Meet the Samericans

It is recorded that Jesus had an encounter with a woman who was part of a group of people who were called Samaritans.  At this encounter the woman complained that the Jews said they had to worship in Jerusalem because they worship the Lord on a mountain.  Jesus did not bring into doubt her worshiping of the Lord.  In fact He said a time would come when both Jews and Samaritans would worship in neither place.  Jesus did not question her worship, but confessed they worship what they do not know.

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.[1]

The Samaritans are gone so we can never meet one, but their spirit is alive and well.  I would like to introduce you to a group of people who worship what they do not know.  I would like to introduce you to the Samericans.

Let me describe them to you.

Samericans believe that the New Testament gospel is different than the Old Testament gospel, even though the New Testament teaches that our gospel is the very one that was preached at Mt. Sinai.  (Heb 4:2)

Samericans believe that Jesus came so we could be credited righteousness, even though the New Testament teaches that credited righteousness came in the covenant with Abraham.  (Rom 4:11)

Samericans believe that the Old Testament is inconsequential while the New Testament teaches believers are grafted into the righteousness that was credited to Abraham in the Old Testament.  Rom (3:23-24)

Samericans believe that God calls things that are not as if they were, but deny this reality spoken of in our New Testament when they deny they have a hope of salvation by insisting God spoke it as it really is when scripture says we are saved.  (Rom 4:17)

Samericans believe they have faith they are saved, when faith is hoping for what we do not have.  Their faith gives them salvation they would say, while the New Testament says our faith is hoping for the salvation we do not have.  (Heb 11:1)

Samericans explain the hope of salvation away by saying there are three tenses of salvation past, present and future, when Paul taught we do not hope for what we have.  And if we do not have it we wait for it patiently.  (Rom 8:24-25)

Samericans believe they are the children of Abraham because they got saved, while the New Testament teaches we are the children of Abraham if we walk in the same steps of faith of Abraham who hoped against all hope in the promises of God, because he never recieved them.  (Rom 4:16,18)

Samericans believe that if we are unfaithful Jesus will remain faithful to them because He can not disown Himself, when the reality is He will be faithful to His word and punish the wicked like He did Israel.  (2 Tim 2:11-13)

Samericans believe ecumenical sermons that deal with relationships, God’s blessings and being a better person is the gospel.

Samericans are the type of people who will deny they worship what they do not know, yet will not have ears to hear or eyes to see what scripture teaches us.  They will be to lazy to study scripture for themselves, preferring to quote other men’s opinions on the matter.

Samericans are like people who repeatedly look in the mirror of God’s word and immediately forget what they look like when they turn away to worship what they do not know.

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.[2]

What are Samericans liken to?  To whom can we compare them, when they worship but ignore the word of God, worshiping what they do not know?  To whom are their hearts fond, that of God’s word or man’s teaching.

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'”[3]

Do you know any?

[1] John 4:20-22

[2] James 1:23-24

[3] Matthew 15:8-9

Left, left, left right left

It seems as if the world is standing upon a precipice.  We are about to be plunged headlong into a time of changing governments, war, famine, natural disasters and spiritual confrontation.  Yet I can not help to think when I look around that I walk among the living the dead.  I am not talking about those who have rejected God but those who claim His name.

When speaking of what I know of current events, which didn’t come from the TV, it is as if the body of Christ suddenly becomes aware that I have leprosy.  At least when I speak what I know to the lost they sincerely are either interested or at minimal angry with the deterioration of our country.

But with the house of God I have to assume I am speaking on a taboo subject.  It as if we Christians have been given the charge from God to keep a positive attitude.  Did I miss something?  Did God give our father Abraham the charge to keep a positive attitude about the economy?  Was Abraham credited righteousness for sticking his head in the sand?  Is this what scripture means when it says we are to live the same faith as Abraham?

