Duke Jeyaraj for Evan Duke – two posters created on the Tuesday of the Wedding Anniversary Celebration Week!
A GIRL: ‘I BELIEVED THIS PARTICULAR BOY WAS GOD’S WILL FOR ME. I MAINTAINED A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM WITHOUT MY PARENT’S KNOWLEDGE. WE GOT INTIMATE. NOW AFTER YEARS OF ‘ENJOYING’ ME, HE REFUSES TO MARRY ME. HE NOW SAYS, ‘IT IS NOT GOD’S WILL THAT WE MARRY’. HE HAS MOVED ON. BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO FORGET HIM!’
Duke Jeyaraj’s answer to a girl who asked this question
At the end of the day, one must understand this: according to I Cor. 7:39 – you can marry ANYONE but only in the Lord. So, ‘finding God’s will’ for marriage is a bit over-rated when God has already told you to marry ANY believer of YOUR CHOICE. Yes, we must seek God before finalizing life partner. Jesus prayed through the night before choosing 12 disciples (Luke 6:12-13). In your case – what disturbs me is this: perhaps your confidence it was God’s Will to marry that boy made you move with that boy closely and secretly (without parents knowledge). This is wrong and sinful (Sorry – But I will be frank here for your own good). Ezek. 23, Gen. 26, Prov. 7 – these passages talk about the sinfulness of physical intimacy before marriage. Watch these videos where I talk about this in biblical light, without beating around the bush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU2CmyKDqZ8&t=7s / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrE83K1d4Oo / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSimp0-jsV0&t=37s / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nANwM2eqqH4 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU2CmyKDqZ8&t=7s
Can anything good come out of this sad situation you are in? Yes! As we read in Hosea 2 (read the full chapter), we see that God puts ‘hedges’/’blocks’, at times, when we chase things displeasing to him (Hos. 2:6). So, in this case, it is quite possible, the Lord, out of love for you, put a block by allowing the boy’s heart to harden and say ‘no’ to you! Why? God sees the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10). He knows the turmoils you could go through if you had gone ahead and married this boy. So, God allowed the boy’s heart to harden the same way Pharaoh’s heart was hardened (Ex. 9:12). Now, having understood this, you should move on. Ask the Lord sorry: for maintaining secrecy about this from your parents, for the physical intimacy before marriage. The blood of Jesus will cleanse (Isa. 1:18 – scarlet sins, unprintable sins will be washed white). God justifies (Romans 3:26; 4:5; 8:33). It means in his eyes, when you come in repentance and faith, you are just-as-if-you-have-never-sinned. And you must move on with life. God is able to bring another boy who would love you and marry you, just the way you are (no matter what your past is). God is able to bring into your life a boy who will have the words of Phil. 3:13 in his mouth: But one thing I do: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…” By the way, you should not broadcast your past, as if it was the Goodnews of the Gospel! Only the Goodnew is worth broadcasting – not your sinful, colorful past. If a boy asks a point-blank question about your past, he is not marriage-material! He is not worth marrying!
(Duke Jeyaraj, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Duke has written a hard-hitting book on the topics which this question embraces – sex, love, marriage, romance, porn, etc (50 such topics) called STRAIGHT TALK (edition 2020). Find that book on Amazon. Find out more about Duke’s reader-supported ministry at http://www.dukev.org. You may choose to write to Duke via firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp at 91-8886040605).
Duke Jeyaraj / Annual Report of G4 Mission 2013
Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) is an independent ministry founded by Duke Jeyaraj to bless present-day people. It is supported by Indians who have been blessed by the writings and preaching-teaching ministry of Duke Jeyaraj.
We at G4 Mission, wish you a very happy New Year 2014. We praise God for the wonderful way he has led us in 2013.
It was a year of SPIRITUAL BLESSING: My wife and I had intense times of intercession through the year. During May and in November we had specially good week-long times of intercession. God taught us from His Word. We were part of the RZIM National Conference where we learn encouraging, edifying and enlightening truths from Dr. Ravi Zacharias and his speaking team during Sept 2013. While driving our car during 2013, we listened to Uncle R. Stanley’s message, Arrows of Discouragement, which was a blessing. We have been blessed by the preaching of our local pastor, Sis. Arlene Stubbs. Her series from the book of Hebrews enabled us to learn fresh lessons.
