Are We Understanding The Scriptures Correctly?

An Introduction

The reason I am writing this post is that I have come across dangerous teachings of the Bible that undermine sound doctrine and are landmines, waiting to kill its victim. Before you go out into the field, I would like to warn you of these false teachings. Two in particular.

There are two types of wayward beliefs. One is so far removed from the Jewish Scripture that he has developed a disdain [replacement theology] for the nation of Israel today. The other professing Christian is so much into the Jewish people that he has become a type of Judaizer.

I would like to bring to light that which is in the dark. I want to warn Christians of Satan’s tactics and the people he uses to deceive those who are not in the Word of God regularly.

Questions That Will Be Answered & The Importance Of Understanding The Scriptures

  • How does a person become a Christian?
  • Once we are a Christian, what do we need to believe in to have a sound doctrine?

It is vital to understand the Bible to get the proper nourishment. If we are to live according to it, we must make sure to understand it correctly, or else we will deceive ourselves and others.

Proper Understanding Of Grace & The Law

A person to become a Christian, get saved, must believe in Jesus Christ [John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”], accept what He did for us on the cross, paid our debt of sin, and on the third day, believe that Jesus rose from the grave and is alive forevermore.

A Christian must understand at least the basic principles of the faith found in the Scriptures that salvation was not due to their good works [Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”], but by faith alone in the work of Christ Jesus.

The believer must understand that Jesus kept the law for us so that we may receive His righteousness apart from the law [Romans 3:21], through faith in Jesus Christ, as He kept it without failing. [Romans 10:3-4 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”] Jesus is the end of the law, which means that after He came and ascended to heaven, we no longer are to keep the law as it is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but we are under the law of the Spirit. For the Lord fulfilled the ceremonial law, which was to celebrate special days, years and the sacrifice of animals. The civil law was constructed for the Jewish nation in the wilderness and when Jewish kings ruled the land of Israel.

The law of Moses cannot make you righteous, in right standing with God. Those who want to keep the law to establish one’s merit makes Jesus’ death pointless [Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”]

If you try to keep the law as a Christian, you will forfeit your faith [Galatians 5:3-4 3 And I testify again to every man who has himself circumcised, that he is obligated to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by the Law; you have fallen from grace.”] For the two, the law of Moses and grace cannot work together and produce the righteousness of God. It’s impossible.

For example, can you say that you received a gift if you end up paying for it? The answer is no. Can you say that you paid for something if you got it for free? The answer is no. Jesus’ salvation is available to everyone as a gift. No works is required to receive the gift of Jesus. Good deeds are the evidence seen in a person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him.

Belief That Jesus Is God Is A Salvific Requirement

[The word “God” is added for clarity]

A Christian must believe in the biblical Jesus that he received at first, without deviating through false teachings [John 14:8-9 “8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father [God], and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus *said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father [God]; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father [God]’?.

Leaving sound doctrine will cause a person to apostatize. Apostasy brings to light that the professing person’s faith is false. Jesus in John 8:24 declared that you have to believe that He is God to be saved [“24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins.”]

The phrase “I am” points back to Exodus 3:13-14 13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”] Jesus said that He is the I am of Exodus 3.

A Christian Will Receive A New Heart

Once the Holy Spirit enters the heart of a believer, transformation occurs, making him into a new creature. He will have a love for people and the things of God [John 13:34-35 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”]

All genuine believers in Jesus Christ will love the Jewish people because our Lord and Savior came from them, and through the Jewish apostles, we received the Word of God [John 4:22 “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.”]

Satan’s Hatred For The Jews

Commentary was added in Revelation 12:13 for clarity

Only Satan hates the Jews and has a great disdain for them [Revelation 12:13 “And when the dragon [Satan] saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman [is in reference to Israel in the End Times] who gave birth to the male Child.”]

Jesus Will Reign In Jerusalem

At Jesus’ second coming, He will rule as King in Jerusalem [Zechariah 14:9-11 9 And the LORD will be King over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one. 10 All the land will change into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will live in security.”

[Zechariah 14:16-17 16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of armies, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of armies, there will be no rain on them.”]

