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John is a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 41st year working on a wide variety of projects. He works on churches, convenience stores, residences, and academies as well as industrial projects. He has helped in numerous property acquisitions and worked with real estate investors. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 55 years, he served as a guest on a Talk Radio show discussing race relations and on "It's Your Call" TV show with Lynn Doyle dealing with the subject of interethnic marriage. John is a "Tentmaking Evangelist" (Architect). An Evangelist with the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 35th year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, and economic situations, and the producer of three weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley, a weekly message from current events in California, and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many radio programs and written articles on the Internet.

Monday, April 5, 2021

TRYING TIMES

The church is imploding in many places.  A Mega-Church in Bentonville, AR told a scientist to stifle himself because they have compromised the scriptures. Ralph Warnock in Georgia says Easter is not really about the resurrection of Jesus. I refuse to use his religious title.

Church after church explains away the Bible.  No wonder almost half of millennials who REGULARLY attend Evangelical churches LIVE TOGETHER before marriage!   They are either Biblically illiterate or have been taught to treat the Bible like a buffet.

Yet there are Christians who are intense for the Lord. The worship at the Good Friday service we attended was out of this world.  Some saints are deeply hungry for the word of God.

We must be sure to please the Lord, not cherry-pick the Bible, and withdraw all support, whether our presence, our time, and/or our money from ALL compromised churches and ministries.  Instead, we should plow our efforts into those who esteem our Lord and who seek to follow him with all their hearts.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

PARALLELS

Those who know me well know I am an avid reader which has accelerated in the last few months to between 2 to 4 books a week. One I am reading now was autographed by the author, Brother Rachid, perhaps the most hunted ex-Muslim in the world who's life is constantly threatened. His thoroughly researched and footnoted book, THE IDEOLOGY BEHIND ISLAMIC TERRORISM, explains Islamic attitudes, as he is the son of an Imam and spent 32 years in Islam, memorizing a third of the Quran at an early age. What is so striking to me are the alarming parallels to politicall and religious indoctrination and control in today's America which are uncannily similar to the memes in Islamic countries. If you get a chance, pick up a copy.

He talks about the endless repetition Islamic memes from early childhood, the pervasive Quranic passages against Christians and Jews, the role of the Arab media, and so forth.  He believes it is only natural and expected and Muslim kids grow up with hatred, distrust, and so forth.  He details how the Arab media makes up stories out of whole cloth to cast the "People of the Book" in a bad light. It is pervasive, is universal in the educational system, and is racist to its core. It helps one understand why there cannot be true peace with the Jews - it antithetical to core beliefs. There may be short-term agreements because of common enemies, but we have to understand the true dynamics for 14 centuries.

Of course in politics we see the same things - mantras are the rule instead of debate.  Anyone who thinks critically is suspect and MUST be silenced.  Anyone who leaves the fold is demonized and hunted down.

We see the same in education and culture.  The elites decide that what they think supersedes all other thinking - sort of like a modern Dark Ages with endless persecution. Even though evolution has ZERO to do with practicing medicine, to study at Rice University to be a doctor you have to believe in it. I Have a video Evolution vs. God that shows in unflattering terms that those who swear by evolution cannot even explain it or defend it in the slightest - just like dyed in the wool Muslims and partisan political folks cannot defend intellectually what they believe is sacrosanct.

Unfortunately, the same is often true of Christianity.  Children are told "we all are the children of God" even though the Bible says the opposite. Satan loves to take little truth and mix in lots of error - we are all CREATED by God, but John tells us how we get the power to BECOME children of God.  Jesus was not bashful about calling religious leaders children of Satan.

Tithing is another one - bombastic messages which ignore the triple tithe (one of which was triennial) for Jews in the Old Covenant but NEVER mentioned as part of the new covenant.  Endless guilting, out-of-context quotes, and teaching people to give in order to get is all pervasive among evangelicals and pastors who teach it almost NEVER examine the fact what they preach is impossible even to apply in a modern society with the diversity of ways people get paid.  Yet critical thinking is absent and people bludgeon congregations to give per a formula.  

We could go on to those shackled by Reformed Theology, Cessationist Theology, etc.  It does not take long to look at the spirit behind The Gospel Coalition, Patheos, and so many other groups who have laid aside basic scriptural truths.  People do the same as Brother Rachid details - they hear their memes early, they hear them often, their media sources are totally one-sided and slanderous.

In all cases it take deliverance through the power of the Holy Spirit to get free of the shackles and to be truly free in Christ.  It may be a struggle for you, but it is entirely worthy it!  God bless you!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

ARE YOU IN TEARS YET?

 


THERE ARE LOTS OF SCRIPTURE VERSES ABOUT CRYING TO GOD and also about lamenting for the state of the nation.  

The Temptations had a song wishing for rain - the singer was lamenting the loss of a girl and was crying. HE wanted rain to mask the tears. Our current situation is far worse than losing a girlfriend. We are on the brink of disaster with treasonous leaders selling our country to our enemies.

Our country is in the hands of pagans who appear to be doing the diametric OPPOSITE of every standard of God's word - life, morality, economics, impartiality, scornfulness, tyranny, you name it. Some Christians appear resigned to not resisting any evil not mater how egregious. Others who are either ignorant or rebellious concerning God's Word are actually celebrating the rapid rolling in of intense darkness in our nation. I say to cry to the Lord and also cry tears of sadness. We had been going in the right direction, but the servants of Satan are now rolling back all that progress.

In Luke chapter 13:34-35, Jesus lamented over Jerusalem - “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” CAN WE DO ANY LESS?

Exodus 2:23
Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.

Exodus 14:10
As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord.

Exodus 17:4
So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me.”

Judges 4:3
The sons of Israel cried to the Lord; for he had nine hundred iron chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years.

2 Chronicles 13:14
When Judah turned around, behold, they were attacked both front and rear; so they cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets.

Nehemiah 4:4
Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

PRAY HARD

 Many were disappointed when a number of modern-day Brutus's turned on the leader of the Free World and refused to investigate an incredibly obvious problem with the election in several states.  Actually, the problem was wider, but the focus was on those which would have made a difference in the national race. Doubtless, some in state races were defrauded as well.

Many Christians are upset while others who voted for the one declared the winner are celebrating.  I know those from both camps.

I Prayed Hard every single day for the last administration - for salvation, protection, and wisdom.  I also wrote the president numerous times with advice on issues which I believed he was not putting enough effort into or where his policies should have been different.  

I have prayed hard since the election for true justice.  I pray hard because II Chronicles 7:14 says that if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek God's face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and heal their land. 

I hear Christians including one with a prayer line who prays a whole lot, who prayed AGAINST the last president and now celebrating policies which are outright rebellion against God.  Being religious or praying a lot is not enough, especially when people pray amiss. You see, it is not simply praying but TURNING from their wicked ways.  There are people with prayer lines who are partaking in absolute wickedness.  Do you think God will hear them?  Does God say "Amen" to Carnality? Does he rejoice in the murder of innocent life?  I Peter 3:12 says, "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

I do not know about you, but I want to face the same way as God.  My face is ALSO against those who do evil.  It is a curse to call evil "good" and good "evil". Isaiah 5:20 is my source - "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"  I have heard so much of that - woe may come to them, but I surely do not want it to come to me!  I want to always call good, "good" and evil "evil", just like my God. Please join me in that endeavor.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

MeWe

I deleted my Facebook Account due to absurd and unconstitutional censorship and their partnership with some really bad actors.  I had joined MeWe back in 2018, and it now my primary social media site:

mewe.com/i/johnteets    Ask to be a contact!

Monday, December 21, 2020

THE PASSOVER STAR?

