Sinners Shut Out

April 29, 2019

Friends,
Jesus tells us that when He returns, He will pay “to everyone according to what he has done.” (Rev. 22:12) Those who do what is right by walking in the will of the Father and obeying the commands of Jesus will receive Eternal Life, but those who continue to walk in sin will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur. (Mt. 25:41-46 // John 5:29 // 1 John 2:3,4,17,29 // Rev. 21:8)

Don’t be deceived: Anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful will not have their name found in the Book of Life. (Rev. 3:5 & 21:27) Anyone who does not keep themselves washed and clean (by abiding in Christ and obeying Him and His Word –John 15:1-10 & 1 Pe. 1:22) will be denied the right of Eternal Life. (Rev. 22:14) Anyone who practices sin or who abides in falsehood (including false theology) will be shut outside. (v. 15) Anyone who adds to or subtracts from God’s Word will be condemned. (v. 18,19 // Rom. 16:17,18 // 2 Cor. 11:3,4,13-15)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

They Will Be Denied Entrance

December 27, 2018

Friends,
Jesus says in Rev. 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” It is about what we’ve done. It is about what we do. It is about deeds, works, actions (including our choice of words and thoughts). Jesus goes on to say that those who have washed their robes (washed themselves by coming under Christ’s blood, grace, and leadership) are those who have the right to the Tree of Life and God’s City (v. 14), whereas those who continue to sin will be refused entrance. (v. 15)

2 Thes. 1:8-10 warns, as well, that those who do not know God and do not obey The Gospel will be shut out and punished with eternal destruction. Indeed, by rejecting the Truth and holy living, sinners are accepting Deception unto the rejection of their own salvation. (2:10-12)

“Oh, I’ve accepted the Truth,” many say. “I believe in Jesus.”

But is it enough to believe –if a person is not following Jesus? Absolutely not. Even the demons believe. (Mark 3:11 // Ja. 2:19) We must follow Jesus and follow His commands in order to have Eternal Life. (John 10:27,28 & 15:10)

Some people think that by praying “The Sinner’s Prayer” they have obeyed Jesus and have followed Him, or have at least followed His number one command –the one when He said, “Repent and believe the Good News!” (Mark 1:15) “I’ve repented and believed,” they say, saying it even as they continue to sin; and no amount of Scripture (such as Mt. 13:41-43, 1 Cor. 3:16,17 & 6:9-11, Gal. 5:19-21, 1 John 2:3-6, and many others), seems to convince them that they are actually walking in Deception toward Hell.

What does Jesus warn of in Mt. 24:45-51 about the one who becomes His servant –the one He puts in charge of things– even charge of His household (His church / His flock)? Jesus warns, concerning this trusted servant, that should that servant later choose to become wicked, his Master will return at an unexpected time and “He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v. 51)

Anyone, then, who thinks a banishment to Hell will not be decreed for Christian hypocrites better read this above passage again. So should one read the next chapter also, Mt. 25, in its entirety, paying attention in verses 1-13 to the fact that those who were refused entrance into Heaven had been believing and waiting for the Bridegroom’s arrival. So should it be noted in verses 14-30 that the Master ordered to be thrown out into the darkness the servant of His who showed himself to be wicked, lazy, and worthless. Then yet again the importance of deeds is emphasized in verses 31-46 by Jesus making it crystal clear that what we do determines our wickedness or our righteousness and thus our eternal destination. As He says to those who lacked good deeds, “… Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (v. 41) And He confirms that condemnation again in verse 46: “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

It is no small thing in God’s eyes to claim to be following Jesus, or claim to be believing in Jesus, if one is actually being disobedient to His Holy Spirit and Word.

Truly, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (Jesus in John 5:29)

“But I’m not doing evil,” sinning “Christians” often insist.

Yet listen to Jesus’ warning to such people: “I know your deeds… So, because you are lukewarm –neither hot nor cold– I am about to vomit you out of My mouth.” (Rev. 3:15,16) And, “I know your deeds; you have a reputation [amongst yourselves due to your false doctrine] of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.” (v. 1,2) Jesus is definitely focusing on the deeds of those who claim Him. Consequently, incomplete deeds… disobedience… defilement… false doctrine… a lack of repentance… unable to overcome sin… these will cause the Lord to erase one’s name from the Book of Life. (v. 1-6)

However, “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them.” (1 John 3:24) They are unified with Christ’s Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), for they “obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12) In sowing to please the Spirit so that the sinful nature remains crucified, they reap Eternal Life. (Rom. 6:6,7 & 8:9 // Gal. 5:24 & 6:8 // Col. 2:11) The Spirit says of such blessed ones who die in unification with the Lord, “They will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” (Rev. 14:13)

Deeds. Everyone’s deeds, good ones and bad ones, will be judged at the Great Judgement Seat of Christ. (2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 9:27 // Rev. 20:11-15)

Let us take heed and not allow man’s doctrines to deceive us, but rather read God’s Word diligently and believe exactly what He Himself has stated.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Randy,
The passage (Luke 18:9-14), begins with, “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:” So, you can accuse me of having these two attitudes, but you are simply wrong, for I do not have either. Rather, I rely solely on the power the Holy Spirit in me gives me –to continue to want to please God and to continue to possess the power to do so. Your continued comments keep revealing that you do not believe in this power and grace and gift, which makes you an unbeliever of God’s Word and Gospel. This I state as I have before, not to be condescending, but to warn you.

You accuse me of praying what the Pharisee prayed in verses 11 and 12 when he thanked God that he was not like others who sin but instead does such and so. However, the Lord knows I have never prayed such a prayer, nor has it entered my mind to pray that way. Instead, I ask the Lord to help me clearly hear His voice and help me obey, to keep me from sin and temptation and careless choices, I thank Him (a lot) for providing The Way of escape, The Way being Himself, His work, His power, His Word, His voice, etc., I praise and worship Him with my thoughts, words, songs, service, and love, and I do a lot of intercessory prayer for others. I am not saying this arrogantly, nor do I need to defend myself to you, but I state this to remind you that this should be the case for any Christ-follower.

Can busyness, tiredness, sickness, unanticipated occurrences or words, and the general corruption of the world we have to live amongst, cloud our ability to hear the Lord’s voice? Of course. But this is precisely why training ourselves to be alert at all times, and proactive at all times, is so important. Praise to the Lord and asking Him for guidance and support should be ready on our hearts, minds, and tongues at every given moment. If we are truly best friends with Jesus and are in full unity with His Spirit, why would this attentiveness not be our reality?

Those who have a Pharisaical heart are not justified by God, but neither are those who refuse to do His will and who keep on committing sin. (Mt. 7:21-23) The tax collector in Luke 18:13,14 who went home justified, did so because of his genuine repentance. We know this when we interpret Scripture with Scripture, for a chapter later, we see that the tax collector, Zacchaeus, repented unto salvation by his decision to quit cheating people and to also make amends. (19:7-9) In other words, justification comes to those who, in true contrition, renounce sin, and follow up their repentance through actions.

God’s Word consistently teaches this –that “unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3,5) –That those who won’t “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (3:8) “will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (v. 9) –That genuine repentance is proven by deeds. (Acts 26:20) –That forgiveness is granted only when a person turns from the power of Satan to the power of God. (v. 18) –That remaining under the power of sin leads to death, not Eternal Life. (Rom. 6:15-23) –That “anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” (1 John 3:10) –That justification comes, and remains, by faith and righteous deeds working together (Ja. 2:14-26), done by and in the power of Christ’s Spirit. (John 15:1-10 // Rom. 8:9,13,14)

Randy, think of all the health coaches on Youtube, many who apparently practice what they so strongly preach. Some may think they’re better than others but most are likely just excited to inform people of a wonderful way to live healthy that actually works. They are trying to spread good news and they are trying to help others. Would you accuse them of being self-righteous or condescending, or of lying, because of the truths about nutrition and exercise they are insistent upon? If you did, I believe everyone would see through you and know that you simply don’t want to do what it takes to live healthy. I believe your comments show just that, regarding your spiritual life: You don’t want to believe what I’m pointing out because you don’t want to do what it takes to live pleasing to God at all times.

Rachel

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.

Following A Human Guru

July 16, 2018

Friends,
Last week, Wednesday, while evangelizing at the train and bus stops downtown, I went up to the restaurant area as I sometimes do. It’s always a less receptive crowd up there and also less people who believe the Bible is the Word of God. I encounter more atheists there as well as more people with weird beliefs.

There was one particular guy (I’ll call him Lance) who crossed the street toward me and to whom I offered one of my tracts. He stopped but wouldn’t take one and when I said it mentioned fearing God, he immediately told me that we should never fear God. I said we should and I was going to remind him of some Scripture verses that said so, but he interrupted me and asked if I knew a certain teacher on the internet, and he said his name. I said that I had heard the name (since I’d watched this psychologist once or twice but was not aware of anything spiritual that he teaches.)

“Oh, he is great!” Lance was all aglow as he talked about his favorite internet guy’s (very bizarre) teachings. On he went, oblivious to his rudeness of making me listen to him when he had refused to listen to me or even take a one-paragraph tract I’d written. He even reprimanded me when I gave him a look of disbelief.

“You’re just following a man,” I finally was able to interject. “How do you know he’s right?”

Lance went on to give me his reasons. He had initially said he believed some of the Bible, but when I tried to speak again of it, he turned to go, repeating that I should listen to his teacher who definitely has the Truth (supposedly).

“He is your guru!” I exclaimed. “Yikes!”

Lance was already stepping into the crosswalk, but he looked back at me with surprise, like I’d jolted him, for a moment, to his senses. I hope I did. I hope he thought about it and the foolishness of following a mere man… trusting a mere man… to teach him spiritual truth.

Why do people do such a thing? Why do they risk their lives and eternities on some human teacher who has simply made up his or her own brand of spiritual truth? Why do they not seek God Himself, research the validity of the Bible, and study there?

After Lance left, I thought of some Scriptures that, sadly, I felt described his state of being: “…but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” (Rom. 1:21,22) And, “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” (1 Cor. 3:19) And, God has made it so that “the world through its wisdom does not know Him.” (See 1:21)

Truly, no amount of listening to “wise” people is going to get anyone anywhere closer to knowing God, the Truth, the Way, the Life. It has to come by studying and believing His Word, listening to His Spirit teach us through His Word, and putting His Word into practice by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Several days ago I received a comment at my comment page from a Carl Bromley, taking issue with the fact that I write against the “once saved, always saved” (OSAS) doctrine. I reminded him of many Scripture passages and asked him to explain how he would interpret them. He did not answer. I do wish that if someone comes to my comment page, asking me to give, or change, my views on something, and I take considerable time and effort to answer, that the person would then respond, especially if I ask questions of them as well. I believe this is the only courageous and respectful thing to do. Here is what I wrote to Carl Bromley at my comment page this last Monday, 3/12/18, and I hope that others who rely on the false OSAS doctrine will study and answer the questions for themselves:

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

God Used Evolution?

February 8, 2018

Friends,
Did the universe begin with a big bang consisting of hydrogen and helium? If so, where did those elements come from, and how did they turn into planets and stars and trees and animals and people? Were the creators time and chance and natural selection? Or, if we are Christians should we leave out that idea of chance and the word “natural”? Can we believe in evolution while also believing that God was the One orchestrating the process? Just how much was He involved? Evolution is about a random, unguided process, so how do we reconcile that with God’s guidance of the process?

Furthermore, how does (or did) life come from non-life? How did the first living cell (that which is way more complex than a factory) appear from non-living chemicals? Is this occurrence a true possibility? The Law of Biogenesis tells us it is not –that life can never, ever come from non-life. Oh okay, so God was the One who made it happen, supernaturally.

What about the genetic information that makes up all living things, but varies with each kind? Can one kind ever change into another kind? How could it when we know that no new information is ever added, including when mutations occur? With mutations, a loss of information occurs, but none is ever added. So a certain kind of animal can change to a degree, but having limits, it always remains the same kind of animal. Horses can be bred to be faster, have longer manes and tails, have prettier markings/colors, or be bigger or smaller, but they remain horses. New information in the DNA coding cannot be added, so a horse can never become anything other than a horse-type animal. How then could a horse have evolved from a “lower” or different kind of animal, or before that, from something like an ameba, which supposedly before that came from some kind of chemical soup? Time and chance and natural selection could never cause this to happen, not to mention that transitional forms of life, not being able to function, would just shut down and die. Oh, but for the theistic evolutionist, God created everything this way, right? Or again, should we say that He did not use chance and purely natural selection, but that He did use lots and lots of time as He guided the evolutionary process, and this by means of disease, suffering, violence, and death?

And what about God’s (supposed) use of billions of years? Does this match with what God’s Word says when Gen. 2:1-3 tells us that God completed His creation of the heavens and the earth by the seventh day, on which He rested, and with Ex. 20:11 & 31:17 which say the same? For Ex. 20:11, right there in the Ten Commandments –specifically the fourth one about resting on the Sabbath Day– says, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day.” Those are God’s own words and they are very clear, as are His words in 31:17: “…for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He abstained from work and rested.” The “six days” means six literal 24 hour days, for when clarified by a number, the Hebrew word for “day” (which is “yom”), never means anything different.

Are we actually being told by many Christians that Moses recorded God’s words incorrectly and that God really meant something like, “For in six million-plus-year segments I created…”? Are we to believe that even though we are told that the Lord knew Moses face to face and spoke to him in clear words, not in visions, dreams, or riddles (Num. 12:6-8 // Dt. 34:10-12), Genesis chapters 1-11 (the chapters of controversy), which Moses recorded, cannot be interpreted literally –as historical narrative– though the rest of Genesis is allowed to be? Who commands this of us? Is it not those who are trying to reconcile an anti-God worldview with God’s Word, even though the two are in stark, irreconcilable opposition to one another? What spirit is it that says, “Has God really said..?”

But it’s obvious science, a friend said to me recently, that the earth is millions of years old, that the fossil beds prove this, and that the layers of rocks tell this clearly. But why would she think this when there are at least 300 scientific reasons that show she is wrong about the earth’s age? The massive bone beds found all over the world, bones of all kinds of animals thrown together violently, speak of a global flood, as do the marine fossils found on mountain tops. Large, petrified tree trunks standing vertically through rock strata (layers evolutionists tell us are each millions of years old) reveal that the layers had to have formed before the tree decayed.

That the earth is young is supported by both scientific reasons and Biblical. Therefore, believing that God created the universe the way Scripture says He did –by merely speaking it into existence over the course of six days– comes by both faith and logic, certainly for anyone who claims to believe in the inerrancy of the Word of God. As Heb. 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s word, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel