Monday, October 26 2015
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:27,28
Over the course of the years I have done many funerals and it is sometimes strange that people are relieved when someone who has had a terminal disease passes away. I experienced this with my own father who died of cancer and felt after his death, relief as if his suffering had ended when he died, but did it?
Because of an overall belief that good people go to Heaven when they die there comes a false sense of peace, relieved that their loved one can now enter their rest, it is deceptive and holds eternal consequences! I have preached funerals where I knew the person went to Hell, but out of respect for the family I didn't mention their spiritual condition, although most knew in their heart that if in fact there was a Hell their loved one ended up there! This is a serious condition in the world today and in the church where we have all but forgotten the gospel of Jesus Christ and have denied the faith to preach the truth that is able to set men free!
There are no good people in Heaven, only saved ones, those who have repented of their sins and asked God for forgiveness and committed their lives in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ are the only ones who have eternal life. Goodness, works, religion, none of these will get you to Heaven, only by His shed blood and redemptive work on the cross will avail you entrance into life eternal and everyone is going to die! Life is terminal!
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:17,18
LIFE IS CONSEQUENTIAL
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7,8
Life has consequences and everything we do, like a stone thrown into a pond has a ripple effect on the circumstances of our lives. For instance, you overeat and it makes you sick, you abuse drugs, you destroy your body, you rob a Seven Eleven, you go to jail, and so on and so on! Everything has consequences and when we sin it is no different, and like the scripture says, whatever a man sows that he will also reap!
Jesus came to save sinners from their sins and deliver them from the consequences that accompanied their sin. His death, burial and subsequent resurrection gave us the eternal benefit of everlasting life. The problem the church of the Lord Jesus Christ has incurred is a lack of true gospel preaching that brings about conviction of sin and with it, true repentance and godly sorrow, without which, no one can be saved. Because the gospel has been perverted, watered down, and distorted, even made politically correct, it no longer convicts men that they have broken God's laws and are worthy of eternal damnation!
The reason this country has fallen into such degradation is to be blamed on the lack of truth preached from the pulpits of America that would convict people of their sinful lives, bringing about repentance, but instead only mush is doled out to a backslidden brood of evil doers! America and the American church is reaping what they have sown and the consequences of their actions and bad behavior have destroyed generations of people poisoned with lies and spiritual pollution! Life has consequences!
For the wages (consequences) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
LIFE IS ETERNAL
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Whether you choose to accept it or not we are going to live forever, either in Heaven with Christ or in Hell, damned forever in torment with the devil and his angels. Eternal life is not a fairy tale as many have been led to believe, but a real dimension in which we will experience, either eternal bliss, or eternal suffering forever and ever!
The false prophets have misled multitudes since the time that Jesus spoke these words of truth: I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Me! Jesus is the only way of salvation and all who claimed to be deities or prophets are in the grave except Him. Mohammad, Confucius, Buddha, Brigham Young and every other false prophet are all in the grave, all but the glorious Savior of man, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of all kings and Lord of all! Every knee will eventually bow before Him and every tongue will confess that He is truly Lord and everyone will face eternity with or without Him!
A Jewish Pharisee, and leader of God's people named Nicodemus came to Jesus at night acknowledging Him as a teacher come from God when Jesus said to him, "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Perplexed by His statement, he asked how someone could be born twice, and Jesus explained to him that one born of the flesh must experience a spiritual birth and by accepting Him as Savior and Lord by faith, repenting of his sins and asking for forgiveness, His blood would cleanse him and would give access to the Holy Spirit to enter him, thus making him a new creation in Christ! Life is eternal!
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:5-8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
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Monday, October 19 2015
Alas sinful nation. A people laden (weighed down) with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:4
My late 96 year old neighbor and one of my oldest friends used to say when questioned about her age, "Do the math!" That's what America and its backslidden church needs to do, the math in regards to its present condition, how it got here and how if even possible to get back into God's favor and blessing.
In light of another school shooting in Oregon with nine dead and many wounded we have to take a hard look at why this is happening and what is the cause. You can blame it on guns, but guns don't kill people, people do, and we have had guns for centuries without mass killings. So what is the answer? The answer is, we have expelled God from almost every facet of our daily lives and have let a corrupt brood of liberal politicians and Supreme court judges decide how we are going to live. Since the 1962 Supreme Court ruling to ban prayer in public schools there have been literally hundreds of shootings and mass killings (Google it and you will be amazed at how many there have been) on campuses around the US and hundreds of deaths and scores of people wounded with no end in sight!
The Divine Protection has been lifted from our schools because we no longer wanted God to be involved with the education of our children, so, we have allowed a liberal spirit of anti-Christ to change the laws and expel our only Source from the halls of our schools. God is a gentleman, never pushing Himself into any situation, but always giving man a choice to choose whom he will serve and thus we have reaped the consequences of our actions!
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear because your hands are full of bloodshed. Isaiah 1:15
THE CRIES OF THE INNOCENT
"Behold, I will bring such a catastrophe on this place, that whoever hears of it, his ears will tingle. "Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods who neither they, their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents." Jeremiah 19:3,4
Ancient Israel was rebuked by the prophet Jeremiah who was foretelling of a great catastrophic judgment that would fall on them for shedding the blood of innocent children. God was repulsed by their rebellious behavior by offering their own children as sacrifices to be burned in the fire of a demon god's belly, named Molech!
Today it is no different, America, again has allowed a spirit of anti-Christ to rule through the Supreme Court's 1973 decision to legalize the murder of innocent children by abortion in which 55 million unborn innocent babies have been slaughtered, hacked to pieces, sold for profit and thrown out as so much garbage and we have the audacity to think God doesn't see our atrocities! What has been done makes Hitler look like Ned in the first reader! Since murdering children was legalized, our children have been addicted to drugs and alcohol, committed suicide, rebelled against their parents, and cancer has spread like wildfire along with crime and violent acts of murder, rape and robbery that have increased throughout the land.
This bloodshed can't even be blamed on the politicians or courts of this land, but the guilt of this heinous and vile act will fall on the heads of the church of Jesus Christ for being silent and not involving themselves in the rescue of the innocent. Because there has been no preaching of the true gospel and the calling out of these murdering devils who have slaughtered innocent children for profit, their blood will be on our hands! May God have mercy!
"Behold, I will stir up the Medes (a type of the powers of darkness) against them, who will not regard silver; and as for gold, they will not delight in it. Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children." Isaiah 13:17,18
IN US, WE TRUST
"Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, against the people of My wrath. I will give him charge, to seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire in the streets." Isaiah 10:5,6
There was a video on Facebook the other day showing a group of preachers laying hands on Donald Trump and praying over him, as if he would be the next deliverer of America! If they were concerned over the spiritual atmosphere of America they wouldn't be praying over an ungodly businessman, but because of their selfish motives they want a man who can boost the economy and ultimately pad their pockets. Trump looked like a whore in church wanting to run for cover!
America has slowly become an ungodly nation, full of abominations and outright rebellion toward God. Arrogant and consumed with health, wealth and power, this once great nation has fallen hopelessly in love with itself! In the above mentioned scripture God used the arm of the Assyrians to discipline Israel for their disobedience just as He is doing today with the same brood of murdering devils, although no one understands it and just ignores the truth by saying, "God bless America." Since 911 when the towers fell, the symbol of man's prideful rebellion was destroyed by the arm of the Arab nations, again bringing judgment on a stiff-necked people, unable to discern good from evil and instead of repenting and crying out for mercy, again, just mouthed, "God bless America!"
I fear lest the leadership of the true church, if indeed there are any, will take a stand and lead their people in repentance for allowing all of these atrocities to continue, and cry out to a Holy God deeply offended by our behavior, America will ultimately be destroyed. Whether the church wants to believe it or not we are entering the end of days spoken of by the prophets and this is a time to rise up and train, equip and send true believers into a harvest, ripe for the taking. The winds of judgment are blowing and tribulation is spreading across the earth like a poisonous vine, killing millions as we approach the end, and God's people continue to sleep in the light. "Wake up and do the math!"
"Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. "The Lord will bring a nation from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, "a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly, nor show favor to the young. Deuteronomy 28:47-50
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Tuesday, October 13 2015
In reference to my previous message, "The Prince of Persia" that was published in the Ellis County Press and regarding the offense taken by the local Muslim community in Ellis and Johnson counties. I would like to submit the following update of a meeting that took place on October 7 with two gentlemen from the local area and the Chairman of the National Black United Front from Dallas concerning this issue.
