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TWO EDGED SWORD

“3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
 
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
 
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
 
6 Lest you should ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that you cannot not know them.
 
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
 
8 Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:
 
9 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 mine ear to them that instructed me!” Proverbs 5:3-13
 
False doctrine which drops as an honeycomb from the lips of the strange woman is as sharp as a two edged sword. It hardens the heart, blinds the eyes and mutes the hearing of the Believer who refuses to remove themselves from her ways. Far too many Believers have filled and continue to fill her house with their wealth and their labors.
 
The seduction of this strange woman is real. The lusts of our flesh are pricked and our intellect engaged so that we may intellectually understand her…but her feet go down unto death and take hold on hell.
 
“11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
 
12 For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:11-12
 
There is but one thing that is SHARPER than a two-edged sword and that is the Word of God. When the Word of God is applied to the heart of the unbelieving Believer; the Believer who came too close and did not remove themselves from her, the Believer is brought to a point of decision. I speak here from experience.
 
As my husband and I were sitting under a word of faith church in our area, we began to search the Word of God to see if those things which were being taught to us were true…literally. The Scriptures given, we would read them in content and see that wasn’t exactly how that particular was meant. Then we prayed and asked the Lord to open our eyes to His Truth and to not let us be caught up in any false doctrine. Let me warn you right here…you ask for the Lord to open your eyes to His Truth and not some religious philosophy that you may be highly invested in, He will do just that and you are left there with His Truth and a lie and YOU have to decide whose ways you are going to follow. He will give it to you but you have to choose to follow Him.
 
Once we chose to follow Jesus, His Word, rightly divided, and we came out from among the strange woman’s home by the power of God and His power alone, there remained the extra curricular church activities that we loved so. The strange woman remained on the corner calling us. I remember distinctly hearing the voice of the Lord saying to me, “I got you out of here once”. I knew at that point that if we went back and fellowshipped with those who dwell in the strange woman’s house, we would be sent a strong delusion because we did not receive the love of the Truth when the Lord gave it to us.
 
“10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
 
I KNOW the draw of the strange woman. I know the two edged sword that leads to death hell.
 
But this too I know, I KNOW in Whom I have believed. I KNOW at Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ broke the power of sin and that there is no vain philosophy conjured up that can set one free from the bonds of religious pride. Personally I have seen the Holy Spirit do the work of God in my heart as He pierced asunder and discerned the thoughts of my own heart. The power of God and the power of God alone is the only power that is STRONGER than the two-edged sword of the strange woman.
 
When you hear so many of us who are determined to know nothing else save Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it is often because we have known the strange woman…we have known the effects of her seduction but now know the Cross of Christ and praise be to God, we choose Christ. There is NO power stronger than the power of God. The seduction of the strange woman is laid waste when the Cross of Christ is given and the Holy Spirit begins His Work in the heart of the Believer whose heart wills (wants) to turn away from the strange woman’s ways and unto God’s way.
 
Jesus is at the door knocking. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches. Religion is laid waste by the power of God. Come out from among them and be ye separate. Fight the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Stand still and see the power of God in your life. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we had ever hoped.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

PREACH THE GOSPEL

“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
 
It is the purpose of the Five Fold Ministry, no matter their calling, to lift up the Cross of Christ Jesus to the people, to put the Promises of God in the mind of His People and to tell them the Promises of God are only through the Cross of Christ.
 
It this seems foolish to the people or to the preacher, the fact of the matter is that they are perishing because they are under law. Grant you, it is a religious law which seems right but it’s not of faith in the Cross of Christ and can therefore not be accepted by God to invoke Grace. God responds to faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
The price was high for our Redemption. It took God becoming man; manifesting in the flesh, to pay the penalty of sin and break the power of sin. If our religious works were sufficient to break the power of sin, then the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!
 
If the Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Preacher or Teacher is not lifting up the Cross of Christ to draw God’s Children to Holiness and Righteousness, they are preaching another gospel, another Jesus and they are accursed. If someone continues to follow such teaching, they might as well bear with them. Because they have chosen to tolerate such false teachers and have not contended for the faith that was once given unto them, their mind has been corrupted.
 
“3 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.
 
