Saturday, July 6, 2013

FOLLOWING JESUS OF NAZARETH

You know friends that's what we're here on this earth for, the purpose is to be the people of God. Now many people they are not the people of God. They start off as the children of Satan and that is including me. A good illustration of that was the time of the Israel when the people of Israel were supposed to be the people of God who were chosen by God, but they went after other gods and they defiled the land with sin and perdition. So God divorced Israel and he sent them away to exile. He said that they were no longer his people he divorced them as a people. That's what God said in the Bible. But the purpose of mankind from the very beginning was to be people of God. That's the purpose. God called every person to be a person of God not a sinner. God never called sinners (to be sinners). he called people to be people of God. God doesn't have a part in sin. If you look at Israel today they are following the same sins of Sodom and Gomorrah along with this society. But then if you look into the Christian church today, that is all those who go to a place where they profess Jesus Christ as their religion, they too are following other gods and living in sin. And so if the church itself can't follow the Lord and live holy, what does God do? God always brings his judgment. He brings his judgment upon the nations that reject him. Also upon the people of God who are supposed to stand for him. In the days of Israel the Lord said to the people he said the outsiders and the ungodly mock me because of you. And he said that those driving the outsiders out of the land were almost worse than the people being driven out. And we see that today the land of Israel is a perverse nation. No different than American no different than the rest of the world. And America itself has fallen to perversion. Now since America has fallen to perversion and America is largely a Christian nation, that says a lot about the church. And the church itself is in sin. Now the reason people have fallen so far away from the Lord like this and so many gross immoral ways than this time is because they are not following Jesus Christ.

They are following all kinds of other things but they're not following Jesus Christ. He is not their world. He is not their Lord. Dear friends we're not here to follow other things religion and churches, we're here to follow Jesus Christ. You know when Jesus walked the earth, he went around the Sea of Galilee and he started preaching to them. Around the Sea of Galilee is a place called Capernaum and he did a lot of preaching in Capernaum, a fishing village is still there to this day same as it always was, and the people there just wouldn't accept him even though they saw so many miracles. And so Jesus said Woe to you Capernaum for if these other nations like Sodom and Gomorrah would have seen all these miracles that are performed in you they would repent yet you don't repent. And we're seeing this all over again. We're seeing that nation of America having so many miracles and wonderful things happening in it yet people are not repented not accepting Jesus Christ. You might find that strange but they are not accepting Jesus Christ. They are running around in a immorality and running around in sin. They are going to church and then going back into sin, but they're not accepting Jesus Christ and his way. But Jesus said woe to you cities that reject me. And that's what happened to Capernaum. But how about Jerusalem? How about Tel Aviv? Or how about New York? How about these big cities that have had Jesus preached in them and they won't repent. So many people in New York have been warned about Jesus Christ but they don't repent. They are a nation of sinners who want to have sin and don't want Jesus. That's why Jesus said woe to you cities for if Sodom and Gomorrah would have had these messages and miracle performed in them they would've repented long ago. They will testify on judgment day these things. You know friends it is time to repent I tell you. It is an age of falling away. Go back 100 years there was a lot of godly Christianity in America. There was a revival throughout the 1800s that many people came back to the way of truth from paganism. And they held to biblical principles. And didn't allow gay marriage, they didn't allow homosexuality to be rampant against the law. Sure homosexuals exist all the time even if it is against the law but if you start making sin lawful so they can openly practice these things and bring about more people into these sins and the moral decline of a nation then God's judgment comes.

