Sink Holes, a Polar Shift and the End Times

There have been sink holes for a long time, but in recent years, these sink holes have increased drastically and they are occurring around the globe! Some are giants and have gobbled up people, homes, roads and buildings. sink holesPerhaps they will get even worse! Decades ago, such sink holes were not the problem they are today! That suggests something new and different is happening to our planet which is destructive. sink holesThe theories of why sink holes have increased in size and intensity are minimized. If anyone really knows, the general public isn’t being told maybe to prevent panic!

The Polar Shift

Another major earth altering phenomenon is also occurring, namely a polar shift. This is not readily mentioned in the news as sink holes are, but definitely is occurring too. Eskimos know about this change as it is clearly evident to them. Could the polar shift and sink holes be connected somehow? How such a shift in the magnetic North pole will affect the climate and earth itself is also reported as destructive!

To add to that, Japan’s radiation continues to pour into the ocean. Nuclear war also continues to loom in the background, as trouble continues to brew. These types of things are all referred to in the Bible, especially the book of Revelation. In the last book of the New Testament, Scripture foretells that billions will die because of the things coming on our planet! IF you are a Christian, these things must first occur before much better days arrive in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. IF you are not a Christian you are in the greatest danger of all though you are unaware of your danger!

How To Prepare

Trouble and problems have always been part of man’s earthly existence since the Fall, but a time unparalleled to man is yet before us! The only hope anyone has is in God and the only way to have the Father is through his son, Jesus Christ. Do YOU know Jesus? Are YOU worthy of Jesus? He is also the only way to prepare for your departure through death, which might be much closer than you know! Remember the Doomsday Clock? The ticks are running out!

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How To Start A Soul Winning Conversation

[Bible Questions] Hello, I am new to Christianity and I would like to preach the gospel to people on the street, not to a large group but just to individual people I see on the street. I have nobody to teach me and would like it if you could answer some questions for me or help me get started.   How do I begin the conversation? I want to bring the church to the lost and preach the good news but I have no idea how to start a conversation like this with people.  How do I carry on the conversation?  Could you please give me some examples of preaching conversations I could use until I get comfortable making my own conversation?  Thank you so much.

[Bible Answer] Greetings in Jesus’ name. Your godly desire to sow gospel seeds to others is wonderful to read.street witnessing Make sure you know the real gospel, which is summarized in Acts 20:21 with a conditional security (1 Cor. 15:2). SIN is the problem, but the people don’t know it. Hence, Psa. 36:1,2 is perfect regarding that:

… An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.  (Psa 36:1,2)

You can help the lost overcome those issues of their own sinfulness EASILY and QUICKLY with 1 Cor. 6:9,10. IF possible read the scripture with them from your Bible, so they too can see what it says. It is a powerhouse passage. Use 1 Cor. 6:9,10 often. It is the best single passage when soul winning that I know to make those points showing the need of the people to repent (turn from evil).

What works great for me when soul winning is to ask people this question, “IF I wasn’t a Christian and asked you how to be a Christian, what would you tell me?”  With that question, you’ll quickly find out what people are trusting in/doing for salvation. To carry on the conversation after they respond, you must know the word! There are many strange ideas and depending on what people answer you need to respond logically based on scripture. It’s like learning to drive a car. At first it might seem hard, but after a while it becomes VERY EASY, but you must still be alert. You will get better at soul winning and preaching. Don’t compare yourself with an experienced street preacher or seasoned veteran soul winner, but instead learn the good from such, IF there is good to notice! (We are in a very dark and widespread apostasy. Many preachers are not good examples!)

The two greatest issues you will face will be discouragement and fear. Both are from the devil to stop you. It takes courage and faith to go on the frontlines. It can be a place of serious danger and great temptation. You must keep yourself pure (1 Tim. 5:22) and go boldly. I have seen amazing and zealous street preachers get picked off by the devil with sin! If you aren’t careful, such could happen to you too, but it doesn’t have to. You must be guarded!

Dedicate your time and life to God. Learn the NT. We listen to the Bible ALL night long and have done so for decades! It is great to listen to and learn that way. You MUST know the Bible for you will encounter Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who can quote scripture out of context. YOU WILL LEARN AS YOU GO ALONG. When I first started, if someone would ask me a question I couldn’t answer, I asked for their name and address and told them I’d send them the answer. Carry a small notebook and ink pen with you for such and other things to record. Remember Mt. 10:32,33. Using [sound] gospel tracts is very important and easy too. Read this about Gospel Tract Evangelism. You can print FREE gospel tracts from your printer or you can buy Gospel Tracts in bulk from us.    Let me know how things are going. Keep in touch. 1 Cor. 15:58.

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Nothing Will Separate Us From God’s Love

[Comment] Please try to explain the following scripture:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,God's love neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

Remember the same God who saved you is the same God who will keep you. Once we are saved we are always saved. Our salvation is most definitely eternally secure! Now I will agree that not everyone that says they are saved, are truly saved.  But once a person is truly saved as the bible says nothing will take them away from the Love the God has for them.

Christian Answer

[Bible Answer] IF God’s love for us was a guarantee of salvation, then everyone would be saved because God loves everyone, even the unsaved (Mark 10:21; John 3:16; etc.)!  If everyone would be saved, then Universalism would be true and no one would go to hell, which is very far from the Biblical message (Jude 7; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15; etc.).

When Christians say there is NO once saved always saved, they are saying that the righteous who backslide have died spiritually, meaning the LIFE of God within their soul is gone. So it is the LIFE of God that is the critical issue, not the LOVE of God, as mentioned in Romans 8:38,39. You mentioned God keeping us [saved], with no conditions attached, which is also dangerously unscriptural. God’s truth reveals there is human responsibility, under grace, in salvation!  Christians are to keep:

  • themselves from idols (1 John 5:21),
  • themselves pure (1 Tim. 5:22),
  • their lamps burning (Lk. 12:35),
  • their spiritual fervor serving the Lord (Rom. 12:11),
  • their lives free from the love of money (Heb. 13:5),
  • ourselves from being polluted by the world (James 1:27)

How To Keep It For Eternal Life

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)

If we were once saved always saved there would never be any hell warnings directed towards Christians, which is not the case (Mk. 9:43-48; Eph. 5:5-7; Mt. 10:28; etc.)! We also would never read of verses showing salvation maintenance under grace, but we do (1 Tim. 1:19; Rev. 3:11; etc.). There is no question that once saved always saved is NOT a Christian belief, but a distortion of grace into a license to sin!

Though there are false converts, we can KNOW who is saved and who isn’t (1 John 2:3,4; 1 John 3:10). Jesus’ wheat and tares teaching also substantiates this. Hence, the backsliding are on the road to hell again for as a dog returns to his vomit he is worse off than at the beginning (2 Pet. 2:20-22)! There is no such thing as a Christian adulterer, Christian drunk, Christian homosexual, etc. (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc.).

John 10:28 does NOT support once saved always saved either. Christians must endure hatred, for their holy living, to the end to be saved (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). A Christian is a slave of righteousness, not a slave of sin (Rom. 6:22). Eternal security is candy coated soul poison.

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Scripture Twisting For Pre-Trib Rapture Sake

ALL false doctrine, allegedly based on Scripture, has misused Scripture somehow! It is NOT just the Jehovah’s Witnesses, MormonsCatholics and eternal security teachers who do that! In fact, most of the popular and respected so-called “Bible teachers” of our day do that, including the Pre-Trib Rapture scripture twisters with their myth!

Expecting The Pre-Trib Rapture In Vain

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Many Christians continue to wait in vain for a pre-trib rapture! It is sad, but true. They have been misled by a multitude of authoritative independent teachers and denominations, including Harold Camping, who recently and shamefully wasted millions of dollars on his 2011 false rapture predictions to the embarrassment of all of his devotees.

2 Thessalonians 2 Is Explicit

If one would unbiasedly read 2 Thess. 2 in context and believe what it says there, no Christian could get a pre-trib rapture out of that. Just the opposite!

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day [the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him (v.1)] will not come until the rebellion [departure from the faith or apostasy] occurs and the man of lawlessness [Antichrist] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thess 2:3)

Pre-Trib Rapture Scripture Twisting

The pre-trib rapture teachers twist the clarity of 2 Thess. 2:3 into something very different from what it actual says in context! They actually teach the departure from the faith is the rapture of the church itself! They drop the “from the faith” and just focus in upon the word “departure.” NOTE: The Greek word used there is APOSTASIA. We get our English word “apostasy” (which means departure from the faith) from it. That Greek word is only used one other time in the NT at Acts 21:21 and again it refers to a departure from doctrine and truth. There is absolutely no way to Biblically justify that departure to mean a pre-trib rapture, even though all Christians would love to be snatched up into the air to meet the Lord Jesus and escape the horrible events before the great tribulation! Folks, the Bible doesn’t teach it! To want a pre-trib rapture will NOT change anything! The Bible teaches a POST trib rapture with the wrath of God starting AFTER the great tribulation. Christians will be delivered from the wrath of God (1 Thess. 5:9; etc.) which comes after the great tribulation. That horrible time will be a “test” coming to people globally.

Don’t Ignore The Overwhelming Evidence

The pre-trib rapture proponents of the last generation wrongly think they will escape the Antichrist, the mark of the beast and everything that transpires around that time up to and including nuclear war. They won’t! When serious global problems come, with billions dying, certainly many pre-trib rapture advocates may have their faith crushed because they were not expecting such! In fact, their rude awakening to no pre-trib rapture might be part of the apostasy itself as many become disillusioned with Bible teachers! That is very sad but often the case with spiritual deception after a proponent learns of it.

Remember, many godly people suffered and died as martyrs over the centuries, besides the various ones in the Bible. God didn’t snatch them away and He will NOT snatch us either, IF we are the last generation. That makes Rev. 12:11 one of the most important verses in the Bible for that generation:

They overcame him [Satan, v.9] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Rev 12:11)

Are you ready to die for your faith? It takes courage to be a real Christian!

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Muslims Religiously Kiss The Black Stone of the Kaaba in Mecca for FORGIVENESS

muslims kiss black stone in mecca for forgivenessLittle known to many in the West is the Muslim tradition of kissing the Black Stone of the Kaaba in Mecca. Muslims say it “fell from heaven” as a meteorite, but also say it was given to Adam after he was expelled from the Garden of Eden. Because the Black Stone is revered and adored with kisses by Muslims, they are venerating it. The Muslims venerate the Black Stone with kisses as Catholics venerate statues with kisses! Furthermore, Muslims think the Black Stone was once white, but turned black by absorbing the sins of the pilgrims, who kissed it (according to the below video)! While Muslims think they can kiss away their sins, the Hindus believe they bathe away their sins in a river and the Catholics confess their sins to a priest and pray to Mary for their forgiveness! True forgiveness of sins results in freedom from sin addictions and comes through a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross and rose from the grave. [CLICK to read much more about true saving faith here.]

Kissing Images — A Pagan Practice

What a surprise it must be to some to learn that kissing an image or object religiously is NOT of God. It is actually a pagan practice, which is denounced by God:

Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him. (1 Kings 19:18)

God’s faithful ones don’t religiously kiss images or objects. God is to be worshiped in spirit and truth (John 4:23,24), which is antithetical to kissing any object religiously. Kissing anything religiously is pagan and idolatrous, yet embraced and openly done by Muslims (and Catholics)!

Just Like The People in Ephesus!

Moreover, Muslims think their sacred Black Stone “fell from heaven,” just like the Ephesians claimed about the image of Artemis:

The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven”? (Acts 19:35)

What was said to have fallen from heaven” actually came from hell as a spiritual snare to their souls though unbeknownst to them, just like with the Muslims and their Black Stone of Kaaba. Remember, even the bronze serpent Moses obediently put on a pole later became a spiritual snare when the Israelites burned incense to it! It became known as Nehushtan. To worship God in spirit and truth as he desires (Jn. 4:23,24) is done without any object or image!

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Sixteen Year Old Girl Addicted To PORN

Please Help Me!

[Bible Questions] My name is ______ and I am currently a 16 year old girl, and I have been watching pornography since I was 11. I was introduced to porn through a friend of mine that was interested in lesbian sex. Through all those ‘ experiments ‘ and wanting to try something new, I became hooked on pornography.  I am a Christian, serving in the church as well. girl addicted to pornographyWith this addiction, I feel difficult to serve whole heartily as I feel ‘ unclean ‘ . I have confessed my sin to The Lord and I believe He works miracles, but I often find myself trapped in pornography. The longest I have stopped watching porn was about 2 weeks and then I’m back at it again. I have attended many church camps and promised The Lord I would stop doing it, but at the end of the day I find myself masturbating to porn again.  I understand that The Lord wants us to be pure and respect our body, but often I find myself falling and failing the Almighty.  I always read the posts here to convince myself and allowing my faith to grow through the advice that this blog provides, but I realized majority of the problems are lust from man to woman, instead of woman to man. Women get lust too, and especially as a teenager, I often find it hard to avoid sexual thoughts about ‘hot guys’.  I have met online strangers and ‘sexted’ before, which breaks my heart as I know that this is something The Lord would not want me to do.  However with all that, I’m still a virgin, but my inner thoughts have already corrupted me and it makes me feel so disappointed knowing the fact I find myself having those dirty thoughts again.  Every time I have those ‘ sick thoughts ‘ I try to avoid or think about the consequences of watching porn, but sometimes I would be searching ‘indirect porn’ and end up watching porn on my phone or the iPad.  Being a girl makes it harder, as every time in the church when a pastor preaches about ‘ spiritual bondage ‘, the guys would be able to administer to the altar call and hear what God would say to them through the pastor.  ‘ Girls ‘ are known to be those that would not touch or watch porn due to their innocence ‘ but that is not true. As a Christian girl, I believe that it is important to be sexually pure as we are Daughters of a Almighty God. But me being like this makes me feel horrible and ashamed about myself, and often I wonder why God would still love me.  I really would like to hear advice from you guys, to know that I’m not facing this alone. Please help me, I really don’t wanna to continue this life style anymore.

[Bible Answer] I carefully read over your email and have several very important things to share: (1) Obviously, you must do something very different to get the victory over your addiction to pornography. As you noted, just confessing your sin doesn’t bring the freedom from your sexual addiction that you long for.

You Are Battling For Your Soul

(2) Cry out to God sincerely for victory, strength and mercy. The key for you is repentance (turning away from sins). You must get DEAD SERIOUS this time unlike you have in the past. Please know repentance from your sins and living holy is a SALVATION issue. You are NOT a Christian now as you stated because there are NO Christian sexually immoral people (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rev. 21:8; etc.).  Hence, this is a heaven or hell issue for you and nothing less important! If you have been taught once saved always saved you have been misinformed about grace and the gospel. Read this for much more info on once saved always saved.

(3) When you repent, DESTROY all pornographic material you have. Leave none around which may snare you later. If you have to throw away your phone and iPad to prevent this temptation and sexual sin. Do it without hesitation! You are battling for your SOUL! Also, your “friend,” which got you involved in lesbian sex pornography, needs to go! She is NOT really a friend, but an enemy and tool of the devil being used to drag you to hell. That is the worst type of enemy. Similarly, avoid places of temptation. Come out from among them and be separate (2 Cor. 6:14-17)!

(4) Flood your mind with God’s word. Lock your mind on the truth in the pages of the Bible – meditate, ponder and memorize Scripture. That will wash away the filth and perversion. Read at least 4 or 5 chapters daily and even more if you are being tempted.

(5) IF you are away from the Bible and can’t read Scripture when tempted, PRAY TO GOD, repeatedly if necessary. Also, quote Scripture out loud with a low voice (if others are around you) and the temptation will lessen.

Your problem is spiritual. You must do the spiritual things needed for victory. NOTE: COMPLETE VICTORY AND FREEDOM FROM SEXUAL ADDICTION OR ANY SIN IS GUARANTEED, IF YOU DO IT THE BIBLE WAY. It is impossible to be a Christian if one is addicted to any sin in the present time. Ponder Rom. 6:22. Write back in two weeks with your progress. Remember Mt. 5:28,29.

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I Go To A KJV Only Church

[Question] I am going to a King James only church and I am not sure I understand, but are you saying that because I go to a King James only church that I am in a cult? I am just wondering. Please do not think I am being mean I just want to understand.

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[Bible Answer and more Bible Answers] Thank you for your question about your King James only church. Please know it is the KJV only proponents, which we have encountered, who say Christians like us are lost, based on the sole fact that we are not using the KJV! Shocking and disturbing, but true! Such people have made a condition for salvation to be utilizing the KJV. That is unscriptural, dangerous, irrational and cultic! They can also be some of the most cruel, hateful, aggressive and ignorant people a Christian can encounter in our day. I speak from experience with their unjust attacks.

READ A REAL LETTER From A KJV Onlyite

Why are you attending a KJV only church? Do you realize KJV only people are, ludicrously, saying there was no word of God before 1611, because the KJV is the only word of God? Also, the KJV only people infer there is no word of God in Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, etc.  Why? Because only the KJV (an English translation) is the word of God. I can’t comprehend such wild extremism being believed by any rational person, nor can I understand why anyone would read only the KJV, since it is not understandable. On those points alone, the KJV should NOT be used — that is, because it is incomprehensible. Why would anyone use a translation they can’t understand? Only because of misinformation or pressure from others.

This spiritual test is too important and eternity is a long time to take a chance like that. We MUST learn God’s word for ourselves by reading it and acting upon its message, but the KJV will severely hinder the former! Without question, it is to one’s disadvantage to read only the KJV. It is also a grieving lie to say that even a 10 or 12 year old can understand the KJV, when even the adults can’t! Liars are going to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), but that does not stop that type of KJV only propaganda being spread by KJV only teachers, who got rich off of exploiting others with such outrageous lies, as Gail Riplinger has.

Truth You’ll NEVER Hear From The KJV Onlyites

The KJV is not the standard of accuracy. It is not infallible, nor perfect. The KJV is only a translation of the Bible, and NOT the Bible itself. It wasn’t even the first English translation of the Bible and was only “authorized” by a secular king to be used at that time! Moreover, the KJV had no copyright on it, because such never existed back then. That version is, therefore, often used in “study Bibles,” etc. so the author doesn’t have to pay out MONEY for quoting it! In other words, MONEY is the reason behind the prevalent use of the KJV, not its accuracy! NOTE: It is the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts (the autographs) which were inspired by God, which are infallible and error-free — not any translation.

Furthermore, the KJV translators made translational errors, with some being very obvious and grievous. There are also many words in the KJV which seem understandable to us today (conversation, quick, meat, gay clothing, peculiar, etc.), but they meant something different when they were initially translated, since the English language has changed over the centuries. Those differences in word meanings “deceive” today’s KJV readers. So there are multiple comprehension problems with the KJV. Those are all facts, not fallacies, though not commonly heard!

MOST IMPORTANT: Holy living is the salvation issue, not what translation of the Bible we are reading! We are to worship God alone, not a translation of the Bible, especially one like the KJV. Do not be deceived. Remember Heb. 3:14.

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Self Control – Our Stone Wall Defense

Back in the days of Solomon, when the Holy Spirit inspired him to write Proverbs, it was vital for cities to have a high stone wall surrounding them for protection. broken down walls self-controlThat stone wall was their vital defense against their enemies. A prime example of this is shown with the walls of Jericho, which protected that enemy city, until Joshua and his army did exactly as God commanded for the walls to come crashing down (Joshua 6)! After the walls fell, the city was taken!

To Lack Self Control Is To Be Like A City With Broken Down Walls

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (Prov 25:28)

If a person lacking self-control could become a city, that city would have a broken down wall! Therefore, it would have no real defense against its enemies. Such a person would be easy to defeat and destroy! That would make his mortal enemies happy, for he would surely be conquered sooner or later. That means being self-controlled is spiritually vital. Carefully ponder the following substantiating truths:

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. (Prov 16:32)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal 5:22,23)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 1:5-11)

Self control is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23) and what we are to add to our saving faith in Jesus to make our calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:5-11)! If you have been like a city with broken down walls (because you lack self control), now is the time to do some very important wall repairs while you still can! God will help you with this, but you must seriously strive to be self controlled! You are battling for eternity. Get serious and fight hard.

