Today's Christian thought: Monday January 5th, 2003
I'm not sure how many times I have mentioned this, but, just to be on the safe side, I am going to say it again: "Every man, woman, and child is responsible for their own salvation. My responsibility as a preacher, is to preach the Word of God and answer your questions as best I can with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. But, your salvation is your responsibility". For the lazy, that responsibility just got a lot harder.
For years now we have had the Gospel according to the Hallmark card company. More recently we have had the Gospel according to Peter Jennings and his minions at ABC. Now, we have the Gospel according to US News and World Report. Every man. Woman, and child out there now has several Gospels to choose from, Hallmarks, Peter Jennings, US News and World Report.
Let me give you an example if I may. According to the Gospel according to the Hallmark card company. At the birth of the Lord was His mother Mary, His step father Joseph, a couple of shepherds, a few sheep a cow or two and three kings. But, according to the Gospel of Matthew as dictated by God, the tree kings were not kings, but wise men and they didn't arrive till Jesus was a young child, not a new born infant.
Matthew Chapter Two
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him."
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 'AND THOU BETHLEHEM, IN THE LAND OF JUDA, ART NOT THE LEAST AMONG THE PRINCES OF JUDA: FOR OUT OF THEE SHALL COME A GOVERNOR, THAT SHALL RULE MY PEOPLE ISRAEL(Micah 5:2).'"
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also." 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him." 14 When he (Joseph) arose, he took the young child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, OUT OF EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON (Hosea 11:1).
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 IN RAMA WAS THERE A VOICE HEARD, LAMENTATION, AND WEEPING, AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN, AND WOULD NOT BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT (Jeremiah 31:15).
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, "Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life." 21 And he arose, and took the young child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, HE SHALL BE CALLED A NAZARENE (paraphrase from Judges 13:5). (Matthew 2 ACP/KJV)
As you read Matthew Chapter two, you must notice several things, the fact that Jesus is a small child not an infant. The fact that when the wise men failed to return Herod ordered the deaths of all children under two. And that God sent His angel to warn Joseph, actually to order Joseph to go to Egypt with Jesus and Mary. I have used the Hallmark card company as an example of Bible twisting not to pick on Hallmark, but because they are the least of the blasphemers. What Peter Jennings, ABC and now US News and World Report have done is, in following the footsteps of the worst of all the cults, the Roman Church of Roman Catholicism, they have made Jesus subservient to a so called wife. As Roman Catholicism has made Mary the mother of Jesus equal to the Lord, now comes Peter Jennings, ABC, and US News and World Report claiming that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that she is the true power behind the throne.
The Word of God warns that as we come closer to the time of rapture, it will be more and more difficult to find the true Word of God. This twisting of the Gospels by Hallmark, ABC, Peter Jennings and now US News and World Report proves once more the truth of God's Word.
We live in a sinful world in sinful times, we as Christians must focus our attention on the coming of the Lord. We must study His word diligently so as to be aware when those of the world, those who serve the prince of this world, like US News and World Report, twist God's Word to suit their own and their masters purposes leading those who believe them into eternal damnation. There is but one way to protect yourself and your family from this end times trap of satan, and that is to study the God's Word, the Holy Bible, yourself. Remember, your salvation is your responsibility. There will be no standing before God saying "But Lord, Peter Jennings,. Hallmark and US News and World Report said..."
Lord, give us strength, forgive our sins and help us to focus on You and your Word. Help us Lord to find the strength, the time and the desire to spend time each day in and with You and Your Word. Amen.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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