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"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Approximately 1900 years ago, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul accurately portrayed the state of what is figuratively called "Christianity" today. If you don't like the teaching and requirements of one group just shop around until you find one that agrees with you. Can't find one? Not to worry, start your own. Trying to find a truly Christian group is like walking through a well-used pasture without a 'meadow-muffin' detector. The overwhelming odds are your going to step in something and be soiled.

There is only one God, one set of standards and requirements, and one source of spiritual knowledge (the Bible). All that we see around us today is the result of man trying to weasel out of what God has set as a standard. Oh, the excuses are many:
"I know what that verse says, but here is what it really means."
"That doesn't apply to today's complex lifestyle."
"There's nothing mentioned about it in the Bible, so we have to use our own conscience."
"The Bible was written for a civilization much different than ours and it really doesn't apply anymore."
etc., etc.
These are only a few of the brainless excuses man uses to deviate from God's standards.

However, the truth is that His standards have not changed in all of eternity. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; and in Him there is no deviation. Salvation and eternal life hinge upon God's standards; not upon man's interpretation and teaching. Our Lord and Savior addressed this in Matthew 7:21,
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven."
Being a Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, etc. does not guarantee eternal life. Doing God's will is the sole foundation for eternal life.
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day." (John 6:38-39)

Beware! Just because the Church, denomination, or group you belong to tells you that certain acts, lifestyles etc. are ok, doesn't mean that they are acceptable to Our Heavenly Father. Flee from any group who tells you, "Oh, that's a matter of conscience." It most certainly is not! It is all a matter of obedience to Our God's standards; not man's rendition of those standards.

May the grace of Our Heavenly Father sustain you and may He fill your soul with His wisdom.

To God be all the Glory!



"And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,-"
Romans 12:2)
" Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

(James 1:27)

One of the most effective weapons used against Christians is the world. Prior to salvation we act and interact according to the world and its ways. We become tainted with its ways. Its philosophy is our philosophy. After salvation we are called to leave behind all the worldly ways, its thinking and mis-thinking, etc. It's a very tall order and hard to do; yet, we can do it if we rely on help from Our Heavenly Father. The ways of this world are contrary to God's ways. To be a follower of the world is to be an enemy of God.
" Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:4
Over the years we have seen countless examples of the ways of the world being used to destroy the effectiveness of the Christian witness.

The Crusades and the Inquisitions are prime examples. In God's name people were slaughtered, tortured, and maimed. Today, setting aside the politics, we see much the same going on in Northern Ireland and Israel. On another level, we see an all out attempt being made to conform Jesus Christ's Church to the ways of this world. There are many trying to interject worldly rights and freedoms into its philosophy and beliefs. Some of the most pervasive concepts that have been and are being introduced are:
--It doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, as long as your goal is good. The Crusades and Inquisitions were rooted in this concept. Today, we have psychological and physical terrorism being conducted in God's name in the anti-abortion camp.
--I have the right to be a Christian and also have the freedom to live the way I want, even if it is contrary to God's standards.
--The concept that the 'Old Testament God' is different from the 'God of New Testament." This is a lot more subtler than the first two; because, left unsaid is that this indicates that God's standards are now different.
There are quite a few more, but I think that you can see the outcome of things being tainted by the world and its ways.

The Apostle Paul fought this same fight against worldly ways. In his Epistle to the Colossians, chapt. 2, verse 8, he admonishes and warns them,
" Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ."

The purpose behind the admonitions not to be partakers of, nor tainted by, the world and its ways is summed up in Philippians 2:15,
" That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world."



"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-collector.
The Pharisee stood and prayed within himself in this way: God, I thank You that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. "
" And standing afar off, the tax-collector would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but struck on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner! "
Luke 18:10-11 & 13

The attitude exhibited by the Pharisee was that he was superior to, or better than, the tax collector. How often we fall in to much the same mind set. We don't think of it being the same thing; but, every time we look down our noses at some person or group; sneer at, belittle, poke fun at, or ridicule others and their actions or beliefs; or engage in hate, we are the same as the Pharisee in Jesus' Gospel teaching. All of the actions mentioned are based on a sense of superiority. The "I'm better than that guy", mentality has no place in our Christian lives.

