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TSDN – 013 Why Should You Believe In Jesus Christ?

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Introduction

We answer the question why you should believe in Jesus Christ. I will give you four reasons from the book of John 1:1-12

John 1:1 – 12 KJV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO GOD (1:1-3)

These verses show us first of all that, there is an entity called the Word, who is eternal in nature, since it is made obvious that the Word was already existing in the beginning. This is what we learn of the Word.

  • The Word is eternal (In the beginning was the Word)
  • The Word coexisted with God eternally (The Word was with God… The same was in the beginning with God)
  • The Word is divine (The Word was God)
  • The Word is a person (All things were created by Him)
  • The Word is the only Creator (All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.)

We learn from the Book of Revelation that Jesus Christ as He descended from heaven to make an end of His enemies, His name was THE WORD OF GOD (See Revelation 19:13)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO ETERNAL LIFE (1:4a)

This truth is found in many places of scripture. Jesus has life in Himself. He told His hearers, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26). He boldly declared, “I am the Way, Truth and the Life” (John 14:6) Jesus do not just claimed to have life He affirmed that he was life Himself. We also hear Him before raising Lazarus from the dead proclaiming, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Apart from Jesus Christ there is absolutely no life whatsoever.

John explains to us in 1 John 5:7-13, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” God testifies that He has given us eternal life and that the same life is hidden in Jesus Christ His Son. Sadly those who chose not to believe in Jesus Christ, according to this passage, have judged that God is a liar. By rejecting Jesus Christ they publicly reject the testimony of God as false and thus plunge themselves into condemnation and everlasting punishment.

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE LIGHT (1:4b-9)

There are many lights in the world. We all understand that light and darkness have no friendship. We learn that, Jesus Christ the Word, was the true Light that was come into the world. Yes the light shined in darkness and the darkness could not receive the light. This is true with Jesus Christ. He came to the Jews who were under Spiritual darkness yet they could not see nor receive the Light of God that was before them. Instead they rejected and crucified Him.

Even today, many people have heard of the truth of the gospel, yet instead of departing from their ways of darkness, they have fashioned for themselves lampstands that have no ability to produce light. The Lord Jesus explained the cause of this behavior in John 3:19-21, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Man do not want their works of darkness to be exposed and so they flee from the true Light which is Jesus Christ.

We are told that Jesus is the “true Light.” The call that we have is to come to that light. Jesus declared in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is not just the light. He grants us understanding of who God is. The author of Hebrews says, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”(Hebrews 1:3)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE FAMILY OF GOD (1:10-12)

As many rejected the Light of World Jesus Christ, they are those who received Him. The Bible tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” When we receive Christ we are not joining a religion or a religious cult. We are adopted into the family of God. With the previous point that Jesus is the Light, we can conclude that those who have received the Light, have also departed from and have denounce their fellowship in the world of darkness.

This clearly demonstrate that one must turn away from what they valued before and lay hold on Jesus Christ, for through Him we become the children of God. Christ brings us to God, where we are given all the benefit fit for the sons of God. Hear what Paul got to say, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7)

Those who received Jesus Christ and also believed on His name, are born of God. They are born again and are regenerated by the Spirit of God according to the will of God. Paul says to the Christian in Ephesus, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Eph 2:18-19)

Conclusion

These are four of many reasons of why you should believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

You gain access to God

You gain access to eternal life

You gain access to the light

You gain access to the family of God Therefore I say to you, Repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

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TSD 15 – The Love of God (with Sam Zondi)

TSD 15 – The Love of God (with Sam Zondi)

By: Lungisa N Joctrey

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In Today’s Show I have Sam Zondi as my co-host and we are discussing the Love of God. Please Contact us with your feedback and questions. Please take some time and review/rate The SpokesDude podcast on ITunes. Tell us what you think about The SpokesDude Podcast “The guy that’s not afraid to say things”

 

Just a few Scripture references 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:5-10 KJV)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12 KJV)

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:1-3 KJV)

TSD 12 – Rich Pastors In Poor Congregations

 

Borrowed from https://noahidenews.com/2016/09/22/beware-of-false-prophets/

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TSD 12 – RICH PASTORS IN POOR CONGREGATIONS

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT TODAY?

