~2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When we buy our fruit in the grocery store, we don’t stop to think about where the fruit came from or the work it took the fruit farmer to get that fruit to us. A tree can only produce plenty of fruit – good fruit – when it is properly cared for and has all the right “ingredients.” It needs the right amount of sunshine, rain, fertilizer and pruning. A healthy tree produces a good crop of fruit.

It is the same with our Christian lives. Without the Son-shine in our lives, we cannot bear fruit. Without Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we cannot possibly be fruitful nor can we make it without Him. Just as a tree cannot feed itself or water itself, neither can we feed ourselves spiritually without God’s word.  Without getting to know Him better through the Scriptures, we cannot grow. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5) At times we need pruning so we can be more fruitful. Pruning comes in various ways – through trials, through the word of God, and even through the preaching. A tree doesn’t have much choice but to be pruned. But we do! We don’t have to allow the Lord to prune us. Sometimes the pruning will hurt – but it does not have to if we are proactive. However, when we aren’t, we can be sure we will not grow properly. We won’t produce the fruit we could produce.

Psalm 1:2-3, But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (2) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (3)

Notice that verse 3 says that his leaf shall not wither. If I water my plants regularly, they stay looking nice. If I miss a week, however, the leaves start to droop and they “scream” for water. So should Christians scream for the living water of the word of God. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38 )

Oh the smell of a new car! There’s nothing like it! What is it about a new car? I love to look at it – I love to drive it. But one thing is for sure, I do not like the repairs and costs associated with it! My husband likes to tinker with our vehicles. He always makes sure that he purchases the manual for each of our vehicles so he can work on them. Whenever something goes wrong, out comes the manual and he looks up the “symptoms” and diagnoses the problem. Once he knows what the problem is, he can get to work to fix it.

We own a Nissan Titan and, as you can guess, he owns the manual for that as well 🙂 However, he would not take the Nissan manual out to fix our Ford Focus, nor would he take the Ford manual out to fix the Titan. The Ford manufacturer has complete guidelines and instructions for their vehicles (as do all other manufacturers) and if anyone knows how to repair our Focus, they would. They would not relinquish the responsibility of documenting their repair instructions to another manufacturer – that would be absurd! So the car buyer knows that he can trust Ford’s documentation because it is written by those who manufactured the car. No one else knows a Ford better than those who build it, right? With that thought in mind, you wouldn’t turn to a Ford manual to work on your Toyota would you? Of course not.

It is the same with “religion.” To those who are searching for God and wanting to know how to get to heaven, they must turn to the only source that has the truth. (John 17:17) They may turn to a specific “church” or organization for the answers, but why not go to the Source who documented the truth? (John 14:26) If anyone knows about heaven and how to get there, it is God and He recorded the way in the Bible. Some think they know the way because they go to a specific church or they were “christian” all their lives. However, the Bible says,

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

Is it possible that the way you think is the right way could be the wrong way? Don’t you want to know? (Matthew 7:13-14) Don’t you want to make sure???

Do you let people deceive you in your finances? Do you fall for gimmicks on television? Are you a sucker for every good deal that crosses your path? If you’re like me, you like to research and investigate before you spend your hard-earned money. I don’t throw away my money frivolously. I make sure that I am getting my money’s worth. Nothing is too good for my family so I watch out for the best deals and make my dollar stretch. I can’t put a price on their health and well being.

But what is the price of their soul? What is the price on where they will spend eternity? That, my friend, is priceless! It is my duty (Deut. 11:18-20) to show my children the way to heaven. God did not leave us without direction. The Bible offers the instructions on how to repair our souls, just as my husband’s Nissan manual offers him the instructions on repairing his truck!

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

No matter how many men tell my husband he can put a Dodge part into his Nissan, he knows that it just won’t work. Why? Because he has read the manual and he has learned from the master mechanics at Nissan how to repair his vehicle. He doesn’t travel from manufacturer to manufacturer trying to find another way or a work around solution. He knows that the truth about fixing his vehicle is found in its manual.

Salvation is no different! No matter how many religious people tell us that their way is the only way, we must compare what they say with what God says in His word. Will you take the words of men or will you take the words of God? Does your religion tell you that the church “fathers” and church traditions are also God’s words? What if the two contradict each other?

Who is the authority on the subject but the author? The Author, God, has penned His instructions – His directions – His map, if you will – and we find those words in our Bible.

(Heb 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the Rock and foundation of our faith.

(Deu 32:4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (1 Cor 10:4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

When we follow a church’s teachings blindly, we will fall as they fall (Luk 6:39). Don’t be guilty of placing your eternal destination in the hands of another. It is your responsibility to seek out the truth and decide for yourself. Your church will not be standing next to you on Judgment Day. You will be alone when it comes to giving an account before God why you chose to accept instructions which were not contained in His word. God has left you His manual in the Bible!

Most Christian women who are married to an unbeliever have husbands who are good and kind – and they are willing to live at peace with their Christian wife. Their husbands are not abusive and are decent men. I know a handful of women who are in this situation. In fact, I am in that situation, too.

The topic that kept cropping up in my own spiritual life was being an obedient wife to my unsaved husband. What does the word of God have to say about this? I use to say, “Ya, but what IF he tells me to do something that’s wrong?” The fact of the matter was that many of the “what if’s” never came to pass. I was worrying over situations that never occurred. This worry is old slew foot’s way of distracting the Christian woman and keeping her from moving forward in her role of submission.

Let’s look at what the Scriptures have to say about being submissive and obedient to our husbands:

~Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

~1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

~1 Corinthians 11:8-9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

~Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

~Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

~Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

~Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

~1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

~Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

~1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

~1 Peter 3:5-6 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

I find it interesting that six times we see the appearance of the phrase “own husbands” – we are not to submit to someone else’s husband. Submitting to my husband’s leadership in our family is essential for a biblical marriage. He may not be saved, but he is still the leader in our home. It does not mean that he has the right to rule as a little ‘Hitler’ with a fist of iron. It does not mean that he has the right to demand that I go against the Scriptures. That is not leadership. Granted, if my husband would ask me to go against the Scriptures, I must obey God. 

God’s Word says we are to submit to our husbands – not just on the outside but on the inside as well. Submitting is easy as long as it goes along with what we want. However, when the rubber meets the road, are we as willing to submit when we do not agree with what our husbands want? For example, your husband wants to purchase a new car with your income tax refund and you want a new washer and dryer. The two of you do not agree and you make a plea to your husband. That is where the Holy Spirit’s work comes in. Let it go and let the Lord work in the situation. If your husband still buys the car, let it go. 🙂

Submitting is not an option – we are commanded to do so. When we do not submit, we will be “spanked” by the Father. Just as our children’s punishments get harsher when they continue to do what we tell them not to do, so will our punishments be more severe if we refuse to obey God’s Word and submit to our husbands. God gets our attention one way or another.

