Why Testify?

For the past couple months, I have posted a testimony every Wednesday, and I intend to continue that pattern so long as I have testimonies to write about. However, I wanted to take a couple weeks to divert from that, just to give a simple explanation of why we testify, what a testimony is, and what makes it so powerful.

Why should we give our testimonies? I’m not a Greek scholar by any means, and although I thoroughly enjoy word studies, I’m simply not knowledgeable enough to give you a well laid out explanation of the different words in the New Testament for testifying. What I can tell you is that a testimony is very important, we read in John chapter 3 that no man received the Messiahs testimony. Paul speaks of the testimony of Christ in 1 Corinthians. Christ told His disciples to dust off the dirt from unbelieving towns from their feet, as a testimony against them.

fullsizeoutput_1501As I read through all the scriptures in both the New and Old Testament on testimony I recognized the double-edged sword that it is. In one hand a testimony is proclaiming truth to the believers, on the other hand, it’s proclaiming judgment on the lost.  Why testify? Because Jesus Christ didn’t come to this earth to create peace but to divide. The goats from the sheep, the wheat from the tares, good fruit from bad fruit. Without this understanding, I never would have seen I was lost and in desperate need to be saved.

It was a man’s testimony against sin, and for Christ, that revealed my own depravity. Until I had heard the testimony of Christ, I believed I had saved myself through the sinner’s prayer. I was in bondage to sin until the day the Lord saved me and freed me. There is the idea in our current culture that if we love someone we will not correct them. Don’t make them feel bad, don’t offend anyone, no one is going to want to go to church with you if you’re telling them a list of rules to follow! So everyone keeps their testimony to themselves, for fear of offending anyone. But is this really love?

I believe it is love, but not love for others, love for self. Becuase we desire for the world to like us, we want to be accepted, we want our friends and family to respect us, we keep our testimony to ourselves. I pray that God will give you, and I, a desire to love the lost more than we love our own reputation. Beloved, do not be ashamed of the Gospel, proclaim to anyone who will listen the testimony of what God has done!

There are many preachers and teachers that will not warn their congregation of hell, they do not seek the glory of God, but rather desire to be worshiped themselves. Jesus Christ, Himself warned about hell more than any other man in the Bible. How can we, being His followers, not do the same? How can we give the lost the Good News without first telling them the bad news?

If you have a testimony I would be blessed to hear it, please feel free to write them in the comments. The lost who stumble onto this humble blog might read it, and believe. For my own personal testimony, click here. As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!

 

Testimony of Paul Washer

 

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Last week I wrote about Charo Washer’s Testimony, so I think it’s only fitting if today I write about her husbands. It was, after all, a Paul Washer clip that first brought me to a recognition of my own sin and my desperate need for a savior. His testimony is one of extremes, he went from a sinner to a missionary. How did God change his heart of stone to one of flesh? Listen here…

 

Why does it matter? – Evolutionism vs Creationism

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Is refuting evolutionism important for the believer, or is it ok to side step over this issue?

First, let me say that every member of the body of Christ has its own individual calling, their own unique gifts that enable them to perform that calling. I am not asking the question ‘should you, personally, be blogging about creationism as a Christian?’. What I am asking is whether or not evolutionism is a stronghold that needs to be taken down.

I believe it is, and I also believe it’s imperative for the body of Christ to be made aware of the dangers lurking behind deep time.

Why is it so dangerous? Mostly because our students are not being taught that evolutionism is a possible means for the origin of our universe, but that it is certain fact. For decades now generation after generation was inundated by evolutionary falsehoods passed off as fact, refuted quietly some time after being taught in biology. I mentioned a few of those here.

543px-Man_is_But_a_Worm.jpgI have spoken to many hurting people who were in church but found themselves unable to continue going after they became adults because the ‘scientific evidence’ was too overwhelming.

This insidious deception has made its way into the church as well, as wolves crept into lead believers astray. These wolves convince believers not to take the Bible seriously, it’s just a book like any other, full of fairy tales.

These two points make evolutionism a stronghold, and we are commanded as followers of Christ to tear down every high and lofty idea that sets itself up against God. I encourage you, friends, to get informed on this issue. Is it important for the believer to be able to refute evolutionism? Absolutely, someones soul might one day be riding on your ability to answer. Creation.com is an excellent place to start, they have a magazine and creation magazine live which gives a summary of the articles written. Be good Bereans, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

An Anchor For my Soul

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What anchors your soul friends? There are so many different religions, so much writing against God, be it philosophical or scientific. How do you know what you believe is true? The Bible exhorts us to have an answer for why we believe what we believe.

Had some talented debater, or gifted orator, come to me before getting saved and told me all their reasonings on why there is no God I would have had that seed of doubt planted within me. I had no clear evidence in my own heart, I was following after religion, not Christ. Judging by the heresy I had already been convinced of, I’m not sure just what I could have believed had God not stepped in.

This is my anchor, Christ and Christ crucified. Is this your anchor? If you find yourself, like I was, chasing religion, I urge you to work through your faith with fear and trembling as Paul said. How is it that now, unlike the decade I spent in church, I am now anchored so firmly?

IMG_4945It’s almost been two years since salvation came to our house. Repentance, conversion, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit does not produce emotional fervor like I had been taught. It produced in me peace, contentment, joy, deep desire for fellowship, the reading of God’s Word, and prayer. Rather than emotional highs enhanced by drums and repetitive lyrics, I was set free from the sin that had bound me. Free! Nothing had ever freed me from the sin hiding in my heart. Wretched, filthy sin that could only give birth to death. I had struggled for years with that sin, minute to minute, hour to hour, day by day. I wanted my sin, I loved my sin, but I knew it was wrong so I tried by my own merit not to do what I wanted to do. This, friends, is not freedom. Had someone ventured in to whisper the lie that my sin wasn’t really a sin, and no one would get hurt, I might have believed them.

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Praise God, the one true God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, He set me free! He took out my old heart of stone and gave me one of flesh in its place. This new heart had new desires. I no longer loved my sin, I hated it. It disgusted me. I’m still disgusted by it, every time the enemy reminds me of the person I use to be. I no longer want to sin, I no longer have to try not to do the things I want to do. He who the Son sets free is free indeed!

This anchors my soul when the enemy comes to tell me God is not real, I can point to the freedom I have. When someone comes with a false doctrine, I can point to the freedom I have. When false religions come, offering a different god, I can point to the freedom I have. This anchors my soul. Nothing can change the fact that what I once loved I now hate.

If you have yet to find such an anchor for your soul, if you’ve been in church for years and still love your sin, let me encourage you not to delay. Recognize your sin for what it is, the very thing that separates you from God, the very thing that damns your soul to eternal judgment. Repent! Flee from the wrath to come. Cry out to God, repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you. Do not think that you can save yourself, not by works, or by some sinners prayer. We can be saved only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!

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Testimony of Charo Washer

This was a very difficult testimony for me to watch, as it is so very similar to my own conversion story. My greatest fear is that there are so many more people sitting in church wearing themselves out, unregenerate, and unaware of the eternal consequences. The lie that saying a quick prayer can get you out of hell, that you can earn your way into heaven by saying that prayer, has fooled millions. Satan is so deceptive, he found a way to lull the world into this deception. Between this and evolution is it any wonder that we are seeing such a great falling away in the church?

I hope Charo’s testimony will be as much a blessing to you all, friends, as it was to me.

Charo Washer’s Testimony

Mutations in the Genome – Part Three

This is the final part in this series about the mutations found in the genome. If you missed part 1 and 2 you can go back and read them HERE and HERE.

My husband has a degenerative disease, it’s genetic, so this is perhaps as personal as science can get for me. With each new cell division mutations are created, with each new generation, those mutations are compounded. This has caused many to question how it is that humanity hasn’t long since gone exti

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nct. The idea that mutations were not always advancing as quickly as they are today has been thrown around in the scientific community. This causes an obvious problem, as Evolutionists need natural selection and mutations to explain changes towards complexity from simplicity. Hopefully, as we come to understand the genome along with mutations better, clear reason and logic will finally win the day. Without change, you have no evolution, if that change is causing our species to become worse instead of better, it’s hard to see how evolution can be possible.

Why is this important? I want to take this science and apply it directly to your lives friends. We are called to a great commission, to go out unto all the world and preach the Good News. Many of us have faltered under the unlogical theory of Evolution, we no longer tell others about Christ. We no longer warn the world to flee from the wrath to come. The findings in mutation, the devastating effects they have on our genome, has given us a clear picture. Time is running out. Unless something drastic changes most geneticists estimate 100-200 years before our species reaches extinction. Puppy videos, friends, puppy videos.

fullsizeoutput_1491We can not wait any longer, we must educate ourselves in the Word of God and get out to evangelize the world. If current statistics are correct the majority of those calling themselves Christians have never been converted. The harvest is ready but the workers are few, therefore pray for workers. You, my friend, are a worker and the harvest is ready. Understand the seriousness of our situation, from the moment of the fall and the curse our DNA has been tending towards entropy.

Stand firm in the full counsel of God’s Word friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

A Book Review of The Soul Winner

A book review of C. H. Spurgeon’s The Soul Winner.

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The Soul Winner: How to Lead Sinners to the Savior by C. H. Spurgeon was published in 1895 shortly after the author’s death. This book, this book…how can I possibly describe it? It’s not take out, it’s a five-star restaurant. It’s the type that you sit and eat slowly, enjoying every precious bite. Read this book with pen and paper, you’ll want to take notes. Rarely is there a book I enjoy to read so thoroughly that I immediately plan to read it again once I’m done. This is one of those books. It should be in the study of every church leader, parent, teacher, or human being. If you know anyone who is unsaved you should read this book. If you have children, you need this book.

It’s written for students, so it reads much like a lecture. Spurgeon has a way of explaining things that I haven’t heard or seen in our times. He doesn’t over complicate matters or reach outside of Biblical boundaries. Like many of the old books I’ve reviewed, this book is available on the Kindle app and is very inexpensive on Amazon. I hope you’ll all enjoy this book as much as I did, and if you can, make sure your pastor finds himself with a copy.

Yesterday I showed Spurgeon’s testimony in his own words, it might be beneficial to read that here before you read his book. I’ve also reviewed several other Christian books if you would like to read more you can herehere, or here. I’m also always looking for great Christian books to read, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.