As I’ve stated before, “It is the Heralds or ‘boots in the street’ that work in stressful, unsafe, unpredictable, uncontrolled, unrehearsed, and sometimes even dangerous work environments, all of which is done free of salary.” But this is the first time I’ve ever had to preach over a loud hydraulic shredding machine, and I’m not complaining.
Today myself and some fine fellows went on an off road trip up in the Lake Arrowhead Mountains, to a place called the “Devil’s Hole.” When we took our lunch break, this rattlesnake decided to slither under my Jeep. Also distributed some tracts.
More off-roading videos via my off-roading tag here.
Music ‘Secrets’ by Hans Zimmer, Gavin Greenway & The Lyndhurst Orchestra.
A truly saved Christian will be willing to lay down their life for the cause of Christ.
According to the description field, “Philip Powell was born in 1939. He went to glory on Sunday 26th April 2015. Born in Wales he met a lot of gifted servants of God in his youth which impacted his ministry. He knew Martyn Lloyd Jones during his UK ministry.”
“There’s a new emerging preacher group coming up. They’re linked to the street preachers, that you’re involved in that yeah. And it’s a force that is rising, that’s going across Australia. And it’s going to bring in the purpose of God, if He gives us time, a revolution within the church of Jesus Christ. It will undercut, under mind, cause to shake and ultimately come down; all of the false Gospels that has been going forth. I believe we’re gonna see something, but we must not lack courage. Some of us they have tried to silence… but we must not pull back, we must be courageous, we must go forward even to the point of martyrism” – Philip Powell (1939-2015)
In my recent teaching on the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, I twice spoke about “interposing,” one of which was in verse 1. Here is an excerpt from that sermon.
“Back to verse one, “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Verse 1b says “And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
This phrase “arm of the Lord” is a phrase that is used to interpose in human affairs, whereby God delivers His people, and punishes His foes.
The arm of the Lord displays and represents the mighty incarnate power of God, and that Jesus will either be your Deliverer, or your Destroyer.
The Hebrew word for this “arm of the Lord” is zerôa‛, which means the arm to be stretched-out like the foreleg of an animal, to be slain. It also means force, help, mighty power, and a shoulder. It also means a symbol of strength, a symbol of forces (both politically and militarily).
Now that we’ve examined His ‘arm,’ let’s examine the word ‘Lord.’ This Lord comes from the Hebrew word Yehôvâh, which means the Existing One, or thee Eternal One; It is also the Jewish national name of God…”
Years ago I was summoned by the F.B.I to testify in a Federal Grand Jury. The F.B.I. agent tried his best to discredit me in front of 24 jurors. The agent then asked me (in an accusatory tone), “Isn’t it true that you wrote an article, stating that you will obey Gods Word over mans law?” My response was “yes.”
Thankfully by God’s providence, that F.B.I. agent’s biased interrogation backfired on him. That same question was later asked in a ‘pre-trial hearing,’ for a Federal trial that I was later the Defendant in, and my answer again was “yes.”
In this video the late Francis Schaeffer says it best.
This morning at one of my locations, I preached an unusual message to a good sized crowd.
As I preached from Matthew 7, I specifically warned them and then apologized to the non-saved, for the poor witness of the many false converts across America. I then attributed this problem specifically to ‘unbiblical soteriologies,’ as I defined some of them (below).
By Gods perfect providence, the fellow in the above photo claimed he was a Christian, but he dropped so many f-bombs, editing my video would be too cumbersome. He then asked me for “cash” for food. Since another brother had donated some McDonalds gift cards to IPOC Ministries, I offered to give him one gift card. He then stated “Fu!# you, you mother fu!%#$, stick your gift card up your ass!”
When I rebuked him for his profanity, and challenged him to examine himself to see if he is in the faith (2 Cor 13:5), he then quoted Romans 3:23 – out of context.
This man ‘made my case,’ that I had just preached about.
He is a byproduct of todays unbiblical “accept Jesus” to be saved, or “repeat this prayer after me,” or “bow your head and raise your hand” altar calls, or “Walk forward to the front” altar calls, or “invite Jesus” into your life, or “make a decision” for Jesus soteriologies.
