Archive for January, 2009

Aussie PM says: Emperor has no clothes!

January 31, 2009

Dear Readers:

 

In October last year, just when the current financial crisis began, I wrote several articles to highlight the fact that what is happening across the world is a farce and that the Emperor indeed has no clothes. It really is so; the Emperor does not have new clothes and the Prime Minister of Australia is now saying so! I have inserted this report from today’s Australian Newspaper and placed it on top of my original October article. Christian folk, it is time we realised that we are the only hope this world has got as its deceivers, who know not Christ, push for a One World Government in which the disciples of Christ are not welcome!

Kevin Rudd’s plan to rescue capitalism: essay

Dennis Shanahan, Political editor | January 31, 2009

Article from:  The Australian

KEVIN Rudd has declared a new era of financial reregulation and government intervention in world markets to restore confidence and stop capitalism “cannibalising itself” as a result of the global financial crisis.

The Prime Minister has vowed to use the “greatest market failure” in 75 years to commit his Government to sensible new market regulation and intervention to stabilise the economy and save jobs.

“The time has come, off the back of the current crisis, to proclaim that the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years has failed, that the emperor has no clothes,” Mr Rudd says in a lengthy essay for The Monthly magazine, to be published next week.

“Ironically, it falls to social democracy to prevent liberal capitalism from cannibalising itself,” Mr Rudd says.

In a sweeping 7000-word essay, Mr Rudd argues strongly for new government intervention in banking and financial markets, not only in Australia but worldwide, and says the 30-year era of neo-liberal free marketeering is over.

The king’s new clothes; yeah, right!

I am not a Banker nor the son of Banker, but I’m not stupid either. I don’t believe the king has a new suit of clothes!

 

Therefore I have this question to ask since I, like you, have been watching governments this past week play the walnut shell and pea game with the world: How can governments lend to major international banks, who in turn lend to big banks, who in turn lend to smaller banks, who in turn lend to the populace, who in turn pay the government taxes to lend to the major international banks and there we go around again?

 

Why isn’t the world asking the governments where they are getting their billions from in the first place!

 

Well, let me tell you where they are getting their billions from to keep their walnut shell and pea illusion going on — they are getting them from their own printing business around the corner; that’s where!

 

Folks, the reality is — there is no pea! Or as one famous story teller wrote, “The king has no clothes on!”

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman

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Christ’s Body ministering to itself is vital today!

January 30, 2009

Last weekend I attended a unique retreat in the hills nearby my home. It was unique because it was attended mostly by young adults from a local non-charismatic Baptist congregation who were seeking a deeper relationship with God. That doesn’t happen too often these days. Nobody, including myself, knew what to expect, but being hungry for a closer relationship with God is a great reason to get together as far as I am concerned.

 

Open discussion and questions interspersed with Bible teaching eventually gave way to some Holy Spirit led words of knowledge, which revealed secrets in the hearts of one or two attendees. By Saturday evening the whole group began praying for one another, confessing private sin and experiencing what compassionate ministering to one another in the Body of Christ is all about.

 

Now it is all too easy to dismiss this as something that happens when folks get together at seminars, camps and retreats. The question we should be asking ourselves is why are we not ministering to one another in the power of all members of the Godhead on all occasions? In my opinion it is because we are too afraid to let God be God of our lives.

 

When Abraham agreed to covenant with Elohim, the supreme God, the Godhead and all that the Godhead is and can do became Abraham’s life, Genesis 17:7. When we were immersed into Christ (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:2-4) we, in Christ, also entered into covenant with the Godhead in all its fullness (Colossians 2:8-12).

 

As we choose to forsake religiosity and embrace God’s ordained ministry to one another in partnership with the Godhead as recorded in Acts, then we will be allowing Christ to live His life and His faith in our bodies as Paul did, Galatians 2:20 (see KJV). It is only then that the world will no longer be attractive to us (Gal. 6:14) and all that will matter will be our covenant with the Supreme God and ministering to other disciples and the dead in sin, Ephesians 2:1-4.

 

Because few disciples are willing to pay the cost of developing an Abrahamic-type relationship with Elohim, whereby allowing Him supremacy in all aspects of their lives, they no longer witness the healing of the whole person; body, soul and spirit. And instead of the world being astounded in the presence of Christ’s disciples and His kingdom’s power to remove all that burdens them, they merely walk on by toting their life-time of body, soul and spirit destroying, personal baggage. Worse still, some end up becoming religious baggage toters in appealing church gatherings where they never discover Body ministry on a personal level as willed by Elohim, I Corinthians 12.

 

Surely it is necessary that we revisit I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14 and realize that without allowing all the members of the Godhead to minister through us, including the Holy Spirit and all that He is and has for us, our mere religiosity will never properly edify, exhort and comfort the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 14:3)?

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman MA

Leave your baggage behind!

January 25, 2009

 

The world needs to know we are coming out amongst them like never before, regardless of personal cost and, like

David, we know we are in covenant with the Giant Slayer, His Son and His Spirit and nothing can separate us from

Him or His victory over sin and the author thereof.

 

David defeated Goliath because:

 

  • David left his baggage behind. We cannot mount a challenge to the kingdom of Satan when our lives are encumbered by baggage of all description.
  • David did not fear man’s champion. We will never confront this world with the gospel call to repentance and immersion if we see things as the world sees them.
  • David was not influenced by the brethren’s fears. God cannot use those who succumb to peer pressure in their local church.
  • David did not run when confronted with the reality of the personal cost. “Lord, I will follow you anywhere”, yeah right! Matthew 8:20.
  • David was not swayed by what others said. Are we servants of God or men? “For am I seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ”, Gal.1:10.
  • David’s sole focus was God’s glory. Are we too “church” focused rather than Christ focused? 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.
  • David knew he was in covenant with God. We have forgotten, or in some cases have never known, we are ambassadors of the King and nothing, absolutely nothing, can come against us unless God permits it, Romans 8:31-39.
  • David wanted all the earth to know the name and power of the God he served. We need to have such an intimate relationship with all three members of the Godhead that the world will know we serve Jesus, Acts 4:13. 

1Samuel 17:22-26; 41-47 

 

And David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage and ran into the army, and came and greeted his brothers. And

he was speaking with them. And, behold, the champion man, named Goliath, the Philistine of Gath, came up out of the ranks of the

Philistines, and spoke according to these words. And David heard.  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, they ran

from him and were very much afraid.  And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man that has come up? Surely he has come up

to defy Israel. And it shall be, the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make

his father’s house free in Israel. And David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man who kills this

Philistine and takes away this shame from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the

living God?

17:41  And the Philistine came on and drew near David. And the man who bore the shield was before him. And the Philistine looked

and saw David, and disdained him. For he was only a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance. And the Philistine said to

David, Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David,

Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field. And David said to the Philistine, You come

to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, the God of the armies of

Israel, whom you have defied. Jehovah will deliver you into my hand today, and I will strike you and take your head from you and

give the bodies of the army of the Philistines to the birds of the air today, and to the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth

may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this multitude shall know that Jehovah does not save with sword and spear; for the

battle is Jehovah’s, and He will give you into our hands.

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman

We need more harlots in the churches!

January 22, 2009

 

One of Jesus’ ancestral mothers, Rahab the harlot, spoke some of the most profound words of faith recorded anywhere in the Bible and this is now the time we need to be reminded of them:

 

“…and she said unto the men, I know that Jehovah has given you the land, and that the fear of you is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how Jehovah dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond the Jordon, unto Sihon and to Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more spirit in any man, because of you: for Jehovah your God, he is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:8-14.

 

Disciples of Jesus, I appeal to your hearts and pay earnest attention to what Rahab said to the spies after God’s people had wandered around the mountain for 40 years wringing their hands in fear of the giants in their promised land!

 

40 years of faithless fear in the hearts of God’s people went into battle against 40 years of fearful faith in the hearts of non-covenant related giants! 1 Samuel 17:26

 

My goodness brethren; the uncircumcised, non-covenant related Gentiles had more faith in the power of Jehovah then His own people who heard His voice and saw His presence day and night overpower their enemies and provide for their needs hour-by-hour.

 

No wonder Rahab the harlot was in the seed line of Jesus and is listed among the faithful of God who played a part in shaping God’s history, Hebrews 11:31.

 

What did that harlot say again? Just maybe we should learn something from her and constantly declare the name of our Jesus in our towns, cities, and nations so that Satan’s strongmen will fear us because we know the Eternal Godhead like the harlot did?

 

The faithful Rahab said:

 

·         “I know”, non-doubting, unchallenging faith. (We need that today).

·         “has given”, Hebrews 11:1-6 in action. (Of course, we know that passage so well don’t we?).

