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ARE YOU IN A RELIGIOUS CULT?

1Co 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.

The Christian churches we see today on every corner of Main St. USA, and the world, are NOT the same as the churches Paul started.
They do not believe, and preach, the same gospel as Paul preached.
The modern Christian church today does not resemble, in any way, the first Christian church in Antioch.
The church you see today is NOT Christian, it is the church of Christendom, the modern church of divisions that call themselves Christian but are not.

Paul warned the early church about those who would cause divisions:
Ro 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

It's pretty clear religious denominations are not good.
Paul could not believe how quickly people who seemed to believe the simple gospel he preached could be fooled into believing something else.

Ga 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Ga 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Ga 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Ga 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Paul did everything he could to warn the early church against the agents of the Devil who would seek to destroy the church.

Ac 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Ac 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Who are these men who would start a different church and call it Christian?

Ro 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Paul is clear, there is only ONE mediator between God and men, it is NOT any angel, or any saint, or the Pope, or Mary, or Budda.

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER MEDIATORS!
This simple fact alone destroys the religious denominations of the world!
Any teaching that recognizes any mediator other than our Lord Jesus Christ is merely pagan Gnosticism renamed, no matter how hard they insist on being called Christian!

Every Bible believing Christian should memorize the following passage:

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

ALL the religious denominations in the world are imitations of Christianity. They are Satan's COUNTERFEIT religions that teach and preach, ANOTHER gospel, other than the one that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.
If you are not "Sola Scriptura" , (believing the Bible only), rightly dividing, and believing, the doctrine that Paul teaches in his 13 letters Romans through Philemon, in the King James Bible ONLY, then you have been fooled. You are in a cult. A religion of man.
No matter how hard they say, "We are Christian" if they have another name, "denominating" them as being a "special" group, who do things a little bit "better", whether it be Baptist, Lutheran, Mormon, Faith Healing Church, Seventh Day Adventist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Jehovah Witness, or the newest one, "Independent Christian" which is really just Baptists on steroids teaching Baptist doctrine but with a half hour rock concert before the service.
Any of these, or the many others I neglect to name, just by virtue of them "denominating" themselves with a special title tells you immediately that they are NOT "Sola Scriptura". They do NOT believe the Bible only.
They have added the pagan philosophies of man, and or, have tried to mix God's earthly program for the Jews, with Paul's grace gospel.
Believe and follow what the Bible says!
Believe Paul!

Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, YOU, and me.
Ro 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
2Ti 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

How do we know Paul's gospel is true?
Because he received it directly from the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ!
Ga 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Ga 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Ga 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We are commanded to follow Paul:
1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

We will be judged by Paul's gospel!
Ro 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

We get our doctrine, our special message from God in Paul's 13 letters, Romans through Philemon.

TO BE SAVED INSTANTLY: Without doing, saying, or praying anything, simply TRUST 100% in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as YOUR Saviour, BELIEVING that Christ died for ALL your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day to justify YOU.
If you have ever once BELIEVED this, then you are SEALED by God's Holy Spirit of promise, saved from Hell, having forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal life in Heaven.
Read it for yourself in a King James Bible!
Ro 1:16; 1Cor 15:1-4; Eph 1:13; Eph 2:8-9; Ro 4:24,25; Ro 10:4; Tit 3:5; Ro 6:23; Tit 3:7; Eph 1:7; Col 2:13 KJV.

This is the good news gospel that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.
Never, ever let anybody tell you anything different, no matter how big and shiny their church is, no matter how good their music is. No matter how nice the people are, or how educated the pastor is.

The fate of your eternal soul hinges on the choice only you can make.





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THE WATERS THAT DIVIDE

Water baptism is a Jewish cleansing ritual.
Yet no topic is more divisive among modern day Christians than the subject of water baptism.
Who should be baptized? Babies? Older children? Only adults?
When should a person be baptized? Before, or after conversion?
Why should a person be baptized? In order to be saved? As a testimony? How should a person be baptized? Immersion? Sprinkling?
And on, and on, and on, the debate rages.
Unfortunately, most people do not read or study their Bible. And the ones who do, do not understand how to rightly divide the word of truth.
What this means is that most people form their views, and beliefs on water baptism from either family tradition, or the teaching of their particular religious denomination. Both of which, are recipes for disaster!
The modern Christian church loves water baptism.
Why?
Because it's part of the law. And the law keeps people under control.
They tell you that you are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, then they say, "But now that you are saved, you need to get baptized, and join the church, i.e. start tithing, giving us your money every week.
They make you feel that membership is critical to "showing" you are "really saved". It's all about controlling the people. It's all a pack of lies!
People put their faith in the water baptism.
They feel proud to say, " I was water baptized!"
They put their faith in that water baptism. And that's the danger!
If you are putting your faith in ANYTHING other than the blood of Jesus Christ you have been poisoned!
In the modern church you are not considered a "real" Christian until you are water baptized. With that mentality, untold MILLIONS have put their faith in those baptismal waters and have reserved their spot in Hell!
NO WHERE in any of Paul's letters does he tell anybody to get water baptized. In fact, just the opposite:

1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me NOT TO BAPTIZE, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

The Judaizers had begun even in Paul's life time to subvert the simplicity of the gospel Paul preached by trying to put people under the law.

Read Paul's letters! Read Galatians.
Ga 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Do you attend a church that has denominated itself with a name?
Do you attend a church that preaches you need to get water baptized?
Are you like the foolish Galatians?

Ga 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Do you attend a church that is not "Sola Scriptura"? That does not believe and teach ONLY what the Bible says? Rightly divided? In other words that Jesus earthly ministry was to the Jews through the Apostles, and Jesus Heavenly ministry was to ALL people now through Paul.

Do you attend a church that tells you that you need to do "something" other than believe and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour?

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And YE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power:

We are "complete" in Christ WITHOUT water baptism!

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, YE WERE SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise,

We were "sealed" by the Holy Spirit WITHOUT water baptism!

It's extremely important to rightly divide on the subject of Israel's water baptism as opposed to our baptism by the Spirit into the body of Christ.
Paul also said that there is one baptism...

Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM,
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

That one baptism is the baptism by the Spirit (spiritual baptism) into the body of Christ...

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

This spiritual baptism is our identity with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ...
Ro 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Ro 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Ro 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Ro 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

There are MANY different types of baptism in the Bible:

Noah’s type baptism
Peter mentions that eight people were saved by water in an ark as a type of a future baptism. (Gen 6:13; 1 Peter 3:20-21)

Baptism unto Moses
Paul presents Israel’s baptism unto Moses “in the cloud and in the sea”. (1 Cor 10:1-2; Exo 14:29)

Israel’s ceremonial cleansings
These cleansing rituals were required under the Mosaic Law for the cleansing of the people. (Num 19:13; Lev 11:25; Exo 19:14; Exo 30:17-21; Heb 9:10)

Levitical priesthood baptisms
These washings were required in order to become a priest under the Law of Moses.
(Exo 29:4; Lev 8:6; Num 8:7)

Traditional Jewish baptisms
These baptisms were not mandated under the Law but were part of Jewish tradition.
(Mt 15:1-2; Mk 7:1-9; Lk 11:38)

John’s baptism
John came to Israel baptizing with water for the remission of sins so that they could enter the promised kingdom. (Mt 3:5-6; Mk 1:4; Lk 3:3; Jn 1:31; Lk 7:29; Acts 10:37)

Jesus’ baptism by John
Jesus, who knew no sin, was baptized by John to fulfill all righteousness. (Mat 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-10)

Baptism with fire
Jesus would baptize the nation with fire as they went through the tribulation. This trial baptism would damn the unfaithful to hell. (Isa 4:4; Mal 3:2-3; Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16)

Jesus’ baptism unto death
Jesus’ second baptism which he accomplished at the cross where he was identified with the sins of Israel and the world. (Mt 20:22-23; Mk 10:38-39; Luke 12:50)

Pentecostal water baptism
Peter’s presentation of water baptism for the remission of sins in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:38; Mk 16:16; Mt 28:19; Acts 22:16; Eze 36:25)

Pentecostal Spirit baptism
This is the baptism with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ from heaven poured out upon the believing remnant of Israel with signs and powers following. (Isa 44:3; Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8; Lk 24:49; Acts 2:17-18, 38; Acts 8:15-17; Acts 11:16)

Gentile baptism of Cornelius
Cornelius was baptized with the Holy Spirit as a sign to Peter. Peter subsequently baptizes Cornelius and the other Spirit-filled Gentiles with water. (Acts 10:45-48)

Baptism for the dead
This baptism is debated heavily and is most likely synonymous with one of the other baptisms. If this is true, “for the dead” would signify the circumstance under which those believers were baptized. (1 Cor 15:29)

There is ONLY ONE type of baptism for us today who are trusting Jesus Christ as our Saviour:

The baptism into Christ
The ONLY baptism taught by Paul which identifies the believer with Christ, his death, and resurrection. This baptism is performed by the Spirit and does NOT include water.
(1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:5; Col 2:12; Gal 3:27; Rom 6:3-4)

TO BE SAVED INSTANTLY: Without doing, saying, or praying anything, simply TRUST 100% in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as YOUR Saviour, BELIEVING that Christ died for ALL your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day to justify YOU.
If you have ever once BELIEVED this, then you are SEALED by God's Holy Spirit of promise, saved from Hell, having forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal life in heaven.
Read it for yourself in a King James Bible.
Ro 1:16; 1Cor 15:1-4; Eph 1:13; Eph 2:8-9; Ro 4:24,25; Co 1:14; Tit 3:5; Ro 6:23; Tit 3:7; Eph 1:7; Col 2:13 KJV.

People die and go to Hell every day having their sins PAID FOR but no one dies and goes to Hell having their sins FORGIVEN. Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has been accepted.
Trust Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour!
Do it now!
Then tell someone you care about!

This is the good news gospel that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.
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ARE WE UNDER ANY COVENANTS?

When the Bible speaks of covenants in the specific sense, it is speaking of the covenants given to God’s chosen nation Israel. No one today in the dispensation of Grace is a partaker of the covenants which are made between Israel and God.
During the dispensation of Grace, believers receive the benefits of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross outside of any covenant relationship. It was purely by God’s grace that we receive eternal life and the blessings associated with salvation. Otherwise grace would not be grace (Romans 11:6).
Today there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There is no special status before God for any nation today.
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” – Romans 11:32

Instead of a covenant providing the necessary terms of redemption, believers today are of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel of the grace of God (Eph 3:6, Titus 1:2-3). We receive the mercy and the grace of God apart from our adherence to any covenant given in time past, we receive it by faith (Romans 5:1, 8-10).

One common hindrance in understanding how to rightly divide the word of truth has been the generally wrong teaching about the New Covenant. The general understanding is that if we are not under the Old Testament then we must necessarily be under the New Testament. This is not true.
There is a purpose separate from Israel’s covenants called the mystery of Christ (Eph 3:4, Col 4:3). The mystery of Christ is the keystone of what God has been doing for the past two thousand years. The teaching that we are under Israel’s New Testament confuses God’s prophetic purpose in Christ with his mystery purpose in Christ.
No one on the planet today operates under Israel’s New Testament (NT). Below are a few reasons why.
1. The NT was not a mystery. Descriptions of the NT are found in the law, the prophets, and the psalms. The prophetic nature of Israel’s new covenant contrasts the hidden nature of the fellowship of the mystery (Eph 3:9). The subject of the mystery can not be the subject of the prophesied NT.

