Wednesday, June 12, 2024

                                                                


                                    TIME FOR MAJOR                                                   CORRECTION

                            ABOUT LAW, WISDOM & PEACE

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend them.” (Ps. 119: 165)

 There is a famine in the world today! A dearth of genuine wisdom and understanding is crippling society and maki

idiots out of supposedly intelligent human beings.  This is happening in society in general:academia, government, the entertainment world, the judicial system and even in the church!

 Anyone driving past one of the many Casinos inour cities – early in the morning or late at night - will notice hundreds of vehicles in their huge parking lot! In my opinion, only a lost or misguided person would give his or her valuable time to such a senseless, corrupting, and degenerate pastime!

 NEO -FASCISM IN CANADA?

 As one observes the lack of moral values, coupled with the ‘neo-fascism doctrine’ of political correctness - which labels anyone who disagrees with their concept as fascists - being taught in our universities - it is easy to understand why the majority of Canadians would have sustained a corrupt government for 12 years, even though they pushed through Parliament some of the most immoral and discriminatory laws ever enacted.

You say: “Wait a minute. What are you talking about? Which laws?” Well, let me give you just two for starters: Is it not immoral and imbecilic to pass a law that allows courts to lower the age of consent for sodomy from 18 years to 14 to satisfy the perverted lusts of dirty old men who salivate for young boys’ bodies?

 HERE IS THE BENCHMARK RULING:

 In the 1995 Rosenberg decision, a Canadian Federal Court ruled that the age of consent for SODOMYmust be reduced to 14 years from18, since anal sex is“a basic form of expression for gay men.” Is that not blatant discrimination against impressionable boys to be corrupted by sexual perverts?

The above UNHOLYand EVILLaw that brought pedophiles to Canada in search of 14-year-old boys to lawfully molest is now history. By the grace of God, the empty-headed people who enacted that perverted Law have since lost their power in Ottawa.

On May 1, 2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper – much to the disappointment of the Liberal Party – prevailed in passing a new law protecting children from pedophiles by raising the age of consent for anal sex from 14 to 16 years of age!

 MOST EXPLICIT TV PORN IN CANADA!

And when one considers Canada’s non-law on PORNOGRAPHY it doesn’t surprise us that our nation – according to news reports - is credited with “having the most explicit TV porn in the world.” Below is an excerpt from a recent article by Shannon Kari in CanWest News Service, Toronto:

 “Along with calls for more liberal marijuana laws and the legalization of homosexual marriage, Canadians may also become known for having more explicit adult content available on television than any other country in the world.

 “In the past 12 months, two new 24-hour-a-day X-rated channels have launched on digital cable and direct-home satellite. As well, the specialty channel The Movie Networkhas expanded explicit content to four nights a week and the introduction of video-on-demand technology has dramatically increased the number of adult films offered to Canadian television consumers.

“The main beneficiaries of the dramatic increase in pornographic content are the cable and satellite distributors in Canada, who make as much as 70 cents of every dollar from pay-per-view or subscription-based adult purchases on television. It is not an insignificant market. According to the California-based trade publication Adult Video News, sales and rentals of Adult films (including television-based sales) topped $4 billion US in North America in 2002.

 “In December 2000, Ten Broadcasting was among the dozens of applicants that were awarded “category2” digital television licences by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. With titles such as Young Sluts Inc. #3orTeens Gone Bad # 2, the channels live up to a promise on the X website to offer “an alternate to the traditional softer programming seen on most adult specialty channels by broadcasting much more explicit movies 24/7.”

 DIVINE LAW & JUSTICE!

How could this have happened in Canada? Why did we allow this horrible degeneracy to infect our children and grandchildren?What has our government done to us?Why have the Preachers in our nation not cried out against this filth?O’ God forgive us for our complacency and indifference! Help us in this desperate hour of sin and ungodliness and perversion, I pray in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Lucien Maynard, MLA delivered an impassioned speech on August 6, 1937, in the Alberta Legislature about the government’s duty to help starving people (during the Great Depression) and keeping the banks in check.

In his memorable speech Lucien Maynard made a compelling and eloquent defence of Divine law and Justice.He stated that in order for human law to be legitimate and respected,it must be in accord with Divine Law and Justice!

