Do NOT fear death, IF you are a Christian. Death is only the departure of your spirit from your body (James 2:26) to JOYOUSLY go home to paradise (Lk. 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23).
Mysteries of This Life [AUDIO]
For Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Tim. 2:13).Aliens are NOT mentioned in the Bible, but GIANTS are, which is a different subject altogether.
The devil also attempted to kill the man Jesus as an infant, in an underhanded way, through King Herod by ordering the murder of all Jewish male babies aged 2 and under. See Matthew 2. The devil often uses those in political power, or tries to, in his attempts to hinder God's will.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from THE SEVEN SPIRITS who are before his throne (Rev. 1:4)
To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of the One who holds the SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, yet you are dead. (Rev. 3:1)
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. These are the SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD. (Rev. 4:5)
Then I saw a Lamb who appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD sent out into all the earth. (Rev. 5:6)**Seemingly, these seven spirits are each mentioned in Isaiah 11:2.
The angel answered me, "These are THE FOUR SPIRITS OF HEAVEN, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world." (Zech. 6:5)
Will YOU Go to Eternal Fire for LYING or LUST or UNFORGIVENESS?
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. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Rev 22:14,15)
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God - I say this to your shame. (1 Cor 15:33,34)
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because YOUR HEART IS NOT RIGHT BEFORE GOD. REPENT OF THIS WICKEDNESS AND PRAY TO THE LORD in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are FULL OF BITTERNESS AND CAPTIVE TO SIN. Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me." (Acts 8:18-24)
* Simon offered MONEY to have his religious ministry. [Some wicked people think money can buy them anything, even a religious ministry, just like Simon.]
* At that point, Simon's heart was NOT right with God. He was "CAPTIVE TO SIN" again, but it wasn't porn addiction, alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.
* Simon was FULL OF BITTERNESS. Before Philip arrived in that area, he was the focal point. He now wanted to be able to do something that Philip couldn't do (lay hands on Christians for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit - the reason the Apostles went there). IF Simon could have bought that gift, in his mind, he would have been a focal point again as Peter and John surely were with their special ability.
* Religious Simon even believed in the power of prayer, yet he was filled with sin and back on the road to hell.
Simon himself believed and was baptized .... (Acts 8:13)Simon, when rebuked by Peter, was NOT a murderer, a thief, a liar, a false teacher, etc.! He was interested in a ministry, but did not qualify spiritually.
* Simon had religious zeal, yet was lost and needed to REPENT. [Simon was more interested in Peter praying for him than repenting and praying himself.] However, that Simon asked Peter to pray for him after Peter's rebuking him is a good sign; many do not respond to a rebuke with such humility but, rather, with offense and indignation - like Herodias in response to the rebuke of John the Baptist and like the Pharisees when Jesus preached.
Check out the following page for your own Personal Revival and Self-Examination.
He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Rev 13:7)
The thief comes only TO STEAL AND KILL AND DESTROY ; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
He [the antichrist] will cause DECEIT to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. (Dan. 8:25)**The devil wants your CROWN (Rev. 3:11); he wants you devoured and condemned. He is the EVIL ONE, but can come disguised as an "angel of light" (appearing as God's angel or as a minister of righteousness; see 2 Cor. 11:14).
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.The immediate CONTEXT shows how to get that TRUTH Jesus spoke of:
...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." (Jn. 8:31,32)IF you hold to Jesus' teachings, you'll know the truth and you will be set free from SIN ADDICTIONS, as mentioned in v. 34.
Another verse that further demonstrates the context and meaning of the freedom of John 8:32 is the following:
But now that you have been SET FREE FROM SIN and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Rom. 6:22)So, are YOU set free from sin addiction NOW? IF not, you are not really Jesus' disciple (a true Christian) now, but by repenting, your heart and spiritual condition CAN change (Rom. 6:6,7). You CAN be set free - from your sin addictions - to become Jesus' disciple.
RECAP: the "Truth Will Set You Free" comes from holding to Jesus' teachings and the freedom is from sin addictions - not from trouble, social injustice, or political oppression, and certainly not freedom to indulge the sinful nature (Rom. 6:1).
On a side note, the eternal security teachers who use the "Romans Road" gospel to evangelize often EXCLUDE ROMANS 6:18; 6:23.
For a more detailed study in this matter, please refer to the following article on Revelation 2 and 3
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. (Eph. 5:8)
Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE , says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. And: I will be a Father to you, and YOU WILL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY. (2 Cor. 6:17,18)
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to THE END will be saved. (Mt. 10:22)
There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because CLAUDIUS HAD ORDERED ALL JEWS TO LEAVE ROME. Paul went to see them. (Acts 18:2)There were no Jews in Rome at that point, and Peter was a Jew - NOT an Italian! Catholicism is discredited again. DO YOU LOVE TRUTH?
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Is The Roman Catholic Church The True Church? [This is a PRINTABLE Gospel Tract]
Poor But Rich Church [AUDIO]
Pope Francis Says His Term Will Be Five Years At Most [9 years later he is still there! He's NOT the 'holy father' or even God's representative.]
**2 Timothy is LOADED with special, prized and eternal truth, as is 2 Timothy 4. That last chapter was Paul's final instructions to his spiritual son in the faith. Read, ponder, and memorize some of those truths for a blessing.
Yet I hold this against you: YOU HAVE FORSAKEN YOUR FIRST LOVE (Rev. 2:4).Our FIRST LOVE is to be the Lord Jesus (Mt. 10:37,38) and, sadly, we can forsake that love to our own DESTRUCTION. It is up to YOU to not allow such a spiritual tragedy to occur. The devil will try to conquer you that way too. Remember:
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Mt. 10:37,38)
That starts the Christian life, your BATTLE and LONG DISTANCE SPIRITUAL RACE. Such continues on as the devil will certainly do his best to reclaim the Christian's soul, through temptations to sin, through false doctrine and persecution. Even discouragements, the cares and troubles of this life - the "thorns" in Lk. 8 - can choke out fruitfulness to being lethal. [The START the Christian Life]
He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith [in the Lord Jesus]. (Acts 15:9)
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:21)
..."Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:30,31)
But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified.... (Lk. 18:13,14)
And Jesus told the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Lk. 7:50)
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:43)
and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him (Heb. 5:9)
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who STANDS FIRM TO THE END will be saved.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap ETERNAL LIFE. And let us not grow weary of DOING GOOD, for in due season we will reap, IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. (Gal. 6:8,9)
...BE FAITHFUL EVEN UNTO 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. The one who overcomes will not be harmed by the second death. (Rev. 2:10:11)
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW DOOR, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Lk. 13:24)
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)
Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And THE KING PLANNED TO SET HIM OVER THE WHOLE KINGDOM. THEN THE HIGH OFFICIALS AND THE SATRAPS SOUGHT TO FIND A GROUND FOR COMPLAINT AGAINST DANIEL with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God." (Dan 6:3-5)Their conniving led to Daniel being thrown into the lion's den in the hope to kill him, but God delivered him.
When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then YOU SHALL PAY LIFE FOR LIFE. (Ex. 21:22,23)**God's word ends all controversy about abortion. ABORTION IS MURDER, with the same OT judgment as murdering an adult.
Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death. (Ex. 21:12)
WHEN THEIR SPIRIT DEPARTS, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. (Psalm 146:4)
The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and YOUR DAYS OF SORROW WILL END. (Isa. 60:19,20)
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. HE SENT AND HAD JOHN BEHEADED IN THE PRISON, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. (Mt. 14:6-11)That example also shows how a righteous rebuke can cause murderous intent in the unrepentant wicked. In Mk. 6:19, Herodias was reported to have nursed a grudge against John and wanted him dead, because his preaching (TRUTH) exposed her sinful dark deeds. Remember John 3:19,20.
...There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated - the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. (Heb. 11:35-39)
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but TROUBLE AND SORROW, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (Psa. 90:10)
DEVOTE yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col 4:2)
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will BETRAY and hate each other.... (Mt. 24:7-10)
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again. (Mt. 24:21)
Pray for us. We are sure that WE HAVE A CLEAR CONSCIENCE and desire to live honorably in every way. (Heb. 13:18)
To the angel of the church in Ephesus write.... (Rev. 2:1)
I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul - an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus - that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. (Philemon 9,10)You must be able to suffer hardships and ENDURE through them.
But WOMEN WILL BE SAVED THROUGH CHILDBEARING - if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. (1 Tim. 2:15)The context illuminates it:
I DO NOT PERMIT A WOMAN TO TEACH OR TO ASSUME AUTHORITY OVER A MAN; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But WOMEN WILL BE SAVED THROUGH CHILDBEARING - if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. (1 Tim. 2:12-15)
OLDER WOMEN likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They [older women] are TO TEACH what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (Titus 2:3-5)
But EVERY WOMAN WHO PRAYS OR PROPHESIES with her head uncovered dishonors her head - it is the same as having her head shaved. (1 Cor. 11:5)(Her long hair is that head covering; Philip had 4 unmarried daughters who prophesied, Acts 21:9.)
And I ask you, my true partner, to HELP THESE TWO WOMEN, FOR THEY WORKED HARD WITH ME IN TELLING OTHERS THE GOOD NEWS. (Phil. 4:3, NLT)Christian women were hated, jailed and put to death like Christian men in the early church (Acts 22:4). They spread the gospel when scattered, as the men did (Acts 8:4) and were commanded to contend against the grace changers (Jude 3,4).
More Trouble For Catholics [Though you might not be Catholic this is important to know to pass on]
[PDF FOR CATHOLICS]
My Authorized KJV Poem
I have no greater JOY than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you IN THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION. (Isa. 48:10)
On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but GOD, WHO TESTS OUR HEARTS. (1 Thess. 2:4)**PERSECUTION is a TEST and some real Christians have fallen away that way (Lk. 8:13).
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. (1 John 3:13-15).
To hate another, especially over his/her Christian acts, is a sure sign you are unrighteous. Conversely, to be the recipient of such ungodly hatred shows you are BLESSED and have a GREAT REWARD awaiting you - so, REJOICE!
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat. 10:22)
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because GREAT is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mt. 5:10-12)
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and ALL THAT IS IN THEM. YOU GIVE LIFE TO EVERYTHING, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. (Neh. 9:6)
Do you not know? Have you not heard? the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. HE WILL NEVER GROW FAINT OR WEARY; HIS UNDERSTANDING IS BEYOND SEARCHING OUT. (Isaiah 40:28)
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because NO ONE WAS FOUND WHO WAS WORTHY to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE ROOT OF DAVID, HAS TRIUMPHED. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." (Rev. 5:3-5)
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. DO NOT REPAY ANYONE EVIL FOR EVIL. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. DO NOT TAKE REVENGE, MY FRIENDS, BUT LEAVE ROOM FOR GOD'S WRATH, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. (Rom 12:14-21)The devil will tempt you that way too, and if he can't get you to actually take revenge, he'll try to get you in bitterness or unforgiveness to DESTROY you. RESIST those temptations.
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. (Psa. 37:1,2)
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it leads only to evil. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. (Psa. 37:5-10)* WAIT PATIENTLY! While patience is a general part of the Christian's long distance race to final salvation, to patiently endure and to remain faithful to JESUS is specifically commanded as necessary for the Christian to overcome the anti-Christ, the imminent mark of the beast and all the other distress of this Great Tribulation. See also Rev. 12:11.
The devil might come as a friend, a person in need, or perhaps even a subtle dream to lead you astray that you want to believe came from God. Your enemy wants you weakened and deceived so that you cannot serve God, bring forth good fruit or be a godly bright example. HE WANTS YOU IN ETERNAL FIRE!
For a more detailed analysis on the importance of our thought life, examine Our Thought Life
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. GO IN PEACE and be freed from your suffering." (Mark 5:34)
Jesus said to the woman, " Your faith has saved you; GO IN PEACE." (Luke 7:50)
Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, " PEACE BE WITH YOU." (Luke 24:35,36)
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
I have told you these things, so that IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with THE DOORS LOCKED FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS, Jesus came and stood among them and said, " PEACE BE WITH YOU!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, " PEACE BE WITH YOU! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." (John 20:19-21)
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "PEACE BE WITH YOU!" (John 20:26)
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, ABOUT SEVEN MILES from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:13)
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED. (Acts 2:47)
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who ARE BEING SAVED and those who are perishing. (2 Cor. 2:15)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ARE BEING SAVED it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18)
for you ARE RECEIVING the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9)NOTE: Those same people Peter addressed had already been "born again" (1 Pet. 1:23), yet an ongoing receiving of the salvation of their souls was taking place.
**That ongoing salvation can be hindered and interfered with. MANY have turned away from God and went back into darkness and death. GUARD YOUR HEART for your crafty enemy wants YOU IN HELL! One example of falling away was the younger widows Paul mentioned, who turned from their "dedication to Christ" (1 Tim. 5:11) to this:
Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan. (1 Tim. 5:15)Salvation is both instant and CONTINUOUS, assuming we CONTINUE TO FOLLOW JESUS. Know also that many of the verbs throughout the New Testament were written in the CONTINUOUS tense in the Greek. To believe on (John 3:16) and to follow Jesus (John 10:27) are both in the continuous tense, as are many other verbs and commands - to "keep on believing" and to "keep on following". Additionally "to keep on sowing to please the spirit" in Gal. 6:8,9 is just one more. For a more in depth study of these issues, please refer to the following article, From Initial to Final Salvation
See also this pdf on Spiritual Death
Sin Is Sin LIE [AUDIO, click video in top center]
Only God knows how many have been DECEIVED by SONGS SUNG INSIDE the CHURCH BUILDING. Never forget: SCRIPTURE ALONE is final authority (2 Tim. 3:16,17) - NOT religious songs, especially the multitude of songs that hint at eternal security salvation in sin. Furthermore, the "Church Fathers" are absolutely NOT credible and should not be considered for dogma.
Here is a good song to bless you, Oh Buddha.
For [it is] impossible for those once enlightened, having also tasted of the heavenly gift, and having become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good saying of God, also the powers of the coming age, and having fallen away, to renew [them] again to conversion, having crucified to themselves the Son of God again, and exposed to public shame. (LSV)
Again, Hebrews 6:4-6 is referring to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and is most clearly detailed in Mark 3:22-30 where the Pharisees accused the Lord Jesus of casting out demons by the prince of demons. Some of the Hebrew Christians buckled under the persecution and in order to return to the synagogue, they had to declare that Jesus performed his miracles by the power of the devil. THAT is the only type of blasphemy that is unforgivable.
NOTE: Unforgivable sin is NOT stated as the continual state of unbelief in the Lord Jesus, thereby ERRANTLY suggesting it only takes a moment of saving-regenerating faith to be eternally secure in salvation or that if one ever had a moment of saving faith, they cannot or "will not" ever commit eternal sin.
And repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Lk. 24:47).
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might DIE TO SINS AND LIVE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Pet. 2:24)
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and TO PURIFY FOR HIMSELF A PEOPLE THAT ARE HIS VERY OWN, EAGER TO DO WHAT IS GOOD. (Titus 2:14)
Ephraim will be laid waste on THE DAY OF RECKONING. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain. Judah's leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols. I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah. (Hosea 5:9-12)NOTHING is hidden from God (Heb. 4:13) and he does not leave the guilty unpunished (Nahum 1:2,3). "The day of reckoning" will come!
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (Heb. 12:7)Some of our pains and sufferings are related to God's discipline, BUT NOT ALL RESPOND TO DISCIPLINE - an important point to know when contending against the counterfeit grace of eternal security:
They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN OR RESPOND TO DISCIPLINE. (Jer 32:33)See also Amos 4:6-11, which shows the same. Such is the pattern even in the NT. To the Laodiceans, PRECIOUS Jesus said:
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. (Rev 3:19)Before that verse they were warned that Jesus would vomit them out over their LUKEWARMNESS! Discipline does not always work. (*GOD WANTS US ZEALOUSLY HOT FOR HIM.)
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Rev. 6:6, KJV)For just ONE PENNY you can buy all of that, based on the misleading KJV, BUT DO NOT BELIEVE IT. In reality, scripture is saying something much different:
Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A QUART OF WHEAT FOR A DAY'S WAGES, and three quarts of barley FOR A DAY'S WAGES, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" (Rev. 6:6)
...Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you. For I DESIRE MERCY, not sacrifice, and ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOD rather than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:4-6)Find out MUCH MORE about what God wants from you.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature WILL REAP DESTRUCTION; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit WILL REAP ETERNAL LIFE. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. (Gal. 6:8,9)
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does NOT LOVE ME will not obey my teaching.... (John 14:23,24)
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Mat. 6:6-8)Therefore, according to Jesus' teaching, reciting the rosary shows such people DO NOT LOVE JESUS.
(*FYI: The rosary invention from 1090AD is repetitious prayer and some of it is to Mary and even contains the IDOLATRY declaration that Mary is our "life, sweetness and hope"!)
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.... (Nahum 1:2,3)
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. (Phil 3:1)
Josiah smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones. (2 Kings 23:14)
In the morning when the men of the town got up, there was Baal's altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! They asked each other, "Who did this?" When they carefully investigated, they were told, "Gideon son of Joash did it." (Judges 6:28,29)
YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. WHEN YOU WERE SLAVES TO SIN, YOU WERE FREE FROM THE CONTROL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD, THE BENEFIT YOU REAP LEADS TO HOLINESS, AND THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE. (Rom. 6:18-22)That is the FREEDOM that Jesus gives, that is, FREEDOM FROM SIN'S SLAVERY:
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 8:34-36)Peter wrote this with clashes with eternal security HERESY:
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. (1 Pet 2:16)
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe (1 Tim. 4:9,10).It is argued by proponents of Universalism that Jesus is "the savior of all men". Hence they conclude, all will be saved, but the rest of this passage says ESPECIALLY OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE. In other words, even though Jesus died for all people - the redeemed and the world (1 John 2:2), he is only the savior of all who would become true believers in the Lord Jesus. Sadly, not everyone has faith:
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for NOT EVERYONE HAS FAITH. (2 Thess. 3:2)
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You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. (Rom. 5:6)Jesus died for THE UNGODLY. That means he died for us ALL OF US, since we were all ungodly at one point (Rom 3:23; 11:32; 1 John 1:10; etc.), and that truth refutes a point in Calvinism (Limited Atonement which wrongly says Christ only died for SOME).
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, (Gal. 4:4)Paul wrote about 1/2 of the NT books, yet referred to Mary in that trivial manner. Catholics have been grossly misled to: pray TO Mary, trust in Mary, look to Mary, venerate Mary and do devotion to Mary. That is ALL 100% unscriptural and lethally IDOLATROUS.
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and PATIENT ENDURANCE THAT ARE OURS IN JESUS, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. (Rev. 1:9)
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for PATIENT ENDURANCE and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Rev. 13:10)
This calls for PATIENT ENDURANCE on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. (Rev. 14:12)
I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. (Mat 16:28)That was promise fulfilled in the next several verses, which are part of Matthew 17.
...for our God is a consuming fire. (Heb. 12:29)WONDERFULLY, God will burn everything away from our lives (just like a consuming fire in the natural) and he will be our sole focus, IF we wisely allow it to happen. All those other things, once considered important in the past, will become VERY DIM in comparison to the importance of ALMIGHTY GOD and serving him.
They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. (Acts 4:3,4)
As for you, you WERE [past tense] dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you USED TO LIVE [past tense] when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. (Ezek. 13:8,9)
Now, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who SEW MAGIC CHARMS ON ALL THEIR WRISTS AND MAKE VEILS OF VARIOUS LENGTHS FOR THEIR HEADS IN ORDER TO ENSNARE PEOPLE. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live. "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I AM AGAINST YOUR MAGIC CHARMS with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds. I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives, therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.'" (Ezek. 13:17-23)
When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. (Isa 8:19,20)
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at HOME with the Lord. SO WE MAKE IT OUR GOAL TO PLEASE HIM, whether we are at HOME in the body or away from it. (2 Cor. 5:8,9)Did you notice the word "HOME" used for both Paradise and for our physical body ? BTW, note how else Paradise is referred to here:
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, THE HOME OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. (2 Pet. 3:13)
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But NOW HIS CREDITOR IS COMING TO TAKE MY TWO BOYS AS HIS SLAVES ." Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil." Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side." She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, "GO, SELL THE OIL AND PAY YOUR DEBTS. YOU AND YOUR SONS CAN LIVE ON WHAT IS LEFT." (2 Kings 4:1-7)Some have rejected scripture and a belief in God because they don't know that about SLAVERY IN THE BIBLE!
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, for adulterers and perverts, for SLAVE TRADERS and liars and perjurers - and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine (1 Tim 1:9,10)
Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. (Col 4:1)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. (Eph 6:5-9)BTW, Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world. He did not come to bring about 'social justice' and political change in this cursed age, (though we ARE to help the poor (Gal. 2:10 etc.), show proper respect to everyone (1 Pet. 2:17) and love our neighbor as ourselves (Mk. 12:31); but instead, Jesus came, among other things, to reconcile people (sinners) to God so that they could inherit a more perfect country - a heavenly one (Heb. 11:16).
The change Jesus came to bring about was men's hearts, not social conditions, and he does not care about race, ethnicity, nationality, or social position. Jesus is THE (sole) way for ALL humankind (Jn. 14:6) and God ONLY LOOKS AT THE HEART of man.
...I [JESUS] am sending you [Paul] to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:17,18)
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must TURN TO GOD IN REPENTANCE AND HAVE FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS. (Acts 20:21)
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that THEY SHOULD REPENT AND TURN TO GOD AND PROVE THEIR REPENTANCE BY THEIR DEEDS. (Acts 26:20)Now that you know how it is done, so get busy and spread that same message, as God wants YOU to do.
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, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isa. 55:7)
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Prov. 28:13)
And if a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he will live by doing so. (Ezek 33:19)Abraham was justified by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3; James 2:23) and Noah became an heir of righteousness by FAITH (Heb. 11:7).
All the wicked of the earth you DISCARD LIKE DROSS; therefore I love your statutes. (Psa. 119:119)
Son of man, the house of Israel HAS BECOME DROSS TO ME; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but THE DROSS OF SILVER. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because YOU HAVE ALL BECOME DROSS, I will gather you into Jerusalem. As men gather silver, copper, iron, lead and tin into a furnace to melt it with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you. I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her. As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath upon you. (Ezek. 22:18-22)
But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name. Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:17,18)MANY SOULS were afterwards saved because they disobeyed the authorities and continued to spread the truth - God's word.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do NOT keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do NOT be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Mat 6:6-8)**Is it a SIN to reject the Rosary and NOT pray to Mary, the saints and angels OR obedience to the Lord showing our LOVE for him (Jn. 14:15)?
We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets MADE MORE CERTAIN, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Pet 1:18,19)
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)