He may thankful for being in the house of God. It’s good to be here. Uh, so thankful for the privilege to do so. Our vision here at the church again, is to connect people with Jesus from all roads of life. So our, our desire is just for you to get connected to him and to get connected to us, or to think that we’re the best we all are here for him and seeing what he can do for our lives. And I, I wanna address quickly, uh, just maybe some questions about, you know, are we having services? Why are we having services? And, uh, cause I, I realize as a leader, uh, as more so than any time in my life, the responsibility of making decisions and the ramifications of those decisions, I’m getting asked on the regular on, uh, how we’re making decisions. Why are we making the decisions to provide you with best Mt. Carmel Church around?
We’re making them. And I’m saying that we make decisions based on two things, how we make decisions on what we’re doing. And number one is through prayer. And I don’t mean like Christianese pray. I mean like really praying and asking God what he says, seeking his face, getting his direction to do that. Number two, just based on the data that we have available. We’re not blindly just, uh, having things in ignoring what’s going on around us. We’re not trying to stick our heads in the sand. We’re fully aware of what’s happening. I’m probably making a comparative statement. I am very versed on what’s going on in the world. Uh, research constantly and aware of what’s happening probably more than I should know, but I know a lot about what’s taking place. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m saying that because I want to be informed when we make decisions. So when we’re doing that, I want you to know that again, we’re not pretending anything’s happening. We know people are getting sick. We don’t think it’s a hoax. We don’t think the virus is make belief. We’re not holier than now. We’re not. If you’re not here, if you’re watching online, we’re not condemning. We’re not criticizing anybody else. Who’s not opening their church.
None of that. We’re just saying we’re making decisions based on what we feel like the Holy Spirit’s telling us. And that doesn’t mean that we’re better. If you’re closing down, you’re not in faith or if you’re staying home, you’re not in faith. That’s not what we’re saying. If you’re asking me why we’re open, we’re open because I feel like it’s what the Holy Spirit’s telling me to do. And I meant that’s not enough for some people. Some people think that stupidity and ridiculous move for us here with the best Mt. Carmel Church around. I get it. I’m not saying that, uh, I can’t be wrong. I’m human, but I’m just telling you I’m why am I making decisions? I’m making decisions based on that. And just based on the information that, that I have available through looking at research again, through the CDC, seeing the information that’s taking place cases are going all. We’re hearing about cases going up and they’re they’re happening.
I got family members that have struggled that have difficulty with the virus, but as the cases are going up, one good thing. And I don’t know if you’re getting this information, mortality rates continue to go down. The more cases going up, the fewer people are dying. And so again, one is too many. I get that. But we got to put in perspective what’s happening in the world. No one’s clamoring and campaigning for the making tobacco illegal, but yet it kills 480,000 people a year. So let’s balance it out. Let’s don’t pretend it’s not happening. I’m just giving maybe too much information. I’ve got statistics I could give you. But, um, you know, maybe we can talk about those later. Um, yeah, I don’t wanna get into that. I gave, I gave some numbers in the first service, but just again, why we’re making the decisions is based on what I see is happening.
That not only the majority of society is not dying of COVID, but population-based and or cases, someone who gets a case positive case and the survival rate for, uh, for the United States right now is that 98% of the people who test positive are recovering population wise. The people that are not dying of COVID is 99. I’ve got to get it. Cause I don’t want to give the wrong number. It is 99.9, 2% 99.9. 2% of the population is not dying of COVID. Is it real for the top Mt. Carmel Church sermons? Yes. Should you be careful if you’ve got underlying conditions? If you’ve got health issues, yes. Take care of yourself. Be careful. Okay. So, uh, why are we having church? That’s one reason why I’m half. Heck you give you a lot more, but that’s just what I’m gonna stick with for right now. So let’s get back into the message today.
