Can our Charity and Constant Support Uplift People in ‘a World that Lasts Forever,’ and so, Change the World and Bring them to Christ?
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Of course we must “love,” agape or live charitable towards everyone, but many people refuse to accept Jesus if “He doesn’t feed them first,” as in the Bible. So, “…everyone shared their possessions so there were none among them who lacked…” (Acts 4:32-34.) This was how the first disciples allegedly “loved multitudes of people into the ‘Kingdom of God.’” So they say, charity and upliftment, (humanist “love” that focuses on man more than on God, which is idolatry, Rom. 1:18-32,) will change this world of poverty and deprivation into a “restored earth.” They claim, “James wrote one cannot give the Gospel to the hungry and suffering without providing for them and aiding them until they change their lives.” Hence, people must be accepted unconditionally, kept, and nurtured, whether they want to believe in Jesus or not. After all, ‘love changes everything.’ All we must do to clear up this mess on earth, is to “love” the sinners and the needy, and we will turn everything bad into good!”
Without minimizing anything about the suffering of all races and creeds across the world, I must say that these people view the Gospel back to front. To supply their ‘everlasting earth’ agenda, they focus on church members and charity not on Jesus.
Firstly, this is simply the false Kingdom-now-on-earth dogma, (‘changing the fallen world into a good world,’) behind a new mask. Bill Johnson of Bethel Culture put a new spin on this dogma with his Heaven-Now fallacy. He alleges that they “pull heaven down to earth” and save everyone through their hyper anointing and “the realization that God is good.” However, this fusion of heaven and earth is the occult dogma of “as above, so below, ” not the Scriptural Gospel of Jesus Christ. To fit his false vision, Johnson does not believe the world will end and so, He does not believe that Jesus will return on the clouds, although Jesus Himself said, “Heaven and earth will pass away [That Day when I return,] but My words will never pass away,” (Mt. 24:27-35; 2 Pt. 3:10-14; 2 Ths. 1:6-10.)
· Secondly, this is narcissist arrogance in power mode. Paul warned, “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, give my body to be burned, but have not “Love,” [Jesus God Himself, 1 Jn. 4:8,] it profits me nothing!” (1 Cor. 13:3.) Jesus must be worshipped and glorified by our works of “love,” as He did everything for us to live spiritually, emotionally, and physically in Him – should we choose to accept Him and agape Him in spirit and in truth, (Jn. 3:16; 4:21-24.)
Thirdly, Jesus' commission is to "go into all the world to preach His Gospel [of Truth to] make disciples from all the nations..." (Mt. 28:18-20.) But churches replaced it with the dangerous dogma of universalism – everyone will be saved without the preaching of Jesus’ Gospel, faith in, and obedience to Him, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 14:6.) Truth is, we must accept, obey, and follow Jesus despite everything and everyone else in this world because He is God, not because of what we can “get” from Him. Jesus did not say, “I will give you all you want and then you can choose if you want to believe in Me.” He commanded in Mt. 16:24, “If anyone wants to become My disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross, [whatever may hinder him,] and follow Me.” Jesus then multiplied the bread and fish to feed the multitudes who “came after” Him. There is no doubt that He will fulfil the needs of all those who belong to Him. But He will not allow people to use Him to get what they want by twisting His Gospel and Moral Law. James wrote in chapter 2, “If brothers or sisters [true believers] are naked… or hungry, [we need to agape them…] because faith works together with [Moral-Law] deeds” to glorify God, not to save people.
Not even Jesus “loves people 'into' His Kingdom.” He gave Himself for us, so that everyone who “believes in Him, [and chooses to accept and obey Him,] will have eternal life [in heaven,]” (Jn. 3:16; 1:12-14; 3:3-5.) Where Paul spoke of “love” in 1 Corinthians 13, He was not making us into soppy love-bombs that can destroy all evil on earth. He described the All-holy, Almighty Character of the Highest God, (revealed by His Moral Law of Agape,) and compared our obedience to Him to the manifestation of the Holy Spirit's gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, etcetera, (Jn. 13:34; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.) He concluded that, without the indwelling Holy Spirit through the personal rebirth in Christ, (without God Himself, “Love” or Agape,) none of us can follow His Moral Law, and the manifestation of His gifts would be meaningless.