The tax-collector on the other hand exhibited a sense of humility and dependence upon God. He knew and acknowledged what he and every person ever born (both saved and unsaved) are, "a sinner." The only exception being Jesus Christ. Throughout the New Testament we are told to act with meekness, humility, kindness and love. All these traits are opposed to a sense of superiority, which by our human nature we strive for.

"I tell you, this man (the tax-collector) went down to his house justified rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself shall be abased, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted. "
Luke 18:14

The moral which Jesus wants us to glean from these verses is shown in vs. 14. By acting superior we are exalting ourselves while setting aside the fact that we really are nothing more than sinners- saved not by our own doing, but by God's grace. We should 'look to ourselves' before we even begin to think about 'casting the first stone.' There will be times when we are required to point out that something is contrary to God's Word; but we must do so in humility, with kindness, meekness, and love -always keeping in mind that we ourselves are nothing more than sinners saved by God.



"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 1:3)

An important admonition from God's word. In this age of moderation and tolerance, we find some Christians, and groups of Christians, departing from the truth of God's word in an effort to unify the "Christian" religion. The true group of believers in Jesus Christ are already unified in the Body of Christ. They follow Christ's teachings; not, that of some denomination, synod, council, self-proclaimed prophet or church leader.

To be able to "contend for the faith" it is required that you know what you are contending for. To understand your faith it is necessary to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit through reading God's Word, the Holy Bible, prayer, and discussing it with other Christians. How else will you know if a teaching is in accordance with Jesus' Gospel; or, if it has been subtlety changed to further man's ideas of religion?

It is not enough to know your faith; we are required to "contend earnestly" for that faith 'in season and out'. We tend to view 'contention' more as a confrontation than simply raising an objection. Basically, what Paul is telling us is that, relying on Scripture, we need to question what we are being led to believe. It doesn't matter if it comes from the Lectern, Pulpit, etc., it doesn't matter if you hear it from a Doctor of Divinity, an Evangelist, Priest, teacher, Deacon, etc., Paul tells us to question the teaching to see if it agrees with the Bible. How are we to do this? 2 Co 6:4&6, gives us the example.
"In much patience, in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned-."
Certainly not with an air of superiority, enmity, confrontation, or in a derisive manner; but in gentleness and humility holding true to the Word of God, the Bible. In our zeal, we sometimes forget the example given us, and our witness becomes ineffective and useless.

May the blessings, love and joy of the Lord always be with you!



"-He first loved us."
(1Jo 4:19)

God loved us long before we loved Him. Do we somehow deserve His Love? Are we so irresistably lovable that He just couldn't resist loving us?

"But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. "
"For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. "
(Romans 5:8 & 10

The answers to the questions in the first paragraph are answered with a resounding, 'NO!' by the above verses. All mankind is born an enemy of God.
"For to be carnally minded is death, ... the carnal mind is enmity against God-" (Romans 8:6-7)
Being God's enemies we don't deserve, nor can we earn, His love. There is nothing we can do to merit the love of God.

So why is it that God loves His children, even while they are His enemies? The answer can be found in Eph 1:5 and Luke 12:32;
"-having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, "
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

Simply put, 'He loved us because He wanted to'. 'He has made us heirs because it pleased Him to do so'. The choice is solely Our Almighty Father's; we have nothing to do with it.

This unmerited, and unconditional, love from God should inspire us to action.
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. " (John 15:12)
" You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matt 22:39)

The true bench mark of a Christian is love.
"If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John 4:20)
Love is the standard that Our Father requires of us.

In closing, let me leave you with the words of Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, recorded in Matthew 5:43-44;

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy'. But I say to you, 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you-."



" Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation."
(Mark 16:15)

This command by Jesus Christ to all His followers comes with the understanding that our proclamation should be both in word and in the manner in which we live and act.

The corruption, misapplication, and misunderstanding of this Biblical verse, has led to many actions and statements which are not in accordance with the teachings of Holy Scripture. let's look at two areas of this Gospel verse: the manner in which the proclamation is to be made; and what this verse means and does not mean.