And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.[1]

Maybe this unfailing positive attitude in the church has come to us from the Law of Moses?  Maybe there is something I missed in the shadow of the Law and the design of the Tabernacle that speaks of this?  All I know is that it must be in there and somehow I missed it, because I am overwhelmed by the number of believers who act like it is a sin to speak of current and now historical events. 

They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[2]

If not found in what God commended Abraham for or promised him, and if it is not found in the shadow of the Law of Moses, maybe I can find an explanation from the prophets.  Maybe they spoke of day when no matter what the economy is doing, we Christians will be an example to the lost by speaking a positive confession to bring about a better shopping day.  Maybe the prophets saw and foretold the virtue of putting our head in the sand and avoid any conversation or person who doesn’t want to be person of faith and speak only the sweet savory positive message.

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.[3]

Am I not only anti-American, but also anti-Christian because I see what is going on around us?  Will it only be important to believers when it finally impacts are daily routine?  Until then should I fall into rank and march to the modern church cadence/

I don’t know but I been told—that Christ died to increase our gold.  Sound off—big wallet, house and car.  Sound off—dissenters will be tarred.

But I have searched what God has credited to Abraham and can’t find support for this head in the sand mentality of the church.  I’ve studied the covenant God gave Abraham and I can not find where we are to confess better business and loan deals ahead.  Moses has left nothing for me on this, nor can I find in the prophets that we are to be a people of the new covenant, who close our eyes to the reality of the new one world order emerging.

I have heard prominent men of God say over and over to avoid people like me who don’t live by faith.  They tell their flocks they need to stay away from the news and people who are negative, that is if they want to be a people who God can use.  That is if they want to be a part of God’s blessing.  So they all march on saying they are not here to discuss the negative, they are a people of faith.

So maybe I suffer from spiritual leprosy after all.  I am keenly aware of where our country is politically and economically.  I am stricken with the understanding of where the world is politically and economically.  I am afflicted with the knowledge our tomorrows will not be like our yesteryears.  I can not swallow the positive messages of faith concerning God’s continual financial blessing for us.  The message of God’s abundance eats at my soul.

I often wonder what will happen to the church if they continue to support a doctrine that I can not find in scripture.  What will happen to those who call on the name of the Lord for His blessings?  What will happen to those who say true faith is avoiding people like me who nay say that the poverty is a spiritual condition?  What will happen to those who worship God today in the lie, only to have their understanding of faith in God destroyed?

Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.  Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.[4]

[1] Romans 4:12

[2] Hebrews 8:5

[3] Amos 3:7

[4] Isaiah 5:21:22

Emotions or bust!

I have been checking the Christian Tragedy Channel and as usual there are those great men of God, with multitudes of disciples and even more followers and admirers, proclaiming the same message they always do.  Peace and prosperity to those who believe and have faith.  Their message is that God is going to restore broken things in their lives and give them abundance again.

We have the organized church resembling any and everything but what we see described to us in scripture.  And these men on the Christian Tragedy Channel will not address those things that make us sick and backslidden.  They ignore the sins of the people and speak smooth things to us instead. 

We as a “people of God” are not willing to listen to God and what His word says.  If anyone does speak the word of God to us, so we can repent and be healed, him we disqualify as angry and bitter.  With such a legalistic and mislead person we will not contend.

We are like another “people of God’ who would not listen to the Lord.  They like us had the worship, the anointing, the promises, the hope and the one true God, but they like us were hardened and obstinate.

But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate.[1]

We have strayed from the Lord the God of our salvation.  We do refuse to look at how we have strayed from what scripture teaches.  We ignore scripture that says, we are to have Apostle, Prophets, Evangelist, Teachers and finally preachers in the assembly of believers.  We ignore Christ our head for man to lead us.  It isn’t the Holy Spirit that teaches us, we have traded Him off for a good doctrine of men.  We ignore that it is sin that keeps us separated from God, so we preach His love for us instead.  We ignore the message of repentance that will result in our sins being forgiven. 

