A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Thanks to ACP's Steve Burzlaff, we now have the Evanglical handout, "What If" in PDF format.
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Thank God for Steve,
I am really tired of this infamous lie going around that preachers insist on using as do the vast majority of so called Christians, the lie of "Once you profess to be Saved, you are always saved." You cannot just wander up to the alter, hang your head, mouth a few words that you copy from the so called man or woman who is supposedly leading you to Christ and go on with your sinful life thinking you are now destined to get into heaven. If that was all there was to it, the Bible would contain no more than 100 words.
Let's look at what James, the half brother of The Lord God of Creation, He who so loved us that He left heaven and came to earth as a babe in the womb to be the perfect sinless sacrifice for us, Christ Jesus, had to say.
In James chapter two, the half brother of Jesus, James, asks this question "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?" Let's look at it in context and see what James was getting at.
But, first let me warn you. Those of you who use the gifts the Lord has given you for your own personal profit and not for the betterment of God's creations, are not going to like this.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? That is a very good question, and goes straight to the heart of the misleading and outright lying statement made by many claiming that "Once saved always saved and salvation comes to all who simply ask Jesus to come into their hearts." Let's see how James answers the question he has asked.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled," notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? To many today, who claim to be Saved, when faced with one in need, say "I'll pray for you." Yet, they do not reach into their pocket to help. I have run into doctors, dentists, mechanics, plumbers, and others who profess to be born again, yet are very hesitant to use the knowledge the Lord gave them to help another for no money. They will offer to pray, but they will not lift a finger to help. Let's go back to James and see what he has to say about those who don't help.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, "Thou hast faith, and I have works:" Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. Read what James says here. He is plainly stating that faith without works is dead. Now, I know that a lot of preachers contradict these teachings of James, but I would ask you to think about this. James was the younger son of Mary and Joseph, he was born into the home where the Lord Jesus Christ was the older brother. James was raised with Jesus, James knew Jesus personally. James talked with Jesus, played with Jesus, and in all probability, like all younger brothers played tricks on the Lord and even tried to get Him in trouble. Doesn't it make sense that he probably knew and understood the will of the Lord a little better than those who preach doctrine contrary to the teachings of James? I might add that the teachings of James are the teachings of God, for it is in God's book that we find the teachings of James.
But, you say, "I know I'm saved, for I believe in God." Read on: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (the above Scripture is taken from James 2:14-20 ACP/KJV)
Let us look at some of the things Jesus said about works.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27)
Let me try to explain, using Scripture, what is meant by "works". "Then said they unto Jesus, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him (God the Son, Jesus) whom He (God the Father Jehovah) hath sent." (John 6:28&29)
No, you don't have to go out and build an ark, you don't have to take your son to the top of a mountain and offer him as a sacrifice, but what you do have to do is prove that you are a Christian every minute of every day by your deeds and actions. Everyone who crosses your path should know that you are a Born Again Christian by the works that you do. If you are a dentist and a brother or sister is in need of dental care, think first of him or her and your profit second. If you are a doctor, plumber, electrician, auto mechanic or whatever, do likewise. Remember, God gave you the skills that you have, and He entrusted you with those skills not for your profit but for His glory.
Good works does not get you saved, only giving yourself 100% to the Lord does that, but the proof of salvation is your good works. Not the good works of socialism, but the good works of individual sacrifice for the Lord. And the proof of living as the Lord would have you live includes dressing like one committed to the Lord, not putting your body on public display.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)
But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:33)
It is time to get serious about who you belong to, for you can not serve both Jesus and satan. You can not be both not of this world and part of this world. This planet earth is either your home or you are a visitor here waiting to go home to be with the Lord in paradise. There isn't any purgatory, there is only everlasting glory and everlasting damnation. You choose, God abides by your decision. You and only you will decide whether you are a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian or a satan worshiping heathen. As for me, well, I hate satan and this time on earth is the closest I will ever come to hell. What about you?
In closing, I am going to try and paint a picture for you. Not one on canvas, but one for your mind.
Try to imagine, if you would, a large room, a very large room, say one that is five football fields long, three football fields wide, and one football field high. There are three doors in the room, one that everyone being tried walks through. Yes. being tried, for the room is a court room. But not just any court room. This is the last court, it is a court with no appeal. It is a court with no prosecuting attorney and no defense attorneys. Each defendant stands on his own to be judged. That door is at the very east end of the room, close to the northeast corner of the room.
There are two other doors, both of them are exits. One is a rather small unimposing door, kind of a sickly grey in color, but upon closer examination it is quite apparent that it is a door of considerable substance, more like the type of door you would find inside a maximum security prison, the door that is used to protect those waiting for the death sentence to be carried out from the rest of humanity.
The other door is on the south side of the room directly behind two huge throne type chairs. Thrones fit for the most grand of all kings. Thrones that seem to be made of a gold so pure that it almost looks like crystal. Throne chairs that have what appears to be a rainbow emanating from them and surrounding them at the same time. That door looks as if it is made out of freshly picked flowers, orchids and things of unbelievable beauty and tenderness, not a door to keep people in or out by any imagination, just a door separating the large judgement room from whatever is on the other side of the beautiful door between the two magnificent thrones.
Sitting on these two magnificent throne chairs is God the Father and His one and only Son, the Lord Jesus, the Christ. As each person is brought in from the little door on the east wall, they come and bow down before God the Father, then looking at Jesus they either smile or have a look of shocked amazement on their face as they utter the words, "You're real." As each bows with his or head towards the ground, God the Father looks at God the Son and says this simple word. Son? At which time Jesus says one of two things, "He denied Me before men." or "Welcome My good and faithful servant."
For behind the thrones high above, about 80 yards up on the wall, is written this saying:
Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.
whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.
Each time the Lord says: "Welcome My good and faithful servant," the rainbow gets brighter, trumpets, harps, and every other conceivable instrument play a loud, cheerful welcoming song and as that sound plays, the white door between the Judgement thrones open and laughter and music can be heard coming from behind it and light can be seen coming from behind it and beautiful scents too pleasant to even imagine come forth from behind this most beautiful door. And those souls who hear those welcome words "Welcome My good and faithful servant," depart from the room of judgement into everlasting paradise, not as visitors, but as adopted sons and daughters of God.
But those who hear these words; "He denied Me before men," hear no such sounds, see no such sights and feel the iron grasp of two mighty angels. The two mighty angels are taking that soul over to that thick, grey, steel door and opening it, and as they prepare to cast that soul to his or her eternal reward, horrible screams of pain are heard. No light emanates from it, horrors and stenches of undescribable decadence, filth and rot, try to enter the throne room but are blocked by the soul being cast into the eternal lake of fire. A lake of fire, fire that never ends. A fire that burns with intense heat but with no light, causing a darkness impossible to imagine for it has never been on earth.
The picture I painted for you with words is not fiction, it isn't a story out of the latest and scariest horror novel, it is prophecy that will come true. It is called the white throne judgement and it is prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
You see, if you are a professing Christian and slip and fall, which all of us do, me more so than others, you must repent. But, if you don't repent, you still may not be in a lot of trouble, but if while you are slipping and falling, you deny the Lord Jesus and don't seriously repent, you are going to find that hard, steel, grey door. Do not, even for a moment, think that denying only means denying with the voice or in print, it doesn't. To deny the Lord is to deny Him in your dress, your behavior, your associations, and anything else that denies the presence of the Living God dwelling within you. Confused? Want to be unconfused? Read your Bible, study God's manual for you, for that is what the Bible is. It is God's owner's manual for you to run your life by, authored by the original manufacturer of you, me, your kids, my kids, and everything else in the earth, on the earth and throughout all the heavens, God.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ACP/KJV) ...and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:..1-3 ACP/KJV)
The Lord be with you all and may none of you ever hear those horrible words, "He denied Me before men." Amen.
Pray for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush, Sean and Michael have, they, Rush, Sean, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horsefly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
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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