I speak the truth as a disciple of Jesus.
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Not every Word from the Lord is given for encouragement, but also for reprove and instruction that we who are following may hear from Heaven with clear direction. If you are starting this faith journey in Christ there is a lot to learn, and better still, if you are walking with Christ for years there is more to learn.
Disturbingly, I have found preachers who are distorting and interpreting the Holy Scriptures to the detriment of Believers and the choices they make. Woe to them saith the Lord!
"For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them." 2 Peter 2:20-21
In all our hearing, we must be careful of those who speak in lofty words and persuade us with false teaching that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. You must read it for yourself! Don't rely on others to interpret for you.
Hebrews 6:4-6 states, "it is impossible...if they fall away to renew them again," but in my own ears I heard the complete opposite from a full-time Pastor with a congregation and reaching out to others through Internet and books. Apostasy! Jesus help us! He said that it is impossible to lose our salvation. Grace keeps us no matter what. Further, he stated that the parable of the Vine and the Branches was an encouragement for Believers and a telling of those who are (superficial Christians) not born-again of the Spirit.
God doesn't write one thing and mean another. It's literal. It's there in black and white. Context and the period written is of importance when studying, nevertheless, "God is not the author of confusion." Those who preach to the hearer one on one or by the hundreds of thousands such lies appeal to this now generation and new culture who desire to have their "ears tickled." They stand strong together that you can claim to be a Christian without consequence and continue to sin. God forbid!
The Bible is our standard for living. Read it for yourself!
I am a minister with a prophetic gifting who is being challenged by my Pastor to be SOLD OUT for God. In these past weeks, I have put aside some things to make room for hunger and thirst of His presence. And in return, I have reaped bountifully in study and communion with Him. My prayer is that you too make room so that you may mature in the faith and receive your full inheritance in Christ Jesus.
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Two common objections to the belief that a Christian cannot lose salvation concern these experiential issues: 1) What about Christians who live in a sinful, unrepentant lifestyle? 2) What about Christians who reject the faith and deny Christ? The problem with these objections is the assumption that everyone who calls himself a “Christian” has actually been born again. The Bible declares that a true Christian will not live a state of continual, unrepentant sin (1 John 3:6). The Bible also says that anyone who departs the faith is demonstrating that he was never truly a Christian (1 John 2:19). He may have been religious, he may have put on a good show, but he was never born again by the power of God. “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:16). The redeemed of God belong “to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4).
Christians do sin (1 John 1:8), but the Christian life is not to be identified by a life of sin. Believers are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have the Holy Spirit in us producing good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). A Christian life should be a changed life. Christians are forgiven no matter how many times they sin, but at the same time Christians should live a progressively more holy life as they grow closer to Christ. We should have serious doubts about a person who claims to be a believer yet lives a life that says otherwise. Yes, a true Christian who falls back into sin is still saved, but at the same time a person who lives a life controlled by sin is not truly a Christian.