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“How can you tell if your church has adopted the Leadership Network paradigm?”

The above question that a listener sent in to Mike LeMay and Amy Spreeman on Stand Up For The Truth a few years ago is a question that writer and speaker, Sarah Leslie, of Discernment Research Group and Herescope addressed near the end of their time together for this show. The main topic discussed is the shift that is taking place in many churches these days, maybe even in yours. It is a shift from Jesus Christ and Biblical truth, which is the foundation for the church, to an experiential based system where the pastor runs the church like a corporation and  presents his own agenda to the people of the church. Sadly, for those who do not stand with the pastor and his new vision for the church, they will either be pressured to conform, or they will be shoved under the bus as Mark Driscoll has  said in the past to his congregation before the dismantling of his church finally took place due mainly because of  his abusive behavior towards those in leadership positions at Mars Hill Church and those who also attended Mars Hill Church. When time allows, consider watching the above video, and keep these Scriptures in mind as you watch the video below:

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” (1 Timothy 3:1-3)

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24,25)

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.  Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:7-9)

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE: Still working on a few posts when time allows me to do so, and, Lord willing, I  hope to  have at least one finished by tomorrow evening so that I can share it with you. Otherwise, it should be done within the next few days.

Capture EVE - Suggested post on Facebook(UPDATED 8/17/15 See added  information and video of Wm P Young speaking about his new book ‘Eve’ below).

Though I am not among the many who are addicted to Facebook, I must admit that I am growing to appreciate the many suggested posts that are generated by Facebook for me to check out. The above picture caught my attention a few days ago, and upon reading what William Paul Young (WPY) said concerning The Shack “proposing a fundamental paradigm shift,” I decided to do some research on his newest novel  —Eve.

Even though The Shack has always been promoted as a work of fiction, many of us know that after some people finished reading it, their theology, as well as their view of the character and nature of God as revealed in Scripture, were dramatically altered by the emotionally moving story and messages presented in this book. Here are just a few from among the many comments that I found on Amazon and YouTube that will attest to that. I have also included comments by those who have discernment and expressed their valid concerns about The Shack:

 

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William Paul Young is a professing Christian, and yet, as you can see in the quick capture below, he claims that even though “the story is fiction,” he goes on to say that the conversations in The Shack are: “…very real and true.” “…all real, all true.” Thus he is claiming that the messages presented in The Shack were given to him by God, which will lead people to believe that God speaks outside of His Word and still gives new revelations today, and will cause people to be lured into mysticism through Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Prayer. (Lord willing, I will be addressing mysticism in another post later on this year).

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Even more disturbing is the fact that most of the messages presented in The Shack contradict Scripture. Here’s an example:

Mack to Papa: “Aren’t you the one spilling out great bowls of wrath and throwing people into a burning lake of fire?”

Papa: “I don’t need to punish sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish sin; it’s my joy to cure it.” (Page 119-120) (SOURCE)<- Click here to read more).

Here’s an example of the New Age teachings presented in The Shack:

“The Incarnate Jesus is speaking to Mack: “God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in around and through all things–ultimately emerging as the real.” (Page 112) (SOURCE)

(Please read the reviews posted under ‘Further Reading’ for much more information).

WPY’s new book ‘Eve‘ will undoubtedly once again capture the hearts and minds of those who choose to read it. His creative way of putting a story together, as well as his ability to create characters that cause the reader to bond with them — sometimes on a very deep and personal level — will definitely affect certain Christians and their ability to discern, and even more so, will captivate the many people who are not Christians and are searching for hope and comfort because they have gone through deeply tragic circumstances in life.

Capture EVE - Description of William Paul Young's book on AmazonThose who choose to read Eve and have no knowledge of Biblical truth whatsoever, will begin to embrace not only a message that will most likely be contrary to Scripture in many ways like The Shack, but also they will very likely be presented with a God who will appeal to their sinful nature as well as to their flawed human reasoning, and therefore they will not view Him as the just and thrice Holy God that He truly is, as revealed throughout Scripture.

