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fourth obvious lie believers tell themselves, even with all the evidence to the
contrary, is that they can twist God’s arm into doing, accepting, or condoning
something which is not in His nature to do, accept, or condone.
will not be pressured, threatened, browbeaten, or extorted into doing something
He would not otherwise do, even if it means disappointing some self-important cleric
or clergyman. God does not change for the whims of men, nor does He change with
the changing world of men.
insinuate that if we hold our breaths and puff our cheeks long enough God will
not call sin something He currently does, is juvenile, childish, and foolhardy.
Isaiah 55:8-9, “For
My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For
as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
Numbers 23:19, “God
is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has
He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
some men put in so much effort into trying to change the mind of God on certain
things, eventually they talk themselves into believing that God has in fact
changed, when in reality it is their own mind trying to salvage some remnant of
God has said a thing, and I come along and say something opposite of what God
has said passing it off as the will of God, then not only am I a liar and a
fool, I am at enmity with God Himself.
as it might seem to some, there are pastors a plenty today, at enmity with God.
There is no other way of interpreting it or otherwise framing it to make it
seem less heinous and tragic than what it is. Spiritual leaders today, by the
boatload, are at enmity with God, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s the selfsame
ones who lie about what God has said, condoned, or accepted that seem to be the
most popular in our day and age.
devil has no problems promoting those of like mind with him. The enemy has no
problems promoting the lukewarm, duplicitous, and heretical because he knows
the more people listen to them and follow after their teaching the easier it
will be to shake the faith of the selfsame people to the point of nonexistence.
the risk of repeating myself, the devil has always been a big picture sort of
guy, while the self-centeredness being preached from the pulpits is making the
church a smaller and smaller picture sort of entity.
gone from ‘go into all the world, preach the gospel to all men’ to ‘if we can
get the loan, we’ll just build a bigger building’.
has made even something as all-encompassing as the need for salvation and for
God through Christ Jesus, a selfish, self-absorbed thing, wherein if we’re
doing fine, if we’re paying the bills, if our church gets full on Sundays, we
don’t care about anything or anyone else.
selfishness has caused us to compromise our principles, our compromised
principles have caused us to compromise the truth, and the compromised truth has
caused us to teach a lie, because we know that if we can forcibly widen the
path, more people will join our little clique, and we’ll be able to keep our
doors open longer than the guys preaching the truth. It’s all interconnected,
and it all leads to the same desperate state wherein men become nothing more
than clanging cymbals, making lots of noise, but really not much else.
reject the notion of obedience toward God outright nowadays because it implies
we will have to submit ourselves to His authority, and that is something we are
simply unwilling to do.
want to believe it when we are told we are little gods and therefore can
establish our own level of morality, level of faithfulness, and level of
worshipfulness, because it would mean we are in control, and that is what men
today can’t live without. Even if it’s just an illusion, a figment of their
imagination, they are content to continue believing they have control over
their lives, and as such need not submit to a higher power or authority.
demands to be worshipped on His terms, and any man who takes one of His
commandments for a suggestion will reap the whirlwind in the end.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
third obvious lie we tell ourselves – and this is particularly true of the
Western world – is that we are somehow more special than any other believers
who came before us, more special than any other believers on any other
continent presently living, and as such, due to our specialness we will neither have to endure, persevere, or overcome
any sort of trials, tribulations or persecutions.
lies become all the more difficult to stomach when almost every week in recent
memory there have been reports of heinous attacks against Christians in other
nations, including mass murder bordering on genocide. All the while, we’re
still insisting on the notion that we will never have to stand for the faith
once entrusted to the saints, or suffer hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
godless are becoming more animated in their godlessness, and the fury of their
empty souls spills over into outright violence with increasing frequency.
outbursts will only grow in scope and magnitude, because godlessness does not
have a base level, it is never content with what it has already done, but
always strives to lead the soul to darker and darker pursuits.
met more than my fair share of believers who insist upon being too special to
endure hardship, and it is these selfsame believers who have a very difficult
time with the messages I preach, because I insist upon spiritual preparedness
for the eventuality of persecution.
they can bite their lip and squirm in the chair long enough for me to finish
speaking, then I am sure to get an earful from the individuals in attendance
who contrary to Biblical truth and present reality, continue to assert that
this present generation of half-hearted, lukewarm, duplicitous, self-obsessed
believers will be spared trials and tribulations altogether.
the kind soul I am, I listen to their reasoning as to why they do not believe
we will see, and in fact endure persecution, then when they finally take a
second to catch their breath I ask one question: what makes you more special
than any other believer who suffered and died for the cause of Christ, either
in the distant past or in the recent past?
me to insist that I will be spared persecution while other believers are being martyred
for the faith is to insinuate that I am more special than they are, or that God
sees me differently than He does them. For me to insist that I will not have to
persevere or overcome is to insinuate that God loves those who are presently
suffering less than He loves me, and therefore He will spare me what He chooses
not to spare others from.
Romans 2:11, “For
there is no partiality with God.”
that sort of puts a crimp in the specialness
theory doesn’t it? Are we than saying that there is no partiality with God
except in this one solitary case? Are we than saying that God meant what He
said except in the case of the present generation of believers living in
know I’m going to make some of you angry with this post, but there is no way
been told we’re special since early childhood, we’ve been told we are
exceptional in fact, but no one saw the need to mention that in the sight of
God we are all His creation, equal in every way, whether American, Afghani,
Kenyan, Romanian, Russian, or Chinese.
only reason God favored America as a nation above others, was because America
was a nation of covenant just as Israel was, but we have broken covenant with
God, and as such we cannot expect either blessing nor favor to flow from the
throne room any longer.
can either continue to tell ourselves that we will never have to suffer for the
cause of Christ until the moment we are called upon to suffer, whereupon we
will turn our backs on Him and justify our betrayal somehow, or prepare in our
hearts for the eventuality of persecution, standing on God’s Word and being
found worthy of the sufferings of Christ.
don’t want to suffer. I don’t think anyone does, but if God chooses to glorify
Himself through my suffering, then I know He will give me the strength to endure
the suffering He allows upon me for His glory.
things are a given for every believer, and persecution is one of those things.
I know it’s not something we like to dwell on or think about, but it is
nevertheless in the Word, and something we ought to remind ourselves even in
times of peace and relative freedom.
or later persecution will come, as the Word says it must, so that the gold
might be purified, the garment cleansed, and the power made manifest.
2 Timothy 3:12, “Yes,
and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
1 Peter 4:12-13,
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange things happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that
you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may
also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:19, “Therefore
let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in
doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
second oft repeated and obvious lie, one which is gaining steam among the young
due to its implications, is that the Word of God is subjective and given to
interpretation. For many, the Word of God is nothing more than a produce stand
where we pick and choose the things we like, the things we’re hungry for, or
the things that look good to us as individuals.
notion that the Bible contains general guidelines for every Child of God is
anathema to many, because that would mean they would be required to have the
same commitment and unwavering faith in God as those currently being tortured,
beheaded, burned alive, and killed for the sake of Christ.
the Word of God were not subjective in nature, then the righteousness to which
God calls those who don’t have access to the internet or round the clock
movies, or all sorts of distractions, is the same righteousness He calls us to.
God calls us to righteousness, obedience, holiness, humility and faithfulness there
are no qualifiers. He doesn’t say if you have the time, if you are so inclined,
or if it fits into your five year plan.
1 Peter 1:13-16,
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully
upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your
ignorance; but as He who has called you is holy, you also be holy in all your
conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”
in our hearts we accept the notion that the Word of God is subjective, then we
can readily ignore this passage, along with many others which instruct us to be
holy in all our conduct, to abstain from conforming ourselves to the former
lusts, and to be obedient children of God.
‘I think I’m a good person and I feel
that’s enough’ excuse is the offspring Scriptural subjectivism and
spiritual relativism. I can make the Word say whatever I want because absolute
truth lies not in how it is written, but in how I perceive it.
individual in the grips of Scriptural subjectivism and spiritual relativism can
justify any sin in their life, no matter how unscriptural, off-putting, or
destructive. In case you don’t see this for the problem it is, just look around
and see what is happening in certain mainline denominations.
we have devils wearing clerical collars, and agents of Satan feigning servant
hood toward God, all so they can twist the hearts and minds of people into
calling good evil, and evil good. All so they can inject this notion of subjectivism
and relativism into the hearts and minds of the sheep, and lead them astray
before they even set foot on the path.
is a phenomenon that is growing, and the church is doing absolutely nothing
about it. All we are is silent. You can hear the crickets as pastors, or at
least men who claim the title of pastor, are insisting that homosexuality of
all things is not a sin. If that’s not a sin, then nothing is a sin, and that
is the endgame here.
realize the following will irk some of you, but it is nevertheless truth. The
battle is not about a particular sin, but the idea that nothing, no matter how
depraved, is sin any longer.
