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22
May

Plus Fruit

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , , ,

 

Nicky Gumbel‘s 142nd Day of Bible-in-a-Year image below coincides with the author’s sermon below:

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph5:25ff).

 

Now consider this honest question from a typical Christian of the currently apostate Church:

“Hello Pastor. There’s something I’ve been struggling with, and that thing has been: Not feeling convicted for my sin. I know that as a believer I should feel bad for indulging in sin. Smoking pot, watching porn, lying — every time I do those things that I should not do, I never feel convicted, nor do I feel like God is punishing me or is angry with my sin. In fact those things make me feel good in the moment. I guess my main thing is I don’t know how to hate sin, especially when I don’t feel any immediate backlash from God for indulging in it. It’s almost like God is giving me a free pass. And I just am wondering why that would be. How do I learn to hate my sin?”

Most pastors of the apostate Church will COP-OUT and say to this genuine and honest Christian that he was never born-again to begin with.

As for this Servant of God, we deal with the topic fully in this occasional sermon video:

Plus Fruit:

This is a Sermon given at ‎రొట్టెల ఇల్లు | House of Bread | בית לחם‎ on Sunday, 21st May 2017 when the Holy Spirit said, “Beware of the leaven of the [Neo-]Pharisees” (Rhema from Matt16:6). So this sermon is for protecting the sheep from that leaven:

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15
Feb

Jesus in a Different Form

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli

“After that, He appeared in a DIFFERENT FORM to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country” (Mark16:12).

Is it another physical form that is being referred to here that Christ appeared in on the road to Emmaus?

If Mark16:12 is not referring to another physical form, then what form is Mark referring to there?

Now, Jesus did say:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life/being.” (Jn6:63ESV paraphrased).

If it is the supposed “glorious” body that is being referred to here, then why did the two disciples on the road to Emmaus mistake him for a mere stranger? For, Cleopas said to Jesus on the road, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” (Luke 24:18)

The disciples were merely looking at appearances just like many of us today. If they had seen some glorious body like that of the transfigured body, then they would not have mistaken him for a stranger.

In other words, they saw Jesus in “a different [physical] form” (Mark16:12) because “the flesh is no help at all” (Jn6:63ESV).

Christ’s BEING (spirit and life) is in the Word not in appearances (Jn6:63). His sheep recognize Him by His voice (Jn10:4). Again, this is not referring to the physical voice but that of the spirit-to-spirit.

Foolish, Prudent or the Bridegroom?

The other day, i went to the Lord regarding an application for an immigration visa (EB-5) to the United States.

Thus said the Lord:
“Five of the virgins were foolish, and five were prudent.” (Matt25:2)

Now, am i to put myself in the category of the foolish, the prudent, or wow (!) the bridegroom himself just as the Lord has been impressing upon my mind and heart (disclosed here: Capstone & Christocratic New World Order & Government)?

OK, if i am the bridegroom, there are those who are waiting for me.

So thus said the Lord to me:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matt13:45-46)

Got to buy that visa, in faith!

If a tea wala can become PM of India, so can this Engineer “become” the Capstone!

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18
Oct

Grace + Faith + Fruit (Works) = Salvation

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags:

Rom3:25; 2Pet1:9

The faith-of-no-boasting (Eph2:8-9) that enabled you to believe in Jesus at the time of being born-again should now enable you to do good-works (fruit). Else your faith is dead and you’re going to hell. Therefore, Salvation = Grace + Faith + fruit (works).

Luke10:25, 27-28

If not then what is fair for people who have grown up away from any real exposure to Christianity?

Sure, we cannot work to the extent the Law requires. We fall short of them (Rom3:23). Therefore, no doubt we should not boast in any work of ours but have faith.

If the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ atoned our sins, i.e. paid for all our past sins (not those of the future: Rom3:25; 2Pet1:9) up until the time we washed them, the sins of omission and the sins of commission after the knowledge being imparted have treble penalty than to those people who did not receive grace (Luke12:48; Heb10:26ff).

So say goodbye to the Devil and his children, who are singing the devil’s lullaby, “Faith Alone,” subverting righteousness altogether and making God’s people rest in a mere belief-sans-works. “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1Jn3:7).

The following slides were first released in social media during 2014-2016:

Matt16:12; 1Tim4:1

Jesus rose from the dead by the merits of holiness, not by being deity!

“Jesus Christ our Lord was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom1:3-4NKJV)

 

(Luke23:34; Heb10:26)

A murderer, for instance, upon receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior, doesn’t become as righteous as one who has laid down his life for his neighbor. That would be laughable and an embarrassment to heaven. He is merely forgiven and given a clean slate. The Biblical term for that is Atonement. That is, only our past sins are forgiven (Rom3:25; 2Pet1:9).

His righteousness is applied to us for atonement before we are grafted into the vine. When grafted into Jesus, the vine has righteousness, not the branches. Branches need to abide to bear fruit/righteousness. Otherwise they too will be cut-off (Jn15:1-11; Rom11:21ff).

2Cor6:2 says:
“In the time of my favour I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I HELPED you.”

How did He help us? He helped us by wiping away all our PAST sins (Rom3:25; 2Pet1:9). It would NOT be considered as HELP if He also granted us His righteousness. That would be more than mere help. It is help because we can now (at the time of being born-again) start our life with a CLEAN slate, not with a deposit.

 

(Jn3:3; Rom3:25; 2Pet1:9)

To see the kingdom, we need to be born-again (Jn3:3), which is to humble ourselves and consider ourselves as a ‘nothing,’ wholly dependent on God. In order to enter the kingdom, we need to be baptized (Jn3:5), which is the first fruit. Subsequently, we need to now write on the clean slate with righteousness–bear more fruit–because…

 

(Phil2:8-9NIV)

 

(2Pet1:9; Rom3:25; 4:5)

(2Cor5:21)

 

(Matt16:24; 1Jn3:16)

 

(Matt16:24; 1Jn3:16; 1Pet4:19NKJV; Rom6:18; Rom8:12-13KJV; cf. Gal3:1-5)

 

Like a true Muslim–in the sense of “one who submits to God”–we submit our freewill to God’s will, just like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, saying, “Not my will, Father, but Thine be done!” (Luke 22:42).

 

 

 

Heb6:1

 

(Gal5:16)

 

(2Cor5:3-4NKJV)

For mortality to be swallowed up, Paul speaks of being further clothed over on top of the basics/underwear. He also instructs every woman, including the Bride of Christ, to be clothed with good deeds (1Tim2:9-10).

 

 

“Now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Rom6:22)

 

Cf. Phil2:13

 

Matt22

Rev19:8

From Rev19:8 we understand that this “further clothing” (2Cor5:4) are the righteous acts of the saints. Notice that these acts are not that of the Lord Jesus Christ nor of the Holy Spirit. In other words, these are imparted righteousness, over on top of the basics/underwear, which Christ gave us upon being born-again (imputed righteousness). In the final analysis these are the Wedding Garments we ought to be dressed up in, not remain in our first birthday clothes (diapers).

 

 

This 2Cor5:4 concept of not being unclothed of the basics/underwear but of further clothing over on top of them, is most prevalent even in today’s culture of clothing. Therefore, we can safely say that works are necessary for salvation, without which we will be thrown out, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt22:1-14).

 

(1Jn3:7)

 

(cf. Jn13:35)

Rom12:1NASB

Luke10:25, 27-28; Rom4:3; Jn8:56

 

(Matt5:20)

That leads to the question of Eternal Security…

 

(Luke12:48)

Out of the four kind of soils that Jesus spoke of in Matt13, only one kind was like the seed that fell on the way side (i.e. never born-again to begin with). But with the rest of the three, per Jn12:24, the seed in fact died and was born-again. But only one out of those three endured to the end and was saved, per Matt10:22 & Matt24:13. So, there is no such thing as once-saved-always-saved!

(Matt18:23-35)

So we see: Jesus leaves us no room for a Salvation based on a “Faith Alone” (passé) theology!

Pastor John Piper, founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, on 14 October 2016 issued this breaking news:

 

Thus says the Lord on Wednesday, 19th October 2016:

“If I cast out demons [like ‘Luther/Faith ALONE’ from strongmen like John Piper] by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Thus says the Lord on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016:

“He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.”

Thereby, Luther now stands overturned!

Dr. John Piper reiterates his stand on both “Eternal Security” as well as “Faith-ALONE” doctrines in this video:

R. C. Sproul is famous for saying:

“The article of Justification by Faith Alone is the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls.”

Speaking of Luther-Calvin Church, Jesus predicted:

“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matt7:27)

With the fall of the Goliath-like strongman, it is God, who has declared that the Faith-ALONE (Lutheran-Calvin) Church has fallen. This was confirmed again on 11th November 2016. It is Christ, who brings these charges against the Luther-Calvin Church (cf. Rom8:34; 8:3). The ramification of this is that we NO LONGER sit back and supposedly “pray” for God to do all the leg-work as well. As servants of God we all need to form companies with a not-only-for-profit motive in order to love like never before and show that we are indeed the disciples of Christ (John13:35), bearing fruit for life everlasting. The fruit can be in the form of souls (1Cor16:15), good-works (Col1:10), praise (Heb13:15), financial (Rom15:26-28), quality of character/spirit (Gal5:22), enlightenment (Eph5:9), righteousness (Phil1:11; Heb12:11), holy anger/justice (1Sam11:6; Mark3:5), godly jealousy (2Cor11:2), etc (Rev22:2). But remember that demonstration takes sacrifice, and it is way superior than merely saying: “I love you.”

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24
Feb

Helpful Lordship Salvation

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli

Martin Luther’s doctrine of Sola Fide (Justification by faith alone), enhanced by Calvin’s doctrines of “Once-Saved-Always-Saved,” and supposedly “predestined (not, IN HIM) before the foundation of the world” lulls people to sleep—the perfectly orchestrated lullaby of Satan, “doctrines peddled by demons” (1Tim4:1), essentially saying as usual, “(sleep) thou shalt surely not die.” Poison—a lie mixed with truth!

First off, God has not given us the righteousness of one who has died for his neighbor. That belongs to Him; reason why He is Lord, and His name is the name above every name. On being born-again, we merely got ourselves the righteousness of faith (Rom4:5)—a boastless work in the work of Savior Christ. After being born-again, God did not immediately carry us over to His abode in heaven. Having wiped away all our past sins (Rom3:25; 2 Pet1:9) He left us here on earth to get us qualified for heaven. And He gave us the Helper, a Holy Spirit living inside of us, to achieve that goal. Christ saves sinners, in whatever wretched condition they are in, not that they be better than others but become better than their past selves. And ultimately to become like Christ Himself, primarily in the attribute of love because love is the greatest (Rom13:13). He qualifies us using the Holy Spirit living inside of us. It is bewildering at first with a clean slate with nothing to show, to start with. We will have merely good intentions, a heart inclined to do good. God understands that. He does look at the heart (1Sam 16:7) and the intentions of the heart (Heb4:12). But we will be fooling ourselves to believe we can sit smug, twiddling thumbs the rest of our entire life with a supposedly “good heart” and “good intentions” and supposedly “a faith,” without showing results to back it up. Fruit! Of course, we do not need to labor & toil (Luke12:27) like those who hope in their own strivings alone, supposedly to earn their way to heaven. But as for us we simply do the will of God, promptings of the Holy Spirit, telling us where to invest our love, even in our enemies sometimes. This is not self-righteousness, but rather imparted righteousness–a “walk by the Spirit” (Gal5:16). It is neither merely a law-keeping nor of the “flesh” per se. Love is a product and evidence of our faith, not in a NOW dead, dumb, or blind god, but One that is risen & alive, still speaking, all-seeing Lord. For an intention/will/plan of God to become a reality, energy of tongue and limb alike of the body of Christ must be launched into operation (HT: Walt Kelly). If that is not work, what is? “You see, a man is justified by works and not by faith alone, [where initial belief itself in the sacrifice of Christ is also a work (Jn6:29) that will take you to heaven if you die the instant you were born-again like the thief on the cross]” (James2:24). All the heroes of faith in Heb11 demonstrated their faith by doing the will of God. And true faith will enable us to surpass even the righteousness of those who depend on themselves (Matt5:20). What’s more our faith in the Holy Spirit will enable us to overcome the whole wide world (1Jn5:4), let alone bear a bunch of fruit.

Meanwhile, to be a Christian means, to wear the mask of Christ (Rom13:14). In fact, you start off as a sort of hypocrite but that does not mean you are not authentic. Surely, there must not be even an iota of masquerading in humility or posturing from pride. It is just that, as you repent, you move from glory to glory. You self-actualize as you go.

That “first love” of faith is merely the minimum balance (like a dollar) to open a bank account in heaven. It is not something you can boast about (Eph2:8). In other words, in the language of the Bible, which uses clothing for righteousness, we merely have a diaper-righteousness, as newly born-again babes in Christ. We must mature, grow, and “continue in the faith” (Col1:23), further clothing ourselves, “making treasures for ourselves,” crediting that account in heaven. The faith that enabled us to initially believe in the sacrifice of Jesus should now enable us to love like Jesus, in the incarnational mission we have on earth that did not stop with Jesus. Those are the “wedding garments” of Matt22 that we put on, over on top of our under-garments (which by providence exist even in today’s clothing to help declare this truth). It is the careful attention we give our “clothing” lest we be found naked (Rev16:15). This is what God instructs us to wear. Yes, these are works prompted/counselled by the Holy Spirit, omissions & commissions. But unlike the work on the cross by Jesus, these are YOUR works, both in talk/profession & walk/practice. And ultimately, these are the “fine linen garments” of Rev19:8, the “righteous acts of the SAINTS (not of Jesus, not of the Father, not of the Holy Spirit).” It is then, and only then, we “BECOME the righteousness of God IN Him” (2Cor5:21). It is a righteousness commensurate to how well we have put our faith (in the WILL of God for us in particular, here and now) into action. This is how we abide in Him (Jn15:10), hearing His voice daily, affectionately & willingly submitting, and doing His command/will. It is a Lordship salvation. It is being a true Muslim, who does the precise will of God right from the start. And not some vague and indefinite will, as the takfir or apostate muslims do, who have not availed the provision of Allah/God–the elementary will–to get a head-start by way of the sacrifice of Jesus, having been corrupted by Muhammad, who simply lacked knowledge and conducted himself as “a wild donkey of a man” (Gen16:12), true to Ishmael before him. As you can see, it does not happen by some sort of virtual osmosis. But as grafted branches, it starts with aggressively suckling at the teats of the mother Church that has many babes to care for, going on to maturity, doing and learning as you go. Thereby bearing much fruit; fruit that will last! Built on the solid rock of putting to action/practice the will of God (Matt7:24).

It is a Helpful Lordship Salvation: Grace + Faith + Fruit! Saying any otherwise is of Satan to lull you to sleep and keep you fruitless.

Bro. Michael Hudson helps in adding:

If a man denies the Son of Man he will be forgiven. But if a man denies the Spirit that had led the Son, which now also leads him, he will die (Matt12:31). For, abused grace (fruitlessness) deserves greater punishment than those who are not even recipients of grace (Luke12:47-48; Heb10:26-29). Love is greater but without truth, it is out of wack and not love to even begin with. Conversion followed by transformation/repentance is really the bitter portion–the greater love of truth–of the sugar-coated pill, setting a man free unto eternal life. However, we can’t love with that great agape love unless we have faith in doing the will of the Holy Spirit and hope of eternal life with rewards for doing, embedded right inside. Therefore, the world does (and it should) trust us because our primary incentives lie in the after-life, not the here-and-now short term profits. But faith and hope without love is dead (James2:20). We must bare fruit of our faith that in turn nurtures & encourages the heart to do better. This nurturing of the heart, which can mean a pat on the back or a one-minute praise, if you can accept it, is really prudence of “carrying that oil” (Matt25:4) to sustain us until the coming of Christ. But we musn’t for even a moment believe in our heart. Rather we must direct our heart to believe in God.

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30
Jan

Lordship Salvation & The True Muslim (مسلم)

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli

I, Caleb Suresh Motupalli, a witness of the resurrected Jesus Christ/عيسى المسيح/ישוע המשיח  in spirit form, write to all Muslims, Christians and Jews scattered around the world:

Let me begin by addressing Muslims, and as a byproduct also cover the urgent need of shallow Christians and Jews.

Unlike what Calvinists say, we do have a freewill. Without freewill the concept of God’s love itself is in question. So freewill is sacrosanct. But it is not enough knowing that we have a freewill; we must say with Jesus, “Not my will Father, but thine be done.” And that is what being a true Muslim is all about as expounded in this article.

The so-called Muslims do not KNOW the WILL of Allah/God in order to submit to it. What are they submitting to then? The answer is a bold, YES! Surely, they are submitting to impurity and as a result waging evil-Jihads in the name of Allah/God. A True Muslim (مسلم) seeks first to know the true will of Allah/God before he can even submit to it. Now, what is that universal true will of Allah/God?

Role models are key to under-standing who a true Muslim is and what He submitted to. We have Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ as our role model of a True Muslim, who SUBMITTED to an allah/god, who is LOVE (1John4:8), even in His death and said, “Not my will, Father, but thine be done” (Injeel Luke 22:42). Others merely brandished a sword. But Isa/Jesus too showed He can brandish a sword as well. But only to show the greater power, namely, that He can heal (an attribute of Creator Allah/God alone) a ghastly wound inflicted by a sword (Injeel Luke22:36-38, 47-51).

Truth does not need a prop such as the Bible, Quran or the Gita for it to stand. It is self-evident.

Islam is true and holy. Just as the Law was present from the beginning before Moses even gave it, Islam was present before Muhammad even gave it. Islam means submission to the will of Allah/God.

Two types of Submission exist.

1) Forced Submission;

2) Freewill submitted to God’s will.

Submission is emphatically taught by Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ (Matt7:21-27; 12:50) and kept even in His death (Injeel Luke 22:42). That mankind must submit to His Creator, is self-evident, something that has eluded the Church-at-large in favor of Lutheran & Calvinistic theories. While the sacrifice of Isa/Jesus atoned (paid for) our past sins (Rom3; 2Pet1), Isa’s righteousness is Isa’s. That Isa’s righteousness is ours–even a righteousness of one who has died for his neighbor–supposedly imputed to us by the work of Christ on the cross, is a false teaching, and is condemned. As a result, Submission (Islam-in-essence) is seen as a demoted works-based religion. That future sins have not been paid for, is alone sufficient to debunk Luther! (For details see: Luther Debunked). Calvinism is debunked here. What’s more, we all need to become “True Muslims,” in the true sense of the term! But Satan does this sort of thing (uses evil-Jihad to try and convert everyone to Muslim), to smear and tarnish our efforts, black. But news about the emergence of “Lordship Salvation” by Ray Comfort is really a comfort, instilling hope in His Church to this weary soldier of the Lord.

But Muhammad’s Islam as against Isa’s Islam is like comparing a thorny bush with a rose plant. Thorny bushes, like all evil, are neither surprising nor terrorising to true saints of God. Thorny bushes grow wildly everywhere, requiring neither cultivation, beauty to attract good, nor water or light. Rather it thrives in the ugly & the evil. And like all fascism, it offers rather challenge-sounding, “struggle, danger & death” sound-bites to those spoiling for a kill. While at the same time they are impervious to any sort of persuasion, having a “forced certainty” (Maher Samuel) about them. This must not be, my dear Muslim brethren!

Muhammad merely offered people a prophet’s reward from Allah. But as Sons of Allah, like Isa before us, we lead True Muslims to receive from Allah, a Son-of-God reward as per Isa’s own Words of gold in Matt10:41.

As to the nature of יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर, anything can be ascribed to Him. But what is the truth? Let Bible speak, and let Quran speak, and let Gita speak, and if there is any other source of truth, let that too speak. If it is of God, it will stand, otherwise it will fall. Agreed? But desist from patronizing your own merely because it is your own. The truth in this quote by Clint Eastwood sounds vulgar at first glance but on closer examination is pointedly self-evident: “Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has them; but everyone else’s stinks.”

If, as the Quran says in 33:40, Muhammad is the last prophet, has Allah/God stopped speaking? Or worse, has Allah/God died? Far be it for me to even hypothesize that way! The fact of the matter is: Allah/God is not dead and is still speaking and uses His prophets as well as other sons of His to speak to the world.

If Muhammad, as the Islamists say, is a prophet, so am i. What is more, i am more than a prophet. I am a son of Allah like Isa/Jesus perhaps? Now note that “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1Cor14:32). So whatever Muhammad had written or said should withstand the test.

The word ‘Muslim’ means: submitting to Him (Allah/God). Which is excellent. But in order to submit, we need to know what to submit to. First of all, we need to find out what the will of Allah/God is, even for any moment in time, to which we must submit to.

“I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE”

Now, what does that statement by יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर in Hosea6:6NKJV, referred to by Isa/Jesus in Matthew 12:7, mean?

In the context of evil Jihadists slaughtering precious “aid workers,” whose worth is more than ten thousand, i repeat the statement made by Jesus Christ/عيسى المسيح/ישוע המשיח :

“If you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.”

How do we understand this verse? Paraphrasing it, we can say that Allah/God is saying: “I desire the way of mercy/compassion, and not the way of sacrifice”. I seek to show mercy/compassion to people more than i seek sacrifice from them. At first glance, it may appear as if Allah/God is not preferring the way of Jesus, who is said to have been the sacrifice for us and wants to simply pardon His people just as Muhammad says in Quran 24:22 that Allah is “ever-forgiving and most-merciful”. For Allah to be most merciful, should He simply wink at our sin and allow us into paradise by the backdoor? Just ponder over that for a minute. If He simply forgives a murderer, for instance, who was not caught on earth by the governing bodies, won’t He be an unjust God? Yes, absolutely! But when Allah Himself provides the sacrifice and pays the penalty for your sin, then He is really the “most-merciful” (Quran 24:22), don’t you think? Indeed! Now, the cross to you has taken on a new meaning than a mere idol. As Apologist Ravi Zacharias puts it, “On the cross, the Love of Allah, the Justice of Allah, and the Mercy of Allah, meet.” Or as James Emory White puts it, “The cross is where justice met mercy, and both were satisfied.” Rephrasing Rom8:1-3, Timothy Keller writes, “Because of the cross, God can be both Just towards sin and yet mercifully justifying to sinners.”

That, my friend, is being most-merciful!

So note this carefully:

Alah/God desires and wills that you avail this sacrifice/provision of Allah/God and not be a sacrifice yourself. Allah’s/God’s will is that you take up the way of mercy (where Allah/God Himself provides you with the sacrifice) than for you to take up the way of sacrifice (where you must provide your own sacrifice–the penalty for your sins).

Submission now, as Pastor Rob Jacobs puts it, is no longer a dreary drudgery…but rather…an affectionate acceptance.

I believe, we can term it as ‘yielding’, and not even ‘submission.’

Three more points i want you to ponder on

  1. The virgin birth of Jesus (Quran 3:45-47 and Quran 19:16-22). First of all, why was it necessary for a virgin to be with a child? Yes, to show that He (Isa/Jesus) was not a son of a man or one who came into being through sexual intercourse between a man and a woman, to begin with. Then the question should arise, “Whose son is He then?” Prophet Muhammad says that He (Isa/Jesus) is merely the “son of Mary”. But science today has shown that it is impossible for a woman to give birth by herself. And God is not going to break that law without a good reason. So we must infer that Allah wants to show to the world that He (Isa/Jesus) is the Son of Allah! If we are imperfectly in the image of Allah (Genesis1:26-27), then conversely, Allah Himself is a perfect image of the imperfect man/woman. So Allah is not a mere force or power as is commonly misunderstood. Then Isa/Jesus, who is the son of Allah, is the epitome of that revelation in the flesh of who Allah is really!
  2. Fact: There is no Entry into the presence of Allah even with one sin. As we have studied above, there is no forgiveness without shedding of blood (Lev17:11; Heb9:22). Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎ ʻĪd al-’Aḍḥá, “festival of sacrifice”), also called Feast of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, the Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram (Albanian, Bosnian, Turkish: Kurban Bayramı), Eid-e-Qurban (Urdu: عید قرباں), Eid al-Bakr and Bakrid is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honour the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham a lamb to sacrifice instead. In the fullness of time, that Lamb is none other than Isa al-Masih! Whether it was Ishmael or Isaac, the principle of sacrifice for one’s sins is taught by all religions. Someone once told me this real life story, that helped me a great deal to understand what Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ had done; and what “love”, “sacrifice” and “propitiation” really mean. I also understood the declaration made by John the Baptist (also a prophet of Allah/God, attested by even Muhammad in Quran 3:39), “Behold! The Lamb of Allah/God who takes away the sin of the world” (Injeel Jn1:29). It is a true story that happened in the early 1900s in the state of California. Two Chinese brothers lived together in San Francisco. The older of the two was of good character and high moral standards. However the younger one was into all the wrong things. One day when the younger Chinese man was gambling on the street, a fight broke out between him and his opponent and it ended with the Chinese man killing his opponent. With a view of going into hiding, he went home, put away his blood stained clothes in a closet and ran out. The older brother returned home from work and found the blood stained clothes. He concluded that his kid brother was in trouble again and quickly wore those clothes himself to protect him. When the police came searching, he surrendered himself in place of his brother. The court ordered capital punishment, and the Chinese man was executed by a firing squad. After getting wind of his brother’s death, the younger Chinese man came to the judge pleading guilty, confessing that he was the real killer. Can you guess what the judge had to say? “The crime has already been paid for. We cannot do anything to you. You are free to go” was indeed the judge’s response! Here is another similar true story: A boy takes out the buffaloes to graze. He lets them loose and goes off to play. The buffaloes go and destroy a neighbor’s paddy field. The owner of the paddy field gets wild and follows the buffaloes to the boy’s house with a big stick. Comes to know that it is the boy’s fault and tries to beat the boy. The father comes in the way and takes all the beating. When the man has spent his anger he goes away. Isa/Jesus is the Lamb of Allah/God who takes away the sins of mankind by laying down His life for us, paying the just penalty for our sins. That’s how Jesus loved us so much and took our sins on Himself and bore our punishment. Love made it possible for the exchange. One person sinned but the other person paid the penalty. But won’t it be a shame for someone whom you know is a very good Muslim for the most part, to go to hell? But that will indeed be the case if they don’t have Christ. What’s more, murderers, drug peddlers, prostitutes, adulterers, thieves, and the like…when they receive Christ as their savior, will go to heaven. You may ask: “How is this possible and how is that fair (good justice)?” Answer: The so-called “good person” depended on his own goodness to get him into heaven. That is prideful self-righteousness, which is just the opposite of humility–the greatest virtue. The “good person” may be likened to a clean glass of water into which a speck of cyanide (sin) is added. He is unfit to enter into the presence of a HOLY God just as the glass of water is unfit to be consumed. On the other hand, in all humility, those who recognize that they are sinners needing a savior (just like a diseased person recognizes his need for a physician), quickly find Isa/Jesus (which means: savior) and consummate the relationship with Him. You see: God is not going to make a way to heaven where we may boast about our own goodness. Jesus, the only one like Him, lived a 100% sinless life of a man, in order to be a perfect bhali (sacrifice) for you and for me. This is a provision of God where Love, Justice and Mercy meet. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to even die the excruciating death, so that all those who put their trust in Jesus should not perish in His justice, but have everlasting life. As Pastor Charles Stanley says, “If there were OTHER ways to Himself, then יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर knowingly did the most devilish thing to send His Son to earth who would later be nailed to that excruciating cross [leave alone whether he died on it or not].”   You see, death or separation from God is only for those who sin. You need not die if you have not sinned even one sin or at least paid all your penalty in full, which is the case when you receive Christ as your savior. “The wages of sin [alone] is death, but the gift of Allah/God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom6:23, The Bible). Isa/Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has  crossed over from death to life” (Injeel John5:24 NIV). You will come out of this womb of time & space and not be a miscarriage like any other. Isa’s/Jesus’s offer is repulsive, offensive only to the proud. The proud don’t want to appear as a beggar receiving something someone dishes out!  Only the humble see themselves as needing help from Allah/God. The proud think they can make it to heaven by themselves. Allah/God says, “you are unclean to come into my presence.” The Holy Spirit too, like a dove, which does not inhabit dirty places, will not come into your heart unless it is 100% clean, which can only be obtained through Jesus’s sacrifice. Only the humble see themselves as sinners needing a savior. Only the humble receive Isa/Jesus, who is the provision of Allah/God, just as the Lamb was to Abraham in place of Isaac/Ishmael. Humility is the greatest virtue in the kingdom of heaven. Are you humble? Are you ready to receive Isa al Masih/Jesus Christ as your personal savior? My dear friend, you do not need evidence or proof that He rose from the dead (resurrected).  That you are a sinner needing a savior, like the rest of mankind, is enough evidence and proof to infer that this is a universal need that surely Allah/God Himself would definitely satisfy, cater to and make a provision for. Allah/God has the answer for it. It is Isa/Jesus/Yeshua, who paid your sin debt in full, that you may thenceforth walk in love and righteousness! And He will be there for you when you sink like doubting Peter, through His Spirit, who will come to take residence in your now cleaned and purified heart. So wash away all your sins in the waters of baptism, administered to you by humble servants of Isa/Jesus! Farewell!
  3. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Quran 19, Maryam, verse 33, Jesus said shortly after his birth:

    “So Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”

    A. Jusuf Ali wrote in the footnote number 2485 of his translation of the Holy Quran (1975): “…those who believe that he (Jesus) never died should ponder over this verse.”

    What Quaran 4:157 simply says is that you can never kill Jesus permanently–He will rise from the dead!

    We don’t even need Quran or even the Bible to support our argument.

    That we are sinners, needing a Savior is self-evident. Even Hindu vedas teach that.

    A dead man comes back to life to show that a man need not die if he is clean (Rom1:3-4; cf. Rom6:23; Gen2:17). That a totally innocent man needs to be put to death so that “his blood would be upon us and our children” (Injeel Matt27:25; Lev17:11; Heb9:22) and then for him to rise again from the dead to show that our sins have “SUCCESSFULLY” (HT: Bro. Sukumar Rachapudi) been forgiven IN him, is self-evident, requiring no evidence to defend it actually. Muhammad made Ishmaelites believe in a lie, impudently uttering Quran 4: 171 & Quran 19:88-92. Now, do not make me an enemy for telling you the truth like it is. We don’t believe in walking on egg-shells just because some rogue individual or state might issue a fathwa against us. This is your Agape Justice giving you counsel. Also, other teachers and Islamic scholars widely interpreted Muhammad as having said Isa never died and therefore never rose from the dead (Quran 4:156-159). I proved in my article why He must not only die but must also be raised from the dead. Therefore, in light of my thesis, Muhammad is silenced if not rubbished! “For the spirits of the prophets are subject to prophets” (1Cor14:29-32). And what’s more, i am more than a prophet. I too am a son of God/Allah.

So who, can we say, is the true Muslim? One who finds out the perfect will of God and submits to that will, at all costs, is the True Muslim. But Allah/God has nothing to do with will-power religion. The choice is in your hands. It is up to you to choose Isa/Jesus as your Savior and Lord or reject His offer. But penalty for your sins, you must pay somehow. Why reject such a great offer of salvation?  “For whoever [tries to] keep the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James2:10). Who rejects such great love…agape love? The proud luciferian! Yes, like Lucifer, he/she is one who rejects good authority. Does it not hurt when someone rejects your love? How much more should it hurt Allah/God and His Son, who loved us with such goodness and sacrificed that precious life for you and for me? That is true and good authority, my friend! “He loved us not because we were lovable, but because He is love” ~ C. S. Lewis.

“Rebellion/insubordination in the light of justice is black, but in the light of love it is devilish” (Charles Spurgeon).

Isa/Jesus left His heavenly abode and came down to earth as a human being, only to identify with you and me, and to die for you and for me. Won’t you love it even when someone speaks your language in a foreign land? Or you find someone of your own skin color? Yes, Isa/Jesus was with Allah/God as co-creator from the beginning of creation, as the scriptures declare. He emptied Himself of His divinity and took the form of a servant, a human, in order to identify with us and be a perfect sacrifice for you and for me. Read more about Isa al-Masih here: Mystery of Christ: Revealed.

And once again, this is the perfect will of Allah/God in order for one to be a True Muslim:

Alah/God desires and wills that you avail this sacrifice/provision of Allah/God and not be a sacrifice yourself. Allah’s/God’s will is that you take up the way of mercy (where Allah/God Himself provides you with the sacrifice, namely His Son Isa al-Masih) than for you to take up the way of sacrifice (where you must provide your own sacrifice–the penalty for your sins).

One last thing. I want to take you to higher ground.

Should you—a True Muslim—NOW worship Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ?

Firstly, Isa al-Masih did say that He is the Son of Allah/God (Read: Who has Monopoly on Allah) in Injeel John10:33-38 but clearly correcting the self-righteous mobsters, who were impatiently judgmental and trigger-happily concluded that He was equating Himself with Father God:

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),  do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God‘?  If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;  but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”

Having been born of a Virgin (attested by both Quran & Bible), it is clear that he came down from heaven, also clearly claimed by Isa/Jesus Himself in John 6:51:

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

This is a self-evident truth worthy of everyone’s acceptance: Like respect, worship is never demanded; it is earned and is given/offered in reverence.  We “render to ALL their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (Rom13:7). On Judgment Day, mere Muslims, i mean the ones who believe that Isa is merely a prophet like Muhammad, will be given, merely a prophet’s reward as per Isa’s own Words of self-evident truth in Matt10:41 (“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward”) in light of the Golden Rule (Injeel Matt7:12). But as for us, we are after a Son-of-God’s reward. Even though Isa is the Firstborn of all creation and also the Firstborn from the Dead, he NEVER asked anyone to worship Him nor even hinted so. However, Isa/Jesus readily accepted worship at the time of his ascension. We will see why?

Being Firstborn and co-creator with God/Allah (Injeel John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Philippians 2:10-11;  Koran 2:116) is enough reason to worship Him. Not only just that; we worship the Son on our own accord, for what He did for us. Of course, we reserve the greatest respect/honor/worship for Abba Akbar, the Father, who created us in the first place. God is love (1Jn4:8), fully demonstrated by the SON. Those who do not honor the Son (SEEN), do not honor the Father (unseen). When you honor/worship the Firstborn (of all creation & also from the dead), you effectively worship/honor the Father. That is why Jesus Himself said in Jn5:21-23NASB:

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son EVEN as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”

Isa/Jesus is the Bread of life that came down from heaven (Jn6:51). We eat this Bread symbolically, effectively eating His flesh, because it is on account of His sacrifice that we now live, and not because we eat ordinary bread for sustenance. If someone CLAIMS to worship the unseen יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर, but does not give respect due to a worthy seen brother, he is a LIAR (1Jn4:20).

 

Isaiah 45:21-22 (“Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”) is TRUE. And the Ten Commandments (Exodus20:1-17), which says:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me”

is holy and true!

And the Shema, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deut6:4) is also holy and true.

Now consider…

Why did Isa/Jesus say: “I and the Father are ONE” (Injeel Jn10:30)? Because Isa and the Father are NOT partners, in the sense of two separate entities coming together for one purpose. They are one and the same. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Injeel Jn1:1). Now consider this ijtihad through this little illustration: With respect to others, Caleb’s head and his arm are one, right? Both, the head and the arm, can claim to be Caleb, without a shadow of doubt. But with respect to each other, arm listens to the head. One serves the other. Now read Isaiah53:1; Ex15:16 & Job40:9 and note that Isa/Jesus is Arm of Abba Akbar. Monotheism! This is not shrik business. Nor is it Al-Mushrikun (those who worship others alongside with Allah). This is true Tawhid!  Since not even Muhammad nor anyone else died for you and me, expect Isa al-Masih, Jn14:6 (‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”‘) is TRUE. Since Isa is the only one who died for us and is therefore the only way, we pray to the Father IN ISA’S/JESUS’ NAME ALONE by which we have access to the Father. That is why Isa says in John 14:14 – “If you ask [the Father] anything in My name, I will do it.” Isa/Jesus shed His precious blood on that cruel cross of Calvary and made us partakers with Him of the heavenly riches, even making us sons of God together with Himself, the Firstborn. For that, we do worship Him, on our own accord, even though He Himself affirmed Ex20:2-5; Deut6:13-15; 10:20 and told us to worship and serve the Father and Him alone (Injeel Matt4:10). You see, without Isa/Jesus, we are nothing; to dust we must have had to return.  Moreover, though Isa/Jesus Himself was created by the Father in the beginning of all creation (Col1:15; Rev3:14), Isa/Jesus was there from the beginning of eternity (Micah5:2) and together with Father they created the rest of creation (Injeel Jn1:3; Isa48:13; Job38:5). It is true that Allah/God has no partners (Isa44:8; 45:6). Isa/Jesus and Father Allah/God are One (Injeel Jn10:30). Both of them are agape (sacrificial) love; the Father, by nature, and the Son, by demonstration. We too will all become One with the Father ultimately (1Cor15:24). But right now we are all One with Isa/Jesus, having been grafted to a branch in the vine (Jn15:1-10; Rom11:17-21) through the born-again resurrection experience (scholars may check this out), baptism and the laying on of hands (Jn3:5), receiving the sap (Holy Spirit/WORD – Jn6:63) as adopted sons of Allah/God, who too are gods (Jn10:35) as He engineers us and qualifies us for heaven (Eph5:26).

Just as the wife respects her husband, but reserves the greater respect to al-Masih/Christ, we too, do offer our worship to Jesus Christ/عيسى المسيح/ישוע המשיח  and call Him Lord as King David did in Ps110:1, saying “The LORD said to my Lord….”  We reserve the greater worship for the Father. God is the big LORD and big GOD; Isa/Jesus is small Lord and the small God. And so are we. Therefore, together with us–who have now been reconciled with יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर–Isa/Jesus/Yeshua Himself calls יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर, “my Father and your Father, My God and your God” (Jn20:17). Isa/Jesus–the Firstborn–is King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Rev17:14; 19:16).

In my view, all Muslims–those who truly submit to Allah/God–will look, really good before Allah, if they receive and put on al-Masih/Christ!

Best of grace to you for Judgment Day, that will soon come upon the whole world! As for those die-hard Muhammad followers, who want to stick to their guns, we will see them on that DAY!

Lovingly,

Bro. Caleb Suresh Motupalli

A mere servant of Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach, who is the real lover of your soul!


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First off, the Jihad crap we see these days mustn’t dissuade true sons of God from embracing the truths of Chrislam. For, there are diamonds beneath all that crap. It takes real spine to acknowledge the truth found in the mouths of your enemy. Let’s not shy away from the truth, however bitter it may be now.

If Isa53:1-2, Col1:15 and Rev3:14 are true, then, in the beginning God created Jesus. He is “like a shoot” (having a beginning) that grew up before Him. In the beginning was the Word (Jn1:1). As for Father God, He has neither beginning nor end. But Jesus is Alpha & Omega.

Abba Akbar! (آبا اكبر) It means, the heavenly Father God–of not only Jesus Christ/Isa AL MASIH/Yeshua HaMashiach but also of all true Muslims, Jews & Christians–is the greatest (Jn14:28; 1Cor11:3).

Therefore, “Allahu Akbar” & “Praise the Lord” should become, “ABBA AKBAR/ELYON!” Allow me to explain:

יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर is the only God with the big ‘G’. Almost all English translations of Heb1:8 have incorrectly translated ‘theos’ as ‘God,’ where it ought to be ‘god’. The translators should have made a distinction between the theos (God) who was speaking and the theos (god/Jesus) who was being addressed, since the Old Testament does speak of “God of gods”. Also, Heb1:9b is in agreement with Jn20:17.

Jesus is god (with the little ‘g’), the “firstborn of all creation” (Col1:15; Rev3:14) in human form, and co-creator with God of everything else (Jn1:3; Job38:5).

Jesus–God’s Arm/Word incarnate–is 100% man only, infilled by the Holy Spirit, like you and me (the born-again). Is it not greater for a man (a perfect man at that) to die for the sins of the world than for a deity or an angel to die for the world? Here’s why: Look once again at the picture on the side; if He is deity i would think He is only feigning pain, etc. For, no one can kill God let alone give Him physical pain. You can snuff Him out of your system (1Thess5:19) but you cannot kill Him. Even if  God too can be put to death (1Thess5:19-20) because we are in His image and vice versa, the greatness in the Resurrection is that it was performed by a man by virtue of His sinlessness. He rose from the dead because of His holiness (Rom1:3-7) not because of being a deity. For death is the wages of sin only (Rom6:23), and not so if you were holy. “If His suffering is not in human form, then work on the Calvary is not really [something] to talk about”.

As for the miracles, He did them all “by the finger of God” (Luke11:20). But He is the only one with the title, al-Masih (Quran) = Anointed One/Messiah (Tanakh) = Christ (The Bible).  Anointed of what? Anointed by the Holy Spirit. Colossians 2:9 reads: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” without becoming one substance with Him. They are two different substances, each having their own independent will. Jesus was like us in every way possible! Yet, it is NOT polytheism because Jesus’ will, as well as the wills of all gods (sons of God) is subservient to God’s will.

No where in the Bible it says that there are three persons, who are ALL GODs. No doubt the Son AND the Holy Spirit are part of Father GOD, even sharing His ID in Jn1:1 in order to distinguish God from the FALLEN creation, but They have also been created (Col1:15; Rev3:14) and subservient to Him. Big difference from the Three Person Godhead of the Trinity doctrine! The Father is supreme (not coequal), while the Son along with all other sons and adopted sons, AND the Holy Spirit, are subservient to Him (1Cor11:3; Ps98:1; Jn14:28).

Note carefully once again what Jn1:1 is teaching us: “In the beginning” (this itself indicates that what follows had a beginning, distinctly different from the creator who has neither beginning nor end). “the Word WAS with God [in the beginning – v.2] and the Word WAS God” — John is very clearly saying here what Isaiah stated in 53:1-2 that Jesus is the Arm with God and since it was then part of God Himself the Word/Jesus/Arm shared the ID of God with the Father, distinguishing Themselves from the FALLEN creation.

Why did Isa/Jesus say: “I and the Father are ONE” (Injeel Jn10:30)? Because Isa and the Father are NOT partners, in the sense of two separate entities coming together for one purpose. They are one and the same. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Injeel Jn1:1). Now consider this little illustration: With respect to others, Caleb’s head and his arm are one, right? Both, the head and the arm, can claim to be Caleb, without a shadow of doubt. But with respect to each other, arm listens to the head. One serves the other. Now read Isaiah53:1 and note that Isa/Jesus is Arm of Abba Akbar.

There are biblical analogies as well to support our argument:

Tree trunk :: Father;
Branch :: Son (Isa53:1; Zech4:12); branches :: other sons grafted (Jn15:1-11; Rom11:17-23); and
Sap that flows :: Holy Spirit (Psalms92:14).

Together, One God/Allah/Yahweh. Monotheism.

BTW, hypostatic union precludes better management by local lords/gods (Mt17:5; Jn5:27). We too can be filled by the Holy Spirit and do great miracles by the finger of God. God (the Right Arm of God–Isa53:1; Ps98:1) became flesh–that is, incarnate. He “emptied Himself” of His divinity and took on the form of man (Phil2:6-9NASB) in order to identify with you and me. Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning as the Arm of God (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 53:1), was with God, was God (John 1:1). Jn1:1 can be paraphrased as: “In the beginning WAS the Word, and the Word was with God [as an Arm], and the Word WAS God [being that He was part of God and shared His ID]”.

This video by David Wood speaks volumes about how Jesus claimed to be God:

Then the Word became flesh/incarnate (John 1:14). That is, He emptied Himself of His divinity (Philippians 2:6-8NASB) and became man–fully man only. Let alone being God, Jesus was “made a little lower than the angels” (Hebrews2:9). Christ has a peculiar glory of a god-man (god with a lower ‘g’), who knows most things if not all things, as clarified by the Lord Himself in Mark13:32.

Those who do not confess this have the spirit of the anti-Christ or the spirit of error (1 John 4:1-6; 2John7). The reason for such strong condemnation is because: Jesus gets disqualified to be our kinsman redeemer if any bit of deity is added to Him, over and above what we enjoy. The whole plan of God to redeem mankind will be an utter flop. In fact, we see that even the Father’s presence departed from Jesus when He was taking the penalty that was due us, on the cross. So we see Him crying, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me?” This was because He became “sin for us” (2Cor5:21) and in keeping with the Law of Christ–“if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off”–the Father severed Him. But Jesus had life in Himself (Jn5:26) and rose from the dead. Now, my objective here is not to dethrone Jesus from godhood, but rather to show that any addition to His humanity (like saying fully God, fully man) will only belittle the sacrifice that He made for mankind! Firstly, it is a sacrifice of leaving the heavenly comfort and coming down to earth, and then of becoming a man (imagine if you were to become an ant to save a colony of ants), and then of living a perfect life, and then of dying (experiencing everything that you and i would experience if we were on that cruel cross). How can God show that death is only for sinners if Jesus enjoyed certain powers that we humans do not; powers that enable Him to rise from the dead? The Resurrection had to have happened because God wants to show that death is only for sinners, not because Jesus is God. Consider:

“But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone….Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” (Heb 2:9,14-18)

Let alone being God, Jesus was made “lower than [even] the angels”. The reason is also given: “so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone….” Elsewhere in Gal4:3-7 we read:

“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Being God and being man are mutually exclusive.  A man can be possessed by God (which is the case with Jesus as well as all those who are born-again), but he cannot be God and man at the same time. Also, Jesus claimed to be god insofar as we too, who are born-again and recipients of the Word of God, can claim to be god (Jn10:35).

Man-Almighty

“Concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom1:3-4 emphasis mine).

This means that He was promoted to the position of Man-Almighty (i.e the preeminent Son of God) only after He bore the cross. Until then “He learned obedience from the things which He suffered”. How, a man-almighty? Remember, He was the “last Adam” (1Cor15:45), which means He too was created (Col1:15; Rev3:14) in the image of God like Adam (Gen1:26), who too is a son of God (Luke3:38). Though their roles are different: “The first man, Adam, became a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”  But in Jesus’ case, He never sinned. He too was a perfect man like Adam and Eve before their fall, in the image of God, who is an almighty. But in order to raise and restore man to his original position, He first partook of humanity by being born of Virgin Mary, who was of the fallen mankind (Luke 1:47), then kept Himself pure by not sinning by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. That is, Jesus had to have had the DNA of Mary for the purpose of possessing sin nature, in order that with His Spirit, He can get to subdue and mortify it. When put to death, He rose from the dead because death is the wages for only those who sin but not so if you never sinned. That a totally innocent man needs to be put to death so that “his blood would be upon us and our children” and then for him to rise again from the dead to show that our sins have indeed been forgiven in him, is self-evident, requiring no evidence to defend it.

Born-again = Resurrected!

In Rom6:1ff we see: “All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death. Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  Therefore, the Born-again experience is our resurrection! Just as Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (Jn11:25). “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (Jn1:12). So you and I, who are reborn/born-again, are sons of God too, with Jesus Himself being the Firstborn of all creation (Gen1:3; Col1:15; Rev3:14) as well of the re-creation (Col1:18). John Piper chose a good example in the resurrection of Lazarus for the occasion of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Lazarus’s resurrection goes to prove our futuristic resurrection of being born-again. However, since our Lord is Himself the Resurrection and the life, John Piper hit the bull’s eye by saying that Christ wants us to see with our faith-eyes, in our being born of the spirit and the water, our own bodily resurrection IN His, which took place three days after He tasted death! These faith-eyes are present in those who believe even though they have not seen. And God expects us to use them to see with them. God’s glory is not a flagrant display of His powers, which is how the resurrection of Lazarus is commonly misunderstood. To know what is glory, we have to turn to Exodus 33:17-19 and John 1:14. God’s face (Justice) and not His back (Goodness), is the best of Love. If God is administering Justice for the folks in the Twin Towers, it is not merely on them, it is on the nation as a whole. Don’t we see the devaluation of the American Dream? It is what Love has to offer to the world as a whole, because God is against the proud and the arrogant, but actually gives grace to the humble (James, Peter).

If you insist on continuing in your error of 100%-God-100%-man refrain, fine! Then Jesus gets disqualified to be your kinsman redeemer. You can’t have it both ways.  According to John 17:3, (“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”) you have eternal life only when your searching leads to knowing Father God and the Son, for who They are!!!

So the glaring truth is: if you are a Trinitarian, you DO NOT have eternal life itself. This doctrine  is as cutting as that! So REPENT from your stiffneckedness, misrepresentation of Christ, and of going overboard!

The tradition that “Jesus is God Himself” was good insofar as to abolish “all rule and all authority and power” (1Cor15:24). For, “all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose”. On another aspect of that good, John MacArthur (or the Spirit) leads the Trinitarians to reconsider their position about the deity of Christ by answering the question, “What do you mean all things work together for good?”

“What’s the good?  Verse 29, here it is.  Here is the good.  “Whom He foreknew He predestined to become conformed to the image of His son.”  Now there is the ultimate work of the Holy Spirit, to conform us to Christ.  Okay?  The Holy Spirit does His work in us so that everything works together toward one ultimate good and that ultimate good is conformity to the image of the Son of God.  So the He then becomes the preeminent one among many who share His likeness.

So what does the Holy Spirit want to do in your life?  Simply stated.  Conform you to whom?  Christ, to make you like Christ.  To be conformed to the eikon, the eikon, the image of Christ.  He works in us to make us like Jesus Christ.  This is what Paul talks about in Philippians when he said, “I press toward the mark.”  And you say, “Well, what’s the mark?”  The mark is the prize of the high calling.  What’s the prize when we’re called on high?  We’ll be like Christ.  What we will become when we’re glorified is the goal even now in our sanctification. What we will become if we’ve been predestined and called and justified, we will be glorified and when we’re glorified, we’ll be made like Christ, 1 John 3, we’ll be like Him because we see Him as He is.  That is the final objective, the Holy Spirit will take us there.  In the meantime, until we are glorified and made like Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit is to ever increasingly conform us to His image.  To understand His work then, we need to look at Christ.  We need to look at Christ because we’re going to see in Christ who is fully man, a picture of the perfect work of the Holy Spirit.”

The Son of God emptied Himself of NOT merely His divine prerogatives, but of His very divinity itself. Mind you, our Lord did not simply become a God-incognito. For Him, becoming a man, was as substantial as it would be for us if we were to become an ant. Perhaps more humbling. Now, consider John MacArthur again:

According to Luke 1, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  According to Luke, He was matured by the Holy Spirit, growing in wisdom, stature, favor with God and man.  According to Mark 1, He was anointed by the Holy Spirit at His baptism.  According to Luke 4, He was sustained by the Holy Spirit in His temptation.  According to that same chapter, He was empowered by the Holy Spirit, Luke 4:14 and 15, for ministry.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit so that He walked perfectly in obedience.  He was perfected by obedience, wrought in Spirit power and through suffering by which He learned obedience.  Hebrews 9:14 says He faced death triumphantly in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It was the Holy Spirit who was operating in Jesus. Romans 1 says He was raised by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Even after His resurrection, His post-resurrection ministry, according to Acts 1:1 and 2, was in the power of the Spirit as He taught things concerning the Kingdom.

Now listen, the Holy Spirit was to Christ as He is to us.  If you want to see the perfection of the work of the Holy Spirit in us, look at the work that He did in the perfect man.  Let me go back over that a moment.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit who gives us life, born of the Spirit.  Jesus was matured by the Holy Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit who grants us power to grow.  He was anointed by the Holy Spirit at Baptism, it is the Spirit by which we are baptized into the body of Christ.  He was sustained by the Holy Spirit in His temptations.  It is the Spirit who strengthens us in the inner man in the midst of our temptations.  He was empowered by the Holy Spirit in ministry.  It is the Holy Spirit who gifts and empowers us in ministry.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit, there might be a demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit and holiness, it is the Spirit who fills us and produces fruit in us.  He was perfected by the power of the Holy Spirit in obedience, and the Spirit does the same in us.  He faced death triumphantly in the Spirit.  It is the Spirit of grace and glory who sustains us in our suffering.  He was raised from the dead by the Spirit.  It is the Spirit who raises us up as well.

If you want to see the ministry of the Holy Spirit and how He works in us, look at what He did in Christ.  Of course, in Christ there’s perfect compliance, but the Holy Spirit was to the Son of God who He is to us.  The Holy Spirit has committed to do in us the work that He demonstrated in Christ.

In other words, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to lead you into the truth, to disclose the things of Christ to you in order that you might be conformed to Christ’s likeness.  Just an amazing simple reality.  The Holy Spirit does in us what He did in the Son, conforming us to the very image of Christ.

Jesus shows us what perfect humanity looks like…perfect humanity looks like.  The Spirit is conforming us to Christ, empowering God’s redeemed elect, to triumphant in time over the power of sin, flesh, Satan, and the world. Empowering us to be more and more like the Son of God.  The Holy Spirit is working in us holy knowledge, holy doctrine, holy deeds, holy attitudes, holy words, holy character, holy actions, holy ambitions, holy longings, holy affections.”

Now that you know who Christ is and who Father God is, the knowledge of which is eternal life (John17:3), let us stop this propensity of going overboard and misrepresenting Christ. Pastor John MacArthur terms it as using God’s name in vain. He admits:

“There has been a ground swell that has continued and continued and continued and maybe even gotten a little carried away where now everything is to point to the cross and everything is to look at the cross and everything is to contemplate the cross.  We have defended Christ with a vengeance and a relentless commitment whenever He is attacked.

Anything attributed to God that is not of God is taking His name in vain.  To think of God, to conceive of God, to refer to God as other than He is and to assign to Him things He would never do, words He would never say is to take His name in vain.  It isn’t just swearing, it is ignoring what is true about God.  It is misrepresenting God.  This is the most severe thing.”

I am grateful to my brethren among the Jehovah Witnesses, who faithfully & humbly delivered some of these verses to me even at my doorstep. I am not ashamed to call them my brethren. At one time, they may have denied the Lordship of Jesus Christ but, i believe, not anymore. That is minor compared to what the Trinitarians have done.  The Trinitarians have to be washed by those verses mentioned and abandon the anti-Christ stance they now have. They  are misrepresenting Christ in a big way. It brings damage to His name by casting Him as an usurper (Phil2:6KJV; cf. Phil2:6NASB; Phil2:6NIV), no different from Lucifer.

“The Blasphemy”?

“For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (Jn10:33) is the false perception and misconception the Pharisees had about Jesus’ claim as the Son of God. To the Pharisees, Jesus’ claim of “Son of God” meant making Himself equal with God (cf. Jn10:36), which is incorrect. Jesus corrects them by quoting from Psalms in v.34 (Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?) and gives the basis for His claim as not ‘God’ but as ‘a god’ (Jn10:34), what’s more, a preeminent one at that (the “firstborn” Son – Col1:15; Jn10:36) by virtue of being part of God like a branch is (a natural one in the case of Jesus) to a tree.

But it was not His failure as much as it is the stony hearts of the jews/Pharisees (cf. Matt13), who did not understand and were trigger-happy more than anything else. Therefore we see that He was INNOCENT of any blasphemy but was crucified anyway. They falsely accused Him of trying to make Himself equal with God by His mere claim to be God’s Son (a god). What is more, that accusation stayed and became the de facto ID for Christ and what have you, with King James even using that ID in the KJV Phil2:6 for Christ, even portraying Him as an usurper. I will not be surprised to find out that the co-equal trinity false doctrine sprang solely out of Phil2:6KJV.

King James also perpetrated the so-called “UNKNOWN TONGUE” (1Cor14:4) strange fire business, where the word ‘unknown’ was inserted into the text by the translators without having a corresponding word in the Greek texts.

So in conclusion: Saying, “God the Son” is “Strange Fire.” Son of God =/= God the Son. Trinity is a pagan concept. In the beginning there was only One. Monotheism. The Holy Spirit can be thought of as the warmth of the sun, where sun is the Father and rays of light are the Sons of God, first of whom being Jesus (Col1:15). “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) [uttered by God], and the Word was with God [as a right Arm – Isa53:1], [and being that the Right Arm is part of God], the Word was God” (Jn1:1). Saving the “thunder” for me, this is the “elephant” in the recent “Strange Fire” conference held by Pastor John MacArthur. The Lord Jesus Christ has 100% God dwelling in Him (Col2:9) while He Himself is 100% man only when He walked the earth. This is the correct hypostasis of Christ Jesus. Man-almighty and god-almighty are synonyms really because both are in God’s image. The Son of God (Jesus) was made to be a little lower than the angels, who learnt obedience through suffering and then declared “Son of God with power” (Man-almighty) upon His resurrection (Rom1:4). So calling the Son of God, a Man-Almighty, or calling Adam (god/son of God) before his fall, a god-almighty, we are not misrepresenting. Because that is the goal anyway, toward which we are called to strive.

As for Kafirs among you, know that without putting the Christian Faith through fire, such as Quran18:4-7, it could not be proved genuine!

When God said “Let us” (Genesis1:26) the ‘us’ is used as a respectable reference to self as in “manam” (Telugu: మనం). Likewise ‘thamaru’ (తమరు plural ‘you’ in Telugu is ‘atem’/אַתֶּם in Hebrew) is also used to address a single individual, in a respectable manner. Therefore, the now Chosen Telugu people show that in fact the Law of God is etched on their heart (Rom2:11-29; Heb8:10; cf. Heb10:16). BTW, ‘abba’/అబ్బ is used every time a Telugu person cries out in pain [to God].

That God was somehow “three” in the beginning is incorrect. Of course, Jesus was from the beginning (Micah5:2; Isa53:1; Jn1:1; Col1:15; Rev3:14) as a Right Arm of God.

It is pure monotheism that even Jews AND Muslims can agree upon.

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Feb

Engineering Divinity

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , , ,

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“I’ve laid down a pattern (Greek: Hupodeigma) for you. What I’ve done, you do” (The Words of Jesus Christ in John 13:15 THE MESSAGE).

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians6:2).

If there is anything simple in all of Christianity, it is the Ordinances, which make the faith accessible to all. A classic example of a new believer is my uncle who is well past the age of reading books. He longs to know what is next, after receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. After being born-again, what? This article was developed from a letter i wrote him.

At the outset, one must remember that we are not translated to heaven after we are born again. That is, after justification (being treated just as if we have never sinned), by grace through faith, which is a boastless work/righteousness of belief (John 6:29; Rom4:5; Eph2:8-9) in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we remain on earth. No doubt, by one sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:14). This verse speaks of the perfect efficacy of the priesthood of Christ even as He synergistically works with us to make us holy even as we mortify the flesh (Rom8:13KJV).  For, after we are born again, we remain in this “tent” during a period of grace for the purpose of qualifying for heaven having got the title to it. We need to “continue in faith” (Colossians 1:21-23). The faith that enabled us to believe at the time of being born again should “show” during the grace period with works of love until we are entirely sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23). This can happen within our life-time when we have yielded to the continuous mercy of Christ and ceased to sin. And only thereafter we would be considered as, “Chosen.” For, many are called but only a few are chosen.

In his theology, Jacobus Arminius could not hold water because on one hand he was with Luther agreeing with his theory of being Justified by faith ALONE, and on the other hand he said there is no such thing as Once-Saved-Always-Saved. When you understand that Jesus’ sacrifice atoned our sins i.e. paid for all our past sins only with future grace available, then everything falls in place. If it was for present & future sins as well, it would be no better than a license to sin. Which is what Jude warned us against i.e. “turning the grace of God into a license to sin” (Jude1:4NIV). Knowing that we will still sin inadvertantly after being born-again (i am not talking about willful sin here), the Lord instituted the Foot-washing ordinance. It is where sin gets accumulated like dirt since the last washing and we need to cleanse ourselves regularly.

The flesh, the world, and the devil are real strongholds to reckon with in the battle against sin? Holy living and overcoming life don’t come easy. Apostle Paul teaches us that our consciences can be seared (dead), weak, defiled, and carnal even after being born-again. And often we grieve, resist, reject, quench and run from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we fall, then we rise up again. But to say that we sin no more after being born-again is being in denial. Remember there are not only sins of commission but also sins of ommission (James4:17).

Only our former sins, up until the time we have been born-again were washed away (2Pet1:9; Rom3:25) by the Atonement. That is, forgiveness is available only for those who KNOW NOT what they are doing (Luke23:34). No more sacrifice is left for willful sin (Heb10:26). We still have the predisposition to sin and many a time we yield to it even after our conversion/born-again experience. How does God remove this predisposition from us and make us perfect? How do we get to cooperate with God who wants to make us perfect? That is, how does God engineer our sanctification or perfection and thereby qualify and secure us eternally?

In general, “Forgiveness means not making the offending party pay for the sins they committed” ~ Pastor Tim Keller. While those who received Christ as their Savior did receive forgiveness for their sins, Jesus warns us that if we do not forgive our brothers their sin against us, we too will not receive ours–forgiveness will be revoked (Matt18:21-35).

