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The Difference Between True/Genuine Faith Vs. “Going Through The Motions”

I once had a Christian friend say to me that she “didn’t really like going to church because she felt like she was just *going through the motions*!” And those words really got me, for some reason: *going through the motions*. I sat there and thought about it for awhile, trying to ponder what she meant by those words, exactly. And then it hit me! TRADITION. She’s tired of the same, dull, boring TRADITION that’s taking place in churches today. In fact, I can’t blame her. It was honestly why I myself LEFT “the church system” YEARS AGO!

People get dressed up in their Sunday best, pile into the church, sit in pews, and listen to the pastor drone on for about 35 minutes or so. The rest of the time is spent “singing” and “talking about church budgets”. There’s also the “offering plate”, “communion”, etc.

And I’m gonna be truthfully honest, here. The few times that I actually “attempted” to attend actual church services at the local Lutheran church years and years ago, (in order to feel more like an “authentic Christian”), I LIKED hearing about Jesus but I was bored stiff with the overall “sermons” and found myself looking around the church (at the stained-glass windows, at the church organ, at the side of the wall, at anything BUT the pulpit).

And I’d always ask myself, “Why am I so bored, here? Why does it always feel like the same old, same old?” In fact, I even felt GUILTY for “feeling bored” inside a church. I had thought to myself at the time, “Jesus must be really mad at me, NOW! How offended would he be if he found out I felt bored stiff during church sermons?”

In fact, once as a little kid, I even remember saying to my mom one time on the way home from school, “church is boring!” [I went to a Christian pre-school, even though my folks weren’t church-goers, which was weird. I guess my mom was more “Agnostic” back then, sending us there in a “just in case God’s true” scenario]. My mom asked me why. I said, “because all they say is (speaking in a monotone) “Jesus Christ is Lord”.

Now…..I didn’t make that statement to mock Jesus in ANY way, shape or form! What I was TRYING to draw attention to, on that particular day, is more or less that “pastors make Jesus boring“. But the Jesus I KNOW is NOT boring in ANY way, shape or form! The Jesus I KNOW parted the Red Sea, created ALL living things and has the ability to shake the Earth & the Waters with just the mere SOUND of his VOICE! And as I got older, those words I spoke when I was younger about “church is boring” really seemed to resonate deep within me and my soul!

But in fact, NOTHING about today’s “Modern-Day Christianity” is even biblical! It’s sad, folks but it’s true! Church “buildings” aren’t biblical, church “sermons” aren’t biblical, sitting in pews is not biblical, “offering plates” are not biblical, choirs are not “biblical”, the Sunday Sabbath IN AND OF ITSELF is not biblical, getting “dressed up” for “church” is not biblical, “going to church SERVICE” is not biblical, basically, NOTHING about Modern-Day Christianity is BIBLICAL!

Therefore, all of the people that find church “boring” (rather they realize it or not) are actually ON to something! Something deep, deep within their spirits must “sense” that something seems “amiss” in the “churches” today! For example, God created for 6 days, then rested on and CONSECRATED the 7th DAY! So why do “churches” today unbiblically meet on the FIRST day of the week (Sunday?) For Sunday was the very FIRST day of creation!

For another example, “The Church” celebrates New Year’s, Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. But tell me. What do Easter bunnies, painted eggs, Santa Claus, Reindeer, snowmen, confetti and Halloween costumes have to do with JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

“But Jesus was born on December 25”, some say. Really? Does it say that in the bible? What bible are these folks reading from? Because MY KJV bible doesn’t mention ANYTHING about it being “winter” when Jesus was born! [However, MY KJV bible DOES mention how we’re supposed to instead commemorate Jesus’s death/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven during what’s known as “The Lord’s Supper”!]  

And that’s just the “Protestant” way of things……..For if a person is CATHOLIC, it gets EVEN WORSE!

Catholics believe in “Purgatory” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Indulgences” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Praying to Saints” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Jesus had no brothers or sister” (BIBLE PROVES HE DID), “Virgin Mary was the ONLY being born by Virgin Birth” (NOT IN BIBLE – AND HOW DOES THAT EVEN COMPUTE, ANYWAYS? For they couldn’t BOTH be surely born by Virgin Birth…….because if so, that would make Mary God and she’s NOT GOD! Luke 1:46-47 PROVES THIS beyond all shadow of a doubt, people!)

But on to my next point………the “difference” between true, genuine faith and what I call “going-through-the-motions”/manufactured faith.

First, we’ll take a look at the example of King Saul in the Old Testament. At the very beginning, he was very humble, down to Earth, and had a STRONG faith in God Almighty! But as the chapters of 1 Samuel 12+ wear on, Saul starts to get arrogant, proud, disobedient and FEARFUL.

He starts out as THIS:

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel” – 1 Samuel 11:13

Comes to THIS:

“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” – 1 Samuel 28:7

And ends up like THIS:

And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it1 Chronicles 10:2-4

So what happened between 1 Samuel 12 and 1 Samuel 28?

The first thing that happened is that King Saul did NOT wait on the Lord’s prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord. The 2nd thing Saul did was REFUSE to kill all the Amalekites and their cattle/etc., whom the Lord SPECIFICALLY commanded to be WIPED OUT! 

So see……it all started out with what King Saul thought was a “minor thing” and then, over time, his sins became GREATER and GREATER and his faith became LESS AND LESS! In fact, it would probably be safe to say that King Saul’s “spiritual relationship” with the Lord during that time (from 1 Samuel 12 to 1 Samuel 28) became a thing of OBLIGATION, instead of LOVING OBEDIENCE! 

That’s why many people sitting in church pews today feel like they’re “just going through the motions”, because THEY ARE! They’re not truly challenged in their lives to keep the faith and to LOVINGLY obey the Lord and his Written Word! Instead, they’re “spoon-fed” a watered-down/feel-good/cheery message about the bible that doesn’t talk about hell, eternal condemnation, the book of Revelation, bible prophecy, REPENTANCE of sin and/or “getting right with the Lord”. In fact, most church “services” today rarely talk about Jesus AT ALL! It’s more of a “be a good person and that’s good enough” for God type of WATERED-DOWN BLASPHEMOUS MESSAGE! ;(

HOWEVER……an example in the Old Testament of a man who DID have complete and total faith in the Lord is ABRAHAM. Genesis, Chapter 22 in the Old Testament tells us the story of how God TESTED Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his own son, Isaac.

Originally, (BEFORE Genesis 22), Abram (BEFORE God changed his name to “Abraham”) and Sarai (BEFORE God changed her name to “Sarah”) weren’t able to have children due to Sarai being “barren” in her old age. Therefore, it was Sarai’s idea for Abram to marry her handmaiden, Hagar, an Egyptian, which Abram did…..and THAT son’s name was Ishmael. However, Abram was still sad he had no true “genetic heir” and cried out to God in prayer about it. So God opened up Sarai’s womb and him and Sarah had Isaac, the “miracle child” promised by God.

However, in Genesis, chapter 22, Isaac is now a teenager (the bible implies) and God is now worried that Abraham loves Isaac more than he loves HIM (Almighty God). So God decides to test Abraham’s loving, faithful obedience by asking him to sacrifice his “promised son” Isaac!

However, in the biblical narrative, we KNOW that Abraham probably doesn’t like what he has to do, but also that he has FAITH. Because when he and Isaac get to the bottom of Mount Moriah, Genesis 22:5 states, “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”. 

Just think of what type of FAITH Abraham have to have had! For it would’ve taken him TOTAL FAITH to do what he did. [And please remember that the near-sacrifice Isaac is a prototype/foreshadowing for what would someday become God’s sacrifice of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua, for all of mankind! As Abraham didn’t hold back his only son from God, God did not hold back his only son from US!]

However, Genesis 22:10-12 further goes on to state: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me!” 

Further on, we read in Genesis 22: 13-18 how the Lord decided to BLESS ABRAHAM, as a RESULT of his loving obedience and his faith:

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. 

So from these two biblical examples, we can learn what having true, GENUINE FAITH is, and what having “lukewarm/going-through-the-motions” faith is. 

True/GENUINE Faith: Knowing that Yeshua/Jesus Christ has your back, no matter what

Lukewarm/going-though-the-motions: “Maybe Jesus will save me someday on the day of Judgement, maybe he won’t”

See the difference here, folks? Many folks ask the fateful question, “Why has God/Jesus forsaken me?” But ya know what, people? It’s US who forsake HIM! 

How? Simple. We don’t have “time” to read our bibles or pray but we DO have time to watch Netflix, text our bestfriend, listen to the radio, etc. We don’t have “time” to donate to the needy because we’re too wrapped up in our OWN lives and “financial woes”. We don’t have “time” to repent of our sins because we got to clean the house, go to work, pay our bills, hang out with our friends, read our favorite novel, pick up the kids from soccer practice, you get the idea……….

So I leave you with THIS: What type of “faith” do you have? Do YOU have the type of faith, where, you knew if you died today, that you’d go to spend eternity with Jesus? Or do you have the type of “faith” where you’re not sure? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that not even a person pointing a gun at your head and/or threatening to behead you will make you DENY your faith in Jesus Christ? Or would you “squirm” at the first hint of a threat on your LIFE? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that you share your faith in Jesus with others? Or do you tend to “cower” about your faith in Jesus towards others and try to “bury Jesus” in your life by not letting the name of Jesus be well-known in your life to others?

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” – Hebrews 11:6

What type of faith do YOU have? For IF you don’t have a strong, GENUINE type faith, TODAY is the day to pray to GET that type of faith! Pray the following prayer with me:

“Almighty Yeshua/Lord Jesus, my faith has NOT been where it needs to be, lately. I’ve had a lukewarm faith. But please, bit by bit and little by little, please REMOVE my lukewarm faith and replace it with UNBREAKABLE FAITH IN YOU, EVEN IN THE FACE OF DEATH/TORCHURE SOMEDAY. Please give me a faith and trust in you that’s SO STRONG, that NOTHING or NO-ONE can break it! Thank-you, Lord. Amen”







So You “Think” You’re Saved…….ARE YOU?

At the very end of the New Testament, The book of REVELATION, CHAPTERS 21-22, gives people a VERY clear picture of what “Eternal Paradise/Heaven/New Millennial Kingdom” will look like.

But MANY PEOPLE, either knowingly or UNKNOWINGLY, don’t seem to be aware of the fact that VERY FEW PEOPLE will make it there. VERY FEW! In fact, today’s society says that “everyone goes to heaven”……

But folks, if THAT were true, Jesus himself wouldn’t have said in Matthew 7: 21-23 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“. 

In other words, on the day of Judgement, MANY PEOPLE are going to be ETERNALLY SHUNNED BY JESUS and thrown into everlasting fire. But right before they’re thrown into the flames, those people are more or less gonna be like, “What???!!!! I don’t get it! I never killed anyone! I went to church every week! I believed in heaven! I thought EVERYONE went to heaven! Please give me a 2nd chance, Lord! I didn’t know!” But AS the bible states, Jesus CAN NOT and WILL NOT give those people a 2nd chance! For by then, it’ll be too late for all those people! FOR ETERNITY!

The problem with many Christians (and even non-Christians) today is that they don’t truly READ the bible, front to back, so they don’t even know what’s truly in there. They just blindly trust whatever the pastor says, whatever some preacher on TV says, whatever their friend/family member/coworker says…….they don’t ever bother looking it up for themselves, alot of the times, and just make base assumptions on what they THINK the bible preaches! And oftentimes, what they THINK the bible preaches? The bible actually preaches just the OPPOSITE!

For example: Gay marriage. You won’t find a single page in ALL the bible that “condones” such behavior! On the OTHER hand, you WILL find about 28+ passages which CONDEMN that sort of “behavior” and that even call it AN ABOMINATION!

Another example: Many in today’s society will say “We don’t NEED to repent of our sins since Jesus ALREADY died for our sins!” And many people THINK that’s what the bible truly teaches. However, the bible TRULY teaches the OPPOSITE:

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]

But not only THAT, Jesus/Yeshua goes EVEN FURTHER in Luke 12:32 [New Testament] when he says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. LITTLE FLOCK. LITTLE. He did NOT say “big flock”. He said “little flock” and “little flock” FOR A REASON, FOLKS!

The REASON is that VERY FEW people will TRULY desire to follow Christ in the last days (which we’re currently living in!) Why? Because they’re following Jesus in NAME only, and NOT in deed and action! They go to church every week, but forget Jesus the rest of the week. They listen to a sermon or read a blog post here and there, but haven’t picked up their bible in quite some time! They call themselves “Christian” but then turn around and support ABOMINABLE practices such as homosexuality/homosexual “rights”, divorce, premarital sex, abortion, etc.

Truth be told……SADLY……there’s many, many, MANY Christians out there today as a whole (and even some non-Christians, even) who “think” they’re Saved/will be Saved but are NOT truly saved…….

Remember the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’s time? They thought they were living SO righteous, SO holy…by strictly following Jewish “law” for they thought the “law” would make them righteous…..

But what they didn’t realize is that their “Messiah” (Yeshua/Jesus Christ) was STANDING RIGHT BEFORE THEM and they acknowledged him not! In other words, they thought (in their own minds) that they were “mightier than God” since Jesus was “God in the flesh”.

However, in Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord is recorded as saying: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. 

Isaiah 64:6 further goes on to say, 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”.

HERE, this guy says it best at around the 4:50 mark and beyond

To be “Saved” by Yeshua/Jesus Christ is a BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL thing! However, it must be a TRUE heart-felt thing! In other words, we must obey Christ, not just out of sheer obligation, but because we WANT to and because we KNOW what HE, Christ, did for us during his crucifixion/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven to be on the right hand-hand throne of God, the Heavenly Father! (AND because HE, Christ, knows what’s best for us! He really, truly DOES folks, MARK MY WORDS!) 

Jesus is recorded as saying in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. In other words, in the Lord Jesus’s eyes, those who TRULY love him as Lord & Savior will OBEY HIM! Not just PARTIALLY (following only PARTS of the bible) but FULLY (following the ENTIRE bible, front to back!) And those who DON’T love him will NOT truly obey him or what he says in the bible! It’s THAT simple, folks!

So I leave you with this question: So you think you’re “Saved”…….but ARE YOU?

If Jesus Christ were to return to the Earth today, would He be pleased by how you’re living? Would he find you observing the 7th-day BIBLICAL Saturday Sabbath? Would he find you celebrating the BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.?) Would he find you FORSAKING all things “Pagan” (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.?)

Would he find you loving your neighbor as yourself and giving to those less fortunate than you? Would he find you TRUSTING in and PRAISING HIM, CONSTANTLY? Would he find you to be of TRUE FAITH (not only in HIM but in his WORDS in the bible?) Would he find you standing up FOR his gospel and PREACHING HIS GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS? In WHAT spiritual condition would he find you?

Matthew 6:21 expressedly states, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

In other words, the thing/s you treasure in life, is where you heart is, also! In other words, if you LOVE food, that’s where your heart is…….on food and NOT on Jesus/God Almighty! If you LOVE music/movies/TV shows/celebrities/alcohol/weed/partying, that’s where your heart “truly is”, NOT on the things of God!

Many, many Christians out there THINK they’re going to “heaven”…..THINK they’re living a “righteous and holy life”, THINK that there’s no way that Jesus could ever condemn THEM……..Yet sadly, many of these so-called “Christians” will end up in ETERNAL FLAMES because they are LUKEWARM and don’t TRULY love and OBEY Jesus the way they “claim”……..

Many Christians out there as well, aren’t full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (even though the bible specifically commands us to do that in 7+ passages as a further act of obedience to HIM, Almighty God!) It is the “ceremonial washing away of sin”, the public declaration of faith, the receiving of the gift of the Holy Spirit (which is the spirit of truth/spiritual discernment), etc.

Revelation 7:3 says, “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads”. Now, is that talking about full-water immersion baptism? Only the Lord himself could say. Still….the matter remains…….only a very few SELECT FEW will get to experience the full eternal peace of beauty of Revelation, Chapters 21-22, in the New Testament.

Go ahead. Read it. Both Chapters. Revelation 21-22, at the very end of the New Testament. And then try to tell me you don’t want to be there, someday. I bet you can’t.

IF you want that to be your eternity reality someday, than don’t just BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, OBEY HIM! OBEY HIM **FULLY**! [And believe me folks, that goes JUST AS MUCH for me as it does for all of YOU!]

Stop making excuses, people! Stop saying to yourselves, “But I’m tired! I don’t WANT to read the bible right now! I’ll NEVER be good enough to make it to the New Millennial Kingdom! Who cares, anyways? Hardly ANYONE’ll be considered worthy enough to go there anyways, so why even try! Everyone goes to heaven, who cares who’s righteous or not! Jesus will accept me, rather I’m gay or not!”

Just stop it with the excuses, folks! Stop it right now! “Check yourself before you wreck yourself”, as one Christian on Youtube has once said a time or more. Is all that “sin” in your lives worth it? Is 5 minutes of pleasure worth AN ETERNITY IN FLAMES?

Only Jesus Christ/Yeshua himself will be able to determine rather you’re truly “Saved” in his great, heavenly name or not, on the Day of Judgement. But until then, HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE HIM, REPENT OF ALL YOUR SINS, AND CRY OUT TO HIM TO SAVE YOU AND HE WILL SAVE YOU! MARK MY WORDS!

Don’t live a life without Christ, folks! It’s not worth it! 5 minutes of pleasure is NOT worth an eternity in FLAMES! And a life without Christ at the head/center is not a life worth living! For what IS life without Christ? Answer: NOTHING! Why? Because Jesus Christ/God in the flesh is the author and CREATOR of all life! He is LIFE ETERNAL and the GRANTER of everlasting life!

He created the universe and the heavens! Therefore, doesn’t it stand to reason that if he created the universe and the heavens, and can count the number of hairs on your head and has the keys to hell and death, that it would pay to SERVE HIM? Why serve Satan/pleasure, the father of all lies, the being/things that will take you straight to hell/eternal destruction in the flames? 

On the Day of Judgement, Jesus will likely ask people if all their “unrepentant sin” was worth it. What will most people say? What will YOU say, on that fateful day? 

The choice is up to YOU, folks! But don’t EVER say I never warned you! 

What Is The True Gospel of Jesus Christ?

All men are sinners. “For all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son [Jesus Christ] to condemn the world but that through Him [Jesus Christ] the world might be saved” [John 3: 16-17]

“He who believes in Him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God [Jesus Christ]” {John 3:18}

So essentially what this means is that over 1976+ years ago, God put his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for salvation/forgiveness of mankind’s sins. And on that Cross, Jesus Christ shed his holy blood (along with the water of life that gushed out of his side wound) in order to give us the “free gift” of *SALVATION* (forgiveness of sins, if we choose to receive that “free gift” in our hearts!) and the chance for everlasting life [eternity with God/Jesus Christ].

3 days later, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, just like he said he would do. There are SEVERAL eyewitness accounts, which record seeing Jesus AFTER he was resurrected from the dead. This would in fact PROVE that Jesus was the Son of God! And all these eyewitnesses were faced with martyrdom [death] FOR their eyewitness testimony, but not one of them recanted their faith (upon the threat of death)! NOT ONE

1 Corinthians 15:3-6
John 20:10-18
Matt 28:8-10
Luke 24:13-32
Luke 24:33-49
John 20:19-23
John 20:26-30
John 21:1-14
Matt 28:16-20
Luke 24:50-52
Acts 1:9-11

40 days later, in front of several witnesses, Jesus Christ ascended up to heaven to be on the right hand throne of God [the heavenly Father] and won victory over “sin and death” [hell/the Devil].

In other words, when Jesus died for all of mankind’s sins on the cross over 1976+ years ago, he provided a way for mankind to achieve *eternal life*, AWAY from the confines of eternal death/the lake of fire. But God [the heavenly Father] said in his holy divine book, the bible, that the ONLY way a person could achieve *eternal life* is to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, pray for forgiveness of sins, acknowledge that they’re a sinner, accept Jesus Christ into their hearts as Lord & Savior, REPENT of their sins, become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and CONTINUE to obey the Lord throughout their day to day lives. So it’s a 7-part process.

Basically, when you become a Christian/”Saved”, you acknowledge that you’re a sinner in God’s eyes and that you NEED forgiveness of your sins. You thank Jesus Christ for his *free gift* of salvation on the cross, you pray for forgiveness of your sins, you accept Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior (God Almighty in the flesh), you REPENT of your sins, you become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and then you “pick up your cross and follow him”.

That means to leave the old life behind. For example, if you used to drink a lot before accepting Jesus Christ in your heart, that means you give up drinking. If you used to be addicted to sex, drugs, pornography, etc., that means you give those things up and don’t do/partake of them anymore. [But don’t worry, because if God created the Earth & the Heavens, he can certainly help people overcome their addictions or things that draw people away from God!]

When you truly accept Jesus Christ into your heart, pray for forgiveness of your sins, allow him to become Lord & Savior, repent of your sins AND become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, your spirit is renewed in Christ and you start a New Life in Him. Therefore, you must separate yourselves from ALL worldly/sinful things (drinking, drugs, partying, greed, lust, pride, addiction(s), love of money, etc.). What this means is that, in order to become friends with God, you must become enemies of the world.

“Adulterers and Adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity [hatred] toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” [James 4:4]

Meaning, you must separate yourselves from the “ungodly pursuits” (money, self, globalism/“many-paths-to-enlightenment”-movement, pleasure) of the world and seek after the “pursuits” of Jesus (such as humility, servitude to God instead of self, kindness/forgiveness towards others, pleasure in serving God’s will).

But in order to live a true Christian life, we must first know the bible. If you don’t know the bible for yourself, the Devil (working through various people) will try to turn you on to “false doctrines” (the ones I talked about in my previous post) and will try to do everything in his power (even working through people close to you, like your own friends, family and even coworkers, for instance) to try to get you to lose your faith in Jesus Christ!

Jesus commands us to become baptized. When we get baptized, we receive the free *gift* of the Holy Spirit (which in turn, gives us the gift of spiritual discernment and/or conviction of sins). It is also represents the “ceremonial washing away of sins”.

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]

Because we now live in such a dark, depraved, fallen world, there’s many lost and restless souls out there, who feel like their life has no meaning or that try to fill their hearts with things other than God.

So once you become a true believer in Jesus Christ, you must “go out and make disciples [more believers in Jesus] among all nations” [Matthew 28:19]

God can’t let ANY sin into his heavenly kingdom. That’s why, if a person doesn’t accept Jesus Christ into their hearts by the end of their lives, that God can’t admit them into what the New Testament calls the heavenly city of “New Jerusalem” [Revelation chapters 21-22!] . They are “spiritually unclean” and God is a holy, divine, PURE God. When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts AND get full-water-immersion baptized in his great, heavenly name, we are “made spiritually clean” in God’s eyes.

But if we reject Jesus Christ/do not acknowledge Him before our deaths in this life, then God [Jesus Christ] is going to judge us for each and every single sin we’ve ever committed over the TOTALITY of our LIFETIMES and send us to hell (whose fires will eventually be merged into the lake of fire), NO EXCEPTIONS, ***PERIOD!***

So PLEASE, people! Get right with Jesus TODAY! Time is running out.

Pray the following prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner. I pray to you for forgiveness of my sins and I pray for you to become my Lord & Savior. Please give me a new heart and a new mind. Please don’t let me fall victim to the “Apostasy”[doctrines other than what Jesus taught] going on in the Christian Church AND in the secular world today. And also, don’t ALLOW me to believe the world’s LIE that you aren’t God or that you’re not the ONLY way to salvation/heaven! Amen”.

And then get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ since Jesus commands it in Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned”

And then you be rest assured that Jesus will NEVER blot out your name from The Book of Life talked about in Philippians 4:3 (his *record book* of faithful followers) and that you’ll get to live with Jesus forever in eternity!

And I know eternity is sort’ve scary to think about for some folks, as in “what would living FOREVER be like? Yikes!” but for those of us who get to enter eternity with God, we will enter “New Jerusalem” with glorified bodies (meaning, bodies that are “perfect” in God’s site: so I can only assume that to mean no wrinkles or age spots, or walking canes or glasses/contacts, or anything else that one would deem “imperfect”).

Oh and guys, trust me. There IS no “hidden catch” to salvation. You ask Jesus to come into your heart, you pray for forgiveness of your sins, you repent of (turn completely away from) your sins, you get FULL-WATER baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, you CONTINUE to obey the Lord in your lives……you’re saved…….and you no longer have to worry about being sent to the “fire that never quenches” (aka the fires of hell that MERGE INTO the lake of fire will become the “fire that never quenches”, which Jesus Christ describes as the “weeping and gnashing of teeth”, etc.)

One last thing I wanted to mention here real quick is that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Salvation. Meaning, no other person, principle or creed is needed. JUST Jesus Christ alone! For Jesus said in John 14:6….

“I am the way, the truth and the light. No-one comes to the Father [Everlasting Life/Paradise] except by Me [Jesus Christ]” John 14:6

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12