“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Four levels of self-denial

 “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matt. 16:24,25).

There are different levels of self-denial that fall in the categories of justification, sanctification, redemption, and beyond. And each form of self-denial is mandatory for salvation. Salvation is God’s reward, His fulfillment of a promise for the condition of denying self of its idols and taking up His cross.

The first kind of self-denial comes in the form that we see in all of these beautiful YouTube testimonials—the full-hearted confession of Jesus saving them from a lifetime of sinning. It’s what we see in the prodigal son “when he came to himself” (Luke 15:17). While he was in the pig pen, starving for the slimy food that the hogs were eating, eternal realities finally hit home.

After a long, nightmarish life the YouTube publicans and sinners, like the parable prodigal, admitted to Jesus their wrongs done to everyone they knew, and especially to God. “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants….  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” (Luke 15:18,19,21). And like the prodigal son, before these publicans and sinners could say their words, Jesus covered them with His Spirit; His Spirit washed over their hearts. More than once the YouTube witnesses described their experience as Jesus putting His arms around them, just like the father in the parable falling on his prodigal son’s neck and kissing him. Then out flowed confessions infused with the power of God unto salvation.

Recognition and admission of sin, deep-hearted repentance and whole-hearted confession for wrong-doing, is the denying of self Jesus spoke of, “If any man come to Me, and hate not … his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26).

The pride that had driven their life of reckless abandon, was finally overcome through the grace of God and His powerful providences for their conviction of sin. Like King Manasseh, Jesus punished them, and in their restriction of every joy-giving idol they finally loved heaven’s justice.

“The LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
And prayed unto Him: and He was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD He was God.” (2Chron. 33:10-13).

God worked with Manasseh, as He works with each one of us. What Jesus did to this king in the spotlight was written for everyone in the world at that time, for God has always so much loved the world. Everything that was written in the Bible to them so long ago, whether it happened to an individual or a tribe or the whole nation of Israel or other neighboring nations, was a message to us today. “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.” (Isa. 30:8).

Isn’t Jehovah’s punishment exactly what we hear from all of these YouTube testifiers? The tough method of saving us today was laid out during Israel’s wilderness wandering.

“And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against Me, and that also they have walked contrary unto Me;
And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.” (Lev. 26:39-42).

Despite the harsh scourges of God, these born-again YouTube testifiers chose to not rebel against His punishments that He sent for their sake, just as King Manasseh did. They were willing to talk it over with God; they were willing to be reasoned with. After all the pillars of smoke cleared, they were desirous to interact with Jesus; they desired to be accepted by Him. Slowly they had begun to recognize Jesus’ jealous, fatherly love in all the punishment He caused them to suffer. They saw the goodness of God in Jesus’ spanking. This is exactly the same response we hear from Ellen Harmon.

“While bowed at the altar with others who were seeking the Lord, all the language of my heart was: ‘Help, Jesus, save me or I perish! I will never cease to entreat till my prayer is heard and my sins forgiven!’ I felt my needy, helpless condition as never before. As I knelt and prayed, suddenly my burden left me, and my heart was light. At first a feeling of alarm came over me, and I tried to resume my load of distress. It seemed to me that I had no right to feel joyous and happy. But Jesus seemed very near to me; I felt able to come to Him with all my griefs, misfortunes, and trials, even as the needy ones came to Him for relief when He was upon earth….  My life appeared to me in a different light. The affliction that had darkened my childhood seemed to have been dealt me in mercy for my good, to turn my heart away from the world and its unsatisfying pleasures, and incline it toward the enduring attractions of heaven.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 17,19.

They came away from His afflictions and pain feeling unworthy of His least mercy. They saw their sin as it was—theirs. And they were humbled by the knowledge. They blamed no one else but themselves. They left God completely inculpable. Therefore, their mouths could be filled with nothing but thanksgiving for His mercy. Not a single sound of resentment toward God escaped them. We hear the thanksgiving of David in their personal testimonies.

“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Ps. 126:1-5).

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
The LORD hath chastened me sore: but He hath not given me over unto death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
I will praise thee: for Thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
The Stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118:16-24).

Their hearts are washed in His anointing, the internal baptism by water.

However, another, greater form of denying self comes later in their sanctification. When they are tempted to sin against God and others, they must deny self. It is pleasing self that causes their temptation. Therefore self-denial encompasses the life of sanctification, as they learn deeper lessons in self-denial that build on their first lesson of inner water baptism at their justification and new-birth.

Their new birth gave them power to become sons of God, who are born of the will of God. As long as they remain joined with Jesus and His grace, temptation has no power over them. Jesus is infusing them with grace and love, upon which all the commandments of God hang. Their justification and right-standing before God keeps them obedient and willing to die to self. The burden of His yoke is easy and light. Old sins easily disappear and fall off and disappear. They will forever need to come higher and higher into Christ’s character, and for that great enterprise sanctification will need to encompass their whole lifelong efforts. But, for them sanctification is easy. Self-denial is a cinch because Jesus is keeping them justified by His Spirit, and acceptable to God, the great Source of the new Spirit in them.

“If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:10-14).

Through the power of the Spirit of Christ they mortify the deeply rooted sinfulness that wants to come out of their body to defile themselves and everyone around them.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1Pet. 1:18-22).

But, if they temporarily lose sight of Jesus then they immediately fall back into every species of temptation that comes their way. They disconnected from the power of the Highest, and they quickly deviate in some direction, moving off track farther and farther away from Him. His standard is high and never wavers, that “the just shall live by faith” (Heb. 10:38). But they are no longer just, as they are quickly losing all sight of Jesus. And like their worst nightmare, they can’t catch up to Him because they have accepted a sudden mountain of idols, which has made their love for righteousness difficult and heavy. They are back under the power of Satan just like before their first love with Jesus.

For His children’s sake and because He knows the wiliness of sin in them, Jesus must be a harsh disciplinarian. While this doesn’t change His love for them, He must let Satan have his abusive way with them. Simultaneously, in order to deliver them from Satan, Jesus must bring very strong language against them, and against Satan who is dwelling in them. This also was explained in the wilderness wandering.

“And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you” (Deut. 28:63-68).

Their only option to have Jesus again is to do the first works. They must go all the way back to the drawing board and retrace their steps that led to their first conversion. It will be a trying process because the devils were quick to bring their heart to divest themselves of all loyalty to Jesus, without them knowing it. Like Eve and Adam justifying themselves in Eden, their souls have been poisoned and their first, great justification has been completely tainted. They are in the same condition as before they were converted the first time. Will they admit to their treason? Will fear of the loss of Jesus desperately drive them to need the mercy and acceptance of Jesus, like they needed Him in their original recognition and admission of sin at their first conversion?

The inculcated seed of pride from Satan quickly has grown back to full fruition and it wars against their willingness to fully repentant. Like a lion the devils pace the ground, and influence them to defend their first conversion. “You aren’t such a bad person as Jesus says you are! You don’t need to repent like you did back when you were very deep into drugs and spiritualism and the other things. You’ve been saved and sanctified! Jesus is exaggerating in order to make you feel bad, just to make Himself look better at your expense. You aren’t bad. You are a good person. He must be out of His mind if He keeps calling you a hopelessly lost sinner, if He keeps saying, ‘Ye must be born again’. He and God are just big bullies, a pack of wolves!”

But, Jesus keeps reminding them what they have read, “If any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.” (Heb. 10:38). Will they do like King Saul and listen to the lying, deluding devils? Or will they do like David and Peter when they got surprised by an unexpected earful of jaw-dropping condemnation from Nathan (see 2 Sam. 12:1-12; Matthew 16:23)? If they say like David, “I have sinned against the LORD” (2Sam. 12:13), then they will hear, “The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

And they have their justification back again. But, with David, they keep hearing Jesus’ warning resounding in their minds, “Thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme” (2Sam. 12:14). Nevertheless, they have been humbled into the dust, and they again possess Jesus’ blessed presence.

They are self-possessed, and again have the power to be self-denying. Like Peter above the billowing sea, they walk with Jesus trembling at the suddenness of the deceptive and destructive power of Satan. They walk hand in hand with the Saviour, stunned by the awareness of the invisible rage of Satan against every human being, stunned by their susceptibility to their flesh. Their self-confidence is desolated by the reality of their close scrape with eternal extinction. They are sobered at the no-respecter-of-persons/hands-off policy of their Saviour to refrain Himself from saving every soul who is unwilling to confess and repent. And they are refilled with confidence at the Saviour’s love to save them in their wickedness.

In a deeper way they learn again, “He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” (Ps. 85:8). They are redeemed from the grip of Satan. They are again filled with the peace that passes all understanding and are self-denying again. They are amazed at the power of Jesus, His patience, and His tender love.

They are on the path of sanctification again and are relearning the deeper issues of self-denial. When they were originally born again, they had their inner baptism by water. The greatest burden of grace came from Jesus, for all they had to do then was receive His powerful grace and be born. But, once they were justified and converted and delivered into new life, now the new life of sanctification involves their being Christ’s conduit of powerful grace to others, for the others’ reception of grace/their inner baptism of water.

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matt. 3:11).

We must allow others to crucify us, so that we can then speak the words of our Master, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” As Paul taught us, “Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.” (Rom. 11:31). The unconverted receive the Spirit at our expense, as we received our washing at Jesus’ expense. But, now when we die before the unconverted so that they can have their inner washing, we are cleansed by the Spirit in a greater, deeper way. The unconverted’s internal baptism by water comes via our spiritual death for them, our baptism by fire. But our baptism by fire gift of the Spirit is greater and better than their baptism by water gift of the Spirit, even as the delivered mother’s trauma and joy out-shines her newborn’s.

Opportunity after opportunity arises for us to be gracious to others, in order to give them grace and a foretaste of their spiritual baptism of water, the greater outpouring of grace from heaven if they would turn to their Creator and Redeemer, Jesus. And each of our acts of grace/baptism of fire reinforces His grace to us. Deeper grows our certainty of His authority and happy willingness to forgive us. And happier and more authoritative we become in our knowledge of Jesus. Others’ crucifixion of us is doing to our self, in a small degree, what our crucifixion did to our Master, the great Burnt Offering.

The mockery, the suspicion, the distrust, our betrayal by others, crucifies us with Jesus; it is our baptism by fire. To forgive others’ damage against us is our baptism of fire, and their baptism of water, if they know what damage they have caused us. But, what if they never admit to their damage to us? More often than not, they don’t admit their damage. But, it does happen sometimes. Over time they see the damages they have caused, if we are consistent in our gracious baptisms by fire. The eleven disciples were blind to all that they did to embarrass and endanger their beloved Master before the wily Pharisees and priests. But eventually, at the cross and afterwards, the disciples saw it all at once. The result was that their repentance and confession rose up in a tidal wave of humiliation and sorrow. And their hand of faith reached for mercy from the throne of Christ and He launched them into the Early Rain of His Spirit.

We have been as blind and callous to our damage to the Son of God as others around us have been to us. But, as we accept our baptisms by fire, eventually our minds open to the innumerable times when we crucified Jesus afresh; and hopefully minds will also open in those who crucify us. If we surrender to Jesus in our baptisms by fire we will receive ever fuller baptisms of His Holy Ghost. Our heart will be filled with the goodness of God. We will increasingly be “enlightened” and taste “of the heavenly gift”. We will increasingly be “made partakers of the Holy Ghost”, and will taste “the good word of God and the powers of the world to come” (Heb. 6:5). We will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. Jesus will become our shield and our exceeding great reward. Jesus will become our wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. All of this from our baptisms with fire and the Holy Ghost for the sake of other’s inner baptism with water and the Spirit.

We will quickly climb Peter’s ladder, adding to our faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. We will come to our end with the words of David, even after his great transgression, “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” (Ps. 16:5,6). Continual, ever-deepening surrender to the will of God in our fire baptisms will give us such an experience in the things of God that we will never regret anything of it. We will not close our life, laying down our head in sorrow. We will look back at it all and exclaim, “According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!” (Num. 23:23).

Rather than focusing on our painful baptisms of fire, if we will focus on the potential baptisms of water that will wash over the hearts of our errant brothers and sisters, and transform them, removing their abuse and insensitivity of others, then we will walk happily beside our Master who has endured an infinitely greater baptism of fire, for our sakes and for the sake of the whole world.

But, even more than that, even greater than suffering abuse and insensitivity, there is a denial of our self in a denying that many would call the ultimate self-denial—that is, mortal death for the sake of another. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). Will we go that far in self-denial? Faithfully enduring our daily baptisms of fire will be our preparation for this ultimate baptism of fire. “And they overcame [the accuser of the brethren] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11).

Even if we “bestow all [our] goods to feed the poor, and though [we] give [our] body to be burned” (1Cor. 13:3), we cannot complain or boast. “When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10). It was our duty because we are only responding to what Jesus did for us.

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1Pet. 2:21-24).

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51).

“The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:26-28).

We are walking in His steps. We have an eternal obligation to our Saviour. Yet this ultimate baptism by fire for others still can never compare to His for us. He went down into death without any hope. He went down without any answer from above. He was made to look like, and be treated as, the most disgusting sin. And accordingly His beloved Father had to turn away from Him. All by Himself Jesus trod the winepress of the wrath of God to purge our sins. “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me.” (Isa. 63:3). “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided Him, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He be Christ, the chosen of God.
And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him, and offering Him vinegar,
And saying, If Thou be the king of the Jews, save Thyself.
And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:34-43).

Now because we are reconciled and justified, at peace with God and man, even if we must die at the hands of those we are trying to save, we still aren’t dying like Jesus died. Because we aren’t dying alone. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.” (Ps. 23:4). We die in hope. We die having peace with “the God of my life” (Ps. 42:8). The Life-giver, who all during our lifetime has kept our soul filled to the brim, we know will remain present in our soul until our last conscious thought. At that moment our prayer will be said in full confidence, “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46).

But, Jesus died alone. He heard no acceptance from the Dearest to His soul. He gave up an eternal life with His Father so that we could be reconciled to God, His Father. He gave up His throne, not knowing that He would ever be raised again and be able to commune with His Father, so that we could sit in His place of everlasting communion with the holy Spirit of our Father. His dying to self was an ultimate death to self on a whole different order than ours will ever be. His was the eternal death, as the great Recipient of our damnation. He died alone so that we would never have to die alone. Therefore, if He so chooses for us to die for others, His horrific death makes ours palatable. We have His sacrifice for us in the blackness to lighten our dark time, because He had no light and no hope, yet forged the way for us.

“God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8).

“He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Cor. 5:21).

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.” “It is finished.” “And He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:44-46; John 19:29,30).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A new champion against the New Age has been born (rather re-born)

“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
That He may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.” (Job 33:14-17).

The testimony on this post tells of a dramatic experience in the love of Jesus. Even though Steven doesn’t mention the love that he experienced in this testimony during his actual meeting with Jesus, he does refer to it in his conclusion. Therefore, in the body of his testimony we should read into it that Jesus’ love naturally intensified his perception of the world—“the quality of everything around me changed.” Go to the YouTube link and hear Stevens heart breaking again from divine unreserved love when he rehearsed what he saw, “…the wind felt like it was infused with His presence. And when it hit me—it would hit me—it just completely broke me.” And again, the heartache continued as Steven saw, for the first time, a personal, loving God, to serve and to follow, instead of the empty, impersonal occult religions that he had attempted to give his love to. With awe Steven realized unmerited favor, as Jesus revealed Himself in authority to one who knew himself to be wretched and miserable, poor, and blind and filthy. “I felt like He was showing me Himself, and showing me who He is, and where He stands in relation to me and, and to life.” And to see the full effect that love has on the humbled, needy, regenerated human spirit, love even awakened in Steven the ability to see the resource for all of Jesus’ parables drawn from His creation. “What stuck out for me, what I really needed to see and to feel was, how it sounded like the crickets and the leaves on the trees, and the sounds that were outside in nature, they were all, pointing towards Him. They were glorifying Him.”

As the old hymn goes,
“All nature sings and around me rings the wonders of His love.”

And another well-known hymn,
“Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

People have asked why or how Steven had such a powerful experience with Jesus and they have sought Him for years and haven’t had what Steven got. But, Steven actually explained the cause in his testimony. 1) His mother never stopped praying for him. She may have been instrumental in all of his griefs and questions and skeletons of sin in his closet crashing in on him at one time. So if you want powerful conversion, find someone who is almost dying for your salvation. Converted loved ones, family members or friends, can intercede for the blind, deaf, and hardened. 2) Steven’s part was the biggest part. He had taken his convictions from Christ’s Spirit seriously, and had acted on them, even if his actions were not from full surrender. Steven’s dramatic conversion came from his honesty and sincerity before the Spirit of Christ. He was following up on the evidences of Christ; he never did let go of working into the New Age teachings the unique picture of Christ that he had learned from growing up in his childhood church. And also his heart responded to the testimonies of other conversion that he had stumbled upon in his research for philosophical religion. As Tertullian wrote, “The blood of martyrs is seed,” likewise, the tears of Christians slain in the spirit is seed, too. Steven wept with those who wept. Before he became a Christian he was doing the will of Christ, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Rom. 12:15). “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2). He could sympathize and empathize with those who he had previously classed as naïve and childish. I believe that was the beginning of his falling away from the ascended masters. Jesus owns love, and He is always infiltrating Satan’s kingdom with witnesses of His love. If we will look, we will live. The brokenness in Christ’s disciples has it is source in Him. And His brokenness coming out of them reaches to others. Long before Jesus personally met Steven, He had already been drawing him to Himself.

That fateful night Steven got bombarded with truth like he never had in the New Age or UFOlogy. “‘Oh my gosh, this is so simple. Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is the son of God. It’s not some complex, mystical thing’. And, when I was in His presence, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is it.’” Jesus’ anointing was giving Steven a Bible study on the simplicity of salvation. In other words, as long as we keep Jesus far from our whole heart, as long as we are satisfied to know Him only intellectually, only knowing about Him, knowing Him only in theory, only dealing with Him as an actor in history, He will always be a myth, a legend. And His everlasting gospel will always appear complicated, a complex maze of stories here, great sayings there, prophecies, anecdotes, letters from apostles and prophets—really nothing different from intellectual, complicated, occultic false religion. The gospel will never make sense and the Bible will always be confusing. It isn’t until the poor in spirit come to need Jesus because their life of sin is too disturbing to them, and because loving and being loved has completely vanished from our life, that they fall on the Stone and break, and then the kingdom of God is theirs. Then the anointing from Christ “teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” (1Jn. 2:27).

So, let’s get on with this amazing testimony.
“Hey guys, Steve here. Some of you may know me as the creator of the Facebook page and website called, ‘Spirit Science and Metaphysics’. And some of you may know me as an admin and author on the ‘Spirit Science’ Facebook page and website. If you’ve been following me on social media recently you’ll know that I’ve completely renounced the New Age. I’m no longer writing New Age articles and I’m actually a born again Christian now. So I just want to share with you, you know, my story, my testimony, basically what happened.

So I was actually born and raised in a Christian household. I grew up going to church pretty regularly. But I never considered myself to be a Christian. It was just something that I was exposed to and familiar with. But it was never something that was an active reality in my life.

My journey down the rabbit hole really started around when I was in high school, when I saw an episode of ‘Ancient Aliens’ on ‘The History Channel’. And for those who you who don’t know what that is, it’s a television show that presents all the evidence that ancient man was visited in the past by extraterrestrials who they thought were, you know, gods descending down from the sky. So this completely blew my mind and called into question the biblical world view that I had been raised with. So I started to research aliens obsessively and I bought the first three seasons of ‘Ancient Aliens’, and watched them through like front to back over and over and over again. And I also started researching things like channeling, astral projection, hidden knowledge, spiritual science, mysticism, and all this stuff.

And what started out as study turned into practice. And I started practicing tarot card reading, meditation, lucid dreaming, astral projection. And during this time I was also in school studying to be a philosophy major. And so when you’re having out of body experiences, and in school studying philosophy, the idea of Christianity just seems naïve and childish. And I used to look down upon Christians as being, you know, thoughtless and intellectually inferior, I guess. But the problem was in my studies I would see near death experiences, people giving testimonies of having seen Jesus in heaven, in the afterlife, or having seen hell and then Jesus pulled them up out of hell. And whenever they would be telling their story they would be in tears. They’d be crying, and I would cry. I would be moved by their testimony.

So I was, you know, really into the New Age and really into philosophy. But at the same time, in the back of my mind, I was like, ‘OK. There’s something unique and different and special and pure and holy about Jesus.’ And I couldn’t put my finger on it. And I couldn’t reconcile it with what I was researching and experiencing in the New Age. So I just basically kind of put it on the back shelf. But I always knew there was something different to the person of Jesus.

And then after about four to five years of research, I started a Facebook page in November of 2012 called, Spirit Science and Metaphysics. It blew up pretty quick. I started connecting with other admins from other facebook pages. We would share each other’s stuff. Before long you’re up to about 250,000 likes. And around this time Jordan, from the Spirit Science YouTube series, reaching out to me, said that he liked my research and my page, and that he’s wanted to connect. So we had a work partnership for a while. And we also had a friendship. He was, you know, one of my best friends on-line.

And in January of 2014 I launched my website,, which some of you might be familiar with. And because of all the facebook pages I had connection to my website was getting huge success. I was getting about 150,000 to 250,000 website views a day. And I had articles that were just going viral. So, I was basically making a killing for myself off of ad revenue. And so being 22 years old, I went out and bought myself a sports car. And, you know, greed and materialism had a real big hold on my life. I was obsessed with making money. To be honest, I thought that this was God rewarding me for serving humanity. I felt like by teaching New Age doctrine I was actually helping humanity awaken and raise its consciousness. And so I was writing articles for my own site and for a while I was also writing articles for the Spirit Science website, which some of you may know me from.

And during this whole time, too, I was still trying to figure out God, trying to understand Jesus, trying to understand, you know, where Jesus fit into the puzzle and where God fit into the puzzle. And I used to believe that God was basically the energy of the universe. I used to think that to have a relationship with God meant to have a relationship with your inner self. And that all you had to do to have a personal relationship with God is to just meditate, and tap into that inner stillness, that inner silence. Because God, as I thought of Him, was the I AM present, the core identity of all things. And so, sin played no role in separating us from God.

And I was actually watching, you know, hundreds of hours worth of debates between Christian philosophers and atheists because I wanted to know the best philosophical argument for the existence of God. But I thought of God as being an impersonal force in the universe. Kind of like the Hindus do. And this is the way I understood God. And I understood Jesus in this way, too, as being someone who was self-realized, who realized his unity with the divine. And that He was calling us to do the same. So I thought Jesus was, you know, someone who ascended to His own inner God nature.

And in the summer of 2015 I decided to buy my first house. And here is a picture of it here. And this isn’t to brag about my former life or something. That’s not what this is about. To be honest, I am ashamed of my former life. This is more so just to share how much greed and materialism, and the pursuit of money had a hold on me. And so, on the outside I was living the dream. I have the house I wanted, the car I wanted, all the money I wanted. I had a successful website online, I was working from home. All these things. But I felt unfulfilled inside. And I couldn’t understand how I had all this spiritual experience and all this spiritual knowledge, but on the inside I was still unfulfilled.

And it reached a point where I had to face all of my traumas and all of the skeletons in my closet at the exact same time. Just things started blowing up in my face, and having always known there was something a little bit different about Jesus, I started to warm up to Him as an idea. Ah oh, I didn’t become a Christian; it wasn’t anything like that. But I started to explore more open-mindedly the things pertaining to Jesus.

And so I began to read the gospels a little bit. And during this time I was still writing New Age articles. I was still making lots of money. And I still felt lost inside. And it reached a point where I felt I had to just be broken before Him. So one night, I went outside onto my back balcony of my stupid house. And I just basically fell on my face before Him and was weeping, like a baby, uh, basically reaching out to Him. And when I did this, I felt the atmosphere around me start to change. And I could feel in the air that there was something holy and pure…around me. And it was also…personal. …And I knew in that moment…that (labored deep breath) I was in the presence of Jesus….

And…the quality of everything around me changed. Um, the wind felt like it was…infused with His presence. And when it hit me—it would hit me—um (holding back tears)…it just completely broke me (tears welling up). And…I felt like He was showing me Himself, and showing me who He is, and where He stands in relation to, to me and, and to life. And, um, I was just getting so many downloads about, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so simple. Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is the Son of God. It’s not some complex, mystical thing’. And, when I was in His presence, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is it.’ And, um, this might sound weird, but what stuck out for me, what, what, what I really needed to see and to feel was, um, (inhale holding back tears) how, (exhale holding back tears) OK, how it sounded…like the crickets and, uh, the leaves on the trees, and…the sounds that were…outside in nature, they were all, um, pointing towards him. They were glorifying Him. …And I was witnessing it (holding back a gusher of tears while slightly shaking his head in unworthiness, wiping his nose). …And, uh, after that experience, I uh, I went back inside. And…I started to think about all the, the New Age stuff I’d been involved with (wiping his nose). And, um, just having light bulbs going off in my head, like, ‘O my gosh, that’s what that is. That’s a deception. That’s a lie (wiping his nose). And, uh, I never wrote another New Age article, uh, from that day forward. Uh (wiping his nose with a tissue), in fact, drinking stopped. Smoking stopped. Pornography stopped. Sex stopped. And, addictions were just falling off like immediately right after one experience. And, for the first time in my life I had a conviction to live righteously, and to live a holy life before God.

And, when I was in the New Age, you know, the topic of sin doesn’t even come up; people don’t have a concept of sin. And I had a conviction of sin immediately after that experience. A day or two later I phoned Jordan and I was like, ‘Man, I can’t write for your website anymore.’ I basically just cut all of my work ties, stopped writing all the New Age occult articles, and I deleted all the ones on my site that were affiliated with the New Age. I threw all the idols out of my house. And I burned all of my occult and New Age books. And I started to do a lot of heavy research into topics that I previously thought were safe, like astral-projection, channeling, aliens, and I started to see them through this new spiritual lens that I had. I felt like something had been awakened within me. And I was looking at all this stuff, I mean like, ‘Wow, this is a bunch of ----.’ And because I wasn’t writing any New Age articles anymore my income got cut by 97%. So I had to sell my house. I had to sell my car. And I was glad I had to.

And about a week after I had this experience I was laying in bed, trying to go to sleep one night. And I could feel like in like the background of my spirit, uh, I had never felt that dimension to my being ever, even in meditation. I could feel that there is a personal presence there where there once used to be nothing. It used to just be a void. And now I could feel this thing inside of me that I had never felt before. And it was prompting me to read the Bible. It was turning me away from sin. It was encouraging me to live righteously. And I could feel it. And it was personal and objective, and it was inside of my spirit. And I later found out through reading the scriptures that this is called the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, and that it bears witness with our spirit, and testifies to us the truth about Jesus Christ, and so forth. And this for me was the icing on the cake. I mean I had felt Jesus like a week before this, and now I was feeling Him 24/7 inside of my spirit.

And I remember feeling the Holy Spirit in me trying to fall asleep, and thinking to myself, ‘Wow. Most people don’t even know this is possible, that there is a spiritual way that we can know first hand that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ And this presence that was in me it authenticated and verified to me the truth about Jesus just by its very nature. And so for the last few months I’ve been getting my feet under me and studying scripture, and I got baptized about 3 weeks ago. And I actually have a new website, too. It’s called, ‘exposingthenewage .com’. There’s a link to it in the description down below. And on that website and on this YouTube channel we are going to be going through basically every single New Age deception that’s out there. There’s a lot of disinformation out there that’s not only false, but also dangerous and demonic. So we’re going to take a look at that stuff here. And on this channel we are also going do things that look at the evidence for the divinity of Jesus, the historical evidence for the resurrection, answer question like, ‘Who wrote the Bible’, ‘What reasons do we have to think heaven or hell exist’, and stuff like this. And so stay tuned for that. And I just want to leave you guys with one last thing. And I want you guys to know that God is not an energy blob. God is not some kind of impersonal force. God is not piranha, or, you know, some kind of void. God is a personal being who loves you and sees you and has a purpose for you and has a will for you. And it’s His promise to you that if you seek Him diligently and sincerely that He will reveal Himself to you.

And so thanks for watching. I hope you guys stay open minded and stick around. I’ll see you guys soon. Take care.”

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Why testimonies?

“Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, when He heard their cry:
And He remembered for them His covenant, and repented according to the multitude of His mercies.
He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto Thy holy name, and to triumph in Thy praise.” (Ps. 106:44-47).

Maybe you can tell by my profile and by my favorite books being authored by Ellen White, that I am a Seventh-day Adventist. I am a third generation SDA and a tenth generation Sabbatarian, descending from a long line of Seventh-day Baptists. So, although I am not a pastor, if I need to be credentialed, I suppose I have credentials.

Then, why am I featuring so many people in their testimonies, people who obviously are not Adventists? They are showcasing their heinous sins and lurid past, and some, after they come to Jesus, are even promoting speaking in tongues, which is not biblical. Most (but not all) of these witnesses end up in Sunday churches. Am I advertising for the Sunday denominations, instead of the three angels’ messages?

No, I’m not. But, I see things in these testimonies that fulfill the desire of Jesus for the three angels’ messages, which I would like to explain.

There always exists the danger to God’s people that, after He has cleaned them up, they begin to compare themselves to the unsanctified world around them, and they become proud of their sanctification, their health and beauty, their prosperous infrastructure, their amazingly consistent and successful tithe system, their effective work to advance the cause of God, and on and on. By now, it should be obvious to every Adventist that obedience to God and His Law results in amazing prosperity and success. But, lurking behind all that prosperity and success always laid their undoing—pride.

And it has always been like this. The children of Israel revealed this problem at the very start of their nation.

“Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is He which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire He shall destroy them, and He shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that He may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.” (Deut. 9:3-7).

The power of pride was so deeply ingrained in Israel, that before teaching them His statutes, Jehovah Jesus first gave them a book that taught the greatest lesson of all—the dangers of pride in the experience of Job.

I have found that most people don’t read beyond the first two chapters of the book of Job and come away from it almost worshiping the man. But, Job had a deadly character flaw. Not reading chapter 32 to the end of the book creates a sort of mental proxy for the readers’ own self-worship through the great attainments of Job’s holiness. It’s true that he was upright and eschewed evil. But even though he was sanctified, he wasn’t sinless, as so many infer. He was sanctified, but the problem he had was that he knew that he was sanctified. He exalted himself secretly, so secretly that he probably didn’t know he was doing it. And neither did anyone else, except the Lord and the youthful Elihu the son of Barachel.

“Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.” (Job 32:2).

This first written book ended with Jehovah Jesus thundering upon Job all the reasons Job needed his baptism of fire. Christ’s great finale shows why Job was oppressed by Satan. The invisible mystery seed of pride opened the door to the hosts of darkness, and Jesus did not restrain the demons for His purposes of opening not only Job’s eyes, but also the eyes of the children of Israel who would read this book during their wilderness wandering, and our eyes today who still have Job’s flaw of self-exaltation. “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” (Prov. 26:2).

Paul struggled with staying victorious over pride. Like Job, Paul too had received abundant gifts from heaven. Therefore Jehovah Jesus sent him also a “messenger of Satan” (2Cor. 12:7) to buffet him. And he needed that. We all need it. And, all during His life here, Jehovah Jesus accepted from His Father the same mode of protection, especially at the end. “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Heb. 5:8). The Lord our God Himself submitted to the universal lesson that He had been teaching His children since the beginning. He willingly poured out His soul unto death Before He should be highly exalted as High Priest in the greatest divine enterprise ever to be conceived, He must be infinitely humbled, not only into the dust of death, but into infinite damnation.

And everyone who is saved by His infinite humbling into their damnation will taste of that humbling. They will also pour out their soul unto the death of self. All who accept the punishment of their iniquities, who accept God’s assessment of their accountability for their life of sin—no matter how good their life has been compared to the publicans and sinners of the world—they can relate to the offering of Christ for them. All who fall on their face before the judgment seat of God, who acknowledge the rebuke of God for their sins, and who recognize a good Father in His punishment and therefore seek His face for His unmerited mercy, they receive His power. They become powerful sons of God to be born again. They know the approval of God toward them, and they alone “He is not ashamed to call…brethren” (Heb. 2:11). “Both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one” because both have submitted to the righteousness and authority of His Father, their Father. Both Saviour and saved have been humbled into the dust. Both have stumbled over the greatest Stumblingstone, the greatest Schoolmaster—God the Father. Both have known repentance—an infinite sorrow for sin and the hatred of it.

This is why justification plays so large a role in the redemption of man. There is no salvation through sanctification alone. And these testifiers on YouTube have justification. They have suffered in the flesh, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.” (1Pet. 4:1). They have sought the God of love, who Rose called, “Love”, for the lack of knowing His real name.

These people have mourned over the lack of divine, everlasting, unchanging love, even if subconsciously from a rebellious heart, and even if such a love was an imagined, but little hoped for, extension of wonderful earthly relationships already experienced. Their travels to have that love might have been long and circuitous. But, Jehovah Jesus was able to eventually draw them in to His love for them. And all of them received the witness of Jehovah’s Spirit, a new heart, new eyes, new ears, a new mouth, a whole new body.

Let’s not get discouraged if we are currently surrounded by the enemy and his bonds. We have His promise.

“But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” (Isa. 49:25).

The strongest captivity by Satan is no match for the stronger Saviour/Creator, Jehovah Jesus—Jehovah Joshua—which means “Deliverer”. The greater the seeming impossibilities of our captivity, the greater potential for Him to cast all of our care upon Him, and see His salvation. And it usually takes a long time for us to come to repentance, although it never need be. But, when we finally receive His repentance, no sooner do we fall before Him, than He immediately routs the great adversary. “And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.” (Luke 18:7,8).

This real life deliverance is true justification. Heaven registers the faintest sound of help from a heart that has wholly given up the fight for survival. Their cry reaches to the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. They and they alone He declares righteous, and worthy of His salvation. They are declared to be the just who “live by faith.” (Heb. 10:38).

“The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers.” (1Pet. 3:12). His deliverance of Israel from Egypt was His promise to the whole world throughout perpetual generations.

“And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” (Ex. 3:7-10).

“And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that He had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.” (Ex. 4:29-31).

It’s their own Bochim, that results in their humiliation of heart and mind and soul.

“And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.” (Jdg. 2:4,5).

It’s their own stumbling by the Stumbling Stone. “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel.” (Luke 2:34).

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7).

His necessary stumbling would be “for a sign which shall be spoken against;” (Luke 2:34). But, His stumbling and humiliating circumcision of human hearts would be rejected by the self-righteous ones, the self-exalted, self-sanctified people.

“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” (Rom. 9:30-33).

So, who will cry out in desperation, as these YouTube testifiers have done? Who will allow the consequences for their sin lead them to seek Him with their whole heart? Who will let His adversary and theirs, create in them a humbled heart, a heart of flesh, a circumcised heart, the heart of faith? This is the faith that has justified God’s people since Adam and Eve witnessed the first animal sacrifices.

“He is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Rom. 2:29).

Such a circumcision will be the test of fellowship with Jesus until the very end of time. “I tell you … when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Then, out of that new birth will come the new life.

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation….” (1Pet. 2:6-12).

There are no substitutes for soul-baring and the new birth—no laughter and high-fives, no extensive expositions of the Spirit of Prophecy counsels, no great works for God. There can be no new life without the new birth, with all of its embarrassing nakedness by people exposing their soul desires, people caught in their own delivery from desperate and painful riddance of sorrow.

Will the people of God go where Jesus has gone before us? Will they pour out their soul with the Lord’s Servant, who “hath poured out His soul unto death” (Isa. 53:12)? Will churched Adventists and Protestants go where most men have never gone before? Will they humble themselves before the mighty hand of God? Will they go where these ex-New Agers, ex-witches, ex-drug abusers, ex-porn addicts, ex-sinners and publicans have gone? Will we let our pride of morality be banished by the humiliating experience of birth into the kingdom of Christ? Will we be crucified with Him, examining their faith daily, continually? The decision resulting from this question is where the sealing and the mark divide the last generation. The strait gate, which most never find, or the broad road where the whole world travels to its destruction. Humiliation and a soul-baring testimony will characterize God’s chosen, while pride, self-sufficiency will characterize the lost and wicked.

We want the Holy Spirit that comes in whenever Jesus enters. We want His anointing that “teacheth you all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1Jn. 2:27,28).

Let’s go to all lengths to have it, “to have Him” and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death. As Rose said, “There was this hope that came in. And I fell in love with this God, and I wanted to have Him…. So, I called His name, ‘Love’, because I didn’t know what is His name. Because when He came into my room that day, He did not tell me what is His name. He just showed me His nature, His character. He showed me He is love, and He is not condemning me.”

The benefits far outweigh the cost.

As Shayne testified, “I finally said out loud, ‘Jesus, do you really love me?’… The very next moment, … I heard a voice …, ‘I am your God who loves you.’ … In that moment I knew I was created to be a home for this incredible, loving God. From that moment, I knew that life was serving this amazing God…. It’s now 25 years since I started this amazing journey. And it’s too hard for me to read what I’ve written of that night without tears. It was the happiest, most joyous experience of my life.”

This is humanity’s final frontier before the winding up of the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.

Monday, January 08, 2018

The church told her that she was saved, but she didn't see any holy fruit of the Spirit of God

“And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;
And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.” (Lev. 26:38-42).

For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform My good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” (Jer. 29:10-14).

“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2Pet. 1:3,4).

This testimony is a precious story of someone who couldn’t rest until she was changed into a new creature. This sister, Shantel, had a very honest and unrested heart until she could be fully at peace with God. Her conscience recognized her sin problem until she fully surrendered to Jesus. She was like the lost sheep in Christ’s parable; she knew she was lost, but had no idea how to get home. She wandered in the wilderness for ten years before coming to the natural point of total sorrow and fear for her sins. She said the sinner’s prayer so many times that it was like praying the rosary. The sinner’s prayer is designed to lead people to repentance. Yet each time after praying the sinner’s prayer she kept on living the life of the unholy, unsaved with no power to change. Finally she felt so convicted of her false profession of salvation that she had to seek Jesus with her whole heart. Her whole heart’s cry was the key that opened heaven’s door and Jesus’ gift of His Spirit.

Although Shantel has learned from the Sunday churches the false, unbiblical glossolalia, that doesn’t negate the true conversion and sanctification of the Spirit that she has received. We shouldn’t let that create prejudice in us toward this sister of ours. In time the Lord will convict her of the true, biblical gift of tongues. Even Paul had to deal with the Corinthian believers and their pagan misconception of that gift (see I Corinthians 14). Despite their need to learn that lesson, Paul still called them saints. “But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Cor. 6:11). Justification, sanctification, and being washed have been Shantel’s experience from above. I truly appreciate her definition of the gift of the Holy Spirit—that the Holy Spirit is first and foremostly for the purpose of overcoming sin. Now that’s biblical!

“Hello brothers and sisters. This is Shantel. I didn’t think I was going to be making another video at all. But the Holy Spirit really put this on my heart to make. It’s not a message of any sort. It’s kind of a testimony, I guess you might say. Back in 2002 I asked Jesus into my heart. I did the sinner’s prayer and asked him into my heart. But, I kept sinning. I kept fornicating. I kept drinking. I kept on doing sin.

So I thought I was saved. I went to church. I would go to church every Sunday. And then I would continue going to church every Sunday and listen to the word. I started to change. I no longer… I stopped cussing. I stopped taking God’s name in vain. I started to be kinder and loving towards people. But like I said, I was still fornicating. I was still drinking and doing drugs. But, like I said, I had said the sinner’s prayer. And every time I watched a program I would say the sinner’s prayer over again. And I never really felt any change.

And then in 2004, when I sent to Iraq for war I was baptized in the Euphrates. And even then, I still would sin. I was still drinking and I was still sinning, willingly sinning against God. I hadn’t received the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit at all. I guess because maybe my heart wasn’t into true repentance. But I would say the sinner’s prayer and…for ten years I lived like this, for ten years! I lived the same life, drinking, and smoking weed, and started smoking cigarettes again. And yeah I didn’t cuss and I would go to church. I would go on Wednesdays, I would go to Bible studies, different Bible studies in people’s houses, and women’s Bible studies. I would be in church and raise my hand, and [be] praising God. But then I’d go home and I’d sin, and I’d drink, and party, like the world.

So I never got a clear understanding of what being saved was. That to me wasn’t saved, but I thought it was. I looked like the world, I looked like the other Christians that were sitting in church with me, they were doing the same thing. [I knew] because a lot of them were my friends! But then I seen other families that I wasn’t around a lot, but they would be the same way that I was. But who knows what was happening in their homes on the side?

And I even was in a women’s group, a women’s Bible study, and we were sitting there and we were praying and the women started praying with tongues. And I asked one of the older ladies, I was like, you know, ‘What…What is that? What are you guys doing?’ And she said, ‘We’re praying in the Spirit. And it’s part of the Holy Spirit. When you have the Holy Spirit, which you have in you to pray this way.’ and I said, ‘Well I don’t.’ ‘Well just keep on saying the same thing over, and praying faster and faster, and it will come out.’ OK. So I started to, and it came out. But it was false. It was a lie. It wasn’t tongues. It was...that’s something you can’t teach somebody, I learned later on. It comes from the Holy Spirit living in you, being baptized with the Holy Spirit. It’s even in scripture, it’s in Acts. But it’s when you get the gift of the Holy Spirit, you speak in utterances. It’s a prayer language between you and the heavenly Father because the Holy Spirit knows what you need. So it’s your prayer language to the Father. So it’s not something you can learn or somebody to tell you to do over and over, and hey it will come out this way. So that was false.

So for ten years I lived like this, thinking I was saved and going to church and doing everything to try to change in the flesh. And it never worked. It never worked. I still fell to different...if you see any of my other testimonies you see that I went to the New Age kind of stuff. I was into that, and I was thinking that was part of God and part of Jesus. And I would still pray and still thought I was saved, seeking the Lord. But yet I looked like the world.

And I never separated myself [from worldliness], I just kept on going on my business, going to church, thinking I was saved and every now and then I would say the sinner’s prayer over, just to make sure. I guess it wasn’t true repentance. God knows our heart. He knows a true repentance. When we say that prayer He knows whose heart’s real. He can’t come into His temple, His holy temple that He calls holy, He can’t come in there if it’s not true, if it’s filthy with sin. I’m living proof of that. He didn’t come in at all. I mean I thought He was there, because everyone says that when you say the sinner’s prayer you automatically get the Holy Spirit. Ok. And so I just never felt any different. And I would listen to other people say how much of a change, and they stopped drinking and smoking and doing drugs, and it totally changed them. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘I never had that experience. Why isn’t that happening to me? Why am I not getting that?’

And so I would read scripture here and there, and, like I said, go to church. I’d raise my hands and be on my knees singing and praising the Lord, and go home and pop open a 40 [beer] and drink. And so it was all wrong. I didn’t have the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t saved. God told me. It wasn’t until September, September 2012 that I started seeking Him with my whole heart. My whole heart seeking Him and crying out. [I started seeking Him more. He told me I was on my way to hell, I wasn’t saved. And so I started seeking Him with my whole heart. And then December 22nd, 2012 is when I received the wonderful, glorious gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.]

And He changed me. He took those desires of drinking and smoking cigarettes, I mean smoking weed, out of my life, right instantly. I started seeking Him more. He told me I was on my way to hell, I wasn’t saved. And so I started seeking Him with my whole heart. And then December 22nd, 2012 is when I received the wonderful, glorious gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And I stopped smoking cigarettes that day and never had a desire.

And my whole heart changed, and I became a new creature in Christ. And I don’t [desire to] sin. I separated myself from the world. I don’t have any of those desires whatsoever, even to sin. If I do sin, not willingly, if I do sin without knowing it’s sin, something happens. The Holy Spirit will convict me and I will ask for forgiveness and I will repent. But not willingly like I used to. I used to willingly sin and think I was going to heaven. And it’s not true. And there is so much scripture to back it up. And I’m not really looking into that right now, and I can if anyone asks or anything. But I’m just telling you that I’m living proof that there are so many people out there that just play church and think they are saved, and don’t know about the gift of the Holy Spirit, that they need that in them to change them.

And I’d read the scripture about being free from sin and all the other things. And I’d be like, ‘Well I’m not. What’s going on?’ It’s because I didn’t have the gift of the Holy Spirit working in me, to change my heart, to live in me. And now, so now I do, and know the difference. And like I said, for ten years I thought, ‘Hey, I was saved!’ and I would say the sinner’s prayer over so many times over that last ten years and go to church. And do all the things I would see, and think I was saved. And wonder why when I talked about the Lord to people, nobody ever got saved. Cause I was a hypocrite.

So I just wanted to share that with you. So, really, check yourself. And just because you go to church and might have said that sinner’s prayer, make sure you have the gift of the Holy Spirit. The’s part of the Godhead. It’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It’s three in one. Just make sure you have that in you, so that you do. It changes you. It’s not just something you read in the Bible about, and then, ‘OK. I have the Holy Spirit’, and think you have it. Ask for that gift, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, knowing that you have it, it [gives] utterance to speak in tongues. And when I received the Holy Spirit, I spoke in tongues. And it was different than from what I was practicing, and kept on doing and thought I was. And I repented and asked for forgiveness because falsely doing it is—oooh— I don’t know, I read so many things [about] how bad that is. I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t tongues. It wasn’t until I received the gift of the Holy Spirit [that I had the true thing].

So I just wanted to share that and tell you all that I love you all and I am praying for you. And God bless you. And Jesus loves you. And if you don’t know Jesus, ask Him into your heart, and ask the Holy Spirit to come live in your heart.” 

Jesus delivered her from the subtlies of New Age Christianity

This woman gives us an inside view, as so many other New Age people do, of the practices and motives of the New Age movement. It, and every heathen religion, is all about saving yourself. The New Age teachings keep a person focused on creating a mindset that might prevent bad things from happening to him or her. The New Age is about working hard to avoid difficulties, catastrophes and negative events or people, in order to keep the mind happy.

But, scripture shows many times that God sends those things to punish us; they are rightful consequences for our deep sinfulness. That doesn’t make those things evil, or of the devil, but rather good, for our good. It’s these punishments from our heavenly Father of love that change our hearts. It’s those punishments that drive the honest, genuine, humbled heart to seek His face. This is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. And this is the most common of the similarities of all the YouTube testimonies share with us by people who truly came to Jesus and received peace with God. Salvation came to them by accepting God’s definition of goodness and love, not the human definition taught us by the emboldened, proud, rebellious, resistant, sinful heart of Satan, such as we see in the pagan religions and the New Age movement. Only the souls who admit to their fault in their failures, their blame and shame and guilt, are the one who trudge along in the dark and follow up the pinhole of light and hope in their Creator, and lay hold onto salvation.

“Or let him [the sinner] take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.
He [the Lord] shall cause them [these prenatal children of God] that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
Hath He [Jesus] smitten him [the embryo form of the new creature in Christ], as He smote those [Satan and all of his deceivers] that smote him? or is he [the embryonic Christian] slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by Him [the Lord]?
In measure,… He stayeth His rough wind in the day of the east wind.
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob [the fetal Christian] be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin.” (Isa. 27:5-9).

And when Jesus has delivered His children from their captivities in paganism, then He destroys the false religions that He allowed to hurt them.

“…this is all the fruit to take away his [the fetal Christian’s] sin; when He [Jesus] maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.” (Isa. 27:9).

“Thou wilt keep him [the new-born Christian] in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” (Isa. 26:3).

“Praise God, brothers and sisters. It’s Saturday, November 28, 2015. And Happy Thanksgiving for those of you who are in the United States. I really have a testimony to share today, and feel like the enemy didn’t want this message to get out. Because every time I’ve been trying to make this video, and I’ve been sitting here for about an hour now, my camera has technical difficulties and it stops working. It stops working literally in the middle of everything. And so, for that reason I believe this message is going to touch someone, and lift them out of the New Age movement that I was in, that I want to testify of God’s goodness and His faithfulness in getting me out of the New Age movement.

So, when I was eight years old, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. And at that time, no one in my family was saved. So everyone scoffed, ‘What is this salvation thing?’ Blah, blah, blah, made fun of me and I held on because the Holy Spirit really was with me at that moment. I always felt that Jesus was this friend that I had, that I could talk to, and who was close to me. I could feel His closeness, you know. And He confirmed His word through miracles, basically. Because I remember my mom being sick and [there] being hands laid on her, and she got healed. Like instantly. So then she started to think, ‘Hmm. You know, what is all this salvation thing?’ And one night, maybe a year later, I don’t know, and a bright light shone through the window. Like it filled the [my] whole room. Somehow I knew that that was God, that the light was the light of God. And so I jumped out of bed, and I knelt by my bedside, and I began to pray. And a voice said, ‘What is the one thing that you would want the Lord to do for you?’ And I said, ‘Lord, I want my family to get to know you. I want my family to get saved.’

So over the course of a few years, one by one, my family began to give their lives to Christ. Now, I completely forgot about that experience that I’d had when I was a kid, until 2003 when my cousin was killed in a car accident in Connecticut. And I was so distraught, so inconsolable [that] I flew from Texas to Connecticut. And my brother and my other cousin met me there, and my brother told me, ‘You know, Julius gave his life to Christ a week ago. Like, last Sunday.’ And so, even in all of my sadness, I was consoled and comforted, because now even though I was grieving because he wouldn’t be with us anymore, to me there was no more questions where he would be spending eternity. Because he had given his life to Christ.

And so that image of me being nine years old and praying for my family to be saved, it immediately popped back into my head, and I prayed, and I said, ‘Lord, I thank You, and I’m thankful that You got me out of the New Age movement. I mean, I’m thankful to You because You’ve been faithful to me, even to the point of my cousin dying, but even though he died, the Holy Spirit inspired him to give his life to Jesus.’

So, God is faithful. Because when you ask Him to do something, He keeps His word. He kept His covenant with Jacob, you know, through the years. He kept His covenant with David, through the years, as well. For God is a faithful God.

And so, what I really wanted to testify about was the fact that that same prayer that I made as a kid, when I was nine years old, came right back, and it helped me. Because I was a New Ager, hard core New Ager, for like five years.

So in 2010 I got into the New Age movement. It started a little bit, you know. I was finishing up my PhD. And the stress of looking for a job, and all of that stuff, was getting to me. So, someone recommended that I start meditating because meditation helps with relaxation, blah, blah, blah. So I began to meditate. Once I started meditating I was introduced into yoga. And once I started yoga I got introduced to a whole other bunch of books and New Age philosophies, you know.

And then The Secret came along, you know the book, The Secret, the movie The Secret. About how, you know, about you are your own creator, you create your own thoughts, you create your own reality. You have to visualize. I started dabbling in all of these things, you know. Actually they worked. I have to say they worked, you know. Yoga was great. All of these things were great, they seemed to be working.  You know, I got deeper and deeper into all of these other strange teachings, like the teachings of Abraham, you know. That upon which the teachings of The Secret are kind of founded, really the same philosophy. You’re your own God. God lives in you, and you can express God through, you know, like you have the same essence of God in you. So you can you can create. (But really we are not God, you know.)... You can control your reality, and you speak things into your reality. And you always have to be specific vibrational level, right? So you can attract things that are at that level. So, if you are always down and sad, and hanging in these low energies, then you’re going to attract negative things to you. So it was all about you and your power to create things through your thoughts and through your feelings, essentially.

So I got really into that, and didn’t see anything wrong with that, actually. I thought, ‘[This is] a kind of flexible version. You know, I can do Christianity here, and supplement that with this, and keep on doing yoga, and all of these things.

And it wasn’t until this year, you know, March of this year, towards Easter, my cousin Olivia, actually came to visit my mom, because my mom was visiting me. And I remember lying in bed, actually it was early afternoon, the Lord started to speak to me. But, at that point I wasn’t even really sure if it was God speaking to me. But He started to reveal things to me, prophetic things about things that were going to happen to me, about His plan for my life, and all of this stuff. And I remember thinking, ‘Is this God speaking? Because, Lord if it’s You, I need You to confirm Your word.’

Now, mind you that I wasn’t even really a staunch Christian at that point. I was, you know, a New Ager. But, I still believed in God and I knew that God, if you ask God for something, He will confirm His word, you know. ‘So I want You to confirm Your word. If it really is You, then confirm Your word.’

So, it was later—I didn’t mention this to anyone—it was later, about seven o’clock, this was maybe about six hours after that episode where I received all of this information from, you know, a spiritual being, and I wasn’t even sure who it was, my cousin began to prophesy. You know, she is saved. So we were sitting here, and we were talking, and immediately the Spirit of the Lord took over, and she began to speak things prophetically. And the things that she was speaking to me, about me, were literally the things that I had heard the Lord speak to me earlier in the day. It doesn’t get any more quick confirmation than that. Because I hadn’t shared this information with anyone at all, you know.

So, she said to me, you know, ‘God wants to work in your life, but you have to submit your life to God. You have to give your everything to God. Not lean on your own understanding. You have to completely align yourself with God for His will to be accomplished in your life.’

