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The Return to God
This site is dedicated to help Christians come closer to God in their hearts, thinking, and action, and to obey the following  Bible command to Christians  today:

2 Timothy 4:1-5
1    I solemnly charge {you} in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
2    preach the word; be ready in season {and} out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

   For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but {wanting} to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their OWN desires;
4    and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.
5    But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The time of verses 3 and 4 above HAS ALREADY COME in every church I know of!

Hello Christian visitor!

Are you immune to the effect of the things of this world?  Of course not!  Apathy, lack of respect or care for others is spreading like wildfire throughout not only the world, but even through all of our churches.  Personal "fulfillment" through financial and other material success, including finding a mate, and making sure our kids excel better than their peers at sports and school seems to hold much higher priorities than seeking God and obeying Him.  As good as enjoyable music, self-esteem seminars, witty and entertaining speakers, and "spiritual high" feelings might seem, such things cannot produce Christians that truly think or act differently than their non-Christian peers who have their priorities all mixed up.

What is the purpose of attending a church?  I know for a fact that some go to drum up customers for their business, or find the man or woman of their dreams.  Some think that it is the place to bring one's unsaved friends so the cool music and preaching will save them.  I was grieved to hear a Christian I have to deal with regularly who actually told me that we should spend ALL our time "praising" God in music in church, and forget the sermon.   It is becoming more and more clear that most Christians have become very ignorant of the main purpose of church services:

(Eph 4:11-13) And He gave some {as} apostles, and some {as} prophets, and some {as} evangelists, and some {as} pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

God has given us certain gifted individuals who will:

Equip the individual Saints (believers) for:

- The WORK of service (regardless of who you are, Christian, you have a spiritual job to do!).

Build up the body of Christ (that includes ALL Christians in and out of any church) until:

- We all attain unity of faith (someday, we will no longer need to argue about when the Rapture will occur, if "speaking in Tongues" today is OK, etc., since the Scriptures will be understood by ALL of us).
- We attain THE knowledge of Jesus Christ (all our knowledge of Him is grossly lacking now).
- We attain maturity ("perfection" is the literal translation), to the same level of perfection of maturity Jesus Christ has.

Did you notice that EVANGELISTS were included in that group.  Please especially note that the passage never said that the main job of evangelists was to preach to the lost.  It appears that their main purpose is to EQUIP OTHER BELIEVERS to do evangelism!

What is the result of Christians becoming mature from such a process as the book of Ephesians spells out:

(Eph 4:14-16)  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by EVERY wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all {aspects} into Him, who is the head, {even} Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

IF the body of Christ (ALL true Christians) was mature as we should be, we would not be tricked by any of the various false teachings that are now inside and outside of our churches.  Why is it so important to not be ever taken in by a false doctrine?  Nobody down here perfectly understands all the truth, right?  That may be true, but that does not mean that we are to close our eyes, and compromise doctrinal beliefs with others and PRETEND we have the unity talked about in Ephesians chapter 4.  Such compromise makes us no different from non-Christians who also strive for false unity!  

NOT being diligent in seeking doctrinal maturity would result in us walking just like the UNBELIEVERS ("Gentiles") walk:  

(Eph 4:17-19)  This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

It does not take a genius to figure out what the main problem most Christians suffer from.  It is lack of maturity!  No wonder our witness to the unsaved is so ineffective.  I need to continually mature, and you do too!     My prayer is that my work on this web page will also help myself and others attain the maturity we all desperately need.

The Ephesians 4:11-19 passage clearly teaches what life changes Christian maturity should result in:

Further on, the Bible passage gives us more detail on how we SHOULD have changed:

(Eph 4:20-25) But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in {the likeness of} God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.  Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one {of you,} with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

In other words, this is how your Christian life should be:

Lay aside your "old self" (your former manner of living), which was driven by your deceitful lusts (how could your lusts be deceitful?  For one thing, they tell you the lie over and over that THIS TIME you will be happy by giving in to them).

