Commentary By: Gordon King
What does it mean to be a Christian? Where do our standards come from and just what should we believe to be the truth? Should we believe what scripture tells us or should we only believe what we want? If we twist the words of God to meet our own values, will we still go to heaven?
These are just some of the questions coming to my mind as of lately. Why? Because I see those in the world and even many so-called believers questioning the word of God. I see them “cherry picking” from the bible to meet their own worldly set of standards.
I will explain what being a Christian is to me. What I have taken from scripture and the Holy Spirit within me.
Being a Christian first of all means believing that Jesus Christ is God, that He died for our sins so that no one would perish. It means repenting of our sins, which means to have a change of heart towards the sins we have committed and asking God to forgive us. Salvation is a free gift from God, out of grace and mercy, not of our own works! There is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation, nor anything that we can do to lose it once we have been saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, it means to be more “Christ-like” in our attitudes, our beliefs, and in our actions. It means that we should believe what Jesus and the holy scripture tells us is the truth! It means that we should act as Jesus did and would have, to humble ourselves, to act out of humility and meekness. To put God first in all things, and to love and hold dear the children of God.
We are to continually decrease ourselves and increase God! It means giving up our own lives and putting on Jesus Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, to build a relationship with the God of the universe. This is true Christianity!
There are those who profess to be Christians who do not believe all of scripture. Many do not support or pray for Israel and the Jews! This to me is like a child not supporting or defending their parents or siblings! What in the world are they thinking, just what did they have for breakfast?!
First of all, God tells us in Genesis 12:3 that He will bless those who bless Israel and will curse those who curse Israel. It goes on to say that “all” of the families of the earth will be blessed in them.
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.“
Do we as Christians just ignore this statement? Did God only mean this at that time? Has God now changed His mind?
As believers in Jesus Christ we should believe the entire word of God! Therefore, we should not ignore what God tells us. When God says something He means it, He means it when He said it and He means it now!
Another thing that many Christians seem to forget, is that Jesus was born from the Jews! Therefore, Jesus Himself was a Jew! Born from Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, from the seed of David.
God made a covenant with the Jewish people thousands of years ago, beginning with Abram, who God later named “Abraham”. He made Abraham and his descendants His chosen people and made many promises to them. Has God now gone back on His word? Has God broken the covenant that He made with Abraham? No! Of course not! God keeps His word and His promises, if not, then are we still saved? Will God not honor the promises that He made to us as believers? Of course He will, He never goes back on His word and always honors His promises!
For a believer to not support Israel is ignorant and foolish! The scripture speak of the Jews and the nation of Israel throughout, right on through the book of Revelation. In fact, the Tribulation period is also referred to as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”, a time for the Jews, not Christians!
“For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4 Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.
5 “For thus says the Lord:
‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
6 Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
7 Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.“
Israel, the “apple of God’s eye”.
‘For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” ‘
Did some of us also forget that Jesus actually came into being as the “King of the Jews”? As a Savior first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles! Did we forget that the twelve apostles were also all Jews?!
So, for some so-called Christians to say that they do not support the Jews or Israel is preposterous! It is against God Himself and against what God teaches us.
This is not the only circumstance in which many so-called believers in Jesus Christ pick and choose what to believe and what to twist at their own will.
Sexual promiscuity, perversions, and even gay marriage have all been taken out of context and been turned into good from sin. Many say that as long as they are done out of “love”, then all is well. I say Baloney! What bible are they reading from?! Of course God tells us that these things are sin and that we should turn away from them.
1 Corinthians 6:18
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.“
And even so, there are many in the world today, and even many believers who side with them, who say that they are only loving other people and what’s wrong with that! This is their defense, their defense against the word of God. The twisting of the truth, turning what was made for good into evil and sin.
There are many other things which people of the world and many believers twist and turn in order to suit their own lustful needs and desires. For example: abortion, drug and alcohol abuse, and even believing that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven!
The times that we are now living in are perilous! Demonic forces are using everything in their power to deceive the masses and even believers in Jesus Christ! Chaos and confusion often make it difficult to discern what is right and what is wrong in the world today. God told us this would happen, He said that many will be deceived in the last days!
God is warning us, He is telling us to wake up, to be alert. It’s now time to study the word of God, to take it at its word, not to twist it, not to cherry pick and chose only what we want for our own selfish needs. This is the time to stand firm in the entire word of God! To hold fast to the truth, to what the good Lord tells us is the truth.
Time is not on our side my friends! We don’t have much of it left. As the world falls apart, bible prophecy is coming to pass! God’s plan is unfolding quickly, and He will return quickly as well. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye! Be ready, be close to your Creator when He returns. Know the truth, the real truth, and stand for what is good.
Listen to the Lord and do not be led astray! Let the Holy Spirit be your guide. Heaven is real, and the things of heaven are upon us. God has given us authority to use the things of heaven to fight the battles here on earth. What is His are ours, and His is never-ending! It’s all according to our faith my friends, according to your faith.
Jesus Christ, God Almighty, hear my prayers. Listen to the cries of Your people, feel the pain and the suffering upon the earth. Comfort those who need it, and protect all those who call You Lord! We are Your children, we bow down to You in humble adoration, with hearts for You and You alone. Give us all the wisdom to clearly see the truth and to understand. Bestow upon us Your knowledge, mercy, and grace. You are awesome, mighty, great, all-powerful, and all-knowing. It is You who we worship, You who we praise, and You who we try to love with all of our hearts! Forgive us of our sins, and lead us towards heaven. Give us the power to stand firm in our faith, to believe all that You tell us is the truth. Allow Your Holy Spirit to perform great works in us and through us, all for Your glory! In Jesus name I pray, Amen
God bless my friends! Maranatha!