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The Age Of Accountability

I have been taught all my life that the age of accountability is different for each person. And that a person reaches the age of accountability as soon as they understand right from wrong, even if they are only 5 years old (or even younger).

The way I have been taught as a Baptist all my life is that if a child as young as 5 (or even 3) understands right from wrong, but they have not received Christ as their Saviour yet, and they die, they will go to Hell.

I was also taught that the rapture was only for those who had made a decision for Christ. So, then all babies would be left behind, when the rapture happened.

The Baptist Belief About the Age of Accountability is Based On:

2 Samuel 12:22-23 “And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

In this passage David’s baby died and was taken to paradise. The baby was not sent to hell, because he was still innocent and was too young to be accountable to God for anything.

I Agree With Other Baptist that this Passage Does Establish an Age of Accountability Doctrine.

Babies are innocent, and if they die they go to heaven.

However, this Passage Does Not Say When a Person Becomes Accountable to God.

It just shows that babies are not accountable to God.

A Few Years Ago I Began to Hear of More and More Parents Becoming Very Worried that the Rapture Would Happen Soon, and their 5, 6, 7 Year Old Kids Would be Left Behind.

This troubled me, because Christians receive a special crown for loving Christ’s appearing. It is our Blessed Hope.

2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

I began to search out exactly what the Bible says about the age of accountability, and what I found out both shocked me and gave me great peace.

Now I want to share this with all Christians everywhere, especially Christian parents, so they can have peace too.

To Begin with, Jesus Said That the Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Children.

Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Furthermore, Paul said in Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

This shows a person is not accountable to God for their sins until they are old enough to be accountable to the law (God’s law).

So, the New Testament does show that there is an age of accountability.

Then I Noticed that in Genesis the Bible Shows That Cain and Able Were Grown When They Brought Their First Offerings to God.

Genesis 4
1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife;
and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.”

This shows that Cain was already married by the time he gave his offering. The first couple of verses indicate that Cain and Able were twins. It mentions 1 conception, but then says Eve bare 2 sons.

Therefore, it appears that Cain and Able were both grown and Cain was already married, but Able may not have been married yet.

Furthermore, we know these offerings were meant to be sin offerings, (not tithe offerings as my Dad taught me), because Hebrews 11:4 says they were sacrifices and Able had witness that he was righteous because of his proper sacrifice.

Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

A person is never said to be righteous because they give their tithes. A person is only said to be righteous if they have atoned for their sins through a sacrifice, and it must be a proper blood sacrifice. Vegetables are not accepted!

Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Today, we must accept Jesus’s sacrifice as the blood atoning sacrifice for our sins for God to call us righteous, back then they had to sacrifice an animal like a lamb, goat, or bull.

This shows that the first 2 children born in the world did not bring an offering to God to atone for their sins until they were adults. Cain and Able had reached adulthood, (Cain was even married already) and the time had come for them to present themselves before God with a proper blood sacrifice to atone for their sins. Able did it right and was accepted of God, Cain refused to do it right and was rejected by God.

Note: I am not saying that children cannot get saved. Jesus said very plainly not to forbid children from getting saved. Children need to get saved once they truly understand salvation in order to preserve them. Jesus said this Himself. I explain all this in great detail later in this post.

Then I Noticed that When God Decided to Destroy Israel in the Wilderness He Set an Age Limit of 20 and Above.

This shows that God does not see a person as an adult until they are 20.

Now, this is according to the Hebrew calendar, so according to our calendar it would be 18 1/2.

Human nature never changes, and even today we know that if the parents are rebellious against an authority, their teenage children will usually stand with them against the same authority.

God decided to destroy all the adults, because they did not want to go into the Promised land, they wanted to return to Egypt, and were actually starting to pick up stones to kill Moses and Aaron. Numbers chapter 14.

You know there were teenagers there also who were picking up stones to try to help their parents kill Moses and Arron. But in this instance, God had mercy and spared the teenagers from death.

Why? Because they were not adults yet. They were not accountable to God for their sins yet.

Then I Found that the Only Time in the Bible Where an Age is Mentioned that Anyone Had to Make an Atonement for Their Souls is the Age of 20 and Above.

Exodus 30:

11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.
14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

This passage in Exodus also shows that people are not accountable to God, nor subject to God’s law, until they are 20 years old. Remember what Paul said in Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

God is a King and a Judge, and the Bible is a Legal Book.

Just like the legal age of accountability in America is 18, and they usually do not prosecute a teenager on the same level as an adult, God is the same way.

The legal age of an adult in God’s eyes is 20, and that is according to the Hebrew calendar, so according to our calendar it would be 18 1/2. America got it pretty close!

Then I Noticed that God Commanded in the Bible for Parents to Take their Drunkard Teenagers Out and Have them Stoned.

Deuteronomy 21:

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

God was commanding here to stone teenagers who were drunkards, rebellious towards authority, or glutenous which includes drug addiction, slothfulness, basically the loose party type lifestyle.

It is what we would call a troubled teen today. A teenager who won’t go to school, won’t work, disrespects and disobeys their parents, drinks, does drugs, and lives that kind of an irresponsible lifestyle.

That verse is not speaking of little kids telling their parents “No!” God did not say to take your 5 yr old and have them stoned for telling you “No!” Like I was taught in the Baptist church.

The Bible puts very clear and specific guidelines. The kid must be a rebellious drunk or drug addict, who has no respect for authority, will take no responsibility, and only wants to have a “good time” with no regard for anyone else.

This is clearly talking about rebellious teenagers, not little kids!

Now, The Bible Says that a Teenager Who Lives This Way is to be Put to Death, But it Never Says that An Adult Who Lives This Way Should be Put to Death.

The reason why God commanded that rebellious teenagers be put to death was to save their souls! Because if they reached adulthood at the age of 20 with that rebellious attitude and lifestyle, they would then be accountable to God and would be in danger of Hell.

By ending their life before adulthood it protected them from facing God’s judgment in Hell.

This is why God commanded that teenagers, who lived a rebellious lifestyle like this were put to death, but not adults.

It is already too late to kill an adult who lives like that to save them from hell, because they are already on their way to hell. They have already reached the age of accountability. Their only Hope is to get saved.

So, in both cases it is about God’s mercy on people’s souls. Rebellious teenagers are to be put to death in order to save their soul, because they are not yet accountable to God.

However, rebellious adults (unless they do something specifically worthy of death like murder) are to be allowed to live, in hope that they will get saved, before their sins catch up with them and they end up going to hell.

So, Christians Can Have Peace Concerning Their Children’s Spiritual Protection.

You do not have to worry about whether your little kid truly understands salvation, they are still safe even if they don’t.

Now, Jesus Said Not to Forbid Children to Come to Him.

It is very important that children do get saved, so that way they are saved in innocence and are never in danger of going to Hell.

Jesus Even Said This In Matthew 18:

10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Notice, it says sheep go astray, not lambs. What Jesus is saying here is do not forbid children to get saved. Children need to get saved so they don’t ever become lost and condemned to hell, when they reach adulthood. (Jesus did command Peter to feed His lambs in John 21:15.)

Matthew 18 also shows that children can get saved because Jesus talks about the 99 sheep that never went astray (meaning: they never became lost and condemned to hell!) Just let that truth sink into your heart for a minute “99 sheep that were never lost and condemned to hell!” This is why children need to get saved! Even though they are protected from hell now, they need to be preserved from hell forever!

Remember Paul said:

Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

So when Paul became an adult without being saved he died (perished) spiritually! Jesus said that it is not the Father’s will for any child to ever die spiritually! This is why He said to allow the children to come to Him and not forbid them from getting saved!

Just because children are not accountable to God for their sins yet does not mean that they cannot or don’t need to get saved. They are still sinners! They just are not condemned to hell yet!

And most children can fully understand salvation between the ages of 7 and 13.

Also, once a person gets saved the Holy Spirit will not allow them to become a drunkard, or a drug addict, or do some other really bad sins (see my post “Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into” at https://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/.) Salvation goes a long way to protect children from ruining their lives later on in life. So, if you want to ensure that your child never becomes a drug addict, drunkard, murderer etc. Make sure they get saved, when they do show that they can understand the Gospel, including repentance, and that salvation is a commitment to obeying Christ, not just a head belief concerning the facts about Christ.

You Do Not Want Your Children to Believe in Jesus Like They Believe in Santa Clause!

I fear that many times that is what happens, because parents are so scared their little kids are going to go to Hell or be left behind if the rapture happens, that they push them to say a prayer, and the kids do not truly understand it, and no one realizes that they did not truly get saved until they have already messed up their life as a teenager or even died and went to hell as an adult.

Salvation is not obtained by just believing that Jesus is real. It goes much deeper that that. A person must also truly repent of their sins and make a life long commitment to obeying Christ.

Now once a person is 18 1/2 years old you do not have to wonder if they can understand the Gospel or not, you know they can. Unless they have a mental illness that makes it to where they cannot understand on an adult level. In this case they are still in the state of innocence. God sees them as being legally incompetent, just like our American courts do. And most children can understand salvation between the ages of 7 and 13.

Now, When it Comes to the Rapture, the Bible Shows that the Children of Saved People (Under 18 1/2) Go With Them in the Rapture, Even if the Children Themselves Are Not Saved Yet.

1 Corinthians 7:14 -16″ But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?”

The Bible says that the children of saved people are Holy. The word Holy means “set apart.”

So, since all children go to heaven if they die, whether their parents are saved or not, then what would the children of saved people be “set apart” to?

It would have to be the rapture.

Therefore, when the rapture happens all children under 18 1/2, who have at least 1 parent that is saved, will be taken, even if they are not saved themselves yet.

How the False Doctrine of Children Being Accountable to God Affected My Brothers and I.

My parents believed that a child as young as 3 years old could be condemned to hell. And that the rapture was only for people who have made a decision for salvation. So, they believed that all babies would be left behind in the rapture.

My brothers and I all made professions of faith at 3 and 4 years old, because our parents thought we knew right from wrong, and were therefore already condemned to hell.

They were also afraid we would be left behind, if the rapture happened.

However, none of us kids truly understood salvation at those young ages, so none of us actually got saved at that time.

Now, I ended up truly getting saved at the age of 12.

My youngest brother truly got saved at the age of 7.

However, my middle brother did not truly get saved until he was 22 years old (about 4 years after reaching adulthood).

He showed he was having doubts at the age of 16, but Dad blew up at him saying “We are missionaries and were supposed to already be saved!

He finally ended up getting saved at the age of 22 after our Dad left.

My brother is a very disciplined person, so he never got into any really bad sins like drinking or doing drugs, but he still was not saved. Being a good person does not save you. You must believe the Gospel, repent of your sins , and make a lifelong commitment to obeying Christ. My brother was struggling with believing in the resurrection, but God convinced Him and he got saved.

Therefore, the false doctrine of the Baptist that children must get saved or they will go to hell or miss the rapture actually put my brother in danger of going to hell, because he reached adulthood without being saved, after being pressured into making a profession at 4 and then practically being forbidden to get saved at 16 by Dad.

And I believe there are many other people in the same situation.

This Is Why Over 80% of Children Raised In Christian Homes, Become Atheist In College!

This is why the Church Is Losing Their Children!

They are not truly saved! They have never been saved! They were pressured into making a profession as a child, and then looked down on if they ever questioned it!

So, then when they get into college and become exposed to liberal ideologies they end up believing them, because they do not have the Holy Spirit in them.

The Bible Teaches Very Plainly that a Truly Saved Person Cannot Completely Turn Away From God and Become an Atheist.

Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

Jesus said that a person who believes in Him is wise, like a man who builds his house on a rock. (Luke 6:48)

A person cannot be saved and an Atheist at the same time. if someone becomes an Atheist, they were never saved!

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.”

Yes, children need to get saved! Not to immediately protect their souls, but to preserve their souls! So they do not perish (spiritually die)! As Jesus said, it is not the Father’s will for them to perish! Meaning: ending up becoming lost sheep condemned to hell as adults! Jesus said not to despise the little ones (meaning do not forbid them to get saved), because the Father does not want them to become condemned to hell, when they reach adulthood!

And Yes, Children’s ministries (like bus ministries, AWANA, etc), are vital! Not only so that children can get saved in innocence, and never actually be lost and condemned to hell, but so that if both of their parents are lost and the rapture happens, then the saved child will be taken!

But make sure children truly understand salvation. Do not pressure them into making a decision they do not truly understand. And never look down on anyone for doubting their salvation. There is nothing wrong with anyone doubting their salvation and making a new commitment to Christ. God commands all Christians to doubt their salvation and make sure they are in the faith! 2 Corinthians 13:5a “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” If anyone is ever doubting their salvation just explain the Gospel to them again, and then lead them to make a new commitment to Christ. Because we cannot see the person’s heart! We cannot know if they are truly saved! No matter how good of a life they live! Therefore, we have no right to ever tell anyone that they are saved and not to be concerned about it! Convincing someone that they are saved is the Holy Spirit’s job, not ours!

I pray this gives you peace, knowing that your children under the age of 18 1/2 years old will go to heaven if they die, and will be taken in the rapture, even if they have not gotten saved yet. They are protected, and are not accountable to God for their sins yet. However, most children can truly understand salvation by the time they are 13.

And no, your children will not have to make a decision for Christ in the Millennial Reign. There is no biblical support for that. The Bible says very clearly that after death is judgment (Hebrews 9:27). How a person dies is how they spend eternity. If they die in innocence, they spend eternity in innocence in heaven.

Author: Desiree Jordan

What It Means To Watch For Christ’s Return

Jesus Coming In The Clouds
Jesus Coming In The Clouds

The Bible says in Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

Your garments become dirty by sin.

Jude 1:23 “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 

Therefore, we are to watch for Christ’s coming by being diligent to not sin and by quickly repenting wen we do sin.

The Consequences of not watching for Christ’s Return.

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

This mean that if we are committing a sin at Christ’s return, then Jesus will expose our sin to everyone and openly judge us for it. Everyone is going to know about it, we will lose rewards, and we will be ashamed.

Now, the Bible teaches that any sins we have repented of Jesus will not judge us for, nobody will ever know about them, and we will not be ashamed.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

The Bible says in 1 John 4:17 that we can have boldness in the day of judgment.

Boldness is the exact opposite of shame.

Moreover, A true Christian cannot fall into really bad sins like adultery, murder, theft, bearing false witness against someone, drunkeness, or drug addiction, because the Holy Spirit will not allow them to fall that bad. He puts God’s love into our hearts and makes it impossible for us to commit the worst sins. Someone who falls into those kinds of sins has never been saved.

To learn more about this and other really bad sins that the Holy Spirit keeps true Christians from falling into, please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/

However, A true Christian is capable of falling into sins like: impatience, crankiness, apathy, worry, gossip, pride unforgiveness, selfishness, leaving their first love (no longer seeing Jesus as their Dearest Friend. Meaning they are serving Him, but they see it as more of a Master/Servant Relationship instead of truly serving Him out of love like in a Dear Friendship. Revelation 2:4), etc.

For example, if Jesus comes back and you are arguing with your spouse over something that either does not matter or you are in the wrong, then you are not going to have time to repent before judgment. Jesus is going to openly expose that sin and judge you for it, everyone is going to know that you were arguing with your spouse, you are going to lose rewards, and you are going to be openly ashamed.

Therefore, we need to be watching for Christ’s return by being diligent to not sin and by quickly repenting when we do sin, so that we are not ashamed.

What Is A Mature Christian?

What is A Mature Christian?

A Mature Christian is Not Envious of Other Christians.

 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

I have seen stuff like this in churches my whole life! We are supposed to worship God, not preachers!

Another type of envy I have seen a lot is where one Christian will be envious against another Christian because of their talents, or their calling.

We are supposed to humbly serve God in whatever calling He gives us; with whatever talents He gives us.

1 Corinthians 12:14-31 “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 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.”

The More Excellent Way Is Charity.

A Mature Christian Has True Charity

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.”

True charity is not just giving to the poor. True charity is producing the fruits of the Spirit.

