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Scriptorium: John Bunyan & Persecution
"Welcome to five minutes in churches hosted by Dr Stephen. Nicholson where we take a little break from the presence to go exploring. The past asked traveled back in time as we look the people events and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. This is our story family history. Let's get started Welcome back to another episode five minutes in Church history on this episode. We're wrapping up our great time here at the Van encamping collection and the script Him here in Orlando Florida and we are standing in a jail cell while it's a replica of jail cell and and it is a jail cell for someone who is very crucial one of those towering figures in church history. None other than John Bunyan and here in this room that this may be like bunions jail cell complete with a very primitive bed or a number of artifacts and books related to John Bunyan. I there is an early edition of Pilgrim's progress with an engraving. It's interesting that these early editions of Pilgrim's progress progress were so read. They were just literally devoured by people as they passed from hand to hand and so copies. Just don't exist. They we're literally read out of existence as people just gobbled up this beautiful taxed that so well portrays vividly portrays the the pilgrimage of the Christian life. Well so here there's a would fragment from the L.. Stowe house there is a key to the Bedford furred prison and actual key from the Bedford. Prison reminds me of that scene in. Pilgrim's progress where Christian is just so despondent despondent and they're in the castle of giant despair. And they're locked deep deep down in dungeon and they're just absolutely despondent and then all of a sudden Christian remembers that he is a key and he reaches into the folds of his cloak and he pulls out the key of promise anti he with a shaking hand tries it in the lock and it opens the door and they come to another lock and opens that lock in another gate and it opens that lock and they escape and what a beautiful portrayal is of the promise. That is God's word and that's quite a key. Maybe bunion had that particular key in mind. When he wrote his text? You know Bunyan wrote other books. Right beyond the pilgrim's progress and one of them in true bunion scholars. Say that they. I think it's a better book than Pilgrim's progress. It's the Holy War and here too is a copy of the Holy War from sixteen eighty. Two and Bunion also knew a thing or two about suffering. Didn't he lost his first wife is oldest daughter was born blind and also he himself himself suffered in prison and saw the death of friends and also just personally suffered so in sixteen eighty four. He published advice to sufferers. And here. In this bunion room there is a copy of that as well. So all of these testament to the author John Bunyan and his wonderful classic. The pilgrim's progress all of that is here and the script Oria in Orlando well continuing our journey through bibles and texts related to the reformation. There is Fox's acts and monuments since I'm looking at a fifteen ninety six edition of course this book. Chronicles the MARTYRDOMS. Most of them happening under bloody Mary. Harry but Fox begins his story actually back. In the days of the apostles as the New Testament was coming to a close and Fox records forged the many centuries of martyrdoms and especially those martyrdoms related to the British reformation and next to it is a Bible. That is a stirring testament to one of those martyrdoms. It's in that great English tradition of Bible translations ends than that line from wickliffe. All the way up to King James. It's a Matthew's Bible at dates to fifteen thirty seven. It is opened the two pages and John and the reason it's open to pages and John is that they're on those pages. There's actually the blood stains means of a martyr of the British reformation. And I'm Steve Nichols and thanks for listening to five minutes in Church history for more ordination or to listen to past episodes. Please visit five minutes in Church. History Dot Com.
Introductory Note: John Bunyan
"Introductory note john bunyan was born at l. Sto bedfordshire inclined in november. Sixteen twenty eight. His father was a maker and member of parts and kettles and the sun followed the same trade. Though he's usually called a tinker bunion had settled home and place a business he had little schooling and he describes his early surroundings as poor in maine when he was not yet sixteen. His mother died in two months. His father married again and the sun enlisted as a soldier in the civil war in november. One thousand six hundred forty four though weather on the parliamentary or side is not certain. The armies were disbanded in sixteen forty. Six and about two years. Bunion married a wife whose piety redeemed him from his delight in rural sport and the habit of profane swearing. He became much interested in religions but it was only after a tremendous spiritual conflict lasting three or four years that he found peace. His struggles are related with extraordinary vividness and intensity and his grace abounding to the chief of centers in sixteen fifty five the year in which he lost his wife he began to exhort and two years later he became a regular nonconformist preacher continuing however to practice his trade his success as a preacher roused opposition among the regular clergy and in sixteen fifty eight. He was indicted at the assizes. His writing began with a controversy against the quakers and shows the first the command of a holy but vigorous style with a reenactment of the laws against nonconformity at the restoration. Bunion became subject to more severe persecution and with a short intermission. He was confined to prison from sixteen sixty till one thousand six hundred seventy two again and again. He might have been released but he refused to promise to desist from preaching and there was no alternative for the justices but to keep him in confinement sometimes lacks jailers permitted him to preach at church meetings. He frequently ministered to his fellow prisoners and he supported his family now looked after by second wife by making laces. He had apparently abundant leisure for he wrote in prison. A large number of books the first one of importance being that already mentioned grace abounding one thousand six hundred sixty six. The pilgrim's progress was also written in jail. But probably during later confinement of six months in sixteen seventy five in sixteen. Seventy two charles. The second suspended the laws against nonconformists and roman. Catholics and bunion was released. He was called to be ministered to a nonconformist congregation in bedford and preached in the barn which serve them as a church but his ministrations were not confined bedford. He made preaching tours over a wide district and even to london and attracted great crowds of listeners. Meanwhile he continued to write the first edition of the pilgrim's progress in sixteen seventy eight was followed by others with additions and in sixteen eighty four by the second part. The life and death of mr batman appeared in sixteen eighty. The holy war made by shaddai upon dabo is in sixteen eighty two. If the works left in manuscript at his death be included the total of his books amounts to nearly sixty he died in sixteen eighty eight leaving a widow and six children and a personal estate of less than one hundred pounds. The pilgrim's progress became at once and has continued to be by far the most widely read of all his works and one of the most universally known of english books. Though in the form of an allegory the narrative interest is so powerful. The drawing of permanent types of human character is so vigorous and the style is so simple and directed. It takes rank as a great work of fiction. The best sides of english puritanism have here their most adequate and characteristic expression while the intensity of bunions religious fervor and the universality of the spiritual problems with which he deals. Raise the work to a place among the great religious classics of the world.
At the Bottom of It All
"May thirteen at the bottom of it. All. In love. He predicted us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ. According to the purpose of his will if he won four and five. The experience of Charles Spurgeon is not beyond the ability of any ordinary Christian Spurgeon who lived from eighteen thirty four to eighteen ninety two was a contemporary and friend of George Mueller and Hudson Taylor he served the metropolitan tabernacle in London for over thirty years as the most famous pastor of his day, his preaching was so powerful that people were converted to Christ every week his sermons are still in print today, and he is held up by many as a model sole winner. He recalls an experience when he was sixteen that shaped his life and ministry for the rest of his days when I was coming to Christ. I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly. I had no idea. The Lord were seeking me. I do not think the young convert. Is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day an hour when I first received those truths the doctrines of sovereign overcoming grace in my own soul. When they were as John Bunyan says Burt into my heart as with a hot iron, and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown from babe into a man that I had made progress in scriptural knowledge through having found once for all the clue to the truth of God one week night. When I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher sermon for I did not believe it. The thought struck me. How did you come to be a Christian I sought the Lord? But how did you come to seek the Lord the truth flashed across my mind in a moment. I should not have sought him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek him. I prayed thought I. But then I asked myself how came I to pray. I was induced to pray by reading the scriptures. How came I to read the scriptures. I did read them, but what led me to do? So then in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all and that he was the author of my faith. And so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me. And from that doctrine, I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession. I ascribe my change. Holy to God. What about you? Do you scribe your conversion holy to God? Is he at the bottom of it? All. Does this cause you to praise the glory of his sovereign overcoming? Grace.
"Hello come back to another episode five minutes in church history on this episode. We're talking about a word you may have never heard before. Or maybe you have it. Is bebe line now. Do you know what that word means. Do you know who said it. If you guessed that charles hadn't spurgeon said it you'd be right and if you guessed who he said it about. And if you guest john bunyan will then you'd be right again. So this is what charles hadn't spurgeon said about. John bunyan will let me give you. The full quote spurgeon writes. Oh that you. And i might get into the very heart of the word of god and get that word into ourselves. I have seen the silkworm eat into the leaf and consume it so ought we to do with the word of the lord not crawl over its surface but eat right into it to we have taken it into our in most parts. It is idle merely to let the i glance over the words or to recollect the poetical expressions or the historic facts but it is blessed to eat into the very soul of the bible until at last. You come to talk in scriptural language and you're very style is fashioned upon scripture models and what is better still. Your spirit is flavored with the words of the lord. Now we get to bunion. Spurgeon says i would quote. John bunyan as an instance of what i mean. Read anything of his and you will see that it is almost like reading the bible itself. He had the bible till his very soul was saturated with scripture and though his writings are charmingly full of poetry yet he cannot give us his. Pilgrim's progress that sweetest of all prose poems without continually making us feel and say why. This man is a living bible per cam- anywhere. His blood is bebe line. The very essence of the bible flows from bunion. He cannot speak without quoting a text for his. Very soul is full of the word of god. I commend his example to you beloved. So there is spurgeon on using this word bebe. Line spurgeon loved. Pilgrim's progress at one time. He said he read it over. One hundred times and people all over the world love. Pilgrim's progress it is translated in over three hundred languages. This is truly a remarkable book. Pilgrim's progress on the one hand it's folk literature remember. Bunion was of the lower class. He was uneducated or we should rather say he was without a formal education and here he writes a classic text. This book is simple enough again at sort of folk literature but this book also shows its true classical literature evidencing sophisticated structure. It has a complex structure and composition. It's brilliant narrative with classic characters and fascinating scenes and wonderful detailed settings. And then. of course there's the plot. Pilgrim's progress can be read and understood and enjoyed by children and it can be studied in a literature class or a history class. It is truly fascinating. Not unlike the bible. That bunyan quotes from and alludes to buy the wheelbarrow load the bible to is read and understood and enjoyed by children and it is studied by the learned and by scholars. So read them both. Read bunions bebe line book and read the bible to that's charles haddon spurgeon on john bunyan on bib line. And i'm steve nichols and thanks for listening to five minutes in church history as we close out today. Let me just share a few words with you that are actually a prayer from anselm that medieval theologian he prayed. Come then lord. My god teach my heart where and how to seek you where and how to find you.
Rewind: Was the KJV the first English Bible?
"It took the Rep Delia dish where we provide a quick biblical interpretation and is a ministry striving for eternity this week. We're GONNA take a look at the king. James version of the Bible. Many people have the false understanding of the king. James version was the only English translation at its time. That's actually not true. You see in the Fourteenth Century John Wycliffe completed the very first of the English translations of the scriptures only to be followed by the work of Coverdale in fifteen thirty nine when he created what became known as the Great Bible and followed by the Geneva Bible one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English it preceded the King James version by fifty one years and was the primary Bible of the sixteenth century protestantism. It was used by William Shakespeare. Oliver Cromwell. John Knox John Bunyan the author of Pilgrim's Progress. And it was the one that was brought over on the mayflower. This was the version of the Bible used by many of the English dissenters. And the soldiers of Cromwell's in the time of the English civil war. This was a widely used Bible and the Bible that was accepted at the time before Queen. Mary we'RE GONNA look at hurt. Another podcast the is. What did the King James Bible originally include? Well we're going to get into that tomorrow if you'd like to find out more about English translations check out our classes on the striving fraternity academy school of Biblical hormone is podcast is part of the striving for eternity administration for more content or to request a speaker seminar to your church but it's time for attorney Dot Org.
Rejected By David Letterman, Accepted By Christ: The John Branyan Interview
"Real people real interviews. I just have to say that. I object strenuously to your use of the word larrea. Hard hitting questions. What do you think about pessimism taking you to the cutting edge of truths. Yeah well last yet. Is one of the worst movies ever made. And it was very clear. That ryan johnson doesn't like star wars kyle pulls no punches. I want to ask how how you're able to sleep at night. He's an brings bone shattering common sense from the top rope climbing. Double dare you. This is the babylon be interview. Show you know what. My favorite book is pilgrim's progress by john bunyan We brought in. Today john bunyan. Oh crap john branyan ranya and he wrote the book almost as icon conic. Life is hardy har hard. It's more of a bathroom. Reader than than pilgrim's progress you well so peculiar instance we're recording this intro in the future from back when we recorded this interview and the day that this happened john actually traveled quite a distance to get here to be on the show. He was excited to beyond the. Kyle's car broke down in palm springs or something. It's not that far away. He could have gotten newburgh for going to be honest. Tried and it was going to be you know how much it was going to be. And i had nine hundred dollars company expense nine hundred dollars nine hundred ninety nine hundred dollars pow. Wow train that was my first plan. But my so my lee. And i had a fresh blood clot my leg at the peak of its pain so i was like. I was in severe pain during this interview. That's what i was sitting on the other side of the table. So dan filled in so dance here and in this interview. He's there now Zero so we talked about joking and satire and comedy as a weapon. Not pretend to be dan. dan voice. Solely de gloria man. He's not amused at all. So without further ado. Here's mean dan. Oh yeah and you can look up. Branyan epistemology on john brennan dot com and his book. Life is hard and you can see the interview now. Does anyone have a guinness can. Do they do good. Did i do good job. Oh hello there wait a minute. What's going on ethan sitting in. Kyle seat this is weird. This is weird. This is the weirdest episode of babylon interview. Show ever because Kyle car broke down. So he's here. So i'm not kyle for those of you who have already noticed me and i'm not you and i mean your chair you're gonna my chair chair and this is all backwards. And this is john. Brennan brandon's communities kyle or and i'm sitting here because my leg is propped up. Because i haven't a blood clot my leg that like painful and so i'm on all these drugs right this pain drugs and so if i just kind of his own out in the middle of the interview. It's not you john. it's me well. It's also not the first time and the people of zoned out completely used to that. If you fall asleep okay. I can still handle it perfect because i might. We're off to a good start. This is good this screw. John branyan comedian. You're from. I'm from indiana indiana. The mecca of comedy deanna. People always people always ask you know indiana. I dunno anyway indiana right. It's it's like canada. We don't know anything about canada. And we don't anything about indiana what's indiana i. Don't even know there you go. That's right that's right trying to be like a race car there. something there is. There are many race cars in may called indianapolis five hundred of the same thing. It's not important it wasn't happening in california has not indianap- indiana guy. I think wait indianapolis. I might be a whole different place. I don't wanna. I'm actually imprisoned you new sports thing. That's pretty good I just want to take pretty good from recognize that. And he did it under the influence of narcotics so we wanted to get connected with you john because it seems like we have a lot of things in common we do have things in common actually was i actually forced you guys to have me come out here. Four star hand. I did i kinda jerk myself again. Sitting in this chair is because i would not take no. I admired his persistent. And you guys actually got off easier than other people have off. Because i can tell you. I know exactly how to be a royal pain. I know how to be on. Ignore a squeaky wheel gets the grease a few years ago. I decided that. I wanted to be on letterman show. Oh wow you did you pull that off. I did not an attempt was made. It was harder to wear him down. Did was you. But here's what i did. I got a bunch of postcards for ended up. That the top ten list of reasons. Why i should be on the letterman show. That was the thing that he did and so i. I don't remember all ten of them but the number one reason was because i and there was a place where people could write their name in think he would be a great guest and then i distributed those postcards at my shows and there were there were thousands of them. I disagree that thousands of postcards. And i said to people i want you to take one for yourself and some for friends. And whatever and just hand these out at church and healthy to sign them and put a stamp on them and mail the men and so on this date and so they did. And i got a call. From the producers david letterman show and i was not expecting that phone. It's like hey this is This zoe producer. David letterman show. Are you guys sending us sending us all these postcards and they said yeah probably am if you're getting if you're getting a lot of them and she said well you need to stop. It's not going to work. I said oh contract zoe. You're talking to me on the phone. And she said you need to not send us anymore postcards and i said well this is bigger than you and me. At this point. I have no idea. I can't just shut it off and so long story. Short i got a rejection letter from david letterman show and it's framed in my office. It's a badge of honor. And you're a fan of rejection. Notice noticed on the back of your book. Titled life is hardy har hard You have some real star reviews on your book. Those i garnered yet. Those are actual reviews that that are on amazon from people who haven't read that book read it. They just raw from a different book as well. They just know the from a different thing that i did. They just loathe me but that book has is not the reason that they loathe me. Said i read some. So you've got hand got just haters. They follow you around and when you put something new it's like oh i got a one star on this. I have amassed haters from much the same way that you guys said. That's why i wanted to come to you guys common. I'm piker compared to the number of haters that you guys have. We're going to have to guy from indiana reasonably that out guy who lives in indianapolis awful author. Could you could probably get better. Advise for advice from a second grader. Terrible comedian unfortunately i can't give negative star rating. I would if i could. That's brutal ones ref. The only thing funny. Here's the authors said pathetic life. Something i didn't know about you when we booked you. We didn't know that you had this much hate surrounding you. That's a big sell for us. Well i should lead should have started with that rather than the comedy angle. I should have said a lot of people that hate my guts. So what are you saying out there. That's causing that kind of a reaction. I'm curious i say like you guys. Do i say true things. And if you say true things in a manner that is entertaining and Particularly satirical in your in trouble faster than if you say true things and nobody's paying attention because the thing about comedy is that it makes people pay attention to you. When you're funny people will listen to what you have to say when they listen to what you have to say the people who don't want you to say that get angry because they themselves are not funny and so people aren't listening to them and so in order to get people to listen to them they have to. They have to go to your website and right one-star reviews about your book. That's all we can do. You can't because yeah that. is the thing. Humor gets people to pay attention. It has strength to it when it makes you laugh. Disarming there's power behind it and if you can't compete with that funny wise than it's more it does seem like have to either go the route of outrage. You have to do something to get. People worked up in another way right right. That's the most popular response since it went out. Ranch humor seems to be disarming because it's just you you have to respond in kind you can't if you just react to it then you've you've already lost right also an involuntary response if you laugh. That's what makes comedy great as you know. There's no nobody's like like a like a or like a whatever. Those things are professors. Give because my brain is down right now. I can't lecture. You can act like you really got something from it but like you know you can kind of fake laugh. But there's an involuntary response like the crowd doesn't lie. You're funny get response so well and but that that point That you just made even though you're drug addled brain doesn't know it is very profound and important because it is. It is a a response that we have to to humor That is not. You can't help it when something is funny than something is funny. And that was actually the one of the impetus for writing. This book is the idea that comedy icy get the question. I still get the question after shows. People go how do you think of that material. How do you think of that material. And my response used to be owned a few years ago. I started thinking you know. I really should have a better answer than that. I should have some idea. Meth how i do this. Yeah psychedelics and so. I started thinking about well. How do you write material. And that was where the book came from and the first thing that occurred to me. Is that the comedy is not actually created by human beings comedies created by god and it's sprinkled throughout the universe and all we do. Is it now. All creativity is created by guys. We discover it right. Yeah right and so but but that has implications for me at least in for for you guys. I hope that it sort of takes the pressure off. It takes all the pressure off really because when you laugh at something that's not. That's not your fault that you find something funny. It's actually god's fault and so every every offensive thing that the babylon be has heavily as ever published. Headman belongs at the feet of god. And if you're playing no jokes no because because because evil doesn't know how to be funny humor is it all belongs to god and it's humor is the way that we get through suffering because god knew that there was going to be all kinds of suffering and hardship in life and he had to give us some way to respond to that evil and his comedy and the people who are who are wicked They tried to do comedy but it doesn't have. It does not have the same effect. Yeah because they don't have They i read an article That was published by am. I should have written down. But i didn't. I didn't come prepared with that But this guy was basically saying that comedy. He said the same thing that saying it's comedy is a weapon. But he went on to say because he's he's not a christian person he went on to say. But but you can use that. That weapon To harm other people you can. You can use it to to hurt people who don't deserve to be hurt and he's incorrect about that. Because the same humor a robust sense of humor not only can be used to expose truth into as a weapon but it's also as shield. It's a suit of armor and when you've only just understand how comedy works. You don't get your feelings her. You're not people who have a robust sense of humor have never been offended by anything you guys have written because because that's what humor does it enables you to hear things that would offend mere mortals. Because you have put on this This comedy cloak. It doesn't hurt your feelings. I don't get offended anymore. It does seem to put up a barrier between your just spout your mouth off and saying things comedy. That's when they like about making sat articles. Like i'm not were generally not aiming our joke even if we're bringing up an actual person we're usually aiming our joke at a satirical version of them. It's not them personally. But even we're making a joke about a idea most of the time and So it is. It is different. It's different just call the personnel and said something and there's always that safety of the joke right come out. It's a joke right. But but but the reason what separates a good joke from a from a not. Good joke is is the truth and so if you think that's true and it's funny then all bets are off i. It's it's funny and if you're offended by that well you're gonna have to do you're going to have to do better than just being offended By the truth and we have a culture in in church that sadly doesn't understand that when people are offended at guys or me For saying something that was a that was a joke That that's actually their problem and not our problem Because we don't get to decide what's funny and we also don't get to decide what's true. The truth is also out there and it's either wants it's discovered. There's nothing you can do about it and it doesn't do any good to be mad at it. It's like the angry because water is wet. It's like okay. Well that's. I'm sorry i'm sorry. But that's that's just the reality of it at curl. Cultural christianity has set itself up to not be able to be very funny. Because like to be funny. You have to say the thing everybody's thinking but doesn't want to actually say out loud in the moment you say that thing everybody's thinking it you say it. That's what causes this relief this laughter. I remember talking to atheist guy about like. What is the explanation of laughter to atheists or two people believe in pure evolution. Figure out. it's like a monkey. You know walking around out in the woods or whatever i don't know a bunch of monkeys hanging out caveman or whatever they're sitting there from rico's Mister mcfeely draw her male. Okay yeah we d- w this houses from like the twenty so the so the caveman sitting around and also the hear rustling the bushes and they think it's like a wolf sudden everybody fag walking like. Oh it's just theg. I like a relief. That i thought it was going to kill. But i'm alive now. But i think that there's a there is a connection to that like when you make a joke that like you said something that i thought was going to get killed for saying we but everybody agrees and we're not we can laugh about it like it creates that that relief so now the drugs are kicking. And i don't know where it's going with that but least because they're the one that's gonna get killed now them yet relief that like he said it. I didn't say it. But i get to laugh and also and so in church. We very much cultural shannon. We like to put all these soft boundaries up all this cuddly pillows everywhere bunny pillows and stuff to make it feel like we're being very nice. Nice is a little too much of a value. I think a true is better than nice. kind is good. But it's so. I think that we put up somebody. You're only left. The jokes like puns and lack things that are like. Oh you know how did no federal as animals in the ark. He must have had who knows. Tell us bad just trying to come up with one of the spot. Probably add to shrink them. Something still waiting for the joke joke. He had to us much of butter butter. Those hippos well. No that's exactly right. If we have this idea that you can be funny in cultural christians think that you can be funny without Without a bar somewhere without a without some edge. And you can't there. There's no humor unless there's conflict somewhere Specifically there's no humor in less unless there's pain and the pain can come in many different forms not always or death but it has to be something. That's awkward or uncomfortable or somebody has to get hurt and in comedy. Somebody has to be injured. And i was watching a video few years ago on youtube and it was just a guy sitting out in front of the school. I guess waiting to pick up one of his kids and it was icy and he's filming out a side window of his car. His kids are coming down the sidewalk off the bus. And there's a patch of ice on the sidewalk and they're just falling in and they're throwing books and lunchboxes and this one kid after another coming down he's kind of nearly all here comes another one. Oh there she goes down they go on your legs here and the comments underneath this video. It was like ten minutes long. I mean there must have been three hundred. Kids fell down from the sky and the comments underneath were from people going. Why doesn't he warned them. Why doesn't he tell them. There's a patch of ice there like because if he told them that there was ice there they would stop falling down. That's a person who doesn't understand anything about how comedy works so somebody has to fall down film. We're gonna fall down. And what. I what i m encouraging people to think about in the book is being the one that falls down because We're all going to fall down at some point. And if when you fall down it completely undoes your life and it ruins every aspect of your existence will then you're You're not really well suited to to live on this planet. At some point every single one of us is gonna fall down and when you change your perspective to more of a comedy perspective then when you fall down you to kind of rub your hands together and go. This is going to be fantastic story. I'm so glad that happened. Because now i can. I can tell my sister. I can tell the people at church i can tell. Whoever about this bone headed thing that i did And then they will do what will then they will laugh and they will laugh at you. There's people talk about. Oh talk with somebody. There's no such thing as laughing with somebody. There's only laughing at people. Let's just say that because that's what it is we're laughing at. We're not having with you. I was having a conversation with a guy. Just this week has been reading my book. And he's he's exactly the guy that i would hope would read this book because he's He's a christian person and he's a very nice guy very gentle nice guy but he was telling me that when he was at work he had a guy who worked with him who was a funny guy goes a really funny guy but he would say things and he would cross a line across a line and it would really hurt he would. He would say really hurtful things. And so i'm reading your book and i'm i gotta ask you. There's a line right. There's a line where where people shouldn't be shouldn't cross that line. And i said are you talking about that person. Crossing a line. I said no. There's no there's no line if you're expecting a bully to suddenly have a streak of conscience and he's go across the line there. I shouldn't said that because really hurt. That guy's feeling if you're expecting that guy to figure out where the line is will he has all the power all the power your his mercy. What if he never. What if you never draws a line. What if he keeps kitten harder and harder and harder and harder. What are you going to do. Said the wise thing to do is to develop a sense of humor so that you can push back you know you can. You can give as good as you get. And that's where christian start to kind of get a little uncomfortable. Because they know that what jesus would do. I think the answer's yes. Jesus had so many things that he said that. Don't translate well first. Century comedy doesn't translate well to twenty twenty one but he say things like it's easier for a camel to go through the island needle than a rich man to go into heaven and my My granddaughter was reading. Just yesterday about the richmond coming to jesus and jesus saying well you need to sell all give all your money to the poor people and come and follow me and candy said to her mother. She goes well. Why would jesus tell people tell the rich man to give his money to the poor people so then they would have a harder time. Getting a yeah. I think jesus definitely had a sense of humor. 'cause you know his parables that he was teaching the people with and it was like. Hey don't tell somebody with spec in there. I when your you know take you got spec in your because you're walking around with a huge plank. Right i mean he's the his of apps tick yeah. It's just yeah. And that's comedy. Comedy is grossly exaggerated contrast and he just put his finger right on it and again. It doesn't the the best way to destroy. Comedy is to analyze comedy. And then talking about it which is counterintuitive. A lot of people think it'll be interesting to hear these guys talk about comedy. Because 'cause like dissect a frog you know you get start dissect. A frog can learn a lot about it but the thing about dissecting a frog is you don't end up what you end up with a bunch of things that don't look anything like a frog and this is the same thing happens when you take a joke and you start slicing it apart. You end up with a table full of stuff. That's not funny. But when i dissect frog eighth grade the knife slipped into hit in the eye and all the issue shot wrecking my mouth. And i had to like go ahead and trying to find the brain bricks credit. That's my story storytime. Nicole did you brain. I think i did to very slowly scrape away until you find this little patch of brain you know. And that was the thing slowly scraping away his over lunch baked for extra credit. Find the brain and so you should have gotten extra credit for tasting for science. Yeah that's way more. It drives the only person that knows. What the taste like now. So what does it taste like whatever that juices chicken height or something called gross water water. Talk about using comedy as a weapon in the culture. So what what. What are things in the culture that you see as needing to be pushed back on or or to have a sword with its There's a lotta things in the culture that that we do at the battle on the of course i'm just wondering if you're seeing the same things or yeah well most of the cultural things that you guys put your finger on one of the things that makes the be so great. Is that you that you know exactly what culture is talking about. And so those are the things that you talk about. I think over that we can talk about the categories of things that we need to talk about. Why i think the overall thing that culture is missing and by extension. The church is also missing because the culture has seeped into our church and And given us the idea that there is a For lack of a better term a separation of church and state and the culture has done a great job of convincing christians that were supposed to shut up about politics and culture because Church state supreme attrition state. So you can have your religion but you gotta keep it to yourself and the that is absolutely wrong on the reason that separate church and state exists is to keep the culture from damaging the church. It's not the keep church from speaking to culture because the truth is that every important thing that mankind topics about is religious politics is secondary the most important things that people talk about the things. People really care about our religious ideas. They're not political ideas. There's certainly not mathematical or chemical or poor physics based They're not science based it has to do with religion and so everybody is religious and the church. The western church cultural christian church has swallowed the idea that we need to keep our mouths shut because this is a religious thing and my religious convictions have place in the public forum because religious personal religion is is something that we should. We should sit down over coffee and one on one. We can have a conversation about that and that's the correct way to do it. But i shouldn't go on social media. And i certainly shouldn't publish a magazine where i expressed my religious views to the culture. Because that's not that's not appropriate that that turns people off that you're you're pushing people away from jesus when you jam your religion down their throat and i think that As a comedian. That's how i made a living for thirty years. Was i jam. My religion down people's throat right everything that i talked about relationships and my job everything every aspect of my life is underpinned by my faith and i didn't say that when i was standing on stage at the comedy club but i knew that and so the reason to people allowed me to jam my religion down their throat. In fact they paid me money to jam. My religion down their throat was because i was funny and so. That's the gospel that i'm trying to preach to the church. Now is you guys have got to be funny if you're seriously trying to share your faith with people and if you're not willing to share your faith with people if you don't want to jam your religion down their throat then then your religion must suck right. That'd be if my idea isn't good enough then. I think you should have it then. Then my ideas not that good. Why should you have it. Why should i have it. Yeah yeah yeah you must think it matters. That's the thing yeah people think. Oh i just keep my faith year. And i don't want to impose anything like you must not think it is actually consequential to reality. Then right right. That's the thing is like all the big conversations that are being had about equality and racism on stuff like the real base questionnaire is what is a human being. What is our meaning and you know. They're all like you said their religious questions and we think we can just gloss pass that and talk about justice somehow so what is justice for a bunch of morphing animal creature. Things that are dislike like at this particular state of evolution. Who knows what we're going to be at some point lisa. I'm gonna rhinoceros octopus things at some point. God knows right now. We're just some horrific thing we don't we don't know where horrific creatures look like some kind of amoeba that came out of the slime in like we think we're humans so yeah justice among some kind of meat bone things that walk around the idea that like there's some idea that justice can exist there We take it for granted because we have that basis of. I guess we just we have the basis of judeo-christian society that we live in but It's all take for granted that worldview where we all came from nothing. We're all just evolving states of matter and then some day the sun will burn out and earth will be dead and nothing mattered. And you're like but human rights are very important right by human. I mean this stage past monkey not monkey but this is right. Don't be on the wrong side of history. Which is everything dying. Which is everything everything that history is is going to be the wrong side of history and so it but yeah that's exactly it and and that is hilarious. I mean that is. That's funny that we've got these people who who don't believe in god and they'll they say. Christianity is immoral. Christianity is oppressive and immoral but at the same time you know just just does matter and immediately you guys see the problem with that and that's the reason that what you do is important And you can tell you can tell when the message has been received when people get mad at you. You know so every piece of hate mail that she kit. Every angry letter from christians or non christians is them saying to you. I understand what you've said Because if you don't get any If you don't get any hate for your comedy than your comedy is vanilla. And it's on remarkable. And so i have for years looked at Look to criticism as validation. That people are paying attention to what i'm saying because when they understand what i'm saying yeah it is offensive. I'm i'm suggesting that there is a god and that you're not as good a person as you think you. Are you know the idea that we can met out justice we that we have any idea how to be fair and equitable to human. Beings is ludicrous. It's insane but when you say that you ruffle a whole lot of feathers of self righteous people who think that they know what's good for mankind and like you said dan underneath. That is the assumption that there is a god. There's a judeo-christian ethic that that bolsters everything. In western culture. America exists because of judeo christian ethics. And we just ignore all of that now and wanna start with justice in and goodness and tolerance and inclusiveness and none of those things make any sense outside of religious framework. I'm sure that will end up. Well let's go well for us as time goes on. We'll see the wisdom of just forgetting all that stuff and move on. I kind of want to talk a little bit more. You mentioned it at the beginning So that's comedy as a weapon but you're also saying it's also a shield and your book is life. Is hardy har hard. I'm wondering how you see that shield and how that how that looks in your individual life or how that can be applied to my life. Because i agree. Life is hard. And i'm wondering what your views are on that like. How how does comedy help us through life when you when you have the attitude and not just give lip service to it. I'm talking about genuinely internalizing. the idea. That conflict is a good thing because it's going to result in a good story That's what people want to hear about when you if you if you go to youtube for example and you look at the the number of hits that a fail video. Has you know those fail. Compilations where people wipe out on their bikes and overshoot the swimming pool in the jump off the roof and all of that sort of stuff those have millions of views versus the views that people have at a commencement for example when they're receiving a diploma when they're six. Nobody cares about success. Everybody wants to hear about your epic failures. But there's there's something to that there's there is a a message that that is being shouted basically by the culture and the church is still is still not hearing it. We don't care about seeing you get a trophy. We when we we don't want you to put your best foot forward a beloved member of my own family. I put my best foot forward. I want people see me at my best. Is that wrong. John for people to just see me at my best and it's like what they don't wanna see what your best they to see. You fall down the stairs because that's what's funny right and it's not that people wanna see you get hurt. That's not that's not but we don't have control over what's funny somebody falling down the stairs. It's funny if you're gonna watch up if you're gonna watch video getting a trophy or are you going to watch a video. Somebody getting hit the crotch. Oh the football. There's no question which one of those you're gonna watch yourselves the guy falling down the stairs. We well know where clementine. Yeah yeah i do think. Yeah because you'll get that criticism of christian say this is malice laughing at somebody falling down. Yeah there's a real question there. I don't i don't i don't take pleasure in the guys pain. No it's the it is that resonates your your resonates with reality. We're we're all trying to do one thing then. Suddenly a banana peel messes it. All up right. That's exactly that's exactly right. That's exactly right and and we don't have to apologize for that because again comedy didn't create it. We didn't make it funny when people fall down. God decided to do that. And so what are we going to say is god is he. Is he wicked and evil and mean now. We must be interpreting it incorrectly. If it's funny when people fall down all god is good. And so there's a goodness when you fall down and sometimes you get hurt and sometimes you bleed in and out of the banana peels. Would if you put out more questions there. Yeah even if even if you put out the banana peel. that's still. it's still funny when people fall down it's true and so and that's where that gets back to your question how. How is it a shield. Well if i know that ethan is the guy. Sprinkler banana peels around. And and i'm the one who falls down Well is it funny is it. Do i think it's funny. When somebody else falls on a appeal yes. Do i think it's funny when i fall on an appeal no okay. So what's the problem with that. The problem is i'm a hypocrite. The problem is i will acknowledge that. It's hilarious as long as i'm not the one that suffering and so comedy becomes a shield when you realize. Oh if i'm the one that suffering it's still funny. Just because i'm in pay now and i can't necessarily respond appropriately. Yeah this is going to be a great story later. This is basically. Jk chesterton zahn chasing your own hat. essay so play the juki chester. Chesterton say no so. He makes the argument. that like. you're this proper british gentleman and then falls off and suddenly you're chasing it around the park. You should be excited about the kind of the comedy and laughter and joy. You're bringing the world rather than getting all upset and the whole short essay. We did think we read it on. Might have been a subscriber. Unfortunately did we. Did we read it. It's one of our favorites but yeah highly recommended it to chesterton thing about finding the comedy and even when you're part of it talks about the guy who's like his drawers jammed can't just a mad. Imagine there's some terrible dragon. Something your life becomes this sort of scowl breath. Remix a super epic sucks kinda came like a running gag around here. Like someone's stressed out or having a bad day. It's all your cheeks. This great they kind of seems like yeah that that that shield against despair. It's like you're you're trying to remind yourself that there's there's a truth or there's an objective arc to your life that that stubbing my toe is in the end of the universe. Is that later on. When we get to the end of the story the it'll it'll will look back and they'll be funny right right now. We're whereas if you're like in a secular perspective you don't really have that you just like right here right now. This sucks right. And they can't be funny right well and they're wrong about that for the same reason that they're wrong about justice to mean from from a secular perspective. How do you determine what sucks. And what doesn't how do you say what's funny and what's not. You can't make any declarative statements of any value without some sort of religious Underpinning you can't you can't say it's not funny when i fall down the stairs if you're a secularist because on on what basis are you saying. This isn't funny. you know what. What is your standard of funny that you're appealing to and that's that's when you have outrage. Because they can't answer that question and it infuriates them and so they will. They will blame you for causing them even more pain. And that's why it's important for people who deemed to be funny for christian people. Who say i'm going to use humor to proclaim truth to have all of this. All of this hat chasing kind of under their belt so that when when the people who don't understand what comedy's four and how it works come at you and they they do come at you. I'm not telling you anything that you don't know it's it's difficult. It's it's relentless. I mean i've gotten i've gotten But you guys are in the spa. I've never had the new york times right about me. So man so crazy to see the latest that they can be kinda retracted. Their slight retraction. Their misinformation site disguised a satire. And then the guy tags. Seth and adam on twitter and he's like hey. I rewrote it. Still says the same thing. It's like it's not. It's not a retraction at all. Exactly the same but he slightly reworded a few things you know. So we're still right wing misinformation right. Yeah but now it's now. It says disputed with slopes and facebook. There's a little note on there but that legitimizes right well but that that is like it's like a waves crashing against iraq and eventually it does have some erosive power and it starts to it starts to sting after a while and you you get. The the thing about criticism is that it always seems larger than it. Is you know the new york times writes about you and that has the possibility of creating in your mind. This ideas like man. The whole world's against us. Why are we doing this But it's it's even if you're even if only one that's that standing on this truth One of the things. I talk about in the book. Is that your sense of humor is like your other. Five cents of scott gives you a sense of sight to see lights and colors and gives you a sense of hearing engaged to censor taste and it gives you a sense of humor for detecting comedy. That's that's what it's four and so win. You detect comedy. That is legitimate. And i've heard people say Oh that's funny or this is this is not funny and you're just wrong if a single person on the planet thinks it's funny then their sense of humorous telling them that and My sense of humor. Everything that i do on stage is what i think is funny. Everything that i write is what i think is funny because i don't know what you guys are going to think is funny. That's up to your sense of humor to determine that. I can't possibly right something you know that dan is gonna to think is funny. I just have to write. What i think is funny. And then let the chips fall where they may and some people get uncomfortable with that when they have a large group of people that disagree with what their sense of humor is telling them. but it doesn't make it illegitimate. It's it's still a jet. They're just wrong they're just wrong. Yeah have you ever had like a big epic bomb like you go up on stage and just crickets nothing happened. Not not a epic bob. My career is built on ethic. Yeah i got off stage and your life man. They're all wrong. They're all your sense of humor. Broken later later on a early on early on they were not wrong Early on they were wrong. Because there's Humor has has rules. There's laws of laughter just like there's laws of physics and laws of chemistry and you can't break those laws. You have to work within the confines god created and so there's there's ways that it has to work and if you if you break those rules in it than it doesn't work you don't have comedy but there's experience teaches you what those rules are and then after the hopefully you you learn kind of you get better. You get better at predicting what's going to work versus what's not sometimes. It's not a hundred percent but it's it's a higher percentile than it was. When i first started i can kind of look at material and go. Okay this will work. This won't work in this present form is going to have to be adjusted But it's it's all at some point you just throwing it out there and see what the yeah you know what. The audience says gathering the thing about this day and age with stand up comics is like most of the shows that santa comics do are supposed to be preparing and figuring out what material works for their big special or whatever so like they're testing out stuff at their smaller shows you know been everybody's recording with their phone and these videos are going online and because i've learned i learned just i didn't one open mic night. I realize this is there's a. There's a part to stand up comedy. That can only be figured out and worked out in front of a crowd a huge part of it. So you have to be. That's why comedy always take some level of bravery unless you're doing really cowardly comedy but 'cause you do have to throw a joke out there. You have no idea what the responsibly. And find out what it is right right. Well and comedy. Comedians specifically have have already said. I'm going to be funny. I'm gonna stand behind this microphone. And i'm going to make you laugh people who i've never met room full of strangers. Who doesn't know me. I'm going to make you laugh in within thirty seconds of taking the stage preposterously arrogant thing to do to get up behind a microphone and suggests that i'm going to make you laugh when you don't know me and and that's the expectation speakers have much easier because if speakers funny it's like oh we weren't expecting yeah this guy's funny and try to be funny and it's not funny. You can just pretend like you weren't trying to be funny comedians. Do that. Because i've already told you i'm going to be funny and so if i'm not They don't know they don't really have to stand up speaking. Do they censor speaking against. Yeah well when you talk about being part of the comedy elf. Reminded this story from when i was Working at a gas station graveyard shift. I developed horrendous. Hemorrhoids was raining like crazy. I had sold my car. Even though i still owed a bunch of money on it so i was paying a car. I didn't own. And i had to walk home with horrendous hemorrhoids in the pouring rain and somewhere along that walk where i was doing this. Weird bowlegged like woody. Walk like woody from toy story and grimacing and clinching in the rain somewhere along that i realized that there's something really funny about this and i started laughing. I'm tap into that. That's awesome yeah so we're going to go to the subscriber portion and put on smoking jackets yup subscriber lounge david subscribers. Only in talk more with john I kind of want to get more into humor in the bible because axioms tie into that comedy is a weapon thing about elijah. Do i get a jacket. You do get a smoking jacket. Jacket and I saw something on your blog about bad atheist means. I think that'd be kind of fun to go over. Okay that sounds good. Why it's been my leg up where they take some more bills or something like a net. All right thanks go low freeloaders. We're kicking out by coming up. Next for babylon be subscribers. Like richard dawkins me. We can throw it up on the screen. I a theory move into into profanity. I don't personally have a brother does join this hard hitting interview become babylon subscriber to hear the rest of this conversation. Go to babylon be dot com slash. Plans for full length. Ad free podcasts. Kyle and ethan would like to thank seth dylan for paying the bills. Adam ford for creating their job the other writers or tirelessly pitching headlines the subscribers and you lowest now until next time this is dave deandra the voice of the battle on.
