What is the law of the Spirit of life? Simply, when a seed is planted, it dies and becomes a whole plant with much fruit and many seeds. To walk in the law of the Spirit of life, we must plant the seed of the spirit by forsaking all other loves and ownership of our lives; then, we will grow up out of the soil as a new man in Jesus with victory over sin. “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” (Romans 6:5). At Christ’s Second Coming, those who were born of the Spirit will receive a new, spiritual body; but those who walked in the flesh will receive an indestructible spirit given over to eternal damnation. Are you walking in the law of the Spirit of life, or the law of sin and death?
Why did Lot’s wife look back? Jesus explains that she longed to preserve her life: to have all of her expensive stuff and friendships and still escape the fire of judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Are you, like Lot’s wife, trying to get to heaven without any self-denial? Or are you sold out for Jesus?
The virgin birth and the pre-existence of Jesus Christ are two key elements in understanding that Jesus is the atonement, the verdict against mankind, and the gospel. We’re not saved by punishment that Jesus endured; we are saved by Jesus himself. Do you respond to this like the wise men who put their faces on the ground before the newborn Jesus? Or, like the ruling Jews of the time, do you see Jesus as a threat to you keeping authority over your own life? Will you be wise??
Today’s radio broadcast is the October 16 welcome and sermon. In the welcome, Sister Kathryn lays out the process that God used to change Jacob from a usurper to that of an overcomer. The sermon focuses on Jephthah and his precious daughter. Her walk at the end of her life describes the process we must go through as go as we are crucified with Christ. Where are you at in this process?
Naomi’s two daughters both came to the border of Israel: Ruth went through, but Orpah turned back to Moab. It’s time for you to leave the border. Will you totally renounce Jesus Christ? Or will you renounce all other loves, and unite yourself to Jesus Christ? O beloved, won’t you come home?
Today Pastor Ray discusses Hebrews 11 and 12, and includes some extensive reading from Jonathan Edward’s sermon entitled “Sermons in the Hands of an Angry God.” In that day, many in the church thought they could have the things of this world and Jesus too, it didn’t work in his day, nor will it work now. Listen to the message and determine if you are indeed half-converted and make the decision to give yourself fully into the hand of Jesus. The half-converted cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Today’s broadcast originally aired in October and is part of an outstanding series on the issue of fatalism. Can God save the worst of us? The hymn Amazing Grace that has touched the lives of millions was written by a very unlikely candidate to have embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many do not know this beautiful hymn of Grace was written by a sailor and slave trader, a hard man who had sailed the world, been enslaved himself, and then profited from the buying and selling of human beings. Listen to this inspiring story of repentance, forgiveness, redemption and the Lord’s Amazing Grace and make the decision to fully give yourself into the hand of Jesus.
We are in the process of making many old sermons and radio broadcasts available online and one of the tapes converted today is quite similar to the broadcast today and it’s entitled “True Salvation.” If you’ve not experienced true salvation, it’s simply because you’ve not left the darkness. Be convicted by the words of Pastors Ray and Jan and be encouraged to seek Jesus with all of your heart!
In order for our hearts to overcome this half-converted state of the church in America, indeed throughout the western world, there must be a “burning of the ships” among those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ. This means that everything else must be utterly given into the hand of Jesus. That includes all of our hopes and dreams, any of our ways that are contrary to God’s ways. All of the comforts that block this full surrender to Jesus must also be laid down. Using the story of the Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez, Pastor Ray describes the process of burning our ships. Are you willing as an act of your will to burn all your ships and be utterly given into the hands of Jesus and let Him determine the course of your life?
We have been warned: destruction is upon us in America. We see in Europe today the consequences of Nations turning from God. This is all coming to America if we do not repent and return to morality. A young woman publicly prophesied this past September that she was having dreams and visions of an American Holocaust. She is not the only one having these visions. As we see Europe crashing and our Christian culture in the West being extinguished, it is clear what is coming to the U.S, if we do not have a sweeping move towards God. In this radio transmission Pastor Ray Greenley discusses Modern Day Slavery, Christian Persecution and the loss of freedoms in the Western Nations. Listen to Pastor Ray explain how the simultaneous culmination of these events is not coincidental. They have been visited on us because of our half-converted state.
