Tuesday, July 31, 2018


By Rev. Max Solbrekken, D.D.

     When you compare  the hostile treatment given to St. Paul at the hands of the Roman Empire, the biased and totally unfair report carried by the Athabasca Advocate on the recent Big Tent Revival, is only a minor distraction.
     In fact, it is a blessing and a 'Wake-up Call' to Bible believing Christians in Alberta and our nation of an insidious campaign that has already begun against freedom of speech and religious liberty in Canada. 
    When I saw the headline, 'LGBT community concerned by Big Tent Revival', I was shocked. I thought, “Has FAKE NEWS pervaded a small Alberta town newspaper?” I was raised near a small village in Saskatchewan and we trusted the local newspaper to be truthful and respectful. 'Why not a headline like: 'Love, Compassion and Healing at Big Revival Tent!
    We enjoyed the amazing F.I.R.E. Band of 15 highly trained young Aboriginal singers and musicians, David and Gloria Seabrook Family Worship, Alfred Anderson, Eleanor Whittaker and Terry Ford from the Black Community and the powerful preaching of Rev. Earnest Mountain and Rev. John Okemow, both who were converted from alcohol and a life of sin years ago through our ministry. 
                    THAT WASN'T NEWSWORTHY! 
     I had come to Athabasca to dispense the Good News about the Saviour who took upon Himself our sins, sicknesses, pains and sorrow. Not one word was spoken or one piece of literature given out to disparage anyone wanting to change their sex.
    When the Advocate reporter spoke to a few men at the tent, he didn't ask rational questions like, Why did a Minister who has preached to multitudes across the world accept an invitation to preach in Athabasca?” or “Does God still answer prayer?” or “Can anyone attend the crusade?”
    An unbiased reporter with no hidden agenda would have at least read our Mission Statement which was printed on the advertisement in the Advocate. It states: 
    "All people of all races, faiths and religions are welcome to these Gospel Services where Jesus Christ will be proclaimed as the Saviour of the world and the Great Physician Who heals hurting people. Through His vicarious death  on the Cross, He paid for the forgiveness of the sins of mankind. His resurrection from the dead has purchased our justification.”
    The Reporter's burning question apparently articulated his agenda. He asked'What are your beliefs about LGBT?
    We are preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My call and duty is to share God's love and blessing toward everyone! Imagine, if in our Crusades in Spain someone asked, "Are we allowing the gypsies to attend? Don't you know they steal." I would have said, "All are welcome." 
     Or preaching in the Ukraine directly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, someone would have said, "Should we allow the Russians to attend? You know how they mistreated us for 70 years! " I would have said, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. They are welcome"
     And in 1966, when  arrangements were made for me to preach in Eli, a headhunter village north of Tabuk in Kalingo Apio, Northern Luzon, people in Manila shockingly said, "The Manila Times have reported that two men and a boy working on a road detail were beheaded.” I answered, “If they will have me, I will go to them.” And I won the tribe to Christ.
      The headhunters had a belief that if a woman had twins, the devil must be the father of one of them and not knowing which one was fathered by the devil, they left the babies in the forest for animals to devour. We opened an orphanage in the area and took all the twins being born to those tribes. That Orphanage is still operating today!
     In 1984, God directed me to call Mr. Agostini with an offer of writing a weekly column for the Edmonton Sun to help bring respectability to that newspaper. He agreed and I wrote more than 300 columns from 1984 to 1990. When I returned to Edmonton, Graham Hicks wrote this report on Thursday, September 19, 1996 on Hicks ON SIX:
                                 PREACHING TO THE MAX
    After six years of preaching the Gospel in Eastern Europe and Africa, Pastor Max Solbrekken's come back home. “I stepped down from the People's Church pulpit,” says Max, who thanks to his column in The Sun, from 1984 to 1990, was the most visible preacher in town during the '80s, “The Lord called me to Eastern Europe.”
   “Max kept his home here but spent most of his time on his Norway based Europe for Christ movement. Max has been evangelizing in Poland, Romania, Ukraine and other parts of what was the former Soviet Union. “We won Mikhail Gorbachev's sister Galena to Christ,” he says proudly. Now, says Max, the Lord's brought him back to Canada.
