Daily Devotional for Monday September 8, 2014
Joan Rivers is not Playing Heaven
(Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11, 21:43-45)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I have prayed over and over again for God to help me with self esteem around people. I don't feel comfortable talking with most people and especially in large groups, therefore I don't like social events and always feel embarrassed about myself. I always feel like I'm not as important as any else.
ANSWER: Remember this, you were made in the image of God. He created you and gave you unique qualities. Your are special to Him. He loves you. As a child of God, you are not defined by this world, but by your relationship with Christ. Your worth and value is infinite because of who you are in Christ!
Over the past several days since the death of comedic legend Joan Rivers, I have read headlines such as, "Joan Rivers is now playing Heaven," and endless comments from people who knew here like, "she is in a better place" and "she is now at peace." The FACT is Joan Rivers was a non-practicing Jew, who by her own words had rejected Christianity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
That means the moment Joan Rivers took her last breath, she was NOT telling God jokes, "playing Heaven," or "at peace in a better place." Sadly, like ALL who reject faith in Christ Joan Rivers was eternally separated from God her Creator because of her sins and is in the never-ending torment of hell!
Please let me help those of you who are planning on sending me emails that it is not up to me to tell a person they are going to heaven or hell. It is not me who is stating this, it is GOD in the book He authored called the Bible! God, not Bill Keller, clearly tells us that those who have accepted Christ by faith and thus cleansed from their sins will be eternally with God in Heaven, and those who have rejected Christ by faith and thus die in their sins will be eternally separated from God in Hell.
If there was every a place and time to preach the Gospel it was at the Jewish Temple in Yew York where the funeral service for Joan Rivers was held Sunday. It was a typical "celebration" by people who have embraced the lies of this world and rejected the Truth of the Gospel. The hope of Christ was replaced by the hopelessness of a world who has rejected Him, complete with music by a gay men's chorus!
*If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Savior by faith or have a friend or loved one who has not made that choice,, below is a link that lays out the most important choice each person has to make during their life. Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm
This brings us a to a debate that comes up often, and that is whether a Jewish person can go to heaven or not. The answer is a resounding YES!!! God's free gift of everlasting life is available to ALL MEN! A Jewish person cannot go to Heaven just be being born a Jew. They are saved like all men, and that is by putting their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
A Jewish person by virtue of their birth is one of God's "chosen people," but like everyone else, each one will be held accountable for their sins. God's only plan of redemption is by faith in His Son Jesus Christ. Without Christ they are as lost as anyone else who has rejected faith in Christ, so pray today for those Jewish men and women you may know, to give their heart and life to the Messiah--Jesus!!!
A big reason this is even debated is because of people like Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, Hagee has devoted a huge portion of his ministry around the land of Israel and the Jewish people, since he realized what a financial bonanza it represented. It nets him tens of millions annually and is a HUGE part of his "ministry business."
Due to his connection with many Rabbis and Jewish religious leaders in Israel, years ago he committed spiritual malpractice by placating his Jewish partners who help him raise millions each year by publicly stating that Jews can be saved simply by virtue of being Jewish. This is also known as "Duel Covenant Theology," a lie that teaches non-Jews must be saved through faith in Jesus while Jews are saved simply by virtue of being a Jew.
I can see how difficult it would be for Hagee to get help from his Jewish partners to raise the millions each year he does if he told them the truth, that without faith in Jesus they would die and be lost for all eternity. So he just lies to them in order to keep the gravy train rolling, even if it means those he lies to will burn in hell!
Of course Hagee has no problem compromising the Truth and His faith for money, since he is another one of satanic Mormon cult member Glenn Beck's bought and paid for modern day Judas' who lies for Beck to the people that Beck is a Christian, when a first semester Bible college student knows Beck and those in his cult are no more a Christian than a Muslim or any other denier of the Jesus of the Bible is!
Hagee recently laid a "pig on the alter" as he had the gall to have Beck on his TV program that airs on every major Christian network, not to try and save his soul from the damnable lies of the Mormon cult, or to warn and teach his viewers about the false theology of Beck and his Mormon cult, but of to use Beck to raise money!
Let me take a second to share with you, the incredible blessing many ministries to the Jewish people have been in leading God's chosen people to faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Decades ago, there was Jews for Jesus, an INCREDIBLE ministry to the Jewish people that led many to faith in Christ. A long time dear friend of mine Sid Roth, played a large role in that movement. There is also a strong Messianic movement in this nation for many decades made up of converted Jews.
I love you and care about you so much. It is too bad Rivers rejected the Messiah so many of her fellow Jews have come to embrace by faith. Please pray for her family and friends that before they take their last breath, they may have their heart opened to the truth of the Gospel and come to faith in Christ so they can escape the eternity of damnation Joan Rivers will forever know.
We are no longer under the OT sacrificial system since God sent as a one-time perfect sacrifice the spotless lamb Jesus to the cross! That is why for EACH person who lives, it is faith in Jesus and Jesus alone that can save their soul. There is NO OTHER plan of salvation. There is NO OTHER way to Heaven for ANYONE, Jew or Gentile!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,