mikehill4jesus “Christless Christians fail to unite people around Christ”
8th October 2017 (18.46) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan, an opponent of Old School Presbyterian theology, an advocate of Christian perfectionism, and a religious writer.
Together with several other evangelical leaders, his religious views led him to promote social reforms, such as abolition of slavery and equal education for women and African Americans. From 1835 he taught at Oberlin College of Ohio, which accepted all genders and races. He served as its second president from 1851 to 1866, during which its faculty and students were activists for abolition, the Underground Railroad, and universal education.
In spite of the strife he engendered, Charles Finney is remembered today NOT as a divisive figure, but rather as the “father of modern revivalism,” unifying people around Christ. He called people to do what the Lord Jesus Christ does and His Father God wants.
WHY IS UNIFYING PEOPLE AROUND CHRIST A GOOD THING
Listen to what Jesus said on this subject
Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
What is it that the Christless Christians who make up Churchianity do through their Biblianity – They Worship both Church and Bible?
Jesus asked his Father in John 17:21 ‘that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.’
SO WHAT DO THE CHRISTLESS CHRISTIANS DO?
They divide their Members into groups that hate each other – even in the same church group. Thus, they also hate God and the Disciples of the Lord Jesus sent to help them be saved. Evildoing!
No Neutrality, no excuses
Do you want to go to heaven when you die? Then quite clearly, God has offered you his only Son in order that you can make a thoughtful choice in this matter. He does not offer you a neutral path. You will have to make a choice, if not the narrow then the wide. You will have to bear fruit in your life, if not good fruit, then bad fruit.
Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
Mark 9:40 for whoever is not against us is for us.
Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.
Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
Life or Death
If you choose to enter through the narrow gate, you will find real and abundant life. Your life will have that inextinguishable and indestructible quality that is self-existent in God and shared with those human beings he created. Us! For we are not animals. It is God’s gift to man animating him both physically and spiritually and making him an eternal being; “the absolute fullness of life…which belongs to God.”
The Lord showed that this was doing the will of his Father God and was also pleasing to God.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Those who refuse to love and obey his teachings do not do the will of his Father, nor do they please God. In fact, God puts a curse on them that only by complying with the Gospel of Jesus can the CURSE be lifted.
A curse is the opposite of a blessing: whereas a blessing is a pronouncement of good fortune because one is initiated into God’s plans, a curse is a pronouncement of ill fortune because one opposes God’s plans. God may curse a person or a whole nation because of their opposition to God’s will. A true member of Christ’s Spiritual Body here on earth may curse someone for violating God’s laws. In general, the same people with the authority to bless also have the authority to curse. When you abuse a member of Christ’s Spiritual Body here on Earth, you place yourself in mortal danger. I have seen what happens to those who are blessed or cursed in Jesus Name.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THIS AND RESPOND TO IT
However, the Lord Jesus clearly states that very few people will respond to His Gospel.
Matthew 7:13-14 The narrow and wide gates
13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’
Jesus promises those who love him, who learn his teachings and put them into practice, the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Then instead of being an enemy of God, you will become a friend. You will be a spiritually reborn Christian who is salt and light in your Community and able to provide a proven testimony that witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. There are few spiritually reborn Christians in the world.
AND JESUS IS THEIR HEAD – THEIR LEADER
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LOVING AND POWERFUL LORD JESUS WHILE YOU CAN – YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!