·         “the fear of you”, they hadn’t met any Hebrews yet, but God’s presence was evident. (Just like it His presence is with us right?)

·         “That all…melt away before you”, not one person among the Gentiles considered themselves capable of being victorious over God’s people. (Just like it is with us right?)

·         “as soon as we heard it”, they heard and their hearts melt with fear. (People today need to hear about Jesus, as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in such powerful preaching and teaching that their hearts will melt and they will cry out, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” Acts 2:37-39).

·         “your God, He is God”, they made comparisons between their gods and Jehovah; His deeds proved He was who He claimed He was – the God of heaven and earth! (Is that what we believe about our Father and are we sharing it?).

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman

Just posted on Whitehouse website: “Hate Crimes” laws

January 21, 2009

WND Exclusive



Obama’s agenda? ‘Hate crimes’ law
White House site posts priority for special protection for ‘gays’

 


Posted: January 20, 2009
2:56 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

 

President Obama had not even finished his inaugural address today before his agenda was posted on the WhiteHouse website, where he promised to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s precedents on discrimination claims and to demand new laws requiring employers to provide special protections for homosexuals and others with “gender” issues.

Second on the list of priorities is Obama’s demand for federal “hate crimes” laws, which opponents fear could be used to make basic Christian beliefs subject to federal penalties and prohibitions as already has happened in other nations.

The agenda was posted as Obama’s technical team took over operation of the formal White House website from the Bush administration.

Civil rights was listed first under Obama’s “entire agenda,” and under that the first item was to “Combat Employment Discrimination.”

     

In wording that appeared to be copied from sections of his campaign website, the new administration stated, “President Obama and Vice President Biden will work to overturn the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that curtails racial minorities’ and women’s ability to challenge pay discrimination. They will also pass the Fair Pay Act, to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”

In 2007, the Supreme Court concluded that a federal civil rights law that sets a 180-day deadline for employees to allege they were paid less because of their sex, race, national origin or religion is valid.

At the time, Justice Samuel Alito concluded employers would have trouble defending against claims that could come from employment actions “that are long past.”

A federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would demand employers provide supportive treatment for  cross-dressers, transgenders and people who engage in other sexual lifestyles, has failed so far in Congress.

Observers, however, say Bush’s opposition has led to the failure of “hate crimes” legislation that could be used to ban Christians’ citation of biblical condemnation of homosexuality. Bush had stated that such provisions probably were unconstitutional and certainly unnecessary.

But second on Obama’s agenda was the aim of expanding “hate crimes” statutes.

“President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section,” the agenda says.

Other high priorities are to end deceptive voting practices and end racial profiling, but Obama’s agenda then returns to the issue of special support for homosexuality.

It cites a statement Obama made in 2007:

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

The White House site then elaborates on Obama’s plans to give the “gay” community many of its longstanding demands.

Obama, the website says, already has “cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.”

Further, he “supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Moving even further, the website promotes Obama’s desire for “full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples.”

In addition, the agenda declares a “need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100-plus federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions.”

The website also promises a repeal of the “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy that bans open homosexuals in the U.S. military and an expansion of adoption “rights” for homosexuals.

As WND reported, Congress already is making preparations to meet some of Obama’s demands.

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas has proposed a federal “hate crimes” bill that is feared by Christians as a potential bludgeon against basic biblical teachings.

The proposal had been stymied during the Bush administration by the president’s threat of a veto. In a statement at the time, the Bush administration said the plan was “unnecessary and constitutionally questionable.”

“The administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crimes based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin. However … if [then plan at that time] were presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” the White House said at the time.

But the Jackson-Lee plan, the “David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009,” now already has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary for the 2009 Congress.

On her website, Jackson-Lee states “hate crimes” are so much worse than ordinary crimes because of their impact.

“A random act of violence resulting in injury or even death is a tragic event that devastates the lives of the victim and their family, but the intentional selection and beating or murder of an individual because of who they are terrorizes an entire community and sometimes the nation,” she warns.

Many states already have “hate crimes” legislation. A couple running a photography studio in New Mexico faced thousands of dollars in fines for their decision not to provide photography services to a pair of lesbians because of the Christian beliefs of the studio owners. In Pennsylvania, a 75-year-old grandmother was threatened with prison for advocating a biblical perspective of homosexuality.

Internationally, Christians in several nations have been penalized for stating a biblically based condemnation  of homosexuality.

Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, has called such proposals “Thought Crimes” plans.

