A Great Awakening is Needed

last days

Our situation is not yet hopeless, but it is quickly approaching that point.

Oh?   I’m supposed to be preaching “Positive Mental Attitude”?

Funny…That is NOT what God told me to preach.  I was instructed, as was every other preacher who was actually commissioned by God, to preach His Scriptural truths, not what man wants to hear. (Unless that man actually desires to hear from God.)

If you do not like it, then you may call “1-800- TELL GOD” and see what that gets you.

(Be forewarned: you might not like His response, but He is God; you ain’t.)

J.C. Ryle listed seven characteristics of the messengers during the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century:

  1. They taught the supremacy of Holy Scripture.
  2. They preached the total corruption of human nature.
  3. They taught that Christ’s death upon the cross was the only satisfaction for man’s sin.
  4. They preached the doctrine of justification by faith.
  5. They taught the universal necessity of heart conversion and new creation by the Holy Spirit.
  6. They spoke of God’s eternal hatred against sin and of God’s love for sinners.
  7. They preached that there was an inseparable connection between true faith and personal holiness.  They never allowed for a moment that any church membership or religious profession was the least bit of proof of a man being a Christian if he lived an ungodly life.

These awakeners continually cried, “No fruit, no grace.”

We must learn that God is holy.  If we are to experience the manifest presence of God’s glory; we must repent.  When Isaiah saw the glory of God in the Temple, he was driven to brokenness, confession, and repentance.  Too many in the West desire to know the manifest love of God without the manifest holiness of God.  We have lost the message of true repentance.  Now the church in the West is the sleeping Giant.  Alarms have been sounded but there seems to be no great or even general awakening; if it doesn’t begin soon the giant may die in its sleep.

Let us pray

Satanic weapon

Pastor Ward Clinton

A Great Awakening is Needed

last days

Our situation is not yet hopeless, but it is quickly approaching that point.

Oh?   I’m supposed to be preaching “Positive Mental Attitude”?

Funny…That is NOT what God told me to preach.  I was instructed, as was every other preacher who was actually commissioned by God, to preach His Scriptural truths, not what man wants to hear. (Unless that man actually desires to hear from God.)

If you do not like it, then you may call “1-800- TELL GOD” and see what that gets you.

(Be forewarned: you might not like His response, but He is God; you ain’t.)

J.C. Ryle listed seven characteristics of the messengers during the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century:

  1. They taught the supremacy of Holy Scripture.
  2. They preached the total corruption of human nature.
  3. They taught that Christ’s death upon the cross was the only satisfaction for man’s sin.
  4. They preached the doctrine of justification by faith.
  5. They taught the universal necessity of heart conversion and new creation by the Holy Spirit.
  6. They spoke of God’s eternal hatred against sin and of God’s love for sinners.
  7. They preached that there was an inseparable connection between true faith and personal holiness.  They never allowed for a moment that any church membership or religious profession was the least bit of proof of a man being a Christian if he lived an ungodly life.

These awakeners continually cried, “No fruit, no grace.”

We must learn that God is holy.  If we are to experience the manifest presence of God’s glory; we must repent.  When Isaiah saw the glory of God in the Temple, he was driven to brokenness, confession, and repentance.  Too many in the West desire to know the manifest love of God without the manifest holiness of God.  We have lost the message of true repentance.  Now the church in the West is the sleeping Giant.  Alarms have been sounded but there seems to be no great or even general awakening; if it doesn’t begin soon the giant may die in its sleep.

Let us pray

Satanic weapon

Pastor Ward Clinton

TERRORISM IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL IN AMERICA!!!

2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN???
TERRORISM IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL IN AMERICA!!!
I remember the plethora of emotions when I heard and saw the planes fly into the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. I remember churches were filled with people begging GOD for help and for Him to bless and heal our land.  It looked like there was going to be a great turning to God in America.

I remember  PEOPLE crying and proclaiming, “HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON…” WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT? WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUTH MARCHING ON? I can tell you that ABORTION is marching on. PROSTITUTION is marching on. PORNOGRAPHY is marching on. GAY MARRIAGE is marching on! WHY AREN’T GODS PEOPLE MARCHING ON???
IT IS TIME WE SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! THIS IS GOD’S LAND and I hope we will not surrender it to the enemy.

2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

–pastor Ward Clinton

A Great Awakening is Needed

last days

Our situation is not yet hopeless, but it is quickly approaching that point.

Oh?   I’m supposed to be preaching “Positive Mental Attitude”?

Funny…That is NOT what God told me to preach.  I was instructed, as was every other preacher who was actually commissioned by God, to preach His Scriptural truths, not what man wants to hear. (Unless that man actually desires to hear from God.)

