"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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Jesus Christ says to obey his commandments. Servants of Satan preach many doctrines. Paul Washer is one of the false preachers. But Paul Washer is very talented speaker, orator, even an actor. Paul Washer praises Jesus Christ with his mouth and rebel against his teachings. Paul Washer is only an example of an ocean of false preachers. What is willful sin? Will it be forgiven?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
In John 8:41 the so called servants of God told Jesus that their father is God. In vs 44 Jesus told them: you are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. That is, those who seems to be godly religiously people also could be servants of the devil. 2 Corinthians 11:14 Satan transformed himself into an angel of light. 15 his ministers are transformed as the ministers of righteousness; That is, those seems to be servants of God could be servants of Satan and they could work with the power of Satan, but not of God. Jesus says in John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. So, there are two kinds of people. One group hear the word of God, they are of God. The other group holds on to their denominations or doctrines. I hope that you belong to God. If so, you will hear the word of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ says in Matthew 28:19-20 teach all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. That is, Jesus tells us to teach people to obey what Jesus has Christ preached. Acts 15:35 Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. Apostles have preached what Jesus Christ preached and apostle's doctrine is the doctrine of Jesus Christ. It is the true doctrine. All other doctrines are of Satan.
We see in 2 Corinthians 2:17 that Satan and his servants corrupt the word of God and preach hundreds of other doctrines. 1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, & so on. So, the true doctrine will not contradict any verse in the Bible, it will agree with the teaching of Lord Jesus Christ, and it will be according to godliness. False preachers contradict and twist the verses in the Bible. Romans 16:17-18 says I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. False preachers have good words and fair speeches, but they deceive, avoid and reject them.
Eternal life is the most valuable and beneficial treasure after this life and we must be saved from sins to enter there. In Luke 13:23-24 Jesus was asked, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Strait gate is tight gate; we have to squeeze ourselves through it. Instead, if we look for easy ways to enter, Satan will show easy ways, which will lead us to hell.
John 3:16 & Galatians 1:4 say Jesus died for the sins of the world. 1 John 1:1&2 say he is the advocate and propitiation for the whole world. Because of these, salvation will not come automatically to the whole world. There is another step between these and salvation. Hebrews 5:7-9 says that Jesus has suffered all things obeying God until death and he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; then, as the author of salvation, he will save only those who will obey him. That is, among all people in the whole world, Jesus Christ will save only those who obey him. So, obeying Jesus Christ is the key.
When the Bible says to believe in Jesus it means to believe the person Jesus Christ. If we believe the person, we will do what the person tells us to do. But, Satan's servants say, believe in him is to believe that he was dead and resurrected, etc. It is, believing something about him, it is not believing in him. That is how, they twist the scriptures.
Servants of Satan say that Jesus took our eternal punishments on the cross in our place, so that we do not have to be punished. It is not true. Eternal punishment for sinners is not to be crucified on a cross, but to burn in eternal fire. If Jesus Christ had taken the eternal punishment for sinners, he had not been crucified on a cross, but he could have been burned in hell and still he will be burning in hell fire. He did not do that. But, he died on the cross for the sins of the world and became the author of salvation for the entire world. Both are two entirely different phenomenon.
2 Corinthians 7:10 godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. That is: our repentance will lead us to salvation. But repentance and salvation are not simultaneous. But, people assume that as soon as we repent, God forgives. It is not true. Christians think that forgiveness is salvation. They pray just before go to bed and think that their sins are forgiven. If they die in the sleep, they will go to heaven. If not, they will go to hell, since they will start sinning in the morning. So, preachers found a remedy for this. They preach that our past, present, and the future sins, are all forgiven. But Romans 3:25 says through faith in his blood, for the remission of sins that are past only. So, they get stuck again
Vast majority of preachers say that they are saved. So Christians also to say that they are saved. In a way it is scriptural. But at least 90 % of them who say they are saved do not even know what saved means. They think that they will go to heaven when they say they are saved. Let us see what the scripture says. Ephesians 2:2 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. 5 when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) In vs 2 we see that they were with the world, Satan and disobeying God, but not anymore. In vs 3 we see they were fulfilling lust in flesh and mind, but not anymore. That is, they do not sin now. In vs 5 God forgave their past sins. So, now they are saved by grace. It is scriptural salvation. When Christians say that they are saved, they do not mean this. But they blindly say that they are going to heaven. That is ignorance, lie and is just bluff.