Satan, it’s always about the bigger picture. It’s not about homosexuality
itself; it’s about doing away with the entire notion of anything being sinful
or anathema for Christians.
that isn’t a sin, then nothing’s a sin, and if nothing’s a sin, we can throw
the notions of righteousness and holiness right out the window now can’t we?
only thing the devil cares about is perverting God’s creation, and convincing
people God didn’t mean what He said. It is one of the ways in which He is most
successful at deceiving the gullible and easily swayed, and especially those
whose hearts are not wholly surrendered to God.
we are wholly surrendered, there isn’t much the devil can do by way of causing
us to stray from truth. When we look for ways to make our walk easier, to widen
our path, to do what the flesh wants and still have communion with God, that’s
when the enemy gets a foothold, that’s when he brings his minions in our path
to whisper in our ear, and make us feel at ease about our rebellion and
are living in the land of the absurd and nobody seems to be noticing. We have
men who are the spiritual leaders of hundreds of millions of people telling
everyone they don’t even have to believe in God to go to heaven, and we’re
taking it all in stride as though this is not shocking, and absurd on its face.
we must realize, is that we have been forewarned in scripture of the times we
are currently witnessing. God spoke of these days when deceitful men would
bring in destructive heresies, when men’s one desire within the church would be
to have their ears tickled, and when those who would continue to preach the
unadulterated, unabashed truth of God’s holy Word would be mocked, ridiculed,
marginalized, and ultimately persecuted to the point of being put to death.
5:4-6, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should
overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are
not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but
let us watch and be sober.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
can try telling myself I’m thin, with both conviction and assurance, up until
the instant I pass by a mirror. Then the lies I tell myself become painfully
obvious. Men love to lie to themselves. Not only do men love to lie to
themselves, they go out of their way to avoid looking in the mirror, to avoid
seeing the truth, because the truth will always shatter the illusion we fashion
for ourselves with brutal efficiency.
lie we tell ourselves, nothing will ruin our day faster than having the truth
annihilate it completely and mercilessly. Truth is heavy footed. Truth is not
politically correct, tender, or concerned with sparing feelings, but like the
old bull in a china shop line, the truth will make a mess of the table of
deceit we’ve set for ourselves.
of the lies we tell ourselves are intricate, well structured, and hard to
identify. Other lies are obvious, and it’s the obvious lies we have the most
difficult time letting go of. The obvious lies are the bread and butter of the duplicitous
soul, and though everyone else around us is seeing them for what they are and
attempting to warn us as to their falsehood, we still cling to them with the
death grip of the desperate.
I could readily point out the obvious lies we tell ourselves as a nation, I
wanted to bring it in and focus on the individual lies we tell ourselves, lies
that keep us from pursuing Christ with abandon, or growing in Him as we ought.
first and most destructive lie we tell ourselves as individuals is that God
will have to make due with us just as we are. We kept hearing ‘come as you are’
for so long, that we’ve sort of tuned out the part about not leaving as we came
because what Jesus does in the heart and mind of an individual is utterly
transform it and renew it.
doesn’t settle. He never has, and He never will, and any man who claims that
God will settle for anything less than sanctification and total denial of the
flesh is lying to you. Granted, the lie feels good. It give the flesh a little
wiggle room, it allows us to pursue the selfsame things the world pursues, but
though men continue to spout the foolishness of acceptable double mindedness,
God is very clear on the matter, and has been since the days of old.
James 4:7-10, “Therefore
submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and
He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your
hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be
turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the
Lord, and He will lift you up.”
is because we teach a fraudulent, counterfeit gospel that so many are shackled
and imprisoned by sin, and the devil does with them as he wishes. It is because
we do not teach submission to God that we cannot resist the devil in any capacity,
and we keep stumbling over and over again.
we submit to God, He gives us the strength to resist the devil, and in
resisting the devil, he will flee from us.
of the ways in which the word ‘submit’ can be defined, is to subject, yield, or
surrender oneself to a condition or a process. I don’t get to do what I want to
do once I submit to God; I must do what He commands me to do upon the moment I’ve
submitted to Him.
Psalm 25:4-5, “Show
me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all day.”
we submit to God, we become dependent upon Him, we wait upon Him, we obey Him,
and we follow Him. I cannot blaze my own trail, find my own path, or do what I
believe to be right in my own eyes. My entire life becomes about obedience and
I do and everything I say must be gauged by whether or not it brings glory to
God, and if it doesn’t, then I ought not to be doing it. When we view our life
through this prism, when our single minded pursuit is to bring glory to God,
then we will have the strength to resist the devil, the energy to draw near to
God, the honesty to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts, and the humility
to weep and lament.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
15:1-2, “Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. And he went
out to meet Asa, and said to him: ‘Hear me Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The
Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by
you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”
things men forget with time. Other things men choose to forget, while others
still, men want to forget. Among the things men want and choose to forget, it
seems uncomfortable truths found within the pages of Scripture are high on the
list, and some today are going out of their way to discredit or otherwise give
themselves license to ignore the Word of God because it does not sit well with
their doctrine or preconceived notions about the God of the Bible.
we have successfully redefined God in our day and age, and stripped Him of His sovereignty,
glory, omnipotence, righteousness, and justice, we can make God into whatever
we want Him to be, and most often we want Him to be a quiet, obedient, and malleable
soul sitting in the corner just grateful for the company, appreciatively accepting
a morsel of food or a glass of water whenever we remember to feed Him.
have come to think so highly of ourselves, to esteem ourselves to such an
extent that we view spending any sort of time with God as a favor we bestow
upon Him, as some great grace with which we present Him, and one He ought to be
eternally grateful for. Because we esteem ourselves so highly we think it only
fair, and in fact feel entitled to, having every prayer answered, even though
most often our prayers have to do with the material rather than the spiritual.
man brings the God of the universe down to his level the requisite reverence
creation must have toward Creator disappears, as does the overarching need to
obey Him. Why obey a God with which we are on equal footing? Why submit to the
authority of a God we can make do as we desire, and make say what we want Him
to say? Why seek Him and hunger after Him and desire Him if we’ve been talked
into believing that no matter what we do there will be no consequence, and
though we forsake Him, He will cling to us like a motherless puppy refusing to
let go of our leg?
the Lord is no longer with us as long as we are with Him. Instead, though we’ve
rejected Him, and forsaken Him, and abused Him, and mocked Him, and demonized Him, and thrown
Him out as though He were some beggar, He is required to continue to bless us
and protect us and keep us. Why? Because we say so!
God Himself said He changes not, then would it not be a logical and reasonable thing
to conclude that due to our having forsaken Him God has also forsaken us? Would
it not be a reasonable and logical thing to conclude that because we’ve stopped
seeking Him, we have not found Him and because we have not found Him we comfort
ourselves and each other with empty words and silly mantras meant to seduce the
gullible into a deeper slumber?
until this point we have fled from reality because we could. We’ve been able to
talk ourselves into believing things about the God of the Bible which are not
true, because we were never so close to the flame as to feel the heat, never so
close to the precipice so as to realize we could easily lose our footing and
plunge to the depths below with one misstep.
with the house of cards we’ve built beginning to crumble under its own weight,
some still look for salvation and a remedy to their circumstances somewhere other
than God. We are as Israel of old, refusing to look upon the One who can save
us, heal us, and restore us, even in our death throws.
men by and large have chosen to forget that when a nation forsakes God, God
forsakes the nation, God hasn’t forgotten. And though we scream at the top of
our lungs, and until we’re red in the face that God is on our side and will
forever be, the God of the Bible today reminds us that He is with us only while
we are with Him.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
26:40-41, “Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to
Peter, ‘What, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter
into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’”
have said knowledge is the burden of the soul. They stipulate, and passionately
so, that knowledge is a curse, therefore no knowledge of what the future holds
for us as God’s creation was given because God’s love for mankind would not
allow Him to encumber us so.
more prophetic pieces fall into place and the more the end times puzzle takes
shape, the more vociferous those who revel in their ignorance become as to how
it is unthinkable and in their minds impossible for us to know what the future
only are such individuals ignorant, they glory in their ignorance because they
believe their ignorance will exempt them from the responsibilities which come
with the aforementioned knowledge.
have always gone to great lengths to skirt accountability, and to this day they
continue to do so, even going so far as denying what they see with their own
not as though the disciples didn’t know the struggle Christ was facing at the
time. It’s not as though He did not tell them that His soul was exceedingly
sorrowful, even unto death, or ask them explicitly to watch with Him.
had done this. He had explained the circumstances to His disciples, had asked
them to watch with Him, and yet, when He returned he found them asleep.
have also been told by Christ, and explicitly so, what to expect during these
last days, and what the landscape will look like. When He returns will He
likewise find us asleep?
struggle, the burden, the hardship isn’t the knowing, it is not knowledge
itself, but battling against the weakness of the flesh and remaining in a state
of watchfulness and prayerfulness until the Christ returns.
know it won’t be long. We know His return is closer today than it was
yesterday, and it will be closer tomorrow than it was today. When He returns He
expects to find us awake, watchful, and prayerful, because it is what He asked
of us, and it is in obedience that we receive our reward.
and praying are not optional. We cannot choose, based on how busy we are, or
how hectic our schedule, whether we will be watchful and prayerful on a given
day, or during a given time period.
children of God, as those redeemed, saved, and sanctified, we must understand
the importance of being watchful and prayerful, and understand that slumber and
the weakness of the flesh are not the only enemies we must contend with, but so
are distractions and misplaced loyalties.
the enemy can’t cause us to slumber, if the flesh cannot cause us to enter into
temptation, the devil will settle for keeping us distracted, and keeping us
from praying and being watchful for those things we ought to be watchful for.
tool the enemy has in his arsenal is to make us passionate and loyal toward
something other than Christ Jesus our Lord and King. It matters not what that
thing is, whether a state, a nation, a denomination or an individual, if our
loyalties can be shifted from Jesus toward something else, the enemy has won
the battle, and if the situation is not remedied and we do not shift our
loyalty back to Christ, he will eventually win the war.
is one of the reasons the enemy has had such an easy time running roughshod over
the household of faith. Our loyalties were misplaced, and rather than stand for
the truth of Christ, we chose to defend our political party, our interests, or
other things not pertaining to Jesus.
matters not what it is you are doing. If you are not watching and praying, then
you are not doing what you ought to be doing, and when the Christ returns, He
will rebuke you just as He rebuked Peter and the rest of the disciples.
can justify our absence of prayerfulness and watchfulness to ourselves, we can
tell ourselves what we are doing is more important, more necessary, more
impacting on the surrounding community, or even the nation, but if our own
house isn’t in order, if our own armor isn’t on, if our own foundation isn’t stable,
do we really have any business trying to tidy up our neighbor’s home?
wise man knows to put first things first and watching and praying must be at
the top of the list of what each of us ought to be doing today.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
I am as yet still in Romania I’ve been keeping a close eye on what is happening
with regards to the Syria issue. One thing is certain: the powers that be want
a war, and they are pushing the issue with all the ferocity of a rabid pit-bull.
an easy thing to beat the war drum when you’re not the one ducking bullets and
shrapnel, and I fear there is a great disconnect between our leaders, and the
men and women who will have to carry out the orders they are given once the
dust settles and war is agreed upon.
who understands the true ugliness of war is reticent to encourage it, support
it, or be flippant about advancing it.
troubles me even more is that by all accounts – at least accounts of independent
news agencies that are not subservient to a certain political clique – this is
a war of pretense, a faux war which has very little purpose other than to
further the agenda of powerful individuals.
realize we think it our mission and calling in life to force our brand of democracy down the throats of every man
woman and child in the world, but some people still have a gag reflex, and
enough intuition to naturally perceive that true democracy is more than having
access to fried chicken, and hamburgers with at least 25% real beef in every
went to bed last night thinking on this impending war, and I fear whether by
hook or by crook the powers that be will have the war they’re clamoring for. As
I slept, I dreamt of a beautiful meadow surrounded by trees and flowers and
tall grass, and in the middle of the meadow a beautiful pond rife with water
lilies, cattail, fairy moss, and duckweed. It was picturesque, a snapshot
worthy of any artist’s rendering. As I stood and watched the pond and the
flowers, a bloated body floated to the surface with the loud belch of releasing
gasses, bobbing in the water, and spoiling the entire landscape and waking me
up in the process.
one thing I understood from this short dream is that things are not as they
seem, and I know the dream and the unshakeable knowledge of what it means has
to do with this impending showdown. Something will ruin the narrative which has
so painstakingly been constructed, and it will be as obvious as a bloated body
in a picturesque pond.
who know me know I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories. If we go down the
rabbit trail of conspiracy theories we start seeing a conspiracy under ever
rock, and pretty soon the guy selling us our morning coffee is a secret agent
of some shadowy three lettered organization keeping tabs on us.
things, however, only make sense if you are open to the possibility of a larger
plan, a hidden agenda, and powerful interests lurking in the shadows and moving
their pieces about the chess board as they will.
fear this push for war is just such a situation, wherein forces wielding great
power want this conflict to happen at any cost. Let’s face it; our track record
hasn’t been so golden in the past few years when it comes to bringing democracy
to Middle Eastern nations. By all accounts Egypt is in chaos, Libya is likewise
in chaos, and pretty much every nation we’ve stuck our noses in is worse off
shape than before, now led by men intent on doing us harm, when before they
were merely well compensated allies of convenience.
