Describing the True Mission of the Church

1 John 4:5-6

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They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.


Pastor Bob DeWaay paints a true portrait of how things are in many evangelical churches, showing how they are no longer Biblical and Gospel centered. Thank you, Sherry!

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Quote of the day – Thoughts on Christmas from Beth


1 Chronicles 16:34

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


Beth, the author of the blog “I once was lost“, shared her thoughts, hopes, and experiences about not celebrating Christmas. She offered these in comments on a reblog I posted of Mike Jeshurun’s post

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, Sherry has a blog devoted to it, The X Mass H8rs Blog. Don’t be turned off by the name of the blog and visit Sherry there – she has a library of materials.

Here are Beth’s comments on not celebrating this day:

I believe that something we need to keep in mind is that just because millions (maybe billions) follow Roman Catholicism does not make Roman Catholicism right – same goes for the world making December 25th what they would like it to be. I’m out on that. That does NOT make me any better than anyone else it just reminds me as a follower of God through Jesus Christ it is another day I am allowed to REST in Him and what He has done for us – finished for us – through His obedience to God the Father. ❤️❤️❤️ His birth is part of the Gospel – Good News-message – we don’t need a puffed up day to celebrate Him – He is a celebration in our hearts everyday – He is the Gift we need everyday. ❤️❤️❤️

I believe that more witnessing has come out of me by NOT celebrating – I have honestly found it opens more doors up to the “fence sitter/non-believer.”

Posted with love!

I asked Beth, “Could you share more about your opportunities to witness?”

For example I clean houses – and I have had to tell my well-meaning ladies when they want to give me a gift the truth. I can’t just take it and say thank you – I am convicted to lovingly tell them that I don’t celebrate the birth of the Lord with the world. I let them know I celebrate it everyday because not only has his birth saved me – but his life, death and resurrection. So to celebrate with the world doesn’t make sense to me. Of course they still give me a gift – without giftwrap and a thank you card instead of a holiday card.

Strangers I tell them when they give me their merry wishes that I believe in The Lord – but do not celebrate with the world on one particular day – some get nasty… I have been accused of being legalistic and a grinch and a Scrooge – and a Jehovah’s witness – that’s ok though because I feel very convinced that God’s Holy Spirit has convicted me. So I will keep doing what I feel He has commanded me to. ❤️

It gets easier as the years pass … I just BELIEVE what The Good Lord has shown ME in His Word and convicted ME of through His Spirit. ❤️

HE IS A GOOD AND MIGHTY AND TRUTHFUL GOD – I will trust in and on Him all the rest of my days. ❤️

One of the questions I get is “Well what do you do that day?”  My reply:  “I do what I always do everyday in the Lord – I rest in what He has done for us through His finished work – like He tells us to do.”❤️


 

Apostasy from the Gospel

This is a difficult but much-needed message for all of us. Thank you, Sherry!

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Hebrews 10:25-27 (KJV) 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

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