Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

hum, like, is american idol, like, idolatrous?

2Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

My brother in the Lord, Marc Onofre, defined it best while preaching in the preachers' course: "a star is a wicked person that looks good"
Or sings good I would add. The Bible is as up-to-date as ever, and idolatry is back in bold. We separated Christians most vocally decry the worldliness and compromise of others yet indulge ourselves with exceptions. The french have a term for it "peche mignon"; "sweet sin". Take "American Idol" for instance. You would think the word IDOL pretty much gives it away as an IDOLATROUS show but Christians who can crossreference the laodicean church character, the physionomy of the antichrist, and the geography of the millennium before you're done with the alphabet are strangely myiopic when it comes to reading the word IDOL in American, or Canadian IDOL for that matter.
Ironic twist, they use the same tired old justifications they've judged for so long in others.
I'm not concerned in this post with the nauseating Christianity displayed by some contestants on the show. How O how could Christian parents encourage their children to be part of it, or an entire church be the practicing ground for its American Idol hopeful, or a man sing "Amazing Grace" or even a Ground Infantry sing "His eye is on the sparrow" for such a worldly and sensual show is so far beyond me that I dare not tread the waters. No, those "Christians" sold out long ago. In fact they were never in the battle. Those guys would think you were kidding them if you ever read them James 4:4 and ask to see your Bible. Of course their "Ultra New ReReReRevised manifesto for the Post-Modern she-male version" cools down the verse 'bout 17 notches. No, forget those guys. We've wasted too much our nerves on people who fear not the Lord. My concern is for the troopers. The guys in the front-lines of our spiritual war.

So, to you who are still in the action
2Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
Men of Belial are men of vanity. Vanity is all that show is about.
:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with IDOLS? for ye are the temple of the living God
I.E. what are you doing letting american idols into God's temple, which is your body, through the gates of the eyes. Be like Nehemiah and shut those gates to the heathen.
No wonder we have no time for Bible reading and no energy to bend the knees, we're wasting away at the local shrine: the T.V. set.
An insiduous effect of television is that one person turns it on, and others flock. Idolatry is contagious. God is aware of that in the Bible. How many times have we heard the first commandment preached as "whatever you put before God in your life is an idol". But just how much do we believe that?
I'm guilty also including of American Idol.
A while ago the booklet "the second coming" by Larkin, (written before T.V.) spurred me to drastically lessen my television viewing time (I'm talking t.v generally). The sermon "the thief in the living room" by Ruckman also had an impact. I still watch the box, but watch myself also. A good indicator of "backlsiding" is the fluctuation in the amount of time you spend watching T.V.

American Idol has it judges and its standard. The standard is clearcut: "Will the world accept you?" In fact the judges phrase it similarly.

The Bible is clearcut: God is the Judge of all the earth, and all will appear before Him to be judged. He has his one judge, that Just One, the Son of God, and he will set us up as judges over the world and angels. The standard? the Lord Jesus Christ. Will He accept you?

Monday, February 26, 2007

Five girls, Four weeks, Three mothers, Two souls, One salvation

It has been four weeks since I was approached by three Syrian ladies (whose daughters come to our AWANA club) to teach them the Bible in Arabic. Of the three ladies, one has no clue about the Bible, the second knows about it but has hardly ever read it, the third wants scientific proof. Interesting combination.

It all started with one mother bringing her little girl to the AWANA Sparks club. Little Maria invited Renee who brought her sister Pearl and soon followed with two neighbors Nathalie and Patricia. The girls would go to their club meetings while the three mothers stayed behind in the sanctuary. As the Lord saw fit, different leaders would witness to the women while they waited. Meanwhile, Nathalie (daughter of the scientific one) got saved from day one and is growing in the Lord. For my turn, and because I speak Arabic I got the lion's share in the witnessing process. At one point, the lady who knows nothing asked me to teach them the Bible in Arabic. When she insisted, I knew she was serious and I checked with my pastor who gave me his blessings.

But who is worthy to loose the book and to open the seals thereof? I felt so inadequate and I took to prayer. I knew that the best place to start was with the WORD of God. I started by showing them from Genesis 1 and John 1 the literal parallels between the Word of God and Jesus himself. Then I compared Genesis 3 and John 3, and showed them God's sacrificial lamb and the need to be born again.

It is true I can teach children in Sunday school, recite the Bible fluently in Arabic and witness at the drop of a hat, but to teach the Bible to ladies made me feel very very unworthy. Where do I go on from there, I prayed again, and our AWANA Commander gave me a set of discipleship literature to guide me on the way. As we met again and again, the first lady (who does not even know who Abraham is) had never thought about eternity. It is true, she went to church, but she had thought we vanish into nothingness after death (why do we go to church then beats me). But now she was beginning to ask questions, and the questions kept coming. She wanted to know more and the more I answered, the more she asked. How come no one ever taught us the Bible, she questioned. She was horrified when she found out that one day, every individual shall stand before the judgement seat and be held accountable for the blood that was shed on Calvary for the sins of the whole world.

This Friday, she asked me what should she do to get saved. At this I explained to her and she wanted to get saved. As we held hands to pray, I asked her to pray in her own words and as best as she could ask the Lord to save her soul. She did.

As I continue to minister to these ladies, I hope and pray that the Lord would keep his hand upon me and continue to bless for I have a long way to go with them still.

II Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death;
and to the other the savour of life unto life.
And who is sufficient for these things?

Friday, February 23, 2007

We are making the aliens

Please guys read this article for yourselves.
The article is entitled:
Emotion robots learn from people

It goes on to say that making robots that interact with people emotionally is the goal of a European project led by British scientists.... The 2.3m euros scheme will last for three years.

It worries me when I read something like this: "We are most interested in programming and developing behavioural capabilities, particularly in social and emotional interactions with humans." Who in the world can tell what these people are doing. There may be a lot more than meets the eye.
I keep saying the real aliens are coming. What is worse is that WE are making those "aliens". Check the above article then read Revelation chapter 9.
Sophisticated software/hardware coupled with genetic engineering make for fearsome creatures...

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ian Paisley at the 1967 Oxford Union Debate

My brother in the Lord, Bryan, wrote in his comment on the Ian Paisley audio post

"the following link is an audio file of Ian Paisley in a 1967 debate at Oxford. The crowd is laughing at him and mocking him, but he stands like a brick wall and keeps on preaching. I have alot of respect for a man like that."

Dear Roman Catholic I urge you to listen to this short audio file (23 minutes).
You have a decision to make like I had; either the words of God, or the words of Rome.
The quality is not great especially when the crowd is heard, but you will understand what he is saying.

Friday, February 16, 2007

God uses beggars

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Whoever said that God cannot use a beggar to minister to a soul?

As I walked through the metro hallways last night I was in no mood to talk to anyone. There was a man playing a violin and I normally leave a few coins and a tract. In an eerie voice which softly filled the subterranean halls , this particular fellow sang and the words followed me. "Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care..." . I don't recall him singing the whole hymn but I knew the words that would follow: "take it to the Lord in prayer".

As I walked away the tune followed me. I was reminded of how much trouble I could save myself if I bring my concerns to the Lord. I felt a lot better.

Interestingly, the Lord practiced reverse psychology on me.
He had just used a hobo to minister to my soul.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Which Rapture in Bible Studies

I've posted an audio sermon in the Bible Studies by James Modlish on the raptures; you read right, it's plural. In the near future I hope to continue the thread on the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, but for now this is a great interlude. Look for the Lord Jesus Christ's coming to take you away if you are saved. May this blessed doctrine run your life.

Which Rapture?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ian Paisley preaching against the RCC

the Lord Jesus Christ or the pope as head of the church. Dare to listen to truth.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

One Spanish soul

A few of us went tract passing at the metro station this afternoon. Soon the girls went shopping and I was left alone with my son who got embroiled in discussions with someone possibly from the Middle East.

As I continued to pass tracts, alone, I suddenly noticed a fellow standing across from me. It seemed like he was waiting for someone. I walked over and gave him the tract "Is Jesus Christ your Saviour". Quickly I regained my position and soon I forgot about him but when I looked up again there he was, slowly reading the tract. I walked over and asked him if he understood what he was reading (I always think of Philip's question to the Ethiopian eunuch). That was when I first noticed that the man was hispanic.

You are Spanish, I asked. Yes, he replied. I spoke to him a few words in Spanish after which he pointed to the word "sinned" in the English tract and asked for its meaning. Pecador is sin, I explained. His face lit up because now the words made sense to him. I have Spanish tracts, I said. I hurried to our ammunition and thankfully founds loads of them in the box.