I hope all this makes sense to you ladies. I find it is much easier to obey the Holy Spirit and submit to my husband than it is to resist and suffer punishment as a result. Once we “get this,” our relationship with our husband improves dramatically.

~Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (1) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (2)

I think we have all been through one of those arguments with our dear husbands where we know that he is wrong but he doesn’t know that he is wrong! 🙂 Yes, we can chuckle at this statement but what do we do as submissive wives during times like these?

Today’s verses tell us what to do. I have used these verses and applied them to my relationship with my beloved. After I remained quiet and didn’t try to prove my point, I discovered that God had the opportunity to work in the situation.How many times do we step in and have things work out horribly?!

If I had “fought back,” God would not have been able to show His glory. More times than not, when I apply Proverbs 15:1-2 in my conversations/arguments with my beloved, the Lord works it out and works in my husband’s heart. When I jump the gun, I don’t give the Lord the opportunity to work in the situation and I make it worse.

I hope that makes sense to ya’ll 🙂 Try to apply these two verses today with your beloved. God honors His Word!

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. ~James 3:1-12

Our tongue is little in comparison to the rest of our body but it sure can be a sharp little tool if it is not trained! (James 3:10) One minute it can praise God and the next minute it can gossip about another!

So how can we train our tongue? (Psalm 39:1) Firstly, we must change the condition of the heart, amen? (Luke 6:45) Starting the day with the words from Psalm 19:14 is an excellent beginning 🙂 When my heart is right, the words coming from my lips will be also.

As I read today’s text, the Lord impressed upon my heart Colossians 4:6 – my speech should be seasoned with salt. Just what is the purpose of salt in our lives? Why would the Lord use this analogy? Meditating on the little word salt and comparing it to our everyday life opened this part of scripture so much more. I don’t know about you, but I really get more out my reading when analogies are used. The Lord sure knows His creation 🙂 He knows we learn better with real life applications. So what does salt actually do for us?

(1) It adds flavor to food – Again, Colossians 4:6 says my speech should be “seasoned” with salt. We all know what food tastes like when too much salt is added. It’s just not edible! But the right amount of salt makes food taste awesome! So does my speech add flavor to a conversation?   Do I contribute something from God’s Word when someone opens their heart to me? When someone comes to me discouraged, do I have the right words to encourage them? (Psalm 19:14) We should strive to share verses with everyone we talk to, saved or unsaved, and add flavor to our conversations. Remember, God promises that His Word will not go out void.

(2) To preserve foodDo your words preserve? There are lost souls everywhere and their souls need to be preserved, if you will. They need to hear the Gospel and they need to hear it with “flavor.” (John 6:68) We have the words of life and they are lost! Do you see a Christian friend heading toward distruction? That friend needs to be preserved – that friend needs you to love her and show her through the scriptures what she is doing wrong. I am close to two dear ladies and both are not hesitant in preserving me 😀 They would rather see me living for the Lord than to stray and be chastised. That is a characteristic of a good friend!

(3) To heal open soresWe have all gargled with salt water at one time or another. It helps to heal mouth sores. Do your words bring comfort and healing?  (Proverbs 12:18) To the lost, your words should be the Gospel.  (John 6:68) To the saved, your words should be full of mercy rather than judgment. (Luke 6:36) We say that we love the sinner yet hate the sin – do we really ? We need to remember that we all are sinners. (Romans 7:24) Not one day goes by that we are not tempted and sin because of it. So who are we to consider ourselves better than the one who has fallen? We are told to love one another – only then will our words bring healing to those who are hurting!

Our goal should be to draw others to the scriptures. (Acts 8:31) Just as salt causes us to thirst and to heal, so should our speech be to others. God’s words will not return to us void – He promises us this! (Isaiah 55:11) Every time I look at a salt shaker, you can be sure I look at it differently! 🙂

We know that what is in our hearts will reflect by the words we speak, amen? (Matthew 12:34, Matthew 15:18, Luke 6:45) What can change a heart? Romans 10:10 tells us that with our heart we believe unto righteousness and with our mouths we profess our salvation. Once the sinful heart is made clean by the precious blood of the Lamb, we are a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17) and we now have the power to stay away from sin. So how can we do that?

It is the scriptures which cleanse us when we obey them. (Psalm 119:9) We are who we hang around with and who we spend more time with, amen? A woman who is a busy body will not be able to stay away from this awful sin if she continues the same path she’s been on. God’s word warns us about this sin so if she heeds His word, she will be able to be “cleansed” from that sin. It takes action on our part – heeding God’s word – taking control of our spiritual life and actively giving up that sin. It is doable because we possess the Holy Spirit of God who desires to help us during each and every temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13) This is a promise – if this verse does not work for you it is because you chose to continue in the sin rather than say no.

We have a new day, each and every day, to dedicate it to the Lord and consecrate it especially for His good pleasure. What is more beautiful than a woman beginning her day by dedicating her mouth to the Lord? What a beautiful verse to memorize for each and every one of us:

~Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

What is in our heart will come out of our mouth. Therefore, when we begin our day by dedicating the words from our mouth to the Lord, we are going to make a conscious effort to guard our words, amen? We must weigh our thoughts before speaking them.  I think of the wife of an unsaved husband. If she begins her day in this manner, her husband will receive kindness and understanding even if he does not deserve them. Since the woman was created for man (and not vice versa), it is our God-given duty to strive to be the godly helpmeet He wishes us to be. (I Peter 3:1-2)

Speaking only kindness takes practice. Holding your temper or sarcastic retorts takes work. It’s easy to speak our minds but it takes work to control the tongue. (James 1:26) Just think of the wonderful benefits you receive when you obey this verse: (1) you’re in God’s will in doing so, (2) you are being a godly testimony to those around you, and (3) the unsaved will see Christ in you and be won over!

When we speak kindness, we are showing our love to the Lord! God sees this and He is pleased. Aren’t you pleased when your children do something good? God is the ultimate parent! He is pleased when we obey His words and put them into action.

~Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

~Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

I’m sure you have found yourself at one time or another in the same room with someone with a bad temper. Your main thought is to get as far away from the contention as possible. A house cannot be big enough when it contains a woman who is ranting and raving her displeasure. Do we behave like this Proverb’s woman with our own husband?

We can try to justify our actions all we want. We can say that we are trying to make a point. We can say “He’s my husband, he needs to see how he makes me feel!” But does he really have to know exactly how you feel? If yes, does he have to hear it through screaming words?

There is nothing appealing or admirable about a woman who cannot control her anger. I once knew a woman who would throw her wedding ring at her husband during a fight and then she would storm out the door and go for a ride in the car. Is that Christ-like to you? You might say she got her point across, but did she? I doubt it. What she did get across to her husband was that she was childish and if she didn’t get her way, she would throw a fit. By the way, there are husbands who act this way as well but that’s a whole other devotional 🙂

~Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

This speaks for itself, doesn’t it? There are quite a few verses dealing with a woman being the contentious woman. It is probably because we women are emotional creatures. Therefore, we must learn to control those emotions in a godly manner.

~Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Ugh! A continual dropping? Oh my!! I use to have a bathroom faucet that dripped like that. I could hear it in the still of the night and could NOT fall asleep!  I can see why they called this Chinese torture as a joke! It’s funny to think of but it’s not funny when a husband is stuck with a wife whose anger and brawling is compared to this annoying scenario!

If an unsaved man has a Christian wife who is like this, do you think he will be quick to come to Christ? If he is saved but disobedient to the Word, do you think her testimony will be quick to draw him back? Do you think this type of emotional outburst will allow the Holy Spirit to woo him? There is nothing Christ-like in her behavior so why should he thirst for Christ?

So what kind of testimony are we to our husband? They are watching, believe me. Are you a contentious woman? Self examination is so important to the wife of an unsaved man. Being in Proverbs daily is a good start to self examination – there is no better book for spiritual discipline. The scriptures cleanse us and keep us on track.

Our day should start with sincere prayer like Psalm 51:10:

~Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

The Lord desires to help us be in control of our tongues, our attitudes, and our actions. He desires to help us be the helpmeets we need to be, despite our husband’s spiritual condition. No, it’s not easy being married to an unbeliever. However, that does not prevent us from having a right relationship with the Lord. In fact, we are only responsible for our own spiritual condition, not our husband’s. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to work in his heart, not ours.

Someone is always watching – including our husbands. Challenge yourself today … ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on areas that are not pleasing to Him and that are hindering your husband’s salvation or hindering his return from backsliding. Ask Him to give you your husband’s eyes so you can see how he (your husband) views you.

After all, no one wants their husband to prefer living in the wilderness than to be around them  God bless you as you strive to be sanctified and meet for the master’s use!!

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (II Corinthians 6:17)

How does the world measure you as a Christian? Many times our Pastor has encouraged us from the pulpit to come out of the world and be different. We are called to be different! In today’s text, Paul is telling the Corinthians not to fellowship with the things of Belial (Satan). (II Corinthians 6:15) How could Christians be fellowshipping with the things of Satan? WHAT could Christians be doing that could be associated with Satan?

Not everything we do and say is the devil’s fault. You’re heard the old saying, “The devil made me do it.” Not necessarily so. It is by our own will that we sin, many times. We can put ourselves in situations that cause us to sin or get further into sin. Let’s look at some areas where we can learn to protect ourselves or “keep” ourselves from:

My Mouth: Do I use slang for curse words? Everyone knows what curse word I was intending to use by using its slang. Am I causing the hearer to “think” of the actual cuss word? The slang, therefore, is just as bad as using the actual word! Am I always complaining? Everyone hates a complainer. Each time I open my mouth and complain, I cause someone to dislike being around me. Why would I want to chase my friends and family away? My mouth should be filled with words of wisdom and encouragement to those around me so they can see Christ, not hate the sound of His name because of my complaining. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life. (Proverbs 10:11)

My Appearance: Why should I wear the same clothes as the world? Shouldn’t I be different? If the world goes to church in jeans, why should I? Doesn’t God deserve my “Sunday best” all the time? If the world wears revealing tops and tight skirts, does that mean it’s OK for me to wear them? What if a weaker Christian sees me “dress down” for church – will that weaker Christian think it’s OK for her to do it? Paul says “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (I Corinthians 8:9)

My Music: Does the music I listen to deal with Godly things? Or is it the world’s music filled with lyrics dealing with sex? One would be surprised at the content of Christian’s iPod. If my sister in Christ has been struggling with worldly music and hears the kind of music I listen to, will this cause her to think that it’s OK for her to continue to listen to worldly music? Will she be encouraged toward Godly music because of what I listen to? Some weaker Christian is always watching. (I Corinthians 8:13)

My Books: Do the books I read come from the world? Are they romance novels, popular top 10 readers’ choices filled with sex and cursing? What if my brother in Christ sees me reading one of these books. Will he think it’s OK for him to do so since his Christian friend is reading it? Or are my books the kind that will help him to grow in Christ and mature as a Christian? (Matthew 18:9) Today’s reading media has advanced to eReaders, such as the Nook and Kindle. What kind of books are on yours?

My Habits: Do the things I watch on TV have Godly principles? Or are they filled with sex, violence, drugs, etc.? Does my sister in Christ see the things I watch and figure it’s OK for her to do so as well? A few years ago, I once overheard one of the church ladies talking to a group of other ladies about an episode she watched the night before on Desperate Housewives. Based on the commercials alone, no Christian should be watching this type of programming! Yet this lady watched this weekly show faithfully and loved it. Something is wrong there. First, she was feeding herself with sin – she, personally, was not committing adultery (or any other sin shown on this program), but she was standing by watching. Second, she was sharing these sins with other Christian ladies. The sad thing is that she may have caused someone in her group to stumble spiritually. A weaker Christian could interpret that action to be that it’s OK to watch such trashy programming just as long as you don’t actually commit the sin. (Matthew 5:28) The word of God says differently. This lady has no idea that she may have caused another to stumble repeatedly because of her actions. Sadly, her daughters watched this wretched show with her. Instead of recognizing things of Belial and staying away, she succumbed and took her daughters with her.

My testimony is all I have on this earth to show others the way to Christ. My testimony is ALL I will take with me when I get to Heaven. Everyone there will then know just what kind of Christian I really was. OUCH!  (Matthew 10:26) What about our families? No wonder it is so hard for our family members to get saved! They see us just exactly as we are … we walk like the world, talk like the world, and dress like the world … but yet we preach Christ. Such hypocrisy. 🙁

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and water rolls off its back like a duck, then it must be a duck.” What a great saying! Therefore, if a Christian walks like the world, talks like the world, and dresses like the world … then the Christian must be of the world.

Lord forgive us our sins and weaknesses. Help us to live more Godly lives for YOUR cause so we may be testimonies for You and not against You!!

~Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, is coming soon. It may not be today – but it will be soon. Just look at the condition of our earth! Yet, the Word says that these things are merely the beginning of sorrows!

Jesus did not want us to be in the dark because we are children of light! He was quite clear in His Word as to what we should be on the look-out for.

~Mat 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (4) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (5)

Here are just a couple, but we read about them almost every day now.

Russia’s Messiah

Jesus of Suburbia — Has He Risen Again in Houston, Texas?

One need only do a Google search on news items and you will find a lot more!

~Matthew 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (6) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (7)

One need only have the news on for a few minutes or read the first page of any newspaper to hear about nation rising against nation. It is part of our everyday life any more. Just in the past seven days, there have been countless earthquakes, according to USGS. Pestilence is running rampid all over our planet. Famines are not restricted to third world countries any more.

(Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

So what, may you ask, does all of this gloom and doom have to do with Jesus being called Wonderful? The born-again Christian need not worry about what is going on around him. He is secure in his salvation because it was purchased by God Himself. The born-again Christian looks forward to the Rapture and being taken away from this cursed earth until the day that Christ will come again to make the earth new again and will reign as King!

~Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, (50) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (51)

For the one who does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Saviour has much to fear. Go ahead and have your fun for your hour comes quickly. Not only will you have to suffer through the seven-year Tribulation, but you will have to spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Are you ready? Can you truly call Jesus Wonderful today? It’s not too late! If you truly desire the truth, please visit my salvation page. Contact me if it was a blessing to you!

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There are a few things that I have found in my Christian walk that we should always remember.

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

We reap what we sow! You may be saved but if you sow to your flesh you will reap corruption. This is very evident in drug abusers and alcoholics. It shows up among many Christians (guilty) in slothfulness and gluttony. And sins of the flesh will lead us toward afflictions of the flesh. That does not mean that all afflictions of the flesh are due to sin but if we sin in the flesh there will be a price.

Also Though our soul has been saved we can suffer loss.

1Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Corinthians 3:12
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Corinthians 3:13
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Corinthians 3:14
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Corinthians 3:15
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

I don’t know what our rewards will be like in heaven but I do know that the Bible teaches that there will be some. The biggest reward that I can think of is finding out that through my witness I played a roll in another soul coming to the Lord. How precious the thought that we in some part have added to the body of Christ!

I don’t think we will know the full extent of our ministry here on earth but on the day of the Judgement Seat of Christ we will find out all of our successes and failures. How sad it will be and how the tears will flow (The very tears that are wiped from our eyes) when we realize the people we hurt through our sin and neglect. Did drinking in my youth lead someone into alcoholism? Was my testimony ruined with someone due to profanity? Did I fail to visit or pray for someone when God gave me a burden for them?
Yes I fear we will all suffer some loss.

The last thing I want to point out is a loss of fellowship. Sin causes us to loose fellowship with our brothers and sisters, with our family, with our friends and neighbors, and especially with our Lord.

1John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1John 1:2
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1John 1:3
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1John 1:4
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1John 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Of course we know that we all sin but it is that continued and unrepentant sin that is the real problem here.

1John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I thank God for His grace but I not only want that grace I also want that closer walk with Him!

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K. A fool does not regard correction.

~Proverbs 7:22-23 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; (22) Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. (23)

~Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Remember the fool despises his parents, he hates instruction and knowledge.

One of the vehicles used to teach instruction, and present knowledge is correction.

So the fool despises being corrected.

The story is this: there is a married woman, whose husband is away on a trip. So the wife dresses in the clothes of a harlot, goes to the street corner to do wicked business. The young man foolishly walks by and she convinces him to commit sin.

The Bible says he “goeth after her straightway”, meaning he went after her (made his decision) suddenly, or impulsively. He did not think through the answer, seek counsel, he foolishly made his decision to commit sin with her.

The fool only looked at the pleasure for the present; he did not look at how it would effect his future. He blindly, unawares followed her into sin.

King Solomon then describes to Reheboam an ox going to slaughter.

That ox has no clue where he is headed. He just follows the bucket of food they put in front of him and he follows it right to the slaughter house!

Those are both stories of a fool going to the stocks, or to the place of correction. He is blind to why he is going; he is unaware of his sin being the cause.

“Do you know why you are in trouble, and in detention?”

“No, I did not do anything wrong.”

“It is not my fault, somebody else is to blame.”

Remember the fool is deceitful, he lies to himself, deceiving himself and convincing himself that he could not possible do wrong!

So it continues until he is entrapped and it takes his life.

Fool’s Story: Seven or eight years ago, some guys worked at Boeing, they stole a raft for a 747. They were smart enough to sneak it out of the plant. They took it to a river to have some weekend fun and they pulled the string to inflate it, and started to float down the river.

They were shocked when a Coast Guard helicopter came hovering over them. When they pulled the string it activated a homing device signaling a need for help.

They no longer work at Boeing and they qualify to wear an “I am a fool” sign!

REVIEW: So we have learned the description of a fool.

I taught a fool is clamorous (carnal, sensual, and quarrelsome).

I taught a fool is deceitful. Deceiving himself and others.

I taught a fool is proud. He has no need for trusting in God.

I taught a fool has “wandering eyes”, or an unsettled mind.

I taught a fool trusts his own heart, which is unscriptural.

As I described the fool, I said it might be best if a fool wore a sign that lets everybody know he is a fool!

III. Instructions and warnings concerning fools.

King Solomon had not always lived as a wise man; he spent part of his life being foolish. He could use that experience to teach Reheboam.

So he instructed Reheboam and he warns Reheboam concerning fools, foolishness and folly.

A. The fool and his mouth.

~Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

~Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

One of the greatest tools used by a fool is his mouth.

One of the easiest ways to detect a fool is his mouth.

A man looks foolish when he speaks out of turn, before he fully understands a matter.

It is foolish/unjust to give judgment in a matter before you fully hear the case.

It is likewise foolish to interrupt a conversation. This can be combined with meddling in business that is not yours.

It can also be understood the reason the person interrupts is he thinks what he has to say is more important than what you have to say.

~Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Only a word in anger, But it wounded one sensitive heart;

Only a word of sharp reproach, But it made the teardrops start;

Only a hasty, thoughtless word, Sarcastic and unkind;

But it darkened the day before so bright and left a string behind.

Not all people who speak hastily are fools, but they sure leave themselves open to looking like one!

“PERVERSE IN HIS LIPS” means crooked in his thoughts.

This is the fella who conceives dishonest plans to prosper.
So the poor man who is honest is better than this crooked/dishonest thinker and the fool.

~Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Though the fool sees himself knowledgeable and smart and wise, he is not and when he speaks he reveals the folly of his foolishness.

Notice it is referring to speaking at the gate.

There was a time in Old Testament days when the leaders and the wise men would sit at the city gate to lead the people. Job and David did this.

But a fool is not to sit (and would not be allowed) at the city gate counseling others.

It is instruction and a warning to Reheboam and you and me not to allow fool to be in office leading us.

If we let the fool run for office, and we elect the fool, then we will get what we deserve!

So, a fool is not to speak at the city gate!

~Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Abe Lincoln said,

“I would rather keep my mouth shut and let folk think I am a fool, than to open it and reveal that I am a fool.”

This is one time when a fool can be perceived wise, when he keeps his mouth shut!

“As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have least wisdom are the greatest babblers.” – Plato.

ILLUSTRATION: When Thomas Aquinas was in school he was called the “Dumb OX” by the other students. One day a teacher of his discovered that Thomas was actually a genius and the teacher told the students if that “Dumb OX” ever “bellows the world will be filled with its noise”. Thomas became St. Thomas Aquinas and he was later called the “Angel of the Schools”.

Even a quiet fool can be considered understanding and wisdom.

B. Avoid the foolish man!

~Proverbs 14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

~Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

~Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

King Solomon made it very clear, in his teaching to Reheboam, “When you recognize that a person lacks knowledge, and he is a fool, leave!”

If you see a man who refuses to be instructed, avoid him!

A man who refuses to be instructed will be foolish, foolishness is sin, and he will end up being evil (sin that is hurtful) and Apostle Paul said to avoid all appearances of evil. Avoid the foolish man!

Why corrupt our own springs with the pollution of the foolish?

Why avoid the foolish? His folly will be hurtful, it is dangerous!

In Hosea 13, it tells the story of the man who sees a bear in the street and he runs from the bear, only to be met by a lion, he runs from the lion, enters the house and leans up against the wall to catch his breath.

As he leans against the wall, he is bit and poisoned by a serpent.

King Solomon is teaching Reheboam it would be better to have been caught and devoured by the bear than to be caught by a fool in his folly.

The big brown Syrian bear, when enraged was considered the fiercest in Israel. You could tame the fierce, big, brown Syrian bear, but not a fool in his folly!

King Solomon even taught Reheboam who to walk with.

Be a companion of wise men!

Wise men are knowledgeable, wise men are righteous, wise men are soul winners, walk with wise men!

We will notice later that a fool is destroyed, but, it says in this verse that the companion of the fool is destroyed too!

If the big, brown, Syrian bear is fierce and feared, then how much more so when you have stolen her cubs!

We should fear a fool in his folly even more!

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This Bible study is from a dear friend, Lee Pierson. I pray that it is a blessing to you!

Things That We Need From Hell

Luke 16:19-31


1- Vision – Verse 23 – “He lift up his eyes in torment”
a) If we could see that place of torment
b) If we could see the tormentors
c) If we could see those flames up close our mindset would change
d) We need a vision of being engulfed in flames looking out at those being comforted in safety
e) We need a vision of being in a place of safety and looking on as men, women and children are engulfed in flames.
f) If we could actually see what hell was like wouldn’t we be more motivated to warn others of that place?

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish…

We need to get a vision of hell

2- Crying – Verse 24 – “He cried, have mercy on me.”
a) God is a God of mercy
b) God is a God of love and grace
c) But God is also a God of judgment and wrath
d) We need to learn to cry for those that are under Gods judgment and wrath
e) If we cared enough that it brought us to tears maybe we would be more motivated to do something about it.

Amos 5:16-20
16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We need to learn to cry out to God for the lost.

3- Thirst – Verse 24 – “Dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue”
a) If we had a few minutes in hell maybe we would thirst more after righteousness. It would not take long in a place that was devoid of any righteousness to develop a desire for just one drop of it to cool our unrighteous tongues.
b) If we could spend some time in a place of eternal death maybe we would thirst more for that eternal life.
c) Just a few minutes in hell might give us a thirst for some of that living water.

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

We need to learn to thirst after righteousness and that living water

4- Flame – Verse 24 – “I am tormented in this flame”
a) If we had some of the flames of hell burning in our hearts perhaps we could get on fire for the Lord
b) We need to have a burning desire to see the lost get saved
c) We need to be burning with the fire of God yet not consumed, in our service to the Lord, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable.

Exodus 3:2
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

We need to kindle a little flame into our lives.

5- Remembrance – Verse 25 – “Remember that thou”
a) As born again Christians we need to remember where we came from and what we have been saved out of. Not in discouragement because of our past sins but out of encouragement of those sins forgiven. As God forgave us He will forgive others if they have a chance to hear the gospel message.
b) We need to remember where we would be right now if we had died in our sins.
c) If we could only remember what it was like to be in slavery to sin maybe we could do a better job of helping others escape from that bondage.

Acts 20:35
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

We need to remember what we have received so that we can be even more blessed by what we give.

6 – Separation – Verse 26 – “There is a great gulf fixed”
a) We need to put some separation between the world and us. A sinner that is on his way to hell should be able to look at us and see that there is a difference, and that there is something good about what we have.
b) We need to fix a gulf between us, and the sin that abounds around us.

2Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

We need to separate ourselves from unclean things.

7 – Prayer – “I pray thee therefore father”
a) We need to get a burden for the lost before we are ever going to see anyone get saved. Many Christians have the attitude of “Me and my three and no more.” But if we could just spend a few minutes in hell we would surely have a great burden to keep even our worst enemies out of that place.
b) And like the rich man in our scriptures, just a few minutes in hell and we would be begging and pleading in prayer for our lost family and friends.

Psalm 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

We need to have a burden for the lost so that we can pray and cast our burden upon the Lord.

8 – Understanding – Verse 31 – “If they hear not”
a) We need to understand that the lost need to hear the gospel message while there is still time. They need to hear the Law of Moses so that they can see their sin before a Holy God. They need to hear the prophecies of the coming Messiah and they need to hear how those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection.
b) We need to understand what it is to die in sin with no hope and no peace.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

We need to understand and gain wisdom.

Hell is a place of:

Darkness – 1 Samuel 2:9, Matthew 8:12, 2 Peter 2:17

Destruction – Job 31:3, Psalm 103:4, Proverbs 10:29, Matthew 7:13

Eternal Separation – Proverbs 15:29, 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Fear – Psalm 73:18-19, Proverbs 10:24

Fire – Deuteronomy 32:22, Psalm 11:6, Isaiah 66:24, Matthew 18:8

Desolation – Isaiah 59:10, Ezekiel 26:20

Humiliation and shame – Isaiah 5:14-15, Ezekiel 32:24

No Hope – Job 8:13, Proverbs 11:7, Ephesians 2:12

No Mercy – Psalm 36:5, Psalm 109:17

No Peace – Isaiah 57:21, Ezekiel 7:25

No Rest – Isaiah 57:20, Revelation 14:11

Torment – Luke 16:23

Let us all take the things that we have learned from hell and use them to pull others out of that pit.

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C. The fool is proud

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. ~Proverbs 14:3

The word means perverse, silly. “Ev-eel”.

This may be the easiest way to detect a fool, by his pride!

Pride is the root of all foolishness/sin; it is the root of selfishness.

Pride is a “rod of speech” with which the fool strikes down others, many times to build himself up, sometimes to show off his intelligence, and oft’ times just because he is foolish.
Often times this is done with an arrogant, or a condescending tone of voice and attitude.

Many people are so self-absorbed/consumed with their own education/intelligence that they belittle anybody who has a different belief, idea, or opinion ~ That Is Pride!

Bishop Taylor wrote:

“Remember what thou wert before thy birth – nothing; what thou wert for many years after, – weakness; what in all thy life, – a great sinner; what in all thy excellences, – a mere debtor to God, to thy parents, to the earth, to the creatures. Upon these or like meditations, if we dwell, and frequently retire to them, we shall see nothing more reasonable than to be humble, and nothing more foolish than to be proud.”

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. ~Proverbs 18:2

You can recognize a fool, for he does not care to understand you, or understand how to resolve your problems (he does not, for he already has the answer).

He is only interested in his own ideas.

He likes talking about himself. It is just another form of egotism.

His greatest sin is not understanding that he is a sinner.

His response is

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God… ~Psalm 14:1a

The fool is pictured by the New Testament Pharisee who went to the altar and said,

“I am glad, O God; that I am not as this Publican. For I have given my tithe, come to church daily, I am a good man!”

Jesus said that Pharisee is a fool for he deceives himself and he is proud of what he thinks he is!

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ~Proverbs 14:12

So far, we have learned that a fool is clamorous, deceived, and deceitful, and very proud of himself.

D. The fool has “wandering eyes”

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. ~Proverbs 17:24

A fool has a wandering gaze, an “unsettled mind”.

He has no focus on faith, knowledge, understanding, or wisdom.

The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness:… ~Ecclesiastes 2:14a

The Bible says

Be still and know that I am God.

The fool has difficulty stopping, and being still long enough to focus on God, for his focus is on himself!


A party of preachers were in conversation one day, they were each talking of their success in preaching. One of them said, “Gentlemen, I once converted a man with my eyes.”

He explained, “A straggler once entered my church, and, casting his looks toward me, he thought I was staring him in the face.

To avoid my observation, he went from door to door, but kept thinking I was staring at him. He decided he would stare at me, causing me to lose my composure. His attention then was focused on what I said and his sentiments and conduct from that day underwent a complete change.”

E. A fool trusts his own heart, he trusts himself

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. ~Proverbs 28:26

People often advise others to “go with their heart,” that is foolish! It is unscriptural; it is ungodly!

Again, that is what Psalm 14:1a is saying,

I trust my own heart, I do not need to trust Christ.

Jeremiah 17:7-10

Notice a couple of things from this passage:

1. Notice what our heart is: deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked! It is not to be trusted!

2. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord. ~Jeremiah 17:7a

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ~Proverbs 3:5

Notice the contrast in the wise man and the foolish man.

The wise man realizes what he is, he does not deceive himself.

The wise man knows he is a sinner and in need of Christ.

The foolish man deceives himself into thinking he is good and “There are none good, no not one!”

So a fool is one who deceives himself into thinking he is good and he is proud of his goodness (though it really does not exist),

So he thinks he has no reason to listen and understand the words of God and the fool will lie about those he hates.

Someone said,

“None but a fool is always right.”


Alphonsus, King of Castile studied astronomy and found what he thought was an irregularity. He said,

“If I had been alive when the Maker of the world was at work, I could have given Him some good advice.”

Put an “I am a fool” sign on him!

Stupid Story:

A man wanted to rob a bank in downtown San Francisco, a Bank of America branch. He walked in, used a deposit slip to say “this is a stickup. Put all your money into this bag.” The man became worried that someone saw him write out his bank holdup note. So, he left the line, and went across the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. He waited in line there and when he finally reached the teller’s window, he handed her the misspelled holdup note. The teller looked at the misspellings and realized he was not “the sharpest knife in the drawer” and told him he had to either fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip, or go back to the Bank of America.

Looking defeated, he went back to the Bank of America. While standing in line there he was arrested.

Put the sign on this fella! But, do not let him spell the words!

The word “foolish” generally means stupid/silly/wicked/perverse.

Though all of us are foolish at times and we do foolish thing at times, we do not have to be a fool!

There are some things a fool does, and does not do.

~Pastor Don Moore~

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The Word of God is known as “living water.” It is not a coincidence that God would use this terminology to describe the Bible, in my opinion. Nothing can live without water. It is the source of life. As well, the Bible flows like water. It reminds me of this picture – tributaries/rivers flowing into the ocean. All are water – all are composed of the same molecules. Each tributary is important as it travels along its way – nourishing the land in its path; but together, when they become one, they are greater.

Rivers are made of fresh water and yet they flow into the ocean, which is salty. When we are born again of the Spirit of God, we are given a fresh new start – a new beginning – free from sin. As we grow in Christ and flow into the Main Source (the ocean symbolizing being more Christ like), we become saltier – causing the unbeliever to thirst after what we have and will see Jesus in our lives through our testimony!

As I meditated on the Word’s spiritually nourishing effects this morning, I found today’s Name for Jesus 🙂 One of the previous Names we covered was Jesus being called “The Word.” However, today’s name is “The Word of God.” I am taking liberties in my view of this particular name – and you will see how beautifully it fits 🙂

It is not a coincidence that God would use different names for Jesus – each name describes a characteristic of our Saviour and God – each points us to the Main Source – God, the Three-In-One! According to Revelation 19:13, we see that Jesus is called the “Word of God”:

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

If you replace the phrase “Word of God” with the word “Jesus,” you will see how interchangeable they are. Again, this is not a coincidence, seeing that the Word of God is Jesus and Jesus is the Word of God. How beautifully put together is the Bible – the Holy Spirit’s work flows with each verse describing the Saviour! Just as the tributaries flow into the ocean, each verse flows and points toward Jesus Christ!

Let’s look at more verses and apply this concept. I will list the verse first and then my own emphasis below.

And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. ~1 Samuel 9:27

“that I may shew thee Jesus.”

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. ~Mark 7:13

“Making Jesus of none effect through your tradition,”

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. ~Luke 4:4

“man shall not live by bread alone, but by Jesus.”

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. ~Luke 11:28

“blessed are they that hear Jesus and keep Him.”

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 2:17

“For we are not as many, which corrupt Jesus:”

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. ~2 Corinthians 4:2

“nor handling Jesus deceitfully;”

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. ~1 Thessalonians 2:13

“when ye received Jesus which ye heard of us, ye received Him not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, Jesus, which effectually worketh in you that believe.”

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

“and his name is called Jesus.”

There are many more verses like these, but I think you get my point! One of my favorite Sunday School teachers once told us that since Jesus fulfilled the whole Law, we can easily take Psalm 119 and replace each of the following words with Jesus. Each of these words describes the word “law” in a different way:

Law, scriptures, precepts, testimonies, ways, statutes, commandments, word, and judgments

I challenge you to do this! It will have you whoopin’ and hollerin’ in the Lord 🙂

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I can remember my mother telling me when I was growing up, “Just wait until your father gets home! He will have the final word in this matter.” My Dad was the head of our household and when he said something, that was it! 🙂

This title for Christ as the Amen, is quite appropriate. I can see Him having the final word in all matters! He is the Creator of all things in the beginning of time and, therefore, it is appropriate that He is known as the Amen.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~John 1:1-3

It is also appropriate that our Creator would have the say so as it relates to our lives, how we live our lives and what we do with His Word. Jesus thought it was important enough to teach on in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The Lord has left us His Word to teach us and guide us. With His Word, we can be faithful servants and can fully use the talents He has given to us. Christ’s words to us are a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). He does not wish for us to fall off a cliff or be deceived. Surely the path to salvation is not one that can be easily seen. It is one that has to be sought. Many will think they are on the right path because their church says they are or because it “feels right” but Jesus said that the way to heaven is a narrow path. Jesus said that many will seek to enter and won’t be able to enter! If anyone will have the final say in this matter, it will be Him – not the catholic church, not a pastor – but The Amen will have the final say.

