About Dr. Ian Traill

Dr. Ian Traill is a missionary to China where he has been for more than 15 years. Previously he had planted a Church in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia and now he is involved in planting Churches in China and developing Traillblazer, Tony Smits Bible College throughout the nation. Arriving in August 2000 to take up a position teaching English at Universities and Colleges, working as a "tentmakers" ministry, he has been conducting Bible classes and training people in the area of leadership with the view of them starting their own home church. Ian has a strong desire to bring teaching to the people, thus he has written many books. A missionary is one who is sent to cross over geographic and cross-cultural boundaries to plant the Word of God and a local church, thus establishing God’s culture in a new location. The Gospel of John clearly portrays Jesus as fulfilling the ministry of a missionary sent from God (John 3:17-34, 4:34, 5:23, 5:36-38, 6:29-57, 7:16-33, 8:16-42, 9:4, 10:36, 11:42, 12:44-49, and13:20). Jesus Christ came as a missionary to this world to save us, but non-Christians reading His story in a newspaper at that time, would say that He was a failure. We, of course, are aware He did not fail. It is because of His mission that we are here today, and it was through someone else that we heard about Jesus too. Faith comes by hearing the Word, but if there is no preacher how can people hear? So we are going to all nations.

Cricketers and some Christian Judges

cricket4lpI am disgusted by some Christians on social media and there lack of consistency. One example is that one guy said when, I asked him a question about his understanding of grace from his post on Facebook, “Are you saying after you are saved and if you break the Law you will not suffer penalty?

His answer was, “Absolutely I am saying that. For I am not under law. I am under grace.”

My response to that is, “all the best with that thinking.”

Then he made another statement in another post saying, “The Australian Cricketers should be banned for life for cheating.

My thought is that this seems to be hypocrisy or double standards. He had one rule for Christians and another for the Cricketers (non-Christians). This preacher should be ashamed of himself for making posts about grace and then demanding Law in another. When I pointed out the double standard he called me names. Then he went onto saying that his rule is that you cannot take a comment from one post and apply it in another. A very inconsistent and unstable approach. Every word we speak or published will be heard by God and others may read them and see this inconsistency. Our whole life will be before God.

When we make a mistake in the life there will be a penalty in the world and in eternity too. God’s rule is consistent. God is waiting for a heartfelt remorse for doing the wrong things and not a remorse for getting caught.

If there is a heartfelt remorseful repentance for doing the wrong thing; then the effect on our eternal standing will be removed by God. Of course there are those who want grace for themselves and demand Law from others. If no remorse there will be a penalty eternally.

The world thinkers will want Law and Penalty for any slip-up. The world is much more ruthless in its demands than God, but God will have the last say on eternal issues. Repentance is the core to restoration and reconciliation.

We need to share a balance of grace and judgement or people will find it hard to understand the Kingdom of God.

There is no such thing as automatic forgiveness for sin.

Jesus’ blood washes away the sin of man, but it does not wash away the law. His grace is everywhere but it is only available on request and then His mercy will flow.

Psalm 107:19-20 “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction”

The Church needs to view this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t1z3UMsdFs

 

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Be careful of Deception

CLARION CALL

“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”

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Be careful of the counterfeit church!

Many churches and even some Pentecostals churches are counterfeit.

Where God builds a group of worshipers, Satan will set up a chapel for his deception. Some Pentecostals churches and the Roman Catholic Church are not Christianity, but are cults with large numbers. God will save His remnant and some will come out from among them.

The list of different counterfeit denomination can be very long, just because I have not mentioned a denomination or a church, do not think you are safe from false teaching. We should read the Bible and check-up on what we are following; so that we know what is true and what is not.

It is not wrong to judge! We must judge in comparison to the Bible as it is the foundation of righteousness.

It is a good thing to make a judgement on deception from these false movements and know that we should point out the error so that some may be saved. Yes saved from deception. We need be able to see this by studying what the Bible says about any given topic. Then it is our responsibility to warn less astute people with the hope of saving some.

Judgement is something we must DO and do it ourselves with comparison to the Word of God, because if we leave it up to God to judge our lives we will find out we have made many mistakes and not end up not where we want to. If we think God will weigh up what is good against what is not good in us we are mistaken as this is not found in the Bible. God will only be looking at our position in Christ. All sin will have an eternal consequence.

If we fail and we will; we need to know that the only way back to God is through repentance; ASKING for mercy from God’s boundless Grace. Many good people will go to hell because they have not taken care of their own Christian life and left it up to man’s church/organization to decide what to believe and follow.

You may ask the question, Do you really think Jesus Christ is going to Judge and throw in hell 900 million Catholic and many millions Pentecostal people who Believe He is the son of God?” The answer to this question is quite clear from God’s Word, “YES”. Satan believed in Jesus and he will not be saved. We need more than just to believe to be saved when you consider the whole Word of God. We need to have a life that matches God’s Word and repent of any and all sins.

What do you need to know to be saved? The blood of Jesus removes the sins of man, but the required catalyst for salvation is repentance by man. The blood of Jesus removes the sins! But make sure you repent! Obedience keeps you in the right relationship with God, but you better make sure you repent of any new sins to maintain your Christian life. Yes, “Sin can still cause you to lose your salvation.”

A modern trend of “Soft Grace” in the church is encapsulated in these statements from a Pentecostal preacher, “There is unconditional forgiveness, We never truly stop sinning but God’s ok with that, Confession of sin to God is unnecessary, The doctrine of repentance from sin is not for believers, The law caused Paul to be deceived in sin, Believers aren’t punished for sin” and I have may more statements like this.

2Timothy 4:3-4 For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear. 4 And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths. (MKJV)

From this passage we may consider a few points. What are we listening to spiritually, are they Myths, Fables which mislead us? Do we have a spiritual deafness (a spiritual dyslexia) and don’t want to hear the Truth of the Gospel or take responsibility for our own walk. Are we being manipulated by unsound Doctrine and False Teachings from False Teachers?

With many cults around and a desire to have our ears scratched; apostasy can run rampant in these perilously times. We need guidance from the Bible and the Holy Spirit with cross checking with more mature Christians.  God is able to reveal the truth about His Word to anyone, anywhere, but He often use another person to do it too.

Man sinned and did not repent in the beginning and fell from grace and was therefore driven from the Garden and from direct contact with God; fellowship not relationship as God is still our heavenly Father. But now through Jesus we have peace with God and the fellowship has been restored. Jesus is our peace. This was God’s plan to bring us back to Him and re-establish communication with Him, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the time began (2 Timothy 1:9).

Man had become like God knowing good and evil and you may say, “What is wrong with becoming like God as that is the aim of ever Christian to become like Him?” To be like Jesus and to believe in Him is a good thing, but without repentance it is just like being a tin drum with a golf ball hit into it rattling around inside it with no direction. Just like the tin that is a boundary to the golf ball so sin without repentance the restriction will never be removed.

You will not find in the Bible man was put out of the Garden because of sin! It was because he had become like God (Genesis 3:22). The all-knowing God does not have sin in Him. Then we must ask the question, “What didn’t Adam do that we must do to be saved? There is no record of him repenting in the Garden and we are asked to repent and believe to be saved. God being no respecter of man would also expect that from Adam too.

There is evidence of God’s grace when He killed the animal to cover their sin. We see God’s mercy not kill man for his sin but this mercy was followed by banishment. If we do not want to maintain the banishment from the Garden we need to ask for mercy for it to flow in our lives. Adam and Eve did not ask for mercy through the act of remorseful repentance.

Be very sure we need repentance to be able to enjoy the MERCY from God through his boundless, inordinate GRACE. Grace is shown at all times by God. God may show limited mercy but boundless Mercy is received only on request by the repentant person.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (MKJV)

1Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that those running in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. 25 And everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. 26 So then I run, not as if I were uncertain. And so I fight, not as one who beats the air. 27 But I buffet my body, and lead it captive, lest proclaiming to others I myself might be rejected. (MKJV)

We are competing against sin and with God, He has made a way for us to overcome, but we have a part to play.

Repentance is needed in the House of the Lord.

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent not excluding some!

Let us get back to the Bible and walk in the light then we will go forward in power.

 

 

Jerusalem

This was re-posted one Year ago and now see what is happening. the book was written 2014.

Israel to regain more land

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1917 – November, Britain issued the “Balfour Declaration”, recognizing the right of the Jews to a Jewish homeland.

In 1917 we saw the redemption of the land of Israel 2520 years after going into captivity from 604BC. to 581BC. Then in 1948 Israel was declared a Nation by the UN and a major population explosion took place through migration. It is remarkable that 2520 years previous to this, Ezekiel had a vision in Chapter 40, of the City of God. Fifty years after 1917, in 1967 Arab occupied land was retrieved, thus fulfilling the Year of Jubilee principle of restoration of lands held by another.

It was called the Six Day War, led by Moshe Dayan. Jerusalem when they regained some of Israel and then in 1998 October 23, Israel-Palestine signed the Wye Memorandum aimed at a final peace settlement.

In the Bible the number 50 means freedom. 50 years is called the Year of Jubilee. It means all the slaves are released, and they are free to go home at the end of 50 years.
Another 50 year period can be seen between 1948 and 1998 where the UN endeavoured to a broker a peace deal in Palestine. If we add to this the prophecy made in 1Thessalonians 5:3, about “Peace and safety, followed by sudden destruction coming upon them”, we could ask the question, “Has destruction come?”, And the answer is, “Of course it has not!”

Then consider the generation of Abraham as 100 years, then from 1917 when the Day of the Gentiles had drawn to a close we are left to consider that 2017 could be a big political day of liberation for Israel and regaining more land, as the Year of Jubilee principle takes effect, coming forward 50 years from the year 1967.

Thus leaving us with the year of 2017 ????

Points taken from our Book, “He comes, the Isles are living carelessly!”
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Highway To Hell

Would you want a better understanding of the Word of God?

In two songs in the modern era which are called “Highway to Hell by AC/DC” and “Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin” we find that even the unbelievers know that the traffic numbers to heaven is less than that of those going to hell.

I can’t find this statement in the Bible but it seems to be so true. Also I don’t know any Scripture that contradicts it either. Many don’t want to hear about the Way to heaven. They make jokes about it and dismiss it too.

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People avoid Church, Jesus and the whole Word of God, as they live their lives in a perpetual fantasy, submerged in deception.

It is so sad to realize that many Shepard’s are helping people in going to Hell with a soft Gospel. We find this example the Prophecy against the Shepherds of Israel found in Ezekiel 34:1 to 10.

Christians believe that the Scripture below was written to the unbelievers. But I would like to point out here that the Bible was written to the “Called Out Ones the Church”. Yes, that is you and me! The unbelievers have no reason to read it.

Matthew 7:13 Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 

Today many in the Church only build a teaching on grace from the New Testament perspective only and are producing many people who have spiritual dissonance-cum-deception who are trying to balance their sin and their inner conflict with a cherry picking, cafeteria, philosophical, carte blanche Theology to make feel good Christian.

I have heard this statement from many Shepherds, “O we are hoping for grace to cover that.” Sounds gracious, but is based on a lack of understanding of God’s Word.

One is; grace is a gift from God, but you only receive its benefits on application through a prayer of asking for forgiveness and that being a change of direction.

Two is; the hope in their understanding is based on not knowing God’s will of “Yes and amen”. Hope for a Christian should be one of surety, not a wish.

Three is: by the death of Jesus on the Cross, His blood through the gracious act of God is the total removal of the sins, therefore hoping for grace to cover a sin is a false teaching. The blood removes the sin and grace gives us power to overcome sin.

We need to confront sin in the Church with the love of Christ, but nevertheless we must confront it or we are not shepherds. To confront sin is to be a constructive Christian in the hope of saving people.

We can find some pastors who cannot come out and say that abortion is sinful in fear of losing people. Some say tattoos are OK to have in this culture denying the Word of forbidding it. In some Christian films we see sex and unmarried couples living together without the reverential fear of God. We are seeing preacher supporting same sex marriages. These are not shepherds but hirelings.

It is time for the called out ones to come out from amongst the counterfeit church and start afresh.

In Matthew chapter 7 Verse 15 it points out, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

There are no revelations more annoying than those that reveal the weakness of our original idea or thought by showing us a better understanding.

A new and better understanding may challenge an old view we have held for such a long time which means we may need to consider a readjustment of our cherished views no matter how annoying it may seem.

Scientists believe that hearing a new view doesn’t cause any real harm, but the Christian may need to modify this thought pattern by saying, “hearing a new Biblical understanding that does not conflict with the dynamics of salvation in Christ and Christ alone will not cause any real harm.”

Isaiah 6:9  And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know.

We need to read the Bible to check up on the preacher.

Let us get back to the Bible and be Christians who reduce the effects of internal conflicts with our Scripturally supported Theology

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent without contradictions. This will produce a consistent mental, emotional, physical and spiritual Christians.

 

Worshiping in the light

CLARION CALL

“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”

In two recant posts on facebook from two different Christian organizations, I noticed something I have seen before. At one venue the house lights were turned off with very bright stage lights and smoke machines working overtime in what looked like a pagan ritual. At the other venue there was no smoke machine and the house lights were on. The differences were noticeable. The one with the lights on and clear air the people were worshiping with their hands raised up in adoration towards the Lord.

The other with the house light off and smoke machine operating with flashing lights with some people standing with their hands in their pockets and other with arms crossed looking around the room. Another reason they stood around was that the song were too complicated and hard to sing. It was a concert where the goats were being entertained and it was a pastor’s conference. I was left asking the question what hope has the church got if it tries to be like the world? I was more encouraged by the first gathering were the light were on and the people could worship the Lord and present themselves as children of the light and they could even sing the words of the songs.

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I worked in Night clubs and Pubs as a bouncer and on the doors, where the walls were black, lights flashing and smoke. It is in this type of atmosphere that the truth of the person’s identity is clouded. The resistance to sin is reduced and deeds of darkness took place in corners of darkness.

This not a church its a Nightclub

Now to see this in churches, the walls painted black, the house lights off, lights flashing and smoke machines is a terrible thing. It is true the church that does this to get people to come and feel comfortable is in error. The sin of profane worship is upon us. Churches like this have not much to offer.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (NKJV)

The world is lost and looking for a light. Jesus is the light, but we are meant to be little lights, the Bible that people read. If we are not offering Holiness how can we attract people into the Kingdom of God?

Should we be looking at the atmosphere or gimmicks to get people into the Church or the presence of God?

Light has no shadow! The Bible says, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

One time I had considered a job of being a pastor at a church in Australia and in the process of finding out about the job the person from that church said they were looking for a younger man to attract you people, but he felt I should still apply. I said, “Thank you” and proceeded to not go any further. You may ask the question, “Why?”. The simple fact it’s not about my age, IT ABOUT JESUS in my life and His presence in the church. The average age in our church in China is less than 25 see it’s not about me.

Eli was priest and judge in Israel, divinely chosen to hold these positions. He was a father of two sons Hophni and Phinehas, whom he did not control, and he was at crossed purposes with his role as Judge in Israel. His sons had no respect for God and the sanctuary and its service. They had lost all sense of holiness and significance of service to God.

As Eli before him had done, Samuel appointed his sons Joel, and Abijah; as judges in Beersheba. Neither of his sons walked in his ways and chased after dishonest gain. They took bribes, and perverted justice. There is no ‘dynasty of godliness’; each generation must make its own commitment to God. The elders of Israel came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

Questions could be asked, “Did Samuel do something wrong?” “What was the problem with these sons?” “Did the elders of Israel do something wrong too?”

Yes. Firstly, Samuel had broken the accepted tradition by appointing his sons to be judges because judges were selected by God and not by man. They were not to have a succession or dynastic mantle to follow.

Secondly, the elders of Israel were wise and right to say they did not want Joel and Abijah because of the evil those young men did.

Thirdly, Samuel was wrong to overlook his son’s indiscretions.

Finally, it was the elders’ request that were wrong too, even though it had been prophesied many years before that Israel would have a king. It was their motivation that was wrong; “to be like all the nations”. They wanted to be like the world.

David instructed his son, Solomon to follow the architectural and operational plan for the building of the temple (I Chronicles 28:11). In each case, when they followed the pattern, the glory of God was manifested and God’s purposes were fulfilled.

Much of Western Church growth is church migration and methodologies following their own patterns, but often lacking the blueprint of God. The Scriptures present patterns for worship and patterns for prayer. Most germane to our study, patterns can be found, beginning in the Old Testament, for building God’s Kingdom in the earth. The nation of Israel was always moving away from this and the question could be asked today, “Are we also moving away by trying to be like the world?”

