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We Can't Change The Bible

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August 4, 2021 12:30 am

We Can't Change The Bible

If Not For God / Mike Zwick

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August 4, 2021 12:30 am

Mike discusses how we can't change The Bible, The Bible changes us.

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Your host Mike Zwick. Well, if not for God were back with you for another show in. I am so great thankful to our listeners. Thank you for those who follow us on Facebook if not for God with Mike's page if you haven't click the like button and our friend John priest actually posts a award of the day on there that's really good and you can catch some of the podcast there is well with you. If you miss it on here. I check out the if not for God with Mike Zwick podcast.

You can find it on iTunes or podcast wherever your phone is or just Google it and find it there were thankful to the truth. The Truth Network listeners who listen every Saturday morning at 830 in the morning. We are grateful for you. God bless you will today were going to get into the word was looking at Galatians Galatians chapter 1 and in Galatians 1 it verse six it says I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

But even if we were an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

As we have said before, so now I see again if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed for do I now persuade men, or God, or do I now seek to please men for if I am still for if I am still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. But I make it, but I make known to you, brother, and that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. And so when I look at that when I look at that that passage when I look at those verses. One of the things that I think about is that we know if if you're listening to the radio station and many of you love Jesus we all know we love Christ we want to follow the Lord this or that, but I also want to give you a word of caution that there are many many different gospels out there that the really not gospels at all, but that they they claim to be the gospel or they claim to love Jesus. Or they claim to two to have the good news and in and so a couple of things that you that you need to look out a lookout for is is is number one on if they're adding anything to the Bible as we just read and if you look at the end of Revelation 22 a believe it may be in verse 18 it says that if anyone adds anything to this Bible that the plagues that are in this Bible are to be added to that person's life and it says anything anybody takes away anything out of this Bible that were anything out of this book that other names will be taken out of the book of life and so you know, like to argue doctrine with people or anything like that but I do want you to be aware of that verse. I do want you to be firm and in what we believe and that we can't change the Bible. I saw T-shirt one time and it said that we don't change God's word. But God's word changes us and so you know that I'll give an example with the Jehovah's Witnesses what they say is they said that there's no such thing is how you just burn up and that's the end of it.

So you're not suffering in eternal punishment was very clear when when Jesus was talking about a man is is a man named Lazarus, and there was a rich man and Lazarus used to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table and that the animals used to lick Lazarus is sore so they both died. The, the root Lazarus went up to heaven where he was comforted by by Abraham and in the rich man actually went down to hell when he was in torment. Another words he didn't just burn up. That wasn't the end of it. He was in torment on and as far as we can tell from Scripture he's been a be there forever and ever talks about in Scripture about eternal punishment.

You know people always like to talk about John chapter 3 verse 16 and in we know that verse very well for for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life, and we love that verse. But there's another verse in that chapter as well and the second verse in that chapter. It's it's John three John three third John 336 where it says whoever believes in the son has life whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on that person and so we don't want to reject the sun.

We don't reject the son of God, Jesus Christ, but we also don't want to reject a lot of the things that are in the Bible. One of those things. This is how we know that there is an eternal heaven for the believers. For those who believe in in and repent and turn away from their sins. But there also was a hell like we just read in in in the book of Revelation for for the wicked. The evildoers for those who reject Christ and so we know that's that's all a part of it and so we can't just say hey work in a believe part of the Bible would reject parts of it, you know.

And another.

Another thing that we know and in this is with the Jehovah's Witnesses as well as that Jesus Christ is the son of God and he's also divine on it says clearly in Scripture were Jesus said I am the father are one.

He and and in another part where that the Jews were about the stone. He said not only are I the Lord God I the father are one. But he says if you if you have seen.

If you have seen the father you see me and so you know it's it's a very controversial gospel.

A lot of people are gonna like it. That's why we received persecution for the last 2000 years the artifact recently where that over the course of the last 2000 years 70 million Christians have actually been been killed or martyred for the faith. But in the 1900s. 45 million Christians have been killed and will you say yeah there's been an explosion or population growth and stuff like that yet, but not that much and and in so what what I've also seen is that out of those 45 million Christians who were killed a good portion of them were killed by atheists or agnostics and the next largest portion of them were killed by Muslims so it and we know that that Muslims right now are coming to Christ. But I've also seen some churches recently where they say that Muslims believe in Jesus and and that that's okay in their part of the faith and in and stuff like that.

