Program#L17Gods Word To Pastor and Johnny/The SecretTo Consistent Holiness
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Welcome and thank you for joining this radiobroadcast of Persuade The World Ministries. Youreabout to hear our radio production of the book written and taughtby Gordon James Klingenschmitt, entitled License To Sin,The Number One Reason America Is Losing Its MoralFoundation. If you call us in the next hour,well mail you a free cassette tape of todaysbroadcast, which you can copy and give to your friends. Justcall our toll-free phone number: 866-Obey-God. Thatstoll free, 1-866-O-B-E-Y-G-O-D. Gordon JamesKlingenschmitt is a graduate of the United States Air ForceAcademy, and a seminary graduate of Regent University, holdingboth M.B.A. and Master of Divinity degrees. Hes alsothe founder and servant of Persuade The World Ministries, a501(c3) tax-exempt religious non-profit corporation in ColoradoSprings, dedicated to persuading individuals in America andthroughout the world to forsake their sins and submit theirhearts and minds to the loving rulership of our Lord, JesusChrist. And now with todays teaching, here is GordonJames Klingenschmitt.
ThanksMark. Today were going to reveal the secret toconsistent holiness. But before we do that, letsbring some conclusion to the theological adventures of JohnnyLukewarm and Pastor Loophole. For the past severalbroadcasts, weve heard all the loopholes in Americantheology, telling us everything our itching ears want to hear,and giving us every possible excuse to keep on enjoying our sins. We learned that Gods mercy doesnt apply to theunrepentant, and that God only forgives those sins we forsake,not the ones we continue to enjoy. And we learned that Godis love, but Hes also a God of justice and wrath towardthose who refuse to be holy. And we discussed the authorityof Gods truth. You can disagree with me, and I candisagree with you, but neither one of us has permission todisagree with God. We also learned the real meaning of theword graceits not a license to sin as much as youplease, and still go to heaven. Grace doesnt meantolerance of sin; grace means divine influence, and itswhen God causes you to change your heart and be holy. Realgrace sets you free from your deadly sins, by truthful persuasionof your will. We also learned that faith doesnt meanyou just believe youre forgiven. No, real faith iswhen you submit your heart to the Lordship of Christ. Andsubmission to His rulership, and holiness, and love are requiredelements of genuine, saving faith. Without faith, it isimpossible to please God, but without holiness, no one will seethe Lord. We talked about the importance of good works, notthat they save you, but they prove whether or not your heart hasreally changed. And we talked about legalism versuslawlessness, and we renounced both legalism and lawlessness, bycommitting ourselves to Gods law of love. In fact, weread in Luke 10 that we must obey the laws of Christ to be saved: we must love God with all our hearts, and love our neighbors atleast as much as we love ourselves. Jesus said in Luke 10,Love God and love your neighbor. Do this and you willinherit eternal life. Then we heard all the lies PastorLoophole preaches, telling people how holiness is optional, andyou can go to heaven without holiness. But thats alie. The Bible says, without holiness, no one will see theLord. And we prayed together, and we dedicated our heartsto serving God. Wasnt that a great series? Ifyou missed it, you need to write us and get those tapes.
Youknow, false prophets and false teachers like Pastor Loophole, areeasy to recognize, because they make holiness optional. Youmight even hear some on the radio, and see them preaching in yourown church, but dont believe em.
Falseteachers tell people, youre saved, youresaved, when their followers really arent saved,because theyve never been saved from their sins. Theysay, dont worry about holiness, youre going toheaven but many of their listeners will be shocked on theday of judgment, when Jesus says, I never knew you. Awayfrom me, you evildoers!
You can always recognize a false prophet, because he says,Peace with God, Peace with God, when God himselfrefuses to grant peace. False teachers liberally preachforgiveness to anyone who will Just receive it! The crowds gather around, as he throws rose petals from hisbasket, telling them everything their itching ears want to hear. But there is no peace with God. God is not fooled. Godrebuked these liberal preachers long ago in Jeremiah 8, which isGods Word to America Today.
Say tothem, This is what the LORD says:
When menfall down, do they not get up?
When a manturns away, does he not return?
Why thenhave these people turned away?
Why does[America] always turn away?
They clingto deceit; they refuse to return.
I havelistened attentively,
but they donot say what is right.
No onerepents of his wickedness, saying,
Whathave I done?
Eachpursues his own course
like ahorse charging into battle.
Even thestork in the sky
knows herappointed seasons,
and thedove, the swift and the thrush
observe thetime of their migration.
But mypeople do not know the requirements of the LORD.
How can yousay,
Weare wise, for we have the [word] of the LORD,
whenactually the lying pen of their [pastors]
has handledit falsely?
The wisewill be put to shame;
they willbe dismayed and trapped.
Since theyhave rejected the word of the LORD,
what kindof wisdom do they have?
