"The common religion of the day is a mingle- mangle of Christ and Belial. If God be God serve Him: if Baal
be God, serve him. There can be no alliance between the two. Jehovah and Baal can never be friends. Ye cannot
serve God and Mammon, No man can serve two masters. All attempts at comprimise in matters of truth and purity are founded
on falsehood. May God save us from such hateful double-mindedness. You must have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Walk worthy of your high calling with dignity...
If thy trust is stayed upon Christ who is God's great way of Salvation, thou has evidence that you were
chosen of him form before the foundation of the world; and that faith of thine entittles thee to all the privileges which
Christ has pormised in his word to believers....
If you get Christ, you are in his church. If you have laid hold on him, you are a member of that secret
and invisible community of His elect and His redeemed; but it is not by baptism nor by birthright that you can ever be so.....
If you have not Christ, your church certificates are waste paper and your membership with any people,
however pure and apostolic they may be, is but a name to live while you are dead, for the only way, the sole way, of getting
into the real, vital, living church of Christ, is by coming to Christ who is Himself the door...~Charles H. Spurgeon
I thought these words to be as relevent today as they were in the 1800's when they were written. First,
if you know Jesus, then you are called by him, and it is a high calling. We are told to forget those things which
are behind us, reach forth to those things which are before us, and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus~ (Philippians 3:13 +14)
There is no place for comprimize. So many struggle with habits and evil desires but this needs not be the
case. God can heal instantaneously. It may take time to GROW in knowledge, to smooth out our walk, but deliverance
is complete, on the spot. When Jesus or the apostles cast out demons or lay hands on the sick to heal, in most cases
the resulting miracle was instant. In fact, rarely was there a delay to the deliverance. How far we have fallen
from this power!! Today we unfortunately have wedded pop psychology and New Age self help Teachings to the gospel, and
the result is as Spurgeon said, a "mingle- mangle of Christ and Belial." The result of this foolishness is nothing but
undeliverable souls, because ongoing "therapy" has replaced the mighty hand of Gods deliverance!
Your faith, if you truly have faith does indeed entitle you to all the privilages of Christs prom9ses in
his Word. Some of these promises are the power to cast out devils and heal the sick (Mark 16:17-18) Jesus says these
are SIGNS that shall follow those who believe. Now I'm not going to preach signs here and make an emphasis on miraculous
wonders. The Word simply states that signs shall follow those who believe. If there are NO signs following you,
if you have not experienced at least SOME signs of Gods ppwer, the question that must be asked is, do you REALLY believe?
If signs are supposed to follow those who believe and there are no signs, then do you believe? Or
are you perhaps like those who are church members only, thinking attendance or membership, or baptism, or daily Bible reading,
or prayer makes you a Christian? Those things may be good, but they do NOT make you a child of God! Jesus makes you
a child of God, imparts faith, which you excercise reciprically, Trusting entirely in him, and hence the living word dwells
within you by the Holy Spirit; who also empowers you; and who also shall spontaneously perform these "signs" of which we speak!
"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God which worketh in you both to will and
to do of his good pleasure."~ (Philippians 2:120
God working in you. Realize what this is saying. Not just the letters of the words, but the
life empowering them, which is eternally consistant, settled in the heavens, permeating all creation, piercing to the heart,
illuminating the mind. Discerning these truths we need to daily work out our salvation, seeking God- not "trying" to
do good but just doing it by letting God work in us and through us. Herein we will live in the Spirit and overcome the
deadness that abounds in modern Theological meanderings----