Scribes & Pharisees of Today

“Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”….

“Then understood they how that he commanded them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6,12

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you trek sea and land to make one convert, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matthew 23:15

Scribes, Pharisees. Scribes & Pharisees of our day, today, would be the translators or writers of the word the scriptures and the publishers of the translations of our Scribes of today. The Pharisees would be our teachers, our ministers, Pastors.

Here we have our Master warning us to be careful, watchful of what these Scribes & Pharisees of our day are producing when it comes to the word of God just as he warned his disciples. Their doctrine may sound all religious, it may look and sound good, full of piety but elsewhere he tells us their worship is in vain or worthless because they teach and practice the doctrine and commandments of men and not God’s. “This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” Revelation 22:14-15

I want you to notice that last phrase, “whosoever loves and makes a lie”, this is not just about telling lies, no this can be translated if one looks up makes and lie in a lexicon, whosoever loves and makes or does a falsehood. So if one believers we have to sin, we have no choice it’s in our nature, that is making or doing a falsehood, believing a lie because the scriptures proclaim: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:12

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?” Romans 6:15-16

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34

You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

You see this believing falsehood and acting on that falsehood puts one in the same category of idolaters, murderers, whoremongers that will not inherit or enter the Kingdom of God”….. this concept that it does not matter what one believes as long as they are sincere will get one barred from the Kingdom.

Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

These people were sincere, they did wonderful works “in the name of Jesus”, they cast out demons “in the name of Jesus”, they prophesied “in the name of Jesus”, looks like they were very sincere but they were sincerely wrong and that got them rejected from the Kingdom! They were guilty not because they did wonderful works, casting out demons or prophesing, but because they worked inquity: were lawless, without law: anomia a=without nomia=law.

They believed what their Scribes and Pharisees taught them, they believed the wrong leaven or doctrine, the doctrine of men that says the law is abolish, we are not under law therefore we do not have to obey what has been abolished or we do not have to obey what we are not under. Their Scribes and Pharisees taught error, falsehood in not knowing the scriptures, they did not rightly divide the word of truth and taught these people wrong and these people believed them instead of searching the scriptures to see if these teaching were true.

Our Master rejecting these people is yet future when the time comes for him to judge those who are worthy to enter the Kingdom, enter into life everlasting because they did the will of God, or those who will be cast into outer darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth because they worked iniquity or anomia lawlessness…

So sincerity is not going to cut it, you must believe the doctrine of God not man. “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knows this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:14-17

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14

“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;” 1 Timothy 1:10

“Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:9-11

Make sure you are abiding in the doctrine of Christ, if you abide in any other doctrine but that of Christ you will be barred from the Kingdom and cast into outer datkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Not doing your homework, testing those who teach, discerning of the spirit of error vs the spirit of truth is serious business and has serious consequences if you get it wrong.

Eternal Torture??

I was having a dialog with a fellow believer when it turned into a discussion of eternal punishment for sinners in hell. This surprised me in that I personally do not get that concept from scriptures but from worldly philosophers like Dante or Plato.

I do believe those who reject Messiah will be punished, I just don’t believe that that punishment is eternal.

Lets face it, the very word eternal means never ending right? So if it is never ending and Messiah took our punishment then he would have to be still on the cross because our punishment is never ending therefore Messiah taking our punishment is never ending. Eternal is eternal.

So what is the real story here, how can he say at the end of his taking our punishment unto himself, how can he say “it is finished” if our punishment is eternal, never ending?

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

So what is sin?

“Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

We don’t need to go to a Preacher or Pastor or a theologian with a PhD in theology to find that answer. The scriptures gives us the answer right there in 1 John 3:4

Sin has wages, transgressing God law has wages, it says those wages is death NOT life. So if you are being tormented eternally in hell that is still life albeit not a pleasant life for sure but even life in a hell is still life. It is clear that the wages of sin or transgressing his law is death.

God gave his people a choice….. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19

Eternal death is the punishment for rejecting God’s grace, God’s gift of eternal life through his Son.

So where does the punishment come from?

