ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Some are smokey Christians, others smoker Christians and still others singed Christians.
Friday March 28th, 2003
As I read the news this morning, I came across a story telling how the city of Waco, Texas now allows the infamous planned parenthood organization to run one of their public libraries. Two things came to mind. First I thought to myself, why am I surprised? is this not the same Waco, Texas that stood by and watched the offering up to satan, as burnt offerings, close to 90 men, women and children at Mount Carmel just ten years ago? The second thing I thought was: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrew 9:27)
That got me thinking about we, who are Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians. And how some of us will be standing before the Lord in shining white raiment, and others of us will be standing there with our cloths singed and on the verge of bursting into flames. For you see, there will be some standing before the Lord in shining white, they are the ones who were born into solid Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian families, accepted Christ at a very young age and have spent their entire life doing His work and His bidding, men like my friend Rev. Lester Kringle.
Others will be like me and Paul, men who spent much of their lives prosecuting Christians, but saw the light and have worked diligently since then to serve the Lord. We will be the ones that are wearing grey smokey raiment.
And still others will be standing before the Lord in dingy black clothing, with literal flames licking their cuffs. They are the ones who accept the Lord and become solid Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians moments before dying. They would be like our young men and women who are fighting in Iraq and are killed just moments or days after accepting the Lord Jesus as Lord and Saviour, like those Marines whose picture appeared around the first of the March, a picture of US Marines giving their lives to Christ.
But, how do we know who will be there and who will not. Well, thank God, along time ago there lived a man by the name of Saul, he was a persecutor of Christians, but one day the Lord reached out, and shook his life, shook it so much that this Saul, the persecutor of Christians became Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ. And God entrusted this Paul with much of the writing of the New Testament including how to tell a Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian from a lake of fire bound heathen.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that
no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:
and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19&20)
So, if in answer to the question "Who do you say Jesus is?", you answer "Jesus is one with God the Father, He, the Father and the Holy Ghost are the three parts of the one and only True and Living God, the creator of all heaven and earth and all thing in them and on them. Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings. Jesus is my Lord and my Saviour, and I believe with every fiber of my body that He came to earth to sacrifice Himself so that I might be saved." If any man can say that, then he has the Holy Spirit dwelling with and within him and it is the Holy Spirit dwelling within him that allows him to speak those words, for none other can utter those words. The non saved instead will say such things as "He was a good man", or, "He was a prophet", or some other bit of trivia making Jesus less than one with God the Father.
But, how does one become a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian?
A non believer becomes a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian by the love and efforts of a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian taking the time to share the word of God with them.
While I will be smokey, I will be there. While some Marines, Soldiers and Sailors may be singed around the pant legs, they too will be there. But, what about you kin and friends? Do you love them enough to put away your fear of offending them? Do you love them enough to explain to them that it is only those who are Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians that will spend eternity with the Lord in heaven and that all others are destined to an eternity in the lake of fire with satan. That there is only heaven and hell, that purgatory is a figment of the imaginations of those who think they know more than God, doing the work of satan.
From John Chapter Three
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 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.
As I close, let me close with this question: If you don't love your kin and friends enough to bring the message of salvation to them, who will?
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you all, amen.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is 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.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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