Friends we got to repents the church has to repent of their sins. We got a church in America and Australia, and England and Europe, and Asia, many places. We got the church. The church is people who profess to the name of Jesus Christ that's what the church is. Even the Catholic Church as well they profess the name of Jesus Christ. And so if Jesus looks at the world he can see that there's 2.7 billion people making up the largest religion of this world and the largest religion is Christianity. That's the umbrella over all these names like Catholic Anglican Baptist Jehovah witness, all these other groups and sects that have split off from each other. And that the Lord can see his so-called church and he can see a whole bunch of Pharisees just like God looked over Israel at the time of Jesus. It was the very people of God who crucified God his own people. You know the Pharisees were the godly law abiding Torah keepers. They were the ones upholding God in the world. And what did they do? They went and crucify God. You know how terrible is that. His own people. And what did God do? He destroyed the place. Not one stone upon another. He did away with the old covenant. He Broke it and he scattered the Jews to the four corners of the earth and then he brought the Gospel to the Gentiles. He washed his hands of the Jews. At the time of the end he said I will have mercy on them once more but that time has not yet come, as people still choosing satan. Still choosing lawless godless paths and they reject Jesus. Now the Christians have been given the grace of God of having Jesus Christ for their Lord. And these aren't Jewish people. There are Jewish people of course who follow Jesus don't get me wrong, but I am talking about as a nation. Now as a nation America follows God and were one of the very few nations in the world who would say that they follow God because they even have that on their money. They profess to the name of the Almighty God of Israel, in God Jehovah in God we trust. And so they profess to God and they built upon a wonderful platform of living in truth, of biblical principles, upholding righteousness, but they turned their backs on God. And the Christian church has become a church of apostasy. And so it's become a false religion. And Christianity itself is become a false religion.

Not because there is anything wrong with the gospel of Jesus no but because they themselves are following the path of this world living in sin. Now if Christianity has become a false religion we should not be following Christianity. We should never follow any religion anyway. We should've be following our church. We should not be following anyone. We should be following Jesus Christ because he is the head of Christianity. Now Christianity actually means little Christ and who Jesus Christ is the head of the church. So who appointed a bishop to be a head of the church? Who? Who appointed the pope to be the head of Jesus's church. Who appointed your pastor to lead you. Who appointed them? Jesus is the head. He is the leader and so if you want to be a part of the church then obviously Jesus must be the leader. But why is Jesus not the leader of Christianity? Why? Jesus is not the leader of Christianity, the Pastor is, the pope is, the bishops are. You know the Queen, the Queen of England is the head of the church over there the Church of England. These people are the head of the church, Jesus isn't the head of the church. So Christians then they persecute me when I say don't follow Christianity. Christians themselves persecute me when I tell them that Christianity is now a false religion. But then friends wake up to yourself. It is. It allows gay marriage in the church. It allows worship of the pope. It allows homosexuality to be okay. And you can say oh that is not my church… friends the church is the body of those who have Jesus as their leader. That's what the church is. Just because I call my church a church of Jesus and put Jesus on it doesn't mean that it is actually part of the Church of Christ. People who follow the Gospel wherever the gospel is preached, that's where the church is. If the gospel is being preached of Jesus Christ and the people are following and obeying that Gospel, that's where the church is. Where is the gospel being preached these days? Don't see it being preached in the Catholic Church, why? Because the gospel convicts of sin and bring sinners to repentance now of the 1 billion Catholics in the world, I don't see a lot of repentance. In fact there seems to be a whole lot of acceptance of Godless values, worldly walking, and most Catholics are so far from God, you know there are a lot of atheists in the Catholic Church they just go there because they were born into it.

But then again Jesus is not part of that. Jesus is his own church. There is only one true church, it's Jesus's Church not man. You know not your Church. Jesus's Church. Now are you part of that? If he is the leader of your church, then do you follow the leader Jesus Christ? If he is the leader the would not he speak to you and tell you what to do. I've got nothing against churches. I only warn what Jesus Christ has to say and he is warning the churches to repent. Because these are all the organisations in the world who stand for his name like Israel stood for God. Yet look what God did to them because they rejected him and he rejected them. Now if the world of Christianity which includes the Catholics and Anglicans and every single religion that has Jesus Christ as their belief, if they are the ones doing the same thing as Israel, will not God scatter them into the wind too and eject them if they reject Christ? God has a long track record of doing that. Do you not fear God. Do you not fear God. God has a long track record of putting an end to those who profess to him yet lead the nations into sin. Look at the prophet Jeremiah, he had a lot to say about that. They hated him and Christians hate me because I told them to repent. I go and call out because I tell you church you got to repent. I myself have to repent. We've all been in sin, we've all been in lukewarm ways. I am not somebody who can come along and say they know I haven't sinned so is all you that got to repent not me. No I was a lukewarm churchgoer, I used to sin and think it was ok. I used to do all kinds of things and also claimed the Lord but the Lord says we can't live like that. He says that in the Bible. Don't believe me go read the Bible. Christians don't read the Bible these days.

