God's Sword of Truth - The Word
By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT … …
Christianity is NOT any one religion. Christianity is NOT a group of different religions. Christianity is NOT a denomination. Christianity is NOT a Science. Christianity is NOT submitting to a churches creed. Christianity is NOT ritualistic programs. Christianity is NOT holding on to religious traditions or religious beliefs. Christianity is NOT made up of man made doctrines and rules.
Yet, people in nearly every religion in the world believe that they MUST be a part of at least one thing in the above paragraph, for some all of the above in order to gain heaven, even several believing that there are many roads to heaven, or different denominational doors to get there. People in religion today are just like Israel was when they followed the law: Paul tells us in the Word: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” – Romans 10:2, 3. Yes, religion today is like unto Israel in Paul’s day – full of spiritual ignorance, legalism, self-righteousness, stubbornness, trusting in works and having an unwise zeal.
My friends, Christianity was NOT founded by man, woman, or religion (Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, etc. only to name a few). Certainly we do NOT see Jesus Christ as MANY vines with separate clusters of branches in each vine, and each vine growing and producing separate fruit. Impossible! Instead, we see ONE glorious, imperishable vine:
“I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I [not a man, religion, denomination or pope] have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:1-5). Emphasis in brackets [ ] mine.
The one thing we can find in the religious world are many people having a DIFFERENT Jesus yes, I say a DIFFERENT JESUS – and their Jesus is anti Christ. Each denomination worships a Jesus of their own making. Which one do you worship - the Catholic Jesus, the Lutheran Jesus, the Baptist Jesus, the Protestant Jesus, or one of the other denominational Jesuses? Do you understand what I’m saying when I say that each denomination has a different Jesus? Each one of these denominations can’t even get along with each other, so how can they have the Jesus of the Bible???? They can’t, they all have a DIFFERENT JESUS or a DIFFERENT GOD. There are over 4,000 different denominations in the world – that’s 4,000 different cults, AND 4,000 DIFFERENT JESUSES OR GODS. Wow! Think about it! But, think fast, because there’s not much time left!
People, we can NOT get to heaven our way, religion’s way, or by anyone’s private interpretation. We can’t even get there by donating money or by works of self righteousness. Now, listen up! Each soul (that’s you & I) must, MUST, BY FAITH, MAKE A CHOICE AS TO WHO WE BELIEVE – JESUS THE WORD, OR SATAN THE COUNTERFEIT CHRIST. That’s it, plain and simple! I’ve made my choice, and it’s the REAL JESUS IN THE BIBLE 100%. How about you? It’s your turn, so make a choice!
Even one of the religions (Catholic) has a counterfeit Mary (along with their counterfeit Jesus) a Mary whom they claim is the mother of God, and is co-redeemer with Jesus. Their Mary, which is NOT the real Mary (Mother of Jesus) of the Bible, can save no one, and the Lord God does not share His position in the offering of salvation with any one else or anything else. Salvation is ONLY THROUGH CHRIST: The only Door (John 10:9); the only Saviour (Acts 4:12); His grace sufficient (Acts 15:11); His blood avails (Romans 5:9, I Thes. 5:9); For the obedient (Heb. 5:9); At His coming (Heb. 9:28).
No where does it say in the Word of God that the Catholic Mary is the Door (she also needed Christ as her Door) – or that she is a Saviour (only Jesus Christ is) – or that her grace is sufficient (she required grace just as we do) – or that her blood avails (she didn’t shed any) - or at her coming (she can’t come as a savior because there is only ONE Saviour, ONE Jesus Christ of Whom we have salvation). The true virgin Mary of the Bible (NOT the Catholic Mary) was a blessed woman to be chosen as the vessel to bring forth Jesus, and she had found favor with God. (Read all of it in Luke, Chapter 1)
DO YOU UNDERSTAND FREE WILL CHOICE AND THE GIFT OF GRACE?
Does everyone know: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:10-11) that there are none holy, none righteous, and no one worthy in the whole world (Hebrews 11:38) of the gift of grace that the Lord gives us freely, and there is only one way to receive His free gift of grace? Through our free will choice by our faith in Jesus Christ!
In all of the universe and of the entire creation, no greater event has ever occurred, other than the Lord’s plan for all mankind, that we spend all eternity in His home in heaven as a gift of His love. Could any of us ever imagine, even after our disobedience (sin), that He would forgive us and make a way to redeem our souls from sin and be able to live with Him forever? He has, but, under one condition, our FREE WILL CHOICE, choosing Him, Jesus Christ, or Satan. The Lord will never force us to choose, but we must make that choice while on this earth. It is by our FAITH that we are accepted by Jesus Christ our Lord, nothing else is required of us, NOTHING.
Keep in mind; we must all give an account of our life on this earth. The time spent on this earth is but a vapor compared to eternity. It’s so important that our heart is in right standing with the Creator, because we only have one life to live on this earth, and then the judgment. Our way has already been paid for – and all we need to do is make a choice, His way or our way.
