Randy,
On Sept. 30 you commented this:

~~Oh yes I can fathom the “truth “ your pouring out. Herbert W Armstrong poured out similar truth. Work, Earn be perfect like Him, work for salvation not from. It’s grace Sarah that transforms our life to obedience, not works. You need to read Romans again. Lordship Salvation is about mans performance. Grace is Jesus’ performance on our behalf.

Then twelve minutes later, this:

~~Thank God for Men like Steve Brown.Brutally honest and points people to Jesus and Jesus alone.

Then four days later this:

~~Since you’ve been saved,Sarah,are you really saying you don’t sin anymore? Because that’s the only way your gospel can work.

You commented several more times and I’ve answered you. Two days ago I wrote another post, answering you yet again. One of my paragraphs was this:

~~Can you give me the exact quote of where I have said that I never sin? No, because claiming that would be different than what I do claim –to be striving, using God’s power, to live pleasing to God 24/7. It is God’s Word that emboldens me in this effort, such as Rom. 6:18 which says, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Is this verse telling Christ-followers that they are “free from sin”? Is the ransom / escape from sin past tense? It is, and this is the Great News!

Incredibly, you can’t seem to comprehend what I am pointing out from God’s Word concerning the provision and power He has graced us with for walking in freedom from sin. Nevertheless, that paragraph alone is an adequate answer for you.

I see that you just do not believe God’s Word, such as when it says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.” (1 John 3:4,5) This is not the Gospel I’ve made up. This is the Gospel of Christ. Sinning is to abide in the devil’s realm. (v. 8a) But Jesus came to take away our sins / take away our lawlessness against God. He came “to destroy the devil’s work.” (v. 8b) You just refuse to believe this and so the devil’s work is not destroyed in you or your experience.

The Gospel tells us that quitting and rejecting sin in the power of the Holy Spirit is to abide in Christ. You are an unbeliever, for you do not believe that walking in freedom from sin exists. Verse 6 says, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” This does not mean Christ-followers no longer have freedom to choose to sin; it means that by having allowed Christ to clothed us with the new nature (His own divine nature –2 Pe. 1:4), we continue to have the power to choose (and walk in) His Divine Nature. This is the Great News Gospel found in God’s Word which you seem to think I’ve made up, and this due to you being so immersed in such a different (false) gospel.

Look again at what you said within which I first quoted above:

~~Oh yes I can fathom the “truth “ your pouring out. Herbert W Armstrong poured out similar truth. Work, Earn be perfect like Him, work for salvation not from.

You do at least three things here. You have a mocking tone, you compare God’s Truth with Armstrong’s twisted gospel, and you are sneering at Jesus’ words where He commands us to be perfect in Mt. 5:48, and where in John 6:27 He commands us to work for food that endures to Eternal Life.

You go on:

~~It’s grace Sarah that transforms our life to obedience, not works. You need to read Romans again.

No, it’s God’s grace that initiated the means of salvation and it is God’s grace that enables us and gives us the power to submit to righteousness rather than sinfulness. (Rom. 6:15-23 // Titus 2:11-14) But, if you continue to submit to Sin’s rule, you will reap death (Hell). (Rom. 6:21,23) We must be slaves to righteousness / God, for this leads to holiness (v. 19,22), with the result being Eternal Life. (v. 22) “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14) So, “Make every effort [effort is WORK]… to be holy.” (Same verse) And again, “Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless…” (2 Pe. 3:14) For, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” (Ja. 2:24) Yes indeed, faith is made complete by what we do. (v. 22)

Effort is work, Randy. You are the one preaching a false gospel, for you are saying the opposite of what the Word of God is saying. You are the one not comprehending Romans, like when it tells us that God, who does not show favoritism, will judge everyone, extending to us either Eternal Life or His wrath, all in accordance with what we have done. (2:5-10) And like when it tells us that our old self was crucified with Him so that sin is powerless over us. (6:6,7) And like when it tells us that we’ve died to the control of the sinful nature and belong to Christ’s mastery instead so that we bear fruit for Life. (7:4-6 & 8:1-14)

You end that quote with:

~~Lordship Salvation is about mans performance. Grace is Jesus’ performance on our behalf.

