Nelu Brie – Pacate Respectabile (Video short 1)

Brie pacate respectabile

Pacate respectabile, dar inaintea lui Dumnezeu, uraciuni de care trebuie sa se curateasca orice om care vrea sa fie sfant.
Exista o carte, care pe mine m-a inspirat foarte mult. Este scrisa de Jerry Bridges, tradusa si in Limba Romana sub titlul ‘Pacate Respectabile. Mi s-a parut foarte incitant titlul ‘Pacate Respectabile.’ Dupa ce am lecturat cartea, am zis, „Asa e.” Astea sunt pacate pentru care nimeni nu te exclude din biserica. Pentru pacatele astea, numai Dumnezeu te da afara  din cer, dar din biserica, nu. Nu se pot cuantifica, e greu. Doar Dumnezeu le masoara. Haidem sa ne uitam la ele:

  1. Ingrijorarea si frustrarea– Este un pacat? Este, cata vreme Domnul Isus a zis sa nu ne ingrijoram.
  2. Lipsa de evlavie – adica deprinderea de a trai fara sa te gandesti la Dumnezeu. Initierea actiunilor si a faptelor, fara sa te gandesti la Dumnezeu.
  3. pastor nelu brieNemultumirea – mereu nemultumiti, bombanind. Iertati-ma va rog, eu vin din Romania. Dar, cand va aud pe dumneavoastra ca sunt vremuri grele, din punct de vedere economic, mie imi vine si sa plang si sa rad. Iertati-ma, poate ca nu inteleg si de aceea am zis sa ma iertati si v-as ruga sa va si invatati. Stiu ca este greu, dar chiar asa de greu incat sa cartim si sa fim nemultumiti? Le spuneam odata, unor frati din Romania, pe care-i vedeam tare cartitori, „Stiti ce v-ar trebui voua? Ar trebui sa va ia cineva intr-un avion si sa va lase in Somalia, in niste pantaloni scurti, fara telefon, fara nimic la voi, fara un ban. Apoi sa va urce intr-o masina si sa va duca acolo in cel mai indepartat trib. Si sa fiti lasati 6 luni. Si dupa 6 luni de stagiu in Somalia, daca veti mai putea supravietui, sa va aduca inapoi in Romania si dupa ce a-ti ajuns in Romania, in ultimul sat din Romania, cate zile pe pamant mai aveti sa multumiti lui Dumnezeu ca v-ati nascut Romani.” Nemultumirea.
  4. Mandria – Acesta este un pacat mizerabil. Curvia este un pacat grozav, dar nu gasesc in Scriptura un text care sa scrie asa: Dumnezeu este impotriva curvarilor. Desi este, dar nu este un text. Scrie in Scriptura, „Curvarii nu vor mosteni imparatia lui Dumnezeu.” Dar, nu gasesc un text de tipul: Dumnezeu este impotriva curvarului. Dar, este un text, si nu unul: Dumnezeu este impotriva celor mandrii. Daca un adulterin se smereste, Dumnezeu vine la el cu harul Lui. Dar, impotriva unui mandru, Dumnezeu este la nesfarsit.
  5. Egoismul 
  6. Lipsa stapanirii de sine – „Asa-s eu.” Dar schimba-te. Era o Doamna (o sora) vorbea cu o sabie cu doua taisuri si atat a ranit in jurul ei si atunci a trebuit sa i se ceara seama. La care, cineva a sarit in apararea ei si a zis, „Fratilor, fiti ingaduitori cu ea. E adevarat gura ei e rea, dar inima ei e buna.” frumos, hmm.
  7. Nerabdarea si iritabilitatea  – se enerveaza la semafor, sau daca ceva nu e in regula, sau daca ceva nu e cum isi doreste
  8. Mania
  9. Resentimentul
  10. Amaraciunea – o amaraciune care duce sufletul pana la depresie
  11. Dusmania si ostilitatea
  12. Pica – adica, a purta cuiva gand rau
  13. Atitudinea critica – mereu baga de vina
  14. Invidia
  15. Gelozia
  16. Controlul – adica dorinta de a controla pe altii, de a-i manipula, de a avea stapanire peste altii.
  17. Barfa
  18. Calomnia
  19. Minciuna
  20. Cuvintele aspre, sarcasmul
  21. Insultele
  22. Ridiculizarea
  23. Atitudinea lumeasca fata de bani
  24. Imoralitatea indirecta – adica, poftirea cu ochii

Nelu Brie – Cum sa te sfintesti – 10 Sugestii a Disciplinelor Spirituale (Video short 2)

Aceasta lista este buna de imprimat si afisata undeva in vederea ochilor nostri, este plina de discipline esentiale de care avem nevoie in mod zilnic.
Brie Ducem la capat sfintirea

10 sugestii foarte simple, practice, care tin in final de disciplinele spirituale. Fa din aceasta o disciplina zilnica. Ce trebuie sa facem, practic, pentru a ne putea duce pana la capat sfintirea:

  1. Hraneste-ti sufletul prin citirea Bibliei. Fa din aceasta o disciplina zilnica.
  2. Brie ChicagoCultiva disciplina rugaciunii personale si a postului.
  3. Eliminati pacatele specifice din viata voastra prin impotrivirea deliberata. – Domnul ma vede, ingerii ma vad, faptele mele raman, diavolul ma ispiteste, dar eu ma impotrivesc cu legamant. (Vezi acest mesaj aici: Nelu Brie – Sfinţire sau Pierzare – Biserica Betania Chicago 10 Martie 2013)
  4. Cultiva disciplina marturisirii pacatelor. Oamenii care vor reusi sa ramana pe calea lui Dumnezeu pana la sfarsitul vietii lor vor cultiva si aceasta disciplina- isi vor marturisi pacatele Domnului, in primul rnad, cu lacrimi de cainta in rugaciunea din odaita si apoi si fratilor.
  5. Fereste-te de sursele de (contaminare) pangarire lumesti care pot afecta curatia sufleteasca. Surse care-ti pot afecta curatia sufleteasca, in special in zona aceasta- mass media. Programe de televiziune, saituri de pe internet, reviste, pana si reclamele- tot felul de reclame pe care le primim acasa. Biblia merge pana acolo ca ne spune sa ne ferim si de ce ni se pare rau. Numai daca ni se pare ca e rau, trebuie sa ne ferim.
  6. Cultiva trairea faptelor bune.
  7. Vegheaza in vederea partasiei cu alti credinciosi- prezent la adunare, in grupuri de casa, sau la intalniri de rugaciune. Vorbeste cu altii despre Domnul Isus, impartaseste-le cuvantul.
  8. Practica evanghelizarea ca mod de viata.
  9. Alege-ti modele spirituale demne de urmat. Lipeste-te de un om al lui Dumnezeu, matur in Hristos, de la care poti sa inveti, de la care poti sa deptinzi practici duhovnicesti si de la care sa primesti ajutor spiritual.
  10. Increde-te in ajutorul lui Dumnezeu dat prin Duhul.

Aceste lucruri, tinute sub ochii nostri, ne vor ajuta sa traim in sfintire si sa o ducem pana la capat.

Ravi Zacharias on suicide

Question to Ravi Zacharias: The catholic church believes that those who commit suicide go directly to hell. What do you think about that?

Ravi Zacharias:

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the F...

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the Future of Truth conference (2004) at Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This question has so many ramifications, other than that, it goes into things like assisted suicide, where machines are pulled off, or, living wills. All these things are now coming into play. The more machines we have and the more science grows, the more complex these decisions become and we are making more decisions of a more rapid nature and with more dramatic implications.

Let me just say this to you: I wish I had an absolute answer to give to you. I would just say this: I wouldn’t want to meet the Lord, after I have taken my life. And the reason is, in Genesis 9:6, murder is called the ultimate attack upon the image of God. That’s what murder is- you have violated the image of God. So, if I violate the image of God in someone else, or I violate it in myself, it is the ultimate act of lack of faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. So, I would say, I wouldn’t want to meet Him on those terms.

I will also say this, that I cannot stand as a judge, and tell the parent of an 18 0r 19 year old, where the life has been wasted like that, that that’s the end, and that that person is hell bound. That’s not my prerogative in life. I would have to leave God as the judge, and God to work for the peace of a family that has had to live through it. I would never want…. I tried that once. It took me years to even talk about it. I never talked about it to my parents, afterward. My wife spoke to my mother and my father, and said, „It is so embarrassing to Ravi to even discuss it.” It’s easier for me to discuss it from a platform, than it is to talk one on one across the table. The fact that I tried to take my life is a devastating thought to me. The only consolation I have is that I didn’t know Christ at that time.

Now that I know Him, I will never, ever violate the image of God, that is given to me. And, I pray that in pain or in struggle, or whatever… in Romans 14, it tells you about eating food, about one day being more sacred than another, it gives you all of these things, and it tells you this: „Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” What it really means is: if you violate a conviction that God has places in your heart, clearly, it’s a sinful thing to do.

So, I would say what Francis Schaeffer says about the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. „If you are ignoring the sovereignty,” he says, „that’s what I would preach to you at that time.” „If you are ignoring responsibility, that’s what I would preach to you at this time.” If anybody is toying with the idea of taking their life, that’s what I would say to them, „Don’t even think about it. It’s the most sacred gift that has given to you. Don’t use your freedom to violate your freedom. The eternal destiny is in the hands of God, but the moment is for us to choose and select. Let us not violate what God has given to us as a sacred gift. It is a privilege that is entrusted. Trust Him through the wildest twists and turns . When you finally meet with Him, you will find He has sustained you through the greatest and your darkest night of your soul.

Life is too precious, don’t squander it. Go out into the darkness, put your hand into the hand of God.

Things God never said

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With the advent of the internet, it has become easier than ever to spread misinformation. Churchleaders.com features an article by R. Larry Moyer with 5 Things God never Said- (Below are excerpts from each point- Read the entire article here- Churchleaders.com)

Misconceptions of God can be costly because they can be very defeating.

For example, it’s agonizing to me how many people think “cleanliness is next to godliness” comes from the pages of Scripture. If this is indeed a word from God, then homemakers have every right to feel guilty that their houses are not always tidy. In fact, depending on how far you carry it, people soon become more concerned about their furniture than they do their family.

And what about “God helps those who help themselves”? I’ve seen this used as a basis for many people thinking they can work their way to heaven. They, therefore, miss the biblical teaching that eternal life is free (Romans 6:23).

Here are five other misconceptions of God’s Word

1. If you don’t know the date you were saved, then you are not saved. 

Unfortunately, evangelists have been the worst at propagating this first misconception. The fact is, there is a split second when a person goes from darkness into light. After recognizing you’re a sinner and that Christ died for you and rose again, you place your trust in Him alone as your only way to heaven.

However, just because you don’t know when that particular split second was doesn’t mean you aren’t saved. When Scripture gives assurance of salvation, it doesn’t go back to a date or a moment; it goes back to a fact.

Who are you trusting right now? If you’re trusting Christ alone as your only way to heaven, you are saved, regardless of when you crossed the line. After all, John 3:16 does not say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him and knows the date should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This idea is critical, because if a person buys into this misconception, it’s a tremendous hindrance to their outreach for Christ. How can I talk to someone else about their salvation if I’m not entirely certain of my own?

2. If you want to be saved, just invite Jesus into your heart.

Well-meaning people often use the phrase “invite Jesus into your heart.” They often base this on Revelation 3:20 where we’re told, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

With the phrase “stand at the door and knock” in mind, many picture the heart as a door where Jesus stands begging us to let Him in. Therefore, the lost are exhorted to “invite Jesus into their heart.”

However, that verse is addressed to Christians, not non-Christians. Verse 19 reads, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.” Chasten means “to discipline” and is used of believers, not unbelievers (Hebrews 12:5-6). The passage addresses the church of Laodicea, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor in Revelation 2 and 3. Their wealth at the time had lulled the church into spiritual sleep; Jesus Christ described this distasteful condition as “lukewarm” and invites them to repent of their condition and make Him the center of their love and worship.

There are those who “invited Jesus into their heart” and sincerely meant they were trusting Him as their personal Savior, and they are forever His. However, there are some people who think that by simply saying a prayer in which they “invite Jesus into their heart,” they’re saved. In this case, their trust is in a prayer, not in a Savior who died on a cross.

Ninety-eight times in the Gospel of John, the one book whose purpose was to tell us how to receive eternal life (John 20:31), we’re told to believe. It means “to trust in Christ alone as our only way to heaven.” There’s nothing wrong with someone praying to tell God they’re trusting Christ alone, but he/she must be aware that saying a prayer doesn’t save; it’s trusting Christ that saves.

Teach your people to use the right terminology. They should ask lost people to do what the New Testament asks them to do — believe — and this means to trust in Christ alone to save them.

3. When you miss an opportunity to share Christ with someone, it’s your fault if that person goes to hell.

Many believers don’t enjoy evangelism. When they do practice it, they often do it out of guilt, not grace. One reason people feel guilty is that they’ve been told that if they’re given an opportunity to share Christ but they don’t take it, they are forever responsible if that person goes to hell.

This false teaching is often based on the misuse of Ezekiel 3:18-19. There we read, “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wickedman shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”

This passage has nothing to say about evangelism. …Bringing people to Christ is a God-sized job.

It’s our job to bring Christ to the lost; only God can bring the lost to Christ. John 6:44 reminds us, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” Evangelism now becomes exciting. I do it recognizing that God is not holding me responsible for the results.

4. If you come to Me, I want either all of your life or none of it.

This one is said in different ways, but the meaning is the same.

There are those who exhort, “You can’t meet God halfway. If you want to come to Christ, you must completely surrender to Him. God will only do business with you if you mean business with Him. He’s going to get all of your life, or He doesn’t want any of it.” What’s the problem here?

Salvation is free, but discipleship involves a cost.

Here’s where the misconception becomes so defeating: Who of us at any given moment would say every single aspect of our lives belongs to Christ? All of us have those aspects we hold back, and even if we do give them to Him, there are moments we take them back. If indeed He has to have control of my entire life, how can I speak to someone else about their salvation?

This misconception presents new Christians with conditions that, as unsaved people, they’re not even remotely prepared to meet.

Encourage your congregation, when they speak to the lost about Christ, to explain that salvation is instantaneous, but discipleship is a process. Once they decide to trust and believe in Christ for salvation, wholehearted surrender and Christ-likeness become a goal to achieve with the help of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of believers.

5. If you’re not willing to confess Christ publicly, you cannot be saved.

This misconception comes in different colors, and there are those who carry it to different extremes. Some are simply talking about admitting personally and publicly that you’re a Christian. Some go so far as to say one must walk forward in a church through what is commonly called the “altar call.” Either way, the understanding is given that if you don’t, you can’t be saved.

When addressing this misconception in a message, approach it positively, not negatively. Stress the importance of unashamedly telling people that you are a Christian. After all, if He was not ashamed of you, why be ashamed of Him? Such a confession plays a part in receiving eternal reward. A good passage to support this is Matthew 10:32-33, where Christ declares, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” The context clearly explains that the issue is not eternal life; the issue is discipleship.

Then show your people that confession is not an issue of salvation by pointing out three things.

The first is John 12:37-43. The miracles of Christ were designed to wave a flag before the Jewish people proclaiming Christ as God. Many refused to believe. John tells us, “ … but although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him.” Some, though, did believe. John 12: 42-43 says, “Nevertheless even among the rulers, many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” In the book of John, the words believe in are used consistently for saving faith. Jewish rulers had trusted in Christ the Messiah, who could save them from their sins. But confessing Him in public would have resulted in their excommunication.

You can also show them the many verses that condition salvation upon faith alone, apart from any public confession. For example, John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” Romans 4:5 says, “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”

You might also point your audience to the thief on the cross. The thieves on the cross were divided in their view of Christ. One extended the condition, “ …if you are the Christ, save yourself and us” (Luke 23:39). The other placed his faith in Christ, asking, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (vs. 42). Christ’s response was the best news a dying man can hear. “Surely I say unto you, today you’ll be with Me in paradise” (vs. 43). There was no way this dying thief could have told others of his salvation. He was saved by recognizing Christ as who He said He was — the only One who could save him from his sin.

Romans 10:9-10 is many times used to support the misconception that if you don’t confess Christ publicly, you can’t be saved. We read “ … that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Above all else, it’s worth noting that the word righteousness in Romans 10:10 is a noun form of the verb translated “justify.” Romans 5:1 reads, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Justified here means “to be declared righteous.” Therefore, the meaning of the first part of Romans 10:10 is, “ … with the heart man believes and is justified before God.” But confession in Romans 10:9-10 is a part of what’s necessary to live a victorious Christian life. The context is arguing that one has to be willing to confess Him publicly in order to triumph over sin. For further explanation of this passage, I would direct you to my book, Free and Clear,which has a chapter entitled, “If I Don’t Confess Him, Do I Possess Him?”

Regardless, the passage itself clearly says that believing is what justifies a person before God. A public confession of Christ is very important, but the importance is not related to our eternal salvation. Upon trusting Christ, we receive His gift of eternal life. By confessing Christ consistently and unashamedly, we experience victory over sin and gain eternal reward when we see the Savior face-to-face.

Conclusion

Misconceptions can be damaging and defeating. The above five can be a particular hindrance in our outreach to non-Christians. The result is a confusion of the message, the questioning of our own salvation, and even a lack of boldness in speaking to others about the Lord.

Consider giving a series of messages addressing the above five things God never said. You may free people up to evangelize — and encourage them to do it out of grace, not guilt.

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