John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me
will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and
make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my
teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who
What then is a Christian?
To my mind, the term "Christian" can be misleading. In all my
years, 73, I have not met a Christian who has described to me their relationship
with the Lord Jesus and his Father as described by the Lord in John 14:23. And I
have been trying very hard to let them do just that.
When I first started to read about my Lord Jesus in the
Gospels of the Holy Bible I was startled to see written in its pages that he had
so many enemies from among those people who were supposed to be His Father's
I noticed that it had been the same in the Old Testament,
where the Prophets opponents were often Jewish leaders.
Then when the Apostles started their ministry after Pentecost,
the same thing happened again, many who were supposed to be leaders in the
church of Christ were actually bitter enemies of those personally chosen by
Jesus to build it up in the faith. In a very short time, all sorts of heresies
and schisms broke out and Christians were persecuted from place to place. The
glory had soon gone from the organised church because of false doctrine,
lukewarmness and worldliness. Spiritual leadership was replaced my human
Today it is just the same and I can truthfully testify to you
that those who are and have been my most ardent enemies have been Christian
Church Leaders. To this date, 24/07/2017, I have no loving support (friendship)
from Christians; not one. I am strongly of the opinion that Christians are
actually against the Lord Jesus Christ! If they were not, then surely, they
would be helping me?
So there it is, People claiming to be "Christians" but acting
against the will of the Lord Jesus, and with no spoken or written testimony of
Christ Jesus knowing them. John 14:23. Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.
My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24
Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you
hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me"
John 14:23-24, is the key to this question of who is a
Christian. True followers love and obey Jesus, false followers do not. The term,
Christian, does not come into it at all as it is just a religious title.
True Followers are a people who are different in their
character than the unsaved that they want to see saved. A people who love Jesus;
who do not carry on sinning; who show evidence of the Holy Spirit's power in
their life; a people who do not brazenly go against the Holy Spirit as he seeks
to do good. False Followers are enemies of the Lord Jesus, and of his true
Your Choice In the Holy Bible, the Lord
Jesus Christ speaks of two gates that everyone has to make a decision over which
one to go through. One gate is Narrow and the other is Wide. Each of these gates
leads onto a road that represents your life here on earth and likewise they are
the same as their entrance gate. Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad
is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small
is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
No Neutrality Do you want to go to heaven
when you die? Then quite clearly, God has offered you his only Son in order that
you can make a thoughtful choice in this matter. He does not offer you a neutral
path. You will have to make a choice, if not the narrow then the wide. You will
have to bear fruit in your life, if not good, then bad.
Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who
does not gather with me scatters.
Mark 9:40 for whoever is not against us is for us.
Luke 11:23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who
does not gather with me, scatters.
Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will
hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the
plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it
is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am,
my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.
Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached
everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs
that accompanied it. ----------
Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will
enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is
in heaven. 22 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 perform many miracles?' 23
Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal
Life or Death If you choose to enter
through the narrow gate, you will find real and abundant life. Your life will
have that inextinguishable and indestructible quality that is self-existent in
God and shared with those human beings he created. Us! For we are not animals.
It is God's gift to man animating him both physically and spiritually and making
him an eternal being; "the absolute fullness of life...which belongs to God."
Danger, False Teachers
Video was published on Jul 12, 2014. This
was 2 years after my illness caused by a burst abscess on my kidney filling my
body with poison. That is why I look a bit shaky.
Be on your guard
for many false teachers are about. Not only is the correct gate that leads to
eternal life hard to find there are also people who are dedicated to tricking
you into entering the wrong gate that leads to destruction. Danger! Beware,
Jesus says, of false prophets who will be out to deceive you onto the road to
destruction. Religionists who preach dogma, a religious belief or opinion held
to be absolute truth; a point of view or alleged authoritative tenet put forth
as dogma without adequate grounds. They pray for revival, a supernatural
visitation from God which awakens hearts and produces joyful obedience, while at
the same time rejecting the truth that Jesus and his Father are already here in
Christ's disciples. Avoid them, for they are dangerously stupid! Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will
recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.
Law Breakers These false teachers are
living in deliberate defiance of the moral law for personal gain, without regard
to the pain or suffering brought to others by it. Law is a rule established by
authority. The letter of the law is dealing with the outward keeping of the law.
The letter of the law is the literal meaning without regard to the motive or
principles behind the law. Moral law is a universal unchanging rule proceeding
from divine intelligence. To which moral beings ought to conform. That will
protect the basic rights of all and bring happiness to all. A rule for action
with certain resultant consequences for obedience or disobedience. A moral law
without sanctions is not a law, but advice. The law is a fence to show not only
ownership, but also protection.
Corrupters of Others You will see their
selfish greed that makes them not only content to perish in their own
corruption, but are not content unless they are corrupting others as well. Get
Smart! You will know them! As your relationship with these prophets develop you
will come to a fuller, clearer, and more thorough knowledge of their fruit. It
will be either good or bad! You will see they are inexorable, unyielding,
inflexible, relentless, Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer. They
are licentious hostile or offensive to accepted standards of conduct; marked by
the absence of legal or moral restraints. Indeed, I have found that the toughest
mission field in the entire world is that place where unsaved people call Jesus,
Lord. They are truly children of the devil, of whom I have met many.