To my surprise, Dr. John Snyder of the ‘Behold Your God’ series apparently proposed a compromise, with what I would perhaps call ‘decisional regeneration.’
Dear brethren and worldlings. Albeit a “decision” had nothing to do with my salvation, but my decisions do have a lot to do with my sanctification (Holy Spirit willing).
The following passage is written to Christians.
Paul said in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were DEAD in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”
The word “dead” here comes from the Greek work ‘nekrós’ (νεκρός), it is an adjective. By short definition this ‘nekrós’ means that before a person was saved (born-again), they were metaphorically and spiritually DEAD, dead as a corpse in a graveyard.
By long definition it also means they are “not able to respond to impulses, or perform functions; unable, ineffective, dead, powerless;” or “unresponsive to life-giving influences (opportunities); inoperative to the things of God” (Greek Lexicon helps, L & N, 1, 74.28).
Which means because they were dead (before salvation), they are not able to “invite” nor “ask” Jesus into their life (nor heart), nor “make a decision” for Jesus.
Salvation is of the Lord, not ourselves. To be more specific, salvation is the Divine work of the Holy Trinity. Salvation comes to others as the Father draws (gives) them to His Son (John 6:37-44; 17:2, 6, 9, 24), through the redemptive work of Christ (John 10:15, Heb 9:11-28, Eph. 5:25b), as the Holy Spirit regenerates their heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:5-6, Rom 2:29; cf 2 Tim. 2:25, 2 Cor. 4:6, John 10:27, Acts 16:14, John 1:13).
At the end of this particular outreach, I spoke to two different men that professed to be Christians. One was the aforementioned man that I believe is a false convert. And the other was a humble man, that was willing to spend time to further go though the Scriptures, to investigate what I had previously stated in my sermon (photo below). And the world was witnessing the difference, and the Seeds were planted. Soli Deo Gloria!
During this outreach, I preached from Acts 17:30. When preaching the glorious Gospel to people, the Gospel brings more judgment upon them. That’s because they can no longer claim “ignorance” (i.e. I didn’t know). God did not overlook these people, in this line (or in any other line or crowd), and they were instructed. When worldlings stand before God on judgment day, “ignorance” will be no excuse, and they will have to give an account.
Thankfully I now own Matthew Poole’s entire commentary on the Scriptures, what gems they are.
As Matthew Poole (1624-1679) said. “The times of this ignorance God winked at; to prevent an objection, lest any think that they might continue in their unbelief, and fare as well as their progenitors, God is said to have overlooked them; as if He had counted them unworthy of His care and providence, and therefore He did not correct or instruct them. When any are left to go on in their sin, without God’s instruction or correction, it is a sad sign that scorns to look upon them, or to use any means to recover them. But now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: under the Gospel we are so far from having liberty to do what we list, that we are more nearly concerned to repent and become holy, Rom xiii. II; Tit. ii. 11,12; 1 Pet. i. 14,15; and all men, every where, without exception of time or place, are under this command of repentance; and cursed indeed will he be that does not observe it” (Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Bible, Vol. III, page 443). 
 Matthew Poole, Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Bible, Vol. III, Virginia: MacDonald Publishing Company). 443
Lots of fruitful conversations afterwards. The Lord used three Christians to engage in some trilateral encouragement, I am thankful for them.
After preaching, the Lord provided some opportunities for prayer, conversations, and Q&A.
Music ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ by Jackie Evancho.
UPDATE: Yesterday at church a sister questioned me about a video that she watched of me open-air preaching. She advised that I preached something similar to modalism, or oneness Pentecostalism, which denies the Biblical Trinity. When I got home I listened to the video, and sure enough I saw my err (I misspoke). I am thankful for those that are willing to approach me like this, that is a valuable person. Though this was not intentional, I must ‘right a wrong.’ Therefore I add he following disclaimer to this video and blog post.