Our meeting took place at the offices of Charles D. Hatfield, Publisher of the Ellis County Press that includes my messages in their inspirational section. The men arrived and at first seemed to be on the defensive as we listened to their concerns about my message offending the local Muslim community. I didn't attend the meeting to defend or to compromise my message, nor did I intend to argue religion with them, but as a born again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ I am under obligation to walk in peace with all men and to share His gospel with as many who will hear the message of life.
Before the meeting I asked people to be in prayer for a favorable outcome and a chance to hear what these men had to say and to be able to befriend them. The presence of God was definitely in the room as we got to know them and their plight. Most of what I know of Islam I have learned from the Internet and the buzz feed from the social media who rails against the Muslim because of the terrorist factions and the violence they have wrought around the world. The American public for the most part since 911 does not trust nor do they believe that Muslims living in the US are indeed a peaceful people that pledge their allegiance to this country.
FRIEND OR FOE?
Islam is the fourth largest religion in the US according to the 2010 census followed by 2.77 million Muslims, 9% of the population of America. Are they our friends or are they our foes, that is a question that the American people need to answer in order for us to live in peace with one another?
Muslims have been in this country as early as the fifteen hundreds, many were slaves sent from Africa, many have fought in all of America's wars and conflicts around the world and have lived a peaceful life for the most part long before 911. Doctors, lawyers, astronauts, politicians and many professional people are Muslims living and working in the US and making substantial contributions to this nation. Because of ignorance and intolerance many Muslims have suffered persecution from racial bigots and uninformed people causing a national Islamaphobia to rise among the American people!
In order for the American people to have their fears about Islam and the Muslim communities around the nation to subside I believe there needs to be a national voice from the American Muslin community of disapproval against terror and terrorist factions that are wreaking havoc across the Middle East and throughout the world. If Islam is a peaceful religion as they say it is then there should be an outcry against terror and a separation from those radicalized Muslims who commit acts of terror, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and all the other terrorist organizations.
THE GOLDEN RULE
I can't speak for the American Muslim, but I can speak to the Judaeo-Christian community and remind them of all the atrocities committed in this land by the "White Man!" Ask the American Indian who lived here hundreds of years, maybe thousands before there was ever a Christopher Columbus or a George Washington. Ask the Mexican who was a resident long before we drove them out of their own country in the name of truth, justice and the American way!
Ask the African American enslaved and abused and made to work our fields, the Orientals made to build our railroads, the Japanese who were imprisoned during World War II suspected of being the enemy, and ask the 55 million unborn children who were murdered in this country under our watch! Now, ask yourself a question, who should we be worried about? America has many foes and much to be worried about in these trying times with all the uncertainties of a world out of control and hell bent on its own destruction.
To sum up our meeting with the two American Muslim businessmen and their mediator from Dallas, I saw two men concerned with making an honest living and raising their families in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. I felt a real connection to them as they were sharing their stories and their concerns and had to remind myself that we are to love our fellow man regardless of race, creed, religion or political preference. If the world would stop it's madness for a moment, and reflect on the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, "However you want to be treated, so treat others" the world would be a much better place.
We all left the meeting feeling like we had some common ground and we are planning to meet again in the next few weeks, so please let us know what you think and voice your opinions and send in your comments. I will update you on the next meeting and look forward to hear from you, the American people. May God bless!
Tim Laughlin, Director of Restoration Training Center
Friday, October 02 2015
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert (distort) the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6,7
In the past weeks America was visited by the Pope, thought to be the apostolic successor of the apostle Peter and the leader of one of the world's largest denominations, boasting 1.25 billion. Although it looks holy and good with all of its rituals and religious traditions passed down through the centuries, is it of God? Can a church that advocates families be led by men and women who have abstained from marriage?
Hundreds of thousands flocked to see the "Holy Father" parade through Cuba, then Washington and then on to Philadelphia, kissing babies, laying hands on anyone he approached and preaching the gospel of global warming. From the poor to the famous, rock stars, movie stars and the like all wanting to meet this holy man of God, but is he from God? Everyone, even the liberal media were oohing and ahhing over every word spoken by this seemingly humble man, but is this the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ and is he preaching the true and un-compromised gospel of our salvation?
