THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Monday, May 27, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
was worshipping at a church in another part of Continental United States about fifteen years ago and the presiding pastor asked the congregation: "How many of you here can say authoritatively right now, and with confidence if you die today, you'll make it to heaven?" An eerie silence enveloped the ambience, but I raised my hand up confidently and shouted: "Yes, if anything happens to me today and I die, I am making it to heaven assuredly and unmistakably." There was a raucous laughter at my audacity in the church, as if I had committed an egregious act. I was utterly flummoxed and asked: "Why are you in Church, praising and worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ, if you aren't sure you'll make it to heaven?"
Come to think of it; is it not stupid and foolish for you to be worshipping the Lord that you doubt? Does it make sense guessing where you will end up on the Other Side when you transit? Does the Holy Bible tell and give us assurances of our eternal destination? Yes, the Holy Bible gave those who care to read it and understand the Book of Life infallible proofs, sure-footed and irrevocable assurances of the final highlights of the Christian's Journey after death. In fact, the Holy Bible, which is the inerrant Words of God, warned every Christ's follower and believer to be sure of your salvation before leaving this earth: "Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:10-11). There you have it! If you're a Christian and you cannot say confidently and with assurances that, when you die you will enter heaven but doubt your eternal destination, you are a fraud and not a genuine Christian. If you belong to any sect, religion or denomination and you are being told that, no one can be sure of his or her eternal destination, you are being lied to; deceived and lured to the Nether Gloom.
If you say you're a Christian, and indeed a believer and follower of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and you doubt where you will spend eternity, you're fake and not His real and genuine follower and believer. The Holy Bible did not leave it to guesses and conjectures the final abode of the redeemed. The Christian Journey is not open to guesses, trials and errors; no one enters heaven in somnambulistic fashion. You cannot stagger into the Heavenly Abode of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Before you die here on earth; you must know where you'll spend eternity, period! I receive tons of rubbish email from nonentities and spiritually-obtuse and blind folks arguing that, no one knows who will enter heaven. The Holy Bible doesn't say that; and the Word of God is our authority. Not what people of the world say; the opinion of pastors and fellow Christians, talking heads on earth and so-called philosophers of the world whom Apostle Paul described as fools, but on the inerrant Word of the True Living God Almighty as I Corinthians 1:18-20 made it plain thus: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
Since we began our series on pseudo-Christian sects and false denominations in this column few months ago, argosies of protests and even threats have reached us from charlatans, racketeers and wolves complacently-comfortable in their deceptive spiritual future blinded to the Eternal Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me make it abundantly clear here and here now; no one, no human being can deter us from exposing the falsehood of Satan and his demonic minions on the vital issue of Eternal Life. I didn't call myself into this job; the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ordained and commissioned me to this work and He and He Alone I listen to through the Holy Spirit, Hallelujah! Consequently, is it possible to know false religions and pseudo-Christians sects on earth today? Absolutely! The Holy Bible is the Proof, period! It will be highly disastrous, indeed calamitous and pitiful as Apostle Paul disclosed in I Corinthians 15:19: "If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." The truth is that; there is no real life right here on the planet earth. We are here temporarily. Real life is in heaven; in the Presence of the Living God, the Creator of all; Hallelujah! This earth is where every human soul must decide where we are individually going to spend eternity. Heaven beckons and so Hell calls. It is our individual decision to make a choice right here on the planet earth. All religions, sects and denominations preach and teach the ways to these two eternal destinations. There is a two-fork to the Road to Eternity. There is no middle lane. I choose. You choose. We shall all choose which place; heaven or hell to inhabit eternally. No one will choose for you or for me. It is an individual and personal decision. Our individual decision right here on earth determines our final and permanent eternal abode. This is the gospel truth! You must know right here on earth, if you will make it to heaven or hell. If anyone tells you it is after your death that you will know where you will spend eternity, they are lying to you. If you think, believe or assume that it is when you die that you will know where to spend eternity; heaven or hell, you are lying to your teeth.
I am making it to heaven; period! My confidence is not on what people of the world say; the opinion of other Christians, or good works I think I have done or any other assurances, but simply on what the revealed Word of God says, period! It is on this inerrant Word of God which is the Holy Bible that the Sovereign Lord God Almighty has lovingly given us as Road Map and Manual in our Life's Journey culminating into entering into His Presence after death. It is also in the same Manual of Life known as the Holy Bible that we can detect errors and deception; spot religious racketeering and charlatanry so that precious souls will not be deceived and lured to the Nether Gloom. Because the Holy Bible is the Standard Truth for the truly-redeemed, we were able to warn the unwary about the Celestial Satanic Church, the Church of Latter Day Saints a.k.a Mormon, the Cherubim and Seraphim White Garment Church Sect in this column few weeks ago and others that we will expose as Satanic sects in this column as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Is it possible to know those human beings who are truly worshipping the True Lord God Almighty? Absolutely, so says the Holy Bible! There are certain Biblically-revealed and Holy Spirit-confirmed checklists needed to know who truly is a child of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The same inerrant checklists are available to those truly desirous of knowing the Truth and fellowshipping with Light to apply to all to sects, denominations and all world religions. In other words, there are seven checklists as revealed in the Holy Bible to apply to all religions, sects and denominations that are leading precious souls either to heavens or hell. As Apostle Peter truthfully pointed out:
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping" (2 Peter 2:1-3). There are many sects, denominations and religious movements on earth that are false and lead to hell. For those of us that are saved and have assurances of making it to heaven, our duty as commanded by the Word of Life out of Agape Love is; "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11).
First, any sect or religious denomination that affirms that our Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY to eternal paradise is a true sect, religious denomination and True Way. The Lord Jesus Christ stated unambiguously and unmistakably: "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). That sentence is declarative and off-pat; unalterable and unopened to spin. It is either the Jesus Christ Who made this statement is a lunatic and stupid; or the real deal and indeed True. He cannot and can never be both. It is either He is saying the Truth or Lying; He cannot and can never be both. That is a Thick Line right there in the sand; unopened to guesses, opinion of human beings and self-interpretation. You either believe Him or disbelieve Him, period! Consequently, any religious denomination or sect that tweaks with that declarative statement of our Lord Jesus Christ and allows any wiggle room for its adherents is Satanic and demonic, period!
Second, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself made another declarative statement unopened to human opinion or earthly disquisition: " Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again" ( John 3:3). Can you read that? Our Lord Jesus Christ didn't say, any human being must attend a particular church, bear a Christian name, practice charity and perform those cleverly-invented and self-righteous acts that make us feel good as activities meriting the Grace of the True Lord God Almighty. No one, Jesus Christ repeat, no one will enter heaven unless; he or she is born of water and (Holy) Spirit" ( "Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be born again" John 3:5-7 ). Then the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went further in the same John 3 as a clincher to foreclose this question of eternity open to human debate and opinion: He who believes in Jesus Christ is saved; but He who doesn't believe is condemned already. ("Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict…" John 3:18-19A). Can you see this is declarative, manifestly clear and unambiguous and also uncomplicated? It is either this second statement by the Lord Jesus Christ is false or true; again, it cannot and can never be both. We can deduce and deduct rationally from this second statement that any religion, denomination or sect that doesn't teach its adherents and emphasize this second requirement to entering heaven is a false religion, satanic sect and demonic association pretending to save and take its members to heaven. If you have any common sense at all; you will stop attending such sect and denomination and look for a religious and Christian congregation that teaches and enforces these two and more teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as revealed in His Book; the Holy Bible.
Third, Jesus Christ audaciously and confidently stated on the Cross: "Tetelestai" which being interpreted: "It is finished!" (John 19: 28 & 30). Before our Lord Jesus Christ came in human form to share in our humanity as Son of God, Who actually is the Lord God Almighty Himself; the human race had explored all conceivable means to warm our way back to the Love and Grace of the True Lord God Almighty, Our Maker. Adam and Eve missed it in the Garden of Eden and their disobedience percolated to the rest of us. That disobedience of our First Parents didn't make us the entire human race suspects; but all of guilty without exception, period! That disobedience is called sin. The entire human race, you and I; every human soul that has been born, living on earth now and will ever be born on this planet earth is a sinner, period! Disobedience to our Maker is already part of our DNA. It is our nature, just like the pig, no matter how you dress a pig or call the pig by any other name to deodorize the pig; a pig is a pig and will always be a pig. Satan, the archenemy of the True Lord God Almighty and your enemy, and my enemy too; indeed, the implacable foe of the human race held us all in captivity of sin. The moment Adam and Eve; your, my and our First Parents listened and obeyed Satan who entered the Garden of Eden by stealth, the entire human race without exception fell into the stranglehold of Satan. No angel, however powerful could come down from heaven to rescue us all from the lair of Satan, the Great and First Kidnapper. The True Lord God Almighty had to come down Himself in likeness of man, to rescue you and me indeed all humanity from the suffocating clutches of Satan and his demons; Hallelujah!
That was why our Lord Jesus Christ; God Himself in the flesh and human form declared, again, categorically and unambiguously: "Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…" (John 14:9-11A). And for double re-assurance, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ added: " I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). These are not complicated statements at all. It is either you believe or disbelieve, period! There are no spins and wiggle room for these declarative statements of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Consequently, when Jesus Christ said; "It is finished" on the Cross; He was communicating to those of us who would believe Him that; "Satan is finished; his demons are finished and defeated, because I have rescued you-the entire human race-by shedding My Blood on the Cross for you in order to satisfy the righteous demand of a Holy God that without the shedding of blood, the sin of disobedience that Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden when they listened to Satan has now been paid fully. Moreover, your sins and my sins; indeed, the sins of all human beings, past, present and future; have all been forgiven." All you and I and the whole human race need to do to enjoy and enter into this general amnesty and freedom offered by the Death on the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is believe, faith and acceptance. Any religion, sect or denomination that teaches that you need to add something extra to this finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross in order to enter heaven is Satanic, demonic and deceptive. Like the crowd asked our Lord Jesus Christ in John 6:28: "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Our Lord Jesus Christ answered: "The work of God is this; believe in the One-Jesus Christ-whom He has sent." (John 6:29). So here is the third thing to know on who will enter heaven and how to identify a false religion, Satanic sect and demonic denomination; yes, it is good to believe in Jesus Christ, but you should also add other activities and "works" as supplements like; slaughtering of animals as sacrifices, going to a nearby river to shower or engaging in spiritual bathing, eating of grains and fruits as spiritual acts and other man-made and puerile inventions to enslave and spiritually demagogue the unwary and ignorant. There is nothing to add to the Finished Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Calvary; nothing, absolutely nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero, naught, cipher and none.
Fourth, Jesus Christ resurrected bodily and not as a ghost. The Death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was not the end of His Rescue Mission; He came back to life three days later after disgracing Satan and his demons. As Apostle Paul pointed out in Colossians 2:13-15: "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Hallelujah! This Jesus Christ Who is the Lord God Almighty in the flesh broke the back of Satan; He messed up Satan and his devilish cohorts in hell; all the gems and gold that He gave to Lucifer when He created him before Lucifer rebelled and was flushed out of heaven with his renegade idiots were retrieved during those three days by his Maker; the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! The Rescue Mission was totally completed and finished. All the saints that were held captive by Satan because of the sin of Adam and Eve and also their own sins were set free from captivity and liberated. The Lord Jesus Christ came back to life in bodily form three days later after His Death on the Cross and: "While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures" (Luke 36-45. These statements are again declarative and not complicated at all; even a young man or woman can understand these wordings and statements. It is either you believe or disbelieve, period! Thus, a religion, sect or denomination that doesn't affirm this fourth believe and teach its members and adherents the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is invariably deceiving such adherents. If you stay put in such sect, religious assembly or denomination, you will not make it to heaven. You are indeed risking your eternal life and basically on your own.
Fifth, this Risen Jesus Christ is coming back again. Yes, He is Coming Back Again. But there is a caution; He is not coming back for the whole world. He is coming only for those of us who have faith in and believe in Him and are waiting for Him with hope in His Saving Grace and Power. He is coming back only for us who have truly-received Him and genuinely-believed in Him as our Lord and Personal Savior, period! You read that right! The last time He came, He came for Spiritual Rescue Mission and He did a good and marvelous job. He paid the spiritual bail bond for the entire human race held captive and kidnapped by Satan and his demons. Before He came physically, animal sacrifices were being offered, but "… because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins-the sin of Adam and Eve, your sins and mine and that of the entire human race-past, present and future (Hebrews 10:4 -7); "… he -Jesus Christ-entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption for us all" (Hebrews 9:12b). Now that the Great Rescue Operation of the human race had been completed on the Cross; Jesus Christ is coming back again so that "…I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:3B). Take it or leave it; my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ "… will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him" (Hebrews 9:28B). Those of us who are waiting for His Second Return may be alive physically or go to sleep temporarily, which is death; it doesn't matter, He will rouse us up to physical alive and evacuate us in a nanosecond second or as Apostle Paul assured us in I Corinthians 15:52-54: "…in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
If you say you're a Christian and indeed, a genuine follower and believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here on earth and you do not have this assurance of the Savior, you're deluding yourself. You are truly and indeed on your own, if you attend or belong to any denomination, sect or religion that cannot give you this assurance by what they teach. You are most to be pitied indeed!
Sixth, there is a judgment coming on all the human beings that have lived on this planet earth, those living right now and those that will ever live in coming years ahead. The True Lord God Almighty is the Great Judge and Jesus Christ is that Great Judge, period! Can we be so sure that Jesus Christ is really and truly the Great Judge? Hear Him: "… the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22). Do you read that! This Jesus Christ Whom you so hate and don't want to hear about Him is going to judge you. Try as you might to evade Him, run away or disclaim Him; you are going to appear before His Judgment Seat whether you like it or not. Hear Him again for emphasis: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left" (Matthew 25: 31-33). If you are still doubting, debating and arguing about this reality of Jesus Christ as the Great Judge, you are a goat. If you are not sure which side you will belong at the Presence of the Great Judge, you will be on His Left. Please, if you are still unsure and conflicted in your inner self and still arguing about this reality, chew this: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
That Day is coming; whether you and me, indeed, all of us like it or not; you may feign ignorance of this reality, prefer not to think about it for now, but trust me, you cannot escape it. So I too cannot escape it. This distinct reality should give you assurance as a genuine believer and follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If your sect, denomination and or religion elide this sixth reality in teaching and compliance, you are wasting your time. Look for a genuine, authentic and true religion, sect and denomination that will inculcate this teaching into your spirit, soul and lifestyle so that when you assuredly appear before the Judgment Seat of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will have confidence and assurance to be righteously adjudged as truly one of His own.
Seventh and lastly, death is inevitable for you, me and every soul that has lived on this planetary abode, are here now and will ever be born. It is not, if you will die; or if I will die, but when you and I will die. Added to the distinct reality of death as an inevitable outcome of all human beings is the two forks of the Road to Eternity: Heaven or Hell, period! There are two eternal divides; those going to heaven, because of their faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Deliverer and those who did not believe and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Deliverer. Hear Jesus Christ again and lastly: "But he -Jesus Christ-continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins." (John 8:23-24). Just as Apostle Peter told his Pentecostal Audience: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
The decision to spend eternity in heaven or hell is personal and it will be decided by you, me; indeed, every human being on earth right here on earth. It will not be after death, but right here and here now. No chance or opportunity for re-do. You are either living your life right now preparing for heaven or heading for hell, period! Any religion, sect or denomination that doesn't preach this distinct reality and absolute truth to you and its adherents is doing incalculable damage to you and your fellow worshippers. If you are a member of any religion, sect or denomination that is not preparing you for your eternal life in heaven; know that it is preparing you for eternal hell fire; period! There is no middle ground! You may scream, shout, hector and dismiss this absolute truth, abuse me and hurl insults at this columnist; it hasn't taken away the truth of this truth which you will discover at a later date, which may be too late. Hear Him as a conclusion: "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:12-13),
On the above seven checklists, the Seventh Day Adventists check all the right buttons. If you are a member of the Seventh Day Adventists Church, you are saved. But do the Seventh Day Adventist Church sect members and teachers have some fallacious teachings and doctrines? Yes and we shall examine eighth of such fallacious doctrines next week.