(Comment) I, too, feel as if God has shut me out of the Kingdom. I've confessed and repented... turned and reached... but He remains allusive. Sometimes I want to quit, but I keep crying out to Him. But I'm so empty inside... so very empty
(Bible Answer) Don’t give up! God is real. The message of the Bible is true. Closely examine your heart for sin. Are you walking in true obedience to God? If not, then you need to, from your heart, REPENT and faithfully and unashamedly follow Jesus in this evil world. You have to deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. You will know when you sincerely repent, because you will be set free of your sin addictions and will become a new creation in Christ. Just praying a mere prayer for mercy can be meaningless. You must COMMIT yourself to the Lord Jesus to obey and serve him. Until then, you will never experience the peace with God that can be yours. Again, this is available for YOU, but you must go by God’s directives to get it. Do you know the real plan of salvation? Have you signed up for our internet church? God bless you.
(Bible Question) Over the past year and a half (I am a new believer) I have gotten rid of all horror movies and rock music and felt my mind and heart completely change. I have been water baptized and really have come out of so much darkness. (I am an x homosexual and lived a rock star lifestyle with sin most people only read about.) It has been a huge struggle. I was never raised in the church at all, but I get salvation is not once saved always saved. My question is I have been fighting masturbation and porn. Sometimes I go a few months and then fall etc. Was I ever saved? Do I lose my salvation every time I fall? But then after repenting I walk clean for months and then fall again am I not saved again? What do I do? This is all new to me. I desire to follow God I study the bible, fellowship with other believers and have been fighting sin and temptation but I seem to fall. Can I be saved or re-saved? Have I crossed a line? I mean if I walk in holiness for 6 months, then mess up again later in a time of weakness or whatever do I lose my salvation again? This is so confusing to me can you help me
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. YES, it is possible to get saved and become a new creation in Christ then turn away quickly, even though one remains religious. Judas Iscariot was a trusted disciple of Christ at one point as well as an apostle. (An apostle holds the highest office in the church.) He fell away, but remained religious!
The problem here seems to be, you are feeding your flesh (or sinful nature), but might not really know it. The people you hang out with are often the cause of being led astray! TV is also a major source of temptation, as well as secular music. Hence, STOP watching TV, listening to secular music and cut off ALL other sources of temptation which are apparently taking you down. You don’t have to yield to the devil’s temptations:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Cor 10:13)
Stay alert. You are in a spiritual war and have real enemies who want you destroyed (1 Peter 5:8). Instead of pondering destructive spiritual thoughts, which feed the flesh and lead to destructive behavior, fill your mind with wholesome thinking, that is, ponder God’s word, Bible-based gospel music, get involved in putting into practice the message of the Bible, etc. Memorizing Scripture will help you much. You are in an intense battle for E-T-E-R-N-I-T-Y. Your SOUL is on the line here. You must kill your flesh or that thing will drag you to hell. Paul warned Christians, they can still go to hell:
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (Rom 8:13)
You can do it! You can succeed and live holy in this unholy society, which is a must to enter God’s paradise kingdom (Mt. 5:8; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 21:27; 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; etc.). There is victory and freedom from sin’s addictions through Christ. You must follow the rule book (Bible) to get it. Have you read this for new Christians?
Have you signed up for our internet church? God bless you.
(Bible Question) I was happy to run upon your website ...I reviewed many of your pages and was surprised to find a line in the list of beliefs [at Form Of Godliness ] that falls under:
Below are examples of various false, powerless and dangerous gospels, which come in various forms and flavors:
● You must speak in tongues and be water baptized in Jesus’ name. (United Pentecostal also known as the Jesus’ Only or Apostolics)
Does this refute the Gospel of Mark and Matthew where Jesus says You must be born again by the water and the spirit, He was baptized and came up out of the water and the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit settled on him like a dove and God said he was well pleased by his action. He said go into all the world and preach the gospel baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the holy ghost, teaching them all I have commanded you. And those who believe will be saved and these signs will follow them, in my name they will cast out demons, speak in other tongues, take up serpents and if the they drink any poison it will not harm them, lay hands on the sick and they shall be healed.
I'm not familiar with the United Pentecostal denomination or Jesus only or Apostolics. Will you please give me your reason for putting this in the column with Once Saved Always saved and Seventh Day Adventist?
...I was happy to see your explanation of the Roman Road and how it leaves out the verses in Romans which refutes "eternal security".
I'm in a church (IPHC) currently where the have been many references to Billy Graham, Rick Warren and the women are currently studying from Beth Moore teachings. I have felt for a long time that A form of godliness, but denying the power there of, would include the churches who say that ended with the Apostles or other scriptures that don't apply to there belief. I was happy to see it in print for once....Pentacostal Holiness Layman
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thanks for the compliments. When Jesus said in John 3:5, No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit, He could not have been referring to water baptism. It may be commonly taught otherwise in your congregation, but by comparing Scripture with Scripture, it has to be something else! How can I be sure? Whatever it means, the dying thief met all the conditions for salvation as he was nailed to his cross and that was without water baptism too. Again, since he never got water baptized, but was born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God, then the water in John 3:5 must mean something else. Please see a much more full explanation of this whole issue of: Is one saved at baptism?
While it is true the Christians spoke in tongues in Acts, the proof of getting the Holy Spirit power is shown in being a witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8). You might be surprised to know that non-Christian groups, like the Charismatic Catholics, do speak in tongues too! While the genuine tongue does exist today, so is there also a counterfeit. Hence, stick to the Bible - not an experience.
The primary Scriptural proof that one has been truly saved by faith in the Lord Jesus (born again) is deliverance from sin addictions and love in the heart for Christians. (Please ponder Rom. 6:18,22; 1 John 3:14; etc.) That happens instantly at the point of becoming a new creation in Jesus upon humble and sincere repentance from all idols (sin). Based on 1 Thess 1:9, that also includes turning to serve God. For us, and many others we have known over the years, freedom from sin’s slavery happened before water baptism. (After salvation, the Christian needs to be baptized by immersion.) BTW, Billy Graham, Rick Warren and many others are teaching some dangerous things! Have you read over the Skull And Crossbones Awards?...God bless you.
(Comment) ...Lucky some of us were too smart for your defiling of the God...ALL these prohibitations in your "holy book" were put there by men..lied there by men and then, King James adulterated it further. Lucky Jesus said "SEEK and you shall find"...you think infinity is contained in 2,000 pages...give me a break.
IF YOU HAD ANY SMARTS, you would be practicing Judaism, because that was the religion Jesus chose. JESUS WAS A JEW! PRACTICED JUDAISM! FOLLOWED THE TRADITIONS AND RITUALS...AND WAIT, I KNOW YOU DON'T WANT TO HERE THIS, BUT WAS A RABBI... BLESSINGS FROM THE WITCHY ONE WITH GOD-GIVEN TALENTS TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE, THANK YOU MY LORD AND MY LADY.
(Bible Answer) If you [a witch] really have “talents to see into the future” as you claim, have you seen yourself being thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, which will occur, unless you repent:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)
You are a witch who is promoting Judaism! Are you aware that the Scriptures (including the Scriptures used in Judaism) condemn all forms of Spiritism?
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. (Deu 18:10-12)
For your own good, turn away from such spiritual poison and turn to the truth of the Bible. The real Lord Jesus is your only hope. He can give you rest for your soul (Mt. 11:29), but you must take his yoke upon you! You don’t have peace with God. Are you willing to change?
(Comment #2) I am very happy and I have the company of many Spirits...My guardian angels, Jesus, when I need to talk to him, Mary.. Raphael.. My room lights up and my cats are mesmerized and I receive their blessings and love. Give this up for fear, condemnation,and a religion that thinks women are lesser than man and their religion offers Patriarchal Privilege? ...MY GOD NEVER contradicts itself. If Adam AND EVE were the first man and woman created, which in one chapter in genesis, he was thrown out and then EVE was created..then another chapter says they both were thrown out together...anyway, if they were the first man and woman, how is it they joined the other tribes along the river when they were cast out of EDEN? Everything I believe in was proven to me and not just taken in Blind Faith....We believe Jesus was a Magician... we hold him in high esteem... not a god, though.
(Bible Answer #2) What you think are guardian angels, Jesus, Mary, Raphael, etc. are really demons deceiving you and keeping you away from God and salvation. The Bible says the Satan can come as an angel of light, which is what you are experiencing:
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14)
You think you know the message of the Bible, but you don’t. You wrote:
If they [Adam and Eve] were the first man and woman, how is it they joined the other tribes along the river when they were cast out of EDEN?
After Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, they did NOT join other tribes along the river! Who told you that? Your spirit guides who are really demons!? You didn’t get it from the Bible, yet somehow you think you know its message. Adam and Eve were all alone.
You also mentioned Jesus was a mere magician. What is your evidence for that statement? The only proven, reliable evidence of who Jesus of Nazareth is and was is the Holy Bible. It shows he was the sinless son of God and Lord of glory. He was with the Father and was God (by nature) before he came to earth, yet you think he is your spirit guide and magician! Come to your senses before it too late. Take your witchcraft books, candles, etc. and burn them. Turn from your wickedness and come to Jesus humbly for mercy and forgiveness to find spiritual life. At this moment you are on the road to hell in your sins:
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 13:41,42)
Why not be like these people?
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. (Acts 19:18,19)
(Bible Question) ...I have an issue which is serous and I need a sense of direction from God. Me and my wife were both Christians before we met. We both abstained from sexual sin before and after we met. Later I introduced her to my parents as the woman I will marry and they gladly accepted her as my wife. We also went to her parents and they know what is going on between us and we frequently visit them. After a long time of course with sexual purity, we decided to pray to God and declared ourselves married in our house. We are very sincere and with no hearts of sexual immorality in our lives. We made vows to live together and we respect them before God. We were also feeling that the wedding would come later just as a ceremony and not an initiation of marriage. We set our wedding date to ______ next year, because her parents expect this of us. I am taking the dowry to my wife's parents this year as a norm. My parents know that we are already husband and wife and support us a lot. My wife is in her final year at the university and comes to our house during the weekends and sometimes we travel to my home upcountry with her. My question is that is there any sexual sin that we are committing? When does marriage begin before God? Is it after the wedding, which we took to a later date because of financial reasons and we feel that it is just a ceremony and a norm, but deep in our hearts we feel we are a family because we made the vows before God. I want to be ok before God without any blemish or stain to enter the kingdom of Jehovah God in the rapture. May God use you to help me. Thank you. I will be very willing to share much more information.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. There is no specific Scripture which clearly addresses your exact situation. However, the mere fact that this situation is one which your conscience is not certain about, and is causing concern, shows it is important for you to get married in a more widely accepted way. It could be that you are married before God at this point, but even if that is true, you have to keep your conscience clear. Notice what Paul wrote about his own conscience:
I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:15,16)
Hope that helps. God bless you.
(Bible Question) I have a question about Christian fruits. When a Christian has not 'convert' anyone or lead anyone to Christ in his entire life, does that mean or signify fruitlessness? I have been spreading the gospel and so far no one has come to Christ. I don't normally worry about this but I do wonder if I am being fruitless. My belief so far, my task is to spread the gospel, whilst the 'conversion' is up to the Holy Spirit and that person. Thank you.
(Bible Answer) Winning souls is fruit, but NOT the only fruit. The truth is, obedience in general is spiritual fruit. Ponder these verses:
Once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Heb 5:9)
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Mat 7:21)
He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21)
You might have been instrumental in winning souls, but are unaware of it! Also, maybe some of the people you have witnessed to had their eyes closed by your obedience, in accordance with the will of God:
Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed. (Isa 6:10)
Keep sowing God’s word. It falls on different types of soil. Victory is simple obedience to God. God bless you.
(Comment) Your comparison of Mormonism and Catholicism is rather quaint. ...Actually all the non Catholic Religions claim that we fell away from something that needed to be restored by you or by them. All of you rely on is interpretation of scripture or on another book entirely in the case of Mormonism. You have most of the sacred scriptures except those that the "Reformers" decided to take out: Maccabees, Judith, Baruch etc. You disclaim our Authority with regard to Scripture meanings and assert your own, or as you say "authority of scripture" I am convinced that this was a violation of the most basic Rule of Scripture, that is the hacking out of so many of it's parts because your founders disdained certain doctrines held therein such as the veneration of relics found in Maccabees. The Scripture was the last will and testament of the Lord Jesus Himself and it has been so ill-used by the very men who cried "scripture, scripture, scripture" How can they then be trusted when it was they themselves who most vialy abused it and then went on to slander our body. It takes volumes to redress the army of straw men you have so cruelly cut down over the ages. Who has the time and to what good end?
(Bible Answer) I know the views you embrace, for at one time I held a similar view as a former Roman Catholic. I started to read the Catholic Bible and saw the false concepts I had been taught and held to as truth to my own harm. The bottom line for you is, you believe in a false plan of salvation and various idolatrous practices, because you were taught wrongly. Please know, the Mary Catholicism has exalted to the focal point in Heaven, alongside the Lord Jesus, is NOT the real Mary of the Bible. Mary is not “the way” to God as Fatima says; she is not our life, sweetness and hope, as the rosary declares; she is not co-redeemer with Jesus, as Vatican Council II says! The real Mary is hardly mentioned in the New Testament. Other people, including women, are cited more often and exalted higher. For example John the Baptist was greater than Mary:
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist (Mat 11:11)
Mary was the first person that Jesus rebuked for error:
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you." "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying to them. (Luke 2:48-50)
Catholics have made the same error about Mary that the unnamed woman made in Jesus’ presence, who he openly corrected:
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." (Luke 11:27,28)
The Bible is final authority. To reject its message is to walk in spiritual darkness and death. For your own sake, verify the various teachings we have with your own Bible and change accordingly. Your SOUL is in the greatest danger!
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