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Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — "There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT"

“God is love, and HE WHO REMAINS IN LOVE remains in God, and GOD REMAINS IN HIM. In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have BOLDNESS IN THE DAY of judgment, *because* AS HE IS, even SO ARE WE in this world.” – 1 John 4:16-17 Continue reading “Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — "There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT"”

The Story Of The Waldenses: “Many gave their lives for the truths of God”

A Seventh Day Adventist friend suggested this true story of the persecution of this Christian group, who refused to succumb to Catholic church persecution: “Go to mass or you die” — helping us appreciated the title ‘protestant.’

NOTE: I don’t believe it matters what day of the week people worship on, which the 7th Day Adventists consider crucially important. We’re living in the new covenant, when we’re supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the old covenant law.

Also, the book of Revelation scriptures shown will likely be fulfilled in the future, instead of in the past, as this video implies. Minute-41:00 is an example, which some predict will the the bride of Christ taken into the wilderness during, or even just before the tribulation (instead of the rapture).

Israel Of The Alps – The Story Of The Waldenses – James Arrabito

Don McClain: Why is false doctrine so dangerous? — “A lot of people believe error today because it’s what they want to believe”

“A lot of people believe error today because it’s what they want to believe.” – Don McClain

49:40 Don knows someone who changed his or her view on who goes to heaven because a loved one died, and this person wanted to believe that his or her loved one went to heaven. Don then says: “you can change your views about it. That’s not going to save your friend if it’s not true.”

50:30 “I’ve known preachers who changed their view on marriage-divorce-remarriage because one of their children unscripturally divorced and remarried unscripturally. … People do oftentimes change their views because of what they want to believe.”

54:30 Black mamba snakes can kill humans in just minutes. “We should be afraid of error, because error is much more serious than a black mamba. A black mamba can kill the body, but it can’t kill the soul. False doctrine can.

1:01:50 Christian ‘liberty’ is “liberty from sin, not liberty from the authority of Christ.”

1:03:20 “Do you think Eve wanted to believe error due to her desire?”

1:07:55 Error & Consequences of Calvinism (meme)

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‘Wairarapa Nights’ — Milky Way galaxy timelapse compilation!

Stunning! God’s universe — our tiny part: 200 billion stars in our own Milky Way galaxy (our sun is an average sized star)!

Imagine: there are at least 200 billion galaxies, averaging 100 billion stars each. We’re still finding more as our orbiting telescopes get more powerful!

“It all happened by chance from nothing, by no Designer?” Yeah, sure. God’s universe is AMAZING!!!

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The Wairarapa on the North Island of New Zealand, is set to become the largest dark sky reserve in the world. I’ve been photographing the night sky in the Wairarapa for over a decade now, and this is a collection of my favorite moments under those starry skies.

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Two musicians stunned with Jeff Beck’s passing, aware time is ticking for them too

“That’s what makes you lose your breath and your legs weak. We’re only on this earth for a short time, and he was just ahead of us.” – Tim Pierce

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Notice “R.I.P.” in the video’s title. People want to believe “wide is the road to heaven,” which is the opposite of what Jesus clearly taught (Mt. 7:13-23).

“Enter in by the NARROW GATE; for WIDE is the GATE and BROAD is the way that leads to DESTRUCTION, and MANY are those who enter in by it. How NARROW is the GATE, and RESTRICTED is the way that leads to LIFE! FEW are those who find it. … BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM…. A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19 EVERY TREE THAT DOESN’T GROW GOOD FRUIT IS CUT DOWN AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. … Not everyone who *SAYS* to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who *DOES* THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven.” (Mt. 7:13-21)

Paul predicted this great falling away from truth:

“For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.” – 2 Tim. 4:3-4

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David Pawson: How then can we be sure of our salvation since “only believe” & OSAS are not Biblical doctrines?

Since “once saved always saved” (OSAS) & “only believe” are not Biblical doctrines [refuted by over 80 New Testament verses; were invented by Augustine (4th century) and Luther, Calvin & Beza (16th century)], how then can we be sure of our salvation according to what the Bible really says?

“How can we be sure? ..through the Holy Spirit. When we are led by the Spirit and are walking in the Spirit, we shall enjoy the continuous witness of the Spirit, that intuitive certainty that the Lord is with us. But the New Testament also contains checks even on this, so that we can be quite sure that our intuition is not being misled. These include a clear conscience, a love for our brethren in Christ and a discontinuing of habitual sins (1 John contains a comprehensive list of such ‘proofs’).” – David Pawson, Once Saved Always Saved?: A Study in Perseverance and Inheritance (p. 139; p. 134 Kindle)

Related:

My article that shows what the New Testament really says:

Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

Kevin Conner was one of my Bible teachers at Abbott Loop Bible School in 1984. I hand copied this post out of our textbook. Rick used to call Kevin his mentor. Some highlights:

• “OBEDIENCE IS the very law of SECURITY for all created beings. There can be NO SUCH THING as UNCONDITIONAL security.” 

WARNINGS against backsliding SHOW that the security of the believer is conditional upon obedience and faith 

• What God has provided in Christ man must receive and apply 

Divine SOVEREIGNTY *and* human RESPONSIBILITY meet together in the great redemptive plan 

• Christ is “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY him” (Hebrews 5:9) 

Upon HEARING and FOLLOWING the Shepherd they receive eternal life and will never perish 

AS HE OBEYS the Word of the Lord his SECURITY against backsliding and apostacy is FULLY GUARANTEED

( ) on the Believer’s CONDITIONAL Security: “ for all created beings. There can be .”

Paul, himself made sure he abided in Christ: “Herein I also practice ALWAYS having a CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENSE toward God and MEN” (Acts 24:16) — which sometimes required reconciliation to be right with men (Mt. 5:23-26 and James 5:16).

Paul feared losing his own salvation – Ran his race to win! — “I beat my body and bring it into submission lest I myself should be rejected”

 

Joe Schimmel: Who Were the Nephilim?

Related: My theory on the Nephilim: When God told the Children of Israel to kill every man, woman and child in Canaan (the giants), there was this Genesis-6, demon-contaminated genetic problem again? Israel did not; and then there was intermarriage. This would explain why so many seem to be predisposed towards evil — and they become our leaders — even of churches?!!

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Who were the Nephilim? Are the “sons of god” mentioned in Genesis 6 merely the decedents of Seth? This topic is not one that we should divide over in the body of Christ, but it is something that we should discuss and ask ourselves, “what does the Bible say concerning this?”

Timestamps
00:00 – 01:25 Intro
01:25 – 04:27 Preface to the topic
04:27 – 10:41 Can angels be given into marriage?
10:41 – 16:51 Are the “sons of god” merely just the sons of Seth?
16:51 – 25:45 What does The New Testament have to say?
25:45 – 27:29 Closing Statements

Jeremiah 10 is Not About Christmas Trees But Idols

When we read Jeremiah 10 in context it is obvious that it is not about Christmas trees or anything like it. When you first read this passage it may seem like the Bible is banning Christmas trees but this is the result of making two big mistakes. First, the mistake of anachronism in acting like they had any concept of Christmas trees or anything like Christmas trees back then. Second, the even bigger mistake of not reading the passage in context. It is clearly about idols, not Christmas trees. Now, Christians don’t NEED to go and get Christmas trees but I really hope that we will stop condemning each other over silly things and stick to the issues of the gospel, good doctrine, walking in love and being a light in the world. Let’s stop flipping out over issues the Bible doesn’t even speak to.

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What the Bible REALLY Says About Alcohol

Setting aside our own opinions and just looking at the what the Bible actually says we will see that alcohol was intended to be a blessing from God for us to enjoy. We’ll also see how dangerous and wicked drunkenness is. We’ll even see what the Bible says about alcohol as a medicinal product and what the Bible says about alcohol or drugs being used on a hospice patient. This is what the Bible really says about alcohol.

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Peter the Egyptian: “As long as one practices any kind of passion he cannot be called servant of God … It is shameful for him to teach before he has been freed from that passion”

James Perloff, author of ‘Missing Miracles, Missing Saints, mentioned this quote in a podcast.

Saint Peter the Egyptian (4th-5th century):

Some other time Peter was asked: ‘What is a servant of God?’ His answer was this: ‘As long as one practices any kind of passion he cannot be called servant of God, but he is the servant of that passion which conquers him. As long as he is conquered he cannot teach others who are conquered by the same passions, because it is shameful for him to teach before he has been freed from that passion about which he teaches.’ (source)

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Compare to Paul:

“Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.” – Gal. 5:24

“Paul’s Elders’ qualifications revisited: What does ‘BLAMELESS’ mean? — Most pastors are Biblically disqualified

Radical ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ Could Spell End of Religious Tax Exemptions

If these groups think that their places of worship and nonprofits will be exempt from anti-discrimination lawsuits and attacks on religious liberty, they are sorely mistaken. Unless they embrace the demands of same-sex marriage anti-discrimination requirements hook, line, and sinker, then they will be subject to the same concerns regarding tax exemption and licensure. …

Not only will religious institutions be subject to losing their tax-exempt status, grants, licensure, and more, they will likely not be able to continue to offer their services in the community.

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A Palestinian Christian’s Perspecrtive on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Alex Awad

Alex co-founded Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem (yes, that one) and served as a professor and dean of students for many years. Alex received his MA in Missiology (1989) from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore KY; MA in Education (1976) from N. Georgia University in Dahlonega GA; BS in Secondary Education (1973) from Lee University in Cleveland, TN; BA in Biblical Education (1970) from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He has also been a pastor and missionary for the United Methodist Church. Having lived in Israel from 1946-2015, Alex has seen a LOT! He shares his perspective about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as a Palestinian Christian who has lived through much of the conflict.

 

Did It Rain before the Flood?  What Generated the Preflood Mist?

Did It Rain before the Flood?  What Generated the Preflood Mist?

Genesis 2:5–6 suggests that it did not rain before the flood

[5 No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Yahweh God had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground, but a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole surface of the ground.]

Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth; and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.1 [emphasis added] …

Rainbows God promised never again to flood the entire Earth (Genesis 9:12–17), a promise marked by a “bow in the cloud”—a rainbow. Rainbows form when raindrops refract sunlight. This suggests that rainbows began after the flood, and there was no preflood rain. …

A Terrarium The Hebrew word translated “mist”($!), in Genesis 2:6, occurs in only one other place in the Bible—Job 36:27, where it clearly means water vapor. So, did the preflood Earth act as a humid terrarium in which water vapor evaporated, condensed as dew without rainfall, and watered the Earth?  Could an Earth-size terrarium…

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CREATION SCIENCE: THE PRE-FLOOD WORLD – Christian Apologetics Study

CREATION SCIENCE 101: THE PRE-FLOOD WORLD

Before the global worldwide Flood of Noah’s generation, the planet Earth was very different from the post-flood world that we observe today. According to the young Earth creation science researchers, the pre-flood Earth had a large human population in the billions. It was filled with tame animals. It had a thin crystalline water canopy shielding the planet from deadly radiation. It had a single supercontinent or landmass and a single super ocean. Its surface geography was less rugged with a more stable crust. And it had more edible and nutritious plants than the post-flood world. These superior environmental global conditions on Earth contributed to the longevity among human populations, which also facilitated the gigantism found among the pre-flood plant and animal fossil records. … Continue reading “CREATION SCIENCE: THE PRE-FLOOD WORLD – Christian Apologetics Study”

EARTH’S PRE-FLOOD WATER CANOPY

EARTH’S PRE-FLOOD WATER CANOPY

…what the Bible says:

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which  were above the firmament: and it was so.
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