If you read the above description of Eve after first praying for discernment, you will realize that there are many things that are said which clearly indicate some problems. Consider the following statements:

“The Shack shattered our limited perceptions about God.”

By saying this, it implies that The Shack reveals a clearer understanding of who God is, which leads people to seek after new revelations, and leads people away from seeking God in His Word. However, remember that it claims to be a work of fiction.

Now let’s focus more on what WPY has to say about Eve:

“EVE will destroy harmful misconceptions about ourselves.”

At this point one can only speculate as to what those “harmful misconceptions about ourselves” may be, and what messages will be presented to the readers concerning what we are to believe about ourselves since the book has not yet been released. However, we can assume from how some people reacted after reading The Shack, that Eve will also alter and distort the beliefs — as well as Biblical truth — in the minds of many, as they will, once again, be emotionally moved by WPY’s powerful ability to present a story that can touch the heart, and characters whom readers can deeply connect with.

Note this statement:

“Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the creation narrative, true to the original text and centuries of scholarship–yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made.”

Making a bold statement like that will lead some readers to believe much of the information included in this book is Biblical, in spite of the fact that Eve is also classified as “fiction.”

The second part of that statement indicates that our traditional views on who we are and how we’re made are “misconceptions” and that they will be challenged by the information presented in ‘Eve.’

One can only wonder what “faulty interpretations” the readers of Eve will supposedly be freed from as this statement declares:

“Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.”

Reading the description of ‘Eve‘ also seems to indicate that New Age beliefs will be presented to those who read it, just as there were New Age beliefs woven throughout The Shack. (See the first three articles below under ‘FURTHER READING’).

“With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery.”

While many of us as Christians have compassion for WPY because he was sexually abused by his father when he was a child, and because his niece died in a horrible accident the day after she turned five, we must speak out and warn others about The Shack. WPY presents a God who will save everyone, thus he is presenting the people who read this book with the false teaching of Universalism.

Anything that presents itself as being “true to the original text” and yet also claims to be a work of fiction will undoubtedly be a mixture of truth and error which is where all deception begins.

I will not judge William Paul Young’s heart or his motive for writing Eve, but just as The Shack changed some people’s perception of God, the messages that will subtly be embedded within the pages of Eve will undoubtedly be another attempt to undermine the truth in God’s Word, and will sadly end up changing how many others view God and the truth presented in Scripture concerning Jesus Christ and the gospel.

**UPDATE 8/17/15 2:33 p.m. ** Please watch this video to hear all that he has to say.

 

William Paul Young just posted the above video about his new book ‘EVE’ an hour ago. His description alone hints at many concerns that those of us who are discerning Bible believing Christians will pick up on right away. Here is some of what he had to say:

“Part of the beautiful thing about the Hebrew Scriptures and the story in Genesis 1 and 2 ..and 3…is that it leaves a lot of gaps…it’s very concise…and those gaps allow…questions that become part of the unfolding way to look at it.” There will be some surprises, but I think it’s absolutely consistent with space that’s inside the story.”

“We think we know what the story says…we think we know exactly how it unfolds, and we bring those assumptions to any time we hear about it again. Inside this crafting of the narrative I’m looking at the spaces in between what’s given us, as well as staying true –I think– scholastically and academically, (Hmmm…notice that he didn’t say anything about “staying true to the Biblical text) but telling the story in such a way that it’s accessible to a teenager, and yet drawing out things that are beautiful and true,that are in there, but we missed it because of our assumptions.”

‘Eve’ may be another work of fiction like ‘The Shack,’ but sadly many will again adopt some of his ideas as part of their belief system concerning God and the Bible.

He states that it’s a work of “fiction,” but for him to say that he’s “looking at the spaces in between what’s given us,” it’s as if he’s hiding behind his claim that it’s a work of “fiction” to give him the freedom to add to the truth that is recorded in God’s Word without any consequences. However, since he claims to be a Christian, I believe that God will hold him accountable for misleading people by adding to Biblical truth in such a way that it will cause many to get a completely unbiblical view of who He is and who we are. He may be a very good writer and have the ability to create characters whom the reader will quickly connect with on a very deep and emotional level, but he should stay away from writing about anything that could mislead someone from the truth recorded in God’s Word.

Okay, I’m done venting now. I will be praying for William Paul Young, and hope that you will too!

Let’s commit all of this to God and pray that many will be led to read the Bible for themselves because of his book ‘Eve,’ and that God will give many eyes to see the truth that is in His Word. (End of update).

The release date for Eve is set for September 15th 2015, but this blogger here has no intentions of purchasing one. It is my desire only to send out a strong warning to those of you who have embraced the unbiblical view of God as presented in The Shack, and to warn all of you of the possible spiritually deceptive messages that may be lurking within the pages of Eve –especially those of you who are among the many who are eager to purchase it.

Lord willing, when Eve is finally released, I will be watching for some reviews written by Christians and will add them to this post so that you will be aware of any serious problems that may be in this book.

Before finally publishing this post, I did a search to find further resources to share with all of you concerning the many dangerous problems with The Shack. When time allows, I hope that you will read the articles, as well as listen to the information in the videos and podcasts so that you can become aware of the theological problems, as well as the New Age teachings, that are woven throughout the book, and so that those of you who earnestly contend for the faith can be better equipped to share Biblical truth in love with those who have been ensnared by the God that is presented in The Shack.

When we see so many people finding a false comfort and a false understanding of who God is through reading  books like The Shack, it should make us as Christians realize the deep need for us to reach out to those around us who are deeply hurting and share true hope and healing that can only be found through receiving Jesus Christ and the salvation that He provided for us when He died in our place on the cross, and through the truth that can be found in God’s Word, the Bible.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. 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.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17-4:1-4)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in your name drive out demons, and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”             (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Therefore I declare to you that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”    (2 Timothy 2:15)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

RELATED VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FURTHER READING

THE SHACK AND ITS NEW AGE LEAVEN – BY WARREN B SMITH – POSTED ON HERESCOPE

SHOCKED BY THE SHACK – BOOK REVIEW – LET US REASON MINISTRIES

WHAT’S AT THE BACK OF THE SHACK? A LOOK AT WILLIAM P YOUNG’S THE SHACK – BY MARCIA MONTENEGROCHRISTIAN ANSWERS FOR THE NEW AGE

BURNING DOWN “THE SHACK:” A STUDY IN UNIVERSALISM – STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH

‘SHACK’ AUTHOR MAKES HORROR — AND HOPE — PERSONAL – KANSAS ENTERTAINMENT – ARTS AND CULTURE

A REVIEW OF ‘THE SHACK’ WHERE TRAGEDY CONFRONTS ETERNITY – GLENN R KREIDER – INSIGHT FOR LIVING

 Capture Eyes with tears 1Welcome to another post in the series of posts that I have entitled, Warning You With Tears Wednesdays. Lord willing, at least once a month on Wednesdays I will be writing and sharing one of these posts with you so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across on the Internet that you may not have heard about.

Since I knew that I would soon be starting a new job (and I did last month)  and that my free time would then be somewhat limited, I was trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least that was my intention). And since I am a detective-at-heart and desire to make you all aware of the importance of testing things that pastors and teachers say (and do) in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11), the idea to do these posts — as well as the name — came to my mind in November of 2014, based on Acts 20:26-31:

“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

So with all of that in mind, here is what I’d like to share with you in today’s WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY:

FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE BLOG – LECTIO DIVINA – WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT IS NOT, AND SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRACTICE IT?

You’d be aghast at the > LIST OF SPEAKERS < at this ‘Parliament of the World Religions’ that Brian McLaren is speaking at, in light of one of my previous post that I just finished writing:

NEW AGE LEONARD SWEET – A CHAMELEON BLENDING IN AMONG CHRISTIANS AND CLEAR EVIDENCE FOR A LACK OF SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT AMONG CHRISTIANS,

The speakers include the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism who is the 14th Dalai Lama, a former Roman Catholic nun, Chief Arvol Runninghorse, as well as a New Thought minister, a rabbi, a Hindu author and environmental justice activist, the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine –Jim Wallis, and many others.  You can read more about this gathering at the following link:

FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE BLOG – LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BRIAN MCLAREN, JIM WALLIS, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON SPEAKING AT “PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD RELIGIONS”

As stated in the link above, one of the speakers at this Global Interfaith Movement gathering is Marrianne Williamson. Many of you are probably not aware of who she is — unless, of course you have seen her on Oprah. If so, then you are also aware of her book A Return To Love, as well as the book that she strongly promoted on Oprah and continues to promote, called, ‘A Course in Miracles.’ This book was written by Helen Schucman, a Columbia University professor who wrote this book over a span of seven years after hearing a voice — claiming to be Jesus Christ — say to her,

“This is a Course in Miracles. Please take notes.”

Here are some of the things that this Jesus of the Course in Miracles teaches:

“God did not create the world.”

“We are all equally Christ.”

“Jesus is not the only Son of God.”

“My salvation comes from me.”

“There is no sin, no evil, and no devil, and “God is “in” everyone and everything.”

This course states:

“This is a course in mind training” and is dedicated to thought reversal.” (SOURCE – VIDEO SERIES  BELOW)

When time allows, please watch these videos to learn about the many messages from this Jesus whose words contradict God’s Word in many blasphemous ways, so that you are aware of the many spiritually deceptive teachings that are attempting to destroy Christianity:

Now maybe you understand a little better why so many Christians are warning about Sarah Young‘s book Jesus Calling, because she claims to have written her book in a very similar way. Below you will see a “quick capture” from a portion of an interview that Sarah Young did with CBN in which she said that her inspiration to write Jesus Calling was a ‘devotional’ with a similar title —God Calling. For your information, this book was written back in the 1930s by two anonymous women who simply called themselves “two listeners.” That “devotional” book was very popular in the 1980’s when I first became a Christian and it was sold at the book store of the Assembly of God Church that I once attended. Because I dabbled in the occult before I was a Christian, and attempted to contact the spirits through automatic writing, I knew very well that the book God Calling was not a Christian book! Here’s an excerpt from God Calling:

“But with my friend a very wonderful thing happened. From the first, beautiful messages were given to her FROM THE LORD HIMSELF, and every day from then these messages have never failed us. We felt all unworthy and overwhelmed by the wonder of it, and could hardly realize that we were being taught, trained and encouraged day by day BY HIM PERSONALLY,when millions of souls who are far worthier, had to be content with guidance from the Bible, sermons, their Churches, books and other sources.” (God Calling” Page 11-12 ) (Emphasis in red is mine).

Can you see the danger in reading devotionals like God Calling and Jesus Calling? They are considered to be new revelations by Jesus Christ Himself! This will lead many Christians to abandon the true Word of God — The Bible — for counterfeit words from a counterfeit Jesus!

Capture Sarah Young CBN interview concerning 'God Calling'Although Sarah Young accurately states that “the Bible is the only infallible record of God speaking,”and also gives some Biblical advise in her “cautions” below, she fails to recognize the fact that this practice mirrors the occult practice of automatic writing. She also misinterprets Psalm 46:10 as many who promote Contemplative Prayer often do. (See article under Further Reading).

Capture Sarah Young 'Jesus Calling'(SOURCE)

As you will discover in the following article and the videos below, Sarah Young also fails to test the spirits — as well as the messages from this Jesus — in light of Scripture. This information is also for those of you who have requested Book Reviews:

Here is some very detailed information by Warren B Smith concerning the messages that Sarah Young claims to have received from Jesus which were written  down and recorded in her extremely popular Jesus Calling devotionals which have sold millions.

Warren has been a Christian for many years, but he was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement. He now writes books and speaks at many Christian Conferences so that he can warn Christians about Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, Yoga, and many other ways in which the New Age Movement has made its way into the church. Because these New Age/New Spirituality practices are cloaked in somewhat Christian terminology they are deceiving many people. That is why it is so extremely important for us as Christians to “examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done) is true.” (Acts 17:11)

NEW BOOKLET TRACT CHANGING “JESUS CALLING” – DAMAGE CONTROL FOR A FALSE CHRIST

 

 

Many Christians are also warning other Christians about another book that is deceiving many Christians and leading them to embrace a completely different view of God and salvation — The Shack . Read this article >  IN CASE YOU’RE STILL NOT SURE ABOUT THE SHACK AND ITS AUTHOR – (LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH BLOG)

I’m sorry that I have to remind you of what you may be trying to shove to the back of your mind, but…summer is quickly coming to an end, which also means that your children will soon be going back to school. To some of you that may be good news. To others, the thought of them going back to school makes you sad because you thoroughly enjoy spending all that extra time with your children. Whatever the case may be, I am sure that all of you deeply love and care about your children. So here are a few things that you truly need to be aware of concerning what is happening in many schools these days so you can warn your children, and know what to look for when school does start:

ARTICLETHE NEW AGE, OCCULTISM, AND OUR CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH BLOG)

WHEN TIME ALLOWS, PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS CONCERNING ‘COMMON CORE CURRICULUM’

 

 

 

 

SHOCKING GENDER INDOCTRINATION IN CALIFORNIA – ARTICLE AND VIDEO STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH

The following article is filled with the most disturbing information that I came across recently, and it  truly reveals the hardness of heart and the blindness to sin that many have today. Reading things like the following article should truly makes a Christian realize the awfulness of sin and the immense patience and mercy of God:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO EXPOSING THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF BABY BODY PARTS

Please pray for God to open the eyes of those involved in the abortion industry which involves not only the brutal destruction of thousands of precious unborn babies, but also the manipulation and devastation of  many women who are emotionally and physically damaged by how they are treated and what they observe during the abortion process.

Please also pray for the women who have chosen or will choose to have abortions, that they will find forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ. Pray that God will one day use these women for His glory to let their stories be told to stop other women from making the wrong choice, and that these women would choose life instead.

Pray for the women who are now contemplating having an abortion, that they will have a change of heart after coming across information that will show them the humanity of their child within their womb. Pray that they will connect with one of the many online support groups that help women through the whole course of their pregnancy, such as ONLINE FOR LIFE. (Click HERE to listen to the stories of the many women who chose life, and even the story of one young woman who regretfully did not).

Some organizations will even help arrange for a woman’s baby to be adopted into a loving family if they choose to give their baby up. Many women who choose to make this difficult choice do so out of a desire to do what’s best for their child.

This is a time when we should not judge these women, but instead we must reach out with the love of Jesus Christ and help them in the midst of their situation so that they will see hope in what may appear to them as a hopeless and very frightening situation.

One thing is for sure. So far, this year has been the darkest one spiritually as we continue to observe the hearts of mankind growing harder and more wicked, and so outright rebellious against a thrice Holy God! It makes many of us who are Christians stop and wonder:

“How long, O Lord, will You continue to be patient and wait until You gather those of us who have placed their trust in Your Son’s finished work on the cross to Yourself, and then begin to pour out Your wrath on an unrepentant world?” 

If you have not yet come to the point of realizing that you are a sinner in need of a Savior — as we all are —  I pray that your eyes would soon be opened to realize the truth. I pray that with godly sorrow in your heart because of all the wrong that you have done against a completely God, you would  turn from your sins to Him, and live in such a way that it will bring glory and honor to Him for all that He did to set you free from the bondage of sin.

SCRIPTURES TO REFLECT ON

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7-10)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“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.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:3-9)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people 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.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

FURTHER READING:

WARREN B SMITH – ONLINE BOOK – REINVENTING JESUS CHRIST: MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – (CHAPTER 5)