Today’s Topic: RICH PASTORS IN POOR CONGREGATIONS.

Should Pastors be rich at the very expense of their congregations? Is it morally right for the pastor to enjoy wealth while his following live in poverty?

I will answer these questions from scripture and by scripture I mean the Authorized Version, better known as the King James Version, 1611. All I ask from you is to lend me a few minutes of your time.

I must first state that I am a born again Christian. I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the living God and that there is no salvation apart from Him. I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, grew and lived a sinless life before God His Father and before men. He was betrayed to the Jewish counsel by Judas Iscariot and was brought before Caiaphas the high priest. He was then brought to Pilate the Romish governor who found no fault in Him yet for the fear of men, authorized His crucifixion. Jesus Christ was crucified and died for the sins of men in all generations and was buried. He was raised to life the third day. After His resurrection, He was seen by Cephas, then the twelve. After that He was seen by over 500 brethren at the same time. After that He was seen of James, then by all the apostles and lastly He was seen by Paul of Tarsus.

I believe in the triune God, who is self existent. He exists as The Father, The Word and The Holy Ghost. I hold to that Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh and that He is the Son of God by whom we all who believe are justified and saved.

Friends, allow me to draw your attention to the second letter written by Paul to the church of Corinth, chapter 8, the 9th verse “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Now we should be very careful as to how we interpret this scripture. We must ask ourselves this question, Was Jesus Christ physically rich in that He became physically poor so that we can be physically rich? Or was He spiritually rich in that He was spiritually poor that we may be spiritually rich? We shall examine the scripture now in order to understand the verse at hand.

HOW RICH WAS JESUS CHRIST BEFORE HE CAME TO THE WORLD

First we look at John 1:1-3, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Friends, in this passage we are told of the true nature of Jesus Christ. The scripture says that “the Word was with God and the Word was God” and then we are told that “All things were made by Him” This Word must be very powerful if everything couldn’t exist apart from Him. He must be very rich spiritually in that He could afford to make all these things. He must hold much authority over His creation seeing that He was God. The Scripture reads, “In the beginning was the Word.” This is telling us that the Word existed before the beginning. These words are not telling us about the beginning of the days of the Word but they tell us about the beginning of His work. If in the beginning He was, then He must have been outside the beginning. In fact, in Revelation 22:12-13 Jesus Christ says “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” He says “I am Alpha and Omega, The beginning and the End, the First and the Last” Now if Christ says, “I am the beginning” then He must be eternal. He is not saying “I am a beginning” as if there is another beginning but He says “I am THE beginning,” showing that He is absolutely the only beginning there is to know.

He holds absolute pre-eminence over all things, in heaven, on earth and under the earth. He is God the LORD. The Psalmist says “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1) The LORD GOD owns not just the earth but He owns everything in it. The world and they dwell in it. The earth trembles at His voice and all of creation testifies of His goodness. God is extremely wealthy both in the spiritual and physical sense. He rules every realm the spiritual and physical. Again the Psalmist couldn’t resist telling us of God. He says, “The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moveso.” (Psalm 93:1). And again He says “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:” How rich is God? Our minds cannot grasp the true riches laid up in the store houses of God.

Paul proclaimed to the Athenians

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:24-26)

Paul was not ashamed to tell those Stoicks and Epicureans that God did not need anything but that God was the one that gave life, breath and all things. Not only that, he shows them that God made all nations in one blood and decided as to where they should live. With that being said, we learn that Jesus Christ who is the Word made flesh, is the one that give life to all men, animals and plants because He is God and we already know that the “Word was God.” Pauls tells the Colossians in his letter as to how exalted, how powerful and how rich Christ is. He says “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:15-17) Paul says that all things were made by the Son of God and for the Son of God. So everything and anything, whatever it is, belongs to the Son of God.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews says that the Son of God is above all things including the angels. We see this in Hebrews 1
Who [The Son of God] being the brightness of his [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. ” (Hebrews 1:3-6)

All the angels of God are commanded to worship this Son of God. As we hear him in verse 7 saying “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” (Hebrews 1:8-12) (Xref: Psalm 45:6-7 & 102:25-27)

All these scripture verses are showing us that the Son of God is God and that He has all power over everything. Psalm 36:9 “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” Jesus Christ says “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
(John 5:26)
HOW POOR DID CHRIST BECOME?

Looking at this question there’s one Scripture that comes to mind and that is Philippians 2:5-11. Let us read it.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

I would like us to start examining this passage from the sixth verse. As we have established that God was and is very rich, the apostle Paul is showing us that Christ was in the form of God. He was equal with God and yet was willing to give up all the glories, the wealth and honour of being on the seat of God his Father. He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. He did not esteem it much to be equal with God, which now brings us to verse 7, “He made Himself of no reputation” When all creatures in heaven submitted to Him, He lowered himself, far too lower than they. He became lower than the angels. As the Psalmist records, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” (Psalms 8:4-5) and the writer to the Hebrews says “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrew 2:9
Friends, I submitted to you that Adam the first man was just a creature who was given instruction to have dominion on the earth and subdue it, however, it was not for him to own the earth. Adam was always depending on God for life and provision. Whether Adam served God or not his life would always come from God lest he dies. Even when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam lived at God’s mercy for at anytime God could take His breath of life from a man and man would become dust. Adam was not rich apart from God. He didn’t have life by himself. He was never above the angels of God. He couldn’t command any of the angels because the angels move at the word of God. Scripturally, angels rank higher than men in the grand scheme of things. The Scripture tell us that a man was made a “little lower than the angels.

So, the Son of God Jesus Christ, He made Himself of no reputation and took the form of a poor creature. A creature that live for to die, having not life in itself except that poor spark which will soon go out and the body goes back into being dust as it was. He comes in as a baby weak and vulnerable. He couldn’t even fight for himself. He relied on His parents to flee to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill Him. He had to learn obedience and to live a like a human being. Yet He sinned not. He was limited in a human body, having to be in one place at one time.

He had to get orders from the Father instead of just doing what he felt was right. He submitted himself to Moses and the prophets. He was so humble to the point that He knelt on the ground like a slave and washed the feet of His disciples. At the end He submitted Himself to the chief priests and to the Roman governor Pilate. When He finally died, He died not the death of a King but of a wicked hell deserving man when He had done no evil. He suffered the Wrath of the Almighty God His Father, which wrath was scheduled to fall upon the poor wicked wretched sinful and hell deserving men. He suffered under the heavy hand of God Almighty. He had to cry like a condemned sinner, “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?…My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” He became poor, that through His poverty we may be rich.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth as a poor man, born in a booth instead of a palace. His cradle was a manger. He grew up as the son of a carpenter. He was not of high esteem among those of his neighbourhood. He wasn’t famous until He started His ministry. Even then He was despised by those who held high offices in the religious circles of his land. He found audience among sinners, the despised and hated.

I once heard Creflo Dollar arguing that Jesus Christ had a treasure bag and for that reason he concluded that Jesus could have been rich.

There are questions I would like to have Mr Dollar and his friends to answer.

1) If Jesus Christ was very rich materially, why is it that when He asked his disciples to feed the people, Phillip answer and said, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” (John 6:7) Were they not supposed to have more than enough cash to their disposal?

2) When a man said to the Lord Jesus, “Master I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest” Jesus replied “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58) If Jesus was materially rich, wouldn’t He have had a mansion or two?

