BOOK OF JUDE: THE HALLMARKS OF HYPER GRACE PREACHERS AND HOW WE CAN BE DIFFERENT FROM THEM

A DUKE JEYARAJ BIBLE STUDY – 1 SEPT 2013.

WHO IS DUKE & WHAT IS G4 MISSION?

Duke is a full-time, itinerant, presenter/writer of Truths from the Bible to the Google Generation (the presentday people, the Youtube Youth, the Facebook Folks, the Twitter Troupe) who operates from out of his base in Hyderabad, India, and is someone who ministers cutting across denominational or organizational barriers.

He founded Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna (hell in Greek) Mission (G4 Mission) in February 2006 to creatively reach out to the Google Generation. This ministry, which Duke n his wife work for full-time, is supported by individual Indians who have been blessed by his preaching and writing ministry, and NOT by any particular organisation or group.

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Book of Jude for Google Generation: Hallmarks of Hypergrace Preachers & How We Should Be Unlike Them!

BOOK OF JUDE BIBLE STUDY: it’s message put in J-u-d-e

A summary for the Google Generation with specific reference to Hyper-grace controversy by Duke Jeyaraj

Madras Café has a scene in which German Sri Lankan man making plastic explosives for LTTE to blast Rajiv. Plastic explosive bombs cant be detected by metal detectors.

Book of Jude talks about a bomb that went off  – an explosive Bible msg that is also attractive to read.

Before his arrest Yasin Bhatkal was one of India’s most wanted terror suspects, accused of carrying out a string of high-profile attacks.

10th fail who gave 100% to terrorism!

School Drop Out who graduated to terrorists top ranks.

29 failed bombs

Times of India report:

Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa, aka YasinBhatkal, 30, might have been successful in staging major blasts elsewhere in the country, but when he set out to create havoc in his home state, his efforts fell flat.

Of the five bombs he had allegedly placed at Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 17, 2010, only two went off, while the rest were duds. Fifteen persons, including half-a-dozen security personnel, were injured in the low-intensity blasts hours before an IPL cricket match between the Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians.

An twin blasts at the stadium, told TOI that confusion among the three-member Indian Mujahideen (IM) team that planted the bomb, blunted the impact of the terror act. Yasin had himself hired the team.

The three men had rented a house on Gubbi Road in Tumkur, 75km from Bangalore, as early as April 1, 2010.

“Yasin recruited Farookh, Kateel who was killed in Pune jail by other inmates, and Mohammed Akhtar, all from Darbhanga in Bihar. The three men made five bombs. But Farookh, on his way to Bangalore, developed cold feet and stayed back at the City railway station, delaying planting of the bombs by at least three hours. They had arrived in the city on April 16 midnight, and by the time Yasin could trace him, it was 2am the next day,” the officer said.

Three of the five bombs got defused on their own as the wiring was done in a hurry, with the culprits in a hurry to flee. The officer said all operations carried out by Yasin were meticulous, but Farookh’s last-minute fears hampered the execution of the big plan.

Failed bomb – duds. The book of Jude teaches us to preach message that aren’t duds!

officer with the city police, who investigated the

HOW DO WE PREACH MESSAGES THAT AREN’T DUDS – THE TOPIC of Jude.

Glorious Finish – The Topic of Jude.

India’s Glorious moment:

Pak in one single match creating a mad history – Anil Kumble took 10 wickets

India invented number system. Aryabatta invented 0.

Decimal system was discovered in India in 100 BC

Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software – Forbes Mag 1987

Chess was invented in India

India is world’s largest democracy!

India is the largest English speaking nation in the World!

Several Indian laurels won the Noble prize for their endless contributions in various different fields.

Hotmail was co founded by an Indian Sabeer Bhatia. Sabeer remained in news for his flambouyant lifestyle and his love for Aishwarya Rai ! Hotmail continued to be the largest mail server till 2 years back making him one of the biggest contributors to the online Industry

Vinod Dham, an Indian inventor and Venture Capitalist, popularly known as father of the Pentium chip

With over 1200 movies made annually, bollywood is the largest Film Industry in the world. This year Bollywood completes 100 years of its successful existence ! 375 crores – 3 Idiots. Fastest to 200 is Chennai Express! Shah Rukh Khan’s family entertainer “Chennai Express” has finally exceeded the worldwide collection record of Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots”. Now “Chennai Express” has taken the top spot in the worldwide collection chart with a gross total of ₹399 crore, followed by “3 Idiots” with ₹386 crore. – 1 Sept 2013. Glory for SRK-Deepika Padukone.

India Pak Match is anyways the most thrilling event of the year, but imagine the adrenalin rush when the match is the t20 world cup final ! People from both the countries were praying all throughout the match ! But this time our prayers got heard, afterall we were 1.2 billion of us!

(from various website)

Jude last few verses talk about MOST GLORIOUS MOMENTS FOR EVERY ONE!

So, this is a book that’s interesting!

We will summarize the message of Jude using the acronym:

J-U-D-E:

J-JESUS-BROTHER WRITTEN BY BOOK OF JUDE –

India’s Tamil superstar Dhanush, who is married to Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwarya, says being the son-in-law of the iconic actor has not helped or affected him. “Being his son-in-law doesn’t do anything to me actually. I have always done my own work. It (his name) neither helped me nor affected me,” Dhanush said in an interview with the India Today group (from their website). Looks like Dhanush does not like to flaunt his connections with Rajinikanth to get meaty movie roles. Jude, the author of the Bible book of Jude, was a bit like Dhanush here. Let me explain:

Six individuals are named Jude in the New Testament. When we comb through their names we find that only two are likely to have written this book – the apostle Jude (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) or Jude, the half-brother of Jesus (Mt 13:55). Verse 17 of this Bible book which has only one chapter indicates that the writer doesn’t club himself with apostles. So obviously he is the brother of the Lord. This is confirmed by the writer’s reference to James as ‘his brother’ (v. 1). He is the brother of the Lord Jesus and James named in Mt 13:55. A reference to him as author in a letter of Clement of Alexandria (AD 153-217) casts another vote in his favour as the author of this written-sermon. Yet it must be noted that Jude doesn’t strut, “Hey Guys! I am the brother of Jesus speaking! You’ve got to listen!” Instead he chooses the Greek word ‘doulos’ [bond slave] to describe himself – a mark of his humility (in v.1).

Nelson Study Bible: We might wonder why Jude did not assert that he was the brother of the Lord Jesus, but his first readers would already have known this. Also, even in the years following the resurrection, there were already some superstitions surrounding the “holy family” that Jude might have wished to avoid.

A God-pleasing contemporary preacher will not boast about his connections and qualifications. Do we not preach a Lord who said, “I do not accept praise from men” (John 5:41 NIV)?

U-NDERSTANDING ABOUT HYPER-GRACE FALSE DOCTRINE PROVING BOOK OF JUDE:

A world-wide movement has gathered inside Christendom where there is so much distorted and dangerous over-emphasis on the grace of God, that folks are told that believers don’t have to repent from sin when they sin. They say, God, the father, sees the perfect Jesus inside believers and believers need not unduly worry about stubborn sinful habits still present in their lives, after-all even still-stubborn-in-sin believers are the ‘righteousness of God’. This movement has been aptly and rightly labelled as “hyper-grace” by balanced Bible-believing scholars. This “hyper-grace” teaching which the following article exposes is getting popular in India. I have heard it being preached with my own ears and cringed in disbelief about how we swallow such shallow, unbiblical, imbalanced, stuff. In the book of Jude we see one of the many reasons found in the Bible, as to why we should not be “hyper-grace” teachers.

In verses 8-10 and verses 12-13, Jude applies to the false teachers the severe warnings he issued to them from the Old Testament to condemn their sin forthrightly.  Jude accuses them of ‘polluting their flesh, dreaming’. The New Living Translation puts it this way: ‘false teachers, who claim authority from their dreams’(v.8). Apparently,  these false teachers based their immoral behaviour on the revelatory dreams they claimed to have received. They ‘defy authority’ of those who were placed in leadership positions in the local congregations. They ‘scoff at the power of the glorious one,’ probably evil angels (v.8, NLT). Jude’s accusation against them get even more pointed and shriller: ‘these people sneer at anything they can’t understand and by doing whatever they feel like doing – living by animal instinct only – they participate in their own destruction.’(v.10, The Message). He goes on: ‘They are shameless in the way they care only for themselves.’ (v.12 NLT). At the end of this written sermon Jude tells his listeners: ‘Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin’ (v.22, The Message). He practiced the same in the earlier section of his letter – he was hard, straight and ruthless on sin, but behind those denunciations hid a loving, pastoral heart for the sinner and the erring.

Jude minces with no words about what awaits these persistent false teachers: ‘everlasting gloom and darkness’ (NLT) ‘the black hole’ (The Message)[V-13].

There are a great number of preachers today – ‘Pillow Prophets’ in David Wilkerson’s words – who wink at the sins of their audiences and proclaim, ‘The Lord bless you!’ and make them lie comfortably in the bed of sins, with their ‘hyper-grace’ messages serving as pillows. The Bible has already warned us about such perilous times when “men will not put up with sound doctrine”. “Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear”(2 Tim. 4:3 NIV). Those times are here now. But this is an age-old phenomenon – this cushioning-of-sin preaching was rampant even during Prophet Jeremiah’s time. He talked about ‘Pillow Prophets’ when he wrote: “they keep saying to these rebels who despise my word, “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!” And to those who stubbornly follow their own evil desires, they say, “No harm will come your way!”(Jer 23 :17 NLT). Paul also talks about it – Titus 2:11-15 (ESV) 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Another thing of concern in contemporary preaching is that the doctrines of hell and judgement have gone for a six – hardly anyone speaks about it, anymore. But Jude – the preacher was different – he comes again and again hard on sin and warns his folks about judgement. C. Lynn Green, one-time Director for Europe YWAM, wrote a personal reminder in his notebook: “I must preach more about hell!” Perhaps every preacher of this age should take a cue from him. Oh for more John the Baptists and Judes to announce God’s soon-coming judgement to this calloused and cool generation! Oh for Jesus-copying, hell-preaching preachers (Jesus was the greatest ‘hell preacher’ who ever lived. Eight times he spoke about hell, using the Greek word, Gehenna, in the Bible! He spoke about heaven only once!).

Duke’s comments on Jude:

Vs. 3 – Hyper-grace is such an important false doctrine, it changed the topic one full book of the Bible!

Vs. 4 – Hyper-grace teaches slip in unnoticed in our churches. Major denominations Major camps – not unusual to have Hyper-grace teachers. They have slipped in. Like Dhanu Slipped into Bomb Rajiv in Madras Café;

Vs. 4 b- Hyper Grace teachers twist words of Jesus. “He remains till the end will be saved!” “Jesus preached on hell 8 times to believers!” – They twist these words!

Vs.5 Hyper-grace teachers hate ‘warning’ message to believers. But that’s why NT writers often preached vs.5-7.

Vs.8 Hyper-grace teachers have extra-biblical authority: dreams

Vs.8b-10 Hyper-grace teachers talk about things they do not understand. They confuse you! “Is not worry a sin?”

Vs.11 Hyper-grace teachers: “Woe” to them! Don’t say “Wow!” Don’t like their posts on FB! Like Cain and Balaam – for financial gain. What I heard about …….church…. get foreign support.

v.12 Hyper-grace have FEAR-phobia.

V.12b Hyper grace teacher are waterless clouds swept along the winds (light – their doctrine has no weight or anchor in Scripture).

Vs.4b – Hyper Grace teachers are on the road to Hell.v. 13 as well. Hell is “outer darkness” to Jesus. Vs.14-15 Jesus is coming again to Judge Hyper-grace teachers. Only on Judgement day some of them will realize they are teaching falsehood. It’ll be too late then. “The deceived do no know they are deceived, till the day of Judgement!”

V.14-15 “The reason why Christianity is reject is the moral reason! – not intellectual!”

Hyper-grace teachers want excuses to REMAIN IN SIN –

D-ifferent Behavior-Calling For Book of Jude –

See v. 17 – “But you….” Thrust: Let the hyper-grace false teachers do what they want. But you…. Be different:

See v. 20 – “But you….” (ESV)

In what you be different:

  1. Remember the predictions of the apostles (v. 17). – Read the prophetic passages of the Bible and recall it’s message. 120 day plan! Bible reading and beating temptation/living holy go together – Psa. 119/Proverbs 5-6-7/Jesus/Joseph Gen 39. Psa 78:30-31 (great verse to memorize to beat porn watching temptation – when they died, they died with the anger of God still upon them – so they will go to hell!)

 

Psa. 78:30-31/Luke 17:30-31 (Lot’s wife); Heb 12:14-17 (Easu). Both OT and NT use such scary examples!

 

b.RIGHTEOUS LIVING – Build (prepare – reherse) yourself in your most holy faith – (v. 20a). In other words:

Hebrews 12:14-17, JB Philips –

Let it be your ambition to live at peace with all men and to achieve holiness “without which no man shall see the Lord”. Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can very easily spring up in him a bitter spirit which is not only bad in itself but can also poison the lives of many others. Be careful too, that none of you falls into impurity or loses his reverence for the things of God and then, like Esau, is ready to sell his birthright to satisfy the momentary hunger of his body. Remember how afterwards, when he wanted to have the blessing which was his birthright, he was refused. He never afterwards found the way of repentance though he sought it desperately and with tears.

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor. 7:1). I Cor 1:2

We are ‘given a white robe’, we read there (Rev 6:11). That’s a symbolic way of expressing positional sanctification. We come to Christ in repentance and faith just as we are, he makes us ‘white’ – holy and pure (Paul calls this being “sanctified in Christ Jesus” in I Corinthians 1:3). But that’s just the start. Positional sanctification would and should translate into practical sanctification, if our repentance was genuine. By practical sanctification I mean living a life of victory over sin in our day to day lives. John talks about practical sanctification this way: “No one who lives in Him makes a practice of sin” (I John 3:6). Paul expressed practical sanctification this way: “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19). Peter talks about practical sanctification this way: Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart (I Pet. 1:22). – EXAMPLE OF HALLE BERRY –

“HALLE BERRY” PRAYING? DON’T BE SORRY ONE DAY!

Duke Jeyaraj

Hollywood actress, Halle Berry who is currently living in with French Actor Olivier Martinez who she began dating in 2010 after working costarring in the thriller Dark Tide. They are engaged to be married, but not yet married just as yet. Halle Berry, 46, became pregnant with a boy and is likely to deliver the baby by October 2013. In an interview, Martinez, referred to the baby inside Berry’s womb as ‘my son.’ Berry, has two failed marriages with David Justice and Eric Benet. During her relationship with model Gabriel Aubry whom she did not marry, she had a daughter who is now 5 years old. Berry, who has been married twice, once infamously swore off ever walking down the aisle again while speaking to Oprah in 2004. “I will never marry again. I mean it with every bone in my body,” Berry told Oprah.

“Every night, we do our prayers,” Berry said during a November 2012 appearance on The Wendy Williams Show. “We pray to God, so sweet. She says, ‘God, please bring me a bunk bed and a baby sister.’ And I say, ‘I can do one of those things, I know for sure. The other one, we’ve got to keep praying on.’ What do you say to her when she wants that and can’t understand why God’s taken so long?” (First two paragraphs gleaned from various news websites).

I haven’t bumped into any source that claims that Halle Berry is a Christian. But what she said in The Wendy Willaims Show, as reported seems to indicate her strong faith in God – maybe, even in the Christian God. While the Berry and Martinez need to be appreciated for having regular family prayer – something that is absent even in the homes of several believers and pastors – they cannot be appreciated for having a child outside the boundaries of marriage. The God of the Bible comes out strongly against sexual immorality – we know that.

Privilege Vs Responsibility

The book of Revelation talks about those ‘clothed in white’ in the very next chapter (7:13). The folks who wore white, deliberately chose to wear that color. We must make a choice to wear white clothes (spiritually speaking), that is, be pure, say ‘no’ to sin day in and day out, with God helping and we actively cooperating with him (quoting God’s Word, running away from temptation, praying to receive power at the hour of temptation, being accountable to a believer pal, etc). If we want only the privileges of positional sanctification without the responsibility of practical sanctification we are like the man who walked into the wedding feast without wearing the ‘wedding garment’ already gifted to him before the wedding (Math 22:11). He had no excuse for not wearing the wedding garment (Math 22:12). We will have no excuse for not living a practical holy life on the final day because God has given us everything we need to live that life – His Word, The Fellowship of the Church and opportunity to be accountable, The Holy Spirit, etc, etc (Eph 1:3). And the end of those who just want the privileges of ‘positional sanctification’ without the responsibilities of ‘practical sanctification’ will be same as that of the wedding guest whom Jesus talked about – being bound and bounced into eternal hell (Math 22:13). “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth (this part of the verse is talking about PRIVILEGES); therefore I will punish you for all your sins (this part of the verse is talking about punishment sent by God for not combining the RESPONSIBILITY of living holy with God-given power with God-given PRIVILEGES!) – Amos 3:2.

Do not be deceived

So, my friend, let not anyone deceive saying, “Jesus has already forgiven the sin you are planning to commit.” The Bible declares that God will not forgive sin that we refuse to acknowledge, repent from, and ask Jesus forgiveness for. The Bible teaches that we only store up God’s wrath (we are on the road to hell, in other words) by refusing to repent (Rom 2:5). Another 2:5 – Revelation 2:5 I mean – warns of judgment of God which will come upon those CHURCH BELIEVERS who refuse to repent!

Judas Vs Peter

“Will Jesus forgive the sin I am planning to commit?” – that’s your question, a question you may not ask openly. He will – provided you come to him in true repentance and ask him for forgiveness. But there is no guarantee that you will ever do that. Judas did not. He was saved. His name was written in heaven (Luke 10:20). But he also lived in sin even as he lived with Jesus. He used to, now and then, help himself with the moneybag of Jesus. He allowed greed to grip him, slowly but surely (John 12:6). The greed became a monstrous ball, and, before he knew it, Judas agreed to help the religious leaders of his day to arrest Jesus for the money he would pocket by doing so. He may have thought, “I will come back to Jesus after I am done and dusted with this sin!” (like we say, “I will ask Jesus forgiveness after I am done with this hour of porn-surfing!” or “I will ask Jesus forgiveness after I am done with this session of gossip with my close buddies!” or “I will ask Christ to pardon me seconds after I am through with my foul-mouthed rant against the one who rubbed me the wrong way!”). But he did not. Yes, Judas did not get back to Jesus after he committed wanton sin. He ended his life. He headed to hell (John 17:12). But Peter… Peter came back to Jesus after he committed sin. He repented genuinely. He took a U-turn. When he wept bitterly, Jesus did not ever say to him, “Don’t weep Peter. Don’t repent of your sin. I have already taken care of it!” (Math 26:75). Instead, Jesus allowed Peter to weep for his sin. Because doing so is good. It is better and wiser to weep over our sins now, in this period of grace when there is time, than to weep upon seeing Jesus return the second time to judge it when there will be no time given to repent (Rev 1:7). Jesus taught we must weep for ourselves and our children (Luke 23:28). So, when we sin, we must feel for that sin and come back to Jesus in repentance (Luke 13:1-5).

“Build yourself” of Jude 20 reminds of this:

3 strands of Scripture that question ONCE SAVED-ALWAYS SAVED, hyper-grace false teachers’ pet doctrine:

1) Exhortations to continue in the faith – an exploration

The following scriptures will seem ludicrous if there was no possibility of a believer falling away: ‘But all of you who endure to the end shall be saved’ (Math.10:22). ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples’ (John 8:31, RSV); “When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is dead wood, gathered up and thrown on bonfire” (John 15:56); ‘Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger, stand true to the Lord’(1 Cor 16:13); ‘ For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end’(Heb. 3:14); “Don’t quit, even if it costs your life. Stay there believing. I have life-crown sized and ready for you”(Rev 2:10); “Keep tight grip on what you have ,so one distracts you and steal your crown” (Rev 3:11). Renowned Charismatic Systematic Theologian, J. Rodman Williams says, “Although God’s grace is unconditional, and there is no un-conditional persistence in Salvation”. Starting from 1 Corinthians 10:12 – ‘So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’ – He lists the conditions for perseverance, arranging a gamete of scripture verses under each condition. They are our abiding (1 John 2:24-25; Heb 2:1,3.Jn 15:3-4,6,7), our continuing (Col 1:21-23; Rom 11:11,22; 1 Tim 4:16), our enduring (2 Tim 2:10-12;Heb 10:34-39,Mt 24:12,13), our firmness (Heb 3:1-6, 2 Peter 1:10-11,5-7;2:1,20,21) and our faithfulness (Rev 2:10, 2:4-5, Heb 3:1-6,Heb 6:4-8).

Knowing such emphasis will attract an accusation “This is not salvation by good works,” he brilliantly quotes Peter. “We are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”, he teaches quoting Peter (1 Peter 1:5). We are saved by faith. And we guard our faith by faith. Yes, we are saved by faith and not works. But if that faith is alone and is not expressed through works, that faith is not real, saving faith (the message of the book of James is this very thing).

The second set of scripture passages which question unconditional perseverance of saints are found below:

2) Warnings against apostasy/backsliding

2 Peter 3:17. “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall your secure position”. Peter couldn’t have stated this better.
2 Peter 3:18, in fact, expresses the same warnings in the positive terms: ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ If there was no real possibility of a believer permanently backsliding, that one has to admit Spirit-inspired writers of scripture were joking here or I dare say, lying! (trying to deceive). In a discussion like this, we cannot leave out the famous passage in Hebrews 6:4-8. Commenting on this key text, Grant R. Osborne says, ‘In conclusion we must say there is no more powerful or detailed description of the true Christian in the New Testament, yet one has to be stone-blinded not to note that they were in the real peril of falling away.’ Osborne, further, argues that if the passage were located in Romans chapter eight instead of being in Hebrews 6, we would all hail it as the greatest description of Christian blessings to be found in the whole Bible!
He summarizes brilliantly the danger of apostasy so persuasively and passionately presented in the book of Hebrews this way: Pay attention, lest you drift away, 2:1-4; do not harden your heart, lest you fail, 3:1-19. Fear not lest you fall short, 4:1-13; Press on, lest you fall away, 5:11-6:12; Hold fast lest you die, 10:19-39; be careful, lest you fall short, 12:1-17

The third collection of scriptures that shake the foundations of the ‘once saved, always saved doctrine’ –

3) Cases of actual apostasy/backsliding

In the parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of those ‘who believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.’ (Luke 8:13). Jesus clearly predicted, ‘At that time many will turn away from the faith. The love of most will grow cold’ (Mat 24:10, 12). Obviously it would be stupid of Jesus to talk of them ‘turning away from faith’ if they weren’t in the faith – they were genuine believers – in the first place – something Calvinists always rush to deny. 1 Timothy 4:19 is blunt: some have shipwrecked their faith! Demas – a fellow-preacher in Paul’s ministry team – deserted Paul and perhaps even the faith for ‘he loved the world’ (2 Tim 4:10). Peter described some teachers in the church who had known the way of righteousness yet turned their backs on the sacred commandment that was passed on to them (2 Peter 2:20-22). If they had turned their backs of the sacred commandments then without a shadow of doubt they had their faces set on the commandments – they were believers – once upon a time! But they became apostate. Finally, Revelation 22:19 shows that some can have their names removed from the book of life. Another example of actual apostasy could be Ananias and Sapphira. F.F.Bruce writes, “We cannot be sure that they were not believers, unless we are prepared to say that no one who is guilty of a deliberate deceit can be a true Christian. The thrust of the Simon Magus narrative in Acts leads us to conclude that there was a possibility of serious sin by the members of the church which could lead to their exclusion from eternal life, but at the same time there was a possibility of their repentance and restoration. In the Bible the root word for faith and faithfulness is the same. One can’t have one without the other.”

C) RELEASE THE SPIRIT LANGUAGE, PRAYER AND POWER

20 c – Pray in the Spirit –

The hyper-grace false teachers are “devoid of the Spirit” (v. 19).

One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; – I Cor. 14:4

Holy Spirit and overcoming temptation –

Joseph in Gen. 39 – “The Lord was with him”

Gal. 5:16

Holy Spirit reminds us of the right doctrine.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. – John 16:13.

Can you stop a moving ship with Spider web? Can you stop mountain of satanic temptations with your power? No. You need the Spirit.

d) Keep yourself in the love of God ROMANCE (v. 21)

Stay in love with Jesus!

ROMANCE REPETITION

FOR DHONI, STAYING COOL IN A CRISIS IS SOMETHING HIS HEART LOVES AND HE HAD PRACTICED IN ALL BIG MATCH FINALS:

JOGINDERS WIDES (2007 T20 FINAL)

INDIA IN A CRISIS AFTER KOHLI’S DISMISSION (161 OFF 170) WC 2011 FINAL

ENGLAND NEEDING 20 OFF 16 BALLS IN CHAMPIONS TROPHY FINAL 2013 (ISHANT TRICK)

SCORING 15 RUNS OFF THE LAST OVER IN THE TRI-SERIES FINAL (11 JULY 2013 YESTERDAY).

HE LOVES IT FROM THE HEART AND HE REPEATS IT!

SIN IS A MONARCH – YOU ARE A SOLDIER – YOUR BODY IS A WEAPON (GUN/SWORD).

So you also must consider yourselves (THOUGHT PROCESS – IMAGINATION) dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. ROM. 6:11-14

ROM 6:15-19

What then? lAre we to sin mbecause we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselvesnto anyone as obedient slaves,3 you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness17 But othanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart (FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS) to the pstandard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, qhaving been set free from sin,rhave become slaves of righteousness. 19 sI am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For tjust as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members uas slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9: Heaven for JESUS-LOVERS!

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

 

YOU HAVE A NEW MONARCH – JESUS. KEEP OBEYING HIM. MAKE THAT YOUR HABIT. CONSCIOUSLY (OFFER

 

20 vFor when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 wBut what fruit were you getting at that time from the things xof which you are now ashamed? yFor the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you zhave been set free from sin and ahave become slaves of God, bthe fruit you get leads to sanctification and cits end, eternal life. 23 dFor the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

EZEKIEL 11:18-21 (NLT).

18“When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. 19And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart,b 20so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 21But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”

Nothing new:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ … Math. 22:37. Other words: stay in love with me….

FOREVER AND A DAY

By :  Michael Learns To Rock

Album : Nothing To Lose

 

When the night has come

 

and the day is done

 

I’m always thinking of you

 

You are in the air

 

you are everywhere

 

in everything I do

 

If I could keep this moment in time

 

if I could make you forever mine

 

baby I’m lost in your love

 

from  heaven above

 

you came to bring me up

 

With you I feel that I could stay

 

in love forever and a day

SEE VS. 21 – YOU NEED TO CHOSE TO HAVE THIS FREELY GIVEN NEW HEART! SOME, IN THIS VERSE, CHOOSE NOT TO HAVE THIS!

E) Rescue: Do Ministry – vs.23,24 of Jude.

Ministry is a rescue operation.

C. T. Studd, 1860-1931.
English missionary to China, India, and Africa

Some want to live
within the sound
of church or chapel bell;
I want to run
a rescue shop
within a yard of hell.

You are a soul-winner or a back-slider (Andrew Murray).

You are either bringing people into his presence or you yourself are going away from his presence!

Lazy David who did not want to extend God’s Kingdom personally, became a liability for God’s Kingdom!

Our exploits at St. Francis College in August 2013.

“Have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 22).

Instead of mocking doubters, TALK to them! RZIM: make thinkers believe, and believers think!

Do basic apologetics – I Pet 3:15.

Shah Rukh’s Outlook Quote: My religion my father’s spectacles.

The answer: Shah Rukh’s father’s spectacle talk

Some of us may say along with Shah Rukh Khan this: “For I believe, our religion is an extremely personal choice, not a public proclamation of who we are. It’s as person as the spectacles of my father who passed away some 20 years ago. Spectacles that I hold onto as my most prized and personal possession of his memories, teachings and of being a proud Pathan. I have never compared those with my friends, who have similar possessions of their parents or grandparents. I have never said my father’s spectacles are better than your mother’s saree. So why should we have this comparison in the matter of religion, which is as personal and prized a belief as the memories of your elders.”

Shah Rukh compares the religion he followed to his father’s spectacles, here. This comparison he makes needs to be read by wearing “the spectacles of reason.”

There are number of things we have to ban in our lives if we use the not-so-sensible logic that goes, “We will not embrace anything that our fathers or forefathers did not embrace!” Cricket came to us from England – not from our forefathers. Yet, we play that game! The mobile phone was invented and used first by Martin Cooper of Motorola in the country of the United States, in the year 1973. None of our great-grand fathers ever used it. But we use it, nevertheless! An American college student invented Facebook. But it’s part and parcel of our daily existence, isn’t it, even though it never crossed our ancestor’s mind? We could go on and on in this debate! When we embrace some stuff that never came from our ancestors (say cricket, mobile phones, Facebook, etc) and why do we hesitate to embrace religious faith our ancestors, perhaps, never followed, if that religious faith was indeed true and unique? We can do without this double-standard! We can do without this hypocrisy!

“Show mercy with fear, hating even the garment strained by flesh” (v. 23 JUDE).

Fear in the NT is Scriptural. While doing ministry be careful you fall into the same sin you are rescuing people from! That’s what this verse is teaching!

I Cor. 10:12 – So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. – Rom. 11:20

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. – 2 Peter 3:17

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. – I Cor. 8:9

Coming to the topic of discussion – I need to say that the view point that in the New Covenant God does not want us ‘fear’ him as hyper-grace folks tell us is not supported by Scripture. The Bible says, in the New Testament, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…for our God is a consuming fire!” (Heb 12:28,29). He is a compassionate father but also a consuming fire. We must stress on BOTH these characteristics of God. We also read “Great fear gripped the entire church and all others who heard what had happened (post Ananias and Sapphira’s sudden death caused by God)” (Acts 5:11). The book of Acts is in the New Testament! Acts was written after Jesus, died and rose again from the grave! Also, in the book of Philippians (NT again!) we read: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with FEAR and trembling…” (Phil 2:12).

‘Fear’ in the NT and OT is a positive word. ‘Fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom….’ we read in Proverbs. Is ‘fear’ here or anywhere in the Bible, bad? No. It means to have holy awe, respect. It is a knowledge that tells us that we can’t play games with God or act smart with him. Nadab and Abihu were killed by God for failing to have this reverence (Lev 10). Even in the New Testament we have a similar story – Ananias and Saphira’s. Even Paul had this ‘holy fear’/ a reverence when he wrote, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I FEAR that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” I Cor. 9:27 NLT. God is our Father and Friend but at the same time God is Holy, dwells in unapproachable light and cannot wink at sin – we need both perspectives.

Hyper grace guys say, people know what is wrong and we don’t have preach against sin. I also do not agree that people know what is wrong already. We live in an age where moral values have blurred, even for believers. So, we must sound out Scriptural standards without a holier than thou attitude. 5 out of the 7 Revelation Churches are asked to repent by Jesus in what was his last message to them (Rev. 2,3). Jesus-following preachers must continue to sound that message, even if they don’t become popular at the end of the day. We must sound out the Grace of God which was best expressed on the Cross. YES. BUT there is no point talking about Jesus as the Savior from sin, without talking about sins we must repent of. Jesus, the preacher, did both. The Apostles also preached both.

Hyper-grace guys mention, “even if I sin tomorrow….I won’t lose my salvation”. The point is, while there is no doubt that God forgives sins when we ask him to forgive us, there is no guarantee we will want to come back to him to ask for forgiveness because of our STUBBORNESS (think of Judas) or that we would be even ALIVE (our life is not our hands) to come back to him while we are still in sin (Read, Psa 78:29,30 – When the MEAT they sinfully craved was STILL IN THEIR MOUTH, God struck them dead).

Titus 2:12 says grace of God helps us say ‘no’ to ungodliness. “When Jesus has loved me and has given himself for me on the Cross very graciously when I did not deserve it, how can I return to sin?” – these thoughts in a believer’s heart help the believer to say ‘no’ to sin.

I liked what I read somewhere: ‘A false prophet is one who represents God’s word incorrectly. When we speak on behalf of our God, are we saying what He wants, or are we promoting our own program under His banner? False prophets are more interested in making friends than disciples, more interested in pleasing men than God. If we falsely represent what God requires, we not only encourage others to reject God’s message, but we share in the judgment of those we have failed to convict of sin.’ The author quotes, Eze 3:18-21 (NIV) to support his view point. And it goes this way: “When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.” None of us should become false prophets/teachers by promoting this doctrine called ‘hyper’ grace doctrine.

Hyper-grace people mention that we are ‘righteousness of God’ even when we fall into sin! That’s our position in Christ, only when we ‘remain in him’.  David Pawson writes, “But are not all sins forgiven when we are justified by grace through faith in Jesus? Past sins certainly are, but not future ones. Ther will be later sins, to deny this is self-deception (I John 1:8). These can and must be dealt with by appealing to our advocate (I John 2:1) and applying the atonement; as we go on confessing our sins, he will go on forgiving them and the blood of Jesus will go on cleasing (I John 1:9, all the three verbs are in ‘present continuous’ tense in Greek).” Jesus cuts off those branches (believers) who refuse to remain in him (John 15:5-6). But we lose that position when we live in open sin (believers can lose their salvation when they continue in open sin – 2 Peter 3:17, Hebrews 6, Hebrews 10; please read my other note, “Can A Person Who Is Saved Be Lost?”). That’s why we need to walk holy in the Lord. The Bible teaches us, believers, in I John 1:8-10, that we must ‘confess’ our sins to the Lord when we become aware of them. The Bible no where asks believers living in deliberate sin to keep on saying, “I am the righteousness of God! I am the righteousness of God!” Only when such still-in-delibrate-sin believers who keep saying that land in eternal hell, will they realize that they have been sadly duped into believing this by hyper-grace preachers who were more interested in receiving offerings from them and staying popular. The Bible calls believers who fall into sin for repentance and confession!

That the Holy Spirit does not convict believers of sin is another erroneous teaching put out by ‘hyper’ grace false gospel folks, which you repeat here. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, the Bible teaches (in John 16), we agree. However, James 4:4, the writer, writing to his church believers, reminds us that even believers can become worldly: “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?” So, when we believers become worldly, the Holy Spirit is definitely going to convict us of sin, if we allow him to do that. You don’t have to see that as accusation. It is something good for us. If we ignore this convicting voice, we will land in hell one day. There is a BIG difference between Devil accusing us of forgiven, past sins and the Holy Spirit convicting us of sins we are presently comfortably living in without second thought! Let’s not confuse the two and grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30).

The best ministry model is the writer himself – Jude: His written-sermon was: SCRIPTURAL, SINCERE,  STYLISH, SUMMIT-REACHING & STAGNATION-CHALLENGING:

PREACHING SERMONS THAT AREN’T DUDS TO TODAYS DUDES!

 

SCRIPTURAL –

Pastor Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) served as the president of the Southern Baptists for three terms during his lifetime.  The Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, USA, a church he became senior pastor of in the year 1972 and served till his death in 2005, grew from 9,000 to 29,000 under his leadership. This man of God once said, “I’m willing to compromise about many things, but not the Word of God. So far as getting together is concerned, we don’t have to get together. The Southern Baptist Convention, as it is, does not have to survive. I don’t have to be the pastor of Belleuve Baptist Church. I don’t have to be loved; I don’t even have to live. But I will not compromise the Word of God.” I got goose bumps when I read that quote first! Wanted, preachers who would preach the Bible, come what may! Jude was one such preacher as we will find out below:

For Jude, his ‘Bible’ was the Old Testament. He uses three Old Testament examples of sin and judgement (v 5-7). Jude’s first example is the desert generation of Israel. God’s deliverance of his people seemed to have a permanence and finality about it, yet God still ‘destroyed’ them for their lack of faith. Jude’s intention is to use this as a warning to his readers who thought they could use God’s grace as a credit card to loose, immoral, living. Verse 7 introduces the third of Jude’s warning examples: Sodom and Gomorrah, along with “the surrounding towns” (e.g., Adamah, Zeboim and Zoar, mentioned in Gen. 19:20-22) was destroyed by God-sent fire. We’ll discuss Jude second warning illustration from Old Testament later. He goes on to tell why God judged the cities: because, as the NIV translates it, they ‘gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion’.

Jude is not satisfied with the strong polemic against the false teachers in verses 5-10. He has one more go at them in Jude 11-13. He gives three examples of notorious Old Testament sinners (v. 11) to nail them: Cain became a classic example of an ungodly sceptic. The way of Cain is the way of pride and self-righteousness (Gen. 4:3-8; Heb 11:4, 1 John 3:12). Balaam was reeking with sin of greed. He was a pagan prophet, who believed that doing the Lord’s work was a quick way to earn money. Korah was a Levite (see Num. 16:1-3, 31-35) who resented the prominent positions of Moses and Aaron as God’s representatives.

Jude was only following his Lord’s example. Jesus – the Bible says – ‘preached the word to them’ (Mark 2:2). Jude’s exemplary predecessors – the apostles – too did the same: those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went (Acts 8:4). And when we ‘preach the word’ – not mere stories and illustrations – we have this great promise for us: ‘So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’ (Isa 55:11 NIV). Oh for contemporary preachers who will ‘preach the word’ – the Bible – like Jude did! When Evangelist Billy graham preached one cannot miss this phrase from his sermons: “The Bible says…” He preached “the Word!” Do we?

SINCERE –

President Barack Obama’s lump in the throat, his wiping away of tears when he a speech in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut, USA, cannot be forgotten (December 2012). One news website had this report about that speech of his: “The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old,” said Obama, wiping a tear from the corner of his eye. The choked-up president took a long pause to regain his composure before he continued his address from the White House. “They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” said Obama.

While fake emotions are a major turn-off during a message, truly emotional preaching wins the hearts of the Google Genners who love to wear their heart on their sleeves.

Good preachers use a lot of emotion-charged language. How Jude does this in verse 4, using the following 3 phrases must be noted: ‘certain men’ (use of contemptuous language); ‘secretly slipped in’ (he is pointed out that they are hypocritical); ‘godless’ (they don’t really worship the true God). The disgust of Jude with these false teachers hardly can be missed. Jude leaves us with no doubt about what he thinks of these false teachers right at the kick-off of his letter and even later on (see v.16).

While it is unwise to work up/cook up emotions while preaching, it is at the same time absolutely essential to pour out emotions when we preach. It adds an authenticity and punch to our message. It is an indicator of the fire burning inside him, most often than not. This expressiveness adds life and lustre to our preaching. John Piper talked about  three ways of preaching: First, you can speak of an unreal, imaginary world as if it were real—that is what actors do in a play. Second, you can speak about a real world as if it were unreal—that is what half-hearted pastors do when they preach about glorious things in a way that says they are not as terrifying and wonderful as they are. And third is: You can speak about a real spiritual world as if it were wonderfully, terrifyingly, magnificently real (because it is). Jude, the preacher, fell in the third category. We too should, if we want to impact the Google Genners.

STYLISH

Some of the most-memorable TV ads have some symmetry about it. The Voltas AC ad is one such ad. Here are lines from that creative ad featuring a South Indian couple who have moved to simmering hot Delhi in the summer: “Murthy, now in Delhi, with wife and sambar rice.  How nice!” says the man. In response, his wife who is busy working in the kitchen using her saree end as a fan says in an irritated tone, “When will this heat go away?” Hearing his wife’s constant cribbing, the man now says, “Not so nice! The summer of Delhi makes my wife Meenakshi a pressure cooker.  When Meenakshi’s ‘whistle blows’ everyone is at the receiving end!” Even as he says this, his wife shouts angrily asks her maid in the kitchen to put off the gas stove. Then she turns towards her hubby dear, Mr. Murthy, and starts to scream at him because, for her, the Delhi summer heat is unbearable! That’s when Mr. Murthy says, “Looks like it’s my turn to be at the receiving end of the angry Meenakshi. But I,  Murthy, won’t worry. To stop the Meenakshi storm, I press ‘on’” He then switches on his Voltas All-Weather AC and talks about its positive aspects, next. “Whatever the weather outside, you stay comfortable inside. It’s not just a AC, you see! Outside hot, Shiva, Shiva; inside cold, shiver, shiver!” – is the main punchline (I have gleaned these from other similar Voltas ads, as well, to spice these lines).  The 40-second ad which you may not forget even after 40-years ends with these lines: “Meenakshi, now cool and nice! Now Murthy, back to Sambhar rice!”

The Advertisement professionals know that when one uses rhyming words arranged in a creative symmetry, what is communicated finds a lodging place in one’s mind! If this is so, those of us who are in the work of communicating the message of the Bible to the Google Generation should follow suit. The preacher we meet in the book of Jude also does the same. Here’s how:

Noted New Testament Scholar, Douglas Moo, notes that Jude loves to group what he says into ‘threes’. In verse 1 he described Christians as “called”, “loved” and “kept”. His prayer in verse 2 expresses that his readers may be filled with “mercy”, “peace” and “love”. In verse 5-7 he gives three examples of divine judgement. In verse 11, he issues Old Testament examples of the kind of persons his readers should not imitate. In verse 12-13 he shoots six graphic metaphors of the false teachers.

A disorganized unsymmetrical sermon will vanish from the listeners’ memory and real symmetry adds elegance to the sermon. A symmetric sermon is often the sermon about which the listeners can testify, “The Message in my heart, I bore, long after it was heard no more!” (I have adapted this from a line from the poem, The Solitary Reaper  by William Wordsworth).

Modelling your sermon along the well-accepted rhetorical styles of our day does help

Sam Harrison’s article, “3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses To Wow An Audience”, blew my mind. Bill Clinton, as Michael Borger put it, “is one of the most effective and engaging speakers. Whether or not you like his politics, you have to appreciate how he communicates and connects with his audience.” Here is Harrison talking about one technique used by Clinton to wow an audience with a specific reference to Clinton’s stirring, Democratic National Convention Speech of 2012: He knows when to stop and go. Clinton uses hard-stop pacing to add emphasis to lines like: “We’re going to keep President Obama on. the. job.” and “President Obama started with a much. worse. economy.” In those moments, he squeezes every word for maximum impact. And Clinton has no fear of dead air, using frequent pauses to garner attention and gain drama: “Listen to me now. [pause] No president, [pause] not me, [pause] not any of my predecessors, [pause] no one could have fully repaired all the damage…” (www.fastcompany.com).

I would recommend that those of us trying to communicate God’s Word with the Google Generation, take time to study techniques that popular speakers bring to the table. We may not imitate them entirely, but we certainly can adapt some of their methods into our own unique presentation styles. Jude, in his letter, seemed to have followed a similar approach.

