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Avoiding Deception. (Part 2/II)

(THE) ONE TRUE CHURCH?

In recent years the ecumenical movement has gained support among many Christian people. We are urged to lay down our differences and join with those of other faiths for the furtherance of the Gospel. With an organization of all Catholic and Protestant people, vast wealth and political power would be available to achieve the goals which would be considered desirable. It would be more convincing and drawing to the vast, non-Christian population of the world, it pointed out.

The arguments for this movement are plausible at first glance, but let us consider them carefully. First of all, what will be the requirements for membership in this super/mega church or organization? Will it be, “Ye must be born again” (Jesus’ own words in John 3:7)? Will it be faith in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus and believing on Him as the Scriptures have said? Will it be a life cleansed through the words of Christ and abiding in Him proved by keeping His commandments? (John 15:1-10). Will it be Jesus’ words, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you,” (John 15:12)?

Christian fellowship must be established on something deeper than a willingness to ignore our differences. The prophet Amos asked, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). The answer is obvious. Apostle Paul further admonishes, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2 Corinthians 6:14,15).

Some believe the merging of churches is the answer to greater fellowship and unity. Sometimes this has taken place where there was a difference in basic doctrines. When this is true a compromise must be worked out to get along at all. Satan is the greatest compromise-r of all time, urging us to give in a little here and a little there to attain his purpose. When the Truth is lost a little at a time, it may not be very noticeable, but it is lost nevertheless.

God’s call to His people is: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Also, in Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.” The course for God’s children to take is clearly outlined by the above Scriptures.

RECOGNIZING FALSE TEACHING(S).

Tracts, magazines, books, radio, and television are flooding the world with false and misleading teaching. Care must be taken to choose our reading material(s) wisely so that it will not contain teachings and concepts that are not sound. If we open our minds to study religious or cults not based on scriptural principles and standards, Satan will have a good change to mislead up and it may be very difficult to find our way back. We are warned of the danger of following false prophets or teachers, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves,” (Matthew 7:15). Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light and his ministers and deceitful workers into apostles of Christ and ministers of righteousness, but their end shall be according to their works.

PROVING OURSELVES.

How, then, can we know whether we are deceived ourselves or following one of the false teachers? There are ways for us to know. Have we been born again and become God’s child? (John 3:3). Do we find fellowship with God and His children? “But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7). Do we have a submissive spirit that is easily entreated or do we feel others should be more tolerant of us and our convictions, attitudes, weaknesses and ye, even waywardness? (Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:7; 1 Peter 5:5).

Do we feel misunderstood, picked on or persecuted when others reprove us, perhaps feeling that we are getting treated as Job’s friends treated him? Do we cling to our own light, or do we accept the thought that God may also be speaking to us through others?

Are we really, honestly doing what we know is right? Are we really obeying God and His Word? If so, we will have the Witness of the Holy Ghost in our hearts (Acts 5:32). We will abide in Christ, the true vine, and bear fruit as one of the branches. We will rejoice in the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord, denying ourselves of ungodliness and worldly lusts and living “Soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:12,13).

If we allow a love for self and the world to blind our eyes to the will of God, we will develop a resistance to God’s will and grieve away the Spirit of God. Then Stan comes as an angel of light and we listen to him because it appeals to our carnal mind. Little by little we accept a broader, easier way, thinking it is God’s leading. To think we are right when we are wrong is deception.

If we keep God’s Word He is faithful to keep His. He says, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall com upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the face of the earth,” (Revelation 3:10). The almighty power of Christ prevents Satan from deceiving those who keep His Word.

There are those who will be turned to the left hand at the Judgment Bar of God who expected to be among those invited in to receive the reward of eternal life (please read Matthew 25). How terribly tragic to go through life, expecting to be saved only to be rejected by the just and righteous Judge in the day when mercy will be past. These poor, wretched souls were deceived, but at one time they surely knew that they were starting down the wrong road. Paul told the idol worshipers that God “left not himself without witness,” (Acts 14:17). No one will be able to stand up at the Final Judgment and accuse God of being unfair because they didn’t know they were being deceived. He will tell them to remember when He witnessed to them, perhaps through His Word, His Spirit, or one of His servants, warning them that they were starting down the wrong road on which Satan was finally able to deceive them.