During our spiritual pilgrimage, when we inadvertently commit sins of omission and commission, we need to wash, as it were, our feet, before partaking in the Communion, which is holy. “He who has bathed (Greek: Louo) needs only to wash (Greek: Nipto) his feet, but is completely clean.” This is indeed speaking of spiritual cleanliness of those who are born-again of the water and the Spirit (John 3:5) except for Judas Iscariot, for whom Jesus adds, “you are clean, but not all of you” (John 13:10 NASB). As our feet are being washed, we receive forgiveness for accumulated sins since last washing; unlike in baptism when we were washed as a total sinner. Every time we are washed, we are being justified–treated just as if we have not sinned. This takes place until Christ sees His reflection in us. In 1 Peter 3:21 we note that Water Baptism saves us. Similarly, Foot-washing too! Just as Water Baptism represents the complete cleansing that one receives when one is presented the Gospel (Good News), Feet-washing represents the washing that one receives by the Word of God when it is ministered concerning any specific sin still lingering in a person. In Bible phraseology, this is “cleansing her (Church) with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26 NKJV). If any sin is present, unless we get a washing, we mustn’t commune (Jn13:8).

This is the pattern that Jesus prepared for us to walk in, so as to cognitively engineer our sanctification step-by-step. Foot-washing, as an ordinance, works even for the one who administers the washing. Jesus chose Foot-washing because it has the idea of humility inbuilt in it. If a person can wash someone’s feet then it would not be too difficult for him to serve any other menial task that would be called of him for that person, or for that matter, any other person!
As for who pays for this, it is that part of Christ’s body that remains on earth. That part of Christ’s body like Apostle Paul (Col1:24; 2Cor4:10-12; Gal6:17; Phil2:17) could pay for it after due confession, praying and washing of the feet of the needy as long as it is not wilful sin for which “no more sacrifice for sins is left but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of fire” (Hebrews 10:26-29). Those who have committed such wilful sin have got their “garments spotted with the flesh”, the world or the devil. The only remedy (if any) is the Precursor to the Baptism of Fire; a remedy that i have designed for the apostate. Those who follow up with this have shaved off their heads as a sign of confession that they deserve to burn in hell fire, beginning with their hair. They acknowledge that they are a type of Joshua, “a brand plucked from fire” (Zech3:1-8; Jude 23). At which time, the “garments” (works) too need to be washed (Greek: Pluno), so to speak, “in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev7:14). We were saved from the penalty of sin! We are being saved from the power of sin! We will be saved from the presence of sin!

But what does it mean to be Holy?

To be holy means: to respond appropriately to the love of God who gave up His Son so that we may have eternal life (Jn3:16). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey My Commandments” (Jn14:15,21,23; 1Jn2:3-6). This principle holds good with our heavenly Father as well. He has given us the Ten Commandments (Ex20:3-17) for us to obey. To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience. Our Lord Jesus Christ merely summarized the Ten and commanded, “Love one another, even as i have loved you, love one another” (Jn13:34). When we keep John 13:34, we will in effect keep the Ten Commandments because the first four Commandments of the Ten pertain to the love of God, and the next six pertain to the love of our other close neighbours, God Himself being the foremost neighbour.

If being holy means loving, how can we love the most?

To my question, “what is the best way we can love our neighbour or the greatest dhanam (alms) we can give our neighbour,” my uncle said, “Annadhanam (Rice Alms) because it is life giving.” I told him that his motive is excellent because there is nothing more greater than life giving food that we can offer someone. But the dhanam too can be most excellent if it gives not just life but eternal life!

So what is the best gift of love we can give someone?

Jesus said, “My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink” (John 6:55). Why is this food, real food and real drink? The answer: because it gives real life–eternal life! This fact is underscored three times in John 6:51, 53, and 54. Does this mean we should become some kind of cannibals and eat the flesh of man and drink his blood? Does the ordinance practiced in the Church even remotely refer to the eating of man’s flesh and drinking his blood? Is there something supernatural about it? Not at all!

But rather, when Jesus Christ laid down His life for us on the stake at Calvary, we have received eternal life at the expense of His life, so to speak, at the expense of breaking or decomposition of His body–His own flesh and blood. In effect, we are living on His flesh and blood. Therefore, the ordinance of Communion is symbolic. It serves as a memory device to cognitively engineer our holiness by not only reminding us of our very current sins for which Christ paid with His life and continues to pay through the “living and holy sacrifices” (Rom12:1) of the saints, but also serves as a tangible way of proclaiming His death till He comes. Is this a one time event? It would have been, if we never sinned again. But since we accumulate sins and thus become subject to death again as we pass through time, we have to “eat” His flesh and “drink” His blood on a regular basis. If the life that i now live is eternal life, then the meal of real significance that i feast upon in order to live is the Word of God that became flesh, namely the Lord Jesus Christ, our eternal-life-giving-food. Therefore, in regularly partaking of the Lord’s Supper, at different levels in the Body of Christ, God is systematically and cognitively engineering our sanctification unto divinity. For, faith makes substance of the things hoped for, when some evidence is provided of things unseen. What’s more, the life that i live is eternal life and therefore, the food that i pray and eat to live, must be His flesh and blood. This is because my ‘self’ has died with Christ on the stake at Calvary and the life that i now live is Christ’s, because He lives in me. It is no more i who live but Christ (Gal2:20).

To put it simply, when we hand out to someone the Good News that Jesus Christ died for him or her, through a clear presentation, we have in effect given them the dhanam (alms) of eternal-life-giving-food or అమృతం (Telugu: amrutham). For, in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn1:1,14). And that Flesh (Jesus) said, “I am the Bread of life” (Jn6:48). To mark the occasion of having received that food (Word), we partake of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ—called Eucharist, Communion, or simply the Elements at the Table—symbolically. Though this ordinance is symbolic, it must be obeyed at the individual, family, church, regional and corporate Church levels for engineering the holiness of the whole Bride until we are all “perfected together in unity” (Heb11:39-40). By obeying, we proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes (1Cor11:23-34). By obeying in eating and drinking the elements, we symbolically show that we receive the spiritual food (that is, the Word–flesh and blood) that has been preached to us and that we are willing to repent. As said earlier, there are however necessary prerequisites before partaking of the Elements as this is a coming into union with a Holy God–the Holy Communion. The prerequisite is that we should wash ourselves. In other words, we must purify ourselves. If we have not had a “bath” at all, we must take Baptism–a full bath. If we have already taken Baptism, we need to take only a “foot-wash,” as the rest of the body is clean. We mean symbolic washing, referring here to the Word, which in the case of a sinner is the Good News or Gospel that cleanses us from all sin as in Baptism; and the accumulated sin since the last washing as in Foot-washing. But we know that unless it is given from heaven, we cannot receive it (Jn3:27). Therefore, Baptism must be administered by a duly commissioned Servant or Priest of God. But Foot-washing may be administered by any lay-priest (born-again) to another lay-priest in need.

As you intercede for another, which is rightly possible only through the foot-washing ordinance, forgiveness is granted as per John20:23 to the one who is being prayed over. But do remember that in doing so, as a member (priest) of the body of Christ, you are assuming the consequences of his or her sin .
Thus, the Word:

  1. Cleanses us just as water cleanses us, which is symbolized by Baptism and Foot-washing; and
  2. Gives life just as food and drink, which is symbolized by the Eucharist (the elements).

 

Ref.: 1Corinthians11:23-34; John13:1-17; Ephesians 5:26.

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Jan

Gandhi & The One Way

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli

Vivekananda is quite right that the heartbeat of India is her God-consciousness. But we are not living up to our ideals, not even to our motto–Satyameva Jayate (Truth Alone Triumphs).

When the “Father of the Indian Nation,” M.K. Gandhi  says:

“God is not encased in a safe to be approached only through a little hole in it,”

he is obviously alluding to, and is against the Christian Missionary’s contention that we can approach the all supreme God (creator of the universe) only through one mediator, the man Christ Jesus, who said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). As Pastor Charles Stanley says, “If there were OTHER ways to Himself, then יהוה/God/الله/ईश्वर knowingly did the most devilish thing to send His Son to earth who would later be nailed to that excruciating cross [leave alone whether he died on it or not].”  The truth that “all have sinned and it is our sins that separate us from God,” seems to be eluding many, including great personalities like Gandhi as well as the common man. ALL streams (ways) do lead to one ocean (death – Heb9:27); but only one narrow way to Mt. Everest (eternal life). In conforming to the one way that God set before us, man shows himself to be humble, which is the greatest virtue in the kingdom of God (Matt18:4).

If the rulers of this world have protocols, how much more, God?! You have to come to God on His terms, not yours!

Those who Conform at all, show that they are Humble!

It is a law of nature that a caterpillar must conform to the little hole in the pupa in order to be transformed into a butterfly. It does pay sometimes to be a nonconformist when the situation warrants. But a nonconformist, who seeks after some difference, merely for the sake of difference, are but rebels.

“Rebellion in the light of justice is black, but in the light of love it is devilish” (Charles Spurgeon).

With such a great cloud of witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ abounding, i could not help but be persuaded about my sure sins and humbled myself to conform (believe). Though i was illumined about the Savior in 1977 at Zion, Gunt-ur, it was only in 1989 that i conformed with all Christians world over and had my sins washed in the Waters of Baptism. It was only after i put my trust (believed) in the Lord Jesus Christ that i came to know anything that is worth knowing at all. Dr. Billy Graham correctly stated: “It is not after knowing that we believe. It is after believing that we come to know.” But sure enough, the Lord Jesus Christ does not expect us to believe in Him without first giving us a taste of Himself. As the scriptures declare, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm). So, Try Jesus! And then Jesus Himself declares: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (Jn17:3).

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Dec

Who has a monopoly on Allah

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , ,

Abba AkbarTo begin with, no one has a monopoly on God/Allah/Yahweh. If someone believes they do enjoy a monopoly on Him, they need to furnish self-evident truths to justify that claim.

If someone CLAIMS to worship Him (unseen/invisible), but does not give respects due to a worthy brother (seen), he is a liar (1Jn4:20; Rom13:7; cf. Eph5:22-33) . Even a brother who has laid down His life for him/her. Jesus says: “he who honours me, honours the One/Allah who sent me.” That is why in practice we show respects to ambassadors, representatives and the like to effectively show our respects to their country’s presidents/kings/rulers.

Before one throws a fit about all of this, let’s take in these wise words of Bachir Ali as a primer:

“Overcoming Ego:

Seven steps for overcoming ego’s hold on you:
1. Stop being offended
2. Let go of your need to win
3. Let go of your need to be right
4. Let go of your need to be superior
5. Let go of your need to have more
6. Let go of identifying yourself on the basis of your achievements
7. Let go of your reputation

Ego is the source of a lot of conflict and dissension because it pushes you in the direction of making other people wrong.” (Bachir Ali at Christianity AND Islam Friendly Discussion)

That ego thing applies to me as well. But do know that i was born in a Hindu family. Lived like an agnostic. Went to church AND mosque. Found out in 1977 when i was still 14 years of age (i am now 48) that if there exists a way to heaven, it has to be through Jesus, who alone paid for my evident sins. I was baptized in 1989 and never regretted. Rather, i have been going from glory to glory. So, i believe, ego is not my problem. I am merely one, who had searched for the Truth and found it. Or rather, it is Truth that found me.

We posit:

Isa al-Masih is the Greatest Muslim ever, to live, setting us an example for all, not only in WORD, but by DEMONSTRATING it as well!

As a true Muslim, He submitted to Allah’s will, even when it came to His sacrificial death, on behalf of not only His friends but His enemies as well, saying, “Not my will, Father, but Thine be done.” Subsequently, on the so-called “cross”, before giving up His Spirit to Allah, Isa prayed for His enemies, who crucified Him, saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.”

Strictly speaking, before Isa al-Masih’s hypothetical Islam, Muhammad’s islam pales.  I am sure, those who know what it means to be a Muslim or the meaning of Islam, understand what i am saying here.

You don’t even need for Him to actually die for the purpose of following Him if that is the only thing you can do. To get inspiration to follow Isa al-Masih wholeheartedly, that torture on the cross, which Quran attests to, is enough. It is quite sufficient evidence for every Muslim to cleave to Isa Al-Masih.

Therefore, in my view, after Isa al-Masih’s ministry on the earth, Muhammad’s subsequent contribution to the world, 600 years later, is rather trivial. The heavens declare the glory of God/Allah. You don’t need any prophet to remind the world about that. It is not rocket science. Even fools bow down to the Almighty. Therefore, there is little contribution made by Muhammad.

Sure, there is some light in what Muhammad taught. But we sons of Allah (Jn10:35; Jn1:12), just like Isa before us, are greater lights. Muhammad led the Ishmaelite to receive from Allah, merely a Prophet’s reward (which is perhaps the temporal black gold found in most Arab nations) as per Matthew10:41. But we lead you to receive from Allah more than a prophet’s reward; a Son of God’s reward when you do receive Him as one. Muhammad knew the sure truth of the Virgin birth, but could not explain why Allah chose the path of a virgin to bring forth this particular One. He himself did not know the implications of what angel Jibril was speaking to him.

Unbelief is wicked (Quran). But those who do not believe in such a good one, who is said to have laid down His life for them, even more so. Let’s not show ourselves as unworthy of eternal life with such unbelief.

Quran13:33 says, Allah can be a Makr (deceiver) to deceive the wicked from taking the “Right Way”. The Bible too declares, “O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughing stock all day long; Everyone mocks me” (Jeremiah 20:7).

It is clear that Islamists have been deceived from possessing this humility, which is prerequisite for receiving Isa/Jesus, who laid down His life for us, and also for the Islamists.

But we do know that “all things work together for the good of those who love Allah/God/Yahweh and are called according to His purpose” (Rom8:28). For just as “a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Rom11:25), similar hardening took place on this side of the aisle, namely, on the side of Ishmael-Esau. “From the standpoint of the gospel they are [both] enemies for the Gentile’s sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Rom11:28). But while Paul says, “the gifts and the calling of God/Allah/Yahweh are irrevocable,” there are promises made by the Father that the He (God/Allah/Yahweh) has actually revoked and nullified. For instance, the promise to Eli, who is a type of the priestly office of nation Israel, was clearly revoked. The State of Israel could very well be “the synagogue of Satan”, spoken of by John (Revelation), for maintaining their claims of inheritance by birthright through corporate election of Israel; codifying the righteousness required of God merely in terms of their own skewed adherence to the Mosaic Law—a legalism sans faith and humility. Dishonouring the Son, they have effectively dishonoured the Father who sent Him and thus ceased to be partakers of the promise. For, “the promises were not and cannot be made effective through sinful man’s keeping of God’s Law”. The same applies to the Islamists, whose basic problem is also self-righteousness.  At the same time, the Father has shown Himself as One who “relents concerning wrath” (Jonah). So all options are open for Him, who has “entrusted all judgment to the Son, for He is the Son of Man” (John5).

Also, no one has a monopoly over Father Allah/Yahweh/God. He is the One God over all, the All-in-all. But it is with Isa Al-Masih/Yeshua Ha-Masiach/Jesus Christ, who does have the monopoly by virtue of His death & resurrection, that we get qualified and also enjoy the monopoly. Muhammad seems to have done more harm than good.

The title Al Masih was given only to Isa. Even Muhammad bowed out of such a profile and said that he himself was a “mere messenger” (Quran3:144).

But this is serious stuff about the one, whom the Islamists follow:

“As you examine the life of Muhammad and his writings, you will find that he had contradictory attitudes towards those who rejected him as a prophet. Towards the end of his life he was openly hostile to those who could not consciously believe his claims. Hear his words, as written in the Koran: “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom” (5:33). For those who want to argue about what Muhammad meant by these things, one only need to look at the examples in his life. Consider this event in the life of Muhammad: “Because of the resistance to his proselytizing attempts, he returned to Friday as the day of worship. He began attacking Jews. At first it was one at a time; then later whole villages. After one Jewish town had surrendered, he had 700 to 1,000 men beheaded in one day, and all the women and children sold into slavery.” (Excerpt from a comment by Steven L. Erickson)

This verse by Isa comes to my mind:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” ~ Jn10:10.

