John Burton: “So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. I don’t see this approach in Scripture; it’s actually quite the opposite. Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever”

“So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. I don’t see this approach in Scripture; it’s actually quite the opposite. Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever”

John Burton on Facebook, 8/16/22

So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. They make it easy to get saved. They want them to feel secure in their eternity. Why? I don’t see this approach in Scripture. It’s actually quite the opposite.

There should be a never-ending wrestling match regarding our position in Christ. It’s common to lose it, challenging to retain it.

It costs everything. It’s never settled until we die.

Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever.

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Why Romans 7 is NOT Talking about Christians: Joey Dodson w/ Preston Sprinkle – Theology in the raw #993

Very good. Many falsely use Romans 7 as an excuse to not overcome sin by God’s grace.

Verses 5 & 6 are key:

5 For when we were in the flesh [Jews under the law], the sinful passions which were through the law worked in our members to bring out fruit to death. 6 But now we have been *discharged from the law*, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in *newness of the spirit*, and not in *oldness of the letter*.

As is Romans 8:

Verse 4 says the *law* is fulfilled in us if we walk according to the Holy Spirit.

Verse 13 says we will die if we live after the flesh, but will live if we put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit.

Verse 14 says those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God.

Verse 1: we have “no condemnation,” not because we said a prayer to be born-again (the start), but because we’re actually “in Christ Jesus” because we don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Galatians 5 is parallel: the two lists. Verse 24: “Those WHO BELONG TO CHRIST have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.” Whereas, those who live in the “works of the flesh” list will not inherit the kingdom, which we know for sure means salvation because of what Paul warns us in Galatians 6 about sowing and reaping.

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“Better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills”

We must actually abide in Christ to “be in Christ,” to have “no condemnation” — saving faith, peace and unity.

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”

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“It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude.” – Adrian Rogers

Michael Heiser Refuted: Once Saved, Always Saved? Eternal security? Can a Christian lose salvation?

The Hesier video is below.

Disappointing. Heiser is just teaching Martin Luther’s “only believe” false doctrine. “You can’t lose it through any sin,” he says, which he then explains through logic, ignoring what the NT says in *dozens* of warning verses, that we absolutely will lose our salvation through willful sinning, unless we completely repent, which sometimes requires reconciliation, getting right with those we remember we’ve hurt in some way (Jesus’ statement to reconcile in Mt. 5:23-24 and what Paul always practiced, Acts 24:16). Continue reading “Michael Heiser Refuted: Once Saved, Always Saved? Eternal security? Can a Christian lose salvation?”

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”

Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible [crown in heaven]. I therefore run like that, not aimlessly. I fight like that, not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.” – Paul in 1 Cor. 9:24-27

Paul warned us: “work out your own salvation through fear and trembling….” Biblical, new covenant“fear” has to be much more than just “reverence,” what is commonly taught today, because Paul says to “tremble.” We should fear something serious will happen to us if we don’t work out our own salvation. It’s a big deal! Continue reading “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””

Barna Survey: Less than 6% of Americans are actual Christians — Yet 69% self-identify as ‘Christian’

It’s almost as if we’re now living in Sodom or Gomorrah. The results of this Barna survey are eye-opening: Of the only “6% who possess a biblical worldview and demonstrate a consistent understanding and application of biblical principles,” 25% say there is no absolute moral truth and 20% voted for Biden.

So not even 6% of Americans are real Christians. Continue reading “Barna Survey: Less than 6% of Americans are actual Christians — Yet 69% self-identify as ‘Christian’”

Don McClain: ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ Is Not Taught In The Bible — “God is holy, cannot fellowship with sin”

1:01:00 “God cannot fellowship with sin. If I turn away from the Lord in sin and reject His call to come back to Him and receive His forgiveness, God cannot forgive me.”

1:02:50 “Romans 11:22 says ‘behold the goodness and the severity of God.’ We underestimate both.”

“God is holy, cannot fellowship with sin.”

