"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, ... 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.
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Mercy is taught as, God is compassionate and kind toward sinning people, who sin against him and will not stop sinning. But God never showed mercy, if we do not try to come out of sin. After death, the verdict of a sinner will be implemented with no mercy. For an example, Jesus Christ told the story of a rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. In verse 24 the rich man, "cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." But mercy was denied to him. But mercy and grace was given to people to come out of sin. In Ephesians 2:2&3, people came out of sin. 4 says it is because "God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love." This mercy and love saved them by converting them from their sins. If we cry for mercy now, in order to come out of the addiction of sins, God will show us mercy. Jesus Christ will also help us as an advocate with the Father while we are living. But eternal judgment will be strictly according to what we have done when we are living. Further, there is also a condition to receive mercy from God. "Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him." So, we must show mercy to others and fear God, to receive the mercy of God.
Then, mercy of God was extended to needy people. "Matthew 9:27 ... two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 15:22 ... a woman of Canaan came ... saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 20:30 ... two blind men ... cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David." Jesus healed them and had mercy on all of them. This was a part of the ministry of Jesus when he was a man. Preachers preach this mercy to eternal judgment. But, judgment will be strictly according to what we have done.
"1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Jesus died for the entire world. However, we see two groups here. It says "not for ours only, but also for.. the whole world." Here, ours refers to the believers. They are inside of the whole world. "John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The begotten Son is the resurrected Jesus Christ, and now he is God. God the Father loved the entire world and sent Lord Jesus Christ to turn people away from sinning. It is inActs 3:26. The love of God will apply only to those who believe in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who turns people away from sinning. God will give them everlasting life, but he will reject the rest of the world. Here we see that God's love is offered to the entire world with a condition. We must accept the condition to receive his love. If not, his love will be denied to us, even though God is love. In order to please the populous, churches made bogus conditions and preach them for the love of God. But God will never change his condition. Preachers preach the bogus conditions. So, God has rejected all preachers and churches, since they deceive people by twisting the word of God. Preachers will not tell the truth. Jesus tells us to receive the holy Spirit, and then the Spirit will lead us in all truth. If we ask God, he will give the Spirit to us. "John 16:13 says, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:" Many preachers remove the condition of God saying that God's love is unconditional. "Hebrews 1:9 says, Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;" God hates iniquity, which is sinning. God loves righteousness, that is, God loves those who do what he tells them to do. So, receive the holy Spirit, be led of the Spirit to the truth of God, and accept the condition of God. If we do, then, God will love us and give everlasting life to us. God loves people by his condition. Please don't trust preachers.
Christians love Jesus Christ. In our churches and at evangelical meetings, we sing songs such as 'Oh, how I love Jesus'. Then we believe that we love him. Of course, we do. But we love him, like we love our pets and our kids. We love them, we kiss them, we take care of them, and such things we do. We love God in the same way. But Jesus Christ does not accept such kind of love. We must love God by respecting him as our master and God. Jesus says in John 14:15: "If ye love me, keep my commandments." He did not say, if you love me kiss me. He says in Luke 6:46 "why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" If we love God, we will do what he tells us to do. It is love with much respect. It must not be like kids loving toys. Our obedience is proof that we love God – nothing can substitute for obedience. This is true love.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul says: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." So, grace is the power of Jesus Christ; that will rest upon us and makes our strength perfect when we are weak. It is fantastic for godly people. But all are not godly, and so, they like to enjoy sins also. In that case, they do not need grace. But, since the wages of sin is death; they will burn in hell. This is not good for religion. So, theologians changed the definition of grace; preachers preached it; they all got it; and by this grace they are all saved. It is unconditional love and unmerited favor. It replaced the grace from 2 Corinthians 12:9, which was the power of God that rests upon us in our weakness to make us perfect. Within a generation, all people, including children to elderly people, almost everyone accepted the new grace; and it became the definition for grace. "We all sin, but we all are saved by grace" became the chant of Christian preachers. Scripture says, only humble people receive grace; but now we all, including proud arrogant people receive grace. It looks very cool, but it is total fake and big deception.
In Galatians 2:20&21 Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:" Here, apostle Paul says that he does not frustrate grace. How? He dies to self and Jesus Christ lives in his place; and that is grace. "Romans 5:17 ... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ... 21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, Jesus Christ gives us his grace means; he rules over us with his power and makes sure that we receive eternal life, through our righteous living. If we live in sin, we will go to eternal death. However, if we tried, could not succeed, and facing repeated failures; please hang in there. 1 Peter 5:10 says, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." God allows us to suffer for a while, but God will make us perfect and he will establish us, in his time. You will see the manifestation of his power. I know that it is difficult to go through this time. So, please be patient.
Sin loving people has become pastors and preachers. Their purpose is to accommodate sins. So, they have turned the grace into lasciviousness. They even tolerate perverted lust as acceptable for eternal life using false grace. "Jude 1:4 says, there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness." God curses them; yet many false preachers pervert the gospel. "Galatians 1:6 says, I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:" Still they have no fear of God, put up a show and preach false grace and false gospel. James 4:6 says "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God." God says that we must be humble and submit to God to receive grace. But they are proud and are filthy people. So, they do not have the grace of God.
Christians use the word gospel very often. The first four books of the new
testament are known as gospel. We use phrases like gospel meetings, gospel
music, etc. But what could be the definition of the word gospel, according
to the word of God? Let us take a few points.
Definition of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Christians use the word gospel very often. The first four books of the new testament are known as gospel. We use phrases like gospel meetings, gospel music, etc. But what could be the definition of the word gospel, according to the word of God? Let us take a few points.
"Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Jesus Christ confirms that we must obey his commandments to enter heaven. "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." So, our rewards or inheritance will differ from people to people, in proportion to what we have done. 2 Thessalonians says, "1:7 ..., when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" In the second coming of Jesus Christ, he will take vengeance on two groups of people. 1, who know not God, and 2, who do not obey the gospel. So, our preaching must have two portions. 1, we must preach about Jesus Christ. This knowledge will not take them to heaven, but they must know God. 2, we must preach the same gospel that Jesus Christ has preached. People may obey the gospel and inherit his kingdom. But religious preachers preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel. It is to prevent the gospel that Jesus Christ has preached.
I have made video clips and transcripts before about the gospel. And let me give them, if you are interested to see details.
Everybody knows the Scripture that says, "by grace we are saved." Let us see the Scripture verses."Ephesians 2:1 you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" So, we were dead in sins, that is, our life status in sins was eternal death according to God. But God in his mercy, has quickened us, that is, he has raised us from the position of being dead, which was dead in the spirit, which caused us to commit sins. Now, we are quickened, that is, we have spirit life; and so, we will not sin. Also, we are together with Christ. This is called by grace ye are saved. Verse 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" We are saved by the grace of God and through our faith, which are gifts of God. By reading these verses, we think that we are saved. But nobody will be saved by reading a verse. We must notice a few things, before we run with it. These are gifts. Gifts are not given to strangers; but to loved ones, sincere employees, and to such people. Ephesians have received the gifts from God. But most Christians are rebels. Rebels may get the ministerial gifts, like tongues, prophesy, healing, and such; but not the salvation gifts. They neither could receive the spirit, nor be saved. "2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." They hire their own kind of preachers; the religion is deep state; they unanimously preach that: "We all will sin, and nobody can live without sinning. But we all will go to heaven, because Jesus took our punishment." This is their premise. But, our punishment for sins is to burn in hell. But Jesus did not burn in hell, and so, he did not take our punishment. But he died on a cross; and he became the author of salvation, to save whomsoever will obey him. These preachers cannot fool God. They also quote verse 9. "Not of works, lest any man should boast." Preachers say that "Not of works" means that we will not be saved by our righteous works or obedience. But here works refers to circumcision, celebrating feasts days, sabbath days, and such things of celebrations and ceremonies; but we must obey God in order to be saved.
Please notice this: When we say that "we are saved", we mean to say that we are saved from hell, which is fake, and truly we are not saved from hell. In the bible saved means: saved from sinning. Ephesians 2:2&3 explains, what is to be saved; and it is announced in verses 5&8 as saved. "Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Verse 2 says that previously (in time past) they were committing sins, (a) walked according to the course of this world, (b) walked according to the prince of the power of the air, and (c) walked according to the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:. Verse 3 also says that previously (in time past) they were living in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. That was in the past. Now they do not walk that way anymore. So, now they are saved by grace. Their previous lifestyle of sin became history. Their new life does not have sin. This is referred as saved in verses 5 and 8. This is the salvation given by God. Even after they are free from sinning, they continue in Christ. There will be no sin in Christ; and no sin can enter Christ. So, they will have no sin, and they are saved by grace. If we have this salvation, then we are saved. If not, our salvation is just a cliché, false and fake.
Religion is like a fake pharmacy. They sell cheap drugs as Medicines. Medicine must save lives. Here, cheap drugs are inside every bottle, but has the name of genuine medicine. They are made to look like the actual medicine, and common people will not know that they are counterfeit. Sick people take this medicine, get worse and die. These pharmacies kill the sick, instead of saving people. If this happened in a strict country, which follows the law; these people will be put to death, for causing death to others. God is the most righteous judge. Our preachers display the bible words like grace, gospel, love, justify, saved, and such words; in beautiful labels. But they make counterfeit doctrines in the factory of theology and fill the containers. They dispense them to sick people, who are in sin, through churches that are pharmacies. That is, they will teach the definitions of such words to make them high, but not to treat the sickness of sins. They teach meanings, for them to have fun life here, without fear of God. Why God allows them to do it? It is a different topic. But God did not tell you to go to these ceremonial religious preachers to study scriptures. You are going to them to have a good time. It is like a party time, and they will make you feel good. "1 Peter 2:2 says, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" God tells us to desire the word of God as newborn babes desire milk. If you do, you will grow as babies grow. Then, you will not fall victims into the hands of religious leaders and on the ceremonial or entertaining worship. The holy spirit will lead your life through righteousness and holiness and make you sons of God to inherit his kingdom.God Bless You