F.Duane Watson points out that the letter of Jude follows typical ancient rhetorical styles. Rhetorical devices fine tune the skill of persuasion. Here in this letter, Jude chooses his readers to stick to his vision of the Christian faith and to throw out the views propagated by the false teachers. Here’s how he goes about it in rhetorical style of his day-

Verse 3: The exordium, which introduces the ‘case’ the speaker, wants to put forth.

Verse 4:  The narratio, which focuses on the concerns that have led to the issue being addressed.

Verse 5-16: The probatio, which attempts to persuade the audience to accept the speaker’s viewpoint by proofs and arguments.

Verse 17-23: The peroratio, which repeats the basic case and appeals to the emotions.

The contemporary preacher keenly observes the established popular and secular figures’ styles and adapts it himself as the situation demands. He will also recognize that taking a few classes on Preaching (by taking up a Bible College crash course/being part of a Church Seminar/by watching Youtube videos on the same topic) will not curb the Spirit’s work in him. Instead these studies will make him fly like eagle high, proclaiming God’s word. Secular rhetoric styles needs to be carefully weighed and adopted into our preaching in order to attract the intellectuals to the message of the Bible and persuade them to believe it.

INCLUDE QUOTES OF OTHERS IN YOUR MESSAGE

The effective preacher quotes from what is familiar with his readers to beef up his sermons

The IPL6 Final was between Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Kolkata. Batting first, MI set a target of 149 for CSK to score off 20 overs. CSK did not do well in the chase and at the end of the 19th over, they had scored 107 for 9. After Lasith Malinga finished bowling his excellent 19th over, CSK need 42 off the last over to win the match. That’s when MI’s keeper ran toward MI’s captain, Rohit Sharma to celebrate their win, which was a foregone conclusion knowing that the maximum number of runs that a batsman can score off an over is 36 (provided, there no wides and no-balls bowled, ofcourse). Now, Chennai needed 42 to win off the last over! Rohit wisely sent him back with this message: no celebrations until the last ball is bowled. Following this game, I shared this tweet: U don’t carelessly celebrate b4 de final ball is bowled, Karthick – Rohit; U don’t b careless abt holy livin till ur final day – I Cor 9:27. This style of communication captures the imagination of the Google Generation. What’s more, such an approach, I believe, would have been used by folks like Jude. Consider this:

Jude while writing about the fall of angels from heaven in verse 6 is certainly quoting from the inter-testamental book First Enoch where these events which were mentioned in passing. In Genesis 6:1-14, we find their full-fledged elaboration. In First Enoch 10:4-6 there is a description of the judgement of one of the chief of the angels. Jude knew his readers were familiar with these traditions and that a reference to them would be therefore be compelling and persuasive for them while he presented Bible truth to them.  Jude 9 comes from another source his original readers were perhaps familiar with: ‘The Assumption of Moses’, a Jewish apocryphal book. Jude 14 is from 1 Enoch again. Jude is not the only New Testament author who quoted extra biblical sources. Paul in Acts 17:28 and Titus 1:12, quotes pagan writers to support some of his own Spirit-supplied assertions.

Jude seemed to have borrowed from 2 Peter. Their vocabulary is similar. Both books look to OT for illustrations. Neither book quotes from OT directly. Peter anticipated difficulty with false teachers (the future tense is used in 2 Pet. 2:1-3), while Jude uses the past-tense to describe the situation (v. 4). “The one who does not quote will not be quoted!”

Following the model of Jude and Paul, presentday presenters preaching the Bible, which is at least 2000 years old, should rev up their sermons by quoting from extra-biblical sources like contemporary secular books, events, music lyrics and movies. One way to do it is to contrast them to what the Bible says. Another way is to compliment and clip them along Bible’s message for “all-truth – including truth from ‘secular’ sources – is God’s truth”. Billy Graham, whom God used as His mouth-piece to share the Gospel with the maximum number of people, was known as a preacher with the Word of God on one hand and the news paper on the other hand. I strive to do this all the time.

SUMMIT-REACHING & STAGNATION-CHALLENGING –

Sermons should reach climax and call for change!

“Strategically placed climaxes and lulls contribute to the overall pacing of the screenplay and serve to thrill audiences” – so I read in a webpage about writing good movie screenplay. What’s true about movies, is true about sermons. The climax of the message should be strategically placed – the Holy Spirit should guide us in this important process – for best results. I recall having closed a message on Procrastination with a story which I made out of a MLTR song, “25 Minutes,” which went this way: After sometimes I’ve finally made up my mind /She is the girl and I really want to make her mine /I’m searching everywhere to find her again /To tell her I love her /And I’m sorry ’bout the things I’ve done/ I find her standing in front of the church /The only place in town where I didn’t search /She looks so happy in her wedding dress /But she’s crying while she’s saying this /Boy I missed your kisses /All the time/ But this is/ Twenty five minutes too late /Though travelled so far /Boy I’m sorry you are/ Twenty five minutes too late.

A boy and girl in love fight. They declared their relationship as ‘over’ in the heat of the moment. The girl returns to her village. The boy, after a few months, realizes that he still loves the girl wants to make up with her. Ask her sorry. He goes to the girl’s village. Finds her home. No one is there. He searches here and there. No sign of her, anywhere. Finally, the boy heads to the local church. As he nears the church, he sees a newly married couple walk down the aisle fresh after a marriage. As he gets closer to the entrance of the church, he realizes the bride was the girl he loved. She recognizes him too. That’s when she whispers, “25 minutes too late!”. This story, I meshed, with a powerful challenge to get ready for the returning Bride Groom, Jesus. The Spirit moved among the audience. It was memorable climax.

The book of Jude  has this emphasis – the message you preach should lead to climax – as you will find in the following lines:

In Jude v. 5-7 the writer issues three Old Testament examples of sin and judgement. But Jude does not follow the canonical order in the 3 examples he lists. Had he done so, we would have expected angels’ sin to come first (Gen 6), Sodom and Gomorrah’s sin second (Gen 19) and the desert generation’s third (Num 14). But by following the order he does, Jude achieves a build-up ascending upto a climax (a crescendo) in punishment. He moved from the punishment of  physical death (the example of the desert generation) (v. 5) to the punishment of blinding in darkness, a punishment that is more horrible to handle, in my opinion than death itself (the example of angel’s sin) (v.6) to ‘punishment of eternal fire’(v.7). Then at the close of his written-sermon he issues a challenge: “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgement”(v. 23, NLT).

The wise and effective preacher will wait till the end to box into the hearts of his audience his best point. He won’t climb of the pulpit without calling for a response to his pointed challenge. He would build up his entire sermon to reaching his climax.

This practical study of Jude’s written sermon, I am sure has initiated some Creative, Creator-approved ways to communicate his Word with the world of Google Genners! Having been thus enlightened by Jude, let’s get the Bible’s message across, via sermons that aren’t duds, to the Google Gen dudes!

REMEMBER –

BUILD (Prepare) HOLY LIFE – Rehearse RIGHTEOUS LIVING – REPENT when you fail….

Release the spirit language –

KEEP – “Romance” –

RESCUE –

When we are busy about these five Rs then the promise of the last few verses of Jude can be claimed by us!

 

We can stand before Jesus, faultless! That day!

Thank you for your response. I indeed have assurance of my salvation. Paul also did. He said, “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Tim. 1:12). But that assurance should not become arrogance that leads to conscious, deliberate sins. Paul retained a healthy fear that, having preached to others, he should be not disqualified himself (I Cor. 9:27). When we co-operate with God, it does not imply that we contribute to our salvation and thereby get saved by our good works. A Bible Teacher explains it this way: “A ship’s passenger falls overboard. A crew member throws him a rope, shouting, ‘Get hold of this.’ When the drowning man does, he calls again, ‘Now hold on till I get you back to the ship.’ The man is saved. Who by? Will the passenger ever claim to have saved himself? Will be proud of his ‘contribution’ to his rescue? Or will be so full of gratitude to his rescuer that such thoughts would have never occurred to him? In no sense would he regard his actions as earning, deserving or even worthy of his salvation. They were desperate actions of a man who could not possibly save himself and put all his trust in someone else.” We are indeed saved by faith. But faith can be exercised or refused. And a faith which is not ‘exercised’ cannot ‘save’ – the Bible teaches (James 2:14,26). Therefore we must ‘work out’ our ‘salvation’ with ‘fear and trembling’, Paul wrote (Phil. 2:12). This ‘work out’ simply means a living, life-transforming faith in Jesus. We have a daily relationship with Jesus which transforms our lives. The credit goes to Jesus. We are saved by the grace of Jesus. But Jesus cannot save me without my active co-operation with him. Jesus will not violate my free-will to save me. I need to use my free-will to cooperate with him and the Holy Spirit, to live a holy life, day by day, minute by minute, second by second. We are already saved. But the Bible teaches we will be saved one day in the future. But that salvation is only for those who actively “wait” for Jesus (Heb. 9:28). This also means that those who do not wait for Jesus but are busy stubbornly flirting with sin will not be saved – they will be damned when Jesus returns. Jesus said:“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” (Rev. 16:15). Who gave me my salvation garments? Jesus. I am saved by grace, not works. But I must keep wearing them. I can’t throw them off by wanton, stubborn practice of sin and still except to go to heaven – even Jesus said this. If this teaching ‘scares’ a believer who is consciously living in sin, then Jesus must be accused of ‘scaring’ people – read Rev. 16:15 again and again!

J-U-D-E

E-XAMPLES FULL OF BOOK OF JUDE

BOOK OF JUDE IS FULL OF EXAMPLES – EXAMPLES GLEANED FROM THE BIBLE TO TEACH THEOLOGY.

WE MUST LEARN TRUTH FROM “ALL” OF THE BIBLE.

He uses three Old Testament examples of sin and judgment (v 5-7). Jude’s first example is the desert generation of Israel. God’s deliverance of his people seemed to have a permanence and finality about it, yet God still ‘destroyed’ them for their lack of faith. Jude’s intention is to use this as a warning to his readers who thought they could use God’s grace as a credit card to loose, immoral, living. Verse 7 introduces the third of Jude’s warning examples: Sodom and Gomorrah, along with “the surrounding towns” (e.g., Adamah, Zeboim and Zoar, mentioned in Gen. 19:20-22) was destroyed by God-sent fire. We’ll discuss Jude second warning illustration from Old Testament later. He goes on to tell why God judged the cities: because, as the NIV translates it, they ‘gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion’.

Jude is not satisfied with the strong polemic against the false teachers in verses 5-10. He has one more go at them in Jude 11-13. He gives three examples of notorious Old Testament sinners (v. 11) to nail them: Cain became a classic example of an ungodly sceptic. The way of Cain is the way of pride and self-righteousness (Gen. 4:3-8; Heb 11:4, 1 John 3:12). Balaam was reeking with sin of greed. He was a pagan prophet, who believed that doing the Lord’s work was a quick way to earn money. Korah was a Levite (see Num. 16:1-3, 31-35) who resented the prominent positions of Moses and Aaron as God’s representatives.

Summary:

G- Gehenna (Jesus preached Hell to believers – Mt 10:28/ Rom 6:23 is for believers)

R- Repent (Jesus preached repentance to Church Believers – Rev.2:4,5)

A – ttire (Jesus parable in Math 22: 1-13 about attire is a powerful parable against Hyper-grace)

C-ut-off (John 15 and Rom 11 warns the dangers of being ‘cut-off’ if we don’t abide in the vine)

E-ndure (All the epistles talk about enduring till the end – I Cor 9:27).

Please read the following articles for greater understanding. Articles have been copy-pasted from various authors:

SYSTEMATIC RESPONSE TO HYPER GRACE BY THEOLOGIANS:

Hyper Grace Teachers Make Blanket Statements and Tries to Fit All Scripture Within His System

For example, he says it is not necessary to confess our sins and that Paul’s epistles never give an example of a believer confessing sin. HYPER GRACE TEACHERS says this because he believes all of our sins, both past and future, have already been forgiven (something I agree with in principle) and that we should just be honest with God and speak to Him about our failures. But He says this is not the same as confession of sin for forgiveness. I say this is a merely a cute play on words because speaking to God about our sins is going to lead to confession anyway.
The challenge I have with this teaching is that in 1 John 1:9, John teaches us to confess our sins. Although hyper grace teachers acknowledges that this passage refutes his teaching on radical grace, he tries to get around it by saying this passage was written to the gnostics in the church—something he states without citing any commentaries, sources or historical evidence. I counter that the context of 1 John shows that John was writing to believers. He calls them his “dear children” in 1 John 2:1 (NIV). Also, remember that originally the book had no chapters or verses; thus, the “children” in 1 John 2:1 are connected to the first chapter of the book.
Although the apostle John was dealing with gnosticism in this epistle when he spoke about the humanity of Christ in 1 John 1:1 and 4:2-3 and the fact Jesus came in the flesh—a fact gnostics refute because they believe Jesus only came as a spirit because they believed the realm of the flesh was evil—the recipients of this letter were not gnostics but true believers who were being warned against gnosticism.
Furthermore, if 1 John 1:9 was written to unbelievers, why would John tell them to confess their sins? Its impossible for an unbeliever to recount and confess all the sins they ever committed. When I came to Christ, I did not confess each and every individual sin of my past 19 years. I just surrendered my heart to Christ and asked Him to forgive me for being a sinner. When a person comes to Christ, they are not commanded to confess their sins but to receive Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 16:31). Only a Christian can remember and confess individual sins as they are committed.
Furthermore, James 5:16 also teaches believers to confess their sins. Lastly, Paul actually implies confession of sin in 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 when he encourages the Corinthian church to repent and have “godly sorrow.”
2. hyper grace teachers  Base their Theology Only on the Writings of Paul  
I find it interesting that HG teachers says he only preaches the gospel Paul preaches. Although I admire Paul, HG teachers has to be careful with statements like this because he can give the impression that the other writings of the New Testament are not inspired or even canonical. (Even the gnostics only cited Paul and disregarded the other epistles as well as the Old Testament.)
HG teachers seems to quote the Gospels only occasionally, which gives me the impression he probably believes much of the teaching is not relevant to the church age because the Gospels were written before the Resurrection. This enables HG teachers (and typical hyperdispensationalists) to avoid dealing with the command for believers to take up their cross (Mark 8:34-36) and other such passages that demand high commitment.
I believe any teacher who is called to preach like Paul the apostle must preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), which means they need to include equally the Gospels and the epistles of John, Jude, Peter and James as well as the book of Hebrews and the Old Testament.
3. HG teachers  Don’t Clearly Define the Role of the Moral Law of God 
HG teachers teach that the Old Testament Law is not necessary anymore for the church, and he makes a simple dichotomy between both covenants. He doesn’t even make an allowance for the need for the moral law of God (the Ten Commandments), except to show us how sinful and lost we are.
The challenge with this simplified view of the Old Testament is that Paul the apostle told us to know the Old Testament so we will not set our heart on evil things and sin as the Jewish nation did (1 Cor. 10:6). Thus, the moral law was still necessary to keep the church in line, according to Paul.
HG teachers  say there is no room for preaching the law of God in the church and that God only blesses the message of grace. However, church history does not back this up. Charles Finney was perhaps the greatest evangelist in American history, and he would regularly preach the moral law of God to get people convicted and then use the gospel to get them saved and consecrated. He preached the law of God to both saint and sinner. You can also throw Jonathan Edwards into the mix as a powerful preacher who used the law of God in his messages.
HG teachers would probably say these men preached a mixture of law and grace. However, the fruit of their ministries shows that their work and message was greatly blessed of God and had historic results. I personally teach regularly on the law of God in the church with great effect and fruit. HG teachers would probably say I preach a mixture of law and grace—but if I stand in the company of Finney and Edwards, who used the moral law as a standard to convict sin, I will take HG teacher’s criticism with a smile!
I believe the moral law is still needed, or else there would be no conviction of sin and our standard of righteousness would collapse down to the ethos of the surrounding culture. Furthermore, the moral law was repeated in the New Testament, even by Paul in Ephesians 4-6, when he told the church not to steal, not to be angry, not to covet, not to commit sexual immorality, not to be idolaters and to honor their fathers and mothers. Furthermore, all the New Testament writers repeatedly used the Ten Commandments as the standard of holiness for the church because it reflects the nature and character of God.
Even when Jesus gave His followers a new commandment to love one another (John 13:34), He was still using love as a law to obligate the church to a standard of living—something Paul repeated in Romans 13:8-10.
Prince thus lumps the moral law (the Ten Commandments) with the ceremonial law of God and says both have been done away with and are not relevant to the church. What he fails to realize is every time the law is dealt with by Paul (in Galatians, Romans, Hebrews and Colossians), the context is always circumcision, animal sacrifices and the observance of the Sabbath and holy days. Hence, Paul is primarily referring to the ceremonial aspects of the law, not the Ten Commandments.
HG teachers bring out the fact that Paul calls the Ten Commandments the “ministration of death” in 2 Corinthians 3:7 (KJV). However, I would counter that in spite of this, Paul and the other New Testament writers continually used the Ten Commandments as the standard of ethics for the church. The ministration of death has to do with the fact that without Christ, we are all guilty before God—a point we all agree with. Galatians 3:24 calls the law our schoolmaster that leads us to Christ; thus, it is a standard of holiness that brings conviction and leads us to depend on the grace of Christ to fulfill it. Romans 8:4 clearly teaches us the Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law; thus, it’s standards are still a requirement for functional holiness. Furthermore, the strength of sin is the law (1 Cor. 15:56).
But the point of the New Testament is that Jesus gives us the power to live righteously through His Spirit. It is not just imputed righteousness from Christ with no obligation on our part. When we break the Ten Commandments, that is still a sin that we believers have to repent of and confess to the Lord for forgiveness.
I do agree with HG teaches that we need to be Christ-focused and Christ-conscious to have victory over sin and that we can only have faith and grace to walk in victory through the imputation of Christ’s righteousness—not our own merit. Where we depart ways is that I contend the Ten Commandments are still necessary as our standard for how Jesus wants us to live by His power and grace. The law doesn’t save us. It reminds us of our sinfulness and, as a schoolmaster, leads us to depend on Christ alone.
To summarize this point, I don’t agree with HG teacher when he says we don’t need the law to govern our behavior—we just need grace, he says—because, in my perspective, grace uses the standard of the moral law, as is repeated over and over in the New Testament.
4. HG teachers Believes in “Once Saved, Always Saved”
As a typical dispensationalist, HG teachers believes that once a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior, they can never lose their salvation. (Some know this as the doctrine of eternal security.) The challenge I have with this is that it fails to interpret individual passages honestly that disagree with this particular system.
For example, Hebrews 6:1-8 and 10:24-29 clearly teach that people, after receiving the saving knowledge of Christ, can fall away and lose their salvation. Second Peter 2:20-22 and James 5:19-20 are as clear as tar on snow that a believer can fall away and once again be called a sinner who has to be restored. There are numerous other passages I can cite but will not because of the time.
I am more comfortable with the Reformed understanding of salvation, which teaches people can experience the fruits of salvation while never being chosen from “the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4), in which case they will not remain in the body of Christ because they were never a part of it to begin with. (First John 2:19 seems to teach the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.) This is the only position I have found sufficient to effectively deal with the conundrum of Scripture that seems to teach both eternal security and that a believer can fall away. I take the position of the apostle Peter: I may think I am saved, but I have to endeavor to make my calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10).
5. HG teachers Teaches That God Can’t Get Angry With or Punish Christians 
These guys says God does not get angry with Christians. But what about the admonition in Ephesians 4 to not grieve the Holy Spirit? (In Ephesians 4:30, grieve means “to cause great sorrow and distress,” which is akin to causing anger). Even stronger is Paul’s warning in Ephesians 5:6 against living an immoral life that brings God’s wrath on the disobedient. The clear context here, for those who are disobedient, is that this is written to the church of Ephesus; thus, God can have wrath toward Christians.
What about the sin that leads to death referenced in 1 John 5:16? Whether this refers to physical or spiritual death has been debated for centuries; however, the main point is that a believer can commit a sin so severe it can result in death. (I believe it is referring to physical death, which correlates to 1 Corinthians 11:30 and 1 Corinthians 5:1-6, where Paul wanted to hand a man over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh because he slept with his father’s wife.)
Finally, what does Prince do about Jesus’ words to the seven churches in Asia Minor in Revelation 2-3? In these letters, Jesus not only punishes but also threatens to remove whole churches from their cities unless they repent (Rev. 2:5). In Revelation 2:16, Jesus tells the church of Pergamum to repent or else He will come and fight against some in their church. In Revelation 2:22-23, Jesus tells those who are under the influence of Jezebel that He will kill them unless they repent. Finally, Jesus tells the church of Laodicea that He is about to vomit them out of His mouth (Rev. 3:15-16), Strong words, indeed, that do not nicely fit into the theology of HG teachers.
6. HG teachers Say that God Is Not Judging Any Nation Because of the Cross 
HG teachers teaches that God did not judge Sodom until Lot was removed, thus making a case that God will not judge any nation that has a presence of believers in it. What HG teachers fails to realize is that the Old Testament is replete with illustrations in which God judged the nations of Israel and Judah by disinheriting them even though there was a remnant left who believed. (See, for example, Isaiah 6:13.)
Furthermore, in Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus speaks about corporate judgment coming upon cities and towns because they rejected Him. Obviously it is difficult to subjectively prove post-biblically if God has judged nations and empires after the cross, since God often uses the militaries of other nations, natural disasters and their own foolishness to lay low people and nations. Furthermore, God judged the nation of the Jews and Jerusalem for rejecting Christ in A.D. 70, when the Roman armies sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish temple, as Jesus predicted would happen within one generation (Matt. 24:34; Luke 21:20) even though this was almost 40 years after His resurrection.
7. HG teachers Preaches an Individual Gospel That’s Disconnected From the Cultural Commission of Genesis 1:28
Perhaps one of the biggest flaws in HG’s radical grace doctrine is that his dispensational belief doesn’t allow him to connect the gospel to the cultural commission of Genesis 1:28. Believers who embrace the original cultural commission God gave humanity through Adam and Eve (and reconfirmed to Noah after the fall in Genesis 9:1-2) realize we need the moral and civic law to understand how to disciple a nation (Matt. 28:19). The Ten Commandments were not just individual commands for piety and holiness but were primarily given as a corporate structure to disciple the burgeoning nation of Israel (Ex. 20:1-2). First Timothy 1:8-11 alludes to the corporate reality of the law when it says the law wasn’t given to righteous men but for the unrighteous. (There has been only one righteous man on the earth who didn’t need the law to know how to be holy—Jesus!) The fact that Paul deals with slave-trading and kidnapping shows that he was also dealing with systemic sin and not just individual sin in this passage.
In Summary
HG Persepective could lead people to just seek Jesus without obedience to simple and obvious things like being committed to a local church, tithing and walking in love. (Even though HG teachers pushes church attendance and giving, in principle their theology can make it easy to dismiss these practices.) HG teachers also seems to be against the spiritual discipline of fasting. Although I understand his point in this matter, I still believe fasting very important to practice, albeit not for salvation. Not connecting his teaching to the cultural commission in Genesis 1:28 also puts Princeon a faulty foundation and can lead a person to disconnect the gospel from the kingdom of God, thus leading to self-focus and narcissism. (The kingdom message connects redeemed individuals to their corporate responsibility to serve their communities.)
In spite of all this, it may be a great book for some new believers—although I believe young children and new Christians need to be taught the Ten Commandments as a standard for ethics in the church and world—and especially for those who constantly walk around with guilt and condemnation. If radical grace is taught in the context of the message of the kingdom of God to give it balance, it can be a great teaching that lifts up Jesus and transforms individual lives who can transform nations.
Joseph Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church, Christ Covenant Coalition, in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can read more on josephmattera.org or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Michael Brown:

One hyper-grace teacher wrote this: “When God looks at me, He doesn’t see me through the blood of Christ, He sees me—cleansed! Likewise, He sees us as holy and righteous. He sees us, and He loves what He sees!”

Really? Always? 24-7? God always loves what he sees when he looks at his people?

Yes, he loves us, but does he always love what he sees?

Did Jesus love what he saw when he rebuked five out of seven congregations in Asia Minor in Revelation 2-3? Did Paul, writing on behalf of the Lord, love what he saw when he warned the Galatians that they had fallen from grace and become trapped in legalism? Did James, also writing as a servant of the Lord, love what he saw when he rebuked his readers for being “friends of the world” and “adulterers and adulteresses”?

And if the Lord doesn’t see our sins, why did James write that if a believer who was sick had also sinned, God would forgive him when he healed him (see James 5:14-15)? And if he doesn’t see our sins, why did the Lord discipline believers in Corinth because of their sins (see 1 Cor. 11:27-32)? (And pay careful attention to 1 Corinthians 11:32, “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.”)

If Jesus doesn’t see our sins, why did he say to the church in Ephesus, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love” (Rev. 2:4, NIV)? And why did he says this to the church in Sardis? “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” (Rev. 3:1-3)

Does it sound like the Lord was thrilled with what he saw in Ephesus and Sardis?

If the Lord always “sees us as holy and righteous” and always “loves what He sees,” why did he rebuke the believers in Laodicea, telling them that they were “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17)? Why didn’t he say, “I see you as beautifully clothed, healthy, and rich?”

If he was so happy with what he saw in Laodicea, why did he threaten to spit the congregation out of his mouth (see Rev. 3:16)? And if believers never need to repent of their sins, why did Jesus say, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent” (Rev. 3:19)? And how interesting it is that the same Greek word used in John 16:8—where Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of its sins—is the word used by the Lord in Revelation 3:19 (translated there as “rebuke”; and note Rev. 3:22: this is the Spirit speaking!).

It is because God loves us that he rebukes us (not condemns us) and it is because sin is so destructive that he calls us to turn from it. This is the goodness of God, and this is what grace does, as Paul wrote in Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

David Ravenhill:

Imagine a car dealership that provides every car buyer with a free car wash for as long as they own the car. You purchase a car, and along with the required paperwork you are given a free-car-wash certificate. The dealer tells you he has fully paid for all the car washes you will ever need, saying he believes that a clean car is the greatest way of advertising and promoting his dealership.

Several days later, you happen to drive down a muddy country road full of potholes and ruts. Later, you notice your car is covered with mud and decide to avail yourself of your free lifetime car wash. But before you have time to drive through the car wash, your friends inform you that you no longer have to go there. They tell you that your first car wash was all that was necessary. Any suggestion that you need another wash is not only wrong, but a lie.

You try and reason with your friends and even show them your dirty car. They still refuse to acknowledge that the car needs washing, even after seeing the condition of the car. They inform you that what the dealer really meant was that once the dealership had purchased the car wash for you, that would keep the car clean forever. They also argued that to suggest it needed washing again was an insult to the dealer and the dealership. “Don’t you realize,” your friends tell you, “when the dealer first paid for your car wash, that automatically washed it for life; all past, present and future dirt was washed away, and therefore it never needs to be washed again.”

Such logic would, by anyone’s reasoning, be considered imbecilic, ignorant or crazy, to say the least. Obviously, what the dealer intended was that anytime you needed your car washed, you could avail yourself of a car wash because he had already paid for it in advance.

Thinking back on your conversation with the dealer, you recall him telling you that he has a personal hatred for dirty cars and that is why he paid for a lifetime of free washes to anyone who asked. He went on to say that if—and not when—you happen to get your car dirty, the car wash would take care of it. He obviously never intended for you to drive around searching for dirty roads just so you could avail yourself of the car wash. That, he said, would be abusive to the car-wash program and an insult to his dealership.

In a similar way, the atoning work of Christ paid in full for all my sin. This, however, does not exclude my need for repentance, nor does it give me license to sin as I please. For my “friends” to tell me otherwise is totally false and misleading.

Sadly, this is the logic behind the new hyper-grace message. The essence behind this false teaching is that all sins past, present and future have already been atoned for and therefore there is no longer any need to repent. That, the proponents of this idea say, would be tantamount to telling God you don’t believe He has paid for all your sin.

This type of fuzzy theology falls apart for this reason: If repentance is acknowledging a sin that has already been forgiven, thereby making repentance unnecessary, then why do we tell people to repent the first time in order to be saved? If repentance is wrong following salvation, then using the same “logic,” repentance is wrong prior to salvation too.

The error here is that this type of teaching leads to ultimate reconciliation or universalism. Jesus paid for all sin; therefore, all are saved.

The fact is that the provision for my cleansing was completed at the cross but the process of my cleansing is conditional upon my repentance, and not before.

John Burton:

How do works fit into the salvation equation?

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

False-grace teachers are vigilant in their attempts to invalidate any measure of works for the Christian—at least as they relate to salvation. In fact, the logical end to the false-grace theology is actually universalism. We do nothing, God did everything, everybody is saved.

Of course, it would be said that we have to believe to be saved. Well, first, that is a work. It takes participation on our behalf. Second, even the demons believe. Even the Rich Young Ruler believed. He was rejected because he was unwilling to do his part. The true motive of his heart was revealed, yet in today’s churches it would be offensive to turn such a man away at an altar call! The common reaction is to give someone assurance of their salvation, all while they may not actually be saved at all. That is a serious indictment on the church to say the least! How many people are going to Hell because a pastor told them they are eternally secure if they simply repeat a prayer after them? I believe the sinner’s prayer may actually be sending more people to Hell than to Heaven!

Leonard Ravenhill states that he doubts that 5% of professing American Christians are actually saved!

The above scripture in Ephesians 2 is actually quite easy to understand. It’s NOT saying that we don’t have to participate in the salvation process. The truth is that we have to be radically involved. The salvation equation includes us!

What the passage is saying is that we cannot bypass Jesus. We can’t give a million dollars to a charity and volunteer at Habitat for Humanity every weekend in order to work our way into Heaven. We can’t decide that the call to serve Jesus is not appealing to us, so we opt instead for option two or three. We can’t create our own salvation plan and then boast about our own abilities. There is only one way, and Jesus is it. And, obedience is very much a part of the equation.

James 1:21-22 (ESV) 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

  • Works minus Jesus equals no salvation.
  • Jesus minus works equals false salvation.
  • Jesus plus works equals evidence of true salvation.

The cross of Christ doesn’t eliminate our responsibility, it redefines our responsibility. He did what only he could do and we must do what he will not do.

When he said, “It is finished,” he meant it. His job is done—and ours begins. He emphasized this again in Acts 1. The disciples wanted Jesus to do more work (establish his Kingdom), but Jesus made it clear that his job was indeed complete. However, he let them know that their work was just beginning. They must walk in obedience to Jesus.

It’s striking to me how often I hear that a focus on holiness and obedience equates to legalism. How far from orthodox Christianity has the church fallen?

The only point at which it’s legalism is if we were to reject the cross and resurrection of Christ by attempting to work our way into Heaven. But, if we agree that Jesus is the only one who could have paid for our sins yet we also refuse to work, our salvation is a myth.

Legalism is our attempt to get to Heaven by bypassing the cross of Jesus. Holiness and works are our response to the cross of Jesus

FIVE MARKS OF THE FALSE-GRACE DOCTRINE

ONE. We believe in a theology of exemption.

A theology of exemption states that since we are saved, we are exempt from the penalties of sin. That there are parts of the Bible that no longer apply to us. Yes, it’s a heresy.

The number of people who subconsciously or unwittingly embrace a theology of exemption is far greater than those who explicitly pronounce their agreement with this doctrine.

Many have been lulled into a false sense of security while actually existing in an unsaved state. They are confident they’d enter Heaven if they died, yet the reality is that they would not. They have come to believe they are exempt from certain parts of the Word of God that requires response.

1 Peter 1:15-17 (ESV) 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

Be holy. God judges according to one’s deeds. Those who hold to a theology of exemption don’t believe they are subject to what this verse is communicating. The command to be holy is to them a great goal, but not a mandate. A principle not a command.

Our name can actually be removed from the book of life—and that is determined by our obedience, our holiness. Sin can still separate a follower of Christ from him. The Rich Young Ruler saw that this was the case. He wanted to follow Jesus, but could not. He was not exempt from judgment even though he wanted to follow Jesus.

The argument of grace is actually quite revealing. People in the false-grace movement would say, “It’s not possible to be holy, or to avoid sin, so thank God for his grace that covers those sins. In fact we are automatically holy… innocent by association!”

Grace isn’t meant to cover up sin, grace is power! Those who walk in true grace would never say that we, as Christians, are predisposed to sin! True grace enables us to do the impossible! Because of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, we now have something they didn’t have in the Old Covenant—we have the power to obey! We can do this!

In fact, not only aren’t we exempt from obedience in the New Covenant, the call to obedience is even more humanly impossible than in the Old!

Matthew 5:21-22 (ESV) 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

We as Christians are not exempt from judgment or from the repercussions of sin. If we are in Christ, there is no condemnation, but if we are deceived by false theology into thinking we are in Christ, while actually living in disobedience, we are in trouble. We are not in Christ and there is condemnation. No salvation. The wrath of God remains on us.

John 3:35-36 (ESV) 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:18-19 (KJV) 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Deeds. Fruit. Works. They are evidences of our position in Christ.

Yes, it’s hard to get saved, hard to stay saved, but if we walk in humility and grace and in the Spirit, eternity with Jesus is our inheritance!

TWO. Sin is treated as temporally troubling but eternally benign.

Hebrews 10:26-27 (ESV) 26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

That verse stands on its own. The false-grace teachers emphasize that our sin may cause problems in the here and now, but there is no risk of Hell. This has to be one of the most troubling positions those in the false-grace movement take.

Universalism is creeping into the church very subtly. False grace teaches that Hell is not a concern for Christians and Christian Universalism teaches that there is no Hell. Different twists on the same false doctrine.

Yes, sin does result in trauma here on the Earth. But, it doesn’t end there. If we embrace a lifestyle of sin, we are not saved. We won’t go to Heaven. The day of judgment will be a day of horror.

The false-grace/semi-universalist position is one that would adhere to “once saved always saved.” My belief is actually quite the opposite—once saved rarely saved. The road is not wide. It’s narrow and it’s rare to find people on it… and people who decide to stay on it.

Revelation 3:5-6 (ESV) 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

If we don’t conquer, don’t work out our salvation with fear and trembling, our name is blotted out of the book of life.

Galatians 5:16-21 (ESV) 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 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.

If we walk in the Spirit, our flesh is subdued. However, if we aren’t walking in the Spirit, we are under the law because Christ’s sacrifice has been made of no effect. Therefore, even though we may have said the sinner’s prayer, paid tithes and lived a good life, that salvation is nullified for us. The above scripture reveals what clear evidence to look for when analyzing our position in Christ.

I’ve heard of pastors who boast that they no longer preach on the cross, sin or Hell because we are in the age of grace. My God! The cross must be central to our churches!

There can be pastors who preach powerfully, pray in tongues and lead large, growing churches who won’t inherit the kingdom of God. If they are driven by jealousy of other pastors or embrace division, the Bible is clear. If they don’t repent, Hell is in their future. Do you have any idea how much of the fear of the Lord is on this pastor? I tremble continually.

THREE. Repentance and confession of sin is not necessary after we have been saved.

It’s been said that our sins are forgiven past, present and future. This is simply not true. If we repent, we are forgiven. If we retain our sins they are retained.

The Lord’s Prayer itself makes it clear that we must both ask for forgiveness and forgive!

Matthew 6:12 (ESV) 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

1 John 1:9 (ESV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:6 (ESV) 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

The false-grace theology commonly teaches that we, as humans in a fallen world, are expected to sin and that it’s the focus on sin, not sin itself, that puts us into bondage. The reality is that people are becoming affirmed in a sinful state with no fear of the Lord or fear of damnation to be found. Of course, false-grace teachers don’t encourage a lifestyle of sin, but they also don’t sound the alarm communicating any sort of eternal threat. To them, there is no eternal risk whatsoever.

A friend of mine shared this:

Amy Smith: Misrepresented grace has caused us to respond to the command to be holy with an elbow bump and a wink, wink. “Ok God, we know what you mean. You’re not really asking us to be holy, you’re just telling us to make sure we’re under your grace. We know that You’re overlooking those little sins we’re not dealing with. In fact, your grace allows us to also overlook some things, such as all the scripture verses that call for standards that are higher than we can achieve.”

Another friend shared this:

Ed Hull: When we die, it will not be what we believed about our identity in Christ that will save us. It will be whether the concept of our identity produced good fruit, the fruit of righteousness.

Simply put, repentance and confession is absolutely critical to our position in Christ after salvation. Most are unclear on their identity… they presume themselves to be ‘in Christ’ though they very well may not. If we are ‘in Christ’, there is no condemnation, but if we analyze our position wrongly, presuming to be ‘in Christ’ when in fact we are not, we are still condemned.

Repentance is actually a very wonderful, joyful, fulfilling lifestyle!

The closer I get to God, the deeper into my heart I allow him to peer, the more wonderful repentance comes flowing out. I love to repent! Even if it’s grieving, my heart comes alive as I realign with the Lover of my soul! The more I turn, the deeper into God I go! Ignoring sin, unbelief and other barriers to intimacy just can’t be our strategy! Presuming they aren’t there when they are just doesn’t work. Repent continually and enjoy an indescribably journey into intimacy with Jesus!

FOUR. A biblical works message is renounced as legalism.

It’s striking to me how often I hear that a focus on holiness and obedience equates to legalism. How far from orthodox Christianity has the church fallen?

The only point at which it’s legalism is if we were to reject the cross and resurrection of Christ by attempting to work our way into Heaven. But, if we agree that Jesus is the only one who could have paid for our sins yet we also refuse to work, our salvation is a myth.

Legalism is our attempt to get to Heaven by bypassing the cross of Jesus. Holiness and works are our response to the cross of Jesus.

Luke 6:46 (ESV) 46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Luke 8:21 (ESV) 21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Luke 11:28 (ESV) 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

John 8:51 (ESV) 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

John 14:15 (ESV) 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

John 15:10 (ESV) 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

John 15:14 (ESV) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV) 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Matthew 25:23-30 (ESV) 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Throughout the New Testament it’s proven over and over again that obedience, works and production (fruit) is mandatory if we are to be—and stay—saved.

FIVE. Salvation is depicted as easy and/or permanent. 
Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make it easy for us to get saved. He died so it would be possible for us to get saved.

There is a temptation to withdraw from the pressures of persecution, the call to holiness, surrender and the cross, and a false-grace message is the perfect solution to that problem. It offers an escape from an urgent and fervent focus on obedience by disjoining it from our position in Christ. The false-grace doctrine teaches that our eternity and our relationship with Jesus is already settled and we can simply relax and enjoy God. Our obedience is in no way joined to our relationship with Jesus our our eternal destiny.

Additionally, there is a misunderstanding of the process of salvation. Those impacted by the false-grace movement tend to believe that they play no part in salvation other than believing that Jesus was the Son of God. Anything other than that would scream of works and false-grace teaching has convinced them to have an averse reaction to anything that feels like human effort.

The scripture that most often comes to mind is Ephesians 2:8-9:

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

First, this scripture is quite often misunderstood. It is NOT saying that works don’t play a part in salvation. It IS saying that works ALONE can’t save us. Basically, we can’t say, “Thanks Jesus for dying on the cross for me, and rising from the dead. Great job! But, you know, I’m not really interested in your version of salvation. So, I reject the cross and the resurrection… it’s just too narrow for me. Instead, I will give $1 million to a local church and will buy my way into Heaven. I’ll pay the price myself.”

We can’t pay the price. We can’t substitute Jesus’ payment for our own.

But, that doesn’t mean we don’t work in RESPONSE to and in ACCORDANCE with the price that only Jesus could pay. We love Ephesians 2:8-9, but usually leave off verse 10:

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We were created for good works. Paul reveals that we receive the Spirit via hearing by faith and not of works, yet that does not communicate to us that works are not to be expected. First faith, then works and not the other way around.

James 2:14 (ESV) 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

It’s a rhetorical question. The answer, of course, is no. Faith without works cannot save us. This means, if we have faith in Jesus, worship him, pray to him, honor him… but don’t obey, we cannot presume to be saved. False-grace theology would not agree with this.

James 2:18-20 (ESV) 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

The false-grace movement is shouting, “Show me your faith apart from works!” The question must be, “Are we like demons who have faith (believe) or do we also work in response to the mandates of God?”

It’s easy and common to be falsely saved, but to truly be saved requires an extreme price—both on the part of Jesus and on our part. We can’t do his part and he can’t do ours—and this does have eternal implications. The false-grace message that minimizes obedience and works absolutely does result in people being cast into eternal fire.

he past several decades, we have seen a dramatic decline in doctrinal and biblical preaching. We have gone from theology to therapy in the pulpits. In the past decade, we went from therapy to motivational speaking instead of preaching.

In addition to this, whole churches and movements have oriented themselves to a distorted understanding of the gospel by espousing a “hypergrace” approach that trickles down to not only what they preach but who they allow to minister and teach. (I was told there is even a new television station devoted to this view of “grace.”)

Furthermore, many churches and preachers refuse to take a stand against sin and rarely if ever mention the need for repentance or topics like hell and judgment. Many of these same churches allow people to minister in music, as small group leaders and even as ministers with no personal accountability while looking the other way when they are living sexually immoral lives and regularly engaged in drunkenness!

This is nothing new. For centuries the body of Christ has wrestled with something called antinomianism (anti means “against”; nomos means “law”). This is the belief that the moral law of the Old Testament has been done away with and that, once we are in Christ, there is free grace in which we can almost live any way we want since we are not under the Law but under grace. Thus, according to this view, the Old Testament is not that important to read except for metaphors, types and symbols regarding the coming of Christ. The New Testament is all about grace and does away with the Old Testament Law!

Of course, Paul the apostle warned against this sort of thing in Romans 6:1-2 when he rhetorically asked, Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? His response: God forbid! How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?

The first thing Jude the apostle says in his epistle (in the context of contending for the faith in verse 3) is that ungodly men amongst them were turning the grace of our God into a license to sin. Evidently these free-grace preachers were twisting the Scriptures by teaching that “we are no longer under the Law” means “we are no longer under any obligation to obey the moral law of God once we are saved.”

This in spite of each of the Ten Commandments being directly cited or taught indirectly in the New Testament. Examples of exact citations are Ephesians 6:1-3, which quotes the fifth commandment; James 2:11, which quotes the sixth and seventh commandments (regarding murder and adultery) and says in verse 12 that believers will be judged according to the “law” of liberty; and Romans 7:7, where Paul quotes the 10th commandment regarding not to covet. Paul also says that we dishonor God when we disobey the (moral) law (Rom. 2:23).

Obedience to the Ten Commandments (the moral law) is also taught indirectly, as in 1 John 5:21, which instructs believers to stay away from idols (from the second commandment, regarding not making a carved image to worship); and when Jesus said that the greatest commandment in the Law is to love God with all the heart, mind and soul (Matt. 22:37-38), which corresponds to the first commandment regarding having no other gods before Him.

Paul makes it clear in Romans 7:12 that the law is holy, righteous and good and that the purpose of being filled with the Spirit of Christ is so the righteousness of the law would be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:4)—not so we can just float around as spiritual beings without any standards for obedience and disobedience!

Although we cannot be saved by following the Law (because everyone is guilty of breaking the Law, according to Romans 3:19), God uses the moral law as the standard of righteousness in which to judge us of sin. Thus, the Law doesn’t save us, but it sanctifies us when we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, because through it we have the knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:20).

So, then, what does Paul refer to when he says that we are justified apart from the Law (Rom. 3:21) through grace as a gift (v. 24)? The context of these statements and the other teachings of the New Testament regarding the Law is clear: While the moral law doesn’t save us, it is still in effect as a guide and standard for righteous living, but the ceremonial law is no longer in effect and has been totally done away with. This we know because circumcision (Rom. 3:30; Gal. 5:1-2) and animal sacrifices (Heb. 9:12-14) are always brought up in context of Paul teaching that the Law has been nullified in Christ. Thus, Paul is affirming that the ceremonial law has been done away with in Christ because He was the perfect Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29) and in whom, by a single offering of Himself (Heb. 10:14), abolished the law of commandments and record of debt that were against us (Col. 2:13-14) because we violated them. In Him we are no longer obligated to follow the Levitical system, for although the old covenant terms are no longer in effect and faded away (Heb. 8:13), the new covenant clearly is a more perfect continuation of the old covenant because of its prophetic fulfillment in the Messiah (Heb. 10:1).

The following are signs of a hypergrace church:

1. The preachers never speak against sin.

If you are in a church like this, you will notice that the word sin is usually only mentioned in the context of forgiveness of sins in Christ but hardly ever in the context of taking a stand against sin, except of course when they condemn the sin of “legalists” and “Pharisees” who are the ministers they denigrate for preaching against sin.

2. The lead pastor never takes a cultural stand for righteousness.

When issues like abortion come up, these pastors will shy away from mentioning it because they are afraid of offending new people. I can understand this to a point. But I counter that we as ministers of Christ are obligated to at least mention our positions publicly so that we use it as a teaching moment for the sheep following us. Not saying anything about an issue like abortion is another way of condoning it!

3. The Old Testament is almost totally ignored.

In these churches, the Old Testament is treated as only types and shadows for sermon illustrations but has no real value regarding our standard of living today. As I show in this article, my position is that the New Testament and Old Testament are organically connected, with the New building upon the Old, not eradicating it altogether!

4. People who live immoral lives are allowed to teach and lead ministries.

One pastor was telling me that sexual immorality and drunkenness is rampant in many evangelical churches—even amongst small group leaders and other leaders in local churches! This is because there is very little accountability.

5. The lead pastor speaks often against the institutional church.

Many hypergrace pastors constantly denounce churches that are conservative in their values because they believe those churches represent the “old school” that is no longer relevant to today’s culture.

6. The lead pastor preaches against tithing.

Although I believe tithing carried over into the New Testament, I believe it is more of a biblical principle that preceded the Law of Moses (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all tithed before Moses gave the Law), was taught by Jesus (Matt. 23) and was mentioned in other passages, like Hebrews 7.

These pastors denounce tithing as a law that was done away with in Christ. (For more on this, read my position paper entitled “Is Tithing in the New Testament?”)

7. The lead pastor only preaches positive motivational messages.

Those attending hypergrace churches only hear positive messages on health, wealth, prosperity, God’s love, God’s forgiveness and how to succeed in life. Although I also agree with and teach on these topics, we have to be careful to include in our preaching the whole counsel of God so that we feed the flock a balanced diet instead of just the sweetness of feel-good messages. We must do this so we are free from the blood of all men (Acts 20:26-27).

8. Key members of the church are regularly living sinful lives with impunity.

Those attending a hypergrace church will most likely find that, because of the strong emphasis on grace—with no teaching against sin or on repentance, judgment or hell—there is an atmosphere of loose living, with many involved in sexual immorality and drunkenness as well as other physical vices.

The reason for this is “the law is our schoolmaster that leads us to Christ” (Gal. 3:24) because through the (moral) law comes the knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:20). If the moral law of the Ten Commandments is not preached or alluded to, then in ignorance the people will live foolish lives and will be like the blind leading to blind because “where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law” (Prov. 28:18).

In conclusion, there are many other things I could mention regarding hypergrace churches and their preaching, like how it is one step away from universalism (the belief that all people will eventually be saved, whether they believe the gospel or not, e.g. Love Wins by Rob Bell) and liberalism, because an increasing amount of Scripture is eviscerated because it is culturally offensive (like husbands being the head of the house, views on homosexuality, etc.).

I believe antinomianism is a dangerous trend in evangelicalism and is something we need to lovingly take a stand against with our brothers and sisters who espouse it.


Joseph G. Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church, Christ Covenant Coalition, in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can read more on josephmattera.org or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

 

STEVE HILL article The 7 Great Lies in the Church Today:

False teachings running rampant within the American church have created a “whiteout” condition for  millions of believers. Here’s how to detect—and overcome—these destructive doctrines before it’s too late.

Editor’s Note: Most Charisma readers remember Steve Hill as the fiery evangelist from the Brownsville Revival who has since continued to win countless souls for Jesus around the world. But what many readers don’t realize is that Hill only recently came out of a three-year battle with melanoma. During that time, he received a prophetic vision warning the church of an impending “spiritual avalanche” that could kill millions. The following article on deception in the church is part of this timely message, now delivered in his latest book, Spiritual Avalanche.

Years ago my wife, Jeri, and I were driving on the interstate when we were overcome by a white cloud of windblown snow. “I can’t see a thing!” I shouted. We were experiencing a complete whiteout. I lost all sense of direction. I couldn’t see the road or other cars. Everything had vanished, replaced by this strange, mystical blizzard of white. The only thing I knew to do was to slow down and pray that I was still on the road.

By the providence of God I came to a stop in the median, where we waited out the storm. When it lifted, I was shocked at what we’d gone through. Miles in front of me and miles behind were wrecks—too many to number. Massive trucks had slid off the road and turned over. Cars were everywhere. It was purely by the hand of the Lord that we survived.

A whiteout is a weather condition in which visibility is severely reduced by snow. The horizon disappears completely; there are no reference points at all, leaving the individual with a distorted orientation.

This is what’s happening today in the church. Many are oblivious to the dangers on the horizon. In this spiritual whiteout the reference points—the ancient landmarks—have been covered. Erroneous teachings have merged together with truth, causing innocent believers to become disoriented—and blinded.

The Lord recently imparted to me a vision concerning the state of the church and what we must do about it. Those familiar with our ministry know we’ve never played games and have a deep, reverential fear for the work of God. Given this, I urge you to take heed to the following words. If you think I’m just letting off some steam, understand that I’ve just passed through three years of cancer treatments. I had been given only days to live. And as Leonard Ravenhill often reminded me, we must speak with the unction and urgency of God. We are all nothing more than dying men preaching to dying men.

In the vision I saw the church, depicted as a beautiful ski resort, with an enormous avalanche hovering overhead. The Lord immediately revealed the interpretation. This impending spiritual avalanche carried a threat that could destroy everyone. I’ve spent countless hours in the past attempting to rescue those who had fallen prey to false teaching. Now, in this visitation from God, I saw layers upon layers of snow steadily covering the solid, traditional truth of Christ. As with a whiteout, the truth had been lost in the flurry. No one who loves God willingly preaches deception, yet a spiritual whiteout of unhealthy, unbalanced and, in some cases, unbiblical teaching is blinding the body of Christ in America, and it is quickly spreading around the world.

How Has This Happened?

Unhealthy and destructive teaching can enter the church in various ways. Sometimes a biblical truth is taught to the exclusion of other biblical truths, producing a dangerous imbalance. At other times a biblical truth is taught in an exaggerated way, often going beyond what Scripture actually says, and in the end this does more harm than good. Many times clear, biblical warnings are ignored or reinterpreted so radically that they lose all impact or effect, leaving people vulnerable and exposed.

Paul warned that the “time will come when [believers] will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Today’s church in America, as a whole, is dangerously close to turning aside to such fables. Millions have already succumbed to these false teachings. Before we lose any more souls, it’s crucial that we identify what I believe are the seven greatest lies that have infiltrated the church and have led to a whiteout of error.

1) Overemphasis of Prosperity

Undoubtedly, some adherents of the carnal prosperity message are motivated by greed. For them, preaching Jesus is a means of financial gain, something Paul rebuked in the strongest possible terms, speaking of men “of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Tim. 6:5).

Yet many sincere believers embrace this message too—and back their case with Scripture. They point to the covenant blessings the Lord promised to Israel for their obedience, including financial prosperity (Deut. 28:1-13). They highlight verses in Proverbs and Psalms that link financial prosperity to generosity, hard work, godly living and faith (e.g., Ps. 112). They remind us of wonderful promises, such as those found in Proverbs 3:9-10—and how Jesus reiterated these in the New Testament with teachings such as, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). And they quote Paul, who wrote about the financial principles of sowing and reaping (1 Cor. 9; 2 Cor. 8-9; Phil. 4:11-19).

Are you with me? I am not against you having money. But I am adamantly against money having you. The problem is, there’s more to the story that the carnal prosperity preachers fail to mention:

  • Jesus warned against storing up treasures on earth (Matt. 6:19-24) and covetousness (Luke 12:15).
  • Jesus emphasized caring for the poor (Matt. 25:31-46).
  • Paul and John both taught that we should not live according to this present age (1 Cor. 7:29-31; 1 John 2:15-17).
  • Jesus did not die to make us financially wealthy but to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21).
  • God chose the poor to be rich in faith and kingdom heirs (James 2:5).

More importantly, the carnal prosperity preachers have ignored other biblical warnings, like Paul’s powerful words to Timothy: “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:9-11).

Carnal prosperity preachers encourage God’s people to seek after riches—or to seek after God for the purpose of riches—often even judging your spirituality by the kind of car you drive. What does that have to do with the gospel of Jesus?

2) Exaggerated View of Grace

This hyper-grace teaching has become an epidemic (see “What’s Wrong With Grace?” on p. 28). It has slipped in almost unnoticed and taken root like an unwanted weed—easy to get in but hard to get out of the Christian. I have personally dealt with many young people who were once on fire but fell under this “kicked-back” view of God. Now, instead of pursuing Him, they are partying. This “unmerited freedom,” if not tackled and taken out, will spread to future generations, leaving us with millions of lukewarm Christians who have traded their passion for poison.

Sadly, some hyper-grace preachers live in sin and ease their consciences by preaching about a God who is all love and who never condemns, a God who doesn’t judge us by our conduct. Like the false teachers Jude confronted, they “turn the grace of our God into lewdness” (Jude 4). The New International Version describes such lewdness as “a license for immorality.”

But not every hyper-grace preacher is looking for a way to justify sin. Some truly love Jesus but are simply preaching truth mixed with error. They’ve taken an undeniable, glorious truth about God and presented it in such an exaggerated form that they nullify all divine warnings and even claim that the words of Jesus don’t apply to New Covenant believers. If this seems judgmental, then it’s time to honestly line everyone’s teachings—including mine—alongside the Word. Don’t just go through the Word; let the Word go through you. Why are we so afraid in this godless generation to confront fallacies?

These hyper-grace teachers rightly emphasize that we are saved by grace and not by works (Eph. 2:8-9), that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6-8), that we are no longer sinners but saints in God’s sight (1 Cor. 1:2), that God’s love for us is not based on our performance (Rom. 5:9-10), that having begun in the Spirit we can’t become perfect by human effort (Gal. 3:3), that we are now sons and daughters of God, joint heirs with Jesus (Rom. 8:15-17), and more!

But they ignore mountains of other scriptural truths and draw wrong theological conclusions. For example, they rightly teach that Jesus died for all our sins—past, present and future—but wrongly conclude that as believers we no longer have to deal with sin (meaning we never have to confess sin or repent of sin, and the Holy Spirit no longer convicts us of sin). Aren’t you tired of hearing of another backslidden brother? Trace his steps and you’ll often find he was given permission to slip away from the wonderful freedom of holiness into the bondage of humanism.

3) Antinomianism

Antinomianism—long word, simple meaning. The word literally means “against law.” It’s a short jump from an overemphasis on the grace message to complete antinomianism. In practice, it means that “anything goes,” since Jesus has set us free. The problem is, Jesus didn’t set us free to sin; He set us free from sin.

Jesus died for us and broke sin’s power on our lives so that now, by the Spirit, we can live out the righteous requirements of the law (Rom. 8:1-4). Yet purveyors of this poisonous teaching fail to realize that Jesus calls us beyond the requirements of the law in His teaching, stating, for example, that adultery refers to adultery of the heart and not just the physical act (Matt. 5:27-28).

God’s perfect, holy, glorious law is not the problem. Sinful flesh is the problem. Sin will take you farther than you ever wanted to go. Sin will cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. And sin will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay. Sin will promise you everything but leave you with nothing. Sin will love you for a season and curse you for eternity.

For all the antinomians out there who believe “anything goes,” the question is, where do you end up?

4) Deification of Man

Many false teachings today start with man rather than with God. In contrast, when Paul laid out the gospel message in Romans, he started with God and then went to man: God is holy and we are not; He is righteous and we are not; we are under His judgment and in need of mercy, and that mercy comes through the cross.

Today’s gospel, especially in America, has a very different ring to it; rather than being all about God, it’s all about me. Just as the American way is to make everything bigger and better, the American gospel says that Jesus came to make you into a bigger and better you. That is not the gospel!

Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24-25).

We are in grave danger worldwide as millions upon millions gaze upon man rather than God. Just take a look at our political system. Words like messiah, lord, savior and anointed one are tossed around like candy. I cringe at heaven’s response. This is a setup for the Antichrist; as we become so accustomed to worshipping man, it will be a simple maneuver for the Antichrist to move into position.

5) Challenging the Authority of the Word

The challenging of God’s authority goes back to the Garden of Eden, starting with the serpent’s challenge to Eve: “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1). This satanic challenge was twofold: First, did God really say that? And second, God didn’t really mean what He said. After all, you won’t die if you eat from the tree (vv. 1-5).

That twofold challenge continues to assault us today. Best-selling authors tell us the biblical text isn’t reliable, that the biblical manuscripts we have in our possession are hopelessly contradictory, and that we can know little or nothing about the real, historical Jesus. Other authors tell us that the Bible is no more than a collection of religious traditions and that God Himself is nothing more than a religious myth.

For the most part, though, the challenge to the authority of the Scriptures is subtler, and some of it flows out of the deification of man, which says, “The Bible must live up to my standards. I will judge the God of the Bible based on my morality rather than the God of the Bible judging me based on His morality.” In short, when the Scriptures contradict our feelings and preferences rather than crucify our feelings and preferences and bow down before God and His Word, we question God’s Word.

6) Rejecting Hell

Nowhere is this questioning of God’s Word seen any more clearly than when it comes to the subject of hell and future punishment. And because we preach an imbalanced gospel—emphasizing God’s love and ignoring His wrath, emphasizing His mercy and ignoring His justice—we no longer have room for hell and future punishment in our theology.

Why did Jesus use such strong language in talking about the fire of hell and about people weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth (see Matt. 8:12)? And why did He teach that “it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell” (Matt. 5:29)? And why do other New Testament writers warn us repeatedly about the wrath to come (see Eph. 5:1-6)?

It’s one thing to debate the exact nature of the future punishment that awaits those who reject the gospel. It’s another thing to downplay or eliminate it. Whatever legitimate debate we may have on the precise nature of the coming judgment, this much is clear from the Word: it will be irreversible, dreadful and of eternal consequence.

Revelation 20:11-15 clearly warns about the coming Great White Throne Judgment. Yet modern-day heresy teachers have taken it upon themselves to erase the judgment. The result, if believed and followed, will be too devastating to mention.

7) Universal Reconciliation

Universal reconciliation promotes a get-out-of-jail-free mentality—that in the end, everyone will make it into heaven because of Jesus’ death on the cross. (In contrast, universalism teaches that all paths lead to God.) There may be future suffering, but it will be purging rather than punishment, and ultimately everyone will be saved.

Proponents of universal reconciliation point to verses that teach that God reconciled “all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20). And they point out that just as in Adam all die, in Jesus all will live (Rom. 5:12-21).

What would you say if someone attempted to persuade you that Adolf Hitler was in heaven? “Abomination!” you would scream. “You’re deranged!” Yet that’s a sample of the fundamental false teaching of this layer of “avalanche snow.” Added to other layers mentioned previously, we will find the believer’s foundation deteriorated, and when the storms come, the house will come crumbling to the ground.


During this season when we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, let’s determine to glorify Him by staying pure. A gentle breeze of false teaching has become a strong wind of serious error, some of it downright heretical, and a storm of doctrinal deviation has become a massive deadly whiteout. Amid this whiteout, stay committed to His teachings. Don’t permit any false teaching to subtly weave its way into your life, bringing down an avalanche that could destroy everything you hold so dearly. I won’t let it happen. Not in my lifetime and not in yours.

I urge you to open your heart and read Spiritual Avalanche. Revelation will be imparted from its pages. This 30-minute, full-color vision shook me to the core. I wept as I saw it and wept as I wrote the book. I love the church and will do everything possible to prepare her to meet the Groom. She isn’t ready, but she will be!

Yes, Jesus said in the last days even the elect could be deceived. But not you! You’re too smart for that!


Steve Hill is founder of Heartland World Ministries Church in Dallas. He is widely known for preaching the uncompromising message of Christ throughout the world.

More resources relevant here:

Max Lucado – In his book, In the Grip of Grace, his humorous illustration on page. 116 in chapter “Grace Works”.

Walter Kaiser Jr. – In the Book, Five Views on Law and the Gospel, read his article, “The Law As God’s Gracious Guidance For The Promotion of Holiness.” P.177 onwards.

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This Bible Study was prepared by Duke Jeyaraj, the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission).

WHO IS DUKE & WHAT IS G4 MISSION?
 
Duke is a full-time, itinerant, presenter/writer of Truths from the Bible to the Google Generation (the presentday people, the Youtube Youth, the Facebook Folks, the Twitter Troupe) who operates from out of his base in Hyderabad, India, and is someone who ministers cutting across denominational or organizational barriers.
 
He founded Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna (hell in Greek) Mission (G4 Mission) in February 2006 to creatively reach out to the Google Generation. This ministry, which Duke n his wife work for full-time, is supported by individual Indians who have been blessed by his preaching and writing ministry, and NOT by any particular organisation or group. 

 
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Book of Revelation for the Google Generation put in r-e-v-e-l-a-t-i-o-n acronym – a Duke Jeyaraj different Bible Study outline

REVELATION PUT IN R-E-V-E-L-A-T-I-O-N FOR GOOGLE GENERATION

Duke Jeyaraj

2018, how will our smartphone be?

Released by Apple in 2007. Changed the world.

Your Eyes (or Voice) Are Your Password

Where We’re Headed: Apple is already expected to unleash fingerprint ID in the iPhone 5S, but by 2018, your phone may recognize your eyes or your retina. This so-called “ocular scanning” or “eye vein biometrics” being developed by EyeVerify could be three times more secure than fingerprint ID.

Prediction: Since we’re going to talk to our phones, our voice will act as our security ID, and will use such voice-authentication solutions asKIVOX from Agito, voice-unlock in the just-released Baidu-Lenovo A586smartphone in China. There’s also voice-security technology being developed at Carnegie Mellon University that converts your voiceprint into alphanumeric strings that are then transformed into passwords.

The lines between still photo and video will disappear, thanks to features like HTC One’s Zoe three-second video-still mode. All captured visuals will “move” for as long as the Shutter/Record button is pressed. Instead of having to choose to shoot either a video or a still, you will simply shoot and decide later ifThe lines between still photo and video will disappear, thanks to features like HTC One’s Zoe three-second video-still mode. All captured visuals will “move” for as long as the Shutter/Record button is pressed. Instead of having to choose to shoot either a video or a still, you will simply shoot and decide later if the result is a still or video — or both. the result is a still or video — or both.

According to an International Telecommunications Union report, connection speeds attained by LTE Advanced will be akin to connecting a fiber-optic cable to your smartphone and will produce speeds 100 times faster than 3G while using far less bandwidth. As a result, downloading or streaming an HD video or other massive file to a smartphone in 2018 will be as fast and seamless as doing the same on your Ethernet-connected desktop PC.

It looks like Samsung may beat Apple, Google and Microsoft to the punch when it comes to the smartwatch competition. According to a new report from Asia, the Korea-based manufacturer may unveil a wrist-worn gadget alongside its Galaxy Note 3 phablet next month.

The Galaxy maker is expected to reveal both devices just ahead of the annual IFA conference in Berlin on Sept. 4, Asia.co.kr reports. The wearable device would reportedly be called “Samsung Gear,” which echoes rumors from the end of July that said such a device would debut on Sept. 6. 

THE BOOK OF REVELATION, IS A BOOK ABOUT FUTURE.

2 times – the writer says this is a book about what must “soon take place” (ESV)?>

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John – Rev.1:1

Revelation 22:6

Jesus Is Coming

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

 

Pawson’s Summary of Revelation:

Church on Earth (1-3)

God in Heaven (4-5)

Satan on Earth (6-16)

Man on Earth (17-18)

Christ on Earth (19-20)

Heaven on Earth (21-22)!

Revelation is the only book with BOTH  a blessing on those who read it and a curse on those who tamper with it (1:3; 22:18-19).

The message of Revelation put in R-E-V-E-L-A-T-I-O-N

R-EPETITION FULL OF BOOK OF REVELATION

The book of Revelation has lot of repetitions!

8 times this phrase is used:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

2:7,11,17, 29

3:6,13,22

13:9

Hear – The importance of hearing Spirit-inspired words of Scripture!

“did not repent” – Rev. 9:20,21;16:9,11 (4 times). The pain did not bring them to repentence. Why? Crossed the line of no return!

Pharoah, Jeremiah time people, Manasseh, Judas, etc….

Two key words are repeated throughout the whole letter. They are “lamb” (29 times) and “throne” (47 times). The duel ideas of sacrificial atonement and God’s sovereignty and judgment dominate the letter. Four numbers also play a significant role throughout Revelation: “seven” (55 times), “four” (29 times), “twelve” (23 times) and “ten” (9 times). – www.bible.org

“LAMB” –

Isa. 53:7

I Pet 1:18-19 – perfect sacrifice

I Cor 5:7

John 19:31 – Jesus sacrificed the same time Passover Lambs were sacrificed; soldiers did not break his legs to kill him because he was already dead. Like the Passover lamb, his bones were unbroken.

John 1:29 – lamb of God who takes away sins of the world.

Four living creatures and 24 elders fall before the Lamb and sing praise because he purchased all people with his blood (Revelation 5:9).

www.loyalapress.com (Jesuit Ministry Site).

JESUS = A HABITUAL SACRIFICER!

WOMB ENTRY – NOT PARACHUTE!

TOMB EXIT – NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS!

Duke Jeyaraj’s article: “Bits of His Habits in Me?”

Here is a Bible quiz question I’d like you to crack: What statement of Jesus is most often recorded in the Gospel narratives? Is it, “I will wipe away all your tears?” (Oh yes – he certainly can). It must be “I will give you the latest car?” going by what many of our TV preachers are telling us. Jokes apart it is this: “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it!” (Math 10:39). The Gospel writers were so intensely moved by the Holy Spirit to record this statement of Jesus almost verbatim another six stunning times (in Math 16:25, Mark 8:35 and 9:24,25, Luke 9:24 and 17:33, John 12:25). Now that is something to take serious note of! Keeping in view this habitual emphasis on self-sacrifice in Jesus’ teaching in mind, it was not at all surprising that the most repeated special title for Jesus is “the Lamb of God”! At least 35 times in the NT Jesus is given that name – a name that beautifully fits a habitual sufferer!

I wish I could make this look a lot nicer. But I can’t! If you and I want to imitate Jesus we must get ready to serve, sacrifice and suffer. There is no getting around this fact! The Aussies could not believe it when their then captain, Mark Taylor, declared the innings closed when he was batting on 334 runs – just 50 odd runs short of the then World Record of Brian Lara’s – 375 – in the Peshawar Test match against the Pakistanis at the close of the twentieth century (1998). Taylor simply stated, “My bowlers need time to bowl out Pakistan. And only when they do that twice we can win this match. Personal records don’t matter!” Here was a man who put team before self. And sacrificed in the process. A Servant Leader.

Decide to serve sacrificially one person at least on a regular basis. It maybe your frail grandma whom nobody wants to take care of. It maybe a physically challenged person who is your neighbour.

Here is an open invitation from the Book of Hebrews for us youngsters: “Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make people holy through his own blood. So let us go out to him outside the camp and bear the disgrace he bore” (Heb 13:12,13). Young people, the challenge before us is this: Do you have the nerve to sacrificially serve like Jesus, did taking all the suffering in your stride? He will help you do it.

There were things that Jesus often and always did
You’ve got it – they were his habits
Lets copy them in our lives bit by bit!

E-SCHATOLOGICAL EVENTS TALKING ABOUT REVELATION

Telegana future (Eschatology): Telegraph India website:

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today, 2 August 2013, said “usually” it took eight to nine months to create a new state, but Telangana would be fast-tracked. “In this case we will try to do it in five to six months,” he told reporters

Officials in the home ministry said the minimum time needed to conclude the process for forming a new state was 122 days — or four months — from the day a state legislature passes a resolution on statehood and sends it to the Union ministry.

The gestation period involves a multi-step process that includes a cabinet note from the home ministry, a cabinet meeting, formation of a group of ministers to consider the economics of creating a new state, approval of a state reorganisation bill, a recommendation through the Prime Minister to the President to refer the bill to the state legislature, the legislation’s passage by both Houses of Parliament and the final presidential nod.

In the case of Telangana, it is not clear if the government is thinking of skipping any of these steps, though Shinde said constitutional procedures would be followed.

On who would govern Hyderabad, the minister left it to the future Telangana and Seemandhra, which includes Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra. “They will have to work together. There will be clarity on this after the cabinet note is prepared,” he said.

Eschatological Events talked about by the book of Revelation –

Public Second Coming – 1:7; “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev. 16:15. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. Rev. 3:3

 

 

Great White Throne Judgement – 20:11-15

Jesus would be the judge (Rev. 5:6).

Books opened –  (PAWSON).

One book every unbeliever’s life be recorded. No secrets. The guilty are condemned by their own biographies!

Another book – only one’s life recorded. The Judge’s – pure life. Under his name are names of him who put their faith in him and have kept their faith with him (by remaining faithful with him). For his name’s sake they have ‘overcome’ the world, the flesh, and the devil, so their names have remained in the book and not been erased (Rev. 3:5). They have not disowned him so he will not disown them now (Mt 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12).

Hell –  14:10; 19:20; 20:10; 20:15; 21:8

Heaven – 21:1

John contrast Heaven and Hell: “Home” / “Hole”

Heaven – no suffering (no death or mourning or crying)

_Q. I wonder if you could talk a little about the size of heaven. Do you imagine that heaven can hold all those who deserve to go there, from the time of Adam and Eve until far into the future?
___Absolutely. It’s so interesting in Revelation 21, the Apostle John is describing what God revealed to him in a vision about heaven and John says that an angel came and showed him the heavenly city and then the angel took a measuring rod and actually measured the city off … and the measurements that the angel gave John turned out to be 1,500 square miles cubed, so 1,500 miles wide and high and long. … If you place it on top of the United States of America, it goes from Mexico to Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, but it is as wide as it is tall.
___And if you had 20 billion residents of heaven, which is more than the entire population of the human race in all of human history as far as we know, … everybody would have 75 acres for himself and … still there’s room left over for public buildings and parks and streets. …
___I don’t know that we should take that literally. What I think the angel was telling John is that heaven is a great big place, and there’s room for everybody.

–       Anne Graham Lotz.

Rev. 22:3-5 (Heaven) Vs 22:15 (Hell).

Heaven – no suffering, no separation (‘no longer sea’ – Rev. 21:1 – no going overseas!), no sorrow (he ‘will wipe away every tear from their eyes’ – Rev.21:4), no shadow (22:5 – Lord himself will be the light’,  no sanctuary, no sin (22:15). There will be rest, reward, responsibility (we shall ‘serve the Lord day and night’ – 7:15 – 24 hour shifts!/ they will REIGN forever and ever – 22:5), revelation (will know fully..I Cor 13:12), recognition (Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah before the photography age in the Mt of Transfiguaration), righteousness (‘home of righteousness’ 2 Pet 3:13; the joys of heaven are for those who go on washing and go on overcoming temptations and trails – Rev. 21:7; 22:14) and rejoicing (wedding feast for those still in proper clothes).

Truly this promise is true: no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind conceived what God has prepared for those who STILL love him…. I Cor. 2:9 quoting Isaiah 64:4

V-VIBGYOR COLORS TALKING ABOUT BOOK OF REVELATION

We find different colors mentioned in the book of Revelation.

The word “White” is used 15 times in this Book.

Sample: The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire (Rev. 1:14). Message: Jesus is pure.

But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ (Revelation 2:14-17, ESV)

 

Message: Those in ministry must use pure methods to win the prize for pure!

Balaam Ministry – Leading believers into sexual immorality or teaching sexual immorality is fine with God! Much like today’s hyper-grace teaching. Nicolaitans – a heretical group, probably holding views similar to to the teachings of Balaam and Jezebel (2:14,20).

In John’s time the white stone could signify acquittal from legal charges or to custom in the Greek Athletic games of giving a white stone to the victor in a contest or to gladiators at the Roman games who had won the admiration of the public and had been allowed to retire from further combat.

“a name no one knows except the one who receives it” – victory over enemies.

In some instances, knowing a person’s name was a way of gaining power over him.(See Mark 5:9 – “Legion!”). By keeping  the new names secret, Jesus ensures the believers who have died, will never again experience defeat!

Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

Rev. 3:4 (purity)

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.

Rev. 4:4 Pure saints in heaven. “Without holiness no one will see God!”

Not just 24 or 144 everyone in heaven has to be “White” robed – After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

 

Rev. 7:9

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these,clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13-14, ESV)

 

Message here: Purity comes through the blood of Jesus/remaining in Christ!

Also: Believers will be part of the tribulation period!

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

 

Rev. 19:11 – White Horse? The second coming of Jesus – “Faithful and True”. Behind him are more folk riding white horses (19:14) – the armies of heaven. Rev. 6:2 – a white horse rider. Seen as Christian Evangelist who conquer the world thro the Gospel of peace (white – peace and purity!)

RED – TWICE MENTIONED.

And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword. – Rev. 6:4 (akin to Mark 13:12 – brother will hand over brother to death….Math 24:12….love turns cold). These happened in the tumults of the Roman Empire and will be expected to happen before the second coming of Jesus!

 

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.

Rev. 12:3

Identified as Satan in verse 9.

 

So it is Satan and his forces who ride in RED HORSES and divide people! Satan desires to divide God’s people in the last days before the return of Jesus!

 

Satan rises against the Messiah (vv 4-5) and against his servants (v.17) but will suffer final destruction (20:10).

 

PURPLE

Mentioned three times.

 

The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

Rev. 17:4

 

A rich person’s dress….purple dye was rare. Royal Purple is the deep purple pigment used for elite clothing beginning in the Roman period and illuminated manuscripts through the Middle Age

Purple dyes were rare and expensive; only the rich had access to them.

 

                “Alas, alas, for the great city

                   that was clothed in fine linen,

                      in purple and scarlet,

                  adorned with gold,

                               with jewels, and with pearls! Romans 18:16

 

                                The RICH city dwellers..

                               

                                Not easy for the rich to kick their love for riches and be saved (Camel, eye of the needle)!

                   

                                BLACK (TWO MENTIONS)

 

                    BLACK HORSE – REV. 6:5

            When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

      When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood…REV. 6:12

 

REV. 6:12-17 – All those who dwell in the Earth, as well as the cosmos itself experience GoDs judgment. These verses give the first of the 7 descriptions in Revelation of events associated with the second coming. THE MAIN PORTION OF THE BOOK OF REVLEATION (4:1-22:5) CONSISTS OF SEVEN CYCLES OF JUDGEMENT, EACH OF WHICH LEADS TO A DESCRIPITON OF THE SECOND COMING (4:1-8:1; 8:2-11:19; 12:1-14:20; 15:1-16:21; 17:1-19:10; 19:11-21; 20:1-15. Each of the seven cycles of judgement is best understood as depicting the same spiritual war, but from a fresh vantage point. In Mark 13:24-26 and Luke 21:25-27 the coming of the son of Man immediately follows unusual phenomenon involving the sun, the moon and stars. The mention of SEVEN TYPES OF PEOPLE (V. 15) SUGGESTS COMPLETE JUDGEMENT.


E-ENDURANCE CALLING FOR BOOK OF REVELATION

                    REV. 1:9 – IN PATMOS PATIENTLY ENDURING SUFFERING FOR JESUS BECAUSE OF WORD OF GOD PREACHING AND TESIMONIAL LIFE LIVING

 

God is holy, holy, holy (Rev. 4:8)

                   

                    Only “holy” people will share in the first resurrection when Jesus returns (20:6).

                   

                    Revelation is a call for the church to endure in its holiness!

                   

                    Without holiness no one will see God!

                   

                    8 times the book of Revelation talks about Overcomers –

            Revelation 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of my God. (See RSV)

Revelation 2:11 He who is having an ear — let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: He who is overcoming may not be injured of the second death. (See RSV)

Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it. (See RSV)

Revelation 2:26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. (See RSV)

Revelation 3:5 He who is overcoming — this one — shall be arrayed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the scroll of the life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before His messengers. (See RSV)

Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go out from there no more. I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. (See RSV)

Revelation 3:21 He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. (See RSV)

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes, I will give him these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son. (See RSV)

                    Only two categories – those who overcome sin, Satan and flesh or those who are over-comed by these and lose their crown!

                   

                    Context = persecution in last days!

                   

                    Cowards condemned to hell (22:8) and shamefully exposed in the II Coming (16:15).

 

                    Church will not escape tribulation! Right in the middle of the tribulation passages in Revelation is call to remain faithful to Jesus (See Rev. 14:12).

                   

            12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.[a]

 

                    Rev. 14:12.

 

Also another way the book of Revelation encourages ENDURANCE is to call believers to “KEEP” –

The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations… Rev. 2:26

 

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”… Rev. 22:7

 

“L-OUD” SOUNDS FULL OF BOOK OF REVELATION

The word “loud” is used 21 times in this book. ESV

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet… Rev. 1:10 First reference.

 

 

saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12).

 

Do we display emotions when we WORSHIP?

 

They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Rev. 6:10

 

Do we display emotions when we PRAY?  FRANK praying.

 

and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Rev. 7:10

 

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, Rev. 19:1

 

 

Do we display emotions when we PREACH the Gospel?

 

Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

 

REV. 8:13

 

 

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God,

Rev. 19:17

 

And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand…..

Rev. 14:9

 

Emotion even when we present the “bad” news….which is part of the Good News….

 

BILLY GRAHAM – LOUD VOICE: TIME MAG REPORTS ABOUT HIM AFTER HE TURNED 75. NOW HE IS 90 PLUS.

 

http://www.angelfire.com/zine/baptistsurfer/TimeGraham.html

 

After graduation he enrolled at Bob Jones College, a Bible boot camp in Tennessee

where hand holding was forbidden, and dating was limited to chaperoned chats in

a public parlor. Between the rules and the course work, Graham soon found

himself on the brink of expulsion and thought about transferring. The legendary

Jones warned him about throwing his life away: “At best, all you could amount to

would be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks.” Then he

tempted him. “You have a voice that pulls,” he told the young man. “God can use

that voice of yours. He can use it mightily.”

Such prophecy notwithstanding, Graham fled south to the Florida Bible

Institute, where he could play golf and go canoeing and court a pretty classmate

named Emily Cavanaugh. Her decision to break off their engagement hit Billy

hard. “She wanted to marry a man who was going to amount to something,” Graham’s

brother Melvin told Martin. The disappointment planted in Graham a determination

to prove her wrong; it ripened alongside his commitment to discerning, and

obeying, God’s will. He would practice sermons aloud in old sheds or in a canoe

in the middle of a lake. He ate a quarter-pound of butter a day to try to spread

some bulk across his lanky frame, and he worked on his gestures and facial

expressions as he traveled to tiny churches or declaimed outside saloons

frequented by drunkards and prostitutes, sharing the Gospel.

 

After Wheaton and a brief stint in a small church, Graham joined Youth for

Christ International, a “para-church” group of vigorous young evangelists who

would travel the country, and soon the world, working with churches to stage

revival meetings to ever larger crowds. In the immediate postwar years, there

seemed to be a hunger for the virile, vibrant call to faith that Graham and his

friends represented. On and on they came, until as many as a million kids a week

were attending such revival meetings around the country. The YFC rallies

included blaring bands, quiz shows, horse acts, emcees with bow ties that lit

up. As for Graham, so loud and fast was his delivery that journalists called him

“God’s Machine Gun.” 

 

TIME for its part declared in

1949 that no one since Billy Sunday had wielded “the revival sickle” as

successfully as this “blond, trumpet-lunged North Carolinian.”

 

 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God…Rev. 21:3. Last Reference.

 

Practical Lesson – No secret service department in Jesus’ Kingdom! Live God loud! “Shout from the housetops!”

 

What Anisha Ambrose did – Talked about “God” in the audio release of her movie, Alias Janaki and Press Meet for Her Movie Aarey. And from her FB Account people know what God she is talking about…..

 

Even in settings when you cannot explicitly name “Jesus” you still be “loud” about him!

A-NIMALS TALKING ABOUT BOOK OF REVELATION

Gen. 49:9 – Judah, Lion’s Cub. We believers are lion cubs

“Lion” of Judah – Rev. 5:5

Hosea 5:14 – even God the father a Lion.

Math. 25:31-46 Sheep and Goats for believer and Unbelievers.

Lamb, the very next verse And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. – Rev. 5:6

Jesus is a Judge (Lion) as well as became ‘the Judged’ (Lamb) (on our behalf!)

Serpent – Devil called this in Rev. 12:9,14,15; 20:2

And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years… Rev. 20:2

 

The NAT GEO show about King Cobra I watched in July 2013.

 

King Cobra kills its female, if the female does not comply its sexual demands!

King Cobra sleeps for a week after eating one Rat Snake.

 

It seems unfairly menacing that a snake that can literally “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye would also be among the most venomous on the planet, but that describes the famous king cobra.

King cobras can reach 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes. When confronted, they can raise up to one-third of their bodies straight off the ground and still move forward to attack. They will also flare out their iconic hoods and emit a bone-chilling hiss that sounds almost like a growling dog.

Their venom is not the most potent among venomous snakes, but the amount of neurotoxin they can deliver in a single bite—up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce (seven milliliters)—is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. Fortunately, king cobras are shy and will avoid humans whenever possible, but they are fiercely aggressive when cornered.

They are comfortable in the trees (I saw this!), on land, and in water, feeding mainly on other snakes, venomous and nonvenomous. They will also eat lizards, eggs, and small mammals.

 

They are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs, which they guard ferociously until the hatchlings emerge.

 

http://animals.nationalgeographic.co.in/animals/reptiles/king-cobra/

 

Satan is dangerous, poisonous – he acts through human agents!

Poisonous doctrine – Hyper grace!

Dangerous doctrine –  takes you to hell!

Frog:

And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.

 

Rev. 16:13

The two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) golden poison dart frog has enough venom to kill 10 grown men. 

 

Through his lies, this False Prophet injects venom into the body of Christ!

BUT THE TRICK IS THIS: THEY ARE TOUGH TO IDENTIFY –

Poison dart frogs, members of the Dendrobatidae family, wear some of the most brilliant and beautiful colors on Earth. Depending on individual habitats, which extend from the tropical forests of Costa Rica to Brazil, their coloring can be yellow, gold, copper, red, green, blue, or black. Their elaborate designs and hues are deliberately ostentatious to ward off potential predators, a tactic called aposematic coloration.

 

SAME WAY TO CATCH THESE ‘FROG’ FALSE PROPHETS – THEY MIX TRUTH WITH LIES!

EXAMPLE: IT IS GOD WILL THAT ALL MUST BE SAVED. (TRUE)

IT IS GOD WILL – OUR HEALTH/WEALTH(FALSE!)

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. – Mt 24:24 is put in another way in Rev. 16:13.

 

THE BEAST –

32 TIMES IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION – THE ANTI-CHRIST.

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard (SPEED – HE, THE DEVIL ALL KNOW THEIR TIME IS SHORT – REV. 12:12 – AND SO THEY MUST ACT FAST!); its feet were like a bear’s (DESTROYING YOUTHS – ELISHA STORY!), and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth (LIKE JESUS BUT COUNTERFIET!). And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.

 

REV. 13:1,2

And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

REV. 13:4

WORSHIPPED.

Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.

 

REV. 13:11 (LAMB HORN TO CONFUSE BELIEVERS!) – THIS IS THE FALSE PROPHET (THE SECOND BEAST – SEE 16:13; 19:20; 20:10).

It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

 

REV. 13:12 – EXPERIENCING HEALING/MIRACLES DOES NOT THE ULTIMATE PROOF FOR ANYTHING. DON’T GO BEHIND HEALERS OR THE HEALED!

and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. REV. 13:14

 

BOTH THE FIRST BEAST AND SECOND BEAST (FALSE PROPHET) COMPLETE UNHOLY TRINITY!

The beast is the counterfeit of Christ. Note the following parallels between Christ and the Beast:

  1. The Beast whom Satan brought forth, is an image of Satan (13:1) just as Christ is the exact image of God, begotten of the Father (Ps. 2:7; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3).
  2. The Beast has ten crowns, while Christ has many crowns (Rev. 19:12)
  3. The Beast has blasphemous names written on him, while Christ has a worthy name, unknown to anyone else, written on him (19:12). The dragon gives the beast his power, throne and great authority (v. 2), just as Christ has been given power (5:12-13), a throne (3:21) and authority (12:10) from the Father (Jn 5:21-23).
  4. The Beast has a seemingly fatal wound from which it recovers – a counterfeit enactment of Christ’s Resurrection (v. 3). The beast’s healing is one of the principal features that attracts followers, just as resurrection of Christ is one of the principal points of evangelistic proclamation.
  5. Worship is directed at both the dragon and the beast, just as Christians worship both the Father and the Son (John 5:23).
  6. The beast attracts the worship of the whole world (v 3), just as Christ is to be worshipped universally (7).
  7. The beast utters blashphemies, while Christ makes rightful claims (I ams).
  8. The beast makes war agains the saints, while Christ makes war against the beast (19:11-12). The song of praise to the beast in verse 4 counterfiets the song to God the warrior in Exodus 15:11. The striking juxtaposition  of Christ and the beast in 19:11-21 shows they are two main warriors in the battle. Christ is the divine Warrior, fulfilling the imagery of Exodus (15:3). The beast is unholy, counterfeit warrior who fulfills the imagery of Daniel 7:1-8

 

Satan is like God the Father.

