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What It Means To Watch For Christ’s Return

Jesus Coming In Clouds
Jesus Coming In 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 can fall 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/

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.

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.

the Proper Solution to the Lifeboat Scenario

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The Life Boat Scenario

I’m sure that just about everyone has heard of the lifeboat scenario, where there is a sinking ship and there are 5 people, but there is only 1 lifeboat and it will only hold 4 people. At this point the schools and society will tell you that a decision must be made as to whom will get left behind and die. The truth is, no one has to be left behind to die.

The Proper Solution

These 5 people can work together to get something that will float like a crate, box, board, or barrel etc., then tie it to the lifeboat with a rope, then take the strongest person in the group and tie them to the crate, etc. Now you have 4 people in the lifeboat and the fifth and strongest person is being towed behind the boat making it to where no one was left behind to die and everyone has a chance of surviving. Also, if possible, you can have someone in the boat trade out with the person being towed from time to time increasing the chances of everyone’s survival.

Proverbs 24:10-12 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

In every emergency, we should always look for a way to save everyone.