The Impossible It is totally impossible
for good people to be bad or bad people to be good. Yes, good people can do bad
things, and bad people do good things. However, they are still inherently good
or bad people. Therefore, you will know them, for they will give you a taste of
what they are like.
The Good They will be good willing, both
good in action and appearance. They will be inwardly good; of a good
constitution or nature; hence, that which produces benefit and genuinely good
effects and results; has its focus on the inward character and thus carries the
idea of morally or inherently virtuous or brave; worthy of admiration and
respect. They will be good in appearance; beautiful; aesthetically satisfying
and pleasing; that which evokes admiration and a sense of the lovely and
beautiful; praiseworthy; good as having the perceived value and out ward
impression of charm and attractiveness; useful; excellent in its characteristics
therefore well adapted to its ends.
The Bad They will be bad willing, both bad
in action and appearance, though camouflaged. They will be rotten; corrupt; of
poor quality; used of over-ripe fruit that is useless and to be discarded, no
longer fit for use. For all their outward garb, they will show a deliberate
defiance of the moral law for personal gain. Without a regard to the pain or
suffering brought to others by it. Selfish greed often with malevolent and
criminal intentions. The active outworking of evil nature and purpose which is
not always outwardly expressed. They are not only content to perish in their own
corruption, but are not content unless they are corrupting others as well. Just
like their leader, Satan.
Spiritual Blindness Oh how blind these
sinners are that they are surprised when the Lord Jesus rejects them on the day
of judgement. How terrified they are going to be when the shocking truth bites
home. All that religion that they did in the name of Jesus was futile regarding
their eternal salvation. Be warned!
They are Everywhere You will find many
like these in the church today who have the concept that faith alone, without
obedience to moral law, is all that is necessary for salvation. (Considered by
sound theologians to be erroneous doctrine based upon a misconception of what
salvation really is.) They openly state we cannot criticise others who sin
because we humans, even Christians, cannot fulfil our moral obligations and obey
God. Others deny original sin. They assert that each individual has freedom of
the will to choose not to sin (what man ought to do, he can do) and the avowal
that each person's freedom of the will includes the unassisted initiating power
to move toward salvation and to appropriate the divine grace necessary thereto.
They believe in the total world-wide ultimate salvation of each and every
individual, and deny there is a hell.
They are unregenerate, not renewed in heart but remaining or
being at enmity with God, and living out a life based on loony religion. You
will also find others in your community who once saved fell away or abandoned
their beliefs; renouncing their faith after a backsliding of heart; a final and
unchanging return to a selfish ultimate intention of life.
Please Listen to Jesus In order to avoid
their fate you must learn that only the Lord Jesus Christ can teach you the way
to salvation, proper discipleship living, and an eternal life with God in
heaven. Ardent disciples like me can help you, but only by turning you to His
teachings and companionship. God the Holy Spirit is powerful enough to do all
that is necessary to bring you through to salvation. All you have to do is ask
the Lord Jesus for help and await the wonderful experience of having God enter
you. Matthew 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain
came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet
it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who
hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish
man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and
the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Trust Jesus Please believe me when I say,
"You can trust the Lord Jesus Christ!" Matthew 7:28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were
amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not
as their teachers of the law.
A Mighty Saviour The people alive in His
day had an advantage over us in that they could see many of the wonders he did
before their very eyes. This what the apostle John, a very close friend of the
Lord Jesus, had to say at the end of his gospel in the Holy Bible. John 21:24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote
them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down,
I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would
Grabbing the Nettle In order to be saved
you must certainly be won away from yourself. Realising this may cause you a
great deal of pain but it just has to be. Many people remain lost for failure to
be honest with themselves.
Morality You are a free moral agent of
course. A creature created by God and capable of right and wrong action, being
endowed with the ability to perceive what is right and proper conduct in your
various relations with the power of free choice and thus able to be governed by
truth addressed to your intelligence. That is why God has given you a free
choice regarding which gate to enter. You have not been created an animal; you
have a spirit and a soul.
Moral Moral is having to do with right and
wrong; relating to, dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between
right and wrong actions of conduct; pertaining to the discernment of good and
evil. The concept of absolute morality presupposes an absolute set of standards
as to what is right and what is wrong. Without these absolute standards morality
becomes meaningless, or can be made to mean whatever anyone wants it to mean.
Moral Character Moral character is a
continuing state of activity or conduct that takes place in the experiences and
consciousness' of moral beings. Moral character is moral action or personal
action. It is not something back of the will causing action, but is the action
of the will itself. It is the thoughts we think, the attitudes we have, the
things we say, the actions that we take that constitute our moral character.
