Friday, March 28, 2014

Jesus Fed the Hungry Wthout Government Assistance!



Jesus Fed the Hungry Himself Without Taxing Anyone
Barbara Henderson

It was a wonderful day in the Promised Land.  Well, maybe it didn’t start out totally wonderful.  True, there were thousands of people listening to the Son of God preach the good news that reconciliation with God is possible through Christ the Son.  The words of Jesus may have filled the minds and hearts of the crowd, but their stomachs were growling.  They were just plain hungry.  There were men, women, and children all needing food.  SO…… Jesus took charge!  He sent runners to the government to request aid be delivered immediately.   The government wasn’t totally opposed to giving the aid because they could tax the people a huge amount, keep about half to spend on their personal projects and upkeep, and spend the rest on buying food, transporting food, distributing food, and create tons of jobs in the bargain.  It was a win, win for big government.  The government of that day loved taxes just like all corrupt governments.  A mere 30 years earlier Caesar Augustus had sent out that famous decree that all the world should be taxed.  That tax was taken so seriously by the people that the very pregnant mother of Jesus and her husband had traveled to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.  Anyway, seeing the dire need of the crowd for food Jesus sent out the request for government assistance.  Unfortunately, by the time the food was delivered to answer Jesus’ request the people who were able to leave had left the area searching for their own food.  For those who trusted in the government to feed them, food arrived too late. Many died of starvation.  Those who lived through to see the government provisions were so weak from starvation their mental capacity was diminished dramatically.  They were never again able to care for themselves.

Oh, wait.  That isn’t what happened when Jesus was there.  That is what happens today every time there is a crisis.  People stand around waiting on the government to send aid until their lives are totally ruined regardless of what the government finally gets around to doing.

What really happened when Jesus faced the crowd of hungry people was that Jesus simply fed them.  He did not require anyone to help Him. He did not expect the government to send aid.  He didn’t take a single penny from anyone to help Him do His good deed.  He simply fed the hungry. 

Obviously no human has to power to create food out of nothing.  Each of us does have some ability to do something.  We can use our abilities for good in the world today.  When we see a need, we should fill that need within the bounds of what we are able to do.  Christians need to think pro-actively when it comes to helping others.
·         Give as the Lord has prospered. 
·         Give to fill a need. 
·         Give as the Lord has laid on your heart.
It isn’t all that hard.

This does not exempt Christians from paying taxes.  Jesus was very clear on that.  But paying taxes doesn’t exempt Christians from helping others as we are able. Clearly, no one who relies on the government for anything is going to be satisfied with the help received. 

It is corruption in the highest form that working people are taxed into oblivion so non-working people can continue to be non-working people.  Those in charge of such wickedness will ultimately pay a dreadful price for their evil actions.  We still have to deal with their infuriating actions in the mean time.  As hard as it may be, just pay the taxes and don’t expect anything in return except more taxes.  That is part of your life over which you have no control.  On the other hand, helping others through charitable giving and kind action is something you can do.  If you are giving to your local church you are supporting training believers and reaching out to the lost in your community.  If your church supports missionaries you are supporting the great commission in every place you have a missionary.  It is a win win situation.  Take joy in giving.  Don’t let the joy of giving to the charity or cause of your choice be ruined by the wickedness of the government’s taxation/extortion racket. 

There are ways you can give other than money.
You can give a smile, a hug, a warm thank you, a sincere ‘you are welcome’ to those who help you, and many other things that show the love of God to others.  Do not discount the importance of these simple things that cost you nothing.  I can tell you personally that a kind word has on occasion helped me tremendously.  You can probably think of times kind words or a deed has given you an attitude adjustment or even strength to go on through a difficult situation.  (If you are in need of kind words and help, but not getting it, read the book of Psalms.  God Himself will encourage you while you are reading.)

However, often a gift of something of value is needed.  If you find yourself in a situation where you can help someone then go ahead and help them whether it is tax deductible or not.  Just help for the sake of helping, not because of what you may or may not get back out of it. 

Jesus gave us many examples of how to behave, but I think one of the main things He did was to live as in individualist.  He didn’t bow down to the political, social, or religious elite of His day.  He set out to do what was right, and that is exactly what He did.  Of course no one can meet the standard of utter perfection set by Jesus Christ, but we can strive to live a life that is pleasing to Him regardless of the circumstances in which we currently live.  We are supposed to pay our taxes and get on with our lives.  The current uncertain and dismal situation globally as well as nationally is just the era in which we live. Every generation in every nation has faced turmoil, unfairness, disappointment, and all sorts of turmoil.  Through all the ages the job description of Christians has not changed.  Go into all the world and preach the gospel.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Are You Looking for the Truth?


Satan's Deceptions Revealed By Unvarnished Truths!

 Have you ever been deceived?  Well of course you have.  And I bet you were not too thrilled when you found out about the deception either.  A deception is really a lie.  A big deception may have a lot of little lies all bound up together.  And the father of lies is Satan who is called by many names.  He isn’t omnipresent, omnipotent, or omniscient, but he is very powerful.  And he has help.  He has lots of help considering that one third of the angels followed him in his rebellion against God.  Many people of earth are aiders and abettors of Satan right now. There is a day of judgment coming for Satan and his followers.  Satan knows his eternal destination.  Some of his followers are currently delusional about their eternal destination.  They think they are going somewhere other than hell.  When they stand at the judgment they will realize they have been deceived.  But it will be too late.  

Then there are true Christians, individuals who have gone to God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.  They have gone with a truly repentant heart and with full willingness to change how they do things.  They want to be more like Christ.  Some of these people are being deceived as well.

Satan has the world divided into two groups for the purpose of deceptions.

Group number one consists of people who are lost, not saved, separated from God by their sins.  He handles this group in a huge variety of ways, but the common thread in everything is a lie. Three common lies are:

All roads lead to heaven.

Everyone can be/already is god.

Good or mighty acts by an individual gain or even guarantee entrance into ‘heaven’.

Group number two consists of people who are truly saved.  Satan handles this group more with things like small lies, small variants on the truth, feelings, mystical experiences, materialism, and other things that aren’t so apparently evil in the beginning.

Satan’s deceptions are revealed by the truth.  That means it is VERY important that individual believers make a strong point to know the truth.  Most of the garbage passing for evangelism on television and even in many pulpits around the world can be filtered out as lies and partial truths by even a beginner Bible student.  When in doubt about anything it is important to go the Bible for the truth.  You want the unvarnished truth no matter how harsh it may seem at the moment.

Unvarnished truths include:

The Bible is inerrant – it has no errors – it has the final say on every subject.

The Bible is complete – there are no ‘new revelations’ – and no traditions of man supersede Biblical authority.

The Bible is sufficient – it gives mankind the necessary information to restore fellowship with God through Jesus Christ.

The Bible is relevant to every person in every generation – it never goes out of date.

These are the concrete and unchangeable parameters or boundaries from which everything else is evaluated.  That is how it works.  You can’t stay a step ahead of the devil on his latest scheme, trickery, deception, religion, social do-good, scientific terror, mother-earth’s hurt feelings, or anything else.  Instead of spending time trying to figure out what Satan’s latest deception is spend time learning what the Bible teaches as truth.  What eventually happens is you wind up spotting error simply because it doesn’t align with the truth according to God Almighty.

The Bible is a book of truth revealing the love of God, God’s mercy, the plan of salvation, the history of creation, and all things necessary for the individual to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

The Bible is also a book of ‘unvarnished truth’ or ‘dark sayings of old’.  This means it just tells the truth.  It doesn’t sugar coat it.  It doesn’t spin the truth to make it more acceptable to the general population.  It doesn’t do anything except tell the truth.  Something much harder than a ‘hard truth’ is finding out about a lie when it is too late to do anything about it.  Remember that if the Bible makes a clear statement regarding something, that is exactly what it means regardless of social or political ideas of a specific people or generation.  Deep and true compassion for others will not allow you to accept or ignore a lie that will cause you to fail to warn someone of the danger of hell in his/her future. 

 
False teachers are in every religion and ideology. 

You can spot these false teachers through their:

Lack of sincerity.  They preach or teach one thing but they do something else.  They may expect/coerce followers to make sacrifices and do things in a particular way, but they don’t actually follow their own teachings.  You see this in religion and politics.  Leaders don’t live the truth they preach. A secular example of this is in the global warming community.  A noted global warming fear monger is Al Gore, former VP of the USA.  And what does this man do about global warming?  He makes a fortune peddling his ideology. He applies political pressure to crush people under changes he claims necessary to ‘save the planet’. He has no regard for the individual.  In spite of his stated concern for the wastefulness of mankind and the danger of the destroying the planet, Al Gore lives in a giant house that uses massive amounts of energy.  He justifies this by saying his ‘carbon footprint’ is ok.  That is supposed to mean he is putting more good stuff back into the environment than he is taking out.  In truth it means he is a very rich man. In my opinion he is also a hypocrite.

Emotional adoration.  They place emotions and feelings above scripture or sound knowledge.  It is easier to go with feelings instead of written truth.  You just have to ‘feel’ it.  You don’t actually have to spend the time studying to learn.

Attacks on the authority of the Bible.  The unvarnished truths of the Bible are attacked viciously.  The pre-existence of Jesus Christ is denied.  The Genesis account of creation is denied.  Christ’s bodily resurrection is denied.  Things called sin by God are accepted.  These arrogant teachers give to themselves authority to change the message of God Almighty in order to say what the itching ears of some people want to hear.  They have no authority to do this.  To those who know the truth of the Bible such teachers reveal themselves as Satan’s mouth piece when they speak such heresy.  They are revealed as deceivers when measured by the truth of the Bible.  Any so-called preacher of the gospel who teaches anything that goes against the unvarnished truth of the Bible is an apostate and a worker of evil.

Hatred and/or trivialization of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is not given His rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords.  They may speak of Him as someone who is noteworthy, but NOT as the ONLY way to heaven.

Persecution and hatred of the truth.  As you make a consistent effort to know more of the truth of the Bible, to know more about Jesus Christ and His teachings, you will notice a growing global hatred of the truth.  This is fast becoming one of the easiest ways to spot deceivers.  They hate anything to do with Biblical truth.  They hate those and belittle those who speak the truth of the Bible.  They marginalize those who believe the truth as ignorant and unimportant. Look around you.  Fundamental Bible believers are thought of as something from the dark ages.  They always portrayed as ignorant people who just don’t know any better.  Yet a fundamentalist simply believes simple fundamentals clearly taught in the Bible.  Haters of the truth Bible fundamentals.

It really doesn’t seem to matter where a person begins. 
Those who reject the truth of the Bible reject Jesus Christ.  Without the transforming power of Christ they have no God given help to transform their lives.  It is much harder for them to sincerely follow any ideology or teaching.  They are insincere meaning they are hypocrites.  They don’t adhere to their own teachings or ideas, but they firmly expect their followers to adhere to their teachings.

They are more prone to emotionalism than to sound teaching of any sort.  They love to stir up emotions in their followers instead of teaching solid truth.  Actually they don’t have solid truths, so they can’t teach truth.

They grow to hate the Bible because it condemns certain behaviors and actions.

They grow to hate the truth.

They eventually persecute followers of the truth.  We are seeing that now in Islam which persecutes Christians.  Islam is very clear regarding its hatred of Christianity.  Humanism hates Christianity just as much, but preaches tolerance while oppressing every person and belief system that does not get on their 'anything goes' bandwagon.  I wonder if there has ever been a more narrow minded hypocritical group than those posing as tolerant today.

 Satan’s deceptions use people who assist him in the deceptions.  These people don’t have horns, carry a pitchfork, and wear a red cape.  In order to spot these deceivers you have to be personally aware and cautious.  It isn’t that you want to go around paranoid and expect the worst from everyone, but neither do you want to be fooled by wolves in sheep’s clothing. 

Satan’s deceptions will be revealed by the actions of the deceivers themselves. If you are looking for actions and teachings that signal deceptions a recap is:

Insincerity or hypocrisy of the teacher

Trivialization of the truth

Hatred of the truth

Persecution of the truth

If you would be one to whom Satan’s deceptions are revealed you must be one who accepts all the truth and rejects all of the lies.  You cannot keep parts of a false belief system and simply mix Christian theology in with the lies.  If you find yourself in a religious system that puts emotionalism, the traditions of man, or so-called newly revealed prophecy above the Bible itself you are being deceived.  If you are in a religious system that teaches you can be a god, you are already a god, or that good works have power to get you into heaven you are being deceived.  Satan’s deceptions are revealed by the truth.  The truth is in the Bible, and it is available.

Barbara Henderson

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What is a 'Zealot'? and Do You Happen to be One?



Are you a Zealot for Christ or a Zealot for the World?
Zealots of the World versus Zealots of the Gospel


by Barbara Henderson

It is a pleasant thing when someone has a calling, a profession, or hobby that they enjoy or believe in enough to pursue it with zeal. People who pursue something with zeal may fall into the following areas:
Naturalist – a person interested in biology or zoology.

Environmentalists – advocates or works toward protecting from pollution .

Climatologists – deals with climate and how it works.

Animalists - animal behavior specialist or one believing man lacks a spiritual nature.

Evolutionists – biological evolution instead of creation.

Humanists – emphasize human advancement above human reconciliation with God.

Earth religions – new age umbrella term used to cover religions that worship and seek guidance from the earth, nature, fertility gods and goddesses.

Human rights champions – believing all men are created equal and should be allowed equal rights.

Materialists – more concerned with material things than spiritual or cultural things.

However, there are those who follow their calling, profession, or hobby to the extreme become Zealots. Some examples of zealots in the modern day are:

Naturalist Zealot – a person whose interest in biology /zoology has led them to adoration/worship of the things they study, and gives them cause to ridicule and persecute those who do not also worship as they do.

Environmentalist Zealot – one whose zeal in protecting the environment has led to rabid and irrational over protectionism.

Climatologists Zealot – one who sees the climate as the key to saving the planet, and sees his/her self as the savior of the world through efforts to limit the impact and number of human beings.

Evolutionist Zealot – one who sees evolution itself as a form of god.

Humanists Zealot – one who sees man as being able to advance through social manipulation until man becomes god.

Earth Religion Zealot – varies greatly, but earth centered in thinking and actions – opposes any restriction to doing what seems right to them at the moment.

Animal rights Zealot – go beyond animal welfare to animal rights – working toward giving animals legal standing.

Materialist Zealot – goes to any means, even illegal, to amass goods. Luke 12:16-21 tells a sad story of a Material Zealot. Material Zealots probably don’t want you to have anything. Their goal is to get it ‘all’.

Some commonalities of these Zealots are:

They have a presupposed unprovable ideology which may be changed to better suit the social and political climate of the day.

They spout their theories as though they were absolute facts and unalterable truth.

They intend to convert everyone to their viewpoint – even by oppression and/or force.

Political and social tyranny are their weapons of the day.

They are aided and abetted by all aspects of the news and entertainment media.

And, worldly Zealots of any sort will accept and promote any celebrity as an ‘expert’ who happens to think like they do. That is why we have the simple minded Hollywood crowd testifying before congress as experts. I guess they ‘feel’ like they are experts, so that makes them experts.

The common denominator among all these ideologies is salvation by works. Each one puts mankind at the center of an undetermined future. If mankind steps up to the plate and sacrifices and works toward saving the environment, the earth, the climate, and nature then the earth will be saved. Or, if mankind just realizes its potential and begins to think like a god, then the earth will benefit and human beings will take a quantum leap forward in evolution. Men and women will be like gods. Regardless of the specific goal, each religion under the guidance of its zealous adherents, requires sacrificial work on the part of the novice adherent in order to make the desired outcome possible.

Many of these zealots fit into more than one category, as they all overlap at some point into a mass of collective humanity.

All these zealots are servants of the collective. The foundations of all these works based religions and their followers all have their foundation on shifting sand. Whatever whim seems useful or good at the moment is a tenant of their faith. The path to ‘salvation’ today is obsolete and useless tomorrow. The only things that consistently stay the same are:

• Mankind must save himself

• Jesus Christ is NOT the way

• The God of the Bible is ineffective, unhelpful, and should not be considered when making government rules or social standards.

Because of the ‘reasonableness’ of their vision for the future of the planet and mankind, they ‘feel’ justified in implementing their vision for the future through whatever means necessary. Manipulation, deception, lies, and outright force against the ‘unconvinced’ are all justified in their thoughts. Those not influenced down the ‘right path’ by the social and political tyranny inflicted on dissenters are labeled as ignorant and singled out for ridicule and marginalization.

