Before you begin…
Understand that I created this place for those who already consider themselves “Christians”, whether they are part of what is called “modern” Christianity, or perhaps were born into a Christian family, or are of a Christian-based fellowship, or even those in a Christian-like organization.
If you say, “I am a Christian” to people, then this place was made for you.
That being said…
Let me start by asking…
In spite of what you do FOR GOD…do you continue to ~
- tell lies, even small ones
- gossip or eavesdrop on others
- steal things, even small, insignificant items
- cheat on taxes, tests, or even games
- have sex outside of marriage or even look at a person with lust
- view or watch pornography
- hate a person and wished them harm or death
- look with disdain or indifference to others in need
- use profanity or swear with the word “God” or “Jesus” meaninglessly
- do “church” on SUN-day (or not at all) instead of on the Sabbath
- believe that all gods from all religions are the same as the Biblical GOD
- worship Jesus in pagan ways (Christmas and Easter) instead of God’s Holy days
- disrespect your parents, grandparents, or elders
- not be satisfied with what you have and desire more or even things of others
- often be angry, impatient, selfish, or violent
- consume drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol in excess to feel good
If you relate to any one of these, and justify it in your heart as “okay” because you are a saved sinner, well the Bible says:
‘Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit God’s Kingdom.’ ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
‘Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.’ ~ Galatians 5:19-21
Paul here is speaking to “believers”…
Our Heavenly Father, YHWH, says:
‘“Next, you, son of man, say to your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous person will not save him, once he starts committing crimes; and likewise, the wickedness of the wicked person will not cause him to fall, once he turns from his wickedness. No, the righteous person cannot live by virtue of [his former righteousness], once he starts sinning. So if, after I tell the righteous person that he will surely live, he begins trusting in his own [former] righteousness and starts committing crimes; then none of his [former] righteous actions will be remembered; on the contrary, he will die for the evil deeds he has committed. Likewise, if, after I tell the wicked person, “You must die,” he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right — if the wicked person restores pledged property and returns what he stole, so that he lives by the laws that give life and does not commit evil deeds; then he will live, he will not die. None of the sins he committed will be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he will surely live.’’ ~ Ezekiel 33:12-16
You reply, “That’s the Old Testament God, not the New Testament Jesus I follow who teaches love”.
But do you not know that Yeshua (Jesus) is GOD (John 1:1), and AS GOD He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Malachi 3:6, Psalms 89:34, Hebrews 13:8).
The Bible continues to declare if you practice such things, you will not inherit God’s Kingdom.The Bible repeatedly says there is a place for those who live unrighteously. If you have ears to hear, listen to the words of Yeshua (Jesus):
‘“Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom (Lake of Fire).’ ~ Matthew 10:28
‘But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”’ ~ Revelation 21:8
‘The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth…So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”’ ~ Matthew 13:41-42,49-50
But you say, “I’m a Christian, I’m saved by grace, this does not apply to me.”
Do you not know that the Bible has more warnings for “believers” than for those who are not?
“As for you, O my flock, YHWH GOD says: ‘Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, the rams and the male goats. ~ Ezekiel 34:17
‘Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’ ‘ ~ Matthew 7:20-23
‘Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; These will go away into everlasting destruction, but the righteous into everlasting life.”‘ ~ Matthew 25:32-34,41,46
‘ “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.’‘ ~ Matthew 25:1-12
‘ “For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow, and gathering where you didn’t scatter. I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter. You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest. Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away. Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’’~ Matthew 25:14-15,21,24-30
Again, these passages are aimed at “believers”, not those of the world. They are His “flock” and “sheep”, they call Him “Lord Lord”, they are all “virgins”, and His “servants”. Do not be deceived, nor be mistaken, these are people who call themselves, “believers” who are being singled out because of their iniquity.
Truly and honestly ask yourself:
- How sure are you of what you believe?
- Did you learn it from a teacher, pastor, parent, friend, or did you learn it yourself?
- Do you really want to take the chance you might be wrong?
