God’s system of justice

inequalityMany cultures have traditional moral stories. Aesop’s fables from ancient Greece, Panchatantra from ancient India and many more. These commend good and denounce wrong by making the characters derive benefit from good deeds and suffer punishment from wrong deeds, usually very quickly. This philosophy is not restricted to moral stories and most of us subconsciously subscribe to this thought process. When the Biblical character Job suddenly lost his oxen, sheep, camels, children and his health, that is what his friends and towns folk believed. Eliphaz said “Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.” Job 4:7-9 (NIV). Bildad said “Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right? When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.” Job 8:3,4 (NIV). Zophar said “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth, that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, he will perish forever, like his own dung.” Job 20:4-7(NIV). On the contrary, God gave a completely different appraisal of Job saying “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8 (NIV).

We know that “God is true, even if everyone is a liar” Romans 3:4 (ISV). So we have to dismiss the philosophies of the ancients, Job’s friends, our own ideas and turn to the Bible for answers. Job himself observed and said “Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes. Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not on them. Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry. They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe. They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.” Job 21:7-13 (NIV). Such observations are not limited to Job and it is found in other parts of the Bible. Asaph says “… I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” This is what the wicked are like — always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.” Psalm 73:3-12 (ISV). Another Psalmist says “… How long will the wicked be jubilant? They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. They crush your people, Lord; they oppress your inheritance. They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless. They say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.”” Psalm 94:3-7 (NIV). Jeremiah says “Why are wicked people successful? Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?” Jeremiah 12:1b (NET). We would also personally know people who live wicked lives but are prospering.

Job gives us a clue about the punishment of the wicked “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty: However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat. The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them. Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.” Job 27:13-17 (NIV). This principle is found in other parts of the Bible. The Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.” 1 Kings 11:11-13 (NIV). The word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite saying “have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:29 (NIV). It may surprise us but that is also how God introduced himself to Moses when he went up to Mount Sinai saying “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6,7 (NIV). It is also an integral part of the 10 commandments “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” Exodus 20:5 (NIV).

When people are quickly punished, they avoid doing wrong just to escape punishment. Jeremiah 17:10 (ISV) says “I am the LORD who searches the heart, who tests the inner depths to give to each person according to what he deserves, according to the fruit of his deeds.” When justice is meted out immediately it is impossible to test the heart and the motives. So God may defer his justice to subsequent generations to verify if the person truly believes and fears God. This does not exempt man from having a judicial system and passing out justice quickly. God clearly specified the judicial system for Israel and for the church. There also remains a final judgment that nobody can escape. Acts 17:30,31 (ISV) mentions “God now commands everyone everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world with justice through a man whom he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Many find it difficult to believe in God when they see injustice everywhere Are you willing to believe that there is a God who metes out justice to every one, even if it is not instant? God is testing us to see if we will walk in His walks even if not walking in His ways does not seem to have consequences. Do not live a life ignoring God’s commands just because God seems to be ignoring your rebellion. Your future generations will face the wrath of God and you cannot escape the day of judgment.

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Jesus, The Perfect Lamb of God

lambMost of us know how the shepherds were told by an angel “unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:21 ESV). The sign given to them was “you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12 ESV). Since we are not familiar with many Jewish customs, this sign has not meant much to most of us. These shepherds who were in the vicinity of Bethlehem and Jerusalem would have been those who took care of sheep meant for temple sacrifice. When a lamb was born, it often thrashed around and sometimes got hurt in the process. But Leviticus 22:20 (ESV) says “You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.” So to keep the lamb safe and un-blemished, shepherds seemed to have had a habit of wrapping their lambs in swaddling cloth and put it in the manger away from the other sheep! New born Jewish babies seem to have been usually dressed in baby clothes and not normally wrapped in swaddling cloth! When these temple shepherds were given the sign of baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger by the angel, it was the perfect sign that the baby was the true Lamb of God that they had been eagerly waiting for!

Another interesting custom was that before a lamb was taken for sacrifice, it was cleaned and its legs were again swaddled so that it will not become dirty and it was carried over the shoulders to the temple for sacrifice. When Jesus entered Jerusalem a few days before his crucifixion, he didn’t walk in! Matthew 21:7-8 (ISV) says “they brought the donkey and the colt and put their coats on them, and he sat upon them. Many people in the crowd spread their own coats on the road, while others began cutting down branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.” Another proof that Jesus was indeed the true Lamb of God!

Hebrews 9:22 (ESV) says “under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:28 (ISV) says “The Messiah was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.” With this fresh understanding, spend some time this Christmas meditating on how God prepared Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to be our perfect lamb to take away our sins. If you have not believed on his sacrifice to cleanse you from your sins, this is the perfect time to do it.

Wish you all a blessed Christmas and a happy 2019.

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Remember your creator in the days of your youth

drinking-smallThe US senate recently confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was not any easy process as after his nomination, women accused him of molesting them. The allegations involve young people partying with drinks. Proverbs 20:1 (GW) says “Wine makes people mock, liquor makes them noisy, and everyone under their influence is unwise.” The best solution to protect ourselves is to be wise and avoid such situations. I was recently speaking to a teenage girl and she told me how she avoided going out with friends because there was a chance of liquor being involved and that her social life was limited as she was cautious. She was a wise young Christian woman. Unfortunately a lot of modern women do not want to make wise choices. Then when they get into serious trouble that could have easily been avoided, they refuse to acknowledge their poor choices but instead accuse others, especially men. A year ago, the #MeToo movement spread virally with women speaking out about their sexual harassment and assault. One of the leaders of the #MeToo movement, Asia Argento who claimed to be a victim (in a consenting relationship with an adult), was later accused of sexually assaulting a minor! Just as in the Garden of Eden Eve refused to acknowledge her sin but instead accused the serpent of deceiving her, modern women follow her steps. Men are not far behind, just as Adam also refused to acknowledge his sin.

The young people of our days would probably like what the preacher says in the beginning of Ecclesiastes 11:9 (GW) “You young people should enjoy yourselves while you’re young. You should let your hearts make you happy when you’re young. Follow wherever your heart leads you and whatever your eyes see.” But sadly they refuse to accept the rest of that verse “realize that God will make you give an account for all these things when he judges everyone.” The blame game of Eve and Adam resulted in being sent out of the perfect Garden of Eden into a land with thorns and thistles. So instead of playing the blame game, turn your pain over to Christ who says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Acknowledge your sin and put it on Jesus who “was sacrificed once to take away the sins of humanity” Hebrews 9:28 (GW). This will give you true deliverance. Don’t forget the preacher’s warning at the end in Ecclesiastes 12:1 (ISV), “Remember your Creator during your youth! Otherwise, troublesome days will come and years will creep up on you when you’ll say, “I find no pleasure in them””. Even if you escape troublesome days on earth, you cannot escape the final judgement as warned in Hebrews 9:27 (GW), “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. So as Paul warned in 2 Timothy 2:22 (GW), “Stay away from lusts which tempt young people. Pursue what has God’s approval. Pursue faith, love, and peace together with those who worship the Lord with a pure heart”.

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Effective fervent prayer

the-power-of-prayer-2I have not been very comfortable with prayer! Jesus said in Matthew 6:8 (GW) “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” and so fervent prayer didn’t make sense. Would not a simple prayer be enough as He already knew everything? Unfortunately my life turned upside down in an unexpected way and I don’t seem to be able to turn it the right way up how much ever I try. Churches, family and friends have been unable to help, one of the main reasons being that Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship is involved! LEF doesn’t seem to mind my life being turned upside down as long as I don’t return to LEF. The Daniels keep slandering me. So I have no other choice but to cry out to God for help and recently I have been meditating on what the Bible speaks about effective fervent prayer.

James 5:17,18 (ISV) says “Elijah was a person just like us, and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and rain never came to the land for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the skies poured out rain, and the ground produced its crops.” In 1 Kings 17:1 (ESV) we read Elijah saying to King Ahab “as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” Then in 1 Kings 18:1 (ESV), we read that God tells Elijah “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” Elijah presents himself to Ahab, sets up a showdown with the priests of Baal and God proves Himself to be the true God. Elijah then says that a storm was approaching, fervently starts praying and sends his servant seven times to check till a small cloud appears. It seems strange that Elijah prays fervently after God had personally promised rain and he had just won the big showdown.

Daniel and many others had been brought captive to Babylon in 605 BC (Daniel 1:1-6). Nearly 70 year later (539BC), Daniel 5:30,31 (GW) tells us that “King Belshazzar of Babylon was killed. Darius the Mede took over the kingdom.” Although Cyrus was the Persian king, it appears that Darius ruled a few years before Cyrus took control. More than hundred years earlier Isaiah had prophesied even before Jerusalem was captured that “it will be inhabited”, and of Judah’s cities “they will be rebuilt”, and of her ruins, “I’ll raise them up”. (Isaiah 44:26). He even prophesied of Cyrus before he was born, “He’s my shepherd, and he’ll carry out everything that I please: He’ll say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of my Temple, “Let its foundations be laid again.”” (Isaiah 44:26). In Jeremiah 29:10 (ISV) the Lord said, “When Babylon’s seventy years are completed, I’ll take note of you and will fulfill my good promises to you by bringing you back to this place.” In Jeremiah 25:12 (ISV) the Lord said “When seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation.” Daniel seeing all these incidents with his own eyes writes “In the first year of Darius … I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.” Daniel 9:1,2 (ESV). Instead of celebrating the imminent release of his people, Daniel writes in verse 3 “I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” In verse 19 he prays “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” Daniel’s prayer was answered soon as we see in Ezra 1:1-3 (ESV) ” In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus prayed always and instructed the disciples to pray. In Luke 6:12 (GW), we read “Jesus went to a mountain to pray. He spent the whole night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples. He chose twelve of them and called them apostles.” In Luke 18:1 (ISV) “Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.” The parable is about a widow who repeatedly bothers a judge till she gets justice and Jesus strangely gives us this widow’s example to get justice from God. Jesus’ prayers inspired His disciples and in Luke 11:1 (ISV) we read “Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. After he had finished, one of his disciples told him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”” That is how we got the Lord’s Prayer! Just before His betrayal and arrest Jesus “knelt down, and began to pray … in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like large drops of blood falling on the ground.” Luke 22:41b,44 (ISV). Jesus found His disciples sleeping and told them, “So, you men couldn’t stay awake with me for one hour, could you? All of you must stay awake and pray that you won’t be tempted.” Matthew 26:40b,41a (ISV).

Although Elijah and Daniel had the clear promises of God, they prayed fervently with fasting that God may fulfil His promise. Although Jesus was the Son of God, He was always praying. God has given me great promises that He will turn my life around and make it better. “You must not fear, for I am with you; you must not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you, indeed I will take hold of you with the right hand of my salvation. Look! All those who are angry with you shall be ashamed and humiliated; your opponents shall be like nothing and shall become lost. You shall seek them, but you shall not find them; your opponents shall be like nothing, and the men of you war like nothing. For I, Yahweh your God, am grasping your right hand; it is I who say to you, “You must not fear, I myself, I will help you.” Isaiah 41: 10-14 (LEB). It feels strange that I need to pray when God has promised great victory but I don’t want to sit back and relax.As James 5:16 (KJV) says “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”, I want to imitate the example of the people of prayer and see God’s promises being fulfilled in my life.

So if God has given you a promise, don’t sit back and relax. Pray till the promise is fulfilled. Don’t worry if you don’t have a specific promise to your problem. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ISV) says “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope. When you call out to me and come and pray to me, I’ll hear you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” So insist that God fulfils His promise and see firsthand that that “the insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective” just as the World English Bible translates James 5:16.

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Inheriting the promises of God

PromiseGod gave amazing promises to men. He told Abraham “I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.” (Gen 12:2,3 GW). Joseph dreamt that the sun, moon and eleven stars bowed down to him (Gen 37:9). David was anointed king over Israel when King Saul was reigning (1 Samuel 16:13). But these men had to patiently wait in faith for the fulfilment of their promises: Abraham for 25 years, Joseph for 29 years and David for around 15 years.

Waiting is not meant only for Old Testament heroes. The Christians to whom the epistle of Hebrews was originally written had endured a lot of hardship and pain, were publicly insulted, mistreated and their property was violently seized from them (Hebrews 10:32-34). They were not asked to pray more or run to others for prayer nor were they asked to keep speaking and claiming the promises as popularised by the Word of Faith movement. Though these are not wrong, the Biblical advice given to them was to wait! They were told in Hebrews 10:35-36 (ISV) “Don’t lose your confidence, since it holds a great reward for you. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will you can receive what he has promised.”

Similarly if God has promised you something but you don’t seem to receive it, confirm that you have understood His Word correctly and that there is no sin or disobedience blocking the answer. Seek Godly counsel and prayer and you may find reasons why you haven’t got an answer from God. But in some occasions God may just be asking you to wait! Unfortunately God does not tell us how long the wait will be and He seems to like to give His promises well before the time of fulfilment! God could have delayed giving His promise to Abraham and spared him many years of longing for a son or delayed Joseph’s dream and allowed him to stay longer with his family or delayed David’s anointing so that he did not have to keep running endlessly from King Saul. But God in His infinite wisdom gave the promises early and made these men to wait without a specific timeline. He does this since such testing of faith produces endurance (Jas 1:3). So if you have been made to wait don’t get desperate or give up. Some desperately approach a great number of persons for help and prayer or get frustrated with God. (At least I am guilty of these). You cannot artificially speed up the process. Waiting is not easy and this does not seem to be commonly taught.

God seems to be making me wait. How much ever I pray and seek his face for a very important issue in my life, He doesn’t seem to open any door. A keen reader will note that I have even made references to this waiting in my blog over the years ago in these articles Problems and Christians, I will be with him in trouble and God is not a genie. I have been told that my problem is because I have not done God’s will (i.e., LEF’s view of God’s will). The Daniels of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship say that I need to repent and doors will be opened. Some would feel that because I write against wrong teaching in the Church, trouble has come upon me. But I believe that God’s message to me is “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and patiently wait for Him to act” (Psalm 37:7 NLT) and to be “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 6:12). This post could probably be more appropriate to me than to my readers!

We start our life as a Christian by faith (John 3:16, Romans 10:9) and we continue to live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). But it is not often taught that along with faith, there is an element of waiting to inherit our promises. Although Abraham waited 25 years, Joseph 29 years and David around 15 years before their promises were fulfilled, in our age we do not always connect inheriting the promises of God with waiting. We seem to prefer to blame it on sin or lack of faith or other reasons and seek out our own solutions. But Hebrews 6:11,12 (ISV) teaches “we want each of you to continue to be diligent to the very end, in order to give full assurance to your hope. Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are inheriting the promises through faith and patience.

“Be strong and of a good courage” (Joshua 1:6). “We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.” (Heb 10:35 GW). By waiting, Abraham, Joseph and David saw the fulfilment of God’s amazing promises. Job received double for what he lost. So “endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won’t need anything.” (James 1:4 GW).

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Understanding the value of man

CrucifixionOnly the Bible describes God that dies for man. God undergoes an unfair and brutal death to free man from sin and death. “By oppression and judgment he was taken away” (Isaiah 53:8a ESV) and “His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind” (Isaiah 52:14 ESV). When we see God who sacrifices himself so that we may be saved from our sins and death we understand that the life of every person is very precious.

After going through such a horrifying process to save us, God could force us to follow Him. Instead he says “I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.” (Revelation 3:20 ISV) “My sheep hear my voice … and they follow me” (John 10:27). When we see God who does not bully or compel, we understand the value of human freedom.

Sadly many do not understand the infinite value of a human being over any other creature. Many do not understand the value that God places on their life. Growing up in a country where animals are worshipped and given undue respect, many have lost respect for human life. Often cows get too much respect and people get killed for transporting them but basic needs of a human like food and water get withheld just because they get labelled as inferior. People are sometimes not free to even choose their religion or a spouse.

Sadly many Christians are not much better than their neighbours and have not understood the value and freedom that God has given man. The Church has not always been able to rise above the wrong values of the society. Even as Jesus said “I do not call you servants anymore” (John 15:15 ISV), we should treat one another with love, respect and with freedom. When India sees the Church implementing this, especially in the rural areas, I believe their eyes will be opened and they will run to the church. They will then demand such respect from the political leaders and government officials and we will have a transformed India.

In this season, may we understand the value of man which made necessary the death and resurrection of our God and be transformed and then transform our society.

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Let Jesus light up India

star-christmas-2“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2 (KJV)

Other than the Jews, no other society knew about the true living God. But after Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection, the light started shining upon the people all over the world. It is believed that Thomas the apostle of Jesus came to India and was martyred here. Although different people continued bringing the gospel to India, the pace picked up after 1500 as trade between Europe and India picked up. Due to the external influence, it was generally considered as a foreign religion. But even after the foreigners left after independence, the light of Christianity continues to illuminate Indian’s hearts, transform lives and cause us to believe on the Lord Jesus. The darkness opposes the light and many are persecuted, even in this season when there are many who want to stop Christians celebrating Christmas. But “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 (ESV).

Psalm 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” So let us not be fearful of the darkness that tries to overcome us. Even as the light of Jesus is shining across India and over the world, “let’s therefore put aside the actions of darkness and put on the armour of light” Romans 13:12b (ISV) and “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and do not obey your flesh and its desire”Romans 13:14 (ISV).

I wish all my readers a Christmas filled with the light of Christ. Just as the moon lights up the night by reflecting the light of the sun, may we be a light to the dark world by reflecting the light of Jesus.

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Inspiration from the reformation

crossbibleThe quincentenary of the protestant reformation was celebrated recently. Although God inspired many to reform the church, Martin Luther stands out as the man though whom the reformation broke out with force. As taught by the Catholic Church of his time, Martin Luther tried to earn his salvation by penitence, good works, beating himself, sleeping without a blanket in the freezing cold, etc. His conscience was very disturbed by sin that he went to the confessional many times a day. He even took a pilgrimage to Rome and went on his knees whipping himself up the stairs of St. John’s church as it was believed to be the stairs Jesus climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. But nothing helped him. Having learnt Greek, he read Romans in the original instead of the Latin Vulgate and his eyes were opened through Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” a quotation from Habakuk 2:4. He realised that it was impossible to attain the righteousness required by God how much ever hard he tried but that when by faith we believe on Jesus, God imputes the perfect righteousness of His Son freely to us. Horrified that this great truth was nowhere to be found and that instead penance and buying of indulgences were taught as a way to be free from sin, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of his church on 31 October 1517 as a way to stir up discussion. The theses were rejected, challenged by the pope and the Catholic Church but Martin Luther stood by it saying “I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against one’s conscience. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen.” This paved way for the nascent reformation to explode and millions of people have accepted the righteousness freely offered by Jesus Christ instead of trying to earn it.

Similar to Luther, I tried to get my salvation un-Biblically. As I attended the services of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship and read and heard countless testimonies, I was deceived into thinking that we are saved when God gives us a verse mentioning that we were saved. I did not understand about why Jesus came to the earth and how by his sinless life, sacrificial death and resurrection I can receive forgiveness of sins and the righteousness of God. I was waiting for God to “give” me a verse and a “feeling” that I was saved. Thankfully this did not work and I learnt that salvation is obtained by faith and that getting a verse involved no faith! This sowed seeds of suspicion over the doctrine of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship although I continued to be involved with them for many more years. Later as I saw the duplicity of the Daniels and certain others, I decided to leave. I was troubled as I saw Christians unable to understand simple truths of the Bible and no public critical views on the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship (LEF). So in June 2013, I started this blog with this unusual Greek name. I hoped that many people, especially those in the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship (LEF) will be transformed. Sadly my initiative was nowhere as successful as the reformation unleashed 500 years ago but I do believe some eyes have been opened. The quincentenary has stirred me up to continue my writing and that eyes may be opened. Thank you for your encouragement by reading and posing comments, especially “GE”. Do pray that more people will understand the truth and that eyes will be opened.

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Love

Sacrificial love is the hallmark of Christ’s character. Love is giving, and then giving more, and then giving still more. Unless we are broken of our self-centered, self-serving, prideful nature, we cannot give this kind of love.

Charles Stanley, The Blessings of Brokenness

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October 29, 2017 · 4:18 pm

Cult membership

Cult membership is actually a cop out from life. The proselyte who enters a cult thinks he is boldly stepping forward to commit himself wholly for the Lord’s cause. In actual fact, he has unconsciously chosen a way to flee from having to make decisions, to have to stand to the consequences of free choices. He has in effect said to Moses, “Take me back to slavery. I can’t stand freedom out here in the deserts of life. At least I knew how to behave there because everyone told us what to do. I didn’t have to think, I only had to behave.”

– John & Paula Sandford, Transforming the Inner Man

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April 2, 2017 · 9:00 pm