4 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 promises of God are yes and amen to those who believe. His Grace IS sufficient. He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us . He knows our name and wants to guide us through this pilgrim land if we will only look unto Him and believe that no matter the circumstances, He is able to keep us; to keep all that we have committed unto Him.
 
Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God looking to and fro to show Himself strong on those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.
 
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Put the Cross of Christ in the minds of the people. Invoke them to believe…put them on the path to Canaan. Whether they stay or not is between them and the Lord. Keep planting and keep watering. The harvest is great. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 
 

AND SO IT WAS

“20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the Commandment of the Lord they abode in their tents, and according to the Commandment of the Lord they journeyed.
 
21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.
 
22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the Tabernacle, remaining thereon, the Children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.” Numbers 9:20-22
 
When the cloud is gone, we journey. When the cloud remains, we occupy. Always looking to the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit will move us when we must journey and He will still us when we must stand. There are no questionnaires necessary nor foolish tests able to discover our personality type. God made us in His image. We are a new creature in Christ Jesus as we live by faith of the Son of God and there is no man made doctrine that can measure the power of God’s Grace to change the heart of man…sorry counselors.
 
As the modern church embraces psychology, the cloud has long gone. Appealing to emotions and entreating the intellect of man, they have not yet realized Jesus is on the outside knocking. His Presence left when they began looking to another way to draw man unto Him. When there focused turned from His Way and to the world’s precepts for ‘church growth’, the very foundation changed from the Cornerstone of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sinner AND the Saint to Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sinner and humanistic psychology for the Saint. Because the humanistic psychology was and is cloaked in Scripture and presented as biblical doctrine, too many have equated it with Truth but it is far from such.
 
The cloud of glory remains on the outside…outside waiting on the Children of God to look and journey with Him in spirit and in Truth. For us who are born again, He is our First Love. He Redeemed us and wants us to follow HIM…not vain philosophies presented as biblical doctrine.
 
Jesus Christ paid a high price for whosoever will believe. He came to die so that we may have fellowship with HIM; so that He may guide us, protect us and keep us through out this pilgrim land until the day we are called home and our faith becomes sight. He is fully able to do all that He has promised to do if we who profess to believe will simply believe and trust His Work is sufficient. His Work is the power of God for us who are Saved.
 
“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
 
-Donna Clark Warren

THE BLOOD

Redemption by blood is the foundation of the Christian experience. The Old Testament Saints were redeemed by the Blood of Christ Jesus…just as the New Testament Saints. The difference being is at the time of the Old Testament Saints Jesus was still to come. It was the blood of bulls and goats, which was symbolic of their coming Messiah (Jesus) and the work He would do on Calvary’s Cross to redeem whosoever will believe, that restored fellowship with God.
 
“37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the Ghost.
 
38 And the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” Mark 15:37-38
 
At Calvary the veil was removed. Why so many would choose to go back the feasts and festivals of the Old Testament which symbolized, typified and foreshadowed the Cross of Christ in order to somehow ‘honor’ Jesus Christ is beyond this writer. That would be akin to me supping and communing with my wedding band in order to honor my husband while he stands at the door knocking wanting to come in and sup with me himself. My husband is my love, not my wedding band and it is he whom I desire to commune with daily.
 
The Blood of Christ is not merely a doctrine but the very foundation of our Salvation AND our daily living for God. It is through the Cross of Christ that we are afforded access to the Throne of God. This access does not change after our Salvation but all too often our way to obtain this access is changed by various religious methods.
 
“For by Grace are you Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
 
When our faith is moved from the Blood of Jesus to another method to live a victorious Christian life, we make the Blood of Christ of no effect in our lives. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the work of God in our heart when we are looking to methods of man for victory.
 
It is the Blood of Christ which redeems fallen man and the Blood of Christ which keeps redeemed man. It is sufficient and it is finished. The Blood is enough.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

SECTARIAN SAINTS

“15 Now you Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the Gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only.
 
16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again unto my necessity.
 
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” Philippians 4:15-17
 
You will know them by their fruit; the fruit which abounds to their account.
 
Many professing Crossing preaching churches no longer communicate with those who the Lord has used to bring forth the Message of the Cross concerning their giving and receiving. They have neglected the work of Paul and the fruit which abounds is sectarian, legalistic Christians with no love in their heart for the harvest but a belly full of bitterness for the Brethren.
 
