Read Isaiah 61:1-3
God is about “good news”. He “heals the broken hearted”. He is able to
touch you with His love & peace. “Freedom for the captives”. Christ,
is able to set you free from fear & addictions in your life. He came to give
life & freedom. “Release from darkness for the prisoners”. Christ is able &
willing to set you free from the forces that hold you captive. He is able to
deliver you. “Proclaim the year of the Lords favour”. God is for you not against you. He has done all He needs to do to win your heart & bring His power & love into your life. All we need to do is believe & receive. “The day of vengeance of our God” God is a Holy God & without holiness no-one will see God. Those who refuse to believe will punished for their sin & rejection of God- the place is called hell. In this lifetime we all have a fair opportunity to believe & receive Him. The bible says, “to all who received Him he gives the power & right to become sons & daughters of God. “To comfort all who mourn & grieve & bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes & gladness & joy instead of mourning. Praise instead of despair & fear”. Christ wants to release you out of your sorrow, fear & despair & cause your beauty to shine forth. “We will be called oaks of righteousness the planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” God wants to establish us securely in Him that we would be filled with His Love, glory & His splendor. We are His workmanship, created for good
works for the glory of God !
Pastor Paul Furlong
We are comfortable in most aspects
of our lives. Our country is considerably blessed & prosperous. We have within our grasps, yes even at our fingertips pleasures & comports that would astound many other countries & nations of the world. Yet we are poor, wretched blind & naked. We as individuals & as a nation have departed from our faith & fear of God. As we become richer we become poorer. As we become wiser & more learned we become fools. As technology advances we miss the very reason we exist. In searching for truth we believe a lie! We need a very loud & and clear wake up call. We have broken the commandments of God. Our consciences, at one time told us this, & Gods word, the bible states it clearly. How do we know what is right & wrong? Gods Word the bible shows us clearly & truth is written on the tablets of our own hearts. Those who reject Jesus, will also be rejected by God. Hosea 14:2 “Take words with you & return to the Lord. Say to Him “forgive all our sins & receive us graciously “. . .“Acknowledge Him in all your ways & He will direct your paths” . . .
We don’t need any more religions, or even to become more religious. . we really need a relationship with our Father God. Acknowledge the truth & the truth will set you FREE!
“No man comes to the Father unless he pass by me” says Jesus, for “I
am the way, the truth & the life”.Let us return to God !
Ps Paul Furlong
Christians, it’s time to wake up from our sleep. Churches & ministers, it’s
time to stop playing games & take the seriousness of our call as commanded
by the Lord Jesus Christ to preach the gospel. This should be the driving,
foremost purpose of every church. We are guilty of neglecting this while we
remain in the four walls of our churches & enjoy a “bless me God” time. There are
many mature Christians sitting in churches disobeying God because they
are not rising up & actively doing the work of the ministry. Oh sure, we are
sending lots of funds overseas to support missionaries. Maybe we feel we justify
our slackness because of this? Lets hope they are doing a better job than we are!
Indeed we should lead by example. However, maybe we should look to the
few we send out as examples to us! Oh sure we justify ourselves because we
have a presence in the community in a practical manner with food & services,
however I ask, while we are giving help practically to the needy,(Which in our
country is not really that big a need & we have the best government handouts
in the world) the same people are sick, depressed, lonely & held in addictions.
Instead of introducing the one that can set them free & heal them, soul, spirit &
body, we only minister to their earthly needs. let’s continue to meet that need,
but let us meet a far greater need as we are commanded to! Let’s show them Jesus.
He alone has the power to forgive, cleanse & set free. God’s kingdom is not a matter
of talk, but of power. The Gospel is the power of God, unto salvation! Let us
And how can they hear without someone
preaching to them?.....
Pastor Paul Furlong
What does it mean to be a Christian?
The word Christian implies a follower of Christ or a Christlike person, or perhaps one that represents Christ? It’s very hard to argue that where there is a true Christian application & education within a society or nation, the benefits bring overwhelming
harmony & peace to individuals, families & society as a whole. I’m not talking about hypocritical Christianity & dead religion & tradition. I’m talking biblical based “real”, experienced & applied Christianity. It’s when we break these “God given” laws & refuse to live & judge our own lives by them, that individuals & societies break down. Increase in crime, family abuse & lack of love, human body abuse, verbal & sexual abuse, self worthlessness, depression & even sickness & disease are the results. Just as when we defy gravity we see the effects, the laws of this nation were originally put in place for
protection. To uphold that which is good & right & to punish wrong, so is God’s laws, advice, directions, care & wisdom given to us to benefit us so much more,of which our current laws were derived. All that is good & perfect comes from God! Have you allowed God’s direction, love & laws to set boundaries & give direction in your life. Have you allowed His limitless power, forgiveness, love & guidance to influence your life? Let’s get back to basic good living,loving & obedience to what is right! In todays world
Ps Paul Furlong
It’s always refreshing when you know the truth about anything isn’t it? It brings a knowledge & satisfaction that allows you to rests assured that you have the right light on things. On the flip side of that, it’s interesting to note the stress & harm it brings to individuals when the truth is
not known & you are kept in the dark, or the information received has been false. The damage & consequences of living under these conditions can have damagingresults on people lives. Let me be truthful with you now . . .We are all living every day of our lives being deceived & lied to in regard to our understanding & truth about God! Yes, many people say many things, but is it the truth. We MUST only accept God’s word on such a subject. Let’s not live like an ostrich with our head stuck in the sand thinking we can’t be seen. We may fool others & perhaps at time even ourselves, but we cannot fool God. The sad fact is, that at sometime we have been told lies, that if we come to God He won’t accept us, or all the fun we are having disappears . . .
NO! God is a loving God, & His love, life & freedom He desires to pour out abundantly upon our lives is real! I have seen & experienced this first hand. Lives healed, body, soul & spirit. God knows what is good for us & what is best for us. When we live our lives, seeking our own selfish goals & live apart from God, we will also pay the price for our actions & attitudes apart from God.....& That’s scary! We should not run ‘from Him’, but rather ‘too
Him’! For He came to heal the broken hearted & set the captive free. To give life to it’s fullest & to
lead us into His care & salvation from our ungodliness. Turn to Him & know the truth today!
........You shall know the truth & the truth shall set you free!
He will meet you!
Pastor Paul Furlong
“For God so loved the world He gave His Only son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His son to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already..”.(John 3:16-18 Bible). God loves the world & everything & everyone in it, there is no question of this! No matter what you have done or who you are, God’s loving arms are held open wide for you. He loves you! There is no-one or nothing that God’s love
cannot reach to heal, forgive & set free. “For God So loved..”.
No-one can love like God does, as He is love, pure, holy, complete. When God says He loves you, then you have available the very favour & acceptance of God almighty.
“If God is for you then who can be against you.” I would rather the favour of God than the stamp of approval of any friend or king or prime minister. As God’s word cannot be broken & reaches into eternity. Why did He give His son?
God is Holy & sin cannot enter His presence. God Hates sin but loves the sinner. However the sinner if full of sin & must pay the consequences for that sin. “The wages of sin is death/hell, but the gift of God is eternal life”. The punishment for our own actions is far too much for us to bear, so God made a way for us to be pardoned, forgiven, set free from our due penalty which we deserve, by sending Jesus, God’s only loved & begotten son to come & pay the price for us. He took our place as a substitute. He took the
punishment that we should rightfully receive for all our wrong, sin, selfishness, pride & greed, adultery, theft, murder & the list goes on & on. Now He offers it as a FREE gift & pardon. All we need to do is believe! If we do not believe we then stand condemned by our own sin & we must pay the price ourselves for rejecting God’s son Jesus, God’s free gift. though our sin be a scarlet, He will wash us white as snow”. He instructs us to “Repent for
the kingdom of God is at hand”. Turn to God & His salvation.
What a great gift of love ...Jesus!
Pastor Paul Furlong
“Fear God & Keep His Commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil”. (Eccl 11:13+14 Bible). What is the fear of God? Does that mean He just lives to punish all us sinners? NO NO NO, in fact the opposite. It’s byhaving a healthy reverence & fear of God that we come into receiving from Him all that we need & desperately want in our lives. Love, Joy, peace, freedom, forgiveness, healing & strength. In fact life itself....to it’s fullest experience & satisfaction. God is doing His outmost to lead us & offer us the right advice & direction. It’s us who are self centred, deceitful & untrue & ungodly in our ways....Then we have the nerve to blame God for the outcome & consequences of our ways, attitudes & wrong decisions. God want’s to free us from our own driving destructive force within us & the very nature of mankind. He knows that if we live to please ourselves & not take notice & obey His commandments & advice to us, then we will destroy ourselves in this life & also pay the very dear price in the life to come. God sent His son Jesus into the world to pay the price for us & through His sacrifice we are offered freedom, atonement & pardon. However we need to believe & receive that free gift of God’s forgiveness & salvation. We need to acknowledge our sins & change our ways to please & serve Him in obedience to what He knows is right for us. Namely, love one another, as this covers all God’s commandments. And most of all, love Him! His great loving heart toward us offers us a way that is right, & the benefits are for eternity. God is just, fair & holy. He requires us to be also. In our own ability we cannot be, but in His strength & power & by God & Jesus living in us by the presence & realness of His Holy Spirit we can! The benefits are huge. The satisfaction is indescribable. Will you
respond to God’s love toward you?
Ps Paul Furlong
We lost our new little puppy 9 weeks old from “Parvo”. We only had him for 5 days! I have learnt now that he probably picked it up when we took him out to the park/beach/shops. Only one day it was, but it was enough to kill him. You know, it’s the same with us when we go places, talk, think, look at things & act in ways we shouldn’t. We pick up disease that festers in our lives & makes us sick & diseased. It effects us in spirit, soul & body. The Bible calls it “sin”. When we go against our conscience & do what we know is wrong, go our own self centred way & turn our backs on God. “The wages (penalty) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life”. We pay the price in every area of our lives. Oh sure at times we think we have it all together, yet we only need to take a moment to look around us & deep in our hearts to see & feel there is desperate need. In a world that boasts in it’s prosperity & technological wisdom we have failed miserable in faith, love & hope. God tells us to “do unto others as you would have done unto you”. This world says “If it feels good do it”, neglecting how we effect others & the outcome of our actions. Morally we use & abuse ourselves & others in such free relationships & pay the price of children not having the love of a father & a mother which every child needs evenly. Let alone the price we pay in our own lives & bodies. Just as my little puppy paid the price of being where he shouldn’t have been & doing what he shouldn’t. So also we will pay the price for our wrong doing & turning our backs on God. Laws are given to create & preserve freedom & joy, not to kill it. Fools say, “all Gods laws means we don’t have fun”, but it is the opposite. Jesus came to give us life to the full & sets boundaries for our own good. Just as I should have set the boundaries with my
puppy & he would still be alive today!
Live for God
Ps Paul Furlong
Every one will have the opportunity to acknowledge God & choose to believe & receive Him, or reject Him. However is eternity worth gambling our understanding or how we feel about God, knowing that we may be wrong? After all do we know more than God himself. “Only a fool says there is no God” (Ps 53)
What we need is a real experience with a real God! That is exactly what God wants us to have. To know Him...not “about Him”, but “know Him”personally. To walk in Gods love, healing, strength & miraculous power. I’m not talking about a man made, dead religious belief that just make us feel we can justify our attitude toward God, or to look good to those round about us. This type of religion is not acceptable to God. We should be crying out... “Create in me a clean heart”, “see if there be any wicked way in me”. “Have mercy upon me almighty God” & “Show me Your ways, teach me Your paths”. WE have a clear invitation from our God to us. We have a clear message of love. A mighty sacrifice that has been portrayed through God’s son Jesus Christ. There is no other name or way given to us by which we can be shown mercy, salvation & experience the closeness of a God that longs to share His love & life with us! Are we so blinded & self-centered to see we are standing on the very precipice of hell itself, without realizing that’s it’s His great hand, love & mercy that prevents us from falling fast & swiftly into eternal damnation according to what we deserve? That God himself stands holding back much of what we deserve because He longs to draw us unto Himself & save us from the eternal consequences of our ways. To receive Him is life & to reject Him is sure death. He has commanded us to “be still & know that He is God”. That “He is the God that forgives all our sins & heals all our diseases”. Let’s not leave it until we have missed our opportunity, for “today is the day of salvation, the day of acceptable favour from our God”. God’s arms are open wide,.....so come many, come all. Turn unto God! We need a revival a mighty awakening & outpouring of Gods love, healing & power. A revelation of the scriptures & a turning away from ungodliness & an embracing of right living, love & obedience to one who knows best for us & wants what is best for us....God himself!
Ps Paul Furlong
When something or someone is revived they come back to life or receive a fresh inspiration, vision, purpose, or revelation They find what they had lost & are conscious of what really matters . We as society are desperate for a moral revival, a revival of love, care & humility. A revival that brings an understanding, a revelation, a deep conviction of the state this world & society is in. Oh sure some like to brag... “I’m living life to it’s fullest & we have never been so well off.” Yet truthfully most who brag such are selfish & proud, & although maybe set financially in this world, spiritually they are wretched, blind & poor. On the outside many people seem to “have it all together”, but within they are lonely, fearful, guilty & sad! Why is this?....I believe it is because we have stopped honouring the very giver of life, the creator of life itself, our father who is in heaven & His son Jesus Christ. We have offended His Holy Spirit & to our own detriment have wondered of & are like sheep without a shepherd, or like the prodical son that thinks he knows it all, & better than his father, so goes into the world to “have a goodtime & live it up”. Yet when he lost it all it brought him to his senses to understand that all was just plastic, pretence & shallow. Do we really need calamity & heartache in our lives to wake us up & bring us back to basics...back to God? I’m not talking about religion here, but rather a real, powerful encounter on a personal level with God almighty. He is a God who dearly loves us & desires to gather us in His arms & pour out all His indescribable love & peace into our lives. We deceive yourself thinking we can find it elsewhere. God has made clear in His word that broad is the road that leads to destruction & many follow it, but straight & narrow is the road that leads to eternal life & few find it... Even though it is offered to all as a free loving gift! We need a revival a mighty awakening & outpouring of Gods love, healing & power. A revelation of the scriptures & a turning away from ungodliness & an embracing of right living, love & obedience to one who knows best for us & wants what is best for us....God himself!