Here is an excerpt of that speech: “Another matter I want to refer to is British justice and British fair play and a law that is higher than any statutory law, I mean the DivineLaw of God… Mr. Speaker, there is something greater than the law of man, and that is the law of God, and I maintain that when human legislators have so forgotten themselves as to pass laws that contravene the divine law rather than iniquitous and perverse human law.

“I will go further. No man has the right, no legislator has the right, to pass a law in contravention of the law of God. Mr. Speaker, I will go still further. No man is obliged to obey a human law which contravenes the law of God, and no judge has the right to uphold any human law which violates the divine law.”

 WHY THE FAMINE OF WISDOM?

The famine is not for bread but for the Bread of Life - God’s Word. Not because the Word of God is scarce, but because human wisdom has pushed aside the true wisdom that comes from God alone!

Secular Humanism has pushed its ugly head into almost every area of society like a fifth column to destroy belief in God, family values, decency, and respect!

 How are they doing that?Though the promotion of abortion, which has aptly been called the ‘Holocaust of the Unborn’, the elevation of the unproven, deceptive, and false theory of evolution as FACT, and the elevation of the filthy, immoral practice of buggery – SODOMY – to a normal alternate sexual lifestyle!

 The Bible says: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are (empty) vain.” (1 Cor.3: 19-20)

St. Paul identifies worldly wisdom as being FOOLISHNESS and EMPTY! He states that Jesus was condemned to death by religious leaders, who were considered intelligent. He was crucified by a Governor who declared, “I find no fault in Him.” (Luke 23: 4)

He states: “But we speak the wisdom of God in mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.” (1 Cor.2: 7-8)

 “And from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim.3: 15-17)

 PEACE THROUGH GOD’S WORD!

 There is GREAT WISDOM in God’s Word. All we need to do is obey the Holy Scriptures and bend our will in conformity to His will! Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, King David stated:

 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether... (Ps. 19: 7-10)

 The Bible says: “Great peace have they that love Thy law.” (Ps. 119: 165); “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusted in Thee.” (Is. 26: 3)

 The problem is that many people put their trust in something other than the Lord. They are unwilling to humble themselves and repent of their pride and self-sufficiency! God wants to bless mankind and has given us every opportunity to receive His blessing, but human nature is such that it often rebels against His righteousness and goodness:

 The Prophet wrote: “I create the fruit of the lips; PEACE, PEACE to him that is far off, and to him that is near, says the Lord; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, says my God, unto the wicked.” (Is. 57: 19-21)

Here is God’s indictment against unbelievers: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot SAVE; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot HEAR: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” (Is. 59: 1-2)

 JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE!

Seven hundred years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Isaiah prophesied the birth of the Messiah: “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).”(Is. 7: 14)

 “For unto us a child is born and unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God. The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9: 6)

Jesus Christ said: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11: 28); “I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

“Ye are from beneath; I am from Above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am HE (Messiah), ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8: 23-24). You may ask: “Exactly what is the law of God?”

Jesus was asked the same question: “Master what is the great commandment of the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great (most important) commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt.22: 36-40)

 EINSTEIN GIVES SOUND ADVICE!

 The great physicist Albert Einstein shared some good advice on how to achieve ‘peace of mind’! Here it is: “Tell the truth to everyone; reconcile any anger before you pillow your head; stand up to temptation; don't take anything that isn't yours; do an honest day's work, and share what you have with those who are in need.”

 All good advice is derived directly or indirectly from the Holy Scriptures, whether it comes through the mouth of a theologian, philosopher, judge, politician, or teacher! Let’s examine Professor Einstein’s quote!

TELL THE TRUTH TO EVERYBODY:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things HONEST in the sight of all men.” (Rom.12: 17); “Let us walk HONESTLY, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” (Rom.13: 13)

“Having your conversation (lifestyle) among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation (judgment).” (1 Peter 2: 12); “Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live HONESTLY.” (Heb.13: 18)

 RECONCILE ANY ANGER BEFORE YOUPILLOW YOUR HEAD

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath.” (Eph.4: 26); “Let all bitternessand wrath, and ANGER, andclamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice. “And be ye kind on to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph.4: 31-32)

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember that thybrother hath aught against thee. Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be RECONCILED to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matt.5: 23-24)

“But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom.5: 8-10)

STAND UP TO TEMPTATION

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil;for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matt.6: 13); “There hath no temptationtaken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor.10: 13)

“Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (James 1: 12-14)

 DON’T TAKE ANYTHING THAT ISN’T YOURS

“Thou shall not STEAL.” (Ex. 21: 15); “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another hath fulfilled the law.For this, Thou shall not commit adultery, Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not STEAL, Thou shall not bear false witness, Thou shall not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this one saying, namely, Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Rom.13: 9)

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a THIEF, or as an evil doer, or as a busybodyin other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but him glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4: 15-16). “Let him that stole, STEAL no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.” (Eph.4: 28)

DO AN HONEST DAY’S WORK

“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you.

“Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

“For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, WORKING NOT AT ALL, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” (2 Thes.3: 6-13)

 SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE IN NEED

“He that hath pity upon the POOR lends to the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” (Prov.19: 17); “He that gives unto the POORshall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.” (Prov.28: 27). “But this I say, He that sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him GIVE, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful GIVER.” (2 Cor.9: 6-7); “Yea, ye yourselves know that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to SUPPORT THE WEAK, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, how He said, It is more blessed to GIVE than to receive.” (Acts 20: 34-36).

A REVIVAL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

We desperately need a revival of righteousness in Canada! It isn’t too late to stop the serious drift toward total corruption and degradation in our society, our homes, schools, governments, courts, media and churches.

The real need is among the clergy of our nation! We must experience the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and be filled with the blessed Holy Spirit. Then, we will be able to communicate His love and mercy to those around about us, and the Spirit’s fire will spread to our communities and across the nation!

Oh, how we all need God’s compassion to turn us into genuine representatives of His Kingdom, spreading the message of forgiveness, peace, and divine healing that Jesus Christ died and rose again to provide for us! May the Word of God and the Holy Spirit drive us to our knees in repentance and prayer for our loved ones, neighbours and fellow men!    

Max Solbrkken World Mission Box 44220 Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected]; comehometojesus.ca. Youtube, FaceBook, Blog; mswm; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donation to [email protected]. Thank you and may our Lord bless, keep and heal you. Amen.

Dear Lord, help us in this desperate hour of sin, and perversion, I pray in Jesus’ name! Amen

Saturday, June 8, 2024

                   

           Jesus Christ is the world's only Hope!


                WE NEED REVIVAL TODAY

                                                                  By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

 Although the Eternal God has said, “My Spirit shall always strive with man,” and sent judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Flood upon multitudes of wicked sinners during the time of Noah, He is also compassion, loving and kind! 

 Here is the PROOF of great His Love, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not PERISH but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3,16.17

“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11; 28, 29)

“Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27, 28); “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matt. 7:7,8)

 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good gifts to them that ask Him?” (Matt. 7:11)    , 

 TIME, SPACE, MATTER, ENERGY, FORCE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Acclaimed philosopher, sociologist and scientist HERBERT SPENCER writes about Five Factors as the most general forms into which the manifestation of the UNKNOWABLE (God) are redivisable: They are: time, space, matter, energy and force!

 The Holy Bible reveals this amazing truth in Genesis 1:1, 2.  In the beginning (time); God created the heaven (space) and the earth (matter). And the Spirit of God (energy) moved (force). The very first words of God, introducing the Creation of the world fills us with reverence, as well as joy.    

We lift our voices to Him in joyous praise and song. He seems so far away, yet He is very near as we open our hearts to Him! It is not surprising that the Creator of all things would reveal His wondrous work in a way that it would inspire all of us to open our hearts to Him!

The Bible says: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the Record that God gave of His Son.

“And this is the Record that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not Life. And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5: 9-15)

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1;1-4, 14)

 THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE!

“For the Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a  discerner, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God let us hold fast our profession.

“For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was  in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:12-16)

“Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1: 18). “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with Me.” (Rev. 3: 20)

GOD IS FAITHFUL AND KEEPS HIS WORD!

“And I pray the very God of Peace SANCTIFY you wholly and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. FAITHFUL is He that calleth you, who also WILL DO IT." (1 Th. 5:23-24)

“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?” (Ps. 85: 6); “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jer. 2:13)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FRANCIS SHAEFFER, a celebrated theologian wrote in 1971: “We are on the verge of the largest revolution the world has ever seen the control and shaping of men through the abuse of genetic knowledge and psychological reconditioning.”   