3) If Jesus was materially rich, why did He need a miracle in order to pay tribute? See Matthew 17:24-27

I could ask some more questions but time is failing me. When we read the gospels, we noticed that Christ and his disciples weren’t filthy rich. The Lord Jesus discouraged the people who wanted to lay up riches on earth. We hear Him saying “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Here is a discourse between Jesus and a young rich man, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:16-24, Mark 10:17-23)

Paul warned Timothy of the preachers that deceive the people of God, telling them that physical wealth is godliness.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:3-12)

The Lord Jesus warns the rich and a compromising church of Laodicea, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:15-19)

He tells this church that thought it has a name of being rich, the truth is it is poor. He tells it that it is neither hot nor cold. So unless He spews it out, He calls it to repent and acquire true riches from Him.
It is therefore evil that the Pastors would be filthy rich while their members live in poverty. The prosperity gospel is the message of crooks. It is not the gospel at all. I pray that God would open your eyes if you are caught up in this deception. Christ warns the rich, He says “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.”(Luke 6:24)

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We Are Now on iTunes

We are pleased to announce that The SpokesDude Podcast is now live in the iTunes. It was very difficult to make this a possibility since I have no technical background and iTunes minimum requirements were not easy to meet for someone that doesn’t know anything about RSS Feeds let alone having a feed that meets the 2.0 specification, whatever that is.

I thank God for the guy who came up with Google because when all else fails there would always be Google who will march in like a knight in shining armour and save the day.

Cliff Ravenscraft

Before I started making the recordings for The SpokesDude Podcast, I had to go to Google and search for information about podcasting. That is where found a number of Podcasts and one that stood out for me was one hosted by Cliff Ravenscraft which is called PodcastAnswerMan.com. On Cliff’s podcast episodes I noticed that the sound quality and the level of professionalism throughout the show were incredibly good. These two factors made me what to stream or download some more of his podcast episodes. As I listened to his shows I began to feel as if I know him even though I knew deep down in my heart that I would probably never meet him. So, I was convinced that I would learn a lot from him in order get my podcast launched.

John Lee Dumas

Now, as I kept on searching for more information on podcasts and podcasting I came across a podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas, which is called Entrepreneurs On Fire you can check it out on EOFire.com. As I listened to John Lee Dumas I could pick up that he once took Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcasting A-Z Course and was surprised that John knew Cliff. So since I have grown to trust Cliff Ravenscraft’s opinion on podcasting, I felt that I can trust John Lee Dumas as well.

John offered a Free Podcast Course that had 20 lessons, all of them about podcasting. I wasted no time at all. I started downloading every one of those free lessons and began to listen to each one of them. There was a lesson that had an assignment, where I had to ask my friends and family, and some people who know me as to how they thought my passions were. This was to help me realise my Zone of Genius. My definition of the Zone of Genius is: It’s that specific thing I had already been doing and was very good at, that subject I would talk about for hours without fail. It’s that topic I couldn’t end the day without thinking or talking about.

When I took John’s Free Podcast Course I had already began to record and publish podcast episodes. I used Archive.org as my media host and then took the direct links to my mp3 files and put them on The SpokesDude blog so that I can easily promote them. The problem was, on archive.org I had placed my files for The Spokesdude on the folder called “The Spokesdude Episodes.” I did this to prevent myself from typing the same information over and over again when ever uploading a SpokesDude Podcast file. This made it hard for me to track the download rate of each file.

That problem made it me wish to submit my podcast over to iTunes. I searched on Google for ways available for me to have The SpokesDude Podcast submitted over to iTunes and as you’ve guessed it…I found it. The only problem I faced was getting an acceptable RSS feed for iTunes. I tried using an application called “RSSOwl” which wasn’t successful on iTunes but did well on Sticher.com… So I laid the iTunes thing off for some weeks until I decided to change my artwork for my future podcast episodes and have its resolution set to 1400×1400 pixels because iTunes requirements for artworks is between 1400 x1400 and 3000×3000 pixels. Once I had my artwork ready I started changing the colour theme of The SpokesDude blog to match the colours of the artwork and I set the artwork as the logo of my blog.

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God Hate sinners

At about 17:50, today, the 11th of December 2012, I went to my garden just to look at how it is doing. While I was observing that beauty and the growth of the vegetables that I have planted there, I realized that they were growing according to my will and to my satisfaction. My joy was disturbed by the sight of tares that I have not planted, they grow among my vegetables and they were corrupting their beauty and cleanliness. I started plucking them out. While I was busy, plucking the tares out, I noticed one of my plants that was diseased. The sight of it was disgusting. Without any further hesitation I plucked it up by root and threw it away from my goodly vegetables, it broke my heart to throw it away but I had to do it for the sake of the healthy plants.

