Friends,
God’s Word is adamant that we are to honor our parents. Honor means to regard and treat a person with great respect, and it also means to carry out all obligations we have to them. This honoring of our parents we are absolutely commanded, throughout the pages of God’s Word, to do. (Ex. 20:12 & 21:17 // Lev. 19:3 & 20:9 // Dt. 5:16 & 27:16 // Pr. 20:20 & 23:22 & 30:17 // Ezek. 22:7 // Mt. 15:3-9 // Eph. 6:1-3 // Col. 3:20) Just as any person does who breaks one of God’s Commandments, those who do not honor their parents have, in God’s eyes, committed a capital crime. (Lev. 20:9 // Dt. 21:18-23 // Ja. 2:10-12 // 1 John 3:4)

In Mt. 15:3-9 we read of Jesus rebuking the Scripture-teachers for instructing people to give gifts to God at the expense of helping needy parents. This is a way of invalidating the Word of God, Jesus states, and a demonstration of hypocrisy as well as a way to make useless one’s worship to the Lord. Furthermore, in the same sentence in which Jesus reminds us, “For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother'”, He likewise reminds us that God ordered that, “He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.” (v. 4) In comparing different translations, we can see that this includes anyone who reviles, insults, slanders, speaks ill of, curses, abuses, or shows contempt for his parents. In other words, Jesus is informing us that even neglect of one’s parents is a serious sin that deserves death!

When the rich young man asked Jesus what he could do in order to receive eternal life, Jesus told him that obedience to God’s commandments is necessary (Mt. 19:17), and one that He specified was that of honoring one’s father and mother. (v. 19) Yes, Jesus told the man that he must also give up his possessions and follow Him, but it is an error to deny that Christ teaches that those who dishonor their parents will not be granted eternal life. As Dt. 27:16 says, “Cursed is anyone who dishonors [shames / disrespects / slights / treats as insignificant] their father or mother.” One who is cursed is not walking in eternal life.

The apostle Paul teaches this as well, reminding us of God’s Fifth Commandment and its corresponding promise (Eph. 6:1-3), of how obedience to parents is what pleases the Lord (Col. 3:20), and of the terrible, wicked times coming to us in the last days, listing “disobedience to parents” as one of the signs. (See 2 Tim. 3:1-5) He lets us know that by refusing to care for any relatives whom God holds us responsible for, is to deny our faith, doing so through our actions of negligence. (1 Tim. 5:4-8)

Sadly, many in Christendom think that because we can now, through the New Covenant, access God’s grace, we do not need to worry about such harsh warnings or commands, especially if they be from the Old Testament. Yet did Jesus show such indifference toward the Old Testament Scriptures? Hardly! While refuting Satan in the wilderness, and while refuting other false teachers, Jesus repeatedly pointed out what the Old Testament Scriptures said, often beginning by saying, “It is written…” One of these times is recorded in Mt. 4:4 when He said, “It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Yet these words of God which Jesus was referring to were from the Old Testament, as the New had not yet been written! Consequently, when we read in Isa. 8:20 that they have no Light who do not speak (or teach) according to the Law and the Testimony, we can understand that they remain in the dark realm whose doctrine conflicts with that doctrine taught and revealed in the Old Testament.

We know that Jesus said that He did not come to abolish God’s Law or the Prophets’ writings, but to fulfill them. (Mt. 5:17) Fulfill means to carry out, to satisfy, to bring to completion, to achieve, to execute, to actualize, and to accomplish. Thus Jesus was teaching that God’s moral Law was not being demolished, but, that by being “in” Him, humans are now, through continued adherence to the Truth (which is also the Way and the Life –John 6:56,57,63 & 14:6 & 15:10), empowered to obey God, thus please God, and thus belong to Him and fellowship with Him. (Rom. 8:7-9,14) Because Christ has done His part, we can now do ours –which is to step into Him through repentance, faith, submission, and obedience– so that His Spirit can control us and enable us to meet the righteous requirements of God’s Law. (v. 3,4) Therefore faith does not nullify the moral Law of God, but rather, by (true) faith we uphold the Law! (3:31) For God’s Law, which is holy, righteous and good (7:12), but which Sin uses in order to bring death for all who are not united with Christ (v. 10,11), is, conversely, the means of Life for all who ARE united with Christ through their obedience to the Word and Spirit! (John 8:51 // Gal. 5:18 // 1 John 3:24 & 5:3)

