The sum total and conclusion of Calvinism, Islam, and essentially all the worlds works based and non OSAS (eternal security) religions:

One can debate the merits and virtues of all the world’s non Christian religions, they all have the same logical conclusion. They are all based on MAN, not Jesus.

It is a given that man fails from time to time, so any man based religion is subject to failures. It amounts to fatalism.

You may go to heaven, you may not. You don’t know. It all depends on where fate finds you in the end.
You may fail, you may succeed. You cant see the future, so you don’t know, and won’t know until the end.

You may be chosen, and you may not be, you dont know. But whatever happens was pre planned, so dont worry. Whatever you are, there’s nothing thing you can do to change your predetermined path and predetermined fate.

So no matter how you live, good or bad, in the end wont mean a thing concerning your destiny. All that matters is what shape fate finds you in when your time comes. You cant know, so you don’t know if you’re going to heaven or not.

You have no better chance of heaven than an unbeliever , he may believe in the end, you may fail, so why bother?

So live as you will, for tomorrow we die.

That’s vain religion and fatalist nonsense.

Blessings!!

Should we confess and repent of our sins after salvation?

There is a heresy floating around out there that essentially says daily prayer is unnecessary and is a sign that one does not trust their Saviour.

That has to be one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard, Spoken presumptously from a lack of understanding, but I will not address it specifically here. Who ever imagined CHRISTIANS discouraging others NOT to pray?, unbelievable

But the short answer to that question is yes, of course we should, DAILY, not for salvation, but for many other good reasons, not the least of which is for a clear conscience and daily fellowship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Whether one admits it or not, he will sin after salvation to one degree or another, and even unintentionally.

The Old testament sacrificial system even required a sacrifice for sins of ignorance, so NO ONE is perfect. this is why prayer is so important.

One of my dearest friends in the Lord asked me a question about a confusing meme she saw on Facebook. That question is the inspiration for this post, thank you Grace.

It said : “If you believe you have to confess and repent of your sins after salvation, you’re not saved”.

How silly.

Jesus tells us how to pray, and to pray DAILY in Matthew chapter 6.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Speaking in the sense that such will be answered for and counted against you at your judgement, not concerning salvation).

In other places, John tells us: “Abide in him, so when he appears for us, we will not stand ashamed, and receive a full reward” 2 John 1:8-9

2 John 2:28.

“Abide” simply meaning fellowship with our Saviour Jesus Christ. How do we do that? TALK to him DAILY at least.

Here is the text of a conversation with Grace that helps explain it:

(“If you believe you have to confess and repent of your sins after salvation, you’re not saved”.)

Me: “Whether one thinks daily prayer is required for salvation or not is irrelevant. Hes PRAYING, and talking to the Lord. Is there some law against that?

There are some heretical doctrines that posit that daily confession and repentance is “not for us” and will question your salvation for doing so.”

“How silly.”

“Greasy gracers” preach the same thing. They are misleading a lot of Christians.”

Who ever imagined CHRISTIANS discouraging others NOT to pray?, unbelievable

Daily prayers are essential for growth, fellowship, strength, and having your prayers answered.

Most importantly, confession and repentance are important for receiving a full reward at judgement, but it is not a salvific issue.

(The essence of the meme) “So if I pray and repent daily, (thinking it’s required) I’m not saved?”

My my my.

We are in an irrevocable relationship with our Lord, so logically it follows that we stay in touch with him. We cannot grow, and Jesus can’t do us much good if we don’t.

Grace: “Don’t they ever apologise to their own human father when they do wrong? Or to those they hurt?”

Me” “Apparently not. They don’t view him as God or a person, or a human being with feelings”. (Yes, Jesus is just as human as we are, and He’s God.)

Grace: “Our “Father” who art in heaven.”

Me:”Give us this DAY, our daily bread” yes. DAILY..

Grace: “I talk to him (Jesus) just like I talk to you.”

Me: “I pray going down the road. Usually just from gratitude. I think he likes those the most”.

Me: (referring to the meme): It’s a doctrinal perversion. He doesnt have any understanding”.


BELIEF in The Lord Jesus Christ is all that’s required for salvation, BUT, a believer cannot get away with what he once did in the flesh.

If he doesn’t change, OR if he does, then returns to his former debauchery before salvation, while he’s still saved, (2 Tim 2:13), he is now much more accountable than an unbeliever.

The Bible says such people are “holding the truth in unrighteousness”, knowing the righteousness of God, and what is expected of them, yet living contrary to him. , . He’s became a reproach to God and himself, and opens the door to the devil in his life, and the Lord does not take this lightly, he will deal with it.

THAT SAID, If one thinks they can get saved, and continue to live in their previous lifestyle, they CAN, but they won’t get away with it for long.

They’ll suffer in the flesh, they might have their days shortened, and show up at judgement with no rewards “filthy garments”, and receive a whipping to go along with it.

Judgement wILL begin at the house of God, and his children.

Jesus gives us fair warning:

Luke 12:47: And that servant, which knew his Lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Mt 24:46

Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming;

49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50 The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These “evil servants” are those that are cut asunder and receive stripes at judgement. “Cut asunder” refers to the severity of the blows. This is not concerning salvation, we are secure in Christ Jesus.

I’m convinced that 99% of Christian’s do not understand the dichotomy I just presented. I supposed I need to blog that, so here it is.

See my other post “a full reward”.

Blessings!

Hyper dispensationalism

Hyperdispensationalism is a damnable heresy that has universally infected our churches to one degree or another.

This post is the text of a morning Bible study at my church.

Knowing these facts about Paul helps us to avoid many strange and errant doctrines such as Hyper dispensationalism and other “Paul worship” doctrines going around these days.

Most all of this information is easy to find, and much of it is found in his own epistles.

Concerning our church doctrines and covenant, this study refutes hyper dispensationalist views that teach “that’s not for us today” or “Jesus wasn’t talking to you”.

They teach that we should hold ONLY to Paul’s epistles, ignoring the rest of the Bible. If that is not bad enough, in the softer version of hyper dispensationalism, also called “right division” or “rightly dividing”, they also teach that somehow Paul taught and preached a doctrine that was fundamentally different or unique compared to the preaching of Jesus and the 12.

There are many different extremes of the teaching, but most completely do away with the Lord’s supper and water baptism. They say of it: “it’s not for us today”, which is heresy. I call these folks “dry cleaners”. “look at how dry I am”.

It is important to tell new folks that come to our church that this church does not hold to the hyper dispensationalist view of the Bible, and it says so in the church doctrines and covenant.

Such preconceptions of the Bible don’t amount to anything, are not worth being right about, add nothing to your stature as a Christian, create confusion, and only lead to arguments and divisions.

Our church doctrines and covenant holds that ALL the prophets and apostles shared and preached the SAME fundamental doctrines that come from ONE MAN, the man Jesus Christ, our dear Lord and Saviour.

This is called “the whole counsel of scripture”.
Enough of the introduction.

Paul’s profile: Born in the Cilician province of Tarsus about 5-10AD, just a few years younger than Jesus. (Acts 22:3).

Cilicia was considered a free province, and anyone born there was considered a full Roman citizen, with full rights, regardless of ancestry.

Paul was killed at the hand of Nero Caesar in Rome about 66-67 AD. Death by scourging and then decapitation.

As a Roman citizen, Paul was exempt from death by crucifixion.

The Catholic church observes his martyrdom as June 29, 67AD.

Childhood: grew up in Jerusalem Israel, the son of a pharisee. Had several close relatives in Jerusalem.

Education: Pharisee in Jerusalem. From the age of 13, he studied at the feet of Gamaliel in the temple at Jerusalem. He Excelled above his peers in all aspects of his occupation. He was considered a rising star in Judaism. He gave it all up for Jesus. (Acts 22:3).

Paul likely never married, and probably died a virgin.

Paul Met Jesus before, and on at least two occasions after his resurrection.

As a student in the Temple, It stands to reason that Paul also knew the Temple teacher from Nazareth named Jesus.

Paul was at Pentecost after the resurrection. Such attendance was MANDATORY of all Jewish males. Paul was “in a chief seat”, and saw the 11 preach the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus 7 weeks after Jerusalem killed Jesus. As a protégé of Gamaliel, he was not doubt well aware of the events surrounding the death of Jesus at Calvary as they unfolded. He would later stand by and give consent for Stephen to be killed, holding the coats of the men who killed Stephen.

Paul was the greatest persecutor of the church after the cross. His conversion stands as a stark testimony to the love of God, and the power of the cross and Jesus resurrection.

Doctrines: Preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to Jew and Gentile alike. “what Moses and the prophets said would come: that Christ would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead” (Acts 26:22). He was considered the chief apostle to the Gentiles because of his expertise in Judaism. Paul’s wisdom is self evident in the book of Hebrews. His fundamental doctrines mirrored, almost verbatim, what Jesus taught and preached to Israel.

Citizenship: Paul was a full Jew, but also a full, free born Roman citizen. This gave him many rights and privileges the other apostles did not have.

The greatest asset to Paul was his ability and freedom to travel without hindrance throughout the Roman Empire. Only a full Roman citizen was permitted this privelege at that time.

The 12, as Jews, and Jesus himself, were confined to their own country unless escorted or given special permission to travel outside Israel. Jews from all over the world were permitted to travel to Israel three times a year for the three high holy days of Judaism. It was during these times the Jews were counted and taxed.

As a Pharisee, Paul had authority over the synagogues and was considered a special guest in any synagogue in the world at the time, and as such, he had access to the pulpit.
Another credential that Paul had that the 12 did not possess. Paul calls himself the father of the bride in 2 Cor 11:2. “I have betrothed you to one husband”. The 12, with the 12th apostle being Matthias, being the groomsmen at the marriage supper of the Lamb, and John the Baptist being the best man.

In the Kingdom reign, Paul will no doubt be ambassador from the Gentile kings to the nation Israel, as David and the 12 rule over the tribes of Israel.

In your Bible study, look for harmony of theme and agreement in the scriptures and among the prophets, and you won’t go wrong. 

Pray for me, as I pray for you, God bless ! James

The absurdity of NON OSAS, aka conditional salvation.: A short exchange with a legalist.

Most of the text of this post was from an exchange on Facebook. I felt it share worthy:

“For every proof text you present, there’s another one I could use to “contradict it”.

You would have scripture contradict scripture, and in the process defeat your own argument.

I mean, if the scriptures don’t agree, then which one is correct?

You do that, I don’t. It’s also called “proof text ping pong”, a silly endeavour and a major waste of time.

If a doctrine or religion doesn’t make sense, all the proof texts in the bible aren’t going to make it make sense.

Instead of seeking harmony and agreement among the scriptures, (“maybe that verse doesn’t mean what I THINK it means”), you appoint YOURSELF, and your opinion as the authority, then you pick scripture “proof texts” that supports your opinion and you run with it, in so doing put scripture against itself, and ultimately annul the basis for your own argument.

You’ve been going down the rabbit trails and running in circles for a week now, and you’re just as ignorant as you were when you started. You completely ignore the fatalist sum total of your errant doctrine. It makes no scriptural sense, nor does it pass the common sense and logic test.

BUT, you’re a good sounding board, so please continue. It allows me to reach and teach others through the exchange.

Examining your doctrines, IF you could lose salvation, then you’re just as likely to go to hell after salvation as you were before.

You don’t know what the future holds, you may fail, you dont know, and you cannot deny that possibility, elses you’d be OSAS.

SO, you don’t know if you are going to heaven, just hope fate finds you doing well when or if your time comes. You may be faithful all your life but fail at the end, while an unbeliever that lived like a dog all his life may believe, and go to heaven. Your life is essentially a gamble, but you go ahead there.

The sum total of your doctrines amount to a complete logical absurdity,-fatalism, as do all works based doctrines and religions.

Just think?, You may be faithful all your life but fail at the end, while an unbeliever that lived like a dog all his life may believe, and go to heaven.

The irony of it all is that while preach good works and faithfulness as a requirement for salvation, in the end, it doesn’t matter, they won’t count for a thing if you die with a sin on your account, no credit for works there, all that matters is what shape you’re in at the end, “whatever will be will be, maybe, maybe not” , while again, an unbelieving man that lived like a dog all his life can simply believe when his time comes and see heaven. Its totally absurd.

In closing, Salvation is the free gift of God to the believer.

While the Lord chastens those that are his, you couldn’t go to hell if you wanted to.

While a reasonable expectation, good works , rewards and sanctification are an unrelated issue., they are not a deal maker, nor a deal breaker.

I’d recommend you take a fresh look at the scriptures (assuming you have previously, not google) and read from a different frame of mind, taking Jesus at his word and forming your doctrines around him and his word not your pet interpretations.

God bless!

How will Jesus reckon our reward at our judgement?

For study and supporting scripture:

This is a subject many believers do not know a lot about. Many say NO sins will be held against us at judgement, this is a dangerous heresy, giving occasion to the flesh.

Others say if one dies with sin on their account, theyll go to hell. This is fatalistic nonsense also, removing grace from the gospel.

It also annuls any rewards one may have earned for good works beforehand, making judgement day a waste of time. Remember Jesus will reward us “each according to his WORKS”.

Even unbelievers will receive damnation in accordance with their works and evil deeds. “Therefore ye shall receive a greater damnation”.

While many would debate this subject til the stars burn out, at the end of the day, it’s not worth being right about, dont value your differences more than your relationships, SO, when faced with differing doctrines, the one that makes the most sense and fits the scriptures is the preferred one. This is my view, you decide for yourself.

First off, Folks, be warned, a believer CANNOT get away with the things an unbeliever can. The Lord spanks HIS children as you would your own . (And you don’t spank other folks kids).

We will give an account for every unrepented, unconfessed sin we carry into judgement.

So stay in prayer, stay in church. and stay in fellowship with the Lord and you’ll stand with confidence when he appears for us.

On OUR judgement day, unbelievers won’t be there, they’ll all receive FINAL judgement at the great white throne a thousand years from now. (Ps 1:5, Rev 20).

For believers, Some of us will receive great reward, some will earn a rebuke, some will receive stripes, and some will be excluded from the kingdom (cast out to the earthly side, “outer darkness” not hell, my inference).

And don’t think the Lord does not chasten us before then for sin. Dont be deceived, we are accountable.

God is not mocked. He shortened the days of many rebellious believers in the Bible. That doesn’t mean they went to hell, it means he put them out of business, and stopped them from continuing to be a reproach to his holy name.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, so let us walk worthy of our calling, so that when Jesus appears for us, we will stand with confidence, and not be ashamed. 1J 2:28, 2J 2:8

So, to continue, the most logical explanation for all of the above lies somewhere in between. “The whole counsel of scripture”.

This is how I explained judgement and rewards to my friend Grace from the UK, and she felt it share worthy, so here goes:,

Imagine having two big boxes. In one box all your good deeds in your life are kept. In the other, all your bad deeds are kept.

Each time you confess your sins and bad works to the Lord, the black box is emptied completely.

The white box is never emptied. All your good works go in there. It just keeps filling up.

So, your time comes at judgement to determine your reward (not salvation, we are secure in Christ).

The white box is opened, and the value is reckoned.

Then the black box is opened, and whatever is in there takes away from the value of the crowns and the gold in the white box.

That’s how our rewards will be reckoned. What will be yours?

Heb 6:10. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

And just like Matt 25:31 says, God remembers a good work as simple as giving someone a glass if water in his name, while forgetting our sins completely when we confess and repent daily.

Your failures are forgotten forever, while your good works are never forgotten in the mind of God.

That is a pretty good deal dontcha think?

God’s love and grace is beyond our imagination.

Our Lord Jesus is kinda like a bail bondsman. He pays your bail, releasing you from bondage, and takes full responsibility for you and any actions you take, good or bad. “Hes mine Father” He’s got you.

Jesus will reckon your rewards at Judgement, but it will not be concerning salvation. You are his, and he is yours, that will never change.

And if we keep a short account daily, and don’t take any sins into judgement, you will stand with confidence, and there won’t be much to talk about except rewards and crowns.

So now, when YOU encounter the opportunity to minister to another about this same topic, those two boxes will quickly and easily come to mind, and you’ll be able to readily explain it in a way that makes sense, even to an atheist.

There is more concerning this in my blog post “a full reward” in this same blog page.

SO, stay in prayer, stay in fellowship, and keep a short account, so as to not stand ashamed when he appears for us. God bless you!

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2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Luke 12:3 For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.

Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

1 Tim 5:24  Some men’s are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

  1 John 1:8-10: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (Try as you might, you will not be sinless after salvation).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Empty the black box daily).

10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Also see Luke 13:23)

2 John 1:8 : Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. (Keep a short account, pray and repent every day).

1 John 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

2 Cor 5:10, Ecc 12:14, Luke12:3,, 1 Tim 5:24. Rev 2:14, 2Cor 5:10, 1 John 1:8-10, 2:28, 2 John 1:8, 1 Cor 3:10.

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Works based salvation/ Fatalist nonsense

Conditional salvation presents so many dilemmas it does not even make logical sense.

For starters, if you can lose salvation, then logically, you dont know if you are going to heaven or not. You are only saved from one prayer to the next sin, and the only thing that matters is your spiritual state when the end comes.

Well, you cannot see the future, so you may live an entire life faithfully, and fail at the end, and go to hell with a lifetime of good deeds on your account that wont count for a thing.


Meanwhile, a man that lived like a dog all his life believes at the end and goes to heaven with nothing but a lifetime of sin to show for himself.

ALL of the worlds cults and false religions teach conditional, works based salvation. It’s from satan, it defies common sense and logic. It is an utterly nonsensical belief system that amounts to fatalist nonsense.

After rapture:

First off, it is important to know this: what you will read in this book is not mainline, modern day rapture teaching, it will challenge presuppositional biases taught in many seminaries and Bible schools, as well as views you’ve formed over the course of your Christian walk.

For those reading this with no such bias, understanding it will be much easier.

I will start with a brief explanation of the end times, and follow with an explanation of the first resurrection harvest, which is key to understanding the rapture in the grand scheme of things. The others are for illustration, illumination and encouragement.

I pray it is a blessing to you. God bless you, see you at the wedding!.

Introduction:

There will not be a believer on this planet immediately after the rapture, and there will not be an UNbeliever left alive on this planet when Jesus begins his thousand year reign with his saints.

Believers will follow after us when we are gone in rapture, but the world will be totally different in the tribulation, and most new believers in that time will be martyred, but raised and glorified when Jesus returns with us.

There will be sin , and unbelief in the Kingdom reign, but to a much less degree than we see today.

Most of the eastern world will all be killed or die in the tribulation, while at least 70-80% of the western world will vanish at rapture.

Those in the east will probably not notice a thing simply because there are so few Christian’s there.

But HERE, the unpaid Bill’s, mortgages and debts we leave behind will cause a financial catastrophe. economic collapse will follow immediately, and the east will seize the opportunity.

Those in the east will probably not notice a thing simply because there are so few Christian’s there.

The West will be the three ribs in the bears mouth initially. Regaining sovereignty under 3 new kings in the NWO.

Its plain as day.You’ll see about 75% of US, 90% of South America, 60% of Canada are Christian. Even Africa has a huge population of Christian’s also.

You’ll see about 75% of the US, 90% of South America, 60% of Canada are Christian. Even Africa has a huge population of Christian’s also.

Now imagine them all gone? Imagine the unharvested crops? The Drs gone, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, prison guards, soldiers and police all gone, leaving nothing but criminals. Muslims and unbelievers behind?

Imagine being a bank president and seeing 80% of your outstanding loans default at once? Imagine your deposits dropping 80% overnight?

Most of your employees dont show up for work, and wont answer their phones?

Imagine owning an electric company and 80% of the light bill’s dont get paid? And most of your employees dissapeared. Cant find them, can’t contact them. Gone.

Imagine 80% of the interstate traffic not there. Empty streets and houses. Lights on, tv on, dogs barking, no ones home.

Stoves left burning, fires everywhere, folks vanished from behind the wheel of their cars, wrecks and carnage all over the highways, plane crashes, train wrecks, and no emergency personnel there, the remaining doctors and ER personnel absolutely overwhelmed.

Think of the young children missing from their cribs, entire daycare and schools children vanished, leaving nothing but their clothes, glasses, prostetics, and tooth fillings where they once played and napped.

imagine babies missing from the womb, and the suicides that will follow.

Imagine the mothers pain and fear, the Widowed women and men in despair after their spouse vanishes.

Then the prisons will be emptied and criminals will go out and create even more chaos.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.This is a direct reference to rapture. Jesus comes for his saints.

Meanwhile, over in China, Japan, the middle east, and much of Russia , nobody beats an eye.

If It happens tomorrow, are you ready? Examine yourself.

Will you miss rapture? Not if you are a believer. God spared Lot, he’ll spare you. No worries there.

But will you stand ashamed, or with confidence when he appears for you? Do you anxiously look for rapture? Or do you fear it?

I might add that rapture is NOT exactly the next prophetic event we have to look for. The resurrection of the NT saints since the cross will occur first, with us following in short order. Two separate events occurring almost simultaneously.

Many HERE left behind will believe after we are gone, much like those near Noah and the ark before it started raining.

They laughed at him and mocked him. Refused to believe. In 120 years of preaching, no doubt the word had already circled the globe.

the world mocks and laughs at us today just like they did Noa .

Those in Noah’s day didnt have the faith to enter the ark, but as they were drowning, I’m sure many did believe, as will folks in the tribulation, many at their deaths also.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

In closing, here is the short version.

1 Thess 4 13 , the nT saints are raised, then the rapture immediately following, beginning the marriage feast IN HEAVEN (read it you’ll see it), and also beginning 7 years of tribulation on earth. Near the end, Jesus returns ALONE, treading the winepress at Armegeddon , THEN he opens the door to heaven, releasing his saints to return with him to rule the world.

You’ll se the blood from the battle on his vesture as he brings his saints with him to rule the world (rev 19)

At this time, “the elect” and ALL the worlds surviving population, INCLUDING the wicked are gathered to the valley of decision for the judgement of the nations (Mt 25:31-41) WE will be judges here in IMMORTAL bodies. The goats will all be killed, the sheep receive and enter the kingdom as MORTALS, and the dead martyrs from the tribulation are raised and enter the kingdom as priests. It’s a very simple dichotomy, but theres too much money and power to be lost if folks know the simple truths.

Think of the prophecy preachers and men who write books with just tidbits of this Biblical learning in them so as to keep you buying more books.

And perish the thought of a lay person taking them to school concerning eschatology and soteriology IS 63 3 says “I have trod the winepress alone, and none of my people were with me” we are not warriors, Jesus makes earth safe for his saints at Armegeddon. He does not need us to be in the way.

It’s a very simple dichotomy, but theres too much money and power to be lost if folks know the simple truths. Think of the prophecy preachers and men who write books with just tidbits of Biblical learning in them so as to keep you buying more books. And perish the thought of a lay person taking them to school concerning eschatology and soteriology

They look at you like that because THEY KNOW they dont truly read and study a Bible, and sense your knowledge of truth.Theyll tell you it doesnt amount to a hill of beans, but it does , their doctrine and intellect are their idols. Touch the idol, suffer persecution.

God bless!

Bylaws


pASTOR/MODERATOR

Interim Governace and Administration.

PASTOR/MODERATOR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ACTIVE MEMBERS/CHURCH BODY
INACTIVE MEMBERS WITH VOTING PRIVILEGES
INACTIVE MEMBERS
MEMBER CANDIDATES AND ATTENDEES


PASTOR- Can vote as a board member if the need arises, otherwise he has a vote only in cases of a tie. The Pastor shall have the authority to recommend revocation of Individual church membership by his word alone within reason. An example would be learning of confidential information he cannot share or deems needs to be kept secret for legal reasons, primarily for the sake of decency, dignity and respect for the individual and the public image of the church. Such actions must be documented in the Church record.
The Pastor shall call all meetings, and maintain all authority concerning Church officers, deacons, and Church members. Excluding the Church Board of Trustees.

The Pastor can remove/replace Officers as he sees fit with reasonable justification after discussion with, and majority approval of the Church Board of Trustees.

The Pastor has no power to remove a Trustee.

VETO: Pastor retains veto power over the Board of Trustees. Pastors can revoke individual voting rights, but cannot revoke voting rights of Board members, nor veto Board decisions concerning voting rights.
The Pastor or Board Members may also recommend someone for Church discipline/disfellowship by motion at regular Board Meetings or called meetings by majority vote. Except in cases of calling a Pastor, or removing a Pastor, or changing his pay, the Pastor or Moderator determines the time and place of all meetings at the Church. Pastor retains veto power over the Board, and Church Body of Active Members.

Moderator: In the absence of a sitting Pastor, a moderator will be appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Pastor may designate a moderator to speak for him in his absence.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Trustees will bear legal culpability for the church, and the responsibility for the physical care and upkeep of the Church, as well as control of the Church concerning incorporation and property rights. They retain veto power, and the final voice and vote concerning calling or removing a Pastor, Church Members and Attendees, and replacing or removing Trustee Board members. At the present, the Church is functioning with a seven member Board. This number or policy may change as the Church sees fit or the needs and circumstances dictate.

Our initial Board Members are, to wit: James Dixon, Marie Sellers, Jimmy Crapps, David Hannah, Grady Miles, Tonya Miles and Melba Davis. These individuals shall serve without challenge so long as they choose to remain in the Church. They may step down at any time if they choose. or if they step down, or if deceased or removed, they will be replaced within sixty days, and their successors will be selected yearly in October. A two week notice will be given from the Pulpit for nominations.

In order to give the Church Board of Trustees legal off site authority over the Church in the event of a Church challenge or takeover by hostile parties, these founding Board Members are not subject to attendance requirements concerning the vote, however, they will lose voting privileges after one year of unexplained absence and be replaced.

The Church Board or Pastor may appoint temporary Board Members subject to Board consent. The Church Board retains veto power over the Pastor, and the Active Church Body. Board Members cannot call or approve a Pastor without majority approval of the Active Body of the Church Members. And the Body of the Church members cannot call or confirm a Pastor without the approval of the Church Board of trustees .

QUORUM FOR TRUSTEE MEETINGS: Considering COVID19, at least three Board Members must be physically present to constitute a quorum for to conduct a meeting, with due inclusion, participation and contact with of all other board members not present. All members must vote on planned agenda items and it will be recorded in the Church record. in the absence of a qualified, voting active Body of Members, the Board may take whatever action it deems fit and necessary in the best interest of the Church.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS; New, incoming Board Members must be confirmed Church Members with full voting privileges. They must be approved by the majority of the Active Board and a majority vote of Active Church Members. Divorce or gender will not disqualify a person from becoming a Board Member or Church Member here.

In the future, ideally, it goes without saying that Board members should be men of faith, They will have at least one year service in the Church prior to nomination or election, regardless of previous Church affiliation elsewhere, experience or qualifications. They must be of a good report, peaceable, agreeable, humble, and have a proven loyalty and dedication to the Church goals and mission, with a complete loyalty to the enforcement and carrying out of our Church covenant and Bylaws.

TRUSTEE REMOVAL: A majority vote of all Active Board Members is required to remove another Trustee Board Member. Active Board of Trustee members cannot be removed by the Pastor or the Active Body of the Church.

NOMINATIONS: The Active Body of the Church, the Board of Trustees, or sitting Pastor may nominate or present a Pastor or member candidate for election or confirmation. Final confirmation must be by majority vote of the Board, as well as majority vote of Active Church Body members present.

Active confirmed Church members are considered in good standing with at least 4 services attended over the last three months. They are confirmed Church members in good standing with full voting privileges. They may vote in all matters concerning the Church. The Active Body of members may examine or veto candidates for office or Membership presented by the Pastor or Church Board. The Active Church Body will have veto power over any candidate for membership or Officer presented by the Church Board or Pastor. Active members forfeit voting rights after three months unexplained, unexcused absence. Members names will be removed from the roll after one year of absence.


INACTIVE MEMBER WITH VOTING RIGHTS- Those Church members first proven in the faith who support our church financially, in prayer, advice and cousel, missions, as well as other means, but are providentially hindered from attending on a regular basis by health issues, distance or circumstances will be kept on the roll. If these individuals join another Church, all rights as members will cease.


INACTIVE MEMBER: Is one who has been gone from the Church for more than three months unexplained absence. Inactive Members lose voting rights after three months, and their names are removed from the roll after one year absence, or sooner as the Board deems appropriate.

LETTER: Inactive member letters expire after one year unexplained absence, and this Church will not send letters or recommend these individuals simply because the Church cannot vouch for them or their testimony. If a person begins a path to membership at our church, and moves to another Church, and seeks to join that church, while not a confirmed member at our church, this Church may elect to grant a letter of recommendation testifying to the person’s testimony during their time with us, and hopefully, it will be considered as a credit towards the receiving Church’s path to Membership.

PATH TO MEMBERSHIP: Generally, the Baptist path to membership is a six month period of informal observation, discipleship training, fellowship and examination, followed by confirmation as a Member, with voting rights granted six months to a year later. The board may modify, shorten or lengthen the path on a case by case basis. A letter of recommendation from a sending Church usually shortens the path, but is not a guarantee of immediate confirmation.

MEMBERSHIP: is automatically revoked after three months unexplained absence, or joining another Church. This will not apply in cases of providential hindrance, military service, mission field, Seminary or Bible College, or like circumstances so long as the board member maintains happy contact with the Church. Becoming an Active Member of another Church will remove a person’s name from the Church roll, and will also disqualify a Board Member as a Trustee.


VOTING: A majority vote of standing board Members and the Church Body in attendance is required to revoke voting privileges of any Church Member subject to discipline. This does not apply to Trustees. Trustees vote is determined by the Board. This is to prevent a church takeover by a hostile party.


ASSEMBLY MEMBER/MEMBER CANDIDATE. These are Member Candidates on the path to Membership, or NonMember Attendees. They are going through a period of observation and examination and fellowship by the Church Body.They will have no vote but will have a voice in all meetings. The Church Board will have veto power over any Member Candidate confirmation recommended by the Pastor, or active Church Body.


NONMEMBER ATTENDEES. These are generally considered “those without”, and other Members of other Churches visiting for services. There are no obligations or moral expectations required of these individuals, we just want them to come and learn and worship with us.
If they apply for Membership, they submit themselves to the Church, with full agreement with the Church doctrines, covenant and by laws, with generally a six month, no obligation, no promises grace period for examination is required for confirmation as a member, assuming proper attendance, voting rights given one year after confirmation. To avoid church takeovers, except in special cases, this is not to be changed. Exceptions, exemptions and waivers will be on a case by case basis as the Church Board dictates.


WAIVERS:The Church Board may grant waivers concerning discipline and path to membership on a case by case basis with Pastor recommendation, and majority approval of the active church body.


QUORUM: All Members present at a regularly called meeting shall constitute a quorum. Under normal circumstances, all Member votes must be in person. This rule does not apply to the Board of Trustees. For Trustees, a minimum of three Trustees shall be present to constitute a quorum at a regular called meeting. If needed, the pastor or Moderator may stand in for the third trustee if necessary.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST: ALL CHURCH MEMBERS are expected to , and will be required to recuse themselves from voting in cases that may present a conflict of interest, or even appear to be viewed as such, as disciplinary action concerning a family member, or some connection to a potential vendor or contractor hired by the church.

                                                                             

ARTICLE XIV

RIGHT TO EXCLUDE: Membership in, or association with a secret society, or adherence to Calvinist beliefs, “reformed doctrines” of any denomination, or beliefs against eternal security automatically precludes a person from being confirmed as a Member and automatically disqualifies a person from office, Membership, or confirmation for membership in our Church. Such beliefs and are against the Baptist doctrine, and the covenant and doctrines of this Church, and constitute heresy. The individual may attend services but will not be considered for membership. This rule also applies to Board members and Pastors.


Rejection of the core doctrines of the church, eternal security of the believer, active membership in a secret society, cult, or adherence to Calvinism or reformed doctrines as well as others will disqualify any nominee for membership or consideration for confirmation for membership, as well as disqualifying any potential pastor nominee.
If any active member or board member joins a cult, or secret society, or begins attending such meetings out of curiosity, or as a prospect or candidate, they will be excluded from our services.

Sorcery, dabbling with witchcraft, tarot cards, seances or ouija boards by an active member will automatically revoke that person’s membership in our Church, and they are not welcome in our services. This rule also applies to Board members and Pastors.

If not an active member, (assuming ignorance) such aforementioned individuals may attend church, but if unrepentant after learning better, such individuals will be excluded from our services.

Political activists, and individuals who come into our assembly for the purpose of political agendas, publicity stunts, political statements, or attempting to disrupt services, cause controversy, or seek grounds for litigation for lawsuit may be removed and excluded by appropriate and legal means. The Pastor, Moderator or senior Trustee present will make that decision.

                                                       
   

Unexplained absence for a period of 3 months up to a year.
Propagation of heresy.
Personal slander of the Pastor, or members of the church.
Conduct unbecoming a Christian.
Should any unhappy differences arise between the members of this church, the aggrieved Member shall follow the pattern in a tender and loving spirit set before us in Matthew 18:15-20 entreating the individual privately initially. Every earnest effort shall be made to settle the difficulty through the mutual seeking of pardon and forgiveness from one another and from the Lord.
Should any cause of gross breach of covenant or of public scandal arise, the board of trustees shall endeavor to remove the offense and resolve the situation with the advice and counsel of the Pastor, and if their efforts fail, a committee of the church members will be appointed to hear the matter. A committee will consist of at least three active members of the church appointed by the pastor or church moderator.
No matter of discipline shall be brought before the church unless the above has been carefully and prayerfully followed. At least a two week notice of such action shall be given to the accused party. The accused does not have to be present to proceed.
Courses of action that can be taken: Restoration upon confession and repentance: A Letter of rebuke: Probation: Disfellowship for a set period of time: Permanent disfellowship: Withdrawal of voting rights and privileges for a set period of time, or other sanctions the church deems appropriate and fitting for the offense.


                                                                       ARTICLE XIV        

AFTER RAPTURE: CHURCH WILL AND FINAL DISPOSITION: AFTER the Rapture, or in the event of a Church failure, dissolution, total destruction, and no attempt or desire to rebuild the Church, any monies in the treasury, or property of Ferry Road Baptist Church must be donated or transferred to another non profit organization.

A Pharisees counseling session: advice concerning divorce.

The level of ignorance concerning divorce among Christian’s today is utterly nauseating. Its unbelievable.

The prevailing narrative literally makes me sick to my stomach. These know it alls condemn divorced people until they are served with one themselves and then humbly join the ranks of those they condemned. And shut up.

I once attended a funeral where the preacher condemned anyone who had a “living spouse” but married to another was living in perpetual adultery. Unbelievable. The man must not have had good sense, because I would speculate that 100% of those in the chapel had been divorced, or had divorced family members, or divorced parents. Nothing he could have said could have insulted and offended more people in one breath than his 5 minute rant displaying his utter biblical ignorance and lack of understanding.

Here is a hypothetical sum total of what their marital advice would sound like. Yes, its idiotic. Yes it takes ingoramous to new levels, but this is what these religious idiots would prescribe for you, and logically their own family and friends as well.The worst part is folks actually listen to them.

..”So, your husband left you through no fault of your own? That’s too bad, I’m so sorrry, that is so unfortunate. How does that make you feel? Terrible huh? Ok. I’m so sorry”

“SO? they are now living with a new spouse happily?. Well, they will give an account for all that, I promise you. Shame on them.”

“It’s so unfortunate that they have moved on and are happy now, but let’s not focus on THEM. We have to talk about YOU now. Ok?”

“Ok.. this is hard. I really hate breaking this to you, but you have to just accept this, it’s not me, it’s the scriptures: What has happened to you is God’s will for your life, you just have to accept that ok? Ok.”

“Ok, I know this seems unfair, he remarried, but YOU can’t do that, because for YOU to remarry would be a sin, so to keep from sinning, YOU have to remain alone, celibate, and struggle to raise your kids and stay unmarried so you can be available for that adulterous abusive husband of yours just in case he divorces and decides he wants you and the kids back”. “I know that is hard to accept, but that’s scriptural” “God will help you through this though, don’t worry”, you’ll be fine, pray with me” .

..Mean while, the sanctimonious hypocritical church boss hens cluck: “(Poor girl, so sad the Lord is dealing with her so bitterly. It’s going to be hard, but she’s a tough girl, she’ll make it. …I can’t help but wonder what sin she did to deserve this? We need to really pray for her don’t we?”)

Deuteronomy 24 says it is abomination to remarry a former spouse after you’ve been married to another. Granted, people go back to exes all the time, and are usually sadly reminded of why things did not work in the first place.

God will save us from hell, but he does not spare us from deceptive people, nor save us from the consequences of our bad choices and bad decisions and mistakes, but he does provide a remedy, and he delights in new beginnings.

Deut 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Divorce is just as permanent as marriage folks, and exes are exes FOR A REASON!

The resurrection of Jesus

James Dixon, Resurrection day message 2018, Ferry Road Baptist Church

Today is resurrection day. If you could go back in time 1986 years, and imagine today were a Saturday, right now Jesus would have been in the grave almost three days, and sometime after dark today, he would be rising from the dead.

Today is being called “Easter Sunday”

We are here today to remember Jesus resurrection. I try to say “resurrection day” vs “Easter” so as to not mislead people concerning the two holidays.  In today’s world, the two words are almost interchangeable, but they are two different days at different times.

A little bit about Easter.

This year, Easter was actually March the 20thr. Easter was last month.  Oddly enough, today, at many churches across our land, you’ll see Easter bunnies and Easter baskets and colored eggs. They are about a month late.

Easter is reckoned by the spring equinox, and honors a fertility goddess named Ishtar, pronounced Easter. Today it is Ostara. Ostara is one of the 8 sabbaths of the wiccan religions . Other wiccan sabbaths are New year’s day, January 1, then Yule, the winter equinox, Dec 20-23 and Samhain, which begins at midnight on October 31st,

We have all been to New year’s eve parties. I gather with many of my friends on New years eve to celebrate the new year, not witchcraft. But we don’t meet at the Lord’s house for it.

I visit family and celebrate Christmas with family and friends, not witchcraft, But not at the Lord’s house.

I personally do not observe Halloween. I don’t even pass out candy in the neighborhood. But if I did, It wouldn’t be at the Lord’s house. I don’t condemn others for doing so.

 For me, it is a matter of conscience. For a church, it should be a matter of honoring the Lord.

Earnest hated a Christmas tree with a passion. He didn’t condemn others for enjoying Christmas lights and Christmas trees.   But he kept one in the social hall. Why? Tolerance. Love. Acceptance of others. Not worth being right about.     

In 1 Tim 4:7 Paul says:   But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

  You know, anytime someone has a birthday, or a wedding, THEY are the one’s who should get the undivided attention of those who have came to honor that person. Today is a day we should give the Lord our undivided attention, and be especially grateful, on today of all days, for his sacrifice, and his resurrection from the dead.

At the Lord’s house, today is the Lord’s day, as it should be every time we meet,  BUT ESPECIALLY on the day of his resurrection, to honor HIM, in his house. JESUS should have our undivided reverence and attention in the Lord’s house,  not the Easter bunny, or colored eggs, or chocolate eggs,  an Easter egg hunt.

What a man’s conscience allows, and what a man does in his house is his business. The Lord’s house is a different place.

Ok, enough about all that.

Why the resurrection?

Paul says: In 1 Cor 15:14 Paul says And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

If Jesus had not risen from the dead, our faith is a total waste of time. A dead man has no power. A dead man cannot help anyone.   Paul bet the farm on Jesus resurrection. He gave up his head before he denied the risen Christ, or worshipped the roman emperor.  

I had an exchange once with a muslim once who said “If God died, he is not a god”

I said “seems to me God can do what ever he wants to do, including dying and raising himself up from the dead”. 

He then asked me “Why would Jesus die, and rise from the dead”?

I responded:

If a man told you when he was going to die, HOW he was going to die, when he was going to die, and who would kill him, and that he would raise HIMSELF up from the dead, and then, after all that, after three days, prove himself, would you follow him?  If he fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Bible, which YOUR KORAN says is true, would you follow him?

-If this same man PROVED to you that he had power over death, hell, and the grave, would you follow him?

-to which he replied “Jesus is not God”

– I asked him “Is Jesus ALIVE”?

-He said “yes, of course he is” (He HAD to say this, or contradict his koran)

-To which I replied “So, Jesus has NEVER died, but he is 2019 years old, and promises anyone who believes in and follows him eternal life” would you believe it coming from a 2000 year old man?

Seems to me a 2000 year old man has the secret to long life.”  You would be  fool not to .

-He said “god is not a man”

-I said: “Why can’t he be? can God take on any form he wants”

– “Well , yes he can” 

-“The Bible says god is a man. Fully God, yet fully human. Fully devine, fully flesh. Remember, we are made in HIS image, not he in ours”. “And your Koran says the Bible is true, so”

I continued:

-Tell me what your god looks like.

-He couldnt. Because he doesn’t know.

He tried to say muslims worship the same god as the Christian, which is a lie, the koran says Allah has no son, but I digress.

I then asked-Tell me: has your god loved you so much, he is willing to assume your form and die in your place to satisfy his justice and his own judgements?

I continued. We do not worship the same god. There is a big difference between YOUR god, and my god.

 Your religion teaches that God is not a man, and that all humans are slaves.

-My religion teaches that God IS a man, and we are his brothers, sisters and mothers.

Your religion teaches that you shall die for your god

My religion teaches that My God loves me so much, he died for me

Your religion teaches that you cannot go to god, and he will not come to you.

My God came to me. In the man Jesus Christ, and will return for me one day, raise me up if I am dead , and take me to be with him in heaven. Has YOUR god made such a promise? Can mohammed help you? Nope, Mohammed is dead.

You cook meals and sacrifice animals and human beings for your god.  

My God sacrificed himself for ME, and cooked meals for and ate with his creation. And will cook a meal for me in heaven when I get there.

Your god requires you to humble yourself to him.  

 My God washed the feet of his disciples in all humility and humbled himself at the cross for my sake.  

My God is a man, as such, he is acquainted with grief, having been tempted and tried in every way as we are. He feels our pain. He understands our troubles and temptations.   

Your god knows no such temptations or grief. He cannot empathize with you. “I know how you feel” is not in his vocabulary.

Your religion REQUIRES you to worship 5 times a day. And sacrifice to your god:

My God sacrificed HIMSELF for me. He loves me that much.

My God never asked me for worship, I worship him freely from LOVE, not compulsion

Muslims cut themselves for their god. You bleed for your god

MY GOD bled for me.

Your god has already ordained and decreed all things, including where you will spend eternity, and there is not one thing you can do about it but hope he chose you for paradise.

 My God loves his creation so much, he gave him complete sovereignty, meaning the full liberty to pick his poisons and choose his changes, knowing full well we may choose evil, and moreover paid the penalty for my bad choices himself.

Your god will require payment at your hand, not his.

Your god hates his creation. According to the Koran, most will see hell, especially women.

 That is how much MY god loves me. How much does your god love you? How many times in your Koran does it say your god loves you? Not once. 

Your god hates you, and will require all men, including muslims to “burn off your sins in hell” for a time, if not for all eternity. 

My god loves me so much, he paid the penalty for my sins, and is not willing that any should perish he sacrificed HIMSELF for me. He loves me that much.

Your god has decreed all will see hell, including you, at least for a time.

My god has decreed that all who believe in him, and accept his sacrifice, will not perish, but will see heaven with him for all eternity.

My God has spared me from hell. Fact is, because of his shed blood, and my faith in him, again it is impossible for me to go to hell. Hell is the last thing I have to worry about.

My God loves me so much, and desires fellowship with me so much, he has a special place built for me in heaven, so that I will have a heavenly home with him for all eternity.

My God loves me so much, he will dispense judgement and vengeance to all who have denied him for the righteous sake.

-He stopped conversing with me after this.

All Religions across the world teach some sort of eternal life. This is the hope of all religions.

But Mohammed did not die for the sins of man.

And he did not rise from the dead. He’s still dead. Still in the dirt. 

Buddha? Still dead.

Vishna? Still dead.

Darwin? Dead. And still dead.

Isis? Horus? Sorus? Still dead.

Haven’t saw a Pope rise from the dead yet.

Haven’t saw Jean Calvin rise from the dead yet.

Haven’t saw EG white rise from the dead yet.

Only Jesus has risen from the dead. In no other religion has anyone has died and came back. Not . one. Single. One.

I once saw a facebook post that asked why Jesus had to die for us?

I said “well, I guess there are many reasons for Jesus death on the cross, not the least of which is the blood payment for our sins”, but one more thing I get out of the cross is this:

If a man told ME he could defeat death: Meaning he could WILLINGLY lay down his life, be killed, and come back from the dead, and do the same for me if I followed him, logically, then, my response would be “OK then, you go first” . And if he did, and rose from the dead, I would be a fool not to believe and follow him. 

Well: Jesus did go first. He has PROVEN he can give us eternal life. And he does to all who believe in him.

He proved his power over death and hell in his resurrection, and promises all in John 11:25 he says-26Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

If you want to live forever, Jesus is the only way. There is no other way. John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the father but by me”

Well? Just what does it require to have eternal life?

Believe. Believe he is who he says he is, and will do what he says he will do. John 3:16 says; 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. … For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

The bible says “as a man believes in his heart, so is he”

Can it really be that easy?

There is nothing hard about believing.

I often talk about the imminence of the rapture being a strong motivator for a believer. It is the same principle for one who believes.

The one who truly believes in Jesus cannot help but to be changed. That change affects his behavior. It affects the way he thinks, the way he talks, and the way he treats others.

The change is not from the outside in, but from the inside out. That change is not something that has to be forced, it is a natural process of growth and maturity in Christ Jesus. That change is not overnight in most cases, but it is a change nonetheless.  As Jeff often says: Its not “have to”< but “want to”.

Well, many say that Jesus is a fictional character. There are those that claim he never existed. They are pitifully ignorant or lying. They would have better luck denying Lincoln was president.

Believe it or not, Jesus is THE MOST verifiable , confirmed person who ever walked the planet. And notably, you won’t hear anyone say he is dead.

More than a dozen historians have written about Jesus. More than a dozen of his disciples gave their lives before they would deny their witness of the resurrection of Jesus.  

Jesus has a half dozen holidays in his honor.

More songs have been written about Jesus than any person that ever existed.

At the present, I don’t know of any man on the planet anyone else, of any religion would die for.

Yet, in the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, More people stand ready to die Jesus at this very moment than any man who has ever lived, or ever will live. A man none of them have met in person.

Here is what Napoleon said: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was, by all accounts, a giant of history. Soldier. General. Emperor. Exile. And although no would add ‘theologian’ to this list, Napoleon faced a question common to all mankind: Who is Jesus Christ?

History has seen many different answers. Christians have claimed Him as Savior, others have considered Him just another wise teacher, and skeptics have deemed Him to be a largely mythological figure.

Near the end of his life, the exiled Emperor Napoleon came to the following conclusion about the King of Kings:

I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ was not a man.

Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.

There is between Christianity and other religions the distance of infinity.

Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him.

Alexander, Cæsar, Charlemagne and myself founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon sheer force. Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him. In every other existence but that of Christ how many imperfections!

From the first day to the last He is the same; majestic and simple; infinitely firm and infinitely gentle. He proposes to our faith a series of mysteries and commands with authority that we should believe them, giving no other reason than those tremendous words, ‘I am God.’

The Bible contains a complete series of acts and of historical men to explain time and eternity, such as no other religion has to offer.

If it is not the true religion, one is very excusable in being deceived; for everything in it is grand and worthy of God.

The more I consider the Gospel, the more I am assured that there is nothing there which is not beyond the march of events and above the human mind. Even the impious themselves have never dared to deny the sublimity of the Gospel, which inspires them with a sort of compulsory veneration.

What happiness that Book procures for those who believe it!

So said Napoleon Bonaparte. What about you? Who do you say that Christ is? Scripture tells us that “every knee should bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Even the great Napoleon.

Yet Christianity is the most hated and persecuted religion that has ever existed.

And still, Christianity is the dominant religion on the earth. And it will dominate in the tribulation. 

In the tribulation, many folks believe “the church will go through the tribulation”. They lack understanding.

Tribulation root word is Tribulum. Which means to sort, or to sift.

When the tribulation begins, there will not be a single believer on the earth. The entire earth will be nothing but UNBELIEVERS. Yet billions of believers will come out of the tribulation. “no man could number”  The tribulation will be a victory for the gospel, and a victory for the church.  Even with completed control over the earth, the antichrist will not be able to overcome the gospel. When the tribulation ends and Jesus begins his reign, there will not be a single UNBELIEVER alive on the earth.

Jesus says: I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 

All through the power of his death, burial and resurrection. Share it with others. Enjoy today, but lets not forget its meaning, and be grateful for what the Lord has given us, and what he has in store for us.