Question #: 1 π 2 π 3 π 4 π 5 π More Q&AScriptures Referenced:
Job 1:6 π Job 1:12 π Job 2:6 π Ezek. 28:14-16 π Mt. 4:3 π Mt. 4:5 π Mt. 4:8 π Mt. 4:8-9 π Mt. 7:16-20 π Mt. 7:20 π Mt. 7:21-23 π Mt. 25:41 π Mt. 25:46 π Lk. 22:3 π Jn. 8:44 π Rom. 2:8-9 π 1 Cor. 10:13 π 2 Cor. 11:4 π Eph. 2:2 π Eph. 4:4-6 π Eph. 5:5 π 2 Tim. 2:19 π 1 Pet. 5:8 π 1 Jn. 5:19 π Jude 3
1) The word “god” is defined as “any of various beings conceived as supernatural, immortal, and having special powers [or authority] over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature.” (Websters)
Who determines whether your actions are right and good? You? Your “church” or your “pastor”? God? Who (or what) is really your God?
To even ask the question stirs up the “right” answer in our intellects. But it is our every day actions, attitudes and reactions that act as a signpost to cause us to reflect and ponder upon whether God (the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ) is in reality our God and Father. God has pre-ordained (for those who claim to follow Him) circumstances and events that “coincidentally” elicit a response from us that vividly displays the real god whom we bow down to, worship, obey and serve - whether that be our own selfish, self-centered agendas, various traditions of men or deceptions the demonic has cleverly instigated us to participate in and perpetuate.
The fruit our lives produce clearly demonstrates the source(s) from which we derive our life. ( Mt. 7:20 ) Those who follow the ways of the devil or who practice what is right in their own eyes can only look forward to receiving from God indignation, anguish, tribulation and wrath. ( Mt. 7:21-23 ; 25:41 , 46 ; Rom. 2:8-9 )
Only as we pay attention to how we respond to and act in the face of God’s pre-ordained trials and circumstances can we actively and routinely turn the schemes of the devil into stepping stones that raise us from glory to glory.
2) What do you expect to get out of your interactions with God? Put bluntly, what do you want from religion in your life?
A) A cozy, comfortable, primarily North American religion that calls itself “Christianity” whereby you do “for God” whatever you want to do (within the constricts of your notions of ethical and moral behaviors, of course) while the essence of who and what you are (in the depths of your being) remains unchanged?
B) A life truly devoted to Christ where everything that is not of Him will be shaken from you so that the person He created you to be will shine forth in your everyday world and remain throughout eternity.?
If you seriously chose A), then rest assured that what you find on this website will offend and anger you. If you want to remain comfortable in your false religion (at least until judgment day), I advise you to return now to your favorite teachers’ websites where you can have your ears tickled with feel-good stories. This website is for those who have determined to follow Christ no matter how much it hurts or costs. Proceeding on to the contents of this website could be very hazardous to your comfort zone!
3)This is a three part question.
A) Do you believe the devil is a real “person”? That is, do you believe he is a thinking, planning, manipulating, deceiving creature? Or do you think he is just a metaphor for evil, a literary personification designed to be a contrast to the loving goodness of Christ?
The answer from the Scriptures is that he is a person. He talks, he asks questions, he gives answers, he interacts with other people. (see Mt. 4:3 ) He is shown to be able to travel long distances very quickly ( Mt. 4:5 , 8 ) and even enter into the presence of the Lord God. ( Job 1:6 ) He is also a spiritual being and is seen being able to enter into the hearts of people such as Judas Iscariot. ( Lk. 22:3 ) He is said to be the father of all lies who does not have the truth in him ( Jn. 8:44 ) and the god of this age who actively works in those who disobey God. ( Eph. 2:2 ) He is said to exercise influence and control over the whole world. ( Mt. 4:8-9 , 1 Jn. 5:19 ) At one time, he was an archangel who held great authority in the heavenly realms. ( Ezek. 28:14-16 ) Yes, the Scriptures depict the devil as a very real person.