He engages in a mock creation  in which he brings forth his image out of the chaotic waters (v.1, see parallel to Gen. 1:2).

 

The False Prophet or the Beast from the Earth is the counterfeit of the Holy Spirit:

 

13:11-18

 

  1. He is the propagandist of the Beast. His actions counterfeit the witness of the Holy Spirit.
  2. He desires the people worship the Beast, not himself, just as the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ and not himself (John 16:14).
  3. The false prophet works false miraculous signs, conterfieting the miracles of the Holy Spirit (vv13-14).
  4. He forces a mark on his subjects (v. 16) just as Christians are sealed with the mark of the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13).  Those who wear the mark of the beast are his slaves (14:9, 19:20, 20:4). It’s a fakery of God’s name on the saints (7:2-8; 14:1; Ez 9:4-6).

 

When Christ returns conterfiet miracles will accompany  the appearance of the lawless one (2 Th 2:9).

 

T-THOUSAND YEAR RULE TALKING ABOUT BOOK OF REVELATION

 

We must interpret Revelation 20 in a way that is consistent with other portions of Scripture.

 

Less clear, more difficult portions of the Bible are to be interpreted in the light of the more clear portions. The poetry must interpreted in the light of the prose. The figurative in the light of the literal.

 

The book of Revelation is admittedly highly figurative, rich in symbols and so even 1000 year rule chapter must be seen that way!

 

Revelation is not arranged in the order of fulfillment. It is just a collection of visions pointing to events that may occur in any given order. The best example is this. 11:18 – time for judging the dead (end of the age). With the beginning of chapter 12, however, we return to the start of the NT era with a figurative vision of the Birth of Jesus and of his ascention into the throne room of God. If this can happen  in chapters 11 and 12, we cannot rule out the possibility that with chapters 19 and 20 also. We are brot in vision to the second coming of Christ and then taken back to his first coming. We must not simply assume that chapter 20 must be describing events that occur after the events described in chapter 19.

 

Verses 1-3 and verses 7-10 go together. They speak about Satan. Satan bound and Satan released.

 

Satan “bound”? Chapter 12 – restraint placed on Satan. He wanted to destroy the woman and her baby. But Satan cannot. In Chapter 20, the same thing is said using somewhat different terms and different symbols that is characteristic of Revelation?

 

RAHUL DRAVID – “THE WALL”. Dravid has faced more deliveries and spent more time in the middle while batting than any other batsman in the history of Test cricket. Throughout his Test career, Dravid has faced 31,258 deliveries – a world record. No other batsman has faced even 30,000 deliveries.[ Dravid was on crease for 740 minutes during his 270 run knock against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2004. This is the longest inning played by an Indian batsman in terms of time spent on the crease 

 

USING STATS/WORD PICTURE SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT DRAVID!

 

New Testament emphasizes two dramatic points in Christ’s victory over Satan. Victory at the Cross (Math 12:28-29 “KOG has come upon you!”; Jn 12:31 – “the prince of the World will be driven out!” – pointing to Cross; Col. 2:15 – “disarmed”; Heb 2:14-15 “destroy him”) and victory at the Second Coming (I Pet 5:8 – but the devil still active if we cooperate with him; See God’s commission to paul – Acts 26:17-18 – Satan has power now; Eph. 6:11-12 fighting with Satan, we; Jude 6 – not totally inactive as bound with everlasting chains, but active within God’s permitted scope). At the Cross, Satan is bound. But not absolutely.

20:8 what happens to Satan after the battle

19:19 (also in 16:14) what happens to Beast  and the False Prophet at the end of the Battle.

Both (Three) SAME battles.

vv.4-6 of Rev. 20 vision of reign of Christians with their Savior after they depart this life and they wait Jesus Second Coming, the resurrection, the eternal bliss. These saints are pictured as martyrs for God. Note that in verse 5, the martyrs are contrasted with “the rest of the dead” – those who will know “second death”. In other words, they are contrasted with “unbelievers!”

In verse 5, we read that “the rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1000 years were ended”. John says here that unbelievers will not enjoy this wonderful blessing that the saints enjoy, the wonderful blessing of living and reigning with Christ thoughtout the 1000 years. Jesus confirms this in John 5:29 – only those who have done good will rise to live….those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

 

Rev. 20:6 and 14 – the only thing awaiting these dead after a thousand years  is “second death”.  They will resurrected bodily to face judgement (vs. 13). But they are not described as “living” or as “the resurrected”. Their names are not written in the lamb’s book of LIFE (v. 15). Please not that even when they stand before the Great White Throne Judgement they are described as “The DEAD” (v. 12). John’s picture – unbelievers never truly live. Believers will live and reign with Jesus for 1000 years . Unbelievers do not enjoy this blessing. They do not experience life throughout these 1000 years. What would they experience instead? The second death!

Revelation 20, vv5-6, implies a ‘first resurrection’. Clearly this implies a ‘second resurrection;’

 The second resurrection is for the same people – Believers!

Similarly ‘second death’ v.6 implies a first death – but also for the same people – unbelievers.

The believer in Christ will experience one death and two resurrections. The first resurrection occurs when he or she departs  this life and is immediately ushered into the presence of Christ to reign with him. The second resurrection will be a bodily resurrection will be at Christ’s second coming (I Cor. 15:50). Unbelievers will experience two deaths and only one resurrection. The first death is the physical death. Then they would resurrected bodily and sent to hell (second death).

What is the meaning of the number 1000? This number is symbolic as numbers in Revelation are, throughout.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Damascus,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,

because they have threshed Gilead

with threshing sledges of iron. Amos 1:3.

 

Even elsewhere in the Bible numbers have been used in a symbolic way!

 

So Priesthood will not be restored.

Sacrifices will not begin again.

Temple will not be rebuilt

During the Millenium.

 

Jesus is the True Israel (Isa 42:1-7).

Hos. 11:1 and Math. 2:15 – Mathew calls Jesus as the True Israel.

 

Canaan is heavenly – Heb. 11:10-16

 

Jesus is true temple (Heb. 12:22).

 

James the brother of Lord application of Amos 9:11-12 to evangelization of Gentiles and saying that was akin to rebuilding the tabernacle of David, in the resurrection and exaltation of Christ, the son of David, and reconstitution of the disciciples as the new Israel and fulfillment of its second part in the presence of believing  Gentiles and as well as believing Jews in the church.

 

Lesson from Acts 15 and Amos 9: understand OT in a Christ-centered way!

 

The Samaritan Woman was not directed to Mt Gerizim where Samaritans worshipped or to Jerusalem where Jews worshipped but to Jesus himself (John 4:23-26).

 

–       Robert B. Strimple, professor of sys theo. at Westminister Theological Seminary

 

I-NCESSACENT INFERNO THAT INCESSANTLY INJURES WARNING AGAINST BOOK OF REVELATION

 

The book of Revelation not only talks about Hell but it’s eternal duration.

Why annihilationism unbiblical?

The phrase ‘for ever and ever’ is used in Revelation to qualify ‘torment’ as well as ‘punishment’ (Rev. 14:11 and 20:11).

This refers to experience rather than effect. Means conscious suffering.

Why creation of such a place?

God faced a problem when the angels, led by Satan, rebelled against his rule (Rev. 12:4 indicates  a third of them did this!). They were superior to human beings in one aspect. Whereas human beings were mortals capable of receiving immortality, angels were created inherently immortal. Unlike God they did have a beginning. But like God, they would have no end.  As Jesus said, they cannot die (Luke 20:36). This is why Angels are not born, do not marry and reproduce as we do. The number is fixed.

Since these rebellious angels could never be annihilated, God had to prepare a place for them isolated from the rest of his universe.  They are not yet consigned there, though some of the worst offenders (those who seduced human women – Gen. 6:1 – have been taken custody to await trail – 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6. The dungeon is significantly called ‘tartarus’, a word from Greek mythology which distinguishes it from Heaven and Hell.

 

Following the final judgement, these rebellious angels (demons) for whom there is no hope of forgiveness or salvation (Heb 2:16) perhaps because they have already known life in heaven and have rejected it, will join their leader in the ‘lake of fire’ and share his ‘everlasting punishment’.

The Scripture says, the Devil will tormented day and night forever and forever (Rev. 20:10). It means the Devil will experience endless suffering in hell. He will join two people aldready there – the beast and false prophet (Rev. 19:20). Two humans endure endless torment in hell.

More will join them –  those who accept the branded number of the beast – Rev. 14.

Rev. 14:11 – the smoke of their torment rises for ever/ Jesus – ‘their worm will not die’ (Mark 9:44 quoting Isa. 66:24).

Those who reject the shepherd king will share the fate of the Devil. Math. 25:31-46 Sheep and Goats for believer and Unbelievers.

Dogs will go to hell (rev. 21:8). Dogs – 2 Peter 2:22.

They are not obliterated. But “Outside” (Rev. 22:15).

Rev. 22:19 – if you reject the biblical teaching on hell – eternal torment – you will run the risk of discovering its veracity the hard way!

If Shadrach , Meshach and Abednego were not singed in the fire and fire could land in Mount Carmel on Elijah sacrifice, God can control fire. He will control fire to torment those who have said a final no to Jesus!

Luke 16:23 – also supports.

O-BJECT LESSONS FULL OF BOOK OF REVELATION

Rev. 10:8-11. Meditate on the Bible and preach its message put in object lesson!

Job 23:12 necessary food.

Rev. 8:4 – prayer as incense.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Rev. 2:5.

 

Ephesus had previously changed its location because of gradual silt deposits building up its river, the Cayster,. It had been ‘removed’ from earlier locations. By analogy, Christ threatened  to remove the Church unless its people repented.

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth

Rev. 3:16

Laodicea’s water supply was provided  by pipes  connected to a distant source. The water was therefore lukewarm and therefore barely drinkable.  By contrast, the neighboring town of Hierapolis had medicinal hot springs and nearby Colosse was supplied by a cold mountain stream. Christ urged the church to be refreshing (hot). Christ urged the church to be refreshing (cold) or medicinally healing (hot), rather be tepid like the Laodician water supply.

N-UMBERS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

The numbers only emphasize already clearly written truth.

The  Number 144,000 Ask, “Are You Willing To Go To Unevangelised People Groups With The Gospel?”

 

Only the book of Revelation in the Bible uses the number 144,000. It does so in three places: they were marked with the seal of God (Rev 4:4); they had the Lamb’s name and the Father’s name written on their foreheads (Rev 14:1). These folks were ‘redeemed’ from the earth and are made holy (Rev 14:4,5). I believe, all these are various ways of saying the same thing – the 144,000 people were saved and washed by the blood of Jesus. They were from all parts of the globe, I believe. The 144.000 represent a countless group of believers from ‘every tribe, people, language and nation’. You may wonder why I still say that after Revelation 4 makes it that the 144,000 are from the 12 tribes of Israel.

The images in Revelation have a message in them. For example, Jesus in Revelation is depicted as the Lamb (Rev 5:6) as well as the Lion. Will Jesus, in eternity, be a half-lion and half-lamb? No. The lesson is that Jesus is tender and loving as a lamb 6and is equally daring and royal as a lion. In the same way 144,000 can be written as 12 (Symbolic of all Old Testament saints) x 12 (Symbolic of all New Testament saints including saints of present and future  x 1000 (an example of a large number). The twelve tribes mentioned are just representative of all tribes of the world who would stand before Jesus in His Heavenly courts and worship Him, I believe (Rev 5:9)! These folks would hail from 12 different directions (or from all around the globe) and from every race!

 

North India Calling!

When it comes to India, worshippers of Jesus are mainly from the South and North East. But in other areas, especially in North India they are few and far too less. In Biblical times, it was said, “In Galilee, where so many Gentiles live…” (Math 4:15). In our time, it can be said, “North India, where so many unbelievers live….” So, shall we take efforts to place ourselves in the North, so that, we would gather worshippers for Jesus, there! That’s why you should be happy, if your company asks you to move your base to North India’s Gurgoan or Jaipur or Kanpur or Lucknow – some of India’s cities which are not as evangelized as Chennai, Bangalore or Cochin! If you have an option of making your home in United States or the Northern States of India, you must prefer the Gospel-starved Northern States. When you do that, you show forth missionary zeal that would please God. It would be a step to make what the book of Revelation reveals about heaven through numbers, a reality! Of course, this must be done in consultation with God who has a unique plan for each one of us!

 

 

The Number 12,000 Asks, “Will You Live In Such A Way That You Will Receive A Reward In Heaven?”

 

The length, breadth and height of city of New Jerusalem (symbolic of heaven) is 12,000 stadia each (Rev 21:16). 12,000 stadia can be written as 12 x 1000. The implication is simple: heaven will be full of people from 12 different directions across the globe, from every tribe, language and nation! The walls of this new city are 144 cubits thick (Rev 21:17). The foundation of these walls was decorated with 12 different precious stones (Rev 21:19). There were 12 gates as well made of shining pearls (Rev 21:21). 144 cubits can be written as 12 x 12 cubits, don’t forget. See how many 12s we have in the dimensions of heaven’s walls – the wall thickness, the wall foundation and the number of gates in the walls of heaven. In short, heaven will be a ‘decked up’ place. The symbolism employed here goes to teach us that even among people who make it to heaven, there would be a ‘special decking up’ (special recognition) of folks who were extra faithful to the Lord.  And these folks would be from all the 12 different directions of the planet from every possible tribe, language and nation! Do you want to somehow just scrape through to heaven? Or do you want to be decked up by our Lord with choice gifts? If you want to be loaded with gifts galore on that magic day, you must become a soul-winner! Those who wisely win souls would shine like stars forever and ever in Heaven (Daniel 12:3). You don’t have to become a Rajini to become a star. You have to only reach souls today to become a star that final day.

The Number 42 Asks, “Are You Ready To Steadfastly Suffer When You Witness, Till He Returns?”

In the book of Revelation we read about the number of months the two witnesses would witness – just 42 months! They would be ‘clothed in sackcloth and will prophecy’ during those 42 months (Rev 11:2,3). The number 42 is nothing but another way of writing 7 x 6. In other words it can be interpreted as “God’s number x Satan’s number”. Or to put it more simply the 42 months here speaks about an unspecified length of time between the First Coming of God ‘In Flesh’ and the Second Coming of God ‘In Flesh’, the length of which God alone knows, in which the devil would be active! This is an unspecified time simply because none of us know when exactly the Lord Jesus would return the second time. The two witnesses talked about here, would be clothed in sackcloth, it is to be noted. Sackcloth is what the Jews wear when they mourn. The implication: witnessing for Christ is not going to be an easy task. It will involve sad events such as persecution, martyrdom, etc. But we must keep at it, till the Second Coming of Jesus!

The two witnesses will prophecy. What these two witnesses do give us a clue to whether these two witnesses are literally just two people! In the New Testament era, as prophet Joel foretold, all Spirit-filled believers are to prophecy (that is what the two witnesses did!), that is, proclaim the Word of God! Jesus sent out people two by two, to witness, remember (Luke 10:1)? The Apostles also went two by two to witness (Barnabas with Paul, later Barnabas with Mark, Paul with Silas, etc). So the two witnesses of the book of Revelation, in my opinion, are believers from every background in the church who will witness for Jesus by prophetically proclaiming the Word of God through the Spirit of God, between the First Coming and the Second Coming of Jesus amidst hostile circumstances! Are you living a life that will make you one of the Two Witnesses of the book of Revelation?!

REVELATION 11 DEVOTION

A VOICE TELLS HIM TO MEASURE THE TEMPLE OF GOD. WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS AN ACCOUNT OF WHAT FACTORS GOD USES TO MEASURE THE CHURCH.

“2 But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations,[c] and they will trample the holy city for 42 months.” – VS. 2

IMPLICATION – DO NOT MEASURE THE AREA OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE.

WHY? WE NEED TO FIRST DO SELF EXAMINATION BEFORE INDULGING IN CONDEMNATION OF OTHERS!

Romans 2:21-24

you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach, “You must not steal”—do you steal? 22 You who say, “You must not commit adultery”—do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.[i]

 BEFORE YOU POINT AN ACCUSING FINGER AT OTHERS – KNOW THREE FINGERS POINT AT YOU!

“MY UNBELIEVER  BOSS IS PARTIAL ALWAYS!”

“MY NON-BELIEVER PARENTS NEVER UNDERSTAND ME!”

“MY PAGAN NEIGHBOR HAS TO DRINK AND BE LOUD ALWAYS!”

LOOK AT YOURSELF! EVALUATE YOURSELF!

When evaluated, the temple had,

FIRST OF ALL, PAIRED WITNESSES!

I will empower[d] my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,[e] dressed in sackcloth.” (VS. 3).

Who are they?

I believe, they are the you and me in the local church between the first coming and the second coming of the Lord Jesus!

Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. – Luke 10:1, The Message.

When Jesus measures your local church he wants to see ‘two by two witnessing done!’

These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth. – Rev. 11:4

the seven lampstands are the seven churches. – Rev. 1:20. “The two lampstands” are not just people but whole churches. Two – Old Covenenant and New Covenent.

Fellowship coupled with witnessing!

Why do we come to Church? Why don’t we simply stay at home and watch online streamed Church service!

When we come, we have access to fellowship!

“Two are better than one!” (Eccl 4:9,10).

25 Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” – Heb 10:25, CEB

We come to encourage one another!

Shoulder squeeze! That warm smile!

Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.

-Billy Graham

 

When the church is measured, this is our second discovery:

When evaluated the Temple had,

second, prophetic Witnesses

I will empower[d] my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,[e] dressed in sackcloth.- Rev. 11:3

To prophecy is to declare God’s Word relevantly to a situation under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit.

See the previous chapter and you will get a hang of this:

Revelation 10:

So I went to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. “Yes, take it and eat it,” he said. “It will be sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will turn sour in your stomach!” 10 So I took the small scroll from the hand of the angel, and I ate it! It was sweet in my mouth, but when I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach.

11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”

To be a prophet of God you need to eat your Bible!

She – Song of Solomon 4:16b

Let my beloved come to his garden,

and eat its choicest fruits.

The woman invites man to eat her!

That implies intimacy!

In the same way, when the Bible says, eat the Bible, it implies intimate time with God and his Word! We fall in love with the word of God! And the God of the Word!

1200 chapters in the Bible approximately.

10 chapters a day…

Bible Gateway app.

ESV app.

 

When evaluated the temple had,

Third, ‘PERIOD’ WITNESSES –

And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days.” – Rev 11:3

1260 days is actually 42 months which is 6 x 7 months again.

6, man’s number. 7, God’s number.

Numbers in Revelation are symbolic.

Be a witness for Jesus in that period where both God (no.7) and Satan (no.6) would be active – the time between first coming and second coming! “time of persecution of limited length” – “time of distress and intense conflict between God’s people and their opponents” (13:5). Also described as 1260 days (11:3, 12:6) or a “time, times and half a time” (12:14, three and one half years). It is half of seven years, which form a symbolic point of view suggests a complete period of suffering cut short by half!

We can pretend to live on this earth forever!

Bigger barn…. To keep all my goods, gadget, house my girls, needed!

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ Luke 12:20.

Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul – I Peter 2:11

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. I peter 1:6, again repeated this phrase, “Little while!”

“This world is not my home, I am just a passing thro…” Jim Reeves.

When evaluated, the temple had,

Fourth PERSECUTED WITNESSES –

Rev. 11:3

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Sackcloth in bible times –

Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. Gen 37:34

Do you mourn for those that are lost? Weep?

Barack Obama – President Barack Obama got so emotional while thanking his campaign staffers in their Chicago headquarters that he began crying.

The normally stoic Democrat had to repeatedly wipe away tears during the five-and-a-half minute talk that was caught on video and posted to YouTube.

‘I’m really proud of all of you,’ he said.

At one point, his baritone voice went another octave deeper as he got choked up while talking about the parallels between his own story and that of his young campaign operatives.

‘I try to picture myself when i was your age, and I first moved to Chicago at the age of 25, and I had this vague inkling about making a difference I didn’t really know how to do it I didn’t have a structure,’ he said.

 

Me in AAI on the bridge with Biju Philip….. tears….

 Oh, that my head were a spring of water
    and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night
    for the slain of my people. Jer. 9:1

INDIA HAS APPROX 35 STATES. LET’S WEEP.

LET’S WEEP SAYING,

LET THE GOOGLE GEN BE GRABBED FROM GOING TO GEHENNA!

LET HELL BE PLUNDERED IN HELL!

LET THOSE HOOKED TO FACEBOOK GET HOOKED TO THIS BOOK!

LET THOSE BUSY BUYING STUFF IN EBAY KNOW JESUS IS THE WAY!

When evaluated,

Fifth, “PRINCE” WITNESS –

These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth. Rev 11:4

The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ – jud 9:8

the seven lampstands are the seven churches. – Rev. 1:20. “The two lampstands” are not just people but whole churches. Two – Old Covenenant and New Covenent.

As a witness you lead people into conclusion – apologetics. I Peter 3:15, Give an answer for the hope that is in you.

Over 700 predictions in the Bible.

Jesus fulfilled 110 major prophecies.

The Bible is a historically reliable book. More proof for this than…..

When evaluated, the temple had,

“Woman is born to make ladoos!” – English Vinglish.

Sixth, POWER WITNESSES –

Rev. 11:

And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.

Pray for healings.

Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ – Luke 10:9

Datasha story.

When evaluated, the temple had,

Seventh, PIERCED WITNESSES  –

Rev. 11 – More persecution and dishonor.

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which [f]mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

The fate of Jesus will be shared by those who witness for him!

If people do this to a green tree, what will happen to a dry one?” (Luke 23:31).

BACKSLIDERS WILL MOCK YOU – GREAT CITY (JERUSALEM), SODOM, EGYPT

Sodom-The very term applied by Isa 1:10 to apostate Jerusalem (compare Eze 16:48).

Egypt-the nation which the Jews’ besetting sin was to lean upon.

“We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, – Num 11:5

Fools mock at making amends for sin – Prov 14:9

 

for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. – Prov 24:16

 

It was a dishonor FOR BODIES TO BE LEFT UNBURIED!

PRABHAKARAN  mother’s body –

The ashes of the mother of Sri Lanka’s former rebel leader have been desecrated hours after her body was cremated, a relative said Wednesday.

Kanagalingam Sivajilingam said the incident took place Tuesday night, shortly after slain rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s mother was cremated in his native village of Valvettithurai.

Sivajilingam said relatives who visited the cremation site Wednesday to collect the ashes found them scattered and three dead dogs with bullet wounds lying nearby.

“This a barbaric act. I won’t say who did it, but everybody knows who they are,” Sivajilingam said.

Killing and dumping dogs, which are considered lowly and unclean, is an expression of contempt for the dead person.

the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. – Heb 11:38

Esther ready for such a witness – In Persia.

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16

Daniel’s three friends were ready for such a witness in Babylon –

Daniel 3:16-18 (New International Version)

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

HEB 12:4

James who was put to death by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD

Peter crucified upside down.

When evaluated, the temple had,

Eighth, PLANET WITNESSES –

Rev. 11 – More persecution and dishonor.

Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead [g]bodies for three and a half days, and [h]will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Mt 24:14

Missions. Moving out of comfort zone.  Gurgoan transfer.

Greater Noida Vs Greater Washington.

Georgia in USA. Georgia, just below Russia.

Marrying Northern States rather than United States. Evan did!

When evaluated the temple had,

Nineth, PIERCING WITNESSES –

10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” – Acts 2:37, Peter’s preaching on the day of Pentecost.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Tim 4:3

No compromise when it came to –

Porn watching – 2 Sam 11:27

Petting – Ezek 23

Premarital sex – Gen 39:9,10

Gossip – Math 12:36

Greed –  Luke 11:39 b – your secret hearts are full of greed and selfishness…

Gadget upgrade even if we don’t need. I-phone 5, even if is 47,000. I-pad mini even if is $300.

Eaga might teach, that life being reborn is possible. Heb 9:27; Luke 16.

Google Google Panniparthaen Ulagathula
Iva Pola Inga Innoruthi Poranthathilla

When I googled, I found out that there is no one born in the planet as unique as you! (Vijay to Kajal Agrawal in Thupakki).

Acts 4:12, John 14:6

When evaluated, the temple had:

Tenth, PAROUSIA JOINING WITNESSES!

11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a [a]shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive [b]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

I Thess 4:16,17

Rev. 1:7 “the earth will mourn because of him” or I Cor 1:7 “eagerly wait” which one seven?

When evaluated, the temple had:

Eleventh, PREACHING FROM WORLD-SHAKING EVENTS WITNESSES!

13At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Luke 13:1-5, unless you repent, u too will perish! 18 died in a tower crash in siloam.

Amos 4 – God may allow natural disaster to call for repentance:

6“I gave you empty stomachsc in every city

and lack of bread in every town,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.

7“I also withheld rain from you

when the harvest was still three months away.

I sent rain on one town,

but withheld it from another.

One field had rain;

another had none and dried up.

8People staggered from town to town for water

but did not get enough to drink,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.

9“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,

I struck them with blight and mildew.

Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.

10“I sent plagues among you

as I did to Egypt.

I killed your young men with the sword,

along with your captured horses.

I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.

11“I overthrew some of you

as Id overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.

12“Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,

and because I will do this to you,

prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”

Concl: Will you not repent so that you will become the witness he will choose to count!

 

The Number 1600 Asks, “Are You Showing The Urgency When It Comes To Telling The Lost About Jesus?”

The blood that was shed as a result of God’s judgment flowed for 1600 stadia (Rev 14:14-20). 1600 stadia can be written as 4 x 4 x 1000. What I gather about this number from respected Bible Scholars is this: 1600 stadia just imply that God’s judgment will be universal (going out in all the four directions with justice). Not only that, the punishment that God metes out would have lasting consequences (1000 is the Hebrew way of saying forever, here!). Yes, Hell punishment is a punishment that God reserves for those who are stubbornly wicked. And the torment of this punishment is forever as it is clearly mentioned at other places in Revelation (E.g. Rev 20:10).

Since, God’s judgment is going to affect unrepentant people in all the four directions, forever and forever, we must race to all the four directions of our nation and planet and lovingly warn people to escape from the road to hell and embrace the One who endured hell for them on the Cross without delay! We must show the urgency that a fireman works with when it comes to evangelism! We must do it with the urgency of an Usain Bolt who ran 100 metres in just 9:58 seconds!

The Number 666 Asks, “Do You Brag Despite Being Full of Imperfections?!”

The number of the beast (The Anti-Christ) is 666 – which is nothing but the number of man, written three times over (Rev 13:18). 6 is the number that symbolizes imperfection (just one short of the Divine number which is 7). Though the Anti-Christ is imperfection personified, the Scripture implies that he would be a big braggart. “He shall exalt himself and magnify himself…” That is one statement the Bible records about the Anti-Christ (Dan 11:36).  The question today is simple: are we resembling the Anti-Christ as the return of Jesus to judge every one in this planet is perilously near? And are we doing it by bragging and boasting despite having all our imperfections? Do your brag about your place and face? Don’t! If you do, you copy the Anti-Christ!

 

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WHO IS DUKE & WHAT IS G4 MISSION?
 
Duke is a full-time, itinerant, presenter/writer of Truths from the Bible to the Google Generation (the presentday people, the Youtube Youth, the Facebook Folks, the Twitter Troupe) who operates from out of his base in Hyderabad, India, and is someone who ministers cutting across denominational or organizational barriers. 
 
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3rd John’s Message For Google Generation – Duke Jeyaraj

3 John

3 John: The Book in Summary for the Google Generation
Duke Jeyaraj

The world’s shortest man – 2 feet 5 inches high – ping ping; tallest Sultan – 8.1 inches (May 14, 2013 Youtube video).

The smallest UT/State in India Lakshadweep. Only 30 sq kms.

The smallest Country – 0.2 square miles – The world’s smallest state, the Vatican has a population of 770, none of whom are permanent residents.

The smallest bone in the body is in your ear and is called the stirrup bone (stapes). It is only 0.25 to 0.33 cm long (0.10 to 0.13 in)

Free URL redirection service. Turns a long URL into a much shorter one.

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As late as the mid 1980s, Iceland’s economy revolved around little else than a semi-robust cod-fishing industry. By the end of the century, however, it had transformed itself into a major player in world finance, building an international banking empire worth twelve times its GDP. The tiny island nation of 300,000 was one of the global economy’s great success stories.
And then everything came crashing down.
$1 USD = 642,371,437,695,221,000 Zimbabwean Dollars (2008).

An egg cost about $35 billion Zimbabwean dollars.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,453526,00.html#ixzz2YKA73AaF

Somaliland, not widely recognised as an independent sovereign state, issues its own currency, the Somaliland shilling. The Somaliland Central Bank currently has no official exchange rate. As of December 2008, the rate of the shilling was 7,500 to the US dollar[1]
Shortest IPL innings with maximum impact: 28 off 7 balls by Albie Morkel & 45 off 13 balls by Keiron Pollard.
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A book with 299 words (KJV – Dake’s Bible) – the shortest Bible Book.
Jude – 613 words
2 John – 303 words (JUST 25 GREEK WORDS).
Obadiah – 670 words

I found 12 Ps in this short book.

V1 – Written by the ‘elder’ – see 2 Jn 2:1 – a reference to his age to Gaius.

Jiah Suicide note did not harm Suraj Pancholi her ex-boyfriend. Why? No one is addressed by name. Just “You”.

Also, the court stated that the letters, which were recovered from Khan’s house, can not be interpreted as a suicide note:
The question is if the script recovered from the deceased’s house is addressed to the applicant [Pancholi], or is it just extracts from her diary? Whether it can be called a suicide note at all? When there is no date on it can it be linked to the day she committed suicide? … Therefore it cannot be said that the emotions expressed in the letter ever reached the applicant.
That’s interesting, I never thought about the question of how a suicide note can technically be defined as such. Certainly when you read the text that Khan’s mother released to the public, it SOUNDS like a final goodbye. Here are the last few lines:
I leave this place with nothing but broken dreams and empty promises. All I want now is to go to sleep and never wake up again. I am nothing. I had everything. I felt so alone even while with you. You made me feel alone and vulnerable. I am so much more than this.
Then again, who’s to say Khan didn’t write that as part of her own journaling efforts? Is there really any way to know if those words were specifically meant to be read by others after her death, if they were, as reported, found hidden in her personal items?…

That Letter:
“I don’t know how to say this to you but I might as well now as I have nothing to lose. I have already lost everything.
If you are reading this I might have already left or about to leave. I am broken inside. You might not know this but you have affected me deeply to a point where I have lost myself loving you. Yet you tortured me every day.
These days I see no light. I wake up not wanting to wake up. There was a time I saw my life with you, a future with you. But you shatter my dreams. I feel dead inside. I have never given so much of myself to someone or cared so much. You returned my love with cheating and lies. It didn’t matter how many gifts I gave you. Or how I beautiful I looked for you. I was scared of getting pregnant but I gave you myself completely.
The pain you have caused me everyday has destroyed every bit of me, destroyed my soul. I can’t eat or sleep or think or function. I am running away from everything. The career is not even worth it anymore. When I first met you I was driven, ambitious and disciplined. How I felt for you, a love I thought would bring out the best in me. I don’t know why destiny brought us together.
After all the pain, the rape, the abuse, the torture I have seen previously, I didn’t deserve this. I didn’t see any love or commitment from you. I just became increasingly scared that you would hurt me mentally or physically. Your life was about partying and women. Mine was you and my work. If I stay here, I will crave you and miss you. So I’m kissing my 10-year career and dreams goodbye! I never told you but I received a message about you.
About you cheating on me. You embarrassed me. I never want out, I never want with anyone else. I am a loyal person. I never met anyone with Kartik. I just wanted you to feel how you make me feel constantly. No other woman will ever give you as much as I did or love you as much as I did. I can write that in my blood.
Things were looking up for me here but is it worth it when you constantly feel the pain of heartbreak when the person you love wants to abuse you or threaten to hit you or cheats on you telling other girls they are beautiful or throws you out of their house when you have nowhere to go and you have come to them out of love or when they lie to your face or they make you chase after them in their cars or disrespects their family. You never even met my sister. I bought your sister presents. You tore my soul. All I wanted was love.
I did everything for you. I was working for you but you were never my partner. My future is destroyed my happiness snatched away from me. I always wished the best for you, was ready to invest whatever little money I had in your betterment. You never appreciated my love, kicked me in the face. I have no confidence, self-esteem left whatever talent whatever ambition. You took it all away, you destroyed my life. You hurt me so much that I waited for you for ten days and you didn’t bother buying me something.
The Goa trip was my birthday present but even after you cheated on me, I still spent on you. I aborted our baby when it hurt me deeply. You destroyed my Christmas and my birthday dinner when I came back. When I tried my hardest to make your birthday special, you chose to be away from me on Valentine’s Day. You promised once we make it to one year we would get engaged.
All you want in life is your partying, your women and your selfish motives. All I wanted was you and my happiness. You took both away from me. I spent money on you selflessly. You would laugh in my face when I would cry for you. I have nothing left in this world to live for after this. I wish you had loved me like I loved you. I had dreamt of our future. I dreamt of our success. I leave this place with nothing but broken dreams and empty promises. All I want now is go to sleep and never wake up again. I am nothing. I had everything. I felt so alone even when I was with you. You made me feel alone and vulnerable. I am so much more than this.”
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But this letter, 3 John, is addressed to Gaius.

GAIUS IS PERHAPS A CONVERT OF JOHN (VS.4) WHO LIVED IN ANOTHER TOWN

This book talks about three men –

A popular movie with three male leads:

The ultimate friendship film (and the third on this list with an Aamir Khan connection) Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut seems still as fresh a decade after its release. Backed by career defining performances from Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Dil Chahta Hain was a fresh whiff from the done to death yeh dosti hum nahi todenge variety and portrayed male bonding that the audiences could identify with. For its sheer awesomeness, it ranks right on top of our ranking.
Delhi Belly: Three friends Tashi (Imran Khan), a journalist; Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) a photographer; and Arup (Vir Das), an artist with an ad agency who stay together in a dingy flat. And when the going gets tough, thanks to an unwitting encounter with the underworld, they stick together and fight the odds as real buddies do.

3 Idiots: The film is about two friends’ (R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi) hunt for their long lost friend (Aamir Khan) who changed their lives for the better.

3 Main characters of 3 John –

Godly

1. Precious people talking about 3 John – 1:1

The official website for platinum jewellery; offering advice and information, design inspiration about platinum jewellery.

“Beloved” used in 1:1,5,11 – 3 times. ESV

“dear friend” – 1,2,5,11 NIV

John described his own company as ‘friends’ of Gauis (v. 14).

Love is the hall-mark of the disciple of Jesus. “conveys the truth that Christians are linked by the love God has shown them in Christ.” ESV Study Bible.

The bonds of Christian friendship stood is sharp contrast to the actions of Diotrephes (9-10). – Spirit of Reformation Study Bible.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:12

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
I John 3:11

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
I John 3:23

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
I John 4:7

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
I John 4:12

And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.
2 John 1:5

PAUL: Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. – ROM 13:8
Peter: Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
– I Pet 1:22
Hebrews: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works – Heb. 10:24

Here Gauis, gives – his time, talents (leadership) and treasures (perhaps) for the church.

Love & Give go together. Can’t be divorced.

Evan and I – 12 th anniversary.

What I gave up: Coffee
What she gave up: Clean / Conversations / Car

2. Pluralism-attacking 3 John – 1:1

Muslims rescue Hindus in Uttarkhand.

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. (3 John 1:1, ESV)

“In truth.” Used in 2 John 1:1, 3 too. “fellow workers for truth” (vs.8).

3 John 7, “The Name.” – Acts 4:12 – the only name that can save us.

Jesus is “the Truth” (John 14:6).
The Bible is the Truth (Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth – John 17:17).

Jesus is The Truth.
Bible is The Word of God.

No compromise on these two doctrines.

About the Devil: He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. John 8:44

We have reasons why Jesus is unique: prophecy, purity, provocative claims
We have reasons why the Bible is God’s Word: prophecy, perennial survival, etc.

3. Prosperity-theology promoting 3 John? 1:2

I put a question mark there to say that 3rd John does not promote prosperity theology.

1:2

John did not promise Gaius that he would always have good health and success. On the contrary, he simply told Gaius that he prayed for his well-being as any good friend would. Total health and prosperity are not guaranteed to believers before Jesus’ return (Spirit of Reformation Study Bible).

Revelation 21: 4 was recorded by same John:

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

So only in heaven, total painlessness!

Though spiritual growth can come through sickness and affliction (cf. Ps. 119:67, 71), it is right to pray for good health BUT LEAVE THE ANSWER TO GOD’S WILL!

Kingdom already:

“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28)
“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

His mighty works were intended to prove that the Kingdom of God had come upon them (Matt. 12: 28). – George Eldon Ladd.

Kingdom not yet:
“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11)

Then the King will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, 0 blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”‘ (Matt. 25:34).

And He promised that He would appear again on the earth in glory to bring the blessedness of the Kingdom to those for whom it was prepared (Matt. 25:31, 34). – Ladd.

How can the Kingdom of God be a present spiritual reality and yet be an inheritance bestowed upon God’s people at the Second Coming of Christ?
– Ladd’s question

Peter, Kingdom not yet:

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.(2 Peter 1:10-11)

Paul, Kingdom already:

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:13)

“The Kingdom is a present reality (Matt. 12:28), and yet it is a future blessing (I Cor. 15:50). It is an inner spiritual redemptive blessing (Rom. 14:17) which can be experienced only by way of the new birth (John 3:3), and yet it will have to do with the government of the nations of the world (Rev. 11:15). The Kingdom is a realm into which men enter now (Matt. 21:31), and yet it is a realm into which they will enter tomorrow (Matt. 8:11). It is at the same time a gift of God which will be bestowed by God in the future (Luke 12:32) and yet which must be received in the present (Mark 10:15). Obviously no simple explanation can do justice to such a rich but diverse variety of teaching.” – Ladd.

The Gospel of the Kingdom. George Eldon Ladd. Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. Grand Rapids, MI. 1959. Pages 13-23.

The Corinthian church’s problem (Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary):

The Corinthians’ infatuation with themselves undoubtedly originated from some sort of overrealized eschatology. The Corinthians apparently believed that the kingdom of God had fully come and that they, as saints, were already reigning and judging in it (4:5, 8). Viewing their possession of the Spirit and his attendant charismatic gifts to them as proof of the arrival of the eschaton (chaps. 12-14), nothing remained for them to do but to enjoy the blessings of freedom (cf. their eating of meat offered to idols [chaps. 8, 10]) and liberation from the body (manifested in such diverse aberrant behavior as libertinism [chaps. 5-6] and asceticism [chap. 7]). They probably believed that baptism magically associated them with Christ and the Spirit, and that the Lord’s Supper protected them from all physical harm (chaps. 10-11). In essence, the Corinthians thought they had attained the status of the angels (hence their claim to speak in angelic language [chap. 13] their sexual abstinence in marriage [chap. 7 cf. Luke 20:34 ]; the egalitarian attitudes toward males and females [cf. chaps. 11,14 and the equal role of women in the worship services] etc. ).

We encounter in 1 and 2 Corinthians a certain amount of ambiguity concerning Paul’s concept of salvation, which can be explained by the overlapping of the two ages (already but not yet). According to the apostle, the person who is in Christ is saved (the age to come is already present) but that salvation is not complete (the age to come is not yet consummated).

Because they have embraced the cross of Christ they have become members of the age to come and accordingly are experiencing the blessing of salvation (cf. 7:16 ; 9:22 ; 10:33 ; cf. Rom 1:16 )

They are the ones upon whom the “fulfillment of the ages has come” ( 10:11 ) and yet their salvation is not finalized ( 1 Cor 9:24-10:13 ). The downward pull of this age threatens to dilute their loyalty to God and thus tempt them to repeat ancient Israel’s mistakes ( 10:1-10 ). Paul, too, feels threatened by the temptations of this world ( 9:24-27 ), which are the common lot of all believers ( 10:12-13 ). Nevertheless God is faithful to deliver all who rely on him ( 10:13 ).

On the one hand, the Corinthians (and all believers for that matter) are sanctified or set apart for God in Christ ( 1 Corinthians 1:2 1 Corinthians 1:30 ; 6:11 ;3:16-17] ). However, notwithstanding their exalted position as saints (1:2), the fact that the Corinthians still lived in this present age ( 1 Cor 3:18 ) embroiled them in a deep-seated struggle with sin. The result was a long list of unsanctimonious behavior on their part, including division ( 1 Cor 1:10-17 ); carnality ( 1 Cor 3:1-15 ); the approval of immorality ( 1 Cor 5:1-13 ), even to the point of engaging in it themselves ( 1 Cor 6:16-18 ; 7:2 ); litigation ( 1 Cor 6:1-8 ); and the improper use of Christian liberty ( 1 Cor 8:1-13 ). If the Corinthians persisted in these forbidden activities, they could jeopardize their salvation ( 1 Cor 6:9-10 ; cf. 2 Cor 13:5 ). The cure for their struggle was to glorify God in their bodies ( 1 Cor 6:19-20 ), though sin will continue to wage spiritual holy war with them (and all Christians) until the age to come is fully realized.

4. ‘Practice What You Preach’ (v. 3) Message teaching 3 John

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
ESV

Wow! Testified to your truth! Wow!

2007, Youth Alive event – I preached from Isaiah 6 on missions! (on Youtube – hitting sixes for the Savior!).
The same day or the next day, as I gave tracts in the City Centre Mall, I bumped into a girl who was there in those sessions! She came to meet me!

Me, preaching in a funeral service with Dale on my lap! Dell boy!

4.‘Puthars who make Pop’s rejoice’ story telling 3 John

We have Punjab Da Puttars. Bobby Doel. Yuvraj Singh.

III John vs. 4 – Gauis was perhaps his son in faith.