Being aware that salvation is a God given gift, not from man, religion or a system of works, as we can not get it from ANY human source, therefore we must have faith in the Lord Creator that He is a Rewarder of all who believe – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6. As you can see, it is by faith we are righteous and in the proper standing with the Creator, and sin at any point breaks this covenant. In Jesus we have a Mediator (I Timothy 2:5), and by His blood sacrifice and death on the tree we have a sin covering (Romans 4:7) which keeps us in good grace by the power of God through faith unto salvation (I Peter 1:5).
Let us always remember one important thing, there is NO way that we could ever repay what we have been given by the Creator. NEVER! It’s a ONE time gift, and we had better be sure what and who we believe in. Now, if we have learned anything, we have been given UNDERSTANDING, and that is; our salvation can not be of: any man, religion, or denomination, because it is a heart thing, and each of us is able to know in our heart if it is from the Holy Spirit. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one! “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [the Word being Jesus Christ], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one….we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” – I John 5:7, 8, 20, 21
Salvation is a gift of Grace by the Creator and we can’t work for it or buy it. Good works get us nothing. The gift of grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17) Who has no laws, rules or ordinances, but by grace are we saved through faith – “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” – Ephes. 2:5, 8. Our faith WILL produce good works out of love – period.
DEAD WORKS AND LIVING FAITH ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS
So, why does man always try to help God by their own human effort? Why doesn’t each person accept the Lord’s truth by His Spirit, we certainly can’t do anything better than that. Yes, you say, BUT – “I have to worship on Sunday (some on Saturday) and Wednesday evening” – “I love to sing the hymns in church” – “I tithe at church, even give to the building fund” – “I perform many deeds of kindness” – “I fellowship after service on Sunday”…… You each say these things, not because of your love for God, but because you feel that you must please God by your “religious” acts, always having to do something. Anyone who believes that they will gain eternity in heaven by their own human efforts … … I SAY TO YOU: DEAD WORKS….ALL DEAD WORKS! Dead works are nothing but formal, empty, legal observances and self invented by the person doing them in order to work their way to heaven. One cannot get to heaven by their works. Leave behind your “dead works”, repent of them (because they are sin), for these rituals do not produce results from the Lord God. He responds to the hearing of faith:
“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.” – Ephesians 2:8-10.
It is not by the works of our own hands that we obtain mercy – “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.” – Titus 3:5……… “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” – Timothy 1:9.
We are absolutely nothing without Jesus and He is the Creator of each of us, but in His love He wants each of us, just as we are. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephes. 2:10. He does not want us as robots or as servant angels, but, as His family. We are, after all, HIS DNA.
What He wants from us is for us to put nothing before God. We certainly can’t claim to be a follower of the Lord if we put anything before Him. If we put anything or anyone ahead of Jesus Christ, then we have made that (whatever or whoever) a god in our life and placed it before Him. Do you remember … “…another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father, But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” Matt. 8:19-22 … do you know what this Scripture means? The man wanted to follow Jesus, but he also wanted to wait until his father died – this man put his father ahead of the Lord Jesus. Let the dead bury their dead.
Our Dads, Moms, sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren, husband, wife are NOT to be put ahead of our love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to send peace on earth: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it". (Matthew 10:34-39). Now, I can just hear some of you saying: Are you telling me not to love my Mom and Dad, or my children anymore? NO! NO! I’m telling you as Jesus Christ told you, if you love them MORE than Jesus, you are NOT worthy of Him……period! Do not twist the Word. Would you allow someone to come between you and the Lord? Could you lose everything for the sake of Jesus Christ? Only you can answer that, but if your answer is no, and your affection is on something in this world, and it doesn’t matter what it is – family members or things, and you just can’t let go, then your priorities ARE on the things of THIS world (the creation), and NOT on the THINGS OF GOD (the Creator), His treasures are in heaven – “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven….For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19, 20, 21.
Christianity is ONE WAY, the LORD’S WAY, it’s free, it’s easy, and one has the Holy Spirit to help, teach and guide, but He won’t force anyone – it’s all by free will choice. Religion makes it hard and places a yoke around our neck. That is why I say to ALL now, if any of you are not Christian (Saved, Born Again), then you are lost and destined for hell. Wake up and check it out by the Word of God, and not by me, but again, by the Word of God. Do it today while it is yet today!
If any person is not a Christian by faith through the new birth in Jesus then they are His enemy and are a servant of Satan. People, you can not be neutral (lukewarm) – Jesus said: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” – Rev. 3:15, 16. If Jesus isn’t in the heart and you are not HOT for Christ, then Satan is there and he uses souls for his purpose. People, this is NOT a game, it’s for eternal stakes and the stakes are high – it’s either choose Jesus Christ Who is on the throne in heaven or choose Satan and be thrown into the Lake of Fire (hell). It’s your choice!
In Christianity there are no nuns, monks, priests, popes, or holy men. The only real saints are true Christians under Grace, as we read above. We can’t possibly gain saint hood by our works, there are none righteous, not one! Most people in religions of men today do not know the real Jesus of the Bible, they either have a Catholic Jesus, a Baptist Jesus, a Penacostal Jesus or some other religious Jesus, but not the Jewish Christ Whom even the Jews did not recognize when He came, and they crucified Him.