They read some verses in the Bible but they don't actually read the Bible. If they read the Bible they would see where it's written that Jesus said that the church must repent and turn away from their sins. You know it is the only way. If we do not turn away from our sins and we don't repent, then how are we going to enter the kingdom of God? Now Jesus hasn't changed Jesus is still the same person who walked around the lake of Galilee and he said to the people in Galilee to repent and the kingdom of heaven is here and he talked to them parables from the boat. All those wonderful preachings all around the Sea of Galilee, you can go there today and actually see where Jesus walked. He preached around the mountain in Galilee and he preached around Nazareth then preached around some of these places all around the Sea of Galilee. He called his disciples from the Sea of Galilee. And he's the same person as the person who was doing that back then. The Son of God. And he preached to them parables and those are exactly the same things of what he is saying today he hasn't changed. He was telling them that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and he was telling them that he was the bread of life and he was telling them hard sayings that they didn't like to hear. And so sometimes the religious leaders who are part of the church of God came to tried to stone him and kill him because he was saying heresies against their religion. So that is the problem with today is the same thing. The people are trying to save all kinds of things they think that the Bible says, yet they're not following the head which is Jesus Christ and his teaching. Jesus is the teacher and they're making up doctrines, but they're not following the teacher. But we're here to be Christians. We're not here to be like the world of the church that follows the world, we are here to be Christians. And what do Christians do? Christians deny themselves, they pick up their cross and they follow Jesus that's what Christians do. Christians may make mistakes at times it is true we may sin at times. We may fall to false paths and have the chastisement of God come upon but Christians are those who do learn and they walk in the Spirit. They don't go along to places of perdition and they don't go along to gay parades. If they do that, they're not Christians. They don't know Jesus. They don't support homosexual marriage and they don't go along and cheer and think it's also wonderful, you know Christians are following Jesus Christ and they're putting themselves separate from the ways of this world, that is what Christians are doing real Christians. Real Christians are being led by the Spirit having Spirit lead them the spirit of Jesus Christ. That's what real Christians do. Real Christians don't argue and fight and they don't cause trouble in with their brother. That's what Jesus warns that you go to repent of that before he cuts you off.

Real Christians don't hate their brethren. That's what happens when we're not following Jesus, and we're following our flesh and we're going to get cut off if we don't repent. Real Christians listen to the holy spirit convicting them to repent and they say sorry and they turn away from their sin. They don't follow their heart. If we are following Jesus Christ as a real Christian then we're not going to be allowing our flesh to carry its path and to carry its way out in our life. The world says allow the flesh to do that because it's natural and who you are and who you are born. That's what the world says but we know that we don't want to follow the flesh we know that's how we were born. But we don't have to follow it because we don't want to. Why? We know that leads to destruction we know there's nothing good in the flesh. So as Christians we know that if we follow our desires and try and say that it is who we are as an excuse we know that we're headed to judgment and destruction. If we try and say that who we are inside and we are going to be ourselves is the way to go in life, we already know that those who follow the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. As followers of Jesus we don't need to be told twice to deny ourselves and to turnout these desires and have nothing to do with them, because we know that we're following Jesus Christ the same Jesus Christ who walked around the Sea of Galilee preaching these very messages warning people to repent. This same Jesus. And that's the Jesus that we're serving. We are serving this same Jesus that called us to turn from sin and repent and believe upon his name. Jesus had a condition to following him. He said if you want to follow me you must deny yourself pick up your cross and follow me. Jesus said that you can't follow him if you have to tend to your to your house and you have to attend to your life. He went to the high ways and byways and he called those who were willing to come and he took them to the wedding feast and he said that those who were invited have been rejected those who weren't invited are cleansed and brought to the wedding feast. That's a parable today as well; we've got lots of people who are invited to enter the kingdom, lots of Christians lots of Catholics lots of Anglicanism lots of Orthodox bishops, we got lots of people invited it to enter God's kingdom and be a part of the wedding feast of the Lamb, but they're all saying no. so Jesus is going out to people who are outsiders. Regular sinners and nobody. And he's calling them and they're all coming with joy and they're here and there throughout the whole world and they're getting ready to enter the wedding feast of the Lamb while these church people are going to be missing out. Going to be missing out because they are not willing to leave their land.

