Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man
his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him.... (Isa 55:7)
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, THE RIGHTEOUS ONE. (1 John 2:1)The Catholic Mary believed on by 1.3 Billion people is a POISONOUS myth and idolatrous fantasy - NOT the real Mary of the Bible, who once thought Jesus was CRAZY (Mark 3:21-35).
Blessed is the man who PERSEVERES UNDER TRIAL, because when he has stood the test, HE WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE that GOD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. (James 1:12)
...Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you THE CROWN OF LIFE. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. HE WHO OVERCOMES WILL NOT BE HURT AT ALL BY THE SECOND DEATH. (Rev. 2:10,11)
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of CHRIST, WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD. (2 Cor. 4:4)
THE SON IS THE RADIANCE OF GOD'S GLORY and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Heb. 1:3)
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and MY GOD!" (John 20:28)
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE PRAISE AND HONOR AND GLORY AND POWER, FOR EVER AND EVER!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and WORSHIPED. (Rev. 5:13,14)
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. TURN AWAY FROM GODLESS CHATTER and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.... (1 Tim. 6:20,21)
AVOID GODLESS CHATTER, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. (2 Tim 2:16)In contrast, if you indulge in God's word TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE, you'll become more and more godly (Lk. 8:21 cf. Psa. 1:1-3; 119:9-11; 119:9,10). That would be drawing near to God to have him draw near to you.
Related to godless chatter is what people hear and watch on television (with the development of technology, such an admonition would also extend to certain videos and podcasts on computers, smartphones, and other devices).
ALL IDOLATERS will go to the lake of fire - Rev. 21:8 (unless they repent). Catholic Mass is also BLASPHEMY, as it claims to be a bloodless sacrifice for sins.
Pray this often throughout the day FOR YOURSELF:
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. (Psa 119:133)
Do NOT be like this:
...But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. (Dan 5:23)
For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over.
The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea
when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. HE DID THIS SO THAT ALL THE
PEOPLES OF THE EARTH MIGHT KNOW that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God. (Josh 4:23,24)
...Then the prophet poured the oil on Jehu's head and declared, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I ANOINT YOU KING OVER THE LORD'S PEOPLE ISRAEL. YOU ARE TO DESTROY THE HOUSE OF AHAB YOUR MASTER, and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the Lord's servants shed by Jezebel. The whole house of Ahab will perish. I will cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel - slave or free. I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah. (2 Kings 9:6-9)
So JEHU DESTROYED BAAL WORSHIP IN ISRAEL. However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit - THE WORSHIP OF THE GOLDEN CALVES at Bethel and Dan. (2 Kings 10:28,29)
Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. (Luke 11:50,51)Here are more important details about his actual message:
Although the LORD sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen. Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, "This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord's commands? You will not prosper. BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORSAKEN THE LORD, HE HAS FORSAKEN YOU." But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord's temple. (2 Chron. 24:19-21)
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I ENVIED THE ARROGANT when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psa 73:2,3)
When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; THEN I UNDERSTOOD THEIR FINAL DESTINY. (Psa. 73:16-17)
Surely God is good to Israel, TO THOSE WHO ARE PURE IN HEART. (Psalm 73:1; cf. Mt. 5:8)
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)
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. (Gen 21:5)
...BE FAITHFUL, EVEN TO THE POINT OF DEATH, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Rev. 2:10,11)
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Rev. 12:11)The second death = the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). The Apostle Paul endorses Christ's teachings. The Holy Spirit speaking through Paul declared the following:
strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. (Acts 14:22)See the hard road for a Bible study.
And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. (Mat. 3:9)Ponder this reality for the Christian:
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that WE SHOULD BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD! AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)
Soul Winning [AUDIO]
By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. (Heb. 8:13)(The "first" covenant was based on the Torah, but is now obsolete due to the NEW Testament. **The FOCUS now IS JESUS and HIS TEACHINGS - not the Torah, with their animal sacrifices, Sabbath-keeping and dietary laws, etc. (Read Hebrews for much more.)
Similarly, note what God's word declares about this extremely sinful woman and her LOVE:
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, HER MANY SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN - FOR SHE LOVED MUCH. But HE WHO HAS BEEN FORGIVEN LITTLE LOVES LITTLE." (Luke 7:44-47)
...GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, whom he has given us. (Rom. 5:5)
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE REMAINS IN DEATH. ANYONE WHO HATES HIS BROTHER IS A MURDERER, AND YOU KNOW THAT NO MURDERER HAS ETERNAL LIFE IN HIM. (1 John 3:14,15)
Some Jews who WENT AROUND DRIVING OUT EVIL SPIRITS tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. (Acts 19:13,14)
And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, BY WHOM DO YOUR PEOPLE DRIVE THEM OUT? So then, they will be your judges. (Mat. 12:27)
Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and IN YOUR NAME DRIVE OUT DEMONS and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Mat. 7:22,23)
She [the demon-possessed, fortune-telling, slave girl] kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, "IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST I COMMAND YOU TO COME OUT OF HER!" (Acts 16:18)
They ate till they had more than enough, for he had given them what they craved. But BEFORE THEY TURNED FROM THE FOOD THEY CRAVED, even while it was still in their mouths, God's anger rose against them; HE PUT TO DEATH the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel. (Psa. 78:29-31)
The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. Then they believed his promises and sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. So HE GAVE THEM WHAT THEY ASKED FOR, BUT SENT A WASTING DISEASE UPON THEM. (Psa. 106:11-15)**Keep your 'cravings' within God's will.
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your PERSEVERANCE AND FAITH IN ALL THE PERSECUTIONS AND TRIALS YOU ARE ENDURING. ALL THIS IS EVIDENCE that God's judgment is right, and as a result YOU WILL BE COUNTED WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, for which you are <>SUFFERING. (2 Thess. 1:4,5)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE." They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, EVERYONE WHO SINS IS A SLAVE TO SIN. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So IF THE SON SETS YOU FREE, YOU WILL BE FREE INDEED. (John 8:31-36)Jesus' disciples (the ones who hold to his teachings) will know THE TRUTH (JESUS - Jn. 14:6) and THE TRUTH will free them from sin's slavery (by his blood upon repentance - Rev. 1:5; Rom. 6:6,7). THAT is the sole, correct usage of that verse referring to THE TRUTH setting you free, that is, free from one's sin addictions and slavery to sin. (That verse is NOT referring to an oppressive government system or any other injustice.)
The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (Rev. 21:7, NASB)**The following verse shows what one must overcome and who the non-overcomers are:
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)
For a helpful sermon on how to resist the devil and avoid giving him a foothold (or spot) in the first place, you can listen to the following audio teaching:
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD FROM NOW ON." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." (Rev. 14:13)
Behold, I come like a thief! BLESSED IS HE WHO STAYS AWAKE AND KEEPS HIS CLOTHES WITH HIM, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed. (Rev. 16:15)
Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE INVITED TO THE WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMB!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God." (Rev. 19:9)
BLESSED AND HOLY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE PART IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
Behold, I am coming soon! BLESSED IS HE WHO KEEPS THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY IN THIS BOOK. (Rev. 22:7)
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WASH THEIR ROBES, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. (Rev. 22:14)
Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. IT MAY BE THAT THEN YOUR PROSPERITY WILL CONTINUE. (Dan 4:27)Here's the context (the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream):
You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: RENOUNCE YOUR SINS BY DOING WHAT IS RIGHT, AND YOUR WICKEDNESS BY BEING KIND TO THE OPPRESSED. IT MAY BE THAT THEN YOUR PROSPERITY WILL CONTINUE. (Dan 4:25-27)IF King Nebuchadnezzar had renounced his sins it would have been different for him as it was for Nineveh after they heard from Jonah they would be overturned (Jonah 3:4), but then subsequently repented (Jonah 3:10) - exactly as Jeremiah wrote - Jer. 18:7,8. BTW, note the similarity to Dan 4:27 in Amos:
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. (Amos 5:15)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse [It seems that Seal #3 has been opened!]
The Christian's Responsibility [AUDIO]
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. ON THAT DAY HIS FEET WILL STAND ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, EAST OF JERUSALEM, AND THE MOUNT OF OLIVES WILL BE SPLIT IN TWO FROM EAST TO WEST, FORMING A GREAT VALLEY, WITH HALF OF THE MOUNTAIN MOVING NORTH AND HALF MOVING SOUTH. (Zech. 14:2-4)
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. FOR EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED, AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED." (Luke 18:13,14)
On the SABBATH we went outside the city gate TO THE RIVER, where we expected to find a PLACE OF PRAYER. We sat down and BEGAN TO SPEAK TO THE WOMEN WHO HAD GATHERED THERE. (Acts 16:13)As Paul went in various cities, his usual practice was to go into the local synagogue on the Sabbath and introduce the gospel there; however, at Philippi, Paul went to where he thought the PLACE OF PRAYER would be - next to the river. That visit led to the conversion of Lydia.
for Demas, BECAUSE HE LOVED THIS WORLD, HAS DESERTED ME AND HAS GONE TO THESSALONICA. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. (2 Tim. 4:10)When Demas backslid, he departed to Thessalonica, the same place where the saints were commended for their faith BY SPREADING GOD'S WORD:
And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. THE LORD'S MESSAGE RANG OUT FROM YOU NOT ONLY IN MACEDONIA AND ACHAIA - YOUR FAITH IN GOD HAS BECOME KNOWN EVERYWHERE. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, (1 Thess. 1:7,8)NOTE: Their "FAITH IN GOD" was demonstrated by spreading God's word to others, which is vital for the following:
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And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. THEY WILL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER. (Rev. 20:10)
Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into THE ETERNAL FIRE PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS.' (Mat. 25:41)
...I am in AGONY IN THIS FIRE.' (Luke 16:24)
Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all MUTE DOGS, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain. (Isa. 56:10,11)
PRAY to be led away from and to not enter into temptations (Mt. 6:13; 26:41).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS and THE SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES, and LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US. (Heb 12:1)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME BACK AND TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME THAT YOU ALSO MAY BE WHERE I AM. (John 14:1-3)
God, who knows the heart, SHOWED THAT HE ACCEPTED THEM by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. (Acts 15:8)
There are a few groups (such as Church of Christ and the United Pentecostals) that are doggedly insistent upon water baptism for initial salvation. Read this article for how to refute those who wrongly embrace the water gospel.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness. (Jer. 23:5,6)That is more proof of the deity of Christ for the name "LORD" (all caps) stands for YHWH - God's name in Hebrew.
On a side note, many people in our day wrongly believe and parrot back that Jesus is different (more merciful, more loving, etc...) than the "harsh" God of the Old Testament, but Jesus IS YHWH of the Old Testament.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL. (Mat. 10:28)HELL (Gehenna) IS THE PLACE WHERE BOTH THE BODY AND SOUL ARE DESTROYED, but that does NOT mean annihilated (as in snuffed out of conscious existence), as proven by other scriptures. "Weeping and gnashing of teeth" can not be annihilation and neither was the cry of the ETERNALLY LOST SOUL in Lk. 16:24. (Also, remember the example of the suffering of the souls of Sodom and Gemorrah and the surrounding towns. See Jude 7.)
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." (Mark 3:21)***The same DECEIVED people arrived at Mk. 3:31, and MARY IS IDENTIFIED THERE, as part of the unnamed group from v. 21. This truth demolishes Catholicism's Mariology and that whole idolatrous system, for Mary was NOT sinless, nor even a servant of God at that low point. (Afterwards, she apparently repented.)
Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. (Mark 3:31)
We also know that law is made NOT for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, (1 Tim 1:9)
So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (Gal 3:24)
IF one can get past the songs sung in the 'church' building, then the worship leader often speaks out UNSCRIPTURAL POISON in between the songs in his comments! THESE ARE VERY DANGEROUS TIMES. Assume NOTHING and TEST EVERYTHING ALWAYS with scripture. REMAIN CAREFUL and CONSTANTLY GUARDED.
YOU are battling for E-T-E-R-N-I-T-Y and the devil wants to deceive YOU. Watch out for these religious lullabies that will lull you into a spiritual death sleep.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. (Psa 119:99,100)
for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet. 1:9)
...our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Rom. 13:11)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME. (John 10:27)
The Winning Attitude [AUDIO]
He who is not with me is AGAINST ME, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (Mat. 12:30)
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things GOD'S WRATH COMES ON THOSE WHO ARE DISOBEDIENT. (Eph. 5:6)
remember that at that time you were SEPARATE FROM CHRIST, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT GOD in the world. (Eph. 2:12)
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)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11, NASB)
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, DRAGGED HIM OUT OF THE CITY AND BEGAN TO STONE HIM. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul [who later became the Apostle Paul]. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:57-60)
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. THEY STONED PAUL AND DRAGGED HIM OUTSIDE THE CITY , thinking he was dead. (Acts 14:19)**With Stephen, they drug him out of the city first; then stoned him, but with the Apostle Paul, it was the opposite.
May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. (2 Th 3:5)
For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines ALL his paths. (Prov 5:21)
No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. EACH TREE IS RECOGNIZED BY ITS OWN FRUIT. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. FOR OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF HIS HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS. (Luke 6:43-45)
Better a dry crust with PEACE AND QUIET than a house full of feasting, with STRIFE. (Prov. 17:1)
For this son of mine was dead and is ALIVE AGAIN; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:24)
" Everything is permissible for me " - but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me" - but I will not be mastered by anything. " Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for - sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Cor. 6:12,13)In the same epistle it is also written:
"Everything is permissible " - but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible" - but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if anyone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience' sake - the other man's conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another's conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God - even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. (1 Cor. 10:23-33)**The context of the above passages is FOOD - specifically food sacrificed to an idol and the resulting impact the eating of such could have on others: Hence, the stated RESTRICTION. (Sexual sin is always clearly forbidden in the NT - Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc. and is NOT under consideration.)
If you ever hear an eternal security proponent argue that fornication (or any other form of immorality) is "permissible - just not profitable", then point them to Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the
gracious and compassionate and righteous man. (Psa 112:4)
How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me? (Psa 116:12)
So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert," (Heb. 3:7,8)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:31,32)**The Greek word for "compassionate" is "TENDER-HEARTED".
HOW DO YOU DO SPIRITUAL BATTLE IN SUCH A HORRIBLE CONDITION AND LOCATION?
After they had been SEVERELY FLOGGED, they were THROWN INTO PRISON, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and FASTENED THEIR FEET IN THE STOCKS. About midnight Paul and Silas were PRAYING AND SINGING HYMNS TO GOD, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:23-25)Consider also this next example:
...They called the apostles in and HAD THEM FLOGGED. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles LEFT THE SANHEDRIN, REJOICING BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN COUNTED WORTHY OF SUFFERING DISGRACE FOR THE NAME. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 5:40-42)
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (John 6:53)
COMPARE SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE or you will surely be misled. See Catholic Communion FRAUD.
But those ENEMIES OF MINE who DID NOT WANT ME TO BE KING OVER THEM - bring them here and kill them in front of me. (Luke 19:27)
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of RAGING FIRE that will consume the ENEMIES OF GOD. (Heb. 12:26-27)THE FOLLOWING EXPLICITLY SHOWS THEIR FUTURE BEYOND THE GRAVE, UNLESS THEY 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)
The Father of Lies [AUDIO]
The Parable Of The Rich Fool [pdf printable tract]
When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, PETER AND JOHN RETURNED TO JERUSALEM, PREACHING THE GOSPEL IN MANY SAMARITAN VILLAGES. (Acts 8:25)
Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and TRAVELED ABOUT, PREACHING THE GOSPEL IN ALL THE TOWNS until he reached Caesarea. (Acts 8:40)
So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those WHO HAPPENED TO BE THERE. (Acts 17:17)Also relevant to the foregoing evangelism Scriptures in the Book of Acts:
Preach the word; be prepared IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Tim. 4:2)
Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15-16)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph 4:31,32)
...do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Tim 5:22)
...But ANYONE WHO SAYS, 'YOU FOOL!' will be in DANGER OF THE FIRE OF HELL. (Mat. 5:22)
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, AND THE NAME OF HIS SON? Tell me if you know! (Prov. 30:4)
KISS THE SON, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psa. 2:12)
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Mat 16:15,16)
But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: TELL US IF YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, " He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered. (Mat 26:63-66)
For their rock is not like our Rock, as even our enemies concede. Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are filled with poison, and their clusters with bitterness. Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras. (Deut. 32:31-33)
Anyone who runs ahead and does not CONTINUE IN THE TEACHING OF CHRIST does not have God; whoever CONTINUES IN THE TEACHING has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)
Let THE WORD OF CHRIST dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
Therefore everyone who HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Mat. 7:24-27)
If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the SOUND INSTRUCTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. (1 Tim. 6:3-5)
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and DOES NOT ACCEPT MY WORDS; THAT VERY WORD WHICH I SPOKE WILL CONDEMN HIM at the last day. (John 12:48)
He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS THE WORD OF GOD. (Rev. 19:13)Despite these numerous verses, the heretical Dispensationalists exalt the Pauline epistles over the teachings of Christ! (**Read Revelation 2 and 3 to get more of Jesus' teachings.) They also seem oblivious to the truth that Paul and John both endorsed and magnified Christ's teachings (Col. 3:16; 2 John 9).
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, " IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT FOR US TO NEGLECT THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD OF GOD IN ORDER TO WAIT ON TABLES. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. WE WILL TURN THIS RESPONSIBILITY OVER TO THEM AND WILL GIVE OUR ATTENTION TO PRAYER AND THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD." This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1-7)
(ERROR) The mark of the beast, is not a literal physical mark. Just as the seal of God (Revelation 7:3; 14:1) is not a physical mark on the people of God.**Where do they get that idea? It primarily comes from Deut. 6:8; 11:18,19 and Ex. 13:9, which is much different.
WHAT IS THEIR ERROR? The mark of the beast will be received by non-overcomers, a different group from the righteous, as cited for their proof, especially in Rev. 14:1.
Secondly, modern technology shows the quantum dot tattoo (a scannable mark connected to currency) coming from the future patch vaccine will be the mark of the beast.
The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. HE CALLS HIS OWN SHEEP BY NAME and leads them out. (John 10:3)
And even THE VERY HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED. (Mat 10:30)
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." (Gal. 5:7-9)The yeast referred to in the passage above was bad "yeast", with a harmful impact. In contrast, "yeast working through the dough" cited, in this next verse, is good "yeast" and leads to a beneficial outcome:
He told them still another parable: " The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." (Mat. 13:33)