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Blog for Podcast #115 (money vs God)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

The other day I ran into a new excuse as to why to keep one’s wealth. Before I get into that. I will concede this fact. That in today’s society and system we live within, it makes all slaves to our incomes.

However, this does not excuse those that come to a true awareness of the teachings within the Bible. Now as to the excuse. The person used these verses to be encouraged by using more of their wealth for themselves then for God.

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Provide – G4306 – pronoeó – to foresee, look out for beforehand

Now just so we are all on the same page. All should agree that if you start a family they need to be cared for. However, we must also agree with what Christ Himself said:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Most now days ignore these words from Jesus Christ, now I understand one more excuse for it.

We have to work by degrees. We must balance our lives even more so than at any time in the past. Mainly because of how the need for money has come to be the master of the world system. Which has entrapped not only humanity but Christendom. Because of this they have forgotten these important verses that I keep being forced to go back to time and again:

Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

This is why there is a need for balance, for moderation from those that profess to being “Christian.” Living within our financial boundaries. Not seeking after that which is beyond our control.

A trend I myself was guilty of was purchasing a new car every four to five years. This put me in a financial bind, which led to another bind then another. Entrapping me, enslaving me to money. This cycle continued for decades. Why?

Because I was not following the Bible. I was not following God.

Finally, I did start to listen. I kept a car for a decade, removed Credit Card debt. Bought items that were cheaper, but kept my family cared for. If I financed, I made it short term if possible and paid it off before I pursued something new that was actually needed. Not wanted, needed.

I grew up in a household that sought after bigger, better, finer. They too professed to being “Christian” yet did what 1 John 2 told us not to do. I had fallen into the trap that so many that now profess to being “Christian” now do.

Why?

Because I did not know the Bible as well as I should. I have changed that part of it. I studied the Bible like I have never done before. Which in turn has given me insight into how we are to pursue our lives here in this temporal realm of existence.

I followed that important teaching that shows I wish to be a follower of Christ.

Luke 14:25-32 – Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

The cost of discipleship. The true cost is to stop seeking after the world. Stop seeking after that which the world prizes. Not to focus on our wants and desires. To live solely on what is required to make it to the next day but take no more. Not comforts, not luxuries. Not earthly entertainments.

Did I get rid of it all? No. I do not live as a monk of the days of old, but I live a modest and unassuming life. I live in an RV full-time with my wife and my dog.

Do I think all should live this way?

That is not for me to say. Each person must come to their place within the Body of Christ if they truly seek to be His disciple. However, we have the story of the young rich man. Told in three different gospels. Yet most reject what is being said within it.

The young man follows the teachings of the Bible. He follows all the commandments. So do many that profess to being Christian today. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ said this was not enough. More was required to truly be called a disciple of His:

Mark 10:21 – Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Most do not do this. They believe it has no place in their life. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth. For what is it that the young rich man did?

Mark 10:22 – But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

He turned his back upon Jesus Christ. Millions do this very same thing every day. Nonetheless they on the other hand still believe they are right with God and His Son. Yet Christ makes it clear that they are not welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven:

Mark 10:23 – Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

Why? Because they must have their comforts, they must have their luxuries, they must have their money. I return to Matthew chapter six once again:

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

They are saying otherwise, they are saying it is not black and white. Not hot and cold. What does this make them then?

Revelation 3:15-17 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

They are spit from the Body of Christ. They have turned their backs upon their salvation and chosen the world over God. They have chosen money over God. However, they still go to church. They still sing hymns and with all their hearts believe they are saved.  Believe they are going to heaven.

What is the final things Christ says about this issue about riches?

Mark 10:29-31 – “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

A key statement is made here:

“Along with persecution”

If people do not live in persecution. If they are not attacked for what they believe or say about the Word of God or how they live for Christ. Then they are not walking the path of salvation, but of comfort and leisure and point of fact money. They are on the wide path and not the narrow one.

Matthew 7:13 -14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

So, their god is not the Creator of this universe, but that which gives them satisfaction here in this fleeting existence we all must endure until we are called into the presence of God.

There are only two ways this calling can be accomplished. One way is in robes of white. The are other is to be standing before the Great White Throne in shock and bewilderment. For most believed they are truly “Christian.” Yet they will find themselves standing there anyway, defending themselves and seeing if their name has remained in the Book of Life or if it was removed by Jesus Christ Himself.

Revelation 3:1-6 – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. 4 “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. 6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #114 (Abomination)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Abomination

This word in the Greek is only seen six times in the New Testament. Two of these times was used by Christ to describe the antichrist in the books of Matthew and Mark. It is used twice in the book of Revelation as part of the description of the world religion which worships the antichrist.

Why I stated with these four examples of this word is because I wanted for you the listener and reader to understand the use of this word as something to be seen as extremely bad.

Many times, throughout past podcasts I have used one of the other two verses that uses this Greek word. I will get to that shorty, but I want this to sink in a bit.

In two uses it is used as a description of the antichrist and the other two part of the description of the one world religion that will worship the antichrist. Just think about that. This being and this group are the antithesis of Jesus Christ and those that follow Christ. Those that are called “Christian.”

So let us now look at these verses once again that I have used in the past:

Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

When Christ talked to the Pharisees, he labeled them as what they were:

“You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

The Pharisees justified themselves to men not God.

Justify – G1344 – dikaioó – render, (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent, be righteous, to show to be righteous, declare righteous

Simply they made the Jewish people believe they were “holy” by feigning righteousness. Then he says what?

“For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

What is highly esteemed among men?

Again, I turn to verses I have used more than once:

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

“Craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.”

Physical pleasure is not just limited to sex, but an adrenaline rush which is achieved through various means. Like participating in or watching sporting events, as well as video games and other entertainment like movies and television.

A craving for everything we see goes to seeking after beauty in all its forms. Form clothing to how people look and even tattoos. As well as face-lifts and seeking after eternal youth. Pride in achievements is seeking after success and prestige. While pride in possessions is seeking after the best, biggest and most luxurious.

What many don’t think about is that one of the worst places that participate in this is within churches. In fact, churches themselves do the same thing. The bigger the better when that is actually per the verses of 1 John a sin. Accordingly, seeking after bigger churches is pursing that which the world esteems.

Simply they are now equal to the Pharisees.

Right now, there are those listening that are protesting what I just stated. The mere fact that they are is verification that I have just stated fact. What does Jesus say about this?

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Most that profess to being “Christian” believe this is in reference to those that deny Christ. However, when you look at the full context of Matthew 7. Especially the verses that directly follow these:

Matthew 7:15-23 – “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

In the first half Christ is describing what to look for in false teachers, then He goes on to describe those that believed with all their hearts and actions that they were one with Christ. Yet He will say He never knew them.

I have shown multiple times those ending verses and explained that none can cast out demons unless they were once born again. Yet now they are denied by Christ.

Why is this?

It is because they have made themselves an abomination to Christ. They have turned themselves into the lukewarm.

Revelation 3:15-18 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.

Christ is giving them an out. He is asking them to repent. To abandon their riches and to seek after that which comes from Him. That which can only be received by leaving that which the world esteems to that which God esteems.

Mark 10:21 – Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Any who seek after wealth and riches are an abomination. They are on the same level as the antichrist and those that willingly follow after the riches of the world. Why do you think they are seen as worse than those that outright deny Christ? Why are they spit from His body?

Because they are an abomination. On par with those that are opposite of God, of Christ. This is why they are spit out.

Revelation 3:16 – So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Spue – G1692 – emeó – to vomit

  1. Vomit – to spew forth

Those that are the lukewarm are equal to those that follow the antichrist. They are no longer worthy to be in the presence of God or in the Body of Christ. They are detestable, seen as something that is willingly to show anger and hate for that which is true and righteous.

 1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

“From such withdraw yourself.”

Why say this? Because they are seen as evil. They are seen as an abomination.

God Bless

Blog for podcast #113 (understanding the covenants)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

More than once I have run into people that say: “But that was under the old covenant.” They say this because they wish to live in sin.

But let us go to the beginning of this issue.

People love to quote this verse:

Luke 16:16 – “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.

And I will never argue this point. However, they seem to forget the very next verse:

Luke 16:17 – And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

Christ also said this:

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

As pertaining to the new covenant Christ also said this:

Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

“Of these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Yet another affirmation that the laws of Moses that have nothing to do with sacrifices are still to be obeyed. For example, not to get tattoos.  For as the previous verses that were referenced earlier stated shows that we are still answerable to them. This is especially verified in the two given in Matthew 22.

Yet this is not enough for many. Let us look at this from a different perspective.

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Note how that last verse is worded.

The implication is that when living like this we fall within the parameters of the Laws of Moses, which again confirms that the laws are still active. This also implies that those that chose to live in sin are answerable to the Laws of Moses.

Since the very beginning humans have required limits. They need boundaries to work within. This was the entire purpose of the laws.

Yet now we no longer require these restrictions?

The most important verses within the Bible when it come to this topic are those of Matthew chapter 5.

Christ makes it extremely clear. He came to fulfil not to end the laws. However, the moment someone says, “that doesn’t apply to us.” They just said that the laws are destroyed, are removed.

Consequently, they are greater than God? That is the implication of this statement. They are special. They are privileged. They are favored. I have already addressed this in podcast #112 (No one has favoritism) This is the mentality of the Pharisees. Those who hated Christ for His Words went against theirs. Just as this truth goes against those that wish to live their lives as they see fit. Openly defying God.

Why though do they do this and still believe they are following God?

Because saying that the laws of Moses have no precedent in their lives it allows them to believe they are working in concert with God. When in fact they are living a lie. It is their mental twisting of the truth to make them feel they are working for God when it is made clear that they are actually working against Him.

It allows them to feel they have power in their service for God in this short time we are here in this temporal existence. They forget a key element in this though.

Only one being causes what happens. Only one being orchestrates the fate of humanity. That is God. Who knows full well how each person will act and respond to the Word of God. He knows that for centuries people have gotten wrong about what is required to be a follower of His Son. But there are enough that overcome to make it worthwhile.

However, He also knows that the further we come from that time that Jesus walked this planet. That humanity perverts the teachings of His Son to suit their own desires. Which is why we have these words in 2 Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors,  headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Most believe this is in reference to those that deny God. However, due to the words of verse five, we actually see it is referring to those that profess to being “Christian” as well. Why? Because they reject that the laws are still to be followed. Which in turn entitles them to live as those described in these verses. Why because they say there is no longer laws to be followed.

Earlier I read the verses of Matthew chapter 22. I will re-read the last verse:

Matthew 22:40 – On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

What this means if we live this way we will work within the limits of the laws of Moses. The thing is we need to know and understand what are within these laws to know for sure we are working within their perimeters.

People go about saying they love God and His Son. However, they enter into sins that are shown within the laws as just that sin. A prime example is those that get tattoos after accepting Christ as their Savior. The vessel of the Hoy Spirit, that which should scare them to harm or damage they do so anyway without even giving it a second thought.

Why? Because they have no knowledge of what is or is not sin because they have been told there are no laws anymore. Yet Christ made it clear that the laws would not end until the creation of the new heaven and new earth. Once again let us read Matthew five:

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.”

Any who say there is no laws, no commandments truly desire to be least, if not totally removed from the kingdom of heaven. They are acting in defiance of the Words spoken by Jesus Christ Himself.

Let us return to the tattoo example:

Leviticus 19:28 – You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.

Christ dying upon the cross did not end this. In fact, what does the New Testament say:

Romans 12:1-2 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Those of the world tattoo their bodies. So those that follow Christ shouldn’t even consider getting tattoos. If they have them before the are saved, they must live with the shame of it. But to add to it with so called “Christian” markings is actually insulting to Jesus Christ and His Father for you are basically placing graffiti upon the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, as you can see the laws never ended if you read the Bible with that context in mind you will see the truth of this. Accordingly, any who say otherwise are in fact teachings a false teaching.

I once had someone ask me if I am following the Laws of Moses. I replied with Matthew 22. They insisted that I answer their question. Yet I just had. You see the first commandment comes from Deuteronomy. To be accurate Chapter 6 verse 5. And the second Leviticus 19:18.

So, if these are from the laws of Moses and Christ says we are to follow them, then who can say the laws are dead?

Those that wish to live their lives as they see fit perhaps and not to the standards set forth by Jesus Christ Himself.

Ponder this and look to your own lives for Christ is soon to return.

God Bless.

Blog for Podcast #112 (No one has favoritism)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Romans 2:7-8 – He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.

This warning was not given to heathen. This warning was not given to those that deny God and refused to accept His Son as their Savior.

This warning was given to those who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. This warning was given to those that professed to be Christian. Had been baptized and even filled with the Holy Spirit.

Why warn people that were told they could never loss their salvation?

Because there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.”

This comes from Jesus Christ Himself in John 15:1-6 for none can be a part of the Vine unless they are born again. Unless there are saved. Any who deny this has openly declared to the world that they deny He who spoke the words. As such Christ will deny them to His Father. (Matthew 10:33)

Romans 2:9-11 – There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 10 But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

“For God does not show favoritism.”

This is a powerful sentence. This goes to the core of those that profess that “once saved always saved” is real. For those that profess this are stating that they are God’s favorite, which again goes counter to the Bible as this very sentence existence within the Bible makes clear. In the first chapter of Romans, it is described how those that refused to worship God as God turned to idolatry. The worship of things and animals.

This takes different shapes today. They worship their homes, their transportation and even their pets. Keeping the majority of their wealth unto themselves. All while proclaiming, they are one with their Savior for He will never remove their salvation. The beginning of Romans chapter two begins like this:

Romans 2:1-2 – You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.

“And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.”

This verifies that there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.” For it is made crystal clear that any who live in sin will be punished by God for He has no favorites. If you sin against God no matter your affiliation with Him this shows He places all upon the same level, as it should be.

We are required to follow all of Christ commandments. He added two well technically he reaffirmed them:

 Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Which means we are to follow the laws and the teachings within the Old Testament. We are also to follow what Christ said to the young rich man since it is shown in three different Gospels:

Mark 10:21 – Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

How many sell off their possessions? I know of an extremely few. Which places the majority to be living in sin as testified again by Christ Himself:

Luke 16:14-17 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
Which means the laws of Moses are still active.

What is it that is highly esteemed among humanity?

Seeking after wealth, comfort, luxuries, and fancy clothing. All of this is seen as an abomination to God and thus a sin. Nevertheless, most that profess to being “Christian” live this very way. A majority of these believe in the false doctrine of “once saved always saved.”

However, they deny the law which is clearly shown will not go away until the new heaven and new earth are created by God after the thousand-year reign of Christ.

Christ commands we sell our possession as prove we are His followers. Yet, millions refuse to even do this. Always seeking more and better. Always seeking after the world.

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Consequently, as they seek after bigger and better, they seek after the world, which means that God is not within them. Nevertheless, they profess that they are saved. They profess that they can never loss their salvation. Yet God is no longer with them. It is truly and completely sad.

A great multitude follows Christ today. This is what Jesus Himself said to another multitude when he walked this earth two thousand years ago:

Luke 14:25-33 – Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

What is the very first sentence he says?

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”

What does this truly mean?

It means that we are to place nothing upon this earth before Christ Jesus, not even our own selfish desires. All is below God especially us as it should be. The only being that deserves glory is God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.

Just in this sentence alone we can do willingly as Christ requests.

In the next sentence we find the cost required:

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

We are instructed to accept persecution from all those that deny the Truth. We are shown that those that will hate us the most are those that are religious. Calling themselves “Christian” yet denying the Truth found within the Bible. Saying that they are favored above all others, special, exempt, privileged.

Was this not the mentality of the Pharisees and the Sadducees? Did they not teach laws that were not written in Laws of Moses? I will let those reading and listening to answer that for themselves.

Then we come to the most important sentence given in this:

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 14:33 – So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Forsaketh – G657 – apotassó – to set apart, take leave of, to renounce, bid farewell, send away

All – G3956 – pas – all, the whole, every, any

We are specifically instructed to get rid of all our earthly possessions, and to keep any we deny being a disciple unto Christ. Does this mean to go homeless? No, it does not. It means to live in the least possible. Keeping the majority ready for the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 9:6-15) For we are told we must not to store our treasures here on earth but in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-24)

Christ did teach mainly to the Jews. But then why do we have the Gospels? Just for the Jews? No.

It is for all to learn the Truth. From He who spoke it and died upon the cross for us. All that is taught within the Bible is for all that profess to being His followers. Any who deny any part of the Bible deny God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All Scripture. That means the entire Bible applies to everyone who calls themselves “Christian.” That means that if Jesus Christ says that something it applies to everyone. Not just the Jewish people, but to any who call themselves His follower.

Time is running out. He is soon to call those that are ready into heaven. Read the Bible and accept the Truth, the Good News and stop listening to people pleasing teachings that are not within the Bible.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #111 (Only the Bible)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

2 Timothy 3:12-17 – Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Why start today’s podcast with these verses?

It is very simple.

It is extremely important that people that profess to being true followers of Jesus Christ read the Bible and take no words given by men, for men are fickle. They think only of themselves and so do not mention things within the Bible which makes them uncomfortable or reduce their paychecks. Like salvation can be lost as a prime example. Another is those that look to a man in robes and say he is the only person that talks to God. Then sit in a confessional and confess to sins they continue to commit, never truly seeking repentance.

Time is running out.

Why do I say this?

2 Timothy 3:1-9 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Matthew 6:31-32 – “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Now I want those reading or listening to this message to look about them. Not just in the cities, towns or villages you live in but look within the church you attend if you still do. Look in the parking lot and how people drive and what they drive as they go to church and leave it. How they dress and what they choose to eat. You may be surprised if you just take the time to look about you. I mean really read these verses and look.

As the last verses that were just read, plus the fact that Jesus Christ said many times to sell off our possessions as well as to seek nothing here on earth. Then those that seek after the world are living in sin. However most reject this. Here is two verifications:

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Luke 16:14-17 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

For centuries people have sought after the approval of their fellow humans. Humans who look to wealth and prestige, yet this is seen by God as abominable. Yet millions profess that they are His true followers, however they daily defy God in an abominable way. Seeking after wealth. Seeking after comfort. Seeking after status and prestige. Seeking after BMWs. Seeking after Lexus’. Seeking after jewelry. Seeking after the best and most expensive clothing. Just like those that deny God, that reject that Christ died for them upon the cross.

This is why knowing the Bible is so important. Because the Bible makes it clear that if you are a true follower of Christ, you will seek less of the things this world offers and seek only after that which is pleasing to God. Any who show lavishness or seek after it are in fact spitting in the face of their Savior.

The other day I saw a meme of these women in church. All dressed in white with expensive and lavish hats upon their heads. Looks of superiority written upon their faces. All I saw was modern day Pharisees.

The Puritan made efforts to live the right way. However, there is evidence that this was a failure. Why? Because humans are by nature corrupt. They seek to make themselves feel good. They seek to make themselves happy.

Why? Because they do not know the Bible. They do not understand what is within it.

As we go through this last generation. The generation that can truly be labeled Biblically the “lukewarm,” we will look to the last letter to the seven churches once again.

Revelation 3:14-22 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘ “

“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’”

This is one of the main ways you can identify the lukewarm. What is said Christ does to the lukewarm? He spits them from His Body. They loss their salvation. Why? Because they are seen as worse than those that outright deny God. They are seen as worse than heathens, then Atheist.

This is why those that deny God laugh at God. This is why Atheist exist. Because those that profess to be His followers deny Him so openly by seeking after the pleasures and the rewards of this world.

Learn the Bible. come to know the Bible. Truly study the Bible. Then live the Bible.

Sell off your worldly possessions and use that money to help those in true need. Help them to see the true blessings that come from those that sacrifice all for His glory. Seeking after their treasures not here on this earth, but in the new earth this is going to come after the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ.

Learn the Bible and stand up to those that question the Word of God. For when they question you because of what the Bible says they are in fact questioning God Himself. When they question, they show that their understanding of God is faulty. Their understanding of what is written within the Bible is their assumptions and/or their denial of the Truth. But when you stand up to them to not cause issues if you can. Address the truth then let it go. It is not your job to convenience it is your job to tell the truth. Once the truth is out there and they still question what is written within the Bible they have shown their true self.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

It is now their job to read the Bible and learn it for themselves if they so desire. Your job as a Christian?

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

“Against such there is no law.”

Now what does this mean?

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

When we live as we are told in Galatians five, we work within the Law of Moses, so it does not affect any who do. Jesus Christ has made it clear that we are to stay within those laws not removed by Christ going to the cross.

I know millions that profess to followers Christ. Yet they say the Laws of Moses are dead. Yet Jesus makes it clear that the laws of Moses are alive and well.

With Jesus Christ soon to return for those that are ready for Him. This means knowing the Bible and following what is taught within it.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #110 (Denial)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

What is required to deny Christ?

Let us look at the verses of Timothy:

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

“Even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In a recent discussion I showed the Words of the Glorified Jesus Christ from Revelation. However, this is not the time to go to that point but to show another aspect of those that were followers of Jesus then turned their backs upon Him.

Titus 1:10-16 – For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. 12 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.” 13 This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. 14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth. 15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

Now it is time to go to the words of the Glorified Jesus Christ. In particular the letter to the church of Sardis.

