Reasons Why Being Good Will Not Save You


Great food for thought. Check out this article….

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I know a really, wonderful atheist. Well, he says she doesn’t really know what to believe about God and what will happen when he dies so that actually makes him agnostic. The word gnostic from gnos “to know” but with the “a” literally without knowing. Not the most endearing of titles really.

But he also really likes to pick on Christians, point out their every little fault, ridicule their mistakes. But I’m pretty sure, knowing him, is that he is really just an angry Catholic. Admittedly this is not his best side.

But really, he is a wonderful human being. Loves animals, has a great family, small children and cares about what happens to others and actually does something about it. Most of his life, the best parts, really bring a challenge to the old song, “they will know we are Christians by our love (by our love) they will…

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The Trinity


One of the core beliefs of true Christian faith is the doctrine of the Trinity. This is simply defined: There is only one God, who is revealed in three, eternally-existent persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are separate Persons, all three are God, yet there is only one God.

This concept can be difficult for some to understand and accept, which has led to many people rejecting this truth. One of the signs of a cult (false religion claiming to be Christian) is the denial that Jesus Christ, as the only begotten Son of God, is fully God. One of the reason the Jews reject Jesus as their Messiah is for this reason. Muslims, who claim to worship the same God as the Jews, also deny that God has a Son – which is why they hate Christians so much, because of the Antichrist spirit that permeates their religion.

Romans 1:20: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…

His majesty and omnipotence is seen in His magnficent, seemingly infinite creation. We see it from the universe, the brilliant galaxies and stars and planets. We see it clear down to the microscopic level and even smaller – the particles that make up the protons, neutrons, and electrons that are the parts of atoms.

God’s justice is also seen in creation. The non-theistic religions (Buddhism and Hinduism) have a concept called karma, which in part teaches that you get back what you dish out. The Bible calls it reaping what you sow, and attributes it to the justice of God. So even false religions see God’s justice at work, but refuse to give God the glory.

Likewise, the tri-une attribute (three-in-one, Trinity) can also be seen in creation. Now some have tried to compare the trinity to a three-leafed clover, or to cutting a fruit pie into three pieces, or other things. But most of these illustrations fall short of explaining the Trinity.

The best representation for the Trinity is the three dimensions of physical space. (Yes, I know that mathematically there are more dimensions, but we can only actually physically see three. His attributes are clearly seen.) This is typically illustrated with a cube.
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Each dimension can be separately measured, yet there is only one cube. Further, no matter at what point you choose within that cube, it is represented by three variables that describe its position in relation to each dimension. In other words, no matter where you go in space, it takes all three dimensions to describe where you are – all three dimensions exist at every location. Yet all three dimensions can be measured separately, height, width, depth. A cube is mathematically illustrated as 1 X 1 X 1 = 1, or one cubed equals one. Another way of putting it, there is one space, revealed in three dimensions

The same is true for the Trinity. People get messed up when they try to make the mathematical representation 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, because it just doesn’t add up. Thus they reject this doctrine.

Each “dimension” of the Godhead can be recognized and measured separately. They each have their own role in creation and salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts and guides us. Jesus saved us by His shed blood on Calvary, and all things were created by Him and for Him. The Father is the Director over it all.

Each One is declared to be God in Scripture, repeatedly. Yet the Bible just as clearly says there is only one God. The correct mathematical representation of the Trinity is the same as for space. There is only one God, revealed in three Persons.

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Blessed are the Persecuted


Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

We have seen a certain progression in the Beatitudes. It starts with humility before God, and mourning over our sins and shortcomings. These attitudes will begin to produce a meekness, a quiet strength that seeks to stand for God and His righteousness, which will, in turn, create a greater hunger for His righteousness to be fulfilled in us.

As we grow and mature into righteousness, it is critical that we have an attitude of mercy toward others when they stumble or have their own areas of weakness. Later, after the model prayer, Jesus emphasized that we must forgive others in order to receive God’s forgiveness (Matthew 6:14, 15).

As we walk in these things, we will become pure in heart and learn how to become peacemakers. In so doing, we become children of God in truth. In John 1:12 we are told that those who truly receive Christ and learn from Him have the right, the power and ability, to become children of God. In other words, we will develop the character of Christ Himself.

The final Beatitude is the blessing of being persecuted for our faith in Christ as demonstrated by righteousness. The world system is under Satan’s power, and hates true righteousness, and those who take a stand for God’s Truth (John 15:19; 1John 3:13).

There have been periods in various places where Christians have been able to live in relative peace. We in America have been blessed to have a fairly long period of little to no persecution. Gradually, though, this is coming to an end as more and more Americans pervert God’s truth to fit in with a God-hating world system, and as unbelievers actively rebel against God in greater measure. Other parts of the world that used to enjoy relative peace for Believers are even further in decline.

Don’t let false and weak-minded Christians sway you into choosing the path of least resistance, a path that leads to destruction. Keep pursuing God’s righteousness, even in the face of persecution. And I guarantee that – unless God grants America and other places repentance – that persecution is going to increase.

Baker’s and others being fined and/or put out of business for refusing to cater a gay wedding is only the beginning. The time is soon coming when we will be required to not preach about certain sins or face legal troubles – as is already true in other “free” countries. It won’t be long until it gets even worse than that, when employers will fire Christians simply because of their uncompromising faith, when more demon-possessed men such as the one who attacked the black church recently are given greater freedom by God to come against and test the faith of those who believe on Christ.

These things MUST TAKE PLACE (Matthew 24:6). Jesus warned us in the Olivet Discourse that the time would come, just before His second coming, when Believers would be hated in all the world for His Name’s sake.

We must stand firm for God’s righteousness in the midst of what is coming. But don’t worry about these things, for if our heart is truly to honor God then He will empower us and give us the strength we need to endure all things (Romans 8:35-36). We will be more than conquerors through Christ who gives us strength.

REJOICE and be exceedingly glad, if you are ever persecuted because you stand for righteousness; Those who do have a special and great reward awaiting them in heaven.

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Free eBook July 25, 2015 Only!


On July 25, my book, The Rapture and Second Coming of Christ, will be available for free download for Kindle from Amazon.  One day only! Click on the title of the book above to take you to the Amazon page for the book.
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I Get To …


Wednesday our pastor taught on our attitude or mindset as Believers. Just a quick nugget, with an instruction for you to think upon it, meditate on this truth, that it might create an excitement in you to serve God:

Many look at the Christian faith as things we have to do, or have to stop doing. “If I expect God to bless me, then I have to stop (specific sin). Now I have to start giving money to the church, I have to go to church. …” You can put anything here that you view as something you have to do as a Christian.

That is totally the wrong way to look at it. If you have really believed upon Christ for salvation, your attitude should be, “Wow, God chose me! I get to worship Him in Spirit and truth. I get to serve Him and honor Him. He has given me the opportunity and the power to become like Him.”

When you look at it as a great opportunity God is giving to you, then you will have a growing desire to please Him. You will WANT TO do the things He asks. It won’t be viewed as a heavy burden.

Selah (Stop and think about this).

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