Considering that “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) And considering that the Hebrew word translated “filthy rags” means a used sanitary napkin, which has several connotations in the Rabbinical Law, it is the height of arrogance for us to think that God needs our help to save us. Jesus blood was not enough. Oh how foolish we mortals are to think that we can impress Holy God with our good works in order to get into Heaven. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) ⸺ The Mad Preacher
By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
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Is Eternal Security, or better stated eternal salvation, a solid Biblical truth or a misrepresentation of the scripture? Many call it “One saves, always saved” but is it true? I believe it is true and I’m going to tell you why.
God says in Proverbs 8:13, “I hate pride and arrogance…” One of the worst forms of arrogance known to mankind is for us to think that God needs our help to save us! The bloody cross was not enough. The beating and the butchering of Jesus was not enough. We need, by our good deeds and abstinences, to fill in the gaps.
This line of thinking is especially messed-up when you consider what Isaiah 64:6 says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
The Hebrew word translated “filthy rags” literally means a used sanitary napkin. The best we have to offer Holy God in the way of personal righteousness is repugnant in His sight. Jesus said in Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” I don’t know about you but I can’t measure up to God’s perfection. Can you? No one can, but some actually claim that they live above sin. 1John 1:10, “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him [God] out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
Jesus said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The word “believes” means to put your whole faith and confidence in someone or something. When you got into your car today you believed it would get you to where you wanted to go. When you set down in a chair you’re putting your faith and confidence in that chair believing it would hold you up.
The original Greek word translated “eternal” holds the same definition as does the English word, “That which by its very nature is unending.” When Jesus said in John 10:28-29, “I give them eternal life [I’m giving them a life that does not end, ever!], and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe [put their whole faith and confidence] in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Life, which by its very nature is unending.
1 John 5:10-13
10Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13I write these things to you who believe [put their whole faith and confidence] in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have [present tense] eternal life.” [Life which by its very nature is unending.]
Now, consider this:
Jesus said in John 10:14-15, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
Question? Is Jesus a liar or just forgetful? For he said in Matthew 11:21-23,“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
“I never knew you”? Did Jesus just forget that they were once his sheep before they messed-up and lost their salvation? Or maybe Jesus was just lying when he said, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
It key to know that every born again follower of Jesus is God’s possession.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Can you but yourself back from God?
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit [Greek literally is “down-payment”], guaranteeing what is to come.”
In the ancient world a seal was used for two things when shipping a package. It denoted who it belong to and where the package was going. We belong to Christ and our destination is Heaven!
Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed [put your whole faith and confidence in Christ], you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit [down-payment] guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 say, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In the ancient Greek language there are several words in the New Testament that’s translated “new’. Those most often used are neos which means something new but of the same kind. It’s like a buying a new car. It’s new but it’s still a car. The word “new” in this passage is kainos which means something unprecedented. Nothing like it has ever existed before. Every born again follower of Christ is a new species of being that never existed before.
The butterfly is an ideal picture of the new birth in Christ. Here is a creature that starts their life as a caterpillar, but then a metamorphous takes place that transforms him into a thing of rare beauty and grace. Notice that the new butterfly is the same creature it was before it spun its cocoon. It wasn’t replaced with another insect. The same creature that enclosed itself within the cocoon is the same one that came out of the cocoon.
The change it experienced was radical. What was once a caterpillar has a new outward appearance. The caterpillar underwent a total transformation. It no longer crawls on the ground beneath the heels of most every other creature; it now flies! It’s the same living creature it was before yet entirely different.
In much the same way, that’s what happens to a person who surrenders their life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit begins to transform them into something that’s totally different and beautiful. The new believer’s value system and goals begin to change. They begin to lose their taste for the garbage that this world’s system offers. The days of crawling on their spiritual bellies begins to give way to lofty dreams, powerful living and a positive outlook on life. They are the same person they were before but changed. Now they’re “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Corinthians 5:17)
Hebrews 10:26-27 says, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” The Greek word translated “knowledge” is epignosis which is a “precise and correct knowledge” i.e. to make something ever clear. If one ignores the message of the cross after it is clearly presented to them there is no other way toward salvation only judgment waits.