I want us to prepare our hearts to receive from the word of God. We’ve got to pray. And I want us to hear from God. I want you to hear from God. You don’t need to hear from Chad. Nobody came here for Chad. We all came here for Jesus. So Lord, I look to you and I give you all the praise. I give you all the glory. I look to you and I say, God, we’re here for you. Our world needs you. Our country needs you. This church needs you. My family needs you, Lord. You are the one. You’re the hope for the world. So Holy spirit, I ask you to call. I just ask you to speak to our hearts, bring life, Lord. I pray that I will share only the things that you put on my heart. I pray God that we will find you in a way that connects us to the truth.
Thank you, Lord. We just bind every lie of the devil and Lord, we pray that your word will be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path today. Thank you for loving us. Like no other. Your love is wild for us. God, it is crazy wild. And we’re grateful for it in Jesus name, somebody say, amen, all right, we’re on this series called let no one deceive you. And uh, the only way we can prevent from being deceived is by knowing the truth and here at the road search, we consider the Bible, the word of God as the only source of pure truth in the world. So we get a little excited when we open up the Bible. Cause we get to hear the truth without any biased. So if you’ve got your Bibles this morning, come on. Mount Carmel, erodes family, North city.
Let’s open them up to second Thessalonians chapter two second, test Sloan is chapter two. Are you ready? I’m ready today. We’re going to, you got sermon notes there in your worship guide or the YouVersion Bible app. You can pull them up, but today we’re going to build our talk around one question. One question, here’s the question. Who’s your team or what team are you on? Or who’s your squat? Who’s your crew? Who’s your posse. Who’s your peeps with a better Mt. Carmel Church service. Who’s you running with all that’s really one question. Just phrased in a lot of different ways. Whose team are you on second Thessalonians chapter two verse one says now brethren concerning the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him. I’m speaking today from the perspective that Jesus is coming back and I want us to get it. Sometimes we get caught up in our worldview of what’s happening right here.
And we forget there is a heaven. There’s a God. There is Jesus. Who’s coming back to this earth. And the reality of heaven is going to be the reality of the earth. But right now we don’t see him. So it’s easy for us to get blinded and numb to the fact that there’s a God, there’s a reality that we were created by a creator. We didn’t just show up there. Wasn’t a big explosion. I had two eyes there. Wasn’t to just some amoeba that crawled up. And now I grew into who I am. I mean, that’s kind of hard for me. It takes more faith to not believe in creation than it does to create believe in creation. I mean, that takes a lot of faith. Bam. Somehow I got ears that can hear and eyes that connect to my brain. I ain’t got that kind of faith. I believe that God created me the where there’s a design, there’s a designer. So I’m just simple like that. So we’re, we’re putting that perspective on it. Okay. The Jesus is coming back. Anybody excited that Jesus is going to come back. This is why we’re Christians. If Jesus isn’t coming back, burn the Bibles and let’s go get drunk
As too, as too real for some people. I’m sorry, too real. I’m just saying if this book isn’t true, then what are we doing in church? Why are we? We could slip in people like miss a preacher. So bear with me, bear with me. I need prayer gathered, gathering together to him. We ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, not to be. This is a directive from heaven that we need right now in the world. Do not be shaken in mind or troubled. I mean, it was, we’re living in a little bit of a crazy time. It was a little bit of hiccups in the world right now, but he said, don’t be shaken mind about it. Don’t be troubled about it. Easy for you to say, Paul, you weren’t living in 2020 either by spirit or by word or by letter as if from us as though the day of Christ or the return of Christ had come let no one deceive you by any means. So don’t let anybody deceive you for that day.
The return of Christ will not come. Unless two things happen. The Bible says Jesus will not return. Unless number one, the falling away comes first. What’s the falling away. I put it there in your notes. The falling away is the Greek word [inaudible], which means they defection from the truth and abandonment or rebellion of the truth. So the first thing before Jesus comes back, there has to be a departure, a defection of the truth. There has to be a rebellion against the truth against the truth of God’s word, a rebellion of defiance against authority to act in complete opposition to the word of God. Is there a falling away from the truth right now? Is there a departure from the truth? I believe it’s happening. I’m not saying it’s in totality, but there is definitely a rejection of the truth of God’s word and an acceptance of relativism and acceptance of societal and cultural truths where we don’t like what the Bible says about something for a better Mt. Carmel Church experience.
