"Once saved, always saved?" Are you so sure?!?
False teaching is the teaching of any doctrine that is contrary to the doctrines laid out in God's Word The Bible False teachers/preachers are those who teach or preach these false doctrines; and yes there are many of them in our current age. Many of the doctrines that you may have been brought up on in your church, may in fact contradict with God's Word. This is why it is imperative that you check out in your Bible anything anyone tells you about God's Word. You may be surprised that things you have learned years and years ago, things that your parents have learned years and years ago, could be false doctrine from satan's false teachers. Just because it is the way you have always done it doesn't make it right; you must check it out in your Bible and see if it aligns with what God tells you, and not what some man at a pulpit tells you.
Understand this one thing above all others: Satan works from pulpits in churches, and will steal more souls that way than from all the bar stools in all the bars of the world. Satan is a deceiver and he already has the heathen in his clutches, but he wants the Christian most of all. He knows the only way to get the Christian to worship him is to deceive them into it. And were do you go if you want to deceive Christians? The churches of course, and satan has been attempting to corrupt them from day one. Below is an excerpt from a book that mentions many of the false churches and their origins, but this list is by no means complete!!!
False Religions and Cults of the 18oo's
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Could it be that satan has corrupted your church with false doctrines and hollow traditions of Man that make void the True Word of God? Is there something about your church that just doesn't seem right to you? Trust your instincts, they're usually right on target. Check out the things that they do and teach in your church, and if it isn't contrary to what God tells us in the Bible, then you know that you are on solid ground spiritually. But if you find your church to be in direct contradiction with God's Word, then thank God you checked it out for yourself in God's Word, and move on quickly, get away from them and their apostasies. Or, if you are strong in the Word, and so mover, then correct them with sound doctrine documented with Scriptural evidences. But if you are not strong in the knowledge of the bible then they can twist and deceive and confuse you.
Surely it does not seem so remarkable to you that satan would try to deceive you and that he would lie to you; why then would it be so remarkable to you that he would use false teachers/preachers in the false churches to accomplish this? That the Christian Churches are beguiled should be evident in every day news items such as the Gay Preacher and Gay marriage issues, among many others. Can believe it that many Sunday School students and many Catholic School High School students haven't even heard of the Sodom and Gomorrah narrative in the book of Genesis! Why is this church hiding this teaching? Could it be to hide their own sin? Oh how the Pedophile Priest must hate the below Scripture, I wonder how many hide it from their Bible students:
"Oh," they will say, "but that's just an Old Testament thing." Oh, really now? Observe that God finds no more pleasure in Gay/Lesbian activity in the New Testament than He did in the Old:
Homosexuality in the churches is not even the reason that this study was written, but it is one of the problems. Allow me to share with you the the reason for writing this Bible study. Some time ago I was having a conversation with a devote Christian, I mean he really truly did love the Lord that was obvious from talking to him. As the conversation went on I discovered that he believed that the "saints" were going to be Raptured off the earth before the great and terrible tribulation of the end times. I told him that the Rapture 'doctrine' is a lie strait from satan's camp, and we went on to have a thirty minute discussion about Bible verses and the doctrines of men. I gave him some of the many many scriptures that document that there will be no Rapture, and every time he brought up one of the scriptures that satan's false teachers had twisted and misinterpreted into the "fly away" Rapture doctrine, I explained the truth of the particular verse giving corresponding scriptural documentation.
This conversation remained on a friendly level and he even told me that what I was telling him about the scriptures sounded true to him and that they made sense. Then he shrugged his shoulders and said: "What's the difference anyway, I'm already saved." Frustrated, I replied to him: "Whom are you saved by, the false christ or the True Christ, for the false christ (antichrist) comes first, claiming to be the True Christ." He told me that he was saved and that's that. He walked away.
I would have liked to have told him that God expects you study the Written Word, not just listen to some teacher/preacher at a pulpit. There is nothing wrong with studying under a good Preacher should you find one; and God bless for the good ones out there! But it was never supposed to be that the so-called church was to have the responsibility of your soul. How many today go to some church once a week and never open their own Bible at home and study? How many even bring a Bible to church anymore, much less open it?
God saw to it that you would have access to His truth, and if you reject the Word of God and place your eternal soul in the hands of some man, then you are ripe for satan's false teachers/preachers to pluck to you know where. On judgment day, do think God will listen to your pleas of "Well that's what some man told me down at the local church?"
There will be no false preachers and false teachers of God's Word that have misled you standing between you and God to argue your case on judgment day. In fact they will have already been judged by the time your turn comes up, for God will begin judgment at the House of God, which means that He will judge firstly and harshly those that teach lies to His beloved children whom He created. But is the slothful (lazy) child of God innocent in all this? Far from it, for it was their lack of care for the Word of God that let the false preachers slip in upon them in the first place. They are hand in hand in the guilt.
Below is an excerpt from the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah, you would do good to read the entire chapter 23 of Jeremiah to get a good feel for how angry God is with false teachers/preachers/prophets in our generation. The book of Jeremiah is a book of prophecy, and it is quite clear that God's prophecies that are written within it concerning the last days are coming to pass in our generation exactly as they were written. God always keeps His word, and will allow nothing to come to pass except it be first written in His Holy Word, The Bible! Within that statement is the key to finding good teachers of God's Word and to avoid the false ones that are so very prevalent now.
Simply put, if someone tries to teach you something that goes contrary to what God says in our Bible, then you are to mark that man and have nothing further to do with him and his false doctrines/teachings. For though he says that he works for God, he does not, but rather he makes God out to be a liar. There is not much that God hates more than a false teacher that leads His beloved children, of whom you are one, astray toward that wicked one, satan.
Certainly you won't argue the fact that God has a "special" place in His heart for the false teachers/preachers, but what if you've been nursed on the doctrines of one of them and are now yourself teaching the lies of the false teacher to others? Are you not then a false teacher yourself? That is how satan operates you know, if someone hears a lie enough, then it sounds true, and the truth is made to sound like a lie. The answer is in the Word of God, read it for yourself, don't let Pastor so-and-so or Priest what's-his- name do your interpreting for you without checking out what they say in the Bible; nobody with any intelligence will be able to claim ignorance on Judgment Day.
Now we will move on with the most known verse of the Bible, John 3:16; we have all heard of it, we even see signs saying "JOHN 3:16" held up by fans at football games behind the uprights for the cameras to see in the background. We will also study from the Bible what God says to us about salvation and everlasting life, not just the feel good catch phrases that seem to be the only thing taught from the pulpits anymore. We will also learn why it is important that we are kept on-guard in these end times against false teachers of God's Word and those that have an interest in our deception. And we must understand why they would lie to us, before we can believe that they will lie to us. Forewarned is forearmed!
There are many conditions in God's Word that we seem to like to read over. We all possess adequate reading skills, for the Bible is basically written on a forth grade reading level, but we read past words like; When, Then, If, And, Those who, He that, . . . .
These little words placed before, within, and after a promise in God's Word are very important. They are what is called "qualifiers," and the fulfillment or applicability of the subject's promise hinges on the conditions being met that are stated and earmarked by these qualifiers. In other words, if I say to you "Come work for me today and I will pay you." Do you then sleep all day and show up at the end of the day asking for your pay? It seems that many treat God's Word in such a manner. Many sleepers looking for reward. This is one of the messages regarding the "wicked servant" in the Parable of Luke 19:12-27.
There is also another component to this subject that is not being taught in any of the mainstream super-denominations of the twentieth century religious systems. That being simply stated that there is an imposter coming first, he is called the antichrist and he will come first and claim to be the True Christ, and he will deceive anyone who has not bothered to study of the warnings that God placed before us in our Bibles; how many times did Jesus truly try warn us? below is one of many examples; but many have not heard, have they? Why haven't good church folk heard?
Satan (as the antichrist) will deceive all who don't know God's Word, but instead listen to men's church traditions for their salvation. Below is a verse in which Jesus tells us what He will say to those that have followed this false christ, who is known and spoken of as the antichrist, and whom is none other than satan himself.
You will also notice that Jesus is speaking to people who thought they were "saved," the people Jesus is rebuking here are so-called play Christians who have come face to face with Jesus at His Second Advent. We notice that these unfortunates thought they were teaching God's truth, they thought they were working for God, but in the end they were just a pawn of satan and had allowed themselves to become deceived by satan's false teachers and the traditions of man in the churches that made void the true Word of God. You can avoid Jesus having to say this to you by sticking to God's written Word and getting away from any false teacher/preacher who tries to tell you anything contrary to it.
I wonder what Jesus will say to them when they tell Him "But you don't understand, Jesus, I'm saved." Do you kind of see what I'm getting at here? When Jesus returns at His Second Advent and you realize that you have been worshiping an imposter, who is satan fulfilling his end time role as antichrist, that is only the beginning of your sorrows. Then when you run to Jesus and He looks you in the eye and says to you "I never knew you: depart from me" you will be devastated, to put it mildly. After all, you're "saved" right??? Are you so sure?!?
So when you say that you are "saved," I hope you have been saved by the real Messiah, The real Jesus Christ, and not the imposter who is prophesied to come first and lie to you, nor some evil spirit pretending to be the Holy Spirit in the beguiled churches of today. What I am saying is that if Jesus Christ saves you then you are saved indeed, eternal and forever, but there is a spirit in the world that would lie to you; I am just arming you with the tools (the Scriptures) to know which is which, and what to do if you have been led astray by the wicked one. You can repent in a moment and be cleansed by Jesus Christ.
I think that it is necessary to beat this point into the ground here, for many do not believe that there is deception in some churches of all denominations. Once again I would ask you why you would think it so remarkable that satan would infiltrate the churches with his false doctrines and corrupt the Word of God; he did it in the Garden of Eden when he told Eve in Gen 3:4-5: "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
And when satan tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness, he twisted scripture on Jesus by adding the words: "At any time" (Mt 4:6) to the scripture he quoted from (Psm 91:12), thus trying to tempt Jesus to jump to His death! And once you realize how satan twists scripture and religion to deceive God's children into oblivion, then why would it seem such a giant leap to you that satan would send the false teachers to reassure you, whom they have deceived with satan's lies, with the false words: "Don't worry brother, surely your saved."
I hope you have been studying and following God's True Written Word and not the church traditions dreamed up by satan's false teachers, but I know many have not. The antichrist is not a monster breathing fire, he will be a beautiful godly looking supernatural entity claiming to be the Savior of the world, God even; but in reality he will be the imposter whom God forewarned you of in prophesy. If you haven't been told this in your church, then I would ask you this: Does the wolf in sheep's clothing ever tell the sheep that he is a really a wolf? Of course not, not till it's too late do they realize it. Christians need to wake up, it is impossible to resist the enemy when your sleeping in his bed of lies; satan knows that! I don't want this to happen to you.
Just as satan is prophesied to come first as an imposter to Christ, he (satan as the antichrist) will be preceded by many false teachers and preachers who will prepare a way for him; these false teachers/preachers are here with us now but antichrist is not yet here. And when he does get here he won't be hard to spot, he will be the one who calls himself Messiah, God even, while you are still in a flesh body and have not yet been transfigured to a spiritual body as scripture tells us that ALL remaining will be changed into at the Second Advent.
In an instant, in the twinkling of a eye, at the last trump all shall be transformed. We will touch more on this later in this study, and NO, NO, NO, this is not some kind of Rapture; stop it, please! There is not going to be any Rapture! Nobody is gathered back to Christ BEFORE the Second Advent, nobody. The above Scripture is one of the favorite verses that the Rapture doctors love to twist, read verse 51 above (which is the verse they leave out in the Rapture churches), it says ALL, it doesn't say that just the good little "Rapture saints" will be changed, it says everyone will be changed at the LAST trump, some being changed by death and some being transformed by Christ, but all flesh ceases.
The last trump means that there are no more after it, it is finished! The above scripture is simply telling us of the transformation to our spiritual bodies from our flesh bodies, this happens when Jesus Christ returns at His Second Advent.
Those who have not died a flesh death prior to Jesus' return will leave their flesh bodies and actually not experience a flesh death. Those who have passed on in the past are already in their spiritual bodies, for it happens at the instant of death, just like above "In an moment, in a twinkling of an eye", and the passed-on ones are now already in their spiritual bodies in Heaven. The only thing in their grave is a rotting corpse that is in the process of going from dust to dust as the Scripture states "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Eccl 12:7).
The danger of any one of the multitude of Rapture lies is that when the true Christ returns at His second advent, the Rapture boys will already have been worshiping satan as the antichrist (better translated: the instead-of christ), though most will do it in ignorance at the first. But God will make it that they have no cloak for their error near the end of the Tribulation, for they shall know: "And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds." (Rev 16:11).
Below are just a few of the many many scriptures in the Bible written to us to warn us of the false teachers/preachers and of their master satan. I wonder if they teach this very important subject in your church. If not, then I would ask you why not!!!
If this is something that you have never been taught by your particular church system or your preacher/teacher; first ask yourself why, and then stick around and read on, for it is probably the most important thing for a Christian in this generation to know. This present generation that we live in is the end time generation written of throughout God's Word, written from Genesis 3:15 (satan's prophesied perishment at the end of this age, fulfilled in Rev 20:10) to Revelation 21:1 (the end of this earth age and the beginning of the next, which is commonly referred to in the phrase 'going to Heaven').
In past generations it was "adequate," "bare minimum," get into Heaven "by the skin of your teeth" type stuff to love Jesus and just be "saved." But our generation bears an additional hurdle; we will be faced with satan, as the false christ, as the antichrist who will come to this earth first and claim to be the True Messiah, even God, who has come to "take us all away from it all." Those who believe in the false Rapture doctrine are taught to worship the first supernatural entity that appears claiming to be the "Messiah," they are "chomping at the bit," and can't seem to wait for him to get here to Rapture them away, but there is a problem.
The first super-natural entity that comes to earth claiming to be the Messiah is the false christ, and he's gonna rapture them away alright, but not to a place they want to go. Did you ever wonder why in the book of Revelation there are two riders on white horses mentioned? I mean, there is one red one (war), one black one (famine), one pale one (death), but there are two white horsemen and they appear similar, but they are different, they come at different times, and one comes first.
We will take the one that comes last (second) from Rev chpt 19 and observe whom He is, for He is the True Messiah Jesus Christ. Then we will go back and examine the identity of the first one who comes in Rev chpt 6, for he is the false messiah antichrist, satan himself the imposter who will deceive the world.
I know that I don't have to tell you that this was the True Messiah Jesus Christ returning at His prophesied Second Advent. But then who is it that came also on a white horse thirteen chapters prior in Rev chpt 6? Let's see:
back to the two different riders of white horses; it sounds like the same guy doesn't it? Don't you believe it. There is a very interesting word used in Rev 6:2 but the meaning is lost to the English reader. The word "Bow" in verse 2: "and he that sat on him had a bow," is a very interesting word in the original Greek language that the book of Revelation is translated from. You will notice that there were no arrows with this bow, for it is not a "bow and arrow" type Bow. And it is not the rainbow that signified God's promise to Noah in Gen 9:12-13. The Bow that the first rider on the white horse has is the word toxon in the Greek language and its meaning should be interesting to you:
In other words, it is a cheap fabric imitation, and certainly not a fitting accessory for THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS. It is also an interesting fact that this is the only place that the Greek word toxon is used in the entire Bible, which sadly limits our full understanding of the word.
So you have the false christ, the antichrist, who is satan, coming first riding a white horse and accompanied by three other horses; Red which signifies war, Black which signifies famine, and the third horse is pale (grey) which signifies death.
The True Christ comes second and also comes on a white horse and He has other horsemen with Him as well. Let's refresh our minds as to the companion horsemen of our True Messiah:
You see, satan is an imitator, he will try copy as much about Jesus as he can when he comes to this earth in this generation claiming to be the True Christ. But he shall also deviate from Jesus' methods, this is how the Bible student may know he is false. Of course most Christian's today are anything but Bible students; they will expect their Pastors and Priests to alert them. Many of them being the same Pastors and Priests that led them into false doctrines. The irony!
Speaking of satan trying to imitate Jesus Christ but always falling short; let's examine the Crowns that these two different Horsemen on white horses are wearing. Actually satan isn't wearing his, it only has been given to him. And God does allow satan to reign on earth for one hour (known as the hour of temptation) which is a literal five month period of time (Rev 9:5 + 10) immediately prior the return of the True Messiah Jesus Christ at His prophesied Second Advent. And the True Jesus Christ returns wearing many crowns, for He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Satan is just a chump, an imitator, a spiritually dead-man walking, a condemned soul who will deceive the ignorant and the apathetic into following him into the lake of fire.
Here's satan's (antichrist's) crown:
And now here is our True Messiah Jesus Christ's many Crowns:
Not to 'beat this scripture to death,' but don't let the: "His eyes were as a flame of fire" from verse 12 above scare you. For while God is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29) He only consumes evil, His faithful children are warmed by His fire:
Satan's ability to deceive is very persuasive. So powerful is satan's ability to deceive (and the inherent disobedience of man) that Jesus Himself mused in the book of Luke whether anyone would withstand it and remain faithful:
"Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" What do you think, will any remain true to the Lord and not worship the false christ; will you? And this isn't just about rapturists, it is about any who are "taken" led astray) like Catholics, Pentecostals/Charismatics, etc. Satan has a plan to deceive all. Here are the "first" being taken by the "messiah" that comes first, the antichrist:
This has direct reference to those waiting on a rapture to happen, that is to say those that think Jesus Christ is going to come and take them up to the clouds to their reward. The word "Eagles" above in verse 37 should be translated "Vultures;" and the body is a corpse; most definitely not a place you want to be taken to when you thought that you were following Jesus Christ. But instead you ended up following the false christ to that place that he is going. I don't know, are you still looking forward to "Raptures," still praying to the "Saints" and Mother Mary and the rest of the host of heaven, and being "slain in the spirit" and babbling in a demonic tongue? If so, then have at it friend, you are quite obviously hopelessly deceived.
Here's Jesus telling us to keep the faith and keep doing HIS work until HE returns, and for us not to be spiritually wedded to the false husband, the false christ. Jesus is the True Husband spoken of in Rev 21:2. The wedding is symbolic of the uniting of the true believers to the true Jesus Christ. Sadly, many will be deceived into being united with the wicked one prior to the True Christ' return. This is the spiritual whoredom that is written of all throughout the Bible, the Old and the New Testament:
Let's take a moment to really drive home the point that the wedding, the bride, and the husband are terms used symbolically, and are not a literal union between a man and a woman. They refer to the union of the many-member body of Christ with Jesus Christ and thus ultimately with our Heavenly Father, Almighty God:
Unfortunately the clergy have become lazy and refuse to do their own Bible study were-by they could warn the people. They just teach what has been handed down to them for centuries without checking it out, and daring not to disagree with it. It is quite frightening when you realize that in just one of the largest Christian denominations that some unknown unseen man in Rome writes the topic and service subject matter that is relayed every Sunday to millions of people around the world who believe it as Gospel (The Pope is only a figurehead). That is just too much power to put in the hands of something as fallible as a mere man, especially a mystery man! And if any individual minister where to disagree with the message he is ordered to preach then he would be fired and loose his pension. Satan has covered all bases. Scary huh?
And don't think that I unfairly single out one particular denomination, for they have much company in the spreading of lies and fairy tales from the pulpits. While we are on the subject, let's clear up a common misconception among the ignorant: No; the Pope is not the antichrist. Satan is the antichrist! But satan would love for you to be looking at someone else as being the antichrist while he (satan) slips into the role quite quietly and smoothly.
Want to go a step further into the surreal world of the twentieth century clergy? In a study, 70% of clergy coming out of Seminary admitted that they don't believe in the virgin birth of the Messiah. That requires no further commentary.
This author is not against church. Good Bible teaching church is good! I am only against false churches and false teachers, and so too should you. God's Word The Bible is pregnant, that means that it is continually revealing more and more truth as we near the final days. We will never expend the wealth of information contained within the Bible. Scriptures that baffled Biblical scholars a century ago are now clear to even Sunday school children today. That doesn't mean that we are any smarter now than they were before us, it just means that God reveals His truths in their due season and not before. And any of those many other "religious" books that came along after the original Word of God (the Bible) are nothing more than a perfect example of man violating the Sacred Command in the last six verses of the Bible, for the Catechisms (teachings) of many of the denomination make void the words of the Bible:
And help me out here, did Jesus say don't add to my prophecies unless you are a Mormon or a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Lutheran, or a Catholic. . . . Of course not, but they all have their own new and improved "word of God" and study books that they study and worship God knows what from. I guess God didn't get it right the first time when He caused the authorship of The Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments written in the same style by the operation of the Holy Spirit upon the Prophets and Apostles.
If it appears that I mock the various religions and church traditions created by man that have been inserted into the realm of "Thus saith the Lord," it is only out of the sheer irony of it all; in most cases those who claim to work for and speak for God are in reality the enemy working for satan. I don't hate, God forbid, but rather I pity all the good hearted people in those various religions and denominations that have no idea the they are a pawn of satan in a very serious game. They have been sold by their ancestors and church elders a long time ago, and they are so hopelessly steeped in their traditions that they wouldn't dare to believe God's True Word if it contradicts their dogma. Perhaps they will be taught the truth and freed in the thousand year period of time with Christ (Rev 20:1-6), referred to as the Millennium, God knows. Very little is written of what goes on during this 1000 year period, any speculation is just that -- speculation.
But if we are lazy and don't study God's Word for ourselves then we are compromised into believing what man tells us is God's Word, which is not necessarily what God says is God's Word. God is not particularly fond of slothful (lazy) people; see Matt 25:26, II Th 3:10-11, Heb 6:12, Prov 26:14-16, Prov 15:19, etc..
OK, lets get to John 3:16, the most popular and best known verse in the Bible. But let's do what we should always do, lets read a couple verses before and after the subject verse to be sure we are getting the entire and the accurate meaning from the verse.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son*1, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent
not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the
world through him might be saved.
20 For every one
that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
Can we once have been "saved" and then be lost? Does God's Word speak of the righteous gone into unrighteousness, the good gone bad, the living condemned to death? Read on:
I can hear them now: "But you don't understand brother, don't you know that I'm saved." To them I would say: "Saved by who? The false christ? The one that is prophesied to come first? The antichrist?" If they refuse to read God's letter to them, The Bible, were-by they can learn of this evil danger, how will they ever know? But we will all know of a surety on the Lord's Day, but perhaps it will be too late then for some. I do not want that to happen to you.
God is not unfair, He warns us of this danger to our eternal souls. It is man that tells you that you don't have to understand God's Word, they say that you just be a "good guy" and believe, and you will go to Heaven. Believe what? The false christ, the antichrist?!?
And is it not suspicious that they tell you that you aren't to understand the Bible, instead having you rely on them for your spiritual well being? I don't like to talk down to people, but talk about being "Sheep for the slaughter!" God does not waste action or time and if He wrote you a letter it is because you are supposed to understand God's Word. Listening to the traditions of man that have crept into the Churches will lead you right into satan's camp. Even though you're a "good guy" and had meant so well!
God says that we are destroyed for our lack of knowledge of His Word and His plan. Below, the whoredoms spoken of are spiritual whoredoms. The church is always mentioned in the feminine, because it is to be the bride of Christ (Rev19:7). Christ being the bridegroom (Lk 5:33-35). In other words, when you whore after the false christ, you have committed spiritual adultery against the true Husband, whom is Jesus Christ. God words things in such a way that our human emotions can understand how God feels when we follow satan, believing that he is the true Jesus Christ. God knows that we can all relate to the feeling of being betrayed by someone we love dearly.
Yes we are saved by grace, for none of us could ever deserve salvation but you must take an active role in your salvation, you must have a working knowledge of God's Written Word The Bible or how else will you know whether or not you are being deceived? Please don't tell me that as long as you think that you can go to Heaven "by the skin of your teeth" that you don't care about pleasing God. I know that you would not want Him to be so flippant about you. God warned us that the famine in the end times would not be for lack of food, but that it would be for the lack of understanding the true Word of God (Amos 8:11+12). Think about it, when was the last time you ever really learned anything substantial in church other than "pass the plate?" Sure, if they are teaching the Word of God, then donate, that is what we are supposed to do to sustain ministries, but don't donate to a ministry that isn't teaching God's Word, else you may find yourself fighting against God even.
Oh yes! God Himself sends the famine for His true Word upon a disobedient world. Why, they would ask, would such a loving and merciful God do such a thing? Because He is angry, He sent His only begotten Son to be tortured and murdered for our sakes, a man that lived in the flesh for 33 years and did not commit even one sin, this innocent man (Jesus) was punished for our sins, and we the guilty disregard Him; we are too busy, we need more evidence, or we just don't care.
God also wrote us a letter telling us all things (The Bible) and we rejected it. We let satan's false teachers and false doctrines be our study guides, it is them that we study, worship, and obey. And in doing so we deserve exactly what we got: "Lies and false doctrines; Rapture theories; Saint worship; wind and rain gods; Mariolatry, which is the idolatry a making of a Deity out of Mother Mary and turning her into some kind of goddess -- in direct violation of the first and second commandments of God; New age religion; Allah; Buddha; Idols; Christian parents letting their children die rather that take advantage of the miracles of modern medicine that are only possible but by the Grace of God and His laws of biology and nature; The "God is in us, thus we are god" religious movement that is growing in leaps and bounds on the west coast; Entire church systems placing their credibility on the line by supporting "Shrouds of Turin," that are not Biblically documentable; thousands of aimless souls flocking to see weeping plaster statutes and religious paintings; The Koran; The Book of Mormon; The Talmud; Babbling in some demonic tongue (talking in tongues) and claiming that it is God speaking through them; Misconstruing one of God's food laws and turning it into a command against blood transfusions; The laughing church; The drinking poison and handling deadly snakes church; Priests claiming to have the power to forgive sin and thus place themselves between God and His children; Practicing ancient pagan fertility rites like "Ishtar" worship (Easter) on the Holiest day of the Christian year (Passover); Religious nut cases committing mass suicides to get to God quicker; Holy water, that is not written of in the Bible, but rather adopted from pagan traditions; Rip off artists claiming to work for God and bilking old ladies out of their life savings on so-called religious television; Priests sodomizing little boys and not being removed from the pulpit - only to do it again; Falsely teaching that Judas Iscariot is the son of perdition, were-by we don't know to beware of satan who is the true son of perdition; False teaching that God's Word declares the earth to be only 6000 years old but we have entire skeletal remains of dinosaurs that date back to millions of years old, when in reality the Bible declares that this earth is untold billions of years old; False forehead slapping "healers" who lie and claim to heal in Jesus' name on television by smacking someone on the forehead; Lies to children in Sunday school about Adam and Eve eating the wrong apple and ruining everything, there-by making God seem so very petty; Church sanctioned gay marriage; Openly gay preachers; Gay churches; Gay Decons voted in by the layity; Crystals; Christian priests that don't believe in the virgin birth; Kabbalah; The Pope who admittedly supports and believes in the evolution theories that make Almighty God out to be a cheap liar; Clergymen that don't know squat about the Holy Word they profess to love and are charged to teach, blind leading the blind right to "hell." Is it any wonder why God has just about "had it up to here" with us?!? And is it any wonder that the heathen unbelievers snicker at us, can you really blame them? What kind of example have we been?
Now I know that the truth may offend some, but never-the-less, it is the truth. But God will judge every soul individually. You don't have to starve for God's truth if you actively seek it out. He will deny no-one that seeks His truth; Christian, Jew, Muslim, Heathen, Satanist... All have an opportunity to hear the True Word of God and be saved! Jesus Himself promised us that. And remember, the words ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK are verbs, they require action on our part.
Quite frankly, those who participate in all the multitude of blasphemies that are going on in the religious institutions and church systems of today which were mentioned above, admittedly in a diatribe, they will be deceived by satan and will worship antichrist as God. For if they will fall just by the deceptions of men, how much weaker will they be to the awesome deception of satan himself when he is defacto on earth possessing supernatural powers and claiming to be the Great God. Satan will be allowed by God to possess supernatural abilities to fulfill the negative part of God's plan. Documentation:
OK, below is one of they many verses [Rom11:7-11] that pertain to the "spirit of slumber" (eyes that cannot see spiritually and ears that cannot hear spiritually). This particular scripture has multi-meaning, it outlines how that through Israel's rejection of Christ, the salvation of Christ was also offered to the Gentiles (heathen, nations, ethnos). Surely you remember that Christ said: "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mt 15:24).
But the parallel meaning is what we came here for: Verse 11 below tells us that they do not stumble (away from God's truth and into the traditions of men that can have no good end) so that they can fall (perish eternally). To this Paul writes "God Forbid," in other words, that is not the purpose or necessarily the outcome or the plan. When Paul wrote this he was acting by the operation of the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of God, and when the Spirit of God says "God Forbid" that means that the Author of the universe and the creator of all that is within it, Almighty God Himself says "No, not that they should perish!"
Enough about that, if you've never heard this taught before and you don't understand it right now, don't worry, just put it in the back of your mind and as you study more in God's Word you will come to understand many things that you wrestle with now. But you must cast off the shackles that man's religion has placed upon you, and be freed from confusion by the True Word of God, Holy and unbreakable, as laid down to us in the Bible. True Christianity does not bind, it frees.
God, in His love, gave us the sacrifice of Jesus Christ whereby through His suffering we may receive forgiveness. All, every, any, each sin that you could possibly ever commit has the potential to be forgiven if gone about the "right way" (for lack of a better term -- I refer to repenting in Jesus' Christ's name). Except of course one; It is called the unforgivable sin and there is only one of them.
Now I must confess that I disagree with many on the nature of the unforgivable sin, and that I have taught it a different way (which I learned from others) than I going to teach it now (for I learned differently through further study on the matter). And it is difficult to change position on a teaching after one has taught it. But after seeing the truth how can one in all good conscience not correct himself? I here now correct that I had once believed that the unforgivable sin is to not let the Holy Spirit speak through you during the Tribulation. I had learned it that way once, and now frankly I do not see it that way any longer. I have below supplied the Scriptures that speak of this unforgivable sin for your perusal.
What is the unforgivable sin then? It is man making of himself (or anyone else) God. This was satan's sin and he was not forgiven of it. This shall (and is now) happening in these end times. Most know of this dogma as New Age Doctrine, whereby men say that they become the Christ, they become the Savior collectively. I have touched on this in greater detail in our study Anatomy of a False Doctrine .
There is a group, people that I once knew, who are now apostated into this type of false doctrine. Many of you who read this study will know of whom I refer. They are a splinter group of Christians who left a sound Christian Ministry with the deception of satan's greatest lie -- that we can become gods. This is how satan deceived Eve.
Please don't write to me to ask who these people are, if you have to ask then you know and don't want to admit it to yourself. I am not here to personally trash any teacher's name. They will know that I speak of them, they already do know if they are reading this far.
Here is what they are saying: They are saying that they are God's Elect, and that as God's Elect they have been forgiven of every sin, past, present, and future IN THIS AGE because God judged them in the age that was. They then take this further, supposing that since they have been judged in the age that was that they cannot be held accountable for ANYTHING that they do in this age.
They then commit the ultimate blasphemy, they say that Jesus Christ is unnecessary to them, that Jesus Christ' work on the cross is of no importance to them, for they, they say, have been given eternal life in the age that was. "Jesus died for THEM, not US," they say. Satan has beguiled them and opened a door into the abyss. it gets worse.
They go even further than this the greatest of blasphemies, and even trump that if it were possible, they say that they are to become the Sons of God now in this age, they will (and are) becoming the Manchild (they even use this epitaph of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:5) as their own!), and that they are to elevate to a higher spiritual plane, becoming a higher spiritual being than the rest of Christianity. They will become gods, they will be as God. blasphemy! Any way that you slice it!
I have a word for them, they are committing the unforgivable sin. Those who are fully indoctrinated in this teaching have had their consciences seared over, you can't reach them, they are habituated by another spirit not the Holy Spirit; perhaps they were never God's Elect in the first place -- God knows. But many newer students of theirs can still come out before they finally give themselves over to the dark side. They need be warned. If you know of one of them or one of their hapless newer students, and they are many now, for the blasphemy is spreading rapidly, pass the Web address of this Bible study (and the other) to them ( Anatomy of a False Doctrine, and Once saved, always saved-are you so sure?). They ought at least hear that they are sinning in the most blasphemous form. What becomes of them is in the Father's hand, I judge no man. In fact I have known some of them, and I am grieved; but to talk to them today they are not the same people, there is definitely a different spirit about them that you can feel, though they perceive it not. I would pray for them is it weren't for Ist John 5:16 below, but may God have mercy on them anyway, according to His will.
The unforgivable sin:
A word of warning to those who say that Christ's sacrifice on the cross is of no value to them and those that presume to host the Holy Spirit as their own Spirit! Yes the Holy Spirit of God is within every Christian, it is that which guides us; but these people presume to become as the Holy Spirit, rising out of their own spirit into Godhood. But what should be gleaned by most (who would never dare to blaspheme God's Salvation or His Spirit) from this is the fact that there is an unforgivable sin that can be committed by someone who was once "saved." Will committing this sin end a Christian up in hell? God knows.
So, anyway, once saved always saved? What do you think? I cannot or will not answer that for you. But we both know someone who can and will: Our Heavenly Father. Study God's Word for yourself, you don't have to become some kind of religious fanatic, that's not of God, but do find a little time each day for your Heavenly Father, even if it is only five or ten minutes. You will find out that when you seek Him and show Him that you care about Him, He improves your life immediately. I don't know exactly why, but it just seems to work out that way. Maybe it is His way of telling you that you are on the right track and He is becoming well pleased with you. God created and owns everything, nothing is impossible for Him to accomplish in your life. God can change the hearts and minds of those who have authority over you in your daily lives. Our Heavenly Father is able, but you must believe, otherwise you are wasting your time.
And do check out what someone tells you is in God's Word. For there are many false teachers sent to our generation. Thee are also good intentioned men that mislead because they themselves don't know the truth. Check them all out (including this Author) for yourself in your Bible which is your personal operating instructions from your Creator directly to you. And in Him you can surely trust!
And if I have offended any
religion or denomination, then understand that I did it because
it is the truth, and because I care. When one is speaking about
satan's plan to deceive the world, all must be included;
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Heathen, Satanists. . . For
satan will leave no-one out in his spiritual attack. And on
judgment day, God will leave no-one out either. Everybody
deserves their own personal time with Almighty God for their
judgment, and all souls will have it;
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Heathen, Satanists. . . That
is a promise from Almighty God to each and every one of us, for
we are all His beloved children whom He created,
regardless of religions and denominations or the void thereof.
Once saved, our spiritual well-being hinges on the repentance and forgiveness of sin that Christ bought and paid for with His blood that day on the cross. And if you have slipped into following the traditions of man that are taught on this earth today that lead us away from the True Christ and toward the false; then you ask God to forgive you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, thus documenting that you are a believer.
Along with repentance and forgiveness ask your Heavenly Father for wisdom and guidance to discern the true Word of God from the lies of satan. God wrote you a personal letter, it is called the Bible, and all your answers are contained within it. It is through that book that you can check out what any teacher/preacher tells you. If what they tell you does not align with what you read in God's Word, then it is not God's Word that they preach.
God bless you and your study of His Word.
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A follow-up question from a reader of the site (i.e., a member of Watchmen Bible Study Group), which reply may help clear up some vague points and to further more deeply address some of the statements in the above Bible study.
Chiefly addressed in the follow-up study is The Unforgivable Sin. Click on The Unforgivable Sin to go to that follow-up study.
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