Refreshed by His Grace
"Hey, I'm Landon. And this is the James McDonald podcast. Did you know you can help? This message in front of more people you can do. So by subscribing rating and reviewing the podcast right now. For more information resources. Give us a call at eight eight five eight one nine six seven three or visit walk in the word dot com. We hope today's messages and encouragement to you. Let's jump into God's work together. Next chapter three. There's a little phrase there that I want to draw your attention. I have referenced it at various times in the life of our church. Peter's preaching and says in verse seventeen now brothers. I know you acted in ignorance as did also you rulers, but what God for told by the mouth of all the prophets. That is his Christ would suffer. He has fulfilled. And here's his conclusion you love the preacher guest to the conclusion. He says repent therefore and turn back that your sins may be blotted out say men here it is that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. That's our theme. Right. There times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord why? Because we need those times of refreshing. How many people have observed in their spiritual walk times of dryness followed by times of plenty times of faith followed by times of how many people have seen that cycle in their own life. And I'm really praying and asking the Lord to grant to me to grant to us to grant to you a real time of refreshing their where does it come from? What does it say that times of refreshing may come here it is from the presence of the Lord pastors? Don't refresh people churches don't refresh people sermons by themselves. Don't refresh people the refreshment the renewing the reviving comes from the Lord himself and through his presence. Now, I have taught. This little element here before but not for many years now that often as Christians we confuse the wonderful doctrine of God's omnipresence with God's manifest presents. And I'm just point out to you that David for example, in some one thirty nine David said where can I go from your presence by go into the heavens? You're there if I go into the lower parts of the earth, you're there if I take the wings of the morning, and if I go to the other most parts of the earth, you're there he says, and so we can't get away from God. Someone say man, your neighbors. You can't get away from God. We can't get it out of one too. But you can't and I have wanted to how many people have one to two honesty in church. Sometimes I'm I've run. But I don't want to do that. I don't think David wanna do that. He just remarking that God is everywhere. However, just because God is everywhere does. Not mean that God is equally manifest everywhere. That's why we pray that you would rend the heavens and come down. Why would he need to come down? If he's everywhere. Well, yes, he's everywhere. But he is not manifesting his presence, equally everywhere. That's why the scripture says draw near to God. And he will draw near to you. If there isn't something promised in manifest presence that exceeds the the wonderful truth of omnipresence than we have no reason to seek the Lord, but we have much reason to seek the Lord because of the promises that he has made. So when acts three nineteen says repent and turn to God that your sins maybe blotted out that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord we're talking about his manifest presence his manifest presence. And the title of this message on that refreshing is a refreshed by grace. So the. Passage. We're going to actually go through is in second. Timothy. Second. Timothy chapter two Paul's epistles, you know, your bible, Romans Corinthians glaciers fees. It's clocks for first and second Timothy these are called pastoral, pistols, because unlike unlike Philippians, or claw there were re written to churches. Timothy is written to a person. This was Paul's protege Paul's personal disciple Paul's in prison second Timothy he's at the end of his life. He's not years or months away from dying. He's weeks or days you can understand. He dashed off a final letter to a favorite disciple with some final instructions if you understand that you understand what's in second. Timothy now with that as a backdrop second Timothy chapter two verse one I'm not going to stress myself in these times of refreshing messages. So that would be counterproductive. I'm not I'm going to try to get through ten to thirteen verses. But someone lift up your voice say don't stress though, it's going to go into this. Thank you for that. There's so much food here. I just don't know how fast will be able to eat. Us then my child tender for Paul to refer to men probably forty years old that way such tenderness, right? You then my child be strengthened by the grace. That is in Christ. Jesus. That's why I called this message refreshed by grace a grace. Everyone knows everyone knows come on come on Christian who's two thousand messages. What does what's the definition of grace? On merited favor unmerited favor narrated favor. Everyone's heard that I've heard that somehow though preachers always focus on unmerited grace. You don't deserve. You don't deserve. How many people are that sermon? Okay. I'm not gonna be able to fix that. It's true. But what I don't get is. Why is it always deserve deserve? It. You deserve it. It's true. Everyone say it's true turn your advertisements. Don't say. You don't deserve. We have that part. We have that part. You can't earn it. You don't deserve it. It's free. That's why the bible says by grace, you are saved through faith and that not of yourself. It's a gift. Okay. Salvation is by grace. You don't earn? I get all that. But can we just talk for a second? It's unmerited favor. It's favor. God's favor is his disposition to help you just leave for a minute. Just for a minute. It's okay. Just leave that it's unmerited. I get that understand the reformation. I really know what that's all about. You can't earn it. You don't deserve. It. Got it up your voice and say got it. But it's favor. It's his disposition. What kind of mood has gotten today? Awesome. Again, still his disposition is to bless you to help you to assist you to aid you and Paul in the final minutes of his life says to his favorite disciple be strong in the grace. You're not gonna be able to do this yourself. It's just too hard. But God's disposition is help you and to give you what you need. So be strong in the grace. It's it's unlimited. It's fully available. Why would you live without the assistance that God is ready to give how often I've preached that? The clouds of heaven are bursting with the mercy that God would shower. On us would just humble ourselves and seek him for it. But how many days this past week began for you with no seeking with no humbling. How many times did you get up in the morning and get that coffee and have that shower and return that taxed and answer that Email and head out to that car, and you weren't strong in the grace. I've done it. So times of refreshing message one is about being strong in the grace. And I think he gives us some good help here about how to do that. And I have faith to believe that this is going to be a better week for you. And for me in in starting our days differently. Maybe even together, and and being strong and strengthened as it says in this translation be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. So I got kind of three main things maybe I'll get to the fourth. Here's the first main category. If you want to be strengthened in the grace eliminate the drain if you're not strong in the grace today, you got a hole in the side of your boat sister. The Grace's available. It is falling like rain from heaven. That's why Peter preached repent and turn to God that your sins may be blotted out that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Lord. So why aren't we strong in the grace? I reason verse to you then my child be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And what you have heard from me now. Can I can I say that? I'm no apostle. I'm just a pastor among millions of pastors in a world with hundreds of millions of Christians. But let's just say for our thing. Here are thing. I've told y'all lot of stuff how many people agree with that. Let's have interpretation by voting. How many people was ever that guy say quite a few things. Okay. So this is key though. Because if you're not strong in the grace notice the things that you've heard from me Paul said to Timothy I would say to you in the presence of many witnesses. Everyone say check the things you've heard from me in the presence of many witnesses and trust to faithful men who will be able to teach others. Also, it's the teacher principal jot it down the teacher principal transfer. What I learned transfer. What I learned hoarding hinders, grace, hoarding hinders grace, God only pours so much into people who say it stops with me. And I've taught y'all some things, and you've got a friend. At work. You got a friend in your neighborhood. You got a family member? You know, they don't know the things that you've heard from me among many witnesses and one of the reasons why you're not strong in the grace is love you is. 'cause y'all are the Dead Sea Dead Sea the Dead Sea. I've been to the Dead Sea. I'm an average swimmer until I go to the Dead Sea. You couldn't drown yourself in the Dead Sea. If you wanted to there's so much salt it holds you up, but because of the salt nothing lives there, and it's going to go away like your faith goes away. If you only take in and never give out so. There's not the first time we've been over this. I've got diagrams I've been working on this when we all for a long time. You're young and your faith your new you're growing learn. But eventually you got to this verse was part of our church when. Hold up your hand. If you're not part of harvest twenty five years ago. Okay. I was already teaching on second Dimity to this is right in the foundation documents. We had done a time capsule. Then there have been a little I don't even know if there were posted notes, then but. This one would have been written down on an index card. Okay. Because this is really Dacian to discipleship, and you know, that the vision of your church is not for you to attend church. The vision of your church is for you to be a mature reproducing disciple. And so this is this is really important one of the reasons you don't get the grace, you need for the things you're facing is because you listen and learn and here and agree, but feel no sense of responsibility to take things entrusted to you among many thank God for our teachers start with schoolteachers hands up schoolteachers. Let's thank our schoolteachers. I've seen you thousand tons. I didn't know you were schoolteacher what do you teach? Middle school social studies that seems exceedingly boring. He says he says he said you didn't have a good teacher. I love that. That is it man. You just help me so much. You just help me with the sermon that is the point that the people who are as I try to be as you clearly are the teachers that were passionate about the things they were teaching us helped us so much. Amen. We all respect what teachers do we all hold in high esteem the contribution? They make. Let me give it to you a last time. What you've heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust. Just don't give this to anybody. Like Paul pick. Timothy pick people who want it don't go out of here today and jam your sister. Again, you know, she'll hang up on you. That's not the point. You gotta check in there regularly and keep loving that person. But there are hungry hearts. The fields are right. The labors are few. Entrust faithful people who will be able to teach others also. All right. Teacher principal transfer. What I learned. Here's another reason. I might be leaking grace eliminate the drain. Do this the soldier principle? The soldier principle is do you? See it there in verse three and four share in suffering as a good. What's it say? As a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits. Since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Here's the soldier principle. Focus on the mission distraction drains, the grace drains the strength that the grace brings if you're distracted. You're not getting the grace a soldier soldiers get this. The Holy Spirit is inspiring Paul to use a knowledge now from the professional world. There's a thing. Teachers get. A teacher would never hord. They loved to transfer and soldier would never get distracted. They love to focus. Now. I don't know about the military, but I do know how to Google and. If you Google you go you get to go army dot com. Listen to this this run through these super quick. But. The difference between military life and civilian life. Ready one no civilian gear of small, Jim. This is for recruits, a small gym bag a few toiletries, everyone wears the same. Everyone. Looks the same. No individuals were soldiers. No, civilian clothing. No individual hairstyles. Insert funny ball joke. Number four, no contact with family or friends. Calling your mom suck it up. Why soldiers can't afford distraction five no personal possessions? No camera watch. No designer glasses six no personal freedom. No schedule. Go to bed get up. It's like, wow. That's that's rough. How many people to kinda rough? How many people think sometimes I wish I was in boot camp today? Right. We like our freedom butts soldiers can't afford the luxury of freedom. It's a distraction bid made bad mate. Now in our house. We have thirty two years happily married coming up amazing division of labor in our house last time. I. Made a bad. Seven eight eight. But in the military like, well, my mom makes my she's not here. Well, I don't make that you make pets here. See you. Don't get your individual thing, stricter laws with stiffer punishment and civilian life. They have to move every year have to carry out all orders, without expression of personal opinion. Do this. It doesn't make sense to be through it. You know? I just have some question do not speak. Right. And and. It's just one analogy. Sometimes we lose grace the version that I memorized from second. Timothy two says no soldier. In tangles himself with the fares of this life that hey may please the one that enlisted him as a soldier. And so we have we've been given a mission someone saying that we have a mission. And so we can't afford who's got who's got who's got a phone phone need a phone it bring my phone in here. Come on phone phone don't act like you, don't got no phone. I I know you got a phone get get you phone up your girlfriend come up, and and so so people get you probably never see this. Again, you. Do I love you? And you know, I do do you understand that you have one thousand seven hundred seventy nine unanswered emails. Okay. All right. You sit down now. And and and I gotta just say that I really respect you for that. And I wish that that was true of me, but I have zero. And and what that means is that I spend too much time like this. In fact, I had to go to our wonderful IT department. I to tell them take my Instagram. Take my Facebook, take my Twitter off my phone can't nnl it really delete that yourself. I tried that I would delete it off my phone, and then like ten days later, I would put it back on again and actually had to have them somewhere on my phone or something hidden my apps store, I can't even handle an apps store anymore because I get distracted. And I'll get a spare moment and instead of just thinking. About the grace. What's happening? What's happening? Oh, come on. You know what I'm talking about? We all see the five people sitting at a dinner table, right? And they're all looking at their phone, right? Oh, they must be so close. And since when did talking to someone who is in with me, get better than talking to someone who is with me can the church say, Amen. And I just use it as an illustration. We are distracted people and how many mornings last week. Did you get up make your bed? Do your personal hygiene play get downstairs get a Cup of coffee. You know? And here's the thing. You're in your car, you're off into your day. But you're not strong in the grace. You've taken no time to center your life to look up to be refreshed. You know, the bible says that the word of God washes us, and we're going out physically clean, but spiritually still cluttered. Soldiers don't do that. They're on, you know, soldiers you, if you could see them, you can picture them in the trench in the battle scene. You don't see a lot of them going. I think I'm going to text my sister. Sure falls because they can't afford to be distracted. There's too much on the line. I can't afford to mess with those things. And so here Paul saying the Timothy, bro, I'm gone outta here. I'm just going to tell you endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. And don't get distracted to get distracted. If you've got too much of all of this. You're not gonna have enough of this. And you're not going to be strong in the grace. Here's the third thing. Check this verse with me loved ones verse five. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules, right? So no matter how successful you are on the field of endeavor. If you break the rules, people think you're lame, right? Check check this. But you know, who that is. This is all four of those athletes were exceedingly successful on the field of competition. But they are not known for what they accomplished. How many home runs they hit how many races they won? How many competitions? They got the gold. How many tournaments they held up the trophy bay are not known for that. They're known as cheaters cheater your jeeter. No, one cares. What you got done. If you're a cheater and nothing. Will tube your life faster? Then cheating on this. God loves you. How many times have I told you these are God's rules for your life. They lead for happiness. It's okay. If you struggled this week to keep these rules, but repentant turn to God that your sins may be blotted out the times of refreshing may come from the presence of Lord don't go on like that. And let a river of joy and delight wash away those things that you regret and come back under the grace that flows to a humble, heart confessing failure and athlete does not crown less. He competes according to the rules. So that's the athlete. Principal. Did. I say it play by the rules play by the rules. You know, I used to thunder this as a preacher. I could weep as I say today Galatian six seven be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever. A man sows. He reaps whatever you plant you harvest, God will make sure, but he's not gonna let you mock him. He wants to flood you with grace. So. I want the grace. Why am I losing it because there's a hole in the boat. How did that get their teacher principal transfer? What I learned soldier principle. Focus on the mission athlete. Principal play by the rules. This is probably most to the point four th one farmer. Principal farmer principle. Farmer. Principal seed yourself first. Feed yourself first farmers know that I'd like to if it's possible this morning, I'd like to reach into the immense personal experience. I have with farming bring some of those lessons out for us. Farmers here today, which way more farmers in our church. My grandfather was farmer. My dad kind of. Food around with farming. But imagine for a moment that we're all farmers when the New Testament was written everybody got this right away. Imagine that you had a farm with how many acres hundred you've got a hundred acres got one hundred acres, and what would be a great crop of mid west of corn. How many bushels of corn would be awesome summer for an acre? You know, do you know? You know? Crazy good. I think would be like one fifty hundred fifty bushels per acre. You got one hundred acres. How many bushels you got? I think it's fifteen thousand okay. Fifteen thousand bushels great summer. I love being a farmer. So you know, what we're gonna do this year? We're gonna take all fifteen thousand bushels of corn tomorrow, and we're going to sell it all and then we're gonna have enough money to buy another hundred acres, and maybe Nick summer, we'll have thirty thousand bushels of Condado is very bad plan because you have livestock feed. And you gotta turn some of that into groceries for your family. It's going to be a long winter. You can't take everything you get and turn it into output, the farmer that Labor's must be the first to partake of the fruits feed yourself, I feed yourself. I now I haven't hid from you. The. The fact that. The biggest construction project. In the history of this church is standing before you today. And there are a lot of things that I would love to do differently and better, and I'm so thankful for God's grace and for his patients pursuit of me. And I just feel like I'm just at a wonderful wonderful place, and I'm thankful to be able to say that the thing that I'm going to teach now is one of the things that I have done all along. I don't get up and preached sermons that I'm not working on. What I give to you on the weekend is not the only time that I've been in the bubble this week. I know that I have to keep my heart fed. I know that I have to keep my heart tender. Nothing worse than listening to a preacher. Who's feeding everybody else? But isn't fading himself. I'm just telling you, I would not be here today if I had lived that life. It is the nourishing of God's word in my own soul that has been the strength to persevere. And so if you don't have this I just want to say this to you can be out telling the world about Jesus, but starving your own soul. Give it a come to church James, and you feed me check. I do want to feed you, and I pray that this is a feeding. All right. But you gotta understand I'm that guy at that. Was that story got have a membership card to get in it? You know? Costco. Right. Does that will let you know? How many times I've been there? But I've been there once or twice. I love the part with the people with the little white things. Try this how many people like that? I mean, I mean, my wife is a membership card and she dragged me along call. I normally I'm not allowed to go shopping told you this because I buy stuff, but. But I get lost. And they're not scary there for her because he'll just get lost over there. I want another one of those super great and do you feel guilt? If you take the sample, but don't buy any. I do not. I do not feel that at all. And so. That's me. That's what I'm doing. Right now. I pray. That our time together in God's word is enough of a sample for you that it wets you're up tight, and you're like. I want more of that myself this week. I can't wait all the way till next weekend. Because I know that you being strong in the grace you experiencing times of refreshing. This is only the impetus for that. This is not that. And if you haven't had enough cycles yet of being so fired up about Jesus at church as you leave and losing it before Monday at noon, if you haven't had enough cycles of that yet. If you're not ready for that to be different yet. I can't get you there. But I'm going to try to get you there. And that's what times of refreshing is all about, and maybe you're brand new to this whole thing. And you've maybe you haven't even given your life to Jesus yet. Well, I'm not fearful for you to be in God's word. He'll meet you there. He'll show you who he is. And maybe you need to come back to this. Because you haven't been here for a very long time. Jot this down feed yourself, first or face the fallout. Farmers. No this. Feed yourself first or face the follow a couple more things just quickly and we'll close. So that's the big one strong in the grace. Eliminate the train here. It is exalted. The Lord verse eight he says three great words. Remember Jesus Christ. If you find yourself kind of distant from the Lord this morning. Remember Jesus Christ. It always goes back to that doesn't it get back to that cross? And then verse nine I love this anticipate the victory of his word. He says as risen from the dead. The offspring of David which means Jesus the rightful heir to the throne. In God's kingdom as preached in my gospel. This is Paul's message for which I am suffering. You don't hear a lot of sermons on that be faithful to the gospel? So you can suffer. But true words were never spoken and all live godly in Christ will suffer persecution Paul told Titus as priest in my gospel for which I am suffering bound with chains as a criminal. This the apostle Paul we're talking about here like numero Uno disciple after two thousand years, and he's imprison in chains for following Jesus. If that doesn't negate forever the notion that getting it right means life is easier. You're not paying attention. Getting it, right. Sometimes means suffering. He says for which I am suffering bound with chains as a criminal underlying this second underlining the passage for you. But the word of God is not bound, isn't that awesome? If what you really want is the message of the word to go out have no fear, even when you're suffering. Sometimes the word of God is going out through us more powerfully when we're suffering Martin Luther great him. A mighty fortress is our God a bulwark never failing. And then this this phrase the body. They may kill Luther said God's truth abides still. She can't stop the word of God. John Bunyan, John Bunyan is you know. He is the author of what book tick tock tick tock, right pilgrim's progress and Bundy was imprisoned in Bedford England with a little window at the top of his cell and a brick wall outside it, and he would stand up as tall as he could imprison, and he would preach his heart out the wall, and on the other side of the wall crowds gathered and thousands were converted and bunion said I am in prison. But the word of God is not bound. And no matter what you're facing or feeling. Anticipate remember Jesus Christ risen from the dead and -ticipant the victory of God's word. We're going to win we're going to win. We're gonna win. We're gonna win. You came to church today to be reminded. We're gonna win. No weapon formed against you will prosper. What does it say in some twenty-five, no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. That's where all this is going. And so to be strong in the grace eliminate the drain exalt. The Lord here's the last two. Endure the hardship and expect accountability. I'll let you study eleven through thirteen yourself. I'll just read verse ten. Endure hardship expect accountability. Under endure hardship verse ten therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect. It's remember this is for your children and grandchildren. This is for your extended family. This is for the people you love, you are enduring a lot, and you're absorbing a lot for the sake of the work of Christ. In your family. I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they may also taken the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is this saying is trustworthy. This was actually a little him in the early church. If we've died with him, we will also live with him. If we endure we will also reign with him. If we deny him he'll also deny us. There's the accountability. If we are faithless as we sometimes are he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself in then. 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The Staff of Jesus is Dry in America
"The following program is sponsored by the national prayer chapel. A slow fees the Oh swear more he Us to show. Oh me will be full with will be four. Welcome to pilgrim's progress. I wanna share. Just a couple of passages with you. And then i'm going to answer a couple questions that came in yesterday on our live. Chat in the live chat is up. And you're welcome to to comment there or ask questions. The title of the broadcast today is the staff of jesus is dry. In america i referred yesterday to the to the dry stick. That is the gospel in america. A false gospel has taken over our entire nation. Almost a hundred percent. I come crying out against this false gospel in two and a dry stick with very little response an evangelist said he went to fresno and did a an evangelistic campaign and thousand people responded and were born again and saved will no. They weren't a thousand. People may have responded but he led them through a sinner's prayer which is not biblical and he led them in the broad road. Not the narrow path not the narrow gate not the suffering gate. He brought them in the broadway and so they are welcomed into the house of the lord but the stick of the gospel is all dried up in america and a different jesus is now being taught. That's why the lord told me very specifically by the spirit that i had to teach and preach romans the six chapter verse five four if we have been united together in the likeness of his death. It does not safe. We've been united together in the likeness of his resurrection. It is being brought into his death. It is being crucified with christ. Certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection. We want the resurrection. But we don't want the death and the dying. Knowing this that our old man was crucified with him. The body of sin might be done away with that we should no longer be. Slaves of sin for he was died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with christ we believe that we shall also live with him but the modern church says you can live with jesus and continue to walk in your sin and you're saved save from what certainly not saved from sin and so. The modern church teaches that we enter into the resurrection with out during the crucifixion. So we enter into the resurrection with the old man alive and well and so the church looks like the world because the world moved into the church now. Some of you asked me the question yesterday. What about john bunyan. Do you agree with john. Bunyan as he speaks about imparted grace or imputed grace. That's not a real easy question to answer. And i need to give you some evidence before i quickly answer that question but what i want you to know. Is that this book by. Bunion is a very old book. It was published the first time in the sixteen hundreds sixteen sixty and it has been printed more than any other book. Save the bible itself and the old time preachers. Not think of preaching a sermon. Without having some reference to john bunyan. He was a staple. Now what. I want you to recognize today as i share. These things is that john bunyan would be in total disagreement with the modern church. Yes he was a reformed baptist but he was a holiness reformed baptist. George whitfield was also reformed in theology and there were those who tried to stir up a fight between he and john wesley and so they wrote back and forth to each other and totally settled the argument around the issue of imputed or imparted grace. By saying it's imputed to impart it. We must be holy to enter into heaven in truth in reality not a fictional grace but real grace and so john. Wesley and george whitfield came into total agreement on the necessity of holiness in the life. Jonathan edwards a great reformed pastor of the past with totally agree and would be in total disagreement with the modern church. Teaching that goes forth even on this radio station and on the f. m. band i'm the only one on the am or who is teaching with the old church believed about righteousness. So i want to read for you from the book. Pilgrim's progress as they talked together about. What the real gospel is. And you'll see that. What i'm teaching is in full agreement with what john bunyan taught. Now we use two different words. I use imparted. And he uses imputed but the end result is identical. Salvation is a free gift. It's not something i can earn. It is given to me by jesus christ and it totally regenerates and restores and makes me into a new creature not by works. But by the regenerating power the holy spirit as i cooperate with him and allow him to convict me caused me to repent and turn from my wickedness. Now the lord is told me that. I'm to preach romans six chapter. Would i'm going to share with you. Today is romans the six chapter and he told me that. I was to call the church in america to be crucified with christ to be baptized to die out. Were they could not enter into glory and he said speak tenderly to my church. Tell them what they must do. Any promised that the holy spirit would begin to give life to the staff of jesus and that would bud and blossom and bear the fruit of righteousness in america. I stand by faith. He will do that. Christian and hopeful. Pardon me are having a discussion. Let's listen in christian began. Saying i will ask you. A question hopeful. What made you decide to start this journey. That is the journey from the city of destruction to the celestial city. Do you mean to ask how. I i became concerned about the condition of my soul hopeful question. Yes that's what i mean. Hopeful- began for a very long time. I was delighted with all the things that you could see in by vanity fair. I'm certain that had. I continued in this way. I would have been drowned. In prohibition and destruction will what kind of things are you talking about. All the treasures enriches of the world. Hopeful said also i delighted in rioting and revelling and drinking and swearing and lying and cleanness and all the other things that destroy the soul but one day i began to hear and consider things that are that are divine which i heard from you and the beloved faithful who was put to death for his faith and the testimony of his good life in vanity fair. I was convinced that the end of these things is death. And that for these things sake come with the wrath of god upon the children of disobedience and did you immediately come under the power of this conviction no i was not immediately willing to acknowledge the evil of sin or the damnation that follows sinning when my mind began to be stirred up by the word. I tried to shut my eyes to the truth of it. What kept you from understanding. That god was working through his blessed. Holy spirit to bring you to himself. Well the reasons are as follows. First of all. I was ignorant that this was the work of god in my life since i never imagined that god begins his work of conversion in a centers life by awakening him to his sin. Then there was the appeal that since still held over my flesh was reluctant to abandon it. Another reason i refused then to repent is that i did not want to part ways with my old companions whose company and entertainment. We're very desirable to me. And finally the times in which i came under the conviction of sin were so troublesome and so frightening that. I did everything. I could to cast these times out of my memory. Then there were times when you were not troubled in your mind and soul. Oh yes hopeful. Sit that is true but would creep back into my mind and then my soul would be troubled as it was before or even worse. What was it that brought your sins to mind again. Well many things such as the following. If i met a good man in the streets or i heard the bible being red or of my head eight or if i was told that some of my neighbors were sick or if i heard the bell toll for the dead or if i thought i was dying myself if i heard about someone sudden death and lastly the thing that brought my sin to mind and troubled my soul worse than all of these was that i thought to myself that i must quickly come to judgment. Pardon me and when these things reminded you of your sin christian stated could you not find relief from the sense of guilt that your sin caused no. I could not if i even thought about returning to one of my previous since my conscience would torment me. Well then what did you think. I thought about changing my ways. Afraid that if i did not i would be damned in. Did you try to change your ways. Oh yes not only did i flee from my sin and from simple company also. I took religious duties such as prayer and bible reading and weeping for my sin speaking the truth to my neighbors and so on. I did all these things and many others to too numerous to relate and did this give you peace of mind. Yes for awhile but the end my my troubles came tumbling back upon me again. Despite all my reformation how did that come about since you were now reformed. Several things brought it about. I began to read in my bible where it says things like all our righteousness is filthy. Rags and by the works of the law. Shall no man be justified and when we shall have done all these things say we are unprofitable and many other. Such things then began to reason with myself if all of my righteousness is filthy rags. If by the deeds of the law no man can be justified. And if when we have done all we can. Do we remain still unprofitable. Then it's folly to think i will enter heaven by keeping the law. It also occurred to me that if a man runs hundred pounds into debt with a shopkeeper and then begins to pay cash for everything else. He purchases while leaving the old debt unpaid the shopkeeper can rightfully sue him and cast him into prison until he pays all of his pass debt. How did you apply this to self christian. Ask why. I thought about how great a debt of sin. I'd run up in god's book. And who even. If i reformed myself i could not pay off the past debt. So how could i be freed from the damnation that i brought upon myself by my former transgressions. Good application said christian. Go on well. Another thing that troubled me is that when i carefully looked into my new best efforts i saw that they were still mixed up was sin. I was forced to conclude that. Even if i could conceivably ignore all passan's including the center of pride and conceit. I had myself because of my former. Good deeds i have committed enough sin in one of my most recent good duties to send me to hell even if my former life had been somehow found. Faultless what did you do then do. I couldn't figure out what to do until i shared my concern with faithful for. He and i were well acquainted. He told me that. Unless i could obtain the righteousness of a man who had never sinned neither my own righteousness nor all the righteousness of the world could save me. Did you think he spoke the truth. Had you told me this. When i was pleased and satisfied with my reformed life. I would have called him a fool for his pains. But since i was now aware of my own weakness and the sin that cleaves to my best performance. I was forced to believe his opinion. But did you think when he suggested it to you that there was a man of whom it might justly be said that he never committed any sin. I must confess that the word sounded strange at first but after keeping company and talking with faithful i fully believe that there was such a man and did you ask him who this man was in how. You could be justified by him. I wanna stop just a moment. The were justified is an old english word and the old english words meaning was to make righteous clear with you in the greek. The word translated justified for the new testament is dick suny and it means to make righteous now in the old testament the same word meaning was to cover but he bruce's the tenth. Chapter is very clear that bulls and goats could never remove our sin and so they were covered. But the blood of jesus removes our sin. Paul also means that when he says you must die with christ you must be crucified. The old man must die on. The old man is dead because it can't reform itself. It can only participate in some of the good works. And you recognize that most in the body of christ today have reformed their pagan hearts but they have never entered into jesus christ and this is what must change in america and this is what will cause the staff of jesus to burst into blossom and bear fruit when the holy spirit begins to get hold of a man or a woman and turn their heart but it is the work of the holy spirit. Yes hopeful replied. He told me it was the lord. Jesus who sits on the right hand of the most high. He told me that. I could be justified or made righteous by him if i would trust in what he himself had done in the days when he lived on the earth when he suffered in hung on the tree. I asked him hell. That man's righteousness could be effective to justify another before. God faith will replied that. Jesus was the mighty god having done what he did. And dime the shameful death not for himself but for me who deserted instead if i would believe in him and what he had done for me then his worthiness would be imputed to me. Well let's stop a moment. You can already know by what i've read to you. That john bunyan believed in being made righteous. The question is how is a man made righteous. And if you read more with me of bunion you would find that. A man is made righteous by jesus christ as a free gift when we are crucified. With christ when we enter into the death of christ we then can be brought into the resurrection of jesus and we are done with sin now just as a philosophical matter. It is impossible for one man to give his righteousness imputing to another jesus imparts real righteousness to us as evidenced by what. I'm reading. That bunyan believed that a man was made righteous. What then did you do. Hopefully said i objected to his argument. Because i thought the man was not willing to save me from my sins so how did faithful replied that. He told me that to go to him and see for myself. And i objected that it would be presumptuous. But he said not to be for. I had been invited to come. And then he gave me the book of jesus to encourage me to freely come to jesus faithful told me that the words of this book including the smallest detail stood firmer than heaven. Earth then. I asked him what must i do when i come to him he answered. I must plead upon my knees with all my heart and soul that the father reveal jesus to me then i ask him further how must i make my supplication to him and he said that if i go to him i would find him upon the mercy seat where he sits all the year long to give pardon and forgiveness to those who come. I told him that. I didn't know what to say. When i came faithful told me to say the words to this effect god be merciful to me a sinner and make me to know and believe in jesus christ for see that if righteousness had not been offered or if i had no faith in that righteousness i am utterly cast away by by the lord. I've heard that you are a merciful god and have ordained that your son jesus christ should be the savior of the world moreover you are willing to give him for a poor center like me and i am a sinner. Indeed lord take their for this opportunity and magnify your grace in the salvation of my soul to your son. Jesus christ so did you do what he asked you to do. Oh yes right then and many times over and did the father reveal his son to you. Well not i. Nor the second or the third nor the fourth or the fifth no nor the sixth. What did you do. Why didn't know what to do. Did you think that you might stop. Pray yes a hundred times and what was the reason you did. Not i believe that would faithful had told me was true without the righteousness of this christ all the world could not be saved therefore i thought to myself if i stop praying i will die and only wished to die at the and i only wish to die at the throne of grace. You get that again. It takes to romans the six chapter. You have to die at the throne of grace and it doesn't usually happen with one request. It doesn't happen with polite. Little sinner's prayer. It takes time weeping searching the sole confessing the sin and with these words that came into my mind though with terry wait for it because it will surely come. It will not terry. So i continued praying until the father showed me his son. If you read the book by resells the intercessor by norman grubb. You'll find the same thing. The old timers all believed that. If you would go to jesus and you would confess your sins and ask to have. The father reveal jesus to you not the first time at the second. Not the third you have to terry. That's why john. Wesley setup the mourners bench to cry out to jesus. Now i do want to share one thing. Mike sent me a a message on the on the webpage today sing. It took him a year. I think it was another one of you kylie. Who said it took her a year. It does not need to take a year to die out but it depends on how serious we are and how intently we pursue this with. Jesus some die out and have finished in an hour. Some who have walked in deep sin. It may take a week. I know what's going to happen soon as the staff of jesus begins to bud with almonds. I know that what's going to happen. Is that people are going to become very very serious about their souls condition and there will be much weeping and crying. There will be much much fierce. They see their salvation slipping away and they will cry out to the lord. That only happens is the holy spirit comes and begin. Surreal reveal to us the fullness of our sinful condition some of you have no clue about your sinful condition. You think you're fine. You're on your way you're saved but you came in by the way of the broad road you've got to go back and come into the narrow gate suffering gate the groaning gate. Will you finally deal. Honestly with god about your sin and you die out to this modern church. I've invited you to come to the national per chapel. That's a fearful thing for many of you who live in the washington dc area. Because you really don't want to get that serious about your sin because you know if you come to the per chapel. We're going to immediately begin to deal with you on the question of your sinfulness. Because we want you to see jesus and be made righteous and join with us in praying and crying allowed for god to save the city so christian asks hopeful was he revealed to you will. I did not see him with my bodily is but with the eyes of my understanding and it happened like this one day i was very sad probably sadder than ever before and this sadness resulted from a fresh glimpse of the great depth and vileness of my sins. I was expecting nothing but hell and the everlasting damnation of my soul. Suddenly i saw the lord. Jesus look down from heaven upon men say believe on the lord jesus christ and you will be saved but i replied lord. I am a great and very great center. He answered my grace's sufficient for you. But i said but lauren. What is believing than i understood from the scripture that believing and coming with the same thing he that come with to me. She'll never hunger and he that believe with on me she'll never thirst. Thus those who have come to jesus who have run wholeheartedly to christ for salvation have indeed believe in christ and then i wept and i ask again lord will you indeed except in save even such a great center as i am and i heard him say he that. Come with to me. I will in no wise cast out. Then i asked but how can i know that my faith is truly placed upon you and he said christ jesus came into the world to save sinners he is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. He died for our sins and rose again for our justification. He loved us in washed us from our sins in his own blood. He is the mediator. Between god and man he ever lives to make intercession for us from all of this. I understood that. I must look for righteousness in his person and for sanctification for my sins by his blood. I must believe that what he did. In obedience to the father's law in submitting to the penalty of sin was not for himself but for him who will accept it for his salvation and be thankful finally. My heart was full of joy. My eyes full of tears in my affections running over with love for the name the people and the ways of jesus christ. This was a revelation of christ to your soul. Indeed christian confirmed but tell me also what what particular effect has this had upon your spirit. Hopeful said it made me consider that this world notwithstanding all the good things and noble deeds in it is in a state of condemnation. It made me see that. God the father though he is perfectly just and thus must punish all sin can rightly justify the center who comes to him in his son. It made me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life and confounded me with the sense of my own ignorance. I want you to notice what he's saying he's saying it made