Last Days Deception
By Pastor R.S. Brewer
It is time, once again, to set the record straight - as a man, called of God ought to do. Many of my Pastor colleagues, some even Independent Baptists, are leading their people astray - some are themselves deceived and say the issues and standards of God's unchanging Word do not matter any more, but I maintain they do not matter any less! Some professed brethren are using using "the god's of Egypt" as promotional material to increase attendance on pagan holidays and attracting crowds by any means, totally leaving out the primary ministry of a New Testament Church - the ministry of the WORD, which God's Word say he must give himself to CONTINUALLY.
A true man of God would teach his people about these errors and lead them away from it. Like Substituting the OT name for Joshua in place of Jesus:
"JESUS" or "Yahshua"
"Yahshua" is NOT a Hebrew Word for "Jesus". It is an anglicized form of "Yĕhowshuwa`" used 218 times in the OT and ALWAYS of "Joshua" and meaning, "Jehovah Delivers" - defined Biblically. (i.e.- I Chron 11:14)
The Hebrews were only aware of a promised Messiah and that He would be called "Immanuel." (Isa 7:14) However, the name of "Jesus," is not found in the Old Testament Hebrew language. Jesus' name was first used in Matthew chapter 1and verse 1, and a total of 5 times in that chapter and it is NEVER synonymous with "Joshua" anywhere in the New Testament.
Jesus, Biblically defined means, "Saviour of His People" (Mat 1:21) and is the name that is above all names:
Phl 2:9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Phl 2:10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Phl 2:11 - And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So, I offer up the preceding brief Bible-based lesson for those who want to know. Those of you who do not want to know - stick your fingers in your ears, and cover eyes and continue down the Christ-dishonoring path. May the Lord help us! Pastor Brewer.
John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
MY FELLOW LABORERS
By Pastor R.S. Brewer
Someone attended our services sometime ago and after the service asked what I was mad about. Taken back by his inquiry, I inquired as to his meaning. He said, " You sound like you are mad at the people you are preaching to. My reply was this: Sir, I see a bridge out ahead, I see a fire down below, and a freight train bearing down on us. Sir, what may have sounded like anger to you, was merely a passionate pastor trying to rescue, then prepare, as many as possible for what is about to happen - the bridge is out; there is a fire below; there is a freight train bearing down on us - we need to move!
WHERE IS YOUR HEART?
Jhn 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.
I have been preaching now, approaching the 44 year mark; though a slow learner, I have learned a few things during these last 4-plus decades in the ministry.
Among the things I’ve learned is this: God gave me two ears and one mouth. That must mean he designed me to listen twice as much as I talk. However, we see man would rather talk than listen. It is like he wants to put his ignorance and lack of understanding on display. You know, mouth in motion before brain is in gear!
Learning this, I have made it a practice to listen much more than I talk (preaching being the exception – then, I am just giving the sense of God’s Word)) I learned to ask some of the great men of God, I’ve been privileged to meet, some question that has perplexed me; then shut up and let him answer.
I have done the same in college where the science of electronics is concerned as well as college professors teaching God’s Word.II Chron 7:14 calls that “seeking his face!”
Listening usually pays big dividends because you not only gain knowledge and understanding, but the one speaking will unwittingly reveal what is really in his heart.
Luk 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh
“The heart” is that part of the soul that harbors our emotional attachments – “what we love.” Where saved people are concerned, most of what we love came with us as baggage from Egypt, so-to-speak.
After salvation, we are supposed to learn to love what the Lord loves and hate what He hates, throwing off that old and unneeded baggage from the old life that weighs us down.
For the most part, professing believers could care less about God’s heart; being caught up trying to be a god ourselves and doing that which is right in our own eyes! (See Gen 3:5)
Consequently, people talk, predominantly, about what they love and what they treasure. They talk about that which they love or, “where their treasure is!”
For most, it is money, material, possessions, family or friends, and things of this world; but seldom is it the Lord and the things of the Word of God! What you treasure most is what you love the most – and most of their treasure is what they brought from Egypt. How do I know that? Well, it isn’t that I am innately smart and discerning; but when you fall in love with the Lord and His Word you learn to discern these things based upon the Creator’s Word.
Heb 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Those who tell me that they love the Lord, but never do what He says, are the same who really could care less about what He loves and wants for their lives. They have, at the very best, a very feeble love for Him who gave all for us.
It is impossible to walk with the Lord and at the same time, with the World – it simply cannot be done!
Jhn 15:14 - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
“Friends” are chosen from among many acquaintances. Friends are people with whom you identify and have much in common. These characteristics do not allow a loving relationship with worldly friends and Christ also; it just cannot happen.
So the Word of God says of these whose heart is with the world.
Mat 7:23 - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
You cannot walk with Christ and with the world or with those who are of the world. Now this is speaking of saved people, (i.e.- Kingdom of God)
Luk 13:27 - But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Jesus relates the same words to religious but lost people (i.e.- kingdom of heaven) in Mathew 7:23.
We are speaking of the saved (Lk 13:27) who took Christ up on His gift of eternal life, but did not pursue the things that accompany salvation (Heb 6:9).
Where is your Heart? RSB
Gilbert Independent Baptist Church is an old fashioned Bible-believing (KJB) Baptist Church and we believe and preach that God’s Word, and His Word only, is our rule of faith and practice! We love the Lord and people enough to tell them the truth of God’s Word.
R.S. Brewer, Pastor