Did you know that the antichrist is already here? Just as the Jews missed the Christ because he wasn’t what they expected, many professing Christians miss the antichrist because it isn’t what they expect. The antichrist is not a man who will rise up for a few years at the end of time. The antichrist is the Gnostic delusion that teaches, “You’re saved,” while denying the necessity of quitting sin. Today, will you honestly face John Bunyan’s question, “Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to heaven, or have thy sins and go to hell?”
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, if you may not be changed inwardly and may become as young children, you may never, never enter into the kingdom of the heavens” (Matthew 18:3, Lavender New Testament). This inward change is a supernatural work of God on the soul that writes the law of God on the heart and causes a person to stop sinning. In much of the modern church, a dense, dizzying fog of lies obscures this radical gospel. Jesus doesn’t require self-improvement, but crucifixion—the total transfer of the ownership of one’s life to Christ. Today, are you in a cold, dead, numb state of self-ownership? Or have you been inwardly transformed into a humble, sinless child by the Spirit of the living God?
Heaven’s decree stands: the gates of hell and Satan himself WILL NOT withstand the church. The gospel of holiness has been loosed in America and in Washington, D.C., and it CANNOT be bound. But, Satan has brought incredibly deceptive, false teachings into the church that drain away life, spiritual refinement, and the Holy Spirit from God’s people. The lies of God’s unconditional love, and that you can live in your sin and still go to heaven, block Christians from facing the filthy darkness of their lives and horrendous condition of their souls. America is being destroyed while the church wallows in dishonesty, adultery, fornication, lying, cheating, cursing, alcoholism and drug addiction, pornography, vengeance, recrimination, cowardice, depression, anger, and despair, with no victory and no anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself could have done nothing without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, yet we have expected to build His church with programs, success strategies, concerts, crusades, and workshops. Instead of building on the rock and foundation of Christ, we have preached a legalistic, “you’re saved, now try your best,” gospel in which Death, not Jesus, saves us from sinning. Will you choose to believe that Jesus can save you from sinning NOW, purpose in your heart to never sin again, and go on to seek the Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit?
Does, “I’m saved, and now I have to do my best,” encapsulate your Christian experience? If so, you’ve been duped by a gnostic, self-improvement, legalistic gospel that’s no different than Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or any of the world religions. This flat-earth gospel blocks a true apprehension of the great divide between our heart and the heart of Jesus. In turn, no godly sorrow is felt, and there is no real repentance. Instead of being born again into righteousness, many are born into dead religion and legalism. The changed meanings of key salvation terms–grace, faith, righteousness, atonement, and saved–are the stronghold of this impotent, revival-blocking theology. Are you ready to leave the “traditions of man” and trust in the Scriptural gospel of a full and present salvation from all sin?
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This robust finale to this week’s broadcasts on the theology of the sinning Christian pinpoints unrighteousness as the number one issue facing America today. America’s wickedness is rooted in unbelief in the power of the blood of Jesus to remove sin now. Though carefully couched in Reformed theology, this unbelief comforts a person in sin. It blocks the crisis of honestly looking at one’s sin and deciding to do something about it. The truth is, only those who are born again and stop sinning will be saved from eternal damnation. Do you honestly hate your sin, or just its penalty?
(Note: Our dear brother Malcolm Lavender is still alive. He recently published a fresh translation of the New Testament that preserves the original doctrines of salvation from sin!)
Building on yesterday’s message, Pastor Ray delves into the lives of John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius and their doctrinal movements with the Synod of Dort and the Remonstrance. Calvin killed and imprisoned those who disagreed with him, while Arminius brought to light the lie of the sinning Christian and the truth that we can live without sin in this life. In the 1700s, the Wesley brothers uncovered the doctrine of entire sanctification, thereby restoring the apostolic doctrine of Christianity. This struggle over the gospel, and the pervasive denial of a sinless life, blocks the needed revival in America today. If you can walk in your sin and still be saved, then what need is there for a revival of holiness? Beloved, has Jesus removed all of your sins? If not, will you submit to him TODAY and let him free you?