Therefore Iwill give their wives to other men
and theirfields to new owners.
From theleast to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets andpriests alike, all practice deceit.
They dressthe wound of my people
as thoughit were not serious.
Peace,peace, they say, when there is no peace.
Are theyashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, theyhave no shame at all;
they do noteven know how to blush.
So theywill fall among the fallen;
they willbe brought down when they are punished,
Pastor Loophole, if youre listening out there, God hasgiven me a prophetic word for you. Hear the Word of theLord, I have offered your people a beautiful goldentreasure, but you have hidden that treasure in your basement andgiven them a scorpion. I offer repentance, and My rulershipin their hearts, and holiness, but youve cast aside thesetreasures, and gave them a false gospel of forgiveness, whentheyve never repented of their sins. You change MyGrace into a license for immorality.
You havecompassion, and this is good. But you pass along the liesof the false teachers who taught you. Dont justifypeople while they continue to sin. Youre not doingthem any favors. You have replaced My requirements with ashallow gospel. But your version of the gospel, void of anyrequirement for repentance, will not save them. Yourexcuses and loopholes do not make them right with Me, and theirsin is not hidden from Me, just because you pretend theyreforgiven.
Not only do you excuse My children from obedience to My laws, butyour excuses cause them to sin. Your teaching does nothingto increase My Law of Love in their hearts, rather your loopholesonly promote selfishness and lawlessness. You deceivelittle children and cause them to reject My authority. ButMy Son said, If anyone causes one of these little oneswho believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have alarge millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in thedepths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the thingsthat cause people to sin!....Woe to the man through whom theycome!
There isonly one way to be justified: Repent. Obey My laws oflove, and persevere in holiness to the end. Only then willthe cross atone for your sins. Tell My children the truth. Erase the deception from their minds. Demand they forsaketheir sins, immediately. Demand they follow Christ with alltheir heart. Tell them, without holiness, no one will seethe Lord. Speak the truth in love, and set them free fromtheir deadly sins! Do it now, before its too late,and they are deceived into hell. Surely their blood will beon your hands if you keep silent for one more day.
Johnny Lukewarm, if youre out there listening, God hasgiven me a prophetic word for you. Hear the word of theLord, My son, I love you deeply, and my heart breaks overthe lies youve been told, that holiness is optional, andyou can still go to heaven without it. But havent youenjoyed those lies, and sought them out? Didnt youritching ears seek out those lies, and eagerly search for anyexcuse to avoid letting Me rule your heart? The sins youdesire have caused your love toward Me to grow cold, and yoursins are destroying the intimacy of our relationship. Iknow your deeds. They are neither hot nor cold. Andbecause you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of mymouth. You think you are rich, but you are blind, naked,pitiful, poor, and wretched. So I plead with you, to buyfrom me eye salve, so you can see.
I love you deeply. Please dont fool yourself. Dont look for loopholes, and dont trust anybody whooffers them. You have only one option: invite Me tocome and rule every part of your heart. Youve beenhearing many voices, giving you excuse after excuse, to keep onsinning. But dont buy their excuses. Run faraway from those liars. Theyll cause you to sin. Your sin will make you lukewarm. Your sin will cause you todie. Dont let yourself die. Use every ounce ofstrength you have to stay alive. Fast and pray. Fervently,and voluntarily change the innermost desires of your heart. Love Me with a white-hot fervency that can never be chilled bythe lies of the devil. And youll live more abundantlythan you have ever known before. Listen to my words. Ioffer you a trade. Give up your sins, and I will give youeternal life.
Takejust a moment here, to respond to the Lord in your own heart.
OK, nowlets take a short break, and hear from Mark.
Middle segment by Mark McWilliams
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Thanksagain Mark. Now were finally about to reveal thesecret of consistent holiness. Now some of you havestruggled and struggled with besetting sins, and you cantfigure out how to live in consistent holiness. But Ijust keep failing, you say. It is too difficultto be holy. I have tried to repent, again and again, yet Ifall and fall and fall. OK, so let me ask you aquestion. What are you going to do now? Are you justgonna give up, and quit trying, and wallow around in your sins? Do you think, just because you havent found the secret toconsistent holiness, that there is no secret, it just cantbe done?
If thats you, youre probably wondering, what is thesecret? How can I be holy consistently? Now before Ianswer, youve got to want it. Say this out loud withme: God, reveal in my heart the secret of consistentholiness. I will pursue you until you show it to me, and Iwont quit until Im consistently holy.
