News from Evangelist Mike Gendron                                            January 2020

Exhortations for the New Year 2020

The dawn of a new year - and a new decade - is always a good time for Christians to reflect on why we are here, who God has called us to be, and how we can express our love for Him. It begins with remembering the great love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be adopted into His eternal family and called children of God (1 John 3:1). We will always be debtors to God's amazing grace, having been redeemed by the precious blood of our glorious Savior to enjoy every spiritual blessing in Him.  May our hearts be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving for all the Lord Jesus Christ has done to save us completely and forever! He called us out of darkness into His marvelous light, so we could proclaim the excellencies of God's perfect man and man's perfect God (1 Pet. 2:9). Following are several exhortations from God's Word that will help us faithfully serve our great God and Savior in the new year. 

Do all things for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). 
Glorifying God is the supreme purpose for our existence in this life and throughout all eternity. We can bring praise and honor to God by declaring His glorious character and attributes, His sovereign and sustaining power over His majestic creation, and His infinite wisdom in orchestrating a plan to save sinners from the inflexible demands of His righteous justice. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, we will be motivated to bring glory, honor and praise to His name (Heb. 12:2). 

Abide in God's Word (John 8:31-32). 
In doing so, we will prove to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and we will experience the transforming power of His Word (Rom. 12:2). As we abide in God's Word, may we be enlightened to the hope of His calling and the surpassing greatness of His power (Eph. 1:18). Since all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, we need God's Word to know His will and to discern truth from error (2 Tim. 3:16). The reading, study, memorization, and meditation of Scripture will help us grow in our knowledge and love for God and to live lives pleasing to Him. 

Pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17).
Paul exhorts us to be devoted to prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving (Col. 4:2). When we pray, we are demonstrating our utter dependence upon our Sovereign Lord while acknowledging His power and ability to answer our prayers. Praying also gives us the opportunity to commune with our Father and express our love and adoration for who He is and how He continues to bless us. It is good to have a prayer journal that includes not only our requests, but also how God has answered them. 
Be faithful to the Great Commission (Mat. 28:18-20).
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). May our love for God motivate us to be useful and effective witnesses for Christ and His Gospel. Evangelism is a discipline that can be motivated by a growing love and compassion for those who are perishing. Let us always be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3:15). May we never neglect an opportunity to be witnesses for Christ, so that people can know the only way of forgiveness and receive the gift of eternal life. 

Contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3).
In these days of growing deception, including many distortions of the Gospel, we need to put on the armor of God and fight the good fight of faith (Eph. 6:13, 1 Tim. 6:12). We must remain sanctified by the truth and contend against the growing ecumenical movement that seeks to unite all professing Christians under the papacy. There is much at stake if we do not take a stand for the truth of God's Word, including the glory and honor of our Savior, the sanctity of His church, and the exclusivity of His Gospel.

As we begin this new year, let us use the spiritual gifts we have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God's grace. When we speak, let us do so as one who speaks the very words of God. When we serve, let us do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Pope Says Do Not Try to Convert Unbelievers

Pope Francis said we should respect people of other faiths and not attempt to convert them to Christianity, insisting "we are not living in the times of the crusades." He said, "The last thing I should do is to try to convince an unbeliever."

Mike's Comment: Pope Francis continues to deny Jesus Christ with his anti-Christ statements. The Lord's great commission was given with profound clarity: "Go  into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation" (Mark 16:15). Here is a message I preached that warns people of the false teachings of Pope Francis. 
The Growing Influence of Celebrity Pastors

Have you noticed how many church attenders are choosing to follow their favorite Christian celebrities rather than the Word of God? Too often these celebrity pastors tell them what they want to hear, instead of what is true. The apostle Paul described it this way: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires" (2 Tim. 4:3). Joel Osteen, who is more concerned about being politically correct than biblically correct, may be the most persuasive ear tickler of our generation. He denies the exclusivity of the Gospel, which is why he is so popular. We must warn those who follow such popular celebrities. The apostle Paul said, "Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting" (Rom. 16:17-18).
The World's Most Neglected Mission Field
The Masters Sem
Where do you stand on the issue of Roman Catholicism? Do you believe it represents a huge mission field that needs to be evangelized, or a Christian denomination that is made up of brothers and sisters in Christ? Mike's message given to the students and faculty of The Master's Seminary answers the question with biblical clarity. 
Letters to Edify and Encourage the Saints
Mike, I've always been a supporter of yours, and I just wanted to say a few words of encouragement. After reading the scathing threat towards you by Stephen Shea, it reminded me why I began to minister to Catholics in south Texas. One of the sure signs of their apostasy is a lack of being able to take constructive criticism concerning the errors of their religion. I pray for their salvation as I send out your tracts to mailing lists of Catholics throughout a six county area. However, I must confess my contempt for their stubbornness. But I do not intend to quit witnessing.  Please keep up your great ministry!  Thanks to you and Jane for standing up to withering criticism.  A.R., South Texas

Hi Mike, I thought it was difficult dealing with the mission field here at work and within my own family, but I can't imagine the persecution you and Jane endure as you witness to the world. It is so true about the indoctrination of religious traditions trumping the truth of God's Holy Word. Apostate Jews hated God's truth, and so do most Catholics. I offer continued prayers for God's protection from the enemy's arrows, strength to withstand the blatant lies from Catholics, and for God to give you a continued outpouring of wisdom to share with those in desperate need of God's Truth. Thank you for praying for my sisters and mom. C.P., Davisburg, MI
Pope Declares Christian Fundamentalists Are    "A Scourge"

Pope Francis continues his aggressive agenda to unite all the religions of the world into a global religion. Aware that millions of Christian fundamentalists are impeding his efforts, he declared that "fundamentalism is a scourge." In other words, the Pope considers millions of American Christians to be a plague that is infecting our planet. 

During those same remarks on Nov. 18th, the Pope pushed his "interreligious cooperation" agenda. He said, "Our religious traditions are a necessary source of inspiration to foster a culture of encounter. It is fundamental for there to be interreligious cooperation, based on the promotion of sincere and respectful dialogue that goes towards unity without confusion, maintaining identities. But a unity that transcends the mere political pact." The pope made another bizarre statement when he said, "such a diversity of religions in the world has been 'willed by God in His wisdom.'" Read more.
Biblical Responses to Statements by Catholics

Statement:  Catholic bishops have been given the sole responsibility for interpreting Scripture. "The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God... has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 85).
Response:  Many of the Epistles were addressed directly to the saints at different churches, not to Bishops to interpret. Everyone will be responsible for knowing and understanding what God teaches in His Word. The Holy Spirit abides in Christians and is the only teacher they need (1 John 2:27). Paul wrote to Timothy, "from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15). We are exhorted to test the veracity of every man's teaching using Scripture (Acts 17:11).
May we all glorify our Lord Jesus Christ by sharing His Gospel within our circle of influence and beyond! 

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Mike will teach a 3-day seminar on topics related to Roman Catholicism, contending for the faith, and effective evangelism at Grace Bible Church, 7415 E 15th St. For more information click here
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Mike will return as a speaker to this excellent conference to give three messages. The theme of this year's conference is Time to Be Biblically Correct. For more information click here
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