Christian Doctrine Examined

Some matters to do with errors about God

Idolatry

Idolatry occurs when you deliberately place something before the Will of God.  This means you desire it more than God and His Will for you.  It displaces God in that area of your life so becomes an idol to you.

Any time you sin you have allowed Satan toplace an idol inb your heart and it is up to you t o reject it or accept it.  Either to repent or desire the sin Satan has suggested to you.

An idol is the result of any any deliberate thought that displace what God desires you to think.  It has to be deliberate and not accidental.  It does not need to have physical representation or expression, just to have been thought of and accepted.

Sin is just missing the moral objective God has set for you.  It is only when it is done out of selfish reasons  so that it is not done out of God's quality of Love that it has moral consequences (sin).  This is why sin has to be deliberate rebellion and not not an accidental act.

All sin is deliberate rejection of what God desires for you to do or think.

If continued in it becomes a mindset and if not repented of can eventually cause you to lose your salvation (Rev 3:5).

Examples of wrong thoughts are unforgiveness, deceitfulness of any kind, deliberately disobeying laws of the land such as speeding, deliberately lying to a government revenue collector etc. (Jesus showed people He took to hell persons that had done these things who were in hell for deliberately disobeying the laws of the e land that did not conflict with the laws of God).  People do these and think there is nothing wrong with doing it but they are disobeying the laws of the land Jesus said we had to obey.

Spiritual Authority

Any authority is from a higher authority has to be delegated and in writing.  God is the ultimate spiritual authority and is our spiritual leader (1 Pet 2:25).  For someone to become a spiritual leader over us it requires a delegation from God and for man to be our spiritual leader of the church on denomination  there must be a delegation in writing spelling this spiritual authority out and there is none.

Man cannot imply this from scripture.  It must be plainly spelt out.

The only clear written delegation we have is to fight Satan and to demonstrate the authority of The Kingdom over the works of Satan.  Any other delegation cannot be backed up by The Bible and so comes from man.

Do not confuse leadership of a denomination, which is a legal entity for man’s purposes with that of leadership of the church of Jesus Christ as they are different.  Denominations are not part of God’s order in the church and Christ never instituted them or similar bodies.  They are from man’s needs to organise and not from God’s needs to organise.

There is no such spiritual authority mentioned in the earliest Christian writings or mentioned by Jesus..

The Mind of God

Isa 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Deu 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

God tells us we cannot understand His mind and how He thinks and that He only tells us what we need to know or are able to comprehend.  In otherwords, how we understand God is in a way we can understand what He is doing and even then it is only what He appears to be doing because we cannot really understand His Character or Mind to be able to say He is actually doing that but only that it appears to us that He is doing that.

In otherwords God communicates with us in ways we can understand which at times are only a small part of what is actually happening because we either:  cannot comprehend the rest or it is not time to tell us yet.

If God told us more than we needed to know it could sidetrack us or cause us concern and/or stress and even mislead us.  This would not be an act of Love and God is pure Love.

So why we say anything added to The Bible may not be correct and it would be all man’s reasonings because if God really wanted us to know about it He would have revealed it to us.  It also means the search for ‘secret knowledge or wisdom’ cannot be from God as He does not keep things we need to know from us so they must all be information Satan tells us making us believe it is from God.

We need to work within the limited knowledge God has shown us and understand things in the way He has shown them to us so He appears to be human in his Characteristics instead of Divine, showing what appears to be negative emotions when we know these do not exist in God.

There is only good and justice in God and negative emotions do not come from God!

We cannot know the mind of God except as He reveals it to us and to say anything else is deception and assumptions that may or may not be correct.

This is really worrying with modern Bibles where the theologians say that God did not preserve His Bible and man has to figure out the gaps ignoring the KJV which claims to be preserved by God and on which all our Christian doctrine was based for 1800 years and substituting their own words and ideas so that 20% of the KJV is missing or altered this difference is the result of the reasonings of men and their perspective on Christianity, which unfortunately was in error in quite a few of the modern translations.

They cannot know the infinite mind of God with their finite mind so cannot know:

  1. Where The Bible is in error
  2. What should be written in its place.

To say they can know these things is to bring God's mind down to their level or say their mind is a great as God's.  This shows how deceived they are if they take this line of Bible interpretation and as we know Satan is the father of deception behind this approach so that he can modify The Bible to say what he wants (within reason) and has done so sufficiently to wreck the faith of the modern church.

Either God told us all we needed to know in His Bible and has preserved it for us or He lied and man has to figure out what He meant to say.  In otherwords a finite man is going to tell an infinite God what He wanted to say to us.  (Shades of the Garden of Eden when Satan said to Eve “you will be like God knowing good and evil that is what is of God or of Satan).

God would be a real wimp of a God if He was not able to preserve His scriptures so th at everyone in any age would have the same set of rules to obey all based on His Quality of Love.

These Bible ‘correctors’ have assumed they understood the mind of God and wrote what they believed should be there which of course they can only assume and not really know and which of course was tainted by the errors of their doctrine.

They have changed 20% of what was accepted previously in Bibles to follow their own reasonings which means the modern Bibles are 20% man’s reasoning based on what they guessed was there because they cannot know the mind of God to say it is what He actually said there.  No wonder Christianity has gone downhill since these modern versions were introduced.

In conclusion we are to work within what God has shown us to be there and assume nothing else as we cannot know the mind of God to say it is what He is thinking unless The Holy Spirit tells us it is what God is saying.

So how can modern Bible editors say they know what they have written is correct when:

1.  they cannot know the mind of God

2. They cannot remove the bias of their doctrinal view from it

3. They cannot know whether the Greek text behind KJV is wrong because they cannot  know the mind of God to be able to say that

This also applies to people who form doctrines that are not in The Bible or traditions that are not in The Bible.

Can anyone be God?

No! Because man is created and God has always existed before creation.

Can anyone have the attributes of God?

No! Because man is created and finite and can only have the attributes God has given Him.

Can anyone have the fullness of the Character of God?

No! Man can only show it in part as they are finite and cannot show the infinite Character of God

Can anyone in their own right have the power to do miracles?

No! All human beings are living in nature and so are under its limitations so are not greater than it to be able to alter or control it.

God is infinite and man is finite so never can do things like God, but can only do them in a poor imitation of what God can do or be used (powered by God) to do them..  If they do anything Godlike it is because God enables them to do it.

Anyone who is called a god, or credited with doing what God does or believed to have the Authority of God is an idol as it displaces the Glory due to God for the action that was done.

Note: For an error to be wrong or heretical it must deliberately ignore what The Bible says about the matter.  It is knowing it is wrong and then desiring to do the act or have the believe that matters and not the actual act of doing it.

Errors about God

The errors about God are basically to do with making God less than God so that humans believe they can reach the level of spiritual maturity and power God has.  In otherwords they can become godlike through their own efforts,  This is a typical New Age theme.

Another error is not to believe He exists or to not commit to a belief he does or does not exist.

Another error is not to believe anything the Bible says about Him so that you only believe what you consider is believable about Him.

A greater error is the presumption men can become a god and so in a sense divine or to attribute divine attributes to people and treat them as you would God.  God was never created and His status and nature cannot be achieved through work or effort.  You cannot achieve even a small part of His Nature as man is finite and God is infinite.  So man has no chance of ever being infinite.

No matter how spiritual or ascended a person or spirit says they are, they have been created so can never be a god.

Errors about who The Father is

One error is to say that The Father in heaven is not the father of Jesus but Joseph is.  This implies Jesus is not divine.  It says The Bible has lied about the virgin birth of Jesus.

Another error is to say that The Father is not a person.  This would make Him impersonal and not caring for you.  The Father is pure Love toward us and cares for us and cannot do so if He cannot relate to us in Some way.

Another error is to say that He is cruel sending people to hell.  How can He be a God of Love if he sends people to hell.

People go to hell because they have rejected God and cannot go to heaven so go to the only place left to go to which is Hell.  The Father does not choose to send people to hell but it is the only place they can go to when they are not able to enter heaven.

They have chosen to serve Satan instead of The Father so are sent to Satan’s kingdom when they die, the king they chose to serve on earth.

Another error is to call a man on earth in spiritual ministry, ‘father’.  Jesus said we have only one spiritual Father in heaven and not to call anyone else our spiritual father.

Errors about who Jesus is

The Bible says that Jesus:

Is God
Created creation
Was  born of a virgin
His Father was The Father in heaven
He taught about The kingdom of God and its requirements
He died on a cross
Rose from the dead
Redeemed us
Rules all creation and heaven

Will judge and reward everyone who has ever been created

The error is not to believe one or more of these and substitute something else in its place.

Another error is to say He is on earth at the moment:

Mar 13:21  And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Another error is to say Jesus was created and not God and is evolving into higher being or God so that He is not God but a lesser being.

Another error is to say He and Satan are brothers also implying Jesus is created.  Jesus is God and was not created and cannot be a brother to Satan who was created.

If you believe any of these you are saying The Bible is not correct and that you do not believe all of it.  This means you cannot use The Bible as you do not know what else is in error.  It also means you are saying Jesus is not God so you cannot be a Christian as you are not follow Jesus but someone who is a poor imitation of Him.

So you have no means of salvation, redemption, a hope after death or anything else promised to you in it.  You have to find a bible you can believe and a God you can trust as according to you the God who wrote the Bible told lies about Jesus.

So you need to believe everything The Bible says about Jesus or find a Bible and God you can trust and who is able to redeem you and teach you how God requires you to live.

Errors about who The Holy Spirit is

The Bible says The Holy Spirit:

Is God
He is a person
He marks us as belonging to God

He empowers (empowers) you to minister  in an area
He empowers you to do miracles and similar
He can be related too on a personal Basis so that He can be”
Your guide to what Jesus desires you to do and how to do it
Your teacher about spiritual things

If you do not believe He is God and a person able to relate to you, then you cannot believe Him for whatever else He is to do for you.

So you have a powerless, personally unguided Christianity and cannot demonstrate The Kingdom in the way that Jesus desires you to illustrate if.

Errors about The Trinity

The main error about The Trinity is not to believe it is exists either because:

You do not believe Jesus is God to be a part of it

You do not believe there are three persons in God

You believe there is only one God and one person in God.

The Bible states The Father is God, Jesus is God, The Holy Spirit is God and that each is an individual person and together they make one God.

Anyone who says they understand The Trinity is lying as it beyond man’s comprehension as He cannot understand the nature of God to be able to understand this.

Anyone denying this is stating The Bible is in error so they cannot use it for anything as they do not know what else is in error.

So any belief the Trinity does not exist or is not is or has three distinct persons in it, each of whom is God is an error.

What is a Christian

A Christian is a person who lives the life Jesus said they should live and not what a church says they should live unless the church actually teaches what Jesus taught.

A Christian believe (puts their faith in the facts) that:

Jesus is God

He died on The Cross

He was raised from The Dead

Redeemed all who follow Him as their Lord

He is Lord of all Creation and can do what He said He would do for them

And wholeheartedly obey Him as their Lord!

They live the 4 “W’s” - His:

Will

Work

Witness

Way

They completely obey His Will for them

They wholeheartedly do His Work for them

They witness to whom He is and what He has done

They do things the way He desires them done and not according to man’s methods.

In this way through their non compromised complete obedience to Jesus they maintain their side of the salvation relationship and maintain their right to salvation because they fulfil all that God requires of them.

Eternal life is the result of a relationship with The Father and Jesus (Jn 17:3) guided by The Holy Spirit (Jn16:13, Rom 8:14).

So a Christian keeps a constant dialogue with The Holy Spirit so that they can be guided by Him to do the Will of Jesus in the way He desires it done.

Salvation

Errors about salvation fall into three categories

Saying faith alone in God cannot save you and you need to do something

Saying belief in another than God can save you

Belief you can do things that will save you and you do not need God to save you

All are wrong and may lead to your having no actual salvation.

How does The Bible say you are saved?

Eph 2:8 -9 (CEV) You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own.   It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.

So God says in His Bible you cannot save yourself or another or be saved by faith in anyone else than God.  Salvation also places us into a correct relationship with God:

Rom 4:3 (ESV)  For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness."

Salvation saves us from hell but does not get us into heaven because we still have the defilement of sin that prevents us entering an undefiled heaven.  This is why redemption is necessary.

So faith In God alone saves you from hell fire and obedience preserves your salvation but redemption removes the defilement of sin that stops you entering heaven.

Predestination, True or False?

The purpose, desires, plans, choices and Will of God must all agree or He is a hypocrite and liar.
There are two main possibilities.

God does not choose who is to be saved before they are born but are saved purely through faith and obedience

or

God chooses whom is to be saved before they are born

There can really be no in between position  or the second statement cannot be true.

Viewpoint 1

In His Bible God states He desires all to be saved and to have a correct knowledge of whom He is and that salvation is a relationship with Jesus and The Father guided by The Holy Spirit. All His purposes in The Bible are directed towards this occurring in a person. If this is not correct and proposition two is correct then The Bible is full of hypocrisies and lies and you cannot believe anything it says when it says God desires all to be saved and no one would go to hell so there has to be a choice by man not to do that which God requires and so lose their salvation..

Viewpoint 2

Viewpoint two is based on how some passages from the Bible are interpreted but if it is interpreted this way it is full of hypocrisies and lies you cannot use it as a basis for proposition two or any proposition including Viewpoint 1 as what passage you use may be incorrect so that you cannot trust this proposition.  The main proposition is 'God is Love' and this would deny this.

Conclusion

For Viewpoint 2 to be correct means that you cannot trust Viewpoint 1 so that The Bible is full of lies and hypocrisies so Viewpoint 1 must be correct and Viewpoint 2 false for the character of God to be free of lies and hypocrisies and His Bible to reflect His Character.

A friend, Susan,  made the following comments

God in His all knowing omnipresence just HAS the true knowledge of who will turn from their wicked ways and believe on His son Jesus Christ. In this He appears to have a predestination ideal, yet He categorically states in His Word that ALL who turn from their wicked ways and believe WILL be saved.  HE is blameless in favouring as HE favours NO man. It seems to us as we see as in a shadow that it is the case of which comes first - the chicken or the egg. Now in creation we know it is the chicken, so we believe that this is true because God created the Heavens and the Earth and in the seven days all that dwells within. Therefore God came first, HE knew all things yet He gave His only begotten Son so that WHOMEVER  believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Also none of us are mistakes, He knew us in our mother's womb. the only predestination is that He has the true knowledge of what will be. He gives mercy to whom He chooses to give mercy - in light of Him being LORD, I believe (in my narrow limited thoughts) that He can not dwell in the presence of sin therefore He in His nature cannot keep fellowship with the unrepentant sinner until he / she chooses to come out of the darkness and  cry out to the Lord. He can go after them when we pray but dwelling with is different. And He knows again who will turn to Him, but I think He allows us baby steps. He does NOT prevent us at all from doing so. Hope this makes sense. WOW we have so much to learn and how our eyes will be opened when we step into His Kingdom and magnificent presence derobed of our sinful flesh and clothed with new robes forever ( once again these new robes or bodies are sinless, not corrupted and all made possible by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of all our sins in which WE choose to believe and trust in because He came first and made a way).

Redemption in more detail

Redemption is the process by which something that has been legally removed from you can be restored as if it had never been taken.  It has five requirements in regard to redemption for sin:

God has to do it

There must be a corporeal sacrifice (flesh must die)

The sacrifice must be acceptable to God

The sacrifice must have not committed sin to be able to be a sacrifice

The sacrifice must be able to restore to the original that which is legally lost to the original state (relationship mankind had with God in the garden)

Now to deal with each point:

1. God has to do it

Sin is deliberately falling short God God’s requirements in any area.  In other words it is deliberate disobedience to something you know God requires you to do.  The penalty for sin is death.  The offence is against an infinite God so it is  infinite in measure and needs an infinite sacrifice, which God alone can personally provide, as He alone is the only infinite thing in the universe.

Anything created or born cannot do it as they are not infinite.  Jesus was God and as a man had never sinned so could meet all these requirements.

2. There must be a fleshly sacrifice

An animal was killed and this took the place of the death that the person sacrificing it should have had for their sin.  The only way God could fulfil this requirements was to be born as a person so He could die as one.  This Jesus did and is the reason He had to be born on earth as a person.

Even though He knew what He was going to suffer, Jesus still decided to be born as a human so He could redeem us so that we could be forever with Him, The Father and The Holy Spirit in  heaven

This shows how much God desires to have you as a friend and spend time with you.

God is complete in Himself and did not need to do this for us but He loves us so much He did this and it was only for our benefit He did this.

3 The sacrifice must be acceptable to God

God was offering Himself through Jesus so it was acceptable as a sacrifice for the purposes of redemption (dying in our place so that the spiritual punishment of sin were dealt with in our life and we could relate to God, as man originally did, every second of our life and in eternity.)  Redemption removed the defilement of sin that prevented us going into an undefiled heaven and so allows us to approach God every second of our life.

4 The sacrifice must be sinless

Animals were sinless not knowing right or wrong which is why God accepted them.

Jesus lived a sinless life so that no one could ever show Him doing anything wrong and so was acceptable to God because He had  lived a sinless life.  Every who new Jesus, especially His enemies, could have pointed out any sin He did.,  But no one was able to show Jesus had sinned in any way.

Death was a result of sin and as Jesus died as if He had sinned but He had actually not sinned so the penalty of death was not appropriate and God had to raise Jesus from the dead as He had not deserved to die for sin.

God has to follow His own rules and death is only for those who sinned.

5. The sacrifice must be able to restore to the original that which is legally lost to the original state

As God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and it met the criteria of being a death in the flesh of a sinless person of infinite capacity, God had no choice but to accept it and restore all, who are the true followers of Jesus, to a relationship with Him now and as well as with Him in heaven after they die.

Jesus bought the right to us by His death which is why He is Lord of all, not just because He is God but also because He bought us through redeeming us.  When God sees us He sees we belong to Jesus and accepts us and allows us into heaven.

Thanks be to God for His unfathomable Love to us that caused Him to come to earth and die for us so we could be restored to a complete, unhindered personal relationship with Him.

Redemption, a synopsis

Redemption is the act of buying back something that has been lost to another for some legal reason

Sin cause us to have physical and spiritual death (the punishment for sin is spiritual death)

Sin is against an infinite God so has an infinite penalty

An infinite price of redemption needs to be paid and only God can do that because only God alone is infinite

So Jesus, who is God, did this by His death on the cross at Calvary because no one else could die for us

This is why no man can spiritually redeem another and that is why no man can have any part in redemption as any part they played would be insignificant anyway as they are finite and the penalty is infinite.  Also sinful man is the problem so cannot be used for the cure.  It needs someone who is sinless to pay the penalty which is why only Jesus was able to do this.

The Bible says all have sinned so that no one can be said to be sinless but God and to say a person is sinless is to call God a liar and make them equivalent to God.

All men descended from Adam have sinned so cannot be used to redeem mankind.  But Jesus is was not descended from Adam as His Father was God and so was not under the curse Adam was under.

So to say anyone but God redeems or has a part in redemption is not true and to give honour or venerate anyone for doing this is wrong and is idolatry as it is a form of worship which is due to God alone.

Calvary

A Common error is to believe we are saved at Calvary.  Salvation is by faith in God alone and this is separate to what happened at Calvary.  This is why we were shown Abraham was saved by faith well before Calvary but he could not enter  heaven until Jesus had died and rose from the dead.

Calvary is to do with redemption and not salvation.  Salvation made us able to relate to God but did not remove the defilement of sin so that we could not enter heaven.

Redemption removes the defilement of sin so that we can approach God in heaven without our access to Him being hindered by anything except our wilful sin and non repentance of it.

Can you lose your salvation?

Jesus said in Rev 3:5

(CEV)  Everyone who wins the victory will wear white clothes. Their names will not be erased from the book of life, and I will tell my Father and his angels that they are my followers.

These people had eternal life and thus  salvation and had obeyed Christ to the end of their life.

Jesus said to the people in the church of Sardis:

Rev 3:2  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Rev 3:3  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Some had not pursued their Christian faith and had grown so comfortable with the lifestyle the world had so  they were in danger of losing their salvation so verse 5 is the promise to those who repent and once again obediently follow Jesus as Lord or who have kept their initial faith in Jesus and followed Him still.

So if you grow complacent about your Christian faith and do not wholeheartedly follow Jesus you may end up in hell because you do not do what He desires you to do and you do not repent of not doing it.  (See my book on why Christians go to hell).

Jesus showed people many Christians in hell who were lukewarm in their faith or did not follow Him as Lord but led a comfortable Christian like lifestyle, knowingly ignoring His requirements of them not giving up a sin because they liked the sin so much they continually and deliberately disobeyed God in an area..

Errors about Satan

He is a myth and does not exist.

This attitude calls Jesus a liar so it cannot be correct because if Jesus is a liar He cannot redeem us.  Jesus was tempted by Satan and destroyed the works of Satan

Satan does not attack Christians.

The Bible says Satan goes around like an angry (roaring) lion devouring (destroying) whom he can.  He does not need to attack non-Christians as he has them already.  He needs to attack Christians to get them to belong to his kingdom.

Satan is the brother of Jesus.

Jesus is God while Satan is created so cannot be related to Jesus, whom being, God was never created.

Satan is like God and should be worshipped as God.

Satan is created and cannot be God but pretends to be a god.  All he can do is to pretend to be a god in the attempt to replace Jesus.  Worship of Satan is idolatry.

Satan is all powerful

Satan only has  power because God allows him to have it so God can use Satan for His purposes.  Satan appears to do miracles because he knows how to manipulate the physical world not because he has any special power to do them.

Satan does not cause people to follow him but has to talk them into it by having them accept the thoughts of evil he places in their minds.  God has to follow His principles so will not force people not to follow Satan but has to allow them the free will to reject Him and do what Satan suggests they do.

Errors about angels

Angels do not make doctrine or reveal it to people.  They are only messengers and servant of God.  Only Jesus and The Holy Spirit (through Prophets) did that and this is recorded in The Bible only.  Doctrinal revelation in this manner finished by the end of the first century so any angel teaching or showing new doctrine or ‘sacred’ writings after that time is from Satan

Worshipping angels by venerating or giving them attributes or power that only God had is also wrong.  It takes Glory for the action from God and gives it to them.

Angels bringing scriptures, doctrine, teachings or messages that do not align with The Bible are also from Satan.

Angels are God’s messengers and spiritual warriors, so if they so anything else but bring a message or fight Satan on behalf of Jesus then question who they are from and examine carefully what they teach.

Hell

Why people go there

People go to hell because they reject Jesus as their Lord (king) and end up with Satan as their King

So when they die they go to the kingdom of the king they were following at the time of their death.

God sends them to hell because they chose to follow Satan not because He is punishing them

Hell was not made for people but for demons

It is the only place people can go too when they die if they reject Jesus as they cannot go to heaven

God has to allow us our free will choices and cannot go against them

So if we choose to follow Satan he has to send us to Satan when we die

He is Love and in this is His love seen that He will not go against our choice of eternal fate as much as it may sadden Him to send them to hell.  He does all He can to stop them going there but will not go against their free will choice.

Why do people go to hell

There are three main reasons people go to Hell according to Jesus?

They do not accept the Lordship of Jesus so reject Him and His Will for them and do not obey Him.

The will not forgive another.  Not wanting to reconcile to another is a result of an attitude of unforgiveness.

They are not willing to give up a sin and repent of it and follow what God requires of them in that area so that Satan is their king because of this.

These all cause you to be taken out of The Kingdom of God and the protection of Jesus so that you belong to Satan’s kingdom and are at his mercy until you repent.  If you do not repent when you die you go to hell to be with the king you are under, Satan.

Other places to go to when you die

Some religions believe you do not go straight to heaven or hell but that you to other places than these two places.

Purgatory is an example of a place that does not exist.

Jesus has taken people to heaven and hell but never purgatory and has told them it is a lie.

God says you die and are judged and that there is no time difference between dying and judgement so that there is no time to insert a place like purgatory in between death and judgement.

Others believe in a place like heaven but not the heaven Jesus spoke about so that their concept of what heaven is, is flawed and incorrect.

Other do not believe in hell, even though Jesus spoke more about it than heaven, because they believe God is Love and would not send people to hell.  They also will not accept what people tell about it whom Jesus has taken them there and shown them what it is like.

God does not send people to hell.  They have rejected God and so belong to the kingdom of Satan and go to be with him when they die.  His kingdom of course, is hell.  Besides, these people have rejected Jesus so cannot go to his kingdom and the only other place left for them to go too  is hell.

Some people do not believe in Satan or that he can harm or attack Christians.  If this was the case then why did Jesus give authority over Satan to destroy his works and remove him from Christians and their things?  That has never been taken away from us and was still practised 450 years after Jesus died.  In fact those who believe Jesus is God will fight Satan and destroy his works to show they belong to Jesus (Mark 16:17-18).

To say there are other places than heaven or hell to go to after you die or says Satan is not real or cannot harm Christians calls the Bible and Jesus a liar so they cannot be correct.

Purgatory

This is not in The Bible but has been seen only by Catholics either after they died or when they were 'taken' there by an angel.  Jesus never took anyone there and the Bible says when you die you go to straight to Jesus to have your life judged so there is not time for purgatory or no way to stop the punishment for sin you incurred in your life let alone pray for anyone in a place that does not exist.

It is not mentioned in The Bible so cannot be a doctrine and it is not a practice  on earth so has no way to pass the tests of a practice.  Purgatory cannot be a doctrine or a proactive but a believe man wants to believe in and that makes it dangerous as it modifies doctrine to be able to exist as a belief.

Is belief in it a sin?  It may not e unless it causes you to deliberately disobey in another area of your life.

Reincarnation

The Bible says we die and are then judged for our life and go either to heaven or hell.  There is no second chance.  No way to come back and have another go at successfully living in the way Christ required you to live.

It is appointed by God for a person to die only once and leave earth and to then be judged.  So reincarnation is against what The Bible teaches so cannot occur.

Errors in praying to others than The Father

When you pray to someone else than God to help you obtain what you  need you are displacing God as we are told by Jesus  to pray only to The Father.  It may also imply they are God as God alone can really provide all your needs.

e are told that every good (perfect) provision comes from The Father but He may provide it through people by supplying them with what they need to give it to you.  Satan tries to provide his imperfect provision before that o God's and by this side track you from what God wanted you to do.  The problem occurs when something is supplied by Satan which is good in itself but not what God desires you to have which is why you need to test the spirits behind a gift if it gives you unease in its provision.

God may not want to give you what you desire as it may be bad for you but Satan Will give it to you if he can so it appears the person prayed too provided what you need.

If you approach others to ask God for you then that achieves nothing as all they can do is ask God to do his will as they are in heaven and know better than to tell God what He should be doing.

They cannot provide your need as only The Father can so it is a waste of time praying to them.

There is a danger that you end up making them and idol and approach them rather than God and so end up actually worshipping them because you place them before God, which is idolatry.

Errors about  prayer

From the visit to heaven of Pastor Sori Park

Jesus first pinpointed whom I should say my prayers to. He said I should first call “Lord in Heaven.” I should say my prayers to God the Father, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. I was guided to the sacred hall by Our Lord and saw a throne for Father God and Jesus on his right but none for Holy Spirit, which made me realize there are different roles and functions in the Trinity. We pray to Father God in the name Of Jesus, the Son of God, then the Father God comes down to the Earth as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to answer of our prayer. In Corinthians 13:13, having the Grace of Jesus Christ, love of God the Father, and Communion of Holy Spirit being together with you is the role division of God in the perfect Trinity.

Recently many people pray to Holy Spirit, saying “Help me, Holy Spirit. Guide me, Holy Spirit. Solve it, Holy Spirit.” It is understandable that the history of the Holy Spirit has been more highlighted than ever before thanks to the great work of the Holy Spirit for the final salvation ministry, but it should be reminded once again that the Holy Spirit is a helper and not the “lone” object of worship, praise, and prayer. Being concerned about that, the Holy Spirit has made me write this words. The Holy Spirit is not the object of prayers but He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  

We should honor God the Father who gives birth to us, brings us up, guides us, and leads us. We also praise Jesus who bled to save us in appreciation. It is the Holy Spirit that guides all of our minds. By sending the Holy Spirit, He let us know that it is the right thing to honor and appreciate God the Father that allowed it in us.

In summary

We pray to The Father for the purposes of The Kingdom ruled by Jesus and then The Holy Spirit, their representative on earth, provides God’s answer on behalf of Jesus.

Jesus said to pray to The Father and nowhere else in The New Testament are we told to pray to anyone else.

We are to ask for what is necessary to serve Jesus and His Kingdom and have the promise that The Holy Spirit will help us in how to deal with these things when we receive them.

The Father that gives us things to serve Jesus with. It is no use praying to people to supply your as it is a form of idolatry to deliberately pray to anyone else than The Father.

When these people are prayed too and Satan fulfils the prayer,i f it serves his purposes, the person prayed too is given the glory for it and not God. So Glory is taken from God and this is also idolatry.

The Father is waiting to give us every good thing for our life and service of Jesus, so why ask anyone else, including Jesus and The Holy Spirit who said we were to pray only to The Father.

The example of Jesus in Prayer

Jesus always prayed to The Father.  He told us to pray to The Father and the epistles always point to The Father as the originator of our needs and our blessings.  Prayer must be for the purposes of The Kingdom for it to be accepted.

Joh 14:13  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Joh 14:14  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Joh 14:15  "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Joh 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

It is to be asked in His Name (for His purposes) to The Father for what we need and The Father will do it at the appropriate time.

Joh 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Whatever we ask The Father (and not Jesus) to do for the purposes of Jesus, The Father will do it.

Joh 16:23  When that time comes, you won't have to ask me about anything. I tell you for certain that the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.

Once again Jesus states to ask The Father for His purposes and it will be done.

So the principle seems to be to ask The Father for the purposes of The Kingdom (Jesus) and The Father will do it through The Holy Spirit.

So when we pray in the Name of Jesus we are praying for His purposes and not in His authority.  However when we cast out demons we are using the Authority of Jesus so we command and not pray in Jesus Name.

We pray to The Father in Jesus’ Name for the purpose of The Kingdom and Jesus

We command demons in Jesus’ Name using His Authority as ruler over all to remove them from The Kingdom and its people.

The Name of Jesus

When you use the ‘Name of Jesus’ you are saying that you are declaring His Will and using the authority He has delegated to you.

You do not use the ‘Name of Jesus’ in a prayer unless you know it is His Will and you should not use it then say “nevertheless thy will be done” because you should be praying His Will in the first place.

When you are casting out demons you are using the authority delegated to you by Jesus to do this.  It must be used for the purposes of His Kingdom or it will not be acted upon by Jesus as it will not be for His purposes.

It this delegation is not used for the Kingdom of Jesus it can only be used, by default, for the kingdom of Satan.

So if you are not sure you are praying the Will of Jesus then do not declare you are praying in the ‘Name of Jesus’.  If you are casting out demons for purposes other than that of The Kingdom of Jesus then you are helping the devil.

What is Worship

In its essence worship is just saying someone is worthy to follow (obey)or approach to ask favours for (pray too).  So when you pray to another you are saying they are worthy to be prayed to, regardless of what is prayed and that is a form of worship.

When you do this you shift your focus from God to them and they become an idol.

Respect and reverence people but never worship them by letting them rep[lace in any way God's Will for your life. Veneration and adoration are so close to worship that it is dangerous to do this.

Hypocrisy in Worship

People joyfully and wholeheartedly sing:

“We are a people of power

‘or

“I will do or go…” e.g. ‘Where he leads me I will follow

Then go home and watch television and pay another to do what they sang about.

They do not do or be what they sing they will do and feel good because they have sung this.

This is called hypocrisy.

Your words are to say what you mean, whether they are said or sung.

While the church sings what it does not mean and believe through this that they are a good Christian and not a hypocrite and actually do what they sing about  it will never do God’s work but be a weak parody of what it should be.

Veneration and Worship

Webster 1828 definitions:

Worship:  Chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honours to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to him in religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like.

Veneration: The highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with some degree of awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity and superiority of a person, or by the sacredness of his character, and with regard to place, by its consecration to sacred services.

Worship can only be given to God.  Veneration is similar but given to a person and not God so is more to do with the person’s character than a divine status such as God has.

The problem is when you start to give the person attributes that only God has or ask them to do the things only God can really do and give the person the thanks and glory that should be to God. Then it becomes worship and they become idols to you.

Examples are:

Praying to them when we are told only to pray to The Father

Thanking them for healing when we are told God does it through us so that we should not take any credit for it as it removes God’s Glory

Declaring they play a part in our redemption which Christ alone can do and being given credit for doing this taking Glory from Christ.

In other words, treating the person venerated as if they were Godlike in what they did so they get credit for things only God can do.

Anything or anyone placed before God or given attributes only He has is an idol if this is deliberately done.

Venerate and adore people but do not ascribe to them anything God does or any attributes that make God different to us.

Images statues saints

Ex 20:4 (BBE)  You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:

Ex 20:5 (CEV)  Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations.

In the Old Testament images and statues were not allowed in The Temple and were removed and destroyed when placed in it by godless peoples.

Jesus did not promote them and the early church did not have or use them.

So any image or statue placed in a place where God is worshipped is wrong as God does not want anything in there that takes the focus off Him.  If He had accepted them would have been in The Temple and synagogues.

Images and statues of people are also absent from heaven, which is our model of things on earth.  If God had accepted them they would be in heaven.

Any statue placed anywhere else is wrong if it represents God or anything that can be worshipped

Anything that takes your focus off Jesus and that does not promote Him or His Kingdom is an idol.

Statues, images or drawings that are prayed to are idolatrous as they are against the Law of God to have.

Pray is asking someone to do something for you and regardless of what it is when you ask someone to do something for you that God says He does, like meeting your needs, then It is idolatry.

Idolatry occurs when you give partial or total credit to someone else or something else other than God for things only God can do like healing, exorcism, salvation and redemption and special provision for your needs.

Where a person, statues or image of a person is prayed too or given credit for something God alone says He does, then Idolatry occurs.

The final word

Jesus has never allowed the worship of images or statues but has allowed painters to paint His portrait and other images of heaen and spiritual things but no statues o anything seemed to have been allowed by Him.

So it appears al lright to have an image to know what something looks like but not to use it in worship or science books as an example would be intelligible at times without an image of what is being discussed,

Catholic Communion

The first test is whether or not it is in The Bible.  It is not in The Bible so cannot be doctrine.  It then must pass the four tests below.

The four tests are as follows:

  1. Does the Bible infer it is allowable? . If it infers it is allowable you still cannot make doctrine about it but only say it is a possibility and even then it must pass all the other tests below.  It is not in The Bible so cannot be doctrine but may be an allowable practice
  2. Does it express God’s type of Love and build up a person spiritually.  It can if correctly practiced as it shows God's Love and encourages a person to have it in them.
  3. Does it give God’s Glory to another. God said He will not give His Glory to another.  It focuses on God and Jesus .  But in parts where others are focussed on in its service then that part is a non-allowable practice as it takes Glory from God for that period and is a form of idolatry by placing those  focussed on before God..
  4. Does it promote The Father, The Holy Spirit, Jesus or His Kingdom or someone else.  See test 3.

While its basis - the restating of the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary, is not doctrinal it passes the tests except for the parts that focus on others than God or Jesus and so can be a practice of The Catholic Church which is not enforceable on people but may be a legal requirement of The Catholic Church for administrative but not spiritual purposes apart from the encouraging of people in their faith.

 

Ritual

Ritual serves no spiritual purpose.  It is something man has devised because it either keeps order, appears to work or move God to do what you want Him to do or it looks good or helps them focus on the service more.  It serves no purpose for salvation or redemption or anything to do with it but may have eternal effect by the attitude in which it is carried out.

Any ritual does not draw you closer to God as it emphasis what man does and not what God does and may even distract you from Him so it is not conducive to true worship.

Ritual also is used to emphasise the fact one person is more important than another by showcasing them in the ritual.

Ritual is not used to keep order as its effect is spiritual whereas order is just for the purposes of keeping things in place.

Was Peter the first Pope?

In the Ethiopic Didascalia there is a list of bishops ordained by the apostles.  Apostles do not seem to be ordained as bishops.  In fact it appears that the bishops were subordinate to them.

In this list is mentioned the first pope of Rome.  A man called Linus who was ordained by Paul.  So Peter was not the first bishop of Rome.  In fact the evidence is he never went to Rome and they have found he was buried in Jerusalem so only God knows who is in his supposed tomb in Rome.  Maybe it is Linus as it cannot be Peter.

This makes all that the Catholic church has built on Peter being the first bishop of Rome have a very shaky and even non-existent foundation.

See http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/peters-jerusalem-tomb.htm where it mentions a book written by the Franciscans on the subject.

Practices of a denomination

These are usually not found in the Bible as a requirement to be obeyed.  They are usually man originated so cannot be doctrine or obligatory for obedience so that not doing them is not a sin.

They may be the requirement of a denomination or a practice that helps a person focus their faith.  They moment they become more than just a help Idolatry usually occurs where the practice of it becomes more important than the help it does to a person’s faith or even the person themselves.

These practices must pass the test for non-Biblical matters to be acceptable as a practice and even then cannot be enforced for any purposes 3especially spiritual ones.

Sacraments and similar

A sacrament is an action that supposedly gives special Grace additional to what God has already given you.  This implies God has not given you all the Grace you need which means He cannot be God or He would have given you all you needed out of His Perfect Love for you.

Another problem is that the  heart attitude of the person receiving the sacrament is not important.  This means you can appear to be blessed by God even if disobedient and unrepentant.

Sacraments and similar are supposed to do things in the spiritual and even change the Will of God.  This means they have supernatural effect as a result of physical action and attitude toward the sacrament.

So we control what happens and not God.  This is impossible as nothing happens without God allowing or causing it.  So in reality, a sacrament or similar does nothing because God does not need it to do what He desires to do for you.  It is man trying to change what God is doing without the permission of God so is ineffectual, however Satan will do something if it suits his purposes and you will think God did it

Baptism

The Didache (The teachings of The apostles circa 100 AD) states the following

CHAPTER 7 : reborn as a Christian : baptism

7:1 Concerning baptism, baptize in this way : having first rehearsed all these things, baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit, in living water.
7:2 But, if you have no running water, baptize in other water, and if you cannot in cold, then in warm.
7:3 But if you have neither, pour water three times on the head in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
7:4 And before the baptism, let the baptizer and him who is to be baptized fast, and any others who are able. And you must bid him who is to be baptized to fast one or two days before.

Baptism was to be by immersion in running water and if that was not available then in other water and if that was not available, only then was it to be by pouring water on a person three times.  Sprinkling was not even mentioned.  However there is not too much difference between poring water over a person and sprinkling them with it.

I tis not the act that is important.  It is the confession of faith and the witness before people that matters.  So to argue immersion over sprinkling ignores the other practices of baptism sanctioned by the apostles and treats the confession and witness as not being the main purpose of the baptism.  In other words, ritual is more important than the spiritual side of the activity.

The condition for Baptism has always been confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Act 8:37  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Why would modern Bibles leave out verse 37 stating the fact it is necessary to believe in Christ if you wanted to be baptised in His Name.

This would mean children and non-Christians could be baptised whether or not they confessed Jesus had come in The Flesh and was their Lord.

Sometimes exorcism was carried out before the baptism to remove anything Satan had in the person from their past.

It is to be noted that nothing special was attributed to baptism and that it was not a special ceremony but a witness that the person belonged to Jesus.

Baptism has been said to be the act of a good conscience toward God (being willing to identify yourself with Him in public) and a representation of the resurrection we to will have when we die.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a ceremony man has made to try and imitate the filling of The Holy Spirit in a Christian when The Spirit anoints a person for an area of ministry.  It can only occur to a Christian and so children who are confirmed are usually not filled with The Spirit as they are usually not Christians in spite of being baptised and what any Church says happens at baptism.

The ceremony has no meaning and no spiritual effect and all that any Church says happens as a result of it is the imaginations of the men who made up the ceremony.  However The Holy Spirit may choose to use it in some way but is not obliged too unless He has organised it through people.

There is nothing in The Bible like it and God has not given man the authority to control The Spirit this way or make a ceremony like they have made it to be.

So confirmation is a waste of time but does make a good ceremony like many other man made useless ceremonies churches have developed.

Having said that, at times God has honoured the faith of the person being confirmed and The Spirit has fallen on them, but not very often.

Confirmation is for the purposes of the denomination and does not anoint a person for ministry.  In Acts the anointing was for ministry so it would not qualify as an act of confirmation as it did not confirm a person as a member of a denomination because there were none!

Communion

The Didache (the teachings of the apostles) written near 100AD states the following about The Communion Celebration.

CHAPTER 9 : Eucharistic consecration

9:1 Now regarding the eucharist, give thanks in this way :

9:2 First concerning the cup :

"We thank You, our Father,
for the holy vine of David Your servant,
which You made known to us through Jesus Your servant.
To You belongs the glory for ever."

9:3 And concerning the broken bread :

We thank You, our Father,
for the life and knowledge which You made
known to us through Jesus Your servant.
To You belongs the glory for ever."

9:4 As this broken bread was scattered over the mountains, and was brought together to become one, so let Your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your Kingdom, for the glory and the power are Yours through Jesus Christ forever.

9:5 But let none eat or drink of your eucharist except those who have been baptized in the Name of the Lord. For concerning this did the Lord say : “Give not what is holy to dogs.”

CHAPTER 10 : thanksgiving after communion

10:1 But after you are satisfied with food, give thanks in this way :

10:2 We give thanks to You, O Holy Father, for Your Holy Name which You made to live in our hearts, and for the knowledge, the faith and the immortality which You did made known to us through Jesus Your servant. To You belongs the glory for ever.

10:3 You, Lord Almighty, did create all things through Your Name, and did give food and drink to men for their enjoyment, that they might give thanks to You, but us have You blessed with spiritual food, drink and eternal light through Your servant.

10:4 Above all we give thanks to You because You are mighty. Yours is the glory for ever.

10:5 Remember, Lord, to deliver Your church from all evil and to make it perfect in Your love, and gather it together from the four winds, holy in Your kingdom which You have prepared for it. For Yours are the power and the glory for ever.

10:6 Let grace come and let this world pass away. Hosannah to the God of David. If any man be holy, let him come ! If any man be not, let him repent. Marana tha ! Amen.

10:7 But permit the prophets to hold the eucharist as they see fit.

As it can be seen it is purely a remembrance having no other significance and to give it any special properties is something man has devised as Jesus did not teach that it was anything special to His apostles and disciples.

Wim van den Dungen Antwerp, 2013 in his excellent commentary on the Didache states the following:

In this context it may be interesting to note that :

it is explicitly mentioned that the prayers over the Eucharistic elements are part of the ritual of thanksgiving and the short embolism or prayer for unity (9:4) does not end with "Amen" as does 10:6, suggesting that 9 & 10 form a compositional unity ;

the cup is first consecrated, not the bread ;

nowhere is the divinity of Jesus Christ mentioned during the Offertory or the Eucharistic Prayer;

Jesus is only spoken of as "Christ" over the bread, not over the cup ;

the offertory is immediately followed by a short warning (9:5) based on a logion of Jesus not to approach the altar if unbaptised;

communion happens before thanksgiving ;

thanksgiving does not ask for the consecration of the fully prepared eucharistic elements for they are no longer present. Are they already "at work" in the participants, vivifying their consciousness so that they are able to say thanks "in the Spirit" by raising their voices and praying together 10:2-6 ? 

thanksgiving is fully focused on God the Holy Father and Jesus is not mentioned as Christ, nor as Son, but only as a servant through whom the Holy Name of the Father lives in our heart ; 

the whole movement of this thanksgiving aims at the end of things. It finds its spiritual optimum not in paschal themes and in the indwelling of Christ as Blood & Body but in the anticipation of the return of Jesus which happens when the work of this servant of God is accomplished everywhere, when all has become holy because every sinner has repented, the earth being one whole and thus His Kingdom ;

emphasis is put on what happens "in the Spirit" for the prophets may hold the Eucharist as they seem fit. The form of the Eucharist remains open. 

So it can be seen that modern Christianity has completely lost the original Eucharist celebration and substituted it with one that does not contain anything of the original celebration as taught to the people by the apostles.

So to make anything else of it than just a celebration of what God has promised and of Thanksgiving to The Father is to give the Eucharist a meaning that God does.

What cup was drunk by Jesus?

There were four cups in the Passover meal.  Jesus did not drink the one we all celebrate which was the fourth cup – the cup of completion which is why He said He could not drink of it until He had died and was in heaven after completing the redemption God had planned for Him to do.

The four cups are as follows

The first cup is called Sanctification (I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians),

the second is Blessing (I will free you from being slaves to them),

the third is Redemption (I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgment) and the fourth is Acceptance (I will take you as my people and I will be your God.)

The fourth cup represented our acceptance by God through the death of Jesus so had to be carried out before Jesus could drink it.

So which of the four cups do we drink at communion? And what does our communion actually remember if it is not the fourth cup of the completion of pour redemption?  Remember that this was the cup Jesus said He would not drink until after He had died.

Perhaps the church needs to rethink its attitude to communion and how it celebrates it.

Any celebration of any type that says Christ sacrifice is repeated again implies His death at Calvary was not complete and has to be repeated on a continual basis is incorrect.  The Bible said Christ only needed to die once and that this was sufficient for God.

So to say He needed to die more than once means Jesus cannot be God for this to be true because being God He only needed to die once.

If he is not God then He cannot be redeemer so the Communion implying He dies again cannot be held as He cannot be God if He has to die again so that Redemption cannot have occurred in the first place and cannot occur any time He is the one supposedly dying which means they are celebrating something that does not exist.

Errors about forgiveness of sin

The Bible says

Mar 2:7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Eph 4:32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

As you can see The Bible clearly teaches only God can forgive sins.

The three main errors to do with forgiveness of sin are:

Saying another than God can forgive your sins either themselves or on behalf of God.

Believing you need to do something to remove the punishment and defilement of sin (Redemption did that once for all time and for every sin you will commit if you follow Jesus as your Lord)

Believing there are different levels of sin and you do not have to confess small ones and that small ones will not send you to hell.

Sin is deliberately not doing something God requires you to do and is deliberate rebellion against God.  Any person who rebels against a King (which God is of his Kingdom) is imprisoned and executed as a traitor.