“I misspoke in this sermon. At time-stamp 4:02 I stated that “God the father became man.” I meant to say something similar to that ‘God the Father sent His only begotten Son (the distinct second person of the Trinity), and that Jesus is fully God and fully man.” As I’ve stated before, “It is the Heralds or ‘boots in the street’ that work in stressful, unsafe, unpredictable, uncontrolled, unrehearsed, and sometimes even dangerous work environments, all of which is done free of salary. Sadly sometimes err can occur. But what’s important is that I admit it, apologize for it, and confess it.”
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).
This is an old school ‘Baptist Church Covenant.’ Look what’s not missing here, that is missing in most postmodern Baptist Covenants today. Sadly many today erased the part about alcohol. 🙁
I appreciate Reformed Theology, as it is rich in Theology, and deep in Doctrine. But what brings a great offensive to me is the pride and arrogance that I see amongst many Reformers, whom are ‘advocates for alcohol consumption.’
On my Facebook feed, in my “Suggested Pages” column, I keep seeing a page called “The Reformed Pub,” so I briefly examined the page. Take a look at their “description” in the below screenshot. There is so much wrong with this (if the font is too small, click on the full size image here).
Though I am not saying that it is a sin for every Christian to consume alcohol, however I do know that it is a sin for many Christians to do so (see my blog post & video on that).
Furthermore, the Scriptures warn that we should not allow our ‘liberties’ to offend the brethren (a sin), but to promote this on social media is over the top.
Last year I evangelized the funeral of the two Palm Springs police officers (Leslie Zerebny & Jose Vega) that were tragically slain. Officer Zerebny attended a ‘Reformed Baptist’ church in Hemet (Emmaus Christian Fellowship). During the funeral service, in the presence of over 20,000 police officers, from all over the world, one of the Palm Springs officers gave the following testimony about Zerebny. “Leslie could hang with the guys, drinking beers, shooting guns, she was a true bad ass.”
Brethren, alcoholism within the church, is such a bad witness.
I wonder how many men behind the pulpits of Reformed churches, have disqualified themselves by being ‘given to wine.’
For those of you that want to wrongfully pull the ‘legalist card,’ please watch my video on what legalism is, and what it is not. For my ‘tag’ on other alcohol related posts, click here. For my tag evangelizing bars, click here.
Only by the grace of God, so go I.
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Video of a man responding to the Gospel, after preaching on ‘heart conversion,’ from medical to spiritual
Pray that Larry contacts me. I would love to disciple him (if he would comply), and be able to examine his fruit (if any) through a test of time.
The video freezes for a few minutes, but the audio continues working properly, the video will soon correct itself. 😉
The late Dr. Robert Hawkers of the 1700’s, said this of chapter 53 ~
This may very well be called the Chapter of Chapters, concerning the Lord Jesus Christ; in which the two great features of his character are drawn to the full: the sufferings of Christ; and the glory that should follow. The Prophet, under the Holy Ghost, most blessedly sets forth the Lord Jesus, under both.
This video includes, but is not limited to ~
- The fourth suffering Servant Song (which includes five chiastic stanzas)
- Rich in the Doctrine of the ‘Substitutionary Atonement’
- Also included are many other important doctrines
- The humiliation and exaltation of Christ
- How the Hebrew language more accurately displays a violent catastrophic, prophetic, exchange of sins
- A graphic video overlay
- The Biblical appearance of Christ (according to the Hebrew language)
- The effects upon Christ
- The extent of His atonement
- The evangelism of Isaiah 53
- The importance of sharing the Gospel in Israel, as well as all other countries
- The interposition of the ‘arm of the Lord,’ and
- Gods holy hatred and wrath towards sin
It’s nice to see that Benny Hinn’s Nephew Costi Hinn, has come to realize the errs of his Uncle.
The Doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture is an essential Doctrine. Even some of my Reformed friends (whom are big on Doctrine), seemed to have forgotten this Doctrine.
They’ll read something in ‘another book’ (2 Cor 11:4) that contradicts the Scriptures, or that adds to the text; and sadly they’ll pattern their life according to ‘the other’ book. Sola Scriptura!
Below is a screenshot of a Tweet by Costi.