Discerning God’s Will for Our Lives

September 29, 2016


This post is based on my notes from a message I heard from John MacArthur titled “Making Decisions That Honor God”.


According to the Bible, God’s will is that…


We are Saved (2 Peter 3:9).  It is God’s will that we be a part of His family; that we be saved.


We are Spirit-filled (Eph 5).  All  Christians have the Holy Spirit present in their lives, but not all have Him dominant

We need to be filled by the Holy Spirit. — like the wind in a sail

Yielding ourselves in obedience to the Spirit of God in order that He can “fill” us

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is like living our lives in the presence of Jesus…always being conscious of Him


We are Sanctified (1 Thess 4:3).  Pure, undefiled, blameless; set apart.  Practically holy as well as positionally holy

Abstain from sexual sin…stay away from it; flee from it

Control our bodies so that they honor God

Don’t act like godless pagans…guided by our lusts and drives

Don’t take advantage of others or use them


We are Submissive (1 Peter 2:13).  Obey the ordinances/laws of man…be a good citizen

Submit by cooperating with others in a spirit of Christian love…so long as not to violate a direct command of God


We are Suffering (1 Peter 3:17). Suffering is part of the growth of a mature believer

We don’t relish suffering, but we endure it for Jesus’ sake.  Say what must be said no matter what happens

When we suffer for Christ, we are more intimate with Him; we can identify with Him better


We Say ‘Thanks’ (1 Thess 5:18).  Do we give thanks to God for everything…including trials?  Don’t gripe or be angry.


IF we are doing all of the above, then it is evidence that God is controlling our desires

If we aren’t following the above Scriptural mandates, then its evidence that our desires are just that…our own desires


IF we are doing all of the above, then God’s will for us is whatever we want.

We can move out based on the godly desires of our hearts.


But we must be careful to let God shape them and direct them…by His opening & closing doors

We need to be open to the circumstances that come our way


If something is truly God’s will, then He will manifest it in our hearts.

To God Be The Glory!

Was Christ Wicked or Just Mad?

January 25, 2015

Nowadays, when someone appears to be insane their defense attorneys seek a “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity” judgement while prosecutors seek “Guilty”.  I think it was the same in Jesus’ time.  When reading Mark Chapter 3, Jesus’ family members seem to be acting like defense attorneys while the scribes/pharisees seem to represent the prosecuting attorneys charging that Jesus is guilty because He heals through Satan’s power.  The purpose of this new post is to posit that Christ’s own family members (acting like defense attorneys) seem to be pulling the “Insanity” card.  Let’s see if you agree…

Verses 7-8 show that there were great multitudes of people following Jesus. Anyone whose family member was healed by Christ would then tell others about the miracle.  So there were large masses of people — both Jews & Gentiles — searching for Jesus.

We see from verses 9-12 that Jesus kept a boat nearby for times when He was nearly crushed by the crowds.  We see this same thing also in Mark 4:1.  In verse 12, Christ silenced the demons…it was not yet time to spread the word about His Messiahship.

In verses 13-15 there were many who followed Him — and from among those many people, Jesus chose 12 to be especially near Him.  These men walked with Him, listened to Him, memorized His words, and questioned Him.  They watched His miracles, watched His interaction with others, and watched His response to opposition.  He called these 12 so He could send them out to preach, to proclaim the gospel, to heal, and to cast out demons.

Jesus’ family didn’t embrace Him as Messiah.  We see this in John 7:5…His brothers didn’t believe in Hm.  Jesus was the oldest brother in the family, and it’s easy to imagine here in Mark 3 that His other half-brothers were keeping a close eye on what He was doing.  And it’s not a long stretch to imagine how they brought their concerns to Mary.

I can see a dialogue something like this developing between His brothers and their mother…

“Mother, he’s stirring up the people. He’s in danger – from the crowds, the scribes/pharisees, and from Rome.  They’ve already arrested our cousin John…Jesus will be next. We have to do something mother”

Now it’s a fact that the Scribes saw and knew of Christ’s miracles (Mark 3:22).  Although they never denied them, they did claim Jesus’ power came from Satan. They believed it was due to Satan’s power.

Even so, in verses 23-27 Jesus reasoned with them (my paraphrased argument follows):

“Why would Satan be involved in destroying his own kingdom?  Kingdoms divided against themselves cannot stand.  So why would Satan do such a thing?  The evidence suggests the opposite of what you’re claiming. I AM venturing in on Satan’s territory.  I AM taking from him what he claims is his…that which he has stolen from its rightful Owner.  Far from being in league with him, I AM in fact plundering his house!  The way to plunder a strong man’s house is to first bind the strong man.  If you were looking at My actions objectively (rather than through evil eyes), the truth would be self-evident”

So far, Christ is reasoning with them much like He did with the two men on the road to Emmaus…explainingthe meaning of Scripture to them and logically reasoning with them.  But that’s about to change.

Jesus now takes the offensive position in verses 28-30.  Not only were the scribes and pharisees dead wrong, but they were on very thin ice.

Recall how Peter denied/cursed Jesus…yet Christ forgave him and restored him.  Recall how Saul of Tarsus was a Christian terrorist…yet Christ forgave him and used him mightily.  Recall how the thief on the cross reviled Him…yet Christ forgave him.

Jesus now gives the scribes/pharisees a very very serious warning: they are in danger of not being forgiven!  And that’s because the unpardonable sin is to believe that Christ’s power comes from Satan.  Jesus is telling them in effect: “God is patient and longsuffering, but you are walking very near the precipice.”

Now let’s turn away from the scene involving Christ and the scribes/pharisees and let’s consider His half-brothers and mother and their concern for Jesus’ well being.  Even though Gabriel had appeared to Mary to tell her Christ was the Son of God, we see in verses 31-32 that her faith becomes strained…just like it would for other ordinary, fallen, sinful persons.

Along with His half-brothers, I think Mary began to think that maybe Jesus had gone overboard.  We see that they arrived on the scene in verse 21 and they now seem to want to try to convince Jesus to take a little “R & R”.

Is it such a long stretch to think perhaps they wanted Jesus to return to Nazareth in their care because they felt He wasn’t thinking straight?  Remember Jesus was in danger of being crushed (verse 9), and there wasn’t enough food for Him to eat (verse 20).  Perhaps all of this came together to convince Mary & His half-brothers that a family intervention was needed for Jesus’ own good.  In today’s lingo, His family may have been trying to protect Jesus from the scribes and pharisees by pulling the insanity card.

Now look at verses 33-35:  Jesus’ response probably seemed strange to everyone there.  I’m sure the crowd assumed He would pause to honor His mother.  But Jesus knew what the crowd did not know: He knew why His family had come (they thought He was crazy).

Christ seems to be saying that His earthly relationships were no longer a priority to Him.  And the truth of the matter is that Christ is closer to those who do the will of God than to His own earthly family.

What are some of the things we can learn from these verses in Mark Chapter 3?

1. Consider what an exciting time this was for the peoples of Palestine (verses 7-8) — the good news was spreading!  The entire country was coming to see Jesus…and the only communication available was person-to-person.There was no such thing as the internet, twitter, facebook, CNN, Fox News or instagram — and yet look how quickly the Word was spreading.  The people were interested in receiving physical healings…but these were all temporary.  The better news is that Jesus heals us from our spiritual disease (sin).  Through faith in Christ, we can inherit the Kingdom of God.  We can be restored to a relationship with our Creator…forever!

2. Today we need to spread the everlastingly good news about Jesus in the same way: person-to-person  Parents told their children…brothers/sisters told their own brothers/sisters…friends told their other friends.  We are not responsible for how people receive the gospel…but we are responsible for proclaiming it faithfully

3. Notice the calling of the 12 — He called them to be with Him, and then sent them out to tell others about Him.  We too are able to commune with our LORD…to learn of Him…to serve Him — this is our calling today.  And we too have been sent forth by Christ to be His witnesses to others.  If we are not interacting with other Christians…encouraging them…then can wereally call ourselves a disciple of Christ?

4. We can find comfort that even those with the strongest faith (i.e., Mary) sometimes find it to be strained.  Because of Christ’s zeal for His Father, His family thought He was going overboard…even His own mother.

5. Even as others thought Christ was crazy and out of His mind, so people may think the same of us.  If we are serious and zealous in our faith, then we may be called mad by the world.  Isn’t it interesting that if we’re excited about sports, we’re called fans…but if we’re excited about Christ, then we’re called fanatics

6. Consider the extraordinary news for sinners in v28: ALL sins shall be forgiven!  Spiritual healing is available for everyone

7. Consider the wonderful news for believers in v35: we are adopted into Christ’s own family.

To God Be The Glory!


Are You Cruising for a Bruising?

December 31, 2012

Today’s posting is our meager attempt at a modern parable about the gospel. Don’t analyze it too much — the closer you look the more holes you’ll find. But maybe…just maybe…it might get someone thinking about much more weighty matters.——————————————————–

Thousands of people excitedly embarked on the cruise ship CAREFREE on a delightfully sunny day, one similar to many before and seemingly a prelude for many to come. On that first day at sea most of the passengers paid little attention to the mandatory evacuation training…they were too busy eating, drinking and being merry.

One afternoon an alarm was suddenly sounded. Crewmembers said the ship was sinking. Some passengers joined in with them and began proclaiming the news to everyone on board that the time was short.

Some travelers refused to believe these warnings. They looked about and everything seemed just fine. The ship wasn’t listing, there was no evidence of water leaking into the lower decks, no rogue icebergs were spotted…their instincts, experience and intelligence collectively told them all was well. They laughed at the poor fools wasting their time thinking they were in danger.

Some deliberately opposed the warning by shouting, “All is well!”

Some heard the warnings and casually went about putting on the lifejackets before quickly returning to their leisurely activities. Scant attention was given to the continued warnings. They reasoned since they had their lifejackets on, they were protected. If the warnings turned out to be true, which most of them doubted, then they would simply jump into the ocean and trust in their lifejackets.

Others listened to the warnings and, after donning their lifejackets, searched for a lifeboat. They saw some conveniently located by wide aisle ways that were especially appealing. When crewmen instructed them to move to other lifeboats due to the condition of the hulls, no one paid attention. “Why leave this one,” one figured. “The hull looks fine to me – freshly painted as a matter of fact. All lifeboats are pretty much the same anyway, so what difference could it possibly make which one is holding me? My friends are already here and I’m not going to leave them. I’m staying put!”

But there were a few who, after hearing and heeding the warnings, put on their lifejackets and searched for a lifeboat. Asking the crewmen which ones were seaworthy, they searched specifically for those lifeboats. Seeing the hulls on the others were rotting, they entreated the passengers in them to leave. Most dismissed this with, “Everyone has a right to their own opinions. We’re happy where we are. We’re all going to get to the same place when this over – it doesn’t matter how we get there.”

The warnings of impending disaster were true. The ship indeed sank.

When those who had purposefully ignored the warnings realized they were sinking, it was too late.  Every one of them perished.

When those wearing their lifejackets realized they were sinking, they blithely jumped into the ocean fully expecting their lifejackets to save them. They hadn’t counted on the water temperature being 40 degrees. All of them perished as well.

Those trusting in the comfortable, appealing lifeboats confidently set out to sea awaiting their sure rescue. How surprised they were to discover only too late that the rotting hulls made their lifeboats no more capable of saving them than the doomed ship they had just abandoned. Every individual in these lifeboats perished.

But those who had diligently listened to the evacuation orders, who had carefully put on their lifejackets, who had heeded the crewmen by making their way through the narrow aisles to board the outwardly unappealing lifeboats – every last one of them was saved. Not a single soul was lost.

With God’s help, may all of us trust completely and solely in what Jesus Christ has already accomplished for our salvation. Trusting in anything else – whether it’s family, infant baptism, church tradition – leads us to the same end: we will perish!

He who has ears to hear let him hear.

Will you join with us in sounding the clarion call to a world that is eating, drinking, and making merry oblivious to any thoughts of God’s impending judgment? Don’t delay. The time is short!

To God Be The Glory!

What Christmas Means To Me (by Alice Mills)

December 22, 2012

The following is courtesy of Alice Mills of Poolesville, Maryland:

Christmas means many things to me.  Family and friends are an important part of my holiday – being with my daughter and son-in-law, with my grandchildren and great grandchildren, and with my many dear friends.  During my life the Lord has blessed me to see my family grow – from my husband, daughter and me, then expanding to include 3 grandchildren and their families and now 6 great grandchildren.

God also has blessed me with many dear friends and, although my purse tells a different story, oh how rich I am in the things that truly matter!  As the years pass and loved ones move away it gets harder bringing everyone together in one place at one time on Christmas.  Some years the gatherings are larger, some years they’re smaller, but we always make the effort to gather together as much of the family as possible during the holiday.

I’m also very much aware of family and friends no longer with us – particularly Doug, my husband of 42 years.  Although Christmas sometimes is bittersweet, the best cure for easing these feelings has remained the same over time: being with friends and family.

Christmas is a time for exchanging gifts with those we love and care about.  The greatest of these gifts is the one given to us by our Heavenly Father, the giver of every good and perfect gift.  Christmas is a season when all of us can focus our eyes on the marvelous fact that God took on a human nature and became a human being so that He could be the Savior of all who would believe on Him.  More than anything else, that’s what Christmas really means to me.

Note from Jeff: Alice Mills is my 95 year young grandmother.  Merry Christmas Nana — and to everyone else!

The Tragedy in Newtown CT

December 19, 2012

When I heard the news about what happened in CT to those defenseless children, it made me sick.  How could someone target a class of First Graders and massacre them?

The news anchors said that the children were waiting for Santa Claus and instead the Devil visited them.  People are also saying that Evil visited Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Call it what you will, but it’s a horrible reminder to us that SIN is very much a part of this world.  And personally I think it also shows us that sin is on the rise in this world.

Is the increase of terrible acts like the one we saw on December 14th evidence that we’re near the End?  The Mayan calendar ended on December 21st 2012 — and there were those who actually predicted that would be the end of the world.  But December 14th was the end of the world for the First Grade children in CT.

And when we die, it is the end of the world for us because the next thing we’ll be aware of is standing at the throne of Christ — being welcomed into His Kingdom…or being told to depart from Him because He never knew us.

So as we focus on Christ’s birth during this Christmas season, we should also take a moment to think about His return.  The End did not come on December 21st as the Mayans predicted, but none of the 25 children, staff or teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School thought it was going to be December 14th either.

So let’s redeem the time now — while it’s still day.

Did God Inspire the King James Bible?

June 15, 2012

Today’s posting may be considered by some to be controversial.  But we’re taking up this subject matter because one of the more persistent accusations made against those preferring the King James Bible (KJV) is that it’s inspired.  By “inspired” they mean the English words were inspired by God in the same manner as the original manuscripts.

We don’t believe the KJV is inspired like the original manuscripts.  A better (and more precise) way of viewing this is as a “Transferred Authority.”  Our thanks go to Dr. Ken Matto for his diligent efforts in compiling much of the information that follows.

When the holy men of old penned the original autographs under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, those words were indeed inspired by God.  However, once the last book of the Bible (Revelation) was completed, divine inspiration ceased and illumination began. 

If the KJV were to have been translated just 100 years earlier, we wouldn’t be able to understand it.  By the early 17th Century, the English language had undergone a major revision.  What we have in our possession today is the 4th edition of 1769.  There were no manuscript changes; just updates of English words because the language continued its evolution toward more simplicity.  

Here is one example using Mark 3:28:

Wycliffe Bible of 1382

(Mark 3:28) Treuli Y seie to you, that alle synnes and blasfemyes, bi whiche thei han blasfemed, schulen be foryouun to the sones of men.


1611 KJV

(Mark 3:28) Uerely I say vnto you, All sinnes shalbe forgiuen vnto the sonnes of men, and blasphemies, wherewith soeuer they shall blaspheme:


1769  Revised Language 4th Edition

(Mark 3:28 KJV) Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

Preservation of the Text
(Psa 12:6-7 KJV) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. {7} Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

God has promised us that He is going to preserve His Words for all generations.  Notice, He didn’t say there would be another set of inspired writings.  On the contrary, He said He was going to preserve what already had been written down. 

Today, we have this perpetual promise fulfilled in the KJV.  The two most preserved manuscripts are the 1524-5 Bomberg edition of the Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Old Testament (also known as the Ben Chayyim text) and the Greek Received Text (Textus Receptus) of the New Testament.  Both of these manuscripts have escaped the ungodly scissors of textual critics.


Preservation Vs. Inspiration

Much confusion arises when these words are used interchangeably.  They’re not synonyms for the same thing!  Inspiration was God authoring the Bible through holy men of old whereas preservation is the keeping of those manuscripts through the ages for posterity. 

Preservation applies to translations. The Textus Receptus has been translated into many different languages from the time of its birth in the inspired autographs.  Two of them are the Old Latin Vulgate (90-150 AD) [not to be confused with Jerome’s 4th century Vulgate] and Martin Luther’s 1534 translation into the German language.  Both of these were translated from the pure line of manuscripts thanks to God’s promise to preserve in Psa 12:7.

Transferred Authority

One of the principle reasons for saying the KJV is inspired is due to its authority, sometimes known as “Derivative Inspiration.”   When God stated that he would preserve His Word through subsequent generations He also attached something else to preservation — the authority of the original writings. Since the KJV is based on the purest of manuscripts, this authority is imputed to the KJV.  We could cite the following as evidence: since the translation was completed in 1611, the KJV has built nations, caused revival, changed lives, and brought people out of religious darkness for nearly 400 years. 

If there were no transferred authority in the KJV, none of these could have taken place because it would just have been yet another in a long line of religious books without authority.  But this wasn’t the case.

With the KJV being built upon the most accurate manuscripts, the Holy Spirit illumines the passages being studied for proper understanding.  He opens the eyes of those appointed to salvation.  The modern versions engender confusion.  Don’t believe us?  If you’re in a Bible study and there are several different translations present, see how long it takes before you hear, “What does yours say?”


Final Thoughts

God’s Word is preserved for us in the KJV and, although not inspired as the original autographs, they nevertheless carry the authority of the original autographs.  The KJV is a guided translation of the manuscripts which had their birth in the original autographs which God authored with His full authority.

Please let us know what you think.  Do you think there’s a more accurate version than the KJV?  Tell us why.

To God Be The Glory!

The Gospel: What It Is NOT!

June 10, 2012
Today’s posting addresses what the gospel of Jesus Christ is NOT.  This is the most important of all questions because upon it hinges the eternal destiny of our souls. (see the related topic from 05 June 2012). 

If we do not OBEY that Gospel, we are damned for all eternity:“… the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” [2Thess 1:7-9] 


However, even if we know what the Gospel is, we cannot obey the Gospel perfectly in and of ourselves. Wonderfully, Jesus Christ obeyed the Gospel perfectly, on behalf of those He came to save. Those whom Christ saves are then supposed go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature – to all those whom God puts in their path as they journey through life. Therefore believers in Christ need to know what this Gospel is so that they can present it to others, as clearly and accurately as possible.Many people, who may be genuine Christians, often do not have a proper understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They do not fully understand what it is that saves a soul or how it is that God performs His work of salvation in a person. Just like Apollos, they need to be instructed in the way of God more perfectly:

“And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”
[Acts 18:24-26]


A helpful way to understand the Gospel is to point out some common misconceptions about salvation. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is none of the following, no matter how many people may be saying these things:

  1. God has a wonderful plan for your life.
  2. God loves the sinner but hates the sin.
  3. You can be saved anytime you want just by accepting Christ.
  4. Say some “sinner’s prayer” and if you really mean it, you are saved.
  5. Anyone who believes in God (according to just about any religion) will get to heaven.
  6. Anyone who is a “good” person will get to heaven.
  7. Anyone who believes in Jesus and calls Jesus “Lord” is a Christian.

Let us look in more detail at these things that the Gospel is NOT:

Misconception #1: God has a wonderful plan for your life.

In truth, God might a plan for your life that you may not like in the least – if you are not among those whom Christ came to save. Even true believers are told throughout the Bible that all who live godly lives in Christ can expect to be persecuted, while the unsaved may live lives full of material blessings and other blessings. Ultimately, those who die lost can expect their lives in eternity to be most miserable…

Romans 9:22 – “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:”

Romans 2:5-6 – “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

Prov 29:1 – “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

What is God’s plan for your life? Do you know? Are you seeking the Lord while He may be found?

Misconception #2: God loves the sinner but hates the sin.

In truth, God hates the workers of iniquity AND their wicked works…

Psalm 5:5 – “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

Psalm 11:5 – “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”

Prov 15:9 – “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.”

Does God love you or are you still spiritually lost and living according to your own standards or your church’s standards instead of according to the Bible?

Misconception #3: You can be saved anytime you want just by accepting Christ.

In truth, salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9), not of man. God alone determines who He will save and when He will save them. God is the giver of all life, both physical life and spiritual life. No one is born into His kingdom unless He orchestrates everything necessary for that birth to occur…

1Cor 15:8 – “And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

John 1:13 – “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Eph 1:4-5 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

We don’t accept Christ and His rule in our lives until He first accepts us and converts our rebellious hearts:

Ephesians 1:5 – “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

Has Christ accepted you yet? How do you know?

Misconception #4: Say some “sinner’s prayer” and if you really mean it, you are saved.

In truth, God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. God doe not owe anyone salvation. Nor does a person’s prayer cause God to do something, otherwise that person would be more sovereign than God…

Romans 9:15,18 – “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

Daniel 4:35 – “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

Your motives for saying some prayer may be entirely selfish. You may have no desire whatsoever to repent and come under the Lordship of Christ – you may only be trying to avoid judgment without having to turn from your sins. In fact, since the human heart is so corrupt and so easily deceived, you may not even know what you are really saying or doing, for as the Bible says:

Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Proverbs 28:9 – “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

When you pray, do you know if God hears you? Your prayers are an abomination to God if you are still living in rebellion to Him.

Misconception #5: Anyone who believes in God (according to just about any religion) will get to heaven.

In truth, you must believe in Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, and Him alone. Believing in a man made Jesus such as the Jesus of Catholicism, Mormonism, or Jehovah’s Witnesses will save no one…

Acts 4:12 – “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:9 – “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?”

Acts 17:2-3 – “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.”

Acts 2:36 – “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Col 1:13-19 – “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: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”

Gal 1:8 – “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.”

John 4:24 – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

When, and only when God converts a sinner, do they have a proper relationship to God and do they accurately understand who Christ is, especially as their Lord, as eternal God, who became their sin-bearer, their substitute and all-sufficient Saviour from the eternal wrath of an infinitely holy God. So, only a converted sinner whom God has put His Spirit in, is capable of believing in God properly – in spirit and in truth.

Which God do you believe in? The God of the Bible or a god invented by you or your church.

Misconception #6: Anyone who is a “good” person will get to heaven.

In truth, no one is good in God’s eyes…

Romans 3:10&23 – “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Isaiah 64:6 – “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Isaiah 59:1-2 – “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

God’s standards of righteousness and holiness are far higher than man’s standards. According to God’s standard, committing just ONE sin qualifies a person for hell for all eternity:

James 2:10 – “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

God expects perfection, something we are all incapable of:

Matt 5:48 – “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

This puts us in a hopeless situation, unless Christ grants us a complete pardon for all our sins but that pardon cannot be granted without someone paying for our sins. That someone is Christ who paid the complete penalty for all the sins of all of His people:

Matt 1:21 – “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Are you one of His people? How do you know?

Misconception #7: Anyone who believes in Jesus and calls Jesus “Lord” is a Christian.

In truth, if God does not convert the person’s heart, they are none of His. They must have been born spiritually by the Spirit of God, so that they know the One whom they believe in and so that they will be able, willing and anxious to serve Him as their Lord. They must serve Christ according to what the Bible says, not necesssarily according to what their church may  teach…

Matt 7:21-23 – “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. 22 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? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

James 2:19 – “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

Do you believe in the Jesus who saves people without the help of anyone else?

To God Be The Glory!