“His readers are first of all “children of God” (a signature Johannine expression; John 1:12; 11:52; 1 John 3:1, 2, 10; 5:2). Paul’s usage was similar (1 Tim. 1:2, 18;Titus 1:4; Philem. 10).” I John 2:1 – “little children”. John’s way of addressing his readers (cf. vv. 12, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21) exemplifies the love to which he summons readers.

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
Prov. 23:24

When my son is 23 or 24 years, this verse should be true about him!

Paul on his spiritual son Timothy:

I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.
Phil 2:20. NIV.

For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
NASB.

5. PILGRIM-PREACHERS SERVICE/SUPPORT ENCOURAGING III JOHN

READ VS.5-8.

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a mannerworthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name,accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. (3 John 1:5-8, ESV)

Supporting travelling preachers who preach the truth is a command. “Ought” (see Vs. 8, III John, ESV).

John commended Gauis for his hospitality and help towards missionaries (3-8). His action contrasted Diotrephes’s (9-10).

Whereas 2 John 10 warns against supporting the wrong people, John affirms Gaius’s work on the behalf of faithful laborers, even though they are “strangers” (3 John 5).

these brothers. Traveling Christian workers. The early church was centered on missionary outreach, otherwise it would not have survived and spread (see Heb. 13:2).

3 John 6 Send … on their journey (Gk.propempō, “to send forth”) in contexts like this carries the sense of sending with necessary material (e.g., financial) support. The word with this sense is found also in Rom. 15:24; 1 Cor. 16:6, 11; 2 Cor. 1:16; Titus 3:13. worthy of God. Those laboring at large for the gospel work not for themselves but for the One who sends them.

3 John 7 the name. The very person of God himself, though John may refer here to Christ, signifying his deity. Cf. Acts 5:41 and Phil. 2:9. The workers acceptednothing from the Gentiles, that is, the non-Christian populace. Just as Paul normally did not accept aid from those among whom he labored (1 Cor. 9:14–15, 18; 2 Cor. 11:8; 1 Thess. 2:9), the workers did not want to be accused of hawking their message for personal gain.

3 John 8 we ought to support. Not everyone is called to go and minister elsewhere. But all Christ’s followers are called to play their part in this enterprise (Matt. 28:19–20). the truth. The gospel message (see Col. 1:5).

Why by Hopsitable to Itinerants?

Now, itinerant ministers are invited by local churches. Then, itinerant ministers moved from place to place with letters of recommendation and stayed with the elder or with a family of the church with a large accommodation. Furthermore, inns often doubled as brothels and weren’t suitable for travelling preachers.

1. The instruction of Jesus (Luke 9:4-5; 10:5-8).
2. The instruction of Paul (Rom. 12:13). The qualification of elder – hospitable (I Tim. 3:2) or any other with big households (I Tim 5:10).
3. The writer to Hebrews (Heb. 13:2).

‘strangers’ basically preachers who were unknown to the local believers but had recommendation letter from leaders known to the local believers!

3 John was a letter of recommendation for Demetrius.
I Cor 16:12; Titus 3:13 – a letter of recommendation for Apollos
2 Cor. 8:16-24 was a letter of recommendation for Titus
Acts 15:23-29 was a letter of recommendation for Silas and Judas called Barsabbas.
Rom. 16:1-2 was a letter of recommendation for Phoebe.

Paul felt he needed no letter of recommendation from anyone (2 Cor. 3:1-3).

Pawson’s comments: The church needs both travelling ministries and local ministries. Some churches are locked into their own local ministry and don’t listen enough to other ministries (We must listen to RZIM – apologetics). Others live on visiting preachers all the time, but don’t have enough of their own. But in the NT there were local ministries – pastors and teachers – and travelling ministers – apostles, evangelists and prophets. Pastors and teachers need to stay put while apostles, prophets and evangelists need to travel. Servants of the church need to choose wheather they prefer to be the pastor of a church or a travelling preacher. It’s unfair on the church if they try to do both.

Note: these itinerants must be approved (see 2 John 10-11).

6. PROUD/PUFFED-UP DIOTREPHES TALKING ABOUT 3 JOHN

V.9-10

Just as Jesus and Paul had their detractors, John and Gaius encountered people who worked against the progress of God’s kingdom.

The cooperation and love that should be normal among Christians had been broken by the behavior of Diotrephes. He was a leader who abused his position. Evidently Diotrephes regarded other Christian teachers as threats rather than co-workers; his selfish point of view led him to turn away traveling evangelists and to excommunicate those who welcomed them.

Pawson on Diotrophes: He is writing about a man who is too jealous for his own ministry and not welcoming to any other teacher. Good teachers were being refused entrance who could bring some real help to the fellowship. His danger is that he is too focused on the truth that he has forgotten love. He thinks he has everything 100 per cent doctrinally correct and nobody else has. So he shuts the door, and his attitude is too-hardhearted.

Absalom “loved to be first” like Diotrephes – his end? No seat to sit on after he lusted for dad’s seat! Hung in mid air!

2 Sam. 18:14-16 (- and +).

Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the middle of the oak. 15And ten young men that bore Joab’s armor compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him. 16And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. …

Note: Diotrephes took the position the elder took in 2 John 10-11. But the difference between the two: D refused Bible-preaching itinerant evangelists as well!

2 John Vs 3 John:

To a lady Vs To a man
Danger: too much love Vs. Danger: too much truth
Attitute: too soft-hearted Vs. Attitude: to hard-hearted
Door open too wife Vs Door shut too tightly
Welcome wrong people Vs. Refuse right people
Wrong belief Vs Wrong behavior
We need both:
Love & Truth

7. Pattern’s Importance Talking About 3 John

v.11 – Whose pattern will you follow – Gauis or Diotrephes.

1:3 – follow an exemplary Christian, Gauis! – an exemplary elder (v1,3)., – a generous giver (5-8).

Similar to Joshua’s charge in Joshua 24:

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the LORD. 15And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; …

Prophet Elijah in Mount Carmel – 1 Kings 18

20. Ahab sent to all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together to mount Carmel. 21And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.22Then said Elijah to the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. …

My patterns (none of the people mentioned are perfect, neither am I) –

Parents – Dad’s hardwork
Uncle Stanley – Alliteration, Bible-depth
S. A. Sundarraj – Alsation Dog for Jesus
Billy Graham – college – wrapping Bible Truth around contemporary events –World Aflame.
Ravi Zacharias – Oratory, Apologetics
Jacob Cherian – all the Bible
Max Lucado – the ministry of writing (slip away from bed-room to write).

Even MS Dhoni – humility (going to the side after Champions Trophy win).

When you share the Gospel with unbelievers…. Try and appreciate/learn-from their plus points/area of expertise… (Me in the Bus to Gudiyattam with Airport official). Acts 26:3 – Paul appreciate King Agrippa (you are well-acquainted with all Jewish customs) before asking in vs. 27 – King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do….

8. Pamper as well as prune – this truth teaching III John

See V.10 – I will bring up what he is doing….

John knew to pamper as well as prune.

Dote as well as discipline!

Paul threatened to do so against the Corinthians (I Cor. 4:16-21).

Call to parents: Proverbs 23:13 says, “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.”

SMSed = Rev 2:5 to a person!

9. Postman Demetrius talking about 3 John (v.12)
Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, central to both the 9/11 plot and the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, was captured by U.S. forces and taken to Guantanamo. In 2007, U.S. officials who were interrogating Guantanamo detainees finally learned the real name of a former Khalid Sheikh Muhammad protégé who had become an important confidante of Abu Faraj al Libi. Al Libi was captured in 2005 and also taken to Guantanamo.
Guantanamo detainees identified the courier who had worked with both KSM and Al Libi as someone who was probably trusted by Bin Laden. Al Libi had actually lived in Abbottabad in 2003, according to his detainee file.
In 2007, U.S. officials learned the courier’s real name. In 2009, they located his region of operation and began tracking him.(ABC).
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After 9/11 the CIA chased various leads about Bin Laden’s inner circle, in particular his couriers. One of these couriers came in for special attention, mentioned by detainees at Guantánamo Bay by his nom de guerre. He was said to be a protege of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, and one of the few couriers Bin Laden trusted.
Officials said they were initially unable to identify him but finally did so four years ago. They did not disclose his name to reporters on Sunday.
Two years ago, the CIA found the rough location where the courier and his brother lived in Pakistan, and on August last year they narrowed it down to a compound in Abbottabad, an affluent area about 35 miles north of Islamabad that had been founded as a British garrison town in the 1840s and named after its first deputy commissioner, Major James Abbott.
They realised immediately this was no normal residence. The walls of the 3,000 sq ft compound were 12-18ft high, topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates, and access to the compound was severely restricted. The main part of the residence was three storeys high but had few windows, and a third-floor terrace was shielded by a privacy wall. Built around five years ago, it was valued at about $1m but had no phone or internet connection.
The two brothers had no known source of income, adding to CIA suspicions. The CIA learned too that there was a family living with them, and that the composition of this family matched Bin Laden’s.
Local suspicions were understood to have been aroused by the fact that the residents of the compound burned their rubbish rather than putting it out for collection. Salman Riaz, a film actor, said that five months ago he and a crew tried to do some filming next to the house, but were told to stop by two men who came out. “They told me that this is haram(forbidden) in Islam,” he said. He did not know that he had stumbled across a bespoke terrorist hideaway “custom-built to hide someone of significance”, according to a US official.

By September, the CIA had determined there was a “strong possibility” that the hideout was Bin Laden’s, and by February, they were confident they had the right location. In March Barack Obama began chairing a series of five national security meetings. At the last of these, on Friday 29 April, while the world’s attention was on the royal wedding taking place in London, he gave the order to mount an operation.
At that meeting, at 8.20am in the diplomatic room at the White House, Obama met his national security adviser Thomas Donilon, counter-terrorism adviser John O Brennan, and other senior national security aides to go through the detailed plan to attack the compound and sign the formal orders authorising it, the New York Times reported.
“We shared our intelligence on this compound with no other country, including Pakistan,” a senior administration official told the paper. Only a tiny handful of people within the administration were aware of the operation.
Obama spent part of Sunday on the golf course, the Associated Press reported, but cut short his round to return to the White House for a meeting where he and top national security aides reviewed final preparations for the raid.
At around 1.15am local time on Monday, Abbottabad residents became aware that something was happening. “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am (is a rare event),” tweeted one local, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual); following that some minutes later by: “A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S”

In fact there were four US military helicopters, carrying elite troops from Navy Seal Team Six, a top counter-terrorism unit, US officials told the Associated Press, under the direct command of the CIA director, Leon Panetta, whose analysts monitored the compound from his conference room, which was transformed into a command centre.

(guardian).

The body of the letter closes with a commendation of Demetrius, the bearer of this letter, as a faithful Christian. Such a commendation by name, like the naming of the addressee, was necessary to ensure that the letter was neither suppressed nor misused by those who, like Diotrephes, wanted to disrupt the unity of the congregation (v 9). Demetrius may have been a travelling teacher himself or a faithful member of the congregation. – Spirit of Reformation Study Bible.

Normal postal service could not be entrusted with Christian correspondence like this letter. So someone like Demetrius served as courier. Phoebe probably served this function in delivering Romans (Rom. 16:1–2), and Tychicus likely hand-carried Ephesians (Eph. 6:21–22) and Colossians (Col. 4:7–8). – ESV Study Bible.

Demetrius in III Jn 12 – everyone testified about him as Even ‘the truth’ itself!
He had good testimony!

Halle Berry’s does family prayer!? Claims God answered her prayer to get pregnant in 46 outside of marriage!

Tranformer star Megan Fox says she has been speaking in tongues since she was a child and often has to restrain herself during trips to church. The Transformers star, who was raised as a member of the Pentecostal church, says she used to take part in glossolalia sessions–the muttering of speech-like syllables as a form of religious expression–from the age of eight.
Fox admits she is a devout Christian and often feels overcome by religious fervour when she attends church services. She tells Esquire magazine, “The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen… I have seen magical, crazy things happen. I’ve seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during praise and worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I’d have to shut it off because I don’t know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back.”
When asked how speaking in tongues feels, she adds, “It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head–I’m going to sound like such a lunatic–and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you’re not thinking because you have no idea what you’re saying … The idea is that it’s a language that only God understands.'”
Fox is in good company with her special ability–pop star Katy Perry also learned to speak in tongues while growing up with her strict religious parents. The singer previously said, “Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as ‘Pass the salt’ … “My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it. That’s their gift.”
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Michael Brown article:
I was at the grocery store the other day when I was unexpectedly confronted with an adult-oriented magazine located right next to the vitamin section. I immediately had to look away from the front cover, which featured a scantily clad, seductively posed, sex symbol. Yet it was only a few weeks ago that I read an article about how this same sex symbol loves to speak in tongues and has to restrain herself from outbursts in tongues while attending church services. What?
Yes, this is the “gospel” of the 21st century, “Spirit-filled” church of America, where the cross is bypassed, denial of the flesh is scorned, purity is called legalism, and anything goes if it feels good.
Actually, what Jesus taught was that we should not judge hypocritically or superficially or unjustly and that we should not condemn. But Jesus also said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24). The Lord commands us to judge, as long as we do it rightly.
Without a doubt, only the Lord knows who is saved and who is not. But the Word makes things very simple for us, outlining God’s part and our part: “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.’” (2 Tim. 2:19) There you have it! To quote the words of John, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9). Could God make himself any more clear?
Unfortunately, as Orr noted years ago, “Many have sadly forgotten that the only evidence of the new birth is the new life,” and the Scriptures make perfectly clear that if we profess to follow Jesus with our lips but do not follow Him with our lives, we do not belong to Him. (I’m not talking about momentary lapses in our walks with the Lord or about serious mistakes that we make, only to reject and renounce them. God’s mercy and forgiveness are great. I’m talking about the consistent, willful pattern of our lives. Are we following Jesus or not?)
It’s time to say goodbye to this watered-down, sin-excusing, so-called gospel that offers everything and calls for nothing. It’s time to get back to the cross and back to the truth. Otherwise, as America collapses in a heap of amoral ruin, the soft preachers of America will be largely to blame.

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We are like D-emetrius, P-hoebe, T-ychicus for Jesus!

We may not be DGSs (filling stadiums for Jesus!) but we can be DPTs for Jesus!

Couriers! That’s we distribute tracts! Giving a tract to a non-believer is like Demetrius delivering John’s letter to Gauis!

10. Physical Presence’s prime importance talking about 3 John –

Dhoni stayed back with young Indian team in WI tour 2013, despite injury to give tips to young Indian team – now he is the senior most in age. No Yuvi (same age). No Bhajji. No Zaheer. No Sehwag.

Why? Physical presence important.

v.13,14A

John echoes the words of 2 John 12. Sometimes pastoral oversight requires physical presence for successful execution.

Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”

Acts 19:21

“This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you…” Rom. 15:22.

Acts 23:11
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came toRome.

Acts 28:14.

And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.

Acts 28:16.

Issues to discuss:

Importance of attending church/fellowship (physically – Heb. 10:24,25)
Importance of husband and wife staying together (husband in Dubai, wife here?! – not ideal – on the long run). Shift timings….

14B – GREET people by name – John wanted Gaius to greet all of his friends personally on his behalf.

Calling people by name! Important.

But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Gen. 22:11

God called out to him, “Abraham! Abraham!” (cf. Genesis 22:11, KJV); when Israel was in old age and moving to Egypt, at the invitation of his lost son, God called Israel’s birth name twice, “Jacob, Jacob” (cf. Genesis 46:2; see alsoGenesis 35:9-15, KJV); when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, He called out, “Moses! Moses!” (cf. Exodus 3:4, KJV); and when God called Samuel’s name twice (cf. 1 Samuel 3:10, KJV), it happened after He had called out to him two other times, but Samuel had mistaken God’s voice for that of Eli’s. In each of these instances, especially the last one, most people say that God uses the double salutation because He wants to get that person’s attention.

when Martha was upset with Mary for not helping her prepare the big dinner for Jesus the Christ, who was visiting with them, the Lord called out to her, “Martha, Martha” (cf. Luke 10:41, KJV); when, after the Lord’s Last Supper, the Lord predicted Peter’s denial, He called out to him, “Simon, Simon” (cf. Luke 22:31, KJV); when Jesus the Christ was on the Cross and it was the ninth hour, just moments before the Lord said “it is finished,” He cried out to God, “Eloi, Eloi” (cf. Mark15:34); when Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest and put in chains any followers of the Way so that he could bring them back to Jerusalem to stand trial, the Lord called out to him, “Saul, Saul” (cf. Acts9:4); and when the Lord expressed His intense emotions for Jerusalem, which had become a wicked city, even though God intended for it to be His holy city, Jesus the Christ called out, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem”
(cf.Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34). In each of these instances, the Lord uses the double salutation in a time and in a situation when it was urgent for Him to say (or teach) something that was critically important.

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Learn people’s names and call them by name!

Acts 26:2,19,27 – thrice Paul called King Agrippa by name during his Gospel presentation to him!

Are you a Gauis (we need guys like gauis!), diotrephes (we don’t need duds like that) and Demetrius (we need postmen like him – giving tracts).

(outline is original to Duke but several sources – online and otherwise – have been used in preparing this ).

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Popular Unbiblical Modern Alternatives To Marriage/Postpone Marriage – Duke Jeyaraj

Popular Modern Unbiblical Modern Alternative To Marriage/Postpone Marriage
By Duke Jeyaraj

2009-
Chris Gayle was furious with England Test Captain, Andrew Strauss. When He arrived just two days before the first test between the two teams in England after playing IPL_II for Kolkota Knight Riders, Strauss had criticised him. “Two days not enough to prepare for a Test!” Chris hit back, “No one of your business, when I arrive! You concentrate on your team, Andrew! Don’t go to sleep with Chris in your mind! I have an alternative if Test Cricket dies – I can play T20. You have no alternative if Tests die – you are not even part of the 30 players chosen by England as probables for the World T20 Cup!”

We are going to talk about alternatives for marriage…..today

Marriage was created by God…..

It was God who created Eve and brought her to the man (Gen 1:22).

Like how today the father of the girl holds the hand of the girl and gives it to the boy during the wedding ceremony!

The word, “Wife” was used shortly after this awesome God-conducted ceremony!

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen 2:24.

The first time the word, “Wife” is used in the Bible!

So God’s plan was simple: one man for one woman for life!

5 Purposes:

Meaningful Conversation
Magical Climax
Making of Children
Moulding of Character
Merged Christ Reflection

But today people twist and turn this. They suggest alternatives to marriage. Let’s talk about them:

1. HOMOSEXUALITY
May 2013 – News:

Buzz has it that 2000 Olympics medallist Ian Thorpe Thorpe and James Middleton, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, have become flatmates. Thorpe, who was a guest at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding two years and has considered the royal family amongst his closest friends since the 2000 Olympics, has spent significant amount of time in London in the recent months, the Age reported.
Pippa Middleton, who used to live with her brother, has reportedly moved out of the apartment.
Middleton’s sexuality has also been the subject of much speculation, with friends claiming in press that he is heterosexual and is dating many London beauties. (ANI)

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ANG LEE has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, first for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and most recently for Life of Pi (2012).[3
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee NOW FAMOUS FOR THE MOVIE, . It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx with the screenplay written by Diana Ossana andLarry McMurtry. The film stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, and depicts the complex romantic and sexual relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983.[1]
Brokeback Mountain won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was honored with Best Picture and Best Director accolades from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Awards, Producers Guild of America, Critics Choice Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards among many other organizations and festivals.
Brokeback Mountain was nominated for eight Academy Awards, the most nominations at the 78th Academy Awards, where it won three: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

Feb 2009 – Oscar Awards:

Sean Penn, won the best actor award for his portrayal of the slain San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights leader Harvey Milk for the movie titled, MILK.

Penn noted the anti-gay demonstrators outside the KodakTheatrein Los Angeles and said: “I think it’s a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”

Read more:http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1461068.php#ixzz0GMUt2qPk&B

Great shame for who? Great shame for those who believe homosexuality is a valid alternative to marriage.

What does the Bible Say about Homosexuality –
If Homosexuality was okay, God would have made Adam and Eve, Adam and Adam, Eve and Eve and married all the three pairs and blessed them!
Homosexual Sodom and gomorrah was destroyed by temporary fire.(Gen 19:5)
Homosexuals who do not repent will be sent to eternal fire.
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire,[1] serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)
“Do not sleep with a man as one sleeps with a woman! (Lev 18:18).
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires
Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. (Rom 1:26,27)
Can we come out of Homosexuality? The Corinthian church had former homosexuals (I Cor 6:9-11).
But remember, Homosexuals, need our hugs before our hell-fire sermons!

Are people are born with a homosexual bent? No. If they were, why would God destroy the whole of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible teaches that we all have an in-born bent to sin, which can be wonover, when we surrender our lives to Christ….

I am talking about verses such as….

he heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jer 17:9

Can the Ethiopian change his skin
or the leopard his spots?
Then also you can do good
who are accustomed to do evil. – Jer 13:23

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me. – Psa 51:5

2. LIVING-IN

A stat about Ireland:

The number of people living together but not married has increased by a whopping 300pc in the last 10 years, from just 58,000 in 1996 to 228,000 in 2006.

This is true about India too …..

PIZZA (OCT 2012 TAMIL MOVIE) – RELEASED IN TELUGU AS WELL:

Michael Karthikeyan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a pizza delivery boy who lives with his girlfriend Anu (Ramya Nambeesan). She is an aspiring novelist who is writing a horror story and is researching for the same, whereas Michael does not believe in supernatural powers,and is afraid of anything supernatural. Anu keeps telling him that he would soon realize the presence of supernatural beings.

A top TELUGU brother lived in with a woman who was not his wife for many years. He started talking about social justice for women. People laughed. It was then he had a rushed up wedding.

Soha Ali Khan: Living-in with with Kunal Khemu is like being married

MAY 2013 NEWS:

Actress Soha Ali Khan, who is in a relationship with actor Kunal Khemu, says commitment is more important for her than just finishing the formality of signing a paper.

Her mother, actress Sharmila Tagore, wants her children to settle down soon in their lives, but Soha has a different view on marriage.

“We have taken a big step together where we are living together, which is equivalent to being married. For me, that’s the biggest step,” Soha told IANS.

“She is a mother and she wants her child to be settled. But for me, moving together was the biggest step. Now whether we get married or when we get married is not on my mind right now,” the 34-year-old, seen in films like Rang De Basanti, said.

“For me, this is the biggest commitment and we have made this commitment to make things work. The formality is just associated with signing paper, but the value and commitment is more important to me,” she added.

In fact, Soha’s actor brother Saif too tied the knot with actress Kareena Kapoor after they had been staying together for five years.

Why living-in is not wise? Why is living-in a sin?

a. TEMPTATIONS:

When two young people from the opposite gender who are not yet man and wife start living alone in a home, it is an open invitation for sexual temptation. And the Bible is pretty clear as to how we must take on sexual temptation: we flee from it. II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth”. Joseph ran from sexual temptation. He refused to be even with the tempting Mrs. Portiphar (Gen 39:10). Staying with her behind a locked door was out of question for him. And Joseph won the temptations that came by his way, hands down. Quite unlike Joseph, another young man went to meet with a lonesome “aunty” who hubby was on long tour. From “smooching” they graduate to “sleeping” together during the times they were alone (Prov 7). When we read in the book of Proverbs, “Can a man scoop fire on his lap and yet remain unburnt?” it is a picturesque exhortation from the Bible to escape tempting situations. Living-in will enliven the hormones of normal people to do the inevitable: have sex outside of marriage. And sex outside of marriage is not disobedience to God, but it will bring about a devastating effect of the two people doing it.

Boris Becker’s Salaam Namaste!
Boris Becker had sex outside of marriage with a Russian Model after he lost his last Wimbledon game. It was an act that lasted for five-seconds. It was an act he deeply regretted, he stated. The most expensive five seconds of his life, according to his autobiography. The model became pregnant and this fling cost Becker his marriage. “THE MOST EXPENSIVE FIVE SECONDS OF MY LIFE”.

In the movie, Salaam Namaste, we see two Indian young people in Australia (Priety Zinta and Saif Ali Khan) deciding to live in together. The boy insists, they would be only friends while they lived in and there would be nothing further than that between them. But soon they end up having sex. Not only that, the girl also becomes pregnant despite the boy using condoms. You see, living in and sexual temptations cannot be ever separated.
IN THE MOVIE, VARNAM AIYARAM, Surya what with the living in the same room as HIS darling Meghna (PLAYED BY SAMEERA REDDY). They end up having sex. After that he loses peace as that girl dies in a terror attack shortly. The truth is this: if you have sex before marriage, thinking, “I am going to marry this guy anyway…. ” You are being a rank fool. The Bible teaches we can die any moment….. repeatedly (James, Job, the first reference in the bible to young is about a young man who died suddenly!)
TINU VERGHIS….
Living in is a tangle free version that lets you go on your own way when things don’t work out…. When I decided to live in with my boyfriend, I did not have any second thoughts. If my Amma didn’t love me this much, she and my aunts would make Tinu Chilli Fry. Though she does me grief occasionally with outbursts of verses from the Bible, she respects my decisions!” – The Week, Feb 22, 2004
Living in is “tangle free!” Come on!
Sex before marriage has emotional, pshchological, spiritual scars!

b. TESTIMONY:

Billy Graham’s model
The Bible teaches us that we must do what is right not before the Lord’s eyes but also what is right before man’s eyes, especially when the reputation of the Gospel is at stake (II Cor 8:21). Billy Graham, the great evangelist understood this and implemented this in his life. In his gripping autobiography, Just As I Am, he talks about a day when he decided, that he would not “travel, meet, or eat alone” with a woman other than his wife, as an young evangelist (page 128). What an example he is for godliness for the Google Generation! The reason Billy did this was not hard to guess. Hear it in his own words: “We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would even the appearance of compromise or suspicion” (page 128). Yes, Billy Graham avoided being behind locked doors with a woman who was not his wife, to protect his testimony. And that is yet another reason why a Jesus-pleasing youth would shun living-in.

c. TRICK
Many young people decide to live-in with a person of the opposite gender because they tricked into believing that it helps them to get to know the other person better. Such knowledge would help them decide if they want to marry the person they are living-in with or not. If they found something absolutely objectionable in the other person they could always back off without burden of a lifelong commitment like marriage, they argue. Living-in is “being willing to take the risk to see if a relationship will work out” according to young woman who works for Google in Hyderabad. Hmmm. Well. You really cannot know any person in full. Only God knows each one in full (John 2:25). Talk to married couples who have celebrated their wedding golden jubilees together. They will tell you that are still discovering new things about each other. Knowing your life partner is never a completed process. It is always on. While this is true why do want to fool yourself thinking that you get to know the person you are living-in with? There is absolutely no need to even try what is not even possible. While you are reading these lines, a question arises in your mind: Should I not take any efforts to get to know the person I want to marry? You should. In a group setting, in a safe environment you can go about doing this. But know this for sure: whatever you discover about your potential partner may be not true forever when he or she gets married to you. A person you observe as being extraordinarily patient may not be patient once he or she is married to you! So do not build castles in the air thinking you are getting to know the person you are living-in. It doesn’t work that way!
You can live-in with this person!
The only person you can live-in with, without any second thoughts or reservations, before you are married, is the Savior. Paul, apparently wasn’t married. And he lived-in. Don’t faint after you’ve read this. I’m not finished yet. Paul lived-in with Jesus. Let him describe this earth-shattering experience for you: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20).
Did your boyfriend walk out of your life?
Did your boyfriend walk out of your life? He enjoyed every inch of body while he lived-in with you. Now he tells you that he is plain bored and wants to explore the possibilities of living-in with an equally-sheepish girl like you, but ofcourse, a girl with a better figure than yours. As a result, you are heart-broken, you feel used and thrown and are absolutely shattered. Come to Jesus. He will accept you just as you are. And He will start living-in with you! He has no impure motives. Can the One who died a brutal, bloody death for you on the Cross mean any harm to you? You just have to open the door of your heart to Him – to Him who knocks gently. And if you will, you will find meaning and purpose in your life, as you start living-in with Him (Rev 3:20). Why are you waiting?

3. PLAYBOYISM

Slightly different from Living-in….
I recall Imran Khan talking about how his friends marriage collapsed and how he was marriage commitment shy…. Yet he did seem to have his girl friends…. He did not marry till the age of 42.
Salman Rushdie, Riya Sen!
Salman Rushdie, the 61-year-old famous author, reportedly pursuing 27-year old Bollywood starlet, Riya Sen (AT ONE TIME), was particularly eloquent when he supported living-in over marriage in an interview to a lifestyle magazine. He reportedly said, “It’s strange, given that I’ve been married four times, that I think marriage is not actually necessary. When girls say that they like to be married, especially if they are never married, they say it because of the dress. Yes, they want to wear a wedding dress before a beaming audience at least once in their lifetime. Trust me – girls want a wedding, but they don’t want a marriage!” (Adapted from Deccan Chronicle, 14 July 2008, page 20).
Salman Rushdie’s new lady love
• Last Updated: 10:20 AM, April 29, 2013
• Posted: 11:47 PM, April 28, 2013
Literary lothario Salman Rushdie has been spending time with a new lady, we hear, named Missy Brody. The couple were seen holding hands heading into the New York City Opera spring gala, then looking even more couple-like at intermission.

There’s no shortage of celebrity couples saying “I don’t” when it comes to marriage. In Hollywood, it’s very much the norm to live together and have children without having a marriage certificate. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made no secret about not feeling the need for marriage; instead they live together with their six children.
– Anna Murphy
on 28 Aug 2008
HALLE Berry was ranked No. 1 on People’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list in 2003 after making the top ten seven times.

HALLE Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel AND ONE TIME HIGHEST PAID WOMAN STAR IN HOLLYWOOD.
Halle Berry doesnt feel the need for a wedding to make her relationship with long-term boyfriend FRENCH CANADIAN MODEL Gabriel Aubry official because she feels more married than ever before to him.
The Oscar-winning actress had earlier revealed that she has no plans to wed model Aubry after two failed marriages.
She first married former baseball player David Justice in 1992 and then to singer Eric Benet in 2001.
Berrys second union ended in divorce in 2005.
And the 41-year-old star, HAD her first child with Aubry, WITH OUT MARRYING HIM:
“I’ll never marry again. I have a good healthy love for myself and love in my life. I no longer feel the need to be someone’s wife and I don’t need to validation of a marriage certificate, Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.
“Gabriel’s a wonderful person and I’m just happy I’ve found someone really special to have a baby with. In a way I feel more married than I ever felt in two marriages.
“Gabriel and I have decided to redefine marriage for ourselves, she added. (ANI).
Berry gave birth to their daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry on March 16, 2008.[69] On April 30, 2010, Berry and Aubry announced their separation.[70]
UGLY CUSOTODY BATTLE:
After their 2010 separation, Berry and Aubry became involved in a highly-publicized custody battle,[76][77][78] centered primarily on Berry’s desire to move with their daughter Nahla from Los Angeles, where Berry and Aubry currently reside, to Martinez’s native France. Aubry objected to the move, on the grounds that it would interfere with their joint custody arrangement.[79] In November 2012, a judge denied Berry’s request to move Nahla to France in light of Aubry’s objections.[80] Less than two weeks later, on November 22, 2012, Aubry and Martinez were both treated at a hospital for injuries after engaging in a physical altercation at Berry’s residence. Martinez performed a citizen’s arrest on Aubry, and because it was considered a domestic violenceincident, was granted a temporary emergency protective order preventing Aubry from coming within 100 yards of Berry, Martinez, and Nahla until November 29, 2012.[81] In turn, Aubry obtained a temporary restraining order against Martinez on November 26, 2012, asserting that the fight began when Martinez threatened to kill Aubry if he did not allow the couple to move to France.[82] Leaked court documents included photos showing significant injuries to Aubry’s face, which were widely displayed in the media.[83] On November 29, 2012, Berry’s lawyer announced that Berry and Aubry had reached an amicable custody agreement in court.[84]
BROKE UP WITH HIM. NOW LIVING IN WITH ACTOR OLIVER MARTINEZ FROM 2012. PREGNANT AT THE AGE OF 46 (IN MAY 2013).

DECCAN CHRONICLE ARTICLE by Lachmi Deb Roy in 2009:

“There was a time when CRUISING was an innocuous term which referred to a luxurious journey on a yatch (Gurunath Meiyappan!). But now it means looking for sex with no strings attached. “Cruising is all about sexual interaction which is commitment free,” says sex-therapist and phychologist, VARKHA Chulani. “In our fast placed lifestyles, there is no time for romance. More and more young men and women, especially those with high stress jobs, are looking for such hookups to relax.”
Ms. Devangshi Roy, 27, a Mumbai ad pro says: “After a day’s hardwork, texting or msging given easy access to late night trysts with potential casual partners.”
There are more Devangshis in today’s society who push the boundaries of sexual permissiveness and live life on their own terms unmindful of what mummy might say.

Cruising is a cultural spillover. In the age of globalization, women have become more aware of their physicality and are becoming more and more sexually free.
And sexual interactions do not raise eyebrows anymore. (the stories I have heard: 18 year worship leader had sex with church boy).

“Call it economic independence or financial independenc, but cruising has become common among youngsters these days” says model and ex-Miss India Sindhura Gadde (from Vijayawada). “This has led to sexual liberalization. Women today feel the need to explore before they commit.”
Tinu Verghis, a model, goes to the crux of the matter when she quips, “Unless you date all the wrong men how will you be able to say who is Mr. Right?” “Sex should be open, free, and safe” “Cruising is no big deal…I have hooked up so many times before I found my boyfriend.” “Like other phenomenon in the age of liberalization, it is hassle-free and stylish. It is almost like swinging instant coffee. And who wants to keep the paper cup?”
25 OUT OF 100 CITY SCHOOL GIRLS SURVEYED HAD PREMARITAL SEX (INDIA TODAY, 2008 SURVEY).

LOSING HER VIRGINITY WAS 15-YEAR OLD ISHA’S TICKET TO SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE. “VARUN WAS EASILY THE MOST POPULAR GUY IN SCHOOL, AND HE WAS COMING ON TO ME.” SAYS ISHA. “THAT MADE ME FEEL SPECIAL. SO WHEN VARUN WANTED TO GO ALL THE WAY, I COULDN’T SHOW HOW SCARED I WAS. I WANTED HIM TO THINK I WAS COOL WITH IT.” TWO MONTHS LATER, ISHA MISSED HER PERIODS…. SHE CALLED VARUN. “WE ARE BOTH TOO S____T SCARED TO TELL OUR PARENTS” – AND SO THE TWO TEENAGERS FOUND AN ABORTION CLINIC THAT DIDN’T SEEM TO BOTH THAT ISHA WAS UNDER-AGE. “BUT I USED TO CRY ALL THE TIME AND STAYED IN MY ROOM SO MUCH THAT MY MOTHER TOOK ME TO A COUNSELOR.” – OUTLOOK, 29 JAN 2009, “EARLY TO BED” ARTICLE.

But the Bible is against Playboy behavior….

Why say no to Pre-martital Sex?
Duke Jeyaraj

1. Conscience –
Billy Graham, not yet Born Again, writes in his autobiography:
It never seemed right to me to have sex with anyone but with the woman I would marry (after I actually married her). Once in my senior year, when we were in a night rehersing for a school play at Sharon High one of the girls in the cast coaxed me aside into a dark classroom. She had the reputation for ‘making out’ with the boys. Before I realized what was happening, she was begging me to make love to her. My harmones were active as any other healthy young male’s, and I had fantasized often about such a moment. But when it cam, I silently cried to God for strength and darted from that classroom the way Joseph fled the bedroom of Portiphar’s philandering wife in Ancient Egypt.” – p.16-17 JUSTAS IAM

2. Cot – First Night – No thrill like the waiting until the first nite for sex! Evan and I waited. God’s big gift box for us on the day of our wedding, 9 July 2001, “Sex”.

3. Condoms – The Washington Conference. At the 1987 World Congress of Sexiologists, Theresa Crenshaw asked the audience, “If you had the available partner of your dreams and knew that person carried HIV, how many of you would have sex, depending on a condom for your protection?” None of the 800 members of the audience raised their hand (www.leaderu.com, 5 Dec 2010). If condoms do not eliminate the fear of HIV infection for sexologists and sex educators, why do have to promote it as a tool for ‘safe’ sex? One AIDS viron is 450 times smaller than the male spermatozoon (www.thebody.com, 5 Dec 2010). To give you a crude and simple comparison, if the male sperm equals to Ishant Sharma (6 ft plus) in size, the AIDs virus equals to Amit Mishra (just over 5 ft). The male sperm sometimes can seep through the condom causing a pregnancy. In the movie, Salaam Namaste, this is accurately portrayed. The man (Saif Ali Khan) despite wearing condoms makes the girl he is living-in with (Preity Zinta), pregnant. When the boy expressed surprise at this, the girl says, “Yes, this can happen”. I can’t wait to ask this after making that observation: If Ishant Sharma (male sperm) can go through the condom pores, what guarantee do we have that the smaller Amit Mishra (AIDS virus) won’t go through? If the football (male sperm) can go through the condom pores, what guarantee do we have that the table tennis ball (AIDS virus) won’t go through? So, don’t depend on the undependable piece of rubber (condoms) to protect you from the disease called AIDS called as The Terminator (the name of the guntrotting muscle man Arnold Schwarznegger in a movie), the disease called AIDS for which there is no known cure. Pain during urination and sex acts, inflammation in the pelvis and steady destruction of your body’s defense mechanism are some of the things that would happen, when you catch the AIDS. Of course death is also on the cards, as there is no known cure for AIDS and it remains a 100% fatal disease. Is experiencing one sinful orgasm that could possibly land you the HIV virus worth all of this horror? The only way to have ‘safe’ sex is to save sex for marriage – someone rightly said.

The Sunday Indian report:
Dr. Suniti Solomon, who detected the first HIV case in India in 1986, says around five call centre and BPO employees from Chennai visit her EVERY week to undergo HIV tests.”
“If I get 100 HIV cases a week, IT contributes 20 percent to it. Last week, I received 26 cases exclusively from the IT sector.” – Dr. Satish B., an AIDs activist from Bangalore.
11 per cent of 1100 workers at a particular call centre and outsourcing business in Noida have had more than five sexual partners.
Jithin Joseph, an IT Pro, loaded with alcohol and money, Joseph and his friends headed to a resort to have a fun-filled weekend that involved unrestrained and unprotected sex. After his escapade, he returned to his normal life where hectic work schedule and deadlines soon made him forget the ‘wild times’ he had that weekend. One day he came across an article on HIV and decided to undergo an HIV test. He tested positive.
“They are young, they have spending power, and they are sexually energetic. So naturally they slip into high risk behavior.”

“Call centres and BPOs are the sectors that accommodate the highest number of youth. They are sexually active, and the lifestyle, odd working hours may contribute to it.”
– The Sunday Indian, 28 December 2008.

4. Commands –

In the movie Vallavan, he himself directed (A Tamil Movie dubbed into Telugu as well), Simbu, after having sex with Nayanthara says, “This was just to show, how much I loved you!” So I guess he is passing out his life’s philosophy…..

THE EDICTS:
The Bible teaches that time and again that is sinful to have sex outside the boundaries of marriage.
One of the 10 commandments: “Do not commit adultery!”
Jesus himself condemned it: “For from the heart come evil thoughts…all other sexual immorality” (Math 15:19)
Paul did the same: God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin” (I Thes 4:3)
James in the conference of the Early Church: “Instead, we (both Jews and Gentiles) should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.” (Acts 15:20)
Message to Church at Thyatira: A woman in that church was encouraging people for sexual sin (rev2:20). Jesus said, “I gave her time to repent. But she would not!”
Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree.
Jer. 3:9
“How can I pardon you?
Your children have forsaken me
and have sworn by those who are no gods.
When I fed them to the full,
they committed adultery
and trooped to the houses of whores.
Jer. 5:7
Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known,
Jer. 7:9
But in the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies;
they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that no one turns from his evil;
all of them have become like Sodom to me,
and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”

THRO EXAMPLE:

Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”
GEN. 29:21

How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
GEN 39:9

5. COST –

– SHANE WARNE LOST AUSSIE CATPAINCY PRIVILEGE POST STEVE WAUGH TIME. IT WENT TO RICKY PONTING.

– BILL CLINTON LOST PLACE IN MT. RUSHMORE.

– PHANISH MOORTHY OF I-GATE.

– GEETIKA SHARMA FORMER EMIRATES AIR HOSTESS.

– RUEBEN (GEN. 49 – YOU SHALL BE FIRST NO LONGER SINCE YOU CLIMBED YOUR DAD’S BED)

– HELL FIRE –
Jer 23:14
‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying a lie to you in my name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall strike them down before your eyes. Because of them this curse shall be used by all the exiles from Judah in Babylon: “The LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire,” (Jeremiah 29:21-22, ESV)
because they (false prophets) have done an outrageous thing in Israel, they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and they have spoken in my name lying words that I did not command them. I am the one who knows, and I am witness, declares the LORD.’”
Jer 29:21-23
Ahab and Zedekiah committed two sins: telling lies, lying with women not their wives!
The two sons of Eli were sleeping with the temple assistant girls. God was planning to kill them. And he did. He used the Philistines to do it (II Sam 2:22-26 and 4:11).
When some of the Israelite women slept with Moabite women to worship their God – the god of Baal – God was fuming (Num 25). He applauded Phinehas, who speared a coupulating couple!

Sexual immorality killed 23,000 in a single day! (I Cor 10:8).

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
I Cor 6:9,10

16,500 get Aids infection daily (2000 AD statistic). It is a call for us to get back to God!
I sent plagues on you
like the plagues I sent on Egypt long ago.
I killed your young men in war
and led all your horses away.[ a]
The stench of death filled the air!
But still you would not return to me,”
says the LorD (Amos 4:11 NLT).
Why no to premarital sex?
It is like sticking two papers with glue and tearing them apart. The Boris Becker story.
Emotional Scars. God invented sex. He designed the use of sex only within marriage. If we break his laws, we break our hearts!

6. COOL –

A girl who refused premarital sex: “I Can become like any of you who have had premarital sex. But not any of you can become like me. You can’t put the paste back into the toothpaste!”
After marriage, you can again break the rules (because you have broken the rules before) and that puts your marriage on shaky ground.

4. PORN-WATCHING /MASTURBATION
2012 – Karnataka ministers caught watching porn in the assembly.

Porn forever:

3 July 2010 issue of Open Magazine: PORN FOREVER.

Once upon a time, men used to outgrow porn. But now, the internet ensures that men of all ages simply cannot renounce such a beautiful thing. Executives, dentists, bureaucrats, surgeons, editors and a host of important men become boys by night.
A group of senior managers from an infotech company have finished a sales conference in Dallas. They freshen up and meet again in one of the hotel rooms for drinks and dinner. They are mostly Maharashtrian. They are in their 40s, married and have children. Among them is Anand. His friends call him ‘Wolf’, because that is what he is, only in sheep’s clothing.

