OBEDIENCE NOT JUST TO THE LETTER OF THE LAW BUT TO THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW Duke Jeyaraj

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185 required for a win. Pink-attired Rajasthan Royals’ chase was in pink of health when they were 105/1 after 12 overs. Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson were batting well. That’s when Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin came to bowl his last over. Upon finding Butler backing up too far, he whipped the bails before releasing the ball. Buttler was furious. But he had to leave the crease. He was out. He was gone. And thereafter, the Royals collapsed in their chase. Kings XI eventually scored a 14 run win, their first over Royals in Jaipur.

Espncricinfo reports: “Buttler was looking in control of the chase of 185 at that time, having scored 69 off 43. His wicket, though, triggered a collapse as hosts Rajasthan Royals lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose by 14 runs. Every wicket brought about loud boos from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium crowd.”

“At the end of the match, Buttler shook Ashwin’s hand, but refused to look his way. Just behind Buttler, Uption seemed to have said something to Ashwin while shaking his hand, which made Ashwin stop in his tracks and give them a bemused look.”

Though I am not able to say for sure that Ashwin did not play the game in the spirit of the game in this match, I am reminded of a Bible story where the moral is: obey the law of God not just in letter but in the spirit of the same. Leviticus 23:22 the Bible has a law that was geared to help the poor of the land. That law goes this way: “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” Duet. 24:19 also repeats that law. Ruth 2:15-16 talks about how Boaz followed this law – he did so, not just in letter but in the spirit. This is what the Bible says: “When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.” I love the phrase, ‘pull out some from bundles’. The law of God did not talk about ‘pulling out from the bundles’, but nevertheless, Boaz wanted that to be done. He was not asking, “What is the bare minimum I should do to keep the law”? Instead, he was following the law in the spirit, wholeheartedly. Would you do the same? Don’t ask, “What is the bare minimum I need to do to scrape through to heaven? Can I watch this show and still go to heaven?” The question itself is wrong. Obey God’s law in the spirit of the law. Do it wholeheartedly!

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AN ANALYSIS OF JESUS’ FIRST SERMON UNDERSCORES THE UNBIBLICALNESS OF HYPER-GRACE PREACHING – Duke Jeyaraj

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Jesus’ first message had these three key words: repent, believe, the Gospel (Mark 1:15). We can put that in a memorable way: (1) grieve/leave your SIN/(2)believe on the Savior/(3)perceive the story of the Gospel. The parallel verse in Matthew’s Gospel says, “Jesus BEGAN to preach, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near!’ (Matt. 4:17). It is sad to note that there are preachers who claim to preach the Gospel/do ministry where from BEGINNING TO END there is no mention of repentance. Matt. 4:17 also gives a ignored-motivation for repentance: the soon return of Jesus to the earth to establish his kingdom (in other words, his second coming, post which there will be judgment, post which punishment in hell, etc), Today, we want to only talk about the LOVE OF GOD as a motivation for repentance. In his very first sermon, Jesus invoked the WRATH OF GOD as a motivation for repentance. Choose today, who will be your preaching model. Jesus or the cultic, taking-people-to-hell hyper-grace false teachers! I would rather go with Jesus!

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DONT SCRATCH THE OTHER’S BACK TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE – Duke Jeyaraj

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I wasn’t happy listening to MS Dhoni’s comments in his interview with Sanjay Manjerekar post the CSK Vs RCB match yesterday. Dhoni sort of said that even his team would struggle if the Chennai pitch remained like it was in the first game of IPL12. I believe, He should have given credit to his bowlers instead. They bowled out RCB for 70 and they deserved credit from their captain. Instead, his focus was on defending the deplorable performance of RCB and its captain Virat Kohil. What is Dhoni’s stratergy? “Kohli, I will scratch your back (when you play IPL). You scratch mine (when I play poorly for India).” Possibly. The Bible calls us for frank talk: Do not lie to each other (Col. 3:9). You must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor for we are all members of one body (Eph. 4:25). Don’t scratch the other person’s back to get ahead in life. – Duke Jeyaraj #IPL12 #DukeDevotions.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPARE ANYONE WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHT FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH! – Duke Jeyaraj

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On day2 of IPL12 (24 March 2019), the big story was Rishabh Pant’s 78 off 27 balls in the Delhi Capitals Vs Mumbai Indians match at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. At one point, he had 0 runs from four balls in this innings which is the four-fastest IPL innings ever (innings of 20 balls or more). The way he did not spare, the world’s best bowler now, Jasprit Bumrah, was a visual treat. He even hit a helicopter six off Bumrah.

