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2- Consider a man falsely accused of being “dangerous” because he contradicts all that is status quo. The masses accept public opinion. They “blackball” him as weird because of his unconventional conduct. They say his teaching destroys the happy lives of ordinary people and sends them “over the edge”. The “professionals” say his message is exclusive, misguided and arrogant. His reputation as a man of God is destroyed by lies. People who have contact with him do bizarre things. His friends abandon him. In the eyes of the public this only confirms what “they” say.
3-Who really is this man? Have you ever MET him? Well…they nailed Him to a cross but yet He rose from the dead! They didn’t know the truth about Jesus back then or today. In today’s culture Jesus would be labeled a “cult leader” because He refused to conform to the opinions of men. He was not “politically correct”. Men said that Jesus had a demon because his teachings greatly offended people and were contrary to the accepted religious system.
4-This ‘man’ was just a Carpenter. Yet within Him was the very Presence of God the Father. It is not surprising that a cult like Islam teaches God had no son because this strikes at the very essence of the truth (Jn.3:16). Many people met Jesus but never saw or met God His Father (Jn.14:6-9). Why? Is it the fault of Jesus or the lack of faith in the one who comes to Him? What is THE TRUTH? Does not each person have their own free will by which they choose to perceive things? As then so it is today that all things concerning the truth come down to faith. God’s truth is not known by the words or thinking of men but by the revelation of God through His Word by His Spirit (Mt.10:25).
5- Long ago, a lowly and despised homeless man stood face to face with the ruler of the greatest nation on earth. Yet it was Pilate who asked this Carpenter “What is truth?” (Jn.18:37ff). The world is fully aware of this void. The prophets of old declared that truth is far from the human race (Is.59:9, 15/Jer.17:9/Rm.3:10). Truth is not a virtue or ideal but the living Person of Jesus Christ (Jn.14:6)! Truth had to descend out of heaven from God into the world. It must now be sought out and applied to one’s life. Jesus says “I was born for one reason; to testify to THE TRUTH” (Jn.18:37-38). Jesus would never have had to come into the world if truth existed. The truth is not subject to everyone’s opinion or it would not be absolute truth.
6-Jesus identifies this world as wicked and belonging to Satan (Jn.7:7,12:31,15:18-19,18:36). It is void of truth. He was not talking about rocks or trees. The “world” is not an inanimate object. It was born into the nature of Adam and Eve in their sin of rebellion against God and is now passed on to all of mankind (Rm.5: 12ff/1Jn. 2:14ff)! As the song by Dionne Warwick and Elton John says “We are the world”! All men lie in the power of Satan (1Jn.5:19). This supernatural being offered the full glory of this world to Jesus because it is his to offer (Mt.4:8ff). It is built on the false assertion that men; i.e. this world is good (Rm.3:10ff/Jn.8:44). God’s truth is that it is going to be completely destroyed and a new world created (2 Pt. 3:10ff).
7-The Hollywood image of Satan in some sensational exorcism is nonsense. Satan rules as much through “prosperity” (materialism) and religion (self-righteousness) as he does through drugs, booze, violence, witchcraft and paganism. There are no levels of sin because SIN IS A NATURE NOT A SINGLE ACTION (Rm. 7). Satan uses you; against you! He manipulates the very thing you don’t understand; SIN. Thoughts and emotions are the strings of the Puppet Master (2 Cor.10:3-5). Satan knows you far better than you know yourself. The one thing he doesn’t know is whether or not you will access God’s truth with your free will to fight him.
8-He is a highly sophisticated fallen archangel. He has supernatural wisdom beyond anyone’s imagination. He capitalizes on man’s complete naivety. All that Satan wants you to do is nothing… real… with God! An hour on Sunday is fine. Lip service and pretense are fine. Play “church”. No problem. Look for answers by talking to some “Pastor” or friend. Just don’t go directly to Jesus. You must become “armed” and dangerous (Eph.6:6ff). Discover the Risen Person of Jesus!
9- Men accused Jesus of being mentally ill and having a demon (Jn.10:20). His constant offense did not fit their definition of love (Lk.11:45). Jesus did not exemplify the kind of lifestyle that fitted the expectations of men who love this world. Yet God the Father declared “This is My beloved Son in Whom I AM WELL PLEASED” (Lk.3:22/ Mt.12:18). Jesus “ranted” against those who saw a building as God’s dwelling place (John 2:14ff). The truth was His “ranting” was God’s wrath towards the corrupt hypocrites who insisted on putting God in a box called Judaism so they could interpret His Spirit into very specific doctrines and laws. They refused to recognize that without the Spirit they could never understand the law (2 Cor.3:6). They used “the truth” to exploit human souls for their own greed and notoriety (Mt.23). Sound familiar? A child of God finds his identity, not from pubic opinion, but in “the secret place of the Most High” (Ps.91:1).
10-As much as you don’t want to think of it, or you may not even believe it, Satan is leading you into the one place all men only say as a swear word; “Hell”. Isn’t it interesting that at a funeral you will NEVER hear a preacher talk about the deceased as even possibly going to hell? Yet Jesus says the majority are headed there! Your eternity is the most serious thing in all of life! If your reaction is “Oh I don’t want to hear all this stuff ” or “I already ‘accepted christ’” then Satan is well in control. You may think that man’s formula or mere knowledge of Christ is salvation. It is not! Christ is salvation!
11- The fact is YOU are the only one who can open your heart. I’m not preaching, or yelling, at you, about the devil and hell. I’m not a “Hell, fire and brimstone preacher”. I’m just a guy, like you, who never had a clue to what I’m sharing with you. I’m talking to you one-on-one with a gentle disposition and a heart of compassion. This is SO serious my friend! PLEASE! Don’t be presumptuous! Let’s reason together. Don’t just nod your head in agreement or disagreement. Where are you really at? Let God talk to you and you talk to Him, through all of this; Face to face; Heart to heart!
12-While preaching on the campus of the University of New Hampshire I noticed a phrase engraved in cement along the top of the library. It read “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE”. The proper references of John 8:32ff were not cited. It is also at the University of Texas and other public places. It is often used in public speeches. Surely, the secular world will never recognize the subject matter of sin as the context of this verse. It is quite interesting how an educational system that insists plagiarism is unethical has no problem taking full liberty to lift this phrase out of its’ intended context and use it exalt the nature of man.
13-This phrase is not from Greek philosophy. It is not implying that secular knowledge can raise a man from ignorance into enlightenment. Man has not evolved from the monkey stage into a more deified state. Evil is not an option or relegated to certain personalities. All men live in sin 24/7. We are not born with a ‘clean slate’. We have three strikes against from birth. We are declared “Out!” by a holy “Umpire”. Deception is not a thing that some fall into while others avoid it. All men are BORN “desperately sick” (Jer.17:9). This is why Jesus says we must be “born AGAIN” (Jn.3:3ff). There is no other option. Jesus died to our first birth and rose again to offer us the way out via a second birth. Jesus says “the one who abides in My Word (logos; i.e. revelation)” will receive the personal revelation of how God sees things; to become a son (Jn.8:31-36).
14-The majority of “Christians” claim they live by faith. In reality they live completely by emotion. They base their day to day lives on how “righteous” they feel about themselves. They determine the Presence of God by whether or not their circumstances bring them feelings of God’s favor. Thus the cornerstone of simple faith in the Presence of God is non-existent in their lives (remember Heb. 11:6?). They are building on sand (Mt.7:24).
15-Most religious people do not believe in God. This sounds crazy but it is no coincidence that it was the same in the days of Jesus on earth. The most religious people were the most given over to self-deification. They really had no need of God because their confidence was in their knowledge ABOUT God. In today’s Christianity everyone equates their knowledge of Christ with salvation. Paul says “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies” (1 Cor.8:1). It is not what you know that proves your salvation but what you do without anyone knowing except God.
16- Today’s “Christians” depend completely on their senses for a relationship with God. Faith is based solely on a decision, despite how you may feel or sense things to be. Faith is not a passive recognition of doctrines. They CLAIM to believe in God but live by the same dictates of the world. What they feel and think determines what they believe rather than the opposite. If you believe Christ bore all your sin and you have ETERNAL LIFE then the depth of your existence is not dependent on your feelings, moods, circumstances or senses.
17-A true Christian does not base his day to day life on any present day feelings, circumstances or thoughts. Rather his entire life is drawn out of faith in the act of Christ on the cross two thousand years ago. He does not constantly waver over whether or not God really loves him, dependent on how something works out in his day. Rather he draws from the one-time finished work of Jesus. He is fully assured of God’s love because of that one event done in history so long ago.
18-Deception and distortions are the ebb and flow of everyday life. How many times have you heard one side of a story only to be shocked later by the truth of a situation? There are things you falsely think you already know. There are other things that you do know to some extent but don’t realize that you only know in a very small part. Over the years various things have hardened your heart and you don’t even realize the damage they have caused. No one is going to help you work through this. No one is going to force you to deal with them. Yet God is a great Healer. He knows exactly how to ordain specific things to bring you into truth and healing but you must establish fellowship with Him.
19- There are many things in life that we can not understand or explain. I watched my mother eaten away, day after day, by cancer, until she died. Why? I later realized how quickly her death forced me to mature and go into the world with the gospel. We judge all of life with our own puny little minds. We put ourselves at the center of our universe and everything is judged by our perspective. We never take into account self-deception! We rationalize and justify so many things for reasons we don’t even understand. It is faith and humility that lets God be God while we recognize our imperfect state. If you will walk circumspectly before God it will prevent so much unnecessary grief. God’s will is not a little different than your will. It is not a mere change of attitude. It affects every facet or your daily life. It will put you into an entirely different mode of life circumstances.
20-Pilate could have never imagined that the very Person Who stood in front of Him was the King of all kings! Jesus says “I AM THE TRUTH” (Jn.14:6). The word truth (althea) literally means “reality”. When one is born into the realm of the Holy Spirit one enters reality. Right now your world is not reality. It is an illusion. It is built on a lies. It is only God’s truth that can begin to “set you free”. The truth of God’s Word is not known by reading the Bible from cover to cover. There is a magnificent discovery of multitudes of secret and personal messages from God waiting for the one whose heart is set to know Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). These words are applicable to your every day situations.
21- Shakespeare in his play called Hamlet depicted man’s quest and agony over purpose. To live or to die…this is the question. So real! So heart-wrenching! We have ministered in many prisons with men in dire circumstances. We have worked with many absolutely devastated orphans. There are so many people dealing with mental and physical handicaps. The question of a motive to live is on the forefront of their thoughts each day. What is the hope and purpose of life when it is filled with nothing but sorrow? How does one face tragedy, drudgery and hopelessness? What is the truth of life? The truth is that there is a world beyond this world (Jn.18:36). To fix your hope on His world dwindles the burden this world puts on you.
22- WHERE is the “living Person Jesus” risen from the dead? How is one to “meet” Him in this modern day of over 20,000 “churches”? Do you go to a church or repeat a prayer written long ago by strangers? Must you take an airplane to Israel? Are we speaking of a natural encounter? Are you to bow your head, imagine Him to be near, and “accept Jesus into your heart”? After all, this is what “they” say you must do. Well what did Jesus say? Are not His Words able to pierce your heart and break your pride while drawing you into a realm beyond this world? Is His life so shallow and trite that it can be defined into a religion? Who really is Jesus? Jesus says – “You search the Scriptures and think that in them you have eternal life… but you are unwilling to come to Me” (Jn. 5:39-40).
Peter says - “Always be ready to make A Defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…” (1 Pt.3:15). Long ago, just after college, I drove across the country, by myself, from Michigan to Fuller Seminary in California. I stopped off in Pecos, New Mexico to visit a Benedictine monk. He was well known in charismatic circles. He invited anyone to his monastery to receive personal discernment. In fact, I had written to many men whom I respected to ask them to help me get a handle on establishing a true walk in Christ. This was part of my reasoning in attending the various seminaries from which I ultimately received a Master’s degree. I wanted to be a disciple of the truth regardless of what that meant to my ego.
They are not only attacking Rachel and I, and our innocent children, but most importantly the very Spirit of Christ. Our identity is what most intelligent people understand to be A FAMILY! By the way, the character of one’s children is a direct reflection of the real condition of the parents. In reality a day does not go by when someone does not compliment my children as extremely articulate and respectful and admire and complement Rachel and I for the job we are doing.
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