If you do not like it, then you may call “1-800- TELL GOD” and see what that gets you.

(Be forewarned: you might not like His response, but He is God; you ain’t.)

J.C. Ryle listed seven characteristics of the messengers during the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century:

  1. They taught the supremacy of Holy Scripture.
  2. They preached the total corruption of human nature.
  3. They taught that Christ’s death upon the cross was the only satisfaction for man’s sin.
  4. They preached the doctrine of justification by faith.
  5. They taught the universal necessity of heart conversion and new creation by the Holy Spirit.
  6. They spoke of God’s eternal hatred against sin and of God’s love for sinners.
  7. They preached that there was an inseparable connection between true faith and personal holiness.  They never allowed for a moment that any church membership or religious profession was the least bit of proof of a man being a Christian if he lived an ungodly life.

These awakeners continually cried, “No fruit, no grace.”

We must learn that God is holy.  If we are to experience the manifest presence of God’s glory; we must repent.  When Isaiah saw the glory of God in the Temple, he was driven to brokenness, confession, and repentance.  Too many in the West desire to know the manifest love of God without the manifest holiness of God.  We have lost the message of true repentance.  Now the church in the West is the sleeping Giant.  Alarms have been sounded but there seems to be no great or even general awakening; if it doesn’t begin soon the giant may die in its sleep.

Let us pray

Satanic weapon

Forgiveness and reconciliation

Forgiveness, not revenge, is a necessary ingredient to promote reconciliation.  Unfortunately, in our day, even forgiveness is not a well understood concept.  There are many people who claim to have “forgiven” someone who can, and frequently do, recite chapter and verse of the offense which they have “forgiven”.  C.S. Lewis said, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”   How would you like to spend an eternity being constantly reminded by The Supreme Being (the one true God) of every offense you’ve ever committed?  That would be … well, more like the other place than heaven.

Now, does that mean we need a couple of really long paragraphs here for explaining what forgiveness really looks like?  Actually I think our friends from the New York City area can sum up the definition for our purposes with their vernacular – “forgetaboutit”.  I like the way C.S. Lewis put it, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

RECONCILIA’TION, n. [L. reconciliatio.]

  1. The act of reconciling parties at variance; renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity.

Reconciliation and friendship with God, really form the basis of all rational and true enjoyment.

  1. In Scripture, the means by which sinners are reconciled and brought into a state of favor with God, after natural estrangement or enmity; the atonement; expiation.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity. Dan 9. Heb 2.

  1. Agreement of things seemingly opposite, different or inconsistent.

— Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, Electronic Version, E-sword

  The very nature of God, His very being and essence is to be unchanging and unchangeable, as the Apostle James so eloquently states: “With Him there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”   That means we can trust Him, what He says He will do, will, in fact, be done and in the very manner He prescribes.

What should be crystal clear to each of us, unfortunately many today in our Biblically illiterate culture are unaware, nor is it politically correct to note, God might, without the slightest stain upon His own honor have left all mankind to suffer eternal destruction, for certainly we have no more claim upon His divine favor than had the fallen angels.  The fact that He did not immediately send the entire family of fallen man to irremediable woe was due solely to His imperial (sovereign) will.

“having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, in which He made us accepted….” (Ephesians 1:5-6)

“who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the eternal times.”  (2nd Timothy 1:9)

The greatest wonder of all time is the Lamb of God being slain for the redemption and reconciliation of sinful man.  Man had gone astray; he had become the enemy and needed to make reparations or be reconciled.  God, the creator, would have been fully justified in wiping man from the face of the earth and beginning again – it was well within His capabilities and the angels would have continued to say, without missing a beat, “Holy and just art Thou, O God.”  As Moral Governor of this world and the Judge of all, He has a legal enmity against those who trample His Law beneath their feet.  Talk about Someone to whom reparations are due.  However, He chose to provide the remedy and He determined what that would be before He even began His creative work just as He has told us in His book the Holy Bible.  To reject His remedy is to refuse reconciliation and remain in a state of alienation.

  “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.”  (Colossians 1:19-23)

“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Romans 5:10)

This is where some confusion tends to creep in and we need to remember it is not that God is reconciled to man it is that man may be reconciled to God for that is the language of the New Testament which was also alluded to by the Old Testament in our holy scripture.

 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus The Christ.

  He has delivered us who once were, just like everyone else, children of disobedience (Eph 2:2).  The children of disobedience or pre-converted are incapable of doing a single thing which is pleasing in God’s sight because what they are doing, albeit ignorantly, is claiming “Jesus’ blood atonement is not necessary for my salvation; I can save myself through my own works or some other path of my choosing.”

  Heaven is not Burger Kingtm; you get it God’s way, not your way.

Reconciliation to God

 “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11), “They are everyday doing that which is provoking to Him, and He resents it, and treasures it up ‘against the day of wrath.’ As His mercies are new every morning towards His people, so His anger is new every morning against the wicked, upon the fresh occasions given for it by their renewed transgressions.  God is angry with the wicked even in the merriest and most prosperous of their days, even in the days of their devotion; for, if they be suffered [permitted] to prosper, it is in wrath; if they pray, their very prayers are an abomination.  The wrath of God abides upon them (John 3:36) and continual additions are made to it.” (Matthew Henry, Electronic Version, E-sword)  “If He turn not, He will whet His sword” (Psalm 7:12) “What blows are those which will be dealt by that long uplifted arm! God’s sword has been sharpening upon the revolving stone of our daily wickedness, and if we will not repent, it will speedily cut us to pieces.  Turn or burn is the sinner’s alternative.” – C.H.Spurgeon

The destruction of the person at odds with God is assured; however, practically everyone is aware of the “grace note”.  God takes no pleasure in the destruction of those deemed wicked.  Therefore, even in the midst of the threatening of the wrath of God upon disobedient persons He holds forth the possibility that with repentance the reconciliation between man and God can take place.

  “In Adam all die”  (1st Corinthians 15:22)

“For since death is through man, the resurrection of the dead also is through a Man.”  (1st Corinthians 15:21)

“Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

“Sin is man’s declaration of independence from God” – Anon

“Our lives are a manifestation of what we think about God.” – ibid

“Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.” – St Augustine

“True repentance is to cease from sin.” – St Ambrose

“Born once, die twice; born twice, die once.” – Unknown

“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Alright, then, have it your way.’” – C. S. Lewis

Reconciliation

    Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,  envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  (Galatians 5:19-21)

Every one of us is an omelet, there is a lot of good in us … well most of us (don’t look around) …but there is some bad in us too and that makes us unfit for the presence of The Supreme Being.

  But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all your conduct; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1st Peter 1:15-16)

“It is not a little dislike, but thorough hatred which God bears to workers of iniquity.  To be hated of God is an awful thing.  O let us be very faithful in warning the wicked around us, for it will be a terrible thing for them to fall into the hands of an angry God” — C. H. Spurgeon.  Light cannot have communion (commingle) with darkness, they are totally incompatible.

Therefore if you are not a Christian at this point in time you’ve got a serious problem according to God’s Word, the Holy Bible; but the remedy is available – commit yourself to Jesus.  It is simpler than most folk realize.

  I say, then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  (Galatians 5:16)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

Fallen man has come under the wrath of God but that is not what we were created for.  We were created for fellowship with Him and that is what He still longs for and the reason He made the way for us to be reconciled to Him.  “The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is long-suffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)

Those who fail to heed God’s commands and are not actively abiding in Christ Jesus prior to their departure from this world will hear “Depart from Me you cursed into everlasting fire” (Matt 25:41)  What is usually not realized is that this will be spoken from a broken heart for God Himself has stated that He has no delight in the death of the wicked and longs to be able to welcome you into His heaven but, you see, His Justice, coupled with His other divine attributes, prevents those who have not been reconciled through His Son to gain entrance into that holy place.

Perhaps this illustration will help:  God has a peanut allergy.  For those of us who are not allergic to peanuts this may not make a whole lot of sense but bear with me.  I enjoy a good PB&J sandwich occasionally and I’ve eaten one in the presence of someone who was allergic to peanuts and he sort of went flakey.  For me, his reaction certainly seemed to me to be a little illogical, but for him he knows what ingesting only a little bit of peanut product will do to him and he wanted to put distance between himself and that “hazardous” substance.  Now the Holy Bible tells me that there was at one time a “hazardous substance” in heaven.  It was found in the heart of Lucifer and it cost God one-third of His angels.  He is not going to permit Heaven to ever be polluted again.  Now, we are, in essence, saturated through and through with peanut oil and the only cure, the only way to get rid of it, is Jesus.  Buddha brand aspirin won’t work, pagan pepto stuff won’t work; nor will churchy chlorine sans Christ or anything else you can come up with.  Jesus is the only cleansing/purifying agent who can remove all the impurities that are in us and make us fit for heaven.

Reconciliation excerpt

In this day and age most of society implicitly and/or explicitly rejects the premise which has been clearly set forth in the Holy Bible that “all have sinned.”  Rather most folk seem to prefer to meander towards the tendency to want to believe that some people are naturally good and others have, probably through no fault of their own, unfortunately been influenced to be bad.  We use “science” today to say the fault probably lies in our genes.  However the human race is suffering as a result of the sin of Adam, or it is suffering for no reason at all.