We don’t seek to know God’s word for ourselves, instead we eat another mans flesh and drink his blood because we have left The Gospel According to the Gospel.  We have abandoned the teachings of Scripture for another gospel.  Yah, we say we are Christ’s and we say we are saved and we say we obey the doctrines of scriptures, but of us it is true.

You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:  “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'”[2]

Oh yah, we do honor God with our lips and it is true honor.  And yes we do worship Him and it is true worship, but it is all in vain.  It is a vanity, vanity, vanity because we do this with our own wisdom instead of the instructions of the Lord we find in scripture.

So how is it we can recognize a man of God today?  Is it the one who draws large crowds and has a successful ministry?  Or is it one who is vexed at the situation of the “people of God” and have no followers?  Is the one who speaks blessings and prosperity or is it the one who speaks of judgment and warns us?  Is it the one who is kindly and gentle or the one who in his zeal for God and His word, is angry in spirit at our turning from God?

The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me.[3]

When Ezekiel was confronted with God and His opinion on the matter, the Lord was strongly with him and he was bitter and angry in spirit. 

I am sure I speak for others when I say, we are befuddled, confused, sickened in heart, stricken with grief and dumbfounded, that those who call themselves believers and yet do not do what scripture teaches are content not to look inwards for the benefit of their own souls.  We are a gassed, vexed, sorrowful, mournful, beside ourselves and at a loss as to why a “people of God” with such apathy will not discus or even look at what we are saying.

My hope is that The Gospel According the Gospel will be a place where people will come and be challenged.  A place will people can ask questions and challenge me to give an account.  I want it to be a place were we as a people of God can open the word of God and repent when we find we do not line up with scripture.

Let us be those who challenge the people of God to return to Him, before it has to get to a bitter and angry spirit because we have no zeal for God or obeying His word.  Let’s get passionate for God, before God before He let’s loose His passion on us.

[1] Ezekiel 3:7

[2] Matthew 15:7-9

[3] Ezekiel 3:14

It isn’t the gospel of belief

Just believe in Christ is the message today.  Put your hope in Jesus is the call to the sinner today.  Invite Jesus into your heart is the altar message of conversion today.  But is this a message for people to receive the forgiveness of sins?  Many would argue that it is how we get the message out to the lost of today.  But is it the scriptural message needed for the forgiveness of sin that people need to respond to, even today?

Scripture teaches that there is only one message for people to hear, concerning our receiving the forgiveness of sins.  There is only one message for us to respond to for the forgiveness of sins, no matter what we want to think, teach or believe.  This message is forgiveness of sins through repentance.

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.[1]

Funny how the Lord is the one who sent the man in the spirit of Elijah and it was His message that He put in the mouth of His servant, but we think we know how to reach and change the hearts of men better than God.  We brag we have the eternal gospel, but we have our own modern outreach message for today.  Apparently we don’t have the eternal gospel we thought we had.

I am at a loss to explain what we are like with our new gospel.  What do you call someone who perverts the truth to gain a following, to draw larger numbers?  What do you call a people who can no longer recognize the truth and therefore are unable to preach the truth?  What do you do with a people who have left the message of their savior for the message that is acceptable of demons?

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.[2]

Still don’t think the modern message of “salvation” for the forgiveness of sins has departed from the message of the messiah?  Speaking of Jesus, scripture teaches that Jesus endorses the message of repentance as His message to mankind.

He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.[3]

What a tragedy, what Jesus has meant for all the nations of mankind is not what the church hears in America.

[1] Mark 1:4

[2] James 2:9

[3] Luke 24:46-47

Don’t do anything that is not Christian

Who can count the number of believers who take confidence in Jesus’ ability to bring us home?  Many a believer has taken comfort that Jesus will keep them from falling away into damnation.  In fact multitudes believe it is impossible for true believers and disciples to fall away from Christ because Christ makes it impossible for us to do so.  They are happy to quote for us the following verse.

You have heard it said.

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–[1]

But we say.

To him who will keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

For many a believer today we have replaced the words “is able” with the word “will”.  I know it doesn’t matter to us that we handle scripture this way.  We were told by our teachers that the meaning of “is able” in the court of law doesn’t mean what it should in scripture.  How many of you have a Will?  How many of you have you Will state the words “shall or will”? 

Really, what hypocrisy.  None of us makes a Will or a legal document of any kind and put the words “is able” in place of “shall or will”.  Ironic isn’t it that the Will is called what it is because people will abide by what is written in it.  When you die you don’t have to worry about those who are to carry out your wishes only being able to, leaving room for them to do something different instead.

Why is it we treat the living word of God with less respect than a legal document.  We are more studious to make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted in our legal document because we know the words “is able” doesn’t mean “will”.  Yet with the word of God, we nonchalantly through aside such care and concern about treating the word of God with such care.  Then afterward we proclaim a doctrine of salvation from this misuse of scripture.

If I am so full of it, prove me wrong.  Have your Lawyer replace in all your legal documents the words “shall” and “will” with the words “is able”.  We truly are hypocrites!  What we teach is not practiced in what we do.

The facts of scripture remain the same no matter how much we misuse them.  We have a hope of salvation held out in the gospel and Christ is able to bring us our promise of salvation.  But we must remain, abide, obey, believe until the end in order to make this hope sure.  Yes, Jesus is able but we have to participate in a willing manner ourselves, according to scripture and not according to our beliefs.

Stop!  Don’t change the way you look at salvation now.  You don’t want to show the same respect for what God has written as you do for what your Lawyer has written.  This wouldn’t be the Christian way.  You don’t want to do anything that is not Christian do you?

[1] Jude 1:24

Hear the word of the Lord

Voices, voices, voices, there are many voices out there in the world of Christendom calling for a following of devotion.  People, people, people, there are many people in the world of Christendom who are willing to be the following devoted.

People are so desperate for the supernatural they have forgotten that our scripture is complete and needs no other word of the Lord.  They have strayed from the belief that we need no other new word from the Lord.  We have what we need in scripture and we lack nothing for our spiritual lives.

In books and on the internet there are claims of the supernatural and visitation of angels.  There are so called Christians who claim to have messages from angelic visitors that are clearly extra biblical.  Such encounters include visitations from the Angel of Finance on how to prosper in your life and ministry.  And many, if you want to call them that, Christians buy this stuff hook line and sinker.

Many such extra biblical stuff can be found by so called prophets of God proclaiming this and that.  Things that are clearly outside of the teaching of the bible.  One such website is called “The Elijah List”.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.[1]

I know of a man who had a visitation of God.  It wasn’t just an angel sent from the Lord, it was the Lord Himself.  Now this guy could brag about being taught something that was not in scripture, after all it was the Lord who taught him of Himself.  And this happened repeatedly.  Meaning over and over again.  I wonder what little extra bits of information this person got from God?  What little extra stuff did he learn since it was God who was revealing Himself to this man, that was not known of God at this time?

Nothing!  Absolutely nothing was revealed that had not been made known already.  Nothing was given as an extra revelation to this man Samuel.  Instead this repeated visitation of God to Samuel and His revealing of Himself to Samuel was all done through His word.

The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.[2]

Why should this surprise us?  I have been advocating that our gospel started at Mt. Sinai as scripture teaches.  So why would it be impossible for Samuel to understand and know God from His word?  Why would it be impossible for Samuel to know and understand the hope we have in our gospel?  Samuel was taught our gospel that was preached at Mt. Sinai from God, but God taught him nothing outside of His word.

We have those going around claiming to have extra biblical spiritual information resulting from the visitation of angels.  Yet God Himself stuck to His word.  What these angels from God have liberties that God Himself did not take?  No, these Angels are not from God.  They go outside of the word of God.  Or is it that our so called prophets of today are greater than Samuel, whom God Himself visited.  I hardly doubt it!

[1] 2 Timothy 4:3-4

[2] 1Samuel 3:21