2. Jeremiah is a prophet of Israel. Jeremiah 31:31-34is the most popular NT verse in the prophets. Jeremiah was writing to Israel.

3. Jeremiah said the NT would be made with the “house of Israel”. Jer 31:31 is clear that the new covenant is made with the “house of Israel, and with the House of Judah”.

4. Hebrews says the NT would be made with the “house of Israel”. In case the prophecy was misunderstood, the NT fulfillment is explained in Heb 8:8-12. The NT was applied to Hebrews of the house of Israel and Judah.

5. Paul did not write Hebrews. The operation of the church today is found in Paul’s writings. Hebrews speaks most about the New Testament. However, Paul most likely did not write Hebrews. There is ample evidence that Paul was not the author, most importantly, the internal evidence of Hebrews 2:3-4.

6. There is no “house of Israel” in the body of Christ. As a nation, Israel has no spiritual standing with God in this present dispensation. They have been counted in unbelief just as the Gentiles (Rom 11:32). There is neither Jew nor Gentile in Christ (Gal 3:28).

7. The church of this dispensation is not Israel. This fundamental dispensational truth implies that a covenant made with Israel was not made with the church called the Body of Christ.

8. The first testament was not made with the Body of Christ. The church of this dispensation has never been under the Old Testament which was given to Israel also. We do not need a new covenant, we need free grace.

9. The NT promised the forgiveness of Israel’s sins only. It never promised the forgiveness of the sins of all men (Mat 20:28, Mat 26:28). A gospel to “all men” was part of the mystery purpose of Christ (1 Tim 2:6).

10. The NT pardon would be an honour before all the nations (Jer 33:8-9). When the NT forgiveness is given to Israel, the world will know and “they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.”

11. Jesus’ blood was not limited to the NT. Jesus’ blood instituted the NT with Israel, however, his blood would also be preached to all men through the mystery of Christ. The same blood shed at one cross performed two purposes. There is no need to place the mystery saints under the NT.

12. The Body of Christ did not exist during Jesus’ ministry to Israel. When Jesus spoke of the New Testament blood at the Passover meal the mystery had not yet been revealed (Mat 26:28). The New Testament blood is not Paul’s teaching of the blood of Christ.

13. NT Israel will be gathered out of all countries (Eze 36:24). The church today does not have a country to be gathered into.

14. The New Testament included a law. Most commentators will admit that the new covenant in Jeremiah 31:33 included a law. Though it was changed, it was still part of the covenant (Heb 7:12). The mystery of Christ teaches we are not under the law and are dead to the law (Rom 6:14, Rom 7:4).

15. The NT law was written on their hearts. The NT differed from the OT in that the law was not only “in their mouths”, but it was “in their hearts” allowing them to do the law (Jer 31:33). The letter of the NT law was not written on stony hearts but soft hearts of flesh. In both the OT and the NT the letter of the law was present.

16. The NT included the Spirit causing Israel to walk in God’s statutes (Eze 36:27). With the law written in their hearts, the supernatural empowerment by the Spirit would cause Israel to keep the judgments of God. This is not the Spirit’s ministry in this dispensation where we are instructed to “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18).

17. The NT included an “unction” whereby no one needed to be taught. Jeremiah and Hebrews explain that “they shall teach no more every man” (Jer 31:34). This anointing was tasted by the kingdom remnant in 1 John 2:20 and 1 John 2:27, but is not in operation today. The church today is in need of teachers who can rightly divide the word of truth.

18. When the NT is fulfilled then all shall know the Lord (Jer 31:34). The fact that so few understand the gospel of the grace of God is evidence that the NT promises are not being fulfilled today. They will be fulfilled at Christ’s return to Earth with the remnant of Israel.

19. The NT law could be broken. If those under the NT did “despite the Spirit of grace” then there remained no more sacrifice for sins (Heb 10:26-29).

20. Gentiles were strangers of the covenants of promise (Eph 2:12). According to the NT, Jesus was a mediator for Israel of a better covenant based upon better promises (Heb 8:6). Gentiles were strangers from these covenants of promise. He mediates for us by his grace.

21. Those under the NT are waiting for a city to come (Heb 13:14). The church today has no city to come to Earth (Rev 21:2-3). We are seated in heavenly places in Christ.

22. Those under the NT wait for future grace and forgiveness (1 Peter 1:13). We have forgiveness appropriated now (Col 1:14. Eph 4:32). Being crucified with Christ, the body of the sins of the flesh are cut off from us (Col 2:11). The new covenant will take away the sins of Israel in the future (Rom 11:27).

23. Those under the NT wait for future salvation (1 Pet 1:9). Peter taught that salvation would come from the Lord Jesus at his return (Acts 3:19). The believing remnant needed to endure to the end to be saved (Mark 13:13). We have a present possession of salvation (Rom 5:11). We have what they hope for, but this does not place us under their covenant.

24. The NT resulted in dwelling in the land promised to Israel (Eze 36:28). The church today is not promised nor do they receive by grace any land on Earth. The NT was oriented around Israel’s earthly promises. We are not under the NT.

25. We are able ministers of the NT not of the letter (2 Cor 3:6). Paul says we are able to minister. He does not make us priests of the NT kingdom. Neither does he place us under the letter of the NT and its promises. We are able to minister the NT concerning the more excellent ministry of the Spirit because we have been given the manifold wisdom of God (Eph 3:10). Paul ministers the NT in Romans 9-11. Paul teaches about the Spirit in Romans 8.

26. We received the Spirit by the hearing of faith (Gal 3:3). We did not receive the Spirit through a promised covenant but by faith. Our faith is in the gospel of Christ. The Spirit seals our position in Christ. Under the NT the Spirit’s powerful signs followed those operating under it (Acts 10:46).

27. The Body of Christ is under the headship of Christ, not under the NT. In Ephesians 1:10 Paul explains that the two purposes of God, in heaven and in earth, will be gathered together in one, in and under Christ. We who part of his heavenly purpose are not placed under the NT earthly purpose.

28. Israel’s New Covenant is Fulfilled in the Future.Romans 11:25-27 says that the covenant between God and Israel for forgiveness of sins (the new covenant) will be fulfilled after the present dispensation. The NT is presently incomplete. It will be completed at Christ’s return. Our present position in Christ is complete (Col 2:10).

29. If we are under the NT now, then God is still operating with the nation Israel. Since the NT was given to that nation, concerned that nation’s promises, and is fulfilled in that nation’s earthly kingdom.

30. God has changed his operation. Since the fall of Israel and the revelation of the mystery, God has been offering grace and salvation to all men (Titus 2:11). This is not an expansion of the NT, it is a separate thing. If God is not fulfilling the covenant in this dispensation, then we cannot be under it.
The fellowship of the mystery is not the subject of either the old or the new testaments. It is not the subject of prophecy. The mystery of Christ is the keystone of what God has been doing for the past two thousand years.
Members of the body of Christ in this mystery dispensation are not under the prophetic new covenant made with Israel. Placing saints today under any of Israel’s covenants robs us of the riches of grace we have in Christ alone and usurps the promises to Israel.
It is important that we remain consistent in our stance regarding the distinction between prophecy and mystery if the mystery of Christ is ever to be popularly understood.
When the Bible speaks of covenants in the specific sense, it is speaking of the covenants given to God’s chosen nation Israel. No one today in the dispensation of Grace is a partaker of the covenants which are made between Israel and God.
In order for a Gentile in time past to get the blessings of God they had to follow the provisions of the covenant. However, they were estranged from the covenants given to Israel.
During the dispensation of Grace, believers receive the benefits of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross outside of any covenant relationship. It was purely by God’s grace that we receive eternal life and the blessings associated with salvation. Otherwise grace would not be grace (Romans 11:6).
Today there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There is no special status before God for any nation today.
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” – Romans 11:32

Instead of a covenant providing the necessary terms of redemption, believers today are of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel of the grace of God (Eph 3:6, Titus 1:2,3). We receive the mercy and the grace of God apart from our adherence to any covenant given in time past, we receive it by faith (Romans 5:1, 8:10).

The New Covenant never realized

During Saul’s rebellion in Acts, God’s strategy for implementing the New Covenant was halted in order to implement a different strategy for a purpose that had never been previously revealed. This revelation of the mystery dispensed to Paul was information about God’s plan for heavenly places and a heavenly people. As a result the New Covenant promises have yet to be realized. Paul explains how those promises would be realized after the future ‘fulness of the Gentiles be come in’ (Romans 11:25-27).

“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:26)
Although the new covenant has been confirmed and established as a result of Christ’s death, the results of that covenant with Israel are yet to be realized. Israel has not assumed the promised kingdom, nor is God’s plan for the earth complete.
Instead, what pervades is the interim dispensation of reconciliation to all the world, where Christ is offered apart from any covenant or special people status or nationality (2 Cor 5:19).

No New Testament Christians Today
The new testament was not made with Gentiles, it does not describe Christ’s work for the church, it is a law covenant, and it is not being fulfilled today.
No believer today can be a new testament Christian if the Bible means what it says to whom it says it.
Meanwhile, the believer today should be more than excited to be a member of the body of Christ, saved by grace without works, not under the law, teaching the gospel of the grace of God to a religious world whose only hope is wrongly thinking they have a special covenant with God.
by Justin Johnson
graceambassadors.com


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DO YOU HAVE TO TURN FROM YOUR SINS TO BE SAVED?

In many Christian churches today you are going to hear this message:

"Repent of your sins and accept Christ as your Saviour."

When an unsaved person who has not read the Bible hears this, they think:

"I want to be saved, but I will never be able to stop sinning!"

So when asked if they think they might trust Christ as their Saviour, they hesitate.
Why?
Because they are not understanding that their salvation comes from their faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross for them.
They think that their salvation is dependent on their ability to stop sinning.
That is a huge mountain to climb. Because they know that they can never stop sinning.

Herein lies the crux of the problem with the modern church message.
To repent simply means a change of mind. Repentance happens after someone realizes they made a regrettable or wrong choice.
The Bible only knows this meaning, but the modern Christian church with their religious teachings want to add works required “improvements” to the meaning. As a result, many people think repentance is loaded with performance and it is a works-based precondition to salvation and forgiveness of sins.
What does the Bible say?

Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

For those of us who are trusting in the finished work of Christ at the cross as payment for our sin debt, when we mess up and do something we know we should not do we look at the cross and say thank you father Jesus for paying for this sin at the cross.
Please give me courage and wisdom not to do this again.
This is what it means to be, "dead to sin".
Dead to the pervasive love for sin.

Ro 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Ro 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

If you are a loyal member of the system church your prayer will probably look like this:
Dear God, I did this, and this, and this. Please forgive me.
I will try not to do it again.
You see the difference in these two prayers?
The one looks at what Christ did on the cross and is thankful.
The one prays for wisdom and courage.

