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Motivational and Inspiration Stories for the Marketplace – The School of the Holy Spirit – 51 of 52 – Part 39 – The Last Words from an old dying man – 40 Tell-Tale Signs Old Apostle Peter Highlighted to Help Us Identify and Avoid False Teachers, Prophets, Bishops, Apostle, Deacons, Christians and instruction to beware and avoid them like a plague + How to counsel self and others on the issue of Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Hypocrisy and Homosexuality
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The School of the Holy Spirit 50 of 52 – What is the greatest QUEST in the kingdom of God? – Find out what it is and why from The Story of a Young Man Who Apostle John converted after his release from the Isle of Patmos and the Bishop who was to disciple the Young Man + How to counsel self and others on issues of Enemies, Envy and Jealousy
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Good evening friends, today, we are exploring – The School of the Holy Spirit – 51 of 52 – Part 39 – The Last Words from an old dying man – 40 Tell-Tale Signs Old Apostle Peter Highlighted to Help Us Identify and Avoid False Teachers, Prophets, Bishops, Apostle, Deacons, Christians and instruction to beware and avoid them like a plague + How to counsel self and others on the issue of Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Hypocrisy and Homosexuality
Brethren, last week, we explored Peter’s last letters to the Churches. Today, we continue with that letter, focusing on falsehood and the like. Jesus, John, Jude and Paul explored this matter of the danger of falsehood in the body of Christ. It was prevalent then and even much more now. Satan knows if he can’t beat them – the Christians, then certainly he can join them – the Christians. I can assure, with a discerning spirit, he has his agents planted in many gatherings and will do anything and everything to sow the seed of falsehood – Half-truths in our midst. Read 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
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14 And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;
15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. [But] their end will correspond with their deeds.
We see structures with a massive cross on or in them, we go in there to worship, letting our guards down and before we could say, “Jack Robinson,” we are drunk with the pollution and hypocritical spirit resident in those gathering that it could take a whole year of detoxification to get us back into the image and likeness of Jesus – That is, if we even had one before. The fact of the matter is we become the company we keep. We drink from the same polluted spiritual cup and if the foundation be destroyed, what really can the righteous do other than to address where the root went wrong.
In our day and age, we have seen the church splitting over the question of homosexuality – In Gods house for God’s sake and we see the churches split on very clear issues that are written in black and white in our bibles and we ask ourselves, “where on earth did we the Christians in this generation get it wrong?”
It is imperative that we are aware, take stock and take proactive action because everyone will give account of themselves to Almighty God as no one will have the opportunity to blame the church or the pastor or the bishop or the denomination we went to during our pilgrimage here on earth.
Hear from these three witnesses hereunder concerning final judgment on the need for personal accountability:
Jesus said: Matthew 12:36-37
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36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every [a]idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.
37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
Peter said: 1 Peter 4:5
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5 But they will have to give an account to Him Who is ready to judge and pass sentence on the living and the dead.
Paul Said: Romans 14:12
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12 And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
We need to pay attention to 40 tell-tale signs Peter highlighted in his last letters to the churches as written in 2 Peter 2. I found 40 tell-tale signs which I will list out at the end of the text under comments. You should read this letter yourself, hopefully, you might find 20 or 30 or 50 signs of falsehood. I will encourage you to open yourselves up so that the Holy Spirit can bring insights, convictions and obedient actions that honors and glorifies God our Father in Jesus name, Amen.
Let’s begin reading the text now…
2 Peter 2
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2 But also [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their immoral ways and lascivious doings; because of them the true Way will be maligned and defamed.
3 And in their covetousness (lust, greed) they will exploit you with false (cunning) arguments. From of old the sentence [of condemnation] for them has not been idle; their destruction (eternal misery) has not been asleep.
4 For God did not [even] spare angels that sinned, but cast them into hell, delivering them to be kept there in pits of gloom till the judgment and their doom.
5 And He spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven other persons, when He brought a flood upon the world of ungodly [people].
6 And He condemned to ruin and extinction the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashes [and thus] set them forth as an example to those who would be ungodly;
7 And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless—
8 For that just man, living [there] among them, tortured his righteous soul every day with what he saw and heard of [their] unlawful and wicked deeds—
9 Now if [all these things are true, then be sure] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom,
10 And particularly those who walk after the flesh and indulge in the lust of polluting passion and scorn and despise authority. Presumptuous [and] daring [self-willed and self-loving creatures]! They scoff at and revile dignitaries (glorious ones) without trembling,
11 Whereas [even] angels, though superior in might and power, do not bring a defaming charge against them before the Lord.
12 But these [people]! Like unreasoning beasts, mere creatures of instinct, born [only] to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their [own] corruption [in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed],
13 Being destined to receive [punishment as] the reward of [their] unrighteousness [suffering wrong as the hire for their wrongdoing]. They count it a delight to revel in the daytime [living luxuriously and delicately]. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their [a]deceptions and carousing together [even] as they feast with you.
14 They have eyes full of harlotry, insatiable for sin. They beguile and bait and lure away unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in covetousness (lust, greed), [they are] children of a curse [[b]exposed to cursing]!
15 Forsaking the straight road they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam [the son] of Beor, who loved the reward of wickedness.
16 But he was rebuked for his own transgression when a dumb beast of burden spoke with human voice and checked the prophet’s madness.
17 These are springs without water and mists driven along before a tempest, for whom is reserved forever the gloom of darkness.
18 For uttering loud boasts of folly, they beguile and lure with lustful desires of the flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrongdoers.
19 They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement—for by whatever anyone is made inferior or worse or is overcome, to that [person or thing] he is enslaved.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through [the full, personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse [for them] than the first.
21 For never to have obtained a [full, personal] knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained [such knowledge], to turn back from the holy commandment which was [verbally] delivered to them.
22 There has befallen them the thing spoken of in the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and, The sow is washed only to wallow again in the mire.
COMMENTS: Hereunder are 40 Tell-tell signs I found
- They cleverly tell lies about God – We must explore the scripture for ourselves. Don’t drink everything you hear or read that is said about God – Find out through diligent study of scripture
- They Turn against God
- They will disown Christ as part of trinity
- They will stealthily introduce heretical doctrines
- They will end terribly
- Many will follow their teaching on sex and sexuality which are against God ordained pattern
- People will scoff at Christ because of these type of teachers – Things that are morally wrong are practiced
- Greedy – They will tell you anything to get hold of your money
- Their fall will be like the falling angels – Hellbound – chained until judgment day
- Their end like those who got wiped out during the flood
- They will be like people of Sodom and Gomorrah, practicing lifestyle of that old sinful city
- God will continue to punish them even before judgment day
- They have evil lustful thoughts
- They are proud
- They are willful
- They are without good works especially to the less privileged but all about themselves
- They despise spiritual authority
- They call hell and brimstone on the devil
- They act foolishly – Animals are better than them
- They following their feelings
- They will be destroyed along with demons and powers of hell
- They live in evil pleasures day after day without a second thought that the actions are wrong
- They are stain and a disgrace among brethren
- They shamefully join in Holy communion without shame
- They run after women and commit adultery without a second thought
- Fornication is a way of life for them with anyone and everyone who are unstable spiritually and emotionally
- They train themselves to be greedy
- They are lost like Balaam, the son of Beor because they are in love with money
- They promise so much but deliver nothing – They over promise and under deliver
- They are unstable and unpredictable– One minute they are like this, the next minute, they are something else
- They are boastful about their sense of conquest
- They use lust as bait to draw people in, back into sin from where they just escaped
- They tell you, “You are not saved by being good.”
- They tell you, “Be bad.”
- They tell you, “Do whatever you like.”
- They tell you, “Be free.”
- They offer you freedom from the law of God
- They are slave to sin and destruction
- You cannot differentiate them from pagan
- They go back to their vomit
Peter, in highlighting these issues, was not judging the Church but the chaff – the angel of darkness masquerading as the angle of light that needed to be exposed to prevent many from falling out of the way. He wrote in 1 Peter 4:17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
17 For the time [has arrived] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will [be] the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God?
Jesus said in Mathew 7:1, that we should not judge but in verses 15 to 23, he told us to beware.. read His account here as we conclude this part, prayer that as we become aware, we take personal accountability for our eternity:
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15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
16 You will [a]fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [[b]worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear [c]excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Therefore, you will [d]fully know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?
