Stumbling; Saved by, blood or Jesus; Faith is, to live or to die; Judge or Judge not.

"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
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.

Please find the transcript of this message below.

 

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1. Bible does not have Loopholes; they are stumbling stones.

Many Christians show interest to study the bible. It is a good thing. But most of them study the bible as lawyers study the law. Lawyers study law, to master the law, to exploit the law, to help criminals, to become famous, and to make big money. No lawyer study law, with an intention to obey the law. Their intention is to exploit the law. This must not be our intension to study bible. I am afraid that the intention of most preachers is to become famous and to make money, but not to obey God. In order to please the congregation, they will look for, and they will find, loopholes in the bible, to preach short cuts and easy methods, to prosper here and to inherit heaven. So, God has set many stumbling stones in the bible for such preachers, and they will stumble on them and will fall. They look at them as loopholes, and they use such verses to mislead people and give alternate path and exploit people. "1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed." Those who believe Jesus Christ, will obey his word. But those who are fakes, who do not want to obey, will pick up the stumbling stones thinking that they are loopholes and they will fall. Not only they will fall, but the tragedy is that they will lead a lot of religious people also to destruction. So, be truthful to Jesus Christ and be obedient to him. If you like to study more about the judgment of Jesus Christ, please look at this link: "Be Honest."

2. Are we saved by Jesus Christ, or by his blood, or by his name?

God has established sacrifices for forgiveness of sins in the old testament. Sinners brought animals to the priests. As soon as the sacrifices and ceremonies were done, their sins were forgiven. Christians apply this principle with the sacrifice of Jesus. They assume that their sins are forgiven as soon as they accept Jesus as the sacrifice for their sins. So now, they are saved, and they will go to heaven. Further, they assume that they have the blood of Jesus with them. So, they pronounce the blood whenever they want forgiveness, healing, to cast out devils, and so on. Every prayer warrior has learned to pray to God, by the blood of Jesus. They think then God will answer the prayer favorably. for a sure favor from God. Now this has become the technique to manipulate God and to get things done. But this is a hoax and this technique is a lie of the devil. The truth is, that Jesus gave himself as the sacrifice and he became the author of salvation. Jesus Christ has his blood with him and no one else has his blood. Jesus Christ must wash or allow someone to be washed by his blood. We all must come to Jesus Christ. Further, they do the same thing with the name of Jesus also. They think that if they say anything in the name of Jesus, it will happen. No, Jesus Christ gives his authority only to his disciples and to his servants, but not to any Tom Dick and Harry. So, don't learn any technique; but humble yourselves and come to Jesus Christ by your obedience to receive his favor.  You may find the details from this link: "washed".

3. By faith, some lived; others died for better resurrection.

Faith is our trust in God that is seen by our living, in our life. It is not a philosophy. Christians use the word faith to become prosperous, for healing, or to receive a favor from God. But, if we have faith in God, we will do what God tells us to do. Faith is not to make God to do what we want him to do. Here in Hebrew 11 we will see two aspects of faith, especially the one that is mostly ignored. It is in verses 35-38. The whole chapter says that by faith they all have done the most heroic deeds. But from verse 35, it says, but "others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." Why did they go through all these sufferings, and that is even by faith? It was on one purpose. Verse 35 says, "that they might obtain a better resurrection." What is a better resurrection? It is to be raised as the bride of Christ to be with Jesus Christ himself throughout eternity. Very few people exercise this faith. But so many Christians claim that they are the bride of Christ for nothing. They are fakes. If you like to study more about faith, please look at this link: "Faith."

4. Christians say, 'do not Judge'. God tells, 'Judge righteously'. 

When Jesus Christ was a man, he rebuked all the so-called servants of God as hypocrites, false servants, and sons of Satan. Jesus cursed them with owe upon them and he did it openly. His apostles and disciples did the same, and they rebuked them by mentioning their names. But Christians say that nobody has the right to rebuke preachers, even if they preach for money and if they pervert the word of God. They will quote verses to say, 'judge not'. But that context was, Jesus and his apostles told the hypocrites not to judge the disciples, but to pull out the beam from their own eyes first. Romans 14 explains not to judge among brethren about flimsy matters, let them have freedom to live. But when sin and false doctrines creep in, God's people must be ferocious against sin and Satan. We must not judge outside world; but we must judge inside the church. There are many illustrations in the books of Corinthians to show how we must judge. It is extremely important that we must judge sin and false doctrines in the church. And do not allow business, money for prayer tower, university, and high-sounding projects in church. Do not ever allow false doctrines or any such dirt in church. If you like to study more about the judgment of Jesus Christ, please look at this link: "Judgment."

Note: If any point needs explanation, OR, if you find an error according to scripture,
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