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Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into

Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into.

I have found many passages in the Bible that teach there are certain sins that a saved person cannot fall into.

When a person truly gets saved the Holy Spirit puts a love for God in their heart and makes them want to please God and not do anything to displease Him.

Therefore, If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

A Saved Person Cannot Commit Murder.

The Bible says in:

1 John 3:15 “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

This verse here explicitly says that a saved person is not capable of falling into every sin that a lost person can commit. This verse says very plainly that a saved person is not capable of committing murder, because it says, “no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

Therefore, if a person commits murder, they have never been saved. It is not that they have lost their salvation, because the Bible teaches very plainly that a person cannot lose their salvation.

John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

It is simply that they have never been saved, and they need to get saved.

A Saved Person Cannot Persecute Another Christian or be Racist

The Bible says in:

1 John 2:9 “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

1 John 2:11 “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”

1 John 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen”?

All of these verses and 1 John 3:15 says very plainly that a saved person cannot hate his brother (another Christian).

The word hateth in these verses means to detest (especially to persecute) and to love less (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3404).

Therefore, someone who detests a Christian, persecutes a Christian, or even has “respect of persons” towards different Christians, is not saved. This would include being a racist (even saying that Christians of different skin colors cannot marry) or respecting the rich over the poor as is spoken against in James chapter 2.

 Again, racists and those who persecute Christians in other ways, have not lost their salvation, they have just never been saved, and they need to get saved.

Biblical Example of a Fake Christian Persecuting a True Christian

The Apostle John gives an example of a fake Christian persecuting a true Christian in 3 John 1:9-12 “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”

In this passage the Apostle John is writing to Gaius and is speaking to him about 2 other pastors. He is teaching him that one of these pastors is lost, and the other is saved.

John says that Diotrephes is prideful, loves to have the preeminence, refused to receive him, conspired, and spoke against him with malicious words (this would include falsely accusing him of something) and kicks good people out of the church.

John goes on to say that because this pastor does these things then he is not saved and tells Gaius not to follow Diotrephes.

He says “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” “Hath not seen God” means that He has not seen God for who He truly is, which means he is not saved (Hebrews 11:6). Then John tells Gaius to follow Demetrius because Demetrius has proven himself to have good fruit.

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

This also shows a saved person is not capable of falling into every sin that a lost person can do. It is impossible! They cannot do it!

 Furthermore, this man in persecuting the Apostle John, proved that he was lost. Because a saved person cannot persecute another saved person. The other verses above showed that plainly.

Other Sins A Saved Person Can Never Fall Into.

1 Corinthians 6 lists a lot of sins that a saved person is incapable of falling into:

1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

The word fornicators in this verse means to sell, speaking of a male prostitute, which would also include a female prostitute because God holds everyone to the same standards (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4204), it also means a human trafficker and a pimp (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # # G4907).

So, this goes further than just basic fornication of an unmarried man and woman accidently falling into sin, which can be made right by them marrying. The kind of fornication spoken of here in this verse goes much deeper than that. A saved person is capable of falling into basic fornication, but the Holy Spirit will not allow them to sell themselves or enslave others. A person who is that deeply evil has never been saved! Do not be deceived, they are on their way to hell, so they need to get saved, not just get right.

A saved person would not be able to shack up either, because the Bible also says that a saved person cannot be overtaken by any sin (Galatians 6:1-3 I will speak of this more later in this post.)

The word idolaters in this verse means to actually worship and become a servant to an image or false god (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G1497). In order to do this, you would have to completely turn your back on God and denounce Christ. This is more than just making the mistake of putting money or family above God. A saved person is capable of falling into that, but the Holy Spirit will not allow them to actually worship and become a servant to an image or false god, like people will have to do in order to take the Mark of the Beast.

The word adulterers in this verse means an actual adulterer, someone who is a paramour meaning they have an actual sweetheart/lover other than their spouse (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3432), and of course this would go for adulteresses too. This verse makes it very plain that a saved person is incapable of actually cheating on their spouse. A saved person may be able to fall into a lustful thought, they may even be able to get divorced and remarried, but it is plain that the Holy Spirit will not allow them to actually do anything with someone else while they are still married.

If a person actually commits physical adultery like that, then they definitely have never been saved. They will not inherit the kingdom of God, unless they get saved. This verse plainly says that.

This word adulterers also means an apostate (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3432). Someone who completely denies the faith, and turns away from God, and teaches others to do so too. The Bible does say that a saved person can stop believing in God (2 Timothy 2:13), so apparently this is speaking of going deeper than that. Like someone actually becoming a regular evolutionary professor (not Theistic evolution). Basically, an active outspoken enemy of God. It can also mean someone who starts denying things like the Bodily Resurrection of Christ, the Virgin birth etc.

And someone who refuses to change their preaching once they have realized they were wrong, especially if it is something that could send people to hell.

Someone who does these kinds of things has never been saved. According to 2 Timothy 2:13 a saved person can become angry with God and lose their faith temporarily, but they cannot actually go around speaking against God and actively trying to draw others away from Him.

The word effeminate in this verse means a man who is the feminine partner in a sodomite relationship (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3120). A saved man cannot do that!

The phrase abusers of themselves with mankind in this verse means a sodomite (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G733). Romans 1 further shows that a saved person can never “fall” into the sins of homosexuality or lesbianism, because in order for a person to do that they must already be turned over to a reprobate mind. A person cannot have a reprobate mind and be saved at the same time. Therefore, it is impossible for a saved person to fall into sodomy.

All sodomites are lost and going to hell, I don’t care if they were raised in church, made a profession as a kid or still go to church. They are lost, not just backslidden. The Holy Spirit will not allow a saved person to backslide that far!

Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

Jude 1:24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

However, sodomites can get saved, because the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” So, people with reprobate minds can get saved.

The word thieves in this verse means a stealer (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G2812, G2813), and it says to compare it to Strong’s # G3027 which means to lift or take small and pretty things.  So, this even includes things like petty theft, shoplifting, etc. Not just stealing big things. A saved person is not capable of intentionally stealing at all, not even cheating on their taxes, or stealing food when they are hungry.

We never stole anything when we did not have food for 7 days many years ago, we were not even tempted to steal, we just ate grass out of the yard.

Now, accidently forgetting to give a pen back would not be included.

However, I have always taken the pen back if I can, once I realize I have taken one. I have always just felt like I needed to return a pen that I had accidently kept, even though I did not know that intentionally stealing something would mean that I was not saved. So, the Holy Spirit has kept me from sin even above the minimum required to prove salvation.

The word covetous in this verse means to be a defrauder (conman) (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4123). It goes further than just wanting something, it is wanting it to the point that you would con the owner out of it. It is more like greed. This would also include holding back wages of employees, or lying and unjustly suing someone (frivolous lawsuits) (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G2192).

The word drunkards in this verse of course means an alcoholic (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3184), it would also include a drug addict, because drugs also alter the mind. So, if someone makes a profession of faith as a child, but then becomes a drug addict or an alcoholic later in life, then they did not truly get saved as a child. They are lost!

This shows it is not “Normal” for teenagers to rebel. If they do rebel into an ungodly lifestyle, or into one of these sins, then they have never been saved!

The word revilers in this verse means a mischievous abuser. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3060) A bully. This is someone who likes to pick on people and cause fights.

Mischievous abuser would also include a rapist. So, a saved person could never do that either.

The word extortioners in this verse means a violent thief, someone who steals by force (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #G727 and G726). This would include things like robbery with a gun, kidnapping, and organized crime protection rackets. A saved person cannot do these things.

Now, there have been cases where a parent will kidnap their own child in order to protect them. That is not included here. Sometimes the government makes a mistake and gives the child to the wrong parent. A parent who kidnaps their child in order to protect them can be saved, and is not guilty of a sin. Even Amy Carmichael kidnapped children in order to rescue them from horrible abuse in pagan temples in India. She was a hero; she did not sin.

