Heresies in the
What has become of the Christianity of Christ? Many of the words of Jesus are omitted to avoid making us feel uncomfortable. It’s all about what Jesus can do for me.
What has become of the Christianity of Christ? Many of the words of Jesus are omitted to avoid making us feel uncomfortable. It’s all about what Jesus can do for me. Those who practice this form of diluted or candy-coated “Churchianity” may have a cross on their wall, use some spiritual language and call themselves Christian, but don’t be deceived; they have fallen away from the Truth.
The greatest danger to the Church does not come from hostile forces on the outside who murder Christians, but from those within the Church who claim to love Jesus and promote things that God says are evil.
An article from CBN News states: “’Harvard University, originally a seminary training ministers with the motto ‘Truth for Christ and the Church’ has a new chief chaplain, and he’s an atheist. Greg Epstein, author of the book ‘Good Without God,’ has served as the humanist chaplain at the Massachusetts school for years. But now he’s been promoted to president of the organization of chaplains, according to The New York Times, which reported his election as unanimous. ‘There is a rising group of people who no longer identify with any religious tradition, but still experience a real need for conversation and support around what it means to be a good human and live an ethical life,’ the 44-year-old Epstein told The Times. ‘We don’t look to a god for answers. We are each other’s answers.’” Are you kidding me?
Over the years, the devil has tried to eradicate faith in Christ using the oppressive ideology of Communism. Many have been tortured or imprisoned because they believe in God. Many have also been martyred. Nevertheless, this tactic has not worked. Faith in Jesus Christ has flourished in the countries where this demonic strategy has been applied. Radical Islam has also persecuted Christians and biblical Christianity continues to thrive in these nations as well.
But now the devil is using a new strategy, especially in Europe and America. He is trying to bury genuine biblical Christianity under a deluge of false teachings. The enemy doesn’t mind people believing in a god, but not the God of the Bible. He has deceived many into inventing a false god, a false Jesus who loves everyone and doesn’t hold anyone accountable for their sins.
Many have fallen away from the truth of Scripture and have concocted their own form of spirituality—they seem like nice people, even doing nice things. Again, without genuine repentance and saving faith in the true Jesus, they are not saved. This demonic strategy is more dangerous than Communism or radical Islam. It would be far better to be martyred for believing in the Jesus of the Bible and obeying the truth of His Word than to fall under the deception of “progressive Christianity” and end up in hell. When you bow to the liberal, “progressive” agenda that is now sweeping America and Europe, you are turning your back on the cross of Christ.
In addition, we must not candy-coat our message to make converts. Will you please stand up for the truth of the Word of God? The time is coming when you may be fined and shut down for refusing to accept the practice of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenders. You will be called a hater and a bigot for declaring that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I hope you have the courage to continue in the truth.
It’s very important to remember that the household of God is big enough to contain those who have different styles of worship, differing opinions about when/how to baptize, what the Communion elements represent, and various eschatological views of the Lord’s return and His millennial reign. Please don’t fight over these things. There are, however, dangerous heresies in the Church that must be confronted.
The Lord wants His children walking in the truth. He is now exposing false teachings and half-truths that are leading many Christians into captivity and hindering their spiritual growth. If the things you currently believe do not line up with scripture, they are not the truth. Please hear what I’m saying: We will be judged according to the Word of God, not your opinion or my opinion, or the doctrines of men. Be sure you’re believing the truth.
Here are some important scriptural truths that are the TRUTH:
- The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the authoritative word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16).
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit are clearly in operation today and necessary. (1 Corinthians 12).
- The grace of God doesn’t cover your sins; the precious blood of Jesus does. If you sin, you must truly repent, even taking extreme measures to turn away from your sins. (Matthew 5:28-30).
- Obeying God has nothing to do with earning your salvation; it has everything to do with keeping it. (Hebrews 6:4-6).
- There is a hell. 28 New Testament scriptures mention Hell, Hades and the Lake of Fire!
- Christians can lose their salvation (Matthew 7:21, Romans 11:19-22). Their name can be blotted out of the Book of Life. (Revelation 3:5).
- Sex before marriage is a sin (Galatians 5:19-21). Therefore, living with someone before marriage is a sin.
- Practicing homosexuality is sinful (1Corinthians 6:8-10). There is no such thing as same-
- Sex marriage, even if the government thinks so. (Matthew 19:4,5).
- Pornography is a serious sin. Jesus equated looking at a woman in lust to the sin of adultery. (Matthew 5:28). It is also idolatry.
- Abortion is murder (Psalm 139:13-16).
Many in the Church now consider the Bible to have some good teachings, but say it’s mostly irrelevant and out of touch with our culture. You must obey the Word of God or you are in danger of losing your salvation, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48).
Christianity is not just about saying a salvation prayer and inviting Christ into your life. Christianity is about following Jesus! When did everything get reduced to just saying a little prayer? This is nowhere in the scriptures! Those who accept Jesus as Savior are just beginning a lifelong relationship, to know Him and love Him and serve Him, truly believing in Jesus and obeying His word, walking in a way that pleases Him. To offer Him less than that cheapens His amazing grace and the incredible sacrifice He made for us—His suffering and the shedding of His precious blood.
These are some of the current trends and false teachings that are being accepted by Christians:
- Our God is loving; He would never send anyone to hell.
- Everyone goes to heaven.
- Hell is a pagan myth; there is no hell.
- Our sins are already covered by grace. There is no need to repent.
- God is a good Father. He would never allow anything bad to happen to me. He would never rebuke, chastise or judge me.
- I don’t need to go to church and I don’t need to submit to spiritual authority.
- The Bible is a collection of helpful writings, but it’s really not for today.
- We should only teach and preach positive and encouraging messages.
- Everyone has the right to love whomever they desire. Sexual perversion is okay – same-sex marriage is blessed by God.
- Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t destroyed because of sexual perversion; it happened because they mistreated the angels who were visiting Lot.
- I can never lose my salvation, no matter what I do.
- Easy Believism – “Just raise your hand to accept Christ, say this little salvation prayer, and you will be saved forever.”
- We make “converts,” but we aren’t making disciples.
- Cessationism – “The baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today.” Some even teach that His gifts are from the devil!
These false teachings are no small matter; they are the doctrines of demons. Please expose these lies, and teach the truth of God’s Word – the Apostle Paul exposed heresy. (Philippians 3:2, Galatians 2:14). At this point, when darkness prevails, it’s not just about maintaining unity; this is all about protecting the flock and saving the lost.
Consider this: A mother or father is aware that their spouse is abusing their children, but they keep silent. They want to maintain a good relationship with their spouse and keep unity in the family. I hope you can see how wrong that is. Wake up Church! False teachers with false teachings are abusing the children of God. Somebody better say something! We must return to the truth of Scripture, and we must speak the truth in love.
I hope you can see that the whole world is being swamped with lies. Sadly, many Christians are believing these deceptions. Jesus told us that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and you can be sure he is behind most of it. Let’s take a look at this: There are personal lies – things that you believe about yourself. Many of these lies focus on personal appearance or past failures. There is also pride, which compares and makes you puffed up, thinking you are better or more important than you are. (Romans 2:3). There are also the lies you believe about others, leading to offense and division.
In addition, there have been so many cultural lies. Satan has strategically gained control of the news media and entertainment industry and has indoctrinated the multitudes, promoting sinful rebellion against the ways of God. Evil is now considered good, and good evil. Most recently, Satan has been spewing conspiracy theories that have distracted many. He has also stirred up racial and political violence.
I think you’re aware of ‘cancel culture’ and ‘woke.’ These are dividing the culture into two camps: the oppressed and the oppressor, the haves and the have nots. Be careful; this is creeping into some churches, and it’s a ploy of the enemy. These have taken their eyes off of Christ and focus on race, culture, and economic status. This is a false gospel and diverts attention from the sacrificial suffering and death of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and our need to accept this salvation, denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and obediently following Him. Forgiveness of others is not being taught in these churches; revenge and reparation are.
God surely wants us to care for the poor, and He loves justice, but this twisted version of Christianity is not from God. Jesus taught us to humble ourselves, deny ourselves and surrender our rights; not riot, destroy property and demand our rights. This has nothing to do with Christianity; this is demonic.
You need to understand that some government officials and church leaders will be kind and do things that seem to be good, saying things that sound spiritual. They talk of peace and unity and even speak about God (usually not about Jesus). Please don’t be deceived. If they do not believe in the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture, and think that every lifestyle is acceptable to God, they are not true Christians, even if they think they are. Some were never born of the Spirit and others have become apostate; they have fallen away from the truth. Nevertheless, this form of godliness is very dangerous because it will deceive many. This is what deception looks like: nice people, saying and doing nice things that will lead many to hell. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1Timothy 4:1). Over the years, many have been deceived by the prosperity gospel and the “name it, claim it” faith teaching, but now the false teachings are even more sinister. Many times, 95% of the message is true, however, the remaining 5% will kill you.
Hyper – Grace
I was listening to a prominent teacher expound on God’s amazing grace using Hebrew and Greek translations; it was quite good until he said, “All of the words of Jesus before His crucifixion no longer apply to Christians; Christians don’t need to repent of their sins because they are already covered by grace.” What! He calls this “rightly dividing the word of truth.” He also said the revivalists of the past, who preached a strong call to repentance, were preaching the wrong message, but God used it anyway. Are you kidding me?! People actually believe these things!
Some of these grace teachers are also saying that the Ten Commandments should no longer be taught. What?! During the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) the apostles decided they would not burden the Gentiles with the need for circumcision or have them follow the Law. They were told, “…to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.” (Acts 15:20).
But do you think they didn’t need to follow the Ten Commandments? I mean, would it be OK for them to lie, cheat, steal, or murder? Of course not! Obeying the Ten Commandments was assumed. That’s why they weren’t mentioned. Of course, we are not required to keep the 613 laws and ordinances of the Old Testament, but Jesus reaffirmed keeping the Commandments, mentioning most of them in Mark 10:19. He also said, “…But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17). And Apostle John wrote, “He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John2:4). It is foolish and dangerous to say that Christians shouldn’t teach the Ten Commandments.
And why would you think that saying some prayers and singing some praise songs replaces obedience? There are many Christians who believe a message about obedience is legalism. Some will quote Paul’s comment, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful” (1 Corinthians 10:23), believing it’s not good to sin, but they are free to do it, even if it’s not helpful to them. Yet, this scripture in context, is clearly about food. Do you really think that Paul would ever imply that murder, rape, or child molesting were lawful for him? Unbelievable!
As a result of believing these lies, pride and self-centeredness flourish in the Church, and many have grown complacent. They freely embrace sinful lifestyles because the word of God has been minimized and the fear of God has been forgotten. The consequences of sin are seldom taught. They think, “I believe in Jesus; I’m a good person. I will go to heaven because I am saved by grace.” Sadly, many will not! The full truth of God’s word must be preached before it is too late, “because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14).
The Lord has shown me there are many Christian young people (and old) who take His grace for granted. They may praise and thank Him, but their thanksgiving is more about Him allowing them to do what they want (smoke pot, look at porn, sleep with their “lover”), thinking they are covered by grace. They don’t want to turn from their sins. The Lord is exposing this deception and saying, “You must turn from these sins now, or there will be serious consequences!”
“For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7). Paul is warning Christians that they will not go to heaven if they practice these things.
Christians are righteous (in right standing with God) because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. If you sin and truly repent, you remain in Christ—in His righteousness. Nevertheless, beware of the false teaching that says you remain righteous even if you continue in sin: “You didn’t earn it and you can’t lose your righteousness.” This is incorrect and very dangerous. No matter how many times you tell yourself you are the righteousness of God in Christ (you are), you must truly repent to remain in Him: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” (1 John 3:7).
Some embrace the extreme grace teaching because they struggle with guilt and condemnation. Others love this message because it allows them to continue in their sins without much guilt. They suppress their conscience using misinterpreted scriptures and become more comfortable with their sin. This teaching has done great damage to the Church. Because of this approach, many in this current generation don’t know right from wrong. It’s good for you to feel upset after you sin, and for you to strive (with God’s help) to resist temptation. You can change! With the help of God, you can!
The Heresy of Love
For sure, “God is love.” (1 John 4:16). But now Satan is using this truth, out of balance, to deceive Christians and destroy the Church. Love is gentle and kind, forgiving, merciful and gracious, but love also corrects, disciplines, rebukes and brings punishment when necessary. In addition, true love is just; it brings justice and judgment.
There are teachings that emphasize the love of God, but ignore the fear of God: “God loves everyone. He doesn’t bring discipline or judgment; that was Old Testament. A loving God would never send anyone to hell.” I hope you can see that even the truth of God’s amazing love, taken to the extreme, becomes a dangerous heresy. Be careful, beloved. You must walk in balance according to the truth of the entire scripture, not just a few verses.
Most Christian leaders have been preaching messages that try to help people feel good about themselves. I’m all for inner healing, I hope you understand. Nevertheless, the focus has gone way off point. We must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ – His precious blood shed for the remission of sins. Are you preaching the true gospel when calling people to salvation, or just the candy-coated, western version?
Jesus told His followers to count the cost of following Him, to deny themselves and take up their cross. He never told them to come to salvation so He could bless them and make them feel good. He clearly said the gate was narrow, the way difficult, and few find it. He warned of the consequences of sin and spoke of hell.
He told the rich, young ruler to sell whatever he had and give to the poor and told us that we must deny ourself and take up our cross daily. (Luke 9:23). This surely doesn’t sound like “easy-believism” to me. You must preach the true gospel—Jesus Christ crucified and risen, but tell them to turn from sin, completely surrender their life, and make Jesus their Lord. Anything less may not bring salvation. Be very careful! This is not about you looking good and having lots of people answer your altar call, or filling your church. This is all about eternity in heaven or hell.
Do Not Candy Coat God!
Do you think you need to make excuses for God? Are you embarrassed to say that your God destroyed the world with a flood, killing every man, woman, and child? And how about the fact that He led His people into captivity, killed many of them, crushed their nation and destroyed Jerusalem. And what about Ananias and Sapphira? Are you ashamed to mention these things, thinking you should only talk about a nice God? Be careful. God does not need to be filtered; He does not need a Public Relations Agent. God is God!
Over the years, when preaching to the unsaved, we have always felt it necessary to only speak of God’s love. But is that correct? Of course, John 3:16 is a profound truth that should most definitely be conveyed. Nevertheless, read Acts 24:25 where Paul tells the unsaved Felix (governor of Judea) about “righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come.” We should tell of God’s love-even demonstrate His love through works of mercy and healing miracles, but don’t be afraid to tell them about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. It is quite obvious Paul knew that the fear of God is an important tool for winning the lost.
Much of the Church has succumbed to the idea of not wanting to offend anyone, but truly, the gospel is an offense and always will be. Some think we need to speak only of God’s love, mercy, and grace. By doing this you are making a BIG mistake. Ministers of God, you must preach the full gospel, the full truth! God is both good AND severe. (Romans 11:22). He loved the world, and gave us Jesus (John 3:16) but for those who don’t receive His sacrifice, the wrath of God remains on them. (John 3:36). Therefore, you must preach both the love of God AND the wrath and judgment of God.
Do you know the word “wrath” as it pertains to the wrath of God appears 28 times, and the word judgment as it applies to the judgment of God, is written over 50 times in the New Testament! Why don’t we ever mention these things? The New Testament is full of warnings of Hell. When is the last time the Church preached about Hell?
Please stop trying to candy coat God. When you love someone, you tell them the truth. We must preach the God of the Bible, not a God of our liking. Why do you think we should always be telling everyone how nice God is? For sure, He is loving, and yes, some will come to Him because of His kindness. He truly desires to heal and make us whole. But many will not respond to His love, and because of their rebellion, many are “storing up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath…” (Romans 2:5).
The same Jesus who comforts and heals also got angry and tipped over the money changer’s tables and drove them out of the temple with a whip. (John 2:15). He said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.” (Revelation 3:19). The definition of “rebuke” is: to express sharp disapproval or criticism of someone because of their behavior or actions. The definition of “chasten” is: to correct by punishment or suffering, to discipline. The same Jesus who shows kindness and compassion also rebukes, and chastens; this is genuine love. Are you following the real Jesus or the candy-coated version?
Read your Bible, even the New Testament. Compare what you read with the current watered-down, candy-coated version of Christianity. If you do this, you’ll be amazed at how far we have deviated from the truth. Jesus never asked anyone to just raise their hand to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. As I’ve said many times, He told us to forsake everything to follow Him. (Luke 14:33). We must deny ourselves and be prepared to suffer if we want to follow Him. (Matthew 16:24). He also said that believing in Him would turn members of our family against us. (Matthew 10:36-37), but we must choose Him and love Him above all.
The Whole Truth
I heard a good message about obeying God, but then it became very legalistic, began to demean women, and described sexual acts in a very crude way. Yikes! Then I read a message about holiness; it was biblically perfect! Nevertheless, it was written by an ordained minister who is a practicing homosexual! Things are messed up, Church! I hope you can still tell the difference between good and evil. If you believe a teaching that doesn’t take into consideration the entire Word of God, be careful! Every true student of God’s Word will tell you that you can’t form a doctrine or present a spiritual principle based only on a few verses. I hope you understand. Before you receive something as TRUTH, be sure to check it in the context of the entire Word of God.
While God was gloriously pouring out His Spirit during the 20th century, little by little, the enemy was undermining the truth of God’s word. The theory of evolution and a variety of other erroneous scientific theories have sought to discredit the accuracy and authority of Scripture. Even many seminaries, wanting to appear more intelligent than spiritual, began to accept and teach scientific explanations for the miraculous events in the Old and New Testaments.
Sadly, today the enemy has gained a lot of ground. Most of the world, including those who consider themselves Christian, do not believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God—the standard of truth and righteousness. Christian leaders take great liberty in skewing or omitting sections of Scripture to keep the people comfortable in their sins. I hope you are not deceived. We must love and obey the Word of God. If you turn your back on the Word, you are turning your back on Jesus, because Jesus IS the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” (John 1:14).
Predestination – Calvinism
There are certain Scriptures that seem to promote the idea that you are predestined to be saved. Nevertheless, the Lord desires all to be saved. Paul is telling us to pray for everyone and says this: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4). It is totally illogical to think that God would both predestine a select few to be saved and yet desire that all would be saved.
God has given us a free will for this very purpose: to choose salvation through Jesus Christ, to choose to love and obey Him. Make no mistake, everyone, by their free will, must choose to repent of their sins and accept Christ as Savior and Lord. Sadly, many will refuse His gracious invitation and spend eternity in hell. Can you imagine how hopeless someone would be if they believed they were not predestined to be saved? I recently heard of a man who felt that way. Some who believe they are predestined, live a sinful life, believing they cannot lose their salvation. Please be careful with this dangerous doctrine.
Let me try to explain what the Lord has shown me regarding our free will and predestination. I hope this will be revelatory to you and help you better understand this difficult topic. It will, however, require some deep thought. Here we go: In the beginning, our loving God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) existed in eternity. The Godhead loved each other; God IS love. Amen! He also wanted to share His great love. This is the very essence of love!
All of creation was conceived, and spoken into existence, for this purpose: God wanted to display His glory and share His love with others, those who would love Him in return. The Lord clearly stated His intentions in the first commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Here is the dilemma: Love cannot be programmed like a computer. A robotics engineer could create a sophisticated robot / android that looked almost human and program it to do many tasks. It could even hug you and say, “I love you. I adore you. I worship you.” I think you get my point. God would never be satisfied with a pre-programmed love; this is not love at all. Love must be freely given, which is why God gave mankind a free will, so we could choose to love Him. Love is not true love unless it is freely given.
Let’s take this deeper. Because God knows everything before it happens, He already knew Satan would rebel before He created him. He also knew that Adam and Eve would disobey. So why did He bother creating them? And why did God cast Satan down to earth if He was placing man here? He could have sent him directly to hell or the other side of the universe. The answer: The Lord was working Satan’s rebellion and Adam’s fall into His marvelous plan. The Almighty is not evil, nor does He conceive evil, but He uses the devil and the adversity he causes to fulfill His purpose. Do you understand?
Love must also be tested to truly be love; there must be a choice. The one who chooses to love God must choose between the sinful pleasures of this world and the outstretched arms of a loving God. And to make it more challenging, our relationship with the Lord, while we are here on earth, must come through a trusting faith. This is why our faith pleases God. (Hebrews 11:6).
The entire redemptive plan of salvation is an incredible demonstration of God’s love for us; it is a divine drama that was planned before the foundation of the earth, and Jesus is the hero of this love story. God becomes man and then gives His life for His bride! What an amazing act of love! Now it’s our turn; we must choose. Will we love God and continue to love Him even when there is temptation and adversity? God desires all men to be saved, but He must give them a free will, a free choice. Do you see? God desires to be loved and we must choose to love Him by our own free will. Love cannot be preprogrammed or predestined.
Now let’s go deeper still. Because God knows all things, He already knows who will love him and be saved, and who will not. “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30). To sum this up:
- We must be given a free will to choose to love God.
- Love, by its very nature, cannot be predestined.
- Our love for God is tested throughout our life on earth.
- Some will reject the Lord up front, never receiving Him as Savior, and some believers will walk away.
- Because of His great love, He will pursue them, but sadly,
- With persistent willful rebellion, some will reject His love and justly be damned for eternity.
- The Creator of the Universe humbles Himself, becomes a man, suffers and dies for His creation, offering His love and eternal life to those who will trust Him, and all He is asking in return is to be loved. Love is not only about emotions.
- Proof of love is obedience (John 14:15), and yet some will choose to reject His love, desiring this world and its pleasures, making themselves an enemy of God. (James 4:4).
God foreknew who would choose to love Him. These are the ones He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Our finite minds cannot grasp this in its entirety, but it is clear to me that, because of free will, those who have truly accepted Christ as Savior, can at some point choose to reject Him. This is why there are so many warnings to the Church recorded in scripture. And this is why the Lord has called me to warn His people to turn away from sin now, and to draw near to the One who loves them.
What does it mean to be saved?
Not everyone who calls themselves “Christian” will go to heaven. Just because you said a salvation prayer with a minister or evangelist does not assure your salvation. That was the doorway to the kingdom, but now you must truly follow Jesus. Let’s examine these very basic truths: What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus? It certainly means so much more than just agreeing with the fact that He is the son of God and that He rose from the dead. Demons believe this too, but they won’t be saved.
Believing in Jesus means to completely trust in Him for your salvation. You believe every word He speaks and you want to follow wherever He leads. What does it mean to confess Jesus as Lord? I hope you understand it’s more than saying, “Jesus is Lord” – these are not “magic” words. Jesus must truly be your Lord. The Greek word for Lord is “Kurios,” and it means: “He who has the power of deciding; master, Lord. The possessor and disposer, the owner; one who has control of the person, the master.” Be honest! If you continue to do your own thing, He isn’t your Lord, is He? If He isn’t your Lord, you may not be saved, even if you think you “believe” in Him.
Some will argue: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Of course, this is true, but if Jesus is not truly your Lord (you aren’t following His leading and obeying His Word), then you are confessing a lie and that certainly won’t save you.
Salvation is all about repenting of your sins, accepting Jesus as your Savior, and obediently following Him as your Lord! Some teach, “Just invite Jesus into your heart and you will go to heaven. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do after that. You can’t lose your salvation.” This is a dangerous lie!
Salvation is purely a gift from God, because Jesus suffered and died for our sins. Paul tells the Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10). What if we choose not to walk in these good works?
“Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’ And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able’” (Luke 13:24). ” “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13). Sure sounds like more than, “just say this little prayer.
Those who believe in Jesus are given a free ticket to heaven. What you do with that ticket is up to you. You can cherish your salvation, recognizing the price that was paid for it. You will love and obey the Lord the rest of your life. Or you can treat it lightly, love the things of this world, and throw it away. Sadly, many have insulted the Spirit of grace and discarded their salvation. If you are headed in that direction, I hope you will repent of now, and return to the Lord.
“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace.” (Hebrews 10:29)?
The Process of Salvation
Moses was a type of Christ in that he “saved” the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh and the bondage of Egypt—he delivered them. Jesus saved and delivered us from the hand of Satan and the bondage of sin. In the following passages you will see that the children of Israel were “saved” from Egypt. Nevertheless, their salvation was an ongoing process until they entered the promised land – it was not a one-time event. After they were saved from Egypt, they were led through the wilderness and their obedience was tested.
Sadly, they grumbled, complained, rebelled and lusted after the things of the flesh. God was not pleased with most of them and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Most of them never made it into the promised land. Paul tells us this is a warning to Christians. I hope you understand. Salvation is not just about saying a salvation prayer. As you venture through the wilderness of life you will be tested and must continue to obediently follow Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:1-5 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (This speaks of Christian baptism and communion.) Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.”
1 Corinthians 10:8-11 “We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did – and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test Christ, as some of them did – and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did – and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as EXAMPLES and were written down as WARNINGS for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”
As I’ve said MANY times, salvation is a free gift of grace, purchased by the blood of Jesus, for all who will believe in Him. It’s not earned by doing good deeds. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Nevertheless, if someone gave you an expensive ticket to your favorite sporting event, I think you’d be grateful and keep it in a safe place. If you foolishly discard it, you won’t get in. There are also rules for entering a stadium. They won’t let you in with a cooler full of glass bottles or a box of fireworks. If you refuse to follow their rules, you won’t get in… even with your free ticket. I hope you can see that following the rules didn’t purchase your ticket. You did not earn that ticket by following the rules. It was a free gift.
You don’t need to earn salvation, but obedience is required if you want to keep it… you must obediently follow Jesus Christ. There is a big difference between trying to earn your salvation and keeping it.
This is what a saved follower of Jesus should look like:
- You love God above all things
- Seek His face daily in prayer
- Read and obey His Word
- Be quick to repent, turning away from sin, no excuses, no self-justification
- Learn to walk in holiness, not legalistic religious rules, but separated unto God, walking in moral purity
- Ask for and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit
- Learn to hear His voice and be led by His Spirit
- Willing to be uncomfortable for Jesus
- Willing to be inconvenienced to obey His leading
- Love others, forgiving offenses, etc.
I think you’re aware of the following parable, but do you know what it means? “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So, it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, “and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50).
Note that Jesus is speaking of the kingdom of heaven. Those who are gathered in this “dragnet” must surely be born-again if they are part of God’s kingdom. (John 3:3-5). Those who continue in sin will be separated from those who obediently follow Jesus, and they will be cast into “the furnace of fire” where there will be “wailing and gnashing of teeth.” I think you know that this speaks of hell.
So, you see salvation is a free gift, but you must obey God and do His will to keep it. “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.'” “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:26, 30).
You should also be bearing fruit. Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away.” (John 15:2). He 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.” (John 15:6). Know and understand, Jesus is speaking about believers: “every branch IN ME.”