It is not surprising at all, considering what Muhammad was up against. Muhammad (unlike Paul, who repented when “kicking against the goads”), went to extremes. You can’t beat “Allah’s-Arm/Word-descends-from-heaven-becomes-flesh-born-of-virgin-lived-died-resurrected”. So Muhammad finding no way out, resorts to extreme measures to “Spread Islam” with Sword, as he is so well known for.

Islamists will not use sword where they are the minority. They dare not. Where they are neither minority nor majority, they indulge in covert operations and guerrilla warfare aimed to subvert and sabotage. But they use it big-time where they are the majority. Fascism in full swing. The goal: world domination by hook or by crook.

When you can’t sell, you resort to extreme measures. James, correctly diagnosed their problem, saying, “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”

Islamists take cover under pious Quran verses that teach “not to kill the innocents” but most Islamists will readily capitalize on verses that speak of “lynching infidels” (Quran47:4; and many more). The following flyer, being circulated in India by some strict Islamists, gives them away:

[hidden to avert people freaking out]

A virgin was with child (Quran). Why a virgin should become pregnant? Is it not to show that the One to be born is indeed Allah’s Son?

Isa is Maryam son. True. Isa is human. True. But who is His Father?

This is not rocket science. Man understands SEX like ABCD alphabet. We all recognize that anyone born must have a father. It is the law of nature. We know it like gravity. It is true even today, even after great advances in science. You cannot simply say, “He is Son of Mary” and sweep the rest of the glaring truth under the carpet. If Isa was born to a virgin. Who then was his father? Obviously, His father is Allah, Himself. And that is in fact what Allah wants to convey in Isa’s birth, in accordance to OUR understanding of sex that it takes two to make a baby. Allah is effectively saying here: Isa is greater because He is His Son, and we need to “listen to Him” (Allah’s own Words, attested by Matthew, Mark, and Luke) more than any prophet. The whole point of His virgin birth is to show He is from above. While all the prophets, including John the baptist, and Muhammad are from below.

“When God created man, He did so with divine purpose. Every person was formed according to God’s design, with the very image of God etched into each life. The couple we see in the Garden of Eden were originally made to look like God, to love like God and to live with God. Their sin shattered every semblance of fellowship between themselves and a righteous and holy God. Sin, in fact, made it impossible for them to look like God, love like God and certainly prevented them from ever living with God.” (Don Wilton writes in Decision Devotional, BillyGraham.org)

Adam and Eve loved like Allah. That is, “Adam knew Eve and she conceived” (Genesis). Allah is the perfect original in whose image we are in; whom Isa Al Masih revealed to the world in His incarnation/embodiment; the image characterized by agape love. Therefore, knowing this higher form of love (not the base form, Eros, which is perhaps a characteristic of our fallen selves) we can shed some light on how Isa, son of Allah, was conceived by Virgin Mary. He was then yet to become al-Masih, which took place when He was baptised by John-the-baptist, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him.

“Moses could meditate on the law; Muhammad could brandish a sword; Buddha could give personal counsel; Confucius could offer wise sayings; [Krishna could woo many gopies]; but none of these men was qualified to offer an atonement for the sins of the world…. Christ alone is worthy of unlimited devotion and service” ~ R. C. Sproul, who happens to be a Calvinist & Trinitarian, both doctrines of which we are against.

We reject the Trinity doctrine in toto, simply on the basis of just two verses alone: 1Cor11:3 and John14:28. When Isa says: “I & the Father are one” (John10:30), He is simply using a hyperbole to drive home the point of agreement between the Father & the Son. It is not puppetism aka calvinism! But here are some analogies we commend to you for consideration, that are universal and self-evident, on which we base our logic as to how Isa al Masih is more than a prophet; that He is the very Son of Allah, while all the while, we maintain our monotheistic stand, that there is no God but Allah:

Brother Marqius Dawkins, a dear friend, proposed this analogy for our consideration:

Sun :: Father;
The Light we see :: Son; and
The Warmth we get :: Holy Spirit.

There are biblical analogies as well to support our argument:

Tree trunk :: Father;
Branch :: Son (Isa53:1; Zech4:12); branches :: other sons grafted (Jn15:1-11; Rom11:17-23); and
Sap that flows :: Holy Spirit (Psalms92:14).

Together, One God/Allah. Monotheism.

Therefore our refrain:

Servant Prophet :: hireling.
Servant Son :: owner.

Therefore, Son trumps prophets. ALL.

Allah knew that there would be many erroneous things taught by even good prophets. So He sends His own Son to trump them all!

Why did Isa/Jesus say: “I and the Father are ONE” (Injeel Jn10:30)? Because Isa and the Father are NOT partners, in the sense of two separate entities coming together for one purpose. They are one and the same. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Injeel Jn1:1). With respect to others, Caleb’s head and his arm are one, right? Both, the head and the arm, can claim to be Caleb, without a shadow of doubt. But with respect to each other, arm listens to the head. One serves the other. Now read Isaiah53:1, Ex15:16 & Job40:9 and note that Isa/Jesus is Arm of Abba Akbar.

“Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God [for our sake via virgin Mary], He remains a priest perpetually” (Heb7:3). So juxtapositioning Heb7:3 with Col1:15 and Rev3:14, which do speak of Christ as a first-creation/Firstborn/preeminent-One, we understand that there was then no time & space even for Christ to have a “beginning of days”. Micah5:2 also attests to this fact. But these are only speculations that have little utility in the conduct of man. As Moses says: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

It is because of His rather disadvantageous position, of being Son of Allah/God (which He did claim to be, beyond a shadow of doubt, which is very evident especially in John10:34-36), Isa had to emphasize that He is a son of man, again and again. Isa al-Masih, who descended from above, desires to connect with humanity by declaring Himself, a son of man, as well.

“So this man Jesus looks to Father God and says let me go down there with the mission of pissing these people off, so they will take me and crucify me for all of humanity’s sins?” asks Kelly Raisley. Of course that is in allusion to Isaiah6:8 in reference to Isa/Jesus/Yeshua saying to the Father, “Send me!” Isa died, not because he was suicidal, but to fulfil prophecy, to show the degradation of man; that man would kill such a good man (Acts2:22-24; Rom1:4; Jn10:32), even a lover of [your name here, and that of the rest of mankind], not simply an innocent man. You see, Isa was speaking the Truth, while He did good. But  man generally cannot handle the truth. What’s more, Yeshua/Isa/Jesus did more than sugar-coat the bitter-pill. But crucify Him they did, on false charges of blasphemy, without a trial, in keeping with the degradation of man. They accused Him of equating Himself with Father God/Abba Akbar. What’s more, even the Church, till date, portrays Isa al-Masih/Jesus Christ/Yashua HaMashiach as an usurper (Read Phil2:6KJV & Jn5:23NKJV alongside Phil2:6NASB; Jn5:23NASB). Note Jn10:31-39 :

The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? “If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world,You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God‘? “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”  Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.

You see, the Lord Jesus Christ never claimed to be GOD, to have blasphemed. He was in fact correcting the mobsters, who were impatiently judgmental and trigger-happily concluded that He was equating Himself with God. He told them the truth like it is, that He is the Son of God! If the Church has gone to one extreme of portraying Jesus as equal with God, Muhammad took the Ishmaelites and Muslims to the other extreme saying, that it is blasphemy to say that “Allah took a Son” (Quran 4: 171 & Quran 19:88-92).

It is not about who is right here. I have embraced the Truth that was brought to me by my country’s enemy, namely, the British, because i humbly saw truth in the mouths of my enemy. And Americans jailed me for 6 months on charges of suspected terrorism, in 1993 when the first attempt was made on the World Trade Centre in New York. Paradoxically, Allah showed me the Sept/11/2001 attacks of the WTC in a dream four days ahead of time.

We do proclaim: Abba Akbar! And base it on our own Bible (Jn14:28; 1Cor11:3). Please read this for your further edification on the Mystery of Christ.

"We do acknowledge that the Church had it wrong on the issue of the nature of Christ and on Submission as well. Perhaps for such a time as this? But these false doctrines have become stumbling blocks for the Islamists, keeping them from embracing Christ/al-Masih in the first place. I have addressed these stumbling blocks in my latest book: Five Stumbling Blocks to the Christian Faith.

The protestants threw out the baby out with the bathwater by dismissing submission (imparted works) altogether, as “filthy rags” as well, along with self-righteous works, while rejecting the Roman Catholic church for it’s excesses. But unfortunately Islamists too threw the baby out with the bathwater and rejected Isa al-Masih, while rejecting the overreach of the current Church, in parading Isa al Masih/Jesus Christ as God-the-Son, “co-equal” with the Father/Allah. What is more, with the coming of the King James Version of the Bible, Phil2:6 characterized Christ as an usurper, on par with Lucifer himself. BTW, the KJV is also father to the lie of the so-called “unknown tongues” (1Cor14:2). It just shows their own greed to be at equal-footing with all other peoples of the world. But Allah allowed that.

Allah, the Most High, is pleased to destroy ALL known authority (1Cor15), not by personally descending to the world Himself, but by simply sending His Son/Right-Arm (Isa53:1), who is naturally subservient to Him. This was later followed by sending the Holy Spirit, Allah’s left Arm (Ps98:1), who is with us, in us, and working through us, today.

Navid Haq challenged: “The three Semitic religions have committed incomparable violence on humanity. Their books are full of violent verses. As bad as each other, if not worse. No one has a moral high ground on this. They all in their own way have killed in the name of god. The force above, in essence, does not sanction violence of any kind.”

To which we assert, not without reason: Jesus alone is worthy of wielding the Sword. “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” (Jn5:22-23). For, “He is Son of Man” (Jn5:27). That is a loaded statement, which deserves a separate article in itself. Enjoy Just Punishment!

Our rebuttal to Navid’s challenge, essentially has this line of reasoning: Every people group (nation) have their opinions (a.k.a. scripture–perfectly logical to them). But God says they are but arseholes in comparison to the Truth. “Opinions are like arseholes – everyone has one and everyone else’s stinks” ~ Clint Eastwood. Blunt, but true, isn’t it? So Allah gives us the Truth in a different form, that does not need a crutch for it to stand. The Truth that we bear is self-evident, requiring no such crutch. Not because there ain’t no truth in the Bible, but because some do not believe it. Allah comes out more stronger with self-evident Truth.

To begin with, we lay out this self-evident Truth, in the following manner, by positing an unbeatable proposition, which if true, gives Christ the prerogative to wield the Sword in the purview of global governance:

“Allah’s-Arm/Word-descends-from-heaven-becomes-flesh-born-of-virgin-lived-died-resurrected”.

That is, as Isa Himself put it, “Greater love has no one than this than for one to lay down his life for his friends” (Jn15). Given that love is the greatest among the big-three: faith, hope and love. It is a “law unto itself”.

Even though love is the greatest, our own love pales in comparison to the Father’s love (Jn3:16). So, not our own love, but putting faith in this sort of love that the Father showed us, instead, is given the premium. Therefore, Jesus says to Thomas who touched & felt Him after He rose from the dead, in full sight of all: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

So proof & evidence are not premiums as they are made out to be.

Here, we establish the Resurrection of Jesus Christ without such low grade premiums, but with self-evident Truth.

But before we furnish that, here is something for the Islamists, who “kick against the goads”:

In Quran 19, Maryam, verse 33, Isa/Jesus said shortly after his birth:

“So Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”

A. Jusuf Ali wrote in the footnote number 2485 of his translation of the Holy Quran (1975): “…those who believe that he (Jesus) never died should ponder over this verse.”

On the other hand, what Quran 4:157 simply says is that you can never kill Jesus permanently–He will rise from the dead!

Notwithstanding, we don’t base our self-evident truth merely on the Quran or the Bible to support our argument.

The Need:

That we are helpless sinners, needing a Savior is self-evident. Even Hindu Vedas, which are far removed from these Semitic faiths, teach that truth.

We posit:

A dead man comes back to life to show that a man need not die if he is clean (Rom1:3-4; cf. Rom6:23; Gen2:17). That a totally innocent man needs to be put to death so that “his blood would be upon us and our children” and then for him to rise again from the dead to show that our sins have been SUCCESSFULLY forgiven IN him, is self-evident, requiring no evidence to defend it really.

That effectively gives Christians, who possess Christ, monopoly on God/Allah/Yahweh/Brahma. And Isa al-Masih/Yahshua Hamashiach/Jesus Christ Himself claims that exclusivity in John14:6. As a Son, He trumps ALL Prophets!

Navid Haq replied: “produce your evidence if your are the truthful”.

“Christian faith is not an irrational leap. Examined objectively, the claims of the Bible are rational propositions well supported by reason and evidence” ~ Chuck Colson.

However, if more signs are offered to demands for proof, truth loses its credibility as it then begins to cater to the wicked, and no longer the faithful/trusting. So Allah does not offer any more evidence to mankind, except what the Son of Man already gave: “To be in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.” This is sufficient for all time. And is sufficient for man as a whole. It is not necessary for Allah to go knocking on each man’s door and reveal Himself to them individually. But graciously, He does that very thing, knocking on many a door of those who would trust this good One. Now, please don’t go looking for faults and stumble upon what is inconsequential. The stumbling blocks are laid there deliberately to actually deceive the proud nitpicker, who evades the weightier matters.

Muhammad brandished a sword. Jesus too brandished a Sword. But see how Isa al-Masih used the sword, in order to show that he can also do something even more greater, namely, to HEAL (an attribute of Allah alone; not even of the great cardiothoracic surgeons of today, who can merely cut & stitch, but have to wait for Allah to heal the patchwork) a ghastly wound made with such a sword (Injeel Luke22:36-38, 47-51).

To the secularists, who broad-brush all religions as evil, like Navid Haq is here doing, we offer this cure:

They are merely a case of a child that has gone astray. They have been inoculated with a dose of “truth” about the existence of God, etc, etc, perhaps even heard about Jesus/Isa, who died for them, and have now become immune to the real thing. That is our basic diagnosis for all secularists AND atheists. They merely want difference for the sake of difference. These kind of people are found plenty in America, but also in many parts of the secular world.

H H Dalai Lama reportedly says, “I am a Buddhist monk. But I am skeptical about the power of prayer. Because if the problems were created by GOD, then he could have solved them. But these problems have been created by us. I think GOD should be looking at us helplessly. We have created these problems and hence we should solve them through actions and not prayers. I believe in prayer and meditation, but I also believe in Karma. Everything comes through actions not through prayer.”

To which we reply with: The word ‘Almighty’ is NOT a misnomer. We have a free-will that sometimes takes us astray, but God is able to correct it and put us back on course. While “Colaboring Prayer” is the only prayer there is, and that salvation is synergistic, and that it pleases God to use & work through His sons in His schemes, it does not however, make a case for prayerless action. God alone is the source of power in the “electric socket”. By Colaboring Prayer we mean: By faith we are merely putting the plug in the socket to get power. The real action is at the “hydro-electric plant”.

Prateek Khatri takes this further and says, “Like Jesus said, we belong in the kingdom of God. We are simply stuck in this material world, cause of our desire to enjoy separately from our father. Our constitutional position is with him in his abode.”

Yes, God does give us free space to enjoy. But “our constitutional position IN HIM” does not negate free enterprise. Because Love offers freedom with some bounds. Otherwise, it is not love.

To the question: “Explain how the ‘Holy Spirit’ led George Bush to murder millions?”

Our answer: George Bush can be likened to Nebuchadnezzar, Allah’s servant, who went up against God’s own people and brought them low, when they sinned. And the black gold (a gift from Allah to the Ishmaelites through Abraham or a temporal prophet’s reward) was taken as plunder.

Rasheed Abdullatif challenged our assurance of salvation, saying: “They put their souls on the gamble of the human sacrifice of an innocent man? Kinda sounds like the stories of people throwing virgins in volcanoes to impress their god. How pagan?!”

We have this simple rebuttal for such a challenge:

For Allah to be most merciful, should He simply wink at our sin and allow us into paradise by the backdoor? Just ponder over that for a minute. For instance, if He simply forgives a murderer, who was not caught on earth by the governing bodies, won’t He be an unjust God? Yes, absolutely! But when Allah Himself provides the sacrifice and pays the penalty for our sins, then He is really the “most-merciful”  (Quran 24:22). Don’t you think? Indeed! Even though that sacrificial gift is available to all men, only those who would avail that gift, will get to have it. The Good, Faithful & Humble, do, in fact, recognize their helplessness in approaching Allah, 100% clean. For the past two thousand years they have been seeing in Isa, a good Savior, who loved them so much that He laid down His life for them, and they did crucify Him, and He did die on our behalf, and He did rise from the dead. They do avail the gift, naturally, if in fact they are humble. Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality” (Acts 10:34). We do receive this kind of epiphanies, whenever we call on Allah/God/Yahweh. Timothy Keller affirms this point by saying, “Accepting the gift of Jesus Christ requires humility because you’re admitting that you can’t save yourself by your own means.” God/Allah is not capricious as the Calvinists & Islamists believe, giving mercy to whom He wills, arbitrarily.

Now, the cross to them has taken on a new meaning than a mere idol. On the cross, the love of Allah, the justice of Allah, and the mercy of Allah, meet. That, my friend, is being most-merciful! Timothy Keller explains Rom8:1-3 saying, “Because of the cross, God can be both just towards sin and yet mercifully justifying to sinners”.

Rasheed Abdullatif contends: “You Caleb, you know Allah is god. You wanna put your soul on human sacrifice of an innocent and then you celebrate his suffering and your salvation by ritually drinking his blood and eating his flesh?”

Our reply simply is: We regularly take part in the “Communion” to show and remember for our own purification. That is, by telling ourselves after self-examination, that it was for these present sins of ours (if any), by commission or by omission, it cost Him his life. Judas Iscariot, Sanhedrin, Romans were mere instruments in Allah’s hand to orchestrate His plan. Thus, with the Communion, Isa Al Masih cognitively engineers our holiness, and ultimately, our divinity.

Shafiu Yusuf, a dear friend with perseverance, though he blasphemed the Holy Spirit in me, saying that i am possessed by the devil, says: “[These teachings are] quite different to Jesus’ teachings on earth. Caleb, you are wasting your precious time instead of utilizing it for good deeds.”

Our reply: Our physical feet are locked by your country’s governments with sword, AK47s, and barricades to light. As for us, we shall relentlessly offer you the eternal-life-giving-food-and-drink (the Good News). You mistake us for the enemy for telling you the Truth. But “blessed are the feet (let alone the person) that bring good tidings.” Yes! There is such a thing as Eternal Life. Like Bro. Bakht Singh, who went before us, i would trade everything i have for this simple life of only telling all peoples of all nations about this Good News (Gospel) even if it means wearing sandals like these AND facing death. Now, we come running to you through this medium of FB & blogs with this Gospel అమృతం الإكسير

Was Isa al-Masih speaking of these persecuting, virtually Jihadi countries when He said this: “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Rasheed Abdullatif: “Your Christianity has enslaved and wiped out entire civilizations wherever it goes; there is great pain to the people.”

Our reply: It is needed pain, perhaps. As i had. When the Holy Spirit entered me, i was filthy. But He was gracious enough to enter therein. And fire of the Holy Spirit burnt away all the filth. I was refined as gold is refined in fire. It was not easy. I almost committed suicide. He does not come to abide without our permission. When you do exalt Allah’s al-Mashi, then the Holy Spirit, almost automatically, does to you what you NEED, which may or may not be what you WANT at that time. He knows your need more than you do yourself.

Allah gives grace to the humble, but is against the proud (1Peter5:5; James4:6). Which is the case with Islamists,  who come at you with self-righteous pride, boasting about their externalities of do’s and don’ts, cleaning the outside of the cup without cleaning the inside.

Here is a Softpill for the disease of self-righteousness:

For Islamists especially, whose basic disease is self-righteousness, this is our softpill preparation:

Allah is holy in that He is altogether beautiful and perfect. He will not allow anything unclean to enter into His presence. Sin is like poison. Take for instance, a glass of pure drinking water. Before giving it to you to drink, suppose I showed you a speck of cyanide and added that into the glass. Even though 99.99 percent is pure drinking water, would you drink it? Any person in his normal senses would not drink it. The same is true about Allah also. If we harbour the guilt of even one sin, we are ineligible to enter into the presence of the most holy Allah. Now that should humble us. C.S. Lewis says about this, “Prostitutes are in no danger of finding life so satisfactory that they can’t turn to God: the proud & self-righteous are in that danger.” Islamists, just like their counterparts, the Pharisees, rely on their own good deeds, boasting, when they ought to avail the provision of Allah Himself. They try to go by the letter and fail. But we go by the spirit of the letter and succeed. Jesus taught us this in the Sermon on the Mount. Now, you too, Be Born Again and become 100% clean.

However, our evangelism is two-edged: a sale to the humble, and an anti-sale to the proud. A case in point is Pharaoh, whose heart Allah hardened because of his pride. More and more. Sometimes even, doubly doomed, as Pastor John Piper puts it: “Not only don’t we want to treasure anyone above ourselves, we also don’t deserve that privilege.” That is, Humility, the very remedy itself, gets far removed from us.

The banner everywhere for “Spreading Islam” appears to be more or less what is stated on this group’s banner: “They insult our prophet with the things that they say”.

Have they got anything else better to say, something positive maybe, other than to rouse hatred? They show themselves to be very pious but why those cold-blooded murderous thoughts, evident in that highlighted quote?

The presiding fascistic dictator is evident in Islam. It seems, it is the very spirit of the anti-Christ. Otherwise, who would craft a lie (using sure truths like the virgin birth as bait) so well that he redirects entire nations away from someone as good as the Lord Jesus Christ, who even laid down His very life for them? And not only that, who would be so afraid of the light that he puts up barricades everywhere for its entry, and fascistically crushes all opposition, snuffing out any man, woman and child emitting even a semblance of that light? A light who not only laid down His life for them but even today offers them a TASTE, even A-TRY-OUT to see for themselves if He, through His Holy Spirit, now present in the world today, is indeed as good as they say He is!

You cannot go wrong with Jesus, my dear Muslim, you who have innocent blood on your hands. For you have already committed murder even with such thoughts, displayed in bold on banners.

Yes, we run to you with open arms to offer you as great a gift as అమృతం (الإكسير), the eternal-life-giving-food-and-drink, the Gospel (Quran 3:3; John1:1,14; 6:26-58). And while doing so, as it is written, “for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But it is worth it! For, it is you who glorify us in the slaughter, as the Jews did Jesus. But mind you, we are not like those suicide bombers, who lay down their lives out of pure zeal and self-interest with the express purpose of glorifying themselves and to garner some attention for their supposedly righteous community, without having any foundation on the truth, let alone any love for their enemy.

But as i said earlier, all things work together for the good of those who love Father God/Allah/Yahweh, keeping the self-evident Truth of 1Jn4:20 in mind. Perhaps, Islam and Judaism are testimonies of the existence of the Father of Isa al-Masih Himself. Perhaps even Muhammad, after all, has a role for such a time as this!

Thus says the Holy Spirit just now through Matt Paulson:

“IF YOU ARE JEW or MUSLIM YOU ARE NOT SAVED but JESUS SAYS YOU ARE NOT FAR FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!! Injeel Mark 12:29-34 NKJV”

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” But after that no one dared question Him.”

CONFESSION or DECLARATION or SHAHADAH is NOT ENOUGH!! You need Jesus and the Good News!” And this you have shown yourselves, not to have. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1Jn5:12).

As of December 9, 2013, Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Central African Republic: “the Muslim persecution of Christians has attained global proportions” writes Robert Spencer, “while the world wrings its hands over ‘Islamophobia’.” If all this news pouring in, is true, then Hitler is an angel before Muhammad, who is the principal perpetrator of all these crimes, and that too in the name of Allah/God/Yahweh.

“No doubt that Christian was telling the truth when he said of those militant Muslim “They are slaughtering us like chickens.” For violent and murderous book of evil, the Quran teaches in Sura 47:4 “Whenever you encounter the unbelievers strike off their heads until you make a great slaughter among them…” This is just one verse in many in the Quran that instruct Muslim to engage in violence and killing. Nevertheless there are still, in spite of the facts, some apologists for Islam who claim the Islam is a “peaceful religion.” These people need to get real and wake up to the reality of the truth. For the teaching of the Quran as well as other written works of Islam and the actions of many Muslims themselves who base their murderous violence on the Quran have shown the world that Islam is a death cult.”

As for this ass-kisser and other secularists & atheists, aren’t they in for a surprise? For, they put the victim and the victimizer in the same bucket, emboldened by voluminous theological crap of the Calvinist-Trinitarian “authorities”, and keeping the whole world in the anarchic limbo it is in today.  Woe unto me if i don’t deal with them accordingly when we come in our glory.

May God open your eyes to behold true love: Agape Justice! (On 9th December 2013 A.D.: “Son of David” — Jer23:5-6; Isa9:6-7; 11:1-10NIV)

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16
Nov

The Lullaby of Faith ALONE

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , ,

However imposing this goliath may seem, God willing, we shall provide right here in the days to come, “proofs from scripture”, as well as “plain and clear reasons and arguments”  in order that you may understand that Sola Fide (Justification By Faith ALONE) is a lullaby, along with its close relative, OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved), also another lullaby, that Satan is singing to the children of God!

 

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7
Jun

Cry of God’s heart today

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , ,

It is indeed the cry of God’s heart today.  It is the tears of the saints. That part of Christ that remains on earth is still sacrificing for the sinner (Colossians 1:24).

The Lord spoke to me just now through the following scripture portion and affirmed once again that the Great Commission is our primary Agape Justice (Mercy) Ministry:

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, `Pay back what you owe.’ “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. “Then summoning him, his lord said to him, `You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. `Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

We need to reach the kind of people, who may not qualify to be the bait for milking $$$. For, there are many doing so for that very reason. People are multiplying faster than the Good News is delivered. Also, Carl Henry says, it is not a good news if it is not delivered in time. As you can see the task is overwhelming. This goes to show that we need to organize ourselves as One so that we can think as one and do the Great Commission without redundancy. We need both air support (macroscopic evangelists) and ground troops (door-to-door ministers) if we are going to win in this battle for the souls of men. Please consider joining, supporting or sending someone to Agape TiE® Ecumenical Tech-Mission to form dBride.ME — a GOD’S-WILL-DRIVEN church, 24×7.

Jesus ordained that a marriage is between one wife and one husband (Matthew 19:5-6). But today i believe that the Holy Spirit is ordaining Polygyny in view of the following:

The Tower of Babel, which Nimrod tried to get all people to build was made of bricks. Whereas God told us to build houses made of stones. The difference between stones and bricks is that stones are unique in shape while bricks are similar.

For one thing, not all marriages are similar like bricks. Would it be outlandish to suggest that a viable solution for high rates of divorces, female infanticide, same sex marriages and dowry deaths is: legalizing polygyny?

Not only are we unique as individuals like stones but we ought to be in unique kinds of marriages in view of our individual uniqueness. Only then that family entity will no longer be a brick but will have all the uniqueness of a stone.

From my perspective of the matrimonial market, specifically in reference to the supply & demand  for brides and bridegrooms, i am led to believe that if we legalize polygyny (not polygamy) most societal problems will be solved including the high rate of divorces, usurpation, dowry deaths, homosexuality (lack of ordained sexuality) and female infanticide, to name a few. Since the Church apparently did not have a valid mandate from God for polygyny, it struck it down and incriminated anyone found espousing it.

In support of my argument, Jacob had two wives. And the Bible calls God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “Woman is the glory of man” (1 Corinthians 11:7b). “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory” (1 Corinthians 15:41).

The Church originally interpreted 1 Cor 15:41 saying that the sun is like the husband, the moon the wife, and the stars the children. But as we know today, the earth is not the center of the solar system let alone the center of the universe. Perhaps it is the home of man but it stops there. It is not the home of the Son of God. The sun should be viewed as being analogous to a true home for Christians because we are in the world but not of it. Then planets become wives and their satellites become children.

But women really want their husbands to be totally devoted to them. Therefore, upright husbands, who love the wife of their youth, will choose to NOT avail the provisions of the law to have more than one wife.

Whether this sort of order will turn out to be oppressive on righteous women is something Muslim women, who lived in a generally accepted polygyny culture, can tell us.

The law can also set a quota for polyandry in order to keep oppression low.

India stands at the crossroads of so-called, ‘modernity’ and ‘fundamentalism.’ The spirit of the government of India was willing to contribute to the debate as we try and offer solutions to problems that plague India in particular. Not equality but the question of ‘dignity’ of woman weighs in favor of a marriage between one wife and one husband (Matthew 19:5-6). When we raise the status of woman, automatically the demand for brides too will rise. But their role must remain that of second chair leadership lest she loose her dignity with usurpation and be relegated to second class citizenship leave alone second chair leadership. Let her know her role in life just as men know their role as being NOT God (1Cor11:3). As for a solution to the problem of rising usurpation plaguing the west, let us not wait until God comes down with His iron fist and destroy this lump of clay earth.

Shooting for woman’s emancipation in the same vein of emancipating the black race, is going overboard. It is being merely fashionable. “The creation itself does not lend itself to equality.” Therefore, egalitarianism/equality-bandwagon is going against the grain of creation and its creator! If the creator must support Hillary Clinton in governing, then the United States must cede its sovereignty to Agape Kingdom or the like, in order that the position she takes will remain a second chair leadership position. Other nations too, hopefully, will follow suit.

Let the women of God give a fitting rebuttal to the defiant woman, who is taking the whole world to a demise.

Updated: October 10th, 2016

Related:

Rosemarie Buxton of Episcopal Divinity School wrote in response to Professor Stephen Prothero’s book (God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter) and his article (Separate Truths) in the Boston Globe on April 25, 2010:

According to Karen Armstrong, the difficulties arise when one religion sets itself apart as the one religion and chooses to do anything to defend itself, a sin that many religions have been guilty of throughout history.

Coming from the pen of a Christian Divinity school graduate, i am very disappointed at the above statement.

Mankind is but one-kind. And so is creation-kind. Can an offspring say that he has two fathers or two mothers? That is not only vulgar but also foolish. That there is but one God, the creator of heaven and earth transcends any sort of debate.

Now, there are a lot of injustices that are going unpunished by the government(s). The socio, economic, political, environmental crisis we are seeing today is testimony of that fact. Justice is not being meted out to all. That is why the Bible stresses on the Day of Judgment, when the Lord of lords and the King of kings will be seated on the throne and render justice to the nations.

Now for this justice to be rendered with equity, there needs to be one law that is self-evident and transcends all other laws. This Law is the Law of Agape Love that Jesus kept and “exceeded the righteousness of the Pharisees” of His time and went and sat at the right hand side of God to judge the world.

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for His friends” ~ Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:13). How much more “self-evident” and transcendent can you get.

To say that there are other ways or back-doors to God is an affront to the living God who is Jehovah Jireh–the One who provided this Way–an excruciating death for His son the Lord Jesus Christ only in order to fulfill the transcendent AND self-evident truth in John 15:13 as stated above. If there were indeed other ways then God was a stupid fool to take His son through this excruciating death. So excruciating that the Lord’s sweat turned into blood well before He was going to be crucified because He knew what kind of pain He will have to suffer.

So, i believe, after the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bhagavad Gita’s reference namely:

“As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take, through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee!”

and

“Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths that in the end lead to Me.”

apply to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself–all streams have to end up with Him. In other words, at the Judgment Seat of Christ!

For more on these lines, please read this article especially tailored for an Agnostic or one who is secular: http://truthunleashed.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20

4
Apr

Walk the Talk!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , , , ,

Don’t agree!

We not only have the Great Commission to be the Light (Talk) of the world, but we also have the Kingdom-Now mandate to be the Salt (Walk) of the earth.

So let your Light (Talk/Gospel) so shine before men that they see your Good-deeds (Walk) and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

In other words, we must WALK THE TALK!

Agape TiE is all about that. To give love where love is due and respect where respect is due and thus lift up a testimony which the whole world will behold, believe and be saved (John 17:23; John 3:14-15).

John MacArthur says:

“We are kept until that hour and we are kept by an enduring faith sustained by the intercessory work of Jesus Christ who prays that we will be protected from anything that would assault that faith, whether it be the flesh or the world or Satan himself.”

Simply NOT true!

Read the context of 1 Thess 5:23. We are first asked not to quench (put out) the Holy Spirit by despising prophetic utterances. This would happen when we grieve the Holy Spirit to the point when the conscience becomes “seared as with a hot iron.” It is dead and unable to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is then we have reached the point of no return.

Secondly, he talks about the gift of faith, which indeed it is (Romans 12:3). However everything we have is a gift. It is only when we bring it at the disposal of the Lord that it becomes useful for the Master’s use. The faith he has given must be given back to Him; that is, it must be mustered! Otherwise Jesus would have no reason to say to His disciples, “O ye of little faith.” They sowed only a little.

Thirdly, many are called but few are chosen. They are chosen only after God sees entire sanctification potential in them and then are kept [in Christ] until the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Notice that the Lord’s prayer is that God sanctify us by His WORD (John 17:17) and not by some sort of a supernatural power!

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit/Word, on His part is able but on our part we have to yield to His promptings as well. “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the Law who will be declared righteous” (Romans 2:13). “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock” (Matthew 7:24). “…Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

Even the demons hear, believe and shudder. In other words, the only qualification one can get by merely believing, is a Demonship. The concept is further illustrated with a man who walked a tight rope across the Niagara falls. All were clapping their hands. There was one man in the front who was clapping all the more. The walker asked that man, “do you think i can take another person with me on my shoulders across?” The man said, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” When the walker asked him to join him across, he was dismayed and ran away. That is the difference between trust and belief.

God is able to take you across but you have to trust Him with your life!

More on this subject @ http://Skyfeast.org or for a shorter read: http://calebmotupalli.me/2010/01/13/calvinism-debunked/

This calls for an amendment of or rather the scrapping of the Westminister Confession of Faith.

1
Mar

Liberal Theology

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , , , , ,

John Piper quoted S.H. on Facebook as saying:

Liberalism: Make the Gospel acceptable to the world rather than showing the world it is unintelligible without the Gospel.

Is calling the Gospel, Good News, liberalism? Is translating scripture from Greek to English, liberalism? Is making Christ relevant, liberalism? You know where i am going with this train of thought. I am sure for a conceited legalist (neo-Pharisee), liberalism, as defined, is not acceptable. Read the parables and know that our Lord made the Good News digestible. The very fact that He became incarnate, is liberalism! For someone who harps on grace, i am ashamed. A synonym for liberalism is grace for heaven’s sake. Liberalism is not about compromising. It is about being gracious to your neighbor. Thank you.

Leaving people in their sin because it is less uncomfortable than telling them the truth.

However, Brett Coffrini:

Caleb, you are using an older definition of liberalism. The modern kind denies Scripture as the inspired, inerrant, all sufficient Word of God. In his classic book, Christianity and Liberalism, J Greshan Machen argued that liberalism isn’t just another form of Christianity, but an entirely different religion.

“A liberal is someone who will fight for your right to agree w/ them!” — Ronald Reagan

“Exegetical imprecision is the mother of liberal theology.” –John Piper; Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

Brian Brobeck:

The gospel will never be acceptable to the world, that is why christ was crucified. When He said drink my blood and eat my flesh the multitudes left.

Yes. For those who stuck with Him till the end, he said: This (bread) is my body and this (wine) is my blood and made it palatable for them.

Brett, let us redefine what a liberal is. Why stay on the fringes of legalism?! If there is any liberal in the world, we should be it.

Let us not leave the sinner in his sins. As JulieBeth said it, let us become uncomfortable until we make the truth palatable; in other words, acceptable!

Charles Stanley says on Eternal Security: “You Can Be Sure” (Part 2, Tape #4, RH190):

“When you are born again by the grace of Almighty God,…It doesn’t make any difference how wicked and how vile you act.”

Charles Stanley in his audio tape #3, MH190:

“You can sin like the devil down here and… you won’t lose your salvation.”

Here’s his position in his own words:

Covered by Grace: Free to Sin?
By Charles F. Stanley

The gospel of God’s grace–His full provision for man’s sin–is frequently perverted and attacked by nonbelievers. Most false religions deny the free gift of salvation and embrace good works instead.

Another attack on the doctrine of grace comes from within the body of Christ. Some caution that such good news can lead to a lifestyle of sin. They think grace leads people to say, “I am saved no matter what, so why does it matter how I live?”

The apostle Paul anticipates this when he asks, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” (Rom. 6:1).

The answer is no. Paul responds to the question in the very next verse: “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom. 6:2). The implication is that it is unthinkable for a Christian to be comfortable continuing in sin. Sin does not stay dormant. It grows. It enslaves. For those in Christ, sin cannot destroy relationship with God, but it will surely damage their testimony and fellowship with Him.

In Romans 6:1, the prefix of the Greek word translated “increase” means super. So the verse really says, “As sin comes, grace comes in a greater way.” In other words, sin may overflow a bit, but grace is like a flood–it is always more than enough, no matter how great the transgression. Sin reached the top of Mt. Sinai, but grace reaches to heavens.

But we do not have license to sin. Abundant grace spurs us to obedience.

(Source: StudyLight Forums)

If you read Romans 6:2 more closely however, you will notice that Paul was not saying here that grace will be so great that it will snuff out any sin, as Dr. Stanley sees it. Rather, Paul sees this (repeated sinning) as an abuse of grace and is startled at the very thought of it. He sees such willful sin as something that must be “rejected with the greatest abhorrence” (Matthew Henry). We must respond to such temptation of Satan like how Jesus responded. “Go Satan!” said Jesus (Matthew 4:10). The reason being: Abused grace/mercy will beget the greatest wrath.

Of course for some, abundant grace spurs them to obedience and encourages them to be more careful hereafter. If man is asked to forgive 490 times then God will forgive us even more number of times. But there is a catch here. As God keeps forgiving us, if we begin to take his grace and discipline “lightly” or despise prophetic utterances or counsel, then that is the end of us. Our conscience begins to get “seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2) and we will no longer hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We will not only grieve (Ephesians 4:30) the Holy Spirit but also quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). And it is written, “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). They may have a name that they are alive, but they are dead (Revelation 3:1).

So those of you who are singing the Devil’s lullaby: “Thou shalt surely not die.” Stop it right now! Heel!

24
Jan

Dead in Trespasses?

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , , ,

John Piper quotes John Newton as saying:

If I were not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope in preaching to men, than to horses or cows.

Ian Bowler explains the above quote as:

I believe he means that without the efficacious call of God, man could no more respond to the Gospel than a horse or a cow. As a Calvinist, Newton believed that salvation was by the power of God and not reliant in any way on a man’s ability to, of his own accord, acquire saving faith (saving faith being a gift from God – the result of his efficacious call). Newton’s confidence was in God alone and was a result of his understanding of God’s sovereignty. If he had held a different view of God’s sovereignty, he felt that he would lack the same confidence.

Was man dead on arrival? As i explain Ephesians 2:1 in the article, “Entering and Remaining in the Kingdom of God”, Paul was merely alluding to John 3:18 (paraphrased) where our Lord Jesus says:

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged (or condemned to death) already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

In other words, he is on the broad road on the way to hell, but surely not dead spiritually. He is not totally depraved. There maybe some goodness in him, namely humility of trusting in a good person, which when exercised will lead to life. But that is not to discount the fact that we will die out of despair after beholding our depraved sin condition in the face of a holy God who will not tolerate sin in His presence. We will then have to be resuscitated to life by the Word/Spirit of God, which tells us of one Savior.

This aspect of dying is not for God to execute but we need to die ourselves. In other words we need to become so humble or so small by our own self will that it is like becoming a nothing…a zero…dead. See “Be Born Again!” No doubt this can happen only after the Good News is presented to us by the minister of the Spirit–Word of God.

We will then get a hope of a tomorrow (life), but the burial as well as the resuscitation itself is carried out in the Waters of Baptism, which is administered by a duly appointed member of a church characterized by agape love. It is only then that we get the assurance of salvation (moksha).

“Proponents who deny that salvation can never be lost, reason on the subject in a marvelous way. They tell us …..

That no virgin’s lamp can go out; (Matt. 25:8)
That no promising harvest be chocked with thorns; (Matt. 13:22)
That no branch in Christ can ever be cut off from fruitfulness; (John 15:6)
That no name can be blotted out of God’s book! (Rev. 3:5)
That no salt can ever lose its savor; (Mat 5:13)
That nobody can ever “receive the grace of God in vain”; (2 Cor. 6:1)
That no one can “look back” after putting his hand to the plow. (Luke 9:62)
That Nobody can “grieve the Spirit” (Eph 4:30) till He is “quenched,” (1 Thess. 5:19) nor
That Nobody, or body of believers, can ever get so lukewarm that Jesus will spew them out of His mouth. Rev 3:16
They use reams of paper to argue that …
If one ever got lost he was never found;
That if one falls, he never stood.
If one was ever cast forth, he was never in
If one ever withered, (John 15:6) he was never green.
If one draws back, (Heb 10:38) he never had anything to draw back from.
That if one ever falls into spiritual darkness, he was never enlightened;
That if you again get entangled in the pollutions of the world, (2 Pet. 2:20-22) it shows that you never escaped.
That if you put salvation away, you never had it to put away,
That if you make shipwreck of your faith, (1 Tim. 1:19-20) there was no ship of faith there.
In short they say:
If you get it, you can’t lose it: and if you lose it you never had it. May God save us from accepting a doctrine, that must be defended by such fallacious reasoning. (John Wesley)

Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est (“God is Love”) of 2006 teaches that justice is the defining concern of the state and the central concern of politics, and not of the church, which has charity as its central social concern. The laity has the specific responsibility of pursuing social justice in civil society. The church’s active role in social justice should be to inform the debate, using reason and natural law, and also by providing moral and spiritual formation for those involved in politics. (Source: Social Justice, Wikipedia)

Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as saying: “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.”

I respectfully disagree with them. First off, because Justice (which is attributed to the state) and Charity (which is attributed to the Church) are poles apart. Therefore, in order that there be no compromise on either (justice or love), both should operate in a single system—the ChurchState. In other words, in a single Court officiated by a single Judge, where there will always be a strong tension between both the Defender (charitable) and the Prosecutor (condemning). A church that settles for polemics remains a babe.

This very Court, in the absence of a neutral Judge (being that he is nominated and impeached at will by the state today), is in the hands of Media private enterprise, which can sway any side with money power. We should not give ourselves into such a resignation.

31
Jan

An insight into the kingdom

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli Tags: , ,

Bill Bradford of Good News magazine wrote in the article “The Real Gospel …”

Entering the Kingdom

When Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God, He said it was “at hand” and commanded people to repent and believe the good news about it (Mark 1:14, 15).

His kingdom is something we must enter (Mark 10:23, 25). Jesus warned of obstacles that can prevent our entrance into the Kingdom (Matthew 5:20; 19:23-25; Mark 9:47; Luke 18:17; John 3:5).

Jesus was at that time inviting people to repent so they could enter the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15). His parables described what the Kingdom is, when it would come and how a person could enter it, and He clarified the requirements for and obstacles to entering it.

When does a person enter the Kingdom of God? Upon conversion, Christians become children of God and heirs of the kingdom (Romans 8:16, 17). But they will not inherit the kingdom until the kingdom comes. Paul explains: “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:50-52).

Many people stop reading after the first four verses of this chapter, thinking they describe the entirety of the gospel Paul preached. But, by continuing to read the chapter, we see clearly that there is much more to the story. Paul goes on to explain more about the resurrection from the dead and entrance into the Kingdom of God. We “inherit,” or enter, that kingdom “at the last trumpet” (verse 52), the great blast that signals Christ’s return to rule the earth forever (Revelation 11:15).

Salvation through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is indeed a part of the gospel message, but it is not exclusively (as many assume) the gospel message. Jesus Christ died, was buried and was resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) for a reason: so we could have everlasting life in the Kingdom of God (John 3:3, 5, 16).

We can accept Jesus’ command to repent and believe this gospel message. We can turn to God for forgiveness and reconciliation through Jesus Christ and begin to live by the laws of the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Christ. Those who refuse to live by God’s holy laws will be refused entrance into the Kingdom of God and eternal life (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5).

Entering the Kingdom of God is synonymous with salvation. Thus, without understanding what the Kingdom of God is, we don’t understand what salvation is.

That is an awesome insight into the truth. But there is more to it, i believe.

The “last trumpet” that is spoken of i believe, pertains to the voice of any evangelist who finally consummates the new birth of a particular believer, which results in the person following up with a testimony in the waters of Baptism. In other words the last trumpet is perhaps not common to all. As i have written in the Be Born Again! article, baptism is the first resurrection from the dead.

He then actually enters into the kingdom of heaven. Note that i no longer have a mortal body but rather an immortal body. It is a body that is destined for glory as long as i abide in Christ. And since Christ abides in me, it is no longer i who do the living but Christ who lives in me. As Christ works from within me with His love to take full control of me and my environment, the preconditioning in my body to sin begins to recede.

The “tent” that we live in is often mistaken for the”flesh and blood” that Paul talks about, the later of which he says will not inherit the kingdom of God. The flesh and blood refer to anything that is the product of one’s own self-righteousness be it status, knowledge, appearance, goods, services, etc, etc.

Now there is a microcosmic last trumpet and also a macrocosmic last trumpet, the later pertaining to the whole world or the remnant from the whole world. In other words all the nations who will listen to the last macrocosmic trumpet and who will frame laws around the will of God.

In the above quote note the underlined phrase: Those who refuse to live by God’s holy laws will be refused entrance into the Kingdom of God and eternal life (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5).

The clear implication in light of what i have said about the trumpets is that the Kingdom of God is NOW!

“Those” meaning… individuals, families, organizations, business as well as nations who “do not live today by God’s holy laws will be refused entrance into the kingdom of God and eternal life!”