Discern the Fruit

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Because the modern church does not deem what God has declared as sin and have chosen to accept sinful lifestyles into their fold, they see no need for a Sin Offering.  The modern church does not preach a crucified Savior because they no longer believe homosexuality is a sin.  They do not believe fornication is a sin.  Their prideful ways are not sinful because it is their prideful ways and not that of others.  Their moral authority is that of a seared conscience where their love is greater than their sin.   God’s Love is greater than sin…not ours.  Our love for one another cannot overcome sin.  True love will speak Truth to the lost and hurting, not coddle them in their sin.  God sent His only begotten Son to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer.

Spiritual death of mankind died on Calvary’s Cross when Jesus Christ gave up the Ghost and made Salvation available for whosoever will believe.   Redemption is the purpose of man’s Sin Sacrifice Who was and is Jesus Christ.  The born again Believer is bought with a price…a very high price and for the modern church to deem the Cross of Christ as unnecessary simply because they have accepted sin is blasphemy.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:15-20

The Bible says you will know them by their fruit.  Have they accepted sin and called it good? There are many denominations who have called sin good and good evil.  Their’s is another Jesus and another gospel because they do not see the need for a crucified Savior to Save them from their sin.

Discern the fruit.

-Donna Clark Warren

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The Secrets of Men Judged

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13 (For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a Law unto themselves:

15 Which show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.”  Romans 2:13-16

The hearing of the Law saves no one.  Knowledge of the Law saves no one. Hearing nor a mere knowledge of the Gospel saves no one unless the hearer believes the shed Blood of Jesus paid the penalty for their sins and that He is alive today sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward HIM (Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe).

The Law of God is written on the heart of mankind and our conscience bears witness.  The good that is done by the lost does not bring them Justification; just as the hearing of the Law does not bring Justification.  There are untold thousands who sit among the congregation weekly believing that they are indeed justified before God because they are hearers of the Gospel and doers of good according to their conscience alone.  Never have they opened the Word of God for themselves, seeking to ensure their conscience not be seared by the commandments of men being declared as biblical doctrine but have gone about accusing or excusing one another according to their own conscience.

It is one thing for the lost to do that which is good because of the Law of God written on their heart.  Their conscience will indeed bear witness but their vain thoughts will go about accusing and excusing.   It is another thing all together for those who claim Christianity; those who may indeed hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and do that which is good because the Law of God is written on their heart but they too allow their vain thoughts to become their religious doctrine. Their banner may be Christianity but their doctrine is that of a seared conscience which serves as their moral authority instead of the Word of God being their moral authority.   They are hearers who have not believed and are therefore not Saved, while at the same time doers who have not believed and sadly are again not Saved either.

We are saved by Grace through Faith, not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Those who profess the banner of Christianity but have not yet believed with their heart are lukewarm Christians and bring reproach to the work of God.  God says He would rather them be cold than lukewarm.  The cold are those who don’t profess Christianity; those who may or may not do that which is “good” but in either case they do not profess to be followers of Christ.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are held accountable to the Word of God…to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  If we point to, lean on or partake in any other method for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, we will give an account.  This Gospel of which we preach will bring the lost to the Cross of Christ for repentance; It will set the captives free and heal those which are bruised.  There is no sugar coating necessary.  Lift Him up, Jesus Christ, to a lost and dying world so that they can choose for themselves in Whom they will believe.

The secrets of which we keep will be judged by God according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; not how often we heard or how many good works we performed but that of which we believed with our hearts unto Salvation.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

God’s Goodness

images3 And think you this, O man, who judges them which do such things, and does the same, that you shall escape the judgment of God?
 