The other asks God to forgive sins that have ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR!
The other tells God, I am going to use MY strength to not sin.
Of course, the loyal church member is barely off his knees and he is sinning again somehow in his mind, or whatever, and thinking, I will have to confess this all again. I hope nobody finds out.
This is serving sin! Being focused on YOUR sin, instead of HIS cross!
Instead of looking at the cross, and seeing Christ's blood, and thinking about what Christ did for YOU on that cross, and saying thank you father, you are going to tell God that you will use your own strength to try not to sin anymore!
When YOU are trying to fight your sin in your own strength.
Thinking that your sins are not paid for until YOU confess them.
This is you performing a "work".
This is serving sin!

For the person who trusts the gospel of Christ there is no more need for works to pay for sins. Nevertheless, the practice continues every day in religions all over the world.
Turning from Your Sins is a Work
Connecting repentance with religious works is taught by the Catholics, Protestants, and Baptist groups when they define repentance as “turning from your sins”. All the major system church players teach this!
Commonly they will boldly declare that you cannot be saved unless you first repent, by which they mean turn from your sins or stop sinning.
The only place this is found in the Bible is under the law covenant to Israel and it is NOT talking about repentance:

“if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” – Ezekiel 18:21

Repentance is mentioned nine verses later but it is separate not synonymous with “turning from sins”:
“ Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.” – Eze 18:30

When the book of Ezekiel was written under the law, nobody knew of the gospel of the grace of God which was kept a mystery until later revealed to Paul.
The “turning from sins” definition has caused big problems when skeptics learn about God repenting in the Bible. Imagine reading verses like this with such a wrong definition:
“For the LORD will judge his people, and he will [turn from his sins] concerning his servants. ” – Psalm 135:14
Turn (from your sins)-or-burn is at its best a failure to rightly divide placing everyone back under the curse of the law, but at its worst is heresy!

Repentance: A Change of Mind
Everywhere in your Bible repent means a change of mind. This change of mind often follows the compunction of making a regrettable or wrong choice.
Nowhere in the Bible does repent/repentance mean to stop sinning, turn from sins, or to punish yourself for your sins.
Joel 2:13-14 prays that the people would turn unto the Lord so perhaps he would repent (change his mind) concerning their destruction.
Jer 8:6 says that no man repented (changed his mind) of his wickedness, saying “What have I done?”
John the Baptist taught for men to repent (change their minds) of their sins and be water baptized for their remission (Mat 3:2, 3:8).
Jesus said that all in Israel would perish unless they repented (changed their mind) about their sins, the Messiah, the gospel (Luke 13:3).
After preaching the truth about who Jesus was, Peter called on his Jewish audience who at one time crucified the Messiah to repent (change their minds) and be water baptized (a Jewish covenant practice).

How does our Apostle Paul teach repentance?
When Paul uses the word repent or repentance it means a change of mind.
Romans 11:29 says, “ For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” God will not change his mind about the calling he gave to Israel.
Paul instructs us to be gentle and apt to teach those who oppose themselves, and be patient if God by chance would change their mind:
“ In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” – 2 Tim 2:25

By reading the Catholic or Baptist works-based definitions into the word repent, some have erred in thinking that Paul is requiring works for salvation or preaching a covenant gospel in verses like Acts 20:21, and Acts 26:20. He is not.
He is admonishing them to change their minds and “turn to God” (Acts 26:20).
Works filled repentance is one the most difficult self-righteous works to lay at the cross. It seems so humble, pious, and just for us to try to pay for our own sins with self-inflicted grief, pain, and remorse. The work of confession and penance is a practice that dies hard among the religious minded.
However, by His grace, God suffered and died on the behalf of sinners, so that all of our sins are paid for, forgiven, removed from our account, and will never be imputed to us again (2 Cor 5:19-21).
“Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” – Romans 4:7-8
No penitent works, turning-from-your sins work, self sacrificial works, religious works, confessional works can forgive a single sin in your life.
Only by faith, and by faith only, in the finished work of Calvary’s cross can we receive forgiveness and imputed righteousness by God’s grace.
“ But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5
Change your mind about your works based repentance and believe the gospel!

TO BE SAVED INSTANTLY: Without doing, saying, or praying anything, simply TRUST 100% in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as YOUR Saviour, BELIEVING that Christ died for ALL your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day to justify YOU.
If you have ever once BELIEVED this, then you are SEALED by God's Holy Spirit of promise, saved from Hell, having forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal life in heaven.
Read it for yourself in a King James Bible.
Ro 1:16; 1Cor 15:1-4; Eph 1:13; Eph 2:8-9; Ro 4:24,25; Co 1:14; Tit 3:5; Ro 6:23; Tit 3:7; Eph 1:7; Col 2:13 KJV.

People die and go to Hell every day having their sins PAID FOR but no one dies and goes to Hell having their sins FORGIVEN. Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has been accepted.
Trust Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour!
Do it now!
Then tell someone you care about!

This is the good news gospel that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.







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LOSE MY SALVATION? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

If you at one time heard the gospel, and believed it, and in a moment of time you trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then you soon forgot about your moment of faith and just drifted more and more into sinful behavior, do you think God would look at you and say, "Nope. That's it. I'm taking back my gift of salvation from this person. They are just too bad."
Do you think you can make God "repent"?
Change His mind about saving you?
Do you think you have the power to undo what God has done?
Do you think you can cause God to "repent" and say to Himself, wow, this person is so bad, sinning all the time, even my blood is not enough to clean him.
Do you have any idea how blasphemous that line of thinking is?

Yet some religious denominations teach that you can un do what Christ did and lose your salvation!

What arrogance!
To think you have the power to undo what Christ did!
To think you have the power to lose something for which you never had the power to obtain in the first place!

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

You deny the power of the blood of Christ.

Ga 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

LOSE MY SALVATION? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION, THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO

1.In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Convince God Somehow To Unforgive You Of All Your Sins.

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

2.In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Somehow Unredeem You.

Ro 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

3. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Uncircumcise You.

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

4. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unadopt You.

Ro 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

5. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unaccept You.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

6. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unsanctify You.

1Co 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.

7. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unglorify You.

Ro 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

8. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Get The Holy Spirit To Unseal You.

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

9. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unjustify You.

Ro 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

I Do Not Know Why Anyone Would Want To Try And Convince God To Help Them Lose Their Salvation, But I Suppose That Is Between You And God

Anyways There Is More.

10. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unbless You.

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

11. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unbury You.

Ro 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

I Mean, Wouldn't It Be Better To Just Rest In What Christ Has Already Done For Us?

Believe It Or Not, There Is More You Can Try To Do To Convince God To Take Away Your Salvation.

12.In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try To Figure Out How To Convince God To Unraise You.

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

13.In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try To Figure Out How To Get God To Unquicken You.

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

14. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Figure Out How To Get God To Take Christ Out Of You.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

15. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Take You Out Of Christ Physical Body.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

16.In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Convince God To Unbaptize You.

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

17. In Order To Lose Your Salvation Your Going To Have To Try And Figure Out How Your Going To Convince God To Uncomplete You.

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Wow, We Are Complete In Christ? You Have Got To Be Kidding Me Right? Does That Verse Really Say That?

Why Anyone Would Want To Try And Convince God To Take Away All These Wonderful Things He Has Given Us, Is Beyond Me. But If You Think You Can Convince God To Do It, Then You Better Get Busy, Because You Never Know, He Just Might Come For The Church The Body Of Christ Tonight.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

CAN YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION?
JUST TO CLARIFY:

John Doe - hears the gospel according to 1 Cor. 15:3-4. He BELIEVES the gospel according to 1 Cor.15:3-4.
He "TRUSTS" the gospel for himself personally.

The moment John Doe TRUSTS the gospel the OPERATION OF GOD takes place.

SPIRITUALLY you are CIRCUMCISED. Your FLESH is CUT AWAY from your SPIRIT. ( see Colossians 2:11 )

John Doe's SPIRIT is then QUICKENED - MADE ALIVE ( see Ephesians 2:1 )

Then God JUSTIFIES John Doe. JUSTIFICATION means to be DECLARED RIGHTEOUS.

The Holy Spirit then BAPTIZES, John Doe's QUICKENED SPIRIT, that JUSTIFIED SPIRIT, and it is BAPTIZED into Jesus Christ BODY - THE CHURCH.

Then the Holy Spirit, SEALS John Doe's SPIRIT. ( See Ephesians 1;13 )

NOTICE step 3 - "Your FLESH is *CUT AWAY from your SPIRIT

God is NOT interested in YOUR FLESH, he never was, and he never will be. YOUR FLESH IS USELESS TO GOD. It is THAT QUICKENED SPIRIT that will grow and mature in the word of God, NOT THE FLESH.

The FLESH is DEAD, of NO USE, whatsoever.

This is why you are waiting on a NEW BODY - ( see Philippians 3:20-21 )

Your SPIRIT does NOT SIN. It CAN'T SIN.

It is YOUR FLESH that SINS. And although it is DEAD, CUT OFF, CAST AWAY through the operation of God, unfortunately we still have to carry this old SINFUL FLESH around with us, until the day we die.

GOD is NOT in the business of PERFECTING THE FLESH. It's NOT our job to PERFECT the FLESH.

I don't care if it is the little white lie, or the whoring around you are doing on your husband or wife, SIN IS SIN IS SIN IS SIN.

YOU SIN, PERIOD

I SIN, PERIOD

Our SIN in NO ways, damages or hurts our relationship we have with God, it can't. Because God isn't interested in your FLESH, where SIN resides.

The quicker John Doe realizes he is FREE, the quicker John Doe can stop worrying about his sin, and go out and do what God wants him to do.......

Share the GOSPEL with the lost.

It is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, 100% IMPOSSIBLE for John Doe to LOSE his Salvation.

There isn't ONE SIN that John Doe can or could commit that would cause him to lose it.

When you are outside of the letters of Paul, reading Hebrews for example, those people DO NOT have salvation to lose. those people are trying to OBTAIN their salvation, by enduring to the end of the tribulation.

IF they do not ENDURE TO THE END, they WILL "fall away" and if they FALL AWAY, then they will not OBTAIN the salvation, which will be waiting for them at the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, per 1 Peter 1:13.

This is why it is so CRITICAL that we "rightly divide the word of truth"

The salvation for people living at this time started with God pausing His prophecy program with Israel and calling Paul to bring a NEW gospel message of grace, FREE gift, to all people of the world. We are saved by our faith that Paul's gospel message is true. We are saved by our faith in trusting Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
Soon the rapture, or catching out of the saints, us, will occur. Then the gospel of FREE grace salvation will be stopped, and God will resume His dealings with the nation of Israel.

The Bible isn't ALL ABOUT YOU. God has a plan for HIS PEOPLE Israel, and we AIN'T ISRAEL. We are the body of Christ. God has some doctrine in the bible for ISRAEL and it pertains EXCLUSIVELY to ISRAEL, FOR ISRAEL and it is ABOUT ISRAEL.

And God has some doctrine in the Bible that is EXCLUSIVELY to the BODY OF CHRIST

Religion has come along and hijacked both messages, blended them together, causing MASS CONFUSION, and false teachings, all at the hands of Satan.

