The Famine is Here: The One of Truth from God’s Word :: By Geri Ungurean

“Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord God,
That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).

The Churchless

I receive emails from the readers of my articles in which many say that they have given up looking for a “sound” church, where the pastor preaches the WHOLE Word of God.

My husband and I are in the same predicament.  We have left many churches because we found that leadership adheres to and teaches “Replacement Theology.”

We have left churches because of outright Jew hatred when members of the congregation find that I am a Jew who believes in Jesus as Messiah.

We have left churches where leadership will NOT preach on Bible Prophecy. They completely avoid the book of Revelation and much of the book of Daniel. Their defense is often that they find Revelation to be “too complex and difficult, and that the congregation will not understand it.”

They are also afraid of losing members – thus losing money.

Or perhaps THEY do not understand it or find it to be not important, because in their minds, the church has inherited all of the promises. After all – God is finished with Israel, right?  WRONG.

An Email from a reader (I asked this person permission to use her email, and she happily granted me that.)

“Dearest Geri,

Thank you so much for your very excellent article on discernment!!

So hard to find in the churches today.  It is much appreciated!

I can imagine you must be so busy, but do you mind if I share our story with you? I’ll try to be brief!

Our family live in the small city of Hobart (pop. about 220,000) in Tasmania, Australia.

Ian and I are both preachers’ kids, and Ian and our son Ben are both lay preachers.

About 10 years ago we were invited to join a Brethren Assembly in a country town because they needed a preacher and a pianist, which roles Ian (preaching) and I (piano) filled; and 2 years ago our son began preaching.

Last year Ian began a series in Thessalonians, and Ben began the book of Revelation.

Both men give a powerful presentation, showing a deep love for the Lord and His Word, and an emphasis on the lateness of the hour and the nearness of the Lord’s return.

Several months ago on May 13th, as Ian was sharing the Biblical significance of May 14th to the Jews, an old elder called out:

“We’ve heard enough Ian. Sit down!”

Ian sat down, shaking.

Now, we appreciated that this was an elderly gent, possibly in the early stage of dementia.

What we didn’t appreciate was a visit later that week from the chairman of elders who declared his agreement with the old man.

On top of that, he added a list of criticisms: That Ian was causing disunity in the church, that he speaks too much about Bible prophecy, and that his sermons are too long (40 mins. approx.)

And several other criticisms, including resentment of books we’ve added to the library, and a Prophecy Newsletter that Ian puts together.

Long story short, we left the church. It was the culmination of 2 years of rumblings and grumblings from the elders, and any chance of reconciliation not possible.

So we’re homeless, longing for our heavenly home. We have wonderful godly friends who have rallied around – several asking us to join them for home group worship and communion.

And the Lord, as always, has comforted and taught us. We’re spending more time in the Word. Sometimes I wonder if these sufferings are to cause us to lean upon Him and deepen our walk.

So I write to you with a request.

What chance [is there of] an article for all of us people out here who literally cannot find a new church home unless we are willing to compromise our belief of what a godly church should be.

I feel cheeky asking you if you could do this, but I really feel burdened for the many people like us.

It would be such an encouragement if you have time and leading to it!

We thank God for you. We deeply appreciate your articles and so look forward to meeting you one day.”

I am so grateful for this sister in Christ that she wrote these words to me. I prayed long and hard to the Lord as to whether this was Him prompting me to write on this subject. And I believe to the core of my being that it was from Him.

ROMANS 11

I am asking the reader to indulge me in this next section. I always post Scriptures which support what I am saying in my articles. This time I am posting much of Romans 11, and I ask the reader to first pray to God that He will open your eyes to the Truth of His Word. But I also ask the reader to please read this part of Scripture slowly and perhaps out loud. I know that helps me in my study of His Word.

Israel’s Rejection Not Final

“I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!

“For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

“For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

“You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’ Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.’

“Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?’

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11: 11-36).

The Slippery Slope of Replacement Theology

Most of the mainline denominations are now teaching Replacement Theology. As a Jew, it is so clear to me that this aberrant and satanic teaching is nothing short of Jew Hatred. This becomes more clear when you see churches such as the Presbyterian Church USA, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran church and Episcopalian – ALL are rabidly anti-Semitic and have morphed into Christian Palestinianism. They are all on board with BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel.

What has caused this despicable hatred of Israel and Jews? I believe that it all begins with replacing the Holy Word of God with man’s opinions. When a group no longer regards Scripture as infallible, that group is setting itself up for a major fall. Their feet are no longer planted on the Rock – but they find themselves on shifting sand. This Scripture describes these people:

“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4: 14).

What can the “Churchless” do?

First of all, we must remind ourselves that the “Church” is not four walls and seating. The “Church” is the body of Christ. WE are the church. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit of the Triune God comes and dwells within us. But there are Scriptures about the need to fellowship with other believes, and I do believe that this is important.

My husband and I have met the most amazing brothers and sisters in Christ online – on Facebook. We have even had some of these brethren in our home. We speak to them on the phone – frequently.

Now don’t get me wrong. I grieve that we cannot find a church home where the whole Word of God is preached, and where we can feel safe from anti-Semitism.

Our Sundays

On Sundays and on many other days, my husband and I will watch sermons from YouTube from pastors whom we trust. I speak often about Adrian Rogers. He has been with Jesus for years, but his amazing sermons live on and feed the flock. You simply go to YouTube and type in “Adrian Rogers,”  and you will get a long list of sermons from this amazing saint.

Certainly, there are other sound teachers out there. What I am saying is that many of us miss powerful sermons from the Word of God. What I have suggested is an alternative for those of us who are “churchless.”

I pray that this article has helped someone – somewhere.

As we yearn for His appearing, let us encourage one another while we can.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

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Pretty As a Picture But Slippery As a Snake :: By Geri Ungurean

Rachel Held Evans: Pretty As a Picture But Slippery As a Snake 

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15).

I write this article in hopes that many parents of young people who are seeking the Truth from the Word of God, will know that the writings and so-called “ministry” of Rachel Held Evans is NOT from our God nor His Word.

Her words are neatly packaged in a form of sweetness and sincerity; but don’t fall for it.  She is a servant of the devil, and many vulnerable people are following her right into hell.

We must pray for this woman, that God would reach her and open her eyes and heart to His Truth; and in turn, her followers would see her repentance and be convinced that Rachel erred in her ways, but now has repented of that and is truly following God.

Here is an example of how she became a spokesperson for the Social Justice false gospel:

From a letter written to Evans from a distressed parent:

After this mother had spoken on the negative influences of our society on the young in their music and media, and how our children are being subjected to all manner of satanic influences – the mother said this to Rachel Held Evans:

“Who I fear, Rachel, is you.

You see, you look like a Christian. You talk about Jesus and love and God’s word. You claim faith in Christ. You dress appropriately, you are an engaging speaker, a compelling author, and you seem unashamed to share your faith. On a surface level—the only level that perhaps my young daughter or the thousands of readers who visit your blog every day can discern—you seem legit.

In a nutshell, you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As you have said in your blog,

“For many years, I felt that part of my call as a writer and blogger of faith was to be a different sort of evangelical, to advocate for things like gender equality, respect for LGBT people, and acceptance of science and biblical scholarship within my community.”

Social Justice gospel Wrapped up Neatly in One Pretty Face:

Oh, Rachel – you may be sincere in what you are teaching, but I tell you the truth that you are sincerely WRONG! 

You are the face of the Social Justice False gospel, and you are a pied piper of that satanic movement. Your words sound good to a young person who is trying to find God and falls for your sugar-coated heresies. Your young followers are now in the millions.

God help them.

Where is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  And why are you putting your stamp of approval on behaviors which our God has clearly told us are an abomination to Him?

Are you, Rachel Held Evans, like Lucifer when he said:

“For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isaiah 14:13-15).

