Recently I have come across comments and articles about saints, so I thought I would clarify the biblical position on this. To cut to the chase, everyone who has accepted the Lord Jesus as Saviour and has been cleansed by his sacrifice on the Cross is “sanctified” thereby.
The bible does not speak of saints as being a specially holy group of people, but they are simply Christians.
“I have been taken to Heaven since 1996, about three times a week; so if you want to multiply it, that’s probably how many times I’ve been, I’ve lost count…” [Quote from Divine Encounter II Disc 1 #10 by Kat Kerr]
For this article I am indebted to several writers, whose words I have collated and abridged. They are listed at the end of the post along with direct quotes from Kat Kerr’s videos and books. There you will also find links to a few of the many videos of Kat Kerr and her beliefs.
My task in this article is to dispel the common myth that angels have wings and halos. This has come into popular belief through many paintings, drawings and depictions throughout the ages, not to speak of movies and other media.
However, what we need to do is look at the truth in the bible, not modern media.
One popular modern interpretation is shown in the image above, an “angel” not only with wings and glowing light, but as a woman. This is often the case in today’s images.
“You must be born again” (John chapter 3:7). But why, how, and what does it actually entail? I think many Christians see that phrase “born again” merely as another way of saying “become a Christian” and of course the world’s media has thoroughly corrupted the phrase as well, [likewise the word “charismatic”] so that the original meaning has been swamped by modern ideas.
We have arrived at a time in history when celebrities, influencers (as well as unknown hopefuls) crave followers. They will do almost anything, including foolish and dangerous things; they will say almost anything regardless of the consequences, in the rabid pursuit of followers. People today are judged not so much by their actions but by their number of followers online.
We know of the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” in Proverbs 9:1 but now it seems the Church is intent on leading its followers, as well as the rest of the world, into an entirely different way of thinking. Here I will try to quickly summarise the main problems, being aware that there is so much more excellent material online for you to access in addition to this.
We are familiar with the verse that urges us to “put on the full armour of God” [Ephesians 6:10-17 British spelling throughout] but I got new light on those verses when I realised the obvious fact that all this armour isn’t ours – by striving, effort, mental/spirit achievement, or anything else that is human.
How To Cope With Unanswered Prayer: The bulk of this post is from a website and magazine called “Just Between Us“. I found it useful so I wanted to share it with you. The reason is, lately I have struggled with the problem of prayers that seemingly go unanswered.
(I know little to nothing about the website this post comes from, nor its owners, so I encourage you to visit it for yourselves if you would like to know more.)
The devil is rightly called the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and his tactics are to bring believers into fear and condemnation. His works are increasing in these last days, so maybe there is something to be learned from what happened to me last night.
There are many excellent blogs and youtubes and articles these days exposing error, and they all have their place. They usually examine in depth one of the many false teachers, pastors, “apostles” or prophets that proliferate all over the TV and Internet, not to speak of megachurches (especially in America.)
Are you aware that DEATH is the penalty for your activities since your natural birth, simply as a result of being born as a fallen human being, the child of Adam? Not just mortal death, but eternal death – being cut off from the love and life of God for ever.
It’s not just difficult to qualify for salvation – it’s impossible! That is the truth we learn from the plight of the “rich young ruler” a man with enough money and influence to consider himself qualified in the eyes of Jesus, but sadly he learned the opposite.
The Lord says, “In a little while I will shake the heavens and the earth once more. I will also shake the ocean and the dry land. I will shake all the nations. Then what is desired by all nations will come to my temple. And I will fill the temple with glory,” says the Lord who rules over all. (Haggai 2:6-7 NIRV)
Days of turmoil, uncertainty and pressure are upon us. Some are buckling under the strain and doubting God, but almost everyone is aware of the changing nature of the life we are now experiencing.
I think it’s a useful idea, given current events, to examine the biblical “birthpangs” or the “beginning of sorrows”. We might actually be moving into that time of history, or indeed have been there for quite a while already. Let’s see.
As I was browsing Quora for an entirely different reason, I came across this statement, which blessed me and caused me to think beyond it to the Rapture and the Bride of Christ. Here’s the original question and the answer:
Why did Joseph take Mary with him to Bethlehem when they weren’t even married and there was no need for her to go?
We all use terms that we understand and apply to biblical events, although the word itself doesn’t appear in the bible. For example, we all say “Rapture” and apply it to the “catching away” of believers in the last days. The word ‘rapture’ is not in the modern English translations of the bible however.
Likewise, the word “millennium” does not appear in the Bible. It comes from two Latin words, “mille” and “-ennium,” which together simply mean “a thousand years.”
We all say “Antichrist” and it’s become detached from its original scriptural use and become a cultural trope misapplied by almost everyone who uses it colloquially and on social media these days. We are in danger now of missing the real Antichrist because of this muddle.
I believe we are coming up to the end of society and the world as we have known it. There is an anticipation, as well as disquiet, that most of us feel.
This seems like a replay of the last days of Jesus, as the BODY of Christ now walks the same path and faces the same challenges and choices. But also the same deep division of opinion has emerged as to how to handle those challenges.
The people of God have walked this path before, and we can learn much from their story, their responses, and their solution. That is why I titled this “Jesus or Barabbas”.
When a thought pops into my head, I wonder why, and then I do some research around it. A few days ago I suddenly thought “The waters of Meribah” so of course that set me off. I read the bible text, [Numbers 20:2-13] then a few online commentaries.
But what is the significance of this passage for us today?