There was no "Christmas star" - the star in scripture came about 18 months later to guide the Wise men to the HOUSE where Jesus was staying. There were no wise men at the manger - just Shepherds, Joseph, Mary, and the newborn Great Shepherd Jesus. Actually, Matthew 2:11 doesn't mention Joseph being there when the Wisemen did come - only Mary - Joseph may have been out getting food or something else. People like the traditional narrative, but it is not per the Bible and there would be hopeless contradictions in scripture with that man-made scenario - Jesus could not be going to Nazareth and Egypt at the same time. If you follow the Bible and not tradition, there are zero contradictions. Jesus went to Nazareth after being presented in the temple and went to Egypt just after the wise men left the house where they were staying. Remember, Herod killed all the babies TWO YEARS and younger. That makes the wise men's visit likely to have been at Passover where Jesus' parents went every year per the scripture and they would likely have stayed in Bethlehem the place where Joseph was born - probably in a house owned by his extended family. Note that the shepherds did not need a star to guide them - they were told by an angel to go to a manger where a baby would be wrapped in swaddling clothes. That alone told them where Jesus would be - at the place where the sacrifice lambs were kept. The lambs had swaddling clothes wrapped around them to protect them from any spot or blemish until they were sacrificed. How appropriate that the perfect lamb of God was wrapped in the same way! People like to make up stuff whether Santa or having all the characters in one scene regardless of reality.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

OVERCOMING HOSTILITY

We are living in a day of great hostility to the Lord and all things decent. Grudging respect and deference by the unbeliever has been replaced by disdain, open scorn, and heavy-handed infringement of rights. While we can attribute this to the work of the devil, much of it could not occur without the church making itself an inviting target.

 

The Word says that we should expect to suffer for righteousness sake, but if we suffer for doing wrong, there is no reward in that.

 

Hostility comes early into the life of a Christian. I became a Christian at five, and believe me, you didn't even have to witness before the kids knew you were different. A clean mind and mouth as well as a peaceable spirit that God had given kids like me were dead giveaways and engendered hostility.

 

Those of you who became Christians later in life probably could share experiences relevant to your age level. Whether at High School, College, the military, work, or club, Christians stand out. We have learned to cope, however, and understand that a servant is not greater than his Lord, and since Jesus suffered, we will suffer. Likewise, we will share in his victory and his reward!

 

What is harder to deal with, however, is the hostility WITHIN the Body of Christ. Hostility has inhibited so much growth in the Body of Christ and has limited our effectiveness to the world.

 

Hostility did not start in the church but migrated there from the world.  In the beginning, it was not so. Man was at peace with God and the environment, and the only hostility that existed on earth was between the serpent and God. There is so much of a contrast between Paradise and our current fallen world, where men are hostile to each other as well as to the Lord God Almighty. One has only to listen to some of the hostile conversations being held, to read the hostile press articles be written, and to be a captive audience to the hostile “music” being played to know that a lot of people are very mad at the world. While some are content to express their hostility in these ways, other engage in direct frontal assault behavior that damages either others or themselves.  

 

While the most extreme forms of hostility would seemingly be found only in the world, many churches are full of hostility, sometimes among the leaders, other times between pastor and congregation or among the members of the congregation itself. Various behaviors are indicators of hostility — lack of proper respect, questioning all decisions, insulting the brethren, ignoring people not part of some sub-group, being contentious at business meetings, etc. How can we deal with the hostility that is so prevalent today? Let’s look at examples of hostility in the Bible, and how God dealt with it.

 

Joseph encountered great hostility from his brothers. Joseph was greatly favored by God and was gifted early in life. A father who recognized this and was none-too-wise in handling the situation exacerbated the problem. The brothers wanted everyone to be at their level. Just as occurs with Christian young men and women today, there is extreme pressure to conform and not to be sold out to God. This is true in the church as well as in the world. While we expect the world to be hostile to us, since they were hostile also to our Lord, it is harder to understand the hostility that occurs in the church when someone tries to move onward and upward with the Lord. People who cannot or will not live the way a righteous man does are often jealous, although they outwardly reject his life example. This jealousy and envy led to treachery and what seemed like a hopeless situation. Joseph’s response turned to forgiveness and helpfulness, and he did not take retribution on his brothers.

 

Moses encountered great hostility from his own when he killed the Egyptian. Then Pharaoh was hostile to him, and then all the children in the wilderness were hostile to Moses when things didn’t go their way.  Moses never returned this hostility, for he was the meekest man on earth, and through faith had such patience that he believed in the people when all indicators were predicting their failure. God offered to destroy the people and raise up a new people through Moses, but Moses defended the Israelites. This must have had considerable attraction, since men in those days commanded their families after them. Moses could well have formed the people in such a way that they followed the Lord, and he would have had fewer problems. However, Moses was a great leader because he loved the people, and he went to God on their behalf even when their behaviors were diametrically opposed to what God was asking for.

 

Even though God’s men were patient, events happened that punished the hostility, whether famine or other difficulties. Of course, there are other examples where God used his servants to punish hostility immediately.  One such case occurred when Elisha received hostility by being jeered by a group of young people, being called “baldhead” and laughed at. He responded by calling down a curse and two bears came and mauled forty-two of the youths. God does not take hostility lightly. Prophets major and minor received hostile receptions from kings and the people who didn’t want to change. They lived in difficult conditions and were in constant danger for their lives. The hostility of people toward God was channeled in concentrated measure against those servants of the Lord who were faithful.

 

Jesus himself encountered unbelievable hostility for telling the truth, just as the prophets of old had experienced. The scribes, Pharisees, and teachers of the law were the worst offenders, with the ordinary people being more receptive. The hostility came also from spiritual forces who made full frontal assault on the Lord. When the time came for him to offer up his life as a ransom for many, those who had a different scenario mocked and showed demented hostility toward the Lord. Once a person becomes hostile, there is practically no way to contain it, and it generally finds a place of expression. Hostility is not rational, and the more truth that is spoken, the wilder it can get.

 

Stephen spoke as an angel and was so hostilely opposed by Saul and other Jews who could not bear to hear the truth that he was stoned.  After his conversion, Paul received hostile receptions in many cities he went to, from idol-makers and sorcerers as well as from legalists and proud workers who compromised the truth. Timothy was constantly urged to be strong by Paul, due to the great hostility that was in the false teachers. God gave Timothy rules for choosing men to teach and to minister in the church.

 

God does not generally ignore hostility; rather he deals with it by making corrections or bringing destruction when necessary. However, his timing is not always our timing, so sometimes the righteous suffer during times of hostility until God says enough. God seems to allow men to go beyond any reason in order that they condemn themselves.

 

It would nice to say that if we simply do right and live circumspectly, that we would not incur hostility. If the Lord greatly blesses us, and we learned from Joseph not to rub it in, would we escape the difficult times he had to suffer? Perhaps not. Some other occasion would have arisen since he was righteous, and his brothers were not. Joseph is a type of Christ, and they hated Christ without a cause. Moses repented and heard continually from the Lord, and had the evidence to prove it, yet the Israelites despised the word of the Lord through Moses. The life of Christ and of Christians throughout time indicate that when we do right, the world is generally hostile to us. There will be times of acceptance, but we must realize that when we are an oracle of God, we will suffer persecution — we are not greater than the Master.

 

While many can understand the hostility and persecution from the world, since we have the Spirit of Christ and the world does not, most have a harder time understanding why there is so much hostility and persecution in the church. It is sad, but we can be persecuted by the church for the very same positions that infuriate the world. While we may not be stoned or beaten physically, the scars may in fact be worse. People are hostile if we are too demanding or if we set too high a goal. There is in life a series of thresholds, much like a track with progressively higher hurdles to leap. Once people cross a hurdle and decide not to jump the next, there is severe peer pressure on those who attempt it.   

 

Let’s go into this a bit further. The first hurdle is acknowledging there is a God. Many people jump this relatively low hurdle, because the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork. Only a fool would say there is no God, but the earth has a considerable population of fools! So, we take that fairly large group who have stepped over that first hurdle.  

 

Next is a belief that we are sinners, and something must be done about that. This is a tricky one, since a rational look at ourselves will reveal sin and shortcomings, but that look can cause us to go many different ways. Most get sidetracked here, because they find some way to deal with these shortcomings without leaping over the next hurdle, which is belief in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, as their Savior from sin and their Lord for all eternity. That hurdle requires faith, which is a gift of God, and it cannot be jumped over by the intellect. Most men have chosen so far to stay with their intellect and invent systems of sublimation of the sin, such as Yoga, meditation, or positive thinking, or of pagan ways of dealing with sin, whether self-abuse, asceticism, penance, or strange sacrifice.

 

Other hurdles of faith remain where the hurdles are missed through either lack of faith or misguided faith: Baptism in Water, which Christ has commanded us to follow him in, is either trivialized or made a requirement of salvation;  Baptism in the Holy Spirit, which God has commanded us to follow him in, is either dismissed as an irrelevancy or built up as an icon of division; Sonship teaching has either been persecuted by the church, even those who are "Spirit-filled", or else resulted in men walking around claiming they are perfect or acting “super-spiritual”, not taking communion or engaging in other commands of the Lord because they think they have transcended into another state. However, there are people who have overcome these hurdles of faith successfully — they have been baptized in water and had their hearts circumcised; they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus, and live lives of power, joy, and authority energized by God himself; they have accepted the clear teaching on Sonship in the scriptures, and desire to be like Jesus. They do not have illusions about being perfect yet, but they do not excuse sin in their lives, and they believe it is possible to be holy as the Lord their God is holy.

 

We must soar like eagles over the barnyard. When we fly with the Lord, we will rise above the mayhem below. Many visionary men of God have been dismissed with hostility by church organizations because people have a way of resisting the truth. Yet they have flown with the Lord and have achieved great victory in him. How do we do it? How do we overcome hostility in our lives?

 

The answer is love. It sounds simple, but there is no other way. Love of God and love for people. Let’s go back to some of our examples:  Joseph loved his brothers and wept over them. He made sure they had repented, but his final response was one of love. Moses countered the hostility of the people with intercession to save their lives. Jesus loved even those who tormented and killed him. Stephen forgave his murderers.

 

We must love. We must cease from hostility ourselves. We must be unified with the entire Body of Christ, since Jesus himself shed his blood to be our peace and to break down all walls of hostility between people. Ephesians 2 details this, with the intent of Christ being that there be ONE new man — not two or three!  Reconciled and united people are the building blocks for the household of God that is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. It is this household that is the habitation of God by his Holy Spirit.  

 

I recognize that demographics can sometimes be limiting, but when we INSIST on different bodies and different households — when we set out to form or try to maintain a White church or a Black church or a Jewish church, or a Hispanic Church, or churches with even more finely divided denominations, or churches of homogenous economic or social standing, hostility is inevitable. Even if not verbalized, it exists in the heart. This hostility is not only directed against members of the Body, it is also directed against the Lord who made the commandment and the edict for unity in the first place. We cannot overcome hostility aside from the plan of God, and it is only by resting in God that we can overcome the hostility that is sent against us or that may come from within us.  

 

In conclusion, it is necessary to overcome hostility. Hostility weakens and kills the brethren and grieves the Holy Spirit. We overcome by the blood of the lamb as we walk in the light as he is in the light, and follow the commands given to us in his Holy Word. Let’s pray and ask our Father to deliver us from hostility: 

 

“Jesus, we thank you that you delivered us from sin, and that we received the gift of faith so that we were able to lay aside the hostility we had toward you. We thank you for our precious salvation. Now Lord, enable us to live at peace with the brethren, and to not be hostile to the demands you make as we have come to better understand your precious word. Cause us to receive your love, and come into complete unity with your purposes, that we would understand the will of the Father as you did, and act accordingly with our brothers and sisters. Thank you for your Word. Enable us to obey it today.  Amen.”