Monthly Archives: May 2017

Remember Lot’s Wife

remember-lots-wife-1-638By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.” Proverbs 11:11

The wicked oppose and overthrow the upright never understanding it is because of the upright that they too were blessed.  Once the upright are overthrown and their blessings removed, the wicked blame the pending wrath on the upright.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven;

25 And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his (Lot’s) wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:24-26

Beware, the upright who turn back to the city, whose heart remains with the wicked became a pillar of salt.

Remember Lot’s wife.” Luke 17:32

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

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Lying Lips

Lying LipsHe that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18

Hiding hatred with lying lips, which is hypocrisy, is what many refer to as grace but God refers to them as a fool.  The hyper grace, word of faith and seeker sensitive doctrines have turned the Grace of God into a law of man in order not to offend the world.  They have sugar coated the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified with honeyed words and methods of man from vanities of their own minds and have made the Cross of Christ of no effect.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.  He also broke the power of sin on Calvary’s Cross (Romans 6:14).  The Holy Spirit cannot break the power of sin and free us from the law of sin and death when our faith is placed in things we do.  Our 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, declaring and decreeing are of no effect.

The honeyed words and methods of man feed our self righteousness and make us feel as if we’re doing “our part”.  Make no mistake, “our part” is faith – faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.  This fight, the fight of faith, is the only fight we as Believers are commissioned to fight.  The result of these honeyed words are lies spoken which are at odds with the actual condition of our heart.  We hide our hatred with lying lips but the Lord looks at the condition of our heart.

This is not the Grace of God my friends.

And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

God’s Grace is sufficient.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  We don’t have to lie about our weakness but glory in our infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon us.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him….” 2 Chronicles 16:9

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Well Pleasing to God

Needs18 But I (Apostle Paul) have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a Sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:18-20.

Many of us recognize “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  However, when we read the preceding Scripture we will see the Apostle Paul had received a gift from the Philippians which enabled him to further the preaching of the Cross of Jesus.

This gift the Apostle Paul received helped spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost and dying world and was looked at by God as part of the atoning work of Jesus.  It was an “odor of a sweet smell, a Sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.”  This gift given by the Philippians to help further the Gospel of Jesus was a result of His atoning work; therefore it was a part of  His atoning work.  The fruit is a result of the vine.

So I humbly ask you, is your giving because of the atoning work Jesus Christ has done in your heart?  Is it given to help further His atoning work to others or is it given for increase?  Is it a part of (a fruit of) Jesus’ atoning work?  If so, your giving is an odor of a sweet smell, a Sacrifice acceptable and well pleasing to God…and He WILL supply all your needs according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We are all responsible for discerning the work to which we give.  If it is not the work of God…to be plain and blunt, that promise is not for you.

Prayerfully consider.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why I Left the Church Building

churchleftbuildingSome may be surprised that many Christians are no longer attending church in a church building. As for me, here are the reasons why I don’t attend the religious services in my area. Before going forward, let me say my husband and I have been to many local churches but certainly not all in our immediate area. I’m sure there are some out there but sadly we have not found them. I have no doubt there are many who love the Lord. While there are some churches within driving distance, due to my work schedule they are just too far and we cannot attend. However, first and foremost, we strive to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and feel like we are exactly where He wants us at this time in our lives.

So here we go…the list of reasons why we don’t attend some of our local churches:

  1. Many preach and teach humanistic psychology to overcome sin.  Psychology is the study of the mind and the mind is at enmity with God.  Jesus Christ is still the Way, the Truth and the Life…even after our Salvation.  “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7
  2. We don’t want to “soak”.  Soaking prayer is a mystical experience that replaces sound biblical teaching with emotion driven responses.  The Word of God says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6
  3. Gold dust and angel feathers are not biblical.
  4. They don’t believe in Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:45-46, Acts 19:1-7).
  5. They believe you must be baptized in water to be saved.
  6. They believe you must join their church to be saved.
  7. They believe you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit to be saved.
  8. Sunday school is about the latest church fad coming down the pike (Harbingers, Shemitahs, Blood Moons, Pythons, Purpose Driven Life, 21 Days of fasting,etc.) instead of the Word of God. “And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32.  Instead of lifting up Jesus to the congregation/class, the fad is lifted up among men.
  9. They observe the Jewish feasts and festivals which were symbolic of Jesus Christ.  As a New Testament Believer, I don’t have to partake in the religious symbolism…I have Jesus Christ.  Furthermore, where are the partakers doing their sacrifices? “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.” Galatians 3:10.
  10. Mysticism, extra biblical revelations and emotional experiences are decreed and declared from the pulpit…not the Word of God.
  11.  My husband and I both grew up in the 80’s.  We were both far from God and we recognize the bar atmosphere in many modern churches.  From the entertainment (not worship) to the coffee bars and overall hip hop attitude in the “House of God”.  This is not fear of the Lord.  This is not sacred.  This is not holy.  This is the world infiltrating the church in order to increase numbers in the pews and is not of God.

Obviously these are just some of the reasons we don’t attend church.  I don’t doubt their love for God and I’m not saying all are alike.  Sadly though this is what we have encountered in our little corner of the world.  When I first began hearing of these things, I thought is that really happening in the world?  It must be in the big cities.  We all see the “big time” televangelist that everyone else loves and trusts and we fall in beside them in order to blend in with the rest.  It starts to get fun.  Yes, the music is great.  I can still be “me” and do this “God thing”.

Then there comes a time; a point of decision if you will, that the Lord will prick your heart and show you “this is not of Me”.  Whatever “it” is, it doesn’t line up with Scripture. At that point we can test the spirits according the the Word of God whether they are of God (1 John 4:1) or we can ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit and follow that which is feeding our flesh.

Let me tell you friend, if the Lord is pricking your heart to test the spirits…test them.  “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15  The Holy Spirit is faithful to guide us into all Truths when we look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night my husband and I gather together in front of the television and worship together with untold thousands of Brothers and Sisters in Christ all over the world at Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  where they teach, preach, declare and decree Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Every morning we have our Bible Study via The Message of the Cross.  You can join us here: SonLife Broadcasting Network .  Let us not forget, the first church started in the homes of like minded Believers.  Furthermore, the first church was actually Pentecostal (sorry my Catholic friends).

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Acts 2:1-4

If you don’t believe Pentecost is still working in the church today, that is between you and God…not you and me.  As for me and my house, it is too late to tell us any different.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

The Burnt Offering

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.”  2 Corinthians 11:3-4

The beginning point Burnt Offeringof all false doctrine is an improper understanding of the Cross of Christ.  Many false prophets have come into the world presenting a Peace Offering with no Burnt Offering.  In the Old Testament, the Peace Offering never came without the Burnt Offering, which symbolized Calvary (Leviticus 6:12).  Make no mistake, Calvary is the only way we can have peace with God.

These false prophets offer peace with God through various methods of man with no regard to Jesus Christ and His atoning work on Calvary’s Cross.  These extra biblical revelations and prophecies from their own minds direct the Believer to another Jesus.  A Jesus that they mold to fit their lifestyle according to what seems right in their own mind.

The mere fact that some denominations are even discussing the acceptance of social drinking and homosexuality shows the condition of the church today.  They are presenting a “peace” to the people in order to fill the pews and further their own agenda. Make no mistake, this “peace” offering comes with no Burnt Offering…it is another Jesus.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.

We must choose today, while it is today, in Whom we are going to serve.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Name Above Every Name

Jesus is LordWherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:9-11

In Hebrew, His name is Yeshua.  In Italian His name is Gesu’ Cristo.  In China they call Him Yesu Jidu.  In Russia, His name is lisus Khristos.  However, I am from the USA and I speak English.  For me, His name is Jesus.

God the Father has highly exalted Jesus and given Him a name which is above every name.  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…..and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  The name that God gave Jesus, which is above every name is Lord – master of all.

For the English-speaking Believer, we call Him Jesus Christ and He is our Lord.  The Person of Jesus Christ is Who paid the penalty of our sin and broke the power of sin on Calvary’s Cross.  We have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour because of Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.  God has already exalted Jesus as Lord.  It is up to us individually whether or not we accept Him as Lord.

Let it be made clear, no matter the different languages, if our Lord is not the Person of Jesus Christ according to the Word of God, THE Person in which God the Father exalted as Lord because of His finished work on the Cross…it is another Jesus and is accursed. Not all paths lead to Jesus and NO MAN comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6).  Did you hear that Oprah?  NO MAN.

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him does this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the Corner.

12 Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Acts 4:10-12

Salvation for man was made possible by the person of Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to reconcile mankind to our Creator.  There is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved – Jesus Christ.  No matter the language…is HE, the Son of God according to the Word of God, the One in Whom God has exalted as Lord, your Lord?