Again, I returned to my place and left him to read the Spanish tract. Minutes later, I looked again and the man was still there. It seemed like the man was not leaving. I desperately waited for my son. I could hear his voice embroiled in a conversation but he was nowhere in my neighborhood. As for me, I kept getting this compelling feeling to talk to the man. I hesitated but finally walked over to him again and this time cut right to the chase. The man was ripe. It was not me speaking. I knew it was the Lord who gave me all the right words to say. As I explained man's helpless estate and sinful nature, I reminded him of what Paul said, that the things that I do not want to do, that I find myself doing, and the things that I want to do, that I do not do. etc. He wholeheartedly agreed. We have to be punished for our sins but in his love, the Lord laid his life for us so that we might be saved. His blood cleanseth us from all unrighteousness. When at some point I asked if he wanted to pray, the happily agreed. Quietly and peacefully, we bowed our heads. I prayed first, then in his own words, and as best as he could, he prayed in Spanish and confessed his sin, received Jesus as his personal saviour and went as far as to ask the Lord to change him (something I had not talked about) and to give him "la vida eterna". Interestingly, he thanked the Lord for the opporutnity to have come here today to hear his word.

Joseph is from Mexico and is only staying in Montreal for one more month. Before we parted I gave him two more tracts and pleaded with him to commit to feed his soul on the word of God and to get himself in a bible believing baptist church.

Praise the Lord. Spring is in the air. Trees are budding. Souls are getting saved.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Three Spanish tracts

It has been a number of weeks since I started going to this clinic every Thursday night. For that I need to commute by metro, train and bus. Every week I pray and ask the Lord to use me seize the occasion and sow seeds all over the place. Tonight was no exception, except for one thing. At some point, I ran out of tracts. Now remember, I often joke about finding at least one tract in my purse when the need arises by telling the person who asks "a lion's den is never void of bones" (an arabic saying that goes something like this: beit el sabe3 ma beyikhla min ele3dam".

It was almost eight in the evening when I caught the train going back home to the West Island. I knew that I had no tract left in my purse and I relegated the matter to the Lord. Gone were all the English and French tracts. I mean not one single tract was left. I don't know why but for my train reading tonight I decided to practice my Spanish skills. Reason: I found a couple of Spanish tracts in my purse which I had picked up at Calgary Baptist Church in Manhattan, New York, last year.

Opposite me sat a man but I did not feel led to speak to him. No sooner than he left that a party of three young people sat in the remaining seats in my area. Guess what language they were speaking. That's right. Spanish. The funny thing is that of the three two were alike entitled Redeemed, and a different one was entitled "Where are you going to spend eternity". Two girls and one boy. How convenient. I chuckled to myself. After they chatted for a few minutes, I reached out to the young man to my side and gave him the single tract. The girls looked on and I gave them the remaining two similar tracts. Oh. It is in Spanish said one of them. Yes, I replied. Do yo speak Spanish they asked. Un poco, I replied. We chatted a little bit. It was a light conversation, but upon leaving the train I felt quite happy.

The three Spanish tracts in my purse since April 2006 had finally reached their destined audience.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bible propechies about today's Jerusalem

I was wowed today during my daily Bible-reading by a verse in Nehemiah the prophetical force of which is phenomenal. It is purely geo-political and describes today's Middle East. Ready? No really, you better be ready.

Nehemiah 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we (the Jews) be no more a reproach.
:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's (Artaxerxes) words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
:20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build:

Arabs fighting Jews over Jerusalem...2500 years ago...and they taught you the Bible ain't relevant ey?

Now watch this

but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

Now I'm going to show you some points from Peter Ruckman's commentary on the book of Ezra, where he compares Jewish associtations with Jerusalem with Muslim associations with Jerusalem.

Jewish associations:
1) the origin of tithing and a Gentile priest blessing Abraham in Genesis ch. 14
2) Joshua conquering it with troops from Judah and Simeon in Judges ch. 1
3) David re-conquering it with Joab as his general in 2 Samuel 5
4) God promising David that he would always have a son on the throne of Jerusalem as capital of Israel
I add
5) subject of innumerable prophecies of religious and political restoration throughout the prophetS, plural.

Muslim associations:
1) the thrill of believing that Mohammed was carried by a 600-700 winged angel to Jerusalem where a white mare called Buraq took him up to the seventh heaven.
I add
2) Mohammed originally commanding Muslims to pray toward Jerusalem then chaging his mind for Mecca when relations went sour with the Jews
3) The dome of the rock (built OVER the Jews' temple)

Ruckman, who's read the Qur'an many times over, insightfully notes that Mohammed plagiarized

a) his white horse from Revelation 19
b) its flying from the horses of fire in 2Kings 2
c) Elijah's ascent to heaven in the same incident
c) Paul's trip to the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12

However, he could not reproduce Paul's revelations so he simply copy-paste-edited the whole thing. See when people tell you they've read the Bible, they're usually lying, and they barely know their own religion's book anyway. Always remember that the Bible is not a religious book; it is a history book; past, present and future history.

Notice that all Arab claims to Jerusalem came much, much, much later than Nehemiah. They didn't want it rebuilt back then.

Nehemiah 4:7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,
:8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

No wonder people hate this book, it messes with their geo-political aspirations. Catholicisim and Islam are simply JEW-JEALOUS RELIGIONS who stole Bible promises to Israel and reassigned them to themselves with convenient modifications. It's that simple folks.

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon, and he will shut nations up and rule them with a rod of iron. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Monday, February 05, 2007

My BMW ministry

No I do not drive a BMW but I have a BMW ministry. If you use public transport in Quebec, then you own a BMW which comically stands for Bus, Metro, Walk. Despite the comfort of driving your own car to work I actually enjoy using the public transit system because if oftens opens the doors for me to witness to people whom otherwise I would not meet.

For example, last Thursday night I took a late train home. Upon grabbing a seat I picked La Presse (a french local paper) and skimmed through it for major headlines. Few minutes later, a man sat opposite me and asked if the paper on the seat was mine and whether he could read. The paper was not mine so he picked up some of the leaflets left on the seat by earlier passengers.

Minutes later I put my paper down (got bored) and picked up my New Testament. Soon he too put the paper down (guess he too found the news boring). Do you want to read something more interesting, I asked. Like what, he wondered. That was when I reached into my purse and passed him a French gospel tract. This opened the door for a short discussion after which he put the tract in his pocket and said he would read it when he has time (I hope he does).

Soon after I hopped on the bus to go home, and there I heard two young college students conversing in Arabic. How come you are taking the bus, the girl asked. I normally have someone pick me up but the weather is good tonight, he replied. So, how come you are on the bus he continued. I too have someone pick me up but tonight I decided to take the bus was her answer Sitting on the other aisle, I was thinking in my heart. I know why you two are on this bus tonight. The Lord has a message for you. I furled in my purse and prepared two gospel tracts. Just before I disembarked I looked at both of them, and said (in Arabic) I have something for you to read. "Absolutely Free" was the tract I picked up for them. He had been explaining to the girl about the ritualist religious trip he had completed in order to gain favours with God. I wanted him to see that Jesus gives us salvaltion free of charge.

Earlier that evening, the underground metro had offered me a few opporunities for service too by leaving several tracts on seats and on public telephone booths. The thought that goes through my mind often as I distribute these tracts is "a sower went out to sow the seeds". I often pray that some of this seed will fall on good and fertile ground that it may grow forth and bring fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ who alone is worthy of all praise.

Even so come Lord Jesus and take the throne of this earth for you alone are King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Addiction as a good thing

In our modern day language addiction is viewed in a negative sense because it is associated with addiction to drugs or booz etc. Interestingly I found out that a few people were referred to in the Bible as having addicted themselves in a positive connotation.

Can you try and guess who and where is the reference without going to a Bible concordance.
Sarah, pls. do not answer since I have mentioned this to you already.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

can you say SHIBBOLETH?

Dear born-again Christian, you must watch this video. This is but a glimpse of the perverse apostasy going in scholarly circles. This is Bill Grady preaching and exposing apostasy on video with a sermon called "7 signs of pseudo-King James Onlyism". "Pseudo" means false/fake.

The 7 signs he mentions are

1) They trust in the Textus Receptus, not the English KJV
2) They love to appear intellectual
3) They prefer couth over truth
4) They have only shallow knowledge of Bible especially when it comes to cross-referencing the verses and dividing the Bible
5) They cling only to fundamentals Bible truths and pre-KJVO era terminology like"the verbal and plenary inspiration of the original autographs"
6) They hate controversy
7) They go bonkers when they hear the name "Ruckman"

If you don't believe the King James Bible is perfect, you have no Bible to stand on. You just have the contemporary competing renditions of various scholars. The link has 2 videos. The first one is entitled "PCC Video", it is brief and serves as a context-setter for Bill Grady's preaching before a whole class of young Bible students. The written preambules will explain more. Keep your eyes on the man to your right of the pulpit as he squirms while he slowly discovers what the preaching is about. Then draw a smile at the irony invlovled as Sexton goes into damage control mode after that Grady is done.

There is no original greek.You can't find it anywhere. If there is, present one in court or desist.

When we say we are Bible-believers, we mean there's a Bible we can hold in our hand and believe that every word in it from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is divinely preserved, needing no further improvement.

Are you a Bible-believer, or just a version preferer?

can you say SHIBBOLETH?

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