B) The Scriptures declare Satan to be the enemy of our souls. Do you believe that the devil is very good at waging warfare against the people of Christ? Or have you come to believe he is more like a cuddly old lion, a toothless old tiger and a night-time boogey man suitable only for scaring children and superstitious fools?
If Satan is a harmless old fool – as most followers of Christ who even admit his existence seem to believe or at least so their actions and lifestyles seem to indicate – then the Scriptures are in error. Peter warns us to be sober and vigilant against an enemy who is trying to eat us. ( 1 Pet. 5:8 ) Such a warning would be ludicrous if he were harmless and incapable of harming us in any way. Now, it is true that Satan is restrained by God from putting too much upon us (see Job 1:12 , 2:6 , 1 Cor. 10:13 ) but God is not required to protect us from the devil if we are ourselves willfully (however ignorantly or negligently this may be occurring) placing ourselves under the power and reign of the devil. Satan’s hatred against Christ is so intense that, if he can’t avoid the eternal lake of fire, he will take as many people with him as he can. Anyone who underestimates the virulence of his hatred is deceived – a victim of the work of the devil.
C) Everyone admits that the administrative and hierarchical system men most often calls “church” is imperfect. “No church is perfect” is considered a maxim in “Christian” circles. So, how did a perfect and transcendent God design an imperfect system? That is, this system is supposed to be responsible for and capable of bringing new and young believers to a place of spiritual maturity in Christ. How did a perfect, transcendent God who has complete foreknowledge of all things make such an error? Or could we possibly conclude that the flawed, worldly system men most often call “church” was simply designed by someone less than perfect for some other purpose?
This logical conclusion – that the “church” was not designed by God but by someone else – is something that completely eludes those who have submitted themselves to the institutional “church.” Or else it is true about that “church” over there but not about their own “church.” This blindness is more than intellectual – it is spiritual. This blindness is evidence that the “church” – referring to the institutional counterfeit that imitates and replaces genuine corporate life in Christ (and all of its imitators, including the so-called “non-denominational” “churches” and many home “churches”) – is in fact a scheme of the devil designed to rob the people of Christ of their inheritance in Christ and to render the individual follower of Christ completely ineffective for the work of bringing forth the kingdom of Christ and God. Those who doubt this are also victims of the work of the devil – both in their continued submission to the “church” and in their failure to see how they have become snared in a trap of the devil.
4) Aren’t all believers in various states of immaturity in their understanding of the Scriptures and in the breaking forth of new life? God knows those who are His, but we don’t necessarily have that knowledge. Shouldn’t we just tolerate those who don’t have as much light as we do?
Do these “various states” negate and obliterate the fact that there is only one body, one Spirit, one God, one Lord, one faith that was given once for all? ( Eph. 4:4-6 , Jude 3 ) And the way this question is often phrased, it quotes only half of the verse. 2 Tim. 2:19 goes on to say that those who claim to belong to the Lord must depart from all iniquity. Paul also told us that no unclean person has any place or inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. ( Eph. 5:5 ) And Jesus said that we would know them by their fruits. ( Mt. 7:16-20 )
The “tolerance gospel” has taught us well to put up with any man’s “reasonable” teaching about Jesus, any “intellectual” or “rational” version of the gospel and any spirit that allows us to control how much or how little “religion” we imbibe. (see 2 Cor. 11:4 ) Quietly and completely sabotaged is the King’s rights and means of commanding His subjects as He wills and the people quietly and completely succumb to deceptions that drag them slowly back under the dominion of darkness.
5) Can a recipient of eternal life ( a matter of God's grace) lose that life by not having his doctrines or life in complete harmony with God’s grace? If so, who can stand?
- Answers to Questions About Churchianity vs. the Church - Jim Baumgaertel/Neil Girrard
- Basic Questions - Neil Girrard Two very basic questions that cast considerable doubt on much, if not nearly all, of modern religious Christianity.
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