If you're enjoying a delicious sandwich while surfing the net, and have come upon this particular post, I suggest you either put down the sandwich, or revisit this article after you've finished your meal and it is well on its way down your digestive tract. Fair warning, I don't want anyone thinking to themselves, with a mouthful of half masticated sandwich, 'ewe that's gross.'
In the late nineties while living in Romania full time, I befriended a young man who became my workout partner at the local gym. He was preparing for a bodybuilding competition, and he seemed like the right guy to persuade me in pushing beyond my pain threshold. Yes, I know this is workout jargon some might not be familiar with, but please bear with me. The gym itself was nothing sophisticated, no blinking lights, no treadmills, no air conditioning, just a basement, with a few barbells and dumbbells, a guy's gym in every sense of the word.
In order to achieve his desired result, this young man had to consume copious amounts of food. Needless to say, whenever he wasn't raining, he was eating. His mother would cook him potatoes, strips of meat, and whatever else she could afford in order to get him to competition weight. One day he visited my home, and unbeknown to me, forgot a bag which held a few pieces of strip steak somewhere in my home.
A few days later I started to notice an odd smell in my home, but couldn't quite put my finger on where it was coming from. As the days went by, the smell got stronger and stronger, until I finally decided to look for the source of said smell, and not give up until I found it.
After looking though most of he house I finally discovered the plastic bag, unfortunately it wasn't a Ziploc bag wedged between my sofa and my radiator, with the pieces of meat in an advanced state of decomposition. I will spare you the ugly details, but it wasn't pretty. He had placed the bag on the windowsill and it had fallen, being obscured from view.
In case you were wondering if the preceding story was just to gross you out, it wasn't. There is a spiritual application, and one that is very relevant o the condition of today's church.
The stench of corruption is ever growing, becoming more obvious, and more pungent with the passage of time. If it stinks a little now, it will stink allot worse a few days from now, because corruption doesn't have an off switch, and as the decay continues to spread, it will become more pronounced.
Though today some simply wrinkle their noses at the aberrant teachings and doctrines floating around, the time will soon come when the smell will be overpowering.
The stench of corruption can only be masked for so long with entertainment, christian humor, blinking lights, big screen televisions and Dolby surround sound.
Eventually one must either find the source of the stench and remove it personally, or abandon his or her own home and leave it to the corruption.
With the passage of time, more and more people are beginning to see the grievous lengths to which some churches will go in order to fill the seats, and the stench that comes with willful compromise, with the salt having lost its flavor, and thereby it's power to preserve from corruption is becoming undeniable. Try as they might to be polite, to ignore the smell, to turn their heads, to attempt breathing through a handkerchief, some just can't stand it anymore.
In our attempt to remove Christ from the congregation and replace Him with self serving, self centered, and outright selfish messages, we've lost sight of the fact that a church absent of Christ is a church in name only. It is only through Him, and in Him, that we are kept from the corruption of this age, and from the decay of sin. Without Christ we rot away like the rest of the world the smell of our corruption growing worse every day, just in a cathedral like setting and plush seating.
Since God has a sensitive nose, the stench of corruption reached his nostrils long before the sheep were aware of it and judgment upon His house has already been pronounced, and is well on its way to being carried out. Yes, God is about to clean house, and lest anyone forget, judgment begins in His house first.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
Post Script: Since I have the day off tomorrow, something that is very rare in and of itself, after much prayerful consideration, I've decided to tackle the current controversy that most of the Christian websites have been abuzz about, namely whether Jesus came to earth to be the Messiah, and whether or not Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be said Messiah.
As always, the answers are found in the Bible, and in the end, if we hope to be guided in truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, the Bible must be our final authority. Until tomorrow, be blessed of the Lord.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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In regards to the first part of this article Bro Michael, I have to say "Laughter doeth good like a medicine" sorry but I got saved and raised up and memorized in the King James...The rest of the article is tragic, God help us all
It's so simple ,even a child can understand it.
God will not have anything or anyone before Him.
The Church as an unfaithful wife has gone after other lovers and the stench of her whoredoms has ripened into the final harvest we saw in Noah's day .
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.Jeremiah 17:5
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.Jeremiah 17:13
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.Isaiah1:4
Michael,I believe this is the final rebellion against God,the united coalition of the willing target Israel and what the nations impose on Israel God will impose on them.
The Stupid Planet
All the nations of the earth have chosen to go out of their way to help a people set apart for God's wrath and destruction and curse the Jews whom the Creator has blessed.
It's not global warming but God's global, hot wrath towards the inhabitants of the stupid planet.
All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will perish. The portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He, And of the tribe of His inheritance; The LORD of hosts is His name. He says, "You are My war-club, My weapon of war; And with you I shatter nations, And with you I destroy kingdoms. "With you I shatter the horse and his rider, And with you I shatter the chariot and its rider, And with you I shatter man and woman, And with you I shatter old man and youth, And with you I shatter young man and virgin, And with you I shatter the shepherd and his flock, And with you I shatter the farmer and his team, And with you I shatter governors and prefects. "But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes," declares the LORD. "Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth," declares the LORD, "And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags, And I will make you a burnt out mountain. "They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD.
And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD;
Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
As fate would have it, having to work today. I just returned to work from a sub shop. Unwrapped the sub, took a bite, opened up your blog and read the warning. Timing is everything.
Good perspective, Michael.
When I was young in the Lord (25 years or so ago) my father-in-law was the closest person to a mentor I knew. He would always say, "Eat the meat and spit out the bones". (You know Michael lately the food analogies are really working.) Now that I am older I no longer want to do that, I don't have the patience to do that. I don't want to listen just to be polite, getting sick from the smell/stench, all the while. Or even spit out the bones. Why should we?
I know that during these times we will gather all the more as we see the day approaching, but, gather where with who, at what cost. You know that scripture that says after the second or third admonition leave them alone because they are a heretic. There are more heretics than brothers. I don't want to break fellowship, but, (I'll guess you get this all the time) they, for the most part don't want me or you to speak at all. Those who truly love truth are few and far between. I think that we are at the pinnacle. We have no were else to go, they no longer endure sound doctrine, it's go time. This blog is as good as it gets, not that there are not other people, but it doesn't get any better.
I am blessed to be a "minister" at our small congregation. Every one there, bar none, are like minded. For such a time as this God assembled us. For such a time as this you are here also Michael.
Jesus Is the Messiah. He is my Lord, My protecter, My best friend.He is the truth. That is, he not only tells the truth, but he is the truth.When he says "I return to my Father and your Father, My God and your God". You better believe him. When he says "not all saying Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who is doing the will of my father" you better believe him. There are two you must worship, two you must know. Jesus said to his Father,"this is eternal life, that they would know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" Don't take any mans word. Believe Jesus. Read the bible for yourself. It's all true. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.
Yes it is a sad thing indeed. The truth has been compromised for the happiness of the people. Christiandom is becoming or has become humanism.The concept is all about what God can do for us, for our happiness. But the truth, is what we can do for God, what He is going to get out of us. Paris Reidhead talked about this well. The happiness of man is a buy product, not the prime product.
Also the first part of the post is just great lol. Its good to read about another bro trying to get cut up in shreds or add slabs of lean meat to there frame.
I used to say a similar thing, Dave - 'eat the meat and spit out the bones' until one day I started choking on the bones!
Sadly, so many people I know in those self-centred churches don't seem to know their Bibles or read them much, so they are unable to check the truth of what their teachers and pastors are saying.
Wow! I've been away without Internet for almost 2 weeks, and I can't believe how much I missed on this blog! It's getting better and better Michael! Both your messages and all the comments. There is so much I could comment on, but I will simply say something I said a few weeks ago - there is no such thing as "eat the meat and spit out the bones". Error is never likened to bones in Scripture, but to leaven, which cannot be separated out from the bread. It permeates the entire loaf - or the entire message. Satan quoted Scripture to Yeshua but that didn't make it okay for Him to receive that part of the message as any kind of truth to act on! It's as if all these false teachers and false prophets are passing around and using the same tainted "starter" dough. Throw it out!
Well, I do have one more thing to say. I am so grateful for this blog. I had to drive 850 miles to spend time with the only "kingdom family" I have (or at least know) in the States - a brother and sister with whom I share one heart, one spirit, one mind and one faith. That is partly because I live in a remote area, but mostly because the process of being separated unto the Lord has resulted in very few like-hearted friends. The others have left the States and are ministering in various other countries. I relate so well with what was shared in the "Tale of 3 Cities" message and comments, particularly Brother Andrew's comments as well as the Duty reply. I have gotten as far out of Babylon as I know how spiritually, and suffered tremendous refining and spiritual surgery by the Holy Spirit to get and keep it out of me, yet lately I, too, have wondered if the next step might be to literally leave this nation and go somewhere where people want Him.
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