The false gospel of “Enduring to the end”

The false gospel of “enduring to the end” is doctrinal poison. It has shipwrecked the faith of many believers, and shut many would be believers out of the kingdom. It is what Jesus was alluding to when he condemned the Pharisees for shutting others out of the kingdom of heaven.

The main fallacy of “enduring to the end” is a ridiculous one.Logically, and from a purely practical viewpoint, this false gospel asserts that one must get saved,  and work to stay saved, and “continue in the faith”  “to the end”.

Now consider this:

Lazy creatures that we are, why not just wait “til the end”?

Or worse still, if a man knows he doesn’t have “what it takes” to live this “life of holiness” that these conditional salvationist Pharisees are advertising, then why bother with it in the first place? I have saw many people walk away from the Lord, or reject the gospel altogether on those grounds alone.

 

I have  preached to drug addicts, and alcoholics who had been decieved by this works based gospel. It truly is a damnable heresy, and even many believers are buying into it.

First off, these addicts, with few exceptions, all felt they were not “good enough for salvation”, “too dirty” “I’ve sinned too much”  “I have to “clean up first”.”I won’t ever be good enough”. And if they did clean up, and were “good enough”for a time, as many had over and over in the past, intuitively, then the first time they slipped up and “fell off the wagon”, they were back in the flames, so why bother with it?   I have heard every one of those responses.

One could live an entire life “enduring”, then blow it at the last minute. What a waste? Why would a man set himself up for failure?  Why bother?  Why not just live like you want and wait “for the end”? No need to “endure” and set yourself up for possible failure, . Just wait “to the end”.  Last rites anyone?  Silly religion.

The end result causes folks to refuse the gospel, simply because they feel they are not good enough for Jesus.

Many people haved died unsaved in addiction after totally giving up, or are still struggling to “get good enough” for the Lord. The results of this poisonous false gospel “enduring to the end”, are truly heartbreaking.

 

Matt 23:13. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Jesus loves us sins and all. Without condition. We are justified by faith alone, and his shed blood is all sufficient.

John 3:14-17

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If our sins or “good works” or “enduring to the end” had anything to do with it, not even the most righteous man among us would merit salvation.   It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any boast.    God bless!

 

Paul’s salutation Part 2

Romans 1:7     To all that be in Rome beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace  to you and peace from God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (opening salutation.)

Romans 16:24  24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Corinthians: 1 Cor 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (opening salutation).

1 Cor 13:14 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Galatians: 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Galatians 6:18 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Ephesians:1:2: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:24: 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Phillipians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Phillippians 4:23 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:28 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2Thessalonians 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thess 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Timothy 6:21 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2Timothy 4:22 22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Titus 1:4 Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Titus 3:1315 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Hebrews 13:25 25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon 1:25 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

Revelation: a book of blessings

Many believe the book of Revelation is a book of Judgement, and curses on an unbelieving world, and it is. But it is also a book of blessings. The book of Revelation is much more than meets the eye: It is a narrative of  a Jewish wedding. Here are a few of the blessings of Revelation to those that love the Lord.

To the reader: 7 blessings

Rev1;3: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

rev14;13: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them

rev 16:15:  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Rev 19:9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

Rev 20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 22:7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev 22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

 

The blessings to the church and the Bride: “to them that over cometh”

Rev 2:7:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise

Rev 2:11:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:17:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Rev 2:26:And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

 

Seven blessings from the Bride to the groom in Revelation at the marriage of the Lamb:

Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 5:12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Rev 5:13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever

Rev 7:9-10 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

There is also a significance in the half hour of silence in heaven in Revelation 8:1, its parallel in the Jewish wedding is the yichud, the “alone time” the bride and groom spend in a room together. He lifts her veil for the first time.  Gifts are exchanged.  This is the consummation. Physical intimacy is not involved. “the friend of the bridegroom” announces the consummation. The wedding feast continues afterward. Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

 

The “sea of glass” and “sea of glass mixed with fire” is also a parallel to the Mazel Tov, the ceremonial breaking of a glass, or two glasses in the Jewish wedding.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (before).

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (after the consummation).

Rev 19:6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

Once saved, always saved vs Lordship salvation. One big difference.

I would submit that the LSer and the OSaser dont live their lives much differently from one another. The OSASER answers to the Lord daily, praying without ceasing,  not in fear or anxiety, but in victory and assurance. His prayers are as a son to his father, boldly approaching the throne of grace, not in regards to salvation, but for confession, intercession for others, fellowship and clearing the conscience, knowing nothing can separate him from the love of the father. This is a relationship.

The last thing a believer has to worry about is going to hell. He does know that he will stand before Jesus one day and give a full accounting of his life, good and bad. Even then, it wont be concerning salvation. A man doesn’t go to heaven, (OR hell), based on his works nor deeds, but for what he believed. Will he stand ashamed? That eventuality in itself should motivate and restrain any believer.

The LSer lives in anxiety and doubts, looking at the works of his hands for assurance, on a daily, hour to hour, minute by minute basis. If he fails, hes crushed. If he succeeds for a time, he still wonders “is it good enough”?  

They have not surrendered their own will. I know, cause I’ve been there, done all that. Won’t ever go back. Who the Son has set free,is free indeed. I sleep very good at night.   

2 Cor 5:19 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Nailprints

The problem with conditional salvation is that it presents many unanswered questions, and a legalist is rarely without doubt.

 

Two questions; 1: to what extent must one “obey and follow” Jesus to know theyre saved, “is it enough?” and 2: to what extent must one “transgress” against Jesus to lose it? “Where is the line, and have I crossed it”? No legalist I’ve ever talked to was able to provide a sensible answer.

I don’t look at my hands for doing, I look at the nail prints in his. I don’t look at my feet for going, I look at the nailprints in his. All the “doing” is done, all the “going” is gone, and it’s all to him and his glory, not mine.

I find it interesting, and it moves me to tears to think our resurrection body will be perfect, while Jesus body bears the marks of the cross for our sakes. Forever tokens of his love for us.

What will I have to show? Nothing.

Have any doubts? Be like Thomas, just look at the nailprints.

Our future: Kings and Priests unto God

Part 2 of understanding “the first resurrection”:rev 20:4

Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (the barley harvest, Pesach)

1 Thess 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (the wheat, shavout.)
This will be US. “The last trump” was a tradition where trumps were blown in Israel signaling end of the main harvest, “the last trump” is not to ne interpreted as one of the trumpets of the tribulation in revelation.

Rev 6:9
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (souls, not bodies of the tribulation martyrs before the return of Christ.)

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (resurrection of the tribulation saints. “Succoth” the olives)

This is the first resurrection. From the cross to second coming. Your glorious future:

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (How can a gentile be a priest of God?)

Jesus is a priest after the GENTILE order of the priesthood, not the Jew.
Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Get ready!

Response to a legalist

Response to a legalist: 
You talk about “the church fathers”. Have you any doctrinal shoes to wear besides theirs, and “the early church?”

I suppose you presume everyone sins more than you do. How you know that I have no idea, but obviously you are more righteous than folks you don’t even know.

You talk about “denying” Jesus in their deeds, well, I have saw church deacons get saved after playing church for 30 years, so if “deeds” are your standard to judge a man’s salvation, you’d be easy to deceive.

Good works are plainly taught as a clear expectation of any believer. All “religions” teach that. The difference being that “religion” teaches that if you do the works, God will save you, or MIGHT save you, it depends.

Such is the complete opposite of Christianity, which teaches Christ saves all who believe in him. No “works” are required, only faith.

Any “works” afterwards, whether good or bad, will be examined at the judgment seat of Christ, at which time all believers will stand and give an account for their lives, and receive “each according to his works”.

But even then it will NOT be concerning salvation, but rewards, or the lack thereof. It is the imminence of THIS, giving an account, and love and gratitude to our Saviour for saving us, as well as a hope for reward, not standing ashamed, that should motivate, inspire and restrain any believer, we have no fear of losing salvation. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a believer to go to hell.

You don’t understand salvation Robert, but you THINK you do, your stubbornness and pride drives you to ignore correction and sound doctrine to preach a false, works based gospel.

Yours is a gospel of bondage Paul spoke against in Galatians Chapter 3:1-3.O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

The Bible says not to pray for one such as you, nor to wish him god speed, you are an enemy of Christ and the gospel, my hope is one day you see the truth.