For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Monday, August 24, 2020

“That’s My King!” In The Book Of Luke!

He’s the Lord that John the Baptist prepared a people for!
He was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit!
His name is called Jesus!
He is great and is called the Son of the Most High!
The Lord God gave to Him the throne of His father David!
He will reign over the house of Jacob forever!
His Kingdom shall have no end!
He’s called holy – the Son of God!
He’s the God Who makes the impossible possible!
Because Mary bore Him, all generations shall call her blessed!
He’s the horn of salvation raised up by God!
He’s the fulfillment of what God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old!
He saves us from our enemies!
He saves us from the hand of all who hate us!
He brought the mercy promised to our fathers!
He is the mercy promised to our fathers!
He’s the fulfillment of all the covenants and oaths sworn to Abraham and all His people!
He delivers from the hand of our enemies!
He makes it possible for us to serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days!

That’s my King!

Through Him there is salvation and forgiveness of our sins!
He brings light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!
He guides our feet into the way of peace!
He was born in Bethlehem!
He was wrapped in saddling cloths!
He was laid in manger because there was no place for them in the inn!
Angels and the glory of the Lord announced His birth!
He is great news of great joy that will be for all people!
He’s the Savior!
He’s the Christ!
He’s the Lord!
A multitude of heavenly hosts praised God when He was born!
He came for the lowly and outcasts – the shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night!
He was circumcised on the eighth day!
He’s holy to the Lord!
He’s the Lord’s Christ!
He’s God’s salvation!
He’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles!
He’s the glory of God’s people Israel!
He’s appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel!
Through Him the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed!
As a young boy, all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers!
He was never lost, but He must be in His Father’s house!
He was submissive to His parents!
He increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man!

That’s my King! Do you know Him?!

He’s mightier than the greatest man born among women!
The greatest man born among women is not worthy to untie the strap of His sandal!
He will baptize His people with the Holy Spirit and with fire!
He’s going to gather the wheat and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire!
He will be the One punishing the wicked with everlasting fire in Hell!
When He was baptized the heavens were ripped open, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him!
He’s the Son in Whom the Father is well pleased!
He’s the Son of David and the Son of God!
He’s full of the Holy Spirit!
He came to destroy the works of the devil!
He conquered every temptation, never sinned, and overcame!
He taught like no man ever taught and was glorified by all!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Him!
He’s anointed to proclaim good news to the poor!
He proclaims liberty to the captives!
He grants recovery of sight to the blind!
He sets at liberty those who are oppressed!
He proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor!
He fulfills all that the Scriptures say about Him!
All spoke well of Him!
They marveled at the gracious words that were coming from His mouth!
But they also tried to kill Him after He preached His first sermon!
But He escaped to Capernaum, and they were astonished at His teaching!
His word possesses authority!
He commands unclean spirits, and they come out!
Reports about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region!
He rebuked sickness and fevers and healed the sick!
He came to preach God’s Word!

That’s my King!

He caught fish where there were no fish and almost made two boats sink with the greatness of the catch!
He’s the holy, holy, holy One Whom Peter called on to depart from Him because Peter was a sinful man!
He calls us not to be afraid!
He’s going to make us fishers of men!
He cleansed lepers!
Great crowds gathered to hear Him and to be healed!
He often withdrew to desolate places to pray!
The power of the Lord was with Him to heal!
He forgave sins, showing He is God almighty!
He knows people’s thoughts!
He made paralyzed men walk!
He’s the most extraordinary thing anyone has ever seen!
He calls sinners to follow Him!
He ate with tax collectors and sinners!
He didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance!
He’s the Bridegroom Who came to die for His bride, the church!

That’s my King!

He’s Lord of the Sabbath Who created the Sabbath!
He healed the withered hand!
He made self-righteous, religious men so angry they wanted to kill Him!
He prayed all night on a mountain!
He called apostles to follow Him!
Crowds sought to touch Him because power came out from Him!
He taught like no man ever taught!
He raised the widow of Nain’s son from the dead!
He’s a great Prophet and more than a prophet Who has arisen among us!
Through Him, God has visited His people!
He made the deaf to hear!
He loves and honors women!
He saves from sexual immorality!

That’s my King! I wonder if you know Him today?!

He rebuked the winds and the raging waves, and they obeyed Him!
He conquered Legion and all the legions of demons!
He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead!
He’s the Son of righteousness who rises with healing in His outer garments!
He’s the everlasting Father Who healed His daughter who had a discharge of blood for twelve years!
He created enough bread and fish from five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 men, plus all the others who were there!
He is the Christ of God!
To come after Him you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Him!
He was transfigured on that mountain – the veil was pulled back to show His glory!
His clothes became dazzling white, and His Father said “This is My Son, my Chosen One; listen to Him!”
Because of Him, all were astonished at the majesty of God!
His face was set toward Jerusalem to do what He came to do – and no one could stop Him!
He rebuked sinners!
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but He had nowhere to lay His head!
He’s more precious than your father and mother, sisters and brothers, wife and children!
He pronounced curses on those who rejected Him!
He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, praising His Father for hiding the truth from the wise and understanding and revealing it to little children!
No one knows the Father except Him and anyone to whom He chooses to reveal Him!
The one thing necessary is sitting at His feet and enjoying His presence!
He’s the King Who brought the Kingdom!
He’s something greater than Solomon!
He’s something greater than Jonah!
He’s something greater than everyone and everything!

That’s my King!

So many thousands of people gathered together to see and hear Him that they trampled one another!
He’s coming at an hour you do not expect, so you better be ready!
He came to cast fire on the earth!
He came not to bring peace but division!
He preached repentance!
He wept over Jerusalem!
He healed on the Sabbath!
He said you must come to Him and hate your own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even your own life or you can’t be His disciple!
He received sinners and ate with them!
He pursues the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son!
He loves all the little children of the world!
He’s the good God Who alone perfectly obeyed God’s law!
He saves tax collectors!
He’s the King Who comes in the name of the LORD!
He cleansed the temple!
He rendered to Caesar what belonged to Caesar and to God what belonged to God!
He’s the Son of David and David’s LORD, all at the same time!
He will come again in a cloud with power and great glory!
Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Words will never pass away!

That’s my King!

He was willing to drink the cup of the His Father’s curse, anger, and judgment for us!
He came to perfectly do His Father’s will!
He was betrayed for sinners!
He was arrested for sinners!
He was denied for sinners!
He was mocked for sinners!
He was beaten for sinners!
He was blasphemed for sinners!
He was found guiltless in a court but condemned by the same court for sinners!
He was treated with contempt for sinners!
He died in the place of the murderer Barabbas!
He was so badly beaten He couldn’t even carry His own cross!
He was crucified between two criminals!
He cried out for His Father to forgive His murderers, even while on the cross!
He was stripped naked!
He was spit on!
He assured the repentant criminal that today he would be with Him in Paradise!
He died in darkness!
He endured the full measure of the wrath of God!
He gave us His spirit and died!
He was buried!
But three days later He rose up from the dead on the first day of the week!
He conquered sin, death, the grave, the devil, and hell!

That’s my King! Do you know my King?!

Moses and all the Prophets testify about Him!
He causes men’s hearts to burn within them!
He gives peace!
He has a resurrected, physical, glorified body!
Everything written about Him in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and Psalms was fulfilled!
He opens minds to understand the Scriptures!
His disciples proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name to all nations!
He sent the promise of His Father, the Holy Spirit, so we would be clothed with power from on high!
He was carried up into heaven!
His disciples worshiped Him and were filled with great joy and continually blessed God!

That’s my King! That’s my King!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The New "All Lives Matter!" - "From The Womb To The Tomb!"

Saying you are pro-life "from the womb to the tomb" can be very similar to the response "All Lives Matter!" when someone says "Black Lives Matter!"

And it can be an indication that you really don't care much about unborn lives at all. Why focus so heavily on the murder and oppression of the unborn in the womb?

Because abortion is the only unthinkable sin mentioned in the Bible.

And because abortion is the worst social injustice ever:

Abortion kills the most innocent: an unborn child

Abortion kills the most helpless: a defenseless baby

Abortion is the cruelest: their heads and limbs are chopped off; their brains are sucked out

Abortion is the most prevalent: over 60 million children butchered in the U.S. since 1973; over 1.5 billion murdered worldwide since 1980 alone

Abortion is the most accepted: laws protect parent's rights to kill their own children

Of course "All Lives Matter." But if Black lives don't matter, then all lives don't matter. So there is a focus on black lives mattering because they haven't mattered for so long.

Of course we should be pro-life, from the womb to the tomb. But in the womb is where the greatest injustices and absolute unfathomable atrocities are happening to the greatest numbers of the most innocent and helpless human beings on the face of the earth. And it's all legal, protected by wicked, unjust laws! There is a reason the pro-life movement should continue to focus mainly on the unborn and not on "All Lives!" Scott Klusendorf writes in this DesiringGod Article

3. DON’T WATER DOWN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "PRO-LIFE."

One well-meaning pro-life organization insists the pro-life movement must not only save children but "programmatically" help others "build strong families, have healthy marriages, be better parents, and have thriving faith lives" — that, and promote responsible fatherhood.

Pro-lifers just got saddled with a backbreaking job description no single cause can pull off. True, as Christians we will care about many issues, but it doesn’t follow that the operational objectives of the pro-life movement must be broad as well. We do not establish “pro-life” credentials by diverting scarce resources from the unborn to take on issues that Christians with larger platforms and better funding are more than willing to address. That will kill the pro-life movement.

My friend John Ensor writes that to be "pro-life" means

to speak up on behalf of children being led to the slaughter, and to engage in the rescue of those children, and their parents, who are often victims of the big abortion lie. It doesn’t mean that, as Christians, we don’t care about other issues. It doesn’t mean we don’t try to help our neighbors when they are in trouble. But it does mean we will not dilute our organizational resources chasing after every conceivable extension of life, particularly when many of those other issues already have personnel and resources that dwarf those of dedicated pro-life organizations.

Pro-life students stand alone in their calling to save children. We need to help them fulfill it. We need to teach them how to stand well.

I agree. Yes, we should care about all lives, from the womb to the tomb. Yes, all lives do matter. But there is a particular reason we should particularly care particularly about black lives that have not mattered to others for so long. And there is a particular reason we should particularly care particularly about the unborn lives that have not and do not matter to so many others for so long. And still don't matter.

If you've had an abortion or encouraged someone to have an abortion or performed abortions, please read this powerful Gospel testimony

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Jesus (John 3:16)

Remember: "Abortion isn't a single-issue, it's millions of babies. Millions." Pete Bargas

All for Jesus, Who deeply loves all the little children in the world. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Insanity Of Claiming Christianity Was Copied From Earlier Pagan Myths Or Religions

I have encountered different people while doing street ministry who claim Christianity is copied from earlier myth religions. This claim is as ridiculous as claiming the movie Home Alone was copied from Christianity. I came across this funny point on a Facebook Page: Reclaiming Christianity: Destroying the Myth of Plagiarism From Egypt:

Is the story of Jesus told in Luke 2:42-52 stolen from the ancient myth of Kevin McAlister as told in Home Alone?
Also note these "amazing" parallels mentioned in the comments of the post

1. Kevin on a "cruciform" shape, between two thieves:
2. The head of the enemy being bruised while Kevin hangs. Surely the gospels must be plagiarized from this movie:
3. Kevin defeating his enemy with flames. The enemy came to steal, kill and destroy:
4. Depiction of a nail being driven through a foot:
The author writes: 

THIS is how ridiculous people sound when they make the parallel/plagiarism argument to try to prove Christianity came from Egypt or that the Bible's origin is rooted in these things. This isn't proof or truth, it's imagination and fallacy.

I 100% agree. It's absolutely ridiculous. There's no one, there's no one like Jesus! The best, short article I've ever read on this is: Was Christianity Copied from Pagan Myths?

And a very informative, but funny video is here from Lutheran Satire.

Friday, August 7, 2020

It's Not Stupid But Loving And Biblical To Tell Muslims The Truth About Muhammad

 

I posted the above picture portion of the hadith (hadith are collections of traditions about Muhammad and his words) Sahih al-Bukhari on Facebook with this message:

When my Muslim friends refuse to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the first thing I like to tell them about their false prophet Muhammad is that he married a six year old girl and had sex with her when she was nine (Aisha). He was in his fifties. It's in one of their most trusted hadith: 

You can check it out here: https://sunnah.com/bukhari 

Please turn away from Muhammad and come to the most precious, pure, powerful, praise-worthy Man Who has ever lived - the Lord Jesus Christ - the God-Man Who died for sinners and rose again from the dead so that you might be saved!

I got some responses that I would like to respond to here. Why is it not stupid to tell Muslims this truth about their false prophet but loving and Biblical? I'm glad you asked:

1. This Is Not Where I Start - Always Start With Jesus And The Gospel

First of all, note I wrote that I only bring this up when my Muslim friends refuse to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't start with the evil life of Muhammad. I start with the glorious, perfect, holy, amazing life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only this message can save anyone. But Jesus told His disciples:  

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Matthew 10:14

This action of shaking the dust from their feet pointed to the judgment that would come to those who reject Jesus and His message. I see my telling Muslims the truth about their false prophet as a kind of "shaking the dust off" indicating that if they will not take Jesus and His glorious salvation, they are left with an old, dead, false prophet who did horrendous actions such as this with a nine year old - and he cannot save you. I hope and pray this might leave them with a little pebble in their shoe, so to speak, which will be used by God to cause them to question what they've been taught about Muhammad and drive them to seek refuge in the real Man of men: Jesus Christ.

2. I Am Merely Stating What The Most Trusted Muslim Sources Already Say

When I point my Muslim friends to Sahih al-Bukhari, I'm not pointing them to some anti-Muslim, anti-Islam propaganda. I'm pointing them to their own most trusted sources so they can read for themselves. Many of the Muslims I encounter don't even know this about Muhammad. In my neighborhood in Philly, I once told a Muslim man I often saw doing street ministry this fact about Muhammad. He got really mad at first. He said, "Are you calling Muhammad a pedofile?!" I simply responded by telling him that "pedofile" was his word, not mine - I was merely telling him the truth about what Muhammad did. I gave him the source and told him to look it up. He walked away angry and incredulous. But about two weeks later, the same man came up to me and briefly said this: "You know what you told me about Muhammad, you are right." And he walked away. 

I pray that many Muslims would come to see the wicked life of Muhammad for what it is, and that their seeing of this might open doors for them to see the glory, purity, and beauty of Jesus Christ and move many Muslims to come to Jesus and be saved. There's so much more material like this on the truth about Muhammad's life as well.

3. It's Biblical And Loving To Tell People The Truth About False Prophets Who Will Ultimately Lead Them To Hell

 God's Word instructs us to expose unfruitful works of darkness: 

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Ephesians 5:11-14

If you love people, you are going to tell them the truth about people, places, things, and ideas that will hurt them, even if it offends them. Love will offend sometimes. Offense is not my first option. Offense is not (or shouldn't be!) my heart. Jesus and His Gospel message is my first option (and even that message will offend!). But when He is rejected - I will tell Muslims the truth about Muhammad. 

Consider a few examples of the "offensive" ways God's men have spoken to and about false prophets:

Elijah mocked the idol Baal and his false prophets: And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, "Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened." 1 Kings 18:27

Paul wished false teachers would cut their genitals off: I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! Galatians 5:12

Jesus called false teachers and false prophets snakes and ravenous wolves: You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Matthew 23:33

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15

And why did they speak this way? Love. They loved God's glory. They loved God. They loved the truth. They loved those who were being deceived and dragged to hell by false teaching. Love will speak up, even if feelings get hurt. 

One man who does not shy away from telling Muslims the truth about their false prophet and religion is Zakaria Botros. He was World Magazine's Daniel of the Year in 2008. He was so successful at helping Muslims see the truth about their religion that radical Muslims put a $60 million bounty on his head. One show he did was entitled: "Was Muhammad A Messenger From God Or Satan?" What motivates Mr. Botros to so "offensively" attack the false prophet of Islam? He says it's love. He said, "My program is to attack Islam, not to attack Muslims but to save them because they are deceived. As I love Muslims, I hate Islam."

Love tells the truth. And sometimes this loving truth-telling will be painful and offensive.

Another faithful brother who loves Muslims with offensive, confrontational love is Jay Smith. I first heard of Jay when Mark Dever mentioned his name in a sermon, remembering Jay had said that he expected to die at Speakers Corner in London where he preached to Muslims for so many years, confronting them about the lies of Islam. Here Jay is confronting numerous Muslims with the fact that the Quran is not a perfectly preserved holy book, but there are numerous Arabic Qurans with textual variations. Here David Wood interviewed Jay about this very matter of confronting Muslims with hard, offensive truths about their religion and why this kind of offensive work is so needed to love and reach Muslims for Christ. I love how Jay ended this video, reminding Muslims that all that they hope for in the Quran is found in the Word of God made flesh: Jesus Christ. Jesus is eternal; Jesus was sent down by God; Jesus is complete; Jesus is unchanged: the same yesterday, today, and forever! Hallelujah! What a Savior! May many Muslims come to Him!

4. One Of The Most Fruitful Men I Know In Ministry To Muslims Uses This Method

I rarely heard about or saw Muslims converting from Islam to Christianity. Until I was introduced to David Wood. David Wood is the main human instrument God used to bring a very devout Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi, to faith in Christ. Read this excellent autobiography about Nabeel's amazing conversion story. Also read his book comparing Islam and Christianity. You can also hear a shorter version of his testimony.

In Nabeel's conversion story, you see that one of the great barriers that had to be broken down in order for him to finally come to Christ was all the false ideas he had been taught about Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad. God used David Wood to help break down those barriers. Now David has a huge Youtube following in which he seeks to do just this: tell Muslims the truth about what the Quran and Islam's most trusted sources actually say about Muhammad and Islam. And God uses this. He uses this to open Muslim eyes to the truth and beauty of Christ by first showing them the lies, emptiness, and deception of Islam.

This is not the only method to reach Muslims for Jesus. But it is a method God does use, and it's not stupid and useless. We are commanded to "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge off God":

 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ . . . . 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

May we do so for the glory and praise of our great King Jesus and point people to Him, the only Savior. And may we do so with love and compassion!

5. Muhammad Cannot Be Compared With The One, True, Living God

One of the responses I received to my Facebook post implied that telling Muslims about their false prophet's attraction to a young girl is like telling Christians to abandon the God of the Bible because He commanded Israel to commit genocide and kill a whole race of people - referring to the Canaanite genocide. This comparison borders on blasphemy of the living God. I would tremble to make such a comparison.

First of all, Muhammad is a false prophet of a false god of a false religion. The God Who saved Israel from all of her enemies is the one, true, living God Who is just, righteous, good, and holy in all that He does, all the time. He is the triune God: One God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Second, every one and every nation that God commanded Israel to destroy through the Canaanite genocide deserved to be destroyed because their sin and rebellion against the holy God. 

Third, these judgments in the Old Testament point to the final judgment and are gracious and merciful ways that God is calling all people everywhere to repent of sin and turn to Him.

Finally, there is a trajectory in the Bible that the Quran does not share. There is a trajectory in the Bible toward grace, mercy, and salvation with the coming of Jesus Christ until the final judgment. Right now is a time you can make peace with King Jesus before He returns. Then He will destroy all of His enemies, but now He is crying to all people everywhere: Repent and believe the Gospel!

For more on this point, read Nabeel Qureshi's excellent article: How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?

6. Please Reject Muhammad And Believe In The Crucified And Risen God-Man: Jesus Christ


Unlike Muhammad, Jesus Christ never did anything sexually impure in thought, word, feeling, or deed. Jesus was the only perfect, sinless man who ever lived. He never looked at a woman with lust. He never even had sex with a woman, but was a pure virgin all of His life. He is totally God and totally man, all at the same time. And He was obedient to death, even to the point of death on the cross where He suffered the full measure of the wrath, anger, and fury of God toward sin and sinners. He died. He was buried. And on the third day, He rose from the dead, conquering sin, death, and hell. Now He is calling all people everywhere to turn from their sins and believe in Him for:

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Would you please come and trust in Him today? 

Please watch this excellent documentary on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, made in honor of Nabeel Qureshi: American Gospel: Christ Alone. There's a free, 1 hour version online. It's also available on Netflix until November 2020.

You can also read more about the Gospel here. Also in Arabic here.

There's no one like Jesus Christ! He's the King forever!