by LaneCh 12,687 views
Does God have a "wonderful plan for your life"? Well, it depends on your definition of "wonderful". If you ask Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar or the majority of TBN, they may define "wonderful" in an exact oppiste way than how the saints spoken of in Foxe's Book of the Martyrs may. So what's your definition of "wonderful"? A "ministry" growing in numbers? A "ministry" with a large income? Is it doing it your way no matter what to glory in the spirit of narcissism or individualism? It may be, but if you were to find Paul the Apostle's definition, he may reply "suffering 39 lashes, prisons, and hardships all ...for the sake of God's elect." A true perspective changes everything.
by LaneCh 29,089 views
"Ah, we're just reaching the culture... Don't be so legalistic!" - It's the cry from those who believe that being conformed to the world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our mind actually helps God.
Many of the proponents of "seeker" friendly mentality hold this issue to be a little matter of dispute between those who hold to sound doctrine and those who would rather tickle ears for a season than have men's souls saved for eternity. The apostle Paul, himself, disagreed with these people, though. He said if anyone including angels from Heaven presents any other Gospel than the one you've initially received from the apostles of God and Jesus Christ, let him be anathema (the strongest curse one could give)! Mark Kielar explains why the message will never be able to cater to unbelief because the very message of the Gospel is "Repent AND Believe."
(Part of the series "How God Converts the Human Soul")
Special thanks to Bill Patton for obtaining permission to post these and CrossTV for allowing us to share their wonderful material.
by LaneCh 17,547 views
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True conversion and regeneration is vital to being a Christian. Unfortunately, all too many in the professing church today believe that because they once said a prayer or walked an aisle that they completed "God's checklist of salvific criteria" and are now on their way to heaven. Mark Kielar of CrossTV gives a good summary of what a true, spiritual conversion is as opposed to the false, hypocritical, manmade "conversion" that is causing so much division in the professing church these days.
This is part of the "How God Converts the Human Soul" series. It is wonderful. I highly recommend getting it. You can find the series at CrossTV's website here:
by LaneCh 10,395 views
"I'm always amazed by the people who, despite God's clear and emphatic commands through the Apostle Paul, say things like, "Ah, we need to forget about the differences in our doctrines, and we just need to love one another." as though those two are consistent goals. Surely they haven't come to realize that the only way we can love right is to live right, and the only way we can live right is to believe right."
- Mark Kielar
Aren't you glad our forefathers weren't cowards?
(Part of the series "The Sovereignty of God")
by LaneCh 16,432 views
Have you ever been in a Bible "study", and it became more of a pooling of "Well, this verse means to me... so forth and so forth..." This video by CrossTV shows the importance of keeping the Bible in context.
(Fact: The orginal documents were not numbered and chaptered. They were and have always been meant to be read in full context. The numbers and chapters came later.)
by LaneCh 7,119 views
"...It is GOD who works in YOU both to will and to do of HIS good pleasure."
-Paul the Apostle
Note that Paul doesn't say "For it is YOU who works in GOD both to will and to do of YOUR good pleasure."
Now, what does the entire sentence say?
"Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed me, not in my presence only, but not much more in my absense, so MAKE AN END OF YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING. For it is GOD who works in YOU both to will and to do of HIS good pleasure."
- Paul the Apostle
This is part of a CrossTV series.
(The audio/video sync is a little off.)
by LaneCh 19,762 views
When Did "Salvation by grace through faith..." (Eph. 2:9) become, "Salvation by faith through grace..." Well, the politically incorrect and true answer is that it never did. People that declare the opposite of what the Apostle Paul taught are numerous, but just as the amount of people who attend a particular place of "worship" doesn't validate the premise behind the way of thinking that the "Sensitive-to-Please-Unbelief" Movement holds to be true, the fact that there's a large amount of people who hold to the antithesis of what Paul taught doesn't make it correct either. Mark Kielar explains more thoroughly in this video.
(From the series "How God Converts the Human Soul")
by LaneCh 18,331 views
"Now I beseech you, brethren, **mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them**. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent."
- Paul the Apostle
Jesus answered them, and said, "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but He that seeks His glory that sent Him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him."
Doctrine, but not just doctrine, sound doctrine is of the utmost importance. Paul the Apostle even declared that believers are to avoid those who walk contrary to the doctrine we received from Christ. Well, what about a "church" that doesn't preach doctrine at all? What about a "church" that even mocks and has a contempt for believers that do? Do these "churches" really care about God's will or do they care more about having a large number on their attendance roll? These are vital questions that must be asked and the answer understood by anyone who is wondering about a particular place of worship. God didn't intend for believers to stay on milk, but to later graduate to solid meat. (1Cor 3:1-3; Heb 5:11-14) Some "churches" are so concerned with being esteemed highly in the among men by boasting about their numbers that they neglect even the milk in the fear that they may lose a person on their attendance sheet.
You may be surpised to know that Jesus Christ did talk about numbers and converts in His ministry, however ...and the amounts may shock you:
What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, does not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over ONE sinner that repents.
by LaneCh 16,657 views
Have you ever had someone tell you, "Hey, you have your truth and I have mine. There is no such thing as absolute truth."? At that point you should then ask them, "Is what you've just said, 'there is no absolute truth' absolutely true?" They may say, "Well, I'm just saying that we can't be completely sure about anything." You should then ask, "Are you completely sure that we can't be completely sure about anything?" Then they may say, "Ok, ok... You're not right because we can't know that anything is right or wrong. That's all I'm saying. It's all relative." You should then say, "Is what you're saying, 'You're not right because we can't know if anything is right or wrong' ...right?" Behold, the essence of "post-modernism" or relativism as it's also so called. Here's basically what the philosophy stands for: Self-refutuation. It's a walking contradiction, and it's a lie. When someone says that we can't know if anything is absolutely true, tell them that they are lying and remind them what one is called who tells lies. Of course they will get mad, but anyone who doesn't love truth and says we can't really know what truth is, is opposed to the One who is the Truth, the Way, and the Life and those who believe in Him.
by LaneCh 7,033 views
As for me, I'm staying with the ApostlePaul:
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
(The audio/video sync is a little off, but the message is great...)
by LaneCh 7,268 views
Mark Kielar provides four reasons.
(From the series "The Sovereignty of God")
by LaneCh 9,194 views
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This is a good reminder as to who's fwench fwies we all have regardless of where we are in life.
(From the series "Salvation by Grace")