Well they believe the different Jesus. They they do not believe that Jesus was the son of God, they probably wouldn't argue with you about the virgin birth, but they do not believe that Jesus is the son of God else. They say that you that that God has no sons as matter fact when when many of the fanatical Muslims will murder Christians. One of the things that they'll do is they'll give them an opportunity to deny the faith returned from the faith and they and you would repeat their creed saying that there is no God but Allah, and when you do that you're denying the faith and so some Christian stand firm in some some Christians end up turning to Islam, so that set. The other thing when I when I when I think about Galatians chapter 1.

As you know, like with the Mormons or the they call themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that what they believe is that she gathers, there's the Bible we don't reject that. But there's this other book called the book of Mormon. And that's that's God's new revelation and so we have to be very careful in addition to that there, like I said before, there are churches who are saying there's there's parts of the Bible that they don't believe and really nothing is changed. I like what Dr. Michael Brown said nothing is changed in the last last 50 years in the Bible but now since the culture it's becoming popular to say hey, love is love and it doesn't matter who you love or you know as long as you're happy and as long as your sincere but the Bible is very clear in Romans chapter 1, the book of Leviticus. I believe it's 1822 as well so that we have to stand firm for these things in some like I said before, some churches just aren't saying anything about it on and when they're not saying anything about it.

It's a III believe that they need to start speaking up on these vital and important issues and so what what some of them will say as though say well were were not saying anything about these other issues, because our most most important thing is salvation and I would say I agree with most important thing is salvation, but I saw something back in 2015. This is not recent where it said that 50 million babies had been aborted since Roe versus Wade in 1973. And you know we talked about, you know, people being murdered 70 was murdered over and are over 70 was murdered in Raleigh or Winston-Salem or whatever it was, but every day there are many many many children across the country and it really across the world who are being killed and never given the chance to life. And so I do believe that we need to speak out against that love life. Another one of the things I was thinking about is that there are many, many churches are many, many people who who are Christians who say that will there's this replacement theology worries that in the whole Old Testament and in the New Testament as well.

By the way, where is so Ezekiel 34 through 36 it talks about that Israel is is is the chosen land and it talks about the Jews that are that that there God's chosen people, and yes, I know that many of them do not believe that Jesus is the son of God, and you must believe that Jesus is the son of God, but that doesn't mean that that God has just gotten got done away with all of his promises, especially when you look in Romans chapter 9 through 11 in the New Testament so we we do support Israel. We do believe that that the Jewish people are God's people and that we do II do 100% stand up for Israel. There is actually a book that my friend Sharon had given me on it showed that every time the United States actually went against Israel or try to divide up the land that a natural disaster that would happen in the United States, and so in that's been done by Republican and Democratic presidents, and so we do need to stand firm for Israel. We do need to pray for Israel. Sharon is part of something called polyol a LIY a H so you might want to check that out, but that's important so II did want to mention that before before I got into the podcast, but I also know kind of piggybacking on on what we were talking about before work that we know were, you know, Christians are going through tough times right now and it's it's gonna get worse and I know I five heard many people say will things really get better and things are going to turn around and I'm like if they do great and you know if they do great but some of those same people said that Trump was can stay in office the next four years, and moments been coming up on August now needs to ease his authorship, but III did want to let you know that, but from what I see.

I believe that we are living in the last days on if you if you read the book of Daniel. If you read the book of Revelation in so many things that are that that you see in the in the in those books and so many prophecies have already been fulfilled on that. I do believe that we are living in the in the last days, and in we do need to prepare. We need to prepare our minds, our hearts, we need to pray we see you know right now that there's a lot of places across the world were there just, you know, like South Africa, they're running out of food, and so the Lord tells you to prepare.

You know to save nonperishable foods do that if he tells you to save you know water do that. He tells you that you know get into a good network with your friends do that but I really believe that right now Morgan have to have the power of the Holy Spirit working have to be filled with the spirit and so you know I I noticed sometimes in my prayer time. All I'll be speaking in tongues and that that really helps me. It talks about that in Scripture you know for talks about prophecy in first Corinthians chapter 14 in it and it talks it does talk about tongues and about how you know it when you're in a service there. There's there's an interpretation but there I did. I do believe there's also a personal prayer language on but anyways that's it that's as far as that goes, but I was actually was actually looking at something was a guy named John Patton and John Patton was a famous missionary in the 1800s who went to the new. He brought new New Hebrides Islands and he was living in. He was living in Scotland and at the time his his friends told him they said they said John. They said you know if you go to the New Hebrides Islands on that if you go there that you there's cannibals. There and they could eat you and you and you and you could die and I like what John Patton said back to him. He said he said if I stay here if I stay here in Scotland. I'll die. I'll get old and beaten by worms. If I go to Scotland if I if I go to the New Hebrides Islands.

I could be eaten by cannibals. He says either way I'm to be dying be.

Either way, I'm gonna die and get eaten. He said I might as well go and share the good news of Jesus Christ. And so I II love that boldness right there but you know it's interesting when I look at the the life of John Patton on that John Patton grew up on.

When he grew up. His father was a devout Christian and he would watch how devout his father was in heat, he saw how important his prayer life was was to his father and because it was said because of his father and because of how because of how much how devout his father was to the Lord Jesus Christ. John Patton decided that he wanted to give his life to Christ and that really to go over now. Now he's one of the most famous missionaries out there you it's interesting you know I talked to a lot of people who are parents and and they may stay at home and in about my own wife stays at home and sometimes you may feel like what I'm really not doing a lot of good for the gospel but you're raising our future generation you're having more impact on these kids at a young age in really throughout their first.

You know the first 18 years and the rest of their life and it really anybody else could and in who knows there's there's somebody out there maybe your mother who stays at home or maybe your father who comes home and prays with the kids and and you may not feel like you're doing a big thing. But you know I'm sure Billy Graham's parents that have feel that way you know and then you note. They prayed with him.

I'm sure that you know John Patton's father in heat unit.

He probably didn't know exactly what was can happen and that John Patton was can be a famous missionary on that he was to go share the good news on. Conversely, on the other side. We can also dissuade our kids from from choosing the gospel actually read about Clint Eastwood. He grew up grew up in a Protestant church out in California when he grew up he would always go to church with us with his family would go with his mother on every Sunday and they would go to church and 11 sought one Sunday after church he he went to his father and he asked his father he said hey dad, I just am just curious. Why do you not come to church with us and his dad replied because this is my only day off so after that Clint Eastwood decided he wasn't to go to church anymore. And now you know despite all the success that he's had. He's not a follower of Christ.

He's gotten into something else. Whether it's Buddhism or or whatever it is, and so II want to encourage some of you today who may not think like you may not feel like you're doing a lot for the Lord. But what you're doing for the Lord is important and what you're doing for the Lord is vital and that God sees what you're doing and he's gonna raise up a future generation in unless he comes back before then when he could come back at any time, but if you even if he comes back, you're doing your part on so I I do want to encourage you about that another thing that I heard about John Patton and the famous missionary is that when he was in when he was in these other these other countries and in the New Hebrides Islands that he was actually around cannibals and one day there was a local guy from a local tribe who came to him and he said John II just wanted to give you fair warning that there is to be a group of cannibals who was in a come to your house there to burn your house down in the find you there to kill you and John Patton says really there to come to my house and burn the house down and kill me says no, what are they gonna do that. He said there gonna do that tonight John Patton. He said okay.

He ended up climbing up into a climbing up into a chestnut tree and when he climbed up into the chestnut tree.

He heard the muskets, he heard the loud sounds of the savages he heard he heard them yelling and screaming and coming he he he's a helmet sounded demonic and he said he saw them burn his house down his his wife had just died from a fever. His son Peter had just died as well and and now he was up in this chestnut tree and he said during the hours that I was in that chestnut tree. He said never in my life have I felt closer to Jesus than I felt in the hours that I was in that chestnut tree. He said, what I wouldn't give to be in those to be back in that chestnut tree in those hours and feeling the closeness that I felt to Jesus and so I guess I will encourage some of you that maybe you're out there.

Maybe your you know you're getting some flack or or or.

Keep this in the back of your mind for when persecution comes in when it gets really bad that it is tough. Yes, you may go through a tough time but in those times we when you're going through a tough time that Jesus is with you and he will be closer to you than ever. We have our friend Todd Nettleton is with the voice of the martyrs in one of the things that he said when when heat.

There was a guy who actually wrote a book on this guy was from a country in Europe. It may have been) check the Czech Republic or something like that but he did a mission trip and I believe it was in Sudan. It was somewhere in Africa and he said that when he went to the Sudan, and he said he was in in the prison they found out that he was Christian and he was proselytizing and and they actually took him at the airport in the in. They threw him in prison and he said that when he was in prison he said at that. At those times when he was being beaten and at the times when he is being persecuted in the prison made fun of, put down all of that stuff. He said those times he felt so close to Jesus and he says at the end of it when he was finished with that persecution. He was able to share the gospel with many of the other prisoners who are in prison and they came to faith and so it's it's just interesting how sometimes things can be so so difficult, or we think that were we think that were were going through a tough time and it can be tough, but in those times are tough at Arbor, persecution, or in those times of our sufferings. Many of those times, Jesus. We will feel closer to Jesus than we have felt at any other time you've probably heard of the.

The missionary William Carey.

He was a famous missionary back in the 17 and 1800s.

And you know it's interesting we talk about them today and he said man, I, I, I, I want to be like William Carey I know that that you know he was a famous missionary and and people are talking about them today in man that would be awesome. I'd love to be like him, and I'd love to go through what he went through while and if you know this but his first wife died.

His children when he was there for I believe for the first seven years.

He didn't have a single convert before before before.

Eventually he did and he was actually thrown into a prison and when he was thrown in prison. He said that he would they would hold his feet up and that when he would they would hold his feet up that he would just his neck is barely his neck in the top of his back would be on the floor and he that's how he would sleep on its in it so many times that when we are able to endure through those times that on the other side of that tough time that God is going to give us a blessing and I believe that that if you're listening here today and you're going through a tough time in your standing firm for the Lord, don't quit, don't quit as matter fact, there is a wrist, something that we used to listen to when when I was actually selling books door-to-door and it was it that the name of it was.

Don't quit and see if I can find it. It says when things go wrong as they sometimes will in the road you're trudging seems all uphill when the funds are low and the debts are high and you want to smile but you have to sigh when care is pressing you down a bit. Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns in many a failure turns about when he might've won had he stuck it out. Don't give up the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow. Often, the goal is nearer than it seems to.

It seems to a faint and faltering man. Often, the struggle or has given up when he might've when he might've captured the victors cup when he learned too late when the night slipped down how close he was to the golden crown success is failure turned inside out.

The silver tent of the clouds of doubt and you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems a far to stick to the fight. Your hardest hit its thing. It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit when I hear that Paloma and I am reminded of the of the Christian, the Christians who are in China reminded of the Christians who are in a ran reminded of now even the Christians are in Canada and some of us to a lesser extent in in America who were dealing with persecution or whatever it may be just even if it's just that that people were putting us down and they don't like us or whatever it is that will encourage you and I want to pray for the Christians right now overseas were being were being persecuted more logical to pray that in Jesus name that you give them the courage to stand firm, because we know that when they stand firm on the other side is the victim there.

Victor's crown. We may have to that we may have to die for the Lord and if we do that would be wonderful will be martyrs and we would be entered into heaven and and and and Jesus would welcome us with open arms, but that yes we we can have some tough times in life but Jesus loves us. He says he will never leave us nor forsake us. I know reminded of a recent story I was driving with the young man and I was I was going selling insurance one day and there were two roads that I was on it in the first Road went there one day and I saw a guy and I talked to him and in the second day I went to a road and I it was the same road near Cemetery and I saw a lady was there and after I saw the lady was there the second day she got a policy I went back and I said okay. Maybe I'll go see this other guy I just had this feeling that I shouldn't go back there and it's funny when I went back there the road. The road was no longer there and so God is still working miracles were praying for revival nowadays were praying for praying that the Lord is good to use people not only in the pulpits, but people who are just everyday people. He's getting use us to share the good news of Jesus Christ that the knowledge that are that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ loves us. If you've never given your life today to Jesus Christ.

It says in John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. It says in John three 3336 that whoever rejects this does not have life of the wrath of God abides on if you've never given your life to Christ. I want you to pray with me right now I want you to give your life to Christ right to dear Lord, I know I'm a sinner. I know I've turned away from you know I haven't fallen and I choose to follow you all the days of my life for my sins thank you Jesus for salvation. Imagine having these turbulent times. Peace of mind may be the most valuable lessons feeling secure in your financial future is worth its weight in gold and emotion liberty bankers insurance can help provide you with that most precious life-affirming sense of security. We work hard to create smart and innovative like health and financial plans that help ensure your family up, not just the stability of the desert future potential desire to create a generational legacy of peace of mind liberty bankers insurance. Not all products available in all states visit LB for additional terms and conditions. This is the Truth Network

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