"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Jesus Christ has built his Church with such people that should be saved. He told his disciples to teach his commandments to the baptized nation, which are the churches, for them to obey. But most churches do not follow his doctrine. They declare their own faith and beliefs to show their doctrine. As a pastor, I also have to declare my church doctrine. "Faith and Beliefs" differ between churches. Theologians write doctrines. Doctrines are not biblical truth, but they appear to have come from scripture, but they are not. Doctrines serve religion, but not God. Doctrines deceive people. So, I wrote my own "faith and beliefs" from the scripture, but not from a church. These are truth and they do not contradict the Bible. If you find that any of my declarations contradict scripture, write to me (mail box below). If I have contradicted scripture (bible kjv), I will stand corrected. But, if they are scriptural, then you should have no problem to adopt them as your own. I give scripture references and explanation for every one of my beliefs, at the links in the 'Lessons'. Thank you.
We declare these Scripture Truth as our Faith and Beliefs
God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But modern versions are not of God.
God is the only Omnipotent Spirit (body), who nests three Souls (persons). He is the only God and there is no other God. The three God Persons are "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." The Bible refers three Spirits as the Spirit of God. They are, the Omnipotent Spirit, the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Spirit.
God created us in his image, by making our souls as his Soul. God made us after his likeness, by giving us the holy spirit that resembles the Holy Ghost. God does not have flesh body. When the Bible refers to God's hands, eyes, heart, etc., it is to explain in human terms, so that we can understand his work.
Adam and Eve sinned, died that very day, their body did not die, the spirit of glory left, and they became naked. It was spiritual death. It passed upon mankind, so we are born with no spirit, and so, we must be born again of the Spirit. God will give us the Holy Spirit, if we ask, seek, and knock. But, if we grieve and quench the spirit, it will depart, which is spiritual death again and the end will be eternal damnation.
The Holy Ghost and the holy spirit are not the same. The Holy Ghost is the third person in God, and the holy spirit is a gift that God seals to people, to be born again in the Spirit. One is God, the other is a gift. Further, the holy spirit is also the light, that God has created on the first day. So, holy spirit is a creation.
This is how Jesus was born. God the Father and the Holy Ghost have created a body in the womb of virgin Mary (Hebrews 10:5-7, Luke 1:35). The soul of 'God the Word' left God (Spirit Body), entered the flesh body (in Mary), and born as a baby (Philippians 2:6-7). The Word was made flesh (John 1:14).
In the Old, repeated sacrifices were made, yet they could not take away (remove) sins (sinning). Jesus Christ became a man, sacrificed himself ONCE, gives grace and power to people, and tells them to walk in his Light. If they walk, he cleanses (takes away) all their unrighteousness, which is the addiction that causes sin, and forgives all their past sins. This happens ONCE, since he sacrificed himself ONCE. So, if they willfully sin again, there is no more sacrifice for sins, but a fearful judgment and fiery indignation.
God will bless us if we obey him and curse us if we do not obey him. In the Old, it was done on earth as, prosperity, good health, strong children, victory over enemies, etc. But Jesus preached, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Repent is to change our minds. Blessing and cursing will be given in heaven, but not on earth. It is eternal life for those who obey, and eternal damnation for the disobedient.
God declared Jesus Christ as his only begotten Son when he raised him from the dead, but not when he was born. The 'only begotten' becomes the 'first begotten', as God begins to beget more as his sons.
The will of God for believers is, not to be conformed to this present evil world: but to renew their mind, to abstain from fornication: and to be sanctified. God will not hand-pick someone to make him distinct in the new covenant. However, we can become God's servant, child, son, or the bride, if we strive for it.
The apostles preached about Jesus Christ and the Gospel that he preached. Knowing about Jesus Christ, will not save anybody, but sinners are saved by obeying the Gospel that Jesus Christ preached. Jesus Christ will take vengeance in flaming fire, on them that obey not his gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
Jesus Christ tells his disciples to preach the gospel, that is to teach them to observe all things whatsoever he has commanded them to do, not just to love God and the neighbor. Briefly, he has commanded: 1) Love, fear, and obey God; 2) Do not harm anybody; and 3) Help the household of faith. Every church doctrine contradicts his commandments. Jesus Christ tells us to be aware of (to reject) their doctrines.
Jesus Christ was God, then he ceased to be God, and became a man in sinful flesh, but lived without sin. He was crucified and died. He suffered, and tells us to follow his steps, even to inherit his kingdom, as joint-heirs with Christ. Now, he is God again, with all power given unto him in heaven and in earth.
"Isaiah 53:4.. he hath borne our griefs, ... yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God. Hebrews 5:8.. by the things which he suffered; 9 ..., he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Preachers say that God smote him. But, he gave himself as sacrifice, became the Savior, and saves the obedient. "By his stripes we are healed" means "by his death we are saved." It is not healing the sick.
We have atonement by Jesus. It is not for healing, but for salvation. We shall be saved by living his life. Since he died for us all, those who live should not live for ourselves, but live for him who died for us. Now, we are reconciled to God. Since Jesus bare our sins, we being dead to sins, live in righteousness.
Man Jesus is called God; when he lived, died, and resurrected. People hero-worship him as God, but the man was not God. 'God the Word' did create all things, became an ordinary sinful flesh man, yet did not commit sin, and died as a sacrifice for all sins. So, God raised him as Savior and Almighty. Then, God the Father anointed him as God, the Holy Ghost endorsed it, SO, the Lord Jesus Christ is God again. No man can elevate a man to be God, even if it is the sinless Man Jesus. But, they made another Jesus.
The Holy Ghost baptism is ordination by God, with power and gifts, to do his ministry. Holy Ghost is filled often to give power and boldness as needed in ministry. It is the license of God and don't begin his ministry without his baptism. However, we must receive the holy spirit to inherit eternal life.
If we abide in Jesus, we will do what he tells us to do, and yield his fruits, with goodness, righteousness and truth. This is building on the rock. Instead, if we call Jesus 'Lord, Lord', prophesied, cast out devils, etc, he will say on the day of judgment, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
As Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Ghost, he gives the gift to speak with tongues. However, "speak with tongues" cannot be cited as evidence of the baptism, since it is imitated by many, even in churches. Further, operating in gifts is not proof of a holy life, since God gives gifts to the rebellious also.
Satan sits in churches, shows himself as God, and is worshipped, (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). He is another Jesus. Such churches preach opposite to become holy and perfect (chaste virgin), (2 Corinthians 11:2-4). False Christs also show signs, miracles, and healings; they deceive even the very elect, (Matthew 24:24). In the end, Satan, the devil, the anti-Christ, who is the deceiver, will be cast into the lake of fire.
Born of the Spirit, is the first step in Born Again process. If we keep the spirit, we will reach paradise (new earth). Born of water (word), is the next step. If we keep it, we will enter new heavens as sons of God. Born of God, is new Jerusalem. They will be the bride of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Character attributes come from the inner person (soul). Attributes of identity and strength come from the body. God said to make man in his image and made our soul as his soul. So, our soul is capable to do what the soul of God does. So, God tells us to be righteous and holy as God is righteous and holy.
Jesus Christ commanded to give water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus says, those believe in him and are baptized, shall be saved. If they don't believe, they will not be baptized and they will be damned. Peter told every one, to be baptized for the remission of sins. Ananias told Paul, to be baptized and wash away his sins. Yet, preachers say baptism is not needed for salvation.
Jesus Christ established three observances, the Lord's Supper, foot washing, and communion (breaking of bread). The Lord's supper is to eat together for fellowship and hunger, like potluck. Foot washing is a ritual, that symbolizes to serve one another, by correcting and edifying. Communion is sacred ritual that we partake his broken body and his shed blood, to remember him and to show his death. It is holy, and we must examine ourselves to partake it. If we take it unworthily, we are guilty, and we take damnation.
Water baptism is by immersion, and it is a ceremony of commitment. In baptism, we are baptized into his death, burial, and resurrection. So, we are in Christ. In communion, we are united one another as his body. Jesus is the bread that was broken for us, his blood was shed for us, these we partake, and so he is in us. His body is in us all, he is still one body, so we are all made one, and we are his body, which is his church. We are in him by baptism, he is in us by communion, and so, we are one with Jesus Christ.
Christ is the head, the church is his body, and he is the savior of the body. Christ gives to his church, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, to bring it to the unity of faith, to edify the body, to perfect the saints to the fullness of Christ, and to join the body into the head perfectly.
Faith is believing in God, and in what God says. It is not positive confession, or any such techniques.
New Birth, Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, Redemption, etc, must be verifiable in our life. If it is not verified to be true in our life, then our talk is empty, we are fake and we are false servants.
Tithe and Offerings were for the Levites and the temple. It is not mentioned for churches in the Bible. But some preach tithe and offerings. However, the Lord ordained that preachers of the gospel that Jesus preached, should live of the gospel. Honor them that serve God and do good to the household of faith.
The Bible describes four different events and their purposes, for which Jesus Christ will come. We refer to them all as the "second coming." They are: 1) To turn us from our sins, 2) To rapture his church, 3) To reign in the Millennium, 4) To end the world and to establish the new earth and new heavens.
God raised his Son Jesus from his death and sent him to turn us from our sins. This is his first "second coming" that began 2000 years ago. He seeks to turn you too, and if you hear his voice today, harden not your heart. If you do, your door to eternal life will be shut. It will be the "second coming" for you now.
Jesus Christ will raise those that are dead in him and catch away those who are alive and abiding in him. This "second coming" is also known as the "rapture". Churches are expecting it to happen at any time. But, this will not happen until the anti-Christ, another Jesus and false Christ, who shows himself that he is God in our churches, is revealed. It will not happen for another 300 years, according to the Bible.
The third "second coming" is to reign in the Millennium, that is for thousand years. After the tribulation, when Jews invite Jesus Christ as the blessed, Jesus Christ will come with his saints and rule the land that was promised to Abraham. Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit, for this thousand years.
Jesus Christ will destroy the heavens and the earth (present solar system) by fire and he will present a new earth and new heavens, at his last "second coming". That day will come as a thief in the night, when men least expect it. But it will not happen for another 2100 years. Then the judgment, it will be the end.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest, Mediator, Advocate, and Intercessor, while we are still living and striving to be godly. On the day of judgment, he will be the righteous and impartial judge, judging according to what we have done. It will be eternal life to the righteous and eternal punishment to the wicked.
Grace is the power that God gives to the humble, to overcome sins and to live in obedience to God. It is not to cover-up our sins at the judgment. But, preachers turn the grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 1:4). They say that they will go to heaven by the grace of God, no matter what they do. This is not grace.
There is no respect of persons with God. Jew, Gentile, Christian, Non-Christian, you or me, all are his creation and all are the same to God. He has no special love or favoritism towards anyone. But it is up to us to meet his conditions, and to receive higher measures of grace, spirit, and power from him, and to become his children, servants, sons, or the bride. Then, we will inherit his kingdom accordingly.
The children, servants, sons, and the bride, will inherit the kingdom of God. Children will dwell on the new earth (paradise), servants will serve in the tabernacle on the new earth, sons will be with God in the new heavens, and the bride, as new Jerusalem, will be with the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We should neither add to, nor diminish the word of God. Every new doctrines, theological expositions, etc, are published in the form of books by celebrities. These are additions to the word of God, and in most cases, they displace the word of God. God will take away their names out of the book of life, and from eternal life, and then they will face eternal punishment. Teachings of the truth is ordained by God.
Eternal punishment for the wicked will be torment in hell and then in the lake of fire, that is prepared for the devil and his angels. It is neither liberation nor annihilation.
God Bless You