In the 2,000 years of church history following the time of Jesus’ physical presence in this world many theologians and scholars have set forth their thoughts in an attempt to define sin.  Some have defined it quite broadly making it out that practically everything that a human being does which is not specifically an act of devotion toward God is sin.  The problem with that definition is that it degrades the problem of sin which is, God is holy and He will not permit those who are hostile to Him and offensive to His absolute purity to dwell in His presence.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)

God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment (2nd Peter 2:4)

An overly broad definition of sin can also cause those who are trying to trust and obey Christ Jesus to feel very insecure in their faith walk.  Another definition, which was offered by the renowned theologian John Wesley: “Sin is a willful transgression of a known law of God.” This is a far more scripturally sound explanation of what sin is even if, perhaps, a bit too narrow a description.  Temptation is not sin, it can lead to sin, but it is not in and of itself sin.

Sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and spiritual death by sin.  The enormity of such an offense is nearly impossible for us to truly comprehend.  Consider the fact that we are told that Adam was able to converse with his creator on a regular basis and then he chose to disobey a plainly articulated command with concise consequences.  Man lost the favor and friendship of God and incurred His holy displeasure and righteous indignation.  Fallen man became separated from God.  It is easy to write or read those words, but who is competent to fathom their fearful import!

The concept of Adam as the head of the human race and that his actions determined the natural direction for all his posterity is clearly taught in the Holy Bible.  Sin, the willful disobedience, snapped the golden cord which had united man to his maker.  Even as God confronted Adam regarding his disobedience He began articulating the methodology of the remedy He had predetermined that He would use before He had ever begun His creative work.  If we follow Adam’s path we will experience eternal separation from God; if we follow Jesus’ path we may experience eternal companionship with God on a superior basis to even that which Adam enjoyed before the fall.

Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on all men inasmuch as all sinned:

Therefore as by one offense sentence came on all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came to all men to justification of life.

  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:12, 18-19)

Such repetition and emphasis intimates the basic importance of the truth here revealed and also hints at our slowness or rather reluctance to receive the same.  Interestingly enough, the meaning of these declarations too plain for any unprejudiced mind to misunderstand.  “In Adam all die.” (1st Cor 15:22)  Every member of the human race enters into this world a guilty sinner, alienated from The Supreme Being before he ever commits a single transgression on his own.

Yes, dear reader, it is a bleak picture being painted thus far and we still have more groundwork to be laid out before we can truly get to the bright colors of hope and victory which are coming our way if we allow the confusing clutter to be cleared from our pathway by this bleak portion.  From whence came this clutter?  The enemy of our soul who has been seeking to work us woe from way back at the beginning of human history.

Jesus v Muhammad

An Excerpt from my book “Reconciliation”

“sIn”

  “If a man possesses a repentant spirit his sins will disappear, but if he has an unrepentant spirit his sins will continue and condemn him for their sake forever.” – Buddha

“The first sin in the Universe was Lucifer’s self-conceit.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful” – Benjamin Franklin

Sin exists.  Sin separates man from God.  What is sin anyway?  Mr. Franklin’s little statement quoted above can take us a long way toward understanding the Ten Commandments: The “Thou Shalt” and “Thou Shalt Nots” thingy, and the purpose behind them; obey them and have a better life, ignore them and things just won’t go as well.

Sin is not a word we hear much outside of religious circles.  The main reason for that is due to the fact that our world, meaning primarily western culture, has replaced the word with many others in an effort to describe behavior which it does not consider to be currently socially acceptable.  Unfortunately, changing the name does not change the reality of the concept; a skunk by any other name is just as smelly.  Some behaviors are not right, regardless of society’s fungible norms or the words used to describe them.

In this day and age most of society implicitly and/or explicitly rejects the premise which has been clearly set forth in the Holy Bible that “all have sinned.”  Rather most folk seem to prefer to meander towards the tendency to want to believe that some people are naturally good and others have, probably through no fault of their own, unfortunately been influenced to be bad.  We use “science” today to say the fault probably lies in our genes.  However the human race is suffering as a result of the sin of Adam, or it is suffering for no reason at all.

In the 2,000 years of church history following the time of Jesus’ physical presence in this world many theologians and scholars have set forth their thoughts in an attempt to define sin.  Some have defined it quite broadly making it out that practically everything that a human being does which is not specifically an act of devotion toward God is sin.  The problem with that definition is that it degrades the problem of sin which is, God is holy and He will not permit those who are hostile to Him and offensive to His absolute purity to dwell in His presence.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)

– Pastor Ward Clinton