4 Or despise you the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:3-4
Jonah sat atop the hill under the gourd upset that the Lord did not punish Nineveh once they repented of their sin, when he could have been praising the Lord with them.  The same Goodness of God that brings us to Repentance, brings others to Repentance as well.  When God’s long-suffering and forbearance is witnessed toward those who we have deemed guilty and unworthy, beware of the judgment we cast upon them lest we think we too shall escape the judgment of God.
Stop trying to disqualify others and start trying to qualify them.  Tell them Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to deliver us from the sin which so easily besets us.  He is alive today searching to and fro for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.  We don’t back away from declaring sin as sin but we give the answer to sin as well – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren

Moral Authority

1111As a Child of God, our moral authority is the Word of God.  The Bible does not contain the Word of God but It IS the Word of God.  We do not get to pick and choose the parts which align with our feelings but rather dismiss our “feelings” regarding morality and accept the reality of morality according to the Word of God.

It is the world’s feelings which define their morality and becomes their religion.  Sadly, many denominations and religious folk have allowed their sense of morality to become corrupted by worldly ways as they desperately seek to fill the pews.  Just as our eternal soul means nothing to the worldly system and we are nothing more than merchandise purchased by goods and services of those desiring our money, so too has the seeker sensitive church yielded to the ways of the world as they dim the lights and pump up the entertainment.

The “small groups” ordained by the modern church are nothing more than a social hour with men and women discussing things with one another that they need to be discussing with the Lord and their own family.  Their accountability becomes to the small group and the church and no longer to the Lord and their family.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We either believe that ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God and it is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and righteousness or we don’t.  When we look in the mirror and something needs to be fixed, we fix it or we walk away and ignore what needs to be corrected.  The Lord wants to remove those parts which hinder our walk with Him.  Each and every one of us.  If we think we have graduated and the Lord has finished removing all that is wrong with us…well, we haven’t looked in the mirror lately.

23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.” James 1:23-24

Jesus Christ broke the penalty of sin in our lives.  When He is lifted up to the masses and we look unto Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith, we see our filthy rags and humbly seek Him to deliver us from the miry clay.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, the Lord corrects with His Word and convicts with His Spirit; old things pass away and all things become new. Our faith is truly authored and will soon be finished as we lay hold on eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

…Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” 1 John 1:29

Jesus took away the sin of the world and nailed it to His Cross, yet so many Christians keep trying to take away their sin from the cross and call their particular sin of choice “good” according to their feelings.  Jesus is standing at the door of the modern church knocking.  He is searching to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward Him looking to author and finish their faith in Who He is and what He has done.  Stop trying to author and finish your own faith and look unto Jesus.  His Arm is not shortened.  He WANTS to bless you but wisdom of words being taught as biblical doctrine have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in your life. Come back to your first love.  Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Righteousness

matthew_5_6--white-800x80012 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under Grace? God forbid.” Romans 6:12-15

The same Spirit that leads the Believing sinner unto Salvation will also lead the Believing Saint unto Sanctification.  The Holy Spirit does not lead the Saint unto unrighteousness and unholines.  Old things pass away and all things become new as the Believing Saint looks unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives as we are led by the Spirit.  Having decided to deny our self efforts, abilities, intellect and talent, we pick up that which the Cross of Christ has afforded whosoever will believe (the blessings and promises of God) and follow Jesus.  Fighting this good fight of faith daily, faith in the Cross of Christ, we make a conscious choice to follow Jesus this day.  Looking unto Jesus, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…guide us into Righteousness and Holiness (Sanctification).

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”  John 12:32

Many Believers have unknowingly stopped believing in the drawing and leading of the Holy Spirit and vainly attempt to perform the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their lives and other’s lives themselves.  Many a vain method has been presented to the people for dominion over sin causing them to continually be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine.  Scripture is sprinkled throughout these philosophies and the unlearned Christian equates these vanities as biblical…not so.

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20

If the Believer (the fruit of a ministry), contently remains unrighteous and unholy, they are not being led by the Spirit of God.  If they are not being led by the Spirit of God, their faith has been placed in another method…a vain philosophy given by men to overcome sin and the result will always be failure.  The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, He does not make us comfortable in sin.

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

Determined

determined1Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?

Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into Death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4

At Salvation, the Holy Spirit baptizes Believing sinners into Christ; into His death which is referred to as the “Baptism into Death”.  As the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Jesus, we are then “born of the Spirit” and of “water” which is natural child birth.

