How Did Prophets Preach By Lee Martone

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How Did Prophets Preach

I was reading my Bible and
this Scripture really jumped out at me. Luke 3:7 living Bible version--{Here is
a sample of John's preaching to the crowds that came for baptism: ``You brood
of snakes! You are trying to escape hell without truly turning to God! That is
why you want to be baptized!} I wonder what the world would say about John the
Baptistís preaching in our day and time. They probably would say that he was self righteous, and hypocritical. Compare
that with what Jesus had to say about him. He said in Matthew 11:11 { "Assuredly, I say to
you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the
Baptist; } and then John the Baptist doubted that Jesus was the Christ and that
is why the scripture goes on to say this, {but he who is least in the kingdom
of heaven is greater than he.} When John was preaching the good news to the
people in the harsh way he was preaching, Jesus called him great in the kingdom of God.
What kind of preaching do we get today, it goes something like this ĖIf
youíll just do good and try to do your best, God will bless you. I am your
pastor and I am here to tell you how you can be a better person. Jesus wants
you rich not poor, He doesnít want you to go through anything bad. End quote.

Now I ask you, does this kind of message sound familiar to you. What the preacher
should be telling them is how to be a totally new born again person, not a
better person. And God knows if money will corrupt you or not, so if you will
be corrupted by money God will probably not allow you to be rich. The People
who love the message of prosperity would most likely hate the message of Jesus
and John the Baptist if they were here today. What was the first words out of
Jesusí and Johnís mouth when they began their earthly ministry, They both said Repent
for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
They did not tell them that they were fine as
they were. They were not concerned with what the people thought about Them,
They did not worry about loosing members, in fact the Bible records in many cases that the crowds were so
great that the People who wanted to see Jesus could not because of the immense crowd of
people around Him. They flocked around Him because the Bible says that He
taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the Law. He
preached the Words of Our Heavenly Father, with all the authority of Heaven, for
He was God in the flesh, of course, Iím sure the sinful people of His day hated
Him and all He stood for. He was the Light of the world and the darkness of
menís hearts fled form that light. Only God can change the thoughts and
attitudes of the human heart. The preachers of today need to quit telling the
people to just do better, All they really need is to find Jesus and to have a
personal relationship with Him and obey Him. Jesus said Himself -{Who is it
that loves me, it is he who keeps my commandments, he is the one who loves Me. John {14:21} That is
all they will ever need. To be free is to have Godís spirit of freedom and
power over sin, but to be right with God in keeping with being free from sin,
you must remember that you are nothing without Godís power to keep you walking
the path of righteousness. You have absolutely no power to overcome sin on your
own. You must rely totally on the Lord Jesus to conquer the strongholds of the
devil. There are many new religions out there that the devil has concocted for
the soul purpose of driving people away from Jesus. These new religions have
the appearance of Godliness. These religions have a gradual way of slipping
into the Church so many people do not recognize the deception of these false
teachings. These religions sound a lot like God but they have removed one very
important thing. {Jesus Christ}, these new religions will tell you not to
commit sin, but they took away the only power that you have to overcome sin.
The devil knows that without Jesus the world doesnít stand a chance against
Him. The devilís idea is {No Jesus, No Power}. The Devil doesnít care if you
try to do good or if you go to church or any other religious act you can do to
try to overcome sin, as long as Jesus Christ is removed, you are still headed
for Hell. Going to Church every time the doors are opened will not save you,
taking the Lords Supper will not save you. Only having an intimate relationship
with Jesus Christ and obeying Him will save you. I love the way Jesus puts it
in John 15: 4-6 { Take care to live in me, and let me live in
you. For a branch can't produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you
be fruitful apart from me. Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever
lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me
you can't do a thing. If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a
useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and
burned.}
This scripture is clearly talking about a saved person that was
once a servant and now has backslidden and has become useless to Godís kingdom,
you can clearly see what happens to him if he doesnít return to the Lord before He dies. He is
gathered into a pile with all the others and burned.}
This would indicate
Hell Fire. The Lord is not willing that any perish, but would turn to Him
before it is too late. The Lord will always receive anyone back who repents, but
what if you are killed in some way while you are in a backslidden state. You
will not make it to Heaven, so there is only one other Choice left and it is
not pretty. Please repent from all of your sins and turn to God for forgiveness
today. He is always waiting for you, just call to Him and He will come. To know
His presence is total peace. May the
Lord Jesus Christ be with your Spirit, Amen.
Lee at http://www.yeshuastruth.com or http://www.jesussalvation.org

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Re: How Did Prophets Preach By Lee Martone

Post  Waqar Daniel on Mon 26 Nov 2007, 8:52 am

Thank you for a powerful message. You are very right in saying that we must repent of our sins. However, I would like to add, that after repentance, we need to live a life that free of sin. Whenever, Jesus healed someone, He said "Sin no more".

God bless you and your family

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)


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Post  WordofLife on Mon 26 Nov 2007, 12:19 pm

I have no words for praising your article. It is simply wonderful, informative and faith inspiring. I always learn some new thing from your knowledge which God has given you.

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