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
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
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
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
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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
(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
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus
Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.....
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.
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:
And I give unto them eternal life; and
they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of
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.
And some that seem to show the converse:
(1 Peter 1:4-5)
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption.
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be
written with the righteous.
We can undoubtedly see that names shall be removed from the Book
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Bible clearly teaches that we are accounted as righteous and sealed
in the Covenant until the last time/day of redemption.
(1 Peter 1:4-5)
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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:
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be
sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.
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.
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.
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ
according to my gospel.
For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward
have spoken of another day.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)