Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 6, Number 1, Jan.-Feb. 2000
Inside This Newsletter
1. I HATE SIN
2. ONE SMALL SIN
3. Misc. Comments
4. NEWS WATCH
5. CNV NOTES
I HATE SIN
By Andy Neckar and preached at Community Bible Chapel in Hico, TX.
I hate sin.
Sin ain't no good for nothing. Sin don't do nothing, but ruin everything. Sin is rotten. I hate it. I hate it in me and I hate it in others. I especially hate it when it seems so obvious and willful in others.
Sin don't do nobody no good. It is because of sin a man has to work hard for a living, and often the woman has to help him.It is because of sin that a woman has pain in childbirth.It is because of sin that much of the world is in poverty and the people go hungry.
It is because of sin that we suffer depression, anxiety and fear, and guilt and remorse.
Sin ain't no good for nothing.
It takes away our innocence.
It takes away the beauty of the natural born character.
It make us rotten inside and out.
It makes us sorry and no good. It turns lovable babies into monsters
We become like sin. We become sin itself. We become good for nothing.
What is good about burning in hell forever? If that's good, I want no part of good. Sin ain't no good for nothing, and we become sin. So- what does that make us? Add two and two together.
I say it again. Sin don't do nobody no good.
It is because of sin that we get sick.
It is because of sin that we get tired.
It is because of sin that we get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
It is because of sin that some of us get fat.
It is because of sin that we all get old if we don't die first
It is because of sin that we die-period.
It is because of sin that when we get old our bodies get ugly.
It is because of sin that our spirits, young or old, get ugly from the moment we sin.
It is because of sin that we can't get along with each other.
It is because of sin that it gets too hot.
It is because of sin that it gets too cold and too wet and too dry.
It is because of sin that it don't rain enough and we have a drought, and because it rains too much and we have floods.
It is because of sin that the wind blows too hard in hurricanes and tornadoes.
It is because of sin that fires get out of hand.
Sin ain't no good for nothing. I hate it.I like to look back on my life and reflect on fond memories. But I cain't. Sin won't let me. It's always there in my way.
I go back in time some to remember the "good times". But sin is always there to remind me that those weren't really good times at all. So I go a little further back. Surely I can go back further than sin can-right? WRONG. Sin goes as far back as I can remember.
If sin goes back further than that-then back then I had no sin. But I can't remember back that far. Now that ain't fair. I would like to have some fond childhood and early adult memories. It just ain't fair. But who can I blame?
Do I blame God-or my parents-or circumstances, or what? Some people do, you know. They want fond memories of their past life no matter what or who they have to blame. They know why. The why, of the what and the who, is because they won't put the blame where it belongs. Now that is when sin becomes increased. Sin piles upon sin. It is usually at this point that sin determines where they will end up.
For want of fond memories many people go to hell. That's all sin is good for. It's good for nothing but hell. It just ain't worth it. I ain't going where sin will take me. I got particular with what and whom I ride with. I don't need fond memories that bad.
I envy those that got saved from sin at an early age. Now these folks can have the cake and eat it too. They can have some fond memories of their childhood and early adult life, but I can't. My fond memories don't start until 1991. But I got just as much time left to reflect on them as those who were saved at an early age.
When I've reflected on those few years of salvation for ten thousand years, I've no less days to give Him praise that when I first begun.
I'm gonna make sure I have a little bit to praise Him for other than my salvation. He put me to work and I'm not gonna mess around. I'm gonna work.
I'm gonna tell the world "how the cow eats the cabbage." I ain't got no past life to reflect on so that gives me more time to concentrate on the future. God gave me a little niche to fill and I'm gonna work to fill it " 'til the cows come home". I'm gonna "keep on keeping on" 'til He comes to take me home for keeps.
I was given a gift and I'm not gonna be stingy with the gifts the Holy Spirit of God gave me. I'm not gonna act like I don't have one. If He gives me a bicycle He ain't gonna stop there. He's gonna teach me how to ride it. Then when He teaches me how to ride it He's gonna expect be to give others a bicycle ride. I cannot make use of a Spirit given gift until I give it away.
If you be a Christian, you too, have a gift, or gifts. Most Christians are stingy with their gifts, and even worst, they may be given a bicycle but they are too lazy to put out the effort for the Spirit to teach then to ride it.
Not me. I'm gonna share my gifts. All the world may forsake me because they don't want no part of my gifts because they know that if they stick around they're gonna get it. The benefits of the gift, that is.
I'm gonna go on preaching and teaching, "come what may". It may be that at some date Mom (my wife) may be the only person that "may come", but I'm gonna get the job done and she's gonna help me. She's my helpmeet you know, and that don't only mean her working at Wal Mart.
I can say this in confidence because she knows that. She knows I hate sin with a purple passion
I'm gonna preach against sin wherever I find it. The sin I'm gonna preach against is willful sin. The sin of willful disobedience and Christian slothfulness. This is laziness. This is the indifferent. This is the apathetic and unresponsive. This is the disinterested and unemployed. This is the idle Christian who is not working. The Christian who is not occupied in some work for the Lord.
Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
Christ delivered unto us gifts of the Spirit and said unto us, -work-busy yourself till I come
Mom (my wife) works at Wal Mart. She is a Wal Mart associate, but she is not the only Wal Mart associate at the Stephenville store. It "gets her goat" to associate with another associate that don't do the work of an associate. She has good things to say about a productive fellow associate, but she is mainly silent concerning the unproductive ones. If one is ever brought up in family conversation it is usually in the contour of a negative comment or statement, because these kind do not occupy themselves with the reason they were employed by the firm.
Many Christians are like lazy employees. They want to receive the benefits the company has to offer. (eternal life) They want to receive equal pay. They call themselves fellow employees, that is, fellow members of the Body of Christ, yet they do not want to do the work of a fellow servant. They say they are members of the same Body but they are content to let another member of the Body do all the work.
When you must be at work with a fellow employee that fits this description you don't like it at all. I know you don't unless you too, fit this description on your job. But if you be a hard and loyal worker on the job, don't it just gripe you to put up with a lazy know it all?
What about your job on this earth as a member of the Body of Christ? Don't you think that hard workers that are loyal to the job committed to them feel the same way? Do you think a fellow Christian doing his best must feel differently than you do.
And if you get exhorted by other members of the Body (employees) or reprimanded by a leading elder, do you get offended? Yet if this was to happen on your job you would probably think, "well it's about time management took notice, and maybe now that person will begin to do his part".
After all-he knew what was expected of him when he came to be one of us. It he didn't he should have. It's nobody's fault but his own.
Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
After all, you just want him to do what is expected of him, that's all. But a faithful servant of the Lord should do even more.
I believe we all know that an employee should do more than expected to gain favor of management. It is only those that strive that are commented.
The Master has this to say about some of His employees. "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord". (Matt 25:21)
These servants did more than just hold on to the things the Master gave them, they put them to good use. They went above and beyond the call of duty
Do all soldiers get metals of recognition, or only those that performed above and beyond the call of duty?
Those servants that do only what they are told are reprimanded.
Luke 17:9-10 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow (think) not. So likewise ye, 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.
In Matt 25:24-30, Jesus tells of a servant that took his gift and did nothing with it. Absolutely nothing. He buried it. What would you say if you gave me a gift and I buried it. You'd probably be tempted to take it back. Most likely I'd never get another one from you that's for sure.
That's what Jesus done. He took the gift back and gave it to another servant.
Matt 25:24-25 says that the unprofitable servant was cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Now, since this man is named a servant he is saved, so the only thing that the passage could mean is that the unprofitable servant will weep and gnash his teeth when he suffers loss as in this verse.
1 Cor 3:14-15 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:(be cast away-receive damage-suffer disadvantage-being deprived of) but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The Christian will be held responsible for the gifts the Master gave to him. By using his gifts a child of God can gain reward or he can hide or bury his gift, or be too lazy to use it and suffer loss.
We really need to think about what the Bible teaches, 'cause eternity lasts a long time. When you get to face the Lord and tell Him, "I didn't know", He's gonna say, "why didn't you study my Word to show yourself approved."
We need to think on these things. We're not gonna live here forever. I remember when I was the age of some of you. It wasn't that long ago.
Think about it.
ONE SMALL SIN
By Andy Neckar and preached at Community Bible Chapel in Hico, TX.
God created Adam & Eve and put them in a garden. He gave them ONE command. DO NOT EAT of the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil. ONE little command and they wouldn't keep it.
You know, people could very well say well, they disobeyed only ONE TIME, and that wasn't like killing or committing fornication. They disobeyed only ONE time and compared to sins we hear of and sins we even committed ourselves before salvation, this is only ONE SMALL SIN.
Why, today we have murder, we have rape and abortion, the killing of unborn children. Why, we have a multitude of sins so very grievous, some even committed by professing Christians, that make eating a piece of fruit such a very SMALL SIN.
People could say, look at all the do's and don'ts we have nowadays. It seems that obeying ONLY ONE command to "not eat of a fruit" would be "a piece of cake".
But we must remember that God made a set of rules and those rules have to be obeyed or we suffer the punishment attached to those rules should we break any. I know this is hard for some to understand, but God is SO HOLY that even the SMALLEST SIN must be punished. God is SO HOLY that even the SMALLEST SINS results in death. This is a DOUBLE DEATH. A physical and spiritual death. Folks--now that's what I call HOLY.
Sure, Adam & Eve had ONLY ONE command and we had a BUNCH--but listen--we couldn't keep EVEN ONE. So--what does that make us? It makes us no better than they were--that's what it makes us.
God tells His children, this is those that came to repentance towards God and faith towards His Son Jesus Christ, (Acts 20:21) to STUDY His Holy Word. (2 Tim 2:15) Well, God has imputed the sinless righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ to the saved, born again people. (2 Cor 5:21) The Holy Spirit of God comes to indwell in this believer. (Rom 8:9) The Holy Spirit of God now makes this habitual sinner into one who abhors sin.( Rom 7:15) This new person don't want to sin anymore and when he does he hates it and repents. This new person does not commit "willful, habitual" sin anymore.
I Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
This new person CANNOT commit "willful, habitual" sin anymore, because he takes no PLEASURE in it. He HATES it.
God don't see this breaking of His commandments in this "new person" (2 Cor 5:17) All He sees is the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, because He imputed this righteousness of Christ to out account. (Rom chapter 3 and 4; 2 Cor 5:21) God transfers this sinless righteousness of His Son to our benefit. He puts-places and sets this sinless nature of His Son on we believers of the faith once delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3)
Then--after all that He gives us a few more "easy" commands. One is to study His Word. (2 Tim 2:15) He says to study His Word and devour the meat of His Word, (Heb 5:12-14) but most Christians won't ever do that. Yet there're gonna holler about Adam & Eve breaking a "do not eat of a fruit command", while they themselves break a "read, and study command".
God says to love Him and to love our neighbor. He says THIS is the fulfilling of ALL the Law AND the Prophets. (Matt 22:37-40) Now we even have His Spirit to help us in this, but what do most Christians do? They bitch and bellow at, and bite and back-stab each other.
This ONE SMALL SIN of Adam & Eve as many folks think of this, was enough to send them to hell if not repented of. Likewise this "perceived" insignificant sin of neglecting the study of God's Word is enough to stunt your growth and put you in heaven as a milk sucking baby in a lower room in this Mansion of many rooms. It is enough to make you ashamed to meet Christ while all the others are rejoicing.
Tell me, just how much joy can an ashamed, milk bottle sucking baby (1 Cor 3:2; Heb 5:12-13) that has ALL his works burned up and saved as if by fire, (1 Cor 3:12-15) have in heaven?
God says do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. (Heb 10:25) He had REASON to say this and I have covered this in past messages as I have the REASON He says to study His Word.
How many that disobey THIS command of "assembling of ourselves together" also disobey the "study God's Word" command?
ONE SMALL SIN in the eyes of MAN is ONE BIG SIN in the eyes of GOD. You see, God don't SEE THINGS our way.
Prov 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
He don't THINK our way, and He don't DO THINGS our way
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Man oh man, come Rapture time there's gonna be a BIG BONFIRE in heaven. There's gonna be so much "hay & stubble" burning up it's gonna be HOT for awhile. If Christians were allowed to take one thing up to heaven with them, I believe I would carry a box of matches, 'cause Christ is gonna need a BUNCH OF MATCHES.
Yeah, folks, I hope the Lord clothes me in "lightweight" white raiment when it comes time for the Bema judgment, 'cause it's gonna be a BIG FIRE up there for awhile.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
America is in sad shape. Christians are assaulted from many fronts and those of us who struggle are tired. I'm tired and I'm ready for a little R & R. No--not Rest & Relaxation. I'm ready for a little Righteous Ruling.
Below are just a few of the reasons I am ready for this.
Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day,
T'wasn't even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To have a Lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name.
Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gunshots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime,
That's in our schools today?
Let's let the Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!
Litteton CO. School Prayer
Student--"Lord, who did you let this shooting take place in our school"? Why didn't you intervene?
Lord-- "I'm not allowed in schools".
You Are What You Are
You are not what you are when things go your way,
and your wearing the cockers crown.
You are not what you are- when exalted by praise,
but you are what you are -when you're down.
You are not what you are when applauded by men,
your achievements are lauded and hailed.
You are not what you are -when success is your lot,
but you are what you are -when you've failed.
You are not what you are on boulevard wide,
but you are what you are in the alley.
You are not what you are- on Everest's heights,
But you are what you are- in the valley.
You are not what you are when softened winds flow,
you are what you are in the gale
You are not what you are -on mountain peaks high,
you are what you are in the vale
You are not what you are when riches abound,
don't tell me how much you can make.
But wait till the battles & enemies come,
just show me how much you can take.
You are not what you are when starting the race,
but whether or not you do quit!!!
You are not what you are -caused by talent and charm,
but your measure of courage and grit.
You are not what you are when truce is enjoyed,
when peace has climbed to it's height
But you are what you are- when the battles begun,
for you are what you are in the fight.
You are not what you are when all goeth well,
and everything is going by form.
But you are what you are- when the wintertime comes,
for you are what you are in the storm.
So hang right in there when the going gets tough,
Don't waver, don't falter, don't bend.
Cause you are not what you are- when the race is begun,
but you are what you are in the end.
[Excerpts from some of my thoughts]
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking Christians to forgo that lamp chop, chicken wing and hamburger. Even fish sticks should be skipped, it says.
PETA quotes from Genesis as proof that man should be a vegetarian.
Genesis 1:29 states, "God said, 'See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the Earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food."'
Those who oppose PETA quote Genesis also.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:28 does not "prove" that man can eat animals. But when God started all over again, I can offer a "proof verse" from Gen. that man can eat "meat & fish".
Gen 9:1-4 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Now we got down to the "meat" of the matter. AMEN?
CHURCHES CARRYING OUT GREAT COMMISSIONThe National Partnership for the Environment has announced a $16 million campaign to make environmentalism a "fundamental focus of religious life for every denomination in America." Partners include the U.S. Catholic Conference, the National Council of Churches, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
The Partnership, founded in 1993 with help from scientist Carl Sagan and Vice President Al Gore, seeks to make environmental activism a central element of local church and synagogue life, potentially displacing a traditional emphasis on worship, prayer, evangelism, and charity (National Liberty Journal, 10/99).
[Editor] The modern organized churches of these "latter days" are carrying out the "great commission" of their father the devil. Preach environmentalism, love, unity and tolerance, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever the devil and his demons have given to these evil hearts which he possess.
These ministers of the synagogues of Satan and forerunners of the anti-christ are to do this beginning in America and even unto the end of the world, because, lo, he is with them until Christ destroys him with the brightness of His coming.
You see, I can't "bind" Satan, for I am weak and he is powerful. But I CAN say, "TThe Lord Rebuke Thee." AMEN?
HOLY TOLEDO-the Great Spirit.
[Excerpted and adapted from an article in the Detroit News]Over the past decade, religion and environmentalism have quietly discovered each other and the planet may never be the same. "Episcopal Power and Light" is electrifying churches with renewable energy. "Redwood Rabbis" are preserving old growth forests. Evangelical "Noah congregations" are saving endangered species. Catholic bishops are coming to the aid of the Columbia River.
Sometimes called "creation care," "earth stewardship" or "green spirituality" the new religious environmentalism has taken hold with surprising swiftness, catching both traditional environmentalists and their political adversaries off-guard.
Not everyone believes it's a movement made in heaven. Some critics see it as a threat to free market economics and technological progress, while others suspect it's a cover for pagan earth-worship.
[Editor] I most heartily agree with the "others". Get ready for when the "golden spirit" (the spirit that turns porcelain crowns and silver fillings into gold. ) teams up the "green spirit". It's gonna rain golden "penny's from heaven"
Messengers of Christ Ministries is no longer a tax-exempt ministry. Upon request, the IRS has devolved the ministry as a corporation and now this ministry is just a personal ministry with no ties to the government and it's regulations. The CPA is doing the closing books now and I will be giving away the corporate assets and repurchasing the assets that I need to continue the ministry and the church here in my home.
See you next month if the Lord tarries.
We Much Earnestly Contend For The Faith-Jude 1:3