Friday, December 08, 2006not the "Friday Night" type, I'm afraid...
Topic # 1: Friday Evangelism and my health.
Sadly, there will be no "Friday Night Notes" tonight due to yet another cold. I've been coughing non-stop for the last 3 days so I'm in no shape to brave the cold and preach the Word. I would ask all my Christian brothers and sisters to kindly remember me in prayer, that the antibiotics the doctor prescribed would do the trick.
Topic # 2: Commenting on my blog.
Some of you, my "regular" readers, have noticed that your comments aren't showing up "in real-time". The reason for the delay is that I have activitated the Comment Moderation feature of the Comment box. Why have I done this? See topic # 3.
Topic # 3: St-Stephen's University.
In my last Friday Night Notes, I mentioned my pastor's strange encounter with two graduate students from St-Stephen's University, a supposed "Christian University". Well, apparently, my humble little blog has caught the attention of the several members of the SSU's staff AND student body! Over the last 24 hours, I have been peppered with dozens upon dozens of comments and e-mails, with well over 95% of them being scornful and mocking. So I put the brakes on.
Looking at all these correspondances, one thing is absolutely crystal clear: St-Stephen's University is NOT a Christian University, it is an agnostic-forming, devil-led institution. Without a shadow of a doubt. Not one of the commentors from the SSU had anytime for the Bible, most, if not all, even go so far as claiming that the Scriptures are NOT the all encompassing Truth and Revelation from God.
So, just like the responces I have received from disgruntled Romanists, Ba'hais, Muslims and other false teachers, all of the commentors from SSU will be subject to my Commenting Rules, and that, very rigourously. I've already completely banned some of them. Things being equal, those who hate the Truth will eventually leave, and the Comment Box will get back to normal.
I appreciate your patience, dear readers.
Topic # 4: Paul Washer Video:
Thanks be to my sister Ania for sending me this LINK, it is a video presentation of missionary Paul Washer's sermon at a Youth Rally in Alabama. This is really good stuff. Everyone should see this.
(you would never get that kind of instruction as St-Stephen's University, that's for sure!)
Topic # 5: My parting shot, to the SSU.
SSU faculty and students,
You have all been real busy in writing, roaming through my blog, salivating at the opportunity to tell me off or demonstate some wickedness; now please put away the keyboards, and read, carefully. To ensure this is done, be advised that NONE OF YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED. There will be NO Q/A. Read, and then go to your Bibles. If you don't want the Bible, you are so wasting your time here.
The Bible is the Word of God. The rule for all faith and practice. The Bible, plus nothing. This is the teaching of 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Not just Old Testament Scripture, but everything that is called Scripture. How do Christians know what is Scripture, and what is not? Primarily, the Second Birth. Many of you don't understand this, and the reason is simple: not only are you not born-again Christians, you don't even know what the term means.
Before one is converted in Christ Jesus, a person is SPIRITUALLY DEAD IN SIN AND TRESPASS AGAINST GOD (Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:9-18). The term TOTALLY DEPRAVED fits here. Such a "dead" person cares nothing about God or His revelations, they are foolishness to him/her (1 Corinthians 1:18-31). When someone is converted, they are born-again... made spiritually alive (physical life = first birth; spiritual life = second birth). Everything changes then. Instead of walking in the wilderness caring nothing of the Great Shepherd, all of sudden the converted soul hears the Good Shepherd AND FOLLOWS (John 10:11-16). There is no mistaking the Good Shepherd for any other hireling, because the Holy Ghost seals and guides the born-again saint (John 14:26). God the Holy Spirit is actually inside the believer, keeping/preserving him or her (1 Corinthians 6:19).
This is why I claim that, as SSU students, none of you are Christians (it is possible some of you may actually be saints in great error... time will tell). It isn't: "Nah! Nah! Nah! You're stupid unbelievers and I'm a great saint of God!" Rather, I am declaring to you that your own words and attitudes prove you are not born-again. You are all tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14), you are ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth (2 Timothy 3:7). I do not take pleasure in your lost state, rather I declare it to you in the hopes that the Lord will use my wake-up call to save some of you (Rand the preacher doesn't save anyone, God does!). The last thing a person who is about to be hit by a bus needs to hear is: "Hey man! I love you... peace!" What he needs to hear is: "Watch out, if you don't do something, you'll die!!!" That's my message to you today.
The commandment (and yes, it's a commandment, not an invitation or a suggestion) of God to every person in the wordl today is: "Repent and believe on the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Mark 1:15; Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30). Obedience to this commandment can only be attained by those who are born-again. So the question on which your eternal soul hangs is:
Are you born-again?
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
(if you don't know, you're not. If you're not... don't you think it's time you dropped to your knees and asked God to do something about that?)
On that note, I'm off. I'm going to watch that Paul Washer video (again!), and then some prayer before I lay down for some serious rest.
Oh Lord, my God, if You will, save tonight through the testimony of this insignificant blog. There is no strength in me or in my words, but there is almighty power in Your Word, the Holy Bible. Will You not, this night, despite my physical infirmity, send Your Holy Spirit to revive the heart of some wanderer who has come here? Oh Lord, like your prophet Jeremiah stated, I both hope and quietly wait for your salvation. In your precious Son's Name.
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