23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].
May the Lord bless the reading of His word and may we become aware of our environment so that we can reposition ourselves relative to eternity in Jesus name, Amen
Now, Let’s Explore “How to counsel self and others on the issue of Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Hypocrisy and Homosexuality
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
DEFINITION: The fruit of the Holy Spirit refers to the nature of the Spirit revealed in the life of the believer, spiritual qualities which should be evident in the lives of all Christians.
FACTS ABOUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:
Spiritual Fruit comes through the Holy Spirit. It is the “Fruit of the Spirit”, not the fruit of self-effort. Developing spiritual fruit is a continuing work of the Holy Spirit in your life as a believer to conform you to the image of Christ. Like fruit in the natural world, you must continue to cultivate it.
Spiritual Fruit is evidence of spiritual maturity. Like fruit in the natural world, spiritual fruit it is a product resulting from the process of life. It is Christian character that is manifested in both personal and social conduct and is the evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in your life. Just as fruit takes time to develop in the natural world, spiritual fruit also takes time to develop. It is the product of growth in the life of the Spirit.
Spiritual Fruit is singular. The word “fruit” is singular. It is not plural. Spiritual fruit can be understood by the natural example of grapes. A cluster of grapes has individual grapes on it, but it is one cluster. In the natural world, when grapes are picked from the vine they are picked in a cluster. This cluster of grapes is called the “fruit” [singular] of the vine. Spiritually, there is one cluster of fruit with many individual facets.
You are chosen to bear fruit. Jesus said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last” (John 15:16).
Jesus placed great emphasis on fruit bearing. Read the parable of the vineyard that did not yield fruit (Luke 13:6-9) and the fig tree which had no fruit (Matthew 21:18-19).
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit consists of these qualities.
-Love, an emotion of deep affection, care, and concern, an unconditional giving of self to others.
-Joy, a quality of gladness, delight, and jubilance. Happiness depends on the world around you and your circumstances. Joy originates with the Spirit of God and is not dependent upon what is going on in the world or your outward circumstances.
-Peace, a condition of quiet, calm, tranquility, and harmony. Peace is the absence of strife, anxiety, and concern.
-Longsuffering is the quality of patience, the ability to cheerfully bear an unbearable situation and patiently endure.
-Gentleness is the quality of having a mild manner that is not severe, violent, or loud. It is a quiet and respectful kindness.
-Goodness, which is demonstrated through holiness and righteousness.
-Faith, a strong confidence in God which is manifested through a lifestyle of godly works.
-Meekness, which is controlled strength.
-Temperance, which is self-control, moderation in emotions, thoughts, and actions.
Developing the Fruit of the Spirit. Jesus used the term “fruit” of the Spirit as a natural parallel of a spiritual truth. Certain conditions are necessary to produce fruit in the natural world that are symbolic of things necessary for production of spiritual fruit. In the natural world, as well as the spiritual realm, specific conditions are necessary to assure growth. These include:
-Life: Just as life in the natural world comes through seed, life in the spiritual world came through the Seed of Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15).
-Water: Water is necessary to produce fruit in the natural world and the water of the Holy Spirit is necessary to produce fruit in the spirit world. It quenches your spiritual thirst and brings spiritual growth (John 7:38-39 and Isaiah 44:3).
-Light: It is response to light that stimulates growth in the natural fruit bearing process. It is your response to the light of God’s Word that produces the fruit of the Spirit (1 John 1:5-7).
-Air: Carbon dioxide is drawn in by a plant from the air which surrounds it and is necessary for growth and fruit production. The Word of God compares the Holy Spirit to air or wind (John 3:8). The “wind” of the Holy Spirit blowing across your life is much like the wind in the natural world. It scatters the seeds of the Word of God, separates the wheat from the chaff in your spiritual life, and fans the dying coals of your spiritual zeal to set you ablaze for God.
-Space: In Matthew 13 in the parable of the sower, competition for space choked out some plants. The believer who develops spiritual fruit will discover he must be set apart from the competition of the “weeds” of the world (Matthew 13:22; Romans 12:1-2).