Moral character must be a voluntary choice of the person involved, as
distinguished from a constitutional trait or natural attribute. If moral
character is something fixed or something that controls the will in one
direction or in another, then virtue or blame disappears, the law of cause and
effect takes over, and moral action ceases to exist.
A Depraved Rebel Until you are saved you
are in rebellion against God, wholly alienated, intensely prejudiced, and
committed against Him. You are committed to self-gratification as the end of
This committed state is moral depravity, the fountain of sin
within you, from which flow by a natural law all your sinful ways. That state of
constitution and faculties by which it is easier to sin or gratify ourselves
than to do what our enlightened mind declares to be right and proper. Depravity
is a strong tendency toward gratifying certain kinds of indulgences which our
constitution and environment has fostered. Our depravity at a given instant must
be the sum total of that within us which resists and becomes an impediment to
right moral action. The great mass of this depravity is what we have developed
for ourselves by persistent and ever-deepening gratification. These aggravated
tendencies to self-indulgence have become a part of us and are not to be thought
of as a separate entity lodging somewhere in our personalities. Our depravity
has permeated our entire personality. No part of us is unaffected.
Physical depravity is our weakened and unbalanced physical
condition constitutes what we call physical depravity and contributes to the
development of moral depravity. Physical depravity is not to be thought of as a
loss of the ability of free will, or as a moral depravity, which must always be
voluntary, but as introducing a bias or tendency toward self-gratification-an
obstacle which must be overcome by right moral action.
Total depravity is the theological theory that man is born
with a sinful nature and is spiritually dead. This is Augustinian philosophy and
Calvinistic theology. Depravity means "very crooked." The Biblical concept is
that man is born with a physical depravity that influences but does not cause
moral depravity. Man is not born sinful or virtuous, but innocent and acquires
his sinful nature by his choices.
This committed voluntary state is your "wicked heart." The
heart is the seat of the affections, desires, and appetites. That which
influences the will in making moral choices which in turn directs the mind to
institute the chosen action. The ability to choose. The ability to know what to
choose. The control centre of one's life. The motivating purpose of one's life.
This it is that needs a radical change.
God is Perfectly Right When the going gets
tough, it is to easy for us all to blame God. God is infinitely benevolent, good
willing; a good act; disposition to do good; a disposition to promote the
happiness and well-being of others from a purely unselfish motive.
Love Whereas, unconverted sinners are
supremely selfish, regarding one's own interests above the welfare and happiness
of others, so that they are radically opposed to God. Your committal to the
gratification of your appetites and propensities, living supremely to gratify
the five senses (worldly), is known in Bible language as the "carnal mind"; or,
"the minding of the flesh," which is enmity against God.
Flesh The Holy Bible speaks of FLESH:
human or bodily attributes not spiritual, but physical. Sensibilities are the
five senses. (Not inherently evil in themselves.) Many people fall into the
error of regarding flesh as something wicked where in fact it is the
overindulgence that is a problem.
This enmity is voluntary, and must be overcome, if at all, by
the Word of God, made effectual by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus the Perfect Teacher Let us remember
the manner in which Christ concludes His memorable Sermon on the Mount. After
spreading out those awfully searching truths before His hearers, and demanding
that they should be perfect, as your Father in heaven was perfect, He concludes
by assuring them that no one could be saved who did not receive and obey His
teachings. Instead of attempting to please our people in your sins, we should
continually endeavour to hunt and persuade them out of your sins. Brethren, let
us do it, as we would not have our skirts defiled with your blood. If we pursue
this course and consistently preach with unction and power, and abide in the
fullness of the doctrine of Christ, we may joyfully expect to save them and
ourselves that hear us.
Listen to Jesus What is the key to their
destruction? They could not deceive him as they had those whom they harmed.
Though they called him by his proper title they did not do the will of God.
Despite their great works in his name that must have generated a great deal of
praise from those they deceived, he rejected them for their lawlessness. He did
not know them.
No Personal Relationship Jesus had not
been in union with them. He had known them through experience; or perceived them
through the senses; no subjective knowledge; a knowing that comes from an active
relation between himself and them; there had been no first-hand or personal
interaction; no personal acquaintance or some relationship of intimacy or
connection. The Lord Jesus knew of them but no more than that.
Wise People Wise indeed are they whom hear
his words written so clearly for us in the Holy Bible. They are people
characterised by a practical wisdom that sees what must be done and what must
not be done in any given situation; with quick and correct perceptions, hence
discreet, circumspect; as of one who is in practical touch with life and
reality. During the tough times that come to us all they stood firm in Him their
Foolish People But not so the false ones
rejected by the Son of God at the time of judgement. If they were churchgoers
they would have had a Holy Bible therefore they would have read these words in
Matthew's Gospel. Yet they had not put them into practice else they would have
been right with him because he would have known them. What fools they had been
to reject the words of Christ. They lacked the maturity to be discriminating;
infantile; mentally or psychologically immature; easily deceived. People with a
low development or deficient use of reasoning abilities.