They are saying oh I got my land to tend to I cannot come. Ive got a new house and got my inheritance. Ive got to bury family Ive got to do this and that. You know Ive got too many things to do. I've got married recently so you know I'm sorry Jesus sorry I can't come. And so they they go along to their fun, to two kids two holidays a year and two cars. You know the old American saying, and having fun. But that's not the path that leads to the kingdom of heaven. We live for our two kids 2 holidays a year and 2 cars, that's not the path to heaven, I tell you it is not. We can think that it is. We can think that we just got to just live in the world and do what we got to do like everybody else and have fun. But hey that's not the way to the kingdom of heaven. Sure you go to church and sure you do read the Bible and you might pray but still that's not the way to the kingdom of God. There is only one way and that is to deny yourself and follow Jesus. That's not easy. It means that you got to give up chasing your own way you ask him what to do with your life and he will show you. He will look out for your needs. Jesus said don't worry about your needs just seek me first. I will look after your needs. He will send you the right job to do but we are no longer going to be living for ourselves. We're just striving after this world having a good time and not interested in serving the Lord. Not interested in putting him first. Very few people are part of the Church of Jesus Christ because very few people are willing to deny themselves and follow him. If every Catholic and Anglican Baptist in the world and every other Christian group actually decided to get on their knees and follow Jesus Christ the head of the church, there would suddenly be a disintegration of religious denominational names and everybody would become early Christians. That is all. Become apostles and in prophets, and Christians following Jesus Christ. Each according to the gifts that the Lord would give them. But when people don't do that then you're not going to have that. There can never be a integration of the world of Christianity as one under Christ while they are following other gods. To many other gods. That's why I say at this time never mind these problems. You yourself become a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. The same Jesus who walked around the lake of Galilee preaching these truths, preaching these parables, saying that he was the way, the good Shepherd, the leader come to me I am the bread of life, I'm the one to follow, if you want life you must come through me, nobody can have live apart from me.

Now people do not like to hear that. It meant they had to follow him and they were like; well who are you, who are you, sure you can raise people from the death but who are you. He is the son of God that is who he is. And if you want to follow him YOU got to do it. That is the only way to life. He hasn't changed. He is the same son of God who was walking around the lake of Galilee. You go and prayed him you pray to the same person. Exactly the same one who called Peter to be his follower. He didn't call a church, he called people to come to him. And he led people to lead people to him. And so we get to the end of time right up in year 2013 and we've got me a you here today who are doing the same thing deciding to deny ourselves and follow Jesus of Nazareth the same Jesus who walked back then. We're not getting all in religion following a Bishop or following the Queen or following the pope. No we're following Jesus Christ as humble servants just like Peter the apostle was. He was just some guy working in his boat in the Sea of Galilee and it's a humble place. There is nothing much there. Still isn't today. It is a country place, small nothing much goes on there. People wouldn't really know anything about the outside world apart from their little village. And that is how Jesus works. He caused people to follow him and then he makes them into somebody into his people of the kingdom. And he is doing the same thing today. Don't think he he has disappeared. He has not. Jesus is here right now. He is calling us all to repent right now. And you got to get to hear his voice. You hear Jesus voice in your spirit. People say how can you say Jesus speaks to you? Well because you don't hear him but Jesus said that he would speak to people. He didn't say that you would just be on your own. He said I send you the helper and he will speak the words of God to you and that helper was the Holy Spirit. And he said I will not leave you. I will give you the helper and he will speak to you.

