Many a “Christian” can read or quote bible verses, go to “church” every week and carry the mere “label” of “Christian”, but if they don’t truly APPLY what they read in the bible to their OWN LIVES, then they’re only a “nominal Christian”, at best.
There was quite a controversy awhile back when an atheist guy pegged many of today’s “Christians” as “cafeteria Christians” in an article. But sadly, that guy is right. Many “Christians” today think they “want the lettuce without the tomato” or the “onion without no ketchup” on their “hamburger of righteousness”. In other words, they pick and choose which parts of the bible they want to adhere to and which parts they don’t.
In fact, many of today’s “Christians” don’t read the Old Testament AT ALL! They find it to be “boring”, “outdated”, “Jewish ONLY”, etc.! But what many of them don’t realize (and what many Jews themselves out there don’t realize, as well) is that the bible (Old AND New Testaments) is ONE COMPLETE TESTAMENT of Almighty God! You can’t have the Old without the New and you can’t have the New without the Old! They are SYNONYMOUS with one another!
In fact, did you know that Jesus Christ made PRE-FLESH appearances in the OLD TESTAMENT? These are known as CHRISTOPHANIES! Here are just a FEW examples of such:
“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” — [Daniel 3:25]
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Then Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so” — [Joshua 5:13-15]
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh.
And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”
“ And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” — [Genesis 32: 24-28, Genesis 32:30]
And that’s just THREE examples! There’s many, many more but for the sake of time and space, I must narrow it down to those three………
But the point I want to make is that is that NOT ONLY is the bible (the ENTIRE bible, front to back) a COMPLETE TESTAMENT of God/Jesus Christ Almighty but also that we must adhere to ALL of it, not just certain parts of it!
There’s many “Christians” out there today, for example, whom DON’T believe in either the FIRST book of the bible (Genesis) or the very LAST book of the bible (Revelation). And AS SOON AS you take out ONE book of the bible, you’d then have to take out ALL books of the bible, since it’s either ALL true or it isn’t, right folks?
And I submit to you today that the bible (front to back) is 100% true! I’ve actually physically SEEN Jesus Christ during a Near Death Experience! And once you’ve SEEN him during an NDE and KNOW him to be 100% real beyond all reasonable doubt, there is no UN-SEEING him!
Nicodemus was a member of the high Jewish council, back in biblical times. And he asked Jesus Christ how to be “Saved”. And here was Jesus’s response to Nicodemus’s question:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” — [John 3:3]
“Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” — [John 3: 4-6]
In other words, Jesus Christ is saying in that passage that we MUST be born again as “spirit-filled” believers in HIM! But the only way we can do that is through being “born again”. And the only way we can be “born again” is through WATER AND THE SPIRIT! Translation? Baptism!
In other words, getting saved is by GRACE through FAITH + OBEDIENCE! Now, before others start touting me as saying, “You’re preaching a works-based Salvation”, that’s not what I’m saying AT ALL! What I’m saying is that we’re Saved in the name of Jesus by grace through faith AND obedience!
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity“ — [Matthew 7: 21-23]
Translation? You can “believe” in Jesus Christ all you want to, until the cows come home! But if you don’t also OBEY Jesus Christ and his commands in the bible, you’re not truly BORN AGAIN! And you WON’T be Saved in the name of Jesus Christ UNTIL you get truly BORN AGAIN, are you HEARING me on this, people?
Lets examine another passage, here……
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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: 17-18]
Look around you, folks! Has ALL been fulfilled yet, according to the bible? Or is there much, much MORE yet to be fulfilled (according to the book of Daniel, book of Revelation, Ezekiel, etc.?) Hint: ALL won’t be fulfilled until the times of Revelation chapters 21-22!
So that brings to mind my next point. What is baptism and why is it a required mark of obedience to our Lord & King [Jesus Christ Almighty?] Answer: It is the public declaration of faith, the ceremonial “washing away” of sins and the “old life”, the “spiritual cleansing/rebirth” into the “new life” with Christ, and the means by which we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit/The Spirit of Truth (which will help guide us into ALL righteousness and will tell us the things that are of God/Jesus Christ and that are NOT of God/Jesus Christ……the spirit of spiritual discernment….).
And for those who try to claim that baptism is NOT a required mark of obedience to our lord & King Jesus Christ Almighty, please prayerfully consider the following bible passages:
Mark 1: 9-11
Luke 3: 21-22
John 1: 29-33
Mark 1: 4-5
Acts 8: 35-38
Acts 16: 31-33
Romans 6: 3-6
1 Corinthians 12:13
1 Peter 3:21
Because SADLY, many “Christians” are going around today, thinking that, “All I have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and live a good life and I’m saved, easy as pie!” But it’s NOT that simple, folks! In fact, Jesus Christ describes it as a NARROW WALK!
