God asks us the Christian question when we claim that Jesus Christ is our Lord but are not faithful to obey Him. The question itself is like the Shepherd's staff. If Jesus uses it on us, we must allow ourselves to be caught by it and brought near to Him. Otherwise, how do we have faith in Christ Jesus if we are unfaithful toward Him?
Imagine the night of the first Passover. The old testament doesn't even exist yet. God has decreed that every firstborn in Egypt is going to die, except that there is only one way to be saved from His judgement.
In preparation, they were required to remove every speck of leaven from their homes. Then at sunset, a perfect lamb had to be slaughtered on their behalf. God required that they paint the blood on the top and sides of their doorframe. They were to cook the lamb a certain way, eat it a certain way, and stay inside until morning; but they were also required to be fully dressed, prepared to answer the door and go. Whoever did not carefully fulfill God's instructions would be
Now, imagine a household where everyone is firstborn. You, your wife, your kid, your parents and your in-laws are all firstborns. Your family has just sacrificed the lamb and as the light fades, you all sing songs about being saved.
God has saved us by the blood of the Lamb! The blood of the Lamb has saved us!
But your child interrupts;
Daddy, why didn't we paint the blood of the lamb on our doorposts yet? Horror and panic! The child is right. The lamb has been slaughtered on behalf of you and your family, but if the blood sits in the basin, unused, you will not be saved when God's judgement comes tonight. The blood can save everyone who follows God's command to apply it—and the rest are doomed. The light is fading fast. If you believe, repent before it's to late and do the command!
To the Eqyptians, all of this seems impossible. They simply don't believe in God —that He will do this. For whatever reasons, they simply find it too hard to believe. But the Lord will certainly make believers out of them by morning. Not even one unbelieving house will be found without a casualty. They will continue to respond in disbelief until it's too late.
On the other hand, believers have no doubt about the consequences for not believing God tonight—certain death. That's why all the believers already have all the leaven removed from their houses and the blood of the lamb applied to the doorposts. They're being careful to fulfill the instructions of One who can save them.
Even the skeptic can be saved tonight. After carefully listening to the command anyone can see that the stakes are simply too high to risk it. Yes, even the doubting-Thomas-types will be saved, if they only believe enough to faithfully follow God's instructions about the matter. Because they're afraid of what God will do if they disregard His commands, they are careful to obey Him as this judgement approaches.
But the passover of a
make-believer is very different. Because they are only pretending to believe, they feel comfortable leaving God's instructions undone—when people aren't looking. If they believed in God—that He will do what He said He will do tonight—then they would at least fear Him to the point where they don't blow-off His words. But they show no fear of the Lord.
By morning, the Lord will make believers out of all make-believers. Their charade will be exposed when they die with all the unbelievers. This is the nature of their charade: they have slaughtered the lamb and their table is set for the feast, but along the way they are generally careless. They aren't very worried about whether they have the blood on their doorposts. To them it is a trivial detail. To them it's good enough that they slaughtered the Lamb and that His blood is in the basin on their porch. They fearlessly pass-over God's instructions; therefore God will not pass-over them at the judgement.
Unless they apply the blood of the Lamb on His terms they will actually become guilty of the blood! Yes, they are very hungry for this feast tonight, but inside the house they haven't even bothered to carefully remove all of the leaven. They give it enough effort for the neighbors to take notice, but they don't endure to the end.
They don't truly fear what will happen if a fragment remains and they are found unclean inside. The grand finale of their fearlessness arrives when they dress for bed and decide to leave the scraps of the Lamb as left-overs for the morning. They will not finish eating all, as they were commanded. As sure as the Lord lives, they will not awaken to their deliverance.
Inside their house, out of sight, their charade has paused. But the make-believing family jumps right back into character when someone is watching. This response is powerful proof that they don't believe God is watching. For fear alone, no believer can bear to leave God's instructions undone, knowing that nothing is hidden from Him. And if fear produces obedience, how much more does love produce obedience!? Without obedience there is neither fear nor love. Either way, all believers know that when the judgement comes, God will do exactly what He said He would do. Then when it is too late, God will come and make true believers out of all the make-believers.
Only the make-believers can bear to disregard the question the child asked above. They say;
Don't worry about the command children. Following commands cannot save us, only the blood of the lamb can save us. Just believe that the blood of the Lamb is enough. Dear family: truly only the Lamb can save you. But if the blood of God's Lamb isn't enough to move you to the door to perform His command, then neither is your faith enough to receive the mercy and grace of God to be saved.
This is a portrait of the church industry: a perfect parallel. Their belief in God is unbelievable. Their make-believe faith cannot save them. On their own terms, they take the life of God's perfect Lamb and skip straight to the feast. Their house is filled with leaven and they are dressed for bed. They take what they want from the Lamb and leave the rest uneaten. The blood of the Lamb is not on their doors, it is on their hands.
Disregarding His instruction, they are unwilling to know Jesus' instructions and unwilling to do what He says. The hour is coming quickly and even now He is at the door! Pass-over Jesus' commands and you will not be passed-over at the judgement. We must
purge the leaven by repenting from all sin, and actually apply the blood of the Lamb to the
door posts of our lives if we hope to actually be saved. See, he told us how beforehand; it is plainly written:
Believe It Or Not
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another [with Him], and [then] the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.How we apply His blood for remission of sins
—1st John 1:6-7
We know that whoever is born of God doesn't sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself and the wicked one doesn't touch him.1st John 5:18
These aren't metaphors. Whoever is only figuratively saved from sin is only figuratively saved, powerless over sin. But whoever is literally saved from sin is literally being saved by Jesus Christ! What are you being saved from, if not sin? It is written repeatedly:
Now by this we know that we know Him–if we keep His commandments. Whoever says,1st John 2:3-4I know Him,and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Knowing Him and loving Him is defined on His terms, not yours. His terms are written repeatedly:
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Whoever doesn't love Me doesn't keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.John 14:23-24
Abiding in Him is not a figure of speech either. It means that you love Jesus so much that you stop what you were doing, that the Holy Spirit literally comes into your earthly life (here and now), and that from that point forward you actually do what He says to do forever—with power from God to endure in His righteousness to the very end.
This is called
true repentance. Rejoice at this wonderful news! The Holy Spirit will literally come and clean out all the sin from your life! It isn't just figuratively gone, it is literally gone and you are never again in bondage to sin! This is the good news of Jesus Christ! He comes and literally makes His home with us! That is how to apply the blood of Jesus Christ!
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.John 15:10
Abiding in Him while with sin is make-believe.
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.1st John 3:6
Have you repented from sin? Or are you just as Paul described himself before Christ set him free from sin? Like our passover story above, Paul
presents his tormented, legalistic, hypocritical, carnal state back then using the
historic present tense. Like any good autobiographer who desires to
show us rather than simply
tell us about what happened, Paul employs the historic present-tense, narrating the past as though we were there with him in the persent. He tells us of when he was still a tormented slave to sin.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!Romans 7:14-25
Does this sound like you? If so, then like Saul you do not know Jesus Christ, nor have you ever known him at all. If you do not repent from this and follow Jesus, then it doesn't matter how many sermons you've heard or preached, or how many miracles you've done or whether you predicted the future like clockwork. If Paul's narrative above sounds like you, then unless you repent and endure to the end, Jesus said,
I will tell them,
Depart from Me you who practice lawlessness! I never knew you. Why do you call me Lord when you don't do the things I say?
But here is what Paul was like after Christ delivered him from that awful bondage to sin!
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,Romans 8:1-17Abba, Father.The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Today the industrial church complex has stored up a massive treasure on earth by literally selling a type of hired, carnal discipleship, called seminary. These schools teach their pupils how to strip the power of the blood of Jesus right out of the gospel of Jesus, reducing it to a useless metaphor. For example, in the scriptures above, they preach that
Paul is telling us that he is still struggling with sin. From this we know that Paul was abiding in Christ and that he was sinning, therefore whoever abides in Christ still sins. How perfectly ironic. Paul communicated the exact opposite here, in the simplest terms.
These theologians and seminarians and professors and preachers and all kinds of modern day Pharisees preach an impotent god, incapable of conquering sin in the life of a sinner. They speak lies from the pulpit, saying,
he has you covered for the sins you'll do today and tomorrow, so don't you worry, you're were saved from your sins. The people love to have it so. They imagine and preach a god who is like them, pretending and make-believing that their sins are gone, no matter if they aren't really gone. They deny Christ by telling men that they abide in Christ today but will sin tomorrow and so on.
Come out of her my people.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?Hebrews 10:26-29
Remember how clear it was to you when you read the account of the make-believing family at the passover. You knew that such a family simply could not be saved that night. As it is written above, if those who casually rejected the portrait of the lamb of God were not spared but swiftly condemned to death, how much worse punishment will we receive who reject the True Lamb of God!?
But to prove the delusions of such false preachers and teachers of Christ, let them entertain the folly of
a sinful Paul who sinned in Christ, and they will still gain no ground. Even if Paul were the vilest of hypocrites, preaching the gospel one night and fornicating the next, will that somehow affect how you are judged? John still repeatedly states that
whoever abides in Christ does not sin, and
whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known him!
So even if Paul had indulged in sin while preaching Christ, what difference would that make for you when you see God face-to-Face? Do not let them teach you how to be blinded from the simplest truths—as they are. Do not be like those who compare their sins to others in order to comfort themselves. Indeed, they hope for evil when they are grateful that Paul was a sinner throughout his ministry. They are always looking for someone to validate the sin in their own ministry. Do not be deceived by doctrines defending sin!
Listen to Jesus Himself. You can't hide the light! It's just impossible! If there is sin and darkness within us, it is because there is no Light within us. If you tried to hide the light within, like a candle hidden under a basket, it would simply burn through, engulfing it and consuming it completely. The end result is the opposite of hiding the light. It only bursts forth and burns all the brighter. In the same way that you can't hide a city on a hilltop, whoever has the light simply cannot hide it! It is written:
I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!Luke 12:49
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Matthew 5:14-15
When the Light of the world tells you that you are the light of the world and that the light can't be hidden, how can you argue with Him? Above, He said that and also proved the point that you are not the light of the world if your light is hidden. Why? Because He plainly said:
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good.Matthew 7:18
Thus, John was sent to prepare the way:
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves,Matthew 3:8-11We have Abraham as our father.For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Today, we can hear John's words still preparing us for the narrow Way. The message for the Pharisees easily applies to the church industry. Pharisees claimed Abraham, the church industry claims Christ—and just like the Pharisees, their fruits don't match their claims.
Do not think to say to yourselves,
we are saved! Rather, bear fruits worthy of repentance and heed His command to
endure to the end. The fruitless one will be cut down and thrown in the fire. Rather, be cleansed in true repentance and He will come and make you truly clean. He will call you
the light of the world and send you out like fire on the earth.
We all say that God is our Father, but according to the Lord Himself, we should be more discerning.
If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father [the devil].John 8:39-41
Likewise, if you are God's children through Christ, you will do the works of Christ and walk in the light just as He is in the light.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.John 14:12-18
As Jesus said, we do the works of our father.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.John 8:44
If we belong to God we do His works, or else, if we belong to the devil we do his works. Here Jesus says that you can tell which kind you are based on whose desires you want to do: God's or the devil's. Then when we die we will have sealed our fate to go and be with the one we were faithful to—that is, the one we loved and obeyed on earth till the end. Whichever one's desires we did till the end, we will spend for ever and ever with that one. But that is not to say that we cannot change sides!
When we were in sin, our father was the devil, and we had sold our soul to the devil through sin. But through Christ we have been bought back from the defeated devil. If someone believes Jesus, they are able to be set free from sin so that through faith, and faithfulness to Jesus they are no longer a slave to sin—literally not sinning any longer!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.Jude 24-25
In the moment we have faith that He is able to do this, we are adopted in as sons and daughters, even before any righteous works are produced in us, and from then on we become children of the Holy Father in heaven, not stumbling any longer because His righteousness abides in us instead of the devil's works.
But if we do not fulfill His desires and instead continue to fulfill any of the desires of the devil, let us not double-down and insist that we were indeed in the faith, but repent and confess our sin, for "He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness," and Jesus advocates for those who truly repent, so that they might be saved! Let us be very sober then, for we cannot believe in Jesus without also believing that faith is always faithful. If you abide in Him and sin no longer, then you will know that you know Him who is able to keep you from stumbling. This is the evidence of knowing Him, and knowing Him is salvation.
Now by this we know that we know Him–if we keep His commandments. Whoever says,1st John 2:3-4I know Him,and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.1st John 2:28-29
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.1st John 3:6
There is no need for any special theological decoder ring, the meaning is plain and simple, reiterrated throughout John's entire letter to ensure that the message is perfectly clear. If at any point we are found in sin, we can know with certainty that we have not yet known Him, because in Him there is no sin. The apostle John's words (above) will be upheld and found true on judgment day.
Now, whoever says that they have received His righteousness, but that they cannot manage to practice His righteousness in the flesh, that person is a liar, having anti-christ doctrine, and the scripture says that such a person is antichrist (one opposed to Christ)...
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist... ...Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.2nd John 7-11
The above scripture applies to the following, and many more:
- 1) whoever teaches that Jesus has cleansed them, but that due to the weakness of the flesh they will continue to sin;
- 2) whoever teaches that God has justified them through Jesus, but that due to the weakness of the flesh they will still practice injustices in the flesh;
- 3) whoever teaches that they have received God's righteousness, but not in the flesh;
- 4) whoever teaches that says that sinning does not make you a slave of sin;
- 5) whoever teaches that, by the Spirit, God is not able to literally keep you from stumbling in sin in the flesh;
- 6) whoever teaches that Christ has come to abide with them and rule in their life spiritually, but not literally, in their flesh.
Such people have disconnected the gospel of Jesus Christ so that it does not apply to their flesh—to their lives here and now. They have a different christ, whose hands are apparently tied and cannot make us more than conquerers with Him in the flesh. Whoever has such an impotent christ can keep him—we want the Holy Christ of God, who both came in the flesh, and whose Holy presence and victory comes to His faithful to empower their spirit to rule over the flesh here and now!
The flesh rages against the gospel of Jesus Christ, knowing that it's sinful nature is in danger of being put to death permanently. If you thought you knew God, but these scriptures have proven you wrong because you are still in sin, it is certainly by the grace of God that
no one who sins has ever known Him up to that point. Here's why.
If there is any hope for those who profess Jesus Christ while continuing to be sinners, it is that they have not received
knowledge of truth spoken of in Hebrews 10:26. The only remaining shred of hope for sinning Christians is the very same verse being rejected by sinning Christians; it is First John 2:3-6 and First John 3:4-9. If a person has
not known Him, how can they have
received the knowledge of truth. Whoever says that they're a sinning Christian needs to look into these scriptures in fear and trembling.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.Hebrews 6:4-6
The kingdom of heaven is like a Judge who sends His own Son to offer terms of reconciliation for a gang of thieves. The thieves listened to Him, rejected His terms, and openly slaughtered Him–and everyone who is with Him. Some start businesses in His name in order to sell all of His things and open franchises globally. Some copyright His teachings and anything the world wants to know about Him is made for sale. Some incite the world to come and see the jewish genie-in-a-lamp. Others even bill themselves as the lampstand that holds Him up.
Then, in the Judge's fury, He snatches them up like He did in the days of Noah. In His courts, they are seen as they really are; murderers caught in the act—each one of them is still covered in His Son's blood. But they have bought their own lie. Convinced of their own unconditional salvation, they declare to the Judge;
"Look Father! Our murders are covered by Your Son's blood!"
The blood of Christ is on their hands because they have dealt with Him casually and opportunistically rather than in fear or true considerate love of the Lord. He died for their sake, but they have not even honored His will, His teachings, His warnings, or His example. When they ignore Jesus' command till the end, they have become like those make-believers who slaughtered the Lamb and feasted on Him in disobedience, as wolves feast upon prey.
But the thieves who listened and believed the Judge's Son, stopped thieving, and accepted His terms of reconciliation—those who upheld His instructions, and even went so far as to lose their lives with Him and for Him —they too are covered in His blood before the Judge. But the Son will testify to His Father that these were the theives who repented, accepted His terms, and gave up everything to faithfully endure with Him to the end. They are covered in His blood because they were there with Him when He died, serving Him, dying along with Him.
Then the Father will honor His Son and tenderly wipe every tear and stain away. Even now, the Father has already honored His Son, giving all His authority to Him, including the judgement itself. The covering of His blood was credit to them–that they faithfully partook with Him, suffering with Him.
But to those found with His blood who endured without repentance to the end, the covering of His blood will be counted against them and they will be found among the other murderers—with the blood of Christ on their hands. Those who are cleansed will be revealed to be children of the Judge while the murderers will be revealed to be the children of the devil. Then each group will go to live with their father forever.
In honor of His Son, God has declared that no one will receive eternal life unless it is through Jesus Christ. He demands that whoever repents (and lives to tell about it) prove their repentance by obedience to His Son, and that they prove it till the very end. If one finds his repentance to have been false, then he must believe and truly repent, and prove true repentance till the very end, as Peter did after Antioch. When we believe Him, this is easy, because He empowers us with His Holy Spirit, and gives us His righteousness and His works to do.
Denying ourselves daily, we must adopt Christ's fate as our own. We cannot expect to inherit glory with Him in His Father's kingdom unless we were willing to inherit everything He had in this world first. Will the Father honor those who elevate themselves above His own Son on earth?
The measure of our willingness to inherit His worldly life will be measured back to us on that Day. Those who are prompted and refuse to inherit and uphold His teachings, His obedience, His persecutions, His earthly poverty, His shame, and His suffering—they will not be suffered to inherit glory with Him in the resurrection. They will have already received their comfort of glory on earth while Christ suffered shame. How can He be our Master if we are exalted above Him in this world? But if He is our Treasure, worldly comforts and desires are swallowed up by everlasting desire to know Him. Only when you let this desire consume your entire worldly life will you inherit with Him, for this is what it means to give your life to Jesus.
The gift of eternal salvation is free. It will only cost you everything in this life. Since everything in this life is dust and comes to nothing, God is only requiring that you turn loose of what you are destined to lose anyway, so that you can take hold of His Treasure now. If that does not move us to give everything for His sake and hold nothing back, then we cannot inherit with the One Who gave everything on earth for our sake.
Vain apology simply never transforms disobedience into saving grace. Only faith to perform the will of Jesus Christ on His terms ends in salvation. An adulterous wife is called unfaithful because she commits adultery, and so is a Christian called unfaithful when he commits unfaithfulness.
If you caught your fiancé committing harlotry in the dressing rooms at the wedding, surely you would not continue and marry her forever if she says she is sorry but also that she cannot stop doing it! Will the Father give a bride like this to His Son? Certainly not. Now, if your desire is still set on the world so that you still sin, it is because you do not properly treasure Jesus Christ. If you truly believe He is worth it then this becomes impossible. Therefore, repent! Cry out to Him! Beg Him to change your treacherous heart! Believe Jesus!
I got saved! What were you saved from if you are still a slave to sin? The Savior Himself tells everyone how to have eternal salvation. Believe when He says,
He who endures to the end will be saved. Have you endured to the end–like a faithful bride who couldn't think of cheating on Him? Do you have His words and keep them? Or does He ask you the Christian Question;
Why do you call Me
Lord when you don't do what I say?
So you believe
Once Saved, Always Saved? Perfect. Then believe that once God saves you from your sin, setting you free from it, that you will literally never sin again, remaining free from sin (saved) always... but do not believe with doubting, for such is worthless... yet, especially do not be a hypocrite who believes that he is free from sin when he is actually still sinning. But if you do not even believe that you can be saved from sin here and now, then why do you even say that you are saved at all? And if you believe you are saved, but then sin, then are saved again, but then sin again—that is the opposite of
once saved, always saved. So if you believe "once saved always saved" then really believe it! You must believe Him and literally be saved from sin and from committing sin, because you believe Him who says that the Son
will make you free, and you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Whoever believes Jesus and stops sinning and walks with Him just as He walked and endures to the end—they will be revealed to have been saved. True salvation lasts forever. False salvation does not. If you sin, you have not yet been saved from sin, or else why (or how) did you sin?
If you believe once saved always saved, then actually believe Him that He can literally save you from sinning and always keep you from sinning. Bear fruits worthy of repentance and do not say,
we are saved to continue as slaves to sin. God will sooner raise up Christians from stones and save them from the fire that is coming.
A slogan has developed instead of reconciliation to God, and it is used to defend disobedience. It says,
Yeah, but you can't be saved by works. This saying is true, but it was never an argument against obedience toward God and His Son.
The saying only settles the debate that salvation will never come out of works, but it forgets to mention that works always come out of salvation. If they don't, you aren't observing the teachings of Jesus.
I will declare to them, (Matthew 7:23)
I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
In reality, no one's observance of Jesus' teachings has ever once threatened to make them think they are justified by their own works. Observing His teachings means that we put on His righteousness, not our own. Only resistance to His teachings produces self-righteous pride. Do not call the righteousness of Christ in a Christian
self-righteousness, and do not call it sin, lest you blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
But let's be honest; how do you ever hope to keep the commands of Jesus if you don't even know what they are? Do you live your life according to His teachings or are you lost? Aren't you aware that God does not even acknowledge anyone's
belief in Jesus unless they love Jesus on His terms?
The Church Industrial Complex practices deliverance from the authority of Jesus Christ. It is a family that cannot be saved from the destruction of sin as long as it continues to save itself from the correction of Jesus. It literally does not believe that Jesus' blood has any literal power over the flesh or over the sin nautre or over literal sin. Therefore without belief in Jesus it cannot be released from the bondage of sin. In this regard, the church industry looks like the harlot of the book of Revelation. Come out of her.
Don't be like the make-believing Passover family. Do not think that you can eat the parts of the Bread of Life that you like—the Lamb of God—and wait until you wake up to deliverance in heaven to finish the remainder—the remainder being the parts you didn't want to eat here. We must finish the Lord's supper before the dawning of the Day: for whatever was not received in the night must be burned at Dawn, lost forever to the fire. But if we defy Him and intend to save the rest till tomorrow, we do not believe Him and will not survive the night. Now is the time: today! We must obey His command.
The industrial church is loudly declaring,
"I don't want to do what You said yet. Now give me another blessing and wash my feet!" Now, for Christ's sake, repent! We must each open the scriptures and fearfully measure all our beliefs, practices, and policies against His Word. Labor for an awakening. Pray and fast. See to it that your life becomes a working model of humility, repentance, and radical reconciliation to Jesus. How do you answer the
It starts now with you and Him.
- Wherever the gospel is preached, we hear the truths you've read here confirmed repeatedly.
- Matthew 7:23
- Mark 9:43-48
- Luke 6:43-49
- John 8:34-36
- Acts 3:26
- Romans 6:15-23
- 1st Corinthians 6:9, 15, 17
- 2nd Corinthians 6:14––7:1
- Galatians 2:17-18
- Ephesians 4:23-24
- Philippians 1:10-11
- Colossians 1:13, 21, 22
- 1st Thessalonians 5:23-24
- 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12
- 1st Timothy 6:3-5, 11, 14
- 2nd Timothy 2:19
- Titus 2:11-12
- Hebrews 10:26-29, 36, 38, 39
- James 1:20-27
- 1st Peter 1:14-16
- 2nd Peter 2:13-14, 18, 19
- 1st John 3:6-10
- 2nd John 7-11
- 3rd John 11
- Jude 4, 15, 24
- Revelation 2-3