Legalism versus Love

This is a true event happened mid last year. The name of person and date is being purposely removed so as not to pinpoint to the person involved. I am not sure if the person mentioned had completely turned around. Anyway, it is writtened in the bible “Before entering the Tabernacles, if one drunk wine prior, then he will be turned into clay monument in the city so that everyone will learn from this.” What this message meant is that in order for a person to enter the Holy Ground (temple of God), he or she must refrain from enjoying sinful worldliness (the wine) or face the death (turned into monument). You can see this same senerio in the story of Lot’s wife, where she was being turned in a pillar of salt when she looked back at the 2 evil cities, Sodom and Gomorrah.

I wondered how would Simon Peter would had felt if he had known that he was being make a monument by our Lord Jesus a couple of times. eg when he said that he loved Lord Jesus more than anyone else. I am still trying to figure out for myself what are my monuments? Maybe back slide from being a Christian can be one of my monument and I wasn’t ashamed to share it in my testimony so that all shall learn from it and it also act as a reminder for me not to back slide again. I don’t know, I woke up at 4 am this morning and moved to write this article. Hope this trumpet (was this the last?) will help certain group of people to turn around.

Dr. A.R. Bernard mentioned during the Asia Conference 2008 “All things are make to happen by god sequentially. As long as benefits outweight consequences, god will make it happen. And what is sad is that non believers is able to see and recognise the invisible hand of god doing these miracle while many believers don’t see it!”

Here is the true account of an incident which was make to happen by god, our Lord Jesus on one Saturday afternoon, about 4.30pm. I was driving my 2 sons on East Coast Parkway (ECP) to drop them at Suntec City so that they can join my brother-in-law for dinner. It was raining quite heavily as I was approaching the slip road to Rochor. One lorry, and followed by 2 cars went passed the slip road into Rochor Road link infront of me. Then suddenly, I saw a black object raised from the ground and I could not stopped in time or sway to avoid it. Then, both my right front and back tyres rode above this unknown object with double loud “BANG” and jerked. Luckily, I was able to remain calm to control the car; would have been disastrous if I jammed my brakes as the road was wet and slippery. So I move on towards Suntec City and I felt that the tyres was flat, and I heard wobbling sound. So, I turned into the first bus bay at Suntec City. To my horror, both the right side tyres had been puntured. Never in my life do I get 2 tyres punctured at the same time. I prayed and thanks god that he had protected me and my 2 boys from worst accident. I gave my 2 sons money so that they could go to Raffles City themselve on MRT. I examined the wheels, both sport rims were dented in at the outer skirt and both tyres had a deep cut. Then I called a tow truck and my car was towed to Autobac and the rims together with tyres replacement cost me S$815. I was telling my wife, that the dinner which my 2 sons went cost me S$815 🙂 I decided to email this incident as a testimony to share with our church members. Now I know, this incident was make to happen for one of the other purpose, that is; to help someone or certain people to turn around. It cost me S$815 but I am more then gladful that nothing worst had happened, I further discovered that the front brake pads had worn out. And this money spent is nothing if the incident can help someone or people turn around. Praise the Lord for his love and care!

Note: Those commentaries in the Red box is not part of the SMS text

Cetainly the person takes lots of trouble to send the SMS to me (could have done via email but why SMS?). I had written an article “Which face you want to show.” in Esharingportal.com

Maybe if he had read it, probably by grace of god, he may not had behaved this way.

Rev 4:7 “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.”

Read “Which face you want to show.”

My heartest thanks to the church sermon about “Right attitude of Christian”

Let’s us study about a legalistic person and see what’s wrong with it.

Character of a legalistic person:-

1. He or She usually run his group of people under system with certain written and unwritten rules. Read Whitewash wall Christian.

2. He or she enjoy controlling people, they like to see them giving them absolute control. Sometimes sadistically likes to scold them to the stage of bursting into tears.

3. He or she is very quick in getting angry over certain things not done in accordance to their rules.

4. He or she would not hesistate to punish members who broke their written and unwritten rules.

5. He or she does practice giving out unequal love and care to members. (Jesus’s love is equal to all)

6. He or she find discomfort when members want to get familiar with them because they are very status conscious, they are very worry that people may brings contempt.

….. and the list can go on and on.

Conclusion, a legalistic person does not bear the fruit of the holy spirit but is someone who is humanistic as the character shows (those underlined) Disclosed by Rev. Ed Silvoso 8-9 Nov 2008, Humanistic control.

People may think that I am very petty about things but it is a real priviledge to have people pointing out the errors one committed. I had already mentioned in the begining of this notes that, this message is being posted here so that not only it could be used as a monument as a reminder for me and also as a teaching tool so that none of us should fall into the trap of lust for humanistic control. It is good that if you have God sent angels pointing out mistakes to you then to have Lord Jesus questioning you in detail when your time has run out. Don’t prophets points out sins and wrong doings to Apparent Authority, the King?

We may think that our Lord Jesus had forgotten all sins as we confessed them but the matter of fact is he will forgive but he also wants you to rectify whenever possible by letting our Holy Spirit convict you times and times again. Below is the testimony of Victoria who was brought to Hell by Lord Jesus, and study carefully with regard to loan repayment; Lord Jesus is very detail in his questioning, please note that this is a testimony. It should not be imposed as a must believe but would be good for individual to know the consequeces of refusal to obey :-

I was then led to the next group, and the man (Jesus) told me that the people in the second group were those who had debts. There were three different categories in that group. The first category was of people who owed to others: they could afford to pay their dues but they kept postponing and procrastinating. They would claim that they would pay tomorrow, next week, next year, until the time ran out for them and now they had found themselves in this place. This is where they will stay forever; they are eating the fruits of their labor.

The second category was of those who had debts that they could afford to pay back and they were willing to pay their debts, but they were afraid of the consequences because, perhaps, if they told the truth they might suffer rejection or they might go to jail or what they had done would be made known to the whole world and they would be humiliated. The man said: “None of them came to me to ask me for a way. If they had done so, I would have shown them the easy way out. They used their own wisdom and reasoning which did not help them in any way. Their time ran out and they found themselves in this place where they will be for ever. They are eating the fruit of their labor.”

Then He said: “The third category had debts which they could not afford to pay back, but, again, none of them had told me that they had debts they were unable to pay. If they had done so, I would have paid their debts. They also tried to use their own reasoning and wisdom, which did not help them in any way. Now they have found themselves in this place where they will always be. They are eating the fruit of their labor. My heart is aching for all these people because I love them dearly.”

You can read all of them by Clicking Choothomas.org

Addon notes 26/12/2009
Dave Hunt writes:
“We may rest assured that no one will suffer in hell who could by any means have been won to Christ in this life. God leaves no stone unturned to rescue all who would respond to the convicting and wooing of the Holy Spirit.”

The opposite is also true, the Devil will also want to leaves no stone unturned, to discover and kill all these foundation stones of God.
Matt 2:7-8 “Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

Slowly, the devil will plant weeds in people’s mind so that they will be confused and teaches doctrine that is contrary to THE TRUTH.

Matt 13:24 “He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?” He said to them, “An enemy has done this.”

Although this whole parable is talking about Kingdom of Heaven having true and false believers and the judgement day (the Harvest) the tares will be bind and thrown into final fire, the other meaning (revealed to me) is that while men are sleeping (not in spirit, not in prayer) the Devil will plant wrong thoughts or doctrines (the weeds) into a believers’ mind.
That is the reason why Lord Jesus had said to his disciples Matt 26:40-41 “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Praise the Lord for His divine revelations.

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