The Bible makes it very clear that people who commit the sins listed above have never been saved.

Yes, king David was capable of committing murder and adultery, but He was not sealed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to keep him from sin.

The gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is why saved people now are incapable of falling into those sins.

However, Job never committed any of those sins, he never even intentionally broke any of God’s commandments, and he was not indwelt with the Holy Spirit either.

Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”

The perfection of Job was practical righteousness not imputed righteousness of Jesus, because Jesus had not died yet.

Therefore, in the Old Testament it was possible for a person to not fall into any of those evil sins, or even intentionally break any of Gd’s commandments, even though the Holy Spirit was not indwelling them.

Now, today a person does break the first commandment just by not being saved. So, to be as perfect as Job was, a person must be truly saved and never intentionally break any of God’s commandments.

Now that level of perfection is not required for salvation, but Job does prove that since we do have the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and he did not, that we definitely are capable of never intentionally breaking any of God’s commandments. We never have any excuse to sin!

Someone can never say something like “A Christian ought to keep God’s commandments as much as is possible in these sinful bodies.” In order to excuse intentional sin. Because what Job proves is that it is possible for a saved person to never intentionally break one of God’s commandments!

Also, just because a Christian is capable of falling into certain lesser sins, does not mean that they get away with doing those sins either! Christians will not get away with any sin! They cannot lose their salvation and go to hell, but they can receive a harsh judgment. To learn more about this please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/01/05/christians-will-not-get-away-with-sin/

Even in the New Testament when Peter denied Christ, he was not indwelt with the Holy Spirit yet.

Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the disciples after the resurrection in John 20:22:

 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”

The Bible even says to kick really evil people out of the church so that they will get saved.

It says to turn them over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh so that their spirit will be saved. If a person’s spirit is not saved they are lost and going to Hell. The Bible says to kick these really evil people out of the church so that they will realize they are lost and then they will get saved. See 1 Corinthians chapter 5.

If you read the book of 2 Corinthians you will find that the man in 1 Corinthians 5 did end up getting saved and then Paul commanded that he be allowed back into the church.

In addition, Romans 5 and 6 does not mean that the more we sin the more grace abounds!

Romans 5:15 – 6:2 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

This means that as Adam’s sin abounded to our death, the Grace of Jesus Christ abounds even more to restore life to us, because not only are we restored to being able to have a relationship with God and have eternal life, but now we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to make it impossible for us to do the worst sins.

Adam and Eve were never indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not even in their state of innocence!

This is how Grace abounds much more than sin!

 It is also false to say that a saved person is no better than a lost person.

A saved person must be better than a lost person or they are not saved!

In Romans 3:9-18 Paul was saying that religious Jews are no better than pagan Gentiles, because they are all sinners without Christ. Not that saved people are no better than lost people!

Romans 3:9-18 “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

All the sins that he mentions in Romans 3:11-18 a saved person cannot even do. I just proved that with Scripture!

A saved person must be better than a lost person, otherwise they are not saved!

A saved person having that kind of wrong humility, by putting themselves on the same level as a lost person can cause them to lose their reward! (Colossians 2:18)

In addition, saying that a saved person can fall into any sin, or can commit any sin that a lost person can is a damnable heresy, because it is sending some people to hell! It makes some people think that they can be saved and still be capable of falling into any sin. It gives them a false sense of security.

These teachings of a saved person being able to fall into any sin that a lost person can commit, and that salvation does not require repentance come from the false Gnostic gospels, and the false Alexandrian bibles that the Roman Catholic church (the Great Whore of Revelation 17) was founded upon. These heresies were already being taught in the days of the Apostles. That is why they preached so strongly against them!

Paul said, “Be Not Deceived”. The devil’s church was already working to deceive people into believing a lie and damning their souls to the eternal flames of Hell!

The Bible also says that liars are not saved:

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Revelation 22:15 “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

This is speaking of false accusers and people who love to lie and make lies.

This is not speaking of being courteous and telling someone that their food is ok when it is burnt or a man telling his wife that her dress does not make her look fat, even if it does.

Nor is it speaking of lying, in order to protect someone. God never changes, look at Rahab.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

It is not speaking of those kinds of “lies.”

This is mainly speaking of false accusers. The actual command in the 10 Commandments is to “not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16)

This plainly shows that a saved person is not capable of intentionally falsely accusing someone.

So, if a person intentionally falsely accuses someone then they have never been saved. I don’t care if they are a pastor, a deacon, a Sunday school teacher. I don’t even care if they said a prayer and were able to somehow turn over a new leaf. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! (Jeremiah 17:9).

A person can also deceive themselves into thinking that they are saved.

Galatians 6:1-8 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

This passage shows that a person can deceive themselves into thinking they are saved, but it makes it very plain that they will reap what they sow. A person cannot reap corruption and life everlasting at the same time! 

Therefore, a saved person cannot be overtaken by any sin.

They cannot live any kind of a sinful lifestyle. A saved person can fall into some sins, and they can struggle with some sins, but they cannot become addicted to any sin, or live a sinful lifestyle. And there are some sins like the ones mentioned before that they cannot even fall into. 

Just because someone preaches and leads others to Christ does not mean they themselves are saved. The Word of God is not bound. The Word of God can get someone saved, no matter who is preaching it (Philippians 1:15-18, Isaiah 55:11, Hebrews 4:12).

Even Jesus said that not all ministers are saved.

Matthew 7:13-23 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Repentance is not trading one sin for another!

I have seen many of these ministers claim they are saved, because they don’t do drugs, drink, or steal anymore.

However, the Word of God says they are still not saved, because they now commit adultery, or they are racist, or they con people out of money, or some even do actually steal by embezzling money from their ministry.

These people may have repented from one or a few sins, but they did not completely repent.

Because to completely repent means to yield your will to God’s will. The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 means to yield (the word believe is Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield). When a person truly gets saved, they no longer have a complete free will to sin. The Holy Spirit will not allow them to fall into the really evil sins listed above.

If a person wants to hold onto their ability to commit any sin, then they are not saved!

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

To diligently seek God includes surrendering your whole will to Him.

Also, Philip told the Ethiopian Eunuch that he had to believe in Jesus with all his heart. The word believe means to yield (Acts 8:37).

In order for a person to get saved they must yield their whole heart to Christ!

Therefore, God is not going to save someone who does not surrender their free will to Him!

The word evil in Matthew 7:17 and 7:18 means hurtful, grievous, mischief, and malicious (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4190). Therefore, a saved person is not capable of falling into any hurtful, grievous, mischief, and malicious sins like murder, rape, bullying, falsely accusing, stealing and the others listed above. A saved person cannot do any of those kinds of sins. The Holy Spirit will not allow them too!

That is the Truth of the Word of God!

When a person comes to God for salvation, God can see in their heart and He knows if they are truly repentant.

If they are not truly repentant, then He does not save them!

John 2:23-25 “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

These people believed the facts about Him in their head, but they did not want to repent and obey Him.

This is not legalism.

I am not saying that a person has to work for their salvation, I am not saying that they have to be afraid of doing any of those sins.

That is what Grace is for! Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit to keep us from falling that bad.

You don’t have to work at not doing those sins. When a person truly repents and makes a true commitment to Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit just comes in and makes it impossible for them to fall that bad. The Holy Spirit puts a love for God in our hearts and makes us want to please God and not do anything to displease Him. If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)

When I discovered these truths in Scripture, I trembled.

I was scared to death, because I had believed wrong, I was so afraid that I may have done one of those sins, because I was not being so careful not to.

I prayed and asked God to show me if I had ever done anything like that, I searched my heart and tried to go back over my whole life since my profession at 12.