-Roots: Roots are necessary to anchor and supply nutrients to the plant. Psalms chapter explains how to develop the root system in your spiritual life.
-Rest: Dormancy (rest) occupies a specific season in the natural growth cycle of plants. Dormancy is a period during which the plant may appear to be dead because there is no growth. Dormancy usually occurs right before a period of very rapid growth. One of the purposes of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to bring spiritual rest and refreshing. This spiritual refreshing results in rapid growth of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 28:11-12).
-Soil: Both in the natural and spiritual worlds, in order to produce fruit the ground must be properly prepared. In the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 it was the condition of the soil that affected the growth of the seed. Your heart is like soil in the natural world. If your heart is hard and filled with things of the world that choke out the Word of God, you will not bear spiritual fruit (Hosea 10:12).
-Death: Every time you plant a seed to produce fruit, it does not come to life unless it dies first (John 12:24; 1 Corinthians 15:36). Spiritual life depends on death to the things of the world. It requires death to sin, worldly desires, and pleasures. Death to the world results in the development of the fruit of Christ-likeness in your life.
-Attachment to the vine: In order to bear fruit in the natural world, a branch must be attached to the main plant. If the branch is broken off from the main, life-giving vine it will not bear fruit. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. In order to bear spiritual fruit we must maintain our relationship to Him (John 15:1-5).
-Pruning: Pruning is necessary in the natural world if a plant is to remain productive and bear fruit. When a farmer prunes a plant he cuts off the unproductive branches in order to make the plant produce more fruit. He removes everything which would hinder the growth of the plant. Pruning is also necessary in the spiritual world. Spiritual pruning is correction by God. The Bible also calls it chastisement. When God “prunes”, He removes from your life everything which would hinder your spiritual growth. This process is necessary if you are to bear spiritual fruit (John 15:2).
-Climate: Climate is important in developing good fruit. In the natural world, many types of fruit are developed in environments that are specially controlled. They are grown in buildings called “hot houses” at specific temperatures. They are protected from the real environment of the outside world. If you take a “hot house” plant and move it outside, it will soon die because it has lived only in a controlled environment and it cannot withstand the environment of the real world. Spiritually speaking, we do not want “hot house” Christians who look good in controlled settings but wilt on contact with the real world. Spiritual fruit should be just as evident in your contacts with the world as in the controlled settings of Christian friends and the church
DEALING WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:
Analyze your life. Which manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit are apparent? Which are lacking? Which need to be strengthened?
Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. The Fruit of the Spirit does not develop through self-effort. It develops from the resident power of the Holy Spirit within you. The Holy Spirit works with you by convicting you when you violate scriptural principles that will impede your spiritual growth.
Provide the proper environment for spiritual growth. Review the conditions for developing spiritual fruit in the preceding section and make sure you are providing a proper environment for fruit-bearing.
Remember that fruit-bearing is a process. In the natural world as well as the spiritual world, fruit develops over time with proper care. Do not become discouraged if you don’t always seem to manifest the spiritual qualities of the Holy Spirit in challenging situations. Ask God for forgiveness when you fail, and then ask Him to strengthen you in the areas in which you are weak.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:3)
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30)
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8)
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:17-20)
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” (Matthew 12:33)
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:14-15)
He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'”
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (John 15:1-6)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 15:15-16)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:16126)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15)
DEFINITION: Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding standards, beliefs, qualities opinions, virtues, and behaviors that one does not actual possess. In a biblical sense, a hypocrite confesses and claims salvation and spiritual maturity when they are actually void of these qualities. Some versions of the Bible translate “hypocrite” as “godless person.” A hypocrite is one who acts a false part, makes a false profession, and is a deceiver, imposter, and cheater.
FACTS ABOUT HYPOCRISY:
Hypocrisy is instigated by Satan. The Word describes Satan as a “liar,” and that is exactly what hypocrites do: They lie and deceive. 1 Timothy 4:2 speaks of “deceiving spirits”, and that is what operates in the lives of hypocrites.
Hypocrisy is sinful. Because lies and deceit are condemned by God, they are sinful.
There are hypocrites in every realm of life. Just as you would not judge all businessmen by one dishonest businessman, do not judge true believers by what you see in the life of a hypocrite.
Jesus taught against hypocrisy. He condemned the Pharisees, who were the religious leaders of the day, for their hypocrisy. See Matthew 6:2-6 and Matthew 23:13-32.
Hypocrites are legalists. First Timothy 4:3 states that hypocrites forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods. They demand of others what they, themselves, do not adhere to (Matthew 23:2-3).
Hypocrites are critical. Jesus described them as being concerned over a “speck of sawdust” in the eyes of others, while ignoring the “plank” in their own eyes (Matthew 7:3-5).
Their worship is in vain. Jesus said that hypocrites honor Him with their speech, but their hearts are far from Him, so their worship is in vain (Matthew 15:7-9).
Hypocrites look good on the outside. By outward appearances, you might think they are true believers, but they are not (Luke 11:39-44).
Hypocrites teach demonic doctrines. According to 1 Timothy 4:3, deceiving spirits and things taught by demons cause people to abandon the faith.
DEALING WITH HYPOCRISY:
Ask God to forgive you if you have been living a hypocritical life. Hypocrisy is sin, and as all sin, must be confessed and forgiven.
Study the Word of God. The Word is truth and will help you live in truth rather than by deceitful doctrines that foster hypocrisy.
Separate yourself from hypocrites. Do not make hypocrites your close friends because you become like those with whom you associate (Proverbs 22:24).
Do not sit under the teaching of hypocrites. If the life-style of your minister, teacher, or spiritual leader does not line up with their confession, do not continue to sit under their teaching. It is deceptive and will cause you to depart from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT HYPOCRISY:
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he may gain much, if God takes away his life? (Job 27:8, NKJV)
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. (Proverbs 11:9, NKJV)
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:2-6)
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” (Matthew 15:7-9)
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (Matthew 23:2-3)
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? (Matthew 23:13-32)
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men. (Mark 7:6-8)
Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside [the dish] to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it.” (Luke 11:39-44)
Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? (Luke 12:56)
Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely. (Luke 20:46-47)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
DEFINITION: Homosexuality is sexual attraction and sexual intimacy with the same sex–men with men, women with women. The term “homosexual” is used to denote men who engage in such practices, and the term “lesbian” is used for females. In some cultures homosexuals are also referred to as being “gay”. Related terms are “transvestite’–one who wears clothing of the opposite sex for sexual gratification–and “transsexuals”, people who claim to be of the opposite sex and sometimes seek surgery and hormone therapy in order to become so.
FACTS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY:
Views about homosexuality. In the past, homosexuality was viewed by most people as being abnormal. In many nations now, the trend is towards acceptance. But the attitudes of people and society are not the important issue. What God says about homosexuality has not changed: “Forever, O Lord. Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89, NKJV).
Homosexuality is sin. Romans 1 explains how homosexuality develops. It is not learned behavior and you are not born that way, neither do you become that way because of your environment. We are all born with the basic sin nature, and homosexuality is one manifestation of sin. As with all sins, forgiveness from God must be sought by one engaging in such activities.
Homosexuality is classified as fornication in the Bible. Fornication is sexual intercourse between people who are not married according to the biblical definition of marriage–which is one man with one woman. Any form of sexual activity outside of marriage is considered fornication by the Bible. Homosexuality is just one of several sins that are called fornication.
Jesus condemned fornication. In Matthew 19:1-8, Jesus condemned any sinful sexual relationships outside of marriage–which includes homosexuality. The established order was to be one man married to and engaging in sex with one woman for life. Homosexuality is a departure from God’s established order for the sexes.
The book of Jude condemns “strange flesh.” It describes how certain men in the church had gone after “strange flesh”, which means “another flesh with the same quality.” A so-called “gay or homosexual church” is not part of the true church because they are not teaching and living by the mandates of God’s Word.
A practicing homosexual who refuses to repent is not a Christian. If you are a practicing homosexual, you are sinning according to God’s Word. As with any sin and other acts of fornication, a true believer can be tempted and drawn into this sin through his lust. But, as with all regressions into evil, you must seek forgiveness and extricate yourself immediately from the sinful lifestyle.
A person who claims to be bi-sexual–desiring and having relations with both men and women
–is committing fornication according to the Word of God.
Homosexuality, as all sin, will be judged by God. The good news is that you can be forgiven and escape this judgment: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
You can be set free from homosexuality. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, TLB)
You can overcome homosexual temptation. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
DEALING WITH HOMOSEXUALITY:
Do not reject a relative or friend if they are a practicing homosexual or lesbian. Continue to love and pray for them just as you would someone who is unsaved and bound by drugs, prostitution, or other immoral conduct. Condemn the sin, not the sinner. You must, however, take a firm scriptural stand when questioned.
If you are a homosexual or lesbian seeking help, the first step is to agree with what God says about it. It is sin. It is not learned behavior and you were not born that way.
Ask God for forgiveness. Homosexuality is sin, and as with any sin it must be confessed and forgiven. If you are not a born-again believer, accepting Christ as your Savior is the first step towards eliminating homosexuality. If you are a believer who has been tempted and/or committed homosexual acts, ask God for forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9).
Pray a prayer of deliverance. Ask God to deliver you from homosexuality and to restore a healthy, God-given sexual desire.
Do not associate with practicing homosexuals. Seek friends who are not involved in or sympathetic towards the homosexual lifestyle.
Do a spiritual housecleaning. If you have any music, videos, pictures, literature, or clothing that promotes homosexuality, get rid of it. If you are a member of a “gay” group, resign. Remove any homosexual sites from your Internet links.
Renew your mind and keep your new commitment through the Word of God, prayer, and affiliation with a Bible-believing church.
Know that you will be tempted again. Satan will return to tempt you, but you can be assured on the basis of God’s Word that…”No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13). When Satan comes with temptation, take control of your mind immediately, submit yourself to God, rebuke Satan, and he will depart (James 4:7). Take the way of escape!
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY:
They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.” (Genesis 19:5-7)
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. (Leviticus 18:22)
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable… (Leviticus 20:13)
For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21)
The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom (a city that flaunted homosexuality); they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. (Isaiah 3:9)
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. (Romans 1:26-27)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:11-14, 22-23)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:13)
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, TLB)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:1-5)
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (Ephesians 5:3)
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:6)
Father, thank You for helping us to build our intimate needs of significance, self-worth and security on you. Lord Jesus, You are the mighty counselor, the everlasting Father, the king of Kings and the lord of Lords, you have commanded us to be your ambassador and to represent you correctly. Lord, we pray that you will equip us through the subseries to be all that you have called us to be and to do in Jesus name. Give us a teachable heart that learns, apply to ourselves first and to others Lord, God. We pray that as a result of our effectiveness, more souls will be added to the kingdom, the backslidden will be restored to the glory of Your name.
We present to you the title we treated today “The Last Words from an old dying man – 40 Tell-Tale Signs Old Apostle Peter Highlighted to Help Us Identify and Avoid False Teachers, Prophets, Bishops, Apostle, Deacons, Christians and instruction to beware and avoid them like a plague + How to counsel self and others on the issue of Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Hypocrisy and Homosexuality
Thank you for this message, we commit to be discerning concerning the times and seasons, as we race towards the end, ensuring that we will not fall along the way side as a result of bad company in the name of Jesus Christ. Grant us grace as we are willing to flee such associations in the name of Jesus Christ. Lead us into associations, fellowships, relationships that will fire us up to the image and likeness of Your Son, Lord God
Concerning the issue of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, cause our lives to match up with our confession and convictions in You Lord Jesus Christ. We shun every appearance of evil in us, around us in the name of Jesus Christ. Lord concerning the issues of Hypocrisy and Homosexuality, make us adept to help those who want to be helped. If we are guilty in any of these ways, Lord, we repent wholeheartedly today, forgive us as we confess that we abandon those evil ways that are contrary to Christian doctrine in Jesus name.
Dear God, we know that you are looking for people who are loyal, faithful and humble to work through and walk with. May You find us in so doing in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
We continue to pray for the thousands of visitors to our sites day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out that they will encounter You Lord Jesus in a brand-new way that will lead to lasting transformations Lord God.
Thank You for we know you will do exceedingly, abundantly and above all that we can even ask or think according to your sovereign will for these times and seasons in Jesus name, amen and amen.
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