Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 6, Number 5, Sept.-Oct.. 2000
Inside This Newsletter
TOLERANCE--THE BEGINNING OF THE END of FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
Ted Turner addressed a cheering crowd of 1000 swamis, ministers, monks, and other spiritual leaders from around the world on the subject of religious intolerance at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, Aug. 29 at the United Nations.
"We are all one race, and there is only one God that manifests himself in different ways," Turner said. The religions that have survived "don't have hatred behind them. The ones that have done the best are the ones based on love."
[Editor] Say that again. The ones that have done the best are the ones based on love? Come on now Ted. How many religions are there? To many to count for me, but the ones that come to mind immediately are the ones that survive on HATE.
How about Islam-and her conversion by the sword? How about Roman Catholicism and her 1000 years of inquisitions. A few synonyms, or words with the same meaning as "inquisition" are, persecution, witch-hunting, heretic-hunting, mob rule, and kangaroo court. In other words, CONVERT OR DIE
Of course, as God's Word says, people will call good, evil and evil, good, just as they now call love, hate and hate, love.
In the past this verse was practiced by many major religions of the world that are still in existence today. THEY HAVE SURVIVED.
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
History is on the verge of repeating itself in this manner. You may think that Christian persecution is bad now, you just wait 'till John 16:2 is AGAIN repeated.
This religious summit is based entirely on "one viewpoint". The "fundamental principle" of this world summit of religious leaders in based on ONE WORD, and that word is TOLERANCE.
The World must tolerate belief in other religious gods. Ole Ted says that this is the ONE GOD manifesting Himself in different ways to different people, and THIS is what the Summit is all about.
I said ALL other gods, and this is what the religious leaders preach, EXCEPT for ONE GOD, and this is the CHRISTIAN GOD OF THE BIBLE. This is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the AUTHOR of the faith that leads to salvation. The ONLY Name under heaven by which man may be saved, (Acts 4:12) and the last time I checked, this ole world is STILL UNDER HEAVEN.
Ted, with all his money, power and prestige may think he is living in HEAVEN ON EARTH, but this ONE NAME under heaven has news for him. TWO KINDS of news. The GOOD NEWS of His Gospel and the NEWS found in the following.
Matt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, ye that work iniquity.
Now-what kind of news is THAT? Man will choose ONE or the OTHER.
An example of TEACHING TOLERANCE and PRACTICING INTOLERANCE is written in the following paragraph. What went over good and what didn't? Read and weep.
Delegates gave an "icy reception" to the Patriarch of Ethiopia, who urged "protection for unborn children", according to an evangelical who attended the meeting. They also "reacted coolly" to a Muslim World Council speaker who urged "recognition of marriage only between a man and a woman". A Buddhist master received a "standing ovation" when he "condemned all attempts at religious Conversion".
I'm a tolerant man, but there are SOME THINGS that I just CANNOT TOLERATE. One of them is this.
GO YE THEREFORE AND FILL THE PEWS.
(Religion Today 8/9/2000)
Churches are trying a variety of tactics - including cash prizes to fill the pews. Pastor Rod Loy held a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" game at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Ark., according to The Christian Science Monitor Two winners took home $1,000 each when they answered biblical questions. Loy has brought tigers, camels, and elephants to the sanctuary for Christmas pageants to attract new members. "It's important to keep things visual because people remember it," he said.
[Editor] Before we go any further I have to say a few things that come to my mind. I'm good at that. Speaking my mind. First let me say that "biblical illiterates" can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ just by hearing the gospel of Christ, and at the same time "biblical scholars" can go to hell. Knowledge of the Bible is not the way of salvation.
How important are things "visible"?
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of "things not seen".
Are tigers, camels, and elephants and Christmas pageants the power of God unto salvation? (Rom 1:16) These are used to attract "new members", BUT we must remember the CHURCH is made up of members of the Body of Christ. So- are these really "new members"? Are they really "babes in Christ"? NO- they are "pew fillers". They are pew fillers with "money" The churches are after the "headcount" and "money" and "to hell" with the "warm bodies" that fill the pews.
You know-the more I grow in faith the more I am transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18) I become like Him in intolerance to the ways of the world. God is love; Jesus is God; Love hates evil. Love cannot and will not tolerate evil. I am like that too. Like Father like son.
Yeah, folks. I am of Royal birth. (1 Peter 2:9) My Father is rich. (Psalms 50:10-12) I too, am rich (1 Cor 4:8; 2 Cor 6:10) I WILL NEVER DIE. (John 8:51-John 11:26) Better listen to me. This ain't Ted Turner preaching to you now. Got that?
Now-back to "filling the pews".
Other churches send visitors gift baskets filled with fresh bread and fruit, or offer them gift certificates to restaurants, according to the newspaper. The Fellowship of Las Colinas in Texas concludes its Sunday services in time for Dallas Cowboys football games, which are shown on a big screen outside the church. Rick Sebastian pays $10 to people who come to his Bryan, Texas, church aboard his bus, the Monitor reported. Other pastors have created games, fancy food courts, or glitzy games to fill pews.
The GREAT OMISSION
(Modern church 28:19-20.) Go ye therefore and fill all pews, luring them in with the things of the world, as they are accustomed. Teaching them to place their hope in "things seen" and, lo, we will be with you even for as long as we can.
ANOTHER thing I cannot tolerate, (boy, I am "eat up" with intolerance today) is this.
DECISIONS AND COMMITMENTS
Women are becoming Christians at all-female conferences. Almost 15 percent of the women attending Women of Faith conferences this summer have become Christians, according to the Plano, Texas-based group. More than 2,000 of 17,595 women at the United Center in Chicago indicated decisions to become a Christian, according to the group. A total of 2,117 of the 14,259 women at a rally in Minneapolis Aug. 11-12 became Christians.
The conferences feature female speakers and authors, and include jokes, drama, heartfelt personal stories, and music primarily to encourage Christian women in the faith. Encouragement is the common theme of the meetings. "We haven't come for the purpose of telling women what they should not do, but to encourage women and let them know we're rooting for them, and so is God," speaker Patsy Clairmont said.
I have decided to become a Christian,
I have decided to become a Christian.
I have decided to become a Christian,
It's easy done, it's easy done.
Jokes and drama, and personal stories,
Jokes and drama, and personal stories.
Jokes and drama, and personal stories,
Have saved my life, they've saved my life.
The world rooting for me, God too, I'm told,
The world rooting for me, God too, I'm told.
The world rooting for me, God too, I'm told,
I am not told, what I should not do.
These women are "not told" what they "should not do". This is the absence of "repentance" preaching, which is a change of mind resulting in a change of "Attitude" and "Action". I'll bet some of you didn't know that the Bible too, has an AA Program. It can "sober you up" to the TRUTH alright. How 'bout that?
One More Thought.
Do you know what kinds of people live in Plano, Texas? "Plain Old" people.
See you next time when I get to thinking thoughts again.
IN Christ and working FOR Him
BAPTISTS TURNING SPIRITUAL LIBERTY INTO SIN.
(Excerpts from Baptist Press)
Phil Lineberger, pastor of Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas and a member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) has views that affords an individual, at his or her convenience, the right to move outside the clear teaching of Scripture."
Bill Streich, leader of the Texas Baptist Laymen's Association said; Similarly, the BGCT-supported Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs defends a 'woman's right to choose' as a God-given right (i.e., 'spiritual freedom') even though God's Word describes abortion in one way, that is, murder.
Lineberger said Baptists "did not invent the idea of spiritual freedom, but it is Baptists who have protected it. We have been on the forefront of protecting spiritual freedom."
UMC CHURCH FINANCING ITS WORK
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., is creating a commercial company and plans to offer people an opportunity to invest in it. The company is a limited liability corporation called COR Development LLC. The plan is to raise $16 million to finance the purchase of 47 acres around the church. About 15 acres would be given back to the church, and the remainder would be developed commercially.
Church of the Resurrection was founded 10 years ago by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, then 25, who still leads the church as senior pastor. Since then, the congregation has grown to 5,700 adult members, and children bring the total up to around 8,000, according to the Rev. David Van Giesen, who provides administrative leadership as executive pastor of the church. Average weekly worship attendance is about 5,200, with six services held, he said.
"We take in from 100 to 125 new adult members a month," Van Giesen said. "We'll be in the 1,300 new member range this year as we were last year."
That kind of growth is driving the need for a larger church campus. Located in a fast-growing corridor of Kansas City, the land around the church isn't cheap at $250,000 an acre.
Once the land is paid for, COR Development will give 15 acres back to the church. The other 32 acres will be developed into office, retail and parking space. Parking will be permitted at the commercial buildings for people attending worship services and other activities at the church, according to the SEC filing.
They say that church law wont hamper them, and that there is nothing in the denominations Book of Discipline prohibiting such a venture.
[CNV Editor] They base their convictions on CHURCH LAW and the UMC denominational BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, yet they have the nerve to say: "What we try to do around here is just stand out of the way and let God do what He wants to do in this place."
The UMC is holding true to its course of FULL APOSTASY. Build, build, build is emphasized in the program. They speak of taking in hundreds of new members a month. Their emphasis is on GROWTH, like so many other organized churches.
Folks, I hate it when a so-called Christian church takes the world into the church and adopts the ways of the world and gives the credit to God. GOD FORBID! When will my God and Savior say ENOUGH?
CUTTING A DEAL WITH GOD--UNTO SALVATION.
According to an August 22, 2000 news summery by "Religion Today" evangelist Franklin Graham preached to 72,370 people at the Texas Panhandle Festival 2000 in West Texas over the weekend.
A total of 2,576 people made their way to the field at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo to "make a commitment to Christ" during the three-night outreach, according to Graham's ministry.
In addition to the nightly events, more than 12,000 children attended a Kidz Fest on Saturday morning, and 365 responded to an invitation to "commit their lives to Christ".
Local churches reached out to children in low-income families through 3-on-3 basketball tournaments held in inner-city parks in North Amarillo. The championship game took place during Graham's Antonio Spurs presenting trophies and speaking to the youngsters about God.
[Editor] Making a "commitment". Do you know what making a commitment means? Making a "commitment" or "committing" oneself is to; are you ready for this?
Making a "commitment" or "committing" oneself is to "promise". To "pledge", and to "make a vow". It is to make a "covenant". To "make a pact" and "make a contract", as to "cut a deal".
Now just Who is the Covenant Maker? A little hint. IT AIN'T YOU, and IT AIN"T ME, and IT AIN"T NOBODY BUT "GOD HIMSELF"
You gonna call yourself saved because you "cut a deal" with God? Is that it? What have you got that God needs? What can you offer God?
Let's get this straight. There ain't no salvation in God--Period. Salvation is through His Son Jesus the Christ and there is NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN by which we may be saved. (Acts 4:12)
It isn't God, (it's the Gospel of Christ-the power of God) or the Holy Spirit of God. (He "seals" us after salvation. He doesn't "save" us.). The Name is JESUS CHRIST. There is salvation IN NO OTHER. God said it and I believe it. 'Nough said.
Presenting basketball trophies followed by a short spiritual commercial about God is not gonna cut it. "Spiritual Commercials " are not the power of God unto salvation. Spiritual commercials can't cut hot butter, but the Word of God can cut to the quick. (Heb 4:12) Now that's sharp.
I guess we ALL know just Who the Word of God is don't we?
John 1:1 n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
PROMISE KEEPERS SOCIAL GOSPEL OF RECONCILATION.
It's never too late for sons to reconcile with fathers, author and speaker Josh McDowell told a Promise Keepers rally in Albuquerque, N.M. "Find a way to express to your father something you appreciate about him," McDowell said Aug. 19 at the Pit, the basketball arena at the University of New Mexico
McDowell told fathers in the audience of 8,000 males that sons need to be affirmed, accepted, appreciated, loved, and held accountable, and must have their fathers available. "Rules without relationships produce rebellion," he said.
About 300 men made decisions to live the Christian life during an evangelistic appeal by speaker Haje Andraus. The day and a half conference emphasized help with the issues of marriage, sexuality, parenting, racism, pride, abuse, and "finishing life's race well," according to Promise Keepers. Sixteen conferences are being held this year through October.
[Editor] How many professing Christians promote, support and sing the praises of Promise Keepers. First SBC Church of Hico is full of 'em. They're full of Masonic Christians too. As a matter of fact, they're full of--everything.
These PK men have no idea what living the "Christian life" is all about.. If it means morality, then I have Catholic Uncles and Aunts that beat them "hands down" when it come to living a "good" life.
How many times, in my drinking days, have I made a promise to God that I would live a "Christian life" if only He would help me get over this hangover?
Did making a decision to "live a Christian life" save that "drunk" Roman Catholic? NO--it didn't. I sobered up on Oct. 21 1981 and THAT didn't save me either. I was now a "sober" Roman Catholic heading for hell. I was leading a "good Moral/Christian life" though.
Men can get the issues of marriage, sexuality, parenting, racism, pride, abuse, and "finishing life's race well," from such shows as Oprah Winfrey and Paul Harvey in the comfort of their old "Slouch Chair
Man--there's gonna be a lot of "good moral committed Promise Keepers and "deal makers" wondering what the hell happened. Was not "making a commitment" and "making a decision" the way of salvation? What happened?
"What is Christ saying"?
Matt 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Luke 13:26-28 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
"I can't believe this", they will cry. Well--they're gonna have a "long time" to think it over.
Let us pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
A CRY UNTO SALVATION?
Heard on the 700 Club recently, as I was looking to listen to what this ministry was up to nowadays, a young lady speaking about how she came to be a Christian.
She was anorexia and after eating about a dozen desserts and vomiting as usual, she cried out, "Jesus, if you really are the Son of God, come into my life and make me whole". And immediately she was transformed and made whole. She said she was "saved" at this moment.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Did this cry out to Jesus save her? Let us study the matter. The "gospel of Christ" is the "only thing" that is the power of God unto salvation, for "anybody". No crying out or making commitments-- no nothing.
There is NO SALVATION in crying "Jesus, IF you really are the Son of God, save me". Let us see what God has to say about my statements.
Acts 16:31 And they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ", and "thou shalt be saved", and thy house.
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt "believe in thine heart" that God hath raised him from the dead, "thou shalt be saved".
1 Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to "save them that believe".
1 Tim 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter "believe on him" to life everlasting.
Now what? Does salvation come because we believe, or do we believe because salvation came? Do we put the cart before the horse?
What about repentance? This was missing "completely" from this woman's testimony. Do we repent and believe FOR salvation, or do we repent and believe BECAUSE OF salvation.
According to this woman's testimony, she believed BECAUSE OF salvation, with no hint of repentance. I know professing Christians and "Church Deacons" who support the 700 Club. The chief deacon of an Independent Baptist church here in Hico, one that I let in early 1996 used to support this ministry.
We do not express doubt and get saved if Jesus "proves" Himself. Christ has already done that. We do not "get saved" and THEN believe. God's Word says we believe "FIRST" and THEN get saved.
It is EASY to spot a fake. God's Word tells us the means of salvation.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the "gospel of Christ": for it is the "power of God unto salvation" to "every one that believeth"; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
BUT--HOLD ON. Let us study "the rest of the story". The Bible is MORE than this "one" verse. See- we are to read the Bible, and not just parts of it to get the "whole picture"
Can you cut a tiny fragment of a picture and enjoy the beauty it expresses in the whole? Can you do the same with a highway map and travel across country? (minus the road signs along the way)
What else does the Bible say about obtaining salvation? Let us add another piece to the picture.
Here we find salvation in TWO acts.
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, "repentance toward God", and "faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ".
Repentance is NOT a WORD. What must we do to repent? We must change our minds about God. We BELIEVE the gospel of Christ IN FAITH-- and then what?
Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that "the goodness of God "leadeth thee" to repentance"?