· Let us not miss Scripture’s queue before the “sharing of possessions” in Acts 4, which these people connect to the so-called “constant upliftment” of everyone on an 'enduring' earth. The writer clearly states, “The believers were of one heart and soul [in faith and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.]” How did they get to that spiritual place? They “loved,” (agape,) God first and above all. So, they were called “Followers of The Way,” or True disciples of Jesus Himself, (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14.) Their focus was on Jesus. Being spiritually born again in Him by hearing and understanding His True Gospel, they personally believed and accepted everything He had done for them on Golgotha and through His life on earth. Next, they were sincerely baptized in water as His disciples or true followers, (Acts 8:35-39 – verse 37, which refutes the baby sprinkling, was omitted in many new translations.) They knew their newborn human spirits were “complete” in Christ, (Col. 2:9-15,) and they were studying the Scriptures daily to “renew” their minds or thoughts and beliefs to understand and obey His Word, (Rom. 12:1-3.)
Thus, Jesus’ True Gospel spread like wildfire through the known world at that time. Charity followed but was never the focus of their lives in Christ. There were no false church doctrines yet, which made them into denominations or divisions of Christianity. This was before the church system was implemented during the latter part of the first century; containing people in ‘holy’ buildings, and ruling them by greedy, hierarchical clergies.
To this day, “God does not dwell in temples made with hands,” built on earth, (Acts 7:44-50.) He lives through His Holy Spirit in His sincerely believing, obedient disciples, who are the Body and Bride of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This world is not their home. “They embrace and confess that they are strangers and pilgrims on the earth… and declare plainly that they seek an [eternal] homeland. [So,] they have no opportunity to return [to their former spiritual state without God in this world.] But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a [heavenly] city for them!” (Heb. 11:13-16.) Hallelujah!
CHARITY – THE VITAL TOPIC STILL ON EVERYONE’S LIPS
How do we fulfill Jesus’ calling to “give enough” to save the lost and alleviate the suffering of millions, which is shockingly real and growing in intensity, while evading the overwhelming numbers of con-artists and other scammers; especially those who pretend to know Jesus? Those thieves in sheep’s clothing flourish on the good-heartedness of believers, because the need is so great people do not know where and how to start giving. One sure sign of a sincere believer is to have a burden for the lost and the suffering, (Jn. 13:34.) It is true that no political party, church, army, or community can change anything about the deterioration of this world – except for making everything worse on religious and social levels through humanism and exploitation. So, where possible, we must support the true ministries of Jesus so that His redeeming, saving, blessing truth power can go out to the people who sincerely cry out to Him, (Acts 1:8.) And while we tend to spiritual needs, it is also true that the hungry cannot eat their Bibles. But where do we get the means and strength to overcome this global flood of suffering to do what is right?
While prayerfully seeking God’s face through Scripture, we must remember that Jesus, the Bread of Life, is the only answer to our problems, (Jn. 6:35 KJV.) No one, except Jesus Himself when He returns on the clouds, will change the fact that “the [whole] world [without Christ] is in the power [or deception, lostness, and cursedness] of the evil one,” (1 Jn. 5:19; Gal. 3:10-14.) People need to be sincerely and personally born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to be delivered and “transferred from darkness into His Light [of spiritual redemption, salvation, and blessing,]” (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-4; Eph. 1:7, 12-14.) Once delivered from the power and kingdom of darkness, major changes in their lifestyles will follow, which will eradicate many problems. That is our aim, and Jesus knew that the burden for this decaying world is simply too crushing for anyone to bear. So, He commanded, “Come to Me all who labor, [or push themselves to extremes to please God,] and I will give you rest [from the pressures of church legalism.] Take My yoke, [the concern for the lost and the suffering,] upon you and learn from Me [through an honest relationship with Me to understand how I taught by example,] for My yoke, [to love or agape in deed and truth,] is soft [or easy, as it comes ‘naturally’ to Scripturally born again believers,] and My burden is light, [as I took it all in your place at the cross.]” (Mt. 11:28-30; Isa. 53:3-5.)