“It’s about outlawing peaceful speech – speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong,” he said.

Critics have said “hate crimes” laws actually criminalize thought because they demand enhanced penalties because of the “perception” of the victim by the perpetrator. A mugger, for example, who attacks a victim while screaming an epithet denoting a race or sexual preference could get a much more significant penalty than a mugger who attacks a victim but doesn’t say anything.

Jackson-Lee also has proposed a companion piece of legislation that would “provide support services for victims of hate crimes.”

The measure been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary as well as the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, Oversight and others.

It allows victims of “hate crimes” to take federally authorized family and medical leave and collect unemployment insurance, creates grants for housing for such victims and provides counseling and “related assistance.”

Well down in the long list of provisions in the second plan is an attempt to “establish and operate a national clearinghouse and resource center for information and statistics relating to … hate crimes.”

The “clearinghouse” would be run by “a private nonprofit organization,” according to the legislation.

Matt Barber, chief of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel, has spoken out repeatedly in opposition to the idea.

“The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law,” he said. “Hate crimes legislation is … [a] violation of the Fourteenth Amendment in that it elevates one class of citizen based upon their chosen sexual behaviors above other people.”

Coral Ridge Ministries, launched by the late D. James Kennedy, has published a book on the issue by John Aman, which says such laws put into doubt “the future of religious liberty and freedom of speech for Christians.”

Bob’s comment:   I still say, Rick Warren should have said “No!”

Blessings

Bob Chapman  

“We’re no longer a Christian nation” Obama

January 21, 2009


 



Obama: U.S. also country of Muslims, nonbelievers
Echoes past remarks in which he said America ‘no longer a Christian nation’

 


Posted: January 20, 2009
3:20 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Echoing his previous declaration that the U.S. is “no longer a Christian nation,” President Barack Obama today in his inaugural address affirmed America is a nation of many faiths that includes Muslims and “nonbelievers.”

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers,” Obama stated during his speech before a crowd estimated by security officials at about 1.8 million.

He continued: “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

Obama’s statements about an inclusive country were strikingly similar to remarks he made twice in 2007 in which he went further and stated the U.S. is “no longer Christian.” At that time, some took issue with his pronouncement, fearing the declarations indicated his intention to reorient the U.S. away from its traditional Judeo-Christian values.

     

During a June 2007 speech available on Youtube, Obama stated, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

In that speech, Obama took aim at the “Christian Right” for “hijacking” religion and using it to divide the nation:

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us,” he said.

Asked last year to clarify his remarks, Obama repeated them to the Christian Broadcast Network: “I think that the right might worry a bit more about the dangers of sectarianism. Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama wrote in an e-mail to CBN News senior national correspondent David Brody.

“We should acknowledge this and realize that when we’re formulating policies from the statehouse to the Senate floor to the White House, we’ve got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community,” wrote Obama.

Obama clarified his statement about the “Christian Right.”

“My intention was to contrast the heated partisan rhetoric of a distinct minority of Christian leaders with the vast majority of evangelical Christians – conservatives included – who believe that hate has no place in our politics.

“When you have pastors and television pundits who appear to explicitly coordinate with one political party; when you’re implying that your fellow Americans are traitors, terrorist sympathizers or akin to the devil himself; then I think you’re attempting to hijack the faith of those who follow you for your own personal or political ends,” wrote Obama.

Obama’s speech declaring the U.S. “no longer Christian” was originally met with little fanfare. But it was recirculated this summer during the presidential campaign.

A television commercial that aired in South Dakota by a group calling itself the Coalition Against Anti-Christian Rhetoric juxtaposed the audio of Obama’s “no longer Christian” statement over images of the presidential candidate dressed in Somali garb and a picture of him with his hands rested below his waist while other politicians place their hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It’s time for people to take a stand against Barack Hussein Obama,” declares the voiceover on the commercial.

The Gateway Pundit blog took notice of Obama’s speech 2007 about the U.S. being a nation also for Muslims and non-believers.

“This won’t play well in the Bible Belt,” commented the blog in a posting.

Obama’s campaign had utilized faith as a central theme. The candidate’s Christianity and his former membership in the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright were much scrutinized.

His comment about the “Christian Right” echoed similar statements made by Merrill A. McPeak, Obama’s military adviser and national campaign co-chairman. As WND reported, in a 2003 interview with The Oregonian newspaper, McPeak apparently compared evangelical Christians to the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Oregonian interviewer asked McPeak whether “there’s an element within Hamas, Hezbollah, that doesn’t want Israel to exist at all and always will be there?”

McPeak responded by comparing the two terror groups to “radical” Oregonians.

“There’s an element in Oregon, you know, that’s always going to be radical in some pernicious way, and likely to clothe it in religious garments, so it makes it harder to attack,” he said. “So there’s craziness all over the place.”

Some upset by my Rick Warrent comment

January 21, 2009

Some readers have brought me to task regarding my comments yesterday about Pastor Rick Warren praying at the inauguration of President Obama in the company of a Sodomite “Christian Bishop”, a woman Muslim leader and three Rabbis.

 

My point was simple and very clear: It is my opinion that Rick Warren should have taken a position of “no compromise” and said “no” to the President’s invitation to be spiritually associated with “faiths” that clearly oppose the gospel of Christ.

 

Let me re-emphasize the point I made yesterday by citing recent history that changed the Americas and Europe forever because Godly men never compromised:-

 

If the God fearing William Wilberforce had of compromised his fight for the abolition of slavery 200 years ago, then there is a good possibility that President Obama would still be in the chains of slavery! And more than that; God fearing men like William Wilberforce were taught not to conform to the Status Quo or to compromise God’s word by Godly preachers like George Whitefield and  John Newton the converted slave trader who wrote Amazing Grace!

 

I say again: In my opinion Rick Warren made an incorrect choice in the sight of the entire world; he compromised!

God’s kingdom changes the world – the church doesn’t!

January 19, 2009

“Give me 100 men who hate nothing but sin and love God with all their hearts and I will shake the world for Christ!” – John Wesley

 

When I read this quote from “True Discipleship” by William McDonald in 1968 I was impressed with its urgency even though it was nearly 200 years old – how times have changed since 1968. But one thing I have not let go since that year is belief that we, Christ’s bondservants, can change the world in the power of Jesus Christ’s name.

 

The Acts of the Apostles reveal that God never intended for the church to change the world – He adds to the church daily those who can change the world, Acts 2:36-47; 17:6 & 19:10.

 

You might say that I am a dreamer – then a dreamer I shall be. I dream of the kingdom of God being the powerful reality in the earth God intended it to be, Daniel 2:35. I also dream of God’s ambassadors of reconciliation going forth everywhere preaching the word of God with signs and wonders following because this is the very nature of God’s kingdom in the earth, not the church as we see it, 2 Cor. 5:17-6:2, 1 Cor. 4:19-20, Hebrews 12:28.

 

Over the years I have heard numerous arguments from well-meaning folk who have attempt to negate my dreaming, declaring the sole source of power in God’s kingdom today lies only in the preaching of God’s Word. I have been cloistered in “church environments” on clergy pay. I have been bound by committees and boards that resisted faith in action. I have served under unqualified elders elected by majorities to office, whose lust for power overshadowed their comprehension of what the kingdom of God was supposed to be and do throughout the ages. Yet, despite this, all the while John Wesley’s quote resounded in my ears.

 

So today I ask again; are there disciples in your town, city or nation who hate nothing but sin, love God with all their hearts and who are ready to shake this world with the gospel and power of the kingdom of God that accompanies the preaching of that gospel? If there are, I sure would like to hear from you.

 

I know there are such disciples out there. I know they have the same yearning as I do for this desperately sinful, gravely endangered, lost world. I know they believe the only solution for mankind is Jesus Christ.  

 

Maybe, just maybe, the dream of overcoming the kingdom of Satan in the world and in corrupted Christendom will become a reality if we wake one another up and begin to take up Wesley’s challenge to embrace the basics of faith. There has never been a more urgent time for disciples to believe that the kingdom of God came with power and to do something about it.

 

I read of a disciple in London this week who refused to drive the public bus he was allocated because it carried an advertisement promoting atheism; now there’s one disciple among the hundred Wesley spoke of! Then sadly, I read of Pastor Rick Warren accepting the request to pray at the inauguration of the next President of the United States in the company of a Sodomite claiming to be a Christian Bishop, a woman Muslim leader and three Rabbis; now there’s a world renowned ‘Pastor’ who is certainly not among the hundred disciples Wesley spoke of! Give me a bus driver with faith anytime!

 

So when are we going to see the kingdom of God overcoming the world again as it did in the first century? Only when you and I believe that it can and we take every step to make it happen! Let’s have a hundred here and a hundred there as soon as possible.     

