Do we need to plead Christ’s blood by which we’re freed?

Blood of JesusWhen Jesus’ physical blood was physically shed for us 2,000 years ago, it had powerful spiritual results for believers. As believers, it is easy to get caught up in religious traditions and catch-phrases, especially when prominent Christian leaders use them. One such popular phrase is “plead[ing] the blood of Jesus.” It is often used like a magic phrase to call on God to rebuke ungodly actions or spiritual forces.

Is it Biblical? To determine that, we must consider what scripture says about Jesus’ blood–

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26


53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6


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. Acts 20


24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God… Romans 3


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5


16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10


19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1


14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament… Hebrews 9


19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh… Hebrews 10


Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot… 1 Peter 1


But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1


Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood… Revelation 1


And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation… Revelation 5


10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12

The Bible says God knows those who are his. So he is already aware who is washed in the blood of Jesus. Pleading is an action that is done when someone lacks what they’re pleading for. If we already have the boldness to enter heaven’s holy of holies by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10 above), then why would we have to plead his blood which never leaves us? And since Jesus taught against using vain repetitions (Matt. 6:7), wouldn’t it be more accurate to just pray for the salvation of unbelievers and to dedicate inanimate objects for God’s glory without this catch-phrase?

Can generational curses hinder a Christian’s growth or deliverance?

leg ball and chainGenerational curses tend to be a popular topic in Pentecostal/charismatic circles. It’s the idea that, based on Mosaic law, God will curse up to the third or fourth generation of descendants of people involved in ungodly things like paganism. I just read an article at the Charisma News website by Chester and Betsy Kylstra entitled, 4 Key Roadblocks to Healing and Deliverance that points out the following as a hindrance to Christians:

1. Sins of the fathers and resulting curses (SOFCs)

This problem area is rooted in the second commandment (Ex. 20:3–6), in which the sin of idolatry results in the curse of ”visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation” (KJ21). In order to get free of this curse, God provides a pattern of confession that we can follow, first mentioned in Lev. 26:40. We confess our ancestors’ sin as well as our own sin (1 John 1:9), forgive as needed (Matt. 6:14–15), appropriate Christ’s finished work on the cross to break curses (Gal. 3:13), and recover the ”legal ground” from the enemy (Col. 2:14).

Upon examination of the scriptures, we discover this is a non-issue for Christians, especially when one looks at Galatians 3:13 which, although they list in the above paragraph, the Kylstras seem not to notice that it debunks their whole notion that Christians can be plagued by generational curses. The context of Galatians 3:13 reads as follows:

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident…

12 And the law is not of faith

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles [pagans] through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Jesus Christ, by his sacrifice, has reversed any curse that came under the law at the moment an unbeliever repents of sin and believes in Jesus. The results of that salvation are backed up by what Paul also tells us in Romans 8:1-6. Here’s an excerpt:

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh…

Having “no condemnation” and being “made free” from the law of sin and death would include any and all curses that come with that law. If a Christian is facing hindrances to their goals, it is most likely due to their own unwise choices, opposition from devilish forces, or because their goal is something that is not within God’s will for them at that moment (see Acts 16:6-7). So points 2-4 that the Kylstras make in their article seem to be valid points. But generational curses don’t apply to the blood-bought Christian.

Harry A. Gaylord

 

A fresh look at Paul’s thorn in the flesh

Much speculation has been made about Paul’s thorn in the flesh that he discusses in 2 Corinthians 12:6-10. Some have said it was a physical ailment (including me at times in the past) and in the past two days, a commenter came to this blog to use Paul’s thorn as an excuse, in my opinion, for us to cave to the temptations we face. I’ve been taught regarding Paul’s thorn that Paul asked God three times to remove it, but God said no. It has also been widely taught that the thorn was God allowing Satan to keep Paul humble and to prevent him from being puffed up because of the godly revelations he received.

That’s what I believed until I heard a sermon from Keith Moore of Faith Life Church in Branson, Missouri. Although I don’t ascribe to some of his charismatic teaching and don’t agree with some of the things he says, when he taught on Paul’s thorn a few years ago, it gave me a fresh perspective that made more sense to me than what I was traditionally taught. And when I considered that “grace” as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12 is not only God’s unmerited favor toward us, but that it’s also God’s power in believers to do what he calls us to do and to be what he calls us to be, Keith Moore’s words made even more sense. If you have time, consider his words in the following video from about 15:20 to about 59:15 and see what you think. And if you have less time than that, try concentrating on 36:00 to 59:15.

Harry A. Gaylord

Are Jews responsible for Jesus’ death?

crucifixionDid the Jews kill Jesus? This age-old question has once again set off the ire of some of today’s Jews thanks to actor Kevin Sorbo who was a guest Monday, September 8 on Jerry Newcombe’s radio show. The actor was promoting the DVD “God’s Not Dead” when he made the infamous statement that the Jews killed Jesus. Newcombe attempted to correct Sorbo in that technically the Romans put him to death. Sorbo then responded that the Jews had a hand in it.

The Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the idea that Jews killed Jesus as just a myth spread by the New Testament. Others, not wanting to look anti-Semitic, either say the Romans killed him or that since Jesus died for everyone’s sins, we all are responsible. So which view is correct? I personally think the better question is, Does anyone really have the right to hate Jews if Jews killed Jesus? That would be a resounding ‘No!’ in my opinion.

Since the accounts of Jesus’ life as recorded in the New Testament have been proven to be historically accurate by even secular sources and Christians should accept it as God’s infallible word, let’s take a look at what is recorded there:

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10


22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. Matthew 17


17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Matthew 20


10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. John 19


14 But Peter [filled with the Holy Ghost], standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2


51 [Stephen said to the Jewish leaders,] Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers Acts 7


 

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2


For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15


And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2


The Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death. So were the Romans. Judas Iscariot in particular was also. The princes of this world were responsible. So were everyone’s sins. Yet, at the same time, Jesus took on the responsibility of laying down his own life as a sacrifice for all of us. Anyone who rejects living for Jesus is no better than the Jews who conspired to murder him or Pilate who allowed it.

Harry A. Gaylord

 

 

Study: child vaccines ARE linked to autism & abortion is one of the culprits

child vaccinationA new study released by the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, “[u]sing statistical analysis and data from the US Government, UK, Denmark and Western Australia,” has uncovered a direct link between child vaccines and autism. The cause? Vaccines for chicken pox, MMR (mumps, measles, rubella), and Hepatitis A that are injected into children use retroviral contaminants and cells from aborted babies–yes, aborted babies!

Here’s more from the Christian News Wire report:

“Not only are the human fetal contaminated vaccines associated with autistic disorder throughout the world, but also with epidemic childhood leukemia and lymphomas.”

Their study comes on the heels of recent breaking news that the CDC deliberately withheld evidence of the significant increase in autism among African-American boys who were vaccinated prior to 36 months of age.

In the U.S., the FDA knew what was going on for decades. This finding leads to another question. Was Planned Parenthood involved? If so, did they profit from this and to what degree? After all, they are America’s no. 1 abortion provider. So all the parents who were called loony for speaking out against vaccines were right after all. This sounds like something the Nazis conjured up if you ask me.

Source: New Study in Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology Correlates Autism Disorder Increase and Human Fetal DNA, Retroviral Agents in Vaccines, ChristianNewsWire.com, September 8, 2014.

BBC News releases New World Order propaganda video

The New World Order puppet masters have released a propaganda video via one of their mouthpieces, the BBC News. Pushed out a few hours ago, the video is entitled “The New World Disorder,” to play on the ironies that the NWO is so good at with their many hoax, false flag events and stupid Jedi mind tricks that makes me not want to even watch the news or TV.

Essentially, the video asks “Who should you turn to when the world is on its way to hell in a handbasket?” Their solution? At the end they imply you should look to the NWO puppets who are deliberately churning up volatile situations to send the world on its way to hell in a handbasket. But they are hoping you’ll be dumb enough to drink their Kool-Aid and not notice. They want us to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain (or in many cases, the man behind the green screen).

The BBC News may ask who should we turn to, but I’ve already turned to the solution. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ, maker of heaven and earth, the Alpha and Omega who saved me from my sins and has given me eternal life. Why? Because he warned me via prophecies and other means throughout his word about my own futile evil and the futile evils of humans in this world who seek to run it, hitting the nail on the head every time with his warnings. Therefore, I knew his solution would be spot on as shown in the following verses:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

I shall give thee [the Son, Messiah] the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2

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It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:9

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Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalm 146:3

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (Lord knows, aspirations of world peace by men have proven again and again to be but shams and scams.)

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These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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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.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:16-17

Harry A. Gaylord

Virgin Mary saves through baptism in the RCC, says Pope Francis

In his weekly address this week in St. Peter’s Square to an audience of thousands, Pope Francis stated several times that the Roman Catholic Church is symbolic of the Virgin Mary and the Church is therefore a mother “who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis went on to say the Virgin Mary’s “motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God. The birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as firstborn of many brothers is a prelude of the new life that Christians receive in baptism.”

As if that isn’t heretical enough, he continued by claiming the RCC “nurtures us throughout life by illuminating our path with the light of the Gospel and by sustaining us with the [seven] Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

His words are in diametrical opposition to the false bill of goods told to Pentecostals earlier this year by the late Bishop Tony Palmer (who sadly lied then died in a horrific motorcycle accident) and Kenneth Copeland as seen in the videos below. They proudly proclaimed the “Protest” is over since the RCC has renounced salvation by works to embrace salvation by faith alone. Pope Francis’ words above prove this isn’t true.

The Bible plainly states that baptism is “not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,” (1 Peter 3:21). Under what circumstances are we to be baptized? “…the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water … and he baptized him,” (Acts 8:36-38). Confessing belief (the sign of salvation) must precede baptism.

How are we saved? Not through Mary or the RCC, “[f]or by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9). How do we become sons and daughters? “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:12-13).

How are we sustained? We “are kept [sustained] by the power of God through faith unto salvation…” (1 Peter 1:5). “…the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil,” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) when we continue to focus our faith on him resulting in works. Works such as Sacraments don’t sustain us in our faith. I pray that many who are blindly devoted to this “mother” will come out from among them and be separate.

Sources:

Pope Francis Commits Blasphemy As He Says We Become Christians Through Mary, Now The End Begins blog, September 3, 2014.

Elise Harris, Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children, Catholic News Agency, September 3, 2014.