We accept what culture says about something where we don’t have a harsh and how hard lines. Sometimes the Bible can draw. Then we begin to draw our own lines based on cultural values and societal values. So there’s a departure from the truth. And now we have relative truth. We have, well, that may be true for you, but it’s not true for me. So we were trying to move away from absolute truth and we move into a collective feel-good truth, as long as we feel good about it. And you like the truth. And I like the truth and now I know it’s just whatever, but that’s what the departure of the truth means. Okay? But that’s got to happen first. There will be a departure of the truth in order for us to be deceived, there have to be two things. Number one has to be presence of a lie.
Number two, there has to be a lack of knowledge of, or lack of belief in the truth for us to be deceived. You have to understand this. There has to be the presence of a lie. So there are going to be lies. Don’t be deceived. Lies will be told. Now the only way we can be deceived, it’s not stopped the lies and we won’t be deceiving them. No we can’t. That’s not stopping the lies. It’s what we choose to believe. So we’ve got to have a knowledge of the truth. You’ve got to believe the truth. And this is why I’m speaking with some of the things that I’m speaking on because you will not hear some of these things on the news. I started to say nightly news, and that was bake me a little bit. But anyway, now when it says the falling away comes first, some people have translated that word falling away as, uh, a departure, like a physical departure.
And they’re talking about, they make it towards talking about the rapture, but the word falling away is an ideological term. It’s not a physical term, so it’s not a departure. So a thing a falling away must come first. And then the man of sin is revealed. So they’ll say, okay, the church has to depart out. Falling away is not the departure of the church. Falling away as a departure from an ideology. Big difference. Okay. So now falling comes first. So then after that, after that gets started, then now the man of sin is revealed. How come notice, how they’re connected? The man of sin is revealed the son of perdition. It’s connected to the falling away from the truth. When we get away from the truth with our great Mt. Carmel Church service. Now we’re open for the lies of the devil and this is what’s going to happen. The more we depart from the truth.
Now it’s going to open the door for the man of sin. The man of sin just means a person who acts contrary to the Willer law of God. Talking about the antichrist. The man of sin is revealed. That means takes the cover off. He’s been there. He’s been in operation, but he’s going to be revealed. That’s going to be important, going to be revealed the son of perdition. Now it says son of perdition, the word perdition just means destruction or ruin, but he talks about the son of perdition. I believe it speaks to the level of deception in the in times. And the anti-Christ the problem is most people believe that the we’re just going to be obvious. What’s the devil will just be obvious and everybody will know that’s. The point in deception is there’ll be hard to tell when he calls him the son of perdition, this is the same name that Jesus gave Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. He called him son of perdition, son of destruction. And even this that goes on in John chapter six, Jesus was talking and he answered them. Did I not choose you? The 12? And one of you is a devil. This is Jesus talking about Judas. One of you is a devil. He didn’t say one of you is acting like a devil. He said, one of you is a devil. What does that mean? To me? That speaks again to the level of deception that Judas walked around every day as one of the disciples,
No, He looked like him talk like him was right amongst them. The disciples themselves didn’t even know he was the devil. Wow. How do you know if the knife is going to betray? Jesus, Jesus said, Hey, go do what you gotta do Judas. And after he left it like, well, was he going to get to the money to the poor or something? They had no clue they don’t cook. So what am I telling you that the news is not going to come on and say, Hey, we found the antichrist. It’s going to be deception. We’re not going to know the son of perdition. It’s going to be, he’s going to be sneaky Dicky. This is why we have to get our truth from here and stop getting our truth from Snapchat means stop getting our truths from Instagram and Facebook stopped getting our truth or truths from the news because the news will not know what we need to know by the time the news knows it’s going to be too late. Oh, I got a lot more. I can say right there, but let me move on when it comes to the top Mt. Carmel Church services.
So let’s look at the next verse. Son of perdition, who look what he does. Here’s what the son of perdition is going to do. The anti-Christ who opposes, how will we, how will we identify him? How will we identify the spirit of, or the actual person himself who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God. So there’s two things he does and we’ll put them together. Number one, he opposes all that is called God opposes. All that is called God that we’re to poses is, is a word that means opposite to hostile, towards adverse or against. How do we, how are we going to spot who’s right or wrong? How do we know who to believe? Chad? How do we know who to support? How do we know where to stand? How do we know whether it’s going to be under Christ or not? How do I know? Here’s what the Bible tells us. Whoever is opposing opposite to hostile, towards or against Christianity or Christian principles. Markham. That’s the spirit of the antichrist. It’s very plain. Whoever opposes the things of God, they are not your friend. He said, this is the spirit of the anti-Christ. He’s going to oppose all that is called God. If it’s called God, if it’s part of the kingdom of God, they will oppose it. That should be a neon sign. Woo,
Woo. That’s a neon sign with a little, Ooh, sorry. Sometimes these things just come to me. And the next thing is going to do, he’s not going to oppose all this called God, but he’s going to exalt himself, exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped so that he sits as God, not God, but he’s gonna sit as God in the temple of God. Now that we’re going to talk about that that’s going to happen in Jerusalem is going to sit as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he has got, it sounds like somebody that’s a little full of themselves. He’s going to exalt himself. He’s going to set as God. And he’s going to show himself that he’s God, he’s going to set up and say, I am God, everyone worshiped me. Here’s something we need to know about the devil. The devil loves himself. Some devil.
He will always overplay his hand because he will always want it to point back to himself. He will expose himself because he can’t help himself because he wants himself to be worshiped. So have you, we just gotta be ready for that. Okay. So he’s gonna pretend, he’s gonna put, try to set himself in a place that does not belong to him. Verse five, do you not renew? Do you not remember that? When I was still with you? I told you these things. Paul’s like, you know, I already talked about these things, fellas, ladies, and now, you know what is restraining? Okay, careful. Something is restraining. Something’s preventing, something’s hindering. Something’s holding back that he may be revealed. The antichrist may be revealed in his own time. So now he’s not revealed because he’s going to be restrained. He’s going to be held back. He’s going to be hindered.
Verse seven for the mystery of lawlessness and Ty law against law against the mystery of lawlessness is a violation of the standing law. It’s like, I don’t care what the law is. I want to do what I want. That’s lawlessness. And those who he says, the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. In other words, it’s already happening. It’s already happening. Covertly. This Bible is written to a thousand years ago. How many knows it’s pretty relevant right now in 2020. So he said, the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Mystery means it’s hidden. It’s not revealed to everybody yet. The mystery of lawlessness is already happening, but here’s what’s going to happen. He said, it’s going to come to a place that it’s going to go from being covert to overt. He said, it’s going to happen in the, in times where people used to do things more secretly, be opposing of God and everything that stands for God when it comes to the best Mt. Carmel Church.
They did it kind of quietly, but it’s going to come to a place they’re going to be more brazen and bold and do go from covert opposition to God, to overt opposition, get more bold about their opposition to God. Yeah. Do away with the things of God. Get away into the Bible. Get rid of that. Christian guys are old. That’s all ridiculous. Close-minded ignorant thinking more bold and more brazen. What’s going to happen. It’s what he’s telling us right here. So now mystery of lawlessness, it’s already at work. Only. He who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Now I’m going to teach a little bit. Here’s in this part of the Bible. It says he with a capital H, but that capital that he is just a pronoun in the Greek language. It’s not necessarily always translated as he, but here’s, what’s been taught for some.
And again, you can believe what you want. I’m going to give you both perspectives. And then you can decide what you want to believe. Some teach that this scripture is talking about that the Holy spirit and the church has to be taken out of the way or raptured before the lawless one lawless one will be revealed. But notice what it says, if said in verse six, that something was restraining and then verse seven, he who restrains will do so until he’s taken out of the way that taken out of the way, literally just means to move out of the way to go out of the way to get out of the way. It doesn’t necessarily speak of removal, like departure out. It just means of getting something out of the way. So something’s restraining, something’s holding and that’s going to be moved out of the way.
And now he’s going to be revealed. My interpretation of that is not that the rapture will take place before the man of sin is revealed, but that God who’s restraining concealing, his identity that was holding back, God will move it out of the way because his time it says he will be revealed in his own time. When his time comes, God will say, okay, I’m moving the restraint back. And now we’re going to be able to see what God wants us to see my personal interpretation with the best Mt. Carmel Church around. Someone may say, Hey, no, I believe that’s the church that we gotta be taken out. And until the churches out of the way, then the antichrist can’t be revealed. I want to show you where I disagree with that and where I don’t think that works. It looks like I’m not going to get into it today because I didn’t in the first service and I really planned to, but next week, I’ll talk about that more detail.
So either way you look at it, someone’s, someone’s restraining until he’s taken out away and then will happen. And then the lawless one will be revealed. All right? So let’s at least look at what the scripture is saying that we that’s undisputable. At some point, the lawless one is revealed. Who’s the lawless one, the antichrist, the head honcho of the anti-God club. He’s the King of the anti-God crew. So here’s, what’s the, he shows up he’s Mac, daddy, big dog, everything oppose God, exalts himself. As God, he’s running the show of the people who want to oppose God. That’s who he is. Here’s the question. Whose team are you on? If you want to be on his team, then we don’t worry about the things of God. And we say, we want to do what we want to do. But look, what’s happens to him. This big, tough, incredible, powerful antichrist. The lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with a breath of his mouth.
So anti-Christ is going to come up and take a place of authority and say, worship me as God. And then Jesus is going to show up. And when Jesus shows up, he’s going to consume him with a breath of his mouth. Now that’s not saying that Jesus has halitosis as though, as hung guys. He’s not telling me that like Jesus had some bad garlic or something. It just breathed on us. Here’s what that means. He’s going to consume him with the breath of his mouth. This is important. Breath of his mouth. Breath is air. When I’m talking right now, air is going over my vocal chords. So my mouth out of my mouth are coming words because of air, breath of his mouth. So it means that Jesus is going to consume him with the word words that come out of his mouth. You’re like, what about breath of his mouth?
Are you sure? How’s he going to consume it? Revelation chapter 19? Uh, all of it’s good. I’m just going to start in verse 15. Now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword. Hebrews tells us that the word of God is living power and sharper than any two-edged sword that with it, he should strike the nations and he himself, Jesus will them with a rod of iron. He himself treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath wrath of almighty God. And he has on his robe and on his thigh, a name written King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is Jesus coming back. It’s a picture of him and he’s coming back on a white horse and he comes up with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords written on his thigh and he’s coming down and he’s got a sword, which is the word of God coming out of mouth. And with his word, what he speaks will strike all opposition. Why? Because the grass Withers and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Why do I need to know the Bible? Because in the end, this is all that will matter. Well, I don’t like what it says. It doesn’t matter if I like what it says, it endures forever. So when Jesus come back, he’s not going to come back and angry. Say, who’s opposed me. He’s going to come back and speak.
And that word will judge them it’s another place in the Bible. It talks about that, but all the time to go there, I look at verse 19 and I saw the beast of the big, bad, big, bad beast, the Kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him who sat on the horse and against his army. This is coming man, people, this is going to happen. Then the beast was captured. And with him, the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the Mark of the beast, deceived him. And those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the Lake of fire, burning with brimstone who team you want to be on with a beter level of care for the top Mt. Carmel Church services. And the rest were killed with the sword, which proceeded from the mouth of him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. Notice what happened. He said, he will consume the antichrist with the breath of his mouth and destroy him with the brightness of his coming. When Jesus comes back, he’s going to split the Eastern sky. And this says, whenever he comes back, the brightness of his coming is going to dispel all darkness. I’m telling you what Jesus is coming back. Not to take a vote. He’s not coming back to ask what you think. He’s not coming back to ask me what I think he’s coming back as the boss
King of all Kings Lord of all Lords He’s not coming back and saying, who likes me? Who does it? He’s no, he’s coming back saying I am he, I am here. I am yeah. I’m the one who created all this. I’m the one who made all this. Yeah. It’s real. All that stuff you learned in Sunday school. And you heard in church, bam, here I am. It’s real. And in all those who thought it was just make-believe and thought it was just a fairy tale and thought it was just hyperbole and spiritual crutches that people needed to get through life. They’re going to know that there really is a Jesus in heaven. I can’t wait. I want to be on his team. When he shows up, I’ve always been competitive. I want to win at everything I do. And part of the, part of my excitement about being on jesus’ team is because I want to be on the team that wins. I don’t want to build a team of people would get burned in the Lake of fire. Bunch of losers. I mean this with all sincerity, the devil is a loser. He’s a loser. I’m not speaking that to be arrogant or prideful. He will lose. And everyone who follows him will lose. I don’t want to lose. I don’t want you to lose. So I’m trying to put this message out to you to let no one deceive you don’t let anybody deceive you delay, but deceive you that it’s okay to just do whatever you want. It’s not okay. There’s one winning team. And that’s the team Jesus.
I think I should be able to know there’s teams. Jesus. And I’m telling you team. Jesus is the best team. He will help you. He’s the best one. He loves you. There’s no one that will do it. You like Jesus. But let me read off. Let me quit. Let me read on and quit. That was an oxymoron, but I’m gonna quit by reading on the coming of the lawless. One is according to the working of Satan, the antichrist is going to come. Here’s how he’s going to come on here. Listen, I’m saying these things and I recognize one thing about this series. We have many people that’s not coming because maybe they don’t like some of the things I’m saying, I started this. And some people were like, Ted, you you’ve missed it. You’ve gone off the deep end. And I don’t like you talking about that stuff. Um, so they’re not, they’re not coming. Some are coming because you maybe don’t feel safe. And that’s fine. We’re not talking about that for more experiences with our great Mt. Carmel Church service. Some are coming that weren’t coming, but the bottom line is this. I don’t want to answer to who’s coming or not coming. I’m going to answer to Jesus. I’m going to answer to him.
I’m not, I’m not going to be able to go to Jesus and say, dad, I know I didn’t really preach what you wanted, but man, look at the crowd. It’s not going to happen Loda. It does some things like they were, but I was afraid, you know, people weren’t and people that I’m going to answer to him. So I don’t take it lightly. I don’t take it lightly. What I’m saying. I want people to be prepared because the working of st people think that the acts and the principles of the Satan or anti-Christ are going to be obvious. They are going to be so subtle that even the elect will be deceived. He’s the police going to do? He’s going to come with power signs and lying wonders. And with all unrighteous deception, among those who perish, because they did not receive what’s what’s this. They didn’t receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. The truth’s available. We’ve got to receive. I didn’t like the truth, truth available. Just got to receive it. That’s the only way we get saved. We got to receive a free gift. There’s nothing Chad earned. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion or explanations for that because of their choice to not receive the truth, they will experience strong delusion that they should believe the lie.
And once they believe the lie that they all may be condemned, who did not believe, leave the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness that pleasure in unrighteousness. And we can all do this. I’m not, I’m not coming across holier than now. We can all fall into this category. It’s all for us to submit to God. And what he says, Lewis says in verse 13, but we are bound to give thanks to God, always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning shows you for salvation through sanctification, sanctification by the spirit and belief in the truth to which he called you. God’s calling you into salvation. You were created for salvation. That’s your purpose is to be saved. He’s calling you out into that, calling you into your identity, into your purpose for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord. Jesus Christ.
Therefore brethren stand fast, standing fast. That word there stand fast means to continue to hold your ground, maintain a position or persevere stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught. Can I speak just briefly to, to some young ones, to some teenagers, to some going into college agents, I’m telling you to hold fast to the traditions that were taught to you. I’m telling you if this temptation gripped me in my life and I totally walked away from what I was taught, what God had poured into my life. And I was deceived and blinded thought I was smarter than everybody else thought I was more enlightened than everybody else thought. Mom and dad didn’t know what they were talking about. But then Jesus came into my apartment and visited me and said, said, where have you been running?
The one that came this coming back, came into my room and it was still a Sunday school lesson. It was a presence. It was a voice. And I knew that I had to hold fast to the traditions that I’ve been taught. He said, you’re being deceived in that moment for a better Mt. Carmel Church service. I melted to my Florida, forgive me. I was deceived. He said, I know, but the light has come. The light has come. So for you, hold fast to traditions. Hold fast. What happens? We get out away from mom and dad devil starts talking to your eyes. So you don’t have to worry about that. You’re on your own. Make your own call your own shots snaps. You don’t, you don’t ever have to go to church. If you don’t want to you don’t. I grew colder and colder and colder to the conviction of the Holy spirit.
But I’m telling you, Paul is telling you, stand your ground persevere church. This group of people was going under. They were dealing with persecutions and God is saying to the church, don’t be deceived. We will face opposition, finish, hold the traditions, which you were taught, whether by word or a pistol. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and our God and father has loved us and given us everlasting constellation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish in every good word. The truth and work. Notice what says comfort your hearts. I got finish with comfort. Comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort. Don’t we like comfort. Here’s a problem that I believe in the church. Other people not you we’ve gone too comfortable. We embrace comfort. And we talk about persecutions and things. That’s going to happen in the earth. They said, well, you’re supposed to come from one another.
That’s not very comforting to tell me about that. You’ve got the wrong definition of comfort. People think comfort means to tell me something good. Tell me something I want to hear. Tell me I’m not going to have adversity. Tell me I’m not going to have problems. Comfort is not to tell you. Won’t go through anything. Comfort is to tell you the one that’s going to bring you through everything. Comfort yourself. That Jesus is the one that’s going to be. Bring me through. I’m comforted because I want to be on his team. I’m on his tape. I’m going through some hell in my life right now. I’m going through difficulty in my life, but I’m on the right team. And his strength is in me. His hope was in me. He’s establishing me. He’s going to get me through this. I don’t know what I’m going to face tomorrow, but I know who’s going to face it with me.
I’m on the right team. So when he comes back, that’s my captain. That’s my guy. I’ve been living for him. I give my life for him. Yeah. Jesus is here. Well, I don’t know if that’s really going to happen. I don’t know if you believe it or not, but I’m saying right now, I’m not living one day in disappointment on the team that I’ve chosen. I’m filled with peace every day. I’m filled with the joy of the Lord. I go through difficulties. I cry. I go through hardships with us with the best Mt. Carmel Church experience. I got it. But Jesus is on my side. I don’t want to be on the other team. The other team’s going to lose and lose big. So Christians hold your head up high. Where are you cowering to the world? Like you don’t have the right answer. People saw afraid. I don’t want the world to make fun of me.
I don’t care if they will make fun of me, I got the right answer. Not right. Like Chad’s the right answer. I’m not going. Jesus is the right answer. So hold your head up high, stand for the principles of God. Well, I’m going to get major hate on social media. If I stand for that principle, I’d rather get hate on social media than to get rejected by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. So I’m saying whose team are on, who’s your posse, who you’re running with? Who’s your crew. When he comes back, are you going to say, that’s my team? Or are you going to say, Oh no, cause there’s no time. Then there’s no time. I see Jesus off, man. My parents were right, father forgiving too late, too late. I didn’t hold onto my traditions. I let them go. But try. Are you trying to scare people? Oh, that you could be scared into salvation. You can’t be. Fear will not lead you to repentance. The goodness of the Lord leads you to repentance with us here at Mt. Carmel Church.
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