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(Church of South India Good News)
Vol. 5 / Issue 23 / July 17 2003
Contents of this issue
News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Exo 27:20 "And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.
In the above verse we read that God commanded to bring pure oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps could burn continually before God. How important it is that the light would not go off anytime but it should continually burn before God.
God wants to make us lamps that burn day and night and give light. Jesus Christ is the true Light who came down in this world to take us away from darkness. John 1:9, "That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world." And the Bible says in Matthew 4:16, "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." When a person invites Jesus in his/her life the true Light comes in and removes darkness, sin, death, and evil. Jesus was crushed to death, He was bruised for our iniquity, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was chastised for our peace and He was beaten for our healing. His death on the cruel cross was for us so that we could be delivered from all darkness.
God does not want us to live in darkness, but He wants us to come in light and live a good life. Once you have received the light, it is your duty to keep the light burning day and night continuously. If you want that your lamp could burn continually before God, then you need the pure oil. Pure oil represents Holy Spirit. If you want to continue in the salvation you have received when you accepted Jesus Christ, you need the fullness of Holy Spirit so that your lamp could burn continually.
In Matthew 25th chapter we read a parable spoken by Jesus. Jesus compared foolish and wise virgins. Five of them were wise who took oil in their vessels with their lamps but the foolish virgins did not take additional oil with their lamps. When they heard that the bridegroom is coming, they woke up and trimmed their lamps, but the foolish virgins found that their lamps were going out. So they went to buy oil, but by that time the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding, and the door was shut. Later on the foolish virgins came and knocked at the door saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!" But it was too late for them. He answered and said, '"Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
Jesus tried to tell us through this parable that the foolish virgins did not have sufficient oil in their lamps, in other words, they did not have fullness of the Holy Spirit in them, that is, they were not prepared to meet the bridegroom at the last moment. The reason was very simple; they did not care to fill their lamps with oil everyday. They did not care to walk in the Spirit everyday. Very often people think that if a person is saved, he/she can live as they want and finally God will take them to heaven. But it is not true. Once saved is not always saved. You have to strive everyday to do the will of God and live a holy life before God. Let our lamps be burning day and night so that Son of Man could find us worthy to attend His wedding. Let we be filled with the Holy Spirit everyday.
My dear friend, check your lives and see whether your lamps are burning properly or not? If not, it is high time to make your lamps right with God.
Love and Tolerance are the very prominent words of today's Christian circle. People practice sin freely and use these words for their own benefit. They say, "Jesus taught us to love one another. Jesus taught us to forgive others. So let us practice that love. That is why they say, "Don't judge anybody since no one is perfect, ignore other's fault because all do some mistakes."
Well, Jesus did not teach us to love sin. Jesus did not ask us to tolerate sin. I do not find such teachings in Bible, but today our Churches are preaching and teaching such theories. Jesus said, "Love sinners but hate sin." That is why when Jesus met with the Samaritan woman, He confronted her directly with her sin. He asked, "Go get your husband." She said, "I have no husband." Jesus said, "You are right. You have had 5 husbands and now you are living with the 6th one and he is not your husband."
John 4:16, Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
John 4:17, The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'
John 4:18 "for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."
If you read the whole story of the Samaritan woman, you can understand that you cannot get blessings of God by living in sin. Jesus showed her that she is in sin. This story tells us that Samaritan woman had to repent and turn around from her sins to get the living water (Holy Spirit). Confession and repentance is the only way to reach God. Another incident we find in Bible where Jesus heals the sick man of 38 years who was at the pool of Bethesda. He says, "Go sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." Jesus says the same thing to the woman caught up in adultery, "Go sin no more" (John 8:11). I don't see any tolerance towards sin in any of these instances. Jesus does not teach to tolerate sin or to love sin.
John 5:14, Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you."
You cannot play tricks with God and still think that all is well. Many are involved in witchcraft, murder and in many other kinds of activities, may be not directly, but still they think that God is with them. Still they think that they are saved. You cannot fool God. Jesus knows what you are doing in secret. If you do not repent and get rid of those sins it will surely destroy your soul in hell fire.
Al-right today our Churches are practicing the tolerance theology for their own gain. That's how our Churches are ruining. I heard that a survey of Presbyterian Church indicated that 60% people don't believe that "Jesus is the only way to heaven." What a tragedy!! Today our Churches are allowing Divorce, homosexuality and Abortion as legal, though Bible is totally against such practices. Where are we heading? Where are our Churches going today? It's a great question mark. Recently I heard that Churches of Ontario, Canada and some other cities have made the gay marriages legal. And many such marriages are taking place in Churches. What a shame. Today our Churches are more tolerant toward sin rather than observing holiness.
Recently I read in Chicago Tribune News paper July 9, 2003 edition about a gay Choir director. Here are some excerpts from that article.
---------Quote Chicago Tribune---------
The new choir director was one of the best things that ever happened to Holy Family Catholic Church. Everyone said so.............until last month, when church officials learned he is gay.
A lawyer and two priests confronted Bill Stein on June 17 and asked him to renounce his partner of 10 years, Stein said, When he refused, they fired him.
I can say Church did the right thing in the light of the Bible because he was not ready to get rid of this sin. Bible speaks very clearly against homosexuality. Gen 13:13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD. Why they were exceedingly wicked and sinful in the sight of God. Reason is that they were homosexuals. (Gen 19:4-5)
Jude 1:7 as Sodom and Gomorra, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Now what was the reaction of the congregation of the gay choir director? You may wonder to know that the people of this congregation were supporting this man though it is totally against Bible and God. Here are some of those comments:
--------Quote Chicago Tribune July 12 2003---------
As a young Catholic, I am disgusted by the Rockford church's firing of choir director.... If the Catholic Church does not stop alienating people who are such important contributors to the vitality of the church simply because of sexual orientation there will be no one left to support the church. Shame on the Diocese of Rockford.
Church hypocrisy --- I was absolutely dumbfounded by the actions of the Holy family Roman Catholic church...........
Personally I think it is the height of hypocrisy for right-wing homophobes to attack the "gay lifestyle"............
All these comments clearly show that people, even churchgoers do not know what is correct and what is not correct according to Bible. Today all the problems we see in our society are mostly created by the tolerance policy of our churches. You may wonder to know that most of the people who speak about ignoring sin and loving and tolerating others are not saved people. They themselves don't care about the teachings of Jesus. They themselves live in sin and filthiness. So they think that nobody can lead a holy life.
Last week I was hearing the message in our Church. Our pastor said, "Those who are accommodating and adjusting with other people are mature Christians." He meant that those who are able to adjust with the sins of Pastor and others are mature Christians. If Pastor is cursing people from pulpit you must accommodate with those views. If pastor is forcefully asking money you should be able to adjust with that. If pastor is telling hundreds of lies you must be able to ignore it. If pastor is going house-to-house and spreading false rumors about you, you must know how to adjust with that. If you fail to do that, you are not a mature christian. I never read that Bible teaches something like that.
I heard that on the Sunday previous to that of last week also a member of our Church preached the very same message. I am glad that she was at least agreeing (accommodating) with the views of pastor. So she must be a 'Mature Christian' in the eyes of Pastor. What kind of a preacher are you? People pleasing, Pastor pleasing or God pleasing? Recently, many Guest speakers came to our church to preach. They all preached the messages which pleased our pastor, that is, dictated to them by pastor. Some preached, "if you stand against pastor you will die." Our pastor had many times previously preached the same curse pronouncing messages from the pulpit. In my whole life I have never heard anybody cursing the congregation from pulpit like this.
Last year I had a chance to preach in my church. The said pastor visited my house several times to dictate to me what to preach. He said, "this church is like this, these people are like these, so and so are great drinkers, our youths are very bad, girls are going with Muslim boys, boys are bringing their girl friends to their parent's house to stay with them and blah...blah...blah... I said in my heart, "forget it, you cannot dictate to me, I am not a pastor pleaser." Well, I never preached a single message, which comes out of my head. So I prayed to the Lord to know what to preach. I prayed for several days and even fasted to know the heart of God. The message I got was entirely different. God said, "Many prophets will rise up from this church." This call was especially for young people. Whatever God spoke I preached in my church. Next week the said Pastor came to our house and said, "you should have not preached that way, I thought you will share your testimony, you know none of our youth are saved, then how can you give a call for ministry." Well I said, look pastor I do not preach what I hear from people but I hear from God what to preach and what not. What I did was correct. I am here to please my master (Jesus) not anybody else.
Well if you are a preacher you must know how to please God. Today many are preaching the messages, which pleases their congregation. If somebody from congregation says, "we don't want to hear salvation (Pentecostal) messages, they start preaching the opposite messages that all are saved and everybody is going to heaven. If somebody says that our agenda is feeding the poor and so on, they'll start preaching that kind of messages. What kind of a preacher are you? Congregation pleaser or God pleaser? Today our churches have become a place of wrong teachings. They teach entirely opposite messages of what Bible teaches. How long this tolerance will go on? As long as these things prevail in our churches, church will never grow.
Now let's see quickly who the "Mature Christians" are according to the Bible. Before we go to this topic let's find out who the Christians are? There are two kinds of Christians in every congregation.
1. Nominal Christians
2. True Christians
1. Nominal Christians:
People who are born in Christian homes having christian names and are members of the church but do not have any personal relationship with Jesus are called nominal Christians. They go to church regularly, but they have nothing to do with Christ. They live a life as any other sinners. They do all kinds of things, which look good according to the world.
2. True Christians:
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
According to these verses, those who are washed by the blood of Jesus and whose sins are forgiven by God are the children of God. They are true Christians. And maturity theory can apply to only this group of people.
Now let's see who the mature Christians are. In very short way I can say:
1. Who are walking in the ways of God means who are leading a holy life.
2. Those who are always alert to keep their White Garment spotless, those who are constantly trying to excel in their holiness.
3. Those who do not quit in the middle, when problems and trials come, when storms rage against them in the middle, but stick on with Jesus all the time.
I will try to explain it in detail next time. May God help you to become a mature Christian.
Dear the person who writes this letter,
I greet you in the name of our lord jesus christ.
I keep on receive this lettter from you. But i will not read it. But today i happened to open and read it. It is very very nice and also it expressed my current situation and the thought in my mind and also this comforts me through the life of David. Thanks a lot once again and please keep sending it to me.
Thank you for your encouraging messages. I like your boldness in saying the Word of God. I was brought up in the CSI Church and know only too well how political it can all
become.I do hope more powers that will be challenged to make it a place where young people are led in the true message of our lord Jesus.
Dr S.Chandy, U.K.
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.
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Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.
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