Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres

There was a program that aired yesterday (2-7-2011) on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) that was filmed in Jerusalem, Israel. That program included preaching by Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, as well as different clips taken during their visit. One clip showed Pastor Osteen with his wife Victoria, along with Matthew Crouch and his wife Laurie, standing on the Mount of Olives. Another clip was from a meeting that Matthew Crouch and his wife Victoria had with Shimon Peres. I must say that as Mr Peres spoke with Mr Crouch and his wife I felt nothing but the love of Jesus Christ for this man. I felt it again as I posted this photo that came up on my WordPress page where I write these posts. He spoke with them in a very kind way and I liked that. In that meeting Laurie Crouch read from the Old Testament, regarding praying for the peace of Jerusalem.You could tell that Matthew Crouch and his wife were enamoured to be in the presence of this man, but in the clip that I viewed, I did not hear the mention of the name of Jesus Christ even once. It seemed to me by their behavior that they understood this man to have a contact with God, simply because he was Jewish and a leader in Israel. I did not hear the Gospel sound that Jesus spoke about so often. I did not hear Mr Peres being called to put his faith in Jesus Christ or perish in his sins. If we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ then we have an obligation to warn others about their perilous condition. Jesus Christ himself said this to the Jewish people:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)

Apparently there was another meeting that took place on this trip to Israel, between them and Benjamin Netanyahu also, and they spoke about that when they were on the Mount of Olives. I wrote yesterday about how the “Christian leaders” of our time love to hobnob with the political leaders of Israel, and I believe that the Christians are being fooled and deceived like never before. As far as I know both Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu are not followers of Jesus Christ, and they reject the idea of Jesus being the Messiah. Therefore according to Jesus Christ himself, both  Mr Shimon Peres and Mr Benjamin Netanyahu would both die in their sins without Jesus Christ. The Bible has given us many warnings through people such as the Apostle John when he warned us about the “spirit of antichrist” in the following verses:

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22)

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3)

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

The most loving thing that a true Christian can do, is to give the Gospel straight to people, whether that means being rejected or not. That includes giving the Gospel to the Jewish people in  EXACTLY the same way as we would give the Gospel to anybody else. A Gentile that rejects Jesus Christ is no different than a Jewish person who rejects Jesus Christ. The wall of partition between Jewish and Gentile was destroyed at the cross of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:12-20) The Jewish apostle Paul said this:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

A soul is a very precious thing, and Satan will do all that he can do to prevent the life saving Gospel from going forth to people all over the world who are perishing. The Devil will allow you to play “religious games” with people, but the minute you start preaching the clear cut Gospel, without watering it down, watch out baby, because you will have resistance to that pure Gospel. That is what you find in the book of Acts when the Jewish apostle Paul and others preached the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ to both Jew and Gentile. If you preach a watered down, or sugar coated Gospel then you will get sugar coated and watered down false converts also! Why? Because it is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and there is a curse upon it. (Galatians 1:8-9) Those who reject Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Lord are calling God a liar:

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:9-12)

If Mr Peres or Mr Netanyahu have become Christians through faith in Jesus Christ, then I rejoice together with them in knowing my precious Saviour. If they have not trusted Jesus Christ, then I implore them to repent of their sins before it is too late. I encourage them to listen to the words of the Jewish apostle Shimon Peter here:

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12)