apostasy / FIRST BAPTIST OF fREDERIC mICHIGAN / sermon

WHAT IS A NORMAL CHRISTIAN?

WHAT IS A NORMAL CHRISTIAN?

Jim MacCleary is the most consistent Christian I know. He is that way because he loves Jesus – every day and all the time.
My pastor, A.C. Caincross, Greenbush Community Baptist mentioned from the pulpit that every Christian needs a mentor and should be a mentor when he has matured into a working Christian.
One of my mentors was Pastor Taylor, First Baptist of Frederic Michigan. He was always there for me and laid a King James Bible foundation and a conviction that the Independent Baptist Church was the right Church to learn in.

When I left Frederic Michigan and moved down state to Madison Heights, God gave me another mentor, Jim McCleary, and to make sure we stayed close Jim became my brother-in-law, marring my wife’s sister Dorothy Ruth.

Jim is a Hot Christian. I love him because he will give the gospel to anyone any time and any place and he always makes the time to make sure the listener gets it, (1st Samuel 18:1, he is David and I am no Jonathan). In my 74 years I have never met anyone who has even come close to witnessing as he does. There is never a day that goes by without Jim telling someone the gospel.  In telling others about the blood atonement he is never condescending or prideful.  He has great empathy and the listener feels he means well.  That means that those around him get hosed down with the gospel a lot. And that means some demean him.
I can also count on Jim for godly Bible advice and he is my go to for theological questions. And Jim is always there for me if I need a helping hand.

I thank God for the mentors He has inserted into my life.

I was asked to give a message on Jim’s birthday. He had his birthday party in Church with a sermon. Whoever does that?  And a lot of people showed up. They showed up because Jim is always there to help others, though they think Jim is not a normal Christian, they know Jim is a friend – a physically helping friend. Jim truly loves people and that is one of his motivations for giving the gospel.

The following is kind of what I said in that sermon. When reading it know that it is about Jim being a very hot consistent Christian and also how so many think that he is just a big bag of wind. People think Jim is not a normal Christian, not someone who should be imitated. Wow will they ever be surprised, one of these days.  They think he is to “Heavenly minded to be any earthly good”. One reason for that is there are just too many lukewarm “Christians” for anyone to take him serious.
That is what the following is about.

I WANT TO ASK YOU SOMETHING:
WHAT IS A NORMAL CHRISTIAN?

HOW SHOULD WE ANSWER THAT QUESTION?

BY COMPARING OURSELVES WITH OTHERS? NO.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

[All Bible verses are in blue and the highlights are mine]

BY LOOKING TO THE PAST? NO.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

A Baptist (I, R, 1) distinctive is sola scripture –
ONLY SCRIPTURE

2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Therefore the Bible will be our example.

PAUL WROTE

1Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
AND
1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Paul said let me be your example of what every Christian should be.

WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU?

Can you say?
THAT FOLLOWING YOU AROUND would exalt Christ Jesus?
IN YOUR HOME ? [WITH CHRIST THERE SHOULD BE NO PRIVACY]
SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS where are you?

If you are not right with God everywhere and all the time – Why not?

THE CHURCH IS MOST IMPORTANT

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

· If you are not right with a
Local
Independent
Bible believing
Christ honoring
Sin hating
Soul winning
Church

Then you are not right with God.
With main stream Churches moving deeper into apostasy it is most important today to be a member of a Church that preaches and exemplifies Bible truth.

2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

HERE ARE SOME THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE

I KNOW EXACTLY WHEN AND WHERE I RECEIVED JESUS

· I know when I was BORN AGAIN – YOU SHOULD TOO

· I know when I BECAME A NEW CREATION

IT’S A KENNEDY ASSASSINATION MOMENT (1963)

IT’S A 911 MOMENT

When I was BORN AGAIN I NEEDED TO BE BAPTIZED.

I NEEDED TO JOIN A GOOD CHURCH

I NEEDED TO BE THERE FOR EVERY SERVICE.

I NEEDED TO READ THE BIBLE AND LEARN AS MUCH AS I COULD ABOUT MY LORD AND SAVIOR
AND I needed to find out
WHAT A NORMAL CHRISTIAN WAS

[I am so thankful that all of that was easy for me because Pastor Taylor showed me the way in a humble but direct way.]

HAS ALL THAT HAPPENED TO YOU??
WHY NOT?

IT HAPPENED TO ME AND IT HAPPENES TO OTHERS.  WHY HASN’T IT HAPPENED TO YOU???

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

A WORLDLY SAYING IS
Do not be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good?

LET’S ASK JESUS about that, you know if it is good godly advice.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

· According to what Jesus is TELLING US in the above verses

THE NORMAL LIFE
FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN IS TO BE HOT –

ADICTED

1Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

Every Born Again Christian needs to be:

· ADDICTED FOR CHURCH

· addicted FOR BIBLE READING AND STUDY

· addicted TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS

· addicted ABOUT LOVING JESUS

JESUS SAID, BE A HOT CHRISTIAN

Jesus wants you to be an addicted Christian.

