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"There isn't a genuinely born again Christian on this planet who cannot honestly give a genuine supernatural New Birth testimony. Can you? Can your pastor?" Scott Jones, April 13, 2014

"Just because God used Balaam's ass to speak to the apostate prophet, that doesn't mean that Christians should go out and teach donkeys to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for that is not God's method or God's ordination. It's exactly the same with movies and plays, for although modern professing Christianity is wholly ignorant and unaware of this simple fact, yet the messenger is just as important as the message in God's eyes. I say, the messenger is just as important as the message in God's eyes, which is to say, if the messenger is not anointed, then neither is the message... not in God's eyes. Are there exceptions? Well... yes... such as Balaam's ass, although the case could be made that the ass was herself anointed by God in that encounter, even if Balaam wasn't. Either way, that method is not God's order, nor is that what God commands. Neither are movies and plays God's order, or even remotely what God commands in the proclamation of Jesus Christ. Not even by a trillion light years. Indeed, even if a movie accurately portrays the biblical account - which is not even remotely possible, even if the script follows the text, for the true text of the Bible is spiritually discerned, not carnally, which is what ALL, ALL, ALL movies and plays are, without exception, that is, ALL, ALL, ALL movies and plays are carnal in nature and carnal in projection - so even if the movie follows the text of the Bible, yet the movie or play is still nothing but an unregenerate anathema in God's eyes. Period, and without reprieve, for not only is it utterly impossible to portray or project the true supernatural anointing of the Holy Spirit in a movie or play - which is the ONLY anointing that God genuinely honors - but likewise, the words of God as sent forth by the Holy Spirit are spirit and life (John 6:63), not flesh and sentimentality, which is again the ONLY thing that ALL, ALL, ALL movies and plays can project - flesh and sentimentality - without exception, for no movie is anointed, nor is such a thing even possible, for God anoints MEN - individual MEN - to proclaim Jesus Christ, and nothing less. God anoints MEN - not movies and plays and unregenerate professing Christians - but MEN who proclaim Jesus Christ in demonstration of the Holy Spirit and in POWER, exactly as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 2:4... "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power"... The message that comes forth in the POWER of the Holy Spirit is the ONLY proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that God GENUINELY honors, and none other. Alas! If perchance God does genuinely regenerate the odd man or woman here and there as a result of the unholy and ungodly means of movies and plays, yet God does so in spite of those unholy and ungodly means, not because of them. Nor did God ever need that mechanism in the first place. Rather, God simply overrode those unholy and ungodly mechanisms in order see to it that - one way or the other - the wrath of man praises him (Psalm 76:10). God could just as easily have regenerated that man or woman through a sanctified means, which is his usual order, for the truth is, God is far less concerned with the message than he is with the messenger. The message has already been spread throughout the world, but the message by itself is powerless and fruitless. Rather, it is the messenger himself who makes ALL the difference, and therefore if the messenger is not anointed by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, then the message is just a message of flesh and death - just like the message of ALL movies and ALL plays and ALL unregenerate men - not a message of spirit and life. Not even close. The words of E. M. Bounds bear repeating yet once again... "Preaching is to give life; it may kill... This letter-preaching has the truth. But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone; it must be energized by the Spirit, with all God's forces at its back. Truth unquickened by God's Spirit deadens as much as - or more than - error. It may be the truth without admixture; but without the Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its truth error, its light darkness"... Friend, it cannot be stated too often: if the message doesn't go forth in the ANOINTING and POWER of the Holy Spirit, then the message is deadly, not life-giving. Again, in order to buttress the words of E. M. Bounds and thus drive this truth home, the words of John Bunyan in "Christ A Complete Saviour" also bear repeating... "There belongs to every true notion of truth a power; the notion is the shell, the power is the kernel and life. Without this last, truth doth me no good, nor those to whom I communicate it. Hence Paul said to the Corinthians, 'When I come to you again, I will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.' Search, then, after the power of what thou knowest, for it is the power that will do thee good. Now this will not be got but by earnest prayer, and much attending upon God; also there must not be admitted by thee that thy heart be stuffed with cumbering cares of this world, for they are of a choking nature"... No movie or play in the universe can meet this requirement, nor ever will. Moreover, movies and plays will do nothing but kill their victims eternally, for you see, while many people will indeed walk away from the movie or play with a new "appreciation" of biblical truths, yet those "appreciations" will be nothing but flesh, which deceives to the uttermost, for rather than undergoing a mighty, resurrection-power miracle which has been effected on his spirit by the manifest baptism of the Holy Spirit in the manifest supernatural miracle of the New Birth, that individual will instead count his new "appreciation" as an element of faith and belief, indeed, will fatally mistake his new "appreciation" as faith in God, when it is nothing so, when it is in fact nothing but a fleshly faith, a natural faith, carnally imposed and carnally received, and thus nothing but an eternally damning faith in the end. This fact also exposes the wholesale unregeneracy in modern professing Christianity, for here you have professing Christian leaders today "reviewing" so-called biblical movies, ostensibly so that professing Christians can decide which movies and plays to see and which ones to avoid, as if ANY so-called biblical movie or play, even if faithful to the text, could be anointed and therefore propagate spiritual truths. And thus, this is merely yet another infallible proof that the "falling away" is very much in full swing today (2 Thessalonians 2:3), and that professing Christianity in this generation is wholly, wholly, wholly of the flesh, from the pulpit to the pew, and through and through, for the notion that a movie or play can communicate anything other than fleshly faith and carnal sentimentality is a notion that is nothing but absolute, utter, unregenerate foolishness and rubbish, a simple fact that anyone who is born of the Spirit and who possesses even a tiny iota of genuine experience in the Holy Spirit knows. Well then, some simple-minded soul will ask, what about the movie being a conversation-starter? Friend, God doesn't need movies and plays to start conversations. Rather, God uses MEN anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit to start conversations, and to thereby impose upon the hearer the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth. That's how God starts conversations, not with movies and plays, and even though these movies and plays may engender questions and apparent opportunities, yet these questions and apparent opportunities are nothing but carnal curiosities, and will therefore ultimately profit nothing, certainly not supernatural faith, saving faith, even "the faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1). Alas! the millions and millions who have already been deceived by the fleshly productions of men via movies and plays and unregenerate preachers only God knows, for only God knows the number of the damned who have been deceived into thinking that they believe in God by Jesus Christ when they don't, who mistake their fleshly faith for saving faith, when it is nothing so. Supernatural faith, on the other hand, is altogether different, and comes in an entirely and altogether different way, and by an entirely and altogether different means and medium, a means and medium which no movie or play or unregenerate man could EVER prosecute. Not ever. So even for genuinely born again Christians, movies and plays which profess to be biblical inflict far more harm than good, and thus if you truly value your soul, stay away completely from movies and plays which purport to be biblical movies and plays, including those which might even stick close to the Scripture, for they are all - without exception - nothing but flesh and death, and that's what you will reap from the movies and plays which purport to be biblical if you partake of them. Fair warning. Ah! friend, if you hear nothing else, hear this: false faith - fleshly faith - has been the greatest of all deceivers in every generation, and that is ALL, ALL, ALL that movies and plays and unregenerate men project, namely, false faith, fleshly faith, damning faith, and nothing but. I warn you again, fleshly faith has been the greatest of all deceivers in every generation, and never has fleshly faith been more prevalent than in this generation. Indeed, there are FEW, FEW, FEW on this earth today, comparatively speaking, who can honestly and legitimately testify of supernatural faith, of saving faith, even the "faith OF of the operation OF God" (Colossians 2:14, Luke 18:8)... that is, supernatural faith, saving faith, which no movie or play or unregenerate man on this earth can prosecute and project. Not by a million trillion eternities. And then some. As E. M. Bounds so accurately noted in his great treatise on prayer... "What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use - men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer"... Ergo, neither does the church need movies or plays, neither does the Holy Spirit anoint movies or plays or unregenerate men. Rather, the Holy Spirit anoints MEN who have been baptized by the Holy Spirit in the manifest supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and thus what the church needs most - the true church of Jesus Christ - is men and women filled with the Holy Ghost testifying of Jesus Christ HIMSELF in the POWER of the Holy Ghost HIMSELF, not carnal movies and plays and unregenerate men, all of which this generation of professing Christianity is bursting at the seams with, from the pulpit to the pew. Nor does God need man's unregenerate counsel in projecting and prosecuting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is even as Jesus HIMSELF decreed in John 6:37... "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out"... Every single person that the Father has given to Jesus SHALL COME to Jesus, and without exception.  Indeed, not a single, solitary person that the Father has given to Jesus before the foundation of the world will FAIL to come to Jesus. Not one. Rather, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL that the Father has given to Jesus SHALL COME to Jesus, and INFALLIBLY so. Not one will fail, not one will be missing. So God doesn't need man's puny, unregenerate help in prosecuting the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rather, the Lord Jesus HIMSELF by HIMSELF anoints INDIVIDUAL MEN with the Holy Spirit and then sends those men wherever HE HIMSELF decrees, who in turn proclaim Jesus Christ in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, thereby bringing down upon men the Holy Spirit HIMSELF in POWER in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth (Acts 10:44). That's how God genuinely saves souls. So instead of paying money to get a carnal dose of damning faith from a so-called biblical movie, instead read the written word of God for free and pray for a spiritual dose of saving faith from Jesus Christ HIMSELF, for he ALONE can dispense it." Scott Jones, April 2, 2014

"Art thou in Christ's righteousness?... is he more precious to thee than the whole world? Is thy mind always musing on him? Dost thou love to be talking of him-and also to be walking with him? Dost thou count his company more precious than the whole world? Dost thou count all things but poor, lifeless, empty, vain things, without communion with him? Doth his company sweeten all things-and his absence embitter all things? Soul, I beseech thee, be serious, and lay it to heart, and do not take things of such weighty concernment as the salvation or damnation of thy soul, without good ground. Art thou unladen of the things of this world, as pride, pleasures, profits, lusts, vanities? What! dost thou think to run fast enough with the world, thy sins and lusts in thy heart? I tell thee, soul, they that have laid all aside, every weight, every sin, and are got into the nimblest posture, they find work enough to run; so to run as to hold out. To run through all that opposition, all these jostles, all these rubs, over all these stumbling-blocks, over all the snares from all these entanglements, that the devil, sin, the world, and their own hearts, lay before them; I tell thee, if thou art agoing heavenward, thou wilt find it no small or easy matter. Art thou therefore discharged and unladen of these things? Never talk of going to heaven if thou art not. It is to be feared thou wilt be found among the many that will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." John Bunyan, The Heavenly Footman, Posted by Scott Jones, April 1, 2014

"Friends, it may be you may think, because you have your prayers answered in some particular things, therefore you may suppose that as to your eternal state your condition is very good. But you must know that God doth hear the cry of a company of Ishmaelites, the sons of the bondwomen, who are under the law as a Covenant of Works. I do not say he hears them as to their eternal state, but he heareth them as to several straits that they go through in this life, ay, and gives them ease and liberty from their trouble... I told you before, he doth not hear them as to their eternal state, but as to their temporal state; for God as their Creator hath a care for them, and causeth the sun to shine upon them, and the rain to distill upon their substance. Nay, he doth give the beasts in the field their appointed food, and doth hear the young ravens when they cry, which are far inferior. I say, therefore, that God doth hear the cries of his creatures, and doth answer them too, though not as to their eternal state; but may damn them nevertheless when they die for all that... They may receive promises from the mouth of the Lord. There are many that have promises made to them by the Lord in a most eminent way, and yet, as I said before, are such as are cast out and called the children of the bond-woman... Nay, they may go further; for they may receive another heart than they had before, and yet be under the law... Friends, I beseech you, let not these things offend you, but let them rather beget in your hearts an inquiring into the truth of your condition, and be willing to be searched to the bottom; and also, that everything which hath not been planted by the Lord's right hand may be rejected, and that there may be a reaching after better things, even the things that will not only make thy soul think thy state is good now, but that thou mayest be able to look sin, death, Hell, the curse of the law, together with the Judge, in the face with comfort, having such a real, sound, effectual work of God's grace in thy soul, that when thou hearest the trumpet sound, seest the graves fly open, and the dead come creeping forth out of their holes; when thou shalt see the judgment set, the books opened, and all the world standing before the judgment seat; I say, that then thou mayest stand, and have that blessed sentence spoken to thy soul, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt 25:34)." John Bunyan, The Doctrine Of Law And Grace Unfolded, Posted by Scott Jones, March 31, 2014

"The saints are not under the law, because the righteousness that they stand justified before God in is not their own actual righteousness by the law, but by imputation, and is really the righteousness of Another-namely, of God in Christ... Was it God that was offended? He was God that did give satisfaction... Let divine and infinite justice turn itself which way it will, it finds One that can tell how to match it; for if it say, I will require the satisfaction of man, here is a Man to satisfy its cry; and if it say, but I am an infinite God, and must and will have an infinite satisfaction; here is One also that is infinite, even fellow with God, fellow in his essence and being; fellow in his power and strength; fellow in his wisdom; fellow in his mercy and grace; together with the rest of the attributes of God; so that, I say, let justice turn itself which way it will, here is a complete Person to give a complete satisfaction... O let the saints know, that unless the devil can pluck Christ out of heaven, he cannot pull a true believer out of Christ. When I say a true believer, I do mean such an one as hath the faith of the operation of God in his soul." John Bunyan, The Doctrine Of Law And Grace Unfolded, Posted by Scott Jones, March 30, 2014

"A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his testimony to the MOMENT at which he experienced new birth." Oswald Chambers, Bringing Sons Unto Glory, Posted by Scott Jones, March 29, 2014

"I wonder where George Sayles Bishop ever got this notion from, when he stated in a sermon on June 7, 1885... "To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of everlasting importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where he calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to heaven. Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies. Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared"... Oh, wait... I know where George Sayles Bishop got this notion from... he got it directly from the Lord Jesus HIMSELF. For example - and this is only one example of many concerning Jesus and his manner - so for just one example out of a ton of examples in the four Gospels, this is how Jesus typically handled the religious crowd of his day, which is precisely who Jesus was speaking to in the following words... "Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying" (John 8:54-55)... Oops! there I go again, talking about the true Jesus of the Bible again, instead of the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity, who wouldn't call anybody a liar to their face if the universe depended upon it, for these unregenerate and ignorant professing Christians suppose that calling someone a liar to their face is simply not Christ-like, and wholly unchristian... ergo, according to the horde of professing Christians today, not even Jesus himself was Christ-like, as the foregoing irrevocably demonstrates, and which, as I said, is only one example of many... As George Sayles Bishop plainly infers in his statement above, truth is the currency of heaven, whether it offends or not. Friend, they didn't kill Jesus because he spoke kindly or politely to them, but because he was the most blunt and truthful man that has ever trod this earth, or ever will, even as it is written... "And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" (John 2:13-17)... Jesus hasn't changed. He is still as zealous today as he was then, still as blunt and as truthful today as he was then... so is the Holy Spirit, who is exactly like Jesus in every way in his operations in those he indwells, and who is INFINITELY JEALOUS for the GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF (John 16:13-14), and who thus acts through those whom he truly indwells just as he acted through Jesus. Alas! the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity is blasphemously, radically different than the true Jesus of the Bible, for the true Jesus of the Bible is hidden from them, hidden from them purposely by the Father HIMSELF (Matthew 11:25), so that their notion of Jesus is nothing but a superstitious, idealistic and philosophical notion, and thus they are so far from seeing and knowing the true Jesus of the Bible that the span of the universe would be miniscule by comparison... yet it is the true Jesus of the Bible that you must come to know by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth if you want to be saved (1 Corinthians 12:13), just as the Samaritans had to be baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth before they could be saved (Acts 8:14-17), and just as the household of Cornelius had to be baptized in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth before they could be saved (Acts 10:44), ad infinitum, otherwise you will never be able to produce your oil and your birthright when you are called upon to do so (Matthew 25:1-13). So can you? Can you produce your oil and your birthright? Right now? Here's a clue from Jesus' own lips if you can't yet produce your oil and your birthright... "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30)... Did you see the million dollar question within that declaration by the Lord Jesus?... namely, what are you to learn? Or should I rather say, WHO are you to learn of? Friend, there's the million dollar question, and therein thus lies the difference between eternal life and everlasting condemnation and misery, even learning of - not Christianity, not doctrine, not even the written word of God, ad infinitum - but rather, learning supernaturally - I say, learning supernaturally - of the true Jesus of the Bible HIMSELF, whom only the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can genuinely and savingly reveal, which he does MANIFESTLY in the MOMENT of regeneration in every single, solitary, soul he ever indwells (John 10:27, &c), and absolutely without exception, world without end." Scott Jones, March 28, 2014

"Though it be said that faith cometh by hearing, yet it is the Spirit that worketh faith in the heart through hearing, or else they are not profited by hearing." John Bunyan, Examination Before The Magistrates, Posted by Scott Jones, March 27, 2014

"As to the Lord's Prayer, although it be an easy thing to say 'Our Father' with the mouth, yet there are very few that can, in the Spirit, say the two first words in that prayer, that is, that can truly call God their Father, as knowing what it is to be born again, as having experience that they are truly begotten of the Spirit of God." John Bunyan, Examination Before The Magistrates, Posted by Scott Jones, March 26, 2014

"Never were these words of Cotton Mather some two hundred years ago in, "What Must I Do To Be Saved?", truer than at any time in history... "Alas, how have the souls of men been betrayed by men unskillful in the word of righteousness! How unskillfully and unfaithfully have the methods of Salvation been declared by many who pervert the Gospel of Christ"... Alas indeed, for the true method of salvation in Jesus Christ has been perverted to the absolute uttermost in the vaunted crusades of the past seventy-five years or so, and the mass of unregenerate crusaders and pastors and preachers who have adopted and prosecuted these radical fleshly modes and methods of spiritually powerless evangelism and salvation today - which modern professing Christianity has adopted and prosecuted wholesale - have thereby corrupted the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond all semblance of truth and verity. With their spiritually powerless and perspicuously false methods of salvation they have done nothing but intrude into those things which they have not seen, vainly puffed up by their fleshly minds, wherein they have deceived the world with the carnal doctrines of men (Colossians 2:18), and wherein, like the unregenerate professors of Christianity in Paul's day (Galatians 6:12), they strive to make a fair showing in the flesh by counting up the number of people that walk down the steps of the stadium or the arena or the aisles of the church to "make a commitment to Christ", or to "pray the sinner's prayer", ad nauseam, which in this gospel dispensation is even more wicked than David sinfully numbering Israel (2 Samuel 24:10), for their doctrine is nothing but a rabidly and carnally false and misleading method of salvation, thereby deluding millions by assuring them that they are saved when they are not, thus themselves becoming murderers of souls, wittingly or not, unlike Philip, who - rather than falsely assuring the Samaritans they were saved - instead wouldn't let loose of the Samaritans before Peter and John came down from Jerusalem and engaged in prayer until the Holy Spirit condescended to descend upon them, thus baptizing the Samaritans in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, thereby saving them (Acts 8:5-17), but the crusaders and preachers and pastors of this generation have not the Spirit of Christ, nor the genuine power of the Spirit of Christ, but are rather clouds without water, promising rain, but themselves dry to the bone, without the Holy Spirit utterly, "having a form of godliness but denying the POWER thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5), and thus, because they are empty clouds, they are carried about of winds, though they may claim millions of converts and followers after the flesh, yet their fruit is dead fruit down to its very core, unregenerate fruit through and through, just like themselves; indeed, they are without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots (Jude 1:12), crusaders and preachers and pastors who have never actually experienced the biblical supernatural and manifest baptism of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection miracle of the New Birth themselves, which is precisely why they don't really or correctly communicate this foremost doctrine to their hearers, except perhaps in passing, and in very general and relative terms, as though the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth were an afterthought, when in fact, the manifest baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth is EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING with regard to having the blood of Jesus Christ applied to the sinner, without which no man's sins will be forgiven, and without which no man will set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom, for if the manifest baptism of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection miracle of the New Birth hasn't occurred, then no blood has been applied, and no sins have been forgiven, and yet this is not even truly understood, let alone strictly and accurately taught by these crusaders and preachers and pastors, for these crusaders and preachers and pastors know nothing about this biblical experience themselves, except maybe intellectually, which is only death, and thus Jesus will therefore say to them in that day, "I never knew you, depart from me" (Matthew 7:23). Indeed, only God knows how many damned souls will be laid to their charge in the day of judgment, when they, along with all the millions they have deceived by their false and fleshly methods of salvation and evangelism, and by dispensing this false and fleshly doctrine throughout the world, thus prostituting the true gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe, and utterly cloaking the true method of salvation and evangelism throughout the nations with their manifestly unregenerate doctrine and praxis, will themselves be cast into outer darkness amid continual torment from everlasting to everlasting, world without end, for the driving force of their every act and thought will have been shown to have been nothing but secret pride stemming from an unregenerate spirit, no matter how humble and genuine and sincere they may have appeared - or do now appear - outwardly, yet inwardly they are no more sanctified than Uzza, or than Nadab and Abihu (1 Chronicles 13:9-10, Leviticus 10:1-2), a secret pride and a vapid unregeneracy which makes the bankruptcy of their carnal doctrine and their carnal praxis as manifest as the noonday sun in a cloudless sky, at least for those of us who are truly born again and thus genuine heirs by and with the Lord Jesus. But for them it will not be so, because for them it will be even as John Bunyan stated in his treatise, "The Strait Gate", concerning famous evangelists and preachers and pastors who are themselves unregenerate (which with very few exceptions is virtually all of the renowned and unrenowned crusaders and preachers and pastors alike in this generation, at least in the West)... "There will be many a one, that were gallant professors in this world, be wanting among the saved in the day of Christ's coming; yea, many whose damnation was never dreamed of"... Sober words indeed, and especially apropos for this generation, for because the true method of salvation and evangelism has been so desperately and wantonly perverted by the formal clergy in this age of Christianity, thus this generation in particular will be utterly SHOCKED beyond measure at whom Jesus curses and consequently refuses entrance to his kingdom in that day. Wait and see... or maybe not... rather, perhaps do something about it now, while you still can, because - I warn you, I warn you, I warn you - in spite of the doctrine and praxis of the crusaders and preachers and pastors of this generation, I warn you, you cannot become a genuinely born again Christian just any old time you please (John 1:13, &c), for you cannot command the Holy Spirit at will - which the doctrine and praxis of these unregenerate crusaders and pastors and preachers of this generation nevertheless blasphemously decree through their false and deadly methods of salvation and evangelism - so I warn you again, you cannot become a genuinely born again Christian just any old time you please, for the true Holy Spirit of the Bible can be commanded at will by NO ONE, for the Holy Spirit HIMSELF comes ONLY in his OWN timing, and ONLY at his OWN discretion, and without provocation, just as the Holy Spirit came upon the Samaritans ONLY when HE HIMSELF was ready, and not when Philip and Peter and John were ready, and any doctrine or praxis which prescribes otherwise is a doctrine and praxis of devils through and through. Period. Accordingly, friend, know that the only man who gets genuinely saved by Jesus Christ is the man who undergoes a manifest supernatural experience by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and no other (John 3:3, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6, Titus 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:5, &c). No other man whatsoever, for if the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth doesn't occur, then the blood of Jesus is not applied, and your sins are not forgiven... therefore, if this is true of you - if you haven't yet experienced the manifest baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth - then you have only one option - assuming you yourself want to get genuinely saved, that is - and that one-and-only option is to go directly to Jesus HIMSELF, for it is Jesus HIMSELF who baptizes in the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11); therefore give Jesus HIMSELF no rest until he drops Manna - which is HIMSELF - directly from heaven supernaturally by the baptism of the Holy Spirit into your spirit. You will not get to heaven any other way, and there will be no exceptions (Romans 8:9). Not one." Scott Jones, March 23, 2014

"My judgment is, that men go the wrong way to teach their children to pray, in going about so soon to teach them any set company of words, as is the common use of poor creatures to do. For to me it seems to be a better way for people betimes to tell their children what cursed creatures they are, and how they are under the wrath of God by reason of original and actual sin; also to tell them the nature of God's wrath, and the duration of the misery; which if they conscientiously do, they would sooner teach their children to pray than they do. The way that men learn to pray, it is by conviction for sin; and this is the way to make our sweet babes do so too. But the other way, namely, to be busy in teaching children forms of prayer, before they know any thing else, it is the next way to make them cursed hypocrites, and to puff them up with pride. Teach therefore your children to know their wretched state and condition; tell them of hell-fire and their sins, of damnation, and salvation; the way to escape the one, and to enjoy the other, if you know it yourselves, and this will make tears run down your sweet babes' eyes, and hearty groans flow from their hearts; and then also you may tell them to whom they should pray, and through whom they should pray: you may tell them also of God's promises, and his former grace extended to sinners, according to the word." John Bunyan, A Discourse Touching Prayer, Posted by Scott Jones, March 22, 2014

"Are the promises in the written word of God true? Yes. Are the promises in the written word of God true for ME? Not unless the Holy Spirit HIMSELF bears supernatural witness to them." Scott Jones, March 20, 2014

"Of course, a genuinely born again Christian doesn't need proof that Jesus Christ is fully God, for Jesus, when he manifests HIMSELF in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, proves that he is God by his very PERSON indwelling that person by the PERSON of the Holy Spirit in the resurrection POWER of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, thereby making that man a new creature, which none but God can do. However, in order to fully hammer home the truth of this fact - the truth that Jesus is fully God - the Holy Spirit HIMSELF has also abundantly revealed that Jesus is God throughout the written word, for the Scriptures are literally overflowing - I say, the Scriptures are LITERALLY OVERFLOWING - with testimonies about Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, as being equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit in his essence and being. Moreover, the ignorant and baseless denouncements which assert that the disciples never knew that Jesus is God is a complete and perverse denial of the plain text of the Gospels, as well as the text of the rest of the New Testament, for the deity of Jesus Christ is literally shouted from the rooftops in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, at least for anyone who is not utterly deaf and blind. Consequently, though many Scriptures could be brought forth in proof of this, yet only one Scripture need be exegeted in order to demonstrate this truth conclusively and irrevocably, and that Scripture can be found in the Apostle John's discourse in John 12:36-41, where it is written... "While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him"... Notice carefully what John is stating in the final phrase - I say, notice CAREFULLY what John is stating in the final phrase, for the doctrine therein contains one of the astounding truths of the ages, yet a truth which has now been made manifest, so pay close attention to John's last phrase indeed - namely, that Isaiah spoke these things WHEN HE SAW JESUS' GLORY. John, specifically referring to Jesus, quotes Isaiah, and then tacks on the phrase, "These things said Esaias, WHEN HE SAW HIS GLORY, AND SPAKE OF HIM". John thus ties Isaiah's words and Isaiah's encounter specifically and conclusively to Jesus, not to the Father or the Holy Spirit. So when did Isaiah see Jesus' glory? Well, we need not guess, because John's quotation steers us to the EXACT PASSAGE in which Isaiah spoke those very words, and that passage is Isaiah 6:1-10, where Isaiah wrote... "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed"... Notice that John quoted the last portion of this passage pretty much verbatim and thereby referred these words of Isaiah and this encounter of Isaiah DIRECTLY to Jesus Christ HIMSELF, and thus John absolutely, clearly, and without the slightest deviation ties Jesus Christ HIMSELF to being the LORD spoken of in the foregoing words of Isaiah, so that it is nothing less than the glory of Jesus Christ HIMSELF that Isaiah saw, according to the PLAIN WORDS of John. Moreover, the primary name of God in the Old Testament - that is, the name of "Jehovah" (which is "Yehovah" Anglicized) - is likewise tied by John SPECIFICALLY to Jesus Christ HIMSELF in this passage, for the second and third use of the word "LORD" in this passage from Isaiah is the Hebrew word "Yehovah". In other words, according to the Apostle John, the "Yehovah" of Isaiah 6 is none other than Jesus HIMSELF, according to John's PLAIN WORDS... for WHEN, according to John, did Isaiah see Jesus Christ's glory? When Isaiah "spake of him". Read it for yourself, and understand that the words that John quoted from Isaiah occur only here in the Old Testament. Nowhere else. Ergo, according to John, Jesus and Jehovah are one and the same. Friend, you will find, in the vast majority of cases throughout the Old Testament, particularly apart from the Psalms, that the name of "Jehovah" and "Elohim", and all the other names for God, are - in the vast majority of cases - referring to the Son, to Jesus Christ HIMSELF, for "the government shall be upon his shoulder" (Isaiah 9:6). That is, the government of the universe, both spiritual and physical, is upon Jesus' shoulder, exactly as the cross was upon Jesus' shoulder. Jesus bore the cross because Jesus bears the creation, for the creation belongs to Jesus, "for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians 1:16-17). And thus Jesus will therefore be the sole member of the Trinity who executes all judgment upon all angels and all men, both elect and reprobate, "because he is the Son of Man" (John 5:27, John 5:22). Behold! the creation is Jesus' responsibility from beginning to end, from the moment he created all things ex nihilo, and from the moment that he then appeared as the Preincarnate Christ walking in the Garden of Eden, to the moment he took on flesh, and died and rose again, to the moment of the consummation of all things, to the very end, "when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power" (1 Corinthians 15:24). That is the true Jesus of the Bible, and none other. So demonstrating the deity of Jesus Christ is simply that simple, so if any man tries to obfuscate or alter the PLAIN MEANING of John's and Isaiah's words herein, then just walk away, after perhaps issuing a somber warning, for that man is unregenerate to the core and consequently has no portion in Jesus Christ's kingdom - none - and thus, ironically, that man will choke on his hermeneutic when he ultimately stands before Jehovah Elohim, whom he now denies, even the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF, at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, who will judge the quick and the dead, thereby showing himself to be God manifest in the flesh indeed (1 Timothy 3:16), in very spite of what that blind and ignorant man had heretofore thought in all the glory of all his fleshly wisdom. There will verily be weeping and gnashing of teeth by that man in that day, from everlasting to everlasting, which is also particularly true of all of those who think that man can become God, thereby blaspheming Jesus Christ to the uttermost, and that without exception (Matthew 8:12). Friend, Jesus is willing to be your friend now, though the time is very short, but if Jesus does not become your friend here, genuinely, supernaturally, tangibly, he will absolutely and unconditionally be your enemy there, world without end. I would look to it, I were you, for I am not talking about a cunningly devised fable here, but of a coming judgment that is CERTAIN." Scott Jones, March 19, 2014