The book of Exodus has tremendous spiritual significance as God outlines, through Moses, His system of Law, His Priestly structure and institutional worship for the nation. He established the Israelites as a nation of free people under Him (Exodus 19:3-6). It depicts the return of man to the Garden of Eden, where God will dwell as the Ark and Tabernacle in their midst (Exodus 25-31, 35-40).

In Psalm 99:5 it tells us to exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool, thus alluding to coming to a place where God sits.

Is God sitting in darkness or does He shine with Glory?
Should we bring darkness into His presence? If we do does He not shine on it to remove it from us?
Are we to manifest the darkness or the light?

The Holy Place was a place of worship and duty for the priests. Here they would fill with oil the Candlestick replace the Showbread and burn incense on the altar which represents a further period of formation and submission for and to the journey ahead. The Holy Place is a place of separation and a place of prayer on behalf of the nation (Genesis 1: 9- 13). Candlestick or oil lamp light. LIGHT

The Holy of Holies was God’s dwelling place was in the Old Testament and was filled by His brilliant glory which is BRIGHT LIGHT.

We have a different dispensation with the Holy Spirit living in us. We can enter by a new and living way found in and through Jesus (Hebrews 10:20). We may enter boldly to the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) but it must be remembered that we can only do that in a certain humble way as mentioned above.

Read about King Hezekiah found in 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; 30:1-27; 31:1-21. He sets out the order.

We need to follow certain practical Biblical steps of faith, as King Hezekiah did. Putting it simply, it means a renewal of obedience to God, according to the Word of God. If we read the Word of God we will find many instructions, and if we follow them they may bring blessings, but then if we are reading them and God speaks to our heart there will a greater blessing.

2Chronicles 29:1-5 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled twenty-nine years from Jerusalem. His mother was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. : 2 Hezekiah obeyed the LORD by doing right, just as his ancestor David had done. : 3 In the first month of the first year of Hezekiah’s rule, he unlocked the doors to the LORD’s temple and had them repaired. :4 Then he called the priests and Levites to the east courtyard of the temple :5 and said: It’s time to purify the temple of the LORD God of our ancestors. You Levites must first go through the ceremony to make yourselves clean, then go into the temple and bring out everything that is unclean and unacceptable to the LORD. (CEV)

Ø Verse 1/ Hezekiah had a position of responsibility to God and the people.
Ø Verse 2/ Hezekiah in obedience to God followed the precepts of his ancestor King David.
Ø Verse 3/ Hezekiah opened and repaired the door of the temple.
Ø Verse 4/ Hezekiah set things in motion by calling the priests to assemble.
Ø Verse 5/ Hezekiah gave two directives.

o Sanctify yourselves
o Remove that which is unclean and unacceptable

We as Christian know that God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), in Him all that is visible and the invisible, were created (Colossians 1:16-17). If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1John 1:7). We also know that Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12) and that we the sons of light and the sons of the day too. We are not of the night, or of darkness (1Thessalonians 5:4-5) and that we have been sent to the world as a light to share about salvation (Acts 13:47) found in Jesus.

Do we have a God that will lead people who have breathing problems into a smoke filled room which could cause them to have an asthmatic reaction? NO

Do we have a God that will people into a room with flashing lights that could set off an epileptic seizure? NO

Do we have a God who would want you to put poison into your body which could kill you? NO

NO is the answer to the above questions even if it is for only one person who could be affected. We will see some churches sued for causing some negative reactions because of this trend.

People who want to be like the world with tattoos and body piercing to get people to church are falling into the sin of unbelief. Do you notice how many song leaders are getting tattoos on their forearms so when they hold the mic so people can see them; drawing attention away from Jesus to the flesh. I am not talking about people who had them before they got saved.
God is looking for people who have a life of worship and churches that reflect that too and not what we are seeing now.

Many pastors are going to hell because of what they are doing by calling it God’s moving.

You may have a concert but don’t call it worship as it does not have a Biblical precedent.

We are children of the light, not the dark!

Repentance is needed in the House of the Lord.

 

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent not excluding some!

Let us get back to the Bible and walk in the light then we will go forward in power.