  Canada's almost a non-Christian country,” he says sorrowfully. Canada's been so good to me, but it's going down the tubes morally.” Always a master marketer of His Master's Word, Max has a radio and TV show on the go, and is preaching among Canada's Natives. He'll be guest preaching at People's Church a week from Sunday, at 6:30 pm.
     “Locally, a big picture of Jesus Christ has appeared in about 50 bus stop ads with the “Max Solbrekken World Mission” name across the bottom, and a phone number. “I just wanted to give Jesus a boost,” says Max. Welcome back, Max. We do need our voices of conscience. - From the Edmonton Sun
    Referring to an article I wrote 15 years ago when 'same sex marriage' was being hotly debated, your reporter printed only a part what was in that piece. I wrote: “The fallout from same-sex marriages would create a community of dysfunctional people with enormous emotional and psychological difficulties, requiring our help for years to come! 
    We must all be prepared to love them unconditionally and share with them the saving, healing and redeeming grace of Jesus Christ our Lord. God loves everyone and isn't willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,"
     When I visited Chernobyl in 1992, a leading journalist seeing God's power in our meeting in Truskavets invited me to Chernigov where I preached to an overcrowded Summer Palace with 5,000 people. I was taken to the large Media Centre surrounded by TV, radio, Newspaper, Magazine, Print buildings.
     After being introduced, I shared a little about what I had seen in Chernobyl and my visit to the Hospital to pray for more than 100 babies with blood disorders. I was prepared to answer their questions, but they had none. They wanted me preach to them.
    They said, “We are now free and there are no KGB agents here. Please speak to us from the Bible.” Out of about 275 journalists, TV and Radio operators, truck drivers, print men and janitors, 176 answered the altar call to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.
    I was invited to preach to about 300 High School students in Chernigov. When my interpreter and I had delivered the message 'How to be Born Again', the entire class rose to their feet and prayed the sinner's prayer inviting Jesus Christ into their hearts.             The Principal asked me into her office and said, “Dr. Max, when you invited the students to receive Jesus Christ personally into their lives, I thought that perhaps six people would respond. And yet, the entire class followed you in the prayer for salvation. Why.”
     I answered, “I'll let you tell me the reason.” She answered, “Because they were empty!” I said, “That is a very good answer. How about you? Are you also empty inside? Will you also pray that same prayer?” She said, “Yes.” And we prayed together and another soul was added to the Kingdom of God.
                    WITH RAY TORGRUD AT CKY!
   For years, I was interviewed by that great gentleman, Ray Torgrud at CKY TV in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Once near the end of his show he asked me, “Pastor Max, did you know that I am an atheist? At that moment, the Holy Spirit came upon me and I said,     “Ray, When you were a little boy you believed in Jesus but something happened to turn you away, but before it's all over you will come back to Him.” He asked, “Do you really believe that.” I answered, “Yes.”
    By that time, we had almost lost track of where we were. He sat up erect and looking into the TV camera said, “This has been the most illuminating and interesting time I have had in thirty years on television, and Pastor Max you are welcome on my show whenever you visit Winnipeg.” 
    About 10 years ago, as I spoke to my old friend by telephone he shared with me that he had returned to Christ, after a life time of atheism. He is now in the presence of Jesus in Heaven. Thank God. 
    In B.C. 1,000 the Babylonian Talmud stated: "The only time in history that men were given in marriage to men and women were given in marriage to women was during the time of Noah." Jesus said: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Son of Man." (Luke 17: 26). Amen.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Stop Canada From Going Rogue!
Stop Canada From Going Rogue!
We hereby request that the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) immediately intervene concerning the forthcoming implementation of legalized cannabis in Canada and bring this matter to the attention of the General Assembly.
On June 19th, 2018, the Canadian government approved the passage of Bill C-45 (the “Cannabis Act”), which legalizes the recreational use, sharing, production, and distribution of cannabis (marijuana) in Canada. This Law will be implemented on October 17th, 2018.
Despite warnings from competent health professionals, and despite significant outcry from thousands of Canadian citizens across the country (particularly from those who work with at-risk communities such as aboriginals and youth), the Canadian government has nonetheless decided to move ahead with full legalization. The government appears eager to realize the monetary benefits from taxing the sale of cannabis.
