A SWORD

Topic of “the sword” came up again today!

From today’s “Morning and Evening”.

Spurgeon:

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if to do the right, and to believe the true, should cause him to lose every earthly friend—he will count it but a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be yet more friendly, and reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever. O you who have taken up His cross—do you know what your Master said? “I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother; and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, He brings war. Where the light comes, the darkness must retire. Where truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abides, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower its standard, and the lie must be trodden under foot. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels! If you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it—the world will not speak well of you! He who has the friendship of the world—is an enemy to God! But if you are true and faithful to the Most High God—men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities.

Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. You will need the courage of a lion to unhesitatingly pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe! But for the love of Jesus—you must thus be courageous. For the truth’s sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral courage which only the Spirit of God can work in you. Do not turn your back like a coward but play the man. Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest; than false peace and everlasting torment!

http://www.youdevotion.com/morneven/december/28

LET MY TEARS WATER THE FOOTSTEPS…

Powerful words indeed!

By A.W. Tozer, from a previously unpublished essay.

“I cannot stop people from doing what they are doing, but at least I can grieve because they will not stop; and I am going to do that. I am going to let my tears water the footsteps of those who go astray.

And when the churches will not come back to the New Testament standards and worship the Lord our God in the beauty of Holiness, if I cannot make them do it or persuade them to do it in this awful hour of crisis, at least I can weep because they will not come. And I can sigh if I cannot weep.

I do not know what the future holds. But I know one thing:

Rather than betray the sheep of God,

rather than lie to them and deceive them and keep them agitated and stirred up with all kinds of popular topics;

rather than take my material from Time magazine,

I’ll preach the Word of God to empty seats and sigh and cry for the abominations that is in the earth.”

SPURGEON SPEAKS AGAINST DISPENSATIONALISM

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a contemporary of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), spoke against the Dispensationalism taught by Darby…

“Distinctions have been drawn by certain exceedingly wise men (measured by their own estimate of themselves), between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ, and those who lived afterwards. We have even heard it asserted that those who lived before the coming of Christ do not belong to the church of God!

We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy that these absurdities are revealed at one time, in order that we may be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement. Why, every child of God in every place stands on the same footing; the Lord has not some children best beloved, some second-rate offspring, and others whom he hardly cares about.

These who saw Christ’s day before it came, had a great difference as to what they knew, and perhaps in the same measure a difference as to what they enjoyed while on earth meditating upon Christ; but they were all washed in the same blood, all redeemed with the same ransom price, and made members of the same body.

Israel in the covenant of grace is not natural Israel, but all believers in all ages. Before the first advent, all the types and shadows all pointed one way —they pointed to Christ, and to him all the saints looked with hope. Those who lived before Christ were not saved with a different salvation to that which shall come to us. They exercised faith as we must; that faith struggled as ours struggles, and that faith obtained its reward as ours shall”.

Charles Suprgeon

Devotional Classics of C H Spurgeon, p122

MICHAEL SATTLER – A Christian Martyr

The following quote is by Christian martyr Michael Sattler.  He proclaimed and defended the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He came against the false gospel of Roman Catholicism.  It cost him his life.

“… If the Turks should come, we ought not to resist them; for it is written: Thou shalt not kill. We must not defend ourselves against the Turks and others of our persecutors, but are to beseech God with earnest prayer to repel and resist them. But that I said, that if warring were right, I would rather take the field against the so-called Christians, who persecute, apprehend and kill pious Christians, than against the Turks, was for this reason: The Turk is a true Turk, knows nothing of the Christian faith; and is a Turk after the flesh; but you, who would be Christians, and who make your boast of Christ, persecute the pious witnesses of Christ, and are Turks after the spirit.”

Read about martyrs Michael Sattler and his wife Margaretha here.

Video:  The Radicals

Note that persecution came from both the Roman Catholics and the Protestants.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Take Heed That No Man Deceive You – Part 7

Undiluted truth, clearly and lovingly proclaimed.  As a former Roman Catholic it pains my heart, it deeply pains my heart, that this type of preaching is sadly missing from today’s pulpits …

“… Catholic teaching states clearly that baptism is one of the seven sacraments, being so the first sacrament. They are defined as the only seven channels of grace. What that means is by every sacrament a part of the grace of Jesus Christ comes for your salvation. Not all what you need but just a little part here, a little part there, a little part further through other sacraments, through the sacrament of the penance, and through the sacrament of marriage, and through the sacrament of the Holy Orders, and through every other sacrament, of the sacrifice of the mass, a little part of the grace of Christ for your salvation is coming to you.  Little by little. 

What that means is you don’t know when you are going to be saved. As a matter of fact you are dying and the priest cannot even tell you if you are saved or not, and you can be the most faithful Catholic, the most renewed charismatic. You may even cry aloud that you already believe in Christ, that you are saved, and you are not while you keep practicing these lies of the devil. You see the paradox here? By the same token, millions of Catholics, like puppets, parakeets, are repeating they are saved without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”  Alberto Rivera

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.