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The Good-O-Meter

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 27, 2008

This was sent to me and I wanted to post this short video for you to watch…it reminds me of:

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. [vs22] 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? [vs23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

AND: Rom 3:10-12, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [vs11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. [vs12] They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

One more thing: I wouldn’t have portrayed the Lord Jesus in a T-shirt, jeans, and “hip” wrist-wear, so try to look beyond that [You’ll see what I’m talking about close to the end…Lord bless!]

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It is a RESCUE!

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 23, 2008

The Biblical word salvation unfortunately means many different things to many different people. SO, when I talk about “being saved” or folks “needing salvation” or when I quote Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith…”, various thoughts come to mind with people.

Now my intention with this post is NOT to make salvation “hard” or difficult to understand…in fact, my intention is just the opposite. I pray there are some who are reading this who need an understanding of Bible Salvation.

Now don’t let me lose your interest here with this, but I must tell you: SALVATION in the Bible is translated from the Greek word soteria meaning RESCUE! I think that’s awesome to see…why? Well, when it comes to salvation, someone needs to be rescued from something! A person cannot say they are “saved” but have no testimony of being rescued, or saved, FROM something. Every one of us are in great need of rescue from something [and I’ll get to that later on], and that is why SALVATION has been provided for all!

BUT WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A PERSON TO UNDERSTAND HE OR SHE NEEDS TO BE RESCUED?

Answer: There has to be such an affect on the heart of a person from knowing on what they need to be saved from! Needing to be rescued – needing to be saved – is a heart condition. A person’s heart must be “worked on” and “worked over” for them to see and admit their need of rescue…their need of salvation.

If only the intellect is peaked, but the heart not pricked, Man will split Hell wide-open.

WHAT DOES EVERY ONE OF US NEED TO BE RESCUED FROM?

SIN. Pure and simple. We don’t need to be rescued from loneliness, depression, or even sickness; and I don’t mean to belittle these for I would desire to be rescued from them; BUT our GREATEST RESCUE is the rescue from the penalty of sin. Because of our great, great granddaddy, ADAM, a debt of sin has been passed to all who are of mankind, and now, that penalty of sin rests upon ALL OF US – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN GOD MAKES KNOWN THIS SPIRITUAL DEATH PENALTY BECAUSE OF SIN?

I. HAVE YOU EVER GONE THROUGH CONTRITION?

Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” A “broken heart” is one who has the heaviest kind of affliction and trouble due to sin. The word contrite literally means crushed. God rescues the ones who are oppressed and crushed by their sin!

BUT WHY WOULD A HEART BE CRUSHED OVER SIN – HOW DOES ONE COME TO THIS CONTRITION?

II. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UNDER CONVICTION?

Conviction means that you’ve been convinced of your own condemnation through your own conscience. Before anyone can ever be brought to REPENTANCE of sin; and before anyone is ever CRUSHED by their sin and have a broken heart and contrite spirit; there must be a witness to the conscience that brings about CONVICTION.

WHAT CONVICTS YOU OF YOUR SIN?

What has witnessed to your conscience about you being wrong and guilty before God and needing rescue to be right with Him? How about this:

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:25

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7

 God’s Holy Word – God’s Law and the Commandments – convict us of our sin before Him! Don’t believe it??? Take the Good Person Test and find out for yourself. It is truly amazing to see that God shows us from what we need to be RESCUED!

SALVATION is simply a RESCUE. The Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, came down to dwell among His creation, not just to be a Great Teacher and Healer, but to primarily be THE RESCUE for you and for me. Jesus claims that He is God AND He claims that HIS BLOOD ALONE would be THE PAYMENT for your sin debt and penalty before God the Father.

How do you appropriate or receive His Payment in your place?

Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”

John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name“.

HAVE YOU BELIEVED ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR WHO HE IS AND FOR WHAT HE SAYS HE AND HIS BLOOD CAN DO?

