"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his
seed in us, and we will overcome all
sins. Please find the transcript of this
If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.
Please find the transcript of this message below.
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Parable of the lost sheep is truly short and is a familiar one. A person fell into sin, and the loving savior Jesus saved the sinner. This is it. Then the decorative speeches of preachers make it famous. Rather than looking for an exciting evangelical message, let us study the parable. The lost sheep is lost in sin. What kind of sin did he commit? May be theft, adultery, filthiness, uncleanness, homosexuality, lust, or could it be any sin? No, it is wrong; the only sin in this parable is that he is lost; God and the way to eternal life. But in his kindness, our loving Lord Jesus Christ, even left the other ninety-nine, he went and brought him back to the fold. However, let us see what sins are in general. Sin is rebellion against God. It may be divided into three major categories. The first applies to Israel in particular; that Jesus told them to change their mind from the kingdom of Israel to the kingdom of heaven or of God. It is applied to turn us away from lust and desires of the flesh and the glory of this world, to receive the spirit of God and the things of God. Second category of sin is to be violent, to kill, to lie, and to do such things. The third one is to be lost. He is lost from the shepherd, the true Jesus Christ, and was caught by a false shepherd, who is another Jesus and false Christs. The other shepherd shows himself as God, and deceitfully took the place of the true shepherd. So, this person is deceived and lost the way to eternal life. Most church people are deceived; but preachers keep it extremely secret, as it did not happen. Probably they themselves are deceived by the devil, and in turn they deceive their congregation, and now all are deceived. People are willing to be deceived. They do not want to rock the boat. What is this deception? Let me ask you; do you know that we have another Jesus, and he is opposite to the true Lord Jesus Christ, and it is told in the bible? Jesus Christ himself told that we have false Christs (plural), who are people or celebrities we will run to, when we need a miracle healing, or a special need? But we will not go directly to Jesus Christ since we do not know him. If it is true, we are the lost sheep. Unless Jesus saves us from this, we will neither know the true Jesus Christ, nor we will know the way to eternal life.
Pharisees, scribes, and priests were all hypocrites and sinners according to Jesus. Present day Christian leaders and celebrities are also hypocrites and sinners. They are as white sepulchers, but they are famous. Christians considers them as their spiritual leaders. This is about people. How about sins? Violent and lustful sins are evil. We do it often since we are not afraid of God. But to be deceived is different, and here we are victims. Preachers preach another God, the devil sneaks into the temple of God (church) and show himself as God. So, this false God is in churches as God, for generations. So, people used to worship this false God. We do not have to fear this God and so, we can live as we wanted to live. This God will always be ready to forgive us of any sin, if we just ask him to forgive. It is that simple, but it is total lie. We lose eternal life by this. So, the worst sin is deception that they give us 'another Jesus' to forgive all our sins and give false Christs to meet all our needs. This God is "sinners friendly". He wants us to keep sinning and he like to keep forgiving. But he is false, and he is not true. If we say that we do not want to sin anymore, this God says that then his cross is in vain. His preachers will call you a heretic, and they will say that you are proud and rebellious. It looks like that we must keep on sinning in order to be saved and go to heaven. Unfortunately, this is the setup we are in. We have another Jesus and false Christs.
In the parable, Jesus talks about his 100 sheep. We think that the present-day church is his sheep. No, it is not. John 10 tells us who are his sheep. "3, the sheep hear his voice: 4, the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 16 they shall hear my voice; 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Only those who listen to Jesus Christ and follow him are his sheep. Church people are not his sheep, but they say that they are. They do not follow Jesus Christ. They ask him to forgive their sins and they say a ceremonial prayer. That is all. Then, what is in the wilderness? The servants of God, including Jesus, preached in the wilderness. At the same time, deceptive preaching of counterfeit God was also in the wilderness. People have repented and baptized in the wilderness. So also, God's people were tempted in the wilderness by the devil. Jesus used wilderness to pray. But it is not a place of shelter. We may say that it is the church, that is filled with good and bad experiences. In this parable, Jesus saves one sheep from deception, but wilderness is filled with deceived sheep. It is a place where we may get lost very easily. So, the present-day churches, are the exact wilderness. And it fits all functions of a wilderness.
Wilderness is our churches, where truth is also preached, but deception prevails and overwhelms. In the parable, one sheep out of the one hundred was lost. The shepherd saves the sheep. But it was not an expedition to round up all sheep in the wilderness. The context tells us a few things about the lost sheep. In Luke 15:1, Jesus describes that the lost sheep is the publicans and sinners. We may think that they are cruel evil people. However, in the context of the same parable in Matthew 18:1-6, Jesus says that the lost sheep is as little children which believe in Jesus, and verses 7-10 says that the deceivers will be punished in the everlasting fire. However, at this point the lost sheep is in deception, and he does not know the truth. Please notice; the lost sheep is neither in the lust and desires of the world, nor in the violent hateful category, but he is in deception. He believes another Jesus and false Christs, and he does not even know that they are false. It seems that he is teachable, childlike, and most probably, he will believe the true Jesus Christ. "11 says, the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." The lost sheep was the part of the flock of God, and he must be brought back to the flock, and then he will come back as a repented new believer. Those who preach another Jesus, and another gospel are deceivers, and 7-10 says, that God will punish them in eternal fire. And, most preachers are deceivers; however, who are the counterfeit Gods?
"2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." Apostle Paul wants a true believer to become pure and perfect as a chaste virgin to Christ. "3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." As Satan has deceived Eve by subtlety; preachers preach another Jesus, who accepts and forgives sinners by simple prayers, and do not care for conviction, repentance, and conversion. Most sinners fall for that and they have become lost sheep. "4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." These preachers preach another Jesus, another gospel, and impart another spirit. Christians who are with another Jesus are lost sheep and have lost the way to the kingdom of God.
"Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Jesus told his people that false Christs (plural) and false prophets will arise with signs and wonders and show themselves as true servants of God. They are our celebrity preachers. If we want some miracle healing, or any special need or favor from God, Christians go to them, and they will get it done for us. God calls these special celebrity preachers as false Christs, and false prophets. They even do miracles and healing by the power of deceptive spirits. Instead of we cry out to God, we go them. They are false Christs, and we are lost sheep.
Hindus worship not only humans, but also animals as Gods. They call heroes or famous people as God and worship them. The devil gives them power. In the same way, Christians also worship the man Jesus saying that he was a man and God at the same time. Christians do that with the resurrected Man Jesus also, and say that he is God and man at the same time. So, Christians worship the Man God Jesus Christ as God. For them, Jesus is always man and God, when he was a man, and even now. But this Jesus Christ is not the true God, but a counterfeit God, which is created by theologians and Christian leaders. Satan, in the spirit comes as this God, and manifest to Christians in many ways, and receive their worship. This is not blasphemy; it is in 2 Thessalonians 2. "4 ... he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." If the devil is sitting in churches, where is God? The bible says that God is a Spirit; and Jesus was anointed as God after he was raised from the dead, and now he is in the omnipotent Spirit. God says that he will not be in a building or in temple made by hands of man; but he could live in us, but not in buildings. It is in Acts 7:48 and 17:24. But Christians believe that God's presence is in our church buildings. So, it is easy for Satan to fill in and show himself as Jesus Christ. So, please know that if we center our worship in buildings, by ceremonies, rituals, song services, shows, expositions, or such things, we are lost. But, if we give our life to God, in godliness, holiness, and righteousness, we are in truth. So, reject the false Christs and another Jesus. So, we must teach Christians to believe the word of God, instead of believing the religion, sentiment, and traditions. And the true Jesus Christ is with us in Spirit. "Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, the true Jesus Christ is here with us, turning us away from our sins and iniquities, and then forgive our past sins. But the counterfeit Jesus Christ will not turn us away from sins, but he says that he will just forgive all our sins. If you are not worshipping the Jesus Christ, who will turn you away from your sins and iniquities, you are a lost sheep. Which Jesus do you worship? The true Jesus Christ is in the omnipotent Spirit, he is no more in the flesh, and he is the true God.
Jesus says in "Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?" Please notice, that the ninety-nine are in the wilderness, and the one which is lost also is lost in the wilderness. That is, they both are in churches. "5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." Jesus Christ considers this as a significant victory to rejoice, since another Jesus is the devil, and he shows himself as Jesus Christ. He is in the churches. He is the sneaky plague that took over all churches. "7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Heaven rejoices, and the ninety-nine are settled in this. The sin of deception is not as other sins, like lust or violent crime. Once people find out, who the true God is according to the bible, they will be stable in the truth and will be settled there. ["Matthew 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray."] Matthew 18:12-14 also say the same thing. However, our parable is not about all sheep in the entire wilderness; that is, it is not for the entire congregation of churches. But it is only for the chosen, who will believe the true Jesus Christ, when presented. Here are a couple of links, if you like to study about another Jesus, and false Christs.
1, Man Jesus, God Jesus, Another Jesus. Link is: "Another Jesus." 2, Here is false Christ or another Jesus. Link is: "False Christ."
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