Ps Paul Furlong
He is a God that forgives all our sins & heals all our diseases...Bless the Lord & forget not His benefits. Psalm 103:2+3
God sent Jesus for one purpose....That is to benefit mankind. That’s you & me. To restore a broken relationship with our heavenly father. All God has for us is good! How do we not understand that He is our only hope. He is our only source of life, health, healing, freedom, deliverance, salvation, joy & peace. He came to set captives free. Those who are oppressed & sick can find freedom, release & healing In Jesus Christ, God’s only son. There is no other name given to us under heaven by which we can be saved from the consequences of our sins & be healed from all the hurt, pain & sicknesses this world throws upon us. You see, He has overcome the world. He has paid the costly price
for your forgiveness, salvation & healing. All we need do now is accept His love, healing & forgiveness, make a calculated decision to forsake (repent)our sin & selfishness & turn to God to receive from Him all His benefits. It’s time to turn to God. To turn to Him with all our hearts & forsake ungodliness. To acknowledge Him in all our ways to make level paths for our feet & walk in His ways & so He will direct our paths into His everlasting love. We must choose to follow Him & obey His commandments & in doing so choose life over death.
If we remain in this world as we are, in partaking of ungodly ways & living in pride, selfishness & rejection of Jesus Christ, we stand condemned by our own actions. However if we receive Gods word to us, which is life & freedom & hear & obey then we pass from death to life. For all who receive Him pass from death to life.
All who call upon His name shall be saved. The Kingdom of God is at hand. In fact it is available to all who open their hearts & live their lives in obedience to Him. He is longing for you to open your hearts & lives to Him so He can Heal & cleanse you! Allow Gods goodness & love to touch you & set you free from all that holds you captive. He came to heal the broken hearted . He came to give sight to the blind. He came to save those who are lost. Like sheep gone astray. It is time to return unto God & allow Him to put us back together!
Ps Paul Furlong
“...Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
(Hebrews 12:26-28 Bible).
Let’s not be an ostrich & stick our heads in the sand & pretend there is nothing wrong! The facts are, there is much wrong, & it starts with our gross ungodliness & arrogance, turning away from acknowledging the truth. “God’s Word”....Yes it is His word alone that gives freedom, life, blessing, healing, deliverance & peace. It is in the Gospel that we have the knowledge of God’s purpose, way & salvation. For it is the power of God expressed unto us. Christian & non Christian alike, it is time to look closely at what motivates you, what is the strongest desire in your life? What are you spending your time, effort, strength & money & achieving in this life. Is it is to acquire the best & “keep up with the Jones’s”. Is it about gathering wealth & satisfying your own desires, over the hurt & rejection of others, even the ones you love? Is it work, sport, travel, hobbies.... the list goes on. All these are not necessarily bad in themselves, but when they become our prime desire, then we have missed the mark & are speedily heading for disaster. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world & lose his own soul? (Math 16:26).
What foundation are we laying? What seeds are we sowing? because we will reap what we sow! If we sow ungodliness we will indeed be counted amongst the ungodly in the day of the Lord. If we sow righteousness (endeavor to live in right standing with God, by submitting to His guidance, blessing & love) then we will inherit salvation, blessing & the favour of God in our lives & for eternity. God sends a great shaking that will reveal the purposes & attitudes of our hearts. We all will be layed bare & stripped naked leaving only what is good, righteous & Holy.
Ps Paul Furlong
As we look around & see where we are
heading as society, we may have advanced in technology & in possessions, but have we really become more wise, loving & Godly?....Sadly I believe not! In fact in all our wisdom we have strayed from how we should be living. We have become foolish
self centered, arrogant & unrestrained. We have laws put in place within our
government, society & homes for the purpose of all our common good. To protect us, keep us safe & place boundaries. We all know that if we bring up children & do not discipline them & guide/teach them right & wrong behavior, we how to care, respect& love others (including themselves), we usually end up with major problems as that child grows to be a man or women. So also we have appointed courts & law enforces to ensure (hopefully) that right prevails over wrong & justice is served. When individuals break the laws, they are punished discipline) for their own good & for the good of society, with the intent & hope that they will reform & change their behavior, attitude & ultimately actions. So also God has put in place His Word (Bible)to us as His protection & guidance in whatis right & wrong. It however is far more than just words of wisdom, it is God’s word given to us to set us free from the curse of sin, sickness, pride, lust, bondage, fear....
The list goes on & on! It’s god’s love letter to us. It is the absolute truth. It is the power of God for those who believe, receive & obey. The result is freedom, & righteousness that
comes from God through His Son Jesus Christ! Is Your Life right with God?
Pastor Paul Furlong
We know according to scripture that all good things come down from our Father who is in heaven. He desires to give good gifts to man! We know also that the devil is a liar, robber & deceiver who comes to kill, steal & destroy! God is a good God, the devil is a bad devil. God wants only what is good for each of us & the devil wants to rob & prevent us from receiving anything from God. When we do not believe & follow God we open ourselves to all that the devil wants to throw at us. That’s why God sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil in your life. Jesus came to give us life & life to it’s fullest & more
abundantly. He came to set us free from the curse of sin & sickness & to bring peace
& love back into our lives by drawing us into a close relationship with His Father
(God). He came to take off us the burden of sin,fear & bondage & to set us free from
the torment of the devil. He wants to fill each of our lives with the special gift of the
Holy Spirit as a deposit of our salvation & guarantee of His faithfulness & love. His
word says He forgives all our sins & heals all our diseases. We have this inheritance &
right in God because we become His sons/daughters & all of His goodness &
perfection is our inheritance. Jesus came preaching a message of salvation...
salvation from What, you might say? Salvation from our own self & it’s human errors & sins, pride & ungodliness. Salvation from all the devil wants to throw at us & the control he has over our lives. Salvation from the penalty & price we ultimately have to pay for our wrong doing & ungodliness. “The wages of sin is death (more than physical!) But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Christ came to pardon, cleanse, heal & deliver & He still does today. He came with a message for all to “repent for the Kingdom of God is near”. If we desire to see God we need to turn to Him with all our heart, mind & soul, we need to seek Him according to scripture then “we will find Him if we seek Him with all our hearts.” He desires to reveal Himself to each of us & bring His life & love into our lives. Don’t turn away from God’s grace, love & mercy.
Today is the day of Salvation, today is the day to receive Him into our lives & live for Him. He has opened the door wide & beckons each of us to come to Him. In His presence there is peace, life, joy & hope. He can cleanse, heal & deliver each person from all their fears, sickness & sin. He is the same God of the miraculous as in the bible....he has not changed! Will you respond to His call?
Ps Paul Furlong
Enough of dead religion & a basic acknowledgement of an existence of God.
God & His word is not a matter of talk, but of power & demonstration of God’s love, healing, deliverance, might & salvation. Gods offers us freedom & healing for our soul, spirit & body. Just look how Jesus walked when He was on this earth (God’s son) He loved, rebuked & revealed the truth about sin, selfishness & ungodliness, showing us the way to receive forgiveness & salvation from the consequences of such. Jesus healed many & is still healing today. He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today & forever . He came to bring life, freedom & healing. In today’s world with many diseases sickness, stress & fears He offers us hope.
Hope that He can, & that He will heal us of our diseases & make us healthy & whole again. God’s word reveals His will & desire & commandments for us & His purpose for our lives. He loves us with an everlasting, endless love, however most of us miss it because we simply don’t acknowledge him, live for Him, obey & respond to His calling upon our lives. He is able to heal YOU, no matter what your need is. Just as he healed many & all who came to him in faith, even when that faith was as tiny as a mustard seed.
He wants to heal you to show you He cares for you & to reveal His awesome power & love for you. We are not talking religion, but rather a real relationship & encounter with God almighty, Jesus His son & the Holy Spirit. We were created to know & walk in
relationship with Him. To experience God’s love & care for us as a perfect father, loves, provides, protects & plays with his children, or as a husband loves a wife in a perfect relationship. Reach out to Him.......He is able!
Pastor Paul Furlong
For too long many churches have had nothing substantial to offer other than dead, dry religion. Let’s be honest, many church services being conducted have about as much life in them as a morbid funeral service. Jesus spoke out against such things & called the religious leaders & priests of His day a bunch of “white washed tombs”.(Math 23) They parade around with their Holier than thou attitudes & act all good & Godly when they are as dead as tombs & have just white washed themselves. We (the Church) have set a bad example of who Christ is with our greed & pretence & hypocrisy. Religion, ritual, & strict observance of the requirements of the law never saved anyone or made anyone Holy. Even the scriptures itself acknowledges this as inadequate & that is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die & pay the penalty for our sin & ungodliness. Now we need to repent & turn from our sinful, selfish lifestyles & receive the Holy Spirit & live in His strength, Grace & Mercy. The Scripture says (Prov 29:18) “where there is no vision or revelation the people perish/cast off restraint” For too long there has been no revelation
& anointed preaching in the churches! When the people heard Jesus they were amazed at His authority & the way in which He spoke. When the people heard the disciples after the day of Pentecost they marvelled at their authority & power & noted they had been with Christ. With so much compromised, watered down, non-offensive gospel messages being preached, no wonder so many Christians are lukewarm & many that do respond to the message of salvation don’t show fruit of repentance & live a life empowered & holy before God. We don’t add Christ to our lives or to the list of things we want,.....
we surrender our whole being to Him, repent & cry out for forgiveness for our selfish, sinful & wicked ways knowing that He alone can set us free, heal us & restore us to a righteous & holy relationship with our Father God. When we live our lives asleep
to the things God required & blessings He has for us, we cast off restraint & cross the line of sin & do not live victorious blessed lives & enter into the fullness of all God has for us. We need to live with daily revelation & vision of His calling, grace & mercy.
Ps Paul Furlong
Our nation was founded on Godly principles with a faith in God & His ways. A respect & acknowledgement of His Sovereignty. Our laws were founded on the ten commandments. Sadly over the years & progressively more & more, we have turned aside from God’s laws & made up our own. We have seen a decline in morality & addition of acceptance of worship & respect to other gods & faiths other than Almighty God of the Bible & His Son Jesus Christ.... The Christian God “Jehovah”, the “I am”. We see all through the Bible that when a people or nation (land) rejects God’s Word & seeks other gods & disobeys His commands then He rejects them! Now before we all get too excited & I get stoned!... I know it is God’s purpose that none should perish but all should accept eternal life, however. He died for all, that all could be saved. To have this salvation we must believe & confess Him as Lord then we will receive it by faith through Hisgrace as a free gift (we cannot earn it & none of us are worthy of it). It’s because of His great love & mercy that we can receive salvation.
Now to believe on Him & to love Him with all our hearts (Which is very easy when you know Him & He touches your life.... you never want anything else but Him , in comparison to the ways & things of this world). But it comes at a cost! To deny ourselves (our worldly/ungodly desires) & die daily, take up our cross & follow Him. Our reward is not in this lifetime, but is for eternity, however we will see His greatness, provision & blessing in our lives & our nation if we serve Him faithfully. We will experience His Joy, peace, healing, forgiveness, power & His purpose for our lives & nation. However if we turn aside & forsake Him, He will forsake us!! We read in 2 Chronicles 26 King Uzziah
“As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success”. We then read 2 Chronicles 24:20 ...”Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, He has forsaken you”. 2 Tim 2:12...If we disown Him He will disown us (different than just struggling in faith). We must continue “IN HIM” in order to receive His blessing & salvation.
We must show forth fruit. Romans 11:22 ..“If we don’t continue in Him we also will be cut off”. Oh sure there is a form of religion across our nation & from it’s leaders, but there is no acknowledgement of God’s power & His ways. There is also no holding onto & acknowledgment as the one & true God. You can’t Just add God When someone is Lord over you then you serve them. They in turn care for you & provide for your needs & safety. God will not share His glory in your life with any other gods. When our nation & government condowns the slaughter of innocent children & acknowledges other gods & sexual immorality as good, God will turn aside. Let us return to the lord & His ways, let us press on to acknowledge Him & Repent!
Pastor Paul Furlong
Our nation was founded on Godly principles with a faith in God & His ways. A respect & acknowledgement of His Sovereignty. Our laws were founded on the ten commandments. Sadly over the years & progressingly more & more we have turned aside from God’s laws & morality as to right & wrong & say stupid things like. Everyone has a right to do what he or she wants. Well yes that is true we all have a free will & can do what we want, however laws were put into place to keep peace & order. When we turn aside from those law we enter into a state of lawlessness. We need to use our brains & common sense here...There is “right & wrong & the greatest authority on such things is God himself. He has spoken clearly to us through His word, the “bible”.Rules are put in place for the good of mankind, however when we reject those laws, & what is decent & right we pay the consequences. That is why the world is in the state things are today! That is why individual lives are torn apart, depressed & lonely.
Our government at many levels has tuned aside & reject Gods laws & allow ungodly laws & compromise that results in death, pain, sorrow, unrest & sickness. I take my hat off to Peter Costello who has enough guts & sense to acknowledge the following....(Quote) one of the things that has been absolutely central to the development of Australia and the foundation of our society is that Biblical heritage that we have through the Scriptures and the Ten Commandments, respect for our Maker, respect for our fellow citizens, respect for property, respect for the laws that God has laid down. That’s been the foundation of our society. It’s been the basis of our peaceful tolerance of each other and of order.
It has been the basis of creating opportunity for so many Australian’s. If we forget that tradition, if we walk away from those God given commandments, then we as a society will be threatened with the breakdown of that order, will be threatened with losing our heritage and losing opportunity. So I want to say to you, those that are praying for Australia today, to pray that this nation will always remember its foundations, and always be true to them, and always live according to those laws.” Address
given for Australia Day Melbourne Town hall Combined Churches prayer meeting. Let’s not lose our heritage. Let’s not forsake love for God & for one another. Let’s not have other god’s before us other than the one we asked to bless Australia when we settled here. The God almighty, the God of the bible.
Is your nation the same?
Pastor Paul Furlong
How infuriated do you get when you find out that you have been lied to, deceived & taken for the biggest ride of your life. Then to add insult to injury you then realize the truth that for all that time you were ripped off & missed out on an invaluable inheritance that was rightfully yours. Now I can understand this happening
easily to many who are not aware of their situation & so get easily taken for a ride or deceived, but you would have to be a fool if you were aware of all the facts & continue to do nothing about it right? Well many of us are in that exact position right now . Most do not realize it, & those that do just don’t do anything about it or perhaps don’t know that something can be done about it. What am I referring to here that amounts to be the biggest ongoing heist of the world since its creation? The biggest personal rip-off of self-fulfillment, satisfaction & of life itself ? It directly affects your health, your peace, your love & your very purpose for existence. It determines how you cope, react & respond to everything that comes against you. The lie comes in many forms & with many faces. The two main ones are........
1- God is not real therefore we are not accountable to Him. This means that whether we believe it or not, we are responsible for our own actions (which of course we all are), however it also means that we will pay the penalty for all our actions & the life we live. Yes, most definitely we will one day, not only in this life, but also in the life which is to come. We will be on our own with no-one greater to stand up & overrule any of this. No-one to show mercy, grace or forgiveness, because we chose it to be that way in this life. The second main lie says that God is real, but He is who you want Him to be. That there are many roads that take you to Him. A kind of united, universal religion. This sounds fair because it doesn’t exclude anyone, however who are we to make the rules as though we are God? When we know the truth, the truth will set us free! Until we know it we believe a lie & so we will not experience all the goodness, love, health, healing, blessing & life itself reaching into eternity as promised by God to all believers. Let’s not make up a religion, let’s just obey God’s word & so live a life in His favour.
Ps Paul Furlong
There is nothing more refreshing & satisfying than knowing God & living in His favour & blessing. To experience His mighty touch, healing & forgiveness. In everything we do, are we not really seeking peace, love, fulfillment & joy in life. Sure, for a season we are deceived in looking & finding to some extent, a worldly satisfaction when we are “in love” or “successful in our sport, job or possessions” however that is a false sense of security. I’m not saying that some of these things can not be good for us. In fact God made “love” & every good & perfect gift comes down from our heavenly father. However, Satan tempted Jesus Himself with worldly kingship, wealth & possessions SO BE CARFUL THERE! In fact I believe this area in itself is the greatest temptation & reason for causing man to turn away from God. Remember one thing...God’s rain falls on the righteous & the unrighteous for a time! Deuteronomy 8:10-20 (read it sometime) When you have eaten & are satisfied.....be careful not to forget the Lord your God..... When you build fine houses & settle down......your silver & gold increase & all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud & you will forget the Lord your God.......You may say my power & the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember it is God that gives the ability to make wealth......If you ever forget the Lord your God.......you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God! Sure God sent Jesus not to condemn, but to save. He doesn’t need to condemn because we stand condemned by our own actions & self-centeredness already! What He desires to do now, is set us free from our conviction & guilt, to restore & revive us into a fresh & living relationship & love afair with God our Father. To bring us home into His presence, just like the prodigal son! Let’s not deceive ourselves or be deceived. Jesus is the way the truth & the life, no man comes to the Father (God) but by Him!
Ps Paul Furlong
The whole world is on the brink of a global meltdown of the monetary system as we know it. Most nations are bankrupt & in deep debt.
Society as a whole has plummeted into a deep pit of moral decline & justified existence of arrogance, pride & self centeredness. Victoria just passed the legal murder of innocent children perfectly formed & created in their mothers wombs, even up to full term. Men & women are exchanging natural relations for unnatural. Relationships that once required real love & commitment are now used & abused as a quick self indulged & uncontrolled one night stand to fulfill ones sexual desires, with no real care & love for the partner & all out of marriage wedlock. Greed for corporate success & name tramples over men & women while lying & deceiving to get to the top. Sport is becoming our God & many players are shocking examples to society. So what is the answer to all of this? We need a revival & awakening toward our God & Father. God sent His son Jesus into the world to set us free from ourselves & our ungodliness. Through repentance there is forgiveness, healing, freedom & real life.
Christ came not to condemn, but to forgive, pardon & save! We already stand condemned as our lifestyle & action clearly reveals. Sin just controls us & we are powerless to break free. However, there is hope & there is an answer & fulfillment to life. There is joy, love & peace.....it’s all free, given from God to us. Let’s turn to God & allow His power to give us life.
Ps Paul Furlong
We sure know how to “live it up” & we have an abundance of many things at our finger tips, however does it really satisfy? We can fill our lives with possessions, sport, relationships, hobbies, work & many other things but deep down does it bring real joy & life? At our hearts core we all desire deep satisfaction, fulfilment, joy & love don’t we? And so we fill our lives with many things in hope of finding exactly that. However according to God’s Word true love, life & satisfaction only comes from God
through Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I came to bring life & life to it’s fullest & more abundantly”. Oh sure we go through times of happiness & immediate satisfaction, but does it last? Do you have a real solid peace, joy & satisfaction in your life. God wants you to have exactly that & when you come to know the “life giver”...God, He fills you with His joy & peace. He has only good plans for you, because He is only a good God. He loves you & want’s to pour out His blessings & impart His power to you. He came to heal broken hearts & to set prisoners free. He came to heal the sick & diseased & set the oppressed/depressed free.
There is real life in God when you allow Him to meet with you. He stands at your door knocking, but most people are to busy to hear Him & miss out on His awesome love. It is only the love that God has for each one of us that can bring true satisfaction. When we walk into that love & receive His touch on our lives we will never again be the same. He is a God of abundance.
No God.....No life! Know God..... Know life! ”All the labour of man is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not filled.”
