"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Monday, November 4, 2019

A LFTT Interview: Pt - 2: James Fire of TTUF being Interviewed by Cindy Hartline of LFTT Radio

This interview is conducted by Cindy Hartline of Love For The Truth Radio with myself, James Fire. We pick up where we left off previously in Part 1, and continue the discussion about the coming One World Religion and then wrap up on the vital subject of salvation.

Seg 3 The False Unity that paves the way for a Religious One World Mindset 

CH— It’s obvious that a Global religion will form to unify this One World Order mindset. Many will have to put their doctrines aside to establish a common religion. In your observation, what will this Religion look like? (New Age aka “New Spirituality” 

JF - Brian McLaren Emergent Church author and leader stated, “We don’t need a new Spirit, but a new spirituality”)

The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution by H.G. Wells, published 1928. A former Fabian Socialist, Wells writes:
"The...Open Conspiracy must weaken, efface, incorporate and supersede existing governments... The Open Conspiracy is the natural inheritor of socialist and communist enthusiasms; it may be in control of Moscow before it is in control of New York... The character of the Open Conspiracy will now be plainly displayed... It will be a world religion."

This is exactly what we see in the book of Revelation where the Beast, in this case, the political amalgam of a global super-state, being reined in and controlled by the Mother of Harlots, the false religious system that will lead the world in worship of the Beast. That is the end result, but how are we getting there? What sort of things need to happen and are happening to bring us to this global goal of spiritual unification?

Of course, there is ecumenism, which on the surface seems like a good thing – for the strife and contentions of religion throughout history that caused some of the wars we’ve seen, and a spirit of cooperation to solve world issues – it does seem like a good thing, but at its heart, it’s evil, because religions (and for the sake of the point I will include Christianity) all have different doctrines and perspectives that are irreconcilable so what needs to happen to acquire ecumenism is to lay aside doctrine. 

Doctrine is essentially teaching, the teaching of religious beliefs and the practicing of those – so you can’t really get away from doctrine, you can only sacrifice the ones you have – the ones that can’t be reconciled with those of others you wish to ally with, for other doctrines that all can agree on. This is a religious compromise as well as infiltration of beliefs not necessarily your own.

Syncretism is also something happening – the blending of two, or more different belief systems into one cohesive system: we see this with Chrislam, with so-called Christian yoga, New Age mysticism with evangelical Christianity, Buddhism with Roman Catholicism is one that’s had a long history actually. This synergism of various religious beliefs is the modus operandi of the Emerging Church movement.

Witchcraft in a religious sense is an ‘open-loop’ system that can and does incorporate all sorts of different beliefs in a recipe that the practitioner finds appealing. And you now even have ‘Christian witches’ – how’s that for synergism?!

Some people think that the One World Religion will be Islam because for one, its proliferating so quickly in the West, the fastest growing religion second to none (though scores of Muslims are becoming Christians in the Middle East, forsaking that religion even at the cost of their lives). 

They also point to certain Scripture that would seem to support this; the punishment for refusing allegiance to the Beast is beheading, a trade-mark execution style of Islam. They will even point out the four horsemen of Revelation and correlate that with the Islamic flag and the four colors that they share: white, red, green and black.

Again, the last days religion according to REVELATION 17 is the Mother of Harlots, not a singular religious system of harlotry (false religion; JER 3:8; EZEK 16:16); Islam is one of those systems, but not the originator of all religious systems. So just as Babylon wielded this one world religious system from which are derived all the false religions of the world, this is what we are returning to, the very spirit of Babylon, the Mother of all harlots. Still, homogenizing the religions of the world together into a cohesive whole is problematic even today.

Some suggest that there may never be a global religion per se, but that a singular conviction and principle will govern all the different religions of the world as a predominant rule – much as it was in the Roman Empire: the empire tolerated almost any religion so long as the people of those religions paid homage to Caesar as ‘god’.

