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Monday, June 5, 2017

Heavenly Reunion With Jesus Christ

  • Scripture Passage Of Reflection:
          -"In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:2-3)
  • Concise Commentary On John 14:2-3:
          -In this text, our Lord Jesus Christ is emphatically telling His audience that there is plenty of room in heaven to fit all people who were faithful to God's divine will. Thus there is no such thing as a person who trusts in God for salvation who will be excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven. The heavenly sanctuary was prepared for all who truly love Him. Jesus Christ clearly assured us that we shall indeed be united with Him again permanently after death, if we hold fast to the stipulations presented within the gospel. Christ was also testifying to the fact that nothing is impossible for God to accomplish. We need to trust in the words of God's Son because He would never work to spread falsehood. We who believe in the gospel can indeed have assurance of eternal life after death.

Identifying Signs Of Liberal Apostasy In Christian Churches

  • Introduction:
          -Many originally solid, biblically grounded Evangelical churches have suffered greatly, if not experienced a complete shipwreck of faith, because of the heretical ideologies of liberalism. Individual Christian brethren have become bitterly divided against each other and, if fact, have entirely severed themselves from their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by embracing various perversions of the gospel or through the willful hardening of their own hearts. The Christian church is in a poor state of health that God would obviously never approve of. But all that members of the faithful remnant can do is to pray for unity in the truth. We must continually contend for the faith through the preaching of the message that points to eternal life. While churches may indeed appear to be doctrinally sound to our ears, we must listen to every message uttered by each spirit with our hearts and diligently examine their core in light of the written Word of God, for it is like a mallet that shatters the glass of heresy.
  • General Characteristics To Search For When Examining The Doctrinal Foundations Of Professing Christian Churches:
          -Personal feelings are usually given a greater amount of emphasis or a higher level of authority than biblical commandments, which were directly given to us by the apostles, prophets, their closest associates, and by our Lord Jesus Christ. In these corrupt church environments, personal feelings on issues of spiritual discernment are treated as if they are the ultimate standard of truth, rather than facts provided through divine revelation, reason, or by other means.
          -People oftentimes reinterpret Scripture passages that flatly contradict their personal beliefs or redefine terms for essential historic Christian doctrines according to their own whims. In fact, a liberal mindset tends to view the concept of having essentials as being morally evil.
          -People who are affiliated with these apostate churches oftentimes focus on having a sense of emotional "freedom and equality", rather than emphasizing the purity of the gospel. In reality, these pseudo-Christian groups set aside significant doctrinal differences for the sake of a false unity. Those who decide to plainly reveal the truth in regards to sin and eternal condemnation in the literal flames of hell are silenced in these surroundings. While it is true that Christians should be supporting minority crowds from ruthless bullying or persecution, the heart of the Christian religion, the gospel, will always be defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Without the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we cannot be saved (1 Corinthians 15:17; Hebrews 9:22). Truth is truth, regardless of whether people are offended or not. Should we silence math teachers who could possibly offend students when they teach that 1+1=2 in an objective manner?

Apostasy Passages Pose A Major Dilemma For The Doctrine Of Eternal Security

  • Introduction:
          -The doctrine of eternal security states that a person can never lose his or her salvation after conversion to Christianity. But if we cannot cease to be called children of God through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, then why do we have so many passages in Scripture warning Christians to guard their faith against spiritual corruption which happens as a result of sin?:

"But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul." (Hebrews 10:38-39)

"Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son." (2 John 8-9)

"But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang." (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

"fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are HYMENAEUS and ALEXANDER." (1 Timothy 1:18-21)

"O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith." (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

"But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are HYMENAEUS and PHILETUS, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some." (2 Timothy 2:16-18)