If you think for one minute, that Satan wants you to know these TRUTHS, you are sadly mistaken my friend.

TO BE SAVED INSTANTLY: Without doing, saying, or praying anything, simply TRUST 100% in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as YOUR Saviour, BELIEVING that Christ died for ALL your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day to justify YOU.
If you have ever once BELIEVED this, then you are SEALED by God's Holy Spirit of promise, saved from Hell, having forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal life in heaven.
Read it for yourself in a King James Bible.
Ro 1:16; 1Cor 15:1-4; Eph 1:13; Eph 2:8-9; Ro 4:24,25; Co 1:14; Tit 3:5; Ro 6:23; Tit 3:7; Eph 1:7; Col 2:13 KJV.

People die and go to Hell every day having their sins PAID FOR but no one dies and goes to Hell having their sins FORGIVEN. Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has been accepted.
Trust Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour!
Do it now!

This is the good news gospel that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.





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CAN YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION?

Can Christians lose their salvation? Must we do good works to maintain (keep) our salvation? Is salvation instantaneous (once for all) or progressive (throughout your lifetime)? Let us look at the Bible verses people often use to refute and reject the doctrine of “once saved, always saved”, or the eternal security of the believer. The confusion would disappear if people would “study… rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Galatians 5:4: “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
Does the expression “fallen from grace” mean that some of the Galatians lost their salvation? No, because Paul calls these Galatians “brethren” nine times (Galatians 1:11, 3:15, 4:12, 4:28, 4:30, 5:11, 5:13, 6:1, 6:18)!

Galatia was being hit with false teaching and works-religion (Judaism). Some of these poor believers had been deceived to the point where they were now laboring under the Mosaic Law to keep their salvation… salvation they had already received by grace through faith without works (Galatians 3:2,3). “Fallen from grace” simply means that some of the Galatians gave up on the grace system—being rewarded on the basis of Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary—because they preferred legalism—being rewarded on the basis of their works/performance (see Romans 4:1-8; Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 2:16-21; Titus 3:5).
It has to do with genuine believers falling from the doctrines of grace back into the keeping of the law for righteousness.
This doctrine, "fallen from grace", is commonly taught today in many churches. They teach that you are saved by grace, but if you don't "live right" you are either not saved or are a backslider. In other words, (they say), one must keep the law in order to prove or give evidence of salvation.
This is the modern day example of "fallen from grace".
This is what was happening to the "foolish Galatians".
Don't let this happen to you!
Do not buy into this false teaching.
We do not need our own righteousness. We have the righteousness of Christ!
We are "complete" in Christ!

For those who are unfamiliar with dispensational Bible study, Hebrews 6:4-6 can be quite confusing. Let's look at that passage:
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

The goal of dispensational Bible study and right division is to determine the audience of the particular Bible passage. In this case, obviously, the writer is addressing Jews—after all, it is the epistle to the Hebrews. The people being addressed in the above passage are the nation Israel.
All of Israel saw Jesus Christ’s miracles. They saw the supernatural events on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. If the miracles, signs, and wonders of Christ’s earthly ministry and Acts chapter 2 were not enough proof to win the Jews to salvation, there was nothing else to convince them. Jesus told Israel, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (John 4:48). These Jews saw the power of the Holy Spirit, but they rejected God in unbelief. Consider Hebrews 2:3,4:
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Again, the “we” is the nation Israel—it was the Jews, not us.
Acts chapter 2, Hebrews chapter 2, and Hebrews chapter 6 have nothing to do with anyone reading this. These passages describe Israel’s program, which is not the program that God is operating today.
Do you ever wonder if you are guilty of committing the “unpardonable sin” of Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:10, the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost? This has nothing to do with you either. This special sin of blaspheming against the Holy Ghost relates to the nation Israel.
Can we be “more saved” one day, and “less saved” another day? Do good works somehow “enhance” our salvation? Philippians 3:12-15 has been wrested and twisted to promote this absurd teaching. First, here is the passage:
Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

This has absolutely nothing to do with us working for our salvation. The Apostle Paul is talking about spiritual maturity/spiritual growth (notice “perfect;” verses 12 and 15). Once we gain a better understanding of God’s Word, we should put forth an effort to seek more sound doctrine, and desire to allow that sound doctrine to mature us in the inner man. Paul admits in verse 13 that he has not yet reached the level of spiritual maturity that he needs to, but that he is putting forth the effort in allowing God’s Word to work effectually in him, as he believes it.
Philippians 2:12 is another one false teachers like to twist, but notice what the verse actually says in the King James Bible: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Again, there is no working for salvation here: the verse does not say “work for your own salvation,” the verse says “work out your own salvation.” This is talking about your lifestyle and testimony—if you claim to be saved, then act like it (do not fall prey to pride, which is the context)! (Another verse often misunderstood in this regard is 1 Corinthians 9:27.)

The next verse (Philippians 2:13) says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” This means that you, as a Christian, should be yielding yourself to the Lord’s will so that He can do His work in you, so that your life will reflect God’s working in you (see Galatians 5:1-26). Recall that Paul forbade the Galatians from working for salvation (see Romans 4:1-5; Ephesians 2:8,9).

You will often hear of “he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” That phrase appears in the Bible three times: Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:13, and Mark 13:13. Do not let someone (mis)quoting these verses make you doubt your salvation. The context of each of these verses is the seven-year Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th week. See for yourself; do not take my word for it. These verses are Israel’s program, and they have no relation to us today in this the Dispensation of Grace. (The Church the Body of Christ will be absent from earth during the Tribulation anyway!) This salvation is actually a physical salvation; “and except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22).
None of those verses I just mentioned have anything to do with us—this is Israel’s program. We are under a new dispensation (grace) under a new apostleship (Paul), in a new program (mystery), and in a new agency (the Church the Body of Christ).
Okay, let us look at one final passage. Read 2 Peter 2:20-21:
2Pe 2:20 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.
2Pe 2:21 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.

The context is false teachers. It relates to what was discussed earlier in Hebrews chapters 2 and 6. Peter is referring to those who saw all the miracles of Acts chapters 2, but opposed God’s working and used false teaching to encourage other Jews to rebel against God’s purpose and program for Israel. Let me also say that anyone who fully understands the Gospel of Grace and how to be saved, and they reject it in unbelief, then yes, they are not saved. But they never had salvation to lose, so this is not loss of salvation!
This is what Paul meant when he said:
1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
In other words they had heard the gospel message but did not believe it.
Today, in this the Dispensation of the Grace of God, the Bible says that God accepts those who are “in the beloved,” in His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:6). How do we get “in Christ?” Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection as sufficient payment for your sins: see Paul’s Gospel of Grace in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. “Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised again the third day for our justification.” Salvation from sins and Hell, and salvation unto justification (right standing before God) is instantaneous, not a lifelong process. If a true believer in Christ ever lost his/her salvation, that would mean God rejected His Son! You would have to throw away all the verses that Paul says confirms the believer’s salvation forever (Romans 5:1,2; Romans 8:29-39; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 1:12).
The Corinthians were the least spiritual and the most immature believers in Scripture. Yet, the Apostle Paul wrote that God would confirm (preserve) them unto the end so that they would be blameless at the rapture (1 Corinthians 1:7-8). Verse 9 tells us why—“God is faithful.” Believers in Christ make mistakes when they choose to sin, but “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Colossians 1:14 says that “we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

We have been forgiven of all trespasses and sins for Christ’s sake (Ephesians 4:32). Our salvation is not gained by our efforts, so our salvation cannot be maintained by our efforts (see Romans 11:6; Galatians 3:3; Colossians 2:6,7). How can sinful people go to heaven? When a person believes the Gospel of Grace, the blood of Jesus Christ and His righteousness are imputed (applied) to them (Romans 4:1-5). When a believer in Christ sins today, God does not see the sin, He only sees the blood of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Once we have salvation, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit until the rapture (Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30). God does not want you as a believer in Christ to doubt your salvation. Our salvation does not depend on our performance or our faithfulness; the salvation we enjoy today as believers is solely dependent upon what Christ did for us already at Calvary!

One more thing I want to say.
I mentioned the importance of dispensational Bible study, "rightly dividing the word of truth" so that you can understand who is talking, who are they talking to, and what are they talking about.
I also want to emphasize that words have meaning! It is absolutely critical that you are using a King James Bible in your studies.
You need to be aware of the heresy in modern English Bibles—NIV, NASB, NKJV, etc .. they promote progressive salvation!!
In 1 Corinthians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 2:15, does your Bible say “are being saved” rather than “are saved?”
In 1 Peter 2:2, does your Bible say you can “grow into salvation”, rather than "that you may grow thereby", indicating a maturing as a believer on the road of sanctification, NOT having to do with salvation?
If you do not have God’s Word, you can promote false teaching. The Bible versions debate is a serious matter, so I suggest you get a King James Bible… it is the only solid ground in regards to God’s Word in English!

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ABRAHAM TITHED BEFORE THE MOSAIC LAW.
DOES THAT MEAN WE SHOULD TITHE?

Lets take a closer look at some of the ways the modern church uses tithing to put a stranglehold on the sheeple pew warmers.

Abraham’s Tithe to Melchizedek: Was It by God’s Commandment or
His Own “Free-will”?

A common argument that is used by tithe advocates is that Abraham “tithed voluntarily” to Melchizedek. In other words Abraham, they say, tithed without divine instruction. But if this is what really happened, Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek would have been considered by God to be presumptuous; and therefore, unacceptable! Abraham, therefore, could not have been said to have “acted in faith”.
“Faith” or “Faithfulness”, as we saw earlier, is doing exactly what God has asked you to. This means that, the child of God (if he or she is to be faithful or obedient), should not presume to act without the instructional word from God. This is what we learned of Abraham and several other “faithful” servants in the faith hall of fame chapter (Heb. 11).
”By FAITH Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, OBEYED; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Heb. 11:8).
Abraham, as we can see, set out only after he HEARD God’s voice telling him what to do. That’s faith, you see! The ability to do or perform what God requires of you.

One important thing we need to understand is that, the fact that Abraham didn’t live under the Law of Moses does not mean he lived without any laws of God. We read in Genesis 26:5, where God, speaking to Isaac (Abraham’s son), after the death of Abraham, promised to bless him because as God put it, “Abraham OBEYED my VOICE, and kept my CHARGE, my COMMANDMENTS, my STATUTES, and my LAWS”.

So it is clear therefore that, long before the Mosaic laws were given, there were divine charges, statutes, commandments and laws set in place. God’s statement also suggests that, Abraham’s life was principally governed by those charges, statutes, commandments and laws.

Now, who among us know exactly what these, charges, commandments, statutes and laws comprised of, since the requirements were not specified by name? How can we ascertain what was part of it and what was not? By what process of elimination can we conclude that tithing was not part of the requirements spoken of in Gen. 26:5? Since we are not told what those commandments, statutes and laws were, any suggestion that tithing was not part of those ordinances would be nothing but pure speculation. And oh, how, many today, are guilty by making such conjecture! As it has always been, people who do not have the desire to do as God says, always try to find reason(s) to support their waywardness. They always point or make reference to circumstances that has nothing to do with them. If Abraham tithed to Melchizedek so what! GOD IS NOT ASKING ANYBODY TODAY TO DO THE SPECIFIC THINGS ABRAHAM DID, IS HE? But more will be said about this later. In the interim let me bring the following thoughts to bear: The Bible tells us that, when God wanted Abraham to sacrifice his son (Isaac), he (Abraham) complied. Now, was that Law or Grace? I mean, if Abraham had refused, could he have been accused of breaking God’s commandment. Notice that, if you answered “yes”, you can’t turn around and say that, Abraham lived without God’s laws or commandments. Every decree from God is binding. And a binding decree is a law!

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6).
These two quotations above (Rom. 10:17 and Heb. 11:6) suggest that Abraham could not have tithed without first hearing an instruction of some sort from God. Fallen man, by his own accord, cannot act or operate to the satisfaction of God. In order to please God, fallen man has to be notified of what needs to be done.
The outlook of fallen men – from God’s viewpoint – is pitiful, to say the least! Fallen men have not the slightest inkling what it takes to please God. Fallen men – including Abraham – possess no innate ability to know or speculate what may turn out to be a divine regulation. Contrary to what many people believe, Abraham – in a million years – could never have guessed that giving the tenth of one’s possession will please God. First of all, the Bible says that all divine regulations – until they are revealed – are secret. Notice:
“The secret things (i.e., divine regulations) belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29)
This evidently means until God Himself reveals a divine regulation there will be no way for any man to know or figure it out. It also means God’s divine regulations are simply beyond our finite minds. Romans 11:33 aptly declares that, God’s ways – i.e., His regulations – are “unsearchable” and “past finding out”. All this goes to show that Abraham’s knowledge or idea of the tithing ordinance could not have originated from himself. In all likelihood, he was instructed by God to pay tithe to Melchizedek. This view, to be sure, is in line with the divine premise “faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the word of God”. Those who beg to differ are by all means welcome to do so; however, these must embrace the grim reality that, if “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” then Abraham’s tithe – if it wasn’t through the inspiration of the Word of God – would have been deemed willful, sinful and unacceptable by God!

“Faithful” Abraham
We have seen the reason why Abraham is celebrated as “faithful”. He always did as he was instructed by God. He didn’t cut corners or look for ways to extricate himself from known divine commitments. Many a man would have given God a trunk load of excuses why they couldn’t sacrifice their son to Him! Abraham could have turned that whole thing on a spin, that is, if he had wanted to. All he had to do was to tell his wife, Sarah, what God wanted him to do with her son. And I tell you, not even the strength of Samson could have pulled Isaac away from old Sarah’s grip. There was no way Sarah would have allowed Isaac to go on that mountain, if she knew God had requested him to be sacrificed, you see. And Abraham of course knew that and so he kept the whole matter to himself. To ensure success of the whole operation he even convinced Isaac that “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (Gen 22:8). This is how Abraham lived his life. Once he was notified of a divine commitment, he finds every possible means to fulfill His Lord and Master’s order – even where and when there was a legitimate reason to doubt or question God’s motive – as it was in the case of the command to sacrifice Isaac.

The Bible reveals that, it is this kind of attitude that pleases God. And so, we are all called upon to imitate “faithful” or “obedient” Abraham. It is in this sense that, Abraham becomes “our father” (Rom. 4:16).
Unlike Abraham, many people try to intellectualize God’s Word that comes to them. But those who try to intellectualize God’s Word – more often than not – end up not obeying Him. You see, God’s decrees are not designed to make sense to us (mortal beings). Since – according to the Bible – God’s ways are not like our ways, it will always be hard for faithless or unspiritual minds to see or value God’s methods of operation.

1 Cor. 2:14 says,
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.

Because they operate on the physical level, faithless or unspiritual people struggle to find meaning to God’s method of operation. If – by their own judgments – they find a certain divine method impractical – as far as achieving a certain goal – they turn to something they feel more comfortable with. Such is the case of the “tithers” among us today. They perfectly understand that under grace, the believer is at liberty to give “according as he purposeth in his heart” (2 Cor. 9:7). But these brothers and sisters doubt that this mode of giving would be ideal for their personal need and the ministry task at hand. As one of their “pastors” put it, “It is hard to see how anyone can successfully ran a church in this modern era without the financial assurance of the tithing ordinance.”
So you see the “tithers” actually harbor a mistrust sentiment at the grace provision cited in 1 Cor.16:1, 2 and 2 Cor. 9:7. They don’t quite believe this grace provision can generate sufficient funds for their personal needs and the need of their ministries.

Free-will, Optional, or Voluntarily Tithing
It was Alexander Strauch who said, “Much of our church vocabulary today is unscriptural and misleading.”
How right was he! “Abraham tithed voluntarily” and “Abraham tithed of his own freewill” is a classic example of such unscriptural expressions. Abraham tithed “voluntarily” or of his own “free-will” is not only unscriptural, it is illogical. It is like somebody saying, “I pay my federal taxes voluntarily” or “I pay my taxes by my own free-will”.

How can you pay “voluntarily” or by your own “free-will” what has already been assessed of you to remit? Yet that is exactly what tithe advocates are implying – whether they are aware of it or not.

We need to understand that words like “Sabbath-keeping”, “Tithing”, “Circumcision”, “Baptism”, “Passover”, etc. etc. are used in Scriptures in specific contexts. And that any attempt to speculate or experiment their usage to suggest otherwise will undermine their natural understanding and deviate from their implied meaning. For example, the descendants of Abraham never could have said that, they “circumcised-voluntarily”. The reason is that, it was required of them by God to do so! (Genesis 17) For this same reason, Israelites at the time of Moses down through the time of Jesus couldn’t have said they “voluntarily kept the Sabbath”.

In the kingdom dispensation when Jesus sent the 12 to preach the gospel, He issued a specific order. In that order, He clearly showed the apostles how their Jews only hearers must appropriate themselves in order to benefit from their gospel (message). After telling His disciples what to say to the people, Jesus said to them: “He that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
Now, could those Jews who were obedient to the apostles’ gospel (message) later have said, they “voluntarily-baptized”? Of course, they couldn’t have said so; that gospel they heard required that they baptized – i.e., if they indeed wanted to take full advantage of the message!

So, you see, it is absolutely wrong to look upon statutes and judgments specified in divine covenants as “voluntarily”, “freely” or “optional”. There certainly are no options when it comes to the divine things of God. You are either obligated to do it or you are not obligated to do it!

Examples of Divine Obligation
In Acts 8:36, for example, the Ethiopian eunuch said to Philip, “See, here is water; what doth hinder (prevent) me to be baptized?” Philip responded, saying, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he (the eunuch) answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God”.
Notice the sense of obligation here. The narrative indicates Philip, as his evangelistic duty demanded, had beforehand stressed the need or necessity for the eunuch to submit to the baptismal rite, that is, if he (the eunuch) were to experience salvation through faith in Jesus as the Son of God. The eunuch, upon hearing Philip’s words, then, asked to be baptized at the first sight of a body of water. Now, after submitting to the baptismal rite – in the manner that he did – could he have said later that he baptized of his own volition or free-will? Of course, not! Submitting to the baptismal rite was the appropriate thing he had to do in order to consummate the salvation process which was set in motion by his expressed faith in Jesus as the Son of God. (Luke 1:32).

According to Mark 16:16, physical baptism was a necessary component in the salvation process in the kingdom redemption program. Notice that in Acts 2 when the all Jewish crowd asked the 12 apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Peter promptly said, “Repent, AND be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (vs. 38).
Verse 39: “Then they (i.e., Peter’s all Jewish audience) that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls”.
Now, again, could those Jewish folks who submitted to the baptismal rite on that occasion, have at a later date said, they baptized of their own volition or free-will? You say, oh no, they couldn’t have said so!

So you see why there shouldn’t be any place or room for “voluntarily-tithing” or “freewill tithing”? As I said, these “covenanted” words conveyed a sense of obligation. They carried specific conditions which the observer had to take into serious consideration.

Another example can be seen in the circumcision rite that God imposed on Abraham and his physical descendants. That decree required that the man child had to be 8 days old – no more, no less when that rite was observed or carried out. Notice what we read in Gen. 17:12-14:
“And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generation……….and the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from among his people; he has broken my covenant”.

And so concerning the baby Jesus we read in Luke 2: 21-24 that “when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her (Mary) purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 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.”
Notice how the requirements associated with “circumcision” as the “law of Moses” demanded was fulfilled. This is the biblical way of fulfilling God’s statute(s). All things associated with the said statute had to be complied with accordingly in order for the seeker to be approved or justified before God.
Baptism, for instance, was to be accompanied by repentance. The seeker couldn’t have been baptized without a verbal confession of sins.
The Sabbath also had to be observed on specific terms within a certain time frame – Friday evening to Saturday evening.

And Tithing was no different. ALL the terms and conditions regarding it had to be complied with if the seeker (the Jew) was to please God. As the nomenclature “tithing” suggests, the tenth part of the thing that was to be tithed was to be surrendered without question. But that’s not all that there was to it! God commanded Moses to make sure that, “If a man will at all redeem aught of his tithes, he shall ADD thereto the fifth part thereof” (Lev. 27:31).
This means, if – for example – your tithe for a particular week was $100 and for some reason you were not able to pay it, you could have been excused. But you must bear in mind that your decision to defer your payment carried a penalty. And the penalty was that – whenever you decided to pay or fulfill that obligation – you MUST ADD $20 (i.e., a 5th part or 20% of the original tithe intended for the Lord) in order for your tithe to be acceptable unto the Lord. This was the divine principle that governed tithing – when it was paid late. Now, when was the last time you heard a tithe preacher or advocate enforcing this rule. NEVER! Don’t their reminders only simply urge people to pay without further delay? But if these tithing enthusiasts are really committed to appropriating truth – as they would like us to believe – wouldn’t they say something about the 5th part or the 20% late charge? Why don’t they enforce this rule? Is the tithe for them or for God? Can the tax collector decide to forgive penalties assessed on defaulters?
Those who plan on practicing tithing should not take the view that “Under Grace” they have the right or option to go about it differently. They MUST obey all the rules associated with it. Scripture says we are NOT to add or take ought away from what God has ordained (Rev. 22:19). It is interesting that these same folks (tithe enthusiasts) constantly remind us that “God change not” (Mal. 3:6). “He is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever”, they say. Well, how does He suddenly change when it comes to the Leviticus 27:31stipulation?

As much as it is not stated anywhere in the Bible that the Leviticus 27:31 stipulation has been rescinded why don’t these preachers who beat the drums of tithing make equal noise about its obedience? Why are they silent about it? Hasn’t God commanded it to be so? Why don’t they want their congregation to know about it?

Who Are The Real Robbers Here?
Many churches actually keep record of those who are not current with their tithe payments. “God-robbers” of these sorts receive periodic reminders reminding them to pay up or face the wrath of God. But no one reminds these late-tithers to add the 5th part Leviticus 27:31 talks about. So the question is, is that provision (Lev. 27:31) part of God’s instructions or not? Church ministers who are accepting “late” tithes without the corresponding late-payment value – the 5th part – ought to know that, they are misrepresenting God. By not informing people about this stipulation – and by not enforcing it – that is, if the tithing ordinance was still in effect as they would want us to believe – tithe advocates would have been just as guilty as those of us who don’t pay. Who then is violating a clear mandate of God here? Who are the “God-robbers” here? Why aren’t these so-called ministers who are eager to bring ALL tithes into the storehouse educate their congregation about this stipulation? By failing to inform their congregation about the Lev. 27:31 stipulation – thereby causing them not to add or withhold the “late” fee – aren’t these ministers guilty of aiding people to rob God? How and when is God going to receive the “late” fee? Since they have taken it upon themselves to remind people about the original tithe, why don’t these ministers also make it their responsibility reminding people about the 5th part or the 20% late fee?
When this question was put to one pastor he candidly responded: “It is difficult as it is to get people to pay the tithe itself; how are we going to get them to pay the 5th part or the 20% late fee?”

“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? ...thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonorest thou God?” (Rom. 2:21-23)
Tithe advocates also claim that our actions should not be different from that of Abraham. In other words if Abraham was able to tithe without the law, then we should also be able to do the same, since he (Abraham), they say, is the “father of our faith”. But careful analysis will show that their suggestion is neither scriptural nor sensible.

To start, we say that, if Abraham was under no obligation to tithe – as they claim – then commonsense would dictate that, God mustn’t have had any reason to expect any tithe from him. And it also follows that God would not have been angry with Abraham had he decided not to tithe. Secondly, if Abraham was at liberty to tithe then he was also at liberty not to tithe at all. It is again reasonable to say that, Abraham could have used or exercised his liberty or “free-will” one way or another without offending God.

Now, if we – as proponents of tithing claim – are in the same position as Abraham was, why can’t we also, exercise our liberty not to tithe without offending God or incurring His wrath? If Abraham was under no compulsion to tithe as they claim, why are we? Why are we not free from the law or any obligation just as he was? Why are we being threatened with the divine curses from Malachi chapter 3? How did we rob God if we, like Abraham, are under no obligation to tithe to God? Could Abraham have been accused of robbing God had he decided to use his liberty or “free-will” not to tithe? Could God have pronounced curses on Abraham had he exercised his liberty or “freewill” not to tithe?

After declaring that, “WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE LAW”, why would God demand from us what only the law can give? Furthermore, why will God demand from us what His own principles forbade?
Hebrews Chapter 7:1-10
Proponents of tithing quite often refer to the 7th chapter of the book of Hebrews to emphasize the fact that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. But nobody is disputing that fact; every student of the Bible will have to acknowledge that fact. What we need to determine though is why did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek? The writer to the Hebrews stated that,
“the Levites also “PAID” tithes in Abraham” (Heb. 7: 9) when Melchizedek met him. Levi – according to Scripture – was the grandson of Abraham. He (Levi) had not yet been born at the time when Abraham met Melchizedek – and made payment of tithe to him. Note what verse (9) says:
“And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, PAID tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father (Abraham), when Melchizedek met him”.
“PAID”, here strongly suggests a fulfillment or a settlement of a debt obligation, does it not? The question is if Levi, (Abraham’s grandson) was said to have “PAID” his tithes – that is, fulfilling or settling his debt obligation – how’s Abraham’s tithe optional, “freewill” or “voluntary”?

In the opening of our discussion, we pointed out that, the Israelites who were with Moses were PROHIBITED from doing or carrying out the specific things Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did.
Let’s refresh our minds once more with what Moses said to the Israelites who lived in his generation. Note:
“And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep and do them. The LORD our God made a covenant with US in Horeb. The LORD made NOT this covenant with our fathers, BUT WITH US, even US, who are all of us here alive this day” (Deut. 5:1-3).
The question is: if the Israelites who were with Moses – who also happened to be the physical descendants of Abraham by way of circumcision – were NOT ALLOWED to do or carry out the specific things Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did – what makes anybody think we – uncircumcised Gentiles – with no PHYSICAL connection whatsoever to the man Abraham – several thousands of years later – have the RIGHT to do or carry out any of those statutes and judgments – like tithing?

Do you see how the claim that we (Christians) ought to tithe because Abraham tithed (to Melchizedek) is without merit?
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SO YOU WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS?

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN WERE WRITTEN FOR OUR "LEARNING," BUT 'NOT' FOR OUR 'OBEDIENCE' TODAY

Mt 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mt 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mt 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mt 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mt 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mt 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Are you keeping all the commandments?
Have you sold all your possessions, and given the money to the poor?

Has your pastor?
Does your pastor drive an old car and have one pair of sandals and old cloths?
Does your pastors wife wear the same dress every Sunday?

No? Well than what are you talking about you are following Jesus?

A good Bible student understands the whole Bible is written for our learning and edification.
But to think the whole Bible is written to us in this time only leads to confusion and contradiction.
This is why so many are so easily duped by the modern church who will be more than happy to step in and explain things to you.
A good Bible student understands how to rightly divide what parts of the Bible were meant for the nation of Israel 2000 years ago, and what parts of the Bible are meant for us in this time.

The Lord Jesus sent Paul to us.
Paul is the Apostle to the gentiles-- you and me.
The Lord Jesus wants us to follow Paul and do what Paul tells us.

1Co 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
We will be judged by God according to Paul's gospel!

Ro 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

We get our doctrine from Paul's 13 letters Romans through Philemon.

Dispel confusion and dependence on religion that only wants to control you and steal your money.
Make things simple for yourself.
Read Paul's letters, learn how to feel peace and security by trusting Christ.
Then tell somebody you care about.

TO BE SAVED INSTANTLY: Without doing, saying, or praying anything, simply TRUST 100% in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as YOUR Saviour, BELIEVING that Christ died for ALL your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day to justify YOU.
If you have ever once BELIEVED this, then you are SEALED by God's Holy Spirit of promise, saved from Hell, having forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal life in heaven.
Read it for yourself in a King James Bible.
Ro 1:16; 1Cor 15:1-4; Eph 1:13; Eph 2:8-9; Ro 4:24,25; Co 1:14; Tit 3:5; Ro 6:23; Tit 3:7; Eph 1:7; Col 2:13 KJV.

People die and go to Hell every day having their sins PAID FOR but no one dies and goes to Hell having their sins FORGIVEN. Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has been accepted.
Trust Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour!
Do it now!

This is the good news gospel that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ gave to Paul.



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TO DEBATE OR NOT TO DEBATE?

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS – WHAT’S NEW?

Throughout history it’s been the GOAL of political world powers to BLEND the religions of the world with Judaism and Christianity, in order to maintain a certain amount of control over the people, and gaining their cooperation under the guise of “peace.” However, in contrast, God’s word instructs Christians NOT TO BLEND, but to withdraw ourselves from unbelievers and be unattached to things of this world. This particular Christian practice is a big part of WHY the world hates us. While the world cries for “unity,” God’s word commands believers to SEPARATE. So, from the WORLD’S perspective we believers are uncooperative, uncompromising trouble-makers.

But, this is what God says about UNBELIEVERS …

Ro 3:16 KJV: “Destruction and misery are in their ways:”
Ro 3:17 KJV: “And the way of peace have they not known:”
Ro 3:18 KJV: “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Some of the earliest followers of apostle Paul successfully established beautiful ISOLATED communities of believers, and THRIVED PEACEABLY until the Roman Catholic Church put a stop to it by putting them to death for the supposed crime of ‘heresy.’ One of those community of believers was actually called Paulicians.

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Learn More About The Paulicians ...

THE PAULICIANS AND THE PRESERVED TEXT - (1-hr Video) - by Pastor Bryan Ross - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNBaEhcxhmE

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Q: HOW DO WE HANDLE THOSE WHO REJECT PAUL’S DOCTRINE AFTER THE SECOND TIME WE PRESENT IT TO THEM?

A: AVOID, SHUN, and WITHDRAW THYSELF

Often times in our walk as ambassadors for Christ we come across those who are unkind towards us after presenting to them the truth of the Bible rightly divided. And then there are those times when a person will contact us and be rude and accusatory for no apparent reason. Sometimes those confrontations can leave us upset for days. Because we are sincere in our efforts to deliver the truth of the gospel and the knowledge of God’s word rightly divided, we are sometimes shocked at other’s almost violent rejection of the truth. Some aggressively attack us verbally and even stalk us online.

Some are so offended by our message, that they misinterpret our intentions and accuse us of trying to be ‘above’ them in authority. However, we DON’T seek authority over ANYONE. We are simply looking for those who are willing to ACCEPT the KJV Bible as THE absolute authority of GOD, and the truth of the gospel of Christ as received by our apostle Paul. It’s not about US having the authority, it’s about inviting others to willingly submit to God’s WRITTEN authority, and particularly those Scriptures addressed specifically TO us the church the Body of Christ (Paul’s writings = Romans thru Philemon, KJV).

One of the saddest experiences we believers can have is being persecuted by a fellow KJV believer who refuses to acknowledge certain Scriptures that we present. Some of them even use harsh language, cursing, and make false accusations against us. It can be very discouraging at times.

Besides Jesus Christ Himself, no one else has been as persecuted as our apostle Paul. We who follow Paul’s writings suffer persecution from scoffers, unbelievers, infiltrators … those who have turned away from the truth of God’s word for filthy lucre’s sake or to satisfy their own itching ears.

The bright side is that God has blessed the Body of Christ with Paul’s writings perfectly preserved in the KJV Bible. Romans thru Philemon KJV contain much insight, comfort, and instructions on HOW TO DEAL WITH doubters, debaters, and those who persecute us. Paul had much experience with these kinds of people and he received the council of God regarding these things and THANK GOD he passed that wisdom on to us!

When I first started this FB ministry, I'd spend a lot of time with one person trying to ‘convince’ them of the truth by presenting the appropriate KJV Scriptures. After all, SURELY if shown the Scriptures that PLAINLY and CLEARLY state the truth of a matter they will be happy to RECEIVE it by FAITH, right?

Well, to my disappointment, they almost always completely IGNORED the verses, then they would change the subject quickly by using a verse OUTSIDE of Romans thru Philemon to dispute what I had shown them. And, when I’d try to explain to them that PAUL IS OUR APOSTLE and that ONLY his writings are TO us the Body of Christ, they almost always got upset and some even ask/accused me of being part of some cult.

I would usually get frustrated, discouraged, and emotionally distraught over those turbulent confrontations. I’d cry over it, pray about it, and sometimes even worry myself physically sick. My intentions were pure, but my approach was NOT in line with what Paul teaches. I was trying to spread the knowledge of God according to worldly techniques, instead of obeying God’s instructions TO me (Romans thru Philemon, KJV).

After many, many failed attempts that left me drained, I then looked to Paul's writings for answers. While Paul's way seemed rather extreme, inflexible, cold and unloving, I kept in memory that his words are GOD'S council TO ME and just decided to TRUST GOD and APPLY Paul's principles, despite myself.

Lo and behold, things did get better! Did more folks accept the truth of God’s word? Nope; nothing changed there. However, very soon after implementing Pauline principles, I wasn’t wasting near as much TIME with those who weren’t really interested in TRUTH, nor was I losing sleep from being an emotional wreck. No longer did I allow others to draw me into long fruitless DEBATES … which almost always turns into ugly drama.

