesus Christ died for us and bore the wrath of God. Jesus Christ took the punishment. Jesus Christ has saved us through His love. Why would we not want to strive to be a great Bride of Christ?

We must diligently study and be stewards of the Holy Bible. The Holy Spirit flows through us and we must continue to study the Scriptures for God’s Will. I am not sure of the Will God intends to do through me, but I can take comfort in knowing that I am apart of His Elect!

God bless

 

Todd Friel’s Twitter Feed – What We All Need

creepy parks and recreation GIFFriel’s Twitter feed is on fire and I use the term “fire” on purpose. If you have been a listener of Wretched Radio for any length of time you will understand the fire reference and the feeling that Friel gets when it is used.

His Twitter feed as of late has been spot on discussing self esteem and the destruction that it has led to among evangelicals. I am a perfect example of the self esteem destruction that can root in the church and our hearts.

‘But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ” God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble .” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 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: 6-8

There has been a recent push for self esteem and to be proud of you and your accomplishments. This movement has rooted itself in body image discussions and how it is important to love your body no matter how unhealthy you may be.

Self esteem is also destroying evangelicals. My biggest battle against my sinful body and mind is pride. Pride lurks around all of my earthly “accomplishments” and “acknowledgements”. I pray for God’s Will for this podcast and blog, but how often to I check my stats after a post? How much do I yearn for more views, likes, and comments? I say it is for God’s Will, but do I mean it? My pride is interfering with my full submission to His Will.

When we read the gospel it should be clear to us that pride is a deadly sin. It can even lead us to a multitude of sins. The gospel should also show us that there is no reason for us to be prideful in anything as we are wretched, wicked souls.

If you want to hear how wretched you really are, listen to Paul Washer. If you want a false sense of earthly self-esteem, listen to Joel Osteen.

There is absolutely no reason for God to love my wretched self. There was absolutely no reason for God to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for me so that I may have eternal salvation. The love that God has for all of us sinners is beyond amazing and infinitely great. He has the power to forgive any sin that we may commit and still loves us unconditionally.

The only question that remains: Why do we hold back from serving him unconditionally?

This is a key fact that should be fully understood. There is a movement that has taken root alongside of the self esteem movement regarding the “trigger” for salvation. The mainstream push is to say that we have “accepted” Jesus Christ into our hearts. –As if it was our choice to allow Christ to save us–. There is absolutely no work that can grant us eternal salvation.

Instead of asking Christ into our hearts, we need to understand that we are dropping and letting go of our sinful nature. We are saying no to continuing a life of un-repentant sin. Christ saves us from our sinful nature and gives us the seed (Holy Spirit) to win the battle against our sinful natures. We still sin, yes, but with the Holy Spirit embedded in us we are unable to live shackled to sin.

Our self esteem and our pride pushes us into the thought that we invite Christ into our hearts. We do not have a “Jesus shaped hole” in our hearts, but an eternal need for Christ to come rescue us from our sinful, wicked ways. He saves us from an eternity in a conscious, eternal damnation. He adopts us into His Eternal Kingdom.

Pride, as show in James 4, opposes us to God. This is a strong statement that should alarm all of us. It alarms me. How prideful am I? I find pride lurking behind me, waiting for me at every turn. I repent and weep at the thought of my wicked pride.

God bless

The Road to Righteousness is Loneliness

My journey through a false salvation and some "life tips"?

Journeying Through a False Salvation

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I’m not sure when I was truly converted, but I remember the day I recited the Sinner’s Prayer. Easter 2018.

For most people saying the sinner’s prayer on a holiday it is a reaction to the convicting message you might have received after not attending church since Christmas. Maybe you were caught up in the atmosphere and decided that maybe today is the day that you straighten up your act and ask God into your life. To fill the “God shaped hole” that is in your heart.

But what happened next week? Were you convicted when you were sinning? Convicted when you hung out with your atheistic friends?

For me, I have been truly converted into a son of Jesus Christ, but it has not always been like this.

I lived my whole life in a false salvation. Falling for lusts of the eyes, flesh, and wallet. I did not care how I got it, but I always did. I hurt many people and many people had hurt me in return. It was a vicious cycle that God finally saved me from.

What was worse is that I knew the law and the ten commandments. I grew up in church and fully believed that I was truly converted. Even though I lived in sin, un-repenting sin, I still believed that I was a true son of God.

Verses Dealing with False Salvation

‘You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. ‘but in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'” Matthew 15:7-9

‘If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.’ James 1:26

‘No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. ‘ -1 John 3:9-10

Do any of these verses describe you? They described me… each one of them. Whatever verse or passage you find dealing with false salvation described me in my life. What drove me out of it? The work of God.

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There is nothing that I did to bring me out of my false salvation but the work of the Holy Spirit in me. The last passage highlighted above is very important. It is important because it highlights the fact that “His seed abides in him”. The seed that abides in us is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides us in our daily walk and would not allow for us to be living in constant sin. This does not mean that we do not sin but it simply means that we would not continue to live in a constant, unrepentant sin. An unrepentant sin that we lived by that would lead us to eternal damnation would be described in this passage:

‘Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ‘ -1 Corinthians 6:9-11

This command is also continued in Revelation:

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” -Revelation 21:8

Driven to a True Salvation

What a glorious feeling, that God chose me to be apart of His Holy Kingdom! I have been washed clean of my lustful sins and I cannot sin anymore under the Holy Spirit. My continuous lusts for earthly desires have vanished. What a glorious feeling!

My passions to be a better husband and dad engulf me. My passion to stay away from earthly lusts and television shows that would make me stumble is greater than ever.

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God has blessed me immensely with the gift of the Holy Spirit. My spirit is now on fire for God and His Will to work through me, whatever the cost. Praying for His Will no matter the cost for me can be unnerving, but what an amazing feeling to know that one day we will be face to face! His glory will drive me to my knees when we meet and His Glory no drives me to fall to my knees and pray for repentance. To be washed clean and anew. My spirit for God is great and my love for His lost sheep is great as well.

We are called to go and make disciples!

The Truth About My Journey out of a False Salvation

The journey to getting here has been troubling. The Holy Spirit has turned my life upside down and now coming out of it I feel amazing. I have left most of my friends besides just one or two because of my commitment to Christ. I had friends that led me to stumble and it was important for me to distance myself. I have had to quit watching all of the shows that I had once loved.

Sons of Anarchy. Vikings. Etc.

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All of the earthly repugnant shows were in my Netflix feed. Joe Rogan was on my podcast subscription list. I loved the earthly lusts of this world and put Jesus Christ on the back burner.

I was an awful husband and father. I put other wants above them and put them way back on my list of priorities. I blamed all of our problems on my wife and made her feel horrible. I was a hypocrite as I talked about Christ but never lived like I knew him.

I was destined for hell until the Holy Spirit saved me.

Too often people use their testimonies to show how great they are. To show how they accepted Christ into their lives. The only chance that I have for eternal salvation is through Jesus Christ. He saved me and by no work of my own. I am a wicked soul in need for a savior and He saved me.

God bless