And so, that day she prayed for me. We prayed, and I said, ‘Lord, I’m giving my life back to you. I’m giving my life back to You.’ So the Monday before she left, it was like Easter Monday, we prayed, and she left. I had no idea where to go. I wasn’t really into reading the Bible. I always quite actually thought that the Bible was a little bit boring, to be quite frankly. That is what I thought at the time.

So it was always a struggle for me to have to read the Bible. I didn’t want to have to read the Bible. But I started to seek the Lord, I started to pray daily, I started to read Bible verses here and there. Then I committed, I truly committed, and said, ‘Lord, I am committing my life to You. I am committing myself to You. I don’t like to read the Bible. But help me to have a hunger to want to read the word.’

Now a couple of weeks after that I went to South America on business, and the Lord moved me to pray. And so I began to pray, and I prayed for about 45 minutes straight. And that night before I went to bed, the Lord said to me, ‘When you go back home there is going to be a massive cleaning. There’s going to be a massive cleaning.’ And so I thought, ‘What is massive cleaning? What is the Lord saying? What is God talking to me about?’

Then I happened to stumbled upon a link about this woman who was a member of the Illuminati. She was born into an Illuminati family, spent her whole life doing the agenda of the Illuminati. [She] was actually sent to be in churches, to infiltrate the church and to be part of the church, but to introduce all these eastern philosophy concepts into the church to draw people away from Christ. And so she talked about when she reached the highest level of the Illuminati, the final level, because you know the way it is, it’s like a pyramid. So they only give you information on a need-to-know basis.

When she finally reached the top, and she, you know, she met with the top people up there, they confessed to her, and they told her, ‘Now that you’ve been fully initiated into the highest level, the truth of the matter is, Jesus is the Son of God, and He is the only way to God.’

Now she realized ‘My God, all this time I’ve been working for the Illuminati and infiltrating in church, and doing all of this stuff, and being felt like I was chosen to do the good work of these ascended masters, and stuff like that, to bring in, you know, to help human beings to ascend to their highest self,’ and all that, she finally realized that was hog-wash. Like she had been used to further an agenda that was based on lies, you know. She also talked about how she got saved. And I’ll be happy to put the link at the end of the video for that.

A lot of the things she talked about were her practices in the New Age movement. And how this had shaped pretty much what she was bringing into the churches to steer people away from Christ. And so that got my interest because I used to practice some of those things. You know, meditation, yoga, and things like that.

And so when I came home, the Holy Spirit moved me. I had ordered this book. I read this book, called, The Beautiful Side of Evil, by Johanna Michaelson, where she talks about how she too got suckered into the New Age movement, and she came from a good and loving place. Because she wanted to be a healer, she wanted to alleviate people’s pains. So she finds herself working with a spiritual person somewhere in Mexico who had performed medical surgeries, just like the guy, John of God, that Oprah did a documentary on a couple of years back. Like all those spirits, even though those spirits were helping that medium, or that spiritual person in Mexico, perform the surgeries, those spirits were actually of the devil. They weren’t of God.

So she talks about how she too got pulled out of the New Age movement. She, too, God delivered from those types of things. So, I thought, ‘Oh, my God.’ And so at the end of the book she had a prayer to renounce all works of the occult, and I prayed that prayer. Because I realized, ‘Oh my God, I had opened myself up to like the workings of the enemy and allowing the demonic to pretty much operate in my life.’ Imagine you had opened up these doors, and thinking you are, you know, doing things that are worthy, and helpful to man that, in fact, no, you were being led astray by another spirit, definitely another spirit.

And so, the Holy Spirit told me to pretty much grab all my New Age books, and just throw them out. So I cleaned my entire house of all of the New Age books that I had. And I threw them out! I completely threw them out. And once I did that and prayed, now I started to really seek the Lord. I really took like 35 days, where it was just I said, ‘Lord I need You to restore me. I need You to deliver me.’ And I started to pray. Every day I came home from work and I would spend 4 to 5 hours, sometimes 6 hours a day. Literally studying the word of God and listening to some true men of God. And in that 35 day period I really came to understand how far off the path I had gone in my Christianity with this whole practice of, you know, picking a thing here and a thing there, and merging it with Christianity. I doesn’t work, you know. So I repented of all that and I really began to take my walk with Christ seriously. And I committed myself to seeking the face of God, and to having a relationship with Him, the kind of relationship I had when I was 8, 9, 10, 11 years old, and even much older.

And the Lord came through for me.

And I remember recently thinking, ‘Lord I thank You for pulling me out of the New Age movement because if I had died at any one moment during these past 5 years, I might have been very surprised to find that there were no ascended masters waiting anywhere. I might have been very surprised to find that the teachings of the New Age really were borderline witchcraft, if I may say so myself, you know. So if I had died at any one of those moments when I was practicing the New Age, then eternal damnation would have been waiting for me. So, I thank God because again I was reminded of that prayer that I prayed when I was nine years old, and said, ‘Lord, I want my family to be saved’. God honored that and He didn’t let me go too deep into the New Age, you know, that I could not be pulled out, and that He saved me and gave me my life back, you know.

And I want to just talk about a few points about the New Age movement. I know that sometimes even as Christians some of you might be practicing these things and not realize what these things are actually. They run counter to what the word of the Lord says for us.

So the New Age movement is all about raising your vibrational levels so that you are only thinking positive thoughts. So that you are thinking, you are trying to create a reality because when you are thinking positive thoughts and you are at that level, then only good things will happen to you.

But the thing is, what that really teaches you to be is, actually, selfish. Because you really can’t have a burden in your heart for other people, as long as you are only thinking about yourself and what makes you feel good. ‘Because if people around you are suffering, according to teachings of Abraham,...maybe that’s a lesson they need to learn for themselves. Maybe that’s a lesson they signed up for to learn in this lifetime,’ you know. And you can only be with them to the extant that they are not messing up your flow of vibrational stance.

But that really teaches you to not really care about other people. To not be bothered about what’s happening in other people’s lives, because if other people’s lives are impacting negatively and are sad and have all these negative things going on, then we know that, as Christians, we are supposed to have a burden, right? When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the Lord puts in your heart a burden to pray for other people. Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed until He sweated blood. And He said, ‘Not My will, but Yours be done.’ He prayed so many times and said ‘Lord, now that I’m leaving I’m worried about My flock and I ask You to keep them from the evil one.’ This was the burden He had in His heart, to pray for His disciples, to pray for His church that would finally be come, that the ravenous wolves would not come and take away His flock, His sheep.

So, the art for being a Christian is being able to have a heart for others, a burden for other people that you are being moved with compassion, to be able to help other people, to be able to intercede for other people, to be able to do the will of God, to be able to minister to other people. But if all you are thinking about is yourself, your own vibrational level, because you want to be at such a high state of happiness and positivity that if you are around people who are sad then they are going to pull your energy down, so now you don’t want to be around people who are suffering because its messing with your flow and you want to attract material things that you want or the life that you want. That’s being self-centered and that’s being selfish. So the New Age movement period just teaches you to be self-centered. And we know who is the father of self-centeredness. We know who is the father of selfishness. It’s not Jesus. It’s not God. It’s the devil.

The other practices that are part of the New Age movement … a lot of people begin to dabble with…so, many people think that yoga is actually harmless. But yoga is a Hindu practice. OK? So there is no yoga without Hindu and no Hindu without yoga. We used to do Sun salutations or Moon salutations, which is pretty much Sun worship and Moon worship. So it doesn’t matter if they say, ‘It’s just stretching’. There is a spiritual thing behind that practice. So if you are a Christian and you are practicing yoga, you have to definitely rethink that and stop doing it because those things are an abomination to God.