It was a year of MATERIAL BLESSINGS. In 2013, the Lord graciously added very useful things. We don’t do ministry to get things. But things are useful to do the ministry in a more efficient way. We were blessed with a Yellow Vespa Scooter in April 2013. We were blessed with a Benq GP 10 projector this year. As the icing in the God-given cake, we were blessed with a 20 20 Dell All-in-One Personal Computer this December. All the three gifts were given by Indians friends of our little work for the Lord. Three Indians made a single offering/donation/bank transfer for us to be able to buy these. “This is the Lord’s doing and its marvelous in our eyes!”
It was a year of FINANCIAL BLESSINGS. God moved the hearts of Indian folks of our ministry and as a result they made that online transfer, sent that money order, sent money through Western Union, etc, to us, this year. And as a result, every ministry is paid and all our needs were taken care of. We had offerings sent to us from those living Tinsukia to those in Tirunelveli! There were those who sent Rs.200 Rupees, those who sent Rs.2000 rupees and those who sent Rs.20,000 Rupees, this year! And for each of those sacrificial givers we praise God! Even those in full-time ministry were moved by the Spirit to send us an offering this year! Like we always do, we too have given more than a tithe of what we received to ministries we believe the Lord lead us to support, this year. It was a year of MINISTERIAL BLESSINGS. Because I am in the final phase of working of my Doctor of Ministry project, I did not take up too many preaching assignments this year. Every month of this year, we were able to have a Bible Study for a small group of Google Genners at our home. These message were audio and video recorded and made available in http://www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud (audio) and in http://www.youtube.com/visitduke (video) for a larger audience. Duke summarized the message of the books of 2nd Peter, John, I John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and Revelation this year. Each time he used the name of the relevant Bible book as a summary for its message. Duke taught on Sexual Ethics, Fasting, Discipleship and Starting Small Group Fellowship, Intercession, etc, as well to small groups of Youtube Youth, this year. From June 2013, we have had the FOUNTAIN OF TEARS AGAINST MOUNTAIN OF FEARS fasting prayer every month to encourage the Facebook Folks to seek God’s face. It was a blessing to intercede for the lost, the leaders and nations before praying for personal needs amidst us. Duke and Evan ministered in a camp for corporates in Bangalore, this year. Duke encouraged the believers of a large AG church during their lent season fasting prayer with two messages, this year. Duke spoke in the Sunday Services in towns as diverse as Trichy, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai this year. One of his most-remembered messages was from the Bible character of Uriah. He used this character to call the church believers to become faithful soldiers for Jesus. Duke even addressed the married women of a leading church telling them ways from the Bible as to how to understand typical men better, this year. Both Duke and Evan were involved in direct counselling, internet counselling and phone counselling this year. Marriages broken-down, questions about porn-watching, masturbation, sex, relationsihips, life partner choice, etc were answered, biblically and frankly with compassion. Young people were constantly told what they should hear, not what they wanted to hear. Duke’s writing ministry continued this year. Through Facebook updates (http://www.facebook.com/googleduke), through blog posts (http://www.purposespot.blogspot.in), through continued to wrap Bible Truth around contemporary events Jesus style, even this year. We continued to publish our magazine that does that, The Days of Your Youth, this year as well. Not only that. We printed two of our Gospel tracts for the Google Generation this year. The Bubbly tract and the Dhoni tract were given in 10 different locations during 10 different months by G4 Mission volunteers (including Duke) this year. A fellowship in Singapore ordered 300 copies of the Bubbly tract this year. A medical college student fellowship ordered 1000 copies of the Bubbly tract this year. This year Duke made fully online his two books – Straight Talk & Good News for the Google Generation – in his scribd account – http://www.scribd.com/duke_jeyaraj. We continued to distribute our two books. Eight copies of our twin books were ordered by students of Angola origin in the month of December 2013. A young woman living in Jharkhand wrote to us saying, “I have already both your books. When are going to write your next book?” Plans are on the anvil for two more books of Duke. God is blessing our ministry. Our children pray everyday, “Oh God of Isreal, please bless me, expand our borders, let your hand be with me and keep me from evil!” God is answering this prayer.
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Lionel Messi scored in the 91st minute – in stoppage time – to earn Argentina their World Cup 2014 group game win over Iran. Our God can intervene in our life in the 91st minute – between the neck and the knife as he did to save the life of tied-on-the-altar Isaac from the sword of Abraham – and do a miracle for us. So, let’s not lose hope!
SLOWING DOWN SWITZERLAND AND SLEEPING DAVID
Bible truth from the Argentina-Switzerland last 16 World Cup 2014 game
Towards the end of the second half of extra-time in the Argentina-Switzerland last 16 knockout game in the World Cup 2014, agressive-till-that-point Switzerland looked like waiting for the penalty shootout. They weren’t exactly looking to win. And Argentina wasted no time in pouncing upon the surprising Swiss slow-down and went on to punish them led by the magical Lionel Messi who usurped the ball from the Swiss defense, gave it a few deft touches like only he can before passing the ball to compatriot Angel Di Maria who scored for Argentina to make it 1-0 in the 118th minute – with just 90 seconds of regulation time left. As one observer put it, “Switzerland were supposed to keep the ball near the Argentine goal as the game inched towards the penalty shootout. Instead they were passing the ball around near their goal and this lead to their downfall.” When King David did not attack but chose to ‘stay back’ when he fell into temptation (2 Sam. 11:1). He was supposed to be busy leading his country in a war. But he chose to stay back in the palace and sleep till late afternoon when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. ‘Resting’ David became ‘rusting’ David. Laziness is an open invitation for the Devil to tempt you! Being an attacking Christian – which practically means that you don’t miss any opportunity to witness, you race for those weekend outreaches, you dash when you get a chance share your testimony, etc – is a great safeguard against temptation.
GOLDEN BALL VS WORLD CUP MEDAL; ALL THAT THE WORLD OFFERS VS KNOWING CHRIST
“He returned to the pitch with the Golden Ball trophy of the FIFA World Cup 2014 dangling limply by his side, as if waiting to be dispatched in the first dustbin he could find.” So wrote Dominic Fifield of The Gaurdian about Lionel Messi. Messi could have thrown away his golden ball, if that could be exchanged for a World Cup Winner medal. For him, winning the World Cup with Argentina was more important than winning the Golden Ball. Apostle Paul, in the same vein said he would trash all his qualifications in the trash can if that would help him to know Christ (Phil 3:8). We could give up anything – family ties, property, wealth, just anything, in order to know Christ! When it came to the golden ball or the World Cup medal, Messi preferred the World Cup medal. When we have to choose between the world and all that it offers and knowing Christ, we must choose knowing Christ.
MESSI, THE TEAM MAN: ARE YOU ONE?
The Champions League Final 2015 is the first club football game I watched “live” in full. My following of football is limited to the World Cups. Having realized the Google Genners I minister to go gaga over club football, I decided to watch the annual climax match of all club football – The Champions League Final.
Mark Doyle wrote these lines – lines I enjoyed reading – for Goal website after Barcelona lifted the Champions League Trophy for 2015 by defeating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin on 6 June 2015:
“True, Messi did not score, but his contributions were once again crucial. Indeed, he was involved in all of Barca’s goals in their 3-1 win. It was his pass which picked out Jordi Alba on the left-hand side in the lead-up to Ivan Rakitic’s wonderfully worked opener, a perfect example of the playmaking responsibilities which he has embraced so wholeheartedly for the good of both Barcelona and Argentina. Messi is a fantastic individual but he’s also a great team player. As evidenced by the way in which he handed over a penalty to Neymar in the Liga rout at Cordoba. Messi was on a hat-trick and fighting for the Pichichi with Cristiano Ronaldo but Neymar had yet to net. Consequently, Messi selflessly stepped aside. But it is Messi who lifts Barcelona when they are down. Indeed, they were being bossed in Berlin for 10 minutes after Alvaro Morata’s equaliser but then Messi intervened, charging forward towards the Bianconeri defence before deftly side-stepping Andrea Barzagli and then unleashing a low drive that Gianluigi Buffon could only parry into the path of Suarez.”
Lionel Messi, the best footballer in the planet arguably can do it alone. But he won’t. He loves to play for the benefit of the team(s) he plays for. It’s so eloquently mentioned above.
Lionel Messi inspires us believers to team up with other believers to build God’s Kingdom. “Two are better than one. If one falls down, the other will pick him up….but pity the man who falls down and has none to pick him up…” (Eccl 4:9-10).
In the Bible we see teams of people joining together to build God’s Kingdom. Moses needed a Joshua to hold his hands high while in intercession for his nation in battle and Joshua did not shy away from that not-so-glamourous team task. Nehemiah the political leader he joined with the religious teacher Ezra to build God’s Kingdom.
If there was anyone who could have done it all alone it was God-in-flesh, Jesus. But he chose to build God’s Kingdom with the twelve.
In Paul’s ministry team there were atleast 60 different names. This we discover when we read his multiple letters in the New Testament.
Are you part of a team to build God’s Kingdom? I am (however imperfectly). If I have to go on Facebook to make a point that would make a soundly biblical point my friend has already made, I will do it! If I have to interpret the message of a much-much-more-famous Tamil preacher whose ministry I believe in, into English, I will do it! If I have to stand in the kitchen and help my wife in cooking by atleast getting her the appropriate vessels or stuff from the kitchen, I will do it!
There may be a biblically sound missionary organization that has attracted youth who are ready to go and be a missionary to a needy area without the Gospel. Will you “team” up with that organization by financially supporting it? Oh, you can team up to build God’s kingdom in so many ways!
What about you? Are you a team person? You must be one!
Writing about Lionel Messi, the BBC notes, “He continued to try for a way through against Iceland with 11 attempted shots, the most he’s ever tried in a World Cup game, but was left frustrated.” Argentina Vs Iceland. Russia World Cup 2018. Messi was not a sluggard, someone who did not try. The Bible says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied” (Prov. 13:4). We must try. We must try without giving up. We may not win everyone for Christ, but we must honestly try to share the Gospel and leave the results with God. We are not called to “Christianize”, but to “evangelize”.
(These are various devotions that Duke Jeyaraj wrote at various times. Bible Truth starting with football games featuring Lionel Messi is the common thread in this post. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org).
The Guardian newspaper talks about an awareness ad – gone viral – which the New Zealand Government’s Department of Internal Affairs released about kids watching porn and the parents not being aware of the same:
“It’s a scene out of every parent’s – and teenager’s – worst nightmare: two adult-film actors turn up naked at the front door, to tell a stunned mother: “Hiya … your son’s been watching us online”… In the latest video for the Keep It Real Online series, actors pretending to be porn stars tell a woman played by comedian Justine Smith that her son has been watching their clips “on his laptop, iPad, Playstation, his phone, your phone, Smart TV projector” (Charlette Graham MaLay’s words posted on 15 June 2020).
The concept of this ad – where porn stars where who were only watched online actually walk into the porn-watcher’s home – gives us one strong Bible reason we must say ‘no’ to porn.
Some say, “I am watching porn to learn sex technique which I will use only inside marriage.”
If this were true it would be okay to invite porn stars into your bedroom after your marriage, warm up with them and roll over to have sex with your wife.
But this very thought is so nauseating, correct? (The mother in this featured ad is super-horrified to see the porn stars standing outside her door!).
But that’s what we do when we watch porn – it is as if we are really having sex with those porn stars, for Jesus equated lustful look with actual adultery in the Bible (Matt. 5:28). Yes, Jesus did that when he said: ‘But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart’ (Matt. 5:28, NKJV).
The female porn performer in the above-mentioned ad says: “We only perform for adults”? So, is porn-watching not okay for kids but okay for adults. Absolutely not!
Apart from this passage there are other Bible passages which teach us porn-watching is sin for EVERYONE (adults included):
Leviticus 18 which has this message when we read it in the literal versions like NKJV/ESV/NASB: a woman’s nakedness belongs to the eyes of her husband alone; a man’s nakedness belongs to the eyes of his wife alone!
Luke 8:27 which tells us that we have opened the door for the devil in our life when we expose our nudity to public (and when we watch non-spousal nudity).
2 Samuel 11:1-2,27 which tells us that watching ‘live’ porn – a woman bathing for example as King David did – or another other kind of porn ‘displeases’ the Lord.
So, let us say ‘no’ to porn watching!
Falling in love with Jesus is the best way of beat porn temptation or any other temptation. I understand that from I Thessalonians 4:3-5. Only pagan who do not ‘know God’ run after lustful pleasures, Apostle Paul writes there. What is knowing God? It is being spiritually intimate with God! Reading Genesis 4:1 teaches me that. Knowing God and being truly being grateful for the grace he demonstrated in having sent his son Jesus to die for us on the Cross – according to Paul – is an antidote that will enable us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, including the porn-temptation (Titus 2:11,12).
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. This is a viewer supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Write to Duke via email – email@example.com – or WhatsApp – 918886040605. Duke has addressed the issue of porn-watching and hot issues on his Youtube channel – www.Youtube.com/visitduke – as well as in his book Straight Talk, the e-book version of which is available on Amazon via Kindle device/app).
Duke Jeyaraj / Father’s Day Devotion
During the days I was in the Call centre industry as a tent-making preacher (no longer now since Nov. 2008, am a fulltime evangelist now), I used to stay back in the office for some time in the early morning after I logged out. I would read the Bible online in the net-connected computer systems. And I would also write articles for our ministry’s magazine, The Days Of Your Youth, wrapping Bible Truth around contemporary events. Yes, by God’s sheer Grace, I worked hard. I also tried to balance things by spending time with my wife and children. I recall taking my son, Dale Nathan to a water theme park in Hyderabad, one day, during those days. It was raining heavily that day! Playing in the water with him – natural water from above and stored water from below was exhilarating. And this act was as God-pleasing as staying back in the office to write articles! My wife and I enjoy watching cricket together! After India successfully chased 325 runs in the Natwest Trophy Final in the Lord’s Cricket Ground in July 2002, Saurav Ganguly jumped on the top of Mohammed Kaif, India’s hero that night along with Yuvraj Singh; My wife and I were jumping on each other too! I also recall how I boxed the floor of our home, in derilious joy, along with my son after Sreesanth took the catch offered by Misbah in the 2007 Twenty20 Cup Final! AS FATHERS WE MUST TAKE TIME TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN ON OUR LAPS TO TALK AND PLAY WITH THEM THAN SPENT ALL OUR TIME WITH OUR LAPTOPS. YOUR FAST-GROWING DAUGHTER MAY APPRECIATE YOUR LAP TOP GIFT TO HER. BUT SHE WILL APPRECIATE YOU MORE, IF YOU PUT HER ON YOUR LAP AND ASKED LOVINGLY, IF EVERYTHING WAS GOING WELL IN HER WORLD. I was inspired by Bible characters like Caleb to balance work and family.CALEB came back from that God-given work and gave a speech that tells us that he was a man who did his work differently – daringly different to be precise. While others were very negative in their reporting, Caleb dons the role of a Pep Talk Prince with effortless ease. He says, “Let us go at once and occupy it (the Land of Canaan), for we are able to overcome it!” (Num 13:30). A guy who was positively good at his work, no doubt! What about his family life? Going by what we read in Judges 1, it does look like his family life was rocking – it was not on the rocks! He gave his daughter what she wanted (Jud 1:11-15), He gave her the upper springs and lower springs. This act of Caleb rings this truth into our mind: here was a man who doted on his daughter. Caleb, it looks like, had a decent work-life balance. As fathers, we must spend time with our children. MAX LUCADO, the famous American author talks about how he gave a preaching assignment a miss to be in his daughter’s school function in one of his books, Lucado also humorously writes that he found out that the meeting he was supposed to preach in, went on well, and that the organizers did not miss him! Do you know that not spending more time with his family and not balancing Work and Life adequately is the regret of a man as great as BILLY GRAHAM – the man whom God has used to announce the Gospel to the maximum number of people ever in all of Church history. This is how he talks about it in his autobiography, JUST AS I AM: ‘Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family. When we look back over the schedules I kept thirty or forty years ago, I am staggered by all the things we did and the engagements we kept. Sometimes we flitted from one part of the country to another, even from one continent to another, in the course of only a few days. Were all those engagements necessary? Was I discerning as I might have been about which ones to take and which to turn down?: I doubt it. Every day that I was absent from my family is gone forever. Although much of that travel was necessary, some of it was not.’“You will have to consciously switch off your blackberry, turn off your computer, and not read your email. You should go on a vacation with your family and take a break, or else, it’s coming at you all the time!” Those words weren’t spoken by Family Counselor James Dobson. You will be surprised to know they were spoken by the one-time Google Inc.’s Vice President, Sukhinder S. Cassidy. She said this in a India Today Conclave 2007. An employee of Google herself says we must not overuse Google products, Youtube, Gmail, Google Search, at the cost of not spending time with our families! (EXTRACTED from Duke’s book, STRAIGHT TALK published by Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission – www.facebook.com/googleduke).
Duke Jeyaraj brings out a Bible Truth starting with Sushant Singh Rajput’s last Instagram post
India TV posted this about Sushant Singh Rajput whose life came to a sudden end on 14 June 2020 at the age of 34:
His last Instagram post, shared on June 3, 2020, was dedicated to his late mother, who passed away in 2002. Sharing a black and white collage of himself and his mother, the Raabta actor wrote, “Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile. And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two….”
Just 11 days after he posted this on Instagram Sushant Singh Rajput allegedly ended his life in Mumbai flat by hanging himself to death!
The Bible, God’s Word in human words, agrees with Sushant when he wrote our life is “fleeting”. James 4:14 goes this way: ‘yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes’ (ESV); ‘How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone’ (NLT). This grand truth from the book of James in the Bible is repeated so many times in so many different ways in the rest of the Bible. Job 14:1-2 read this way: “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure” (NIV). I like the way Eugene Peterson rendered this passage: “We’re all adrift in the same boat: too few days, too many troubles. We, spring up like wildflowers in the desert and then wilt, transient as the shadow of a cloud” (The Message).
The Bible tells the stories of Absalom (2 Samuel 18) and Ahab (1 Kings 22) who died when they were not thinking of death at all. Absalom was dreaming about being the king when he his long hair got caught in a low-lying branch. He was speeding on a horse when this happened. He hung like that before his father’s friends finished him off. Ahab was talking about punishing a prophet of God after he finished off work in a battle. But an arrow hit him in the small gap in the joint area of his battle armour and he died.
Yes, life is fleeting. Death can come to us when we least expect it to come. We must be ready for death, should it come to us, right now, right away! When we have Jesus in our lives, we can face death boldly. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “He also became a human being, so that by going through death as a man he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might also set free those who lived their whole lives a prey to the fear of death” (J. B. Philips).
In the New Testament, we read of the sudden death of James (Acts 12) and Antipas (Revelation 2). Both of them were martyred because they were bold followers of Jesus Christ who did not afraid of death. Jim Elliot (and friends), John Allen Chau were other followers of Jesus who suddenly died (in their 20s) as they fearlessly and passionately obeyed the call of Jesus to proclaim his goodnews to even to hostile peoples in their one life!
So, come to Jesus right now! He died on the Cross for you! He is calling you to turn from sin (Luke 13:1-5). And put your faith in Him (John 1:12). When you do that life becomes “full” (John 10:10). You will be so full of life; you will be on a mission to save those thinking of ending their lives!
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission. Find out more about this reader-supported Indian ministry here: www.dukev.org. Watch his videos at www.youtube.com/visitduke).
When he played Dhoni in Dhoni’s bio pic, I thought he was more real than the real Dhoni! His sudden going so sad! He sat in the Train Station in that movie in a key scene and gave us this message: ‘when life feels meaningless you need to be bold and make some drastic changes!’ Yup, there are times when life feels meaningless! There are times when life feels purposeless! What do you do then? Commit suicide? No. You come to the only one who gives meaning to it. You come to Jesus who said, ‘I have come to give you life – life to the full!’ (John 10:10). You surrender your life to the One who died on the Cross to deliver you from your ‘empty way of life’ (I Peter 1:18-19). You come to Jesus who puts ‘purpose in every step’ (I Cor. 9:26 NLT)! – Duke Jeyaraj
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Who said believers will not be judged? Heretic, hell-populating Bible Teachers will say that. Because their final court of appeal is not the Bible. But this: “Whatever sounds like music to people’s ears!”. Sad! Terrible! Deplorable! And what’s more the rise of such cultic false teachers is predicted in the Bible (see 2 Tim. 4:3 which goes this way: ‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables’).
The Bible says, like others believers will be judged. Romans 14:10 is clear: “We all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ.”
I Cor. 3:13-15 does not teach believers living in sin will be excused on judgement day. If Paul meant that why would he write in SAME BOOK this: “Or do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not men who practice homosexuality will inherit the Kingdom of God” (I Cor. 6:9). What I Cor. 3:13-15 is teaching is this: we will be rewarded as per the quality of ministry we do. This should concern the hyper-grace cult folks a lot. They have lowered and flouted Bible standards just as a fleshly way to attract crowds. They have made MBA Marketing Principles (‘always look to please the customer as your customer is god’) as their Bible.
However, for me the Bible is the final court of appeal, not MBA Marketing Techniques. I Cor. 3:13-15 does not teach that those stubborn-in-sin if they are believers will be somehow be saved. This is how I Cor. 3:13-15 reads (for those of us who are not familiar with those verses Apostle Paul penned): their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
David Pawson’s brilliance in explaining this verse – I Cor. 3:15 and what is above it – is simply unbeatable: “Once again, the whole verse needs to be quoted, including the first clause: ‘If it is burned up….’ If what is burned up? What a man has ‘built’ during his ministry to the body of Christ., whether ‘pioneer’ or ‘maintenance’ (here pictured as planting and watering). In other words, what is being judged here is a believer’s service, not his sins. There are great variations in quality of service. The fire of divine judgment will leave some intact (like gold, silver, and costly stones) but bring others to nothing (like wood, hay and stubble). But someone who at least sought to serve the Lord will survive, even though he is left with nothing to show for his labor or deserving a reward. That this is irrelevant to a believer’s sins, as distinct from his service, is immediately apparent from the very next verses: ‘Don’t you know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him’ (I Cor. 3:16-17). In this context, the sin is to divide the Church into jealous and quarreling groups who ‘follow’ different servants of Christ rather than Christ himself. Elsewhere he applies the same charge to sexual immorality (I Cor. 6:18-19). We may get away with poor service (but only just), but WE WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH SIN!” (David Pawson, Once Saved, Always Saved?, page 160-161).
If I Cor. 3:15 taught that the worst thing that can happen to a believer on the day of judgment was only a reward-in-heaven loss, but never a place-in-heaven loss, why would Paul write in the SAME BOOK, this: “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others, I myself should be disqualified” (I Cor. 9:27). Paul had a healthy fear that he would be disqualified from heaven, if kept yielding to his body’s desires (in our context – he kept watching porn, he kept indulging in sexual immorality, etc). This view is further underlined by this fact: the next chapter – I Corinthians 10 – warns New Testament believers that they could be ‘destroyed’ (go to hell), if they indulged in sin with impunity (vs. 9,10,11). So Paul did not subscribe to the meaning and implication the hyper-grace cult teachers ascribe to I Corinthians 3:13-15. So, when Paul writes, “he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved”, he did mean this: God will not send anyone to hell, because of low ministry quality. But he clearly did not mean what the hyper-grace cultists teach: “God will not send any believer to hell, even if they live in stubborn sin!” If Paul believed this lie, he will not have penned I Cor. 6:9-11 (HELL FOR BELIEVERS STUBBORN IN SIN), I Cor. 9:27 (HELL FOR EVEN STUBBORN-IN-PREACHERS) and I COR. 10 (THE GOD WHO DESTROYED HIS STUBBORN-IN-SIN PEOPLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WONT HESITATE TO DO THE SAME FOR NEW TESTAMENT PEOPLE OF GOD DOING THE SAME THING).
Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission – www.dukev.org). This is a listener/reader supported Indian ministry to presentday people functioning since 2006.
Duke Jeyaraj responds to the oft-repeated hyper-grace teachers’ lie, “No judgement post-Cross”
“Won’t see God as an angry/punishing God anymore after the Cross..” “God is not fuming at sin now….”: This the unbiblical rubbish that hypergrace cult false teachers keep teaching. But the Bible does not teach that. Why did Paul preach about “coming judgment” after the CROSS (Acts 24:24-25)? He could have well skipped it, if he believed in the hyper-grace cult Gospel. But he did not. Jesus prayed for Ananias and Sapphira sitting at God’s right hand. Yet when they lied to the Holy Spirit they dropped dead. After giving them enough chances, God decided to end their lives (Acts 5). “My Spirit does not always strive with man….” Gen. 6:3. After striving with this believer couple who were under the NEW COVENENT God decided to send judgement upon them. This is not a stand-alone event. The angel of the Lord stuck down boasting Herod (Acts 12:20-23). This also happened after Jesus died on the Cross, rose again, ascended, sat next to the Father and started praying! So did the “angel of the Lord” who struck down Herod “insult” the “finished work of the Cross”? Please answer hyper-grace Bible-twisters! “God will DESTROY those who destroy God’s temple” wrote Paul to New Covenent believers (I Cor. 3:16-17). So GOD insulted Jesus’ finished work on the Cross, here? Please answer Hyper-grace teachers! James warned that believers who could not control their tongue were in the danger of going to hell – the ultimate place of God’s judgment (James 3:6). James did not believe in this hyper-grace false teaching: “No judgment post Cross!” The writer to the Hebrews writes, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers, God will judge!” (Heb. 13:4). The writer to the Hebrews did not believe that post-Cross, there was no judgement for believers. Jesus told the believers of the church in Thyatira that he would “throw her (a self-appointed prophetess who mislead his followers to commit immoral sexual acts) into her sickbed with those who commit adultery with her…:” Jesus further said, “I will punish her by striking her children dead.”(Rev. 2:20-23). So the post-Cross Jesus here insulted his own finished work, according to Hyper-grace wolves in sheep clothing? The Bible says, in the New Testament, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…for our God is a consuming fire!” (Heb 12:28,29). He is a compassionate father but also a consuming fire. We must stress on BOTH these characteristics of God. Suffering, sickness, death is not always because of sin (Read John 9: 1 onwards to get this). But God can choose to allow these as acts of punishment after having given a person enough chances. Only God knows how many chances to give a person. Not preachers. Not you. Not me. But if a person is still stubborn in sin, God can move in judgement even now, post the Cross of Jesus. This we find in the Bible as I have shown above. So the message for the believer is this: REMAIN in Christ (John 15). “There is no condemnation to those who ARE in Christ Jesus (notice, it does not say here, “those who ONCE WERE in Christ Jesus!” (Rom. 8:1). Hyper-grace cult false teachers (unless they repent) are not only going to hell, but taking people there. That’s why we can’t simply keep watching this. God’s Word to us is this: “Pursue those who are singed by the flames of God’s wrath and bring them safely to Him.” (Jude 23 The Voice, NKJV for today).
(Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is an engineer (Allahabad University) turned doctor of ministry graduate (of SABC). Duke is also the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission, a ministry to presentday people, that’s supported by those who read/hear/watch Duke’s messages, voluntarily. Find out more by liking www.facebook.com/dukebook)