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Final Authority – Pull Up A Chair

~John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Jesus spoke the words in today’s text.  He made it very clear that it was by His words that would pass judgment on man kind.  Those who reject Him and do not receive His words will be judged according to His words.  (John 1:1) Since mankind will be judged according to what is in the Scriptures, then it must be our final authority in all matters.

When we break the law of the land by speeding, we will be judged by a paragraph and section in the book of statutes for that jurisdiction.  The ticket issued lists the section of the code of law that has been broken.  I imagine Judgment Day to be the same.  The books will be opened and man will be judged according to the Bible book, chapter and verse which has been broken.

God’s words have been present amongst mankind for thousands of years.  God’s words were initially entrusted to the Jews and then to the Christians.

~Romans 3:1-2 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit [is there] of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

Man’s argument is that the Bible was written by man.  But God knew this would be an argument and He included the Scriptures to refute them.

~2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

One of the Holy Ghost’s tasks was to record God’s words in a book by working through men.  The mention of  God commanding to write things “in a book” occurs 12 times throughout the Scriptures. His words are important and are not only to be used to judge us when we die, but also to help us while we are living.

~2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture {is} given by inspiration of God, and {is} profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We are to apply God’s words to our everyday lives in order to become more Christ-like in our walk.  It is the word of God that cleanses us and it should be our plumb line in our decision making. (Psalm 119:9)  I’ve been told by religious people who do not believe that the Bible is our final authority that I am interpreting my way. However, God’s word contained Scripture to refute them:

~2 Peter 1:20-21 (20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake {as they were} moved by the Holy Ghost.

It amazes me that the religious crowd can adopt their church’s traditions as their final authority but yet they cannot read 2 Peter 1:20-21 in context.  These verses are not difficult to understand. The fact of the matter is that those who do not hold the Bible as their final authority are those who are afraid of what it contains.  The exhortations in Scriptures put man-made laws and religious works in the light in which they should be viewed – evil and from the devil. Man-made religion does not want its followers to read the Bible because they will receive God’s words and HE will expose religious heresies!

~Hebrews 4:12 (12) 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.

God promises us that none of His words will return empty and fruitless.  There is power in His words and they have the power to draw one to salvation despite of man-made religion. (Romans 1:16)

~Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (11) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper {in the thing} whereto I sent it.

As well, those who do not believe in the Bible as their final authority also do not want their followers to search the Scriptures because their false doctrine will be exposed.  The Scriptures lead us to see our sin (the Ten Commandments) and they also lead us to salvation.

~John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

The Bible says that we must be born again, plain and simple.  Not born again at birth (John 3) but born again to a new life.  When one says they are born again after their physical birth when then they are baptized, they are ignorant of the word of God.  God says that we must repent and have faith.  (Acts 20:21) A baby cannot repent of its sins and have faith.  This is the corruptible seed of false doctrine which results in religion that does not hold the Scriptures as their final authority.

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

David knew the importance of God’s words.  He realized that there was nothing that could refute what God had spoken. God’s words are forever settled.

~Psalms 33:8-11 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

~1 Peter 1:24-25 For all flesh {is} as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

~Psalms 18:30 {As for} God, his way {is} perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he {is} a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Nothing will supersede the word of God: not government’s laws, not man’s laws, not your church’s traditions, not your parents’ religion … nothing! God’s words are eternal and will be what is used to judge all mankind.  I don’t know about you, but if I am going to be judged by something, I would want to know what it was. I keep the laws of my State because I know most of the laws.  However, I will still be judged and held accountable for those laws which I don’t know.  For example, it is against the law in my State for someone to spit on the sidewalk.  Just because I didn’t know about it when I spit on the sidewalk, does not mean that I am exempt from that law. Absolutely not! I am accountable because I am a citizen of that State.

We will be held accountable according to the words of God written in our final authority, the Scriptures. You can’t hide your head in the sand and say you didn’t know.  It won’t matter because God gives everyone an opportunity (especially today when there’s a Bible in every household) to know His word.

~Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Working to gain salvation is much like snowfall in Northern Maine. The picture above is of a dear friend who was steadily working to remove the snow from his driveway. With record-breaking snowfall that winter, he was simply maintaining. More snow will just keep falling and replacing the snow he has blown away.

It is the same with man’s sinful nature. We can work and work at confessing it to the parish priest, but those sins just keep coming back. The Scripture says that we cannot get to Heaven because we are sinners. God is Holy and will not receive anyone who is not holy as He is holy. (1 Pet. 1:16)

Many religions interpret this to mean that one must work at his religion so he may gain entrance to heaven, or even use this to promote the dogma of purgatory. However, no matter how hard one works at being holy, one can never be holy. (Isaiah 64:6)

We are all sinners and we will continue to sin until the day we die. (Romans 3:23) Our “good” deeds, like this snow removal, will never make up for our sinfulness. The snow removal is only temporary. Purgatory enforces this belief because it means that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was not sufficient and, therefore, there has to be more – there has to be something added to the plan of salvation! Every religion of the world has added works and good deeds to their salvation message. This includes Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, etc.

This is quite different from what God’s word teaches. The Scripture teaches that you can be forgiven of your sins, once and for all. To do so, you need to come to Christ (Matt. 11:28). You need to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior (John 1:12; Rom. 10:13). You need to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins (John 14:14), and trust in Him alone because there is nothing that you can personally do. You must repent and sin no more (John 8:11). Many “claim” salvation but there has been no repentance and they continue to sin just like before.

Remember, your good deeds do not earn you a special place before God (Isa. 64:6). Furthermore, if you have faith, it is because that faith is the work of God (John 6:28-29). If you believe, it is because God has granted that you believe (Phil. 1:29). It is not because you were baptized, or have been good, or belonged to a certain church, or have been sincere. It is all of God. The Lord must receive all the glory for salvation because it completely and totally rests in Him. It does not rest on a church – it does not rest on the pope – it does not rest on you! Salvation rests in Christ alone and it is received by faith apart from works.

Please read the following scriptures carefully:

1. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ~Rom. 3:23

2. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ~Rom. 6:23

3. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ~1 Pet. 2:24

4. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~2 Cor. 5:21

5. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. ~John 14:14

6. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls ~Matt. 11:28-29

7. 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: ~John 1:12

8. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. ~Gal. 2:21

9. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. ~Rom. 3:28

10. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ~Rom. 4:3

11. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. ~Rom. 4:5

12. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Now, after reading these verses, can you seriously believe that God would change the plan of salvation to include purgatory? God does not change – His plan of salvation in the Scriptures will never be superceded by anyone. Don’t believe a lie. Use that brain that God gave you and read His word. He will not lie to you, but man will! Let God’s Holy word speak to your hearts and allow His Holy Spirit to draw you to salvation!

Gleaning Gold:

~Matthew 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Nuggets of Truth:

I love how Christ used word pictures, don’t you?  His teachings were always very clear because they appealed to the senses.  Everyone of His day knew how to garden or had someone at home who knew how to garden.

Good soil just does not happen.  It takes nurturing by the gardener: weeding, cultivating, fertilizing, etc.  As we cultivate our hearts, we need to remove the weeds which can overtake us.  Worldliness is the weed in the believer’s life.  Fertilizing our hearts with God’s Word will most assuredly bring good soil and will most assuredly yield bountiful fruit.

We are exhorted to read and study God’s Word many times:

~Matthew 21:42a  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures,

~John 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

~2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

~Acts 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.

~Romans 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Why do you think it is so important to read and study the Bible?  First, it is there that you will find eternal life!  That’s the foremost reason.  Secondly, it is in the Word that we learn how to apply its teachings to our lives.  The Word provides everything we need for day-to-day living and how to deal with each trial and circumstance that comes our way.  We receive comfort, patience, peace and in turn we have hope.  Thirdly, the Word provides us with a foundation for our beliefs so we are able to recognize false doctrine when it is presented to us.

Refining the Gold:

~Luke 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

~2 Peter 3:16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

God opens our hearts at the time of salvation by giving us the Holy Spirit.  It is He who gives us understanding of the Scriptures.  The unsaved cannot understand.  In fact, they “wrest” the Scriptures, meaning they pervert the Scriptures.   Our last two verses make it quite clear as to why this is so.  The believer receives understanding of the Scriptures because God is the one who opens their understanding.  The unbeliever does not possess the Holy Spirit and, therefore, pervert the Word of God and twist it to mean whatever they want.

God’s Word is final.  ~Psalm 119:89  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

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~Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

The word settled here gives us an idea of permanence, not something here today and gone tomorrow. “The Treasury of David” has a beautiful definition:

Man’s teachings change so often that there is never time for them to be settled; but the Lord’s word is from of old the same, and will remain unchanged eternally. Some men are never happier than when they are unsettling everything and everybody; but God’s mind is not with them. The power and glory of heaven have confirmed each sentence which the mouth of the Lord has spoken, and so confirmed it that to all eternity it must stand the same, – settled in heaven, where nothing can reach it.

It does not matter what today’s “religions” teach. What matters is what God’s Word teaches. When one stands before God at the time of judgment, he will have to give an account of how he lived his life and why he chose the path that he chose.

~1 Peter 4:4-6 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

I hear so often, “I’m going to hell – I’ll be meeting all my friends there”! How sad that eternity is taken so lightly! IF these misled souls are wrong, what a horrible price to pay to spend eternity in flames for just a lifetime of frivolity! Why take a chance?

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

~Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Man’s way seems right but leads to death. God’s Word is settled and leads to life eternal!

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~Luke 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

As Luke begins this glorious Gospel, he states a clear objective, “That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” This presents for our consideration a simple, yet profound, principle. Truth is absolute and certain. God wants us to know THE CERTAINTY OF TRUTH.

This detail is of definite importance in our day, as truth is usually considered to be anything but certain. Many present truth as being relative; and thus, its meaning will depend on our circumstances or situations. Rather than being fixed and unchanging, truth is often seen to be in a state of flux or evolution. Others seem to genuinely believe that some truth is outdated or irrelevant because it clashes with contemporary thinking. Still others assume that cultures or traditions make truth irrelevant. Yet this is not the message of the Word of God. The Bible’s purpose is to help us know “the certainty” of truth. God’s Word, like God Himself, is forever unchanging. This is one of the foundational doctrines of Scripture. God is faithful, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word is likewise forever “settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). Our view of truth will greatly affect the way we receive it, believe it, and obey it. Knowing THE CERTAINTY OF TRUTH helps strengthen our confidence in the promises and principles of the Bible.

Because we know the “certainty of those things” wherein we have been taught, we can believe them without reservation. It is the work of Satan to cast doubt on the integrity of the Word of God. Unfortunately, the devil has many assistants in his cause to delude those who might waver from their steadfastness, including those who claim to be Bible scholars or teachers. Classrooms and pulpits today are occupied with false prophets who undermine “the certainty” of the Holy Scriptures. Rather than presenting the Bible as a Book of “certainty,” they take the position that it contains error or contradiction. According to these heretics, it then falls upon us to determine which parts are true, which are uninspired, and which are symbolic, even if they are presented as factual. This is nonsense. God’s Word is to be taught and received as truth that can be accepted and believed with “certainty.”

Source: Standing in the Gap: A devotional thought by Pastor Smith of Mt. Zion Baptist Church

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The catholic church believes that only it has the right to forgive sins.

Taken from their catechism:

“There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive.” Pg. 256, #982

“By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to forgive the sins of the baptized…” Pg. 257, #986

“The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ…” Pg. 363-364, #1448

“Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Pg. 367, #1461

“The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.” Pg. 255, #979

Were there no forgiveness of sins in the Church, there would be no hope of life to come or eternal liberation. Let us thank God who has given his Church such a gift.” Pg. 256, #983

What does the Bible say?

Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? ~Mark 2:7

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. ~Ephesians 4:32

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. ~Psalm 32:5

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” ~Psalm 25:18

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psa 51:4) Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. ~Psalm 51:2,4

Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. ~2 Chronicles 6:21

The Word continues to tell us that God wants us to go to Him. There is no mention of going to anyone else but Him.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~2 Chronicles 7:14

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. ~Psalm 86:5

… if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. ~Colossians 3:13b

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities… ~Psalm 103:2-3

Again, the Word of God contradicts catholic teaching yet the precious catholic is made to believe tradition and magisterium over the Word of God. God is not a man that He should lie. His Word is final and it is truth!

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~1 Kings 17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

What does the catholic church do with its former popes who did not abide in truth?

~Psalm 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

If God’s Word is right and all His works are done in truth, there would be no additions or need for change as the catholic church has done with its dogmas, traditions and magisterium.

~Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

If God magnifies His word even above His name, why would He allow anything to come ahead or equal to His word?

~John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

It is Jesus and His Gospel that is Truth. He would not change it, add to it or take away from it because it would no longer be truth!

~John 17:17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

It is not traditions or magisterium that are truth but God’s Holy Word is Truth!

~2 Corinthians 4:2 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.

Allowing traditions and magisterium to be equal to Scripture is handling the word of God deceitfully. The previous verse says that God’s word is truth – nothing else.

~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,


~Col 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;


~1 Thessalonians 2:13 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.

Is it any wonder that the catholic church adds tradition and magisterium to be equal to the Word of God? It is because they do not want the dear catholic to find true salvation. Salvation outside the Word of God is not the truth!

~2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Is it any wonder that the catholic church fills its members heads full of catholic history so their minds are pre-occupied with catholic history instead of Bible?

I pray these verses will speak to the heart of a dear catholic today!

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If you are catholic, please, I beg you to read this through. This is written by a former catholic priest and it will enlighten you. I am praying that some dear precious catholic will turn to the God of Glory rather than their mother church.

Scriptural Truths for Roman Catholics
Bartholomew F. Brewer, Ph.D.
Former Roman Catholic Priest

**All Scripture quotations and references are taken from the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Translation of the Catholic New Testament and the Douay Version of the Old Testament**


The Roman Catholic Church claims to be God’s true Church and all members are to promise obedience to the Bishop of Rome, whom she claims is successor to Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church is built on the assumption that in Matthew 16:13-19 Jesus appointed Peter the first pope and so founded His Church and established the papacy. If this is true, then all true Christians must become Catholic. If it is false, the whole Catholic religion is false and cultic and no true Christians could be identified with such a system. We must, then, search the Scriptures in order to know what is true. The Scriptures are not merely the writings of men, “But holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21). “All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproving, for correcting, for instructing in justice; that the man of God may be perfect, equipped for every good work: (II Timothy 3:16-17). “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words (the Bible) shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Both Scripture and history testify to the authenticity, reliability, efficiency, and sufficiency of the Bible. Though some Catholic translations are better than others, all are reliable enough for general study with Catholics.

When Jesus, in Matthew 16:18, said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” He used the demonstrative “this” (taute), pointing to Peter’s confession, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God” as the rock. Jesus said, “Thou are Peter (petros, a stone – all believers are stones, see I Peter 2:5 and Ephesians 2:21), and upon this rock (petra, a huge rock foundation – the confession that Jesus is the Christ), I will build my church”. He did not promise to build His Church upon Peter. Jesus would not have trusted such a precious possession as His Church to the leadership of even one fallible man much less a whole succession of them. The pope of Rome is called the Vicar of the Son of God (Vicarius Filii Dei). In the Bible we find that the Holy Spirit, not a pope, was sent to take the place of Jesus on earth. That is what Vicar means. The Holy Spirit was given to guide us into all truth (John 16:7-15) and the Scriptures were given for teaching, for reproving, for correction, and for instruction (II Timothy 3:16). Christ did not leave His Church to human leadership. Jesus Himself is still the Head of His Church. He speaks to us through His infallible Word, the Holy Scriptures, by His ever present and infallible Holy Spirit.

Let us remember that Christ is the Rock and only Head of the Church. I Corinthians 3:11. For other foundation no one can lay, but that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus.

I Corinthians 10:4. The rock was Christ.
Ephesians 1:22,23. Head over all the Church.
Ephesians 2:20. Christ Jesus… the chief corner stone.

Around thirty-four times in the Old Testament God is call a Rock or the Rock of Israel. You see, the Bible clearly teaches that when Jesus founded His Church, He was to be the only Head, the Holy Spirit the Vicar and Guide, and the Bible the only authority for faith and practice. All true Christians constitute THE TRUE CHURCH (those in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, who believe and obey Christ’s teachings). True believers were called “Christians”, not “Catholics”.

Acts 11:26 Disciples were first called Christians.
Acts 26:28 Persuade me to become a Christian.
I Peter 4:16 Suffer as a Christian

There were no Roman Catholics until Christianity was merged with paganism into a state religion around 315 A.D. The true Christians obeyed God’s Word, they never joined in the pagan corruption. The gates of hell have never prevailed against the true believers, they are few, their way is narrow, they would rather suffer martyrdom than compromise the Word of God or deny their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. “Go out from her, my people, that you may not share in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues” (Apocalypse 18:4). Believers must not be identified with compromising or counterfeit Churches!


The Pope is called “Our Holy Father”. See encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII in the Douay Version of the Bible. He is also called “Our Most Holy Lord”, Pope Pius X. See Cardinals Oath. Moreri, a famous historian said, “To make war against the Pope is to make war against God, seeing the Pope is God and God is the Pope”. Decius said, “The Pope can do all things God can do”. Pope Leo XIII said of himself, “The supreme teacher in the Church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires, together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff, as to God himself.” Pope Pius X said, “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ himself hidden under the veil of the flesh. Does the Pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks.” Pope Pius XI once declared, “You know that I am the Holy Father, the representative of God on earth, the Vicar of Christ, which means that I am God on the earth.” All this is blasphemy!

Isaias 44:8 Is there a God besides me?
Matthew 23:9 Call no one on earthyour father.
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord.
Philippians 2:11 Jesus Christ is inthe glory of God the Father.
I Peter 5:3 Nor yet as lording it over your charges.
I Peter 5:1-4 I, your fellow-presbyter.

Peter called himself a presbyter (pastor), not a pope. He refused honor (Acts 10:25,26) saying “Stand up for I myself also am a man”. The apostles argued regarding who was greatest in the kingdom (Matthew 18:1) which indicates that even they did not accept Peter as head of the Church. The wealth and power of the Roman Popes could have come to Peter or any of the apostles. They had charisma, they could heal and raise the dead and perform many other miracles. They could have accumulated gold and land and conquering armies, but they gave away all that was placed at their feet (Acts 4:37, 3:6). They rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:41). How could anyone be so naive as to think that the papacy evolved out of such humility and simplicity. The office of Pope is of pagan origin and cannot in any way be substantiated in Scripture. Because of the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit, such an office is not necessary or even desirable.

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One sunny afternoon, Jeff was walking on the shores of a beautiful ocean with his son, Joshua. The air smelled so fresh and clean and the waves hit the shoreline in rythm to nature’s song. As the sea gulls flew overhead, some children were playing fetch with their dog in the distance.

As Jeff and Joshua walked, they heard a scream! A child had gone too far into the ocean and he was drowning. Jeff froze in fear for he could not swim! Joshua, on the other hand, was quite the swimmer and so he jumped into the ocean without a thought.

As the child’s screams worsened, a crowd started gathering on the shore. As Joshua maintained a steady stroke, he finally reached the hysterical child. He grabbed hold him by the neck and swam back to shore where he began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The crowd gathered round anxiously awaiting to see if the little boy would make it. What a joyous occasion it was when boy sputtered and began to breath! The crowd cheered and congratulated the hero for his brave rescue!

Being humble, Joshua ignored their praises and simply continued on his walk with his father. As they walked down the beach, Jeff turned around and noticed reporters and television media gathering round the crowd that had stayed behind. His thoughts went back to the year he had sent Joshua for swimming lessons! What a different set of circumstances it would have been had he not! Jeff was glad that he had not caved at Joshua’s fear of the water.

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(2 Tim 3:16-17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

These two verses are packed with a punch, aren’t they? They are not two simple verses. In fact, we have much to learn in them:

1. ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Not just the Old Testament – not just the New Testament – but ALL! Also, if God wanted tradition to be part of His divine inspiration, this would have been the best place to have stated so. The Holy Spirit inspired man to pen His words. He had a purpose for each and every word to be documented in the exact place that He put them.

2. Scripture is useful to us for doctrine – (Tit 2:10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.Paul exhorts that we are to adorn the “doctrine of God our Saviour” – not magisterium – not tradition. The doctrine of God is His Holy Word!

3. Scripture is useful to us for reproof. Noah Webster’s definition of reproof is:

Blame cast; censure directed to a person

The Word will cast blame on us – the Word of God will censure us – in other words, it will lead us to realize that we are sinners in need of salvation. The Word will show us that although we deserve hell, Christ’s work on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection, has paid the penalty and we are no longer condemned if we repent and believe the Gospel!

4. Scripture is useful for correction. The Word shows us what we are doing wrong and what we should be doing. Just as we correct our children and teach them, so does the Word for the Christian.

5. Scripture is useful for teaching us righteousness. I love Noah’s definition here for righteousness:

1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.

Isn’t that good? Paul is not saying that we are righteous but that we are being taught how to live a godly life. True religion is not a specific “church name” but it is the condition of the heart – a heart that is born again of the Spirit of God (John 3:3).

6. Scripture is useful in making the Christian “perfect.” Paul is not saying that we will be sinless. Not at all. Noah Webster defines perfect as:

Fully informed; completely skilled; as men perfect in the use of arms; perfect in discipline.

The Word, then, makes the Christian fully informed – completely skilled – perfect in discipline. The Christian does not need the Word to be interpreted for him. This verse makes that quite clear. The Word is what works in the heart of man – the Holy Spirit teaches and makes clear what God wants us to learn – He teaches us all about God, about Jesus Christ, about Himself! If you were to leave your great-grandchildren a filmography about you and your ancestry, you would want to include as much about yourself as possible so your great-grandchildren would grow up knowing exactly who you were, right? You would not leave that to someone else to do for you – you would not delegate that task because you know that no one knows you better than yourself. God did the same for us! He is the ultimate Parent and left us with His Word to guide and direct us in who He is and how we can reach Him, through Christ Jesus.

7. Scripture is useful in making the Christian “completely, fully, wholly equipped unto good works.” This is not teaching salvation by works but it is teaching that after salvation we are able to be thoroughly equipped with the Word to do what is good: leading others to salvation – teaching others how to live godly lives. (Mat 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Sadly, many churches teach that the Word is insufficient, incomplete or not preserved and also that it cannot be interpreted correctly by just anyone. This is not what 2 Timothy 3 teaches. So what does one do when God’s Word says one thing and one’s church says another?

For example, the catholic church’s Vatican II Council stated that “both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal feelings of devotion and reverence”. Is that what God’s Word says? 2 Timothy 3 teaches otherwise. These two verses most certainly pack a punch – they support that Scriptures are in fact our final authority and they do not even paint tradition as part of the picture. 2 Tim 3 states that Scripture is inspired by God – not tradition; therefore, catholic tradition (or Jewish or any other tradition for that matter) is not inspired by God but is inspired by man.

Paul also taught us not to receive the words of men but to receive the Word of God! (1 Thess 2:13) 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. So if your “religion” teaches you something that is not in the Bible, then it is the words of men, not of God. Also, it is the Word of God that can thoroughly (effectually) work in those that believe. The unbeliever will not understand the Word – the unbeliever will misinterpret the Word – the unbeliever will not bear the fruit of the Word. This verse says that the Word will, however, thoroughly work in those that believe. Traditions and man’s words cannot make this promise.

God’s Word was given to the Apostles to pen. Jude 3 tells us Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Paul tells them that they need to earnestly contend for the faith (the Scriptures) which were delivered to them. These Scriptures are what we must fight for – not tradition. Paul does not encourage them to earnestly contend for tradition. It is evident that they had the Scriptures at the time of this writing and that the Scriptures included Paul’s writings.

I absolutely LOVE Rev. 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. If man’s words and tradition could be equal to or even used in conjunction with the Scriptures, these two verses would not have been worded in this manner! This is a sharp and severe punishment and, therefore, it is a serious matter to add or take away from the Scriptures. It is not a warning to be taken lightly because punishment is eternal damnation. These two verses make it quite clear that nothing more needs to be added to the Bible and nothing needs to be taken away. It is complete. The Holy Spirit wrote through the last living Apostle, John, the last book of the New Testament and said that no one was to add to it or take away from it! A final warning for all mankind in the final Book of the Bible.

I was reading an interesting article at David Cloud’s website on the history of the Holy Scriptures. One reference that stuck out was:

A list of New Testament Scriptures dating to the latter half of the second century was discovered in the Ambrosian Library in Milan, Italy, in 1740. This second-century list contains all of the 27 books of the New Testament canon (Hentz, p. 60).Thus the completed New Testament Scriptures were being circulated and accepted by God’s people under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Many of the modernistic textual scholars who write today about these early centuries deny, or totally overlook, the working of the Holy Spirit in the inspiration and canonicity of the New Testament. The Apostles were not left to their own devices to transcribe the record of Christ, nor were the early Christians left to their own devices to recognize which writings were Scripture (1 Thess. 2:13). The words of the New Testament are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ through divine inspiration, and the Lord’s sheep know the voice of their Good Shepherd and can discern His voice from false shepherds (John 10:4, 5, 27).

In closing, not only do we have God’s Word today but His Word packs punch – it provides conviction within its pages – it draws the sinner to his need of a Saviour – it teaches that there is no other God and no other Saviour than Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder that Satan is desperately trying to discredit the Bible? It is the only source for salvation! Why would God leave such an important matter as salvation in the hands of sinful man? He could not – He did not! Just as He left salvation in the hands of His Perfect Sinless Son, He left the task of penning His Holy Word in the hands of the Third Person of the Trinity, His Perfect Holy Spirit.

As God is perfect, so are His works – so is His Word, the Holy Scriptures. Nothing can be added – nothing can be taken away from perfection!

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God describes Himself to us in many verses in Scriptures. He has not hidden His character from mankind at all. As you read the following verses, jot down on a piece of paper the character trait of God outlined in that particular verse.

(Exo 20:5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

(Exo 34:14) For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
(Deu 4:24) For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

(Deu 5:9) Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

(Deu 6:15) (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

(Jos 24:19) And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

(1Ki 19:10) And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

(Eze 39:25) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

(Joe 2:18 ) Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

(Nah 1:2) God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

(Zec 1:14) So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

(Zec 8:2) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

(Psa 15:4) In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

(Mal 3:6) For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

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

(Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

(Psa 119:140) Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

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

(Joh 17:17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

(1 Jn 4:8 ) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

These are the characteristics of God that I came up with:

1. God is jealous
2. God is a consuming fire
3. God is angry
4. God is holy
5. God is merciful
6. God pities
7. God will take vengeance on his enemies
8. God doesn’t change
9. God means business (His word is final)
10. God is compassionate
11. God is truth (never lies)
12. God is love

These are not all the verses in Scriptures that teach us about God’s character, but just a few. There’s enough here, however, to teach us that we ought to take notice of God’s character traits. They are documented for a reason. God has not left us without knowledge. He has not left us empty handed and blind. Instead, He has left us with His Word which clearly outlines what His expectations are and what we must do to fulfill those expectations.

We have learned here that the One and only God is a Holy God – He cannot sin. He repeatedly tells us that He is a jealous God. If God is as jealous as His Word shows us, you can better believe that He will not share His throne with anyone else. He also will not allow someone else to receive the adoration that is clearly to be given to Him.

We also have learned that His anger can and will be kindled if we rebel and disobey Him. The Word teaches that God never changes, therefore what He says in His Word will never change. To state otherwise says that God is lying and we know that this is impossible. Since God never changes, then it stands to reason that whatever is in His Word will never change. If God says that He alone is to be revered and adored, then no one else can be added to the list. If God says that He is the only Mediator, then no one else can assume that role. If God says that Jesus is the only way to heaven, then one cannot gain entrance to heaven by believing in Allah or Buddha. What does one do when the Word of God says one thing and the world’s religions say another?

The devil loves nothing more than to confuse mankind by twisting God’s Word. It began in the Garden of Eden with “Hath God said” and it continues on today. In fact, it is worse today. Today we have countless translations of the Bible. Mankind wonders if they actually have God’s Word or just a “record” of God’s words. Can God create a rock that is too heavy for Him to lift? A silly question, isn’t it? I’ve been asked this question by scoffers who do not want to know the truth but instead they want to argue. It’s the same with the various versions of the Bible. People cannot understand that God is in fact able to keep His Bible from being corrupted. To think otherwise is to limit God – not wise at all!

