Warning Before He Comes – Get Your House in Order

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7: 15.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4: 3-4.

Dear Readers,

I have been a Christian for over 36 years. I was saved in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, in a free evangelical church. I went from there to Leek in Staffordshire, to an old Baptist Union church. I believe that in those formative years as a Christian I received the finest teaching from the word of God that a young Christian could ever receive. I was grounded in the word of God for my first seven years as a Christian. But there was a problem. I did not know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I became very legalistic and sadly I was a hypocrite. I was, as CS Lewis once said, a Sunday angel but a Monday devil. I faced many conflicts in those years as I wanted to serve the Lord with all my heart but I could not. My pastor, who was a very godly man, when he baptised me gave me these verses:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3.

What a wise man. He saw this tramp that came off the street. He brought me to the foot of the cross by using a wonderful little book, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. He and many others grounded me in the word of God, which has kept me through many years. But sadly as Jesus said, even the elect can be led astray (Mark 13:22). I was led astray. Though my own pride and my besetting sins I lost my first marriage by allowing a man I met to introduce me to the doctrine of demons. During that period of time I was filled with the Holy Ghost through pentecostal Christians who knew the word of God and the power of God. But he devil himself is very subtle and as the word says comes to us an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11: 14). This resulted in my being in the wilderness for approximately seven years. I still loved God, I still loved my Lord Jesus, but my life was a mess. I went to Bible college. I graduated. I pioneered a few churches. But I was led astray by false doctrine. I listened to such teachers as Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Morris Cerullo, Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar. In short, I became a prosperity preacher. I was part of a large ministry in the West Midlands, but unfortunately, my brothers and sisters, I was chasing after wealth, power, position and adoration from my fellow brothers and sisters. But our Father is so gracious; I did not get what I deserved. It was a time of tremendous growth and in spite of my disobedience and at times complete rebellion God blessed me mightily. I believed at the time that what I was doing was pleasing to God, but sadly it was not.

So I urge you my brothers and sisters to check the word of God, read it for yourself and make up your mind about these megachurches and prosperity preachers, as I have learned that there is only one true gospel and it does not say you or I should be rich or powerful; it does not promise us a new house, cars or lands; it tells us to go and to make disciples of all nations.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20.

The message is to go, preach, teach and make disciples. This is the purpose of the church of Jesus Christ. No matter what denomination or grouping you belong to, go, preach, teach and make disciples of all people.

I believe with what is happening around the world and the fulfilment of much prophetic scripture that the Lord is very close. Most churches today sadly have become entertainment centres and people seem to be spending more time looking after the needs of those inside the church than what Jesus commanded them to do, to go and reach the lost. It is almost as if the leaders in the church have forgotten that the reason we exist is to reach as many as we can and bring them to the foot of the cross. When was the last time you saw anybody saved, healed or filled with the Spirit or your pastor teach on the second coming of Christ, which many of us believe is imminent? The upshot of this is you will not be judged on how many times you went to a church meeting, Bible study, conference or Christian concert; you will be judged on your fruit. So what fruit will you take with you when the trumpet is sounded and Jesus calls us?

Rev Ross Rennie

Training Cambodian Rural Pastors

I have just returned from a trip to Cambodia and seen some amazing developments within the church of Jesus Christ in that country. The church is between approximately 500,000 and 600,000 and in the provinces is growing day by day. The population now is about 16 million, but there are still many challenges for the pastors and leaders. Their biggest challenge is training and equipping the saints for works of service. I would ask all of you to pray for the nation and the leaders of the churches of Cambodia. Please keep in prayer the upcoming election in July that it will go peacefully and not affect the work of the kingdom.

I am at present working on a project where rural pastors can come into Phnom Penh for training. If you would like to find out more about this, please contact me through the web site. It would cost approximately £25 for a pastor to come in from a province and receive training for a week. This training is invaluable for their work when they return to their respective churches. So if you feel led to sow into this ministry, please contact me.

Rev Ross Rennie

Sponsored Silence Completed

Thank you to everybody for their support of the sponsored silence, which was completed on Sunday 6 August after 24 hours of silence and no sleep. This can be verified from Mr Myers Cooper and Mr Austin Allkins.

This was the hardest thing I have ever done and I thank God it is over.

If you have not yet paid in your sponsorship please do so at www.give.net/silence as I am now preparing to distribute the money between the two charities.

Ross Rennie

Would You Take a Bullet for Jesus?

We as the body of Christ are in the most dangerous time of church history. Where are the great leaders? Where are the inspirational women and men of God? Many of you may have heard of David Wilkerson. David was a mighty man of God. David came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s when he met a young man called Nicky Cruz who was a leader of one of the most notorious gangs in New York. If you know the testimony or you have read the book The Cross and the Switchblade, you will have seen that David was prepared to die for Christ.

I once asked a church that I was ministering in, would you take a bullet for Jesus? Unfortunately many today would not. Jesus tells us very clearly in Mark 8:35, “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Even the Apostle Paul says in Scripture that he was poured out as drink offering. Many of the disciples were executed for the sake of the gospel.

Sadly many have accepted a candy-coated gospel. We do not hear much today about the second coming of Christ. We have churchmen who are saying this will never happen. We have churchmen who are denying the resurrection, the virgin birth. We have prosperity teachers teaching that all God wants you to do is to get rich. But there are still some of us who believe we should be warning the people of this world that God is a God of love, He is a God of mercy, but He is also a God of justice, and those who reject His Son the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in the fires of hell. It is time for the church to wake up and for the true believers to preach the truth again.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3: 16-21)

So if you want to argue with anyone then your argument is with God and not with us.

Much of the church today has become social clubs, entertainment centres and sadly an irrelevance to the world we live in. I myself long for a true revival and restoration of our nation and world before the great and terrible day of the Lord’s return. If you know and love the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord, Saviour and God, then one day you will hear these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into your rest.” If you are a deceiver, a false prophet, then you will hear these words: “Get behind me, you workers of iniquity, I knew you not.” Sadly, you will with “the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars” be thrown into “the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21: 8) and there will be no reprieve. But the good news is, if you repent, turn from your sin and believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead (Romans 10: 9), you will hear those words, “Well done” and then enter eternal bliss.

Rev Ross Rennie

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