People, this is real, not a game - stop playing at religion, it is Satan’s way. Learn about Jesus, study Him by His Word, allow the Holy Spirit in your heart and pray, asking Him to teach you the truth of His Word and He will! Time is very short and Satan is winning souls. There is no time to debate religions – look at their fruit, they are not what they say they are, but rather are what they do. Their fruit is loosed from the tree because they have rotted away from the root of true Christianity. They can not continue to lie to the Lord, for all will soon be known.
All who claim to be Christian and go to church (buildings), and keep the law (10 commandments) alive, are doing Satan’s work. Most don’t even know it, but, they have been deceived by Satan’s men in religion. The majority who attend church on a regular basis automatically believe they are Christian, but they will never learn anything positive about religion from Christianity, and if they look for Christianity in religion they’ll never find it. We can see this according to Paul’s sermon on Mars’ Hill – “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotion, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” Acts 17:22-25, 29, 30.
But, according to the Word of God and by His authority, Christians are more than Church Goers, they are those who read, share, and LIVE every day the teachings of Jesus of the Bible…they are the true Christians, the ones who follow the true Christ. Man-made religion can only offer a counterfeit fulfillment to the needs of mankind.
Doesn’t religion always seem to offer their people a thing called “love” – you know – “love” - get involved in the fellowship of “our community” – be part of “our family”? Some religions even want to secure salvation for their members by the teaching of “once saved, always saved”. Then there are those who teach prosperity (wealth) and health – “name it and claim it” kind of thing, and this false gospel tells their people that “God wants you rich” – that way they can get their members to tithe a little more, pledge to the building fund, (get the idea?) – And if you have anything left, you can buy a Cadillac and own the home of your choice. Oh, yes, man’s religion is Satan’s weapon, and he’ll use it every day while man is on this earth. Man is so easily deceived, and there are so many out there who are totally deceived, and do you know what? They don’t even care – they enjoy being deceived – they enjoy being led to the slaughter!
All the false teachers in religion mix faith and works, law and grace, and they have placed themselves under a divine curse (Gal. 1:6-9), they have perverted the Gospel and are preaching a false gospel. These teachers will even admit that God’s grace is necessary for salvation, but will turn right around and teach that grace is to be mixed with obedience to the law in order for a person to be saved. Just how many teach this? Most teachers of religion teach this. Check it out!
Get out of religion, denominations! You can not get saved by a Catholic Mary, a Catholic Pope, Catholic Saints, a Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist minister or priest, prayers before the Wailing Wall, a Buddha or the Jehovah Witnesses god, or any other religion of works or cults. There is no act of contrition, penance to do, or confession to a man in order to be forgiven our sins. These are all dead works! Any work done in the flesh and not in the power of the Holy Spirit is a dead work. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" – Hebrews 9:14.
For those who are trying to save themselves by self righteous works, they will fail. They are lost souls destined for the fires of hell! They have no knowledge of the gift of Grace that Jesus gave to every man freely at no cost, the pure gift of salvation. Jesus did it all for us on the cross, He paid the price for you and I for our sin. We can’t buy it, work for it and we don’t deserve it. Each one of us could try all we want to, work all we want, play the church games of phony worship, sing all the praise songs, raise the dirty hands, but we still can’t gain salvation by our self righteous works. We all know that we can’t earn grace or salvation. Jesus would surely say “I know you not”.
Why have so many allowed Satan’s men (religion) to trick them into a false doctrine of devils. Some try to clean the outside, but leave the inside full of dead man’s bones; they are empty vessels, lost souls, NEVER coming to the knowledge of truth in Christ’s love. If only they knew that Jesus is real and full of love, they would still try to re-crucify Him again and again with dead works and a dead service. They’ve missed it all because Jesus is real, alive and down from the tree. It is truly finished. Each person is free to choose at no cost to them - just take it – please! He is calling all of you, is your name in His Book? Have you been born again in His Spirit? If not, you’ve missed Him forever!
There’s no 5th amendment to plead before the Lord at the judgment seat, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Cor. 5:10 and no one will have an attorney, priest or rabbi there to defend them - their works - or their religion. All will be pronounced guilty before the Lord, and each person’s sentence will be issued by the Judge Who sits on the throne.
Christianity is NOT religion! CHRISTIANITY IS JESUS CHRIST! CHRISTIANITY IS SUBMITTING TO CHRIST! CHRISTIANITY IS LIVING CHRIST DAILY! CHRISTIANITY IS CHRIST IN YOU! “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Gal 2:20, 21.
May you each open your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you, so that your name may be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Thank you Jesus, my Lord, Creator, Saviour and personal friend. If you know Jesus, then you know me, as we are One and we are family, not blood, but of spirit and we agree as ONE body of Christianity in Christ Jesus. Amen!
Am I therefore become your enemy,
because I tell you the truth?
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.