Ultimately, we know that the Beast will claim to be Christ and will be worshiped as God (2 THESS 2:3-4) by this global religious system. And the followers of Christ are known as what? Christians! But these will be in that sense, anti-Christians for following the anti-Christ.

CH— Let talk about the new age practices that you believe will unify this One World Religion (experiential mysticism, contemplative prayer, trans-meditative disciplines, etc.).
JF - The late Ray Yungen is one among many authors who wrote extensively on contemplative prayer and other such practices (Many Shall Come in My Name, A Time of Departure) observed that engaging in mystical meditation had the common effect on those who began to practice this discipline of altering not just their state of consciousness, but also their world view; whereas before they were Muslim, Christian, Roman Catholic or Atheist, what have you, they became pantheists instead. 

Pantheism being the belief that all is God and God is all, that God is one with all creation, thus all of creation is one with God. In this view, since God is in everyone already, there is no need for atonement in Christ, there is no need to be born again by the Holy Spirit indwelling us, both of which are antithetical to the Scriptures. 

Here is where we hear the New Age mantra “I am god!” that Shirley McClain declared in her book and subsequent film, Out On A Limb. This practice claims to enable us to reconnect with the divine that is within all people.

I remember reading about a woman in a Southern Baptist church, who was a Sunday School teacher for some years, and she was handed a book by Thomas Merton, a Franciscan monk and leading promoter and practitioner of contemplative prayer. She read it and began following the protocols as outlined in it. Today she is a practicing witch.

While in the midst of her mystical exploration, she was sitting in a congregation and heard the preacher declare that the Bible is the sole and ultimate authority in the Christian’s life. The sole and ultimate authority. What was the reaction of this once professing Christian and Sunday School teacher to this?
I remember a feeling rising up … it spread out from the core of me like a current so that my skin vibrated with it. If feelings could be translated into English, this feeling would have roughly been the word no!
It was the purest inner knowing I had experienced, and it was shouting in me no, no, no! The ultimate authority of my life is not the Bible; it is not confined between the covers of a book. It is not something written by men and frozen in time. It is not from a source outside of myself. My ultimate authority is the divine voice in my own soul.” 
Matthew Fox, former Roman Catholic of the Dominican Order, now an Episcopal has long stated that we can’t possibly have unity among theworld’s religions without mysticism – in all of its forms: contemplative prayer, transcendental meditation, kundalini yoga, etc.
"Without mysticism there will be no 'deep ecumenism', no unleashing of the power of wisdom from all the world's religious traditions. Without this I am convinced there will never be global peace or justice since the human race needs spiritual depths and disciplines, celebrations and rituals, to awaken its better selves. The promise of ecumenism, the coming together of religions, has been thwarted because world religions have not been relating at the level of mysticism."
It must be noted that in Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age practitioners as well as pagans and witches, and even Muslims and Jews; denominational Christians and now evangelical (in name only) Christians, there are traditional meditative techniques employed among these variance religions, that eventually bring them to a spiritual migration into pantheism. 

However, pantheism has no hierarchy – no structure of authority, and this leads towards the occult which definitely has a hierarchy that all points to the Coming One – the World Teacher, the one the Bible identifies as the anti-Christ. I think mystical meditation will be The Global Glue of a Unified Spirituality.

Seminaries that authenticate curricula among many of the Bible colleges and seminaries have really pushed books promoting contemplativeprayer on entering students . Where students should be learning Bible and Christian doctrine, they are being introduced to mysticism that is not only spiritually dangerous, but literally mind-altering and leads to ungodly philosophies, ecumenism, monism and pantheism!

During my own dubious flirtation in the occult that didn’t even last two full years, I advanced to a certain point where I could self-trance within 90 seconds, all by focusing my mind and controlling my breathing, but such experiences are far more dangerous than any trip you could take with LSD, because by altering your state of consciousness, you’re relinquishing your will to outside influences, making you susceptible to demonic spirits that could lead to oppression or even possession.

CH—How are these practices being currently promoted in our Culture?

JF- If you visit your local book-store (or websites) and look under ‘Health and Exercise’ you’ll find different books on nutrition and exercise as usual, but you will also find books on meditation, yoga, reiki, acupuncture and aura manipulation and other occult and mystical belief systems. The health industry has been invaded by mysticism.

I go to a gym where yoga is instructed regularly (and I pray that the LORD will open the eyes of any Christians that may be in those classes).
Likewise, the corporate world was invaded by these meditation techniques and businesses like Dupont, IBM, Ford and Chrysler would send their executives to these Buddhist retreat centers where they discovered that meditation would relieve them of stress, help them to focus their minds, sharpen their thinking process, relax them so they could be more productive, enhance their quality of sleep. And they excitedly brought back this discipline to their office and encouraged employees to attend. 

This was actually a primary venue where these things then invaded the church; because these employees attended various churches and led the congregants to these retreat centers.
This invasion delved even deeper into the church via Richard Foster, a Quaker, founder of the Renovare Institute and a prominent speaker and author within the Christian community wrote this book twenty years ago and it’s made a major impact in churches in America and around the world, Celebration of Discipline: the Path To Spiritual Growth

The essential purpose of the Renovare Institute is to shift the church from its biblical foundation, to a foundation based on mystical experiences and meditation of the contemplative sort. The term contemplative prayer is a misnomer because it’s neither contemplative nor is it prayer. 

The practitioner isn’t contemplating or thinking on anything; in fact they endeavor to do precisely the opposite – to clear their mind of any thinking whatsoever, which means nothing is being communicated by the practitioner: they are not praying, but focusing their mind on a single word or phrase, repeating it over and over, a mantra in fact, in order to empty their minds: exactly the opposite of what the LORD directed us to do in prayer:

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking

This is very different than the meditation that the Bible speaks of; biblical meditation is filling your mind with the Word of God, thinking deeply on it, opening up its content for examination, understanding it and how to then employ its truth to every-day life. Christian mediation is the very opposite of Eastern meditation and contemplative prayer.

Dallas Williard did for the Southern Baptist denomination what Richard Foster did for evangelical and independent churches. And a host of other promoters and practitioners that are recognized names among Emergent Church groups. Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating – Roman Catholic priests and monks that were being welcomed into formerly biblical churches to teach these things, especially at retreats! Contemplative prayer is a discipline created by ‘the desert fathers’ – Roman Catholic mystics that borrowed heavily from the Buddhist discipline and gave it their own spin.

Basil Pennington, a Roman Catholic Trappist monk and leading spiritual writer and teacher said the following (from a new age website): 
"I would like to say that we Christians should not hesitate to make use of the good techniques that our wise friends from the East are offering, if we find them, in fact, helpful. As St. Paul said: 'All things are yours, and you are Christ's and Christ is God's' (I Cor, 3:23). 

We should not hesitate to take the fruit of the age-old wisdom of the East and 'capture' it for Christ. Indeed, those of us who are in the ministry should make the necessary effort to acquaint ourselves with as many of these Eastern techniques as possible. Not that we will necessarily find them useful in our own prayer seeking, though that might be the case, but that we might be prepared to enter into intelligent dialogue with Eastern spiritual masters and, more important, that we might be prepared to help our fellow Christians, who do learn these techniques and find them helpful, to integrate them into their Christian faith experience. Many Christians who take their prayer life seriously have been greatly helped by Yoga, Zen, TM and similar practices, especially where they have been initiated by reliable teachers and have a solidly developed Christian faith to give inner form and meaning to the resulting experiences."

— Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer
Christians might be astounded if they knew some of the Christian pastors, teachers and authors that they regularly listen to on the radio speak favorably of contemplative prayer – but this practice is nothing more than Hindu-style meditation dressed up in nominal Christian clothes. Rick Warren, whose influence in the Christian community is, unfortunately, unequaled and teaches about ‘breath prayers’ in his book Purpose Driven Church – a form of mystical prayer technique.

There are today more witches in the United States than there are Presbyterians with more and more getting involved with this ancient belief system all the time. An explosion of youth has explored and many of these begun to practice witchcraft after reading the Harry Potter series. Since the essence of witchcraft is nature worship, they make excellent globalists, and desire to see the world become one under the guiding influences of Mother Earth or Gaia. 

Anyone who’s seen the film Avatar has been introduced to pantheism and nature worship – in that film the goddess that the Na’vi, natives of the planet of Pandora, is known as Eywa and she is a spirit that is intertwined with the planet itself and all the living things dwelling on it. This is the essential, fundamental belief of witchcraft!

What many Christians might be dismayed about is that witchcraft has infiltrated the church for decades now; they are using incantations to acquire from ‘God’ those things that they are calling for.

I’m speaking of the Word-Faith movement! People of this cult believe that faith is not trusting in GOD and expressing reliance upon His Spirit of grace, His wisdom and holy will, but a power in itself, a power that GOD used to create everything and that this power is available to all, even non-Christians. By speaking and believing their words they can bring into reality that which they desire. That’s witchcraft, that’s mind science! 

CH—Does Liberalism and Social Justice play a part in this One World Mindset? How?

JF- If there is to be a one world religion, constructed from the component parts of the various religions amalgamated into it, then no single religion can make any exclusive truth claims: such as a holy book that is the exclusive source of spiritual truth, or the central figure and founder of that religion being the exclusive means of or revealing salvation.

That means bringing the Bible down to the level of all the other religious books, of no greater authority. Liberalism strips the Word of GOD of all such authority, it inoculates church-goers, professing believers to the truth by providing just enough of truth to sound legitimate, but not enough to instill any real awakening to spiritual life and disables such people from discernment. 

Liberalism has a sophisticated veneer of intellectualism, claiming belief in the Bible, but incites doubt and confusion about the fundamentals of the faith (the inerrancy and infallibility of the Scriptures, the virgin birth of Christ, the Deity of Christ, the resurrection, etc). Without being armed with the truth of GOD’s Word, one is unable to identify falsehoods, such as inculcate all of the religions of the world.

Without discernment, being inoculated from the truth, all religions will then be perceived to hold some level of truth, and the idea that collectively they can discover truth together. This will and does encourage ecumenism and cooperation on a global level for religious unity in thought, belief and practice. Liberalism grants license to world religion. The World Council of Churches is a visible example of this.

Social Justice is a euphemism for Socialism; and just as there is liberalism in religion, there are liberals in politics, but I refuse to call them by that name: they are what they are; they are socialists through and through.

GOD declares in EXODUS 20:15, Thou shalt not steal.

Socialism is legal plunder. Charity is when I give out of my own volition to those who are in genuine need. Socialism coerces those who have, to give to those who have not, regardless of whether or not they are in genuine need. What Socialism does, is suck the prosperity out of the middle class. 

A vibrant and robust middle class is the backbone of any nation economically – destroy this by tapping into its financial resources and spread that out among the poor, and you eradicate the middle class, leaving only the government that takes the most from both classes, leaving the mega-wealthy alone, because they’ll be the ones appointed to lead such government, and you have the perfect means of controlling the population. History proves this to be true, regardless of what the younger generations are being taught in the public-school system.

In the last days, the Bible talks about how ten kings will give their power to the Beast (REV 17:12-13); essentially this is an oligarchy, the rule by the few privileged and powered elite, and these will surrender their power to the Beast, the coming One World Ruler who will seize upon global rule.

Under Socialism, everything is registered, regulated and restricted so that the people are always in want, strangled of any freedom or self-rule and this makes managing them all the easier. Social Justice is euphemistic because there is nothing fair or just about it: it’s simply a redistribution of the wealth of the middle class, spread thinly over the poor, while those in control reap the benefits and dispense crumbs to the population.

Much has been said about how the world needs Social Justice to end poverty, disease, environmental ravaging by unaccountable industrialists, and other things – and all that sounds good, but it’s a carrot dangled before the under-privileged who, instead of being instructed on how to prosper by their own work, are taught to resent those who have means, and how they should take for themselves what others have. Saul Alinsky wrote the book
Rules for Radicals which is all about revolutionizing any society by bringing it down and rebuilding it according to the principles of socialism. 

Global Socialism will have within its scope of government, what’s being called Communitarianism, which as stated previously, is a chimera of sorts, of capitalism, fascism and socialism. It’s the Hegelian Dialectic of governmental structures, a mod-podge of opposing political philosophies fused together. 

Seg. 4.  The importance of True Salvation in these last days 

CH—Sadly, oftentimes a prayer is prayed at church and it is assumed that those who said the prayer are automatically welcomed into the family of God. Why is this problematic in our Church culture?
What does true Salvation look like (ex. good works, good fruit, changed life)?

JF - How can the evangelist or pastor who makes such an invitation categorically welcome such people into the family of GOD, not knowing their hearts, whether or not they have genuinely by faith received Christ?

Scripture does say that salvation comes by confessing and believing:

ROMANS 10:8-10
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

But Scripture also states that there are tares among the wheat, and that discerning the two isn’t always easy, until there is fruit born, because of course tares can’t produce fruit. MATTHEW 13:25-30 talks about this.

The fruit of the Spirit is listed for us in: 

GALATIANS 5:22-23:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

When we see such godly character developing in a person’s life we can testify over the long term that such a person is genuinely saved – not that our recognition authenticates that salvation, that person is saved authentically if their faith is authentic, and we’re just recognizing the reality of that.

What people today in American Christianity are being taught is that if they just pray to Jesus for salvation, in a kind of ‘get-out-of-hell-free card’ then you’re free to live out your life as you were; or worse yet, that we are all already God’s children and any notion of being born again is antiquated and ‘old school’ and ‘we’re more sophisticated in today’s church than that’.

JOHN 1:12-13 states point blank:
12 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: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Contrary to popular belief, we are NOT all God’s children – we are all His creation, yes, so He is our Creator, but because sin was introduced into the human race through Adam, we are separated from GOD (ISAIAH 59:2) and need to ‘re-connect’ as it were by being born again into His family through Christ (JOHN 3:3-5; 1 PET 1:23), and adopted into GOD’s family (EPH 1:5).

Now before we go any further, I want to make it absolutely clear that salvation is by grace alone, apart from any works:

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There is one work however that is required, and that is mentioned by the LORD Himself in

JOHN 6:28-29
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Yet how can we determine who truly believes, who has genuine faith, and who does not? This is answered by James, the elder of Jerusalem, the LORD’s half-brother:

JAMES 2:18
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

We are not saved by any works we do, but if we are genuinely saved, we will produce works, those good works which are ordained of GOD, and produced not by our own efforts, but by the Spirit of GOD that dwells in us as a result of genuine salvation by faith in Christ and Christ alone (EPH 2:10).

Yet because too many people who are invited to accept Christ are not told to count the cost” (LUKE 14:28) – that by receiving Christ, they no longer belong to themselves, but they belong to the LORD Who bought them with His blood, that their life is no longer their own, but belongs to the LORD, they think they can ‘get saved’ but still live as they please.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Genuine repentance leads to and grows from genuine salvation obtained by genuine faith, and unfortunately because repentance is not taught in too, too many churches these days, our congregations have goats among the sheep, half-converts who haven’t really committed their lives to the LORD.

I did an in-depth study on repentance on TTUF and listeners can check that out by using the search engine on the site and type in the word “repentance”. 

CH—Let’s talk about what it means to “Walk by the Spirit”

JF - There is that expression, ‘walk of life’ and this has to do with the manner of a person’s life, how they live life. To walk in the Spirit is to live one’s life in the manner of Jesus Christ, how their life reflects the life of the Savior. Of course, He lived His life sinlessly, and we ourselves as Christians stumble and fumble along the way, but as we mature, just as a toddler learning how to walk, we fall less and less and our walks, our lives in Christ become more stable. It’s been said: “Christians aren’t sinless, but they should sin less (and less and less) as we mature.

Here’s the thing about walking in the Spirit: just as you can’t walk in your physical body in two opposite directions at the same time, you also cannot walk in the Spirit and walk in the flesh at the same time (the flesh meaning, walking in the self-will that leads into sin); you’re either doing one or the other. You can’t do both at the same time. So, if we focus moment by moment in walking in the Spirit, then we won’t have to be concerned about walking in the flesh (GAL 5:17).

Take a glove for example, it’s a lifeless piece of leather, incapable of movement or action. But put your hand in that glove and then the glove can do anything that the hand can do, because the hand is alive and capable of action.

Without Christ we are all like that empty glove: hollow, lifeless, incapable of action of the spiritual, godly sort. Yet when Christ dwells in us, we are able to follow His example and live our lives as He did, because it’s not by our power but by the power of His Spirit.
Now imagine if the glove was made of cement instead of leather – cement is hard, inflexible, unyielding. That glove would be useless because any hand in it wouldn’t be able to move in it.
Likewise if we are hard of heart the Spirit won’t be able to move through us as He wants.
Or imagine that leather glove dipped in some gross, slimy sewage – would you want to stick your hand in that stinky, awful glove? So likewise if we harbor sin, unconfessed sin in our lives, the Spirit won’t move through us.

It’s not until we are broken of our hardness of heart, until we confess and repent of such sin, and we are cleansed of these things, then we can be a vessel acceptable and useable by our LORD.

2 TIMOTHY 2:21
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work

It’s a prayer that I’m getting accustomed to praying more and more these days, “LORD keep me useable for Your glory and Your kingdom.”

CH - What does Sanctification entail

JF - Soteriology is a subject in theology that entails the study of salvation in all of its aspects: this includes justification, sanctification, glorification, among many others.
Justification is the initial phase where one believes the Gospel, receives Christ as LORD and Savior, and that person’s sins are accounted to Christ so that He bears their sin on the cross and receives GOD’s Holy Judgment and wrath against that sin; likewise the holiness and just and pure righteousness is accounted to the repentant sinner so that GOD becomes their Father and sees them as He sees Christ Himself. 

Flawlessly sinless and pure of heart – that is their position in Christ, while it’s not yet a reality in their life. But at that point from a judicious perspective, GOD no longer holds them guilty for their sin, punishable and condemned to an eternity in hell, separated from the only life-source in all creation. They are justified – it’s “just as if I’d” never sinned.

The sinner becomes a saint, a child of GOD, separated from the world and separated to the LORD for special relationship and purpose. The saint will from a positional point of view never be more perfect throughout all eternity in heaven, than at that moment when they accept Christ.

Justification means that the sinner is saved from the penalty of sin – eternal condemnation under GOD’s judgment.
Sanctification is the next phase – GOD is not content to give us a position of righteousness only; He desires that we are enabled to live a life of righteousness – again, this is hand-in-glove; it’s not by our power but by the power of the Holy Spirit, but it takes yielding on our part.

Imagine you’ve gone to the dentist for a cleaning; you sit in the chair, the dentist has all his instruments ready for the work, he picks up one of the utensils to start and tells you to open your mouth, but you keep it closed.

If you want your teeth cleaned, you’re not called upon to assist in the work, the dentist will do it all, but he can’t do a thing if you don’t yield to his instruction to open your mouth.
Sanctification is like this, we have to surrender our will, open our hearts, yield to the Spirit of the LORD so He can do His work.

This is what the apostle Paul was addressing in the book of ROMANS:

ROMANS 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

We are a living sacrifice – which seems like a contradiction: a sacrifice is meant to be offered up, slain and their blood shed. Yet we are a living sacrifice. This tells me that we are to die to self (mortification as seen in ROM 8:13), die to the sin nature, moment by moment, at every opportunity where temptation presents itself, and further to allow the life of Christ (vivification; ROM 6:8,11) to flow all the more freely in our minds and our lives
Paul touches on this earlier in ROMANS:

ROMANS 6:1-14
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Sanctification is being saved from the power of sin, that is, the influence of sinful temptations becomes less and less as we grow in maturity.
Glorification, the third phase entails the completion of the work of Christ in us, when He returns for His church, and we are transformed into our glorified state, entirely free from the sin nature, delivered from a corruptible state, no longer susceptible to sin or even temptation! Glorification will be salvation from the presence of sin – no longer will we know the struggle between the Spirit of GOD and the sinful flesh. This spiritual tug-of-war will come to a blessed end!

CH -The Wheat and Tares from a Farmer’s perspective: There is no apparent difference between tares and wheat before there is evidence of fruit; both grow straight up and are virtually identical. It's not until the wheat bears fruit that the difference is known and once the grain has grown, the weight of it causes the stalk to bow, while the tares remain erect.
This shows how fruit is grown and bears humbleness and humility, whereas tares remain with pride and self-worth.

JF - Here we see the beautiful yielding to the LORD, those who willingly bow to His Lordship who also bear the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. And the more Christ-like we become, the more we yield to Him in our lives, not merely out of a sense of obligation (i.e. He gave up His life for me, it’s only right that I return the favor), but joyfully, earnestly, with sweet abandon because we recognize that blessedness is holiness in Christ. Holy living isn’t a burden, it isn’t a drag, it’s a vitality and an excitement and the most potent life one could possibly experience.

Quite often we bow in prayer to the LORD, and this work of the LORD in our hearts, in our lives is wrought in the closet of prayer. I’m currently re-reading The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer and I highly recommend these 6 books from this phenomenal prayer warrior.

I would say that the reading, meditating, study and application of the Scriptures, along with regular, intimate prayer are the two oars in the boat that is Christianity. If you’re going to get anywhere, you need both. And other oarsmen, fellow Christians in that boat are necessary in a godly fellowship of the saints. In this way, we may grow in Christ, bear fruit and joyously bow before our LORD and Savior.

Seg 5. CH - Your final thoughts and contact information (2 mins)

Final thoughts:
The Bible speaks plainly to our times, that we indeed are witnessing the great apostasy that was foretold; people abandoning the Christian faith in favor of false teachings and mysticism via seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. We covered a lot today that shows the overwhelming flow of apostasy and the fundamental foundation of salvation in Christ alone.
And we call on the church to abandon any and all teachings, and teachers who persist in such, that contradict the clear teaching of Scripture and return to what was once called sola scriptura, that is by Scripture alone. We basically need to get back to the basics of the Bible, a return to the old paths that the church trod for centuries; those old paths that Jeremiah spoke of:

JEREMIAH 6:15-19
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it

Contact information for James Fire:

You can also find us on Facebook (at least until such Christian groups are removed) The TRUTH Under FIRE; also, friend me on Facebook @ James Joseph Fire.

Two blogs: FROM The MIND of FIRE and The RED PILL Consortium – links to these can be found on TTUF.
I'm also a contributing writer for Real Dark News of THROUGH The BLACK ministries with Thomas Dunn and Jared Chrestman.

To listen to this interview on LOVE For The TRUTH Radio, check it out here:

Prophecy—A One World Order Arising! Interview with James J. Fire

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