Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,
for they received the message with great eagerness and
examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)
Make Every Effort [AUDIO]
The REAL Christian Life [VERY STIRRING!]
The time came when THE BEGGAR DIED and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. THE RICH MAN ALSO DIED and was buried. In hell, WHERE HE WAS IN TORMENT, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. (Luke 16:22,23)
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is BETTER BY FAR; (Phil 1:23)
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine RIGHTEOUS PERSONS WHO DO NOT NEED TO REPENT. (Luke 15:7)
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how HOLY, RIGHTEOUS AND BLAMELESS we were among you who believed. (1 Thess. 2:10)
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may COMMAND certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.... The goal of this command is love, which COMES FROM A PURE HEART AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE AND A SINCERE FAITH. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. (1 Tim 1:3-6)
YOU BELONG TO YOUR FATHER, THE DEVIL, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by A SLAVE GIRL WHO HAD A SPIRIT by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. (Acts 16:16)
Leave them; they are BLIND GUIDES. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." (Mat. 15:14)
We know that we are children of God, and that THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE EVIL ONE. (1 John 5:19)That spells DANGER. Walk GUARDED and in the FEAR OF GOD - not in the fear of man.
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for YOU WERE THE FEWEST OF ALL PEOPLES. But it was because the LORD LOVED YOU AND KEPT THE OATH HE SWORE TO YOUR FOREFATHERS that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDS. BUT THOSE WHO HATE HIM HE WILL REPAY TO THEIR FACE BY DESTRUCTION; HE WILL NOT BE SLOW TO REPAY TO THEIR FACE THOSE WHO HATE HIM. (Deut. 7:7-10)
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor. 5:15)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21)Ponder the following verses in connection with the two prior verses:
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me [Jesus] and for the gospel will save it (Mk. 8:35).
But Jesus would NOT entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. (John 2:24)
...count yourselves DEAD to sin but ALIVE to God in Christ Jesus. (Rom 6:11)
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. (Psa 119:133)
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of THE BELLY OF HELL cried I, and thou heardest my voice. (Jonah 2:2, KJV)When Jonah was in the belly of the fish, he prayed, but since that location is sadly called "the belly of HELL" by the KJV, certain heretical groups, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, have taken advantage of that KJV POOR TRANSLATION to attack the doctrine of a fiery hell. The ESV reads:
saying, 'I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice."
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and FILTHY LANGUAGE FROM YOUR LIPS. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Col. 3:8-10)
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Rom. 6:16)
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Rom 6:18)
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. For the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:22-23)**The "Wages of Sin is Death" still applies AFTER getting born again:
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:5-7)RECAP: the wages of sin is still death, even after you get saved.
Side Note: a serious, deadly blind spot that the OSAS proponents have is the notion that once a person gets saved, all of the commands and warnings that apply to the unsaved, somehow, no longer apply to a person AFTER THEY GET SAVED.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)The second half of that verse is not cancelling out the first half; Romans 6:23 is not saying that the wages of sin is only death until you get saved, but that the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH. All verses on a subject must be read together to get an accurate picture.
For a complete Romans Road gospel presentation - one that supports a conditional security of the believer - check out this teaching. (A printable gospel tract in PDF is also available.)
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)ETERNAL LIFE WAS ETERNAL BEFORE THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE POSSESSED IT BY REPENTING. If "once a son, always a son" were true, no one could ever get saved, because we were all at one time sons of disobedience and children of the devil. (Rom. 3:12; Isa.53:6, Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Jn. 3:10)
Watch out for the misleading "Eternal Life is Eternal" argument as well as other ear-tickling doctrines of demons.
SEAL #1 is the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:2. That rider was given a crown (Corona) and a bow - toxon in the Greek- from which we get our word poison [like the poisonous injection].
SEAL #2 is the fiery red horse of Revelation 6:4. That toxon was used to cause SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME via the Depopulation Jab and relates to men slaying each other - injecting each other. (SLAY in Greek can also mean maim or wound.)
SEAL #3 is the black horse and serious hyperinflation for wheat, barley and [olive] oil. The Middle East is already having these problems. See Rev. 6:5,6.
HE CUTS OFF EVERY BRANCH IN ME that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2)
IF ANYONE DOES NOT REMAIN IN ME, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (John 15:6)
...the one who feeds on me will live because of me. (John 6:57)Since Jesus is THE WORD OF GOD (Rev. 19:13), Jn. 6:57 is saying to FEED ON THE WORD OF GOD (the Scriptures) will mean to live spiritually if you do just that. (It is understood that you will put the Word into practice.)
He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 8:21)
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." (John 21:15-17)
But THESE are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)When read together with the preceding verse, the verse becomes clear:
Jesus did many other MIRACULOUS SIGNS in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But THESE are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that BY BELIEVING YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME. (John 20:30,31)The miraculous signs referred to were the following things that Jesus did:
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT. Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'OPEN THE DOOR FOR US!' But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' (Mat. 25:10-12)
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus SO THAT THEY COULD PUT HIM TO DEATH. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?" 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. (Mat. 26:59-65)
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)
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)For many, to overcome will mean getting beheaded. Hold on to your courage - Heb. 3:6. YOU ARE BATTLING FOR ETERNITY, and PARADISE is one second after getting beheaded. Cowards go to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8).
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, CLEANSE OUR CONSCIENCES FROM ACTS THAT LEAD TO DEATH, SO THAT WE MAY SERVE THE LIVING GOD! (Heb. 9:14)
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy,
and slander of every kind. (1 Pet 2:1)
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those WHO BRING GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIM PEACE, WHO BRING GOOD TIDINGS, WHO PROCLAIM SALVATION, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isa 52:7)
Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Prov 30:7-9)
NOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTER IT [New Jerusalem], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Rev. 21:27)Read also the warning from Eph. 5:5,6 that declares that the IMPURE have no inheritance in the Kingdom of God and that to state otherwise is EMPTY WORDS.
For how to refute the ear-tickling "sin unto death" false teaching that is advanced by numerous eternal security proponents, check out the following page.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. THE WORDS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE. (John 6:63)
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:14-16)
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18)
The one who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the one who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36, NASB)
For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. (John 6:47,48)
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26)
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:43)
if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected NOAH, A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and seven others; (2 Pet. 2:5)
"So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through THE PROPHET DANIEL - let the reader understand-- ...(Mat. 24:15)
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of VERY EXPENSIVE PERFUME, MADE OF PURE NARD. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for MORE THAN A YEAR'S WAGES and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly. (Mark 14:3-5)Imagine dumping more than a year's wages of money in perfume on Jesus' HEAD!
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people - not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "EXPEL THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOU." (1 Cor. 5:9-13)For a more in depth study of this issue of fellowship with the religious wicked, refer to the following teaching entitled, "What's Wrong with the American Church".
Paradise in the Bible [AUDIO]
Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I NOW GIVE MY PERSONAL TREASURES OF GOLD AND SILVER for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?" Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly. (1 Chron. 29:3-6)
The resurrected Jesus had a tangible body, which could be handled, that is, a physical body of flesh and bones, unlike the Father and Holy Spirit:
Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. (Luke 24:39)
Then the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet." (Exo 7:1)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor 5:15)
(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?" (Mark 7:3-5)
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." (Mark 7:8)** That is exactly what the Mennonites, and other similar groups, do when they enforce the HEAD RAG so-called "covering" for the women, thereby NULLIFYING GOD'S WORD by their elder's traditions. God's word says:
but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For LONG HAIR IS GIVEN TO HER AS A COVERING. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice--nor do the churches of God. (1 Cor. 11:15,16)
but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST THE POWER OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF GOD. (1 Cor. 1:24)
For BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM. (Col. 1:16)
This is what the LORD says - your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who ALONE stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth BY MYSELF, (Isa. 44:24)
Then Jesus told them, "THIS VERY NIGHT YOU WILL ALL FALL AWAY on account of me, for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." (Mat. 26:31-34)NOTE: it is the "sheep" who fall away - not those never saved. Be NOT misled by the grace changers.
It will be good for those servants whose master FINDS THEM WATCHING WHEN HE COMES. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and WAIT ON THEM. (Luke 12:37)The Lord Jesus will "wait on them"! (Remember also, King Jesus washed his disciples' feet. (Jn. 13:5-15.) No earthly king would do such things, but the majestic KING OF KINGS will.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because YOU DID NOT TRUST IN ME ENOUGH TO HONOR ME AS HOLY IN THE SIGHT OF THE ISRAELITES, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." (Num. 20:12)Moses still entered God's kingdom after death for he appeared at the Mt. of transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-8).
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but DIVISION. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." (Luke 12:51-53)So, if you are a Christian, why are you so amazed at the way your unsaved family reacts to God's word and to you?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:34)
But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and GET DRUNK. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and ASSIGN HIM A PLACE WITH THE UNBELIEVERS. (Luke 12:45,46)"Unbelievers" go to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). SIN IS STILL THE ISSUE.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find REST for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Mt. 11:28-29)
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that REST, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. (Heb. 4:11)On a side note: the passage in Hebrews 3:16-4:1 reinforces John 3:36 where belief is equated to obedience and where unbelief equals disobedience.
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed ? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (Heb 3:16-4:1)Get a refresher on this basic, but fundamental, tenet of the Christian faith about believing on Jesus.
Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will FALL BY THE SWORD OR BE BURNED OR CAPTURED OR PLUNDERED. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. (Dan. 11:33-35)
...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)That warning hints at our strict Judgment before God, and it will include our opportunities and abilities to serve God.
The Prodigal Child Who Experienced God's Extravagant Grace [Virginia's testimony]
Do NOT Be Deceived (pdf) [**IF you want 50 of these salvation tracts FREE to pass out, send in your address and request.]
The False Convert [AUDIO]
Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of separation to the LORD as a Nazirite, he must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. As long as he is a Nazirite, he must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins. "'During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be holy until the period of his separation to the LORD is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long. Throughout the period of his separation to the LORD he must not go near a dead body. Even if his own father or mother or brother or sister dies, he must not make himself ceremonially unclean on account of them, because THE SYMBOL OF HIS SEPARATION TO GOD IS ON HIS HEAD. Throughout the period of his separation he is consecrated to the LORD. (Num. 6:2-8)
So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man." (Judges 16:17)**There is no more Nazarite vow in our NT (New Testament) day:
Does not the very nature of things teach you that IF A MAN HAS LONG HAIR, IT IS A DISGRACE TO HIM, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice--nor do the churches of God. (1 Cor. 11:14-16)
David said to Solomon: "My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God. But this word of the LORD came to me: 'You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. (1 Chron. 22:7-9)
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Cor. 11:14-15)
***Therefore, do you think THE ANTICHRIST (Satan's chief servant of all time) is going to look like a villain? He has come as a good guy to help us and to save the world. Bill Gates' name in all capital letters, followed by III (since he is BILL GATES III), equals 666 in ASCII, which is the American Standard Code Information Interchange, the language of computers.
See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does,
you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he
promised us--even ETERNAL LIFE. I am writing these things to you
about those who are trying to lead you astray. (1 John 2:24-26)
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and HIS RELIGION IS WORTHLESS. RELIGION THAT GOD OUR FATHER ACCEPTS AS PURE AND FAULTLESS IS this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:26-27)**God does NOT accept all religious activity. In Genesis 4, he accepted Abel's sacrifice, but not Cain's. See also Matthew 7:21-23 where Jesus told a group of religious people to depart from him; they were continuous evildoers despite their religious activities.
Related to such, is the idea of fruit: what is the fruit of the Christian life or the evidence of saving grace since Jesus said "you will know them by their fruit"? (Mt. 7:15) That fruit/evidence, therefore, must be something OTHER THAN casting out demons or prophesying in Jesus' name. See Heb. 12:14; 5:9; Jn. 13:35; etc.
but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected. (1 Cor. 9:27)
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. (2 Chron. 15:2)
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. 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)Side Note: Often Eternal Security proponents, in particular the "Perseverance of the Saints" branch of the poisonous OSAS tree, speak of a progressive and increasing "sanctification" of the Christian. The heretical Got Questions ministry claimed the following, "Progressive sanctification is what gradually separates the people of God from the world and makes them more and more like Jesus Christ". Such darkened theology has God doing all of the striving, keeping and holding-on in order for us to remain saved, whereas Jesus and the apostles repeatedly commanded the Christians to hold on and "make every effort", among many other similar commands. (Lk. 13:24; 2 Pet. 1:5,10, 3:14; Rev. 3:11, 2:10)
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)** Picture the strenuous rowing one must do in a lifeboat just to remain in place and not be carried out to sea. Compare to Luke 13:23,24. See also The false doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.
Blessed is the one who READS THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, and blessed are those who HEAR IT AND TAKE TO HEART WHAT IS WRITTEN IN IT, because the time is near. (Rev. 1:3)**Do YOU qualify for those blessings?
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. 12:19-21)
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, THE APPEARANCE OF HIS FACE CHANGED, AND HIS CLOTHES BECAME AS BRIGHT AS A FLASH OF LIGHTNING. Two men, Moses and Elijah, APPEARED IN GLORIOUS SPLENDOR, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:28-31)
When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." (Hosea 1:2)
Spiritual adultery against God is in "departing from the LORD" via a love affair with the world. Such is the "vilest adultery".
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. (Gen. 3:4)
Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her TEACHING she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. (Rev. 2:20)
But you have turned from the way and by your TEACHING have caused MANY to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi," says the LORD Almighty. (Mal. 2:8)
Their TEACHING will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. (2 Tim 2:17-18)
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. (2 Pet 2:18-20)If they [NEW CONVERTS WHO FALL PREY TO FALSE TEACHERS], they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning!
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1)
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (1 Cor.13:6)
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. (Gen. 2:10-14)**Though the rivers of Pishon and Gihon have vanished, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are still here today, and they originally flowed out from Eden, not Missouri, United States, as the Mormons believe.
Such a doctrinal LIE also has those same children later believing they were "born again," and, as a consequence, they will not bother to seek God for salvation since "they WRONGLY think they already got it". (**Martin Luther was NOT sound in doctrine.)