27) Democracy is Christian and\or Godly
28) Family unity is a hallmark of true
29) Spouses are equal in marriage
30) All marriages are of God
31) The "Lord's Supper"
32) Jewish worship practices and traditions
are important to keep
33) "Soul sleep": The dead in Christ are
34) The wicked are annihilated
was once a good being
36) Immortality of the soul
37) The King James Version is the perfect
Word of God
38) It is OK to use or display religious images,
icons, and likenesses
39) Some are predestinated to burn in hell
40) One cannot see God's face and live
41) Deathbed conversions to Christ
42) God does only good, not evil
43) The Bible is the ultimate authority
44) The Lord Jesus Christ is returning soon in
a physical body, called the “second coming”
Diabolical Doctrine 27) Democracy is Christian
Is it? Is it right that those needing to be ruled should rule the ruler?
What, then, must the ruler do? Simply rule as the ruled rule him to rule?
Democracy can be almost synonymous with Christianity in the minds of
many. Take the political “religious right” in the United
States, for example, which holds sacred the ideal of a democratic republic.
The truth is that democracy (whether in the form of a republic or not)
is a Gentile government, not theocratic, and therefore not Christian.
The Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, and all other empires throughout
man’s history have been heathen governments. Communism, socialism,
and all other forms of government other than theocracy are carnal, of
men and of men's wisdom. Democracy happens to be the bottom of the barrel,
as represented by the feet of iron and clay of the image Nebuchadnezzar
dreamed about, as recorded in Daniel chapter 2. Believe it: The preceding
empires were greater, the head of gold having been the greatest.
Still, these are all under the sovereignty and will of God Who, the
Scriptures declare, made Nebuchadnezzar the head of gold. Daniel said
God had given Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom, power, strength, and glory. It
is by God's determination that all kingdoms, nations, and rulers either
exist or cease.
So today we live in the days of the feet and toes of clay and iron -
strength and weakness - the two unable to adhere by nature, destined
to crumble under the power of God. These are the democracies, the Western
nations which have generally ruled the world at present. But as some
can perceive, those days are also over. The image is on its way down,
never to rise again.
Question: It was around 600 B.C. that Nebuchadnezzar had the dream and
Daniel interpreted it. How could anyone know the Medes and Persians would
defeat and succeed Babylon? How could anyone know that Alexander would
come conquering the Medes and Persians and that his kingdom would break
up into four parts? How could anyone know Rome was to overcome the Greek
The events this dream foretold extended more than two millennium into
the future. Yet there it was, recorded in Scripture with perfect accuracy
and preserved to this very day, 2600 years later. What reasonable person
can argue against God’s doings? The world is filled with unreasonable
people, however, who are corrupted by sin, their minds degenerated to
the point of great unreason.
Now we’re at the time of the feet and toes of iron and clay, called
the democracies. But think of it - ought the sheep to rule? Is that not
the case in a democracy? The people elect whom they will. The government
is representative and a product of the people. In a democracy, ideally
speaking, if elected representatives don’t satisfy those who elect
them, they’re replaced by the people. The ruled are granted opportunity
to choose their rulers. Is the majority right? Much can be said about
how democracy is ineffective, counterproductive, and destructive.
In communism, the wolf rules; in democracy, the sheep rule; in theocracy,
the Shepherd rules. Which would you choose? Man has been given thousands
of years of opportunity to do things his way, presumably independent
of God, to learn folly and its consequences. He has now run out of ways
and means, courting destruction in these last days as never before, and
now is the time of the Kingdom of kingdoms to be established, and that,
“And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall set up
a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. And the Kingdom shall not be
left to other peoples, but it shall crush and destroy all these kingdoms,
and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44 MKJV).
HalleluYah! We will have the Shepherd calling the shots, and any competitors
or gainsayers will no longer be able to gain the ascendancy and impose
their wills upon people. Their thrones will be forever taken away, and
the throne of righteousness upon which the Lord of lords, the King of
Righteousness, sits will be established forever, reigning supreme.
will be learned the value of living according to God's laws, of submitting
to His authority. Swords will be beaten into plowshares, oppression
will cease, and true peace, without paper treaties, will prevail. Suffering
and sorrow will be no more, and tears will be wiped away. Doors will
no longer need to be locked, and insurance will be unnecessary. Lawyers
won’t prosper at the expense of clients in bogged down courts where
justice is at best a hope and no guarantee.
Tyrannical institutions will cease to exist, and the wicked will be
uprooted from power forever. What a wonderful day is upon us - a day
of theocracy wherein God rules, and men live in harmony with Him and
with one another - a fearful nightmare turned into a dream come true!
Consider the alternative to this doctrine: Vote for God, not men; acknowledge
the right of the Shepherd, not the sheep or wolves, to reign over all.
Read in our section “Thy Kingdom Come” – God’s
Political Perspective, especially “The Voting Trilogy”: For
Whom Do We Vote?, Why
Do We Vote for Jesus Christ?, and How Do We Vote
for the Lord Jesus Christ?
Diabolical Doctrine 28) Family unity is a
hallmark of true Christianity
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did
not come to send peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against
his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be those of his
own household” (Matthew 10:34-36 MKJV).
“Anything that divides is not of God,” the saying goes,
in churches. But where does that saying come from? Does it come from
God, or does it come from the realm of darkness, from men jealously preserving
their kingdoms? It comes from Satan, who savors the things of men, not
of God (Matthew 16:23).
We all want peace and unity; the whole world wants it. The problem is
that the world would have it on its own terms, independent of God. But
can there be lasting and meaningful unity without Truth and the Law of
God established as the foundation in the hearts of all concerned?
While the flesh seeks to be comforted and assured, the Kingdom of God
comes to notify all flesh that unity for unity’s sake and peace
for peace’ sake won’t last or please God. Truly, unity for
unity’s sake, or anything for its own sake, is idolatry. Wasn’t
the ambition of unity the problem at the tower of Babel?
Genesis 11:1-9 MKJV
(1) And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
(2) And it happened, as they traveled from the east, they found a plain
in the land of Shinar. And they lived there.
(3) And they said to one another, “Come, let us make brick and
burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and they had
asphalt for mortar.
(4) And they said, “Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and
its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest
we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth.”
(5) And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons
of Adam had built.
(6) And the LORD said, “Behold! The people is one and they
all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they
have imagined to do will be restrained from them.
(7) Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they
cannot understand one another’s speech.”
(8) So the LORD scattered them abroad from that place upon the
face of all the earth. And they quit building the city.
(9) Therefore the name of it is called Babel; because the LORD confused
the language of all the earth there. And from there the LORD
scattered them abroad on the face of all the earth.
Wow! Isn’t that a dart in the heart of the notion that unity is
so important to God?
What about family unity? There isn’t one testimony in Scripture
that promotes it; quite the contrary. Jesus Christ said:
Matthew 10:34-39 MKJV
(34) Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not
come to send peace, but a sword.
(35) For I have come to set a man against his father, and the daughter
against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
(36) And a man's foes shall be those of his own household.
(37) He [or she] who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy
of Me. And he [or she] who loves son or daughter more than Me is not
worthy of Me.
(38) And he [or she] who does not take up his cross and follow Me is
not worthy of Me.
(39) He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for
My sake shall find it.
Can it be any plainer than that? The fact is that when Truth is introduced
into the midst of any group of people, and those people are divided thereby,
it is because they have had a visitation by the Lord. Truth comes only
from Him, for He alone is the Truth (John 14:6).
It was the Lord Who disunited the people at Babel (Genesis 11).
It was the Lord Who called Abraham out from his kinfolk (Genesis 12:1).
It was the Lord Who divided his family: Hagar and Ishmael, from Sarah
and Isaac (Galatians 4:29-30).
It was the Lord Who divided Isaac’s sons, when still in the womb
It was the Lord Who set conflict in Jacob’s house between Joseph
and his brothers (Genesis 50:15-20).
On the other hand we have the Pharisees, whom the Lord described as
children of the Devil, having unity. How else could they have agreed
to be Pharisees, members in common of a sect? They were a family of sorts,
as are many groups. So while division isn’t necessarily an evil
thing, unity isn’t necessarily a virtue.
When the Lord calls a soul out of the world to Himself, those from whose
company that person is called are suddenly about to lose their loved
one, friend, or companion. It’s not only a moment of decision for
the called-out one, but a moment of division for the other side.
Those of us the Lord has called and separated have often wished that
those who had been with us might come with us. But where, then, would
be the test of the quality of our obedience? Where would be the proof
of our sincerity? Where would be the forsaking of all things for the
Lord? Where would be the cross?
As Jesus said:
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also,
he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come
after Me cannot be My disciple.... So likewise, whoever of you does not
forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26-27,
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
There are exceptions in the Scriptures to the rule of people being called
alone. In Acts 10, we have Cornelius’ household believing. In Acts
16, we have the jailer’s household believing. Paul makes reference
to having baptized the household of Stephanas. However, this isn’t
the norm. Jesus Himself was divided from His own household. It says that
even His brothers didn’t believe Him (John 7:5).
When the Lord lays His hand on someone, it’s to call that one
out of an earthly family, into a Heavenly one, from a carnal one to a
spiritual one. Jesus is calling one to life. He’s serving notice
to mankind that it’s not about this world.
He notifies us that the Kingdom of God isn’t about the things
of this world. The fixation upon, or the salvation of, that which is
transitory isn’t where it’s at. Earthly families are transitory.
How about the example of Jesus and His family?
Mark 3:31-35 MKJV
(31) Then His brothers and His mother came. And standing outside, they
sent to Him, calling Him.
(32) And the crowd sat about Him, and they said to Him, “Behold,
Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking for You.”
(33) And He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?”
(34) And He looked around on those who sat about Him, and said, “Behold
My mother and My brothers!
(35) For whoever does the will of God, the same is My brother and My
sister and My mother.”
While they were mending their fishing nets with their father, Jesus
called James and John to follow Him. They immediately left the boat and
their father. How did their father feel? There he was, suddenly without
sons to help him. If their father agreed, such an occasion wouldn’t
be so difficult. But what if their parents didn’t agree? What if
they didn’t understand, or weren’t willing to accept, what
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
What could have appeared more reasonable than for those sons to have
remained with, and served, their parents dutifully?
There was a man whom the Lord bade to follow Him. The man replied, “Lord,
let me first go and bury my father.” The Lord responded, “Let
the dead bury the dead.” Apparently, this man’s parents didn’t
have faith. To the Kingdom of God, they were dead. But the man was being
called out from them to live and serve to bring life to others.
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
Another man asked to first bid farewell to his family. A noble request,
right? What did the Lord say in response? “No one who has put his
hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
What could be more proper, necessary, and noble than to take care of
one’s parents in their old age? After all, the Fifth Commandment
says we are to honor father and mother. But that wasn’t the Lord’s
priority for His disciples.
Were the ones called to discipleship truly concerned about their parents,
or were they struggling with having to part with them? The sword of the
Lord divides loved ones.
The Lord’s command may sound coldhearted to many. Yes, we are to honor father and mother, as much as we’re able, but when the
Lord calls one to service and fellowship with Him, His call is the priority,
above His general commandments.
Not that He calls you to break the Law - God forbid. Sometimes, however,
in testing one’s obedience, it will appear to be so, even as when
Abraham was called upon by the Lord to offer up as a burnt offering his
son Isaac, his promised miracle son (Genesis 22:1-3).
Curiously, the command to Abraham even seemed to call for an abominable
act the heathen idolaters practised - “passing their sons through
the fire” - sacrificing their children. Furthermore, it seemed
to come against God’s own Word in Genesis 9:6, “Whosoever
sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”
But Abraham knew God was speaking to him, and he obeyed. Nevertheless,
Isaac was spared. So with parents, wives, children, and siblings forsaken;
there will come a time when they will also be spared. God will take care
Eventually, those forsaken will know their loved one was called of God
and was faithful to that call. It may not be in this life that they know
so, but know it they will. My father didn’t know I was called of
God until he entered the next world, and then he marveled.
But what if the called-out one fails to come out, succumbing instead
to the pleas of the loved ones to be forsaken? Such is a disaster, a
tragedy in all certainty. One of the reasons one is called out is because
that one is called upon to be a sacrificial lamb on behalf of those he
leaves behind. The family will ultimately be affected by his response.
In the called one’s unbelieving attempt to spare his family sorrow,
the family will perish instead, as well as the one who declined the call.
Not that God is ever limited by any persons’ lack of obedience.
The grip of the flesh is indeed formidable, the power of family blood
and bond awesome, but where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Where the
power of family blood is great, the power of the blood of Jesus is greater.
Where the earthly father tugs at one’s heart strings, the Heavenly
Father creates a new heart.
If family togetherness in this world was so important, why did God use
family division and strife to separate Joseph from his brothers and father
for many years? While Joseph’s brothers meant it for evil, and
it was evil, God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).
Why did Joseph’s father not have the allowance of at least knowing
his son was alive? Why was he subjected to mourning many years over his
son’s alleged death while his beloved son was yet alive?
God does things no man can understand. The Creator doesn’t answer
to His creature, and no creature can prevent Him. Wasn’t it for
good that Joseph was taken captive into Egypt? Not only was his family
saved, it was formed into a nation! Egypt and other nations were also
spared in the famine because of what God did with Joseph. There was a
mighty parable at work in Joseph’s life, telling us of the
reconciliation of all things by the Seed of Abraham.
Once Jacob’s family became a nation and cried out in pain because
of bondage in Egypt, there was a child born and severed from his family,
destined for that day when the Lord would deliver Israel. When he was
forty, Moses had to flee Egypt for his life, leaving his family behind
for forty years; it is likely there were some he never saw in this world
Did Moses and his family grieve? Certainly, even if they believed. There’s
always sorrow in parting with loved ones. But these are God’s ways,
and who can argue with Him?
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
These things are impossible to accept by the flesh, but the flesh is
called to be killed, not placated; it is to be denied and forsaken. That’s
why it isn’t easy. Indeed, it’s impossible, as Jesus said
(Matthew 19:26). The flesh will fight for its life. It will compromise,
plead, reason, weep, threaten, promise, sacrifice, even “love” (more
on that ahead), and do anything to preserve itself and its interests.
The last thing the flesh will accept is death on the cross of Christ,
in whatever form it comes. While the spirit is willing, the flesh is
weak, but His grace is sufficient, His strength made perfect in weakness.
The impossible happens, and the called-out one becomes faithful to the
call. The called-out one becomes a chosen one of God. Can anything more
wonderful happen to any creature?
Can anything be more wonderful than to hear the Lord finally say, “Well
done, called, chosen, and faithful one - enter into the joy of the Father”?
Can there be anything better than to have the pleasure and approval of
the Heavenly Father?
Yes, the price is great - life itself - but the price pales in comparison
to the reward waiting for that faithful one who takes up the cross.
As Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed
in us” (Romans 8:18).
Consider the sufferings Paul endured. Not only did he have to walk away
from family and friends, appearing to them as a heretical traitor and
fool, he endured great hardships, as the Lord forewarned or promised
him by Ananias - “For I will show him how many things he must suffer
for My Name’s sake” (Acts 9:16).
When the Lord called me out, bringing division between my family and
me, it was a painful battle. Blood and tears were shed on both sides
of the sword. But today I can say it was far more than worth the cost.
I’m so thankful the Lord didn’t give up on me when I faltered
and failed. I’m so thankful it wasn’t up to me to gain the
“Faithful is He Who called you, Who also will do it” (1
Thessalonians 5:24 MKJV).
He’s faithful now. He’ll never leave you or forsake you
in your trial (Hebrews 13:5), though at times it may appear He has. He’ll
make your calling good even when you doubt. As it says:
“If we do not believe Him, yet He remains faithful; He cannot
deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13 MKJV).
But Paul also says: “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him, He also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12 MKJV).
It’s death to forsake loved ones; however, as Paul declares, “For
faithful is the Word, for if we died with Him, we shall also live with
Him” (2 Timothy 2:11 MKJV).
Is family unity a Christian virtue, a mark
of godliness? Not necessarily, and certainly not in and of itself, as
many naming the Name of Christ
believe. When there is a call to walk
with God and to separate oneself unto Him, family unity isn’t a
virtue, but a vice. To preserve
family ties and favors over God is idolatry; it is rebellion, which is
as witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23).
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
The battle becomes complicated when those needing to be forsaken claim
to love God and to believe in and worship Him. Surely, Saul of Tarsus
had that very same battle. His family most likely provided him with that
great theological education he was so privileged to have, even to study
under the famous Gamaliel. And now he would “throw it all away
for some cult”?!
(You can believe that Jesus and His followers were known as a divisive
cult - that which doesn’t conform to the establishment or societal
Those who truly follow the Lord Jesus must necessarily bear the reproach
of being different and excluded:
“For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into
the Holy of Holies by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the
camp. Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through
His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to
Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:11-13 MKJV).
John 15:18-20 MKJV
(18) If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated
(19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because
you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hates you.
(20) Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater
than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you. If they have kept My saying, they will also keep yours.
Philippians 3:7-11 MKJV
(7) But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
(8) But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whose sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them to be dung, so that I may win
(9) and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is of
the Law, but through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by
(10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;
(11) if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
Your family will insist they love you, but truly, as genuine and sincere
as their love may seem to be, it isn’t the agape love of God, that
ultimate spiritual love. It is, rather, a familial love, a protective,
self-sacrificing, yet selfish kind of love.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because
you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hates you” (John 15:19 MKJV).
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers
only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax-collectors
do so?” (Matthew 5:46-47 MKJV)
There is a love among men even animals possess in certain aspects. She-bears
have a jealous love for their cubs, as do cows for their calves, female
cats for their kittens, and birds for their young. It is a fleshly, or
brotherly, affectionate love, at best, that mankind has for one another.
Agape love is far above man’s love and comes only from God the
Father. He is Agape Love. For the Love of God, we must heed the call
away from family, and be prepared to be alone.
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
The father of our faith, Abraham, was called alone. As it says, “Look
to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone,
and blessed him and increased him” (Isaiah 51:2).
The Lord had first appeared to him, saying, “Get out of your country,
from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I
will show you... and in you all the families of the earth will
be blessed” (Genesis
Was Abraham’s family heathen? It’s widely reported in nominal
Christendom, and among Jews, that Abraham’s family were idolaters,
believing in many gods, that God separated him from them for that reason,
calling him to worship the One True God. But didn’t Abraham seek
a wife for Isaac from among his own family? Did he not strictly warn
his servant to be sure that Isaac married out of those from whom he had
come out (Genesis 24)?
Why would Abraham desire Isaac’s contact with pagan worshippers?
Even Isaac’s son, Jacob, was sent to receive a wife from Abraham’s
family (Genesis 28:1-7). Jacob took two wives, in fact, sisters, Rachel
and Leah, and their two handmaids; from these four women would come the
twelve tribes of Israel. Who can understand the ways of God?
If family unity were such an issue, how is it Abraham had to expel his
own firstborn son, Ishmael, with his mother, Hagar? Yes, we know the
significance of that event, with hindsight and revelation from God through
the apostle Paul (Galatians 4:22-31). But consider that it was family,
and God worked His will at the cost of family unity.
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
If family unity were so important, why would God divide the brothers,
Jacob and Esau, when yet in the womb, appointing them to conflict in
the future (Genesis 5:22-26; Romans 9:10-14)?
When it came time for Jacob to receive the blessing, as predetermined
by God, how is it that Rebekah, Isaac’s wife and Jacob’s
mother, moved Jacob to deceive his own father? As a result, Esau sought
to kill Jacob, who was then forced to flee. If family unity were so important,
why would God do things this way, coming against the principle and essence
of family unity?
If family unity were an issue, how is it Gideon came into conflict with
his father when the call of God came on him? The conflict was so sharp,
Gideon’s life was on the line (Judges 6:25-32). Consider that God
could have appointed someone other than a man’s own son to tear
down his father’s altar of Baal. He could have done it any number
of ways. But He didn’t.
Was the Lord trying Gideon to see if he would forsake his father? Gideon
certainly had to do so.
The sword of the Lord divides loved ones.
Family unity on earth isn’t what it’s all about. Peter and
the apostles declared they had forsaken all for Christ:
Matthew 19:27-29 MKJV
(27) Then answering Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have forsaken
all and have followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
(28) And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that you who have
followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the
throne of His glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.
(29) And everyone who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father,
or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My Name’s sake,
shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
Obedience to God, walking with and worshipping Him in spirit and in
truth, is what it’s all about. It’s not about having and
treasuring even those good God-given gifts, but about worshipping God,
loving Him with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength.
God is faithful. He’s a very generous rewarder and He walks the
talk; He does what He expects of those He calls and chooses. He didn’t
spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. “How shall
He not with Him also freely give us all things?” asks Paul (Romans
John 12:24-26 MKJV
(24) Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the
ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much
(25) He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in
this world shall keep it to life eternal.
(26) If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also
My servant shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Consider the alternative: Choose one way,
and you lose everything; choose the other, and you gain everything.
You can’t have it
This Day Between Family and God, The
Cross: Only the Death Sentence Will Avail, and The
False Promise of Man’s Unity.
Diabolical Doctrine 29) Spouses are equal in Christian marriage
“My wife and I have an equal partnership. We consult each other
on everything of any importance. I do nothing without her, or she without
me. If we aren’t in agreement on something, we leave it. We’re
one flesh, as the Lord said we should be. I don’t tell her what
to do, and she doesn’t tell me what to do. We work as a team. I
don’t believe in domination, like, ‘I’m the boss, your
head; you do as I say; submit.’ We have a great relationship, don’t
To many nominal Christians, this attitude and approach sounds like pious
egalitarianism. Many pastoral ministries in the world apparently operate
by this philosophy. Let’s express this issue by the “scriptures
of men” and compare them to the Scriptures of God:
“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should
be alone; I will make an equal partner suitable for him’” (Genesis
2:18 Worldly Translation - henceforth referenced as “WT”).
“And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should
be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’” (Genesis
1 Peter 3:1-7 WT
(1) Likewise, wives, know that you are equal to your own husbands, so
that if any do not obey the Word, they may also be won without the Word
by the harmonious egalitarian conduct of the wives,
(2) having witnessed your authoritative behavior in the fear of God.
(3) Of whom let not be the adorning of garments, or outward braiding
of hair and wearing of gold, or of putting on clothing,
(4) but let it be the hidden woman of the heart, in that which is corruptible,
the bold and assertive spirit, which is of great price in the sight of
(5) For so once indeed the holy women hoping in God adorned themselves,
being in equal partnership with their own husbands;
(6) Even as Sarah and Abraham obeyed and called each other ‘lord’; whose children you became, doing good and fearing no terror.
(7) Likewise, husbands, live together according to knowledge, giving
honor to the wife as an equal vessel, the female, and as truly being
co-heirs in every way together of the grace of life, not cutting off
1 Peter 3:1-7 MKJV
(1) Likewise, wives, be in subjection to your own husbands, so that if
any do not obey the Word, they may also be won without the Word by
the conduct of the wives,
(2) having witnessed your chaste behavior in the fear of God.
(3) Of whom let not be the adorning of garments, or outward braiding
of hair and wearing of gold, or of putting on clothing,
(4) but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible,
the meek and quiet spirit, which is of great price in the sight of God.
(5) For so once indeed the holy women hoping in God adorned themselves,
being in subjection to their own husbands;
(6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose children you became,
doing good and fearing no terror.
(7) Likewise, husbands, live together according to knowledge, giving
honor to the wife as to the weaker vessel, the female, as truly being
co-heirs together of the grace of life, not cutting off your prayers.
“Wives, you need no longer submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. It is a new day. You ought
to submit to each other as
a team. It is more blessed to be an equal partnership. However, if any
should desire to submit, take turns...as unto yourselves” (Ephesians
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (Ephesians
“Let both men and women be silent in the churches: for it is not
permitted unto men to speak if women cannot. For neither are commanded
to be in subjection, as the Law no longer applies – it has forever
been done away. Let all things be done with just balance. However, if
one wishes to speak, let all speak, that there may be fairness and equity
in the house of God... better to have confusion than inequality. And
if they desire to learn anything, let husbands and wives ask each other
at home: for it is a shame for a woman not to be allowed to speak in
a church, if a man is permitted to do so. Or did the Word of God go out
from you? Or did it reach only to you?” (1 Corinthians 14:34-36
“Let your women be silent in the churches; for it is not permitted
unto them to speak, but to be in subjection, as the Law also says. And
if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home;
for it is a shame for a woman to speak in a church. Or did the Word of
God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you?” (1 Corinthians
Why the sudden dead silence in the church? Or is it uproar?
“Wives, you need not submit yourselves unto your own husbands,
as it is not fit in the Lord, unless, of course, your husbands also submit
unto you. Equal partnership or nothing – that’s now the way
it is” (Colossians 3:18 WT).
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit
in the Lord” (Colossians 3:18 KJV).
“Children, follow the example of your mother and father; you needn’t
submit any more than do your mothers. Thus you will know how to conduct
yourselves when you marry one fine day. Unless more changes come, yet
again” (Colossians 3:20 WT).
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing
to the Lord” (Colossians 3:20 MKJV).
“And, servants, equality applies to you as with husbands and wives.
You need not obey your masters in all things unless they treat you as masters,
too. Let your obedience be with eyeservice, as menpleasers; with duality
of heart, feigning to fear God” (Colossians 3:22 WT).
“Slaves, obey your masters according to the flesh in all things;
not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing
God” (Colossians 3:22 MKJV).
“Let men and women learn in silence with all subjection to one another.
But I do not allow a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over the
man, or the man over the woman, but to be in silence. For both Adam and
Eve were first formed. And Adam and Eve were both deceived and in the
transgression. But they shall both be kept safe through childbearing,
if they continue in faith and love and blessed equality, as partners
- arm in arm” (1 Timothy 2:11-15 WT).
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I do
not allow a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man, but
to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not
deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. But
she will be kept safe through childbearing, if they continue in faith
and love and holiness with sensibleness” (1 Timothy 2:11-15 MKJV).
“But I would have you know that the Head of every man is no longer
Christ (they are equal); and the head of the woman is no longer the man
are equal partners); and the head of Christ is no longer God, but all
are in equality, partners” (1 Corinthians 11:3 WT).
“But I would have you know that the Head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1
Corinthians 11:3 MKJV).
How about equality in all things?
“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a woman has long
hair, it is a shame unto her? But if a man has long hair, it is a glory
to him: for his hair is given him for a covering. However, if both have
the same length of hair, then all is fair, unisexual, and good indeed.
If you are to be equal, you ought to look equal” (1 Corinthians
“Does not even nature itself teach you that if man has long hair,
it is a shame to him? But if a woman should have long hair, it is a glory
to her; for her hair is given to her in place of a veil” (1 Corinthians
“A virtuous man is a crown to his wife: but he who causes shame is
like rottenness in her bones” (Proverbs 12:4 WT).
“A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband, but she who causes
shame is like rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4 MKJV).
Now let’s see: Were these verses written recently, or were they
written nearly two millennia ago or more? If long ago, have they changed?
If so, when did they change, and by whose authority?
If the purpose and meaning of verses concerning marital relationships
have changed with the times, pray tell what else of the Word of God must
we believe to have been altered or cast off? What are we left with that
we can confidently believe?
“Let us break their bands in two and cast away their cords from
us” (Psalms 2:3 MKJV).
Ah, yes, this is indeed the Day of Liberty! Do you know why there are “equal
partnerships” now proudly declared by husbands and wives? Because
there are none! That’s right: Wives rule. Women have usurped the
authority over men, and in some cases have subtly made men to feel and
think that they (the men) have equality.
Men, for their part, have willingly abdicated their responsibility of
faith and obedience to God by submitting to their wives, who have been
deceived by the serpent from Eve’s day down to the present. Believe
it. Men have used their wives as an excuse for disobeying God since Adam,
who said (and still says), “The woman whom You gave to be with
me, she gave me of the Tree, and I did eat” (Genesis 3:12). Men
do not believe, and therefore they follow their wives.
“Well, you’ll have to talk to the wife, the better half;
she’s the boss, you know!” How often have we heard that said
in wry humor, but as truthfully as anything can ever be said?
“I’m a good husband - I do as I’m told!” How
sad and true!
“You can tell she wears the pants in the family!” The truth
is told; often it is not so obvious, but no less true.
“Sorry, I think it’s a really good product, and I’m
sure that it would help us a lot, and I’m all for it, but my wife
says, ‘No.’ Maybe some other time, OK?” (Spoken out
of earshot of the wife, of course.)
“Well, I disagree with you, Victor; my wife lets me be the head
of the family, don’t you, dear?”
Why are men dying at an earlier age than women, on average? I think
it’s because they’ve disobeyed God and heeded the serpent
by their wives, instead. Satan became the prince of this world by seducing
the wife, who then, along with her willing husband, became as God, knowing
good and evil, which the serpent promised would happen. God also confirmed
that such had happened (Genesis 3:5, 22). Authority was reversed from
God-Adam-Eve-Serpent, to Serpent-Eve-Adam-God. Man so chose. (Read The
Origin and Identity of Satan.)
Dear seeker, the serpent speaks truth, too. The problem is not what he says, but why he says it – and the “why” is what
makes him a liar and murderer (John 8:44). And, man, do you think your
wife speaks well? Of course she does! The Tree of Knowledge is of good
as well as of evil. But do you know the difference? Not if you’re “in
equality” with your wife, you don’t. I didn’t.
And, wife, do you mean well? Of course you do! And the road to Hell
is paved with good intentions. You and your husband must repent of the
present order of things as inspired of the Devil, obey God, and take
your rightful place in His desired order of things.
Now, I’m speaking of so-called Christian marriages, people. It
is the woman who decides on most of the important matters that concern
them. I know. I was there for 22+ years and didn’t realize it until
the Lord took me aside for 3½ years and revealed it to me. What
a shock! And all those years I had the silly notion that I was head of
the house! In “theorology” only.
In the Christian, Biblical context of life, we believe husbands are
supposed to be the head; we assume it’s automatically that way
if we’re Christians. And many of us men have tried to give the
appearance that we’re the head of the house. But it really isn’t
that way at all. We have deceived ourselves.
Look around you and soberly consider: What marriage can you honestly
point to wherein the husband is the true head of the house? Apart from
ours (and my wife and I must always be vigilant, since apprised of the
reality and corrected), I know of no such marriage. Nor does anyone with
whom I have discussed this topic.
In the past, my wife did the cooking, laundry, general housework, grocery
shopping, and other mundane chores. We had sex regularly (she didn’t
deprive me in the flesh), and I drove the car. Isn’t it interesting
how driving the car can make a man feel like he’s in the driver’s
seat? Like wearing pants makes you feel like you’re wearing the
pants! But are you?
Equality of spouses in marriage is an evil premise. It is a doctrine
from the serpent. It has nothing to do with the will of God. It is confusion.
But the Day of the Lord is now here. The Lord Jesus Christ is here to
restore all things. He has defeated the enemy, and He will establish
His Kingdom on earth forever. All will be in order as intended from the
Men, you need to forsake your wives. A man said to me, when I told him
so, “Well, what about the Scripture that says, ‘Husbands
love your wives’? How are we supposed to love them if we forsake
And I answer, “Is He not the One Who also spoke the words, ‘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. And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after
Me, cannot be My disciple’? Does He contradict Himself?”
So how are we to love our wives? Do we love them by following their
lead? No, not at all. We’re to turn and believe and obey the Lord.
In doing so, we must forsake our wives, stop following them, obeying
them, believing them, and deceiving one another by thinking we love them
because we give them their way.
Husband, whom are you really following, the Lord or your wife? Let me
ask you this: Did Abraham let Sarah know he was going to sacrifice Isaac?
Had he confided to her what God had commanded him only, what do you think
her reaction (and decision) would have been?
Jesus said, “He that has My commandments and keeps them, he it
is that loves Me...” (John 14:21). If you don’t obey God,
you don’t love Him. If you don’t love Him, how can you genuinely
say you love your wife? True, you may love her as one loves art or wine
or music, meaning you love her for the benefits and pleasures she affords
you. But that’s not the love I’m talking about. I’m
talking unselfish, giving, sacrificial love, with no strings attached – agape
love (1 Corinthians 13). This requires the love of God.
True love is nonexistent with fellow man if he doesn’t love God.
In loving God, we love our wives, not in passion or in emotion, but in
spiritual reality. Emotion flows from there, yet not to be mistaken for
love itself. And emotion can exist without true love, as Hollywood and
unbelievers in their relationships effectively testify.
“Marital Equalitarians” respond with another Scripture:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians
And I say to you that it was the very same person, Paul, who also said, “Wives,
submit to your husbands.” Was Paul confused? Was he a deceiver,
a hypocrite, or a fool? No, but those who selfishly and ignorantly distort
the meaning and purpose of his words are.
Thus, they destroy themselves. They say that things appear to be unfolding
as they should. But are they unfolding, or unraveling? Can you tell the
“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
By the way, that proverb is repeated in 16:25. You might wonder why
it deserves repeating.
You may say you love God, but you’re known by your fruits, not
by your thoughts, feelings, and opinions. If you forsake all for Christ’s
sake, as He bids you to do, and do those things He requires of you, then
yes, you do love Him. Otherwise, you don’t, no matter what you
think or feel.
I didn’t love my wife all those years I followed her. I did as
she said, allowed her to control me, and deceived myself into thinking
I was in charge. I didn’t love her in that I wasn’t being
faithful and obedient to God. I wasn’t listening to His Voice -
I was listening for His Voice from her, trusting she could hear more
clearly than I. I placed an unbearable burden on my wife. And if things
went wrong, she surely took the blame.
I didn’t want to take any risk or make mistakes, and I shirked
my responsibility. I was as the man burying the talent; I made huge,
painful mistakes. Men, we’ve all been guilty of this - it is the
legacy of Adam.
Fear, the opposite of faith. Trusting man instead of God. Unbelief.
With Adam, you’ve turned to trust your wife, who, with Eve, has
believed the serpent. And there, Satan has you. In believing him, you
reap terrible consequences, often thinking you’re suffering for
righteousness’ sake, or simply not knowing why you suffer. You
suffer health-wise, family-wise, financially, mentally, occupationally,
socially - in every way - because you don’t believe God. Believing
lies and being out of God’s order, husband and wife suffer death
What is Hell? Hell is the discomfort of being disconnected from God;
it is the inability to believe and receive available good. (Read The
State and Fate of Hell.)
Man, are you prepared to forsake your wife and to avail yourself of
hearing from God for yourself? If you’re prepared to believe and
obey Him, He’ll make Himself known to you:
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves
Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love
him and will reveal Myself to him” (John 14:21 MKJV).
If you continue taking the easy way out, believing your wife hears from
the Lord for you, or that she must be in agreement with everything you
hear from God, then you’ll continue to hear from, and be deceived
by, the serpent. You won’t hear from the One you think to hear
from and Whom you profess to serve. Nor is the wife alone to be blamed...
you are the man (2 Samuel 12:7).
Here is the sequence of events, still unfolding: God spoke to the man.
The serpent spoke to the woman. The woman was deceived; the man disobeyed
God and followed her instead of Him. The relationship with God was cut
off. Death reigned. We call this “The Fall” or “original
Jesus Christ came to reverse the situation by the cross and resurrection.
Now in this last day, man must repent of looking for guidance from his
wife, who is inspired by the serpent (as pious and faithful as she may
seem to be). He must turn to believe and obey God. If the woman follows
the man, both are restored to Paradise. From there, all things are restored
in due time.
The reversal has begun. The Lord reigns supreme over all. HalleluYah!
This paper has addressed the ordained headship in a marriage. However,
are women of less importance to God than men, or wives than husbands?
Not in the least. The woman is no more sinful than the man and no less
able to hear from God and be chosen from a couple to believe. We have
seen as many wives as husbands turn from their spouses to God. God is
no respecter of persons.
As the husband mustn’t wait for the wife to agree, so the wife
mustn’t hesitate to follow the Lord, though the husband doesn’t
agree with her. She would hesitate to her perdition. She must forsake
her husband and all things that stand in the way of obedience to her
Lord and Savior.
An excellent example of a wife of faith is Abigail, who was married
to Nabal. Nabal was a fool, living up to his name, while Abigail was
a righteous woman. When Abigail perceived that her husband was acting
in a selfish and unjust manner and consequently endangering their household,
she intervened and saved her house from being slain by the sword and
David from slaying with the sword. The Lord killed Nabal and gave Abigail
to David in marriage. (Read 1 Samuel 25.)
Woman, in faith, you are no less. Is God calling you to Himself?
The conclusion of the matter is that we turn to the Great Husband of
all, the Lord of lords, believing on Him rather than on our spouses,
and taking our rightful places before Him.
Consider the alternative to believing this
doctrine: Return to order and authority as God has ordained it.
Repent and now let it
Fall.” Be restored to Eden and to fellowship with your Maker, your
Lord and Savior!
Read The Man-Woman Dynamic and
Diabolical Doctrine 25)
Women are called as ministers of God, in spiritual authority
Diabolical Doctrine 30) All marriages are
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will make
you free” (John 8:32). Indeed, lies, when believed, bind and destroy
us. It’s not God’s will that we should be bound or dead.
Jesus Himself claimed to be the Truth; He has come so we might have life,
and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). He has come to make us free
- not to be lawless or selfish, doing our own thing, but to do His will.
The purpose of this writing is to set free those bound by the error
that a married couple must remain together simply because they are married.
Regardless of licenses, ceremonies, and approval of men, if God didn’t
put man and woman together, in His sight the union is a lawless one,
and the couple lives in fornication. If so, then they ought to part,
discontinuing their sin rather than continuing in it.
It is commonly assumed that because two persons are married, they have
come together by the will of God, not considering that men can marry
against His will. It is also assumed that God’s hatred of divorce
requires a blanket law for all - that divorce is wrong in all circumstances.
Based upon that conclusion, those whose marriages aren’t ordained
by God in the first place are condemned to continue in their sin of licensed
fornication. But many must find their way out of a situation not ordained
of God. (Read Paul Cohen’s Testimony.)
Now I recognize a danger here. God forbid that I should give some fuel
for the fire, encouraging those to divorce whom God has put together,
but who are experiencing trials and hardships with each other. There
must be an earnest seeking of the Lord by husband and wife to determine
the will of God in their marriage. Did He put them together, or did He
not? That is the question.
Why is there such a question? How is it that people can marry out of
the will of God? And if they do marry unrighteously, are they doomed
to a permanent arrangement? Are they obligated to sleep in the bed they’ve
made for themselves? Does it say anywhere in the Bible that all marriages
are of God and that people should never divorce?
Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Be not unequally yoked together
with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ
with Belial? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what
agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of
the Living God; as God has said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk
in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people’” (2
While this warning has many applications, it must certainly be a warning
to believers not to marry unbelievers. If this warning doesn’t
apply to marriage, it doesn’t apply to anything. Didn’t God
warn Israel not to marry wives from the Gentiles? Many are the passages
in Scripture on forbidden marriages between God’s chosen and the
world, both literal and figurative (Genesis 24:3; 28:1; Deuteronomy 7:3;
Joshua 23:12; all of Ezra 9; Nehemiah 13:25-27).
If we sin in entering the forbidden, do we not sin in continuing? Did
Paul the apostle say to the Corinthians, “Be not unequally yoked
to begin with, but after you’ve done it, don’t worry about
it; it no longer matters”? Is not repentance about turning around
and reversing, if at all possible, the evil we have done?
You who say all marriages are of God, consider: Why would God tell us
not to do something if it wasn’t possible to do it? Did He tell
Adam not to partake of the Tree of Knowledge for no reason, or was it
possible for him to do so? If it is possible to disobey God on a matter,
He commands us not to offend, and warns us of the consequences of disobedience.
It is important to realize, however, that because of certain
circumstances, a couple might just be better to remain together, though
to be married initially. There can be children involved or other circumstances
and results must be evaluated before the Lord. Be honest and be prepared
to obey, whatever the case.
Some think that because they acknowledge something to be wrong, the
acknowledgment is all that’s needed. That’s not true repentance.
Repentance isn’t merely acknowledging something to be sin; repentance
is turning away from, and ceasing to, sin. Confession isn’t enough;
mental assent isn’t enough; nothing less than a change in attitude
and behavior will do. (Read Repentance.)
“Well, yes, now that I have AIDS (or herpes or syphilis), I recognize
that promiscuity is wrong,” one says, as he or she continues to
hop into bed with whomsoever, whenever he or she chooses. Or, “I
thought there was nothing wrong with smoking, but years later, I have
lung cancer. So now I know better,” one says, as he continues to
Solomon loved many wives, many “strange women,” and married
as he chose, quite contrary to the express command of God: “You
shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in to you: for surely
they will turn away your heart after their gods” (1 Kings 11:2).
And what happened to Solomon? It says, “And his wives turned away
his heart” (verse 3). He began to worship and honor their pagan
Did it happen overnight? Did it happen in the first or second year?
Five years later, one may say, “See, like I told you - nothing
happened. I haven’t backslidden. I married with the intent of winning
my unbelieving spouse to the Lord. So my wife or husband doesn’t
believe yet, but these things take time.”
Yes, they take time all right. But the Lord said, “Surely they
will turn away your heart,” so surely it will be according to His
Word. “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old [he
marry many of them when he was old], that his wives turned away his heart
after other gods” (verse 4).
I tell you, you backslid the day you purposed to ignore God and His
Backsliding isn’t always evident immediately in feelings, outward
appearances, or consequences:
“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the
[not the beginning or the middle] are the ways of death,” wrote
the man who learned by bitter experience (Proverb 14:12).
You can’t dishonor God and His Word and expect He’ll keep
you safe in your disobedience and wilful disregard of His Law.
How is it that we all justify ourselves, rationalizing that while others
won’t get away with it, we can handle it? “Oh, I won’t
let him turn me away. I’ll be strong, I’ll pray, I’ll
live a godly testimony before my husband, and he will be won to the Lord
- I just know it! I really feel it is the will of God that we should
marry. Didn’t Samson marry a Philistine woman? His parents were
against it, too, but it was the will of God (Judges 14:1-4). How do you
know it isn’t the will of God for me? I really love him, and he
loves me. He says he doesn’t have a problem with me believing.
He believes in God, too!”
Relentless, the daughter prevails; her parents cave in to her entreaties
and reasonings. She marries the unbeliever. But what did God say, as
just quoted above? “For surely [not ‘chances are,’ not ‘maybe,’ not ‘likely,’ not ‘possibly,’ not
anything but ‘surely’] they will turn away your heart after
What do you expect when you disregard God’s counsel? Do you think
Him a fool? Did He warn you for nought? Listen to me: Solomon was the
wisest man who ever lived (next to Jesus Who was not merely man, but
God in the flesh). You read his proverbs, his Song, the Book of Ecclesiastes
- only samples of all that he spoke, wrote, and did.
He built the Temple of God. His reign was one of peace and glory, a
glory greatly admired by all nations roundabout. They came from far just
to hear his wisdom and found, contrary to the usual, that what they had
heard was less than what they directly discovered for themselves. Usually
rumors are exaggerated; in this case, they fell short of the reality!
But we, in our youth, idolatries, ignorance, and arrogance are undoubtedly
wiser and spiritually stronger than Solomon! Oh, yes, we can handle it! “This
is different; I have Christ within whereas he didn’t,” we
tell ourselves and others.
But we are all flesh; there is no righteousness with us, in and of ourselves,
not in the days of Solomon and not today. If we disobey God, we can’t
justify ourselves in any way. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).
You can claim whatever differences you want, be they in you, in your
circumstances, or in that thing or person you want. It won’t do.
Go against the Laws of God, and you reap terrible consequences. There
is no other alternative; I don’t care who you are. Your feelings,
opinions, and perceptions aren’t the sure things here. Only God
and His Laws are sure.
“Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). And
when God speaks, He doesn’t speak in vain; He’s no fool or
liar. When He speaks, it’s not mere opinion or speculation. His
Word is fact; it’s Law; it’s truth.
What happened in the days of Noah? “...the sons of God [believers] saw the daughters of men [unbelievers] that they were fair; and they
took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). That led
to the destruction of the whole earth. Unholy, forbidden marriage is
a terrible thing that brings terrible consequences. Have no doubt of
that. And by bitter experience, many no longer have that doubt, sad to
Do you think that because you love someone, therefore it is of God?
Think again. What did we just read of Solomon? Solomon, it says, “clave
unto [his wives] in love” (1 Kings 11:2).
How is it that people can marry out of the will of God? The answer is
simple: If one can steal, kill, commit adultery, worship other gods,
or do any other evil thing, it follows that one can also marry out of
the will of God. Where in Scripture does it teach that all marriages
are of God? Search the Scriptures for such evidence. In the meantime,
we will show what the Scriptures do declare.
Jesus said, “But I say to you that whosoever shall put away his
wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery:
and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew
This Scripture declares there to be grounds for divorce. One interpretation
to these words of Jesus may hold true: By the Law of Moses, if a man
had married a woman and later discovered that he had not married a virgin,
he could rightfully put her away. He would be doing so because of premarital
fornication on her part.
The other most common interpretation is that it speaks of one of the
married partners committing adultery, thus defiling the marriage, thus
creating grounds for divorce. But Jesus didn’t say, “…saving
for the cause of adultery.” He said, “…saving for the
cause of fornication.” Two different words translated from two
different words in Greek: “pornia” (fornication) and “moy
According to the Law of Moses, the penalty for adultery was death by
“And the man that commits adultery with another man’s wife,
even he that commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer
and the adulteress shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10).
“Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned...” (John
8:5; see also Deuteronomy 22:23-24).
There is a difference between fornication and adultery. Fornication
is voluntary sexual relations between two unmarried persons. Adultery
is sexual relations between a married person and someone he or she is
not married to, be it an unmarried or married person. In adultery, marriage
is involved; in fornication, not necessarily so. When marriage violation
was involved, the penalty was death.
While sin is sin, and the wages of sin is death, there are varying degrees
and kinds of sins. For example, there is a sin unto death and a sin not
unto death, John says (1 John 5:16). Fornication was not always punishable
by death. In some cases, it was “punishable,” or rather “resolvable,” by
“If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed,
and lay hold on her, and lie with her [sex outside
of marriage – fornication],
and they be found; then the man that lay with her shall give unto the
damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife;
because he has humbled her, he may not put her away all his days” (Deuteronomy
But notice what happens to one betrothed (engaged). Betrothal was as
good as marriage. In that case, the offenders were put to death:
“If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and
a man find her in the city, and lie with her; then you shall bring them
both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them with stones
that they die; the damsel, because she didn’t cry out, being in
the city; and the man, because he has humbled his neighbor’s wife:
so shall you put away evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 22:23-24).
Jesus would not have brushed off adultery with a simple divorce, even
if He sent an adulterous
woman away with forgiveness and no punishment
(John 8). He wasn’t there to punish, but to save from horribly
punishing sin, from the self-punishment of sinners. But He also wasn’t
there to do away with the Law or treat it lightly.
“‘Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the
Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For truly I say
to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle
shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled. Therefore
whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever
shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom
of Heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).
The point is that when Jesus spoke of divorce, He was speaking of fornication,
not adultery, as the grounds. There is only one conclusion to be drawn:
The people are not married though married; they are in fornication with
How can they be married, yet not married? The marriage was put together
by men, not by God. “What God has put together, let not man put
asunder” (Mark 10:9), but what man has put together, independent
of God, I say, let God put asunder, because it is fornication, not marriage.
And He does put marriages of fornication asunder, because the works and
deeds of lawless man can’t be blessed or prosper. That goes for
anything against the ways of God. So, no matter what men may say or do,
people are only truly married if God has put them together in marriage.
Let’s take into consideration more Scriptural testimony in Ezra,
chapters 9 and 10.
Again, acknowledgment or confession of sin isn’t enough. Repentance
is more than that; it’s a change not only of thought, but of behavior.
Once you know that what you’ve been doing is wrong, it’s
your responsibility to stop doing it. What did the children of Israel
do when Ezra made them realize they were in marital sin? They said, “We
have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the
people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing” (10:2).
Then they said, “Now therefore let us make a covenant with our
God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according
to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment
of our God; and let it be done according to the Law” (10:3).
Ezra replied, “You have transgressed, and have taken strange wives,
to increase the trespass of Israel. Now, therefore, confess to the LORD
God of your fathers, and do His pleasure. Separate yourselves from the
people of the land, and from the strange wives” (10:10-11).
Then they said, “As you have said, so must we do” (10:12).
And they put away their wives and the children begotten of them. Yes,
they did. I can assure you that in true repentance with works, God’s
wrath was lifted, and blessing came upon them.
Dear reader, seeker to do God’s will, backslidden believer, did
you marry an unbeliever? Are you married to one now? If so, in all likelihood,
you are married according to men, according to the dictates and desires
of the flesh, not according to God’s will. You may need to separate.
It doesn’t matter if you were “ceremonialized” in
a church or pronounced “man and wife” by a pastor or justice
of the peace. It doesn’t matter if your church frowns on divorce.
You haven’t been created or brought to the faith of God to do the
will of your church, your denomination, your pastor, or your family;
you were created to do the will of God. There will never be peace or
blessing for you from God until you obey. There’s no other way.
Many are the pastors and churches who don’t do the will of God
or teach His Law faithfully. Of them it is written, “This people
honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (Mark
Those who fight for their lives cry, “God calls us to peace; He
calls us to love. You can’t just up and leave your husband or your
wife! God is not a God of division, but of unity, of order, of reconciliation.
This teaching is not of God, but of the Devil!”
Read some of the Diabolical Doctrines dealing with many teachings found
in the churches that are anti-Scriptural, anti-Law, and anti-Christ.
Yet they are taught and imposed upon the people as God’s Truth
by various pastors and churches.
Mark 7:7-13 MKJV
(7) “However, they worship Me in vain, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.
(8) For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of
men, the dippings of pots and cups. And many other such things you do.”
(9) And He said to them, “Do you do well to set aside the commandment
of God, so that you may keep your own tradition?
(10) For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ And, ‘Whoever
curses father or mother, let him die the death.’
(11) But you say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, Corban!
(that is, A gift to God, whatever you may profit by me)
(12) and you no longer allow him to do anything toward his father or
(13) making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which
you have delivered. And you do many such things.”
Is it hard to obey God? Yes and no. Hard for the flesh, but a joy for
the spirit in Christ. However, He didn’t promise a rose garden
or a visit to Disneyland. He said, “If any man will come after
Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew
16:24). That simply means, “To be Mine, you must die.”
He said (paraphrasing), “Die now for Me, obeying Me, and gain
your life; or keep your life, dishonoring Me, and lose it thereafter” (Matthew
Yes, we do have to suffer the consequences of our sins, of our disobedience
to God. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then killed
her husband, Uriah, terrible consequences came on him many years later,
which he couldn’t avoid, even though he had confessed and repented.
He had to reap what he had sown. (Read The
Wrath of God.)
We aren’t to continue to sleep in the bed of sin. God forbid.
What fruits did you have in disobeying God and marrying? Did you enjoy
your fruits? Not only did you rob yourself in this life of the blessing
of God, you also may have robbed the one you married of someone else
he or she should have married, and the one your spouse should have married
was also robbed.
Marrying outside of God’s will as a believer, you trespassed.
Hopefully, you’ll know now that to continue your sin will only
reap more evil. In repenting of your actions, however, God will be merciful
to you, a sinner, and will forgive you:
Joel 2:25-27 KJV
(25) And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the
cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, My great army
which I sent among you.
(26) And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the Name
of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you: and My people
shall never be ashamed.
(27) And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I
am the LORD your God, and no one else: and My people shall never be ashamed.
(Read all of Joel 2.)
Don’t be hasty in drawing conclusions. Seek the Lord and see what
He would have you do in your particular circumstances. Write us and together
we can ask God for direction and judgment.
I often recall the words of a hymn and realize the truth of them: “Trust
and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to
trust and obey.” So often have I known the sorrow of sin, and the
release and joy of faith and obedience to God and His Word. It’s
the only way - hard, yes, but always rewarding.
And having believed and obeyed, you’ll say in the end with awe,
joy, and excitement, “God is Faithful and True!”
Consider the alternative to believing this
false doctrine: You can have the peace and prosperity of God by
being in His will,
in having the wife or husband meant for you, chosen by God’s wisdom,
rather than man’s.
Mixture and Choose
This Day Between Family and God.
Diabolical Doctrine 31) The “Lord’s
These Scriptures are often quoted before administration of the “Lord’s
Supper,” otherwise known as the “Eucharist” or “Communion”:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 MKJV
(23) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that
the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
(24) And giving thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this
is My body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me.”
(25) In the same way He took the cup also, after supping, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant in My blood; as often as you drink it, do this
in remembrance of Me.”
(26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show
the Lord’s death until He shall come.
Jesus was betrayed the day before the Passover was sacrificed. To understand
what the apostle Paul was talking about and what the quoted words from
the Lord mean, we first need to say more about this holy Feast day ordained
by God and what it means today for those who believe.
As the Israelites were about to be led out of Egypt by Moses, the man
sent by God 3,500 years ago to deliver the nation from their slavery,
they were commanded to slay a lamb, and to daub the doorposts and lintels
of their houses with its blood. In their believing and obeying, the Death
Angel would pass over their dwelling, sparing all the firstborn therein.
Not having this instruction, the Egyptians lost all their firstborn of
man and beast.
This event sealed the deliverance by the Lord of His people from their
Egyptian oppressors. Thereafter, each year at the appointed time, the
Israelites would keep the Passover.
Not only would the Passover be a commemoration of what happened at that
time; it would also be a solemn Feast signifying that which was to come.
In the fullness of time, about fifteen centuries later, Jesus Christ,
born a Jew of the tribe of Judah, without sin, the Son and Lamb of God,
laid down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. His death
on the Roman cross at the insistence of the Jews would be the antitype
or fulfillment of the Passover Feast.
So what was Paul instructing the believers to observe? Was it a ritual,
or was it something else? The full context tells us:
1 Corinthians 11:18-34 MKJV
(18) For first of all, when you come together in the Church, I hear that
there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it.
(19) For there must also be heresies among you, that the approved ones
may be revealed among you.
(20) Therefore when you come together into one place, this
is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
(21) For in eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry,
and another drunken.
(22) For do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you
despise the Church of God, and shame those who do not have? What shall
I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? I do not praise you!
(23) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that
the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread;
(24) And giving thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this
is My body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me.”
(25) In the same way He took the cup also, after supping, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant in My blood; as often as you drink it, do this
in remembrance of Me.”
(26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show
the Lord’s death until He shall come.
(27) So that whoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord
unworthily, he will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
(28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread
and drink of that cup.
(29) For he who eats and drinks unworthily eats and drinks condemnation
to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
(30) For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and many sleep.
(31) For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
(32) But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should
not be condemned with the world.
(33) So that, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one
(34) But if anyone hungers, let him eat at home, so that you do not come
together to condemnation. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
Obviously Paul wasn’t writing about the annual keeping of the
Passover as commanded in the Law of Moses, because he was speaking of
whenever the believers came together to meet, a regular occurrence. He
was saying the Corinthians weren’t gathering in the Spirit of Christ,
but were behaving selfishly instead. In doing so, they weren’t
eating the Lord’s flesh and blood, His body broken for them.
What or who is His body? Do not the Scriptures teach that those who
are His, those who are born again from above, those who are saints, the
true Jews, the true Christians, are His body, and members in particular
(1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12)?
Paul warned the Corinthians that if they were not discerning the Lord’s
body, partaking of it unworthily, that is, variously abusing brother
and sister in Christ, disrespecting Christ in those in whom He dwells,
they were eating and drinking judgment to themselves. Because of that
judgment, he said, many were sick, and even dead.
Even when gathering together, they were forsaking the assembling of
themselves together in Christ by despising Him in His brethren (Hebrews
10:25; 1 Corinthians 11:27-30). If we thus cut ourselves off, we cannot
live, being disconnected from the Source of Life.
There is no life outside the commandment and will of God. And what did
the Lord Jesus teach as God’s commandment and will, which He demonstrated
at Passover by word and example?
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved
you. No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John
The Corinthians were doing the opposite of what the Lord commanded and
did for us by laying down His life, and Paul warned them and us about
how we ought to conduct ourselves 24/7 as believers. It’s that
simple, though the Lord must open our understanding and reveal these
things to us. How complicated men have made things by their carnal minds
and religious spirits!
Consider the great confusion concerning the Passover and what is commonly
called the “Lord’s Supper.” Today, there are so many
versions and ways of commemorating this event. Men have religiously endeavored
to observe it partially according to their interpretation of the Lord’s
words: “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance
of Me” (Luke 22:19; for full accounts of this event, read Luke
22:1-20; Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; and John 13:1-30).
They have layered confusion on confusion. The ways of darkness are ever
with confusion. Only with the truth can there be understanding, harmony,
peace, and joy.
In the accounts of the Passover meal that Jesus shared with His disciples,
there is no mention of a lamb, only bread and fruit of the vine. That’s
because the lamb was scheduled, according the instructions in the Law
of Moses, to be sacrificed the following afternoon, which is exactly
what happened. Christ, the Lamb of God Himself, was slain at the time
of the killing of the lamb, signifying that our sustenance was to be
His body broken and blood shed for our sakes. This is the spiritual food
that we must partake of to have life, which we do by taking up our cross by His Spirit and power.
When the Lord was crucified on the day of Passover, He fulfilled the
Feast, becoming that precious event for believers ever after. Jesus Christ
is our Passover! As it is written, “Therefore purge out the old
leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For
indeed Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep
the Feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians
And when are children of faith not keeping the Feast, if keeping it
means walking in sincerity and truth?
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates “Mass,” in which the
priest gives bread and wine to the congregants, this being called the “Sacrament
of Holy Communion.” The Anglican, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and other
denominations do likewise. The Catholic Church also teaches the occultish
doctrine of transubstantiation, claiming that the “elements,” that
is, the bread and wine, are miraculously changed into the literal
body and blood of Jesus Christ at the blessing and pronunciation of the
priest. This is one of man’s versions of the “Lord’s
But in Luke 22:19, Jesus was speaking figuratively, not literally. “I
am the Bread of Life,” He was saying. He once told the disciples:
John 6:51-58 MKJV
(51) “I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone
eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I
will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
(52) Then the Jews argued with one another, saying, “How can this
man give us his flesh to eat?”
(53) Then Jesus says to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless
you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not
have life in yourselves.
(54) Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
(55) For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
(56) He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and
I in him.
(57) As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father,
so he who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me.
(58) This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers
ate the manna, and died; he who partakes of this Bread shall live forever.”
Just as water baptism in and of itself doesn’t wash away man’s
sins, neither do we receive the Resurrection Life of the Lord Jesus simply
by consuming bread and wine, no matter how many times and ways blessed
by a priest or pastor, no matter what faith they put in miraculous intervention,
no matter how much they think they please God in their error, while perishing
for lack of knowledge.
Jesus was speaking of our partaking of Him, worshipping in spirit and
in truth, believing on Him. He wasn’t teaching His disciples, or
us, to be partaking in literal ceremony or ritual. He said furthermore,
after the words above, “Does this offend you? What then if you
should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit
Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to
you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:61-63).
If we interpret the partaking of the Lord’s body and, thus, the “Lord’s
Supper” literally, we begin to wade into a quagmire of foolishness
and contradictions to which there is neither bottom nor end. Indeed,
we could conceivably descend into the very pit of cannibalism. The early
church was accused of cannibalism, when the heathen heard the figurative
language used and interpreted it literally, as only the carnal mind does.
The Catholic Church holds their version of the “Lord’s Supper” as
often as they celebrate Mass - everyday and even more than once a day,
if possible, or every week on Sundays, or any other day, if necessary.
Are we compelled to keep these pagan-styled, superstitious ordinances,
as the Catholic Church interprets the Lord’s words, lest we perish?
The Catholic Church declares so.
But what of the “Protestants”? They aren’t such great
protesters as one might think. They follow the injunction of the Catholic
Church to keep Sunday, which Constantine decreed, rather than the Sabbath
(the seventh day which God ordained). They also often baptize infants,
celebrate Mass, wear clerical vestments and collars, build elaborate
religious buildings called “churches,” hire ministers called “Reverends,” have
a clerical hierarchy, propagate several doctrines of devils, and honor
many of the abominations of the heathen.
Most nominal Christian denominations (Protestant and otherwise) believe
in literally keeping the “Lord’s Supper.” Some keep
it once a week, some once a month, some once a year, some as often as
they feel like it.
Some believe it should be kept only with unleavened bread, others not.
Some believe it should be kept only with unfermented grape juice, along
with bread, while others use, and even insist upon, wine.
Some believe the bread should certainly be swallowed whole, without
chewing, as do the Catholics, while others believe it can be chewed.
Some believe it should be in convenient wafer style, while others believe
that the participants should be sharing a whole loaf and “breaking
Some, like Southern Baptists, believe that only committed members, water
baptized into the local congregation, should be allowed to participate,
disallowing even those who belong to other member churches of their denomination.
Others, like the Alliance Church, go on the honor system, allowing anyone
who professes faith in Jesus Christ to participate, no matter what denomination
or proof of fruits.
It is “mass” confusion, pun intended. God is not author
of this mass of mess.
The Protestant tradition of literally partaking of the bread and fruit
of the vine, called the “Lord’s Supper,” in whatever
form, is a carryover from the Church of Rome, an interpretation of the
carnal mind seeking to glorify the flesh in the name of worshipping the
Lord Jesus Christ. And the Roman Church got their ideas from the Mithraists,
the sun worshipers. This isn’t at all what Jesus intended.
According to one writer, Lew White, in Fossilized Customs, the error
of this ritual was present before Jesus’ day. The pagan Mithraists,
worshipers of the sun, held wafers of bread up to the sun to receive
its “life-giving” rays. The bread was believed to be transformed
and, using the Catholic term, was “transubstantiated” into
the actual presence of the sun. By eating that bread, the partakers would
possess the powers of the sun deity. This pagan ritual was far more similar
to the Catholic Mass than to the event described in the Gospels wherein
Jesus had His last supper with the disciples and broke bread with them
The last time I kept the physical ordinance of the “Lord’s
Supper” was in 1977. I was told by evangelicals, as well as Catholics,
that I would perish spiritually if I didn’t observe this ordinance
or sacrament. This is nothing other than superstition, a dependence on
carnal ordinances and fleshly virtue, so contrary to the Lord’s
“It is the Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits
The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63
Here I am now, alive and well, loving the Lord with all my heart, soul,
mind, and strength. I haven’t perished after nearly 40 years. Why
not? Because I’ve been eating His flesh and drinking His blood:
“For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He
who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.
As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father, so he
who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me” (John 6:55-57 MKJV).
The Lord has been with me, and has blessed my house and all those who
believe with me, though, I confess, they are few. But then, the walk
with God isn’t about numbers; it never was. There were always few
who believed and took up the cross. There were few in Noah’s day,
and the Lord said this day would be similar:
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son
of Man. For as in the days before the Flood, they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the
Ark. And they did not know until the Flood came and took them all away.
So also will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37-39
Noah and his family may not have been regularly eating bread and drinking
wine in the Name of the Lord, but they had saving faith by partaking
in His flesh and blood. They believed! So it was with Abraham, the father
of our faith, who saw His day and was glad. So it was with all the fathers
of faith, saints, and prophets.
We rejoice that, as we’ve been partaking of the body and the blood
of the Lord Jesus Christ, we’ve been delivered from the feasts
of the heathen, such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, Halloween,
May Day, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, birthday celebrations, and anniversaries.
We’ve been given to know that the death and resurrection of the
Lord Jesus Christ have been so efficacious as to ultimately save all
We’ve been granted wisdom in carnal matters, such as to deliver
us from the delusions of those who think they can eat anything since
the cross, contrary to Scripture, even ham at the supposed commemoration
of His death. How gross and evil can man be?!
We’ve been delivered from the unscrupulous machinations of murderous
merchandisers, the servants of the enemy, who pollute our food, air,
soil, water, and society in every respect. Satan attacks man in spirit,
soul, and body, unbeknownst to many who claim faith in Christ.
We’ve been delivered from the confusion, delusions, and religious
and philosophical works of men, which destroy all who participate.
We’ve been blessed with the Rest of God, the Sabbath both without
(the weekly day), and most importantly, within (in spirit).
We’ve been taught of God, Whom we have been, graciously and mercifully,
given to worship in spirit and in truth.
Praise the Lord, Who does all things well! Bless His Holy Name! Yes,
His Name is Yahweh, Yeshua HaMashiach, Elohim, and Jesus Christ. He is
the God of the Hebrews, the God of the Bible, the Creator of all things,
the One and Only Lord and Savior of all mankind. This is the One of Whom
In spirit and truth, we love the Lord Jesus Christ because He first
loved us. For His sake, we’ve forsaken all things so that we might
walk with Him, as one. We walk with Him, and are so thankful that we
do. Our desire is that He be greatly pleased with us. Let it be His pleasure
before ours, always.
Consider the alternative: What profit is
there in the flesh? Don’t
the Scriptures declare that flesh and blood can’t enter the Kingdom
of Heaven? If you’re in Christ, walking in obedience by faith,
you are indeed partaking of His flesh and blood. There is no further
need of types and shadows, and never a call for fleshly pagan indulgences,
which bind, confound, and corrupt.
Diabolical Doctrine 32) Jewish worship practices
and traditions are important to keep
There’s a religious fad sweeping nominal Christianity, that of
indulging in Jewish worship practices and traditions. Many searchers
have determined there are precious truths to be discovered in types and
shadows, with great and rare blessings. Seekers are flocking to this
thinking because they are empty spiritually. They’re unfulfilled
in their churches and their systems of belief and worship; they’re
unfulfilled within because in unbelief.
This is a curious and sad thing. What have Jews circumcised only in
the flesh had to offer, more than Jews circumcised in the heart? The
apostle Paul writes to the Roman assembly of saints:
“But I say, Did Israel not know? First Moses says, ‘I will
provoke you [Jews in the flesh] to jealousy
by them that are no people
[Gentiles], and by a foolish nation [Gentiles] I
will anger you.’ But
Isaiah is very bold, and says, ‘I was found of them that sought
Me not [Gentiles]; I was made manifest to
them that asked not after Me [Gentiles].’ But
to Israel [Jews in the flesh, without circumcised
hearts], He says, ‘All
day long I have stretched forth My hands to a disobedient and gainsaying
people’” (Romans 10:19-21: Deuteronomy 32:21; Isaiah 65:1).
The people flocking to Jewish worship practices and traditions often
profess to be born-again believers. The above Scripture declares that
it is the believing, circumcised-in-the-heart Gentiles who are to be
provoking the unbelieving Jews to jealousy, not the other way around.
But what we see are spiritually empty professing believers seeking to
be fed by the customs of those who are just as empty themselves, still
locked in their shadows and ordinances, without the Christ Reality.
I would liken such a seeker to one who should be a teacher in high school,
yet goes back to kindergarten as a student because he simply doesn’t
have what he thinks he should have or would like to have. He’s
looking to those who should be his students for his education, instead
of being able to minister to their dire needs. These professing believers
believe the Messianic movements to be the most recent and wonderful,
if not final, move of the Spirit of God in this last day; they are looking
to darkness as the brightest of lights.
Jesus Christ came in the flesh 2,000 years ago to fulfill many of the
types and shadows religious Jews practise today, found both inside and
outside the Messianic circles. After His coming, the Reality within was
made available for all. As Peter said to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem
“Repent, and be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the Holy Spirit, for
the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar
off, as many as the Lord your God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39).
One can be immersed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Fountain of Life -
God Himself. If so, what need is there of ceremonies, ordinances, types,
and shadows? One can and must have the Essential Fulfillment. Why would
I, having the kernel of grain, continue to focus on the chaff?
You who are a grafted branch of the olive tree will find nothing worthwhile
in the dead leaves and twigs of branches long ago cast off. The fruit
you seek ought to be in the grafted branch - in you. You need to go forward,
not backward; upward, not downward; inward, not outward. You need to
seek the Lord God Himself, and if you do so with all your heart and soul,
you’ll find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
“He that comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John
Jesus Christ can’t be satisfied with formalized worship, as many
suppose. He wants your heart. For many, worship becomes an end in itself
and therefore usurps the glory of God. When you indulge in formal worship
practices, don’t think for a moment you’re pleasing God -
you’re not. You’re simply manifesting a religious spirit
that likes to think it’s in control and pleasing God, but is only
Colossians 2:20-23 MKJV
(20) If then you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why,
as though living in the world, are you subject to its ordinances:
(21) touch not, taste not, handle not;
(22) which things are all for corruption in the using, according to the
commands and doctrines of men?
(23) These things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed
worship and humility, and unsparing severity of the body, but are not
of any value for the satisfying of the flesh.
“For the Law which has a shadow of good things to come, not the
very image of the things, appearing year by year with the same sacrifices,
which they offer continually, they are never able to perfect those drawing
near” (Hebrews 10:1 MKJV).
(Read The Worship of God.)
This is not a condemnation of Jews, or even of Jewish ceremony and tradition.
When the Lord opens the eyes of the Jews and they believe, they’ll
know the meaning of the words Jesus spoke to the woman at the well:
“Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on
this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what
you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship
Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit
and truth” (John 4:21-24).
Since Christ came in the flesh, many Gentiles have believed, while the
Jews, for the most part, haven’t. So now in this world, we have
Jews in the flesh and Jews in the spirit (those born again). God’s
purpose is that all will be made Jews in the spirit (man completed in
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision
that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter;
whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).
The Jews in the spirit are the ones who indeed know what they worship,
while the Jews in the flesh cannot and do not.
Whether you’re a Jew in the flesh or not, if you’re a Jew
in the spirit and walking in faith, you’ll know Whom you worship.
If you’re in darkness as a Jew in the spirit, repent of your sins
and gods and turn to the Lord with your whole heart, believe, and obey,
and you’ll find the Way.
Then, rather than looking to Jews in the flesh for guidance, you’ll
be teaching both them and Gentiles the Way of Truth by example, presenting
to them their Messiah, the Hope of Israel.
Consider the alternative: If you’re
the Lord’s, you’re
already a true Jew, without types and shadows. Seek the Light of men
that you may be light to lead, instead of one searching in the darkness
of shadows, which shadows merely foretold of a better day, a day you
ought to know.
You may also wish to read The Error of Insisting
on Using Hebrew Names for God.
Diabolical Doctrine 33) “Soul sleep”:
The dead in Christ are unconscious
There are those who teach that when we die, we go into a state of unconsciousness
or “soul sleep” until the time of the resurrection, when
the decision is made on our final state. They use several Scriptures
to defend this error. For example, they point to when Jesus referred
to dead Lazarus as asleep, then plainly declared he was dead (John 11:11-14).
Jesus once said to the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection, “It
is written, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob.’ God
is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:32).
He said to Martha, the sister of Lazarus: “He who believes in
Me, though he die, yet shall he live. Whoever lives and believes in Me
shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
So we can say to those who believe this doctrine, “God is not
the God of the sleeping, but of those who, through faith, have been awakened
from sleep, never to sleep again.”
“He will not allow your foot to be moved; He Who keeps you will
not slumber. Behold, He Who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalms
Even as He Who keeps us never slumbers, so we who are made in His image
will never slumber.
The new birth is one in which we are born of God, born again by His
Spirit. Does God sleep? If He doesn’t sleep, and we are in union
with Him, born of His Spirit, then how can we ever sleep? Yes, in body
we sleep - our outer man perishes - but our new birth in Christ precludes
death or sleep of the inner man.
Only those without the present reality or understanding of the union
with Christ could possibly believe the lie that the physically dead in
Christ are unconscious, asleep, that is, dead in spirit. Only those dead
in spirit (asleep) can’t comprehend the present reality of eternal
life (wakefulness) in Christ Jesus.
So how shall the following words of Paul’s be explained?:
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God
will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus” (1
Thessalonians 4:14 MKJV).
To those living in this world, those passed on are asleep, but are awake
to the world where they are now. If they are in Christ, they are very
much awake, both when they lived in this world and in the next.
If they aren’t in Christ, they are dead to Him and the Kingdom
of Heaven, but alive in carnal consciousness, having to be redeemed,
chastened, and cleansed.
True Christianity isn’t a religion, but Reality. It is Jesus Christ,
God Himself no less (John 1:3-4; Colossians 1:17). When He comes to dwell
in Person within the believer, that person never sleeps again. In the
flesh he sleeps (dies), but in spirit, united with Christ by the new
birth, he is ever awake to the One Who keeps him and never slumbers.
The writer of Hebrews speaks of the reality of life and the awakened
state from the dead of the believer as a fact in this world and this
“But you are come [have
come] unto mount Zion, and unto the city
of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company
of angels, to the general Assembly and Church of the firstborn, which
are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits
of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant,
and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of
Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
Did the Hebrews writer say we go to oblivion and unconsciousness? If
so, who are these to whom we come when we are born again? We come to
a city, to the living God, to the angels, to the general Assembly
and Church of the firstborn.
And to Whom else do those born again come? We come to the Judge of all,
Who is the God of the living, not of the dead (as Jesus said in rebuke
to the Sadducees). We come to the spirits of just men made perfect, not
to spirits asleep. We come to Him Who is Life! He’s alive! All
in Him are alive.
Our entering this fellowship of saints is not merely a theoretical matter,
but an actuality, just as the Hebrews writer wasn’t speaking of
theoretical persons or speaking of people existing at a time other than
during our existence here on earth. He was speaking of real,
living, present people here and now:
“Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily
besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews
Is God alive, real, and present? Are the angels alive, real, and present?
Is Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, alive, real, and present?
If so, why would God include the dead with the living in the great assembly
of witnesses to which we come when entering the Kingdom through the new
birth? He didn’t; those witnesses are also alive, real, and present.
The notion that God is in Heaven with the angels, while Abraham and
all other passed-on believers are unconscious, is ludicrous. Why should they be unconscious, asleep, or dead? Why should Stephen be unconscious,
having seen Jesus Christ alive in the world to come? Is he not a partaker
of the resurrected life, Jesus Christ Himself? Of course he is! That’s
how Stephen was able to see the Son of Man seated on the right hand of
God. He was already partaker within of the Resurrection, Whom Jesus Christ
When Moses and Elijah met with Jesus on the mount, were they sleepwalking
and talking in their sleep? The Adventists, who believe in the dead being
unconscious, under the devil-inspired leadership of Ellen G. White and
her self-appointed successors, brush aside this event as a mere vision,
as though visions of God are unreal or untruthful. Otherwise, they declare
that Elijah and Moses never died. When it is pointed out in Scripture
that Moses did die (Deuteronomy 34:5-8), they say he was an exception
- that he, of all dead, did not become unconscious as others do.
On what basis do they make that assertion? They must explain away the
testimony of the Scriptures to preserve and defend their doctrine, which
has no foundation in God. They make null and void the Law and the prophets
by their traditions and doctrines of men.
Now read this:
1) “I, John, have heard and seen all these things. And when I
finished hearing and seeing them, I fell down at the feet of the angel
who had shown me these things, and I was about to worship him. But he
said to me, ‘Don't do it! I am a servant together with you and
with your brothers the prophets and of all those who obey the words in
this book. Worship God!’” (Revelation 22:8-9 GNB)
The angel spoke of the servants of God as active, not dead or asleep,
just as Jesus said to the Sadducees (Matthew 22:32).
There are other Scriptures demonstrating that those who pass on from
this life in Christ are not unconscious or in “soul sleep”:
2) At Saul’s request of a woman who could divine, the prophet
Samuel (whom had previously died) appeared to Saul and told him that
the next day the Philistines would defeat Israel and Saul and his sons
would die and be with Samuel (1 Samuel 28).
One may argue that it was devils working by the witch to deceive Saul
into believing he was speaking with Samuel. Why, then, was the woman
alarmed by what she saw? Yes, devils can frighten; but why did all the
things spoken of by Samuel come to pass? Do devils have power to speak
the judgment of God that comes to pass?
How else was Saul rebuked for his evils, except by a servant of God?
Yes, devils can pretend righteousness and condemn offenders, but they
don’t have the authority of God backing their accusations, as Samuel
This Scripture clearly testifies of one who had previously passed on.
Samuel was awake unto God and spoke what He gave Saul to hear.
3) There is the example of Jesus preaching to the spirits in prison,
those who died in the Flood.
1 Peter 3:18-20 MKJV
(18) For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh,
but made alive in the Spirit;
(19) in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
(20) to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in
the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that
is, eight souls were saved through water).
The souls to whom Jesus spoke were not unconscious or sleeping.
4) What about the souls under the altar?
“And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar
the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God, and for the
testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Until
when, Master, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on
those who dwell on the earth?’ And white robes were given to each
one of them. And it was said to them that they should rest yet for a
little time, until both their fellow servants and their brothers (those
about to be killed as they were) should have their number made complete” (Revelation
5) There is the gathering referred to in Scripture:
“And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and satisfied.
And he was gathered to his people” (Genesis 25:8 MKJV).
“And these were the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred thirty-seven
years. And he expired and died, and was gathered to his people” (Genesis
“And Isaac expired and died, and was gathered to his people, old
and satisfied of days. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him” (Genesis
“And [Jacob] charged them and said to them, ‘I am to be
gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in
the field of Ephron the Hittite’” (Genesis 49:29 MKJV).
“And Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered his feet
into the bed. And he expired, and was gathered to his people” (Genesis
God said to Moses, “…and die in the mountain where you go
up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount
Hor and was gathered to his people” (Deuteronomy 32:50 MKJV).
Is this speaking of gathering dust and ashes into one great eternal
heap, carcass by carcass, or is it speaking of the Living God presiding
over the living, not over the dead, in a dimension of which mortal men
have little understanding without the life and Spirit of Christ in them?
“And as regards the dead, that they rise, have you not read in
the book of Moses how God spoke to him in the bush, saying, ‘I
am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?’ He
is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. Therefore you
greatly err” (Mark 12:26-27 MKJV).
6) There are the multitudes John saw in Heaven:
Revelation 7:9-17 MKJV
(9) After these things I looked, and lo, a great multitude, which no
man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues,
stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes,
with palms in their hands.
(10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our
God sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(11) And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders, and
the four living creatures, and they fell before the throne on their faces
and worshiped God,
(12) saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving
and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
(13) And one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these
who are arrayed in white robes, and from where do they come?”
(14) And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These
are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and have washed their
robes, and have whitened them in the blood of the Lamb.
(15) Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him
day and night in His temple. And He sitting on the throne will dwell
(16) They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the
sun light on them, nor any heat.
(17) For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and
will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away
all tears from their eyes.”
7) Paul spoke of being absent from the body and present with the Lord.
If we are present with Him Who is the Resurrection and the Life, how
can we be unconscious, whether in this life or the next?
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are
at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: For we walk by faith,
not by sight: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent
from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians
One can make the Bible say almost anything. I have had Seventh Day Adventists
and others argue from the Scriptures, using many passages to press their
points. The common comment they give is: “Even a child can see
that!” This comment exposes their death and darkness. They err,
carnally interpreting the Scriptures by their own powers of observation,
influenced by devils’ doctrines, knowing neither the Scriptures
by the Spirit of God nor the power thereof.
The Lord’s testimony is clear: The most intelligent man can see
nothing in Scripture unless it is revealed to him from above. Until then,
he’s in total darkness about any matter in Scripture. As Jesus
said, “I thank You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because
You have hidden these things from the sophisticated
and cunning, and
revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your
sight” (Matthew 11:25-26).
Why do men make such commotion about the departed falling into unconscious
oblivion? What is their purpose? They may seem more enlightened and kinder
than others who preach everlasting torment. Compared to the prospect
of never-ending torture, consigning souls to oblivion seems far more
humane. But it’s a lie about God all the same, and lies always
kill or keep you asleep.
“This also, knowing the time, that it is already time to awake
out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed” (Romans
None of the preachers of this diabolical doctrine have known the Life
that now is. Ironically, they are the very ones who are asleep, unconscious
as they walk and talk, dead to the Kingdom of God. But those who believe
on Him partake of Life presently, being delivered from death and Hell.
“Therefore He says, ‘Awake, sleeping ones! And arise from
the dead, and Christ shall give you light’” (Ephesians 5:14
Consider the alternative to believing this
doctrine: Know there’s
never-ending life in Christ beginning here on earth. Jesus promised, “Whoever
lives and believes in Me shall NEVER die [sleep].” How blessed
is the truth! How blessed is the one who believes!
Diabolical Doctrine 34) The wicked are annihilated
There are those who teach that the unrepentant wicked of this life will
go to everlasting punishment, a never-ending horrible torment, because
they didn’t “accept” Jesus Christ into their hearts.
This is a diabolical doctrine taught as Gospel truth, used to convert
the simple, not by fear of God, but by fear of the worst possible outcome
man can imagine. Read Diabolical Doctrine - Those
who don’t believe
in the Lord Jesus Christ will be fearfully and forever tormented, without
end and Diabolical Doctrine - Accept
Jesus as your personal Savior, and you will be saved.
Another theory we now debunk is one that mercifully puts the wicked
out of their misery, asserting it’s highly unreasonable to subject
any living creature to endless torment. This is a more appealing alternative
and reflects more favorably on God, Who is Love by Nature, but it’s
still a lie and falls far short of His glory.
There is a third alternative, which is not only an alternative but the
design of God, testified of in the Holy Scriptures.
The truth is God isn’t willing that any should perish, but that
all men be saved:
“The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness,
but is long-suffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 MKJV).
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 MKJV).
And who can resist His will?
“You will then say to me, Why does He yet find fault? For who
has resisted His will?” (Romans 9:19 MKJV)
Certainly not the sinner who is slave to sin and who is utterly dependent
upon an Omnipotent Savior, not only to cause him to do that which is
right, but even to want to do (to will) it:
“For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do for His
good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
“He Who calls you is faithful, Who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians
And the Scriptures declare that God will do this for every soul who
ever lived, because all have sinned; they aren’t able to give Him
glory except through the saving work of Jesus Christ:
“Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a Name
which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of heavenly ones, and of earthly ones, and of ones under the earth;
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 MKJV).
If only one knee doesn’t bow or if only one tongue doesn’t
confess, then the glory of God the Father won’t be complete, will
it? And who can deny it?
A wonderful statement by the Lord Jesus destroys the notion of annihilation
of the wicked. He said to His disciples, as He was sending them out to
preach and minister:
“And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart
from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against
them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for
Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:11;
see also Matthew 10:14-15 and Luke 10:10-15)
Who was more deserving of eternal damnation or annihilation than the
Sodomites? Sodom and Gomorrah go down in history as the cities destroyed
by Divine intervention because their wickedness was so great (read of
their vileness in Genesis 19).
Let’s consider the eventual fate of Sodom and Gomorrah in light
of Jesus’ words. How is it there’s “tolerableness” for
Sodom and Gomorrah if they’re only going to be eternally tormented
or, more mercifully, annihilated? Why is there even a day of judgment?
Why a comparison of these other cities to Sodom and Gomorrah if they
will all be consigned to annihilation?
Do the proponents of these doctrines of devils say Sodom and Gomorrah
will burn in Hell or be annihilated, but not as severely as those cities
that refuse to hear the Gospel? How can some burn more or less severely
than others, if it is forever? How can there be more tolerability for
some than for others, if they are to be completely disposed of? Is this
what they call mercy?
Surely, God is not served, or His glory enhanced, in continuing the
sufferings of His creatures without end. The thought of, “I told
you so,” won’t serve any good for the sufferers, seeing there’s
no hope of redemption. Surely there’s no profit to the saved if
their friends and relatives are tormented or destroyed.
The Lord’s truth of comparative tolerability summarily discounts
any possibility of either eternal torment or annihilation.
Take heart, dear reader; the Lord can deliver you from such lies and
hopelessness. I also believed foolish nonsense until the Lord delivered
me from it, by the illumination of the Scriptures through His Spirit.
Let’s look at these verses:
“And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, shall be brought
down to Hell. For if the mighty works which have been done in you had
been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say
to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of
judgment than for you” (Matthew 11:23-24 MKJV).
I have heard many people say God is fair, just, and loving, and that
He leaves people without excuse before He exacts punishment or consequence.
But here we have the Lord’s clear testimony that if God had done
those same works in Sodom that were done in Capernaum, Sodom would have
been spared the judgment of fire. Why? They wouldn’t have corrupted
themselves as they did.
But He adds that Sodom will yet have its day in judgment, a day of tolerance
beyond that of Capernaum, which was not destroyed by Divine intervention.
Again, what need have we of tolerance and the contrasting of degrees
of unrighteousness if all are going to burn forever or be annihilated?
And how can annihilation, the epitome of death, be the end, when God
says that death is cast into the Lake of Fire?
“And death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the
second death” (Revelation 20:14 MKJV).
In other words, there is an end to death, a second death, which is also
the end of sin and Hell. Physical death isn’t final at all, except
that it ends our brief and painful stint of existence on earth. Jesus
Christ is the Omega or our Z. Therefore He alone is the Finality. Death
isn’t final, but it is finalized.
The Scripture says that Jesus came to overcome death, the last enemy:
“For it is right for Him to reign until He has put all the enemies
under His feet. The last enemy made to cease is death” (1 Corinthians
Consider the verses just before that one:
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be
But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit, and afterward they
who are Christ’s at His coming; then is the end, when He delivers
the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He makes to cease all rule
and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:22-24 MKJV).
“All will be made alive,” means that death is not final.
Jesus, Who is the very essence of Life and the Light of men, will be
and is the Finality. By Whom all things consist, “all will be made
Also, if death is final (meaning sinful people are annihilated), why
would He have keys for it?
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His
right hand upon me, saying to me, ‘Do not fear, I am the First
and the Last, and the Living One, and I became dead, and behold, I am
alive for ever and ever, Amen. And I have the keys of Hell and of death’” (Revelation
Death is the absence of God – and God is Life. He doesn’t
make Himself absent forever. He is…THE RESURRECTION! That’s
what His work on the cross and the resurrection to new, imperishable
life is all about.
“Then will take place the word that is written, ‘Death is
swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where
is your victory?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55 MKJV)
swallowed up when the fallen nature producing death has been eliminated
by Jesus Christ. This is the annihilation that does take place,
when the old man is put away and the new man is raised up in His imperishable
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The
old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17
Man was created in the image of God. He was created by Perfection
Therefore man will be brought to perfection - he who was “born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but
of God” (John 1:13).
Shall that which was intended for perfection be tossed into the universal
garbage heap or incinerator? Would that not be a clear demonstration
of sheer incompetence and abject failure on the part of One Who, by His
very nature, cannot fail?
Oh, how man, in his darkness he calls light, fails to reason clearly
with those faculties God has given him. But this, too, is the perfect
design of God:
“For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but because
of Him Who subjected it on hope that the creation itself also shall be
delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of
the children of God” (Romans 8:20-21 MKJV).
The mental disposition behind the doctrine of annihilation is the same
as for eternal torment – it’s all about man controlling his
destiny by his self-righteous choosing and works. You would think “believers” would
rejoice to hear of God’s mercy to save all sinners, but when His
generosity comes at the expense of their righteousness, they refuse and
“But,” it is argued, “God doesn’t want a bunch
of robots running around, zombies forced to love Him. So, in His wisdom,
He gave us free will, so we can choose for ourselves.” That sounds
magnanimous, but there’s a problem: Those thoughts express the “magnanimity” of
the prince of this world, the consummate rebel who insists that we are
free agents, able to be as God in our own rights and free to exercise
our own rights independently of God, even deciding how to worship
The fact is that we lost all rights in the first Adam when we believed
the serpent instead of God. In that day we died and lost everything,
including our free will. We became bondservants to sin. We were plunged
into “outer darkness where was weeping and gnashing of teeth.” We
were made subject to the liar, who has filled our heads with all false
notions of God and of God’s will and ways.
Instead of ruling, man became a slave under the serpent’s dominion.
A free agent, indeed! Ask any slave about free will. He’ll teach
you soon enough. He’ll tell you plainly that he has very little
right to choose anything. However, the great slave owner of the universe,
the liar, murderer, and usurper of mankind has deceived his subjects
into believing they have free will. Indeed, isn’t that what deception
is all about - believing the opposite of what is true?
But in the fullness of time, God sent His Only begotten Son to redeem
Adam and his progeny from that bondage, bringing us into true freedom
wherein, at the Name of Jesus, our knees bow, and our tongues confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord (yes, Lord… in other words we are submitted
to a Higher Power, not free to do as we please). Read the Diabolical
Doctrine - Man has free will.
Annihilation? No. Eternal torment? No. Absolute redemption for all?
Yes, to the glory of God the Father, through His Son, the Lord Jesus
Christ, Who loved us, and gave Himself, not only for the chiefest
of sinners (Saul of Tarsus), but for us all. Jesus Christ is rightly called
our Savior and Lord, greatly to be believed and greatly to be praised.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus!
For further knowledge of the Scriptures on the topic of the salvation
of all mankind, you can read our letters and writings in The
Restitution of All Things.
Consider the alternative to believing the doctrine of annihilation:
Where sin abounded, grace has abounded much more. All men will one day
rejoice in God, their Savior, to His full glory. Amen!
Diabolical Doctrine 35)
Satan was once a good being
There is a prevalent doctrine that Satan was once a glorious angel,
in harmony with the goodness of God, but pride and ambition took over
and he rebelled. The primary Scriptures used to support this doctrine
are those of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14, interpreting the king of Tyre
and Lucifer as Satan. However, let’s take a closer look at what
these Scriptures say:
Ezekiel 28:11-19 MKJV
(11) And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(12) “Son of man, lift up a lament over the king of Tyre, and say
to him, ‘So says the Lord God: You seal the measure, full of wisdom
and perfect in beauty.
(13) You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was
your covering, the ruby, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx,
and the jasper, the sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald, and gold.
The workmanship of your tambourines and of your flutes was prepared in
you in the day that you were created.
(14) You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I had put you in the
holy height of God where you were; you have walked up and down in the
midst of the stones of fire.
(15) You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created,
until iniquity was found in you.
(16) By the multitude of your goods they have filled your midst with
violence, and you have sinned. So I cast you profaned from the height
of God, and I destroy you, O covering cherub, from among the stones of
(17) Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you have spoiled
your wisdom because of your brightness. I will cast you to the ground;
I will put you before kings, that they may behold you.
(18) By the host of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade, you
have profaned your holy places; so I brought a fire from your midst;
it shall devour you, and I will give you for ashes on the earth, before
the eyes of all who see you.
(19) All who know you among the peoples shall be astonished at you; you
shall be terrors, and you will not be forever.’”
We see no evidence here that Ezekiel was prophesying of Satan, a heavenly
creature gone bad, existing before man was created. Furthermore, there
is nothing in the Scriptures that says Satan was ever an “anointed
cherub.” Such doctrine contradicts Jesus, Who said Satan (the Devil)
was a liar and murderer from the very beginning:
“You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father
you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide
in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie,
he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John
Before Adam and Eve sinned, it was declared of the serpent God created:
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which
the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, has God
said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” (Genesis
What beginning was the Lord talking about in reference to the Devil?
Mankind’s? The earth’s? Heaven’s? The answer is simple
enough: He spoke of the serpent’s (Satan’s) beginning, which
came on the sixth day. Isn’t that the most reasonable conclusion?
Then there is this passage:
Isaiah 14:4-17 MKJV
(4) “You shall take up this song against the king of Babylon and
say, ‘How the exacter, the gold gatherer has ceased!
(5) The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers
(6) who struck peoples in wrath, a blow without turning away, ruling
the nations in anger, a persecution without restraint.
(7) All the earth is at rest and is quiet; they break out into singing.
(8) Yea, the fir trees rejoice at you, the cedars of Lebanon, saying, “Since
you have fallen, no woodcutter will come up against us.”
(9) Hell from below is moved for you, to meet you at your coming. It
stirs up the dead for you, all the he-goats of the earth. It has raised
from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
(10) All of them shall speak and say to you, “Are you also as weak
as we? Are you like us?”
(11) Your pride is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your harps.
The maggot is spread under you, and the worms cover you.
(12) How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining star, son
of the morning! [The KJV says “Lucifer.”] How you are cut down to
the ground, you who weakened the nations!
(13) For you have said in your heart, “I will go up to the heavens,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the
mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.
(14) I will go up above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the
(15) Yet you shall be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the Pit.
(16) Those who see you shall stare and closely watch you, saying, “Is
this the man who made the earth to tremble; who shook kingdoms;
(17) who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; who
did not open the house for his prisoners?”’”
These words were spoken to the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, to whom
God had granted great and glorious power. He conquered and gathered all
the surrounding nations under his domain. God made him the head of gold,
as Daniel told him. Nebuchadnezzar reigned over the greatest empire in
history to this day:
“You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of Heaven
has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wherever the sons
of men, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens live, He
has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all.
You are this head of gold” (Daniel 2:37-38 MKJV).
As Daniel informs us, Nebuchadnezzar became proud, and God brought him
Daniel 4:28-34 MKJV
(28) All this came on King Nebuchadnezzar.
(29) At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom
(30) The king spoke and said, “Is this not great Babylon that I
have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and
for the honor of my majesty?”
(31) While the word was in the king's mouth, a voice fell from Heaven,
saying, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken. The kingdom
has departed from you.
(32) And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with
the animals of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen, and
seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules
in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will.”
(33) The same hour the thing was fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar. And he
was driven from men, and ate grass like oxen, and his body was wet with
the dew of the heavens, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers,
and his nails like birds’ claws.
(34) And at the end of days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to
Heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High,
and I praised and honored Him Who lives forever, Whose kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and His rule is from generation to generation.
Where did the king of Babylon come from? Was he not a descendant of
Adam, who was the “shining star, son of the morning” in Eden?
Doesn’t Isaiah refer to the lineage of the son of God, Adam, who
was corrupted by the serpent in Eden?
Wasn’t Adam the “anointed cherub that covers” (Ezekiel
28), ruling in Eden until he fell, partaking of the forbidden fruit of
the Tree of Knowledge, thinking it would make him wise, knowing good
and evil, as God?
Genesis 3:2-6 MKJV
(2) And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit
of the trees of the garden.
(3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden,
God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch
it, lest you die.’”
(4) And the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not surely die,
(5) for God knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall
be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.”
(6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that
it was pleasing to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make wise, she
took of its fruit, and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and
We know by the Lord’s own words that Satan wasn't an angel that
was good then went bad. Satan was never “good” except in
the sense that he was created as purposed. There was never a morally
good dragon or serpent. Jesus said so. Let’s believe Him and dispense
with the confusion found in explanations for things carnal men don’t
understand. We err when we read into the Bible what isn’t there
or ignore what is there.
But who is Satan? Read The
Origin and Identity of Satan for further
Consider the alternative to believing Satan
was a good angel gone bad: Instead of looking at man’s existence
as one long history of spoilation at the hands of an arch nemesis,
know that God, our sovereign
the evil He created (Isaiah 45:5-7) for good. Glory to His Name!
Diabolical Doctrine 36) The soul is immortal
Do men have immortal souls? What do the Scriptures say?
“He Who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and
Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable
light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal
dominion. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:15-16 ESV).
God alone has immortality, which means no man is immortal in his own
right or power. The Scriptures confirm this by saying eternal life only
happens through the Lord Jesus Christ:
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life!
He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live. And whoever
lives and believes in Me shall never die’” (John 11:25-26
“But when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and when
this mortal shall put on immortality, then will take place the word that
is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is
your sting? O grave, where is your victory?’” (1 Corinthians
Without Him Who is life, there is no life or immortality. With and in
Him, there is no death.
Obviously the Lord’s and the Scripture’s definitions of “life” and “death” are
different from man’s. In one place the Lord says, “Let the
dead bury the dead” (Matthew 8:22). By this we know being sentient
and having consciousness doesn’t qualify as being alive to God.
To be alive, one must be connected to, and in harmony with, Him.
Adam and Eve died the very day they ate of the Tree of Knowledge:
“But you shall not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis
They were cut off from the spiritual life and consciousness of God right
then and there. When He came looking for them, they were fearful, ashamed,
hiding, conscious of nudity, blaming others, and giving excuses; pain
and sorrow were suddenly upon them. They were cast out of the Garden
of Eden, forbidden to partake of the Tree of Life, and where they went
and toiled by the sweat of their brow, the ground was cursed. These were
all the consequences of their disobedience, all marks of the state of
They died the day they ate, not centuries later when they ended their
physical presence on earth and were buried.
While on earth, they were still conscious, even as were the dead to
whom Jesus referred - “Let the dead bury the dead.” But they
were cut off from God’s life – they were dead to
God and His Kingdom.
Concerning immortality, existence has been confused with life. Just
because unbelievers who physically die go on existing in the next realm
doesn’t mean they are immortal. Both those with and without bodies
are dead when separated from God by sin. They have no immortality because
they lack eternal life.
Unbelievers who physically die aren’t forgotten by God or left
in their death state forever. Otherwise, why did Jesus Christ die to
be their Lord and Savior?
“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that
it is He Who was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and the
dead” (Acts 10:42 MKJV).
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming in which all those
in the tombs will hear His voice. And they will come out, the ones having
done good into a resurrection of life; and the ones having practiced
evil into a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29 LITV).
All will be judged, in this world or the next, until God has put away
the last enemy for good.
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians
What remains after Jesus Christ has put away death in all? Life in Him
Read The Good News and other writings in The
Restitution of All Things.
Consider the alternative to believing the doctrine of the unconditional
immortality of the soul: Rather than arguing about whether men have immortal
souls or not, look to Him Who Alone is Immortal, Who has the victory
and has the keys to Hell and death. Without Him there is no life or immortality,
whether in this realm or the next.
Diabolical Doctrine 37) The King James Version
is the perfect Word of God
There are those who believe the King James Version, alone of all Bible
versions, is accurate and inspired of God and that all other versions
are corrupt or fall short in unacceptable ways. These people declare
that the KJV is perfect to the letter, without error (which isn’t
true of any translation). Such a notion is nothing more than the fruit
of ignorance and pride.
Why has that which is perfect been revised numerous times
to correct errors? How is it its worshippers don’t recognize
the errors still remaining in the KJV? Those who worship the
KJV as being the perfect Word of God are in grievous error
and idolatry indeed.
Consider the alternative to this foolish, though subtle,
form of idolatry: Worship the Creator and only Him, and He
will show you the unshackled Way of Life independent of any
created thing men have laid their hands on.
Read Is the King James Authorized Version the Perfect Word
Diabolical Doctrine 38) It is OK to use
or display religious images and icons
God prohibits our making or having images in a context of worshipping
Him. However, man, in his unbelief, prefers a visible god to the Invisible
One. Images are a sure sign of false religion and are widely used in
nominal Christendom. Whereas images are seen as enhancing worship,
God sternly commanded the children of Israel to destroy them, which
tells us how odious to God and dangerous to man images are.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to give us life, not empty and deceptive
representations. In the beginning He sent out His disciples and apostles,
who, being raised as Jews and knowing the Law, didn’t use images,
and likewise they taught the Gentiles to abstain from the “pollution
of idols.” Paul said to the men of Athens, a city full of idols
(which are a product of men making God in their own image):
“Then being offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
Godhead is like gold or silver or stone, engraved by art and man’s
imagination. Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance,
now He strictly commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts
True faith is knowing God as He is, not as men imagine
Him or His attributes to be, which they express in images, as
with the golden
calf, representing strength. The latter is the works of men (cults),
the paths of the destroyer. The former is the Rock on which His
Church is built. We cover this topic, with more explanation and
examples, in Religious
Images, Icons, and Likenesses.
“The images of the nations are silver and gold, the work of
men’s hands. They have mouths, but no voice, they have eyes,
but they do not see; they have ears, but no hearing; and there is no
breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; and so is
everyone who puts his hope in them” (Psalms 135:15-18 BBE).
Consider the alternative to keeping images:
Instead of focusing on dumb and powerless idols, worship the Invisible
so, He will reveal Himself to you and you’ll be on the path
to becoming like Him, the Living Creator.
Diabolical Doctrine 39) Some
are predestinated to burn in Hell forever
Hope for Dutch Reform Church Members and All Calvin Doctrine Victims.
We have the true answers from God for those who believe or were taught the
false doctrine from Calvin that God has predestinated them to burn in Hell
forever, time without end. There is a time to stop drinking from the poisonous
wells of the doctrines of men, treacherously mixed with Biblical Truth, and
to start drinking from the Well of wells, Jesus Christ alone, Who gives the
Pure Water of Life freely to whoever thirsts.
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and rich in mercy.
He will not always chasten, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not
dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalms
Consider the alternative to this most horrid of diabolical reasonings of an
evil man: God is love, as demonstrated on the cross He suffered for the redemption
of the entire world.
Diabolical Doctrine 40) One cannot
see God’s face and live (physically survive)
Read Seeing God and Living.
Understanding the Scriptures requires spiritual revelation. A case in point:
It is written that no man can see God’s face and live, but how does that
look? It requires spiritual enlightenment, rather than a literal interpretation,
to know what God means.
The ignorant and wicked who profess to love and serve Jesus Christ carnally
interpret the Scriptures to condemn those who have seen Him, calling them deceived,
deceivers, heretics, or demon-inspired, not knowing these accusers condemn
themselves and the One they have never seen, but only heard of.
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen
You. Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6
(I, Victor, have seen God’s face and didn’t survive as I was,
thanks be to God.)
Consider the alternative to this doctrine of ignorance:
not fear seeing or having seen God, knowing He promised it and intends it
Diabolical Doctrine 41) Deathbed
conversions to Christ
It is true that people professing faith in Christ will be most zealous to
persuade someone, particularly a loved one during a time of impending death,
to “get right with God” before they pass on. But is this inclination
the leading of the Spirit of God? Where in the Bible does one see a deathbed
conversion? Besides the one example of the thief on the cross, there is no
second witness. And without the two or three witnesses required, it is not
established truth before God.
Considering the manner of life of the saints in the Scriptures, you’ll
not find one instance where they sought to convert a person to faith at time
of death. That’s because nothing whatsoever is commanded or taught by
God that would induce one to coerce or cajole last-minute professions of faith
from anybody. Such wouldn’t be true faith. Men of faith die as men of
faith and the wicked die in their sins.
There isn’t a hint in the Scriptures of the kind of thinking that is
prevalent today, which compels men to be converted “before it’s
too late.” One of the reasons there is no such notion found in the Scriptures
is because there is no such thing as eternal torment, as men have conceived
it. Never did such a thought or expression come from God. (Read our section
The Restitution of All Things, particularly The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever,” “Everlasting,” and “Hell.”)
Instead, we find this counsel from God and attitude among His saints:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11 KJV).
Men have come up with the nasty notion of eternal torment as a way to frighten
and control others for their own gain. They have created religious organizations
that outlive individual members and remain to collect more souls and inheritances.
These deluded, power-hungry souls are the beneficiaries of a carrot-and-stick
program. The carrot is being on the right side, destined for eternal bliss
in Heaven; the stick is being on the wrong side, destined for the never-ending
flames of Hell.
Motivated by the prospect of great gain and the avoidance of unthinkable loss
and pain, people are converted to a carnal faith, which has nothing to do with
Jesus Christ, the Truth, and His faith. The motivation is selfish and evil.
So where in the Scriptures does anyone find the idea that one can be converted
on his deathbed, thereby gaining access to Paradise? The following is the
one and only incidence:
Luke 23:39-43 MKJV
(39) And one of the hanged criminals blasphemed Him, saying, “If you
are Christ, save Yourself and us.”
(40) But answering, the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God,
since you are in the same condemnation?
(41) And we indeed justly so, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but
this Man has done nothing amiss.”
(42) And he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your
(43) And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with
Me in Paradise.”
This report in Luke says that one of the thieves crucified with the Lord believed
on Him and was saved. However, the story of the repentant thief crucified with
Jesus isn’t true. Read The
Book of Luke Corrupted - A Deathbed Conversion Tale.
This story exists because the devisers of it want to rule over men, instead
of having God ruling in men. By the use of treacherous doctrine, they have
somewhat to gain of this world’s goods.
The Catholic Church and other denominations and individuals have been guilty
of extorting possessions or fortunes from people on their deathbeds, leading
these vulnerables to believe they could buy their way out of Hell and Purgatory,
allowing for entry into Heaven, by willing their estates to such as the Roman
Catholic Church. This is the final insult in a grievous usurpation of men’s
Think about it: Many are encouraged by this doctrine to believe they can live
their lives as they please and repent at the last minute, enjoying the best
of both worlds. Of course, they could consider that they may die without warning
and a supposed opportunity to repent, but the love of mammon clouds reasoning.
Charlatans of the cloth may permit men to think such presumptuous thoughts
because if they do, and consequently find themselves in a vulnerable state
at death, they are liable to sign away anything to save their souls from eternal
What about that Bible account? Can the Bible really contain error? Yes, the
doctrine of deathbed conversion is false and the story of the repentant thief
is only a pretext. The story is the one and only witness to that doctrine in
all of Scripture, because the story is spurious.
So what of all the deathbed conversions people hear about?
“I pleaded with Dad to receive Christ before he died, and he finally
“Yes, just before he went to the electric chair, he made his peace with
In the alleged event with the thieves in Luke, there was no pleading or inducement
coming from the Lord to confess faith. However, most deathbed conversions are
Even without the coercion element, the story doesn’t hold up in light
of general Scriptural testimony. The last-minute change of heart of the one
thief effectively delivers the message: “Be inspired to confess Christ
with your lips. You needn’t ever be concerned about a repentant life.
See how the Lord welcomed the confessing thief into Paradise without question
While the Lord doesn’t cast off any who come to Him, this account doesn’t
match how things work. Paradise, the Kingdom of Heaven, is within and comes
by an inner change that takes place over time. “He that endures to the
end shall be saved,” the Lord said (Matthew 10:22). The apostle Peter
describes the process:
2 Peter 1:1-11 MKJV
(1) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have
obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of our God
and our Savior Jesus Christ,
(2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord,
(3) according as His Divine Power has given to us all things that pertain to
life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who has called us to glory
(4) through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
so that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(5) But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your
faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge;
(6) and with knowledge, self-control, and with self-control, patience, and
with patience, godliness,
(7) and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love.
(8) For if these things are in you and abound, they make you to be neither
idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(9) For he in whom these things are not present is blind and cannot see afar
off and has forgotten that he was purged from his sins in the past.
(10) Therefore, brothers, rather be diligent to make your calling and election
sure, for if you do these things, you shall never fall.
(11) For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting
Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
With the spurious Scripture in Luke and the diabolical teaching of deathbed
conversion, people are presented with a false
gospel of “accepting Christ” in
their moment of ultimate weakness and vulnerability, as if they will then be
ushered into the Kingdom with complete salvation. Nowhere is repentance or
the necessity of exercising newfound faith for spiritual growth mentioned.
It’s all about, “Remember me, Lord,” and finding oneself
transported into Paradise as if by magic.
But we know that one enters the Kingdom through much tribulation:
“And one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these
who are arrayed in white robes, and from where do they come?’ And I said
to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These
are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes, and
have whitened them in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the
throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple. And He sitting
on the throne will dwell among them’” (Revelation 7:13-15 MKJV).
“And preaching the Gospel to that city, and having made many disciples,
they returned to Lystra and Iconium and Antioch, confirming the souls of the
disciples, calling on them to continue in the faith and that through
much tribulation we must enter into the Kingdom of God” (Acts
One may argue that the thief suffered great tribulation on the cross. However,
he suffered for his sins, not as a saint for confessing Jesus Christ before
“For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being
buffeted? But if you suffer while doing good, and patiently endure, this is
a grace from God” (1 Peter 2:20 MKJV).
You may ask, “Don’t people forever lose the opportunity for salvation
once leaving this world if they aren’t first saved?” That is the
second reason for panicking one into salvation before death, but contrary to
common belief, God doesn’t appoint all to be saved in this life. (Read
Diabolical Doctrine – Salvation is possible
in this life only.)
No, we can’t believe what men say, especially when they are coerced
or emotionally finagled, but we can believe what God says.
Is it possible for a conversion at death? Yes, all things are possible to
God; but we need to learn His ways, so that we might have fellowship with Him,
guide men aright, and not be deceived or fill ourselves and others with false
hopes and notions.
Consider the alternative to this misleading doctrine
of false promise: If you trust Christ, you’ll no longer fear death as the decider of your
fate. You will worship Him, and you’ll be depending not on men to decide
their fate or yours, but on Him to save one’s soul at the appointed time,
whether in this world or the next.
Diabolical Doctrine 42) God does only good,
There are many presumed ministers of Christ who teach that God only wants and
does the good things that happen to us, never the evil. This is fanciful,
flesh-satisfying, anti-Christ doctrine from Hell. We better believe that
God is in full control over both good and evil, or we will faint when evil
and tribulation come to try us. We need to understand that God is over all
things. Otherwise, why are we told to fear Him? “Behold therefore the
goodness and severity of God...” (Romans 11:22).
“And his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold to your integrity?
Curse God and die!’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the
foolish ones speak. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall
we not receive evil?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (Job
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, no God besides Me; I clothed
you, though you have not known Me; that they may know from the rising of the
sun, and to the sunset, that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there
is none else; forming the light and creating darkness; making peace and creating
evil. I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:5-7 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to this devilish teaching
of unbelief: Knowing the Lord is over all brings confidence and faith,
rest in one’s
soul. Trust in the Omnipotent Lord with all your heart, don’t trust your
impotent self or despair over the power of the Devil, and you’ll have
the Rest of God.
Read The Purpose of Evil and God
Is Sovereign: Man Is Presumptuous.
Diabolical Doctrine 43) The Bible is the ultimate
It has been the inclination of man, even before the Fall, to
choose worship of anything other than Jesus Christ, the Only One worthy. Why
else would Adam and Eve have chosen to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good
and Evil? Besides every sort of creature or cause, they will worship a man
of God, as did the Pharisees Moses; they will worship worshipping, as do all
religious people; they will worship doctrine, even true doctrine; and they
will worship the Holy Scriptures, which testify of Jesus Christ. As they do
all these things, they cast Him aside as less worthy.
Read False Christianity
Unmasked, Bible Worship
Used by Men to Cover Evil,
Defense of Extra-Biblical Inspiration of God.
Consider the alternative to worshipping the Bible:
If in spirit and in truth, you worship the Author of the Bible, you’ll be delivered from idolatry
and you will understand as never before the Scriptures you’ve worshipped,
to the saving of your soul.
Diabolical Doctrine 44) The Lord Jesus Christ is returning
soon in a physical body, called the “second coming”
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give
to each according as his work is” (Revelation 22:12 MKJV).
What a carrot this false teaching of the Lord’s physical coming
has been, dangled before the noses of the religious masses as a titillating
and sensational prospect that masks the futility and barrenness of their
empty professions of faith. How many have died waiting for Christ’s “soon” return,
thereby missing present communion with Him on account of a pie-in-the-sky
promise? They are “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge
of the Truth,” which Truth is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Did the Lord come to give people vain hopes or abundant life presently?
Do those who seek find, or has the Lord left everyone high and dry since
His resurrection and ascension? Is the call to faith in Christ a game of
musical chairs, a salvation lottery in which only a lucky few over the
millennia get to experience the Lord’s appearing and presence? Not
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms
“And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world.
Amen” (Matthew 28:20 MKJV).
How can the Lord fully save us, if He doesn’t come now and transform
us into His image by His Spirit? So what is all this talk about Christ “returning
soon,” as if He hasn’t returned and doesn’t come presently
to those who look diligently for Him?
“And to those who look for Him He shall appear the second time without
sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28 MKJV).
Does that mean He will appear only to those who look for Him and are lucky
enough to be alive at the right time? Does the Lord play games? Of course
not. His return hasn’t been delayed for going on two thousand years
now, but took place fifty days after He rose from the dead, just as those
who saw the Lord ascend were promised He would return to them:
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into the heaven? This
same Jesus Who is taken up from you into Heaven, will come in the way you
have seen Him going into Heaven” (Acts 1:11 MKJV).
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John
The Lord returned at Pentecost, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. In
this way, He came to not only be with His disciples, but to live in them.
The disciples were immersed in His Spirit, made one with Christ as part
of His Body.
Ephesians 5:30-32 MKJV
(30) For we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
(31) “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and
shall be joined to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh.”
(32) This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.
This return didn’t only apply to the disciples who knew Christ in
the flesh, but to all who have been called by God ever since:
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one
of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your
children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall
call’” (Acts 2:38-39 MKJV).
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, which is He. Those baptized in
the Spirit are baptized into Christ:
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For
as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ” (Galatians
Christ returned to be present with and in His people, even as He said
to Saul of Tarsus, who had been persecuting Him as he persecuted His people:
Acts 9:1-5 MKJV
(1) And Saul, still breathing out threatenings and slaughter against
the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
(2) and asked letters from him to Damascus to the synagogues; so that if
he found any of the Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring
them bound to Jerusalem.
(3) But in going, it happened as he drew near to Damascus, even suddenly
a light from the heaven shone around him.
(4) And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul,
Saul, why do you persecute Me?”
(5) And he said, “Who are you, lord?” And the Lord said, “I
am Jesus Whom you persecute. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Why should a believer pay heed to the perpetual talk of the Lord’s “soon” coming
by those who haven’t experienced His present coming? These same carnal
Christians who promote a physical return of Christ reject Him when He comes
in His brothers and sisters who have received His Spirit, just like the
carnal Jews rejected Him in His flesh and blood:
“For many deceivers have entered into the world, who do not confess
Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the anti-Christ” (2
John 1:7 MKJV).
Those focusing on the Lord’s “soon” coming have taken
Satan’s bait, because, like him, they savor the things of man – the
flesh and this world. By “waiting” for the Lord to return,
they can keep their miserable lives in this world, rather than take up
the cross to die and be raised to life with Christ now and forever:
“And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians
Satan has made Christ into a physical savior of the flesh, substituting
this false Jesus for the Savior of men’s spirits and souls by the
cross. The physical savior is the one of the “second coming” preached
by men, and the true Savior is the One Who comes and empowers those who
believe in Him to walk in the light.
Men have preached a literal coming of the Lord in order to perpetuate
the lie that by “accepting” Christ as your Savior, you’re
good with God. Instead of seeking Him for present deliverance from sin,
you can look forward to an incorruptible body after death, or experience
victory upon the Lord’s “soon” return to earth, when
He comes to judge the world and delivers His people out of the mess of
their own creation. In other words, you’re off the hook and can relax
- all will be well.
Of course, this is wishful thinking, skipping the present necessity of
putting away sins and taking up the cross, which the Lord accomplishes
in those granted repentance, who go on by faith to receive
His Spirit and
overcome the sin nature by His resurrection life within. This is the keeping,
in spirit and in truth, of the three mandated holy Feasts - Passover, Pentecost,
and Tabernacles. (Read The Three
The spiritual coming of the Lord, which is crucial for every believer,
isn’t a historical event, but a personal one, promised to every child
“And may the God of Peace Himself sanctify you in all things: that
your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless in the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 DRB).
Without this coming, there’s no sanctification (setting apart to
holiness), so how can He not come for us, unless He has lied, along with
all the apostles who preach His true, present coming?
Having established, therefore, that the coming of the Lord applies to
every true son and daughter of faith, we by no means deny the other momentous
event that all saints have been eagerly looking forward to – the
consummation of God’s Kingdom on earth. The disciples asked about
“And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him
privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when shall these things be? And what
shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?’” (Matthew
We should first note that the disciples weren’t asking about a second coming, because they couldn’t receive or comprehend the death and
resurrection of the Lord, which was to take place:
Luke 18:31-34 MKJV
(31) And He took the Twelve and said to them, “Behold, we go up to
Jerusalem and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the
Son of Man will be accomplished.
(32) For He will be delivered to the nations and will be mocked and insulted
and spat on.
(33) And they will scourge Him and put Him to death, and the third day
He will rise again.”
(34) And they did not understand any of these things. And this saying was
hidden from them, nor did they know the things which were spoken.
They were expecting something to happen more immediately:
“And as they heard these things, He added and spoke a parable, because
He was near Jerusalem, and because they thought that the Kingdom of God
was about to appear immediately” (Luke 19:11 MKJV).
The Lord answered His disciples about the end of the world according to
what they needed to hear and know about what would be happening in their
lives (which principles apply to all believers):
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34 KJV).
Nowhere did the Lord say He would appear physically to them, and He didn’t.
He even warned them against those who preached His physical appearing:
Matthew 24:23-26 MKJV
(23) “Then if any man shall say to you, ‘Lo, here is Christ!
Or, There!’ Do not believe it.
(24) For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs
and wonders; so much so that, if it were possible, they would deceive even
(25) Behold, I have told you beforehand.
(26) Therefore if they shall say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the desert!’ Do
not go out. ‘Behold, He is in the secret rooms!’ Do not believe
After His resurrection and before He ascended into Heaven, the Lord confirmed
that the physical establishment of His Kingdom with Israel wasn’t
an issue for His disciples to be concerned about:
“Then, indeed, these coming together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord,
do You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to
them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father has put in His Own authority’” (Acts 1:6-7 MKJV).
The restoration of Israel was far in the future, as was the setting up
of God’s Kingdom over all the earth, as spoken of in Daniel and Zechariah:
“You watched until a stone was cut out without hands, which struck
the image upon its feet, which were of iron and clay, and broke them to
pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were
broken to pieces together. And they became like the chaff of the summer
threshing floors. And the wind carried them away, so that no place was
found for them. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain
and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:34-35 MKJV).
“And the LORD shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall
there be One LORD, and His Name One” (Zechariah 14:9 KJV).
So there is the coming all believers experience, the promise of the Father:
“The One testifying these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.
Amen.’ Yes, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20 LITV)
“Grace and peace be yours from God, Who is, Who was, and Who is
to come…” (Revelation 1:4 GNB).
This is the Kingdom of God ruling within:
“But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from
now on, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s
Kingdom” (Matthew 26:29 MKJV).
And there is the consummation of the Lord’s work in His Body, His
Kingdom come to rule forever without:
“For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation
of the sons of God. For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity,
but because of Him Who subjected it on hope that the creation itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty
of the children of God”
(Romans 8:19-21 MKJV).
Here is a concise summary of this topic from another page on our site:
Nine: His site says, “The Lord has commanded
him to preach Repentance and Holiness and completely return to GOD in
order to prepare the way for
the Second Coming of The Lord.”
Shouldn’t men repent of sin at all times, never mind with an imminent
appearance of the Lord? Besides, men have been speaking of the Lord coming
again ever since Paul, John, Jude, and Peter preached, nearly two millennia
ago. They all seemed to think He was coming in their day. Did Jesus come,
or were they mistaken? It so happens they were right; He did come, but
not as men surmise.
Just before His death, Jesus Christ told His disciples He would leave
them and then would return. He returned from the grave. He then ascended
into Heaven and returned again at Pentecost, coming even to dwell in them.
Forty years later, He came again - an event commonly called Judgment Day
or the Day of the Lord - when General Titus with his Roman legions destroyed
Jerusalem and the Temple, as Jesus had prophesied.
He came to, and confronted, Saul of Tarsus, asking him, “Saul, Saul,
why do you persecute Me?” How was Saul persecuting Jesus? Jesus Christ
dwelt in each of the saints Saul was threatening, murdering, and casting
into prison; He wasn’t removed from the earth.
Jesus came and came again. He continues to come, but not in a physical,
literal body, as men expect in their carnal minds. Jesus Christ comes in
His people, in His Body (that’s what’s happening here, as we
expose a false prophet by His Spirit).
That isn’t what Owuor is saying about the Lord’s coming. If
he was a man of God, he would know how Jesus comes, but Jesus has never
come to him, so how could he know? And what does
he know of holiness, to which he claims to be calling people, given all
the things we have witnessed
Consider the alternative to believing this doctrine: Instead of hoping
and waiting for something that has never happened to any saint, you can
seek and receive by faith what many saints have had, a fulfilling relationship
with the Lord and Savior here and now. Then you will come with Him rather
than miss His coming, or worse still, resist His Spirit in an empty profession
CONCLUSION OF DIABOLICAL DOCTRINES
It will be these arguments against the prevalent doctrines of devils
and not the doctrines themselves which most religious "Christians"
call diabolical. So it was in the days of all the prophets
and even of the Prophet Himself Who laid down His life which
was cruelly taken from Him by those who thought they were doing
God service. It is always the true who are left outside and
alone, not the false; it is the true who are stoned by word
and deed, not the false; it is the true who are hated, not the
false. The day of vindication is now here and all things are now
being reversed so that all is right side up. The day of the Lord
is here. Repent, all those to whom it is given. Again, I say,