Thursday, 2 June 2022

The Rules of Good Stewardship - True Riches - Part Two

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 Part 2  

Introduction


A lesson from the past ignored


Have we learned anything from the example of God’s people, Israel?  The theme throughout the Book of Judges was, “Failure through compromise” and the theme found in the Book of Joshua was “Victory through faith.” 

How many books have been written, how many commentaries were blogged, and how many sermons have been preached about faith? Is the Church any better than historical Israel when it comes to being in obedience to His commandments? The Church has its moment of victory and its moment of failure. From one generation who has forgotten what it took to be in fellowship with God proceeded by a generation crying out to God to intervene. Is this where the Church of this era is right now, confused, divided, and in despair? Many American and Canadian Christians are crying out to God for a revival. You wouldn’t believe how many stays-at-home believers are refuse to the assembly of the saints, making many unwelcome, (Hebrews 10:25). Some were rejected for the simple reason that they were smokers, and some because they have a criminal record. Really? Are we inviting only sinless candidates? Through COVID-19, haven’t the churchgoers tasted what it is like to be separated from the assembly of the church. 

Revival will not come unless we are willing to welcome sinners – to leave aside our prejudice. If we don’t, we are no better than the children of Jacob, Israel before their deportation to Babylon. Inasmuch God warned Israel and Judah to return to Him and to His covenant for the purpose to be a light for the surrounding nations, Jesus through the Apostle John wrote to North America’s Church to return as a good and faithful steward of His Word, fulfilling His commission, or else, it will be given to another nation.    

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent,” Revelation 2:5

Canadian and American Christian Church is not Israel. We do not replace God’s people just because the Jewish authority rejected Jesus. We live under a new covenant (Mark 14:24) under the dispensation of grace, (Eph 3:2). We are bondservant by the same rules of stewardship as of the Israelites. The present Canadian multicultural society with its diversity of cultures and religions reflects the same characteristics that existed during the time of Imperialist Rome and Autocratic Babylon.  Nothing is new under the sun, (Eccl 1:9). 

In the Book of Judges, soon after the settlement of each Israelite tribe in their assigned territory, Israel quickly drifted away from God's covenant. In those days there were no kings in Israel, and every man did that which was right in his eyes, (Judges 17:6). Doesn’t that also reflect the North American Christians Churches? Having good intention, each congregation identifies themselves with their own personalized statement of belief - every church denomination doing what is right in its own eyes and so are each individual Christians? Canada and America were once a strong Judeo-Christian influence; it is no more. The Church has lost its salt flavour, the light on the lampstand has extinguished and the lampstand will soon be relocated, (Rev 2:5). If the Church doesn’t repent by being obedient to Christ Our Lord’s instructions, God will go elsewhere to do His work. It will leave the community desolate of His presence and His word.  It did happen with Israel, and it also did happen with the city of Ephesus (Rev 2:5). Our modern churches are not exempt.

 "Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
"That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord," Amos 8:11

The Canadian Churches failed the test


In the Book of Judges 3:4, God allowed five lords of the Philistine to be used as a thorn in the side of the children of Israel, (chap. 2:3).  The Canaanites, the Sidonians, the Hivites, Perizzites, and the Jebusites, (verse 5). Why? Verse 4 explained; to test Israel. From what? From their gods who would be used as a snare (Judges 2:2). The snare was used to find out whether they would obey the commandments of God (Judges 3:4), in particular, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3-5). The consequences of being entangled in the snare, Israel's moral and spiritual disobedience would lead to their deportation. 

What about Canadian Christians? Have we not been entrapped into the federal multicultural policies - an autocratic snare, and anti-Christian snare, dictating what ought to be taught to our children, overruling the parent's cultural and religious practices and beliefs, for the purpose to unite all cultures, all religious faith unto one philosophy, one ideology, one religion under the ruse of false faith indoctrination and Darwinism evolutionary rhetoric?  We live in a so-called ‘Extreme Bias Multiculturalism and in an Extreme Bias Multi-Gender’ nation. 
 
We Christians dropped our guard and allowed the Canadian federal and provincial leaders to dictate what we are to accept culturally. Both levels of government became autocratic to the core, under the umbrella of political correctness accusing Christian of intolerance and racism when Christians voiced their concern.  


Freedom of Worship vs. Freedom of Religion


“Now, are we to shine our light within the four walls of the church building only?  Nonsense.”

I heard at the opening and closing prayers pastors giving thanks to God for the freedom to worship unaware that God has given them much more than a simple right to worship in Canada. I believe that it is God who wrote the constitution on His behalf - for His purpose, not ours. Isn’t it also for the United States of America with their Bill of Rights? He gave us, not the government the freedom of religion. The Constitution was founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. Not any gods, but the Christian God – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life, (Jn 3:16). 

What is the difference between freedom of worship and freedom of religion?  The difference is that freedom of worship restricted Christian’s sphere of influence by living according to their beliefs, ethics, and moral standard values within the wall of a building, while the freedom of religion gives Christians the freedom to carry their right to beliefs, ethics, and moral standard values everywhere in our society.   It is our civil right. Have you not noticed how often we heard from the secular to keep our religion at church?  It is a constant attack on our rights. Even Christian among themselves demanded not to mix religion with politics… go figure. 

We have the fundamental right to peaceful assembly in a church environment and freedom of religion in a social environment, especially in our school. 

“True and pure diversity in a multicultural society is to allow each parent to teach their children their religious beliefs, their values according to their culture and tradition, and to teach their sexual moral standard and behavior without prejudice and without interference from any level of government. Isn't that what the Charter of Rights and Freedom is all about?”

The Snare (commentary)




We are incapable to untangle ourselves from the snare unless we Christians, first repent and live by his/her personal faith, trusting in the Word. Institutions and the government will fail. But God will never, never fail you.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned,” Hebrews 6:4-8

Next Part 3 - Your Sanctification


Wednesday, 1 June 2022

The Rules of Good Stewardship - True Riches part one

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 Part One

True Riches



This commentary was on the back-burner for over 5 years. So much has happened since then.


The Post Covid-19 Era

What kind of change (New Normal) are we to expect from this unprecedented all borders invasion of an invisible enemy, called COVID-19? Whether the virus threat was a hoax or real, it has been used as a political ruse,(Psalm 2:1). Are we entering into a unique era, with the possibility of two different resulting scenarios?... A pre-tribulation era scenario (Daniel 2:33) or a temporary victory over a distinct group called the World Elite to allow God’s grace to reach millions of lost souls. No student of prophecy would have predicted that certain Luciferian elite groups would rise up within the Western nations in power in an attempt to control the world population by using a virus to create fear for the purpose of accomplishing their goal of establishing their New World in Disorder. I didn’t expect a pseudo-pandemic to be the instrument of deceit. In the book title “2018 Canadian Christian Ministry - The Most Lukewarm Church in the Whole Western Nation,” I concluded that the Church would be entering a period of judgement. Our freedom of religion has been challenged followed by an attempt to take away our freedom to assemble. Since March 2022, we had been experiencing a temporary retrieval of the restriction but it was not abolished. In Canada, the Emergency Act has been rescinded after being active for a period of one week without being enacted by the senate. It was long enough to show how much power the minority government of Prime Minister Trudeau may exert on Canadians. Total tyranny. From frozen bank accounts to using brutal force to disperse a peaceful protest. A pastor who refused to follow the lockdown mandates was detained in prison suffering from prejudiced treatment among the inmates.



It is my opinion that the mandatory restrictions are here to stay. We are now experiencing a temporary relief for the summer season but will be reinforced in the fall unless God intervenes, (Psalm 3). Our way of life will never be the same anymore. Every culture and tradition from all nationalities have been affected. This is truly the result of communist influence and infiltration in all Canadian institutions. This is part one of a commentary that was on the back burner for two years. Never would I have thought that this commentary was to be for the pre-tribulation era ( the pre-rapture era). Never in my mind would I have thought that this commentary would be so relevant for our time. The purpose of this commentary is to prepare the churches for what is to come. About me I am neither a theologian nor a Bible scholar. I am not an apostle, nor prophet, nor evangelist, nor a pastor, and nor a teacher, (Eph 4:11-16, 1 Cor 12:27-31). Yet desiring to speak the truth in love. I prefer to be considered as a watchman on the wall as described in (Ezekiel 33). If I do not speak out, the blood of the innocents will be about me. My opinions are based on personal study and observation, research, and life experience in walking in the Lord. I believe in the teaching of the Holy Spirit, (John 14:26, 1 Cor 2:13). My citizenship is in heaven; therefore ready to serve anybody without discrimination toward all churches and all denominations who are under one God, one Lord (Jesus), one Spirit and one resurrection.


EDIFY

“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” Romans 14:19


 Christian living as instructed by Jesus Our Lord

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15


 To my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ

The content of this book is for you, Christians who bear the name of The Way, (Acts 9:2,14), The Truth, (John 8:31-32) and The Life, (1 John 1:2, John 14:6). Who believe Jesus is Lord, (Rom 10:9), - the Son of God is God (1 John 4:15) - not falsely known as only a historical figure, not falsely known as an angel, not falsely known only as a prophet, not falsely known only as a spiritual being created by God, not falsely known as a simple man begotten by Joseph, but rather truthfully known as the Living God who His name is ‘Father’ who took the form of a man who His name is Jesus (John 14:11, Rev 1: 4b-5a), born from a young virgin woman named Mary, (Matt 1:23), Mary who married and became the wife to a man whose name is Joseph, her husband (Rom 3:23, Matt 1:20,24) and who bear many children (Luke 8:19, Mark 6:3).

A Christian is one who believed in the testimonies carried out by His Apostles, from generation through generation to our generation, (John 17:20). A Christian is one who believes that Jesus died without sins, (1 John 3:5) and redeemed us by his blood (1 John 1:7) from Adam's curse and from the consequences of all our sins - whom we were condemned for eternity in hell, (Rev 22:3, Mark 3:29). A Christian is one who believes in Jesus’ translated bodily resurrection followed by His ascension to heaven (Luke 24:51) where Jesus our Lord is seated at the right-hand side of God the Father, (1 Peter 3:22). A Christian is a man/woman of faith, who believes without evidence, (Gal 3:11), confesses with his/her mouth the Lord Jesus and believes in his/her heart that God has raised Him from the dead, he/she is saved, (Romans 10:9). A Christian is one who trusts in the inerrancy of the Bible, God’s word is true, (Rev 21:5). A Christian is one who is called to be at one with God, (John 6:65, John 17:21-22). And finally, a Christians is one who is appointed to the works befitting repentance, subsequently steward of Christ revealing God’s mystery. (Acts 26:20, 1 Cor 4:1, Col 1:26).


Prologue Zechariah was commissioned by God to encourage the Jews in their unfinished responsibility to rebuild the walls and the Temple after they returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile in Babylon. He didn’t use strong words of rebuke, rather he used words of encouragement, reminding them that this (physical) Temple was representing the coming of their Messiah as prophesied to their fathers. They were not merely constructing a building but also building the future according to the prophetic word of God’s promise of the coming Messiah. Now, aren’t the Church commissions to do the same - edifying the body of Christ, preparing the bride for Jesus' return?

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction” (2 Cor 13:10)

The parable of the tares (Matt 13:24-30) illustrates God’s work through angels, the gathering of the tares and the gathering of the wheat as an end time scenario before Jesus returns for His Church. The tares bundled together for the fire – the seven years tribulation, and the bundles of wheat to be stacks and brought into the barn - an event called the rapture. As a sign of end-time prophecy, there should be a clear distinction between Christians living in the truth and the so-called Christians who live within the humanist deceptions. Although God knows the heart, the Church will definitely be distinct through the ‘Rules of Good Stewardship.

Stay tuned for part two of "The True Riches - Part 2, Introduction"