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again.” John 3:5-7.

Being born of the Spirit at Salvation; baptized into Jesus’ death, we are dead to sin.  Sin’s penalty is paid and it’s power broken upon our Salvation, we are now alive unto God and no longer dead in our sin and trespasses.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11

We are afforded this liberty by faith in the Cross of Christ (“by faith through Grace”, Ephesians 2:8-9), not vain philosophies from the minds of man that are being taught as doctrine.  These silly methods are presented to the church to live a victorious Christian life are in fact doctrines of demons given to lead one away from the Cross of Christ making it 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

The faith that got you in the Kingdom of God is the same faith that keeps you in the Kingdom of God; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.

-Donna Clark Warren

Certain Men

PhariseesAnd certain men which came down from Judaea taught the Brethren, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1

Certain men came and taught the Gentiles who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that they must be circumcised to be Saved.  Today, there are certain men and women who teach Believers that they must partake in the Jewish feasts and festivals. Not so. The Hebraic Roots movement is attempting to do exactly what these Pharisees did in the early Church by putting a yoke upon the neck of Believers.

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the Apostles and Elders about this question.

And being brought on their way by the Church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the Brethren.

And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

And the Apostles and Elders came together for to consider of this matter.

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and Brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe.

And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us;

And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the Disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Acts 15:2-10

Why do the “Messianic Jews” tempt ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the Disciples?  We are saved by Grace through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 8:16).

Beware of certain men who creep in unaware and turn the Grace of God into a license to sin and deny the Cross of Christ and the Cross of Christ alone for Salvation.  They seek to place a yoke of religiosity upon the Believer in order to leaven the lump.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

Preach The Word

preach-the-wordSo then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17.
Preaching is the method given by God to reach man. The preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, draws man to the Lord and He helps their unbelief. Social and civic activities may draw man to a church building for further entertainment and tickling of their ears but it will not draw them to the Lord for Salvation.
Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the Word preacher. We cannot take that which is temporal to Heaven with us but we can take souls.
And I (JESUS), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren

The Art of the Magi

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But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” Acts 8:9-11

The art of the Magi continues to this day bewitching the people.  Such sorcery attempts to manipulate the righteous spirit world and the unlearned Christian equates these practices with Biblical Christianity.  The devil has no controversy with such ritualism because he is the father of this wickedness.  The professing Christian has no controversy with these sorceries because it is cloaked in Scripture to appear “good”.  Eve didn’t eat that apple because it appeared rotten.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

These bewitching sorceries have turned many an ear away from the Truth and caused the people to unknowingly resist the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to circumcise our heart and remove those things which are not of God when we have heaped unto ourselves sorcerers and our ears have turned from the Truth of the Cross of Christ.

The Plan of God for all who have believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior is to CONTINUE in that belief.  No, we don’t get Saved everyday; that’s ridiculous.  However, when the storm clouds rage, of which they will; we don’t turn to the art of the magi for our deliverance but to the One Who has defeated death, hell and the grave…Jesus.  There are entire ministries given to the art of the magi that go under the banner of “Spiritual Warfare”.  Just as Simon the Sorcerer attributed his works to the power of God, they too attribute their works to God.  These are those who cast out devils in the Name of Jesus, prophesy in His Name and do many wonderful works; yet Jesus does not know them and they shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. They are lukewarm and He would prefer them be cold because they profess His Name and bring much harm to the Kingdom of Heaven in spite of their many good works (Revelation 3:15-16).

21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

Those who follow such sorcerers reject the Will of God because they have resisted the Holy Spirit when they turned their ears from Truth.  One cannot learn obedience to the Will of God by resisting the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is not going to superintend the Will of God in our heart and life if we are not looking unto the Cross of Christ as the Source and the Means by which our victory comes but instead seeking the art of the Magi for the method to invoke the power of God.  Again, the devil has not controversy with these vain methods.  They do not hinder his wickedness but instead allows his wickedness.

