Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Good Seed

For as the rain cometh down, 
and the snow from heaven, 
and returneth not thither, 
but watereth the earth, 
and maketh it bring forth and bud, 
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please, 
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
- Isaiah 55:10-11 KJV

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Satan Has A Plan For Your Life

As surely as there is a living God in heaven, there is a devil. The devil is a real being. It matters not if you believe in him, it will not change the fact that he truly exists. The word of God says that there is a devil, and it is so. He is the prince and the power of the air, he is the god of this world. He is the serpent, he is Lucifer, he is Satan. And Satan has a plan for your life. His plan for your life includes;

Temptation. Not towards good, but towards evil. Not towards God, but towards himself, away from God. Temptation to sin. He will lure you, seduce you, manipulate you, coerce you, whatever it takes to lead you down the road to sin and destruction. He knows you well. He studies you. He knows your weaknesses. He knows your pet sins, where you are most vulnerable, and will use those sins against you. He would not have you fear God and depart from evil, but he would have you shun and reject God and indulge in evil. Satan is the great tempter. 

Lies. Satan is a liar. Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:43-45 KJV). He will fill your head with lies. Big fat lies, sweet little lies. Satan is a natural liar, lies are his natural tongue and language. White lies, half truths, and disinformation are included in this package. His plan does not include the truth that will set you free, nor the truth that will save your soul. He wants you to have a lack of knowledge concerning the truth, to be void of understanding. He will dumb you down. He knows the Scriptures well, and will use them craftily against you to lead you into fatal error. Satan is a master of lies. There is no truth in him. If you are believing his lies you cannot hear nor understand the word of God, and cannot believe the truth. You are right where Satan wants you to be. 

Deception. Being the father of lies, Satan wants you deceived. One of his great deceptions is that he does not even exist. He wants you to think and believe that what you think and believe is true, apart from the word of God. He wants you to think that there is no God. Or, he wants you to think that there is a God and to be very religious. Satan wants you very busy, active, and about his business. Your work is very important to him. Salvation by works is at the heart of his gospel. Beware! Another great masterful deception of his is to make folks think they are saved when they are not saved at all. He will beguile you with many attractive crafts, amusements, entertainments, and deceptions. Sleight of hand, cunning, and trickery are his speciality. He is the master of illusion. 

Sweet Savour. Jesus said to Satan..."Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men". (Matthew 16:23 KJV). Satan savours the things of men. Satan wants you to savour the things of men. The things of the world, the things of the earth. Not the things of God. He wants you to be worldly, sensual, carnal, to love the things of this world. It's wisdom, it's philosophy, it's beliefs. His plan includes the shunning of the word of God as foolishness."For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV). Satan wants you to reject the Gospel, neglect the Gospel, mock the things of God, and see the things of God as foolishness. His plan and purpose for your life is that you perish, to distract you from ever being truly saved by the Lord. If you are saved, he wants to weaken you and cause you to stumble. Satan has many a sweet delight for man to savour, to lure them away from the truth of the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord.  

Worship. Satan tempted the Lord Jesus with worship. "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Matthew 4:8-11 KJV). Satan desired the worship of Jesus Himself! He desires your worship as well. Worship other gods, worship self, worship him. Maybe worship a false "Christ". He is hidden behind all false worship. Worship anyone but the Lord God of heaven, anyone but the true and real Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately Satan desires to be worshipped as God, on the throne of God. 

Faith. Belief. Satan would have you have a form of belief, a form of faith. Even in God. Satan and his devils believe in God, and tremble. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19 KJV). He will have you believe and have faith in anything under the sun, as long as it is not Biblical faith in Christ Jesus the Lord alone for salvation. He would have you avoid repentance and faith towards God like the plague. He does not want you free from sin. Belief in yourself is one of his favorite teachings. Belief in another Jesus, a Jesus other than the true Jesus according to the Scriptures, is his grand deception.  

Gospel. Satan has a gospel of his own. A gospel of self. A man-centered gospel, a social gospel. A works gospel. Many false prophets are in the world, and they are all working for Satan. They transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, pretending to be someone they are not. Beware, they preach a gospel. Many come in the name of Christ, preach a Christ, and teach a Christ that is not according to the Scriptures. "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1: 6-9 KJV). Men preach another gospel. Women preach another gospel. Even angels may come in visions with a new revelation, another gospel. Satan's gospel is accursed and doomed by the wrath of God. A damnable heresy that leads souls astray into the pit of hell. Satan has Bibles, Bible Schools, and lots of gospel music that seems to honor God. It may honor God with the lips, but Satan's heart is far from God. His desire is to see your heart remain far from God as well. His agenda is to remove you from the true Gospel with another gospel, or to remove the true Gospel from you and replace it with another gospel. 

Church. Satan desires worship. Satan encourages faith and belief. Satan has a gospel. Satan has ministers. Satan has Bibles. And Satan has churches. Lots of churches. Satan loves church. He has small, humble churches. He has megachurches. "Go to church" is his catch phrase. Note the phrase "go to church" is nowhere in God's word. Satan has temples, cathedrals, and massive arenas. They attract the masses. Satan is deeply religious. Long robes are often his trademark, not horns and a pitchfork. Nearly all buildings that are called "churches" are his. “Satan has certainly been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years.” A quote from Anton Szandor LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible. Yes, Satan is a friend to these apostate "church" systems that have beautifully adorned structures and buildings called "churches". In the word of God, the "church" is simply a called out assembly of believers. Those whom the Lord Jesus has saved. These believers met in homes rather than large, organized structures. Satan desires that one be in one of his churches every time the door is open. The "unchurched" are looked down upon, and made to feel guilty and ashamed. Beware, Satan has churches.  

Captivity. To bind you up in sin and affliction. Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath day in the Gospel of Luke. The Jews did not like it one bit. Jesus answered them "And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" (Luke 13:16 KJV)( For full context, see Luke 13:14-17 KJV). Satan binds men and women. This woman was bound for 18 long years. Satan's will for your life is that you be bound in sin, addicted to sin, and wallowing in the muck and mire of sin. For you to be good slave to sin is his plan for you. He wants you as a captive. "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Tim 2:26 KJV). His plan for your life includes living in sin. Pride, which is a sin, is his purpose for your life. Satan oppresses and depresses the soul, and afflicts man with many an ailment. Jesus set the woman free. The Lord Jesus has come to set you free. 

Possession. Satan wants to have you, and to sift you as wheat. He desired to do so with Simon Peter..."And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:" (Luke 22:31 KJV) He wants you for his own. All of you. He wants your love and devotion, he wants your very soul. Many make a deal with him, selling their own souls to the devil. He wants control over you, he wants to possess you. Literally. 

Treasure Hunt. Satan wants to devour you. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:". (1 Peter 5:8 KJV). Like a lion on the prowl, he seeks flesh to eat, blood to drink, souls to devour. He wants to rip you and your life to pieces, all the while promising peace and safety. He has no love or care for you. He does not treasure you nor your company. He is a predator on the hunt for your very soul. Satan would have you drunken with the pleasures of the world, sedated if you will, weak and blinded. The hunt is on. He walks about. He seeks WHOM he may devour, those who are not aware of him, ignorant of his devices, naive to his deceptions, those fallen prey to his beguilements. 

Advantage. He wants to have advantage over you. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV). Satan wants you to remain ignorant of his many devices against you. Darkness is his domain, and his plan is to keep you in darkness where he may work his plan for your life in secret. 

Your Guardian Angel. He wants to be your "angel of light". "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 KJV). He transforms himself into an angel of light, pretending that he is for your good. That he is here to help you, to aid you in some way. Beware, he is not for your good. He comes even in the name of Christ, even as Christ. So do his ministers.  

Destruction. Satan comes to destroy you, to steal from you, and to kill you. He wants your blood on his hands. He wants you dead. He is the master of destruction, and loathes the thought of your salvation. His plan is for your ultimate destruction. Remember this fact while you are being beguiled and entertained by his wiles. The road of the devil is a broad road, leading to destruction.  

Theft. To take the word of God from you. "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved." (Luke 8:12 KJV). Satan does not want you to know the truth, he does not want you to have the word of God in your heart or in your mind. He will corrupt it, pervert it, counterfeit it, replace it with other words, words of men, words of devils, or choke it out with the sins and cares of this life. He is very crafty and cunning, and even has counterfeit Bibles to replace the word of God in your heart and mind. Satan wants you to fall by the way side.  

Death. Satan is the lord of death. The fear of death is his masterpiece. His culture is the culture of death. Speaking of Jesus, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV) Your personal death is Satan's desire. He loathes your life, he abhors your soul. He plans and plots your demise with exact precision. He has a detailed blueprint for you premeditated murder. Satan is a murderer. If it were not for the grace of the God of heaven, you would be dead already. Further more, Christ Jesus is the Great Deliverer from the one who holds men in his power in their fear of death. 

Destiny. He wants you, the unsaved, in hell. The Lord Jesus speaking, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41 KJV). Hell is a place prepared for the devil and his angels. Hell is a place of everlasting fire. Satan is going there one day, and he wants you there as well. He would have you perish in your sins, unsaved, going to the grave believing a lie. He wants you lost, and to stay lost, to die lost, and to step out into eternity lost. He will promise you the world, but his desire is that you lose your own soul. He will promise that you will find your destiny, but it's another lie of the devil. Satan wants you dead and lifeless, and he wants your soul in hell. 

Final Destination.  He does not want you, the unsaved, to know his final destination. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Rev 20:10 KJV). While the world loves to sing "I am on the highway to hell" like it's all a big party, he will not tell you the truth about hell. Hell is a literal place. Satan and all that follow after him will go there. It is not a party place after all, but a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. A place of torment. But there is a place worse that the torments of hell. It is a place where death and hell are cast, along with Satan, his angels, and all that are not saved. It is called the lake of fire and brimstone. It's his final destination. Torment day and night for ever and ever. It's your end as well if you are not saved and do not repent and turn to God and be ye saved. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12-15 KJV)

You have an enemy. His name is Satan, the devil. Whether you believe in him or not, he exists. He has a masterful plan for your life. He plans to destroy you to the uttermost. To walk his path all you have to do is stay on the broad road that leads to destruction. The popular path among men. The accepted path of men. He is the Pied Piper playing his beautiful song, leading many souls to their destruction. Shun the word of God, do as thou wilt, and you are in his grasp this very hour. Attend the devil's meetings, his concerts, his theatre, and his arenas. Listen to his preaching. Plug in to his stream with your device of choice, and listen to the voice of the serpent. His sermons are pleasant to the eye, pleasant to the ear, pleasant to the senses...but damnable to the soul. The visuals are amazing. The music is deeply moving. His words ring seemingly true to the natural man. Such is the art and craft of Satan's delusion. Believe it or not...

Satan has a plan for your life. 

Awaken. Open your darkened eyes. If you are yet an unbeliever, it might be that the glorious light of the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord will shine upon you this day. 

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake."  - 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 KJV

The Lord Jesus is greater than Satan. He has come to destroy the works of the devil. He is the One and Only Saviour. He alone opens blinded eyes. 

"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." - 1 John 3:8 KJV

"For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." - Luke 9:56a KJV

The Lord Jesus has come to save sinners, sinners captive of Satan, sinners who are servants of sin. Satan is the destroyer of men. Christ Jesus the Lord is the destroyer of the works of Satan, and the Saviour of men. His Gospel has come, in the very words of the Lord Jesus Himself,...

"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."  - Acts 26:18 KJV

Turn to the living God, and be ye saved. 

For the believer, the hunt is still on. Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." - Romans 16:20 KJV

- Dan Dunn
   January 23rd, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Eternal I Am

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." 
                                                                                                          - John 8:58 KJV. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Road To Salvation

What road do you travel on? There are two roads in life. We are either on the road to heaven, or on the road to hell. One road is the road to salvation, the other road is the road to destruction. The road to salvation is clear in the book of Romans.

First, we must confess, or admit, that we are poor sinners.

Romans 3:10 KJV - "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one"

Romans 3:23 KJV - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Romans 5:12 KJV - "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

We are all sinners as we have all sinned and come short of God's glory. Not a one of us is righteous before God...not one! We inherited our sinful nature from the man Adam. Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden and through Adam, the first created man, sin came to all mankind.

Romans 6:23a KJV - "For the wages of sin is death..."

God told Adam and Even they would surely die if they ate of the forbidden fruit. We, too, will surely die because of our sins. We have a sin debt towards God. God demands payment for our sins, and that payment is our death. We sow sin, we reap the wages of sin, which is death. We have all sinned and deserve the judgment of God and to be cast into hell.

Romans 6:23b KJV - "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

This is the great news! God's great gift to us poor sinners is salvation through His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus. It is a FREE GIFT from God to everyone that believes on the Son. It is by God's grace, through faith in the Son, NOT OF WORKS. It is a GIFT.

Romans 5:8 KJV - "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"

God has shown His great love for man in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for poor sinners, Christ died for our sins. Your sins, my sins, the sin of the world. He paid the debt of sin we all have towards God! For God so loved YOU...It's personal. Our sin debt is paid in full if we take the gift.

Romans 10:13 KJV - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Through Christ Jesus, through the foolishness of preaching, through the Gospel, God offers the FREE GIFT to us. Our simple part is to BELIEVE the Gospel and CALL on the name of the Lord. There is NONE OTHER NAME whereby we MUST be saved. We come to God through Christ Jesus, and He forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. God will save all that call on the name of the Lord in repentance and faith.

It is not necessary for us to do good works to be saved, we are simply called to REPENT and BELIEVE the Gospel.

We do not need to join a church.
We do not need to walk an aisle.
We do not need to complete a decision card.
We do not need to pray a sinner’s prayer.
We do not have to go to a priest or pastor.
We do not have to give money.
We do not have to jump through religious hoops.
We do not need to do anything of this sort.

If one is doing these things in order to try to be saved, one is on the WRONG ROAD! 

Jesus did it all. Salvation is all of the Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 KJV - "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Salvation is PERSONAL. A man must believe in his own heart that God hath raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, and a man must confess with his own mouth the Lord Jesus. I am saved by this Gospel, and it is this Gospel I preach. I have confessed the Lord Jesus, and simply point to Him. It is HE that has saved this poor man. We are all on the road to hell, and the Lord Jesus alone saves man and puts him on the road to heaven. DEATH came through Adam, but ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ the Lord. While it is still called today, call on the name of the Lord and be ye saved.

Dan Dunn
June 30th, 2015

Remember Sodom

Genesis 13:13 KJV - "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly."                                     

Genesis 19:24-25 KJV - "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." 

Genesis 19:27 -28 KJV - "And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."

Luke 17:28 - 29 KJV - "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all."

Jude 1:7 KJV - "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." 

The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners "exceedingly". Not only Sodom, but Gomorrha, and "the cities about them in like manner". Sexual sin filled Sodom and the surrounding cities. Sodomy (homosexuality), fornication, perhaps bestiality, and going after "strange flesh". In other words, deviant sexual activity against nature and against God's created order, and the sin of PRIDE. Impenitent souls defied God, rebelled, and refused to repent. Pride of their sin and the hardness of their hearts provoked the Lord to anger and wrath. Judgement came swiftly. Brimstone and fire raining down from the Lord in heaven. The smoke of the country went up as "the smoke of a furnace". All were destroyed, save righteous Lot and his two daughters who escaped by the hand of the Lord. The sins of Sodom are "set forth as an example" for all that will live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). Some mock and laugh at this "old fashioned" fire and brimstone preaching...the mocking and laughter will cease under the rain of fire and judgement of the living God, destroying all who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel. God COMMANDS all men to repent. The day of judgment is coming sooner than can be imagined upon a wicked and sinful world. The word of God is sure and true.

Romans 2:4-5 KJV - "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God."

By God's great MERCY we are not consumed already. It is by His GOODNESS we are reproved of our sins and led to repentance. If men stay proud and hold to an impenitent heart, an unrepentant, selfish and rebellious state against the word of God, they will perish in their sins and face the wrath of the living God as Sodom surely did. They will face God's RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT. The Lord HIMSELF is coming quickly "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 KJV. 

All the pride, the pomp, the waving of rainbow flags provokes the Lord of heaven and earth to wrath. To those who are willing and obedient...REPENT! FLEE the wrath to come! God is not willing that sinners perish, but that all sinners come to repentance and faith in the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord. Christ Jesus the Lord is the one and only ESCAPE. To those who refuse to repent, and rebel, DESTRUCTION. We live in darkest of days right before the coming of the Lord, what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. It's a day of wrath and judgment on an impenitent world. REMEMBER SODOM. They ate. They drank. They bought. They sold. They planted. They builded. Surely they lived in sin openly before the Lord. Life as usual to Sodom and the surrounding cities and plains, all seemed so good and well. Sunshine, birds singing, the hum of the city like any other typical day. Yet the very same day that Lot went out of Sodom, fire and brimstone rained out of heaven and destroyed them all. Out of love I warn that those who do not obey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will suffer worse than the rain of fire and brimstone on Sodom, suffering EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION from the presence of the Lord.

The word of the Lord is sure and true. Remember Sodom.

Dan W. Dunn
June 27th, 2015

(Pic is from John Martin, 1852)

Fire! Fire!

"When a house is on fire, what ought to be done first? We ought to give the alarm and wake the inhabitants. This is true love to our neighbor. This is true charity. Reader, I love your soul, and want it to be saved. I am therefore going to tell you something about hell. There is such a place as hell. Let no one deceive you with vain words. What men do not like, they try hard not to believe. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes to judge the world, He will punish all who are not his disciples with a fearful punishment. All who are found impenitent and unbelieving; all who have clung to sin, stuck to the world, and set their affections on things below; all who are without Christ; all such shall come to an awful end. Whosoever is not written in the book of life shall be "cast into the lake of fire." Rev 20:15."   - J.C. Ryle

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
-John 3:36

Without the Son, your house is on fire even now. God's wrath is upon you. The things of the world beguile and entertain you, and are a distraction from the judgement of the living God that is ready to fall. The things of this world draw your soul away to destruction. It's entertainments, it's merriments, it's delights, it's cares, and it's false systems of belief. One may have all the money, power, fame, toys, and trinkets galore. If one does not have the Son as their Saviour, they are lost in darkness. Without the Son they do not have life, and shall not see life. Light has come into the world through the glorious Gospel, yet men love the darkness more. The love of many has grown cold. Lies and deception are everywhere. The world has gone mad, The world is on fire. Without the Son, your house is on fire! The flames are climbing higher, and I for one cannot stand idle by the wayside to watch as you perish. If you die lost, without the Son as your one and only Saviour, you will go to a place called hell. It is for real. Many say that they cannot believe in a place called hell. Soon enough they will believe in it, if they do not repent. God's Word says that there is a hell, that there is yet a lake of fire where hell itself shall be cast. Call me an alarmist. Call me a legalist. Call me whatever you want. I am not casting any stones or passing any judgments. I am telling you to flee for your life! Flee sin. Flee wickedness. Flee false teachers who care nothing for your soul. They are many. Flee to Christ Jesus the Lord. Run for your life! 

God offers His salvation full and free through His Son, Christ Jesus the Lord. He died for our sins, He was buried. He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. How shall we escape if we reject or neglect so great a salvation? Escape what? many say. Saved from what? From facing the wrath of God! From being cast into hell! From being cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity! We have all sinned against the Lord of heaven and earth. We are all sinners bound for hell. Christ came to save sinners! Repent! is the cry of the hour. He has heard the cry of this poor man, and He has saved me and my house. And now this poor man cries out to you to escape for thy life. True love warns. True love cries out Fire! Fire!. True love sounds the alarm! There is a way of escape, only one way of escape. Through Christ Jesus the Lord alone. Believe on Him. Turn to Him and be saved. Admit your sin, turn to the living God in repentance and faith, and He will save you! Your name will be written in the Book of Life. He will bear you up, underneath will be His everlasting arms. He will save you to the uttermost. 

There is another side of this great news, if we reject His Son, if we neglect His Son, we perish. We will not be saved. We die lost in our sins. We will not go to heaven, but to the darkness and torments of hell. Hell is not a mythical place. Hell is not a party place. It's a real place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Our minds cannot comprehend the torment and horror of hell. It gets even worse! There is another place the Bible calls the lake of fire. Hell and all of those in hell will be judged and then cast into the lake of fire for ever and ever. God's wrath is for real, and His judgment is for real. Do not fall for the lie that says otherwise. Let God be true and every man a liar. Let these words come into your house and rescue your living soul from an awful end. Without the Saviour your house is on fire. The wrath of God is as real as the blessings God bestows on us each and every day. God is a consuming fire! He is a good God, a God of love and everlasting mercy. It is His goodness that warns us and grants a place of repentance. Do not harden your heart. His judgment is coming. Turn to the living God, the one and only Saviour. He cares for your very soul. Again I say, Run for your life! 

-Dan W. Dunn
 March 31st, 2012

The Way To Hell

Hell is a literal place. Believe it or not. Like it or not. Men may raise their voices in protest. Voices may scoff. Voices may speak words of disbelief. Many say that there is no hell, it's just a fable or scare tactic. Men may try to convince with vain and high-sounding words that hell is not for real. Are we ready to gamble away our soul with vain words? Let no man deceive you with vain words! Hell is a real, literal place. The way to hell is broad and the way to hell is wide. Many travel the way to hell. The highway to hell is a party with music and dancing, eating and drinking, and being merry, and going about daily life and feeling no remorse for sin and partaking of evil. All the media world is a stage of delusion with it's lights, cameras, and action. The Pied Piper plays his song for man and draws their soul to the depths of hell. Man plugs in to this constant stream as if it's his lifeline. Ironically, it's a death-line. Like a strange, adulterous woman...she lures and entices men to come near to her house, to join her in sin and evil pleasures. She entertains, she beguiles, she deceives, yet remember, she is unfaithful. The word of God warns...

"Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death." - Proverbs 7:24-27 KJV.

Hearken to the word of the living God. The strange woman has a house, many houses, that lead to hell and to death. Funhouses, playhouses, movie houses, music houses, party houses, pleasure houses, and religious houses. Yeah, even houses in the name of God and Christ! She is a MYSTERY. 

"For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them." - Proverbs 5: 3-6 KJV. 

Her mouth is filled with sweet words and temptations, her ways are MOVEABLE and strange, man cannot know them. Many have fallen prey to her. To the depths of death and hell they have gone! There are many souls in hell at this very moment. It's for real. They weep. They gnash their teeth. They cry out in torment. They thirst. They are in utter darkness. They long to send someone to warn their loved ones of the horrible place called hell. They have gone down to the chambers of death and hell never to see life or loved one again. They lost their living soul forever. They enjoyed sin and pleasure for a season and reaped the due wages they had sown. They refused to heed the word of God. They did not fear God nor did they depart from evil. They did not repent and believe the Gospel. They turned away from Christ Jesus the Lord the only SAVIOUR. Oh, many were deeply religious and professed to know God, calling Him "Lord, Lord". They trusted in their own good works. They could not discern that the funhouse they were in, or the "house of God" they were in was, in truth, the house of the unfaithful strange woman, the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. 

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."  - Matthew 7:21-23 KJV. 

