Valiant for the Truth

October 19, 2010

The record of history shows that wherever and whenever men and women have taken a stand for God and the inherent and inerrant accuracy of the truth of His Word, it has always kindled the fires of religious fervor. Such was especially the case during the period in history known as The Reformation. Those in the positions of religious power and authority expended themselves to fan the flames and consume anyone who stood in their way, because the truth of God’s Word (that sets men and women free) threatened the stranglehold and control that the religious order held over people (and their money), and this they could not tolerate.

The truth of the matter is that the truth of God’s Word always sets men and women free, in every category of their life.

John 8:31, 32
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The accurate knowledge of God’s Word (not the knowledge of denominational theology) sets men and women free in mind and body. It brings healing to the physical body, and restores sanity to the human mind. It will set men and women free in their finances, in their marriage, in their parenting, in their relationships with others, in their businesses. There is no category or segment of human existence that the accurate knowledge of God’s Word does not address and bring deliverance!

II Peter 1:3
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”

The truth of the matter is that throughout history God has spoken in a variety of ways. One of these many ways was by His prophets – His messengers.

Hebrews 1:1
“God, who at sundry (various) times and in divers (many) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.”

These individuals received the revelation of God directly from the source, and then delivered the message to those to whom they were sent. They were God’s spokesmen, God’s mouthpiece, His messengers. They used their vocabulary, but what they spoke was God’s Word. That is why the written Word of God (the revelation of God in writing) is of no private interpretation, because it did not come by the will of man, but these holy men of God spake as they were directed by God. They spoke (and wrote) what God wanted them to declare.

II Peter 1:20, 21
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The record of God’s Word shows time and again how God’s prophets, those who spoke for God, were received and treated by the people.

II Chronicles 36:14-16
“Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.”

Jeremiah was such a man. Jeremiah was a prophet of God, a messenger of God. He spoke for God and delivered “the word of the Lord” that God gave him verbatim to God’s people. Of all the prophets in Old Testament, none was ever treated any more cruelly than was Jeremiah. Yet, he remained valiant for the truth.

One time during his life and ministry Jeremiah was put in the stocks at the gate of the city, by the religious leader of the community (the “chief governor of the house of the Lord”), so everyone could laugh at and ridicule him, because the religious leader of the community didn’t like the Word of God that Jeremiah had been speaking.

Jeremiah 20:1, 2
“Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.”

Sincerity and religious piety is no guarantee for truth. Just because a man is religious, just because he is sincere, just because he has the right degrees from the right theological seminary or is intellectually eminently qualified, doesn’t make him right or in line with the truth of God’s Word. Pashur was religious! He was sincere! He was at the top wrung of the religious ladder – “the chief governor in the house of the Lord.” He was top echelon of the denomination. What makes a man right is whether or not what he speaks is in line with the truth of God’s Word (rightly-divided), not whether or not it is in line with accepted theological thought or religious teaching.

After Pashur released Jeremiah from the stocks and had summoned him to see whether or not Jeremiah would like to change his mind about what he had said, Jeremiah gave him the Word of God again, and then some. Jeremiah hit Pashur ‘right between the eyes’ with the truth of God, with absolutely no concern whether Pashur would like or appreciate what he had to say. With no concern whether or not he would be ostracized or ridiculed or imprisoned or even killed.

Later in his life and ministry the political heads of the society didn’t like the Word of God that Jeremiah spoke, so they lowered him into an abandoned cistern that was used as a holding tank for human excrement.

Jeremiah 38:6
“Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.”

They lowered this wonderful man of God, God’s spokesman, God’s prophet, His messenger, into a septic tank filled with human waste – sewage! This is as heartbreaking as it is incredible! This was the value society placed on the truth of God by the mouth of Jeremiah the prophet. They considered him, and the Word of God he spoke – sewage! We see this today in our modern society where the Word of God is unwelcome in so many places. It is unwelcome in our schools. It is unwelcome in our legislative bodies (how dare we open a legislative session with a prayer beseeching God for His blessing and guidance on the proceedings). It is unwelcome in our businesses (lest a lawsuit be filed for religious harassment). It is unwelcome at our sporting events (lest the unbelievers be offended). It is even unwelcome in many of our churches (if what the Scripture declares contradicts the theology of the church). This was true in Jeremiah’s day and time as well, and he spoke to it.

Jeremiah 23:1, 11
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!

For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.”

O’ for a Jeremiah in our day and time! O’ for men of God who will speak for Him. Men who are willing to boldly and courageously declare the truth of the accuracy of God’s Word in the face of religious opposition. Men who are valiant for the truth!

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I had sort of an ‘epiphany’ this morning while my wife and I were out running errands. This is always a great time of fellowship for us. We’re able to discuss family matters, business matters, and things concerning the fellowship in our home, uninterrupted. We started talking about a few records in the Word of God when I realized that we didn’t have a Bible in the car with us. (I felt naked. I keep a Bible everywhere). So, I stopped at WalMart and ran inside to buy an inexpensive Bible (large print of course these days). I paid $9.97 for it (plus tax), and as I was walking out of the store it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. I just paid $9.97 for a copy of God’s scriptures, in my own language!

We have a mind-set and a system of values in the Occident that places great worth on the tangibles of life, the things a person possesses (or thinks they possess). We see bumper stickers that read, “He who dies with the most toys wins!” That man or woman may die with the most toys, but they are still going to be dead, and one thing is absolutely certain, the toys aren’t going with them to the next life. The lust for ownership and control of things in our society goes all the way back to the dawn of civilization. The first city was built by Cain (who was the first man to be born of the seed of the Serpent) in his quest to martial and control the finite resources.

Hardly anybody ever thinks about the intangibles of life until they are threatened with, or notice their loss. What is the love of a friend worth? What is the love of a spouse or a child worth? What price tag can be placed on a good night’s sleep? What valuation can be assessed to a sound mind? What monetary estimation can be made of eternal life, or answered prayer, or the knowledge of scripture, or a vital relationship with God – a relationship where He walks with us and talks with us, and the reality of that is more than just musical or poetic lyric?

What a sick person wouldn’t give to have health. What a lonely person wouldn’t give to have companionship, or a trusted friend. What an insane person wouldn’t give if they could experience sanity. What a paranoid person wouldn’t give to have peace of mind. What a destitute person wouldn’t give to have food, clothing, and shelter. What a person who is dieing wouldn’t give that they might live longer. What a man or woman who is spiritually dead (and recognizes it) wouldn’t give to have spirit, and to be reconciled to God. Maybe, just maybe, the best things in life ARE free. Well, sort of.

The truth of the matter is that most of the “best things in life” were paid for, and obtained for you, at great cost to someone else, on your behalf.

II Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

A sound mind and freedom from fear is available to any man or woman who accepts what has been done for them, on their behalf, by Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 3:24
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Psalm 91:5-7
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

We are surrounded on every hand by negative and disturbing information and issues. Listen to media advertising, or the national and local news. I’ll wager more than half of what you see and hear is negative and full of potential dread. What is a good night’s sleep worth? What is it worth to be able to go to sleep free from sickness, worry, anxiety, doubts, or the fear of death? Only the knowledge of God and His Son, Jesus Christ (and his complete and finished work on your behalf) makes this available.

Sanity, soundness of mind, freedom from fear and paranoia, and mental peace was paid for by Jesus Christ in the mental suffering he endured during his more than 40 hours of torture, suffering, and abuse.

Isaiah 53:4, 5
Surely he hath borne our griefs (pains), and carried our sorrows (sicknesses): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Amen!!!

The prophet Isaiah, looking forward to the finished work of Jesus Christ said, “the chastisement of our peace was upon him.” It was upon him! He paid for it! He accomplished it for us! We have peace! What value do you place on knowing that? What price tag do you put on that?

The knowledge of God’s Word that makes known the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ that makes physical healing and mental wholeness, and so much more, (including eternal life, reconciliation to God, justification, sanctification, righteousness, and redemption) available to us, is not something we in any way earned or deserved. It is an unmerited privilege.

Society and the world in which we live has a mentality of entitlement. I came to the realization many years ago, that the knowledge of God via an understanding of the Scriptures is not an inalienable right to us as His sons and daughters. It is a privilege that is extended to all of us by the time and energy and sacrifice of those who are called of God to teach and to serve His Word to us on a silver platter.

I was cognizant and thankful of the sacrifice of men like William Tyndale, who for the terrible crime of translating the Bible into English so the common man could read it in their own language, was tied to a stake and strangled to death by an executioner, then had his body burned. Also, men like John Wesley, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and so many others, who gave their life in service to God, many times at their peril. I became overwhelmingly thankful for my mentors through the years, who gave their lives in service and teaching and personal sacrifice to make the knowledge of God so readily available to me as a young man, without charge. And for more than thirty years I have dedicated my life to being a tribute to my teachers and have continued to make that same knowledge of God available to others.

Those who hear the call of God to serve His Word and minister to His people most clearly, be it to their personal harm or not, make no apology, and have the least difficulty in accepting or explaining the sacrifice required to heed the call of God in their lives.

As I walked out of WalMart with that Bible I was nearly brought to tears as I thought of the opportunity of not just being able to walk into a WalMart (of all places) and purchase a copy of the book itself (for ten dollars), but the privilege of having a knowledge of God’s Word, His truth and will, accurately, not without the commitment, dedication, and service of others. Yet, how little value is placed on this most valuable of all things. It is true that the best things in life are free, to us, but not without cost to others.

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There is a battle that continually rages in the mind of the believer. There are two opposing sides that are constantly at war – the human versus the divine, the natural versus the spiritual, human intellect versus divine understanding, senses knowledge versus revelation knowledge. This never ending battle is the crux of Christianity.

In the record of the book of Genesis, when God originally formed, made, and created man (as man exists today), He gave man a body that was formed out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). He then “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became (was made) a living soul.” This soul or “breath of life” is nothing more and nothing less than that which gives life to the physical body (which is composed of the elements found in the dust of the ground). It animates the physical body. All living creatures share this same soul. Soul has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or a non-believer, just whether they are an alive being or not. Non-believers have a soul. As do animals. In these two categories (body and soul), “they (man and beast) have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast.” (Ecclesiastes 3:19)

The “created” part of the original man was God’s image, which is spirit (Genesis 1:26; John 4:24). Spirit is what gave man a connection with God. Spirit enabled man to have fellowship with God, to commune with God on a spiritual plane. The original man had a body, which was made alive by the “breath of life,” or soul, and he had spirit created within him. When man willfully disobeyed God, he forfeited that spirit (along with many other conferred rights including his second in command dominion over all of God’s creation). It is recorded that in the very day of his act of willful disobedience, the spirit in him died, and when this occurred he no longer had a connection with God. Man and God could no longer have fellowship. They no longer could commune together. Every human individual born since that time is born without spirit, having only a body and breath life, or soul. Man is born without a connection with God. He is born being at enmity with God. He has no fellowship with God and can not understand the spiritual things of God, or know God, for God is spirit. He is called in Ephesians a child of wrath. In I Corinthians 2:14 he is called a “natural man,” who “receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Man is condemned before God, and is in need of redemption from the moment of birth. Not because of what he does or does not do, but rather because he is an offspring of the man, Adam (Acts 17:26), who willfully disobeyed God, committing the crime of high treason, thereby handing over his God given rights to God’s archenemy, Satan (Luke 4:6), thereby turning the earth into a cemetery (Romans 5:12 and 19), and leaving all mankind thereafter to inherit this fallen state. Every human individual is in need of a savior from the moment they are born. Jesus Christ was God’s master plan, conceived and developed in love, to redeem man. God, for no reason other than His love for humanity, provided the necessary sacrifice, Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who fulfilled all the necessary legal requirements to justify and redeem and reconcile mankind back to God. Now, any man or woman, by simply accepting and claiming what has been done for them, on their behalf, by Jesus Christ can be restored to fellowship with God, made whole by receiving spirit. To be made whole is the meaning of the word “saved” in Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Greek – sozo; made whole).”

The truth of the matter is that after this irrevocable wholeness and fellowship with God is restored, a battle rages. It is the battle for the heart and mind of the one who has been restored to fellowship with God. It is the battle between the information received by the physical senses and the information received by the spirit and revelation of God. The mind of the one who has been restored must continually, day by day, sometimes moment by moment, be “renewed” (changed, conformed) to the revelation of God, His Word, else calamity results in the life of the one who has been made whole.

The “natural man,” the person having only a body and soul, is governed by their physical senses (since this is all they have), and never recognizes or realizes “the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him.” Even that man or woman who has been made whole, who is “saved,” who has the spirit of God born within, and who has been previously and irrevocably restored and redeemed back to God, may fall prey to this snare of the Adversary, the god of this world, and allow themselves to become “carnal” in their thinking, allowing themselves to be ruled by their physical senses and human intellect. When this occurs, the things of the spirit of God, God’s moving, His revelation, is not recognized, realized, or respected even to the end of being deemed as “foolishness.” Such was the case in Acts 21:10 and 11 when the prophet Agabus came down from Judea to Caesarea to warn Paul by revelation that he should abandon his plan to go to Jerusalem. Paul did not recognize nor respect the revelation of God by way of Agabus, who was a prophet of God.

The oldest, most experienced, longest standing member of the household is just as susceptible to this trap as the newest born member of the family. There is no inoculation! This is why God has seen fit to give the Church “instruction in righteousness,” the seven Church Epistles, which contain doctrine (how to believe rightly), reproof (to reprove us where we begin to practice error), and correction (to correct us in those areas where we have been practicing error for so long that we have made a doctrine out of it, and bring us back to right believing). Error always “creeps in” due to our misconceptions regarding the practical side of this spiritual walk. No one dare ever set themselves above reproach or the reproof and correction of the Word of God. For this purpose, God has also seen fit to place five ruling “ministries” in the Church, of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11), “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Proverbs 19:21
‘There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 27:17
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

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The first war in heaven or earth took place in the spiritual realm and is recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 12:7-9). The last war that will take place is also recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 16:14-16; 20:7-9). The reason war continues today is man’s selfishness, greed, and lust (James 4:1-4). War stems from a man or woman’s free will to choose to follow the true God or the Adversary. Adam and Eve chose the later and mankind has been at war ever since (Luke 4:5,6). God had given man dominion, power, and authority over all of His creation, but man gave it away to God’s archenemy – Satan. That is why Adam’s crime is one of treason. He gave away all that God had given him to the enemy. The death and destruction of war is always due to Satan (Hebrews 2:14), never the true God. As man continues to reject God and the truth of His Word, and worships and serves other gods so he continues in war (Judges 5:8; II Chronicles 16:9).

At times, believers, or believing nations, like the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, have been or will be called upon to defend their nation from outside attack. When Israel worshipped and served the true God they never lost a man in battle. When they started worshipping and serving other gods their casualties were heavy. There is safety for those who worship and serve the true God in any situation, even in times of war if they are called upon to fight for and serve their country in war (Psalm 91:1-16; Leviticus 26:1-20). Those to whom these verses were addressed were servants of God. Would God do any less for born-again believers in this administration who are His sons and daughters by birth? There is protection and safety for any believer who knows and believes the promises of God’s Word.

With all the global terrorist attacks in recent history, and the events that have been occurring in the Middle East (that have been going on for thousands of years), we still hear from sincere religious people, especially those in positions of teaching and authority, about “the tribulation,” “the day of the Lord”, and so much other religious speculation and deceitful handling of the scriptures. It seems that every time things get hot in the Middle East we hear this. People have been hearing it since the Apostle Paul’s day and time. There has not been a time when nations or peoples within a nation were not at war in some part of the world. We witnessed similar unlearned and deceitful handling of scripture with the “prophecies” of doom concerning Y2K just a few short years ago (that have been so soon swept under the rug). It seems that everybody wants Armageddon, everybody wants the end of the world, but not according to God’s Word, and that is with the return of His Son.

The truth of the matter is that the return of God’s Son has two distinct phases. The second phase of his Second Coming was known and foretold of by the prophets of old. Even Jesus Christ knew and foretold of the second phase of his Second Coming (Matthew 24:1-51). However, Jesus Christ was ministering to, and speaking to, the circumcision, to Israel (Romans 15:8). He did not know about the period called the Great Mystery (Romans 16:25; Colossians 1:26; Ephesians 3:3-5), the Administration that began on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two and continues until the first phase of his Second Coming. That first phase of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the gathering together of the Church of the Body to meet him in the air, which is part of the Great Mystery that God had kept secret until he revealed it to the Apostle Paul. At that time he does not come to the earth as with the second phase (that you can read about in the Old Testament and in the book of Revelation, and that Jesus Christ spoke of concerning the Bride of Christ, which is Israel, in the gospels). The Church of the Body of Christ ascends to meet him in the air, as Paul revealed in the Church Epistles (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Part of the great hope for the Church of the Body of Christ, the Christian Church, is that it will not be here when those things spoken of by Jesus Christ begin to take place upon the earth (II Thessalonians 2:1-17). The words “a falling away” in these verses are from the Greek words he apostasia, which should have been translated “the departure.” It is translated as such in the Geneva Bible, The Crammer Bible of 1537, and The Tyndale Bible of 1539. The whole context of this section of scripture is “our gathering together unto him” of verse one – the “coming” (parousia) of Christ in the air that we read about in the first epistle to the Thessalonians, which takes place before the great tribulation period. That is “the departure,” our “gathering together unto him” that must first occur before all these other events are set in motion. The events Jesus Christ spoke of in the gospels, as well as the other prophecies concerning events that precede his Second Coming that are recorded in the Old Testament and in the book of Revelation, begin to take place after the Church of the Body of Christ has been gathered together unto him.

With the completion of both phases of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ all war will be terminated (I Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 20:14) and death, the last enemy, will be destroyed.

JUNK FOOD

January 1, 2010

Nowadays, it seems more and more of us are becoming concerned about the quality and value of the food we consume. We study the labels on our lunch meat and cereal boxes; how much sugar? How much sodium? How much fat? We are making a concerted effort to improve our eating habits and thereby improve our physical health.

The truth of the matter is that what we feed on mentally is just as important, and may I be so bold as to say, even more important than what we eat physically.

Matthew 4:4
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

If all we did to feed our physical body was to eat junk food, our physical condition would deteriorate rapidly. Our strength and vigor would diminish. Our immune system would grow weak, rendering us helpless to fight off disease. Eventually, what we eat would kill us. The truth of the matter is that the same principles, which govern nutrition physically, also apply mentally. What we feed upon mentally can have as beneficial an effect, or as detrimental an effect, as what we feed upon physically. If we feed on the abundant negative ‘junk food’ mentally (and spiritually) which surrounds us (i.e.-CNN, the newspaper, the unbelieving neighbors, negative and unlearned or unbelieving family and friends, the medical community) we will manifest the crippling results of the food we are eating.

On the other hand, if we feed and act upon the positive truths of the Word of God we will manifest the power of God in our life. It has been said, and rightfully so, that “you are what you eat.” In the mental and spiritual category, it can be said, “what you look at you become.”

II Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

When it comes to physical food, not only must we use wholesome ingredients, but also we must prepare those ingredients properly. We must be careful how we store and how we cook foods to avoid spoilage and contamination, thereby harming our physical bodies. The same care must be taken when it comes to our mental food.

II Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

All of the Word of God is truth, but only to the extent that it is rightly divided will we garner the truth from it. Spiritual weakness or inability is due to either improper diet or neglect of the Word of God. Improper diet is due to the wrong dividing of the Word. Neglect of the Word is due to its not being enjoyed when it is read. It is not enjoyed because it is not understood. With the right dividing of God’s Word, you get the understanding.

The truth of the matter is that we need to be as concerned, even more concerned, about what we are consuming mentally and spiritually as we are about what we are eating physically.

Job 23:12
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

BON APPETIT!

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The individual who sold you the “cherry” automobile that turned out to be a “lemon,” the television commercial that persuaded you to buy the spot remover that also removed the fibers of your carpet, the real estate agent who sold you that ‘waterfront’ property in Mexico but forgot to mention that the water was underground, and the local preacher who convinced you that you are nothing more than a sinner in the hands of an angry, punishing God, that you could be born of God one minute but if you ‘backslide’ you might lose your salvation, that God might make you sick and afflict you to prove your love for Him, all have one thing in common – they were all sincere! They were also deceptively wrong and grossly in error.

Sincerity is no guarantee for truth. Sincerity is wonderful, and necessary at times, but never a guarantee for truth or authenticity. The Bible, the scriptures, The Word of God, when logically and honestly handled, is truth.

The truth of the matter is that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (I John 1:5).” “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).” “He is pure (I John 3:3).” “He is righteous (I John 3:7).” “He is love (I John 4:16).” The truth of the matter is “the goodness (Greek: krestos = kindness) of God” leads a man or woman to repentance (Romans 2:4), not the fear of the punishments and torments of hell. God’s goodness, His kindness is what motivates and convinces a man or woman to change. The Word of God declares that if you “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).” It does not say confess your sins. It says to confess the savior from sin. It also does not say publicly, to your minister, at an altar, or any other place. You can do this driving to work in your car, or at home alone washing the dishes. The word “saved” means to be made whole. The Word of God calls it “being born-again…of incorruptible seed (I Peter 1:23).”

The first time an individual is born, when they are born physically, they are born of corruptible seed. They have a corrupt nature (Ephesians 2:3) because all humans are descendants of Adam (Acts 17:26) and, as such, all humans are condemned before God (John 3:18), not because of what they do or do not do but rather because of blood guiltiness (Psalms 51:14). The seed that an individual is born of when he complies with Romans 10:9 is God’s incorruptible seed. It is the gift of holy spirit. The reason the word “saved” is used, meaning to be made whole, is that prior to getting born again of God’s spirit, that person is not whole, they are incomplete, there is a piece missing that mankind was originally designed to have – spirit, which gives man a connection with the creator, God.

In a physical family, sonship is the result of seed. A child may be out of fellowship with their parents for any number of reasons but the sonship is never altered or changed because of the seed of which they are born. There is a tremendous difference between sonship (which is determined by seed) and fellowship (which is determined by conduct). So it is in the spiritual family of God. When a man or woman is born of God that sonship can never be altered or changed because of the seed of which they are born. Religion has degraded God to being less than human and many Christians live in fear of hell because of the false, devilish and counterfeit teaching called “backsliding.”

It is also interesting to note that the scriptures declare that Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, always did the will of his Father yet there is not one place in the entire Bible where he ever afflicted or made anybody sick – which would substantiate the false, devilish and counterfeit religious teaching that God afflicts people to prove their love for Him, that God is the author of bad things that happen to good people. The truth of the matter is that Jesus “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.” (Acts 10:38)

The Word of God declares that there are two gods. One is the true God, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3), the other god is “the god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4), who is Satan, the devil, who blinds and deceives men and women that they never see and hear the truth of God’s Word. Both desire your loyalty and worship – one by your freedom of will with resulting blessings, the other by manipulation and possession with dire consequences. Both are sincere!

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