And so that is how the Lord speaks to us through the spirit. But you got to follow him otherwise how can you have the spirit how can he speak to you? You can't be Christian while you're just following a church thinking that's the way to go. You've got to be following Jesus Christ. That's why I say you don't follow false religions of Christianity. Its false religion. The true religion is to follow Jesus Christ. And where his gospel is taught where his gospel is preached and there the people are gathered in his name putting him first, THERE is his church there is his church. People who put the Lord first. That's where the Church of God is. You can be anybody, but if you're putting God first and you are turning from your sins and you are dedication to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, then you are part of his church. And that is what Jesus wants us to be part of his church. So when we are part of the Church of Jesus Christ we are also part of his instructions to us and part of the warnings that he gives to us. You see Jesus has warnings for us. I want to read to those warnings. He has warnings for us that we have to heed. Now listen to this; Jesus said: Write about these things that you have seen and send them to the churches. (he is talking about his people send them to the churches, now I want to read to what Jesus has to say to the church his people, talking about people who follow Jesus Christ anybody or any group or any organisation that professes to the name of Jesus Christ. That's what this letter is to) say Jesus says: I know your works I know your toil, I know your patient endurance how you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tested those who call themselves apostles and they are not and found them false, I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, but I have this against you that you have abandoned your first love. Remember where you have fallen and repent and do the work that you did at first. If not I will come to you quickly and I will remove your lampstand from its place unless you repent. Then Jesus writes again, he says; I know your tribulations I know your poverty but you are rich and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan, did not fear what you are about to suffer. The devil throws some of you in prison have you will be tested, so be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life. Jesus warning his people again.

And he goes on to say; I know where you live I know that you live where Satan dwells and I know that you did not deny me even when my faithful witness was murdered among you where Satan dwells, but I have a few things against you that you hold to the teachings of Balaam who taught Balaak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel so that they might eat foods sacrificed to idols and commits sexual immorality. So also have some of you hold to this teaching. Therefore repent if not I will come soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear must hear to what I say to my church to the churches. Jesus goes on to warn he says; I know your works your love and faith and service and patients and endurance, and your latter works succeed the first, but I have this against you that you tolerate that Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality. I gave her time to repent but she refuses to repent therefore I will throw her onto a sick bed and all those who commit adultery with her I will cast them to great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. I will strike her children dead and all the churches will know that I'm the one who searches the mind and the heart and I will give you according to your works. So the Lord warns again. He is warning the church to repent. So let us heed the warnings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to read further where the Lord says here; I know your works and you have a reputation of being alive but you are dead. Wake up and strengthen what remains what is about to die for have not found your works complete in the side of my God.

Remember then what you received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you will not wake up I will come like a thief and you will not know the hour that I come against. You still have a few names in Sardis who have not soiled their garments in sin, they will walk with me in white for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed in white. I will not blot out his name from the book of life. Jesus is warning that he is coming soon. He says; I am coming soon hold fast to what you have that nobody may take your crown. The one who conquers I'll make him a pillar in the temple of my God. He who has an ear must listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Then the Lord goes on to write. I know your works but you are neither cold nor hot because you are lukewarm neither cold nor hot I will spew you fourth from my mouth for you say that I am rich and prosper, and I need nothing, but you realize that you are blind and poor miserable and naked. I council you to buy from me real gold refined by the fire, and white garments that you may be clothed. Those whom I love I reprove and discipline so be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anybody hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and I will dine with and him with me. Now these are the warnings of Jesus Christ to people like you and me to leave our lukewarm paths of sin, to leave the old ways, and repent…....