When I was done with the tares I realized that I love my garden and I love all the plants that I put there which do my will, while I hate every diseased plant and tares which are rebellious and corrupt. Then it hit me, my garden was no different from the world and the church. The bible has no place where it says, “God loves sinners but hate sin.” On the contrary, it does mention that “God hates all the workers of iniquity” and that “He is angry with the wicked every day.”

Let us look at these verses;

“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” (Psalm 5:5-6)

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.” (Psalm 7:11-12)

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:5-6)

Now, the bible shows us how God feels about the wicked. It says that He is angry with the wicked every day. God is Holy, He hates sin and sinners. To say that God hate sinners is not well received in the modern day churches. The reason for this is that the teachings of the bible are ignored by the general Christian community. The bible is not like all the cowardly pastors who don’t want to offend anyone with the truth. It tells thing as they are meant to be told and it is to be taken seriously or else people will pay the price that comes with either ignorance or disobedience, which is destruction.

The verses I have shown above, tell us that God will not rain favour and blessings upon the wicked but He will let snare, fire, brimstone and horrible tempest to fall upon them. These words must be taken seriously. We must consider these words and comprehend the message they are communicating to us. God will destroy the wicked, just like He did away with the wicked in the days of Noah and wasted the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, so will He do it yet again. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will not prevent the end of the wicked because only those who believe on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. The rest of the people who do not believe on the Son of God will perish.

Those who disagree with the statement that God hate sinners often pull their defence from John 3:16. Let us look at John 3:16,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

As we can see, this verse does not say that God loved the sinners but it says that God loved the world. The Greek word that is used in the verse for world is κόσμος (kosmos) which does not in any way refer to sinner(s) but instead it refers to a heavenly body (star or planet) and the inhabitants thereof. The word for sinners is ἁμαρτωλός (amartolos) and it is not found in John 3:16.

Remember the story of my garden, when I said that I love my garden it did not mean that I love everything that is in it. I don’t love the tares and those little animals that eat my vegetables. The fact that the tares get watered doesn’t mean that I want them in my garden. They only benefit for the sake of my vegetables. There is a day appointed where I will get rid of the tares and gather my harvest into the kitchen. God hate sinners and all the workers of iniquity. The wicked are alive today and they get to be successful, that doesn’t mean that God loves them, they are only around because of the righteous. Abraham asked God if He would destroy the wicked if there were a number of righteous people in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and God said that He will not destroy them for the sake of the those righteous people.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen 18:23-32)

As we can see that God would spare the whole wicked community for the sake of the few righteous people who are found among them. Unfortunately for the world of Noah, God told Noah to prepare an ark. He brought the flood and destroyed the world while saving the Noah, his family and the rest of the animals that were in the ark. The same went for Sodom and Gomorrah where God drew Lot and his family out and did away with his enemies. Also in Jericho, God delivered Rahab and her family and condemned the rest to death. God loved the world in the days of Noah and so to save it, he got rid of the wicked with the flood and the righteous were safe in the ark. God still promises yet again that He would destroy the wicked and that he will do away with the destroyers of the earth.

“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18

The Lord will get rid of false believers

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn…” “…He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43)

The text above shows that God allows the tares to grow to gather with the good seed. He then explains that the good seed are the children of the kingdom while the tares are the children of the wicked one (the devil). He commands that the tares and the good seed must be allowed to grow together for the sake of the good seed. He said that it might happen that when they should deal with the tares, they would also uproot the wheat (good seed). The day is coming where the tares will be burnt with fire and the wheat be gathered into the barn. Rest assured my dear reader that God hates sinners and He will get rid of them unless they repent and believe in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who turn to Him will be given the righteousness of the Son of God but those who refuse Him will be destroyed, irrespective of who they are.