Summertime…good or bad…it’s almost here

As the school year winds down, I am filled with mixed emotions.  It is always exciting for both staff and students to have some time “off” from the regular school schedule.  There is another side to my emotions, however, that feels a certain twinge of regret as I soon face the summer schedule and the obvious emptiness of the halls here at FBA.  I have been pastoring for nearly 20 years and have been here at Faith Baptist for over 11 of those years, and what I have seen is a consistent pattern in the negative spiritual effects of summertime.  I spoke to the students in chapel today and asked them if it was just me, or did they feel the same propensity to drift away, during the summer, from the fervency we feel here each and every day.  They agreed that there is something special about what we have here. The emphasis on a daily diet of the Word of God, the fellowship we enjoy, and the accountability we share cannot be replicated anywhere else…especially during the time off in the summer.

Honestly, I have thought about year round school, but am not sure that is the answer either.  My hope and prayer will be that our ministry to these kids will grow and not diminish during the summer break.  We pray and plan on keeping ourselves focused and filled with ministry opportunities during the time “off”.  Then as we regroup this fall, we will not have had the same experiences we have endured over other school years…dealing with lives that have cooled off spiritually.

Let me encourage each of you who may potentially suffer with the same dread of summer as I do…

1. PRAY…pray for each other and pray to keep yourself in the love of God.  Living, not by a “list” but because you truly love Jesus

2. PERSONALIZE…personalize your daily Bible reading to make it do more than just make sense…apply the Scripture to your life and live it for the Glory of God

3. PRACTICE…practice the same spiritual disciplines and biblical activities you would when you are in a more accountable situation. (Go to church regularly, be a witness, reach out to others, etc.)

4. PREPARE…prepare your heart to be even more faithful and more committed to Christ when you resume your fall schedule

Blessings…

Pastor Tony Jones



Unavoidable and Unchangeable Storms…

As I write this, Amanda and I STILL do not have electricity at our house. We have been, like so many across the South Carolina LowCountry, POWERLESS over the last few days. Now, before you begin asking yourself, I will answer the obvious question…”How can you be writing an email and sending it without power?” Well, we have “moved” into the Church Prophet’s Chamber since yesterday morning… Thankfully, the Church has power, and I have a place to take my family when we faced these difficult circumstances and storms. It has had me thinking alot about how addicted we all are to these conveniences and luxuries of life. God has truly blessed us and I would never discount His blessings, but the greatest blessings are NOT those that are plugged in, charged up, or operated by the flick of a switch. I guess it dawned on me with intensity two nights ago, when I sat down to eat supper by unintended candlelight. Amanda had cooked grits and scrambled eggs on our Coleman campstove, we boiled water and made tea, and sitting around the table were the GREATEST BLESSINGS OF MY LIFE!!! The laughter was contagious, the food was GREAT, and the candlelight revealed countenances that were aglow with JOY in spite of the storm and our powerless situation. We are currently STILL without power, but we’re OK. We came to the Prophet’s Chamber about 10:30 yesterday morning and have worked in and around the school as a family. We saw different church members throughout the day, and slept comfortably (after being lulled to sleep by the whispers and giggles of kids who’s lives are supposed to be miserably inconvenienced.)

As I have reflected upon the physical events of the last few days, I realize some deeper spiritual lessons that we have learned…

 

1. We are NOT in control, so there is NO need to get all bent out of shape during a unavoidable and unchangeable storm

2. When there is NO POWER at your house, there is STILL POWER at God’s House!

3. Get your family to the Church as quickly as possible to avoid any further danger or damage done by the “storms” in your life!

4. The storm itself may be over, but the damage and inconveniences caused by the storm may last awhile longer…so STAY at the Church!

5. Don’t get in any hurry to leave the Church…there’s STILL Power at the House of God!!!

6. God may not be through teaching me “Life Lessons”, so don’t panic or fret about today either

7. The SAME Power I have enjoyed at the House of God, will soon be at MY house as well, I just have to be patient and let God use the men who are hard at work restoring the “light” to my house

(I sure hope you’re getting this…)

8. This too shall pass, and with it ALL the “Life Lessons” I did NOT learn, so learn EVERYTHING you can through this unavoidable and unchangeable “storm”

 

Serving Jesus with a RENEWED Joy,

Pastor Tony Jones

 

P.S. – The Valentine Banquet has been cancelled for tonight. If it can be rescheduled, I will announce a new date and time.

For now, enjoy…REALLY ENJOY the TRUE BLESSINGS in your life and have the Happiest Valentine’s Day EVER!!!

If you are out in town, stop by the House of God…it’s where I have “moved” my family, and we’re having the time of our lives!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!

 



“FRIEND” of the world…or “FRIEND” of God?

What would God’s “FRIEND” list look like?

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God

The Apostle Paul gives us some identifying factors in Galatians 5:19-21, that says,

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

For this post, I want to address verse 19 specifically.

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,”

  • The WORKS - acts, the actions, the deed or thing done
  • of the FLESH - the sensuous nature of mankind…the base and natural cravings
  • are MANIFEST - instantly apparent, evident, known,  to be plainly recognized or known
  • which are THESE  - Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness…

ADULTERY – any unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another

The LAW is not the laws of man or the opinions of man, but the LAW of God Almighty.  It is He Who said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”

When a man or a woman begin cultivating a relationship with someone else’s spouse, they are treading on thin ice!  I recently saw this very scene play out in my own community. A “preacher” spent way too much time “counselling” with a woman who was married…only to end up seeing her divorce her husband of nearly 20 years and to begin a public relationship with him instead! They want to call it opinion or judging when you call their adultery “sin”, but God already identifies them for what they are…an ADULTERER and ADULTERESS! They care not what the Bible says or even the shame they bring to their pastor or to their local church (the Bride of Christ). As long as he can keep his radio “ministry”, “jail ministry”, and has a preacher or two who will agree with his wicked adultery.  The Bible becomes an irrelevant book that can be picked over for the things he wants to hear.  What a shock the Judgment of God will bring, when the Author of the 10 Commandments calls him to give account of his careless lusts and rendering of the Bible as null and void.

Sadly, other “Christians” can be seen online “liking” and commenting on their picture they have posted together.

I refuse to be silent or “let it die” when I know that GOD HATES ADULTERY!!!

FORNICATION – ANY illicit/unlawful sexual behaviour (pre-marital, extra-marital, sodomy, pornography, bestiality, etc.)

Again, the Law is the LAW of God Almighty.  He is the Creator and the ONLY One Who has the “right” to say so in ANY of our lives. When we live without boundaries and sin is reclassified as opinion and personal choice, then you leave the door open for every wicked illicit and immoral action, which God still calls SIN!

It used to be common place for Men of God to preach the Word of God against such wickedness, and to discipline those within the church who lived guilty of these sins.  Now, maybe if we don’t say anything, then maybe we won’t have to deal with it…and maybe it will go away.  It WILL NOT go away!

UNCLEANNESS – beginning in the mind, drifting to the motives, ending up in the manners of men who have strayed away from the LAW of God.

Secret sins are still sin, and it may surprise you to know that your sin may NOT be as “secret” as you think. God has a way of exposing the sins you thought were covered. Unclean thoughts, unclean motives, unclean fantasies, unclean behavior…as the leper of old…your life cries “UNCLEAN…UNCLEAN!!!”

LASCIVIOUSNESS – looseness, lessening of the standards, unbridled lifestyles, basically doing what is “right” in your own eyes

Here’s where it all begins.  A loosening of the standards…a lessening of the importance of Biblical holiness.  People begin living their life as if it was just that, THEIR LIFE! When pastors become puppets and will not act upon the Word they preach, or even more disturbing, they don’t even preach against it anymore. Turn your head, but God STILL sees the sin. Remain silent, yet God’s Word STILL speaks against lascivious lives. When there is no “fire” from Heaven or “power” in the preaching, there is no fear of God in the people. Then men tend to drift back into the ways they learned in “Egypt”. Churches are lulled to sleep and everyone forgets what the Bible says.

Forgetting what the Bible says seems to be the normal thought process of many in our day.

FORGET what the Bible says about ADULTERY, and they go ahead and break their covenant vows

FORGET what the Bible says about FORNICATION, and they live together, carousing around like animals

FORGET what the Bible says about UNCLEANNESS, and they plot and plan their wicked immorality (some let filthy pornography build for them a fantasy world and they keep a polluted mind)

FORGET what the Bible says about LASCIVIOUSNESS – and they quote verses, post pictures of Christmas scenes, love their “Family First” and fornicate, curse, living completely polar opposite of the Bible, having it “their way”.

What continues to be the greatest heartbreaker of all is the fact that so-called “Christians” will continue to “LIKE” their pictures, “FOLLOW” their timelines, and stay “FRIENDS” with those who have, by their lifestyles, “UNFRIENDED” and “UNFOLLOWED” God.

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

I am NOT ASHAMED of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I cannot be silent about those who are polluting the Gospel with their wicked lifestyles!  The world EXPECTS for us to be different from what they are!  You could expect this kind of immoral behavior from the bar crowd and the club crowd, but these are “spots in your feast”.  These are they who live among us and pollute the community with their hypocrisy, immorality, and their lies. Whether they are “preachers”, “missionaries”, “families who are NOT submitted to the local church”, SIN is STILL SIN!

God KNOW who you are…and so do YOU.

God WILL take care of you!



Don’t “Duck” the issue…SIN is SIN

The attacks on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson are just a sad tip of the iceberg our culture has wrecked upon.

The Word of God said (a long time before any of us formed our opinions) that sin was sin and that although God loves sinners…He hates sin!  The Holy Bible lists on several occasions certain specific sins that God especially identifies as those He despises the most. It’s not always sexual or immoral sins that make it to God’s list of those sins He hates.  God hates pride, God hates lying, God hates the murder of the innocent, God hates wicked fantasies, God hates how quickly sin is embraced, God hates the dishonest gossip of liars, and God hates it when discord disrupts the harmony of unity.(Prov. 6:16-19)

Before some of you gobble up this list and wave it in the face of those who stand with God against sin, you better think twice!  God does NOT expect for me or anybody else to sit back and pretend that you are not in sin.  God does NOT expect for me to sit back silently while immoral and ungodly people flaunt their sinful lifestyles in the face of God, His Church, and the Community where they live.  God doesn’t think it’s cute that you can live in open immorality and post quips and quotes of God’s love and Christmas on your social media sites.  God’s Word calls you a double minded and unstable man.

The WORST part is that it’s not just mainstream media and other celebrities who will readily accept sin as normal and even desirable behavior. Many of you who attend Fundamental Baptist Churches have lowered your standards and have given Satan a place where he can comfortably flee when he is resisted by those who will point out sin as they see it infiltrate their church, family, or community.  I am amazed at the so called “Christians” who continue to “Follow”, “Friend”, or “Like” these immoral men of reprobate minds.  Somehow you leave the impression that maybe “birds of a feather DO flock together”.

Somehow, many “Christians” have swallowed the idea of our wicked culture, that if you say anything about or against sin…then you are the one who is doing the wrong!  How ridiculous of an idea that would simply silence the pulpits and make mute the pews, while sinful men continue their lascivious behavior.  I refuse to be silent when the souls of men, women, boys, and girls are lost and continue to be confused by the immoral and ungodly lifestyles of those who use the Cause of Christ for their own gain or convenience!

Amen Phil!

Keep it in perspective. Love the sinner…hate the sin! Pass them through the Cross of Calvary, and the sin will be washed away and the sinner saved for all of eternity!



POISONED

Psalm 58:3-4

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:…

Have you ever seen the effects of poison? Have you ever known someone who has been bitten by a poisonous spider or snake? I know a man in my church who was bitten by a Copperhead and the effects were horrible! In just a short period of time,  he grew weak and sickly. He didn’t even know at first that it was a snake which had bitten him. He was hospitalized, and had to be treated with powerful and expensive medicine to reverse the effect of the poison and to begin the healing process. After some time, he did recover…but he has a definite and obviously new alertness for the presence of snakes. He also is quick to warn (anyone who’ll listen) to the dangers, the pain, and the long-term effects of being POISONED!

Scripture warns of the dangers of those whose conversation is as damaging as the poison of snakes…

The poison is FATAL – The poison is CRUEL – Their tongue is SHARP – it’s the simplest of conversations wherein you may get’ poisoned…and not even realize what is happening.