If we have been deceived let us turn around and say like the prodigal son, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants,” (Luke 15:18,19).

When we come to Him penitently like the prodigal son did, God will forgive us and restore us as His child. Then we can rightly claim God as our Father. This loving Father will never deceive us or let us down.

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What God Needs…

We are living in a time when a man who truly loves God feels to cry out with David and pray, “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men,” (Psalm 12:1). Jesus asked the question, “…When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

God needs men of faith. In nominal Christendom there are many expressions of faith. It is all too evident, however, that many do not have the faith that was once delivered to the saints, nor the faith that makes one wise unto salvation. Many today are satisfied to live with a few Christian principles.

What God needs today is men who accept the Scriptures at face value. It is too sad, but nevertheless a fact, that far too many believe and practice only part of what Jesus taught. When it comes to believing those things that belong to cross-bearing, such as denial of self and the things that belong to the world, there are but few who willingly follow Christ, our Lord, all the way. If the man is unwilling to take this cross upon himself, Jesus said, “He is not worthy of me”. Such unwillingness is a sign that he is ashamed of Christ (Matthew 10:34; Mark 8:34). Those who are unwilling to go all the way with Jesus have only a partial faith, for which they do not have the promise of salvation.

God needs men today who are obedient. Where a living faith is established in the heart, there is always a firm resolve to be obedient unto the Lord. Faith and obedience are inseparable. God does not entrust a strong faith to men who are disobedient to His will. The accomplishments of the patriarchs as recorded in Bible history are a result of their determination to obey God regardless of the cost. The martyrs also loved the Lord and the souls of men above all else. They had an unwavering faith for which they were willing to die. God can still do wonders with men of faith who have the firm purpose and are not afraid to make it known. God needs men who are willing to live what they believe. When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel, He told them to teach the people to observe all things that He had commanded them (Matthew 28:20).

God needs men with a positive faith to proclaim a positive Gospel today by teaching and observing (the) “all things”, as Jesus commanded. Only when believers say no to the things that the Bible calls sin does their position become positive. Such believers then are worthy to make known this wonderful salvation. Since much of the preaching today is adulterated, it has made many hearers only partial believers. Because of the lack of faithful teaching today, many may be found weighed in the balances and found wanting on (their) Judgment Day. How good it would be if such souls would come to Jesus and ask, “What lack I yet?” and become willing to make a complete surrender.

All ministers of the Gospel should know that someday they will be called into account for the things (that) they have taught or have not taught. Those who undertake to preach the Gospel need to realize that they have a just God to face. It is one thing to preach the Gospel and another thing to appear before God and give an answer for it. Only those who are truly faithful will be free before Him.

God needs men of vision today, who with anointed eyes can see the fearful punishment awaiting those who disobey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that there will be those who are ever-learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Jesus says in His prayer, “Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes,” (Matthew 11:25).

The Apostle Paul make it plain that unless man has been transformed by the renewing of the mind and is not conformed to this world, he cannot prove the will of God. In an age when the voices of confusion are heard so freely, God needs men who have a steadfast faith to declare the truth with a “thus saith the Lord”. They need to speak the Word with authority, making known the truth as it stands before God, saying: “This is the way; walk ye in it”.

God needs men today who will witness for the truth at the expense of not being liked or loved for it, men who are unafraid to warn against the prevailing sins of this generation. There was a time when even many unbelievers lived with higher principles and standards than many do today who bear the title “Christian”. John taught us, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abitdeth for ever,” (1 John 2:15-17). It cannot be denied that this lust, of which John spoke, is rampant in the world.