How long & hard do we continue seeking love & fulfilment in life in the wrong direction. How long do we refuse to acknowledge the only true God who has done all He can to bring us back to himself & now He waits for you to respond to His call & come home to Him. There is freedom in Him. There is healing in Him. In Him is true life. There is nothing greater than knowing His love & even though we still have trials & tribulations we have an overwhelming sense of His presence & power that see’s us through. He is a God of the miraculous & he who puts his faith in Him will never be disappointed. His Word is truth & He does not lie. His word stands forever & when all else fails & everyone let’s you down He (His word) remains steadfast, solid, you are secure in Him. He is a stronghold, a fortress that cannot be shaken. He is a rock, a solid foundation that shall not be moved. If you remain & abide in Him, you will not be shaken. He will never leave you or forsake you He remains closer than a brother. He is God our saviour, He is Jesus !
Ps Paul Furlong
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark” Math 24:36-38 We see here that the world will be totally self fulfilled & seeking, ungodly, unholy & depraved in all their desires & actions. Many will be lovers of money & possessions & not use their wealth for the good of others & for God’s Kingdom & spreading the good news of the Gospel.
.......”You have hoarded wealth in the last days” James 5:3b Just prior to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ the world will be in the full swing of selfish living & many Christians will be seduced & led astray by the love of the world & all in it. Complacent & no longer convicted or concerned as to the Holiness & separation of ones self from the things/ways & pleasures of this world. Compromised & deceived many will be led astray. “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor11:3 “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible.”
Mark13:22 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,” 2Tim3:1-3 What a perfect description of the current climate around us. Some teach that we shall change the world & make it Christian to usher in Christ’s return....This is rubbish, according to God’s own Word. ”Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved”
Math24:12-13. In 2Thess2:2-4 Paul tells us don’t be deceived when people try to say the Lords day has already come because it hasn’t. (So Christ’s coming was not classed as the day of the Lord) ”Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the
end will be saved” Math24:12-13
Are you, as a Christian living a double life? Scripture tells us to live in the Spirit then you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh......That means when you are satisfying the desires of the flesh you are not in the Spirit!
Ps Paul Furlong
According to God’s Word & Pauls’ account ....”For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes....for in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed”. So we read here that it’s the Gospel of God’s word that reveals & activates the power of God that results in Salvation & enables one to come into a right standing relationship with God. (Righteousness = right standing with God). There is no other way we can come into a right relationship with God other than His way...that is on His terms & through the name of His son Jesus Christ. This is what our whole life & future hinges on & this is why the name of Jesus is wiped from being the most important in every religion other than Christianity. Jesus is God’s way to Him & unless we come through Jesus we will not find salvation or inherit the kingdom of God (heaven). There are many false gospels that are being preached & even using God’s word as a letter of the law & portions taken out of context that only feed dead religion in pride & allow ungodly living. God’s word does not ever contradict itself & if we ever feel it does then we have got it wrong, not God! That is why a curse is on anyone that adds or takes away from God’s word. The entirety of God’s word is the Gospel & we must take it all or not at all! We must understand that the commandments of God are given for our benefit & the benefit of our whole community & indeed the whole world. It reveals & righteousness that God requires, attained through faith in Him & by the power of His Holy Spirit living in us. His Gospel, which includes the 10 commandments,in fact, begins with the 10 commandments & without, there is no gospel, as it must be included to reveal the need for salvation & the saving grace, love & mercy of God. We have all sinned & fall well short of deserving God’s glory. We have all lied, stolen, blasphemed, coveted (greed), or desired sex &/or committed sex outside of marriage. Our conscience also knows right from wrong...at least initially it did prior to our suppressing it!We need to understand that it’s our own actions, attitudes, pride, selfishness & worldliness that condemns us & understand that God’s word is true when it says..”the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life” “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”
“without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins’...Isn’t it time?
Ps Paul Furlong
I believe in eternal security yes....but also according to God's Word & mans nature...we can loose our eternal security...God keeps us in His hand unless WE WALK AWAY....He will disown all that disown us....I have full peace I am born again & saved by His grace & not works , however , show me faith with out works & this is not faith but dead religions, I will show you my faith by my works that confirm & prove my faith!!!! THIS IS NOT SAVED BY WORKS, but is saved by repentance & transformation & sanctification & the blood of Jesus & obedience & walking in His power. grace & forsaking eth world & loving God & living for Him...... We are called to be Holy as He is Holy ...We cannot do this in our own strength or by good works or by our might or power , but by the Spirit of God within us.....But let us remember the sexual impure, the greedy, the idolater ......will not enter the kingdom & the branch not bearing fruit will be cut off....I am very concerned with the error of teaching today that says you are always saved...This..NO we are being saved..Yes we are saved now & we are being saved as we die & Christ lives, however we can turn back at any tiem & disown Him ..If so HE WILL DISOWN US,!!! ..Too many use His grace as a excuse & license to sin..If we love the world & live as the world does we ae enemies of God ...Christian or not makes no different!!...A Christian is not a name it is a lifestyle! Some people blame the law for being unfaithful, however people were unfaithful we'll before any law came in ... The law only came to show them how faithless they were ... & scripture uses this story to warn us clearly to not behave as they did in gru...mbling & complaining & testing God & morality & idolatry,,,, because of we do we will end up like them .... Never enter the promised land & their bodies were left in the desert as examples for unbelief!!!!! ..... Please people I am sharing Gods Word ..... The point Is if you are hot for God you have no worries & walking loving obeying & looking waiting watching for Him there is no doubt as you walk in the spirit you are secure in Him ..... If you ate Luke warm according to scripture you are in a dangerous place of being cast away from God! Just get hog for God pursue Him read His Word & obey .... This is all Gods Word not mine ..... I am just speaking plainly the Word of God! ..... Amazing how soapy people fight it .... We can't pretend all is well if it is not & allude be lined up to Gods Word ... he has the final day .... Chick out all you have heard & taught & go to His Word! His love grave & mercy is so wonderful His kindness is awesome, but let us also taker seriously His warnings & the severity of God & with Holy reverence & fear & make our election sure & steadfast ad we daily take up our cross & follow him & daily work out our salvation with fear & trembling & ensure we are in the faith, walking the highway of holiness, the straight & narrow ..... Gods promises are sure & steadfast & no one can pluck you from His hands if you remain their!!!..... All I have spoken is Gods Word.... Read back over it & get it in your hearts... I love you all & God loves you more!
His love declares His righteousness, that drives us unto Him! because He knows if we reject Him we reject life!..It's His favour & love that chastises us & rebukes us to show us we are wrong & need to get back on the right track with Him ...Oh what love...Oh what grace...Oh what mercy!
There is no greater love than to turn a person from their sin into the love & favour & forgiveness of God....Remember Paul wrote so strongly in the Epistles & was sorry for his strong rebuke, but also new it was needed to sake & teach the truth & bring Godly sorrow that leads to repentance.. ...also..James 5:19-20
Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 [My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God], 20 Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [[a]procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert]. GOD'S LOVE TURNS US FROM OUR SIN!
The truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ should cause us to tremble at the power and the wrath and judgment of God. The wrath of God is a raging fire of holy righteous indignation and anger at sin...
THANK GOD FOR HIS GREAT LOVE & MERCY YES.........but lets look at how we are to receive, respond & walk in that mercy ..What does God expect form us ...what is the purpose of His love & mercy..
"So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect." Rom12:1...
Come on people let us grow up onto the meat of God's Word & not stay on Milk..!!!!!
If we donot receive His Word & His commandments & His chastisement & punishment (Which he does because he loves us & wants to lead us in the right way) we are illegitimate children...we were legitimate but if we do not follow & obey we go our own way...God does not forsake us , but we forsake him! My son will, always be my son, but if he chooses to disobey & leaves & cuts himself off & divorces me he then is no longer an heir & will not receive inheritance..not my choice but His....We cannot say once saved always saved this is error according clearly to God's Word....IF you remain in His arms/hands (Paul says KEEP YOURSELVES IN HIS LOVE...we can wonder out /away from His love.....SIN is the only thing that will do this) If we remain in His hands NOTHING CAN pluck us out of His hands...Unless we walk away!!!!...
WE must be faithful to Him ...If you are unfaithful to your husband will your relationship last?...May if there is real repentance & sorrow, but if you continue to unfaithful time & time again...will it last ..NO ..Same with God , That si ...why He says , be Holy as He is Holy , to forsake worldliness. ungodliness!...Yes If we sin (notice not "when" but "if" we sin) we confess & repent (what is real repentance.. It is to stop doing the same thing..If we don't we have not really repented!...But YES HE IS FAITHFUL, He will keep His end of the agreement if we keep ours. We cannot live in sin & expect to be saved & made righteous ..where is theis preaching coming from ....? It's exactly what satan said to Adam & Eve..you can disobey & sin & not die...Lie, deception & wrong. Truth is you can recognize a Christian by their fruit..... the bottom line this is exactly what Jesus said....you can tell a tree by it's fruit! YES YES!!!We were created to show forth His Glory & set examples to the world..we are a light in the darkness...we are... as Jesus was in the would, We are to live Holy as He was Holy ...YES this is all God's purpose for us & possible....The reason why so many struggle is there has been no real repentance & revelation of God's Word...without revelation the people perish & live under the devils lie's & deception.
Identity/humanism false gospel...
MANY false prophets will come in sheep’s clothing.... this means they will look and sound right. They will perform signs winders, healing, cast out devils, prophecy ALL in Jesus name and call Him Lord!!!! BUT by their fruit you will recognise them. Obviously the fruit is not the above mentioned, but rather Jesus tells us they are rejected into His Kingdom because they donot obey His commandments and are not subject to His laws and did not live in obedience unto his Word and commands. Sure they heard, received, believed BUT did not obey!.... “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. I Never Knew You “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:15-23
The New Testament gospel is not an attempt to improve people at all, but to kill them! To bring them to the place where they recognize that there’s nothing they can ever do to be acceptable to God, and that all their best attempts at it are like dressing themselves up in filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Only when they come to see their total inability, their wretchedness and hopeless estate, can they embrace the true gospel which calls them to die to all their own human (sinful) efforts, and trust completely in Jesus Christ. He alone is God’s provision to save us, and we can add nothing to His accomplishments for us.... then and only then after a heart is humbled in repentance and contrition understanding mans true position condemned in our sin and awaiting Gods fierce judgement and wrath will we cry out for mercy, pardon and forgives and THEN be truly born again and recreated as true sons and daughters, filled with His Spirit and radically changed to receive God’s amazing love and favour and be partakers Of His Devine nature in intimacy of restored relationship and acceptance to God! We have to stop being so seeker friendly, non offensive, politically correct man pleasers with giving people what they want, and come back to our calling which is to proclaim the gospel that people need. The church (and her ministers) is meant to be a prophetic voice that confronts, challenges and leads the culture. Instead, we have settled for being a mere echo of our culture — and all too often a mediocre one at that. But rather to preach the full gospel that can save !!!! The gospel that causes men to stumble. The Gospel that truly slays people in their sin until they cry out mercy, “my God have mercy on me a sinner” Then and only then will there be a true conversion, repentance, salvation and acceptance into the father arms, love, heart and Kingdom !! The Gospel of Humanism An article by Andrew Strom. What is Humanism? It is all around us. It is the dominant spiritual creed of much of Western society today. It is rampant in the media, education, medicine – everywhere. And sadly it has infiltrated the church in a huge way in recent years. In Humanistic thinking, MAN is the center of all things rather than God. Everything revolves around making MAN happy. To talk about “SIN” makes people feel unhappy and guilty – therefore it is ‘wrong’ to be so “judgemental” as to preach strongly against sin. Humanism is very tolerant. “They are not hurting anybody,” it says. “Let them do what they like.” In fact ‘TOLERANCE’ and the ‘HAPPINESS OF MAN’ are the great mantras of Humanism. So in what ways has this insidious philosophy invaded the church? Well, whenever you hear an evangelist sounding like a television commercial, then you are witnessing the invasion of Humanism. You will hear them say things like, “God wants to give YOU an exciting life. God wants to bless YOU. God wants to take away all your hurts and give you a happy life.” – Now of course there is truth in this. But what has happened here is that the EMPHASIS has shifted from “salvation from sin and judgement” to ‘God wants to make you happy and blessed.’ The focus is no longer on the fact that our sins offend a holy God, and that the CROSS is our only remedy. Rather, the message becomes more of a ‘toothpaste commercial’ – using Jesus as a means to have a happy and successful lifestyle. He becomes simply a means to our own selfish ends. It becomes all about “What can I get out of it?” As the advertising industry has learned, there is a lot of money and success to be found in “eliminating the negative” and stressing only the positive and happy things. And a lot of preachers today seem to simply go along with this Humanistic tide – preaching mainly “blessings and grace” and forgetting about conviction of sin and ‘taking up the cross’. – For we wouldn’t want to “offend” anybody, would we? But this is not what Jesus or the apostles were like. They preached ‘sin, righteousness and judgement’ in a very direct and piercing way. Often it is quite clear that their hearers were greatly offended – just as with the prophets of old. They preached real Repentance, ‘counting the cost’ and the loss of all things. But in many churches today that kind of talk would get you “never invited back”. And thus they become ripe for deception. God is not primarily concerned with man’s happiness. He is more concerned with our HOLINESS. But for many preachers, “Grace and Blessings” have become the recipes for success. And many are now treading that wide and seductive path. Quite a few of them have even learned how to raise their voice in such a way that you THINK they are preaching powerfully and challengingly. But when you actually examine what they are saying, it is usually more of the ‘blessings and excitement’ formula – simply ratcheted up a notch. And sadly, the church that feeds on such a “sugar and junk-food” diet will very quickly become utterly ‘fat’ and lukewarm.