me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life not current life. He's no longer walking in sin. Did christian make mistakes on this journey. Yes and ended up in the in the dungeon with the giant and many according to bunion. Did not escape that in died that he held the promises of god and walked out of that jail and escape from the giant despair. He writes it. Makes me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life and confounded me with the sense of my own ignorance. It is first of vileness of life and secondly it is an ignorance in our hearts. The prevent us from fleeing to the father for salvation. In jesus christ for until that moment i had never once been filled with the thoughts of the beauty of jesus christ it made me love a holy life and long to do something for the honor and glory of the name of the lord. Jesus yea i thought that. If i had now a thousand gallons of blood in my body i could spill it all for the sake of the lord. Jesus that's from pilgrim's progress. I wanted to read it to you so that you could hear a different way than what i say. But he's saying the same thing that we come to the father through. Jesus we come with our sin. We come in our ignorance in the vileness of our heart and as we die out that as we are crucified. With christ we enter into life and the joy of the salvation of the lord and it's not burdensome. It's not hard. God is not a hard man. He said his his yoke was easy. His burden was light it soon. The heavy it's wickedness that is heavy it crushes us now. I'm just hearing in the spirit and not plan this. But i'm hearing in the spirit that there are some of you right now. Who need to begin this journey to crucifixion. And i'm going to ask you if you're on the youtube go to the live chat. And just put in pastor pray for me. I will begin the journey towards celebration real salvation. Not not the false gospel of our modern church. But you're saying today. I am willing to be crucified with christ and i will seek his face until that crucifixion is finished. And i am done just hearing there some of you day. Who are at that point where you're truly ready to begin the journey to jesus. You're tired of a guilty conscience. You're tired of the vile wickedness of your heart. You're tired of going back to the same old same old sin time after time. Would you testify to that that you will now seek jesus with all your heart until you are fully crucified with christ. Go to the live chat and just leave a message. I don't need your name. Just just go to the live. Chat and say i made that decision. I'm not saying you're saved. When you make that decision you're not you've begun the crucifixion. And when that's finished you'll enter into the joy of the lord. Now some of you call yourselves. Christians fact many of you do but you know you're still walking and sin. It's because you've not been crucified with christ when crucified with christ you a made righteous and you are set free from your sin. I'd like to pray please. Lord were almost out of time for this broadcast today. I just wanna come before your throne and lift up to you. The many men and women listening to this broadcast. Who has still not yet been crucified with you. They call themselves christians but the came via the broad road not the narrow path and lord today. They've heard very clearly that they need to go back to the narrow gate the suffering gate the groaning gate where they finally make the decision to fully give their life into your hands and ask you to make them righteous to impart to them. The true gift of salvation that they must be crucified with jesus before they can enter into your resurrection and lord. I know that many listening to this broadcast today have entered in. They think to your resurrection but they never entered into your death. They have not been crucified with you. Cheeses they're still full of arrogance and pride. They're still full of offense. They have no peace in their hearts and if they do have peace. It's a false peace. They have done their best to reform themselves. They have fought with temptation and with sin. Lord i'm asking. Would you extend your mercy. And begin to reveal to each of those precious ones the mildness of their own personal heart and the wickedness that will cause them to be damned and go to hell even while calling themselves. Christians will lord. I know that no one can into the kingdom of god. Who has not been crucified with you. I know those who have come into the broad road will face destruction lord. I'm praying. I'm praying for all of those listening to this broadcast and all of those who will listen on the internet. All of those who listened to the podcast lord. We desperately need you to step in for lord. Your staff is dry and almost totally bearing in america and lord were facing such crisis. But i know you love your church. And i know there are men and women who entered via the broad road who love you. Jesus in a way. But no. I'm asking you to save them. Lord i'm asking you to bring such a heavy conviction upon their heart and such a revelation of your glory and your righteousness that everything of their heart would be totally exposed and made plain to them that they would flee to you. Jesus for salvation. That the lies that they've been told by the modern church would be utterly broken and done away with lord. I thank you for those precious men and women that i know are listening. Who have been crucified with you. And you have poured your righteousness into their lives and they do heavier piece. Lord i'm asking you would strengthen them that you would encourage them that you would call them deeper into yourself. Jesus some like that have backslid and they've become lukewarm and you're about to spit them out if they don't return to their. I love lord. You said to the church at ephesus you have lost your i love. I know in the spirit that some of those listening today. jesus have lost their first love for you. They were crucified with you. They have followed you. But they're casual. They're comfortable with a modern church. They left their i love. There's no ardent expression of joy no ardent expression of. Oh god have mercy upon me lord. They're not crying out to you. They're casual they're diller's little of this little of that. Pray about this a little bit. Pray about that a little bit but never going into the depths of intercession and laying before you and weeping over america. lord i'm asking that you would awaken those precious ones. Who have left their. I love and i ask that you would return them to the glorious love. They had i when they were crucified. With you who god. I know that if you don't come they will be lost for in the times coming a man or woman who's casual about you even though once they walked with you they will be deceived and will drift away and they will be lost lord. I cry for your mercy today. In the name of jesus amen. You've been listening to pastor rick greenlee. This is progress. I need you if this broadcast is of value to you. I need you to support it financially. So that i can continue on this radio broadcast. I only continue is. Jesus moves in the hearts of his people to give and i'm very grateful several people twyla bill alberta. I could name many others mike. Reagan delib many of you have have given this month and so we were able to play. Pay last month's radio bill but we're way way behind for this month. We're already ten days in well please as the holy spirit calls you if you believe this gospel message and you believe it needs to go out over this city. Would you step in. 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You cannot enter into the resurrection until you have into the death. So we you allow the holy spirit to begin the process of bringing you fully into the death of jesus that you could be brought fully into the resurrection. My brother my sister grew out of time. I would love to meet you. And i'm praying that soon. I can announce a time and place where we could meet. I'd like to have some time just to meet each of you and to pray with you to give you a hug to stand by faith for what jesus is doing in this city is he brings revival and he is in the process of bringing revival. It looks like a dried out stick. But it's not brother. My sister i love you i entrust you into the hands of jesus and the holy spirit. God bless you. I'll talk to you sir.
What Jesus Most Treasures
"The following program is sponsored by the national prayer. Chambal come Every to two streams of never sees whole first song. change this Kidding she smith and to seize strange. Cau- excuse me She's Ooh is here's part hough choose the Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens blessed. The ones morning for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the humble for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness with they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful with they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will seek lot. Blessed are the peacemakers were they will be called sons of god. Blessed are the ones having been persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens the beatitudes we cannot separate the beatitudes from the rest of the sermon on the mount. Basically the beatitudes are the outline of everything he's going to say to us. Welcome to pilgrim's progress. I'm passed ray from the national per chapel. I wanna open some things for you today. That may start. Oh you that. I think you'll find them helpful if you can hear. Let's pray lord. I ask that you would give us yours. To hear an is to see that you would open our hearts that you would open our minds you would open your spirits that we could comprehend that we could apprehend that we could know you jesus and be filled with your glory. I pray in your name. A man we have to read and understand the beatitudes. The be happy attitudes in the context in which they're placed in the sermon on the mount. They are the very beginning of the message. They are the introduction to the entire sermon on the mount. Now it's very simple to pick one or two or all and give them our own humanistic interpretation that is not going to be helpful in this journey toward the celestial city. I want to show you what i mean. When he's finished outlining the beatitudes in matthew the fifth chapter versus three through twelve he immediately turns to another subject and it is a subject of warning. You are the salt of the earth but if the salt may become tasteless but what will it be made salty. It is good for nothing except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. So jesus outlines the attitudes and then he says look. If you don't walk through these and understand them you will be like salt that has become tasteless in that day. Salt was not of the same quality as it is today and it would lose its saltiness because it had impurities mixed into it and those impurities mixed into it caused it to lose its saltiness. It wasn't good for anything to be thrown out and people would walk on it. He saying you are the salt of the earth. You need bite. Salt has a bite to it. Oh it flavors but it has a bite if you lose the bite and what is the bite. Well let's continue verse fourteen. You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be concealed nor do they light a lamp and put it under the grain bucket but upon a lamp stand and it gives light all the ones in the house. You see. he's speaking about the same issue. So you must let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in the heavens in other words you have to be transformed person. If you're like the world you have lost your saltiness. There's no bite. There's no light in the world. if you're like the world do you light a lamp and put it under a grain bucket. No you purna limp so that it lights up the whole place. If there's no difference between you and the world you have lost your saltiness. Jesus is warning right at the beginning. Look now for seventeen. This is startling. Listen do not begin to think that i came to abolish the law or the prophets. I came not to abolish but to fulfill for truly. I save you until the heaven and the earth may pass away one. I owed or one stroke by by may by no means pass away from the law until all things have come to pass consequently if any person may break one of these least commandments and may teach men to do so he will be called least but the kingdom of heaven but whoever may do and may teach them this man will be called by the kingdom of heaven for i say to you that unless your righteousness make seed that of the scribes. And the pharisees you might you may by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens now. He's saying something very startling here. The common theme of the modern church is that god loves you unconditionally. That you're going to always be a center in other words. You're always going to be without salt. You'll always have no real light to put on the lamp stand because you have no real righteousness. Look jesus came to save us from our sins but he also came according to i john to destroy the works of the devil. Where are the works of the devil. Moshe manifest in the human life in the wickedness of the human heart. So as we look at these beatitudes we need to understand they. If attained will bring a saltiness to our life and we will not be no. We will not cast the law aside. Some of you believe. I'm shaking my head in the leaf. I'm i'm incredulous. Some of you have been taught by wicked men even though some honest men who are just deceived and women that you can never leave your sin. Well if you can never leave your sin you can never be saved because to be saved as to be safe from wickedness from sin. Jesus does not soften the standard of righteousness increases it now. It's clear and i shared this yesterday. If you have not listened please go back and listen to yesterday's message. It's very clear that the law cannot bring righteousness it instead brings condemnation and there is no condemnation for those who are in christ. Jesus romans the chapter so there is a standard of righteousness that comes from god from source outside of the law and that is by the faith of jesus christ we are made righteous by the faith of jesus christ as we place our trust in his atoning blood. There is a total transformation. That happens in our lives. So if we're going to understand the beatitudes we have to understand that they will result in making us very very salty. It will cause us to be brilliant with light. They will cause us to be filled with the glory of god. We're going to talk about what that will look like. But let's just quickly review the very beginning place for salvation. The entry way into the kingdom of god is to begin to have great conviction regarding the wickedness of my human heart. That's what i read for you. Out of john bunyan as christian begins to read the word and conviction begins to come upon him. He recognizes that if there is not a dramatic change in his life he is going to go up in flames. His city is going to go up in flames and his family will be destroyed as well. If you don't understand that you have not yet begun with the. I b attitude. That is the beginning place where jesus starts the gospel message. The other wickedness of the human heart the grinding poverty of the human heart very concerned today. Because we live in a hookup culture. God gave us sexuality now. What are we going to do with that sexuality. Are we going to allow it to be perverted. You understand that when people get together sexually they are dealing with the most sacred part of a man or woman's heart they are dealing with the very essence of what it means to be human. And if we live a life of sexual uncleanliness as one cereal for an educator said to me i wake up in the morning pastor and i have a different woman in bed every week or every day. I don't know. I don't know what her name is. I have to really think to to remember what her name is. I picked her up somewhere and and we had sex and we slept together and his heart had grown very cynical and very hard and very bitter. That's what happens when we violate the most precious thing that god has brought into our lives sexuality now we go the other direction and we can say sexuality is wrong. I'm just gonna shut down my sexuality my my most intimate desire and my heart for union with another person. I'm going to just shut it down. Then we have to deal with masturbation we have to deal with with unclean cleanness look shut everything down and then we have to begin to ask the question. What do i do with the most intimate part of my soul. How do i deal with this. What does it mean to be human. It certainly does not mean to use another person for my own lust. It certainly does not mean to comfort myself with masturbation or some other form of sexual pleasure know sexuality for god means to human beings who are eligible to be together come and form one body one spirit and they produce children as one man said if you don't have children what is your life four. That's one of the major accomplishments of life is to have children and then to raise them in such a manner that they will serve jesus and then to have that family unit of fellowship and love and safety. That's the basic building block of the human society and it all centers around our sexuality. Is it any wonder the devil has gone after sexuality in such a rabid way to convince us we should sin against almighty caught and against our own bodies. Well when we come to blessed are the poor in spirit it involves everything. That's in her life. The loneliness the fear. The discouragement the lack of success and finally some people deal with this by just saying i'm checking out i'm committing suicide. I'm finished your done a believe. That's the cowardly way out. And it is the way of darkness senate says that satan has finally one and you have walked on his ground so long. You finally a to him okay. I'll join you in hell. There's another way. Take that grinding. Poverty of spirit into to begin to honestly admit our condition to have the courage to look honestly my life. And frankly if you look honestly at your life and you've not been through this process that jesus describes you will be brokenhearted and you will weep. And he's saying that if you begin this work here. You will attain unto the kingdom of heaven. Penitence is the beginning of the journey toward heaven. Then you will mourn over your condition. You will weep and he says blessed are the ones morning they will be comforted. They'll be comforted by the holy spirit but they'll also be comforted by other christians who will love and cherish and walk with regardless of what the sin of the past life has been one sin is no worse than any other sin the sin of lying stealing cheating anger bitterness dissensions homosexuality fornication indecency carousing they're all sin and their sin. We will mourn over. But out of that time of morning will begin to flow at time of healing and that healing will result in a humble heart before almighty god and before my brothers and sisters no longer judging in condemning getting vengeance humble of heart humble of heart then blessed are the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness for innocence lord. I've got to walk in innocence. And it is a battle and then blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy all of these beatitudes blessed are blessed blessed blessed. These are all about the journey toward healing toward christ likeness now in mark. There's a story that i love. It's the story that took place in per neom by the lake by the sea of galilee. He's outta house. People here is there and they'd begun to come from all of the houses nearby people are looking for jesus because he's been healing their sickness. He's been talking to them about the god of heaven and the kingdom of heaven. He was preaching teaching and four men carried a paralytic young man and they wanted jesus to heal him but they could not get in the door. No one would give way to allow these four men to carry a paralytic on a stretcher. I mean in the house you can see. That would require many people moving out of the way they did not want to move out of the way but these four men were very precious friends and they were determined to get this man before jesus so they climbed the outside stairway up to the roof a flat roof. They calculated where jesus was seated as he was teaching and healing and they began to take apart the roof to break through the mud to break through. Whatever was that comprise this roof. You can imagine debris began to fall on jesus and the people and probably some people were pretty upset by this but they made an opening large enough to lower this man by ropes down to jesus jesus seeing the faith of these four friends said that this young man this paralytic jesus said the am child or used a term of endearment. You said your sins have been forgiven now. The words used in the greek stewards and they have a spatial meaning. Epo means from away from the other word also is spatial meaning to totally remove. This is vital for you to hear this man is brought before jesus and he says your sins have been removed far away from you. I have remove your sins. We usually say i've forgiven and forgiven is a technical term. Means to write off your sins. This is much more than that. The sins are actually removed from him. The wickedness is removed from him. Now there were some scribes from pharisees. They were sitting there. They were watching this and they said to themselves. Why does this man speak blasphemies. Who is able to remove sins. Except one god will. They were right. Only god can remove sins. But jesus is god jesus knows in his spirit with. They're saying to themselves in their minds and he says to them. Why are you reasoning. These things in your hearts which is easier to say to the paralytic your sins have been removed or to say you must rise and you must take up your palate and you must walk but so that you may know that the son of man has authority upon the earth to remove sins to the paralytic. I saved you. You must get up. Take up your mat your palate and go home and immediately. The man is raised up. He is totally healed and restored. He picks up the stretcher. He's been laying on and they make way for him as he goes out of presence of everyone he walks out the door in. Everyone was glorifying. God now please. Don't focus on the amazing miracles of healing. That happened many times but understand. Jesus is making a very clear statement of reality. He has the power to remove your sins from your life. There are two astonishing. Works of grace that god does for us. I want to identify those two works of grace from the scriptures clearly described in the book of i. John verse john. The first chapter. I'm going to begin with verse nine. If we may be in agreement with god if we may be in agreement with god with respect to our sins he is faithful and righteous so that he may remove the sins with reference to us and make cleanse us from every conceivable unrighteousness there to works of grace. The condition for these two works of grace is that we come in the be attitude and recognize the grinding poverty of our spirit are lost. Nece our cynicism our anger we recognize the spiritual condition of our soul and john. The apostle writes if you recognize that bitterness of your heart. If you identify the wickedness of your spirit and you come an agreement with god with respect to your sins you say yes. That is who i am. I'm cynical and bitter angry. I'm i'm homosexual drunkard. I'm a cheater a meth. I'm filled with pride on filled with arrogance. Whatever the situation is we come in full agreement with god about it. Says he is faithful and righteous so that he may remove the sins with reference to us and may cleanse us from every conceivable unrighteousness. So the first step is to meet the condition of recognizing our condition before a holy god. That's where jesus starts in beatitudes number one. Secondly we recognize our condition and he removes the sin. Like you did from paralytic now. We have corrupted the word justification. We've said that justification only means past sins are forgiven. And we've said sanctification then is the work of a lifetime. I disagree totally. That's not what the scriptures teach. That's what the modern church teaches. Jesus instead teaches that he will remove to take far from us our sin that includes wiping away our past guilt but it also includes making us righteous so that we no longer desire to walk in sin if you read the writings of jonathan edwards as i have or you read the writings of john wesley george whitfield and many others charles finney they will all teach the same thing they will teach very plainly that to be born from above john. Three with nicodemus to be born from above knee means to be made into a new creature. In christ jesus but then there is yet a second work that must be accomplished in our hearts according to i john and that is that he may cleanse us from every conceivable unrighteousness. In other words we must be entirely sanctified. It's not the work of a lifetime. We are sanctified in the same way that we are justified by faith in jesus christ in his blood. It's a free gift. But in wesley experience and in other great men of the past and women of the past there are two works of grace. The first is to be born from above and to be given the power to no longer walk in sin. The second work of grace is to be absolutely totally completely cleansed of the old man of the carnal nature to have it removed from our lives from our hearts and this happened. And we'll get into this probably tomorrow. This happened at pentecost for the disciples with the in filling of the holy spirit for he came to teach them to comfort them to reorder their inner being. These two works of grace are denied by many who say that when they were converted. They were filled with the holy spirit. They were not the holy spirit was in them. The holy spirit was. They're dealing with their hearts but until this final work of cleansing is done. Pentecost is necessary for every christian and we have lost our saltiness in the church today because we have denied both the first and the second works of grace and we have corrupted the word. Grace to mean a covering your christians. Beautiful christians who will say sins are all covered. No they're not. Your sins are not covered in the new covenant. In the new covenant. Your sins are removed. They're removed the totally gone. There's no longer a memory of them. And then the second work of grace a total inner cleansing a reshaping of the man in the new form of crush. Jesus an operating in the power to witness and a minister in the name of jesus christ. Now there's another passage galicians the fourth chapter. I'm sorry galicians. Fifth chapter read carefully versus thirteen through twenty five. But i wanna call special attention to burst twenty four. In fact the one who are of christ crucified the flesh with the passions and the us if we live in the spirit we should also walk in the spirit. This is why. I'm so strong in my emphasis that we must be baptized in the fullness of the spirit. Now there's another passage. I wanna look at you in the book of jude and i urge you. If you haven't recently just the book of jude one chapter but a powerful book. I'll begin reading in verse five now. I want you to recall you. Once knew this that the lord having saved a people out of the land of egypt afterward he brought to ruin the wants. Not having believed if you refuse to believe and act on the cleansing power of the blood of jesus christ and you claim that your sins are only covered and that you continue to sin until the day you die you will like the children of israel because you are refusing to believe the good news of the bloods power to cleanse totally to remove your sin and to cleanse you totally. You are like the children of israel who refused to enter into the promised. Land re carefully. He bruce the fourth chapter. I want you to see. These people began the journey with the lord. God of heaven but they could not finish it. The church today has begun the journey with jesus but we have not as a church in america finished that journey because we have been taught lies. Disabling lies that have prevented the healing power of the blood of jesus from doing that. Second work of grace described over her. First john one nine and in romans the six chapter yes while we were yet sinners christ died for us. But it's not enough to your sins forgiven removed you must also be totally cleansed and that is not a work of introspection. Hear me clearly. It's a work of faith and calling that which is not as it were allowing the holy spirit full reign. The children of israel died in the wilderness because they would not enter the promised land because they would not believe that it was possible verse six and so the angels not having kept their own domain but having abandoned their own positions he kept any ternal bonds under darkness for judgment with respect to the great day. So angels who were. Once in god's presence cast out because they walked in there sin you have your sins forgiven. You claim your saved but you refuse the cleansing work of the holy spirit in your heart. You will be like these angels cast into a prison for the final day of judgment as sodom and gomorrah and the city surrounding them. Having indulged in immorality have been gone after different flesh in a similar manner to those angels. They live before all as an example undergoing the penalty of eternal fire so he saying the cities of sodom goro. They chose to walk in their sin. And god used the fire to consume them. So here we have three examples. We have the children of israel who refuse to believe that god would do what he said he would do. The angels who had been in god's presence choose to walk in their sin sodom and gomorrah who had the testimony of lot insisted on continuing in the wickedness of their lives and they were destroyed. Jesus said over here. You are the salt of the earth but at the salt may become tasteless. By what will it be made salty again. it is good for nothing except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. If you refuse the cleansing work of god after you have said yes. I trust jesus to wipe away my sins. I will trust jesus to give me the new birth and then you refuse to believe jesus that he will cleanse you entirely the he will sanctify you through and through. You refuse the second work of grace. She's saying your outcome is going to be the same. As the children of israel the same as the angels who left their high place came down the same as sodom and gomorrah. My brother my sister. This is so serious. See the law will not bring you. Righteousness only jesus can bring you. Righteousness innocence only. He can forgive your past sins and remove them from you and make you into a new creature. One that never before existed one of a kind you before a holy god if you then reject the flow of the beatitudes and refuse to accept a pure heart you refuse to be merciful. You refuse to be a peacemaker instead. You're a troublemaker. Build with her against pride. Then you too will be cast out. Some of you have insisted on owning yourselves. And you're going to have to decide. As i said last week and at the beginning of this week if you have stolen yourself from god you must return yourself to him. You're not your own your body to price. You are to be the temple of the holy spirit to be the temple of the holy spirit you must have your sins removed and you must be entirely cleansed. The holy spirit will not move into a dirty house. He will cleanse it by the blood of jesus as a free gift. This is not a work of of the law. It is a work of absolutely trusting in. Jesus christ being consumed by jesus being filled with the glory and wonder of jesus he did not come to destroy the law. He came to fulfill it and he wants to fulfil that law in your life. He wants to make you truly righteous and holy and we must be more righteous than the scribes. And the pharisees who kept an outward law but inside were full of dead men's bones. Some of you today. Call yourselves christians but inside you're full of fornication pornography you're full of bitterness and anger and rage your full of all kinds of cleanness and yet you say i love jesus and accepted him as my savior and i'm on my way to heaven. No you're not. Both of grace must be accomplished in your life. You must have your sins forgiven. And you must be entirely cleansed and made clean by the holy spirit. It is necessary for every christian to be baptized in the holy spirit. That is an absolute certainty from the word of god and of course we upper perhaps and we say how can i be baptized in the spirit. I can't do it to myself. No you can't has to be done by. God's supernatural work of grace. May i tell you this you cannot even be saved and have your sins forgiven by work of the law to be saved in. Jesus is a supernatural work of grace. It is out of his mercy. It is out of his abounding kindness. And love for you and you receive salvation. In the same way you receive the cleansing of every conceivable sin. You receive that by faith in the blood of jesus. It is not a work of the law. So we're keb grace will out of time for today. I prayed this been helpful to you if it has. I'd love to hear from you please. 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A King Who Had No Clothes
"The following program is sponsored by the National Prayer Chapel There's nothing worth more chrome thing income income you own listen. I've tasted DANC- sweetest shame as talk canals shame you yeah ah in God as Long uh-huh welcome to pilgrim's progress one of the reasons. This broadcast cast is called Pilgrim's progress has to do with the belief that John Bunyan held that the journey to heaven was the journey. It was a horizontal line. Oh it was traveling up but it was a horizontal line today many think of the Gospel not as a horizontal line but as a vertical line and they understand that when we passed that one point when we say Jesus Lord and we say a little sinner's prayer and the pastors of taught at that point you're saved and you're you're on your way to heaven and that you can send after that but you're still saved because you pass that one key test of saying yes. I'll believe in Jesus. That's not what the Scripture describes in scripture. It's a journey. We're going to talk about that journey. I WANNA share with Hugh today again. In Review Part of acts the eighth chapter. Let me just read the story for you. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there and when the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did they all pay close attention to what he said with Shrieks Evil Demons came out of many many paralytic and cripples were healed so there was great joy in that city now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great and all the people both high and low gave him their attention and exclaimed. This man is the divine bovine power known as the great power they followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic but when they believed Philip and he preached the good news of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. They were baptized. Both men and women notice that is a water baptism. Simon himself believed and was baptized is D- And he followed Philip everywhere astonished by the Great Signs and miracles he saw when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God they sent Peter and John to them when they arrived they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit that design number two because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus and then and Peter and John placed their hands on them and they received or were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The word received is used in scripture in the same manner as baptized is used when when Simon saw that the spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles hands he offered them money and said give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit Peter answered may your money perish with with you because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money you have no part or share in this ministry because your heart is not right before your God repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord and perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart why see that you are full of bitterness captive to sin then Simon answered pray to the Lord for me so that nothing that that you have said May happen to me and when they had testified in proclaim the word of the Lord Peter and John Returned to Jerusalem preaching the Gospel in many Samaritan villages. I read the story I'm mm astounded by it and what so astonishes me about it is the is the power that is evident and the purity. Jordy that is evident purity from sin and when a man comes and is baptized illegitimately they should not have baptized Simon. He's a sorcerer and he repented but he wasn't clean his heart still held great bitterness he was still captive to ascend he was still in bondage and he tries to by the Holy Spirit. Now what's plane is that was the baptism in the water but it was was also the baptism in the Holy Spirit and these were two separate events both were necessary on this journey toward heaven. This is not a one time thing be baptized in water and now you're on your way to heaven or just the sinner's prayer and now you're on your way to yes. You are on your way but you're not there yet now. When I look at this my heart goes very sad now. What I'm going to say may offend and some of you in does I'm truly sorry I would not attempt to discourage any of you from this journey with Jesus Rhesus but I wanNA tell you I've been a Christian all my life. I majored in college and a Christian College and Theology and Communications. I went under seminary and received my masters of Divinity Energy. I have taken countless hours of advanced training in psychotherapy and in other helpful helpful things for the gospel of Jesus but my life to me has been very disappointing. I have been disappointed in the church. I was disappointed ended as a child in the church when my mother and father would come home from a nominating committee meeting and thinking that I was asleep but I wasn't I was up listening and they were describing the bitter fights that would go on when I would see the politics of the church. My father used to say to me Ray. Don't ever pull the cover back because what you'll see is filth. He was right the politics and the corruption and the money in the business but that's not really what has disappointed my my heart. The most what is disappointed my heart the most is the absence of the power of God in the Church to touch and change the world and the people who claim to be Christians and I have so struggled with this and then finally I would throw the struggle off and I would go back to okay. I have have to go in the anointing and I have I have to work with what I have and so I will work hard but in my heart there's a great sadness for the church and for my own Christian walk in the church. I was praying about this this morning and a story came to mind please. I'm going to share this story with you. It's a famous one by Hans Christian Andersen the emperor's new clothes. I think it aptly describes the modern church in America many years ago. There was an emperor so exceedingly fond of new clothes that he spent all of his money on being being well dressed. He cared nothing about reviewing his soldiers going to the theater or going for a ride in his carriage except a show off as new clothes. He has a code for every hour of the day and instead of saying as one might about any other ruler. The king is in council here here. They always said the emperor's in his dressing room in the great city where he lived life was always happy every day. A many strangers came to town and among them one day came to swindlers. They let it be known that they were weavers. They said they could weave. Save the most magnificent fabrics imaginable not only were their colors and patterns uncommonly fine but clothes made of this cloth had a wonderful way of becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office or who was unusually stupid those would be just the closed for me thought the emperor if I wore them. I would be able to discover which men and my empire are unfit for their posts and I could tell the wise men from the fools yes. I certainly must get some of that stuff woven for me right away so he paid the two swindlers a large sum of money to start work at once they set up to looms and pretended to we've though there was nothing on the looms all the finest silk and purest old thread which they demanded went into their travelling bags. Will they work. The empty looms far into the night. I'd like to know how those weavers are getting on with the cloth cloth the emperor thought but he felt slightly uncomfortable when he remembered that those who were unfit for their position would not be able to see the fabric brick couldn't have been that he doubted himself yet. He thought he'd rather send someone else to see how things were going. The whole town knew about got to close the KLOSS particular power and all were impatient to find out how stupid their neighbors were. I'll send my honest old minister to the weavers. The emperor decided he'll be the best one to tell me how the material looks for. He's a sensible man and no one does his this duty any better so the honest old minister went into the room where the two swindlers sat working away at their empty looms heaven help me he thought as is flu wide open. I can't see anything at all but he didn't say so. Both the swindlers swindlers begged him to be so kind as to come near to approve the excellent pattern the beautiful colors they pointed to the empty looms and the poor old minister stared as hard as he dared. He couldn't see anything because there was nothing to see heaven. Have mercy thought. Can it be that I'm fool I have never guessed it and not a soul must know am. I unfit to be the minister it. I would never do to let on that. I can't see the cloth. Oh don't hesitate to tell us what you think of. It said one of the Weavers Oh it's beautiful it's enchanting. The old minister peered through his spectacles such a pattern what colors I'll be sure to tell the emperor delighted I am with it. We're pleased leased here that the swindlers said and they proceeded to name all the colors to explain the intricate pattern the old minister paid the closest attention so so that he could tell it all to the emperor and so he did the swindle is at once asked for more money more silk and gold thread to get on with the weaving but Dole went into their pockets. Not a threat went into the looms though they worked at their weaving as hard as ever the emperor presently sent another trustworthy official to see how the work progressed and how soon it would be ready. The same thing happened to him that had happened to the minister he looked and he looked but as there was nothing to see in the loom. Gooden see anything isn't it a beautiful piece of goods swindler ask him and they displayed described their imaginary pattern. I know I'm not stupid. The man thought so must be that I'm one worthy worthy of my good office that strange. I mustn't let anyone find it out. Though so he praised the material he did not see and he declared he was delighted. It'd with beautiful colors and the exquisite pattern to the emperor. He said it held me spellbound. All the town was talking of this splendid cloth and all the emperor and the emperor wanted to see it for himself while he was still still in the looms attended by a band of chosen men among whom were his two old trusted officials the ones who had been in the weavers he set out to see the two swindlers settlers he found them weaving with might and main but without threat in their loom magnificent said the two officials initials already duke. Just Look Your Majesty what colors would a design they pointed to the empty looms each supposing that the others could see the stuff. What's this thought the emperor I can't see anything the this is terrible. Am I a fool. Am I unfit fit to be the emperor. What a thing to happen to me of all people or it's very pretty. He said it has my highest approval and he nodded approbation bation at the empty loom. Nothing could make him say that he couldn't see anything his whole retinue stared and stared heard one saw no more than another but they all joined the emperor and exclaiming. Oh it's very pretty and they advised him to wear the clothes made of this wonderful for cloth especially for the great recession he was soon to lead magnificent excellent unsurpassed were bandied from mouth to mouth and everyone everyone did his best to seem well pleased the emperor gave each of the swindlers across to wear in his buttonhole and the title of Sir Weaver before the procession. The swindlers sat up all night and burn more than in six candles to show how busy they were finishing the emperor's new clothes they pretended to take the CL- The cloth off the loom and they made cuts in the air with huge scissors and it lasts they said now the emperor's new clothes are ready for him. Then the emperor himself came with his noblest nobleman and the swindlers each raised an arm as if they were holding something and they said these are the trousers here's the coat and this is the mantle naming each garment. All of them are as light as a spiderweb. One would almost think he had nothing lawn but that's what makes them MHM so fine. Exactly all of the nobleman agreed then they could see nothing for there was nothing to see if your Imperial Majesty will condescend to take your clothes off said the swindlers we will help you on with your new ones here in front of the the of the long mirror the emperor undressed and the swindlers pretended to put on his new clothes one garment after another they took him around the waist and seemed to be fastening something that was his train as the emperor turned around and round before the looking glass. How Will Your Majesty's New Clothes Look Aren't they. Becoming he heard on all sides that pattern so perfect. Those colors are so suitable. It is an magnificent outfit then the minister of public concessions announced. Your Majesty's canopy is waiting outside well. I'm supposed to be ready. The Emperor said that and turned again for one last look in the mirror. It is a remarkable fit isn't it. He seemed to regard his costume. With the greatest interest the nobleman who were to carry his train stooped low and reach for the floors. If they were picking up his mantle then they pretended to lift and hold this high. They didn't dare admit they had nothing to hold so off went the emperor in procession under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said Oh how fine are the emperor's new clothes. Don't they fit him to perfection and see his long train. Nobody would confess that he couldn't see anything for that would prove him either unfit for his position or fool no costume. Austin the emperor had ever worn before was ever such a complete and total success but he hasn't got anything anything on a little child said. Did you ever hear such innocent. Prattle said it's father and one person whisper to another with the child said he hasn't anything on a child says he hasn't anything on but he hasn't done anything on the whole town cried out at last the emperor shivered for he suspected they were right but he thought what this procession has to go on so he walked more proudly than ever as nobleman hilt hide the train there wasn't there at all. Hans Christian Anders Emperor who had Edna close the story chills my heart for seed the Church church with all of its finery. It's beautiful buildings in the pastures wearing either junk closed because says they want to just go and hang out with the congregation 'cause nothing important is going to happen there but they won't admit that or they're dressed rest up in their fine robes and they come striding down the aisle with their cross in their mantle. There's still nothing there. There's no power they have wonderful. Theology Jesus is risen. He is the Christ but where's the power. Where is the power our. Where is the purity if there's purity and there's no power what what are we doing this? I visited one church and the Deacon was chewing a big. Wad of tobacco. I said to him that's a filthy habit. How can you serve in the church and be responsible for setting up the sanctuary and for doing this doing that and still sin against the Holy Spirit he said come on what difference is there between my chewing and the pastures smoking his stogie okay his cigar lad to admit I couldn't find much difference. I'm very troubled. I'm very troubled. We have a church today that has no power and that has no cured and and if this continues much longer the church is going to collapse. It's held up right now by sentimental so called Christian music that is pretty much of the world hip hop and all kinds of rock and roll and all kinds of tilled up by concerts. It's held up by building campaigns to see who can build the most beautiful edifice. It seems as the church almost on every corner but worse the power. Where's the purity it's absent but everybody saved. Everybody's on their way to heaven. You can open the door wide to the rainbow community you you can have same sex marriages as if there were such a thing there's not. God created marriage. He didn't create John and Steve. There's the abortions the babies that are slaughtered and the church casually accepts the wickedness of the age. There's the constant seeking after money and success and power. There's the constant infighting and the church with bitterness and anger and the people who are in and the people who are out if you dare go into a church and begin to preach a gospel of righteousness they will kick you out as has happened to me. They don't WanNa hear this that there should be power and purity in the church they go hand in hand. One one is the baptism of water and one is the baptism of the spirit to separate baptisms but both vital for the church and we've cast them aside. I've tried to go back in the Scriptures and actually look at at what the word says I read for you. Luke the third chapter the people were waiting expectantly expectantly and we're all wondering in their hearts of John. Might possibly be the Christ they were wondering this because John was preaching purity heart purity repent get right with God be baptized. Have your sins washed away but John answered them. This is Luke the third chapter sixteen. I baptize you with water. Water is for the washing away of the sin. Now there was nothing magical about the water they simply obeyed the Lord God of Heaven. His purpose for them was that they would be baptized in water the dirty Jordan but God would do something supernatural he would wipe away their sins he would cleanse them he he would prepare them for Messiah but he went on but one more powerful than I hi will come the thongs of who sandals I am not worthy to untie he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit spirit and with fire so the Baptist John the Baptist is saying Jesus Baptist is coming and Jesus. The Baptist is going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and together the wheat into his barn but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable will fire no pentecost two things happened the great win of God breathing on these precious and one hundred and twenty believers. The other thing that happened was a tongue of fire appeared above them. A symbol of judgement fire is a symbol of of cleansing of of purity and with the power in the wind in the mighty wind of God. Now I want you to look with me at another scripture over here in the gospel of John Again. It's about John the Baptist Verse Twenty Nine. This is Chapter One Verse Twenty Nine The Gospel of John. The next day Jesus John saw Jesus coming toward him and said look the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world look. If Jesus does not take away your sin he is not your lamb of God. The Lamb of God has a function and that is to take away the Sin Verse Thirty. This is the one I meant when I said a man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. I myself did not know him but the reason I came baptizing with water her was that he might be revealed to Israel now. We're going to begin over the coming days to see a pattern and if we're going to be serious in today's Church we're going to have to cancel much of our theology and many of our practices and we're going to have to come back to a very primitive early church position today. Water Baptism is pooh-poohed people sprinkle or dampen the forehead or just totally put it away. That's not what Jesus taught. Jesus taught that you were to be baptized in water for a cleansing a washing away of your sin to prepare you to receive the Messiah John gave this testimony. I saw the spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him except that. The one who sent me to baptize with water told me now. I want you to notice what I'm going to read. You now was spoken to him by the father by God it is to be taken seriously the man on whom you see the spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. I have seen gene and I testify that this is the son of God. Now we have two elements here. I we have John Coming and baptizing with water to prepare the people for the coming of Messiah Secondly. We have the father himself self saying that Jesus will become the second baptize earlier but he will baptize not with water he will baptize with Holy Spirit he will baptize with the Spirit Holy Spirit purity now part of what we have to look added the reality that were being spoken to by the father about the experiencing of the coming in of the Holy Spirit in power into a man or woman's life now we also so recognize from the first passage and we could look at Matthew or mark. They say the same thing that Jesus comes to baptize with fire. He's going to judge sin. He comes with purity and power. If we are to recapture the early church experience of making acidity rejoice and be happy because of the wonderful works of God in that what city we're going to have to admit that we have no clothes on today that the the church in America has become a sham that it's pretend and no one wants to say the church doesn't have any clothes on but in fact were naked. We don't have the righteous acts that spoken of in the book of revelation we do not have the overcoming spoken of in the second chapter of revelation and the third chapter. Let's face the reality and I- please I don't mean to be offending any of you but were very serious trouble and if you have have not been baptized in water you need to repent of your sin and you need to be immersed in water old pastor. Mr Does that mean. I'm not saved if I have been baptized. Oh you're thinking with a vertical line not the horizontal line of Pilgrim's progress. You see the difference most people today just WANNA get their their ticket OUTTA. Hell oh I said yes but then I've gone on live my own life because the preachers all told me I was I was free would only lose a little fellowship with God auden and my rewards wouldn't be quite as great on the other side. I might live in a smaller house on the other side but I'm free to live my life no close naked before God naked before the world old naked before the Pagans and so they disrespect the church in America. We have no influence on on the OPIOID crisis. We have no influence on the suicide aside rate. We have no with no power to stop the mad headlong rush toward hell L. instead. We say oh you're a homosexual. Come on in. You're welcome to be a member here. In fact are pastors gay our our music leaders gay. That's not a problem here. We're all on the journey toward Heaven Eban. What other wickedness before God the Church today has lost all of its standards of righteousness today. The church is a shell of its former self in in America. It's not this way in all parts of the world. Their parts of the world were a man or woman is is killed. They're followers of Jesus and they're sincere and they live righteous in upright lives but not in America so we don't have the power to heal the sick or raise the dead. We don't have the power to turn the heart of a suicidal person to righteousness instead. We say to them and I've heard this. You're not lost when you commit suicide spine. It's sad but it's fine. God loves you. You're saved. You can't be lost your words in heaven. I hear these kinds of things an shudder somebody lied ride that man they didn't speak the truth to him in love so so in the Church today we focus on large congregations and big concerts and big name speakers and we build large facilities and it's a rock and roll church and we say everything's fine but the world says you don't have any clothes on your naked and they don't want any part of this is particularly true true among the millennials today they don't want any part of this deal because there's no purity and there's no power our his no Holy Spirit. It's all a farce and I'm sick. My heart is sick. I'm speaking. This is a man who's been a part of the church all of my life. I've been a pastor fulltime pastor for forty nine years. There's as of September one I've given my life for Ministry for the Church pastored enlarge megachurches churches and small tiny house churches. I've seen it. I know it. It smells it stinks. It's a stench before God. It has has to change and it's going to require appropriation revival cannot come to America until there is a great cry of repentance before him an attorney from wickedness and an understanding of how we stand before a holy and righteous God we must see the church through the eyes of Jesus. My Heart's broken. I don't say these things to you with with easy. Comfort a deep pain me greatly. I have wept much over this. The scriptures are so plain if you come over here to the Third Chapter of of the Gospel of John Nicodemus the Pharisee of the night who finally was converted came to Jesus said Rabbi. We know you're a teacher who's come from God for no one could perform the the miraculous signs you're doing if God were not with him. Oh He stowing punch over at John. The Baptist who hasn't worked any any miraculous signs and of course Nicodemus refused to be baptized by John and refuse to repent of his sin he was filled with other self fractiousness and that's what happens in the Modern Church self righteousness wills up in the heart the arrogance listen the self righteousness because we're Christians and we've got the we put the churches in the buildings and the message and everything's cranking rankin and we're making money and everything's beautiful except the lost or go into hell and we're not impacting our culture. We're not healing sick. Jesus said I tell you the truth Nicodemus. No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he's born again. Verse Five Jesus answered. I tell you the truth. No one can enter the kingdom him of God unless he is born of water and the spirit now. I struggled over. What does that water baptism me. We'll just that baptized in water. Repent turn from evil. Let the pure water water of Jesus Christ. Wash U clean on the inside. Prepare your heart to receive you see in the early church coach. A man was not brought into the church just because he said I'm a Christian in fact the word Christian was used only three times times in the scriptures. It's not a useful name. These were people the way these were people of the path. The Early Church was called the people people of the way or the path. It was a journey toward a destination and on that journey the first step was John Baptist preaching repent and later Jesus came preaching repent and then Peter came and Paul came and all the apostles came preaching repent confess your sins before God. Stop playing games. Stop pretending you WANNA. Leave your sin but you don't don't if you don't leave your sense because you love your sin so the first step in the New Testament the church was not to say as sinner's prayer to get your life cleaned up it was to repent of your sin and to confess it first and then to turn from it and prove by your works that you are no longer anger walking in that sin then you were offered a water baptism for cleansing an entrance into the church coach and then you were baptized the Holy Spirit so number one you repent of your sins number two you believe in Jesus as the Savior and Lord then you're baptized in water into Jesus Christ and then you're baptized by the Holy Spirit all separate events with homogenized all of that and we've said you don't really need to be baptized in water. You really don't have to leave all your sin and just repent a little say the sinner's prayer in your saved and you've picked up your ticket to Escape Hill Bill. That's not a new testament teaching. That's a wicked American teaching of of the Church that is so compromised without clothes. It's like the emperor without any clothing on and everybody's afraid to stand ended up and say pastor. You don't have any clothes on our church doesn't have any clothes on what are we doing here. Nobody wants to say that. Oh God we need children who will speak up and say it no clothes on and so no purity no power but these were the basics of entering into the journey toward heaven. This is what John Bunyan's speaks about so eloquently in his wonderful book. Pilgrim's progress sixteen seventy eight a published. This is not what I'm saying is not new. This is the Old Gospel this is this this is not the modern American wicked Empty Dead Gospel where there's no power in the church and there's no purity in the church and everything goes. Oh worse were so sweet one to another and we pretend everything's perfect and everything's Okay and then we go out and live like Hellenes. Would I say let's pray. Almighty God we have no clothes on and we have no purity and we have no power a lot of self righteousness a lot of pride a lot of ambition. Lotta anger a lot of money money but no purity and no power Florida masking please would you come and do a work in the American church start with me and the National Perch Apple lured if there's not a return of the baptism of water if there's not a return of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Lourdes were going to be washed away in this wicked culture because we cannot stand against the enemy Lord. Would you come with power and with purity I confess Jesus is my Lord and my savior and I love you Jesus with all of my heart with all my mind and all of my soul uh but I have no power Lord were all in this. It's time we admit it and start to deal with what we have to deal with to change that and Lord. This is my one small attempt day by day on this broadcast to return to the power over and vitality of the New Testament Lord. Come please and rescue skew your church in America. I pray in your holy name Amen. You've been listening to pilgrim's progress. I'm Ray Greenlee the pastor at the national per chapel. I pray this broadcast. Has It's been helpful. I pray you'll pass it onto others. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel and you'll be notified when other succumbing tomorrow Morrow I will not have the youtube channel. I'll be at the main studio at waiver for meeting. Pray for me. I Love you God bless you now to him was able to keep you from falling into a Eh being all the insert gray gray.
The Seal of the Spirit
"The following program is sponsored by the National Prayer Chapel Dry. Uh so hard cold you know how to be a UH candy for an old like my stuff in Royal Liz you. YOU'RE A spirit of La Lease as wash me why drive is but ah to be alive. Its own candy for an old. Ah I say then walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh flesh for the flesh lust against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish but if you're led by the spirit you're not under the law aw now the works of the flesh are evident which are adultery and fornication on cleanness lewdness idolatry dollar tree sorcery hatred contentions jealousies outbursts of wrath selfish selfish ambitions dissensions heresies envy murders drunkenness revelries and the likes of which I tell you beforehand just as I told you in the time pass that those who practice such things things will not inherit the Kingdom of God but the fruit of the spirit is love joy peace longsuffering kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness wholeness self control against such there is no law and those who are Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions wants and desires. If we live in the spirit let us also walk in the spirit. Let us not offbeat come conceited provoking one another ending one another this Galatian in the fifth chapter beginning Verse Sixteen Reading from the New King James Version and then in chapter six of Galicians verse six. Let Him who has taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches do not be deceived. God is not mocked for whatever a man so that he will also reap for he who sows rose to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption but he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit rape everlasting life welcome to pilgrim's progress. I'm Ray Greenlee from the national prayer chapel these passages of scripture. I've read even on the air many many times to you do but there's something that I am seeing that is extremely upsetting into my heart. We are all products of of what we've been taught and much of what we are taught does not align itself with scripture and so there's the constant necessity of going back and reading scripture for ourselves and when we find divergence between what we've been taught and what the Scripture teaches and were given holy spirit insight and understanding handing we have to change our position now some of you are locked into concrete and you don't want to change your position when you went to hold on to what you believe whether it's right or wrong. I understand it's not comfortable to be changing your position. What what will people think changing your position can often be embarrassing but I want to tell you Galicians for verse six because Your Son's got his sent for his spirit of his son into into your heart's crying out about father therefore you're no longer a slave but a son and if a son then an era of God through Christ Christ now i read these precious passages that loved them. I've to tell you I love them. They encourage my heart. They lift me up but let me share with you. Something that's very disturbing to my soul. I have believed something that was wrong wrong. Inefficiencies the first chapter and by the way efficient as the book of the Church it is the mystery of what God is doing and Jesus Christ for all of us. You know what before I go any further. Let's pray Lord. I'm going to reveal something here that I have believed all of my life and now I know I I was wrong and I suspect that many who listen have believed the same thing and now they're going to find that their belief doesn't doesn't match with the Scripture Lord. I have only one interest. No I have to interest one. I WanNa know you Jesus in all of your fullness. I WanNa know you what you did. Dwell in me and number two. I WanNa bring along as many people as I can who will also want the fullness. Silas of you in them Lord. You're everything to me. I love you with all my heart. I am finished finished. I am done with all foolishness of this world Lord. I want the fullness of Your Holy Spirit not only do. I want him but I need him. Because of what what he'll do between you and me Jesus the Lord I love you and I just has come now and praise and worship and honor you. There is none like unto you Jesus. You are the bright right morning. Star you are the king of kings and Lord of Lords. You are you are. God thank you cheeses. Thank you for coming in the flesh and dwelling among among us and revealing to us the heart of the father and for offering your body as a sacrifice of Atonement for Sin Sinn Lord Jesus. I owe you everything I could ever be or ever. Hope to be put come and move now in our hearts. Give us divine understanding of these things that I'll be speaking of today that may surprise and shock many who listen thank you. Lord I pray in preparation for revival taking this city for the Gospel of Jesus Christ not by my strength or but my power but by the Holy Spirit look thank you for my brothers and sisters who are listening Lord. Thank you for those who have so kindly open their pocketbooks and Sakr officially given even this week for this broadcast Lord I am very grateful for my brothers and sisters who I've not met who might not even seen their faces ACIS and yet they walk with you and they walk with me in this radio Lord. I thank you for them. Thank you Jesus. I pray in your mighty not name a man. I'd like to keep praying for the whole hour. I've been in the closet all morning. Since early this morning there's nothing that brings more joy to my heart then reading the scriptures and talking with Jesus praying to my father but we need to talk about awesome issues that will make a big difference. I believe in your life even as they're making a big difference in my life again the book of efficiencies the book of the Church and as we come to the book of the Church. The first chapter outlines for us us all of the wonderful gifts being poured out from heaven. Nothing is withheld from US everything is being provided and in that first chapter of the book of efficient verse Thirteen in him that it is in Jesus. You also trust it. After you heard the word of truth the gospel of your salvation in in whom also having believed you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchase possession to the praise of his glory that read that passage for you again and I want you to the notice please pay note that believing on Jesus and being sealed by the Holy Spirit Spirit are not the same thing. Let me say that again that believing on Jesus and being sealed filled with the Holy Spirit. Those are not the same thing they do not happen at the same time. They are two separate events in the life of a believer. Let me read it. This is equations the first Chapter I'll we'll begin with verse thirteen in him that is in Jesus. You also trust it. After you heard the word of truth the goal the gospel of your salvation in whom also having believed you were sealed with the Holy Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchase possession to the praise of his glory. Sorry now where I've taught is that this occurs at the point of Baptism but the scriptures captures don't say that that was simply what I was taught. I was taught that when you're baptized in the name of the father and the son on and the Holy Spirit that the Holy Spirit comes and seals you seals you for redemption as a as a purchase possession and he seals you with the Holy Spirit of promise now the problem Ms. There's nowhere in scripture that were told that when a man is baptized he is automatically sealed field in the Holy Spirit. That's a false teaching that I have believed. I am humbled. I have to turn away from this now. I WanNa read you another passage passage and then we're going to look at some other more indepth passages that talk about this same thing any fish in the fourth chapter. Let me read Verse Thirty and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed field for the day of redemption let all bitterness wrath anger clamor evil speaking be put away from you with all malice and be kind to one another tenderhearted forgiving one another even as God is in Christ forgave. You someone desperately wronged me last night and such wrath rose up in my heart and such bitterness rose up in my spirit. I stayed up very late last night because I knew I could not go to bed with that anger in that bitterness in my heart because of the injustice in justice because of the wrong that was done to me. All I could do is sit sit before the Lord and say Lord. These are the feelings I have. This is what's coming up out of me and it's wrong sin an and masking Jesus. Would you utterly remove these things from my heart would hugh wash me. Would you make me clean your blood for. I cannot walk this way. It says let all bitterness wrath breath anger clamor evil speaking be put away from you all malice become to one another tenderhearted hearted forgive one another that is even if someone treats you totally unjust way injure shoe. Does you harm real harm as happened to me. Forgive Ba- tender-hearted forgive them but Lord it's wrong. I shouldn't have been treated that way. I shouldn't be stolen from no be tender. Hearted be merciful behind say nothing unconscious signed forgive each other even as is God in Christ forgave you and finally after a couple of hours of quietness before the Lord waiting on him to change my heart was suddenly like the breeze from heaven blew through my soul and just is cleared everything away I was washed in was clean by the blood and this morning I woke up joyful awful of heart early came into the per- closet and began to just praise and worship and honor Jesus. Has Anything changed in the unjustice. No will it no will. I demand my rights. No is it okay hey yes. It's in the hands of juices but now let me get right to the point point. Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed that goes with the efficiency visions one thirteen passage well if I wasn't sealed when I was baptized and there are two separate events scripture win am I sealed and have I been sealed yet and the answer is no. I haven't been my salvation. I've not been sealed yet. What do you mean pastor will. There's only one place with the spirit of promise this comes in that is in the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the baptism of the Holy Spirit that happened at Pentecost lost and according to Peter and I shared I shared two days ago the Peter Package if you've not listened to that broadcast go back and listen carefully airflow that broadcast. Let me turn to quickly. I'm just syncing thing that I that I probably need to refresh your memory of what the Peter Packages. It's found in the book of of of acts smelled in the book of acts return to it and it's the sermon where Peter is speaking. I think they all heard Peter Sermon. They were pierce to the heart and they said who what should we do brothers. What shall we do were wrong. This is axe ext two. I'll begin with verse Thirty Eight. Peter was saying to them. You must repent you must repent Lords Jesus. The message was Jesus is Lord and You have crucified the Lord of Heaven. You must receive him as your savior. You must turn to him will what's the first step of turning turning to Jesus it is to repent to confess your sin openly and completely and to repent number two in the Peter Package. You must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the removal of sins in other words you you must be baptized in water according to Peter now. I know I said this two days ago. This goes against many of the the teachings that are so common today in the Church Cinco. You can just be sprinkled or the pastor can moisten your forehead. You don't need to be immersed in water her. Yes you do don't buy the Modern Easy Believe Ism Nonsense Gospel Apple. That does not come from the scriptures. The word baptize comes from the Greek word emptied so it's simply transliterated in English but literally it means to plunge under it is immersion. It is putting all the way under a solid object in a new medium. It is baptism that baptism they wouldn't have called it a sacrament then but when you go into that water that dirty Jordan River water muddy God did something in their hearts he washed them clean and Peter is saying you must be baptized in the name of Jesus says Christ for the removal of sins that is for you to be justified for you to have a clean history and a clean past and then it says as as the next step you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit because the promise is for you you and for your children and for all the ones at a distance as many as the Lord our God will call that you and may we were at the distance. We were called but I want you to notice the baptism for the removal movable of sins is not the same as being baptized in the Holy Spirit the not the same there are two different events so believing Jesus repenting these are all separate things being baptized in the water then being baptized in the Holy Spirit Spirit these Peter in the Peter Package are he's saying these are all the necessary elements to be sealed for your salvation. Oh my saying that without being baptized in water or baptized appetizing in the Holy Spirit. You can't be saved not going to say that. I don't know to be very frank with you. I don't know I believe that a man who cries out to the Lord who surrenders his life who gives himself to Jesus Christ. I believe that man is saved but there are a pieces of that process that we need to not bypass so I'm saying to you. Inefficiencies in the first chapter being sealed in the Holy Spirit is the baptism of the Holy Spirit Spirit. Now I always thought of being sealed that happened baptism but obviously I was wrong. Just just read the scripture. The Holy Spirit came one time he came as a baptism of the Holy Spirit he didn't didn't walk in silently on cats feet and surprise everybody he came boldly and you know when you've been baptized in the Holy Spirit. It's it's like getting the flu. You know when you have the flu you know when you were plunged under the water. I have a vivid memory of being plunged under the water her in water baptism. Oh please. I'm not saying you have to do this. I'm seeing this Mrs. I'm reading you. The scriptures that say this is the process. This is the road. It's not a vertical line where we pass that line we we we say a sinner's prayer. We passed the line now. We've got our ticket and we're good to go to heaven and we'RE NOT GONNA go to hell. That's foolishness. It's not in scripture John John Bunyan and that's why I chose this this name Pilgrim's progress as he wrote that allegory back in the sixteen early sixteen eighteen hundreds in his prison cell. He saw even as I do that. It's a journey. It's a vertical line fine. It's a journey to the Jordan River where you die and you enter into the kingdom into the glory of Heaven with Jesus so am I saved. I'm in the process of being saved. I stand by faith. I'm saved in Jesus Jesus but I'm not there yet so according to efficient visions I need to be sealed in the Holy Spirit and warned not to grieve the Holy Spirit by bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking malice. I'm told to be kind tenderhearted forgiving even when when I've been wronged especially when I've been wronged forgive BA- tenderhearted don't try to collect with anger and bitterness. Don't justify a yourself. Don't blame them. Don't don't curse them the kind now. I'd like to read some material to you today. It's from it. Just the short expert it's from a book entitled Jesus Baptized as in One Holy Spirit Jesus Baptize in one Holy Spirit and it's by David Paulsen P. A. W. S. O. N. Possum David Possum is a a graduate of Cambridge University. He's now in his late eighties early nineties. He's basically retired. His health won't allow to continue to travel. This man has been used mightily by God to teach the scriptures he was a pastor for many years and then he began to just just teach in churches all over the world millions have listened to him. He is as far as I can tell the finest teacher her I've ever listened to you can find his books in fact. Many of his books are found at Let's see POSSUM BOOKS DOT COM PARSON BOOKS DOT COM or go on the Internet and just Google Google David Paulsen. You'll find a number of different sites that carry countless numbers of his Bible teaching you will profit by anything you listen to but I'm going to share with you some of his writing on the Holy Spirit. I'm going to begin in chapter one and just read a few pages to you about John. The dipper or John The plunger which is what the Bible calls him. Why was John Baptizing. Well a very simple reason reason to get people cleaned up yet the Jordan besides being the lowest river on earth is also one of the muggiest especially in its lower reaches just before it enters the Dead Sea name. The Leper was not only the one defined find the dirty little stream and objectionable evolution but the object of the exercise was not physical cleanliness. Sir John saw his baptism as a sacrament though he would not have used the word that is a physical action with moral and spiritual results in this case pass since would be washed away forgiven the baptized would emerge from the river with a clean conscience this would not happen because of any special quality in the water but because the God awed told John to baptize would work a miracle when he did it not that this would happen automatically it would only only worked for those who recognize their sins were willing to name them and Public Confession and had acted in such a way as to prove approve. They had truly repented of them. Renounciation to restitution the Miracle Miracle was not magical. It was thoroughly moral. The reason for John's activity was as simple as its object. The Kingdom of God was at hand. The time was very near when God's rule would intervene in human affairs as the people of God it had long to see for very long time but now it was it was coming and they were far from ready eighty a holy. God would not overlook sin particularly in his own nation he would come with fire burning up. All that was ungodly well. John also knew that God would reestablish his kingdom on earth to a king like David indeed a son of David. John Jon knew he himself was not the Messiah nor did he discovered that it was his own cousin until quite a late stage but but he saw himself as one to prepare the way for him the forerunner the Elijah before the Elisha so John was calling the children of Israel back to the very place where they had crossed into the promised land of Canaan to begin all over again to make a clean start he was content with his ministry happy to be a voice in the very wilderness where he had spent many solitary years in preparation he had no ambition for himself ready as the the best man to hand over the bride to the bridegroom to become less as he would become greater. He was however only too aware of the limitations of his ministry. For one thing he performed no miracles of healing or or exer- systems even his mediating forgiveness of sins through baptism was not enough to meet the real need of sending people he could free them from sins in their past but not protect them from since in their future sure he could get them clean but he could not keep them clean he could minister remission of sins but not the removal of sin in other words. The relief from guilt could only be temporary. The needed much more help than he could possibly give them. If there was to be a permanent cure for their stubborn self-centeredness ordnace John simply didn't have the power to affect such a transformation in the lives of his hearers but he knew someone who did the very person for whom he was a forerunner was quote more powerful and quote and therefore worthy of greater honor. John did not feel qualified to untie his sandals sandals the job of second lowest slave and the very lowest of them to wash the feet. There were two things this quote coming. One unquote would do for sinners which no one else could do. After after John realized that his cousin Jesus the was the one expected. He pointed him out with memorable words. Look the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World John One twenty nine. This is an amazing claim. John's followers were Jews. We may ask what association this might aroused in their minds. They were familiar with the sacrifice of the rams others might think of the scapegoat uncaring the sins of the people away into the wilderness but both rams and good goats had to be offered repeatedly whereas John Statement has a finality analogy about it taken away for good. The surprising note is in its. It's universal application. John's ministry was to his own people and their hopes for the future were often nationalistic but here is an announcement without ethnic limitations. The whole human race could be the beneficiaries. The gentiles are all included Christians reading the claim tend to refer its fulfillment to Jesus once and for all sacrifice on the cross but that application could be too limited. The verb takes away is in the present isn't continuous tents literally who goes on taking away which seems to point to an ongoing task that would stint extend through time and space as indeed it has done and is now doing it will only only stop it will not stop until it has reached the ends of the Earth and the end of the age wonderful though this is the the thrust is essentially negative. What will be put in its place. What will the empty space in the human heart heart what will fill it what will prevent seven unclean spirits from inhabiting the clean but they can property what will prevent them from coming in John had a clear and compelling answer to such a question is negative prediction prediction was matched by a very positive promise the words for which John would best be remembered and are very straightforward mark one eight. I baptize you in water but he will baptize you. In Holy. Spirit Spirit was not a new concept except to the Jewish leaders or the Jewish people their history contained many examples of the spirit of God his his invisible power coming on ordinary men and women enabling them to do extraordinary things to be baptized in spirit would be a new idea but the concept of being plunged was now familiar through John's actions in the River Jordan in some way the two baptisms would be analogous analogous an overwhelming overwhelming experience of being completely submerged in a fresh medium but the main emphasis in John Statement is on the adjective holy English translations mistakenly insert the definite article the turning a description into a name John was promising they would be plunged in holy spirit the real antidote to their sinful condition the same person who took their sin away with soak them in holiness. Holy was perfectly familiar to the Jews. Their God was the Holy Holy One of Israel and they're calling was to be holy as he was wholly to be holy people meant to be separated people separated from sin the positively separated for God not just clean but clean enough for God's exclusive use the plunging in small h holy a spirit was by far the most prominent feature in John's preaching surprisingly he only talked about the lamb of God taking away the sin of the world on occasion to a very limited audience but of baptism in the spirit is recorded needed. This was his message and mark one seven literally it means he kept on preaching regular repeatedly. He warned his disciples that a baptism in water forgiveness of sins was not enough breath but was all he could do for them. They must move onto another baptize her and another baptism or they would regress in Theref- to their former condition the clean beginning he had helped them to make would be wasted. Now this brief summary of the Ministry of the forerunner who prepared the way for Jesus. I want to turn to the following centuries to Jesus followers. The reason for entitling this first chapter is now clear he named it. The surprising silence John's repeated emphasis on Jesus as Baptize Tyzzer in the Holy Spirit has been largely ignored during most periods of church history and to stop a moment. I have to tell you oh I saw it as an add on known as the essential to be sealed in the Holy Spirit looking back through the centuries. It's clear that the rest of John's ministry has been faithfully continued by the Christian church his his practice of water baptism has been almost universal the quakers in the Salvation Army among the few exceptions. It has been added now that there are many changes people have made the baptism and it's not done by immersion usually but his his call for repentance reformation restitution is still proclaimed. His offer of forgiveness for sins committed is still being made even considered sittard the heart of the Good News The Gospel his warning about judgment to come for those who continue in their since has echoed more or less down through the years. Here's his identification of Jesus as the lamb who takes away the sin of the world has been widely incorporated into the liturgy the church especially in the Eucharist and the communion it is repeated around the world every Sunday but where is the ringing affirmation that Jesus Jesus is the Bab Tyzzer in the Holy Spirit it has been largely forgotten overshadowed by other titles and functions Sion's. He's been preached by most as savior and Lord by many as master and friend but almost no one preaches Jesus the baptize her the preaching has focused on the offer of forgiveness rather than on the offer of holiness anus in practice ministry has gone little beyond John the Baptist Ministry he was able able to get centers baptized and forgiven is that all the church today can and should be doing of course Christian pastors stirs can point to the Atonement of the Cross as the ground of forgiveness and baptize in the name of Jesus or the father the son and the Holy Spirit but in practice actes are the recipients of this any better off than John's disciples unless Jesus baptizing them seals them in the Holy Spirit to put it another way is holiness as necessary as forgiveness. If we are one day to see the Lord and look at Hebrews twelve fourteen without holiness no man we'll see the Lord is forgiveness forgiveness alone an adequate call qualification for admission to heaven so preaching being has focused on the past rather than the present work of Jesus would he did for us at the cross rather than what he does for us now from the Throne Room of God it is a pity that his ascension is remembered on a Thursday not a Sunday and is so often overlooked put that event that event is as important to Christian faith as his death burial and resurrection it was the inauguration of his present ministry as our high priest at the right hand of God the father as well as interceding for US preparing a place for us and exercising all authority in Heaven and earth. Perhaps the most important role he now plays is that we would receive receive the promise spirit from his father that he pours out that same spirit on his disciples not once but time after time after your time only he can baptize in the Holy Spirit and he will do so as long as it's needed and cried out for four. It's a tragedy that this is not found a place in the creeds of the Church as compared appeared with the forgiveness of sins. What Christ takes away has been proclaimed and accepted what he gives in its place has been very very muted and misunderstood that could be one reason why liturgies concentrate on miserable sinners rather within joyful saints filled with his spirit of course. David Paulsen says I don't mean to imply that the church's coaches been without the Holy Spirit altogether he's been active even when he has not been acknowledged those who sought more than they were offered offered have received more many have been baptized in the Holy Spirit without fully understanding the connection between their experience and the Biblical promise it was was fulfilling. They have been spirit filled. There have been spirit filled saints in all ages some recognized as such by the whole church but most only only to the intimates the friendship family and God yet God alone knows how much power purity and unity would have characterized his people on Earth head John John's clear and confident message been faithfully proclaimed with his emphasis on the positive as well as the negative and I come sharing with you the book by David Parson entitled titled Jesus Baptize in One Holy Spirit. You can find this book at Possum Books Dot Com you can find it on on Amazon. You can find many of his teaching CDs youtube videos just Google David possum pastor David Paulsen. Now we have only a few minutes left in this broadcast broadcast. I hope you've heard what have said today's startling. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit Spirit you have not been sealed has spoken of inefficiencies the first chapter by the Holy Spirit for your salvation my saying you're lost if you're not baptized in the spirit no. I can't say that because the scripture doesn't say that but seems to indicate that the holiness that is necessary for salvation can only come by way of the Holy Spirit that Jesus uses came for giving us for our sins and then he promised he would send us a counselor he would send us a helper he would send us the Holy Spirit who would take his place and teach us all things this was so buydell that Jesus in Chapter Eleven of the book of Luke said to them who from among you this. This was his disciples. We'll have a friend and we'll go to him midnight and may say to him friend. Len be three loaves since a friend came to me from a journey and I have nothing that I will set before him and he having answered from inside may say you must you must stop causing me trouble. The the door has already been locked in. My children are with me in bed. I cannot get up to give to you. I stayed you even if he will not get up and give to him because being his friend at least because of his shameless persistence after having been awakened he will give him as much as he meets and so I say to you you must keep on asking and it will be given to you. You must keep on seeking and you will find you must keep on knocking and it will be open to you for everyone asking receives and the one seeking will find and the one knocking it will be opened now which father of you if the Sun will ask for bread. He will not give him a stone will heath eighth or even a fish he will not instead of a fish give him a snake will he or even if he might ask for an egg he will not give him a Scorpion Willie. If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will the father from in heaven. Give the Holy Spirit to the one asking him Luke the eleventh chapter you see where we're at what we need to be sealed by the Holy Spirit and it's something that should have happened soon after you were water baptized but for many of us it did not and and now many years later it's a struggle and I am with the national per chapel waiting before God for the fullness almost of the Holy Spirit with a baptism for the baptism in purity and power pray ask Jesus read the Scriptures for yourself now. We're we're out of time. I need to hear from you. This broadcast is soon going to have to be paid for and the money is not in place is a key if the Holy Spirit is moving in your heart. Would you give would you write to me at the National Prayer Chapel Post Office box twenty-three Twenty three forty-six Woodbridge Virginia two two one nine five give the five to ten the twenty one hundred dollars it all adds up but I'm also praying for some large offerings five ten fifteen thousand dollar offerings. We need to get this this covered and the crisis over God bless you my brothers my sisters. I love you. You've been listening to pastor Ray Greenlee from the National Super Chapel goodwater webpage national pro chapel dot com. I love you. I'll talk to you sir food
The Journey From This World
"The following program is sponsored by the national prayer. Chapel condo fell every tune in streams of never sees singing songs. These surveys search trees sixty wrong. And i should say to to see saw. Stay full skewed. scares jeff a Here's hough choose the car Welcome welcome pilgrim's progress. I'm ray greenlee from the national prayer chapel. This broadcast is all about making the journey from this world. The world that is to come. That's what we're about. And there's a parable that i wanna read for you. As we begin this time together about the journey that all of us are called to make but but according to jesus many will not be successful in that journey. It's the greatest desire of my heart that you would be successful in this journey but it's very expensive journey and it will cost you everything. Remember jesus said the pearl of great price. You still all that you have to buy it. It was not exaggerating. It is necessary to sell all that we have if we're going to buy that pearl of great price but let me share this. This parable with you found in matthew the twenty second chapter. I'm going to read it to you from a literal translation. The lavender translation of the new testament. Jesus having answered spoke to them in parables saying the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son and they sent out his servants to call the ones having been invited to the wedding feast but they were not willing to come again. He sent out other servants. Saying you must tell the ones having been invited. Look i prepared my dinner. My oxen and the fattened cattle have been slaughtered and everything is ready come to the wedding feast but having paid no attention. They went their ways the one to his own field the other to his business but the others having taken hold of his servants treated and killed them but the king having heard about this became enraged and having sent his troops destroyed those murders and burned their city then he says to his servants. The wedding feast is ready but the ones having been invited. We're not worthy some. You must go to the thoroughfares of the streets. And as many as you may find you may invite to the wedding feast and those servants after having gone out into the roadway brought together all as many as they found both bad and good and the wedding hall was filled with reclining. Guess but the king having entered to look over the reclining guests. He saw a man. They're not having dressed himself in a wedding garment and he says to him friend. How did you enter here. Not having a wedding garment and he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants having bound his feet and hands you must take him up and throw him out into the darkness. The furthest out there will be weeping and grinding of teeth now. Many are called the fewer chosen matthew the twenty second chapter. Here's the problem. We face many who were invited to come to the wedding banquet. That is the final feast of the lord where he marries his bride. The church many were invited to be a part of that but most were disinterested they did not want to come and of course. He's speaking first about the jewish people that he was addressing. He invited them to come first. When many would not come you then. Sent his disciples out in the power of the holy spirit to bring as many in as would come. I'm very grateful for that because that allowed me to be invited and allowed you to be invited but to be invited and to decide to go to. The wedding banquet is not sufficient. There's another step involved. And that step involves dressing in garments that are given by the kings attendance so that when the king comes in and he looks at his people he will not see you not dressed in the wedding garment we find in the book of revelation that the wedding garments are white white linen pure and clean and they stand for the righteousness of the saints. The righteous acts of the saints. The wedding garment is given by faith in jesus. Christ there's a whole message going out today in the american church that you don't have to put on that garment when jesus or the father looks at you. He won't see you. he'll just see jesus. And so you'll be dressed in jesus but it will just cover up all of the filth and the sin. That's a lie. Can you imagine no. The judgement is quick and firm. Friend how did you enter. Not having a wedding garment. Any was speechless because he knew he had been invited to receive by faith the full regeneration of his life. He knew that he had been offered. Righteousness that was real not make believe and the king said to the servants bind his feet and his hands take him out and throw him out into the darkness the furthest out that is into destruction into death death sentence was passed on this man and he goes on. Jesus says there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. This is the weeping and grinding of the teeth of the church who refused to put on the wedding garment of real righteousness. They were not interested. They wanted the things of the world. They want to participate in the things of darkness. Not in the things of jesus christ. Many of you are living in the twilight zone. You don't think you can lose your salvation and so as many preacher say today all you can loses some of your fellowship with god will this is not about fellowship. This is about whether you get to remain in the wedding. Feast of the lord. God at the end of time or whether you will be cast out into hell and when you see the truth of the judgment of god against unrighteousness many called christians will be weeping grinding. Their teeth angry that their perjured and tell them the truth about this. Well if we're going to make this journey safely from this world to the next we're going to have to allow jesus by the power of his blood to make us righteous do his incredible work in our hearts and in our lives to wash and scrub to make clean and pure and holy to make righteous faith in jesus. It's not a work of a flesh. It's a work of the spirit of jesus was very franken saying the flesh counts for nothing. Everything that matters is in the holy spirit. Look with me quickly. We have much to cover today. But i want to share this with you quickly. In the gospel of john nicodemus comes by night. Truly truly i say to you unless you may be born out of water. That is the washing away of all sin and the spirit. He's not able to enter the kingdom of god. The thing having been born out of the flesh is flesh in the thing. Having been born out of the spirit is spirit. You should not marvel that. I say this to you. It is necessary for you to be born from above to be born from above total change. The flesh counts for nothing. In other words we live today on one plane. In flesh i have a flesh hands flesh body but flesh means something else. It also means evil cleanness. Now adam lived in the flesh but he'd dwelled in the garden of eden eve lived in the flesh but she was in the garden without sin they were clean and pure and holy before god. So it's not the human body that is sinful. It's the evil that we invite in as we listen to the devil and rebel against the most high god and because we are children of adam and eve we were born after their kind with a propensity to sin. We will not be judged because of adam's sin we will be judged because of our own sin what we have done and jesus is saying look you have to be born from above in the spirit we will live when we put aside this flesh body in a new body given to us by jesus body like his a heavenly body. We'll still be who we are your last day on earth and your first day in heaven your character will be just the same. It won't change. What changes according to paul and the twinkling of an eye is you will be given a new body and you'll enter into heaven in that new body you'll be caught up with jesus. The problem comes okay. How do we enter that new world. We talk about salvation. Well what does that mean means to be saved. What does that mean. If i look across my yard to the neighbor who has a swimming pool and i see him in his pool swimming doing some laps and i race across the yard. I dive into the pool. And i put them in a in a lifesavers lock and i drag him up on the on the deck and he's yelling and screaming. What are you doing. let me go. you're crazy well. When he is finally frees going to call the police is blender. Report may for abuse. I'll be arrested for for abusing my neighbor. The other hand. If i look across to my neighbor and i see that my neighbor is struggling in the water crying for help and i race across i dive in and i save him from the deep end of his swimming pool. He will be forever my friend because i have saved him from drowning. Well if you have no sense in your heart that you need to be saved. And i come to you. And i say did you know jesus love shoe and he has a wonderful life for you. You're going to look at me and say you crazy man. I don't need to be saved. And i have a wonderful life already. I have my wife and my children. I have my work. I'm a happy man. I don't need. Jesus and many in america today have decided. They don't need jesus he's an ad on that they don't believe in if you have never been lost. How can you be found. And many of you have not ever known that you were lost until you know and understand your true condition before god until you are willing to acknowledge your sin and do acknowledge that the garment you have on is not sufficient to go to the wedding feast and that you are going to die. I remember many years ago. I went to way more switzerland. I was working at that time in a ministry on m street in georgetown in a coffee house in free medical clinic. I went to way. Mas switzerland to study for a month under francis schaeffer. Who was a very famous in wise apologised for the gospel of jesus. Probably one of the greatest twentieth-century apologises anywhere found in the church. I sat listening and he began to answer questions about how he ministered to very bright university students atheists agnostics and he said i ask them questions and when i see where they stand and what their beliefs are about reality. I then begin to ask them questions searching questions about okay. This is what you believe. Now where will that lead you. And where will that lead you. And where will that lead you. Until finally they're like nici. They're ready to commit suicide. He said until a peg in is ready to commit suicide seeing the desperateness of their situation. They will not be open to an honest telling of the gospel of jesus christ when they're finally at the end of themselves. I begin to tell them. The gospel story and many grasp it as a drowning man would grasp a helping hand to save them from drowning. It's true until you know you're desperate condition. You will not rightly apprehend or no the gospel of jesus christ. The gospel of the kingdom of god came to save us. But if you don't know the desperate need for his salvation. That jesus loves you will fall on utterly deaf ears. Or if i entice you to become a christian by offering you all of the benefits of following jesus christ you will come as a consumer and you will not understand that you are going to die that you need. Jesus christ now. There is in the book. Pilgrim's progress an account that i'd like to briefly share with you. Today begins this way. John bunyan the author of this most famous allegory. In the english language was not following jesus and the word of the lord came to him and this is what the lord spoke. He heard it with his ears. Wilt thou levi sins and go to heaven or have sins and go to hell. Man is destined to die once then after that to face. The judgement john bunyan heard that very clearly and he said i will leave my sin clear that john bunyan the john wesley and many others jonathan edwards. They all believe that you had to leave your sin to go to heaven. They did not believe that you could continue to walk in wickedness and be covered by some false covering called. Grace grace is not faults. It's the false covering of cheap grace spoken of bond offer. That cheap grace is a fable. So you began this allegory with these words as i walked through the wilderness of this world. I came to a certain place where there was a cave. I laid down in that place to sleep. And as i slept i dreamed a dream and in this dream i saw a man clothed in rags obvious in this allegory that he is speaking about himself going into the cave that is going into prison and there he saw a man. Clothed in rags is as sixty four six luke. Fourteen thirty three psalm. Thirty eight to two. And i could give you other scriptures. They all say the same thing that the man before he knows the lord. Jesus christ is dressed in rags. he continued. I saw a man clothed in rags standing in a place with his face turned away from his own house. He had a book in his hand and a heavy burden upon his back. I looked and saw him open the book and begin to read and as he read he wept and troubled not being able to contain himself. He cried out in a loud voice. What shall i do in this condition. He went home. He tried to keep to himself or as long as could so that his wife and children would not see him in distress but after a short time his anguish had increased so much that he could not remain silent so he began to share with his wife and his children what was on his troubled mind and this is what he told them. Dear wife and children. I am greatly troubled by this burden that torments me and grows and weigh so heavily upon me. Moreover i have received information that the city in which we live will be burned with fire from heaven. When this happens all of us will be destroyed unless by a way i do not yet see. Some way of escape can be found so that we may be delivered hearing this. His family was greatly amazed not because they believed what he said to them was true but because he they thought he was losing his mind. Well the picture were given by. Bunion is of a man with a heavy backpack that burdens him down but he becomes aware of this heavy burden as he begins to read the book the scriptures and the sea begins to see the sin that is in his life as he begins understand the darkness that is upon him. Weeps cry you trembles. Doesn't know what to do. He knows that if he does not find a way of escape he is going to be cast into the fire he loves his family loves his children. He wants to preserve his own life to care for his family but he doesn't know how to do that. His family helps him get to bed hoping that in the morning his mind will be straight the night was as troublesome to him as the day instead of sleeping he spent the night in size and tiers so when morning came as his family came to find out what he was doing how he was doing off. I'm worse i'm worse. He told them and immediately he started speaking to them. Once more about his fears and concerns they just turned cold toward him. They tried to changes outlook by treating him. Rudely sometimes they would chide him other times they would deride him or or finally just ignored him so he began retiring to a private room to pray for them and to pity them and also to try to find some consolation for zone misery. You would often walk alone in the field sometimes reading and sometimes praying for a long time. This is how he spent his days and then one day. I saw the men walking in the fields reading in his book greatly distressed in his mind as he read he burst out as he had done before crying. What shall i do to be saved. I noticed that he looked this way in that way as if he would run but he did not know which direction to run and then i looked and i saw someone named evangelists coming toward him. Evangelists came up to the men and ask. Why are you crying out the answer sir. I understand from reading this book in my hand that i'm condemned to die and after that to judgement i am not willing to do the first not able to do the second will. Why are you not willing to die. Since this life is attended was so much evil. Because i'm afraid that this burden that's on my back will sink me lower than the grave and i shall fall into hell and sir if i'm not ready to die that i'm not prepared to go to judgement and from that to execution thinking about these things distresses me greatly evangelists said that your condition. Why are you standing here. Because i don't know where to go. Vangelis gave him a parchment and unrolled so that the men could read it flee from the wrath took home. He looked and he said well. Which way should i run. Evangelists pointing his finger to a very wide field. You see that distant narrow gate know replied the man. We'll do you see that distant shining light. I think i do keep that light in your eye and go directly toward and soon you will see a narrow gate when you finally come to the gate knock and you will be told what you must do. So i saw in my dream that the man began to run. That was john bunyan's understanding of what must take place in your life. If you were to enter into the kingdom of god you cannot waltz into the kingdom of god. You cannot dance your way. Laugh your way you cannot come to the kingdom of god as an object of prosperity as the lying voice of many preachers will tell you today. It will cost you everything and you must understand that you are destined to die. That must settle into your heart now. Jesus he spoke in the beatitudes and in the sermon. On the mount the new testament now the old covenant was given at mount sinai by jesus. He was the one who spoke from that mountain. Jesus gave ten commandments. And then he gave many other laws to regulate their culture and their life as he began to shape them as a people he could use. They had just come out of the womb of egypt and they're now in the desert in that place the old covenant spoken to them now jesus comes and he sits on the mount of the attitudes i have. I have stood on the mount of beatitudes. It's not a big mountain is just a hill. In fact there's a banana grove on that hill. Where jesus probably set with his disciples and the crowds. It's not very far from the sea of galilee. It's overlooking the sea of galilee and the city of magdala is right there now. Jesus seeing the crowds sits down with them and now he is going to begin to lay out. A stair step process by which a man or woman enters into the kingdom of god. You may never have heard this this way before but we're going to spend the next day's dealing with the beatitudes. The happy attitudes. I hated when my father would say to me. Raymond you have a bad attitude go to your room and stay there until you change your attitude and if you cannot change your attitude than i will come and i will give you a whipping and that whipping will change your attitude. But he was right. I didn't wanna whipping with that leather strap so very quickly my attitude changed will. These are the beatitudes. The happy attitudes in other words. This is the way of light. This is the way out of the darkness into the light. This is the way that a man must be converted transformed changed and the first step in that. Transformation is given in the first beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Now luke six twenty also gives some of the beatitudes but he does not do the same thing that matthew does. I think matthew got much closer. Understanding of the stair step process. There are two words in the greek that are often used for poor. One of those words for poor represents a man who is able by hard work to change his situation. The second poor is grinding. Poverty just barely surviving but not making any progress forward struggling constantly. That's the word that is used here for poor now. Many will say that. Jesus was primarily interested in social justice that jesus was primarily concerned with economic justice because loop does not include poor in spirit. But i believe if you read carefully the entire sermon on the mount out of matthew. You will come away from context with a very clear understanding that jesus is speaking about this transition. The parable taught coming out of the world into the palace of the king having on the garment for the wedding feast and coming to the wedding banquet. If we deal only with the poor economically then we are dealing with something very different than jesus heart is concerned about. He begins blessed. Are the poor in spirit. Those who have grinding poverty in their spirit in other words a man or a woman who wants to follow. Jesus must come to a place where they recognize their grinding poverty of spirit and today. We have a smorgasbord. We have a feast of the devil laid out before every american person. We have our television. We have our our ipads our our computers. We have our sports every kind of hobby you could ever think about. We have everything to disguise are grinding poverty of spirit so that we satiate or satisfy the hurt and longing of our heart by covering over with all kinds of foolishness things that don't really matter for eternity but only matter here as a means of helping us to be more comfortable in our misery so that we don't even recognize the true condition of our heart and of our life and of our spirit look a man's a man spirit is the central part of his being that controls everything. His soul is his personality the way he deals but the soul is the essential element of what a man is. A man is poor grindingly poor in his spirit when he is separated from jesus christ and the anguish is quickly apparent but we cover it with making money or buying that new car. We covered by activities travel. Many retired people love to travel and in their travels. They can forget about the fact that they're getting older and they're going to die. It's not in the travel that our spirits enriched. It's not in the love of nature that our spirits are. Enriched is in the knowledge of our true condition before god and it just the absolute clarity of our heart that that heavy backpack of sin that rests in us upon us is going to take us down into hell. If we don't find a solution for problem. I find many christians. Wanna say well. I guess what is necessary. As that. i changed my job. We need to move to a new place. Or i need some new clothes. There's nothing wrong with needing new clothes right now. I'm down to. I think one white shirt so it's probably apparent that i need to get a couple more white shirts but there's no comfort in getting new white shirts for me. It's simply necessary that i not come and sit here without assured on as i do my broadcast on you to and on the radio not talking about material things as being evil talking about what we do to cover over our nakedness of spirit. The poverty the grinding poverty of our spirit. It's necessary that we begin to recognize the condition of our hearts before a mighty god and the lives that have been spoken by many preachers today. Say look you're saved. You can't lose your salvation. Jesus loves you so now all you need is fellowship with him to enjoy the fullness of your life. They're wrong you need righteousness real righteousness to be totally transformed and changed into his likeness. Some that i speak with have made great progress toward the kingdom of god but they still have will. They still have some of those issues in their heart. The be read it for you. The third chapter of colossians up with christ. You must seek the things. Above where christ is sitting at the right hand of god. You must set your mind on these things. Not upon the things of earth for you died in your life has been hit with christ in god when christ our life may be manifest than also you will be manifested with him in glory. Accordingly you did voluntarily put to death your members that are upon the earth and here are the members that were put to death sexual immorality une cleanness lustful desires evil desires and greed which is dollar tree because of these things the wrath of god is coming upon the sons of disobedience burst eight but now you did also voluntarily put off all of these things anger wrath. -ill will have you shown ill will toward a brother or sister. Have you judge them. Cut them off. Evil speaking gossiping castigating cutting down slander obscene speech out of your mouth. You must not lie to one another having already put off the old man with this practices many today. One of wanna gossip slander evidence. Ill will in your heart anger and wrath. These things come because we don't have the wedding garment on you because we have no real concept of the grinding poverty of our own spirit. This man bunion speaks of has become increasingly aware of his desperate condition before a holy unrighteous. God he sees that he is going to be cast into hell if he cannot find a way of escape and the evangelist tells him. The way of escape is to run from this wickedness toward that gate and enter into that narrow gate christian man made some very serious mistakes the lord gave him a wonderful job and he needed that job and then during his probationary time one morning he forgot his badge and so he drove back home and got his badge so he was forty five minutes late to work and then he was working and decided you know what. I'm just going to run out quick to starbucks and get a coffee. Wasn't the lunch break. It was work time so he did that. On the elevator one of the executive people saw him and ask. Where are you going. i'm. I'm going to run out to starbucks. And then the third strike was the last day when he was again standing in line at starbucks when he should have been driving to work and so again was twenty minutes late. The immediately called him in and dismissed him. They fired him. They let him go. He recognizes that. He was the reason he was fired. It was poor judgment. It was laziness it was not taking seriously the job that he just entered into one. That would have been an excellent fit for him and he would have loved. It would have had many benefits for his life but he lost it. You felt bad that he lost it. But i want to tell you that. As i've spoken with him i've seen no tears of remorse. Would you mean pastor. God gave him a wonderful gift and he threw it away. That job came from the hand of god for him but he doesn't since his desperate need to feel what this man fell as he carried that heavy backpack on his back. No remorse casualness. Okay next job. Would you think god's going to quickly give him another job no. I don't think so. Please understand what. I'm saying you today the first step in coming to jesus christ and if you have not taken this step and you consider yourself christian. You're going to have to retrace and go back and you're going to have to begin to feel and know the grinding poverty of your own spirit without any of those luxury things that seemed to come in and over lay all of our lives so that we don't really have a sense of are desperate desperate need for jesus. We'll we're out of time for today. You've been listening to pilgrim's progress. I'd love to hear from you. You can write to me at the national prayer chapel post office box. Twenty three forty-six woodbridge virginia. Two two one nine five or good for good webpage national prayer chapel dot com. You can give online. We're about one thousand seven hundred and forty dollars short of being able to pay for radio yet this month if the holy spirit's prompting you to give would you reach out and give this is a faith venture you've been listening to pilgrim's progress. I'm ray greenlee from the national prayer chapel. God bless you love you.
The Pilgrims Progress (Part II, Ch. 9-10), by John Bunyan
"The pilgrim's progress this liberal. Vox recording in the public domain. The pilgrim's progress by john bunyan part two chapter nine the enchanted ground so they came up one to another and presently stein. Too fast said to old honest who father you. The i said the tie yam as sure as you are there right. Glad my said. Mr stern fast that iphone you on digital road and as glad. I said the other day that i aspired you upon your knees then. Mr stand fast blushed and said why did you see me. Yes that i did. The other and with my heart was glad at the site. What did you sink. Said san fast dank showed honest. What should i think i thought we had an honest man upon the road and therefore should have his company by by resort. Not amiss said stan fast. Oh happy am i. But if i be. Not as i should i allude must bid it that is true so the other bought your fear that further show me that things are right betwixt the prince pilgrims and your soul for he saith blessed is the man that fear it always well but brother i pray the tell us what was it that was the cause of being upon my knees even now was it for that some special mostly laid upon the the need of prayer. Or how why we are as you see upon nian childhood and as was coming along every museum with mesh of what a dangerous road the road displays was and how many that had come even thus far on pilgrimage has been stopped and being destroyed. I thought also of the of the with witch. This place destroyers men lose a die here die have no violent painful disease the death which such is not grievous to them for the gareth away in such a sleep begins that journey with desire and pleasure such sink into the will of that disease. Then mr honest interrupting of him said did you see the two men asleep in the arbor. I saw he'd lose and two bowed there. Ought i know there. There were tool day at rock. But let me go on in my hair. That's always does mu. As as i said there was one in vide- pleasant into ta but owed who presented us out to me enough. It made threes things to which about a pass and her bed know the truth is i was a witty on sleepy. I'm also as poor as an hour. And that perhaps the which new well repels to one so advice but she put by mattie palaces and smiled then i began to be angry but she met at that nothing at all then. She made office again and said if i would be ruled by her she would be great and happy thaw said she. I'm the mistress and men. I made happy by me then. I asked to name and she told me. It was madam bubble. This set me from but she's doing followed me with enticement ads. Then cook me as you saw to. My knees with has lift up and cries played to him. That had said he would help. So just as you came up the gentlewoman went away. Then i continue to give thanks for. This migrate deliberates for i believe. She intended no good but rather sought to make stop me in my journey without doubt. Her designs were bad but stay. Now you talk of her me thinks either have seen her or have read. Some story of her Shugden booze madam bubble. Is she not tall calmly dame somewhat of a swarthy complexion right you hit. Did she used just such one. Does she not speak very smoothly and give you a smile at the end of a sentence. Beautiful right opponent again for these outta vide- actions that she not wear a great purse by her side and is not her hand often in it fingering her money as if that was her heart's delight to is just sou- she stood by. Oh this was you could not have shut up false before me. No have bitter described her features then he drew. Her picture was a good artist and he that road hers said through. The woman is a witch and did this by virtue of her witchcraft. That this ground is enchanted. Whoever deathly lay his head down in her lap had as good lay down upon that block over which the act stuff hang and whoever lay there is upon. Her beauty are accounted the enemies of god. This is she that maintain it in the splendor. All those that's all the enemies of pilgrims. Yeah this is she. The bought off many a man from a pilgrims life. She is a great gossiper. She is always both she and her daughters at one pilgrims heels or other now commanding and then preparing the excellences of this life. She is a bold and impudent creature. She will talk with any man she always laugh. Poor pilgrims to scone but highly commends. The rich if there'd be one coming to get money in a place she will speak well of him from house to house. She loves banqueting and feasting mainly well. She is always at one full table or another. She has given it out in some places that she is a goddess and therefore some do worshiper times and open places of cheating and she will say and vallet that none can show a good compatible to hers. She promises to dwell with children's children and if they will but love her and make much of her she will cast out of her purse. Gold like dust in some places and to some persons. She loves to be sought after spoken. Well off and to lie in the bosoms of men she is never wary of praising her gifts and she loves the most that think best of her she will promised to some crowns and kingdoms if they will take our advice yet. Many hats she brought to the holter and ten thousand times more to hell. Oh what a mercy it is. I did resist Her with a match you have drawn me with a number gardeners with her. But in general to be sure she would have drawn the into many foolish and hurtful lasts which drowned men in destruction and ruin to she that set absalom against his father and jared bowen against his master to a she that persuaded judas to sell his lord and that prevailed with domes- to forsake the godly pilgrims life. None can tell the mischief that she does. She makes variance betwixt rulers and subjects betwixt parents and children but twix neighbor and neighbor but twix demand and his wife betwixt demand and himself betwixt the flesh and the heart wherefore could muster stand fast. Be as your name is and when you have done all stand. I this cost. There was among the pilgrims mixture of joy and trembling but at length they break out and saying what danger is the pilgrim in. How many are his foes. How many ways there are to say no living mortal knows some of the ditch. Shy are yet can lie tumbling in the mire. Some though they sean the frying pan duleep into the fire part two chapter ten the pilgrims at home after this i beheld until they come into the land of beulah where the sun shines light and day here because they were wearing they took themselves wild to rest and because this country was common for pilgrims and because the orchards and vineyards that were here belong to the king of the celestial country therefore they were permitted to make bowed with any of these things but a little while a soon refreshed them here for the bows did so ring and the trumpets continually sound so melodiously that they could not sleep and yet they receive as much refreshing as if they had slept there. Sleep never so soundly here. Also the noise of them that walked in the streets was my. Pilgrim's come to town another. What answer saying and so many went over the water and were leading at the goal and gates. Today gray would cry again. There is now a of shining ones. Just comes to town but we know that there are more pogos upon the road. Come to wait for them. And comfort them after oversaw then the pilgrims got up and walked to and fro but how there is now filled with heavenly voices and there is delighted with celestial visions in this land. They heard nothing saw. Nothing felt nothing smelt. Nothing tasted nothing that was offensive to their stomach or mind only when they tasted of the water of the river over which they were to go they thought that it tasted a little bitter ish to the palate but approved sweeter when it was down in this place that was record kept of the names of them that had been pilgrims of old and a history of all the famous acts they had done. It was here also much spoken of how the river to somehow had. It's flowing and what ebbing that had had while others have gone over. It has been in a manner dry for some while it has overflowed its banks for others in this place. The children of town. We go into the king's gardens and gather knows gays for the pilgrims and bring them to them with much. Affection here also grew camphor with spike in art and safran columnists and cinema. And with all the trees of frankencense moore and aloes with all chief spices with these pilgrims chambers where perfumed while they stayed there and with these their bundy's anointed to prepare them to go over the river when the time appointed was come now while they lay there and waited for the good. Our there was a noise in the town that there was a messenger come from the celestial city with matter of great importance to one cristiana the wife of christian the pilgrim so inquiry was made for her and the house was found out where she was so the messenger presented her a letter the contents whereof where haile good woman i bring the tidings that the master call for the and expected that thou should stand in his presence in cloves of everlasting life within these ten days whether you read this letter to her. He gave her there with a sure. Token that he was a true messenger and wisconsin to bid her may case to be gone. The token was an error with a point sharpened with love. Let easily into her heart. Which by degrees route so factually with her that. After i'm appointed she must be gone when cristiana. I saw that her. I must come and that she was the first of this company that was to go over. She called for mr greater guide and told him how matters were so he told her he was heartily glad of the news and could have been glad had the post. Come for him then. She bid that he should give advice. How things should be prepared for her journey so he told her saying thus and thus it must be and we are left will accompany you to the riverside. Then she called her children and gave them her blessing and told them that she yet read with comfort the mark that was set in their foreheads and was glad to see them with her there and they had kept their garments so white lastly she gave to the poor that little she had uncommanded her sons and daughters to be ready against the message should come for them when she had spoken these words to her guide and to her children she called for mr valiant for truth and so onto him you have in all places shown yourself true hearted be faithful unto death and my king will give you a crown of life i would also entreat you to have an eye to my children and if at any time you see them paint speak comfortably to them for my daughters my sons wives they have been faithful and a fulfiling of the promise upon the movie their end but she gave mr stern fast a ring then she called for mr honest and said of him hold an israelite indeed in whom is no guile then said he. I wish you fair day when you sat out for mount sinai on shelby. Glad to see that you go over the river. Dry shod answered come wet. Come dry. I long to be gone for however the weather is in my journey. I shall have time enough. When i come there to sit down and rest and dry me then came in that good man mr ready to halt to see her so she said to him. That travel hitherto has been with difficulty. But that will make arrest the sweeter but watch and be ready at an hour when you think not the messenger may come after him came in mr despondency and his daughter much afraid to whom she said. You ought thankfulness forever to remember your deliverance from the hands of giant despair. An out of doubting castle the effect of that massey is that you brought with safety header be watchful and cost way. Fear be sober and hope to the end. Though she said to. Mr feeble mind that western limit from the mouth of giants tonight good though midas live in the light of the living forever nc king with comfort only i advise the ten the atmos beer and out his goodness before he sends for the less i should when he comes before to stand before him. A bolt with blushing. The day drew other. Cristiana must be gone. So the road was full of people to see her take her journey but behold all the banks beyond the river where full of horses and chariots which were come down from above to accompany her to the city great so she came fourth and entered the river with beckenham farewell to those that followed her to the riverside. The last words that she was heard to say where. I come lord to be with the and blessed the so. Her children and friends returned to their place for that. Those that waited for christiana had carried her out of their sight so she went and called and entered in at the gates. With all the tokens of joy that her husband christian had done before her at her departure. Her children wept. But mr gray tar and mr valiant played upon the well tuned symbol and hob for joy so all departments to their respective places in process of time there came a messenger to the town again and his business was with mr ready to heart so he inquired him out and said to him. I am come to the from him. Whom thou has loved in followed though upon crutches and my messages to tell the that he expects the at his table to suffer with him in his kingdom the next day after easter wherefore. Prepare yourself for this journey. Then he also gave him a token he was a true messenger. Saying i have broken. Thy golden bull and loose. I silver cord. After this mr ready to halt calling for his fellow pilgrims and told them saying i am set for in god. Show scholley visit. You will start so he desired mr valiant to make his will and because he had nothing to bequeathed to them that should survive him on his crutches and his good wishes therefore thus he is coaches as inquest. My song that shall trade in my step. The handed wishes that he might prove ben at that. I have done then. Thanked mr goodhart for his conduct and kindness and so addressed himself to his journey when he came to the brink of the river. He said now. I shall have no more need these clutches coaches since young a chance hoses made a light on the last words. He was heard to say where. Welcome life so he went his way after this. Mr feeble mind had tidings brought him that the messenger sounded his horn at his chamber door. Then he came in and told him saying. I am come to tell the that master has need of the am not in a very little time though must be hold his face in brightness and take this as a token of the truth of my message does that look up at the windows shall be darkened. Burn mr feeble mind calling for his friends and told them what errand had been brought unto him and what token he had received the truth of the message then he said since. I have nothing to bequeathed to any. To what purpose. Should i make a will as for my feeble mind that i will leave behind me for that. I shall have no need of in the place wither i nor is it worth bestowing upon the poorest pilgrim. Where for when i am gone i desire that you mr valiant would bury it in a dunghill done the day being come on which he wants to depart. He entered the river as the rest is last words. Were hold out faith and patience. So he went over to the other side. When days had many of them passed. Away mr despondency was sent for for a messenger. Wisconsin and brought this message to him trembling man. These are some to be ready with. Viking by the next lord's day to shout for joy for the deliverance. From all the dotting send so the messenger that my message is true. Take this proof. So he gave the grasshopper to be a burden onto him now. Mr despondency as daughter whose name was afraid said when she heard what was done that she would go with her father then. Mr despondency said to his friends myself and my daughter. You know what we have been. And how troublesome lee we have behaved ourselves in every company my will and my daughter says the dr discouraged feelings and slavery sheds be by no man received from the day of departure forever for. I know that after my day will offer themselves to others for to be playing with you. They are ghosts too which we entertained. When we first began to the pilgrims and could never shake them off after and they will walk about and seek entertainment of the pilgrims. But for our sakes shotty the door upon them when the time wiscon- for them to depart. They went to the brink of the river. The last words of mr despondency were farewell night. Welcome day. His daughter went through the river singing but none could understand what she said when it came to pass a while after that there was a messenger in the town that inquired for mr honest so he came to his house where he was and delivered to his hand. These lines dark commanded to be ready against this day. Seven-night to present thyself before the lord at his father's house and for a token that my message is true. All daughters of music shelby brought low. Then mr called for his friends and said unto them. I die but shall make no will as my honesty. It shall go with me. Let them that come. After me be told this when the day that he was to be gone was come. He prepared himself to go over the river. Now the river at that time overflowed its banks in some places but mr honest in his lifetime spoken to one good conscience to meet him there the which also he did and lent him his hand and so helped him over. The last words of mr honest were grace rains so he left the world after this. It was noised abroad. That mr valiant for truth was taken with a summons by the say messenger as the other hand. Had this for a token that the summons was true that his pitcher was broken. The fountain one new understood it. He called for his friends and told them of it then said he. I am going to my father's and to though with great difficulty. I am got hither yet. Now i do not pinch me of all the trouble. I have been at to arrive where i am my sword i give him the chelsea succeed me in my pilgrimage and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My monks and scars. I carry with me to be a witness for me. That i have fought his battles. Who now will be my reward. When the day that he must go hands was come. Many accompanied him to the riverside into which as he went. He said death. Freddie's nice team and as he went down deeper he said grave where i victory so he passed over. All the trumpets sounded for him on the other side then came forth of summons from mr. Stand fast this mr stan. Fast was he whom the pilgrims found upon his knees in the enchanted ground for the message brought it him open in his hands the contents thereof were that he must prepare for a change of life for his master. It was not willing that he should be so far from him any longer. This mr stand fast was put into amuse said the messenger not doubt the truth of my message. For here's a token of the truth thereof. i will is broken at the cistern. Then he called to him mr gray tart. who was the guy doesn't said unto him so although it was not a happy to be matching yogurt company in the days pilgrimage. The actions that i knew you. You have been profitable domain. When i came home. I left behind me. A wife and five small children. Let me intrigued you at your return for. I knew that you will yo and return a master's house in hopes that you may to be conducted a more out of the holy pilgrims that you were saying today fabric and then be acquainted with all hat or shout happened unto me. Tell the motor my happier. Ibew this place and the president and late blessed condition that i am in the motu christian run cristiana his wife and how she and her children came after her husband levels What a happy end she made and whether she has gone have little or nothing family. Unless it'd be my prayers on tears for them which it will suffice that you're equate. If pet adventure they may reveal when mr stanford had thus set things in order and the time being come for him to hate him away he also went down to the river now. There was a great comb at that time in the river. Wherefore mr stan fast when he was about halfway in stood the wild and talk to his companions that had waited upon him thither and he said this whatever has been at ted many the thought to be righted. Be but no mazing. I stand easy. My foot fixed upon that on which the feet of the priests bear the ark of the covenant stood about israel jordan the waters indeed after the peta bitter under the stomach code. It does all of what i am gary into and the conduct that waits for me on the other side does lies a gluing code my heart. I see measure of now at the end of my journey. Naito days in dead. I'm going to see that head which was crowded with on that face which was spit upon for me i have formula live by hearsay and faith but now i go but i live by site and shattered with him in his company. I delight myself. I have loved to hear my lord spoken of and whatever. I haven't seen to print the i committed to set my foot to. His name has been demet as a perfume bucks a sweeter than all sweet smells. His voice to be has been most sweet and his countenance. I have more desired than they a most desired. The light of the sun is what i did yours together for my food unfermented against my paintings. He has helped me and has kept me for sheetings. My steps healthy strengthened in his way. Now well he was speaking. His countenance changed his strong mind bowed under him and after he had said take me but i come unto the he ceased to be seen of them but glorious it was to see how the open region was filled with horses and chariots with trumpeters piper's singers and players on stringed instruments to welcome the pilgrims as they went up and followed one. Another in the beautiful gates of the city has for christians. Children the four boys that christiana brought with with their wives and children. I did not stay when i was. They were gone over all so since i came away i heard one say that they were alive and so would be for the help of the church in that place where they were for a time. Charlotte be my lot to go that way again. I may give those that desire. It's an account of what i hear. I'm silent about meantime. I bid my reader a deer.
THE PILGRIMS PROGRESS, a new Christian Animated film Interview with director Robert Fernandez
"Well to your online coffee break where we discussed bite-size topics that inspire educates and entertains here's your host a software. Innovator award winning marketer, and astronomy and space, boss. Stuck fields? Hello, thanks for joining me today for your online coffee break today to welcome. My special guest Robert Fernandez, an award-winning writer producer and director Robert is here to discuss his latest movie, the pilgrim's progress an animated classic that will be shown nationwide. It's clearly on April eighteenth and twentieth. The pilgrim's progress is based on one of the most popular books of all time by John Bunyan. A pastor who was imprisoned for sharing his fate. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life as well as the importance of sticking to the path even when the journey gets difficult. Online coffee break. I Robert thank you so much for taking the ten day. Really? Appreciate it is a great privilege for me to be with you. Thank you so much for for reaching out to us low. It's an honor to have you an a I'm really impressed with your career. I mean, you're you're an awesome writer director, and you're no stranger to the animated film industry before we talk about your awesome, film, the pilgrim's progress. I wanted to ask you how you got into this field in the first place, especially how to get into animated films. I don't know. What are we on seven? He was just having. I never something that I played her ever really aspire to. I mean, I've been about with media for a long time. I worked for many many years with live action always very much focused on on things your educational or based route refocused on kids and the doing the nation during that time was on the second green for me. And around that was about during the time. It was we're gonna live action twenty five years ago or something in the back of Mike had hours liked to do series on unprocedural because reading a lot of biographies enough's assembly. Very on a Jim Elliot any car, Michael these sort of things in seats in my mind, and eventually I ended up working on introducing the torch lighter series, which is animation has to do with. Exactly that. Right. So I think it was just kind of journey during this. I as as I got deeper into intermediate. I've always thought it was a calling really while. I tell you it's really wonderful and it's evident in your new movie. The pilgrim's progress is coming out soon. And before it we're talking about that movie. It's based on a book that some of our viewers may or may not have heard of obviously called the pilgrim's progress written by John Bunyan way back in sixteen seventy eight and what I'm trying to figure. This book is like three hundred seventy plus pages long. On how earthy approach a project like that. And say I'm gonna take this multi hundred several page book and turn that into a two hour animated movie where to even start. Good question. It was. It usually begins with a lot of questions, you know, going into looking always try to think will if it's gonna be faith-based based audience. We wanted to be something that that convicts encourages in kinda gets a little bit of his show and at the same time, we always into consideration. What about the people have no religious background or were burial knowledge. They walk in at splitting time in film. How will it affect them? So we tried to layer both both things in it in in reading above. It starts off with the main character already with the burden and that caused a problem reading because we know is your you got what what is the first by. So we had to backtrack a little bit create a few the other scenarios to explain. Those things needless to say was a challenge were looking right now doing the second this. Second artist story, which is shared Christian's wife and a third book by Bannon, very nice now for those of our audience who who are not familiar with the book, he gives us a brief synopsis of it. I know it's kind of hard because there's a lot going on. But just a brief overview of what the story is. It's a story of a man who finds himself his existence is in a city, call distraction in which everything constantly decays. And the only way to keep the city going by concept work. So it sounds pretty much like life on earth. The. Khansa grind. But the problem is that there's no there's nothing that he has to look forward to promote his Whitehurst children. It's always going to be the same thing. Trying to work hard to keep up the spice until he comes across a book. That tells him of another another round is city of the celestial city. It is ruled by king and the more can read this book, the more berm he becomes a rather than the book liberating him it actually weighs him down. Because it gives him this idea that this other place exists. But where does he go and the only way that he can make his way is buying letting go of the round Lenny's in which is basically sell staff. That's what the citizens of the city are told. So this man Christian embark on this journey and in by as he does this journey. He meets people that are either helping him encouraging him or hindering him until he gets let's sitting in. It's an allegory of the Christian life because Ron. Round the sixties around that time seventies. You have this whole concept began to receive Jesus than these gonna be arrest friend that everything's be wonderful your hand. Pass right now, he is or wonderful Randy. But he is God. And he companies us like everybody else we on vote expressions v-vote with difficult times the big difference for as believers is that we have got accompanying us with through see I thought that was what was incredible. I mean, there's so many identical identifiable I guess parts of this movie that I looked at the oh, yes, I've been through that. And I think yes, the misnomer is once you become a Christian. Oh, life is great and dandy. You're not gonna have any more struggles. I do like how the movie really visualizes that. And when you mentioned is how the main character Christian has a heavy burden who's carrying a love how you visualize in the movie this heavy burden getting heavier as he goes through. Jumping back to the animation part. I understand that you sort of lead a team to build all the different virtual worlds in the movie. How did how did that go? How did that work? A lot of writing. And I am in Bogota projects usually at the same time. I usually were between eight to ten projects at a time guest. Just I'm only conviction certain things. But then I mean, I get together with a group of concept artists that are under teams in the we started sketching out. I'll do a quick schedule. What I'm thinking? And then that goes into more practical aspect of flight, well, say the pace burden on we wanted to create something that was almost insect like desha that allays recount of burden grows. He's almost been suffocated Saint John. So is it grew people that will help me flesh out everything from the locations, which means getting into the architecture. I mean, everything is designed to be call. You don't really see this Christians? Are there's a lot of symbols that nobody else will note of death. And but those symbols are replicated on the celestial king certain part of is. It's crown and their elected in the in in the ball, the reflected the sessile city. So there's a lot of different things that area thing. Everything has to design all trees, they were all different in every location. So it was a big job. I think reproduction was group of us working on it on our. We took us about a year and a half. I'd be a little longer. I don't doubt that. And that's pretty impressive work too. It's very beautiful. You took the story and visualize it another thing that I was real impressed about is the characters each of them. I thought was really well developed on that. And I love the names I want to give too much about it. But but basically we have Christian. We have hopeful we have obstinate other characters like that. How'd you and I understand you actually not only developed the characters, but also came up with Hugh to the voices for that can tell little bit more about how did you work on the character development for the story? It's it's it's a process. Honestly, I think one of the things that we do were reproduction. We always know that we're going to be throwing a lot of stuff away. It's like sculpting. You know, you're you're you're changing injury working with clay. So you're working only sketches, you're working possibly doing casting. You're trying to match the character to the voice, and as a result as you're working on these they begin to take on a certain personality. And then everything everything has to kind of come into everything has to be. Estimate shop as to be mixed together. Well to create the character. And then we always go back to the script and sale. What in the design of the character delivery of the character is these said that we can scratch off the dialogue because you want to show more. They want to be told it was a real particular challenge with bogans progress because book progresses is a worthy story. Right. So it's you know, it it was a bit of a balance. But it's a process. I mean that will art. It is a drill raided process. Like working on a on a painting your sketch are putting in your veins, and as you go you begin to change things you work with in colors until you get your satisfied about the story itself. I understand it's going to be used to help aid missions worldwide. So if you could tell us a little bit more about how it's going to be used to help missions really in the net show is being given away to the Michigan. For use in a mission till because really story for Christian is is almost a curriculum on discipleship in. That's for any aspect of where you send with God. Because you know, or the people that are maybe on the mission field yet people that are missionaries of teachers others that are, you know, they're dedicated to God on the Lord has them in North America or the it's like, we all have our place. But no matter what the journey of the have in a soil is really very similar, which is why you know, you find so many things in the bible in the in the New Testament where were being guy bought our difficulties about our struggles on Sochi. So the reason that this this film has been given to the mission field is to equip the mission with discipleship material. It is a film that you can watch enjoy. But it's more than that. It's going to be. NFL that when we hope to ran episodes that you'll be able to watch one or in walk way in let it speak to you for a while, you know, so it's like a semi zone recycle ship. That's why we feel big blessing to mission. There are some people out there that see the animated part, and the, oh it's just for kids, and as an adult I really enjoy this movie. So who are you targeted for the two would you recommend it for really really is for the entire family? It's it was never meant just for kids. I think if it was I wouldn't say that we win that we dumb it down because we respect kids too much to say that right or really likes that. But we would have probably made it a little bit different as far as duration Spar some of the characters. So it's really for the entire family. They'll be things there that I think when it finally does come out as either episodes or DVD of that people will be able to watch a certain art. And then as a family talk about it, you know, they'll be questions the kids have. But when we've done screening, of course, availalbe act are like the really liked that we is goods. And things like that. That really really really enjoy it or somebody does they like some of the deeper parts. But absolutely. And what I love to is is how you release him this. It's going to be released an nationwide at least on two days Easter weekend, basically, April eighteenth and April twentieth. I just wanted a little bit more what what's behind that kind of a release for this movie. Fatima bent, so parking lot of buzz. Lana this several theaters have sold out, and well, it's because it's a good weekend. Where people are searching for something that's kind of meaningful enjoyable. You know, a lot of times we've got great films or anytime, of course, compassion all that which really have. I mean, they're radically as well. Yes. So we wanted to of the season to to to really emphasize glorify ni wonderful aspect of the resurrection. Resurrection power really thrive as alternating with all its highs lows in struggles of the main care, or it's really triumphant movie that it was say he derise keep your eyes on what's kit, which term and so better time to do it with than when price tranquil debt. Absolutely. And that's what's beautiful about this too. I love that. So I understand you also offer the ability for people to go your site pilgrim's dot movie to find a little bit more. And they can also do group reservations to bring the move into their area. Is that correct? Oh, yes. They were making it as easy as possible for people in that only to go, but we have to remember that as usually as believers whenever bag gives us a blessing always translates around. He nevertheless as he Helios. Get yours is the you. And then he catches is Robert based. So we're making easiest possible people when share that end this seems to be the experience that people want to buy their friends or loved one in people that they may be administrative come in just joy it in and at the same time. You know, we're we're hoping that besides the fact that we will pray the lighter gingy effect on people saw suggested enjoyable fell. And it's a it's it's an entertaining. It's it's a it's a family family film ended in you know, it's it's great and just. Like like for every believer. It's got the happy ending. So we know what's going to have that it does it does the poker's progress. Again. Great movie, wonderful end, a wonderful story. Robert I wanna to thank you for taking time to today. I just want to wish you and everyone involved with the project that best is accessible the programs broadcast. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you so much. Online coffee break. While I really enjoyed my conversation with Robert today. Hope you to to the new movie the pilgrim's progress is amazing again, it's coming out nationwide April eighteenth and twentieth. If you like that find out more even look at showtimes, just go to their website, pilgrims dot movie wanna think Robert for joining stay wanna thank you for joining us as well. If you let to comment until his topic just go to our website online coffee, break dot com. Leave a comment there. Or would also love it if you'd follow us on Facebook or Instagram at online coffee break or YouTube as well just search online copy break, we also love it. 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#B304 (bunkum to buoy)
"Hello words welcome to the podcast called the dictionary. We are at the end of page. One sixty four first word is bunkum b. u. n. k. u. m. could also be spelled b. u. n. c. o. m. b. e. So this is a noun from eighteen. Forty five insincere or foolish talk. Synonym is nonsense. So this is from bunkum. County north carolina. But let's see that is using the second spelling It is from a remark made by its congressman who defended an era irrelevant speech by claiming that he was speaking to bunkum. he i. He claimed that he was speaking to his county But it was irrelevant and it didn't make any sense. Maybe i don't know might have to look more into this one next. We have bunny b. u. n. n. y. noun from circa sixteen ninety. One synonym is rabbit especially a young rabbit number two a desirable young woman I've not surprised that people use this word for that because that's because people are people But yeah i guess people say that And then this is from the english dialect word bun which means rabbit next. We have bunny slope. Two words noun from nineteen sixty six. Oh regarding bunny. I just wanted to say that one of my favorite lines which is like and it's not even a lib really align In the movie nightmare before christmas Jack has these little kids. Go get santa but instead they get the easter bunny and he hops out of his bag that they caught him in and this one character who has only really a couple of lines in the movie He just looks at the easter bunny and goes bunny. And that's it. I just for some reason really enjoy that part so whenever i see a rabbit my neighborhood i go bunny okay. Next is bunny slope noun from nineteen sixty six a gentle incline for skiing used especially by novice skiers called also bunny hill next is boon aku capital b. u. n. r. a. k. u. noun from nineteen twenty japanese puppet theatre featuring large costumed. Wooden puppets. puppeteers who are onstage. And a chanter who speaks all the lines and this is a japanese word. I saw some puppetry. I think it was japanese puppetry. Although i don't know if it was boone roku it was very interesting. It was where somebody sat on a little box with wheels. I think it had wheels on it. And then they attached the puppets feet to their feet. I think and their Maybe there were little polls for their hands and I know very cool and well done so. You see the puppeteer but you just completely forget that they're there And i i just thought it was really fascinating. I wish i could remember what name What style of poetry that was. If it wasn't raccoon i can't remember i should go find out okay next is bunsen burner noun from eighteen sixty a gas burner consisting typically of a straight tube with small holes at the bottom with where air enters and mixes with the gas to produce an intensely hot blue flame. And this is from robert w bunsen You know most people in science classes especially in high school and up They get to play with bunsen burners. And when i say play. I mean do very serious scientific scientific tasks and experiments But yeah they're they're very standard part of science when we think of science even though they might not necessarily be used next. We have bunt b. u. n. t. I form noun from circa fifteen eighty to one a. The middle part of a square sail when be the part of a furled. Sail gathered up in a bunch at the center of the yard to the bagging part of a fishing net. Next have the second form of bunt verb forum fifteen eighty four This is Transitive is i one to strike or push with or as if with the head and a synonym but like like head. But i guess Number two to push or tap a baseball lately with a bat without swinging. All of you baseball fans probably know this but yeah instead of full a full swing if you just hold the bat out there and you hit Hit the ball right That's called a bunt and it can be used. When done well very very strategically in baseball. And then we have in transitive and we just it just says to bunt baseball and buntar is a noun third form of bunt noun from seventeen sixty seven one an act or instance of bunting number two a bunted ball fourth form of bunt noun from seventeen ninety eight destructive cover covered smut of wheat caused by a fungus a destructive covered smut of wheat caused by a fungus. I don't know what a smart of wheat is. i have not used. I have not heard of that word. Used in that context But i think the fungus genus name is talladega or or maybe the wheat name is to talladega. I don't know it's probably the fungus name. Anyway that's what that bunt is moving onto bunting. I form noun from the fourteenth century. Any of various stout build passerini birds of which some are grouped with the cardinal and some with the new world sparrows compared to the synonyms indigo bunting and painted bunting. And the family names are cardinales and ember is it i Second form of bunting noun from seventeen eleven won a lightweight loosely woven fabric used chiefly for flags and festive decorations to a synonym is flags to be decorations especially in the colors of the national flag. etymology says. This is from bunt which means to sift not sure where that fits in here. Moving onto the third form of bunting noun from nineteen twenty two and infants hooded garment made of napped fabric and this is a term of endearment in the nursery rhyme by baby bunting So you're saying by to the hood garment of the baby. why maybe we should find this nursery. Rhyme and check out the lyrics Next is both line noun from sixteen twenty seven one of the lines attached to the foot of a square sail to haul the sail up to the yard for furling. Lots of sailing. Words verbiage in there. That i don't know next is bunion esque capital b. u. n. y. a. n. e. s. q. u. e. adjective from eighteen eighty eight number one of relating to or suggestive of the allegorical writings of john bunyan number two slightly differently. to a of relating to or suggestive of the tales of paul bunyan. John bunyan. paul. Bunyan i was not familiar with john bunyan And then we've got to be of fantastically large size because famously paul bunyan was so so big And then yeah it just says. Paul bunyan legendary giant lumberjack of us and canada. That's the etymology for number two. And the etymology for number one. Just says john bunyan's let's find out. Who john bunyan is and then we have bunia virus b. u. n. y. Virus one word noun from nineteen eighty-five any of a family of usually spherical or plea. Oh more fixing stranded viruses use trans usually transmitted by the bite of an arthur pod as a mosquito or in the bodily secretions of rodents and including the hantavirus andy causative agents of rift valley fever sandfly fever and some forms of encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever. While there's luck going on there So the family name is bunia verify. And let's see the etymology says. This is from bunia which is from bunia. Moira which is a locale in western. Uganda where the virus was isolated in nineteen. Forty three That's that and then they added a virus to the end of that and then our last word is buoy. Be you why it is the i form. The second form will be in the next episode noun from the thirteenth century. One is we just have the number two definition for the word float especially a floating object moored to the bottom to mark a channel or something line under the water and the not an example of something that's lying under the water is a shoal s. o. s. h. o. a. l. man. My mouth is not making the words that i wanna make today And then number two synonym is life. Buoy this is from middle english. Bo ye. i don't know how to pronounce it. B o y probably from middle dutch me akin to the old high german mahan which means sign. And there's more at the word beacon so we had bunkum bunny bunny slope boone rocco bunsen burner bunt bunting bunt line bunion. Ask bungy virus and buoy. Well i'm a little torn between boone roku and bunsen burner. Maybe i'll just pick both of them as the words the episode. Because i can do whatever. I want Bunsen burner is important. Just because i think it had a really beneficial It was very beneficial to science. And it allowed people to do science in a different way than they had probably done before. I don't know the history of the bunsen burner but maybe l. put in a link from wikipedia or something. Because i think it's probably important. And then boone roku i just i. I do love poetry. I am not an expert by any means. I don't follow it as closely as i'd like to because i'm a very very busy person But i find it fascinating. And i love seeing different styles of it and you know what people create in puppetry is really beautiful and awesome So yeah boone raccoon and bunsen burner. Are the words of the episode. Thank you very much for listening. I do appreciate all of you Small number of people who are listening Please tell everybody about it. Please please please rate it and review it. It helps me a get up in those church charts which i am not in and it gets more exposure and I don't know. I think it's fun. 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Richard Baxter: Why Self Denial Is Necessary For Salvation
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I guess I hadn't really heard a lot of who he was and so I just assumed he'd have a couple of bullet points and it would be you know quick and easy to talk about him but he's not and he's actually a very hard to describe guy and what I mean by that is. I don't really know usually you can say Charles. Spurgeon was a passionate preacher Dietrich. Bond hoffer fearless. But I don't really know how what were you could attach to Baxter. He for example he wrote over two hundred books. Devotional 's he wrote a bunch of articles but he never really aspired to be more than just a pastor to people out in the field very very small church in a pretty small town. He was comfortable right there. Yeah he got involved in. Some of the biggest controversies very divisive. Time to be alive but he himself. He believed he was a peacemaker. But I'll let you listen to this episode and decide if you think he's a peacemaker. Yeah like what you said about him. Just wanting to be a pastor like that's that's something that I saw several points in his life. Where like the dude? He's just chill like he doesn't have. He doesn't have a huge agenda. He just wants to minister to the people but it was funny. Like people in you'll see people offer him something he'll go. I know I don't want that and the later. I really regret not doing that. Why didn't you do it? Strangely relate with that so in this sermon. We're going to listen to. He talks about the nine oneself. And I think you can kind of see it play out. Sheriff Shirt Yeah Richard Baxter like I said mid sixteen hundreds he was born in sixteen. Fifteen would die in sixteen ninety one in Oregon in England. He spent most of his life in England. He comes from a pretty poor family not a lot of money. He was pretty poor growing up in. He didn't get a great education until he was able to get into a school run by John. Owen John Owen. Who He's famous Puritan and we actually have an episode on him in the works that we're excited for. But he helped get baxter going. He'll get baxter a great education and got him real interested in things of theology when Richard. Baxter came to the end of his education with John John in school He's looking for places to further his education and John Owen told Baxter that he shouldn't go to Oxford and I'm not entirely sure why kind of get the idea that maybe John didn't think he was quite cut out for Oxford. But due to that advice heat he didn't go to Oxford. He continued to further his education through other means but he always in retrospect looks back at his life and kind of really regrets not going to Oxford. Yeah Joe that's one of those regrets. We mentioned earlier. We I was GonNa do this and then I didn't and now I wish I had kind of a lot of his story in the Sixteen Forty S. The English civil war broke out. And I'm going to just stop giant Astra's Cure Joel and I from America and I think I speak for both Joel myself when I say that if you couldn't tell by accents but I think it would be for both of us when I say don't understand the single English civil war. It's confusing a lot of our speakers. Come from this era around the English lower and we've dived into portions of time but it is still a very confusing for us in the twenty first century in America. I know I've even watched youtube videos. Like we'll explain the English civil one five minutes or less than you watch it and I still don't know what happened so at some point we're going to do some better research so we explain this to you better but the main point being the war broke out. And he Richard Baxter was like I condemn both sides. I don't like either. The two sides fighting which made both sides hate him even worse than being on one side was being against both of them so they basically kicked out of church and told them to set up shop in a different town. He ends up. Having a mini famous ministers. Spend time in the new church that he starts out It was considered a safe place for fugitives. One particularly famous man was John Bunyan and we did a sermon on him. A few episodes back and very famous guy at the time. He would actually see several battles. He would be a chaplain to the soldiers. During that time he was asked by Oliver Cromwell and I do not know much about it but I know he was one of the big dog so that civil war to get position but Richard Baxter rejected. It said I don't want to do that so eventually. He was brought to London to settle the quote fundamentals of religion in quote in London. But I don't know that they ever did to get sick in the middle this. He goes back home to his home church. And that's when he ends up writing one of his most famous books saints. Everlasting THE SAINTS. Everlasting rest and this being one of the most read books in the sixteen hundreds and that's during a time when people are reading a lot of books yet. Richard Baxter is also one of these guys that he got in a lot of debates. GotTa a lot of arguments but arguments all of the time to and tell me if you know somebody like this. You know someone who I would describe Richard Baxter. Someone who's sensitive to their conscious takes takes their conscious seriously and rarely thinks that other people are doing things the way they really should be doing or for the right reasons right and he makes that now so he's he's always kind of calling out people saying. I don't think you're doing this reasons or I don't think this is the way that that should be happening in. It leads to a lot of conversations and debates and I definitely know at least one or two guys in my in my life that totally meet that description. There's there's there's one story about Richard Baxter where he was having a debate with a guy about baptism in the ideas of that day around baptism and Dane gauged in this debate and the debate lasted from nine. Am to five PM and there ended up being three thousand people that came on looking like look really invested in this conversation. These two people were having and so much so that the sheriffs had to come and get involved to settle down the crowds because the crowds were getting so into it. And we're getting so lively that the type of person that Richard Baxter was. He's the type of person whose whose opinions are so interesting to listen to that. It can get three thousand people riled up all of a sudden right and not necessarily you know he's he's not coming at people with anger swinging hammers. This guy that he was having this debate with years down the road they'll kind of collaborate on some pamphlets and stuff like that work together a little bit and kind of endorse each other's work so it's it's kind of neat to see his interaction with the people that he doesn't always agree with a lot of time. Something else and you have to understand about Baxter. The the way he lived his life his style of church leadership and pastoral work would end up being honestly the blueprint for the way churches and pastors would run from that point on he. Kinda put out a lot of the ideas and people would go back. And let's do it like Baxter. Did it and one thing that he felt very strongly about was home visits. He thought this was just an incredibly neglected part of ministry. He said that he felt half an hour of just one on one time with a person or family would do more good for that person's spiritual walk than ten years preaching behind the pulpit would do for them. History was in a rural part of the country completely. They ended up completely. Outgrowing the church to keep renovating or remodeling to make more room for the attendance. When he when he got to that town it was a town of eight hundred families and just a couple. Maybe maybe just a couple of. We're going part time. When he ended up leaving there were six hundred full-time attendees and he had this weird line is kind of a classic Baxter. Almost we're at the end of it. He goes six hundred people. Come but I I would be surprised if even twelve of them were really sincere in their faith and it's just it's such an interesting just outlook on things. He's he's unique and the English civil war. You know we. We've talked about the English of were a little bit in the trail. We know that he again didn't aside with either side And it was kind of this turning point in his ministry where You get known for something one way or another right in after the war he really wanted to get people back together. You saw this devastation. That the war had caused in the disunity. And that's a big deal for him as this this unity being broken over the war so he wanted to bring people back together and he got pretty well known for it in was doing an Ra job at the Church of England asked him to become a bishop but he refused and that then made a lot of people really angry and he ended up getting his preaching license as it wasn't really a license but basically he was told can't preach anymore right if you had a preacher's license imagine that you're reaching license in air quotes. Yeah he just ended up on the on the wrong side of law enforcement. He ended up on the wrong side of of people in power and so he was getting shut down at events longtime in again he he turned on the bishop because he wanted to. Just keep preaching the way he wanted down preaching to the people who wanted to reach the small church and he wanted to kind of keep going where he thought God was using them. I guess you know people say we have bigger plans for you. And when he said No. Yeah people didn't like that and so now he's getting fined for you know miscellaneous stuff. His events are getting shut down by the authorities. There's a few different occasions where his books would be confiscated and he just took all of this kind of ran with it in stride when he preached. He said that he never felt sure if he would be able to preach again and he said he tried to preach every sermon as if it was his last and I love this quote here where he says that he like he was a dying man giving truth to dying man right so if at any moment like he's he's ready to leave this world he's he's just doing what he feels called the do in the time that he has left to help other people that are coming towards the end of their time. They have left right. This episode is brought to you by Liberty healthshare my name is matthew. Belus I'm with liberty healthshare. Liberty healthshare is a five zero one. C Three nonprofit healthcare sharing ministry a long way to say that we're a group of individuals who have gathered together voluntarily over a common set of L. Principles that share medical bills of one another. We do that without the assistance of any third party insurance or program. Healthcare sharing and liberty healthshare is not sure so people here that they say will. What do you do about largest and frankly? That's what we excel at and Christians use this as a way to express themselves in the realm of healthcare. So it's a way to really fulfill the law price to do as we are commended. The vital to share and mayor one another revert to learn more about liberty healthshare liberty healthshare dot org or call eight five five five eight five four two three seven. That's eight five five five eight five four two three seven in the end of his life. He'd sometimes preach But the law would hound him and he can never be in one place preaching for very long so maybe a guest speaker. Whenever somebody can have around for quite a long time I he could never get his own church again but the king at that time would die in a new one came to power and this last one he he let him off the hook basically kinda forgave him pardoned him of pretty much everything that was causing trouble and this this new king was trying to end wars divisions in trying to England past all of this stuff going on and so baxter was one of the people that got laid off now he had at one point sent over in that time he it's been eighteen months in prison over the course of those years he had had a time. And Baxter. There's one kind of problem we have to bring up with Baxter. And that is that. He chose to be a moderate and I think he chose it because he saw how the extreme way of life that he had seen in the other people had led to the English civil war and had all these bad consequences so he wanted to moderate. He wanted to pull back and he kind of sat down the road. The problem is people taking that path that he went down ended up people say basically he the seeds down that would lead to the enlightenment would lead to ecumenical. Ism would lead to all these bad things that would happen later on and much like the Salem witch trials. If you WANNA look at it this way that we talked about Joel and I and our revived thoughts deep dive much like the Salem witch trials kind of cool down the American spirit toward God. You could say that the English civil war kind of cooled off the passions of the people in England and they started to kind of go down a different road leaving that path and Richard. Baxter having lived through that he became one of those people. Who's kind of? Let's take this more? Moderate Road and other people jumped on that road and said well let's go even further and further until they kind of walked away from God in a sense but I think for Baxter. He just had seen the extremists of everything and he was trying to find a more. God centered path. That would bring about more of that Pinot the peaceful fruit of righteousness the fruit of peace and the fruit of being a peacemaker. He was really determined to just bring people together in unity. In a way that would reflect God because he had seen just so much of the disunity in his life. Yeah Yeah I mean and we talk about on the show all the time that we have this ability to have that hindsight twenty twenty right where we look at the effects that this person had in the following decades centuries rate and they don't know any of that at the time they're making decisions based on their environment and Baxter went through a terrible civil war and it's all terrible things and he made decisions on that and you know could did. He realize that his decisions would lead to different movements on the road. Maybe we'll never know what is heart is in what he desired for these things. It's really easy to look back on somebody into judge. Say See if he had just not done that right. We wouldn't end up here but you know we have no idea. He imagined his intentions for God were good. He seemed like he loved the Lord and loved vandalizing that breaching and I just think it's very easy to look back and go see that guy's wrong and I'm sure that one hundred years from now if we're all still here they'll be people looking back and go see this twenty first century Christians in America. Hadn't done this hundred percent this sermon that we're about to listen to from Baxter. He spends it talking about the things that we have to give up when we follow. God right too often. People want to have Christ but with none of the consequences and he talks about not wanting to give things up kind of really comes across as a sign of not being saved right because as hill. Say in the sermon. And make sense right. If you're a Christian that you'd WANNA give yourself up to Christ I will now show you some of the recent that self. Denial is necessary. I will prove it to you that it is no small thing and not the lofty standard of a few of the saints. Know it does his thing that almost have and will be saved. It is the essence of holiness itself. It is as impossible to separate holiness from self-denial as separating living from life. And if you think it strange that salvation should be dependent on such a hard duty and that no man can be a true disciple that does not deny himself even given his life when God requires it then I will show it to you reason one until a man denies himself he denies God and does not believe in Him. He thought love him and take him to be as God and I hope you will grant that no man can be saved. That doesn't believe in God or love him or take some I god he that will deny God and yet think to be saved must think to be saved. In spite of God the first article of our faith and of our baptism all Christian covenant is to believe in God the father and take him for our God and give up of ourselves to be his people but this no man can do without self the Nile. For by all that I have said in the description of it you may see that selfishness is contrary to God and would rob him of all his higher qualities and God would be no God self is the God of wicked men or the world's great idol and that the inordinate love of pleasure prophets and honor in trinity is all but this self love and unity and that in the militias trinity of God enemies. The flesh is a I thin foundation the world second and the devil. The third every man is an adulterer so far as he is selfish. God is not just a name for he that takes away from God's essence or attributes and still thinks he believes in God because he has left him his name and titles does just as bad as those who set up an image and worship that instead of God or that worshiped the sun or moon as gods because they somewhat represent his glory for surely name has as little substance as an image much less. Can you say it has more than the sun now? Selfish ungodly men will rob God and give his honor and desires to themselves but they will try to put off with empty. Titles they call him their God but will not have him for their in their portion andor joy and won't give him the strongest love of their hearts it will not take him as absolute owner. They won't devote themselves and all they have to him and stand with the Willing Mind as his servant they will not take him for their sovereign and be ruled by him and they won't deny themselves for him or seek his honor and interest above their own. They call him their father but deny him his honor they call him their master but do not fear. Him Malachi one six. They don't depend on his hand and don't live by law and for his glory therefore they do not take him for their God and can you expect that God should say those that deny him and what did thrown him. Those are is very enemies reason to yes more than this God will not save those and make themselves our own gods and who have rejected him. But all these on sanctified selfish men make themselves their own gods for an all the ten points before mentioned they take themselves the desires of God one. They do everything for themselves to they. Use all creatures for themselves. Even God himselves is recognized as only for themselves three a love their present life and prosperity better than God for they would be there themselves and live at some selves and not those that are not like them five they would have the creatures to be. There's and use them as a roan and not as gods six they must care for themselves and look out for themselves endear not trust themselves wholly upon God seven they will use things for themselves and their own conditions and never for anyone else eight they would rule them cells and be away from the laws and government of God nine they would be the rulers of all others and have all men do their wills ten and they would be honored and admired by all and half praise at -scribed them and if all this does not set themselves up as gods or idols in the world. I don't know what does certainly got his. So far from having a thought or saving such vile idolaters who stay in this condition that they are the principal objects of his high displeasure and the most deserving marks for his justice to shoot at and he is engaging employing them down and treading them into hell. Why should God stand by and see a company of rebellious centers? Sit Down in his throne or try to observe his sovereignty in divine rules. Would he leave them alone and then advance them to his glory? No he is resolved that he that humbles himself will be exalted and he that exalts himself will be brought low. And what Higher Self Exaltation can there be then to make ourselves as our own gods and therefore who will be brought lower than this reason three? No Man can be a Christian that doesn't take Christ for his Lord and Savior and no man. Without the self-denial can take Christ for his Lord and Savior therefore no man without self. The Nile can be a Christian and be saved. He who makes himself as an cannot follow Christ for Christ as a way to the father and not to Carnell no the business that Christ came into the world to do was to pull down and subdue this selfishness moreover whoever takes Chrysler Saviour must know from what it is that Christ myth save him and that is most importantly for oneself and no man can take Christ for his savior that renounces not self confidence and is not willing to be saved from the idolatry of Self Exaltation. No mankin take Chrisopher's master or teacher that doesn't come into his school. As a little child renouncing the guidance of the CARNAL SOUTH THERE IS NO ANTI CHRIST OR FALSE. Christ that is in the world that opposes Christ more am resists him in all the parts of his power then our karnal selves. It is this that will not stoop to his righteousness or to his guidance. Self is false. Christ our Savior of the world and its faults. God and therefore can be no salvation. Where self is not denied and taken down first reason for he who doesn't believe in the Holy Ghost and won't take him for a sanctify cannot be a true Christian or be Sade but no man without the self-denial beliefs in the holy ghost and takes him for his sanctify. Therefore without this self-denial no man can be true Christian or be saved. The very nature of sanctification consists in turning a man from himself to God it destroys selfishness and devotes his soul to God by Christ so it is beyond doubt that none but the south denying are sanctified but they truly take the holy ghost for their sanctify and truly believe in Him. So far is men are in love with the disease. It is certain they will not see the doctor reason five. No Man is a true Christian and in a state of salvation that Diniz renounces or reject sort of God but all men that don't have self-denial adhere. The word of God do renounce deny it or rejected therefore no man without South Nile is a true Christian or can be saved in the scriptures. We have eternal light. It Sam that make us wise to salvation a man that will be blessed must meditate in them day and night psalm. One three and it's not the. Here's but the doers of them. That are blessed but nothing is more clear and the Voice of Scripture calls out loud on all manton denied themselves and that the scope of it is to tear down South and set up God and Jesus Christ it is a very point in meaning of it for men to end to take down south and lower men in their own eyes and bring them home to God from whom they are in revolt reason six no man can be a Christian or be saved without saving grace but no man without self. Denial has saving grace for. It is nature of every grace to carry man from himself to God by Christ it is the work of Godly. Sorrow humbled proud man and break the heart of Karnal Self. It is the work of fate for a self denying soul to pass out for hope and life to Christ. It is a work of love to carry US quite above ourselves to that infinite goodness which we love. It is the nature of Holy Fair to fill our guilt and insufficiency and to suspect ourselves and dread the fruit of our own ways. Confidence does bottom us before God and hope itself does imply a despairing in ourselves. Thankfulness does pay homage to him that has saved us from ourselves and every grace have self-denial as half. It's very life or soul. So what is certainly no man has anymore grace. Then he has self. Denial reason seven they who reject the ministry and the fruit of all. The works of God are not true. Christians and are not saved for the use of the ministry is to call home centers from themselves to God use of every ordinance of God is to get or keep down Karnal self and exalt the Lord. Confession is nothing but self abasing and he must confess that will help the faithful and just God forgive him for he covers. His sin will not prosper. First John One nine proverbs twenty eight thirteen prayer as a confession of our own emptiness insufficiency and unworthiness and applying from ourselves. Help one another in baptism. We come as condemned prisoners for pardon as it were with ropes about our necks and strip ourselves of the brags of our filthiness by the blood of the land. We may be washed from our blood and our sins may be buried into the depths of the sea. In the Lord's supper renew the same covenant and the same renewed pardon and still fly from ourselves to Christ for life and reunite renounce our karnal cells by solemn cabinet as a people coming home to God so that never was any ordinance of God effectual and saving on the soul of any more so than when it brought them to self-denial reasoning. He'd that doesn't work sincerely and cannot go. Once step into the way of life is no true Christian but this is a case of all that do not have self denial for self is a principal ruling end and he that has either a false principle rule or end cannot be sincere in any of the means much less when he is out of all of these a selfish man is seeking himself in his very religion and is serving himself when he seemed to be serving God and indeed he does not do any service sincerely for God because he will make God is in and so he is an accepted resign. No Man is a true Christian or cannot or can be saved that stays on the depths of his natural misery still in his lap state but all men who stay in their natural softened snus do not change for to solve that they are beholden to and must be saved from it reason ten. No Man can be a true Christian and be saved that is not a member of the holy Church and the communion of saints but she will only find the salt denying there for every true member of the church has a public spirit preferring the church's interest to their own and suffering with fellow members in their suffering and having care of one another first Corinthians twelve but the self seeking unsatisfied. Person is a stranger to this way of life. Reason number eleven he that is led by the greatest enemy of God and his own soul is not a true Christian but so is every man that is not learned to deny himself for self is the greatest enemy of God and us. If you could escape your own hands then you would be out of danger. All the devils and hell cannot destroy you if you would not be your own destroyer. I reason twelve. Lastly it is the plane contradiction to be saved without self denial for as itself. We must be saved from both as our end and means and is our greatest enemy so to stay in self is still to be lost and miserable and therefore you are not safe so the case is as plain as a case can be but no man can be a true Christian or a disciple of Christ without self the Nile and consequently none without it can be the reason number three that he says is for self-denial beat a part of Asian. No Man can be a Christian. That doesn't take Christ for his Lord and Savior and no man without self. Denial can take Christ for his Lord and Savior. That sounds almost like he's just saying the same thing twice but think about it truly. Could you say it? Just imagine at work. My boss told me to do these different things. Did you do now? Now don't get to them. How long are you going to be employed? You're going to be fired on the spot but hearing that just goes what A. What a schmuck right. Well how can you say that? God is my Lord and Savior. I really love my do anything. God tells me to my Har- fully his. I'm I'm dedicated to God will do what he tells you in the Bible like deny yourself pick up your cross no. I don't that I kind of live my own thing but God is great Sunday morning for about five minutes. It's not going to be very realistic. And I think a lot of I duNno I. I am someone who came from a Christian home came from several Christian generations grandparents Christians and I do feel like it's kind of slightly. I don't know when you're raised in a Christian environment. When it's all you know I feel like there is a little bit of danger becoming Numb to donny of Christian life as opposed to someone who's a first generation Christian right now who came to know the Lord and college or something like that where they see the light and darkness. There's that difference to them. I think there's a wisdom and somebody who came later to Christ Sherry. No they really know what life out God is like right but I mean this is something that I feel like I struggle with to like the does my life really reflect this. You Know I. We had a Bible Study Group. That just went through James and James Hammers on that hard to as well as like. If you're faced is real it will result in real things that people notice that better tangible that they're they're works there are things that as a result of your faith being real in that needs to be something we take seriously. I know this isn't from the Seromba you put me in. James Abraham he brings Abraham Andrey Habit. I love it because as as the people for the worse. And Abraham is the father of the faith but he wouldn't have been the father of the head and put Isaac on the altar and Rahab is not the father of the she's the prostitute in. She had a bad job. She betrayed her country. She lied and yet she's considered faithful. Yeah because her heart was in the right place she was doing actions with her heart set on the right reasons and so God could use her and I back coming back to the sermon. You may not get self-denial perfectly. You may not live perfectly. But your heart's in the right place and you're doing something. I think Gaza going to move in your life a lot. More than if you go on the wayside the perfect theology or I'm no wait till everything is just right and then I'm going to move. I think God's not going to bless that second versus much thank you for listening to today's episode of revived facilities said was narrated by Vincent Silva. He is a native from southern new. Mexico now lives with his wife almost thirty seven years and five children in Boise Idaho. He's retired from the New Mexico public schools and also retired from the air force. He enjoys playing guitar and has a passion for God's word and witnesses every chance he gets if you enjoyed this episode of revived thoughts. 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Mercy, O Lord, Mercy!
"The following program is sponsored by the national prayer champion. Aw aw yeah. Aw has done Komo news from south now wrong along shooting with you. See and Okay Sir Sir inside God cry. UH Ah uh-huh Welcome to Pilgrim's progress. That was a new piece from an Irish Christmas by Keith Breath and Kristen Getty I love Irish music. I want to share it with you. I pray today God will bless you as you listen to the broadcast. I have much I want to share with you. The scripture say a in Luke the second chapter loop the second chapter verse eight and there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby keeping watch over their flocks at night an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shown around them and they were terrified but the angel said to them. Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of Great Joy that will be for all the people today in the town of David a savior has been born to you. He is Christ. The Lord Art this will be assigned to you. You will find a baby wrapped in clause and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests I praise the mighty God of Heaven. He came down as a baby and was born among us is name is Christ the Lord he is Jesus he is the Messiah. This wonderful news transformed men and women as they heard it. One of those men was a man by the name. I'm Peter. Peter was a fisherman. He was married. I've been to the remains. Means of his house. In Israel I stood there and tears came down my face with this man. He understood who Jesus was finally and he was willing to be crucified for Jesus the holiday that we celebrate his Christmas is not the birth of Jesus and the way we celebrated celebrate it in America is not about the birth of Jesus. It's about commercialism sentimentalism. There are some good aspects six about Christmas. Pagan people have their heart softened and opened in a way. They don't during the normal portion of the year and so I use. Christmas is a time of witness and ministry to non-christians especially to Muslims. I will buy Christmas gifts this year. As the Lord provides the money to do that and those Christmas gifts will go primarily to Muslims to call them to Jesus. I recognize that. Christmas is a the Pagan holiday. It's really not about Jesus but we can make it about Jesus. If we understand that in his great mercy he is willing to give us birth into were living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish or fade and that we become pilgrims we begin to take a journey. When read from you for view from I Peter the first chapter? You're listening to pilgrim's progress. The name of this broadcast is based on that famous book by John Bunyan wrote it in the sixteen. Hundreds bunion understood what the glory of Jesus was all about. He also understood the price he had to pay for loving Jesus. He understood because he spent in eleven years locked up in a meager prison suffering from heat and cold because he preached the gospel of Jesus wherever he could preach it and even while he was in prison the account says that people would gather at the window to the bars and he would preach to them where he could not see them but they could hear the cry of his voice as he. He preached to them the Gospel. The research into America today reveals that almost half of Americans feel lonely and isolated unhappy and the Christmas season only causes that loneliness and unhappiness to be magnified. And many of you may be struggling with loneliness endless at this time of year. Some of you are struggling with loneliness. All Time and there are are causes for that loneliness in part. It's because America has turned away from the faith of Jesus and substituted for sentimental empty of repentance. Faith it's also because America has given up family many of you who in families never sit down for a family meal together. I speak with families and they say no we just we just grabbing growl we take our plate and we go to the television. We sit there and eat. That's another reason they're such loneliness we spend time looking at cell phones owns and computers and not talking with each other this morning. I had to run some errands and when I arrived at the store that I had to go to do it was closed until eleven and so I had to find something to do. I went to a nearby coffee shop in Fairfax Virginia and I was astonished but not really almost no one was talking. They were sitting at the table husbands and wives and college students students in one table was talking about money and investing the other tables were looking looking at their computers and looking at their cellphones. Not Talking to each other husband and wife set right across from me looks of sadness on their face. As they looked at their cell phones. What would have happened if they'd put their cell phones down and just talk to each other but I find that's very hard for people today to be transparent and honest about what's going on in their lives they'd rather live vicariously by looking at facebook and other wicked places? Yes there is a desperate loneliness in America we have given up patriotism we've given up fellowship fellowship with become more and more isolated in our metoo generation seeking only that which would please my heart. Joy is not found around in pleasing. My heart joy is found in loving someone else particularly Jesus Christ so if you're lonely today there is a solution. The solution is to find somebody else to help. And I'm going to Jesus and getting honest with him about your heart and your condition and your sin. Jesus is the only source of Joy Ryan Peace and joy. Joy always comes as a side benefit to something else. It's never the direct object. A very successful businessman sat across from me and he said Pastor. Ray there's no joy in my life. What is the secret of joy? I have been seeking joy and I can't find it. I said to him. No you can't find joy by searching for it. Joy comes in lights on your shoulder older when you are sacrificing your life and time and energy to help someone else and you are following the master and Savior. Jesus that's not what he wanted to hear. You wanted to hear a strategy where he could do something to work out his loneliness and find happiness with his wife and family. He was unwilling to accept. The only source of joy is found in. Jesus Christ. Let me read this passage for you out of I Peter the first chapter. Someone sent me a text this morning. Mercy mercy that's what I need today and that's what you need today. We need the mercy of Jesus this and I pray that he will extend His mercy to you as you hear this passage that you will understand it first. Peter Peter One. I'll begin with verse. Three praise be to the God and father of our Lord. Jesus Christ in his great mercy. He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish rush. Spoil or fade kept in heaven for you. Who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time? Don't tell me you're saved yet. You're not saved. You will not be saved until you. You finish the pilgrimage and crossover. The Jordan are found worthy to enter in this is a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time according to the scripture in this you greatly rejoice though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold which parishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine and may result in praise. Glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you've not seen him you love him. And even though you do not not see him now you believe in him and and filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy for you are receiving the goal of your salvation the salvation of your soul and then again in the first chapter her verse. Thirteen therefore prepare your minds for action. Be Self controlled. Set Your hopefully on the grace nice to be given you. When Jesus Christ as revealed as obedient children do not conform to the evil desires? You had when you lived in ignorance but just as he who called you is holy so be holy in all you do for it is written be holy because I am holy since you call on a father who judges each man's work impartially. You live your lives as strangers here here in reverent fear for you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed handed down to you from your forefathers but with the precious blood of Christ a lamb without blemish or defeat he was chosen loosened before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake through him. You believe in God who raised as Tim from the dead and glorify him and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified hide yourselves by obeying the truth and I must stop migrate. The great burden of my heart is that you have not doc purified your heart before God that you've not really repented you've just assumed oh I'm saved. I'm good to go. It's all right. I can't tell you. How many funerals? I've attended through the years and I knew the person who died and the new their life. I knew how they treasured their money and their stuff and their ego and their pride. I knew how bitter hedren angry they were and yet the preacher who did the service preached him into Heaven. I heard somebody say I don't mind if I die because my wife is already there. Are you so sure for. How can you be sure when you and your wife never spent time with? Jesus never purify your hearts. You never left your sin. Are you so sure. Sure your wife is in heaven and that you're ready to go and join her. Are you kidding me. You treat so casually the things of holiness leanness and of God that's why I save mercy mercy mercy. Have you purified your heart by obeying the truth so that you now have sincere love for your brothers. He says love one another deeply from the heart for you have been born again not of perishable seed but of imperishable to the living and enduring word of God. I know people today who would say. Oh I'm a Christian and I'm on my way to heaven but they're filled with greed and they'll steal an ally and they'll cheat to get what what they want but they're converted. They're on their way to heaven and they'll testify and they'll tell another brother you need to be converted. Will you accept. Jesus Isa's what they haven't accepted Jesus yet not really. Because they've never purified their hearts hearts they still have sin in their heart. All men the scripture says are like like grass and all their glorious like the flowers of the field the grass withers the flower fall but the word of the Lord stands forever. This is the word Peter says that was preached to you. I'm coming preaching that word to you today and I'm crying mercy. Jio God for my brothers and my sisters mercy Jesus Mercy for Me Mercy for me mercy for my brothers and my sisters stors. I sat in that coffee shop. It's all I could do to not cry. Maybe I should have just just let the tears roll down my face. I just couldn't sit there without crying. Why because I saw these people as sheep without a shepherd totally caught up in the affairs of the day they totally caught up in making money totally caught up in their their wickedness? I cried out to God for them and I said Lord what's going to happen he very quietly whispered to me. They will not awaken weaken until judgment comes. God is sending judgment on America. In God's that's mercy in God's mercy he ascending Judgment Peter said in this you greatly. Rejoice that is the message of salvation. Though now for a little while you you may have had to suffer grief and all kinds of trials. Pardon me these have come that your faith of greater worth than gold which which parishes may be refined by fire they may be proven. Genuine may result in praise raised in glory and honor when Jesus is revealed he has to bring these judgments. He's bringing that judgment on America. Don't talk to me about prosperity. Don't talk to me about everything's going to be fine. It's not the the economy is crashing and people are even going to starve to death. Do you realize during the Great Depression of Nineteen twenty nine more than and seven million. People died of starvation in America bread lines at churches. It was a desperate time and that depression is nothing compared to the one that is coming to America. Don't take my word for just listened to the top economist. Donald Trump is speaking about all the the the stock market is up. And everything's great. No it's not it's going to crash it's going to. Crash and burn in. America is going going to undergo judgement from God to wake his church up to call people out of their wickedness. It's why I cry mercy. Oh God mercy of God in this book. Pilgrim's progress the evangelist Says to pilgrim and to his partner. You're almost out of this wilderness. And we'll very soon and very soon see the town you will enter next on your journey in that town you will be set upon by enemies who will be determined to kill you and who will succeed. Do you realize that's happening all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of Christians are losing their homes even Yay losing their families and their life because they are hated for their faith in. Jesus Christ do you think. That's not coming to America. This wicked governor of Virginia. He is advocating killing babies after. They're born he. He says it's a decision between the mother and the physician whether they should just let this baby die of starvation and lack of nutrient and water water and of course cut the baby up in pieces and sell its its organs organs. That means they'll kill the baby before it actually dies. So their organs are more valuable gruesome. This this is what happened and not so bad in Germany under gurgles and yet it's happening in America and the governor of Virginia UH advocates. This and his background is a doctor doctor who works with children. And now he's advocating draconian gun laws. He is moving. The State of Virginia toward other rebellion and destruction judgment is coming coming upon this nation and my heart is broken. And I save mercy mercy. Oh Oh God mercy bunion rights. You can be sure with that one or both of you may seal his testimony with blood so be faithful unto death and the king will give you a crown of life the one who dies there although his death will be unnatural and perhaps very painful will be better off than his companion not only because he will arrive arrive at the celestial city sooner but also because he will escape many of the miseries the other will meet on the rest of his journey. So when you come to town and this happens to you fulfilling what I've related then remember me and the things I've told you conduct yourselves like men. Commit the keeping of your souls to your God as you struggle to do what is right. Remember he is your faithful creator my brother and my sister. I want you to struggle to do what is right by the power of the blood of Jesus. Christ don't become discourage don't be downhearted. Rejoice in our Lord rejoice in his love and his mercy and his kindness for we wilburn doer trials and I saw in my dream when they left the borders of the Wilderness. They immediately we saw town before them. The name of the town is vanity and the town there is a year round market it called Vanity Fair it bears. Its name because the town that hosts the fear is only concerned with things that are unimportant and vein gene. All that is bought and sold at the fair is likewise vein and worthless as the ancient saying goes all that come with this vanity vanity. It's foolishness meaning it's empty. It doesn't have returner significance. This fear is no new business that's been established it's from ancient times almost five thousand years ago there were pilgrims walking to the celestial city just as Christian and faithful. Were doing bells above apology early. On and Legion with their companions seeing that the pilgrims path with through the town of vanity conspired together to set up a fair in which all sorts of being merchandise merchandise were sold all year long the merchants. The merchandise consisted of houses houses and lands traits and places in honors and positions and titles countries and kingdoms less than pleasures. There's delights of all sorts such as whores and lewd entertainment wives husbands children. Master's servants lives lives blood body soul silver gold pearls precious stones and whatnot. Moreover we're over at the fair you can always be seeing jugglers and cheats and games and today. If he were writing this he'd be talking about video games. You'd be talking about trafficked children for sexual exploitation traffic women you'd be talking about television videos movies. The redskins see all of these things even wives and husbands and children are all vanity. If they're not found in Jesus Christ only that which is planted by the father will remain when it comes everything else will be pulled up and thrown thrown into the fire that includes marriages and families. Only that which is found in Jesus is not vanity so you can shop online and have Amazon. Deliver your prime you. You can run up your bill at macy's you can shop til you drop if it's not found in Jesus Christ it's foolishness it's vanity vanity. It's useless sports journal life. I hope you hear the seriousness of my message to your heart. You understand what I'm saying to you. I don't mean to offend you but I do mean to wake you to recognize that America is going into a time of great and grave judgment that will be life threatening into you and your family. Many will starve to death. The economy is held up by VR currency that has no value and when confidence is lost. It will collapse like a house of cards. Yes we have all of the government turmoil today. The the fighting the bitterness the anger aw hostility the calling of names the cursing all of this vanity. Don't be caught up in it. Don't be consumed with it. I hear people say the leftist WanNa steal other people's money mm-hmm until it's all gone and then it's over. We're in a very serious time. We're about to crash and burn. Do you have your your calling and election. Made sure. Oh don't quickly told me yes. Don't quickly listen into the comforting sentimental words of the modern American Church and think that you're set for eternity without without holiness. No Man will see the Lord Without Holiness no man will see the Lord and Holiness Holiness only comes by a supernatural work of God as he baptized as us in his Holy Spirit after we have confessed our sins after we we have repented of our sins after we determined to walk clean and Jesus and ask him to come in and take over our lives. Now we could be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Spirit in Jesus can come into us. This is not cheap. It will cost you everything we're called according to Romans twelve to be living martyrs laying our lives on the ultra burnt offering to be consumed by Jesus Bunyan considers this this place called Vanity Fair. He says there's a British row. There's a French row. There's an Italian row of streets. There's a Spanish as German and I would add today. There's an American. There's a Saudi Arabian and various. Are you sorts of vanities are all sold as another fares. There is one particular commodity audited. That's in great demand and that's the wares of Rome to be promoted in desired and the current pope uh of Rome of the Catholic church is utterly wicked. He is grieving the hearts of many beautiful Catholic people who love chasis with all of their hearts but this pope is making peace with the Buddhists and the Islamists and he's calling for a one world church and there are even Christian pastors. Who who are going along with this including even now the Salvation Army? The booths would absolutely turn over in their Graves if they're not in their graves. They've gone on for they loved and serve. Jesus Catherine Booth especially I love her sermons. Salvation Army has become an NGO. It's become compromised. There are many wonderful Christian people involved in the Salvation Army but the leadership of the Salvation Army today is corrupt upped and is leading the Salvation Army into destruction would took the blood sweat and tears. The cries is the prayers of the booth family today. Quickly being poured down the drain of secularism awesome and humanism and uniting with the pope in a one world religion he says now I said the way to the celestial city lies just through this town. We're we're this lusty. Fair is held anyone going to the celestial city who will not go through this town must go out of the world and the Prince of Princess himself when he was here went through this town to his own country. It was bell's above club chief Lord of the fair who invited him to buy some of their vanities he even offered to make him Lord of the fair if only he would show him reverence as he went through town because the prince was such a person of honor bells above took him from street to street and showed him all all the kingdoms of the world in a short time in order if possible to allure the blessed one to cheapen himself and by some of his vanity ace but the prince had no interest in the merchandise and left the town without spending so much as one penny on anything there. The fair is a great ancient. And long standing place. Now these pilgrims said must pass through vanity fair and so they did but as they entered into the fair they created a great commotion and all the People in the fair turned their attention. Listen to the to pilgrims you know. Bunion is speaking allegorically about Jesus who had to pass through the fair and they were so angry at him that they crucified him. Don't think this gospel of Jesus is easy. Don't think it's about some sentimental deal where you can get rich. Were you can be prosperous and everybody will love you. If you'RE A true follower of Jesus Christ you will be persecuted for your faith because the way you dress the way you act and how you spend your time and money will be dramatically different than the way men in this culture. Spend their time. You will not be found lounging before the television or the theater. You will not be found downtown at one of the clubs. You will not be found gambling the great casino on the Potomac. If you're involved in all of that then you are not a Christian. You're a pagan if you don't plunge into the river dissipation you will be scorned in this world. If you don't dress like the women today in tight pants if you say they are not decent one couple find name them you you would immediately know them. They are international figures. He became a Christian and he had the courage to tell his wife. You must stop dressing using the way you're dressing. You must stop exposing your breasts. You must dress appropriate for Christian Christian. I so much agree men. You're not going to be able to wear your tight short sexy pants with your funny hairdo calling attention to yourself instill did you're going to have to humble your heart. Yes dress clean dress neat but not to show off your body the to honor your Lord. Some of you have beards and there's nothing wrong with the beard but when it's a beard that says look at me I'm somebody there's a problem when you dress in any manner to say. Hey everybody I have arrived. I am successful. I am here. You've got a problem. You are merchandising. In Vanity Fair there were several reasons. Everyone turned and looked looked at them I. They were dressed differently from the people trading at the fair the people of the fair looked at them in astonishment. Some said they were fools. Some said they were lunatics. Some said they were just outland dishman. We used to have a custom when I was a boy. All the women who came to church were hats or put scarves over their heads. I'm not saying that that's right or wrong. But I'm saying they were trying to show themselves as one who had respect for Jesus and I applaud that and they were trying to show that they had respect for their husbands and I applaud that I believe that scripture teaches that the curse of Eden was broken the Cross and that men and women are created equal. But they have different functions functions in marriage and the husband is very much the head of house not the dictator of the House. The head of the House the spiritual spiritual leader of the house. There are some old time things we need to take a look at again and some biblical references on how Oh to walk that we need to carefully examine again. Some of you have adopted. The course of being egalitarian. You're that's simply a fancy word to say genderless equality between men and women without roles. I have a problem with that. Some who say their gala -Tarian demonstrate by their behavior that they are not in any any manner cannery gala -Tarian. But it sounds good as you can tell. I don't believe in feminism. I believe in servants of Jesus Christ men and women who humble their hearts before God and before each other who walked loving and serving one in another in the name of Jesus and fulfilling the roles in our marriages that God has called us to fulfil now secondly as strange as the pilgrims attire appeared to be their speech was judged even stranger why because they didn't use the F. Word they didn't use the D. Word they didn't use the h word. They didn't curse. I didn't use slang. They weren't allowed. They weren't shouting and acting stupid. They were warm and friendly and open but they were not show offs. They were not there to prove something. They spoke the language of the promised kingdom rather than the language of of the world which was the common language of the fair so from one end of the fair to the other they seemed like barbarians due to the people in the city. They seemed like country. People will I'm proud to be a country person. A person the country of heaven and the greatest desire of my heart is that God would show us his marcy. I don't deserve mercy. I've not earned his mercy. Mercy mercy that is earned is not mercy mercy. Is that incredible pouring out of Jesus on the Cross and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the angels of God to lift us up so that we don't strike our foot against a stone. God has shown mercy to to you. I know he has. He's shown mercy to every pagan and every Christian. Will you respond to that mercy today turning from all wickedness. Will you respond to that mercy today. By by following Jesus let me see if I can reach our producer producer Mr drew. Are you there. How much time do we have left the broadcast team at about five minutes or less okay? We've got five minutes left in this broadcast and asking now. Would you turn your heart to Jesus. Would you let me pray for you. Lord I lift up my hands before your throne and I plead your mercy for every person listening to this this broadcast today. I know that you love them. I know that you laid your life down for them. I know Jesus that you're calling them to leave all sin to be washed in your blood to be made clean so lord I'm asking now in the name of Jesus. Would you call every person listening to this broadcast if there is any such sin in their heart if the arrows of conviction have pierced them today. Lord would you call them now to get on their face before you and to begin to specifically repent of every offense they have committed against you or their brothers or sisters their pastors their family. Lord would you cause them to confess before you those specific sins that they've been holding onto uh Lord. Would you reach out now in your grace and in your mercy with Arrows of conviction Lord would there be decisions right now for men and women to do whatever they have to do to get right with you and their brothers and sisters Lord. There are some listening who are so hard and so cynical so angry angry there are some who are so hurting who are so discouraged who feel hopeless in their hearts arts. Lord unmasking where you pour out your mercy you pour out your mercy right now for them will you bring to confession and repentance. Would you bring to healing of mind. Body and soul. Aw Oh you are God of mercy and kindness and and you heal the sick and you redeem the lost Lord. While you're all your probation is still open before each of those listening is finally crystallized fixed forever as they are either to go to heaven or to hell would you come. Would you extend your mercy to them right now. Lord I thank you I pray in your mighty name name he man. Would you take time today to cry out to God either for His mercy or his forgiveness. Would you cry out to him. I need his mercy. I need discourage do you. You've been listening to pilgrim's progress. We have just a minute left in the broadcast. I'd love to hear from you if this broadcast ask is helpful to you. Would you write to me and would you give the very best you can give as your prompted by the Holy Spirit that we could cover the bill for the month of December before the end of the month right to me at the National Prayer Chapel Post Office box. Twenty three forty six woodbridge for June two one nine five. That's the National Prayer Chapel Post Office office box. Twenty three forty six Woodbridge Virginia. Two two one nine five. You also go to our webpage national prayer chapel dot com. That's National Prayer Chapel Dot Com. We'll I'm pastor ray from the National Prayer Chapel. I'm so glad did you were listening today. And I'm so grateful for those of you who give God bless you. I'll talk to you soon. Aw Jeez trying.
One Last Chance To Escape
"The following program is sponsored by the National Prayer Chapel. Lever slaying. And you did not forsake sin now bond. You extended mercy to to. To. The House of God and to rebuild. Oh when we were guilty. Then Nick Kwiatkoski helpless in captivity. We've forsaken you ways with the mind. outstretched. On, will you he'll Don't. Shohei Russia. You. And the. Season's or be. Full Don't delay. If we your. Called by names now. Both. Pray. From Kim Away the new. A. Star. Sleep. Soon we. Confess we. We Trim who we We fast we more we. Separate. Ourselves from. Offering a sacrifice. Who Can? Confirm. We. Trump you down. We. All. Five Boroughs. On booby. S. To. Who saw? Call by name Shelby home. An praying seek your. Face to. From Week ways in you rule he'll. Welcome to Pilgrim's progress. I'm Ray Greenlee from the national per chapel. You have one last chance to be saved from the city of destruction. I. Pray you'll take. John Bunyan wrote. As, I, walked through the Wilderness of this world. I came to a certain place where there was a cave. I. Lay down in that place to sleep and as I slept I dreamed dream. And in this dream, I saw a man clothed in rags. Standing in a place with his face turned away from his own house. And he had a book in his hand. And the heavy burden upon his back. I looked and saw him open the book and begin to read. And as he read, he wept. And troubled. Not. Being able to contain himself, he cried out and loud voice. What shall I do? In this condition he went home. And tried to keep to himself for as long as he could so that his wife and children. Would not see him in such distress. But after a short time, his anguish had increased so much that he could not remain silent. So he began to share with his wife and his children what was on his troubled mind? And this is what he told them. Dear wife. Children. I am greatly troubled by this burden that torments me and grows in ways so heavily upon me. Moreover I have received information that the city in which we live. Will be burned with fire from heaven. When this happens all of us will be destroyed unless. By a way I do not as yet. See some way of escape can be found so that we may be delivered. Hearing this his family was greatly amazed. Not, because they believed what he said was true. But because they thought he was losing his mind. So as the evening approached. Hoping that sleep might settle his mind. They quickly put him to bed. But the night was as. To him as the day. Instead of sleeping, he spent the night in size and tiers. So. When morning came his family came to find out how he was doing. Worse and worse he told them. He started speaking to them again about his fears and concerns but they turned cold toward him. They tried to change his outlook by treating him rudely. Sometimes they would deride sometimes they would try to other times. They just ignored him. So he began retiring to his private room to pray for them. and to pity them. and to try to find some consolation for his own misery. He would often walk alone in the field sometimes reading sometimes praying. and. For a long time this is how he spent his days. then. One day I saw the man walking in the fields. Reading in his book and greatly distressed in his mind. As he ready burst out as he had done before crime what shall I do to be saved? He looked this way and that way. As. If he would run Yeti he stood still because he could not decide which way to go and just then I looked and I saw someone named evangelists coming toward him evangelists came up to them and ask why are you crying out? Sir. I understand from reading the book in my hand that I am condemned to die. And after that to come to judgment. I'm not willing to do the first nor able to the second. Why are you not willing to die since the life as attended with so many evils. because. I'm afraid that this burden that is on my back will sink me lower than the grave and I shall fall into hell. and Sir continued demand if. I've not ready to died than I'm not prepared to go to judgement and from there to execution. Thinking upon these things distresses me greatly. Will this is your condition. Why are you standing still? Because I don't know where to go. Evangelists gave him a parchment. And enrolled it so that the men could read. Flee from the wrath to come. When he had read, the man looked at evangelist very carefully and he said. which way should run? The evangelist pointing with a finger to a very wide field. Asked you see that distant narrow gate know? We'll do you see that distant shining light. Think I do. Keep that light in your eye and go up directly toward it, and soon, you will see a narrow gate and when you finally get to the gate knock and you will be told what to do. So I saw my dream. The man began to run. That's two grams progress John Bunyan. Edited by CJ Lubbock. Would if. The man. Who so burdened with his sin? Had Been told by the evangelist. A fault hope. I. What he'd been told. What it says. In Romans the tenth. Chapter. Let me read it for you. The word is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart that is the word of faith that we are proclaiming that. If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For does with your heart that you believe in are justified its with your mouth that you confess are saved. As the Scripture says. Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame. There's no difference between jouer gentle. The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. What if the evangelists had told him that? Would if the evangelists had just read the Tenth Chapter Of Romans. To him. And what if the man? Then had been comforted. And given hope. In the midst of his sin. And he had gone home and he had told his wife and his children. I have found deliverance. I have called on the name of the Lord. I have called upon the name of the Lord. I have confessed to with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead. And I'm saved. Would have he had been told that. And then this fall tope. He had continued to live in the city of destruction. But now he no longer noticed the burden on his back it was. It was a part of him. And he was told by others don't worry about it. We all have this burden on our back and and it be changed were always going to be sinners. But were saved. Don't lose hope in God don't lose hope Jesus. You've confessed him with your mouth. You believe that Jesus rose from the dead you're saved you can't be lost your in eternally what if you believe that? And he had lost his last chance. To flee the city of destruction. and. When the fire came. He would have been consumed in the flames and cast, into hell. you see Paul didn't write Romans the tenth chapter. He wrote a whole book. The whole letter to the church at. Rome. And you can't take out a comforting passage and say, this is the truth because as it stands by itself, it is not the truth. So. If we read that passage as I've heard many many people do. And claim that now because they have called upon the name of Jesus, they are saved. Because, they confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That they're saved. But they still continue to live in the city of destruction. You have one last chance to leave the city of destruction. We are at the end of time. The judgments of God are being poured out upon. America. Even as we talk now. It's not accidental that the fires are burning in a very wicked state. California. Oregon Oregon is one of the most wicked states in the United States of America fewer people there confess. Jesus as Lord than any other place in the United States. It is a hardened hearted people Washington state is the same thing. Washington Oregon California have all utterly rejected as a people the name of Jesus. Now, there are few Christians living there who were ernest I know some of them. But the judgments of God are falling upon them. And the judgments of God are falling upon the Church. We've been vomited out of the mouth of Jesus, go back and listen to the broadcast. Three reasons why we've been vomited out of the mouth of Jesus the Church. and. Now it comes to us as individuals we have one last chance. To escape the city of destruction. It would be much more comfortable and you'd be much more excited probably if I did a study on the book of Daniel and revelation and spoke about the end times and and spoke to you as though I know all of you are saved and we're on our way to heaven in Jesus is coming and just trust have hope in Jesus don't worry about it. We're on our way. I can't do that because I know that's not true. I don't come here to please you in your flesh i. come here to a awaken and you. And countless numbers of Christians. Have read the tenth chapter of Romans and they have believed that what it says is true as it stands by itself and stands by itself it's utterly taken out of context and it's not true. If you believe you can continue to walk in your sin. And that you're saved. Based on Romans ten, you have been lied to. Now. In Romance the, six chapter. Verse Twenty Three. I'm sure this is one of the scriptures that this man. was reading that caused him such heartburn? For the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God. Is Eternal Life. In Christ Jesus our Lord. The wages of sin. Is Death. So any salvation that I'm going to talk to you about. Must have a very clear means. Of, helping you. Of giving you the power and the strength and the ability. To totally leave your life of Sin. Jesus told a parable. WanNa share that parable with you. It's found in Luke the thirteenth chapter. I wanted to share with you the context of this parable because that is as important as the parable. Thirteenth chapter. Now certain ones were present at the same time. Telling him about the Galileo's whose blood pilot mingled with their sacrifices. And having answer Jesus said to them. Are you thinking that the gala liens were sinning above all the other gala liens? Because they have suffered in such a way. I tell you by no means. But. If you may not repent, you will all likewise self destruct. Or those eighteen on whom the Tower of Saloum fell and killed them are you thinking that these men? became debtors. Above all men dwelling in Jerusalem I tell you by no means. But if you may not repent. You will all likewise. self-destruct. Now it's in this context that Jesus now begins to tell them. This parable is terrifying parable. He said, there was a man. who had a fig tree? Having been planted in his vineyard. And it came seeking fruit from it. And found. None. I want you to be clear as I show this parable he's speaking now. About men and women, boys and girls. WHO become part of the Christian faith? He's talking about people who? Call themselves Christians. That is the term meaning of this parable. He said to the Gardner. Look Three years I've come seeking on this fig tree. And I find none. Cut It down. For why even the soil? Does it use up. The words it's it's just taking up the nutrients of the soil as lots of foliage. But it has no fruit of righteousness. It has no fruit of holiness. Cut It down. But having answered. That is. The man who works in the garden, the garden her. He said to him Sir. Leave it alone also this year. Until I made dig around it. And may scatter dengue or may fertilize it. And if indeed, it may produce fruit. Fine. But if not. You will cut it down. So we can be in the church. We can call ourselves Christians. But if we do not bear fruit for righteousness for holiness, if we're still walking in our sin. We have a short time before the Lord God of Heaven will say. person's not serious. Remove them from my house cut them down. They're just. Taking up the soil and the nutrients of my church. Remove them. The Gardner says. Oh. Wait. Let's. Let me dig around. The mid fertilizer. Let's see if indeed, it can produce fruit. And I'm telling you. This afternoon. The Lord is digging around your life. And he is fertilizing your life. He's giving you these messages on Pilgrim's progress. He's giving you other messages. Some of them are false messages giving you a false hope of salvation. But there are a few. Admittedly, very few. Who speak a very straight honest unvarnished word of truth. That tell you. You must leave your sin. You see to repent means to turn with sorrow. From my sin. And to stop walking in it. To leave it. To be finished with it. To no longer walk in the wickedness of my heart under the false pretense. Saved. It is not enough to trust in Jesus for your salvation. I know that sounds like heresy. And it is to the modern church. But many and most who trust in Jesus for their salvation will be cast into the fires of Hell. Because They never left their sin. They heard a false message. Out of Romans the tenth chapter. and. They utterly failed to read. Romans. The sixth. Chapter. They didn't read Romans six. The, me read this for you. Shall we say then? Should we go on sinning so that grace may increase By no means. We died to sin. How can we live in it? Any longer? How is it possible for men or woman? Who Says I am a servant of the Most High God to go and offer the. Members of their body. To the world. To darkness to unclean us, how was that possible? How can you say? I'm. A Christian. And vote for the Democratic Party. Where everything unclean is lifted up. where? The murder of babies is approved. How can you call yourself a Christian? And believe in Trans Humanism. How can you believe? That you're a Christian. And reject. The righteousness of God. The cause you to leave your sin. Listen. Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. Were therefore buried with him to baptism into death in order that just justice Christ was raised from the dead to the glory of the father we to May live a new life. Do you live a new life or are you the same as you were before you were baptized except you may be made a few improvements maybe you stop drinking or smoking. But you're still bitter angry. You're still depressed. You're still foreign catering still going to the pornography. You still lying cheating stealing. You're still involved in businesses that you know you should not be involved in. What stands between you and Jesus Be Honest with me. Is. It pride ambition. Jealousy. Envy. The love of money. The desire for power and recognition. What stands between you and Jesus? Are you trusting in Romans ten? And then following the way of the city of destruction. If you've been united with him like this in his death. We certainly also will be united with him. In his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him. So that the body of sin might be destroyed. That we should longer be slaves to sin. And yet you? WanNa Watch the NFL. You WanNa feast on all of the wickedness of our professional sports. You want feast on Nascar you want to feast on. Things of wickedness. And Call. Yourself a Christian. You have one last chance to escape. We are coming to an absolute crashing. Of America. What are you going to do? Now, we died with Christ we believe that we will also live with him. You notice. If you do not die with Christ. You have no hope that you can live again. So if you have bought the lie. Of a teacher who said that Romans ten was the full expression of Gospel Salvation. It was the Romans road that you must pursue. If you were going to be saved understand he's lying to you. You have not correctly understood the context of Romans ten Romans. Ten is absolutely true. But it's only true in the context. of Romans six, seven eight. It's only true in the context of Roman six, seven, eight, five, six, seven, and eight. All of the rest of the book of Romans, the letter to the Roman church, you must read the whole letter. So, if you're comforted in your sin. Your situation is hopeless. and. The Lord has shared with me. His. Grave. Concern, for. The, church in America. As he showed me the church. Saying trusted. Jesus. My hope is in Jesus. But turning aside. From the death and the crucifixion. With Jesus. You can say you trust Jesus and you can actually say and believe I trust Jesus for my salvation I'm ready to, go for heaven. But. If in that trusting of Jesus. You have not been. Crucified with Christ. You are having a false hope. Now. The desperate danger of what's happening in America. Is that American Christians? Have a false hope. Because of Romans ten. And saying I trust in Jesus for my salvation I am saved I trust him. It's like the I confronted with this issue and she became livid and screamed at me. I'm saved. I'm a mature Christian don't ask me to even consider the question of whether I'm saved or not. Will, obviously, her response demonstrated she was an immature Christian and she was not saved. She was held bound. We're in trouble. The American churches in trouble the judgment of God has come upon us. And we think we can do our own thing and have our own way. We think we're still in charge of our lives and our family. Because, there's a part of the crucifixion that has never happened. And our pride is. Is Huge. It's a huge pack on our back. There's no. humbling of our hearts before Almighty God and before each other. I fourteen. For cyncial not be or master. Because you're not under law you're under grace. But don't get comfort from that. Read the next verse. What then shall we send because we are not under law, but under grace by no means. You know that when you offer yourselves to somebody to obey him as slaves, you are slaves. To the one whom you obey. Whether you're slaves to sin, which leads to death or to obedience, which leads to righteousness. There's another passage. See if I can find it quickly. Over, here in the book of Of Luke. This is a vital. So buydell passage for you understand. Your it is. Luke. Thirteen. Verse Twenty. Three. Then a man ask him, Lord. If the ones being saved are few. Other words. Lord. There, only a few people going to be saved. He said to them, you must be straining every nerve to enter through. The narrow gate. For many I say you will seek to enter. And will be able to. They will think they entered. But they've been deceived. They think they've entered because they said, I trust in Jesus for my salvation. I love Jesus. But they produce no fruit of righteousness. And finally the Lord says. Don't let them take up the soil anymore. Cut them down. Read more on that in. John The fifteenth chapter, the first versus. Where the father prunes those branches that bear no fruit, these are branches that are into Jesus. And the SAP is flowing through them and giving them leaves but they bear no fruit why? Because they're walking in known in or unknown sin because they have refused to acknowledge the truth Of Jesus. They're filled with. The darkness of our culture they're blind naked miserable and don't even know it. I twenty five. This is Lou Thirteen, twenty five. From the time, the master of the House may be roused up and shut the door and you may begin to stand outside knocking at the door saying Lord Lord Open for us and having answered he will say you, I do not recognize you. or where you're from. then. You'll say we ate and drank in your presence you taught in our streets but he will say tell you I don't recognize you where are you from? You must depart from me all workers of unrighteousness. And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When you may see Abraham Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God but you being cast outside. And they will. Come from the east and the West, the north and the South and reclined in the Kingdom of God. Behold, there are the last two will be first in there are the first two will be last. There's another passage. OJ Rousselin Jerusalem. The one, killing the prophets and stoning the ones having been sent to her how many times I will gather you. Your children as hen gathers her own brewed under her wings but you have. You have will not. Your houses being left to you desolate. You have. One last chance. To Open Your eyes. And see the true condition of your heart. How Pride has blinded you. How arrogance? Has Fed you? Into a false belief. You have one last chance to recognize that if you're going to follow Jesus. You're going to have to acknowledge him as your only Lord and only master. And you're going to have to be crucified with him. You're going to have to die. And be born again. In the heavenly realm. This is a supernatural work of God that comes. As we lay our lives down and I hear some people say, Oh, I am so in love with Jesus and I I am given totally to him and he is my Lord and he is my savior and then the next moment. They're angry. Demanding. UNKIND. Impatient. And I'm saying. Lord. I thought they just said they were utterly given over to you, but you would not act that way. For. You were gentle. And kind. Loving merciful long-suffering. You had the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. What fruit do you have in your life? You say I've done everything I know to do. Then you have missed one thing. The one thing most vital. Lee. Aside. All self-improvement. Lay aside. All foot false hopes. And come and recognize that Jesus is your only hope. And he will strike down your pride and your arrogance. He will fill your heart with compassion. With mercy. He will make you. Not self-serving not pushing yourself forward to demand what you want the way you want it. I met. A Christian woman. Who desperately needed help? And so I helped. I gave her. What she needed. To buy food. But in my spirit. I said, why is this woman so rude? Why is this woman so rude? Undercutting friend. self-serving. And all have been able to do as weep for her. And Pray for God have mercy upon her. Jesus will give you blessings. He will fertilize around your life. He will dig up the loose the heavy dark soil around you so that it's loose so the moisture can penetrate. But in the end. You must decide to leave your sin. And you have one last chance to do that before the end. The city of destruction is going to burn. La. MIAMI. New. York. Washington. They're going to burn. There's only one way out. And that's to take the same path that pilgrim took in pilgrim's progress. And make your way as quickly as possible to the celestial city and you do that. By walking honestly with Jesus and allowing him. To Strip off the old man to crucify it. To make you into a new creature. To turn your heart toward heaven. And away from self. Away from. All. Of the things that you want in your selfish heart. Listen again. This is Luke. These are the words of Jesus please. Don't take Romans ten by itself. And denied the words of Jesus every apostles writing has to be viewed through the Lens. Of the four Gospels, we interpret the apostles writings through the words of the Gospels, not the other way around. A large multitudes were going along with him. And having turned he said to them if anyone comes to me and does not have single-minded loyalty to me over his father and mother. Wife and children, brothers and sister yet even his own life. He is not able to be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me is not to be my disciple you can say I trust in Jesus I'm saved that doesn't mean you're saved. You're saying so doesn't make you saved. It's when Jesus says that you're saved that you know you're saved. You must be. Crucified. You must take up your cross. Grace teaches us to say no to ungodly nece. Am I saved by grace? Yes. AM. I saved by faith yes and my saved by works. No. I'm saved by. Grace. But the grace of God teaches me according to tightest say no to ungodly nece. And the Holy Spirit comes into my life and into my heart. And gives me the strength Roman six will deal with this again tomorrow. Roman. Six is tells us that he gives us the strength to say no to sin because we are born from on high. Now, who from maneuvers twenty eight this is Luke fourteen twenty. Now, who from among you desiring to build a tower does not I after having sat down count the cost. If, he has the things for the completion. Lest, after having laid his foundation in not being able to finish all the ones observing might begin to mock him saying this man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king going to engage in war with another king does not I after having sat down. Consider if he is able with ten thousand to meet the one coming against him with twenty thousand. But if not being as yet far away having sent his embassy series, he will ask for terms of peace so that each one from among you who does not say farewell to all of his own possessions. is not able to be my disciple. Salt is good but of salt may become tasteless. With, what will it be seasoned? It is neither fit for land nor for the rubbish sheep. They throw it out. The ones having years to hear he must here. Do you here today. You have. One last chance. And if you say to yourself. I Have God's grace. I'm covered. Romans. Ten says so. All you did was hide. The burden of sin on your back and make so that you could not see it. You Must Be Crucified with Christ. You must be born from above, and in that process, you will be made righteous. You will be made holy as a free gift. It's not by works. But you have to turn solely and completely Jesus an utterly renounce your own life. and. Make Jesus Christ the master of your soul. This book of. Of. Romans. Read for you again. Romance. The six chapter. Birds Eleven. So also, you must think yourselves to be dead indeed to sin. But Living for God. In Christ Jesus our Lord. Have you thought yourself. Dead to sin. Not, for some false hope. But because in reality. You are dead to sin. You have been transformed. You've been made into a new creature in Christ Jesus. You still have a chance. Hebrews the Fourth Chapter tells us. That there is yet today. A Sabbath today's guest. For. The people of God. And we are urged to. Into that rest from our own works. From our sin. And enter into the creation of God. for He made you to walk in holiness and righteousness. and. So many of you. I'm terrified for. Because you are comfortable living in the city of destruction. And you live under the false illusion that. You're fine. Because you trust Jesus. Will that? Fig Tree of trusted Jesus. And he said, but it bears no fruit. So cut it down. You have to bear, fruit. It's the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It's the work of God in your life. It's not some silly. self-improvement deal. Strategy for making money or success. It's turning everything over to Jesus and walking faithfully. Walking faithfully with him. You have one last chance. To leave. The city of destruction. And to begin an honest journey in the school of the Holy Spirit. To leave behind the ways. The filthy ways of the flesh. The world and the devil. Will you take? Almighty, God I pray that. You will break the deception. That has blinded the eyes of so many in America. To Endure, pride think that they can say I trust in Jesus and that means they're saved. But there's no evidence of your holiness in their life. There's only evidence of wickedness, pride and anger. Oh Lord. Please, come. Please come. Holy Spirit come. Revive, US. Once. Again Save US Almighty God. I, pray in your. Holy. Name. Amen. We have been listening to pilgrim's progress. I'm glad you've tuned in tomorrow we're going to go further in the study of. Romans the six chapter. I. Know It's not easy. But we need to hear it plainly. We need to hear the contextual meaning of the verses in Romans. Come again, tomorrow and share tell a friend. Right to me please the National Prayer Chapel Post Office box twenty, three, forty, six, woodbridge, Virginia. Two two, one, nine, five, or go online. If you love this broadcast and you stand with me that this broadcast needs to go out over our whole Washington Metro area. Then stand with me financially also. Thank you for the two of you who did that this morning? You can give by going to national prayer Chapel Dot Com. 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The Place of His Presence
"The following program is sponsored by the National Prayer Chambal. Save Your is really surely. He cries small Doug B. He is my mind to his to prove students be created ages. He has spoken surely the time passed. They asked to see. And A and Zhou help see through. You should come play stress temptation pain. He is Tom in salvation through much. Tribulation ooh ooh along sw order grease please. Yeah That Uh Uh Jesus Nas and since the sweet eh presen- tool surveys seal Gone from me. It's gone from me Welcome to Pilgrim's progress. I'm not here to convert you to Jesus that may surprise you. I'm here to call you to be a disciple of Jesus. There's a big difference between a convert. Who will agree and a disciple who will follow this message that I bring day by day to you as a message calling you first to repentance to turn away from your darkness and instead to come to Jesus and stand in the light and follow him and be a disciple of his the writer of the book? Pilgrim's progress John Bunyan in back in sixteen. Seventy eight sixteen sixteen sixty eight. He was imprisoned eleven years for Preaching The Gospel. He was not a trained pastor. He was not recognized by the church. He was at tinker her. He repaired pots and pans. He went door to door. It was dirty hard work and then he also preached. He preached the Gospel of Jesus to everyone on who would listen. They arrested him. They put him in prison and they said you have to stop this preaching. He couldn't stop. He had a window a pie in his cell. No glass on it. It was cold in their new winner. Hot In there in the summer crowds crowds would gather down below and listened to him preach to that open window. He couldn't see anything but some sky but they could hear him. He was a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was not a convert of convenience to get what he could get. He was there to give the Gospel and in his book. Pilgrim's progress he spoke about a man in a dream that he saw he was dressed in rags and this man had a book in his hand and a heavy a burden on his back and he he looked as he saw him. Open this this book and begin to read. And as he read this book he began to weep. He began to tremble saying with a loud voice. What shall I do? What would prompt a man to do that? He began to see the reality of his spiritual condition. Before God he began to see the shallowness and the cheapness deep notice he began to see the the city for what it really was a place of death of destruction of burning. Everyone thought he was losing his mind. They called him a radical. They tried to calm him down. His family tried to calm him down the more they tried to calm him down. The more he read the book and the more concerned he became and he finally asked the question. What shall ally do to be saved? And the answer was not to be converted to Christ to say a little sinner's prayer to walk down the aisle L. Smiling. No the answer was. Do you see that small gate over on Far Hill. No we see the light up there the mountain yes. We'll go there and you'll find a gate enter into that gate. Hey and you'll be told what you must do now. Jesus spoke of that gate. Matthew the seventh chapter verse thirteen. You must enter in through the narrow gate the narrow gate the pinching gate. Why because it meant you could not take your worldly things attitudes and beliefs in through that gate? You had to recognize that you were a sinner you had to recognize that you were going to hell. Why does the gate? And broad is the way leading into destruction and many are the ones entering through it. How narrow is the gate and restricted? Is the way that leads to life. This is the terrifying part art. Only a few are finding it so the Bible clearly tells us Jesus told us that only a few people were going to make the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ no I want to be in the place of Jesus presents regardless of what it costs me. The the great desire of my heart is to be in the place of Jesus presence to be with him to be his disciple to follow him with all mind strength. My love everything. I have to follow after Jesus many of you listening to this broadcast have said your convert to Jesus you believe in him and yet you're not a disciple. What do I mean you? Don't follow him. You bring Jesus into already full life in Jesus. The full life has to go out and Jesus has to be everything to be given utterly to him you see Jesus is the the only way a man or woman can be saved there is no salvation outside of Jesus now all roads lead to the same place the Buddhist road the Hindu road. I have a neighbor that I'm becoming acquainted with. He walks every day the street in front of my house. I often him walking with him. Talking King with him and slowly were beginning to look at his Hindu philosophy. Now the road of the Hindu will take him to the same place. The road of the Christian will take the road of the Buddhist. The Muslim the Shinto all of the roads lead you did the same place and that place is the judgment seat of Jesus Christ we will all stand before the judgement Kabar of Jesus but not all of us will have the same verdict. Read over our lives. Jesus is the only way and those who follow another path will in the end find themselves cast into utter darkness. I WANNA share with you a few texts in scripture that basically say would I just shared with you in John The sixth chapter. Let me turn to it John. The sixth chapter Jesus is speaking burst. Forty eight. I am the bread of the life. I am the bread he says. Your father's eight. The Manna in the desert. And they died. This is the bread coming down out of the heaven that anyone may eat of it and may not die spiritually. I am the living bread now. Let's be clear this phrase I I am is a declaration that he is the mighty Eddie God of Heaven who created the heavens and the earth he is the king and he's saying I I. AM The living bread coming down out of the heaven. If anyone may eat of this bread he will live eternally and yet the bread that I will give is my flesh which I will give and behalf of the life of the world. He was referring here to the soon coming crucifixion. The Jesus said truly truly I say to you unless you may eat the flesh Russia the son of man and may drink his blood. You have no life in your selfs. The one eating my flesh and drinking my blood has eternal life life and I will raise him up at the last day for my fleshes truly food and my blood is truly drink. The one eating my flesh and drinking my I blood remains in union with me and I in union with him. Now turn quickly in the same named Chapter Chapter Six. Does this cause you to fall away. Vir- Sixty two. What then if you may observe the son of man going up where he was before the spirit is the one making alive? The flesh does not profit prophet. Anything the RAIMO that is the breathes word that I speak to you. These words are spirit and they are life but there are certain ones among you who are not believing. Now what he's saying is I'm speaking to you about spirit. Things not material things he's not saying via cannibal and eat. Eat My body. He's saying look in the spirit. Realm you must consume my flesh and my blood. You must take me in well. Let's talk about that a moment. You are a spirit person. Your Spirit tells you tells your body what to do it tells your body to lift your hand up and take that thing off the shelf. Your spirit is in charge. View Your Spirit directs your actions and Jesus now wants to speak directly to your spirit which is the source of all of the actions actions of your life and he saying to you. Look you need to take me in because I am life life. Now the man who takes in to his spirit the things of darkness. Let's be specific. The things of this world are of darkness and they will all burn in the Great Day of Judgment. You will not be able to take your money with you some of you say well. What if I don't believe that Jesus is the way okay see? It doesn't really matter it doesn't really matter what you say you believe. The truth stands outside of you and not under your control so if you say I don't have time to be in the presence of Jesus I don't have. I don't have an interest in eating his flesh and drinking his blood in the spirit. I don't have an interest in that I wanna sit and watch the ballgame ballgame. I want to do this or do that. I'M GONNA go make money now. And the lust of your heart is for the things of this world world and the entertainment of this world. Would you do for your New Year's Eve celebration. Did you fill yourself with alcohol and worldliness and darkness. I was invited to New Year's Eve party and I went and I was shocked but what I saw on what I heard because many of the people that I spoke with said yes they had been converted to Jesus. Your parents were pentecostal so they were Baptist or they were Catholic or they were whatever. Are you going to church now. No we've kind of dropped off. Why well the answer is all of the things things of this life that demand time and attention feasting on and the things of this world and this earth and ignoring the fact that they're naked? They're dressed in rags that they have a heavy burden on their back. Please hear me some of you are carrying such a heavy burden on your back that it's all you can do to make it through one day after another. You're exhausted Austin. You're tired of the battle. You're carrying a heavy burden of sin on your back you've gone after the the world the flesh and the devil you've gone after the world's music you've gone after the world's conversation I sat and listened this New Year's Eve party to some of the people seeing at the top of their voice worldly wicked songs. They knew all the words. I'd never heard these songs before. I was glad I went because I got to experience reince firsthand conversations with many who are lost and yet there's a longing in their heart and in their face face in their in their conversation. There's a there's a longing for something more but they're consumed by the spirit of this world. It's not enough to be converted. You have to become a disciple. Only disciples of Jesus will enter the Kingdom of God and they enter via. Jesus Christ so let me share another scripture with you. John John The tenth chapter. I'll turn turn to it quickly. John Tenth Chapter. Read this for you. Then then Jesus said to them I am the door I say you. I am the door of the sheep. Deep all who came before me are thieves and robbers but the sheep do not hear them. I am the door. If anyone may enter through me he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture the thief it does not come except that he may steal may kill and may destroy. I came that you may have life and may have it abundantly so Jesus plainly saying look if you want to enter into my kingdom you have to come in through me. I am the door. I am the Good Shepherd now. He has another passage of scripture John. Fourteen eighteen. I'm looking at several of these with you today. John Fourteen ver six. I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. He's he does not say I am one way. No he says I am the way the path I am the road road to heaven if you are not on this road to heaven if you are simply converted Jesus said a little sinner's prayer and now you've wandered it away. You'd never become serious about following. Jesus it's time he is the only way he is the truth and he is the life there is no life outside of. Jesus you say pastor what are you talking about. Does everyone die yes. Hundred percent mortality rate. Everyone will finally die. The ones who will move on into eternity with Jesus are disciples not converts. Yes it's necessary to make that decision that we will repent of our sins. It's necessary to make the decision that I will give my life into the hand of Jesus Jesus at that point. I enter through the narrow gate I enter into the school of the Holy Spirit and he begins that process. Assess of taking me on the journey all the way through the Valley of the shadow of death. The place of humiliation. He takes me all all the way through to the Jordan River where I must pass through leave this life to be welcomed into the other side into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ now. There's another passage of scripture in John. The Fourteenth Chapter John On the fourteenth chapter he he says if anyone may love me he will keep my word that is. He's taken God's word into his heart and he's no disciple he says my father will love him and we will come to him and make a dwelling place with him so if we enter through that gate if we see that he is the way the truth and the life then we truly begin to enter her into Jesus Christ as a disciple not as convert now acts in acts the Fourth Chapter Apostle Peter's preaching. It's after the healing of the lay man for sixteen by faith in his name. This man whom you see and know was made strong by his name. That is the name of Jesus and faith through him. gave to him the complete soundness before all of you and now brother and I know that you did it in ignorance as as you did also your rulers but those things which got announced beforehand by the mouth of all his profits that his Christ was to suffer he thus fulfilled in other words. They crucified the God of Heaven. Consequently you must repent and must turn around for your sins to be wiped away so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord now. Let's be clear there's no other name there's no other name under heaven by which we must be saved there is no other name verse. Twelve of chapter four and there is no salvation by like any other because there is no other name of a different kind having been given among men by which we must be saved saved. Rescued pulled out of destruction. Bunion was right. This man was living. In the city of destruction it could have been Washington. DC filling is hard in his mind with everything of this world and this flesh can't walk that way. Now this one more passage on windows share with you and then I'm going to go to a part of the Argentine story. The Argentine Revival Burst was twenty three of first Peter. The second chapter who being verbally abused use. He was not answering back while suffering. He was not threatening but he was handing himself over to the ones judging. He handed himself over to the one. Judging righteously that is his father who himself bore up our sins in in his body upon the tree that we having died to the sins may live in the sphere of righteousness us. It is necessary than that. We die to our sins that they be forgiven. AGFA may they be removed from us and live in the sphere of righteousness by the wound of whom you are restored for you. I used to be as sheep being led astray. But now you were returned by the shepherd and overseer of your soul. Have you been returned to the overseer of your soul I believe the church is where disciples are made we need to be in a place where his presence dwells. We need to be in a place where we can be held accountable honorable where we can rest safely in. Jesus as he disciples us in this school of the Holy Spirit though. I WanNa read for you. A portion of the flaming Ming flame by Dr Edward Miller the Argentine revival. You've got to help me. I'm at the end of the road and can't go on any longer exclaimed. The desperate young man the minute he pushed his way through the door of our Mardell plateau home his home and marriage tottering on the abyss of disintegration mastered by alcohol engulfed by deaths unable to keep a job filled with frustration and bitterness in rebellion and hatred the backslid and son of a backslid and pastor her head finally come to the other end of himself. I'm just hearing today in the spirit are at that there are some of you listening. Who are at the end or coming close to the end of yourself? Listen you will hear a word of God as a child. This young man wince had been reared by his mother in abject poverty on a small farm impera guus primitive Indian land shoeless clothed in rags for months existing on a meagre diet of bread and a route and wild fruit. He shared the humble hut at home with his mother. Brothers and sister life had enclosed him in the struggle for existence. The Day Sin Rob up the family of the fathers protecting presence and support blaming God for this unjust treatment or so whence considered sittard it. The youth turned away from him. Searing flames of resentment and self pity began to burn in his heart. He bitterly determined Herman to master the circumstances which bound him to this miserable existence in the coming years few were the opportunities for advancement in Paraguay so after his marriage to a lovely Christian girl he moved to Argentina to continue attending school at the same name time he worked long hours to support his family by many months of determined and sacrificial study he prepared himself to qualify for the better positions but because of his pride because of his bitterness his lofty despising ising of the lowly place in hatred of others even his diligent work and scholastic attainment we're not assets bidder against the world bitter against God himself high-minded and lofty victimized by frequent demonic. Rages Ages and press. He tried to drown it all in alcohol. As inner and outer pressures increased during these turbulent years when life with him was not impossible his faithful wife stood tolerantly and faithfully by his side carrying for their home and two beautiful children struggling to make ends meet losing one job after after another suffering continuing financial reverses. He moved from town to town dragging his family along. Always ending up in debt and drinking king heavily as a converted Christian. He wants attempted to pastor astor church but when the parishioners discovered his harsh temperament and drinking habits he lost their respect in the pasture. It is well having lost all jobs. Having lost all friends lost his money and even his self respect he was finally on the verge of losing the ones dearest to him his wife and his children after fruitless hoping praying and waiting his wife it had reached the end of her endurance. Although although whence had tried everything nothing had worked prayer religion religious services making a vows resolutions to reform all had been in vain he had wept and suffered condemnation. Still things only became worse was there no answer was was there. No solution homeless desperate contemplating suicide as the only way out. He suddenly remembered panel perhaps in Penau he could find an answer that night he hitchhiked to panel in Mar.. Del Plata unbeknown to him was the. This was the eve of a scheduled prayer conference. He arrived just as it was beginning as whence talked with me and poured out his many problems. God opened his eyes to see for the first time. The only true Solution the straight and narrow gateway of humbling himself and praying. The simple prayer of the Publican can God be merciful to me a sinner as the result he stood to his feet feet and one of the chapel services in humbled himself before the believers assembled there between sobs. He explained how for years. Although a professing Christian Christian he had walked far from God driven by a spirit of martyrdom and self pity he had become bitter against God himself holding him. I'm responsible for the tragedy of his early life blaming him. He said I began to drink to forget my troubles but it only increased list them. I found neither peace nor joy only hopelessness and now I just can't go on any longer. I I must find God as he fell to his knees on the floor sobbing. The ministers gathered around him to pray way the congregation. Now move by this. Desperation also began to pray joining saying their prayers to those of the one who for years had interceded at the right hand of the father for this one. In finding repentance the product found God an encounter which resulted in a write about face a going in the opposite opposite direction contract and broken by the realization of the folly of his former ways the product who for years had fled the one who loved him returned home to God and in returning you found rest for his soul immediately afterwards. Considering that God's work had been completed he left for another town to stand on his own but very soon he discovered that he needed many months more under panels covering and protection for the work of transformation nation to be completed his repentance of heart was immediate but the restoration of his life the changing of old habits habits the establishing of his feet firmly on God's path the highway of holiness took many months as God worked patiently patiently to reform his life. He found refuge and shelter in panel today. Some years later Peter Whence with his lovely wife and children is doing the work of a pastor evangelist in a district province his life and irrefutable witness witness to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to restore to revive even the one for whom years had been lived in slaved waived in sins shameful and Shabby Serfdom through his anointed ministry. Men Are Finding Relief and and deliverance from the heart once filled with self pity despising bitterness and pride there there began to emanate another aura. The fragrance of the lovely lowly loving Nazarene at panel he had met the Almighty Heidi face to face and his Seoul was liberated. But why had he come to panel in Mar del Plata. What was Penau? Aw conceived in the heart of God build. According to the pattern he gave established upon the principles and precepts he ordained constructed constructed with materials. He provided an answer. To importunate prayer. This Bible Institute is fulfillment of the promises of God ought himself Panella place chosen by God to be dwelling place of his presence for panel. Means the face of the Almighty righty. The Lord has become too many a sanctuary. A hiding place a cover from the storm and rain a rock walk a strength to the poor and the needy in distress a refuge from life. Storms panel where I met the Almighty mighty face to face. My Seoul was liberated genesis. Thirty two thirty in a living memorial to the truth that what God has promised he is able to perform the imperative need for qualified national workers to shepherd the pastoralist flocks of newborn lambs and revival awakened in Argentina impelled me to further prayer and fasting to find an answer from God everywhere everywhere it had been the same in the awakening and bonus series in nickel. Chia La Brea Cheiko. The ease of winning new converts was in tragic contrast to the dire scarcity of workers qualified ride to establish these new little ones in God an evangelistic campaign in any town would produce almost overnight a new congregation hunger Gatien but where were the pastors adequately prepared to shepherd them. I would change that. I would say where are the ministers Matour a tour knowing the word of God. Where are they? If the Lord broke out in revival today we would be faced with the same terrible arable condition. We would be faced with thousands of people who wanted to follow Jesus who've been converted but who had not yet it become disciples. But where are the disciples today to train these new believers where are the disciples disciples. Where are they gathered? Where have they left their pride in their bitterness in their anger? Where have they left? All of the worldliness and become followers of Jesus Christ. He writes the abandoned Listrik effort in the town. Columbia taught us a costly lesson. After battling against Satan's fortress to make significant cleavage in the wall bulwark after forming. A congregation of folk would never before heard the Gospel we faced defeat for there was not one pastor to pastor these new believers and we had to abandon them to evangelize and awaken the unconverted into the light of the light of life in Christ Jesus and then to abandon them to languish alone in the desert to meet Satan's fiery temptations nations and life storms alone was not the answer. God must have a solution a better way. Well he does have a better way. And it's called the church and I and a few other other men and women are absolutely committed to build in the name of Jesus a church not on the architecture of the modern entertainment and shallowness not on the architecture of men who want want to be popular and loved but instead on the architecture given in the book of acts where we come together together and we pray and we weep and we studied the word of God and we love one another. We disciple one another in preparation for the work of disciples that is going to have to go on as God moves in revival power in Washington. DC I spoke with a man an old man many many years ago. He'd been a part of the Welsh revival. He said the revival did not prosper. It was slowly eaten away and then it was almost totally gone. And if you go wheels today the revivals gone and I said brother wide did that happen. He said because there was no church that had disciples of Jesus. They were all converts but they had never deeply moved moved into the school of the Holy Spirit. They had only added Jesus to their old ready wonderful life their religious life their social life their work life but it was their life and this old man with tears said to me. You want revival. The bill disciples men and women who can teach the new converts men and women who know how to care for another person who who will lay their life down in sacrifice for another person then. That's where I stand today. The national per chapel went through some real people's through some immaturity on my part through some very poor decisions on my part until now we have a remnant and I have all of you who I consider congregation and now it's time to rebuild. Now it's it's time for church to be a safe place for men women and children. It's time for a church to not follow the popular ways of the world for a church not to be simply a place where people attend and you see. The church is not a building the churches of people and in that church urge there must be a constant maturing and growing in discipleship. So that those who are in the church can disciple other believers. There's who are new converts and the message of the Gospel has to go out with mighty power. So that can I put it very simply some of you have given you you just go through the religious rituals. You know you're not right with Jesus you have prayed trade. You've wept but some of you haven't even done that and you're wondering where. Where do we go? I invite you to consider coming to the pro chapel because there I know you will meet Jesus and you will meet other mature adults. You will meet others. Yes who are serious about the walk with Jesus and who were proving it by the way they live. They have entered the narrow gate they. I have walked through the Valley of the shadow of death. They have walked through the valley of humiliation. They have been nurtured it and taught by the Holy Spirit. Do you need that kind of environment. The story I read today of whence it's so common except that most don't go into the depths of wickedness as he did instead they just dwell on the surface And never follow. Jesus truly I'm inviting you to be serious about Jesus and to make a decision that you will submit yourself to the school school of the Holy Spirit and ask him to begin to disciple you after. Jesus Christ you see the Holy Spirit is the one who was sent to be our helper to teach us to guide us but you need read other people as well for many years I used to say I'm about Jesus and and while that's true I'm also very much about his people. I need Jesus and I need as people and I need accountability at the end. I need love and nurture and support. I need care. I know we all need that. We all need that. We need each other. We need our families. We need other men and women who are serious about Jesus. What do you need to get on this path of discipleship ship? If you're not a convert then please come quickly and make a decision to follow. Jesus but that's not enough you've got to then also move forward and be a part of the school of the Holy Spirit and be taught by the Holy Spirit how to walk with Jesus how to be filled with his holy spirit baptized in the spirit filled with the Holy Ghost. So what is it that you need and what take for you to decide today that you finally a ready to get serious with Jesus and be in the place of his presence. I can tell you now. His presence is at the national per chapel. You may be at a place where his presence is also very much clear and at that place is anointed by the Holy Spirit. And you are being disciple pulled and you are growing in. Jesus stay right there. If you're being encouraged to read the scriptures stay right there but if you're not and you need that. His presence is at the National Perch Apple. And he'll meet you there now. I encourage you in just the last minute. We have before the close of the broadcast. I am reading the Scriptures from Genesis to revelation in one month the month of January. I encourage you to join me. In the reading of the word that is a powerful way to enter into the school of the Holy Spirit. Well we're out of time. You've been listening to pastor Ray Greenlee from the National Prayer Chapel. I'd love to hear from you. Please write to to me at the National Prayer Chapel Post Office box. Twenty three forty six Woodbridge Virginia. Two two one nine five five. I also look forward to hearing from many of you. On the webpage you can donate by going to national per chapel L. Dot Com. We're in the process of trying to simplify that process. But thank you for doing that as I hear from you. My heart is encouraged. I need you and you need me. We need the Holy Spirit friends. So this has been pilgrim's progress. I love you dear brother. Your sister share this message with someone else. 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