Gun Violence and Mandatory Church Attendance

Sylvia Allen, an Arizona lawmaker, is both right and wrong about gun violence and church attendance:

Put on your Sunday clothes because an Arizona lawmaker wants to make church mandatory. The legislature’s debate to expand a gun owner’s right to carry took a pious turn when state Sen. sylvia allen gun violenceSylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, suggested the real problem behind gun violence was corrupted souls. “It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know,” Allen told the state’s appropriations committee on Tuesday. [http://www.nydailynews.com]

Sylvia Allen Is Right

The problem with sin (including gun violence), is the HEART of man or the corrupt soul, as Sylvia Allen calls it. People who are wicked need salvation of the soul more than their next breath! When that occurs the heart is changed for the good. Hate vanishes and it is replaced with love for people. Of course, people can afterwards backslide and be overtaken by sin again (2 Peter 2:20-22), but as long as a person is following Jesus, he isn’t going to rob, rape or kill people. His new life in Christ will benefit society and not take away from it.

Sylvia Allen is Wrong

Just going to a church, especially in our apostate day, isn’t going to do anything to resolve the corrupt soul problem! People need to know the truth of God. They need the pure unadulterated gospel magnifying repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Many “churches” are counterfeit (like Roman Catholicism, etc.) and liberal (like eternal security teaching Baptist, etc.) and others are blatantly anti-gospel, like Islam and Hinduism. All of those are anti-truth and won’t help one’s soul in the slightest.

Furthermore, religious meetings can actually do MORE HARM THAN GOOD! Sad, but true! For example, if a new Christian went to a Catholic church and heard them praying that Mary is “our life, sweetness and hope” (which is often done with the Rosary), he could become deceived and die spiritually by such doctrinal poison. True Christians can apostatize. Such horrible departures from the faith and related warnings are all through the Bible. Hence, just going inside a church, any church, certainly is no guarantee that anything good will result!

Finally, even if a corrupt soul hears the true gospel, he then has free will to wisely accept it or foolishly reject it. Just hearing the truth is not the remedy either, even though one must hear the truth before he can change for the good. Many heard the pure truth from the Lord Jesus’ lips and walked away with a corrupt soul!

Our day is perilous (2 Tim. 3:1-5) because of SIN. SIN is the issue, as it has always been that way, even since Jesus died on the cross! That doesn’t take away from his infinite and redemptive death or his precious blood. It is to repeat the message of scripture after his death. People need JESUS and the eternal life, which is only available in him (1 John 5:12), but are too easily misled and distracted in other pursuits, including temporal ones. The devil has done a good job deceiving people, but he can be resisted! You can’t legislate morality. Sylvia Allen is right that corrupt souls are the problem!

Why Doesn’t Sylvia Allen Know?

Why did Sylvia Allen say how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know? The answer is: we need bold John the Baptist type preaching, where the preachers care more for souls than if they are accepted or rejected by their audience! The spiritual leaders have ruined the vineyard (Isa. 3:14)!  Our day is filled with false teachers and false prophets. The majority of pastors and evangelists are NOT qualified to be in their influential position. Such religious leaders have made merchandise out of souls seeking God! It is terrible, but true, and some corrupt souls are doing worthless and powerless religious things to change their spiritual identity. That extends from infant baptism to bathing in the Gange River for forgiveness to kissing the black stone of the Kaaba. Mandatory church attendance is NOT the cure-all for gun violence, as Sylvia Allen might be suggesting.

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How To Study The Bible – The Right Way Part I

This is part one in how to study the Bible to learn its actual message. To do this right, you have to be a type of good detective, who is thinking and examining the evidence unbiasedly! how to study the bibleOf course, scripture can be twisted and distorted to come up with basically anything you want it to say. A prime example is the following misuse:

Judas went out and hanged himself (Mt. 27:5). Go ye and do likewise (Lk. 3:11). Whatever you do, do quickly (Jn. 13:27)!

How To Study The Bible — Who Is Speaking

You must consider who is speaking when examining a particular text in question! The Bible is TRUTH, as it occurred, but sometimes the speaker is a deceiver or a liar distorting the issue/s.

The Serpent

The devil LIED to Eve about the seriousness of sin and his wicked lie is recorded in the Bible:

You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. (Gen 3:4)

The serpent (or devil) LIED to Eve, as we know from other verses and the character of the devil. Hence, the speaker is NOT trustworthy in that case. This is obvious with him, but the same is shown here with a false prophet:

Hananiah

In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people: “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.'” (Jer 28:1-4)

We should ask ourselves, Who was Hananiah? Additional scriptures show he was a false prophet, one who opposed the message Jeremiah (a true prophet of God) was speaking. So although Hananiah said, “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says” he was LYING! God didn’t send him with that conflicting message!

Stephen

A third example is found in the NT:

“We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” (Acts 6:11)

The surrounding verses to Acts 6:11 show that was a false accusation against Stephen, the man of God. His enemies couldn’t stand up to his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke as he taught about JESUS and refuted their false doctrines! Stephen was not a blasphemer, though he is described as such; and as the bible says in Acts 6:11 that he was guilty of! He was a powerful man of God, who was filled with grace (Acts 6:8).

Remember: A good bible detective will examine all related evidence from scripture. He will answer for himself, among other things:

  • WHO IS SPEAKING and WAS HE/SHE TRUSTWORTHY or NOT.

Remember that truth to learn how to study the Bible the right way.

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Absolutely NO Open Theism or Predestination

Open Theism and Predestination are both exposed as fallacious doctrines throughout scripture. Clearly, man has free will and his choice does affect his future here and in eternity. All along God remains sovereign and continues to know the future perfectly, even though man has free will. Hence, both open theism (which has had a contaminating stronghold among many campus preachers) and predestination (which is associated with the LIE of Calvinism) are demolished with scripture! Here is one of those scriptural passages which kills two ugly birds with one stone!repentance

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live. But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be handed over to the Babylonians and they will burn it down; you yourself will not escape from their hands.” (Jer 38:17,18)

It was Zedekiah’s choice to decide his future and the future of Jerusalem, at that point. IF Zedekiah would wisely chose to believe God’s word and act upon it, he and others would benefit. If not, all would be adversely affected!

You Are Like Zedekiah!

The Lord Jesus gave a very simple teaching that all could understand. The spiritual analogy was made with two builders – one wise, one foolish (Mt. 7:24-27). Each had free will and a choice. The wise one chose the HARD course likened unto a wise builder who dug down and built the foundation of his house on rock. The other house builder (the foolish one) went the quick and EASY route and built his foundation on sand!

At first, they both seemed to have succeeded. Each had their house until the wind, rain and flood waters came and TESTED the strength of the buildings. The foolish builder LOST EVERYTHING! No doubt in regret and anguish he remorsefully lamented choosing the easy route rather than the wise one.

The builder, who built his house on rock, in the end was openly manifested as being WISE. His house remained standing. It is like that with us all. The only difference between the two builders was — one put into practice God’s word and one didn’t! One acted on the word and one didn’t. Both heard it, had free will and an important choice to make, just like King Zedekiah in Jeremiah’s day.

Your choice to UNASHAMEDLY FOLLOW JESUS here and now or reject him will affect your life now and in eternity.

He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (Mat 12:30)

God wants you with him, bought the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28) and COMMANDS you to repent (Acts 17:30), but you have free will to reject all that. IF you choose to not follow Jesus, one day in regret you’ll look back and realize what a GRAND FOOL you were!

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Mat 7:21)

The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:8,9)

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Pope Francis Says His Term Will Be Five Years At Most

Pope Francis has reigned as the sovereign over Vatican City for two years. In the USA, 9 out of 10 Catholics favor him. He says his reign will be brief.pope francis If his reign is only five years at most, as he is saying, there are only three more years left.

“‘I have the feeling that my Pontificate will be brief, 4 or 5 years; I do not know, even 2 or 3,’ the 78-year-old pontiff told Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more,’ he added, comparing the feeling to ‘a gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed. And if he wins, he’s happy.’ (ABCNews)

Regardless, if Pope Francis reigns longer or ends today, the next pope will be just as heretical as he is and will also stand with the official teachings of Catholicism to the harm of over 1 billion people. Though Pope Francis has chosen to make a guest room at the Vatican his residence, that doesn’t mean he is sound doctrinally. Though Pope Francis has given a papal blessing to Kenneth Copeland (and Copeland back to him), he remains an idolater totally deluded about the gospel of Jesus Christ, which alone can set a person free from his sin addictions. [In September 2015 Pope Francis will address the US Congress!]

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Killer Pit Bull To Be Rehabilitated!

In our day, human life is cheapened while animal life is unduly exalted and protected. Have you ever noticed how many services veterinarians offer for a dog or cat?  Some are very expensive! Animals are treated is a super special way, even dangerous dogs like the following killer pit bull:

WHEELING, W.Va. – A Wheeling official says a dog that attacked and killed a man will be sent to a pet facility in Pennsylvania.killer pit bull City Manager Robert Herron said Wednesday that South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort approached city officials about taking the pit bull terrier. He says in a statement that the dog won’t be allowed to return to West Virginia. Police say the dog attacked Roy Higgenbotham, 62, on March 8 as Higgenbotham was trying to help its owner, David Wallace, 63, who had suffered a heart attack. Herron says authorities believe the dog perceived Higgenbotham’s actions as an attack on Wallace. The incident occurred at Wallace’s home. Both men were pronounced dead at a local hospital. Herron says South Hills will attempt to retrain and rehabilitate the dog. ( http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150318/GZ01/150319087   )

Put a Killer Animal To Death

An animal is an animal. It is not a person. A killer dog should be put to death. To allow such an animal to live is to endanger other humans, especially little children. Back in the days of Moses, such a killer dog would have been treated like any dangerous animal and killed:

If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible. If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner also must be put to death. (Exo 21:28,29)

A bull was very valuable back in that day, but that didn’t change anything. A killer bull would not be rehabilitated! It would be killed! To try to rehabilitate an animal is bizarre. A killer animal, including a dog, should be killed and the sooner the better!

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John The Baptist Herodias and Truth

John The Baptist, Herodias and truth are definite sermon material, but too few preachers would dare speak the following, even though they claim to preach the full gospel and the uncompromised word. john the baptist preachingThe need seems greater in our day than when the Holy Spirit led John to warn and rebuke remarriage adultery with the following:

For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. (Mark 6:18-20)

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” (Mat 14:3,4)

The truth that John the Baptist spoke came from his Godly hatred of sin and his love for souls. It was important for Herod and Herodias to know reality, as well as all others around who knew of their situation. John’s motives were pure and his words were the medicine needed for that spiritual ailment. IF only the people would receive the truth they needed, but the cost seemed too great.

This Is The Truth About God’s Truth

God’s Truth Can Seriously HURT

John’s reward for faithfully preaching the word to the ungodly brought him a murderous hate from Herodias, just as Stephen’s preaching brought him the same (Acts 7:1-60). When powerful preaching occurs vicious hatred sometimes results. Conversely, when the sinful wisely receive the word and repent, as happened on the day of Pentecost with Peter’s sermon, it was preceded by hearing the vital but hurtful truth. People need TRUTH, even if it is disturbing. The people were cut to the heart (Acts 2:37) before they repented!

How could people hate another for speaking God’s truth, which can help them with their greatest need? They don’t hate medical doctors for telling them the truth about their serious physical conditions, but spiritually it happens too frequently and results because of the hurt inflicted by the sword of the Spirit and their blatant hatred of light and love for darkness. The sword of the Spirit is the living word of God and it can hurt the heart of the sinful like none other. Their reaction depends on the recipient’s free will to accept or reject the truth.

John’s Love

John the Baptist was a man who had great LOVE for the lost around him, though he is not usually noted for that. Unselfishly, he denied himself to help others spiritually by boldly and fearlessly speaking out truth, as he stood all alone at times! TRUTH is what the people on the road to hell needed most and that is what they got from John! Some must have thought John was crazy, some thought he was entertaining, but many could tell he spoke God’s word and wanted to be right with God.

“What Should We Do,” They Asked?

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.” (Luke 3:10-14)

If John wasn’t the Godly man he was but was like the vast majority of preachers in our day, he might have spoken the following LIES and empty words in response to their question:

  •  You don’t have to do anything, Jesus will take care of it
  • Give me your money and God will give you a hundred fold return
  • Realize that God loves you no matter what you do

John spoke the truth, for THEIR SAKE – not his sake! He wasn’t trying to hurt and bother people, he was obeying God and helping deceived people, bound in sin, with their greatest need. John was walking in the Spirit as he feared God and loved souls.

Hatred From The Wicked (Herodias)

john the baptist in prison
Herodias was one of the most wicked women in the bible (along with Bathsheba and Job’s wife)! Herodias was the Queen, as King Herod’s wife. She had power and luxury in that position. People respected and honored her because of him, but her marriage was a fraud. It was only a marriage in man’s eyes, which was adulterous, and John openly exposed it as such! The truth angered and hurt Herodias even though it was Herod, and not her, who was publicly rebuked! She wanted revenge and her seething hatred waited for the right time. She apparently thought repenting would cost her too much. Her sin appeared to be something she needed and she wasn’t going to change even for salvation! IF WE COULD SPEAK TO HERODIAS NOW, AND IF SHE WOULD TELL THE TRUTH, SHE WOULD ADMIT JOHN WAS HER BEST FRIEND AT THAT TIME, AS HE SPOKE GOD’S VITAL BUT DISTURBING TRUTH.

There is always a price to pay when you repent, but the benefits F-A-R outshine the pleasures of sin for a short time (Heb. 11:25), especially when you gain eternal life in exchange! There is no comparison. Jesus is the pearl of great price and hidden treasure in the field.john the baptist head There is no competition, except in the deceived minds of unrepentant and sinful people, like Herodias. When Herodias got John’s head on a platter, it didn’t change anything regarding her adultery! She remained an adulteress (Rom. 7:2,3), dead and lost! She didn’t conquer John.

Finally, the people who entered Paradise after their death because they first heard the truth from John the Baptist realized how valuable his stinging messages were. It was a spiritual slap and wake up call they needed for their own soul’s sake and John didn’t hesitate to give it to them! He was one of the greatest preachers of all time and John (not Mary) was the greatest born of women (Mt. 11:11)!

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Catholic Penance

According to Roman Catholic Vatican Council II beliefs, Catholic penance is the sacramentcatholic penance by which the sinner can be forgiven of sins, after his infant baptism, through confession of their sins to a Catholic priest and praying the rosary, our fathers, hail Marys, etc. as directed by the priest to whom he confessed his sins. Catholic penance (or the sacrament of reconciliation as it is also called) is NOT biblical repentance, nor is it able to cleanse sins away. Catholic penance is a misdirected attempt by sincere Catholics, who want to be spiritually purified from their sins.

Self Punishment Penance Rather Than Jesus’ Cleansing Blood

Catholic penance is done in extreme ways, especially in predominate Catholic countries. Sometimes sincere Catholics doing penance will crawl on their knees, as pictured here in Mexico as they go to a Marian apparition shrine. In the Philippines, Roman Catholics might beat themselves bloody as pictured! Such are very moving displays of very sincere people desperately trying to be forgiven of their sins. By wanting so earnestly to be forgiven, they are champions! However, they are also following the wrong directives. Such are the ruinous results of false teachings, if done in Catholicism or some other false religious system!

Sincerity Is NOT Good Enough

Over the decades I have communicated with many different types of religious people, especially those claiming to believe the Bible.catholic penance VERY FEW non-Catholics would beat themselves bloody in an attempt to get cleansed of their sins, like some Catholics do, as penance! But folks, sincerity is NOT good enough! We must base our actions and beliefs on the Bible (on God’s truth) to be accepted by God. Throughout the Old Testament, Israel did many things that were religious, but idolatrous. Though they were sincere, at times, their idolatrous actions only got them in trouble with God!

In the New Testament, Saul of Tarsus (Paul before he became a Christian) was highly religious, zealous and sincere as he persecuted Christian men and women. His actions were not based on truth as he showed himself to be an enemy of God at that point. Again, this shows sincerity (and religious zeal) are NOT good enough, as with Catholics who “do penance.”

God’s Way

God’s way is through humility and sincerity that a person acting on God’s written word can find mercy and forgiveness for his sins. The focus is JESUS. The only savior of mankind is JESUS. Hence, through faith in the Lord Jesus we are purified spiritually (Acts 15:9). Jesus bore our sins (2 Cor. 5:21) and provided purification for our sins (Heb. 1:3). Now we need to make him our own personal Savior and Lord. He must be our first love, even before our own natural family or our lives (Mt. 10:37,38) to be worthy of Jesus, who is eternal life (1 John 1:2 cf. 5:12)!

Until a person commits himself to the Lord Jesus to follow and obey him, which includes turning from all sins, he will remain spiritually dead and a slave to sin! To be freed from sin addictions (pornography, drunkenness, hatred, etc.) one must die to those, so he can be forgiven, cleansed by Jesus’ blood (Rev. 1:5) and personally benefit by what the Lord has done for us on the cross.

The Truth About Catholic Penance

Catholic penance, though painful and self-humiliating, is a religious counterfeit. It is as empty as a bubble and as worthless as a cigarette ash (just like Hindues bathing in the Ganges River and Muslims kissing a black stone to get forgiven)!catholic penance It is also a false hope with deadly and disastrous results. It will NEVER set one free from his sin addictions, which occurs at salvation (Rom. 6:22). Imagine beating oneself bloody (or wanting to drink pond water as Jacinta in the famous Fatima apparitions for penance) all in vain and because of false teaching! That is what is occurring on a grandiose scale in Catholicism! From Pope to cardinals to archbishops to bishops to priests to Catholic saints — the whole Roman Catholic religious system is based on bits and pieces from the Bible, but mainly pagan and idolatrous concepts which have misled many sincere people away from the God and Paradise they long for! This is horrible, but true!

True Forgiveness

True forgiveness begins with HEART sorrow over sins and going to God directly. Confess to God (not the priest). Go to God through Jesus, NOT Mary.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD“– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah  (Psa 32:5)

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.  (Prov 28:13)

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:13,14)

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  (Gal 5:24)

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:21)

The Bible is God’s eternal truth and the supreme court ruling! If you go to hell it will be because YOU have departed from the message of the Bible! You are 100% SAFE to go by the Bible alone. IF you deviate from the Bible in the slightest way, you WILL BE DECEIVED! Walk holy and cautiously. Fear God. He who endures to the end will be saved (Mt. 10:22). Remember Catholic penance is NOT the same as Biblical repentance.

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Ashes and Free Coffee To Go – Presbyterian Style

Ash Wednesday

Easy religion has always existed. One Presbyterian church makes a public offer to the community to get “ashes and free coffee”! Hence, if you lived around that infant baptizing Calvinistic congregation you could get their ashes on your forehead on Ash Wednesday without leaving your car (plus a FREE cup of coffee)! How easy is that! For the alcoholics it is not as flesh exciting as the counterfeit church, which also offered FREE BEER to get people to come to the church service. Both are blown away when compared to Naked church where everyone who goes there can get nude, while the completely naked “pastor” speaks to them! Surely the devil loves these counterfeits!

Getting back to the Presbyterian ashes-to-go church, that is part of the way they do their hollow form of “ministry” to the community! People get ashes (like Catholics do), but continue on, dead in their sins — bound to their sin addictions! The dark senior “pastor” said:

Ashes are a sign of repentance, show up in the Old Testament, sackcloth and ashes in a number of Scriptures. They start the Lenten journey for Christians — a journey of 40 days plus the Sundays of Lent, a reminder of our mortality and humility; also a reminder of Jesus’ temptation of 40 days, so it’s a holy ritual to begin Lent. (1:36-2:02)

Ash Wednesday and Religious Hogwash

His message about repentance is deadly! Ashes are no more a sign of repentance than finding a burlap sack is in an old barn! Paul taught we prove our repentance by our DEEDS (Acts 26:20). Having ashes on our foreheads is worthless. God looks on the HEART. Furthermore, there is NO hint of ashes on Christian’s foreheads in the New Testament; neither is there a special 40 day “Lenten journey.” Every day and all the time (24/7/365) is how Christians are to live in godly fear and holiness. The reminder of our own mortality is Heb. 9:27 and our future judgment before God. Lent is a man-made counterfeit religious period of time. This should be apparent especially when it is preceded by the Mari Gras – a time of outlandish wickedness!

This [ashes on forehead] is a reminder that you are created from dust and that to dust you’ll return, but it’s also a reminder that your life is hid with Christ in God, so God bless you today. (2:06-2:16)

The heretic also told the man in the car that his “life is hid with Christ in God,” as he put ashes on him! That equals a false pronouncement of salvation based on his acceptance of ashes! IF the man who heard those words and accepted ashes knew the Bible, he should immediately leave! Such churches are a religious snare to the community, though they give free coffee with a smile! Remember, Ash Wednesday is not taught in the Bible; neither is Lent.

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Ugly and Painful SORES Awaiting The Mark of the Beast Recipients

Super action packed days are ahead when the events surrounding the mark of the beast unfold.body sores Of course, the issuing of the mark of the beast and the satanic reign of the antichrist has the attention of even the world in our hour. Too few seem to be fully aware of the ugly and painful sores which will break out on those who take the mark!

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. (Rev 16:1,2)

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. (Rev 16:10,11)

Observations About Those Painful and Ugly Sores:

  • The first of the seven bowls of God’s wrath begins when painful and ugly sores break out on the bodies of those who took the mark, making those people alone the targets of this bowl of God’s wrath. So a temporal punishment even here before physical death is in store for those who sin in that way.
  • Since such painful and ugly sores have NOT broken out on people across the world for any mark, ID card, etc. that they have already taken (and since no particular mark on the forehead or hand is presently needed to buy or sell) then we must conclude, based on scripture, the real mark of the beast is NOT out yet.
  • The painful and ugly sores are not going to heal. At the point of the fifth bowl they are still present and inflicting agony. In fact, the eternally doomed people who have the mark, and the accompanying painful ugly sores, are in such agony they gnawed (or “chewed” Greek) their own tongues (which created more pain and agony)!

GREATEST DANGER: The sin of taking the mark of the beast is not forgivable, unlike what five point Calvinist John MacArthur and other false teachers declare.body sores mark of the beast [It is to your spiritual DISadvantage to listen to or read anything from heretic John MacArthur.] Those who take the mark of the beast will be tormented with burning sulfur, as the angelic warning stated (Rev. 14:9-12).

The reign of the antichrist is only 42 months (Rev. 13:5) and it will be ended by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at Armageddon. Hence, for a Christian to defect by taking the mark, will cost him his salvation (over that single act) plus inflict him with extremely serious pain from ugly sores. He will only live another 42 months maximum in an utterly crazed society with the ability to buy or sell. Such is a most serious error, since the SOUL of man is his most valuable possession!

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The SECOND CHANCE Doctrine

Among the myriads of false teachings in our hour there exists one which is not often mentioned — the second chance doctrine. second chance doctrineThe second chance doctrine states that those who have not sinned too greatly (and were not clearly taught bible truth) will be given a second chance during the 1000 year reign of Christ to be faithful to God. If those same people who received a second chance fail again, they will then be annihilated. If they succeed the second time they will live on forever!

Who are the ear-ticklers who especially spread such a doctrinal myth? They are the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the group founded by Herbert W. Armstrong and reinforced by his son, Garner Ted Armstrong. Since their deaths, variations of their groups have been created. Among the offshoots in our day is the United Church of God, which believes similarly. [I’m not sure about the Seventh Day Adventists believing that teaching or not.]

Second Chance Doctrine Destroys The Fear of God

Imagine believing there exists a second chance to make things right with God after death! How would that affect a person? My wife believed that for a while before we were married. For her it removed the fear of being eternally lost (as did her belief in annihilation) and the concern of obeying God here and now. That seems typical. Why try to enter the narrow gate (Lk. 13:23,24) now at all? Why not just eat, drink and be merry like the godless do? The second chance doctrine is a definite ear-tickler and another design of the devil, like once saved always saved and Catholicism.

NO Second Chances!

Folks, clearly there was no second chance for the rich Jew who died and was in fiery torment after his death. All his cries for mercy were denied (Lk. 16:19-31)! Furthermore, this idea of a second chance for people after their death conflicts with John 3:18b:

… whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18b)

That reflects the vital significance of spreading the gospel to all people for salvation’s sake this side of the grave. WHY go into all the world and preach to every creature if there is a second chance after death? [Don’t forget you can print FREE Bible-based materials to help Christians evangelize others.]

There definitely was NO second chance for the Sodomites who were destroyed in Sodom and Gomorrah! Clearly, their eternal fate is shown to be SUFFERING IN ETERNAL FIRE:

In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)

Without question, sexual sin and perversion will damn one’s soul. Other scriptures show the same. Anyone who downplays the lethal seriousness of such sin unto death through their teachings is a dangerous wolf in sheep’s clothing! That includes ALL eternal security teachers and even some teachers who reject eternal security! Sexual immorality, though prevalent and minimized, is a soul damning sin.

The Christian life is the only victorious life which factually offers eternal life here and beyond the grave. The true Christian life is one lived free from all sin addictions in service to God (Rom. 6:22). It is a life which brings great peace and joy for all who have surrendered their will to God to follow and obey the Lord Jesus Christ here and now. They alone have been washed and cleansed from their sins and made new creations in Christ because of the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

In summary, there is no second chance for salvation after death. Your spiritual condition, at the point of your death, determines your eternal destiny! It will take a PURE HEART to see God (Mt. 5:8) through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 15:9) and you must sow to please the Spirit to reap eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9). Reject the second chance doctrine!

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