A counterfeit is something that is supposed to resemble the original, a carbon copy, although every counterfeit has flaws and we will look at some of those flaws in this very important message. So, why knock the Catholic church, they do such good works, they are Pro-life and help people around the world and they proclaim to be a Christian denomination? The reason is the souls of billions are at stake having been deceived by a perverse and false gospel preached to an unsuspecting flock that will descend into Hell having been lied to by false apostles of Christ!
But even we, or an angel of heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8,9
For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it! II Corinthians 11:4
The Catholic mass believed by millions to be communion is in actuality an abomination to God. The actual mass is a term called "Transubstantiation" which means that the priest is empowered to supernaturally change the Eucharist (wafer) into the actual body of the Lord Jesus Christ, not a symbol, but into the person of Christ. The wine also is changed into the actual blood of Christ thereby giving the recipients the ability to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Lord Jesus.
Within this supposed transformation Jesus is brought down to be sacrificed again and again, thereby allowing one to be forgiven of his sins. This also is an abomination because Christ died once for the sins of many and offered Himself once for a perfect sacrifice being the mediator of a new covenant. The evangelical communion that we partake of is meant to be a reminder of what Christ did for us on the cross and the bread and wine is only symbolic of His flesh and blood and not able to forgive sin.
Throughout history Satan has tried to deceive God's people by erecting false religions and Catholicism is no different, being copied from the Old Testament priesthood, complete with temples and many artifacts taken from ancient Israel in an attempt to make it look more legitimate. The wearing of robes, the swinging of incense, speaking in Latin and the other sacramental ornaments are all made to make this false religion seem real!
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with the blood of another. He then would have to had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. Hebrews 9:24-28
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1
Baptism in the Catholic church is not the same as the apostle Paul spoke of in the book of Romans, because to the Catholic, baptism washes away sin, saves them and makes them members of the church. Even children with no knowledge of sin or understanding of what baptism is are baptized (sprinkled) and are cleansed from their sins.
In the true evangelical church of the Lord Jesus Christ baptism is our burial with Christ having died to the world and its lusts and being resurrected into the kingdom of God. We are crucified with Christ, meaning that we also died to sin and that we should no longer be slaves to it. Baptism doesn't save us but it does deliver us from the bonds of sin and the world, making us free to walk as He walked in newness of life. It is important that we know and understand what God has truly given us as sons and daughters of His kingdom and that we walk in truth and not in deception.
Now the question will arise, are Catholics Christians and is it possible for one to be saved within the Catholic religion? The answer is no, according to their doctrine on salvation they are supposedly saved by works and not by faith, so they cannot be saved by this teaching being contrary to the word of God. The answer to the second part of the question, can someone be saved within Catholicism and the answer is yes, Martin Luther came under conviction by the Holy Spirit, repented and was born again and ended up founding the Lutheran church.
Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Romans 6:9,10
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
Mary, although as pure a vessel as could be found was in fact a sinner and technically the mother of God, but in reality an average human mother. Because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit He did not receive the ancestral curse of the sins of His forefathers as we have, but was born without the inherited sin of Adam.
Another fallacy that Mary was the mediator between us and Jesus is another doctrine of demons because Jesus is the only mediator in which we come before the Father as spoken of in the scripture in John 14:6. For Mary to be elevated to a position of authority and power being able to go before God by people praying to her is also an abomination as well as praying to the "Saints," a practice that holds no validity.
After the birth of Jesus Mary had to offer a sin offering (Luke 2:22-24) because of her uncleanness as was customary for women after giving birth according to the law in Leviticus 12:2. Mary also had other children as stated in scripture and was a normal house wife although people have set her on a pedestal, elevating her as a deity. The Catholic church is full of abominable practices, but before you start judging and throwing rocks, the evangelical church has just as many pagan rituals and religious traditions. We as believers need to pray for Catholics and for the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ as well because the days are evil and there is great need for the true gospel to be preached, to Catholics as well as evangelicals!
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. I Timothy 4:1-3
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin