Abomination – Confusion – Reprobate mind:

The word of God says: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion” (Leviticus 18:22–23).

Notwithstanding the loving kindness of God and the proof of the word of life, many to this day (as it was in early Rome during the time of the Apostle Paul) still believe that this is the only life, and it is to be lived as they please.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things” (Romans 1:26–30).

“But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things” (Romans 2:2).

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7–8).

Emergence

Sin:

It has been remarked: “All my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ”.

God indeed gave his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for the sins of the world (John 3:16-18) (1 John 1:5-7, 2:1-3).

Now, here is where there is a great misunderstanding and misrepresentation, and that is, no matter what sins are committed they are covered under the blood of Jesus Christ.
What then? Could we just go out and commit fornication or adultery; steal or kill; or so on? God forbid.

The Apostle Paul clearly explained said: “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” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16).

The Holy Scriptures very clearly says: “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

Let us bring into rememberance, when the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus to stone her to death because of adultery. Jesus stooped down and wrote with his finger on the ground and said to them, “‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). He stooped down again and wrote again, and one by one they left leaving Jesus and the woman. Jesus then asked her: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” (John 8:10).

“She said, ‘No man, Lord.’ ‘And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more’” (John 8:3-11).

Jesus gave the woman his gift of grace and let her go.

Now, for those among us who believe that they can continue to sin because they are under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, they are encouraged to pay attention to the words “…Go and sin no more.”

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
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Eternal Life:

To reject Jesus Christ is to reject the only begotten Son of God is to reject God is to reject Eternal Life: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).

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Called and chosen:

Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).

“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (Matthew 19:30). “But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile” (Romans 2:10).

Let us therefore be reminded that Paul the apostle said to: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Philippians 2:12, 1:10).

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).

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“Once saved always saved”?

Many hold to beliefs and there are doctrines which preach along the lines, saying: “Once saved always saved”.

Jesus says: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

Jesus says: “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32)? Lot. His wife and two daughters were elected to be saved form the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, The angels of God told them, saying: “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17).

However, Lot’s wife loved life so much in Sodom and Gomorrah that she had to have one last look, but it was not to be, because she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). Lot’s wife did not believe the word of God as spoken by the angels of God. Lot’s wife was disobedient to the word of God; Lot’s wife did not endure to the end and lost her salvation!

When Jesus says: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62); this means once we come to the knowledge of the Truth by the word of God, we are not to look back on this earth to the lusts, pleasures, and pride of life, in other words, the pollutions of this world. Peter, a disciple of Jesus warned, saying:

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:38–39).

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A world of illusion: It’s all a deception!

The word of God says: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15).

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).

“If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 John 2:16–17).

Unfortunately, at this moment in time many people are at ease and in love with the things of this world, and mocking the word of God as Peter foretold “…that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation’” (2 Peter 3:3-4).

However, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light” (1 Thessalonians 5:4–5).

Jesus says: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34–36).

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With the recent news of events in Syria, the internet is filled people prophesying the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, let us be reminded of when Jesus was on Mount Olives and his disciples yearned to know when he will be returning to earth.

“Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3).

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you’” (Matthew 24:4).

What is the key sign?

Jesus said: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)” (Matthew 24:15). “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh” (Luke 21:20).

Let us not become swept away in this wave of false propheyings because Jesus also said: “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:6).

Current events unfolding in this world surrounding United States, Britain, France Russia, Iran, Syria and so on are events that must come to pass. In his own words our Lord and Savior said: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, [BUT THE END IS NOT YET]” (Matthew 24:6).

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Day of Judgment is the Last Day.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Jesus asks: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8).

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

“And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power” (Mark 9:1).

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” (Revelation 1:1):

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 2:29)

“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” (Revelation 3:5).

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15).

”And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).

The Book Of Revelation

There is no fear in Love:

Let us remind ourselves everyday that our Lord, Savior and King died for humanity (John 3:16-18) (1 Timothy 2:5–6).

For those among us who are fearful of death or are living in fear to die, and have found comfort in the deceitful doctrine of the “rapture”, the Apostle Paul said: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

Jesus says: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

Jesus, in his testimony in the Book of Revelation also warned that “…the fearful, and unbelieving…,” “…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

The Apostle Paul also well said: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him” (Romans 6:3-5, 8).

“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living” (Romans 14:7-9).

Jesus also said: “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).

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Our Father is in Heaven:

Jesus says: “‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3).

“But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23).

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13).

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