When it comes to the fight for biblical doctrine, we do not have to spare anyone. Just because a popular person, or a big pastor, or a influential man of God (so-called) preaches a false doctrine, it does not mean, we just keep quiet. Apostle Paul was Peter’s junior. Peter accepted Jesus much before Paul and was in the ministry much before Paul. But when he spotted casteistic behavior in Peter, Paul opposed him to the face. The Bible says, ‘When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned’ (Gal. 2:11). Even if an angel preached a Gospel other than the Gospel which the apostles preached (Peter/Paul/James/etc), we must oppose that Gospel tooth and nail, the Bible says (Gal. 1:8). These biblical examples motivate me to fight false teachings like hyper-grace, immortality on earth, even though some big, popular “big” pastors preach it.

I COULD NOT TAPE MY MOUTH WHEN I HEARD OF THE POLLACHI RAPES – Duke Jeyaraj

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The horrific news coming out of Pollachi town in Tamil Nadu. The temperatures usually soar in March, but this March 2019 they appeared to soar even more – courtesy, this nasty sex scandal. I have been mulling over this stomach-churning news from Pollachi. Some thoughts came into my mind, fueled by the greatest book ever. Well, I could not tape my mouth, when I heard of these rapes. Let me share them:

LONELINESS LESSON: This rape-video creating gang of Pollachi would lure girls via social media. One member of these beastly buddies would send a friend request to girls on Facebook in the locality. Some of these girls – friendless, lonely ones – would accept their requests even though they were strangers. After that the gang leader would start chats with these girls. Romantic chats. Chats that would be spiced with, “You are cute. You are pretty. I am thinking about you, all day.” The girls would fall for these, hook, sinker and line. They would agree to meet in a place they were comfortable with – restaurants, parks, wherever. Once they show up, they would be lure them into a car (there were times when these boys promised these love-lorn girls long car drives loaded with romantic conversations). Once inside the car, the would replicate what a quotation gang did to a popular Malayalam actress in February 2017: disrobing, sexual touching, rape turn by turn – while the entire thing was filmed (again turn by turn). This gang had created 1000 plus videos like these by sweeping off their feet about 250plus women – including a doctor, homemakers, etc (I gathered from a news agency report).

Do not let anyone take advantage of your loneliness. There is a solution for that. Become friend with the only God in flesh Jesus who is called in the Bible this: “a friend closer than brother” (Prov. 18:24, The Bible). He will lift the shotput ball of loneliness from your heart.

NAKEDNESS LESSON: This group obviously believed that the nakedness of any girl they spotted Facebook was theirs to enjoy. But the Bible – God’s Life Compass for us – tells us something different. A woman’s nakedness belongs to the eyes of her husband alone – that is the lesson of Leviticus 18 (KJV/NKJV) [this is a Bible chapter]. Watching the nakedness of a woman other than one’s wife shatters the peace of one’s heart, because it is a sin against God – that’s the message of Song of Songs 8:10 – a Bible verse.

SUBSTITUTION LESSON: A member of this gang brutally beat a girl this gang entrapped with a belt, till she got out of her clothes and then went onto film her, despite her protests that were littered with several “anna”s (the Tamil word for elder brother). Have you heard of anything more cruel, more sickening, more disgusting, in your entire life? I have. This cruel thing happened over two thousand years ago. It happened when Jesus was whipped with leather belts studded with broken bone-pieces and metal-chips by cruel Roman soldiers – as strong as the Thuppakki movie villain, Vidyut Jamwal. This strong-armed army thrashed Jesus atleast 39 times. They whipped him till strips of flesh were hanging on his back. They spanked him tell his back would look like a ploughed field as the prophets had foretold (Psalm 129:3, The Bible). Why did the only sinless man who was also the number one unselfish miracle-worker have to go through all this? The Bible explains why: he became a substitute for our sakes. Jesus loved each one of us and gave himself for you and me (Gal. 2:20, The Bible). He was the sinless, spotless lamb who was sacrificed on our behalf (Isaiah 53, The Bible). Each one of us have sinned (Romans 3:23, The Bible). Without exception. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23, The Bible). Jesus, God-in-flesh, voluntarily decided to taste the cruel wages of sin on our behalf (John 10:18, The Bible). That’s why he endured the blood-splattering wild whipping and eventual crucifixion. As 100% God, he was infinite, he was beyond time. So, he could die for all people of all time. As 100% human, he could be a rightful legal substitute for a human, which is what all of us reading this are.

