The Lamp

Where truth can be shared.


Posted by thelamp on August 18, 2006

From time to time I like to take a litmus test to various things.  Regarding this week’s post, I would like to set the Litmus test on docrtine.  Specifically, I would like to touch on not just what is “preached” behind our pulpits in America but what even touches the very souls of our being.

It would not take someone very long to notice that I am rather vocal regarding my convictions and beliefs.  Jesus said it best in Revelation 3:16, that I wish you were hot or cold but since you are neither I will vomit you out of my mouth.  God wants people–Jews, Christians, claimed-Christians, religious, etc.–to make a decision.  Either entirely embrace and seek His face or turn completely away and never draw near to hope, but stop dancing around the issue.  I like what the prophet Isaiah declared (which was spoken by the Word of the Lord) with how God views worship and our service towards God in Isaiah chapter 1.

However, if there are people to be blamed…I would say one would be the pastor.  Gone are the days of the Elijahs and Jeremiahs and Paul and Peter who boldly declared the word of God.  They did not mence words…they spoke what the Holy Spirit told them to say.  However, we see a total blasphemy in honoring God–especially behind the pulpits.  No longer are pastors–as the Bible refers them as shepherds–leading their flocks and edifying them into the Kingdom by preaching the truth. 

Let me use an example.  If we see our 3 year old son reaching for the hot stove, we should tell the child to stop and swat the hand away.  Now, given time the child will eventually touch the fire.  The child gets burned.  The child then realizes dad was right.  That dad should be our pastor.  Sadly there are pastors who either touch the fire themselves or ignore the child.  The Bible speaks of the Great Apostasy in II Thessalonians.

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Often times those words “falling away” is misinterpreted as the Rapture of the Church.  I DO believe in the pre-trib rapture because it is Biblical.  But the falling away is not relating to the rapture.  This falling away speaks of a time of dillusion.  II Timothy 2:3 picks up and says, “3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;”  This is clearly illustrated and being seen in our churches today.  No longer do men stand behind pulpits and preach THE TRUTH but would rather entertain you with a whole lot of singing, lights, and feel-good truisms.  Paul warned believers to stay away from a few men because of their bad doctrine and called them by name.  I, Robert Williams, will publicly point my finger at a man and declare that his words are like cancer and is fully fulfilling what II Timothy declares.  His name is Joel Osteen.  He lies to millions of people by not really preaching the truth.  He may give nuggets of truth, but never the truth as was preached by men of old. 

However, I cannot place the entire blame upon him as being an example of cancerous preaching any more than I would blame the Jews for nailing Jesus to the cross.  Jesus took our punishment and died for our sins–both for mankind then and His blood continues to do so this day.  What has happened is people resist wanting to hear the truth.  So people standing behind our pulpits are driven to make a decision.  Joel Osteen has made his.  Whether I am behind a pulpit, on a street corner, by a terminally ill person’s bedside, or in this blog I will unashamedly declare the truth.

Ezekiel 33

The Watchman and His Message

 1 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’ 11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

The Fairness of God’s Judgment

12 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’ 13 When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. 14 Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
17 “Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair! 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”

 So then how can we know truth?  Let’s go through the answer together.  John 14:6, Jesus speaking, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No man shall come unto the Father except through Me.”  Jesus–God, for Jesus is the second personhood of the Trinity–is the only way.  There is no other way.  We cannot create our way.  We cannot find our way.  We cannot educate ourselves enough to the way.  It’s only through Jesus.  The truth–Truth is something that stands apart.  What the truth does is draws a line in the sand and a decision has to be made.  Finally, the life.  We are eternal creatures.  However, we will either be eternally with God or eternally in hell and eventually the Lake of Fire.  The choice is not up to God who goes there, we make the choice.  We either accept John 14:6 or we deny it. 

In closing, I wish to conclude with something very important.  I would be a failure as a Christian if I were to present truisms and not the entire truth.  I John 1:8-10, If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves (meaning we lie to ourselves) and THE TRUTH is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have no sin, we make Him a liar and His truth is not in us.  The Bible declares that we have sin and we are truly indeed sinners.  Now, before I get that pious look from the religious don’t forget we are forgiven sinners…that’s all we are and that’s all Paul even considered himself to be.  (If you don’t believe me, read the Bible).  Sin is like a fatal disease.  Everyone has it.  Everyone will die.  There is a cure.  That cure is the blood of Jesus.  How do we get it?  We must receive that blood.  A blood-transfusion so to speak.  How do we do that?  By doing exactly what I John 1:9 says, to confess your sins to Him.  A man cannot save you.  A church cannot save you.  Doctrine cannot save you.  The blood of bulls and goats cannot save you.  Only the blood of Jesus Christ.  If you would like to truly be forgiven, then please repeat a praying similar to this one, “Lord, Jesus I know that I am a sinner.  I know that You died on the cross and shed Your blood for me.  I ask that You come into my life and change my life.  Help me to serve You from this day forward.  In Your precious name, Jesus.  Amen”.  The Bible declares that all of Heaven rejoices when one sinners turns to Christ.  Think about that.  They’re throwing you the biggest bash of all…in your honor because you decided to turn to Christ. 

Now what has been planted into your life is Word.  That word is seed.  In order for a seed to grow, it needs to be fed and watered.  I bessech you therefore brethren that you find a church and serve God faithfully.  Don’t follow doctrine, but the Word of God.  Once you’re in a church…Let God use you in any and every possible way.  Most importantly, tell others about Christ.  150,000 people die every single day.  Most of those 150,000 are in hell right now.  What are you going to do about it?  Seek and save the lost as Jesus did.  God bless you.


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