CATECHISM OF CHRIST

 

1. I met an old friend recently and we got talking about Jesus Christ. He was all smiles, until I called his attention to the CATECHISM OF CHRIST, as it is written: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, and TAKE UP HIS CROSS, and FOLLOW ME” [Matthew 16:24] Suddenly, the smiles were gone. I asked if he was aware of the requirement to “DENY HIMSELF”, he was speechless. I assured him; going to Church, prayer mountains, tithes and offerings are all good, but do not fulfil the CATECHISM OF CHRIST. The WORD of the Lord is INFALLIBLE; everyone that comes to Christ MUST DENY HIMSELF, that is, CRUCIFY THE FLESH, as the Bible says: “And THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS and LUSTS” [Galatians 5:24] It does not matter what your parish Pastor say or think of you; you have no part in Jesus Christ if you have not CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUSTS. AFFECTIONS and LUSTS include all ambitions, thoughts and imaginations that reigned in us before we came to Christ. To DENY SELF is akin to dying on the Cross as Jesus did, where “… our OLD MAN is CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, that the BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN” [Romans 6:6]

2. The “OLD MAN” is who you were before you came to Jesus Christ, and must be totally PUT OFF, as the Bible says: “… PUT OFF concerning the former conversation the OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO DECEITFUL LUSTS” lusts” [Ephesians 4:22] The “OLD MAN” in us was enslaved to Satan by reason of drunkenness, adultery, fornication, drug addiction, lying, idolatry, pride, and the like. Those who come to God through Jesus Christ are no longer in bondage to the “OLD MAN” but are NEW CREATURES, BORN AGAIN in the likeness of Jesus Christ, as it is written: “Therefore IF ANY MAN IS IN CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW” [2 Corinthians 5:17] “OLD THINGS” are AFFECTIONS and LUSTS that bind us to this world. If you are genuinely BORN AGAIN, you are no longer a citizen of this world, but of the Kingdom of God. A RED LINE is drawn between us and the world, as the Bible says: “… know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD” [James 4:4] Those who profess Christ and are FRIENDS with the world are HYPOCRITES and ENEMIES of God and: “YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS” [Matthew 7:16]

3. The CROSS is the symbol of Christ’s suffering, for “… Christ also SUFFERED FOR US, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE, THAT YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS” [1 Peter 2:21] Our CROSS is not made of gold or silver, worn on the neck, but of HUMBLE OBEDIENCE to the WILL of God. Our CROSS is fashioned after the MIND of Christ, who “… HUMBLED HIMSELF, and became OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, even the DEATH OF THE CROSS” [Philippians 2:5-8] When Satan offered Christ the Kingdoms of this world, He chose the CROSS which is the WILL of God [Matthew 4:8-10] When the Jews conspired to make Him King, Jesus stuck to the WILL of God [John 6:15] He was persecuted and killed for His INTEGRITY and OBEDIENCE to God. In the same way, “… ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION” [2 Timothy 3:12] When you TAKE UP THE CROSS, expect friends to mock, family to reject and society to persecute you, “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 1:18] If the world loves your brand of Christianity you have not taken up the CROSS. Thus says the Lord: “… WHOSOEVER DOTH NOT BEAR HIS CROSS, and come after me, CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE” [Luke 14:27]

4. “FOLLOW ME” is not a religious doctrine, but a commandment to walk in absolute OBEDIENCE to PROPHETIC REVELATION of DIVINE AGENDA. When Jesus said, “FOLLOW ME”, He went ahead to offer Himself a LAMB, to atone for our SINS, saying: “… NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE” [Luke 22:42] Jesus DIED on the CROSS, not because He was a sinner or powerless but in OBEDIENCE to God’s AGENDA [John 10:18, Revelation 13:8] Listen closely, WISE MEN from the EAST FOLLOWED the STAR by PROPHETIC REVELATION, while the High Priest and his retinue of Priests were BLINDED, right in the Temple, by offerings of gold, bulls and rams [Matthew 2:1-10] We are called out of the world to FOLLOW Jesus Christ by PROPHETIC REVELATION, and , this generation has a “… MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS” [2 Peter 1:19] Brethren, the DAY STAR is here in the PROPHETIC MESSAGE of imminent appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The DAY STAR is visible, even now, but only to those “LOOKING UNTO JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; who for the JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:2]