Francis Shaeffer based his projection on what was happening in the beginning of the seventies, as well as the prophecies given in the Holy Scriptures 2000 years ago! Undoubtedly, Shaeffer was referring to the brain washing technique used in the Soviet Union and Communist China.

The most dangerous psychological reconditioning’ however, has been slyly and cleverly forced upon millions of children in our schools and unsuspecting parents by the media, during the last two or three decades through political correctness! Now, the seeds planted then have birthed a number of new perversions like gender bending, gender dysphoria, and sex change surgery.

 POLITICIAN’S COURSE DESTRUCTIVE!

 In the early seventies, Pierre Trudeau charted a course that would destroy our civilized, respectable and time-honoured laws on capital punishment, divorce, homosexuality and bestiality, abortion and marijuana use! 

Regrettably, he succeeded in making things “abhorrent” to most Canadians “seem less reprehensible” to a gullible public! His political cronies have since escalated his concepts and now the brain washing is almost complete!

We thank God for the recent decision of 1.2 Million African Methodists leaving UMC over allowance of LGBT Clergy, Same –Sex Weddings!

 DEPATRURE FROM THE FAITH OF JESUS!

In the "American Worldview Inventory 2024" (AWVI), George Barna, the director of Research at Arizona Christian University's Cultural Research Center, explained our country's "40-year drop in biblical worldview." He described an increasingly prominent shift in society, which Barna attributes to "the new morality" sweeping over all sectors of life. 

Barna, who also serves as a senior fellow at Family Research Council, highlighted that within five generations, "the national incidence of adults holding a biblical worldview has plummeted from 12% to today's 4% level" -- a number expected to drop to 2% within the next 15 years.

According to the inventory data, 2024 shows "a dramatic shift in morals." For instance, the majority of adults hold that issues such as lying, abortion, gay marriage, "and the rejection of absolute moral truth" are "morally acceptable." Additionally, "Less than half of all adults embrace the Bible as their primary guide to morality." As the study made clear, "Millennials have proven to be social disruptors, reshaping the moral belief and behavior norms established by Boomers and Busters [Gen X]." And Gen Z has merely followed in their footsteps.

CONVEYING THE HEART OF JESUS!

 In this little booklet I try to convey the heart - beat of God regarding the Church, for which Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom and rose from the dead in power and great glory!

As true believers in the Eternal God and His Son Jesus Christ whom He sent to redeem lost mankind, we embrace the Holy Bible as “the only rule for faith, morals and ethics”. We reject all other teachings and philosophies that do not agree with His Word!

The Protestant Reformers rejected the corrupt church of the Middle Ages, by taking a definite position on What is truth and what is only human invention’ regarding Eternal Salvation and the rule for faith and morals!

ONLY RULE FOR FAITH AND MORALS!

The term used to articulate this belief was ‘Sola Scripura’, meaning The Scriptures Alone’! The Bible alone is the final authority in matters of faith and morals. We rely on none other! We reject all teaching that adds to the Word of God or takes away from the Word of God.  Sola Scriptura means that the Holy Bible is the ONLY revelation from God to mankind for salvation. It is the only basis for truth!

The Old Testament states: “Thy Word is truth” (Ps. 119:142), and in the New Testament Jesus Christ confirms that statement to the letter. In His High Priestly prayer to His Heavenly Father, Jesus declared: “Thy Word is truth.” (John 17: 17)

Our Lord confirmed the authority of the O.T. Scriptures: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot (Greek, iota) or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt.5 17, 18; 24: 35)

“Jesus answered and said unto them: “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matt.22: 29). Our Master warned those who put tradition before the Word of God: “Making the Word of God of none effect through your traditions which ye have delivered: and many such like things ye do.” (Mark 7: 13)

Since only the Holy Scriptures are inspired, we REJECT TRADITION as being necessary for salvation! Forty six times in the Bible we find the words: “It is written.”

JESUS SAID, ‘IT IS WRITTEN’!

Renouncing the devil in the ‘wilderness temptation’, our Lord said: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.” (Matt.4: 4). And He stated: “The Scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10: 35)

The Bible says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim.3: 16-17)

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scriptures is of private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1: 20-21)

 HERE IS A STRONG WARNING!

The Bible declares: “Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee and thou be found a liar.” (Prov.30: 5-6);

 “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto wizard (spiritualist mediums) that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God, for a living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Is.8: 19-20)

 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev.22: 18-19)

The BIBLE says: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: For this is the witness of God, which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not hath made Him (God) a LIAR, because he believeth not the record God gave of His Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5: 9-12)

 Recently, a survey was taken among Norway’s Lutheran State Church pastors in the region of Oslo and district regarding ‘belief in Hell’! Out of nineteen pastors who were asked if they believed in a literal Hell as the Bible and the Lutheran Church teaches, all answered that they did not!

The Roman Catholic Church, which used to say that it never changes, has changed regarding the doctrine of Hell. During his weekly address to the general audience of 8,500 people at the Vatican on July 28, 1999, Pope John Paul II rejected the reality of a physical, literal hell as a place of eternal fire and torment. Rather, the pope said hell is separation, even in this life, from the joyful communion with God.

Hell is that – separation from God – and it is a lot more! IT IS A PLACE OF TORMENT unlike anything we could imagine. It is a place of eternal regrets and torment. Fire and brimstone is only a type of the eternal judgment the Bible states awaits Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet and all those reject Jesus Christ our Lord who shed His precious blood to save us all!  

The Bible declares the reality of hell (Heb. 6:1, 2). Jude taught that hell is a real, literal place of fire and torment (Jude 3, 7). St. Paul wrote of the vengeance of God and everlasting damnation (2 Th.1: 8, 9). St. John described hell as a real place (Rev. 14: 1 0; 20:10-15; 21:8).

Jesus Christ taught that hell literally exists, is eternal and that those who reject His perfect sacrifice for their sins will spend eternity in that place! (Matt.13: 41, 42; 18:8, 9; 25:41- 46; Luke 16:19-31).

The great philosopher and theologian, C.S. LEWIS, wrote regarding Hell: “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this. I would pay any price to be able to say truthfully that all will be saved.” Being true to the Holy Scriptures, however, was more important to C.S. Lewis than to allow his natural mind to be convinced otherwise! He stood with the Holy Scriptures regardless of his personal feelings.

In his book, ‘Mere Christianity’, he made this powerful statement: “God will invade, but I wonder if people who ask God to intervene openly and directly in this world quite realize what it will be like when He does! When that happens it will be the end of the world. When the Author walks on the stage, the play is over.

“God is going to invade alright. It will be too late then to choose your side. That will not be the time for choosing. It will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realize it or not. Now today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us a chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.”

The Bible warns:  "Let God be true, but every man a liar" (Rom. 3:3, 4)

MARTIN LUTHER STOOD TRUE!

At his heresy trial at Worms, Germany on April 18, 1521, Martin Luther – the brilliant scholar and theologian - was asked to recant his Gospel writings. At the risk of being burned at the stake like John Huss, Bishop Latimer, Bishop Riddley and other reformers before him, Luther replied:

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”          

 WINSTON CHURCHILL made a great point when he said: “If there was more Hell preached from the pulpit, there would less Hell in the pews.” Shortly after World War 11, Churchill was invited to speak at the University of Norway in Oslo.

 Here are some of his remarks: “To make excuses for myself I could name the teachers of my youth who denied Christianity. But I will rather lay the blame on myself. Then, perhaps, I will find One Who will carry that load for me. Nothing can come up against the Christian ethic as the leading light for a people’s future. Christianity is the safest spiritual foundation for a people.”

 BLAISE PASCAL, French mathematician, scientist and philosopher (1623-1662), stated: Man is an incomprehensible Monster, at once Sovereign Greatness and Sovereign Misery… If they turn their back on God, one of two things can happen. They will think they are gods and become insane or turn to carnality and become animals.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN said: “I now see as never before the preciousness of God’s love in Jesus Christ, and how we are brought near to Him as our Father through Him. Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way, all our present difficulties.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW stated: “I am ready to admit after contemplating the world and human nature for sixty years that I see no way out of this world’s miseries but by the way that would be found by Christ’s will.”

AUGUST STRINDBERG, the noted Swedish author stated shortly before his death: “Clearly said, I ascribe all my misfortune to this one fact, that I have been Godless! An individual that has broken contact with God cannot receive any blessings. All this talk about ‘being your own man and making your own happiness’ is chaff.

“If the Lord does not build the house, they labour in vain who build it. That is the whole truth! That misfortune can also strike a person of faith, we know. But the outcome is not the same. These accidents seem only like trials that pass over and leave peace in their wake. A curse rests upon everything that an ungodly person puts his hand to. If money comes his way, it will disappear like it came. Nothing remains, nothing prospers in the life of the ungodly!” 

MALCOLM MUGGERIGE, well-known British writer and former atheist, observer at World Council of Churches Convention (before 1980) wrote: “One may be excused for noting that institutional Christianity is inexorably extinguishing itself. At Uppsala one could clearly see that they agreed on almost everything as they believed almost nothing. They reminded me of a group of drunks that I observed in a country bar, in my youth. Individually they would have fallen over, but collectively they managed to remain upright.”

 Muggeridge’s counsel to a troubled world is worth listening to. He writes: “Christ is the only answer to an insane world… they will not understand that the trouble with the western civilization is not economics, but more – good and evil! They are thinking they make things work by policies, inventions, but man will never live on this planet without God.”

 CHURCH OF ENGLAND:  IN SPIRITUAL TROUBLE!

The Church of England has recently been challenged by Paul Eddy to proclaim Christianity as the only way to salvation and offer strategies on how to evangelize Muslims.

Senior church leaders as well as some Muslim figures have voiced anger at the motion proposed by Paul Eddy – a lay member of the church’s General Synod, according to BBC. Eddy, along with traditionalist Anglicans, argues that the church should stop avoiding hard questions about its beliefs.

The Church of England must make it clear that it believes in what the Bible says about Jesus being the only way to salvation, he said. Currently training to become a priest, Eddy believes that being upfront about the church’s beliefs will be helpful to Muslim-Christian relations.

“Most Muslims that I’ve talked to say, ‘I really wish that Christians would stop watering down their faith and expecting us to do the same,’” Eddy said on BBC Radio Four on Sunday. “Until we start really saying what we really believe in our faith, there will be no respect.”

Also, Muslims expect Christians to believe that Jesus is the only way to God, Eddy noted. “They will expect us – if we’re true Christians – to try to evangelize them, in the same way they will expect us, if they’re true Muslims, to adopt their faith,” he said.

But the problem is that the church, in an effort to be inclusive and to avoid offending people of other faiths, has “lost its nerve and has “not doing what the Bible says,” he noted.

"Both Christianity and Islam are missionary faiths," Eddy pointed out. "For years, we have sent missionaries throughout the whole world, but when we have the privilege of people of all nations on our doorstep, we have a responsibility as the state church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ."

He urges Anglican bishops to give church members advice on how to evangelize, and how to better support Muslims who have converted to Christianity, and are now ostracized by their communities.

WILLIAM PENN, after whom the great state of Pennsylvania is named made this powerful statement: “If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing that I can do for my fellow human beings, let me do it now, and not detour or neglect it. I shall not pass this way again.”

DO NOT THINK ANY SIN IS TRIVIAL!

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away, and enticed.\-

“Then when LUST hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and SIN, when it is finished, bringeth forth DEATH. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” (James 1: 12-15)

ROBERT MURRAY McCHEYNE – the mighty man of prayer – wrote in a letter: “I am deepened in my conviction, that if we are to be instruments in such a work (revival), we must be purified from all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit.

“O, cry for personal holiness, constant nearness to God, by the Blood of the Lamb. Bask in His beams, lie back in the arms of love, be filled with His Spirit – or all success in the ministry will only be your own everlasting confusion.

Do not think any sin trivial; remember it will have everlasting consequences. O, to have Brainerd’s heart for perfect holiness, to be holy as God is holy, pure as Christ is pure, perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect…How much more useful might we be, if we were only more free from pride, self conceit, personal vanity; or some secret sin that our heart knows. O, Hateful sins that destroy our peace, and ruin our souls.”

McCheyne stated: “Men return again and again to the few who have mastered the spiritual secret, where life has been hid with Christ in God. These are of the old time religion, hung there to the nails of the cross!”

WILLIAM BOOTH said: There have been more than enough conferences and congresses, and committees and deliberations. It is time to act! We have not a moment to lose. No more doubt! No more delay! Arise ye children of Light, and buckle on the armour bright, and now prepare yourselves to fight against the world and Satan. We are called to fight with Him and for Him with every particle of strength we have to the last gasp. That is enough!”