Those who have been bewitched by such sorceries have been sent a strong delusion because they received not the love of the Truth.  After their own lusts; their greed has overtaken them and their hearts are hardened. There are untold thousands who attend these religious abominations weekly and they are perishing. The preaching of the Cross of Christ is foolishness unto them.  One of the main sorcerers, Kenneth Copeland, has even claimed that the Cross of Christ was the greatest defeat in history.  His teachings proclaim that Jesus was saved in hell as the devil and his minions beat and tortured Jesus and supposedly God said that’s enough 3 days later. Friends, if that is your understanding of the Atonement, you are so very wrong and your Salvation is false.

Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross as the Sacrificial Lamb of God to pay sin’s debt, which is death, for whosoever chooses to believe.  Sin’s debt was paid in full to God when Jesus said on the Cross it is finished.  The handwriting of ordinances which was against us, is nailed to His Cross as Jesus Christ spoiled principalities and made a show of them openly (Colossians 2:13-15).  While in hell, Jesus went to “Paradise”, not the burning part of hell but “Abraham’s Bosom” where the Old Testament Saints were held captive but not tortured by Satan until their promised Messiah would come, and He took captivity captive!  There was no fight in hell over these captives (the Old Testament Saints).  Jesus snatched what belonged to Him from satan’s bondage because the price had now been paid when Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross.

Knowing this, Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.  We know that every sin has been paid in full for those who accept Jesus’ death as the only payment God will accept to fulfill the penalty of sin on our behalf and break the power of sin in our lives.

This is the Truth of the Atonement. Our victory is found only in the Cross of Christ as the object of our faith.  The mighty power of the Holy Spirit is then performed in our hearts and lives as we give Him the latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the Law of Sin and Death which breaks the power of sin in our life.  The art of the Magi cannot do this.  No matter the amount of faith given to our incantations, our vain attempt at manipulating the righteous spirit world with our wisdom of words, makes 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 Cor. 1:17-18

Many today are perishing.  You will know them by their fruit.  They may not have objected to the preaching of the Cross of Christ but neither have they accepted the preaching of the Cross of Christ and they are perishing because they have not come out from among the sorcery.

It is time for those who claim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to come out from among their religious institutions and contend for the faith of which we have been given.  There is a lost and dying world out there who need to hear the Good News that Jesus came to save them; that there is deliverance in the Cross of Christ.  Many are sitting in the pews waiting on another to stand before they will stand but as you sit there, you are perishing…and so are others.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

18 And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My Sons and Daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

We can’t take our cars, our money or our homes with us to Heaven…but we can take souls.  Who are you taking with you today?

-Donna Clark Warren

Fear the Lord

fear-of-the-lordMy son, fear you the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?” Proverbs 24:21-22

Fear of the Lord is no longer taught in the modern church.  This other Jesus being proclaimed among the congregation is one who condones sin and meddles with the world under the guise of “love”.  Sin is sin whether we agree or not.  Sin has been judged by God and it’s penalty is eternal death in a devil’s hell.

Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are declared innocent of sin.  Submitted unto Him, we are baptized into His Death and born again; a new creation in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:3-4).  Now being spiritually alive unto God, we are afforded the ability to live unto God as we should…to partake in His Divine Nature.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of God’s Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4

Partaking in God’s Divine Nature, allows us to resist the devil and he must flee.  Fully submitted unto God by faith in the Cross of Christ, we fear God and not man.  We fear stepping out of God’s Will and into man’s will because we have tasted and we have seen that God is good.  We are determined to know nothing else among the religious except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Those who fear the Lord have come out from among those given to change and are separate.  They are peculiar.  Their numbers may be few, about the size of a man’s hand, but it’s not what we see that matters, it’s what we hear…the abundance of rain.  We hear the sound of an abundance of rain and we know, that we know, that we know that the Book of Acts is still the same.

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” Acts 2:17-18

Fear ye the Lord.  The rain is coming.

-Donna Clark Warren