God’s moral Law is good. It is holy. And it is the Law. God’s Law. The Law God commands everyone to obey. The Law God has enabled us to obey –through the New Covenant.
Therefore, if Jesus has informed us that the commandments of God’s Law must be obeyed in order to gain eternal life, and if He has revealed that dishonoring one’s parents is a violation of His Law, then why are more “Christians” not concerned about how they treat their parents?

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
“It’s okay [that you keep sinning]. Everyone sins.” This is a favorite line of many. But is it okay? Jesus taught otherwise. This is why He said that gouging out, or cutting off, whatever part of our body is causing us to sin, is better than being thrown into Hell. (Mt. 5:28-30) Yes, Jesus taught that if we keep sinning, we’ll go to Hell in the end.

In John 8:34 we read Jesus’ words: “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” In the next verse He says that “a slave has no permanent place in the family” (v. 35), and by speaking about showing oneself to be His true disciples, the true children of Abraham, and the true sons of the Heavenly Father (v. 12-59), Jesus certainly is teaching that by sinning a person negates his freedom and his inheritance of Eternal Life. Heb. 10:26-31 is just one of the numerous Scripture passages that confirm this plain Truth.

Throughout God’s Word we are taught that by sinning, and by refusing to repent (to renounce and forsake every sin), a person is not walking in Eternal Life, but is walking in spiritual death within the devil’s kingdom, and is thus headed toward Death Eternal. (Luke 3:7-9 & 13:3 // Rom. 7:5 & 8:12-14 // Gal. 5:19-21 // Heb. 12:14-17 // 1 John 3:8 // etc.) Rom. 6:16 states it very clearly: If we obey sin, then we “are slaves to sin, which leads to death.” In the whole of verse 16, as well as on through verse 23, we are being warned that by remaining in sin, we will be paid with eternal death, but, to become God’s slave, which means to be a slave to righteousness, we will walk holy and thus reap eternal life in Christ Jesus.

To keep sinning is to be Sin’s slave. This is the opposite of belonging to Christ.

Quit fooling yourself.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Israeliteindeed continues to show that she has chosen to walk with those who promote falsehoods. Today she has given us (in her post https://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/zionism-is-antichrist/ ) an article to read by a man named Alton Raines who teaches contrary to God’s Word and who also makes numerous inflammatory statements against Zionists, calling them racist, self-absorbed, deluded, tyrannical, deceitful, sociopathic, and antichrist.

In his post which Israeliteindeed commends, Raines gives a quote (in his fifth paragraph under his subtitle “A Sucker Punch”) that was supposedly stated by Menachem Begin who was Israel’s Prime Minister from 1977-1983. However, being that simple research reveals that this quote is a hoax, (see these two links for starters: http://begincenterdiary.blogspot.com/2009/05/correcting-misquotation-reputedly-by.html and http://www.zionism-israel.com/fake_zionist_quotes.htm ), it is alarming that Israeliteindeed is believing people like Raines and recommending their writings. Truly, she has joined those who, in their obsession against Israel, have become very unwise.

Regardless of what is taught by Israeliteindeed, Raines, or any of the many others who are aiming to disparage Israel, God’s Word clearly teaches these things:

1. Jesus is coming back to earth to deliver Israel from her oppressors (Ps. ch. 2 // Isa. ch. 49 // Joel ch. 2 & 3 // Zech. ch. 9 & 12:1-9), to dash those oppressors to the ground (Ps. 2:9 // Isa. 51:17-23 & ch. 52 // Mal. 4:1-3 // Mt. 13:40-43 // Heb. 1:13 // Rev. 19:11-21), and to set up, in physical Zion, His mighty rule. (Ps. 2:6 // Zech. 14:9,16 // Acts 3:20-23 // Rev. 11:15-18 & 12:5)

2. The Israelite nation as a nation is going to recognize their Messiah, repent, be forgiven, and unite themselves to Him forever. (Ho. ch. 2 & 3 & 14 // Mi. 7:18-20 // Zech. 12:10-13:2 // Rom. 11:1,2,12,25-29 // Heb. 8:8-12)

3. There is going to be a future physical Temple in the physical land of Israel before the Tribulation, as well as during the Millennium. (Isa. 2:1-5 & 66:6 // Ezek. ch. 40-48 // Dan. ch. 7 & 8 & 9:24-27 & ch. 12 // Zech. ch. 6 // Mt. 24:14-31 // 2 Thes. 2:1-4)

4. God chose to make, and after their punishment, to restore, Israel to be a special nation to Him and to be a light and a sign for His glory, righteousness, justice, and Truth. (Dt. 7:6-8 & 14:2 & 26:17-19 // Ps. ch. 89 // Jer. ch. 31-33 & 46:27,28 // Ezek. ch. 34-39 // Amos 3:1,2 & 9:11-15 // Zech. ch. 2 // Mt. 19:28 // Acts 26:6,7 // Rom. 9:4,5 // Rev. 21:9-14)

5. We are to bless the nation of Israel because, in spite of her current (but temporary) adultery against God, she, as a nation and physical descendent of Jacob, is God’s firstborn, His beloved and the apple of His eye, and His uniquely chosen vessel. (Gen. 12:2,3 // Num. 24:2,9 // Dt. 32:8-12 // Ps. ch. 122 // Isa. 61:4-9 & ch. 62 // Jer. 31:7-9 // Zech. ch. 2 // Rom. 9:1-13 & 11:11-29 & 15:27)

I have supported my statements above with numerous Scripture passages but there are actually many, many more I could point to in order to show that Israeliteindeed’s stance is contrary to God’s Word. As is recorded in Mt. 19:28, “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'” No one can rightly pretend that Jesus’ promise here to His apostles is figurative when He is addressing those whose nation was trusting in God’s promised restoration of their national kingdom under Messiah’s rule. (Isa. 9:1-7 // Luke 1:54,55,67-75 & 2:25-38 // Acts 1:6 & 3:20-23 & 26:6,7) Yet Israeliteindeed, in post after post, has tried to convince us that Scripture’s references using the name “Israel” or “Jacob” are either about that nation’s past history or about the Church.

Even so, for Truth-followers, as Isa. 62:1-11 says, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent… till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch… You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand… for the LORD will take delight in you… You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth… Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. The LORD has made proclamation…” And it is about Zion. It is about Israel. And it is about their salvation, redemption, reward, compensation, holiness, and honor. (v. 11,12)

Truly, those who reject or try to twist what God’s Word repeatedly teaches and commands are the ones who have joined themselves with the antichrist spirit. This is evident to all who know and walk in the Truth, though sadly, many in the Lie seem blind to the reality of their position.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
From the inception of my blog, one of my main themes has been the necessity of our obedience to Christ and that by “necessity”, I mean, for the achievement of our salvation. I realize that this is contrary to what many in Christendom teach, but for this very reason, “I strive hard, using Christ’s power at work within me” (see Col. 1:29) to warn of their false doctrine and to point out the true doctrine taught throughout the pages of God’s Word.

Because of Diana’s comments recently at my comment page, I have asked the Lord for further clarity on His doctrine as well as for an understanding of why and how so many who claim to be Christ’s followers would join in the “Faith Alone” mantra, especially when the Word of God so clearly does not teach it.

Of course there are different forms and levels of the “Faith Alone” belief system, but, sadly, what many adherents are soon led to conclude is similar to that which this blogger teaches when he says:

“So faith is not a special sort of human work, nor is it a divine work in the heart of the unbeliever. Rather, faith is not a work at all. Faith is the opposite of works. Just as we do not receive eternal life by faith and works, so also, we do not receive eternal life by faith that is a work. Just as faith cannot be part of the definition of works, so also, works cannot be part of the definition of faith. The two are not related in any way, but are polar opposites. Both faith and works, by definition, are mutually exclusive.” (Jeremy Myers at his post here: http://redeeminggod.com/faith-is-not-a-work/ )

How anyone could teach such a thing, as this blogger does, is beyond comprehension for those who know God’s Word and are taught by His Spirit.

Faith is certainly a work, an act, and a series of actions that consist of doing what that faith requires. This is fully evident when we adhere to a doctor’s orders, an employer’s directive, a lieutenant’s command, an airline’s requirement, when we sign a legal agreement, and when we use a stove, a car, or any device. We act using the faith we have in that person or thing. If we did not act according to that which is required, then we would not be in possession of genuine faith concerning that person, thing, or requirement. Faith always acts. Therefore, faith cannot be separated from works (those works done in obedience to Christ and done in the will of the Father). Works are always a part (an ingredient) of true faith. Only a person who has been indoctrinated to believe otherwise cannot see this truth / Truth.

In Agta (my other language besides English) there is one word which means both believe and obey. In English we say “believe” and “obey”, but in Agta, we just use one word –“meniwala”– and it means both “believe” and “obey”, or, “believing enough to obey and then obeying”. Thus the intertwined meanings of believing and obeying are inseparable in the word “meniwala”.

Scripture reveals the same about “believing” and “obeying” the Truth / Jesus / the Gospel. One clear example of this is when Jesus makes the contrast in John 3:36 when He says, “The one believing in the Son has eternal life, but the one disobeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” Not only does “pisteuo”, the Greek word for “believe”, also include the concept of obedience, but the word “apeitheo” –the Greek word meaning “to not obey”– can also be used to mean “unbelief”. This interchangeableness and contrast can be seen in other passages, such as in Heb. 3:18,19.

God’s Word teaches us that we must put our faith in Christ and that this involves more than just a casual belief. Instead, it means a turn, a repentance, a pledge, a commitment, an adherence (an obedience) to His teachings, a new birth, a new power, a new Master, a new lifestyle, and more. If teachers of God’s Word would teach their listeners to understand that these are necessary ingredients of true faith, then Faith-Alone-ism would not be sending multitudes to Hell. But as the case is, hardly any of them teach that this is what “faith in Christ” consists of, and in fact, they often teach just the opposite. Thus their belief system is a deception.

Besides the Greek words contrasting belief and disobedience, it may be helpful also to see that “faith” can be translated “faithfulness”. Here is a post I wrote about that back on 1/6/11:

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/by-faithfulness-the-righteous-have-life/

Here below are some more of my post-links that expose the false doctrine of Faith-Alone-ism (often seen in different flavors of the OSAS crowds).

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/required-living-it-out/

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/righteous-behavior-required/

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/obedience-knowing-him/

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/but-jesus-we-did-know-you/

https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/obedience-must-accompany-faith/

I ask that everyone who wishes to defend the “Faith Alone” doctrine, first, before deciding to do so, read all of these links, and the Scriptures I’ve included, carefully, prayerfully, and diligently; and to do so, not hurriedly, but over a period of time while continually asking the Holy Spirit to demolish all strongholds of lies one may possess.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
We, as Christ’s followers, are commanded to do many things. One of these is to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 13:14) We are to put Him on daily as we make the choice to reject (keep crucified) our old sinful-nature self (6:6,7 // Gal. 2:20 & 5:24,25 // Eph. 4:22-24 // Col. 3:1-10), and teach (ourselves and others) that it is God’s grace itself which teaches us to do this and how to do this. (Titus 2:11-15 // 2 Peter 1:3,4)

Putting Christ on and wearing Him means that we are making the choice to live in Him / to walk in Him / to align our conduct with His teachings by submitting to His Spirit’s control. (Rom. 8:9,14 // Gal. 5:16,25) Therefore, we ourselves make the choice to keep sin extinguished, doing so by the Spirit –meaning with His power and under His leadership (Rom. 8:13 // Gal. 5:24,25)– and by using each piece of the Armor of Light we’ve been given. (Rom. 13:12 // Eph. 6:10-17)

When we wear our new self (when we walk in “Christ, who is our Life” –Col. 3:4), then we are fulfilling our obligation to God (Rom. 8:12) of being vessels through which His righteous moral requirements are fully met. (v. 4) We are walking in that for which we were created (Eph. 4:24) which is that we “be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Same verse) This is the image of Christ (the perfection) which God prepared in advance for us and ordered us to conform our mind, heart, will, and actions to. (Mt. 5:48 // Rom. 8:5,6,29 // Eph. 2:10 & 6:5-8 // 1 Peter 1:2,13-17) It is the goal toward which we strain (Phil. 3:12-14 // Heb. 4:11) –that salvation which we are continually working out (Phil. 2:12)– doing so eagerly because we are doing so through the will, leadership, and power of God’s own Spirit. (v. 13 // Rom. 8:4,5)

So, for those of us who have been baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27), we have been clothed with Christ (same verse), and we are thus living the new life (Rom. 6:4) consisting of freedom from sin (v. 7) and a continual rejection of sin. (v. 1) Our transfer of citizenship from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Col. 1:13,14) enables us to walk in the new way –in the Life of the Spirit and the Word (John 6:63 // Rom. 7:6) by which we are saved (Rom. 8:9 // Ja. 1:21), not in the old way of the written code (Rom. 7:6) or of the sinful nature with its sinful desires. (v. 5 // Eph. 4:22)

Therefore, by choosing, through belief in the Truth, to walk clothed in Him who is the Light, we are kept purified of sin by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:5-7) and are enabled, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Christ ever more perfectly. (2 Thes. 2:13-17 // 1 Peter 1:2) This is what God, through His grace, has chosen as the Way for men to be saved. (Same verses // John 15:1-10 // Titus 1:1-3,9,15,16 // Heb. 5:9 // 1 John 3:24)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Justified By Works

July 7, 2015

Friends,
“Faith Alone” teachers are misleading their listeners. They do so by teaching that in order to achieve salvation from sin and Hell we need only have faith in Jesus, who He is, and what He taught. Doing any work to achieve this salvation, they say, is to trust in a false works-based gospel.

But who are the ones trusting in and promoting a false gospel?

Let’s look to God’s Word to see who is in the Truth:

James 2:24 should certainly be looked at, for it is the only verse in the Bible that mentions “faith alone”. Yet when we read it, we see that it says the exact opposite of what the “Faith Alone” adherents are saying. The “Faith Alone” preachers are telling us, “We are justified by faith [in Christ] alone.” They usually even come right out and say, “Faith does not consist of works.” But are these statements of theirs true? Is this what the Scriptures teach? It is not. James 2:24 says instead, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” An even more literal translation says, “You see that by works a man is justified and not by faith only.” How can the doctrine of God’s Word on this issue be stated any clearer? Sadly those indoctrinated with the “Faith Alone” gospel cannot accept this plain language.

