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Living Godly In Christ Jesus
Many preachers today never preach against sin, the reality of hell, or preach God’s call to His people to live holy – in Christ Jesus. In fact, the most popular doctrine preached in, what are said to be, Christian churches throughout the world today is Calvinism, the doctrine which teaches once you are saved, you can live like the devil, but you will always be saved – and there is no such thing as “backsliding.”
The doctrine is based primarily on a few selective scriptures and one of them is, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who believes not shall be damned” Mark 16:16.
It is true, we must believe to be saved. That scripture cannot be separated from the rest of God’s Word, nevertheless.
The Word of God also tells us, “You believe that there is One God; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble” James 2:19.
Do you think devils are saved and going to heaven because they “believe?” There isn’t a chance (2 Peter 2:4). Does the Word of God, then, contradict itself? Never. We must simply, by the power of the Holy Spirit, “rightly divide” (2 Timothy 2:15) the Word of Truth; which means no one scripture is of private interpretation, but they all must be compared with one another in order to come to the proper interpretation. In other words, certain scriptures cannot be selected out and isolated from the rest of the Bible.
The Word of God tells us, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20.
Also, and most importantly, God’s Holy Word can only be interpreted by the Holy Spirit, those who are led of the Spirit. The Holy Word of God tells us,
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
Evil men, with wicked hearts, desiring to do evil and get away with it, will misinterpret the Holy Word of God. They are famous for frequently misinterpreting the following scripture:
“I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.
The ungodly will say that since nothing can separate us from the love of God, sin can’t separate us from the love of God either. Notice, brethren, that sin is not listed in the above scripture. In fact, there are many scriptures that demonstrate to us clearly that sin will separate us from God on Judgment Day.
Here is a prime example, given by Jesus Himself, of people, who on the Judgment Day proclaim to be holy and righteous, but Jesus will reveal the truth:
“Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits (deeds), you shall know them (the children of God). Not everyone that says unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that DOES THE WILL of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day (Judgment Day), Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and in your name have cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you that work iniquity’” Matthew 7:19-23.
It is obvious here that “many” people will think themselves to be saved on Judgment Day, but Jesus will deny them, because they “work iniquity.” They obviously believed in Jesus, because they declared they did good works in His name. It is very apparent that the sins of these people separated them from God. Obviously, many things cannot separate God’s people from His love, but sin will separate us from God, and the Bible is very clear about that fact.
The Holy Word of God also tells us about false preachers,
“While they promise them liberty (freedom to sin), they themselves are the servants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage; for if after they have escaped the pollutions of this 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; for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, ‘The dog is turned to his own vomit again, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire ” 2 Peter 2:19-22. (“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly” Proverbs 26:11.)
“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished” 2 Peter 2:9.
“There has no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able, but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” 1 John 2:1-3.
It is important to note here that if we sin, we need only repent and God will forgive us, as stated above. There is, however, a difference between living continuously in a state of sin, versus living for and following Christ, but falling down in a time of weakness. There is no remission of sin if we continuously live in that state (Hebrews 10:26). If we fall, we must repent and do our best to abstain from sin. God knows our hearts.
“No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” Matthew 6:24.
John Calvin was a deceiver and a liar and he was manipulated by satan to deceive God’s people. It doesn’t matter how many books he wrote, what a scholar in secular law he might have been, or how he presented himself to the world. His doctrine contradicts the Holy Word of God. John Calvin departed from the faith and gave heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4).
It was the devil who told Eve she could partake of the forbidden fruit and not die, which was a contradiction to what God had already said. God said that in the day you eat of this tree, you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:4)!
Do you believe God, or John Calvin?!
The Word of God tells us,
“And no marvel, for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” 2 Corinthians 11:14.
Jesus, Himself, warned us to beware of false prophets and those that come in His name, not once, not twice, but three times in just one chapter of Matthew 24.
Jesus warned us very clearly to beware!
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:5.
Denying the power of what? He is speaking here of “godliness,” having a form of it, but denying the power to live godly. God has promised us the power to live godly in Christ Jesus:
“According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue” 2 Peter 1:3.
Anyone who seeks to deny this truth is a liar.
This is the final message I will leave with you concerning God’s commandment that we live holy:
“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men emulating women), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (men lying with men – see Leviticus 18:22), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is after godliness” Titus 1:1.
The TRUTH is after what? GODLINESS; not having once said a sinner’s prayer, then continuing to live like the devil!
“Be you holy, for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.