REGRETS

I spoke to my father yesterday about eleventh hour salvation. I told him that those who come to the Lord at the end of their lives receive the same salvation as someone who came to the Lord as a child. He said to me “that’s hard to believe.” I told him it may be hard to believe because God’s goodness and grace is beyond our human comprehension. God is good, and he is a restorer.

I was saved in 1988, at the age of 38. Besides the regret of having lived a good portion of my life apart from the Lord, another regret I have is not having done more for my mother while she was alive. (She went to be with the Lord in March of this year, 2007.) Though our relationship was redeemed, I do still have some regrets. So many times, even now, I think of ways of blessing her, but this is no longer possible. My consolation? Life isn’t over for the believer in Jesus Christ. When we die, our new life, our eternal life, will begin. When I think of my regrets I remember that the redeemed will have eternity to fellowship with the Lord, and with one another. It will be a time of restoration of all things. And lest anyone think that it’s too late in their life to hope, remember the thief on the cross. Though all seemed lost, it was not, and there was hope even in his desperate situation when he repented and said “Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

What more could we ask for?

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Matthew 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

THE SONSHINE SOCIETY

The SonShine Society is an evangelistic ministry that equips Christians to minister to the elderly in nursing homes. They make available wonderful large print Christian material at very low prices. They offer, among other things, large print hymnals, and Bible tracts in the form of greeting cards. The cards are three for a dollar and I think they rival Hallmark in quality. They also send out quarterly newsletters.

THE GOSPEL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

The cross of Christ is foretold in Old Testament prophecy, and through types and shadows. The Old Testament Scriptures always looked forward. It was the Spirit of Christ who testified.

1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Gospel was preached to Abraham in the Old Testament.

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

NoticeScripture says “all nations” and “all families.” This foretells Gospel times, but it is also very true that the Lord always embraced all who would embrace Him. It was not being Jewish by race that made someone a child of God, even in the Old Testament. It was always a matter of faith. Taking Scripture out of context, and taking the “all” out of the Old Testament is no doubt a very serious matter.  This is what Christian Zionists have done with Genesis 12:3, and it is a deadly mistake.

NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH

Updated August 2020

1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

What does it mean to love the truth?

One thing it means is that we are to be willing to follow truth regardless of where truth would lead us. Truth is often rejected because there is a price to pay for embracing certain truths, a price that many of us are unwilling to pay. Rather than say we are unwilling to pay the price, we sooth our souls by believing a lie. But this is a false peace, and it is the fruit of strong delusion.

Years ago the Lord put a bold Christian woman in my path. She witnessed to me, and told me it was Jesus, not Mary that I should be calling upon. She had been witnessing to me for some time, when she questioned me again about my beliefs. I told her I still didn’t understand why it was wrong to pray to Mary. We were at a bowling dinner that evening, and they had a raffle. My raffle ticket was one number off. Just one number from winning the prize. One number off gets you nothing.  When I began reading the Bible, I read 1Timonthy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” That was the verse that set me free from idolatry. Mary was primary in my “Roman Catholic mind.” It was Mary, not Jesus who I sought help from. One person off. A fatal mistake if I had continued seeking Mary. A fatal mistake if it had not been rectified in time.

Of course when I became born again I knew Mary could not help me. Mary was a human being. Mary was not Deity. Scripture forbids us to pray to a human being. Scripture forbids us to pray to the dead.

Jesus or Mary?

One number off gets you nothing.

One person off will damn your soul.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

The sin of idolatry is a soul damning sin.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Roman Catholicism does not teach the true Gospel, yet many pastors in today’s Evangelical church embrace Rome as brethren, and do not witness to the Roman Catholic. What a tragedy! In the past, when my husband and I have shared our testimony with pastors, for the most part our testimony has been rejected. We wanted pastors to teach their congregations the truth about Roman Catholicism, and encourage their congregants to learn how to witness to Roman Catholics. Unfortunately our pleas fell on deaf ears. If a pastor cannot understand something so Biblically simple, then they should not be a pastor. And those pastors who do understand and keep silent, for whatever reason, will have blood their hands.

Jeremiah Chapter 23

Yesterday, when I went to visit my father in the nursing home, I met a 92 year old woman in the visitors lounge. She said the lounge was her little place to go and pray the rosary. She said she feels so good when she does that, and so peaceful. Strong delusion. So here it is again, the Lord putting these people in front of us, and it just makes you want to weep. Where is the church? Do you think the Lord is not going to hold modern day leaders responsible for their silence. Serious issues are not taken to heart, but are instead treated as a light matter. Someone who is filled with God’s Holy Spirit will not pray to Mary. It’s that simple.

Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

We should not mix lies and truth … ever.

TRUE SALVATION

FALSE … THE ROSARY