Rev 2:13a [Jesus says] I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith...
"Holdest fast my name and Hast not denied my faith..." Keep these powerful words in mind when reading the following article.
"I have a personal relationship with God..."
So many people mouth the words but what are they truly saying? One Christian can say, "I have a personal relationship with God" and the unsaved person says, "So do I" and another may ask, "Which God?" and another may say, "There are many gods...which one are you referring to?"
The World is Not Without Religion
There are so many religions out there to suit one's taste and we all have to respect one another but that does not mean that all these religions are true or that people are searching for God in the realm of truth. The world is becoming a very religious place that tolerates anything and everything BUT the name of Jesus spoken within the context of the Holy Scriptures. One can preach to the rooftops about Christian Science or New Age and no one blinks an eye but when a Christian starts preaching about Jesus as being the Son of God, born of a virgin, the only exclusive way to Heaven, some people have a HUGE problem with that. So what is wrong with the Christian saying, "I have a personal relationship with God"? Well, many things for the very reason that the people of this world have many gods. All do not believe in the God of Abraham-- The Great I AM. So the Christian's Savior has a name-- the proper way to describe your faith is by saying "The Lord Jesus is my Savior-- I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ".
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
A popular female evangelist was on Larry King the other night and we happened to catch a few minutes of the program. She mentioned "God" a lot but one has to wonder if the unsaved person watching, as much as we did, could come to Christ Jesus by her "God" talk. Putting aside for the moment that we strongly disagree with her on matters of doctrine, mentioning God is not enough. If one is on national television and claims to be a Christian and is asked about their faith, they better say WHO their Savior is. Lift up the name of Jesus. Say who your "Lord" is. Christians love throwing around "The Lord" without any mention of His name.
Phil 2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Franklin Graham has taken much heat for saying the name of Jesus in the inaugural prayers and other public prayers. Oh yes, the name of Jesus clearly defines that you are a Christian and the name of Jesus is an offense to many who oppose Christianity. The world wants to curse the name, mock the name but they do not want to hear prayers in the name of Jesus. That is most offensive to them.
Consider the following newspaper excerpts and see for yourself how serious the name of Jesus really is:
Bill Broadway Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 27, 2001, Page B9
God's Place on the Dais Use of 'Jesus' in Inaugural Prayers Breeds Some Worry
"President Bush made history by being the first president to use the word "mosque" in an inaugural address. But some who watched last weekend's swearing-in ceremony thought the preachers who joined him on the platform spoiled this interfaith leap.
They did so, critics said, by concluding their prayers in the name of "Jesus, the Christ" rather than making a universal reference to God. "We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit," the Rev. Franklin Graham, a nondenominational evangelist, said in closing his invocation. "We respectfully submit this humble prayer in the name that's above all other names, Jesus, the Christ," the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, a United Methodist, said in concluding the ceremony. "Let all who agree say, 'Amen.'"...
...The Rev. Barry Lynn, a United Church of Christ minister and executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, called the inaugural prayers "inappropriate and insensitive."
Caldwell, in an interview this week from his office in Houston, said it was not his "intent or desire to exclude or offend anyone" and apologized if he had done so. "I was invited by a Christian to offer a prayer," he said. "And as a Christian who revels in the right to express his religious freedom, I chose to pray in that name I always pray in. "If I had to do it over again, I probably would not say, 'All who agree, say Amen,' " he said. "Additionally, I probably would not say 'Jesus, the name that's above all other names.' That truly could be interpreted as inflammatory or offensive."
....Samuel Karff, a rabbi from Houston who gave the benediction at Bush's second inauguration as governor of Texas, believes that clergy invited to pray at public events have to "be true to their conscience."
But there are ways for people of different faiths to "affirm what we share and limit ourselves to what we share" so that no one feels left out, said Karff, who helped lead the National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. He suggested the use of "language that means different things to those who hear it," such as "in Your name we pray" or "in the Lord's name we pray." ...
Notice from the above clip that one is now expected to pray in a generic way so that each one can think of his/her own god. Here in a predominantly Christian nation, one is expected to just pray "in your name...". The name of Jesus is deemed as offensive. "Let's soften everything and pray in a way that doesn't offend anyone...God forbid one prays in the name of Jesus in front of a Christian majority...."
In many Arab nations, Christians are imprisoned or killed for their faith in the Lord Jesus but people in this country are free to worship as they please. Some, however, become offended if a Christian exercises his freedom and prays "in the name of Jesus". It is politically correct to pray in any other name as long as it is not the name that is above every name-- Christ Jesus.
Back in 1991, I happened to be at a public meeting at a secular university and the man after his speech wanted to say a prayer. He was an African American man, a professor, who prayed a lengthy prayer only to end it in the name of allah. No one had any idea this man was Muslim and it was a huge shock to hear him pray like this. Oh, there were gasps in the audience for back then, the majority were professing Christian-- at least in name only. Reacting to the shock of the audience, he said, â€œYou have your God and I have mine.â€� He was bold and did not care who was offended. Yet the Christian, who KNOWS THE TRUTH keeps His Savior hidden among "friendly" phrases when asked about their faith. "I have a personal relationship with God...God is my Savior..." is what they say.
How many times have you heard, "I pray to my god and you pray to yours"? Folks, as these Last Days are coming upon us, and while it is yet day, if someone asks you about your faith, should you not make a stand for what you believe in?? Do not compromise your faith by saying "God" to the unsaved. Say what you believe and speak about WHOM you believe in-- for the time will come when you might not be able to say the name of Jesus to anyone.
Matthew 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
John 1:12 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:
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Do you believe that Jesus is the only Savior? Then say His name when asked about your faith!
There Is Only One Way To End A Prayer
The late Dr. E.V. Hill was invited to give the Inaugural prayer for Richard Nixon in January 1973. One of the directors of the event wanted to see his prayer ahead of time to approve it. Pastor Hill sent him the prayer and the office spoke with E.V. Hill over the phone and told him, "you can't end the prayer in the name of Jesus". Pastor Hill said, "Well, then you are going to have to find someone else because there is only one way I end a prayer and that is in the name of Jesus." If you know the rest of the story, they permitted the prayer, â€œin the name of Jesusâ€�.
Yes, for the True Christian, there is ONLY one way to end a prayer.
John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
There is only ONE NAME whereby a man can be saved.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
There is only one God who hears prayer. There is only One Mediator between God and man-- the man, Christ Jesus! He is the Lord of Glory! He is seated at the Right Hand of the Heavenly Father, interceding as Great High Priest. Read the following text and notice that one must "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" in order to be saved.
Act 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
The Disciples Spoke and Preached About Jesus
Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Jesus is not some mere figure from history. Jesus is the Only Savior. He is God and He is Lord. There is the absolute truthâ€”exclusive truth!
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
DON'T BE ASHAMED
Dear Christian friends, Stop candy coating the Gospel by throwing "God" around as if everyone believes in the same God as you. State who are referring to. Stop compromising your faith to "soften the blow" and start standing up for the LORD JESUS CHRIST with boldness. If you are a Christian, then you bear the name of Jesus in word and in deed.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The Lord Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."