Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jesus is Not American But He Knows All His Sheep

  When a church has turned from sola scriptura, the journey can go in any direction. This is where I find myself.

  I penned a letter, a plea for the church to open its eyes. It addressed my concerns for sound doctrine in the pulpit, biblically sound worship, and unity. This plea garnered very little response and as much as I desired for the church to turn around, I knew my feeble cry would be more about my obedience than a David versus Goliath victory. However, one response was quite interesting. 

  Apparently, my stealth ninja skills are amazing because even though I have been at this church for almost 6 years, some people do not know me from Adam (excuse the cliche). One older gentleman (who I was in a theology class with) asked a friend of mine if she knew this letter writer. He wanted to know my status as an American citizen. Was I an illegal immigrant? Was I anti-American? 

  Here is what I said that got him in such an uproar:
 "Is not the Creator worthy of being worshiped in Truth above country? Above holiday? Above everything?"

  It should be a concern when we use time that is supposed to be dedicated to worship of our mighty, holy, awesome God to glorify other things but all that he heard was, "America stinks." That was a huge leap especially when seen in context with the rest of the letter.

  Most certainly we are to give honor to whom honor is due but does that mean we do it in worship time? Is God not a jealous God?

  I am blessed beyond measure that God put me in America. Just one step outside of this country and it is clear that there is freedom and abundance here. My family members have served this country as well, some still suffering the wounds from it. No one can discount that. But, understand this, God is God and He is first above all. His hand is protecting all His sheep, American or not, and all His sheep are one in Christ. Submitting to that can only result in making me a better American, a better woman, a better wife, a better mother, a better anything (except sinner).

  How can one not glory in a Shepherd that loves His flock so dearly? He knows us by name when others even in our own city or church do not. He knows our every concern right down to the number of hairs on our head. He even knows the smallest, weakest, and least valuable in the world's eyes, listens to her every cry, and answers. He does not forsake us. That is above and beyond any wealth or freedom and all my soul knows to do is pour out praise to Him.
  

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  1. BEWARE OF DISTORTED SHEEP-TALK

    Do dead sheep have eternal security? Can sheep ever be lost? The favorite proof text of advocates for the erroneous doctrine of "once saved always saved" is John 10:27-28.


    John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.


    Jesus said His sheep hear is voice. Jesus told us all how to become a member of His flock. (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.....) If you have not believed and have not been baptized in water, then you have not listened to the voice of Jesus. There is only one way to become a sheep.


    Jesus said His sheep follow Him, He did not say that He would force them to become sheep.


    Jesus said His sheep will be given eternal life and no one will snatch them from His hand.


    No one can snatch you from the hand of Jesus, however, you can choose to leave His hand voluntarily.


    Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.


    Why would Jesus instruct His sheep to endure to the end, in order to be saved, if the sheep were once saved always saved?


    DO DEAD SHEEP HAVE ETERNAL SECURITY?


    Acts 5:1-11.....3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back some of the price of the land? 4 .....You have not lied to men but to God."5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last. (Did this dead sheep, who lied to God, have eternal security?)


    Acts 5:11 And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.(Why would the whole church be in fear because of two dead sheep, if all the sheep were once saved always saved?)


    SHEEP HAVE FREE-WILL!


    1 Timothy 5:14-15 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.


    Satan did not snatch these widows from the hand of Jesus, these sheep made a choice to follow Satan.


    1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


    The love of money can cause sheep to wander from the faith. Satan has no power to force people from the faith. Men have a choice.


    1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith.....


    The Holy Spirit says some sheep will fall from the faith.
    Who do you trust, the Holy Spirit or John Calvin?


    DO UNREPENTANT SHEEP, WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY, HAVE ETERNAL SECURITY? NO!


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    1. I always appreciate comments and an opportunity to discuss God's Word. I have the feeling that this comment though is a plug for your blog and my reason for this is that your comment does not really relate to what I wrote. Since you brought up some issues, my next post will respond to your comment because this little box is too small.

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