If you come across any teachings that try to make you go back to the law of Moses or to make you have a disdain for the nation of Israel, keep on walking and don’t stop. You have ventured into a spiritual minefield. Any wrong step and you can potentially damage your faith severely.

All Scripture were quoted from the NASB 2020

How Much Do You Really Love Jesus?

Loving God

Have you ever asked yourself this question? How much do I really love God’s Word? 

Are you willing to lose friends over it?  How about family, are they more important than the Word of God? 

How far are you willing to stand up for The Truth?


Genesis 3:1-3

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

The word “cunning” means prudent or wise but in a negative sense as to trick you through deception. The first thing Satan does is attack the Word of God. That is our only defense. Eve answered Satan correctly, repeating God’s Word, but then she seems to add to God’s Word with “or touch it.” God never told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the fruit but that they couldn’t eat it. Eve literally added extra-biblical sources. Maybe she got it from her husband Adam who wanted to protect her and added it. The thing is that if Adam did do that he was adding to God’s Word which backfired. Once Satan got Eve to touch the fruit and nothing immediately happened to her she took the bite. 

We are living in a time as prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3 which says, “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.”

The closer we get to the return of Jesus Christ, the more lukewarm Christians will abandon sound doctrine for their favorite teachers, [WordPress] friends and status. 

What is a lukewarm Christian? 

A lukewarm Christian is a person who is not committed wholeheartedly to Jesus. He/she has one foot in the world to please people and the other to Christ to please Him. This is only done by compromising God’s Word. How does the Lord deal with someone like this?

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.

The phrase “I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” refers to rejection. When you play both sides, fully knowing or unaware by being self-deceived, you are living a life of godlessness. 

When a person claims to be in Christ and rejects the Word of God by adding to it with other materials, Jesus spits you out from Himself to have nothing to do with you. 

According to Genesis 3, the extra-biblical sources comes from Satan. If you do this or even support it, you are supporting the devil himself. 

Jesus repudiates men’s traditions [extra-biblical sources]. 

Matthew 15:1-3

Then Jesus was approached by Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem, who asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?


Matthew 15:8 

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Professing believers who claim that they are honoring the Lord and are drinking from another source are making their hearts go farther from Him.   

What type of Christian are you, a people-pleaser or a person that pleases God?

You cannot be both.

 

 

 

 

VENOM: To Kill Your Faith In Christ

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Christians are its aim

What is Venom?

Genesis 2:16-17

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:1-4

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.

Genesis 3:6

6 The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Attacking God’s Word by saying, you cannot rely on the reliability and inerrancy of Scripture, that is Venom

VENOM: Satan has one purpose and one goal, to kill and wipe out your faith in Jesus Christ by taking away The Truth from your heart through deception.

How does Satan inject Venom?

1 Timothy 4:1-2

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

Teachings of demons:

  1. Atheism, there is no God.
  2. New Age Religion, all roads lead to God. A rejection of John 14:6-Jesus is the only way to the Father.
  3. False religion: Cults
  • Catholicism: Works based salvation and the worship of idols
  • Mormonism: A false view of Jesus who they claim is the brother of Lucifer
  • Islam: A false view of Jesus who the Qur’an teaches that He was not the Son of God and that He did not die on the cross
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: A false view of Jesus who they teach that He was not God and that Jesus was the first creation of God the Father. They also teach that Jesus is the Archangel Michael, they deny His bodily resurrection by saying that He did not physically resurrect but resurrected spiritually. 

What does Venom do to one’s faith?

2 Corinthians 11:3-4

3 But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Venom makes you believe in a different Jesus from a different gospel that came from a demonic spirit. 

The outcome of deception is spiritual death.

John 9:39-41

39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”

40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”

41 “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

Self-righteousness is Venom


Anyone who comes to you and tells you to believe in a different Jesus is trying to inject Venom into your faith.

An Atheist who is telling you not to believe in God is trying to inject Venom into your faith.

These people don’t know why they have an impulse to go out and try to convince you to go against the Word of God. But, we believers know. They are being pushed by an outside source which is in the spiritual realm to destroy your faith. Remember, our fight is not against these deceived people but against what’s behind them, demons. 

Be ready…

Put on the Full Armor of God

and

stand your ground