1 Peter 5:5b “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
The words humble, humility, and meek all mean the same thing.
A humble Christian is willing to learn the Scriptures from anyone, including a child.
Even king Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said in Ecclesiastes 4:13 “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.”
You know, when you study the Bible often and deeply, you can find out some interesting things that most people miss.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is the book of Solomon’s repentance. Solomon had married hundreds of heathen wives and they had turned him to worshiping idols.
Ecclesiastes 4:13 indicates that Solomon may have been turned back to God through a child.
1 Peter 5:5 makes it clear that all Christians are to be subject to each other.
Our standard is the truth of the Bible. If someone is speaking the truth of the Bible then everyone else is to be subject to them concerning that truth.
It does not matter if the person speaking that biblical truth is the Pastor or the janitor, young or old, black or white, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, male or female.
The Bible only forbids a wife from teaching her own husband in the church.
1 Timothy 2:12 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
Notice it says “the man” not every man. This is clearly speaking of a wife not being in authority over her own husband, and not teaching him publicly in the church.
The Bible does not teach that all men are over all women. It teaches that a husband is over his wife.A woman is equal with all men except her own husband.
Any man who says that he will not allow a woman to teach him the Bible is a fool! And any husband who refuses to listen to the wise counsel of his wife in private is a fool!
I heard of a Pastor once who said he would never allow a woman to teach him the Bible. Sometime later he ended up in prison for molesting a 16 yr old girl!
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
A humble Christian will help the poor without looking down on them.
1John 3:16-17 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
James 2:15-16 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
I Timothy 6:17-19 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
Being humble also means that you do not put yourself above God, and that you accept His will in trials.
1Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Romans 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”
Now Meekness Is Not Weakness!
Being humble, meek, and having humility does not mean that you cannot rebuke someone for sin.
Jesus is God, therefore He is the meekest of all. Yet He ran sinners out of the Temple with a whip.He also called the Pharisees names!(snakes and vipers)He even called Peter Satan!
John2:14 “And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
Matthew 23:33 “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.”
Mark 8:33 “But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”
Moses was very meek, yet he commanded the Levites to kill those who had worshipped the golden calf.
Exodus 32:19 “And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. 20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. 21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? 22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. 23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. 25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. 29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day. 30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.”
Therefore, a person can be meek and still harshly rebuke and even punish someone for sin.
This is what true humbleness is. If all churches taught this consistently, and all Christian obeyed this consistently, we could save the world, which is our duty.
2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.“
Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
These verses show that all Christians are to be unified in one mind in doctrine, comfort, peace, glorifying God, and in judgment. And this is made possible by us all having one Spirit- The Holy Spirit. Christians are not to be divided.
Now, if all Christians are to be of one mind, what is to be the foundation of that “one mind”? What is it that we must base our agreement on?
1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.“
The Bible is the mind of Christ.
The only way we can know what Christ said, did, and taught is through the Bible.
Therefore, the Bible is the mind of Christ.
If all Christians would agree with Christ, then all Christians would agree with each other. That is True Unity!
True unity is not compromising on doctrine and holiness! It is agreeing with God on Both!
True unity is based on truth! Not on compromise of the truth!
True unity does not mean that all Christians do everything the same way.
Romans 14:5-6 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
The Bible teaches that it is right for one person to worship on Sunday and another to worship on Saturday.It is also right for one person to eat meat, and another person not to eat meat.
Therefore, these people can be in unity with Christ and each other by not judging each other, and believing the Truth taught in the Bible that both is right!
If the Bible says something is wrong then it is wrong! If the Bible says something is right then it is right! And that is where Christians are to stand in unity, by agreeing with the Bible on what is actually right and wrong.Not squabbling over our own preferences!
When a person truly gets saved the Holy Spirit will keep them from doing really bad sins like murder and adultery (see post “Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into”), but true Christens can still struggle with lesser sins, which the Bible refers to as besetting sins.
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
These besetting sins can include things like:
Having patience towards others is a command.
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.”
Impatience shows a lack of love for others.
When struggling with the sin of impatience put yourself in the other persons shoes, and think of how you would want to be treated if you were them.
James 2:8 “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:”
Also think of how patient Jesus is with you.
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Worrying shows a lack of faith in God.
When struggling with the sin of worrying remember worrying does not please God.
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.”
RememberGod cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
RememberGod seeks your good not harm.
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.”
RememberGod promises to supply your needs.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
RememberGod cannot lie.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Complaining shows a lack of contentment.
When struggling with the sin of complaining, write down all the blessings God has given you, and then thank God for them.
1 Timothy 6:8 “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
Also remember, Jesus is always with 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.”
And if you humble yourself to God in hard times, He will deliver you.
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
Apathy is when we do not work for God like we should, and it shows a lack o care for God and for others.
Apathy is when we neglect things like praying, studying the Bible, witnessing to others etc.
The Bible commands us to:
I Timothy 2:1 “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.”
2. Study The Bible
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
3. Witness to Others
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
I see a lot of Christians falling into the sin of apathy right now, because they are discouraged.
The world is evil, and they have lost hope that serving God would do any good, so they are ready to give up on trying to change the world and save it.
2 Timothy 2:1-5 “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
Even though we are now living in the time where people will not endure sound doctrine, we are still commanded to work for God by witnessing to others, and to make full proof of our ministry.
We are to continue to work for God in these hard last days, because we love God and we want to please Him.
Plus the Church has the power to overcome the world. If all Christians were working and praying to save the world, we could save it! God says it is His will for all to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.“
And He says that anything we ask according to His will He will do it for us. 1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
We can save the world, but it is not going to be easy! We must continue working and praying. We cannot give up! The one sure thing that will destroy this world is the Church giving up!
When struggling with the sin of apathy, hold onto God’s promise that His Word will not return void. If you work for God long enough, someone will get saved, although you may never know it until you get to heaven.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Also remember, God does not judge you on results, just on your faithfulness to do the work.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Now, this is not a complete list of sins that Christians struggle with, but it is some of the more common ones.
Just remember any sin hurts Christ and we do not want to hurt Him.
Our #1 Priority is to Please God.
Also, if we just focus on always doing our best to love God and others, then it will be easier to overcome these sins.
Don’t dwell on the sin, dwell on the solution for the sin.
If you dwell on not doing the sin you will become discouraged and miserable. If you dwell on the solution you will remain hopeful, which will help you get victory over it.
More Tips for Overcoming Besetting Sins:
Pray that you do not enter into temptation.
Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
If you ask God to help you overcome sins, He will.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
You should also ask Him for wisdom on how to overcome your besetting sin or sins.
James 1:5-7 “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.”
Take The Way Of Escape
God always give a way of escape for temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
If you find yourself tempted to complain, or already complaining, immediately stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned), and start thinking God for his blessings.
If you find yourself tempted to be impatient, or you are already being impatient, immediately stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) ask God to give you peace, and then maybe excuse yourself from the situation for a while if you can. If you can’t leave the situation, ask God for wisdom on how to properly handle the situation in the moment.
If you find yourself tempted to worry or already worrying, immediately, stop, remember how God has delivered you and others in the past, and pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) asking God to give you peace, thanking Him for His former deliverances, and thanking Him that He will deliver you this time as well.
If you find yourself being tempted to be apathetic or already being apathetic stop, pray (ask God to forgive you if you had already sinned) asking God to give you strength to continue working to save the world, even if you do not see results, and peace that at least some will listen and be saved, and that it is God’s will to save the whole world, so therefore it is Possible!
We will never be completely sinless until we get to heaven, but we should always try our best to not sin, by focusing on loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind; and loving others as Jesus loves us. This will really help to cut down on our sinning.
The Bible says in Matthew 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
God Does Not See Everyone The Same
Christians who dilligently obey Him he sees as Great, but Christians who break even small commandments and teach others to break them, He sees as the least.
God Does Not Even See All Lost People The Same
The Bible says in Luke 7:47 “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
Some people are forgiven much, others are forgiven little.
This shows plainly that their are different degrees of sin and different degrees of righteousness.
God does not see a Christian who diligently obeys Him as a sheep gone astray or as an evil sinner. He sees them as a Great Friend.
John 15:14-15 “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
Abraham was called the Friend of God, and you can be too. Just simply obey Him in all things.
In addition, God does not see a moral, law abiding person, who is just not saved, as bad of a sinner as He does a murderer, thief, or adulterer.
Jesus Himself said that some people are forgive much and others are forgiven little.
When God looks at you He can see you as Great, Perfect, Blameless, and as a Friend.
You don’t have to walk around with your head down all the time saying “God just sees me as an awful sinner, and I can never be good enough for Him no matter what I do.”
That is a lie from the Devil designed by him to discourage great Christians and cause them to stop serving God!
That attitude is not humbleness either!
Humbleness is simply believing that your not greater than God, and loving your neighbor as yourself.
God saw Job as Perfect, Moses as Humble, Daniel as Blameless, and John The Baptist as Great, and none of them had the blood of Jesus applied to them.
They were all saved by believing that God would come as a man and die for them to pay for their sins, but they did not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them to keep them from sinning. They were practically righteous enough to have God’s favor, without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Believers Today Have The Holy Spirit, So We are Without Excuse!
As a Christian, you have a lot more power over sin than the people in the Old Testament did, and if they could achieve God seeing them as great, then so can you.
