Great Article On Why The Rapture Is A False Doctrine

I just finished reading an excellent article on the Rapture Theory’s origins and why it is a false doctrine, and I wanted to share it with you all. After reading, please feel free to share your opinions in a comment. I myself for maybe a year now have discontinued my belief in the pre-tribulation Rapture Theory, just by reading the Word. But I decided for the benefit of myself and others, to look into the origin of the belief since I had heard some questionable things regarding the creator of it.

Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess025.htm

Again, I’d like to hear your thoughts on it, so feel free to comment after you’ve finished reading it.

Much love,

Natasha

Who Is Leading You?

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-10‬ NKJV)

There should be a stark contrast from who you are in Christ to who you were before Christ. You once walked the way the people of the world do: satisfying your desires however you could, being under the influence of satan himself (the prince of the air). But you’ve been renewed. You’ve been transformed—if the Holy Spirit of Christ really lives in you. He gives you new desires and you die to the old ones you once had.

If you find yourself still struggling with sins from the past, I encourage you to really cry out to God and ask Him to fill you and baptize you with His Holy Spirit. And then renew your mind by reading His Word and believing it! Nothing is too difficult for God. He just needs hearts that are done with their way and truly want His way now. Hearts that won’t cling to the reins of their life, but will release them and hand them over to His steering, to His leading.

You can’t follow someone if you don’t where they are and what they want from you.

God is invisible to us, but His Spirit is within us if we’ve surrendered to Him. When you start reading the New Testament, you are allowing God to reveal Himself to you and to show you what He wants from you and for you. You are now able to choose to follow His commands by the power of His Holy Spirit working mightily in you and giving you the desire and will to do what pleases God.

The choice is yours, the rest God handles. Will you let Him lead?

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭11-24‬ NKJV)

I Haven’t Been Focusing On Love

I believe my focus has been way too one-sided. This constant focus on walking in victory over sin has actually distracted me from focusing on the most important law in the Scriptures, which isn’t: sin not (though this is important), but first love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and second, love your neighbor as yourself. My constant focus on not sinning led me to focus on false prophets and the outcome was just much criticism (those guys are wolves and do need to be exposed, but they shouldn’t be the focus).

So Jesus is bringing me back to the basics. His primary focus was loving the lost in amazing ways that they might repent of their sins and trust in Him as their Lord and Savior and be forgiven and saved from the coming judgement. Whenever the wolves came in His way and tested Him, he exposed them, but He wasn’t hunting them down; they were not His focus. And till this day Christ’s love radically heals and transforms broken hearts. Praying I don’t get side-tracked ever again, because focusing on loving God and others naturally causes all the other commandments to fall into place anyhow. I also wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who I’ve turned off from God, and I pray Christ reveals His incredible love to you, and that you come to know Him—who is Love—intimately and that you too are healed by Him.

If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭1-8‬ HCSB)

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭13‬ HCSB)

Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and whatever other commandment — all are summed up by this: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law. (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭8-10‬ HCSB)

The Resurrection Isn’t Our Savior From Sin

Many in the church believe the resurrection at the Last Day is our savior from sin. They believe as long as we are in this mortal body, we will be slaves of sin. I’m beginning to search every area in Scripture where the resurrection is discussed. In this passage, notice there is no mention of it being a savior from sin, but rather, the focus is it being our redemption from dying bodies. In fact, take note of the very last sentence in the passage; it is quite the opposite of the belief that resurrection is the savior from sin:

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him, ” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭12-34‬ NKJV)

I think it’s plain, at least in this passage, that the resurrection is simply and wonderfully our hope for new, imperishable, immortal bodies. It is not our way of escape from sin. Christ is our escape from sin. He defeated it in the flesh, living by the power of the Holy Spirit, and He grants the same victory over sin to those who follow Him and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I’m going to continue this study over the next few days. Whenever I find a passage on the resurrection I’ll share it with you all, along with my thoughts. Much love and grace to you.

New Video: Why I Disagree With Our Current Church Culture Pt. 2

There’s a partial-gospel being promoted amongst many churches today, one that focuses on a few aspects of who Jesus is, but ignores others. This deceitful doctrine is leading many astray, and the evidence of that is very apparent.

New youtube video; the second half of Why I Disagree With Our Current Church Culture Pt. 2: here.

New video: Why I Disagree With Our Current Church Culture

There’s a partial-gospel being promoted amongst many churches today, one that focuses on a few aspects of who Jesus is, but ignores others. This deceitful doctrine is leading many astray, and the evidence of that is very apparent.

Check out why I disagree with the hipster culture invading the church here.

God Is Good. To Say Otherwise Is Denial.

It is so blasphemous to denounce God, to slander His character as evil. If we had not even a sentence of His Word to prove otherwise, we have the evidence of His goodness in creation. There are too many to point out, but a few that came to mind this morning:

Infants and children.

When a child is born, it is helpless. It is in need of constant support and love in order to survive. The very reality of this undeniable truth shows that God desires to teach every human being the principle of unconditional love and sacrifice. He does not have children born ready to walk and speak and eat on their own. They are not born as able-bodied adults. If God cared not for sacrifice and love, He would have all humans born ready to survive. But God is too compassionate and caring. He wants us to know what it is to love and sacrifice for someone who cannot love and sacrifice for us.

Taste-buds.

We do not need taste-buds in order to survive. We do not need to enjoy food and drink, it is a mere blessing and act of kindness on God’s behalf to design us in such a way that we can enjoy something as basic and essential as food every day of our lives.

Flowers.

There’s no point to them. They’re just beautiful and smell wonderful. God didn’t have to make this world beautiful for us to merely survive. This world is magnificently gorgeous and there is absolutely no need for it. But God is beautiful so He makes beautiful things, and He blesses us with beauty just because He is good and wants us to experience and enjoy it.

Butterflies.

God’s gentleness is shown through these fluttery, dainty creatures that can only tickle you. They just fly around with their paper-thin wings and look pretty.

Puppies.

They don’t need to be so adorable. But God just makes them that way so we can feel warm and fuzzy when we see them and cuddle with them. Again, pretty pointless to make animals adorable and such great companions too. Many dogs are insanely faithful and forgiving. They are “man’s best friend,” and they don’t discriminate, but God didn’t have to make them that way. But God is also a friend to any who are willing to befriend Him. He is not only a Ruler though He has every right and all the power in the universe to just be a Master and leave it at that, but He’s kind and desires friendship with His creation.

God is good. To say otherwise is to lie, being blinded by pride and willfully choosing to ignore His goodness that surrounds us every day.

What elements of His good character do you notice in creation?

I Love Posting Stuff About Jesus, I Just Don’t Live It

There are some who love to repost bible verses and those Christian photos with godly sayings all over their social media outlets, however, do not put to practice what they are sharing and “amening.”

You’re not fooling anyone. Okay, maybe some who don’t ever hang out with you in person, but those who actually know you, know you don’t practice what you preach, so when you do preach, it actually does more harm for God’s kingdom than it does benefit it, because people think, “If your God is so powerful and awesome, why are you still the same?” Or “Then why are you still doing [fill in whatever sin the self-professing Christian is still bound by]?”

Best case scenario: you repent, surrender to Christ and actually start living like Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Next best thing: you stop putting up a front.

Worse case scenario: You keep faking and turning people off from God/give Him a bad name.

I know this may sound harsh, but I’m being completely honest with you all. God is not to be mocked, and it is a mockery when you profess His holy commands with your mouth, but your heart is far from Him. People blaspheme God because so-called believers make Him seem profane by their sinful lifestyles. They make it look like either one: God is not almighty and powerful enough to destroy sin in a believer’s life, or two and worse yet: He’s cool with sin in a believer’s life and doesn’t expect His children to be transformed.

What are the angels in heaven flying around in heaven proclaiming about God’s character?

“The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (‭Revelation‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬)

And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭6‬:‭3‬)

We are commanded to live holy lives and Christ said:

“The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭21‬)

Don’t you want to stop pretending and actually have Christ reveal Himself in a powerful way that truly transforms your life? He promises that those who obey His commands will indeed experience Him in a personal, authentic way, and will be loved by Him and His Father. Now, if Christ says those who obey Him will be loved by Him and His Father, what does that mean for those who don’t obey Him? I think it’s safe to conclude the opposite for them.

God did so love the world He gave His Son for them, but there comes a point where you continue to reject Him, and then He will reject you too. You can proclaim with your mouth till you’re blue in the face that you love and believe in Jesus, but if you are not obeying Him, you do not truly love Him, and you should not expect that He is okay with your falseness and sin and that you can just stroll right into heaven when you die and not be held accountable for every idle word you spoke.

Now I sympathize with the person who believes, but just doesn’t know the power of God and was never taught the truth about genuine repentance and faith in Christ. To you I strongly encourage going before the Lord in prayer and asking Him to forgive you and baptize you with His Holy Spirit that you may be empowered to live a holy life that is pleasing to Him. Then get to know Him and His Word and obey it by the power of His Spirit who now fills you.

But to those who know what the bible says about Christian conduct, and you got those verses memorized, and you play church and secretly you love your sin, I fear for you. God is a Judge and He avenges all wrong-doers. He sees the heart and isn’t pleased with your charade. He will expose you if you do not genuinely fear Him and repent. What is hidden in darkness will come to light eventually, and you will be crushed by the harsh and humiliating exposure God will put you through if you keep playing games with Him.

O how loving and merciful God is—to those who repent and trust in Him, living out the truth of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit.

But how fierce and terrible He is to those who abuse His grace and never genuinely repent before Him.

For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭30-31‬)

For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭37-39‬)