The Lord doesn’t want to make His children feel insecure about their salvation. If you are loving the Lord, and by His grace, are trying your best to obey His Word, you have nothing to fear. If you sin, you are quick to repent and you continue to diligently follow Him. However, if you are excusing yourself and continuing in sin and not using your gifts and talents to bless others, be very careful. You certainly don’t want to be the branch that is cut off, thrown into the fire and burned. Please understand that this is not speaking of a refiner’s fire. Wood branches cannot be refined!
More than One Way to Heaven
“Now, therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:14-15).
Even after 2,000 years, there are so many who don’t understand the gospel. They wonder why Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. won’t go to heaven. “They seem like nice people.” “And what about the atheist next door? He doesn’t hurt anyone.” Please know the truth: Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to heaven. (John 14:6).
All of mankind is separated from Almighty God because of our sinful nature. The Creator of the universe sent His only son to suffer and shed His blood as a sacrifice for our sins. He was punished in our place. Think about this: The Son of God came to earth and suffered a brutal death to pay for our sins. We must believe that Jesus did this for us, turn away from our sins, and follow Him for the rest of our life.
I’m not a Pope basher; I want to make that clear. Nevertheless, I must warn you that he said some very disturbing things. A video was released in which Pope Francis seems to imply that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. Quote: “Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”
Only one certainty? What about the absolute truth that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ? “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’.” (John 14:6). What about the supremacy of Christ? Yahweh and Allah are not the same God. Allah is a false god, like Molech and Baal. Also, know that every human was created by God, but we are not all children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12).
How can other world religions be put on equal footing with Jesus’ brutal torture and crucifixion for the forgiveness of our sins? Why would God send His Son to suffer and die like this if there were other ways to heaven? Make no mistake; Jesus Christ is the only way to God!
It seems that the Pope is saying this to promote world peace, but he is making a huge mistake. By saying things like this, he is minimizing Christ and sending the world a message that there are many ways to God. Catholics should be very concerned. Please pray that this deception will be lifted.
Every religion that does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who suffered, died, and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins, is a deception and a tool of the enemy; they keep people from the saving grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus. They were birthed by Satan and they lead to hell.
Beware, something sinister is happening, and I’m not talking about some conspiracy theory. We are on the threshold of a new world “religion,” one that will not be worshipping Jesus. It will probably be a conglomeration of various religions, full of tolerance and acceptance, mixed with secular humanism. The Antichrist will become their god. He will demonstrate lying signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9) and many will be deceived. There is only one God. His name is Jesus Christ. You must never forget this.
As we see secular humanism and hedonism on the rise, be aware of an even greater danger emerging. Those who practice some form of religion, regardless of the deity they worship, will begin to unite, thinking this will encourage morality and help bring world peace. This may seem like a good idea, but it’s not from God. Christianity can never be united and placed on equal footing with other world religions; there is no common ground. The only good reason for a Christian to join together with those from other religions would be to lovingly share the gospel of Jesus Christ, helping them to see the truth.
There is no bigotry intended here, but clear, unapologetic exclusivity. Never be ashamed of or minimize this profound truth. Of course, we are to love and respect all people; pray for them, and lead them to the Savior. But never forget that true love speaks the truth. This is not about religion or about being good enough. It’s all about a restored relationship with God through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Every person, good or bad, who refuses this awesome pardon, will go to hell and be eternally separated from God. Preaching the gospel to all nations is an act of love, not wanting any to perish.
In 2019, a Barna Poll revealed that 47% of practicing Christian Millennials believe that it’s wrong to evangelize those of different faiths. This is very disturbing; it says they don’t understand the gospel. Are we not teaching the younger generation that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Have we been so brainwashed by our culture that we are now afraid to offend people of different faiths by telling them of God’s love through His son, Jesus? How will they know unless we tell them? Please understand! It’s our job, working with the Holy Spirit, to rescue them from destruction.
If you think this is being arrogant, you don’t understand the amazing truth of the gospel. As I’ve said many times before, right from the beginning, man was separated from a holy God because of sin. God, in His mercy and love, made a way for our relationship to be restored. He sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. He suffered and died in our place, and He rose again. If we will turn away from sin and believe in Him, surrendering our life to Him, our sins are forgiven, and we are now accepted by God; the relationship is restored. Not because we are good enough and have earned it, but because of the shed blood of His Son.
I hope you can see now that any other attempt to please God, any other religious belief or ritual, is an affront to God; it amounts to nothing.
Consider the Love of God:
Jesus, God’s son, humbled Himself, and became a man! The Creator of all things (John 1:3) subjected Himself to the laws of nature, but more importantly, to our human senses and emotions. He experienced the emotional pain of being rejected, mocked, and humiliated; not to mention the excruciating physical pain of scourging and crucifixion. Don’t think He wasn’t afraid in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus read Isaiah 52:14, and He knew exactly what was about to happen. He was so stressed that He sweat blood. Why would He submit Himself to such suffering if there were other ways to heaven?
Our God is so Awesome! He is the Ancient of Days, the Author of Life, the Creator of all things. He is perfect and all-powerful; who could ever approach Him? Nevertheless, He sent His only son to suffer and die so that sinful, imperfect people could come into His presence. Please don’t make the politically correct mistake of believing that many religions point to God and lead to heaven. You must turn from your sins and believe in Jesus Christ or you will not go to heaven. This is not being narrow-minded or exclusionary; everyone is invited.
Cessationism is the belief that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased after the 1st century. This is dangerous because it has prevented so many from being empowered by the Holy Spirit, and keeps them from operating in His spiritual gifts.
To those who teach that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit are not for today: For the sake of unity, we have remained silent about this. However, now, the Lord is telling me to speak the truth. I understand that doctrines are passed down from generation to generation, and most believe what their church or denomination has taught for many years. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing in scripture that sets an expiration date on the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the use of His gifts.
Some cessationists will cite 1 Corinthians 13: 8 as a proof text. “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” But you can’t stop there… What does vs.9-10 say? “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Look around you, beloved. I hope you can see that which is perfect has not come. How we need the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit!
There is overwhelming evidence that God continues to baptize His children in the Holy Spirit. Millions of Christians around the world have been filled with the Holy Spirit and operate in His gifts. There are countless, well-documented testimonies of healings, miracles, and accurate prophetic words. Thousands upon thousands of churches have been planted and extraordinary mission work done as a result of this outpouring that has occurred over the past 100 years.
We are not speaking of some obscure cult. Millions of people, denominational and non-denominational, have been affected! To not acknowledge this is gross deception or willful blindness.
- If you believe the gifts of the Spirit are no longer available to believers, I urge you to ask God about this and earnestly seek the truth in this matter.
- If you are teaching others that Baptism in the Holy Spirit and His gifts are not for today, I must warn you that you are opposing God! You have quenched and grieved the Holy Spirit. He has been trying to empower His Church to shine brightly in this time of darkness that is now upon us. By telling others these gifts have ceased, you are hindering what God is doing.
- If you are teaching that speaking in tongues, divine healing and other supernatural manifestations are from the devil, be very careful. You may be blaspheming the Holy Spirit by attributing His marvelous work to the evil one. (Matthew 12:24-32).
In addition to the many healing miracles and demonic deliverances I have witnessed, I am reminded of a time in India when I saw Hindus and Muslims gloriously saved and overcome by the Spirit, falling on top of one another. During that same meeting, a well-known criminal (the people were afraid of him) repented of his sins and accepted Christ. He was then filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues.
In Australia, a conservative denominational leader came to the meeting, taking notes, hoping to discredit our ministry. While I was speaking, he was sovereignly overtaken by the Holy Spirit, fell out of his chair, and laid on the floor prophesying for 3 hours! Absolutely amazing! You will never convince me that the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit are not for today. You must be filled with the Spirit of God to stand strong in the days ahead. Ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit now!
The Old Testament is No Longer Relevant
Many Christians think the Old Testament is now irrelevant and unnecessary. Don’t be deceived! This is heresy! Jesus, and the writers of the New Testament often quoted Old Testament passages to make their point. The Old Testament is quoted or referred to in the New Testament 855 times! Why would they do that if it were no longer relevant? Many of these quotes are prophecies fulfilled by the coming of Messiah, but many others are for our reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. I’m not talking about the Law.
“ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Please understand, when Paul wrote this, there was no New Testament. He was referring to the Old Testament.
Once Saved, Always Saved
Let’s investigate this very dangerous doctrine: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand…” (John 10:28-30). For sure, the devil, nor anyone else, can take you away from God. This is a wonderful scripture! Sadly, it is misinterpreted to defend the “once saved, always saved” doctrine. So is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).
Please understand: God loves you and wants you to love Him. He is a faithful Father and Husband; He will not leave you. However, you can choose to leave Him. Christians, by their own free will, often choose the things of this world, instead of loving and serving God. God will not leave you, but by continuing in sin, you are being unfaithful and leaving Him, just like an adulterer or adulteress. He will come after you, but if you continue to go your own way, you could lose it all.
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life…” (Revelation 3:5). Why would Jesus say this if it were not possible to blot someone’s name from the Book of Life? This verse clearly implies that if you do not overcome, your name can be blotted out of the Book of Life.
When the Lord stirs me to remind Christians that they can lose their salvation, it’s never about making those who love and obey God feel insecure. God wants you to know that you are loved and accepted because of the blood of Jesus. You should feel secure in His love. However, I must warn those who are playing fast and loose with their salvation.
Those who promote the “extreme grace” message and the “once saved, always saved” doctrine often refer to the sonship of the believer. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14). By using this verse, they say a son will always remain a son and can never lose his inheritance. Seems good, but is it true? A husband and wife are even closer than a son, “and the two shall become one flesh; so, then they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:8).
Nevertheless, Jesus said marriage could be dissolved in the case of adultery. (Matthew 19:9). James warns the Christians who love the world, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4).
I hope you get the point. Our loving Father is merciful and forgiving. He welcomes the repentant prodigal son home with open arms. (Luke 15:10). But we all have a free will. Some Christians will love the world, harden their heart, and never return. Sadly, there are many prodigals sitting in our churches. They love the world far more than they love God. Be careful. You can lose everything.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever” (John 8:31-32, 34-35). This scripture is clear: If you remain obedient, abiding in God’s word, you will be free. You are a disciple, a son who abides in God’s house forever. If you continue in sin, you are a slave to sin. I think you can see that both son and slave are in the “house,” but a slave does not remain in the house forever.
Please be aware of these conditions. “IF” is a very big word:
- You are reconciled to God IF you continue in the faith – “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – IF indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard…” (Colossians 1:21-23).
- You are partakers of Christ IF you are steadfast to the end “For we have become partakers of Christ IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
- You are secure in Christ IF you abide in Him and continue in His goodness: “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, IF you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22). “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.” (John 15:6).
- You truly know the Lord IF you keep His commandments: “Now by this, we know that we know Him IF we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him’” (1 John 2:3-4).
I don’t think we should allow our differing viewpoints to divide us, but “once saved, always saved” is a dangerous doctrine. During times of weakness, Christians who believe in eternal security are more vulnerable to the lies of the enemy. Many have heard him say, “Go ahead, it’s okay. You can’t lose your salvation.” Then, they succumb to the temptation. It is easier to resist temptation when you fear God and the serious consequences of sin, knowing if you continue in sin, your name could be blotted from the Book of Life.
Revelation 2 says that Jesus hates what the Nicolaitans taught (2:6) and would judge the Church of Pergamum, because there were some there who held these beliefs (2:15). Irenaeus, a 2nd century Church father, said the Nicolaitans “lead lives of unrestrained indulgence.” They taught that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding. They were “righteous” because they believed in Christ. They believed the deeds of the flesh did not affect the well-being of the soul and, therefore, did not affect their salvation. The current false grace teaching doesn’t say, “It’s okay to sin,” but to say that you remain righteous even when you are sinning, and there is no need for repentance because your sins are already covered by grace, implies that you can continue in sin and there will be no eternal consequences. The flesh is weak, and to teach that you can never lose your salvation endangers those being tempted.
The devil loves these heresies. Remember, he is the father of lies. Most heresies contain some truth, even using scriptures. Some rat poisons contain 98% oatmeal. It’s the 2% poison that kills. I believe Jesus hates this teaching also. It removes the fear of God and the command to walk in holiness. And why would anyone think that trying to please God by obeying His Word would be considered legalism? Christianity is about walking in the Spirit and doing the things Jesus commanded in the New Testament. Before Jesus returned to heaven, He instructed the disciples to teach us “to observe ALL things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20).
Please note there are many things Jesus taught that we must do. False teachers claim that Jesus only gave one commandment: to love one another. (John 13:34). Yes, He said that, but what about all of the other things He taught while here on earth, and then by His Spirit, recorded in the epistles? You are deceived if you think, because you are now under “grace”, that you don’t need to obey the Word of God.
“Now by this, we know that we know Him if we keep His commandments [note this is plural]. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-4,6).
“Brethren, if anyone among you (a Christian) wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul [not body] from death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). This can’t mean physical death; it is referring to the soul. I hope you will seriously consider these things.
There is a serious crisis occurring, beloved. I hope you are aware. The truth of the Word of God is being discarded and replaced with a “progressive” theology. They call themselves Christians but deny the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture. They say the Bible has some good lessons and it’s worth reading, but it was never meant to be taken literally. Some think it needs to be updated. Paul warned that this would happen: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
These “progressive” teachings vary, but they generally focus on God’s love and totally eliminate His holiness and the consequences of sin. They say there is no hell and there are no moral absolutes… just let your conscience be your guide. Many of these “progressive Christians” believe that everyone goes to heaven—Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. They say a loving God is inclusive… being transgender, homosexuality and other sexual sins are good and blessed by God. These folks will tell you they believe in Jesus, but don’t be fooled. They don’t believe in the real Jesus; they have created for themselves a false god who allows them to do what they want without consequences. Many of them are very passionate about their beliefs and think that those who take the Scriptures literally are wrong. Sadly, this false gospel is now being widely accepted, especially among the younger generation. It has already polluted many denominations. This is very dangerous! We must contend for the Truth of God’s Word and pray for those who have been deceived. These teaching are leading people to hell.
Hear what Apostle Paul says: “… if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:9). If you have believed these lies you must repent and return to the truth of Scripture. Don’t be deceived. This is not Christianity… and you are not a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This false doctrine claims that the Church has replaced Israel. For 2000 years (before Jesus was born) the Jews bore the responsibility of bringing forth the Messiah; they did, and paid an enormous price. For the past 2000 years, the Gentiles have carried the responsibility of proclaiming Messiah’s gospel. Our destinies are inseparable, Jew and Gentile, one new man! (Ephesians 2:14-18).
Since 1948 Israel has been back in her land! They were scattered around the world since the end of the first century. Yet, after nearly two millennia, they emerged with the same language, culture, customs, and religion! This is miraculous; it has never happened with any other people! It was absolutely necessary for the fulfillment of end time events. Does God still have a plan for the Jews, or were they rejected after refusing their Messiah? Sadly, anti-Semitism and unbelief gave birth to the false doctrine of “replacement theology.” I mean, Israel had become a waste-land and the Jewish people were scattered all over the world. Who could believe the prophecies that fore-told a return to their homeland?
“Concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election, they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so, these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.” (Romans 11:28-32).
In this scripture, Paul clearly states that their calling is irrevocable and although they were disobedient, God will show them mercy. Exactly how this great salvation will occur is uncertain. Will it happen to all of them at once, or individually? Many Jews have already accepted Yeshua as their Messiah during our lifetime. Praise God! But a greater harvest is yet to come. Perhaps, in one moment, a revelation of Yeshua Hamashiach will come like a veil being removed from their heart. (2 Corinthians 3:14-16). Perhaps this won’t happen until the Lord returns. (Zechariah 12:10).
Either way, you can be sure that God is faithful. He has made an everlasting covenant with Abraham. Salvation will come to the Jews! God has re-established the nation of Israel, just as He said that He would. Israel will be saved, and what a glorious day that will be! Pay attention! Israel is at the top of God’s agenda. Many difficult things will soon happen there (Ezekiel 38). And then Messiah will return and rule and reign in Jerusalem! Pray for the salvation of the Jewish people.
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’” (Romans 11:25-27).