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Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Communication of the Remnant (Part 4)

Home Bible Study- Lutz, Florida
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4

The Communication of the Remnant (Part 4)

We’re three lessons into this new series so I think it’s time for a brief review for our sake and for the sake of those who may be visiting our Bible study via the World Wide Web for the first time.  

Matthew 7

13: “Enter through the narrow gate: for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to (what) destruction, and there are (what’s the next word folks) many who enter through it.

14: “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are (how many) few who find it.” 

The Bible verses above are our “banner verses,” if you will.
These words from our Lord and Savior are the guiding standard which supports this teaching series on the Communication of the Remnant. 

Jesus is telling everyone who has “ears to hear” that when humanity is given a choice between believing God and what He has accomplished the majority time and time again chooses the self destructive path. 

Throughout history people have shown a propensity to disbelieve the Word of God.   
The aim of this Bible series is to reveal this Truth.

Now I didn’t intend to do this but a Bible verse just popped into my head and I’m a man who tends to believe that the Holy Spirit put it there to be used.  So lets’ do that.

This is a perfect example of what I’m trying to teach and it says it so clearly.

Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth lasted approximately 3 years.
There is no complete record of the amount of miracles and works He performed.
But thousands of people came from miles around to hear Him teach, to be healed, and to watch/witness the events.

This reminds me of my younger days when the circus came to our town.
I couldn’t afford a ticket to the circus and my parents couldn’t afford to purchase one for me.  The next best thing for us kids was to walk downtown to watch the circus parade on Main Street and then follow it out to the parade grounds. 

We found a comfortable spot and watched the workers set up the Big Top and the smaller tents for the big show that evening.  We watched them wash and feed the elephants too.  We weren’t the only ones there.  Kids came from all over town to get an eye-full.  And some grown-up kids were there too… 

It was an event; a “happening” on an otherwise uneventful summer day.

My point: when the masses knew Jesus was coming to their area or town, not everyone who came to see Jesus was there to hear His words or believed what He was saying.
Most of the people there came only for the “show” and the “free lunch.”

Acts 1

It’s been 40 days since The Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
He has seen and visited many people during that time.
But now it’s time for Him to return to the Father. 

After His Ascension, those who had gathered on Mount Olivet, near Jerusalem, to be with Jesus and to watch Him go into heaven, returned to Jerusalem.

12: Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.  (Skip to verse 15)

15: At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said,

120 men and women!  That was the number of devoted followers the Lord Jesus Christ gathered together to be with Him on His final day on earth.  This was the same number who stayed together, with one mind, continually devoting themselves to prayer.

These represent “the few” in this instance.

120 devoted people out of thousands/tens of thousands.  Do you see?

 This “thread of Truth” runs throughout the entire Bible. 

We looked at the Noahic Flood and then we reviewed the sad account of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Both of these Bible examples occur in the book of Genesis.     

Recently we reviewed the disciples asking Jesus for a sign of His returning.
Of all the things Jesus could have said, the very first thing He uttered was this,

Matthew 24

4b: “See to it that no one misleads you.”

In our last Bible lesson, we studied what Scripture had to say about those people in the church who developed a case of “itchy” ears.

The Bible says the day will come when these folks will not “endure” sound doctrine and will “turn away” from the truth to myths.  At that point they will accumulate “teachers” in accordance with their own desires (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

This “spiritually unhealthy anxiousness” has infiltrated our homes, our communities, our judicial system, our government, our universities, and it certainly has breached the walls of the church. 


Let’s open our Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.

If you continue reading in your Bible beyond Matthew 7:13-14, when you reach verse 15 Jesus’ very next words are also a warning. 

It’s no accident this teaching follows the one above it.

Matthew 7

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

16: You will know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they?”

A couple lessons ago, if you’ll remember, I made a point of saying there are only two camps in this world.  There are Believers and unbelievers. 

There is no middle ground when you are put to the question concerning faith in what God has said.  Your response determines which of these two camps you partner with.

I also mentioned that “fence-sitting” is not an alternative – even though many people practice this activity in the world today.  Why people think this is a safe option I’m not sure.

The Bible does not speak of granting special favors to those who decide to put off making their decision until the Lord Jesus Christ returns. 

Scripture does say, “Today is the day of your Salvation!”  That’s good advice.

Where do I get this idea of the Two Camps perspective?  It’s Biblical.

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 25.

Matthew 25

31: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  (this verse speaks of the time when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to establish His kingdom here on the earth, so this event is at the end of the Tribulation.)

32: “All the nations will be gathered before Him (some people will survive the terrible tribulation; not everyone will die.  But there will be no unbelievers in God’s Kingdom); and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;

33: and He will put the sheep (Believers) on His right, and the goats (unbelievers) on His left.

34: “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

(Skip to verse 41)

41: “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

There are only two camps in this world – sheep and goats; Believers and unbelievers.
Take heed all ye fence-sitters.  Opting not to make a selection is a choice.

We were beginning to look at Jesus’ comments concerning false prophets; those who act and look like the real thing but are not.  Jesus said this,

Matthew 7

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

16: You will know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathers from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they?”

Before Jesus sent His disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel He cautioned them,

Matthew 10

16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep (Believers) in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Jesus was instructing them, since they were following the Good Shepherd, even though they would be ministering and doing good works in an evil world and facing opposition from the devil while doing so, they were not to return evil for evil. 

Jesus ministered from this platform:
Jesus spoke the truth and offered the people a choice to follow Him.  
He beckoned them, He drew them, but He never forced, or rushed them into a decision. 
The apostles followed His example.

Lest we assume Jesus was concerned about false prophets in His era only think again.

Please turn to Acts chapter 20. 

Acts 20

29: “I know that after my departure savage wolves (wolves are the enemy of sheep; they literally tear them to pieces before they are eaten by them) will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

30: and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

31: “Therefore be on the alert…”

Here we see the Apostle Paul deliver the same message.

Jesus and the Apostle Paul warn us about those coming from within the church that would essentially tear it apart.  They will accomplish this by their false teaching. 

In other words, since they are in the church they would teach from the Bible but they would distort its truths.  The Apostle Paul writes,

2 Corinthians 11

12: But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

13: For such men are (what) false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

15: Therefore it is not surprising if his (Satan’s) servants of righteousness, whose ends will be according to their deeds.

These false prophets and deceitful workers may look like the real deal and they may sound good but believe me they are not motivated to provide for or to support your spiritual needs and never will be. 

Their focus will always be on themselves, their church, and their organization.

“Therefore be on the alert…”

(To be continued.)

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GJ Heitzman’s Ministry
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Communicatio of the Remnant (Part 3)

Home Bible Study- Lutz, Florida
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4

The Communication of the Remnant (Part 3)

I left you with this message from our Lord and Savior.

Concerning the end times, when His disciples asked Him what will be a sign of Your coming the very first thing Jesus said was this,

Matthew 24

4b: “See to it that no one misleads you.”

Mislead = to cause somebody to make a mistake or form a false opinion or belief, either by employing deliberate deception or by supplying incorrect information – to lie.

Of all the things Jesus Christ (a.k.a the Creator God) could have told his disciples about this traumatic time in man’s future He chose to lead off with this warning.  

There’s a reason for this my friends. 
The Bible tells of a time when people will no longer “tolerate” the Truth. 

This reality adds a highlight to Jesus’ statement above.

2 Timothy 4

3: For the time will come when they (They = Believers my friends.  Scripture is not referring to unbelievers in this verse) will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves (who) teachers (In the church and in institutions of higher learning where they train receptive minds with the theories of  Freud and Darwin and insist they are factual.  They teach liberally that we all evolved from monkeys and God doesn’t exist.  Whatever their heart fancies) in accordance to their own desires (another word for desires is lusts),

4: and will turn away their ears from the truth (what God has said) and will turn aside to myths (lies).

Generations come; generations go.  Society changes with the times. 
People think the Bible (or how it’s interpreted) should change right along with it.

For instance: the majority of Americans are receptive to the homosexual lifestyle.   Resistance to the gay-agenda in other words is waning fast even amongst Believers.

The president made mention of gay acceptance and equality in his inaugural address.

  • For the record the Bible does not teach a doctrine of hatred toward anyone, and the only thing the Lord Jesus Christ speaks out against is sin and pride.  So the people spreading their message that Christians "hate" homosexual people are at the very least ignorant.                                                                                                                                          The Bible clearly states Jesus died for ALL and not just for some.  These folks should spend time studying the Truth instead of spreading hatred and untruths.
  • Divorce, once thought to be unthinkable among Christians, is now considered one of the facts of life.  While the divorce rate is right around 50% or higher for the nation, it is currently at 45% for evangelical Christians, according to the University of Chicago Research and Opinion Center.The young people attending church have a different opinion of marriage then their parents these days.  There is no longer a “stigma” attached to divorce as there once was.
    Divorce is now seen as “unavoidable.”  Interviews with young adults suggest they want their first marriage to last, but they are not too particularly optimistic about that possibility.  They are embracing the concept of SERIAL Marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different partner for each phase of their adult life. Many young adults these days have a dim view of marriage altogether. They look around and what do they see?  They see wrecked marriages, shattered lives, and broken dreams.  Why not just live together and skip the marriage thing?
    After all, it is what it is…

    Society changes…and they expect their church to keep in step.

Church goers are turning from the Truth of God’s Word and following after false prophets, false pastors, false ministers, false teachers, and deceptive workers in the church in large numbers.

This should not surprise anyone.  For there is no place on earth Satan’s evil influence has not infiltrated.  Even the walls of the church have been breached.

Are you not aware Scripture says Satan disguises himself as an angel of light?

2 Corinthians 11

12: But what I am doing (preaching the LORD JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED) I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

13: For such men are (what) false apostles, deceitful workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Young people are still seekers.  They’re searching for truth.  I believe this.
But they’re up against the world and the god of this world.
That’s a powerful one-two punch.

I know a young man for instance who has been introduced to Jesus and the gospel.
But he’s exploring his other options which are Yoga and Hinduism at the moment.
In my opinion, he’s sold out to Yoga and its RELIGION.
Jesus has been demoted to a discussion group.

The problem with this young man is he too has “itching” ears.
He’s an intelligent young man.  He’s been introduced to the Truth.
But the Truth is not enough.  He seeks something “else;” something a bit “more.”

Let’s get right down to the nitty-gritty. 
What does the Bible say about these people with the “itching” ears? 

They are self-centered, self-absorbed, self-concerned, self-indulgent, self-serving, self-interested, and motivated by their desires (2 Timothy 3:17).

These folks are going to be attracted to whatever or whoever makes them “feel good.”

And this is why the PROSPERITY GOSPEL is still the gospel in vogue today.  Thousands crowd into Mega-Churches on a weekly basis to hear their man (or their woman as the case may be) deliver their “feel good message.”

This style of preaching is referred to as RELATIVISM or “Cotton Candy Theology”
It tastes good – but has no substance. 

Relativism = the belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation

The prosperity message is: God blesses those God favors with material wealth

And millions of Christians fill up the pews every week to hear this false teaching.
Why?  It’s just what they’re “itching” ears want to hear.

“Itching ears” are eager to hear every new idea, every new theory, no matter how fanciful or farfetched it may be.  “They have to be “itched” to be “entertained” by teachings that will produce sensations and leave them with good “feelings” about themselves.”          John MacArthur. 

People with itching ears want preachers who tell them what they WANT to hear instead of want they NEED to hear.  As we get closer to the Lord’s second coming, the more of these “itching” type preachers we are going to see. 

There’s quite a demand.  It’s also quite profitable!

For a group, such as Christians, who proclaim to believe their Bible, many have tossed it aside and elected homosexuals as priests and ministers. 

For example: the Episcopal Church has elected two homosexual bishops. 

The Church of England, struggling to remain “relevant” in modern Britain despite falling numbers of believers, has lifted a ban on gay male clergy from becoming bishops.  Soon women may be allowed to become bishops as well.
On the subject of same-sex marriages in America:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially began blessing same-sex unions in 2009.

The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly Permanent Council has ruled that same-sex ceremonies are not forbidden, as long as they are not considered to be the same as marriage services.

The United Methodist Church – Baltimore-Washington annual conference (May 2011) seeks to change the church’s Book of Discipline to be amended “to allow pastors to perform same-sex marriages and ceremonies in member churches in jurisdictions where legislatures already have gay marriage laws, such as the District.” 
*Waiting on vote in 2012.

Quakers recorded the first same-sex marriage in the USA in 1987.