The Manner of Proclamation
How we proclaim the Gospel is defined by Scripture.

"You are the light of the world.--Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven. " (Matt 5:14 & 16)

" But the servant of the Lord must not strive, but to be gentle to all, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those who oppose, if perhaps God will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth-." (2 Tim 2:24-25)

"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender feelings of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, .....And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. " (Col 3:12-14)

All of us, from the newly re born up to and including teachers, pastors, & church leaders, are called to be gentle, kind and meek, acting in love and kindness, so that our proclamation of the Gospel is done in such a manner that it 'glorifies Our Heavenly Father'. It doesn't matter if the proclamation is being made among believers or to the rest of 'creation' and this glorification should be apparent to the hearer or observer.

The Meaning of the Verse
The meaning is simply what it says, "proclaim the gospel" (spread the knowledge of it). It has been used as a basis for statements such as,
'We need to win souls for Christ'
'Let's go out and bring people to God'
'We need to bring in the lost sheep', etc.
None of which are true, and only serve to give man an ego boost, increasing his sense of importance. It is God, and God alone, who is the source of, and brings people to, salvation. God alone saves souls! We merely are tasked with proclaiming the Gospel. It is God, through the Holy Spirit, who awakens people to the Gospel message and brings them to repentance. Let's give all the glory for salvation to God, who justly deserves it.

The manner and meaning of proclamation reveals that all of us, including the following need to examine and re focus:
-The showman in the pulpit or at the lectern.
-The misguided street preacher, who screams the word with salutations such as 'heathen, whore, etc.'
-Demonstrators who are loud and unruly and resort to psychological, and even physical, terrorism.
-Christians who are obnoxious in proclaiming the word.
-Church leaders who are wrapped up in their own sense of importance.
There are many more instances but the above gets the point across. What some see as zeal and commitment to God and their concept of bringing glory to Him, is in direct opposition to His Word.

We need to learn from Our Heavenly Father's instructions and pursue the standards He has set for 'ALL' His Children.

" But you, O man of God,--follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness."
(1 Timothy 6:11)

"But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge; and with knowledge self-control, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness, and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love. "
(2 Peter 1:5-7)



"And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive."
(Mat 21:22)

"Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give you."
(John 16:23)

After the gift of Salvation, comes the gift of prayer. Many do not see prayer as a gift. They rightly discern that anyone can pray to God. However, the gift of prayer that Our Heavenly Father gives to His Children, comes with the guaranty that He will hear and answer. The right to communicate (pray) on a personal level with God is His gift to us.

Prayer should be a multi-faceted communication. Through it we can express our love and praise for Our Father; display our love for others by praying for them; discuss our problems, failings, hopes, successes, worries, fears, and ask for guidance from the Source of all Wisdom; and express our wants and needs to Our Provider. Our daily prayers should not just deteriorate into simply a wish list.

As human beings, we have a tendency to confuse wants with what we actually need. We then wonder why we didn't get what we prayed for.
"-your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him." (Mat 6:8)
"But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. - For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord-."
"You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts."(James 4:3)
We sometimes pray for healing for ourselves, loved ones, and others. If that healing doesn't happen, we often can't understand why. The problem being that we can't foresee that the healing would cause greater pain and suffering later in that person's life. We can rest assured that an answer will be provided to all our prayers and that the answer will be beneficial, even if it is 'No!'.
"God is greater than our heart and knows all things."(1Jo 3:20)
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."(Rom 8:28)

Since prayer is a communication, we need to refrain from falling into the trap of ritualistic (form) prayers. If we rely solely on this type of prayer (Lord's Prayer, Prayer of Jabez, etc.) all we are doing is parroting someone else's words. These types of prayers were given to us as examples of what our prayers should be. They give us the framework for our own prayers.

Effective prayer is based on faith; recognizes the Greatness and Majesty of Our Heavenly Father and the Supremacy of His Will; and comes from the heart and soul.

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much."



"The Spirit of the Lord God (Jehovah) is on Me; because the LORD (Jehovah) has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to preach the acceptable year of the LORD (Jehovah) and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;"
"For I the LORD
(Jehovah) love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."
(Isaiah 61-1-2 & 8)

"The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
"And He began to say to them, Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears. "
(Luke 4:18-19 & 21)

The above passages of Scripture are just one of the many Biblical proofs that Jesus is God. They also give us various aspects of His mission among us. As 'Christians', followers and emulators of Jesus Christ, we are to be partakers in that mission. From His mission stems our commission, to 'proclaim the Gospel'. Proclaiming the Gospel is a two step process, with the steps being dependent upon each other.

Our proclamation must be done in word and action. If either is lacking, we are not meeting the requirements of our commission. Further we are not meeting our personal mission, which is to glorify and praise our God. Our belief in the Gospel has to prompt us to action. Otherwise, that belief is faulty and worthless.

"For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also."

(James 2:26)

'Works' equates with actions. We are required to act according to our faith. If you are like me, you will find that our human nature keeps tripping us up. When anger, frustration, fear, vanity, lust, hate, etc. are allowed to color our actions, we are failing in both our mission and commission from God. When we participate in gossip, rumor spreading, character assassination, improper/immoral conversations and jokes, etc. we are failing. When we snipe at, quarrel with, mistreat, etc. each other we are again failing. We need to work at subduing our human nature. It is a hard lengthy process, which is never fully accomplished in this life. Being a Christian is hard work; maybe that is why our reward is so great!

May the Love and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always upon you. And may the wisdom, and strength that Our Eternal Father supplies His Children always be with you!



"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
(Ephesians 6:11)

"Abhor what is evil."
(Romans 12:9)

We know that the 'wiles of the devil' are all evil. Resisting evil is a lot easier when you have an obvious source, such as terrorism. It provides us with a clear, well defined, and understandable focus for our resistance. Yet, for numerous centuries Christianity has been the focus of uncountable evil attacks. Some of them have been quite apparently evil; while others (the most successful) have been disguised as something good and worthwhile.

It is difficult to resist the latter due to not being able to see the evil behind it. Calls to religious tolerance and unity are prime examples of the satanically inspired evil being perpetrated upon Christianity today. To date many large groups have fallen prey to these deceptions. A serious look at each will reveal the trap, which is an integral part of each.

Religious tolerance on the surface seems a rather worthwhile goal. Often such mundane items as baptism by 'dipping vs sprinkling' is cited as one of the issues of tolerance. There are many other items which have become progressively more serious until today we see people who are actively living a life style abhorrent to God being ordained/appointed as preachers of His word and noises are now being made to dilute the fundamental message that Jesus Christ is the ONLY source for man's salvation. The problem with the religious tolerance movement is that it is a direct attack upon the biblical message given us by Our Heavenly Father. There are those who have set themselves above the wisdom of God by their demonically inspired interpretations of God's message.

The religious unity movement is the first step in the road to the one world church of Revelation, which of course is headed by the Anti-Christ. Yes it will happen, there will be one world church but its dogma will be as far from the Gospel of Jesus Christ as possible. Those who founded this movement had a lofty goal of bringing the denominational factions of Christianity together; however, supporters of the movement fail to realize that compromise of beliefs is an integral part of unity. And compromise is a most efficient weapon in the deceiver's arsenal. Look at the mess that is 'Christianity' today and you get a glimmering of how the ecumenical movement will travel the road to the one world church.

Be on your guard! Study and ponder God's revealed word, the Bible. It is the armor of God's wisdom which will fortify you.

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. "
(1 Timothy 2:5)

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
(2 Timothy 3:16)

Any person, group, or thing, which leads to a modification of any of the above verses must be resisted!



"But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows."
(Mark 13:7-8)

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-."
"But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
(2 Timothy 3:1-4 & 13)

The overall picture presented by the Holy Spirit through Mark and Paul is not a pretty one, in fact it can be down right disturbing. Couple these inspirations with Jesus' revelations to John in the Book of Revelation and the picture becomes much grimmer.

The end times began with Jesus' rising from the tomb and have progressed as foretold by biblical prophecy. Since the resurrection, each day brings the world closer to the Second coming of Jesus Christ.

As those around us fall prey to fear, paranoia, anger, and hatred, we need to keep in mind our goal as children of God. A goal, which draws closer every day.
We are the heirs to the kingdom of Heaven!
While we may sorrow and be heart-sick over what has happened and is still to occur, we should not lose sight of our destiny. We must press on with our commission from God,
"To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ".
Not only by word but, also, by our actions. If we descend into the fear, anger, hatred, paranoia, etc. that we see all around us, what does that say about our beliefs? It is easy and convenient to follow worldly ways. In fact, if we don't we are looked upon as being weird or touched in the head. Yet, Paul admonishes us in Romans 12:2,
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
And Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has this to say of His followers in John 17:16,
"They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."
We are to be 'strangers in a strange land' caring about, and paying attention to, what goes on around us, but endeavoring not to be tainted or corrupted by it. By our actions we can give the world a glimmering of the awesome greatness of Our Heavenly Father and proclaim our trust in Him. Our actions under duress speak much louder than our words!

While we need to heed the prophetic warnings of Scripture we should not be overcome by them. For every warning also contains a promise.

"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven."
(Mark 13:26-27)

"Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him-".
(Revelation 1:7)



"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.-"
(James 2:26)

The above verse, and several others in James 2, have been misused to establish a dogma that teaches:
- Salvation is earned through works;
- It is necessary to pay for salvation by doing works;
- To keep salvation it is necessary to do works.
Basically, that salvation is produced and secured by works. However, an in-depth study reveals that this is a false teaching and a misinterpretation of the verses in James 2.

We find the following verses concerning salvation
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.-" (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"-who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.-" (2 Timothy 1:9)
"-not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.-" (Titus 3:5)

It can be clearly seen that works do not produce, earn, or pay for salvation. Salvation is a gift of God's grace and we are taught in Romans 11:6,
"And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.-"

The fact is that salvation produces the desire and opportunity to do works.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.-" (Ephesians 2:10)

We can see that Biblical teaching reveals that the verses in James 2, and other similar verses, are merely a benchmark. If you say you believe and do not perform works it reveals that you are deluding yourself. For true salvation produces the desire and determination to do works.

The purpose behind works can be found in Romans 12:1,
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.-"
and in Matthew 5:16.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.-"



"For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.-"
(2 Corinthians 11:14)

"1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.-"
(1 Peter 5:8)

With civilization came the belief that the devil, Satan, was not an actual being, but merely a representation of the concept of evil. This belief, very subversive in nature, stands at odds with Scriptural teaching. Obviously, a concept cannot walk or transform itself; only a being can do those things. This belief serves only Satan. For what better way is there to proceed on your mission than to be considered a myth. What a hoax and a lie have been promoted by this belief! Of course it comes as no surprise since Jesus exposes the nature of Satan in John 8:44,
"He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.-"

Many deviations from Holy Scripture have come about due to unwary individuals following the leading of a spirit, apparition, or angel. Sects, denominations and cults have been founded upon the messages/leadings of these beings. Satan is such a deceiver that he, as Paul warns, leads you to believe that he is a being of the light. How then can we know for sure if a leading/message is of the light or, although cleverly disguised, of the dark? A thorough comparison with Holy Scripture will reveal the source. If it disagrees, contradicts, or changes Scripture it is of the dark. No being of the light will provide any message, which is at odds with or attempts to change God's inspired word. In John 16:13, Jesus tells us that even the Holy Spirit does not inspire, teach, or lead by His own authority nor, is His message/teaching of His own choosing,
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.-"
The Apostle Paul, recognizing that all of Scripture was attributable to the Father, was able to teach with conviction in 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.-"

It is no coincidence that Scripture starts with the beginning of Creation (Genesis) and concludes with the end of Creation (The Revelation of Jesus Christ). It is a complete document containing all of God's instructions, messages, and teachings to humankind. Reading and studying it prayerfully is the surest way to counteract Satan's subterfuge. If a leading, message, feeling, dream or apparition disagrees with, contradicts, or changes Scriptural teaching then it is not of the light therefore not of God.

'May the blessings and peace of Our Great & Glorious God
be upon all of you.

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