As the offence is against God, He alone can forgive or remit it.  He has not delegated the forgiveness of sins to anyone and all they can do is declare God has forgiven you your sins at Calvary..  This means no man can forgive your sins and deal with the punishment and defilement of them.  If this was the case Jesus would not have had to die and Calvary would be unnecessary.

A person cannot forgive you the spiritual consequences of your sins as they are not the one spiritually offended and they cannot declare God has forgiven your sins forgiven unless they know what your heart attitude is to the repentance of the sins committed.  They can forgive your actions against them which is not the same as forgiveness of the sin itself.

Because God has been offended you can do nothing that He can accept to have your sins against Him forgiven and the defilement and penalty for theser sins removed.  The only sacrifice He accepts for your sins to be dealt with is the one Jesus made at Calvary.

God also says that every sin is rebellion and there are no degrees of sin and their consequence to your eternal fate.

We are told that any sin  makes you guilty of breaking God’s Law and of eternal punishment.

James 2:10(ERV)  You might follow all of God's law. But if you fail to obey only one command, you are guilty of breaking all the commands in that law.

People try to use the following verse to say you can forgive the sin that another has committed against God but this contradicts what Jesus said so cannot refer to the forgiveness of sin that God alone can do.

Joh 20:23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

To quote Clarke:

God alone can forgive sins; and it would not only be blasphemous, but grossly absurd, to say that any creature could remit the guilt of a transgression which had been committed against the Creator.

This claiming to  be able forgive sins takes Glory from God and is a form of idolatry in that they put themselves in the place of God for the person to obey (obedience is a form of worship)

James 5:16 ‘sin’ or ‘faults’

There is a principle, that the person you have offended is the one who must forgive you so you must go to them for forgiveness and try and reconcile to them.  This is why God places so much emphasis on reconciliation being necessary before He will hear your prayers.  Reconciliation, either with Him or with others you have offended.

If they do not want to be reconciled, that is their problem, but you have done what God requires you to do so you can approach God again and be heard by Him.

So for sins against God, only He alone can forgive you and no other can forgive you on his behalf.  You were forgiven at Calvary for all your sins against Him He would not ask you to confess them again either to  him or to anyone else as you do not need to do this. So the following reading of James 5:16 is incorrect when it refers to sins against God and in fact only mentions other  people and not God:

Jas 5:16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Note “one another” for the purposes of reconciliation with that person.

I repeat the Lord is not mentioned in these verses so that it has to refer to relationships between people.

The verse is correct when you offend a person as they have to forgive you so you need to go to them and apologise and admit your wrong to them and be reconciled to them through this.  Even then, only the offended person can forgive you and no one else.

So there is no way a person can forgive you your sin committed either against God or fellow mankind.  The person offended has too and God has already forgiven you your sins.

The correct reading of James 5:16 is as follows when it refers to sins against God as we need to admit our faults to Him so that He can deal with them and help us remove them.  The correction of the fault/weakness also stops you sinning in that area and the weakness may be greater in area than an individual sin committed.

(JV)  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This is so you can obtain any deliverance you need in that area or counselling to be shown any truths you  need to know to be set free.  And then you only need to admit your weakness (fault) and not your sins committed as a result of the weakness.

The prayer of the righteous man in this context is for deliverance or for you to understand what you need too and possibly for any healing you need, emotional or physical and so it primarily will either be a word of command in Jesus’ Name to remove demons or heal or a prayer for you to understand the truths you need to be free from this weakness.

Absolution for sins

 Websters 1828 Dictionary states:

ABSOLU'TION, n. In the civil law, an acquittal or sentence of a judge declaring an accused person innocent. In the canon law, a remission of sins pronounced by a priest in favor of a penitent. Among protestants, a sentence by which an excommunicated person is released from his liability to punishment.

God is the judge of sin and its consequences and He alone can declare a person absolved from the consequences of sin.  Through Redemption He removed the spiritual consequences of sin so that absolution is no longer necessary.

Mp where in The Bible has God, in writing, delegated His Authority for any person to deal with the spiritual consequences of sin apart from Jesus.  Jesus had this Authority because He was God onearth and only God h ad the right to deal with sin as He was the one offended,

All a person can say is that God has said you are declared forgiven of all the spiritual consequence of sin at Calvary and there God remitted all your sin.

No one has a right to declare they are remitting the sins of another or absolving them from the consequences and guilt of sin.  This negates the effect of Calvary and says they are god or know better than God about the consequences of sin and Calvary and have the right to do what they are saying should be done.

That person is replacing God and doing things already done by God which do not need to be done again unless they wrongly believe the redemption at Calvary Jesus obtained for us was not complete, not covering every sin that will ever happen.

Jesus is God so the effects of the Redemption obtained for us at Calvary is eternal and covering everyone that has, is and will live so that nothing further needs to be done by us for our sins, except to accept what Jesus did for ust at Calvary, repent and try wholeheartedly not to do any sin again.

Penance

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states:

PEN'ANCE, n.

1. The suffering, labor or pain to which a person voluntarily subjects himself, or which is imposed on him by authority as a punishment for his faults, or as an expression of penitence; such as fasting, flagellation, wearing chains, &c. Penance is one of the seven sacraments of the Romish church.

2. Repentance.

Repentance is necessary to maintain salvation and the admission of a sin helps you deal with it and any faults you have that you need help with..

The first part of the definition states it is a person voluntarily punishing them self or doing a punishment an authority has imposed on him as a punishment for their faults (read sin).

There is a problem with this as it implies we need to do something to obtain forgiveness for our sins and that the work of Redemption was not complete as we still have to do something to obtain the forgiveness that Christ obtained for us at Calvary.

This would make God a liar by saying that the work of Calvary was not finished work but only a work in progress requiring us to do something further.

The person authoring the punishment has taken the place of God and is asking something God does not ask.  This means it is not sanctioned by God and so is not necessary except for the purposes of man and does nothing to deal in any way with the spiritual consequences of sin (which Christ fully dealt with at Calvary) or in regard to our being forgiven for sin (which was complete through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross).

So it is obvious Penance is not of God but of man.

Blessings

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. He alone can bless us.  All a person can do is ask The Father to Bless a person.  We are only stewards of what He has given us so we cannot give to another what we are stewards of without the permission of God.  If God wants to bless someone through you He will give you what you need to do this and tell you what to do to bless them.

To ask God to bless a person does not usually mean they will be blessed.  If it is in accordance with His will they will be blessed and remember we are to ask only things in accordance with His Will.

A person cannot bless another in their own right as they cannot offer that person anything unless God tells them to give it to that person as God is owner of all things and they are only steward of what they have been entrusted with and must ask God what to do with what they have.

Of course sin is the only thing we can offer to an other that God does not provide.

To bless someone in your name (authority) saying you are the source of the blessing is wrong and may even be idolatry giving yourself credit due to God..

In conclusion you can only bless a person when God tells you to in the way He tells you too.  He may give you something to bless them with or do it Himself.  Whatever happens, you must ask Him first about it so it will be done in accordance with His Will and qil not cause the person to be sidetracked in any way from what Jesus desires them to do..

It does not need to be said that you cannot pay another to bless you as that person has no right to do so unless God tells them too in which case you do not need to pay them to bless you.

Denominations and theology

If people were led by The Holy Spirit there would be no theological differences or denominations and all would be taught the same doctrine and believe the same doctrine.

The fact people take pride in knowledge is the reason they must look for new things to declare about God and the practice of worship and serving Him.

God said He would tell us all we needed to know in Duet 29:29 and so we do not need to look for secret things or new ways of interpreting or writing The Bible.

In heaven all Christians are led by The Holy Spirit but on earth they are not so Satan has a field day dividing the Body of Christ and cause dissensions and rejection amongst it because others ‘believe’ differently according to the denomination and so are ‘wrong’ in their belief.

Do the gifts, and the practice of healing and exorcism (deliverance) still apply to today?

The gifts are given by The Spirit and God says He will never remove them once given:

Rom 11:29 (CEV)  God doesn't take back the gifts he has given or forget about the people he has chosen.

Nowhere in The Bible has God stated the gifts are no longer being given, have been withdrawn or no longer apply and as He is the person authorised to give and remove them He is the only one that can stop them.  Man cannot do this or make any Biblical verse say this because man does not has the authority to stop them and God has not written anywhere in His Bible to withdraw or stop them so that people cannot \ say these are now no longer are available for people to use.

Man can imply they are stopped but that it is because it is easier to say God no longer uses them than to say God is not using the person in these things.  It is a pride thing

In regard to deliverance and healing.  These are delegated in writing by Jesus in Mark 16:17-18:

Mark 16:17-18  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Jesus alone can remove this delegation by writing that it no longer applies.  Man cannot make any Bible verse say that they no longer apply to current days as they do not have the spiritual authority to remove these or interpret a Bible verse in such a way.  Jesus has nowhere written that these signs no longer apply.

The delegation is in writing so the removal of this delegation must be in writing.

Modern Bible translations get around this problem by saying the passage in scripture giving us authority to do things is not in the original Bible but is an addition of man.  This is what the footnotes imply.  Unfortunately this is wrong and they cannot really back up this assertion that this passage was not in the original Bible from the evidence of early manuscripts.

Jesus said that those who would believe He was God would do these things out of their faith in Him.  Doing these things would be a sign that they were His follower, so to stop doing these things removes  one of the major marks of being His follower as well removes the demonstration of the authority of His Kingdom over that of Satan and its works.

