Can Christians Live the “American Dream”?

First, what exactly is the “American Dream”?

The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

According to Scripture, life and liberty came from God as a gift to mankind. Man did nothing to earn this “life & liberty”, but it was simply given out of the goodness of God’s heart.

Genesis 2
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Genesis 1
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Therefore, Scripture supports the idea that man was created to have life and liberty.

But what about the fact that Christians are now in Jesus Christ and are no longer living for themselves. Does life & liberty still apply in this case? And what about the “pursuit of happiness”? Did Jesus come down to earth as a man, die, rose from the dead and ascend into Heaven so that we can live the “American Dream”? Is the “American Dream” Christian living???

Lets see what the Bible has to say about all of this.

Concerning the right to “Life”

Genesis 2

15    Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
16    And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17    but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 3

6    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

17    Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: ” Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
18    Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19    In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

Romans 5

12    Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned

So God gave mankind life. But Adam, our forefather sinned, causing everyone who was born through him to have the sentence of death upon them. Therefore, we all have the right to die. As it is written,

Hebrews 9

27    And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

And this is why Jesus came into the world.

Romans 5

6    For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7    For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
18    Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Luke 19

10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

So what must we do to receive this gift of justification and life from Jesus Christ?

Acts 16

31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved

Acts 2

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins

So every follower of Jesus Christ is given eternal life. But what about “Liberty”. Is a Christian still free to do whatever he or she pleases with there life?

That’s a good question. But lets first address something that was skipped. We’ll let Jesus address it.

John 8

34 Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

Therefore, sin a the master of every person. And there is another master which the world has to contend with.

Genesis 3

4    Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5    For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Romans 6

16    Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

Matthew 4

8    Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9    And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Ephesians 6

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

1John 5

18    We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19    We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

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Therefore, America and its “dream” belongs to Satan. The “American Dream” is Satan’s temptation.

In others words, no one is free to do whatever they want. Therefore, Jesus Christ came to give us a different type of liberty. The liberty from our slave masters called sin and Satan.

John 8

31 f you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32    And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

36    Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Everyone in Christ has a new master.

John 13

13    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.

John 14

23 If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
24    He who does not love Me does not keep My words

Since Jesus is our master, what does he have to say about the “Pursuit of Happiness”?

Luke 9

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24    For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25    For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Luke 14

33    So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Mark 10

23    Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
24    And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25    It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

So if we can’t live according to our own desires and pursue the things that make us happy, how in the world, are we supposed to live???

Mark 10

28    Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
29    So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,
30    who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time — houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life.

2Corinthians 5

17    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Philippians 1

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

‎2 Timothy 3
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

John 15

12    This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
14    You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

1John 3

16    By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17    But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18    My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
19    And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Is this kind of life synonymous with the “American Dream”?

No. Not at all. It is much better!

It is belief in the one true God.

It leads to eternal life.

And it is the pursuit of pleasing the one who freed us from our sins.

As for the “American Dream”…

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1John 2

15    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16    For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.
17    And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

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Why does the World Hate the Church of Jesus Christ?

There is no doubt that the world hates Christ’ church. But as to “why” this hatred exists, there are many reasons given, such as hypocrisy, the church’s exclusive doctrine, their tendency to be judgmental by pointing out the sins of others, their intolerance toward people of different world views, sexual preference and religion.

The most inflammatory source of the world’s hatred for the church is, by far, hypocrisy. That is to pretend to be something before others, when the true identity is either hidden from public view or not acknowledge for what it is. Many sins can be, and have been, built upon this foundation of hypocrisy.

But what does the Lord Jesus Christ, the king of the church as well as all creation, have to say about this fault…this evil…this “sin” of hypocrisy? Believe it or not, hypocrisy is the sin that Jesus spoke against the most when he warned the people not to be like their religious leaders.

Matthew 5

19    Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20    For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23

1    Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,
2    saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
3    Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
4    For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5    But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
6    They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,
7    greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’
8    But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
9    Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10    And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
11    But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12    And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
13    “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
14    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
15    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
16    “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’
17    Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
18    And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’
19    Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
20    Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.
21    He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it.
22    And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
24    Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26    Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28    Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30    and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31    “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32    Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
33    Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34    Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
35    that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36    Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

After reading this scathing diatribe from our Lord, one would have to wonder, “Would Jesus claim hypocrites as his own???”

Lets see what Jesus has to say about that question.

Matthew 7

21    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22    Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23    And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Luke 13

23    Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them,
24    “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25    When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
26    then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
27    But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’
28    There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

Based upon Jesus’ own words here, we can be sure that Jesus does not, and will, not claim hypocrites as his own.

So now that we have that figured out we can conclude that the world does not hate the church of Jesus Christ for its hypocrisy, but it is the false church which practices hypocrisy that the world hates.

Now lets move on to the this next issue of controversy, which is the church’s exclusive doctrine. They teach that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and that if the world does not receive him, then they will die in their sins, go to hell, and then be resurrected to stand guilty before Jesus in judgment for the sinful lives which they lived and then cast into the lake of fire. And when they teach that Jesus is the only way to God, they mean that he offers the only way of escape from the penalty for their sins, because he and God the Father are one, and is the only true God. In other words, all other religions are false, and cannot save anyone.

But is this true? Did Jesus really say this???

Lets see what he said about this issue of exclusivity.

John 14

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 5

22    For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
23    that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

25    Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26    For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
27    and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
28    Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice
29    and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Matthew 10
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mark 9
43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched —

45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched —

47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire —

Matthew 25

31    “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32    All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33    And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
41    “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
42    for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
43    I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44    “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
45    Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46    And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

John 8

12    Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
23    And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24    Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
31    Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32    And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33    They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34    Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35    And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36    Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
58    Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10

30 I and My Father are one.

According to Jesus, the church has good reason for teaching the exclusivity of Christ. Therefore, this hatred for the church is unjust as well since Jesus is the teacher and judge, and the church is only teaching what he taught them.

But what about the church’s tendency to be judgmental by pointing out the sins of others? Would Jesus support such a thing? Remember, Jesus is the one who said, “judge not lest you yourself be judged”. So how could Jesus possibly be in support of such an action carried out by the church???

Lets see what Jesus said in the “entire” passage.

Matthew 7

1    “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2    For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3    And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4    Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5    Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

According to what Jesus said in this passage, he isn’t against the pointing out of sin, but “hypocritical judgment”, that is identified by a willingness to scrutinize others and is not at all willing to examine and correct ones’ self. Therefore, judgment isn’t the sin, but hypocrisy, because we must be willing to examine our own lives and acknowledge our own sins before we are capable of correcting others.

But how can God be at work in the pointing out of people’s sins? It makes people feel so bad. How can that be of God???

Lets see what Jesus had to say about God being at work in the pointing out of people sins.

John 16

7    Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
8    And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9    of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
10    of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
11    of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

John 6

44    No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45    It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

Luke 3

7    Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8    Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9    And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10    So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
11    He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
12    Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13    And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
14    Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Acts 2

36    “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38    Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3

13    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
14    But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15    and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
25    You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
26    To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”

Luke 24

46    Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
47    and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

According to Jesus Christ and his Apostles, the work of God is the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that people will repent and receive salvation. Having our sins pointed out by the church may feel bad, but is it damaging as eternal punishment? No. Of course not. 

So why do we have such an aversion to acknowledging, and turning away from, our sins? According to Jesus, this is the reason.

John 3

17    For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18    “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19    And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20    For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21    But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Finally, we’ll look into the church’s intolerance toward people of different world views, sexual preference and religion. Lets look at what Jesus has to say about the way of righteousness so that we can understand his world view, which shapes how we should live.

Matthew 21

31 “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32    For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

So according to Jesus, the problem isn’t intolerance on the church’s part, and neither is there a problem with people of different world views, sexual preference or religion. The problem is our reaction to those whom God has sent to turn us away from our sins. For example, when the tax collectors and prostitutes heard John’s warning, they believed and repented. But when the scribes and pharisees heard John’s warning they simply questioned him and said he had a demon and was not from God. That’s very similar to the world’s reaction to the church. Because we come telling the world about the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and the confessing and turning away from our sins, the world says that we are intolerant and even hateful.

But now the question to ask is why does the world hate Christ’ church for unjust reasons? After all, they’re just doing what Jesus told them to do. Why can’t the world learn to accept Christ’ message simply because of whom the message came from; Jesus Christ? To hate the church because they’re obeying Jesus is like hating Jesus himself. Does Jesus have anything to say about this irrational hatred?

Lets see.

John 15

John 7
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

18    “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19    If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20    Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21    But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

And even the false, hypocritical, church, which Jesus doesn’t claim, hate him as well. You know by their actions.

John 16

1    “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.
2    They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
3    And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.

So according to Jesus, anyone who hates Christ’ church, actually hates Jesus and are no better than the hypocrites which they themselves condemn. No. They are just as hateful and sinful as the false followers of Jesus Christ whom he has already condemned. 

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John 14

23 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

24         He who does not love Me does not keep My words

John 15

13         Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

14         You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

1Corinthians 16

22         If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

Have you come across a different Gospel and a different Christ?

Here are the signs of…

…A different gospel and a different Christ

First, it is the doctrine of the occult, which teaches

You don’t need to seek God.

Just look within; to the christ in you.

We are all little christs

You can create your own reality with the words you speak, your heart felt desires and the power of your will.

You are responsible for everything that has happened in your life, whether good or bad.

You determine your own destiny.

Man is god.

Christ came to earth to make men gods.

God’s desire is for you to be a winner in this life, and for your earthly dreams to come true.

Jesus Christ never claimed to be God.

God, the creator, is the biggest failure in the universe.

God cannot do anything in this world without our permission.

We give him permission through our prayers and positive confession.

However, this isn’t the God of Scripture.

That “god” sounds more like a fallen angel; namely Satan.

But according to the occult’ doctrine, the god of the occult is “Satan”.

And the occult’ “christ” is the antichrist.

Therefore, this shows that these TV preachers knowingly worship Satan, since they teach all of these doctrines, as shown in this video.

1John 2

15    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16    For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.
17    And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
26    These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.
27    But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

1John 5

19    We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
21    Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

2John 1

7    For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8    Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9    Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10    If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11    for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

desire the pure milk of the word

There is a difference between preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the gospel of “Five Point Calvinism”

There is a difference between being a follower of Jesus Christ and a “Reformer”.

There is a difference between being a lover of Scripture and a lover of “Reformed Theology”.

So what is the difference???

When the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached from the word of God, sinners hear God speaking to them, through the preacher, from Scripture. This is because God the Father draws his elect to himself by the Holy Spirit when the word is preached. We call this being born again. The person is brought forth, by the word of truth, to repentance and a new life of godliness. – John 6:44-45, 1Peter 1:22-25, James 1:18.

When “Five Point Calvinism” is preached, it produces Calvinists who identify themselves as Calvinists and enjoy the teaching and fellowship of other Calvinists.  But this doesn’t mean that the hearer was born again. God has made it clear to us, through Scripture, that his elect are reborn when Scripture is proclaimed. Therefore, the danger in merely preaching Calvinism is false conversions. It is the gospel, preached from the context of Scripture, that is the power of God unto salvation, not the gospel preached through the funnel of man’s interpretation. The word of God contains the power to regenerate the sinner, not the cleverness of man’s interpretation. – Romans 1:16, 1Corinthians 2:1-5

A follower of Jesus Christ loves Jesus Christ and his church. This kind of person is not limited to the fellowship of Reformers, but loves and builds up others in the faith from all denominations. This is because of what they have in common; their faith. It links all denominations that are saved by the same gospel and therefore, worship the same Jesus. And the same Holy Spirit is living in them all. By their love for each other they are recognized as children of the one true God. Their love for true followers of Jesus Christ, regardless of their denomination, is proof that they are not merely coverts of a group, but true followers of Jesus Christ; baptized into the same Holy Spirit. A mere Reformer cannot go outside of his or her group because God’s love doesn’t compel them. – 1Corinthians 16:22, 1John 3:10-19, Ephesians 4:1-16

A lover of Scripture enjoys the study, memorization, exposition, and original context of Scripture. And it is Scripture which they meditate upon day and night. It is Scripture that they spend quality time reading. And it is Scripture that they enjoy quoting, teaching, discussing and affirming. A lover of Scripture derives his or her doctrine from Scripture. A lover of Scripture submits to its teachings as the only authority for Christian doctrine and practice. When Scripture differs from his or her group, the lover of Scripture sides with the plain reading of Scripture against the group’s interpretation of Scripture. A lover of Scripture uses Reformed Theology as a reference, but not an authority. A lover of Scripture knows who his or her shepherd is. – Psalm 1, Psalm 119, John 10:14  

A lover of Reformed Theology enjoys the study, memorization and exposition of Reformed Theology. And it is Reformed Theology which they meditate upon day and night. It is Reformed Theology that they spend quality time reading. And it is Reformed Theology that they enjoy quoting, teaching, discussing and affirming. A lover of Reformed Theology derives his or her doctrine from Reformed Theology. A lover of Reformed Theology submits to its teachings as an authority for Christian doctrine and practice. When Reformed Theology differs from the plain reading of Scripture, the lover of Reformed Theology sides with Reformed Theology’s interpretation against Scripture.

I write this to remind you all of where our highest love should be. – Psalm 1, Psalm 119

I write this to remind you all of what is our only authority for doctrine and practice. – John 17:17, John 1:1-18, John 8:12-58, Matthew 4:4

I write this to remind you all to abstain from idols of any kind. – 1John 5:18-21, 1Corinthians 2:1-5, Matthew 4:10

I write this to remind you all of what it is we should be meditating upon day and night. – Psalm 1:2, 1Peter 2:1-3, Romans 12:2

Finally I write this to build you up in the faith once delivered to us all. – Ephesians 1, Ephesians 2, 1John 5

1 Peter 2:
1    Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2    as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
3    if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
5    you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Grace & Peace, to you all

from God, our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

SlaveofJesusChrist

1Corinthians 6

19    Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20    For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Ephesians 2

1    And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2    in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

4    But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5    even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6    and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7    that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9    not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


2Corinthians 5

17    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

18    Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19    that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20    Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.


Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62 – 1949 – 2011

Excerpts from William Grimes –

Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa, wrote a best-seller attacking religious belief, and dismayed his former comrades on the left by enthusiastically supporting the American-led war in Iraq, died on Thursday in Houston.

The cause was pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, Vanity Fair magazine said in announcing the death, at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Mr. Hitchens, who lived in Washington, learned he had cancer while on a publicity tour in 2010 for his memoir, “Hitch-22,” and began writing and, on television, speaking about his illness frequently.

He took pains to emphasize that he had not revised his position on atheism, articulated in his best-selling 2007 book, “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” although he did express amused appreciation at the hope, among some concerned Christians, that he might undergo a late-life conversion.

He also professed to have no regrets for a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. “Writing is what’s important to me, and anything that helps me do that — or enhances and prolongs and deepens and sometimes intensifies argument and conversation — is worth it to me,” he told Charlie Rose in a television interview in 2010, adding that it was “impossible for me to imagine having my life without going to those parties, without having those late nights, without that second bottle.”

In 2007, when the interviewer Sean Hannity tried to make the case for an all-seeing God, Mr. Hitchens dismissed the idea with contempt. “It would be like living in North Korea,” he said.

William Grimes

Here is a quote from Anne Rice (Author of “Interview with the Vampire” and “Christ the Lord”)

“I thought, even then, that he made excellent points which believers ought to face, that his book was worth a read for every believer.”

But what does the Bible say about this statement, as well as teachers like Mr. Hitchens?

Psalm 14
1 The fool has said in his heart, ” There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works

Proverbs 1
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 14
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 26
1 As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

Christians are required to study obey Scripture.

John 17
17 Sanctify them in truth. Your word is truth.

2Timothy 3
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1 John 4
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

2John 1
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Trojan

After trotting under foot

They multiply and spread

Resistance is futile

*

So the war must finally end

A foe unstoppable

What is a king to do?

For a doctrine, other worldly

It’s death over life they’ll always choose

 

Mock, exile and torture

Will only make them stronger

Hunt, entrap and slaughter

Their faith will never falter

*

Now take a different course

Brute force will not prevail

Go down into their dungeon

And free them from their jail

*

Tell them all is well

And that you have seen the light

Elevate their position

Let them spread their wings in flight

*

 

Lavish on them wealth

Merge your power with their craft

Make of them kingly priests

Forsaking their lowly pass

*

Harness their beliefs

Shape them to your purpose

Let them preach it to the masses

And the teachings make conversions

*

A confederacy of kings

Once divided, now united

Anointed by the father

It’s Caesar reemerging

*

Garbed in holy vestments

Trading toga for Triple Crown

The unstoppable foe is conquered

He has cast them to the ground

 

*

Stomp them down at last

Other worldly doctrine deposed

Thinking him to be their savior

He’s become their little horn.

2Thessalonians 2

3 “…the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4    who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Daniel 7

“…Shall persecute the saints of the Most High…”