Monday, July 22, 2013

An open letter to Jim Palmer and so many others that have left the truth...

"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first..." (2Thessalonians 2:3)

Et tu, Jim Palmer? Have you gone apostate as well? You have left the faith and traded in for another gospel which is not the Gospel. You have exchanged the word of God for lie.

Jim's latest endeavor, "The Religion-Free Bible Project," has more than just tip-toed to the line of universalism. He has embraced the ancient of lies: "I'm okay, you're okay... no matter what you believe."

Jim says:
"The greatest need of all people has always been and continues to be to know there is nothing wrong with us, that we are loved and accepted by God without condition. This was the meaning of Jesus’ life. This is the highest truth that defies, fulfills and transcends all religion, and this is the truth that sets people free."
The Gospel of Jesus Christ begs to differ with you, Jim. There is something VERY wrong with all of us. SIN. Sin is what's wrong with us. It's what has been wrong with us since the Garden, since Adam and Eve first sinned and brought sin into this world.

Yes, God loves us. Indeed He does and evident in that He sent His Son to die for us. Yes, God is love. Jesus demonstrated to us the Father, who the Father is, and that He loves us dearly. But the SIN problem remained until the Cross and Christ's voluntary death on it.

You knew all this, Jim. What happened?

He goes on to say:
"We hope the impact of The Religion-Free Bible Project in people’s lives will include:
  • knowing your Self as whole, perfect and complete
  • honoring the divine in all people accepting every human being as your sister or brother
  • being an expression of love, grace, peace and goodness in the world
  • seeing God in all things
  • building a world that works for everyone
  • creating something beautiful that doesn’t exist now
  • living your purpose as showing up and fully present in the now
  • leaving no stone unturned in discovering, creating and being all you are"
Jim, you have bought into the "God is love therefore all roads lead to Him" lie. It's new-age mumbo jumbo that's really nothing new. It's what the devil, the Father of Lies, has been whispering into man's ears for millennia: "Did God really say...?"

I believe like so many like you (I was one), who had gotten so worn out by religion being a substitute for real relationship with God and others, walked away from the institution of Church and embraced the freedom from it and took on the quest for something better. But you went too far. You tossed the baby out with the bathwater. You not only left the building, but you also left the Truth.

There remains only ONE way to the Father and that is through Jesus and one personally accepting Him and His atonement on the Cross.
Please Jim... come back to where you left. Time is short as the prophetic writings on the wall are shouting louder and louder.

"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first..."

A great falling away has been taking place for a while now and it is increasing rapidly along with so many other signs of the Lord's soon return.

Repentance is still required in this day... regardless of man's attempt to redefine God and His plans.

Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Return to The Gospel.

"Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom[e] of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14)

"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…" (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

Friday, July 19, 2013

How's your week been?

How's your week been?

I've been complaining about the heat and that my pool is too warm to go in.

Meanwhile calamities abound around this country and the world while thousands die and millions are displaced from their homes.

Does it bother us? "There's nothing I can do anyways, so let's just enjoy the life we have." Eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die. I can be so callous at times, so caught up in my own issues.

One thing I do see is that we are so ever close to the "tipping point." The point of no return. This is reality not pessimism. Pessimism offers no hope. I have hope. I have hope in Jesus Christ.

You know the story… God sent His only Son to show us who God is and to offer Himself a willing sacrifice for our sins. He died on a cross, was buried and three days later rose from the dead. He lives and reigns in Heaven and continues to beckon mankind to repent, to turn from their sinful lives and turn to Him for forgiveness and restoration and a hope of eternal life now and in the world to come.

People will fail us all the time. Friends come and go and change like the weather. We have no greater friend than in Jesus. No greater one who loves us so incredibly.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." —John 15:13

There is nothing more important in this world than believing in Him, accepting Him, knowing Him. If you don't know Him He continues to stand at the door of your heart and knock. Will you let Him in?

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." —Revelation 3:20

File under: Jesus remains our only hope.