HERE ARE SOME TRUTHS THAT SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO BE A HOT CHRISTIAN

THERE IS A HELL

THE ENORMOUS LOVE GOD HAS FOR MANKIND that is seen in JOHN 3:16. Has become TRITE

HOW MANY WITNESSING CHRISTIANS HAVE YOU MET???

ANY AT WORK?
ANY ON PRIME TIME TV?
ANY ONE IN YOUR FAMILY?
ANY ONE AT ANY TIME IN ANY PLACE?

JohN 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

JOHN 3:16 GOES WITH JOHN 3:36.
They are even in the same chapter

THE BIBLE TELLS US WHAT THE WRATH OF GOD IS

LUKE 16: 19-31

Mar 9:43 – 46
Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:45 And if thy foot IS KEEPING YOU FROM JESUS THEN, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:47 And if thine eye IS KEEPING YOU FROM JESUS THEN, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

IF YOU really BELIEVE THAT THERE is a HELL

Then HOW IS THAT effecting YOU

ARE YOU SURE YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN HELL

IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE Jesus is THE only way

Then HOW IS THAT EFFECTING YOU?

ARE YOU SURE YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY?

IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE that the cross is relevant today

Then HOW IS THAT EFFECTING YOU?

ARE YOU SURE
YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT IF YOU DON’T GO TO THE CROSS THEN YOU WILL GO TO HELL?

IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE the Bible IS God’s word written down
Then HOW IS THAT EFFECTING YOU?

ARE YOU SURE
YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS GOD’S PERFECT FINAL AUTHORITY?

1) WHY ARE THERE SO MANY ABNORMAL Christians?

2) It’s like someone shot their conscience up with Novocain.

DO YOU HAVE A NOVOCAIN CONSCIENCE?

1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

IF YOU ARE NOT A NORMAL CHRISTIAN – THEN BE COLD CHRISTIAN

Jesus said in, Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

· The reason Jesus said that, is so Jesus can bring you to repentance.

 

LUKEWARM Christians think they are normal
AS LONG AS YOU CAN KEEP MAKING EXCUSES
AS LONG AS YOU THINK YOU ARE NORMAL AND THAT JIM MacCleary IS not a normal Christian
That he is
So heavenly minded that he is no earthly good?

YOU WILL NEVER REPENT AND GET HOT –
YOU WILL NEVER GET ON FIRE FOR CHRIST.
DO YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT THAT?

JESUS SAID

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

SPUE an apostate is VOMIT to God (also see 2nd Peter 2:22)

SPUE – SPITING OUT

JESUS SAID THAT LUKE WARM CHRISTIANS ARE sickening.
But I believe these “Christians” in our Laodicea churches today are apostate. Meaning they have rejected the Bible and replaced it with human theology. And human compassion. They are not born again believers.

Does the following make sense:
A man marries and vows to love and honor his wife
like JOHN Walton marrying Olivia then he wants nothing else to do with her [the waltons]

It’s like a Ozzie Nelson committing adultery on Harriet

· It’s like CHARLES INGOL letting others bad mouth his wife CAROLINE [little house on the prairie]

· It’s like JOHN ANDERSON having little respect for his wife MARGARET [father knows best ]

IT’S LIKE God sending His Son to die for you and you saying no – I have a better way. I don’t need to waste time with the Bible. I don’t need to go to Church. It is not important.

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t go to church

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t read the Bible

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t pray

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t care if their or your family gets saved or not.

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t care if there is a hell or not

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS don’t care that Jesus says to be a hot on fire Christian

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS act like unbelievers

· LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS think like unbelievers

· LUKE WARM CHRISTIANS can’t stand to be around hot on fire believers

does any of that mean anything to you

ARE YOU SO EARTHLY MINDED THAT YOU ARE NO HEAVENLY GOOD?

1st John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

IF YOU ARE SAVED
then THIS SERMON SHOULD ENCOURAGE YOU
to get hot

Are YOU so earthly minded that YOU are no heavenly good?

· THERE MAY ,BE SOME READING THIS AND AFTER HEARING ABOUT A HOT, ON FIRE CHRISTIAN, BEING THE NORMAL way a Christian should be.
You want to repent of your lukewarm sin filled life.

YOU WANT TO COMMIT TO BEING A
HOT CHRISTIAN

THE FIRST STEP IN BEING A HOT CHRISTIAN

IS

TO RUN THE BASES

BAPTISM

GO TO CHURCH

JOIN

SERVE

GO AND TELL SOMEONE TODAY ABOUT THE GOSPEL AND YOUR LOVE FOR THE SAVIOUR – JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

Maybe you are reading this and you are lukewarm BECAUSE
you are lost

· YOU HAVE No conviction

· YOU HAVE No fear of God

You have been
arrogant and EVEN antagonistic
against JESUS

You need to be saved

1st Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

MOST OF THIS SERMON HAS BEEN RIGHT OVER YOUR HEAD.

You must first be born again to understand it.

Click here to read a “how to” on salvation

https://donoterr.wordpress.com/salvation-without-water/

Or here

https://donoterr.wordpress.com/how-2-b-born-again/

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