We hear this a lot, don’t we beloved? Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, He was just a prophet, or worse, just a ‘nice guy’. Very few people can ignore the massive historical evidence for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With all this evidence what is the sinful mind to do? The light has entered the world, but men loved the darkness.
Enter the ‘nice guy’ delusion, which allows the lost to accept Christ’s life without having to accept Christ’s truth. Delusion might sound like a strong word for this twist in scripture, but let’s look at this viewpoint logically. If Jesus of Nazareth was not who He claimed to be how could anyone say He was a ‘nice guy’ or even just a prophet? You’d really have to twist the entirety of the New Testament along with the many prophetic verses in the Old Testament to manage this falsehood.
If anyone else made the claims that Christ made we would think they were insane. When Jesus made the claim to be the Son of God there were prophecies fulfilled and signs preformed to vindicate the message. Then, as a stamp of approval, God raised Him from the grave for the justification of the saints.
There are many twists of scripture, and generally I think the subtle ones are more dangerous, however this massive reworking of Biblical truth is prevalent in today’s western culture. It’s difficult, to be sure, to see our savior belittled in such a fashion. Man is forever lifting themselves up to be like God, and bringing God down to be like them. The truth could not be further from this twist.
Was Jesus just a prophet? Just a ‘ nice guy’? No. He was God’s only begotten Son, both man and God, who left His heavenly glory to enter His creation, saving all who believe on Him. I often wonder why God would want to redeem such a people as us. However, before salvation came, before I saw my righteousness as filthy rags, before repentance, I felt like God saved because we deserved it. How foolish is the heart of man, it’s the most wicked of all his members!
Liberal theology has spread this ‘nice guy’ nonsense like a cancer from church to church. The secularists might enjoy joining in, but this twist of scripture was born in the ‘church’. Any denial of Gods Word makes the entirety of it errant. When you start with the belief that some of the Bible can not be believed it’s easy to eventually make your way to believing non of it. Which is what we see here, with the idea that Christ didn’t come as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem His chosen people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
This is why I frequently refute evolution, beloved brethren. When you’re theology begins with Genesis being errant story telling, Adam and Eve being fictional characters, the rest of the Bible falls at the wayside. Why? If Adam never fell, mankind has no need for a savior. Christ Jesus was prophesied that day in the Garden as the seed of the woman. He was prophesied in hundreds of other ways all throughout the Old Testament. If the Jesus Christ you profess as your Lord and Savior is just a prophet or a ‘nice guy’ then you will die in your sins and rightfully be deemed guilty on judgement day. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Son.
Beloved brethren, we must be aware that within our midst are sheep and goats, wheat and tares, converts and false converts. We’ve all met them, some say they believe is Jesus but just not that He lived a perfect life. They believe in Jesus, just not that He was born of a virgin. They believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus of the Bible. Lovingly correct them when you are able, pray for them ceaselessly, because for those who believe they are already saved yet remain lost in their sin, salvation does not seem needful. I should know, I speak from experience, it took over a decade for me to see my need! That I saw was only by the grace of God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Beloved, this video will draw a burden from your heart into your prayer. So many lost in India, it’s heart breaking to consider. We see such an amazing awakening happening in China, where the church is persecuted for disagreeing with the state run religion. We can see the same increase in harvest there in India! The harvest is plenty, so pray for the workers, dear brethren. And as always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello again, beloved friends! We are finally getting to focus on human eyes in our series on the Miracle of Life. As promised, although late in its arrival, is the 8th month of pregnancy, and 9th part of this series. By this month the baby will have developed enough to have all five senses active. Isn’t this amazing, dear brethren? We’ve gone from a few cells trying desperately not let the mothers immune system take it out, to a four pound miracle, that can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. Each of these developments has been a complex creation from microscopic changes in cells.
Throughout the series I haven’t focused on the eyes. Somethings are best left until the end. There’s a reason for this, as in the 8th month we see the tiny human made in the image of God is having a major increase in brain development. Scientists still don’t fully understand the brain, in all its complexity. They do know that during the 8th month the brain tissue begins to form little grooves. So when you’re baby hears your voice they’ll remember that sound. When they see lights turned on in the morning, through your tummy, they’ll remember that sight.
The development of sight has taken this tiny miracle six months of hard work. It’s no wonder the eyes take so long to develop, they truly are a masterpiece of design. The retinas, themselves, have 10 millions photoreceptor cells for picking up light, which is then converted to electrical signals sent to the brain. Now we see that electrical connection once more.
As you can see in that short clip, there’s a lot that goes into sight. Ironically eyes have been used in past years as an example of a ‘mistake’ in design by evolutionists. If God is so smart why didn’t He make them a different way? I can’t even imagine the amount of arrogance it takes to assume you know better than an all knowing God. However, as it turns out, the more we learn about our eyes the more we see the intelligence in their design.
For the miracle of life, the ability of a baby to have eyes created through the microscopic mechanics we’ve discussed previously, is absolutely miraculous. When we look into the eyes of a newborn baby we see beauty, and sweetness. What we should really do is praise the great God who crafted those eyes to fulfill an important purpose.