This passage is not talking about losing you salvation as some have wrongfully claimed. It’s not saying that at all. It’s talking about people hearing the Gospel and then rejecting its message. There’s no other sacrifice for sins except for Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He said in John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.”
Question: How does one become unborn? You can’t go back. You’re here. You can’t return to your mother’s womb. The same hold true about the spiritual rebirth. Then how does one become un-born again? And if one can lose their salvation how do they regain it? Do you have to be re-reborn again? And wouldn’t you have to receive eternal life again—that which by its very nature is unending? Can you put an end to something that’s eternal? No!
Question: What can you offer Holy God in the way of personal righteousness when you consider the words of Isaiah? “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Titus 3:3-8 says this,
3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
My friend, when we came to Christ we were as lost as a ball in high weeds. We were without hope drowning a pit of sin and deceit. We couldn’t be good enough to be accepted by God. But God knew this and that’s why he sent Jesus to rescue us. That’s why we need a savior!
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By the Mad Preacher
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When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew16:13-15)
I have a long time good friend named Ken LaDuke who was a UMC pastor. Ken is a soft-spoken, easygoing sort that has an incredibly dry wit. In fact, he is so laid-back that it’s easy when you first meet him to be fooled into thinking that he is anything but funny. Then right out of nowhere he’ll say something so funny that it will have you rolling on the floor.
I love Ken’s humor but it is an acquired taste. Not everyone gets it. Once Ken was accompanying another old friend of mine named Mike Powers. Mike, an evangelist, was invited to conduct a revival in a small mountain church. Upon arriving Mike was carted away by one of the members. Now, this left Ken with nothing to do but walk around the building and take in the sights.
As he strolled about the interior of the small church, Ken noticed that there was a wide assortment of pictures hanging on the walls. Upon closer observation, he discovered that they were various artists’ conceptions of Jesus: Jesus with the Sheep, Jesus Knocking at the Door, Jesus Praying in the Garden and so forth. These pictures almost completely covered the walls.
Ken was standing in the vestibule casually studying one rather large portrait of Jesus, when he felt a tug at his sleeve. Looking around, he beheld a little old lady with a pleasant smile staring up at him through thick glasses. “We’re glad you could come tonight, Reverend LaDuke,” she offered. “Thank you. I’m glad to be here.” he returned. “How do you like our pictures, Reverend LaDuke?” She was positively beaming, obviously very proud of their collection. “They’re very nice,” he said in his usual near-monotone, don’t-get-me-too-excited manner. Then, strait-faced without offering the slightest hint of humor in his voice, he looked at her with eyebrows raised and asked, “Who is it?” Stunned, she replied, “Why… it’s… it’s Jesus.” Needless to say, she didn’t quite get it. She didn’t know about Ken’s famous wit.
It’s amazing how many of us just don’t get it.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
Our lifestyle, the things we do and say are like brushes painting a picture of Jesus. The way we treat others, our work ethic, the way respond to to any given situation, the way we demonstrate the gospel and so on, is reflected in each stroke, each color and every hue of our painting. What kind of picture are you painting? When others look at your painting do they see Jesus or do they stare in bewilderment and ask, “Who is it?”
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault [before others] in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life— in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. (Philippians 2:14-16)
If actions speak louder than words, what are your actions saying about Jesus? Who do your actions say that he is? Better yet, what do others say about Jesus based on what they see in you? Do they see a true picture of Jesus and the Christian faith when they observe your life? Do they see the life of Christ displayed in the way you love, give, act and react to others? Or does the painting you present send mixed messages. Does your life that say one thing but shows another?
“Who do you say I am?”
