World’s Fastest Growing Religion?

It’s often that we hear someone proudly exclaim that they belong to the worlds fastest growing church/religion. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholics and Islamists tell us that everyday somewhere in the world someone is converted. Yet, the Scriptures tells us that God has never had a majority. In fact, Throughout all of biblical history God has only had a small faithful remnant. In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah, running for his life from the wicked queen Jezebel, cried out to God saying no one was left who still believed in God. God said, not true, I have 7,000 who refused to bow the knee to baal. After the deaths of Jesus’ apostles Christianity was forced underground because it was declared illegal. Yet, God had a faithful pocket of true Christian believers everywhere. During the Tribulation after the anti christ desolates the Temple, there will be Jews fleeing for the mountains and caves to hide.The Book of Revelation tells us that only 1/3 of the nation of Israel will be spared. That’s quite a small remnant.

Since all these religious groups who claim to have millions of members across the globe and are ever growing all believe different things they can’t all be right. So how to do know which ones are false religions? There’s really only one criteria:  What do they believe about Jesus Christ?

Several years ago the former president/prophet of the Mormon church, Gordon Hinckley went on a talk show and made a statement that Mormons do not believe in the historical, biblical Christ. Since Mormons don’t believe in the Christ of the Holy Scriptures, they better flee for the hills because they are following a false christ. Mormons also believe that Jesus Christ is their brother and the brother of satan. That, like Heavenly Father, Jesus was once a man, human like us and through total obedience he somehow progressed to godhood. Yet, Christ himself said he is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. In other words, he eternally existed with God the Father. The Bible also teaches that Christ created all things. Since we humans are his creation how then can he be our brother? (Colossians 1:16)

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t know what to do with Jesus either. From its inception they taught that Jesus was originally Michael the archangel who came to earth as the man Jesus, then went back t heaven as Michael again. In recent years they have changed their minds. They vaguely say that Jesus Christ elevated to a god, different from God the Father and inferior. Wow, that is totally unscriptural!

Muslims believe that Jesus was nothing more than a prophet like Muhammad. A good man but certainly not the Son of God. Anyone who believes that he is God’s Son is committing blasphemy according to Islam.

Roman Catholicism has downplayed the redeeming, sacrificial role of Jesus Christ on the cross. With their elaborate organization, hierarchy and oral traditions, Christ is all but buried. Instead they have elevated the role of Mary making her co-mediator with Jesus. Their priests claim to have the power to absolve sins. The pope is looked upon as God on earth. Whatever he says is considered Truth.Why do they even need a Savior then? Seems like they’re doing it all themselves. The same with Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.

Fastest growing religion is NOT a criteria that the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being taught. In Matthew 7:13, 14 it reads: “Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide  and the road broad that leads to destruction and many there be which go there at. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads unto life and few there be that find it.”

Only a small remnant will find eternal life with God.

A Different Plan Of Salvation For The Jews?

Many Christians and Jews seem to believe that God has one plan of salvation for the Jewish people and another plan for the rest of us. They think that Jews, by their birth because they are God’s chosen people,  have a guaranteed ticket to eternal life with God. Although Saul (the apostle Paul) of Taurus, a Jew,and a zealous one at that, taught there is only one way to God and Heaven, many of the Jewish people reject Paul and the entire  New Testament. However, one can see God’s plan of salvation in the Old Testament as it has never changed. Using Abraham, the father of the Jews, as our example, how was he justified in God’s eyes? What was it Abraham had done for God to credit him with righteousness? Was it because Abraham obeyed the law of circumcision? No, this was 14 years before Abraham was circumcised. Was it his obedience to the sacrificing of his son Issac? No, Issac hadn’t even been born yet. How about church attendance or being baptized? No, those was no “church” in Abraham’s time. Was it obedience to the Mosaic law or the Ten Commandments? No, this was many, many years before the time of Moses. So just how was it God credited righteousness to Abraham’s account (justification)? Scriptures tells us that Abraham believed God.

Genesis 15:6: “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”

Abraham not only believed in the existence of the one true God, he believed the promises of God. It is an easy thing to believe God exists, for even the devil believes in God and trembles, yet satan and his demons of course do not possess salvation.

In John 8:56, Jesus said : “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” Abraham knew about a coming Redeemer. As Hebrews 11 also points out, Abraham died having the faith that someday he would see Christ.

Galatians 3:28 says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Scriptures clearly teaches that salvation is faith alone in Christ alone. God has only ONE plan of salvation for both Jews and Gentiles.

Oh Tender Elf

I used to like John Bradshaw. Years ago I would listen to him on PBS and thought he was great. I didn’t care what his beliefs were, he sounded real good. The way he explained what had happened to all of us as we grew up. I got goosebumps whenever he would say things like:  “I am flawed and defective as a human being. I am a mistake.  No one could love me as I am. I need something outside to be whole and OK.” Continue reading

Joyce Meyer’s Brother

I was just watching another episode of Joyce Meyer’s, “Enjoying Everyday Life.”  I have to admit it was one of her best sermons. She spent the entire 30 minutes talking about her Brother, David. He was 10 years younger and her only sibling. They were both abused in different ways by their alcoholic father. Joyce’s abuse was devastating and mostly sexual in nature. Their mother had a emotional breakdown when David was 14 and she spent a long time in the hospital.The father worked nights and David was left to fend for himself where he got into drugs and the wrong crowd. He joined the marines at age 17 and was in Vietnam. His Sergeant introduced him to more drugs to help them cope with the horrors of war. David eventually got married and had a son. Then he divorced his wife and ran away.  Continue reading

Joyce Meyer

I like to watch Joyce Meyer. She’s funny, sassy and gets into trouble with her mouth. She’s the Erma Bombeck of Christianity. Years ago when she was a new Christian and had just started a Bible study in her home, she held the Bible in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She read aloud verses while blowing smoke in everyone’s eyes.  I thought to myself: “That’s the most real Christian I know.” No phoniness or pretenses. I mean look at the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, they would moan and pray loudly in the square for others to see, mimicking a sense of holiness and piety. Jesus yelled at them and said they were beautiful looking whitewashed tombs on the outside, but on the inside were full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. Continue reading

Televangelists

 I sent an email to a Televangelist. TBN, the so-called Christian cable channel, has been a joke for years, but recently it has gotten worse. It’s become the devil’s playground. More and more false prophets are jumping on this unholy bandwagon, hiding behind the label, “man of God” and preaching unbiblical  things. Twisting scripture for their own gain. Unwittingly or not, they are in co-hoots with the devil. This week they are having a telethon, trying to raise more money than ever in history, pretending to desperately need our checks and credit cards or else they will disappear forever from our TV screens. Continue reading

Sister Missionaries

Two Sister Missionaries came to my door  about a week ago. These are young Mormon ladies who are on a mission to convert as many people to Mormonism as they can. They are always in pairs, share a rental unit, are given a car on loan by their church and a small monthly allowance for gas and stuff. They used to travel by bicycle but it has been deemed too unsafe. They happen to have my street as part of their territory. Sister Missionaries are not allowed to visit with a man unless his wife or another female is present. However, I have heard stories of Mormon elders visiting with lone females for at least 15 minutes and much longer. Continue reading