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Demolishing The Stronghold By Dr. Robert L. Reymond

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Demolishing the Stronghold of a False Christology

Demolishing the Stronghold of Rome’s False Soteriology

Demolishing the Stronghold of a False Authority for Faith and Life

Behold Your God! By Dr. Robert L. Reymond

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Behold Your God! #1

Behold Your God! #2

Behold Your God! #3

Behold Your God! #4

Misc. by Dr. Robert L. Reymond

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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God’s Patient Longsuffering

Our Man on Top of the Hill

The “Very Pernicious and Detestable” Doctrine of Inclusivism

The Immeasurable Love of God – John 3:16

Train Yourself to be Godly

What’s Wrong with Islam?

Where God Can Be Found – Isaiah 57:15

 Who Really Owns the ‘Holy Land’?

Why Does Rome Teach What It Does About Justification and Salvation?

John The Baptist by Dr. Robert L. Reymond

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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John the Baptist #01: The Man and His Place in Redemptive History

John the Baptist #02: Old Testament Prophecies Concerning John

John the Baptist #03: John’s Message

John the Baptist #04: John’s Baptism and His Baptism of Jesus

John the Baptist #05: John’s Post-Baptismal Testimony

John the Baptist #06: John’s Last Testimony of Jesus and Jesus’ Testimony to…

 

Posts on Pride

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Pride Cannot Live Beneath The Cross!

(Charles Spurgeon)

“He humbled Himself.” Philippians 2:8

Jesus is the great teacher of ‘humility of heart’. We need daily to learn of Him. See the Master taking a towel and washing His disciples feet! Follower of Christ–will you not humble yourself? See Him as the Servant of servants–and surely you cannot be proud! Is not this sentence the compendium of His biography, “He humbled Himself”? Was He not on earth, always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another–until, naked, He was fastened to the cross; and there did He not empty out His inmost self, pouring out His life-blood, giving up for all of us, until they laid Him penniless in a borrowed grave?

How low was our dear Redeemer brought! How then can we be proud?

Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed. See His thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with encrimsoned rills; see His hands and feet given up to the rough iron spikes, and His whole self to mockery and scorn; see the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame; hear the horrid shriek, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me!”

If you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross–you have never seen it! If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus–you do not know Him. You were so lost that nothing could save you–but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you–bow yourself in humility at His feet.

A sense of Christ’s amazing love to us–has a greater tendency to humble us, than even a consciousness of our own guilt. May the Lord bring us in contemplation, to Calvary. Then our position will no longer be that of pompous pride–but we shall take the humble place of one who loves much–because much has been forgiven him. Pride cannot live beneath the cross! Let us sit there and learn our lesson–and then rise and carry it into practice!

Pride, worldliness, and covetousness

(J. C. Philpot, “Contemplations & Reflections”)Pride, worldliness, and covetousness may reign rampant, where grosser sins are not committed, or kept hidden from observation.

 

“The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

The Peacock Of Pride

(William Secker, “The Consistent Christian” 1660)

He is the most lovely Christian—who is the most lowly Christian. As incense smells the sweetest when it is beaten smallest—so saints look loveliest when they lie lowest. God will not allow such a weed as pride to grow in His garden, without taking some course to root it up.

Pride is a sinner’s torment—but humility is a saint’s ornament. “Be clothed with humility.” The garment of humility—should always be worn on the back of Christianity. Where humility is the corner-stone—there glory shall be the top-stone.

God many times places a thorn in the flesh—to pierce the balloon of pride. He makes us feel a sense of our misery—that we may sue for His unmerited mercy. The first Adam was for self-advancement—but the second Adam is for self-abasement. The former was for having SELF deified—the latter is for having SELF crucified.

We live—by dying to ourselves; and die—by living to ourselves. There is no proud man—who is not a foolish man; and scarcely is there any foolish man—who is not a proud man. It is the night-owl of ignorance, which broods and hatches the peacock of pride.

“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13. God abhors those people worst—who adore themselves most. Pride is not a Bethel—that is, a house where God dwells; but a Babel—that is, a stinking dungeon in which Satan abides. Pride is not only a most hateful evil—but it is a radical evil. As all other lusts are found lodging in it—so they are found springing from it. Pride is a foul leprosy, in the face of morality; and a hurtful worm, gnawing at the root of humility. Pride is a cancer within, and a spreading plague without!

“Clothe yourselves with humility, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Pride Eats At The Root Of All Happiness!


(Whitmore Winslow, written at the age of 14)
  

Ah! blessed is he to whom God shows his own weakness and insufficiency to do anything of himself. Deem it not a curse, but a blessing, when God humbles your pride, however severe the discipline may be by which He does it.
When He teaches you to lean upon Him alone for support, thank Him for it.

Pride eats at the root of all happiness; and a proud spirit God will abase, but the humble spirit He will exalt.

The Leaven Of Pride?

(Thomas Reade, “Christian Experience”)

The leaven of pride is not wholly eradicated, even in the bosom of the humble Christian.

There are seasons when it works with painful violence; and then, the darkness of our minds, and the deadness of our hearts, indicate that the Holy Spirit is grieved, and that Satan has gained an advantage over us.

Spiritual pride is a subtle evil.

It slides into our prayers, and entwines itself about our praise.

It spoils our best duties, and creates that fondness for human approbation, which puffs up the heart, and steals it away from God.

With permission from Grace Gems

Selections on Pride

Friday, April 24th, 2009

225. The Evil of Pride

5- ON UNBELIEF

53ON INDWELLING SIN

6THE FALL OF MAN, AND HIS RECOVERY BY GRACE

9THE SUFFICIENCY OF DIVINE GRACE

A Bad Heart

A Consolation in Affliction

A Legal Spirit

A tumor and swelling in the mind (Thomas Brooks, “The Unsearchable …

A vile

Anne Dutton Letters on Spiritual Subjects

APPLES OF GOLD

Buffeted by Satan’s temptations (Thomas Watson, “The Lord’s Prayer …

Christian LoveTHE HUMILITY OF LOVE

Consider Jesus

Directions How to Conduct Yourself in Your Christian Course

Duties of Parents

God’s most stubborn enemy! (Jonathan Edwards, “Spiritual Pride

God’s palace! (Thomas Watson, “The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with …

Grace Gems!

Humility

II DANGERS OF YOUNG MEN

It pulls down the plumes of his pride! (Thomas Watson, “The Ten …

It will engraft itself upon our holy things

Letter to a new convert

Low in the deep valley of humility (Jeremy Taylor) Jesus proposes …

Luke chapter 17

Ministerial Pride

Ministers are often desirous of . . . (J. C. Philpot, “Life Given …

Mr Pride

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PRIDE

PRIDE & Humility

Pride and Humility From The Christian Warrior by Isaac Ambrose As …Pride and Humility

Pride cannot live beneath the cross

Pride shrinks before the appalling spectacle! (Thomas Reade …

Pride, self-conceit, and self-exaltation (J. C. Philpot, “New …

Psalm 10

REGENERATION

Satan’s apes

SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Solitude Sweetened

SPIRITUAL IDOLATRY

Spiritual Times and Seasons

That monstrous creature within us! (J. C. Philpot, “Spiritual …

The best cure for pride

The Destroyer

The great master-scar of the soul

The loathsome moral leprosy! (John Angell James, “Christian Love …

The Lords Thoughts

The Monster Pride!

The mother and mistress of all the sins (J. C. Philpot, “PRIDE

The Title to the Saints

The Trees of Righteousness

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

The worst kind of pride (Newman Hall, “Leaves of Healing from the …

The wretched worm of the earth? (Thomas Reade, “The Evil of Pride

The Young Lady

They tempt the devil to fall in love with them! (Thomas Watson …

Vain-glory, self-delight and pride

Vital Godliness

Five Points of Calvinism

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The basic principle of Calvinism is the sovereignty of God. This represents the purpose of the Triune God as absolute and unconditional, independent of the whole fine creation, and originating solely in the eternal counsel of His will. He appoints the course of nature and directs the course of history down to the minutest details. His decrees therefore are eternal, unchangeable, holy, wise, and sovereign. They are represented in the Bible as being the basis of the divine foreknowledge of all future events, and not conditioned by that foreknowledge or by anything originating in the events themselves. (The Reformed Faith by Loraine Boettner.)

It is most often recognized by the acronym TULIP.

