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I talk a lot about how the preTrib Rapture, Easy Grace, and Once Saved Always Saved doctrines are wrong.  I say that they preach ‘another gospel’ about ‘another Jesus’ and produce (so-called, self-professed) ‘Christians’ that are really more accurately called unconverted believers.  One such person recently (mockingly) asked me:

“So….how do you live exactly?? Do you know without a doubt where you would go if you died right now? or do you have some unconfessed sin in your life that wouldn’t allow you in heaven….like maybe anger that i detected in your last comment??If i believed the way you do along with catholics, coc, aog, and all the other RELIGIONS, i’d be repenting and trying to get saved every 5 min because i might say an idle word and Jesus could come or i could die the next second. No peace….”

First of all, unless one blasphemes the Holy Spirit, they are not going to ‘lose’ their salvation in 5 minutes.  ‘Lose your salvation’ is a term that this person uses, but I don’t like that term because it is misleading.  It gives the impression of a person setting something down and forgetting where they put it . . . or maybe that someone has taken it away.  It is a passive term that doesn’t convey any responsibility for what happened.  No one can separate us from God.  But we CAN separate ourselves from God.  Therefore, I believe it is more accurate to say that someone can FORFEIT their salvation.

God has given each of us free will, and that is not something that He takes away from us, once we become a Christian.  (Paul told of different people who had turned away from Christianity.  We ALWAYS have the option to stop living for God.)  Let me make it clear first, that if we are walking with Christ, his grace covers us from sins we commit without realizing.  His death covers all our sins, as long as we CONTINUE walking with Him.  But He doesn’t cover our sins if we turn away.  Now I’m not going to split hairs over what it means to turn away–how long a person can backslide without forfeiting their salvation.  That is a heart matter, and only God knows our hearts.  I DO know that we are warned in Scripture, many times, in many ways, to not turn away.

Free will is also why Satan works through deception.  He cannot SNATCH us out of God’s hand–no one can.  But if he can cause us to WALK AWAY of our own free will, and if we don’t turn back, then he has accomplished what he hoped for.  Make no mistake, God DOES allow our faith to be tested, to see if it is genuine.  Adam and Eve sinned, and the devil deceived them, but he was clever enough to be sure that the way he did it didn’t violate their free will, so they had to bear the blame.

Even though we have our own free will, when we become Christians we commit ourselves into God’s hands for safekeeping.  He will not let us slip away.  He will not cast us away because we commit a sin.  Once we become a Christian, His Spirit lives inside of us.  He will reason with us when we are struggling with sin.  He will give us the power to overcome it, and a way out of temptation.  He will warn us when we go wrong.  But if we don’t listen to His Spirit inside us, warning us, then we are guilty of willful sin.

When we sin willfully and don’t repent, God chastises us.  Every good father disciplines his children, God is no exception.  But if we remain stiffnecked and don’t repent, if we continue to ignore His discipline, eventually our heart becomes so hardened by sin that His Holy Spirit can no longer bring us to a place of remorse and repentance.  When we get to that point, our fate is sealed.  This is not something that happens in five minutes . . . maybe not even in five weeks, or five months.

Do I live in fear?  No.  In fact, it wasn’t until I realized that God loved me even when I was in the midst of my sin . . . and that He loved me enough that He would LET me walk away, if I really wanted to, that I really came to trust Him.  When I was still believing the false gospel and OSAS doctrine, I backslid more than once.  I can tell you from experience that I ALWAYS knew I was in danger.  It was THEN that I lived in fear, because the Holy Spirit clearly warned me of what was on the horizon

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,   But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.’  (Hebrews 10:26-27)

With that misunderstanding hopefully out of the way, I will tell you what my life is like now . . .

I rarely think about, or speak about hell.  My personal belief is that trying to motivate people to love God by scaring them to death about hell only produces bad fruit.  God isn’t mocked.  He is looking for people who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth–not people who come to Him merely for a ‘get out of jail free card’.  But that’s another subject, perhaps for another post.

I walk in fellowship with God daily.  I pray all the time, about all sorts of things.  I feel strength, faith, and courage inside me, from the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Since I became a (fully converted) Christian, I am a new creation.  I have a new heart, and I have the mind of Christ.  I don’t spend my time being totally self-absorbed.  I don’t sin every five minutes.  (Incidentally, being angry is not a sin.  God is angry with the wicked every day.  Jesus was often angry with hypocrites.  Anger without cause is wrong.  Sinning because you’re angry isn’t excused.  But anger itself isn’t wrong.)

When I realize I have sinned (and it doesn’t take long, because the Holy Spirit lets me know), I repent.  I don’t repent because I’m scared of going to hell.  I repent because I hate sin.  I repent because I realize I’ve offended God.  I hate the break in fellowship that I feel, and knowing I’ve displeased Him.  Because I have a new heart, I don’t want to sin.  I hate the things God hates, and I love the things God loves.  I walk in peace–deep peace–daily, because I’m walking in the presence of God and know that we are in agreement.

Yes, I know without a doubt where I would go if I died now.  No, there’s no unconfessed, unforgiven sin in my life right now.  As I said before, when I sin, I know right away.  And when I know, I repent.  If the sin is a bad attitude or unforgiveness, sometimes I have to ask God to help me with it–and He does.  But I no longer try to hide my sins.  I know that God is my Father, who loves me–not some angry judge who’s waiting for me to mess up so He can reject me.  I know He wants to help me overcome my sins, and doesn’t condemn me for them when I confess and desire to turn away from them.

Although mainstream churchianity talks about  Christianity being a relationship, not a religion (and that is true), most mainstream ‘Christians’ don’t really know God.  They imagine they belong to a ‘God’ who doesn’t require much from them, and bends to their will.  The ‘God’ they suppose they have a relationship with, is a ‘God’ of their own making.  They reject the parts of the Bible that offend them.  They reject the parts of God’s character that they don’t understand, and they lack the fear of God.  They may believe SOME of what they know about Him, and they may desire the things that He provides, but most of them are unwilling to make the sacrifice that He requires. The biggest proof of all is that the image they are being conformed to (as evidenced by their actions and attitudes) is not the image of God.

No one comes to God standing on two feet with their pride and self-esteem intact.  Awe at the power, position, and holiness of God, and the realization of our sinfulness and unworthiness, drops us to our knees.  We come to Him broken and sorry.  We begin our walk with Him in humility, gratitude and repentance.  We continue it the same way.  Arrogance is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Neither is ‘self-esteem’.  Our worth is in Him, not in ourselves.  All our righteousness is as filthy rags.  That doesn’t just mean what we DO, but also who we ARE, in ourselves, without Him.  The strength and assurance I have now is not rooted in myself–it’s because I know who leads me by the hand.

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I believe God showed me something about ‘The Great Deception’, and here is what I think He was showing me:

It’s too soon to say what IT is.

Right now, IT is like a web a spider is weaving. The crux of the deception is at the center, and Satan is the spider.

spider web

He has started by running long filaments out from the center.  They go in many different directions, like spokes of a wheel.  On the surface (at the outermost points where these spokes attach to branches, buildings, etc.) they seem to be unrelated, but they are connected at the core.

The spokes represent various deceptive ideas which mature into the core doctrines of various belief systems, or  ‘-isms’  (Mormonism, Communism, Environmentalism, Socialism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam-ism, etc.).  Again, on the surface, at their farthest points (the beliefs they were founded upon), they don’t seem to have much in common.

After putting all the ‘spokes’ in place, Satan has begun the slow and deliberate process of weaving them together. This tapestry of threads, that join spoke to spoke, represents the ‘-isms’ themselves, that form around the deceptive doctrines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHm_iXHsSVQ

As the spider joins them together, working from the outside in, you will notice that the ‘spokes’ come closer and closer together, at the center, as the web is completed.  Eventually, as each of these ‘-isms’ matures, it will lead its followers to the same conclusion and belief.  Today, the religions and political belief systems of the world are drawing closer and closer to one another.

I am sorry to say that the denominations of Christianity each have a spoke of deception running through their midst as well.  This is why the different denominations are devolving into mindsets that are parallel to the beliefs of nonChristian religions and political belief systems.  Satan cleverly infiltrated the church long ago.

The completed web, in its totality, is what God refers to as the Great Delusion of the last days.  Right now, few of us are able to see exactly what it will look like when it is completed–but by understanding the core, we can have a pretty good idea.  Each of us knows in part, and speculates in part (or, if we are yielded to God and grounded in His Word, ‘we know in part and we prophecy in part’). As time goes on, it is coming into sharper focus–for those who have ‘eyes to see’.

All who do not know their God and love ONLY truth, will be ensnared in some part of the web. The thing that most people don’t realize, is that many are already caught in the web–and some have been caught in it for a very long time.

This isn’t something that will some day just appear in its full form and then people will start getting caught–it has been in the works for a long time, and people have been getting snared in it from the start!!

While Christians are disputing which -ism is going to be THE one, or which one we need to worry the most about, or which we should fight today, Satan continues his work.

What we need to understand is that we need to cast down EVERYTHING that exalts itself against the truth of God.

It is important that we have not become ensnared in the web ourselves.  Every belief we hold, that is not supported by the Word of God–that is not absolute truth–is a little sticky strand that holds us to the web of deception too!

God has shown each of us different pieces.  Different little groups of believers are scattered about near different parts of the web. Once we are sure that we have disentangled ourselves from the web, then we must each work to expose the deceptions that we are aware of, those that we understand, so that we can help pluck others out of Satan’s web of lies.  We can ‘shine a light’ on the part of the web nearest us, to help prevent others from getting caught unawares.

Nevertheless, we must always be careful that we don’t become ensnared again, either in some other part of the web, or by ‘new revelations’ that are being woven into it.

It is God’s will that the web exist–even if we put our concerted effort, all of us working in unison, to tearing the whole thing down, we couldn’t.

We each need to work where God has placed us–freeing those whom we can, giving respect to our brethren who are doing the same thing at other places on the web, and being careful that we don’t again find ourselves entangled in it.

 

Update 7/29/11:

Here is a link to an awesome video that confirms the commonality of all religions and who is being worshiped.  It will answer a lot of questions you didn’t even know you had.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITzDHXiS86g