A few drinks later, Wolf whips out his laptop. The others in the group smile and shake their heads. They know the drill. Wolf is famous for being up-to-date with the latest releases in the world of pornography. MMS clips are his specialty. The men watch and drink a little more.

“It is inevitable,” one of them says. “After a few drinks, we know Anand’s laptop is going to come out.” Indeed.

It just shows how technology, mainly the internet with its ever increasing download speed and easy access, has made all types of Indian males, irrespective of upbringing and age, regular and even compulsive seekers of pornographic thrills. Earlier generations of Indian men did not have such anonymous short cuts to smut. Poor guys only had magazines or video tapes, risky to buy and store. They lived in large families. Willy nilly, they outgrew porn.

Now you can’t outgrow it even if you want to. Laptops are affordable. Nuclear families and increased work travel mean more time to be up to mischief. Internet connectivity is a breeze. You are online in less time than Tiger Woods takes to unzip his pants. Then you hit the search engine, the diving platform from where you type in the search words and then plunge into a universe with uncountable galaxies.

Guys remember their first tentative search words like their first proposal to a girl. “Mine was ‘porn photos’,” says a teacher in his late 30s. “What else could it be? This was Google, not Starbucks, where you seek something ultra-specific. Within nanoseconds there were a million pages in front of my eyes.”

Sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari says that use of pornography by grown-up Indian men is not a recent development, but agrees the internet has made it easier.

As a Mumbai executive says, “After 7 pm, when the female staff leaves, all the guys surf porn. They do not even hide it. It is not just the junior staffers, who would be expected to be hungry for porn, but also the seniors with cabins, with paunches and grey hair. One time I pushed open the door of a colleague’s cabin to find him looking at all these images on his computer. He didn’t deny it. In fact, he showed me more stuff, and we laughed at some of the funny ads and products that porn sites offer. Another senior colleague was rather annoying. He did no work, and spent all his time in chatrooms, calling himself ‘Hot and hung’.”

Talking of funny ads, internet porn seems to have a strange infatuation with stations on Mumbai’s Central Railway line. Websites have pictures of striking blondes and brunettes with the caption: ‘Meet girls in Sewri, Vikhroli’. Of course. Blondes and brunettes proliferate in Sewri and Vikhroli, apparently.
That pornography is a great leveller and appearances are often deceptive, sometimes becomes clear when you mentally line up the jokers that you know check porn (including yourself). It is a club with diverse disguises. There is the orthodox, well-read Muslim who used to wear a traditional Islamic cap throughout his course in a hip college. There is the very decent bespectacled proprietor of a stock broking firm who wears Zodiac shirts and signs with a Mont Blanc pen. This club also has the Ganesh-worshipping MBA and the alcoholic newsroom section head, among others. Only their degree of dependence on the drug and the brazenness with which they imbibe it varies.
“It’s not that corporate sector guys are higher beings,” says a senior employee of an infotech firm in the US. “We exchange nude images. Of course, we do not use the office network or systems for this. And we do not surf hardcore porn.”
The consequence of easily reachable pornography is that the Indian man no longer outgrows the habit with marriage. Even after taking into consideration the assertion of Dr Kothari that grown-ups of the past too availed of pornography, even allowing for the compelling penmanship of Mast Ram, it was never as common as it is today.
Some Indian men feel guilty about doing something they should have stopped years ago. Doubtless, there is something sad about it, like a guy playing with kids much younger than himself because others his age have moved on to more important things in life. But those who have rationalised it in their heads retain a clear conscience.
“I don’t feel guilty. I don’t think of porn as something confined to an age-limit,” says a writer in his late 20s. “I have never felt the need to try giving it up. It is just another part of life for me.”
Most Indian women are uncomfortable about their men’s porn habit, coming to terms with it grudgingly, as if the husband’s favourite pastime were his child from another relationship. It is like the movie Masoom, where Shabana Azmi finds it difficult to accept step-son Jugal Hansraj. Well, porn is the new Jugal Hansraj. But some wives are open-minded about it. One requested a colleague of hers at work to compile a porn DVD for her husband so that he does not have to waste time surfing the net (wrong practice – biblically)
The damaging consequence of porn is that people waste more time when the medium is the internet. Reading material or DVDs are finite, internet surfing is not. Like bingers hopping pubs till day break, porn fiends jump from one clip to another…..
“What starts as an intended 15-minute nightcap turns into a three-hour marathon. You get up from your desk with red eyes, a stiff back and a heavy conscience,” says an engineer in his 30s who is a broadband porn slave.
Engineer First-and-Last-Name-Unknown, says that he feels more guilty about wasting time and compromising sleep than about watching porn. “I’m not hurting anyone’s feelings with porn. It is harmless that way,” he says (Justification that is not biblical). “But I feel terrible about wasting time. I don’t surf everyday, but when I do, I overdo.”

12% of all websites are pornographic.
25% of all Search Engine requests are pornographic.
35% of all Internet downloads are pornographic in nature.
Every second 28,258 people are viewing pornography.
266 new porn sites appear on the internet every day.
72% of internet porn users are men.

Here’s some of our own research:
In our review of 20 Indian YouTube clones we mentioned that most of them we serving up sleazy content.
Google trends for the search string ‘Sex’, has Chennai and Delhi in the top 2 slots from where the search query is arising.
…Mumbai is at no. 6
The search query ‘sexy pics‘ has 6 indian cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi) in the top 10.
Nude pics also has the same 6 indian cities.
Boasting of nearly 50 million online users, India will surely be a porn capital in the online years to come.
It’s only a mouse-click away and it’s big business.
It’s even a progressive industry where female performers are often more highly paid than their male counterparts.

BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS
ARE PORN AGAIN BELIEVERS SADLY.
Dr. Jack Deere talks about it in his book, Surprised By The Power of The Spirit.
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, pornography exists primarily for the
purpose of masturbation….. looking at pictures of good food is
not enough to make a man’s stomach feel full. – Mark Driscoll
When we watch the nudity of the opposite gender deliberately and desirously we are committing sexual immorality.

Kate Winslet Vs Jim Caviezel

There is a strong negative feeling associated with nudity in the Bible:

Only married couples can be naked together (Adam and Eve were – Gen 2:25).
“You shall not uncover the nakedness of X Y Z….” in Leviticus 18. At least 14 times.
Watching the nudity of a person who is not your wife is “detestable” in God’s eyes (Lev 18:26).
Implication: A wife’s naked body is to be enjoyed by her husband only and that too after marriage!
It was God who clothed our mother Eve after her sin, and it is Eve’s daughters who
undress themselves for the camera in violation of God’s desire that the female bodies he
formed be seen only in their full glory by their husbands. – Mark Driscoll.

Ham saw his father naked deliberately and got cursed (Gen 9:21-23).
Priests to wear shorts under robes while carrying out their duties on the platforms to avoid exposure (Ex 20:26)
David’s sin was this – the second sin in a long list of sins he did in II Sam 11 – God was displeased (II Sam 11:27).
Proverbs writer remarks only a prostitute will dress in a way to entice men (Prov 7:10). She will reveal her nakedness to attract men.
God’s accusation against Oholibah: She let everyone see her naked body (Ezek 23:18)
Tell her to remove the prostitute’s makeup from her face and the clothing that exposes her breasts (Hos 2:2 NLT).
Demon-possessed man at Gadera didn’t wear clothes. But after he met Jesus, he did (Luke 8).
Paul says, We use common sense to treat some parts of our body with special modesty (I Cor 12:22).
Even in heaven, we will be clothed – saints given white robes (Rev 6:11).
Naked people should be clothed – not ogled at. The Judgement Day Scene (Math 25:36).
OT Leaders of Israel gave clothes to Prisoners of War of Judah after Prophet Oded’s message (II Chron 28:15).

Why Porn Is Wrong –

1. It makes you numb by the time you have sex with the right person.
2. It provokes to violence or immorality – Ted Bunty described how an addiction to violent porn lead him to murder 28 women and girls! He was put to death in 1988. LOT’S DEGERATION. “I WILL GIVE MY LIFE FOR MY DAUGHTER!”
2. Porn will never satisfy – the death of Anna Nicole Smith, PLAYBOY FAME.
On February 8, 2007, Smith, just 39 years old, was found dead in room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Overdose of a powerful sedative found mixed with 9 prescription drugs.

The Average Life Expectancy Of A Porn Star
Rev. Daniel R. Jennings, M.A.

The pornographic industry has become a colossal, worldwide business empire. In 2006 revenue from pornography equaled some $97 Billion dollars. In times past pornographic actors were shady characters who kept their real identities secretly under guard. Now, with the growing acceptance of pornography into the mainstream, they are going on the talk show circuits, appearing on network news, publishing best seller biographies and working their way into the idol status that once only traditional actors and sports players held. With their growing acceptance into the mainstream has also come an unprecedented look into the real, day to day lives of the average porn star. While porn stars are quick to defend themselves as average and normal people who have only chosen an “unusual” profession an analysis of their lives shows that porn stars live and die in a completely abnormal way.
When the deaths of 129 porn stars over a period of roughly 20 years were analyzed it was discovered that porn stars experienced an unusually large number of premature deaths from such causes as drugs, suicide, murder, alcohol abuse, accidental death, and disease. When the death ages of these porn stars were averaged it was discovered that the average life expectancy of a porn star is only 37.43 years whereas the average life expectancy of an American is 78.1 years.

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. Gal 6:7

The Bible tells us that in one day God struck 23,000 fornicators dead and He is doing the same thing to immoral.people today:

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them
committed, and in one day twenty three thousand fell. 1Co 10:8

Becoming involved with pornography (either through acting or just viewing it) will bring God’s judgment upon you (on this side of eternity or the other side). Learn from the mistake of these men and women and do not allow their fate to become yours.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God
comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. Eph 5:6-7

http://danielrjennings.org/TheAverageLifeExpectancyOfAPornStar.html (30 May 2013).

But not everything is rosy in this world of sexual illusion. Exploitation, drug abuse and AIDS are as much a part of porn as silicone. Murder, suicide, overdoses and other, more odd deaths are surprisingly common.

Verses to memorize to beat porn temptation:
II Sam 11:27 The thing that David did, displeased the Lord.
Psalm 78 helps in porn temptation beating:
29 And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
30 But before they had satisfied their craving,
while the food was still in their mouths,
31 the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed the strongest of them
and laid low the young men of Israel.
What if God decides to take away your life suddenly? What Websites would you have left open? Would you be proud of it?!
Have an accountability friend for porn temptation. Someone who asks you without emotion, “When was the last time you looked at porn?” (Eccl 4:9,10).
Why Masturbation is Not Right, though Bible silent on it:

LAURA WITKOWSKI’S PIECE ON ITEM NUMBER: SHEILA KA JAWANI:

Sheila’s message is direct and has four main points: Her name is Sheila, she’s too sexy for you, nobody has a body like her and you are never gonna get her body. So dance all you want fellas, the odds are stacked against you!
Some of the Hindi lyrics roughly translate into, “I feel the urge to hug myself/Why would I need anybody else?/I’ll just admire myself.” Oh, you’ll just “admire yourself”, will you, Sheila? Yowza. This sure comes across as a very polite way to say something very dirty! But considering it is rare to even see kissing in Bollywood movies, it is unlikely ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ was really meant to be a “sisters doin’ it for themselves” pro-female masturbation anthem. It is likely you’ll have a hard time getting it out of your head.

BIBLE IS NOT PRO-MASTURBATION!

masturbation is a form of monosexuality because it is sex that does not
include another person. Since sex is given for such purposes as oneness (Gen. 2:24),
intimate knowledge (Gen. 4:1), and comfort (2 Sam. 12:24), having sex with oneself
seems to miss some of the significant biblical reasons for sexual intimacy – Driscoll
masturbation is coupled with porn or filthy thoughts – both wrong.

Job 31:1 – I made a solemn pact with myself
never to undress a girl with my eyes.

The Bible is silent on this issue. But that doesn’t mean we can masturbate. “It is better to marry than burn with passion” (I Cor 7:9). Does not say, “It is better to masturbate than burn with passion….

5. FONDLING, FLIRTING WITHOUT GOING ALL THE WAY…..

Father Alberto Cutié
Cutié, a handsome, charismatic TV talk show host, radio personality, newspaper columnist and author known to many as “Father Oprah” is seen in images in the Spanish-language magazine TV NOTAS caressing and kissing a woman. Both were in bathing suits. Sources tell CBS stationWFOR-TV in Miami the photos were taken in February.

Cutié said the woman in ths photos “is someone that I love. … I entered the seminary 22 years ago. And in 22 years I’ve never had a sexual relationship with anyone. I committed myself fully to my vows. I’ve never been sexually inappropriate with anyone. I’ve never had any type of scandal. This is the only person that I’ve had sexual contact with.

Obviously, you know, through the photos, it looked like a frivolous thing on the beach, you know, and that’s not what it is. It’s something deeper than that.”
Also, he said bluntly, “The truth is there was no one on the beach. It was a very isolated beach.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/11/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main5005429.shtml,
may 11, 2009, new york

A line from the Fevicol song of Salman Khan’s recent release ‘Dabangg 2’ had a women likening herself to a piece of tandoori chicken to be washed down with alcohol. The actual lyrics are “Main toh tandoori murgi hoon yaar, gatkale saiyaan alcohol se”.
The contemporary item song, by contrast, is nothing more than an exercise in unbridled titillation and voyeurism. The choreogra¬phy is similar across most songs: one semi-clad women getting leered at by several men, being objectified for the consumption of men and talked of as some kind of dish. “It provides more for the male gaze than for entertainment,” says film historian Theodore Baskaran. “Nudity per se,” says actress Paoli Dam, “is not objectification of women (WE DISAGREE). It involves a woman’s participation. Item numbers, however, are only titillatory.” “It’s an unequal sexuality,” says feminist and gender activist Kamla Bhasin, “where one is the subject and the other, the object. The woman is naked, the man fully dressed. There is no mutuality. The woman sells and the man consu-mes.(EVEN IN IPL – ANCHORS VS CHEER LEADERS!)” For Kamla, the songs are demeaning for men as well: “Twenty lips licking away one woman. Men are not like that either.” Filmmaker Shoojit Sarcar admits that item numbers are now just a “marketing force or pressure”. “First thing that’s discussed in a production meeting is the item number,” he says. For veteran journalist Rauf Ahmed, “they’re just a ploy, nothing creative.”
– NAMRATA JOSHI, BAWDY GUARDS, OUTLOOK, MARCH 4, 2013.

SARUKU VACHIRUKEIN, FROM SHAH JAHAN, MOVIE, VIJAY STARRER:
KOZHI RUSIYA IRUNDA, KOZHIYA VETTU
KUMARI RUSIYA IRUNDA, KUMARIYA VETTU.

“You can touch. You can play. When you say ‘I am always yours’….
You can touch my hair…touch me everywhere!”

“Do you want to dance with me? Can you, handle, handle me? Lead my hips. Slap my thighs” – Destiny Child. Sold, 1, 69,-000 copies.
Oh baby oh baby oh baby oh baby so sexy
Oh baby oh baby oh baby oh baby – please touch me

Can you say that? No way. If you want to keep your body pure the way God wants it to be, you will not say that!

1. Even a King who did not know the True God – Abimelech – knew that. Isaac called his wife as his sister. Abimelech took her as his wife. One day, he sees them fondling each other! He asks, “So she’s your wife! Why did you say, ‘She’s my sister!'” (Gen 26:1-7). Even a pagan king knew that you should intimately touch only your wife – not every passing girl!

2. Prophet Ezekiel talked about two sisters who allowed themselves to be fondled by men. God called that act as “prostitution” (Ezek 23:3, 8, 19). The Bible is blunt here as to what these girls did: “breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms [a] handled” (ESV – verse 3) Their breasts were fondled, their young bosoms caressed. (The Message verse 3) “men who played with her breasts and spent their lust on her.” (Ezek 23:8, The Message – Eugene Peterson Version). “their awful deeds” (Ezek 23:36). God does not think that touching intimately the opposite gender before marriage is awesome – it is awful!

3. The Song of Solomon talks about married people touching each other freely. But to the unmarried it says, “Do not awaken love until so it desires!” (SS 8:4).

“3Your left arm would be under my head,
and your right arm would embrace me.
4 Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
not to awaken love until the time is right.”
The right time is after you get married!
4. First, Strolling (Prov 7:8), next Smooching (Prov7:13) and finally sleeping (Prov 7:23). One thing will lead to another. So why start.
Break station caption: “If you can’t stop, don’t start!” No one says, “Wow! that kiss was awesome. From now onwards we will start shaking hands!”
I read the story of a young girl who got Aids virus without going all the way with her boyfriend!
This act was made famous by Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Both regretted it.
“Please don’t do this to me. I feel used and disposable!” Monica to Bill
“I was deeply ashamed of it and I didn’t want it to come out…” Bill in his autobiography, My Life.
When we break God’s laws we not only break His heart but our heart as well
The story of Hosea….
Girls, do not allow men to touch you the wrong way – be it your uncle, cousin, or even a visitor at home, or even a preacher! God will honor you for taking such a stance!
Intimate talks with the man who imagine you are going to marry will also not please God.
Because… You are never really sure that you will marry him, until you do, because of the uncertainty of life.
James 4…..
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
“You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow!”
Nehemiah’s example is great:
When he was invited for talks by some folk to the plains of ONO, he said, “Oh No!”
Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together atHakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. 3 And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Neh 6:2-3
Proverbs 7 woman’s flirty talk was in bad taste…
13 She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bold face she says to him,
14 “I had to offer sacrifices, [4]
and today I have paid my vows;
15 so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
20 he took a bag of money with him;
at full moon he will come home.”
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with her smooth talk she compels him.
22 All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Even flirty talk leads to premarital sex eventually….
7. MARRIED TO WORK AND CAREER!

The starkest figure comes from the Indian government’s National Family Health Survey, the largest survey of its kind. In 2009, it found that 47 percent of Indian women were married by the age of 18.

Early marriage, underage marriage is not good.

However women in IT postpone weddings.

“What does young India want? At the launch of his sixth book, on just this subject, the popular author Chetan Bhagat offered an inadvertently revealing comment: ‘Naukri aur chokri’ — jobs and girls,”

Some men are married to work. Their Nauki is their chokri!

Actor John Abraham says various film projects are keeping him so busy that he has no time to get married.
“I would like to get married but I don’t know when it will happen. I am busy with projects. I have ‘Shootout At Wadala’ and other two projects. This year I am busy… Packed with work,” John told reporters here.
John, 40, will be seen playing a Mumbai gangster of the 80s Manya Surve in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Shootout at Wadala’.
He will play an intelligence officer in his next home production film ‘Madras Cafe’ and then he will be seen in Karan Johar’s ‘Dostana 2’.
His first release of the year was Goldie Behl’s ‘I Me Aur Main’.
You are married to your job and career even though you know God has called you to marry.
Isaiah 4:1 should not happen to you –
4:1 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
One reason Isaiah 4:1 was allowed to happen was pride –
Isa 3:16
16 The LORD said:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
tinkling with their feet,
So do not wait for the perfect boy to marry or girl to marry. Be humble. Marry. My wife will tell you more….
What counts is that the concerned person is a believer.
I Cor 7: 39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
Marry only a believer.
Solomon.
Ahab – Jezebel.
Whom you take to bed will surely influence your head.
If God has called you to be single, then you are exempted from this point…..
Eunuch….
You were born or made that way – as an Eunuch.
Math 19: 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
both Jesus and Apostle Paul sanction celibacy as even greater than marriage? (1Corinthians 7:8-9, 27, 32-35, 38; Matthew 19:3-12; Revelation 14:3-5)
Daniel and his friends if you read Dan 1:3 were perhaps made that way.
Esther was served by Eunuch, a castrated male in Persia (Esth 4:5).
But God accepts Eunuchs… The Ethoipian Eunuch who was baptised (Acts 8).
http://www.biblestudy.org
God has given different believers different gifts, different talents, different callings, different purposes, in the Body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:14-31). Hence, there is an impressive list of spiritual giants who married, such as David, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Peter, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, and Moses. But on the other hand, at least so far as to what Scripture actually reveals, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Paul, John the Baptist, and (of course) Jesus never married.
Part of these differences in calling likely reside in each individual’s sex drive and the variations from person to person, to put it bluntly. After all, God knows our frame, and won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to endure (1Corinthians 10:13). Paul was aware of this, so although in 1Corinthians 7 he places the celibate state as being spiritually superior to the married state, he made it crystal clear it wasn’t a sin to marry (verse 27-28):
“Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin.”

7. DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
Many movie starlets do this….
Elizabeth Taylor has been married a total of eight times to seven different men. Wondering why the math doesn’t seem to add up? That would be because Liz married and divorced Richard Burton and then they tied the knot again. Not surprisingly, that second union didn’t stick either.
However the Bible is clear….
Divorce was not part of God’s original plan:
Mark 10:5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
God hates Divorce – Mal 2:16
For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. – Rom 7:2
Priests, that is us in the NT, should not marry divorced women:
7 e They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman f divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God. – Lev 21:7
I PETER 2:9, ALL NT BELIEVERS ARE PRIESTS.
Even if there is adultery,
The example of Christ in the NT and Hosea in the OT speaks volumes and you need not still divorce your partner.
“You may go to the red light. But that will not put a red light on my love for you!” HOS. 3:1-2
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… Eph 5:25
Marriage is a union of two good forgivers….
Polygamy: One Adam for One Eve.
‘Husband of one wife’ – qualification of elder in NT.
CONCLUSION:
If you have taken any one of these alternatives – repent and believe… Like
RAHAB – The scarlet thread… The Gospel…..
JOHN 8 LADY
10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
1) Leave – David – “I have sinned…” 2 Sam 12.
2) Believe – Rahab
3) Cleave – Psa 119

Psa 38 – miserable when he did not confess – ‘burden too heavy on me’ (v4).

Covenant – Job 31:1 (Two covenents, one with the apple of your eye and other with your eye!)

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isa 1).

“As far as east is from the west….” (Psa 103).

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Bible Truth from IPL6 Magic Moments – Duke Jeyaraj teaches from 2nd John

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2 John – The Book’s Message Wrapped Around IPL6 Magic Moments – Duke Jeyaraj

2 JOHN – THE BOOK’S MESSAGE WRAPPED AROUND IPL6 CONTROVERSIES/MAGIC MOMENTS
Duke Jeyaraj
With only 300 plus words, 2 John can be called ‘the T20 book of the Bible’.
In this Bible Study we will summarize it’s message.
“For many deceivers have gone out into the world….”, the book says (v. 7).
In IPL6, there seems to be many deceivers….
Sreesanth
Ajit Chandila
Ankit Chavan
Vindoo Dara Singh
Gurunath Meiyappan….

SECOND JOHN’S MESSAGE SUMMARY – Written by going in circles old man, John v.5,v6.
1. COMMAND FROM THE BEGINNING TALKING ABOUT 2 JOHN –

VS.5 ‘not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning – that we love one another’
See Lev. 19:18b – You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18, ESV)
In IPL6, we saw events which showed lack of love the players had for each other.

Pollard-Watson faceoff in the league phase:

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard`s over-the-top celebration to send off Rajasthan Royals batsman Shane Watson in an IPL match here has invited strong criticism from visiting team`s skipper Rahul Dravid who termed it as an ‘act of cowardice’.

‘One of the things that I find when you send off batsman after you have got him out is that it is an act of cowardice. That is my personal opinion. Batsman can never respond after you have got him out and you send him off,’ said the former India captain in the post-match media conference last night.

‘Saying something on the field is part and parcel of the game. Having a chat, a bit of banter while the game is on is fine but my personal opinion is that when you send a batsman off after you have got him out is an act of cowardice,’ Dravid said in a strong reaction to the incident at the Wankhede Stadium.

It started when Pollard said something to Watson who had just come out to bat, and a miffed Australian all-rounder retorted leading to a verbal spat. On-field umpires had to intervene and separate the two players before the incident got ugly.

Watson was later caught by Pollard and the West Indian gave the batsman a send-off with his hand gesture after celebrating the dismissal.
Comments:
Every player has a right to his opinion and i support dravids’…with that said, shane watson is the original culprit here. He luvs giving batsmen send off when he gets them out, he did it to chirs gayle in a test match in Australia a couple years ago, he did it all through the T20 world cup, and he was even doing it this match…. At the end of the day he got a taste of his own medicine…. But dravid didnt call names did he, who knows he might be referring to watson as well…
You reap what you sow. What Watto did to Maxwell was returned to him in the same coin. I feel it is time we start using Yellow and Red CARDS for Cricket matches too. There should be some limit even for sledging. Kashinath

KALLIS, GILCHRIST, DRAVID LOSE COOL:
Are you calling me a cheat? We all know that Jacques Kallis is a brilliant sportsman. In the match against PWI, Kallis displayed a rare moment of anger as he shouted back at the umpire, “Are you calling me a cheat?” after his appeal for a run out was turned down by the third umpire. Robin Uthappa’s straight drive knocked the stumps at the non-striker’s end and Finch was caught out of his crease backing too far. But Kallis’ appeal was turned down as the umpires could not find a concrete evidence that the ball touched his boot before knocking the stumps down. Two balls later, Kallis had the last laugh though as he rattled Finch’s stumps with a peach of an off cutter.
Gilchrist loses his cool:
Adam Gilchrist is known to be one of the best sporting figures of the game, especially after the ‘walker’ status that he acquired throughout the course of his career. But in the game against RR, Gilchrist showed the world his angry side. After Shaun Marsh hit the ball to mid-on, Gilchrist looked to steal a single and was right sent back by Marsh only to be hit on the glove by the incoming throw. Looking to fend the throw, Gilchrist momentarily took his bat out of the crease and Chandila seized the opportunity to whip the bails off. Gilchrist was infuriated by this and gave Chandila a mouthful and Dravid had to intervene and withdrew the appeal to douse the situation.
You’ve seen Kallis lose his cool. You’ve seen Gilchrist lose his cool. Just as you thought you had seen it all, Dravid joined in the act too. Johnson’s bouncer was too quick for Dravid as the ball hurried on to the batsman on the way to the keeper. The bowler and keeper went up half-heartedly only to see the umpire raise his finger. Dravid, not known for showing any negative energy on the field, gave the umpire a few choiciest words as he left the field in disappointment, muttering to himself all the way to the dug out.
ASHWIN, SRINIVASAN’S SON WASHES DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC:
Mumbai: His family is turning out to be his biggest enemy. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan, who is already facing the heat with his son-in law Gurunath Meiyappan being sought by the police in connection with the probe into the spot-fixing scandal in the IPL, now has to contend with his disgruntled son, who has opened a can of worms about the family’s “dubious connections”.

Ashwin, 44, minces no words while disclosing his brother-in-law’s alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing. “Guru (he addresses Meiyappan that way) had several connections with known bookies from Chennai and Dubai and was regularly in touch with them even before the IPL started.” he said. “What began as a relatively smaller side-business became a full-fledged one over the years.”

Pointing out how Meiyappan is a Chettiar, a community known for its affinity to trade and business, Ashwin told dna: “He has been steadily increasing his foothold over my father’s business. Publicly, his wife and my sister Rupa is an executive director in India Cements, my father’s company, and Guru has agreed to merely remain the head of Chennai Super Kings.”

Turning his ire to his brother-in-law again, Ashwin says Guru is purposely poisoning his parents’ mind to ensure that the rift between them widens. A year ago, Ashwin accused his father of homophobia and of using his clout to unleash a cycle of violence against him and his partner Avi Mukherjee. The couple alleged that the police picked them up from Escobar, an upmarket Bandra restaurant-pub, on April 30, 2012, and beat them with iron rods at the behest of Srinivasan.

Calling his brother-in-law ungrateful, Ashwin said: “He keeps raising my drug-addiction problem to tell people how he was pushed into lending a helping hand in my father’s businesses when even he knows that I am more qualified and experienced than him.” As proof that his partner and he stayed away from drugs since 2002, Ashwin showed dna their urine reports. Their psychiatrist Dr SL Khanna confirmed the same.

Ashwin reveals that his parents were unhappy when Guru and Rupa started dating each other after meeting at the Madras Club while playing pool. “They were livid because he was not a Brahmin, but a Chettiar. My mother, Chitra, threatened to disown Rupa, but my father, who cursed Guru and his family to the skies after gulping down five scotches every evening, had no qualms joining him over golf given the clout of his family-run AVM Group,” said Ashwin, who has in the past headed the projects department at the ABB Group’s Zurich office.
(Note: Reticent Meiyappan belongs to the AVM family and is also the MD of AVM Productions and Entertainment. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. His wife is also a golfer and it is said that the common interest brought them together. He has two daughters and a son.)
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According to him (Ashwin, Srinivasan’s son), his parents were in talks with chess champion Viswanathan Anand for marrying Rupa, but she eventually married Guru. “When my maternal uncle Shankar passed away, my parents did not want to call them for the last rites, but I persisted with my mother and saw to it that they were called,” he revealed.

“Though Rupa and Guru have not spoken to me since I fell foul with my parents, I feel no rancour against them. But how can I tolerate him maligning me for a drug problem from a decade ago to manipulate my parents?”

Repeated attempts to reach Meiyappan and Srinivasan on their cellphones and their Chennai and Kodaikanal residences drew a blank.

The challenge to walk in love – for the believer!
While someone refuses to take tracts…..
While someone rubs you the wrong way….
“When you give Sir Ravindra Jadeja one ball to get 2 runs he will win it with one ball to spare !!,” Dhoni wrote on his twitter handle following Chennai’s dramatic win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL on Saturday night.
Jadeja stole the thunder as he guided Chennai to a thrilling win with two to get off the final ball of the match.
But had R.P. Singh, who conceded 16 in the last over, not bowled a no ball, which was caught at third man, RCB would have won the match.
It was then Dhoni’s turn to poke fun at his teammate and enthral his followers on the social networking site.
“Sir jadeja was upset abt only 1 t20 match in a bilateral series so BCCI came up with the idea of IPL. so all the fans of ipl plz thank SRJ,” Dhoni tweeted.
This was the second time in less than a week that Dhoni was tweeting on Jadeja.
“God realised RAJNI sir is getting old so he created sir ravindra jadeja,” the India skipper had tweeted a few days days back, referring to South superstar Rajnikanth.
Dhoni added to the fun by posting another gem. “Wen sir jadeja drives his jeep, his jeep remains still and road moves and wen he goes in to bat the pavilion moves to the wkt.”
It did not end there as Dhoni went on to leave another post. “Sir jadeja doesn’t run to take the catch but the ball finds him and lands on his hand,” his next post read.
Jadeja’s teammate Suresh Raina, too, left a post congratulating the all-rounder on his match-winning knock. “Well played SRJ…. U beauty.. Keep up the CSK flag high love u beeba,” Raina tweeted.
Dhoni had a few more, reserved for his junior teammate, who seems to be the buzzword on the internet at the moment. “Leaving for practice at 3pm but the stadium is coming so tht sir jadeja can practice,” Dhoni wrote.
“Whenever sir jadeja makes an error its an invention and on a daily basis v get plenty of those, all patent pending.”

That Dhoni continued to tweet a few more jokes about ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja after the initial spree of tweets — which surprised the followers and did not even feel the necessity to clarify his intentions in the popular media — speaks volumes for the kind of bond that he shares with his juniors and at the same time, the respect he commands among them. While there may be endless conjectures about the supposed rifts between Dhoni and the other bunch of senior players in the Indian team, this Twitter saga has made one thing absolutely clear: The captain garners unconditional respect and commitment from the Rainas and the Jadejas of the world.

2. CROWN-MISS POSSIBILITY WARNING AGAINST 2 JOHN –
2 John 8 – Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.
Verses like these are a slap in the face of HYPER GRACE guys.
“Watch yourselves” – there is a possibility of losing your salvation.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their opportunity to win the CROWN, despite all the talented line up:
Gayle, Pujara/Dilshan, Kohli, DeVilliers, Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, Jaidev Unadkant, Muralidharan,
They were done in by special innings by DAVID MILLER (100 OFF JUST 30 PLUS BALLS – KOHLI DROPPED CATCH – MY POEM – Virat Gaali dropped the most important catch of the match so he shd give himself some gaalis … Miller was on 41 off 21 when Kohli dropped the catch. In his next 17 balls, Miller blitzed 60 runs. # Miller smashed 8 fours and 7 sixes) & ADAM GILCHRIST (ADAM BOMB IN CHINNASWAMY).
Before Tuesday, he had hit a mere 162 runs in 10 matches – a record hardly suggestive of the explosive player he still is. But any doubts about that were dismissed with disdain on a fateful day for Royal Challengers Bangalore at home. Adam Gilchrist had finally come to the IPL party.
Having posted 175 on the board, Bangalore were reasonablly satisfied and felt even safer when old guard Zaheer Khan dismissed the in-form Shaun Marsh early. Azhar Mahmood was promoted, and what happened afterwards was a show started by Mahmood and brought to a winning end by Gilchrist.
The Punjab skipper carried his bat to score 85* off 54 balls, ably supported by Mahmood who hit 61 off 41 before being dismissed by Jaidev Unadkat. But by then, a 118-run partnership between the two had set the foundation of a comprehensive 7-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.
Adam Gilchrist’s 85 off 54 balls secured an important win for Punjab against RCB.
Two sixes by Gilchrist in Muttiah Muralitharan’s last over hushed the celebrations of Mahmood’s wicket, clearing way for Punjab’s win, which kept their mathematical chance of reaching the play-offs alive while putting RCB’s in serious jeopardy.
But Gilchrist was modest when congratulated during the post-match conference. “I’m not sure I’d call it form,” he said of his knock that included 10 fours and 3 sixes. “I think Azhar Mahmood deserves this [Man-of-the-Match award]. He came in and played his natural game. I was trying to play my natural game but was barely clearing the circle. But he helped me loosen up a bit.”

3. CUT-OFF CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS CALLING FOR 2 JOHN

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, (2 John 1:10, ESV)
Cricketer S Sreesanth had independently checked into a five-star hotel in suburban Mumbai on May 13, alongwith friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan, just two days before they were arrested over allegations of spot-fixing in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Mumbai Police said today. Jiju is the person who was allegedly dealing with other bookies on Sreesanth’s behalf, police sources have said.

“If you sleep with dogs, you will get fleas!”
Also, while Sreesanth was arrested on early on Friday morning, it has been revealed that the Delhi police were on his tail since Thursday. A police officer from the team that arrested him said, “We’d had our eye on him for some time, but wanted to nab him along with the bookie, Jiju Janardhan. On Thursday night, we followed him to Olive in Bandra. He was with a few girls, but we didn’t see Jiju – who was also suppose to meet him – anywhere.” Cops dropped plan to arrest him then.

The next night, they followed him again to OR-G, a club in Bandra, which he left around 1 am. He then went to Royalty, another Bandra nightclub, where he met Janardhan. This is when the Delhi police pounced and arrested the two.
Fast bowler S. Sreesanth was drunk and with a women companion in an SUV outside a five-star hotel on Carter Road Mumbai, when a team of Delhi Police intercepted them early morning.

Sreesanth began shouting and claimed he had close connections with the Kerala and Maharashtra chief ministers after he was accosted by police for alleged spot fixing.

Police sources said Sreesanth was drunk at the time of his arrest and he mistakenly thought he was being detained for drunkenness.

“When a police officer showed him his identity card, initially he kept silent. But suddenly he started shouting and said that he knew the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Kerala. How can they arrest him, he demanded,” a source said.

S Sreesanth, who has been arrested in connection with the IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal, had resisted arrest by Delhi Police in Mumbai, sources said on Sunday. The cricketer was reportedly in a sedan when police approached him in an SUV.
The cricketer, according to the sources, threw his phone at the policemen, who tried to arrest him, and asked them to call up the Maharashtra Chief Minister and the Kerala Chief Minister. He, however, mellowed after seeing bookies in the custody, said the sources.

The bad company that Asad Rauf kept:

Meanwhile, crime branch officials on Friday said they would recall a parcel sent by Vindoo and Sanjay Jaipur to Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf in Delhi, which could not be delivered as Rauf had left India on May 21. The parcel contained jewellery and gifts, which Vindoo and Sanjay had sent to Rauf around the time S Sreesanth and two other cricketers were arrested.

Rauf perhaps sensing trouble, took an Emirates flight to Pakistan on May 21, around the time that crime branch began looking for him. Now that Rauf is out of India, the agency will take legal steps to record his statement, said Roy.
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According to Crime Branch sources, Vindoo and Sanjay had befriended Rauf a year ago, and used to host him whenever the Pakistani umpire visited Mumbai.

Though they had no immediate expectations from Rauf in the betting business, it is suspected that the two would extract from him information about the body language of various cricketers, particularly those on whom they had bet huge sums. “In return, the two would give Rauf gifts for him and his family, including jewellery and other valuables,” a crime branch officer said.

Vindoo, however denied that he had any role in introducing Rauf to a starlet who eventually accused him of sexual exploitation.

4. CHURCH ATTENDENCE’S IMPORTANCE PRESENTING 2 JOHN –

Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 1:12, ESV)
Why go to church/fellowship instead of watching everything ‘online’. So that we can talk face to face. There’s a strength in that!

Partnership & Meeting in the middle:

RR VS CSK in Jaipur – their last Jaipur game (8th – all won!)

93 runs needed off 60 balls (10 overs) before Ashwin came into bowl the 11th over, Watson and Stuart Binny smashed the spinner for 23 runs off his six balls. The 93-run partnership off 45 balls (7.3 overs) (run-rate of 12.4) between Watson and Binny turned the match in Royals way after the hosts were tottering at 45/4 in 9.2 overs, chasing Chennai’s 142 runs. They hit Ashwin for 23 runs in one over. First Binny, then Watson hit him for a total of three leg-side sixes.

Miller & Satish partnership Vs RCB:

Important Stat: The partnership between Sathish and David Miller is an undefeated 130. Miller’s contribution was 93. Matchwinning. The last five overs of the match yielded 99 runs.

17.6 overs: SIX!! David Miller gets underneath the delivery and launches it high over the sightscreen for the maximum. He finishes it off in style for Punjab and brings up his century in just 38 balls with eight fours and seven sixes. It’s also the third fastest century in the history of the Indian Premier League.

5. CHILDREN WALKING IN TRUTH TALKING ABOUT 2 JOHN –

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. – 2 Jn 4.

“Children doing well” in IPL6 –

172 target vs RCB in Jaipur for RR.

Promoted to No.3. Rahul Dravid in the middle. Sanju Samson walks in. 2 sixes of Murali Karthik. “Biting his nails” – Ramiz Raja commentary. “They are not bad deliveries at all” – Gavaskar. Fours of Vinay Kumar. Walking across stumps and flicking it past the keeper. Sanju Samson (63 against RCB), at 18 years 169 days, is the youngest batsman to register a fifty at the IPL. Give RR victory over RCB.

In a team with three forty plus players: Dravid, Hogg, Tambe.

It is important to walk in the truth while as a child…. You give your entire life time to God!

6. CHURCH PRESENTED AS A LADY IN 2 JOHN –

VS1,5 OF 2 JOHN. Read.

ESV Study Bible –

John writes to “the elect lady.” This more likely refers to a congregation than to an individual, because much of 2 John is written in the second-person plural. It is also questionable whether John would write to a female Christian that he and she should “love one another” (v. 5); the phrase makes better sense if addressed to a church. There are three additional reasons why “elect lady” may refer to a whole congregation. First, the word “church” in Greek is feminine in gender, and “lady” would go along with that. Second, the church is depicted as “bride” elsewhere in John’s writings (Rev. 21:2, 9; 22:17). Third, the Greek word kyria (“lady”) referred to a social subunit in the Greek city-state. John may use this word for a local congregation instead of the more common feminine word ekklēsia.

Implication – the relationship between God and the believer is a LOVING RELATIONSHIP MUCH LIKE A MAN-WOMAN RELATIONSHIP!

IPL6 – We saw Sachin’s love for the game!

24th May:

After MI won the Qualifier2 Vs RR, Sachin ran in like a teen-ager after they scored 23 runs off 12 balls (in 11 balls – Harbhajan four)! During the game, animatedly talking with Ambati Rayudu, a cricketer who is no match to his superstardom!

25th May – his 18th wedding anniversary with Anjali.

Cricket as Sachin’s first wife – a game he loves so much, so much passion, so much child-like enthu,

Contrast:
Phaneesh Murthy is an almni of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
Married to Jaya, who graduated from IIM Ahmedabad in 1987.
The twice-born, middle-class Brahmin boy from Malleswaram, Bangalore has now twice fallen for the same vice: sexual misconduct with women at the workplace. By his sheer star-wattage and brilliance, he managed to resurrect his career after he was fired by Infosys in 2002. However, after the current sex scandal, it’s hard to see a second comeback for Phaneesh Murthy.

Popularly known as the ‘other Murthy’ at Infosys, 48-year-old Phaneesh had a meteoric career at India’s second largest IT services firm, donning many roles and credited with taking the Infosys brand global as the company’s global sales head along with company founders N R Narayana Murthy and Nandan Nilekani. Phaneesh didn’t shy away from claiming credit for taking Infosys’ US revenues from $2 million to over $700 million under his stewardship as global sales head.
In fact, in the early 2000s, the smart money was on him to become the first non-promoter CEO of Infosys. The company had begun to actively groom him and promote him publicly, making him a director of Infosys and Infosys BPO in 2000.
And he threw it all away by getting into an ill-judged relationship with his secretary Reka Maximovitch, a Bulgarian American national, who charged him with sexual harassment. Infosys was quick to give the boot to Phaneesh even as stories of his tearful meeting with his mentor Narayana Murthy did the rounds.
Phaneesh’s wife Jaya, also an IIM-A alumnus, quit the board of Infosys Foundation and the relations between the Infosys promoters and Phaneesh have stayed frozen. The company had to cough up $3 million to settle with Maximovitch out of court.
Phaneesh, the quintessential middle-class dreamboat BTech degree from IIT- Madras, an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad, and then on to a global career at a technology company was soon plotting to resurrect his career and image, both of which he managed to do with loads of help from his wife.
Within a year, he founded Quintant Services with Jaya HIS WIFE as his partner and backed by the GMR group, which in late 2003 was swallowed by California-headquartered iGate. Murthy was given the task of turning iGate into a globally competitive and profitable IT services provider to take on the outsourcing biggies from India and the established giants in the US.
After eight years at iGate, serving as the company’s president and CEO from 2008, Murthy’s business acumen and leadership abilities were backed by private equity major Apax Partners when he made a bold bid to buy Mumbai-based IT company Patni Systems for $1.22 billion. Patni was double the size of iGate. It was a leveraged acquisition, the biggest in Indian IT, betting on Murthy’s prowess to pull faster growth in a slowing outsourcing industry. The deal was memorably described by an iGate employee as “buying a Ferrari with a credit card”.
Phaneesh, indeed, got a Ferrari from the delighted board for such a bold move. Uncharacteristically, he chose a grey-coloured Ferrari to the ubiquitous red. Known for his love of extreme sports – sky-diving, paragliding he spoke fondly of being beaten by his son in a game of squash. He has two boys, one in college and the other in school. The Patni deal made Murthy the chief of a billion-dollar enterprise; something, he argued, that would help him win big deals.

Phaneesh Murthy
Phaneesh Murhty joined Infoys in 1992 as a marketing manager of US markets. He rose to become the head of Infosys’ worldwide sales and marketing. He also became one of the youngest directors on its board.
He resigned these posts in June 2002, after his executive secretary Reka aximovitch Reka Maximovitch, 30 then, an American citizen of Bulgarian descent, complained of sexual harassment and wrongful termination of her employment. The company’s share price declined by 6.6% soon after Phaneesh left.
Infosys had paid $570,000 to Phaneesh Murthy as part of the final settlement of his dues.
However, there too, Phaneesh did not disclose his relationship to the company management.
He was again found amid controversy when an employee of Infosys, US citizen Jennifer Griffith made sexual harassment charges against him for the second time. Shortly after Murthy joined iGate, he was forced to reach a second settlement with Jennifer Griffiths, a former Infosys employee who also filed a complaint of sexual harassment against Phaneesh. The case was settled out of the court where Infosys paid $800,000 to the victim.

Ten years after a sexual harassment row, Phaneesh Murthy is back in the spotlight for harassment again. The 49-year-old IT industry veteran was sacked as President and CEO of iGATE – the California-based company he helped found. The company has lost one $200 million technology outsourcing contract they had recently won and is likely to lose another one of similar value.
BANGALORE: iGate’s ousted CEO Phaneesh Murthy will face court action for sexually harassing the company’s investor relations head 31-year-old subordinate Araceli Roiz, Roiz’s law firm said in a press release issued late on Wednesday night.
The California-based law firm, Aiman-Smith & Marcy, said that Roiz was pregnant with Murthy’s girl-child. It said that when Murthy discovered this, he pressured Roiz to have an abortion. “When she refused, he told her to leave the company, quietly, to protect his position as CEO,” the law firm said.
Gopinath Shanmugam (Chennai) wrote:

In Phaneesh Murthy’s case, Araceli Roiz knew what she was getting into. This case doesn’t qualify as sexual harassment. This is a “love gone bad and revenge” and “let’s make some quick money” case. We should support real cases where the boss makes sexist remarks, tries to flirt and makes occasional gropes…
We also spoke to Roiz’s lawyer, Randall Aiman-Smith, after the release was issued. Here are the edited excerpts of the interaction:
Q. Did Murthy know Roiz before her employment in iGate?
A. No.
Q. When exactly did Roiz come to know about her pregnancy?
A. March 2013
Q. Approximate date that Murthy informed the board about their relationship?
A. May 2, 2013
Q. When did Roiz approach your law firm?
A. That information is confidential under law; it would be inappropriate for me to disclose it.
Q. When did this interaction between Ms Roiz’s lawyers and Murthy’s counsel take place?
A. It was part of a process; I’m not sure of the timing, but if I understand your question, I think it was after April, 2013.
Q. When did your firm inform iGate about the issue? (Murthy said he came to know about the sexual harassment claim after your firm sent a letter of complaint to iGate’s legal team. I would like to know when this happened.)
A. Mr. Murthy was aware of his own actions, and that they were wrong and illegal from the minute he began his actions toward my client well over a year ago. We did not “inform” (in the sense of bringing something to their attention for the first time) iGate’s legal team of anything; Murthy informed iGate’s board of his relationship with my client on his own when he realised we were about to file suit. By the time I communicated with iGate’s board they were aware of the issues involved. This was in May 2013.
Q. You say Murthy attempted to get her out of iGate, what exactly were his attempts?
A. He told her to leave.
Q. Are there any parallels between this case and the two previous cases you handled, what are the parallels?

A. Yes, there are several. Mr. Murthy’s approach to all victims was the same: to impose upon the victims personally to blur the distinction between work and personal issues as a means to breaking down the defenses of the victims. Second, both Infosys and iGate failed to have necessary oversight and reporting procedures in place to prevent Mr. Murthy’s actions or to provide a meaningful means for reporting them.

Here’s the full text of the lawyer’s statement:

The law firm Aiman-Smith & Marcy announced today that they represent Araceli Roiz with respect to her claims for sex harassment against Phaneesh Murthy and iGate. As is well known, the attorneys in the firm previously represented Reka Maximovitch and Jennifer Griffith in sex harassment lawsuits against Mr. Murthy for his actions while employed at Infosys.

On behalf of Ms Roiz, we are contemplating next steps, which will certainly include court action against Mr. Murthy and iGate. In such action, we will support, at minimum, the following facts.

Ms Roiz was employed at iGate starting in May 2010. She remains employed, though on medical leave at present. She worked in Investor Relations. Her nominal supervisor was iGate’s CFO, Sujit Sircar. However, Mr. Sircar was based in India, so Ms Roiz’s day to day supervisor was Mr. Murthy.

In his role as Ms Roiz’s supervisor, Mr. Murthy, as he had with his previous victims, insinuated himself into Ms Roiz’s personal life using the pretext of business necessity. In this way, Mr. Murthy was able to induce Ms Roiz into behavior and action that she would have found unthinkable at the beginning of her employment. The only reason Mr. Murthy was able to engage in these abusive and harassing actions is because he was Ms Roiz’s employer. The CEO of any company, as Mr. Murthy was here, has tremendous economic and personal power over his subordinates. Thus, Ms Roiz was dependent on her continued employment for her basic living expenses and, further, Mr. Murthy conditioned her further employment and career advancement opportunities on her entering into a relationship with him which, eventually and reluctantly, she did. When she tried to extricate herself from the relationship, he reduced her responsibilities, threatened her continued employment, and pressured her to continue the relationship.

As a result of Mr. Murthy’s influence over Ms Roiz, she continued the relationship with him and ultimately, Ms Roiz became pregnant with Mr. Murthy’s child. When he discovered this, Mr. Murthy pressured Ms Roiz to have an abortion. When she refused, he told her to leave the company, quietly, to protect his position as CEO.
Those are the facts as we expect them to be proved in Court. Had Mr. Murthy not convened a very public press conference in which he attempted to make himself look better by lying and slandering Ms Roiz, she would not have endured the embarrassment and humiliation of making these facts public; however, she has been forced to do so to counter Mr. Murthy’s very public, false statements.
With respect to specific issues raised by iGate and Mr. Murthy in the press, we respond to several points.

1. As to the timing of Mr. Murthy’s announcement to the Board:

When Ms Roiz refused to have an abortion, Mr. Murthy attempted to get her to leave the company and keep their relationship a secret. It was not until after Ms Roiz refused to do so and informed him that she would be seeking legal representation and her lawyers contacted Mr. Murthy’s counsel that he reluctantly informed the Board of the relationship, just before the Board would have learned on its own from other sources.
2. As to Mr. Murthy’s comments in his press conference that the relationship lasted “only a few months”:
Mr. Murthy’s statement is a lie – Mr. Murthy began pursuing Ms Roiz shortly after her employment began in 2010.
iGate knowingly hired a man forced out of an elite company like Infosys for workplace sexual harassment. An outcome endorsed, however reluctantly, by Narayan Murthy (then CEO and one of those few men of integrity).
Reports indicate that Phaneesh Murthy transformed iGate from a loss making company with negative margins to a growth making endeavour with profitability.
By inviting Phaneesh Murthy into their workplace, iGate`s message (in contrast to Infosys) sent a different message to its workforce – persons in positions of power are immune from accountability for unwelcome workplace sexual conduct. In other words, iGate knowingly made its own workplace vulnerable to preventable workplace sexual harassment.

One of the surest ways of STAYING PURE is to have WARM RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS THROUGH PRAYER! JESUS’ WORDS IN GARDEN OF GETHSAMENE.

7. “CONTINUE” (ABIDE) COMMAND ISSUEING 2 JOHN!
V. 9 – READ IT. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9, ESV). Reminds us of John 15.
Adam GilChrist retired from International Cricket in 2008. He continued playing IPL – the only competitive cricket he now plays. announced his retirement from all cricket but the Indian Premier League.
So, for the first few games, he was in terrible form in IPL6. He scored 94 runs from 8 matches. Took a break. Including duck.
Trained hard and came back strong to play that innings agaist RCB, which threw them out of IPL6.
Do you continue in godly habits like Bible Reading/Prayer/Fellowship/Witness?
You might fail to continue – but keep on going:

Mitchell Johnson shell-shocked after watching MI fielding ace Pollard drop Hussey thrice in a row off his bowling.
Mitchell Johnson thought it was bizarre to see Kieron Pollard drop three chances in a row during Mumbai Indians’ match against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede here yesterday.

Pollard allowed Mike Hussey three reprieves in three successive deliveries and Australian Johnson said he never saw such a turn of events in his career. “I’ve never seen that happen before. It was bizarre,” Johnson said after Mumbai beat Chennai by 60 runs. “It was a little bit surprising. I guess the first catch was a tough one. The two after that were not so tough,” said Johnson, whose first over during Chennai’s chase for 140 was full of action.

Pollard first dropped a high catch that went to the point boundary. The second was a low one, but going by the standards Pollard has set for himself in the tournament, the West Indian should have taken it comfortably. With his confidence at a low, fate gave him a second chance at redemption, but once again he let it go begging. The third was face-high and skewed off Pollard’s fingers and hit him in the nose.

“Look it happens in a game. It was one of those things. I said before this game to Ricky Ponting that Mike Hussey should get run out. Obviously he did not,” Johnson said.

But the Aussie bowler said Pollard took splendid catches for Mumbai and the team has at times won purely because of his skilful fielding. “He has taken some unbelievable catches for us because of which we’ve won some games. I guess some get stuck and some don’t,” Johnson remarked. Thankfully, Pollard’s drops did not cost Mumbai the game. Hussey went on to make 22 off 26 balls, as Chennai were bowled out for just 79. Pollard found redemption in Johnson’s second over as he dove in low to take the stunner, which dismissed Suresh Raina. Johnson added: “Pollard got injured, but thankfully he got ok and came back to take an unbelievable catch. It was quite amazing what happened.”
Proverbs 24:16 – Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again! Eg. Peter/ I John 1 theology. “mend it – don’t end it!”
8. CATCHING AS WELL AS THIS AND THAT TALKING ABOUT 2 JOHN!

VS.3 READ. Truth should go with love.

Batting plus bowling!

Because their batting let them down, Sunrisers Hyderabad, could not reach the Final today in IPL6.

Their bowling was among the strongest: Dale Steyn, bowled maximum number of dot balls in IPL6 (before Final stats). 219 dots balls, he bowled! Amit Mishra: Amit Mishra gave away two runs in his every over. His final analysis was 4-0-8-2. He befuddled the Rajasthan Royals batsmen with his variation and unremitting line around the off-stump.

Mishra induced a false shot off Sanju Samson who was dismissed for five and then picked up Sachin Baby for three. Mishra’s performance gave Hyderabad a much-needed win. The win takes Hyderabad on to 18 points.

Rajasthan couldn’t gauge Mishra’s variations and the stellar bowling performance ensured a 23-run massive win over the visitors. MAN OF THE MATCH.

Karan sharma. Darren Sammy. Baby celebration.

Sunrisers’ biggest strength was a formidable bowling attack, though only Dale Steyn appeared a serious threat on paper at the time the tournament began. He lived up to his reputation, but was supported ably by the rest, and that combined effort enabled Sunrisers to compensate for the relative weakness in their batting.
Ishant Sharma was largely consistent, Darren Sammy had his good days, and the success of the leg-spin combination of Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma stood out. So effective did they prove that a score of 130, especially on a slowish track, seemed secure. Home advantage has been a big feature of this IPL season, and Sunrisers were hard to beat in Hyderabad, winning seven out of their eight matches there, one of them in the Super Over.
What went wrong – THEIR BATTING
The bowling unit had its occasional off days, but the batting was Sunrisers’ Achilles heel. ONE GAME THEY WERE – 5 FOR 3 IN 3 OVERS BEFORE BIPLAP SAMANTRAY RESCUED THEM vs RR in Hyderabad! Shikhar Dhawan was recovering from a hand injury at the start of the tournament and missed three weeks of his team’s campaign. His return was a boost for the side, at the top of the order, but the overall batting blew hot and cold through the tournament. Sunrisers appeared to rely too much on their bowling to defend targets, and though they put up a spirited fight – even in the Eliminator while defending 132 – the batting depth of the opposing team at times won out.
It didn’t help Sunrisers that the going was slow in the first 10 overs, with occasional periods of stagnation when the top and middle order struggled to push on, leaving the likes of Cameron White and Thisara Perera to surge at the death and take them to a par score. Among all teams in this IPL, Sunrisers were the slowest in the first 10 overs, going at 5.85 an over. That climbed to 8.87 in the final five overs, which was the still fifth among all teams.
Poor performer
Kumar Sangakkara was one of four overseas captains this season who had to relinquish his place in the side as a result of poor form. His tournament began on a steady note, as he scored 15 against Pune Warriors, but he didn’t push on. He had to sit out after five games, with Cameron White taking over, but did get a chance to return, unlike Ricky Ponting of Mumbai Indians. However, his performances turned out to be worse, with scores of 4, 21, 8, and 3, before he had to sit out again. A player who has expertly anchored innings in his international career, Sangakkara couldn’t fulfil that role for Sunrisers this season, and wasn’t part of the playing XI for half the team’s campaign.
Surprise package
The lack of spin options in India has been a worry for a while, and it remains to be seen if Karan Sharma, a legspinner, will allay some of those concerns. For Sunrisers, he was the find of the season, working very well in tandem with senior partner Amit Mishra. He had the variations, imparted considerable turn on the ball, and proved quite economical at 6.60. He was brought on mostly between overs 7 and 14, and picked up nine wickets in that period. This, after an impressive three games for Railways in the Ranji Trophy in which he picked up 21 wickets at 19.04.
Balance: truth and love. Fruit and gift. Love of God n wrath of God. Positional sanctification and Practical Sanctification.
9. Cash Support Destination Directing Book of 2 John

Vs.10-11. Read Mathew 10:41-42.
Pepsi should pull out of IPL: Oh, yes, abhi!
It’s just over six months since Pepsi stunned the advertising and marketing world in India when they bid a whopping Rs 397 crore for the honour of becoming the title sponsor of the IPL for five years, starting 2013.
Pepsi’s commitment to the IPL is for the next four years. BCCI Image
When the news broke, there was only one question that was debated in the industry: would the IPL deliver the audience numbers to justify Pepsi’s investment?
When CNBC TV18 Storyboard spoke to media planners, the official broadcaster and to advertisers and sponsors in the third week of April, as the first ratings were published, things didn’t look too bad for Pepsi.
Here’s the discussion, in case you missed it.
Since then, the ratings have been, fairly stable, delivering 10-15 percent lower than IPL 5. Considering the increased reach of IPL 6, Pepsi’s punt seemed to be alright, even if it was felt to be extravagant for some.
That’s as far as the audience size is concerned.
Today, the issue is no longer audience size, but the image of the IPL – and the rub off of the IPL image on Pepsi, the title sponsor.
If Pepsi sponsored the IPL, they did so for the words one would associate with the IPL before the Sreesanth-Gurunath drama: young, exciting, fast-paced, vibrant, thrilling, action, dramatic, and so on – all words that Pepsi (and, indeed, any beverage) would pay good money to be associated with.
Today, those words are not in the lexicon when one speaks of the IPL. Now the words one hears and sees (in media and in social conversations) are: fixing, bribes, sleaze, corruption, criminal, arrest, jail, bail, lawyer, police, investigation, misuse of power, arrogance, escorts and greed.
Which brand wants to be associated with words such as these – especially when you’ve paid top dollar to be associated with a totally different set of positive attributes?
Whether the IPL delivers on audience numbers or not is no longer the issue. Even if they do, the damage done to Pepsi in terms of the image of the IPL cannot be undone in a hurry.
If you asked me, should Pepsi pull out of the IPL, my answer would be, “oh, yes, abhi!”
Farukh Enginner of NDTV – legalize betting.
and said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did. 2 Sam 23:17
The Bible ON Betting: Lotteries lie about true path to financial security –
True Bibilical path – work and save (Ant) – Pro. 6:6
When you labor, there is reward (Bible)
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. Prov. 20:13.
to work with your hands – I Th 4:11
If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 2 Th 3:10
The lost son….
Lotteries, betting preys upon poor.
The Bible teaches, God of the poor.
A jackpot is possible, only because millions of losers fund one winner!

# There Are 20 million compulsive gamblers in the U.S.
It gets compulsive – even Vindoo Dara Singh was addicted (looks like).
The Bible teaches that addiction to anything is wrong.
Gambler’s Anonymous has twenty questions that it asks new members. Compulsive gamblers usually answer “yes” to at least seven of the twenty questions.
Questions from Gambler’s Anonymous: 20 Questions. Compulsive gamblers usually answer “yes” to at least seven of the twenty questions.
1. Do you lose time from work due to gambling? 2. Does gambling make your home life unhappy? 3. Does gambling affect your reputation? 4. Do you ever feel remorse after gambling? 5. Do you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or to otherwise solve financial difficulties? 6. Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency? 7. After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses? 8. After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more? 9. Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone? 10. Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling? 11. Do you ever sell anything to finance gambling? 12. Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditure? 13. Does gambling make you careless about the welfare of your family? 14. Do you ever gamble longer than you planned? 15. Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble? 16. Do you ever commit, or consider committing, an illegal act to finance your gambling? 17. Does gambling cause you to have difficulty sleeping? 18. Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? 19. Do you have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few hours of gambling? 20. Do you ever consider self-destruction as a result of your gambling?
Do you RISK LIVING IN SIN?
Do you RISK rejecting Jesus?
10.CHRIST’S ENEMY TALKING ABOUT BOOK OF 2 JOHN –
V.7 For lmany deceivers mhave gone out into the world, nthose who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Implication: “the” anti-christ has already come?
One verse to show that there will not be ONE ULTIMATE ANTI-CHRIST. But not conclusive.
ENEMIES BECOME FRIENDS BECAUSE OF IPL6 –
The grace of IPL is coming together of rivals as friends in same team.On Tuesday night, we witnessed on-field that Mumbai Indian Ricky Ponting and Harbhajan Singh hugging each other and celebrating a wicket in Mumbai’s 44-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2013. Mumbai Indians scored 209/5 and kept Delhi to 165/9 to notch up a comfortable victory. Dinesh Karthik was the star with the bat for Mumbai.
Going into the details, Delhi Batsman Unmukt Chand was dismissed with a sensational catch by Ponting off Harbhajan.Here is the great picture with Ponting and Harbhajan embracing each other to celebrate the success.
IPL6 – FRIEND KOHLI BECOME ENEMY!
When Tendulkar and Sehwag was dismissed in the WC Final 2011, the Mumbai crowd appreciated him – he was their friend, Virat Kohli.
IPL 2013: Livid Virat Kohli criticises Wankhede crowd for jeering him
The visitors asked for the third umpire’s decision, which went in their favour. This agitated the crowd and they booed Kohli calling him a “cheat”. The 24-year-old continued to face the crowd’s ire when he came onto bat and even during the post-match presentation.
Mumbai: Furious after being booed by the crowd here, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said IPL fans tend to forget that he competes for India as well and their jeering can end up creating “hatred among the players”.

Kohli was booed by fans at the Wankhede Stadium after a controversial run-out incident during RCB’s match against the Mumbai Indians here on Saturday night.

Kohli was jeered several times after he appealed for a run-out involving Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was dismissed in a bizarre manner.

Rayudu seemed to have grounded his bat before it went in the air when he collided with bowler Vinay Kumar. It was at this time that a direct hit from Kohli hit the stumps.

The visitors asked for the third umpire’s decision, which went in their favour. This agitated the crowd and they booed Kohli calling him a “cheat”.

The 24-year-old continued to face the crowd’s ire when he came onto bat and even during the post-match presentation.

“As far as the crowd is concerned, it has happened to a few players in the past as well. I don’t know why they get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world. And they forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country,” a livid Kohli said after the match.

“It is only creating hatred among the players. When I come back and play for India, they are going to cheer for me. It doesn’t work that way. You come to Bangalore and you see how Indian players are appreciated,” he added.

Kohli said he could not understand the crowd behaviour at the Wankhede.

“…I don’t know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don’t come here to be hated. Whoever wins or loses, in any of the games, you come to Bangalore, every captain is cheered, every Indian player is cheered.

“People appreciate good cricket. I don’t know why people have so much aggression and so much hatred towards other teams in this particular venue. As I said, IPL is not the end of the world,” Kohli said in the post-match media conference.

On the run-out incident, Kohli explained, “Well, it is very important to have knowledge of cricket. If it was any intentional interruption from the bowler then the umpire would have stopped the batsman.

“It is his job not mine. The umpire told me it was there. The bowler didn’t see the batsman and the batsman didn’t see the bowler, and they collided. It was perfectly fine to be honest,” he said.

“You should have that much cricket awareness to see where the bowler is coming back to his mark. He has to back up when there is no one behind him.”

Mumbai Indians player Dwayne Smith refused to get drawn into the debate and merely said, “It was a case of fair play but you can’t do anything about it. They decided to go against it.”
I heard a pastor prays for salvation of Satan. Satan cannot be saved. Anti-Christ cannot be saved. Their free wills have been made permanent by God. It can happen to Stubborn humans as well – Mannesseh, Pharoah, Judas, etc!
Anti-Christ reminds you, come to Christ while you can! Fast!
Dhoni hit a 45 off 16 balls this IPL (four, fours and three, sixes!) VS Pune Warriors – Strike rate of 281!
Albie Morkel – 28 off 7 balls vs RCB.
Be a son, not son-in-low!
“Does 6s matter? RCB with most sixes (103) in IPL6 could not qualify to the last four, while CSK conceding most 6s (80) tops the table!” writes Mohandas Menon, a smart cricket statistician. By hitting those sixes, several of those were totally unnecessary given the match situation, the RCB batsmen were playing to the ‘gallery’. They were responding to the crowd demand. The result of such foolishness is for us to see – a disappointing failure to qualify for the playoffs narrowly for two years in a row. We too can ‘do a RCB’. Let me explain: we can do those things that are pleasing to the crowd and fail to walk in the “narrow”, unpopular, way which Jesus talked about (Math 7:14). The end result of following the broad way, the popular way, is ‘disqualification’ from eternal heaven (I Cor 9:27). The consequences of this folly is an everlasting torment in hell-fire – a place Jesus talked about eight times.

Kings XI Punjab’s Ice Cool Prince David Miller’s Dad & Your King of Kings Dad!

Duke Jeyaraj wraps the Good News around the RCB Vs KXIP game in Mohali on 6 May 2013

He perhaps played the greatest ever IPL innings – ‘the 38-ball-101’ David Miller,
He scored his last 74 runs off just 20 balls, hitting four after four and sixer after sixer,
Miller was batting on 41 when the RCB skipper, Virat Kohli, dropped an absolute sitter,
It was as if Kohli’s hands were made out of butter and ‘You have dropped the match, mate’ Miller did perhaps silently mutter,
And to think just the previous ball, Kohli had given an heated advice to Vinay Kumar, the bowler,
Post that dropped catch Miller, 41 not out then, blitzed 60 runs off 17 balls, RCB’s hopes to shatter,
His cluster of boundaries had a terrorizing effect on RCB – there was a misfield even from De Villiers, the great fielder,
The slashed near-six off a wide ball from RP Singh was an absolute stunner,
As Miller lifted Gayle for a typical V area six, Kings XI won with couple of overs still available as a filler!
And you could hear a stadium full of Kings XI fans in Mohali and owner Priety Zinta in joy, holler!
Post the match, Miller talked about the batting tips given him by his father,
‘When the ball is in the V, hit it over the tree and hit it out of the park when it’s in the ark’ – so advised the Miller, senior,
And on that magic night, obedient to his daddy was David, the brutally brilliant V-area ball-striker!

This reminded me of the loving invitation of the Bible’s Luke 15 Heavenly Father,
‘I want you, son, home – that you have been rebelling against me, all this while, it doesn’t matter!’
‘I want to give you a ring to wear and your face, I want to, with kisses, smother!’
‘My perfect Son, Jesus Christ died in your place, and therefore comes this forgiveness offer!’
Would you be obedient to this Heaven Dad loving call, as David Miller was to his dad’s charge, dear sister and brother?

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First John’s message for the Google Gen put in f-i-r-s-t j-o-h-n outline by Duke Jeyaraj (with section on porn’s influence)

A video from the Bible Study Duke led at his base on 28 April 2013.

Duke is a full-time, itinerant, presenter / communicator of Truths from the
Bible to the Google Generation, who operates from out of his base in
Hyderabad, and is someone who ministers cutting across denominational or
organizational barriers.

Duke founded Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna (hell in Greek)
Mission (G4 Mission) in Feb. 2006 to creatively reach out to the Google
Generation. This ministry, which Duke n his wife work for full-time, is
supported by individual Indians who have been blessed by his preaching and
writing ministry, and NOT by any particular organisation or group.

See http://www.g-4mission.blogspot.com for more details about this ministry which
is run with the help of volunteers on a day to day basis. You can be one such
volunteer!
‘Like’ Duke’s Ministry Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/googleDuke for his ministry updates.

Visit http://www.youtube.com/visitduke to see down-to-earth, daring message video clips of Duke
Jeyaraj on hot yet hushed subjects like salvation, sex, love, marriage, missions, and more.

At http://www.TheDaysOfYourYouth.com – you will find articles by Duke which wrap Bible-life truths crisply
and creatively around contemporary events of interest! The PDF of the mag by same name which Duke publishes can be downloaded at this site.

See how Jesus rides on the back of donkey Duke to various places at
http://www.G-4Mission.blogspot.com a website that provides
picturesque reports on the ministry Duke does, the ministry products like
message DVDs that Duke creates and places where he going to minister!

Read Duke’s articles that present the Gospel to the Google Generation
creatively wrapped around modern events at http://www.PurposeSpot.Blogspot.com.

Enjoy Duke’s interesting Bible-teaching articles hosted here: http://www.scribd.com/duke_jeyaraj
Check out fresh Bible Study outlines/sermon outlines born out of Duke’s personal Bible meditations in raw format at http://www.FreshBibleStudy.wordpress.com.

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One John’s Msg for Google Gen put in O-N-E J-O-H-N plus Does Porn Push People To Commit Sex Crimes – Duke Jeyaraj

porn influence
ONE JOHN message PUT IN O-N-E J-O-H-N For Google Generation With Section on Porn’s Influence upon Sex Crimes

Duke Jeyaraj Bible Study with inputs from multiple sources (outline – original to Duke).
John’s writing style is simple – very simple, very limited vocabulary – the first book of Bible Greek beginners learn to read.
It is not easy to find any pattern in the way he has arranged his material. He seems to go in circles – not in a linear manner. Paul – a legal mind – taught linearly.
Why?
1. His profession – He is a fisherman – not educated. Only the trained think linearly.
2. His age – He is old and old people have short memory and go round and round.
3. His nationality – patterned after some Jewish writings like that of the Proverbs pen man, James – no real structure.
F-First Love TALKING ABOUT FIRST JOHN
To love – 46x
IN ONE OF HIS MOVIES, RAJINIKANTH SAYS (I READ), ‘A BOY-GIRL CANNOT EVER FORGET THEIR FIRST LOVE.’
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” (1 John 4:10)

I John 4:19, He first loved us.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Rom. 5:8.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5heb predestined us for adoption to sonshipc through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— EPH 1:4-5

Salvation in Christianity is because of God’s initiative.

Girls take pleasure in mentioning that it was the boy who first showed interest in them!

BONEY KAPOOR on his ‘first love’ for SRI DEVI recently in an event: INDIA TODAY WOMEN’s Summit 2013.

“She never got off my mind!”

“I met her – dream come true!”

“I fell in love with Sri (Sridevi) when I watched her Tamil film during the late 1970s. After watching her film, I wanted to know more about her,” Kapoor told reporters while sharing the inside story, which has been kept under wraps so far, much to the embarrassment of his wife.

“I had especially gone to Chennai at her house to meet her, but she was shooting in Singapore. I returned to Mumbai disheartened,” he added.
He was accompanying Sridevi, who was in the capital to attend an event.
Looking beautiful in a red embroidered sari, the Chandni actress made futile attempts to stop Kapoor from divulging more details about their romance.

But he continued and said: “After some time, I watched Sri’s Solva Sawan (1979). I desperately wanted to meet her. I wanted her to work with me. One day I went to meet her on the set (of a movie). Sri is an introvert. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She talked to me in half broken English and Hindi and just said that her mother takes care of her professional matters.”
Kapoor, who married Sri in 1996, said when he met his future mother-in-law, he offered Mr India and Sridevi’s mother asked for Rs.10 lakh to sign the film.
“When she asked for Rs.10 lakh, I offered her Rs.11 lakh because I wanted to be close to Sri. Her mother was completely impressed with me. Sri was the highest paid actresses of that time and she later confessed to me that she thought I was a crazy producer who was offering more than what she had asked for,” said Kapoor.
It was a “dream come true” for him when Sridevi acted in his production venture Mr. India. In the super hit sci-fi comedy, directed by Shekhar Kapur, Kapoor roped in his younger brother to play the male lead opposite Sridevi.
“I made sure she was comfortable on the set (of Mr. India). I personally took care of everything. There were no vanity vans at that time, but I arranged for a separate make-up room for her. Gradually, she felt comfortable with me.”
Later Sridevi starred in his films like Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Judaai.
Kapoor was so madly in love with her that when Sridevi was filming Chandni in Switzerland, he had gone to Switzerland especially to see her “because I wanted to be close to her”.

“After coming back, I told my first wife (Mona Shourie) what I had felt for Sri,” he said and added when Sridevi’s) mother died, “I was there with her all the time.”
(Shameless – this is!)
“When she finished shooting for Lamhe, her father passed away. I was there in the airport to receive her. We came close to each other slowly. I supported her throughout.

“I was persistent. I was not looking for a fling.” Boney Kapoor reveals in PEOPLE – Dec 2012, how he chased Sridevi for 15 years: ‘I fell in love with Sri the minute I set eyes on her’

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On The Run
by Ravi Zacharias
I believe one of the most profound poems ever written was penned by an Englishman named Frances Thompson. Thompson was a genius, but he became a drug addict and was on the run for many years. Towards the later part of his life he wrote the magnificent masterpiece he called “The Hound of Heaven.” The 182-LINE poem was first published in Thompson’s first volume of poems in 1893.[1]
The poem describes God as the persistent hound who, with loving feet, follows and follows until he catches up with this person who is trying to run and flee from him. Writes Thompson:
“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.”
As the poem comes to an end, Thompson depicts the persistent cry of God to the one who flees his presence, the one He pursues to the end:
“Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.”
With the wisdom of one who had found himself chased after, Thompson notes the heart of God and the contradiction of man. We run away, fearful that if we have God, we might have nothing else beside. And God says, “You were weak and blind and miserable when you were driving me away, because you were actually driving love away from you. It is Me you seek.”
PRODIGAL SON – THE FATHER
‘When I consider the parable of the Prodigal Son, the image that stirs my heart is how the father runs to his son as he sees him approaching – even though the son basically told his father that he was dead to him and he wanted his inheritance now. The son did not deserve his father’s affection. The father had every right to send his son away and never want to see him again. After the son had squandered everything, he returned starved and hopeless, and the father responded by running towards him, embracing him, heaping love on him. I can just picture the father running to the weary son as soon as he saw him appear over the horizon – long before the son saw him.’
http://journeyingon.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/heavenly-hound/

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20).

OTHER ASPECTS OF GOD’S LOVE IN I JOHN

God is love – I John 4:7,8,16 – 3 times. John is the only person in the Bible to make this statement. No religion can say this. Judaism can say, “God loves us”; To say, “God is love” means that God is understood to be more than one person. You cannot be love by yourself – Trinity.

NOT A LITTLE LOVE – BUT LAVISHED LOVE. 3:1

OUR RESPONSE TO THIS LAVISHED LOVE – 2:15

ANOTHER F
F-ELT WITH MY HANDS, SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES, RECORD I JOHN
1:1 READ.
It was the eye-witness account.
Tragedy – we have ‘pastors’ who are not born again!
We have preachers who are in the ministry with out a personal relationship with Jesus.
In his 1996 book, I Was Wrong, Jim Bakker, admitted that the first time he actually read the Bible all the way through was in prison, and that it made him realize he had taken certain passages out of context – passages which he had used as “proof texts” to back up his prosperity teachings. He wrote:

“But when I began to study the Scriptures in depth while in prison, something I am embarassed and ashamed to admit that I rarely took time to do during the hectic years of constant building and ministering at PTL, I was very distressed at what I discovered. I realized that for years I helped propagate an impostor, not a true gospel, but another gospel…”

“The more I studied the Bible, however, I had to admit that the prosperity message did not line up with the tenor of Scripture. My heart was crushed to think that I led so many people astray. I was appalled that I could have been so wrong, and I was deeply grateful that God had not struck me dead as a false prophet.”

It’s fascinating to listen to today’s prosperity preachers and remember that Jim Bakker was probably more prominent and more respected than they. Oh, how the mighty can fall!!!

At the age of 49, Jim Bakker was sentenced to a 45 year prison term. He was truly a broken man. As the Wiki article explains, Bakker served a five year prison term and then was released. It seems God used those difficult years to teach Jim Bakker about “true Christianity”.
Bakker spoke out AGAINST the prosperity gospel, which he helped establish, on September 17, 2008.

ANOTHER F-

F-OOLING YOURSELF DEFINITE POSSIBILITY RECORDING FIRST JOHN
A Brazilian man sent a six-inch harpoon through his eye socket when cleaning his spear gun. Bruno Coutinho from Petropolis was lucky to survive after the spear went 15cm into his skull and into his cranium. He suffered no brain damage after the accident but has lost the sight in his left eye – GAURDIAN.COM

BITTI MOHANTY’S DECEPTION.
On a muggy March afternoon, six years after he was convicted of rape in Rajasthan and jumped parole, Bitti Mohanty stands in a Kerala courtroom, adamant that he is Raghav Rajan, a bank probation officer who knows nothing about Bitti Mohanty. Dressed in a blue shirt and beige cargos, he chooses to respond only to the name Rajan, and constantly tells the policemen escorting him: “Please don’t call me Bitti Mohanty.”

Surendra Kumar Sharma, deputy superintendant of the anti-corruption bureau in Dausa, Rajasthan, was seeing him after six years. “How are you, Mohanty?” was his first question. The lanky man, escorted by a team of police officers, promptly replied: “I am not Mohanty.” But Sharma remembered every detail of the rape case he had investigated in 2006 that went on to become one of the fastest cases tried in an Indian court of law.
“It was amazing how the officer opened Mohanty’s left eye and pointed out a small mole inside,” says Sudarshan, praising Sharma’s eye for detail. “Where is the doubt then?”
“Ninety-nine point nine per cent, it is him, and he has run out of options,” says Sharma, who spent hours interrogating Mohanty after he was arrested at Alwar railway station on the complaint of a German woman he was travelling with that he had raped her.
“Denial is his only defence now. He had denied it then too. After his arrest in Alwar, he kept saying that he had only had a couple of drinks with ‘his friend’ and did not know what happened after that. He also did not run away after the event but was travelling with the woman on the train, apparently hoping to clear up the misunderstanding between them. What happened back then was not necessarily pre-planned and he wasn’t a habitual offender. But what has happened after he jumped parole seems to have been meticulously planned.”
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As news of the arrest and ‘planned cover-up’ flashed across TV screens in the country, a retired government school headmaster and his wife watched the story of Bitti Mohanty’s transformation to Raghav Rajan in their small flat in the bylanes of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh. As the story unravelled, they felt shattered. “I haven’t slept well since that day,” says 71-year-old SV Rama Rao, who has unknowingly been a chronicler of Mohanty’s life after he jumped parole.
Bitti Mohanty arrived in Puttaparthy after he ran away, and introduced himself to everyone as Raghav Rajan. It wasn’t a random choice of place. Puttaparthi was familiar ground, a place to which the Mohanty family had been frequent visitors and where they knew enough people who could help them forge and sustain the lie of Raghav Rajan.
It began with a “VIP devotee from Odisha” putting in a good word for Mohanty to a neighbour on the first floor of South Block 3 at the Sai ashram at Puttaparthi. The neighbour, a retired bureaucrat, happened to be a director of a school for orphans run by the Ashram Trust. “I was introduced to him by the director,” recalls Rao, who ran the Deena Janodharna Pathakam Project. “He asked me to give the boy a teaching job at the school, and I did.”
1:8, “We are deceiving ourselves.”
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln.
And you can’t fool yourself
And you can’t fool God.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not bedeceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
I cor 6:9, self-deception possible.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
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Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

3 times Paul says, “Do not be deceived.”

James too – Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
James 1:16.

Especially if you follow false doctrines and live in sin even after knowing the truth you will be deceived.

Another F-FORGET NOT THE FOUNDATION EMPHASIS TEACHING BOOK OF I JOHN

What John writes includes teaching that “You have heard from the beginning”2:24 and the “word of life” was “from the beginning” (1:1; 2:13).

Stick to basic doctrines – do not go behind novel doctrines.

Prayer, Bible, Fellowship, Witness.
Systematic Theology of God – Last Things.

SO F- STANDS FOR 3 THINGS

F-IRST LOVE
F-ELT WITH HANDS
F-OOLING YOURSELF
F-ORGET NOT THE FOUNDATIONS EMPHASIS
FIRST JOHN.

F-I, NOW.

I-DOL WORSHIPS DANGER WARNING AGAINST ONE JOHN

THE MOVIE, SWAMI RA RA (TELUGU) 2013…THE HINDU ON THAT MOVIE.

“The story is about a stolen idol of Ganesha from Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram and how it changes hands and finally lands into the hands of Surya (Nikhil), Bhanu (Pooja Ramachandran) and Ravi (Sathya), these three people make pick-pocketing look breezy and at times, even sexy. “

YOU MAY SAY, “I DONT WORSHIP IDOLS NOT STEAL THEM!”

Really?

I John 5:21. “Why is it, then, that work, sports, cars, food, children, spouses, church, mission work and even Bible study take over our time and leave none for the Father? Are we guilty of idol worship?”

Android can become your Almighty!

Laptop can become your Lord!

Phone can take the place of the father.
Why Idol-Worship is Dangerous?
Psalm 115:8
Psalm 135:18
Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (both verses).
That’s why Porn-watching is dangerous.
It’s worship of some form –

John Abraham defends Sunny Leone on pornography debate
AFP Apr 25, 2013, 12.00AM IST

Sunny Leone invented herself as a Bollywood actress. While her past pursuits have been no barrier, being linked to India’s rape crisis represents a new challenge.
The 31-year-old became one of the most searched names on the Internet in India when she arrived in 2011 to appear in a reality TV series and has since taken several raunchy roles in mainstream movies.

As India casts around for reasons to explain a series of horrifying sex crimes, the latest being the kidnap and brutal rape of a five-year-old girl, pornography is under scrutiny and has led some to call for Leone to be jailed.
Recent events have galvanised anti-porn campaigners after it was revealed, via unnamed police officers quoted in local newspapers, that the suspects in the rape of the five-year-old had watched explicit material before the crime.
Aroused by video clips on their mobile phones, they allegedly abducted the girl in a working class area in eastern New Delhi and drunkenly raped her so violently she was left with life-threatening injuries.
The pornography claims coincide with a separate legal effort in the Supreme Court to introduce an outright ban on such material in India.
“Our children are accessing more and more graphic and brutal videos and they are imitating them and we are suffering,” Kamlesh Vaswani, a commercial lawyer who has petitioned the Supreme Court to demand a ban, told AFP.
“Our laws are very vague in this area so it can be corrected in the Supreme Court,” he said ahead of the next hearing in the case set for April 29.
Two Indian laws already outlaw the distribution or creation of obscene material, with the Information Technology Act (2000) prescribing up to five years in jail for anyone caught publishing “lascivious” material.
But as most of the pornography accessed in India is on sites outside the jurisdiction of prosecutors and viewed in the privacy of homes or on mobile phones, convictions are rare and the restrictions are largely meaningless.
“It is technically possible to ban it,” said 41-year-old Vaswani, who has a 10-year-old son at home in the central city of Indore. “They need to have some expert help from the IT sector.”
He blames Leone, star of X-rated hits for bringing adult material in India to a wider audience.
“She deserves to go to jail if she continues to promote pornography,” he added.
Appearing in a debate on Monday night on a news channel, Leone defended her dual career as porn star and actress and dismissed fears that adult material was linked to sex crime.
“Pornography is not for people who think it’s for real. It’s fantasy and it’s entertainment,” she said, dressed in a full-length yellow outfit revealing only her lower arms.
“It’s complete nonsense to blame rape on adult material out there. Education starts at home. It’s mums and dads sitting with their children and teaching them what is right and wrong.”
Fellow star John Abraham also defended her, saying those seeking to blame pornography for rapes were missing the root cause of the problem in India — social attitudes to women and a lack of education.
“By banning something you’re not going to solve the problem. The world over, people have access to porn. Are there rape cases like this (of the five-year-old) that exist the world over? No.
“Did rape cases exist before porn came into being? Yes,” he said.
(Comment: pornography is fantasy and entertainment. what kind of education led her to become a porn star,all rubbish these stars are blaming education but what kind of scrap they r spreading they r speechless on that. And 1more correction rapes existed but increased after porn.)
(ANOTHER COMMENT – HE WAS UNFAITHFUL TO LIVING IN GIRLFRIEND OF 7 YEARS, DATING FOR 10 YEARS BY GETTING CLOSE TO GYM FRIEND PRIYA RUNCHAL; REFUSED TO MARRY BIPASHA WHO WAS 33 WHEN BREAK UP & EVAN THE LADY WAS SUPPOSED BE UNFAITHFUL COZ OF FLING WITH BOLLYWOOD).
The debate about links between pornography and sex crime mirrors other largely unresolved controversies globally about whether violent video games cause gun crime or if gangster rap encourages anti-social behaviour.
FOR – Some experts deny any link, pointing to stable or declining incidences of rape in some countries where pornography has gone from scarcity to ubiquity in the last 15 years thanks to its availability on the Internet.
AGAINST – Others say the Internet provides a forum for criminally-minded perverts to meet and vocalise their darkest desires. It also creates an industry that produces ever more depraved and damaging material.
The Supreme Court ruling in India will set a new legally binding precedent and could force the government to find a way to ban one of the most searched for subjects on Google.
“In terms of the larger debate, whether porn leads to violence, I don’t think anyone should have a knee-jerk reaction and say it does,” junior IT minister Milind Deora said Tuesday.
“We are a liberal society and we don’t want to get into the space of censoring content.”
(FROM TIMES OF INDIA REPORT).

THE BIBLE SHOWS FROM EXAMPLE THAT WHAT WE SEE DEEPLY INFLUENCES US:
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light – JESUS.
MT 6:22
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The qtwo angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, rplease turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night sand wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, t“No; we will spend the night in the town square.”3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 uAnd they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? vBring them out to us, that we wmay know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8 xBehold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”

Gen 19:1-8.

Influenced by LIVE PORN LOT VALUE SYSTEMS CHANGED.

Even if your value system DOES NOT CHANGE, watching porn is wrong as God is displeased and a one’s nudity is meant to be a feast for only one’s spouse’s eyes – II Sam 11:27/Leviticus 18.

THE TED BUNTY STORY BY JAMES DOBSON:
Ted Bundy, an infamous serial killer, granted an interview to psychologist James Dobson just before he was executed on January 24, 1989. In that interview, he described the agony of his addiction to pornography. Bundy goes back to his roots, explaining the development of his compulsive behavior. He reveals his addiction to hard-core pornography and how it fueled the terrible crimes he committed.
A road that leads to nowhere
When Ted Bundy was thirteen years old, he discovered “dirty magazines” in a dump near his home. He was instantly captivated by them. In time, Bundy became more and more addicted to violent images in magazines and videos. He got his kicks from seeing women being tortured and murdered. When he tired of that, there was only one place his addiction could go – from fantasy to reality.
Bundy, a good-looking, intelligent law student, learned to lure women into his car by various forms of deception. He would put a cast on his arm or leg, then walk across a university campus carrying several books. When he saw an interesting coed standing or walking alone, he’d “accidentally” drop the books near her. The girl would help him gather them and take them to his car. Then he would entice her or push her into the vehicle where she was taken captive. After he had molested the girl and the rage of passion had passed, she would be killed and Bundy would dump her body in a region where it would not be found for months. This went on for years.
By the time he was apprehended, Bundy had killed at least twenty-eight young women and girls in acts too horrible to contemplate. He was finally convicted and sentenced to death for killing a twelve-year-old girl and dumping her body in a pigsty. After more than ten years of appeals and legal maneuvering, a judge gave the order for Bundy’s execution. That week, he asked an attorney to call me and request that I come to Florida State Prison for a final interview.
When I arrived, I discovered a circus-like atmosphere outside the prison. Teenagers carried signs saying “Burn, Bundy, Burn,” and “You’re Dead, Ted.” Also in the crowd were more than 300 reporters who had come to get a story on the killer’s last hours, but Bundy wouldn’t talk to them. He had something important to say, and he believed the media couldn’t be trusted to report it accurately. Therefore, I was invited to bring a camera crew to record his last comments from death.
O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
There’s a Father up above
And He’s looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see

JOSHUA 7 ONWARDS….7:20,21.

And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly yI have sinned against the LORDGod of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels,1 then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
PRO 23:31.

FIRST SIN OF HUMAN RACE – EYES INVOLVED:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,1 she took of its fruit xand ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, yand he ate.
GEN 3:6.

I John 2:16, the lustful eye…could not have come from the Father but from the World.

F-I- (ANOTHER I).

I-NCARNATION-CHALLENGES PRESENTING I JOHN

In the book of I John, there are those who challenge the real incarnation of Jesus into a 100% Human. They claimed that he did not have a real body but only appeared to have one.

The incarnation issue is touched in 1:1-4; 2:20-25 and then taken up 4:1-6 and 5:1-12. U cannot divorce Jesus’ death and the fact that “he came in the flesh” (human). – Fee & Stuart.

1 John 4:1-6 The false teachers denied Jesus’ incarnation. This is the spirit of the Anti-Christ. The false teachers are set squarely in the world – but believers should be (2:15-17).

I John 5:1-12. The true children of God are those who believe that Jesus is the Messiah (including his incarnation and atonement). They also love other “children of God”. Vs. 6-8 give us hints of the heresy John is addressing: the false teachers apparently believe something happened to Christ at his baptism (thus he came by WATER) but his death was something that God was not involved in (John taught the JESUS CAME BY both water & blood!). The true Spirit bears witness to both to Christ’s INCARNATION & HIS ATONEMENT. Those who believe this have eternal life.

“Jesus was a human being until his baptism at the age of 30 when the Christ came upon him. Then at his death ‘the Christ’ went away, and it was Jesus who was dead and buried.”

I John 4:2

Apparently many false teachers were saying that Jesus only “appeared” to be human. This was probably based on a false idea that the material creation was inherently evil and therefore physical bodies were evil.

But the Bible teaches that Jesus did come in the flesh and that material bodies were not evil.
We must love our soul and take care of our body which is the temple of the holy spirit.

With in the boundaries of marriage, our bodies can experience pleasure.

Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
(Proverbs 5:18-20 ESV)

Nothing to feel less-spiritual about this and less-holy about this.

Also INCARNATION-REASON PRESENTING I JOHN.

WHY DID JESUS COME TO THIS WORLD:

I JN 3:8 IT WAS TO UNDO ALL THAT THE DEVIL HAD DONE, THAT THE SON OF MAN APPEARED (JERUSALEM BIBLE).

THIS IS IMPORTANT. BECAUSE EVERYONE ACCECPTS THE PRESENCE OF EVIL. THE PRESENCE OF EVIL POINTS TO THE PRESENT OF THE GREAT EVIL DOER – THE DEVIL. JESUS CAME TO DESTROY HIS WORKS!

Investigators said the two bombs were likely made out of pressure cookers packed with shrapnel to make them more deadly.
Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler and NBC analyst, “We know that authorities have found the lid to one of the pressure cookers on top of a nearby building. In essence the force was so great that it blew it off and blew it on top of the building.”
The bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon were likely heavy, carried to the scene in dark nylon bags and fashioned out of pressure cookers packed with shrapnel to make them more lethal, authorities said on Tuesday.
The twin blasts on Monday killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured 176 others, some of whom were maimed by bombs packed with ball bearings and nails. Seventeen victims remained in critical condition…..
Joe Biden, VP, said the suspects has bombs to bomb Times Square New York as well.

Pluralistic Obama also talked about Evil Post Boston Bombings –
“You’ve shown us, Boston, that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what’s good. In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal. We’ll choose friendship. We’ll choose love.”

F-i-r
R-ELATIONSHIP WITH BROTHERS TALKING ABOUT I JOHN –
A CRICKET WRITER:

Two brash Delhi boys stormed towards each other. One mouthed expletives and the other howled, “kya bola? kya bola?”, his eyes bloodshot with rage. It was a scene straight out of a road rage altercation from the streets of the national capital. Only that the protagonists in this case were Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. And the scene of their spat, the Chinnaswamy.
It all came to a head in the 10th over of Bangalore’s chase after Kohli was dismissed for 35. As the disappointed RCB skipper began to walk off, Gambhir darted past him to join the huddle — apparently abusing his Delhi junior along the way.
On seeing that Kohli hadn’t yet left the field, Gambhir burst out of the huddle and walked intently towards him. And if middle-man Rajat Bhatia, yet another Delhi boy, hadn’t intervened, the situation could well have gone out of hand. Bhatia then patted Kohli on the back and led him away. Other KKR fielders and umpire Anil Chaudhary, meanwhile, dragged Gambhir the other way.
The fortunes of Kohli and Gambhir as far as their respective cricket careers is concerned have been drastically contrasting of late. While the left-handed opener lost his place in India’s Test squad for the series against Australia and presently looks to be out of national contention, it was Kohli who replaced him as the team’s vice-captain. And while Gambhir is now counted among the ageing lot, Kohli is the rising star of Indian, if not world, cricket.
Interestingly, Kohli and Gambhir are not only Delhi teammates, they even play for the same club side, ONGC, in the local city tournaments. And just to get a better idea of how the status quo has changed with time, Gambhir was already a senior statesman in the Delhi dressing-room and well on his way to establish himself as Virender Sehwag’s opening partner in India’s Test team when Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi. (INDIAN EXPRESS)
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KOHLI-GAMBHIR FIGHT IN A KKR-RCB GAME IN BANGALORE

When the Indians won the World Cup in 2011, Sachin Tendulkar was chaired around the ground by his teammates. Young Virat Kohli had then captured the hearts of many with his words, “He has carried the team for 21 years. It is our turn to carry him.”

If Thursday’s incident is anything to go by, it seems that while Kohli had been accurate in his appreciation of how the great man had carried the nation on his shoulders, the Delhi lad has somehow totally missed noticing how the master carried himself.

And of course, he is not alone. Gautam Gambhir has shared the dressing room for more than eight years with the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble. All these exemplary legends that he has rubbed his shoulders with have made him none the wiser.

‘Ideal’ candidates

The spectacle of Indian Premier League (IPL) is fuelled by sound and fury that surrounds the heaves and hoiks of condensed cricket. In that respect, what followed after Kohli had hit Lakshmipathy Balaji down the throat of Eoin Morgan has perhaps done loads of good to the corporations, the media and probably the paying public too.

The tournament is the closest cricket ever comes to the reality TV shows so popular for mass eyeballs. If there is one thing that entices more and more people to follow such programmes, it is the vicious delight at witnessing the basest instincts and reactions rising to the surface in full public view.

That way, Kohli and Gambhir charging at each other, the foulest of words flying across the charged air and landing with blistering effect on the adversary, must have given many the full value for their money. There will surely be a good proportion of people who consider Rajat Bhatia some sort of a killjoy, a spoilsport — Bhatia had the presence of mind and good sense to step between the two combative stars. Joy and sport are words that have become quite malleable with the current day corporatisation of cricket.

Yes, they have been teammates — for India, Delhi and their office team when they have found the time to turn out for ONGC [Oil & Natural Gas Commission]. That perhaps makes it somewhat strange for the two men to have made for each other’s throats. However, if we pause to think about it, there are few ‘worthier’ candidates in world cricket for taking the game by the scruff of the neck and dragging it to the brink of disrepute.

Both of them have been known for rather lewd celebrations after centuries. Kohli’s ritual of getting to hundreds has been somewhat tempered with time and consistency, but his rowdy reactions are fresh enough even in public memory.

What should be a moment of joy, is exactly the opposite in Virat Kohli’s case as he celebrates his century in the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval on January 26, 2012 © Getty Images

Gambhir has not scored runs for long at the highest level, but one remembers him scowling and snarling in a hideous fit of jubilation when he got to his century against Sri Lanka at Dhaka in the Asia Cup last year.

On field, Kohli has never been short of the angry word or the eloquent finger. Gambhir has often collided with the opposition bowlers, with the elbow raised in strategic angles.

What a role model! “Up yours”, says Virat Kohli to the Sydney crowd on Day Two of the second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2012 © Getty Images
If there are two Indian cricketers who can be clubbed with Harbhajan Singh as the worst possible examples as role models, they are indeed Kohli and Gambhir.

It does seem quite fascinating that all three of them, Harbhajan, Kohli and Gambhir, have been mentioned time and again by various vested interests as possible captains of the Indian team, often with popular acceptance,as replacement of the ice-cool MS Dhoni. It does underline the outlook of a great many followers of the game, and how they would rather have cricket played.

And no, the incident cannot be dismissed as ‘rush of blood’ or ‘heat of the moment’. In football, a body-contact sport, players could perhaps have got away with it. Cricket, even in the crudest version dished out by IPL, has not yet been reduced to a contact sport.

Is that mentality rubbing off on the more susceptible highly-strung individuals?

Perhaps to counter-balance such evil influence, the franchises can educate these errant cricketers in corporate etiquette, accepted behaviour policies, and even finance a course of anger management.

This bizarre happening had coincided with the Mahrashtra Home Minister Siddharam Mhetre voicing his dissent against the cheerleaders to Daily Telegraph: “The scantily-clad foreign girls’ dances are obscene and do not jell with Indian sensibilities, culture and ethos. These are things meant for foreigners and not us.”

The Los Angeles Times had not been able to let this go. Soon the paper announced: “Violence between players? Scantily clad cheerleaders? Toss in a rant by Charles Barkley and three minutes of commercials for every 45 seconds of actual game time, and cricket may be ready for an American audience.”

Well, with the recurrence of such spats with the face-off between Gambhir and Kohli, cricket may have qualified big way. Perhaps even World Wrestling Federation (WWF) aficionados will switch channels to spend time watching IPL!

(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/senantix)

KOHLI REPLACED GAMBHIR AS VICE-CAPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA 2012.

Concern about believers loving one another is spoken to in a preliminary way in 2:7-11, then specifically in 3:11-24 and 4:7-21. Incarnation is another major theme – we saw that.

Both themes can be TIED – “God loves us and died for us – we in turn are to have love for one another”(2:5-6; 3:16; 4:8-12).

I JN 3:11,12 – DO NOT BE LIKE CAIN WHO BELONGED TO THE EVIL ONE AND CUT HIS BROTHER’s throat.

I JN 3:15 – IF YOU REFUSE TO LOVE, U MUST REMAIN DEAD; TO HATE YOUR BROTHER IS TO BE A MURDERER, AND MURDERERS, AS YOU KNOW, DO NOT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE IN THEM (JB).

John agrees with the teaching of Jesus (Matt. 5:22, 28) that outward conformity to God’s command (“You shall not murder,” Ex. 20:13) is not enough, for even a heartfelt desire to break the command violates it (note the command about inward desires in Ex. 20:17). – ESV Study Bible.

JOHN 3:16 (VERTICAL) & I JOHN 3:16 (HORIZONTAL).

I JOHN 4:20 – THE GLARING CONTRADICTION WITH REFERENCE TO THE GREATEST COMMAND.

LIVERPOOL FORWARD, URUGUAYAN, LUIS SUAREZ:

November 2010: Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.
October 2011: Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined £40,000.
December 2011: Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. At this time he had already been charged by the Football Association over the racism incident, although not yet punished, but was handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.
February 2012: United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy blew up as Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand before kick-off.
October 2012: Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that ‘divers’ such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.
April 2013: Bites Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and scores Liverpool’s equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield. Fined by club the following day and charged with violent conduct by the FA. Subsequently handed a 10-match ban by an independent regulatory commission.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2315120/Luis-Suarez-latest-Liverpool-NOT-appeal-match-ban-bite.html#ixzz2RiGoKXcL
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ROWDY LIKE LUIS SUAREZ?

F-I-R-S

S-TUCK IN SIN PHENOMENON TALKING ABOUT I JOHN

Atleast 7 references to Sin.

The theme is Who are the true Children of God? This issue is taken up in 1:5-2:2; it is picked up again in 2:28-3:10 and forms the concluding matter in 5:13-21.

Gods true children do not continue to live in sin, but neither are they sinlessly perfect; what matters is whether their obedience expresses itself in love for bothers and sisters. The true children of God have already been given eternal life. (Gordon Fee/Douglas Stuart).

• 1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
• 1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
• 1 John 2:1
Christ Our Advocate
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
• 1 John 3:4
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (Key Verse)
• 1 John 3:5
You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (only solution for sin problem)
I JOHN 3:4-6, THE MESSAGE –
4-6 All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order. Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in him, and sin is not part of his program. No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They’ve got him all backward.

ILLUSTRATION: SHEEP & PIG – BOTH GIVEN BATH & PERFUME.

“Which are you a sheep or pig? A pig loves the dirt. Sheep may be dumb and practically helpless animals, but one of their traits is that they don’t like to get their wool dirty. Christ will not rescue sheep who willingly wallow in the muck like pigs in a sty. We are all sinners, the only thing that separates us from the unbeliever is our attitude towards it. Do we wallow in it like a pig or try our hardest to keep our wool clean as a sheep?”

‘whoever is born of God does not practise sin’’ (1 John 3:9)

• 1 John 5:16
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God1 will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.
Footnotes
[1] 5:16 Greek he
• 1 John 5:17 (COME TO THIS LATER)
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
JUDAS OR PETER.
DEMAS OR MARK.
The example of George Verwer:
DROPS FROM A LEAKING TAP
“A defining moment for me occurred more than 30 years ago as I was walking in the woods outside London. From a distance I saw something hanging in the branches of a tree. It was a pornographic magazine, shot through with bullet holes,” George writes.
“I wish I could say I destroyed that magazine and got the victory, but the truth is, in the woods that day, that magazine made a fool out of me. I was in the woods for quite a while after my lustful episode before I could crawl my way back to the cross and ask for forgiveness.” That experience was eye-opening for George, and he learned a powerful lesson. He says, “Victorious living, given our sinful nature, is not the absence of sin, but knowing what to do when we sin.”
In his book, Drops from a Leaking Tap, George lists a 25-point strategy for his victory over lust. Some of his ideas include: Focus on Jesus, walk daily in God’s word, worship daily, exercise daily, sleep well, read good books and magazines, read the Bible, travel with one or more companions and wife (or husband) when possible, and avoid vulnerable zones like newsstands or places that sell pornography.
http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/George_Verwer033011.aspx
F-I-R-S-T
T-EACHER INTRODUCING I JOHN
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS YOUR TEACHER.
I John 2:27
Explanation: Do not listen to those who deny Jesus’ incarnation – the basic doctrines of Christian faith. How I treat JW who knock doors. (see from v.20 onwards….CONTEXT….)
SUNNY –
CAR FROM NISSAN;
WEATHER;
CRICKETER; MOVIE STAR;
PARADISE –
PATNI
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Study Bibles written by seasoned authors/teams of scholars of evangelical bent can be studied. Acts 8 – How can I understand unless someone explains it to me.
A BIBLE TEACHER:
Does this mean you should throw away your Study Bible? No, but consider three ways to guard against misusing this tool:
1. Don’t use a Study Bible as your primary Bible. Regular Bible reading, group study, and personal study should be out of a Bible without study notes. This eliminates the temptation to look away from what God has said.
2. Before you pull your Study Bible(s) off the shelf, force yourself to think hard about the text of Scripture alone. The person who “looks intently” at God’s Word and lives it out is “blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). You may even want to purchase a Bible with wide margins in order to write down your thoughts, or maybe a notebook or journal.
3. When you struggle to figure out what a verse or passage means, ask the Lord for help. You’ll be amazed at what He helps you comprehend. If you still don’t understand what you are reading, ask Him again and meditate longer. How often do we skip this vital step of depending upon the Lord? Who is more resourceful, a biblical scholar or God?
(YOUTH THEOLOGY OF MINE – UNDER HOLY SPIRIT’S GUIDANCE).

GOOD STUDY BIBLES – SPIRIT OF REFORMATION; NELSON; ESV STUDY BIBLE;
Another T-
T-THIS OR THAT CHOICE ENCOURAGING BOOK OF I JOHN –

LIGHT OR DARKNESS (1:6,7; 2:9; 2:22)
LIFE OR DEATH – 3:16,17
ALREADY OR NOT YET – 2:14;4:4 VS 5:21
• LIE OR TRUTH – 1 John 1:6
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
• 1 John 2:21
I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
• 1 John 2:27
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

FIRST J-
J-UVENILLE ADDRESSING BOOK OF 1 JOHN
1 Jn 2:12,13,14; 4:4 (one in you, greater than….)
Do we address issues of the younger generation?
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The article published in The Days about salient features of Google Generation: Hitech Herd (Corporate, not Govt), Google Generation (Google, not Bible), Facebook Folk (Likes), Twitter Troupe (Brevity), Youtube Youth (seeing is believing).
First J-O-
On guard Against Anti-Christ & False Prophets
What Sania wrote about Sachin in the Outlook Sachin 40th Birthday Issue:
The first time I met him was at a Hyderabad hospital, at a function arranged for the members of the medical fraternity. Both of us were guests on the occasion. Yet again what stood out was Sachin’s humility and modesty. This is what he had to say to the doctors, “My job of playing cricket is of very little significance when compared to yours. I believe I have the luxury of committing some errors in my field of work but you are far more important and cannot afford to make a mistake in your job.”
The Bible Teacher’s job is even more ‘responsible’ than that.
For Spiritual Death is even more dangerous than physical death.

John says the readers must be on guard against false prophets.

They recently left the community (2:19)
They have not stopped efforts to lead the whole church astray (2:26; 3:7; 4:1).
They apparently said their teaching comes from the Holy Spirit (4:1).
John says to them that is why, “The anointing that you already have is sufficient for you” (2:20, 27; 3:24). “Anointing” – Chrisma; “Anti-christ – anti-Christos.

These false teachers:
– deny incarnation,
– fail to love those in need,
– perhaps, argue they are sinless.
John uses the word remain/continue/abide – 24x.
In the truth-9x.
4:1-3,4
4:1-14 1 John 4:1–6 Overcoming the Antichrist’s Deception. It is not only Cain’s bad precedent of lack of love that John fears for his readers; it is also the forces of spiritual deception. John furnishes a litmus test to detect them.
1 John 4:1 do not believe every spirit. Christian faith is not spiritual gullibility. test the spirits. The unseen spiritual influences that guide people’s speech and actions can be “tested” by observing their doctrine and conduct as well as by the gift of spiritual discernment (cf. 1 Cor. 12:10; 14:29).False prophets are people who claim to speak for God but are actually speaking by demonic influence (1 John 4:3–4). In today’s age of “tolerance,” discriminating discernment can be viewed as being judgmental (cf. “Judge not,” Matt. 7:1). Yet Jesus also taught, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24).
1 John 4:2 By this you know. John establishes a doctrinal standard, specifically a Christological one, for testing spirits (see v. 1). If a spirit (or a person moved to speak by such a spirit) does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, that spirit or person is misleading God’s people. Apparently many false teachers were saying that Jesus only “appeared” to be human. This was probably based on a false idea that the material creation was inherently evil and therefore physical bodies were evil.
1 John 4:3 every spirit that does not confess Jesus. That is, whoever refuses to acknowledge that Jesus is God the Son, “who has come in the flesh” (v. 2). Anyone can talk about Jesus and even believe that he lived on earth, as other religions, cults, and philosophies often affirm. But unless such people affirm both the full deity and the full humanity of Jesus, they are not truly “confessing Jesus,” but, as John states in unequivocal terms, they are under the influence of the spirit of the antichrist.
1 John 4:4 he who is in you. The Holy Spirit (seevv. 2, 6). he who is in the world. Satan and, by implication, his demons (cf. v. 3; 5:19).
1 John 4:5 They are from the world … the world listens to them. Jesus himself did not convince most leaders of his time (John 7:48; Acts 4:26), and even the common people who followed him were often fickle (John 6:66). they speak from the world. Their speech originates from and is empowered by the world’s viewpoint and values.
1 John 4:6 does not listen to us. People who are not true believers resist sound doctrine. It does not make sense to them and does not fit their man-centered, materialistic system of thought (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14).
-ESV Study Bible.
First joh
H-Hope talking about Book of I John.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
So, let’s get some practice now itself!
________________________________________
1 John 2:28
Children of God
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
We must be not be terrorized at his coming but thrilled. Numbers 11:33 – food still in mouth.
f-i-r-s-t j-o-h-n:
N-augtiness excusing book of I John? – No way
1 John 5:16-17, The sin leading to death
by Matt Slick
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death,” (1 John 5:16-17).
The meaning of verses 16 and 17 is debated among Christians. There is no absolute consensus on what this means. But, generally speaking, we conclude that there sins that people can commit which God takes seriously enough so as to end their lives. An example of this is of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10 who lied to the Holy Spirit. God judged them for this and both were killed.
“But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it . . .7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price?” And she said, “Yes, that was the price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out as well.” 10 And she fell immediately at his feet, and breathed her last,” (Acts 5:1-3, 5, 7-10).
Another sin that is associated with death is found in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 where it is reported that a man was having sexual relations with his father’s wife.
“It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. 2 And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this deed might be removed from your midst. 3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus,” (1 Cor. 5:1-5).
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is another sin certainly worthy of death. God gives those who commit the sin over to the depravity of their hearts and minds and they are beyond redemption. Some believe that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a sin that leads to death. At the very least, it ensures damnation.
Al-qaeda’s Inspire mag instructs readers on terror tactics – “How to make a bomb in the kitchen”.

“Sport events terror”
Two brothers read and acted on it perhaps.
read I John and act upon it.

(Duke Jeyaraj is a fulltime Bible Teacher/Evangelist/Counselor With Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission – http://www.facebook.com/googleDuke, http://www.TheDaysOfYourYouth.com).

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What The Bible Teaches About Sex and Sexual Sin – Duke Jeyaraj

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A message by Duke Jeyaraj for the teens of New Life AG Church on the 24 April 2007

Positively the Bible teaches we must keep our bodies pure –

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light…” (Math 6:22 ESV)

By keeping our eyes pure we can keep our whole bodies healthy!

Negatively the Bible teaches we must keep our bodies pure –

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. (Rom 6:12)
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[1] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (I Cor 6:18).

From the above verse we also learn that the primary way of keeping the body pure is by fleeing sexual temptation.

How do we keep our bodies pure by beating sexual temptation?

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body[1] and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (II Cor 7:1)

The implication of the above verse is straight: the promises of God will cleanse us and keep us from every defilement of the Body!

We must understand what the Bible teaches about sex and sexuality – that will help us keep our bodies pure!

The World is often talking about Sex:

The Week Magazine had a special issue on Teen-age Sex. “It is not a question of if they will have premarital sex. It is a question of when they they would have it” said the article.

In the year 2005, the movie that made the maximum profit was a movie staring India’s nex sex symbol Mallika Sherawat.

However we have an opportunity to talk about What God thinks about sex today….

Talking about sex with teens is a tough task. They know all about it.

It is like giving a fish a bath.

The Story is told of a Dad….
“Sure dad what do you want to know!”

IT WAS GOD WHO CREATED SEX.

Not Hugh Hefner, the editor of Playboy. It was not the porn movie makers. It was your Heavenly Father.

When he made a Man and a Woman – he created an opportunity for sex!
When he married Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and said, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:28) he gave
permission to them to have sex. You could not have babies without having sex!

Sex between a Man and his Wife is not sin.
When did Man commit his first sin – when he ate of the forbidden fruit.
So man obeyed the first command of God to be fruitful and multiply as found in Gen 1:28!

Why did God create Sex?

1. For Procreation –

The first command God gave man –
“Be fruitful and multiply!” (Gen 1:28)

He repeated it often –
He told Noah who survived the flood, “Multiply and fill the earth” (Gen 9:1).

That is the only command of God we have obeyed faithfully! We Indians are particularly faithful in this!

Jacob had 12 kids
David had 20 kids (I Chron 3:1-9)
Gideon had 70 kids (Jud 9:2)

It was seen as a blessing to have several kids sit around a dining table (Psa 128:3)

Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ability to make speeches was as good as his ability to father children – he had 9!

 

Osama Bin Laden was the 17th child out of 54 children to his father.

Billy Graham, the World’s most famed evangelist, had five children!

2. For Pleasure

Solomon’s advice to young husbands:

Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love. (Prov 5:18-19)

A verse I write in the greeting card I send to close pals who get married!

God’s law given to Moses

A soldier could avail 1 year leave after his marriage to “bring happiness to his wife” (Dt 24:5).

My wife and I have had two honeymoons after we got married because we understood the Bible’s
teaching that sex with in marriage is for pleasure!

God put the book of Song of Songs in the Bible to underline that –

“I am chaste. I am full-breasted. And my love is content with me.” (SS 8:10).

Sharon Stone, American Actress, said, “The best sex there is, is married sex!”

Isaac and Rebecca would agree. At 60 plus they were fondling each other! (Gen 26:8).

Billy Graham was still in love with the girl he married 50 years ago, “I love her. I sent her some flowers this
morning. I must have kissed her lips a million times” he told a crusade crowd once!

Sex is a gift from God for the married. But all gifts can be abused.

For example the gun was invented to be used in war between two nations.
But it was abused in a college campus both Virginia Tech and in a college in Hyderabad to produce
devastating effects!

In the same way, Man started abusing God’s gift of Sex. Here’s how it happened!

It started with a man called Lamech.

In Genesis 4:23 we read that he had two wives! God made one Adam for one Eve.

He said,  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife (not wives), and they shall become one flesh. (Gen 2:24).

But Lamech in his lust made it two. His wives were called Adah and Zillah (He had wives from A to Z!)

The reason for the flood – God’s first judgment on the earth – was the abuse of gift of sex!

The Sons of God – probably angels – took Human form and lusted after women! (Genesis 6)

When we think of Sexual Abuses  We think of others – not ourselves.

Judah was Joseph’s elder brother.
Two of his sons who married Tamar die.
Third, brother was too small to marry Tamar.
“Go home to your parents. I will marry the third son to you when he grows up!”
She grows up. Yet there is no sign of a marriage arrangement.

Meanwhile Judah, her father in law takes off to a far-off place when sheep will be sheared.

On the way he falls in to temptation. He has sex with a prostitute.

“Your pay!”
“A Sheep!”
“I will send you one when I get back home!”
“I want a pledge!”
“What do you want!”
“Your id seal and walking stick!”

He moves on. Later he hears his daughter in law Tamar is pregnent!

“Bring her out and burn her!” Judah shouted (Gen 38:24).

She quietly says, “I am pregnant by the man who owns these!” and shows his id seal and walking stick!
Judah had to hang his head in shame!

 WHAT ARE THE SEXUAL SINS WE CAN COMMIT AND MAKE OUR BODIES IMPURE?

1. LUSTFUL LOOK –

There is nothing wrong in admiring the beauty of the opposite gender in a clean way. Bible-writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, did that.

About Rebekah Moses wrote, “Now Rebekah was very beautiful…” (Gen 24:16). She was the Bible’s answer to Bipasha Basu!

About Joseph we read, “He was very handsome and well-built” (Gen 39:6). He was the Bible’s answer to John Abraham.

About David we read, “He was ruddy and handsome, with pleasant eyes….” (I Sam 16:12). He was the Bible’s answer to Rahul Dravid!

In fact, every one is pretty or beautiful in God’s eyes –

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! You workmanship is marvellous and how well I know it!” (Psa 139:14).

For Prophet Ezekiel his wife was “Delight of His Eyes!” (Ezek 24:16).

So lust is not admiring the beauty of a person. Lust is to imagine that you are having sex with the person of the opposite sex or even same sex!

Math 5:28 –
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

You do not need a bed to commit adultery – only a dirty head!

Even Girls can lust –

Oholah played the whore while she was mine, and she lusted after her lovers the Assyrians, warriors (Ezek 23:5).

Jesus was not teaching anything new –

“Do not covet your neighbor’s wife” (Ex 20:17) is one of the 10 commandments!
David sinned right from the time he sent word to ask who that bathing woman was!

God is like George Bush here. Following Terrible Tuesday, Sept 11, 2001, Bush said,

“We will make no distinction between the countries who commit terrorist acts and those who harbor them!”

Lust is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything! – Job 31:12

We cannot stop birds flying over our heads…but sure can stop them from building nests on our heads!

Even “envy” is a wrong thought that can affect our body’s health and wholeness –
A tranquil[1] heart gives life to the flesh, but envy[2] makes the bones rot. (Prov 14:30).

Are you envious?
“She is prettier than me?” “He is more talented than me!”.

2. BY WATCHING NUDITY!

When we watch the nudity of the opposite gender deliberately and desirously we are committing sexual immorality.

Kate Winslet Vs Jim Caviezel

There is a strong negative feeling associated with nudity in the Bible:

Only married couples can be naked together (Adam and Eve were – Gen 2:25).
“You shall not uncover the nakedness of X Y Z….” in Leviticus 18. At least 14 times.
Watching the nudity of a person who is not your wife is “detestable” in God’s eyes (Lev 18:26).
Implication: A wife’s naked body is to be enjoyed by her husband only and that too after marriage!

Ham saw his father naked deliberately and got cursed (Gen 9:21-23).
Priests to wear shorts under robes while carrying out their duties on the platforms to avoid exposure (Ex 20:26)
David’s sin was this – the second sin in a long list of sins he did in II Sam 11 – God was displeased (II Sam 11:27).
Proverbs writer remarks only a prostitute will dress in a way to entice men (Prov 7:10). She will reveal her nakedness to attract men.
Paul says, We use common sense to treat some parts of our body with special modesty (I Sam 12:22).
God’s accusation against Oholibah: She let everyone see her naked body (Ezek  23:18)
Tell her to remove the prostitute’s makeup from her face and the clothing that exposes her breasts (Hos 2:2 NLT).
Even in heaven, we will be clothed – saints given white robes (Rev 6:11).
Naked people should be clothed – not ogled at. The Judgement Day Scene (Math 25:36).
OT Leaders of Israel gave clothes to Prisoners of War of Judah after Prophet Oded’s message (II Chron 28:15).

Why Porn Is Wrong –

1. It makes numb by the time you have sex with the right person.
2. It provokes to violence or immorality – Ted Bunty described how an addiction to violent porn lead him to murder 28 women and girls! He was put to death in 1988.
2. Porn will never satisfy – the death of Anna Nicole Smith.

3. FLIRTING!

When we use words with the opposite sex to woo them towards us to have sex or give false hopes of marriage God hates it!

“For the lips of an adulteress drips honey and her speech is smoother than oil!” (Prov 5:3)

Only an “adulteress” flirts!

Here is an example of flirty talk found right in the Bible!

Proverbs 7:13-23

She threw her arms around him and kissed him
She threw her arms around him and kissed him,
   boldly took his arm and said,
“I’ve got all the makings for a feast—
   today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid,
So now I’ve come to find you,
   hoping to catch sight of your face—and here you are!
I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed,
   colorful imported linens.
My bed is aromatic with spices
   and exotic fragrances.
Come, let’s make love all night,
   spend the night in ecstatic love making!
My husband’s not home; he’s away on business,
   and he won’t be back for a month.”

 21-23 Soon she has him eating out of her hand,
   bewitched by her honeyed speech.
Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her,
   like a calf led to the butcher shop,
Like a stag lured into ambush
   and then shot with an arrow,
Like a bird flying into a net
   not knowing that its flying life is over. (Eugene Peterson Version)

Even when we talk with people of the same sex our words must be guarded –
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[1] and set on fire by hell.[2] (James 3:6)

Here is an illustration:

Nehemiah 6:1-4
Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. 2 So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages[a] in the plain of Ono.

   But I realized they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”

 4 Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply. (New Living Translation)

 

 

Do not say, “I love you!” as often as you say, “How are you!” There is a right time for romantic love – when you are studying it is certainly not the right time to get involved with anyone romantically (Eccl 3/ Genesis 39) and when it comes at the right time it must be “as strong as death” (Song of Songs 8:6).

4. PETTING OR FONDLING THE OPPOSITE GENDER

“You can touch. You can play. When you say ‘I am always yours’….
You can touch my hair…touch me everywhere!”

Can you say that? No way. If you want to keep your body pure the way God wants it to be, you will not say that!

1. Even a King who did not know the True God – Abimelech – knew that. Isaac called his wife as his sister. Abimelech took her as his wife. One day, he sees them fondling each other! He asks, “So she’s your wife! Why did you say, ‘She’s my sister!'” (Gen 26:1-7). Even a pagan king knew that you should intimately touch only your wife – not every passing girl!

2. Prophet Ezekiel talked about two sisters who allowed themselves to be fondled by men. God called that act as “prostitution” (Ezek 23:3, 8, 19). The Bible is blunt here as to what these girls did: “breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms[a] handled” (ESV – verse 3) Their breasts were fondled, their young bosoms caressed. (The Message  verse 3) “men who played with her breasts and spent their lust on her.” (Ezek 23:8, The Message – Eugene Peterson Version). “their awful deeds” (Ezek 23:36). God does not think that touching intimately the opposite gender before marriage is awesome – it is awful!

3. The Song of Solomon talks about married people touching each other freely. But to the unmarried it says, “Do not awaken love until so it desires!” (SS 8:4).

“3Your left arm would be under my head,
      and your right arm would embrace me.

 4 Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
      not to awaken love until the time is right.

 

The right time is after you get married!

 

4. First, Strolling (Prov 7:8), next Smooching (Prov 7:13) and finally sleeping (Prov 7:23). One thing will lead to another. So why start.

Break station caption: “If you can’t stop, don’t start!”

 

I read the story of a young girl who got Aids virus without going all the way with her boyfriend!

 

This act was made famous by Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Both regretted it.

“Please don’t do this to me. I feel used and disposable!”  Monica to Bill

I was deeply ashamed of it and I didn’t want it to come out…” Bill in his autobiography, My Life.

 

When we break God’s laws we not only break His heart but our heart as well

 

The story of Hosea….

 

Girls, do not allow men to touch you the wrong way – be it your uncle, cousin, or even a visitor at home, or even a preacher! God will honor you for taking such a stance!

 

5. ACTUAL SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE

 

“To think that School Children are not having sex is like thinking we are not going to have rugby next season!” Nick Kroonhof, South Africa Health Minister in a seminar.

 

 

“Mei paph nayi kiya – pyar kiya!” Priety Zinta in Kya Kehna movie. Implication: Premarital sex is not wrong.

 

But it is wrong. The Bible teaches that time and again.

 

 

One of the 10 commandments: “Do not commit adultery!”

Jesus himself condemned it: “For from the heart come evil thoughts…all other sexual immorality” (Math 15:19)

Paul did the same: God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin” (I Thes 4:3)

James in the conference of the Early Church: “Instead, we (both Jews and Gentiles) should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.” (Acts 15:20)

Message to Church at Thyatira: A woman in that church was encouraging people for sexual sin (rev 2:20). Jesus said, “I gave her time to repent. But she would not!”

The two sons of Eli were sleeping with the temple assistant girls. God was planning to kill them. And he did. He used the Philistines to do it (II Sam 2:22-26 and 4:11).

When some of the Israelite women slept with Moabite women to worship their God – the god of Baal – God was fuming (Num 25). He applauded Phinehas, who speared a coupulating couple!

Sexual immorality killed 23,000 in a single day! (I Cor 10:8).

 

 

16,500 get Aids infection daily (2000 AD statistic). It is a call for us to get back to God!

 

 

I sent plagues on you
      like the plagues I sent on Egypt long ago.
   I killed your young men in war
      and led all your horses away.[a]
      The stench of death filled the air!
   But still you would not return to me,”
      says the LorD (Amos 4:11 NLT).

 

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about your prophets—Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah—who are telling you lies in my name: “I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar[a] for execution before your eyes.  Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that the Judean exiles will curse someone by saying, ‘May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!’  For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have lied in my name, saying things I did not command. I am a witness to this. I, the Lord, have spoken.” (Jer 29:21-23)

 

 

Ahab and Zedekiah committed two sins: telling lies, lying with women not their wives!

 

 

Why no to premarital sex?

 

It is like sticking two papers with glue and tearing them apart. The Boris Becker story.

Emotional Scars. God invented sex. He designed the use of sex only within marriage. If we break his laws,

we break our hearts!

 

Can get AIDS. Aids virus 250 times smaller than sperm. If sperm passes thro condoms sometimes what chance does the Aids virus have to be stopped by condoms. The only save sex there is is to save sex for marriage!

No one stood up in a Washington Conference of over 800 to wear a condom and have sex with a AIDS Patient.

 

 

6. HOMOSEXUALITY

 

 

Anu Agrawal: “I am bisexual. If that is not normal what is!”

Stephen Gateley (once with Boyzone): “I m gay. I m in love with my dutch boyfriend! This is the hardest thing, I have ever had to to do….”

“I don’t think lesbianism is anything to be ashamed of” – Priyanka – Ad Executive in a popular mag

 

What does the Bible Say about Homosexuality –

 

 

Homosexual Sodom and gomorrah was destroyed by temporary fire.(Gen 19:5)

Homosexuals who do not repent will be sent to eternal fire.

just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire,[1] serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)

“Do not sleep with a man as one sleeps with a woman! (Lev 18:18).

That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires

Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. (Rom 1:26,27)

 

 

Can we come out of Homosexuality? The Corinthian church had former homosexuals (I Cor 6:9-11).

 

 

7. MASTURBATION?

Dr. D. Narayana Reddy, a popular Sexologist operating out of conservative Chennai said 22 percent of his women clients are single, who have doubts about masturbation or use of sex toys (The Week, May 13, 2007).

The Bible is silent on this issue. But that doesn’t mean we can masturbate. “It is better to marry than burn with passion” (I Cor 7:9). Does not say, “It is better to masturbate than burn with passion….

So practice self-control which the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

 

Respond to this teaching

 

1. Believe on Jesus – Rahab the prostitute believed  (Josh 6:25)

 

Jesus took his son upon himself  on his body

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (I Pet 2:24).

“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb 10:10)

 

 

The Whip. The Nails. The Cross. The Substitution.

It was your body and my body that sinned. Your body and my body should be punished. But Jesus’ body was punished instead.

The punishment that will bring me peace was upon Jesus. (Isa 53:5)

Sexual sins are like salt water –  the more you drink the more thirsty you become!

 

You walk away from your God at the drop of a hat
   and like a whore sell yourself promiscuously
   at every sex-and-religion party on the street.
All that party food won’t fill you up.
   You’ll end up hungrier than ever. (Hos 9:1-2 The Message)

 

 

Anna Nicole Smith died at the age of 39 not willing to take the peace offer that Jesus offered her by taking 39 lashes on His back! (Compare with II Cor 11:24).

 

2. Leave your life of sin – Woman caught red handed in sin was told that (“leave your life of sin!” John 8)

Don’t be like Felix who was having an affair with a 16 year old girl when Paul preached on God’s standards of sex to him. Felix asked Paul to go away and continued in his sin!

And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” (Acts 24:25). He never got another opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord!

He shivered in fear but did not say ‘sorry’ in repentence!
He trembled but did not turn!

No matter how scarlet your sins are, they shall be as white as snow if you come to Jesus today with a repentant heart! (Isa 1:18). You will be virgin again in God’s eyes!

 

3. Cleave to the Word of God – the Bible in our heart helps us to beat temptation

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word. (Psa 119:9)

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you (Psa 119:11)

Write out these verses and memorize them and you will not be mesmerized by sexual temptation or any temptation!

 

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