"The notion that there is a Christ, and that Christ is holy and gracious, is conveyed to the mind by the word of God, but the sense of the excellency of Christ by reason of that holiness and grace, is nevertheless immediately the work of the Holy Spirit... There is a discovery of the divine superlative glory and excellency of God and Christ peculiar to the saints; and this is as immediately from God as light from the sun, and it is the immediate effect of his power and will... Believing in Christ and spiritually seeing him are parallel... he that has had a clear sight of the spiritual glory of Christ may say, 'I have not followed cunningly devised fables, but have been an eyewitness of his majesty,' upon as good grounds as the Apostle Peter, when he had respect to the outward glory of Christ that he had seen." Jonathan Edwards, A Divine And Supernatural Light, Posted by Scott Jones, March 18, 2014

"There isn't anything quite so chilling, quite so disheartening, as a man without the Holy Spirit preaching about the Holy Spirit." A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Pulpit, Posted by Scott Jones, March 17, 2014

"The most deceived man on the face of this earth is the man who THINKS he's born again but yet cannot remember the EXPERIENCE of being born again, the EXPERIENCE of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth by the ONE Spirit by the ONE Lord by the ONE faith by the ONE baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6, Titus 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:5). There is no more deceived man on the face of this earth. Not one. And Jesus will no more make an exception for that man on the day of judgment than he made for Nadab and Abihu back in Moses' and Aaron's day (Leviticus 10:1-2), for in fact, offering strange fire will be less of a sin in the day of judgment than offering fleshly fire in this dispensation of grace, for fleshly fire is nothing but dead fire. John Flavel stated it concisely in, "Method Of Grace", where he observed... "That soul is dead to which the Spirit of Christ is not given in the work of regeneration; and all its works are dead works"... I warn you again, the most deceived man on the face of this earth is the man who THINKS he's truly born again but yet cannot remember the EXPERIENCE of being born again, of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. And the longer a man has been deceived in this matter, the less likely he is ever to be turned and set straight, at least not until he stands before Jesus Christ and hears Jesus pronounce everlastingly and condemningly to him, "I never knew you, depart from me" (Matthew 7:23). Jesus never KNEW him because Jesus never PERSONALY baptized him in his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, nor can that man honestly and legitimately testify to this supernatural biblical experience. Alas! there are conservative preachers and "pillars of Christianity" who have been proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ for forty or fifty or sixty years or more on this earth right now who are in that exact boat, namely, they are unregenerate to the bone, yet they won't even consider that fact, because they have been entrenched therein for so long that they can't even conceive of it, especially if they have manufactured large and seemingly successful and fruitful ministries, and thus they are LITERALLY the MOST DECEIVED MEN on the face of this earth, bar none, nor will a single one of them ever set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom - not unless they repent before it's too late, which is highly unlikely at this point - but will rather be cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Friend, if you haven't actually EXPERIENCED the New Birth supernaturally by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13), then heart confession and mouth confession of this fact to Jesus and to yourself is where you begin... HONEST heart confession to YOURSELF and to Jesus HIMSELF... but also, beware... be very ware... for if you insist on making the written word of God your mediator, instead of crying out DIRECTLY to the ONLY TRUE MEDIATOR in all of existence, even to the man Christ Jesus HIMSELF (1 Timothy 2:5), then you will never be born again, and you also will never set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom, but will rather spend eternity with all the rest of the deceived. And you of all people will deserve it, along with the unregenerate "pillars of Christianity" of our day, for your failure to call upon Jesus rightly in this matter (which means helplessly, helplessly from the heart), is ultimately due to nothing but secret pride, which, though you may not be able to see it, yet permeates your soul through and through. I warn you, friend... the written word of God is not the mediator, nor is the written word of God, God... moreover, the written word in and of itself has no voice. None. Only Jesus possesses the TRUE voice, and only the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can speak with Jesus' TRUE voice to his elect (John 10:27, John 16:12-15, Romans 8:14-16, Galatians 4:6, &c.)... and thus if you don't know the difference - the clear distinction - between the words of the Bible and the voice of Holy Spirit, which is the voice of Jesus, then you are not born again, and if you think you are, then you are in that group of people who are the most deceived people on the face of this earth, bar none, and no exceptions. I can actually say "no exceptions" because that's precisely what Jesus said in numerous passages throughout his discourses on this matter, such as, for example, "My sheep hear my voice" (John 10:27, ad infinitum). The Bible is not Jesus, nor is Jesus the Bible. Jesus is the Source; the Bible is merely his reflection. Accordingly, the written word of God will do you not one iota of spiritual good until the Holy Spirit bears supernatural witness to it. Not one iota. So if you want to employ the written word of God, then use the written word of God to root out your secret pride and cast it away, for the written word of God, rightly understood, does exactly that, and furthermore, the written word of God, rightly understood, also thereby leads to a supernatural encounter with Jesus HIMSELF by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and to nothing less, which is an event that you cannot command or even invoke, in spite of the secret pride which courses through your soul and deceivingly leads you to believe that you actually can by making some sort of effort of your own... but alas, Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can - the man who ABSOLUTELY can't - so as long as you think you can invoke or even provoke your own salvation, even with the tiniest of efforts, and as long as you think that you can invoke the baptism of the Holy Spirit at will in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and as long as you think that the New Birth is not a MANIFEST, MANIFEST, MANIFEST SUPEERNATURAL EXPERIENCE bestowed by Jesus HIMSELF directly from above, immediately from above, supernaturally from above, then you will remain blind, and no part of the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12)." Scott Jones, March 13, 2014

"The following observation by D. L. Moody in his work, "Sudden Conversion", is more true today - exponentially more true today - than it has ever been in the entire history of Christianity... "I think the grandest mistake among ministers is that they are talking to dead men, that they are talking to men in the flesh instead of men born of God. Now, let us get them into Christ, and then educate them and build them up to the highest faith. Let us not try to teach men who are not born of God"... The fact that modern preachers can't discern who is genuinely born again and who is not is one of the primary and foremost signs that the "falling away" is in full swing, and that the "strong delusion" that God is sending upon the world is already kindled (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12) - not full, by any means, but kindled. The preachers of modern professing Christianity are preaching in wholesale to congregations as if they were saved, when very few of them - or in many cases, no doubt - none of them, actually are. Alas! A preacher who cannot discern when another man is genuinely born again or not is a preacher who has almost certainly never been truly born of the Spirit of God himself, and absolutely certainly not truly taught of the Spirit of God himself - not even close - as Moody's quotation subtly reveals... and even more importantly, as the Scriptures reveal (1 Corinthians 2:15, &c). Nor does the preacher need to know another man's heart in order to know whether or not the other man is truly born again or not, as the unregenerate habitually and ignorantly assert... and I do mean IGNORANTLY... ignorantly to the bone. For the only thing the preacher needs to know is if the other man is indwelt by the Holy Spirit or not (Romans 8:9), and knowing that is generally - not always, but generally - a cakewalk for a genuinely born again Christian who possesses even a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of maturity in the Holy Spirit himself, especially if he possesses the gift of discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10). Preachers today are preaching to dead men because they themselves are dead men. This doesn't mean that a genuinely born again preacher will go around accusing members of his congregation of being unregenerate, but that he will rather tailor his message for their eternal good, and not for his own reputation, and not for his own comforts and exaltation, so that he will lace his message with very hard truths concerning the Holy Spirit and the New Birth, and very blunt truths concerning genuine regeneration, assuming he is truly born again and thus actually knows anything about regeneration experientially himself. Such preaching may very well drive many or even most of the congregation out the door, but the genuine witness of Jesus Christ won't be moved by it, for he has the infallible witness of the Holy Spirit himself, and while his outward ministry may appear very slim, yet every iota of his fruit will be genuine, and will withstand the fire at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:12-13), whereas the unregenerate preachers who can't prosecute the New Birth in the POWER of the Holy Spirit won't have any genuine fruit, and even that little which they may have will be taken away from them (Matthew 25:28-29). This fact alone will mightily increase their provocation in the day of judgment, for just as Jesus cursed the fig tree that had leaves but no fruit (Matthew 21:19) - an outward profession but no inward experience and manifestation of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, "having a form of godliness but denying the POWER thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5) - so will those unregenerate preachers in that day be cursed by Jesus, where they will, like the fig tree, presently wither away into the Lake of Fire, world without end. This also doesn't mean that a genuinely born again Christian won't at times bluntly testify to an unregenerate man to his face, telling him plainly that he is not born again, if the Holy Spirit leads him to do so, just as Jesus and his Apostles baldly and blatantly confronted the lost with their lost condition. Indeed, these are the things that a genuine witness of Jesus Christ is called by Jesus and his Spirit to do. But then, it is extraordinarily rare to find a genuinely born again preacher in the pulpit today, at least in the West. Accordingly, friend - fair warning - come out from among them and be ye separate (2 Corinthians 6:17). You are infinitely better off with no physical fellowship at all than with a fellowship of dead men, and that is wholly, wholly, wholly what modern professing Christianity is comprised of... from top to bottom through and through... dead men. Friend, I tell you again, you are better off truly seeing yourself now as God truly sees you, rather than waiting until it's too late, and that will never happen as long as you give yourself the legs and the comfort of dead fellowship and dead preaching. Not in twenty trillion years. Indeed, when you ultimately stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:1, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10), you will stand there alone. Nobody will be with you... not your pastor, nor your fellowship, nor your church, nor your family... nobody but you... and thus, if you haven't already stood before Jesus Christ alone here, in this life, and for real, supernaturally (not in judgment, but in manifest grace), then it will not turn out happily for you there, when you stand before Jesus alone at the end. Also, know of a certainty that it is not even remotely a sin to NOT go to "church", especially today, specifically today, for those assertions by the mass of unregenerate preachers today are nothing but Protestant Priestcraft in disguise, through and through. In fact, their "church" isn't even an authentic church in the first place, not in Jesus' eyes, and therefore they have no legitimate standing in Heaven (Matthew 18:18). None. While church order and such protocols are good when engaged by a body of genuinely born again believers, yet true church, in the substance of it, is where two or more genuinely born again believers are gathered together in Jesus' name (Matthew 18:20), and anyone who tells you differently is the mouthpiece of Satan, for if they aren't genuinely born again, then they are not truly gathered in Jesus' name, but in their own name (John 5:43). Accordingly, it is not even remotely a sin to NOT go to "church" today - especially today - but it is, however, a GREAT SIN to not go to Jesus, to not go DIRECTLY to Jesus HIMSELF, and thereby find MANIFEST GRACE by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF. A sin so great, in fact, that it will ultimately lead to everlasting destruction and condemnation. Moreover, you don't go directly to Jesus by church or fellowship, ad infinitum, even if composed by genuinely born again believers. You don't even go directly to Jesus by the written word of God, although the written word is an infallible guide, and should therefore always be consulted, but not as an end in itself. Rather, you go DIRECTLY to Jesus by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF (John 16:12-15, Romans 8:14-16, Ephesians 2:18, 1 John 2:27, &c), and no other way... no other way whatsoever. Genuine fellowship between two or more genuinely born again believers is very good, and to be sought after, but if you are not genuinely born again yourself, then it is almost certainly fatal to engage in fellowship with dead preachers and dead professing Christians, who have not the Spirit of Christ. In fact, even if you are genuinely born again, but yet not very experienced in genuine spiritual warfare genuinely in the Holy Spirit, then fellowship with dead professing Christians will do you far more harm than good. The words of E. M. Bounds bear repeating once again... "Preaching is to give life; it may kill... This letter-preaching has the truth. But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone; it must be energized by the Spirit, with all God's forces at its back. Truth unquickened by God's Spirit deadens as much as - or more than - error. It may be the truth without admixture; but without the Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its truth error, its light darkness"... Either side of the coin is a toss today, so it is imperative for you to take these words of Bunyan deep to heart, to take these words of Bunyan as salve and life for your soul, and even though these following words of Bunyan were being applied by him to the Torah, yet his counsel can be safely applied to the entire Bible, so as Bunyan stated in his treatise, "Christ A Complete Saviour", heed these words well, whether you are truly born again or not, for they are equally applicable, which is to say, if you are already truly born again, then the application is plain (1 John 2:27), but if you are not, then the application of these words may very well lead you to being truly born again, so without further adieu... "Wherefore I advise that you read the five books of Moses often; yea, read, and read again, and do not despair of help to understand something of the will and mind of God therein, though you think they are fast locked up from you. Neither trouble your heads though you have not commentaries and expositions; pray and read, and read and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from men. Also, what is from men is uncertain, and is often lost and tumbled over and over by men; but what is from God is fixed as a nail in a sure place. I know there are times of temptation, but I speak now as to the common course of Christianity. There is nothing that so abides with us as what we receive from God; and the reason why Christians at this day are at such a loss as to some things is, because they are content with what comes from men's mouths, without searching and kneeling before God, to know of him the truth of things. Things we receive at God's hand come to us as things from the minting house, though old in themselves, yet new to us. Old truths are always new to us if they come to us with the smell of heaven upon them"... Take these words to heart, indeed, and remember that you can apply those words to the entire Bible, not just the five books of Moses, for you can learn more by doing this than you can learn in fifty lifetimes of dead sermons and dead fellowships, and that is an understatement rather than an exaggeration... but also, don't forget Moody's words above, for as I said, the fact that modern preachers can't discern who is genuinely born again and who is not is one of the PRIMARY AND FOREMOST SIGNS that the "falling away" is in full swing, and that the "strong delusion" that God is sending upon the world is already kindled. Alas! almost nobody thinks they're going to get caught off guard, but Jesus warned about that very thing (Matthew 24:44), and thus it is no surprise that the dustbin of history is overflowing with the carcasses of damned men and women who were certain that it wouldn't be true of them... and yet it is. Friend, you can't become a genuinely born again Christian just any old time you please (John 1:13, &c)... but Hell is overflowing with people who thought they could... and you will be one of them if you don't humble yourself before the Lord Jesus HIMSELF, and become diligent in doing so, for unless the Manna falls directly and manifestly from Heaven - I say, unless the Manna falls DIRECTLY and MANIFESTLY from Heaven - then no New Birth will occur... so therefore learn this, if you haven't already: Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can... and when Jesus saves, he does so in his own timing, not yours." Scott Jones, March 10, 2014

"You must understand that the justice of God is as unchangeable as his love... out of Christ thou shalt find God a just God, a sin-avenging God, a God that will by no means spare the guilty; and be sure that every one that is found out of Jesus Christ will be found guilty in the judgment-day, upon whom the wrath of God shall smoke to their eternal ruin... Now, therefore, consider of it, and take the counsel of the apostle, which is to examine thyself whether thou art in the faith, and to prove thy ownself whether thou hast received the Spirit of Christ into thy soul, and whether thou hast been converted, whether thou hast been born again, and made a new creature, whether thou hast had thy sins washed away in the blood of Christ, whether thou hast been brought from under the old covenant into the new; and do not make a slight examination, for thou hast a precious soul either to be saved or damned. And that thou mayest not be deceived, consider that it is one thing to be convinced, and another to be converted; one thing to be wounded, and another to be killed, and so to be made alive again by the faith of Jesus Christ." John Bunyan, The Doctrine Of Law And Grace Unfolded, Posted by Scott Jones, March 9, 2014

"Have you imagined a tolerable hell?... God will be true in his threatenings, though thousands and millions perish." John Flavel, The Fountain Of Life, Posted by Scott Jones, March 8, 2014

"The reason that God can justly condemn every man, woman, boy, girl, or infant that has ever been born or conceived in the womb is because every man, woman, boy, girl, or infant that has ever been born or conceived in the womb deserves to be condemned by God. Period. And with the sole exception of Jesus, there are no exceptions. None whatsoever, for when God created Adam in the image of God, God created the most perfect man that it was possible to create and still have that man remain a creature. Ergo, man - Adam - was the absolute epitome and perfection of God's creation, faultless in every way as the ultimate creature. Adam was perfect in intelligence and impeccable in morality, flawless also in body, soul, and spirit. In other words, it was not possible to create any creature in the image of God greater or more perfect than Adam and still have that being remain a creature. Adam was therefore the absolute uttermost in perfection of God's creation. No creature created in the image of God could have been more perfect. No way, no how. Accordingly, if Adam sinned, then so would have every man, woman, boy, girl, or infant that has ever been born or conceived in the womb also sinned had they been in Adam's place. Period. Moreover, no man knows what that "cute" little infant will grow up to be, should he be allowed to grow to manhood. Only God knows that. But even then, even if that infant had grown up well, yet that infant would nevertheless still be guilty where he lay, for that infant still would have chosen the exact same course that Adam chose, seeing as Adam is the greatest of all of mankind in mankind's natural being (not including Jesus, of course), which is to say, that infant would have chosen to rebel against God just as surely as Adam did, and probably even sooner, as would have every other human who has ever lived or walked this earth, Jesus only excepted. Accordingly, no infant, no boy, no girl, no teen, no young adult, no old adult - no man or woman whatsoever - would have remained sinless against God had they been in Adam's place. Not one. That is precisely why it is written throughout the Bible about the sinfulness of all men besides Jesus, such as in Romans 3:10... "There is none righteous, no, not one"... or such as Ecclesiastes 7:20... "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not"... and so on, ad infinitum. That's why Jesus proclaimed LITERALLY in Matthew 19:17... "There is none good but one, that is, God"... That is also precisely why - and even though this truth resonates throughout the Scripture like a cacophonous roar, yet both the world and this generation of professing Christianity are blind and oblivious to it - so yet, this is also precisely why many infants, many boys and many girls, many teens and many pre-teens, as well as hordes upon hordes of adult men and women, all died violent, brutal deaths during the days of Noah's flood. Every man, every woman, every boy, every girl, every infant - one and all perished, except for the eight... none of whom first chose God, for Noah didn't warn God, but God Noah. Personally (Genesis 6:13-21). Do you really think that God couldn't have personally warned others, had he so chosen? Do you really think that God couldn't have imposed his fear upon whomsoever he chose, as he did Noah and his family? Or do you even think about such things at all? Or perhaps you are one of those people who is unsurprisingly so ditty that you don't realize that infants and small children and young teens and pre-teens were also the recipients of that catastrophic judgment in the global, worldwide flood of Noah's day. A flood which destroyed every human on this planet except the eight, eight people whom God had personally warned... warned directly, and not second-hand. A flood in which innumerable infants, and innumerable little boys, and innumerable little girls, and innumerable teens and pre-teens, and innumerable young adults and old adults alike, all perished in a crushing, terrifying, violent, unrelenting, devastating doom which literally rocked both the heavens and the earth down to their very cores. A flood which God HIMSELF by Jesus Christ HIMSELF decreed and imposed. Or yet, on the other hand, maybe you are one of those professing Christians who somehow, in some way, in your habitual fleshly and delusional manner, think that it's going to somehow, in some way, be different when Jesus Christ imposes his final judgment upon the world of men and angels for all eternity, a judgment which Jesus Christ HIMSELF will carry out in perfect accordance with the will of his Father (John 5:22, 27), a judgment in which it will be no less than Jesus Christ HIMSELF who imposes the wrath of Almighty God upon all except those whom the Father has chosen in Jesus Christ HIMSELF before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Ephesians 5:6, Colossians 3:6, &c). Friend, like it or not, the wrath of God is verily coming upon this world, and soon, as well as at the Great White Throne judgment, where the wrath of God will be even more inconceivable than all the wrath that this world has withstood heretofore, but that exposition is for another time, and so accordingly, none who are outside of the cocoon of Jesus Christ's SOLE RIGHTEOUSNESS will be able to withstand that wrath in that day. None. Not even for a single moment will they be able to bear it or withstand it, and yet, God will nevertheless make them bear it and withstand it, God will make them bear it and withstand it and endure it for every moment of their existence throughout eternity... exactly as if they were beaten to within an inch of their life by a brutal scourging and then nailed to a cross, there to suffer torment and despair and hopelessness without letup and without reprieve for all eternity, everlastingly, world without end... for make no mistake about it, the Lake of Fire will be nothing but a continual scourging and a continual crucifixion - and then some - for every single moment of existence throughout all eternity for the unsaved, a continual scourging and a continual crucifixion which every single soul who has ever lived or been conceived in the womb will undergo unless they've been washed in the blood of Jesus... for indeed, indeed, indeed, and alas and alas and alas... Behold! those who have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ - and those ONLY - are UTTERLY IMMUNE to the wrath of God - thanks SOLELY to Jesus - now and forever more, exactly as it is written, "even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come" (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Yea, these - and these ALONE - will escape that wrath in that day. Will you? You've no doubt seen photographs of the little boy or the little girl in a war-torn, ravaged country, with tears of anguish streaming down the little boy's or little girl's face, a face with sunken cheeks and hollow eyes, eyes which are hazy and glazed over due to shock and malnutrition and systematic starvation, with torrents of flies buzzing around them, and insects dive-bombing and discomfiting them perpetually, their little bellies distended and stretched beyond all normality for lack of food, and many times for lack of even clean water, and yet you think that God is going to make an exception for YOU? I say, you delusionally THINK that God is going to make an exception for YOU? God allows the indescribable and seemingly endless suffering and torment of such little ones, God allows such little ones to experience a misery and a suffering that no words can even contemplate, let alone justly describe, and yet you think that God is going to make an exception for... YOU??? ... Oh! the DEPTHS OF DELUSION to which this generation of professing Christians will go is a depth beyond which even the angels are capable of comprehending. Alas! the true God of the Bible and the delusional god of modern professing Christianity have absolutely ZERO in common, and I do mean ZERO. Even the ungodly knew more of the true God in ancient days than professing Christians and other "religious" people do today. Abominably, this generation of professing Christianity is even more deluded than were the Pharisees of Jesus' day, and that is not hyperbole in the slightest (2 Thessalonians 2:11). In fact, with regard to knowledge of God - the true God - this generation is the most ignorant generation in the history of the world, bar none. Yet, God - the true God - is eminently aware of all suffering and all misery everywhere. God knows and God sees, and so for the record, what ultimately happens to those little boys and little girls in the end is God's business, not yours, nor will you ever have even the first thing to say about it, for God by Jesus Christ will be fully vindicated in that day, when the mystery of God shall be finished (Revelation 10:7), and where the open truth will suddenly be revealed, as though sprung by a trap, and where understanding will thereby finally be allowed to flourish, for God, even the Father, will in that day reveal the mystery of his will by Jesus Christ in this matter (Matthew 11:25-26), so that the foolish and fleshly humanistic thoughts and notions of man will be exposed for the pride and vanity and insanity and delusion and wickedness that they truly are, and that they have infallibly produced throughout the ages, especially from the Tower of Babel onward. In the meantime, suffice it to say that all of those little boys and little girls - each of them without exception - actually deserve the condemnation of God, and that is a hard, cold truth that you had better come to grips with if you ever want to even begin to comprehend the true God of the Bible, who has been manifested in the flesh by his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, but who - though he is a God of mercy, is also a God of judgment, a judgment which will be executed and carried out down to the last dreg, for God's judgment is as great as his mercy, God's judgment is just as infinite as God's mercy, for the two are equal sides of the same coin, for both spring from their Eternal Source - and thus, each of those little boys and little girls without exception, each of them would have infallibly rebelled against God just as fiercely and just as adamantly and just as infernally as Adam and Eve did, had they been in Adam and Eve's place, no matter how "cute" or "innocent" or "pristine" that little boy or girl may appear to your sinful eyes, and that very fact - since the day that Adam and Eve sinned - is even more exacerbated because every infant born or conceived in the womb since that time has been born and conceived in sin, born and conceived in rebellion against God, and therefore every infant is a sinner and a rebel right from the very start, even from conception, so that even the very root of the unborn in the womb is unholy, as is its fruit, and therefore not fit to stand in the presence of Almighty God, even the true God of the Bible... unless God HIMSELF chooses by his own inscrutable will to make that soul holy by the blood of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Not one human - whether born into the world or conceived in the womb - is excepted (save Jesus, of course), and not one of them - even had they been born sinless - yet not one of them would have remained faithful to God. Not one, for if Adam couldn't - Adam the absolute, flawlessly perfect man - then no man could. Therefore, which of those young souls God ultimately saves or doesn't save is absolutely none of your business, for "the secret things belong unto the LORD our God" (Deuteronomy 29:29), yet know of a surety that the suffering and misery and torment of those infants and children in Noah's day, and the suffering and misery and torment of those infants and children in Lot's day, and the suffering and misery and torment of the infants and children in our own day, ad infinitum, is merely a foretaste and warning of a coming judgment that is CERTAIN, and of a coming judgment that is EQUALLY UNFORGIVING, world without end, for when God bears his arm to smite in that day, he will do so wholly by his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who will HIMSELF justly and righteously impose everlasting condemnation with suffering and misery and torment upon ALL the unsaved in the day of his vengeance, without apology and without reprieve, confessing before his Father and before his saints as he goes, "I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment" (Isaiah 63:3), and who will likewise be justified and vindicated even by his enemies in that day, by every single soul he judges and condemns, all of whom will acknowledge the righteousness of the Lamb of God and of their own condemnation when the mystery of God shall be finished, and they thereby shown that God was just and righteous and true throughout all of this world's history, and that they themselves were only evil from their youth continually, no matter how "good" or "respectable" or "giving" or "charitable" or "loving" or whatnot that they may have been in this world, for in that day they will see themselves as they truly are, for they will see themselves in the light of Jesus Christ's glory, and thus they will suddenly, as in a moment, be devastated and consumed, for even their thoughts will be seen in that day to have been wholly unclean and thus nothing but the very blackest of sins when compared to the light of the glory of Jesus Christ, not to mention their actions, even the best of which will be shown to be but dung and refuse in the eyes of an infinitely holy God, their "righteousness as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6), and thus they will cringe in fear and terror at how wicked and sinful they truly were, even from their mother's womb, even if they were most "righteous" in the eyes of men upon this earth, for now they will behold the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous HIMSELF in his own glory, and HIMSELF in the glory of his Father, and they will then have nowhere to hide, and there will be no escape, for it is Jesus Christ HIMSELF who will then stand before them unveiled, in the majesty of his glory, so that they will forlornly "cry out to the moles and to the bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth" (Isaiah 2:21) - and so not a single man, woman, boy, girl, infant, or angel will be able to evade that judgment in that day, will be able to escape the judgment seat of Jesus Christ in that day. Not one, for the God of the Bible, which is the only true God, is not even remotely akin to the god that the people of this world and the people of modern professing Christianity worship or think of. Not even close, not by an infinity of infinities. Therefore friend, pray consider the following in light of the above... Namely, it wasn't enough for the Samaritans to merely "believe" in Jesus in Acts 8:5-17, for their "believing" wasn't a saving believing at first, not a supernatural believing at first, for there is indeed a fleshly faith and a supernatural faith; there is a damning faith, and there is a saving faith. There is a faith of the unsaved, and there is "the faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1). The Samaritans possessed only the former at first. The Samaritans possessed nothing but a fleshly faith before being baptized in the Holy Spirit, and thus, in order for the Samaritans to receive saving faith, supernatural faith, even "the faith of God's elect", they must first be baptized in the Holy Spirit, they must first be baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth before they could be genuinely saved, before they could receive saving faith, supernatural faith, even "the faith of God's elect"... and so must you... if you truly want to be saved, that is. I say, if you TRULY want to be saved. But if not, then go ahead and rationalize all of this away, if you are so inclined (an inclination which cometh not from above), for that is precisely what the vast majority of professing Christians have done in every generation, but never to the degree and extent and depravity of this, our own, generation. Not even close. So go ahead, if you insist, and ignorantly assert that the Samaritans were immediately born again at Philip's preaching - though it is not even remotely recorded in the passage how or where or when this supposed indwelling of the Holy Spirit took place prior to Peter and John coming down from Jerusalem, nor do those of us who are genuinely born again ourselves have the slightest problem understanding why it is not recorded, namely, because it hadn't happened yet, which the Scripture itself actually plainly states in Acts 8:15-16, so plainly, in fact, that it should serve as a stark warning to the genuine seeker of truth, to the genuine seeker of Jesus HIMSELF, that he's in trouble if he can't likewise testify, for no man genuinely belongs to Jesus Christ until he is baptized in the Holy Spirit, just like the first Christians were (Romans 8:9) - but go ahead, if you must, go ahead and assert that the Samaritans must have somehow, in some way, in some manner, at some undisclosed time, and in a never recorded way, been born again before Peter and John came down from Jerusalem and prayed for them to receive the Holy Ghost... so go ahead, indeed, and delude yourself till your heart's content, if you will... but while you're doing so, while you are thus deceiving and deluding yourself into everlasting torment and misery by denying what the Scriptures so simply and plainly testify to - at least with regard to anyone who is genuinely regenerate and possesses even a particle of genuine experience in the Holy Spirit in genuine witnessing - indeed, while you are deluding yourself by this self-imposed, secretly prideful Satanic notion and fable, then simultaneously try to remember as vividly as you can the details and the faces in those photographs which captured those little boys or those little girls who were crumbling and suffering beyond the realms of describable horror throughout the world, and throughout the ages, and of the boys and girls and infants of Noah's day who died violent, brutal, almost inconceivably horrendous deaths, and of the children in Sodom and Gomorrah whose flesh was scorched to the point that there was probably nothing left but ashes in the end, and the torment that such a process would have invoked, and so on and so forth, for those images will infallibly be YOUR EXACT FATE - to the TEE - unless you repent and become baptized in the Holy Spirit yourself, thereby becoming born again, just as the Samaritans did... but only AFTER Peter and John came down... and just as the Caesareans did in Acts 10... but only AFTER Peter proclaimed Jesus to them... and just as... ad infinitum. Oh... and remember this... Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can... just as Jesus did with the Samaritans, who could by no means make themselves Christians until Peter and John came down from Jerusalem and prayed for them, so that the Samaritans became born again and thus saved when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and just as Jesus did with the Caesareans, who by no means could make themselves Christians until Jesus baptized them in the Holy Spirit at Peter's preaching, and thereby saved, and so on, and which is also the case with ALL, ALL, ALL who become genuine inheritors and recipients of the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF (1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6, Titus 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:5, Psalm 16:5). Friend, there are no exceptions... not even for little boys or little girls... and ESPECIALLY not for YOU... except you repent." Scott Jones, March 7, 2014

"The True Word of God is Jesus Christ, as affirmed repeatedly throughout the Bible, and the True Word of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous, does not communicate himself by any other means than the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ. Accordingly, the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, can and does use the written word of God to communicate the True Word of God to a man when he chooses, but the written word of God is not the True Word of God, nor does the written word of God even BECOME the True Word of God until the Holy Spirit HIMSELF PERSONALLY vivifies the written word of God, just as he - the Holy Spirit - vivified the entire creation in the very beginning (Genesis 1:1-3). Behold! it is by the decree of Jesus, the True Word of God, according to the will of his Father, that the Spirit of Christ, even the Holy Spirit, quickened, or vivified, all of creation in the beginning... and so it is with the written word. Exactly. Precisely. He - the Holy Spirit - did so - that is, quickened, vivified, the written word - when he first inspired the written word of God, and he - the Holy Spirit - does so now - that is, quickens, vivifies, the written word - whenever he chooses to make the written word of God effective. Exactly as he did with the original creation. Otherwise it is not the True Word of God, but only the mere written word of God, which is nothing but an empty cistern without the Holy Spirit vivifying it and quickening it anew. Ergo, if the Holy Spirit, by the decree of Jesus, according to the will of the Father, doesn't vivify, or quicken, the written word anew - I say, ANEW - then the True Word of God has not gone forth. Not even remotely, not even a little bit. Period. I say, the TRUE WORD OF GOD has NOT gone forth if the written word of God has not been quickened, or vivified, by the decree of Jesus according to the will of the Father by the operation of the Holy Spirit, that is, by the POWER of the Holy Spirit, "for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in POWER" (1 Corinthians 4:20). Rather, if the written word has not been vivified and quickened by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, then only the written word has gone forth in the power of the flesh, which is nothing ultimately but death. Indeed, as has well been said before - and I don't know if anybody is aware of the true original source of this quotation, but Tozer at least repeated it, and is usually given credit for instantiating it, but whoever came up with this quotation, it is absolutely perfect and to the point, so I will repeat it again now, for it is utterly, utterly, utterly true... "To understand a Bible text it takes an act of the Holy Spirit equal to the act that inspired the text in the first place"... The theological world today is overflowing and abuzz with debates or questions about how Scripture was actually "inspired", but there isn't a genuinely born again sentient Christian on this planet who hasn't already experienced this very same inspiration himself. Not one. No exceptions. How Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit is a question that fleshly unregenerate men ask, men who have never actually experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth themselves. The man who is genuinely regenerate, on the other hand, not only knows infallibly how the Scripture was originally inspired in the first place - because he himself has experienced it in his own regeneration, even if he can't articulate it right away - but he likewise prays for this exact same inspiration every time he reads or meditates or memorizes or in any way lays hold on the written word of God, for the truly regenerate man knows the difference between the words of the Bible and voice of the Spirit, who is HIMSELF the SOLE QUICKENER and the SOLE INTERPRETER of the written word of God, without whom the written word of God is just words on a page, for without the DIRECT INSPIRATION of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF upon the recipient of the written word of God - exactly as he did when he inspired the written word of God in the first place - then the written word of God will profit nothing. Spurgeon, in his sermon, "Our Urgent Need Of The Holy Spirit", also put a fine point upon it when he said... "It is one of the peculiar offices of the Holy Spirit to enlighten his people. He has done so by giving us his word, which he has inspired; but the Book, inspired though it be, is never spiritually understood by any man apart from the personal teaching of its great Author... Nothing do we really know unless it be burnt into our souls as with a hot iron by an experience which only the Spirit of God can give"... Friend, the written word of God is not God. God is God. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The written word is a book. Albeit, the written word is not just any book. Rather, the written word is God's Book. The written word is God's manual, God's textbook, and therefore if you don't heed it and obey it, then you will be held by Jesus Christ in that day to have slighted the written word of God, and if you slight the written word of God, then you will likewise be counted by Jesus Christ in that day to have slighted Jesus HIMSELF, for the written word of God is a reflection of the True Word of God, and therefore if you slight the written word of God, you will die. Eternally. Everlastingly. World without end. Here's what John Bunyan had to say in, "A Few Sighs From Hell", about slighting the written word... "And therefore whosoever they be that slight the Scriptures, they slight that which is no less than the word of God; and they who slight that, slight him that spake it; and they that do so, let them look to themselves, for God will be revenged on such"... And yet, if you possess the arrogance to think that you can genuinely understand even a single syllable of that Book, even a single syllable of the written word of God, apart from the DIRECT INSPIRATION of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, equal to the inspiration that inspired the text in the first place - I say, if you possess such arrogance, then you yourself know nothing of the miracle of regeneration, wherein is incorporated the act of inspiration itself - the same inspiration that produced the Book in the first place - and thus you will also die, eternally and everlastingly, for you truly know nothing of regeneration experientially, and thus you would do well to heed these following words of Bunyan as he continued in his aforementioned treatise... "He that believeth the Scriptures to be the word of God, believeth that men must be born again, and also be partakers of that faith which is of the operation of God, according as he hath read and believed, or else he must and shall be damned. And he that believeth this aright will not be contented until, according as it is written, he do partake of and enjoy the new birth, and until he do find, through grace, that faith that is wrought by the operation of God in his soul. For this is the cause why men do satisfy themselves with so slender a conceited hope that their state is good, when it is nothing so, namely, because they do not credit the Scripture; for did they, they would look into their own hearts, and examine seriously whether that faith, that hope, that grace which they think they have be of that nature, and wrought by that Spirit and power that the Scripture speaketh of. I speak this of an effectual believing, without which all other is nothing unto salvation"... Friend, without the DIRECT INSPIRATION of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF - the VERY SAME INSPIRATION that produced the written word of God in the first place - then the words on the page are dead... and so are you. Really. Now, that inspiration is only available via the direct decree of the True Word of God, even Jesus Christ the Righteous, and none other, who must be bowed to and called upon before he will answer - bowed to and called upon in deed and in truth, not merely in word - but who is yet alive and listening evermore, and thus there will be no exceptions for sentient men and women who have had access to that Book. None at all. So if you're going to be religious, then it's time to get serious about your religion, which means getting rid of your religion completely and instead laying hold on HIMSELF, for you can watch biblical prophecy concerning the return of Jesus on the evening news being fulfilled right before your very eyes, and even though it's been that way for quite awhile now, yet it will continue even more so with each passing day, and with increasing rapidity, albeit there will be enough lulls in the action to keep all but the most diligent in their sleep, never making sure that they actually have oil in their lamp (Matthew 25:1-13), true oil, genuine oil, by which they continuously light their lamps, to prove it, but remain yet asleep in a false confidence, asleep in a deceitful, secret pride, only to be awakened when it's far too late, too late by a lifetime. Friend, the written word doesn't make Jesus alive unless the Living Word HIMSELF first gives it life - supernatural life (1 Corinthians 2:11-16) - nor can the written word ever be genuinely understood - I say, GENUINELY understood, SUPERNATURALLY understood - until he - the Living Word - does." Scott Jones, March 4, 2014

"Up until Adam sinned, the Lord never had to go looking for him. Adam was always out in the open until then. But after Adam sinned, he hid himself (Genesis 3:10), and thus the Preincarnate Christ, walking in the garden in the cool of the day, called unto Adam, saying, "Where art thou?" (Genesis 3:9). There are myriads upon myriads of grace in that question from the Preincarnate Christ, yet they have to be digged for, like silver and gold. You see, it is the Preincarnate Christ who defined the question for man in the first place, which is to say, it is the Lord Christ who stipulated the question that man would now be forced to ask back to the Lord throughout man's toilsome years on this cursed earth, for ever since that sin of Adam, man has been crying out in despair, "Lord, where art thou?" Adam hid himself from the Lord, and now the Lord hides himself from man, forcing man to repeat the very same question that the Preincarnate Christ first established, so that man, in his despair, is now compelled to cry out to God, "Where art thou?" The exact same question that the Preincarnate Christ asked, only now in reverse. It is a perennial question, and one of the worthiest questions that the human heart could ever utter, but alas, so very, very many in this world dig in vain, exactly as the Incarnate Christ warned four thousand years later in Matthew 7:14... "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it"... As I said in the previous quotation, only the genuinely thirsty are genuinely given to drink. Are you genuinely thirsty? Then pick your spot and start digging - I suggest you get on your knees, using a Book to help you carefully choose your spot, and then, if you hear a word behind you, saying, "this is the way, walk ye in it" (Isaiah 30:21), then start digging with groans and sighs that cannot even be uttered (Romans 8:26) - that is, as long as you are certain you are on the right spot, for the only well that contains living water is the well that the Well HIMSELF ordained in John 7:37-39... "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)"... And if you persevere, you will discover that one of the worthiest groans and worthiest sighs that the Holy Spirit ever did utter back to the throne of grace through a saint is the groan and sigh which pleads, "Lord Jesus, where art thou?" For this question, when uttered by a genuinely thirsty soul who is digging in the right spot, is as a "nail that is fastened in the sure place" (Isaiah  22:25). So don't stop until you hit water, even a gusher, although, you may require rest periods in your digging... yet the longer it takes, the more your thirst will grow... if you were genuinely thirsty to begin with, that is... and also, the longer it takes, the more parched you will become, especially if the heat of the day bears down upon you... but then, the greater the thirst the greater the drink, for then the Well will open HIMSELF to you and pour upon you those "rivers of living water"... precisely as he promised... unless you deny that promise, that is. Even so, come Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20)." Scott Jones, February 23, 2014

"I see a mass of professing Christians today - both in churches and in "specialized" ministries - attempting to get people to believe in the Bible. They would never admit that the Bible is really what they are attempting to get people to believe in, of course, but that's what they are actually doing, and while this may appear to be a subtle point, yet it appears so only to those without any understanding of what is truly going on, for this abnormal focus on the written word itself is literally making an idol out of the Bible in the minds and hearts of many. And the problem with this, of course, is the simple fact that the Bible saves no one. No one at all. Only Jesus HIMSELF according to the will of the Father HIMSELF by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can actually save anyone. Nor does he need the Bible to do it. Jesus can speak Scripture to a man by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, without the use of the word written, and he has done so throughout history. In fact, you can read the book of Acts to verify that, if you want. Actually, why don't you? But while you're doing so, every time you come across the phrase, "word of God", in the book of Acts, make a conscious effort to leave the word "written" out of the phrase completely, because the phrase "word of God" in the book of Acts really doesn't have any correlation to the word "written" in most cases, as is also true throughout much of the rest of the New Testament. Moreover, God is still sending forth his True Word today just as he did in the book of Acts, for there are a number of God's elect in this world right now who are under persecution and who therefore don't have the luxury of reading even a single word from the Bible, yet the Holy Spirit upholds them with the Word True (supernaturally), even Jesus, so do yourself a favor and don't buy into the idolatry that many professing Christians today have made out of the word written. That doesn't mean that you forsake the word written, as we'll see more of in a moment, but the word written is not your true master, as we'll also see. A key point in this matter was uttered by Jesus in John 6:63... "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life"... Friend, if Jesus doesn't decree the Holy Spirit's PERSONAL WITNESS of the Bible's words, if the Holy Spirit HIMSELF doesn't bear INFALLIBLE SUPERNATURAL WITNESS to the words of the Bible in the spirit of a man, then the words of the Bible will save no soul, nor will the words of the Bible result in genuine, spiritual edification. Someone will immediately protest, but "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Oh boy... how many words must I type? First, the text itself doesn't say the "written" word of God, and secondly, the text itself says "hearing", not "reading". Or, to put it another way, the text doesn't say that faith cometh by "reading", but that faith cometh by HEARING. The two are drastically different, for only the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can make a man truly HEAR the True Word of God, whether it comes by the word written or by the word preached, yet unless the Holy Spirit HIMSELF backs it, then it's not the True Word of God, but only the word written, or only the word fleshly preached. Indeed, one man can read the Bible and be none the better off for it, whereas a man who has never even seen a Bible, let alone read one, can be witnessed to in the POWER of the Holy Spirit by a genuinely born again Christian and thus himself be supernaturally born again on the spot. Alas, you would think that I, of all people (assuming you've read my testimony), would tout the Bible as the ultimate authority for the Christian today, especially since I myself was saved right there on the spot while I was actually in the middle of reading the Bible. The problem with that notion, however, is the unyielding little fact that it is not the Bible who saved me, and I know it, because I was there. Rather, it is the Author of the Bible who saved me, and saved me HIMSELF PERSONALLY, immediately after I stopped reading the Bible and laid the Bible in my lap, and then looked up to Heaven, and prayed to Jesus - that's when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and thereby filled with the Holy Spirit on the spot - and I can remember the Lord Jesus manifesting himself to me and saving me and baptizing me in the Holy Spirit as if it happened only moments ago, even though it's been many years now. Every sentient Christian can remember that moment, exactly as Oswald Chambers in "Bringing Sons Unto Glory" likewise testified... "A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his testimony to the MOMENT at which he experienced new birth"... In fact, just to set the record straight, it is only by a prayer - even an unvocalized prayer, even if it's only a silent prayer from the heart - yet it is ultimately only a sanctified prayer that Jesus responds to when he saves, and only after the Holy Spirit HIMSELF has moved upon that person in order to cause the prayer in the first place, for Jesus didn't awaken Lazarus by the word written, but by HIMSELF, and so must the Holy Spirit HIMSELF quicken a sinner and call him forth, just as Jesus did to Lazarus. Of course, the Bible may be used by the Holy Spirit to stimulate a sanctified prayer, as he did when he saved me, but it is ultimately a sanctified prayer from the heart, indited by the Holy Spirit, even if unuttered with the lips, that Jesus responds to, and nothing less (John 5:25, Romans 8:26). You see, the Bible itself was merely the tool that the Author used in saving me - and while I certainly don't want to be mischaracterized as rejecting the absolute infallibility of the Bible (though I certainly won't be surprised to be so mischaracterized by the unregenerate who know not of what I speak) - yet the difference between the Holy Spirit and the word written is greater than the difference between the surgeon and his scalpel, which is the surgeon's foremost tool. Likewise, in the classroom the teacher also uses a tool, a foremost tool. It's called a textbook, and it is this tool - the textbook - which the teacher uses as the primary means to reveal truth and educate the students, especially if the teacher is the actual author of the textbook, for the teacher goes over each passage of the textbook and expounds the text to the students so that they can accurately understand the words of the textbook, so that they can understand the words of the textbook in the same vein as the author of the textbook meant them to be understood, for in this analogy the teacher and the author of the textbook are one and the same, so that the teacher has perfect understanding of the words of the textbook, being the author thereof, yet the teacher is not the textbook, nor is the textbook the teacher. I say, the teacher is not the textbook, nor is the textbook the teacher. Ergo, the Holy Spirit is not the word written, and the word written is not the Holy Spirit. Moreover, the teacher - mark that - the teacher - not the students, not the congregation, not the church - but the teacher has decreed that the textbook is to be the infallible rule of thumb by which the students are to prosecute their education (John 5:39, &c.), and thus the textbook is therefore what the students are to take home with them and study, but it is nevertheless the teacher alone who interprets the textbook accurately and with authority (John 15:26, John 16:12-15), so that the students can thereby - and with complete confidence - know the real truth of what the text in the textbook actually means, for the textbook can have many interpretations, but only the teacher truly knows the right one. In other words, the textbook itself is binding upon the students, yes, but it is not the textbook that is the ultimate authority for the students. Rather, the teacher is, for the students cannot accurately understand the textbook apart from the teacher, who is the final and ultimate authority over the textbook and the students, and who is the only true interpreter of the textbook. So is the Holy Spirit the ultimate authority and the only true interpreter for the Christian and his Bible, whereas the Bible itself is but the textbook that the Holy Spirit uses for his divine instruction, for you see, the Holy Spirit actually INSTRUCTS those he truly indwells, just as the teacher actually INSTRUCTS the students while using the textbook as the tool. And yet, the students are not led by the textbook, but by the teacher. It is the teacher who tells the students which part of the textbook to focus on, and it is the teacher who likewise interprets that portion of the textbook for the students, and so on. It is the teacher - not the textbook - who does the leading. And so it is with genuinely born again Christians, as the Textbook itself states a number of times, such as in Romans 8:14... "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God"... It is the Spirit of God, not the written word of God, that is the true leader of the true Christian, and while the Holy Spirit will never genuinely contradict the word written, yet he may or may not use the word written when he leads and instructs the true believer, for a great mass of the Holy Spirit's teaching comes via sanctified prayer in the genuine believer's life (albeit, much of the written word of God is employed in the prayer of a genuine believer, but only as wielded by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF), and apart from true, sanctified, Holy Spirit prayer, not even the Bible itself can be used to truly teach the believer genuine spiritual truths. Even more so, it is not the study of Hebrew or Greek or Latin or church history or biographies or confessions, ad infinitum, from which genuine, spiritual knowledge comes. All of these may produce great learning in the mind, but they are absolutely useless - and even harmful - unless the information and doctrines they perpetrate are, first, true, and secondly, ratified by the Holy Spirit as originally coming from him and thereby brought FROM the Holy Spirit HIMSELF into the spirit of the man he indwells. I am certain that there are many professing Christians who think they understand what I just said, but who in reality have no clue. The reason I am certain of that is because I've seen so many of them demonstrate it, even though they don't know that they are demonstrating it. Tozer summed it up pretty good... "There is a difference between the intellectual knowledge of God and the Spirit-revealed knowledge... modern orthodoxy has made a great blunder in the erroneous assumption that spiritual truths can be intellectually perceived... until a man receives that illumination, that inward enlightenment, he will not have anything because Bible study does not, of itself, lift the veil or penetrate it... there is the Christ whom only the Spirit can reveal... you may be convinced that He is the Son of God and still never find Him as the living Person He is. Jesus Christ must be revealed by the Holy Ghost, no man knows the things of God but by the Holy Ghost... the final flash that introduces your heart to Jesus must be by that illumination of the Holy Spirit Himself, or it isn't done at all"... Indeed - and this is precisely where the mass of professing Christians today who vigorously tout the supreme authority of the Bible while simultaneously rejecting the manifest supernatural operations of the Holy Spirit, at least in practice, if not in words, miss the boat - I say, this is precisely where they miss the boat... so behold!... just as the students are aware of the distinction between the words of the textbook and the voice of the teacher, so is a genuinely born again Christian aware of the distinction between the words of the Bible and the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is the voice of Jesus (John 10:27, John 16:13, &c.). I say, just as the students are aware of the difference between the WORDS of the textbook and the VOICE of the teacher, so is a genuinely born again Christian aware of the difference between the WORDS of the Bible and the VOICE of the Holy Spirit. Are you? Have you actually heard that voice in your spirit - not your mind, not your soul, but your spirit - indeed, have you actually heard that voice in your spirit, like in the moment when you were regenerated... if you actually were? For you see, an unregenerate spirit has no spiritual ears, and therefore the unregenerate man constantly mistakes his soul for his spirit (Hebrews 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). But the regenerate man is given new ears in his spirit when he is made a new creature, is given a faculty for hearing that the unregenerate know nothing of. So I ask again, are you yourself distinctly aware of the difference between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the words of the Bible? If not, if you're not DISTINCTLY aware of the DISTINCT difference between the two - between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the words of the Bible, just as the students are eminently aware of the distinction between the words of the textbook and the voice of the teacher (as well as knowing the difference between their own thoughts and the voice of the teacher) - so if you yourself, I say, are not aware of this great distinction, the distinction between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the words of the Bible, then you have likewise missed the boat, so that you should start seeking and searching for the Author of the Bible, for you absolutely haven't found him yet. In closing, a couple of things need to be affirmed... first, it needs to be affirmed that the true Holy Spirit of the Bible will affirm the words of the Bible he has Authored, but words on a page - in and of themselves, even if they are the words of Scripture - yet words on a page in and of themselves are not the same thing as the True Word of God (remember the key point, John 6:63), anymore than the words of the textbook are the same thing as the teacher. Not even close, for the True Word of God is alive and pure, which is Jesus, who is the Fountain and True Word of God, and therefore unless the Holy Spirit backs the words on the page, then the words on the page are empty spiritually. Totally. It is just as John Bunyan stated in "The Acceptable Sacrifice", where he well notes... "No man can break the heart with the word; no angel can break the heart with the word; that is, if God forbears to second it by mighty power from heaven... Wherefore, though the word is the instrument with which the heart is broken, yet it is not broken with the word, till that word is managed by the might and power of God... wherefore, I say, though the word be the instrument, yet of itself doth no saving good to the soul; the heart is not broken, nor the spirit made contrite thereby; it only worketh death, and leaveth men in the chains of their sins, still faster bound over to eternal condemnation. But when seconded by mighty power, then the same word is as the roaring of a lion, as the piercing of a sword, as a burning fire in the bones, as thunder and as a hammer that dashes all to pieces"... A genuinely born again Christian knows by supernatural experience what Bunyan means. Do you? Secondly, it also needs to be affirmed that the Holy Spirit most often works in the spirit of the man he indwells without consciously - that is, ultra-supernaturally, as it were - bearing witness to each word or words of Scripture in a manifestly conscious, ultra-supernatural way - as it were. To be clear, what I'm saying is that the Holy Spirit doesn't often bear witness in this manifestly conscious, ultra-supernatural way, as it were. This is primarily because the regenerated man is a new creature, literally (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, Titus 3:5), and therefore he has a capacity for hearing and understanding the written word that no unregenerate man on this earth possesses, no matter how knowledgeable of the Bible he may appear to be (1 Corinthians 2:14). On the other hand, and in spite of the above truth, yet the regenerate man can still nevertheless often tell that the Holy Spirit is bearing witness and supporting him in his spirit without any ultra-supernatural (as it were) operations. The regenerate man knows the difference, the regenerate man can discern, the regenerate man knows the distinction between his own self and the Holy Spirit, and between the Holy Spirit and the words of the Bible. So while the Holy Spirit's witness may not be ultra-supernatural, as I call it, yet the genuine believer knows when the Holy Spirit is upholding him in the written word, and quickening it. And yet - "Grace, grace unto it" (Zechariah 4:7) - there are certainly times when the Holy Spirit will bring the written word in with MANIFEST POWER upon the spirit and soul of one of his elect, but this is the exception rather than the rule, and - as all who have experienced this know - this operation of the Holy Spirit is as an everlasting fountain of pure, crystal water in a parched desert of hot, roiling sand, yea, even as the waters of Meribah (Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 81:7). Know, however, that such operations by the Holy Spirit are usually given only to the saint who is continuously lifting his heart up to the Father in Jesus' name (we're back to prayer, aren't we), and who is continuously burying his nose in the word written, with his heart consciously and continuously crying out for knowledge and understanding, and for more grace and more grace and more grace, and who may be suffering spiritually under the burdens of genuine spiritual warfare, for only the genuinely thirsty know what it is to truly be given to drink from that living water that gushes out of that spiritual Rock that follows them (1 Corinthians 19:4, John 7:37-39). So keep your nose in the word written, yes, and make the word written - as it is written - your infallible plumb line, but never be satisfied ONLY with the word written, but rather - did I mention the key point in John 6:63? - you know, the voice of Jesus, which is the voice of the Holy Spirit? - did I mention that key point, which Jesus elucidated in John 6:63, as well as throughout the rest of the New Testament? - so never be satisfied ONLY with the word written, but rather, be LED by the Word Living bearing witness to the word written, for the word written is merely a reflection of the Word True - the word written is NOT the Word True, but is only a REFLECTION of the Word True - and the Word True is whom you must interact with MANIFESTLY by the Word Alive if you want your thirst to be truly and everlastingly quenched (John 14:21-23)." Scott Jones, February 21, 2014

"Christ hath not the tithe of mankind... Christ taketh sinners, not by dozens, not by thousands, (it is but once in all the world, (Acts, ii,) that three thousand are converted at once;) but by ones and twos. 'Though Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant shall but be saved' (Rom. ix.27). The relics and refuse shall be saved only. Common love scarce amounteth to grace, because grace is separative, and singleth out one of many; all graced persons are privileged persons; heaven is a house of chosen and privileged ones... Christ often will not have both husband and wife, both father and son; but the one brother, Jacob, not Esau. Of a whole house, Christ cometh to the devil's fireside, and chooseth one, and draweth him out, and leaveth all the family to the devil. Christ knoweth them well whom he chooseth: grace is a rare piece of the choice and the flower of the love of heaven: there be many common stones; not many pearls, not many diamonds and sapphires." Samuel Rutherford, The Trial And Triumph Of Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, February 18, 2014

"It has been well said that prayer is the real battle, whereas witnessing is merely going in afterwards and sweeping up the spoils. How true that is, for that is not only what the Bible clearly teaches, but I have likewise found this to be entirely true in my own life as well. In other words, the way to get a relative or close friend - or anybody else, for that matter - into the kingdom of Jesus Christ is to pray and fast them in, not harass them to death by witnessing to them in the flesh ad infinitum (Matthew 7:6). But alas! this is a lesson that will probably not be learned - even by the truly regenerate - except via the hard way, that is, by witnessing to people in the flesh and consequently failing too many times to count, until you become so broken that you set aside real time with the Lord Jesus in prayer and fasting and wait for revelation from Heaven... and POWER... for without POWER, even the POWER of the Holy Spirit, your witnessing will do more harm than good, even if you are speaking pure truth (1 Corinthians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 4:20). These words of E. M. Bounds in his treatise on prayer perfectly describe what I am saying... "Preaching is to give life; it may kill... This letter-preaching has the truth. But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone; it must be energized by the Spirit, with all God's forces at its back. Truth unquickened by God's Spirit deadens as much as - or more than - error. It may be the truth without admixture; but without the Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its truth error, its light darkness"... The number of hearts that professing Christians have hardened by witnessing without the POWER of the Holy Spirit is beyond count, and not a single one of us on this earth, regenerate or not, have clean hands in this matter. Again, John Bunyan, on the same issue, in his treatise, "Christ A Complete Saviour", put forth the greatest advice that any true evangelist could ever receive... "There belongs to every true notion of truth a power; the notion is the shell, the power is the kernel and life. Without this last, truth doth me no good, nor those to whom I communicate it. Hence Paul said to the Corinthians, 'When I come to you again, I will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.' Search, then, after the power of what thou knowest, for it is the power that will do thee good. Now this will not be got but by earnest prayer, and much attending upon God; also there must not be admitted by thee that thy heart be stuffed with cumbering cares of this world, for they are of a choking nature"... Of course, when discussing Christian conversion, I am not talking about cajoling someone to "pray the sinner's prayer" or to "accept Jesus as their Saviour" or to "make a decision for Christ" and so on ad nauseam. Any half-baked salesman can do that. No, I'm talking about genuine supernatural regeneration here. I'm talking about a genuine resurrection miracle by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth here. Also - and this is in the same vein - I have seen my share of death-knell conversions over the years, where a person is either very close to death, or they've been given a sentence of death by their doctors, so that they now, for the first time in their life, so that they now really and truly begin to take God seriously for the first time in their life, even if they've been church members in some cases, and therefore they ultimately end up "praying the sinner's prayer", or "accepting Jesus as their Saviour", and so forth and so on, thereby finally succumbing to their fate and thus agreeing to make Jesus their insurance policy, especially since they are going to lose everything anyway, seeing that they are now at death's door (albeit, it is far from wrong to testify of Jesus to a dying man, but is rather the only thing to do, in addition to prayer and fasting, yet having them hang their hope of conversion on "the sinner's prayer" or "accepting Jesus" or "making a decision for Christ", and so on, is cruel and abusive, not spiritual - not in the least - all of which will be woefully revealed at the Great White Throne). Nevertheless, I say, I have seen plenty of these events in this mournful life, even in my own family, and they are very somber moments indeed, but I must sadly confess that I have never once seen a single one of these people become genuinely born again before they died. Not one, including members (plural) of my own family. No, I am not the final authority, but that is nevertheless my enlightened conviction and my very strong spiritual intuition in every case that I have been a close observer of, for on the opposite side of this same coin, I have also seen people GENUINELY born again on the spot, SUPERNATURALLY born again on the spot, so I know a genuine spiritual New Birth when I see one, which is to say, when I see one happen on the spot. I should add right here and now, however, that that doesn't mean that peals of thunder shook the heavens and that a lightning bolt shot out of the sky when I've seen a person genuinely born again on the spot. No sir. I'm not talking about showmanship here. I'm talking about eternal life in Jesus Christ, about receiving remission of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ and eternal life in Jesus Christ by virtue of being supernaturally transformed into a new creature right there on the spot (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15), about having all your sins washed away in a moment of time by the blood of Jesus Christ and thereby becoming spiritually but substantively and everlastingly joined to the Lord of Glory HIMSELF by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, in a moment of time - which is the most serious subject that the human tongue can possibly riddle the air waves with - so understand that there need not be any outward manifestation of the Holy Spirit in such a matter, that is, in the matter of the genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth... yet there is nevertheless a true supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit when the New Birth actually occurs, a supernatural manifestation which cannot be denied... nor even explained much of the time... a supernatural manifestation which is manifest, even if the manifestation is not in and of itself outward. I say, a supernatural manifestation which is manifest - right there on the spot - even if the manifestation is not in and of itself outward. There's really no way to adequately explain this to the unregenerate, but suffice it to say that the long and short of it is this: Jesus absolutely knows how to MAKE HIMSELF KNOWN INFALLIBLY, to MANIFEST HIMSELF INFALLIBLY, to one man and not another, and thus he does so in every miracle of regeneration that he HIMSELF performs by the Holy Spirit in sentient men and women (John 14:21-23). But alas! With regard to witnessing today in general - which is wholly of the flesh throughout modern professing Christianity - what is really disgusting in my own belly these days - and has been for years now - is to see those pastors and preachers who lambast their congregations with vociferous reprimands to witness even more, lecturing them that they are not witnessing enough - even though almost each member of the congregation doesn't even spend a half hour on his knees in prayer for the whole week, let alone a single day, yet, according to their pastor, they must witness or be damned, as it were - so I see pastors cajoling their congregations to witness more, but virtually every time I see such a provocation commanded from the pulpit, it has yet been my own spiritual instinct and conviction in the Holy Spirit that - with very, very, very FEW exceptions - these trumpeted proclamations to witness more have, at their root, a great deal more to do with filling seats in the church or the conference than with bringing genuine supernatural regeneration to the spirit. In other words, their real, bottom-line objective is to get people into the church or conference, the visible church, not into Jesus Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, although not one of them would admit this, of course. Friend, you don't get a person saved by bringing them to church or to a conference - especially today's churches and conferences. Rather, you get a person saved by pleading with and obtaining from the Lord Jesus Christ the imposition of the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost on that person (Titus 3:5, John 16:13). You get a person saved by bringing Heaven HIMSELF down upon that person. That's how you get a person saved, not by bringing them to church or to a conference, especially today's churches and conferences. In fact, today's churches and conferences get people eternally killed, not saved, for the Holy Spirit is nowhere to be found in today's churches and conferences. Fair warning. Oh, they may get a lot of "professions of faith" in their churches and conferences, but they aren't genuine supernatural regenerations. It's all fluff, through and through, though tears and wails galore may flow from them. Also, along the same lines, while the Lord may ultimately use you or a pastor or a church member to bear vocal witness to a person that the Lord Jesus chooses to save, even if the vocal testimony or preaching comes out of an unsaved mouth - I'm talking about genuine conversions here, not decisions and acceptances and whatnot - yet either way, the way you prime the pump and get it ready to produce water is by prayer and fasting, not by witnessing. Which is to say, the true witness must be as filled with the Holy Spirit as the Apostles were, and that comes about only by fervent prayer and fasting and attending upon God, otherwise the fruit will die on the vine come judgment day. Again, I'm talking about genuine conversions here. Supernatural conversions. I'm talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. Friend, if the Lord Jesus is going to use you consistently to genuinely, truly save souls by praying down from Heaven the genuine supernatural miracle of the New Birth upon them, then it's going to cost you something. In fact, it's going to cost you a lot. Okay... it's actually going to cost you everything... especially yourself, your very own self... indeed, if the Lord Jesus is going to use you consistently in this venture, it's going to cost you your own soul, although, of course, I don't mean that you are going to lose your own soul in the end, but rather, that you are going to be constrained by the Holy Spirit to pour out your own soul to death, just like Jesus did, albeit not nearly to the degree and magnitude and intensity that Jesus did, for all of Jesus' acts and doings were eternal in nature, for Jesus is an infinite being in his own right, while you and I are not even pinpricks on the fabric of eternity, spatially speaking, of course. My, my... just think: rather than spending time in the flesh trying to convince a man that the Bible is true, or that he needs to go to church, or that he needs to "accept Jesus", and so on, you could have instead spent that time valuably by getting on your knees and fasting and talking directly to the Father and his only begotten Son about that man, and - having obtained revelation that it is God's will to actually save that man, for it is certainly not God's will to save every single soul - but having been given POWER by the Holy Spirit and real HEART to seriously pray and fast for that man, fully prepared to agonizingly pour out your own soul until the battle is afoot, you now begin to plead with Father and Son to send the Holy Spirit to that man, so that the Holy Spirit might impose himself upon that man and reprove that man of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). After all, the only person in existence who can genuinely convict a man of his need for Jesus, and of the fact that up to now that man has possessed only fleshly faith, natural faith - both of which are nothing but sin and spiritual unbelief, even if he has professed to believe in Jesus, yet it is only with a fleshly faith, a natural faith - indeed, the ONLY person who can convict a man of this is Jesus' own equal, even God the Holy Spirit, and no one else. No one else anywhere in all of existence can genuinely convince a man of his need for Jesus, and of his first faith being only fleshly and carnal faith, not that supernatural faith which is what is required, even that "faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1). No one but the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can bring this genuine conviction to a soul. No one. Anywhere. In any realm. Yet the world is overflowing with professing Christians who deny this truth, either wittingly or not, and they come from both ends of the spectrum, either Reformed or not, Arminian or not, Calvinist or not, Charismatic or not... you name it, for in PRACTICE that is how they ALL operate today. Indeed, it is even as Bunyan so correctly and ardently asserted in "The Strait Gate" in reference to genuine salvations... "There is also that free-willer, who denies to the Holy Ghost the sole work in conversion"... As I said, even those who deny free will to man are nevertheless complicit, for in PRACTICE they operate just like the Arminian, or the free-willer, or the Pelagian... in short, like anything but the right way in PRACTICE. Yet this truth remains, namely, that the Holy Ghost ALONE can GENUINELY and TRULY and SAVINGLY make a man see his need for Jesus, and of his need for SUPERNATURAL FAITH, SAVING FAITH. Salvation by any other means will not prosper in the day of judgment. All professions of faith which do not proceed from a real, genuine experience by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in a genuine supernatural miracle of regeneration are of the flesh, and none of them will stand in the end, at the Great White Throne. No, not one. Yes, it is true that the Holy Spirit allows us to participate by prayer and fasting and our own vocal testimonies in the salvation of souls, but it is only the Holy Spirit HIMSELF who does any of the real work. It is the Holy Spirit ALONE who not only works in the man's heart, but it is the Holy Spirit ALONE who likewise sets the time and place and circumstances of conversion for each man, and it is the Holy Spirit ALONE who likewise imparts his POWER to the witness he deigns to use to testify to that man at that particular time and place. Indeed, it is the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, and the Holy Spirit ALONE, in genuine conversion, from first to last. Naturally, that doesn't mean that the saint doesn't actually participate, for there is absolutely a time and place for witnessing (otherwise I wouldn't even be writing these words), but it is not you or I or any other man who legitimately decides those times and places. That is the sole honor and purview of the Holy Spirit, and him alone (Acts 16:6-7). If it is decreed by the Lord Jesus that a person you have been praying and fasting for is to be saved by your own direct vocal witness to that person, rather than the vocal witness of another saint at a different place and time - remember, Paul planted but Apollos watered (1 Corinthians 3:6) - then you had better believe that the Holy Spirit will prompt you to speak HIS OWN WORDS in HIS OWN POWER to that man at the appropriate place and time of his choosing. Otherwise, the mature saint in the Holy Spirit will keep his mouth shut, no matter how tempting it may be to witness in that moment, for the mature saint in the Holy Spirit knows that no matter how convincing it may seem at the time, yet witnessing in the flesh instead of in the POWER of the Holy Spirit will ultimately bear only rotten fruit in the end, no matter how luscious and alluring the fruit may appear now. Just wait and see, for there are going to be multitudes upon multitudes upon multitudes who think they have borne genuine fruit for Jesus Christ, only to find out in the day of Jesus Christ that not one scintilla of genuine fruit was ever once produced by them. Wait and see, indeed. Well, I have a great deal more to say on this issue, but I've already far exceeded the limits of a quotation, so I'll have to save the rest for other days. Accordingly, I'll close by simply saying this: there is no more serious matter in any human life on this earth than the saving of the soul (Matthew 16:26). And scoring points in this world without genuine, supernatural, spiritual backing will do nothing but turn those points into darts which will pierce your own soul eternally in the next. Friend, true regeneration is rare (Matthew 7:14), and the final judge is not the appearances of fruit in this world, but genuine fruit, which Jesus Christ alone determines, for Jesus absolutely knows every soul who truly belongs to him (2 Timothy 2:19), whereas to the rest he will say, "I never knew you: depart from me" (Matthew 7:23). This is the same Jesus who told the parable about the virgins and their oil in Matthew 25, and those words of Jesus in Matthew 25 aren't all that mystical, so that those who fail to take them seriously will rue for all eternity the day they were born... including you if you can't produce your own oil and birthright, for you will absolutely be required to produce your oil and your birthright come judgment day, and if you can't, you won't set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom. So can you?" Scott Jones, February 17, 2014

"The present generation always believes itself superior to previous generations, but the fact is, the present generation invariably proves itself just as ignorant, if not more so, than the previous generations they so easily and readily criticize. How many prophecies, for example, have been fulfilled in the Bible? Virtually too many to count, and yet the generation in which each of those prophecies was fulfilled was a generation which was oblivious to the fact that the prophecy was being fulfilled right before their very eyes. Take the Exodus from Egypt as just one demonstration of many, for when openly analyzed, the Exodus from Egypt was not really expected or looked for by the vast majority of the Israelites when the time came, even though the prediction of the Exodus taking place at that specific time and place had been specifically and emphatically made some five centuries or more beforehand. But when the time drew near, the leaders of Israel and most of her people were either oblivious to the prophecy taking place right in their midst, or they didn't really believe that this was it, especially when it actually began to happen, such as when Moses first appeared and told them that the time had arrived. That's because the Israelites no doubt assumed that when they were finally delivered - if they were ever delivered at all, that is - that the deliverance would probably come by means of some great military operation, or some such, not by a single man with a rod in his hand. The same could be said for the carrying away of the Jews into Babylon in the first captivity, or of the Diaspora in the second captivity, not to mention the precise timing and manner of the coming of the Messiah when God by Jesus Christ actually manifested himself in the flesh, and so many other predictions throughout the ages. Yet, in each of them, in each biblical prophetic fulfillment, the generation in which the prophecy was fulfilled was either oblivious to the fact of it occurring right there under their noses, or they simply didn't believe that what was going on right there under their noses was fulfilled biblical prophecy. And so it is today, for incredulously, one of the most significant and precise prophecies in all the written word of God, one of the most specific and detailed prophecies in all the written word of God, one of the most uncompromising and unyielding prophecies in all the written word of God, is going on right now, right under this world's nose. You see, when Israel became a nation again in 1948 for the third time in the history of the world - which was actually the second restoration in the history of the world - that is, Israel first became a nation after the Exodus under Moses and Joshua, and then many years later, statutorily speaking, Israel became an "official" nation, in that Saul was anointed king, with David quickly replacing him, it could then be said that Israel first became a nation, at least in a concrete, statutory, "official" sense, in comparison with other nations around the world. So that was the first time Israel became a nation. But then the Jews were ultimately carried away captive to Babylon, which was the first dispersion, during the time of Daniel, yet after seventy years the Jews were for the first time restored back to their own land, the land of Israel, but only to then be scattered years later once again for the second time in their history, yet this time dispersed not merely to Babylon, but dispersed to the four corners of the earth, this second dispersal commonly known as the Diaspora. This Diaspora lasted almost two thousand years, but finally, and for only the second time in the history of the world, the Jews were ultimately restored to their own land once again, even Israel. All of these events occurred in perfect accordance and strict compliance with detailed biblical prophecies which had gone before, and in spite of the fact that all of this is undeniable to an intelligent, educated, sane man, yet for the skeptic, let it just be stated plainly that not even the greatest of cynics can debate this last fulfillment of prophecy. After all, no sane person with even the slightest degree of intelligence doubts that the Bible existed prior to 1948, and that that very same Bible predicted that Israel would be restored a second time at some point in human history, and that that very restoration occurred in 1948 and 1967. In other words, no one who is sane and even partially intelligent doubts that the Bible as we have it today existed prior to 1948. In turn, no one who is sane and even partially intelligent likewise doubts that that same Bible predicts that the Jews would be restored twice in their own nation as a people, and that that second restoration occurred when the Jews were restored as a nation for only the second time in the history of the world in Israel in 1948, with Jerusalem following in 1967, in perfect accord with the Bible which existed prior to that time and which had predicted this very event. The same Bible, often within the same prophecy, also clearly predicts that part of that restoration will encompass the Jews regaining control of Jerusalem, which again happened in 1967 during the Six Day War. So then, if anyone attempts to dispute these facts with you, just understand that you are talking to a mentally deranged canary who has made one too many trips down into the coal mine, not a rational, intelligent man. And yet, even if you rate yourself above this canary, yet you yourself still probably think that you're also wiser than previous generations, as most all who have gone before you have done. Well, ain't that a kick? Are you really? For you see, the multiple prophecies in the Bible which talk of the Jews being restored to the land of Israel for the second time in the history of the world, also predict - the very same prophecies also predict - indeed, the multiple prophecies in the Bible which talk of the Jews being restored to the land of Israel for the second time in the history of the world also predict - within those very same prophecies - that the generation which witnesses this restoration will also witness the return of the Messiah. In other words, the two go together. Hand in hand. They cannot be separated. One goes with the other, adamantly and indivisibly within the very same prophecy. Which is to say, the generation which witnesses the return of the Jews to Israel for only the second time in the history of the world will also - infallibly according to the Bible - witness the return of the Messiah. Nor is there the slightest doubt about this prediction. This specific prediction is there just as boldly as the restoration portion of the prophecy, if not more so, just as boldly as the prediction of the restoration, if not more so. In fact, you yourself would probably be surprised at the number of instances where God issued a time-line to go along with his prophecies throughout the Bible. The flood of Noah's day was given a time-line; the Exodus was given a time-line; the first dispersion was given a time-line; the events occurring at the ending of the Diaspora - that is, the events beginning to occur at the time of the restoration of Israel for only the second time in the history of the world - was given a time-line, and those are just a few of the many examples which can be culled from the Scripture regarding prophecies and their time-lines. So the moral of the story is this: are you really smarter than previous generations? Have you understood biblical prophecy as well as you imply that your forefathers should have? Friend, if you don't know that the return of Jesus is near - very near - then it would not be fair to your forefathers to say that you are as ignorant of biblical prophecy as they were, for that would be an insult to your forefathers. In fact, you are far more ignorant than they, for they did not possess nearly the amount of information that you now possess with regard to biblical prophecy. But alas! it is nevertheless a truism that the vast, vast majority of people in every generation will never truly recognize or truly perceive when biblical prophecy is actually being fulfilled right under their noses, and that only a FEW, FEW, FFW truly will. Indeed, even those virgins that Jesus talked about in Matthew 25:1-13 who truly understood the nature of biblical prophecy - the fact they were a small minority of the population at large is disclosed by the fact that they were called "virgins", which means that they were professing believers who apparently - from the outside, at least - were even genuine professing believers, so that all of the virgins combined comprised only a very small remnant of the population at large - and yet only half of them - only half of these virgins, these apparent true believers - were prepared, only half of them had made sure that they had oil in their lamps. More interestingly, the half who didn't have oil in their lamps, but who likewise understood prophecy, weren't even aware that they did NOT have any oil in their lamps until the midnight cry came, for they tried to light their lamps, but couldn't, and by then, of course, it was too late. The virgins who actually had oil in their lamps, on the other hand, knew it, and they knew it well in advance of the shout, for they were already skilled in lighting their own lamps, as the text readily implies. Are you? Or are you not even a virgin yet? Are you one of those who doesn't really, truly, ardently understand that the same prophecy which was fulfilled in 1948 and 1967 is still happening, and that the generation who witnessed the fulfillment of the first part of that prophecy will also witness the complete fulfillment of the last part of the same prophecy? If not, you need to saddle up, for the real journey is about to begin, but without oil in your lamp, you won't even be invited in the door, much less to the journey and its haven. So then, I must ask, what was it that you answered to yourself at the beginning of this little warning? Are you truly superior to the generations that have gone before you? Do you understand the significance of biblical prophecy being fulfilled right under your nose - this very minute - and that this biblical prophecy in particular has been given a time-line by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, a time-line which is probably even more transparent than almost any other prophecy in the entire Bible? A man who says he believes that the return of Jesus is near but doesn't pray and read and live and act that way is a fraud, not only to those around him, but to his very own self as well. Moreover, if you hear a preacher or pastor or teacher talk about "future generations", in the sense that the return of Jesus isn't imminent, and that there will actually be "future generations" prior to the return of Jesus, even though both the biblical prophecy itself, as well as the time-frame contained therein, patently and overtly contradict this notion, then run away from that preacher or pastor or teacher as fast as you possibly can, for he is not even remotely connected to the Holy Spirit in possessing an understanding of the times (Matthew 16:3). Not by so much as a scintilla. The few believers on this earth who are truly diligent, on the other hand, and who understand biblical prophecy and the "signs of the times", and who KNOW by the Spirit and the written word that the return of Jesus is near, are continuously making sure that they have oil in their lamps, and that they can produce their birthright. Can you? Are you making sure?" Scott Jones, February 14, 2014

"I would strongly encourage you to read through this following quotation by Thomas Goodwin in "Christ Set Forth" several times very carefully, even if you are used to reading the Puritans, for there is a deep spiritual truth lodged in the following words of Goodwin with regard to the infinite distance between supernatural faith and natural faith, between saving faith and fleshly faith, along with a strong hint, or indication, of how a real, genuine, tangible, personal, living, vivacious relationship with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit is effected in the spirits of those he truly indwells... "Faith is principally and mainly to look unto the end, meaning, and intent of God and Christ in his sufferings, and not simply at the tragical story of his death and sufferings. It is the heart, and mind, and intent of Christ in suffering, which faith chiefly eyeth, and which draweth the heart on to rest on Christ crucified. When a believer sees that Christ's aim in suffering for poor sinners agrees and answers to the aim and desires of his heart, and that that was the end of it, that sinners might have forgiveness, and that Christ's heart was as full in it, to procure it, as the sinner's heart can be to desire it; this draws his heart in to Christ, to rest upon him. And without this, the contemplation and meditation of the story of his sufferings, and of the greatness of them, will be altogether unprofitable. And yet all, or the chief use which the papists and many carnal protestants make of Christ's sufferings, is to meditate upon, and set out to themselves the grievousness of them, so to move their hearts to a relenting, and compassion to him, and indignation against the Jews for their crucifying of him, with an admiring of his noble and heroical love herein; and if they can but get their hearts thus affected, they judge and account this to be grace, whereas it is no more than what the like tragical story of some great and noble personage, full of heroical virtues and ingenuity, yet inhumanely and ungrately used, will work, and useth ordinarily to work in ingenuous spirits, who read or hear of it, yea, and this ofttimes, though if it be but in the way of a fiction; which, when it reacheth no higher, is so far from being faith, that it is but a carnal and fleshly devotion, springing from fancy, which is pleased with such a story, and the principles of ingenuity stirred towards one who is of a noble spirit, and yet abused. Such stories use to stir up a principle of humanity in men unto a compassionate love; which Christ himself at his suffering found fault with, as being not spiritual, nor raised enough, in those women who went weeping to see the Messiah so handled. 'Weep not for me,' says he; that is, weep not so much for this, thus to see me unworthily handled by those for whom I die. And therefore, accordingly as these stirrings are but fruits of the flesh, so human inventions, as crucifixes, and lively representations of the story of Christ's passion unto the sight of fancy, do exceedingly provoke men to such devotional meditations and reflections; but they work a bare historical faith only, a historical remembrance, and an historical love, as I may so call them. And no other than such doth the reading of the story of it in the word work in many, who yet are against such crucifixes. But SAVING, JUSTIFYING FAITH chiefly minds, and is most taken up with the main scope and drift of all Christ's sufferings; for it is that in them which answers to its own aim and purpose, which is, to obtain forgiveness of sins in Christ crucified. As God looks principally at the meaning of the Spirit in prayer, Rom. viii. 27, so doth faith look principally to the meaning of Christ in his sufferings. As in all other truths a believer is said to have the mind of Christ, 1 Cor. ii. 16, so especially he minds what was the mind and heart of Christ in all his sufferings"... The man who is truly indwelt and taught by the Holy Spirit is the man who knows something tangibly of Christ's internal battles and sufferings - not battles and sufferings as a sacrifice for sin, of course - but of the mighty and unending internal battles and sufferings that Jesus himself underwent by the power of the Holy Spirit during every moment of his thirty-three year existence in the flesh as a man, yet a man without sin, without even the smell of sin upon him, just as there was no smell of fire on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were cast into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:26). Indeed, there is a spiritual camaraderie between Jesus and those whom he truly indwells by the Holy Spirit that none but the elect know, or ever can know, for the spiritual battles and the spiritual sufferings are real in those who truly belong to Jesus, just as real as Jesus' own spiritual battles and spiritual sufferings were, though certainly not of the magnitude and intensity of those of Jesus. There is also contained in these words of Goodwin the chief reason why movies and skits and plays and television shows attempting to depict the true Jesus of the Bible are so carnal and absurd, and which infallibly do not have God's blessing upon them, as will be so clearly revealed in the day of Jesus Christ, for there is a faith that kills just as certainly as there is a faith that saves, and the faith that kills is legion while the faith that saves is known only by a few, for it is a very few indeed, comparatively speaking, who know of true saving faith, of genuine supernatural faith, even the "faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1), which is given strictly from above by Jesus ALONE, and no other. To the trained eye, these words of Goodwin also show the vast and immeasurable difference between knowing Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY and merely being a Christian, for being a Christian in the conventional sense of that term, and actually belonging to Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY by virtue of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, are two entirely different things, and I do mean ENTIRELY, for modern professing Christianity is wholly, wholly, wholly of the flesh - virtually all of it - and it's only going to get worse as the return of Jesus draws near. On the other hand, during this same time-frame, true believers will become more and more true believers indeed, and such men and women - those who have seen and heard the real meaning of Goodwin's words herein by virtue of having experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth - will be able to produce their oil and their birthright in that day when the trumpet sounds (Matthew 25:1-13, John 3:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:52). None others can, or will ever be able to. Can you?" Scott Jones, February 8, 2014

"That assent which is wrought in us by mere external arguments, consisting in the rational conclusion and judgment which we make upon their truth and evidence, is not that faith wherewith we ought to believe the word of God. Wherefore, that we may believe the Scriptures to be the word of God according to our duty, as God requireth it of us, in a useful, profitable, and saving manner, above and beyond that natural, human faith and assent which is the effect of the arguments and motives of credibility before insisted on, with all others of the like kind, there is and must be wrought in us, by the power of the Holy Ghost, faith supernatural and divine." John Owen, The Reason Of Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, February 6, 2014

"The world knows nothing about the Holy Ghost... The best that we have in the world, our universities, our humanitarian societies, the best we have apart from the New Birth, apart from the presence of God in the life of a man, is only corruption, and the wrath of God is upon it." A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Pulpit, Posted by Scott Jones, February 2, 2014

"If a large tree crashes to the ground and blocks a road, which then causes a great man to miss his ship, which would have changed the course of history had he caught it, and if this wasn't foreseen and even decreed by God, then God cannot tell the ending from the beginning. For example, had God decreed that the great man catch his ship, but then the great man missed his ship because the tree crashed to the ground, thus preventing the man from making it to the departing ship on time, then God would have been thwarted. Thus, only if God could prevent the tree from crashing to the ground could God's decrees and God's objectives be made sure. Accordingly, and in order for the tree not to crash to the ground, its roots must remain strong. But then, which roots? All of them? Most of them? Some? Only certain, particular roots? Which ones? Which roots in particular? Pick some. Good. Now then, having determined which roots, God would now need to determine how to keep those particular roots strong. Too much or too little water and they become incapable of remaining strong. Therefore, how then is the water to be managed? By rain, you say? Okay. How many drops must land in which particular spots in order for the right amount of water to seep down and trickle through the soil to supply each of the particular roots just precisely enough to keep them strong so that the tree won't come crashing to the ground, so that the great man won't miss his ship, and so that the course of history will be changed according to God's will. Too much water or too little water and the roots will deform or die, and the tree will fall. Now figure in all the trees in the world, and while you're at it, figure in all the blades of grass in the world, and all the grains of sand in the world, and all the termites and worms and other things in the world, and then figure in the moon and all its rocks and dust, and the sun and all its particles of energy and heat and radiation, with exactly how much ozone will be required to maintain the balance, and the planets and all their rocks and ice and rings and dust, and the stars and all their reactions and radiations, and the meteorites and all their crags and debris, and the comets and all their ice and dirt, and the... well... I think you get the point. That is, every particle that exists throughout the entire universe must exist and operate wholly by the decree of God, otherwise God is not in control. It would only take one random particle in all of the universe to completely overthrow God's eternal decree. Just a single, solitary random particle. That's all it would take, a particle that was able to operate outside of God's decree. Just one particle, be it sub-atomic, or whatever. With that in view, is it any wonder that God in Jeremiah 32:27 asked rhetorically, "Is there anything too hard for me?" The answer, of course, is, No! Nothing is hard for God. Every particle that exists is as easily under God's management as a single pebble might be under the management of a man whose only job in the whole wide world was to tend to that single pebble. In fact, that's a vast understatement, for God doesn't have to exercise himself in any way to manage his creation, for it is all natural to God. It simply flows from his eternal being, and therefore requires not even the tiniest effort on God's part. He decreed it all from eternity, and his decrees are as fixed as God himself; God's decrees are as fixed as the being of God himself. Just as God does not have to put forth even the tiniest effort to exist, so God does not have to put forth the tiniest effort to manage his decrees, for his decrees are part and parcel of himself, that is, part and parcel of his will, not of his essence, lest anyone think I am implying pantheism. No, nothing is hard for God, especially the management of a human life... your own life, for example, especially if you happen to truly belong to Jesus Christ via the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth. If you can honestly and legitimately testify that Jesus Christ HIMSELF called you, that Jesus Christ HIMSELF personally introduced himself to you supernaturally and made you a new creature - literally a new creature - by baptizing you in the Holy Spirit in the manifest supernatural miracle of the New Birth, then you can likewise be assured, you can likewise be certain, that every facet of your life from the beginning to all eternity was taken into consideration before Jesus ever made the first motion toward you, so that no matter how precarious your situation may seem, it was nevertheless all foreseen - all decreed - by the Father before time ever began, and thus you may also be assured, you may also be certain, that Jesus Christ will bring you through it with the best of all possible outcomes, no matter how bleak it may look at the moment, and thus that Scripture in Isaiah 54:17 will verily be fulfilled in that day in all who truly belong to Jesus Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth... "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD"... But don't think that that means you can enjoy a cake-walk down here in this life. Just the opposite... if you truly belong to Jesus Christ, that is. Of course, I'm talking about the Jesus of the Bible, not the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity. It would do you well to take these words of William Tyndale in "Obedience Of A Christian Man" to heart... "Mark this also, if God send thee to the sea and promise to go with thee and to bring thee safe to land, he will raise up a tempest against thee, to prove whether thou wilt abide by his word, and that thou mayest feel thy faith and perceive his goodness, for if it were always fair weather and thou never brought into such jeopardy whence his mercy only delivered thee, thy faith should be but a presumption and thou shouldest be ever unthankful to God and merciless unto thy neighbor"... Friend, if you want that promise of God in Isaiah to be true of you, then you had better be able to produce your oil and your birthright (Matthew 25:1-13) - and I mean right now - which none but those who know the experience of William Tyndale know, otherwise you have no more claim to that promise in Isaiah - or any other promise in the Bible - than a monkey has to the Taj Mahal, nor will you ever receive the benefits of those promises. Therefore, friend, it is Jesus - Jesus HIMSELF - who is the ONLY giver of that supernatural oil and that supernatural birthright. The ONLY giver in all of existence. So consider this, for without it you'll never set foot in his kingdom." Scott Jones, January 31, 2014

"Okay, let's get everybody believing in young earth creation and the authority of the Bible. Hoorah, hoorah, hoorah, and applause, applause, applause. Now then, having accomplished this great feat, there unfortunately still remains this little problem called heaven and hell. You see, getting a person to believe in either of these things - either young earth creation or the authority of the Bible - will get NO ONE into heaven - and I mean NO ONE. Indeed, getting a person to believe in either of these things - either young earth creation or the authority of the Bible, will IN FACT not get a SINGLE, SOLITARY SOUL into heaven, nor will it even LEAD to bringing a single solitary soul into heaven. Period. Not even close, not even remotely, for it takes SUPERNATURAL FAITH to make it to heaven, not intellectual faith, or mental calculation, or anything of the flesh, but SUPERNATURAL FAITH given from above by Jesus HIMSELF. Neither of these other things - either belief in young earth creation or belief in the authority of the Bible - can give either. Not even in the germ or it. Oh, sure. These powerful presentations can elicit rousing testimonies from people who have sworn that such interludes and presentations have changed their lives, but so can Mormons and Roman Catholics and Muslims, and countless thousands of others, yet not one of these people knows what it is to receive SUPERNATURAL FAITH DIRECTLY SUPERNATURALLY from Jesus Christ the Lord HIMSELF in a moment of time, wherein Jesus HIMSELF baptizes them in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, for neither of those messages possesses such power. Not even close. Not even remotely. And although I probably ought to elaborate on this little truth somewhat more significantly, the fact is, I've already done so in so many ways beforehand that I don't really even need to at this point. Moreover, if you yourself don't already understand what I'm talking about, then get born again, because you infallibly are NOT. Yes, I mean INFALLIBLY. Friend, it is Jesus HIMSELF that saves... not faith in Jesus, not trust in Jesus, not reliance on Jesus, ad infinitum... but Jesus HIMSELF - JESUS HIMSELF PERSONALLY - and he does so MANIFESTLY by his SPIRIT, even the Holy Spirit just like in the Bible, and no other way. Go and learn what that meaneth." Scott Jones, January 28, 2014

"It is an exceedingly gross error to think of Jesus as some sort of superman, which is nevertheless how almost all people do think of Jesus, including the vast majority of professing Christians today, although most of them wouldn't admit it, for the truth is, most of them don't even know that that is how they think of Jesus, namely, as some sort of superman. That's because most who profess to be Christians today are overflowing at the gills with superstition. That includes you, my friend, if you think that Jesus was endowed with some sort of higher plane of human nature or consciousness than the average man. Indeed, if that's how you think, then you are nothing but a superstitious formalist playing at religion, for you cannot have genuinely met Jesus personally by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and thus you need to repent forthwith, because such an attitude is utterly blasphemous to God, for the fact is, when Jesus - the eternal Son of God - became flesh, he thereby submitted himself fully to the characteristics of a normal, human being, to the characteristics of a normal man of flesh and blood. Totally. Completely. Utterly. The only difference between the human nature of Jesus and the human nature of every other man born into this world is the fact that Jesus was born sinless. All the rest of humanity, from Adam and Eve to the present, and to the future of the dispensation of this world, have been born sinners. Only Jesus was born without sin. Notwithstanding, this trait of Jesus' sinlessness doesn't alter the foundation of the fully human pedigree that Jesus inherited when he became flesh. Rather, Jesus was flesh and blood as to the human nature in every single way, without exception. Consequently, Jesus performed no miracles by virtue of his divinity during his ministry. Not one. I say, Jesus performed NO MIRACLES BY VIRTURE OF HIS DIVINITY during his earthy ministry, prior to the cross. Not one. Rather, EVERY MIRACLE that Jesus performed, he performed by faith, by operating strictly as a man by the power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus - fully as a man - submitted himself wholly to the leadings and decrees of the Holy Spirit. Which is to say, Jesus did nothing on his own authority as the eternal Son of God, but rather, every act that Jesus performed he performed as a man of flesh and blood who was wholly, totally, completely, irrevocably submitted to God the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus possessed without measure. And thus no man feared God more than Jesus. No man. Not ever. Nor ever will. This is precisely why it is written especially of Jesus in Hebrews 5:7-8... "Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered"... This fact is so indelible that even after his resurrection Jesus continued to act under the authority of the Holy Spirit, even as it is written in Acts 1:1-2... "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, AFTER THAT HE THROUGH THE HOLY GHOST HAD GIVEN COMMANDMENTS unto the apostles whom he had chosen"... Jesus did NOTHING apart from the authority of the Holy Ghost. NOTHING. Ergo, if you claim to be a genuinely born again Christian, you are therefore obligated to live and breathe and operate in exactly the same way, in precisely the same way, without the SLIGHTEST deviation, that Jesus did. Period. That is is why Jesus lived that way. To pave the way. To demonstrate that flesh and blood could live exactly that way, namely, in perfect obedience to God, which the first Adam failed to do. So that is your - and my - obligation if you profess to be a genuinely born again Christian. That is, you and I - as genuinely born again Christians - are to live and breathe and operate in PRECISELY the same way that Jesus lived and breathed and operated. That's why Jesus paved the way wholly as a man, and that's why the Apostle John strongly admonishes in 1 John 2:6... "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked"... This verse is not metaphorical, nor does it contain some sort of hidden or esoteric meaning. Rather, this verse means plainly what it says. In short, if you claim to be a genuinely born again Christian, you are to OBEY that verse without reservation, which means you are to OBEY the Father in the same way that Jesus OBEYED the Father. Indeed, you and I - if you claim to be a genuinely born again Christian - are to act and operate and talk and walk and breathe and live EXACTLY like Jesus did when he was in the flesh, which is WHOLLY, WHOLLY, WHOLLY by the Holy Spirit - for Jesus had no more advantage in this matter than you and I - I say, Jesus had no more advantage in this matter than you and I, your gross superstitions notwithstanding - and thus if you don't obey this, if you and I don't obey this Scripture and "walk even as Jesus so walked", then you and I are living in stark disobedience to God. Oh, sure, it's a whole lot easier said than done. In fact, it's virtually impossible, but nevertheless, that's the maxim; that's the norm, and therefore if that isn't what you yourself are striving for by the MANIFEST POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, then get born again, because you infallibly are not." Scott Jones, January 27, 2014

"If you can't for the most part discern when another person is a genuinely born again Christian or not, and therefore not capable of telling him so, then you are virtually useless in proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ." Scott Jones, January 25, 2014

"Trying to get somebody to believe in the Bible before they are brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ is no different than trying to put out a fire with gasoline, for trying to make someone believe in the Bible before they are brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ results in either a total repudiation of Christianity, or a false faith in Christianity, for belief in the Bible is not salvation, nor does belief in the Bible itself even lead to salvation. Not genuine, supernatural, New Testament salvation. And any truly regenerate man would already know this. Accordingly, those who tout the "authority of the Bible" to unbelievers are ignorant to the bone of the operations of the Holy Spirit in regeneration, and I mean clueless through and through, and from head to toe. The fact is, had they themselves actually experienced regeneration, then they would already know experientially that belief in the Bible must be wholly supernatural, imposed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, otherwise belief in the Bible or belief in the "authority of the Bible" is a mere fleshly or intellectual belief, stemming wholly from the carnal nature, and it will therefore INFALLIBLY prove fruitless and profitless in the end. Naturally, the carnal mind just can't bring itself to believe this, but it's going to happen, whether they like it or not, all to their abysmal shock and everlasting dismay. Just wait and see. Conversely, the man who believes that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, infallible word of God because Jesus HIMSELF has TOLD HIM SO by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, because Jesus HIMSELF has given him SUPERNATURAL REVELATION that the Bible is DIRECTLY from the Spirit of God, from the Spirit of Christ - a supernatural revelation which happens only AFTER Jesus PERSONALLY INTRODUCES HIMSELF to that man - I say, a supernatural revelation which happens only AFTER Jesus PERSONALLY INTRODUCES HIMSELF to that man - then - and ONLY then, does this man - and this man ALONE - believe the Bible rightly, which means, believes the Bible SUPERNATURALLY. All others who profess to be Christians THINK they believe the Bible, of course, but their stark delusion will be made manifest to them in spades when it comes time for them to produce their oil and their birthright, neither of which they possess, nor ever will unless they become baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, wherein the Bible itself will at that point need no proof, for Jesus Christ HIMSELF will have already borne witness that the Bible is divinely true, and infallibly and supernaturally so, apart from which all else is useless...  so much so that without this SUPERNATURAL TESTIMONY of Jesus HIMSELF that even the Bible itself is worthless in salvation, world without end. Just wait and see." Scott Jones, January 24, 2014

"If global warming ain't going on now, it soon will be, for not too many things can heat up the planet like atom bombs exploding all over the globe, and many masses of people who are alive right now will witness such an event, albeit, for some of them it will only be for milliseconds, for said global warming will achieve the following effects for many peoples, exactly as it is so cinematically typified in Zechariah 14:12... "And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth"... Now that's what I'd call global warming... and that's what Jesus called the "shaking of the powers of the heavens" (Matthew 24:29). The idea, of course - more or less, you understand - means "nuclear", or "atomic", or something along those line... periphrastically speaking, at least... or maybe that's reverse periphrastics... but you get the point. Either way, the lump that began at the Tower of Babel will have finally been fully leavened, and Nimrod from the tribe of Cush, who is Antichrist (and who has absolutely no intention whatsoever of giving up power when the time comes - just wait and see), will have finally come into his own. These events aren't that far off, friends, and people thus who are alive right now, and who are already grown right now, will experience them. Accordingly, are you born again? Can you produce your oil and your birthright? (Matthew 25:1-13). Are you sure?" Scott Jones, January 23, 2014

"What is the primary, ultimate purpose of creation? Simple: to set forth Jesus Christ's glory. That is the sole, primary purpose of the Father in ordaining creation, namely, to set forth the ultimate glory of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Once you truly - and I mean TRULY - understand that, then all other doctrines fall perfectly into place, especially the doctrine of sovereign election. And if you don't know what I mean, then you understand nothing whatsoever about sound, basic doctrine, nor do you know even the first thing about the true God of the Bible. Not even close. Not even remotely." Scott Jones, January 22, 2014

"Instead of arguing about the doctrine of predestination and who the elect are, you would do much better to make sure that you yourself are one of them, and unless you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, then I can assure you that you are not... at least not yet. Nor do you have a moment to lose, for the wind is here and gone in a moment of time. So is the Spirit (John 3:8). Moreover, even if you weren't elected by God from all eternity past, yet you are still responsible for your sins, which are an everlasting offence to God, and which you have willfully and lustily prosecuted and pursued throughout your life, and thus you will pay for them eternally - for every single one of them, and without exception, world without end - unless, that is, you here and now receive remission of sins via the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, here in this life, and soon. So swallow that one while you're busy setting yourself up as God's judge by imposing your own humanistic definition of love and fairness onto God and thereby debating his right and his clear written testimony to save whom he will, when he will, where he will. I say, go ahead in your raging humanistic madness and judge God accordingly, if you dare, for you will choke on your secret pride before all is said and done... and make no mistake about it - you are overflowing at the gills with secret pride if you deny that Jesus Christ quickens whom he will, when he will, where he will, and that none can stay his hand (John 5:21). For the rest of you - for the few, in other words - if you are a sinner who is utterly helpless, consumed by your sins and powerless to escape them or overcome them, if you are hopeless and despairing and heavy laden, then know this: all power in heaven and earth belongs to Jesus (Matthew 28:18), and thus it just so happens that Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. In other words, Jesus saves the man just like you... if you are helpless, that is. Indeed, Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can. So if you are a truly helpless sinner, then know that God has "laid help upon one who is mighty" (Psalm 89:19), even Jesus Christ the Righteous, who is mighty to save, and who consequently "openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth" (Revelation 3:7). And so the good news is this: if you are really and truly helpless, then the same Jesus is not only able, but also willing to raise you up and make you a new creature by baptizing you in his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth... as long as you really are truly helpless... and if that is the case, you needn't inform Jesus of that fact, for the true Jesus of the Bible already knows your heart inside and out, and consequently, knowing the true Jesus of the Bible as I do, then be of good cheer, for he's likely to do something about it." Scott Jones, January 20, 2014

"God cannot make a creature equal to himself, nor beget a son unequal to himself... There is no perfection in the Father but the same is in the Son also." Thomas Manton, Christ's Redemption And Eternal Existence, Posted by Scott Jones, January 19, 2014

"Jesus testified that it is impossible to come to him apart from the Father's decree. Implicit in that decree, of course, is coming PROPERLY, for a great many people come to Jesus improperly. By "properly" I mean "savingly". It is simply not possible to come to Jesus savingly apart from the Father's decree, as Jesus himself stated in John 6:44... "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day"... Also implicit in that statement of Jesus is that every single soul who comes to Jesus properly will be raised up by Jesus in the last day. None others will, at least not raised up to everlasting life. The rest will be raised up alright, but only to everlasting death. So how does the Father draw a man savingly to Jesus? Very simple: the Father shows that man supernaturally by the Holy Spirit Jesus in his glory. There are literally no exceptions to this. The Father shows Jesus in his glory to such a degree that even Satan himself would desire to be saved if the Father showed him what he shows by the Holy Spirit supernaturally to those he regenerates. And this truth all by itself effectively ends the debate on free will, for God the Father can save anyone he chooses to simply by showing that soul Jesus Christ in his glory to such an extent that Jesus becomes utterly irresistible to that soul. Again, there are no exceptions to this. Not even Satan could resist if the Father showed Satan what he shows to his elect. Not in an eternity of eternities. Nor is there a genuinely born again Christian anywhere on this planet who would deny that. No, not one. Now then, to be clear, I'm not talking about some sort of supernatural vision or esoteric experience, whether in the body or out of the body, such as those exemplified in the Bible. No sir. Not at all. Rather, I'm talking about a supernatural visitation by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF wherein the Holy Spirit HIMSELF so sets Jesus Christ forth in his glory to a soul that Jesus HIMSELF becomes the ultra-supreme desire of that soul above everything even conceivable, above all the riches of the universe, above his life, or ten thousands lives, if he had them... above EVERYTHING whatsoever. Everything. Not attracted to Christianity. Not to church. Not to fellowship. Not to the brotherhood. Not to the music and festivities. Not to whatever religion or cult you may be attracted to. Nothing, nothing, nothing but to Jesus HIMSELF. I say, to Jesus HIMSELF, HIMSELF, HIMSELF. And nothing less, and nothing else. Nothing else whatsoever, but Jesus HIMSELF. Otherwise, you have verily gone greatly astray. Greatly. I would have given an eternity of lives just to behold Jesus in his glory for even a single additional second if that was all that had been offered me in the moment of my New Birth. But of course, Jesus has promised me and all his genuine saints that we shall behold him in his glory for all eternity, not just a mere short period of time. O grace, grace unto it! In fact, that was the highest point of the Lord Jesus' high priestly prayer in Gethsemane in John 17:24... "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world"... Friend, beholding Jesus in his glory is everything, and then some, and ALL, ALL, ALL truly born again Christians look forward to that event above all things ever conceived, namely, to behold Jesus in his glory throughout all eternity. So then, my friend, if that is not your supreme desire, then get born again, because you infallibly are not." Scott Jones, January 17, 2014

"if Noah's ark were to be found largely intact, and confirmed beyond all doubts as being real; if the literal Tower of Babel were to be uncovered beneath the Babylonian sands, and confirmed by all scientific doubts as being genuine and real; if the Ark of the Covenant were to be found whole and intact, without blemish, and with all of its instruments in pristine condition; if the Shroud of Turn were to be proven infallibly and incontrovertibly authentic; if the Bible itself were proven - and I mean PROVEN - to be the inerrant, infallible, incontrovertible written word of God without the slightest error by incontrovertible scientific fact, and many more things besides, yet all of these things and more would not bring a SINGLE, SOLITARY SOUL to SAVING FAITH in Jesus Christ, for SAVING FAITH is SUPERNATURAL, and SUPERNATURAL FAITH is a sheer, unprovoked, unsolicited, unwarranted, unmerited GIFT which is given ONLY, ONLY, ONLY from above by Jesus Christ HIMSELF, and NONE of the aforementioned facts or discoveries can produce this SUPERNATURAL FAITH. Not even close. Not in ten trillion times ten trillion eternities. Thus the fallacy of the unregenerate men and women who in their unregenerate spiritual ignorance and vanities try to prove such things... as opposed to getting genuinely born again themselves and thus filled with the Holy Spirit so that they could testify of Jesus in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, whereby the Holy Spirit will go forth in POWER, and consequently SUPERNATURAL FAITH will thereby be given from above to those upon whom the Holy Spirit HIMSELF ordains. These unregenerates haven't the SLIGHTEST - and I mean the SLIGHTEST - clue, as to what Jesus meant in Luke 16:31, when he decreed... "And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead"... Modern professing Christianity, my friend - all of it - is WHOLLY, WHOLLY, WHOLLY of the flesh, so come out from among them and be ye separate. While you still can." Scott Jones, January 15, 2014

 

"Now the highest degree of faith is to believe that God is merciful, though He saves so few and damns so many." Martin Luther, Bondage Of The Will, Posted by Scott Jones, January 13, 2014

"He who denies that saving faith is the sheer gift of God is he who INFALLIBLY has no saving faith. Not a dram. Such a man has INFALLIBLY never experienced the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, nor ever will unless he is brought sovereignly by Jesus Christ to repentance." Scott Jones, January 10, 2014

"The antithesis to sovereign election by God is creaturely pride by man. There is no in-between." Scott Jones, January 10, 2014

"If you pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, then you should know something: namely, that if you are not willing and intending for God's will to be done first in your own life - or, to say it another way, if you are not submitting to God's will in every known way in your own life - then your prayer for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven is a lie. It is not genuine, and you are therefore better off NOT praying it, for your prayer is actually an offense to God if you are not submitting wholly to God's will in your own life. If this is the case, then the ONLY prayer you should be sending forth is the prayer for God to bend your will to his - and it must be from the heart. Your prayer is no good if it isn't genuinely from the heart... the WHOLE heart. Your heart of hearts. Albeit, I would not have you judge yourself overly harshly, in the sense that you must spend every moment in perfect obedience, although that would be good, but rather, that the overall tenor and practice of your life is a determination to constantly submit to the will of God... from the heart... from your heart of hearts. But don't kid yourself, for If this is so, if your heart is determined to submit to the will of God, then it will lead to actual practice, not merely theory, but ever increasing practice. The way to pray, therefore - the ONLY way to pray - is to first find out what God's will is in a matter, and then pray according to that. This sounds so simple, but few can actually do it, for it means giving up your own desires completely, and instead desiring ONLY the will of God, no matter the issue. This takes heart work. Real heart work. Heart work that only the Holy Spirit can perform. It also takes, in many cases, a great deal of striving in prayer, and many times for hours, days, and even weeks. The more you engage in this activity, therefore, and the more discerning you become of God's will by the witness of the Holy Spirit, and the more submissive you become to God's will by the Holy Spirit, then the greater will be your success in prayer, for your desires will become more and more the very desires of Jesus himself. This is what true holiness is. Accordingly, this practice, this duty, is precisely what the Holy Spirit was referring to in Hebrews 4:16... "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need"... The man who has been frequent in prayer in this manner is a man who knows the secret way to the throne of grace, and consequently, nobody can come more boldly to the throne of grace than the man who knows he is praying according to God's will. Indeed, this man can take hold of the horns of the altar and shake the very throne, as it were. It is exactly as Spurgeon recounted in his treatise on "Grieving The Holy Spirit", where he reminisced... "Why, there have been times when you and I have so grasped the knocker of the gate of mercy, and have let it fall with such tremendous force, that it seemed as if the very gate itself did shake and totter; there have been seasons when we have laid hold upon the angel, have overcome heaven by prayer, have declared we would not let Jehovah himself go except he should bless us. We have, and we say it without blasphemy, moved the arm that moves the world. We have brought down upon us the eyes that look upon the universe. All this we have done, not by our own strength, but by the might and by the power of the Spirit"... But be warned: don't ever confuse your own desires with God's will. Your own desire should be God's will itself, no matter the issue. Only then - and if it isn't wholly from the heart, from your heart of hearts, then it's useless - so only then, when your sole desire is God's will for a particular issue, then - and only then - can you pray in Jesus' name, for that is the only prayer that Jesus will truly honor, for that is precisely how Jesus prayed when he was in the flesh, namely, wholly according to his Father's will, even as he stated in John 5:30... "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me"... Suppose you have a great need - not a want, but a need, even a great need - nevertheless, can you so submit yourself to God that you will still trust in him even if he chooses not to grant that need? Can you - from your heart of hearts - lay that need before God, and - from your heart of hearts - testify to God from your heart of hearts that the granting or not granting of that need is wholly acceptable to you, as long as the granting or not granting of that need is God's will? Jesus could. He did it always. So does his Spirit do so always. For you, however - unless you are already very skilled in this matter - it will take heart work. Real, persevering heart work, and nothing less. But behold! once a man reaches this point, he can take the kingdom of heaven by storm, for then he is truly praying in Jesus' name, and the Father heareth Jesus always (John 11:42)." Scott Jones, January 9, 2014

