Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stupid Christians - Why Christians are often foolish

Note: What I communicate in this message about Christians is what I have generally observed. I also include myself in this message's title, as I have been guilty throughout my life of sins of stupidity and foolishness; also, sins of commission and omission.
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This last week, there appeared in the national news media, the account of "Joe the Plumber," and his remarks about our present White House occupier (usurper), Barack Hussein Obama, as his Christian “brother.” Joe the Plumber, (Mr. Samuel Wurzelbacher achieved national poster child press coverage (fame) over the question he personally posed Barack Hussein Obama and, over Obama's ill-advised answer. Mr. Wurzelbacher, since then has been often called, "Joe the Plumber," because that was his trade before the happen-chance meeting with Obama on the 2008 presidential campaign trail. Incidentally, and presently, Joe the Plumber is currently running for political office in the state of Ohio.

When I read the news about Joe the Plumber regarding Obama as his Christian brother, I was sickened. I was disappointed that Mr. Wurzelbacher, a professed Christian, should regard Barack Hussein Obama, as a fellow Christian.

Please don't misunderstand, as I would be happy if Mr. Obama was, indeed, a genuine Christian, but, I was frustrated because Mr. Wurzelbacher just didn't utilize much, (if any), spiritual discernment. He made the naive [dumb / stupid] blunder of taking Barack Hussein Obama, at Obama's word. Please see the following, for further understanding:


Recently there was (also) the news about the Christian mega-church leader, Joel Olsteen expressing his assertion that Obama is a Christian. His reason? Essentially, because Obama said so, - the same (lame brained) excuse reason that Joe the Plumber, offered. Didn’t these two Christian buffoons ever learn that Jesus Christ distinguished between cheap talk and actual (meaningful) actions? Matthew 7:1f

Why are Christians often lacking in spiritual discernment? Why do Christians act so foolishly?

I've been known to say that every seminary and Bible school lacks a required course of time, spent, living on a sheep farm. Throughout the Scriptures, God's divine revelation often refers to God's children, as sheep. [Isaiah 53:6] That word is an excellent description, as sheep are unsuspecting creatures of habit and often prone to go astray. What saves sheep from being devoured by wild beasts is that they have a shepherd who loves and cares for their safety and ongoing preservation.

Basically, sheep are dumb and foolish. They aren't the smartest animals. And, as such, they wander away from the sheepfold and from the shepherd, seeking greener pastures. I think that you catch the picture.

Also, systemic of sheep, are, that they are creatures who do not foresee danger in their short-term or long-term future. They go about their simple existence eating, resting and sleeping. They desperately need the shepherd of their flock to guard and protect them from the dangers of the wild and from animals who would love delicious mutton meals.

Christians are like sheep

Not only do the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrew and Christian divine revelation depict God’s children as sheep [Isaiah 53:6] – those same Scriptures depict Jesus Christ, God’s (perfect) Savior / Messiah to be the Shepherd of the sheep – God’s children. John 10:1f

Christians are like sheep. Once they are separated from their Shepherd [Christ] they are likely to be devoured (destroyed) by “the evil one.” The devil is not the only “personable” influence which wars against Christian sheep and is intent to destroy their faith in Christ. But there is, also, the worlds’ decadent (and politically correct) culture [cosmos] which is continually shifting for the worse to press “Christian ‘sheep’” into its evil mold. [Romans 12:2] Added to the evil influence of the evil one (Satan) and the “world” is the Christian’s own sinful nature, which was passed on by birth because of man’s (Adam and Eve’s) first sin. Genesis 3:1f; Romans 5:12

In short, Christian sheep are up against a 3 front war. There is the battle with the devil; the world’s (declining and decadent culture) – and, their own sinful human nature. A Christian’s sinful dilemma can be liken to a mouse trap, the cheese on that trap and the mouse who craves to eat that cheese. The motivation for that mouse to eat the cheese is his inert desire (craving) for that delectable food. And, what, (or who) daily places these delectable mouse traps in front of Christian sheep? The evil one, (the devil). However, no analogy is perfect, and, I am not a Christian who is on a continual rampage to blame the devil for everything and offer the simplistic excuse: “The devil made me do it.”

Christian sheep can be safe sheep when they listen and follow their good Shepherd, Christ

Christians need not endanger themselves and their priceless souls by allowing themselves to be siphoned off by the devil, the world and their own sinful flesh. [John 2:15-17] We need to do all “possible” to resist the 3 enemies of our priceless souls. We need to put on the “whole armour of God” to withstand (against) this spiritual onslaught, bent upon transforming our lives and our priceless souls into the devil’s workshop, disciples. [Ephesians 6:10-18] Notice that the Ephesians Scripture says, “armour of God?” We do not resist evil and follow after God’s calling, and all that is holy and righteous and good in this life, on our own.

The Scripture makes that clear. It says: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” [Philippians 2:13] We are also exhorted by the words of Jesus, Himself, in John 15:4 to “abide” in Him. But notice the reciprocal context of that precious Scripture. The Christian is to put his faith in this Savior / Shepherd, but, at the same time, the Lord says – “……for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Is this a contradiction? Of course not. Rather, it is one of Scripture’s many paradoxes. Human reason can never fathom God’s workings. Such workings must be accepted by faith, as God’s doings are often above and beyond our human understanding.

Sinner – you are not a sheep but a goat

You sinner, who is not one of Christ’s sheep, - I hate to relate to you that you are a “goat” in God’s eyes. In your unregenerate (unconverted) sinful state, you are headed for hereafter perdition (hell). Without (genuine) faith in Christ who was born for you and who lived a holy life for you – and, who suffered and died a perfect sacrifice for you – and, who rose from the dead; - without Him abiding in you, it will be a horrific day for you when you die. Your soul will speed its way to a Christless and utterly sinful place in hell to be tormented by its torturous environment and the devil and his minion demons. You may not think this is real or possible, but, God does not lie. He warns you in His Scripture revelation, and by His sent messengers. [Luke 16:19-31] Then, when Christ returns in glorious triumph to this earth at the end of this world, - and the resurrection of the dead takes place, your torment will increase, because your body will be reunited with your tormented soul to suffer as one of God’s rejected goats – forever! Matthew 25:31-46

However, - sinner – There’s good news for you

Sinner – There’s good news for you. The very Scripture Bible which you have refused to take seriously has for you the good news that can affect your status to become one of God’s children, Christian sheep. You can escape the goat status when you die and on the day of eternal judgment, if, by faith, you repent of your sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as your Savior from your sins against your holy Creator God, and His holy commandments. This cannot be accomplished by personal fiat or by willy-nilly prescription schemes.

Christian – You don’t have to be a stupid and a foolish Christian like Joe the Plumber and mega church pastor, Joel Olsteen

When you take your spiritual eyes off your Good Shepherd, Christ, you are bound for trouble. Your cultural surroundings will ensnare you to be the prey of your own sinful nature and the evil one to have you saying things that aren’t true. You will be telling lies to yourself and others, not having the capacity of retaining the truth of God’s divine revelation, because you have separated yourself from the green and nourishing pastures of His very Word, found in the holy Scriptural revelation.

Sinner – You don’t have to be like our nation’s White House occupier – Barack Hussein Obama

Sinner – you don’t have to delude yourself and play games with yourself and your fellowman. You don’t have to play the “big guy” and go it alone like you are a “rock and, an island.” Your stout independence is a hindrance to your priceless soul. Your reliance upon human reasoning and evolution’s pseudo science will permanently trap your soul from being subject to the green pastures of God’s written revelation. Your very willful arrogance, denial and stubbornness to resist God’s powerhouse of spiritual regeneration will eternally do you in. Failing to heed God’s written revelation, the Scriptures, will guarantee your future perdition residence. Luke 16:19-31

The Scripture says:

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat....." Isaiah 55:1f

.....Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”..... John 7:37;38

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

The Scriptures call for you to repent of your sinful thinking and lifestyle and believe God’s Word [Acts 2:38]. That very same revelation which pronounces you dead in your sins [Ephesians 2:1;2;3] can make you spiritually alive. [Ephesians 2:1-10] But, you must come, God’s way – not with human reason, doubting God’s two edged Scripture sword. Hebrews 4:12 ; also, John 3:14-21

Sinner, - may you by God’s grace come to the point in your temporal and fleeting existence [1 Peter 1:24;25] to hear and read God’s revelation Scriptures! May you be like the Ethiopian who searched, believed and was baptized! Acts 8:26-39

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Isaiah 53:1f – Christ and His mission foretold (in Old Testament prophecy) hundreds of years before his birth

John 10:1f – Christ, the Good Shepherd

John 15:1f – The absolute necessity of having Christ; abiding in Him and the promise of Christ to be with his own when persecution is exacted by the world’s current culture

Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - The absolute necessity of exposing oneself to God's Divine Revelation

Acts 8:1-40 - Two accounts of Philip's ministry - especially, take note how God's Holy Spirit (through the Scriptures) moved the Ethiopian to belief in Christ and the desire to be baptized

Luke 15:3-7 – Christ’s parable of the lost sheep

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Liars go to hell

Jesus spoke more of hell than He did of
heaven. Christ was sinless; therefore He
did not lie. Christ spoke of a literal
damnation of real suffering, torment
and punishment.
While being raised as an adolescent and teenager, I would sometimes hear the phrase: “Liars go to hell.” I have to say, that at that time, I didn’t know that reality was actually stated in the Bible. At the time, it made all the (moral) sense in the world to me. Telling the truth was always considered the healthy moral norm and lying through one’s teeth was the abnormal thing to do. I say “abnormal” as opposed to being honest. But, as a child, I would do my share of lying.

I won't ever deny that I lied as a child, as I believe every child lies. No one has to teach children to lie. It comes as a natural (part and parcel) result of our sinful nature territory, as all human beings are born sinners. Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 5:12

One specific lie, I recall, was deceiving my father. The old church custodian lived near the church building. He took deathly sick and my father encouraged me to visit, old, Otto. Otto would always reward us neighbor children for helping him in any little way. He would reach down into his farmer jeans pocket with his large hands for that ever familiar squeezable small coin purse. We all loved Otto as he seemed to us (at our tender ages) to be a permanent fixture to the church, as even the steeple, itself.

Shortly after lying to my father, Otto died - and, I hadn’t visited him, as my father, exhorted. And, before Otto passed away, my father asked me if I saw Otto. I told him "Yes," - lying through my childish teeth. As I look back, my grief over Otto's death was compounded because I had lied to my father and I was doubly troubled over the regret of not visiting dear old Otto, when I could have and should have, after being encouraged by my father.

People lie to other people all the time

Perhaps, the most prevalent example of people lying to other people, are politicians of all levels - federal, state, county and local "leaders" who campaign for public taxpayer paid offices and who make all types of campaign promises, only to go back on those promises and shaft the very voters who voted them into office. Often their lies end up in harmful actions, taking advantage of the citizens they were voted in to represent. See: "Political Extortion" - thechristianmessage.org


Predominant, among liars, are politicians. They
rationalize their deceptions because they
[incorrectly] believe that "playing politics" gives
them a legitimate excuse. There must be a large 
place in hell for lifestyle liars. The Scripture gives
us an indication that there will be many liars
that will suffer eternal damnation. Revelation 21:8  







Barack Hussein Obama continues to be under investigation for forgery. Not only is he being investigated for various illegal activities, he is under heavy criticism for usurping the US presidency because he does not meet the US Constitution's requirement for being a "natural born citizen." When Obama campaigned for US president he made lofty and admirable promises for transparency in his administration, should he be elected president. Sadly, the majority of the voting electorate believed his snake charming promises and voted him into office. Obama even lied to the huge Christian voting bloc, claiming that he was a Christian, when in reality he is no more Christian, than the man in the moon. Note:  "Obama’s huge religious lie."

Also note: April 2013 Update - It has now been determined after a 15 month legal investigation that Obama has an illegal birth certificate. It has been forged. See the following article. What could be lower than being deceptive over one's required qualification for the US presidency?

Obama’s birth certificate documentation now publicly declared a forgery by the legal Sheriff Arpaio Investigation - moralmatters.org/2013/04/07/

There are all types of examples how people lie to one another. It takes place in personal relationships; spouses cheating on one another and sneaking around, lying to their married partners. Business partners lie to one another by withholding essential information, to gain a selfish influential and financial advantage. That same scenario also takes place in private business and the public stock market sphere where information is withheld or illegally secured and insider trading takes place to reap profits off unsuspecting shareholders. We could go on and on listing the various ways in which deceit is utilized by people, against (other) people for selfish and covetous purposes. It amounts to lying. And, lying - not telling the truth, takes on various malevolent forms of deception.

People often lie to themselves

People are so busy lying to others that they end up lying to themselves. Because of their many deceptions, attempting to gain superior advantages over their peers and others, the liars themselves become trapped in their own deceptions. They become reprobate and can no longer distinguish truth and reality from their own manufactured worlds of sham and trickery.

Pardon me for again bringing up our US White House occupier [so-called] “president” into an example focus, but, he is a suitable example of a person lying to himself. He actually believes that he is helping the financial poor by all his re-distribution of wealth schemes and extortion maneuvers. As he does this, our America becomes a much less stable financial environment in which the poor are less capable to gain employment to benefit and upgrade their citizen, financial and personal status well-being.

Christians lie to themselves – Case in point: “Playing with the ‘fire’ of Gender neutral Bible Translations”

"Christians" (at least in name only) will even lie
to themselves, denying God's historical written
revelation as found in the Holy Scriptures. They
will accept hook line and sinker the pseudo science
of evolution
and mistakenly attempt to

reconcile that lie to the truth of the Scriptures.
A form of lying to oneself is becoming overcome by deception. Christians sadly fall, prey. Christians are exhorted and warned to put on the whole armor of God [Ephesians 6:10-18] in order to withstand against the wiles and distortions of the evil one, the devil. [1 Peter 5:8] When Christians entertain and consider, for usage, (as some Christians are currently doing), the current culture’s politically correct Bible translations, (which depart from the original patriarchal language of the ancient Biblical manuscripts), those Christians, are actually deceiving, – lying to themselves, (when they speak with forked tongues), claiming that they are totally committed to the inerrancy of Scripture.

The worst type of lying, is lying to God

The one Scripture which highlights why lying to God is so damning for human beings – (especially their priceless souls), is that New Testament Scripture of Romans 1:18-32. Incidentally, this Scripture is especially offensive to homosexual activists because it hones in on their specific deadly sin.

People fail to honor God, as He intended to be honored. They become unthankful to God. Hence, they become “vain” in their thinking -- and, without understanding. As a direct consequence, their hearts become darkened to the truth of God. They then profess to be wise; but God says that they have become fools. These unthankful, vain, (without understanding fools) then (instead) falsely worship themselves and graven images. Romans 1:23-25

The Scripture speaks of a certain “delusion” which falls upon individuals as a result of their refusal to honor God as He intended to be honored. Romans 1:18-32 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:10;12

When a Christian or non Christian fails to honor God as He has plainly made know, - that failure is a result of lying to God – refusing to worship Him as God commands. Refusing to honor God and His holiness, is deceiving one’s own being. It is lying to yourself, - convincing yourself that you must (somehow) know what is best for your life and priceless soul. That type of lying deception shuts God out of the (saving) process and invites all but God’s truth and divine revelation to make inroads upon your very priceless soul.

Sinner friend - It is a certain trait of your fallen human nature, to avoid, shun and eschew the truth. Millions upon millions of people today flee from reality. You are one of them. Facing the truth about your spiritual depravity and sinful condition is not natural. [1 Corinthians 2:14] Lying to your neighbor, yourself and God, comes naturally. Unless the Lord breaks reality upon your unregenerate [unrepentant] heart and soul, there can be no acceptance of His Gospel truth, and even your capacity to repent and believe in Christ, and follow through with Christian baptism. Psalm 80:3;7;19 ; Lamentations 5:21 ; Acts 3:26 ; Phil. 2:13 ; James 1:16-18 ; John 1:11-13 ; John 3:3-6 ; John 3:14-21

Do all liars go to hell? Will you go to hell?