As my daughter pointed out, "Paul is TOUGH." That’s an understatement! Paul teaches extreme ‘tough love,’ for sure!!! Paul’s dedication to the TRUTH and his approach to standing fast in the true faith is STERN, FIRM, ORDERLY and UNCOMPROMISING. Those are the qualities that I think some people mistake for ‘harsh.’ Firm and stern AREN’T necessarily ‘mean and harsh,’ but to someone with an AGENDA TO CHANGE OUR MIND—and/or to be involved in our life—it might ‘feel’ harsh and cruel to them when we remain UNSHAKABLE in the grace doctrine. Because our faith is BUILT ON rightly dividing God’s word of truth, people WILL hate us, call us ugly names, accuse us of heresy, and falsely represent our teachings because of their own ignorance.

But these things should NOT surprise us because Paul tells us to expect persecution. Paul tells us that we WILL SUFFER …

Php 1:29-30 KJV: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE; [30] Having the SAME CONFLICT which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.”

1Th 3:4a KJV: “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that WE SHOULD SUFFER TRIBULATION;”

2Ti 3:12 KJV: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION.”

So, as ambassadors for Christ, we WILL suffer persecution, but fortunately Paul gives us much INSTRUCTION on how to deal with it within our mind for our own spiritual benefit, and how to handle it outwardly for our ministry’s advantage practically.

2Ti 2:14-16 KJV: “Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they STRIVE NOT about words to NO PROFIT, but to the subverting of the hearers. [15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [16] But SHUN profane and vain BABBLINGS: for they WILL INCREASE unto MORE ungodliness.”

Apostle Paul instructs us to simply and plainly PRESENT—NOT PUSH—the correct truth of God a couple of times to a person, then AFTER THE SECOND TIME IF they still won't receive it as truth, then we are to REJECT THEM (that’s the part they really hate).

PAUL WRITES TO BELIEVERS ...

2Th 3:6 KJV: “Now WE COMMAND YOU, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye **WITHDRAW YOURSELVES** from EVERY brother that walketh disorderly, and NOT after the tradition which he RECEIVED OF US [ i.e. Paul’s doctrine; Romans thru Philemon, KJV ].”

Tit 3:10-11 KJV: "A man that is an HERETICK after the first and SECOND admonition **REJECT**; [11] Knowing that he that is such IS subverted [ i.e. not approved of God ], and sinneth, being condemned of himself."

Ro 16:17-18 KJV: “Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned [ i.e. from apostle Paul ]; and **AVOID THEM**. [18] FOR THEY that are such SERVE NOT our Lord Jesus Christ, BUT THEIR OWN BELLY; and by good words and fair speeches DECEIVE the hearts of THE SIMPLE.”

2Ti 2:23 KJV: “But foolish and unlearned questions AVOID, knowing that THEY DO gender STRIFES.”

Tit 3:9 KJV: “But AVOID foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE and VAIN.”

1Ti 6:3-5 KJV: "If any man TEACH OTHERWISE, and CONSENT NOT TO WHOLESOME WORDS, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, AND TO THE DOCTRINE which is ACCORDING TO GODLINESS; [4] He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, WHEREOF COMETH envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, [5] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, supposing that gain is godliness: **FROM SUCH WITHDRAW THYSELF**."

Paul’s instructions above are quite stern, yet crystal clear. Paul tells us WHY we should MARK, AVOID, and SHUN them, which also helps us to qualify their real IDENTITY, their true MOTIVES, their deceptive TACTICS, and the evil RESULTS of us participating in their activities. You might consider re-reading the verses above and note these helpful guidelines given to us by the Lord.

Notice that Paul does NOT instruct us to speculate about “where they’re coming from,” nor try to understand their personality. Paul does NOT tell us to delve into their psyche, nor to find out about their past experiences. Paul simply teaches us to present the TRUTH to them once or twice, and if they won’t receive it, reject them, avoid them, and shun them. We are NOT told to psycho-analyze others, we are commanded to share Paul’s gospel and the knowledge of the truth as “we use great PLAINNESS of speech” (2Co 3:12 KJV).

ITS SIMPLE: Our job is to just put God’s truth out there PLAINLY, knowing that MOST WILL reject it, and patiently with longsuffering spend time teaching THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED IT IN TRUTH and ARE WILLING TO LEARN MORE, while AVOIDING those who turn from the truth and insist on debating.

Do you want to simplify your ministry? Then do THAT.

And, if you think DEBATE is a ‘good’ thing, think again, because God DISAGREES. Just take a look at all the terrible sins our God-appointed teacher, Paul, lumps 'debate' in with, below.

PAUL WRITES TO US BELIEVERS …

Ro 1:29 KJV: “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, DEBATE, deceit, malignity; whisperers,”

2Co 12:20 KJV: “For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be DEBATES, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:”

Debate gives the debater a natural high similar to what a sales person gets when trying to ‘sell’ someone something. Simply put: debate can turn into a big ego-trip FAST. When it comes to rightly dividing the word of truth, THERE IS NO DEBATE because we HAVE God’s pure wordS perfectly preserved in the KJV Bible. Our job is to study it, believe it, and to APPLY to our lives those things written TO US (Romans thru Philemon, KJV).

Those of us who BELIEVE GOD and make God’s word (KJV) our ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY stick together, love one another, and support one another. The rest are suppose to be KEPT OUTSIDE OF OUR CIRCLES until they come to us showing a SINCERE willingness to LEARN rightly dividing the word of truth (but we will be hated for it).

PAUL WRITES TO BELIEVERS …

Ro 14:1 KJV: “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, BUT NOT TO **DOUBTFUL DISPUTATIONS**.”

2Co 6:14 KJV: “BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS: for what fellowship hath righteousness [ i.e. the saved ] with unrighteousness [ i.e. unsaved ]? and what communion hath light [ i.e. truth ] with darkness [ i.e. lies ]?”

2Co 6:17a KJV: “Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, and **BE YE SEPARATE**, saith the Lord,”

Those on the outside might not like our rejecting them, they may even loudly protest against our God-approved methods, calling us mean and heartless, but WE SHOULD STAND UNMOVABLE in the Body of Christ’s GRACE DOCTRINE because we have come to the knowledge of the truth and because we are so GRATFUL for the blessings that God has freely GIVEN TO US.

PAUL WRITES TO BELIEVERS …

Eph 1:3 KJV: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, WHO HATH BLESSED US with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

1Co 14:37 KJV: “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that THE THINGS THAT I WRITE ARE THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD.”

Tit 2:1 KJV: “But speak thou the things which become SOUND DOCTRINE:”

2Ti 3:10a KJV: “But thou hast fully known MY DOCTRINE,”

1Ti 1:3b KJV: “ …TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE,”

1Ti 4:16 KJV: "TAKE HEED unto thyself, and UNTO THE DOCTRINE; CONTINUE IN THEM: for in doing this thou shalt both SAVE thyself, and them that HEAR thee."

1Ti 4:15 KJV: “Meditate upon these things; GIVE THYSELF WHOLLY TO THEM; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Tit 1:10 KJV: “For there are MANY UNRULY and VAIN TALKERS and DECEIVERS, specially they of the circumcision [ i.e. who teach the laws and ordinances from the Jewish Scriptures ]: [11] Whose mouths must be stopped, who SUBVERT whole houses, TEACHING things which they ought not, FOR FILTHY LUCRE’S SAKE [ i.e. for material gain ].”

1Co 5:13 KJV: “But them that are WITHOUT [ i.e. unbelievers ] God judgeth. Therefore PUT AWAY FROM among yourselves THAT WICKED PERSON.”

Those who reject Pauline doctrine from the KJV Bible like to complain about us rejecting them and refusing to listen to their false teachings. These same folks have a strong tendency to accuse us of being “un-Christian-like” for excluding them from our groups. And, in order to PRESSURE US into allowing them to be part of our group and ‘tolerating’ their unruly behaviours—and even pressure us to allow them to ‘teach us’—they commonly pull out the LOVE CARD, arguing that ‘Christians’ are to show “charity” and “love” toward one another in an attempt to make us feel OBLIGATED to live by THEIR worldly definition of “love” and “charity,” and expect us to completely IGNORE PAUL’S COMMAND TO avoid, shun, and withdraw from those who don’t abide in Paul’s teachings.

In reality, these folks know NOTHING about the true biblical meanings of love and charity according apostle Paul, nor do they know what our INSTRUCTIONS are from SOUND DOCTRINE (Romans thru Philemon, KJV), and more times than not, THEY DON’T CARE! These are NOT our brethren. Our brethren are those who believe Paul’s gospel and believe & follow Paul’s doctrine. THAT’S who our ‘brethren’ are. Those saved individuals who REJECT Paul's writings ( Romans thru Philemon ) as "THE" SOUND DOCTRINE TO THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST, they are the ones that Paul says are the “falling away.” Sure, they might be saved, but they have fallen away from the GRACE faith by rejecting sound doctrine. So, don’t let those who AREN’T “rightly dividing” try to manipulate you into going against what Paul teaches regarding this issue.

It’s important to know who's NOT YOUR BRETHREN, so you know who to SEPARATE yourselves from.

The problem, of course, is that most of these unruly vain-talkers are unknowingly UNSAVED, yet some of them are convinced in their own mind that they are trying to “save” us. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be comical. But, it’s not funny at all. These are ETERNAL SOULS we are dealing with and hell is the real and horrible destiny for all UNBELIEVERS OF PAUL’S GOSPEL (1Cor 15:1-4 KJV) during this current dispensation of grace.

However, despite the fact that our hearts burn to “have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth,” WE STILL ARE SUPPOSE TO KEEP OUR GATHERING OF BELIEVERS SEPARATE FROM THE UNBELIEVERS; Paul is firm and clear on this matter. Unfortunately, such groups are few and far between.

Consider the NEW BELIEVERS: once they are saved by grace they NEED a group of other BELIEVERS and TEACHERS OF SOUND DOCTRINE to guide them and comfort them and encourage them with the RIGHT SCRIPTURES from the one true Bible (KJV). But, if our gatherings have KNOWN UNBELIEVERS who are also ALLOWED TO TEACH their false doctrines, and/or from false bibles, and actually permitted to HEAVILY DEBATE those who have been faithfully teaching the TRUTH, these BABES IN CHRIST will be confused and not know who or what to believe. And before they even get a chance to learn the Scriptures rightly divided, they are likely to just give up and leave. They may even join one of those traditional churches that teaches covenant/replacement theology and become a victim of “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2Ti 3:7 KJV).

That’s the RESULT of allowing DEBATE, FALSE TEACHERS and BIBLE AGNOSTICS into our groups! Debate poisons a group. And debate arises when those who don’t BELIEVE GOD’S WORDS TRY TO TEACH among those who have come to the knowledge of the word of truth.

Of course, we KNOW almost ALL traditional churches make the mistake of mixing believers with unbelievers in their Sunday and Wednesday gatherings. It’s such a common practice, in fact, that it has become TRADITION. It’s considered the norm by most ‘Christians’, yet IT GOES AGAINST THE TEACHINGS OF PAUL.

