Jimmy Swaggart EXPOSED As a FALSE Teacher

Jimmy Swaggart is a false teacher, but he is also very crafty!jimmy swaggart Jimmy Swaggart is spreading a license to sin under the Biblical term cross, which helps to conceal the glaring doctrinal error! He is another spiritual snare, especially to Pentecostals, just like David Wilkerson and Joseph Prince! For your own soul’s sake, carefully read the New Testament. It will become apparent then that Jimmy Swaggart Ministries is a spiritual snare to sincere Christians hungry for truth! WARN your family and friends!

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Question About Personal Evangelism

[Bible Answer] Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thank you for your interest in evangelism. That is GREAT and the need is incredible.

Soul winning or evangelism is NOT hard as long as the servants of God can overcome two main problems: discouragement and fear. If the soul winner continues spreading the word of God about salvation and repentance, good will occur.

In The Sinner’s Mind

THE BEST WAY TO SOUL WIN is to help the sinners learn their damned condition.soul winning

For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. (Psa 36:2)

Nothing is better than 1 Cor. 6:9,10! It seems to include them all sinners and often multiple times. It is better to show them from your Bible so they can actually know it is scripture! Perhaps you should mark that page in your bible with a paper clip. That works well. After you read 1 Cor. 6:9,10, then focus on verse 11 (1 Cor. 6:11). That is the wonderful God-given remedy. Focus on JESUS and magnify his importance.

True Salvation Equals Being Set Free From Sin Addictions

Another great passage is Rev. 21:8. Hopefully, the person you are witnessing to will comment or ask a question or two. From there you must go to wherever in the Bible you need to go so they can be helped. That means you need to learn the New Testament, but don’t let lack of knowledge slow you down. You will learn as you go, just like driving a car. That is also where good Scripturally solid gospel literature will help. Just getting it into the hands of people has great potential for their soul. Regarding that, we have EXCELLENT and BEAUTIFUL printed gospel literature at a cheap price.  You can also print out FREE gospel tracts here.  Here are other tips to help you witness. God bless you. Remember:

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  (1 Cor 15:58)

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How To Study The Bible The Right Way — Part 3

To study the bible the right way (and safe way) you must consider ALL related verses on any given subject. That is very important to remember. If not, deception by omission will be committed. False teachers are presenting a partial truth as the whole truth and misleading people who trust them by doing that! In regards to the believer’s security, it is commonly done in three areas related to salvation, the most important subject of all to know.

Romans Road Gospel Presentation

The well-known Romans Road to salvation gospel presentation is a prime example of “deception by omission”! how to study the bibleIt seems it has been almost universally accepted as a concise way to spread the gospel, when in reality it is a gross distortion about salvation itself! Some very sincere and zealous servants of God have fallen prey to that distorted gospel presentation! If the soul winner would know the basics of how to study the bible or would just carefully read the whole book of Romans (only 16 chapters) while marking all verses related to salvation and salvation security, he should become aware of serious issues with the Romans Road. [A whole chapter is devoted to this subject, detailing this problem, in “The Believer’s Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted”.]

How To Study The Bible The Right Way — Part 1

Selected verses about man’s sinfulness and salvation have been chosen in the Romans Road, but very relevant key verses also related to salvation have been avoided! Could it have been intentionally done to protect the lie of eternal security? Rom. 11:19-23 is one:

You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

Eternal Life

Another area of this type of deception in the church evolves around eternal life! The goal for all should be eternal life and entering God’s Paradise kingdom. However, many who have that noble goal have also been deceived! Imagine being misled about eternal life when you earnestly believe in eternal life! Without question, it is glaringly obvious that teachers in established religious positions, with great influence, have presented a partial truth as a whole truth and have lethally deceived their trusted following about eternal life! They are ferocious wolves in sheep’s clothing.

How To Study The Bible The Right Way — Part 2

Just one verse which is directly related to eternal life is Gal. 6:8,9. Many times we have cited it to awaken people to the facts, but too often they instead seem to love the eternal security myth they have been taught. Ponder the following passage for yourself and answer this question — Is Gal. 6:8,9 Referring To Salvation or Rewards?

Is Gal. 6:8,9 Referring To Salvation or Rewards?

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)

NOTE: That is Paul, the real grace teacher’s doctrine! That was NOT written by a heretic, who taught a works salvation! To reap eternal life, under grace, a Christian must sow to please the Spirit of God! Clearly, that is a salvation passage, just as valid as John 3:16, but almost known by none! It is not a rewards passage.

The Gospel Itself

The clearest and best known part of the bible about the gospel is 1 Cor. 15:1-4, but it is usually abbreviated to AVOID verse 2. That omission conceals the foundational truth that a conditional security for the believer is connected to the gospel:

By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2)

Teaching like that — besides employing deception by omission and presenting a partial truth as the whole truth — also violates how to study the bible by focusing on the immediate context!

Again, 1 Cor. 15:2 explicitly shows that connected with the gospel is a conditional security (NO eternal security). See also Col. 1:23. To teach the opposite, that is, to teach eternal security as being associated with the gospel, is therefore another gospel and to be anathema by doing so (Gal. 1:8,9)!  That is how serious this issue is! WHY? Because the gospel message is directly related to salvation.

IF people, including sincere church people, would learn how to study the bible the right way to avoid being duped by deception by omission such would not be occurring with the gospel and that damnable heresy wouldn’t be the problem it is.

The Endangered Victims

A victim of “deception by omission” teaching might be 100% sincere, but still has beliefs that are based on a partial truth presented as the whole truth. He is oblivious to other key verses related to that subject, which he doesn’t know about. Often he has also fallen prey to a trusted teacher — one who is a friend or family member. Rather than meticulously examining the scriptures alone for himself, he is just receiving what another teaches, thereby endangering his own soul! To study the bible the right way by examining all related verses will safeguard against deception by omission.

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NASA Says We Are Not Alone In The Universe

Could life exist beyond the earth? Furthermore, could UFO sightings, crop circles, mutilated cows, etc. all give evidence to an extraterrestrial existence of intelligent life here on our planet NOW?extraterrestrial alien ebe That is not to mention apparent cover-ups about crashed UFOs, alien autopsies, implants and alien abductions! It is impossible to hide the testimonies of so many eye-witnesses. They are from every part of the planet! There are multiple millions of people who are adamant about what they have seen or experienced! Now NASA has publicly disclosed the following FACT:

“Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.” I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said at a public panel Tuesday in Washington. [http://www.msn.com]

Is it possible that the ruling world powers are getting close to admitting what they have known for decades, that is, intelligent extraterrestrial life, aliens or EBEs (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities) are here on Earth now?

Are You Aware of HOLOGRAM Deceptions

The DEMONIC Alien Gospel

The prime concern centering around the belief in aliens is how the demonic alien gospel is being spread by many ufologists! Too many are ludicrously saying that aliens planted human life here, that God doesn’t exist, etc. Such outright vicious demonic attacks on the Biblical message are repulsive to real Christians. Hence, some have concluded that ALL UFOs, crop circles, alien abductions, etc. are demons and only demons. That leaves no room for the real possibility that intelligent alien life could exist, but be wrong or just be lying about spiritual issues. Regardless, DO NOT BE MOVED AWAY FROM THE BIBLICAL MESSAGE by so-called aliens, “science,” Our Lady of Fatima, The angel Moroni, etc.

The Bible is 100% TRUTH

The biblical message is PROVEN to be factual and, therefore, most important for us all to accept and believe. One simple proof is the fact that one will be set free from his sin addictions upon repentance and a submissive faith in Jesus Christ, which all real Christians have experienced (Romans 6:22 cf. Acts 20:21; 26:20; Lk. 9:23; Gal. 5:24; etc.). Only biblical truth like that could produce such supremely important results for the sake of the salvation of our SOULS. If visions, dreams, prophecy, experiences, NDEs, or anything else, including aliens contradict that spiritual truth, reject it as a DANGEROUS lie for that is what it is!

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How To Study The Bible — The Right Way Part 2

Watch Out For Out of Context Verses and Words

Multitudes of dangerous false teachings have resulted from people taking a verse or part of a verse out of context. In other words, the surrounding sentence/s both before and after any given passage must be carefully considered to understand the proper context of a word or phrase.

What Is Out Of Context

A prime example of taking a word “out of context” is the following about starting a fire:

Use the knife to create some small wood pieces and shavings.how to study the bible out of context Put them in the center of your fire pit. Then place more bits of wood (not more than a foot long and a couple of inches thick) over them in the shape of a tipi. The tipi should have enough holes for the air to blow through and be sufficiently close to your tinder/fire starter to catch fire. Then light your tinder/fire starter and wait for the fire to spread to that ‘tipi’ before adding any more wood.

To single out the part which says, “The tipi should have enough holes for the air to blow through” and apply it to an Indian tipi (which they lived in), for their ventilation, is a gross and obvious misapplication. Such a usage is OUT OF CONTEXT and a distortion. The tipi referred to in the paragraph is a tipi of wood to be used to start a fire and has nothing to do with an Indian tipi.

False Teachers In The Church

That same exact out of context error is often done by false teachers in the church in front of their audiences with bibles, but very few seem to notice their errors! Their dangerous misapplication/s of scripture often have serious spiritual ramifications! Here are several examples in our day, which have led astray over 2 billion people:

Calvinistic Predestination Out of Context

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  (John 15:16)

THE ERROR: The phrase “You did not choose me, but I chose you” is applied to predestination and salvation, when the context shows it refers to bearing fruit.

Eternal Security HERESY Out of Context

The most common argument for the heresy of eternal security comes from John 10:28.

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)

THE ERROR: The phrase “they shall never perish” is removed from its context of verse 27, which shows that promise only refers to those who continuously follow Jesus, and not backsliders, as it is misused to say!

and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him  (Heb 5:9)

THE ERROR: The words “eternal salvation” are removed from their context of being given only to those who obey Jesus and applied even to the disobedient!

How To Study The Bible — Part 1

Water Gospel HERESY Out of Context

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (1 Pet 3:20, KJV)

THE ERROR: The words “saved by water” in the KJV are not talking about the salvation of the soul as they are applied to! [1 Peter 3:20 is an ERROR IN THE KJV since Noah was NOT “saved by water,” but saved THROUGH water as he was in the ark. This alone destroys KJV Onlyism.]

Woman Clothed With The Sun Out of Context

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven:how to study the bible out of context a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. (Rev 12:1,2)

THE ERROR: The words “woman clothed with the sun” are removed from their context and applied to Mary by the Catholic Church! That fits their myth that she is the sinless Queen of Heaven, who is sovereignly ruling the universe with Jesus from the throne (and without the Father)! The context shows the symbolic usage of that phrase since the same woman sprouts wings and flies out into the desert for her own protection (Rev. 12:13,14)!

Universalism HERESY Out of Context

(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. (1 Tim 4:10)

THE ERROR: The words “Savior of all men” are used to teach universalism [salvation for everyone]. The context shows the Lord Jesus is the Savior of those who believe on Jesus, which is bolstered by scores of other verses.

Praying About The Book of Mormon Out of Context

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

ERROR: Mormon missionaries want us to pray about the Book of Mormon, when it came from a blatant false prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr.!  The words, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God” are used out of context to teach praying about something which is obviously wrong to see if you get a burning in the bosom testimony. That was NOT what James was referring to. [We don’t lack wisdom about Mormonism or the book of Mormon. Neither are from God.]

Jehovah’s Witnesses House To House Preaching Out of Context

You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. (Acts 20:20)

THE ERROR: The words, “taught you publicly and from house to house” are used to teach the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who go house to house, are just like the early Christians in the New Testament. The context refers to Paul teaching the various elders of church houses in Ephesus! Acts 20:17 shows the subject is the elders of Ephesus, not unbelievers.

To study the Bible the right way, you must carefully consider the surrounding verses. The context must be properly applied for the sake of truth. Don’t allow a false teacher to take a verse out of context and mislead you!

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The Heretical Early Church Father — Ephrem of Syria

Ephrem of Syria was an idolater, but is considered an early church father! We can learn various important spiritual things about the early church fathers from Ephrem of Syria!

Facts To Remember About The Early Church Fathers

Unbeknownst to many religious people in our day, the early church fathers were not:

  • inspired by God
  • the key to understanding the New Testament nor were
  • their writings equal to the scriptures in authority!

This Is How David Bercot Has Misrepresented The Early Church Fathers

Logically, all of those points can be proven by just citing one heretic, known as an early church father. ephrem of syria pray to mary church fatherIt doesn’t have to be Origen (182-254), the Universalist. It could be Ephrem of Syria (306-373), the Mary idolater. Ephrem of Syria, besides being an early “church father,” has been elevated to sainthood and made one of the elite 33 “doctors” of the Catholic Church! Ephrem’s prayer TO Mary, called the Prayer To The Immaculate Conception, clearly reveals how spiritually deceived he was, but for him to be hyper elevated by Catholicism also reveals how deceived it is, as well as how untrustworthy that spiritual leadership is — from the Pope on down! In short, Ephrem of Syria was a dangerous HERETIC, like some other so-called early church fathers. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) could also be considered of that number! Augustine not only prayed to Mary for his salvation, he taught babies are regenerated at water baptism! See also Infant Baptism Delusion. NOTE: the murderous John Calvin frequently quoted Augustine as though he was the epitome of truth, thereby revealing how pitifully DARK John Calvin and his theology are! Furthermore, the cigar smoking Charles Spurgeon wrote a Defense of Calvinism, which was highly illogical and unscriptural, but reveals his heart too!

To exalt the early church fathers as though they were all sound and godly men is to do a terrible mis-service to those who trust your teachings. It is also to deviate from God’s written word — a fatal spiritual error. If one thinks the church fathers are sound and he reads Ephrem’s prayer TO Mary for salvation, he could be damned just on that prayer alone. NOTE: The Catholic Church has placed an indulgence of three years with his idolatrous prayer!

Doctor Ephrem of Syria and Doctor Liquori

BTW, besides Ephrem of Syria being a doctor in the Catholic Church, Alphonsus Liguori is also listed there! Liguori promoted Mariolatry unlike any other! He made the idolatry of Ephrem of Syria seem mild! If one is wondering how sound the Catholic Church is, he need go no further than those men (heretics) being canonized “saints” and their teachings and prayers elevated to the pinnacle as “doctors.” [Who says having the title of doctor means you are a scholar, an expert in the field of religion, or even a Christian!]

You Don’t Need A Catholic Relic

For your own SOUL’S sake, do not deviate from the Bible to the early church fathers. The Bible is God’s truth about salvation. You are 100% safe to believe its message ALONE. It also has the ONLY truth about how to reap eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9) and is final authority!

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Good Friday IDOLATRY In The Catholic Church

catholic idolatry good fridayGood Friday for Catholics, among other things, is a day of sorrowful contemplation of the horrible treatment and bloody redemptive death on the cross the precious Lord Jesus went through for the salvation of our souls (1 Pet. 1:9). In the Roman Catholic church, their Good Friday service includes all the parishioners bowing before and kissing the feet of the crucifix to show love and appreciation to the Lord Jesus. Though seemingly relevant and innocent, such is actually idolatry and a horrible violation of how Jesus taught his followers to show their love for him!

To bow before an image is forbidden by God, but especially hidden from Catholic children in their Baltimore Catechism! How can that be? It is because the Catholic Ten Commandments have been altered, concealing God’s command and their violation! Well-meaning and sincere Catholics are being duped by their leaders. To LOVE JESUS means to obey his commands:

If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:15)

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  (1 John 5:3)

Love Jesus or Hate Jesus?

Instead of venerating and loving Jesus by bowing before and kissing the crucifix, Catholics are committing idolatry, according to scripture, but that is not all! To commit idolatry like that is to show you “hate” God:

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, (Exo 20:4,5)

The seriousness of the sin of idolatry is explicitly revealed here:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the IDOLATERS and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)

What Should A Catholic Do?

A Catholic should first of all repent (turn from his sins). He needs God’s mercy and forgiveness, so he should go directly to God and sincerely, humbly cry out for it.catholic idolatry good friday He needs to place all of his trust and faith in JESUS for his soul’s salvation, which leaves 0% for Mary, the sacraments and being a Catholic. This is the Bible way of being forgiven, though foreign in the Catholic church. As the Catholic reads the New Testament with an open mind and heart for God’s truth, various other vital truths will become apparent, revealing more Catholic deceptions. [Please pass this on to Catholics you know for the sake of their souls.]

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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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