Advocating God’s Truth

The world in which we live is getting darker, more depraved and full of evil as every year passes.  There is a sense of urgency in what God is wanting to say to those who will hear.  His heart longs for His people to hear His voice and heed His warnings… before it’s too late.

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 – 6)

Much of the Church is sleeping, unaware of what is unfolding.   Additionally, the church is full of broken, damaged people, desperately in need of freedom and healing as  false doctrine abounds.   Emmaus seeks to speak for God, urging His sons and daughters to hear and respond to what He is saying, to learn and discern the truth, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and become obedient disciples and ambassadors for Christ.

 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

ROMANS 11 & THE 2 OLIVE TREES

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Those who understand Paul’s teachings in Romans 11, know he likened Gentile disciples of Christ to wild olive branches, who through Christ, are grafted into a cultivated tree, a symbol of ‘spiritual Israel’. In the Middle East and southern Europe where olive groves abound, it’s very noticeable how harshly cultivated trees are pruned in order to produce better fruit.  Cultivated olive groves have lines of well-ordered and pruned trees, whereas wild trees grow everywhere on the hillsides, straggly and wild, producing lesser fruits.  The harshness with which cultivated trees are pruned, even using chainsaws to cut off major branches is significant when considering Paul’s parable in Romans 11. Why, because Gentile branches should expect to be pruned and trained as the host tree is.   If Gentile believers are grafted into the cultivated tree, becoming spiritual citizens of the commonwealth of Israel, they too should expect to do as the Lord requires of Israel.    Otherwise we risk falling into the trap of wanting to have our proverbial cake and eat it.  We want the blessings that Israel receives without paying the full price of commitment and obedience. Jesus makes clear: love = obedience to His word, all of it!   This is not out of legalism (a trap into which Israel has fallen) but out of love for our Father in Heaven. God placed laws and commandments for the Israelites to follow with the counsel that great blessing or cursing would come too, depending on whether they obeyed or rebelled.   The Western church majors on the doctrine of grace, a doctrine which has been placed on such...

SERVE THE KING!

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our Lord and King came not to be served, but to serve so; “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow…’   (Phil 2:5-10) The concept of a servant king is somewhat alien to our understanding, for ordinarily it is kings who are served by others.  Jesus demonstrated something remarkable, something that challenged contemporary thinking during His time on earth and still does today.  As God and King, He came to earth to represent His Father, teach about the kingdom of heaven and prove it by manifesting kingdom power and authority with signs and wonders.  He knew that “a servant is not greater than him who sent him”, words He shared with His disciples just before the last supper, after He’d washed their feet.  He was teaching them an important point – that they too were called to humble themselves and serve the kingdom and God as He was. However, in 21st century England, servitude carries negative connotations.  Perhaps the notion of servant-hood conflicts with our imperialist past?   Modern society places so much emphasis on...

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH & NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The above words, declared daily in Magistrates and Crown courts the length of Britain, are meant to bind people by swearing an oath on the Bible, to tell the truth.   Ironically, such a request for an oath on the bible is actually in direct opposition to God’s word,  for Jesus expressly commanded: “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.  All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”  (Matthew 5:34-37) Words echoed by James: “But above all my brethren, do not swear either by heaven or earth or with any other oath.  But let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no”, be “no”, lest you fall into judgment. (James 5:12) The British justice system, whose role is to establish truth in court, opens proceedings by asking people to make an oath in opposition to God’s word, yet will convict the righteous for doing the Lord’s will.  Recently two street preachers were convicted for committing a ‘religiously aggravated public order offence’, which falls under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.’ [i] Both were fined and one, a UK citizen, may well have a ‘Criminal Behaviour Order’ (CBO) [ii]imposed upon him restricting his ability to share the gospel publicly.  A CBO (replaced ASBOs’ in 2014) can stay on...