Randy,
On Sept. 30 you commented this:

~~Oh yes I can fathom the “truth “ your pouring out. Herbert W Armstrong poured out similar truth. Work, Earn be perfect like Him, work for salvation not from. It’s grace Sarah that transforms our life to obedience, not works. You need to read Romans again. Lordship Salvation is about mans performance. Grace is Jesus’ performance on our behalf.

Then twelve minutes later, this:

~~Thank God for Men like Steve Brown.Brutally honest and points people to Jesus and Jesus alone.

Then four days later this:

~~Since you’ve been saved,Sarah,are you really saying you don’t sin anymore? Because that’s the only way your gospel can work.

You commented several more times and I’ve answered you. Two days ago I wrote another post, answering you yet again. One of my paragraphs was this:

~~Can you give me the exact quote of where I have said that I never sin? No, because claiming that would be different than what I do claim –to be striving, using God’s power, to live pleasing to God 24/7. It is God’s Word that emboldens me in this effort, such as Rom. 6:18 which says, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Is this verse telling Christ-followers that they are “free from sin”? Is the ransom / escape from sin past tense? It is, and this is the Great News!

Incredibly, you can’t seem to comprehend what I am pointing out from God’s Word concerning the provision and power He has graced us with for walking in freedom from sin. Nevertheless, that paragraph alone is an adequate answer for you.

I see that you just do not believe God’s Word, such as when it says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.” (1 John 3:4,5) This is not the Gospel I’ve made up. This is the Gospel of Christ. Sinning is to abide in the devil’s realm. (v. 8a) But Jesus came to take away our sins / take away our lawlessness against God. He came “to destroy the devil’s work.” (v. 8b) You just refuse to believe this and so the devil’s work is not destroyed in you or your experience.

The Gospel tells us that quitting and rejecting sin in the power of the Holy Spirit is to abide in Christ. You are an unbeliever, for you do not believe that walking in freedom from sin exists. Verse 6 says, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” This does not mean Christ-followers no longer have freedom to choose to sin; it means that by having allowed Christ to clothed us with the new nature (His own divine nature –2 Pe. 1:4), we continue to have the power to choose (and walk in) His Divine Nature. This is the Great News Gospel found in God’s Word which you seem to think I’ve made up, and this due to you being so immersed in such a different (false) gospel.

Look again at what you said within which I first quoted above:

~~Oh yes I can fathom the “truth “ your pouring out. Herbert W Armstrong poured out similar truth. Work, Earn be perfect like Him, work for salvation not from.

You do at least three things here. You have a mocking tone, you compare God’s Truth with Armstrong’s twisted gospel, and you are sneering at Jesus’ words where He commands us to be perfect in Mt. 5:48, and where in John 6:27 He commands us to work for food that endures to Eternal Life.

You go on:

~~It’s grace Sarah that transforms our life to obedience, not works. You need to read Romans again.

No, it’s God’s grace that initiated the means of salvation and it is God’s grace that enables us and gives us the power to submit to righteousness rather than sinfulness. (Rom. 6:15-23 // Titus 2:11-14) But, if you continue to submit to Sin’s rule, you will reap death (Hell). (Rom. 6:21,23) We must be slaves to righteousness / God, for this leads to holiness (v. 19,22), with the result being Eternal Life. (v. 22) “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14) So, “Make every effort [effort is WORK]… to be holy.” (Same verse) And again, “Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless…” (2 Pe. 3:14) For, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” (Ja. 2:24) Yes indeed, faith is made complete by what we do. (v. 22)

Effort is work, Randy. You are the one preaching a false gospel, for you are saying the opposite of what the Word of God is saying. You are the one not comprehending Romans, like when it tells us that God, who does not show favoritism, will judge everyone, extending to us either Eternal Life or His wrath, all in accordance with what we have done. (2:5-10) And like when it tells us that our old self was crucified with Him so that sin is powerless over us. (6:6,7) And like when it tells us that we’ve died to the control of the sinful nature and belong to Christ’s mastery instead so that we bear fruit for Life. (7:4-6 & 8:1-14)

You end that quote with:

~~Lordship Salvation is about mans performance. Grace is Jesus’ performance on our behalf.

Here you are parroting man’s gospel / the counterfeit gospel / that impotent gospel which is so trendy in church circles today. You think that submitting to Christ as Ultimate Lord (Boss / Master / King) is something that is optional. However, sadly, you and your prideful crowd are in for a rude and horrific shock when we all stand before the Judge who will judge everything. (Mt. ch. 25 // John 5:29 // Rom. 2:5-10 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Rev. 20:11-15)

Jesus said, “If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments.” (Mt. 19:17) But Randy believes that obedience (our holy behavior, performance, actions) is optional.

Jesus died and rose so that we would not live for ourselves, but instead for Him and His purposes. (John 15:10,14 // 2 Cor. 5:15) But Randy is saying that living for self is okay because God sees Jesus’ performance instead of what we do or think or say.

Jesus died and rose so that we would be done with sin and sinful desires and live instead for/in the will of God. (Gal. 5:24 // 1 Pe. 4:1,2) But Randy teaches that this is impossible.

No, people with your doctrine, Randy, are not “pointing people to Jesus and Jesus alone”, but are instead pointing them to sin and self and weakness and falsehoods and Death.

Rachel

Randy,
Yesterday morning the Lord led me to read, besides several other beautiful Scripture passages, John 8:31-47 where Jesus teaches that those who keep sinning do not know the Truth and cannot understand the Truth because they belong to the devil. I thought of you; and this was before I checked my blog and saw your latest comment.

Why do you keep asking me if I’m sin-free when you have already told me what I believe (or claim) about it? Can you explain James 5:14,15 which gives promises about healing, and also explain those remarkable promises Jesus makes in John 14:11-14, and clarify for us how God’s Word is true and infallible (which it is) even when believer’s prayers don’t always seem to be answered? Your demand that I answer you yes or no is as illegitimate as if I demanded your explanation of these passages versus many people’s reality, or if we demanded that an airline pilot tell us if every flight he makes he performs perfectly.

How many pilots get their passengers from Point A to Point B –every time, throughout their lives, without a crash, ever? But did those same pilots ever hit a wrong knob? Did they ever overlook an instrument, not intentionally, but because they were tired? And were they tired because they made choices that week to prioritize other things, like say, their children? Are pilots or surgeons ever careless, or negligent? How can we ask such trained people such questions? They well know that their imperfections could cost lives and that with anything bigger than minuscule mistakes, people would die. Would they not then train hard, and plan to be, perfect –every time?

So, Randy, I’ll ask you: Does God hate sin? Does God hate your sin –those sins that you yourself are hanging onto? Is He looking the other way and pretending that you really aren’t sinning? Or does He know that your sin is costing lives, and souls? Is He angry at you about that? Is He angry at you for not training yourself to be sinless, or is He okay with your weakness, your lack of belief, and your negligence? Or, are you actually working hard, using His Spirit’s power available, and proactively training and planning, each and every day, to live blameless before the Holy God by walking in His will continuously? Which is it –for you? You already know what it is for me.

Can you give me the exact quote of where I have said that I never sin? No, because claiming that would be different than what I do claim –to be striving, using God’s power, to live pleasing to God 24/7. It is God’s Word that emboldens me in this effort, such as Rom. 6:18 which says, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Is this verse telling Christ-followers that they are “free from sin”? Is the ransom / escape from sin past tense? It is, and this is the Great News!

So Randy, are you a slave to righteousness? Verse 17, which follows the verse I just quoted, tells us that Christ-followers “used to be slaves to sin” (past tense) until wholeheartedly (eagerly engaged in) obeying the True Doctrine. Verse 16 tells us that we are slaves to that which we offer ourselves to / that which we obey –whether we submit to sin or whether we submit to obedience (to the Lord).

Rom. 7:5,6 tell us that we have died to that which once bound us –the sinful nature– and now instead live / serve “in the new way of the Spirit”. Verses 21-25 tell us that through Jesus we have been rescued from that sin-slavery / sin-prison.

Jesus has made it clear to us that not everyone who calls Him “Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of the Father. (Mt. 7:21) Are we to be proactively doing God’s will 24/7, or is it okay if we do it once a week, or ten times a week, or 30 hours a week, or…? Did Jesus not mean 24/7? Jesus goes on to say that those building their lives on the Rock (Him / the Truth) are those who heed His words by putting His words (teaching) into practice. (v. 24-27) Did He mean that it is okay to resort to Self-rule / Sin-rule half of the week?

1 John 2:3-6 reveals to us that if we do not live like Jesus did (who was perfectly obedient to the Father –John 12:49,50 & 14:31), then the Truth is not in us. Are we perfect at all times? No, because we are not Jesus. However, imitating Him is our goal –24/7– and we must take measures every day, several times a day, to be attaining that goal. Jesus is our model, and we have been commanded to:

1) train ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7),

2) to be perfect as the Father is (Mt. 5:48),

3) and to at all times sow to please the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:1-14 // 2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20 & 6:8,14)

How can someone fall back into Sin’s grasp if he or she is being proactive to abide in those three things? If we get tired or blind-sided and do fall into an unintentional sin, we quickly ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), get cleansed (same verse), and walk (abide / live) in that purity. (Titus 2:11-14 // 1 Pe. 1:22) Sinning will become increasingly minuscule because, as Jesus promised, “Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40) Randy, if we reject the Word’s instruction to live a holy (pure / sin-free) life, we are rejecting God Himself. (1 Thes. 4:7) If we hold on to any sin / impurity, then we are disobedient to the call to imitate God, we are under God’s wrath, and we have forfeited any inheritance we may have had in Christ’s Kingdom. (Eph. 5:1-18)

Jesus did not warn us for no reason when He said, “Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:32,33) We have not been warned for no reason when we are told that deliberate sin is to trample Christ and His blood which sanctified us, and that if continued in, will reap for us Hell. (Heb. 10:26-31, 35-39)

We absolutely must:

1) prove our faith and repentance by our deeds (Luke 3:7-9 // Acts 26:20 // Ja. 2:14-26),

2) prove Christ’s Spirit is in us by our sin-free-ness (Rom. 8:9 // John 14:15-24 // 1 John 3:4-10, 24), and

3) make sure our faith is being proved genuine so that we will inherit Final Salvation. (2 Thes. 1:7-10 // Heb. 2:1-3 & 5:9 // 1 Pe. 1:7,9 // 2 Pe. 1:3-11)

Truly, it is those who obey (walk in / abide in / put into practice) Christ’s commands / God’s Word who can thereby act like Christ, who have the power to proactively remain in His love (John 15:1-10 // 1 John 2:5), and who will therefore have confidence on the Day of Judgement. (1 John 4:17)

Randy, I do realize, with genuine concern, that years of sitting under the indoctrination of false christianity does make it hard to come out into the Light of God’s Truth. However, if you keep reading God’s Word, trying hard to adjust your mind from being biased, the Lord will help you see His Truth. And the Truth does make us free. (John 8:32)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Randy (who is also the most recent “Anonymous” at my comment page) seems very upset that anyone would preach that Christ-followers, in their walk of following Jesus –meaning striving to be conformed to His Truth, attitude, and conduct (John 8:31-36 & 10:27,28 // Rom. 8:14,29 // 1 Cor. 2:16 // Phil. 2:5)– really do live in freedom from sin (as Rom. 6:6,7,16-23 and elsewhere teaches).

Yes, a follower of Jesus always has the choice to look back, turn back, get off the Path, etc., but would such a person be following Jesus if they did? Or would they instead be following self, sin, the world, and the devil? Jesus says, “No servant can serve two masters.” (Luke 16:13) Rom. 8:1-14 teaches that those who live sinfully have their minds on sin, are hostile to God, cannot please God (v. 5-8), and do not have Life (v. 13), whereas those who live by the Spirit live righteously under His control and can legitimately claim to be His. (v. 1,2,9,13-17)

Gal. 5:17 states that the Holy Spirit and the sinful nature are in conflict with each other. No one, then, can be following both at the same time. Therefore, if we belong to Jesus, we “have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (v. 24), we keep in step with the Spirit so that He can live through us (v. 16,25 & 2:20), and we keep on in this way so that we will please the Spirit and will from Him reap Eternal Life, if we do not give up. (6:7-9 // Heb. 3:12-15 // 2 Pe. 1:3-11) The Great News is that we have been given His own divine power and nature in order to accomplish this that is necessary! (Rom. 7:4-6 // Eph. 1:19 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4)

I find it very sad that Randy / Anonymous cannot, due to his refusal to whole-heartedly renounce sin, understand the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:1-6) –that God’s Word does teach that born-again people have God’s nature in us (1 John 3:9), and that this enables us to conduct ourselves as new and holy creations (v. 5-10 // 2 Cor. 5:17 // Gal. 6:14,15) who thus remain in God’s grace and are destined for Eternal Life. (Heb. 12:14-17) That he thinks we are still “unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin” (Rom. 7:14), even sinning every day, reveals his reality is void of salvation (v. 6,24,25) and the power of God. (1 Cor. 4:20 // 2 Tim. 3:5) He cannot use the power of God to quit sinning because he does not know God nor belong to Him (–he is not saved), and this, because he refuses to believe the Truth and refuses to reject his desire to sin. (2 Thes. 2:10-15)

Jesus said that a person obeying sin equates to being a slave to sin and unsaved, but obedience to the Truth incurs sonship. (John 8:31-36) Rom. 6:15-23 teaches us the same and that being a slave to sin is what we used to be (v. 17), but “thanks be to God” (same verse), because of being under His grace rather than under the law (v. 15), we are set free from sin (v. 18) / from those shameful things which result in death. (v. 21) If Randy wants to continue to resort to shameful things (sin), then he is lawless, for “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) and is rebellion against God.

Does Randy really think that Christ-followers daily rebel against God? How repulsive his philosophy is! What Christ-follower deliberately rebels against our Loving Leader? What Christ-follower –one who loves the Good Shepherd and is continuously striving to listen to Him, heed His voice, bring others to Him, and serve Him– wants to turn to the vomit of sin? (2 Pe. 2:20-22) Indeed, a true follower is repulsed by sin, and if he or she turns to it carelessly or unknowingly, the Lord convicts and the person quickly repents and takes measures to never do it again.

Well, I pray Randy comes to understand the Good News. Sadly though, I know there are masses like him, for he is merely parroting what is being taught by multitudes of false teachers within Christianity’s counterfeit.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S. Here is the first half of another post I wrote on this subject back on 2/24/14:

Friends,
Oh, that the church would open its eyes and realize that God’s presence is not restricted to buildings (Acts 7:48), and is in fact often absent from them, even those which call themselves “A house of God”. Instead, God desires to inhabit people. For if He is allowed to do so, how conformed to Christ each individual is perfectly enabled to become.

If the Spirit of the All-mighty Creator God comes to in-dwell a person, how powerful, how loving, how wise, how righteous, is that person supposed to be? Still full of sinful thoughts? Still full of wicked desires? Still behaving with selfishness and in foolishness? Still unable to conduct oneself with consistent Christ-likeness? Absolutely not. Those who teach such inability are blaspheming God’s ability and power to transform. Those who teach such feebleness are denying that God, upon placing His Spirit into someone, does in fact give that person a new heart, mind, spirit –one that is completely new and clean and void of the old, dirty one. (Ezek. 36:25-27 // 2 Cor. 5:17) Contrary to the doctrine of these false teachers, God’s new creations DO follow God’s laws –carefully, consistently, joyfully, and in intimate fellowship with Him. (Ps. 119:14 // Ezek. 36:27 // Rom. 8:9,14 // Titus 2:11,12 // Heb. 8:10-12)

But alas, what wicked teachings abound from sin-loving deceivers bent on rebelling against God! These slaves of depravity cannot fathom a new, changed life (which they pretend to preach about), for in not being born anew (though they claim to be), the realities of the new life remain foreign to them. They and their teachings are to be left. They are the blind leading the blind. Claiming to know God while their actions deny Him (Titus 1:16), “they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.” (same verse)

A couple of days ago, I read a conversation about sin and holiness at a blog in which a guy responded to a preacher of Truth, saying, “Obviously, we have a sinful nature and, as Christians, we also have the Holy Spirit. So, we have a second by second choice to make: either submit to the Spirit, or live by the flesh. If you truly think you can live for more than a second or two (not speaking of sleeping) without having an impure thought or otherwise sinning, then I’d say you’re guilty of the sin of pride.”

There it is –the very prevalent false doctrine that most of “Christianity” promotes– stated concisely. How much more pathetically confused can their teaching get? They want us to believe that the Spirit of the Mighty God dwells in a believer, but He has not actually cleansed the person of filth –so much so that the person must have impure thoughts every other second. They want us to believe that God dwells in a believer, yet anyone who rejoices that he does not have impure thoughts (or words or actions) because Christ has set him free, should be informed that he is guilty of the sin of pride.

So let’s get this straight: We are to believe that we have both the Holy Spirit, as well as that vile sinful nature which God hates, abiding in us at the same time, that God’s promise to set us free from sin (Rom. 6:18) and circumcise off the sinful nature (Col. 2:11) is not true, and that every two seconds or so the sinful nature wins over the Spirit of God in us so that we cannot help but sin, at least in our minds? What weakness and nonsense. What a false gospel, and what blasphemy.

If other so-called “believers” will not stop their nonsense, their falsehoods, and their rebellion against God’s Truth, then we should definitely leave them. Bad company does corrupt good character (1 Cor. 15:33) and there is much going on in “Christian” circles that will prove worthless on the Day of Judgement. God’s wrath will certainly come on the disobedient and on all those who refuse to believe that impurity (impure thoughts included), are to be foreign to Christians. (Eph. 5:3-6) We are not to be aligned with them. (v. 7)

Michael,
I have warm feelings toward you and C__ and I pray that God blesses you both and your family and your ministries. However, I am surprised that several times over the years, and as recently as last week, you seem to question my ability to rightly divide the Truth / the Word of God, as well as my ability to discern falsehoods of theology on the internet, from the pulpit, radio, etc. In your 10/8/18 email you commented about one of my evangelism signs, writing, “The board ‘Holy conduct is necessary for salvation’ doesn’t seem to be balanced with the rest of Scripture and Christian orthodoxy. It sounds like it negates the teachings on grace and the need for Christ’s death on the cross. I hope you will reconsider that one.” I realize you are responding as most in the church would respond (or think), but I hope that you will look more closely at the indoctrinations of the church and see how many of its teachings, including much of that surrounding God’s grace, do not match Scripture.