So with that in mind, where in the Bible does it state that it is O.K. for religious traditions to supersede God’s Word? There is absolutely nothing wrong with traditions if they are in agreement with God’s Word. For example, in this verse Paul encourages his readers to hold fast to the traditions they have taught. (2 Th 2:15) Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. What traditions was Paul referring to? Verse 14 points this out: (2 Th 2:14) Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and all that was taught and was preached is what Paul was encouraging the readers to follow. Those are the right traditions. They do not contradict the Word of God. However, anything that is taught to man that is contrary to God’s Word is wrong. (Mar 7:9) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. These are the traditions that are wrong and they lead many astray. (Rom 16:17) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

We are to avoid teachings that are contrary to the doctrine which is taught in the Word, my friend! Plain and simple. We have a guide – a compass – a ruler in the Bible. The Word of God lays out all that we need to find our way to salvation. It is not complicated – there are no heavy burdens or laws as there were in the Old Testament. All these laws were fulfilled through Christ Jesus and we must come with a sincere and repenting heart and accept His finished work on the cross for payment for our sins. Since the Word says that God is a jealous God, then we can know for certain that He will not have anything or anyone stand in His place. Ironically, this is what Lucifer desired. (Isa 14:12-15) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (12) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (13) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (14) Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (15)

Why would God allow someone to be likened to Him when He states in His Word that He is a jealous God? It does not make any sense, does it? Worship the Lord God only! (Mat 4:10) Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

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I don’t know how to communicate my thoughts to you effectively this morning. This story came to mind and I thought maybe it would “speak” what I can’t.

My Upbringing

My Father and Mother are the best parents a child could ever ask for. I have never lacked shelter, food or clothing in all my years living at home. Even when I strayed from what they taught me, they were always there with opened arms ready to welcome me back. It didn’t matter how much I had hurt them, they always forgave me and their love was unwaivering.

This love would be “tried” when I was confronted with a confusing situation. Before my Father went into the military, we hung out together. We were like two peas in a pod. When you saw him, you saw me. I learned a lot from my Father and he always taught me to “remember these things your Mother and I have told you, sweetheart, because one day you will need them.” My parents always agreed on everything. My Father could count on my Mother’s support in everything he did. I never heard a negative comment by either one of them against the other. What a stable foundation it was and it gave me a sense of security as their child.

While my Father was overseas in the military, he wrote to me every day. I looked forward to each of his letters with eager child-like anticipation! He told me how beautiful the landscape was in the country he was visiting and how friendly the people were. He wrote so wonderfully and his descriptions of the land made it clear to me that it was a place I definitely would visit one day. Each page was filled with comforting and loving words – assuring me that he would one day be back and we could all be together again. His letters also reaffirmed those things he had taught me while he was with me. He reminded me that family was the most important thing and that I should be loyal. He taught me to honor my mother and take care of her and my siblings while he was away. He also reminded me of every word he had spoken to me while he was yet with me – each house rule, each chore I had been assigned, each area of teaching that caused me to grow. It was as if he wanted to remind me of all the times he directed me in “where I should go, what I should do” and “how I should get there.”

One particular event sticks most in my mind where it caused much confusion. My Father had always taught me that I should never, ever lie – even those “little” white lies I use to tell were considered a breach of his rules. He included this in one of his letters, “Remember, honey, it’s never right to tell a lie. O.K.? I want you to remember that!” I understood him completely and lived by that rule. One day, the phone rang. It was Aunt Betty and she asked for my Mother. She was at home but did not want to take the call. She told me to tell Aunt Betty that she was not at home. I reminded her that Dad said it was never right to tell a lie but she told me to tell Aunt Betty she was not at home. Afterward, I felt awful because I knew that I had disobeyed my Father and that he would be terribly disappointed in me. I told Mom how I felt. I even showed her Dad’s letters but she still said it was O.K. to lie at certain times like this situation. She even said that Dad would allow lying under these circumstances and that it was O.K.

Later, when my Father came home from overseas, we discussed the lie. He reminded me of his words to me when I was young and how he had even left me his words in his letters reaffirming that rule. Although he was very angry with my Mother for having led me astray in this area of lying, he was equally angry with me for neglecting his directions so clearly outlined in his letters. My heart was broken. I knew that it was wrong to lie, yet I let someone tell me otherwise – someone I trusted – my own mother.

As a result, my Father taught me that under no circumstances should I ever go against his words, no matter who directed me to do so. When I had doubts, I was to return to those letters and read them over and over so that they would be imprinted in my memory.

Although this is a simple story, I hope it has the spiritual impact on the reader that I intended. Everyone must have guidelines to live by, otherwise the world would be chaos. Guidelines have existed since the beginning of mankind and set in writing in the Ten Commandments. God did not leave us empty-handed. He did not leave us without a road map for our journey on this earth. Not at all! In fact, He left us His Word so that we would be able to find our way in a dark and sinful world. He left us His Word to guide us to His perfect plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. (Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. When there were contradictions in life, God made it clear. (Act 5:29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Mankind needed a Mediator who would reconcile man with God. God provided that Mediator through His Son. (1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; He showed us in His Word that there was only one way to Him and that was through Christ. (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.

Unfortunately, man has adjusted his “religion” to accommodate his flesh. From the beginning with Adam and Eve, man has tried to come to the Father by means of his own works. Adam and Eve tried to make themselves aprons to cover their sin (Gen. 3:7). However, God shed blood and made them coats to cover them (Gen. 3:21). Also, Cain’s sacrifice was the work of his hands (Gen. 4:3), while Abel’s sacrifice was as God had commanded the sacrifice should be (Gen. 4:4). Throughout the Old Testament we see man trying to come to God by way of his own works. As well, throughout the Bible God has shown that it is only through the work of Christ’s shed blood on the cross of Calvary that we can come to Him. (Eph 2:13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Eph 2:16) And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

So what does one do when his “religion” says one thing and God’s Word says another? What if they don’t agree? Who does one listen to? (Act 5:29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. This is not a complicated concept. All the earth’s governments are based on laws, rules and regulations. When one disobeys the law that is written in the books of the law of the land, one is punished. For instance, my husband is a police officer. Let’s say I get caught driving 60 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone. I’m clearly guilty according to the law of the land. There are State Codes which are written and dictate the speed limits. However, I tell the police officer that my husband (also a police officer) told me it was O.K. to drive 60 because I’m a policeman’s wife. This sounds silly, doesn’t it? It is not any more silly than a “religion” saying that their leaders have changed the laws because they “represent” the Law Giver. My husband represents the law givers of our State but his words cannot supersede those laws. Ultimately, the penalty must be paid and the law must be obeyed.

You can’t justify your actions by stating that your interpretation of the law was different. The law is clearly outlined in the books and one is held accountable according to that law. It is no different with God and His Word. We will be held accountable for what we have done as it relates to the Bible. Have we accepted God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Or have we added to the free gift of salvation with a list of “do’s and don’ts”? (2 Cor 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

There is nothing that man can do to add to the perfect gift of redemption through Christ. This verse says that we are made the righteousness of God in Christ! We ourselves have nothing that is righteous. (Isa 64:6) 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. (Rom 7:18a) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: The gift of God is free. (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. We cannot earn it – we cannot work for it – we cannot inherit it because our parents have it – we cannot assume that we have it. All must come to the Cross of Calvary and accept the fact that there is nothing we can do to earn heaven and that Christ paid the entire price and penalty for our sins. (Eph 2:8 ) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Eph 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So in closing, the Father has left us with clear instructions on how to be saved. The world and its “religions” has added to or taken away from His clear instructions. However, the Word is clear that we cannot make our own aprons, we cannot grow our own vegetables and present them as a “substitute” for our sins. Only Christ can be that substitute. So, who will you answer to? Your “religion” or God’s Word?

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This is quoted from “The Answer Book” by Dr. Samuel C. Gipp, Ph.D.

Question #3

QUESTION: I have been told that King James was a homosexual. Is this true?


EXPLANATION: King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen.

Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of Scotland into a unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire.

At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible in English, King James’ desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James called 54 of history’s most learned men together to accomplish this great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of God in English.

James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled “Counterblast to Tobacco”,which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco in England.

Such a man was sure to have enemies. One such man, Anthony Weldon, had to be excluded from the court. Weldon swore vengeance. It was not until 1650, twenty-five years after the death of James that Weldon saw his chance. He wrote a paper calling James a homosexual. Obviously, James, being dead, was in no condition to defend himself.

The report was largely ignored since there were still enough people alive who knew it wasn’t true. In fact, it lay dormant for years, until recently when it was picked up by Christians who hoped that vilifying King James, would tarnish the Bible that bears his name so that Christians would turn away from God’s book to a more “modern” translation.

It seems though, that Weldon’s false account is being once again largely ignored by the majority of Christianity with the exception of those with an ulterior motive, such as its author had.

It might also be mentioned here that the Roman Catholic Church was so desperate to keep the true Bible out of the hands of the English people that it attempted to kill King James and all of Parliament in 1605.

In 1605 a Roman Catholic by the name of Guy Fawkes, under the direction of a Jesuit priest by the name of Henry Garnet, was found in the basement of Parliament with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder which he was to use to blow up King James and the entire Parliament. After killing the king, they planned on imprisoning his children, re-establishing England as a state loyal to the Pope and kill all who resisted. Needless to say, the perfect English Bible would have been one of the plot’s victims. Fawkes and Garnet and eight other conspirators were caught and hanged.

It seems that those who work so hard to discredit the character of King James join an unholy lot.

This was excellent reading! It amazes me that those today who try to discredit God’s Preserved Word in English in the King James Bible go to such lengths to find heresies against him but do not study out history to learn the actual truth.

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