"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."
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pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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The main profession in Christianity is preaching. We take it for granted that they will preach the word of God. If they do, then they are the mouthpiece of God, and we will hear God through them. But in practice, it does not happen. Preachers want to be prominent and influential. They want to do a good job, by catering the need of the people. Professional excellence is in their mind, instead of spiritual reality of God, and inheritance in the kingdom of heaven. So, they preach how to excel in life rather than how to inherit heaven. So, spiritual ministry became promotion of society, and it is worldly Christianity. Theological expositions took the place of the message of God. We delight in it, but we became lost. 80% of preachers do this and take us to the world. Another 10% of preachers are taken over by Satan. Our topic is about this 10% and how they preach their messages. They pick up selected verses, pull them out of context, purposely misinterpret the verses, and deceive Christians. They are dedicated servants to the devil but show themselves as servants of God. Let us see how they twist their picked-up verses.
Romans 3:10 says: "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Preachers quote this verse and claim that no one that is born in this world, is righteous. That is, you are a sinner because you are born. Somehow, we accept it. So, we are caught. But the verse says, as it is written; so, it refers to some writing in scriptures. But scripture does not say that we are all sinners because we are born. So, it must refer to a certain group, but not to the whole world. "Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. Here it refers to the Jews, who has received the law. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Even among the Jews, it is only those who do not believe the law. 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written," So, the context refers only to those Jews who have not believed the laws. But these preachers say that it is the whole world, which include you and me. It is not an accidental lie, but it is purposeful deception. They know that there are many God-fearing people in this world. Further, those around verse 10 are filthy criminals. But these preachers pick up these verses, which is for ungodly criminals, and slam it on spiritual Christians. It is deception on purpose.
Is Our Righteousness Filthy Rags?
False preachers say that the righteousness of godly people are as filthy rags in the sight of God. But scripture says, God rewards and recompenses the righteousness of godly people. Most preachers quote Isaiah 64:6 and say all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Then they explain it as the best righteousness of a best godly person is as filthy rags in the sight of God. Then they say that we would swap our righteousness with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But it is a deception and they are saying it on purpose. It is a lie of the devil and nobody can swap our righteousness with Jesus Christ. Let us look at the scriptures to find who is referred in this verse in its context. Verse 5... behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. Here, these people were living in sin and iniquities, doesn't even call upon God. They were lost in their sins; the best of their works is filthy – everything about them is unclean. God's wrath is upon them and God has rejected them. Their sins are filthy rags. But it is not the righteousness of godly people. Let us just look at the previous verses. 4 .. since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways. It says that the things God has prepared for them are so glorious and marvelous that even the human mind cannot comprehend them. God is waiting to meet them in his second coming to honor these people with this great heavenly glory. But preachers call this righteousness as filthy rags. Further, if you are righteous, you are called as his bride. Please look at this verse. "Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Your righteousness is fine linen, clean and white: but not filthy rags. Your righteousness will make you the bride of the Lamb. It is very high calling.
1 John 1:8. If we say we have no sin!
Preachers quote 1 John 1:8. It says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." They explain this verse as, even if the holiest person in the world says that he has no sin, he is a liar. It will apply to all people from their birth to their death. So, no matter what we do, we are still sinners. There is no way out. That is what they say. Please take a deep breath and study the context. Verses 1 and 2 say that Jesus Christ and eternal life were manifested to the apostles. John is writing this letter to a group of believers. Verses 3 says, we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. So, apostles have spiritual fellowship with God, and the believers also can have this fellowship, on condition. Verses 4 to 6 say that God is light, and their fellowship will bring joy. The light will not have darkness. Darkness refers to Satan and his deeds. So, the apostles invite the believers to the fellowship of God where they must not sin. In verse 7, he says "if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." John tells them to walk in the light, that is to walk without sin, so that they may have spiritual fellowship with each other and to receive forgiveness for all their past sins. But Christians say that they are saved, as they are committing sin. Apostles warn them saying that if they say that it is a lie. It is in verse 8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." This statement is to Christians who lie saying that they are saved, while they are sinning. Instead of correcting themselves, they are trying to slap it on godly people. It will not apply to those who are in verse 7. They walk in the light and they are clean. These preachers hide verse 7 and preach only verse 8 to falsely accuse godly people. It is a deliberate treachery against them. Reject such preachers. But those who are in sin, must come out of sin, before they say that they are saved. Saved is to be saved from sinning.
