And the satanic deception I am touching on today is the lie that "You won't die".
Look at the lie. "YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE" said satan to Eve, as he tempted her to eat of the fruit from the tree which God had told Adam not to eat from:
Satan, using God's own words, told Eve:
"You will not surely die". Satan used God's own words and told Eve this was not how God meant it.
And here is the lie I have recently been hearing from a pulpit ... more than once:
"When you read in the New Testament that anyone living in sin, or giving in to their sinful desires, 'WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD' it DOES NOT MEAN they won't get into Heaven. That is not what these passages are talking about at all. It means you won't inherit the blessings of the Kingdom of God while alive on Earth. You see, you are saved by God's Grace alone ... by the blood of Jesus Christ only ... and nothing you can do will ever remove you from God's love or forgiveness or Heaven. So these passages do not mean you will not get into Heaven. You simply will not be walking in God's health and abundance and provision and peace and joy while on Earth. But you are still saved."In other words: YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE and be separated from God.
Same lie. Same satan. Same old deception and twisting of God's Words to mean the opposite of what God has said.
But am I correct? Or is the preacher correct? Let's look at SCRIPTURE to see:
|2 Corinthians 11 (NIV):|
In this Passage I see Paul preaching EXACTLY what I am stating: That the Church is being deceived EXACTLY as Eve was deceived, with the same lie given to Eve, by satan through his workers who state, "You can live as you want. Do what you want. You don't have to obey God's laws. There is freedom and no condemnation in Christ Jesus. You will NOT die and go to hell when you live as you want, because once you are saved you are always saved. It is a free gift of God and not by your works". But Paul was fighting this teaching in order to present a "PURE VIRGIN", or a pure Church, to Christ, as other Scriptures show us:
|Ephesians 5 (NIV):|
Let us break this Ephesians Passage down:
There should not even be a HINT of sin amongst us. Wow. I don't really need to go into details about this, as I am quite positive everyone can think of how many Christians look just like the world, divorce and remarry just like the world, go to the same comedy clubs and night clubs as the world, Christians go to movies just like the world, Christians tell the same jokes, and very sadly, it is reported that Christian men are just as addicted to porn as the world!
And Paul says WE CAN BE POSITIVELY SURE that such people, who live in such ways, have no inheritance ... not ANY inheritance at all ... in the Kingdom of God and Christ.
But does this mean such people simply will not be blessed with Kingdom blessings while on this Earth, but are still saved by the blood, with Heaven as their eternal home? Well, Paul states, "LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU", for it is because of the sinful ways of mankind that the wrath of God is coming on the Earth.
It doesn't say here that the Wrath of God is coming on the Earth because people have refused to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It says the Wrath of God is coming because of sin. So, maybe this is another doctrine taught in current Churches which is wrong too (see HERE for my recent thoughts on this matter).
|The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852), by British Artist John Martin (1789-1854)|
|Hebrews 10:26 (NIV):|
Deliberately sinning, as I've tried to make clear in my other Posts, is the key word! For those who are trying to overcome, and who will fight and struggle against sin in their lives, are showing they believe God at His Word and are fighting for righteousness and holiness in their lives. They are trying to obey 2 Corinthians 7 which states:
|2 Corinthians 7 (NIV):|
When we fight against sin ... with prayer, with faith, with resistance, with fasting, with "just saying no" ... we are perfecting holiness out of reverence and love for God. We are showing Him that we believe Him at His Word and we are showing Him that we love and have reverence for Him AND His Word and His desires and His will for our lives.
And I pray that all of us, dear brothers and sisters, will continue in God's strength and power and in His Word, filled with grace and faith and joy, in our fight to dominate sin in our lives. We must not grow weary in our doing good, for in time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up:
|Galatians 6 (NIV):|
The Scriptures in this Post are clear: Destruction (Galatians 6:9) and no sacrifice left for the one who deliberately continues in sin (Hebrews 10:26) belongs to the "Christian" who chooses to live in sin, with all that is left being the Wrath of God (Ephesians 5:6). Please don't be deceived by preachers. Believe the Word of God only.
|Hebrews 10 (NIV):|
Scripture seems to be clear ... you make yourself an enemy of God if you will continue to LIVE in sin, even if you "prayed a prayer of salvation"! Yes, scripture seems to be very clear ... and Pastors are found to be teaching another Gospel when we compare their message to the Word of God. The Church is being deceived by the same lie that satan gave Eve at the beginning in the Garden of Eden, "You will not surely die."
But God has stated the opposite.
Who's side would you like to be found on when you stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, people?
Does God Promise us BLESSINGS when we become Christians? Yes, He does. But how about starting with the first and greatest blessing of all:
Freedom FROM sin and wickedness ... NOT Freedom TO sin and live wickedly ... is the greatest and first blessing God is offering to all people everywhere.
|Acts 3:19 (NIV):|
True blessing and refreshment from the Lord starts with turning FROM sin.
Trust God today to cleanse you AND FREE you from the bondage and strongholds of sin in your life.
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