God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Three major denominational religions that teach a Christ other than the one of the Bible are: Catholic, Mormon, and Jehovah's Witness. All three of these have a man as their head, and he guides their belief. They follow him and his teaching, or doctrine and directives under some type of "wisdom", or "infallibility" supposedly from God. These men say they are greater than the Bible, the Word of God. They do not believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God as it is now. They believe the original manuscripts were, but they say these are lost and gone forever. You see, they do not have the faith to believe that God has the power to preserve the Word until today. denominational religions say He could only do it part way. They only believe with the mind, not the heart. What a lie of Satan!
Two of these denominations do not teach that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Son of God, truly God-made-Flesh and the only way to Heaven. One of them does not believe in a real hell. Check it out. The Catholics teach a Christ of works and co-salvation in Mary as the Mother of Christ and Mother of God (Second Vatican Council). They teach a Holy Spirit of the senses. You see His work in the seven sacraments. They have daily sacrifice by a priest (just like the Jews under the Law). It's called the Mass.
The three religions mentioned above do not recognize the Jews as God's Chosen People today, nor do they believe God has anything more to do with them. Neither do they believe the Jews will play any part in the latter days. All denominations - Orthodox, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Adventist and all other forms of man's religions are the make up of man, their laws, doctrines, beliefs and traditions, and came out of Catholicism.
This does not cover the Islamic, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’i, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Janinism and Zoroastrianism religions. They are false god idol worshipers and do not believe in Jesus, All denominations have Christ as Savior. They believe you only need God, not Jesus at all. These people cannot reach God or heaven under this form of belief as the Word of God states. Check it out. As to those who teach a type of christ other than the One of the Bible, Paul states "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. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8-9)....meaning a good man, or holy man or pope or prophet or whoever else; they are flesh and man and not of the Lord God, even in all appearances they may seem to be otherwise. Only God the Father gave us the Way...only one way, His way by the Word, His Son Jesus (Read John 1:1-18).
JESUS IS THE WAY
Below are the teachings of the New Testament Bible, the Word of God.Christ is the Head of the Church of all born again believers. Read Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Colossians 1:1-18, Colossians 2:6-10, Ephesians 5:20-25 and 1 Corinthians 11:3.FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE
The Holy Spirit is the Guide and Teacher. Read John 16:13-14 and 1 John 2:27.
The Body of Christ is the Church (the members). The Church is not a structure or building. Read 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 4:12, Romans 7:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:16.
Each member is a Temple of the Holy Spirit, a son of God. Read 1 Corinthians 3:16,
1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16, John 1:12, Romans 8:14, Philippians 2:15 and 1 John 3:1-2.
Christ is now the only Priest. He now sits at the right hand of God for us. Read Luke 22:69, Acts 5:31, Acts 7:55-56, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:17-21, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 10:10-12, Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Matthew 26:64 and Mark 14:62.
We are now free in Christ. We are free from the Law, worship, sacrifice and works. We are not under bondage to any system or denominational religion or belief. We follow only the Word of God. We are guided by the Holy Spirit as to the Word written by the Apostles, which is the true Word. Remember always that Jesus left us the Comforter (John 14:16, 26, John 15:26 and John 16:7-15). He is the Controller of the Body of Christ, not man nor his religion and traditions.
We are all one in Christ. We do not join a church group or fellowship group. We do not keep rules, sacraments, regulations or laws. We do not keep holy days, Sabbaths, or new moons. We are already members of the Body of Christ. We are born again into it by the Holy Spirit. We can now fellowship with all Christians anywhere and at any time.
If you feel you must go to church on Sunday, Tithe, serve or work, then you are caught up in the religious bondage of man and you have missed what you are in Christ. Read Paul in Galatians and Colossians. Read all the chapters. Let the Holy Spirit show you what you are in Christ, which is free, free, free! Put on all of Christ, not just a little bit of Him.
You need spiritual growth. You can't get it in a dead denominational religion. You cannot grow in a church body where they teach part of the Word or teach bondage. Man cannot give you anything, only the Holy Spirit can. You are part of the whole Body of Christ which includes the whole Word, not part of it. You don't find a Body of Christ you feel good in or find a group of special people, or a certain age group. There is no age of the Body, no special color or race; all that is of the devil. If you feel this way, you have missed what you are in Christ and you are not one in Him. You still have man's customs and tradition or doctrine inbred in your understanding of God and Christ.
Remember, we are all one in Christ. We shall all be together in heaven for eternity. There's no division or separation of any form in the Body of Christ. Any house divided shall fall of its own. The House of God is not and shall not be divided. That's why all those denominations are not of God. Any Christian who feels their group is the only true group, or they are locked into one group have missed what they are to the whole Body of Christ. If the Holy Spirit is leading the Body, he is no respector of men. He does not play favorites. He can work in all groups of any race, color or age.
It's not your group that feeds you; it's the Word. As long as the teacher is being lead by the Holy Spirit, you shall be fed. Even with the teacher, you should test all spirits. Remember even Peter was still in the Law while Paul taught freedom in Christ. (Galatians 2:11-21). The Holy Spirit had to straighten Peter out. You see, we are human; we still err; we make mistakes; we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the Apostles did. We must be available to Him. We must be willing to learn. We must have an open heart.
In Christ, we fellowship everyday. We witness as the Spirit guides and leads, and we live His life every minute of the day. There are no special days or times. They're all special. We give freely, from the heart not by a ten percent Tithe of bondage. All we have as Christians belongs to God. We are only using what He has blessed us with while we are on this earth. The Lord shall meet all our needs on this earth. Trust Him; have faith in Him in all things. We are told to feed the poor, take care of the sick, feed the hungry, take care of the widow and orphans. Be careful what you give your money to. It may serve the devil and his ways. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. God's people and their money are always working. God does not need banks or interest of man, or tax write-offs. In alms giving, your right hand is not supposed to know what your left hand is doing.....meaning give in secret. You can't out-do God in giving blessings. You don't need man's reward. The Body of Christ does not buy property or invest in man's ways. These shall all burn up in the end. When the Holy Spirit places it on your heart to give to a cause or circumstance, the need should be now and the giving should assist or take care of the need at that point. God's money is always working. No man can tell you how to spend or give your money. Again, you must let the Holy Spirit do this; have faith, for He shall lead if you allow Him.
All Christians should pay their taxes. We do not need a tax shelter or tax exemption or blessing from man (Boy, I bet this shall make the Internal Revenue Service happy!).
All Pastors, Preachers or Ministers, etc., should be earning their own keep as the Apostles did. Take Apostle Paul for example, his occupation or craft was Tentmaking (Acts 18:1-3, Acts 29:25). He didn't take a salary for preaching the Gospel. Also, all Pastors, Preachers or Ministers, etc., should not take from the alms giving for the poor or needy. Read about it in the Bible. See how it was. Let the Holy Spirit guide you on it. It's God's way. It's not hard; it's easy, and its right.
When Christ came into the world, He came against the established religion, Judaism. He came against their custom, tradition and way of life. It's the same today, again, in denominational religion. If Christ were here today, the very same religions would put Him to death again. Look in the Book of Revelations. Who does the Spirit warn? Read the first three chapters of the Book of Revelations. The one thing that denominations can't give us is salvation. They really serve no purpose but to compete with one another for memberships or head counts. They base their effect on how many people attend...the number. Man's religions have changed the Spirit of God, reduced the act of Christ, and changed the Word to fit their ways. Satan has done his job well. He sold Eve another lie.
BONDAGE VERSUS FREE WILL CHOICE
Next to salvation in Christ, the greatest gift God gave us is free will to choose the freedom in Him, to live in His Grace. There is no law or works of bondage in the service of the Lord. Each Christian must hold firm in the knowledge of this freedom in Christ. Paul warned the Galatians and the Colossians of this bondage of man.
The greatest bondages put on the Christian by denominational religious leaders are: church on a Sabbath (Saturday or Sunday), tithes, works or service. None of these are scriptural. The Bible talks about them, but only under the Law of the Jews (Law of Moses). Religious leaders of today use the Word of God to prove their point, but they have never understood the true Spirit of the Word, just as the Jews do not understand.
Under the New Covenant, we are free from these laws. We are under Grace! Do you know what that means? We are free to fellowship, free to give, free to serve a living God, to be a son or daughter. Each Christian carries the Spirit of Christ in the heart. He (or she) is the temple of the living God by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is NO building of God, nor, house of the Lord, not even a special Ark. He lives in people, Christians! I know because He lives in me. I am a member of His Church, and when one, two, three or more gathers with me, I know He is there among us. It's how you live it, not practice it as the early Jews did.
Jesus came against the Jews and their practice of laws in religion. They had head knowledge, (just like the denominations of today), and they couldn’t get along (just like religions of today). They did not understand, nor did they recognize the Messiah when He came to them first. It’s no different today, the denominations would not recognize Him either.
“Religion of man” does not see what Christ has already done, for they are still trying to help by “being the messiah” for us. Jesus Christ ONLY, by His Blood on the Cross, did all which had to be done for the world forever. It's a free gift to you and I, and it’s all paid for. When we accept His free gift of Grace, it's more than just a change; we are born again, changed, and we become “all new”. We now have a new purpose in this life, we have Jesus Christ living in us. Now, we are free, and our life on this earth can be of value, for the Holy Spirit can now use us to show His Light to the world.
The Jews of today, still, are not saved, and continue to follow the Old Law, the Old Testament. They are just as lost as the rest in the world who do not know Jesus Christ as Saviour, but some shall find salvation in the end. In the last days, 144,000 of them shall be marked to be alive when Christ returns, a remnant of the twelve tribes that Christ shall rule with in Jerusalem. This is all foretold in the Bible. Read it in the Book of Revelations. These Jews shall be with all the born again believers who find Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
The biggest hindrance to our eternal quest to find the Creator and salvation is man's religion and its ways, or ideas of how one should go about finding salvation. Religion will tell us that Christ did not do enough, we must work some more, we must earn our way, we must give, we must attend service, we must give sacrifice, we must worship, we must be holy, we must do penance, we must live like saints, and allow its holy men, the self taught theologians, to guide us and teach us their way. But, their way is the wrong way! It is not God's way! Read the Bible (King James Authorized Version, New Testament) and see for yourself. It has all been done for us by Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is our guide and teacher, not man.
Religion of men added to it, took away, and changed what God has done for us, and it (religion) shall answer to God for its deeds. God made the plan of salvation easy, therefore, go His way, the easy way. It’s the only way....through Jesus Christ. The Jews couldn't make it by the Law (Ten Commandments) or be saved by it. Man's religion says, "Yes, you can." Now, I ask you....who would you follow, man or God?
Man is still trying and failing, and none of his rules seem to take care of the problems. No one seems to be living the "Christ-like" life, even the churches are living in the flesh. The last thing they seem to have is faith. When you are not in God's Word, faith is the first thing to go (Satan at work again). Man’s religions today still does not know what Christ did for them by His death on the cross (tree) and His resurrection. Oh yes, they read about it...they have a head knowledge of it, some even talk about it, but, they are just like the Jews in Christ's time. If, He came again today, as He did in the past (in love), they (the religions of today) would put Him to death again. The Word states what Christ did, and what He is, for all humanity, from the beginning of time to the end of time. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Revelations 1:8. Also read Revelations 21:6 and Revelations 22:13.
Let the Spirit increase by the Word. Grow in the knowledge of God's plan for you, for if you do, Satan cannot possess you. He will still attempt to oppress you, get you to change your mind, even attack your flesh by using the world, but he cannot possess you.One of Satan’s tools is denominational religion. Satan wants you to attend their Bible Schools, their houses of God, take part in their sacrifices to idols, learn of their customs and traditions, keep their holy days, Sabbath days and special days. They put you in bondage to Satan...they want you to belong…to become a member...they need your tithe in order to keep them going. If Christ did it all on the cross for all of us, why do they want us to do more? What do you want to be...free or in bondage? All the Christian needs is a right, seeking, open heart, and the Holy Spirit who will teach one God's Word. All these things are given freely, just bring your free will. When you say "Yes" to Jesus, He hears you and responds: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23. You are now born again into the Body of Christ by faith and free will. You do not join anything, and there are no rules or laws to keep. Jesus Christ now lives in you because you love Him and have kept His Words.
If a denominational preacher tells you we need a revival in these last days, he is not scriptural. There is no sign that mankind shall turn back to God. In fact, the Word states that in the last days there shall be a falling away. Read 2 Thessalonian 2:1-17. It shall be as in the days of Noah. Read 2 Peter 2-5. Jesus is coming soon. He is at the door now. Do not listen to man. He is not following God's Word.
What has been foretold by God's Word shall come to pass. His Word is His Will, and it shall not be changed, no matter how hard or how much your pray. If you check scripture, you will find that no Apostle ever tried to change what Jesus had told them of the future.
What God has spoken shall come to pass. We are in the last days now. You can see the signs all around you. God even told us that man would get worse, and he is, and God's wrath is going to be poured out on a sinful world. The Book of Revelations is true. It is not as man's religion would have you believe, i.e. symbolic or not literal in meaning. Christ showed us the signs and told us what is coming for a purpose. He did not want the Christians to be caught unaware. He said that when you see these signs, be ready. Read Matthew 24:3-29, Mark 13:6-8 and Luke 21:7-28. Look up, your redemption draws near. Remember, the Jews were not ready for the Messiah when He came, and religion will not be ready when He comes again for the same reason. They are caught up in their customs and traditions. They are too involved in their world of the flesh.
Satan had 4,000 years to destroy the Jews and 2,000 years to destroy the religious world. He is doing a good job. Look around you. Can't you see it? Where is your heart? Your soul? Who are you following? There is only one way I know to wake up a world going to hell. It is not by being nice, or by tickling the ear, or by being soft in words. You can find that in most churches. It is necessary to be like John the Baptist; you have to cry out to all.
I love people, the souls of people, too much so to let them go without at least a chance to show them the danger they are in. There is not a lot of time left. Everyone I know wants to hear how today's news was foretold in Scripture centuries ago by a loving God. No one has told them the facts. You will not find these warnings in the churches of Satan. He does not want you to know. My friends, Satan is not playing games. He wants your soul at any cost. Wake up! Can't you see what is going on?
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.