Starts at 19:00

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Parable of the Sower Destroys OSAS — 2 Fell: “believe for a while then *fall away*” | “becomes unfruitful”

These are a just a few of the 80 passages in the New Testament that refute OSAS, “once saved, always saved” — Jesus’ parable of the sower, found in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20 and Luke 8:4-15.

Jesus gives us four categories:
#1 Seeds sown on the path with no soil — never started growing
#2 Seeds sown on the rocky ground with little soil — “sprang up” then died without moisture
#3 Seeds sown on soil with thorns — “thorns grew with it, and choked it”
#4 Seeds sown on the good soil — produced much fruit

Of the four groups, those in the second and third categories were seeds that were growing, were born-again but then fell away from where they once were, losing their salvation.

Category #2
Jesus specifically said: “Those on the rock… believe for a while, then fall away (Luke 8:13).

Category #3
And those that grew with” thorns were “choked” by them and “became unfruitful” (Mt. 13:22), of whom Jesus emphatically states will be cut off, thrown into the fire and burned: Continue reading “Parable of the Sower Destroys OSAS — 2 Fell: “believe for a while then *fall away*” | “becomes unfruitful””

Run To Win! – Paul made certain he would not lose his salvation, exercising self-control in ‘all things,’ as winning athletes must – 1 Cor. 9

As winning athletes must, Paul exercised self-control in all things, brought his body into submission so he would win an incorruptible crown, making sure he would not be rejected.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may winEvery man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible [eternal life in heaven]. I therefore run like that, not aimlessly [focused]. I fight like that, not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Greatest Revival Essential Keys on Unite Church Wall 2020

On December 27, 2020, we were given the opportunity to write on the unfinished main auditorium’s walls and floors. The roof collapsed in 2012. About 25 feet from here, what my Bible school teachers Jerry Wilkinson and Frank Gularte had written more than 40 years ago is still there.

I wrote this blueprint for revival so it would happen this year, having been trying since the ’80s. The response has been total silence. So now I’ll post it here exactly 1 year later.

NOTE: “No condemnation” in Romans 8 requires walking according to the Spirit, like Paul: “I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and *men*.” (Acts 24:16)

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Is Loving God “Works”?

Blessed is a person who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. – John 14:23

Related: (video) David Pawson: Reconciling PAUL and JAMES on ‘WORKS’ — Paul was defending Gentiles from JEWISH works-of-the-*law* LEGALISM; James was defending Jews from Gentile LICENSE TO SIN • When Paul says ‘WORKS’ he means works of the *law*, but James means *actions* • “Faith without actions cannot save you” • FAITH + ACTIONS = SAVING FAITH!

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John Bevere: False teachers tell the deceived they’re in right standing, but they have yet to submit to Jesus’ Lordship

A friend whom I attended Bible School with in the ’80s is reading John Bevere’s book, Thus Saith The Lord: How to know when God is speaking to you through another. Thankfully, she recognized this paragraph as being so important that she transcribed it from chapter three, “The True Prophetic Ministry I”:

Many of the deceived even now attend church and feel they’re ready for Jesus’ return. Not unlike the multitude in John the Baptist’s time, they comfort themselves with their church attendance, tithing record, ability to speak in tongues, or ability to flow in other gifts. They feel certain God is obligated to accept them because they once prayed a sinner’s prayer, though they have yet to submit to the Lordship of Jesus. They only obey when it is convenient or doesn’t conflict with their schedule or agenda. If obedience to the Master interferes with their pleasure, they casually ignore His leading, claiming ‘the grace of God.’ They may believe they are justified, but are they? Could they be the lukewarm church Jesus confronts in Revelation, which finds confidence in a false grace (Rev. 3:14-22)? Unfortunately, this condition is further propagated by false prophets and teachers who tell them they are in right standing with God.

Telling people what they want to hear at the expense of what they need to hear weakens the church.

THE BIGGEST DECEPTION in the church today is that you can pray a “sinner’s prayer,” living in constant sin & still go to heaven

We must actually abide in Christ to be “in Christ,” not walking according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-17):

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”

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Lust Freedom: “WALK BY THE SPIRIT and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh” – Gal. 5:16

Gal. 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another. 16 But I say, WALK BY THE SPIRIT, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: [four ways of describing lust] adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things WILL NOT INHERIT the Kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. …

6:7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap CORRUPTION. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap ETERNAL LIFE.

How People Read the Bible

This is especially common with those who teach “once saved, always saved” — ignoring key points that refute OSAS which are sometimes right next to the verse or parts of verses they cherry pick — lying by omission. For example:

Jesus in John 10. Verse 27 (phrases in all-caps) is usually not mentioned at all:

“MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

Romans 8:1A is another OSAS greatest hit example. Completely ignored are the key points in which Paul says right after, clarifying what “in Christ Jesus” means, so there should be no doubt:

The “who shall separate us” promise in Romans 8:35 and “no condemnation” statement in verse 1 only applies to those who actually are “in Christ” based upon what Paul says in three different ways in verses 1-17:

Verse 1b: “who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Verse 4b: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Verse 13: “For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Verse 14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.”

Verse 17b: “joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.” Continue reading “How People Read the Bible”

Dana Key warned about “once saved, always saved” license to sin in 1982

“They’re preaching across the country a kind of salvation that sounds like a fire insurance policy to me, where you sign up. You come down and sign a card, or whatever you do. And then you can go out and live like hell if you want to until Jesus comes, because ‘everything is going to be okay.’ God is going to judge sin. He doesn’t want Christians to live in sin. It’s a mockery.” – Dana Key in 1982

18. Dana’s Message (DeGarmo & Key: Live at the Rainbow Music Hall) [1982]

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George: “Our Material Possessions are Worthless”

Wise words here, very well said!

I would add that the love of money being “the *root* of all evil,” the “root” is likely a demonic stronghold, real demon(s) driving this serious sin. To be free requires complete repentance. “Submit to God; resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” The same is true with lust, which is demon driven.

We must be free so we have clear consciences before God and men, like Paul always practiced (Acts 24:16); otherwise, we’re not real, going-to-heaven, overcoming, full-of-light Christians.

Eternal Call

 

Once Saved Always Saved? He went to outer darkness hell for unfaithful Christians

Related: 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”

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((( HOW ))) Cheap Grace Gospels DECEIVE you

EXCELLENT! I’ve been studying this lately: Peter warned in 2 Peter how slick preachers were twisting Paul’s words even back then, “UTTERING GREAT SWELLING WORDS OF EMPTINESS, they ENTICE THE LUSTS of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping [born-again Christians] from those who live in error; promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him” (2 Peter 2:18-19).

2 Peter 3:14-18:

Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, BE DILIGENT to be found in peace, without defect and blameless in his sight. Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother PAUL also, according to the wisdom given to him, WROTE TO YOU, as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are SOME THINGS that are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, WHICH THE ignorant and UNSETTLED TWIST, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. YOU therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, BEWARE, lest being carried away with the error of the wicked, you FALL from your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Also, most pastors today preach mostly from Paul’s letters. An estimate I heard recently is 90% from Paul, who wrote some things that are hard to understand, whose words are easy to twist, Peter stated — while Peter is hardly ever quoted. Even Jesus’ words are twisted. Most often, John 10:28-29 is quoted without verse 27. And “Jesus didn’t really mean we’re in danger of hell” if we look at a woman to lust after her, for example.

Paul predicted OSAS and “only believe”:

“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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Broussard: Paul’s promise in Romans 8:38-39 — Our sin can separate us; these external things cannot if we’re walking in Love

Karlo Broussard is a Catholic theologian. *Some* of their ideas are more Biblical than what’s mainstream among Protestants.

