ALL THE DIVISIONS, FALSE DOCTRINE, AND CONFUSION among Christians would VANISH IN NO TIME if everyone understood these truths:
A Christian, who recently engaged me about losing salvation, quoted Matthew 5:29 as “proof” that Salvation could be lost:
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO LOSE ONE PART OF YOUR BODY THAN FOR YOUR WHOLE BODY TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.”
I had to TEACH that Christian that Jesus made that statement BEFORE He went to the cross, took away ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, and rose from the dead. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12, 26; 1 John 3:5)
That statement COULDN’T POSSIBLY apply to “losing” Salvation since, when it was made, NO ONE WAS SAVED.
Apparently, the Christian who insisted that salvation (Jesus) could be lost, DIDN’T KNOW THAT.
Yet he felt “qualified” to “correct me” and to argue with me about it.
Unfortunately, he is NOT ALONE.
There are MILLIONS who have warmed church pews, week after week, FOR TWENTY OR THIRTY YEARS, or longer, and DON’T KNOW the MOST BASIC DETAILS about Jesus’ ministry and/or THE GOSPEL.
That is THE MAJOR reason why they’re SO CONFUSED, why they quote Scripture INCORRECTLY and OUT OF CONTEXT, and why they ARE SO EASILY DECEIVED and become EASY PREY for the many wolves in sheep’s clothing that are all around us.
This is a sad and TRAGIC indictment against religion, against INVENTED “Christian” denominations (and every last one of them was INVENTED by sinful mortals) and AGAINST THE SORRY state of the Church and its so-called “leaders”.
What I’m about to teach is WHAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT from every pulpit and in every Sunday school throughout the world, instead of the USELESS CRAP that they are now teaching.
Forgive me, brothers and sisters, for being so blunt.
But that’s EXACTLY what they teach in most congregations, and most Sunday and Sabbatical schools: USELESS CRAP.
1. Jesus WAS JEWISH. (Matthew 1:1-22; Luke 2:4-7)
He wasn’t American, He wasn’t British.
His mother Mary was Jewish. His brothers and sisters were Jewish. His step father Joseph was Jewish. His 12 Apostles were Jewish. His CULTURE was Jewish.
Jesus DID NOT speak with a British accent, as portrayed in most “Christian” movies about Him. He DIDN’T speak with an Australian accent. He spoke Aramaic, which is pretty similar to Hebrew.
Jesus DIDN’T think or speak as an American, He THOUGHT and He SPOKE as A JEW.
2. Salvation (Jesus) is FROM THE JEWS. (John 4:22)
Salvation is NOT from Rome, NOT from Germany, NOT from England, NOT from Nashville, NOT from Springfield, NOT from New York, NOT from Salt Lake, NOT from Silver Springs, NOT from ANYWHERE ELSE!
3. Jesus’ ENTIRE 3½ year public ministry TOOK PLACE IN ISRAEL. (Matthew 15:24)
Jesus NEVER STEPPED OUTSIDE Israel during His public ministry.
Therefore, EVERYTHING He says in the Gospels, He said TO JEWS.
Again: EVERY WORD that Jesus utters IN THE GOSPELS was addressed TO JEWS, NOT TO CHRISTIANS.
There wasn’t ONE “Christian” around during Jesus’ entire public ministry. NOT ONE!
While Christians CAN LEARN A LOT, and BENEFIT GREATLY from Jesus’ teachings, Jesus DIDN’T minister TO CHRISTIANS.
Jesus DIDN’T TEACH Christians. He taught Jews who were very familiar with the Sinai Law, and WHO WERE STILL LIVING UNDER THE LAW.
And EVERYTHING Jesus taught MUST BE understood IN THAT CONTEXT.
And yet, we constantly hear from terrified Christians who think they may have to endure the tribulation because of Jesus’ words to His fellow Jews in Matthew 24:15: “when you see the abomination of desolation… those WHO ARE IN JUDEA (southern Israel), FLEE to the mountains”.
Excuse me, Christians, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT YOU LIVED IN JUDEA?
If you’re from Canton, Ohio or Topeka, Kansas (bless your poor, IGNORANT HEART) YOU’RE NOT “IN JUDEA” and this statement from Jesus DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.
4. Christians are NATURAL GENTILES who came to SAVING FAITH (TRUST) in the VERY JEWISH Messiah. (Acts 10:34-48)
The first gentiles became Christians 7-8 YEARS AFTER Jesus rose from the dead and ASCENDED TO HEAVEN. (Acts 11:26)
5. The Sinai Law, INCLUDING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, INCLUDING the 24-hour Sabbath, was given ONLY to natural Israelites. (Exodus 20:2, 8-10)
It was given ONLY to Israel (the 12 tribes) some 1,500 years BEFORE Jesus was born.
There WERE NO CHRISTIANS ANYWHERE when it was given.
Therefore, the Sinai Law, INCLUDING THE 10 Commandments, INCLUDING the 24-hour Sabbath, was NEVER given to Christians.
Had God wanted EVERYONE to live under the Sinai Law, He would have instructed Israelites TO “PREACH THE LAW TO ALL NATIONS (GENTILES)”.
He NEVER SAID THAT.
6. NO GENTILE ever lived under the Sinai Law -- EVER, except for THE VERY FEW gentiles that, by choice, became Hebrew proselytes. One example of this is Ruth. (Ruth 1:16-17)
The Sinai Law, therefore, was UNKNOWN to 99% of gentiles. (Acts 10:44-48)
Until the Gospel was preached among the gentiles, ALL GENTILES WERE PAGANS who worshiped false "gods" and "goddesses" like Baal, Astaroth, Asherah, Moloch, Dagon, Marduk, Ahura Mazda, Zeus (Jupiter), Hera, Artemis (Diana), Athena, Aphrodite (Venus), Apollo (Sol Invictus), Hermes (Mercury) or Dionysus (Bacchus). (Acts 14:12; 19:28)
Hence NO GENTILE lived under the Sinai Law, before or after Jesus’ Resurrection. (Acts 15:5-11)
NO GENTILE ever observed the 10 Commandments. NO CHRISTIAN ever lived under the 10 Commandments. (Acts 15:23-29; Romans 3:27-28; Galatians 5:4).
7. The Sinai Law WAS IN EFFECT – ONLY FOR NATURAL ISRAELITES – FROM THE FIRST PENTECOST (Shavuot) after the Exodus TO THE FIRST PENTECOST (Shavuot) AFTER THE RESURRECTION. (Exodus 19:1, 11; 20:1-2; Acts 2:1-4)
Then IT WAS ABOLISHED BY JESUS.
The only reason that Jesus made the statement TO JEWS (NOT to Christians) about "gouging out" their right eye, is He was preparing them for the born-again experience and showing them HOW UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE it was to enter Gods Kingdom by the Sinai Law. (Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:16; 3:10, 24-25; 5:4)
8. The 10 Commandments are NOT the fulfillment of the Law, LOVE (God) is the fulfillment of the Law. (Romans 13:9-10)
9. Jesus FULFILLED the Law, BY BEING GOD (Supreme Love) and by LOVING MORE THAN ANYONE (John 15:13)
He DID NOT fulfill it by “observing” the 10 Commandments (John 5:18)
10. After fulfilling the Law BY HIS PERFECT, SUPREME LOVE (Sacrifice), Jesus abolished THE SINAI LAW – FOREVER!!! (Matthew 5:19; Romans 3:27-28; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:13; Galatians 3:24-25; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:8-9)
He replaced it with a NEW and BETTER Covenant called the New Testament. (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 2:11-22)
11. Hence, NO JEW or GENTILE, NO CHRISTIAN that comes to saving faith in Jesus, has EVER BEEN TOLD TO LIVE UNDER THE SINAI LAW.
Christians were SPECIFICALLY told by the Apostles, again and again, NOT TO LIVE under the Law. (Acts 15:23-29; Galatians 3:10; 5:4; Ephesians 2:11-15; Colossians 2:13-17)
In SHARP CONTRAST TO THE SINAI LAW, THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FOR EVERYONE (Ephesians 2:11-15).
That’s why Jesus COMMANDED His disciples to “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL”. (Mark 15:16)
And to “go and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS (GENTILES), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. (Matthew 28:19)
He never said that about the Sinai Law (Torah).
12. The ONLY LAW for born-again children of Love (God) IS LOVE. (Matthew 22:36-40; Romans 13:9-10)
The ONLY “commandments” for born-again children of Love (God) IS LOVE: to love God with ALL our hearts and to love our neighbor (one another) as ourselves. (John 13:34-35; 15:12; James 1:25)
There are NO OTHER “commandments” for Christians, PERIOD.
13. The Sinai Law NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL. NOT ONE! (Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:16; 2:21; 3:21)
14. The Sinai Law NEVER made ANYONE righteous. NOT ONE! (Psalm 53:1; Romans 7:8, 10-11; Hebrews 7:19)
15. The Sinai Law is IMPERFECT and a MERE SHADOW of the PERFECT LAW of God’s Kingdom which is LOVE (God Himself). (Psalm 19:7; Matthew 22:37-40; Hebrews 7:19; 10:1; James 1:25)
16. GOD CHOSE to SAVE mankind and make us righteous BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH (trust) in Jesus. (Genesis 15:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6)
God’s Grace (His Goodness which we DO NOT deserve) THAT SAVES US was made available to all through Jesus – and ONLY THROUGH JESUS. (John 1:17)
Jesus DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN but TO SAVE (John 3:16-17)
17. In order to be ETERNALLY SAVED one MUST BE BORN OF THE SPIRIT and ACQUIRE A NEW NATURE, which is God’s own Nature, through the born again experience (John 3:5-6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 1;23; 2 Peter 1:4)
The born-again experience takes place when we earnestly, AND WITH ALL OUR HEARTS, INVITE JESUS to ENTER OUR HEARTS, RECEIVE HIM as only God and Savior, and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY for eternal salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24)
When we are born again, we are sealed unto salvation with THE HOLY SPIRIT, who takes residence in our hearts (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30)
There is another experience that usually takes place after being born again (or concurrent with the New Birth) called "being FILLED WITH" the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; Ephesians 5:18; Jude 1:20)
This experience is usually accompanied by a wonderful, tingly feeling and speaking in unknown tongues. It is a great blessing, TREMENDOUSLY ENJOYABLE and HIGHLY DESIRABLE, but NOT NECESSARY FOR salvation. (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9)
18. There is NO OTHER WAY to be saved, APART FROM JESUS. (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12; Romans 10:9)
And “what WE THINK” about it (our opinion) DOESN’T CHANGE THIS TRUTH ONE IOTA.
Without Jesus, EVERYONE is LOST, I don’t care TO WHAT religion they belong, I don’t care how “good” THEY MAY CLAIM TO BE. (John 3:18)
You want to DECEIVE YOURSELF into THINKING that there are “other ways”, go ahead… You’ll find yourself IN HELL one of these days. And the ONLY WAY YOU’LL EVER GET OUT OF THERE IS (back to square one!) RECEIVING JESUS into your heart AND TRUSTING HIM COMPLETELY.
19. Salvation is NOT Jesus PLUS water baptism, (Acts 4:12)
NOT Jesus PLUS denomination,
NOT Jesus plus good works,
NOT Jesus plus Sinai Law observance,
NOT Jesus plus 10 Commandments
NOT Jesus plus Sabbath,
NOT Jesus plus obedience
NOT Jesus plus circumcision
NOT Jesus plus dietary laws
NOT Jesus plus Mary
NOT Jesus plus “saints”
NOT Jesus plus “sacraments”
NOT Jesus plus speaking in tongues
NOT Jesus plus ANYTHING or ANYONE.
Salvation is ONLY JESUS.
20. Being “a good person” (by world’s standards) has NEVER SAVED ANYONE – and NEVER WILL. (Titus 3:5)
There are a lot of “good people” reading this right now, who’re headed STRAIGHT TO HELL, unless they repent, receive Jesus into their hearts as ONLY God and Savior, and TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY for ETERNAL Salvation.
21. Salvation (JESUS living in US) CANNOT BE LOST, FOR ANY REASON, EVER:
A. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because He is A GIFT that we DID NOT DESERVE TO BEGIN WITH. (Romans 6:23)
B. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because He SAID SO. He PROMISED. (John 3:16; John 10:28-29)
C. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because Salvation IS ETERNAL. If it could be lost it/He would be TEMPORARY. (John 3:16; 5:24; Hebrews 7:25; 10:14)
D. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING, because God NO LONGER COUNTS ANY sins against us who are in Christ. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:13)
E. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING, because God DOESN’T COUNT AND DOESN’T EVEN REMEMBER any sins that we commit. (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:12)
F. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING BECAUSE GRACE is ALWAYS GREATER and MORE ABUNDANT THAN SIN. (Romans 5:20)
G. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because there is NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
H. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BECAUSE GOD (JESUS) IS FAR GREATER THAN ALL THE SINS OF ALL THE AGES, COMBINED. (John 8:29)
I. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because NO ONE can bring ANY charge or accusation against a CHILD OF GOD, THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS BOUGHT WITH HIS BLOOD, AND THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS JUSTIFIED FOREVER. (Romans 8:33-34)
PERIOD: END OF STORY.
These are ABSOLUTE, UNDISPUTED, BIBLICAL FACTS.
EVERY CHRISTIAN ON EARTH needs to KNOW these BIBLICAL FACTS.
Otherwise, they will STUMBLE again and again, misunderstand Scripture (especially the Gospels) again and again, and easily end up shipwrecked.
These ABC’s need TO BE PREACHED AND TAUGHT from every Christian pulpit ON EARTH, in every Messianic Jewish congregation, and in every Christian Sunday school or Messianic Sabbatical school throughout the earth:
ALL FALSE DOCTRINE, ALL THE CONFUSION and ALL THE DIVISIONS, that PLAGUE Christendom and Messianic Judaism, STEM FROM NOT UNDERSTANDING THESE BASIC, UNDENIABLE, BIBLICAL FACTS.
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