Part Five
Once Born Again Always Born Again? 

By now, because you understand the requirements of the Blood Covenant, you realise that the above statement cannot be. However, because it is such a critical error that many professing Christians have been deceived into believing, a number of verses and explanations that can be used by you to help others out of this trap of Satan are included. It is our Covenental privilege to guide our Christian acquaintances out of their error in this regard. 
The professing Christian who believes the permanently born again fallacy is swimming in very dangerous waters, because whoever is mistaken and comes before the Lord on that day, cannot plead ignorance, as this will be an admission of lack of concern for the Lord and His word. 

The following worldly example might clarify what is meant: 
 The summer of 1995/96 was a story of rain and more rain, of flooded rivers and low-level bridges under water. It was also the story of vehicles being washed off those bridges, of drivers who took a chance and lost their lives, and what is more, the lives of their passengers. 
Here's a spiritual example: 
 Some people believe that Satan and his demons cannot comprehend our thoughts, that he therefore doesn't know what is going on between the Lord and His sheep. That might be true. However we all experience the stray thoughts that come to us while praying and these can only come from the forces of darkness, meaning that our thoughts can be manipulated. If we presume that Satan cannot read our thoughts when in fact he can, we are on a dangerous bridge. It will therefore be safer to presume the worst and guard our thoughts, to be careful of what we think about, not so? 
 Also, if we have a secret plan from God in our lives, it is always safer to presume that the enemy has knowledge of it, as this will enable us to plan counter measures in advance. 

So when we come to the flooded bridge of uncertainty, isn't it safer to presume the worst, realising that we can lose what we now have? Especially when we consider that we are dealing with the most important happening in our lives? 

The Lord shows us most aptly: 

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 
(Proverbs 9:9-10) 
Please do not be impressed by the length of time a person has been a Christian, or the number of followers he has, or the number of degrees he has behind his name, because he just might be an unwitting tool of Satan. It goes with this writing as well. 
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 
(1 Corinthians 13:9-12) 
Before we understood the Covenental requisites, it may have seemed that one passage of the Bible contradicted another. If we study from a King James version, without man's input, i.e. without footnotes, the Lord is able to show us that there are no contradictions, but merely lack of understanding on our part: 
 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 
(1 John 2:27)
 Clearly, the Lord wishes to teach us Himself, He wants a personal relationship with each of us. 

The following verses are applicable to the subject in hand, please read them in the context wherein they were written. Also, please remember at all times that the books of the Bible after Acts were written to Christians, those who professed that they were born again. 

Because the permanently born again proponents base their belief on certain verses, here are some that seem to support the always born again theory: These were taken from the writings of those who promote the above theory: 

 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 
(Galatians 4:5-7) 
 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
(Romans 6:23) 
 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 
(1 John 5:11) 
 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 
(1 John 5:13) 
 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 
(1 John 4:9) 
 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 
(John 11:25) 
 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe..... 
(Romans 3:22) 
 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 
(Titus 3:5-8) 
 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 
(Colossians 1:13-15) 
 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 
(John 10:28) 
 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
(1 Peter 1:4-5) 
 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 
(Ephesians 4:30) 
And some that seem to show the converse: 
 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 
(Psalms 69:28) 
 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 
(Revelation 3:4-5)
 We can undoubtedly see that names shall be removed from the Book of Life. 
 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 
(Mark 4:13-20)
 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. 
(Matthew 22:1-14) 
 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 
(1 Timothy 4:14-16) 
 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 
(Hebrews 6:4-6) 
 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 
(Hebrews 10:24-27) 
Here are two verses that connect the two trains of thought, which incidentally are the last two taken from the list of those who promote the always born again theory: 
 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
(1 Peter 1:4-5) 
 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 
(Ephesians 4:30)
The Bible clearly teaches that we are accounted as righteous and sealed in the Covenant until the last time/day of redemption. 

People that believe in the permanent born again theory clearly don't understand the provisions of the Covenant and need to be shown. 

They confuse the Covenant ceremony (being born again - salvation) with obeying the Covenant.  
This is most important to remember at all times.  

Let's examine a few words or thoughts that are often quoted in the Bible and which can cause confusion: 

Heir: Someone who will inherit at a certain time: a future happening. 

 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. (Galatians 4:1-2)
To get possession of. A future happening. "There's many a slip between cup and lip." 
Assurance of salvation: 
A present state of conviction. Will we have it next year? 
A present tense word with a future tense outworking. "The patience of hope." 
Teachers who promote the permanent born again theory, say that once we become a child of God, we are His son or daughter for always and quote the example that if you were a parent, the child of your body is your child no matter what he or she does. This is a humanist illustration and is not what is meant in the Bible. If a careful study of the parable of the prodigal son is made (Luke 15:31-32) we shall notice two points of importance that are relevant here. Firstly, the son was lost: secondly, the son that was lost and was found received no inheritance; this belonged to the elder brother. 

Once the truths about the Covenant have been grasped, many, many passages of the Bible that weren't previously fully understood, now become clear. Here are a few that explain what will probably happen to those who believe the always born again theory: 

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 
(Isaiah 58:2-4) 
 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 
(Amos 5:18) 
 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) 
 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.  
(Luke 13:23-30) 
If you read 2 Corinthians chapter 3 you will notice, especially in verse 9 that whereas the Old Covenant used condemnation to teach the Children of Israel, the New Covenant uses encouragement to speak to us. Rather like the old adage about leading a donkey, either with a stick or a carrot. The probable reason is that very few people of the Old Covenant had the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, whereas if they so wish, all born again people have Him to teach them, giving them spiritual discernment. 

While it should not be necessary to go any further, the following passages of Scripture, when studied carefully, confirm that we dare not presume that being born again is a permanent state while on earth. 

 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 
(John 5:21-29) 
 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 
(1 Corinthians 15:21-23) 
 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
(1 Corinthians 6:1-10)
 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 
(1 Corinthians 15:39-58) 
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) 
 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it
(John 14:9-14)
 In the last verse above, those who believe in always born again, who claim (demand) covenant rights now, might ask for a new motor car; those in Covenant will ask for spiritual gifts to help them be obedient to the will of Jesus. It is also significant that Jesus was speaking to His disciples only in the above passage. If you or I are not a disciple, they do not apply to us. And this is probably why there are so few God-inspired miracles today, there are so few disciples compared to John's day. 

It is generally recognised that Simon the fisherman, who became Peter (Cephas), was the leader of the twelve disciples. He did not write much that is in the Bible, but his words pack a punch. Let us see what the first words were that he wrote, that which was most on his mind: 
 1 Peter chapter 1: 

 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 
(Proverbs 4:18) 
 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 
(Philippians 1:5-6) 
 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 
(Philippians 1:10) 
 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
(Galatians 6:9) 
 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 
(Ephesians 2:1-22) 
 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 
(2 Peter 2:20-21) 
 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 
(Acts 3:19-21) 
 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. 
(Romans 2:16) 
 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 
(Hebrews 4:8) 
 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. 
(2 Timothy 1:16-18) 
 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 
(Galatians 1:6-10) 
 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 
(Romans 11:7-22) 
Some professing Christians in the charismatic movement consider the Covenant irrevocable once they are born again. They are claiming (demanding) the promises now instead of hoping for them later. What complicates matters is that many of them receive the worldly goods that they ask for. If you have any acquaintances with this belief, being a Christian, you will have charity for them and will show them their ignorance of God's word and where this will lead them. 

"Ah" you might say, "He is judging; Christians do not judge one another." 

 Did you know that this is another red herring of Satan? We are told to judge one another, in charity and concern, to turn our brothers and sisters back to the Lord as we see them in error. 
 To condemn one another is a different story. 
 The one builds up and the other destroys. 

 Finally, if you worship at a recognised church; when you judge the quality of your spiritual leader, whether he is a Priest, Reverend or Pastor, please bear the following important points in mind: 
 Firstly, he must preach at least once, probably twice each Sunday to his congregation and sometimes during the week as well. This is an enormous responsibility as he has to keep his congregation interested or else many will not attend his services. It also results in him being looked up to, in respect. Secondly, he is dependant on his congregation for his income. The bigger the congregation, the bigger the income. 
 You must continually judge his ability and message in this light because your spiritual destination may depend on it. 
 Also, when he preaches, he does so to a congregation in various stages of spiritual awareness. Some have heard and have understood the message at a previous time, it is nothing new. For some it is new and they are blessed and can glorify the Lord. And for some, they just don't understand at that time because they are not yet ready to hear it. 
 The Bible teaches us that the Lord wishes for a personal relationship with us: the evidence of David's is recorded in the Psalms. Shouldn't our learning come from our Lord directly, when in the privacy of our closet? 

 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 
(Matthew 6:6-8)
 Shouldn't the visit to the church rather be an occasion for sharing and rejoicing and the minister the co-ordinator thereof? 
 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 
(1 Corinthians 14:26)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 
(2 Corinthians 13:14)