Born again is a process. It is not one day event. At the genuine repentance, God gives the spirit of man to the convicted soul. This spirit is compared to a candle. However, this is the beginning of the born again process. This person will be sinning, striving to grow in the lord Jesus Christ, and he will be a mixer of many things, but he will not rebel against God or his word. A sincere soul will be growing to maturity. This soul receives grace and power from God, overcomes sin and will eventually abide with Christ and Christ abide in him. This is the graduation of born again. So, what is born again? It begins with conviction of sin or born as a baby. It will graduate with abiding in God or became the adult son of God. The son is a perfect person.
Please put up with me for the next three points that is seldom taught by preachers. First point: God will not forgive our past sins until our sinning become past. Second point: God will forgive our past sins, only one time in our life time. Third point: If we sin willfully after we know the truth, it will not be forgiven. Let me explain one by one.
First Pt: God will not forgive our past sins until our sinning become past. When Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, he became omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, God. Since he is omnipresent God, he is in heaven and in the world at the same time. Since he is omnipotent, he has all power and with his power he turns all his people away from iniquities and sins. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Iniquities include sins. When they are turned away from sins and iniquities, they will not sin anymore. 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Here, Jesus Christ turns them away from their sins and iniquities by giving them new birth by his seed and spirit.
1 John 1:7 says that 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. That is, if only we walk without sin like Jesus Christ, our past sins will be cleansed. Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Here first be converted from sinning, then your previous sins are forgiven. Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Here again, turn from darkness to light. Turn from the power of Satan to the power of God so that you may receive forgiveness of sins and then you will have inheritance in heaven. Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (that is, the laws of God is fixed in their hearts and written in their minds so that they do not sin anymore) 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Their past sins will not be remembered since they are forgiven.) The grace prevents the future sins and the blood removes the old sins.
The second point: God will forgive our past sins only one time in our life time. When we hear this first, it will shock anybody and we may not even want the forgiveness, since we may get doomed right after. Let us look into it further. First God makes you his workmanship by his grace according to Ephesians 2:6,10. God makes his seed to remain in you according to 1 John 3:9. God makes you unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ according to Ephesians 4:11-13. God fixes his laws into your heart and write in your mind according to Hebrews 10:16. Then God forgives all your past sins as in Hebrews 10:17. Now, you are saved from sin. You have all grace, power, and the presence of God abide in you. You are seated in Christ in heavenly places. Now, what do you afraid of? Have faith. Now let us look into more scriptures.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. That is, the blood of Jesus not only forgive you, and sanctify you once for all. It is permanent sanctification, and so you are made pure. Why are you afraid? 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. That is, by the death of Jesus you are perfected. 1 John 1:9 ... he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When Jesus Christ forgives you he has cleansed all your unrighteousness, which causes you to sin. That is, it is not possible for you to sin now. So, you have no problem.
Third point: If we sin willfully after we know the truth, it will not be forgiven. Many Christians, who heard this verse are confused. They think that God talks about them. Let us see. Hebrews 10:26&27 now if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. If we make the verse short, it says that if we purposely sin after we know the truth, God will destroy us as an enemy. Satan show this picture to many Christians and says: You lost it anyway, why don't you enjoy sin? Let us look at the context without twisting the scriptures and find out what it exactly says. I have just explained from Hebrews 10:14-17 that a group of believers have attained the power of God not to sin anymore and their past sins are forgiven. Then vs 18 says where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. That is, once the sins are remitted as in vs 17, the sin offering of Jesus will not apply to them anymore. That is, if they sin now, it will not be forgiven to them. So, these people are perfected by the grace of God. Their past sins are forgiven and they are given all the things needed to overcome sin. Then the warning is given to them that if they sin again, God will consider them as an enemy. This verse is not given to any Tom, Dick and Harry. So, if you are a Tom, Dick or Harry, this verse has nothing to do with you. Have peace. This caution is to an adult son, but you are a baby. You just drink milk and grow up.
But, if you have become a perfect person, who is redeemed from all sins, vs 26&27 belongs to you. You have the power not to sin, and you know the truth mentioned in vs 18. But, you do not have to sin. If you will commit sin, you will be treated as Lucifer and Judas Iscariot. Their fate will be your fate. Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible (what is impossible to who)for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Here, these verses say the same thing. There is no use to fight the word of God with our silly arguments. So better be careful. Apostle Peter says in 2 Peter 2:20... if after they have escaped (sin and they are overcome by sin again,) the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. Here Peter confirms it with Hebrews. But, so many so called Bible scholars have made a fool out of themselves with these verses in order to please people. They deny these verses, twist them, give so many interpretations to them and fight against them to prove that these verses do not mean what they say. These men are ignorant or the servants of Satan. But the situation is not scary at all as it seems. God gives them enough power not to sin. So, they will not sin. In the NT only one person who committed this particular sin that I know of is Judas Iscariot. Now, do you get the picture. Don't be scared.
A few days ago, a sister sent me a couple of videos of Paul Washer endorsing him as a genuine preacher. Paul Washer was not new to me and I have watched many of his videos. However, I listened to the videos and wrote to her that he is a false preacher pointing out the reasons. Then, hell broke loose. The nice little angelic sister has turned out to be a wild ferocious woman and she fought me saying that I do not have love, I have no authority to judge, I must repent, God will judge me and so on. Paul Washer has that much grip on his audience. He is an orator, best communicator, an excellent speaker. Let me say about the two videos. The first one is For Him and the second is the Wrath of God. He said in the first video that we are all for Jesus Christ. He emphasized that our total being must be for him, for him, and for him. Then he said even though we are for him with all our best efforts we deserve only the full extent of his wrath. It is a very strange statement. Hebrews 11:6 says God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. But, Paul Washer said that we deserve only the full extent of his wrath. It doesn't make any sense. Then he said we should believe, repent, and serve God even if he sends us to hell, because he is worthy even though we get nothing from it. This is absurd and unscriptural. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. The word of God says that God will give the glory of heaven for it, Paul Washer said that it worth nothing and God may even send us to hell. Paul Washer emphasized that our obedience and sacrifice worth nothing for eternal life. Satan will discourage your striving for eternal life.
He said that he trusts the virtue and the merit of Jesus Christ for his eternal life. Jesus Christ says in Revelation 22:12 behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Jesus Christ says that your reward will be in proportion to whatever you have worked for. It is not according to the virtue and merit of Jesus Christ, but according to what you have done.
Paul Washer said that men are wretched and Jesus Christ is super. Then he said that if you think that you can do something to be saved; you will damn your soul in hell. This is plain insane statement. Jesus Christ says to strive to enter. He says to obey his commandments. He says to pluck your eyes and cut your hand to escape hell. But Paul washer said: if you think you can do something for your salvation, you will damn your soul in hell. But Paul Washer shouts: it is Jesus, it is him, it is Christ, Jesus is everything, says all these to fool you. He praises and boasts Jesus Christ but preaches just opposite to whatever Jesus Christ preached. This is the typical of the deception of Satan.
Let us go to the next video. It is called the wrath of God. He said with a voice of alarm that we must warn men, we must tell all men. But there was no warning message in the video. He said all day long God extends his hands to a disobedient abstinent people. He implies that God reaches the disobedient with love. So, if there is a warning, it is not to the disobedient people. But the Bible says that the wrath of God is upon the disobedient people, according to Romans 1:18, 2:5&8, 12:19, Ephesians 2:3, 5:6, Colossians 3:6, 2 Thessalonians 1:8, and so many other verses. Then he said but the wrath of God comes upon the world. Wait a minute! What he said is, say for an example, Christians in Chicago did not obey God, so God got angry and he poured his wrath not on Chicago but in some place else. Again, he said that God does that because he is a holy and righteous God. Wait a minute! Chicago did not obey God and God punished someone else for it! Is it called holiness and righteousness of God? What kind of God is he if he does that? It is an insult to God, it is mocking God, and it is ridicule to his holiness and righteousness. Does the Bible say anywhere that Christians disobeyed God and God punished Hindus for it? No, no, no. God will not do it.
Then Paul Washer said that we are all sinners and deserve the pure wrath of God pour upon us and we deserve every bit of it. Then he said that God the Father poured the entire wrath upon Jesus while he was on the cross as the righteous judgment since God is righteous and holy. No, No, No, if God has done it, it is neither righteousness nor holiness. God did not do it. The Bible says that Satan bruised him according to Genesis 3:15 and Jews killed him according to Acts 2:36 and 3:14&15 and the Romans did not know what they were doing even though they were crucifying him accordng to Luke 23:32&33. The Bible says that the Jews killed him, but God raised him from death. God did not kill him. It is a lie. However, Jesus came to die and God allowed him to die so that he may become the author of salvation and redeem many.
Paul Washer quoted the last words of Jesus from Mtthew 27:46 my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me. He took the verse to Psalm 22 and then to Galatians 3:13. It says Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Here, Jesus became curse by dying on the cross and redeemed us from a curse. What is that curse he redeemed us from? Paul Washer says one thing and the scriptures say entirely something else. Let me quote Paul Washer first. He said the curse is: before the holy God and holy heaven, we will be so heinous in our sins that is so vile, the last thing what we will hear when we take the first step into hell is that all the creation standing to its feet an applauding God. Paul Washer said Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse so we do not have to go to hell. Our entrance to hell is so shameful. Our escape from hell is so graceful. It appears so cool. But, it is the deception and lie of Satan. The devil wants you to think that you have escaped hell and so you will not strive for heaven. But on that day when you will be put in hell, it will be too late for you.
Now, let us see from the scriptures what is our curse that Jesus Christ has redeemed us from? Paul Washer took Galatians 3:13. It says Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: vs 10 also says, as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: So, the works of the law is the curse. What is the work of the law? Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh (that is by his death), even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances ...and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; again it is the ordinances that is removed by his death on the cross. What are the ordinances? 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, etc: The ordinances are: ceremonies, rituals, traditions, food laws, feasts of the Jews, Sabbath law, circumcision, washings hands and pots, etc. When Jesus was a man, he broke the Sabbath law and a few ordinances. The Jews want to kill him since he broke the Sabbath, etc. Then they crucified him and made him a curse. If the ordinances are in the law in the NT, then someone may go to hell for not keeping the ordinances. So, God calls the ordinances as the curse of the law and removes them when Jesus Christ was crucified and recorded it in the scriptures. Gentiles do not have to obey them. But, Paul Washer said that the eternal punishment in hell is the curse that he removed by his cross. It is crooked and very tricky, because people are susceptible to believe this. But the Bible says that we must obey Jesus Christ to remove our punishment from hell, but the cross will not automatically remove our eternal punishment. But it has already removed the curse of the law that was ordinances by his death and it is recorded in the word. Not only Paul Washer, but there are many servants of Satan, found very good positions in the established churches and deceive many. 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 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: You cannot save them. Vs 18 says if you are clean, you can escape from them.
Servants of Satan are so many and they come
posing themselves as dedicated servants of God with many talents to deceive
you. They are excellent speakers, scholars, theologians, and so on. If you
watch for the main thing, if you will not waiver from the primary
instruction of Jesus Christ, that is to obey his commandments, then Satan
and his servants cannot deceive you. God will give you his grace and he will
seat you in Christ Jesus in heavenly places. You will be safe and you will
inherit Godís kingdom and you will be with him forever.
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