The gifts were for maturing the church and to remove them stops them being used by God to mature His people.  Prophecy was for guiding the church so to remove this removes the guidance of God through these people.

Remember that prophecy was never used by God to make doctrine.  There is a difference in using prophets, guided by The Holy Spirit so that He is the one giving us the doctrine and prophets declaring scripture from their own reasonings.

I cannot imagine God doing that so it has to be Satan who has caused people to believe they no longer apply and stop them harming his kingdom.  God would not stop people using what He had given us to fight Satan with and to mature His people.

Jesus said you are his disciple by the demonstration of obedience to His will and Laws:

Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

However, following a person does not state He is God.  Just that He is worth following so that any good religious leader could be followed.  It is only as we demonstrate the delegated authority of Jesus, expressed in the gifts, signs and wonders and deliverance from Satan and His plans that we show Jesus is God.

It is only as the Authority of The Kingdom over Satan and His works is demonstrated that Jesus is proved to be God. If the church believed Satan was a danger to it and that hell was a reality for Christians, and that Jesus was God then they would not declare exorcism and spiritual warfare past tense.  But not warning of Satan and hell and not fighting spiritual warfare against and not doing healing they give nothing of value to people as a reason to follow Jesus.

If the church believed gifts and signs and wonders were of God they would use them.

The denial of gifts and sins and wonders is called Cessationism and it was a masterstroke of Satan designed to cripple the church in its fight against him and he has succeeded.

It all comes down to delegations and whom you believe Jesus is as well as what you believe of The Bible and what it says..

As the gifts and the delegation are from a King, Jesus, and belongs to His Kingdom, He alone can give these things, say when they are to cease operating or when they are no longer to be given.  It must be in writing also.  Jesus has not written in The Bible that the gifts and the delegation has ceased being given so no longer operate.  Man does not have the authority to give or cease the operations of these gifts as He is only a citizen of The Kingdom and not its King and has no right to declare what people will receive from The Kingdom or how long these things are to operate for.

Man also cannot make or remove verses to say that the gifts and delegation no longer apply as that is only man’s interpretation and not a declaration of The King that is doing this.

The argument that these were only for Jesus and the apostle fails as the early church practiced them well after the last disciple of the apostles had died.  And they were practiced well into the middle ages in some areas.

Cessationists must show that Jesus has in writing removed the delegation and ceased the gifts or that they have the authority to interpret scripture to imply this.  Given The Holy Spirit is the interpreter of scripture and nowhere has God given man the delegation to interpret scripture, except as interpreted by The Holy Spirit and  it is doubtful that The Holy Spirit would go against God and declare the delegation over Satan finished and gifts to have ceased.

If the Cessationists are correct then God asks us to do that same things as apostles without their gifts and delegations and also to preach in power and might as the apostles did and not just in reasoned words.  This would be a loveless hypocritical God asking us to do His work without the tools Jesus and the apostles had.

The things that set Christianity apart from the pagan religions were the gifts and the delegation over Satan.  Without this evangelism is just words describing a God you cannot prove but only talk about and a philosophy that is matched by other religions.  In otherwords, Christianity has nothing really to offer that other religions cannot offer when you cannot show Jesus is God and that His Kingdom rules over all the others through demonstrating the gifts and the delegation you have over the demons in the other religions.

Also, unless you show there are demons by defeating their works you cannot really preach Satan and hell as you have no proof they exist.  It also means that people do not need Jesus to escape these things.

As the church has rejected the gifts and their delegations from Jesus, they have not preached hell and Satan as they should so that people see no need or reason to follow Jesus or to join a church which appears to offer them very little when compared to their social groups and so can see no reason for following Jesus that is not really different to other religions.

This is why the new age Satanism and Witchcraft is expanding as they offer a spiritual experience that the church does not.

Satan has won the battle in this until the church realises its need of the gifts and the proper use of the delegation from Jesus and once again demonstrates the authority of The Kingdom over Satan so that it can preach Jesus and their need of Him to escape hell and defeat Satan and show that Jesus is greater than Satan or any other people worshipped in other religions..

Errors about ministry in The Church

Division of service in The Church

Act 6:1  Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.

Act 6:2  And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.

Act 6:3  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

Act 6:4  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

There was a principle set up in the very early church.  The role of the minister was to minister spiritually to the people and the role of the deaconate was to administer the church.

Satan has managed to have the minister do it all so they cannot spend the time they could spiritually ministering to their members but are bogged down in administrative duties.

The minister and elders deal with the spiritual problems of the church and the deacons with the daily running of the church.  That is the pattern in the early New Testament and nowhere else in the New Testament was it changed.

When ministers are referred to in the New Testament it is always talking about spiritual responsibilities and not administrative responsibilities.  This is how a church should function according to the apostles.

The Didache (written about 100 AD and representing the teaching of the apostles as taught to them by Jesus) states the following:

15:1 Therefore, appoint for yourselves bishops and deacons worthy of the Lord, meek men, disinterested in money, truthful and approved, for they too will fulfil among you the services of prophets and teachers.
15:2 Do not despise them, for they are your honourable men, together with the prophets and the teachers.

Note there is only two classes of orders in a church:

Those who minister and those who serve in administration so only two classes are mentioned here.

When you read The Didache you do not have a church hierarchy.  The only  use for a church hierarchy is denominational order.  In the assemblies of The Body The Holy Spirit leads and appoints who is to be in charge that day to keep order

Celibacy

This was a practice started to be preached in the second century and was not practiced by the apostles and disciples.  God said to be fruitful and multiply on the earth which cannot be done if you are celibate.  There are those who are required to be celibate to be in ministry but that is not from God being the requirements of an organisation/denomination.  So if you are called to be celibate then no one can condemn you.  But if an organisation has demanded celibacy and you are not called to be celibate then you are in error.

Monasticism

This is based on a heathen practice and defeats the purpose of going into the world to evangelise and defeat the works of Satan by hiding from it.  This defeats the objective of Jesus to have His church go into the world and plunder the people from the kingdom of Satan.

Errors about The Kingdom of God

Before we look at errors about The Kingdom of God we need to define what it is.

A kingdom is defined as the area of a king’s influence.  So the Kingdom of God is where God’s influence is, which is everywhere in creation.  However its visibility on earth is limited to its citizens and the way they express The Kingdom of God.

Who is a citizen of The Kingdom of God?

Those who are led by The Holy Spirit and guided by Him in all the do as they are the children of God (Rom 8:17)which is a requirement to be citizen of God.

So it is not a denomination or church that expresses The Kingdom of God but the citizens who belong to it.

A citizen will also express the Character of God as found in the fruit of The Spirit and The Law of love and will do the work of God.

The work of God is found in Is 61:1-3, to restore people to The Kingdom of God and wholeness

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Isa 61:2  to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Isa 61:3  to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

It is also found in Is 58:6-8, the healing and restoration to wholeness of people:

Isa 58:6  "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

Isa 58:7  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Isa 58:8  Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the

And in summary we have what Jesus said you would do if you were His Citizen:

If you believe in whom Jesus is He said you would:

Evangelise
Disciple
Do deliverance (cast out demons)
Fight His battles (Spiritual warfare)
Do healing
Encourage and support each other emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially
Defend His Name, morals and things of His Kingdom
Represent The Kingdom
Teach The Kingdom
Love The Kingdom and serve it in all else you do

In fact a sign that you believe who He is, is the casting out of demons and healing the sick (Mark 16:17-18).

So if you are not doing any of these or are not led in all you do by The Holy Spirit you have better make certain you are a citizen and not a comfortable Christian and learn how to be led by The Holy Spirit so that you will do the things Jesus expects from you.

Jesus has told peoplke that most Christians will not go up in the rapture and that 80% will be left behind.  I believe that these people will be mainly in the western society because they do not recognise the power of The Kingdom and follow a faith that is not Biblical because they ignore The Kingdom of God in their daily lives and do not war against Satan for its purposes.

So what is the error in regard to The Kingdom of God?

To believe it can be found in anything else than its citizens and that is expression on earth is found in other things or people other than its citizen, Jesus and angels.

And of course the main error of people is to believe they are a citizen when they are not doing what Jesus requires them to do to be a citizen, not being led by The Holy Spirit in all they do.

Evolution

Before Darwin published his theory of evolution seven scientists had shown it was impossible.  There work was ignored.

Evolution is impossible and trying to believe in it and The Bible cannot be done as evolution or non 24 hour days for the creation week says God lied in His Bible so cannot be believed about creation.

This means  you cannot use any part of The Bible because God may have lied in that part.  So if you believe in evolution you are stuck with a God who lies and a Bible you cannot believe in.

It is to be noted that even evolutionists no longer believe in evolution as it was originally formulated and now have to resort to incredible coincidences to maintain their rejection of God as a creator, ignoring all the scientific evidence that the earth cannot be more than 100 000 years old so that evolution is impossible in that time.

Giving to God

Some people believe that if you give to God He will give you back more than you gave.  This is because there is a misconception about what we own and why God gives us something.

Everything we have belongs to God its maker and out King and we are only a steward of it.  So in a sense we cannot give to God anything as it is His is already.  The only thing we can give is our self.  He owns everything because He is king of the universe and a King owns everything in His domain.

It is the giving of ourselves to Him out o Love for Him and who He is that is precious to Him and not the results of anything we do as He can do them Himself without our having to do them.

So the concept of giving to God something that is not His (except our love and obedience)  is flawed.

So all we do when we give to God or tithe (or give it to others as He directs) is reorganise the stewardship of what we have, from our stewardship to that of another.

This is why such things as prosperity theology is flawed.

Why does God give us something?

Primarily because it will help us grow as a Christian

Also for the purposes of His Kingdom

As a reward but remember these are earthly rewards and that He keeps the best ones for heaven where we will never lose them.

And like any loving Father He only gives what is best for us even though we may think other things are better for us than what He give us.  This is why you must trust His perfect Love whatever happens and as we know all things work for our best we should always be content with what God allows us or allows to happen to us.  Beside He is perfect Love and will not give to you anything that will harm you no matter how much you ask Him for it.

Tithing

Tithing was Instituted by God before the Law was given and so is still current.  In fact, under the Law people had to give a lot more than a tithe.

There is no excuse for not tithing because God says He will provide all we need if we do His Will and that includes what we are to give to another (Matt 6:33).

God is in anything on earth

People say God’s presence is in things such as altars, communion hosts and other things.

Jesus said He would be amongst when we gathered and that nothing on earth could contain Him.  Besides He has left the earth and given it to The Holy Spirit to administer so that His presence is not on earth, except when He chooses to visit or we are gathered in His Name.

To say He is sin anything on earth or that anything becomes Him is to deny what Jesus said about Him being in heaven and The Holy Spirit being the presence of God on earth.

Once again you need to see if the statement Jesus is on earth passes all the tests before it can be accepted and it fails the first test because it is not what The Bible says about Jesus being present on earth.

So it cannot be doctrine and if a belief is incorrect and achieves nothing spiritual except perhaps for any faith or encouragement it gives the participant.

A warning from Jesus

Mat 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Marriage and Sex

In the beginning God created a man and a woman and married them.  If He wanted same sex marriage He would have created two men or two women.  But He did not.

It is obvious God does not desire same sex marriage or He would have created it as well as heterosexual marriage.  But He chose not too.  So there is no Biblical basis for same sex marriage.  God even condemns same sex relationships:

Ex 20:13(BBE)  And if a man has sex relations with a man, the two of them have done a disgusting thing: let them be put to death; their blood will be on them.

This punishment which God has declared on homosexuals and lesbians is a reason they have aids and similar.  Their blood destroys them through the infection in it.  In a sense it is on their own head.

God’s natural order for marriage and sex is a male and a female and not two people of the same sex.

If people reject this then tell them to argue with God as you are just telling them what He said.  You cannot judge them as you are not their judge but can only in humility point them to what God says about the subject.

So never state this is your opinion but God’s and you are just telling them what He said.

Of course it is your belief in God being correct that makes you say this but you are declaring what God said and because He said it you believe it.

Oaths

Webster defines oaths as follows

OATH, n.

A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. A false oath is called perjury.

Jesus said:

Mat 5:33  "Again you have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'You shall not swear falsely, but you shall pay your oaths to the Lord.'

Mat 5:34  "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne;

James said:

Jas 5:12  But above all, my brothers, do not swear, neither by heaven nor the earth, nor any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," so that you may not fall into hypocrisy.

So it can be seen that you cannot call God as your witness to verify what you are saying because what you are saying should always bet he truth so does not need a witness to verify it.

Remember the warning of Jesus:

Mat 12:36  But I say to you, that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

Mat 12:37  For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned."

Should we swear on The Bible?

If it is a legal requirement then call God as your witness by swearing on The Bible.  But it should not be necessary as you should be telling the truth anyway.  But remember what Jesus said:

Mat 5:33  Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

What is religion?

Religion is a way of belief that uses man’s designed methods, rituals and practices to meet the requirements of God or a lesser being they call god.

Religion occurs because of an incorrect understanding of whom God is and their relationship with God.

They may even have multiple Gods but may not necessarily call them gods but treat them as a god and give them attributes and powers only God has.

Their salvation usually involves ritual and not pure faith and they may use lesser gods to reach the main God and pray to these lesser gods for them to do this.

There is usually a control over them, a person who must be obeyed at the risk of losing what they perceive to be their salvation.

So a religious practice is anything that adds to or replaces what The Bible says because the person does not believe God alone is sufficient to achieve what the person desires to achieve or has an incorrect understanding of their relationship with God..

Examples are:

Salvation requiring us to do something to be acceptable to be saved

Prayers to people other than God in the belief these people  can help us

Baptism being necessary to be saved

Assigning special supernatural results to baptism, communion, confirmation or other ceremonies

Having ceremonies not in the Bible that supposedly have supernatural results, like anointing the dying.  Often these are called something special like sacrament or rites.

And whatever else requires you to do something when God said He has finished what you are trying to achieve and that you only need to believe in His finished work and act on the requirements to maintain it.

There is a difference in doing something to be acceptable to God and maintaining by obedience what God has done for you.

Does the Mosaic Law still apply?

The principles of God that are behind The Mosaic Law of which the expression of His type of love is one are all eternal and so always apply.  However the way they are carried out may be different.

So we may not carry out the Mosaic Law in the way the Jews had too but we still need to obey the eternal principles in it of which the Ten Commandments are an example.

While we do not need to carry out The Mosaic Law we still need to obey the principles of God that are Remember that Jesus lived according to The principles of The Mosaic Law so we should also, except we are n longer reacquired to carry out doing the parts of The Law that were made redundant by His death at Calvary and by our now being God’s Temple instead of a building.

In otherwords the sacrificial law and the priestly requirements of The Temple are no longer necessary to be done by us.  So anyone doing these or saying these or similar requirements are necessary are in error.

We no longer need priests, alters, sacrifices or temple ritual.  We are now the priests, sacrifice was done away with at Calvary so we do not need an altar and we are now the priests/priestesses of God and the Temple He dwells ins.

In fact there are only two alters mentioned in the New Testament, the altar of God in heaven and the altar of Satan on earth.

The resurrection body

Errors fall into two main categories:

A belief there is no resurrection body

A belief there is no resurrection.

It was the actual resurrection of Jesus that encouraged the faith of the early Christian church and so to say it did not happen is to ignore the witness of all those who saw Him after His earthly death.

Believing any of these calls Jesus a liar.

Supernatural visitations by people

The only people ever used by God for visitations (excluding the Resurrection visitations of Jesus) are angels, except once when Samuel was conjured up by the Witch of Endor.  So anyone appearing apart from an angel as a messenger from 'god' is a demon in disguise unless it is Jesus Himself.

It is interesting that the first apparition of The Virgin Mary was 2 years before she died.  Satan was not allowed to appear any earlier to imitate the post resurrection visits of Jesus with a demon that looked liked Mary.

We are to test the spirits to see if they are from Gold or Satan as Satan can appear to be an angel of God if He desires too.

He can appear as an angel or anyone else but He cannot appear as Jesus.

What Our focus should be

Our Lord is Jesus.  We serve Him.  He tells us how we are to live and serve Him.  This means our focus should be on His Will and requirements for us and we should always walk with one ear listening to The Holy Spirit who is our guide and tells us what Jesus requires of us as well as instructs us how to carry them out.

Satan has his world system around us like a big smokescreen to hide Jesus, The Kingdom of God and God’s Will for us as well as to distract us from correctly hearing The Holy Spirit so we will not know what Jesus desires us to do or how He desires us to do it.

So we need to learn how Satan tries to influence us to stop us hearing The Holy Spirit and seeing Jesus and His Kingdom.

This means you need to:

Learn how to clearly hear The Holy Spirit

How Jesus requires you to live and how He desires you to serve and represent Him.

How Satan tries to influence you through his world system (in otherwords how he attacks you)

How to free people from his influences on the (deliverance) and how to destroy his works ( through healing and spiritual warfare) and remove his world system from around us

Why is The Holy Spirit the first on the list?

He is the one who tells you what Jesus desires of you and gives you understanding of these as well as of spiritual things and of how Jesus desires you to do them.  You cannot be a Citizen of The kingdom of God unless you are guided by The Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14).

If The Holy Spirit is not guiding you then it is either reason or a demon telling you what to do and you will not see clearly what Jesus desires you to do or how He desires you to do it.

According to what you hold precious will be the focus and priorities and what you will devote yourself too.  Examine how you spend your time, what you devote your energies too, what kind of inputs you allow into your life and your attitudes to things as this will show what your focus in life is.

According for your desire to know The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit will be what your focus is on and what inputs you allow into your life.

In Conclusion

All error is a result of either”

Not knowing your relationship with God

Not knowing what God says about something.  (It has to be deliberate disobedience before it is sin).

Not wanting to believe what the Bible says and making it say what you want it to say.  If you believed what The Bible said you would not have error.

Usually it is man’s reasoning that causes the problem which means faith has been overcome with reason or overcome by a lust that makes the wrong interpretation more enjoyable than the true interpretation of the scripture(s).

The problem is that if you modify what the Bible says in some way you are saying it is not true which means you cannot believe any of it so must reject all it says.  You cannot half believe something.  It is all or nothing.

You either believe it is what God has said and obey it all, or reject a part of it and say it is not all from God so you cannot believe any of it as you do not know what part is not from God.

In summary:

If it is in The Bible and accurately acted upon then God accepts it as doctrine and practice.

If it is in The Bible and purposely mistranslated so that error occurs then it is not acceptable to God

If it is not in The Bible it cannot be doctrine and if it breaks the tests for something being non-Biblical then it cannot be a practice or belief.

If it is a practice that is not in The Bible it must pass the tests for non-Biblical things to be acceptable as a practice but not as a doctrine.  It must also not be a practice that has been done away with such as the sacrificial system of The Mosaic Law.

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