How do you interpret such passages as Mt. 3:7-10 & 5:29,30 and John 5:29 & 14:15,23 & 15:1-10 and Rom. 2:6-11 and Heb. 10:26-39 which reveal that if we continue to be disobedient, we should expect Condemnation to be our destiny? People can excuse themselves for having sinned unintentionally, but are they truly proactively training themselves to be godly and spotless (in conduct, heart, and doctrine) as we are commanded to do –so as to not miss God’s grace? (See 1 Tim. 4:1,7,16 and Heb. 12:14-17 and 2 Pe. 1:3-11 & 3:11,14-18.)

Because of God’s kindness and grace, He came in bodily form to pay for sin, to conquer death, sin, the devil, and the world through the cross and His resurrection, and to give each of us (who would choose Him as their King) His own Holy Spirit, along with His counsel, His comfort, His power, and His leadership. This is fantastic news for living in a fallen world and for our eternity. However, people relying on Christian orthodoxy often do not get taught that we must abide in God’s grace through continuous obedience and that this means abiding in His Word and His Spirit’s daily instructions, and abiding in His Word and His Spirit’s power to conduct ourselves in holy actions, thoughts, and words. As 1 Pe. 1:15 commands, “Be holy in all you do.” And, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” (v. 14) This attentiveness to behave obediently and to be holy inwardly and outwardly will keep our faith genuine and firm to the end. (v. 7,22 // Heb. ch. 3 & 4 // Ja. 1:21-27 & 2:14-26 // 1 John 2:28,29)

Contrary to what most “Christians” teach, God does look to see if, in His opinion, our deeds are flourishing and complete (Rev. 3:2), if we are obedient to His teachings (v. 3), if we are in line with Christ’s doctrine (2 John 1:9), if we are living pure and worthy (Rev. 3:4) and victorious (v. 5), and if we are proactively utilizing His available power to live this way so as to remain solidly in His love. (John 15:1-10 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 4:16,17) It is deeds (as well as the heart) that, in God’s opinion, make us lukewarm or not, and if lukewarm, reason for Him to vomit us out. (Rev. 3:14-16) These warnings are to those who claim to love/know/serve Him. (v. 19 & 2:4,5,7,11 // Mt. 7:21-27 // 1 John 2:3-6) Therefore, anyone, including “Christians”, who follow false doctrines and/or the desires of the sinful nature have made themselves enemies of God. (Rom. 8:4-14 // Gal. 1:6-9 // Titus 1:16 // Ja. 4:4 // 2 Pe. 2:9,10)

We are saved by God justifying and cleansing those who choose Him, and yes, He does this because of His grace toward us. (Titus 3:4-8) However, that same grace that God offers to all people (2:11) “instructs us [trains us] to deny [renounce and reject] ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly [pure, righteous] lives in this present age [meaning now], while we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people who are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (v. 12-14) Anyone, then, exhibiting ungodly behavior and not eagerly doing what is good, and not continuing to submit to purification while abiding in each level of holiness they have already progressed into, is choosing to forfeit God’s grace for themselves. (Heb. 6:4-12 & 10:26-39 & 12:14-17,25)

So then, we are saved if we believe in Jesus, repent of all sin, make the genuine choice to follow Him, and submit to the circumcision of our sinful nature which Christ Himself performs. (Col. 2:11) But once in that position –the old self crucified, the new creation running the race in step with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:6,7 // 2 Cor. 5:17 // Gal. 5:24,25)– we must keep choosing to continue on that Path, “for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Pe. 1:9) That salvation, that goal, is “the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (v. 13)

So, Jesus promises to know and give eternal life to those who heed His voice, deny self, hold to His words, and follow Him. (Luke 9:23-26 // John 8:31-36 & 10:27,28) Those who are negligent have “no permanent place in the family” (John 8:35), but will instead be rebuked severely, and be condemned. (Mt. 25:26-30)

Michael, I hope you will reconsider the message of my signboard you are questioning. I firmly believe it to be the Truth found in God’s Word and I am, in fact, very alarmed that many Bible “scholars” follow what orthodoxy teaches above what Scripture teaches.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S. For more support from Scripture, I will add the tracts I handed out this last Thursday while evangelizing downtown. I usually take a paragraph from my posts, put them in a different format, and print them out. Here is what I used this last Thursday:

~~~We are told in 1 John 2:6, “Whoever claims to live in Him [God], must walk [live / conduct oneself] as Jesus did.” This is a command. How did Jesus conduct Himself? He was always pleasing to the Father. As the Father spoke out from Heaven at Jesus’ baptism, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:17) Jesus Himself said regarding His relationship with the Father, “I always do what pleases Him.” (John 8:29) He also said that He spoke only what the Father commanded Him to say and how to say it (12:49,50), and He said, “I love the Father and do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.” (14:31) But is this also required of us? Yes, it is. Our words are to be God’s words (1 Pe. 4:11), we are to love the Lord fervently (Mark 12:30), which we prove by obeying His commands (John 14:15), and we are to be submitted at all times to the control of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:9) We are to “be imitators of God.” (Eph. 5:1)

~~~~Did Jesus come to free us from our sins or not? He did. (Mt. 1:21, Rom. 6:18, 1 John 3:5) Why are so many so-called “Christians” clinging to their sins as if they just can’t let them go? Did Jesus tell us to sever ourselves from all that makes us sin, including our own eyes and hands if necessary? He did. (Mt. 5:27-30) Then why, if Jesus, in the same verses and elsewhere, warns us about going to Hell if we keep sinning, or if we are even the cause of sin (Mt. 13:41,42), do sin-promoting teachers think their word is to be accepted above Christ’s words?

~~~~Does Jesus tell us to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father, or not? He does. (Mt. 5:48) Does Rom. 6:1,2 and 1 Peter 4:1,2 state that Christ-followers are done with sinning? Yes. Does Rom. 6:6,7 & 7:5,6,23-25 teach that Christ Jesus has rescued us from the power and control of the sinful nature (the law of sin) so that we are actually severed from it? Yes. Does Jesus say that being unified with Him (being in a love relationship with Him) hinges upon our obedience? Yes. (John 14:15,23 & 15:10) Does Heb. 5:9 inform us that obedience is necessary for salvation? Yes, and so does 2 Thes. 1:7-10, which also mentions the necessity of knowing God. For obedience leads to belonging to God, which leads to knowing Him, which leads to a maintenance of holy conduct, and which thus insures final salvation. (Luke 13:22-28 // Rom. 6:22,23 // 1 Peter 1:7-9,13-17 // 1 John 2:3,4 // Rev. 3:1-6,14-22) This is the Truth of Scripture.

~~~~~Does 1 John 2:6 state that those united with Christ are to live like Jesus did? It does. And how did Christ live? He lived obedient to the Father in everything. (John 12:49,50 & 14:31) We are to do the same. (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20 // Col. 3:1-4 // 1 Peter 4:1,2) If we fail, we must repent; but God’s expectation is that we are to remain faithful to His training –daily– so that we will not fail. Then when we are fully trained, we will be like our Teacher. (Luke 6:40)

~~~~~Anyone who accepts the Gospel as true and pledges to the Lord that he will follow Him, yet does not whole-heartedly leave sin or self-rule is not, in reality, following Jesus, is he? Indeed, how can that person be in the will of God, which is a necessity for entrance into Heaven, as Jesus makes clear in Mt. 7:21-23? Truly, if someone is not obeying Christ, that person is not following Jesus, that person is not in the will of God, and that person’s eternal condemnation remains a real likelihood. (John 8:31-36, Rev. 3:15,16)

~~~~~Why are Christ-followers tolerating the false teachers who go on teaching that works are not part of saving faith? –Especially when Scripture has made the issue firm and clear? God’s Word certainly teaches that faith by itself is useless (Ja. 2:17) and that works complete faith. (v. 22) It says we are not justified by faith alone, but by what we do in alignment with our confession of faith. (v. 24, Acts 26:20, 2 Tim. 2:19) Jesus states that in order to enter Life, a person must follow Him, carry the cross He gives them, obey God’s commands, and keep Self slain. (Mt. 19:17, Luke 9:23,24 & 14:25-35) Moreover, anyone who does not behave with actions / works / deeds in line with the Father’s will does not belong to Christ (Mt. 12:50) or His Kingdom. (Mt. 7:21) No one belongs to Christ who is not in submission to (who is not being controlled by) the Holy Spirit. (John 8:31-36, Rom. 8:9)

~~~~The training never ends in this life, but that gives no one any excuse to ever “take his hand off the plow” (see Luke 9:62) and turn from listening, obeying, and striving for perfection at all times. (Phil. 3:12-14) And whatever we have already attained, we must live up to. (v. 16) Those who teach otherwise are carnally-minded and are not citizens of Heaven, but are enemies of Christ. (v. 18-20 // 2 Peter ch. 2 // Jude 1:4,17-19) Anyone who does not accept that true Christ-followers have had their sinful nature, with its passions and desires, circumcised off (Gal. 5:24 // Col. 2:22) are not teaching the true Gospel.

Anonymous / [Randy, still at my Comment Page],
Your apparent lack of understanding the Scriptures, as well as the lack of many who claim to love and follow Jesus, is precisely why I write my exhortations here at this blog and on tracts I hand out while evangelizing on the streets. Are you unable to read and comprehend? “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) How do you want to twist this statement, or do you want to take it at face value and study God’s Word to find out how you can defeat sin on a daily basis? (Rom. 6:18 & 8:9) 1 John 3:9 informs us that no one who is born of God is able to continue sinning because God’s nature abides within that person. Stop arguing with me and take up your complaint with the Word of God which I am quoting.

If you cannot read my posts and understand what I am pointing out straight from the doctrine found in God’s Word, then you most certainly do not know God, for as 1 John 4:6 says, “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.” As Jesus said, “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me.” (John 6:45) And as He said in Luke 6:40, “Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” The Holy Spirit, who reminds us of what Jesus taught, as we meditate on God’s Word –He is our Teacher (John 14:26), not some denomination. We are to study the Scriptures so as to come to Jesus (John 5:39,40) –who is the Word of God (John 1:1,14)– in order to have Life (John 5:40), and then proactively allow the Word to dwell and thrive within us (John 5:38 // Ja. 1:21-27 // 1 Pe. 1:22,23) so as to consistently put His words into practice, and this in order to remain in His Life. (Mt. 7:24-27 // John 15:1-10)

You asking me about Old Testament Laws given to the Israelites before Jesus died on the cross, paying for sin and conquering death, –well, your ignorance of the whole of Scripture is wearisome. Read the Word of God in sincerity and apply it by the power of the Mighty Spirit of God. If you cannot do that on a daily basis then there is something wrong with you, and with Randy, and with your whole mass of false Christians. Stop trying to disempower true Christ-followers with your whining and weak-willed mind and spirit.

Jesus said, “If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments.” (Mt. 19:17) We have also been informed that there are two commands under which all the commands fall (Mt. 22:40) –Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (v. 37 // Mark 12:30) and love others as yourself. (Mt. 22:37-39 // Rom. 13:9) We have been informed that all the commands are summed up in these (Rom. 13:8-10) and that walking in love is to fulfill the Law (Rom. 13:10 // Gal. 5:14) and that obedience to Christ’s commands is to be abiding in the Truth. (1 John 3:24 // 2 John 1:4-6)

Anonymous, you are a careless person, just like Randy and so many others. You want to ask me foolish questions, even without having read my posts. This is apparent by you not even knowing my name which I sign at the end of each. Who is Sarah? Your carelessness is obvious all around, and stark.

Get right with the Lord, study diligently, and come to know Him, the Truth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Randy,
I encourage you to be less careless, in your writing style, in the teachers you follow, and in your own (daily?) study of Scripture. Jesus made it plain: In order to inherit Eternal Life, a person must obey the commandments. (Mt. 19:16-19)

Jesus made it clear that to remain in Life, a person must be obeying His commands (John 15:10) and producing fruit. (v. 2)

Jesus made it clear that what a person does and says acquits him or condemns him, eternally. (Mt. 12:36,37 // John 5:29)

Jesus made it clear that, regardless of our claims, what is in our thoughts and hearts will be judged. (Mt. 5:27-29 & ch. 23)

Jesus made it clear that He will vomit out of His mouth those church people, who, through their deeds, are lukewarm. (Rev. 3:14-16)

Jesus made it clear that following Him involves a daily renunciation of Self (Luke 9:23-25), an upholding of His teaching (v. 26), and that this cross-bearing is the only way to permanently belong to Him, the Truth. (John 8:31-36)

Paul taught the same. He taught the necessity of the crucifixion of Self (Rom. 6:6,7 // Gal. 2:20) the crucifixion of Self’s sin (Gal. 5:24) and the crucifixion of Self’s pull toward the world. (6:14)

Paul taught a continual alertness concerning our doctrine and life so that we will be saved (1 Tim. 4:16), and a strict discipline over ourselves so that we are not disqualified in the end. (1 Cor. 9:27)

Paul taught that participation in the actions of the sinful nature will forfeit a person’s inheritance of Eternal Life. (1 Cor. 6:9-11 // Gal. 5:19-21)

What about your mention of Romans? Paul quoted the Old Testament when he said there, “God will give to each person according to what he has done” (Rom. 2:6), and then went on to say, “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.” (v. 7) What part of this statement, Randy, is unclear to you? Read it several times and let it sink in, and ask the Lord to lift the veil from your mind which has been put there by your false teachers, your desire to be safe to sin, and your carelessness in not being proactive to study, comprehend, and apply the Truth.

Let’s see… what did the writer of Hebrews say? In chapter ten, verses 26-31 it is made clear that those who know the Truth and have received sanctification, and who then return to sinning, can expect to be condemned to Hell.

