A modern day Pharisee
Far too often today the word Pharisee is us used as derogatory term by children of belial to describe the true saved born again Christian who loves God and does everything in their power to live holy and righteously in this present world. Often times they are said to be intolerant and insensitive of others who claim to be a born again Christian yet live a life wholly given to sin and wickedness. I recently had a discussion with a man that said that “he” had personally led his friend and his family to Christ, yet said of that man that he has never been able to get that man into church, hes never been baptized, he never reads his bible, and every time he talks with him about church or the Lord the man gets irritated, or changes the subject. Well, excuse me Mr. Great and Mighty soul winner. Why didn’t you just say YOU had personally led him and his to Christ. Just because someone repeats a prayer, cries and boohoos, shakes, trembles, etc. that does not mean he believed with his heart unto eternal life. So for the record, let me just frankly say, no matter what you think or what your opinion might be, this man(as described above) has not believed unto eternal life, he is NOT born again, no way no how. That type of belief is not even scriptural. The bible doesn’t teach it and none, I say again none, of the great men of God anywhere, believed or taught that kind of garbage, and if you doubt anything I’m saying just research for yourself what men like Charles Spurgeon, Booth, Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards, Moody, Jones, Norris, and a host of others taught concerning saving faith. The idiotic thought that just because you had a man repeat a prayer he receives eternal life is utterly ridiculous, and that moron that I was talking to was so ate up with pride in himself he couldn’t see he had made that man and his family a two-fold more child of hell than himself. Now just to be absolutely clear, I’m not advocating sinless perfection. I realize it is very possible for Christians to sin, and the scriptures clearly teach that a person who says they have no sin is a liar and the truth is not in them (1 JN 1:8). We read throughout the bible written testimony of the facts that Christians do commit sin. We find Moses was a murderer, David was a liar, murderer, and an adulterer. We find Peter cursing and denying Christ, Paul being disobedient to the Holy Spirit, and on and on, but the thing that must be realized if we are to see the difference between someone who has believed unto eternal life and someone who has not is the fact that although these men did these things, they did not live lives wholly given to and dominated by sin. There is a war in their members, and every saved born again child of God has this war going on in their members (Rom 7:22-23, Gal 5:17). In every war there are battles, some won and some lost, and this is true of the Christian life. Although inwardly we desire to please and serve God, as we travel through this life we will unfortunately lose some battles. But if there are no battles, and there is no opposing force to combat the other, there cannot be war. So this is the case of the professor and not the possessor. There is no war because all they have is the old nature and they are wholly dominated by it. If all else fails, these children of belial will say something to the fact that well just because fellowship is broken that doesn’t mean you are not a son. And I say to this, that this is true, but no son is out of fellowship from birth, that normally takes a few years (naturally speaking). This is the difference between being born again and being still born. Their still dead in their sins. So what does the bible, not some child of the devil, say a Pharisee is? Well, the Pharisees were religious leaders of the Jews. And what these Pharisees did according to Jesus was take the law and pervert it so as to give them the right to sin under the guise of being the religious elite (Matt 15:3-9). This is what the average so-called bible believing church has become today. They have taken the gospel of Grace and turned it into a free license for so-called Christians to sin. Their idea of saving grace is that it only saves one from hell, and that we are here in this world destined to live in constant failure and wickedness and that for the Christian this is the norm. This is an outright lie of the devil. Dr. Ruckman says that the Philadelphian church age was the age that received the greatest blessings for the church. To this I totally agree. He also says that they kept the word of God, and again I agree. Doesn’t it not seem strange to any one that none of the men I mentioned earlier (Charles Spurgeon, Booth, Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards, Moody, Jones, Norris, etc.), most of whom lived in this age by the way, believed in salvation without regeneration? Please, as Dr. Ruckman says so often, don’t take my word for it, look it up! All these and more believed that regeneration followed salvation, yet this could be farther from the truth in regards to modern fundamental Christianity. The age we are currently in is called the Laodician Church age. It is a lukewarm church that God said He would spew out of His mouth. We have lukewarm churches, with lukewarm bibles, and a lukewarm gospel message. Gen William Booth said, “I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.” So just In case there is still any doubt in your mind as to what I say, look at the message Jeremiah was sent to preach to Judah Israels southern kingdom just prior to them going into Babylonian captivity. Jer 7:8-11 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. Sound familiar to you? Now look at the what John the baptist said concerning the Pharisees and Sadducees Mat 3:7-8 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. Notice also here what the Lord Jesus Christ says to the multitudes leading up to His crucifixion. Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? As Dr. Ruckman would say, “Now ain’t that a coincidink!” So is it no wonder that here in the end of our age prior to the church being called out that again this same perverted message is being preached? May God help those who love Him to get back to proclaiming the truth to this lost and dying world the way Charles Spurgeon, Booth, Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards, Moody, and Jones did for every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. All the fruit of the modern gospel is wicked, and the bible says by their fruits ye shall know them.