A lot of professing religious folk who say "Lord, Lord" will not enter heaven, but will hear the Lord say "Depart from me". Depart to where? "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"  - Matthew 25:41 KJV. Depart to everlasting fire, the fire of hell, and the everlasting lake of fire. Not total destruction, not annihilation, but everlasting fire.EVERLASTING is eternal, eternal is forever and ever. No end. No escape. Ever! The torments of hell await even a lot of folks who profess to be Christians who may be deeply religious, but are deeply lost in sin. The torments of hell also await many a soul that make light of hell and laugh it off as a fable. Those in hell are not laughing anymore! Some never believed in a literal place called hell. It matters not whether they believed in a literal hell or not, they surely believe now. Hell was READY to meet them at their last breath. Hell is READY even now to meet the unsaved, unrepentant sinner at their last breath. Life is short. Death is a grim reality. Many live as if there really is no hell, no judgement of God with eternal consequences. Do not trust the words of men. Why grope around in the dark with mere words of men? Believe the word of God. Fear God, and repent. Depart from evil. The house is on fire, the alarm is sounding, this is no time to trifle with your own souls. Awaken! 

The Lord Jesus speaking of the rich man and the beggar man, Lazarus..."And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." - Luke 16:21-24 KJV. (Read Luke 16:19-31 KJV for the whole context).

The grave is not the end! IN HELL. The Lord Jesus does not mince His words. This is no fairytale. This is no fable. IN HELL the rich man lifted up his eyes. He could see. He could move and was still conscious and aware. He was in torments. He had the full experience of being in hell. He cried out, so he could speak in hell. He could cry out. He thirsts, so his senses are fully functional in hell. His tongue needs to be cooled, so he was literally feeling the heat. No coolant ever came or ever will come. He is tormented in flames, leaving no doubt this is the fires of hell Jesus warns about. The rich man still has his full being. He has his memories. He remembers his family! He does not want them to come to hell with him!(Luke 16:27-28). He has not ceased to exist after his death, and is in hell this very hour. His fate is permanently fixed. There is no escape. This is no parable that Jesus spoke. Hell is a literal place as much as heaven is a real, literal place. I will take God's word for it. Why would Christ Jesus the Lord come to save sinners, and die for our sins on the cross according to the Scriptures, and be buried, and rise again the third day according to the Scriptures, if hell is not a real place?  We had best repent and believe the Gospel according to the Scriptures and run away from men who want to wrangle with the living God with their vain, empty words. It's foolishness. If we neglect so great a salvation, how shall we escape damnation? If one does not believe in a literal hell, and dies in their sins, rejecting the Son whom God hath sent, they will soon be a believer in a literal hell. IN HELL Jesus says. This is no joke. This is a very strong warning, I love your soul, and warn as a faithful friend would warn. I care not if I offend you with the truth. I point you to the word of God, to the SAVIOUR. Death is a great reality. I have heard the heart-wrenching death cry of a man burning alive in a car after a bad wreck. No one could get him out of his mangled car. No one could put out the raging flames. His cry was piercing and haunting. No one could save the man. There was no way of escape. The man burned to death in the fiery flames. His death cries were real! A very grim reality. Hell is far worse. I cannot imagine the cries that come from hell. Torments. Weeping. Gnashing of teeth. Outer darkness. Flames. An unspeakable death cry. 

In this world "Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" is the mantra on the highway to hell. Do what feels good. Do what is right in your own eyes. Follow your own heart. Believe in yourself. It's just human pride. Pride is sin! The WAGES of SIN is DEATH. Staying lost in sin and then dying in sin...This is the way to hell. REJECT the Lord Jesus, the One and Only Saviour, and one is on the way to hell. NEGLECT the Lord Jesus, the One and Only Saviour, and one is on the way to hell. Cast His word aside as foolishness, and one is on the way to hell. Honor God with the lips, keeping the heart far from Him, and one is on the way to hell. Keep the focus on self, on vain religion and vain works, whether unfruitful works of darkness or seemingly good religious works, and one is on the way to a literal place the Lord Jesus calls hell. All of our thoughts, our words, our cries, and our works to save ourselves are burnt up and mean nothing...SALVATION is of the Lord. 

Jesus says:

"And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him."  - Luke 12:4-5 KJV. 

Fear the living God. He alone has the power to both kill the body and cast one alive into hell. Jesus again says..."And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." - Matthew 10:28 KJV. The Lord Jesus is not speaking vain words. He is not playing games. The Lord Jesus warns men of the very real dangers of hell. It is an even more fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. The wrath of God is real. The term HELL FIRE comes from the very lips of the Lord Jesus Himself. Men are sinners and are on the way to hell and need SALVATION. They need a SAVIOUR. 

"The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."  - Proverbs 14:27 KJV.

"The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath."  - Proverbs 15:24 KJV.

If hell is not horrific enough, there is something coming in the future even worse than hell. 

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." - Revelation 20:12-15 KJV.

Souls in hell will rise to judgment. DEATH and HELL will be cast into the lake of fire. UNSAVED souls not found written in the book of life will also be cast into the lake of fire. The most important question in life is ARE YOU SAVED? Are you prepared to meet the living God?

Going to church cannot save a man. Vain religion cannot save a man. Doing good deeds cannot save a man. No man can save the soul of another man. Man cannot save himself, nor keep his own soul alive. God is able to destroy both BODY and SOUL in hell! FEAR GOD! God commands all men to repent and believe the Gospel of His dear Son, Christ Jesus the Lord. He alone can SAVE. He is THE WAY OF LIFE. This is the will of God, to save sinners on their way to hell and the lake of fire. God is not willing that we perish in our sins. It is GOD that is fore-warning men of hell! It is the Lord forewarning men of God's wrath. The gift of God is eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you saved by the One and Only SAVIOUR? Or, are you on the way to hell and the lake of fire? Repent, and believe the Gospel. Hearken unto the word of God. Flee the wrath of God. Flee to the Lord Jesus! He alone is the way to heaven. All other ways are the way to hell. 

Dan Dunn
May 21st, 2015


"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." - Ephesians 2:4-9 KJV.

"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." 
- Titus 3:3-7 KJV.

"And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" - 1 Timothy 1:14-15 KJV.

The KINDNESS and LOVE of God our SAVIOUR has appeared to man. By His MERCY He offers man the gift of SALVATION, the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE. Believers have this hope. Unbelievers do not have this hope. Unbelievers are on the run. Salvation is of the Lord. It is by His grace, and by His grace alone man is saved. Salvation is not by works of righteousness that men do. Salvation is through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the SAVIOUR, on our behalf. God is rich in mercy, rich in grace and great love for man, and salvation is His great gift to man. Those that run from the Lord, run from His great love and mercy. They run from the blessing He has for them. I was a runner myself for a long time. I knew that God could strike me dead for my sins against Him...yet in His great love He drew me to His word and He saved this poor wretch of a man. The Lord showed me His great KINDNESS. His mercy is everlasting. Sinners ought to fear Him, sinners ought to fear His judgement and His great wrath towards sin and wickedness, yet sinners ought to come to Him in repentance and faith. God commands all men to repent. Men naturally seek a way of escape from the eyes of Him who sees and knows all. Men naturally hide in darkness from the Light of the World. Sinners, stop running! Come to Christ Jesus, the SAVIOUR. Christ Jesus came to save sinners. Maimed, lame, broken, dirty, rotten, sick...sinners.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 
- Romans 5:8 KJV.

While yet sinners, Christ died for us on the cross. Before we were ever born in this generation, Christ died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day rose again to conquer death once and for all according to the Scriptures, the sure and true word of God. Runners are running from their only hope and salvation, from the true Gospel in which we are saved. Runners run from the KINDNESS of God.

As a young man I was very ill. I had to be hospitalized for a time. After my release the bill was great. Thousands of dollars I could never pay. The bills came. Then the calls came. I ran. I hid. I rejected the calls. I was still sick. I was tired. One lady would not give up. She insisted that I come in and see her. She insisted that I come in and discuss the matter. For a year or so I evaded her. A call came one day from her, and in a moment of weakness I agreed to meet with her. I was tired of running. The day came. I met with her. I came into her office with great dread of the debt I owed. I sat in a chair, quiet, ready for the judgment. With joy she gave me some news. It was then and there when this tired runner heard the news that my bill had been paid in full. Someone I did not even know paid my entire debt. It was then and there I was discharged from the burden of debt. I was released from that great debt, and set free from the burden I had carried for so long. I had been running from a blessing all along. KINDNESS was pursuing me and I was running away. O sinner, STOP RUNNING!

Jesus says "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."  - Mark 2:17 KJV.

God is calling. God is calling sinners. God is calling sinners to repentance. God has EXCEEDING riches of grace in store for the repentant sinner. God has abundant pardon and mercy toward the sinner that will come to Him. God longs to set the sinner free from his great burden of debt. We have a debt of sin against God we can never pay. We ought to know it. We hide in the darkness, afraid of the call. The good news is this: Christ Jesus the Lord has paid that debt in full! Salvation is full and is a free gift from God to the poor, sick sinner. Heed the call of repentance from the Lord. It is a call of tender mercy, a call of His kindness. God be merciful to me a sinner.

Even as believers, after being saved by God's grace, we can still run from the blessings of the Lord. Not yet comprehending His great love and kindness towards us, we act as mere servants and not beloved sons and daughters. We were not saved by our works, and we will not be kept saved by our works. We can be forgetful of His great mercy towards us. As believers, we can still remain aloof in the shadows. O believer, stop running!  God has great kindness towards us through Christ Jesus the Lord.

Dan Dunn
June 4th, 2015

The Well of Salvation

"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." - Proverbs 25:25 KJV.

There is good news! Good news from a far country for the thirsty soul. 
The wells of this world cannot quench the deep thirst of a thirsty soul. 

Jesus says..."But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." - John 4:14 KJV.

In a dry and thirsty land a well of fresh, clean water is life to the body. What about the soul? The Lord cares for the soul. The Lord gives eternal life at His well. The salvation of the Lord is found at His well. Where is this well?

Jesus says..." the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63 KJV.

This well is the word of God. Not just another book of literature and stories, but it is the word of the Lord, His words are spirit and they are life for the thirsty soul. 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." 
- Revelation 22:17 KJV.

One may take this water of life freely! All who are athirst may come to this well. The wells of this world do not satisfy. They leave a soul thirsty yet still. Drink deeply from the well of salvation, the word of God. The salvation of the Lord is good news from a far country. As cold waters to a thirsty soul.

"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." - Isaiah 12:3 KJV.

Dan Dunn
Feb. 6th, 2015

To Seek and To Save

"And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" - Genesis 3:8-9 KJV

After the fall. Sin had entered into the world. The eyes of Eve and her husband Adam were opened, knowing both good and evil. Eve had disobeyed the voice of the LORD God, being deceived by the serpent. She ate of the tree that was forbidden, and gave to her husband, who also ate. The serpent had promised that "ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5). The age old promise of enlightenment. But the disobedience did not bring the enlightenment in a positive way, but in a negative way. They were made aware of their nakedness, and were filled with shame. They attempted to cover themselves with an apron sewn with fig leaves, and then hid from the presence of the LORD. Sweet fellowship was lost. Innocence was lost. Paradise, lost. Eve and her husband were no gods, but were naked and shamed creatures hiding from the LORD. They were lost amongst the trees of the garden, lost in sin. The LORD came to seek for them. The first thing that the LORD said to fallen Adam was "Where art thou?". Neither Adam nor Eve sought after the LORD. They hid themselves from His presence. He came to seek them.

"Where art thou?" 

We have all sinned. We all like sheep have gone astray. We all try to cover our nakedness and our shame. We all try to hide from the presence of the LORD. We are all lost in our sin. The same voice that was in the garden long ago is still in the world today, seeking those that are lost.

"Where art thou?" the voice of the Saviour calls. Where are you hiding? What are you hiding? Why are you hiding?

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10 KJV

The Son, Christ Jesus the LORD, God manifest in the flesh, has come to seek and to save that which was lost. He came to seek after us. He came to seek you. It's not that we seek Him, but that He seeks after us. We scatter and scurry off into the darkness at the sound of His voice, hiding ourselves from the presence of the LORD. We try to hide from His word. "Where art thou?" The LORD calls. He came not to condemn us, but to save us. He alone is Saviour, only He made the perfect sacrifice on the cross, dying for our sins. Only He was buried in the darkness of death, and rose again the third day, alive forevermore. We sinners are called to repent and to believe this Gospel. This is the work that we must do, He has done all the rest. It is finished.

"Seeker" friendly so-called churches have it all wrong. The LORD is the One who does the seeking, not man. The other voice is also yet in the world, the voice of the serpent. With a thousand distractions the serpent still promises enlightenment, trying to distract from the voice of the LORD, the word of the LORD, that calls "Where art thou?" The serpent does not care that you "go to church", or that you do not "go to church". Whether you are "religious" or not "religious", it matters not to the serpent. The serpent would have you "seeker sensitive", to be seeking after this and that, going to and from, being wind tossed from this doctrine and that doctrine, keeping the focus on yourself. WORK! WORK! WORK! the serpent cries. Just think POSITIVE thoughts, avoid the NEGATIVE the serpent hisses. Beware...it is a lie! The serpents promised path of enlightenment is full of lies and deception as in the garden. Many a soul is on this broad path. Men are more comfortable hiding in the midst of the garden, covering their nakedness and their shame, hiding from the presence of the LORD. Men love their darkness more than the light of God's word. Men prefer the false sense of security the darkness provides. Men think themselves the master of their own destiny, and work away at groping in the dark. Man is yet lost in sin. "Where art thou?" 

"For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's." - Philippians 2:21 KJV

Men naturally "seek their own". We do not naturally seek after the LORD whatsoever. The serpent, Satan, calls out for us to find our own purpose, our own life, to have our best life here and now. He caters to our earthly, sensual side. He preaches a man-centered so called Gospel that centers on self. He leads men to mind only the things of the world, and of the earth. He chokes out the voice of the LORD God, and the word of God, and loads man down with the cares and entanglements of this life. He promises enlightenment from false "Christ's", false "gospels", false "spirits", from a massive assortment of false churches, false teachers and preachers, from arenas, concerts, plays, from religious events, and from all sorts of movies, music, and media. He entertains and beguiles relentlessly.

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

The serpent, Satan, Lucifer, is the prince and the power of the air and is the god of this world. He still beguiles and promises men that they can be "as gods", but brings men deeper into bondage of their sins. Many men are religious, but lost. Men think themselves well on their way, but they are perishing. The religion, philosophy, wisdom, beliefs, opinions, and ways of man is as the fig leaves in the garden, the ways of man as hiding amongst dark places from the presence of the LORD. There is a way that seems right to a man, but it only will lead to death. It is still called SIN. The voice of the serpent would attempt to drown out the voice of the LORD. The serpent will do what he must to keep you lost. Satan only seeks you to devour you in this world, to destroy you. He will beguile you all the way to the grave, making sure that you perish in your sins, believing the ultimate lie. Much more, we deceive our own selves if we think that we will escape damnation and hell if we neglect or reject the One and Only Saviour, Christ Jesus the LORD. Without Him, we are without hope. We profit nothing at all if we gain the whole world, yet lose our own soul. All the silver and gold in the world is not worth your soul. REPENT! Repent and believe the Gospel. Without Him you are lost in sin and darkness this very hour. 

But in the midst of the sin and darkness, there is still the gentle voice of the Saviour calling to us...to you...

"Where art thou?"
 - Dan Dunn
   January 18th, 2015


, verb transitive begi'le. [be and guile.] To delude; to deceive; to impose on by artifice or craft.
The serpent beguiled me and I did eat Genesis 3:13

1. To elude by craft.

2. To elude any thing disagreeable by amusement, or other means; to pass pleasingly; to amuse.

(Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

We live in an amusement and entertainment driven culture these days. We are literally flooded with many beguilements to delude us, so that we may elude the "disagreeable" fact that we are poor sinners lost in sin, that we cannot save ourselves, and that we need the Saviour. It's all a distraction to keep us from hearing the voice of the LORD, so that we might heed His word and come to Him in repentance and faith and be saved. What we call "entertainment" is really only beguilement of the devil. The world of entertainment pulls at our emotional side, at best our hearts are moved, we laugh, we cry, we get angry, we feel inspired for a moment...at worst we are encouraged in our sin and inspired to sin all the more, all the while we are being entertained by devils. It's all fiction, make believe, tall tales, and fables. It's a delusion. Many false prophets also beguile with deceptive teachings. Many are "Carnival Preachers" putting on a show..."And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." - 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 KJV
The voice of the LORD as found in His word is truth. God's word alone is truth. The LORD Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. It's not a complicated matter, there is a simplicity in the Gospel of Christ Jesus the LORD. Are you lost in the world of beguilement? Are the amusements of the world drowning out the voice of the Saviour? "Where art thou?" 

(Artwork by Jeremy Sams)

Ashamed Of The Gospel

The Lord Jesus says..."Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." - Matthew 8:38 KJV. 

Since the day the Lord saved this poor man, I have told others of the great things He has done for me. Openly, publicly, on the streets, behind closed doors, one on one in private, on the hood of a classic car, in stores, shops, banks, in prisons, schools, churches, offline, and online. I have been mocked, spit upon, threatened, and beat near to death for sharing the Gospel to a lost soul, by someone very dear to me. Family, friends, enemies have shaken their head at me thinking I am beside myself. I have been called many names, and have been told I take things too far. I have been excluded, have been shunned, and have been left in silence. I have been unfriended and blocked on social media. My heart has been broken, my body scarred, my soul troubled. I have wept over souls, praying that the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ Jesus my Lord would shine upon them, that they might be saved. I am not popular. I have lost many friends, and family, and have been told to shut my mouth, to leave folks alone, and to take my God and my Bible and go away. By unbelievers, and by professing believers. Yet, I will not be moved. I am not ashamed of my Lord, not ashamed of my Saviour, and I am not ashamed of His word. No doubt there are times I have failed the Lord, but I am not ashamed of Him in any way. 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" - Romans 1:16 KJV. 

Am I boasting of myself? Nay, I boast of my Saviour. His great kindness and love towards me compels me. The Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord burns in my heart day and night. Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel. My longing is to see my family, my friends, my enemies, SAVED...to hear the Gospel and believe on the Lord, to repent and come to the Lord, and be saved by Him and Him alone. I cannot bear to see them perish in their sins, to die unsaved, and go to a place called hell. I cannot bear the thought of their blood being on my hands. More so, I cannot bear the thought of the Lord being ashamed of me when He comes. Ashamed of me because I did not tell them. I did not give them the Bread of life. Ashamed of me because I did not warn them out of love and compassion. Ashamed of me because I was ashamed of Him and His word, ashamed of the truth that sets men free. Nay, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord, it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. When the Lord Jesus sets a man free, he is free indeed. He is our dearest hope.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:1-8 KJV. 

"Hope maketh not ashamed". There is no shame in hope. There is no shame in holding out hope to poor sinners. What hope does a man have without Christ the Saviour? The Holy Ghost compels and moves, and sheds abroad the love of God in my heart, to reach out to a lost and dying world. Christ came to save sinners (like me), He died for the ungodly. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Yeah, and in three days He rose again from death. The chains of death could never hold Him. He alone can save men, but so many reject Him. The unsaved have no hope without Him. They are subject to the fear of death, and the chains of death, subject to the wrath of God against all sin and wickedness. And so, I preach. I tell of the Saviour. I am not ashamed of the Gospel in this sinful and evil generation. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." - John 3:16-21 KJV. 

Christ Jesus has not come to condemn men, to destroy the lives of men, no...but to save them. Those that believe on Him are not condemned, and they ought not to be ashamed of Him. Those that do not believe on Him are condemned already by their sin and unbelief. Those that refuse to believe on Him are the ones ashamed of Him, to them the Gospel is foolishness. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV. The light of the Gospel has come unto them, but the unbeliever loves darkness rather than the light. Unbelievers love their sin more. They choose their evil deeds rather than the Lord and His words. If an unbeliever dies in their sins, having rejected the Lord, He will reject them. If they are ashamed of Him and His words, He will be ashamed of them on that day of judgment. The fires of hell await those that perish...and so I cry aloud.

It makes me wonder that even some who profess His name seem ashamed of Him and His word. They profess to believe, yet shy away from the sound doctrine of Christ Jesus the Lord. They will not hand out the Bread of life to poor, lost sinners. They will not share His word. In fact, they do not seem to even know His word. They will gladly run after false preachers and teachers that may come in the name of Christ. They will run after those that promise health, wealth, and prosperity in His name. They flock to positive confessors who teach New Age Witchcraft under the guise of Christianity. They run after those that teach and preach a self-centered false gospel. Yet, they cannot endure sound doctrine, nor the reproof of the Lord and His word. They are blown about by every wind of doctrine and tradition of men. They prefer vain religion over the truth of the word of God. They love and run after the things of the world. It may be that they do not hold out the bread of life to poor sinners simply because they themselves refuse to eat that bread of life themselves. In other words, they are ashamed of the Lord Jesus and His word after all. If any man will not consent to wholesome words, words according to sound doctrine, he is vain and knows nothing. If any man or woman does not speak according to the word of the Lord, there is no light in them. Let no man or woman deceive you. There are many false prophets in the world. We are either walking in darkness, or in the light of the Lord and His word. 

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;" - 2 Timothy 1: 7-8 KJV.

So, why do I preach and share the Gospel? Because I am not ashamed of the Gospel, neither of the Lord and His words. I am not ashamed of the testimony of the Lord. There is a lot of Hubba Jubba out there I know..."Hubba Jubba" being what my dear brother calls religious nonsense and hypocrisy...but that will never negate the truth of God's word and the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord according to the Scriptures. The Lord does not give the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.  God is not the Author of chaos and confusion, but of peace and sound doctrine. Those led by the Holy Spirit are not ashamed of the Gospel. They are not ashamed of Him nor of His word. They care not what the world thinks of them. They take God at His word and believe Him. They are not seeking popularity and fame, they are seeking to be faithful to the Lord Himself and His words. I for one am not seeking to judge unrighteous judgment, not to be a "legalist" or a "Pharisee" as I have been wrongfully called many times. Nay, I am not ashamed of the Lord and His word. I care for the souls of men, the souls of my own dear kindred, of my friends, even of my enemies. I am not ashamed to care for souls. True love to your neighbor is telling them the truth, even if it wounds and offends them. True love to the Lord is keeping His word, and openly declaring the testimony of the Lord and sharing His word. If that offends, it may be that there is an unbelieving heart that is ashamed of the Lord and His words. 

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 
 - 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.

We ought to examine ourselves before the Lord. Are we saved? Are we ashamed of Him? Are we ashamed of His words? Is the truth of the Gospel foolishness to us? Do we yet have a wicked heart of unbelief? We must examine and judge our own selves in the light of His word. I am bold and unashamed, despite much reproach, much trouble, and much infirmity. In my own self I am weak, and am in much pain day and night in this body of weakness. It is the Lord that is faithful to forgive sin and cleanse from all unrighteousness. It is the Lord that gives boldness, that gives hope that maketh not ashamed. I preach not myself, but Christ Jesus the Lord and Him crucified, buried, and risen again the third day according to the Scriptures. By this Gospel I am saved. I will not be ashamed of this Gospel, nor of my Saviour. No fakery, no false pretences, no Hubba Jubba. Clear, plain, and simple. 

The Gospel sign in the photo of this tract is an actual photo taken this day at the entrance of our driveway. I still will tell of the great things the Lord has done for me. Some may think I am beside myself, mad with religion, preaching a foolish Gospel...Nay, it is the power of God unto salvation.  

Dan Dunn
June 17th, 2015