The parable of the prodigal son shows two responses to the gospel. In the first, the lost son comes to his senses and cries, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son!” In the second, the elder son holds onto a hard, angry heart and refuses to go in to his brother, in spite of his father’s pleading. It is easy and dangerous to think that we are responding as the prodigal son when in fact we are responding as the elder brother. Have you returned to Jesus everything that you’ve stolen, and fully consecrated yourself to him? Or, do you still reserve the “right” to deny your heavenly Father’s pleading?
In this sobering message, Pastor Ray identifies that salvation consists in a state of mind that is supremely happy in (and resigned to) God’s will. To be saved, we must recognize that we’ve stolen ourselves from God, return to Him, and make restitution to all we’ve injured. Doubtful actions will block us from hearing the Holy Spirit, sear our hearts, dull our fear of God, and ultimately ruin our souls. Is Christ’s yoke an iron collar of duty to you, or is your delight in the will of God? Where’s your heart with Jesus today as you listen to the sermon?
Welcome message by Sister Michelle
In the American church and most of the western world, comfortable theologies of the sinning Christian have obscured the truth about God’s law and his atonement. A powerful illustration by Charles Finney, drawn from Ecclesiastes 8:11, demonstrates the intention of God to persuade sinners to give up their spirit of rebellion, and the great guilt of sinners who refuse obedience and abuse God’s mercy. Does the crucifixion of the Son of God melt your heart and fill you with intense desire to never sin again? Or, do your actions and heart say, “Jesus doesn’t have the power to save me from sinning. I can’t stop, and God loves me so much that even though I continue to abuse and insult him, he won’t send me to hell?”
Charles Finney described his conversion as, “I felt myself justified by faith…I was in a state in which I did not sin. Instead of feeling that I was sinning all the time, my heart was so full of love that it overflowed…I could not feel that I was sinning against God. Nor could I recover the least sense of guilt for my past sins.” Does this describe the condition of your soul? Like Finney, each of us must enter this state by faith: not an intellectual decision, but a voluntary trust in specific promises of God. Will you, this Christmas, receive God’s gift to us in Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to take possession of your soul?
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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 encore welcome and sermon from September 25. Jesus wants to fully accomplish His purpose in our lives, but above all He wants our words and deeds to match. Decide to be on the side of Jesus, and, through quick obedience, make your words and deeds match!
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 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!
Jesus’ heart overflows with grief when he has to send sinners to hell. Will you compel Him to do so based on the choices you’re making? You may intellectually know the gospel, but choose things that “unsave” you, and will subsequently ruin your soul for eternity. Will you join John Bunyan’s Christian and run to the narrow gate today?
Welcome message by Sister Michelle
God promises no mercy to those who are in sin and simply want to wallow in it. The wicked infuriate him; and if you are alive today, while yet being in sin, nothing but the longsuffering of God keeps you from dropping directly into hell. Think of what all those souls in hell would give for one day like you have today–and will you fritter away your day of grace? It’s time to get serious about following and seeking the face of Jesus or would you rather slip into the fires of hell?
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?
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?
Did you engage in a brief battle with sin, only to give up, and say, “It’s hopeless”? In this study of part two of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Pastor Ray Greenley exposes this thinking as the sophistry of Satan that chills us to lukewarmness (or frigidity). Is this your condition? If so, it’s time to repent, be born again, and enter the way of holiness—it’s the only way to heaven!
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.
The wickedness of the modern American culture has become so wicked that it has stupefied most of us. To be stupefied simply means to be rendered stupid. An intellectual belief, or mental assent, in Jesus will not save you and that belief has hardened the hearts of many. Using John 6, Pastor Ray explains how the people of God have been dumbed down and as a result had their hearts harden. It’s time for this to change.
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!
This is a continuation of yesterday’s broadcast and we must come to the awareness that without Jesus, we are children of the devil. There’s more to salvation than receiving Christ, we must allow Jesus to remove all of the darkness in our heart. The darkness and light cannot co-exist. There must be an absolute and total transformation resulting in a production of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Are you willing to let Jesus totally transform you and bring you out of all darkness?
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?
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!
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?
Jesus has the power to heal and restore. Using the story from Brother Bevington, and the story of Pastor Jan, the sweetheart and partner of Pastor Ray, he describes the process. God’s healing must be done His way in His own time. Brother Bevington was healed of broken ribs and Pastor Jan was fully healed and left this world to be with Jesus. Do you believe that Jesus has the power to heal you?
We’ve hidden the deadness of the modern church, through a veil of smoke and mirrors, ranging from such things as dead orthodoxy to special speakers to worldly entertainment. The deadness is simply a fruit of our refusal to deal with sin. That deadness can only be removed as we allow Jesus to change and transform us.
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?