"It has become common in modern professing Christianity to tell the crowd, "God loves you!", a phrase which has been widely popularized by the crusades of the past sixty or seventy years. And yet, not only will you NOT find this approach anywhere in the Bible - and I mean NOWHERE - but you will likewise have to throw out much of what the Bible actually teaches, such as Romans 9:11-13, which unapologetically warns... "For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated"... God's love is a verb, not a noun. Accordingly, ask the multitudes who are now in hell if God loves them. You can be certain that he doesn't, but even if he did, what does it profit? Nothing, for they are suffering beyond the ability of any living man to conceive. Alas! in opposition to the popular crusaders of our day, here is how the Holy Spirit by the mouth of Paul addressed the crowd in Athens in Acts 17:29-31... "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead"... My, my. Paul could have easily ingratiated himself to the crowd by telling them that God loved them, as the modern crusaders have wickedly done, but - unlike the false prophets of our day - Paul was under orders to preach ALL the counsel of God (Acts 20:27), and not to sugar-coat the actual truth, which is what the modern unregenerate crusaders have cruelly done, and which they will pay for eternally, for they have corrupted the way of truth utterly, and their ministries have only exalted themselves, not Jesus Christ the Righteous, who ALONE is WORTHY, for even though they give lip-service to Jesus Christ, yet it is not even REMOTELY possible to truly exalt Jesus Christ the Righteous by making the grossly unbiblical assertion that God loves everybody, as these unregenerate filthy crusaders have done. They have preached their heretical gospel wholly in the power of the flesh, and not in the power of the Holy Spirit, for they are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and thus their gospel is entirely after man's wisdom, and not God's. Friend, the only man who can legitimately claim the love of God is the man who comes to Jesus and falls at his feet in genuine, wholesale repentance, and waits there until Jesus receives him by baptizing him in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. No other man on this earth - I say, NO OTHER MAN ON THIS EARTH - can legitimately claim the love of God. No other man whatsoever. One may well ask, then what about John 3:16? The depth of ignorance of preachers and pastors and professing Christians concerning this verse is beyond measure. Friend, the hard truth is this: God gave his only begotten Son for his elect, and for his elect ONLY, and that is all that that verse imports, and nothing more, especially in the context of that entire passage, as well as the totality of the context of the rest of the Scriptures, for the "whosoever" in that verse refers to those who actually end up EXPERIENCING the New Birth, and no others, with the wrath of God charged on everyone else in the world in the VERY SAME PASSAGE (John 3:36). Only unregenerate men who are utterly incapable of rightly dividing the word of truth could miss it. Again, the Holy Spirit is clear about God's PARTICULAR love, for the Holy Spirit HIMSELF testifies that without holiness NO MAN shall see the Lord, exactly as it is written Hebrews 12:14... "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord"... God loves sinners solely for the purpose of making them holy, for God intends to conform all of his elect to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29), Jesus Christ the Righteous, who is HIMSELF infinitely holy, and therefore the man who will not be holy is a man who INFALLIBLY will NEVER be loved by God, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. And holiness has absolutely nothing to do with going to church, or paying tithes, or being polite, ad nauseam, but rather, holiness has EVERYTHING to do with walking supernaturally in the Holy Spirit, and nothing less. Nothing less whatsoever. Once again, notice how different the sobering message of the Lord Jesus is compared to the grossly humanistic message of the great crusaders, for here is the message that Jesus HIMSELF preached, as recorded in Matthew 4:17, along with numerous other verses... "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: FOR THE KINGDOM HEAVEN IS AT HAND"... Too bad Jesus didn't have the benefit of the counsel of the great crusaders of this and the past generation, so that instead of telling sinners to repent, Jesus could have instead avowed that God loves everybody. And on and on and on, for the examples of the contradictory message of Jesus are endless. Consequently, do you see the vast disconnect here? I hope you not only see it, but that you also diligently comprehend it, for this issue is in every way a matter of life and death, and that is not an exaggeration in the slightest, for the great crusaders will be responsible for the damnation of uncounted multitudes in the day of Jesus Christ, for they have prosecuted a false, deadly doctrine which assures people that they are in God's favor when the exact OPPOSITE is true, and WOE, WOE, WOE unto these wicked false prophets of this and the past generation. WOE unto them, indeed. Just wait and see. Friend, let this sink down into your ears: namely, the hard, cold truth of the matter is that nobody forces God to send people to hell. Rather, God sends people to hell because he chooses to. Period. God is his own law, and thus God does whatsoever he pleases, as the Scriptures emphatically decree throughout, such as in Psalm 115:3... "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased"... Nobody forces God to send people to hell. God could save every single soul that has ever entered this world if he so willed, and only an unregenerate man who knows not even the first thing about the true God of the Bible would deny that. So if you encounter such a man - and today's pulpits are full of them - then ignore him, because he is irrelevant, and his time of damnation is already kindled. His mind is as dead as his spirit. He has taken it upon himself to be God's judge, and he is therefore not only overflowing with secret pride, and not only is he arrogant to the bone, no matter how humble or meek he may appear outwardly, but he is likewise ignorant of the majesty of God in Christ Jesus, and of such Scriptures as Psalm 145:17, which testifies... "The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works"... Indeed, when God sends a man to hell, God does so righteously, and nobody forces God to do so. Yes, the Scriptures also state that God is love (1 John 4:16), but that Scripture was written to born again Christians, not to unrepentant sinners, and furthermore, the fact that God is love doesn't nullify the wrath of God, nor such Scriptures as Romans 9:22-23...  "What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory"... The unregenerate are habitually ignorant of the overall tenor of Scripture, especially with regard to the supernatural, and the message of today's gospellers is diametrically opposite to the message that Jesus and his apostles preached. Diametrically. Oh my! How easy it would have been for Jesus to make friends by preaching the same grossly heretical gospel that the great crusaders of the past sixty or seventy years have preached. Indeed, nobody would have sought to kill Jesus had he simply adopted the methods of the great crusaders of this and the past generation, for just look at how popular and well-respected the great crusaders are today! Why, Jesus could have easily been the most popular and well-respected and sought after man in the entire world if he had just informed everyone that God loved them, as the great crusaders have incestuously done. But then, Jesus is HIMSELF truth incarnate, so he could not very well make such a heretical claim, and therefore he didn't. Not even close. Not even once. In fact, Jesus warned about hell and the wrath of God more than all the other people in the Bible combined. And then some. Read the gospels carefully for yourself if you doubt that simple little truth. And Jesus hasn't changed. He preaches the same way today by his Spirit through his true witnesses as he did when he was in the flesh. In fact, this is an infallible way to discern a true witness from a false one, namely, does the witness preach the same message that Jesus preached? If not, he is not born of the Spirit of Christ, and he is therefore a false witness, a false prophet. To the bone, just like the great crusaders of this and the past generation. Peter and Paul and James and John and all the other disciples followed in Jesus' footsteps, for they one and all preached a gospel of repentance and judgment, and of the necessity of receiving the Holy Spirit, which is the New Birth, in order to escape the wrath to come. Indeed, rather than soft-peddling a false gospel, rather than falsely assuring the crowds that God loves everyone, Paul had this to say - and this is a stark warning to this generation in particular - in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10... "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day"... Why didn't Paul preach the message of the great crusaders by assuring everybody that God loves them, instead of spewing such vitriol, for that is precisely what Paul is accused of in this passage and many others? Oh! that hateful Paul! Ah-hem... no... that LOVING Paul, because he spoke the actual truth, for no message of falsehood, no matter how loving it might sound, is truly loving. Not even remotely. And this exact message - the exact message that Paul just enunciated in the above verse - is so patently clear throughout the Bible - from Genesis to Revelation - that I would be dumbstruck at how ignorant modern professing Christians are with regard to this message if I didn't already know and understand supernaturally by the Holy Spirit the blinding power of Satan, and the fatal effects that the devil can have on even intelligent people's minds, and at how utterly weak the minds of unregenerate men truly are when you get down to the fundamentals. Verily, they are ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7), especially those who profess to be Christians, but who have never received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and who don't think they need it. Unfortunately for them, however, nobody on the face of this earth is more deceived than the professing Christian who thinks he's born again but isn't. Nobody. And yet, he will choke on his secret pride before all is said and done, and that eternally. Friend, the love of God is not to be trifled with, nor is it to be meted out carelessly, as pearls before swine, for the love of God is the most precious of all commodities, and it is to be valued accordingly. In short, the gospel of Jesus Christ is to be offered to all men, but the love of God is given by God HIMSELF only to a few, such as to Jacob, and not Esau, and thus no man has a legitimate right to tell an unrepentant sinner that God loves him. Rather, it is incumbent on a true witness of Jesus Christ to warn sinners of impending judgment, not assure them of their favor with God, for they have none. Indeed, the man who TRULY loves is the man who warns sinners that the wrath of God abides upon them, and that unless they repent, and fall at the feet of Jesus and bow to him as Lord, and stay there until Jesus receives them by baptizing them in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, then they will spend eternity in untold misery and torment. This is the man who TRULY loves in Jesus Christ's eyes, even the man who warns sinners, just like Jesus did when he was in the flesh. Conversely, the great crusaders who have assured the crowds that God loves them will be found to be nothing but malicious haters in the day of Jesus Christ, for by their false doctrine, whereby they have ensconced uncounted multitudes in a false assurance, these great crusaders who proclaim that God loves everyone have in fact been nothing but murderers of souls, not saviours of souls, and thus their own damnation will be great indeed. Just wait and see. Finally, yes, it is true that the love of God in Jesus Christ towards his elect is infinite, yet all of God's elect through the Holy Spirit meet a certain requirement, which Jesus established in John 15:14... "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you"... There's the condition. You may enjoy the friendship of Jesus, which is the love of God, IF YOU OBEY. And yet, know also that it is not enough to obey Jesus after the flesh. That won't cut it. If your obedience is to count, it must be supernatural, by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, resulting wholly from the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. Otherwise it won't count, for any obedience that doesn't proceed from the new creature as a result of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth will be burned up and consumed by the fire of God in the day of Jesus Christ. Not an iota of fleshly obedience will be honored by God in that day. Not an iota. Albeit, know that a man does not TRULY obey in order to OBTAIN salvation, but rather, a man TRULY obeys BECAUSE he has been saved, for only the man who has been genuinely born again is actually capable of obeying Jesus Christ according to God's will. No other man on earth can truly obey God. Moreover, those who have been born of the Holy Spirit, and those ONLY, are considered by God to be those who love God, and thus it is spoken particularly of them in 1 Corinthians 2:9... "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him"... The flesh cannot truly love God, nor will God honor any such love in that day. How, then, can you know if Jesus loves you? Well, the Bible in and of itself cannot reveal that to you, not in any wise. Rather, in truth, only Jesus HIMSELF can reveal the love of God to you, and Jesus begins by baptizing a man in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and when Jesus does that, no man and no angel can describe the love that Jesus Christ has for his saints. Not in ten trillion eternities, for only the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can truly transmit the love of Jesus to a soul, and when he does, when the Holy Spirit HIMSELF regenerates a man and indwells him in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth, wherein he simultaneously transmits the love of God to that soul, then - and ONLY then - can a man legitimately claim that God loves him, for as I said, God's love is a verb, not a noun, and therefore if God loves a man, Jesus APPLIES that love, and the way that Jesus APPLIES that love is by baptizing that man in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, wherein Jesus HIMSELF makes that man a new creature, and wherein Jesus HIMSELF indwells that man, and wherein Jesus HIMSELF communes with that man, and wherein Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY tells that man that he loves him evermore... for God's love is a verb, which he ACTS upon all who truly belong to Jesus, and all who truly belong to Jesus will INFALLIBLY come to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, even as Jesus HIMSELF said (John 6:37)." Scott Jones, January 7, 2014

"Satan may convince a genuinely born again Christian that he has sinned so grievously that God has cast him off, that his sin is greater than all others because he has sinned against genuine, supernatural, Holy Spirit light, so that God will have nothing to do with him anymore, and that the only thing he can now look forward to is condemnation in judgment, especially when the Lord Jesus hides his face from that soul, and refuses to comfort that soul with the same supernatural comforts that he often visited that soul with in the past, so that the soul becomes desperate and forlorn (yet know that in reality Jesus will never cast off the truly regenerated soul ultimately, that these are merely disciplinary measures, no matter how severe they may seem at the time, and yes, they can become very severe, I know whereof I speak, and no amount of doctrine can comfort a soul in such straits, any more than doctrine could have comforted Jesus in Gethsemane, but rather, only a restoration of the comforts of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can bring a truly regenerated soul out of this despondency) - nevertheless, I say, Satan may be able to convince a genuinely born again Christian that he is utterly forsaken by God, and that God will never visit him again - but one thing that Satan CANNOT convince a genuinely born again Christian of is the notion that he has not been born again, for the EXPERIENCE - the SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE - of the New Birth itself is unassailable, and Satan knows it, which is why he will never even attempt to convince a genuinely born again Christian that he hasn't been born again, for Satan knows that in the MOMENT he attempts to play that card, it is game over for Satan. Indeed, Satan knows this, which is why he will never, ever, ever attempt to go after a genuinely born again Christian on the FACT of his SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE of the New Birth, wherein Jesus Christ SUPERNTURALLY MANIFESTED HIMSELF to that soul by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 14:21), wherein Jesus HIMSELF made that soul a new creature, and indwelt him, and communed with him, for the EXPERIENCE of the New Birth - even the MANIFESTATION OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF to a regenerated soul - is unassailable, and Satan knows it, which is why he steers completely clear of all attempts to overturn this truth in his assaults on a genuinely born again Christian. Behold! this supernatural revelation of Jesus Christ HIMSELF is precisely what Jesus was referring to when he told Peter in Matthew 16:17... "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"... Satan knows better than to try to overturn this infallible fact, for those words come straight out of the mouth of the Lord of Glory HIMSELF, and indeed, the gates of hell shall never prevail against that soul, for it is this supernatural revelation of the Son of God HIMSELF, even Jesus Christ the Righteous, given supernaturally and infallibly by the Holy Ghost HIMSELF, that neither Satan nor the gates of hell can prevail against, and it is this REVELATION - not the person of Peter - but this REVELATION of Jesus Christ HIMSELF given supernaturally by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF that the genuinely born again Christian not only receives - and every bit as much, if not more so, than Peter did at that time - but that likewise can never be taken away from him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. John Owen stated this matter concisely but perfectly in his treatise on "Christologia" when he observed... "It is not the person of Peter who confessed Christ, but the person of Christ whom Peter confessed, that is the rock on which the church is built"... Although Peter was not born again at that point, yet this supernatural revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God by the Holy Spirit is a SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATION that ALL, ALL, ALL who become genuinely born again receive, usually immediately prior to their regeneration, and - as Jesus said - the gates of hell cannot prevail against it, for it is not an intellectual derivation, or a mental conclusion or reservation, but rather, a SUPERNATURAL REVELATION by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF. So Satan knows better than to even try. Rather, Satan goes around this truth and tries some other way... any other way but the SUPERNTURAL EXPERIENCE of the New Birth, wherein Jesus Christ HIMSELF MANIFESTS HIMSELF to that soul, and makes him a new creature, and indwells him, and communes with him. Satan can never overturn that, and he knows it, so all of his attacks are otherwise. Friend, the only true anchor of salvation for a graceful soul is the SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE of the New Birth, wherein Jesus Christ HIMSELF JOINS HIMSELF to that soul by the baptism of the Holy Spirit - that is, where Jesus Christ KNOWS that soul, and KNOWS that soul INFALLIBLY (Matthew 7:23) - wherein Jesus Christ SUPERNATURALLY MANIFESTS HIMSELF to that soul, thereby becoming ONE with that soul, so that Jesus Christ HIMSELF is now the protector and guardian of that soul's salvation (John 10:28-29), so that Jesus Christ HIMSELF owns the birthright to that soul, so that if Satan wants to wrest the birthright of regeneration from that soul, he'll have to go through Jesus to do it, which is of course not possible, but yet, this relationship to Jesus comes about ONLY, ONLY, ONLY by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and no other wise. Alas! could the one hundred and twenty disciples who were gathered together in the upper room on the day of Pentecost forget the EXPERIENCE of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth? Neither can a genuinely born again Christian forget the EXPERIENCE of his baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and on terms just as strong as those who were in the upper room. Just as strong. And he who denies this is he who infallibly has never experienced the New Birth himself. Not even close. Friend, it is the GRAVEST of errors to suppose that the disciples - or anybody else, for that matter - were born again prior to that first Pentecost. In fact, this is to subvert the very GIFT that Jesus rose again and ascended into heaven to give (Ephesians 4:8), even the Holy Spirit HIMSELF in regeneration (Titus 3:5). So I say, it is the GRAVEST of errors to suppose that. Indeed, uncounted multitudes are now in hell because they ingested that error, uncounted multitudes are now in hell because they satiated their conscience by convincing themselves that they don't really need the baptism of the Holy Spirit because they have assumed that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is just something "extra", instead of discerning the TRUTH, which is the FACT that the New Birth doesn't take place APART from the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13), just like at Pentecost, and that there is ONE baptism, and ONE baptism ONLY (Ephesians 4:4-6), which ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS takes place upon the MOMENT of the New Birth, and no other wise. Yes, I am aware that there have been truly regenerated expositors in the past who have asserted that the disciples were born again prior to Pentecost, but there are two things to be noted about this canard by them: one, these expositors possessed precious little experience in the Holy Spirit themselves (no matter how much they may be revered by their sycophants today), and secondly, they all - to my knowledge - nevertheless maintained that the actual baptism of the Holy Spirit was an EXPERIENCE that no man could forget, yet they never understood that there is only ONE BAPTISM, and ONE BAPTISM ONLY, as the Scripture EMPHATICALLY proclaims, and therefore they categorized Pentecost as an "extra" baptismal event, which they had no biblical authority to do. No authority whatsoever. But as I said, all of these expositors possessed precious little experience in the Holy Spirit themselves, so they were too immature in the Holy Spirit to know any better. You don't have that luxury, however, for the truth has just been unfolded to you, and the Holy Spirit HIMSELF bears witness that it is so, at least for those who have ears to hear. Therefore know this: it is at Pentecost that the disciples received their oil and their birthright (Matthew 25:1-13), and it is from that day forward that they could produce both, and not one moment before. So then, can you? Can you produce your oil and your birthright? I mean, this very minute? If not, you won't set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom, not unless you repent, for you will verily be required to produce your oil and your birthright before you are admitted to Jesus Christ's kingdom. Friend, ALL, ALL, ALL who are genuinely born again can produce their oil and their birthright. Can you?" Scott Jones, January 5, 2014

"One may engage in all the outward duties of religion, and yet not be born again... All the external acts of religion are within the compass of natural abilities. Yea, hypocrites may have the counterfeit of all the graces of the Spirit... A person may have sharp soul-exercises and pangs, and yet die in the birth... There may be sore pangs of conscience, which turn to nothing at last... and some have sharp soul-exercises, which are nothing but foretastes of hell... There may be a wonderful moving of the affections, in souls that are not at all touched with regenerating grace. When there is no grace, there may, notwithstanding, be a flood of tears, as in Esau... There may be great flashes of joy... There may be also great desires after good things, and great delight in them too... All these things may be, where the sanctifying Spirit of Christ never rests upon the soul... Great changes may be made by the power of nature, especially when assisted by external revelation. Nature may be so elevated by the common influences of the Spirit, that a person may thereby be turned into another man, as Saul was, who yet never becomes a new man. But in regeneration, nature itself is changed, and we become partakers of the divine nature; and this must needs be a supernatural change." Thomas Boston, Man's Fourfold State, Posted by Scott Jones, January 3, 2014

"We are told throughout the Bible that faith is the only means by which a man can be acceptable to God, and this truth is summed up perfectly in Hebrews 11:6, where the Scripture plainly reveals... "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"... Faith - and faith ALONE - is the instrument - not the cause, but the INSTRUMENT - by which a man can enter into God's realm, by which a man can worship God "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). Yes, faith is key, but yet know that faith itself is no more the cause of salvation than is the surgeon's scalpel the cause of a successful operation. Ergo, unless the surgeon wields the scalpel skillfully, then the scalpel is useless. So it is with faith. Faith is merely an INSTRUMENT, an instrument which must be given from above. Indeed, true faith, genuine faith, SUPERNATURAL FAITH, comes from nowhere else, from nowhere but above (Ephesians 2:8), and consequently, because true faith, SUPERNATURAL FAITH, comes from above, only he who is born from above can wield it efficaciously. Flesh cannot wield true faith. Flesh cannot wield SUPERNATURAL FAITH. Only a regenerated spirit can wield true faith, SUPERNATURAL FAITH. Nor does fleshly faith procure true faith. Fleshly faith profits nothing. Rather, true faith, SAVING FAITH, SUPERNATURAL FAITH, is a pure, raw, unsolicited, unprovoked, unmerited, unwarranted, gift from God, who gives it sovereignly at his own pleasure, without anything foreseen. Period. Now then, having established that faith is the necessary instrument for interaction with God, a new question immediately proposes itself, namely, why faith? Why not knowledge? Or why not wisdom? Or why not efforts? And so on? Why faith? Well, that's actually pretty simple. You see, the reason God has chosen faith as the only instrument whereby man can be acceptable to God is because, first, true faith, SUPERNATURAL FAITH, must originate with God HIMSELF, for God will see to it that no flesh glories in his presence (1 Corinthians 1:29), and secondly, because it is the INSTRUMENT of faith that caused man's downfall in the first place, just as a scalpel might be the instrument of a patient's death rather than his healing, for so it was with Adam and Eve. Indeed, it is precisely by the misplacement - or misuse - of faith that Adam and Eve fell. Indeed, Adam and Eve doubted the character of God, thereby placing their faith elsewhere, and thus they disobeyed. Adam and Eve, in other words, fell by faith... or lack thereof. Which is to say, Adam and Eve exchanged their faith in God for faith in themselves, and for faith in the devil's lie. That is, Adam and Eve believed the devil and disbelieved God. So Adam and Eve fell by faith, and consequently it has been decreed by God that it is again by faith that man must be restored. You see, it all goes back to faith. Why faith? Because faith goes DIRECTLY to the character of God. That's why all righteousness must come by way of faith, but true faith only, SUPERNATURAL FAITH only, even the faith of Christ, which is "the faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1), for faith touches the very core of the CHARACTER of God, and it is the CHARACTER of God that is at the very epicenter of all God's dealings with creation. God himself stressed this fact in Malachi 3:6 when he stated... "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed"... Faith is the conduit to the very CHARACTER of God... and that's why God manifested HIMSELF in the flesh in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:16), to wit, to reveal HIS OWN CHARACTER, thereby providing an infallible anchor for faith, for in Jesus Christ the CHARACTER of God is fully revealed, exactly as it is written in Hebrews 1:1-3... "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high"... The glory and person of God were fully manifested and revealed in Jesus Christ HIMSELF, wherein the CHARACTER of God by Jesus Christ became an immoveable anchor for all who place their faith in Jesus Christ - it is Jesus Christ HIMSELF who is the anchor, not faith itself - for Jesus Christ HIMSELF is the full manifestation of the very CHARACTER of God Almighty, again as it is written in Colossians 2:9, referring specifically to Jesus Christ... "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily"... Friend, the full character of God was hidden to Adam and Eve, and to their immediate posterity, for four thousand years, but not to you, for the full character of God has now been FULLY MANIFESTED and revealed in the PERSON of Jesus Christ, so that there never has been, nor ever will be, a fuller or more complete manifestation of God than in the very PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, not in this world, nor in the world to come. Do you wish to discern the full character of God? Then focus the eyes of your heart on Jesus Christ HIMSELF, even the man Christ Jesus HIMSELF, for this was the Father's purpose all along, namely, to reveal HIMSELF and his CHARACTER to all of creation in the PERSON of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous. This has been God's purpose all along, and ever will be, both in this world and in the world to come, that is, for the Father to reveal HIMSELF in Jesus HIMSELF by the Spirit HIMSELF. This is God's ultimate purpose, and this purpose is in his Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who ALONE is WORTHY. Behold! among angels, men, and all creation, Jesus Christ ALONE is WORTHY. Friend, the revelation of the man Christ Jesus has been the ultimate purpose of the Father from day one, and always will be, both in this world, and in the world to come (Revelation21:23). Accordingly, the repository for faith has been manifested, and thus there is no excuse. Behold! since Jesus Christ is come in the flesh - which simply means, since God HIMSELF - the Messiah - has manifested HIMSELF in the flesh - there is no now longer any valid reason for doubting the character of God, none at all, for the infinitely trustworthy character of God has been fully and eternally manifested in his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and nowhere was the infinitely trustworthy character of God so fully manifested as in that seemingly paradoxical moment when Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" I say, there - in that VERY moment - there, in that moment, the infinitely trustworthy character of God was manifested to its infinite fullness. And if you discover why that is so - why that very moment - then you will have done well, for flesh and blood cannot reveal it. So there is no longer any excuse... if there ever was one. Yet now there is absolutely none. Friend, faith is not a mental effort or a mental effect, or some mental or motivational exercise or determination. Not even close. True faith is SUPERNATURAL, and true faith KNOWS - I say, true faith doesn't speculate, but rather TRUE faith KNOWS, and KNOWS INFALLIBLY - for Jesus Christ HIMSELF is both the root and the offspring of true faith - I say again, Jesus Christ HIMSELF is both the root and the offspring of TRUE FAITH, SUPERNATURAL FAITH (and that little truth alone spans more than the universe) - and thus true faith resides in the very CHARACTER of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost... and nowhere else. Now then, having established this truth, I challenge you to start off the new year by seriously considering this warning, which I have submitted before, and that warning is simply this: you - you yourself - you decide if Jesus said what he meant and meant what he said in John 14:21... "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him"... Go ahead and interpret those words of Jesus any way you like, but be careful, for there is only one true way to interpret those words of Jesus, and - like it or not - the way you interpret those words of Jesus could very well be the way that you seal your fate, and that eternally. You see, true faith not only KNOWS, but true faith also APPREHENDS, TRUE faith ACQUIRES. Happy new year." Scott Jones, January 1, 2014

"Here is a prayer for the New Year, a prayer which every saint and every sinner, no matter his current standing before the Lord, can pray wholeheartedly before the Lord, with wholehearted assurance that the Lord Jesus will answer... as long as it is prayed in truth, that is. Accordingly, this prayer comes right out of Psalm 119, verses 88 and 159... "Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth... Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness"... Not only pray this, but by praying it, insist upon it before the Lord - I say, INSIST upon it before the Lord, even the Lord Jesus HIMSELF, for true praying is INSISTING upon the promises of God, and nothing less. Cry out to the Father of Jesus Christ evermore, in Jesus Christ's name, in Jesus Christ's own righteousness, yea, cry out continuously for God the Father HIMSELF to fulfill this prayer in you. If you are serious about it, if you INSIST upon it continuously before the Father in the Lord Jesus' name, Jesus HIMSELF - for Jesus is HIMSELF the Father's Quickener, even by the Spirit of Christ HIMSELF - indeed, Jesus HIMSELF will INFALLIBLY fulfill it in you, even if you INSIST upon it before him continuously. Behold the salvation of the Lord Jesus in his glorious elect!" Scott Jones, December 31, 2013

"Why would Jesus manifest himself supernaturally to one Christian and not another? He wouldn't. Jesus manifests himself supernaturally to ALL he indwells without exception. That's why it is written in John 14:21... "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will MANIFEST MYSELF to him"... Again, why would Jesus give the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and the first Christians but not in the same manner to succeeding generations of his elect? He wouldn't. That's why it is written in 1 Corinthians 12:7... "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit withal"... That single verse all by itself will be the convicting demise of many on the day of judgment, when Jesus asks them what they didn't understand about EVERY MAN. Actually, it won't be because they didn't understand, but rather, they weren't willing to pay the price, to make the sacrifice. Ah, my friend, there are literally REAMS of Scriptures in the New Testament which talk about the supernatural manifestation of Jesus Christ by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit. And I mean REAMS AND REAMS of Scriptures in the New Testament alone on this very topic, even the unmistakable supernatural manifestation of Jesus by the Holy Spirit to his elect. Reams and reams of Scriptures in the New Testament alone on this specific topic. But if you want to rationalize all of these Scriptures away, and instead make an idol out of the Bible by usurping the operations of the Holy Spirit with the written word of God, by going about to instead equate the operations of the Holy Spirit with the written word of God - that is, if you want to rationalize to yourself that the written word of God is the living voice of the Holy Spirit, even though the Holy Spirit NEVER, NEVER, NEVER speaks directly to the mind, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER - well then, you are certainly permitted to deceive yourself in this way if you choose, for no man is a greater deceiver of yourself than yourself. Not even Satan. The simple truth is, ALL, ALL, ALL who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth can REMEMBER the EXPERIENCE of this baptism and New Birth, and he who cannot REMEMBER the EXPERIENCE of this baptism and New Birth is he who is not born again, and thus he doesn't belong to Jesus Christ, exactly as it is written Romans 8:9... "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"... Regardless of how flamboyant the manifestation might be, yet there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, for this manifestation is given to EVERY MAN to profit withal. In that vein, I must repeat Oswald Chambers' quotation here... "A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his TESTIMONY to the MOMENT at which he EXPERIENCED new birth"... That is a plain, simple, universal, hard core FACT! Of course, as I said, you are more than welcome to rationalize all of the many Scriptures away which emphatically testify of this truth if you will, for you are your own foremost deceiver by a long shot. On the other hand, if you want to escape the wrath to come, then the first step to the remedy of your sickness - for a sickness is what you have - is to bear down hard and truly admit to yourself conclusively that you've actually got the sickness. That's the very first step. Self admission. You must admit it to yourself as a brutal, hard cold fact, and nothing less. Indeed, you must admit conclusively - conclusively - that you have NEVER EXPERIENCED the New Birth, that you have NEVER EXPERIENCED the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, that Jesus Christ HIMSELF has NEVER SUPERNTURALLY MANIFESTED HIMSELF to you. This is precisely what you must admit to yourself if you yourself cannot REMEMBER the UNMISTAKABLE SUPERNTURAL EXPERIENCE of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, if you cannot remember the MOMENT at which you EXPERIENCED New Birth. And consequently, you must be fully persuaded that you do NOT belong to Jesus, that you are NOT saved, that you are NOT currently heaven-bound. Yes, my friend, you must own ALL, ALL, ALL of it. But if you will not, if you won't admit that, if you won't admit that you can't honestly and legitimately remember this EXPERIENCE, and that you therefore do NOT truly belong to Jesus, then you are simply full of pride - overflowing with pride - and your fate in the lake of fire is therefore sealed. Self admission, friend, and a complete forsaking of every iota of your pride. That is the very first step indeed, for only then can you begin to call upon Jesus Christ in TRUTH, for until that point, you are merely calling upon Jesus from a LIE - I say, until that point you are merely calling upon Jesus from a LIE - and thus you have no chance of being truly born again. No chance whatsoever. Friend, Jesus MANIFESTS HIMSELF SUPERNATURALLY to ALL, ALL, ALL he indwells without exception. If you really want to escape everlasting damnation and obtain everlasting glory, therefore, then give the same Jesus, even the true Jesus of the Bible, no rest until he MANIFESTS HIMSELF SUPERNATURALLY to you as he HIMSELF promised, yet leave the manifestation itself up to Jesus, don't premeditate on the manifestation itself, for Jesus KNOWS how to MANIFEST HIMSELF INFALLIBLY to every soul he chooses to MANIFEST HIMSELF to, and yet, until he does, until Jesus PERSONALLY, SUPERNATURALLY MANIFESTS HIMSELF to you by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, wherein you were given SUPERNATURAL FAITH, even the "faith of God's elect" (Titus 3:5), until then, know that you are not saved, that you are not heaven-bound, deceive yourself with your fleshly faith howsoever you may. Yes, this means that you are going to have to get deadly serious about your religion, and if you won't... for as I said, nobody can deceive yourself like yourself, and if you are thereby inclined, then that means you simply aren't willing to make the sacrifice. You aren't truly willing to undergo the pangs of the New Birth. Indeed, most professing Christians - the vast, vast majority of professing Christians - are not actually willing to pay the price, and that's because, as Bunyan said, they don't consider the value and worth of Heaven, and of the glory of Jesus Christ therein. Behold! If you ever once saw even a tiny glimmer of the glory of Jesus Christ by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, then there is nothing you wouldn't give up - including your very life - to be a partaker of Jesus HIMSELF and his kingdom by the Spirit. Nothing at all. But if you haven't seen a slice of Jesus Christ's glory supernaturally by the Holy Spirit by this time, then you might not see it until it's too late. Gamble your rationalizations and your bibliolatry on that if you dare." Scott Jones, December 29, 2013

"Although Jesus wasn't actually born during this time of year, yet the celebration of Christmas is nevertheless a celebration of the Lord's day of birth, as the name "CHRISTmas" bluntly declares, and is thus a great opportunity for genuinely born again Christians to testify more openly than usual of the Lord Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection. Therefore I celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly... without Santa Claus, of course. Actually, I celebrate and testify of TWO births during this season: first, the birth of Jesus Christ into this world as a man, born of a young virgin woman, and secondly, my own new birth, also from a virgin, even the virgin Spirit of Christ, even the Holy Spirit, who is purer than infinity itself, a new birth wherein Jesus Christ personally manifested HIMSELF to me in a moment of time, and made me a new creature, and indwelt me, and sealed me by his Spirit evermore, which is precisely what he has done - or will do - for all who truly belong to him. Accordingly, this is exactly what I testify of during this season to all who will listen, namely, his birth and mine. I hope you can honestly and legitimately do the same. If not, tis the season to repent. So merry Christmas to all, and yet, please don't forget to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ throughout the world, for the only way they will be allowed to have a merry Christmas is if the Holy Spirit HIMSELF fills them with joy unspeakable, and with the peace that passeth all understanding. That is my continual prayer for them daily, and also that the Lord Jesus will not only deliver them from their persecutors, but that he will also allow them to win to Christ those persecutors who have been ordained to eternal life. So for you who have the freedom to read this, make the most of this Christmas season, for persecution in the west is also galloping onward, and is already in a slight measure here, at least for those of us who are genuinely born again, and who testify of the true Jesus of the Bible, and who know that the New Birth in Jesus Christ is the only true refuge. Nevertheless, come what may, merry Christmas to ALL." Scott Jones, December 24, 2013

"The incarnation of Jesus Christ set and defined the absolute FOCUS for ALL, ALL, ALL of Christian evangelism, and this truth simultaneously decreed that this FOCUS is to remain in force until Jesus HIMSELF returns, even as it is written in Hebrews 1:1-2... "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, HATH IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds"... The book of Acts demonstrates this truth throughout, for the FOCUS of every single message in the book of Acts is Jesus Christ and his resurrection. This is the sole message of the book of Acts, even the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his coming judgment, and thus the necessity of repentance toward God and faith towards Jesus Christ by receiving the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth (Acts 20:21), all for the purpose of escaping the coming wrath, exactly as it is written 1 Thessalonians 1:10... "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come"... Paul not only wrote the above verse, but he likewise made this same message crystal clear to the Athenians in Acts 17:29-31... "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead"... In other words, Jesus Christ, according to Paul, is not only risen from the dead, but is likewise returning to judge the entire world in righteousness. That is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a nutshell, along with the follow-up exhortation to repent toward God and faith towards Jesus Christ, and to receive the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. And yet, the vast majority of professing Christianity have no clue about this simple message. Instead, they make ISSUES the FOCUS, not Jesus Christ HIMSELF. That's because they don't know Jesus after the Spirit, because they themselves are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Jesus they worship is nothing but a false Jesus of their own imagination, and thus they have not the slightest problem in marginalizing him. How do they marginalize Jesus? By setting the FOCUS on ISSUES instead of on Jesus Christ HIMSELF, on Jesus Christ and his resurrection and his coming judgment. You see, by taking the FOCUS off of the true Jesus of the Bible, these professing Christians utterly marginalize the true Jesus of the Bible and instead place the FOCUS on symptoms of sin, like homosexuality, or abortion, or morals in general, or politics, or "taking back our country", or "taking back our children", or even the "authority of the Bible", which is an even more seemingly noble, but yet no less fleshly diversion, ad infinitum. Indeed, as long as the FOCUS isn't on the PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, then the mass of unregenerate modern professing Christianity is satisfied. And so is Satan... to the uttermost. Accordingly, these are some of the consequences: first off, none of these ISSUES will bring about the "washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). Not even remotely, for the New Birth is in fact the root cause of ALL right actions before God (Romans 8:8), for once get a man regenerated, and ALL, ALL, ALL of the symptoms will take care of themselves, in that the truly regenerated saint will INSTANTANEOUSLY be endowed with the mind of Christ and the corresponding correct thinking about each symptom, albeit, that doesn't mean that he will instantly be able to articulate it all, but that - when confronted with it - he will automatically adopt the correct mental posture for it, for that is one of the INFALLIBLE FRUITS of the New Birth, of receiving the Holy Ghost, as ALL, ALL, ALL who are GENUINELY born again KNOW, and KNOW INFALLIBLY. Secondly, this mass of modern unregenerate professing Christians, with their FOCUS on the ISSUES, are doing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the Scripture CLEARLY TEACHES on THIS VERY ISSUE, namely, Christians are NOT to judge those who do NOT profess to be Christians, but are rather to judge ONLY those who DO profess to be Christians, exactly as it is written in 1 Corinthians 5:12... "For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?"... The EXACT OPPOSITE. Ergo, while the mass of unregenerate professing Christianity is chastising sinners for acting like sinners, while the mass of unregenerate professing Christianity is chastising the world, they simultaneously ignore the PLETHORA of logs in their own eyes, they utterly ignore the veritable mountains of their own faults from within, such as the MASS, MASS, MASS UNREGENERACY in modern professing Christianity, or the wholesale sell-out to a Satanically corrupt aberrant Greek text which underlies almost all modern "bibles", and which is itself one of the foundational causes of the rampant apostasy today, and which could have NEVER, NEVER, NEVER gained a foothold without the MASS, MASS, MASS UNREGENERACY from within, or their great and mighty idol of human learning, which permeates ALL of unregenerate professing Christianity today, for they verily make idols out of their PhD's and other mechanisms of human learning, and thus engage in "scholarly" debates and all manner of fleshly arbitrations, while categorically setting aside and even denigrating the teaching and learning of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, who ALONE happens to be the ONLY TRUE teacher of Christianity, BAR NONE, and on and on and on. Indeed, even Spurgeon, who clearly lacked a fair measure of experience in the Holy Spirit, nevertheless at least recognized the basics, for in his treatise, "Receiving The Holy Ghost", Spurgeon presciently and correctly noted... "He that professes to be a believer, while he has never received the truth in the power of it, as sent home by the Spirit of light and fire, has need to begin again, and learn the first rudiments of the faith. He has learned nothing aright who has not been under the direct tuition of the Holy Ghost"... One man speaking in the POWER of the Holy Spirit does more for the kingdom of Jesus Christ in seven seconds than all the modern proponents of modern fleshly Christianity combined, and that is an understatement rather than an exaggeration, for the truth is, these others do nothing but harm, and not an iota of genuine spiritual good. Not an iota, and this is all because the legions of professing Christians today, from the seminaries to the pulpits to the pews, are ignorant to the bone of the New Birth themselves. Ah, my friend, you had better understand in SPADES that modern formal Christianity IN TOTO is a gross perversion of truth from the Alpha to the Omega, and everywhere in between, no matter the denomination, whether Reformed or non-Reformed, Charismatic, Pentecostal, liberal, conservative - indeed, modern professing formal Christianity - ALL, ALL, ALL of it - is APOSTATE AND UNREGENERATE TO THE CORE. And I do mean, through and through, and to the very CORE, from the seminaries to the pulpits to the pews. But of course, this is PRECISELY what the Bible predicted would be the case at this point in history. Friend, your only chance at being born again, if you aren't, is to come out from among them and be ye separate (2 Corinthians 6:17). I'm not joking, for this mass of unregenerate professing Christians is composed of radically prideful souls who have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, as it were, in that they have made THEMSELVES Christians, people who have "accepted Jesus as their Saviour", who have "made a decision for Christ", who have "committed their life to Christ", ad nauseam, instead of GENUINE saints who have realized that they were UTTERLY HELPLESS, just like the demoniac of the Gadarenes, who realized that they could by no means make themselves a Christian, and who correspondingly - because of this SUPERNATURAL REVELATION - have therefore been DIRECTLY DELIVERED SUPERATURALLY by Jesus HIMSELF, just like the demoniac of the Gadarenes. That, my friend, is the true message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, the true message of the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ is not ISSUES, but a PERSON, not chastisements against sinners for acting like sinners, but RESURRECTION and REPENTANCE toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ. Alas! The reason why the mass of unregenerate modern professing Christians make ISSUES the issue, instead of the PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, is because their hearts belong wholly to THIS world, and thus they are still trying to improve THIS world, which is sheer abomination in the eyes of the Father. I say, trying to improve THIS world before Jesus Christ returns in glory is SHEER, UTTER, ABJECT ABOMINATION in the eyes of the Father. But that's why the mass of unregenerate professing Christians nevertheless try to do so - because their hearts belong to this world, and they are one and all unregenerate to the bone marrow... and they are likewise - one and all - in for the rudest of awakenings come judgment day. Wait and see. In stark contrast, the genuinely born again Christian knows that his charter is to call individual sinners OUT of this world and into the next by testifying of Jesus Christ and his resurrection, and thus the necessity of repentance toward God and faith towards Jesus Christ for the remission of sins by the receiving of the Holy Ghost in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. That is the charter of the genuinely born again Christian, and he knows it. Behold! a genuinely born again Christian can testify of Jesus Christ and his resurrection PERSONALLY - and I do mean PERSONALLY, which means having PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF Jesus, and PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF Jesus' resurrection, for the genuinely born again Christian has PERSONALLY MET the RISEN CHRIST, has MET Jesus Christ PERSONALLY in the UNMISTAKABLE SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE of the New Birth, and thus he can PERSONALLY TESTIFY to it - just like Paul could, just like Peter could, just like John could, just like ALL, ALL, ALL who are genuinely born again can. Indeed, this witness - and this witness ALONE - is what makes a regenerated saint. Friend, I warn you as strongly as I can, namely, beware of ALL who make ISSUES the FOCUS instead of the PERSON, even the PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, for it is Jesus Christ HIMSELF, and Jesus Christ ALONE - among angels, men, and all creation - it is Jesus Christ ALONE who is WORTHY, and thus it is Jesus Christ ALONE who makes up the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ, and any man who says differently, and any man who practices differently, is a very devil, not a regenerated saint. Bank on it, friend." Scott Jones, December 23, 2013

"A genuinely born again Christian possesses a genuine personal testimony, one that the Holy Spirit will honor and bear witness to, and that personal testimony is more powerful than all the sermons that all the preachers and evangelists in the world combined could preach. Paul knew this truth very well, for it is clear from the written record that Paul reverted to his own personal testimony all the time, especially when he was brought before kings and rulers and antagonists. Bunyan was the same way, and he wisely made this observation in his treatise, "Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners", where he remarked... "It is profitable for Christians to be often calling to mind the very beginnings of grace with their souls... It was Paul's accustomed manner, and that when tried for his life, even to open, before his judges, the manner of his conversion: he would think of that day, and that hour, in the which he first did meet with grace; for he found it support to him"... Indeed, the New Birth EXPERIENCE is the anchor - and the seal (2 Corinthians 1:22) - for all genuine saints, because that SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE in the New Birth is where Jesus PERSONALLY MANIFESTED HIMSELF to that soul in accordance to the written word of God (John 14:21-23), and INFALLIBLY so, with SUPERNATURAL FAITH, SAVING FAITH, which the gates of Hell cannot prevail against. That is precisely why Oswald Chambers made this very striking but apropos comment in "Bringing Sons Unto Glory", saying... "A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his TESTIMONY to the MOMENT at which he EXPERIENCED new birth"... There are really no exceptions to that, at least not with sentient men and women who are inflamed to testify of Jesus Christ. Moreover, it is Jesus HIMSELF who inaugurated the personal testimony in the first place, for after casting out the legion of devils from the demoniac of the Gadarenes, the now-healed man asked Jesus if he could accompany Jesus in his journey, but Jesus refused, saying in Mark 5:19... "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee"... There's the personal testimony in all its simplicity, and thus the foregoing statement by Jesus is the only lesson a genuinely born again Christian needs on witnessing, for every single one of us who are genuinely born again know that we are not one whit better than the demoniac was. Not an iota. Others may give lip-service to that truth, of course, but those of us who are genuinely born again and who have thus been supernaturally delivered know it to be an abiding and infallible truth in the very depths of our being. Ergo, having been supernaturally delivered by Jesus, just as the demoniac was, we can now go forth and tell the world what great things the Lord Jesus has done for us. Indeed, I have found the Holy Spirit bearing witness - supernatural witness, convicting witness - time and again to my own personal testimony, and to the genuine personal testimonies of others, far more than doctrinal or exhortational discourses. Not that doctrine and exhortation don't have their place, for they most certainly do, but neither are usually attended with the same power and witness of the Holy Spirit that the genuine personal testimony is. That is not to say that the Holy Spirit doesn't bear witness to doctrine and exhortation, for he does, as I have also verily seen, but not as often and not usually with the same force as the genuine personal testimony. Naturally, there are plenty of people who will think that the man with a genuine personal testimony is somewhat strange, or off, or even deluded, or simply overly emotional, and a whole host of other derogatory things, but those people are of no consideration, for this only means that the Holy Spirit has chosen not to bear witness to them, and that the Holy Spirit has simply allowed Satan to continue to blind them, and to work his Satanic magic in their minds and souls, whereas, on the other hand, there are a few souls, here and there, who will heed the words of a genuine personal testimony very carefully, and they will do so primarily because the Holy Spirit has put a mark on the genuine personal testimony, his own mark, so that there is a strong ring of truth to the words of the man who possesses a genuine personal testimony, and thus certain people will begin to realize that genuine Christianity is real to the bone, as it were, that genuine Christianity is all substance, and not mere notion, or belief, or imagination, or letter, or words, or anything else, but that genuine Christianity is real, true, living, supernatural SUBSTANCE, and consequently that Jesus Christ really is alive, and that Jesus Christ really does communicate with his elect even more substantially than one human communicates to another, that Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit communicates with his elect today exactly as he communicated with his Apostles and the first Christians about two thousand years ago, and that these things, therefore - and much, much more - are precisely the type of witness that a genuine personal testimony reveals to the man upon whom the Holy Spirit is truly working. And the man who denies the simple truth of the DIRECT communications of Jesus by the Holy Spirit to the man he genuinely indwells, just like with the Apostles and first Christians, is a man who himself has INFALLIBLY never actually EXPERIENCED the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and consequently this man has no genuine personal testimony himself, and thus the Holy Spirit has never truly put his own mark on that man's words. Accordingly, the only thing the genuinely born again Christian must do in order for the Holy Spirit to bear witness to his personal testimony - when the Holy Spirit pleases - is to tell the unvarnished truth with regard to his personal testimony, without the tiniest embellishment or exaggeration. Certainly, he doesn't have to reveal everything he experienced in his New Birth, for are there many things that are intimate and which lie strictly between Jesus and each saint, but if the regenerated saint hits a few of the more salient points of his New Birth experience, and strives to represent his New Birth experience in exactly the way it happened, regardless of how dramatic it may appear outwardly - for each genuine personal testimony, no matter how dramatic it may appear outwardly, is nevertheless precious to the Lord Jesus, for it is the Lord Jesus HIMSELF who bestowed it - so then, he that accurately and plainly represents his own genuine personal testimony has done well, and the Lord Jesus will own it, for, as I said, it is the Lord Jesus HIMSELF who gave him that testimony in the first place, and it is therefore utterly incumbent on the saint to tell it exactly the way it happened. And in that vein, the trained eye will see that this was the exact method of the Apostles, who spoke very simply and very bluntly of their own experiences, but who likewise clearly left much undisclosed with regard to their own experiences. Indeed, there is nothing that glorifies Jesus more than a sinner who proclaims how Jesus HIMSELF delivered that sinner from his sins, and made him a new creature, and bestowed upon that sinner eternal life and immortality, for a true witness is one who has himself experienced deliverance DIRECTLY from the very hand of Jesus HIMSELF in a moment of time, just like the demoniac of the Gadarenes, just like Peter, just like John, just like Paul, just like ALL, ALL, ALL who become genuinely born again and genuinely saved. Verily, a witness is somebody who was there. Somebody who was there when Jesus PERSONALLY MANIFESTED HIMSELF, and PERSONALLY indwelt, and PERSONALLY made a new creature, and PERSONALLY spoke, and PERSONALLY communed, and INFALLIBLY so. Are you a genuine witness? Friend, if you seek life and immortality, then you can hardly ask yourself a more pressing question, for life and immortality belongs ONLY to Jesus, and to Jesus ALONE, even as it is written 1 Timothy 6:13-16... "I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen"... Can you remember the MOMENT that Jesus HIMSELF gave you immortality? If not, then you don't have a genuine personal testimony, and you are therefore not a genuine witness of Jesus Christ. Don't stay that way, friend. Don't stay that way." Scott Jones, December 19, 2013

"Saving faith is the faith of God's elect; the special gift of God to them, wrought in them by his Spirit." Thomas Boston, Man’s Fourfold State, Posted by Scott Jones, December 18, 2013

"The ultimate teaching of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, can be summed up in these words by Watchman Nee from his book, "The Normal Christian Life", where he wrote... "Any true experience of value in the sight of God must have been reached by way of a new discovery of the meaning of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus"... You see, the subject of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is none other - and nothing else and nothing less - than the very PERSON of the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF. That is the subject of the Bible in a nutshell, even Jesus Christ and his glory. In fact, it is the very revelation of Jesus HIMSELF by the light of the Holy Spirit shinning in the spirit of the man he genuinely indwells that transforms that man into Jesus' likeness, that conforms that man to the image of Jesus, which is why it is written in 1 John 3:2... "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is"... The Holy Spirit's work in the SUPERNATURAL REVELATION of Jesus HIMSELF is greater and more powerful than having an angel take the tongs off the altar and touch your lips with a live coal (Isaiah 6:6-7). Accordingly, any teaching that doesn't coalesce in a revelation of the PERSON and work of the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF is a teaching that the Holy Spirit has not initiated. By no means. Consequently, you would do well to ask yourself this question any time you hear a teaching which professes to be a Christian teaching, to wit: where, exactly, does the teaching lead? Does it lead to the true Jesus of the Bible, or does it lead to a false Jesus, or to no Jesus at all? Where, precisely, does the teaching lead? Does it lead to the TRUE Jesus of the Bible? Or does it lead to the teacher himself, or does it lead to doctrine only, or does it lead to morality, or does it lead to the betterment of society, or to the betterment of this world, or to "taking back this country", or to "taking back our children", ad nauseam and ad vomit. Or does it truly lead to the true Jesus of the Bible? Or do you yourself even know who the true Jesus of the Bible is? In fact, there is only one correct answer to the foregoing questions. Only one. And therefore, when you can truly discern what the teaching truly leads to, then you will also be able to discern that it is exactly as Watchman Nee also said in his magnum opus, "The Spiritual Man", where he observed... "If we who are responsible for preaching the gospel truly perceive that unless people receive God's life into the depths of their beings we have not done anything profitable, then what a drastic reformation will there be in our work! Indeed, such knowledge will bring us to the realization that many who do profess to believe in the Lord Jesus have never actually done so"... Of course, Nee is talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, for that is the ONLY way that man can receive God's life into the depths of his being, the ONLY way whereby SUPERNATURAL FAITH is given and received. And yet, the ONLY way to achieve that - the ONLY way to the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the miracle of the New Birth - is the SUPERNATURAL REVELATION of the very PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF by the Holy Spirit. That is precisely how the Father draws his elect SAVINGLY to Jesus (John 6:44), that is, by revealing Jesus in his GLORY by the SUPERNATURAL REVELATION of the Holy Spirit. In that vein, let me repeat Bunyan in his treatise, "Christ A Complete Saviour", where he accurately and experientially taught...  "Before, therefore, God has been with a man, and has left some impression of his glory upon him, that man cannot be willing TO COME TO HIM ARIGHT... The reason why men are so careless of, and so indifferent about, their coming to God, is because they have their eyes blinded, because they do not perceive his glory. God is so blessed a one, that did he not hide himself and his glory, the whole world would be ravished with him. But he has, I will not say reasons of state, but reasons of glory, glorious reasons why he hideth himself from the world, and appeareth but to particular ones"... Jonathan Edwards also had something very similar to say in "A Divine And Supernatural Light", where Edwards revealed... "There is a discovery of the divine superlative glory and excellency of God and Christ peculiar to the saints; and this is as immediately from God as light from the sun, and it is the immediate effect of his power and will... Believing in Christ and spiritually seeing him are parallel... he that has had a clear sight of the spiritual glory of Christ may say, 'I have not followed cunningly devised fables, but have been an eyewitness of his majesty,' upon as good grounds as the Apostle Peter, when he had respect to the outward glory of Christ that he had seen"... Indeed, that is precisely how God draws his elect to Jesus, by revealing Jesus in his GLORY by the SUPERNATURAL REVELATION of the Holy Spirit. And yes, it must be the Holy Spirit from beginning to end if Jesus is going to be truly revealed. This is precisely what A. W. Tozer meant in "The Tozer Pulpit", concerning the Holy Spirit and the SUPERNATURAL REVELATION of Jesus Christ, when he said... "There is a difference between the intellectual knowledge of God and the Spirit-revealed knowledge... modern orthodoxy has made a great blunder in the erroneous assumption that spiritual truths can be intellectually perceived... until a man receives that illumination - that inward enlightenment - he will not have anything because Bible study does not, of itself, lift the veil or penetrate it... there is the Christ whom only the Spirit can reveal... you may be convinced that He is the Son of God and still never find Him as the living Person He is. Jesus Christ must be revealed by the Holy Ghost - no man knows the things of God but by the Holy Ghost... the final flash that introduces your heart to Jesus must be by that illumination of the Holy Spirit Himself, or it isn't done at all"... Indeed, that is the ONLY teaching that God approves, and the ONLY teaching that the Holy Spirit HIMSELF honors, even that teaching which leads to "a new discovery of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus" by the Holy Spirit, for you see, the Scripture means what it says when it states categorically that ALL THINGS that are created were created BY Jesus Christ, and that ALL THINGS that are created were created FOR Jesus Christ, even as it is categorically written in Colossians 1:16, where God Almighty the Holy Spirit HIMSELF says, referring specifically to Jesus... "For BY HIM were ALL THINGS created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS were created BY HIM, and FOR HIM"... All things whatsoever outside of the Godhead were created BY Jesus and FOR Jesus, even FOR HIS OWN GLORY. That, my friend, is the eternal purpose of God the Father HIMSELF. Behold! the GLORY of the PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF is the eternal purpose of God the Father HIMSELF, and there is absolutely no other purpose of the Father which doesn't coalesce in that, even in the GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, for in Jesus Christ HIMSELF "dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9). Thus both God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are glorified in the Son, even Jesus Christ the Righteous. I say, that is how God glorifies HIMSELF, through Jesus Christ HIMSELF, so It is worth repeating Thomas Goodwin's words in his treatise on Ephesians... "God's chief end was not to bring Christ into the world for us, but us for Christ. He is worth all creatures. And God contrived all things that do fall out, and even redemption itself, for the setting forth of Christ's glory, more than our salvation"... That is the eternal purpose of the Father from beginning to end, and ever will be, both in this world and in the world to come (Revelation 21:23), even the GLORY of the PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF. I say, that is the eternal purpose of the Father HIMSELF, and ever will be. So measure everything by that if you want to find God's will for your life." Scott Jones, December 17, 2013

"If we believe not with faith divine and supernatural, we believe not at all.... Although a man be furnished with external arguments of all sorts concerning the divine original and authority of the Scriptures, although he esteem his motives of credibility to be effectually persuasive, and have the authority of any or all the churches in the world to confirm his persuasion, yet if he have no experience in himself of its divine power, authority, and efficacy, he neither doth nor can believe it to be the word of God in a due manner, that is, with faith divine and supernatural. But he that hath this experience hath that testimony in himself which will never fail... This spiritual experience, which believers obtain through the Holy Ghost, is such as cannot rationally be contended about, seeing those who have received it cannot fully express it, and those who have not cannot understand it." John Owen, The Reason Of Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, December 16, 2013

"It is not the duty of a genuine witness of Jesus Christ to convince you that you are saved. That is the Holy Spirit's office, and his office ALONE (Romans 8:14-16, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:13, John 16:13-15, et cetera). Friend, if you look to a mere man to assure you that you are saved - pastor, preacher, evangelist, teacher, what-have-you - then you can also look to him to save you in the day of judgment, because he's all you'll have, for the true Jesus of the Bible won't be accepting any sentient man or woman that he hasn't already PERSONALLY MANIFESTED HIMSELF INFALLIBLY to (John 10:27, John 14:21-23, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera). Same goes for the written word of God. If you are looking for the naked promises of the written word of God to save you in the day of judgment apart from a real, visceral supernatural experience by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the manifest miracle of the New Birth, then you already have your reward, just as those who do their alms to be seen of men already have their reward (Matthew 6:1), and therefore you will never be rewarded with an entrance into Jesus Christ's kingdom, because natural faith won't cut it. Only SUPERNATURAL FAITH will make the grade in that great and terrible day, and SUPERNATURAL FAITH is only bestowed in the MOMENT of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the manifest miracle of the New Birth. Indeed, without oil and a birthright, which is the product of SUPERNATURAL FAITH given DIRECTLY by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF in the MOMENT of the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5), no sentient man or woman will be admitted into Jesus Christ's kingdom (Matthew 25:1-13, John 3:3, Galatians 6:15). So I warn you again: you will be required by Jesus to produce your oil and your birthright, and the true Jesus of the Bible will reject every sentient man and woman who cannot do so. Accordingly, my friend, if you hear nothing else, hear this: don't settle for ANY assurance that doesn't come DIRECTLY from Jesus HIMSELF by his Spirit, and INFALLIBLY so." Scott Jones, December 15, 2013

"There isn't a genuinely born again Christian on this earth - even if he can't articulate it right away - who doesn't know experientially that Jesus Christ manifested HIMSELF - and in so doing, a portion of his GLORY - to that soul in drawing that soul savingly to Jesus Christ (John 6:44, John 14:21-23). Bunyan expressed it this way in "Christ A Complete Saviour", when he wrote... "Before, therefore, God has been with a man, and has left some impression of his glory upon him, that man cannot be willing TO COME TO HIM ARIGHT... The reason why men are so careless of, and so indifferent about, their coming to God, is because they have their eyes blinded, because they do not perceive his glory. God is so blessed a one, that did he not hide himself and his glory, the whole world would be ravished with him. But he has, I will not say reasons of state, but reasons of glory, glorious reasons why he hideth himself from the world, and appeareth but to particular ones"... This fact alone demonstrates to every genuinely born again Christian on this planet that the Father can draw anyone he pleases to Jesus Christ savingly, no matter who they are or what they are, and he who disputes this truth is delusional if he thinks he is born again, and if he thinks he is Heaven-bound, for currently he is neither. He is in fact overflowing with secret pride, and he has consequently never truly experienced the New Birth, nor ever will unless he repents of his pride and blindness. Nevertheless, that doesn't absolve you from your responsibility. In fact, it exacerbates it. You are MORE responsible, for you have an infallible promise that Jesus "is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him" (Hebrews 7:25). Therefore, those who have heard the gospel, and especially those who have the privilege of owning a Bible, and who yet don't tenaciously pursue Jesus HIMSELF, are without excuse, for the Bible lays this doctrine down so soundly that only those who are willfully blind can dispute it. Accordingly, it will behoove you greatly to pay very close attention to these words of Bunyan once again in his treatise, "The Doctrine Of Law And Grace Unfolded", where Bunyan exhorted his readers thusly... "Do not satisfy thyself with these secret and first persuasions [of conviction], which do or may encourage thee to come to Jesus Christ; BUT BE RESTLESS TILL THOU DOST FIND BY BLESSED EXPERIENCE THE GLORIOUS GLORY of this the second covenant extended unto thee, AND SEALED UPON THY SOUL WITH THE VERY SPIRIT OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST"... Be "restless" did he say? Amen and amen. And amen. I can give you no better advice, except I'll add to it by closing with this warning, to wit: just as faith without works is dead (James 2:20), so Scripture without experience is dead. Holy Spirit experience. I say, just as faith without works is dead, so Scripture without EXPERIENCE is dead. Holy Spirit EXPERIENCE. Just as Bunyan also said. Finally, consider just who it is you are dealing with before you approach him... "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him (John 5:21-23)"... Honouring the Son is the tradecraft of Heaven. Just ask any holy angel." Scott Jones, December 13, 2013

"If you claim to be a born again Christian, then I have this basic question for you, and I pray - friend, I truly do pray - that you very seriously consider this question of mine, which is this, namely: did you do something yourself to become a Christian, or did the Holy Spirit HIMSELF come upon you like the wind, with you hearing the sound thereof (John 3:8, John 15:16), thereby making you a Christian?" Scott Jones, December 12, 2013

"Modern professing Christianity has wholly adopted the methods of the world, especially in the realm of advertising. Because there is no genuine Holy Spirit POWER in the preaching of modern professing Christians, they instead resort to advertising the gospel in the same way that businesses advertise their own wares, as if the gospel were merely another commodity to choose from. They think they are doing good, but they are in fact doing irreparable harm, and as bad as that is, this is only one of the many tentacles in modern professing Christianity which is indicative of the great apostasy, or falling away, that Paul warned about in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Friend, that apostasy is already upon the world right now, right this minute, even if you don't know it. In any case, had the Apostles advertised the gospel the way modern professing Christianity advertises the gospel, the gospel would have died on the vine long before the first century ever ended. But it didn't, because the Apostles - rather than marching into the streets and advertising the fact that Jesus had arisen from the dead - instead gathered in an upper room and spent ten days praying. I say, rather than advertise and market the fact that Jesus had risen, one hundred and twenty chosen disciples instead gathered together in secret in an upper room and prayed. For ten days. Straight. Oh my, the Apostles could certainly have gone out and proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ in their own power if had they decided to, but had they done so, then their efforts would have been completely worldly, even if they had managed to convince people and gain converts, for their converts would have been nothing but men and women of the flesh, just like the Apostles themselves were at that point, so that their fruit would have been nothing but wood, hay, and stubble, not gold and silver and precious stones that could withstand the fire in the day of judgment (1 Corinthians 3:12). This is precisely why Jesus commanded the Apostles not to say a word until they received the Holy Spirit, until they were endued with POWER from on high (Luke 24:49). You see, Jesus will have spiritual fruit, not worldly or fleshly fruit. The fruit that Jesus ordains is fruit which is initiated and dispensed SOLELY from above (John 15:5, John 15:16), and not by any means the fruit of human will and human motives and human initiatives, and certainly not from human ad campaigns, all of which happens to be the only fruit that the Apostles would have produced had they proclaimed Jesus Christ prior to their being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth at Pentecost (Acts 1:5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6). Indeed, not even the Apostles, who spent approximately three years with Jesus, could effectively proclaim Jesus Christ apart from the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I say EFFECTIVELY, which means in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, so that the Holy Spirit HIMSELF comes down in POWER upon those who have been ordained to eternal life (Acts 10:44, Acts 13:48). Alas! Genuine Christianity has been so disfigured that this world is overflowing with Christian converts after the flesh, but very, very FEW true, genuine converts after the Holy Spirit. But then, that is exactly what the Bible predicted would be the case immediately prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Friend, don't ever forget that it is Jesus HIMSELF who warned that there will be great multitudes who will stand before him on the day of judgment and wholeheartedly believe that they are saved - I say, wholeheartedly believe that they are saved - and yet, Jesus will not own them (Matthew 7:22-23). Jesus will in fact roundly condemn them, and there won't be an iota of sadness in the Lord Jesus in that day, for he will be wholly fulfilling his Father's will, and thus Jesus will hate his Father's enemies with a perfect hatred (Psalm 139:22), and conversely that same Jesus will rejoice to the uttermost in his elect, in those who have been born of his Spirit and who have made a covenant with him by sacrifice (Psalm 50:5, Jeremiah 32:40-41, Revelation 19:6-9). Of course, I'm talking about the true Jesus of the Bible, not the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity. The only man who doesn't have to fear this rejection by Jesus Christ HIMSELF is the man who has already EXPERIENCED the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. No other man or woman on this planet is secure, and unless they repent and become genuinely born again, they won't set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom. Behold! the second death has no power over the man who can honestly and legitimately testify to having EXPERIENCED the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth (Revelation 20:6). No power at all. Of no one else is this true. The ONLY man who doesn't have to fear the second death is the man who has EXPERIENCED the New Birth, so beware, for as I've warned before, you can wholeheartedly believe and wholeheartedly practice every single orthodox Christian doctrine correctly and accurately with your mind and body and still be irrevocably lost and unalterably destined for Hell. In fact, the vast, vast majority who do believe and practice this way today are. The sad truth is, modern professing Christianity produces only moral devils, not regenerated saints, nor can it otherwise be, seeing as how a truly regenerate preacher in the pulpit is almost more rare than an extinct species. And E. M. Bounds, in his treatise on prayer, described one of the main reasons why... "Preaching is to give life; it may kill... This letter-preaching has the truth. But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone; it must be energized by the Spirit, with all God's forces at its back. Truth unquickened by God's Spirit deadens as much as - or more than - error. It may be the truth without admixture; but without the Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its truth error, its light darkness"... First off, today's preacher doesn't truly understand those words, yet they are epic words indeed, and words which are one hundred percent accurate, as every man who has ever been truly born of the Spirit knows experientially, for the regenerate man - from the MOMENT he is baptized in the Holy Spirit in the New Birth - knows the difference between words of the flesh and words of the Spirit (John 6:63), unlike today's preacher. Secondly, and for the same reason, today's preaching is exponentially less effective than the Apostles' preaching would have been had the Apostles proclaimed the gospel prior to Pentecost, and that's saying something, because the Apostles' preaching prior to Pentecost would have been absolutely, utterly, completely, totally worthless. To the bone, even though they had fellowshipped with the risen Christ. Yet, prior to being born again in the baptism of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost, the Apostles' preaching - even if Jesus had not commanded them to wait - would have still been wholly condemned by God, even the Father, because their preaching would have originated strictly from self instead of from God Almighty the Holy Spirit, who blows where he wills, when he wills, and upon whom he wills. Indeed, that is the ONLY fruit that Jesus will honor in that day, Holy Spirit fruit, and that's one of the two reasons that Jesus commanded the Apostles to wait, namely, because the only fruit that Jesus approves of is that fruit which is engendered by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, and secondly, because Jesus Christ doesn't send his TRUE word out apart from the POWER of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit HIMSELF doesn't anoint the written word or the preached word, then the written word and the preached word are useless for salvation, and in many cases even harmful, which is wholly the case today, for the words of today's preacher are nothing but words of flesh, from head to tail, from east to west and north to south. And that's why a totally false Christianity permeates the world today. Bunyan, in his treatise on "Christ A Complete Saviour", likewise noted the critical necessity of the POWER of the Holy Spirit in sending forth the TRUE word of God... "There belongs to every true notion of truth a power; the notion is the shell -- the power is the kernel and life. Without this last, truth doth me no good, nor those to whom I communicate it. Hence Paul said to the Corinthians, 'When I come to you again, I will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.' Search, then, after the power of what thou knowest, for it is the power that will do thee good. Now this will not be got but by earnest prayer, and much attending upon God; also there must not be admitted by thee that thy heart be stuffed with cumbering cares of this world, for they are of a choking nature"... This genuine POWER of the Holy Spirit is conspicuously absent in virtually all of modern professing Christianity, including the great crusades, and the Charismatic and Pentecostal abortions, as well as Reformed, non-Reformed, what-have-you. Friend, the written word without the anointing of the Holy Spirit is void, and the preached word without the anointing of the Holy Spirit is void. The only word that will not return to God empty, and that will prosper, is that word which the Holy Spirit HIMSELF anoints and sends forth, and no other (Isaiah 55:11). So meditate on this: the Great Restrainer of evil is letting go, and it won't be long before he lets go completely (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7). Accordingly, the only man who is safe is the man who can produce his oil and his birthright (Matthew 25:1-13). Oh yes, oil and birthright will be required of you by Jesus, my friend, and if you can't produce your oil and your birthright, you will be thoroughly rejected by Jesus in that day, nor will you ever get another chance. So I say again, the only man who is safe is the man who can produce his oil and his birthright. Every other man - I say, EVERY OTHER MAN - is on a one-way track to eternal misery and torment... unless he repents and is baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, which is there for the asking for the man who asks in truth. And the first step to asking in truth is to admit to yourself the truth about yourself, the truth about your own experience, or lack thereof, for just as faith without works is dead, so Scripture without experience is dead. Holy Spirit experience. Oil and birthright. Those aren't merely notions or figments of the imagination. They are possessions that the possessor knows INFALLIBLY that he possesses, and they are acquired by EXPERIENCE, even  the EXPERIENCE of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and no other way. No other way whatsoever. So you decide if Jesus said what he meant and meant what he said in John 14:21-23, but be careful, for the way you interpret those words of Jesus could very well be the way that you seal your fate, and that eternally." Scott Jones, December 11, 2013

"A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his TESTIMONY to the MOMENT at which he EXPERIENCED new birth... You must be invaded by the Spirit of God by means of SUPERNATURAL recreation... BEWARE OF THE TENDENCY TO WATER DOWN THE SUPERNATURAL IN RELIGION."  Oswald Chambers, Bringing Sons Unto Glory & Approved Unto God, Posted by Scott Jones, December 11, 2013

"Friend, if you are genuinely concerned about your eternal state, and accordingly uncertain about your relationship to Jesus Christ, fear not, for you have not committed any sin or sins that the blood of Jesus cannot easily wash away, and I mean effortlessly so. Nevertheless, know this: there is a vast difference between theoretical forgiveness and experiential forgiveness. There is a great difference in merely hoping you are forgiven and knowing you are forgiven. There is a vast difference between staking your forgiveness nakedly on the Scripture as opposed to having the Lord Jesus HIMSELF manifestly bear supernatural and irrevocable witness to you by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth that your sins have been forgiven you. Oh yes, once inside Jesus you are everlastingly safe indeed, but actually getting inside of Jesus is another matter entirely, for getting inside of Jesus happens only supernaturally in Jesus' own timing, only by a supernatural manifestation of Jesus HIMSELF to you PERSONALLY in the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. That is the only way that the blood of Jesus is applied to a soul, that is, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. The blood of Jesus is applied in no other way. No other way whatsoever. Friend, you are only deceiving yourself - and eternally so - if you think you are forgiven by any other means than being experientially washed in the blood of Jesus by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. If that is not your honest and legitimate testimony, therefore, then your sins are not yet forgiven you, and if that is the case, then don't stop short, but rather, call on Jesus night and day until he washes you - experientially washes you by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth - indeed, don't stop short until he experientially washes you from your sins in his own blood by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the miracle of the New Birth, exactly as he promised to do in John 14:21-23, and numerous other places. I don't care what you have believed or what you have been told up to now, or what you have done or what you have professed up to now, yet, if you have not yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, then your sins are not yet forgiven you, you are still polluted in your blood and guilty in your sins, regardless of what your conscience may tell you, and if you die that way, you will not set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom. Nor do you have a minute to lose, literally, no matter how young or healthy you may be, for the doors that Jesus opens he opens only in his own timing, not your timing, and usually those doors remain open only for a very short period of time indeed. So be warned, friend. If you are under genuine Holy Spirit conviction, call on Jesus without letup, for genuine Holy Spirit conviction can fly away with the wind, like a dove suddenly launching into the air and vanishing into the sky, and then what will you do?" Scott Jones, December 8, 2013

"Why does one man believe the Scripture, and another doesn't? The Scripture itself answers that question many times, and many of those times in places where it may not seem to address this inquiry in particular, such as Hebrews 12:2, where it is written... "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith"... But yet, there's the answer. Indeed, the man who genuinely believes the Scripture is the man upon whom Jesus HIMSELF has bestowed SUPERNATURAL FAITH, SAVING FAITH, which is the faith of Jesus Christ HIMSELF. It is not the man's own natural faith, but the faith of Jesus Christ HIMSELF that has been bestowed upon him SUPERNATURALLY in a moment of time by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Which is to say, the man who genuinely believes the Scripture does so because Jesus is HIMSELF the author of that man's faith. In other words, that Scripture is not to be taken metaphorically, or as hyperbole, or any other way but LITERALLY and PLAINLY, for the regenerate man KNOWS that his faith is not of himself, but is rather the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), that his SAVING FAITH, his SUPERNATURAL FAITH, is nothing less than "the faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1). The regenerate man KNOWS this by virtue of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and the gates of Hell cannot prevail against his experience of regeneration. Behold! the EXPERIENCE of the New Birth, wherein Jesus PERSONALLY MANIFESTED  HIMSELF SUPERNATURALLY to you, and made you a new creature in a moment of time, and INFALLIBLY so, must be your anchor, friend. Just as faith without works is dead (James 2:26), so Scripture without experience is dead. Holy Spirit experience. Of course, your experience must be according to Scripture, and not the sort of false and Satanic experiences of the modern Charismatics and Pentecostals, with their false tongues, their false prophecies, their false baptisms, ad nauseam. Nevertheless, if you can't honestly and legitimately testify to these words of Jesus in John 14:21-23... "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, AND WE WILL COME UNTO HIM, AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM"... I say, if you cannot honestly and legitimately testify to those words as having been SUPERNATURALLY AND MANIFESTLY EXPERIENCED AND FULFILLED in your own life, then you are not born again, you don't currently belong to Jesus Christ, and you are not currently Heaven-bound. But you don't have to stay that way. My advice? Call upon Jesus HIMSELF continuously, giving him no rest until he answers, and remember this, as I've said many times before: Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can. Indeed, look carefully at Paul's conversion in Acts 9, and take note, for in methodology Paul's salvation is the way that all of God's sentient elect are saved, culminating with the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and thus understand that those who are whole need no physician, but only those who are genuinely and immediately sick (Matthew 9:12). Accordingly, and in that same vein, digest these words of George Whitefield, which he wrote in 1741 to one of the orphan boys at "Bethesda Orphanage" in Savannah, Georgia, in "Letters, CCCXXX", warning him... "You have head-knowledge; and unless you are made to see the sinfulness of your heart, it will much increase your condemnation"... Just as faith without works is dead, so Scripture without EXPERIENCE - Holy Spirit EXPERIENCE, even the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the UNMISTAKABLE SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE of the New Birth - is dead. Friend, do you really want to belong to Jesus? Then ask Jesus HIMSELF to do whatever it takes to make you his, but only if you really, really, really mean it, for as I just said, and as the Lord Jesus HIMSELF said before me, and before Paul, the whole need no physician. Only the sick. Whatever it takes." Scott Jones, December 6, 2013

"I am continuously struck by how different modern professing Christianity is - not only from biblical Christianity - but from the Christianity of only two and three hundred years ago as well. While the categories of differences are almost innumerable, let me give just one example from George Whitefield's "Letters". For your information, Whitefield had begun an orphanage house just south of Savannah, Georgia, which he called "Bethesda Orphanage". Following are excerpts from three letters that Whitefield wrote to three of the orphans in 1741, all of whom were girls. Perceive, if you can, the absolute honesty and pure gospel strains that Whitefield unapologetically presents in the letters to these three girls. The first excerpt is to Molly...  "You once had joy. I found it puffed you up. I pray God to humble you by your present darkness. You may now see what a poor wretch you are, how proud, how earthly, how sensual, how devilish; and yet, stupendous love! Jesus Christ will receive you. Your loving Saviour opens his arms, and invites you to throw the whole of your load upon him. I am persuaded he will receive you: go to him then, and confess that you have sinned"... Can you envision any modern professing Christian minister speaking in this way? Whitefield cared for this young woman's eternal state. The modern preacher knows nothing of this gospel honesty, or of the Holy Spirit's true ways. The second excerpt is to Rebekah... "I had no other end in bringing you to Bethesda, but that you might be brought to Jesus. I hope you will yet find it a house of mercy to your soul. Take heed of resting in conviction. You know by experience how sadly it wears off. You may well wonder, that God has not sent you to hell long ago. I pray God, that his goodness may lead you to repentance, and that you may walk before the Lord in all well-pleasing, so long as you live. What sweet opportunities do you enjoy! How freely may you go into the woods, and pour out your heart before the dear Jesus"... Once again, how direct, and how honest. And how genuinely loving. And this last excerpt was written by Whitefield to Betty... "I pray God you may in all things see your helplessness, that you may come as a poor helpless nothing to Jesus Christ, and take him for your all in all... Your convictions at present seem to arise from a fear of hell; but before you receive this, I hope the Lord Jesus will have sealed your pardon... Lie down in the dust, and be continually looking to the rock from whence you are hewn"... There is no "accept Jesus as your Saviour" nonsense and Satanic foolishness in Whitefield's exhortations above, but rather, Whitefield strongly exhorts these young women to lie obediently before the feet of sovereign grace and await the Lord Jesus' manifestation, as Jesus promised in John 14:21-23, and numerous other places. Now then, if Whitefield talked this directly to orphan girls, how do you think he talked to adults? Even more so, as his letters attest. But then, as I said, Whitefield was led by the true Holy Spirit of the Bible, and thus Whitefield's blunt words were nevertheless words of pure love, unlike the hollowly "kind", deceitfully "loving" words of the modern preacher, which are, of course, not kind or loving words at all, but are rather words of eternal guile, for the modern professing Christian preacher steers more people into Hell than any man on earth, bar none. Before Whitefield, of course, there was William Tyndale, who was of the same cloth, for Tyndale, in his treatise, "Obedience Of A Christian Man", offers a perfect picture of Paul during the Apostle's three days of conviction by the Holy Spirit, wherein Paul was undergoing the pangs of the New Birth before finally being delivered by the filling of the Holy Spirit, which was the moment when Ananias laid hands on him and Paul was suddenly immersed in the "washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5), without which there is no genuine salvation. Remember, Paul was so devastated by his own corruption - not only the corruption that he engaged in by word and deed, but also his corruption from merely being born into this world, which is what we call "original sin", which every man who comes under genuine conviction by the Holy Spirit is made aware of, either immediately before, during, or very shortly after his New Birth - so that, indeed, Paul was so devastated by his own natural corruption that he neither ate nor drank for three days (Acts 9:9), and thus Tyndale described Paul's experience to a tee when he wrote... "If God promise riches, the way thereto is poverty. Whom he loveth, him he chasteneth, whom he exalteth, he casteth down, whom he saveth he damneth first. He bringeth no man to heaven except he send him to hell first. If he promise life he slayeth first, whom he buildeth, he casteth all down first. He is no patcher, he cannot build on another man's foundation. He will not work until all be past remedy and brought unto such a case, that men may see how that his hand, his power, his mercy, his goodness and truth hath wrought altogether"... Nobody, including Paul himself, could attribute Paul's deliverance to anything but God acting sovereignly and alone. The same is true with any other genuinely born again believer, for Paul's salvation is, in methodology, the standard. Let me therefore tell you again: Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can. Take this advice to heart, friend. It will only do you good." Scott Jones, December 4, 2013

"After his Damascus road experience, Paul was physically blind, so he had to be led by the hand into a house in the city of Damascus. Once there, Paul, according to Scripture, neither ate nor drank for three days, but rather prayed. Then, after three days, Paul received the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:1-22). What were some of the things that Paul had to deal with during those three days? Apart from his physical handicap, that is? Well, the same thing that all who come under saving conviction by the Holy Spirit have to deal with, for Paul's salvation is the standard, and even though the timing and length of conviction may vary from man to man, nevertheless, there is ALWAYS real, genuine, searching, damning, Holy Spirit conviction. This conviction can go on for the merest of time in some cases, and much longer in others, but it's always there, and it's always damning and absolute. Accordingly, virtually any true saint could put it into words for you, but George Whitefield already did so over two hundred and fifty years ago, so we'll just employ his description, for it is accurate to the tee. In Whitefield's words, therefore, in a sermon on "The Holy Spirit Convincing The World Of Sin, Righteousness, And Judgment", these are some of the things that undoubtedly went through Paul's soul during those three days of prayer before he was filled with the Holy Spirit... "Did the Spirit of God ever bring all your sins thus to remembrance, and make you cry out to God, 'Thou writest bitter things against me?' Did your actual sins ever appear before you, as though drawn in a map? If not, you have great reason to suspect that you are not convicted, much more not converted... None of us believe by nature: but after the Holy Ghost has convinced us of the sin of our natures, and the sin of our lives and duties, in order to convince us of our utter inability to save ourselves, and that we must be beholden to God, as for everything else, so for faith (without which it is impossible to please, or be saved by Christ) he convinces us also, that we have no faith"... As I say, Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Paul was in a trap, and he knew it. His sin and his sins were ever before him now, and yet, even though Paul's flesh had seen and heard Jesus on the Damascus road, yet this event did absolutely nothing whatsoever to relieve him of his blindness and misery. That's the primary reason that Paul neither ate nor drank for three days. He was too desolated already. A trap, indeed. Paul saw no way out until the Holy Spirit showed him in a vision that a man named Ananias was being sent to him. Even then, it must have been only a glimmer of hope at best, for Paul still had not yet experienced saving grace. He was still blind, and he was still fasting from both food and water. It was only when Ananias laid hands upon Paul that he both physically received his sight and was also simultaneously filled with the Holy Spirit, which was Paul's New Birth, and which was therefore the very point at which saving grace reached his soul. And so from that time forward Paul took courage and ate. You might say, in other words, that Paul experienced the pangs of the New Birth for those three days. But in fact, George Whitefield already said that, too, for in his Letters, XV, he wrote... "Indeed we may flatter ourselves, that we may go to heaven without undergoing the pangs of the new birth; but we shall certainly find ourselves desperately mistaken in the end"... The pangs of the New Birth had taken hold upon Paul so fiercely that they devastated him to the point that he couldn't eat or drink for three days. Now, your pangs don't have to match Paul's pangs in their severity, necessarily, but you do have to have had pangs... genuine, searching, damning pangs... if you are going to honestly and legitimately claim to be born again, that is. Not only pangs, but also the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth following those pangs. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can, for the man whom Jesus genuinely saves is a man who is just as helpless as Paul was. Not only could Paul not become a Christian without the filling of the Holy Spirit, but furthermore, it had been ordained by the Father that the filling of the Holy Spirit in Paul's case could not even happen apart from a simple servant of Jesus Christ named Ananias laying hands on him. Paul could by no means make himself a Christian, and neither can you. Nor will you ever be made a genuine Christian by the true Jesus of the Bible without undergoing the pangs of the New Birth, similar to Paul. Is that your story? Don't stick to it if it isn't, but rather, hear while there is still time." Scott Jones, December 2, 2013

"Contrary to popular "Christian" opinion, there is no formula for salvation. You can't perform four steps, for instance, and then suddenly be born again. That is simply absurd, as well as EXPONENTIALLY PRIDEFUL, as those of us who are genuinely born again know. In fact, the true New Birth is chronologically only one step, and it's not you who performs it, but Jesus Christ HIMSELF by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit. It's called the "washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). It's also equated with the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13), although in the Ordo Salutis regeneration immediately and instantly precedes the baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet it is virtually impossible to discern the two events distinctly apart from each other, at least expositionally, even though, having said that, there is nevertheless a "knowing" of what happened so that the genuinely born again believer can in some manner discern the two as separate and yet combined events, at least in most cases, as paradoxically as that may sound. Either way, my friend, you can't "do this thing" and then "do that thing" and then suddenly be born again. There is absolutely no such prescription anywhere in Scripture. Anywhere. At least when Scripture is rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15). Nor can you even "will" your own regeneration (John 1:13). The fact is, the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth is utterly, completely, totally, wholly beyond your own capability and reach. Indeed, you could easier circumnavigate the Milky Way Galaxy on a reconditioned lawn mower than make or cause yourself to become born again. You can't do it. It's simply not a work that you can perform. Rather, Jesus must do it. Jesus HIMSELF. Just as Jesus didn't need your help on the cross, so Jesus doesn't need your help in regeneration. You can't do it. Not even partially. But you can ASK. And you can KEEP ASKING until the act is performed; you can keep asking until Jesus PERSONALLY MANIFESTS HIMSELF to you by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth (John 14:21-23). Indeed, for those souls who ask in truth (spiritual truth, not human truth), the answer is certain (Psalm 145:18). For those who ask in truth - and who keep asking in truth (spiritual truth, not human truth) - then Jesus has promised to answer. Only God the Father HIMSELF, however, can bequeath to you the ability to ask Jesus in truth (John 6:44), and if and when he does, then your thoughts and motives will immediately begin to change - in other words, you will immediately begin to REPENT (and if you're not REPENTING, genuinely REPENTING, then you're not even close to asking in truth) - for the Father HIMSELF will ordain matters in your heart and life which will in turn cause your path to be directed according to his own holy will, and that in turn will lead to your further tenacious asking, which will again in turn lead INFALLIBLY to Jesus PERSONALLY MANIFESTING HIMSELF to you in his own time by baptizing you in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. If you keep asking, and asking in truth, that is (Luke 11:13). Indeed, just as Paul was arrested in his tracks without warning by Jesus on the Damascus road, and then born again three days later by receiving the Holy Spirit, so must you be. If you want eternal life, that is. Do you have any idea of what went through Paul's mind and heart and soul during those three days of prayer before he was born again? I do. You see, the methodology of Paul's salvation is the standard for all, which is why Paul was qualified and ordained to write so much about it, for the methodology of Paul's salvation is the methodology of all of God's elect - "methodology", I say, and not "manifestation", for the two are entirely separate, and there is no other way. No other way whatsoever, but by a PERSONAL, SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER with Jesus HIMSELF by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. For Paul was not saved on the Damascus road, but rather, Paul was actually saved only three days later in a house on a street called "Straight", when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:10-22), and which is precisely why Paul would later write in Romans 8:9... "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"... because Paul knew what it was to have a mere fleshly faith in Jesus - which is the only type of faith that Paul himself possessed after the Damascus road experience - and what it was to receive SUPERNATURAL FAITH, SAVING FAITH - which is exactly what Paul received three days later when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. That is one of the primary reasons that Paul could later write Roman 8:9 in the first place, because of his own experience. That is, Paul was suddenly given SAVING FAITH when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, which is again why he would later call it "the faith of God's elect" (Titus 1:1). SUPERNATURAL FAITH, SAVING FAITH, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth. And so as I have said before, so now I will say again, yet hopefully shining a little more light than before, as "precept must be upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, and here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:9-10), namely this: Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus SAVES and MANIFESTS HIMSELF to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can. You say you're a Christian? Then how did you become one? If you profess to be a Christian, you can hardly ask yourself a more important question. And if your methodology doesn't ring similar to Paul's..." Scott Jones, December 1, 2013

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