T – Total depravity (or inability)
U – Unconditional election
L – Limited atonement
I – Irresistible grace
P – Perseverance of the saints

With permission from Five Solas

What Doth the Scriptures Say About Salvation?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-211I’m in a book study with several other women, and one of the ladies shared a conversation she had with another lady friend of hers — she said to her that she wanted truth no matter how much it hurt, if her doctrines were wrong she wanted truth more than anything. I hope this too is your desire – that you desire truth no matter what, and that you want to follow Christ and His Holy Word.

 

Tuesday in class one of the teenage students asked me some questions starting with “Lynn our pastor preached about choices – he said that when it comes to our Salvation it can’t be a work –there is nothing that we can do, because God has done everything for our Salvation to be complete. And if I have to make a choice then it is a work because it is something I did. – Lynn I have been really thinking about what he said and I think I understand it and yet I am not sure.”  We spoke back and forth for a while and soon she said “I got it – you mean that I don’t even have to accept it because God gave it to me and if I think I have to accept it – then it is a work – something that I had to do to get my salvation, in other words God did it all?” I said “Yes.” 

 

Then all of a sudden she said “Then when am I saved?” I asked her what does the Bible say about that?” As she was thinking about it, another student looked at me as if she was thinking very hard and said very softly, “You are saved when you believe” I said “You’ve got it” then the first student said “Oh I understand now, believing comes before I can pray, it comes before I could even ask God into my heart, but how can I ask Him into my heart if He had already given me the new heart to believe, so really asking Him into my heart isn’t scriptural then is it?” I told her that I have never found a scripture anywhere where it tells us to ask God into our hearts. I know of Jeremiah 24:7 where it says God gives us a new heart so that we can know Him as our God – so we will be His people, but nowhere have I found that we are to ask Him to come into our hearts.

 

The next day in class another student and I were talking about this too and I used the example by giving her my Bible and she reached out to accept it. I asked her “What are you doing?” Her reply was “I have to accept it”. I said “Wrong,” I then just dropped the Bible on her lap so quickly that she didn’t have time to even reach for it. She sat there and just looked at me and said “Lynn I understand it, God gives salvation to us before we even know it and it causes us to believe and at that moment we are saved – right?” I told her that was correct. Salvation is the act of God upon the remnant out of a creation of all kinds of people – He God chose – called – elected and predestinated them to be His own. God has showed us over and over in the Scriptures, that He has always had a remnant – all through the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and all the way to the end of the world – that this remnant was a chosen group and that He is the one who did the choosing. Jeremiah 24:7.

 

In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God’s word says: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

Let’s examine what this verse is saying – A new heart also will I give you – first off you don’t and didn’t ask for it or for God to come into your old heart. God gives it – All the action is done by and initiated by Godit’s that simple. And a new spirit will I put within you – those of you who know about salvation know that if the Spirit of the living God lives within you – you are already SAVED! He puts the new spirit in you – tell me where does it say you need to ask Him to come into your heart, or that you have to say a certain prayer or that you have any part in your salvation? And I will take away a stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. Don’t you wonder why God did this? It is so that you can know Him and be His child. The action again was and is all God’s. And I will put my spirit within you – for what purpose does God give us His Spirit? = Salvation = and causes you to walk in my statues – notice HE does the CAUSING you are to walk in His ways, (Causes = makes to happen, brings about – triggers you to do – produces His will in you – He initiates your actions – God is the cause of your walking in Him)

 

And you shall keep my judgments and do them. Again God is causing us to keep His judgments and to do them; we can do nothing outside of Christ!

 

Please think about what God’s Word says, not what I am saying but by taking the whole counsel of God together we will find truth and the truth will set us free, and if free – free indeed.

Boast not in ourselves but only in the Lord.

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn

God Is Sovereign Not Us

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-151Is our will stronger than the Lords, are we all powerful, are we Master over God’s creation, like the wind and the weather, where lightening strikes or over the migration of birds etc., or over our own souls? Of course not, if we were, there would not be a Sovereign God.

Christ was born for a purpose, which was to die for the ones the Father gave Him; He hung on the cross, bled, and died for His own. He rose from the grave and ascended on high and is seated on the right hand of God the Father, Jesus is our federal headship. Never did an angel sit on the throne by the Father, because Jesus is higher than the angels.

 

Remember the mission for which He came and then you will rejoice, that Jesus imputed righteousness to His children’s account, so that when the Heavenly Father looks at His own, He sees the Holiness of Christ and we do not stand guilty before Him.

 

(Imputed = Christ righteousness paid on our account) What a celebration!
Lynn

Whose Work Is Our Salvation Anyway?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-161If it takes our efforts to make sure of our salvation, why would God say it is by His Grace? Why would He say in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it?” If God did not or could not do every aspect of our salvation, then He would not be the Strongest, Strong God, the Faithful Covenant Keeping God would he? God is not weak, nor does He need man to do anything for his salvation. If God grants us grace then it is a done deal!! Every facet, portion, part, and piece of our salvation is the gracious work of a Sovereign God, the Creator of this universe, and of all humankind. He has taken care of every aspect of the work of salvation and He will present us to Himself holy.

The scriptures say that “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrew 12:2) Tell me where in our Bible does it say, that we took the shame of the cross Jesus bore? If He is the author and finisher, where does it say He needs our work in between author and finisher? Why in the world would God need His creatures that He created, to help Him in our salvation? Moreover, why in the world would we say we have to accept His gift and take the glory away from Him? He gives it like dropping it in our laps. That’s grace!

Our having to accept His gift is such a large error being taught in the churches of our day and what it does is it takes away God’s glory. The creatures in control of his salvation and God having to wait on the sideline with His hands tied waiting on man’s decision. What happen to the more than 200 years of teaching, that it is grace through faith and it is the work of Christ on the cross, that saves a sinner elected before the foundation of the world to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8 – 9) I really get on a bandwagon here because this is so important in the doctrines of Christianity and so many people of our day are willing to be taught rotten, dreadful, appalling and outrageous error. It makes a person wonder if those who believe they must do something to have salvation, if they are saved or not. It is not the work of man because all credit will go to Christ and not one person will be able to stand in His presence and say “It was my choice” that will be a sure fire ticket to Hell!

Let us put on our thinking caps people and when you grasp the doctrine of election you won’t let others talk you out of the truth to believe their lies again. Because that is what happens to so many people, in our day and age. Stand firm on the TRUTH of God!
Lynn

Our Will Verses God’s Will

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-171Humans make salvation an issue of our will, but salvation is a matter of the heart. Not the heart that pumps blood to our bodies, but the mind – the thinking part of man is what God changes. Remember Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

How do we know God? Is it not through our thinking minds? What will we know with our minds? Is it not That God is LORD, and that we shall be His people, and He shall be our God? When we know this in our minds, we shall return to Him with our whole mind. Not with head knowledge but with a knowledge that believes unto salvation.

If we are God’s children (who are God’s elect) then 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 applies to us. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”

Stay close to the Lord and have a good day, remember His goodness and mercy is with you each and every step you take today and for all your tomorrows.
Lynn

Who Is God? Part 2

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-181Jesus tells the world who He is: John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” The Bible tells us that Jesus is God and that it is He who gave Himself for His own. Titus 2:13-14, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

In John 8:58, Jesus Himself says, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am”

Verily, Verily means Amen, Amen, which means – And so be it, and so be it. In other words, it is settled and it will be. I am – is telling us that Jesus is God and always was, He had no beginning, but always was, and is Jesus, and He will always be, and that He has no end.

In Revelations 1:8 Jesus tells us who He is, “I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Jesus tells us that He is The Almighty – and here in Revelations Jesus is plainly telling us that He is God Almighty of the Old Testament.

My hope is that all of you, who visit this blog, will come to know and grow in God our Lord and Saviour, and to Him give all glory, honor and love.
Lynn

Who Is God? Part 1

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-19To God be the glory in all that we learn of Him.

Who is God? There is One God as we have learned in our last Searching for Truth “What is God,” we also saw that there is only one true God, yet three persons which make up the Godhead. All of one substance, equal in power, and glory, (eternity). In the Godhead, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost is eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. We know that God is Spirit, with no body parts and this part of God is the Father, he is the thought part of God. Jesus Christ is known as God the Son and He is the Logos (Word) of God, this part of God was made flesh and dwelt among humankind. The Holy Spirit is the Third person in the Godhead, He draws (drags), teaches and is a comforter for all believers.

John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (also see Psalm 100:3) – The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not….That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made my Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Notice, Jesus is the Word of God, not a god as other false religions would like you to believe. Jesus is God and you must receive Him as so!!
Lynn

What Is God?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-201Taken from the Westminster Confession of Faith written in 1646 pgs 25 -

There is but one only, living, and true God: who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, and withal, most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them: He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth. In His sight all things are open and manifest; His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father: the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Psalms 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”
1 Timothy 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen?”
Psalms 145:3 “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable”
Revelations 4:8 “And the four beasts …..rested not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is , and is to come.”
Psalm 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.”
Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
John 5:26 “for as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.
Acts 17:24-25 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; V. 25. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
Romans 11:33-34 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! V. 34. For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor?
Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding infinite

Does God need our help in anything which He has created or ordained to come to pass? I was raised in a church that taught me that God was my Father, Saviour and that He is Holy. I have learned over the years that He is all Powerful, Mighty in strength and that the righteous run to Him in good times and times of need. That He is my Lord and Master and that He guides and directs my path. That He has ordained the end from the beginning and no one can stay His hand or say -Why doest thou? I know He loves His children to the point of His own death to save them. What love! I know that He hates sin and will show His wrath upon those who are not His. I know that He is coming again to take His own dear children home to be with Him forever. (The ones the Father gave Him) and I know that He is sovereign of which I am so glad!
Lynn

Doctrine

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-211Let’s talk about doctrine, doctrine is what you believe about something, everyone has a doctrine about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. But does everyone in the world have the same doctrines about God? Of course NOT! Some believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, some believe He is a good man and others a prophet, then there are those who believe God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are one and others say they are three God’s. Someone has to be wrong on these issues – because they all can’t be right.

We will be looking during this series, of verses that are taken out of context to bring forth a meaning that God did not intend for them to say. If we follow after Scriptures that have been twisted by man then our beliefs are build on a shaky foundation and it will collapse and crumble. This could mean the difference between Heaven and Hell as a destination for some, it is so important that our foundation is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness.

Taking verses like John 3:16 and others out of context changing them to say things like Jesus died for all men, or that anyone can be saved, or that we have to do anything to secure our salvation then verses like Jeremiah 24:7 – Ezekiel 36:26-27 – and all the verses which speak about God predestining, electing, choosing, don’t fit with their theology. As well as verses that they don’t like, which tells us that God keeps the believers and they will never loose their salvation and that no man, not even themselves can take them out of God’s hands. If their doctrines are not built on the Word of God they will fall for a lie – which makes many wonder if they are in Christ or maybe they just don’t have the knowledge of the Scriptures.

With my husband and I it has been a road of learning a little here and a little there, line upon line and precept upon precept, just like God says will happen with His dear children. God didn’t give us the knowledge 36 years ago that we now have in Christ, He just keeps on giving. We might read something many times and then say “Oh I never saw that before.” That is because He wasn’t’ ready for us to digest it until then. He opened our hearts and minds at those precious moments to understand and to grow more in Him. He is still teaching us and will continue tell the day He takes us home. To God be the glory!

People who are willing to follow a pastor or teacher into false doctrine are responsible be-fore God themselves. If they reject the whole counsel of God which we are commanded to study and accept. These people might as well tear out verses and chapters out of their Bibles – the trouble with that method is before long their Bible is filled will holes – taking away from God’s Word which He clearly teaches is not an option with Him, several places in the Scriptures He warns us not to do this because those who do will feel His wrath. In reality they have created another gospel. They might as well shred their Bibles to pieces because actually they already have. Do you see how easy it is to fall into false doctrine?

What is doctrine? Doctrine is what you believe about Christ. Mormons, Catholics, Muslins etc. all have a different doctrine than Christians although they believe in a Jesus it is not the same Jesus we believe in.

It is so very important that your beliefs are based upon the Word of God and in context, and that you compared Scriptures with Scriptures to search out and find the truths in God’s word. Some times it is finding out which tense it is written, or to check the Greek or Hebrew to see how it was really said. But God says we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God.

I want you to think and ponder over this – chew on it all day and see what God is telling you about doctrine and who you choose to follow. If you are following after Scriptures which are taken out of context you are following after false doctrine and false doctrines are another gospel than that of Jesus Christ. God warns dreadful things will fall upon those who do not follow His truth.

I hope Dear Ones that your desire is for the things of God and not of man – I hope you hunger for truth about our Blessed Saviour and are so concerned with right doctrine that you are willing to follow God in His teaching and run from false doctrines and lies of men. This, as I said earlier could mean the difference between Heaven and Hell. It is a very serious matter – and it should make you shake if your foundation is built on anything less that Scriptural truth.

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder
Lynn