Revelation 3:1-6 – “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘

Now before I get into why these words for Jesus Christ caused issue. We have to come to an understanding,

These seven churches have seven angels assigned to watch over them. Watching over them is Jesus Christ. We also know that these churches were established within sixty years after the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Be it Paul or John who established it is of no concern. However, what is of concern is due to the point that these churches were made soon after Christ’s ascension leads to an important state for these churches. The people that made up these churches has been taught the Good News by someone that knew the Truth. These people were baptized after accepting Christ as their Savior and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.

How can this be said?

Because Paul and John would have made sure it was done.

So, these seven churches were originally full followers of the Truth of Jesus Christ.

Yet now they have fallen away. They have drifted from the Truth. Even though Galatia was not one of these seven churches look at the opening segment of that letter to see my point:

Galatians 1:6-7 – I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

These people were also baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit as attested to by these words:

Galatians 1:6 – I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,

“From Him who called you in the grace of Christ.”

So, these people were “Christian” just as those of the seven churches were.

So let us re-read the letter to Sardis and keep in mind that these people had been originally saved:

Revelation 3:1-6 – “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘

I was led through pray and study, by the Holy Spirit to identify those of the modern-day church of Sardis as those that follow the teaching of “Once saved always saved.” This is the main people to which I was led to reference, but I have seen that there are multiple groups out there that follow false teachings. Yet within them are those that are truly followers of Jesus Christ.

And right there some new folks just got upset and angry.

When you work from the flesh it is shown in visible signs that can be seen:

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

…. Hatred, contention, …. outburst of wrath…… dissension ….. heresies

A better translation of the words is hostility, quarreling, outburst of anger, dissension and division. Which many rejecting what I just stated a few moments ago have just displayed.

We are instructed by the Bible to do this:

2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

I know firsthand that the false teaching of “once saved always saved” is false. I will tell you the story from my own life.

I knew someone that was Baptist and with all their heart testified that they were Christian. They believed their salvation could never be lost. Yet at the very same time they practiced witchcraft.

Note Galatians 5:20… the second word in that verse is “sorcery” which is stated to be works of the flesh. Also note the last 7 words of verse twenty-one:

“Will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

So, which is it?

Oh, they were never saved in the first place someone just said. I refer them to the Bible:

Romans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

So, again I say: which is it?

Jesus Christ Himself said this in the gospel of John:

John 15:1-6 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

“I am the vine you are the branches.” None can be a branch unless they are one with Christ. This comes through salvation. Yet this is also said:

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

They are removed from the Vine who is Christ. Their salvation is revoked, and even worse than that they are thrown in the fire.

They are cast into damnation.

These are the words of Jesus Christ who also said this:

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.”

Due to free-will we have a choice in our salvation. if we overcome and chose to follow Christ, He will not remove our names from the Book of Life.

The implication is crystal clear. If someone choses to stay in sin, their name is removed from the Book of Life. Their salvation is removed.

Therefore, per Christ Himself there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.” Any who insist that this is a lie just called Jesus Christ a liar. In simpler terms they just denied Jesus Christ. What does He say about those that deny Him?

Matthew 10:33 – But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

If someone is denied to the Father by the Son, then they have lost their salvation.

Do you see the theme of this message.

To live in denial is to deny Jesus Christ.

It is time to face the truth. It is time to face facts. Jesus Christ is soon to return. The Tribulation is soon to start. I already know most will reject this message. For the Bible makes that very clear. I know that those that listen will be allowed into the marriage feast. But those that continue to reject the Truth found within the Bible will be pounding upon the door and Christ Himself will shout out to them.

Matthew 25:12 – But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

This first rapture will be very small. For three and a half years those that have embraced the false teachings like “once saved always saved” will have to suffer the torments that occur in that time frame. But those that overcome will be clad in white garments:

Revelation 7:9-14 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #109 (The True Way…… Really)


This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

HOW THINGS ARE:

The daily live of an ordinary human:

They get up. They go into the world and to seek to make a living. Now in the way we live in the world today the book of Ephesians applies to the world at large:

Ephesians 6:5-9 – Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. 9 Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

Let’s rephrase that for today so you the listener or reader will understand:

Employees, obey your employers with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. Employers, treat your employees in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

We shouldn’t seek to leave the world, for we are to be a light unto the world. Showing them the true path to salvation. The problem is. Most that profess to being “Christian” do not know the truth. They do not truly know how they are to live a Christian lifestyle. They think they do, but they truly don’t.

This is seen in many places within the Bible and from Christ Himself… a prime example:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Most ignore this. Not wanting to come to terms with it. Not seeing that their eyes are unhealthy. They don’t understand that God already knew when His Son walked this earth that we humans would be living the lives we are living today. Slaves to a money system to receive our daily bread. However, in many countries this has caused them, in a way to be rich.

WHAT IS REQUIRED:

With this in mind, God guided those that wrote the gospels to three times repeat the same story, yet again many reject what this story means to them personally.

Mark 10:17-22 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

When we accept Christ as our Savior we are given specific instructions on how we are to prove our fellowship to Him.

  1. Obey the commandments (All of them. This is not just the ten, but all taught in the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus that were not overridden by Christ dying upon the cross.)
  2. Sell off our possessions. Why?

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

You see when we seek after what is of this earth, we do not follow God nor His Son, but our own wants and desires. If we seek after what gives us comfort, we do not seek after God, but what is pleasing to ourselves. Our god is no longer the Creator of us all, but ourselves.

The Bible makes it clear what we are to do, to be His true and devoted followers. We are to sell off our possessions. We are to downsize. We are to get rid of debt, and to have money ready at hand to give to those in need. As shown here:

2 Corinthians 9:6-13 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

“For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”

You cannot do this in a huge house. You can not do this is a new car. You cannot do this in fancy clothes.

Therefore, we must downsize to show our conformity to the wishes of He who died upon the cross for our sins. Once we accept Christ as our Savior, He makes it clear that we are to do as He says, especially if it is said three times.

2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

Most will be scoffing at this. The mere fact that they did is itself verification…. Look how the Pharisees responded:

Luke 16:14-17 – The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. 15 Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God. 16 “Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in. 17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned.

So why question what has been shown here?

Because they do not wish to let go of their comforts. They do not wish to let go of their true god…. themselves. Take a key element that Christ states in His words to the Pharisees.

“What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.”

Does the world honor seeking after the best? The biggest? The most expensive? The most beautiful?

Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes.

Then those that seek after it are seen by God Himself as detestable.

Yet they call themselves “Christian.” They call themselves “saved.” They call themselves “born again.”

Yet God just called them detestable.

How can they be right with Christ if He sees them as detestable?

I will allow those listening to make that call for themselves. For it is each person’s own choice as to how they will stand before God. Either in robes of white or as a defendant in their eternal trail which will occur before the Great White Throne.

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

As I have established before none cast out demons unless they are a follower of Christ as established in Matthew 12:

Matthew 12:25-32 – Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. 30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me. 31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.

Again, there is a key statement made by Jesus Christ right here:

“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”

Those that do not downsize. That keep their wealth, their huge houses, their fancy cars. Their golf clubs, their box seats at football stadiums. Their bright and fancy clothes. They are against Christ. They are against God. They are seen as detestable in the sight of the Lord.

Christ is soon to return. Repent. Downsize. Glorify God.

God Bless.

Blog for Podcast #107 (A Time for Trials)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

1 Peter 4:12-19 – Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. 14 If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! 17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? 18 And also, “If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?” 19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

Being in the last days, as we are right now, an important statement is made in these verses:

1 Peter 4:17 – For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?

God is passing judgement upon all that profess to being “Christian” at this time. If you are not going through some type of trial or tribulation, then you are not suffering as Christ did.

What does this imply? I will allow you the listener or reader of this podcast to come to that conclusion.

What is important?

Coming to know the true Word of God by reading it for yourself. Some may have their trails as they read the Bible for themselves. They will find that things they thought were true wasn’t. Last week I listed ten false teachings. Most of them embraced by millions that profess to being followers of Christ.

Knowing we are right with God can only come with studying the Word of God.  Coming to know that for most of the time Christianity has existed the teachings given by men do not match the Word of God. This is witnessed in many actions that became part of History. The Crusades, the conquest of the Americas are just two examples. Another is those that seek to have their names go down in history. When the Bible makes it clear that this earth’s past will never be remembered.

The seeking after wealth and comfort, as well as seeking after a place in history has been a main stay within all of humanity for centuries, yet the Bible says this about those that seek to have their names remembered as well as to be rich:

Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

James 5:1-3,5 – Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment….. 5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.

“This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.”

These last verses were spoken to those that called themselves the followers of Christ. Therefore, which day of judgement is being referred to here?

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Revelation 20:11-15 – And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

At this time though we are not to that point. Most still have time to correct themselves:

Revelation 18:4 – Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.

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re here after the Holy Spirit is removed from this earth and the antichrist is revealed.

Any sin that will not allow people entrance into heaven.

Galatians 5:19-21 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

The obvious sins, many say with all their hearts, they do not do. This may be true. I do not know the hearts of my fellow humans. I only know my own. I know the struggles that I suffer. I know how Paul felt.

Romans 7:18-19 – And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

If you do not feel this anguish within your life. How can you say you have a repentant heart?

Think on that a moment.

Paul the thirteen apostle. Chosen by Christ Himself to teach the Gentiles of God and His Son. Yet he felt like nothing good was within him.

Why?

Because he truly understood the human heart. He was born into religion. Raised in religion. He became a Pharisee. He thought himself righteous and special, to the point that he hunted down and slew Christians.

I know many that profess to being “Christian” and they look down upon their fellow human. They think themselves greater, better, blessed. Yet they do not know they just announced to the world that they are themselves Pharisees. They do not realize that compared to Jesus Christ Himself they are wrenched and miserable.

Why?

Because we live in corruption.

We live in sin. We can never be rid of it, and any who say otherwise are teaching a false gospel. Yes, we are forgiven by Jesus Christ. Yet the struggle never ends within us. Paul proved this in those verses from Romans.

Anyone who believes and thinks themselves perfect do not have a repentant heart. If any thinks, because they have God within them, they are privileged, do not understand the Bible.

Yes, we have the Holy Spirit within us if we have been filled, but this shouldn’t cause us to believe we are special. This should cause us to be cautious and afraid to enter into sin. For we are told not to tarnish the Holy Spirit, for when we stain the Holy Ghost we tarnish Christ we tarnish God.

Does this not give you fear of the wrath of God within your own heart?

Well, it should, this is something that Paul himself knew and acknowledged to the world in the verses we will once again read:

Romans 7:18-19 – And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

This is said in Galatians:

Galatians 5:16-18 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

Two things need to be said from these verses.

  1. If you don’t feel conflict within your soul, then you do not seek to be Christ-like.
  2. If you are not directed by the Holy Ghost, you are answerable to the laws of Moses.

So, any who say we can do things like get tattoos and call themselves “Christian” are not following the Holy Spirit and so fall under the law which says not to paint our bodies, and if what I just said upset you. You need to remember the verses from Galatians, which were read earlier. So, I will restate them:

Galatians 5:19-21 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

I have met many that call themselves “Christian” and they display many of these behaviors. However, they make little effort to remove these from them. for they themselves see that they are holy. Oblivious to the truth that Christ Himself will deny them when they stand before they Great White Throne Judgement in total bewilderment.

Repent for His return is nigh.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #106 (Top 10 False Teachings)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Today I will be showing the top ten false teachings that now plague humanity. These are not in any particular order. However, they are not found in the Bible.

#10 – the self-glorification teaching.

               A teaching that we are special. We are wonderful. That because we are now one with God we are His glorious child and all lies.

Here is how someone should see themselves because this is how Paul saw himself:

Romans 7:24 – Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

We are constantly at battle with our sin nature as witnessed here:

Galatians 5:16-26 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

If a person lives in any of the sins listed in these verses that person is not one with God. They are in reality one with sin and so will suffer the fate of those that live in this sin.

Now remember the verse from Romans and how Paul thought of his own mortal nature. Any who think of themselves as great while living in this sin filled body do not think much of God our Creator, and if they do not think much of God. then who are they truly glorifying?

Themselves. For they are their own gods.

If it is peace in contentment people seek after by glorifying and pleasing themselves remember these verses:

1 Timothy 6:6-10 – Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

We will return to this later. For those that seek to make you feel glorious have another agenda in mind as well which is another false teaching, but we will move on to something else at this time.

#9 – you are only guaranteed true salvation if you speak in tongues.

This is what the Bible says:

1 Corinthians 14:1-5 – Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Seeking after tongues is a spiritual gift, but it is meant more for one-on-one time with God. It is something for one’s prayer life, not for show to the world.

I have and do speak in tongues. When I was first filled with the Holy Spirit, I spoke it, but I do not shout it out to the world, for my gift does not lead to prophesy.

Those that say you must speak in tongues, and you must do it for all to hear and see is not Biblical. Thus, it is a false teaching. Again, designed by humans to edify the self and not God.

#8 – Celebrating Christian events on solstices.

This was established by the Catholic Church at the first council of Nicaea. Their “goal” was to help pagans to accept Christianity.

A prime example is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For hundreds of years after His ascension it is something that people were trying to pin down. Their best guesstimate is September from 4 to 2 BC. Not 0Ad. It was Pope Julius I around 350AD that made this the day to celebrate Christ’s birth and so now all commemorate this day which is on or close to the winter solstice.

The term “Easter” does not have to do with Christ’s death or resurrection. From the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary this is said:

“The word ‘Easter’ is of Saxon origin, Estra, the goddess of spring, in whose honor sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo-Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.”

So, this is why we should not celebrate December 25th. As well we shouldn’t call Easter that name. I prefer Resurrection Day.

#7 – the confessional.

We have only one mediator:

1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

To seek repentance from another human and then to say a few prayers does not relieve us of these sins. They stay with us and corrupt and destroy us. Only the Blood of Jesus Christ can wash away sin and having a truly repentant heart.

Repentance is defined as: the fact of showing that you are very sorry for something bad you have done in the past, and wish that you had not done it.

Saying a few words in a pray and then going and repeating the same sin over and over is not repentance it is acceptance of sin. We should strive to remove all sin from our lives no matter how painful it may be.

This goes hand in hand with

#6 – sprinkle baptism

This is done to newborns in most cases. To a child that cannot speak nor has any idea what is going on. Nor do they know who Jesus Christ is. Heck they barely know their own parents. This leads into

#5 – water baptism done before the age of consent and also not in the name of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ said this:

John 3:5 – Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.

Christ’s ministry did not begin until He Himself was baptized. (Matthew 3:13-17)

This can only be done when someone has true repentance and desires not to live in sin. Sin does not begin in any human until they reach the age of consent. Which has been shown through the Jewish faith to be at the age puberty begins. This is when someone becomes fully aware that they are corrupt and need salvation. This is why this is said about corrupting children before the age of consent:

Matthew 18:1-6 – About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Not: “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” but in Jesus Christ.

By the way, the name of the Holy Spirit:

John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Is Jesus Christ.

#4 – those who insist upon praying for all the world to see and hear

Matthew 6:5-8 – “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

I recently did an entire message and Bible study on this in episode #103 entitled: “We are told not to pray in public.” Look to that for a deeper look into this false teaching that makes people to pray in public in a way all will know that they are doing so.

#3 – Prosperity teaching

It is these teachers that also teach self-glorification. Those that tell you to seek after worldly treasures. To seek after wealth, luxuries and comfort here in this temporal plain of existence. For your own self-comforts and glory. This goes 100% against what is taught within the Bible:

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

And by the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Nuff said on this for once you deny the Word of Christ Himself you deny Him to the world.

#2 – teaching people they can live in sins that the Bible states clearly will not allow them into heaven

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

It is made very clear. Live in these sins and never end them and you will not go to heaven. Remember this from 1 Corinthians as well:

1 Corinthians 6:11 – And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Do not say you cannot end these sins. For they can be ended as witnessed in this verse. They were water baptized and received the Holy Ghost and with Christ’s help they ended those sin that would deny them heaven.

Will it be easy? I can say in all honesty. No, it will not. It will be painful and shattering to your very core, but it can and needs to be done if you truly seek to be in the presence of God for all eternity.

And we now come to #1 – those that follow the false teaching of “Once saved always saved”

This is nothing, but a ticket to live in sin and never to truly seek repentance. It is also ultimately the greatest denial of Jesus Christ Himself. For He makes it very clear in His own words that salvation CAN be lost:

John 15:1-6 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

If this is not enough, I refer you to my past podcasts: #69-71 (Salvation is not guaranteed parts 1-3).

So, these are the Top Ten false teachings that are corrupting millions into believing they are one with God, when that is the furthest thing from the truth.

Seek after God through Jesus Christ. For His return is near and time is running out for everyone.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #105 (Who are the modern Pharisees)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

When people become aware that they may have learned something incorrectly from what they heard about the Bible. They sometime become fearful, and at times angry or aggressive. They especially do this if it goes to the root of what they believe to be truth, but the Bible itself says otherwise.

When I was studying the twenty-third chapter of Matthew. The Holy Spirit caused me to focus in on the following verses:

Matthew 23:13-15 – “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

Let us look more closely at these verses:

Matthew 23:13 – But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

It is made clear that those that are within a group that teaches a false doctrine will, to the point of force, stop someone who has seen the truth. They will attack and fight to keep what they feel is “truth.” Not allowing any others to find the real Truth and find their way into the presence of God through Jesus Christ.

They will be argumentative coarse and even arrogant. We are instructed this on those that behave in such a manner:

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

One of the major keys in these verses that were just read is these words:

“Even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Those that cling to false doctrine deny the words spoken by Jesus Christ Himself. Do you understand the import of that statement?

Matthew 10:33 – But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Does this not go with what the Pharisees were doing? I will allow you the read or listener to come to your own conclusion.

Matthew 23:14 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

This is reference to those that seek after and take money, especially from those that are suffering from lose of a loved one. I have seen many televangelists that partake of these practices and even film the person in sorrow feeling joy and surrendering over the earthly money they need to get a new start in this temporal existence. This in many cases causes them to turn away from God instead of turning towards Him which may lead them not into Heaven, but to have to stand before the Great White Throne. Simply away from the salvation they should have received by seeking after the truth and mayhaps finding it though the trial that God placed them in.

Matthew 23:15 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

This is reference to missionaries that teach false doctrines and believe with all their hearts that they are doing good. They bring many to their verses of “salvation,” then leave the people to their own devices not truly teaching them the Word of God so they falter and fall returning once again to sin. Many believing they are still one with the Lord thus making it worse for themselves then if the missionary had never come to their area and led them down a rosy path to damnation.

2 Peter 2:20-22 – For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A DOG RETURNS TO HIS OWN VOMIT,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Now that I have read these three woes. I have been led to take a different approach to those out there that wish to hear those teachings that make the listener feel better about themselves. However, the message does in no way lead them into rejecting the way they live. Again, like the Pharisees.

These woes, though spoken to the Pharisees nearly two thousand years ago, have a new focal point in today’s world. Millions believe with all their hearts that they are one with God. That He is going to call them into heaven just before the tribulation begins.

What is one of the key elements that identified those within the Pharisees and Sadducees. They made up false teachings that echoed the Laws of Moses but in reality, had nothing to do with the Truth of these Laws. They were false laws, forced upon the people to follow.  Yet they themselves for the most part didn’t bother to do so themselves.

Millions walk into the buildings called “churches” and sit in the pews. Millions stand before these people on the dais and tell them they are loved by God. They are told they are special. They are told that they are His select. That they are greater and better because He is their protector. They have their ego’s stroked, but they feel no remorse for their actions. They curse. They speed. They commit adultery. Some even do worse. They live in sins that we are told will not allow them entrance into heaven. Yet they were just told that they are welcomed into heaven. (Matthew 7:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesian 5:5)

Understand this.

If the Bible says you cannot get into heaven. Then you cannot get in. If you cannot get in then you are living in a lie if you believe you can.

If this makes you angry. If this makes you upset. You need to stop and think for the Bible says this:

Galatians 5:19-21 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Those that do this have just declared to the world that they follow the world and not God.

There is a way around this. Listen to the Truth. Know that living in sins that are clearly shown lead not to heaven but to hell. Know that you must repent. You must end these sins, these lifestyles.

Let me give you a description of the lake of fire before you continue that thought that you would rather go to hell than end living in your current lifestyle:

Isaiah 66:24 – And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

This is the reality of what it means to live in sin. All those sins that the Bible says will not allow a person entrance into heaven go to this place. This place where fire burns and worms eat upon their flesh will be something they feel every single day of every month of every year for billions upon billions of years.

I don’t say these things out of hate. I say these things out of love for my fellow humans. I wish none to suffer this fate. Yet millions that go into the buildings called “churches” believe with all their heart that they will never experience this. Yet this is the furthest thing from the truth.

It is these people that believe they are exempt from God’s wrath. Just because they go into these buildings and give their tithe and even stand upon the dais. Yet they live in sin. They commit sin. They make people that hate God continue to do so because they see people like this living in sin, in wealth, in luxuries and comfort. Yet there are starving children literally just down the road. Not just starving because they lack food, but because they lack love, and the true teachings of the Bible.

Mark 10:21 – Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

How many believe that their true value is measured upon how wealthy and comfortable they are?

And everyone of them is living in and for sin.

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

If someone does not have God in them then they are not of God. If they are not of God then for whom do they truly serve and worship?

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Too many people believe that those being blinded are those that do not call themselves “Christian.” However, the majority of those that do live in this manner go by the aforementioned title and believe they are perfect and glorious.

Only God is perfect and glorious. Only He deserves the glory forever and ever.. Amen

God Bless