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Best Life Now?

Any preacher who schools you in how to have your ‘best life now’ and attract wealth and success is teaching you to WALK IN THE FLESH. If you want to take lessons from him, you will be submitting yourself to the Law of Sin and Death.

[‘There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.’ (Prov. 14:12)

That ‘way that seemeth right’ is walking in the flesh–doing what your own heart, instincts, desires, and human reasoning tell you is right.]

The first sin he will teach you to engage in is covetousness, which is idolatry (Col. 3:5). Witchcraft/New Age Religion calls this ‘the Law of Attraction’. He will probably tell you it’s ‘positive thinking’ or ‘visualization’.

In other words, idolatry is required, to ‘have your best life now’. I bet you didn’t see THAT in the fine print.

Is it really worth it? Just how much are YOU willing to sacrifice, to have your ‘best life now’?

‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’ (Mark 8:36)

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It bears repeating . . . Catholicism is NOT Christianity . . . not a denomination of it, not the foundation of it, not a representative of it.  It is a pagan death cult that seeks to imitate and replace true Christianity.  It was inspired by Satan, and is a stronghold of evil and deceiving spirits.

If you believe in true, Biblical Christianity, don’t deceive yourself that you can have fellowship with (Catholic) unrighteousness, that you can have communion with (Catholic) darkness, that you can have part with (Catholic) infidels, that you can have agreement with (Catholic) idolatry.

”Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’
(2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Just yesterday, I read a comment someone had made, suggesting that Ananias and Sapphira didn’t go to hell (their story is in Acts 5:1-11).  I didn’t give it another thought.  Today, as I was pondering something completely different, I believe God showed me the answer to that question.

Immediately after giving the children of Israel the Ten Commandments, the Lord called Moses up on Mount Sinai, to speak with Him.  While he was up on the mountain, the children of Israel made a golden calf and began to worship it.  God was so angry that He told Moses He would wipe them all out and begin again with him.

‘They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it [is] a stiffnecked people:  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.’  (Exodus 32:8-10)

But Moses interceded for the people, and then he went down and did some purging.  First he destroyed the calf, ground it to powder, mixed it with water, and made the people drink it.  Then he took Aaron to task for what he had done.  After that, a lot of people died.

‘Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD’S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.’  (Exodus 32:26-28)

We have to understand, the people had JUST made a blood covenant with God . . .

‘And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. . . And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.   And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.’  (Exodus 24:3)

They had entered into The Covenant of their own free will.  Yet they broke the blood covenant they had sworn to uphold.  Surely after watching Moses destroy the golden calf, and being forced to drink the water that the powder was mixed with . . . and most likely hearing some choice words from Moses . . . they HAD to understand the gravity of what they had done.

And God gave them space to repent.  Before anyone was killed, Moses called on them to decide whether or not they were going to follow God.  This is where we see that very few had truly repented.  Very few chose to follow God.  The rest who had been involved were then put to death.

This was a very important lesson.  This was the first time, after receiving The Law and making The Covenant with God, that men had rebelled and broken The Covenant.  God HAD to demonstrate the seriousness of what they had done.  He was establishing a foundation for how the Israelites would view The Covenant.  Was it going to be a matter of utmost seriousness, or was God a pushover and the whole thing of little consequence?

Likewise, the rebellion and deception of Ananias and Sapphira was the first time that a ‘Christian’ had broken The NEW Covenant with God.  Again, God HAD to demonstrate the seriousness of what had been done, to establish a foundation for how Christians would view The New Covenant, that had been sealed with the blood of Christ.

Just as with the children of Israel in the wilderness, no one had twisted the arms of Ananias and Sapphira to get them to become Christians.  It was a covenant they entered into, based on their own free will.  Just as the children of Israel, Ananias and Sapphira were caught red-handed and confronted about their sin.  They were also given space to repent yet, like most of the children of Israel who had worshiped the golden calf, their hearts were hard and they didn’t repent.

At this point, it is important to understand that God still expects us to keep His Commandments.  If you believe the ‘easy grace gospel’, you’re not going to grasp the rest of this.  Ananias and Sapphira were Jews.  They had been raised with the Law of God.  They understood the Ten Commandments.  They knew that it was wrong to lie.  They knew that it violated the Commandments of God.

Ananias and Sapphira sinned.  Peter cut right to the heart of the matter, when he confronted them about their sin . . .

‘But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?   Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.’  (Acts 5:3-4)

As Peter explained, their sin was not that they had not given all the money from the sale of their land, as they had vowed . . . they had the right to change their minds.  Their sin was that they had lied, and not just lied, but lied to God!  This was a VERY serious matter–and the fact that it was going to set a precedent for The Church meant that it had to be dealt with correctly.

Surely, if everything were only about grace, this would have been the perfect time for Peter to give a little lecture about how we shouldn’t insult the Spirit of grace.  But that’s NOT how he dealt with it.  Knowing that they already knew God’s righteous commandments and what was expected of them, he dealt with them as people who had WILLFULLY sinned.  Peter confronted each of them separately.  Each of them had the opportunity to repent.  But neither of them did.  And then God struck them dead.

I believe what Paul wrote in Hebrews 10 was written with these precedent-setting events firmly in mind . . .

‘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.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’  (Hebrews 10:26-31)

Ananias and Sapphira lied to God–wilfully, knowing that they were violating God’s Commandments–then they refused to confess, and died without ever repenting of their sins.  If God was merely going to take them home to heaven, what would have been the point?  It would have set the precedent that God rewards defiance, and the willful sin of those who claim to be His children–and that repentance is not necessary for salvation!

(Which IS the gospel that many are preaching today.)

But, of course, that isn’t true!

Until today, I really didn’t know whether or not Ananias and Sapphira went to hell.  But now, I am certain they did.

‘And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.’  (Job 28:28)

Are you ‘Rapture ready’?  If you are an American Christian–most likely not.

I think most Christians have heard about the false prophet, Harold Camping, whose latest prediction for ‘The Rapture’ and judgment day did not happen.  But, rather than laughing at those who set dates, and who have probably put their lives in order, you should take inventory of yourself.  After you hear what I have to say, I believe you will thank God that judgment day was NOT May 21st!

The American Church is not ready for a ‘Rapture’!  American Christians behave themselves like the people around them–and in America, you really don’t want to behave like the people around you, trust me.

America has become a nation of  spiritually filthy, idolatrous, greedy people.  Sometimes it’s hard to see it from ‘down here’ among them–after all, we were all made from the same ‘dust’.

We tend to see ourselves in the context of the people around us, or the people on TV.  We probably look pretty good, compared to a lot of people–but God sees things very differently from ‘up there’.

Thankfully, God has given us the Bible, so that we can examine things ‘down here’,  according to His standards.  The standards God judges us by are holiness . . . perfection . . . blamelessness . . . and purity.

When Jesus returns, these are the people who the angels will gather to Him:

  • those who are spotless
  • those who have been purified
  • those who have been refined
  • those who are blameless
  • those who are  holy
  • those who are without stain, wrinkle, or any other blemish

As the Scriptures say:

‘Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked . . .’  Daniel 12: 10

‘So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.’ 2 Peter 3: 14

‘Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.’ Daniel 11: 35

. . .  Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’  Ephesians 5: 25-27

‘ So far, so good” you say?  ‘I think I’m doing alright.’  Hmmm.  Let’s look a little closer.  Lets use the ‘magnifying glass’ of Scriptures that talk about sin.  But first, lets be clear:  If there is willful, deliberate sin in your life, which you have not repented of–Christ’s blood is not covering it.  The only way to apply the blood of Christ to your sin is to confess and repent!

‘If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know [serve] him who said,  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.‘  Hebrews 10: 26-31

This passage is specifically speaking to Christians.  The God of the Old Testament, who judged His people, is the same God of the New Testament, who made a way of mercy.  But don’t think you are going to fool Him.  If you want to live outside of His covenant of mercy, then you will pay for your own sins.  He will judge everyone who lives outside His covenant of mercy.

If your pastor tries to explain this passage away–woe to him!!

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you made a covenant with God (sealed with His blood) to live a life of holiness–to be set apart from the world.  If you do not fulfill your part of the covenant towards Him, He is not under obligation to fulfill His part towards you (protection, provision, and eternal life).

In other words, if you are no longer living a life of holiness, set apart from the world, then you have broken the covenant of His mercy.  It is cancelled . . . null and void . . . powerless to save you.  You have, in effect, divorced God.  If that is the case, you need to renew your covenant with Him!  That begins with confessing your sins and repenting.

‘ . . . “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ‘  2 Timothy 2: 19

‘No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.’  1 John 3:6

The whole doctrine of ‘The Rapture’ is that Jesus will return for His people–those who are in covenant with Him.  If you have broken that covenant, then you are no longer in covenant with Him–you are no longer His.  (The only thing that can separate you from God is your willful sin. )

Which brings us to another topic that pastors seem to avoid these days:  sin.  (Woe to him who is politically correct, for he denies the truth.)  Here is a [partial] list of things that the Bible specifically says will keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God.

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) outside of marriage, after being widowed or divorced  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity), while married, with someone besides your spouse  (adultery)
  • watching or reading pornography (sexual immorality)
  • making pornography  (sexual immorality)
  • prostitution
  • homosexuality
  • sex involving animals (sexual immorality, bestiality)
  • watching or reading pornography  (sexual immorality, adultery)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • fantasizing about someone besides your spouse (adultery)
  • fantasizing about homosexuality
  • fantasizing about sex with animals (bestiality, sexual immorality)
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • giving homage to the pope or other religious leader (idolatry)
  • worshiping the bread or wine as being, or becoming, Jesus’ body (idolatry)
  • kissing the black stone  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’– our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • practicing wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • numerology  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • palm reading  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • ouija board, etc.  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, or vampirism
  • games  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • books  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • TV shows that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • movies that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • fantasizing about  witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • stealing, conning, swindling  (theft, swindling)
  • participating in $$ schemes that you know will transfer others’ money to you–through their ignorance, trust, or misfortune  (theft, swindling)
  • lying to obtain money or benefits, fraud  (lying, theft)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • ‘recreational’ or illegal drug use (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, profanity, cussing  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • body gestures and movements with sexual innuendo  (lewdness)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • murder
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
  • influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • influencing someone to kill someone  (murder)
  • fantasizing or role playing murder (murder)
  • lying
  • giving false testimony, perjury  (lying)
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • falsely accusing  (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • withholding the truth  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

A lot of you may have started reading the list, grown weary, and just skimmed the rest.  True, a lot of Christians don’t do a lot of those things, so I’ll recap a few that seem to still be popular among Christians:

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’–our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • dabbling in paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • dabbling in wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • movies, TV shows, books, or games that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
    influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • lying
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

Here are several passages in Scripture to back up what I’m saying:

‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ‘ 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ Revelation 21: 8

‘Outside are the dogs [male prostitutes], those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood [those who hate truth and liars].’ Revelation 22:1 5

You may notice, in these passages, that several other things are mentioned:

  • being cowardly
  • being unbelieving
  • hating truth

These are not sins, per se–but they will cause you not to endure to the end.  And it is imperative, that we endure  . . . to the end.

‘Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.  Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.  You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.

But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back,

I will not be pleased with him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.’    Hebrews 10: 32-39

‘ . . . if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us . . . ‘  2 Timothy 2: 12

Speaking of end-time Christians, Revelation says:

‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.’  Revelation 13: 10

‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.’  Revelation 14:12

It is not enough just to believe, not enough to endure for a while–we must endure to the end!  Here are Jesus warnings to us, concerning the last days:

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 10: 22

‘Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 24: 12-13

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Mark 13: 13

If you are on a basketball team, and the team makes it to the championships, and you are in the last quarter of the last game . . . and you quit . . . you cannot say you won, when the team wins the championships!  You will not share in the trophy, or the victory celebration.  You will be kicking yourself because you did not endure to the end.  All you did, up to the point when you quit, counts for nothing!  You are not a winner!

Conversely, if you are injured at the beginning of the season, and you have to spend the majority of the season on the bench–you are still a winner at the end . . . because you did not quit!  Even if you’re injured, you still have to show up for practices, you still have to wear your uniform, and be present at the games.

Injured or not, if you simply stop participating and doing what is required of you, you will no longer be on the team.  So it is with Christianity.  It requires your participation, and your endurance . . . to the end.

But here is what is going to be the undoing of many people in these last days.

‘They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.’

2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12

The only remedy for this is to hate wickedness and develop a love for the truth (pray too, that God will grant you a love of the truth).

If you do not fight wickedness in your own life, if you don’t turn away from sin . . . you will not love truth . . . because truth exposes sin.  In order to have victory over sin, you must love truth.

‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. ‘  John 3: 19-20

‘Walking in the light

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all  sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.’  1 John 1: 5-10

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