Put on the "new self" (which was already created for you by God), which will result in:

Yes, more than ever, Christians NEED to seek maturity.  It is clear from the Scriptures I quoted that we need such maturity, since all the signs today point to us being VERY immature as Christians!


Have I got your attention yet?  I must have, since you are still reading my web page. If our churches have become so inadequate in equipping the saints in order to do and become what God meant us to, what can you do?  In these "Last Days" before Christ's return, it is most likely that you will not find a single Christian who has not compromised his mission in some way before God.  Nevertheless, we must support Christians that God has gifted who are at least trying in some way to minister without compromise.  Regularly attend the best Biblical church you can find.  Keep encouraging the LEADERSHIP to not be controlled doctrinally by such things as the money-givers, or by the lust for higher attendance.  Encourage your pastor to not worry about losing any or all of his RETIREMENT MONEY, by standing up for the truth in his church (this is a bigger problem than you might imagine)!  Share the Wisdom of God that you learn with others one-on-one, and teach it in a class if God has so gifted you.

I do not expect that every Christian would agree with everything I post at my web page.  Nevertheless, numerous believers have reported to me that my articles have greatly helped them in their understanding of the Bible, and this very much improved their walk with God.  It is my hope and prayer that you too will be helped in the same manner.  God bless you, as you try to overcome the pitfalls of "Punch and Cookie" Christianity, through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Because most Christian's spiritual guard has been down, we have let many APOSTATES (wolves in sheep clothing) not only creep into our churches, but we also let many of them become our MINISTERS!:

Jude 1:3-4
3    Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
4    For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:16
16    These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their {own} lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of {gaining an} advantage.

2 Pet 2:1-3
1    But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2    And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
3    and in {their} greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

What "sensuality" is Peter talking about that many Christians will follow?  As I quoted before 1st Timothy 4:3-4 warned us about it:

   For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but {wanting} to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their OWN desires;
4    and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.

MOST CHURCHES TODAY are now like this!!  Instead of a focus on what the Bible REALLY says, most churches have WATERED IT DOWN,  and
perverted the Gospel.  People like Rick Warren in his "Purpose-Driven Life" heresy book wrongly re-defines the meaning of the "Body of Christ" into meaning a "COMMUNITY" which includes UNBELIEVERS!  ENTERTAINMENT ("tickling of ears") has replaced solid Bible teaching.  I have even had a pastor ignorantly tell me that my gift of exhortation is only meant to be used to COMFORT Christians, not CONFRONT them in their sins and teaching of false doctrines!

You would be SHOCKED to find out who all the apostates are in our churches!  You would do well to take advantage of all the important research that has been done by various courageous Bible-believing Christians in exposing many apostates at the Lighthouse Trails Research Project.

Our more obvious enemies in
the occult are so arrogant and sure of themselves, that they predicted years ago that evangelical Christianity would be the main people to bring about the New World Order (and ultimately their Antichrist)!  

Back in 1979, New Age author Jeremy Rifkin, in his book,  "The Emerging Order: God in the Age of Scarcity," spoke of our "old order" of society one day being replaced by a "new order" through none other than Christian "evangelical-charismatic movements," to provide a new view of the world, one that is as radically different from the present as Reformation theology was from Catholicism:

http://www.scholarscorner.com/Courses/Ethics/ChurchPOPC/EmergingOrder.html

In other words, this occult author claimed that one day, Christians would be the main group of people to bring about the New World Order!

One of the most famous occultists of our time, Alice Baily,
who coined the term New Age, prophesied that the “Coming One” (really the false Christ) could not come on the scene until humanity recognized its own divinity (believe that man is GOD).  And she said that this “Age of Aquarius” will not come  around  the Christian church, but rather, through it. This is what we are witnessing today, and all believers should take note. Bailey called it the “rejuvenation” of the churches.

Thanks to apostates like Rick Warren and many others, this "new world order" is now mostly here today!





