Vissarion – The Siberian FALSE Christ

The Lord Jesus warned us of different types of religious deception. He stated that some would come from FALSE prophets and FALSE Christs! Vissarion, the Siberian so-called “voice of God,” is a negative fulfillment of such Bible prophecy claiming a divine connection to God!

At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or,vissarion false christ “There he is!” do not believe it. For FALSE CHRISTS and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert,” DO NOT GO OUT; or, “Here he is, in the inner rooms,” do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Mat 24:23-27)

Vissarion (a former patrol officer) and his 5,000 followers call themselves The Church of the Last Testament. Their community resides in the Russian Taiga forest, 100 miles away from the nearest town. Vissarion falsely claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus and to be speaking the word of God. He also claims he was sent by God to save people! Among other things, Vissarion teaches that suicide (self murder) is okay! His followers (all vegans) call him “the teacher,” which contradicts another scripture:

But you are not to be called “Rabbi,” for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth “father,” for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called “teacher,” for you have one Teacher, the Christ. (Mat 23:8-10)

His teachings contain elements of the Russian Orthodox Church with Buddhism, but he also wants to unite all faiths. Vissarion who also considers Mary, the mother of Jesus, his own mother looks gentle and harmless, but he is a DEADLY spiritual viper, as he is leading others to hell with himself:

If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. (Mat 15:14)

Vissarion — Just Another DANGEROUS Counterfeit

There is no need for Vissarion or other imposters like him. Jesus of Nazareth, the real Savior of mankind (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5; etc.) and last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), said “it is finished” from the cross (John 19:30) meaning our redemption is paid in full by himself and with Jesus’ own blood (Acts 20:28) (with no help from Mary).

Glaring Errors In The Church Of The Last Testament

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell and The Alien Saviors

All astronauts are unique, especially the ones who walked on the moon, including Edgar Mitchell.edgar mitchell nuclear missiles They, therefore, have a loud voice and people tend to listen to what they say, especially about aliens and UFOs. As others have reported, Edgar Mitchell has likewise stated his beliefs in aliens but in an unusual way!

The sixth person to walk on the moon is now claiming aliens visited Earth decades ago to stop the United States and Russia from waging nuclear war. “My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth,” retired NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell told The Mirror Tuesday. Citing no empirical evidence or historical record, Mitchell said extraterrestrials made regular visits to our planet to save us from ourselves during the height of the Cold War. He said “many Air Force officers” told him about working with aliens at missile bases during the height of the Cold War, including NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. “White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons — and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in,” he told the British tabloid, just in time for the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “They wanted to know about our military capabilities.” The humans working at those facilities said “UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles,” Mitchell said. Edgar Mitchell has been talking about UFO and alien theories for decades, despite acknowledging it is “speculation” on his part. “Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their (test) missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft,” he added. “There was a lot of activity in those days.” [http://www.nydailynews.com]

Intelligent Alien Life Is Allowed In The Bible

Wow! What a story! How does that compare to the Bible’s account of the destruction of a city?

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? (Amos 3:6)

The truth is, God determines when and if a city will be destroyed, not aliens, ETs or anything else. It is repulsive to think that aliens are being exalted to a type of savior of the world, delivering the planet from nuclear war!

Nuclear War Is In The Future — Aliens or No Aliens!

Folks, sad as it may be, nuclear war is strongly suggested in the book of Revelation.edgar mitchell What else could the following be? You decide:

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.  The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. (Rev 8:7-11)

Other scriptures also allude to nuclear war. Hence, if that does describe nuclear war, then the aliens (if they exist) didn’t prevent it, but God allowed it! If the aliens don’t prevent that future event, why give them credit for anything in the past? Again, it is GOD who brings disaster or deliverance to a city or country, not aliens. Not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of the Father (Mt. 10:29)! Aliens, if they do exist, are irrelevant. God is the deciding factor.

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What Does The Bible Say About Eating Food Now?

Many things have been changed since the days of Moses, including the way the God fearing are allowed to eat to be pleasing to God. The dietary law back then stressed what food to eat and avoid to prevent ceremonial uncleanness (Leviticus 11).dietary law The Lord Jesus changed all of that when he taught it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean, not what food goes into him:

“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”) (Mark 7:18,19)

That is significant, because people who magnify the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and fatally de-emphasize or avoid Jesus’ teachings, aren’t aware of such an important change.

Eating Food In An Idol’s Temple

Furthermore, the Apostle Paul cited a very real food restriction back in his days related to eating food sacrificed to an idol! To ignore such could be spiritually destructive to another Christian:

For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall. (1 Cor 8:10-13)

Though Christians are allowed, freedom-wise, to eat food sacrificed to an idol, they are also forbidden to eat it due to the adverse spiritual effect their example might have on a Christian lacking doctrinal knowledge that such food is allowed. That weak Christian — the one lacking such knowledge — would be destroyed spiritually over eating such food! Hence, Paul wasn’t going to take a chance by eating such food personally and sin against Christ in that way.

What a contrast true “grace” teaching is, as Paul taught there, to our dark day with many influential people, allegedly being the voice for evangelical Christianity, yet saying things like King David never lost his salvation when in adultery and murder and neither did Peter when he disowned Jesus three times! Who would think, just by listening to such savage wolves in sheep’s clothing, that one’s salvation could be negated through the eating of some food due to lack of knowledge that such is allowed? That, however, is scripture. Like it or not, it’s not going to change!

Jerusalem Church Council

Another passage directly related to the subject of food is from the Jerusalem church council (Acts 15), which James, not Peter, presided over! [Peter was NOT the supreme church leader of the church, as Catholics have been taught.]avoid blood In Acts 15, we read the bottom line conclusion about that salvation issue discussed, which also mentions food:

Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. (Acts 15:20)

It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:  You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. (Acts 15:28,29)

In both passages, their dietary restrictions are detailed. Again, they were to abstain from food sacrificed to idols. The blood they were to abstain from was the drinking or eating of it, which is not related to a blood transfusion, as misunderstood by Jehovah’s Witnesses. How could it be a blood transfusion since such never existed in that day? So you can now eat pork and rabbit, if you want. Neither will make you unclean, as in Moses’ day, but you’d never know that by focusing on the Torah.

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Strict Training For The Prize But Which Type Of Crown

The Bible teaches to train hard to win the prize, but which type of prize and what type of training? Notice how the bible states the Christian life is to be as a racer going after first prize:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?crown of leaves that will perish Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Cor 9:24-27)

In our apostate world, sports is a definite IDOL and the athletes are today’s heroes and role models – sometimes treated like a god. Even in the so-called church this is sadly true. One must ask, are the lavishly paid sports heroes really winners or horrible losers?

Paul Taught Against Eternal Security

Michael Phelps and His Crown That Will Not Last

Michael Fred Phelps II is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals!crown that perishes Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, winning 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games! He is a tremendous swimmer and athlete.

His training regimen included at least 2 to 5 hours in the pool every day of the year! Since 2004 he added weightlifting. He dedicated himself to swimming and is a definite star in the eyes of the world, but spiritually how is Michael Phelps?

Drunken Michael Phelps

Sad for anyone is an alcohol and/or drug problem. That even includes Michael Phelps. In November 2004 he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. In February 2009, Phelps was photographed at a party smoking a marijuana bong (a water pipe, a device used for smoking tobacco or marijuana) that made worldwide press. In September 2014, he was arrested again, on driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding charges.

Learn The Dangers Of Drunkenness

Paul Trained in a Different Way For a Much Better Crown

Shocking but true is the fact that the Christian life actually teaches STRICT TRAINING to win first prize, but how can that be, since the Christian life is presented so much differently? Paul’s strict training resulted in him being holy, righteous and blameless (1 Thess. 2:10), as well as being VERY FRUITFUL for the kingdom. As a Hebrew of Hebrews (Phil. 3:5) and Pharisee (Acts 23:6), Paul was spreading God’s truth and winning souls, NOT merely going after gold metals. He went after something of real value!

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor 9:19-23)

From 2004 to 2014 Michael Phelps displayed evidence of being a slave to sin. His exceptional swimming abilities didn’t change that! The same holds true for all athletes, politicians, inventors, scientists, computer developers, etc. Man has a serious spiritual problem affecting his behavior. He is a slave to sin! The ONLY remedy is the powerful and cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, which anyone can contact upon sincere and humble repentance to God and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21 cf. Rev. 1:5). Making known that remedy should be the main goal in the Christian life, not wasting time trying to be the best in any athletic field. Dear professing Christian, are you strictly training like Paul or Michael Phelps? Which type of crown are you trying to win? One will be lasting – the other is essentially meaningless and very temporary.

Remember: True victory and success are NOT how long you live, how much money you gather or how many gold metals you have won. True victory is associated with following the Lord Jesus Christ to the very end to enter God’s paradise kingdom.

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The Temple of the Living God

Things have drastically changed since Old Testament times. Back then sacrifice and worship revolved around the moveable Tabernacle, then afterwards the permanent Temple of God first built by Solomon (then rebuilt in Ezra 4-6 after its destruction). temple of the living GodThe significance of the temple of God can’t be overstated. God’s holy presence dwelt in the temple in the holy of holies into which only the high priest could enter once per year and only with the blood of animals (Heb. 9:7), but no more!

Before that significant spiritual change, back in Jeremiah’s day false prophets were opposing Jeremiah’s message with the concept that the temple of God was among them and therefore Jerusalem would not be destroyed because of it. Jeremiah countered with this:

Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!” (Jer 7:4)

The temple of God Solomon built was destroyed because of sin, just as we can be today (1 Cor. 3:16,17)!

Temple of the Living God Errors

Things have changed, making such a change about the temple of God one of the most astounding events in the New Testament, accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, since the cross of Calvary, Christians are the temple of the living God! We are the living, breathing and moving temple of the living God! What a flagrant scriptural error it is, therefore, for any church congregation to refer to their church building as the temple of God! It surely isn’t! Christians are the temple of God! They are the sanctuary. Even some “Christian” songs need to be trashed, such as “We Have Come Into His House.”

We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

Deceitful Musical Sermons In The Church Building

Religious songs carry a teaching, and many are used by the devil to deceive! Besides the obvious error of church buildings being called the temple of God, in Catholicism each Catholic church has their own personal “tabernacle” where Jesus dwells! At least that is what they say and want us to believe!catholic temple of God Though God doesn’t dwell in a man-made tabernacle, according to his error-free word (Acts 7:48), Catholics believe otherwise because of their false doctrine of the priest changing (through transubstantiation) the communion elements into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Those unconsumed communion wafers (which they call the Eucharist) are stored in a boxed tabernacle by their altar. Again, such a religious belief is a direct strike against the fact that the physical bodies of Christians are now the temple of God, not any man-made structure.

God In You

What an awesome thought! GOD DWELLS IN THE BODIES OF CHRISTIANS! Wow! We are the temple of God:

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor 6:16-18)

When a Christian prays, he doesn’t have to “pray through” to a distant God somewhere far away. God is dwelling in his own physical body! He is the temple of God. To realize that we are the temple of God can be life changing! What an important self image changer. God has considered you, because of submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ and following him, worthy of becoming the temple of God! That makes this truth real in your life:

The one who is in you [ALMIGHTY GOD] is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Another Catholic Error

Catholicism continues to unduly and idolatrously exalt their fabricated image of Mary in many ways, including with the unique title for her of “ark of the covenant.” (That is only one of Mary’s many titles given by Catholicism to their mythical sinless, queen of heaven and co-redeemer of mankind.) The truth is, ALL Christians are the temple of God (or ark of God). If this was common knowledge, religious myths such as the aforementioned would be expelled immediately and the HOLY image of a Christian (a saint) would be much better established. Remember, IF you are a Christian, YOU are the temple of God now. It doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, the color of your skin or your economic condition. IF you are putting God’s word into practice (Lk. 8:21) you are in God’s family and his temple, but this applies too:

But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (Heb 3:6)

Reflecting the conditional security for the believer, Heb. 3:6 mentions both COURAGE and HOPE. We Christians must hold on to each for ourselves, which some don’t and consequently cease being the house of God. Moreover, the following warning of destruction similarly applies:

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:16,17)

That means there absolutely is NO eternal security, even though Calvinism says otherwise.

Another Literal Temple of Brick and Mortar

Another literal temple will be built! In it the antichrist will proclaim himself to be God!

He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thess 2:4)

So we are NOT as close to the end as many think, because there is no literal temple yet, but one will be rebuilt. However, we know that temple is NOT really the temple of God, because that privilege is uniquely reserved for Christians.

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Hands Were Lifted up to the Throne of the LORD

One of the clearest proofs that prayer to God is vital and the deciding factor is found in Exodus 17!prayer The setting is not long after Israel was delivered from over 400 years of cruel and bitter slavery in Egypt. God powerfully delivered all of Israel out of their slavery and displayed himself as a miraculous God greater than the false gods of Egypt. After God tested them with no water, then bitter (undrinkable) water, as they wandered in the desert, to then drink miraculous water, Israel was attacked without provocation! Imagine that! (Such is typical in this life.) This was their first LIFE OR DEATH battle. That was serious stuff. They had NO military training at all for hundreds of years, but now they would have to kill or be killed. Read this carefully:

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. (Exo 17:8)

Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” (Exo 17:9)

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. (Exo 17:10)

The Deciding Factor

As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. (Exo 17:11)

When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. (Exo 17:12)

So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. (Exo 17:13)

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” (Exo 17:14)

Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.  (Exo 17:15)

He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” (Exo 17:16)

Observations

  •  Upheld hands in prayer is NOT of Pentecostal origin! It came from the Jews and was also a way for Christians to pray in New Testament times (1 Tim. 2:8). [Calvinistic heretic, John MacArthur, unscripturally opposes upheld hands in prayer!]
  • Joshua would have SURELY LOST if Moses’ hands (a type of prayer to God) were not extended! It was an invisible, NOT visible, battle which manifested in the physical on the battlefield with Joshua overcoming the Amelekites – a must win battle.
  • Jesus was sinless (Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5), had the Holy Spirit without limit (Jn. 3:34) and heard the Father’s voice perfectly (Jn. 14:24; 17:8), yet he PRAYED OFTEN:

But Jesus OFTEN withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:16)

Indirectly, that shows how important prayer was even for the Lord Jesus! IF Jesus needed to pray often, we need to pray much more than often! We are in a spiritual and invisible battle. PRAYER is vital and foundational. Pray, pray and pray more – much more. Pray TO God, not Mary, the saints or angels. Pray like the Bible shows. The more heart-felt prayer the better and don’t give up praying (Lk. 18:1). We are also told to come boldly to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Heb. 4:16).

Objections To The Deity of Christ Answered

  • Prayer was made TO God, not a saint like Abraham, or anyone else! We are to pray only TO God, as instructed here or TO the Lord Jesus (Jn. 14:14; Acts 7:59). To pray to anyone other than God is a form of idolatry and forbidden. God is almighty. He is a very capable refuge, deliverer, fortress, etc. Pray to him as he wants you to. Pray for your own needs and the needs of others.
  • When Moses’ hands grew tired at one point and came down (a type of giving up), Joshua started to lose. Don’t give up praying. The devil wants you to give up. God wants you to keep asking, seeking and knocking (Mt. 7:7).
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Righteous or Unrighteous – Which?

Simply stated, you are either righteous or unrighteous in God’s sight. You are either godly and pure hearted with eternal life or ungodly with an impure heart and without eternal life. All through the bible we read of righteous people by name. Furthermore, there are many promises and warnings given to righteous people. The same can be said of the unrighteous. Then we come to a lone but magnified verse, found in the so-called Romans Road To Salvation plan which has shaped people’s theology. It seems to say the exact opposite!king david sinned false teachers That verse has been heard so many times by misinformed people, who have read very little of the Bible, that they actually think it even applies to Christians! That verse is Rom. 3:10:

This Is Why The Roman’s Road Salvation Plan Is Flawed

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

The view that Christians are not righteous beautifully fits the apostate theology which also smears Paul as the worst of sinners, that is, eternal security. So we now have multitudes of professing Christians believing that they themselves are NOT righteous in one breath, then professing Christ is their righteousness in another breath, but see no contradiction! It is a sad day, with glaring contradictions, but as long as it presents salvation security in sin, then it must be okay to them. People love it and will support the wolves teaching such poison to the damnation of SOULS.

The Context

The context of Romans 3:10 explicitly shows much more than most have been taught!

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Rom 3:10-18)

The subjects, who all are not righteous:

  • are without spiritual understanding
  • don’t seek God
  • have turned away
  • became worthless
  • there are none who do good
  • their throats are open graves
  • their tongues practice deceit
  • their words are spiritual poison
  • they are full of cursing and bitterness
  • they are swift to shed blood
  • ruin and misery mark their way
  • the way of peace they do not know
  • there is no fear of God in them

God Sees The Wicked This Way

That is not the description of a Christian, one who follows Jesus (Jn. 10:27) and puts God’s word into practice (Lk. 8:21). Such a true Christian is righteous:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil … (1 John 3:7,8)

There we see the two types of people being either righteous or of the devil. The basic truths of 1 John 3:7,8 need to be pondered until it becomes unshakable in your theology. If you are a Christian, you are righteous. If you are of the majority, you are unrighteous (and of the devil). ONLY the righteous will go to eternal life, while the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom:

Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Mat 25:46)

Righteous David Turned To Evil

But is it once righteous, always righteous? NEVER! Notice what happens when a righteous person backslides, as King David did:

If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. (Ezek 33:18)

If there were no righteous people, how could a warning like this be found in the bible? It would be irrelevant, but it is very appropriate and desperately needs to be known! Scripture pointedly warns the righteous that a DEATH is awaiting them, if they turn to evil. QUESTION: How did King David “die” when he turned to evil (Ezek. 33:18)? He died, because he turned to evil, but how? It wasn’t physical death, because he continued to live. It was spiritual death, the same thing that happened to Adam and Eve, as God warned in Gen. 2:16,17 and which the devil boldly denied in Gen. 3:4. That is the exact model and example laid before us with the ETERNAL SECURITY TEACHERS and all who deny that about David. They act just like their father, the devil and boldly deny just like he did, that there is spiritual death for the righteous who turn to evil; but as with Adam and Eve that didn’t stop spiritual death from occurring. They still died, as David did, when he turned to evil. That righteous man became spiritually DEAD and LOST, like the prodigal when he backslid (Lk. 15:24).

More Details About King David’s Sin

KNOW THIS: A righteous man can become unrighteous again. A saved man can become lost again. A spiritually alive man can become spiritually dead again. To deny these truths won’t change anything. Not a single thing. They remain fact regardless who likes it or not. To be warned about that is to be guarded. To be deceived about that is to be easy prey, thus reflecting the DANGER of false teachers!

More Truth About Eternal Security Teachers Here

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Hatred, Threats, Beatings, Jail and DEATH

Was the early Christian life a peaceful idyllic and placid life in separation from trouble? Not when you consider the waves of persecution they faced! While it is true they were separated, trouble came to them as they obeyed God and lived holy lives.early christian life Also, the trouble that came to the Christians was serious stuff! First century Christian life was not boring due to the hatred, threats, beatings, jail time and DEATH that happened to them and their spiritual family! It was the same even for the women, that is, the females were hated just as bad! Again, the earliest Christians were HATED just for being a Christian! That was life as an early Christian:

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out MURDEROUS THREATS against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest (Acts 9:1)

I persecuted the followers of this Way TO THEIR DEATH, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. (Acts 22:4,5)

So it wasn’t just Stephen who was persecuted to his death. There were others, who are not specifically mentioned. It says, “I persecuted the followers [PLURAL] of this Way to their DEATH, arresting both men AND WOMEN.”

The Apostles

The Lord’s Apostles were focused in upon in the Book of Acts. Peter was jailed at least 3 different times and Paul shed his blood on 9 different occasions EARLY in his ministry! They paid a great price to rescue others from the fires of hell and to be faithful to Jesus by spreading the gospel. That was their life of self-denial, as Jesus demands:

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

The Christians were dedicated to spreading the word of God, as commissioned. A dark world needs light to guide and that is exactly what God’s eternal word is. Such an act of love and obedience brought persecution and hatred to them. How could that be? How could loving and godly people be hated like that? It’s because the word of God hurts the lost, who want sin more than truth and spiritual life. See John 3:19,20.

Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “WE GAVE YOU STRICT ORDERS NOT TO TEACH IN THIS NAME,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.  (Acts 5:27-33) … His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 5:40-42)

Their Sermon Was Interrupted To Go To Jail

At an earlier time, Peter and John were both jailed for preaching the truth and while doing that very thing:

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they PUT THEM IN JAIL until the next day. (Acts 4:1-3)

Then they called them in again and COMMANDED THEM NOT TO SPEAK OR TEACH AT ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further THREATS they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. (Acts 4:18-21)

It Takes COURAGE To Serve God

No rational and informed person could deny that obedience to God under such adverse conditions requires courage on the part of the righteous. COURAGE, not cowardice, is a glaring characteristic of the saints (Heb. 3:6). They ignored murderous threats, disregarded jail time and continued on as living martyrs suffering as they gave out the life-giving gospel, but that brought on even more persecution:

And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. (2 Tim 1:11,12)

That is also why Paul gave this strange gospel preaching invitation to Timothy:

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, (2 Tim 1:8)

You will pay a price to serve God, but that is what people need and what God wants from his children. Are you enduring hardness as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 2:3)? There is no escaping it. ALL who live godly will be persecuted (2 Tim. 3:12). Remember Paul’s chains (Col. 4:18).

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The Christian Battle and Apostasy

The true Christian life back in the days of the Apostle Paul is reflected with various spiritual struggles, totally unlike the struggles of unredeemed man. The following five verses (1 Tim. 1:3-7) show the Christian life as a serious struggle for GOD’S TRUTH and RIGHTEOUS LIVING, with apostasies sometimes occurring. Carefully ponder the context of 1 Tim. 1:3-7, for much is revealed to be remembered!

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith. (1 Tim 1:3,4)

* Paul left Timothy behind in Ephesus to go to Macedonia. Timothy remained in Ephesus to “command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer.” apostatesTimothy opposed what they were doing religiously, that is, he opposed their teachings. Verse 7 shows they were teachers of the law, but in verse 4 they were specifically devoted to religious myths and genealogies. [So called Christianity of our day is also filled with religious myths — which range from Mary being the Queen of Heaven to God not seeing the sins of anyone previously saved to thinking one can advance to become a God like Jesus is!] The myths and genealogies they were devoted to didn’t promote God’s work, but instead controversies. Their religious works weren’t beneficial to the kingdom.

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Tim 1:5)

* Paul’s goal in giving Timothy that command about opposing false teachers was love. Such Christian love came from Paul’s pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith. That is Paul’s concise autobiography about himself, the exact opposite of how the eternal security savage wolves portray Paul, as the worst of sinners!

False Teachers In The Church

Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. (1 Tim 1:6)

* Without citing specific names here, as he did another time, Paul refers to plural apostates, who departed from the Christian faith. They once had true salvation because they too, like Paul, had a purified heart, which comes from faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 15:9) and being cleansed by Jesus’ holy blood (2 Pet. 1:9 cf. Rev. 1:5). Those same unnamed plural apostates also previously had a good conscience and a sincere faith! To have a sincere faith is to have a saving faith, the same as Timothy himself had, as well as his mother (Eunice) and grandmother (Lois), 2 Tim. 1:5. All of that changed for those apostates! They were previously saved, but became spiritual casualties (apostates) in our spiritual war for SOULS. They regressed into darkness and spiritual death. They wandered away from God (backslid). Their sanctification was not ongoing (nor guaranteed), as Calvinists want us to believe about the elect! Their pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith wasn’t permanent. Paul was not specific as to how that happened, but it did. Their experience proves God was NOT solely the one responsible to guard, hold and keep them secure when they were saved. If it was left up to God alone, who is almighty and does everything perfectly, they could not have wandered away from salvation.  NOTE: Paul didn’t say they were “never really saved.” He knew they once had a pure heart. We can definitely tell if one is saved or not (1 John 3:10).

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Those apostates (1:6,7) turned to meaningless talk. When they were Christians, their talk was meaningful, but their words changed as their heart became impure again. Out of the abundance of the mouth, the heart speaks (Mt. 12:35), even if it is with dangerous false doctrines.

Verse 7 shows they became teachers of the law! This over lapses into the same type of danger shown in the book of Galatians and one which Christians battle today called Hebraic Roots. Paul, a Hebrew of Hebrews (Phil. 3:5), denounced all false gospels, including the ones trying to be justified by the law (Gal. 5:2-4). The truth is, JESUS alone is the Savior and our good works reflect our submissive faith in Jesus.

Shape your theology around such truths as the aforementioned and let go of all dogma (myths) to the contrary for your own sake and the sake of all whom you love.

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Examine Yourselves: Are You Still In the Faith

A commonly cited passage about examining yourselves to see if professing Christians are in the Christian faith, is 2 Cor. 13:5. It has consistently been misused in regards to the false convert or tare!
examine yourselves That MISinterpretation of 2 Cor. 13:5 is consistent with the HERETICAL theology of eternal security and once saved always saved, but has nothing to do with the way it was originally used or meant by the recipients. Again, it is error to cite 2 Cor. 13:5 for the false convert – one who was never saved and lacked genuine saving faith. Calvinist John MacArthur has often cited this Scripture in that way, distorting Paul’s godly concern mentioned in that passage for real Christians!

The context of 2 Cor. 13:5 extends back several chapters to chapter 11. Remember, when the books that we now call the Bible were originally written, they lacked chapter and verse divisions. Though 2 Cor. 13:5 is the focus here, the initial concern came from the Corinthian Christians listening to dangerous false teachers and getting deceived!

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.  (2 Cor 11:3,4)

Christians endanger themselves with deadly doctrinal deception by listening to false teachers! Hence, the saints are commanded to keep away from false teachers to prevent doctrinal DECEPTION (Rom. 16:17,18). With all of that in mind, carefully read 2 Cor. 13:5 from three translations:

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?  (2 Cor 13:5, NIV)

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test? (2 Cor. 13:5, NASB)

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Cor. 13:5, ESV)

Because of listening to false teachers there existed a definite danger that the Corinthians would be deceived and no longer realize that Jesus Christ was in them, making the Christians the temples of God. According to 2 Cor. 11:3,4, false teachers were preaching “another Jesus,” that is, a FALSE and mythical Jesus Christ, not the real one of the bible, who is capable of simultaneously residing in many Christians (Col. 1:27), suggesting the omnipresence of Jesus Christ. That unique attribute alone makes the Jehovah’s Witness belief that Jesus is Michael the archangel fallacious.

When Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith” it was a doctrinal test about Jesus being in Christians! Such has nothing to do with initial salvation or a false conversion, and therefore, the common interpretation of 2 Cor. 11:5 has been terribly distorted, denying an ever-present danger for Christians through false teachings! They were to examine themselves doctrinally to see if they were still in the faith unlike the ones lethally deceived doctrinally by Hymenaeus and Philetus and had their saving faith destroyed (2 Tim. 2:17,18). So 2 Cor. 13:5 has nothing to do with initial salvation or false converts. Remember that. It refers to Christians evaluating themselves (not someone else) to see if they themselves are still in the Christian faith or not (becoming an apostate) over a simple doctrinal test about Jesus!

Remember also that Calvinists think election is secret, meaning no one can really know if another is saved or not! That is blatant error (1 John 3:10; 2:3,4) and protects the demonic notion that there are two types of adulterers, two types of drunks, two types of thieves, etc. — one being saved and the other never saved even though both types of adulterers, drunks, thieves, etc. are doing the same detestable things! [Charles Stanley would call such a person that was once saved a carnal Christian!]

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