5. Beloved, be not deceived to FOLLOW any man or religious ideology, but PREPARE and be READY, “FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” [1 Thessalonians 4:16] Remain blessed in Jesus name, amen

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ETERNAL DESTINATION

1. Many people go to great lengths to prepare grandiose mausoleums for themselves; all that is vanity. There are only two DESTINATIONS open to man after this world. ONE, is the LAKE of FIRE which in the strict sense is the FINAL DESTINATION of Satan, as the Bible says: “Then shall he say also unto THEM ON THE LEFT HAND, Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS” [Matthew 25:41] Satan’s case was decided eons ago and he goes in with his rebellious hosts before any man, as it is written: “And the DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and shall be TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER and ever” [Revelation 20:10] Every man DECEIVED by the Devil joins him in the LAKE of FIRE. Listen closely, the LAKE of FIRE is vacant now, and no man goes in there until SAINTS are settled in HEAVENLY MANSIONS. TWO, God has prepared something better for you, of which the Lord said: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” [John 14:2-3] These are the two ETERNAL DESTINATIONS open to man and the choice is yours.

2. You are more than a bag of skin and bones. The Bible says: “And the LORD God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] You are a LIVING SOUL and it is your SOUL that goes DOWN to the LAKE of FIRE or UP to HEAVENLY MANSIONS. The only reason any SOUL will go DOWN is SIN. Regrettably, no man is exempt from the legacy of SIN, “For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23] I charge you, therefore, to contend for your SOUL, “For what is a man profited, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS SOUL? or WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?” [Matthew 16:26] The SOUL that lives in SNI is enslaved to POWERS OF DARKNESS and in danger of EVERLASTING TORMENT. All praise to God, who was manifest in Jesus Christ, “… DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS, and hath TRANSLATED us into the kingdom of his dear Son” [Colossians 1:13] We are TRANSLATED by FAITH in the SON of God, from the sentence of HELL to EVERLASTING GLORY, “For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOMSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] God has done His part; the choice is yours.

3. Listen closely, a man may profess to be BORN AGAIN, PROPHESY and work MIRACLES but end up in HELL, as it is written: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? and in thy name have CAST OUT DEVILS? and in thy name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY” [Matthew 7:22-23] When a man is BORN AGAIN, his SOUL is LIBERATED to SEE and UNDERSTAND THINGS of the Kingdom of God, but “… EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN of WATER and of the SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God” [John 3:5] The tragedy of RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY are SOULS whose EYES were OPENED to SEE, but end up in HELL, as it is written: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to MAKE ONE PROSELYTE, and when he is made, YE MAKE HIM TWOFOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL than yourselves” [Matthew 23:15] Be not DECEIVED, it is not enough to be BORN of WATER, you must also be BORN of the SPIRIT. Those who are BORN of WATER are CALLED, only those BORN of the SPIRIT are chosen, “For MANY ARE CALLED, but FEW ARE CHOSEN” [Matthew 22:14]

4. The man BORN of the SPIRIT is the “… NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM THAT CREATED HIM” [Colossians 3:10] Without the SPIRIT every profession of FAITH and rituals of RELIGION are done in the “OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO THE DECEITFUL LUSTS” [Ephesians 4:22] The OLD MAN is your SOUL burdened with passions of the BODY. The UNION of SOUL and BODY is FLESH and … FLESH and BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM of God; NEITHER DOTH CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION” [1 Corinthians 15:50] The weakness of FLESH is LUST and LUST is the sole reason a man will attend Church all his life and end up in PERDITION. If you are BORN AGAIN, I challenge you to CRUCIFY the FLESH, as it is written: “And they that are Christ’s have CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS and LUSTS” [Galatians 5:24] The FLESH is CRUCIFIED when it is subjugated by FAITH, to LIVE and be NOURISHED by the WORD of God. As the BODY feeds on natural foods, the SOUL that shall INHERIT HEAVENLY MANSIONS is empowered by the WORD of God, as the Bible says: “… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD” [Matthew 4:4]

5. There are no magical SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN. The ONLY WAY to HEAVENLY MANSIONS is absolute FAITH in the WORD of God. Beloved, take good care not to be DECEIVED; your PASTOR IS FALLIBLE, but the BIBLE IS INFALLIBLE. As we look forward to the coming of the Lord and TRANSLATION to our ETERNAL HOME, I enjoin you in the name of the Lord to WASH and be BORN of the SPIRIT, amen.

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MYSTERY OF THE TWO TREES

1. There were two special TREES in Eden, known by their FRUITS and God is the ULTIMATE FARMER, waiting patiently for the HARVEST of the earth, as it is written: “… Behold, the HUSBANDMAN WAITETH FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain” [James 5:7] Every farmer sows choice SEED in expectation of bountiful harvest, God did much better, He SOWED Himself, and “… The SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD” [Luke 8:11] When God spoke in Genesis 1:3-31, the WORD was buried in the earth and on the seventh day, God rested from His work in expectation of FRUIT. The SEED sown at the FOUNDATION of the world, in GENESIS 1:1-31, is clarified in REVELATION as “… the LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” [Revelation 13:8] The “LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” is Jesus Christ, who “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD. … ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and without him was not any thing made that was made” [John 1:1-3] The SEED of creation was the WORD; SOWN in expectation of bountiful HARVEST in the likeness of God, until TARES sprung up.

2. Something was wrong with one of the TREES in Eden, as it is written: “… 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” [Matthew 13:25] The ONE who sowed the GOOD SEED is God, the ENEMY is Satan. Satan was created by the WORD and was the “… ANOINTED CHERUB that covereth; … upon the holy mountain of God; … Thou wast PERFECT IN THY WAYS from the day that thou wast created, till INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN THEE” [Ezekiel 28:14-15] The TREE of the knowledge of good and evil was the secret of darkness grafted on the original SEED. Though the two TREES looked alike in many ways and received nourishment from the same soil, one brought forth DEATH and the other, EVERLASTING LIFE. When Jesus Christ said, “… BY THEIR FRUITS ye shall know them”, He compared the religious hierarchy of His days to the TREE of the knowledge of good and evil [Matthew 7:20] That is, though the Scribes and Pharisees proclaimed themselves as SEED of God’s righteousness, they had neither FRUIT nor PROOF of part in the Kingdom of God, as the Bible says: “But woe unto you, SCRIBES and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, NEITHER SUFFER YE THEM THAT ARE ENTERING TO GO IN” [Matthew 23:13]

3. The present Church has a special place in PROPHECY, as it is written: “For there shall arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT” [Matthew 24:24] If you know what this means, you will shudder at the dimension of HYPOCRISY and DECEPTION in the Church hierarchy. I am talking of men who were once BORN AGAIN, received the HOLY GHOST and endowed with GIFTS, now fallen away into condemnation, as the Bible says: “But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The DOG IS TURNED TO HIS OWN VOMIT AGAIN; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” [2 Peter 2:22] If a MINISTER you venerate or your Church leader falls from GRACE and MINGLED with FALSEHOOD, pray for him, but do not go down with him or cross the POINT OF NO RETURN, as it is written: “For it is impossible for those who were ONCE ENLIGHTENED, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST, And have TASTED THE GOOD WORD of God, and the POWERS OF THE WORLD TO COME, If they shall FALL AWAY, to renew them again unto repentance … “ [Hebrews 6:4-6] I charge you, therefore, to “… WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling” [Philippians 2:12]

4. God allowed his “… SUN TO RISE ON THE EVIL and ON THE GOOD, and sendeth RAIN ON THE JUST AND ON THE UNJUST” [Matthew 5:45] That is, TARES were partakers of God’s GOODNESS, “For the GIFTS and CALLING of God are without REPENTANCE” [Romans 11:29] Friend, TARES look and sound so much like WHEAT. WATCH, therefore, and be VIGILANT not to be deceived by the working of MIRACLES and DIVERSE GIFTS as to lose focus of the WORD of TRUTH. Thus, said the Lord: “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” [Matthew 13;30] Brethren, we are in the season of GATHERING. TARES are coming together in ECUMENICAL BANDS and shall be “BURNT” with affliction during the GREAT TRIBULATION. When the last BUNDLE is tied up, “… the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17]

5. Finally, the two TREES are ready for HARVEST, the “… FIELD IS THE WORLD; the GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM; but the TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE” [Matthew 13:38] Come to Jesus Christ today and be “… BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] Amen

LIFE AFTER DEATH

1. LIFE after DEATH is the HOLY GRAIL of religion, but no two FAITHS agree on the path to eternity. For starters, let us come to terms with DEATH. The Bible says: “… THE SOUL THAT SINNETH, IT SHALL DIE” [Ezekiel 18:4] SOUL is the PERSONALITY of the SPIRIT dwelling in this BODY. The three entities are loosed when the FLESH suffers fatality, as it is written: “Or ever the SILVER CORD be loosed, or the GOLDEN BOWL be broken, …. Then shall the DUST RETURN TO THE EARTH as it was: and THE SPIRIT SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD who gave it” [Ecclesiastics 12:6-7] The SILVER CORD is LOOSED when man is pronounced clinically DEAD; GOLDEN BOWL holding the SPIRIT is broken and the SPIRIT returns to God. A man’s corpse may rot, and be riddled with worms, he is not DEAD until his SPIRIT returns to God, as it is “… appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT” [Hebrews 9:27] DEATH is the VERDICT of SIN and the punishment is SECOND DEATH, as it is written: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] If any man “DIES” in SIN, he has no part in LIFE after DEATH.

2. LIFE after DEATH is the GIFT of God and can neither be bought nor exchanged, as the Bible says: “For the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23] The GIFT of God is God manifest in FLESH to DIE, for you and I to receive LIFE after DEATH, as it is written: … Except a CORN OF WHEAT FALL TO THE GROUND AND DIE, it abideth alone: but if it die, it BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT” [John 12:24] The CORN of WHEAT that fell to the ground is Jesus Christ, in who “… DWELLETH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD bodily” [Colossians 2:9] Jesus DIED on the Cross, it was not near DEATH or coma and the SPIRIT returned to God, as it is written: “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT: and having said thus, HE GAVE UP THE GHOST” [Luke 23:46] When He “… ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY according to the scriptures” Jesus Christ established Himself as the SEED that germinates to LIFE after DEATH. Regrettably, there is another SEED and 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” [Matthew 13:39-40]

3. LIFE after DEATH is SOWN by the preaching of Jesus Christ. The GROUND is the man that receives the SEED. The SEED is fallen in your FIELD as you HEAR or READ this message. Beloved, take good care “… HOW YE HEAR: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” [Luke 8:18] If the SEED settles in your BRAIN, it will not germinate. Why? Your BRAIN is FLESH, the SEED is SPIRIT and “… FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST THE SPIRIT, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are CONTRARY ONE TO THE OTHER” [Galatians 5:17] If you receive the WORD in FLESH you will struggle needlessly with REASON to understand the WISDOM of God and end up with corruption, “For HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH shall of the flesh REAP CORRUPTION; but HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT shall of the Spirit reap LIFE EVERLASTING” [Galatians 6:8] The SEED thrives in GOOD GROUND prepared by FAITH, as the Bible says: “But that on the GOOD GROUND are they, which in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, having HEARD THE WORD, KEEP IT, and bring forth FRUIT with PATIENCE” [Luke 8:15] GOOD GROUND are those who receive the gospel of Jesus Christ by FAITH; in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, KEEP IT and bring forth FRUIT with PATIENCE.

4. LIFE after DEATH is man re-calibrated in the image and likeness of God, as the Bible says: “Beloved, now are we the SONS OF GOD, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] LIFE after DEATH excludes all limitations of nature and gender, “For in the resurrection THEY NEITHER MARRY, nor are given in marriage, BUT ARE AS ANGELS … ” [Matthew 22:30] LIFE after DEATH goes with a BODY that defies time, space and matter. We shall appear and disappear at will, as Jesus did after His resurrection and it is written: “… when the DOORS WERE SHUT where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, CAME JESUS and stood in the midst,… “ [John 20:19] We shall be transfigured in glory as Jesus did before His apostles and “… they that be wise shall SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT; and they that turn many to righteousness AS THE STARS FOR EVER and ever” [Daniel 12:3] Friend, LIFE after DEATH has no comparison in this dying world and : “… EYE HATH NOT SEEN, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM. But God hath REVEALED THEM unto us BY HIS SPIRIT… ” [1 Corinthians 2:9-10]

5. LIFE after DEATH is one breathe away, and “In a moment, in the TWINKLING OF AN EYE, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the DEAD SHALL BE RAISED incorruptible, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED” [1 Corinthians 15:52] That MOMENT is so close, I charge you to receive Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour, and be “… BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE seed, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] Amen