NOTE/DISCLAIMER: I am NOT promoting Catholicism by posting this. I strongly reject praying to Mary and people who may be in heaven who can’t hear us to know how to pray for us. Adoring Mary and praying repetitive prayers to her in the Rosary borders on blasphemy. Also, Mary was not born sinless, like Jesus. This one really bothers me: the Catholic church (CC) teaches that Christians should NOT be like the Bereans, who Paul considered “more noble” because they eagerly received what Paul said and studied the Bible daily to make sure what Paul told them was true. The CC teaches that they are the true church, and their leaders and tradition decides what is true and not true. They believe their tradition and what the Pope says can trump what the Bible says. I completely reject that, and that there even is a pope. And Peter was NOT the first pope. James was the leader in Jerusalem, and was an apostle, not a pope. The CC didn’t start until centuries later. Priests (mediators) and calling them “Father” is also not Biblical. In the new covenant, Jesus is our only Priest. They teach that purgatory is a fact that people can depend on, instead of making sure we’re right with God and people now so we’ll have clear consciences, “no condemnation” before God when we die; though, some Catholic teachers do emphasize being right with God and people now so we’ll have saving grace when we die, which I applaud! Another dangerous doctrine: like the Lutherans, they believe infant baptism saves them, instead of “believe and be baptized,” which infants cannot do, but Catholics believe they can forfeit their salvation, unlike Lutherans, who are taught that their infant baptism seals their salvation, which is responsible for sending billions to hell, as is the Protestant teaching of “once saved, always saved” because we said the born-again prayer. We must actually abide in Christ to be “in Christ.” I am encouraged in seeing more and more Catholics being closer to what the New Testament actually says about who goes to heaven, especially my friend, David Anders, who hosts a show on EWTN called “Called to Communion.” However, I’m deeply disheartened by serious false teaching still taught and practiced by the Catholic church.

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This is what I’ve often said regarding Paul’s “what can separate us” passage at the end of Romans 8:

The “who shall separate us” promise in Romans 8:35 and “no condemnation” statement in verse 1 only applies to those who actually are “in Christ” based upon what Paul says in three different ways in verses 1-17:

Verse 1b: “who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Verse 4b: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Verse 13: “For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Verse 14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.”

Verse 17b: “joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.”

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I say salvation is guaranteed for those who have “no condemnation” because we actually abide in Christ, not walking to the flesh but according to the Spirit. As long as we stay in this condition, nothing can take our salvation away from us, Paul’s promise near the end of Romans 8.

Broussard’s emphasizes here is that Paul’s list of things that can’t take our salvation away in Romans 8:38-39 are all external. Our own willful and unrepentant sin is not in this list. We can forfeit our salvation if we don’t walk in Love. Continue reading “Broussard: Paul’s promise in Romans 8:38-39 — Our sin can separate us; these external things cannot if we’re walking in Love”

‘Hebrew Roots’ Busted! Christianity is Not ‘Judaism Plus Jesus’ — “By calling this covenant ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete” (Heb. 8:13)

“But now we have been *discharged from the law*, having died to that in which we were held; so that *we serve in newness of the spirit*, and not in oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:6).

“If you are LED BY THE SPIRIT, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:18).

The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:18-19).

“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete…” (Hebrews 8:13).

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Russ Taff: “Oh Buddha” — “You can call yourself a Baptist, Methodist or Charismatic… But IF YOU HATE YOUR BROTHER you won’t be one of The chosen few”

Well, you can call yourself a Baptist and not be born again
A Presbyterian or a Methodist and still die in your sin
You can even be Charismatic shout and dance and jump a pew
But if you hate your brother you won’t be one of The chosen few.

Jesus in Mt. 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, DO GOOD to those WHO HATE you, and PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MISTREAT YOU and persecute you, 45 THAT YOU MAY BE CHILDREN of your Father who is in heaven.

1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:16 … God is love, and remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this, , in the day of judgment, because , in this world. 18 There is ; , because fear has punishment. . 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man says, “I love God,” and HATES HIS BROTHER, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 This commandment we have from him, that .

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, HATRED, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. …

6:7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

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