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Starting 1John 4 and Discussing False Teachers (Podcast Episode)

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Welcome to the podcast!

Today we are beginning our study into 1 John 4. These first six verses today are VERY clear on our duty and mission to root out false teachers. John gives us the knowledge to determine which is a true gospel and false gospel.

Who/what are false teachers and false doctrines today? We discuss John’s rules on rooting out these falsehoods from the Antichrist.

I go into a discussion on how we need to be vigilant in our everyday lives. As true brothers and sisters who have the Holy Spirit living within us, we know how to root out these evildoers and know what we need to stray away from. I discuss how we should stray away from pagan television shows and Netflix specials. Stay away from Rated R television, even if it is a difficult parting. The pain is worth it to glorify our Creator!

We also need to stray away from false teachings or cults… yes, Roman Catholicism. I would encourage you to watch the YouTube videos where R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur discuss Roman Catholicism if you want to receive more knowledge on this religion.

I loved recording this podcast today and I hope you tune in next Tuesday as we continue our study on the Election! I also plan on a “week in review” podcast to start airing Sunday afternoons.

God bless

 

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Is Scripture Sufficient for you?

If you read my blog post discussing how I rejected sharing my faith as Peter did, I discussed how the lady was having a difficult time and discussing her problems with her friend. She was asking why God heals some but does not heal others. My heart wept for her, but I did not act on it. I worry and my heart crumbles at the thought of what she might go through after I decided not to act on the Holy Spirit telling me to talk with her and to comfort her.

The sufficiency of scripture is something that is being attacked today in modern Christianity. You see plenty of false teachers discussing how they have conversations with God outside of the Holy Bible. Why is this? It is because speaking the true Word of God is not usually financially beneficial. False teachers like Creflo Dollar, Jessie Duplantis, Joel Osteen, and Rod Parsley just to name a few of these false teachers that proclaim they talk with God. Creflo Dollar and Duplantis are probably the most egregious, especially with Duplantis just discussing how God told him to purchase a new jet (of course, with the help of your dime).

The word of faith movement and the health and wealth gospel has greatly diminished the true Word of God, leading millions into a false salvation and false hope in Jesus Christ. Submitting your life to the Will of God has changed to “What can God do for me?”. We have turned God into a “small g god” by finding ways he can help our prosperity on Earth instead of what He can do through us to proclaim His Will.

What was most troubling to me was what she said when it came to a sign she received from the Holy Spirit. She was planning on giving up (I don’t know on what), but when she walked into her living room, a false teacher said, “Now don’t you give up” on television. Could this have been a sign from the Most High God, or was it simply just a coincidence?

Can God perform miracles here on Earth? Of course, we see it in medicine all the time. One day someone has stage four cancer, the next visit it shows that the cancer is all gone. That is a miracle. There was a homosexual man that was shot at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and when he survived, he turned his life around, repented of his sin and is now a follower for Christ. That is a miracle God used for His glory.

But why is there such a pull for God to speak to us outside of scripture? Why is it not sufficient enough for God to speak to us through our studies? The gospel has been so watered down for modern Christianity that when we face hard times, we often find ourselves leaving the church altogether. Why is this?

As followers of Christ we have decided not to read our Bible. We do not read and we do not pray. But when hard times come we cry out, “Why has He abandoned me?” We have pushed him out of our own daily lives but when hard times come, we blame Him for his abandonment.

What did the disciples do in their hard, torturous deaths? These men were the disciples of Christ and the payment of that on this Earth were terrible, gruesome deaths. But what was their response? They worshiped and expressed their love for Christ.

In 2018 when hard times come our way we decide to blame God and harden our hearts towards him.

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

I would respond to this by asking what constitutes as a good person. In the 1600s a good person would be vastly different than what a good person is today. A good person in secular terms is based on the era that they are born.

The Holy Text is clear on who we are: Wretched souls that only have a chance because of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can do here on Earth that can change that and there is nothing that we can do here on Earth to earn our salvation. Our actions have been sinful and evil and will continue to be. Our hearts and mind are wretched and vile. But Christ has given us a chance, to live in repentance and turn away from our wicked souls. To follow Him instead of following the world.

So the next time you find yourself in a difficult time, study the Word, repent of your sins, and pray that you are fully ready to be used by God for His Will, no matter the cost. Under a true salvation, it is evident to each and every one of us that we are wretched and evil souls, fighting against our flesh that fights against God every day. Our only hope is repentance and following Christ, no matter the cost in our personal lives.

18I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Revelation 22: 18,19 is clear: If you add to the Bible, you will receive the plagues that are in the Bible. God is very clear on this topic, the sufficiency of scripture is enough for our walk on Earth. We can take comfort in knowing that Christ is in control of everything on Earth. Our focus should not be here, but on eternal salvation and doing His Will.

Episode 19 – Pope Francis, 1John 2:7-11

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Hello and welcome to the pod!

 

-Today we are discussing the article from The American Conservative reporting on the recent conversation Pope Francis had with Juan Carlos Cruz. According to Juan Carlos, Pope Francis told him that being a homosexual is not a sin, that he was born gay and God loves him for it, as well as the Pope.

 

-Are we going to hear the Catholic Church come out against the Pope on this viewpoint. Are they going to say that Juan Carlos is stating something that is not true and he is in fact lying about the private conversation with the Pope?

 

-I am already assuming that the Catholic Church will bury this revelation and keep on moving along. They have quite the track record of burying stories and acting like nothing is going wrong within the Catholic Church and the Vatican. According to the Catechism, however, the Catholic Church holds the viewpoint that homosexuality is a sin. Are they going to go down the route that the Episcopal Church did in openly allowing and endorsing homosexuality?

 

-Is this a route that the Catholic Church is going down to help cover up the molestation of young boys from Priests in the Church? If they endorse homosexuality as an accepted action from God, maybe it will help soften the public backlash that the Church has received from covering up these evil actions.

 

-After this long discussion about the Pope, we dive back into our study of 1John. I am reading from the NASB John MacArthur Study Bible if you would like to follow along with your own Bible.

 

-This was a very important set of verses to cover for us today. The author John makes it very clear that we are to love our brother and walk in the light as Jesus walked in the light. If we do not walk in love as Jesus did, then we are walking in darkness and are unable to see which direction is out. I think that this is a very important distinction to make if you are trying to determine if you are truly saved or living under a false salvation. It is very difficult sometimes to love others, especially when they have wronged you. But remember Jesus on the cross. He loved everyone in the crowd and even pleaded to his Father to forgive them. Is that the Love you are striving for? Or are you walking in the darkness?

 

God bless!

Episode 18 – 1John2:3-6, Romney

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Hello and welcome to the pod!

 

-Today we start off the podcast by discussing 1John 2:3-6. I start by discussing my views on the passage in general, especially when it comes to false salvation. It might sound like I harp on this subject a lot, but it is something that I was brought out of, so I find that I can relate to how easy it can be to be under this. 1John and other books such as James help greatly in dealing with false salvation. It is important to love these sinners and children of Christ, but it is also as important to try and drive them out of the false salvation they live under. Think about it in this sense: Is it worse to be awkward around them and witness, or to think that they could live in eternal Hell if they pass before you get a chance to witness? John MacArthur’s commentary on this section of 1John gives a great viewpoint of the topics that John is trying to convey in his book.

 

-After the quick Bible study I discuss the article that was discussing Romney’s views on Dr. Jeffress. I believe that this was important to expose Mormonism and their beliefs on how we can achieve eternal salvation in different ways. This was a news story that received very little coverage, both because I think that it would expose Mormonism and Romney is still beloved by the media establishment.

 

God bless

Episode 16 – 1John 1:6-10, False Salvation, and Abortion Billboards

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Hello and welcome to the pod!

 

-Today I start out by discussing my current reading through 1John. If you have been listening to the pod, you have heard me discuss the John MacArthur challenge of reading 1John for 30 days in the row. I have been reading the same text so much recently that I have decided to go verse by verse each podcast, discuss what I have interpreted, and discuss the notes that MacArthur has left through his Study Bible. All readings are through the NASB.

 

-Through the text in verses 6-10 it is discussing the overall theme of false salvation. I discuss and question if you know someone that is under a false salvation, or if you have been through it yourself. I have been under a false salvation for most of my life and I am unashamed to discuss it. I think it is a great opportunity to witness to young men that might fall into the same traps as I. Later in our 1John discussion we will actually hit on things that sent me into a spiral throughout my young life before I met my wife.

 

-In the ending of the blog we discuss the recent news of a Cleveland Pro-Life group taking the offensive and putting up a billboard that discusses the systematic racism related to the origins of Planned Parenthood. Is it okay as Christians to take the offensive through the same tactics as pagans? What is our main goal? To win their lives for Christ, not to win the battle over who’s idea is correct.

 

God bless!