 I found that the Holy Spirit had kept me, I had never done anything like that since I made my profession (and most of them I never even did before), even though I did not know that if I did do anything like that then it would mean I was never saved.

I was not constantly worried and being careful, but the Holy Spirit kept me, and did not allow me to do any of those things.

That is true Grace!

The Holy Spirit keeps us from falling, even if we do not fully understand every little thing. We do not have to work at not falling into those particular sins, because the Holy Spirit makes it impossible for us to fall into them!

So now more than ever, I know that I truly did get saved at the age of 12. Because I know that without the Holy Spirit’s restraint, I would have at least stolen something small since I was 12, because that was the problem I had before I got saved. I just never got caught.

However, once I became an adult and got a job, I did pay restitution to those whom I had stolen from.

So, God showed me that after my profession at 12 I have never done any of those kinds of sins, and I even made things right, when I could.  He showed me that I did truly get saved at the age of 12.

When God showed me this, the assurance of salvation flooded my soul like never before, and my great fear of ever totally falling away from God, completely melted away. Because I now know that that is completely impossible, because I am truly saved. The Holy Spirit will not allow me to fall that bad.

Now, not all lost people do really bad sins, some just need to repent of some basic sins and trust in Jesus. I grew up around a lot of Mormons back in Colorado. Many of them live a lot better lives than most Baptists, but they are still sinners, and they still need to repent and believe the true Gospel. Most Mormons are not even polygamists. That is only an extreme fringe.

Examples of people in the New Testament who were practically righteous before they got saved.

The disciples of John the Baptist who were led to Christ by Paul.

Acts 19:1-7 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.”

We know that these disciples of John the Baptist had already repented of their sins. John the Baptist refused to baptize anyone who was not repentant.

Matthew 3:4-10 “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

The disciples of John were devout and faithful to the truths that they knew. They were not doing any of those evil sins listed above, nor were they overtaken by any sin. Yes, they were still sinners in that they still had a sin nature and made mistakes as all people (even saved people) do, but these men were as practically righteous as Job. They just needed to accept Jesus, and when they heard about Jesus, they did accept Him, and got saved.

Matthew 3:4-10 also shows that a person cannot just come to God “as they are” and “empty handed” they must have a repentant heart! They must bring a repentant and yielding heart to God!

Nowhere does the Bible say to come to God just as you are! It is not in there! I looked!

Cornelius was practically righteous before he got saved.

He just needed to accept Jesus. He did not even say a prayer, you do not have to say a prayer in order to get saved, and just saying a prayer does not save you!

Salvation is a decision and a commitment to Christ, not an incantation!

Acts 10:1-2 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.”

Acts 10:44-48 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

The Ethiopian Eunuch was practically righteous before he got saved. He just needed to accept Jesus.

Acts 8:27-39 “And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

This is what the Bible says!

So, a person can be lost and not do any really bad sins, or even be overtaken by any sin. Some people just need to accept Jesus, and yes, Jesus wants to save those people too!

Many other people are in really bad sins before they get saved and Jesus will save them too!

Everyone must come to Him with a repentant and yielding heart!

God is willing to save anyone.

The only thing that is going to stop anyone from getting saved is their own foolish pride. Pride is the only thing that can prevent anyone from finding repentance. Having feelings or not having feelings does not matter.

That was Esau’s problem. Esau found no place for repentance, though he sought carefully for it with tears (Hebrews 12:17). It is not that God would not save him, it was that he could not force his heart to relinquish his pride and repent and accept God’s will.

See the promise of Israel was to Abraham, then to Isaac. Then Isaac had 2 sons. God said that the older would serve the younger, not that the older would be completely disinherited.

From Adam all the way down to Isaac there was always one man who was the rightful High Priest and King. When it came to Abraham God made a covenant with Abraham that those offices would continue through his line.

Isaac had 2 sons. All God was saying by that the older would serve the younger was that God had chosen Jacob (the younger) to be the King and Esau (the older) to be the High Priest. The Bible even says in Hebrews 12:17 that Esau would have received the blessing, but he refused to repent.Esau was proud and power hungry. He wanted to be the King not the High Priest. He despised the priesthood. Therefore, God cut him off, and the kingship and priesthood was given to two of Jacob’s sons: Judah and Levi, and Esau was cut off because of his own foolish pride.

However, God still commanded Israel to allow an Edomite family to join the congregation in the 3rd generation (Deuteronomy 23:7-8). So, there was a restoring available to Esau’s descendants, but they could never be restored to the priesthood. That was lost to them forever.

God will never refuse to save anyone, but a person can refuse to repent.

If a person falls into any of those certain sins listed above, or if they are overtaken by any sin, then they were never saved!

That is the Word of God! And if you from this day forward teach or preach anything else then you have gone apostate, because you are willingly teaching a damnable heresy, and that would prove that you have never been saved!

A saved person can be misled into a damnable heresy, but once they realize their mistake then they will repent. A person who does not repent shows they have never been saved.

In addition, The Bible also says that we are not to receive people into our house (also meaning church because it can be figurative Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3614) who preach that a saved person can fall into any sin that a lost person can commit.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

(2 John 1:9 also shows that the only people in the Parable of the Sower who got saved were the “good ground” because they were the only ones who kept abiding in the doctrine of Christ; see Matthew 13:3-23.)

You need to search your own heart and make sure you are saved.

As I just got done explaining with much Scripture, if you have ever done any of those sins listed above since you made your profession of faith, then you did not truly get saved, and you need to get saved now.

So, search your heart (2 Corinthians 13:5), ask God if you have ever fallen into any of those sins or if you have ever been overtaken by any sin since your profession, if you find that you have, or if you just are not sure, then just go ahead and make a new commitment to Christ right now. That is all you need to do.

If you find that the Holy Spirit has kept you and you have not ever fallen into any of those sins, nor have ever been overtaken by any sin since your profession of faith, then you are truly saved, and you can rejoice in the fact that you can never fall into any of those sins!

Either way, make sure you teach others these truths for now on. And speak to your family and friends make sure they are truly saved too.

If you know anyone who has fallen into any of those sins, go warn them that they need to get saved. They are on their way to Hell, they are not just backslidden.

In addition, nowhere in the Bible does it say that if a person doubts their salvation, then they are saved!

That is another damnable heresy from the pits of Hell, that is sending people to Hell!

The Bible commands everybody to doubt their salvation in order that they will get saved, if they are not!

2 Corinthians 13:5a “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”

As I said before, it is also very clear that people can deceive themselves into thinking they are saved. Galations 6:1-8.

Therefore, a person doubting their salvation could be God drawing them to true salvation!

And a wolf preaching that doubting proves salvation, is going to cause the person doubting to not get saved and end up in the flames of eternal Hell!

Furthermore, God will remind someone of their sins if they are lost, even if they have deceived themselves into thinking they are saved, in order to convince them that they need to get saved!

Remember, a saved person does not have to work at not doing those really evil sins.

When a person truly repents and makes a true commitment to Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit just comes in and makes it impossible for them to fall that bad. The Holy Spirit puts a love for God in our hearts and makes us want to please God and not do anything to displease Him. If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)

James 5:19-20 “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” This is speaking of Hell, not physical death.

If you are not sure you are saved, please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/how-to-get-to-heaven/ and just make a commitment to Christ now.

Come Out of Her My People!

Break Free

The Bible says in Revelation 18:1-4 “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Only saved people are God’s people.

Therefore, the Bible is showing here that some saved people would get mixed up in the cult of Babylon, and suffer through God’s judgment upon her, if they do not leave.

The Roman Catholic Church is the Cult of Babylon.

I will now show you how that the Roman Catholic church is not the true church, but is a counterfeit. And how that its teachings contradict the Bible and agree with ancient Babylonian paganism.

The Bible says Jesus Christ is the Head of the true church not any man, such as the Pope.

Ephesians 1:20-23 “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Colossians 1:12-18 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

The Bible says that Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and the Old Testament Prophets are the only foundation of the true church not “church tradition” or writings of so called “Church Fathers.”

Ephesians 2:20 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

The Bible is truth, and God’s inspired Word.

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

2 Peter 1:21 “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 Bible is the only record we have of what Jesus, the Apostles, and the Old Testament Prophets taught.

Therefore, since we must found our faith only upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and the Old Testament prophets, then we must found our faith only upon what the Bible says, not upon what any man or church tradition says.

The Bible is God’s Word. It was not written by the will of men, but holy men wrote exactly what God told them to write by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:21 “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 Bible says to reject heretics after 1 and 2 admonitions.

A heretic is someone who teaches something that contradicts the Bible. The Roman Catholic church teaches many things that contradict the Bible.

Let us look at a few doctrines of the Roman Catholic church that contradict the Bible:

The Catholic Church says that Peter was the first Pope.

First of all, the Bible never says that Peter went to Rome. Even His Epistles were written to the church at Babylon, not the church at Rome.

Furthermore, the Catholic church tries to justify their claim of Peter being the first Pope by twisting Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 They say that Peter was the rock that Christ built His church on, but the word Peter means a piece of a rock, like a small stone ( Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries # 4074 in the Greek), and the word rock in this verse means a mass of rock like a big boulder (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries # 4073 in the Greek) .

The Bible says Christ built His church upon Himself.

The Bible says that Christ is the chief cornerstone of the church, not Peter.

Ephesians 2:20 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

In addition, Peter was married.

Matthew 8:14 “And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.”

Mark 1:30 “But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.”

The Catholic church says a human priest can forgive sins.

The teaching that a human priest can forgive sins comes from Baal worship, not the Bible.(Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. P. 7.)

The Catholic church twists the meaning of the Scripture passage John 20:21-23 “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”

However, Jesus did not give the Apostles power to forgive anyone’s sins in order to keep them out of Hell and give them salvation.

Nowhere in the Bible did any of the Apostles forgive anyone’s sins at any time. Even Peter told Simon the sorcerer to repent and pray to God for forgiveness of his sin. Then when Simon the sorcerer asked Peter to pray for him, Peter gave no answer.

Acts 8:9-25 “But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.”

The belief that religious leaders can forgive sins comes from paganism and traces all the way back to the beginning of Baal worship with Nimrod and Semiriamis  in Babylon.

Simon was a sorcerer, and he showed here that he believed that Peter could pray for him in order for God to forgive him his sins. This is why Peter gave no answer, and apparently just walked away. Because Peter knew that the man had to repent and pray and ask God for forgiveness himself. If Peter had had the power to forgive Simon’s sins, or could have prayed for him for his sins to be forgiven, then Peter would have done one of those things. The Scriptures show that Peter was not even sure that Simon could be forgiven for the grievous sin that he committed. This passage proves more than any other that Peter was never a Pope!

The Bible says Jesus is the only mediator between God and men, not Peter or anyone else.

1 Timothy 2:5” For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

Furthermore, the Apostle Paul told the Philippian jailer to believe on Jesus in order to be saved. If the Apostle Paul could have forgiven the man’s sins, he would have forgiven them.

Acts 16:27-32 “And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.”

John Calvin taught that Jesus was just giving the Apostles power to preach the Gospel in John 20:21-23. I disagree with him, because I do not see that in that passage. This passage says nothing about preaching, and it actually says that the Apostles had power to retain and remit sins. As I have just explained above it was not to forgive them so they could escape any kind of eternal punishment. So exactly what was Jesus talking about here?

In John 20:21-23 Jesus was speaking of the Apostles and all believers being able to call down or withhold God’s physical judgment in this life against those who would persecute them.

When Stephen was killed, he prayed that God would not hold the sin against his murders.

Acts 7:59-60 “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

Stephan’s dying prayer could have led to the Apostle Paul getting saved, since he was a young man at the time, watched the coats for the men who stoned Stephen, and was consenting to his death. (Acts 7:58-8:1)

Therefore, a prayer for God’s mercy on your persecutors in this life can lead to them repenting and getting saved, but our prayers cannot save them, they themselves must repent and ask God for forgiveness in order to be saved from eternal punishment.

A more modern example of this is William Tyndale.

He was burned at the stake by King Henry the VIII for translating the Bible into English and making it available to the common people in their common language.

When William Tyndale died, he cried out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” Not long after, God did open King Henry the VIII’s eyes and he allowed the Bible, the very one that Tyndale translated, to be given to the common people. This eventually led to the founding of America, and to the Philadelphian Church Age, wherein were great revivals and awakenings, and millions were saved.

Unfortunately, though King Henry the VIII himself probably died lost and went to hell. I see no evidence in history that he ever truly repented of his sins and trusted in Christ.

So again, no one can forgive another person’s sins, or have another person’s sins forgiven them by praying for them, because each person must repent of their sins, believe in Jesus, and ask God to forgive them themselves. However, our prayers can cause the Holy Spirit to work harder to lead either them, and/or millions of others to salvation later.

In addition, the Apostle Paul struck a man blind for hindering the Gospel, and also prayed that the Lord would judge Alexander the coppersmith.

Acts 13:8-12 “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.”

Notice the result of the judgement was that someone got saved. The salvation of souls should be our intent whenever we use the power that God has given us to either withhold His physical judgment or call it down on someone.

2 Timothy 4:14-15 “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.”

Scripture does not tell us the result of this prayer of judgment, but again, this was another man who was hindering the salvation of others. Paul’s intention was that God would judge Alexander, so more people could be saved.

The Bible says only God can forgive sins.

Luke 5:19 “And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”

Jesus is God, so He has power to forgive sins, he healed the man to prove that!

The Catholic church says that you must work to get your sins forgiven.

 They say you must do whatever penance a priest tells you to do in order to have your sins forgiven. This could be paying money, saying a bunch of prayers, walking around on your knees, or many other “works.”

 This teaching of obedience to a human priest to work for one’s salvation started in Babylon with Baal worship. (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. P. 7.)

Repentance is not the same thing as penance. Repentance is a change of your heart from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will). It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Also, look at 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.”

 The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield). This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done, and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. As I said above, this is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will). It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

Your actions may not change immediately, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.

This is repentance, and it has nothing to do with penance.

The Bible says we are forgiven of our sins by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that salvation is a free gift.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”

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.”

The Catholic church says to pray to Saints and Mary.

They say that you will be more likely to get your prayers answered if you pray to Mary and certain saints, and have them intercede for you. The idea of praying to dead humans is also deeply rooted in paganism.

Plus, the Bible says all saved people are saints, not just certain dead ones.

1 Corinthians 1:2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:”

Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

The Bible says to pray to God alone, and that Jesus is our only mediator.”

Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

None of the Apostles ever prayed to anyone but God, and they never said to pray to anyone but God.

The Bible also says to pray for living saints, it does not say to pray to dead ones.

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

We are not to pray for dead saints, because after death is judgment. There is nothing that we can pray or do to make their eternity better for them, and it is too late for them to repent anymore.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

The Catholic church says that people go to purgatory to pay for their sins, and that other people must pay money to get them out early.

This is nothing but a money scam. They enslave the souls of people to increase their own wealth.

The Bible says that saved people immediately go to heaven to be with Jesus, and lost people immediately go to hell.

Luke 16:22-26 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”

2 Corinthians 5: 6-8 “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

And as I said before, once someone dies nothing can be done to make their eternity better for them. It is too late for them to repent anymore, because after death is judgment.

The Catholic church says to bow down to idols.

The Catholic church says to bow down to idols that they say are Mary, Jesus, and saints. This is blatantly pagan. We do not know what Mary and Jesus even looked like. Those are actually idols of Semiramis, Baal, and Tamuz. The Catholic church just changed their names. (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications.)

The Bible says not to bow down to idols.

Exodus 20:4-5 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

The Catholic church says that the Pope is infallible.

The teaching that the Pope is infallible in his teachings and morals became part of Catholic dogma in Vatican 1 Council. The idea that religious leaders are infallible in their teachings started with Baal worship in Babylon. (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. P. 7.)

The Bible says all humans are sinners.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

In addition, none of the Apostles ever claimed any infallibility. The Bible praises the Bereans for making sure that the teachings of the Apostles agreed with what the Old Testament Prophets said would come to pass. The Bible must be our final authority for all doctrine and life!

Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

The Bible says that religious leaders who sin are to be rebuked openly.

1 Timothy 5;19-20 “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.”

The Bible does not exclude any elders from this open rebuke for sin. Peter himself was openly rebuked by Paul.

Galatians 2:11-14“But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

The Catholic church says Mary is Co-Redeemer with Christ.

They say that Mary has to intercede for people in order for Christ to forgive them of their sins.

This is nothing more than a “Christian face” put on the pagan teachings of Baal worship. In Babylon, Semiramis commanded people to worship her son Tamuz as a god, and she herself claimed to be a goddess and the mediator between the people and her son. (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. P. 5.)

The Bible says that Jesus is our only Savior and mediator.

Acts 4:10-12 “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

The Catholic church forbids certain people like priests and nuns to marry.

This pagan religious discipline can be traced all the way back to Semiramis and Nimrod the founders of Baal worship in Babylon. (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. 219-220.)

 The Catholic church first officially enforced this rule at the Second Lateran Council held in 1139.

The Bible teaches that the church is not to forbid to marry.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 “ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”

The Catholic church changed the Lord’s Supper into the Mass and says that it actually turns into the body and blood of Jesus.

The Catholic church first made the sacrament of the Mass a doctrine in 394 AD. Below is what was said about it at the Council of Trent in 1563 and then it was Ratified at the Vatican II Council in 1963:

“If any one shall deny that the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore entire Christ, are truly, really and substantially contained in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist; and say that He is only in it as a sign, or in a figure-let him be accursed! (Damned)” This doctrine is still in effect in the Catholic Church today.

This practice of “turning a god into a piece of bread” comes from Baal worship and ancient Egyptian paganism! Not the Bible! (Hislop, Alexander. 1862. The Two Babylons. 3rd ed. Ontario: Chick Publications. 156-164.)

The Bible says the Lord’s supper is only a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross.

Luke 22:19 “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

As you can see, the core doctrines of the Roman Catholic church are in direct contradiction of the Bible! Therefore, the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church are heresies, and the Roman Catholic church is a heretic cult! Not a true Church of Jesus Christ!

The Roman Catholic church has been admonished for these heresies over and over again by men like, Peter Waldo, John Huss, John Wycliff, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and many millions more, but instead of repenting, they persecuted and killed many of them.

The Roman Catholic church is a heretic cult that has been admonished, but has refused to repent! Therefore, you must reject her and obey God’s calling to you:

Come Out of her my people!

For, if you refuse to denounce Rome and come out of her, God will punish you with her in the Great Tribulation!

Revelation 18:1-4 “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Revelation 2:20 “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”

The eating of “things sacrificed unto idols” mentioned here is specifically speaking of the Mass.

The Roman Catholic Church is the Cult of Babylon, its teachings agree with the paganism of Babylon not with the Bible.

In addition, the Bible specifically speaks of the Roman Catholic Church and describes it as a “Great Whore” in Revelation 17.

Revelation 17:

1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

The Bible says this woman sits on seven mountains.

Revelation 17:9 “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” The word mountains in this verse can mean hills (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # 3735 in the Greek).

Rome is built on seven hills.

These seven hills are called Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal and Viminal. The Servian Wall was built around them as a defense in the 300s B.C. Then these seven hills became the seven hills of Rome. Therefore, Rome is called “the city on 7 hills.”

Now it is true that Vatican Hill is not one of the 7 hills of Rome. However, in 313 AD, Constantine gave the Lateran Palace on Caelian Hill to the Bishop of Rome. Caelian Hill, which is one of the seven hills of Rome, then became and still remains, the ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope.

Furthermore, in 324 AD, the first basilica was built on Caelian Hill, now called “St. John Lateran.” In it is a throne called the cathedra, which is a seat, a chair with arms for the pope. Therefore, the Pope himself does sit on one of the seven Hills of Rome.

The Bible says this woman is clothed in purple, scarlet, and gold.

Revelation 17:4a “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls…”

The Pope and other officials of the Catholic church wear purple, scarlet, and gold.

On February 15th, 44 BC, Julius Caesar wore a luxurious purple and gold robe to the feast of Pan, called Lupercalia.

After this, all Caesars started wearing that costly purple, and scarlet and gold as a symbol of royalty.

This continued right down into Roman Catholic clergy, becoming commonplace in 500 AD.

The Bible says this woman declares herself to be “Mother.”

Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

The Catholic church declares herself to be the “Mother” church.

In 251 AD, Cyprian of Carthage declared in De Unitate Ecclesiae (“The Unity of the Church”), “He cannot have God for his Father who has not the Church for his mother.”

After this, the Roman Catholic church started calling itself “Mother Church.”

In addition, in 431 AD at the Council of Ephesus, where they once cried for two hours,

“Great is Diana of the Ephesians,” Acts 19:34, they now exalted Mary as the theotokos the bearer of God, the mother of God.

And often, becoming Roman Catholic is said to be “coming home to mother church” or “coming home to Mary.”

In Revelation 18:7 the whore of Babylon says, “I sit a queen.” Is it any coincidence that the Catholic Mary is also called “The Queen of Heaven”? Her Seat is on One of the Seven Mountains.

Revelation 17:9 “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”

The Bible says this Woman is “Drunk with the blood of the saints.”

Revelation 17:6a “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…”

The Roman Catholic Church has killed millions of Christians.

In 1184 AD the Synod of Verona says you can burn heretics at the stake, and in 1215 AD starting at the 4th Lateran Council the Inquisition was formed.

After that, does anyone really want to dispute the millions of victims, tortured and killed in the name of the pope, the Mary goddess, and the Eucharist wafer?

Even if the killings weren’t done at Rome, Roman Catholicism was responsible.

Truly, she was power-mad, “drunk with the blood of the saints.”

Revelation 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

To this very day the Jesuits still take an oath to kill all heritics. (Meaning those wh do not agree with them.)

Here is the Jesuit oath that the Jesuits still bind themselves to today:

“ I   now   in   the   presence   of   the   Almighty   God,   the   blessed   virgin  Mary,   the   blessed   Michael   the   Archangel,   the   blessed   St.   John  the   Baptist   .   .   •   and   my   ghostly   father,  the   superior   general  of   the   Society   of   Jesus,   founded   by   St.   Ignatius   Loyola,  do   by   the   womb   of   the   Virgin   •   .   .   swear   that   His   Holiness   the   Pope  is   Christ’s   vice-regent,   and   is   the   true   and   only   Head   of   the  Catholic   or   Universal   Church   …   I   do   now   renounce   and   dis   own   any   allegiance   is   due   to   any   heretical   King,   Prince,   or  State,   named   Protestant   or   Liberal,   or   obedience   to   any   of   their  laws   or   magistrates,   or   officers.   I   do   further   declare   the   doctrine   of   the   Church   of   England,   and   Scotland,   and   of   Calvanists,  Huguenots,   and   others   of   the   name   of   Protestant   or   Liberal,   to  be   damnable,   and   themselves   to   be   damned,   who   will   not   forsake  the   same-   I do   further   promise   and   declare   that,   notwithstanding   I am   dispensed   with,   to   assume   my   religion   heretical   for   the  propagation   of   Mother   Church’s   interest,   to   keep   secret   and  private   all   her   agents,   counsels,   from  time   to   time,   as   they   interest   me,   and   not   divulge   directly   or   indirectly   by   word,   writing, or   circumstances   whatever.   I   do   furthermore   promise   and  declare   that   I   will,   when   opportunity   presents,   make   and   wage  relentless   war   secretly   or   openly,   against   all   heretics,   Protestants,  and   Liberals,   as   I   am   directed   to;   extirpate   them   from   the   face  of   the   earth;   and   that   I   will   spare   neither   age,   sex,   or   condition,  and   that   I   will   hang,   burn,   waste,   boil,   flay,   strangle   and   bury  alive   those   infamous   heretics;   rip   up   the   stomachs   and   wombs  of   the   women,   and   crush   their   infants’   heads   against   the   walls  in   order   to   annihilate   their   inexorable   race.   That   when   the  same   cannot   be   done   openly,   I   will   secretly   use   the   poisonous  cup,   the   strangulating   cords,   the   steels   of   the   poinard,   or   the  leaden   bullets,   regardless   of   the   honour,   rank,   dignity,   or  authority   of   the   persons,   whatever   may   be   their   condition   in   life,  either   public   or   private,   as   I   at   any   time   may   be   directed   to   by  any   agent   of   the   Pope,   or   the   superior   of   the   Holy   Father   of  the   Society   of   Jesus.   In   confirmation   of   which   I   hereby   dedicate  my   life,   my   soul,   and   my   corporeal   powers;   and   with   this   dagger,  which   I   now   receive,   I   will   subscribe   my   name   written   in   my  blood   in   testimony   thereof;   and   should   I   prove   false,   or   weaken  in   my   determination   may   my   brethren   and   fellow-soldiers   of   the  militia   of   the   Pope,   cut   off   my   hands   and   my   feet,   and   my   throat  from   ear   to   ear,   rip   my   belly   open,   and   sulphur   burn   therein, and   all   the   punishments   that   can   be   inflicted   on   me   on   earth, and   my   soul   be   tortured   by   demons   in   an   eternal   hell   for   ever.  In   testimony   thereof   I   take   this   most   holy   and   blessed   sacrament  of   the   Eucharist,   and   witness   the   same   further   with   my   name written   with   the   point   of   this   dagger,   dipped   in   my   own   blood,  and   sealed   in   the   face   of   the   holy   covenant . (From the National Library of Australia https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2478231803/view?partId=nla.obj-2478232434 )

The current Pope is a Jesuit.

As you can see the Jesuits are a very militant group just like Jihad, and they should be banned from America as terrorists just like Jihad was. For more information about the Jesuits, please read the book “The Secret History of the Jesuits” by Francois-Edmond Paris.

The Roman Catholic church is truly drunk with the blood of the saints.

The Bilbe says this woman is a city that reigns over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 17:18 “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

The Catholic church claims authority over all world leaders.

In Unam Sanctam, 1302, Pope Boniface VIII created the ex cathedra doctrine. He declared “…in this Church and in its power are two swords; namely, the spiritual and the temporal…. Both, therefore, are in the power of the Church…” “Temporal” meaning human government.

Then he said the church was the highest power of all, and: “…if the highest power of all err, it can be judged only by God, and not by man…”

What he’s saying is that the Pope has authority over all the governments of the world, and is accountable to God only.

On February 11, 1929, the signing of the Lateran Accords, made Vatican City a sovereign city-state.

Making it both a city and a country, with its ruler, the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.

And since it is both a religious body and has a single ruler, it is called an “sacerdotal-monarchical” city.

Since 1929, most countries of the world have come to the Vatican to have a “private audience” with the pope.

And Rome, has sent her own ambassadors to most of the nations of the world.

Can anyone deny the massive influence of Rome in world politics?

Think about this.

If the government does not please the Pope, the Pope can tell all of his followers not to obey that government. And a government does not work without the people.

Therefore, world leaders listen to the Pope.

And that is to say nothing about the centuries of the not so “Holy Roman Empire,” and all the kings who either gained power or lost it, because of the Pope’s word.

And now, since 1929, Rome is both a city and a country.

The Bible says that kings have committed fornication with this woman.

Revelation 18:3 “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,”

World leaders respect, meet with, and listen to the Pope in order to keep their positions.

As I said above, if a government does not do what the Pope says too, then the Pope can order all Catholics not to support that government, and that government then suffers from Rome’s wrath.

This happened in both World Wars. (Read the Book the secret History of the Jesuits by Francois-Edmond Paris).

So, world leaders seek to appease the Pope. The Bible calls this fornication, because Rome is a false religion, and it’s so called “political power” is illegitimate. 

Furthermore, many nations throughout history have made nice with the Roman Catholic church, and then allowed her to pour out her wrath on the Christians in their Nations who obey the Bible instead of the Pope (The Inquisition).

After all, the only people going against the Roman Catholic church are those who obey the Bible instead of the Pope.

Pope Francis I has said that the only people who are causing the troubles of the world are fundamentalists, meaning Bible-believers.

The Bible says this woman has Incredible wealth and trades with the nations.

 Revelation 18:3 “…the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

The Catholic church is very wealthy and sells her religious items all over the world.

All of the Catholic church’s religious items such as Crucifixes, idols, prayer beads vestments etc,. are made out of the meterials that the Bible says Babylon gets rich off of: ivory, precious woods, stones, gold and silver.

That’s what Rome sells… … and also,”the souls of men,”

Revelation 18:13 “And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.”

As I said earlier Rome makes most of its wealth off the backs of poor people, by lying to them and telling them they have to pay money to get their loved ones out of Purgatory (which does not even exist), or to keep themselves out of Purgatory. This is a very cruel and oppressive scam! I mean, think about these people. Their souls are very valuable, to God. The precious Roman Catholics need the True Word of God , which offers peace and freedom, not fear and slavery.

I have just shown you many things in Revelation 17 and 18, that are clearly true about the Roman Catholic church. I put them in both chronological and historical order. You can research each one of them yourself.

Is there anybody else who fulfills all of these things?

God knew the Roman Catholic church would do all of this, and so He warned us in Revelation chapters 17 and 18 before it came to pass.

He revealed to us in His Word what we should look for so that we would not be deceived and enslaved by a false religion.

By the way, what is the one Bible that the Roman Catholic church hates above all others? The King James Bible. Quite an endorsement, isn’t it?

As you can see, the Roman Catholic church is not the true church, it has never been the true church, it has always been a counterfeit. Its teachings are not based upon the Bible, but upon ancient pagan rituals. It is not a religion that offers freedom and peace as the true Gospel of Jesus Christ found in the Bible. It is a cult that enslaves its people and controls them through fear!

Now it is time to take heed to the voice of God calling to you:

Come Out of Her My People!

You’re Religious But Will You Go To Heaven?

Heaven

Not All Religious People Will Go to Heaven.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

This passage of Scripture shows that someone could even cast out devils and do miracles in Jesus’ Name, and still not go to heaven.

In order to go to heaven we must do the Father’s will.

What is the Father’s will?

John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 3:16″ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

It is the Father’s will that we believe in Jesus, if we do not believe in Jesus, we do not go to heaven. No matter how religious we are. Hell is full of religious people.

How do we believe in Jesus?

The Bible says 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.”

To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.

The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

In order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must:

 Be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is (God in the flesh John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 3:16, and 1 John 5:7; Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:30-35) and what He has done (died on a cross 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body Luke 24:39), and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).

It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins, and go to heaven.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

God does not want you to go to Hell! He wants you to get saved!

Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Your actions may not change immediately after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.

This is the only way you can go to heaven.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

If you have never believed in Jesus and repented of your sins, please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

The prayer does not save you.

The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you.

The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.

Here is the prayer:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”

Get saved now. Don’t wait! Many people are dying right now, even some young and healthy people are dying from the Corona virus. You never know when you will die. God does not promise you another minute.

The Bible says after death you are judged!

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

In addition, you will always remember this time when you could have been saved by simply believing in Jesus and repenting of your sins, but refused too, and that will torment you worse than the flames!

Don’t make that fatal mistake! Get saved now, so you will go to heaven!

God’s Prescription for America and the World

God's prescription

God has a prescription of healing and restoration for America, and the rest of the world. God does not want to destroy people, He wants to save people. God has a beautiful plan for everyone, if they would just turn to Him in faith and obedience.

God’s Prescription

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

A lot of people are talking about praying, but God does not just require us to pray. He also requires us to humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and seek Him. Only then will He hear our prayers and heal our land!

God’s will

It is God’s perfect will that our Country continues and is prosperous until Christ’s return. However, God cannot tolerate sin, and if America refuses to turn back to Him then we are at risk of losing everything.

We are under God’s judgment.

Right now, a deadly virus is sweeping throughout our nation and the world. There are also severe storms sweeping through America right now.

God is angry, folks! Because His people refuse to obey Him, and the lost people hate Him and mock His Name!

We are living on the brink of destruction, and it is only by God’s mercy that we have not already been consumed!

Things will only get worse until people repent and turn to obeying Him.

We can stop God’s judgment.

God’s judgment can end, and revival can break out all over the world, if God’s people would repent, obey Him, and pray for revival and healing.

What you need to do if you are a Christian, but not completely right with God.

If you are a backslidden Christian, you need to repent now and start praying that God has mercy and sends revival and heals America and the rest of the world. God will make your problems keep getting worse until you turn back to Him!

What you need to do if you have never trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you need to do it now so that you do not go to Hell. Many people are dying right now, even some young and healthy people are dying from the Corona virus. You never know when you will die. God does not promise you another minute.

Please go to the page How to get to Heaven to learn how you can trust in Jesus now. It is not just saying a prayer. It requires a lot more that just that.

What you need to do if you are a Christian and are right with God.

Lastly, if you are a Christian and are right with God, pray for revival, warn people of God’s judgment, and tell them how to get saved or get right with God. Be sure to trust God to meet your needs, and try your best to not complain, but praise God and thank Him for everything that you have. Ask Him to give you wisdom on how to live during these times, and then do what He says.

Biblical Answers to 5 Common Questions about Mary

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1. Was Mary Divine?

Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Mary is recorded in Scripture as calling God her Savior. Only sinners need to be saved. Jesus is God (see John 1:1-3 and John 1:14) and came to save sinners, including Mary.

Mary was not Divine, nor is she co-redeemer with Christ. She was completely human, she was a sinner, and had to be saved, just like us.

2. Does Mary Help People Pray?

Mary does not help people pray. That is the Holy Spirit’s job. Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

3. Are We to Pray to Mary?

We are not to pray to Mary either. We are only to pray to God.

Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

4. What Did Mary Command People to do?

The only command in Scripture that Mary gives is to do what Jesus said.

John 2:5 “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

5. Did Mary Remain a Virgin after the Birth of Jesus?

Matthew 1:25 “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”

This verse shows that Mary did not remain a virgin after the birth of Christ.

In addition, the Bible shows that Mary and Joseph had other children after Jesus was born.

Mark 6:3a “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?”

If you have never trusted in Jesus Christ alone to save you, please go to the page “How to Get to Heaven” now to learn how.

Hell is Not a Party!

Hell is Not a Party! Hell is Torment!

Hell is not a party, Hell is torment!

Revelation 14:11a “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,”

Jesus said there is fire in Hell.

Mark 9:43-44 “ And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” These verses mean to get rid of whatever is stopping you from getting saved, so you do not go to Hell, even if it is a physical body part.”

If you go to Hell, you will never get out, you will be tormented there forever!

The phrase “their worm dieth not” in the passage of Scripture given above is simply saying that people will not die in Hell, but that they will be tormented in fire forever.

Man is referred to as a “worm” in Job 25:6 “How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?”

Jesus said that people will die in their sins and go to Hell if they do not believe in Him.

Matthew 23:33 “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” If you read the few verses before this one you will see he was speaking to the religious leaders who did not believe in Him.

John 8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” If you go to this passage in the Bible and look at verse 13 you will see that he was talking to the religious leaders who did not believe in Him, just like He was in Matthew 23.

So, yes, Jesus said that people will die in their sins and go to Hell if they do not believe in Him.

Now look at these verses:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Revelation 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire,”

Jesus said that if people did not believe in Him then they would die in their sins and go to Hell, the wages of sin is death, that death is the Lake of fire that hell is cast into. Therefore, if you do not believe in Jesus, you will die in your sins, and go to hell and then the lake of fire.

You will be tormented in Hell and then in the lake of fire (remember Hell is thrown into the lake of fire) for all eternity, you will never get out.

Revelation 14:11a “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,”

You will not even have the comfort of a single drop of water to cool your tongue in Hell!

Luke 16:19-31 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

This is not a parable. This is a true account. Jesus used Lazarus’s name. Jesus never named anyone in parables. That rich man really went to Hell, and he is still being tormented in that flame today, and he has never received any comfort from his torments, not even a single drop of water!

Now, Jesus has risen from the dead. Will you listen to Him and be saved from Hell?

What is worth going to Hell for?

Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Whatever you are thinking of exchanging your soul for, you will realize was not worth it! Once you are burning in the flames of Hell!

You are not promised another minuet of life! You could die and fall into Hell at any moment!

God gives life; therefore He can take it whenever He wants too! God does not answer to us, we answer to Him! He is God! We are like worms!

Once you die that is it! Nowhere does the Bible promise another chance to get saved after death!

No!

The Bible says after death you are judged!

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

And as shown earlier, if you die in your sins by not believing in Jesus then you go to Hell, and Hell is not a party!

What does it mean to believe in Jesus?

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.”

To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.

The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is (God in the flesh John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 3:16, and 1 John 5:7; Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:30-35) and what He has done (died on a cross 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body Luke 24:39), and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).

It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

God does not want you to go to Hell! He wants you to get saved!

Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Your actions may not change immediately after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.

This is the only way you can go to heaven.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

If you have never believed in Jesus and repented of your sins, please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

The prayer does not save you.

The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you.

The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.

Here is the prayer:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”

As I wrote above, you could die at any moment, and whatever you are thinking of exchanging your soul for, you will realize was not worth it! Once you are burning in the flames of Hell!

In addition, you will always remember this time when you could have been saved by simply believing in Jesus and repenting of your sins, but refused too, and that will torment you worse than the flames!

Don’t make that fatal mistake! Get saved now!

Hell is not a party! It is torment!

Faith is the Evidence

Faith

The Bible says that Faith is the evidence for there being a God.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Natural processes cannot explain the existence of faith, only God can.

Just think about it for a moment. If life originated from any kind of natural process, and not from a Supernatural act by a Supernatural Being (God), then how do you explain the existence of faith?

Why do most humans feel the need to believe in something supernatural, if everything is just natural?

What about transformed lives?

Furthermore, if there is no God, if the Bible is not true, if Jesus is not real, then why are so many people’s lives dramatically transformed, when they just simply believe in Jesus and start obeying the Bible?

How do you explain all the testimonies of people whose lives were a mess until they believed in Jesus and started obeying the Bible? They were drug addicts, drunkards, prostitutes, criminals, etc. Some of them tried everything (like counseling, discipline, even other religions) to turn over a new leaf and get their lives straitened out. Some of them had their family and the law try to straighten them out, but nothing worked!

Until they committed their lives to Jesus Christ, and started obeying His Word, then suddenly they never drank, did drugs, committed crimes, or prostituted ever again.

You can find a lot of testimonies like these by going to churches and talking to Christians, and there are a lot of them on Youtube as well.

Jesus Christ is the only explanation for these transformed lives!

These transformations are not caused by any natural process, but by a Supernatural act by a Supernatural Being (Jesus Christ).

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

If you have never had any of your own experiences with God, you can know that He is real based upon the testimonies of other people’s experiences. The truth is, you may not have your own experience with God until you do believe in Jesus.

The Bible says that faith is the evidence for the existence of God, the truth of the Bible, the reality of Jesus being God, and all other things supernatural.


Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the… evidence of things not seen.”

So science and history can be debated all day long, but the fact is there is a God that created everything! And the existence of faith itself, is the evidence that proves that fact! And since there is a God, you are accountable to Him!

What does God require of you?

To repent of your sins and believe in Jesus.

The Bible says:

Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Jesus is both God and the Son of God.

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

If you do not believe in Jesus, and repent of your sins before you die then you will be tormented in flames of fire for all eternity.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (This death is not physical, but spiritual. It means that you will be separated from God and tormented in the Lake of fire for all eternity.)

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Revelation 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 14:11a “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night” (You will never burn up and stop existing in Hell, you will be tormented in flames forever.)

Mark 9:43 “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”

Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

How to Be Saved:

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.”

You must believe that Jesus arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body, not just in Spirit form.

Luke 24:36-40 “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.”

To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.

The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done, and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).

It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will. That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.

All of your actions may not change immediately after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.
This is the only way you can go to heaven.

If you have never done this, please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

The prayer does not save you.

The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you.

The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.

Here is the prayer you can pray, if you have made the decisions written above:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body not just in Spirit form.

Luke 24:36-39 “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

He also told Thomas to touch Him.

John 20:26-27 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

John testified that they touched Him.

1 John 1:1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;”

You must believe the truth about the resurrection of Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

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.”

If you have not believed in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, then you are not saved. Salvation is not obtained by a prayer, but by a decision based upon the Truth of the Gospel. Please go to the page “How to get to Heaven” to learn how you can be saved now.

The Holy Spirit (Ghost)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead.

1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

He was involved in creating humans.

Genesis 1:26-27 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

The Holy Spirit  is the Comforter, He reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement.

John 16:7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

He helps us pray.

Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

The Catholics teach that Mary helps people pray, but the Bible says that the Holy Spirit helps us pray. Nowhere does the Bible say that Mary helps anyone pray.

He teaches us all truth.

John 16:13″Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

 He baptizes us into Christ’s body.

1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

He indwells us, and seals us in Christ at salvation.

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

He gives us gifts and power to lead others to Christ.

Acts 2:1-8 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”

Acts 2:41-42 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

The gift of tongues:

Tongues are languages.

Acts 2:1-11″And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”

Speaking in tongues is a sign to unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 14:21-22 “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.”

The purpose of speaking in tongues, just like all the other gifts, of the Spirit is to lead other people to Christ. Speaking in tongues does not give you the Holy Spirit, does not fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit, nor does it make your prayers more powerful. As said above, we receive the Holy Spirit at Salvation, not by speaking in tongues. We are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit by simply allowing Him to fully control us and produce the fruits of the Spirit in our lives (see Ephesians 5:18 and Galatians 5:22-23).

Not all Christians speak in tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

I do not speak in tongues myself, but I cannot find any biblical reason that says it is wrong to speak in tongues.

There is no need to practice or take classes to learn how to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit just speaks through you.

Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

It is important to note here that the disciples did not receive the Holy Ghost at this time. They were only filled with His power. They received the Holy Ghost after Jesus arose from the dead and breathed on them.

John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”

Do not forbid to speak in tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:39 “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.”

Many people today forbid to speak in tongues because the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:10 that when that which is perfect shall come tongues shall cease. They say that the phrase “That which is perfect” is speaking of the Bible. I believe the Bible is perfect and I can see their argument.

However, other people argue that this passage is talking about Jesus returning. It is true that when Jesus come back there will be no more “tongues”, because tongues are languages and we will all speak the same language. The Bible does not plainly say what this “perfect” is, but it does say not to forbid to speak in tongues.

Therefore, I will not limit God or judge others for speaking in tongues, if they obey the rules laid out in Scripture as below.

Only 1 person at a time is to speak in tongues with a total of 2 or 3 in the whole church service.

1 Corinthians 14:23 “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?”

1 Corinthians 14:27 “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.”

There must be an Interpreter.

I Corinthians 14:27-28 “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”

1 Corinthians 14:13 “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.”

It is best to already know what you are going to say and the interpretation of it before you speak.

Married women are not to speak in tongues in the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

This is only speaking of married women, because the word “women” in this verse specifically means wives in the original Greek (see in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Greek and Hebrew dictionaries #1135 in the Greek.) Also, we can see this from the context, because it says these women have husbands. In addition, if you take this verse in context, it is only saying that a married woman cannot speak in tongues in the Church, not that she cannot speak at all in the Church.

Prophecy is more important than tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5 “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.”

Charity is most important.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

A lot of people put too much emphasis on tongues. Speaking in tongues is not a second working of grace, nor is it baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is simply one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a sign to unbelievers (particularly unbelieving Jews) that Jesus (The Messiah) has come and died and rose again.

1 Corinthians 14:21-22 “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.”

Our responsibility towards the Holy Spirit:

Do not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 12:31 ” Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is calling the Holy Spirit the Devil. This is why I do not say that it is the Devil speaking through people when they speak in tongues as some people I know say this. Nobody knows that for sure, and I am not about to get into trouble with God for blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

 Be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5: 18-20 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” This means we should allow the Holy Spirit to control us like alcohol controls a person who is drunk with it.

When a person is filled with (controlled by) the Holy Spirit, their life will show the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Do not Grieve the Holy Spirit. (Do not do things you are not supposed to do.)

Ephesians 4:30-32 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Do not Quench the Holy Spirit. (Do not refuse to do things that you are supposed to do.)

I Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.”

I pray this lesson helps you understand the Holy Spirit better. Who He is, what He does, and what we are to do for Him.

Jesus Claimed to be God

Jesus Claimed to be God

Some people, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, will tell you that Jesus never claimed to be God.

However, there are many verses in the Bible which show that Jesus did claim to be God. Today we are going to study some of these verses.

Jesus Claimed to be God, when He applied God’s Personal Name to Himself.

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Exodus 3:13-15 “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”

Jesus claimed to be God, when He said that He and God were one. The Jews even tried to stone Him for saying He was God.

John 10:30-33 “I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

It was prophesied in the Old Testament that Jesus would be God in the flesh, the Son of God, and that He and the Father are one.

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (also see Luke 1:35 and John 5:17-18 KJV)

Jesus claimed to be God, when He forgave sins.

Mark 2:5-12 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.”

The man being healed proved that Jesus was God and could forgive sins.

Jesus proved His claim to be God, when He raised Himself from the dead.

John 2:19-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”

John 10:17-18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Jesus claimed to be God, when He appeared to John in Revelation.

Revelation1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. “

Revelation 1:17-18 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Jesus claimed to be God by allowing people to worship Him and call Him God.

John 20:26-29 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Jesus commended Thomas for finally believing that He was God. If Jesus was not God, He would have corrected Thomas on that point.

Many times the Bible shows that Jesus both claimed and proved that He is God.

Therefore, when you witness to someone who does not believe that Jesus claimed to be God, then you can show them these verses and help them get saved.

A person cannot be saved without believing that Jesus is God.

2 John 1:7 “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

1 John 4:2-3 “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (see also John 1:1-3 and John 1:14 KJV)

A person who is saved, has the Spirit of God and will say that Jesus is God.

If you had not believed that Jesus was God until now, then you are not saved.

Please go to the page “How to get to Heaven” to learn how you can be saved now.