The Truth and The Lie Are Set Up Side by Side


Christopher Perdue (thebiblestop):

A great article exposing some of the deceptions going on in the church, today.

Originally posted on m'kayla's korner:

I’ve been writing for several years now, exposing the false signs and wonders of Charismania that has taken over the church. This movement has come from many sources, mine were the International Association of Healing Rooms, heavily influenced by Bill Johnson, Bethel, in Redding, CA, and a long list of names and teachers to go along, including Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries, John Paul Jackson of Streams Ministries. I operated in the false prophetic, laid hands on people, zapping them with strange electrical power that did nothing but knock them (and me) around. I think most of you know my past, so I won’t rehash it just now. It is important that you understand the power was quite real, quite dramatic, and just as all sin is for a time, quite fun. I watched as I felt that presence go from warm and comforting, to electrical and painful, even scary…

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Shh! It’s a Secret!


People, including Christians, love to receive glory and earthly recognition when they do a good deed. I see it time and time again. I have visited churches that had a table set up with pictures of big donors to some project. Or such-and-such charity will enscribe your name on a brick in a building if you donate so much money.

The really sad part is that, many times, these donors would not give without the reward or the chance to win recognition. Here is what Jesus has to say about our attitude in charitable deeds.

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Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hyupocrites do in the synagoguews and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

In other words, don’t seek an earthly reward. If you have to, give anonymously so that they cannot give you the glory. If they have a special offering at church, don’t mention that you gave x amount of dollars to kick off the fund, even in casual conversation. Keep it a secret between you and God.

The same holds true for any other charitable deed, whether helping someone or whatever. Don’t tell others what you are doing or have done. In fact, you may even occasionally help the person in need secretly – such as by taping an envelope of money on their door when they aren’t looking.

When you do or give your charity in front of others or to receive earthly recognition, that is all the reward you will receive. God will not add it to your tally in heaven, nor will He give you any reward for it.

But if you follow the Lord’s instructions to keep it as private as possible, then God will reward you openly for it. It is perfectly acceptable to God to expect Him to reward you when you do His will, or else He would not have told us to seek reward from Him. Several times Scriptures promise rewards to those who obey God.

Now we should do charitable deeds out of simple obedience to God’s will, not do them to make God reward us. God will NOT be manipulated! Nor can we tell God HOW we expect Him to reward us – any reward is for Him to give according to His will and plan. A few verses later we are taught to pray that His kingdom (authority) come and His will be done.

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practical 300wMy newest book, Practical Guide to Bible Study, is now available from Amazon.com, and will soon be available from other online retailers. It is available both in paperback and as an ebook. The most important purpose of studying scripture is that it becomes practical in the life of the believer. I have taken the articles I have written in this blog and expanded on them a bit for the book – and added several new chapters, as well. I also show you how God works in us to change us from the inside out into His image. This book also includes studies on 2John and 3John. Here is the Table of Contents:

Table of Contents

  1. An Encouraging Word

  2. The Beginning

  3. Tools

  4. Seed

  5. Spiritual Values

  6. Believing

  7. Understanding

  8. Building Faith

  9. Application for Daily Living

  10. Denying Self

  11. Edification of the Inner Man

  12. Establish Authority in Christ

  13. Renewing the Mind

  14. Relationship to Christ

  15. Relationship to Others

  16. Other Pointers

  17. A Sharp Sword

  18. Introduction to 2 and 3John

  19. 2John

  20. 3John

 

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Urgent Prophetic Warning To Church in America


A video every American Believer needs to watch. This day is coming.

 

http://www.emoaf.org/Urgent-Prophetic-Warning-To-Church-In-America.html

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Worship God with your Treasure


Christopher Perdue (thebiblestop):

A great article on the importance of worshiping God in our giving. That is the ultimate purpose of the tithe, for the greatest worship we can offer God is obedience to His ways and principles.

Originally posted on On Target:

kekayaan22If the statistics are true, Christ followers don’t always live out their convictions.

  • The average person in America gives 2% of their income to charitable causes.
  • 17% of Christians say that they “tithe” (give 10% of their income to God’s work).
  • Only 5% actually give that amount.

Despite the statistics, when was the last time you heard a sermon about money and giving? Most pastors avoid the subject. Many people say it’s a private matter and should not be addressed from the pulpit.

There are about 500 verses in the Bible on prayer. There are fewer than 500 verses on faith. But there are 2,300 verses in Scripture that deal with money and possessions. In fact, Jesus said more about money than he did about any other subject, including heaven and hell combined. Over 10% of the New Testament relates directly to financial matters. Because money is a barometer of…

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