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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From a fallible messenger to all I loves.

Many people who I know and love were born into a family that followed God or were in a Christian denomination and have some little knowledge of God.

They looked at fallible me when I became a Christian and said, “he needed God”. All of them think they are good people and they will say that, “But it is now that they need God’. Some have allowed little sins into there life without the knowledge of How that hurts God, because all sin has the same penalty.

The sadness I feel is that they have not heard or seen the need to REPENT and believe in Jesus. My Knowledge and experience in God’s Word tells me that even good people will go to HELL, because we all need to repent and believe in Jesus to get to heaven. It’s hard to repent if you are a good person because you think that will get you there. Well it won’t!

Fallible man is the message bearer of an infallible Jesus.

Note: Fallibility is no excuse to keep on sinning!

Do not judge the Infallible Jesus by your judgement of fallible human messenger based on their history.

Your judgement of the fallible man messenger can have eternal consequences regarding the relationship with or without the Infallible Jesus.

Jesus said, “You must become Born-again” John 3:1-21

Then Lord is not happy with some Christians who say they are Christians who then go about criticizing government leaders. Then ones who bash you with what they think is the antichrist. Those who vote for people who support abortions, same sex marriage and the disfiguring the body with tattoos, proclaim a prosperity message, and turning out the lights in church hoping entertainment will get people saved.

God is happy when we talk about the purity of Jesus. Jesus is the major issue, the other points are minors. You need to major on JESUS.

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Dr.IanTraill

Fixing the problems

If you say you don’t believe this then you are most likely not a Christian.
Repent and ask for God’s forgiveness.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

When you read the Bible and have an understanding of God’s word and you see a push to change the laws of a nation to normalize what God has called an abomination/sin. Then it stand to reason that God is not happy with us.

He removes His hands of protection over nations, mankind and parts of the Church. The only answer to FIXING the problems coming on man is to get BACK to the Bible and follow it, starting with believing in Jesus and repenting.

We have been directed to go into isolation for our protection, which is wise. BUT don’t waste your time doing nothing.

Fixing the Problems

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Grace and mercy are parts of God’s virtue and has always been available to humanity as can be seen when God killed the animal in the garden to cover Adam’s sin and when Jesus died on the cross to take our sins away. Grace and mercy are available to all but there are requirements as an RSVP is required. When a person is made aware of their sins and the forgiveness of God is presented, most assuredly a personal response of repentance is required by God, without that there can be no salvation.

God loves everyone, but it may be different types of love He shows! Which one do you want?

His love (agape) for all sinners is unconditional, but that does not mean they will get into heaven at life’s end. God demands a payment for sin to be made and be recognised by sinners. To get into heaven one needs to recognise the need to repent and believe in Jesus who made the payment on our behalf. Even though the stains of sin may remain in our minds and in or on our bodies, God does not see them anymore.

However, for the Christian the love (philos) of God has conditions, or you may say, ‘He has a CLAUSE’ and that being, “To go and sin no more”. Therefore, a believer who sins can lose their salvation. Although God’s love remains but it reverts to agape love.

It is the Bible that points out what is sin and we need to point out the way of salvation and a continuous way of salvation as laid out in the Bible. Salvation is to believe in Jesus with the act of repentance.

A continuous way of salvation or self-maintained salvation dynamics are still believing in Jesus and repenting of any NEW sins.

Dr Ian Traill