As a signatory to the United Nations Conventions on Narcotic Drugs (1961, 1971, and 1988), Canada has obliged itself to uphold all of the resolutions adopted under these Conventions. Canada has a duty to the international community and to the rule of law to fulfil its obligations and maintain its compliance concerning these Conventions. As recently as 2016, Canada reaffirmed the importance of these Conventions.
Article 3 of the 1988 Convention reads: “Each Party shall adopt such measures as may be necessary to establish as criminal offences under its domestic law, when committed intentionally: The production, manufacture, extraction, preparation, offering, offering for sale, distribution, sale…of any narcotic drug or any psychotropic substance…”
In an INCB press release dated June 21st, 2018, we read, “The Board cautions that the legalization of the use of cannabis for non-medical purposes, which is in violation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, also undermines the international legal drug control framework and respect for the rules-based international order.”
In addition, the legalization of cannabis puts Canada in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Canada is a party. Article 33 of the Convention states: “Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as defined in the relevant international treaties...”
By enacting Bill C-45, the Canadian government has shattered a long-established global consensus on the evil of illicit narcotics. Canada has acted unilaterally, without due regard to its international commitments, and without consideration of the impact legalization will have on the enforcement of narcotics laws in other countries. The Canadian government is elevating other political interests over the health and welfare of its citizens in particular, and of mankind in general.
Therefore, we call on the International Narcotics Control Board to take immediate action and bring this matter to the attention of the General Assembly before legalization takes full effect on October 17th, 2018.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

                     NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION
                                  By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D
    “Behold, Now is the accepted time; behold, Now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6: 2). The word salvation, according to Webster's Dictionary means: “Deliverance from Sin and its Penalty.”
    The Bible states: “The wages of Sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23); “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
    SIN was introduced to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Lucifer, the fallen archangel. Prior to that disastrous moment, SIN was unknown, as was the penalty for sin which was separation from God our Heavenly Father. Shortly thereafter, came fear, torment, sickness, disease and physical death!
    There was no hate, jealousy, fear, sickness, disease or death in the Garden of Eden before the introduction of Sin by Satan, the Enemy of God and man. Now, SIN is universal with tragic consequences breeding EVIL like unbelief, pride, sorrow, perversion, murder, insanity, betrayal and war!
  Salvation is Deliverance from Sin and it's Penalty. It is forgiveness for all our sins and freedom from them. St. Paul writes: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
     “Who hath delivered us from the power of Darkness and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins! (Col. 1: 12-14)
    Through Christ's shed Blood we receive PEACE: “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and having made Peace through the death of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in Heaven.
    “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled; in the Body of His flesh through Death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight, if ye continue in the faith...” (Col. 1:19-23)
    Two great Truths leap out at us in regards to the subjects of Sin and Salvation, namely, 'Separation from God and Reconciliation with God'. I shudder at the very thought of people being separated from our Merciful Creator, who loves us in spite of our sinful Nature and stubborn Will. 
   To be separated from His goodness and grace which brought His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to Golgotha to bear our sins, guilt, fear, sickness and diseases is terribly sad, indeed!
   Reconciliation with God is an act of God, derived through an honest and sincere repentance and belief in the sacrificial death of His Paschal Lamb who gladly laid down His life for the Redemption of the human race!               
   Through the shed BLOOD of Jesus of Nazareth, unclean and guilty sinners are made pure and clean and elevated to the status of children of God. Only by the grace of Almighty God is this possible!
     The Bible says: “For God has allowed us to know the secret of His plan, and it is this: He purposed long ago in His Sovereign will that all human history should be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth should find its perfection in Him.” (Eph. 1: 10 - Philips)
    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. All things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
   “To wit (that is) that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. For He hath made Him to be sin (sin offering); that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5: 17-19, 21)
  The Name JESUS in the Hebrew is YESHUA which means 'Saviour; the Salvation of God'. The Salvation of God is deliverance from sin and the penalty of sin. Jesus, therefore is the God who saves, heals and delivers!
   The Prophet stated: “Surely, He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. makob) and carried our pains (heb. nasa); yet we did esteem Him smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.”(Isaiah 53: 4, 5)
   St. Mathew records: “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” (Matt. 8: 16, 17)
    St. Peter also confirmed what St. Mathew stated: “Who His Own Self bare our sins in His own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: By Whose stripes ye are healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24)
    The Bible says: “Giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet (qualified) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son; in Whom we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col.1:12, 13)
    “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 an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like 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 the time of need.” (Heb.4: 14-16); 
    “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the Author of Eternal Salvation unto all them that obey Him; called of God an High Priest after the Order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5: 8-10)
    Jesus Christ, True God from Eternity and True man by His virgin birth, became the Author of Eternal Salvation, through His sacrificial death on the CROSS and His triumphant Resurrection from the dead three days later!
   He has purchased Eternal Life for every lost and Hell bound sinner who cries out to God the Father for MERCY in Jesus' Name! No-one else has that power and ability. All others are lesser and inferior to Christ.
    This great truth has escaped the so-called wise men of this world, because of their PRIDE and ignorance of the Holy Scriptures, and their unwillingness to bow the knee and heart to Him Who through His love and grace allows them to live! St. Paul makes this abundantly clear:
    “For ye see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. For God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty:
    “And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things which are: that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Cor.1: 27-30)
    St. Paul states: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the foundation of 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.” (1Cor. 2: 7,8)
  The Bible says: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13: 8). No-one else has the power to lay down His life and take it up again. And no-one else is the same yesterday, today and forever! 
   All angels and men are created beings, but Jesus the Christ is Lord and God. He is the Creator of us all and the AUTHOR of Eternal Life. Praise His Holy Name!
     In all of human history, there has never been anyone who could claim that distinction. In most cases, no-one hardly lives longer than into their nineties or one hundred years. Jesus of Nazareth lived only 33 years before      He voluntarily gave Himself for us as God's paschal Lamb to atone for the nation of Israel and the sins of the world.
    As promised, however, on the third day our Saviour tore loose the bars of death, Hades and the grave and arose from the dead, never to die again. By this unprecedented miracle, He secured our ETERNAL Salvation in Heaven as the adopted children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ!
     While sharing His amazing agenda with His disciples, our Lord said: “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your JOY no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.
    “Verily, verily, I say unto you,Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will GIVE it you. Hitherto ye have asked nothing in My Name, ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16: 22,23)
                          THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
    He promised to pour out the Gift of the Holy Spirit upon them, thereby giving them the tools to effectively reach the world for Him. He promised:  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if depart I will send Him unto you.
    “And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin because they believe not in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of judgment because the Prince of this world is judged.” (John 16: 7-11)
    “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak for Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.
   “He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you. A little while and ye shall not see Me: and again, in a little while ye shall see Me, because I go unto My Father.” (John 16: 13-16)
     After His resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples: “And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets and in the psalms, concerning Me.
   “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. And He said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24: 45-47)
   Jesus stated: “But ye shall receive Power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8)
   “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, He that believeth not shall be damned. And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; 
    "In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)
    “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16: 16: 19,20)
    St. Paul wrote: “And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (1 Cor. 12: 28)
     Are we seeing the power of God in our lives, in our churches and in our ministries? The answer is that we are falling far below where we should be spiritually. And that is very unfortunate because God has given us the tools, through the shed blood of Christ, the Holy Word of God, the blessed Holy Spirit and the Name of Jesus Christ!
     St. Jude made this statement nearly 2,000 years ago: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful of me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
     “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3,4)
   Satan was infiltrating the Early Church by planting diabolical, insidious and treacherous teachings and lust-filled practices into the church. No sin is greater than promoting the blasphemous denial of the supremacy of Almighty God and of the Lordship of Jesus Christ as Redeemer!
    St. Paul declared: “We then as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted and in the Day of Salvation have I succoured thee; behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:1, 2).
                             A DAY OF SALVATION!
    Theologian JOHN GILL uses Isaiah 49:8 to interpret St. Paul's intent here: “Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard Thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped Thee: and I will preserve Thee and give Thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages.”
    In this Scripture, God the Father is speaking to His Son Jesus, saying, that He was heard. The Hebrew text Nwur te, "a time of good will, or acceptance"; a season in which God expressed good will to lost humanity, by sending His own Son to purchase our salvation. The Father was letting His Son know that His prayers were heard and that the plan of God was being implemented!
    The "the accepted year of the Lord", refers to the Gospel Age when everyone can be liberated from sins, guilt, fear, sickness and diseases, which began on the Day of Pentecost and will conclude at Christ's Return. The Father heard Jesus prayer in John 17: 1-26. He heard His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross!
    The Greek word kairos used here speaks of an opportune time. St. Paul is speaking of a desired time, a window of opportunity that may never come back. We are workers together with God. We must use our time wisely. We must redeem the time because the days are evil. No-one knows how much time we have to proclaim Christ's Gospel to our fellowman.
                             SAVED OR LOST?
    “Wherefore, He saith, Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5: 16).
    Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6: 47); “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 28);    
    “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)
     “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly (hopeless). For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth 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 enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life.” (Rom. 5:6-10);
    “Wherefore He is able also to to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25).
                           CRY OF THE SYNAGOGUE!
    Jewish Christian theologian Alfred Edersheim writes: “And still the Cry of the Synagogue comes to us through these many centuries of past unbelief and ignorance: “Let one innocent come and make atonement for the guilty!” to which no other response can ever be made than that of the Apostle: 
   “For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” (Heb. 7:26) - From 'The Temple, its Ministry and Services'
    For a very long time, 'The Cry of the Synagogue' was made, proving that there was a need for the removal of sin and its guilt from the human heart. Year after year, the Cry of the Synagogue was shouted out, but no one answered the call. The Reason: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
    Then one day, John the Baptist cried out: “...Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). The Innocent ONE had come but was rejected by Jewish leaders and crucified by the Romans, even though Pontius Pilate declared Jesus of Nazareth innocent, saying, “I find no fault in Him.” (Luke 19: 24; Luke 23: 20-25)
    The Bible says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12);
    “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a Ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim. 2: 3-6).
    “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.
    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” ( John 3: 16, 17, 36)
    “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 believed not the record that God gave of His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
    “These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may believe on the Name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5: 10-13)
    “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom. 10: 9.10)
     “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2: 9-11)
     “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father by Him.” (Col. 3: 17). “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord: and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” (2 Cor. 4:5)
   “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords an King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Rev. 17: 14)
    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth, I call you not servants: for that the servant knoweth not what his Master doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things which I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15: 13-15).
                          JESUS IS OUR REDEEMER!
    “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall, lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? 
     "It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us.” (Rom. 8: 32-34)
    “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13, 14.
    “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all is benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases.” (Ps. 103:1-3);
    “Surely, He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. makob), and carried or pains (heb. nasa); yet, we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. (Is. 53: 4,5)
    “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matt. 8: 16,17);
    “Who His own Self bare our sins in His own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes we are HEALED.” (1 Peter 2: 24)
   “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him in the Name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save (Gr. sozo) the sick and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5: 14,15)
    The word Salvation in the Greek is SOZO which means to protect, deliver, heal, preserve, save, and make well!
    “For unto us a child is born, unto us a SON is given; and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)
    “And having made Peace through the death of His CROSS, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in Heaven.” (Col. 1: 20): “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; Rom. 5:1-5)
    “As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you, continue ye in My Love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your JOY might be full.” (John 15: 9-11)
   “But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is able also to save them to the utter most that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
   “For such an high priest became us Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” (Heb 7: 24-27); “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right and of God, Who also maketh intercession for us.” (Rom. 8: 34).
    “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God: To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3: 25, 26)
    “Wherefore in all things, it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2: 17);
    “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye SIN not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.
    “Herein is LOVE, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 2: 1, 2; 4: 10): 
    “Grace be unto you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might DELIVER us, from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” (Gal. 1: 3,4)
    The word propitiation is a Greek word meaning satisfaction, mercy seat, covering and expiation. It means that the Father was satisfied with Jesus Christ's vicarious (sacrificial) death on Golgotha for us all. He is the sacrifice, mercy seat and the High Priest who died as the Heavenly Father's Paschal Lamb and rose from the dead for our justification and eternal salvation!
      “At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me and I in you. He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me; he that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.
    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me He will keep My words; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14: 20,21, 23);
    “That they may be one, as Thou Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory that Thou gavest Me I have given them that they mayest be one, even as We are one.
“I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” (John 17: 21-23)
   “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved Me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2: 20)
     “Blessed be the God and 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 His glory of His Grace wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1: 3-6)
    “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given to us an understanding, that we may KNOW Him that is true, and we are in Him that is True, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is True God and Eternal Life.” (1 John 5: 20); “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3)
    The Bible declares our freedom from the powers of darkness. By a Divine miracle of God we have been made sons of God, joint heirs with Christ in His Kingdom! We have been liberated from the slavery of servitude to this world's lusts, pride, hatred and fears.
     “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit witnesseth with our spirit that we are the children of God:
    “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom.8: 14-17)
    The 'Old Man' is dead and the 'New Man' has has been born again and made one with Christ! He is in us and we are in Him, forever saved, sanctified and sealed through the precious blood of Christ and the blessed Holy Spirit of God!
    “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.
    “Knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. But now, being made FREE from Sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto Holiness, and the end Everlasting Life.” (Rom. 6:4-9,22)
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE from the law of sin and death.
    “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of Bondage again to fear, but ye have received the SPIRIT of ADOPTION, whereby we cry Abba, Father.
    “The Spirit Himself beareth Witness with our spirit that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Rom. 8: 1,2, 14-17)
    St. John wrote: “Behold what manner the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
    Beloved, NOW are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him, as He is. And every man that hath this HOPE in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3: 1-4)
                                   PREACH THE GOSPEL! 
        Jesus said: “...Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; 
        “In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)
        Let us never forget the great impact that the Gospel of Christ has made in the world and is still making today. Our Lord stated: “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost: 
      “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
         The GOSPEL is the Good News that Light has come into a world of Darkness; that Peace has come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing has come into a world of Sickness; that Love has come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness has come into a world of Sin; that Life has come into a world of Death; that Freedom has come into a world of Bondage; that Slaves are made FREE through Christ the Liberator of the Human Race!
1. Hear the Lord of harvest sweetly calling,
Who will go and work for Me today?
Who will bring to Me the lost and dying?
Who will point them to the narrow way?
Speak, my Lord, speak, my Lord,
Speak, and I’ll be quick to answer Thee;
Speak, my Lord, speak, my Lord,
Speak, and I will answer, Lord, send me.
2. When the coal of fire touched the prophet,
Making him as pure, as pure can be,
When the voice of God said, Who’ll go for us?
Then he answered, Here I am, send me. [Refrain]
3. Millions now in sin and shame are dying,
Listen to their sad and bitter cry;
Hasten, brother, hasten to the rescue;
Quickly answer, Master, here am I. [Refrain]
Soon the time for reaping will be over;
Soon we’ll gather for the harvest home;
May the Lord of harvest smile upon us,
May we hear His blessed, Child, well done. [Refrain]

And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit be and abide with each one in Jesus' Name! Amen.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

          THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST                        CLEANSES US FROM ALL SINS                          By Charles G. Finney

" 'Stop, I need your help!'
It was in Detroit, Michigan, several years ago.
It was early evening and I was about to walk into the building where I was holding revival meetings. A man walked up to me and said, 'Are you Mr. Finney?'
" 'Yes,' I replied.
"'Please, when you get through tonight, —will you come home with me. I need to talk to you. ' " 'All right, I will. You wait for me. ' I walked inside—and some of the men stopped me.
" 'What does the man want?"
" He wants me to go home with him after the meeting tonight. "
" 'Don't do it. He's known to be dangerous. '
" I’m sorry, but I promised and I shall go with him.'
"When the service was over that evening, I went with the man three blocks down the street and then into an alley, and stopped. The man unlocked the door and said', 'Come in.' Walking into the room, I found the man locking the door behind me, and then reaching into his pocket he pulled out a revolver and held it in his hand.
" 'I don't intend to do you any harm,' he said. 'I just want to ask you a few questions. Did you mean what you said in your sermon last night?'
" 'What did I say? I have forgotten. '
" 'You said, 'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.'
" 'Yes, God says so. '
"Then he said to me, 'You see this revolver? It has killed four people. It is mine. Two of them were killed by me, two of them by my bartender in a brawl in my saloon. Is there hope for a man like me?'
" 'Yes. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. Christ can forgive you and help you obey the Commandments of God. '
"Then the man said, 'Brother Finney, another question. In the back of this partition is a saloon. I own it, everything in it. We'll sell every kind of liquor to anybody who comes along. Many times I have taken the last penny out of a man's pocket, letting his wife and children go hungry. Many times women have brought their babies here and pled with me not to sell any more booze to their husbands, but I have driven them out and kept on with the whiskey selling. Is there hope for a man like me?'
" 'God says, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin." [1 John 1:7].
" 'Another question, brother Finney. In back of this other partition is a gambling joint and it is as crooked as sin and Satan. There isn't a decent wheel in the whole place. It is all loaded and crooked. A man leaves the saloon with some money left in his pocket, and we take his money away from him in our gambling hall. Men have gone out of that gambling den to commit suicide when their money, and perhaps entrusted funds, were all gone. Is there any hope for a man like me?'
" 'God says, "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.'
" 'One more question, and I will let you go. When you walk out of this alley you turn to the right and you'll see a brown-stone house. It is my home. I own it. My wife is there, and my eleven-year old child, Margaret. Thirteen years ago I went to New York on business. I met a beautiful girl. I lied to her. I told her I was a stockbroker, and she married me. " 'I brought her here, and when she found out my business it broke her heart. I have made life a hell on earth for her. I have come home drunk, beaten her, locked her out, made her life more miserable than that of any brute beast. About a month ago I went home one night drunk, mean, miserable. My wife got in the way some how, and I started beating her. My daughter threw herself between us. I slapped that girl across the face and knocked her against a red-hot stove. Her arm is burned from shoulder to wrist. It will never look like anything decent. Brother Finney, is there hope for a man like me?'
"I took hold of the man's shoulders, shook him, and said, 'Oh, son, what a black story you have to tell! But God says, 'The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin!'
"The man saw it. He looked at me a long moment and then said, 'Thank you, Brother Finney. Thank you very much. Now I know. Pray for me. I am coming to church tomorrow night. And I am going to do some changing.'
"I left that back room and went home. The next morning, about seven o'clock, the saloon man finally got finished with his business at his office and leaving it headed across the street to his home. His necktie was awry. His face was dusty, sweaty, and tear­stained. He was shaking as though he were drunk.
"But let's go back to that room. That night he had taken the swivel chair in the office and smashed the mirror, the fireplace, the desk and the other chairs. He had smashed the partition on each side. Every bottle and barrel and bar mirror in that saloon was shattered and broken up. The sawdust was swimming ankle deep in a terrible mixture of beer, gin, whiskey, and wine. The stench that rose from that rotten mess was terrific. In the gambling establishment on the other side the tables were smashed. The dice and cards smoldered in the fireplace.
"And then he had cried for hours there alone on his knees with God.
"And so with it all over, he staggered across the street as the sun arose, walked up the stairs of his home, and sat down heavily in the chair of his room. His wife called the little girl, 'Maggie, run upstairs and tell daddy breakfast is ready.' The girl walked slowly up the stairs. Half afraid, she stood in the door and said, 'Daddy, Mamma said breakfast was ready; to come down.'
" 'Maggie, darling, daddy doesn't want any breakfast. ' "That little girl didn't walk; she just flew down those stairs. 'Mamma, daddy said, "Maggie, darling, and he didn't—.' "Maggie, you didn't understand. You go back upstairs and tell daddy to come down.' Maggie went back upstairs with the mother following her. The man looked up as he heard the child's step, spread his knees and said, 'Maggie, come here.'
"Shyly, frightened, in a tremble, the little girl walked slowly up to him. He began crying as he lifted her up, placed her on his knee, pressed his face against her chest and wept. The wife, standing in the door, didn't know what had happened. After awhile he noticed her standing there and said, 'Wife, come here.'
"He sat her on his other knee, threw his large arms around those two whom he loved, whom he had so fearfully abused, lowered his face between them, and sobbed until the room almost shook with the impact of his feelings.
"After some minutes be began to control himself, looked up into the faces of his wife and girl, and said to them:
" 'Wife and daughter,—you needn't ever be afraid of me any more. God has brought you a new man, a new daddy home today.'
"That same night that man, his wife, and child, walked down the aisle of the church, gave their hearts to Christ and joined the church. He spent the remainder of his life trying to help other people. Many were the young people that he warned to flee from liquor and cigarettes and gambling—for he well knew the terrible hole that they would bring a man into." —Charles G. Finney.