Saturday Song: Daniel Amos, “Cloak and Dagger”

I can’t recall how I met my friend Paul. What I remember well is him introducing me to the music of a Christian band from Los Angeles called Daniel Amos. I also saw the band play live at a church in Edmonton, Alberta. To my delight, they were a real rock band whose aim was to glorify the Lord.

One of their fine songs is “Cloak and Dagger.” Listen to it here.

During 1984, I was also introduced by a shortwave listener’s club to the shadowy world of spy number radio stations. On certain frequencies, spy agencies would broadcast groups of numbers which were red off by the sampled voice of a woman. Some stations used a male voice but I never heard those.

Spy’s in the field would be given a decoder, such as a pad of paper with numbers printed on each page, to convert the numbers into instructions which they would follow. These codes would only be used once and then discarded so as to protect the message sent out.

I wrote all this to explain that we also are in a covert war, not with a military force but a spiritual one. We have our instructions in Scripture. And though the world can read them, the messages are obscure due to sinners’ lack of the Holy Spirit teaching them.

Even so, we have double agents posing as believers. Paul warned in 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) that, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

We’re also warned in 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV), “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

And I know some women won’t like this verse but Paul does have a point. In 2 Timothy 3:6 (KJV), he wrote about these traitors and double dealers, “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,”

I hope you liked what I wrote and this song. Please comment if you feel led to do so.

By the way, I’ll be posting on Monday about what the Quran and the Bible say about our duty to governments. And if you’re not careful, you might even learn something. 🙂

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Spirit

dec04The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which runs the lives of Jehovah’s Witness members, also teaches incorrectly about the Holy Spirit. They claim that he’s really an impersonal force emanating from Jehovah. Neither do they believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead.

We can easily see from Scripture that the Holy Spirit is an individual by the use of personal pronouns. John 16:13 (KJV) records Jesus saying, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come

Additionally, an impersonal force can’t be grieved. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:30 (KJV). “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

And can an impersonal force talk? Check out what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV). “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

We have solid proof that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead in Acts 5:4 (KJV). A man named Ananias and his wife said they sold their property and were giving ALL the money to the church. But they agreed beforehand to keep part of the amount for themselves. That’s why Peter said to them, “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”dec04a

The Watchtower Society and all who follow their errors are in for dire chastisement, according to Hebrews 10:29 (KJV). “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

Even so, we mustn’t reject those individuals since they’ve been deceived. Instead, we must show them how wonderful salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ’s atonement alone is. Cults keep their victims running on the treadmill of works and the fear that they won’t do enough to be saved. They don’t understand that Christ has done it all for us through his death and resurrection.

I’ll be writing more abodec04but this treadmill of works in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Instead of trying to become righteous on our own, which won’t please God, Christ gives his righteousness to cover us with.

What Does ‘Jealous God’ Mean?

jun22One of the saddest stories I’ve heard is of Oprah Winfrey’s rejection of the Lord. While sitting in a Baptist church one Sunday, the preacher said God was a jealous God. In her ignorance, she assumed that God’s jealousy meant that he was petty and a control freak. So she turned away from her heavenly Father and has adopted all sorts of erroneous philosophies.

What does ‘jealous’ actually mean in God’s case? He seeks to protect and defend his name, all that he is, and those who trust in him alone. He warned about worshipping false gods in Exodus 20:5 (KJV) when he told the Israelites that, “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;” That’s important to note since it’s part of the Tenjun22a Commandments.

False gods do nothing to help their worshippers and are actually demons in disguise. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote to his protege in 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV). “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

Likewise, he wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:20 (KJV), “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”

God also came to the aid of Israel when they repented and he repaid the wickedness of their enemies. Here’s what Nahum 1:2 (KJV)says. “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.”

Paul also clears up what the Lord’s sort of jealousy means when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV), “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.”

From these, and many other scriptures, we can see that God’s jealousy isn’t the mean sort as ours is. He wants the best for us and he takes great umbrage at any denigration of his holy reputation.

jun22bFor this reason, I’m saving my money so I may publish my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven. People need to understand who God is and why sin is so odious to him. May God use my writing to steer people right.