Now, if youre determined to be holy consistently, let metell you, youve just declared war. You just entered abattle with the devil, that the devil is determined to win. If youve determined in your heart to be holy, justrecognize that the devil is going to multiply his efforts, and doeverything in his power to stop you. You may facetemptation after temptation as the enemy tries to bring you down. You may suddenly be tempted by sins youve never evenconsidered before. And you may even fall a few times. But dont quit. To quit is to die. Repentquickly, get back up, and run to the finish with all yourstrength. Though a righteous man falls seven times, he getsup again. If you keep getting up and you dont quit,but you persevere to the end, your master awaits you at thefinish line, with open arms, and hell say to you: Welldone, good and faithful servant.
Now how canyou be holy consistently? How can you love God ferventlyand without wavering? How can you love your neighborwithout subsiding? Whats the secret to consistentlove, or consistent holiness? Alright, heres theanswer:
Think about the people you loveyour family, your friends,your children. What makes you love them? Now thinkabout all the sins youve loved. Why did you lovemoney, sensuality, selfishness? What makes us creatureslove anything? Heres the answeryou love what islovely to you. If you love somebody or something, itsbecause you see them as wonderful and lovable. So if youdont love God, youve never realized how lovely Heisyou just dont know Him. The Bible says, Whoeverdoes not love does not know God.
Knowing Godis the only answer. If you know Him intimately, youllautomatically fall in love with Him. When you recognize Histremendous loveliness, He becomes irresistibly attractive to yourheart. Its like your first crush. Youlltrip over yourself, running to bless Him and please Him. Hebecomes so lovely to you, your head will spin, and you fall madlyin love with Him.
Again,knowing God makes it easy to love God. Jesus said, Nowthis is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God,and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Again, whenyou realize how lovely He is, and how He first loved us,youll fall head over heels in love with Him. TheBible says, We love because he first loved us.
Again, knowing God makes us love God. Its a simplecause and effectits automatic. Everyone wholoves has been born of God and knows God.
Beside theBible, and Charles Finneys, Lectures on Revival,(which is mandatory if you dont have Lectures on Revival),I found one book to be particularly helpful in knowing JesusChrist: Its Charles Finneys Principles ofUnion with Christ, from Bethany House Publishers.
It ishighly recommended reading, and my personal thanks go to ReverendLouis Parkhurst and Bethany House Publishers for presentingFinneys work in many areas. Now for the rest of thisbroadcast, and into our next broadcast, were going to take30 scriptures listed in that book, Principles of Union withChrist, and were going to meditate on the character ofChrist. As we meditate on the character of Christ, Ipromise youll fall in love with Him, and consistentholiness will be automatic. Lets pray, and invite theHoly Spirit to reveal Jesus the Savior to our hearts. Jesussaid, The Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father,he will testify about me.
So HolySpirit, reveal in our hearts just who is Jesus Christ, so we canknow Him intimately.
1. Everybody say, Jesus is my King. The Bible says, Blessedis the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace inheaven and glory in the highest!
2. Everybody say, Jesus is my Savior. The Bible says, Shewill give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.
3. Everybody say, Jesus is my God. For to us a child isborn, to us a son is given, and the government will be on hisshoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of theincrease of his government and peace there will be no end.
4. Everybody say, Jesus is my Wonderful Counselor: We have acounselor! His sheep know His voice and they follow Him. And His counsel is wise, trustworthy, and saves us from terribleerrorsin our parenting and marriages and in our careers. We have a counselor who gives us wisdom and puts us on the pathto success.
5. Everybody say, Jesus is my Prince of Peace: Jesus said, PeaceI leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to youas the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled anddo not be afraid.
6. Everybody say, Jesus is the Captain of my Salvation: TheBible says, In bringing many sons to glory, it was fittingthat God, for whom and through whom everything exists, shouldmake the [captain] of their salvation perfect through suffering.
7. Everybody say, Jesus is Head Over All. The Bible says, AndGod placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be headover everything for the church, which is his body, the fullnessof him who fills everything in every way.
8. Everybody say, Jesus is my Teacher. The Bible says, WhenJesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed athis teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and notas their teachers of the law.
9. Everybody say, Jesus is my Friend. The Bible says, Greaterlove has no one than this, that one lay down his life for hisfriends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not knowhis masters business. Instead, I have called youfriends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have madeknown to you.
10. Everybody say, Jesus is my Brother. Jesus said to them,Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go toGalilee; there they will see me.
11. Everybody say, Jesus is my Husband: The Bible says, I amjealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you toone husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a purevirgin to him.
12. Everybody say, Jesus is the Bread and Water of Life: Jesussaid, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me willnever go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
Nowwere out of time for today, but in our next broadcastwere going to continue with 18 more of these. Isntthis wonderful? I can already feel my heart falling in lovewith Him, and when that happens, consistent holiness becomeseasy, because youre falling in love. Who needs sin,when we can know the Lord Jesus Christ, and love Him! Now Ihope youll write to us, and get a copy of this bookyoure hearing me teach from. And remember to tune innext time. Now I love you, and I care about you. Soheres Mark with more information.
Closing trailer by Mark McWilliams
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