A.W. TOZER declared: “Any REVIVAL that comes to a nation, and leaves people as much in love with money as they were before, is a falsehood, and it’s from the devil.”JOHN WESLEY said: “God does nothing apart from prayer and everything through it.”

ANDREW MURRAY stated: The power of the Eternal world have been placed at prayer’s disposal. It is the very essence of true religion, the channels of all blessings, the secret of power and spiritual life. It is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise. It is fellowship with the unseen and most ‘Holy One’! It is on prayer that the promises of God wait for their fulfillment, the Kingdom for its coming, and the glory of God for its full revelation!”

GIROLAMA SAVONAROLA, a Roman Catholic bishop stated in 1497: Come here, wretched Church… In your lechery, you are a shameless whore. Once you blushed for your sins, but not now. The priests (Roman Catholic) used to call their sons nephews: now they are not nephews, but sons plain and simple.” – from the ‘Men of the Renaissance’ by Ralph Roeder.

WILLIAM TYNDALE was a student in Cambridge when Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on the church door at Wittenberg. He was troubled by the horrendous sins within the Roman Catholic Church. In 1523, taking advantage of the recent invention of the printing press, Tyndale began to cast the Scriptures in the current English. His aims were simple but ambitious (as expressed to an educated man).

He said: “I defy the Pope and his laws; and if God spare my life, ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plow, shall know more of the Scriptures in his lifetime than thou dost.” 

In 1536, under the laws of the ‘Bloody Old Vatican Wolf’, William Tyndale the great Bible translator was condemned to death. Just before he was strangled and burned at the stake, he prayed: “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.”

MARTIN LUTHER stated: “Three things make a preacher: prayer, the Word of God and suffering. The greatest trial to undergo is to have no trial.”  Regarding prayer, Martin Luther said: “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”

LEONARD RAVENHILL stated: “The greatest tragedy is a sick Church in a dying world. If Jesus preached like we preach today, He never would have been killed.” St. Paul declared: “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Cor.4:5); A preacher said on the 70th anniversary of his ordination: “God cannot stop loving us.”

BY GRACE ALONE, THROUGH FAITH ALONE, IN CHRIST ALONE!

 “Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will.

To the praise of the glory of His Grace, wherein He hath made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved. In whom we have Redemption through His BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace.” (Eph. 1: 2-7). Amen.

.Max Solbrekken World Mision Box 44220 RPO Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6. Email:[email protected]; comehometoJesus.ca; Facebook; Youtube; Blog: MSWM; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donations to max@ maxsolbrekken.com. Thank you so much. May richly bless you. Amen.  



Friday, May 31, 2024

    

          THE WORD OF GOD SPEAKS                                    By Pastor Max Solbrekken,D.D.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; being   justified freely by His grace through the redemption that it is in Christ Jesus.." (Rom. 3:23,24)

"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but ONE, that is God," (Mark 10: 18)

"But we are all as an unclean thing,  and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we do all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, having taken us himself.

"And there is none, that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up  himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face  from us, and has consumed, because of our iniquities. 

"But now, O Lord, thou art our father;  we are the clay, and thou art our potter; and we are all the work of Thy hand." (Is. 64: 7-8)

          HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS ARE PERVERSION

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through  the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 

"For this cause God GAVE THEM UP UNTO VILE AFFECTUIONS: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of of the woman, BURNED IN THEIR LUST one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving  in themselves that recompence  of their error whuch was meet.

"And even as they did not  like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND  to do those things which are not convenient." (Romans 1:28)

Pope Francis drew backlash on social media for saying that the human heart is "fundamentally good" during a recent interview with “60 Minutes.” During the interview, Norah O’Donnell asked him what gives him hope when looking at the world. In response, the pontiff said “everything,” citing multiple examples of people doing good things as evidence of humanity’s goodness.

"You see tragedies, but you also see so many beautiful things," he said. "You see heroic mothers, heroic men, men who have hopes and dreams, women who look to the future. That gives me a lot of hope. People want to live. People forge ahead. And people are fundamentally good. We are all fundamentally good. Yes, there are some rogues and sinners, but the heart itself is good."

On the X, many commenters blasted Francis for his comments, including accusations of him failing to understand the basic tenets of the gospel.

"This is contrary to basic Christian theology," radio host Erick Erickson wrote. "We are all sinners. There aren't just 'some sinners.'"

"If this is true, we don't need a Savior to die on the Cross. So this pope is a heretic," wrote author Eric Metaxas.

Author and “Relatable” podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey cited Scriptures stressing humanity’s sinful nature and that God alone is good.

“This is core to Christianity. Because if everyone is basically good, the gospel is not good news. If the gospel is not good news, what‘s the point?” she asked.

Other X users noted that Francis’ remark came off as an example of Pelagianism, a fifth-century heresy that contended that humanity is inherently good. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Pelagianism was named after Pelagius, a monk who was excommunicated from the Catholic church in 418 AD. At the time, multiple councils condemned Pelagianism, including the theologian Augustine of Hippo in his “Confessions.”

During the interview, Francs also addressed the backlash regaring the Vatican’s recent “Fiducia Supplicans" guidance, which states it does not allow the blessing of a homosexual union itself but rather the two individual homosexuals involved in the union.

"What I allowed was not to bless the union; that cannot be done because that is not the sacrament," he said. "I cannot. The Lord made it that way. But to bless each person? Yes. The blessing is for everyone."

Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Giulio Origlia/Stringer

Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for CrosswalkHeadlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 RPO Garside Edmonton AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected]; comehometojesus.ca; Facebook; Youtube; Blog; MSWM; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Send your donation to [email protected]. Thank you and may God bless you. Amen.

   

                     GOD'S WORD SPEAKS?     

                                  By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; being   justified freely by His grace through the redemption that it is in Christ Jesus.." (Rom. 3:23,24)

"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but ONE, that is God," (Mark 10: 18)

"But we are all as an unclean thing,  and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we do all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, having taken us himself.

"And there is none, that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up  himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face  from us, and has consumed, because of our iniquities. 

"But now, O Lord, thou art our father;  we are the clay, and thou art our potter; and we are all the work of Thy hand." (Is. 64: 7-8)

          HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS ARE PERVERSION

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through  the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 

"For this cause God GAVE THEM UP UNTO VILE AFFECTUIONS: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of of the woman, BURNED IN THEIR LUST one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving  in themselves that recompence  of their error whuch was meet.

"And even as they did not  like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND  to do those things which are not convenient." (Romans 1:28)

Pope Francis drew backlash on social media for saying that the human heart is "fundamentally good" during a recent interview with “60 Minutes.” During the interview, Norah O’Donnell asked him what gives him hope when looking at the world. In response, the pontiff said “everything,” citing multiple examples of people doing good things as evidence of humanity’s goodness.

"You see tragedies, but you also see so many beautiful things," he said. "You see heroic mothers, heroic men, men who have hopes and dreams, women who look to the future. That gives me a lot of hope. People want to live. People forge ahead. And people are fundamentally good. We are all fundamentally good. Yes, there are some rogues and sinners, but the heart itself is good."

On the X, many commenters blasted Francis for his comments, including accusations of him failing to understand the basic tenets of the gospel.

"This is contrary to basic Christian theology," radio host Erick Erickson wrote. "We are all sinners. There aren't just 'some sinners.'"

"If this is true, we don't need a Savior to die on the Cross. So this pope is a heretic," wrote author Eric Metaxas.

Author and “Relatable” podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey cited Scriptures stressing humanity’s sinful nature and that God alone is good.

“This is core to Christianity. Because if everyone is basically good, the gospel is not good news. If the gospel is not good news, what‘s the point?” she asked.

Other X users noted that Francis’ remark came off as an example of Pelagianism, a fifth-century heresy that contended that humanity is inherently good. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Pelagianism was named after Pelagius, a monk who was excommunicated from the Catholic church in 418 AD. At the time, multiple councils condemned Pelagianism, including the theologian Augustine of Hippo in his “Confessions.”

During the interview, Francs also addressed the backlash regaring the Vatican’s recent “Fiducia Supplicans" guidance, which states it does not allow the blessing of a homosexual union itself but rather the two individual homosexuals involved in the union.

"What I allowed was not to bless the union; that cannot be done because that is not the sacrament," he said. "I cannot. The Lord made it that way. But to bless each person? Yes. The blessing is for everyone."

Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Giulio Origlia/Stringer

Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for CrosswalkHeadlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 RPO Garside Edmonton AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected]; comehometojesus.ca; Facebook; Youtube; Blog; MSWM; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Send your donation to [email protected]. Thank you and may God bless you. Amen.