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More or Less

There is a popular doctrine making the rounds in churches and spreading like wildfire: You can’t do anything to make God love you less. Nor can you do anything to make God love you more.

A similar doctrine seen in a recent tweet is: The gift of JESUS has never been about earning and deserving. It has always been about Believing and Receiving.

The Truth:

Of course those going to Heaven will be the deserving. They loved the Lord and kept his Commandments and the Lord loved them more for it because they chose to walk in the light.

They believed and did not despise his sacrifice and reject his gift. Their belief included duty and obedience, repentance and confession, honor and respect. They received the gift of salvation with zeal and remembered Jesus died showing us to not sin.

Can you earn God’s love and favor. Of course you can. King David was a man after God’s own heart. Why, because King David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord.

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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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Reciprocated

While flipping through the channels I caught a few minutes of Joyce Meyer saying that God doesn’t say if you obey me I will love you.

I think she missed a few verses.

John 14:23 KJV
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Jesus also said in John 14:15-17 KJV
If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

What these verses show us is that God reciprocates love. If we love him and obey him, the Godhead will come and dwell in us.

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More or Less

Another disappointing Wednesday night service of people preaching and teaching that we are no longer under the law.

However, Jesus said he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill and if you love me keep my Commandments. Did he need to rename all of them? The New Testament says keep the commandment you have heard from the beginning.

They (errant preachers) claim we are under love and not under the law, but I say if you truly love the Lord why not let him write all his Commandments on your heart.

I once argued with a preacher, why would you keep nine commandments and not all ten. I told him I wanted to do more for the Lord. He said keeping the Sabbath, which admittedly I’m not doing well at, was not doing more.

You be the Judge, is Ten more than Nine?

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Tell of His Love

If you’re a reader of my blog, you might know I’m against certain interpretations of God’s love. I will say again, there is no such thing as unconditional love.

Preach and teach the truth. At it’s very heart is John 3:16. Jehovah gave his Son and Jesus willingly laid down his life for us. Hence when we speak of God’s love there’s no reason to exaggerate.

1 John 4:16 KJV …God is love…

Exodus 34:14 KJV For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Isaiah 49:15-16 KJV Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. [16] Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

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We Can’t Begin This Way

Can you build a healthy relationship starting with a lie?

Today’s teachers say it’s not about religion it’s all about relationship. But the honest truth is Christianity is a religion. It is your relationship with God. Do you keep his Commandments? Do you read the Bible, attend Church, sing praises unto him? These are all acts of a healthy relationship with Jesus that are parts of a healthy Christian faith.

Telling millenials and Gen Z it’s about relationship not religion and that God loves unconditionally may gain more followers. It’s what they like to hear. It’s what they need to hear. But can you build a solid, strong relationship with our God based on a lie?

Isn’t it enough to ask millennials or anyone to follow the Lord Jesus, be baptized for the remission of sins, and teach them how to walk in the light? Preach John 3:16 and teach the whole gospel. God’s love is incredible, but it’s not unconditional. Heaven and Hell are both real. They are eventualities to how you live your life, i.e. how strong was your relationship with Jesus.

Once you’ve introduced someone to the love of God tell them how you live out your religion. Tell them about your own relationship with Jehovah, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Let the foundation be truth and the fruit Holy.

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Inescapable Synonyms

In this age of cancel culture, people are trying to redefine biblical words or actions in order to make them undesirable or just plain dirty. What’s the truth?

  • Religion is another word for Duty
  • Legalism is another word for Obedience
  • Fear is another word for Terror
  • Terrible is an adjective used to describe God
  • Holy is another word for Righteous
  • Righteous is another word for Obedient
  • Love is another word for Caring
  • Caring is another word for Affection
  • Condition is another word for Affection

Before you believe those that say this word meant such and such according to recent studies of Greek or Hebrew, learn what it means in English. The KJV is perfect. If you have doubts on the meaning of a word check your Dictionary and Thesaurus before they too get changed or a new and better version comes out.

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Sympathy For The Devil

I am sick of people on religious programs saying God’s love is unconditional. I honestly don’t believe these people know or understand love.

Yet, I must admit I’m finally convinced. God’s love is unconditional. Perhaps I’ve been too harsh in my judgment. He did ask us to love our enemies.

But here’s your choice and it’s a big one: You can be loved by God in the same way He loves Satan or you can be loved by God as he loves Jesus.

I think if you study the Holy Bible you’ll find the only difference between the two is how they dealt with God’s conditions.

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Definitive

Satan’s plans are nefarious and can at times be very subtle. One of his projects is changing the meaning of various words. If you hear his definitions often enough you might just believe them.

  • Religion is bad
  • Legalism is evil
  • Love is unconditional
  • Male is a sexist distinction
  • Female is a personal distinction
  • Sexuality is a choice
  • Life is after birth and before senility
  • White Lie
  • Half Truth

Changing the meaning of words leads to confusion and confusion leads to sin.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 5:20 KJV Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

But what if you’ve been misled and don’t know the difference?

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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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