This is more of a testimony than a sermon about Jesus did in the heart of Brother Ed. Jesus has finally brought him past the state of being half-converted and into a place of rest and peace and victory. This work need not take most of your life. There is sweet victory and rest after that crucifixion is complete.
This sermon could have been entitled “The Last Fortress of the Half-Converted Christian” but was not. For many of you who listen to the messages, there yet remains a great work to be done by Jesus, those last vestiges of prides, enmity against God and anything else that separates your heart from Jesus. Jesus wants and desires that you come into full victory over sin by His precious blood, will you not run from the conviction and allow Jesus this victory of your soul?
(NOTE: This is an old sermon converted from a CD today, that was somewhat damaged. Given its age, we needed to convert it into a CD size file, hence the file size is much larger than normal but it should still play without any problems.)
In this sermon, Pastor Ray lays out the lies that keeps one who wants Jesus with all of his/her heart, soul and mind, yet they remain a half-converted Christian. It’s led this person on the internet team great conviction, total brokenness, a contrite spirit and many, many tears, yet has brought sweet victory to my soul, as it has led me to the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord Jesus have the victory in your heart today! We’ll leave you with the chorus of a precious hymn today.
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood!
This is a continuation of a prior broadcast from October on the life of John Newton, author of Amazing Grace. Pastor Ray details this brother’s struggle and subsequent victory over being half-converted. He initially was transformed to some degree but was unwilling to surrender everything to Jesus. During the time of half-conversion, Newton’s depravity is described in excruciating detail. Listen to the story how this dear brother finally laid everything down in full surrender to Jesus Christ. Praise God for this wonderful testimony of this dear brother who was fully converted and totally transformed!
This is an old sermon just converted this morning from an old cassette and it fits in very well with the series on the half-converted Christian. Most in the American church, see no need to engage in a battle for their souls because they’ve believed in a false sentimental Jesus and believe that their past, present and future sins are all covered. Listen to this message and allow the Holy Spirit to fully break this lie. Before there is revival in America, there must be and will be a very intense battle for our own souls. Jesus will bring you through to victory, if you allow Him to do so, what is your decision today?
On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray summarizes the lie of the half-converted Christian. At best through your own power, you will either become a half-converted Christian or a self-righteous religionists, we have no power to remove sin and transform our hearts. Listen to the testimony of Alexandra, whom we call Alex, as she describes being utterly transformed by Jesus, saved and sanctified. And God is no respecter of person, He wants to do the same thing in your heart. If we seek Jesus with all of our heart, we will find Him and He will make us into new creatures. What glory, what power, what majesty that Jesus has to save and transform, let Him do this work in your heart today!
This is a continuation of the broadcast from Monday. The core sin of the half-converted church is a focus upon an emotional sentimentality about Jesus, in the absence or even any need for righteousness or holiness. The fruit of the lies are everywhere within our culture as America has ceased to be a Christian nation. Without a real crucifixion, then the focus will simply be on the things of this world. There must be a testimony of the infilling dwelling of the Holy Spirit that brings power for holy and righteous living. It’s time the church stopped catering to the half-converted. A man can only be made righteous by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the blood of Jesus. It is real righteousness.
You must have a burning desire in Jesus for righteousness and holiness that is all-consuming and secondly you must be born in the Spirit, where the world is utterly cut off and our bridges are burnt, so to speak. If America is to be changed, it will be done in the prayer closet as those who are followers of Jesus give up all illusions of an emotional and sentimental Jesus. This must be utterly changed and we will leave you with this wonderful hymm, entitled “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.” Will you stand up for the real Jesus and lay down the lies of the half-converted Christian and allow Jesus to totally transform you?
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,
Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory shall reign eternally.
In this broadcast, Pastor Ray provides a detailed historical basis of the half-converted Christian. This term was coined by the great revivalist, Jonathan Edwards. Listen and understand that everything is not religion neutral, in fact Supreme Court Justice Scalia said on January 2, 2016, that the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country’s constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. because Americans honor him. Listen to what it means to be half-converted, which means an external obedience but no internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. Surely this original definition has shifted even further, given our lack of expectation of righteous living and orthodoxy, as many in the churches of America believe that an intellectual assent, is all that’s needed to enter the kingdom of God. Cry out for understanding and the Holy Spirit will illuminate this message. Are you willing to be made into a Wesley, a Whitefield, a John the Baptist or a Wesley who will confront the wickedness in America?
Because God has blessed America based on our founding father’s trust and submission to God, we’ve had the illusion that there is a middle ground, where we can worship God and do our thing and we don’t have to make an allegiance to Jesus. We’ve believed a lie that we can remain neutral and maintain control over our lives. Soon this “middle ground” is going to be destroyed and each one of us will have to decide whether we will follow Jesus, regardless of the costs involved. It’s very deadly to believe, such a lie. We as the church need to awake from our slumber and see that our only security is in Jesus Christ, as there is no neutral ground. Will you allow Jesus to move you out of this self-deluded middle-ground, and bring you under His wing? His heart is to save you, to redeem you and transform you!
This is another Saturday classic sermon. This is one of the more terrifying messages you will ever hear and it’s simply another message to the half-converted Christian. We must choose to be united with Jesus in death where we are fully given to Him in ALL things or in the alternative we are simply married to the devil. May you make that decision to fully consecrate yourself to the Lord Jesus and be set free by the wonder working power of the blood of Jesus.
In America, we’ve come up with a third alternative, which isn’t in the scriptures, that says we can worship ourselves our talents, our abilities, all of the things that God has blessed us with, whether we’re cognitive of that fact or not. This third alternative is just a veil for being married to the devil.
Cry out to Jesus for enmity against all sin and this marriage to the devil in your heart, and watch as Jesus will come to set you free. Haven’t you had enough of the devil and his ways?
We will be posting some classic sermons and broadcasts on Saturdays, and this is our first effort in doing that. The name of this sermon is entitled “Religion Without Salvation.” May the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and unveil the lies. These lies are humanism, an unsanctified hope of heaven, the lie of old experiences, and a self-righteousness that says my best is good enough. It’s time to get rid of all of the lies that keep us in prison. These lies are the fruit of an unconverted heart, so it ties in with the broadcasts this week.
Jesus wants to bring you through in total victory but that will mean you must undergo a crucifixion! Are you willing to undergo this crucifixion and subsequent transformation by Jesus?
Why do we sin whatever that sin may be? Most of us sin simply because we hope to get something good out of it. Sin is when we place our own desire over our duty to serve the living God of heaven. We must lay down this quid pro quo attitude, where we view God in a totally utilitarian way.
Failure to do this will leave you in a half-converted state. Make an unequivocal decision to give yourself totally to Jesus, you can leave your sin!
Can you actually be saved in the midst of your selfishness? The Holy Spirit always examines our motives to determine why we do what we do. The selfishness of our hearts must be utterly exposed and transformed by the power of the blood of Jesus. What is your motive in following Jesus?
Jesus is calling you to drink his blood and eat his flesh, as he wishes to become your sustenance. He wants to become the source for all things in our lives. Will you allow him to make this a reality in your life?
Does God answer your prayers? Are you crying out to God knowing that if he does not answer, you will die? Or have you grown indifferent by his lack of response? If God is not answering our prayers, it is a spiritual warning that we are not getting our life’s sustenance from Christ. Instead, like the church of Laodicea, we are in the dangerous place of being blind to our own wretchedness, with no inner awareness that we are walking in hostility towards the people around us and towards God. Real, imparted–not just imputed–righteousness is needed to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must have the courage to trust Jesus as our only source of sustenance and life and to cut off everything that is not of Jesus. Will you allow Jesus to rule over your heart in all things, or will you get angry?
Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the anger towards God you may have in your heart? The only way to be innocent before God is to allow the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives. Will you look to Jesus as your only source of life sustenance? The story of Saul warns us to obey the specific commands of the Spirit of God in our lives. If we harbor animosity in our heart towards God, believing that we have the right to choose what is right and what is wrong, we will die.