HOW NOT TO BE DECEIVED ! If we would know the MIND OF GOD as to the future, we must study the "prophetic scriptures," or remain in that class that the Apostle Peter speaks of as being "willingly ignorant" (II Peter 3). Today, it is darker than ever before...the world is rejecting Christ (The Light) and embracing evil...sin abounds...the love of the many has waxed cold...violence fills the lands...as in the days of Noah, every imagination of the thoughts of men's hearts is only evil continually...it is a crooked and perverse generation of people. Those who are watching for Christ's return are paying attention to the SIGNS of His Coming Again that HE GAVE. They are those people who are NOT deceived -- those who believe and act on the "sure word of prophecy" and not men's "damnable heresy" that the world is getting better.
Great Sermon! A powerful sermon which is truly a challenge to God's people to stand fast on the true meaning of Christmas. A timely reminder of the why Jesus was born, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Great Sermon! passionately delivered sermon revealing the unchanging character of true revival.May all believers come to hear this kind of sermon. Rev. Ivan, thank you for sharing this sermon. Continue to be a blessing to others by preaching the word of God.
GOD'S MAN FOR THE JOB !! When sin is tolerated it ultimately permeates and corrupts the entire church. I am thanking God that He has raised up Pastor Foster to have the boldness to shout out "THERE IS SIN IN THE CAMP AND IT MUST BE GOTTEN OUT OR THE BLESSING OF GOD WILL NOT RETURN." To tolerate unrepentant sin is to write Ichabod across the doorpost -- "The glory is departed." (1 Samuel 4:21-22)
EDEN AGAIN ! What a lovely promise we find in God's Word and that Pastor Foster expounds in this sermon -- Eden shall be restored! Those blessed days of perfect righteousness, harmony with God, perfect conformity to the principles of God's law are coming again. The Bible is abundantly clear that Christ's Millennial Kingdom will be a time of great blessing for the Jews and for all the nations on the earth -- "For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness LIKE EDEN, and her desert like THE GARDEN OF THE LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody" (Isaiah 51:3); "And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem" (Micah 4:2).
CHRIST'S REJECTION FORETOLD IN HIS QUESTION ! "And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH" (The Words of Jesus, Mark 13:37). We ought not to be taken by surprise when we look at the lawlessness in the world, and YES !! the church, today. Jesus stated over and over to keep on the WATCH for those signs that point to His Return. Is not one of those signs revealed in this thought provoking question put forth by Jesus in Luke 18:8 -- "...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, writes: "The question implies a strong negation: No, he will not, he himself foresees it." Blessed are those who have eyes to see and a heart to believe that the "falling away from the faith" that we are witness to in the church today is one of those SIGNS that Jesus was saying "WATCH" for it because it tells what time it is!
Amen! Today is December 25th. I wish to celebrate this day as any other day... the day that the LORD has made. But this is not possible. Instead, I must entirely engage in this day in mourning and in prayer for my brethren, who exchange the truth for a lie. I expect the world to participate in these sort of activities, but not my Christian brethren, especially when they have been shown the truth and AGREE with it. Christmas is a stumbling block, and this alone should make other Christians flee from it. How seductive the pagan allurement of Christmas is! O, that God would give us more men like this, who would preach the truth from the pulpit without making excuses for sin! Thank you for posting this sermon.
DARK CLOUD GATHERING !! What we have today is a Church that professes to follow and worship Jesus Christ, but it is NOT so. Instead, it is a people that is serving and loving the god of their own imaginations who says, "anything goes!" We are witnessing the coming into full bloom of the prophesied "apostate" (doing its own thing!) church. She refuses to submit to The God of The Scriptures. Her message of "Peace Peace--all shall be well--eat, drink and be merry--God is not angry" is a lie. The "true" followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ, small in number, are able to see that there is a black cloud of judgment on the horizon. Thank you, Pastor Foster, for making known in this sermon that there is such a thing as driving God away! He does not stay where is not welcome.
NOT BY CHANCE !! When Simon of Cyrene left home on his journey to Jerusalem, he had no idea that he was going to play such an important role in history. Little did he know, as he was travelling and arrived in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion of Christ, what GOD'S PROVIDENCE was "working" in his life. This sermon brought to my mind Proverbs 16:9, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." I'm so happy that Pastor Foster was led of The Holy Spirit to preach this sermon. It tremendously blessed me and surely will bless all those who hear it.
THE TRUTH SPOKEN I am delighted that The Holy Spirit led Pastor Foster to preach this sermon. People do need to hear and understand that God's Word warns that such horrors are coming around again for the Jews -- "the time of Jacob's trouble" which is defined by God as an unparalleled time in history that occurs "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" Matthew 24:15
I'm praying that God will continue to use this faithful and courageous servant of His to "tell it like it is" in this day when people are desirous of hearing fables !!!!
Sword of the Spirit. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, so it is the Spirit who must teach us to use it and to fight with it, not liberal theologians or sects. We must use the sword of the Spirit to fight spiritual battles, not swords of iron and violence, nor (applying it to the Eastern Orthodox circles in Romania) with holy water, the sign of the cross or relics.
Praying for others. A plea for praying without selfishness, of praying for others, not only for us, and of praying especially for the ministers of the Gospel, because they are mostly attacked by the enemy.
Holy Spirit as Warrior. I never thought about the Holy Spirit as a Warrior in the NT. I thought about God as a Warrior, in general, because of OT imagery, but this message helped me to see the Holy Spirit in a new and blessed light. The Holy Spirit is teaching us to make war against sin. "Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" (Psalm 144:1).