Do you propose that you have knowledge greater than God? Why are you telling others that God really didn’t mean what He said about Homosexuality being an abomination to Him?

Your end, if you do not repent, will be as the end of the Evil one and his minions. You will be thrown into the abyss, and you will suffer the torment of a fiery hell which will not burn you up, but will continue to torture you for eternity.

A horrific thought, is it not?

Is this the Gospel according to Rachel? I pray for your Salvation, but I also pray that if the Lord knows that you will never repent, and you will continue to preach these satanic deceptions; I pray that whatever the Lord needs to do to shut you down – will be done.

If that sounds harsh, then know this:  I would rather see you not to be able to print or speak your heresies any longer, knowing that many are being kept safe from you!

From Rachel’s Blogsite:

My comments and Scriptures indented

Have we Made the Bible into an Idol?

“Every now and then, I spot the following proclamation on a bumper sticker: “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” If only Scriptural interpretation were really that easy!

After reading your responses to my post, “When a Theology Just Doesn’t Feel Right,” I felt it appropriate to address the topic of biblical authority, as our discussion often drifted in that direction. I’d like to explore the idea that the way the Bible is being used in modern Christian circles, particularly among conservative evangelicals, may in fact border on idolatry.”

Really, Rachel?

Trusting in The Holy Word of God borders on Idolatry?

God’s Holy Word:

“The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160).

“Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).

Back to Rachel’s comments:

“I believe that the primary purpose of the Bible is to equip us to do good works, not to help us win arguments, not prove other people wrong, and not to support our own lusts for power or domination of others.

I like what Brian McLaren says about this in A Generous Orthodoxy:

Ah!  We see that she follows the teachings of one of the fathers of the Emergent church movement, Brian McLaren – VERY TELLING.

“Interestingly, when Scripture talks about itself, it doesn’t use the language we often use in our explanations of its value. For modern Western Christians, words like authority, inerrancy, infallibility, revelation, objective, absolute, and literal are crucial. Many churches or denominations won’t allow people to become members unless they use these words in their description of Scripture…Oddly, I’ve never heard of a church or denomination that asked people to affirm a doctrinal statement like this: The purpose of Scripture is to equip God’s people for good works. Shouldn’t a simple statement like this be far more important than statements with words foreign to the Bible’s vocabulary about itself?” (182-183)  source

Both McLaren and Evans completely miss the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

The purpose of Scripture is and has always been:

  • For God to tell us about Himself – His Holiness, Love, Justice, Mercy and His standards
  • For God to tell us about our sinful nature and how this separates us from Him
  • For God to chronicle the lives of his prophets and how they warned His people (the Israelites) to turn from their wicked ways
  • For God to prophecy of the One who came to save us (His Son). We cannot save ourselves.
  • For God to tell us of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of His Son as Payment for our Sins to reconcile us to Himself
  • For God to tell His people about Signs of the Times and what we should look for before Jesus Christ returns for His people

What about Good Works?

Do not think for a minute that I am saying that Good Works are not important to God. But Rachel has missed the most important part. She has missed the premise of the entire Bible.

God says this about good works as a way of trying to be right with Him:

“But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).

So, when are “good works” expected by the Lord?

James says this clearly, although there has been many a heated discussion as to his meaning:

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17).

Brethren, what James is saying is that when we are saved by Grace through faith in the finished work of Christ – His death, burial and resurrection – God expects good and compassionate “works” to naturally come from the grateful hearts of the redeemed!

But thinking that your good works, no matter how much you give to the poor and help your neighbor, will make you right with God – is just not true!

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).

THAT is how we become right with our Father in heaven. And after being born again in Him, it is natural to want to do good and compassionate things for others.

If you have someone in your family or a friend who is following the teachings of this “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” I do hope that you can send this article to them.

I just wrote on the lack of discernment in the church, and this is a prime example. Pray for those who are involved with this woman’s teachings.

Pray for Rachel Held Evans that her spiritual eyes are opened by our Lord.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

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