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Sweet Deadly Poison — The English Yew

Are you a person who like sweets? If you are like many who do, the English Yew is one sweet you had better stay away from! The English Yew (taxus baccata) is an evergreen with sweet poisonous red berries and is a native to parts of Europe, Africa, Iran and Asia.english yew

The English yew, like all the yews, contains highly poisonous berries which can be fatal to humans if they are ingested without removing the seeds. It is often found in churchyards and the plants live a very long time, often having been there before the churches were. Some suggestions as to why they are near churches are that they were planted at old pagan holy sites, where it was expedient for churches to be built. (http://www.bellarmine.edu/faculty/drobinson/EnglishYew.asp)

False Teacher English Yew Analogy

The beautiful, sweet, red berries of the English Yew are like dangerous false teachers! As the English Yew is “often found in church yards,” the same can be said about poisonous false teachers! To be more precise, many false teachers (the spiritual English Yews) are inside the churches of our day and behind the podiums! They too can be beautiful to look upon, with a very sweet ear-tickling message which is highly poisonous and spiritually fatal to one’s salvation and his relationship with God. So there are English Yews on the outside of many church buildings and spiritual English Yews on the inside. One should automatically know from this, that just going to church is not the key to salvation or anything else! One such bad experience came in from Bill, who shared terrible church experience with a spiritual English Yew.

Test Everyone and Everything

Clearly, Christians are commanded not to be gullible. We are to test, with the Bible (which is final authority and infallible) — all teachings, experiences, dreams, visions, testimonies, etc. This is something you must learn to do for yourself! You can’t just rely upon another, even a trusted loving person, who may be deceived himself! You must learn the Biblical message to identify the beautiful looking and fine-sounding spiritual English Yews, which are so prevalent and respected in our apostate day. They are all over TV, radio, in books, the internet, etc. Please know, any teaching, dream, vision, testimony, experience (including Near Death Experiences) which contradict the Biblical message, especially about salvation, must be flatly rejected and opposed. Don’t tolerate Jezebel like so many are. We are in a battle for eternity and souls. The devil’s kingdom operates on lies and deceptions. That is why GOD’S TRUTH is what the devil hates, like so many sinful people do. Remember as bad as the English Yew is to your health, the spiritual English Yew is much worse! Test everything and everyone with the Bible (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 John 4:1 cf. 2 Tim. 3:16,17)!

English Yew and Marijuana Argument

Soul winners confront all types of people.marijuana Some try to wickedly defend getting high on alcohol or marijuana. In fact, I recently encountered one who was like that! His feeble argument for getting high on marijuana was, “Didn’t God create all the herbs of the field and say his creation was good?” Had he been rational and known about the English Yew, he should have quickly noticed not all of God’s creation is healthy for us to ingest, smoke, etc. Knowing about the English Yew is important for soul winners and all Christians.

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A Tree Planted By Streams Of Water

If you have ever seen a tree planted by streams of water, you have noticed a flourishing tree, even during an extended drought! That tree is blessed with more than enough of the essential life-sustaining water needed to thrive. A certain type of person — one who is blessed — can be like that spiritually:

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. tree by waterBut his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.  (Psa 1:1-3)

The key to become like that blessed fruitful tree, planted by streams of water, is multi-faceted. That person:

  • Doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. [He doesn’t listen to ungodly advise, according to the Bible.]
  • Doesn’t sit in the seat of mockers. [He himself is not a mocker -- generating insults and strife from pride.]
  • Has his delight in the law of the LORD, which he meditates on day and night. [The law of the LORD is Scripture, which is to be obeyed.]

Trees Planted By Streams of Water Prosper

That is how God says anyone can be a fruitful tree planted by streams of water and prospering, but such fruitfulness doesn’t come easy or automatic. Such a blessed person will live a separated life, away from wicked people. He may often be lonely in the natural, but will have blessed fellowship with God wherever he goes. He will love, meditate on and talk about God’s word, for out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks (Mt. 12:34). That means such a person knows the Bible message and is serious about acting on it. He is not just a hearer of the word, but a doer of the word (James 1:25). He will have goals, ambitions and desires which seem very strange to most people, because he is trying to please God first. Because he puts God first, some people will be offended by his actions and misunderstand him. There will surely be unjust sufferings and persecutions which come on that blessed, fruitful and godly person, but that is good:

Now if we are children, then we are heirs –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Rom 8:17)

Two Types of Trees

Again, you can be that type of tree, but you must count the cost, pay it and endure.tree by water Since there are only two types of spiritual trees — both being fruit trees — if you aren’t bringing forth good fruit, as God sees fruit, then your end will not be a good one!

Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mat 7:17-19)

It’s fruit or fire, according to God. The horrors of eternal fire include the mysterious worm that does not die and eternal torment! Without JESUS there can be NO FRUIT:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Do you know Jesus NOW?

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