Here you are parroting man’s gospel / the counterfeit gospel / that impotent gospel which is so trendy in church circles today. You think that submitting to Christ as Ultimate Lord (Boss / Master / King) is something that is optional. However, sadly, you and your prideful crowd are in for a rude and horrific shock when we all stand before the Judge who will judge everything. (Mt. ch. 25 // John 5:29 // Rom. 2:5-10 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Rev. 20:11-15)

Jesus said, “If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments.” (Mt. 19:17) But Randy believes that obedience (our holy behavior, performance, actions) is optional.

Jesus died and rose so that we would not live for ourselves, but instead for Him and His purposes. (John 15:10,14 // 2 Cor. 5:15) But Randy is saying that living for self is okay because God sees Jesus’ performance instead of what we do or think or say.

Jesus died and rose so that we would be done with sin and sinful desires and live instead for/in the will of God. (Gal. 5:24 // 1 Pe. 4:1,2) But Randy teaches that this is impossible.

No, people with your doctrine, Randy, are not “pointing people to Jesus and Jesus alone”, but are instead pointing them to sin and self and weakness and falsehoods and Death.

Rachel

Friends,
Randy (who is also the most recent “Anonymous” at my comment page) seems very upset that anyone would preach that Christ-followers, in their walk of following Jesus –meaning striving to be conformed to His Truth, attitude, and conduct (John 8:31-36 & 10:27,28 // Rom. 8:14,29 // 1 Cor. 2:16 // Phil. 2:5)– really do live in freedom from sin (as Rom. 6:6,7,16-23 and elsewhere teaches).

Yes, a follower of Jesus always has the choice to look back, turn back, get off the Path, etc., but would such a person be following Jesus if they did? Or would they instead be following self, sin, the world, and the devil? Jesus says, “No servant can serve two masters.” (Luke 16:13) Rom. 8:1-14 teaches that those who live sinfully have their minds on sin, are hostile to God, cannot please God (v. 5-8), and do not have Life (v. 13), whereas those who live by the Spirit live righteously under His control and can legitimately claim to be His. (v. 1,2,9,13-17)

Gal. 5:17 states that the Holy Spirit and the sinful nature are in conflict with each other. No one, then, can be following both at the same time. Therefore, if we belong to Jesus, we “have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (v. 24), we keep in step with the Spirit so that He can live through us (v. 16,25 & 2:20), and we keep on in this way so that we will please the Spirit and will from Him reap Eternal Life, if we do not give up. (6:7-9 // Heb. 3:12-15 // 2 Pe. 1:3-11) The Great News is that we have been given His own divine power and nature in order to accomplish this that is necessary! (Rom. 7:4-6 // Eph. 1:19 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4)

I find it very sad that Randy / Anonymous cannot, due to his refusal to whole-heartedly renounce sin, understand the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:1-6) –that God’s Word does teach that born-again people have God’s nature in us (1 John 3:9), and that this enables us to conduct ourselves as new and holy creations (v. 5-10 // 2 Cor. 5:17 // Gal. 6:14,15) who thus remain in God’s grace and are destined for Eternal Life. (Heb. 12:14-17) That he thinks we are still “unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin” (Rom. 7:14), even sinning every day, reveals his reality is void of salvation (v. 6,24,25) and the power of God. (1 Cor. 4:20 // 2 Tim. 3:5) He cannot use the power of God to quit sinning because he does not know God nor belong to Him (–he is not saved), and this, because he refuses to believe the Truth and refuses to reject his desire to sin. (2 Thes. 2:10-15)

Jesus said that a person obeying sin equates to being a slave to sin and unsaved, but obedience to the Truth incurs sonship. (John 8:31-36) Rom. 6:15-23 teaches us the same and that being a slave to sin is what we used to be (v. 17), but “thanks be to God” (same verse), because of being under His grace rather than under the law (v. 15), we are set free from sin (v. 18) / from those shameful things which result in death. (v. 21) If Randy wants to continue to resort to shameful things (sin), then he is lawless, for “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) and is rebellion against God.

Does Randy really think that Christ-followers daily rebel against God? How repulsive his philosophy is! What Christ-follower deliberately rebels against our Loving Leader? What Christ-follower –one who loves the Good Shepherd and is continuously striving to listen to Him, heed His voice, bring others to Him, and serve Him– wants to turn to the vomit of sin? (2 Pe. 2:20-22) Indeed, a true follower is repulsed by sin, and if he or she turns to it carelessly or unknowingly, the Lord convicts and the person quickly repents and takes measures to never do it again.

Well, I pray Randy comes to understand the Good News. Sadly though, I know there are masses like him, for he is merely parroting what is being taught by multitudes of false teachers within Christianity’s counterfeit.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S. Here is the first half of another post I wrote on this subject back on 2/24/14:

Friends,
Oh, that the church would open its eyes and realize that God’s presence is not restricted to buildings (Acts 7:48), and is in fact often absent from them, even those which call themselves “A house of God”. Instead, God desires to inhabit people. For if He is allowed to do so, how conformed to Christ each individual is perfectly enabled to become.

If the Spirit of the All-mighty Creator God comes to in-dwell a person, how powerful, how loving, how wise, how righteous, is that person supposed to be? Still full of sinful thoughts? Still full of wicked desires? Still behaving with selfishness and in foolishness? Still unable to conduct oneself with consistent Christ-likeness? Absolutely not. Those who teach such inability are blaspheming God’s ability and power to transform. Those who teach such feebleness are denying that God, upon placing His Spirit into someone, does in fact give that person a new heart, mind, spirit –one that is completely new and clean and void of the old, dirty one. (Ezek. 36:25-27 // 2 Cor. 5:17) Contrary to the doctrine of these false teachers, God’s new creations DO follow God’s laws –carefully, consistently, joyfully, and in intimate fellowship with Him. (Ps. 119:14 // Ezek. 36:27 // Rom. 8:9,14 // Titus 2:11,12 // Heb. 8:10-12)

But alas, what wicked teachings abound from sin-loving deceivers bent on rebelling against God! These slaves of depravity cannot fathom a new, changed life (which they pretend to preach about), for in not being born anew (though they claim to be), the realities of the new life remain foreign to them. They and their teachings are to be left. They are the blind leading the blind. Claiming to know God while their actions deny Him (Titus 1:16), “they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.” (same verse)

A couple of days ago, I read a conversation about sin and holiness at a blog in which a guy responded to a preacher of Truth, saying, “Obviously, we have a sinful nature and, as Christians, we also have the Holy Spirit. So, we have a second by second choice to make: either submit to the Spirit, or live by the flesh. If you truly think you can live for more than a second or two (not speaking of sleeping) without having an impure thought or otherwise sinning, then I’d say you’re guilty of the sin of pride.”

There it is –the very prevalent false doctrine that most of “Christianity” promotes– stated concisely. How much more pathetically confused can their teaching get? They want us to believe that the Spirit of the Mighty God dwells in a believer, but He has not actually cleansed the person of filth –so much so that the person must have impure thoughts every other second. They want us to believe that God dwells in a believer, yet anyone who rejoices that he does not have impure thoughts (or words or actions) because Christ has set him free, should be informed that he is guilty of the sin of pride.

So let’s get this straight: We are to believe that we have both the Holy Spirit, as well as that vile sinful nature which God hates, abiding in us at the same time, that God’s promise to set us free from sin (Rom. 6:18) and circumcise off the sinful nature (Col. 2:11) is not true, and that every two seconds or so the sinful nature wins over the Spirit of God in us so that we cannot help but sin, at least in our minds? What weakness and nonsense. What a false gospel, and what blasphemy.

