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Some people ignore truth and integrity for the benefits they gain June 7, Truth twisters are very common in our day June 5, Here are some tips to help restore children who stray away May 31, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Hebrews So, yes, we do need to be in a good Bible believing church where the congregation desires to get to know and love the Lord. Once we can fully do this the next natural progression should be a life of servitude.
But today in a society where so many false doctrines create strife or disagreement among church families it can be difficult to even find a good Bible believing church.
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For a great biblical example of the ideas and attitudes of different churches, you can look into the book of Revelation at the seven churches. You will find there are only two churches out of all seven that Jesus was pleased with.
The reason for Jesus' displeasure is because of the people's attitude, folks, or lack of works among other things! Again, the same problem today. While that is important, the most important thing is whether or not you know Jesus as your Savior. Do you know him? Really know him?
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Or, do you know about him? There is a big difference in these two. The Jews knew all about God and the Mosaic law, but many of them did not know God, although they brought sacrifices and offerings to the Temple regularly. Jesus told one of the teachers of Israel; Nicodemus, Ye must be born again.
Why did Nicodemus need to be born again?
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He was a Jew. He observed all the rituals and ceremonies required by the Jewish religion. So why did he need to be born again? You and I must know God before we are saved and we can only know God by trusting Jesus Christ as our savior. Why, because my friends, he is God! The Deceit There is a great deceit in evolution, and in the churches, and the one who planned it hates the souls of all of us.
He hates God and he is working tirelessly to keep as many in his kingdom as he can. And I might add, he is doing a fantastic job. All of us are born into his kingdom and there is only one way out and it is by the new birth that Jesus spoke about to Nicodemus. All of us need a spiritual birth.
This spiritual birth comes from above. That is what the term born again means. We have a physical birth, and we are born into a world of condemnation. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. According to Jesus, before a person is born again they are already condemned.
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God has already judged the world and found all of us guilty of sin, and because he is holy we are condemned. The only way not to be condemned is to trust Jesus as our savior. Notice, Jesus said in the above scripture that he that believeth on him is not condemned. Yet, the Devil continues to deceive people into believing there is not a hell or an afterlife.
My friend, those caught up in this trap will remain, and die condemned because when they die they are unprepared. This tool, or lie of Satan allows him over, and over to get back at God for throwing him out of heaven after he rebelled and tried to take over God's throne. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Another of Satan's deceits is getting people to think that belonging to just any church is alright as long as you belong to a church.
Like we have stated earlier, Jesus was not pleased with just any church then, and he is definitely not today! Five of the seven churches in Revelation chapters two and three, he was not pleased with. Those are just a pattern, or symbolic of the kinds of churches in the world today. So we must be sure our church teaches and proclaims the Word of God.
Some where people are united in getting out the gospel and sharing the message of the redeeming love of God with the world. A church with a good mission program which many today completely ignore. Some churches are not involved in any way in getting out the gospel. God have mercy upon such a congregation of people. Many of these types of churches have simply gone into entertaining gimmicks, like trips, and plate sales to raise money for their own pleasure within their fellowship.
Personally, I believe the Bible is literally true. I believe it says what it means, and means what it says. God gave us his Word so we can understand it and know how to serve him. After He has saved us we are to do what he wants now, and not what we want. He gives us talents and gifts of the spirit to use to serve him with the purpose of sharing the saving message of our Lord and Savior with others. It disturbs me that so many churches take such a small interest in reaching out to people with the gospel.
How much blood will we have on our hands of the souls forever lost because we failed in our responsibility to witness of the savior? It is true that many such things have occurred in this world. But God has always been aware of all deeds. Whether they be good or bad. God sees the things done in the dark, as well as observed the things that are said or done in secret. People, you can't hide from the all seeing eye of the Creator. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis The Road to Heaven Have you received God's offer of salvation? Are you on the road to heaven? Jesus told us of two roads in which people are traveling.
Read what he said about those two roads;. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew Unfortunately there are only a few on the narrow road, Jesus said.
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There are many more that are on the broad road that leads to destruction. My friends, please don't travel this road of regret, destruction and death! If you have not trusted him yet, accept him today. Heavenly Father, we thank you for who you are, and for what you have done to secure our salvation. May some reader be saved today, I pray. Freedom Through Salvation At this time of year when we celebrate our freedom and independence, let us look at the True Freedom we have as born again, blood washed, believers. John Interest in Heaven And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Romans Why is it so difficult for people to see their need for salvation? Romans America's Attitude Let's take a look at just our own country now, and consider it for a moment. Ephesians The other night I heard a man on television saying that is just what he believes.