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

The Storms

September 15, 2018

Friends,
Besides the typhoon that has passed through the Philippines, a country very dear to me, and besides the storm drenching the lower east coast of our U.S., there are at least two other “storms” that I am praying much about. One is that storm between conservatives and leftists here in the U.S. which has resulted from the extreme hatred blinding the latter who continue to vehemontly obstruct the efforts of the former. Today I listened to a strong and excellent speech Ted Cruz gave earlier this month in regards to this, found here:

https://youtu.be/AW9cos7_KnU

Another video and speech I watched today was that given by Amir at Behold Israel. For anyone interested in how the events in the Middle East keep lining up with Bible prophecy, Amir, an Israeli citizen, is highly informative. I have watched him often over the last year or more and the video he posted two days ago is something I hope everyone listens to closely. Here is the link for that:

https://youtu.be/aMLXN_pKaZ0

The battle between righteousness and evil is huge and escalating. Ideologies and nations are lining up in the positions God’s Word has prophesied about. But, will we ourselves be found alert, walking in the Truth, bearing the fruit of righteousness… and ready?

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
It should be concerning to us that there are many Christians who are not adequately concerned about their wayward loved ones (or their own waywardness). Relying on their beliefs about OSAS (once saved, always saved), or thinking that a “salvation prayer” once prayed guarantees the purchase of eternal life (which it does not –Luke 8:13-15), these individuals do not fulfill their own responsibilities before the Lord. They remain lax in intercession, wisdom, and tough love, foolishly believing that their “backslidden” loved one, though he or she may lose some rewards, will certainly not lose out on an eternity in Heaven.

It seems that John 6:37 is one verse the above-mentioned people rely on. Jesus says there, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.” Of course Jesus is telling us the Truth here, but many read into it what is not there. For one thing, it is those who come to Jesus –not once, but on a continual basis– who are truly coming to Jesus. As our Lord says in the same chapter, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.” (v. 56) And then in the next verse He says that “the one who feeds on Me will live…” (v. 57) Is a backslidden person feeding themselves on Jesus? No, they are not eating and drinking Him who is the Word and Spirit (v. 63), and are therefore not remaining in Him.

Now someone may claim that there is a reading of the Word and a walking in the Spirit, but this is a hollow claim if there is continued disobedience to Christ. This is made very clear from such verses as Mt. 19:17, John 5:38-40, John 15:10, and 1 John 2:3-6, as well as many others, like 1 John 3:24 which says, “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them.”

So, in going back to John 6:37 we find the assurance that those who come to Jesus –meaning, through continual obedience to Him– will remain in fellowship with Him / will continue to belong to Him / will not be cast away. Jesus gives this assurance again in ch. 10, verses 27-30, but there again, we can read that those kept safe (saved) are those who follow Jesus. If someone stops following Jesus, that person slips into an unsaved state. (John 15:6 // Heb. 6:4-6 & 10:26-31 // 2 Pe. 2:20-22 & 3:17)

Furthermore, any person who accepts the Gospel as true and pledges to the Lord that he will follow Him, yet does not wholeheartedly 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 and dangerous likelihood. (John 8:31-36 // Rev. 3:15,16)

Let’s remember that the man in Luke 9:61 was not hanging on to any apparent sin, and was maybe even trying to uphold the fifth commandment about honoring one’s parents when he said to Jesus, “I will follow You, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Yet how did Jesus answer him? “Jesus replied, ‘No one having laid his hand upon the plow and looking on the things behind, is fit for the Kingdom of God.'” (v. 62) Wow. But had Jesus not already taught that one’s salvation hinged on one’s choice to deny self, take up one’s cross daily, and follow Him? Yes, we read this in the same chapter, verses 23-25. No wonder the apostle Paul said that he forgets what is behind and strains toward what is ahead in order to win the Prize. (Phil. 3:13,14) No wonder he taught that the old self must be killed (Rom. 6:6,7 & 8:13 // 2 Cor. 5:17 // Gal. 2:20) and that “what counts is a new creation”. (Gal. 6:15)

So, who is being referred to in John 6:37 whom the Father gives to Jesus? By interpreting Scripture with Scripture, we have seen who it is: It is those who, by believing, have turned from their own path to follow Jesus, closely, obediently, faithfully, on His path and where He leads them. As Jesus says a few verses down (in John 6:45), “…They will all be taught God. Everyone having heard from the Father and having learned, comes to Me.” These, then, are the ones the Father gives to Jesus: Those who have listened to Him and have embraced the Truth with absolute commitment. (John 10:27-30 & 12:25,26)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel