Page 14 – “Legalism” & “legalistic”

“Stop acting so proud and haughty!  Don’t speak with such arrogance!  For The LORD is a God Who knows what you have done; He will judge your actions.

1 Samuel 2:3 (NLT)

 

For I have kept the ways of The LORD and have not wickedly departed from my GOD.  And The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His sight.

2 Samuel 22:22,25 (ESV)

 

     He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Psalm 23:3b (NKJV)

 

No, The LORD’s delight is in those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love.

Psalm 147:11 (NLT)

 

 Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey The LORD and refuse to do wrong.

Proverbs 3:7,8 (GNT)

 

To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)

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Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever.

Isaiah 40:8 (GNB)

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But I did command them to obey Me, so that I would be their God and they would be My people.  And I told them to live the way I had commanded them, so that things would go well for them.   But they did not obey or pay any attention.  Instead, they did whatever their stubborn and evil hearts told them to do, and they became worse instead of better.

Jeremiah 7:23,24 (GNT)

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I The LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”

Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV)

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He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

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Make it your aim to do what is right, not what is evil, so that you may live.  Then The LORD Almighty really will be with you, as you claim He is.  Hate what is evil, love what is right, and see that justice prevails in the courts.

Amos 5:14,15a (GNB)

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They passed on to the people all the truth they received from Me.  They did not lie or cheat; they walked with Me, living good and righteous lives, and they turned many from lives of sin.

 Malachi 2:6 (NLT)

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Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not”.  The Lord Almighty says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace.  The arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw on that day.  They will be consumed like a tree — roots and all.

Malachi 3:18-4:1 (NLT)

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Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6 (KJV)

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One of the newer (before non-existent) theologies is “legalism” or “legalistic”.  It began some years ago falsely twisting that obedience to God is wrong.

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Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8 (KJV)

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The words “legalistic” and “legalism” have been used by sinners in the church to attack real Christians in the church who obey God.

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Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:  but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:19 (KJV)

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You must be perfect — just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:48 (GNB)

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Martin Luther, as part of the clergy, successfully fought men’s traditional corruption in church and did a number of right achievements about 500 years ago.  He was not God and made some mistakes as a human.  He was right in seeking his own salvation with fear and trembling; but, he tried to take one shortcut by adding  a word to The Holy Bible, “sole”, which is Latin for “alone”.  He added to Romans 1:17:  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Martin Luther changed The Holy Bible to read from Romans 1:17:  the just shall live by faith “alone”.  This is a no-no.  No one is to add (nor subtract) from The Holy Bible.  Isaiah 40:31a:  But those who wait on The Lord will find new strength.  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  (NIV)  With Martin Luther’s 500 year celebration, there are some who may have promoted him, if they could to God status, and yapping more, “saved by faith only”, which unfortunately for them is not true.  If you want to see how people get Saved read even the first testimony on the Homepage of this Testimonies and Miracles.

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Within the church there are some who blurt out against Christians who are doing right, “Your good works are dirty rags”.

Let us look closer at what a theologian erroneously pushed to try to let people know he was doing something from the money he was being paid.  We will see not only the verse it comes from but the verse before and after.

5:  You welcome people who enjoy doing good and who remember You by living the way You want them to.  But we sinned against You,  and You became angry with us.  But You always saved us!  6:   We are all dirty with sin.  Even our good works are not pure.  They are like bloodstained rags.  We are all like dead leaves.  Our sins have carried us away like wind.  7:   We don’t call to You for help.  We aren’t excited about following Youso You have turned away from us .  We are helpless before You, because we are full of sin.  Isaiah 64:5-7.

These verses show the opposite of what the theologian intended.  Instead of  “dirty rags”, people who are of God and who do good are welcomed by God.  However these verses show that the people of Israel had turned away from God, then God turned away from them.  Let us look at the classic King James Version.

5  Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy ways:  behold, Thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.  6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  And there is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee:  for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

The original Hebrew shows in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance that “filthy” in Isaiah 64:6 is “soiling by the menstrual flux” and “rags” is “covering or rag, but, also treachery”.  And what treachery by the bad theologian.  Christians, who are born of The Holy Spirit — “born again” [John 3], are going toward God, not turning from Him.  Jesus is more important than any theologian.

What did Jesus say?  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  Matthew 6:20 (KJV)

Our born again Christian Brothers and Sisters good works are not dirty rags but treasures in Heaven, Thanks to glorious Jesus.

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But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

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I was asked to go to an independent church in Newport, Kentucky years ago, and I accepted the offer.  The young pastor had Romans Chapter 3 as his sermon, and he meandered his way with Paul, the writer of Romans.  He smeared the Chapter with the “grace, grace, grace” so it’s OK to “sin, sin, sin” newer theology baloney.  He read the whole chapter except for the last verse, which he purposely left out.  I was overly proper and let him spew out his untruths against the congregation.  The last verse of Chapter 3, which Paul wrote, says the opposite of what he was twisting and pushing over the pulpit.  Romans 3:31 (GNB):  Does this mean that by this faith we do away with the Law?  No, not at all; instead, we uphold the Law.

After the service was over, I told him about the last verse of Romans Chapter 3, which he knew about.  He told me to leave the church.  Instead of leaving, I told him to leave the church, of which he quickly left me.  The congregation told me that they knew he was not good, but out of a number of candidates for pastor (to replace their retired pastor), he was the best they could find (it is worse now than it was years ago then).

I did not go back there again.  The following Sunday morning the young pastor apologized to the church for what he had said the week before.

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Go in through the Narrow Gate, because the gate to Hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy. and there are many who travel it.  But the gate to Life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Matthew 7:13,14 (GNB)

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Beware of  false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

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200 years ago people did not have movies, the internet, TV, radio, and other electronic devices, but instead were entertained reading books.  Sir Walter Scott wrote “Ivanhoe”, the Scottish epic poem “The Lady Of The Lake”, and other great works.  He became quite wealthy and in his bedroom had even a large library.  On 9/21/1832 he was lying on his bed and asked his servant to bring him the book.  The servant asked him which book.  The dying Sir Walter Scott told him, “There is only one book”.

Because he loved and protected the middle-class, Teddy Roosevelt was one of the most loved Presidents America ever had, and they named the Teddy Bear after him.  Teddy Roosevelt was, also, the most educated President America has ever had.  Teddy Roosevelt said, “Reading The Bible is better than a college education”.  One of my past lawyers agrees with that; we would start our sessions by seriously reading a chapter in The Bible (and finished a book of  The Bible at a time); he later would read The Holy Bible with his family everyday while they enjoyed dinner; and, when he told me he removed television from his house, I reached over the desk and shook his hand.  My mother was an active person (whom you can see and read about on Page 9 after you complete this Page), was 5 hours away from a PhD, and read the entire Holy Bible once a year.  I learned much in college, including the labs, but I have learned more from The Holy Bible.

One of the best things to protect you in life, and even in your church life, is to read a Chapter a day of The Holy Bible starting with Genesis, Chapter One, leaving out no words, from cover to cover, from beginning to the end, until you have read The Holy Bible cover-to-cover, from beginning to the end, every word, until you have competed the wholesome Holy Bible.  A number of people have read The Holy Bible cover-to-cover and have noticeable depth of character.  Some people wanted to read The Holy Bible, but never got around to doing it, and have died without having The Holy Bible’s wealth in their life.  There are, also, people who have started reading The Holy Bible, but told me they got sidetracked one day and let me know they regretted not getting back to finishing reading The Holy Bible for years, but they did not take time to fit it back in their day or night schedule.

Make time every day for God.  Pray (more important) and read The Holy Bible each day.

If something rarely came up that blew out my day — the next day, instead of reading 2 Chapters, I purposely penalized myself for missing and read 3 Chapters; I didn’t mess around with it.  I finished reading the entire Bible in about 3 worthwhile years.

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Not everyone who calls Me their Lord will get into the kingdom of Heaven, only the ones who obey My Father in Heaven will get in.

Matthew 7:21 (CEV)

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Those who spout “legalism” & “legalistic” from their mouth have Paul (whom I have quoted in Testimonies and Miracles) equal with Jesus (Whom I have quoted in Testimonies and Miracles) and have put what Paul has said higher than what Jesus says, even to the point of ignoring much of what Jesus has said to suit their purpose.  No man’s words have ever been nor ever will be greater than nor equal with what Jesus says.  What did even Paul say in 1 Corinthians 7:10? “(Not I, but The Lord)” — and in 2 verses later in 1 Corinthians 7:12, “To the rest I say (I, not The Lord)”.   Even Paul knows that what Jesus says is far more important than what anyone else says — including Paul.  But  too many people want a person to idolize instead of having God as their hero.  Too many people did the same thing with Saul (for king) in 1 Samuel 8:6,7.  Instead of obeying Jesus and loving God with all  of their heart, soul, mind, and strength (after fully reading this Page, do what is in Pages 4 & 5 in this site), most people simply prefer to  idolize a human “leader”.  My leader is the living Jesus, The Christ.  In Acts 14:15 the people in Lystra, Turkey tried to make Paul a god, and Paul fast put a stop to it.   God is, was, and will be my and the only God.

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And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Matthew 7:26 (KJV)

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Jesus never broke the Ten Commandments, including Commandment 4:

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to The Lord your God.  On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days The Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested.  That is why The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.  Exodus 20:8-11 (NLT)

Then Jesus went over to their synagogue,  where He noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)  And He answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out?  Of course you would.  And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep!  Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”Then He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.”  So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!  Matthew 12:9-13 (NLT)

Most Christians who obey God and His Ten Commandments like to obey the Fourth Commandment on Sunday, because it’s traditional and they reason that is when Jesus Was Risen from the dead — and this is what I had done for years.  A few years ago I started obeying God‘s Fourth Commandment on Saturday, as a number of Pastors have begun to do; and, I go to church on Sunday relaxed and refreshed and get more out of church because of it.

My food is prepared before the Sabbath, and I do not eat at a restaurant on the Sabbath.  I do nothing but Christian activities on the Sabbath, honoring God, and I take a deserved nap on the Sabbath whenever I want.  The Holy Spirit has made me look considerably younger, because I honor God and His Sabbath.

“The city will be safe if God be truly and devoutly worshipped and this is attested by the sanctification of the Sabbath”, John Calvin

The Puritans called the Sabbath, “The market place of the soul”.

“There is nothing in which I would recommend you to be more strictly resolute than in keeping the Sabbath holy; and by this I mean, not only abstaining that Day from all unbecoming sports and common business, but from time consuming and frivolous conversation, which often leads to a sad waste of this precious Day.”, William Wilberforce

“No nation has ever prospered that has trampled the Sabbath in the dust.  Show me a nation who has done this and I will show you a nation that has got in it the seeds of ruin and decay.  I believe that Sabbath desecration will carry a nation down quicker than anything else.”, D,L. Moody

“Experience shows that the Day of Rest is essential to mankind — that it is demanded by civilization as well as Christianity.”, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

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He answered, “The man who planted the good seed in the field is the Son Of Man.  The field is the world.  The good seed are the people in Gods kingdom.  The weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One.  And the enemy who planted the bad seed is the Devil.  The harvest is the end of time.  And the workers who gather are God’s angels.

“The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire.  It will be the same at the end of time.  The Son Of Man will send his angels, and they will find the people who cause sin and all those who do evil. The angels will take those people out of His kingdom.  They will throw them into the place of fire.  There the people will be crying and grinding their teeth with pain.  Then the Godly people will shine like the sun.  They will be in the kingdom of their Father . You people who hear me, listen!

Matthew 13:37-43 (ERV)

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Some people want a marmalade version of The Holy Bible  — sweetened.  Instead, God and children do not want to have The Holy Bible to have its salt and truth taken away and twisted.

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Then He said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 18:3,4 (NLT)

 

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.   But among you it will be different.  Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,

Matthew 20:25,26 (NLT)

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In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.  You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to Hell?

Matthew 23:28,33 (NIV)

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But he that endureth to the end, he shall be saved.

Matthew 24:13 (1599 AD Geneva Bible [The Bible used exclusively by the Puritans, who were the first to successfully start the country (I live in) with God‘s miracles and grace in 1620 AD.])

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And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke ,the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 4:19 (KJV)

 

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The last letter John Wesley wrote was to William Wilberforce, Member of Parliament.  The following is part of this letter which William Wilberforce, MP received:

 

February 24, 1791

 

Dear Sir:

. . . you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy, which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature.  Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils.  But if God  be for you, who can be against you?  Are all of them together stronger than God?  O be not weary of well doing!  Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might . . .

John Wesley

 

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“‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.  They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’  You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

Mark 7:6b-8 (NIV)

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As I was changing channels on the TV, a famous television “preacher” said that nobody can obey the Ten Commandments — he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than this television “preacher”.  In the very first chapter of Luke Elizabeth and Zechariah obeyed the Ten Commandments, as others do.  They both lived good lives in God‘s sight and obeyed fully all The Lord‘s laws and commands. Luke 1:6 (GNT).   Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:19 (NIV).

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While I was at a Wednesday night Bible study in Bellevue, Kentucky, the pastor asked me what I thought of the King James Bible.  I stated, “I worship God and not King James”.  I have probably read the King James version more than any other translation, and though it is more poetic than other versions, it is not the most accurate as the “King James only” people would claim.  The “King James only” would quote other “King James only” people for their arguments, but acted like it was forbidden for them to look at the other versions and find out for themselves — just like a cult.   They claim that the many translators of the King James version were the best in the history of the world.  William Tyndale gave up his life for translating The New Testament with great research — years before the King James version came out; and, the King James translators plagiarized the Tyndale New Testament basically word for word.  When I ask the “King James only” people about The Bibles in other countries that the people have had in their own languages, they arrogantly say they are not accurate; the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, successfully used the 1599 Geneva Bible, not the 1611 King James Version Bible.  Some, if not most of the “King James only” people use their “King James only” position as a means to try to feel superior to others.  I have found too many of the “King James only” people do not know how to even pray and are full of baloney and hypocrisy.  When they told me that the word, “Hell”, is not in any of the other Bibles, I was finished with them, because I knew that was a lie, because I have seen in a number of different Versions that the word, “Hell” is in them.  Another example is the King James Version of Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”.  The earliest Greek manuscripts show the great army of angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom He is pleased!” Luke 2:14 Good News Translation; notice “with whom He is pleased.!”

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Another false theory is “God loves everyone equally”.  It has been around too long and is the opposite of what God says.  Even before Jesus came from His glory in Heaven to earth as a baby, God loved beloved Daniel more than others.  Jesus knew the apostle John’s heart and loved him more than others.  God did love Elijah more than Ahab and Jezebel.  God took Elijah into Heaven without Elijah ever dying and Jezebel was thrown out of a window, was run over by a chariot, and eaten by dogs.  It was Elijah and Moses that met with Jesus in the Transfiguration not Ahab and Jezebel.   

Those who really love Me are the ones who not only know My commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them.  I will make Myself known to them.” John 14:21 (ERV)

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Not at all! And don’t you realize that you also will perish unless you leave your evil ways and turn to God?

Luke 13:3 (TLB)

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Someone asked Him, ‘Lord, are only a few people going to be Saved?’  He said to them,  ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Luke 13:23,24 (NIVUK)

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But He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know you. Go away from Me. You are sinful.’

Luke 13:27 (NLV)

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Stand firm, and you will win life.

Luke 21:19 (NIV)

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Another new false theology that has sprung up from evil is that God has “unconditional love”, which is no where in The Holy Bible.  The most famous verse in The Holy Bible, John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ” (KJV), does not say. for God so “unconditionally” loved the world; it is, also, conditional that one has to believe in Jesus not to perish.  Anyone who has seriously read all of the full The Holy Bible from cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, knows that God‘s great love is not unconditional — the lying theory is from the Evil One.  Did God have “unconditional love” for King Saul, when God rejected King Saul and have David, who loved God more, anointed king, while King Saul was reigning?  No way.  Did JesusWho Loved John Boanerges more, have “unconditional love” for Judas Iscariot, whom Jesus let it be known Judas Iscariot would have been better off as being non-existant (never been born)?  Uh uh.  Some may think with “unconditional love” they will not go to Hell, too.  Throughout The Holy Bible it is proven that God‘s Love is conditional, including Romans 9:13:  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

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those who have done what is good will rise to Live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.

John 5:29b  (NIV)

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You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me,  yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.

I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.  I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not accept Me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.  How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

John 5:39-44 (NIV)

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 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.   John 10:28 (KJV).  I firmly believe that, not only, no one can take you out of my Savior‘s Hand, but not even the Devil can.  God, people who leave You will be lost.  You will destroy all who are not faithful to You.  Psalm73:27 (ERV).  God has given you a free will.  Only you can leave your Savior‘s Hand by your own free will, as others have selfishly & stupidly done.  Now The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).  “Eternal security”, is a phrase made up and used by some denominations to continue to excuse their sinning on purpose — and that phrase is no where in the Holy Bible.  It is now their tradition — man’s tradition.  It goes hand in hand with their made up doctrine by theologians, “once saved, always saved”, which is also no where in the Holy Bible, and is also known as “once saved, always sin”.  They ignore what the Holy Bible says, including and especially what Jesus, The Faithful And True Witness has said & is written on this page, and Who states “he that endureth to the end shall be Saved.”  Matthew 10:22b (KJV).  Obey God and have faith in Jesus, for only He can Save you.

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 They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them.

John 12:43 (NOG)

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The man who has received My commands and obeys them — he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father; and I will love him and disclose Myself to him.

John 14:21 (TNEB)

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I have told you this, so that you will not give up your faith.

John 16:1 (GNT)

 

 

 

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 Peter said to them, “Be sorry for your sins and turn from them and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of The Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38 (NLV)

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In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.

Acts 17:30 (NIV)

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But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God‘s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.  God “will give to each person according to what he has done”.  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 2:5-8 (NIV)

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Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of The Father. we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:3,4 (NIV)

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Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Romans 8:8 (NIV)

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 Do not act like the sinful people of the world. Let God change your life.  First of all, let Him give you a new mind.  Then you will know what God wants you to do.  And the things you do will be good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (NLV)

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If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT)

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Keep alert.  Be firm in your faith.  Stay brave and strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 (CEV)

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We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIVUK)

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 I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times.

Ephesians 5:16 (ERV)

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continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12b (NIV)

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 So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God‘s call through Christ Jesus to the Life above.

Philippians 3:14 (GNT)

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Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.

Colossians 2:8 (NLT)

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For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age,

Titus 2:11,12 (NIV)

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Even during their lifetimes, and more so today, the Apostle Peter warned about people twisting Paul’s epistles around.  Next is the final words that Peter wrote in The Holy Bible.   My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that The Lord is patient because He wants people to be Saved.  This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him.  Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand.  Some ingnorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said.  They do the same thing with other Scriptures too.  My dear friends, you have been warned ahead of time!  So don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance.  Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing.  Praise Jesus now and forever!  Amen.  2 Peter 3:14 – 18 (CEV)

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Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of  The Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you.  You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more.  For you remember what we taught you in the Name of The Lord JesusGod wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin.  Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor — not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and His ways.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (NLT)

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That all they might be damned which believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 (GNV)

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The Spirit says clearly that some people will abandon the faith in later times; they will obey lying spirits and follow the teachings of demons.  Such teachings are spread by deceitful liars, whose consciences are dead, as if burnt with a hot iron.

1 Timothy 4:1,2 (GNB)

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You are young, but don’t let anyone treat you as if you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live.  Show them by what you say, by the way you live, by your love, by your faith, and by your pure life.

1 Timothy 4:12 (ERV)

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 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the Devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:26 (NIVUK)

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We are in the latter times now.

Christians, who know Jesus personally, who obey God, are not stupid enough to allow their souls to go to Hell [read all of Page 12 after completing this Page] are taking a stand against this twisted theology of legalism; the evil people behind it, tend to hypocritically change their definition, now, to “legalism” or “legalistic” is “man-made law”, but what I hear them say that is “man-made law” is actually in the New Testament and not just man.

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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

  2 Timothy 4:3 (KJV)

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Beware of those who oink and bark, “legalism & legalistic”, who instead of having enough character to engage in spiritual warfare conquering their sins, waddle in the filth of their sins, instead of resisting the Devil and their sins, and try to justify their destruction to others by leaving out parts of The Bible — even at the pulpit before the sheep.

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But God said this about His SonGodYour throne will last forever and  ever.  You will rule your kingdom with fairness.  You love what is right and hate evil.  So God has chosen You to rule those with YouYour God has given You much joy.”

Hebrews 1:8,9 (ICB)

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Wherefore as The Holy Ghost saith, To day, if ye have heard His voice, do not ye harden your hearts, as in wrathing, like the day of temptation

Hebrews 3:7,8a (Wycliffe Bible)

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 So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this Good News failed to enter because they disobeyed God.

Hebrews 4:6 (NLT)

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For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a powerful prospect of Judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:26,27 (RSV)

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be holy; without holiness no one will see The Lord.

Hebrews 12:14b (NIV)

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NLV)

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Love Jesus from all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind.

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 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of Life that The Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:12 (NIVUK)

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Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can Save you.   Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:21,22 (NIV)

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But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.

James 1:25 (NIVUK)

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What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

James 2:14 (NIVUK)

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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:17 (NIVUK)

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So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

James 2: 24 (NLT)

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Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

James 2:26 (NLT)

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So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.  Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

James 4:7,8 (NLT)

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“The word of God” is ——- the sword of The Holy Spirit.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of The Spirit, which is the word of God: Ephesians 6:17 (KJV).  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV).  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)

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Christ carried the burden of our sins.  He was nailed to the cross, so that we would stop sinning and start living right.  By his cuts and bruises you are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 (CEV)

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And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:  whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2 Peter 2:2-4 (KJV)

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As of  2016, there are those in the church who want to justify and continue their addiction, pornography and other sins, by slyly changing the definition of Repentance to “change one’s thinking” only (to obscure Repentance) .  Cheap change.  Repentance means more than changing one’s thinking.  They are corrupting the church, whom I love.  Repentance is and will be the action prayer to God of sorrow and regret for sinning with turning away from sinning.

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He is especially hard on those who follow their own evil, lustful thoughts, and those who are proud and willful, daring even to scoff at the Glorious Ones without so much as trembling,

2 Peter 2:10 (TLB)

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These people are as useless as dried-springs of water or as clouds blown away by the wind — promising much and delivering nothing.  They are doomed to blackest darkness.  They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting.  With lustful desire as their bait, they lure back into sin those who have just escaped from such wicked living.  They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption.  For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  And when people escape from the wicked ways of the world by learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up with sin and become its slave again, they are worse off than before.  It would be better if they had never known the the right way to live than to know it and then reject the holy commandments that were given to them.  They make these proverbs come true:  “A dog returns to its vomit”, and “A washed pig returns to the mud”.

2 Peter 2:17-22 (NLT)

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If we obey God‘s commands, then we are sure that we know Him  If we say that we know Him, but do not obey His commands, we are liars and there is no truth in us.

1 John 2:3,4 (GNT)

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Whoever continues to sin belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the very beginning. The Son Of God appeared for this very reason, to destroy what the Devil had done.

1 John 3:8 (GNT)

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 Whoever obeys God‘s commands lives in union with God and God lives in union with him.  And because of  The Spirit that God has given us we know that God lives in union with us.  My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have The Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God.  For many false prophets have gone out everywhere.

1 John 3:24-4:1 (GNB)

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It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.

3 John 3 (NIVUK)

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I say this because some Godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God‘s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives.

Jude 4a (NLT)

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They follow their own lusts.  Big words come rolling from their lips, and they court favour to gain their ends.  But you, my friends, should remember the predictions made by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the warning they gave you:  ‘In the final age there will be men who pour scorn on religion, and follow their own godless lusts’.  These men draw a line between spiritual and unspiritual persons, although they are themselves wholly unspiritual.  But you, my friends, must fortify yourselves in your most sacred faith.  Continue to pray in the power of The Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in the love of God, and look forward to the day when our Lord Jesus Christ in His mercy will give eternal life.  There are some doubting souls who need your pity; snatch them from the flames and save them.  There are others for whom you pity must be mixed with fear; hate the very clothing that is contaminated with sensuality.

Jude 16b-23 (TNEB)

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He who has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:7 (NIV)

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He who has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit says to the churches.  He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.

Revelation 2:11 (NIV)

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 “But why do you let that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet mislead My dear servants into Cross-denying, self-indulging religion?  I gave her a chance to change her ways, but she has no intention of giving up a career in the god-business.  I’m about to lay her low, along with her partners, as they play their sex-and-religion games. The bastard offspring of their idol-whoring I’ll kill.  Then every church will know that appearances don’t impress Me.  I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you.

Revelation 2:20-23 (MSG)

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 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of The Lamb and made them white.  Revelation 7:14 (NLT)

 

When you are Saved by my Savior, you are washed from your sins, not to continue to purposely sin.

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 And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.

Revelation 12:17 (NLT)

 

The robe He wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word Of God”.

Revelation 19:13 (GNT)

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And the sea gave up her dead, which were in her, and death and Hell delivered up the dead, which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 (1599 Geneva Bible)

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 Wake up!  Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead.  I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of My GodGo back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to Me again.  If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.

Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil.  They will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.   All who are victorious will be clothed in white.  I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before My Father and His angels that they are mine.

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to The Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.

Revelation 3:2-6 (NLT)

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 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath they seen, O God, besides Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for HimThou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy Ways:  Isaiah 64:4,5a (KJV).  My Christian works are not “filthy rags” but treasures in Heaven.  I am a child of God, filled with The Holy Spirit thanks to Him.  Unlike the other man-made false theologies used to try to continue sinning that have existed for decades, “legalism” & “legalistic” are used as attack (not defensive) weapons against the righteous.  They, also, hypocritically attack the righteous calling them, “self-righteous hypocrites” — beware when you hear the latter phrase.

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God‘s people must learn to endure.  They must obey His commandments and have faith in Jesus.

Revelation 14:12 (CEV)

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and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life

Revelation 22:19a (NKJV)

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This is the 7th & final verse of “How Firm A Foundation”, written by Robert Keen from his soul in 1787.

“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to His foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”  Amen

Click on the arrow for the Song;

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This song is against the Devil, who is the father of lies.  It is sung by Petra, click on arrow:

Lastly, be strong in The Lord. and in the strength of His power.  Take up God‘s instruments of war, so that you may be able to keep your position against all the deceits of the Evil One.  For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens.  For this reason take up all the arms of God, so that you may be able to be strong in the evil day, and, having done all, to keep your place.  Take your place, then, having your body clothed with the true word, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness; be ready with the good news of peace as shoes on your feet; and most of all, using faith as a cover to keep off all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.  And take salvation for your head-dress and sword of The Spirit, which is the Word Of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17  (TBIBE)

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This song was written close to half a millennium ago by Martin Luther in 1539.  Click on arrow:

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I love all types of high quality Christian music.  I like Handel’s Messiah the best as others do, too.  My favorite type of music, even more than favorite hymns and good praise music, is the Biblical music, where every single word is directly from The Holy Bible — nothing added and nothing subtracted.  Handel’s Messiah is both the Biblical music and the Christian classical music in 1741.  Click on these versions for newer depth:

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“Character is what man is in the dark” — Dwight L. Moody.  Trust and Obey was written in 1887 AD following a meeting held by Dwight L. Moody:

 

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The 3rd Verse

Holy, Holy, Holy

Reginald Heber

 

Holy, Holy, Holy!  Though the darkness hide Thee,

though the eye of sinful man, Thy glory may not see.

Only Thou Art holy; there is none beside Thee,

perfect in power, in love, and purity.

 

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“The liberty of conscience, hearby granted, shall not be construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness”, From the 1977 New York State Constitution.

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64 thoughts on “Page 14 – “Legalism” & “legalistic”

  1. I wanted to give a thanks to God real quick for T and M. It has been used as a reminder that I have much more time on my hands than I make use of by going on auto pilot and wasting away! I am currently on a whole Bible reading plan within 90 days and I am certain He has used it to help keep me in his words!
    -2 Corinthians 9:6 NASB is a good reminder of this.
    (Hebron, Kentucky)

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  9. Dear Scott,

    Read the Testimony and Miracles (click on the PDF file in red) on the Home Page from beginning to end. You will see that after I was first Saved at 18, five years later I began sinning and The Immanuel miraculously let me know that I was sinning, even though I did not know that I was sinning at the time. We are not to purposely sin — we are not to do something, when we know it is wrong to do so. When I have found out that I have sinned, I repent and sincerely and humbly ask God to forgive me, and God graciously forgives me and lets me know that He has forgiven me. When the world wants us to sin, when our flesh wants us to sin, or Satan wants us to sin, we are to resist and not do it — it is not worth any sin.

    Jesus, The Immanuel (God Is With Us) refines me and disciplines me as His disciple.

    It saddens my heart to ever have God grieve because of me. God has made me successful, because I obey Him.

    Jesus made it clear to us. You must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 (NLV)

    And as you boldly know, “Walk the straight and narrow path”.

    It is so refreshing to obey God.

    Thank-you for your question(s) Scott.

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  16. I grew up in a Christian home, my Dad & Mother were Pastors of a small Assemblies of God church in Ky.. They were not on a salary. Rent was due & there was no money.

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