Pickering, Saturday 3rd of July 2010

A GRAND DAY

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TO SPEAK ABOUT

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MAN’S ONLY HOPE

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JESUS CHRIST!

Adriana

Table Loaded with Good News

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WHY IS IT THAT

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SO MANY PEOPLE

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WANT SOMEONE


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WHAT TO BELIEVE?

We spoke with a young man today who believed that God had sent their group a prophet who, though he died in 1965, was God’s channel to bring revelation over and above the Bible!

Don’t be too hard on him, we had some very searching dialogue, especially concerning his ‘hope’ of being welcomed by God on the last day, the need to have his sins forgiven beforehand and to embrace Jesus Christ as the only appointed mediator between man and God.

But his willingness to surrender his God given responsibility seek and find God directly to the pontifications of a man or woman instead of adhering to the plain teaching of Scripture that Jesus Christ is to be know directly and personally as God’s final, One and Only Word, Saviour and Lord, is tragic.

In Acts chapter 17 verses 10 to 12 the Apostle Paul commends the Bereans for their careful examination of what they’d been told in the light of Scripture:

  • Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. The New King James Version. 1982 (Ac 17:10–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

And in 2nd Timothy chapter 2 and verse 15 where he says:

  • Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • The New King James Version. 1982 (2 Ti 2:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Lord Jesus himself warned His followers against following men rather than Scripture in Matthew chapter 7 and verses 15 and 16

  • “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 7:15–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

YET TRAGICALLY MANY HAVE IGNORED HIS INSTRUCTIONS AND FALLEN FOUL OF DELUDED PEOPLE.

My young friend was trapped in a world where William Branham’s teachings were more important than those of Jesus Christ!

  • According to William Branham, an angel appeared to him in a secret cave in 1946 and guided him throughout his life. He had the amazing power to read people’s thoughts and understand their illnesses. He believed that Eve had had sexual relations with the serpent and that some people are descended from the “serpent’s seed” and destined for hell, which is not eternal. People were drawn to him, and he packed stadiums. Branham claimed he was the angel of Revelation 3:14 and 10:7, and predicted that the rapture would take place in 1977! Lang, J. S. (1999). 1,001 things you always wanted to know about the Holy Spirit (104). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

The pattern has repeated itself in every age, its effects found in corruptions of Christianity like Romanism, Russellites, Mormons and religions like Buddhism, Islam and Mysticism.

  • Charles Taze Russell,  (1852–1916) Founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His theological opposition to the doctrines of the Trinity and eternal punishment led him to form the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a sect to promote his heretical ideas. He was also obsessed with fixing a date for the Second Coming, which he asserted would be in 1884 and, when that did not materialize, in 1914. He was proved wrong both times. In 1884 he set up Zion’s Watchtower Tract Society in Pittsburgh to produce literature for his followers.
    Kurian, G. T. (2001). Nelson’s new Christian dictionary : The authoritative resource on the Christian world. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson Pubs.
  • Joseph Smith, (1805–1844) Founder of Mormonism and a prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is said to have experienced a conversion at the age of 15 and subsequently to have received a direct revelation from God engraved on golden plates. He translated and published the contents of these tablets as the Book of Mormon in 1830. He followed it up with A Book of Commandments in 1833 (later republished as Doctrine and Covenants in 1835). Both these books form the scriptures of the Mormon Church. He claimed divine sanction for his own polygamy, which so incensed his neighbors in Carthage, Illinois, that he was killed by a mob in the local jail in 1844.
    Kurian, G. T. (2001). Nelson’s new Christian dictionary : The authoritative resource on the Christian world. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson Pubs.

LET ME BE VERY DIRECT, YOUR SOUL IS AT STAKE!

There is a hell to shun and a heaven to enjoy, Jesus Christ is the only one in all time and space who can deliver you from the first and give you entrance to the latter. Abandon listening to mere men and hear God speak that you might be delivered from sin and its consequences.

  • Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • The New King James Version. 1982 (Ac 4:12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
  • 1 Timothy 2:5,6 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
  • The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ti 2:5–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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