SATISFACTION LESSON: This evil group was obviously creating videos in response to a demand – the demand for naturally shot rape videos featuring the rape of girls who like the girl next door by porn-watchers (are you one of them?) world over. These porn-watchers believed the lie of the Devil. The Devil told them, “Visit this particular porn site and you will have unmatched satisfaction for your eyes!” And when they did in obedience to that lie, they figured out that that satisfaction was short-lived. They soon were thirsty for more depraved forms of porn (shall we say, rape-porn?). And they kept searching. Using porn to satisfy the hole in your heart is like drinking salt water to quench your physical thirst – after the drink you are even more thirsty! The Bible talks about this phenomenon accurately in Hosea 9:1-2 where we read, “All that party food won’t fill you up. You’ll end up hungrier than ever” (The Message). The “you” here included folks who tried sexual depravity to quench their soul’s hunger. The only one who can ultimately and permanently satisfy your soul’s hunger is Jesus Christ, the only God in flesh. Jesus said in-effect, “Drink the water of sex you will thirst again. Drink the water of whatever you will thirst again. But if you drink the water, I give you – that is, if you turn from sin and trust in me who died to shed my blood for your sin’s forgiveness – you will never thirst again!” (John 4:14, The Bible).

JUDGEMENT LESSON: The Pollachi gang made a costly miscalculation. They thought none of the girls they video-graphed nude would have the nerve ever to report the matter because they would invariably tell each of them, this: “If you open your mouth about what happened to you, we will upload this video we have shot on the Net!” For two full years, they faced no program. They thought they would be only counting the rape videos they had created. They had no idea, a day will come when they would counting the rods standing behind a prison. That day came. Slowly. But surely. It came when one day, one girl had the guts to talk about what happened to her. She told her brother (during mid-February 2019) about her horrific experiences with this rape-video creating ring. This brave brother of hers found out who-on-earth these gutter-minded guys were. When he confiscated their phones, he found it to be full of rape-videos, sexual-harassment videos (over 1000 of them as per reports). He then handed these the phone to the police (which eventually led to arrest of the culprits even though they were well-connected and rich). The mob gave them a sound thrashing and razed to the ground a liquor shop which one of the culprits owned.

Well, sometimes when punishment for a crime does not come immediately, one’s mind become emboldened to commit more such crimes. “When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong” – the Bible observes in Ecclesiastes 8:11. But that is only the part of the story. As one reads the full Bible – a book which is a library of 66 divinely-inspired books – this is clear – judgement is coming. It may come even on this side of the grave (Think of Herod in Acts 12:23 and False Teacher Jezebel in Revelation 2:22 in the Bible). If not, it is coming on the other side of the grave, most certainly (Acts 17:30-31). There is a day of judgement. Jesus, the only sinless person on this planet will be the righteous judge on that terrible day where folks will ask mountains to cover them without success (Rev. 6:15-17, The Bible). The books of God’s record of every sin will be opened (Rev. 20:12, The Bible). Every sin, every crime will be accounted for. There is an eternal hell for those condemned that day (Rev. 20:14, The Bible). But the Bible also says, if we truly repent and confess our sin to the alive-forever-now Jesus who died on each one our behalf, we will be acquitted on that day of judgement (Rom. 8:1; I John 1:7-9). And the acquitted will live with Jesus in heaven forever, the Bible declares (John 14:1-3). So, do not hide your sin – small sin, big sin. Repent from it. Confess it to Jesus. He will cleanse you. You will have joy unspeakable and full of glory. You will have a happiness that does not depend on happenings.

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at https://www.dukev.org/ or by liking www.facebook.com/dukebook and www.facebook.com/googleduke).

DOES GOD ALWAYS SMILE AT US WITH APPROVAL WHEN WE LIVE IN STUBBORN SIN WITH NO INTENTION OF REPENTING (AS HYPER-GRACE/NONSENSICAL-‘NEW’-COVENANT PREACHERS TEACH)? Duke Jeyaraj.

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“God is always smiling at you…. Even if you are in stubborn sin….no problem!” That’s a message that the hyper-grace/nonsensical ‘new’ covenant pastors/preachers want their unsuspecting audiences to hear. But is this true? But is this biblical?

THE ANSWER FROM CORINTHIANS
Raad 2 Corinthians 12:21. It goes this way: “I am worried that when I come to visit that my God will humble me somehow before you, that I will have to grieve over all those who have sinned before and then refused to turn away from their addictions to impure practices, immoral sex, and reckless perversions” (2 Cor. 12:21 The Voice). If Apostle Paul was grieved at the stubborn sin of the Corinthian believers, what makes us think that God the father, God the Son, and God the Spirit who inspired his writings was happy when the same thing goes on in the modern believer – stubborn, unrepentant sin (2 Tim. 3:16)?!

THE ANSWER FROM EPHESIANS
Paul writes this very clearly elsewhere: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption…” (Eph. 4:30). Again the context of this verse is sin in the life of the believer – sin for which there is no repentance – See the verse above and below: Eph. 4:29-31: “29Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice.” If the Holy Spirit is grieved over stubborn sin in the life of the believer, what makes us think that God the father will be smiling? He certainly is not!

THE ANSWER FROM REVELATION
Come with me to the book of Revelation to understand this further. These are the words of Jesus to the church believers/leaders of Thyatira who tolerate sexual sin and won’t repent from it: ’20But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads My servants to be sexually immoral and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21Even though I have given her time to repent of her immorality, she is unwilling. 22Behold, I will cast her onto a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. 23Then I will strike her children dead, and all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.’ (Rev. 2:20-23). If Jesus is upset over unrepentant sin among the believing folk and, at times, may even release punishment for it, here and now (not to forget the ultimate punishment of hell) as seen above, then what makes us think that God the Father is smiling at us when we are in stubborn in sin without any mind for repentance?

Do not believe the hypergrace/nonsense ‘new covenant’ teachers and go to hell with them!

If you are living in stubborn sin, repent right now! Otherwise we store God’s wrath – not pleasure – for us down the line (Romans 2:4-5). If you are wondering, where such a teaching is found in Romans – a letter written for believers, here are the verses I refer to: ‘Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed’ (Rom. 2:4-5).

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more atwww.dukev.org).

THE UNFINISHED PREACHING ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS WE HEAR FROM HYPER-GRACE CULT/NONSENSICAL ‘NEW’ COVENANT CULT PREACHERS Duke Jeyaraj

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There is a lot of focus on the “finished work of the Cross” among hyper-grace/unscriptural grace preachers. While speaking about the “finished work of the Cross” they focus only on the privileges of the Cross. This is what I call as the “unfinished preaching about the finished work of the Cross”! A careful reading of the New Testament reveals that the Cross calls us towards responsibilities as well. In this essay, I want to point them out.

Along with the Cross comes a biblical clarion call for SANCTIFICATION. Yes, the Cross of Jesus calls us to live a holy life. To go on “sinning willfully” is the same as trampling under foot, the Son of God who shed his blood for us on the Cross (Hebrews 10:26-29). Part of this sanctification process is to constantly regard that we are “crucified with Christ and we no longer live but Christ lives in us” (Gal. 2:20). Apostle Paul writes, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24). Being crucified with Christ who was crucified for us sounds very spiritual. What is the meaning of this? It is to respond like Jesus would when we are tempted. We quote Scripture when the Devil tempts and we come out as winners (Matt. 4). We pray in the face of temptation (Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane did that). When we are tempted to watch porn we quote Scripture. We quote Job 31:1 in The Message version which goes this way: “I made a solemn pact with myself never to undress a girl with my eyes…”. When we tempted to be lazy and hug our pillow and sleep on we quote John 9:4 where we read, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” This kind of Jesus imitation causes to walk in “newness of life” post our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (water baptism) (Rom. 6:1-4). Have you heard a modern-day preacher who brags about the finished work of the Cross talk about sanctification – holy living – before he finished his message? If he believed in all the Bible and in declaring the whole counsel of God like Apostle Paul did (Acts 20:27).

Along with the Cross comes a biblical clarion call for MISSION. You will have to be stone blind to miss this in the New Testament. John 3:16 we all know. But do we know I John 3:16 which goes this way: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (I John 3:16). While sharing Christ with the perishing through our life and lips, there could be times when may have to suffer and, who knows, even die. But that should not deter us! The writer to the Hebrews put it simple and straight: “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured” (Heb. 13:12-13). We need to be willing to leave our comfort zones and go to tough places to share about what Jesus did for us on the Cross. When was the last time you heard a hyper-grace cult preacher who often talks about the “finished work of the Cross” talk about the responsibility of MISSIONS before he/she finished the sermon? Did he/she give you an impression that you have no responsibilities at all in response to the wonderful privileges/blessings of the Cross? The pretense of hyper-grace/nonsensical new covenant preachers that the Bible has only privileges to talk about but no responsibilities for us believers, is what makes them very dangerous and cultic. I have labelled them ‘nonsensical new covenant’ preachers because while the new covenant that the Bible talks about always couple responsibilities with privileges, this gang’s new covenant preaching has only privileges/blessings sans responsibilities. A half-truth is a full lie and a total nonsense.

I want to clarify that that fulfilling the responsibilities of SANCTIFICATION and MISSION do not save us! But having tasted the privilege of God’s grace, we respond in gratitude with these (staying holy and doing mission) empowered by the Spirit of God with whom we actively cooperate, day in and day out.

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org).