I’ve warned the church of snakes among he congregation, only to watch some continue to converse with the “snakes”. When they do get bit, the poison has such strange and even varying effects.

The poison makes you weak…

The poison makes you lethargic…

The poison makes you NOT want to do the normal things you used to do…

The poison will not draw you into close fellowship with the snake, but you just won’t feel like being in fellowship with anyone

 

A snake can be hiding just about anywhere.

The Man of God is given discernment to detect the snakes, spiders, wolves, etc. You can avoid being POISONED many times by simply following the directions given by the Man of God.

For those of you who have been POISONED,,,

REALIZE – the snake was never your friend…you were their opportunity

REMEMBER – the Man of God who warned you, is trying to RESCUE you from the POISON

RETURN – there is only ONE hope for your life…you need to get back to the closeness and fellowship of the Church. Of course you don’t “feel like it”!… You’ve been POISONED!!!

 

 

God’s Word warns us that the enemies of the Cross will poison you…and just like Bro. Mark, you may not even know what bit you!

 

 

 



Instructions for LIFE

God’s Word has MUCH to say concerning our “everyday living” and the choices we make.

God is interested in “heading off” our troubles before we ever get them established.

A choice to allow the WISDOM of God to permeate your life and saturate your soul would give you the LIFE, HELP, and spiritual health you’ve longed searched in vain to find elsewhere…

The WISEST man in the Scripture tells the “secret” to living life…

“Instructions for LIFE”

Proverbs 4

        The WORDS of WISDOM – 4

  • Retain the WORDS
    • God HAS something to say about “it”…your situation
  • Keep the COMMANDMENTS
    • Determine to live an OBEDIENT Christian life

It’s NOT always EASY…but it IS ALWAYS RIGHT!!!

        The WAY of WISDOM – 11

  • THE WAY of WISDOM (there is another way)
  • RIGHT paths

You do NOT have to be ignorant…He has TAUGHT us

        The WARNING of WISDOM – 14-19

ANYTHING otherwise is detrimental…the path of the WICKED

  • ENTER NOT… (if you NEVER START, then you’ll NEVER have to STOP)
  • GO NOT… (in their “EVIL” direction)
  • AVOID it… (Do whatever it takes to AVOID ending up on the wrong path, keep ALL the fences between you and the world, so you will find it harder to GO there)
  • PASS NOT BY it…continually DISTANCE yourself from the OLD LIFE
  • TURN FROM it… put it BEHIND you…don’t be looking at it every day
  • PASS AWAY… LET it DIE…Go on with your life…Your REAL LIFE!!!

 

The PATHS are easily distinguished…

            The WAY of the WICKED is DARKNESS

The Path of the JUST is as a shining light…it gets BIGGER and BRIGHTER the closer you get to the house

 

Solomon now extends this WISDOM to the next generation… (vs. 20) “My son”

The WALK of WISDOM – 20-27

He summarizes the SAME lessons given to him by his father

Do you WANT a spiritually driven and healthy Christian life?

  • KEEP your HEART…
    • DILIGENTLY… it’s going to be HARD WORK
    • this is YOUR responsibility
    • YOUR life DEPENDS upon this choice
  • CONTROL your MOUTH…
    • PUT AWAY a Froward mouth – intentional, out of the way, sinful
    • PUT AWAY Perverse lips – different than what you should be talking about
  • CONTROL your EYES…
    • If you allow yourself to be distracted by sin…
    • You’ll too soon become attracted to sin…
  • DISCIPLINE your LIFE… let ALL thy ways be established
    • Do NOT turn off of the path of WISDOM …
    • There is a ditch on BOTH sides of the street

 

The MESSAGE within the MESSAGE…

…but if you will get THIS…you WILL choose to obey THAT!!!

LISTEN – vs. 1

LEARN -  vs. 13

LOOK  (see it for yourself)– vs. 20

LEAN – vs. 20

LOVE – vs. 20

LIVE – vs. 21

 



A Companion of Fools…

When we read the wisdom of Solomon, penned in the Book of Proverbs, it’s not long before you see clearly the two opposing choices offered to mankind…WISDOM or FOOLISHNESS.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

The obvious action we should take is to begin walking with wise men…Unfortunately, for many, it just isn’t the choice they make. It’s one thing to be foolish, but how foolish do you have to be to “like”, “follow”, “friend”, “re-pin”, or quote men who have lived their life to bring nothing but shame to the cause of Christ!?! I recently received an email from a guy who refuses to repent of sin, and is now passing along “Biblical Advice” from another guy who has done as many things a man could to defile himself and to create havoc of the cause of Christ. My first thought was, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”. Then it dawned on me that these unrepentant men are just following the road outlined in Romans 1:18-24, and in II Timothy 3:1-9 where Paul addressed the downward path of those who go from rebellion to reprobation. He points out their wicked minds and their evil deeds…(It’s still strange to actually see it happening before your eyes.) These men were both “preachers“, and through sickening immorality have utterly disqualified themselves, yet they are online giving “Biblical Advice” that (when you trim off all the manipulation/mutilation of the Scriptures) just tells people to silently keep their head in the sand when sin is being committed. They love the verses that say things like…” think on these things…”. My question would be, “Why weren’t you thinking on these things instead of committing immorality? Why don’t you “think on these things” now, and conclude that you MUST REPENT? No, they want the Scriptures to work for their advantage. Peter spoke so well when he said, “…which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” – 2 Peter 3:16

They want to silence the Nathans, the Elijahs, the Pauls, & the John the Baptists of today who cry out against their open and unrepentant immorality. I refuse to be silent about sin! Sin has cost us too much already! Sin has redefined Christianity into a immoral and socially accepted way of life. Sin has divided the Name of Christ into groups that have “learned tolerance” or “not to judge”. Sin has silenced the pulpits and has made the pews a place for sin to incubate and thrive. Sin has pressured those who are ignorant of the Bible to take a more passive stand. Sin has aggressively threatened and lied and torn at the church, all for the sake of self-gratification and self-ordained importance.

For those who know the Scriptures, we cannot be fooled by these foolish people, and we certainly don’t “follow”, “friend”, “re-pin”, or quote them. If you’re going to be foolish enough to “like” what they’re doing, then don’t think it strange when you get a Biblical Rebuke in reply.  They are “wolves”, they’ve always been “wolves”, and they are not going to be tamed or trained. The ONLY people that are fooled by them are the foolish who walk with them!

I’ll choose the “Old Paths” wherein is the good way. It’s stained with the tears and blood of those who are more worthy than I will ever be. So, how can I disgrace the Name of Christ and the Calling of God upon my life to leave the path of wisdom and begin to follow fools? Amen!



REPENT…the FIRST word of the GOSPEL


“REPENT…the FIRST Word of the GOSPEL”

Luke 24:44-48

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

 

Luke 24:47

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

Part of the job of the Pastor, is to be apt to teach…

The subjects being taught are necessary and with purpose, so that the people of God need not be misled or confused into some false doctrine, heresy, or hyper-evangelistic pseudo church mentality.

REPENTANCE has been under attack before, and until Jesus comes, we will continue to face opposition to this and every other Bible doctrine.

The Word of God doesn’t need to be propped up…the Bible STANDS!

 

ð       The REQUIREMENTS of SALVATION

Salvation is the WORK of God…but it comes with TERMS/REQUIREMENTS

  • REPENTANCE towards God (the One offended)
  • FAITH towards our Lord Jesus Christ (the One offered)
    • The issue is NOT of FAITH…we BELIEVE that a sinner MUST BELIEVE, but he MUST REPENT and BELIEVE!!!
    • If believing were the point and repentance were just repenting of “unbelief” then the devils would be in heaven with you!

James 2:19

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Luke 4:41

And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

 

 

  • If believing was ALL there was to it, then HOW can you believe and STILL go to HELL?

I Corinthians 15:1-2

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

We are SAVED by the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ…

It IS possible to have BELIEVED in VAIN

VAIN – empty, worthless belief…

HOW is it possible to believe and STILL go to HELL!?!

            There MUST be MORE to the Gospel than JUST believing…

            Actually it is INSEPERABLE from true Biblical belief

            Saving FAITH in Jesus requires BOTH REPENTANCE and BELIEF

ð       The DEFINITION of REPENTANCE

I Samuel 16:7b

“…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Man can only see the OUTWARD change, and God designed REPENTANCE to produce a visible and outward change.

II Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Beholdthe Greek tense, voice, and mood, declare it IMPERATIVE that YOU SEE and KNOW!

are becomeindicative mood of the Greek word lets us know that the action HAS, IS, and WILL CONTINUE to happen!!!

18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  • Defined by John the Baptist – Matthew 3
    • Change of life PRODUCED by FAITH from one who HAS REPENTED
  • Demanded by John the Baptist – Matthew 3

 

  • Defined by JESUS
    • Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah

Matthew 12:41

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas;

What did Nineveh DO?  They Believed God AND REPENTED…

Jonah 3:8

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

  • Demanded by Jesus

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:32

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 Luke 24:47

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

  • Repentance of SINS – your part
  • Remission of SINS – God’s part

 

Also granted (gift/NOT works) to the Gentiles as well…

Acts 11:18

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Acts 20:21 

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 26:20 

But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Romans 2:4

  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

  • DEFINED by Paul

Hebrews 6:1

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

  • DEMANDED by Paul

2Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2Corinthians 7:11 

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

ð       The DEMAND of REPENTANCE

Matthew 3:2 

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

 

Mark 1:15 

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Repent

Present Tense- a statement of fact or reality occurring in actual time – NOW

 Active Voice- represents the subject as the doer or performer of the action.

Imperative Mood- expresses a command to the hearer to perform a certain action by the order and authority of the one commanding.  Thus, Jesus’ phrase, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” is not at all an “invitation,” but an absolute command requiring full obedience on the part of all hearers.

These were OBVIOUSLY non-believers…(not believers who needed to repent)

These were people that Jesus called to REPENT

 

Luke 13:1-5

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

Sinners:

1) devoted to sin, a sinner

1a) not free from sin

1b) pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked

1b1) all wicked men

1b2) specifically of men stained with certain definite vices or crimes

1b2a) tax collectors, heathen,

 

Sin:

1) to sin, miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, purify from uncleanness

 

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to miss

1a2) to sin, miss the goal or path of right and duty

1a3) to incur guilt, incur penalty by sin, forfeit

 

1b) (Piel)

1b1) to bear loss

1b2) to make a sin-offering

1b3) to purify from sin

1b4) to purify from uncleanness

 

1c) (Hiphil)

1c1) to miss the mark

1c2) to induce to sin, cause to sin

1c3) to bring into guilt or condemnation or punishment

 

1d) (Hithpael)

1d1) to miss oneself, lose oneself, wander from the way

1d2) to purify oneself from uncleanness

 

3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

AV-repent 34; 34

Except ye repent: – The subjunctive mood is the mood of possibility and potentiality.  The action described may or may not occur, depending upon circumstances

 

1) to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent

2) to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins

 

There are 2 words translated REPENT.

The distinction often given between these is;

3338 μεταμελομαι metamellomai met-am-el’-lom-ahee, refers to an emotional change,

3340 μετανοεω metanoeo met-an-o-eh’-o, to a change of choice,

3338 has reference to particulars,

3340 to the entire life,

3338 signifies nothing but regret even amounting to remorse, 3340 that reversal of moral purpose known as repentance; does not seem to be sustained by usage.

But that 3340 is the fuller and nobler term, expressive of moral action and issues, is indicated not only by its derivation, but by the greater frequency of its use (34 times vs. 6 times)and by the fact it is often used in the imperative.

 

ð       The OPPOSITION of REPENTANCE

  • “WORKS”
    • To “turn from” would be WORKS
    • (If that’s the case, SO is PRAYING or RECEIVING or kneeling or breathing…)
    • Armenian doctrine (works salvation) is stopping sin or starting good in order to be or keep salvation
    • “Easy-Believism”  teaches that all God requires is believing (the devils believe AND tremble!!!)
  • Sin of UN-belief
    • Repenting of not believing and then believing in order to be saved
    • This “sounds good” if there were no other Bible for us to read

 

  • What saith the Scriptures

2Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

ð       The ILLUSTRATION of REPENTANCE

Luke 11:32 

The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Jonah 3:6-10

6  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

ð      Illustration of NOT repenting

Revelation 9:20-21

20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

 

ð       CONSEQUENCE of  NOT repenting

Matthew 11:20-24

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

The Book of Revelation repeatedly mentions those who WILL NOT REPENT of their DEEDS/WORKS

ð       SHOW me your FAITH…

God is NOT interested in TALK…He is looking for the REPENTANT HEART who will BELIEVE on Jesus Christ for their eternal Salvation

                                                     Luke 24:47     

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

 



“Refusing to Raise REPROBATES”

In a culture that seems to be bent on removing God from every facet of society, it behooves us as believers to train our children in the way they should go.  The “Light” is being removed and put our of so many areas of life, and the darkness naturally envelopes every vacancy…God Help Us!