If you believe the Gospel, are fully committed to Christ, and diligently obeying Him, then God sees you as a Great Friend, not as a sheep gone astray or as an evil sinner.
Don’t allow wolves masquerading as Pastors tear you down. They only do that to gain manipulative power over you, and to make them feel comfortable in their own evil sins.On Judgment Day God will call you Great, and He will cast them into Hell!
You Must Decide To Right Your Past Wrongs In Order For God To Save You
The Bible says in Ezekiel 33:14-16 “Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.”
Even Jesus Said That Zacchaeus Was Saved Only After He Had Said That He Would Restore Anything He Had Stolen.
Luke 19:1-9 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”
John The Baptist Said To Bring Forth Fruits Meet For Repentance
7 “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin 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. 9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”
Paul Said To Prove Yourselves That You Are Saved!
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.“
The word perfect here means that you do not rebel against God and willfully sin.
We are human, we will make mistakes, but we are never to rebel against God.
To rebel against God is to look into the face of Christ while on the cross, spit in His face, and tell Him “I don’t care what you suffered for me, I am going to do what I want to do!
13 “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. 15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? 16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? 17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? 18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. 19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: 21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought. 22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. 23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. 24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.”
The Wise Men Visited Jesus In Nazareth Not In Bethlehem
I was shocked when I was reading Luke chapter 2 one day and discovered this!
Luke 2:39 “And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.”
This says Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Nazareth after fulfilling all things according to the law concerning Mary’s purification after giving birth to Jesus.
The law said that if a woman gave birth to a son then she was unclean for a total of 41 days , then she had to go do a sacrifice in order to be made clean.
Leviticus12:2 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. 5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. 6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: 7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.” 8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.”
S0, 8 days + 33 days = 41days total.
Mary and Joseph brought 2 turtledoves or 2 pigeons. for her sacrifice.
Luke 2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.“
Therefore, Jesus was taken home to Nazareth about the age of 6 weeks.
The Wise Men Visited Jesus In A House Around The Age of 2yrs, Not In The Manger When He Was Born.
Matthew 2:11 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”
We Know Jesus Was About 2 Yrs Old, Because Herod Ordered All The Little Boys 2 Yrs and Under Killed In Order To Try To Kill Jesus.
Matthew 2:16 “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.”
God Still Told Joseph To Take Jesus and Mary and Flee Into Egypt, Because Herod Would Have Heard That The Wise Men Had Actually Went To Nazareth, Then Herod Would Have Sent Soldiers To Nazareth To Kill Jesus.
Matthew 2:13-15 “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
The Wise Men Rejoiced When They Saw The Star, Because They Realized The Star Was Not Going To Bethlehem, So They Followed The Star And Found Jesus. If They Had Went To Bethlehem Like Herod Told Them too, They Would Not Have Found Jesus.
Matthew 2:9-10 “When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
So Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but He was taken to Nazareth when he was about 6 weeks old (after they did everything they needed to do at the Temple in Jerusalem), and then the Wise Men found Him in a house in Nazareth, when He was about 2 years old.
Also, the Bible does not say how many Wise Men there were, so there were probably more than just 3.
It also says they came “from the East,” not that they went “to the East.” So they were travelling West. (Matthew 2:1)
17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
We are not saved by works, but if our faith does not cause us to obey God, then we are not saved.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
See we are not saved by works, but once we are saved we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
So, if we are truly saved, we will obey God and live a life of good works.
You cannot be saved just by believing the facts about Jesus.
The Bible says that even the devils believe the facts about Jesus, but yet they are not saved.
James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
So, What is the Proper belief need for salvation?
The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).
This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.
Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done, and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).
It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.
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 really evil sins like murder, bullying, adultery, racisism, homosexuality, any kind of theft, etc.
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.”
Jesus said in Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
The word evil in Matthew 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, alcoholism, drug addiction etc. A saved person cannot do any of those kinds of sins. The Holy Spirit will not allow them too!
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!
That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.
Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”
Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
You may still struggle with some sins like a short temper or saying bad words for awhile after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.
However, a saved person cannot be overtaken by any sin either.
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 evil sins like the ones mentioned before that they cannot even fall into.
In addition, I am not saying that a person has to work for their salvation, nor do they have to stop doing their sins on their own before they get saved. I am not saying that they have to be afraid of doing any of those kinds of evil 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.Therefore if they are a drug addict or an alcoholic, God will take the drug addiction or alcoholism away from them, when they truly get saved. They will never be able to do drugs or get drunk ever again. God will not let them!
This is the only way you can go to heaven.
If you have never done this please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. You will not get saved just by praying this prayer, you must truly believe and repent with your heart.
The prayer does not save you. The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins (submit your whole free will to God) is what saves you. The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.
Here is the prayer:
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins, and I yield my whole free will to you. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
many Jesuits can get married!
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.
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!