- Is it worth your soul to stand in pride and justify what you’ve done by what you believe?
You might say:
“But our salvation is justified through Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) gift of grace, in his death and resurrection. We are not justified by “works”. We are saved from the wrath that is due to us (because of our sin). Previously we were condemned in our sin, condemned to eternal death, but now, we are justified unto salvation.”
And that is true, however, not the whole truth…
In the above Scriptures, the examples given are those who clearly already “believe“, they are “children of GOD”. But YHWH judges the heart of men by their fruit and works which testifies of their “belief” of the whole truth. We are justified by our “true belief” in Yeshua (Jesus), “true belief” in the whole Word of God. This is the essence of our faith and this belief affords us the grace through Messiah Yeshua that leads to the justification of our salvation.
So, this begs the questions:
- Do you believe the Bible to be true?
- Do you fear GOD?
- Are you truly changed and earnestly desire to walk as the Messiah did, as He commanded those who profess to be His followers?
If you have indeed been born-again of YHWH (GOD), then the Bible says you have been given a new nature. And that comes with new desires so that you do not keep on sinning, willfully, intentionally, and purposefully.
As an earthy way to think about this, you might imagine some vomit on the ground. We who have a “new nature” do not simply follow a list of “rules” written on stone to keep us from eating it.
Because we find it disgusting.
Now, a dog (Proverbs 26:11 and 2 Peter 2:22) has a totally different nature, with different desires. A dog would find that vomit as appetizing as we find it disgusting.
The Spirit of YHWH changes us, by giving us a new heart, a circumcised heart. This new heart has the desire for YHWH in it so that you no longer desire dishonesty and hatefulness and immorality like you used to. You avoid them because these things start to make you sick.
Of course, this does not mean that you become perfect, or that you no longer struggle with sin (breaking YHWH’s “rules” ~ 1 John 3:4). Instead, you find there is an intense desire to read YHWH’s Word (the Bible), to know more of your savior. You should eagerly begin to practice obedience to YHWH’s will. You cannot love God and love the things that grieve him. You cannot have a mouth that sings praise to Yeshua (Jesus) with a life that openly crucifies him.
Simply saying, “I love GOD and believe in Him” is not the evidence of salvation.
It is not your mouth that best reflects your love for YHWH (GOD); it is your life (works).
‘The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands. Anyone who says, “I know him,” but isn’t obeying his commands is a liar — the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what he says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did.’ ~ 1 John 2:3-6
‘And everyone who has this hope in him continues purifying himself, since God is pure. Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah . You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and that there is no sin in him. So no one who remains united with him continues sinning; everyone who does continue sinning has neither seen him nor known him. Children, don’t let anyone deceive you — it is the person that keeps on doing what is right who is righteous, just as God is righteous. The person who keeps on sinning is from the Adversary, because from the very beginning the Adversary has kept on sinning. It was for this very reason that the Son of God appeared, to destroy these doings of the Adversary. No one who has God as his Father keeps on sinning, because the seed planted by God remains in him. That is, he cannot continue sinning, because he has God as his Father. Here is how one can distinguish clearly between God’s children and those of the Adversary: everyone who does not continue doing what is right is not from God. Likewise, anyone who fails to keep loving his brother is not from God. Those who obey his commands remain united with him and he with them. Here is how we know that he remains united with us: by the Spirit whom he gave us.’ ~ 1 John 3:3-10,24
However, when you are tempted back toward your sin—which we all have!—Yeshua protects you and renews you when you repent of it (the Word of YHWH promises this). In fact, one of the signs that your salvation is genuine is that even though you will fall, you never permanently fall away. God, through His Spirit (IN YOU) brings you back, again…and again.
As Proverbs says, “The righteous man falls seven times, and rises again” (Proverbs 24:16).
Your new nature is not demonstrated by never falling, but by what you choose to do when you fall. Salvation does not mean sinless perfection, but it does mean a new direction.
Therefore, if you truly desire to worship YHWH in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24) then please…