"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.
Satan deceived Eve with cunning ingenuity in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3 says: "4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:" Then, Eve deceived her own beloved husband without knowing what she was doing. "6) ..., she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." The deceit that occurred in the Garden of Eden continues today, as Satan deceives his followers and they in turn deceive other people. Just as Eve deceived Adam, Satan’s followers today deceive their own loved ones. Sadly, this deception often occurs with the best of intentions or by ignorance, and these false teachers often may even do it on purpose, but they don’t understand or realize the harm they are doing.
Satan told Eve that she would not die. He also said that, by disobeying God, she would become like God. Even now, preachers teach the same message to their congregations. They teach Christians that they are saved (meaning that they will not be punished with eternal death) even while they continue in sin (i.e., disobedience to God), which is the same as Satan told Eve that she will not die, even if she disobey the commandment of God, by eating the fruit. This teaching is intentional deception – it does not match Biblical teaching. These false teachers don’t mention the eternal consequences of sin; they encourage their congregations and loved ones to continue in sin. They say that these sins are unavoidable and have no consequences – and they are all forgiven already. This type of teaching is deadly deception.
What is meant by the term ‘Grace’ in the Bible? Ministers define grace as a special privilege awarded to those who claim the name of Jesus Christ for their salvation. They dismiss the Bible’s description of Grace (deeming it too harsh), and redefine it to make it more ‘mainstream’, more ‘palatable’. This contradicts scripture. 2 Corinthians 12 says: "9) 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." Grace is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ that rests upon a believer in order to strengthen him/her, particularly in times of weakness/temptation. The grace of God is given to obedient (humble) believers to enable them to overcome sin. It is a help to believers in time of need; it is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card that serves as a license to sin, but Grace is the power of Lord Jesus Christ that rest upon a believer in order to strengthen him/her at the weak point of the believer, so that he/she may overcome sin, but not commit sin. Details of grace can be found by a click on this link: "Grace of God"
False workers usually pretend to be good, godly workers. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." Some of these workers are even possessed by Satan. They purposely twist the Word of God and lie to people as Satan lied to Eve. Some of them are like Eve, serving the cause of Satan without being aware of the mistake they are making. Whether these lies are intentional or not, makes no difference, their consequences will be the same. God says that their end will be destruction.
Most preachers do not know what the Bible truly teaches about salvation. (Click on this link for a detailed explanation of Biblical salvation: "the Salvation according to the Bible.") False preachers preach false salvation, and people are deceived by this false message. Regarding false teachers, 2 Peter 2 says: "18) For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."
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