THE DANGERS OF HOLISTIC MEDICINE

Holistic health teachings found within the organized church can lead into new age occult thinking and practices.  Multitudes are being led astray by popular leaders that they trust.   

From around the web …

“soon millions of gullible people will like their health ideas and read their other material and be led into the occult.”

“a lot of them will be influenced by a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity, namely New Age Spirituality”

More on the dangers of Holistic medicine … here

NEVER GIVE UP!

I heard a young Evangelist give an awesome testimony last night about when his grandma was saved.  It made me cry and it made me want to dance around the room :-).  I’ll tell it as best as I can recall.

As a young boy the Evangelist prayed for his grandma’s salvation every Sunday in Sunday School and continued to pray throughout his adult years. She remained uninterested in the things of God and she never went to church. Then one day, when she was in her 70’s, she called him on the phone and asked him to come over.  He thought she just wanted to visit and was going to cook him some breakfast like she always did, but he said there was no aroma of anything cooking as he walked into the house.  

His grandma looked at him and said  …

I am old and I am dying and I have rejected God my whole life.  I don’t want to go to hell, I want to get right with God.  Do you think there is hope for me?

The Evangelist opened his Bible and explained God’s Word and the way of salvation to his grandma.  She said to her grandson …

Can I do this now, can I get saved now?

And so, in a little house somewhere in the mountains, his weeping grandma became a child of God, another soul came into God’s Kingdom, and the angels in heaven rejoiced.  

That night the Evangelist was scheduled to preach in a church.  His grandma wanted to go with him and asked him to pick her up.  When she was in church that night she walked up to the front of the church and gave testimony of God’s saving grace.  She testified of her newfound faith and said …

If God can save me he can save anybody.

Two or three months later she went home to be with the Lord.

Hallelujah!

It makes me think of my mother who was saved in her 80’s after many long years of praying for her and witnessing to her.  I knew she was saved when I heard my her unexpectedly witness to my father and tell him …

You need the Holy Ghost too if you want to go to heaven with us.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

Hallelujah!

Amazing grace how very sweet the sound!

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

More on … SALVATION

THERE IS A SUMMER COMING …

Psalm 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Gill Bible Commentary:

… thou hast made summer and winter; (see … Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.)

… the different frames of God’s people when under temptations, and clouds, and darkness, and when they enjoy peace and comfort;

… and the different state of the church, when affected with affliction, persecution, false doctrine, deadness, and formality, which is now greatly the case; …

but there is a summer coming, when it will be otherwise; (see … Luke 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.)

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:

The church silences her own complaints. What God had done for his people, as their King of old, encouraged them to depend on him. It was the Lord’s doing, none besides could do it. This providence was food to faith and hope, to support and encourage in difficulties.

The God of Israel is the God of nature. He that is faithful to his covenant about the day and the night, will never cast off those whom he has chosen. We have as much reason to expect affliction, as to expect night and winter. But we have no more reason to despair of the return of comfort, than to despair of day and summer. And in the world above we shall have no more changes.

Day and night, summer and winter, being counterchanged in the course of nature, throughout all the borders of the earth, we can expect no other than that trouble and peace, prosperity and adversity, should be, in like manner, counterchanged in all the borders of the church. We have as much reason to expect affliction as to expect night and winter. But we have then no more reason to despair of the return of comfort than we have to despair of day and summer.

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE …

Hebrews 9:17 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Where will I go when I die?

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

BUT WHERE ARE THE NINE?

Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

Clarke

“Where are the nine?” – Where are the numbers that from time to time have been converted to God? Are they still found praising him, with their faces on the dust, as they did at first? Alas! how many are turned back to perdition! and how many are again mingled with the world! Reader! art thou of this number?

Barnes

“Where are the nine?” And what a striking illustration is this of human nature, and of the ingratitude of man! One had come back to give thanks for the favor bestowed on him; the others were heard of no more. So now …

When people are restored from dangerous sickness, here and there one comes to give thanks to God; but “where are the nine?”

Few, few of all who have been rescued from “threatening graves” feel their obligation to God, or ever express it. They forget their Great Benefactor; perhaps the mention of his name is unpleasant, and they scorn the idea that they are under any obligations to him. Such, alas! is man, ungrateful man!

Gill

And Jesus answering, said,…. After the Samaritan had paid his respects to him, and made his acknowledgments in this grateful way:

were there not ten cleansed? so many applied for a cure, and so many had it:

but where are the nine? or nine of them; here was one, but where were the rest? they went and showed themselves to the priests, and then returned to their several places of abode, and took no notice of their physician and Saviour, to make any returns to him.

Christ’s flock, which is separated from the world, and walks in Gospel order, within the inclosures of it, is but a little flock; they are but a few names in Sardis, who have not defiled themselves, with corruptions in doctrine and discipline; and these few are often such, who have been the worst of men, the vilest of sinners, from whom it has been least expected, they should glorify Christ:

Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

Clarke

This stranger – Often God receives more praise and affectionate obedience from those who had long lived without his knowledge and fear, than from those who were bred up among his people, and who profess to be called by his name. The simple reason is, Those who have Much forgiven will love much, Luke 7:47.