[READ] Romans 1:18-32

II Timothy 3

 

* There is a PROCESS to Reprobation

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

(besides what we read in Romans 1…here we can see that what was in its infancy in Romans 1 is now in maturity in II Timothy 3)

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

* This is the PRODUCT of Reprobation

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

(it is obvious and evident even as the Biblical examples that were given)

 

* There could be PERSECUTION from Reprobates

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

(they hate us for exposing their sin.  They retaliate in hate because their lie has been revealed and they have been caught)

  

* How to have Protection/Prevention from Reprobation

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(Keep yourself …and your children…ROOTED and Built Up in the Scriptures.  The ONLY Hope we have is in the Word of God!)



Double Trouble

Luke 11:44

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

Jesus pronounced woe upon this group of religious hypocrites who were nothing but a trap for others to fall into…and what a horrible description of where they would fall…a grave!

Wait a minute! Weren’t these the same men who were professing to be doing the work of God!?!

Leaders of the people!?!…” men of God”?

I know men like this, who use their influence to draw Christians (especially givers) into their trap. Some are disqualified for ministry, yet they continue to posture themselves as men of God. They will not get out of the ministry and they are but a grave and a snare to anyone who will follow after their sinful and selfish ways.

It’s a DOUBLE LIFE that they live, and it’s…

DOUBLE TROUBLE!

One side of their personality is very, very “into” the things of God…especially positions or power.  They love to be on the platform, noticed, etc. They’ll even rebuke those who are seemingly in the way of their advancement. The other side of their personality is strangely twisted and many times perverted in their wicked and sinful behavior.

I know several men…some claim to be men of God, a missionary, a jail preacher, etc….whose DOUBLE life has wounded many children of God and has done great damage to the Cause of Christ

This DOUBLE LIFE of sin and spirituality can be seen in life of Samson, whose life ended prematurely and has left a bitter taste in the mouth of believers ever since. Samson could judge Israel, “visit” a harlot, and kill Philistines…all in a day’s work! What a tragic example of a DOUBLE life!

Will they ever learn that the ONLY people who are impressed with their ability to juggle both the spiritual and the sinful life are themselves and those who are as deep in sin as they are!

Why it bothers me so bad, is that good people can be swayed by their silver tongue, by their intoxicating and intimidating influence.

No wonder Paul said, in Titus 1:11, Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 

Philippians 3:18-19

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 

Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

They are truly enemies of the cross of Christ. They are more focused on their own selfish interests, than in the purity and holiness of the office, the ministry, or even souls for that matter.

It’s high time that REAL Men of God preach against these Pharisees, as Jesus did… Stand up against them as John the Baptist did… but be ready to be viciously and violently stoned by their self righteous and self centered attacks as Stephen was.

It’s time to preach “Woe” upon all those who will use the office and ministry for selfish and family gain.

When you disqualify yourself from the preaching ministry, and are no longer qualified to be the Man of God, then GET OUT!

God has a “Samuel” ready to take “Eli’s” place. GET OUT!!! … and stop interfering with the real work of God by your plastic and pretense.

The DOUBLE life is a miserable and really a pitiful choice made by men who no longer have the genuine Power of God on them, and they have to do all their own marketing and advertising to keep themselves feeling vital instead of vestigial. Samson said that he would shake himself…but  he was a fraud and the enemies of God got a good laugh out of his total failure.

Is “that” what you want? If not, then STOP the DOUBLE life and humble yourself before God Almighty in genuine repentance!

Submit yourself to the authority of the Word of God, the local church, and a Godly Pastor. Do then what you can to support the work of Christ instead of destroying it through your continued hypocrisy and DOUBLE TROUBLE life.

AMEN!