James 2:20 calls people “foolish” who refuse to accept “that faith apart from works is barren.” Then verse 21 asks, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?” The declaration is not vague, but stated plainly: Abraham’s act of obedience justified him. This act is again spoken of in the Hebrews 11 faith chapter –in verses 17-19. In verse 8 Abraham’s (good and obedient-to-God) works are referred to again when it says, “By faith Abraham… obeyed and went”, while in verse 9 we are told, “By faith he made his home in the promised land…” These verses are referring to actions prompted by faith in God and trust in His orders. Truly, throughout the Word of God we see that faith is not complete without works –those works (deeds / actions / words / convictions / attitudes / thoughts / decisions) that are done in obedience to God. James 2:22 confirms this, and while still discussing how Abraham was justified before God, it says, “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did [was made complete by his actions / was made complete by his works].”

It is not just the book of James that teaches this doctrine about actions (works, deeds, etc.) of obedience to God being a necessary ingredient of faith. Jesus says, “If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments.” (Mt. 19:17) He says, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:29) Doing good or doing evil –these have to do with actions / deeds / works. Thus we see that Jesus teaches that what we do is what makes a difference of where we spend eternity. John the Baptist taught this (Mt. 3:7-10) and so did John, the apostle, such as when he writes, “Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” (3 John 1:11)

We see Jesus teaching that if a man calls Him “Lord”, but does not put His words into practice, that man is like a house built without a foundation and which will, in a time of flood, collapse in destruction. (Luke 6:46-49) Without question, Jesus teaches that obedience to His words is necessary for salvation. (John 8:31,32,51 & 12:47,48 & 15:10) Moreover, He lets us know that this obedience to Him means a complete, loyal commitment (Luke 9:62 & 14:25-35), a daily denial of self (9:23,24), and an intimate union of spirit to Spirit. (John 3:6 & 10:27,28 & 14:15-23 & 15:6,10,14)

“Faith Alone” teachers take certain verses from the Bible, and while avoiding other verses, teach a false way of salvation. They refuse to teach that faith consists of daily actions that are in line with the commands given to us by God through His Spirit and His Word (Mt. 7:21-23 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:24 & 5:3), and while desperately trying to uphold their man-invented doctrinal system, they disregard the fact that, to most people, the word “faith” means “belief”, rather than “trust and obey”. Thereby they lead many away from the Truth and instead along the path to Hell.

Interestingly, these same teachers know, and usually teach, that besides faith, confession of sins and repentance of sins is necessary for salvation. They also know that being born of the Spirit is necessary. Even so, they insist that it is “faith [in Christ] alone” that saves, and that deeds have nothing to do with it. Truly they contradict themselves.

John 8:24, John 12:42,43, Rom. 10:9, 1 John 1:9, and 1 John 2:22,23 (as well as other verses) teach that, in order to be saved, we must believe in Christ’s resurrection, that we must confess our sins, and that we must confess unashamedly that Jesus is Lord, God, and Messiah. Is this not about the actions involved in humbling oneself and in making a declaration regarding the Truth? Of course. Furthermore, Jesus teaches in Luke 13:1-9 that unless a person repents and produces fruit, that person will be cut down and will perish. In Mark 1:15 we read of Jesus proclaiming, “Repent and believe the good news!” and in Acts 17:30 we read of Paul proclaiming that God “commands all people everywhere to repent.” When someone teaches salvation by “Faith Alone”, they are leaving out the necessity of repentance, obedience, following, abiding, fruit-production, loving, and more.

So let’s ask: Does repentance involve deeds –those God-pleasing works that result from a heart change? Absolutely. (Acts 26:20 // 1 Peter 4:1-3) And is fruit-production about works? Yes, it certainly is, for we cannot carry out Christ’s teachings and God’s will by sitting at home doing nothing. Rom. 8:9 says that we must be controlled by the Spirit and not by the sinful nature, and that if this is not the case, we do not possess the Spirit nor do we belong to Christ. Is being controlled by the Spirit about doing what the Spirit commands? Of course. Are following commands about action, and is action about works? Yes, and yes.

So, does confession of sins, repentance of sins, and being born of the Spirit involve works? Yes. Consequently, does a (genuine) “deathbed conversion” involve works? It certainly does. –Few works, to be sure, but, God-pleasing works, all the same. For even five minutes of true faith will produce that repentant, trusting act that looks in obedience to Him who was lifted up on the cross in mankind’s behalf. (John 3:14,15) This is the work which God requires (6:28,29), but it is not the only work He requires, as numerous other passages reveal. Indeed, after entering through the Gate (10:9), the Shepherd must also be continually followed, obeyed, revered, clung to, listened to, loved, worshiped, lived in, and known intimately –every day, and ever more fully, adequately, and deeply. (v. 27,28 // Eph. 4:13 // Col. 1:9-12 & 2:6,7 // Heb. 6:1) “Faith Alone” teachers deny the necessity of all this and ignore the very real possibility of desertion. (Mt. 24:12,13,45-51 // Luke 8:13 // John 13:37,38 // 1 Tim. 1:19 & 5:15)

Let’s look at just a few more verses in God’s Word. Rom. 6:17 says, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” Rom. 1:5 speaks of the obedience that comes from faith and 1 Peter 1:22 reveals that we purify ourselves by obeying the Truth. 1 Cor. 15:1,2 lets us know that we must hold firmly to the True Gospel, and that if we do not, we have “believed in vain.” 2 Cor. 11:3,4,13-15, Gal. 1:6-9, 1 Tim. 4:1,16, 1 John 2:24,25, and 2 John 1:9 are also passages that make it clear that it is only by adhering to correct doctrine that salvation is guaranteed.

God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that the Truth (the True Doctrine) must be obeyed, and obeyed faithfully. This faithful obedience to Christ’s teachings is what the New Covenant is about (John 8:31,32 // Heb. 8:6-13), for Jesus, the Mediator between God and man, “became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” (Heb. 5:9) Whoever does not heed everything He says (teaches / commands) will perish. (Acts 3:19-23 // 2 Thes. 1:8-10)

No one can say, with honesty, that obedience to Christ (which is necessary for salvation) is not about actions / works / deeds. Consequently, those who teach the “Faith Alone” doctrine, when Jesus and the writers of Scripture taught no such thing, is to teach people to walk in an inadequate faith and to take refuge in a deceptive gospel, neither of which will save.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
We are to resist injustice in every way legally possible. The news articles below show how the ACLJ continues to fight injustice on the front lines and I strongly encourage others to subscribe to and read the information they send out, to pray fervently, and to support their efforts any way one can.

In one of the articles that can be clicked on below, we can read Nahgmeh’s anniversary letter to her husband (Saeed) in prison. It is heart-breaking. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have to lie down at night weeping for one’s wrongfully-imprisoned husband and have to wake up day after day to such a reality.

Yet many in world are enduring pain…

I’ve been increasingly praying, “Lord Jesus, come soon. Please defeat the Evil Realm and bring Your loving justice and righteousness to this sin-torn earth.” Truly, the majority of the world’s inhabitants have refused to repent, and thus society, in general, is only going to keep spiraling down. (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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In one week, we’re filing a critical brief to defend a Marine who was court martialed for displaying a Bible verse.

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When we take action, we can win. This week the Air Force agreed with our demand letter.

Read Our Report: Gen. Olson Won’t be Court Martialed for Faith.

The trial of 2 Christian pastors in Sudan continued with a dangerous turn of events.

Read Our Urgent Update: Pastors’ Attorney in Sudan Arrested.

The nuclear deadline came and went this week, and Pastor Saeed is still not free.

Read Naghmeh’s Letter to Pastor Saeed for Their Anniversary.

Tomorrow, as we celebrate our Independence Day, we must continue fighting for freedom.

Read: Celebrating Our Freedom Means Fighting For Liberty.

Thank you for your continued support as we aggressively fight for freedom.

The ACLJ Team

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