The wages of sin is death, somebody has to pay those wages. God has provided a way that you do not have to pay those wages, his Son freely volunteered to come and take those wages in your stead. He took your punishment onto himself so that you would not have to.

If one rejects what Messiah did for him then that leaves the only other option open to God YOU have to pay the wages. The wages of sin, transgressing his law has been satisfied by his Son Yahshua Messiah, he took our punishment, so if you don’t accept that, if you reject his offer of kinsman redeemer then that leaves you and only you to pay those wages.

Why doesn’t God just kill you and be done with it, no you must suffer for the transgression of his law just as his Son suffered for your transgressing God’s law in your place.

“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying, declare to us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said to them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:36-43

Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Matthew 25:41

The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels it was not prepared for human’s. It was prepared as an everlasting fire to punish the devil and his angels.

Human’s are not immortal, nor do they have an immortal soul that too is a human philosophical concept not supported by the scripture. So if one rejects God’s offer of pardon through faith in his Son then they will have to pay the wages of sin, transgressing his law, themselves by being thrown into the lake of fire. Depending on the wickedness of that individual will depend on how long it takes for him to be consumed by the lake of fire before he dies the eternal death.

“And you yourselves like to men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: verily I say to you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not. Then Peter said to him, Lord, speak you this parable to us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. Of a truth I say to you, that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:36-48

Granted this parable is referring to believers but notice what happens to the bad, wicked servant, he is regarded the same as an unbeliever…. “will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” or he’ll be cast into the lake of fire with the rest of unbelievers and be beaten with many stripes before death over takes him.

When you reason it out, use that brain God gave you to do critical thinking and connect the dots the logical conclusion is the punishment of eternal death is the consequence for rejecting God’s offer of salvation from the lake of fire. Those humans who eventually die in the lake of fire will never, ever, eternally never ever be resurrected again to life. THAT is the eternal punishment, notice it does not say punishments but punishment.

We do the same here on earth in our judicial justice system to those who do heinous crimes that deserve death, we kill them. Execute them, we do torture them for the rest of their life here on earth until they die.

God is no different, after you pay your wages for your sins in the lake of fire, because you rejected his way of pardon, you die, never to be resurrected again period.

As is always the case in my posts you can believe whatever you want to believe. This is my take on it and yes I’ve hear all the verses and still hold to my view, my God is a God of love and mercy but also a God of justice and wrath. His justice and wrath is tempered with is love and mercy, you must pay for your rebellion and rejecting what cost him dearly but he is also merciful in that once you have paid your wages he ends it with death, he is not a God of eternal torture or a God that is a eternal tormentor. You can be sure if you reject his offer of salvation that you will get the exact amount of punishment you deserve before you suffer eternal death, no more no less.

How To Be A Successful Christian?

I was asked recently, “How does one become a successful Christian?”. That to me is nonsense. I know the person who asked me this question, and I know what his attitude and mindset, where he was coming from.

To him a successful plumber was a plumber that was the best in his field, he had a large client base and was the largest plumber in his area AND he made a lot of money.

To him a successful Attorney was one who had a lot of high-end clients, he was the best in his field, was the largest in his area AND he made a lot of money.

You get the drift. This Christian equated success with being the best, having a large following AND making a lot of money.

Yes, sure there are mega-churches, these mega-churches are the best at what they do, have a huge following, big, really big buildings, lots of stage presence, put on mega concerts with big screens, pyrotechnics just as the worldly music system, their Pastor or Shepard probably has one or several popular teaching books in print AND they make a lot of money!

My question to him was, is God impressed with that kind of success? No.

Love, serve and obey God is all God asks of us. He does not care if we write and publish books, he does not care if we found a church that grows into a mega-church, he does not care if we make a lot of money or not.

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called to him his disciples, and said to them, Verily I say to you, That this poor widow has cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Mark 12:41-44

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:10-14

So, I answered in the only way I could biblical: Love God with all your mind, serve and obey him and you will be a successful Christian.

Choose Wisely

Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition’s, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:16-21

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26

Practicing sin, all those things, actions and behaviors, listed as lusts of the flesh or desires of the flesh WILL GET YOU BARRED from the Kingdom of God.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8

You could replace sows with practice and you’d get…

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man practices, that shall he also reap. For he that practices the things of his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that practices the things of the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8

Or another replacement could be actions and behavior then you’d get….

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man practices, that shall he also reap. For he that practices actions and behaviors of the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that practices actions and behavior of the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8

Your choice, always is and always will be your choice as to which you practice in your actions and behavior: the flesh or the spirit, choose wisely because your eternal destiny depends on which actions and behavior you follow!

Overcomers

Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him. 1 John 2:24-29

For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. Revelation 2:11

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it. Revelation 2:17

And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:26-29

He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:5-6

Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:12-13

To him that overcomes 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 has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:21-22

He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:7-8

All these promises of eating from the tree of life, not being hurt of the second death, eating of the hidden manna, given a white stone with a new name written on it, having power over the nations and being given the morning star, being clothed in white raiment and not getting their names blotted out of the book of life, confessing his name before the Father and his angels, becoming a pillar in the temple of God, writing the name of the Father & the Son & the New Jerusalem on him, sit with Messiah on his throne just as Messiah overcame and sits on his Father’s throne with him, inherit all things & the Father will be his God and he will be the Father’s son.

All these promises to overcomers are predicated on one thing and one thing only…. OVERCOMING!!! If you don’t overcome you do not get to enjoy any of these promises, those who do not overcome lose out on all these promises.

It does not take a genius to figure that conclusion out!

Overcome what??

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever. 1 John 2:15-17

Overcome what??

THE WORLD!! The lust or desires of the flesh, the lust or desires of the eyes, the pride of life! In other words we must overcome the world, the flesh and the devil in order to claim any of those promises mentioned that he will give to overcomers.

The reason those promises are so great for overcomers is because IT IS BY NO MEANS EASY to overcome and claim those promises. This is that narrow path that leads to life that few find. The broad path is easy to find and get on, but the narrow path is hard to find and get on. That is why the broad path leads to destruction and the narrow path leads to life eternal.

God wants dedicated, committed, serious believers in his Kingdom and the only way for him to determine who is committed and who is not, who is a tare or who is a wheat, who is a sheep or who is a goat is to have two paths to follow, one broad and easy for the tares & goats, those who are not really committed. Another path that is narrow and hard to find for the wheat & sheep, those committed to finding and doing his will.

Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

It is NOT what you say it is WHAT YOU DO IN REGARDS TO HIS WILL that makes the difference. You could say that the Lord was saying to them, depart from me you that were on the broad path, I only recognise and know those who were on the narrow path. Those who actually DID the will of my Father, and not just did lip service but those who actually overcame.

Is The Bible The Inerrant Word Of God?

I watched a documentary about the finding of an old manuscript of the New Testament. Supposedly the oldest manuscript ever found at the time from the 3rd Century. What was interesting was that they focused on the ending of Mark where the angel told the women at the tomb that Jesus was not there that he arose from the dead and that ended Mark. No verses telling of Jesus appearing to his disciples after he arose. They make multiple comments about Mark’s not showing evidence of Jesus resurrection. It appears who ever copied that manuscript left it out because it is in our scriptures.

What makes me scratch my head is they make no mention whatsoever that Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection in Matthew’s, Luke’s and John’s gospel! So if Matthew, Luke, and John failed to show Jesus appearing to his disciples after his resurrection they surely would have jumped on it BUT since only Mark’s gospel left it out that is what they concentrated on trying to prove that the copies of scripture we have are not reliable.

My take is this, God made sure that the record of his son Jesus Christ appearing to his disciples after his resurrection WAS included in Matthew, Luke and John’s account in that manuscript they found or they surely would have pointed it out to us that it was not included in the other gospels.

This just shows me another attempt by godless men to try and discredit the word of God.

Do I think the scriptures we have is the perfect inerrant word of God? NO, absolutely not. The manuscripts we have are copies of copies of copies of the original manuscripts the Apostles wrote. Let me state this clearly, THE ORGINAL MANUSCRIPTS ARE GONE! The ORGINAL manuscripts were the perfect inerrant word of God. No one will ever find a manuscript written by the Apostles, they are destroyed through constant use and abuse of being handled so much; being transferred from one church to another. They had to produce multiple copies of those original manuscripts of the Apostles, and they just kept making copies of those copies.

What this means is yes, there is going to be scribal errors occasionally. Words omitted or added, heck even verses dropped. It is because man is error prone, no matter how careful he tries to be.

God even showed this happened in the ancient times. “How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.” Jeremiah 8:8

Lying pens of the scribes. God specifically told his people “do not add to nor take away from my words” Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:22; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 18:19.

Well, guess what? If they did not obey him in regards to his other commands they did not obey him with this command about added to and taking away from his word. Why should that surprise you that men manipulate the scriptures according to their own agenda?

God did not stop the scribes from writing or copying his word falsely back then and he is not going to stop people today from manipulating, corrupting his word today. How else is he to test us as to whether we really want to love, serve and obey him if he does not put us to the test to see if we will stay loyal, true to him and not go whoring after false teachers and false publishers who manipulate and corrupt his word.

I use multiple versions of scripture but my main version is the KJV of 1611, mainly because I feel it is the least in corruption. The KJV of 1611 when compared with the Geneva Bible of 1599, you can see the influence of the Roman Church in the KJV. But as I said I use multiple scriptures of the 1500’s, 1600’s and 1800’s. I tend to stay away from translations from the 20th century. This is just my preference. “One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Roman 14:5 This is what is right for me, that I am persuaded of.

No, it’s not blasphemy or heresy to believe the scriptures we have now is not the inerrant word of God, it is just common sense to realize that evil men will try to corrupt the word of God just as they did in ancient times. Keeps us on our toes when doing research and studying his word.

What If They Won’t Listen?

I can not control what people believe. I encounter many people in my world who hold to, or believe false doctrine, false teachings. Does it concern me? Yes! Absolutely. I am of the same mindset as my God, not willing that any should perish but that all come to the truth.

Will all come to the truth? NO! Absolutely not BUT, yes but, it is NOT my job or position to convict people of their need to get right with God and his son, Yahweh Elohim and Yahshua Messiah or God and Jesus Christ his son as they are popularly referred to. It is the spirit’s job to convict.

My job or position is to proclaim the truth in my world, whether the people I come into contact wish to receive the truth or not is up to them and the spirit if the spirit convicts them. In other words, it is not up to me and my eloquent oratory skills. I am just to be a light to my world of darkness.

What if they refuse to listen? That is their choice!

There are two classes of people in my world that I come into contact on a daily basis. Those who claim they are saved, and those who are unbelievers, who do not claim any relationship with God or his son. Those are the only two type of people anyone will ever meet in their world. Believers and unbelievers.

Your world encompasses your neighborhood, the places you shop, get petrol, restaurants, malls, your workplace, places you go for entertainment, gyms and sports facilities, etc. You get the picture. That is your world and the world you are to be a light in.

But what if they won’t listen? So what! Did you not read in scriptures…. No man comes to the Father but through me, and no man can come to me unless the Father draws them? It is up to you to proclaim, it is up to the Father to draw NOT YOU!

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:9-11

In other words after the 1st and 2nd admonition or warning of them if they persist in going against the truth then reject them! Leave them alone! Let God send someone else to deal with them, it is not up to you to bang them over the head with your bible. Maybe God has someone who can reach them, so get out of the way.

And when you come into a house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” Matthew 10:12-14 You need to read verses 1 -14, this was our Master’s instructions to his disciples when he sent them out to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God. If they do not want to listen then that is on them, go somewhere else and proclaim.

Nowhere do I read in the gospels where Jesus ran after someone who turned away from him, running after them trying to convince them of the error of their ways, he just did not do that: They asked, he answered, they believed or did not believe, he did not run after them if they did not believe. He let them walk away, it was their choice.