I take it you all know just what is the gospel of Christ that does all these wonderful things. It is capable of doing just what the Bible says. It has salvation in its Words because of the DEED in its Words that has been accomplished, ONCE FOR ALL. (Heb 10:10; 1 Peter 3:18)
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Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. I turned 63 on Now 8th. By the way, I celebrate THREE birthdays each year. I am 9 years old and 19 years old and 63 years old.
I became a child of God in 1991, nine years ago (spiritual birthday) and I sobered up nineteen years ago on Oct 21, 1981 (sobriety birthday) and I was born 63 years ago on Nov 8, 1937 (physical birthday)
I was out selling tee shirts at the First Monday Trade Days in Weatherford Texas last month, and because of the volume of Christian shirts I handle some vendors close by approached me and we began a conversation. This conversation led to my salvation testimony and the fact that I pastor Community Bible Chapel here in my home in Hico, Tx.
Well, they asked me if I would hold church services the next month, as some vendors have no way to attend church services that sell at these monthly trade day events. Of course I accepted and on Nov 5th I held church services and five groups of vendors came for fellowship. This amounted to ten people. We had singing and prayer requests and I gave a short discourse on the Word of God. I also gave away four KJV Bibles and some literature. They invited me back for next month, and afterward two other vendors came by and said they heard we had some good services and that they too, would attend the next month. We'll see what the LOrd does with this.
MORE CNV NOTES
The CNV web site is receiving an average of 150 "Front Page" hits per day, and once there, the visitors open an average of 1200 internal pages each day.
So far as of Dec 2nd 1,399,262 total pages have been opened since Feb 1997. Almost a million and a half.
Last Sunday Dec 3rd, I preached again at the Weatherford, Texas "First Monday Trade Days". (The weekend-Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the First Monday of each month)
First Monday Church Services held at Space B-2. Beginning at 7: 30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Give or take- "take" a few minutes longer)
Like last month we met under an awning (no sides) in the open air, and last Sunday the open air was 38-degrees for a 40-minute church service. Last month (the first month) there were 10 vendors present, and this month, by the grace of God, there were 16 present, not including my wife Nita and I. The 12 by 20 foot awning was pretty full. I will continue to bring the Word of God to these vendors as long as they invite me back, and they tell me, "Don't quit now, we like what we hear and the service is growing".
And folks, I don't compromise when I preach over there. I PREACH like I WRITE. I know that this is an "inter-denominational" service, although I haven't asked each one personally, but the Word of God is preached without denominational compromise.
This week I preached what was to be a 15-minute sermon but turned into a 22-minute discourse on the error of "walking the aisle" or repeating a "sinners prayer" or "making a commitment" for salvation. The unscriptural method of the "alter calls" of a preacher "begging and pleading" for a sinner to "come forward" is an indication that the Holy Spirit of God is a "wimp" and needs a "man" to beg and plead and persuade a sinner, when in Truth, the Holy Spirit does the three C's. The Convicting and Convincing and the Converting. Amen?
I preached of the error of the church inviting the wolves into the sheep pasture to try and convert the wolves, or rather to increase numbers. I preached of how the wolves in the churches now outnumber the sheep, and the church, in trying to lure the wolves/unchurched into the church, has to make the "CHURCH OF GOD" appealing to the "unchurched", and there begins the "falling away" that is spoken of in 2 Thess 2:3.
I spoke of how the church is feeding and entertaining the wolves and starving the sheep and so most churches now have malnourished Christians in them that need to "come out from among them".
Folks, these 16 folks took that kind of preaching and invited me back. PRAISE GOD.
I told them that I believe Christ was well pleased. What was there I had to offer these folks but Christian fellowship and the Word of God? I told them that I was SURE that they were not coming for "entertainment" or "programs" offered. No plush carpet and no padded pews or physical comforts. Just lawn, and cold metal chairs and 38-degree temperature in the open air. What better witness to Christ than something like that? Amen?
IN Christ and working FOR Him by contending for the faith in my area.
Walking the Walk is better than Talking the Talk.
Living a holy life will produce the deepest impressions. Lighthouses blow no horns.
Keep on keeping on Earnestly Contending For The Faith. -Jude 1:3. And thanks to those of you who BARK (Isa 56:10) every now and then. A-M-E-N.