One thing that is often very noticeable about Zealots of the world is that they demand behavior modification from the human collective (you, me, and everybody but them), but they don’t actually live by the standard which they preach. Look at any Climate Zealot, or Environmental Zealot. The more prominent they are, the more outspoken they are, the less they follow their own preaching. Al Gore for instance, has made a fortune promoting climate change. He wants us to all conserve everything while he only uses more and more. He justifies himself by the ‘carbon footprint offsets’ that he sells. His increasingly lavish lifestyle gives no hint of his care for the climate. He has no intention of lifting a finger to save the earth. He just grows rich while scaring children. He is a Climate/Materialist Zealot. And – who was that moron who suggested we save the planet by ‘using only one sheet of toilet paper’? She should have been laughed off the planet for that remark – and if she only uses one sheet of toilet paper – well – I hope she washes her hands well and changes her underwear often. Of course, excessive hand washing and laundry will use more water and put a strain on the environment that way. She probably needs to rethink that. The truth is of course that she isn’t planning to do anything she suggests you do.

Zealots are not all bad. In fact, Zealots can be divided into two groups.

• Those who believe they are right in converting others to their view point through deception, coercion, aggression, force, and ultimately the choice between life and death.

• And, those who believe that in order to be a true follower of anything, the individual must have free choice. No one can be forced or scared into believing anything in the depths of his or her heart.

All Zealots are religious in their thinking and in their actions. ‘Religion’ is defined as ‘something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: (example – to make a religion of fighting prejudice. http://www.dictionary.com ) Worldly Zealots place their particular ‘religion’ above anything else in importance. They proselytize for their religion. They condemn those who don’t jump on their band wagons.

For all the fanfare and hype, people are ultimately left with the same two options that were given to Adam and Eve in the beginning. The individual must chose to either believe God or believe His adversary the devil. There are no other real choices.

I mentioned that to the first type of Zealot, deception is an acceptable tool to be used to his or her advantage. One very evil thing wicked Zealots do is to take the only two real options given to mankind, and make it appear that there are many options available. If one is not happy with the environmentalist movement, then pick the humanist ideology and get on board their agenda train. If one does not like the socialist movement, or the animal rights movement, then get on board the climatologist or naturalist train. It doesn’t matter. The seeker is able to try many ideologies until they find a cause which stirs their souls. It appears that the seeker has many options from which to choose. This gives the father of lies many different soap boxes from which to broadcast various options. Every itching ear is a potential new zealot for the same old lie. It is the goal of all zealots to make zealots of all who join their ideology group.

The real unalterable truth is that the seeker still has the same two options. The seeker must either believe God, or believe the serpent.

The second type of zealot, a zealot for the Truth, is prohibited from coercion, deception, force, or any other type of persuasion except simply telling the truth. That is the truth according to the Holy Bible. If a Christian steps into any form of conversion outside the bounds of truth and love, then they have strayed from the teachings of Christ. And, it is unnecessary to use any of the worldly tactics to convert others to Christ. The power of Christ is in His gospel. It only requires that the truth be told repeatedly.

An example of a worldly sales tactic is that when someone wants to sell a product, the exact same product is presented in many different ways. The goal is to come up with something that interests one group of buyers, and something else that appeals to a different age bracket or demographic . That is a worldly tactic, and not worthy of those who present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A Zealot for the Gospel must act according to the example of Jesus and the instructions given to us in the Bible. There is no hint of Jesus or anyone in the Bible doing anything to make the Gospel more appealing to the unsaved. No one in the Bible becomes ‘like the world’ in order to get a more receptive audience or a bigger audience.

If you desire to be a Zealot for the Gospel:

Do the things Jesus says to do.

Don’t ask other people to live by Biblical standards unless you live by them yourselves.

Be kind, tender hearted, and forgiving.

Love one another as Christ loves you.

Remember, everything boils down to the same two choices.
Chose to follow God, or chose to reject Him.

A natural course that follows your decision is that you are made again in the image of the God/god you serve.

If you are a Christian, the more zealously you serve Christ, the more you conform to His image.

If you are a zealot of the world, the more your image conforms to the things of this world.

I would like to add one more thing.  If you are a Christian - but not zealous for the things of the Lord, then you are a lukewarm Christian.  Remember what Jesus had to say about lukewarm Christians  in  Revelation 3:16.  He said, 'So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.'