PAUL WRITES TO BELIEVERS …

2Ti 2:1-3 KJV: “Thou therefore, my son, BE STRONG IN THE GRACE that is in Christ Jesus. [2] And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, THE SAME COMMIT THOU TO FAITHFUL MEN, WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO. [3] Thou therefore ENDURE HARDNESS [ i.e. suffer trouble ], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

Groups who have allowed their groups to be taken over by modern bible users and by those who teach against Paul’s teachings, those groups are no longer “the pillar and ground of the truth.” While those faithful KJV MAD teachers who leave these unruly groups have done EXACTLY what Paul INSTRUCTS us believers to DO: AVOID, SHUN, and WITHDRAW THYSELF.

APOSTLE PAUL WRITES TO BELIEVERS …

Ro 12:2 KJV: “And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that ye may PROVE what is that GOOD, and ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.”

Ro 14:18-19 KJV: “For he that in these things SERVETH CHRIST is acceptable to God, and approved of men. [19] Let us therefore FOLLOW AFTER THE THINGS WHICH MAKE FOR PEACE, AND THINGS wherewith one may EDIFY ANOTHER.”

1Co 7:23 KJV: “Ye are bought with a price; BE NOT YE THE SERVANTS OF MEN.”

Ga 1:10 KJV: “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? FOR IF I YET PLEASED MEN, I SHOULD **NOT BE** THE SERVANT OF CHRIST.”

Eph 6:6 KJV: “NOT with eyeservice, as menpleasers; BUT AS THE SERVANTS OF CHRIST, DOING THE WILL OF GOD from the heart;”

Ga 5:13 KJV: “For, BRETHERN [ i.e. believers who follow Paul’s teachings ], ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but BY LOVE SERVE ONE ANOTHER [ i.e. the saved followers of Paul's doctrine ].”

Q: Where do we find the WILL OF GOD for us TODAY?

A: Romans thru Philemon, KJV.
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I AM NEW TO THE BIBLE, SO
WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN?
by Shawn Brasseaux

That is a great question, and I would be delighted to answer it!

Firstly, have or buy a King James Bible. You should begin reading it in the book of Romans, whether you are a Christian or not. The book of Romans is the most basic Bible book for this the Dispensation of the Grace of God. Chapters 1-5 tell you how to be saved from your sins unto eternal life, chapters 6-8 give you a basic outline of how the Christian life operates, chapters 9-11 orient you so that you see some of the differences between prophecy and mystery (that is, the nation Israel’s past, present, and future statuses, and how we are not related to Israel), and chapters 12-16 instruct you as to how to apply the grace doctrines to specific life issues. No matter where you are in life, Romans is the most practical Bible book, the foundational book of Paul’s epistles. Try to concentrate on Romans before you “venture out” to other Bible books. Perhaps read the book of Romans five or ten times. The Bible is a big book, so you must start out basic—Romans is the most basic book regarding God’s current dealings with you and me.

In this study, I will proceed to provide you with some additional advice regarding Bible reading and Bible study.

THREE-FOLD EDIFICATION PROCESS FOR THE BELIEVER

Once you read and understand the Gospel of the Grace of God (discussed quite thoroughly in the first five chapters of Romans), then you can place your faith/trust in Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork as sufficient payment for your sins. You will then be a Christian in God’s sight, a member of the Church the Body of Christ, a child of God, and a citizen of heaven.

After you are saved unto justification (a right standing before God) unto eternal life, God wants to “stablish” (stabilize) your Christian life and inner man by using a three-fold process. God wants you to understand the life that He has given to you in Christ Jesus, so that you can better understand what He is doing today, and then you can, by faith, follow Him and do the same. This is how we discover and do God’s will for our lives.

The Bible says in Romans 16:25-26: “[25] Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, [26] But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

Notice the three-fold process of Christian edification as listed in the above verses:

“my gospel”—Paul’s Gospel, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, is the foundation of the Christian life

“the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery”—this is Paul’s epistles of Romans through Philemon, the sound doctrine (building materials) which we use to build on that foundation

“the scriptures of the prophets”—this is all of the Holy Scriptures, in light of the doctrine revealed to Paul.

When Paul urged Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), what he meant was that Timothy was to recognize divisions in the Bible that God had already made. Timothy was to “rightly divide the word of truth.” Essentially, Timothy was to understand that the resurrected, ascended, and glorified Lord Jesus Christ had given the Apostle Paul a special ministry and message, and he was to make sure that he did not confuse Paul with other divine spokesmen in Scripture, that he not confuse Paul’s writings with other Bible writers (as those were doing in verses 17-18, and are still doing today in much of Christendom). Paul was the man whom God sent to speak to us Gentiles (Romans 11:13). In Paul’s epistles alone, we find our doctrine, duty, walk, and destiny. All of the Bible is for us, but not all of the Bible is to us and not all of the Bible is about us (remember, most of the Bible is written to and is about the nation Israel, not us). We do not go to Israel’s program and claim Israel’s verses. God’s Word to us is Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon. Paul is our apostle. Paul was sent to us Gentiles. We follow God’s design for Christian edification, and we seek God’s approval, not man’s approval (2 Timothy 2:15).

We study all of the Bible, Genesis through Revelation, but we follow the design of Christian edification as laid out in Romans 16:25-26. If we refuse to follow the dispensational layout of Scripture, and most people do refuse it, then we will be going against what God is doing today, and our Christian lives will be in shambles (which is why Christendom is in such pitiful shape!).

DAILY BIBLE READING IN LIGHT OF THE THREE-FOLD EDIFICATION

You should make it a habit to read your King James Bible daily. You may want to read a few verses, or maybe a chapter—the number of verses is up to you but, in light of Romans 16:25-26, this is how I would recommend that you should read your Bible for the first time:

Read through the book of Romans (16 chapters), and then proceed to read through to Philemon (1 Corinthians to Philemon are the 12 books after Romans)—the 13 books of Romans through Philemon are frequently called the “Pauline epistles.” Actually, if you read three or four chapters daily, you could read through Paul’s epistles in about three weeks.

After you read Romans through Philemon, start in Matthew and read all the way through to the Bible’s last book, the Revelation—the 27 books of Matthew through the Revelation are commonly called the “New Testament Scriptures.” If you read three or four chapters a day, you could read through the New Testament in about three months.

Once you reach the Revelation, then you can begin in Genesis, the Bible’s first book, and read all the way through to Malachi (the 39 books, Genesis through Malachi, are commonly called the “Old Testament Scriptures”). Then, read from Matthew to the Revelation, the Bible’s last book (for a total of 66 books). (NOTE: Depending on your reading speed, it may take you a year or two in order to do all three steps, and that is fine. The goal is not to hurry through to see how much you can read; your purpose is to at least expose yourself to God’s Word, and the “general feel” of the text will gradually become more pronounced as you read it through every year. The more you read the Scriptures, the more they will make sense to you.)

After you have completed steps 1-3, get in the habit of reading your Bible through at least once a year (Genesis through Revelation). In addition to reading, you should study it, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Studying is much more intensive than just reading; studying is comparing or contrasting one verse with another verse, usually concerning a particular theme/issue/doctrine. A Strong’s Concordance can be useful in this regard. While they are interesting, studies in Greek and Hebrew will not benefit those new to the Bible; please guard yourself against those who stress the original Bible languages to the extent that they change the English text that you can read for yourself. You actually do not need to know anything about Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible—many times, such knowledge is a hindrance to Bible comprehension.

TWO BIBLE PASSAGES WORTH MEMORIZING FIRST

As a side-note, any new Christians, or anyone new to the Bible, should memorize the Gospel of the Grace of God: “How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The average professing Christian cannot adequately or clearly quote this Gospel message, and it is so sad it is beyond words. If you remember nothing else from the Bible, please remember 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. It is the greatest passage in all of Scripture! It is the greatest message the God of the Bible has ever told all of mankind!

Romans 5:1-11, as it is written in the King James Bible, should also be memorized as soon as possible: “[1] Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [2] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; [4] And patience, experience; and experience, hope: [5] And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. [6] For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. [8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. [10] For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. [11] And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Friend, one day in the future, you will learn just how helpful this passage will be in your life!

A FEW WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Whatever you do, please do not begin reading in, or trying to understand the Bible by using, the book of Acts. Acts can be a very confusing book if not understood dispensationally. Acts is a transitional book that documents God turning away from Israel (Peter and the 11’s ministry) and Him dealing with Gentiles/non-Jews (Paul’s ministry). Like I suggested earlier, before reading Acts, read Paul’s epistles first and then read the New Testament (Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament Scriptures).

Bear in mind that you will not understand everything in the Old Testament. Do not grow weary when you read through extensive genealogical records like those in the first 10 chapters of Genesis, or the first 11 chapters of 1 Chronicles, or Matthew chapter 1, or Luke chapter 3. Do not get wrapped up in trying to comprehend all of the prophetic utterances like those in the books of Daniel and the Revelation—these are not written for our time or circumstances anyway, so we are not meant to understand them thoroughly. We can and should study them when we progress in spiritual maturity, but prophecy is usually very cumbersome for new believers or anyone new to Scripture.

Lastly, we have a Bible question-and-answer website that you can consult or use to submit Bible questions to me. Whatever we can do to further your understanding of the Holy Bible, please let us know. You can check out https://forwhatsaiththescriptures.wordpress.com for more information.

SOME FINAL WORDS – DO WE STUDY ONLY PAUL’S EPISTLES? (NO!)

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). All of the Bible is God’s Word, so we study all 66 books of the King James Bible (Genesis to Revelation). But, unlike most churches and professing Christians, we study the entire Bible according to the “revelation of the mystery,” (in light of the Pauline epistles, Romans through Philemon). When studying a particular Bible passage, you first need to establish the following, in this order:

who is writing/speaking,

to whom are they writing, and

what are they writing.

Again, keep in mind that Paul’s epistles of Romans through Philemon are what God has to say to you, and the rest of the Bible deals with another program, Israel’s program. If Paul does not instruct you to do it, then God does not expect you to practice it in your life.

While I will conclude this study for sake of brevity (for fear of not being able to do justice to related topics I would like to address here), I do highly recommend that you see our three related Bible studies linked below. They will expand on issues we have only briefly discussed here.

Please see our Bible timelines, a printable black-and-white version and a color version, as well as our One-Year Bible Reading Schedule. You will find all of these resources on our Bible study-aids page [ found here --> https://goo.gl/EDPmvk ].

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

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The above study can be found online here -->

I AM NEW TO THE BIBLE, SO WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN? - by Shawn Brasseaux - https://forwhatsaiththescriptures.wordpress.com/…/i-am-new…/

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Other related studies ...

WHAT IS DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY ANYWAY? - by Shawn Brasseaux - https://333wordsofgrace.wordpress.com/whats-dispensational…/

WHY CAN I NOT GET ANYTHING OUT OF THE BIBLE WHEN I READ IT? - by Shawn Brasseaux - https://forwhatsaiththescriptures.wordpress.com/…/get-noth…/

DOES GOD INTERVENE IN MY LIFE? IF SO, HOW? - by Shawn Brasseaux - https://forwhatsaiththescriptures.wordpress.com/…/gods-int…/
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