If other so-called “believers” will not stop their nonsense, their falsehoods, and their rebellion against God’s Truth, then we should definitely leave them. Bad company does corrupt good character (1 Cor. 15:33) and there is much going on in “Christian” circles that will prove worthless on the Day of Judgement. God’s wrath will certainly come on the disobedient and on all those who refuse to believe that impurity (impure thoughts included), are to be foreign to Christians. (Eph. 5:3-6) We are not to be aligned with them. (v. 7)

Friends,
Testing God, showing Him contempt or neglect, being sexually impure in any way, grumbling, being idolators or revelers… –any such sins can bring us destruction from “the destroying angel” of the Lord. (1 Cor. 10:6-10) No one should think that this does not apply for those in the New Covenant, for this warning is found in the New Testament. As verse 11 tells us, these things, as examples, were written down as admonitions for us, and the next two verses warns us that even if we think we are spiritually strong, falling into sin remains a possibility if we are not careful.

And what happens if we fall into sin and remain there –if we do not repent by renouncing the sin, turning 180 degrees back to Christ, and following Him obediently 24/7? We will be broken off –off from the Vine, off from Christ’s love, off from salvation. (John 15:1-10 // Rom. 11:17-23 // Heb. 10:26-31 // 2 Pe. 2:20-22 // Rev. 3:15,16)

Rom. 11:20-22, another reminder about the Israelites’ sins causing them to be broken off, warns us not to be arrogant but to be afraid (v. 20), “For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.” (v. 21) And why not? Well, how did the Israelites sin? They sinned by not believing God. Even while they worshipped Him and called Him their God, they disregarded His holiness, ignored His commands, and disgraced His name and character which they were supposed to represent.

God is merciful and kind, yes, and many people like to remind themselves of this, even those who keep sinning. But what does Rom. 11:22 say? We read there, “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” Let’s make no mistake about it: If we keep sinning, we are not inside God’s kindness but instead under His wrath. Rom. 2:1-11 is clear when it warns that God will not show favoritism to anyone, and that thus anyone who persists in sin will experience His condemnation. Scripture teaches this Truth repeatedly, such as through Jesus’ words in John 5:29 and Paul’s in Gal. 6:7,8. Yes, even someone who has housed God’s Holy Spirit will be destroyed by God if that person continues to defile himself, God’s dwelling (1 Cor. 3:16,17), or continues to publicly disgrace Christ’s name. (Heb. 6:4-6)

Because Old Testament writings were indeed recorded for our admonition, let’s consider God’s punishment toward the house of Eli, the priest. God told Eli that because Eli’s sons (who also were priests in God’s tabernacle), had continued to dishonor and despise the LORD through their sins, the LORD was breaking His covenant promise with their family. (1 Sam. 2:27-36 & 3:11-14) Truly, the wages of sin, if not renounced and quit, always results in alienation from God, in death, and in eternal banishment to Hell. (Rom. 6:21-23; see also Mt. 13:49,50 and 2 Thes. 1:7-10)

Let us consider what has been written down in the Scriptures and take warning.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Complacency

June 7, 2017

Friends,
“Woe to the complacent… to those who walk in pride.” (See Amos 6:1,8) God hates this attitude and He opposes those who harbor it.

Most of us condemn pride and know that Scripture teaches the importance of humility. 1 Pe. 5:5 is acknowledged as true, even if not adhered to. This verse teaches, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.'” And verse 6, which comes with a promise, is usually believed also, which states, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” James 4:6-10 teaches the same and includes the necessity of weeping submission and of choosing and putting forth the effort, ourselves, of washing out our hearts and minds and lives.

Pride is not a pretty thing and most people do recognize this. They do seem to expect that God would detest pride and punish those who conduct themselves with it.

But what about simple complacency and being satisfied with one’s efforts? Do most people see how abhorrent this attitude is in God’s sight? I don’t think so. Even if the world and Christians alike boast about their busyness and what they are doing every day, who actually condemns complacency, especially in themselves? Who falls prostrate before God and asks to be cleansed of their tendency to see themselves as “fine” in God’s sight, as “acceptable” in their walk with Christ? How many “Christians” are striving hard “to live a life worthy of the calling” (Eph. 4:1) by being “humble, gentle, patient, and loving”? (See v. 2) Being found worthy by Christ when He comes is not automatic but is for those who persevere in faith and in obedient fellowship with the Lord. (2 Thes. 1:3-12) Complacency is the enemy of realizing one’s spiritual need. And this is a warning to “Christians”!

Complacency makes a person think they are okay before God even while they are not. Complacency says, “I possess the Truth,” yet the person is walking blind and naked! (Rev. 3:17,18) “Your deeds reveal your staleness,” Jesus says (in essence) in verses 14-16, “and thus I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!” Yes, those lives that do not produce good fruit in accordance with a repentant, purified heart and mind and spirit, will be thrown into the unquenchable fire. (Mt. 3:7-12)

Really? –it’s just about belief and a bit of faith? It’s not. (Ja. 2:14-26) It’s about walking in faith. Progressing in faith. Exhibiting one’s faith by putting Christ’s commands into practice 24/7!

It is deception that tells Christians, “You can sow to please your sinful nature because you are already eternally saved. Nothing you do now will cause you to be rejected from entering Heaven. You are fine.” Wow! Adherents to this philosophy are in for a huge and horrifying shock! For God’s Word tells us, repeatedly, the exact opposite. Like in Gal. 6:7 which warns us of being deceived, of mocking God, and of thinking a man does not reap what he sows. Reaping consequences in this life only? Should we believe “Christians” who insist that this is all it means? No, we can read the very next verse: “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (v. 8 ) The contrast is destruction versus eternal life. One cannot reap destruction and then afterward reap eternal life. Truly, it is immensely prideful to think one can do as he pleases and still inherit Salvation.

Jesus warns in Luke 13:3, and again in verse 5, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Absolutely, good fruit must be produced in accordance with repentance exhibited in one’s life (3:7-14), or that branch will be cut off from one’s position in Christ (John 15:2) / one’s position in His love (v. 10), and be thrown to the fire. (v. 6) Do we view the warnings of Jesus with disdain, with complacency, with carefreeness?! How wicked! Jesus tells all those who have sat under His teachings, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down…” (Luke 21:34) and you will be caught unprepared! (Same verse) Pray, Jesus says, that you will be found worthy of the Escape. (v. 36) Be dressed, lamps burning, and walking the narrow road, Jesus tells us (12:35 // Mt. 7:14,21), for disobedient servants, He warns, will be cut to pieces and condemned with the unbelievers. (Luke 12:46)

Complacency has no place in our hearts and lives. We must take action to root it out. If we do not, it will send us to damnation.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
It can easily be seen at my blog that a few years ago I was pointing in favor to Israeliteindeed’s blog. But when in 2014 she began to aggressively and repeatedly write against the nation of Israel, I had to let it be known that I no longer endorsed her views and her writings.

Last year, though I had not communicated with her personally for two years, I felt the Lord strongly urging me to send her a note of warning. I did so, and the first email below (I use her real name) is what I wrote. She responded with a short email that let me know she was not at all concerned and that others were quite happy with what she was writing.

Less than a month later, still feeling heavily burdened concerning her continued rebellion against the Lord and His Word, I wrote a short comment at her blog asking her why she did not go overseas to minister to Muslims since she seemed so distressed for them. She did not post my comment. However, she did respond with a very lengthy personal email and some photos of her family. I thanked her for sharing and said I would write more later that day, to which she responded with another long email.

The second email below is what I wrote later that evening, and I did so after intense prayer about what to write. Sadly, she responded to this one by letting me know that she had chosen to believe that I spoke, in that email as well as in some exhortations to her years ago, by a spirit not from the Lord. With such a rebuff from her, I did not respond to her again, though needless to say, being that I knew my warnings to her were indeed from the Lord, I felt even greater alarm and sadness for her and her family.

I am certainly not happy to write this post, but it is crucial that it be recognized that God does watch to see that His Word is fulfilled (Jer. 1:12) and to recognize that God is to be feared. (Luke 12:4,5) If a Bible teacher continues to blatantly dismiss the Lord’s clear statements in Scripture even while He brings His servants to warn that teacher, there is only suffering and punishment ahead for that rebellious one. Israeliteindeed has sinned appallingly against God, against His Word, against those she was responsible to be Christ-like toward, and against other teachers who walk in the Truth and work hard to spread the Truth.

When we walk in falsehood and self-righteousness and refuse to listen to the exhortations of those who are walking in the Holy Spirit, we open ourselves up to God’s discipline. If we continue the folly, we slide ourselves backwards under God’s wrath, for in order to remain in Christ and His love we must remain in His Word / in His Truth. (John 15:1-10) Israeliteindeed has turned from this, and has relentlessly tried to get others to deny multitudes of God’s clear statements, particularly regarding the nation of Israel and the End Times.

I do grieve deeply for Israeliteindeed and her family and I have been praying for two years that God spare her (and her family members) from sliding into Hell. Unfortunately, she has so far refused the warnings and discipline God has sent her time and again through others and through circumstances. While pounding away at other people, she has refused to quit her own sins of immense self-righteousness and of blasphemy against God’s Word.

We do, and we will, pray for her husband to be healed from cancer. But Hell is infinitely worse, and Israeliteindeed, a Bible teacher who has twisted the Truth to make falsehoods, has put herself and her hearers in danger of that. (1 Tim. 4:16 // Ja. 3:1) I exhort her to remove all the posts she wrote beginning in the early summer of 2014 through August of 2016. I exhort her to remove all of them so that no more can they influence others to disbelieve Scripture. I strongly believe that only if she will do this, will God bring blessing to her instead of punishment.

Here are the two emails:

[7/9/16 at 11:24 a.m.]
________,
I have read all your posts and am continually grieved. This morning I was very surprised to feel a strong impression from the Lord to write to you a personal note exhorting you to reevaluate your own heart and spirit. After praying, I asked the Lord to confirm in His Word if this was from Him. He did, for when I got my Bible, I opened right to Ezek. 18:24 which says, “But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.” Then immediately I saw 20:4 where God commands, “Then confront them…” Truly, your writings are not Life. They are full of anger and self-righteousness and blindness; they are, with the exception of a small bit, not of the Spirit but are instead coming from your own energy, heart, and spirit. You are falling from the Lord and His Truth. Accusing America and others of it, you are continuing your own slide toward apostasy.

I urge you to take this warning very seriously as from the Lord, which it is. We will all, before the Judge on that Final Day, be giving an account of ourselves, including the attitudes of our heart, and the words we have said and written.

Rachel
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[Written: 8/4/16 at 10:46 p.m.]
________,
I woke up this last Sunday morning with you heavy on my mind –a burden from the Lord. While reading my Bible, first thing as I always do, God had me turn also to Isa. 44:21-23. Verse 22 especially jumped out at me. So I started my latest post with it, and after working on it off and on every day since Sunday, I finally finished it last night. Being you and I had corresponded, I’d also been praying throughout the day about how to respond to your long email. As I got into bed and prayed one last time about it, I heard, “Tell her, ‘Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.'” It was very, very clear.

This morning I prayed again and kept feeling it was the same answer, though it seemed the Lord was going to give me more to say to you as well. However, being He also suddenly compelled me to go witnessing downtown, I had to put off writing you back. Hence the short note this morning.

I appreciate you sharing with me the things you’ve shared in your emails this week and I am very grieved for you. After reading your email below after getting home from witnessing today, and then spending time in the Word, I went back and read some of the email you wrote to me in Dec. of ’09 where you shared about yourself, your childhood, and your turn to the Lord.

I need to tell you that during that couple of hours this afternoon in the Word, and asking the Lord for what to say to you, I heard way, way more than I expected. I asked for confirmation concerning things I’d heard from Him about you earlier this week, last week, and over the last two years, and the Lord responded today by booming them at me loudly through His Word. I was almost shaking, was having trouble breathing I was so upset, I had tears rolling down profusely, and I had to finally get up and walk around for a bit before I could continue.

I will tell you what I heard, but I do think it best if you not share our discussion with the friend who advised you to block me. I have never blocked anyone in my life, either at my blog, phone, or email, as I believe that is cowardly and immature. There are other ways to tell someone we don’t wish to correspond with them anymore. “Those who oppose us we are to gently instruct” (see 2 Tim. 2:25), not block them because they rebuke us using the Word of God.

It is God’s deep and faithful love that compels us to keep trying to woo people to Him and His Truth. Again when I say it to you from Him I get tears: “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

Rachel
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Here is Israeliteindeed’s post yesterday:

https://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/living-dying-unto-the-lord/

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Speak Out About Abuse

December 15, 2016

Friends,
At this Christmas season, when parties are abundant, as well as eggnog and the anticipation of cheer given and received by those whom we believe share our affection, lies a terrible reality for many. It is called domestic abuse. Please view this about one beautiful woman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBa3lI1azwc

Though there certainly are men in the world who are abused by their wives or their children, it is, for the most part, men who are abusing their wives and/or children. This is therefore not “a women’s issue”, as if men are allowed to tune out when abuse is spotlighted, but instead it is primarily “a man’s issue”. In other words, there is something terribly wrong with the majority of men and their culture rather than women and children being the ones to blame. Please watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvSfeCRxe8

Since even the strongest and most successful of women can be abused by their husbands, society needs to better inform itself as to why women stay with their abusers. Please watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1yW5IsnSjo

Abuse, particularly wife abuse, is rampant. For many it is not cheer and warmth and love and security that surrounds this Christmas season, or any season, but instead cursing, lies, threats, screaming, and violence.

Let us help stop the terror by exposing it, by asking that good men take a stand against their culture’s status quo, and by holding abusers accountable for their words and actions.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Day before yesterday (Thursday) I stopped at an animal feed and tack store I used to go to back in the 90s –back before we moved away, along with our horses, to the country for 14 years. Since we moved back over two years ago, I’ve driven by there quite a few times, but, being we no longer have horses, I’d not stopped there. However, over the last few months, the store seemed to “jump out at me” when I’d pass on that freeway, and I felt burdened for the owner (I’ll call him Ron for privacy reasons) who I used to repeatedly witness to. I wondered if I should stop and try to witness to him again, but then I felt that he had likely died, was in a nursing home, or just wasn’t working anymore. I mean, I remembered that he’d said he was 71 years old the last time I’d stopped by there, and that was about nine years ago. Besides, why try to witness to him again since the last few times I’d tried, he had seemed to be more and more vehement against the Truth to the point that he would not even entertain the idea that God exists. In fact, when I’d reminded him that he’d told me years before that he’d been planning, at one time in the early part of his life, to be a preacher, he acted as if his notion had been one of imbecility.

Well, so, two days ago, being that I’d not found an item at Home Depot that I wanted, I decided to try this feed store. I went in and saw a man who had worked there back in the 90s, so I right away asked how he was, how his dad was (fine, was the answer), and then about Ron. The answer shocked me: “He passed away two months ago.” I couldn’t believe it. Just two months ago? If I’d stopped by earlier this year, I could’ve witnessed to him! He may have had a chance to repent. Did he repent? Maybe. So I asked, “Did he ever turn to God? I’m the one who used to always preach at him.”

The man shook his head and said that no, he didn’t think so. I was crushed. I had prayed for Ron many, many times for years and years. I’d witnessed to him often. I’d tried to reason with him.

When I was leaving, I talked to another worker who was driving the feedbag lift. He told me some of the details and also about Ron’s wife of 62 years (who I’d also spoken to about God sometimes). “She’s upstairs. Go up and talk with her.” So I did and I learned more –that Ron had actually had a stroke on Jan. 18th at work –at the feed store– but hadn’t died until early April. I also learned that he did not repent in the least. The other details I won’t repeat because they weren’t pretty and it all was in stark contrast to the several godly people I’ve watched deteriorate and die over the last few years.

I felt sick, devastated, and wanted to cry when I left the feed store and the next morning I did cry hard, thinking again about how a soul, whom I felt had been (partly) my assignment, was in Hell. I also thought about how I’d read Ezek. 33:1-20 early Thursday morning about our responsibility to warn others, despite their response, so that their blood would not be on our head.

I’m not saying I felt overwhelmed with guilt; just mostly extreme sadness. For truly I had tried hard when I used to shop there, and I do believe there is a time to “shake the dust off…” (Luke 9:5) Even my husband, when I told him Thursday evening about Ron’s death and that I wished I’d witnessed to him one last time, immediately said, “He wouldn’t have listened.” Maybe it was the Holy Spirit saying this to me through him to comfort me. Because it’s exactly what I heard in my spirit when I drove away from the feed store deeply distressed that I’d not visited sooner. I don’t know. But just in case… Just in case, if I had stopped by even after his stroke, I think I would’ve tried to visit him at the hospital and witness to him again. I know that the Lord, because of His tender-loving-mercy, wanted that sinful man redeemed back! Was he like the prodigal son, but one who never returned? It is heart-breaking to think of Ron in Hell now. How enormous his regret must be!

Well, the next day, (yesterday) I went witnessing at the bus and train stops, and as usual, I had many excellent conversations. But one, the last one, and which lasted two hours, was an extra-special comfort and privilege for me from the Lord. The guy was so hungry for the Word of God and every time he asked a question, the verses just spilled out of my mouth so fast I really couldn’t even say all the ones that were coming to my mind to give him as answers. This man (whom I’ll call Dwight) was so excited the whole time and so eager and so repentant. Halfway through, he told me some of his story and pointing to the hospital band on his wrist, he told me that he has lung cancer but wants badly to serve the Lord in the remaining time he has left. It was my sign, “Christ’s cross doesn’t cover a continuation in sin. (Heb. 10:26-31)” that he said struck him when he saw it and made him suddenly desperate to be right with the Lord.

What a privilege and comfort the Lord was giving me through Dwight, for as we conversed, I heard the Lord’s soft voice reminding me that although my efforts hadn’t saved Ron from Hell, my efforts were turning this man, Dwight, from his careless path toward Hell. How compassionate God is! Even now, I get tears.

Dwight was so appreciative of my efforts. He kept thanking me for my time and I kept telling him that it was an honor to discuss God’s Word with someone so receptive. He said that he’d been on his way to talk with someone at the hospital about his soul as it regarded his likely imminent death, but that this conversation had been just what he needed. For though he said he’d always had a love for God and His Word, he had been living sinfully, believing that he was safe to sin. How thankful he said he was that the Lord had allowed him to see the Truth before it was too late!

And I’m thankful too. Very thankful.

What if I’d not gone witnessing yesterday? What a huge blessing I would have missed. And what would Dwight have missed? Heaven? Only the Lord knows.

But I have to also ask, what if I would have gone to the feed store over the last nine years? Could I have persuaded Ron to turn from his sins and hand his life over to Christ?

“When I [God] say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for [in / because of] his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for [in / because of] his sin, but you will have saved yourself.” (Ezek. 33:8,9)

This post isn’t about if I’ve saved myself by having witnessed enough. It’s about not forgetting to do all that can be done to save others from Hell.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel