Yea or Nay
by Ken Pullen
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.“
John 14:15 — English Standard Version
I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Matthew 7:21-23 — English Standard Version
The idea for this specific column struck me a few days ago. I jotted down a working title of “Fair-Weather Christians” on a scrap of paper on my desk and let it be. The whole idea of being something other than a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ the Lord and claiming to thus be Christian has never set well with me, nor should it with anyone. While I have hopefully grown as a disciple of Jesus’ in the 11 plus years this place has been in existence, and some of my thinking has certainly changed as far as priorities and such, I have never, and will never alter the belief, which is founded in Scripture, that a person either is a Christian or they are not. There is no middle ground. No kind of a Christian. One either is or they ain’t. Period. Not according to me. According to God, Jesus and Their inerrant infallible living Word.
I have for years now beat redundantly like a woman from decades ago beating an old carpet hanging on a line to get all the imbedded dirt out, the fact the vast majority claiming to be a Christian are not. Many thus shun me claiming I am making judgments I ought not to make. I am not making a judgment — I am stating a fact based on years of careful study and observation. Seeing the writing on the wall so to speak. The fruits being bared. The dead branches. The corruption and perversion of the churches, of the Word of God. A person cannot play the role of Marie Antionette and eat some cake while keeping it all neatly intact as well. Defies all reason and logic. And in the case of being a disciple of Jesus it defies all the teaching contained with the Holy Bible. I am not and do not judge who enters into eternal life or is cast into the lake of fire for eternity. Jesus is the Judge of such important matters. But, as past disciples observed and commented on false teachings, heretics, false teachings, perversions, corruptions and the ways of the world and man within the body, so, to, I observe and comment.
As life would have it, how incredible some things clearly come to be in this life, I was online for a wee bit prior to sitting down to work on ACP today. I saw a poll at the bottom of an article I was reading (I sometimes take these immediate online polls presented at the bottom of articles on Windows 10, Microsoft / MSN pages as they do offer up a “pulse” if you will on the current state of things in part) and the first multiple choice question, in the series of about 5 questions before discovering the results, was;
Do you consider yourself?
1.) A Christian but neither evangelical or fundamentalist.
2.) An evangelical Christian.
3.) A fundamentalist Christian.
4.) Not a Christian at all.
As of my partaking of this current, immediate online poll 142,000 + people had responded.
A whopping 60% responded they certainly considered themselves Christians but also did not identify themselves as either evangelical or fundamentalist.
10% replied they considered themselves evangelical Christians.
Only 8% responded they were fundamentalist Christian (I was one among this minority number — unless you participate in the polling you cannot learn the results at the end).
And 23% declared they are not Christian whatsoever.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:13-14 — English Standard Version
Dear ones, no man or woman can truly be a disciple of Jesus Christ without fundamentally believing in the whole of the Scriptures. Every word — EVERY WORD — from Genesis 1:1 on through Revelation 22:21.
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
John 14:23-24 — English Standard Version
To forsake the fishing nets and drop what is of this world and was occupying our hearts and minds before Jesus entered and within our hearts said, “Follow me” requires fundamental belief and fundamental obedience. Not replacing the Word of God — all of it — with denominational teachings created of men placing emphasis on what particular men, not authors of the Bible, deemed most important. Not in following denominations that pervert and corrupt the truth of the Word. Not in picking and choosing words, lines, verses, passages, stories and examples from the Bible one likes and agrees with while ignoring, refuting, denying, disobeying and declaring the remaining parts null, void, no longer relevant.
It’s either yea or nay.
Either all in or you’re out.
Not according to me. According to God. According to Jesus. According to the whole of the Word of God.
Paul Defends His Ministry
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 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, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 10:1-6 — English Standard Version
There are no partway, part-time, sometimes disciples of Jesus Christ. And if one is truly a Christian? Then they must certainly be a DISCIPLE. All in. Or all out. No wading pool this being a Cristian whereby one can dip their tootsies in if they think the water is fine while never immersing themselves, submersing themselves fully in the life-giving waters and whole of the teachings of the Holy Bible.
It is more than believing. It is TRUST and LIVING IN Christ. OBEYING Christ.
Out of LOVE. GENUINE KNOWLEDGE OF THE REAL DEEP LOVE — not the world’s sort. Not the merely emotional. Spiritual love. From the depth of the soul, from all of the spirit within.
We ought not desire or be drawn to the world’s ways, the false teachings, false teachers and sin because if we truly love Jesus and God we than do not want to make Jesus and God sad. We do not want to displease Jesus and God. We do not want to GRIEVE Them. Do not GRIEVE God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
And in disobedience. In serving self, serving this world (and thus serving the Evil One) we are in direct violation and breech of doing that which is pleasing and acceptable unto the Lord.
We are not to live to please ourselves, nor please others. We are to be DISCIPLES of Christ’s. Not merely say we believe, have a graven image in jewelry of gold, silver, precious metals, precious stones, or even wood hanging from our necks, with our lying deceitful tongues profess we’re “Christians” and then think in attending a church — or in NOT attending a true Bible-based, Bible-centered, Bible-teaching & preaching church because we claim we can’t find one (seeking your definition of what is acceptable and perfect over what God and the Word teaches us we need if we are truly disciples of His Son, Jesus Christ we obey, we seek the fellowship of genuine fellow believers, we assemble to praise, honor the Lord and be fed from His Word by a true Bible-centered pastor, preacher or minister NOT spewing false teachings, the lies of the world), and thus think we’re once and done and automatically in. We got the jewelry round our necks, we’re going to “a church on Sunday’s” and that’s what being a genuine Christian amounts to.
Woe to any of these.
Woe to any vainly imagining their “church”; ill, diseased, weak, misguided — a sickness within the body not obeying, serving, believing, trusting and living according to the Head and following the lies and sin of the Evil One brought in to so many so-called “Christian churches” and denominations in these last of the last days in our corrupt, mightily fallen and broken world are walking upon the right path.
The right path is illuminated by the living, inerrant, infallible Word of God;
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted;
give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end.
I hate the double-minded,
but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.
Psalm 119:105-120 — English Standard Version
A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:33-37 — English Standard Version
A Tree and Its Fruit
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
Matthew 7:15-20 — English Standard Version
Do Not Love the World
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 — English Standard Version
By Grace Through Faith
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-9 — English Standard Version
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
James 4:3-10 — English Standard Version