My focus in this website is mainly on helping save the lost and to help mature Christians.  I will expose apostates when I see it needing to be done, also.  

Please continue freeing yourself  from merely wanting your ears tickled, and instead, seek further maturity from a more careful and prayerful reading of the Bible, and from all the linked articles that are found in this website.


Give your church a spiritual "health check:"

Is your church a "punch and cookie" church?



"It is the Glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2
"They say they want the kingdom, but they don't want God in it."
From the song, The Wanderer, by U2
Currently, many of my articles are not all quite custom made for this site, since they used to recently belong to another web site  which had more of an evangelical purpose than mainly reaching out to other Christians.  Therefore, you may find certain comments pointed towards unbelievers and to their specific concerns, in particular, those who are attracted to the occult, something I once was very much a part of.

May God bless you as you prayerfully examine my following articles:


Most Christians think that those who are causing divisions at church are the ones who irritate others with details from the Bible.  THINK AGAIN!

What is the TRUE Cause of Divisions in the Church?


The answer to the next question should be easy for every Christian, but it is not.

What exactly is the "gospel?"



What work do we have to do in order to be saved by God?
 
Are We Saved by Faith or Works?




How literal are God's commands to us?  How much room is there for interpretation?

The "Parable" of the Stop Sign



Are we to UNCONDITIONALLY forgive others?  No!

Re-examining Biblical Forgiveness



Most Christians think "Taking God's Name in Vain" is mostly about profanity.  It is MUCH worse!

Falsely Swearing by God's Name



EVERY Christian supposed to do the work of the Evangelist.  Check out some of my pointers.

Witnessing for Christ


The following 3 articles may help you in witnessing, especially to "scientific" people
 

This "children's story" is more relevant than ever to all of us as more lies are told:
The Emperor's New Clothes

Think we could trust everything scientists tell us even now?
What Some "Experts" have said in the Past

Learn what psychologists and others know about what REALLY controls your thinking:
The Myth of being "Open-Minded"


X-File's Fox Mulder is willing to risk everything to know "the truth."  What will you risk?

What is "Truth?"


You think you know ALL the differences between "good" and "evil?"  Surprise!

What is "Evil?"


What is God's "master plan" for the history of mankind?

The Purpose of History


Bible Prophecy is important, but it only makes sense if you read the REST of the Bible:

Bible Prophecy

I am convinced that this is an important key in understanding what lies ahead:

Jewish Holidays: Key to Future Events?
 


Aliens and UFOs are DEMONIC!  See my evangelical page on this IMPORTANT TOPIC!

Frightful Things to Come?


Why is this such a controversial Christian topic?
 

How Does the Holy Spirit Work Today?


I have found this to be the most controversial Christian topic:

When will the "Rapture" Occur


The next topic deals with a weakly understood aspect of Christ's Return:

Controversy about knowing "the Day and Hour"


You probably NEVER heard the REAL story of Halloween as a Christian!!

My Views on Halloween (they might surprise you)


How come Christians forward e-mails with FALSE information more than non-Christians?  

An Exhortation to Christians Forwarding E-mails, and Discerning Truth in General


This is more of a resource for your own studies rather than an article for now:

Some Other Chronologically-Tied Events to Come


Remember all the hype about Y2K?  There is another "millennium" you should think about:

Millennium: Probably Not the one You're Thinking of



Are you afraid of the future?  Here is the best thing you can do to prepare for it:

What Should We Do to Prepare for the Future?


TV and the movies have taught you more than school.  See what you have learned:

The New Myth-Makers


Did you know that from the Bible, we know that the universe was born in 4004 BC?

The Age of the Universe: What does the Bible Say?



Figured out what you will do for eternity (don't take this seriously)?

Who Will Do What in Heaven and Hell


Quite a few people have asked me, "How did you become a Christian?"  This article tells how that happened. It was originally written to help those interested in "aliens" and "UFOs" become Christians

My Testimony


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