Jesus was saying we need to do everything in step with Scriptural Truth and Holy-Spirit leading. We must patiently follow Him and not anxiously try to bring people to repentance, and thus from suffering and poverty. Following Jesus is a lifestyle of trust and emotional growth in Him, (Rom. 12:1-3.) A tree does not bear fruit with great effort, but from the nourishment it extracts from the fertile ground in which it is planted. Psalm 1:3, “He [who remains in Jesus] shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, which brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” What’s more, it is truly liberating to realize that we cannot take responsibility for the choices of other people. We can only take care of our own responsibilities, (Mt. 25:31-46.) Every person will only have to give an account for his or her own unconfessed, unrepentant sin and wilful disobedience to the precepts of God’s inward, Moral Law; not for the decisions of other people, (Ezk. 18:20.)
So, where do we begin to fulfill God’s calling to follow Him in truth and deed, as the time is so short and the task is so immense?
We must soberly face the realities; only the truth about everything will set us free from the pressure of legalism and everything else. Forget the false promises that we can ‘change’ this fallen world by “loving people into the Kingdom of God,” as the Holy Spirit will supposedly be “poured out again and again to save everyone.” Isn’t John 3:16 the sum of the Gospel, which declares that only those who wholeheartedly choose to accept and follow Jesus will be spiritually saved, redeemed, and blessed? And wasn’t Pentecost as described in the Bible, the One and Only ‘outpouring’ or full indwelling of the Holy Spirit that will “abide” in all true believers from That Day forward until “the end of the world?” (1 Jn. 2:20, 27; Mt. 28:18-20.) If we cannot concentrate our lives on Jesus with God Himself living in us, what would ‘another’ so-called ‘outpouring’ benefit us? What more do we need? Well, our thoughts or minds must be constantly renewed through real Scriptural knowledge to “know” and do the perfect will of God as He leads us, (Rom. 12:1-3.) That’s it. We must decidedly do what God requires of us on a daily basis; He will take care of the rest, which is totally beyond the reach of humans. We are living in the proliferation of demonic power and sin until Jesus comes, because Irresponsibility and its demonic mate Lawlessness are ravishing the whole earth. No human being can change anything about our circumstances; we only have the power to change ourselves – and to bring God’s Answer, (Jesus,) to a dying world to glorify Him.
Practically, to help the destitute, we must begin by understanding who “the destitute” really are. While giving charity and Bibles is wonderful, it is also necessary to explain God’s universal principles concerning poverty, crime, brokenness – and especially the Truth of Scripture, as demonstrated in Philip’s encounter with the high dignitary from Ethiopia, who read the Scriptures but could not understand them, (Acts 8:27-39.) In the worst global onslaught on Jesus’ disciples, everyone was indoctrinated by the replica of His body, the church system, to read the Bible from their own perspective. Hence, believers will never understand the truth if they miss the real context of Scripture. That is why the Spirit gave His different callings and gifts to the members of Jesus’ body to bring His Truth, understanding, and other ministrations to them, (1 Cor. 12:4-31.)
The reality of Scripture and its true, prophetic fulfilment is that this world is in a cataclysmic, downward spiral, (2 Pt. 3:10-14.) Our only hope is Jesus; all He did for us, and the fact that He will return to “right every wrong.” We must obey His inward, Moral Law to glorify Him, but we will enter heaven solely by God’s grace through the full atonement of Jesus Christ in our place, (Gal. 3:1-29.)
Thus, it is wise to say, “The needs that flood the earth are real. So, by His grace, to glorify Jesus and agape everyone, I will fully surrender to His will and follow the Spirit step by step. I can do nothing more than what the Spirit gives me to do except to pray, grow in His Scriptural knowledge, and obey Him in His timing,” (Rom. 12:1-3.) We are all moving forward towards Jesus’ return and both the needy and the givers must prepare accordingly. Givers cannot give anything, truth or “oil for their lamps” especially, if they do not have enough for themselves. So, they must now take care of themselves in Jesus to be able to take care of others while they still can, (Mt. 25:1-13.) [Read 2 Cor. 9:7, 8, 12-15 to correctly apply the giving of charity “as we have purposed in our hearts,” because the churches have messed so much with our minds by distorting this passage.] While we must give and do everything as the Spirit leads, “giving” is never compulsory. If sincere “giving” is done according to His will and thus for His purpose, “Jesus will supply all our needs… [to live Godly in this world and to give] to glorify Jesus through our obedience.”
An important note: discretion must always guide charity, (Ps. 112:5-8.) This world is full of deceivers, swindlers, and extortionists. Clearly genuine need aside, one sure guide in ‘giving’ is to ask, ‘Would Jesus have given money or whatever to support this false teacher, whom 2 John verses 9-11 states, we must not even greet [as a fellow believer] as we then share in his evil deeds? Would Jesus support this drug addict or gambler, who abuses God and people, will tell any inconceivable lie, and cry a river of tears to support his addiction to Satan, while sweeping the hard earned money of people into the bursting purses of drug lords and other superrich money mongers? And what would Jesus say about this lazy bum who never holds down a job? (Read the answer in 2 Ths. 3:10.) Or those who make everything ‘disappear,’ just to pester everyone to give more and more without ever asking for a job? Proverbs 30:15 warned, “The leech has two daughters, Give and Give, and nothing is ever enough for them.”
The two massive demons named Irresponsibility and Lawlessness will have a ball until Jesus comes. The only choice people have is to either follow them, or to fall on their knees to plead that Jesus will turn their lives around as they, through complete reliance on Him, reject all sin and follow Him to the end, (Mt. 24:11-14.) If they make the wrong choice, they will suffer immensely together with the rest of this disintegrating world. If they make the right choice, they will be persecuted for living a Godly life in Christ, (2 Tim. 3:12,) which God allows to loosen us from all sinful desires and behaviors, to get ready for Jesus’ return either through death or on the clouds, (Heb. 5:8.)
The great consolation is, God will never ask us to give indiscriminately or what we do not have to give. The five wise virgins had to refuse to share their “oil” with the five unwise virgins when there was no more “oil to buy,” and while they entered into the marriage feast, the irresponsible, lawless virgins suffered destruction, (Mt. 25:1-13.) There comes a time when we must say “no” to Irresponsibility and Lawlessness.
These realities of life on earth and life in the Spiritual Kingdom of Christ, lead us to the following sober, Scriptural conclusions. First, as Jesus did, all His disciples must focus on preaching His Word to lift people out of their spiritual state of lostness, bondage, and cursedness, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Only Jesus can bring them to responsibility and Scriptural obedience, which can turn their lives around.
After that, people must learn to take responsibility for themselves and every aspect of their lives by following Jesus as His dedicated disciples. This is Jesus’ great commission to every true believer, (Mt. 28:18-20.) Yet, we cannot do this for them or carry them out of poverty or to heaven. Jesus preached and then moved forward to preach some more; leaving those behind who chose to stay behind. It is heart-breaking to see them perish. But such bad decisions are part of the privilege of being entrusted with God’s incredible gift of free will and the stewardship of our talents.
· So, without being transported from the bondage of drug and alcohol abuse, laziness, irresponsible parenting, and lawlessness in jobs and talents; every other evil thing will rule people’s lives. Hence, those who have lived in soberness, diligence, responsibility towards their families, jobs, talents, etcetera, and follow Jesus as the Provider of it all, can give everything they have to supposedly ‘remedy’ the suffering in this world, and it will not change lives. Within a few days or weeks everything will be squandered by feeding Irresponsibility and Lawlessness and no one will have anything. The innocent like children and animals will continue to suffer the most. Not one soul will come to Christ, while only more and more will be demanded to feed the insatiable king of darkness that deceives and controls the whole ungodly earth.
· Here a serious question arises. When Jesus comes, will He overlook the recklessness of believers who fed Irresponsibility and Lawlessness on a global scale, thinking their “love and charity” can save humanity from those devouring demons? Surely, just as those in the power of Irresponsibility and Lawlessness will have to give an account on That Day, those who fed their lusts to continue without Christ, will also have to give an account for not “spending” everything He had entrusted to them wisely in Scriptural obedience?
So, next to our rebirth in Jesus Christ, taking personal responsibility for our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives determines the state of our lives here on earth, which can also affect our salvation in Christ, (Mt. 25:31-46.) Jesus said we will always have the poor with us, because there will always be a multitude of people who reject and neglect Jesus and His life-saving Moral commandments; thinking other people can do it all for them and give it all to them. This is simply silly, to say the least. God helps those who choose and follow and obey Him. Jesus Alone is the Redeemer and Blessor. And so, “few are those who [choose to] enter by the Narrow Gate and [continue to] follow the Narrow Way.”
· Any doubts that this is the only true answer to suffering? Since when can our Father in heaven not make a way for His true children to supply all their needs (not wants) on this earth? Since when did Jesus not provide for those who remain at His feet although they sometimes stumble? Since when did He not support those whom He truly called to minister to His body – if they are willing to repent from all falsities and sin to preach only His real Scriptural truth, and where necessary, also work with their own hands as Paul did? (Acts 20:33-34; 1 Ths. 2:9; 4:9-12.)
Our God is omnipotent or almighty; omniscient or all-knowing, and omnipresent or everywhere at the same time. His commandment, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His [Moral-law] righteousness,” is attached to His promise, “and all these things, [in the context of this passage it means everything we need not our greed,] will be added unto you.” Read Matthew 6:25-34 for yourself to see how Jesus, Who feeds the birds and clothes the lilies, will always provide all the necessities [not the prosperity doctrine’s greeds] of His true believers!
· Still, it remains a dilemma for everyone to know exactly how and when to give, and not to neglect Jesus’ blood-bought body or even unbelievers who are suffering, as “all the souls are His,” (Ezk. 18:4.) After all, Jesus, in judging the “goats” while commending the “sheep” in Matthew 25:31-46, sent the obedient sheep or His true disciples into everlasting life, stating, “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, [the true believers] you did it to Me,” (verse 40.) And to the goats He said, “Inasmuch as you did not do it to the least you did not do it to Me. Depart into everlasting punishment…” (Verses 45-46.) In my Bible, the heading of this passage is, “Judgment of the nations.” Yet, in context, this has nothing to do with the ‘nations.’ Jesus focussed on “His brethren,” the body of Christ. The Bible was not written for ‘the nations’ without Him, but for those from the ‘nations’ who willingly seek, follow, and strive to obey Him, (Jn. 3:16.)
Was Jesus excluding those living without Him from His charity? No, because God so loved the whole world that He made a way for everyone who suffers, (Jn. 3:16.) However, in context, that means, “…He who [choose to] believe in Him, [as in being wholly committed to Him,] is not condemned; but he who does not [choose to] believe is condemned already…” (Jn. 3:17-21.) Every other teaching of Scripture revolves around this incredible truth. Still, the manifestation of Jesus’ blessing is not instant riches for those who choose Him, as churches teach. It is systematically moving forward as we obey the precepts of His Moral law to be responsible in everything He had entrusted to us. We are all mere custodians or stewards of everything we think we ‘have.’ Believers must be the sober-thinking, Scriptural-obeying, responsible, Moral-Law obeying body of Christ, (1 Cor. 6:15-20.) So, to understand our way through this maze in the world, we must firstly discern the clear boundary between “all the souls are Mine” and “My brethren.” Without the context, we lose the Truth about everything. God actually said in Ezekiel 18:4, “All the souls are Mine: the soul of the father and the soul of the son. [This is how God then defines ‘the world’ and ‘My brethren:’] The soul who sins [by rejecting and deliberately disobeying Christ] shall die [by his own choices.] But if a man [is in Jesus] and [obeys the inward Moral Law, Jn. 13:34…] he shall surely live!” (Verse 9.)
· This means, God is the Creator and Judge of everyone on earth. So, everyone is accountable before God for himself and everything and everyone He had entrusted to him, as seen in the parable of the ten virgins; the talents where the one who buried his only talent lost it while the others who worked with theirs gained twice as much. So, in this context, we can again look with greater understanding at God’s judgment of everyone in the ‘world’ as well as those who profess the Name of Jesus. Paul explained in 2 Ths. 1:5-12, “…The righteous judgment of God… [will come only] when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, [this is only one ‘revealing;’ one return, 2 Pt. 3:10-14; Mt. 24:35,] taking vengeance on those who do not know God, [unbelievers who buried His Gospel and their personal responsibilities], and on those [goat-believers] who [did the same by] not obeying [His] Gospel. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…” There will be no ‘second chance’ like in the false rapture dogma.] This is not the Israeli Timeline fallacy. This is God’s contextual truth right through the whole Bible.
Just as important is the fact that God’s first commandment to Adam was to “tend and keep” the garden, or to work, look after, and guard it. This symbolizes every aspect of our lives on earth while living by God’s inward Moral Law, which is following His Scriptural teachings and Holy-Spirit leading in dealing with ourselves and other people,’ (Mt. 22:36-40; 18:15-20.) Our first responsibility is to seek God and open ourselves to Him when He ‘knocks,’ as the Holy Spirit came to convict and convince everyone on earth of “sin, [that dark spiritual place without God,] righteousness [that is only to be found in Jesus, which include our spiritual deliverance, salvation, and blessing,] and judgment, [for choosing to openly defy Him, or to live a sanctimonious church life in self-deception,]” (Jn. 16:8-12.) So, no one will be able to say to Him, “I did not know…”’ (Mt. 7:21-24.)
That is why, by continuing in sin, people cause their own suffering – and of course, the suffering of others. Remember that following false dogma falls directly in this criterion. God’s universal laws as discussed in this article outline the vital, Scriptural obligations of true believers to be His instruments of light, life, and blessing in this cursed ‘world’ without Him, (1 Jn. 5:19; Gal. 3:10-14.)
Therefore, it is our responsibility to “go into the whole world, [everyone’s ‘world’ is where each one is able to reach,] to preach the Gospel to make [willing, decided, delivered, blessed] disciples. To baptize the disciples [in water as an outward declaration of their inner rebirth in Christ.] And then to teach them all [Jesus said and not false doctrine, which cannot save, redeem, bless, or ‘renew’ their minds like His Word does.] And I, [Jesus,] Am with you [through the indwelling Holy Spirit,] even to the end of the world,” (Mt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12:1-3.)
Note that Jesus did not command us to love other people more than ourselves, especially when it comes to dealing with their sin. We are not the saviors, redeemers, or blessors; everyone must live by personal grace and faith under the direct headship of Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is only One God and One Mediator between God and man — the man Christ Jesus.” We are only here to point people to The Way, The Truth, and The Life, Jesus Who Is God, in Whom Alone everyone on earth can find all they need. No one, not even God Himself, will veto or change the personal decisions of people. Each one lives by his or her own choices and either obtains redemption and blessing, or suffers the consequences of lostness.