Quite frankly, if they understood the Message of the Cross they would be sure to tend to the work which is bringing this message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost world and a dying church. This message is life to us who are Saved…it is the breath which we breathe and want others to know.
 
Granted, you may not speak openly ‘against’ said ministry but your flock is full of those who do and they are your fruit.
 
“18 But I 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, wellpleasing 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
 
Beware of the tares. Discern the fruit. The understanding of the Cross of Christ for daily living for God does not bring forth bitterness. That bitterness is just what the Holy Spirit desires to remove but it is the root of the ministry; a root that is held tightly by those whose heart is hardening toward the preaching of the Cross of Christ.
 
I do not say these things to be ugly but we all need to search our heart. The Apostle Paul said to follow me as I follow Jesus. There were those who were against Paul’s teachings and sought to align themselves with like minded believers in order to gain strength. You will know a ministry by their fruit and we best better judge such fruit lest a root of bitterness take hold in our own hearts.
 
“14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
 
15 For though you have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel.
 
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be you followers of me.
 
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.” 1 Cor. 4:14-17
 
The Message of the Cross will change the heart of man if we seek the understanding necessary and humble ourselves before the Lord. The Holy Spirit wants to remove those dead branches and cut right to the root of the bitterness but we must look to Jesus Christ and His finished work to see the condition of our own heart.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

“15 He said unto them, But whom say you that I am?
 
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
 
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
 
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
 
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Him. When the lost wills to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, God reveals Jesus unto them. The veil is rent and the believing sinner is born again; spiritually born again and alive unto God. It is upon THIS rock that the Church is built…the revelation of Jesus Christ, not Peter (sorry my Roman Catholic friends).
 
The Old Testament Saints knew and understood their was no way to the Ark of the Covenant except they first went to the Brazen Altar. It was at the Brazen Altar that the sacrifice of bulls and goats were made to atone for sin and restore fellowship with God the Father. Anyone who attempted to approach the Ark of the Covenant without first going to the Brazen Altar was immediately struck dead. It is the Holiness of God that instantly burns up sin. It quite simply cannot stand in the presence of God Almighty and when sinful man approaches the Throne of God any way other than God’s Way, their sin is not covered and they are thereby destroyed.
 
The Brazen Altar could not pay the penalty for sin. It took God becoming flesh, Jesus Christ, to go to the Altar and pay the penalty of sin so that fallen man can be redeemed unto God the Father if they will to do so. At Calvary, the penalty of sin was and is paid in full and the power of sin utterly broken for whosoever wills to believe.
 
The revelation of this simplicity is that which the Church is built upon. Once this revelation is given to the believing sinner we don’t stop learning of Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done for us who are now born again. No, not at all.
 
Jesus Christ is alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro to show Himself strong in those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. Coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the beginning of our fight of faith. A fight we fight daily. A fight to deny ourselves; our willpower, intellect, etc. and put on HIS YOKE and learn of HIM.
 
The hardest part of this fight is not leaning unto our own understanding.
“28 Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
 
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
 
It matters not if you have been born again 5 months or 50 years. Jesus Christ is alive and He never changes. We have His Word and the Holy Spirit to bear witness. Learn of Him. Seek Him. Come to know in Whom you have believed. One day soon and very soon our faith will become sight.
 
“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
 
-Donna Clark Warren

REDEEMED

“13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:
 
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
Moses was the mediator of the Law so that the blessing of Abraham might come unto the Jews. Jesus fulfilled the Law so that both the Jews and the Gentiles would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
No man, Jew or Gentile, could fulfill the Law. The penalty of the broken law was and is death. The Jews who understood this looked to the sacrifice of bulls and goats to atone for their sin and reconcile them unto God. These sacrifices could not pay the penalty of their sin and redeem them unto God but served as a stop gap measure to atone for their sin so that they may have fellowship with God until the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Jews who did not understand this looked to their consecration; their work of sacrificing the bulls and goats to make them righteous. Their faith, being placed in their work, produced self righteousness and pride. The Law had no power to change the heart of sinful man.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law. HE paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe…Jew or Gentile, black or white. There is but one race and that is the human race and in the Eyes of Almighty God there are but 2 people; Saved and unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by their works are unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by faith in Jesus’ finished work are Saved. We are under the Abrahamic Covenant through our Mediator, Jesus Christ. The blessings of God are yes and amen to whosoever will believe according to HIS Will and not our own. We ask and receive not because we are asking amiss (James 4:3)…we’re asking according to our own will.
We must all beware lest our consecration to the Lord becomes ambition and our faith greed. Faith in our consecration leads to self righteousness and pride. It is the leaven which leavens the whole lump. We are not blessed because of our consecration but because of the Cross of Christ. Jesus afforded us reconciliation with our Father through the Cross. It is at Calvary that the penalty of sin was paid and it’s power broken. It is at Calvary’s that we are able to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. At Calvary, our works are laid waste and humility arises. At Calvary woe is me cries out from the heart of sinful man and Grace overflows…Divine Grace; Grace which expels that which is unpleasing to God.
Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God. It is HIS finished work which affords us the blessings of God…not our consecration. Beware lest our eyes fall upon our work and not His. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren

SPIRITUAL DEATH

Mishandling the Word of God results in spiritual death. Many have merely given a nod to the Message of the Cross for daily living unto God and remain spiritually defeated. As the preachers and prophets have run through the camp lifting up the Cross of Christ so that you may live and not die; you have politely acquiesced. The mote in your eye has blinded you. Sin, taking occasion by the law has revived and they have died…spiritually died.
 
Because the sin does not fall under the ‘big 5 sins’ of the flesh (drinking, smoking, homosexuality, fornication and gambling), they don’t recognize the dominion of their sin nature. They are deceived…sincere but still deceived. Religion is the worst bondage of all because sin is seen as good. The religious rites and commandments wrought in the Believer all manner of spiritual death because it is not of faith and cannot produce fruit unto God. The root is of pride and self righteousness, yet the Believer seeing, see’s not.
 
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-15
 
When the Cross of Christ is being lifted up to the people that they may live and not die, it is not just for the lost. No, not at all. It is for every born again Believer who hears. It is the power of God for us who are Saved and foolishness to those who are spiritually dying.
 
Yes, when the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified comes through your camp just as it did mine, your religious rites and ceremonies are laid waste. The plumb line of the Cross of Christ has showed my ways, my intellect, abilities and talents as foolishness and caused this writer to turn DAILY from my good intentions and sincere ways. Do I still fail the Lord? Mind your business. Do you?
 
We must all consider how we receive the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for daily living. Is it foolishness? Do we consider it insufficient as we move forward in our flesh to do our part? Our part is wrought with sincerity and good intentions but it is still wicked from a root of pride.
 
The time has come. The Cross of Christ is at hand. Look and live. Be determined to know nothing else.
 
Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto Him as righteousness. Without faith we cannot please God but it is the Object of our faith and not the amount of faith which pleases the Lord. We are all given a mustard seed of faith at Salvation and it can indeed grow into a tree of righteousness as it is continually watered by the Word of God and the Lord gives the increase. Our faith in Jesus as the Source and His Cross the means for all that we receive from the Lord is the faith that pleases God and HE gives the increase.
 
As the Message of the Cross girdles this globe, there will be many who hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches. Once we hear, we have a decision to make. There are many who have been riding the fence for far too long. A strong delusion is on one side and the Cross of Christ is on the other. Will you be made free? The answer that you seek is in the Cross of Christ. Seek Him while He may be found.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

CARNAL CURIOSITY

“11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
 
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
 
14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 2:11-14
 
Carnal curiosity leads to death of the soul…spiritual death. The carnal mind is at enmity with God (Romans 8:6) and our hearts are deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). It is a waste of time to argue Scripture with an unbeliever because they are not spiritually discerned.
 
Philosophies created in the vanities of man’s mind are being presented as Biblical doctrine to the people and because they are cloaked in Scripture, many a carnal Christian equate them with Christianity. These philosophies appeal to the intellect of man and the lusts of the flesh but are nothing more than laws presented to lead the Believer into bondage.
 
Please understand, the teachers, preachers and believers of such are sincere and do not know themselves that their heart has deceived them. These things seem good but they are seeds of death as our faith is slowly shifted away from what Jesus Christ did at Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin for the Believer and shifted to what the ‘Believer’ did to break the power of sin. The incantation, the 40 days, 21 days, blood moons and shemitahs are not the reason the Christian is cursed or blessed.
 
Read that again please.
 
The incantation, the 40 days, 21 days, blood moons and shemitahs are not the reason the Christian is cursed or blessed.
 
That which determines the Believer’s curses or blessings is not what we do but what Christ Jesus has done for whosoever will believe. I’m speaking here of believing Believers and not professing Believers. Many worship the Lord with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him due to unbelief. To say that the Believer is cursed is to say that the Cross of Christ was not sufficient to break that curse when we were born again. Family curses, soul ties and such are all perfect examples of the silly philosophies presented by the religious to appeal to the intellect of another. The professing Believers who believe such mess are indeed sincere but they are sincerely wrong.
 
“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” John 16:13
 
The Spirit of God Who dwells inside us with witness to us the things of God. No matter the dilemma, the Cross of Christ, is the answer. Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God…there is no other way. Our carnal curiosity does not afford us such blessing but will in fact lead to spiritual death as our heart is hardened to the Truth. Not receiving the love of the Truth, we are sent a strong delusion.
 
“10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be Saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
 
There are many believing Believers among the professing Believers and their eternal souls are at stake. Thinking they cannot be deceived, they too have been deceived. They have chosen intellect instead of discernment.
 
Jesus remains at the door knocking. He is calling those out whose hearts are perfect toward Him…calling them out from among the apostate church and into His glorious light. He’s calling us out to bring us in…into the fold.
 
Today as everyday, we must examine ourselves whether we be in the faith. This fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified is a daily fight. The world, the flesh and the devil are forever trying to sway us to and fro; trying to reset our faith unto another source and/or another means. If they can sway just one, whether it be the source as Jesus or His Cross as the means, the hook is set. The seed of death is planted.
 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not just a cliche for us who believe but is in fact the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life for whosoever will believe. We no longer live but He lives in us.
 
As for me and my house, we are determined this day to believe nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

THE PRODIGAL

“14 And when he (the prodigal son) had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
 
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
 
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
 
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
 
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before you,” Luke 15:14-18
 
There are many a prodigal son whose heart turned back to the Lord and they repented of their wicked ways but they died right there among the swine.
 
We don’t know the heart of the backslidden who perish in the pig pen. Did their heart turn back to the Lord before their eternal spirit left that mortal coil? No man knows…although many man judges.
 
The prodigal son arose the next morning and returned to his father’s house. Spiritually speaking, there are many prodigal sons and daughters who are living among the swine as we speak. Many who have been turned over to the devil so that their soul may be Saved in the day of the Lord (1 Cor. 5:5). There are also many of Job’s friends encamped around them doing the work of the devil accusing whosoever will hear. Many are holding a Bible mind you. Many are quite religious and wish to prescribed due penance to the prodigal as if Jesus’ penance was insufficient for those wallowing with the swine.
 
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
 
The Cross of Christ is just as much for the prodigal son or daughter as It is for those who have never known Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The prodigals dining with the swine are a result of their heart turning away from God. Dining with the swine did not cause them to turn from the Lord but was a result of them turning from the Lord. Read that again to be clear. It is often the symptom of the heart turned away from God that we witness and to be sure these symptoms are not stagnant as sin and death wreaks it’s havoc in the heart of man.
 
Before we go about throwing away the prodigals, we best better get the mote out of our own eye as our hearts too have turned away from the Lord yet we don’t see because we are not yet dining with the swine. We must consider ourselves. Are we pointing people to the Cross of Christ and turning them away with our super spiritual, religious attitudes?
 
Before you give that “Amen”, I don’t mean embracing them while they remain in the pig pen unrepentant and accepting them in their sinful lifestyles but showing them the love of God and letting them know the Cross of Christ broke the power of that sin when they decide to turn back to Him as their Lord and Saviour.
 
Consider the prodigals. Many are dining with the swine but have not yet realized their condition…but they are someone’s loved one; someone’s daughter, brother, sister, child. Most of all, they are who Jesus Christ came to Saved from a devil’s hell and we MUST consider the condition of their eternal soul before we pass any judgment. If we’re not pointing them toward the Cross of Christ to be set free from the bondage of sin, then we are pointing them toward a devil’s hell.
 
Jesus Christ came to Save whosoever will believe. He loves them. Tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Don’t let a one; mine, yours or theirs, slip away into an eternal hell without knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
 
-Donna Clark Warren