A Mature Christian Consistently Produces the Fruits of the Spirit.

If you compare charity with the fruits of the Spirit, you will see they match.

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.”

A Mature Christian Bears the Infirmities of the Weak.

Romans 15:1-5 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:”

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

Some people are weak and feebleminded and struggle with things like depression, and anxiety. A mature Christian will be patient with these people, listen to them and comfort them.

A Mature Christian Views Trials as Training

James 1:2-7 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

I have realized that most of the trials in my life have been caused by my own ignorance. That is why the Bible says to ask God for wisdom in the passage above, because wisdom will keep us from falling into so many trials.

2 Perter 1:5-8 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”

However, we are not to tempt God by asking Him to send us trials.

Jesus showed us in the Lord’s prayer that we are to ask God to have mercy on us and not lead us into trials.

Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

The word “temptation” in this verse means to try and roots back to a Greek word meaning to test (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # 3986 and then #3985 both in the Greek.)

The word “evil” in this verse can mean bad, hurtful, or even “figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #4190 in the Greek.)

Therefore, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus showed us that we should always pray that the Father has mercy on us and does not test or try our faith by sending us calamity or disease.

I have never heard this preached. God showed my family and I this a few years ago, and we have seen God protect us and deliver us from some situations that could have been very calamitous financially and health-wise.

 Now, God will still test your faith some, (He still tests us some at times with little problems), so trust Him to meet your needs.      

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The more you trust God the more apt He will be to not try your faith, because you have already proven your faith to Him.

God never took everything away from Job again.

A Mature Christian has a Strong Prayer Life.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

Luke 10:2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Romans 10:1 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

Luke 22:40 “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

1 Peter 4:7 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

A Mature Christian Trusts God and Does Not Worry.

Matthew 6:24-34 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

A Mature Christian Knows the Bible Well Enough to Teach Others .

Hebrews 5:12-14 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

A Mature Christian Can Spot the Wolves.

Hebrews 5:12-14 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

A mature Christian knows the Bible well enough to be able to spot wolves who are preaching heresy, being deceptive in their preaching, and are not living right.

They will not be led astray to destruction by a wolf.

To learn how to spot these dangerous wolves please read my post at http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/06/08/kick-the-wolves-out-of-the-church/

Kick The Wolves Out Of The Church!

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.

The Bible teaches that pastors are to keep the church pure, not allow the wolves to infiltrate and spread their heresies to the children and baby Christians behind their backs!

Jude 1:3-19 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

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.”

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”


Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”


Acts 20:29 “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”

What is a wolf?

The Bible shows that a wolf is someone who brings in heresies that will cause people to go to Hell like: repentance is not required for salvation, there are many paths to God, Jesus is not God, and any other heresy that distorts salvation.

They turn the grace of God into lasciviousness by saying that a saved person can sin all they want to, because grace covers it.

I have taught against all of these heresies in different posts on this blog. The links link to the posts that refute theses heresies.

These heresies are called “damnable heresies”, because they can cause people to think they are saved when they are not, and then they end up in Hell.

Wolves are also always in some kind of really bad sin like adultery, fraud, witchcraft, and they can even be led to murder their followers as was Jim Jones.

Matthew 7:15-24 “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.”

These people are deadly! That is why the Bible says not to even allow them into your house!

The word “house” in 2 John 1:9-11 can also mean church because it can be figurative (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries #3614 and #3624 In the Greek. #3624 actually says temple).

This means you stop these wolves at the door and don’t let them even attend! They are not there to learn the truth, they are only there to devour the sheep!

 Nowhere in the Bible does it say that church services are supposed to be completely public. Church is first of all for the saved. The lost are only to be allowed in if they are truly seeking to learn, if you discover that they are there to infiltrate you stop them at the door!

That is how heresies have been infiltrated into the church, because pastors refuse to keep the church pure and kick the wolves out.

They may not allow them to officially teach, but since these wolves are even allowed to attend, they can easily draw children and weak Christians into their false doctrines just through conversation.

After the first and second admonition you are supposed to kick them out! Don’t even let them attend!

Titus 3:10-11 “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”

The Jesuits and Masons are really good at subtly infiltrating.

They start out just drawing people away subtly through conversation. Then a new pastor comes in and thinks this guy is good, and then the guy can start teaching and even become a pastor in time.

He then begins to get the younger, weaker Christians to help him kick out the older and stronger Christians.

Then this wolf gets caught in some horrendous crime like fraud, or child molestation and the whole church is severely damaged!

This is what happened in the First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana.

Somehow a wolf, who I really suspect was a Jesuit, was able to marry the Pastor’s daughter, then after the Pastor died, this wolf became the Pastor.

He first started to attack the King James Bible, which that church had always stood strong on, Then he started subtilty changing other fundamentals of that church, then he got a lot of young men in positions around him and started pushing out the older Christians, Then this wolf was caught molesting a teenage girl! The guy is now in prison where he belongs, but the church was severely damaged, and the Name of Christ suffered great reproach.

I read this in a blog post at https://www.jackhyles.com/schaap-first-baptist-church.htm and another one at https://www.jackhyles.com/schaap-traitor.htm by some people who were members of that church and then left when the scandal happened.

This church was almost destroyed, because they were not vigilant enough to keep the wolves out!

Years before the first Pastor died, the church youth group that I was a member of would take a trip every Summer to this church’s Youth Conference. I first heard this wolf preach at the Youth Conference 21 years ago when I was 16 years old. I suspected even at that time that he might be a Jesuit wolf because he had preached a sermon about America being Mystery Babylon Spoken of in Revelation 17 and 18. Even at that young age I had already been studying about the Jesuits for 3 years and I knew that the teaching that America was Mystery Babylon was started by the Jesuits to hinder the preaching of the truth that Mystery Babylon is actually the Roman Catholic Church.

However, I never said anything to anyone, because I was young, and because I knew that the Ecumenical Movement had caused many people to believe that false teaching and others, even if they were not Jesuits. So I was hoping that this guy was just taught wrong and was not an actual wolf.

However, with everything that he did, I now believe that he is a Jesuit wolf.

In churches that use other Bible versions besides the King James a wolf will just start attacking the authority and validity of the Bible in general.

In many Baptist churches it is so bad today that Jesuits and Masons are masquerading as pastors, teachers and deacons and are spreading their damnable heresies, and destroying innocent lives.

And yes, many Jesuits can get married!

There are 3 different levels of Jesuits.

The priests are at the top. They are the only ones who are forbidden to marry. However, even they can marry if the Jesuit General commands them too, in order for them to better infiltrate a church.

Even a Nun can marry if the Pope commands her too. One of Mohammad’s wives was actually a Catholic Nun, who the Pope commanded to marry Mohammad. Then her brother helped Mohammad interpret his visions and write the Quran. So the Catholic church actually helped found Islam, because they wanted to use Mohammad and his followers as an army to capture Jerusalem. They did capture Jerusalem, but decided to keep it for themselves instead of handing it over to the Pope. So now the Catholic church fights against Islam. As you can see the Catholic church infiltrates all religions, not just true churches. (You can learn more about this by reading “The Prophet” by Alberto Rivera published by Chick Publications.)

However, there are the second level of Jesuits that are professionals like Psychologists, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. These can get married and can infiltrate churches as teachers, deacons, and even Pastors!

Then you have the 3rd level of Jesuits, that are laborers such as electricians, cooks, factory workers etc. These can also get married and can infiltrate churches as teachers, deacons, and even Pastors! (See the book: “The Secret History of the Jesuits” Published by Chick Publications.)

Therefore, it is possible to have generations of Jesuits infiltrated into the true church!

We must know what we believe and why or the wolves will come in and tear us apart!

Christians need to start obeying 1 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Pastors must purify their churches by kicking the wolves out of the church and keeping them out, or they will have blood on their hands!

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.”

Learn How to Spot the Wolves!

To learn more about how to spot wolves in your church please read the Alberto series of books and the book “The Secret History of the Jesuits published by Chick Publications.

If you learn how to spot a Jesuit, you will be able to spot any wolf. The Jesuits are the most subtle and most dangerous of all wolves. They have been around for almost 500 years and were started by a military General, who was a master at espionage.

Jesuits go through years of training learning how to infiltrate, take over, and destroy true churches.

They take an oath to kill anyone who does not agree with them either openly with the sword or secretly by the poison cup.

You can read that oath on the Government of Australia’s website at https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2478231803/view?partId=nla.obj-2478232434

Many Christians in churches could be getting cancer and other health problems, because Jesuits in their churches are secretly poisoning them.

Alberto Rivera was a Jesuit Priest who truly got saved and completely renounced the Catholic church. He preached against the Catholic church and the Jesuits for many years. The Jesuits kept trying to kill him, but were unable to for a long time. Then a “friend” of his claimed that he too had gotten saved and left the Jesuits. This guy kept begging him to come to his house to eat. Alberto was leery of him, so he kept kindly declining the invitation. The guy kept asking, and Alberto began to feel bad about not trusting him. He went and ate at the guy’s house, and became very sick and had to go to the hospital. The doctors found that he had been poisoned. His “friend” then disappeared. About a year later Alberto was diagnosed with Colon cancer, and ended up dying. Before he died, Alberto said that Jesuits will use poisons with retro viruses in them to cause cancer, and that this is what had happened to him.

Christians must learn how to spot the wolves, and keep them out of their churches! Both souls and lives depend on it!

Churches Need to be More Careful About Membership.

Churches should never allow anyone to become a member of their church without having the person meet with the Pastor and deacons first to make sure of what they believe, and that they are not living a sinful lifestyle. And they should be denied membership if it is found that they believe any damnable heresies, or are living a sinful lifestyle, and refuse to repent after being shown the truth in Scripture.

New Christians should not be allowed to teach!

A big problem I see in churches is that they will get anyone to teach a Sunday School class. As soon as someone makes a profession of faith the church will put them teaching the kids!

That is completely irresponsible!

This just opens the door wide to wolves!

No one should ever be allowed to teach at all in the church until they have gone through proper discipleship training and the Pastor is sure that they will not be teaching any damnable heresies. Furthermore, teaching should only be done by church members who are in good standing, unless the person is a visitor who the Pastor knows well.

Churches should not allow people to serve at all who are not living right.

In addition, If someone is in open sin they should never be allowed to serve in the church! Not even to sing in the choir or serve food to the kids! Because the kids will look up to them and think they are a good person and then be led astray or even hurt by them. They should be under church discipline until they repent!

Churches must become wise as serpents and stop opening the doors wide for the wolves to come in and devour the sheep!

The Emerging Science That Will Cause God’s Judgement

God's Judgment

The Emerging Science That Will Cause God’s Judgement.

The scientific community is moving to create human/animal hybrids for medical research, and a recent survey alarmingly showed that most Americans would be in favor of such research.

The Bible says very plainly that everything is supposed to only reproduce with its own kind. Meaning humans with humans only, not humans with animals!

Genesis 1:25 “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

In addition, all humans are made in the image of God, animals are not. To mix a human with an animal desecrates God’s image!

Genesis 1: 26-28 “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. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Furthermore, all humans are of the same kind.

We all came from the first 2 people, and the Bible says we are all of one blood. Therefore, skin color does not matter, just like hair and eye color do not matter. Any human can marry any other human.  

Acts 17:26a “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”

Now, a Christian is to only marry another Christian, but that is a spiritual thing, not a physical thing.

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

Moreover, to mix one kind of animal with another kind of animal desecrates that part of God’s creation.

It is only supposed to be goats with goats, sheep with sheep, mice with mice, dogs with dogs etc. Different kinds of animals are not to mix.

I have heard reports recently of people trying to mix goats and sheep together. The offspring usually die, but a few have lived. Goats and sheep are not the same kind of animal. They are not supposed to mix.

One of the reasons why God sent the world-wide flood in Genesis and had Noah build the Ark, was because people were mixing humans with animals, mixing different kinds of animals together, and fallen angels (devils) were mixing with humans.

The Bible says that all flesh had corrupted their ways.

Genesis 6:12 “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”

The book of Jasher (which is not part of the Bible, but it is a history book, and is mentioned in the Bible) says that people were mixing with animals and mixing different kinds of animals together before the flood.

Now, since the book of Jasher is not part of the Bible we cannot base our salvation on it, but since it is a history book, we can trust the historical accounts in it as much as we can any other ancient historical documents.

The Bible seems to agree with this historical account of humans and animals mixing in that it says the whole earth was corrupt and that all flesh had corrupted their ways.

And the Bible does say that fallen angels were mixing with humans before the flood.

Genesis 6:1-8 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Jude 1:6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Later, God expressly prohibited the mixing of humans and animals, and said that the penalty for doing so should be death.

Leviticus 18:23 “Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.”

Leviticus 20:16 “And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

(Just because God commanded this in the Old Testament does not mean that it is no longer valid today. Nowhere in the New Testament did God ever change this law. The only laws God changed in the New Testament were the ceremonial laws like keeping the Sabbath, not eating certain animals etc. All the moral laws still stand, and governments are still supposed to administer God’s commanded penalties for breaking those laws.)

Romans 13:3-4 “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

In addition, Satan is the author of confusion, not God.

1 Corinthians 14:33a “For God is not the author of confusion…”

A human/animal hybrid is not a good thing, it is confusion. It is a physical corruption of God’s creation.

Corrupting God’s image by mixing humans and animals together makes God angry and causes His judgment.

If we want God’s blessing in our Country and not His wrath, then America must not allow any kind of mixing between animals and humans, or between different kinds of animals, for any reason.

If the doctors and scientists would repent and seek God for cures, He would show them the cures for all diseases without having to do any of these kinds of experiments.

God created the whole universe. He created a cure for everything, and He would show it to the doctors and scientists, if they would just seek Him and not lean on their own corrupted understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

See, the Bible promises that if the doctors and scientists seek God, then He will show them the proper cures to be healthy.

Now, a human/animal hybrid is a physical corruption of God’s creation, but the Bible teaches that they do have eternal souls, because they are part human.

Look at Jesus’ Great Commission:

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Why does it say creature and not human?

The word creature in this verse means thing, creation, creature (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #2931 in the Greek).

Now, the Bible teaches that animals do not have eternal souls, they cannot be saved, and they do not go to heaven.

The Bible says in, Ecclesiastes 3:21 “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

Ecclesiastes 12 :7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

After death every human spirit goes up to God for judgment, but every animal spirit simply returns back to the earth. Their whole being just goes back to dust and becomes non-existent. Animals do not have eternal souls.

Humans have eternal souls. God’s breath gave us our eternal souls at creation.

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

This is why all humans go to God for judgment after death.

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

So, humans have souls that need to be saved through the Gospel, but animals do not.

So, why did Jesus say to go preach the Gospel to every creature?

Because a human/animal hybrid is a creature, and since they are part human, they have eternal souls, they have a sin nature, and they need to be saved through the Gospel too (the same is also true of human/fallen angel hybrids).

Human/animal hybrids are nothing new. There have been reports of them throughout history. Some people think these reports are just myths, but some of the reporters were men of authority and high respect like Captain Richard Whitbourne, Henry Hudson who first sailed into the Hudson Bay, and Captain John Smith.

Jesus was teaching His church in the Great Commission that we must reach the human/animal creatures with the Gospel too.

Moreover, since these creatures have eternal souls and God wants to save them, then they also have God-given unalienable human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Since human/animal hybrids do have God-given human rights, it is a double sin to produce these human/animal hybrids in order to enslave them for medical research or any other reason.

The Bible also says that when Christ sets up His Millennial Reign on the earth, then these creatures will be delivered from their physical corruption. Meaning God will make them fully human.

Romans 8:19-21 “ For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

So, these human/animal hybrid creatures were not willfully made the way they are, but were forced to be that way by some human, who hoped to gain something (like medical cures) from making them that way.

When Christ sets up His earthly kingdom these creatures will be delivered from their bondage of physical corruption. God will fully heal them and make them fully human. And they will partake of our liberty in Christ’s kingdom, as long as they have received the Gospel or if they did not have the mental capacity to receive the Gospel. In that case God would see them as innocent as a fully human baby.

Now these creatures, just like full humans who are adults, will go to hell if they can understand the Gospel, but do not get saved. Spiritually God sees these creatures as equal to us. He judges us all by the same standard.

In closing, it is a sin to make these creatures, and it is a sin to enslave or kill the ones that already exist.

Committing these sins will cause God’s destructive judgment on society.

If we want God’s blessings and not His judgment, then we must stop these experiments, and seek to protect and preach the gospel to any of these creatures that we ever find to already exist.

I know this is not a popular view, but this is what the Word of God says, and this is where I stand.

Christians Will Not Get Away With Sin

Jesus is the Lion And The Lamb

God will judge His people for willful sin.

The Bible says in Hebrews 10:26-31 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

We cannot lose our salvation, but we will be judged.

Notice it says that there are no more sacrifices for sins. This shows that we cannot lose our salvation, but it goes on to say that Christians will be judged for willful sins and that we would be thought to be worthy of worse punishment than physical death.

For a Christian to willfully sin is to trample over the blood of Christ. It is the same as spitting in His face!

When you decide to commit a sin, not caring what God thinks about it, because Jesus paid for all of your sins and you can’t go to Hell, it is as if you are looking into the face of Jesus Christ on the cross, seeing the agony in His eyes as He is dying to save you, and you sneeringly say to Him, “I don’t care what you want me to do, I am going to commit this sin and do what I want to do, because you can’t send me to hell anyway! I have Grace!”

Hebrews 10:26-31 says that that makes God angry, and even though He can’t send you to Hell, He will judge you harshly for it.

So, if God cannot send you to Hell, how will He judge you?

The Bible does not exactly say how severe that judgment is or what it is, but it gives some strong indications that it is worse than just losing some rewards.

2 Peter 2:20-21 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

This indicates that the judgement that backslidden Christians will face is worse than hell, because it says that it would have been better for them if they had never gotten saved.

Now, the Bible also says that we will lose our rewards and our mansions if we sin.

1 Corinthians 3:10-17 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

The Bible also says that we are not to commit fornication, because our bodies are God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). Therefore, if a Christian commits sexual sins and defiles their body, which is God’s temple, then they have defiled God’s temple, and the passage above shows that they will receive harsh judgment.

The Bible shows in Revelation that Saved people can miss the rapture and go through the Great Tribulation.

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 Catholic Mass, which mixes Christianity with ancient pagan rituals. You can read more about this in my other blog post about the Lord’s Supper here.

Only true Christians are capable of committing adultery against Christ! Therefore, these people who commit adultery with Jezebel are truly saved people, and God’s judgement falls on them for their adultery, and they miss the rapture and go through the Great Tribulation with Jezebel (The Roman Catholic Church). They also lose their position as the Bride of Christ. Jesus Christ is not going to be married to a whore! Those who commit adultery against Christ will not be part of His Bride! They will also not be allowed to rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 yrs.

Salvation only guarantees that we will not go to Hell, and that we will go to Heaven! We must work for everything else!

It is true that the Bible says that God chastens us so we are not condemned with the world  (1 Corinthians 11:32), but if we do not respond to His chastening and repent, we are judged with the world. We do not go to Hell, but we are still judged with the world in this life, possibly by even going through the Great Tribulation! That is what Revelation 2:20-25 teaches and to teach anything else is to add to or take away from the Word of God!

We cannot be condemned to hell, but we can be condemned to judgment.

The Bible also says in James 3:1 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”

James 5:9 “Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”

Many Christians also misinterpret Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” They say that if you are saved you are never under any kind of condemnation no matter what you do. That is not what this verse says. It says that we are not under condemnation if we are saved, and we walk after the Spirit!

No, we are not going to be condemned to Hell, but we could be condemned to miss the rapture, suffer through the Great Tribulation, lose our position as the Bride of Christ, lose our position to reign with Christ, may lose our ability to even enter the New Jerusalem, lose our mansion, lose our white robe, and all other rewards.

Salvation only gets us out of Hell and into Heaven, we must work for everything else!

Christians will not get away with their sins!

However, we do not have to live our lives in fear of judgment.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

The Bible says in 1 John 4:17 that we can have boldness in the day of judgment.

Therefore, if we are seeking God’s will and diligently trying to obey Him, and repenting every time we sin, then God is going to be faithful to show us His will, and we will obey His will, and our judgment is not going to be harsh.

The Bible also promises in Luke 11:9-13 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

God loves us and He is not unjust to trap us or to hide His complete will from us. If we seek God’s will and ask Him for it, He will cause the Holy Spirit to reveal it to us and empower us to fulfil it.

The Holy Spirit will help us to not sin if we allow Him to control us.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

To be filled with the Spirit means to be controlled by Him. No one should ever allow any kind of substance (alcohol, drugs, etc) to control us.

A true Christian cannot fall into the sins of drunkeness or drug addiction, because the Holy Spirit will not allow them to fall that bad. He puts God’s love into our hearts and makes it impossible for us to commit the worst sins. Someone who falls into those kinds of sins has never been saved.

To learn more about this and other really bad sins that the Holy Spirit keeps Christians from falling into, please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/

Christians should always be fully controlled by the Holy Spirit, so we are producing the fruits of the Spirit.

Galations 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.”

God has given us everything we need in order for us to be successful for Him. We do not have to be afraid of judgment, but we had better be afraid of it if we are rebellious or lukewarm.

Again, a saved person cannot lose their salvation, but they will not get away with their sin either. God is Holy and Just, and He will punish us for our sins, if we do not repent of them.

To repent does not mean to just ask forgiveness, but also to sincerely pray and work hard to stop doing our sins. We must also go make things right with other people we have wronged.

We can never be sinless; we will always accidentally sin until we go to heaven. But our hearts can be pure to where we do not want to sin, and it is possible for us to never willfully sin, and that is what God wants.

We can also pray and study the Bible enough to make sure we never commit any ignorant sins that could also cause us to lose our rewards.

A person can receive all of their rewards at judgment, but they must be very diligent to pray, study the Bible, and obey God in all things. You need to pray specifically daily that God helps you to receive all of your rewards at judgment, because you cannot achieve this without His power, and to think that you can would be the sin of pride.

Job never willfully sinned (Job 1:1), and he did not even have the whole Bible, the blood of Jesus, or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help keep Him from willfully sinning. God had not offered those helps to people yet. We have all of these extra things. Therefore, we must use them, and we have no excuse for committing willful sin, or even ignorant sins that would be bad enough to get us whipped at judgment!

And as I said before, salvation only keeps us out of Hell and gets us into heaven. We must work for everything else! No one gets away with sin!

Trust in God Not Yourself

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We are to trust in God for everything. Not in our own hearts or thoughts.

Pray about every decision.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

If we are always mindful to pray and seek God’s will in everything, then He will lead us in the right path and we will not make mistakes.

Why can’t we just trust in our own heart?

We are never to lean on our own understanding, and think that we can handle things ourselves, because our own hearts can deceive us and lead us the wrong way.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Our own understanding can lead us to death.

Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.

Psalms 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

God wants us to ask Him for wisdom in everything. Nothing is too small or too big.

James 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

God’s wisdom will always lead you right.

James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

Trust in God for all your answers and you will live a life without regrets.

Edifying Speech

A Kind Word is Like a Spring Day

God commands us to use edifying speech.

The Bible says in Romans 15:2 “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”

To edify means to “build up” (see the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #s 3619, 3624, and 1430 in the Greek dictionary).

We are not to hurt people’s feelings through joking.

The Bible also says in Ephesians 5:1-7 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.”

Right in the midst of a list of terrible sins in Ephesians 5:1-7, God deals with some sins of the tongue, and right in the midst of these sins of the tongue, God says that jesting (teasing, bullying, joking, picking on people, etc) is a sin. And then God says later that His wrath falls on people for these sins!

As Christians we are to love others, not tease them and hurt their feelings.

Some Christians have a wrong belief that people must be thick skinned, and that it is immature for a Christian to get their feelings hurt.

They get this by not understanding the proper definition of the word “offend” in Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

This verse does not mean that a strong Christian will not get their feelings hurt. The word offend in this verse means “cause to sin.” (see the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #s 4383, and 3782 in the Hebrew dictionary).

This verse simply means that a strong, mature Christian will never turn away from God for any reason.

The truth is, it is not immature to get your feelings hurt, it is immature, and a sin, to tease and bully someone and hurt their feelings. Even a child knows this!

Our speech should always be wrapped in thankfulness to God, and the purpose of everything we say is to be to edify the person we are speaking too.

Even if we have to correct someone, who is doing wrong, our goal should never be to hurt their feelings, but to build them up by pointing them to a higher relationship with God.

 Although when you correct someone, their feelings are usually hurt, because no one likes to be corrected.

The Bible says in Luke 17:3 “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”

Sometimes this kind of speech is necessary, but our goal should still be to build them up to a higher relationship with God, not hurt their feelings.

As Ephesians 5:1-7 shows, God takes sins of the tongue very seriously, so we need to always think before we say anything.

Shelter In The Storm

Shelter In The Storm

God is judging the world right now, but For Christians, who are right with God, Jesus is our shelter in the storm.

Proverbs 3:25-26 “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”

Psalms 91:

1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”

Isaiah 43:1b-2 “…Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

God is always with us, and nothing can separate us from His love.

Hebrews 13:5b “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Matthew 28:20b “…I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

We must watch, and pray always that we may be accounted worthy to escape all the bad things that God will send on the earth.

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

We must judge ourselves so that we are not judged by God with the world. (We must keep prayed up and repented up.)

Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

1 Corinthians 11:32 “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

In addition, Jesus showed in the Lord’s prayer that we should pray that God the Father does not test us.

Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

The word “temptation” in this verse means to try and roots back to a Greek word meaning to test (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries # 3986 and then #3985 both in the Greek.)

The word “evil” in this verse can mean bad, hurtful, or even “figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries #4190 in the Greek.)

Therefore, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus showed us that we should always pray that the Father has mercy on us and does not test or try our faith by sending us calamity or disease.

I have never heard this preached. God showed my family and I this a few years ago, and we have seen God protect us and deliver us from some situations that could have been very calamitous financially and health-wise.

 Now, God may still test your faith some, (He still tests us some at times with little problems), so trust Him to meet your needs.       

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The more you trust God the more apt He will be to not try your faith, because you have already proven your faith to Him.

God never took everything away from Job again.

Do not worry or complain, just trust Him, and He will work everything out for your good.

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Now, that “good” primarily means that you will end up being more like Christ, not necessarily that you will have everything you want.           

Be thankful for and Content with what you have.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

I pray this encourages you and helps you through this storm.

May God bless you and protect you, as you seek to please Him in all things.