The False Salvation
God created His Kingdom and, provided they obeyed one simple instruction, gave mankind free access to it – FREEDOM.
But Satan didn’t like the fact that mankind had been given this gift and he set out to persuade them that they wouldn’t lose their freedom if they disobeyed God. He succeeded and mankind disobeyed the instruction of God – SIN – and was condemned to death, removed from the Kingdom and incarcerated in a prison (this life), awaiting death, subject to the grace of God on Judgement Day.
God chose a special group of people – the Israelites, and explained to them what He required of them to gain release from prison. He wrote the 10 commandments and He had Moses set out 613 prison edicts that they must adopt. It was a repressive regime that dictated every aspect of life. Even with all that, mankind continued to sin. Except for a few notable individuals, even those that abided by the rules, by living to the letter of the Laws, still failed to adopt the spirit of the Laws. The prison wasn’t working out for God, so He sent a new governor to run it.
Under the New Covenant Jesus took a new approach and entered into a contract with the inmates: he acknowledged our sinful nature and offered to do our sentence for us. He said:
If you accept and love me as the new prison governor, abide by the spirit of the law and work with me rather than against me, I will let you out of the cells and set aside the 613 rules. Instead of being in prison, you’ll be on remand – awaiting trial (Rom 6:18). If you do well you’ll be found not guilty and earn access to a new Kingdom and regain your FREEDOM. Many will tell you that you can’t earn your way to salvation but that is a mischaracterisation of the truth and I will have no relationship with those who adopt that view (Matt 7:23).
Make no mistake; I’m not abolishing a single one of the laws (Matt 5:18), but understand this: anyone who insists on keeping to the letter of those laws in preference to recognising the spirit of the law, and then breaks one, I will consider that person to have broken all of them (James 2:10) and I will put him back in his cell – imprisoned by SIN.
And be clear what it means to keep to the spirit of the law as opposed to the letter: it is not so much what you do, but what you think (Matt 5:28).
If you do the things that I tell you, I’ll completely forget that you were ever a criminal. If you truly love me and really desire what I’m offering you, you won’t find this hard to do. (1 John 5:3)
Jesus knew that however hard we may try, we could never avoid sin completely (Gen 6:5). But we must desire to learn from our errors, seek forgiveness and strive to resist sin. If we insist on repeating them or wilfully break a clear commandment or fail to keep learning and growing or allow ourselves to be persuaded to sinful ways, then our disobedience, our ignorance and our lack of discernment will not be overlooked. Jesus will not not pay our fines again and we will be returned to the prison. There will be no second chances if we turn away from the right path (Eze 18:24).
This might sound harsh, but the fact is, if we really aspire to salvation from eternal death and really love Jesus for the sacrifice he made, we won’t want to sin, stop learning or allow ourselves to be deceived. Yes, we’ll be tempted, but we must deny that temptation. We must stop doing what we have been doing and simply emulate Jesus. The truth is that no one who keeps on sinning has truly understood Christ or his message. (1 John 3:6)
When Jesus told the adulteress (John 8:11) that he wouldn’t condemn her for past sin, but to “sin no more”, he meant it. When he told the multitudes on the mountain that they must be perfect (Matt 5:48), despite what churches today tell their congregations, he actually meant it.
Millions are deceived by the televangelists that tell us that we can have it both ways, we can’t. We are either all in with Christ or all out. Jesus does nothing that is not of God (John 5:19) and we must do nothing that is not of Christ.
Those that steal, those prone to angry outbursts, those that are attracted to children or the same sex or can’t stop abusing alcohol or any one the many human weaknesses must not conclude that these have been forgiven. To allow ourselves to dwell upon, and be controlled by, these temptations is sin. We must conquer them; lay down such desires from our lives as Jesus laid down his fear for his own life at Gethsemane. It is God’s will that must prevail, not ours. These are the crosses that we must bear and, if we don’t, the Kingdom can’t be ours (Matt 5:20; Eph 5:5).
But you say, surely God will have mercy on a man who, from birth, had no interest in women. Will God condemn him to a life of misery by denying him the love of a man? The answer is clear: our bodies are not our own, they are God’s, bought and paid for at a very high price (1 Cor 6:19-20). We need to keep the fear of God in the front of our minds. He is not interested in our interpretations of love and mercy or our definition of fairness (Ezekiel 18:25-29). Our duty is to follow Jesus’ teaching to the letter, whatever suffering that might bring us, whatever the cost: that is how we show our devotion to God. It is not shown with Sunday public displays, false ceremonies and sanctimonious words. We must deny ourselves – transforming ourselves to perfection (Matt 16:24).
It might not be what you want to hear, and there will be many who will try to tell you that this is legalism, but you had better listen to Jesus, not to vicars, pastors and televangelists as they try to maintain their audiences. Anyone who breaks the commandments of God does not love Him and they will die.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Satan is still out there and he doesn’t like the new deal that Jesus offers us. He constantly seeks to distort the message; to get us to believe anything except what Jesus has instructed. He’ll water down the message and tell us that it is all allegorical. He’ll tell us that all we need is love and try to stop us fearing God (Rev 14:7). He’ll have them tell us that Jesus just wants to bring peace; yet Christ told us that he will come to divide the obedient and believing, from the disobedient and unbelieving (Luke 12:51). Satan will change God’s times and laws (Dan 7:25) [Pope Gregory 13th changed God’s 360 day calendar to a 365 day one and right now governments across the world are recognising Noahide Law over biblical law], promulgate nonsensical ideas to complicate, confuse and divide [change the Sabbath, baptism, prosperity gospel, Easter/Xmas, secret rapture, etc, etc ], adding things the Bible never instructed and removing things that it did. He’ll even try to get to us to believe in a non-existent God [A Trinity of equals ]. We must resist him.
Now you might think that after all the history and evidence, it would be pretty stupid to fall for the same lies all over again, but that’s exactly what most will do (Rev 12:9). Many will try to enter the Kingdom, but only a few will succeed. Most will be deceived.
We must not allow ourselves to be led by those that are deceived. If Satan can deceive the whole world, clearly our brothers and sisters are not immune? We must listen to no man! Remember we were told:
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Churches have left many unclear about these behaviours that will lead us to death, claiming that any such consideration is legalism. Most important is failing to know the true God (John 17:3), but how many really “seek His face”? Jesus expects us to willingly suffer for him as he suffered for us, so if we are fearful, lacking courage or faith, then we should not expect his favour (Rev 21:8). Likewise murderers or those who play around with false spirits or Gods, should not expect a place with Christ. Those who fornicate or are effeminate, have no place in the Kingdom. (1 Cor 5:13) If we love Jesus we will do what he tells us (John 14:15, 14:21), nothing more and nothing less (Deut 4:2). Keeping the spirit of the Law is not legalism and neither is doing good works. When Jesus tells us to “keep my commandments” – all of them – that is not legalism, it is love (John 14:15).
We’ve all heard church leaders say that you can’t earn your way to salvation, you can only get there through the grace of God. This is a deception which will lead many to destruction. The truth is a quite different message. Yes, it is true that a great list of good works will not give us a place in the Kingdom (Gal 2:16), but a life without works will ensure that that there is no place. To achieve salvation we need to fulfil four requirements to the best of our ability: faith, love, obedience and works. Then, and only then, with the grace of God, which is freely given, may we enter the Kingdom.
To justify their false message, pastors will quote:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
As with so many false claims this one is supported by a selected verse or two whilst others are carefully ignored. In this case, the very next one:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
This is a perfect example of how deception works. It is most often achieved not by commission, but by omission – by what is not said rather than what is.
The Bible is very clear on the subject of works and the whole message is very different from the selected version:
Titus 3:14; James 2:14-20; Titus 3:8; Matthew 5:16; James 2:20-24; Hebrews 6:10; Titus 2:7; James 1:22-27; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Timothy 6:18; James 2:25-26; Psalm 90:17; 1 Timothy 5:10; James 1:25; 2 Timothy 3:17; Colossians 1:10; Romans 2:13; James 3:13; Titus 3:1; John 3:21; Matthew 6:1-4; Nehemiah 13:14; 1 Timothy 2:10; Acts 10:38; 1 Timothy 5:25; 1 Corinthians 3:6-9; Galatians 6:4; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 21:28-31; Matthew 20:11-15
Without all these verses to balance Eph 2:8-9, a new believer is deceived into thinking she need do nothing but believe to attain salvation.
Jesus didn’t tell the story of the Good Samaritan for nothing. It was a message to us to love all regardless of race, colour and creed and to put ourselves at service to those that are in need. These are works and they are required. (James 2:17)
The churches tell us that it is easy. They quote John 3:16 to give the impression that all we have to do is declare our belief in God and our place is assured. Then we can go about our business just as we were, having been “saved”. What arrogance! They pick and choose the messages they want to hear and disregard the rest. They say the Old Testament is irrelevant under the New Covenant, ignoring the fact that the entire offer of salvation is based upon it and that Jesus specifically told us that the law still stands (Matt 5:18).
Like the Laodiceans (Rev 3:14 ff) churches have become lazy and self-satisfied: lukewarm. They’ve bought in to the deception. They do things that look good, but the power and magnitude of God so often eludes them (2 Tim 3:5). Jesus told us but we did not listen: he will not be placed second to our jobs, our possessions and our families. He should be the first – the only – object of our love. Anything we do for others, we do for him, not instead of him.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
The life of Jesus life is our example: we must follow it! The chosen servants of God show us the way. Subtract nothing and add nothing and we cannot go wrong.
Like the Pharisees we ignore the signs that God sends to show us that he is about to return: in fact we hardly even see them. The pastors tell their congregations not to worry because Jesus will whisk them away in a secret rapture to heaven before any harm comes to them. Thus they are not ready and not prepared. But they have no idea what they should be doing in preparation and they carry on as if nothing is happening: eating, drinking and marrying as before (Matt 24:38). They are messengers of Satan (2 Cor 11:13-15) and they ignore God’s warnings at their peril.
Jesus cries: Change your ways! The time is now! I am close, even at the doors (Mar 13:29).
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57