Following up on yesterday’s broadcast, Pastor Ray shows that the great delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11) which will lead many to receive the mark of the beast is the word manipulation of key salvation terms. While the Protestant Reformation made a vital break with the Roman Catholic Church over salvation by faith, and not works, it did not restore apostolic Christianity. Instead, the doctrine that Jesus received the full wrath of God for the elect, thereby legally satisfying their debt, developed as the linchpin of Calvin’s TULIP theology. Instead of being saved from sin, the Christian is only saved from the penalty of sin. This system empties the blood of Jesus and the atonement of their power. Millions who are trusting in a legal salvation while living in sin will wake up in hell! Instead of being comfortable in our sin, each one of us must come to a crisis point when we see sin for what it really is, and recognize that unless we stop sinning we are eternally lost. What will you do today with the blood of Jesus Christ?
In A.D. 148, Hermas wrote, “He said to me, ‘You have heard correctly, for that is so. For he who has received remission of sin ought never to sin again…‘” In this thorough and compassionate encore presentation, Pastor Ray shows that this view of Christian perfection prevailed for the first two centuries of the church. Though much of the modern church remains in the throes of gnostic heresy–a melding of low Arminianism and hyper-Calvinism–the Scriptures continue to testify that to be saved means to be saved from your sin. If you’re walking in sin, you have not yet been saved. Does your daily behavior testify that you are a new, holy creature in Christ?
(NOTE: Our dear Brother Lavender is still alive, although his beloved helpmate has gone on to her eternal reward. His website is http://www.lavendersnewtestament.com/.)
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Solomon 8:6). This is how Jesus wants us to feel about him. The Christian faith isn’t about “doing it right” or “believing the right way”–it’s about being transformed into a new creature by the blood of Jesus Christ. The normal Christian life is oneness with Jesus: a soul freed from all rebellion and sin, and filled with hunger and love for Jesus. We may follow Jesus while trapped in the cycle of “sin and repent,” but we will not be one with Jesus. Do your actions and words show that your love for Jesus is as unyielding as the grave?
In preparation for tomorrow’s broadcast, Pastor Ray suggests reading the book of Malachi, Hebrews 10, and Romans 6.
After advising the church at Laodicea to buy gold tried in the fire (faith) and white robes (righteousness), our risen Lord adds, “and eye salve, that you may see.” This salve signifies the anointing of the Holy Spirit that allows us to see and hear what the Lord is doing and saying in this time. It includes both the spiritual awareness of one’s condition needed for true conversion and the Pentecost anointing that allows us to speak the word of God with boldness and power. Are your eyes anointed with this salve?
Today, we successfully rebroadcast yesterday’s message over WAVA 780 AM. Thank you, Lord Jesus! If you haven’t already, listen to this sharp message about the need to totally sell out to Jesus Christ!
The risen Christ’s second admonition to the church at Laodicea is to buy “white garments.” Like Adam and Eve, those in the church were naked because of their sin–unlike Adam and Eve, they didn’t realize it. We receive these garments by faith from Jesus when we completely consecrate ourselves to him and remain consecrated. The finished work of holiness is not an absolute perfection, but a moral perfection from which we can fall. Do not trust in a past experience. Are you overcoming in Jesus, right now?
(NOTE: Although the broadcast was live online, it did not air on the radio due to some technical difficulties. We will be re-airing the broadcast tomorrow.)
Is there a fire for God in your heart? A close look at Jesus’ parable of the sower sheds light on his message to the lukewarm church at Laodicea. Like these early Christians, many in the modern American church, as well as much of the western world, have had the fire of God in their hearts diluted by the ice water of the responsibilities of life and pursuit of prosperity. Indifference to this concept is a sure sign that you are lukewarm. Where are you today with Jesus?
When Achan stole and hid gold, silver, and fine clothing from God, the Lord withdrew from Israel, and thirty-six people died in battle. The Lord exposed Achan’s sin to all Israel, who stoned and burned Achan and his family. Just as the fire of judgment consumed Achan, the fires of hell will consume us if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to probe us and uncover the worst parts of our hearts. And just as Achan’s brothers died because of his sin, our fellow men are dying in sin while the Church at-large remains powerless because she refuses the work of the Holy Spirit to bring her to repentance, and brays, “We’re all sinners!” Are you still a sinner? Or do you fear sinning? Will you spread your sin before the Lord now in deep repentance and a holy fear of God, that you and those around you might be saved; or will you wait until the Day of Judgment, and be damned?
Many have stumbled in their pursuit of holiness over 1 John 1:8. A close reading of this verse as one in a series of couplets shows that John expects his readers to leave behind their lives in Egypt–the world–and live without sin in this life. As Adam Clarke wrote, “So he that says the blood of Christ either cannot or will not cleanse us from all sin in this life, gives also the lie to his Maker, who has declared the contrary…” God will not walk with us if we walk like Egyptians. But, God will bring us into the desert, like he did with Moses, to cleanse us from all our Egyptian ways. Will you go all the way through the desert with Jesus, and let him give you a heart to weep for others and for revival?
After Bunyan’s Christian and Hopeful leave the Delectable Mountains, they meet a pilgrim named Ignorance from the Country of Conceit. He entered the way by a crooked lane instead of the narrow gate. Ignorance refused to be convinced that he would be unable to enter the Celestial City unless he was crucified with Christ and born again. If you believe that Jesus was literally punished for your past, present, and future sins; that his obedience is credited to you; and that you will always be a sinner until you die; then you are following in the steps of Ignorance. Will you, like him, reply, “Follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the religion of mine?” Or, will you decide to hate sin and forever forsake it?
For the past 1,000 years, the doctrine of penal atonement, developed by Saint Anselm, has pervaded Christian churches of nearly every denomination. The Puritans, John Wesley, and Charles Finney were some who stood against this false teaching that Christ literally became sin and that believers will always be sinners. An in-depth look at Scripture, in translation and in the original Greek, reveals that Jesus Christ is atonement and that he offered himself to forgive our past sins and to remove sin from us in the here and now. We must be made holy now, and stay holy to the end, in order to be saved. If you’ve never considered this before, this broadcast is a good place to begin.
(Note: There is no YouTube video for today’s broadcast.)
There is no sanctification after death. A close look at the original Greek text overturns a cornerstone of this false gospel: Jesus did not become sin. Instead, “The one not having experienced sin took sin on our behalf in order that we might be made righteous.” The death of Christ condemned all who sin. You must become righteous and holy now, or you never will be. Would how you are living right now be acceptable in heaven? Won’t you fly to Christ, and let him make you into a new creation?
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides for a full reclamation of the human race from sin right now. In Christ, we are restored to the holy and blameless condition of Adam and Eve in the garden. The only reason the world is still in such a miserable condition is because sinners refuse to repent and believe in the full and present salvation of Christ. Beloved, it is time to cast out your love of sin and unbelief and to walk in holiness!
We must be made righteous and walk clean, like Job, or we will go to hell. Without suffering, we will not be made righteous. However, we must not mistake our righteousness as our own: righteousness is a gift from God that is infused into our soul. Perhaps you understand this intellectually, but do you still lament your inability to conquer the monsters in your life? If so, you must take the practical step to put your voluntary trust in Jesus Christ, and allow Him to heal and redeem all that is broken. Get out of yourself! Get a good look at Jesus, and you will know that all sin can be broken at the cross!
The battle is on for the soul of America. Morality is crashing in America as the pulpits no longer burn with righteousness and no longer directly confront sin. The seeds of destruction have created an “inclusive” gospel that no longer rebukes sin or legalistic righteousness that’s full of rigidity, with no underlying power. It’s time that these seeds of destruction be removed from the church through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, so that a pure gospel can be proclaimed throughout the land! The heart of Jesus is that you and I be utterly transformed through a work of His amazing grace!
Has anyone ever told you that following Jesus requires you to give up all of your hopes, dreams, and life to Jesus Christ? If this offends you, it’s because you have never dealt honestly with your love of sin and rebelliousness. You must leave behind the sentimental, powerless gospel of the modern church that says you will always be a sinner. Eternal life is a free gift, but it’s not imaginary: you must be made righteous through faith. Will you stop struggling and simply believe Jesus?
American Christians, as a whole, have jettisoned the true gospel. Many teach that we can still be saved even if we love the world and walk according to our own understanding. But the gospel of Jesus Christ requires us to die to our sin in order to be born again. Has the supernatural work of God transformed you into a new creature in Christ? Or have you just used a little bit of Jesus spray paint to gussy up the old man? Has it hit you yet that you are going to be judged by your works–and the only way to be saved is to allow Christ, by faith, to make you and your works really righteous?
What does your tongue reveal about your spirit? The focus of the Christian’s heart is twofold: to care for those who cannot care for themselves, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Do your words reveal this about your heart? Will you accept the noble call of the true gospel that lifts us out of poverty and division and into love and righteousness?
Today’s study in the book of James continues with the focus today being upon the issue of the sinning Christian and the skewing of the modern translations that imply you can never get the victory over sin. What do you believe the Gospel to be? Do you believe that there is a place where Jesus can bring us into complete victory, as reflected in the actual Greek?