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman MA

1 in 3 ‘Christians’ say Jesus sinned!

January 18, 2009

One of the most encouraging passages in the New Testament is found in Hebrews 5:7-9,

 

“Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;”

 

It is encouraging because it reveals that Jesus, while living in the flesh, was not divinely helped in any way to overcome temptation, but that with prayers, supplications, strong crying and tears He overcame during His human existence.

 

Why then would any ‘Christian’ believe that Jesus sinned? The reason is obvious, because they have never personally paid the price He paid to overcome temptation. He was willing to pay whatever it took to resist sin and become the source of eternal life for us.

 

Jesus sinned? Blasphemy!  

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman  


WND Exclusive


TESTING THE FAITH
1 in 3 ‘Christians’ say ‘Jesus sinned’
Barna poll shows adults develop their own beliefs

 


Posted: January 16, 2009
11:40 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

 

Half of Americans who call themselves “Christian” don’t believe Satan exists and fully one-third are confident that Jesus sinned while on Earth, according to a new Barna Group poll.

Another 40 percent say they do not have a responsibility to share their Christian faith with others, and 25 percent “dismiss the idea that the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches,” the organization reports.

Pollster George Barna said the results have huge implications.

“Americans are increasingly comfortable picking and choosing what they deem to be helpful and accurate theological views and have become comfortable discarding the rest of the teachings in the Bible,” he said.

“Growing numbers of people now serve as their own theologian-in-residence,” he continued. “One consequence is that Americans are embracing an unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs.”

The results are a dramatic departure from the nation’s foundings, when leaders held prayer meetings in the halls of Congress and attributed to Almighty God the victory in the Revolutionary War.

Barna noted the millions of people who describe themselves as Christian and believe Jesus sinned, or those who say they will experience eternal salvation because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior, “but also believe that a person can do enough good works to earn eternal salvation.”

 

 

Speak to the rock, don’t strike it!

January 13, 2009

Discussion about spiritual gifts being manifested in today’s Christendom creates many questions, but the most common question I get asked is: “Why don’t we see these things happening more often in Western churches?”

 

One answer may well be found in a study of this passage of scripture:

 

Num. 20:7-12 And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying, :8  Take the rod, and gather the assembly,

you and Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes. And it shall give forth its

water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock. So you shall give the congregation

and their animals drink. :9  And Moses took the rod from before Jehovah as He commanded

him. :10  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said

to them, Hear now you rebels. Must we bring water for you out of this rock? :11  And Moses

lifted up his hand, and with his rod he struck the rock twice. And the water came out

plentifully,and the congregation and their animals drank. :12  And Jehovah spoke to Moses and

Aaron, Because you did not believe Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

 

1.      Moses was given a specific directive: “Speak to the rock”.

2.      Moses assumed he was the power source of the directive: “Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”

3.      Moses willfully ignored the specifics of the directive: “with his rod he struck the rock twice”.

4.      Moses and Aaron acted in disbelief toward the Originator of the directive: “Because you did not believe Me”.

 

When ministering to others it is imperative that we follow specific directives from the Lord, regardless of any consequence or perceived impossibility that directive presents.

It is imperative that we look only unto the Source of the power to fulfill the directive, regardless of any perceived righteousness on our part to help fulfill the directive.

It is imperative that we fearfully avoid the temptation to compromise the specifics of the Lord’s directive, regardless of any egotistical whims on our part.

It is imperative that we recognize willful disobedience to any specific directive from the Lord is sinful, 1 Samuel 15:17-23.

 

As bondservants to our Master, we are to live according to His directives in ministering to others.  This is more than going to church, living righteously etc. It is about living a life of obedience, fulfilling God’s ministry of reconciliation as He specifies it. We are His ambassadors reconciling the world to Him and as such we are called to do His bidding His way, and His way alone, 2 Cor. 5:17-6:2.

 

As far as it relates to the charismata, it is imperative that we constantly seek to be filled, led, empowered and anointed just as Jesus, the first disciple of God’s kingdom, did, Luke 4:1,14,18. And in so doing we will hear the leading of the Holy Spirit for every circumstance, (Romans 8:4). Then, as we act obediently to God’s specific directives, we will experience the fullness of His reconciliation ministry in our lives His way. If we choose to compromise His directive and fulfill His reconciliation ministry our way, then we will not experience the joy of the Lord and the presence of His mighty power in that ministry.

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman