Bitcoin will not get you saved

An attractive young woman messaged me on Facebook today, trying to get me to join her occupation of mining and selling bitcoin. I kindly told her that I work for the Lord, and money means very little to me. She insisted on telling me that God wants us to live comfortably, and that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I told her that she was wrong (about the living comfortably part), and that if we follow the Lord, we will suffer loss and endure persecution. She tried again, attempting to meet me halfway by saying things like “God is the all in all,” and, “He is good,” generic things like that. I suppose she thought she would appease my zeal for truth by talking like a Christian. I am not saying she isn’t saved, God knows if she is, but from what I gather she no doubt is a follower of the health, wealth and prosperity gospel. Joel Osteen is probably her pastor, for all I know. We stopped the conversation, and I don’t expect to hear back from her. But since she’s on my Facebook, I’m going to continue to be a witness for Christ, and she can go on selling her false god of bitcoin without my help.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the Lord blessing me and providing all my needs. I pray for it all the time. However, there are many other needs than filling your wallet. There’s the salvation of souls, which God blesses if we are faithful to His cause of preaching the Gospel. There are loved ones who have health needs, because God has the power to heal, IF it is in His will. In other words, we need to pray for and serve OTHERS, BEFORE ourselves. We want the blessings of God in a vast array of means, but we cannot treat Him like Santa Claus or a genie in a bottle. If we do that, He will not hear our prayers at all.

I’m weary of hearing those nutty televangelists say that God will make you rich, or your health will be completely restored if you “plant a seed.” These greedy charlatans exploit your grief and pain in the Name of Jesus and try to get you to fall for their lies of health, wealth, no persecutions, etc. Joel Osteen needs to fall on his face and get genuinely saved! This man has a HUGE following! He has a tremendous opportunity to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, BUT, if he does that, he will likely lose all he has in this temporal world. I tell you, I wouldn’t want to be in Osteen’s shoes when he faces God in eternity. By the way, it’s because of these wolves in sheep’s clothing that the church is in such a mess! God help us!!

I don’t mind talking to people. In fact, I do better on the internet, where my God-given writing talent can be used and strengthened. Lord knows, maybe He will open more doors for me to serve Him and give the Gospel to people. But money is not the way to be saved. Jesus said for us not to love money, nor serve the god of mammon. You cannot do both and expect God to bless you. That’s from the Bible.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 KJB

A Powerful Examination of Our Lord’s Crucifixion

I’m hoping that other bloggers don’t get the wrong idea when I visit their blogs and mention my salvation page in the comments. I am in no way trying to willfully intrude on your space. I hate getting spam too.

However, I am not apologizing for what I am doing. As long as the Holy Spirit of God allows, I WILL continue to post my comments in other blogs. I give a very good reason below. As long as you have your comments open, rest assured, I will attempt to eventually reach you with the Gospel. I am not forcing you to believe, I am simply offering you this beautiful love gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

But, if you refuse to hear about Jesus’ love gift of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, in that He shed His precious blood and died for you, taking upon Himself YOUR punishment for sin, breathing His last, and dying a horrible, painful, bloody, traumatizing, openly humiliating death, then being buried in a borrowed tomb, and then on the third day, by a mighty miracle of God, resurrecting from the dead, ascending on high, and taking His rightful place at the right hand of God Almighty… well then, you had just better stay away from this blog, because I have no intention of giving up and grieving the Holy Spirit by staying silent about giving the Gospel to people. Kindly, in God’s eternal view, if you consistently reject Jesus Christ, your fate is already sealed, and you will regret your folly as soon as you breathe your last and face God Almighty at the Judgment.

Here is a description of the tortuous, bloody, barbaric death of the crucifixion that our Lord Jesus Christ had to endure– and He faced it all– FOR YOU AND FOR ME. WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!

Note: This following is not written by me, it is copied and pasted from an outside source. The Scriptures are unfortunately not from the King James Bible, but this is a very good, detailed description of the final hours of our Lord’s earthly life. Oh, what a wonderful Savior. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for enduring the cross for me.

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The upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached two or three feet below its top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross. The most common form used in our Lord’s day, however, was the Tau cross, shaped like our T. In this cross, the patibulum was placed in a notch at the top of the stipes. There is archaeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified.  Without any historical or biblical proof, Medieval and Renaissance painters have given us our picture of Christ carrying the entire cross. But the upright post, or stipes, was generally fixed permanently in the ground at the site of execution and the condemned man was forced to carry the patibulum, weighing about 110 pounds, from the prison to the place of execution. 

Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion, also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words to Thomas, “Observe my hands.” Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand. 

A titulus, or small sign, stating the victim’s crime was usually placed on a staff, carried at the front of the procession from the prison, and later nailed to the cross so that it extended above the head. This sign with its staff nailed to the top of the cross would have given it somewhat the characteristic form of the Latin cross. 

But, of course, the physical passion of the Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of this initial suffering, the one of greatest physiological interest is the bloody sweat. It is interesting that St. Luke, the physician, is the only one to mention this. He says, “And being in agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.”  Every ruse (trick) imaginable has been used by modern scholars to explain away this description, apparently under the mistaken impression that this just doesn’t happen. A great deal of effort could have been saved had the doubters consulted the medical literature. Though very rare, the phenomenon of Hematidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress of the kind our Lord suffered, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process might well have produced marked weakness and possible shock. 

After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was next brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiphas, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiphas. The palace guards then blind-folded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat upon Him, and struck Him in the face. 

In the early morning, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, Jesus is taken across the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia, the seat of government of the Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. You are, of course, familiar with Pilate’s action in attempting to pass responsibility to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Judea. Jesus apparently suffered no physical mistreatment at the hands of Herod and was returned to Pilate.

It was then, in response to the cries of the mob, that Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion.  There is much disagreement among authorities about the unusual scourging as a prelude to crucifixion. Most Roman writers from this period do not associate the two. Many scholars believe that Pilate originally ordered Jesus scourged as his full punishment and that the death sentence by crucifixion came only in response to the taunt by the mob that the Procurator was not properly defending Caesar against this pretender who allegedly claimed to be the King of the Jews.  Preparations for the scourging were carried out when the Prisoner was stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. It is doubtful the Romans would have made any attempt to follow the Jewish law in this matter, but the Jews had an ancient law prohibiting more than forty lashes.  The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs.

At first the thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles.  The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped.  The half-fainting Jesus is then untied and allowed to slump to the stone pavement, wet with His own blood.

The Roman soldiers see a great joke in this provincial Jew claiming to be king. They throw a robe across His shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter. They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. Flexible branches covered with long thorns (commonly used in bundles for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this is pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding, the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of the body. 

After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back. Already having adhered to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, its removal causes excruciating pain just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, and almost as though He were again being whipped the wounds once more begin to bleed.  In deference to Jewish custom, the Romans return His garments. The heavy patibulum of the cross is tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion begins its slow journey along the Via Dolorosa.

In spite of His efforts to walk erect, the weight of the heavy wooden beam, together with the shock produced by copious blood loss, is too much. He stumbles and falls. The rough wood of the beam gouges into the lacerated skin and muscles of the shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their endurance.  The centurion, anxious to get on with the crucifixion, selects a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross. Jesus follows, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock, until the 650 yard journey from the fortress Antonia to Golgotha is finally completed.  Jesus is offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture. He refuses to drink. Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus quickly thrown backward with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. 

The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves.

As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.

It was undoubtedly during these periods that He uttered the seven short sentences recorded: 

The first, looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” 

The second, to the penitent thief, “Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” 

The third, looking down at the terrified, grief-stricken adolescent John — the beloved Apostle — he said, “Behold thy mother.” Then, looking to His mother Mary, “Woman behold thy son.” 

The fourth cry is from the beginning of the 22nd Psalm, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” 

Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.  One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” 

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.”  One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.

The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.”  His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die. 

With one last surge of strength, he once again presses His torn feet against the nail, straightens His legs, takes a deeper breath, and utters His seventh and last cry, “Father! Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” 

The rest you know. In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be dispatched and removed from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; thus the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus they saw that this was unnecessary. 

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John reports: “And immediately there came out blood and water.” That is, there was an escape of water fluid from the sac surrounding the heart, giving postmortem evidence that Our Lord died not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure (a broken heart) due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium. 

Thus we have had our glimpse — including the medical evidence — of that epitome of evil which man has exhibited toward Man and toward God. It has been a terrible sight, and more than enough to leave us despondent and depressed. How grateful we can be that we have the great sequel in the infinite mercy of God toward man — at once the miracle of the atonement (at one ment) and the expectation of the triumphant Easter morning.

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If you just read all of that, and you didn’t feel a tear roll down your cheek, or shudder at the inhumane, cruel method of the suffering and death of our Lord, or cry out to God to have mercy on your wretched soul, then your heart is as hard as flint and your conscience seared. I wouldn’t want to have read and know all of this and go about my day without thinking of it again. God knows your thoughts, and He knows exactly what you thought after reading this commentary. If you reject His Son, and all He has done for you, then you DESERVE Hell– every infinite, eternal, unending millisecond of torture, burning, searing, weeping, wailing, suffering of Hell’s eternal flames is yours, forever and ever. You’re given a fresh chance to repent with every new breath God has mercy on you enough to grant to you, an unworthy, Hell-bound sinner. Won’t you please acknowledge your sinnership in the eyes of a thrice-holy God and cry out, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR ME!!” I plead with you, do it NOW, while it’s not too late.

Thank You, Lord Jesus!!

Acts 5:41 KJB — And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

I want to publicly thank the Lord for allowing me to use this blog as a witness to others for the cause of Christ. A few people have responded, and I am going to keep this up as long as the Lord allows.

Please know that in myself, I would not be doing this. I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to show folks the one Way to Heaven, and His Name is Jesus Christ. I want people to be saved by God’s grace. It is God working in me to reach others.

If you refuse the Lord’s gift of salvation, you will not go to Heaven. There’s only two options: Jesus, or Hell. Receive Jesus, and you will become a new creature in Christ, enjoy all the blessings a child of God can enjoy, and live in Heaven with the Lord Jesus forever. Reject Jesus, and you’ll spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, suffering without relief forever. I didn’t write it, I just preach it.

How Can I Go To Heaven, and Miss This?

Go Ye Into All the World, and Preach the Gospel to Every Creature…

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

It boggles my mind and stirs my spirit to know that I am serving the Lord Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the King of kings and Lord of lords, in this blog. Some days truly manifest the power of God and many come to visit from all over the globe. Some days are slow, but God knows who is reading, thinking, seeking, wanting, hoping, praying for someone to cross paths with them somehow and give them the Gospel. Even if but ONE PERSON receives Christ and is born again, my efforts are not in vain. God is not impotent or powerless in this matter– indeed, He COMMANDS us to obey the Lord Jesus Christ to SEEK and to SAVE them that was lost. It is the most powerful thing we can do, to pray people into Heaven and out of eternal torments. This is our primary elective on earth: to PREACH THE GOSPEL.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus is always with us, guiding, instructing, empowering us through His Holy Spirit to reach the lost. Let us never take this powerful privilege for granted.

Christians, Beware of “Bijbelvorser”– He’s a New Ager

I got a comment from this person this morning, and from what I saw in his beliefs page is that he believes there is a “supreme being” and that there is “God in each of us.” I was like, NOT!! SIN is in each of us, you FOOL!

I’ve seen this name before, simply because it was unusual, perhaps Dutch. Just to clear the air, I am NOT posting or allowing to post ANYTHING but the KING JAMES BIBLE. Not the Talmud, not the Quran, not the Apocrypha, nor will I touch ANY of the Bible PERversions with a hundred foot pole. These are all MAN MADE FALSEHOODS, and if your sorry self believes in one (or more) of these lies, you are HELL BOUND and you need to get it RIGHT.

This is why I need to approve any comments on my blog, or even in my videos. It takes a lot for me to be patient with folks. I have to know what they’re saying before I decide what to keep and what to delete. Not for pride or anything selfish, I need to glorify God in my writings AND in the comments posted. If that doesn’t happen, then it gets dumped in the trash bin.

I’m no better than Bijbelvorser, or Aunt Mary, or anyone else. We’re ALL sinners, and we ALL need a Savior. Are you saved today? Do you know where you’re going after you breathe your last? There’s one of two places where your soul can go– HEAVEN, or HELL. Call upon Jesus, believing in your heart that God gave His only Begotten Son to die IN YOUR PLACE. Believe that He died, was buried, and rose again. This is the true Gospel which you must believe as a little child to go to Heaven.

I’m not angry at Bijbelvorser; on the contrary, I pray that he sees the error of his ways and is born again by the blood of Jesus. You can study about God, write, meditate, go to church, be on the deacon board, run for President (well, a true Christian won’t want to do that, lol), etc., but if you DON’T believe on Jesus to save your eternal soul, then you WILL end up in Hell. This, my friend, is the controversial “unpardonable sin.” I didn’t write it, I just preach it.

So you ask, why is unbelief in Jesus the unpardonable sin? Because God Almighty looked down from His throne in eternity past and saw that mankind was wretched, hopeless, and on a steady road to destruction. He felt so sorry for us, and He loved us so much, that He sent His only Begotten Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, to come to earth and be born from a virgin, and for three and a half years preach to the the world that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and NO ONE cometh unto the Father (God) but BY HIM. (John 14:6) He was murdered on a cross three years later, after He loved people, fed them, washed their feet, and raised folks from the dead. For SIX HOURS, in total darkness, His body hung on that cross, bleeding from the open wounds of the beating the Romans gave Him. Even God His Father could not look upon His Son, for He took upon ALL of our sins, so the Father turned His back on Him. He was even thirsty, but after He received the vinegar, He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!!!” breathed His last, and died. (John 19:28-30) Then He was buried in a borrowed tomb, for He had nothing of His own. He ascended to Heaven and sprinkled His blood on the Mercy Seat of Heaven’s Temple. His soul then went down to the spirits in prison in Hell (1 Peter 3:19) and He preached to THEM ALSO, then taking the Old Testament saints up to Heaven. Then by a mighty, all-powerful miracle from GOD, He ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!! (Matthew 28:6, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6) This is what sets Christianity apart from all religions: Our Savior had RISEN from the grave. All others are still rotting in their tombs.

The UNPARDONABLE SIN is REJECTING that Jesus died for you to take away your sins. What more could God have done? You DESERVE Hell if you reject the Lord Jesus. And so would I.

So what will you do? Bijbelvorser? Aunt Mary? Those who are reading this post? You can put your name down if you truly believe that Jesus IS the CHRIST, and BELIEVING, you may have LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME.

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31 KJB

BELIEVE on Jesus today to save you from your sins. Amen.