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Friday, September 4th, 2009 As long as Christ is preached Philippians 1:12-20 and Revelation 3:14-22 Keyword: opportunity

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OK, now that we have taken care of the body, let us take care of the soul. As any that have come to ChristianPatriot.com more than once or twice know, I consider the Roman Catholic church the most insidious of all the cults. They are right up there with Mormonism. But praise be to God, while the leaders and priests of those cults are damned, many who attend cult churches are given a chance,and that chance may hinge on their actions.

Let us start by looking Philippians 1:12-20.

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are known in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Now, some indeed preach Christ out of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

What then? notwithstanding, which way, whether out of pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians 1:12-20

Jesus has shown us that all that is necessary for one to be born again is for that person to do what the thief on the cross did in Luke 23.

But the other answering rebuked him, saying, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but This Man hath done nothing amiss.” And he said unto Jesus, “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.” Luke 23:40,41, & 42

For Jesus answered that man saying something He said to no other in the entire Bible, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.Luke 23:40:43

Any so called churches that add anything to this for salvation are cults. But even these cults do bring to the minds of those who attend their cult services, Christ, Just as Paul said, “What then? notwithstanding, which way, whether out of pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.”.

Most of the cults add to the Gospel for one and/or two reasons, money and/or power. But those attending cult services do hear about Jesus and many do come to Christ. Just look around in your churches at the number of former Roman Catholics present. I am a great example. I was, after all, raised a Roman Catholic, but praise be to the Living God, He had mercy on me and led me to Himself in spite of my cultism background, my church of Laodicea background.

Now, I want you to read the words of the Lord God of Creation, the very Christ Himself as He talks to the cults who claim to be Christian denominations. Read this carefully men for your actions or inactions can be the determining point of whether the cultists you know come to know Christ thru you, giving you a crown or through some other. For one way or another, if they are written in the book of Life, they will hear about Christ and come to be His. It is only a matter of who gets the crown(s), you or someone else.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. For as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. For to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22

God has made Himself evident to all by the very fact of creation, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Psalm 19:1 So, God Himself has given us ample proof of His existence, but how is anyone to hear about Christ and His one and only plan of salvation?

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. But, how then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? Romans 10:13-15a

And who is it that Christ has sent? Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15&16

Who is it that Christ has sent? YOU! That is, it is you whom Christ has sent to preach, if you are indeed a true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian.

Let me let you in on a Scriptural truth. God, the Trinity sat down before He created the world and wrote out the Book of Life, way back before God created the Universe(s) He listed the names of every man, woman, and child who would ever enter into heaven. He wrote those names in ink, not pencil that could be erased, but ink, ink made out of the Blood of Christ (figuratively). There are many church of Laodicea cultists that you know that are going to give their life to Christ. The question is not if, the question is who gets the crown for introducing that one to the Lord. The number of Crowns you place at the feet of the Lord determine your placement in heaven. Remember, we have every reason to believe that those two seats, one to the right and one to the left of Jesus are still up for assignment. I don’t know about you, but I want one of them. Come-on, compete with me, come-on, try and wrest one of those two seats from me.

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