a purely diplomatic, logical, and reasonable point of view, I would much rather
deal with a greedy man than with a religious zealot, because the weakness of
the greedy man is already pre-established. His greed is his weakness, and as
long as that’s taken care of the greedy man is malleable, and readily
a whole different ballgame when it comes to religious zealotry, especially the
kind festering in the Middle East.
you can’t definitively say whether or not you are fighting on the side of good,
or whether those you’ve aligned yourself with are just and noble, perhaps it’s
time to take a step back and reassess the situation altogether.
the great scheme we are small and insignificant but our Father isn’t. As such,
I would ask you to pray, and fervently so, that God would intervene and spare
the lives of those who will surely lose them if we go to war. Since the beginning of time brave men and
women have vicariously satiated the bloodlust of cowards, and I fear this time
will prove to be no different.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
in the physical shortsightedness or blindness are not communicable, in the
spiritual they are. One who is spiritually blind can be so persuasive that they
can pass on their blindness to others whom heretofore had been able to see, and
had been following the way of truth.
we do not like to think about it, but the Bible tells us of those who fall away
from truth, who give in to deception, and who become blind due to their
wandering from the light.
is far easier for us as individuals to believe that God can force holiness upon
us, or that once we come to know Him He locks us in and throws away the key,
but the harsh reality is that we are accountable as individuals for the choices
we make whether that choice is holiness unto God, or rebellion.
the root of every spiritual deception is the notion that God has changed. If
men can convince you that the God who says He changes not somehow went back on
His word and decided to change after all, then they can convince you that what
you read in your Bible isn’t really the Word of God, the will of God, or the mind
all the foolishness being taught from pulpits nowadays I get e-mails from
people pretty much on a weekly basis asking how it is these men can teach such
lies while holding a Bible in their hand and presupposing that they’ve read it
more than the average individual.
answer is as obvious as it is tragic: they do not believe the God of the Bible
when He says He will punish those who deceive the sheep and lead them astray.
They do not believe in the reality of hell, nor do they believe in the reality
of eternal judgment, because if they would, they would not dare teach the
things that they are teaching.
the reason the Bible calls them wolves. Such individuals are not interested in the
welfare of the sheep or the spiritual wellbeing of the sheep. Their only
concern is the self, and they are willing to betray one and all, including God,
Of all the apostles, Paul dealt with the wolves
that come to destroy and tear asunder more than any other. We see on repeated
occasions throughout the Word how after leaving a certain place the wolves
would come in attempting to bring in destructive teachings, or aberrant
a greater or lesser degree, it worked. The wolves got ahold of the hearts and
minds of some if not all of the people, and convinced them that their path was unnecessarily
difficult, unnecessarily limited as far as what enjoyments one could wring from
this life, and given enough time the people abandoned the truth.
himself lamented the fact that so many had strayed from the grace and love of
Christ, having returned to that which they had rightly abandoned and been
shackled anew by the sins they had been cleansed of.
journey of ours is constant. We are constantly at war, constantly doing battle,
constantly resisting temptation, constantly journeying toward the finish line,
and there is not a minute’s worth of respite, because the moment we let our
guard down, the moment we get distracted, the moment we open our hearts to
something other than absolute Biblical truth we put ourselves in danger.
frustrates and amazes me how men today think that by acting as though they were
some rebellious teenagers who consider themselves too cool for school they will
somehow endear themselves to God, and compel Him to change His ways. Although
we might like to think it – if only to ourselves – we are not a special
generation, or a special nation, or a special denomination. The very fact that
the God of the Bible judges without partiality, dispels the notion that anyone
is more special than anyone else.
you happen to believe repentance is outdated, holiness unattainable,
righteousness unnecessary and a humble walk carrying your cross optional, then
I am sorry to break the news you are in fact shortsighted even unto blindness.
No, it is not because I say you are shortsighted even unto blindness, it is
because the Bible says you are that you ought to search your heart and look in
the mirror of God’s Word to see the truth of it all.
gospel according to Joel Osteen might be well and good for now, but the days of
revelry and self-adulation are winding down, and the shortsightedness of
preaching a foundationless gospel will soon be evident to one and all.
there is no foundation, if the teaching you are hearing only serves to make you
feel good about yourself and your sin but is not tethered in Christ and rooted
in truth, you would make better use of your time turning off the television and
just reading the Bible for yourself and praying for understanding.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.