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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Which Type of Wisdom is Yours?

The Bible informs us that there are two types of wisdom, which are opposites! Furthermore, neither form of wisdom is based on academic achievements or intelligence! Instead, both are determined by the heart of man.wisdom Dear reader, which type of wisdom can you identify with? What type of heart do you have? Here are the eternal facts:

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18)

Wisdom That Comes From Heaven

The wisdom which comes from heaven, is associated with the HUMBLE, who are truly wise and understanding. It is shown by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. That wisdom (from the righteously humble) is:

  • pure
  • peace-loving
  • considerate
  • submissive
  • full of mercy
  • full of good fruit
  • impartial
  • sincere

Wisdom Which Is Earthly, Unspiritual and of the Devil

The contrasting wisdom to godly wisdom, comes from bitter envy and selfish ambition. Such leads to disorder and every evil practice! In other words, sin proliferates from that type of earthly, unspiritual and of the devil type of wisdom. Sinful actions beget more sin.

Scripture states: If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Instead, if that describes you, REPENT, for your heart is not right.

Surprisingly, many in ministry today are like that. They are motivated by selfish ambition and envy of others also in ministry. Their work is not as pure as it may appear to man!

Selfish Ambition

The subject of selfish ambition surfaces at other times in scripture and it is always shown to be a serious problem. In the following passage, it is shown to be of the sinful nature, as is envy:

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)

Even in Paul’s Day!

Even in Paul’s day there were preachers who taught Christ in such a way as to cause trouble for the godly! Case in point was Paul while he was in chains for serving God! Clearly, not all preachers declaring Jesus Christ are benefitting the kingdom of God or doing such out of a right motive:

The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. (Phil 1:17)

They weren’t preaching Christ to win souls, but to cause trouble for Paul — someone those preachers secretly wanted to hurt! WHY? There were preaching Christ out of envy and rivalry (Phil 1:15)! That was their wisdom!

The MOTIVES of us all are open before God and will be part of our judgment before God! Perhaps those unqualified preachers felt they were Paul’s rival. Folks, we must be guarded against selfish ambition and envy too, for it is associated with the wrong type of “wisdom,” a spiritually destructive wisdom:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Phil 2:3)

Operate out of humility, not selfish ambition.

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Who was Apollos?

Who was Apollos? Apollos was an influential, learned and eloquent itinerant Christian teacher and debater in first century Christianity. He traveled around and promoted the kingdom of God by his fervent scriptural teachings. One such example is what happened at Achaia:

When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.who was apollos For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. (Acts 18:27,28)

NOTE: He was a great help to those who had already believed on Jesus and had salvation! He did that through public debate, that is, reasoning in opposition from the scriptures publicly so all could benefit. He focused on Jesus being the Christ, something the Jews wrongly rejected.

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Debating

Debating was a first-century practice, which even the sinless Lord Jesus did at times (Mk. 12:28)! Such debating is beneficial for souls, if the subject matter is adequately represented by the person presenting the Christian arguments. In Apollos’ case, his debate in Achaia was of great help!

We also get a glimpse of Apollos’ great influence at Corinth. Some had Apollos as their favorite preacher, some Paul and others had Peter (Cephas):

My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos“; another, “I follow Cephas “; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? (1 Cor 1:11-13)

Paul combated such divisions with this:

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. (1 Cor 3:5,6)

At Ephesus, Apollos went into the synagogue, spoke boldly and encountered Priscilla and Aquila:

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. (Acts 18:24-26)

Life For The Early Christians

Priscilla and Aquila, a godly husband and wife couple, helped Apollos better understand some doctrines. [Priscilla was the female.] Apollos apparently was humble enough to accept the truth from them — showing he wasn’t so proud that he closed his eyes and ears to what they had to say, to his own advantage.

Apollos – a Pagan Name

Imagine what it would be like to grow up with a pagan name! The meaning of a name is very important to many, but have they gone too far? Apollos was a mighty man of God, yet he was named after a pagan god! Apollo was the pagan god of music, healing, light and truth. Apollos’ pagan god name didn’t hold him back or even seem to slow him down from doing great things for God.

Furthermore, his parents must have been pagan when he was named implying he could have been raised by non-Christians like so many of us in our dark hour. To be raised by godly parents is a major advantage, which too few know. Imagine having such as a role model 24/7 to get you grounded in eternal truth from an early age! Use Apollos as an inspiration rather than UNgodly sports heros, who are idols of our day!

The Pagan god of Eternal Security Doctrine

Hermes was another New Testament Christian with a pagan name like Apollos. We read of Hermes here:

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brothers with them.  (Rom 16:14)

Back then, this is how they viewed the pagan god Hermes:

When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. (Acts 14:11,12)

Remember Apollos. Don’t be held back by your circumstances. Go for first prize (1 Cor. 9:24). We are battling for eternity! Apollos was like that.

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Charlie Charlie Challenge Ouija Board

Through the new so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge, the devil has made it even easier for people to get ensnared by the occult and DEMONS! Why bother buying a Ouija board from Walmart with the Charlie Charlie Challenge?charlie charlie challenge So what is the Charlie Charlie Challenge? The Charlie Charlie Challenge consists of using two pencils or wooden sticks for a type of pointer placed on a surface with yes and no written on it. The top pencil is carefully balanced on the bottom pencil at a 90% angle. The victim (player) asks a yes or no question and the demon moves the pointer (top pencil)! Some think it is a disembodied spirit moving the pointer, but disembodied spirits do not exist! When a person dies, his spirit goes either to heaven or hell. No one’s spirit roams the earth, a house, a bridge, an area, etc. or answers the Charlie Charlie Challenge. It is DEMONS which are doing all these things and thereby giving the illusion that it was a murdered person from the past or something else! Again, there are no disembodied spirits answering the Charlie Charlie Challenge or haunting cemeteries, etc.!

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The Ouija Board Made Easy

The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a new type of easy inexpensive Ouija board, which has been used in witchcraft for divination purposes for a long time. Therefore, neither the Charlie Charlie Challenge nor the Ouija board are just a kid’s game or innocent entertainment! They are SPIRITUAL DANGER! Any involvement in the occult (astrology, palm readers, fortune tellers, etc.) is dangerous. Let there be no question about that. The Bible always condemns the magic arts in the most severe way, even explicitly stating that all who practice the magic arts will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8)!

Charlie Charlie Challenge Permission!

It is said without asking permission to stop playing, the violator will be haunted!

If the pencil lands on “yes,” you can ask the demon any question you want. But if you stop playing without asking, “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” the specter will haunt you. [yahoo.com]

In The Name of JESUS

Christians have power over demons! If you are a Christian, with the holy name of JESUS you have power over demons. Furthermore, the Christian’s physical body is the TEMPLE OF GOD:

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Cor. 3:16,17, NKJV)

Stay Away From The Charlie Charlie Challenge

As with the Ouija board, stay away from the Charlie Charlie Challenge. It can only lead to trouble and harm. It therefore is not innocent! Warn others you love and care about, just like any such involvement with witchcraft. The Charlie Charlie Challenge is bad news for all who play around with it.

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Samson and Delilah

The Samson and Delilah story is a very strange and perplexing account, unless one realizes the potentially blinding and lethal effects of loving an evil person (who may appear innocent)! We have all heard that love is blind. Nowhere is that more clear in scripture, than with the biblical account of Samson and Delilah!

Samson Loved Delilah

In Judges 16, we read the full account of Samson and Delilah up to and including Samson’s demise. Verse 4 is a key in understanding the whole crazy relationship:

Some time later, he [Samson] fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. (Judg 16:4)

Samson Was Blinded By His Love For Delilah

Because Samson loved Delilah and she was willing to betray him for money, samson and delilahthe whole scenario between them becomes clear. Samson was blinded by his love for Delilah and she was relentlessly pursuing the money she would get by betraying him into the hands of the Philistines. That explains how Samson could act like an idiot with Delilah endlessly nagging him for the secret of his great physical strength and repeatedly being exposed as unfaithful to him! He loved Delilah and wanted to be with that rattlesnake of a person like a crazy person! He didn’t realize (was blinded to) the harm Delilah was trying to bring on him by telling her the secret. What a mistake! Samson’s love for Delilah was returned a bitter betrayal, making her one of the most evil women in the Bible! In Samson’s case, it cost him his eye sight, freedom and finally his life! [BTW, Samson didn’t commit suicide like some want to believe. He prayed and left it all up to God.]

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Lessons To Learn From Samson

Especially Christian singles need to be warned that loving the wrong person could be DEADLY, especially spiritually!samson and delilah Remember also what happened to Solomon, the wisest person who ever lived after the Lord Jesus. Solomon could deal with great political power, great wealth and great knowledge while remaining faithful to God, but LOVE brought him down! Solomon’s pagan but loving wives led him into the vilest idolatry and spiritual death. Their love for him was really love from the devil! Solomon’s apostasy began over LOVING idolatrous women (1 Kings 11:1-4). That is similar to Samson and Delilah! Delilah was a money idolater and got her lust fulfilled by betraying Samson. Reader, LOVE CAN BE BLIND — meaning it can block the clear and evident destructive direction such a relationship is leading to, which is clear to observers.

The warmest love from idolaters was certainly not a good exchange for either Samson or Solomon. If we could talk to either Samson or Solomon now, both could give us some additional insights how it happened, what it was like and their deep regrets! How many others over the centuries have clung to their lover all the way to prison, the divorce court, bankruptcy, physical death or even hell? Only God knows. Dear reader, take to heart the potential lethal dangers of the blinding and ensnaring bond of  LOVING the wrong person, which can destroy your life and SOUL. Learn from the Samson and Delilah account!

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Open Letter To An OSAS Missionary

Thanks for being honest with the King David acid test question I asked you.eternal security missionary By answering yes to my question about David remaining saved in his adultery and murder, you have stated that you believe one can be both an adulterer and murder and have salvation too! That is consistent with your heretical grace message, and also a demonic lie and a license to sin. God’s word demolishes your “gospel” and perverted “grace” with multiple sin listings, which will exclude sinful people from God’s Paradise kingdom (Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc.). Your so-called good news is really a snare to souls and has been customized to appease people who want their ears tickled. It is a flesh-exciting security in sin gospel, which is popular in our dark day, but poles apart from the Apostle Paul’s gospel of grace. Directly related to the believer’s security, Paul wrote this to those who had already been saved (1 Cor.1:2,3):

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)

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Did you notice the condition on man’s part for his continued salvation? A related verse shows the seriousness of what you have been doing as an eternal security once saved always saved missionary. That passage, therefore, is a double blow to you, since it also destroys your version of salvation security too:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (Gal 1:8,9)

Did you notice that Paul stated that he himself would be eternally condemned for preaching a false gospel! That would be impossible if eternal security was true. Clearly, Paul didn’t teach like you. Furthermore, Gal. 1:8,9 condemns the exact thing you and all other like minded teachers have been doing. If you ignore that scriptural warning, without turning away in repentance from your counterfeit gospel, you will surely go to hell, as that passage states. You have actually been an evil doer through your missionary work and your supporters share in the harm you have done! That places you, essentially, on equal spiritual grounds with all the Roman Catholics you have been trying to evangelize over the years. Have you never connected 1 Cor. 15:2 to Gal. 1:8,9 before?

Here Is Clear Proof That Eternal Security Is Another Gospel

Missionary work in itself doesn’t mean one is doing God’s work or teaching correctly. Here is proof:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (Mat 7:15)

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Just traveling to another area, even another country, as a missionary to preach to others could be serving the eternal security missionarydevil, even though you and many church goers may think otherwise! Remember, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons send out missionaries too with their demonic doctrinal distortions!
Moreover, do not rely on the majority of popular and powerful teachers declaring eternal security. If the majority was right, then with 1.2 billion Roman Catholics throughout the world looking to their fabricated Mary for help, deliverance and salvation, such would be established, but that is VERY FAR from bible truth.

The Most Powerful Book Refuting Eternal Security Ever Written

Again, for your own soul’s sake, you better do some serious repenting before GodNO eternal security book and try to undo all the harm you have done to eternal SOULS over your lifetime through your false teachings! Take this to heart. Your blood will not be on my hands (Ezek. 3:19; 33:8,9 cf. Acts 20:26,27).

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Jephthah – Rejected By Man But NOT By God

If you feel like a type of reject, Jephthah could be the man for you to learn about. Through no fault of his own, Jephthah was born of a prostitute! Furthermore, his own brothers became his worst enemies at an early age because of his mother:jephthah

Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a group of adventurers gathered around him and followed him. (Judg 11:1-3)

What a horrible way to start your life, but such was his portion. As time went on, Israel needed deliverance from the Ammonites. Jephthah was the top man for the job because he was a mighty warrior. Please note: it wasn’t his natural strength or abilities that defeated the Ammonites and gained the victory in battle for Israel. It was God helping him (Judges 11:32), a man who fled away from his own brothers at an earlier time!

Jephthah’s Human Sacrifice – His Daughter

After the defeat of the Ammonites, in conjunction with a vow Jephthah made to the Lord for this victory, his only child (a daughter) came out of their house and became the target of a burnt offering to God! Most touching was her desire to roam the hills for 2 months and weep because she would never marry, reflecting the natural strong desire in young people to marry (Judges 11:37,38)! That was the reason she wept, rather than for her own natural life!

Jephthah, a man rejected by his own family but not by God, led Israel 6 years before he died (Judges 12:7). He was God’s answer to Israel’s prayers for a deliverer! God can use you too, though you might feel like a reject and outcast! Remember Jephthah.

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The Wiles Of The Devil – Exorcism

The Bible speaks of the wiles of the devil showing the enemy of our soul is very crafty and scheming (Eph. 6:11)!wiles of the devil Because of his deceitful abilities, Christians are told to put on the whole armor of God to stand against them! NOTE: YOU will need the whole armor or the devil will take you down!  Don’t ever underestimate the devil’s ardent desires to see YOU spiritually destroyed. His intentions are to deceive and lure you away from God through false religious concepts and/or sin. He is watching and waiting to tempt you.

Deception Through Exorcisms

One way the devil has been and is doing his crafty scheming to lethally deceive is through religious deceptions with exorcisms! Specifically, I’m referring to a Catholic priest or even the top Vatican exorcist himself, who uses their holy water and a crucifix (or cross) to drive out a demon with a mixture of a prayer to Mary or rosary! Catholic leaders have even used their Eucharist at times in exorcisms!

The Lead Vatican Exorcist Relies on Mary!

The biblical clashes don’t stop there! Believe it or not, the Vatican lead exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, wants us to believe Satan is more afraid of Mary than the Lord Jesus! Imagine such gross ignorance and disconnect from spiritual reality! See Vatican’s Leading Exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, and His Mary

The impression one would naturally get by observing such an exorcism in Catholicism is that the Catholic priests, and Catholicism itself, are true to God with supernatural power to even drive out demons. What a shock it is to learn Catholicism and their priests do NOT represent the truth of God, nor do they have supernatural power from God for anything, including exorcisms, but especially lack power to forgive sins, which they claim to be able to do.

Here Is Proof That A Catholic Priest Can NOT Forgive Sins

The counterfeit gospel proclaimed by Catholicism is a powerless sacramental and Marian one, which takes the vital focus off of and away from the Lord Jesus exclusively. Hence, Catholicism remains a Christian counterfeit, even though real exorcisms can be carried on at times! That is where the wily adversary of our souls comes into play. Let me explain an example of how that is possible.

Since the devil and demons are partners working in harmony to spiritually destroy, why wouldn’t the demons within a person vacate during a Catholic exorcism to give the deceptive impression that they were forced out by God’s power channeled through the Catholic priests with their holy water, prayers to Mary etc.? That would be a very cleaver, even brilliant way for the devil to deceive people not acquainted with the biblical message. That is exactly what occurs! If you are interested, one bit of supporting evidence is the following short video showing a Catholic exorcism.  (At 6 minutes in the video, the subject changes to the so-called recording of screams from hell. Sorry. Hence, only the first 6 minutes is relevant for this subject and you can stop there, if you want.)

The Unsaved Can Cast Out Demons

NOTE: Let it also be noted that the bible actually teaches that unsaved people can cast out demons! That is exactly what the seven sons of Sceva were doing at one point (Acts 19:13) and the same is suggested at Mt. 7:22!

Remember, the devil is real and he is NOT in the lake of fire yet! He is now prowling around throughout the whole earth seeking to DEVOUR the saints (1 Pet. 5:8). [He already has the non-Christians and they are his unknowing servants!] To gain victory over the devil you will have to be self controlled and alert, according to that passage. IF that doesn’t describe you, you better change immediate or you will remain just another casualty because of the wiles of the devil.

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The Opah Fish Proves Science Has Dropped The Ball Again

For too many people, science and its scientific method is fool-proof and a sure way to know truth, and if you deviate from science you are incorrect and irrational! Most recently the opah fish demolished that notion about science disseminating truth!bible science

It’s one of the most basic biology facts we’re taught in school growing up: Birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded. But new research is turning this well-known knowledge on its head with the discovery of the world’s first warm-blooded fish — the opah. (msn.com)

Just think of all the millions of people who were wrongly convinced in the classroom that all fish are cold blooded! After all, their respected professors, who have “all the answers” were very careful to be scientific with their dogmatic findings and beliefs. Moreover, their students became just as dogmatic as their teachers. But now, they realize they were all duped! There were deceived! Again, science has dropped the ball.

Evolution is a Fraudulent UNPROVEN Theory

It is very insignificant, if all fish are cold-blooded or not, but the important point with this is, science is NOT always right! Remember that fact. Science can be wrong and its UNPROVEN THEORY of evolution is a prime example of that, as with the opah fish.

Evolution flatly contradicts the biblical creation message. Therefore, this becomes very serious.bible authority To challenge the word of God on any issue is serious, especially after the Lord Jesus himself personally endorsed the whole Old Testament and promised the New Testament. See The Bible Alone: Final Authority. By his unique authority, the Lord Jesus is telling us all that we are believing absolute truth, if we believe the message of scripture. It doesn’t make any difference if science, a false prophet, a wizard or the devil himself contradicts the written word of God — he, she or it is wrong!

That is important to know. We must be sure the bible is 100% truth because the message of the bible is EXTREME! It might cost you everything you have to get or hold on to eternal life. To vacillate about any issue the bible speaks out on, because of science, could shake your confidence in believing the one and only gospel. That in turn would be destructive to your soul.

Suffice it to say, science is not the final word! The science method is not always correct, but the Bible is and we can most assuredly trust its message completely. What you do with the message of the Bible will determine where you will spend eternity! Do you know Jesus?

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Gideon’s Idolatry and Apostasy

The Gideon of the bible initially was a God sent deliverer for Israel, who has been made famous in our day by the Gideons International organization. Like many other Biblical characters many church people only know a very little bit about the real Gideon. In this case, they probably only know how God trimmed down Gideon’s army to 300, because there were too many to go into battle.
gideon of the bible
Yes it is true that God used Gideon in a mighty way, but the stirring ending of Gideon is what we need to focus on and learn from! In Judges 8:24-27 we read about that:

And he [Gideon] said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder.” (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites to wear gold earrings.) They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each man threw a ring from his plunder onto it. The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels’ necks. Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.

Gideon made a solid gold ephod (an apron-like vestment worn by priests) and it became an idol, which was worshiped! SHOCKING! What Gideon did was similar to what Aaron did with the solid gold calf idol to appease the people (Ex. 32), but in Gideon’s case it was his idea to make it!

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Gideon Became A Spiritual Snare and Stumbling Block

Gideon led all of Israel into idolatry, including his own family! He became an idolater. He went from God’s man of deliverance to an idol maker and idolater himself! What a spiritual fall, and there is no biblical evidence he ever returned to God! That gold ephod, worth big money in the natural, was a deadly snare to millions of souls and it originated from a man who was raised up by God in answer to prayer! Imagine that! The Apostle John wrote:

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)

In the New Testament, idolatry is expanded to include greed (Col. 3:5) and such a sin unto death will exclude any faithful servant of the past from God’s kingdom (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rev. 21:8).

Gideons International Is Stumbling Others

Now that we know those details about Gideon, how could Gideons International chose a name for their organization from a man who lost his salvation and stumbled all of Israel into idolatry? That just doesn’t seem to fit a group trying to do good by spreading the word of God through distributing bibles. But then again, the name Gideon is befitting when one realizes Gideons International is also spreading the damnable heresy of eternal security, which is stumbling multitudes into idolatries of our day!

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