For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.”  2 Corinthians 11:4

-Donna Clark Warren

Progressive Sanctification

Gal 2 20At the Cross, Jesus paid the penalty of sin (death).
At the Cross, Jesus broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life.
 
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14.
 
Following are means by which the power of sin is not broken:
 
1. 40 days of purpose will not break the power of sin.
2. 12 steps will not break the power of sin.
3. 21 days of fasting, even though Scriptural, were not given to break the power of sin.
4. Hail Mary’s will not break the power of sin.
5. Positive confessions (denying the problem) will not break the power of sin.
6. Reading our Bible, even though we should ALL read our Bible, was not given to us to break the power of sin.
 
There is but ONE answer for the penalty of sin and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
However, there is but ONE answer to the power of sin in the Believer’s life as well and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
 
The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free the Believer from the power of sin and death when their faith is placed in various laws to overthrow the sin which so easily besets us.
 
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, THE JUST shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
 
As a Believer in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, we are “the Just”…. go and live by faith in the Son of God.
 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 
 
 
 

Understanding Recognizes Wisdom

23354Hear me now therefore, O you children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Remove your way far from her (apostasy), and come not near the door of her house:

Lest you give your honor unto others, and your years unto the cruel:

10 Lest strangers be filled with your wealth; and your labors be in the house of a stranger;

11 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,

12 And say, HOW have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me!

14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.”  Proverbs 5:7-14.

In order to discern the difference between Truth (Wisdom) and apostasy, we must seek to understand and comprehend the Word of God.  This understanding IS the discrimination which recognizes wisdom, which is the Truth according to the Word of God.

Without understanding of the Truth, one cannot discriminate the difference between Truth and apostasy.  We give honor to others and our years are cruel if we cannot discriminate between apostasy and Truth.  Without understanding, strangers are filled with our wealth and labor.

The Lord will always send a Godly voice to point us to the Truth.  However, if we do not have ears to hear, we are without excuse.  When our flesh and body are consumed and we cry out to ourselves “HOW have I hated instruction…”, our hindsight is indeed 20/20. How did we not obey the voice of the teachers who were crying out in the wilderness, “prepare you the way of the Lord”?

Sadly, many lose their way “in the midst of the congregation” because of the false doctrine preached behind the pulpit.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.

-Donna Clark Warren

Reference: The Expositor’s Study Bible; Jimmy Swaggart

External Links: SonLife Broadcasting Network

With All Your Getting…Get Understanding

Red Christmas gift box and baubles on background of defocused golden lights.Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:5-7

The world cannot know God through worldly wisdom or intellectualism.  Neither can one know God through emotions.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:22-24.

Let us not forget that satan knows the Bible better than most but he is still satan. Worldly wisdom is evil (James 3:15) and not from God.

The Lord has given us the His Word and the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truths.  The Word of God is the only true Wisdom; therefore get wisdom…and with all your getting get understanding.  We must understand and comprehend this wisdom the Lord has given us in His Word.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.”  James 1:5.

Faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil will cause those whose faith is in their intellectualism to stumble.   On the other hand, those who seek extra biblical revelations through emotional experiences will render faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified foolishness for freedom from the power of sin.

As for me and my house, the Cross of Jesus Christ is the power of God and we are determined to know nothing else.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

The Just

Just shall live by faithBut that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”  Galatians 3:11

The penalty of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23), has been paid for those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which this penalty was paid for whosoever will believe.

The POWER of sin over the Child of God has also been paid by Jesus Christ (the Source) on Calvary’s Cross (the means) Romans 6:14.  Sadly, after our Salvation to many attempt to overthrow this power of sin by religious works.  These religious works, although some may be Scriptural, were NOT given to the Child of God to have power over sin.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin AND free us from the power of sin.  When our faith is directed toward 40 days of purposes, 100 ways, 12 steps, 21 days of fasting or whatever scheme man has conjured up to overcome sin, we make the Cross of Christ of no effect and we are no longer free from the power of sin.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”  Romans 1:17.

The “just” IS the Child of God and we shall live by faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ ALONE.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20.

Daily we fight the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross to free us from the power of sin.  Daily we deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23.  Daily, while it is called today, exhort one another lest you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:17-18.

The Power of God is the Cross of Christ and what Jesus there did to free the Child of God from sin.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

-Donna Clark Warren