The Church Folk are NOT So Much EVIL as They Are Stubbornly, Happily Deceived

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“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
–2CORINTHIANS 11:13-35

During a recent discussion about those who inhabit the buildings known as the churches, the point was raised that the church folk are not so much EVIL–as evil is commonly understood to be–as they are DECEIVED.

“Church people are not so much evil as they are HAPPILY and STUBBORNLY deceived.”

‘Happily deceived’ because they are happy enough in walking the path they are walking: the broad way to destruction.

God’s Word is CLEAR about the drawbacks to being stubborn.

“…stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
–1SAMUEL 15:23

Many of the church folk KNOW that something isn’t right: they just can’t seem to figure out what it is that is NOT right.  They suspect that something is not quite right because of the GREAT difference between their lives and the promises made by God in His Word.

But most of those who feel this way forget their misgivings and have another doughnut at the latest church social.

“I don’t know why my prayers are not being answered.  I’ll have to speak to my pastor about that!”

Many of the churches seem saturated with a sense of entitlement: their members feel they should get SOMETHING out of their church attendance.

It might as well be a trip to heaven for a happy eternity.

And what God’s Word has to say about a Christian living a transformed life?

“God knows I never really understood all of that. God will understand.”

Too late will the church folk realize that what Jesus Christ said about being spiritually reborn was not only INSTRUCTIONAL, but a WARNING.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
–John 3:3,5

IF a man realizes that something is not right and that something affects his future in a GREAT way and that man does not do anything about changing his ways: that man is deceived.

What is truly tragic about the deception practiced in the churches is that few seem to care enough to investigate further or to make the changes necessary to abandon the path of destruction they walk.

What is truly tragic is that the deceived are not EVIL–as evil is commonly thought to be.

What is truly tragic is that the deceived will end up in the very same place as the evil and wicked they so often decry.

As Jesus Himself once observed

“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
–Matthew 15:9-14

DOES the reader attend one of the churches?

DOES the reader believe that church attendance is a sign of whether a person is a Christian or not?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 24, 2021.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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The Wicked and Evil: As They Are Commonly Understood To Be

 

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“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you”
–Mark 13:3-5

As the end times are a time of GREAT deception, it stands to reason that during the end times, the world and ‘the prince of this world’ (Satan),  would devote a great deal of time to confusing men as to what constitutes the wicked or evil man.

Apparently, this campaign of indoctrinating mankind as to that which is WICKED or EVIL has been–so far–successful. VERY FEW end times earth-dwellers consider themselves to be WICKED or EVIL.

Feeding this misinformation is a media which never tires of misinforming those who rely on its pronouncements.

EVIL or WICKED is said to involve “malicious” or “hateful” behavior.  To this end, the world NEVER tires of highlighting just who it considers WICKED or EVIL: Adolf Hitler, other cruel, malicious tyrants who terrorize their people and/or those who are rich and celebrated who practice OBVIOUSLY wicked behaviors while ridiculing any who protest their publicized ‘wickedness.’

And the folks at home who take in this satanic gobbledegook sit back and think, “Gee, I’m not wicked or evil because I don’t behave like those obviously wicked or evil people act.”

BUT what does God’s Word say about this?

After all, God’s Word will be used to judge men for their behaviors and actions.

The standard for what is “wicked” or “evil” is very much different from the world’s consideration of EVIL or WICKED.

Who is it that the Bible declares will end up in the lake of fire?

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
–Revelation 21:8

Sounds like ‘all liars’–and others–will end up in the same place as all of those other famously-wicked people the culture so likes to promote.

Jesus Himself pointed out what is considered WICKED or EVIL in God’s eyes.

“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
–Mark 7:20-23

And what God considers wicked IS wicked.

What man considers wicked?

It may or may not be.

The reader should take note that Jesus equated ‘foolishness’ with ‘wickedness’ and ‘blasphemy.’

God’s Word does the same in DOZENS of verses: this is a concept that is foreign to MOST moderns.

“O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.”
–Psalm 69:5

“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.”
–Proverbs 19:3

“The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.”
–Proverbs 24:9

“I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness”
–Ecclesiastes 7:25

Modern man MISUNDERSTANDS what comprises WICKEDNESS. What is commonly understood to be WICKED during the end times is a confusion meant to confuse, confound and cloud the clearness behind God’s Word.

So, MANY moderns are EXTREMELY certain that they are NOT wicked–as the world and Satan judges what wickedness is.

Unfortunately for MANY moderns, Satan and the world will NOT be judging man at the end.

DOES the reader believe he is a “pretty good person“?

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Romans 3:10-12

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 26-28, 2021.]

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–with Mondo Frazier

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BOTH SIDES NOW: Life in a Fallen World–And Otherwise

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“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.”
–Colossians 3:5-7

One little, mostly-unremarked truth of being a believer is that almost all believers were once UNBELIEVERS.

Followers of Jesus Christ can compare their life in this world with their present life.

They can make this comparison because they have lived both sides. Believers KNOW what it was formerly like living in the world.

UNBELIEVERS have only lived ONE side.

UNBELIEVERS cannot make a valid comparison.

UNBELIEVERS rely on speculation and conjecture to make their arguments.

However, speculation, conjecture and other guesses are usually enough to win over a fallen and dying world of men.

Particularly, the men of the last days.

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
–Revelation 13:4,8

BELIEVERS, having once lived as enemies of God, can truthfully compare what they once were with their present life.

UNBELIEVERS can only compare their present life with what they GUESS life is like as a follower of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

If unbelievers knew for certain what life was like as a believer, they would be believers.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

HAS the reader experienced the second, spiritual re-birth?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 22, 2021.]

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–with Mondo Frazier

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One of the FEW Scientific Truths

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SCIENCE! is NOT as most imagine it to be.

SCIENCE! is a religion.

This can be ably demonstrated by the great number of scientific theories, postulations and stories which have to be taken on faith.

“Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: ‘Ye must have faith.’”
Max Planck, Nobel winner in Physics

Planck spoke of the ‘temple of science.’  What normally takes place in temples?

 Science is an Ancient, Pagan Religion

HOWEVER, the truth NEVER changes.  What is true today will be the true tomorrow.

Science Constantly Changes, The Truth Never Changes

The truth is immutable.

THEREFORE, when a man of science (Max Planck) makes a statement which contains kernels of truth, it is the rarest of occurrences.

Planck was a Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1918.

As a scientist, Planck made MANY nonsensical statements during his lifetime. The following was NOT among them.

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

At another time, Planck reworded his statement:

“An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.”

Together, these two statements are known as “Planck’s Principle.”

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. . . . An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the youth.
— Max Planck, Scientific autobiography, 1950, p. 33, 97

Planck’s Principle has been sometimes reduced to “Science progresses one funeral at a time“.

At any rate, ‘Planck’s Principle’ is that rarest of things: a truthful statement about science from a man of science.

DOES the reader put his faith in SCIENCE!?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 22, 2021.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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