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Never Give Up

How many chances does God give?

I don’t know the answer to that.

What I do know is that only 3 individuals have their final judgment written in the Holy Bible. The beast, the False Prophet, and the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10.

Therefore if you are man, angel, or beast don’t give up. Strive against sin and muster your strength and heart to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ve been told baptism isn’t available to angels and that the gospel was only given to men. I don’t think that’s true. The Bible tells us to preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

I believe in God’s mercy. I believe that angels have the opportunity to ask the Lord about baptism and for forgiveness. I believe he will answer the plea of all that call upon him, Acts 2:21.

1 Peter 4:8 KJV says, And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

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Reform School

What is more important to the modern day Church, reform or revival?

I think the answer is reform. What good does it do to have 10,000 or 10 million new potential Christians if you will not teach them the fundamentals of baptism and the law?

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 KJV,
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] 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. Amen.

Paul in Galatians describes the law as a school master. Why then do none of the modern churches teach and in many instances even fail to comprehend what is the law? They can divide it into patriarchal, Mosaic, Old, and New, but they can’t tell you correctly which ones to follow.

Let the Church go back to its schoolmaster the law. And if through faith they can let the Lord write his Commandments on their heart, then a flood of revival will come.

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Twice Isn’t Nice

I was watching the Jim Bakker show and the guest Perry Stone was talking about how God instructed him to be baptized a second time in order to clear away things that were weighing upon him.

Bah humbug. B.S. Nonsense. People who are baptized multiple times don’t understand baptism. You can only be cleansed of your sins and baptized into the family of God once. Confess that Jesus is Christ, ask forgiveness of your sins, and be baptized by immersion in water by another in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38, Acts 19:5, Matthew 28:19.

The only mechanism to be cleansed of your sin after baptism is 1 John 1:9! It doesn’t matter if your afraid to confess. Your sins can’t be washed away in a second or third baptism.

If you’re seeking a verse that says you can only be baptized once I can’t provide one. I can say there is no example of a second water baptism of anyone in the Holy Bible. If you truly believed the first time, subsequent baptisms are futile.

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Placing Membership

Most churches I’ve attended expect you to place membership with them.

There is absolutely no biblical requirement for this.

If you believe and are baptized by immersion in water in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost you have become a member of the family. You are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

What you do with that membership is now up to you. Will you learn, follow, and grow in Christ or will you let your membership lapse?

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Fine Tuning

Here are some common modern day fallacies about Christianity:

Righteous acts do not make a person righteous.

Jesus did not come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live.

When I sin it is not me that sins, but sin that dwells in my flesh.

Reading the Holy Bible isn’t the same as studying.

Religion says do. Jesus says done.

It’s not about religion it’s about relationship.

God loves you unconditionally.

Baptism is just a public display of faith.

These fallacies may sound true, but in your heart and that nagging part of your mind – you know something just isn’t quite right about these statements. Pay attention to those feelings, keep exercising your discernment.

Fine tuning comes from experience. Reading the Holy Bible is study and through it you can learn the difference between right and wrong. Recognizing a half truth or wishy-washy statement can save you grief in the future and protect and strengthen your faith.

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Enter Clean

There is much debate about when we enter the family of God.

Some claim it is with a prayer of salvation.

I believe it is at baptism. With belief and repentance it is more than a public proclamation of faith. It is the first time since being an innocent child that we are clean. We are washed in the blood of Christ and enter into the family of God born again.

How do we stay clean?

  • 1 John 1:9
  • Proverbs 28:13
  • Acts 2:21

We confess our sin. We turn from our sin. When we need help, we call upon the Lord.

Enter into Heaven clean. It’s the only way we can enter in.

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Discernment Part 1

Can you learn discernment between right and wrong, between good and evil? I believe the answer is yes.

One easy way to learn and/or teach discernment is with a game of what’s worse? It’s a game we’ve been playing since the time of creation. What’s worse, lying or murder? What’s worse, murder or stealing? Societies have developed their moral codes over the centuries. If you’re wondering what the correct answer is, which is worse, Google the average sentence for murder in the US, the average sentence for theft in the US, the average sentence for perjury in the US. The general consensus or public idea of justice and judgment are reflected in the sentences of convicted offenders. To see what other societies think, google the offense in the country in question.

I think God is the ultimate judge, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop our own sense of justice and judgment.

Here’s one example of what’s worse: not understanding baptism or believing that people go to Heaven immediately when they die. I believe the answer is not understanding baptism. Understanding and being baptized properly are critical to ones salvation. Mark 16:16. Beliefs of what happen to people when they die, whether they sleep awaiting judgment or go immediately to be judged, are not in my opinion necessarily critical to a person’s salvation.

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Malpractice

The Bible says in Luke 11:52 KJV
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Who are the lawyers? Any teacher or preacher of the Word of God is a lawyer. It is impossible to teach or preach the Word without practicing law. Unfortunately, Christianity is rampant with malpractice.

How do they prevent others from entering into the Kingdom of Heaven: misinformation and incorrect doctrine. They bring people to the door. They teach a “Prayer of Salvation” and do not usher the people through the door.

Baptism is crucial to salvation. Mark 16:16. It is being born again. Only after baptism do you enter into the Kingdom of God.

Be careful to not place anyone between yourself and the door of Heaven. Study on your own to show yourself approved. 2 Timothy 2:15. Remember James 1:5 KJV,
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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Prosperity

Have you ever wondered why the mega religion channels like TBN and LoveWorld prosper and take in millions of dollars each year? Why are they not persecuted instead of expanding?

It is because from Pastor Chris to Pat Robertson of CBN, to Daystar, none of them preach the True Gospel. They do not understand what it means to be baptized by the Holy Ghost.

What it isn’t. It isn’t something that happens 50 days after you say the Sinners Prayer. It isn’t something evidenced by speaking gibberish.

It is being baptized by complete immersion in water by another who says while you are under the water: I baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) or I baptize you in the name of The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). When you arise from the surface of the water you are born again. Either baptism is acceptable because God the Father, the Holy Ghost, and Jesus Christ are one. There is not even a requirement that the baptizer be a believer, but if you want them to say the correct words it might be helpful. It might also help to have a loved one present to witness that the correct words were said. I am hesitant to call them magic words, but they are essential to the act of baptism. I suppose the other person could say the words just before submerging you as well.

Do you want evidence of the Holy Ghost? Accept the truth spoken by Jesus and his servants in the Holy Bible KJV. Further evidence is found in keeping that truth. Jesus will help if you remember to call upon his name.

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Power in The Blood

There is an old hymn entitled There is Power in the Blood.

There is indeed power in the blood of Jesus, but do you know how to utilize it?

When you are baptized or born again you are immediately under the blood of Jesus, you arise from the surface of the water sin free, cleansed of sins past. Acts 22:16, Roman’s 3:25

Yet, what do you do about future sin? First strive against it, but we are human, and God provides a way to stay under the blood in 1 John 1:9!

Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood – but you do need to know how to use it!

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