About Dr. Ian Traill

Dr. Ian Traill retired missionary to China where he has been for more than 18 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.

Judge or miss out on the resurrection of the righteous

Do not be badgered by warm fussy feeling people who say we should not judge the actions of others” because the Bible says we need judge who we are to have followership with. They also say God looks at the heart, which is true but if a person is sinning the heart is defiled and judgement falls, but if we can turn a person from sin then that is a good thing.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may DISCERN what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Discern is to distinguish, discriminate, differentiate, determine, recognize all of which you should make a judgment, hopefully we will use the Bible to help us understand God’s will.

How many judgmental statements are in the New Testament? Many, here are just a few

When we are called, ‘a judgemental person’ because we have pointed out the possibility of a person being in sin. They then go onto say, ‘we should be like Christ and not judge peoples actions’.

This is a conflict. Why?

Jesus, judge the moneychangers and turned over their tables. Pointing out that people were sinning in the house of God.

Jesus made seven judgemental statements when He said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He was pointing out that these men that were deceitful, dangerous, and wicked hypocrites. You cannot say what Jesus said without making a judgment that the actions of these people were sinful.

John the Baptist called the Pharisees a brood of vipers too.

Paul says, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”  Paul has made a judgment that this was sinful and that we should run away from them.

In Timothy it says, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” You cannot judge what you think is OK when the Bible says its not OK.

Jesus said to the women at the well “go and sin no more” after revealing her sin. Without this judgement, the sin could not be revealed to her to help her with the remainder of her life.

James 4:4 ESV You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Based on the Word of we are to make judgment on situation to know what is friendship with the world and enmity with God.

1 John 3:8 ESV Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

The Bible deal with these Judgements

1 A Personal Judgment

2 A Judgment of our Relationships

3 A Judgment of our Conversation

4 A Judgment of our Faithfulness

5 A Judgment of our Inner Motives

6 A Judgment of our Spiritual Condition

7 A Judgment of our Works

8 A Judgment of the Shepherds

God has already set in place His judgments and these cannot be changed. The only thing that can be changed is our standing, whether we want to stay in sin or not.  Whether we want to adjust our thinking to bring it into line with God’s word, knowing God’s judgments are final. Our judgments with Godly leading can avert a final destruction or lose under God’s judgments.

God does not want to judge any of us. He wants us to assess our own condition. Of course He has given us His guidelines to follow.

He wants us to build a life that will not be burnt up in the fire but come out as pure gold. A life built with reflection on the judgments of God, is the life that will receive the crowns mentioned in the Bible

When I say to a person did his or her action take place before they became a Christian or was it after is so I could best advised them of the action to take or not take

When a Christian sins the only safe place is under the Blood of Jesus. You can only get back under Jesus’ Blood by the act of repentance confessing the error admitting remorsefulness.

The Measuring Stick

If the Word of God needs your approval to be settled, then you are not a believer but an idolater of self.

The Bible is settled; whether we understand it or even believe it.

The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in its intention.

Letters or books that never made it into the canonization of Scripture were regarded by many scholars over 300 years for the NT and another 1600 years for the OT as not being inspired by God.   Not 73 and not 80 but 66 books in one cannon.

Why should we follow the Bible?

The Christian’s life once saved in the ACT of salvation is an ongoing work of sanctification through the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit in a PROCESS of salvation as we are being saved each day.

God is well pleased in our obedience to His Word.

Persecution

Many are talking about persecution upon the Church.

What I read in the Word of God I see two forms of persecution.

First is persecution for righteousness sake. The main example of this was Jesus who did nothing wrong but went to the cross to pay for our sins. It also falls on some because they are doing the right thing.

The second persecution looks like it is for righteousness, but if you study each situation deeper you may find sin in the persons standing for righteousness.

I have seen people who say they are Christians with body piercing, tattoos, living with a person outside of marriage, speaking unwholesome words, lose talking, wearing provocative clothes, and some Christians using bad language to speck about another. They say they are standing for righteousness, but like Job they have left a door open for the Devil to have a way in to persecute them.

If a believes it is called or chosen by God and it is not spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, no longer doing that job, then they begin to live carelessly and persecution will follow them.

It is a choice to say no to sin and stand for righteousness.

Faith is to trust and believe what God has to say.

Psalm 37:25 (KJV) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Is hating and bitterness a sin?

There is so much hate and bitterness on the news these days. Christians need to be very careful of how they react to this as, “Once saved is not always saved!”.

Taken from my cousin’s post on Facebook in the USA

Tough news cycle today.

In fairness, I have seen a lot of hate spewed in recent months about a man who is a constant winner and overachiever, and that’s what the people who support him like about him. Yes, he’s been caught in lies and twisted the truth a little but he’s still out there proving his haters wrong time after time. Some people are jealous of someone who is successful, powerful, and has a lot of money. Throw in a hot foreign model at his side and they hate him even more. You may not have wanted him in his role, but he’s there now and there’s nothing we can do about it. I know it’s possibly going to get worse over the next several days, but like him or not, Tom Brady is really turning things around in Tampa.

Let us get back to the Bible to see what it has to say!

1 Samuel 18:6-9 As the troops were coming back, when David was returning from killing the Philistine, the women came out from all the cities of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing with tambourines, with shouts of joy, and with three-stringed instruments. As they celebrated, the women sang: Saul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands. Saul was furious and resented this song. “They credited tens of thousands to David,” he complained, “but they only credited me with thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?” So Saul watched David jealously from that day forward.

Is hating a sin?

No and Yes

No, only when it relates to hating sin and evil. We are at war with them, thus continue the fight against!

1 John 4:19-20 We love because God first loved us. Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates his brother is a liar. The one who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love the God whom he has not seen.

1 John 2:8-11 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

Is hating and bitterness a sin?

Yes it’s a sin when the hating relates to jealousy, envy, finding fault in everything others do, trying to make others look bad in front of others and by negatively criticizing them.

For the Christian what to do so hate doesn’t take you to hell.

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behaviour in Christ may be put to shame.

Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Proverbs 24:1 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them

Proverbs 23:17 Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD.

Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Make your focus on the Great Commission and you will see great thing happening.

Pray in all things

Dr Ian

Panic buying

Preachers need to be careful about the content of their messages while panic buyers are around.

End-times messages can be very powerful manipulative messages. Preachers can operate on the emotions of the reader or the listener to force a decision based on hysteria and panic in the world. The problem with terror procurement, is once the fear subsides you hide what you bought and feel embarrassed and say, “I will not do that again”.

The preacher may use a beat-up media report on what may be a sign of the Lords return, but he or she needs to be careful that they are not using fear of people going to hell to get people saved, as it is only a “Panic Purchase”.

These signs have always been around.

We need to preach and focus on Jesus and not on the signs. If we mention a sign do it only to teach about awareness of what is happening and the need to keep your eyes open. We need to make the messages more about Jesus as the answer.

If people respond out of fear then it will be hard to bring them back to Jesus at a later date.

Jesus tells us, the Father is the only one who knows the time of Jesus return, we cannot

Should the world should accept Jesus? Yes!

“BUT,”

It is by sharing about the magnitude of love Jesus has among many virtues He shows in the Bible that compels the sinner repentance.

Dr Ian Traill

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