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Taken 10/21/17

This blog has been set up for this purpose: To edify and exhort the Body of Christ — that we may grow in the knowledge of Him and His Word, and be strengthened to boldly, lovingly, and in Truth, proclaim the glorious Gospel –all for the honor of our Shepherd and soon-coming King.

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  1. smilesback Says:

    Tumi,
    Thank you for your words of encouragement and truth. I really appreciate it and am so glad to hear someone else recognizes and takes seriously what God’s Word teaches.

    May the Lord bless your walk with Him, always.

    Rachel


  2. One thing I expected is that the majority of objectors to the message of true holiness propagated on this blog would be Western Christians, who have formulated their own version of grace which has poured over into the whole world. You are doing a wonderful job Rachel. Perfect holiness is what the Lord wants as pointed out in Scripture over and over. Grace is not for foolishness, it’s for holiness.


  3. Great blog. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord

    Tumi Letoka


  4. Wow I’m absolutely flabbergasted that there are truth preachers like you here online. This is so very rare. Satan has introduced “another grace” that is held by seemingly over 95% of the Church worldwide, a grace that not only belittles good works and holiness after being born again but condemns them. I’m so blessed by this blog that has so wonderfully punched at calvinism and modern “grace” while properly handling the Word of Truth.

    Tumi Letoka

  5. smilesback Says:

    Randy,
    Your sarcasm, I believe, reveals immaturity, and immaturity would, of course, greatly hinder a person in the discipline of being conformed to Christ-likeness –Christ-likeness being that which God predestined for those who follow Jesus. (Rom. 8:29)

    Jesus commanded us to be perfect (Mt. 5:48) and He gave us everything we need in order to do so. (Gal. 5:16 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4) But just like an Olympic athlete or a medical surgeon, we must train and discipline ourselves, with perfection being our constant goal. I’m sure you would not expect the Olympic athlete’s coach, or the surgeon’s instructor, to say, “Mediocracy is okay.” No, we know they would stress the importance of using utmost diligence to perform perfectly. Yet would you accuse them of claiming they never have, or never will again, make a mistake themselves?

    I think I detect through your comment something else about you –that you feel hopeless about quitting sin. But there is no need to be hopeless because the True Message really is Good News. We really do have the power available for imitating Christ, and as we put His commands into practice, we get better and better at it and become more and more Christ-like.

    1 John 3:9 says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin because God’s nature abides in him…” You need to face yourself honestly, Randy, and choose to do what it takes to live holy. Until you do, of course you cannot fathom the Truth I am pointing out.

    Rachel

  6. Randy mask Says:

    Nice to read your article about living holy. Glad to finally find someone who is sin free besides Jesus.

  7. smilesback Says:

    Hi Carl. May the Lord bless our walk with Him as we listen to and obey His voice of Truth. As you know, Jesus tells us to remain in Him (John 15:1-10), warning us that if we do not, the consequence is withering and being thrown to the fire. (v. 6) Jesus tells us to remain in His love (v.9) –revealing we have the choice– and tells us that we remain in His love through our obedience to His commands. (v. 10) If you do not interpret this passage this way, then what is your interpretation? (See Rom. 8:13,14 which teaches it is our choice to use the Spirit’s power available to us.)

    Jesus tells us in John 10:27,28 that His (true) sheep –those He gives eternal life to– are those who heed His voice and follow Him. To follow Christ is to do what He instructs, wouldn’t you agree? Isn’t Jesus confirming this teaching when He says in Mt. 10:38 that “anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me”? Do we not have to obey Christ to be following Him (with our cross) and to thus be in God’s will? Doesn’t Jesus state in Mt. 12:50 that only those who do the Father’s will are those who belong in His family? Does He not also state this in Mt. 7:21 and in John 8:31? Does 1 John 2:17 not also confirm that it is only those doing the will of God who are inheritors of Eternal Life?

    Eternal Life is knowing (having an intimate friendship) with the Lord (John 17:3) and thus being united with Him in Spirit, which comes through obedience to His commands, as 1 John 3:24 says. If this is our position, then we are no longer controlled by the sinful nature but instead by the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:9) For, “The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4) Therefore, “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” (v. 3) This is how we remain in God’s love, making His love complete in us. (v. 5a) “This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must conduct himself as Jesus did.” (v. 5b,6) Jesus always said and did exactly what His Father commanded Him. (John 12:49,50 & 14:31)

    How would you interpret 1 John 3:6? For it says that if we keep on sinning we do not live in Christ, nor do we know Him. How would you interpret verses 7-10? Verse 7 warns that we can be lead astray by those who teach other than this: That those who do what is right are righteous, just as Christ is righteous. Verse 10 says, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” Verse 8 tells us, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil”, which means we cannot be of Christ. Verse 9 says that we cannot go on sining if we have been born of God –which is to possess His Spirit and His divine nature. 2 Pe. 1:3,4 confirm this and so do these verses: Eph. 2:11 which teaches that the sinful nature has been circumcised off of us, and Gal. 5:24 which says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires”, and Rom. ch. 6 which tells us we have died to sin (v. 2), having been freed from it (v. 18) through wholehearted obedience to the Truth (v. 17), and so are now slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness (v. 16), which leads to holiness (v. 19), which results in Eternal Life. (v. 22)

    To claim to know Christ while also resisting His power available for conducting ourselves in full obedience to Him is to deny Christ (2 Tim. 3:5 // Titus 1:16), and if we continue there we will eventually incur God’s wrath against us. (Mt. 7:26,27 & 24:48-51 // Heb. 4:11 // 2 Pe. 3:17) Heb. 10:26-31 speaks of this also and from verse 29 we can see that this is a possibility included for those once sanctified.

    How do you interpret Rev. 3:2? Jesus says there, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God.” He is talking to a church about their deeds. How do you interpret Ja. 2:24? It says, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” Verse 22 teaches us that faith is made complete by what we do –our behavior. Verses 17 and 26 state that faith without deeds is dead and useless. In other words, there is a faith that does not save.

    Are you saying that we can be wicked if we have once been saved? Gal. 5:19-21 tells us that those who behave with impurity, discord, rage, envy, etc. will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9 tells us, as well, while listing various sinful behaviors, that “the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Verse 11 says, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified…”, meaning the wicked deeds are in the past. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17) As Rom. 6:21 says, those shameful acts result in death, while verse 19 insists they are only of the past. 1 Pe. 1:13-17 reminds us that conforming to evil desires is the behavior of ignorance (v. 14), and thus commands us to live our lives in reverent fear (v. 17) and to be holy in all we do. (v. 15) And as verse 22 tells us, we are purified by obeying the Truth.

    How can you say it is not about our deeds? How would you interpret Rom. 2:5-11? Verse 6 says, “God will give to each person according to what he has done.” (See also Rev. 3:15,16 & 20:11-15) “For God does not show favoritism.” (Rom. 2:11) God is going to judge deeds and the result is wrath or honor and reward. (v. 7-10 // Mt. 25:14-30) Laziness, neglect, willful ignorance, and any kind of disobedience –God considers this rebellion toward what He has provided for our victory over sin –which is His grace (Titus 2:11-14), His Living Word (Heb. 4:12 // 1 Pe. 1:23), and His Spirit’s power. (Eph. 1:19 & 3:20 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4) For if we walk in the Spirit, we will, by the Spirit’s power, keep the sinful nature dead (Rom. 8:13 // Gal. 5:16), but if we do not, we will perish. (Luke 13:3 // Rom. 8:13,14 // Gal. 6:8)

    Well, I could go on, for I see in the Scriptures multitudes of warnings that if we refrain from doing the works ordained for us to do throughout our lives (Eph. 2:10), refrain from denying Self (Luke 9:23) and everything (14:33), refrain from proving our repentance by our deeds (Acts 26:20), then we will be turned away at The Judgement. (Mt. 25:1-13 // Luke 13:23-27 // John 5:29 // Eph. 5:5,6) It is a daily choice throughout life to live, no longer for ourselves, but only for the will of God. (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20 // Heb. 3:6-19 // 1 Pe. 4:1,2) I recognize this is not what is taught in the Lukewarm Church –which will be vomited out of God’s mouth (Rev. 3:16) because of her pitiful deeds and attitudes. (v. 15,17) But it is what is taught in God’s Word.

    After you read the (many) verses I’ve included, I hope you will tell me how you interpret them, particularly the specific ones I asked about.

    Thank you for your comment.

    In Christ,
    Rachel

  8. Carl Bromley Says:

    Enjoyed your article on Calvinism and Hog wash shack. Was sorry to read that you oppose “Once saved Always saved”. You have taken may passages to do with “Serving God” and “Following Christ” and confused them with passages that speak to the generous, and incredible love of God that extends the Gift of Salvation without works, to those who would humbly recognise that there is nothing they can do to earn or keep salvation. I see a tremendous ability to write and contend, and I hope and pray that you might reconsider your position on this fundamental issue of the Gospel. The consequence of people relying 100% solely on Christ alone for Salvation is the difference between heaven and eternal judgement. That some may abuse the grace of God does not detract from the incredible gift. I stand saved, am kept saved,and justified solely, and only upon the sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone, trusting 100% that he reached the mark for me, where I fell short, and that he ever exists making intercession for me, keeping me saved. I am glad that when I was completely forgiven, he kept no sin “Up his sleeve” – which would later appear to cause me to loose ‘His’ salvation in me. Sincerely, Carl Bromley.

  9. smilesback Says:

    Tommy,
    I am sorry for the delay. Because my response to you got so long, I’m using it as a post for today, so please read it there. I will continue praying for you.

    Rachel

  10. smilesback Says:

    Tommy,
    Thank you for your comments, questions, and honesty. I do not answer hastily, as I always consider 1 Pe. 4:11, especially as we teach doctrine, so I will definitely be praying for you, ask others to pray for you, and be praying about how to respond to you, which I will do here in a few hours, God-willing.
    Rachel

  11. Tommy A Wigington Says:

    After reading delusion, denial, destruction. I have felt more lost than ever. Where do I worship, how, why because I could never live a life so much without sin. Wasn’t Jesus the one and only that can claim that or are you suggesting once saved sin no more. I was never saved simply because I am not chosen, because I never truly knew what was expected of me. So as I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I see no light and its not at my delight. Its sin sunk in to the core, my heart is cold as iron, I seek not evil or wickedness by societies standard. I withered fig tree am I hope is lost and when I pray it has been denied to me, even selfless prayers. So pray for me and lets see what happens. I know I must want it and he comes first and love him with all your heart. I need to know how to love and yes I know the scripture about what love is and is not, but again I don’t know how to have that much self control. Romans 6:8 I could relate to myself, but i could use an opinion. Also beware to teach and you are teaching doctrine, your life must be squeaky clean. You are suggesting we all must live that way. I don’t know anymore I do know confusion is from the devil and stumbling blocks are an everyday occurrence for me.

  12. smilesback Says:

    Robert,
    Yes, we are not under Law but under God’s grace –the grace that teaches us to conduct ourselves in pure love, in righteous behavior and thinking, in generosity to those in need, and in living just as Jesus did (1 John 2:6) –which we are definitely able to do by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16,18), if He is in us. (Rom. 8:9)

    Rachel

  13. Robert Munyui Kamunyu Says:

    Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law,Leviticus27:1-34,Malachi 3:1-18.When bishops, pastors, elders, and priests humbly teach falsehood by quoting tithes in Malachi 3:1-18,under the law IN OLD COVENANT which was a prime contribution for the Levite tribe and Leviticus Priesthood, how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors’ and priests’ house or the Church being the bride and body of Jesus Christ? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT who are lead and taught by the Holy Spirit are not under law or in generation curse in the law, Ephesians 2:4-9. Tithes in Malachi 3:1-18 were primarily for the tribe of Levi which was the governing tribe in Israel and were not allocated farming land for sharing among themselves , Numbers 18:20-28 . Those who simply imply Christians are under curse for not tithing put into question about unfinished work of redemption (SALVATION) by Christ Jesus on cross of Calvary which is bought and maintained continuously in tithes paid to them. Those who are of work of the law are under curse Galatians 3:3-13.Yet Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren whom He has redeemed and sanctified to perfection once for all, Hebrew10:8-16, Hebrew 2:9-13, Galatians 2:16-21.We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, Jesus Christ being made a curse for us : for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. Christians saved by grace are the High Priest in the Royal Priesthood Of Jesus Christ and able ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law with Moses which was done away with, 2Corinthhians 3:613, Hebrew7:25-26, 1Peter2:5-9.
    Many Christians born in era of fully blown tithe falsehood cannot believe that the clergy can plan evils and tell lies. You can only teach and preach about tithes from the cover up of law without spiritual scandal but not from grace. Hebrews 7:12,12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. Know by grace you are saved and Christ is the end of the law and we are not under the law. Ephesian2:8-9,8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Romans 6:14 ,14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace John1:17,17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law was upheld up to Jesus death on the cross. Matthew27: 62-66, 62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night[a] and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. Matthew28:10-15, Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. The Chief Priests and elders got tithes but did not spread or help the spread of the Gospel but persecuted Christians. When were the tithes allocated to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Paul got letters from the high priest to persecute Christians. Acts 22:5, The high priest and the whole council of elders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the Christians from there to Jerusalem, in chains, to be punished.

  14. smilesback Says:

    Lisa,
    Before I answer your question concerning my “credentials” for being allowed to teach God’s Word, could you give me some examples of where I took the Scripture out of context in order to form my interpretation, how I thus interpreted incorrectly, and what credentials God’s Word tells us we must have before we can proclaim His Word accurately?

    Rachel


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