The United Church of Christ affirms equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that the government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of legally recognized marriage.  2005

The Affirming Pentecostal Church International and the Global Alliance Apostolic Pentecostals are US based denominations of Oneness Pentecostals that will perform weddings for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.

The United Church of Christ has no formal rules requiring or prohibiting solemnization of wedding vows.  Each local church is autonomous in the management of its own affairs and has the right to operate in the way customary to it, it cannot be abridged or impaired.  It has the freedom to bless or prohibit and kind of marriage or relationship in whatever way they discern appropriate.  They may choose to bless same-sex marriages, same-sex unions, same-sex relationships, etc. 

The Body of Christ

 These are the days of the “itching ears.”  Consequently, these people come to church with certain demands; and they influence their church leadership.   And it’s not just in the liberal churches, either.  It happens in evangelical churches as well.  

People come to church with a personal agenda in mind.
Some of these are:
·         Make me happy
·         Meet my needs
·         Don’t talk about sin 
·         Don’t talk about hell 
·         Tell me how to be successful
·         Don’t be so negative 
·         Bible doctrine is boring 
·         Theology doesn’t matter                     
·         Sermons are too long 
·         Make the gospel relevant
·         Tell more stories
·          Make me laugh
·         Tell some jokes
·         Help me feel good about myself
·         Build up my self-esteem             
·         Don’t be divisive 
·         Be positive 
Where is the “hunger” for the Word of Truth in the Church today?
When will it be RIGHTLY DIVIDED?

Where is the personnel accountability?
Faith is followed by action…

The Lord said, “See to it that no one misleads you.”

The Church of Oprah began several years ago.  That’s right.  Oprah Winfrey.
She was a Believer once until one Sunday morning (during the sermon) a Baptist pastor made her wonder why God would be “jealous.”  Her mind started to wander…

From that moment on she has entertained the notion that God is jealous of her.
Why, because Oprah believes she is a god too. 

Millions of people around the world have “bought” into her heretical philosophy.

Please take the time to view the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4LLwkgmqA

People, people, people…Satan has been selling this lie to millions for centuries –
“You can be like God.” 

Eve fell for it (Genesis 3:5) and helped plunge the entire human race into sin and death.
This lie is Satan’s best weapon against mankind. 


Mr. Joel Osteen has been and is a rising star in the Christian world.
Lakewood Church, in Houston Texas, is the largest mega church in the USA. 
It averages 43,500 in attendance per week.  
His sermons are viewed in over 100 countries worldwide. 
His family members make up the church leadership.

Their website says the church is evangelical in belief.
But Joel Osteen preaches the Prosperity Gospel.

FYI: Mr. Osteen does not possess a degree from a Bible college.

The Troubling View of Joel Osteen

 There’s more:

Joyce Meyer also preaches the Prosperity Gospel.
In addition, her teachings are not confirmed by the Word of God.
To be honest her preaching is heretical.

But don’t just take my word for it, please. 

Pastor Josh Buice has a few words to add.

Paul R. Belli and G. Richard Fisher from Personnel Freedom Outreach’s also comments on Joyce Meyer’s false teaching and a few other things.

Please be aware this is not an attack on these individuals or on their efforts.
I’m not here to judge these folks.  This Bible lesson is for your edification only.

We’ve looked at some of the more well known people who are teaching false truths.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. 
The practice is wide spread and growing at an alarming rate.

The majority has always gotten it wrong when it comes to believing God.

Far too many believers are being led astray by these individuals and their false teaching.  But they preach a message that those with “itching” ears want to hear.

Unfortunately, trusting individuals seeking the Truth get caught up in their web.

Believers hold to the Truth.  Take a stand!
We live in a society where long held values are being confronted and challenged. 

The Apostle Paul writes,

2 Timothy 1

13: (Insert your name here) Retain the standard of (what) sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

As I’ve said I’m not judging anyone and this includes the folks who flood into these churches week after week to hear these people preach their “feel good” messages.

Some of these folks may be Believers.  We may be hobnobbing with them for eternity.    Only God knows the answer to such questions. 

But history shows following the crowd is not always a wise decision when it comes to spiritual matters. 

Matthew 7

13: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

(To be continued)

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GJ Heitzman’s Ministry
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