"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Sin is transgression of the law of God, which is any divine command; Or, any violation of the will of God, either in purpose or in conduct; Or moral deficiency in character, which is ungodliness. "1 John 3:4 ... sin is the transgression of the law." Christians are taught a slick doctrine. Most theologians and preachers preach two points. 1), salvation is to escape hell and going to heaven. And 2), we will be taken to heaven not because of our holy living, but we have accepted who Jesus Christ is; is he the son of God, is he the savior of the world, did he die, was he raised from death, and such things. If we believe these things about Jesus, then we are saved, it is from hell, that is, we will go to heaven. So, it is not by how we live, but by what do we believe. If we have the right belief, we will escape hell and will go to heaven. This is what Christians are taught and believe. But, the Bible says, if we commit sin, we are sinners, irrespective of what do we believe and say. In John 8:34, Jesus answered them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" In 2 Peter 2:19, Apostle Peter writes that if we are overcome by sin then we are slave to sin. In 1 John 3:8, Apostle John writes that whosoever sins is of the devil. So, any ungodly evil behavior is sin against God, and whoever commit sin will be punished. If we are converted from sinning, God will forgive all our sins, which we have ever committed.
The phrase "be not deceived" is often found in the bible in several places; it may be because, preachers deceive Christians in many ways all the time. Deceivers will always be present in churches; and they preach common sense as the word of God, which will appeal to us easily and deceive us. They say, that as long as we live, we will commit sin because it is our nature. But Jesus tells us in "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." So, we must be born of the spirit and live in the spirit. "Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God." Ezekiel 36:25-27 says the same thing. Romans 6:4-6, and 8:9-10, all say that "the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:17 .. if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 6:14&15, Ephesians 2:10, 4:22-24, all say the same thing. So, the old nature is crucified and is destroyed; and everything will become new, in a true born-again person. But the sin nature will remain in evil people, but not in godly people.
"1 Peter 2:8 ... a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:" That is, here and there, God gives verses to disobedient people so that they may stumble and fall. But they take it as if they got a verse to validate sin. One of such verses is Titus 3:5. They quote a portion of this verse. It is, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…." They take this as a complete sentence and make a full stop here. So, God saved us, it means to them as, God will take us to heaven, not because we lived righteously, but because of his mercy. So, how do we live is irrelevant for our salvation, according to this. It indicates that if we do not live righteously, God will save us anyhow, and we will go to heaven. It appears to be right, because of how they divide the verse. But it is deception, and they make you comfortable to live in sin. Let us take a look at verses 4&5 together. "4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done," Here is a coma, so, let us stop here. This is the primary clause of the complex sentence. It says, since we did not do righteousness and we were sinning, God came down as a man to save us, because of his kindness and love. So, it says that God became a man, because we were sinners. Preachers say that God saved us from hell, not because of our righteousness. No, if we do not repent and turn our ways from sinning, we will end up in hell. Again the verse says, "but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" The salvation is by regenerating us to be clean and making us as new persons of the Holy Ghost; that is, our salvation is by living a righteous and holy life. Ephesians 2:1-10 also say the same thing. In these verses, it is clear that Christ did not become a man because we were righteous, but he saves us by purifying and converting, from sinning to righteousness. It is by his power, grace, and spirit, that we walk righteously until the end; and the reward to us, for living a righteous life, is everlasting life, and it is given to us as a reward for our godly life.
Preachers quote Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and 3:10 says, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Preachers quote these verses and claim that no one that is born in this world, is righteous. So, we are all sinner because we are born as sinners. Somehow, we accept it. But the verse says, as it is written; so, it refers to scripture. The chapter refers to the Jews and then to the gentiles, who are given the word of God and then do not obey the word of God; but it does not refer to everybody from birth as sinners. The bible does not consider children as sinners. The context says that those who disobey the word of God are sinners, but they say that we all commit sin, and heading to hell, because we are born with the sin nature. The sin in this context is that they have rejected the word of God. Anyhow, how can we escape hell? Verse 24 says, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Preachers again give the meaning for "justified" as "it is accepted." It is not true; again, it is deception. Justified means that "we are converted and made righteous". The verse is; "24) Being justified freely by his grace (grace is the power of God to convert a person) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." This is the redemption of Jesus Christ. It is to convert sinners into righteous people. Then they will not commit sin. "25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." Here, God was forbearing; it means that God is patiently tolerating and waiting in the time that we were sinning. Now we have stopped sinning, which is redemption by the grace of God, and now he also forgives our past sins. But preachers describe the unrighteousness as a permanent status and teach that God will take us to heaven while we are unrighteous. Thus, they deceive Christians by fake salvation, teaching them that sinning is the normal godly life. It is ridiculous.
"Justified" means that Jesus Christ has made us just, that is righteous. Be careful; preachers will give the meaning for "justified" as Jesus Christ has accepted you as you are. It is deception. Further, Jesus Christ converts us to walk in the right way, and then he cleans us by his blood, which is the forgiveness of all the past sins. So, justified by his blood means that he has converted us from sinning, as well as, he forgave all our past sins; and so, he made us perfect. Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Preachers quote this verse and give a subtle explanation and deceive Christians. However, Christians are also willing to be deceived because they love their pet sins and want to go to heaven at the same time. Anyway, preachers say that Jesus saves sinners; they mean that Jesus Christ takes sinners to heaven. It appears that we must be sinning to go to heaven! But the verse says, "while we were yet sinners;" were yet- indicates we were still sinning; it was the past, but not present or future. Preachers know the language. Christ died for sinners, he converts them, and then he forgives their past sins. Most preachers intentionally mislead and deceive Christians. They do it just to keep their prestige, status, fame, and money. Further, most preachers do not even believe in God. But they believe in the need for social, mental, physical, and spiritual need for the people. They study theological books instead of the bible. But they act as if they are godly people, whereas they are religious people. Don't be deceived by them. "9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Since we are made just but his blood, we are saved from his wrath, which will cause the punishment in the lake of fire. "10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." When we were enemies, we were reconciled by his death. Now we are saved; how? He has converted us, made us righteous, forgave all our past sins by his blood, now we are living the life of Jesus Christ, and we are saved by his life. But preachers preach it in a sneaky way as if we are saved while we are yet sinning. It is deception to preach such a message. We are saved by living his life; and so, live the life of Jesus Christ.
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