Life is a song we must sing with our days
A poem with meaning more than words can say
A painting with colors no rainbow can tell
A lyric that rhymes either heaven or hell
We are living letters that doubt desecrates
We’re the notes of the song of the chorus of faith
God shapes every second of our little lives
And minds every minute as the universe waits by
The pain and the longing
The joy and the moments of light
Are the rhythm and rhyme
The free verse of the poem of life *
*The Poem of Your Life by Michael Card from his album, “Poeima”. © 1994 Sparrow
This is from a new book I’m working on entitles “The Crown of Authority”:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” — Jesus
Laboring under a deadly misconception
An agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency knocked on the door of a farmhouse. Shortly a farmer came to the door.
“Can I help you?” he asked.
“I’m with the Drug Enforcement Agency and I have word that you may be growing marijuana on your farm. So, I’m going to take a look around.”
“Well that’s all right, young man, just help yourself but don’t go to that field on the north end of my farm…” the farmer was trying to say when the DEA agent interrupted.
Reaching in to his pocket he pulled out a badge and stuck it in the farmer’s face and shouted, “You see this! This badge gives me the right to go anywhere I want to go and you can’t stop me!”
“Well, alright young man. You go right ahead.”
About 30 minutes later as the farmer was finishing his breakfast, he heard a commotion coming from the north field. He ran over there to find the DEA agent screaming and running for his life! I huge angry 500 pound bull was right in the agent’s heels and was about catch him and introduce him to his long pointed horns.
“HELP! HELP!” he cried! The farmer leaned on the fence surrounding the north field, relishing the moment. “HELP ME, PLEASE!!!” he cried out to the famer. To which the farmer shouted to the DEA agent, “Show him your badge!”
Too many professing Christian are clueless when it comes to spiritual warfare and walking in Kingdom authority. They think that just because one day they made a decision to follow Christ, and have been born again, they have authority over of the Enemy. But do they? Many claim authority over demonic powers solely based on scripture taking out of the context of the whole Word of God. Such as Jesus words in Luke 10:19, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” To whom Jesus was speaking? And what was the context surrounding his words?
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By The Mad Preacher
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“For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.”
Do you think what you do has no effect on those around you? Well, think again. The Bible is pretty clear about the fact that all true Christians are a part of the body of Christ and when one part suffers, we all suffer.
Let me give you an example of the effect we have on one another. Take a deep breath hold it for a minute. Now, exhale. In that breath was at least 3 nitrogen adams that have been breathed by every person who ever lived. And that breath that you exhaled will in the next year be breathed by every living being on this planet.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and
to mutual edification. (Romans 14:19)
In Mark 9:50, Jesus said, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
by the Mad Preacher
A few weeks ago I posted on my You Tube page a video entitled, There is no such thing as a true atheist.” Atheists came out of the woodwork. Many of them just attacked me while others wanted to debate with me. This I refused to do even although it some of them more angry.
I try to stick to Paul’s formula when to sharing the Gospel. “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)
This is a response to one’s commit stating that he doesn’t believe there’s a god because there is none.
I can say that I don’t believe in something, but my non-belief doesn’t make it a fact. I didn’t make these videos to spark off a big debate or make atheists angry with me. I posted them for one reason, and only one reason, to give me an opportunity to tell you about Jesus and the life changing effect that he had on me and on the lives of multimillions of others who embraced Him as their Lord and Savior. I’m a man in a burning house. There is only one door, only one way out of the blazing inferno, and I’m desperately trying to direct everyone to that door. Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, will be saved.” (John 10:9)
Jesus said, “… this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) My friend, Jesus’ words are ringing true today. The gospel (good news) is being broadcast all over the world. It carries the message about Jesus and the free salvation he offers and this message is touching people all over God’s creation. At this very moment, through TV, radio, the Internet and many other venues this gospel of the kingdom is being preached everywhere. Jesus said that when you see this taking place the end of all things is near. In other words, judgment is imminent!
So, I’m still running around the burning house begging people to come through that the Door, the only door out. I’m talking with God about you. I’m asking that He will break through that wall that you have built around heart in order to show you the light of truth and then to show you the overwhelming love that He has for you.