I am very concerned with a “God loves and accepts you” message that does not preach a full council and gospel of the requirements for salvation and how to be benefactors and receivers of Gods love .... This is a dangerous deceiving non representation of Gods whole council to man and what must be done to attract His love, favour and salvation!!! Just because He offers man His undeserved love, does NOT automatically QUALIFY US for His salvation. ..... John 14:21 "The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves Me; and whoever really loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and will show reveal, manifest Myself to him. I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him. " Romans 11:22 Then appreciate the gracious kindness and the severity of God: to those who fell into spiritual ruin, severity, but to you, God’s gracious kindness—if you continue in His kindness by faith and obedience to Him; otherwise you too will be cut off..
Gods Word says “our righteousness is as filthy rags “ WE MUST preach heaven and hell, the kindness and severity of God, “the wages of sin is death and Hell AND the gift of God is eternal life to those who believe (and ALL that belief includes repentance, contrition humility and obedience) “.... BOTH must be preached .....All I Hear is only God loves you as you are and you are valuable to Him . There is no repentance, wrath, judgement or fear of God preached .... Do you too REALLY disagree with what Jesus Himself preached and commanded the disciples to preach “repent for the kingdom of God ( His judgement and rule) is near, turn from your sins!!! Yes, God do loved the world He gave His only son to rescue us from being condemned by sin BUT if we do not repent, we remain condemned. I am Simply balancing the false gospel preached today of humanism and speaking ONLY the value of man and how God loves him WITHOUT a call to repentance and contrition! We must preach true repentance and Gods love!!! Ezekiel 3:18 "When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” 2 Peter 2:9 “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,” Proverbs 17:15 “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” Proverbs 10:16 “The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.” This is the message Jesus preached ... Matthew 25:41 "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;”
The prodigal son did not come to his senses and repentance by realising his “ value and worth or heritage “ no no no BUT opposite!!! He was humbled, broken , Sorry, repentant, contrite and come back not even expecting or asking to be his Fathers son BUT a simple servant !!! Opposite to the Gospel I hear “the cross is not about my sin but about my value”
When our children are disobedience, disrespectful and sinful It is our responsibility to discipline them and tell them their actions and behavior is unacceptable and will be punished THEN we take them in our arms and tell them we love them and seek the best for them only !!! And because of this we obey God’s Word “spare the rod, spoil the child” I donot want my children to grow up rebellious, selfish brats , undisciplined and ungodly!! That’s LOVE ..... not telling a sinner how precious they are and valuable and we love them no matter what with no accountability or consequences to their lifestyle, behavior and actions!! That is NOT the gospel !!! And in fact is worse than saying nothing!!! Ezekiel 3:18 "When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”
Gods love is NOT unconditional as so many falsely declare....... Sure His love was unconditionally given to the world and all in it BUT to receive it and walk in it and know the benefits of it, we must receive it through repentance, faith, obedience and humility .... Paul's says "May our hearts be directed into the love of God" James says "keep yourself in the love of God" Jesus said "its those who obey my commands who I love and who my father and I will reveal ourselves unto intimately " John 14:21 "The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves Me; and whoever really loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and will show reveal, manifest Myself to him. I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him. " Unconditional love of God Jesus said "remain in my love !.. If you obey my commandments you will remain in my love!" Jude says "keep yourself in the love of God" Let's not get confused with the fact God offers His love to the whole world and receiving His love and the benefits of His love, for if we are to experience and receive and walk in His love then we must humble ourselves and obey Him according to His Word .... To remain and keep ourselves in His love!!! The murderer or rapist is NOT living in or Knowing Gods love .... We must, as with all the other promises in Gods Word obey and have faith to inherit and walk in them to receive them... To say His love is unconditional is unbiblical as it is NOT found anywhere in His Word and has been another teaching made up to make everyone think they are safe, even in sin !!!! Hell is full of men and women God LOVED (as He loved the whole world and died to redeem All mankind) BUT we DONOT revive salvation or benefits of His promises or love unless we obey Him through faith repentance and surrender !!! John 14:21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who really loves Me; and whoever really loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him I will make Myself real to him.” John 14:23-24 Jesus answered, “If anyone really loves Me, he will keep My word teaching; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him. One who does not really love Me does not keep My words. And the word teaching which you hear is not Mine, but is the Father’s who sent Me. John 15:9-11 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love and do not doubt My love for you. If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing. Jude 1:21 and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which will bring you to eternal life. Romans 11:22 Then appreciate the gracious kindness and the severity of God: to those who fell into spiritual ruin, severity, but to you, God’s gracious kindness—if you continue in His kindness by faith and obedience to Him; otherwise you too will be cut off.. Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and steadfast love, even truth and faithfulness are they for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
True gospel Dear beloved .... There seems to be some great great confusion as to what is the Gospel and requirements of salvation ! May I clarify a few points It is not enough to just believe in God (“For even the devils believe and tremble” James 2:19) Jesus also declared “few will be saved” 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Therefore it is imperative we hear, see and understand the requirements of salvation!! Because Peter declares ..... And if it is difficult for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the godless and the sinner? 1 Peter 4:18 And Paul declared the seriousness of walking in and confirming daily our salvation.... “Therefore, my dear friends, ....., work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 Then Jesus declared His terms to follow Him... “Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 Jesus is our greatest example of what to preach and teach and He preached and commanded the disciples to go and preach ... “He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47 One cannot truly believe unless he repents, and one cannot truly repent unless he believes. Repentance in truth to turn from sins with a heart of contrition is a MUST for salvation. For without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins. We are commanded to repent if we desire salvation! “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.” Acts 17:30 “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts 3:19 “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!” Luke 13:3 “..... Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26 Repentance is a life changing serious heart wrenching action that must be followed through and proven by action! “Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance” Luke 3:8-14 “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart [with remorse and anxiety], and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what are we to do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And Peter solemnly testified and continued to admonish and urge them with many more words, saying, “ Be saved from this crooked and unjust (perverse) generation!” Acts 2:37-38,40 There MUST be a real understanding and sorrow for sin that God requires. It is not adding Him or we donot “sell the benefits or just receive Jesus” NO!!! We must understand that without Him we are lost for eternity and have true Contrition in our hearts ... “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 "But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' Luke 18:14 The false Gospel we hear today is based in humanism and says “we are valuable to God and priceless to Him” Where God declares (Isaiah) “For we all have become like one who is [ceremonially] unclean [like a leper], And all our deeds of righteousness are like filthy rags; We all wither and decay like a leaf, And our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing], like the wind, takes us away [carrying us far from God’s favor, toward destruction].” Isaiah 64:6 Even Paul declares under the law and before He was saved.... Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]? Thanks be to God [for my deliverance] through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25 YES God does love us so much then He made a way to rescue us NOT because we are valuable BUT because He lives us . This is true love, grace and mercy!! Nothing to do with what we deserve !!! LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT !!!
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