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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the vast army. For the battle is not yours but God's." 2 Chronicles 20:15
I have felt led by the Holy Spirit to have my testimony up on the Internet.
One of the things that I do is visit other sites and invite the webmaster to visit my site. I also sign guestbooks inviting all that see my entry to visit my site. I have even had Christians tell me that I should not do this. I have been told that I am hurting God's work. I never preach when I e-mail someone or when I sign a guestbook, yet I am told that I should leave "those" people alone and not witness to them.
What good does even the brightest flashlight do in bright sunshine? Yet take that flashlight into the darkness and it can light the way. We as Christians are God's flashlights. What good are we if the only people we ever witness to are other Christians?
I received the following message from a high school student soon after my site was linked to by the Official Marilyn Manson web site (in an attempt to ridicule me):
you s**k big green donkey d**k! All I wanted to do is to find some thing on Marilyn Manson on the internet and you had to f*** up my searching! Well you can take your god and go shove it up your ***!
You f***ing Hoe!
This was my reply:
I am sorry you chose to write back to me the way you did, but I want you to know that I am not upset with you.
"The soul who sins is the one who will die." Ezekiel 18:9
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8
I want you to know the truth. God loves you no matter how you feel about Him, but He requires you to accept Jesus into your heart before you can have eternal life.
If you ever want to know more, just e-mail me. I will help you. I will also continue to pray for you.
Should I have written this young man back? Many Christians say no, but I felt God said YES, so I did. For about a month and an half I heard nothing more then out of the blue I received this message:
Ok, Im sorry i forgot what your name is but you e-mailed me before and you said that you would forgive me for all that i said to you. Well I do go to church but it seems that i am pushed to go, I guess if i weren't then i might like it. It just seems too happy sometimes, like its just not true to life maybe you can help me to "see the way". You know sometimes it seems like all of the wonderful things in this world had to come from somewhere or something, but then something happens to me or my family and I try to talk to God, but no one talks back... I mean how do I know that you are following something that is real?
Can you help?
If we as Christians do not have God's message out on the Internet then what message will people see? Below are just a few of the "messages" I have found on web sites I have visited:
Know this, slaves of christ…. Our pulse quickens with the thought of your death.
Prey pawns, on your knees…prey to the god you fear, to protect you!
Run Christian soldiers, for our army approaches!!!
"Hopefully, I'll be remembered as the person who brought an end to Christianity." --Marilyn Manson--
With the second working of the "Age of Fire" approaching the time has come for change. This apocalypse we speak of is not the end of all time, but the beginning of a new age! The foundation of the church is crumbling, and the lies are being exposed! god will fall from is almighty throne!
The time has come it is quite clear Our AntiChrist is almost here!!!
YOU SPOONFED US SATURDAY MORNING MOUTHFULS OF MAGGOTS AND LIES DISGUISED IN YOUR SUGARY BREAKFAST CEREALS. THE PLATES YOU MADE US CLEAN WERE FILLED WITH YOUR FEARS. THESE THINGS HAVE HARDENED IN OUR SOFT PINK BELLIES. WE ARE WHAT YOU HAVE MADE US! WE HAVE GROWN UP WATCHING YOUR TELEVISION. WE ARE A SYMPTOM OF YOUR CHRISTIAN AMERICA, THE BIGGEST SATAN OF ALL. THIS IS YOUR WORLD IN WHICH WE GROW...AND WE WILL GROW TO HATE YOU!!!!!
The following were all found on the same "Church" site. Why would I allow such blasphemy on this site? Because I think it is important that Christians realize what they are up against.
What most preachers and Denominations do not want you to ask, or to find out: The historical Jesus, survived the crucifixion and lived, mostly in Kashmir, until his 90's.
Since Jesus did not die on the cross, then he did not die to cancel everyone else's sins!
What happened was: Paul didn't even like the real Jesus, so he created his own "Christ". But this counterfeit "Christ" was a duplicate of the dying-rising Pagan "gods" already universally standard for thousands of years. Paul's converts and "churches" were dedicated to the wrong "Christ".
Does this stuff surprise you? If it does then you are not paying attention to what is going on in the world. People are searching and we as Christians need to make sure that the REAL TRUTH is available or they will follow lies.
I wrote the webmaster of this site the following message:
I am praying for you to the One and Only true God who inspired the Holy Scriptures.
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
"There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day." John 12:48
I am praying that He will open your eyes that you might see the truth and not deceive anyone.
"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people." Matthew 24:11
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." Matthew 7:15
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves." 2 Peter 2:1
I would like to invite you to come visit my site. I pray that you will come with an open heart. The URL is http://www.iserv.net/~rdett
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Mark 13:31
Please don't let Satan use you to fool people. I will be praying for you.
I received this reply:
May we speak frankly? Many Fundamentalists (good people) start with what they call a presupposition. Which is another way of saying they have already made up their minds about what they want to believe is so whether it is so or not. It is a form of self-delusion. It is a form of departure from truth because they dare not face contrary evidence. I call it Bibleolitry and also call it Believingism=that they can by just believing whatever, that this believing it will make it to be so. So they can shut off their brains. About as practical as Santa Claus, tooth-faries, Easter bunnies and Micky-Mouse! Come on. Give yourself a chance. The real world is wholesome.
I often get asked why Christians have killed people in the name of God or other such questions about the bad things some Christians have done. I always answer the same way, just because a person says they are a Christian does not make them one. A true Christian is someone who believes and follows Christ and His teachings. Many people won't except my explanation they believe that everyone who says they are a Christian is a Christian just like every other Christian. I got the following from a guestbook and I think it shows what I am talking about. This guy claims to be a "Christian" but just look at what he does not believe in. Don't for a minute think that Satan minds anyone saying that they are a Christian as long as they don't believe Christ is the way the turth and the life.
Interesting page. Some of your stuff is right on the mark and some of it... well, lets just say I disagree. I'm a liberal Christian and a panentheist (thats with an -en- and not just pantheist). It seems to me that you've been burned by a few fundamentalists in the past. I do say fundamentalitst and not Christians. There is a distinction. I am a Christian but I don't believe in Hell, bible inerrancy, virgin birth, supernatural theism, creationism, etc. When I read your page, I noticed that you often insulted Christians when you really should have singled out fundies. probably 90% of your arguments against Christianity don't even apply to me or my beliefs. I only mention this because your page attacks a very biased and oversimplified version of Christianity and I would hate to see people abandon the Christian tradition because of your arguements. Christians believe many, many things and I believe you can accept most of your criticisms and still remain a Christian. My brothers homepage (in the URL section) gives a good list of common beliefs of Liberal Christians. Check them out and see what you think. Keep up your research and desire for the truth and
Remember: The Christian right... is neither.
There are many other examples I could list but I think these get the point across. Please don't think that people will just get up one day and decide to follow Jesus Christ. They are searching for God but they will follow anything or anyone who claims to give them what they think it is that they need. God has put a heavy burden on my heart for the lost in this world. I don't get upset at the things people write me, my heart breaks for them. How terrible it would be to realize the truth only after your fate has been sealed for eternity.
What can you do to help. Pray, pray, pray, and then pray somemore. Pray that God will open eyes and hearts. Pray that God will show you His will, and then follow His leading, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.
While I was a Marine, I was willing to give my life for my country. While I was a Deputy Sheriff, I was willing to give my life for the citizens of my county, eventhough most disliked the Police. Can I really be a Christian and not be willing to give my all (yes my very life) for Christ, who died for me? I think not!