Sight is often compared to spiritual awareness in the Bible. The Jewish people of Christ’s time who rejected Him were said to have a veil over their eyes, like the veil Moses wore. Christ came as light unto the world, but man loved the darkness rather than the light. Just as precious as our physical sight is the light we see in Christ when we come to salvation through the grace of God, putting our faith in Christ alone. Friend, if you’ve been blind to Christ’s salvation, open your eyes! You and I have broken the law written by God, born as we are into a sin nature. We may be able to see with the intelligently designed eyes God created in us, but we are born blind to spiritual matters. We sin against a thrice holy God, and will one day be held accountable to Him on Judgement day. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness and salvation. Don’t know where to start? John is a great place!
To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray God will continue to grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Christ Jesus. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
We live in a culture, beloved, where being different is celebrated, so long as you’re not set apart for God. In the West, at least, we see that if you are a young woman who wants to grow out their armpit hair and dye it lime green, your congratulated on being so bold. However, if you are a young lady who wants to wait until their wedding day for your first kiss, and dress moderately, no one is going to celebrate you, you weirdo! Yes, it’s a strange world we live in, where Godliness is cultish behavior and green armpit hair is where it’s at.
Should we really expect anything different? No. Not according to the Bible. We’re told very specifically that we will be hated by the world. This week I have been explaining to a greater degree the reason why I write what I write about on different days. At the beginning of this blog Friday’s use to be about Young Earth Creation. I needed a day for just my thoughts, and so I made some changes. Now Fridays are here to highlight the difference, to encourage the body of Christ to be set apart.
Is there a difference in you? Are you any different from the unsaved relative or friend you spend time with? If you were in court, charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict? What about your church? Is it any different than a rock concert followed by a self help speech?
God’s masterful design is that His people would be a set apart people. Salt and light. Wise as a serpent, gentle as a dove. In this way we show that there is a great God, and one way to the Father, through the Son. What glorifies God more than a changed heart, and life? It only cost God a week to create the entire universe. On the other hand, it cost Him His only begotten Son to reconcile lost, and fallen, people.
If you are reading this and you see no difference in yourself and the unsaved please work through your salvation with fear and trembling. If you are reading this and you think you are different because of all the hard work you’ve put into your religion please work through your salvation with fear and trembling. If you are reading this and you’ve never been reborn in Christ, cry out to God for today is the day for salvation. Repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ alone. If you have any questions about salvation please feel free to ask.
If you are reading this and you know that you are different, set apart, reborn a new creature in Christ, by the grace of God alone, give God the glory! And as always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Happy Friday beloved! Today I want to talk about the kind of nonsense the world throws around as answers to problems. Right now, as many of you know, we’re still in North Dakota. We usually try to head south for the winter, and north for the summer. I’m ordinarily not fond of the cold, and with my husbands back and leg in its current state (multiple fractures, herniated disk, and a pinched sciatica) the cold is not his friend either.
However, I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the reactions many here have to the sun going down so early. It starts setting around 5, and is totally dark by 5:30. It rises late as well, so there’s less time to enjoy the sun. They call it ‘seasonal depression’ and there’s all sorts of answers for it. None of them are The Answer.
Next week, here in America, it will be Black Friday. A day when people trample one another, push, shove, or pepper spray their way to what they want. It’s become a spectacle of adults behaving worse than most school yard hooligans. There’s all sort of answers for it, but none of them are The Answer.
What is the answer to societies ills? Jesus Christ is the answer, He is the way and the truth and the life. Dear friends, this world will never be fixed until Christ reigns! This is why the social gospel fails, no amount of social justice will answer the problems of this world, it’s fallen. The only way we can help the lost is to share the Gospel with them. Be salt, and light, brethren.
We can not continue to repeat the lies of this fallen world, none of its answers can save. We have a wonderful opportunity this season to share The Answer. I know that evangelizing can be very intimidating, I’m going to add a link to some teaching that has been very helpful to me this past week. As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!
A while back I wrote about what we deserve, which is judgment and condemnation for our sins against a thrice holy God. Today I want to talk about what the believer receives, instead of what we deserve. Grace.
Grace. It’s become such a common word, thrown about, that we lose the gravity of it. The very topic of Gods grace is so grand that I am almost without words. I’ve gone over and over this all day yesterday and today, in my mind, trying to figure out how to put into words how inconceivable it is that we receive grace from God.
We live in a world that glorifies relativeness. To the lost, grace might mean many different things. In reality, Gods grace is an absolute truth. Not just my absolute, or Christianity’s absolute, but literally, biblically, factually an absolute truth. It is only by Gods grace that we live, and breathe, and have our being.
I have the joy, and honor, dear friends, to daily glean from your wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Christ Jesus. What a privilege that is! It is by the grace of God that we are able to fellowship together. I thank God constantly in my prayers for you all, for your faithfulness in bringing truth to the lost, light to the darkness. I know I have clumsily presented grace today, my greatest hope is that in my weakness Gods strength will shine through.
As we head into another weekend, filled with tasks, chores, errands, and for some more work, I pray we do so with our eyes fixed securely on the one who saves, Jesus Christ. For while we were yet sinners, He came and laid down His life, taking on the judgment for our sins, as the final guilt offering. Beloved friends we did not deserve this. It is only by Gods grace that we are saved, through faith in Christ alone! Surely this great God is worthy of our full attention, of our complete worship, of all honor and glory ever and ever, amen! This much, from us all, for all eternity, will not be enough to sufficiently thank Him for His grace. So therefor, dearest brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.