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ~Luke 13:24

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word Amen as:

Dependable; faithful; certain.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ~Revelation3:14-15

This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it established.

And let all the people say amen. Psalm 104.

The word is used also as a noun.

“All the promises of God are amen in Christ;” that is, firmness, stability, constancy.

Jesus is “dependable, faithful, certain, firm, and stable! What wonderful attributes to be given to the Lord! Our Rock and Chief Cornerstone is faithful and will have the final word in all things. His Word will be fulfilled to the tiniest jot and tittle!

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. ~Matthew 5:18

Paul warned the Romans about those who would try to twist God’s Word and would try to preach a lie. Every known major religion today is based on a written word of some kind. They have taken doctrine(s) and formed an entire religion based on that doctrine. Changing God’s Word will surely bring judgment.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ~Romans 1:25

Which some professing have erred concerning the faith… ~1 Timothy 6:21a

Jesus will have the final word. What have we done with His Word today? Have we followed it? Have we given the responsibility of reading and interpreting the Word to other? Catholicism will have its members believe that they cannot interpret the Word of God for themselves because they do not have the ability to do so. The Apostle Peter stated otherwise:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. ~2 Peter 1:19-20

Why would Peter state that interpreting God’s Word was not privy to any one person? Noah Webster’s definition of private is:

PRI’VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one’s self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one’s self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man’s private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king’s private purse; a man’s private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company’s books.

Therefore, Peter was of the belief that anyone could read God’s Word and understand it. Why should the poor catholic not have the awesome privilege of reading and understanding God’s Holy Word? Why should anyone be deprived of the living water that will quench their thirst? Jesus Christ, wants to speak to us through His Word so that we can come to know the Amen intimately!

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(Luk 11:27) And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. (Luk 11:28 ) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (emphasis mine)

If Mary were to be revered in any manner, this would have been a good time for Christ to point that out, don’t you think? Here someone was lifting Mary up and honoring her. What was Christ’s response? Yes rather – not Yes also – and He goes on to say that the one who is blessed is not His mother but the who who hears the Word of God and keeps it! Not only was this a perfect time for Jesus to honor His mother but instead He chose to say that hearing and keeping the Word was more blessed! This is just yet another instance in Scripture where the Word states one thing yet church tradition and magisterium contradict or try to supersede what God has said. The born-again Christian considers Mary honored to have been chosen to be the vessel which God used to bring His Son into this world. However, that honor stops there. She is no different than any other. She was a sinner in need of a Saviour. (Luk 1:46) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (Luk 1:47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Do you know that the only time the phrase “my Saviour” is used in the New Testament was voiced by Mary? She was in need of a Saviour just as much as you and I were. She brought sacrifices to the temple just like Joseph and the rest of the Jews of the day. If she were sinless, would there be a need for her to call God her Saviour or for her to bring sacrifices to the temple?

I have also found how the Lord is no respecter of persons. Of all the people to say this, the Apostle Peter said it. (Act 10:34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: It’s ironic that God does not respect any man but the catholic church sets certain people apart as “better” than others. For instance, the catholic church states that the pope is infallible. They also designate people to “sainthood.” Also, the magisterium and church traditions are considered superior to the Bible – in that if the Bible says, “Thou shalt not” and church leaders and pope say the opposite, then it’s OK. If God is not a respecter of persons, why would He allow their words to be obeyed over His?

It’s not rocket science. God says He is not a respecter of persons. No one is above the other. The priest is not above the lay person. There is no hierarchy as held by the catholic church which must be followed. Christ is the Head of the church and that is it – final – period. We are all considered “priests,” if you will. (Rev 1:6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. We do not need a priest as we have the High Priest, Jesus Christ. (Heb 7:24) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. (Heb 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:26) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Our High Priest saves us to the uttermost. No church or earthly power or “god (i.e. Allah, Buddha) can save us.

The catholic church’s hierarchy is established on the ways of the Nicolaitans. The word “Nicholaitan” is derived from the Greek nikao – meaning to conquer – and laos (people), or to rule over the laity. Is there any better description of the catholic church than its leaders ruling over the lay people of the church? The offices held in the catholic church are priests, bishops, archbishops, metropolitans, patriarchs, cardinals, and popes. The only offices in the true born-again Christian church are: (1) the office of pastor/elder/bishop – all perform the same task and (2) deacons (servants). Plain and simple. But like everything else that the catholic church teaches, their structure is complicated and their teachings are complicated. Try reading their catechism and tell me that you can understand its writings the first time around. One must pick the sentences apart and read them over and over before understanding the teaching. No wonder that church says that only the leaders can interpret God’s Word. I’m thankful that the Word of God is simple and can be read by the simplest of minds – yes even a child can understand it. No wonder Christ didn’t want the disciples to prevent the little children from coming to Him. He even said that the Kingdom of God could only be entered “as a child” – meaning child-like faith. We do not need someone to interpret God’s Word for us. God would be a cruel God if He were to command us to obey His Word and yet not provide us with the means to read it and obey it. But the catholic church insists that its respected people are the only ones who can intepret God’s Word.

(Rev 2:6) But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Rev 2:15) So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Not only were the Nicolaitans absorbed with hierarchy and ruling over the lay people but this particular sect were known for their liscentious practices. If God states twice that He hated the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, then why would you associate yourself with a church that practices some of their doctrine? Would not not stay away from anything that God hates?

Just on a side note, there are several verses that discuss the things that God hates:

(Deu 12:31) Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. and (Deu 16:22) Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth. – Idolatry

(Psa 11:5) The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. – Violence

(Mal 2:16) For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. – Divorce

(All emphases are mine)

So, my friend, since God does not respect persons – no one is above another in His eyes – why would He place Mary on a pedestal or give the pope (and the hierarchy of the catholic church) any authority over His church?

Three times the Word says that Christ is the head of the church! I love that it appears three times because the number three symbolizes the godhead – the Trinity – completeness!

(1 Co 11:3) But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.(Eph 4:15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:(Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (emphasis mine)

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Catholics believe that only the original Scriptures are good and that today’s Bible has been corrupted by man. That means that the catholic does not believe that God is who He says He is. Is anything too hard for God?

(Gen 18:14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (Jer 32:17) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (Jer 32:27) Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

If there is nothing too hard for God, why can’t He preserve His Word through the years despite of man’s wickedness? God knew that man’s heart was desperately wicked (Jer 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?. This did not catch Him by surprise. Therefore, God kept the Oracles alive and Jesus spoke of these Scriptures in the synagogues. He quoted them time and time again. Why would God change? Why could He not keep the Word preserved in the years after Jesus left? After all, the Holy Spirit was now residing with the born-again believer.

God says that His Word will abide forever. He cannot lie and, therefore, His Word will abide forever!

(Psa 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psa 105:8 ) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Isa 40:8 ) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

(1Pe 1:23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

(1 Pe 1:25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If you believe that the Bible has been corrupted by man, then you cannot possibly be saved. You are a gonner for sure.

(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(Heb 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Diligently seek the Lord, my friend! Without Him you are lost and on your way to hell. The catholic has also argued with me that the Bible came from the catholic church. IF this is true, then why did the catholic church allow God’s precious Word to be corrupted then if it was left in their care? Does that make any sense? You are easily fooled my friend!

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism says:

“The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.” Pg. 30, #100

Can only the pope and the magisterium of the catholic church interpret the Bible? What does the Word say?

It is considered noble to search the Scriptures: (Act 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. How many times have you searched the Bible for things about what you are taught by your church?

(Mk 12:24) And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Why would Jesus admonish the Sadducees because they didn’t know the Scriptures if it was impossible for them to? And why did your “first pope” Peter say, (2 Peter 1:20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Why does Paul instruct us to study the Bible if we can’t interpret it? (2 Tim 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Why does Jesus tell the Jews to search the Bible in (Joh 5:39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Why would He do that, if you couldn’t interpret them?

The catholic church does not want you searching the Scriptures because they don’t want you to know the truth about how to truly be saved. They want to hold you in bondage so that you keep turning to her for your answers.

Who really does the interpreting for us? The Holy Spirit – not a church or a preacher. Jesus said He would leave us the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) who would teach us all things because the Holy Spirit teaches TRUTH! (John 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. and (John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Apostle Paul says that it was the Holy Spirit who taught him. (1 Cor. 2:13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. and (1 Cor. 2:12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Why would we encouraged to memorize the Scriptures if we couldn’t understand them? (Ps 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. and (Prov 7:2-3) Keep my commandments, and live… write them upon the table of thine heart.

We do not need anyone to teach us because we have the Perfect Teacher, the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:26-27 says These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, andye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie , and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (emphasis mine).

Why would a church discourage you from being in the Word? Why would you be taught in a catechism that only the pope and the church leaders can interpret when the Bible (even your own catholic bible) states otherwise? You are easily fooled because you have allowed the largest organization in the world to fool you. God’s Word does not deceive but leads a soul to the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In its pages are truth because God wrote these words and God cannot lie.

Psa 119:97-99 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (emphasis mine)

This does not sound like a God that wants you to have someone else chew His Word and digest it. Our God wants YOU to do it. Don’t be lazy, man! Dig in the Word of God! Stop criticizing me and saying that I am interpreting the Word of God “in my own way” and dig into it for yourself and let God speak to you? Are you afraid that you might find out that your church has been wrong all these years? I challenge you to use that brain that God gave you and study the Word for yourself!

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism states:

“Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred images of the holy Mother of God, of the angels and of the saints, we venerate the persons represented.” Pg. 307, #1192

Dear catholic, it does not matter what “reason” you have for having a statue in your home. It does not matter that you venerate the person and not the statue itself. What does matter is that God says we should not have the statue – PERIOD.

If I want to honor your mother, all you have to do is to think of her. She is ever present in your thoughts and in your heart, right? Do you need a picture of her to remind you of her?

The 1994 Catholic Catechism does not even pretend that this doctrine came from God:

Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets.” Pg. 300, #1161

This doctrine came from the “holy Fathers” and “tradition of the Catholic Church.” So, my catholic friend, are you to believe that these holy Fathers were “divinely inspired” to violate God’s Word? Would God contradict Himself?

The Catholic church contends that idols will “awaken and nourish” your faith in “the mystery of Christ.” I don’t need a picture of my mother or a bust of her to remind me of her. I think of her every single day. Why do you, my catholic friend, need a statue to remind you of Christ? Should He not be foremost in your heart and mind anyway? If you need a picture or a statue to bring you to a state of worship in your heart, then your heart is in the wrong place. When one is born-again and saved from eternal damnation, Christ is foremost in that person’s heart and all his thoughts are consumed with His love and what He has done. We do not need to be reminded when we look at a statue or picture. We have Him imprinted on our very heart!

God’s Word forbids their use. Who will you obey?

(Lev 26:1) Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men.

The 1994 Catholic catechism states that baptism is necessary for salvation:

“The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.” Pg. 320, #1257


“The Church does not know of any other means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude…” Pg. 320, #1257

“The faithful are born anew by Baptism…” Pg. 311, #1212

“Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church…” Pg. 312, #1213

“Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’ an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” Pg. 322, #1265

“By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.” Pg. 321, #1263 (See pg. 257, #985)

What does the Bible say about this? (Joh 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (emphasis mine)

Baptism cannot forgive sins because the Word states differently. It is Christ’s precious blood at salvation that forgives our sins. (Eph 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (emphasis mine)

If baptism were necessary, then the Apostle Paul would not have said: (1 Cor 1:17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (emphasis mine).

When one gets saved, there must be a turning away of the old sinful life. A thief can no longer continue to steal – a liar can no longer continue to lie – an adulterer can not longer continue to be an adulterer. Repentance is necessary or the salvation experience has made the cross of Christ of none effect! John the Baptist’s first words were to repent and so were Jesus’ first words in His ministry.

(Mat 3:2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.(Mat 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.After repentance and salvation came baptism.

(Mat 3:6) And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

(Act 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

(Act 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Act 8:13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

(Act 8:35) Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

(Act 8:36) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

(Act 8:37) And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

(Act 16:30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

(Act 16:31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

(Act 16:32) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

(Act 16:33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

(Act 18:8 ) And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

Salvation comes first by hearing the Word of God and believing what is preached. Then baptism follows.

The Catechism also says:

“All the sacraments are sacred links uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus Christ, and above all Baptism, the gate by which we enter into the Church.” Pg. 248, #950

Again, the Word has something to say about this. (Luk 23:43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. The thief was never baptized yet Jesus Himself promised him that he would be with Him in paradise. Baptism is not necessary for salvation but is an act of obedience after salvation. The thief did not have time nor the ability to be baptized but that did not stop him from going to Heaven. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone.

There are so many things in the catechism that a catholic is not aware of. I was not aware that the catechism teaches that when a person is baptized, it is really Jesus Himself who is doing the baptizing:

“By his (Christ’s) power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes, it is really Christ himself who baptizes.” Pg. 283, #1088

Where is this said in the Bible? It isn’t. It is yet another tradition of the catholic church.

“Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life.” Pg. 324, #1274

The Word is quite clear as to what seals the believer. Nowhere does the Word state that baptism is the seal of eternal life. What the Word does say is: (Eph 1:13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, and(Eph 4:30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (emphasis mine).Again, catholic tradition supersedes the Word of God in the catholic church. Who will you believe? What will you tell Jesus when you stand before Him (and you will) and He asks you why you believed lies instead of His Word?

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