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” — [Matthew 7: 13-14]
The Christians that think that baptism isn’t required at all for a mark of obedience to our Lord & King Jesus Christ Almighty reminds me of the people that Jesus describes as walking on a “broad path” in the above passage. Because non-believers ALSO think that baptism’s not required [as a mark of obedience to Jesus Christ Almighty] to get to the Lord’s kingdom [what THEY oftentimes refer to as “heaven”]. Do you get where I’m going with this, people?
Ofcourse, for those who are INCAPABLE of getting to a body of water [those in a coma, in EXTREME medical conditions, or other conditions which PREVENT a person from being baptized — such as the thief on the cross, for instance], the Lord Jesus will make an exception.
But in ALL other cases where a person is physically ABLE to get baptized in a body of water — or bathtub/tub full of water — and chooses NOT to? The Lord will hold that person accountable on the Day of Judgement! The non-baptized Christians will be like the people in the Matthew 7:22ish passage, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
But instead of PRAISING the willfully disobedient unbaptized Christian, Jesus Christ will INSTEAD say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” – [Matthew 7:23b]
Okay, let us backtrack once more to Jesus’s response to Nicodemus, who wanted to know how to “get Saved” in the name of Christ:
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” — [John 3: 5-6]
Now, there’s still some Christians out there which CLAIM that one can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit WITHOUT water baptism…..But unfortunately, there’s no scriptural basis for that [outside of the thief on the cross who got saved but that’s a whole different story altogether as the thief on the cross wasn’t ABLE to get to a body of water for baptism!]
Not to mention that Jesus Christ HIMSELF was baptized in the River Jordan, while all his disciples were full-water-immersion baptized as well! So clearly, if baptism were NOT required in any way, shape or form, A) Jesus Christ HIMSELF wouldn’t have done it and commanded others to do so and B) Jesus Christ wouldn’t have baptized me HIMSELF during my NDE when I was around 2 years old or so!
I really don’t know how it’s even possible for people to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth WITHOUT a full-water immersion baptism. Yes, there’s plenty of “Catholics”, “Lutherans”, “Episcopalians”, etc. that get baptized “with a sprinkling” but THAT’S NOT BIBLICAL!
In fact, just look at how many “Catholics”, “Lutherans”, “Methodists” etc. SUPPORT the abominable sins of abortion, divorce, remarriage and the gay/trans movement today! That’s because they WEREN’T properly baptized with the BIBLICAL model of baptism (full-water immersion) and DON’T have the Holy Spirit (the TRUE, BIBLICAL HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH) residing in their souls/churches. Because if they DID, they’d KNOW the ABOMINABLE HELLISHNESS of the gay/trans movement, abortion, divorce, remarriage, etc.
Mormons are a different case. They USE full-water-immersion baptism but they do it IMPROPERLY. Since the Holy Spirit is NOT in the Mormon church, the “Spirit” that unsuspecting people can baptized INTO in the Mormon church is NOT the Holy Spirit of the bible but rather, another “Spirit”, altogether! A dark, Satanic one, that is!
The Mormon church is based on LIES! Joseph Smith had over 99 FAILED prophecies! 99! Jesus Christ Almighty? Hasn’t had one failed prophecy, YET! Just goes to show ya the difference between God’s Eternal Truth contained in Jesus Christ Almighty and the Devil’s Eternal LIES (found in the FALSE, UNBIBLICAL prophet Joseph Smith).
And I’m not even gonna touch on OTHER false religions out there that GO AGAINST Jesus Christ Almighty and his Eternal Truths found in the bible (Old AND New Testaments!)
But you got two choices and two choices, ONLY: Are you gonna FULLY submit to Jesus Christ and obey ALL his commands in the bible, including baptism/being born again of water AND of spirit? Or are you gonna follow a DIFFERENT religion, no religion, Satan’s religion, or a NON-BIBLICAL “Christian tradition”?
Because today, I submit to you that the ONLY TRUE religion on Earth is MESSIANIC CHRISTIANITY! One that adheres to both Old AND New Testaments! One that celebrates the Lord’s TRUE, 7th day (blessed, consecrated/sanctified) BIBLICAL SABBATH (Saturday) and that celebrates the TRUE BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (such as Passover, Tabernacles, Trumpets, etc.)
One that partakes of BIBLICAL baptism (full-water-immersion baptism in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty! Because one truly wants to, not because they “have to”!) One that embraces the Lord’s truth found in the bible and rejects ALL outside sources that attempt to “tamper” with it! One that DOES AWAY WITH ALL THINGS PAGAN (Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.)
Because lets face it, Jews are missing the complete truth of God (as they practically do away with the New Testament and Old Testament, COMPLETELY!) They have replaced TRUTH with TRADITIONS OF MAN (the Talmud). Just like today’s “Christians” are ALSO missing half the truth (they do away with the Old Testament, as if it no longer matters!) So Christians (as a whole) only have HALF THE TRUTH of GOD!
But “BIBLICAL Christians?” They have the full 100% BIBLICAL, UNALTERED ETERNAL TRUTH OF GOD, and Satan HATES THAT! He absolutely, positively can not STAND the fact that “BIBLICAL Christians” have the full eternal truth of God in their minds, hearts, bodies and spirits! So he spiritually fights against THEM the most!
For example, he’ll send “unbiblical Christians” to try to make them DOUBT that the Lord wants them ONLY CELEBRATING the BIBLICAL 7TH DAY SABBATH and BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS! He’ll also occasionally send “old school” Jews in their path, calling them a “spiritual charlatan” for celebrating the “Jewish feasts”, and “how DARE THEY celebrate in feasts that old school Jews consider sacred”, etc.!
[Hint: They’re not so much “Jewish feasts” so much as they are BIBLICAL FEASTS for ALL the Lord’s people to observe, not just SOME!]
But WHEN, as a BIBLICAL Christian, you get that sense of, “is it REALLY wrong for me to celebrate in the biblical 7th-day Sabbath and the bible’s BIBLICAL holidays?”, KNOW THIS: Satan and his demons are silently declaring WAR on you, trying ever-so-hard to take you away from the Lord’s eternal truth! But don’t let them win, folks! Pray in the name of Almighty Yeshua that you’ll be able to stand in these last days!
And for those of you out there that think that Jesus Christ and his disciples DIDN’T partake of the 7th-day biblical Sabbath and 7 biblical holidays + 2 Minor biblical holidays? Here’s proof [while the John 5:1 feast is still up to biblical interpretation by most bible scholars]:
- Luke 13:10 [7th Day Saturday Sabbath]
- Matthew 26:17 [Passover/Unleavened Bread]
- Luke 2: 41-42 [Passover]
- John 7:1-2 & Acts 18:21 [Tabernacles]
- Acts 2:1 [Pentecost]
- Acts 27:9 [Day of Atonement]
- Luke 22: 1-7 [Unleavened Bread]
- John 7-9 [Last Great Day]
- John 10: 22-23 [Chanukah]
- John 5:1 [Purim?]
So therefore, if Jesus Christ and his own disciples celebrated the “Jewish feasts”, that can only mean that we ourselves are to follow their example!
Jesus Christ is PERSONALLY REVEALED in every and every one of the “feasts”, listed up above. But yet, Jesus Christ is actually MOCKED in today’s PAGANIZED CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS. Christmas reduces Jesus Christ to nothing more than a “helpless babe in a manger”, while Easter equates Jesus with Ishtar, the Babylonian/Persian fertility “goddess”.
So in closing, REMEMBER:
A). We must be BORN AGAIN by WATER AND SPIRIT (Baptism – not ONLY of the body, but of the mind, heart, body AND spirit!)
B). Today’s PAGANIZED “Christian holidays” MOCK Jesus Christ, while the JEWISH/BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS actually REVEAL AND CELEBRATE Jesus Christ!
You can follow traditions of man……….OR………you can follow the TRUE, BIBLICAL JEWISH TRADITIONS of Jesus Christ and his disciples THEMSELVES! The choice is up to YOU! But don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Because you really DON’T want to be one of of those people whom Jesus Christ says to someday, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” — Matthew 7:23b
And lets face it. Placing PAGAN TRADITIONS over the BIBLE’S TRADITIONS truly IS “working iniquity” in one’s mind, heart, body and spirit, IS IT NOT?
I pray that all souls who read this will become BORN AGAIN by water and spirit and will PUT AWAY all things/traditions Pagan and EMBRACE the Jewishness of Jesus Christ and disciples and EMBRACE God’s traditions (7th-day Sabbath, biblical holidays), instead of man’s “traditions” (false man-made Sunday Sabbath, Christmas, Easter, etc.) Amen.