What did Peter teach? He taught that we must make our inheritance sure by doing Spirit-filled good things (2 Pe. 1:3-11), but that if we are again entangled and overcome by sin, we are worse off than before our escape from it. (2:20-22)

Peter certainly taught that if we are careless about false teachers’ influences over us, we can fall from our otherwise secure position in the Truth. (2 Pe. 3:17)

What about James? He taught that faith is only made complete by what we do. (Ja. 2:14-26)

James also warned that friendship with the world is hatred and enmity against God. (Ja. 4:4)

What about Jude? He taught that disavowing Christ’s Lordship by changing God’s grace into a license to (safely) sin, is to join those who will be condemned. (Jude 1:4)

Jude warned about God’s condemnation against those who speak and act in ungodly ways. (Jude 1:14-16)

Jude warned about scoffers, about those who follow their own instincts and desires, about those who boast, and about those who flatter others for their own advantage (Jude 1:16-19) –like you are doing, Randy, in regards to your teacher who helps you feel safe to sin.

What did John the Baptist teach? He taught that every person who does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Luke 3:9)

What do we learn from Stephen’s words? We learn that possessing the Holy Spirit is not about having received God’s Law, but about obeying it, and that those who resist obedience to God’s Law and Spirit are those people who retain uncircumcised hearts and ears. (Acts 7:51-53)

The apostle John confirmed the same doctrine as Stephen did and the rest of the above. As John wrote in 1 John 2:4, “The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.” How, Randy, can it be any plainer that your doctrine is false in light of such straight-forward statements from God’s Word?

Let’s go on with the apostle John’s words. In 1 John 3:7, he said, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. [Oh, so this is possible.] The person who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.” So we are being warned that there are those who teach the opposite –who teach that what we do does not affect God viewing us as righteous. John continues: “The person who does what is sinful is of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) So we are being warned that there are those who teach the falsehood that we can continue to do what is sinful and still be one with Christ.

John goes on: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin… they will not go on sinning…” (1 John 3:9) And: “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” (v. 6) And: “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God…” (v. 10) And: It is those who obey His commands who possess His Spirit. (v. 24)

Randy, you can choose to follow the doctrines of false teachers, but those who abide in Christ do follow the doctrine of His Word. Truly, I could go on and on and on, pointing out to you the Truth taught in Scripture and how it repudiates your false doctrine, but since your ears and heart are uncircumcised, and you are so far choosing to remain this way, even if you read all the verses I’ve ever pointed out at this blog, I could not convince you of the “strong damning delusion” (see 2 Thes. 2:10-12) you are under. Until you make the choice to humble yourself, call out to Jesus for the Truth, listen carefully and apply what you hear, you remain lost. And so do your false teachers who are leading multitudes of others astray by their counterfeit gospel.

I pray you wake up.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
When God makes a covenant with someone, He expects that person to hold to the terms of the covenant. This means that obedience to the agreed-upon terms is necessary; otherwise the covenant has been broken. God is always faithful, but people often are not. So what does the Lord do when a person violates a covenant made with Him?

Many are claiming that God grants grace to those who are unfaithful in upholding one’s covenant with God. In other words, they think that God’s gracious grace covers everything they do in violation, and that their violations don’t really matter. But is this the case?

Look at what the Lord said to King Zedekiah and others who had made a covenant with Him and with each other to free their fellow Hebrew slaves, and who acted accordingly but then violated it. (Jer. 34:8-11) God said to them, “Recently you repented and did what is right in My sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to his countrymen. You even made a covenant before Me in the house that bears My Name. But now you have turned around and profaned My Name… by forcing them to become your slaves again.” (v. 15,16)

Truly, reneging on their agreement was a huge sin in God’s eyes. He considered it disobedience to Him (Jer. 34:17), He considered it profanity against His Name (v. 16), and He considered it a violation of His covenant with them. (v. 18) For all this, they would pay dearly –being punished with disgrace, with the sword, with plague, and with famine. (v. 17) God made Himself clear: “The men who have violated My covenant and have not fulfilled the terms of the covenant they made before Me, I will treat… [very harshly].” (v. 18-22) Why are people so unafraid then to break a covenant they’ve made with God? Why are people so neglectful in fulfilling the terms of a covenant they’ve made with the Lord?

Could it be because most are teaching that for those in the New Covenant God is lenient?

However, this is twisted theology, for God has granted mercy and grace ever since creation, and especially for those who repent and obey Him. True, God who does not change (Heb. 13:8 // Ja. 1:17) has offered humans a New Covenant, but does it make God more lenient –more apt to turn a blind eye to His people’s sins? Certainly not. Instead, He expects more.

The New Covenant is one in which God puts His laws in the heart and mind of each person who makes this covenant with Him. (Heb. 8:10) The New Covenant is one in which God puts His Spirit into the spirit of each person covenanting with Him and gives them His power to fully meet His righteous requirements. (Rom. 8:4,9) This being the case there is no excuse to violate God’s Covenant of Salvation through disobedience. (Heb. 2:1-3 & 10:26-31) If those who violated the law of Moses were killed (10:28), “How much more severely do you think a person deserves to be punished who has violated the New Covenant?” (See v. 29) Indeed, for those who do such a thing, destruction from God rushes upon them. (v. 27,30,31 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17)

God is not playing games, dear “Christian”. If you have covenanted with God –that He save you from the Rule of Darkness to participate in the Rule of Christ (Col. 1:12,13)– then it needs to be a reality that Jesus is your Boss 24/7.

As our Lord has stated clearly: “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel