1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; 3 forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving. 5 For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
Shame–the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another.
I’m not really sure when it began, as it has been a gradual thing, I’m sure. But like the slow removal of a grass stain from a teenager’s hack-around T-shirt, the impression has slowly been extracted from the conscience of America.
Whatever happened to shame?
I suppose some of it could be traced to Dr. Spock, as he is responsible for so much of what is wrong with child-rearing these days, or to Benjamin Bloom, and John Dewey, two acolytes-of-atheism, men who promoted the Humanistic ideals that have replaced Christianity as the bedrock of our educational system. “If it feels good, do it” has replaced “Thou shall not.”
But the bare boned bottom line is that the goal of “building self-esteem” in our young children required the elimination of any type of negative reinforcement and led to the development of the value system we now see permeating the American culture.
[…] “Everyone lies. We’re all sinners, Coach!” Well, I guess you’re right, but there was a time in America when you were taught to be ashamed of your sin. Sadly, those days have gone the way of sin-hating Christians.
“..I also practice ALWAYS having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” – Paul (Acts 24:16)
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Text transcribed by Jeff Fenske from this video:
A Revival Account: Asbury 1970
Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College (1970) recalls this amazing event.
“A format had been developed. It started in that opening chapel. A student would give his witness. He would tell about how God was dealing with him about sin in his life. He’d make his confession. And then he would tell how God had brought forgiveness to him, and restoration. Or how the need of his heart had been met—the spiritual need.
As he would speak, there would be somebody in the audience who would say, ‘that’s like me.’ And then that person would come under conviction and come forward and kneel at the altar.
So a pattern had been developed of testimony, of sharing. Then after the testimony, prayer, and after the prayer, singing and praise and adoration. And then more witnessing, sharing how God had met human need.” ________________
“I suppose I had been there about an hour when a young lady came up…and she walked back and knelt side of the seat where I was sitting, and looked up at me and said:
‘Dr. Kinlaw, may I talk with you?’
I said, ‘why yes.’
She said, ‘I need help…. I’m a liar’ [Dr. Kinlaw breaks up with emotion] Excuse me. Forgive me for a minute.
She said, ‘I lie so much, I don’t even know when I’m lying. I am a liar. Now what do I do?’
Well I sat there for a moment or two, and I had never said this to anybody else, but I looked at her and I said, ‘why don’t you start back to the last person you remember that you lied to. Confess it to that person, and ask him or her to forgive you.’
‘Oh,’ she said, ‘that would kill me.’
I said, ‘no, it would probably cure you.’ Three days later, she came to me radiant, and she said, ‘Dr. Kinlaw, I’m free!’
I said, ‘what do you mean, ‘you’re free.?’
She said, ‘I just hit my 34th person and I’m free’ [Kinlaw raises both hands in the air in the way she probably had]!
“God is love, and HE WHO REMAINS IN LOVE remains in God, and GOD REMAINS IN HIM. In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have BOLDNESS IN THE DAY of judgment, *because* AS HE IS, even SO ARE WE in this world.” – 1 John 4:16-17
THE GUARDRAIL: “It’s not a fence; it’s a guardrail!”
Jesus’ GREATEST TWO COMMANDMENTS:
“LOVE THE LORD your God WITH ALL of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF”:
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On 1/14/12, the 4 year anniversary of this post, I pulledmy $6,000 challenge, which ran for almost 2 years (mostly at $6,000). No one has been able to refute this straight Bible truth about who really goes to heaven and who really are the children of God according to what the New Testament says. “Once saved, always saved (OSAS)” and “it’s hard to lose one’s salvation” is being taught almost universally in these great days of deception. The Bible predicted this time we’re living in right now!:
“For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3,4).
Once saved, always saved a doctrine of demons, a heresy, actually, that is destroying our land and sending many into eternal darkness, thinking they are going to heaven. And it will be flame on for many teachers, especially, who will get “a stricter judgment” for misleading the people from believing the many clear warnings in scripture.
This is not a joke or a game. This is serious!!!
On the positive side, Jesus stated in John 17 that He would give us His glory so we’d be ‘ONE’ with each other in Him. Then the world would know!
Sound doctrine will bear much fruit. Unity will happen, because when we’re holy, worshiping in Spirit and in truth, God will draw near to us. And we’ll see a great revival, which may be called the Third Great Awakening, which should last until the end of days, because we finally accepted at face value what the Bible clearly says — not making excuses: ‘God didn’t really mean that.’ ‘Don’t worry, be happy.
I’ve been interested in this subject for about four decades, but I had a dream about 20 years ago in which I was told that I was in “danger of going to hell,” because I had been willfully lusting during a one or two week period while watching TV in the evening during a discouraging period in my life.
And then I heard an abbreviation of Jesus’ words in Mt. 5:27-30: ~”Anyone who looks at woman to lust after her commits adultery, and it’s better to pluck out your eye than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
My immediate reaction was: “You’re serious!”
The fact that God is serious when He says something is the most important key to understanding the scriptures. If God says it He means it, regardless of what we would like it to mean. So when Jesus says ~”narrow is the way and few find it,” ‘narrow’ means narrow and ‘few’ really does mean few. Howard Pittman found this number to be 2.5%, and that was 30 years ago, before internet porn and the ‘low-cut top epidemic.’
So then we better not major on the nicer sounding passages from Paul’s intros and ignore the many straight-forward, conclusive texts in this essay which clearly lay out what is required to be a real, going-to-heaven Christian.
When we’re honest with the text and ourselves, we’ll find that the entire New Testament teaches the same thing. Our consciences must be clear from biblically abiding in the Vine according to Romans 8:1, all of it (the NIV and other truth-gutting translations took out 8:1b).
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” KJV
Being ‘born-again’ is just the start. We must be holy, having clear consciences now so we’ll have clear consciences when we see Jesus face to face — and we’ll both smile big … : )
May we be ‘ONE’!!!
That the world will know — and we’ll be so happy…!
– Jeff : )
This article has been online for 14 years. Because this issue is so crucial to almost everyone in so many ways, I’ve been offering a reward to anyone who can refute it — and no one has been able to.
So it appears this article has withstood the tests. Jesus really did mean: “narrow is the way” and “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
It’s easy to say ‘Lord,’ but quite different to actually do His will: to make sure our hearts are right with Him and each other. 1 John 4:16,17:
We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains IN GOD, and God remains in him. In this[,] love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.
. My $6,000 Challenge!
I will give $6,000 to anyone who can refute my
“Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way” article