AND BECAUSE INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND…

Today’s church is very much interested in what is happening in the Middle East, seeing it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The grounds for this belief, whether we are aware of it or not, is the unbiblical teaching of dispensationalism

Please read the following post… And because iniquity shall abound… It was written in 2008 by PJ Miller, and it is as relevant today, even more so, than when it was first written ten years ago. I recommend reading the post and PJ’s comments at the end. (Although the blog is no longer active, you can still read the posts and comments.)

Excerpt… “it is imperative that Christians today take discernment based on God’s Word very seriously as not doing so will certainly cause one to feed on leavened bread and adulterated word which in turn will cause you to set your spiritual affection after things of this world – idols of this day and age. (*we see this today …Christians who’s theology has led them into making an idol out of flesh and blood people, and plots of ground in the Middle East).” PJ Miller

The war drums are beating again. Now is the time to take this issue to heart.

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A STRANGER’S LOT…

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Benson:

I beseech you, as strangers —

Or sojourners; and pilgrims —

Who have no inheritance on this earth, but are traveling to the heavenly country.

The former word… properly means those who are in a strange house, a house not their own:

the second… those who are in a strange country, and among a people not their own.

We sojourn in the body;

we are pilgrims in this world; 

Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

R.S. Candlish:

This is your sad cry as you suffer under the inevitable evils of a stranger’s lot, even though you may have the blessedness, in the land in which you are strangers, of being sojourners with him whose land it is. 

For, however hospitably he with whom you are sojourning may entertain you, it is still, as it were, within the precincts of an inn, nor can you expect to escape the vexations and troubles inseparable from that mode of accommodation. 

Then you must remember that the land in which as strangers you are for the present entertained as sojourners, is the earth which has been cursed for your sin, and on which, with whatever mitigation, the sentence still lies. 

You may think it strange, perhaps hard, that you should be thus lodged, even temporarily; in the midst of creation’s groans, mingling with your own. 

But for wise ends your gracious entertainer considers this to be right. And may you not always be appealing to Him, and reminding Him of your relation to Him?

The earth is indeed the Lord’s. …. And it has in its bosom a countless multitude of redeemed bodies, belonging to redeemed souls; bodies now vile perhaps, but destined to be conformed to the Lord’s own glorious body. 

…things in particular you must have much at heart. The first is to break every tie that ever bound you, or could bind you, to the usurper’s service; the service of the prince of this world. 

Surely now you will not betray your Host with whom you dwell, by shrinking from knowing His name and defending His cause, or by keeping up a treacherous correspondence with the enemy.

 

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THE FORGOTTEN BOOK…

You can read it online here.

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JEWISH EVANGELISM cont.

I told the story of  evangelizing a Jewish man named Al here, but there were others. In the nursing home, where we did Sunday services, there were many Jewish people.

There was…

Joseph – Joseph was a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He was a survivor of the holocaust. He told us about the awful things he went through during WW2. Many times when we saw him he would smile and reach into his pocket to give us a hard candy. That was his trademark of sorts. After offering him a Bible tract, which he took, he handed us a Bible tract someone else had given him in his neighborhood. He would always smile and sometimes he would say… “keep up the good work”.

and…

Irwin – Irwin was also a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He knew that we did Christian services, and it seemed to us that he thought that was a good thing. Even so, we didn’t seem to have an opening to share the Gospel with him, so we prayed. We prayed that Irwin would ask us questions about salvation. One day we were sitting in the lounge with Irwin, just chatting about different things, when he asked a question. “What about someone like me” he said. “Would I go to heaven if I died? My husband shared the Gospel and the exclusivity of Jesus with him. He listened. He didn’t angry, he listened. He said OK. 

and…

David – David, also a relative of a resident, read many of the tracts that my husband gave him. He told us so. He also sat through one of the Christian services at the nursing home when my husband did a teaching on the Passover. Usually during the services, anyone who didn’t want to attend would just go into the adjoining room. But one Sunday the adjoining room was occupied, so David stayed in the room. After the service he told my husband that everything that he taught about the Passover was correct. This was an encouragement. But at a later time when my husband said he would like to talk about the Messiah with him he clearly told him NO. So sad.

and there were others, in other places…

Rachel – An elderly Jewish neighbor in her 90’s. She would visit me and I would visit her. She would say to me that I should teach others what I was sharing with her. She thought it was really good, but didn’t think it applied to her. She did read the Gospel tract I gave her though, and said she liked it.

 and…

Harriet – Harriet was a woman in her late 90’s. We were looking for an apartment and Harriet was moving, so we went to see her apartment. Our realtor always came with us, but on this particular day he gave us the address and told us to go on our own.

We went to look at the apartment and as we were about to leave I felt prompted to ask Harriet if we could pray for her. That began a very long and interesting conversation. Harriet invited us to sit down so we could talk. She told us she saw a book about Jesus when she was a child and she wanted it. Her mother bought it for her, but she said others in her Jewish circle were not happy with that! She also told us that her son died at an early age, and her husband died shortly thereafter. Sad to say that from that point on she questioned the goodness of God.

I ran into Harriet again one day, and I sat down with her to talk about the Lord. I read her Christian poetry and she really enjoyed hearing it. Although she invited me to come visit at her home again, she was still adamant in her unbelief. 

and there were others not mentioned in this post.

I recently posted about the new Israel Bible featured in Charisma Magazine. It does not contain the New Testament and is a denial of Jesus Christ!

Quotes…

“This Israel bible, directed at the Christian Zionist evangelical market…”

“May The Israel bible be a small contribution toward bringing about the final redemption of Israel and the world.”

What????? 

Do not be deceived by the heresies of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism.

The Jewish people need to be evangelized as much as anyone else.

1 John 4

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spiritof antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

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JEWISH EVANGELISM – Al

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

It was in the late 1990’s and we were living in a small apartment. When I needed to do laundry I would take my shopping cart and walk a couple of blocks to the laundromat. I always carried tracts with me wherever I went “just in case” and one day an opportunity presented itself at the laundromat. Al. 

Al was an elderly man, and I felt a strong prompting to give him a tract, but I resisted. I was silent, and I left without saying a word!

When I got home I felt bad. I prayed to the Lord and asked Him to please put that man before me again so that I could witness to him. Not long after, as I was crossing the street near my home, lo and behold there was the man from the laundromat, crossing in the opposite direction. I engaged him in conversation somehow, and I learned that his name was Al, he was a retired lawyer, and he was Jewish. I offered him a This Is Your Life Chick Tract. He took it. 

After that encounter my husband and I would see Al at the laundromat from time to time. Al said he read the tract that I gave him, and that it scared him some. (Scared him in a good way.)

We became his friends. He even came to an evangelical outreach with us one night.

When we moved we kept in touch with Al. One night he called us but we weren’t home. He left a friendly message on our answering machine, saying something to the effect that he wasn’t a particularly religious person. We were always talking about the Lord with Al, therefore the reason for the message he left. 

The next time we called Al a relative answered the phone. We were told that Al had died, suddenly, unexpectedly. We were heartbroken.

Al received a clear Gospel message from us, and we showed him God’s love. 

Do not be deceived by Dispensationalism Love the Jewish people by sharing the Gospel with them.

Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

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