JESUS SAID: BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM, THEREFORE JESUS IS GOD!

Happy and blessed New Year to all my brothers and sisters in Christ! ❤️

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THE SPANISH INQUSITION

The quote below is from the product description of FLAME IN THE WIND, a movie about the Spanish Inquisition…

“The church system offers

safety, protection, and respectability;

but the Scriptures offer Christ and salvation

from sin and with these, torture and death.”

Are we ready for persecution when it comes our way?

2Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

From Fox’s Book of Martyrs – Chapter V – An Account of the Inquisition

“Courts of Inquisition were now erected in several countries; but the Spanish Inquisition became the most powerful, and the most dreaded of any. Even the kings of Spain themselves, though arbitrary in all other respects, were taught to dread the power of the lords of the Inquisition; and the horrid cruelties they exercised compelled multitudes, who differed in opinion from the Roman Catholics, carefully to conceal their sentiments.” Read more here.

THE STATE OF THE INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH

– A funeral service was held in a nondenominational church that I am familiar with. The service was for two city workers. Several city officials attended, along with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The pastor of the church allowed Dolan to pray at the service, and after he prayed the pastor said that he prayed an “amazing prayer”. I wonder what the reformers would say about that.

– A visiting preacher at a church we were attending made a favorable remark regarding Roman Catholicism. When my husband and the pastor met to talk about it, the pastor began by telling him that he took a visiting friend around town, and they drove by St. Patrick’s cathedral. What was the point of sharing that information? The conversation went nowhere.

– Then there’s the preacher who often spoke at our former church who rejoiced that he was able to speak at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I recently wrote about it here.

– Yesterday, I listened to an online YouTube sermon. This Gospel preaching pastor said that Mother Teresa did what she did for the Lord. I left the following comment, but by this morning it was gone.

Mother Teresa quote: If coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we . . . become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are . . . . What God is in your mind you must accept.” (Desmond Doig, Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, Harper & Row, 1976, p. 156) Mother Teresa was not a Christian.

– Here’s a statement by Billy Graham. Most pastors in the institutional church ignore such statements when brought to their attention. Praying the rosary is abomination in the sight of the Lord!

“When Mother Teresa died the only thing she owned was her rosary beads and the simple clothing that she wore. But one writer said of her she took a vow of poverty and became fabulously wealthy in the ways that really matter. She’s wealthy in the next world.” (Billy Graham San Francisco Bay Area Crusade, Excerpt from December 1997 televised broadcast, Speaker: Billy Graham, Topic: The Value of a Soul)

– A local church here portrayed their Christmas decorations online during their Sunday service. What does Mickey Mouse and Santa and all the Christmas hoopla have to do with the majesty, holiness and glory of the Ancient of Days. This is what I saw…

Mickey Mouse and Santa

Matthew 24:3-4 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

THE CHURCH

A DIVINE APPOINTMENT AT THE GROCERY STORE!

We went grocery shopping this morning, and Billy prayed for a divine appointment like he usually does before we go out. He was wearing his witnessing t-shirt that says this on the front…

and this on the back…

As we were leaving the grocery store two workers by customer service were staring at his shirt, and they said we’re trying to read your shirt. So he walked closer, straightened out his shirt so they could read what it said, and then he read it to them. And he turned around and let them read the back too.

Billy asked me to give them my little Bible booklets, but as I reached into my purse I saw that all I had left were the ones in Spanish. 🤦‍♀️ One of the ladies spoke Spanish so she took one of those. I asked if they wanted the English booklets, and they said yes, so I went to the car to get them.

When I returned I learned that one of the ladies, a young woman, was a Christian, so I asked about her testimony. She said her dad was a believer, and although she knew about salvation she wasn’t saved yet. She knew that if she walked with the Lord she would have to part with her current boyfriend and friends, and she didn’t want to do that. But then the Lord gave her three dreams. It was the last dream that caused her to surrender to the Lord.

In the third and last dream she and her worldly friends were in a vehicle, I think it was a bus. It was tipped over and her friends were falling out of the window into hell, and she was there with them hanging on ready to drop off too. That did it for her. She said she was so grateful to the Lord, because He could have just let her live her life unsaved and then end up in hell, but the Lord didn’t do that.

After she was saved she tried to get one of her unsaved friends to go to church with her, but her friend wasn’t interested. She said the Lord was telling her you can’t force people to be saved. She has parted ways with her old friends, now to walk with the Lord in newness of life! Praise God!

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

As for the other worker, an older woman, she got a Bible booklet in English and in Spanish. and maybe even overheard some of our conversation. I was able to give a brief version of my salvation testimony, how someone gently but boldly witnessed to me regarding Roman Catholicism. Maybe she’ll ask some questions. Praise God for another witnessing opportunity and answered prayer!