'1 John' Tagged Posts

'1 John' Tagged Posts

The Gospel vs. Christian Gnosticism

Gnosticism originated before the time of Jesus. After the birth of the church, Gnosticism made quick inroads into the church in both teaching and practice. Today, many of these Gnostic infiltrations still exist in the church. However, they aren’t recognized as Gnostic. So what is the true gospel, and what is Gnostic heresy? Pastor Ray identifies several key Gnostic teachings that will prevent a Christian from being saved. This message is vital for your soul! Listen and see if you…

The True Gospel in the Early Church and Scripture (October 2014)

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…

Giving up the Place of an Egyptian (Encore)

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…

Unspotted by the World (Encore)

The story of Rees Howells shows the necessity of entire sanctification after the new birth. In order for Jesus to live in our bodies, as he intends to do, we must give him complete control of our lives. Revival in America hinges on individuals who will make this total consecration to Jesus.  Beloved, will you go on to perfection? Or will you refuse to submit completely and unconditionally to Jesus? This welcome and sermon were originally preached on October 23,…

Seeds of Destruction

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…

Unspotted by the World

In the welcome, Sister Michelle asks the question “What do you think God is thinking about America and your life?” using Psalm 32 and 2 Corinthians 7 as the text.  Pastor Ray details what entire sanctification looks like in the life of the believer.  The modern church’s denial of entire sanctification is simply a refusal to submit to Jesus. Are you willing to undergo the process laid out in the life of Rees Howells (and the scriptures) to utterly give your…

The Three Stages of Life

Using 1 John 2:15-17, Pastor Ray outlines the three stages of life, which are represented by the lust of the flesh, followed by the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Although the issues faced at each phase in life differ, the primary question posed by God is the same. Will we live for the happiness of man or for the glory of God? If we fail to address the issues in each phase, the problems simply compound…

The Fallacy of the Sinning Christian (Encore)

In this encore presentation, Pastor Ray explores how the terminology surrounding salvation has been changed to empty the atonement of its power to remove sin in the here and now based in part of the work of a dear brother Malcolm Lavender author of “The Fallacy of the Sinning Christian”. Could this terminology be preparing those who are deceived by it to take the mark of the beast? These are the lies that our Lord said would, if it were…