"I John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" Preachers quote this verse to encourage sinners. But it is a warning against sinning. Further Jesus is an advocate when we are living, to give us spiritual help from the Father. After our death, Jesus Christ will be the judge. As an attorney and as the judge, he will be righteous and so he will not do any favor. "2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Propitiation is to take care of sins as a scapegoat. It is to remove and take away the sins of the people from them so that they could live without the addiction of sins. Jesus Christ will deal everyone in the whole world equally without any favor to anybody, even to us. If we have not responded to the love of Jesus on the cross by accepting him as our Lord, we will face the wrath of God. But these preachers teach people telling them that Jesus Christ will bail them out in judgment as an advocate. But he is the judge. How foolish that is. It is sure path to hell.
O wretched man I am! who shall deliver me?
O wretched man I am! who shall deliver me?
Apostle Paul wrote an epistle to Romans. Preachers pick up a passage from this to justify the sins of Christians. "Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." They produce this as proof that Paul was committing sin in the flesh, possibly sexual sin, even though in the mind he is pure and teaching the gospel. They do not accuse Paul for this but teach that this is the acceptable way of life according to God. If Paul can live such a life, we can also live such a life and be holy at the same time. It is a very tricky argument of the devil and Christians accept the logic as valid.
Here they are on the offence and we are on the defense. Let me explain. Paul did not write these two verses only, but he wrote the complete letter. Let us see a few verses at the end of the sixth chapter. "Romans 6: 20 says, For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. So, when we were sinning, we were not of God. 21 says "that the end of all sins is death." If we are sinning, we will have eternal death. Verse 22 says, But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Now they are free from sin, serving God, with proof of holiness, and they will have eternal life. Paul emphasizes that we must also do the same. This is just before chapter 7. Do you think that he is a wretched sinner? Let us see the next chapter. "Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." That is, we must walk in Christ, and in the Spirit, but not walk after the flesh, in order to escape condemnation. "2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Then he says that the Spirit in Christ has made him free from sin.So, just before and after chapter 7, the messages are to reject sin and they have freed from sin to live holy. It is one letter; so there should be no contradictions within the letter. So, it does not make sense that Paul accommodates sin in chapter 7. Let us see in chapter 7. In 7:1-6 Paul gives an example that if a married woman went with another man, it is adultery. But if her husband is dead and she married another man, it is not adultery. So also, he tells the gentiles to get free from sin and Judaism, which is in the similitude of the first husband and to serve in the Spirit which is in the similitude of the second husband. Paul emphasizes that they and we, must quit sin in order to serve God in the Spirit. We cannot serve both sin and God. It is in the same chapter.
Now, in verses 7-23, which is a long section, Paul teaches them by putting himself as a newly converted gentile as an example. Paul tells them what his predicaments could be, and what he would do, if he were a gentile convert. He tells these things acting as a gentile. He says: "He did not know what sin is, until law came to him. He was doing the things of flesh without knowing the law that they were sins. He thought that the law will help him, but when the law came, it made him know that he is a sinner and put him in the hold, etc." But it was personification for teaching. In real life, Paul was born as a Jew, he knows the law from birth, he kept the law, and he was sinless and blameless according to the law. Philippians 3:5 say Paul was, Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee. 6 touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. So, Paul was a Jew and he was sinless. But false preachers say that it is his testimony and admission of sins in the seventh chapter. But it is his teaching, but not his testimony. Let us see a testimony of Paul in one more place. "1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Paul followed Jesus Christ. Let us also follow our Lord Jesus Christ as Paul followed Jesus Christ.
I gave five examples of scriptures here to show how the servants of Satan twist scriptures to pervert the truth. Don't think that these preachers are out in the woods somewhere. But they are in our churches. If you hear such sermons, reject not only the preachings, but reject the preachers, they are the servants of the devil, even though they appear to be godly preachers. They twist many more verses. We cannot cover them all. If you could reject such preachers, they cannot deceive you anymore.
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