So many women of today “dress up” with painted nails, lips and faces, cut hair, styled hair, spike/high-heeled shoes, rings, earrings, bracelets and other kinds of jewelry. They wear jeans, slacks, shorts, and other immodest apparel against which the Word of God teaches. If, and whenever, men follow in like manner, they are just as guilty before God as are the women.

Then there are the fruits of the flesh: carnality, drinking, smoking, carousing around, etc. Are not these things motivated by the lust(s) of the eye(s) and the lust(s) of the flesh? And are they not prompted by pride? Let all who think that all this outward adornment of te body does not matter read the third chapter of Isaiah. Here the prophet foretells the dreadful punishment coming upon the daughters of Zion for such manifestations of pride. Are (the) men and women (of) today (any) better? If each disobedience and transgression receives a just recompense of reward, then how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:1-3). We will be held even more accountable.

Even though Scripture clearly teaches against the outward adorning, one hears professing Christians say there is no harm in outward things if the heart is right. Those who say this have a lack of (a) fear of God or are ignorant of the Word of God. Who can say that these things don’t matter when the Word of God says (that) they do? Jesus said His Word would judge us in the last day and all that are not in harmony with God’s Word shall be judged and condemned. The Lord, through the prophet Jeremiah, warned that the children of Israel not to learn the ways of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2). And in Leviticus 20:23, we read, “Ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation… I abhorred them”.

Consider just now the many unnecessary things that have come into the homes which can be nothing less than the lust that is in the world. One of the very worst evils that has come into many nominal Christian homes is television. It often comes under the disguise of good, but it is all too evident that the evil (far) outweighs the good. The Bible tells us to abstain even from the appearance of evil. That which used to be confined to the inside walls of the theater(s) has come into the home(s). It is no wonder that unbelievers are satisfied with themselves when they look at those who claim to be Christians. Such inconsistent (so-called) Christians of today have much reason to confess their wrongdoing to God and man and remove the stumbling block that they have laid in the unbeliever’s pathway. Yes, God needs men of unwavering faith who are ready to bring out into the open the sins of the unbelievers, and also the sins of those who profess to believe. The Bible asks the question, “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Peter 4:18).

The only way to Heaven is still the straight and narrow way. God desires that all Christians would endure hardness as good soldiers of the cross and strike sin at its roots, so that transgressors might feed easy and call on the Lord for forgiveness. A lack of concern and a coolness of spirit are like the “little foxes that destroy the vineyard”. They cause us to be unable to prove what the Spirit of God is wanting to say to us. The grace of God teaches us to deny worldly lusts and to live soberly in the present world.

We are living in the time when many are saying, “Lo here, and lo there is Christ”. There is but one Christ to follow. There is a a great need that people read their Bibles to find out if they are out on some side road which does not lead them to Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Bible says (that) the Holy Spirit shall guide and direct us into all truth. The (very) same Spirit always corresponds with the Word. Because of varied interpretations and applications of the Scriptures, there is much confusion in the world today and deception is widespread. Jesus forewarned in Matthew 24:5, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I Am Christ; and shall deceived many”. Seeking souls have reason(s) to ask, “What shall I do, whom shall I believe, and where are the people of God?

God has a covenant people with a biblical faith. They are holding the candlestick, showing the way to all who desire of know the truth and are willing to live (in) it. Individuals with an experience of salvation with God, Who has found the body of believers, the Church, can say with Job of old, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee,” (Job 42:5). They also know what Ruth means when she said, “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God,” (Ruth 1:16). The God of Job, of Ruth and of other men and women of faith still lives. He will lead those who desire to know the truth into ways that lead to life eternal.

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The REAL/NAKED/UGLY TRUTH About What REALLY Happened in the Garden of Eden That Contributed to “The Fall”

I just don’t know & understand why this (very true) doctrine — including how all of this plays into predestination, found in the first chapter of the Book of Ephesians — isn’t being taught & preached in most churches. Unfortunately, even true Christians neither believe in the Serpent Seed NOR the predestination doctrine(s). I just pray that God not only opens their eyes to this, but also straightens them out in this particular area. I know it’s hard for folks to believe & accept, but it’s the truth, and kicking against it WON’T change it.

I also want to add that if you look through the entire first chapter of 1 Chronicles — which lists the BIOLOGICAL genealogies stemming from Adam & Eve — you will NOT find Cain’s name in there at ALL, because someone else fathered him. Eve cheated on her hubby Adam with someone else, and as a result her twin sons — Cain & Abel — are half-brothers. Moreover, since the Serpent was almost identical to a human being — except much larger & still purely animal — he succeeded in knocking Eve up (just as wild dogs can domestic dogs, and the same with wild and domestic cats being able to procreate/breed with each other).

The Serpent — NOT a snake, which he was turned into after God cursed him for having sexual relations with the human female, Eve — is the missing link between humans and animals, NOT evolution. [Why do you think many are so obsessed with this who Bigfoot phenomenon? Subconsciously, many KNOW there’s something significant that went on with this Bigfoot thing so long ago at the beginning of human history (roughly 6,000+ years ago).] The reason Satan/Lucifer/the Devil entered into the Serpent was because he was closest entity to a human being, being able to talk, think, reason, stand upright on two legs, capable of impregnating a women — the weaker sex/gender/vessel, as the Bible describes us — not to mention more able to deceive her than the man.

I remember reading a sermon book by William M. Branham — the official angel/messenger to the 7th Church Age, Laodociea (sp?) that the Book of Revelation foretold of — and him saying that the Serpent (the first individual Satan/Lucifer/the Devil incarnated hisself in) was more handsome than Eve’s husband, Adam, which was part of the reason she fell for his (The Serpent’s) charms and slept with him.

No surprise there, because I remember my late pastor — who had a prophetic ministry & died 15 years ago of cancer and is now with the Lord — saying that Satan is “the designer of women” and therefore molds his children after him, which was why the Sons of God (Adamites, or descendents of Adam & Eve) left the plain-looking, hard-working, callous-handed Godly women and instead took up with, intermingled, married and had children by the Cainites (or descendants of Cain)… and for the very same reason that Eve found the “forbidden fruit” [the Serpent, his good looks, irresistable charm] nearly impossible to turn down.

The Sons of God taking up with the Daughters of Men was also the reason the giant race of people [Nephilim] came about (like Goliath of Gath, who David slew), and NOT because of supernatural, fallen angels having sexual relations with human women, which not only does NOT make right much good sense — as angels DO NOT have sexual organs & glands, according to the canon of Scripture(s) — but is one of the biggest false doctrines circulating in this day and time, coming straight out of the pits of hell. Many mean well by this false doctrine, but they’re still yet wrong.

The main reason I know that an adulterous, one-night-stand affair was the sin that got not only the Serpent cursed by God Almighty, but Adam & Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden is because many times — even within the evil, wicked mass mainstream media — sex (specifically sexual temptation, titillation, adultery and/or sexual sin/fornication) is often referred to as “forbidden fruit”. This explains why so many struggle with lasciviousness [unrestrained sexual desire & lust] since the beginning of humanity, especially in this day and time. It NEVER made sense to me that a woman would eat an apple — or some other kind of fruit — get pregnant with an illegitimate/bastard son as a result (who would later on raise up and kill his own twin brother and tell a bald-headed, bold-faced lie to God’s face about it), thus her & her husband Adam’s eyes becoming open, bringing the whole world down into ruin.

You see, the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil represents Satan/Lucifer/the Devil, and the Tree of Life is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ strongly states that He is “The Way, The Truth and The LIFE. So the two trees in enmity between each other are NOT literal, physical, tangible trees, but are symbolic, proverbial, figurative and metaphorical meanings of something of a spiritual nature.

