THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, June 10, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
here are seven characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ Who saved and thus onerously qualified to be called our Lord and Savior. Satan and any of his fiefs run away when these seven characteristics of our Risen Lord and Savior are invoked and that is the reason we are admonished to test every spirit to know whether they are of the True Lord God Almighty or Satan. There are sundry Jesus Christ's on earth today. The Risen Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Messiah, Savior and Emmanuel God With Us can be identified by these seven unique characteristics namely: The Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary; Who lived a Sinless Life; Who lived here for thirty-three years to make known to us Who the Father is; Who died on the Cross for your and my sins and the sins of the whole world; Who came back to life three days later, Who is at the Right Hand of the Father right now in heaven interceding for the Saints and will soon be returning to this earth to judge the dead and the living; and finally, Who is the Only One and Way-and not one of the ways but the Only Way-to salvation and eternal life. Anyone who says he/she is a Christian, pastor or any title holder in organized religion that doesn't subscribe to the Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the above seven distinct characteristics is not a Christian. Just as these seven distinct and unique characteristics define the Lord Jesus Christ Who is worthy of our worship, adoration and praise; so also there are seven characteristics of anyone who claims to belong to Him. You must exhibit seven distinguishing and unique characteristics on earth to be considered and known as a worthy and true disciple, follower and believer of the True Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. In other words, if you refer to yourself as a Christ own; a follower and thus a Christian, here are the seven distinguishing marks and characteristics you must display.
You are not a Christian because you bear a Christian name; attend a Church, you were born into Christianity, because your parents had been taking you to Church service from birth; or you have been " water baptized and confirmed" by your pastor. Taking the Holy Communion doesn't make you a Christian either. These seven steps or procedures are what make you a Christian namely: First; your profession of Sin Acknowledgement. You were a sinner, a law breaker of God and one who had been living by his or her own standards instead of the standards of the Lord God Almighty which He set for us all. Now you have realized you couldn't meet His standards and now you acknowledge your inadequacy and come to Him for forgiveness. If you still think you aren't that bad and wicked than the rest and thus not a law breaker-the laws of God-but believes somehow you will make it to heaven, you're indeed far away from His Saving Grace. Second is Sin Confession. You must confess your sins and tell Him you need His salvation. What is the difference between Sin Acknowledgement and Sin Confession? The former means I am a sinner and the latter refers to my conscious desire and willingness to change. It is possible to know you need to be saved and yet refuse to be saved.
Third is your Need for God's Righteousness. You must acknowledge that Jesus Christ came to this world to save you in order to make you righteous with the Sovereign Lord God Almighty. That is; the Jesus Christ described above with those seven unique attributes was and still is the only One Who could make you and me, and any human being for that matter to be righteous with the Lord God Almighty. Fourth is Open Declaration for Christ Jesus .You must verbalize your confession out for Jesus Christ to come into your life and for Satan and his demons to hear you're renouncing them from this moment onwards. In other words, your profession of faith in Christ Jesus is not in secret and coded, but open and declarative. Fifth, Commitment to obey and do what He wants you to do with your life. In His Kingdom, there is only One Lord, One Master and One Sovereignty and all allegiances to any other lord or entity is nil. Sixth is asking Him to Seal you with the Holy Spirit. The seal is a spiritual legal guarantee that in this Messianic transaction contracted by the Pure Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ poured out on Calvary for your sin and mine and that of the entire human race, you have an evidence and assurance in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:1-14). Finally, you must ask Him to disclose to you what He wants you to do. Until you know the raison détre of your existence and the purpose you are placed on this planet earth by your Creator, life has no meaning. If you're here on earth and haven't discovered the purpose He sent you here, you are just alive but aren't living yet. Everything that is created by the True Lord God Almighty is created for a purpose. What is the purpose for your life and existence? Why are you here? What is your mission on this planet earth? If you haven't passed through these seven stages of belief and faith in your Christian Life and you haven't known and experienced the Lord Jesus Christ with the seven unique attributes and characteristics stated above, you are NOT a Christian.
This week, we want to examine the first types of Christians on earth today. The first sets of Christians are the delusional and Church-going Christians who think they are going to heaven and yet our Lord Jesus Christ warned them thus: "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see" (Revelation 3:15-18). These delusional saved and Church-going Christians formed the majority of early worshipers in Laodicea in the Ancient City of Lycus, a Roman Province in those days which is today part of modern Turkey. Sadly, we still have Christians who exhibit the characteristics of those delusional saved souls, but not born-again believers around the world today which our Lord Jesus Christ decried. It is possible to be a believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not be saved. Yes, there are many believers that aren't saved. It is possible to believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and yet refused to commit your life unto Him. Similarly, it is possible to be saved and not be a child of the Savior. You are saved from what? You are saved from your sins and now part of the Christian fold, but salvation that is not experienced is a fluke. Of what use is salvation from sins when it is not combined with salvation to righteousness?
These are the six characteristics of the Laodicean Church still extant today on earth which our Lord Jesus Christ warned was on the edge and He would soon spew them out of His Mouth. So how do you identify a Laodicean Christian? What are the attributes of Delusional Saved and Church-Going Christians of the world? Here are their attributes:- One, we believed in Jesus Christ, but… Delusional saved and Church-going Christians, like their counterpart Hebrew believers in the Book of Hebrews believe in the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but thought they needed to add something extra. I see it all the time when we pray for folks here and they ask; won't you give me something? The salvation of the human race is "Tete Lestai" (John 19:30) meaning "It is finished"" and Jesus Paid It All. Any pastor, church gathering or so-called Christian denomination, before, during and or after praying for you ask you to light some candles, bring fruits, clothing materials, go to swim in a nearby river, sleep in the church for days or similar stuffs are a group of Laodicean Christians. Leave that fold; you won't make it to heaven. The greatest sword of the true Christian is the Word of God in your mouth (Ephesians 6:17 "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"). If fruits, water shower, candles, and activities could save us from Satan and his fiendish acolytes and guarantee us heaven, Jesus Christ came to die for nothing. Satan and his demons have been studying human beings for ages and they have discovered that we want to hang in to objects and stuffs we can see, touch, smell and relate to instead of faith. Many so-called churches today are havens for shamans, voodoo priests, juju and the occult masquerading as Christ's followers.
Two, Jesus Christ is our Savior, but the Lord God Almighty has also made another avenue or way for Christ-Rejecters to enter heaven. What will happen to over 3billion souls who are non-worshippers of Jesus Christ? Somehow, God will make provision for such souls to enter heaven. If Jesus Christ said emphatically and unambiguously that: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me "(John 14:6) and you argue to the contrary, then Jesus Christ is either a liar or saying the truth. He can't be both. He is not one of the religious leaders or prophets around who came in the past. He is either the Real Deal or Fake, He can't be both. So if you believe in this Jesus Christ as opposed to the One Who declared in that John 14:6 that He is the Way, Truth and Life, then you do not belong to Him. As Apostle Peter audaciously screamed to his audience on the Day of Pentecost: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12); if you don't believe that and can't scream those non-wiggle words to a perishing and Christ-needing world, you are a delusional and Church-going Christian of Laodicea. With time, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will spew you out. I pray you won't wait till that point of no return in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Third, I have been baptized with and in water and so I am saved. Whoever beguiles you with this sophistry means to do eternal damage of immense proportion to your life. Being baptized and immersed in water by your congregation or pastor are not the confirmation of a saved soul. Many souls are water baptized Christians and confirmed are on their way to the Other Side unless they come to their senses and repent.
Fourth, once you're saved, you're saved. That you gave your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and thenceforth relax instead of pressing on with your faith is a monumental recipe for disaster. Can salvation be lost? Absolutely! There is nothing like eternal salvation; which being interpreted is once you're saved; you're saved forever! It's an artifice artfully choreographed by Satan from the pit of hell to destroy the unwary and the beguiled. Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that this destructive heresy and demonic teachings would invade a segment of His Church so He warned forcefully: "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked" (Revelation 3:17). If the Christian Walk is a cake walk, our Lord Jesus Christ would not have warned elsewhere in His Words "…..but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13). The English Standard Version and King James Version used the more forceful word: "endurance" But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Who endures what is already a slam dunk? If the salvation procured for us on the Cross through the redemptive Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ doesn't need nurturing and working, why do we have to endure? Why are we exhorted to "…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling," (Philippians 2:12). If you are a saved Christian at one time and because of that, you begin to live a reckless life, fornicating, stealing and doing all kinds of things instead of bearing fruits to keep in tandem with repentance and righteous living as John the Baptist excoriated his Jewish audience, you will end up at the Other Side of the Eternal Divide. All your righteous acts will be wasted and lost. Any religious organization or church where this demonic teaching is taught is a Laodicean assembly, get out instead of get lost in the end.
Fifth, it doesn't matter if I sin, no one is perfect and God understands. This is an imprint of the Laodicean Church. They have been bewitched by the twin spiritual assailants of self-condemnation and guilty conscience and so take solace in that slippery terrain of jaded smugness. When a Christian sins and the Holy Spirit brings it to your notice, you go immediately on your knees and ask for forgiveness promising not to repeat that sin again and for whatever reason. But for a blood-bought true child of the Most High God through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on Calvary to declare bon-faced that we're all sinners and nothing can be done about the sinful nature is to gradually descend horribly into the pit. Hear what Apostle John says about you; "No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God" (I John 3:9). But Laodicean Christians argue hoarse about that declaration and why? Because they do not have the Seed of God in them and what is God's Seed? The Holy Spirit is the Seed of God in a born-again Child of the King and "…if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.." (Romans 8:9b). Consequently, since the Laodicean Christian doesn't have the Holy Spirit, he or she cannot work for Him. That is why Jesus Christ said these types of Christians are neither cold nor hot, because they have no clues about their mission, purpose, goals and objectives in life. The sixth ailment below afflicts them constantly as a corollary.
Sixth, I don't know whether I have the Holy Spirit or not; even need Him but I am saved. The Laodicean Christians do things by instincts, instead of being led by the Holy Spirit, because as the Word of God says, only those whose footsteps are ordered by the Lord are truly the children of the Most High. A Christian who takes decision by mere instinct is not a part of Christ's Family. If there is no greater One in you than the one that is in the world, you are merely a saved soul but you do not yet belong to Him. In other words, if you do not have the Holy Spirit in you, you are not of His, because " For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God" (Romans 8:14). Laodicean Christians are lukewarm; because they do not know what the Holy Spirit wants them to do. And how can you know what the Holy Spirit wants you to do when you aren't sure if you have the Holy Spirit or not? Are you a Laodicean Christian? Don't be shy or afraid to seek help, let's talk, because your eternity hangs in the balance. Yes, it does!
THIS WEEK LETTERS
Dear Pastor, Good Morning Pastor. How are you, your family and your busy schedules?
I thank you so much for the positive things you are doing in the lives of thousands of people through counseling, prayers and ministrations. Kindly pray for me for job security, job progress, and release of my promotion to full manager, God's guidance, open doors, breakthroughs and favors in my job. I am praying God for protections, security, and good health for me and my family. I am also praying for prosperity, long life, shield from robbers, kidnappers and evil men. I pray against any form of attacks, harms, sudden death, heart attack, heart failure, cardiac arrest, poison, motor accidents, hazards, witchcraft, or evil machination of enemies against me and my family. I ask these in JESUS NAME: From Brother E. Nigeria.