OR: ARE YOU SO CONVICTED AND BROKEN AND CRUSHED OVER YOUR SIN BEFORE GOD THAT YOU DESIRE STRONGLY TO TURN FROM YOUR WICKEDNESS – LEAVE THE ATTITUDE OF LOVING SIN BEHIND – AND SINCERELY TURN TO AND TRUST THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR WHO HE IS AND FOR WHAT HE SAYS HE AND HIS BLOOD CAN DO?

IT IS A RESCUE!!!

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The Gospel of Humanism

Posted by Pastor Szekely on September 4, 2007

In his sermon, Ten Shekels and a Shirt, the late Paris Reidhead, missionary in Africa, proclaimed that most professing American Christians serve themselves while pretending to serve God.  His sermon addresses Humanism (the belief that the purpose of life is man-centered) and its invasion upon, what Mr. Reidhead called, Western Christianity. He preached:

Humanism is, I believe, the most deadly and disastrous of all the philosophical stenches that’s crept up through the grating over the pit of Hell. It has penetrated so much of our religion and it is an utter and total contrast with Christianity….I’m afraid that it’s become so subtle that it goes everywhere. What is it? In essence it’s this: That the end of all being is the happiness of man, which has been sort of covered over with evangelical terms and Biblical doctrine until God reigns in heaven for the happiness of man, Jesus Christ was incarnate for the happiness of man, all the angels exist…Everything is for the happiness of man! And I submit to you that this is unchristian. Didn’t God intend to make man happy? Yes. But as a by-product and not a prime-product. Christianity says, “The end of all being is the glory of God.” Humanism says, “The end of all being is the happiness of man.”

Friends…how many people today who claim the Name of Christ – who call themselves “Christian” – are held to this philosophy!

Personally in the field where the Lord has me, I’ve met more than my share of “professing Christians” outside our congregation that would fit in very well at the “Me-First, What’s in it for Me” Church. There are those who do what they want, rather than do what the Lord says needs to be done. There are also others who profess to know the Lord as their Saviour, but when pressed for a testimony, their reason for coming to Christ was that, for example, their life was “going nowhere”…WHAT??? “Yes, my life was going nowhere…I got a divorce, I was depressed, I had no joy, and I felt like ending it all…so I turned to Jesus to make it all better”. [Note: I just recently heard this “testimony”].

Now please help me out here…I thought the Lord Jesus Christ left His Throne in Glory, poured Himself and all His attributes into flesh, was virgin-born into His own Creation, lived a perfect, sinless life, endured cruel mockings and scourgings and a cross, DIED, was buried three days in a borrowed tomb, ROSE AGAIN AND WAS VICTORIOUS OVER DEATH, and later on ascended back unto the Father in Heaven…so that: GOD WOULD BE SATISFIED IN HAVING MAN’S SIN DEBT SETTLED BY HIS SUBSITUTION!

I know this happens frequently in our day…there are preachers and churches who promote this false, feel-good and make it all better, humanistic “gospel”! How many people will die religous, will die professing Jesus Christ on their lips, will die trying to follow the Lord’s commandments [see Matt 7:21-23], all because they came to Christ in hope of feeling better about themselves and to improve on their situations? They did not come to Christ with contrition and confession of their sin…I had a person tell me that he’s been saved for years – he even had a time and place for his “conversion” – but when I asked him if he saw himself a sinner when he came to Christ, he replied, Certainly not!” THEN WHY COME TO CHRIST? A person goes to the grocery store…to buy groceries; a person goes to a restaurant…to have a meal; a person goes to Christ…because his life’s going nowhere??? Because he’s lonely and needs a friend??? Because he’s heard that Jesus can give great joy and make his life better??? IS THIS TODAY’S GOSPEL??? It sure isn’t the Gospel of the Bible!

It is the Gospel of Humanism! It is a gospel that says salvation is simply a matter of getting all the happiness you can out of life. Christ’s “main goal” [if you will] was not to give man joy, but it was to glorify God! [John 13:32; 21:19; etc.] AND IN FACT, that ought to be man’s goal as well! “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31.

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