Well, the Book of Peter DID say that the Bible is of NO private interpretation, and that The Word should be ‘rightly divided’. The Bible is also a book of mysteries, and refers to people — even many saved/born-again folks — as “sheep”, who are quite dumb and need a shepherd to guide & keep them safe from the all the greedy false prophets, who are ravenous wolves-in-sheep’s-clothing that run rampant & lead multitudes astray more than ever before. The Scriptures were written by prophets — secretaries of whom the Holy Spirit/Ghost moved on/anointed to write the Word of God over a period of a little less than 2,000 years — and therefore it only makes sense that God would ordain prophets to interpret His Holy Word. God is a God of DECENCY & ORDER, and NOT — according to the same Bible — the “author of confusion”, as many falsely assume.

I remember going to a certain forum/message board years ago and sharing this Serpent Seed doctrine — in addition to others NOT taught &/or preached in churches these days — with these hypocritical, hormonal females (some who thought they were real Christians, but were NOT or else the fruits of their lives would have bore witness to this fact), and I was mocked and made fun of in the most awful manner. I was very hurt for a long time about this but I eventually got past it with the help of the Lord. I quit going there YEARS ago [and have NOT looked back, for there is NOTHING for me to go back to], because the people over there are absolutely NUTS and blind, deaf, dumb, stupid, ignorant reprobates who are totally and utterly deceived by the Evil/Wicked One and have rose-colored glasses on their eyes in regards to what’s going on in the world in these Last Days/End-Times. But it’s okay, because at least they will be without an excuse at the Final Judgment, because I did all I could, so my hands are clean and I wouldn’t want to stand in these people’s shoes on that Day for ALL the wealth in the world.

Go to http://www.jesus-is-savior.com to find out more about these corrupt Bible versions that have come about; very interesting and eye-opening.

When I not only read the Bible, but other works of literature written long ago, I not only find that that the English is a little different from today’s English, but was more eloquent — VERY little to NO slang used, unlike today — and employed the use of “big words”, or words not commonly heard or used in today’s casual, plain [and many times butchered] English. But then again, this is VERY much reflective of the day & age we’re currently live in, where NOTHING is as proper, elegant, classy, appropriate, sacred, etc. as it used to be.

For that reason, I just don’t understand why people — inspired by the Evil, Wicked One — want to diminished the Holy Bible, putting it into this box. It sure is strange that William Shakespeare’s works are in the VERY same Ye of Olde Englishe language, yet NO one’s attempted — even in the script of the “Romeo & Juliet” (1996) film, which was in the original Old English words of The Bard’s play — to translate his works into different versions of English. Just goes to show what the Evil/Wicked One is against and is threatened by, which is the Word of God –the King James Bible Version — which is a force to be reckoned with.

I’ve had ridiculing, derisive reactions from people of all walks of life over the years (concerning controversial, unpopular truths, conspiracies and doctrines), whether from family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, etc. But in retrospect I don’t take it personally because the Bible foretold that it would be this way, that we would be persecuted by the devil’s crowd because we believe The Truth, which is the VERY thing the Wicked One is VERY much against and threatened by. But of course this shows that things are going back to seed now, which means you’re gonna find out what it REALLY is… that is, the Children of the Holy One and the children of the Evil one are gonna become more manifest as the seeds of both the wheat & tares draw closer to maturity, until they’re finally separated at the end of this world as we know it.

Everywhere I look I’m seeing The Word’s prophecies being fulfilled… it’s so surreal that my finite, fleshly mind can hardly grasp it at times. Moreover, we wrestle — not with flesh and blood — but with demonic, satanic powers and principalities, who influence his people to act, dress, behave, live and believe as they do. But at least we won’t have blood on our hands at the Final Judgment because we tried to tell them, but they refused to listen to reason. As the African proverb states: “When one believes, sufficient proof is enough, but if one does NOT believe, then NO amount of evidence is enough”. The Bible says something very similar, stating, “Neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”. So you see, it wouldn’t matter WHAT many folks saw, they would NOT believe, even when faced with irrefutable, concrete evidence or proof, which is a form of idolatry, according to the Scriptures, people worshiping their own shallow, preconceived, malformed opinions and all, but I digress.