Dear Dr Fayemiwo,I want to contribute to the above subject after reading your piece on the same subject in your publication of October 18.The key word here is born again and the implication is that both parties have their spirit replaced by the spirit of God and by faith they have now the righteousness of God by inheritance through Christ. Secondly, we acknowledge that this spirit in them has as fruit love. We are also mindful of the fact that being born again is limited to the spirit at inception but the soul and body with its carnality remains the same but potentially capable of redemption by faith as the Christian journey progresses for the born again. Thirdly all actions of the born again must be guided by the word of God.
Having stated the above, what must be the reaction of the born again to such issues as you have narrated? The first thing to note is that the laws as in the old covenant do not totally apply to the born again because they were actually put together to show our limitation as nobody can fulfill them but through spirit we are able to meet our obligations as children of God by adoption. The first couple has both sinned in varying degree and have both repented and forgiven. Old things have passed. Their journey from that moment will of necessity and fact be guided by love of God period. The man will only feel cheated if he limits his thoughts to his canal mind which is where the difficulty and mistakes come from. But if he focuses on the fact that loving his wife is the unconditional mandate required of him by God, the ability to do so is within him and is part of the quality of the new spirit in him. All we need to note is that the one who have given us love by first loving us is continuously showing how it is done by loving us unconditionally. I will say to the pastor in the first case welcome to growing up spiritually. It usually doesn't make sense but that is the conflict of flesh and spirit that goes on daily with us. As regards the second case the determining factor is also love.People in this situation must in love ask; is my partner going to be hurt here? Love is what chooses the way because you can't just terminate a relationship because you are now born again .That of itself have negated the spirit of forgiveness of which you are a beneficiary. I hope this contribution will be of benefit to your readers. Yours truly---
Dr. Femi Bamigboye cell:+1832.762.8036, TX USA
Dear Dr Bamigboye, by the time our series on the 7 types of Christians are done, you will be able to understand the answers to your analyses and questions as the same time. Keep a date weekly. Thanks.
OMOLUABI: THE BIOGRAPHY OF OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, GOV STATE OF OSUN NIGERIA
My co-author; Dr Margie Neal-Fayemiwo, who is also my spouse and I are happy to announce our newest book to the reading public. It is titled: "Omoluabi; the Biography of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of State of Osun, Nigeria." This biography of our friend who rounds up his mission in the State of Osun later this year will be out immediately after the Muslim Fasting Month. The revered monarch in Yoruba Land; His Royal Highness, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaiyeluwa Alaafin of Oyo Nigeria graciously wrote the Foreword to this befitting biography for a quintessential public office holder who gave his best in eight years for his people. It is not your typical biography until you read it. Watch out!
REPORTING SATAN TO SATAN IN NIGERIAN POLITICS
Satan's network is extremely vast and Evil is phenomenally omnibus. My Christian elder in Chicago used to tell me that it's impossible to report Satan to Satan because you will end up being interrogated and judged by the Devil himself. Do you see what's currently happening in Nigeria? Can you doubt that Satan himself is totally in control and eminently in charge? Can a sane human being with the true Spirit of God participate in the Satanic macabre Game of Thrones currently unfolding in Nigeria? Watch out for our spiritual analyses of this lugubrious acts unfolding in Africa's most populous nation as another round of general elections knock on the door.
ON EKITI STATE 2018
On Sunday January 14, 2018, we wrote these inter alia about this state: "… A former governor of this state who did a-one-term has an opportunity to return to Government House, Ado-Ekiti…" There are three gentlemen this prophecy referred to so we nailed it down to specifics in that piece thusy: …Between now and 2019, the political cauldron here will be messy as the different political gladiators will jostle among themselves to make it in the next governorship election. This is not a state that is a shoo-in for either the APC or PDP. There is a political stalemate in the offing that will eventually end up at the apex court in the land. This stalemate will be caused by the fights of the raging bulls. This calls for spiritual understanding…" These have been confirmed. See the link here: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/011418.html
As we stated here last week, the reigning raging bull will need to take certain spiritual steps both to win and be sworn in. It is possible to "win" and not assume office. Danger lurks ahead indeed!
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