Many people mistakenly believe that there death
will be a relief for all the "hell" they think they are
experiencing here on earth. Little do they realize
that the suffering they experience here, is hardly
a sliver fraction of what they will experience in a
hereafter eternal damnation of hell, unless they
repent of their sins and believe in the Savior.
The three Scriptures that tell us that liars will end up with everlasting damnation in hell are: Revelation 21:8 ; Revelation 21:27 and Revelation 22:15

If you have lied just but once in your life, you qualify for hell. We are told in God’s holy book, the Bible, that if we only sin once, we are guilty in God’s estimation, for having broken all of His Commandments. Breaking, (disobeying) God’s commandments, is “sin.” And, the Bible says that sin brings upon his created human beings, total alienation from Him and all that is right, just and holy. Being sinners by birth [Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 5:12] makes all of us future recipients of a punishing forever perdition.

But, will “all” liars end up in hell?

If we only consulted the aforementioned Scriptures, we would have to conclude that all liars will suffer eternal damnation, including this emeritus Christian pastor, Nathan Bickel. Revelation 21:8 ; Revelation 21:27 and Revelation 22:15 – tell us this.

However, there is eternal hope and forgiveness. That hope and forgiveness is based, totally on the grace of God, because of Christ’s holy life, suffering, death and resurrection from the dead. Through faith in Christ, and His sacrifice for all of our sins, we can escape the just and eternal punishments of a forever future hell for all of our sins against God and our fellowman [Ephesians 2:8-9 ; John 3:14-21 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4]. Only because of Christ, can the holy and perfect God acquit us of all of our sins – whatever and how many, they may be. Hebrews 10:14 ; John 8:31-36

Lying sinner, friend, – repent of your sins. Turn from them. Change your thinking. Believe in the Christ of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Seek Him for the truth’s sake [John 18:37] and for the sake of your priceless soul! [Luke 16:19-31] And, may God in His grace grant you a heart of belief and repentance, for without His mercy upon your soul, you are incapable of both repentance and belief. Hence, you will be damned forever. But, what can you do? What will you do? If you have eyes to see, read the Scriptures. If you have ears, to hear, listen to those Scriptures! The Bible says that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” [KJV] Romans 10:17 ; Acts 8:1-40 ; Romans 1:16 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Ephesians 2:1-9 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; James 1:18

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - The absolute necessity of exposing oneself to God's Divine Revelation

Acts 8:1-40 - Two accounts of Philip's ministry - especially, take note how God's Holy Spirit (through the Scriptures) moved the Ethiopian to belief in Christ and the desire to be baptized

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pathetic Prayer without Genuine Substance

Widely reported in the news media this last week has been the report of a Planned Parenthood group’s “prayer” effort:

“Planned Parenthood launches ‘40 Days of Prayer’ for abortion”- lifesitenews.com/

Here, we have an appropriate example of the abuse of Christian prayer. This molestation of prayer is a natural for these people who support the needless and wanton destruction of preborn human life, by their support of a taxpayer funded group which launders that money into blood money, for abortionists who exterminate human baby life within mothers’ wombs. This (bogus) effort of prayer by this California Planned Parenthood affiliate group is sham and hypocrisy. Their prayers will not reach the Triune God. Rather, God is angry with such sinners. Psalm 7:11

What is “bogus prayer?”

I am reminded of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet.” Hamlet’s father was the king until his brother (Hamlet’s uncle) murdered him to take over the Throne. Starkly reminded and haunted of his murderous sin, the king (Hamlet’s uncle) rushed into his chamber and attempted to pray. As he looked up, he (pathetically and, correctly) exclaimed:

“…..My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts, never to heaven go.”

Need it be said that the usurping king in Shakespeare’s Hamlet could not legitimately offer true prayer because he had blood on his hands and did not repent of his treacherous actions, against God’s Commandments and against his fellowman?

In short – this (aforementioned) Planned Parenthood group is abusing the privilege of prayer, and increasing God’s loathsome displeasure (anger) of them Psalm 7:8-17 - see, especially Psalm 7:11.

See, also the two informational links about prayer:


"Authentic and Counterfeit Prayer" - thechristianmessage.org

Prayer offered by "believers"

Prayer is often misunderstood

Perhaps, the most confusing and misunderstood concept about [Christian] prayer, is what people often say. They will often talk about the “the power of prayer.” They have an anticipated and favorable outcome to their prayers, and instead of thanking God who grants the answers to their prayers, they will often attribute their prayers for the positive outcome. Hence, they are (in a sense) patting themselves on the back for praying and getting others to pray for what they requested.

It is the true God who answers prayer

It is not because one prays unselfish prayers with a sincere heart that the Triune God answers those prayers. It is strictly because of God’s grace and mercy that He does so. Genuine prayer to the true God cannot be made because of the virtue or goodness of the one seeking, because we are all sinners by birth (nature) and practice before Almighty holy God. Genuine prayer is prayer offered because of Christ the Savior. Prayer in His Name is what makes for proper prayer. Not prayers which would depend upon our own graces. See the topical message:

"Authentic and Counterfeit Prayer" - thechristianmessage.org

Also - See:

Prayer offered by "believers"

It does no good to pray with blood upon one’s hands - Isaiah 59:1-14

It is fruitless to pray when one has blood upon his hands. The historical account of King David and his sins of murder and adultery specifically illustrate this truth. It took the prophet, Nathan, to reach King David with the message that he was guilty before God of shedding innocent blood. [2 Samuel 12:1-14] King David’s prayers of confession [Psalm 6:1-10 ; Psalm 32:1-11 ; Psalm 38:1f - Psalm 40:1f ; Psalm 51:1f] are testimony to the reality that he needed cleansing of his sins [2 Samuel 11:2-5 ; 2 Samuel 11:6-25] before he could again approach God.

Genuine prayer is listening to God

Perhaps, the most misunderstood about prayer, is that it is a one way street. Many prayers by Christians are a waste of their time and energy because those same Christians either did not read or understand what they read, in God’s divine revelation, the Scriptures. Praying without being obedient to God, is only a foolish and fruitless exercise of futility.

God will not listen when prayer is uttered by the hypocritical and unrepentant:

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." - Psalm 66:18

Note also: Isaiah 1:15 [in context] - Isaiah 59:2 ; Matthew 15:8-9 ; 1 Peter 3:12

To you non Christians:

The Triune God will not hear your prayers. He hears the prayers of His children. [Matthew 7:7-11] See also:

"God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children" - thechristianmessage.org

You may think that because you are sorry for your many sins that God will hear you. Judas, who betrayed Christ, was also sorry. Your sorry must have contrite legs – such as the sorry (repentance) of the Apostle Peter when He denied Christ. No “sinner’s prayer” can save you from God’s just sentence and eternal punishment upon your soul because of your many sins against God and your fellowman.

The only way that God will eventually hear and answer your prayers is that you come to God by faith, in full recognition that you are a damnable sinner. You need to put true faith in Christ the Savior and be baptized. [John 3:14-21] It is Christ who died for your sins and rose from death to not only purchase for you, God’s forgiveness of your sins, but also eternal life with Him in heaven, rather than eternal damnation in hell.

Sinner – may you come by way of the Cross of Christ. May you do everything you humanly can to pull your attention away from yourself and your selfish pursuits and fix your attention on what God has done for you, in the historical person of Christ! And, may God in His grace grant you true repentance and faith so that you can genuinely pray, not pathetic prayers, but prayers of genuine substance.

Amen.

Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire:

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, unuttered or exprest,the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sign, the falling of a tear,the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try; prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high. - TLH - 1941; CPH

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simpleworship format:

Also:
For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message

See: Prayer offered by "believers"

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”

2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place

3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian



Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pathetic Prayer without Genuine Substance

Widely reported in the news media this last week has been the report of a Planned Parenthood group’s “prayer” effort:

“Planned Parenthood launches ‘40 Days of Prayer’ for abortion”- lifesitenews.com/

Here, we have an appropriate example of the abuse of Christian prayer. This molestation of prayer is a natural for these people who support the needless and wanton destruction of preborn human life, by their support of a taxpayer funded group which launders that money into blood money, for abortionists who exterminate human baby life within mothers’ wombs. This (bogus) effort of prayer by this California Planned Parenthood affiliate group is sham and hypocrisy. Their prayers will not reach the Triune God. Rather, God is angry with such sinners. Psalm 7:11

What is “bogus prayer?”

I am reminded of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet.” Hamlet’s father was the king until his brother (Hamlet’s uncle) murdered him to take over the Throne. Starkly reminded and haunted of his murderous sin, the king (Hamlet’s uncle) rushed into his chamber and attempted to pray. As he looked up, he (pathetically and, correctly) exclaimed:

“…..My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts, never to heaven go.”

Need it be said that the usurping king in Shakespeare’s Hamlet could not legitimately offer true prayer because he had blood on his hands and did not repent of his treacherous actions, against God’s Commandments and against his fellowman?

In short – this (aforementioned) Planned Parenthood group is abusing the privilege of prayer, and increasing God’s loathsome displeasure (anger) of them Psalm 7:8-17 - see, especially Psalm 7:11.

See, also the two informational links about prayer:


"Authentic and Counterfeit Prayer" - thechristianmessage.org

Prayer offered by "believers"

Prayer is often misunderstood

Perhaps, the most confusing and misunderstood concept about [Christian] prayer, is what people often say. They will often talk about the “the power of prayer.” They have an anticipated and favorable outcome to their prayers, and instead of thanking God who grants the answers to their prayers, they will often attribute their prayers for the positive outcome. Hence, they are (in a sense) patting themselves on the back for praying and getting others to pray for what they requested.

It is the true God who answers prayer

It is not because one prays unselfish prayers with a sincere heart that the Triune God answers those prayers. It is strictly because of God’s grace and mercy that He does so. Genuine prayer to the true God cannot be made because of the virtue or goodness of the one seeking, because we are all sinners by birth (nature) and practice before Almighty holy God. Genuine prayer is prayer offered because of Christ the Savior. Prayer in His Name is what makes for proper prayer. Not prayers which would depend upon our own graces. See the topical message:

"Authentic and Counterfeit Prayer" - thechristianmessage.org

Also - See:

Prayer offered by "believers"

It does no good to pray with blood upon one’s hands - Isaiah 59:1-14

It is fruitless to pray when one has blood upon his hands. The historical account of King David and his sins of murder and adultery specifically illustrate this truth. It took the prophet, Nathan, to reach King David with the message that he was guilty before God of shedding innocent blood. [2 Samuel 12:1-14] King David’s prayers of confession [Psalm 6:1-10 ; Psalm 32:1-11 ; Psalm 38:1f - Psalm 40:1f ; Psalm 51:1f] are testimony to the reality that he needed cleansing of his sins [2 Samuel 11:2-5 ; 2 Samuel 11:6-25] before he could again approach God.

Genuine prayer is listening to God

Perhaps, the most misunderstood about prayer, is that it is a one way street. Many prayers by Christians are a waste of their time and energy because those same Christians either did not read or understand what they read, in God’s divine revelation, the Scriptures. Praying without being obedient to God, is only a foolish and fruitless exercise of futility.

God will not listen when prayer is uttered by the hypocritical and unrepentant:

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." - Psalm 66:18

Note also: Isaiah 1:15 [in context] - Isaiah 59:2 ; Matthew 15:8-9 ; 1 Peter 3:12

To you non Christians:

The Triune God will not hear your prayers. He hears the prayers of His children. [Matthew 7:7-11] See also:

"God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children" - thechristianmessage.org

You may think that because you are sorry for your many sins that God will hear you. Judas, who betrayed Christ, was also sorry. Your sorry must have contrite legs – such as the sorry (repentance) of the Apostle Peter when He denied Christ. No “sinner’s prayer” can save you from God’s just sentence and eternal punishment upon your soul because of your many sins against God and your fellowman.

The only way that God will eventually hear and answer your prayers is that you come to God by faith, in full recognition that you are a damnable sinner. You need to put true faith in Christ the Savior and be baptized. [John 3:14-21] It is Christ who died for your sins and rose from death to not only purchase for you, God’s forgiveness of your sins, but also eternal life with Him in heaven, rather than eternal damnation in hell.

Sinner – may you come by way of the Cross of Christ. May you do everything you humanly can to pull your attention away from yourself and your selfish pursuits and fix your attention on what God has done for you, in the historical person of Christ! And, may God in His grace grant you true repentance and faith so that you can genuinely pray, not pathetic prayers, but prayers of genuine substance.

Amen.

Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire:

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, unuttered or exprest,the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sign, the falling of a tear,the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try; prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high. - TLH - 1941; CPH

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also:
For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message

See: Prayer offered by "believers"

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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