I have been teaching through Revelation at the Church I am one of the Pastors of – Refining Fire Fellowship http://www.refiningfirefellowship.com We have now come to the beginning of Revelation Chapter 3. You can follow along with the teachings at this YouTube video play list: Revelation Series
In having come this far, I have obviously already taught on Jesus’ letter to the Church at Ephesus. The title of this blogpost is referring to one verse of Scripture that Jesus spoke to them – Revelation 2:4. It says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” WELL Christian, have you left your first love?
Here are 12 signs I gave during that teaching, that may help to show you that you have left your first love. Please examine yourself thoroughly, to make sure that this hasn’t happened to you. Self-delusion is a very dangerous thing. Let the Lord search your heart and reveal things to you:
As a Christian and as an open air preacher, I’m constantly trying to memorize and meditate upon more Bible verses/passages. Besides personal purity (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:9-11, Philippians 4:8), I do this because I want to be able to address the things that I see and hear in the open air, directly with the Scriptures. One thing that comes up quite often is the filthy speech of the sinner. Often times, they say a lot of gross sexually explicit things, that reveal the depravity of their hearts and that their minds are probably filled with porn. Their mouths are constantly pouring out cuss/curse words and taking God’s name in vain, as well.
So, I’ve been attempting to memorize more Scriptures concerning such things. Some of the passages that I have been working on are Matthew 12:33-37, Ephesians 4:29 and Ephesians 5:3-4 and Colossians 3:8. As I studied these passages and went to the Greek to get a deeper understanding of some of the words being used, I saw some things that are definitely applicable to those who preach in the open air. I want to share what I have found with you.
In recent years, it seems like the standards of speech for some open air preachers has “gone down the drain”…literally. All manner of things are said by some open air preachers and even if such things aren’t said by most individual open air preachers, many of the ones who aren’t saying such things justify those who are saying them. Or maybe the ones who don’t say such things just remain silent in correcting those who do, thinking that it’s not that big of a deal. Telling filthy, sexually explicit stories is supposedly ok for an open air preacher. Using curse/cuss words is supposedly ok for the open air preacher. What’s next? Will taking God’s name in vain be ok, as well?
Below is a new video, where I teach on the Biblical Doctrine of Conditional Security. This is actually the fourth teaching of five, on this topic. The previous three were devoted to properly interpreting the “proof texts” that people use to “prove” Unconditional Eternal Security, also known as Once Saved, Always Saved (OSAS) or Perseverance of the Saints (POTS).
The doctrine of Unconditional Eternal Security is possibly one of the greatest heresies in all of the history of mankind. It started in the Garden of Eden, when Satan said, “You will not surely die.” It continues to this day and I consider it to be a doctrine of demons, per 1 Timothy 4:1-2. It gives people false security and false assurance.